You have a new travel assignment, and you’re ready to hit the road again. Only this time, you’ve decided to be a bit adventurous and travel using a recreational vehicle.
If you are a first-timer with an RV, there are few things you need to know before you set off on your journey.
Should you buy or lease a vehicle?
Do you plan to use your RV often? Do you have a place to store it when you are not using it? Do you plan to make it an integral part of your lifestyle? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to seriously consider buying. However, if you are just planning one trip to see if you like it, your best bet would be to lease.
Learn about your vehicle.
You certainly need to know how to operate it. You should also have an idea of how to make simple repairs. This could save you a lot of time and money while on the road. And you can avoid problems as well. For example, you may run into trouble if you don’t know how many amps your main breaker can handle.
This also includes taking practice drives to get used to the vehicle.
Make sure you bring along tools and spare parts.
You will need things such as fuses, jumper cables, light bulbs, nuts and bolts, and connectors. Bring a first aid kit, too.
Plan your trip.
After you have become an experienced RV traveler, you may not need to do as much planning. But if you are a novice, make a formal plan and write it down. Consider how much you can spend for food, fuel, and the like, what food you are going buy and when you plan to eat at a restaurant, what route you plan to take, and other options in case your primary route is unavailable, where you want to stop, and where you want to stay, and so on.
Checklist for overnight stays.
If this is your first trip, you might not be sure what you need to do when you pull into a campground for the night. So, you should make up a checklist. Things to do include checking your site for low branches or any objects on the ground, finding out where the electrical, water and sewage hook-ups are, chocking the wheels, switching your appliances to the campground electrical source from the RV, and attaching your sewer hose to the drain hook-up.
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