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10 Things That Every Motorhome Owner Should Know

How do you get started with your RV? Here are some essential RV facts. Marc and Tricia of Keep Your Daydream share their experiences from more than 25,000 miles across the US, Canada, and Mexico. These 10 tips will help you avoid speed bumps and make your trip more enjoyable.

You don’t really need as much as your brain thinks.

You won’t get anywhere if you wait until your 100% ready. You could feel overwhelmed by all the gadgets and gizmos available today and want to give up. But don’t! You’re about to make unforgettable memories! Enjoy the excitement of being an RV novice.

What tools are necessary?

Your trailer probably won’t come with a proper wrench for removing lug nuts. This is crazy, I know. This may seem obvious, but the lug nuts on your truck are different in size. A 4-way wrench is the best tool you can have.

Wrench Set: A wrench set is necessary for each bolt on your rig. Check under your rig to make sure all bolts are present. Make sure to check the faces of the screws in your rig. All Robertson’s screws are in our rig. This is a square face. It is a challenge to secure any screens or doors that are loose.

Tire Monitoring:

It is important to know how your tires are performing on your journey. There are many ways to check your tires’ performance on your journey. To monitor your vehicle from your cab, you can either get a digital gauge or a laser infrared thermometer. It’s pretty cool!

It’s a smart idea to verify the date on any RV you are considering buying, especially a 5th wheel or travel trailer. Your tires may not be as new just because your RV is new. Crazy right! To check the date they were made, you will usually find a 4-digit number on your tires. Take a look.

It is also a good idea to check the RV’s weight and match it on the tire load capacity PSI chart. This will allow you to determine the correct PSI for safety and smooth riding.

Upgrades may be an option before you leave. We made a spare from our last tire that was “bad”. That’s right. One “upgraded” and one “old/bad” tires are kept in the trailer. We also have the spare tire as a backup.

Avoid Accidents and Mistakes

It may seem obvious at first, but it is important in the present. Take a deep breath and slow down, and sell my motorhome. When you feel rushed, mistakes are more likely. You may feel like you have to do something faster or more efficiently at times, but that is a temporary feeling. Take it easy. Slow down. You were the party starter when you left your house. But don’t worry, you’ll soon be the expert and will smile at the guy who is trying to figure his sewer system. And because you’re a veteran RVer, you’ll be the first one to help out. Because that’s how RVers are…helpful.

Communication

Different situations require different communication. Talk about who will do what before you arrive at your site. This could mean that the driver speaks in the car. The navigator goes out to inspect the area and direct the driver. Extras are family members, friends or children who stay in the vehicle or go out to explore the park. This format is simple and relieves stress for the driver. Expectations are clear.

When under pressure, it’s easy to become frustrated with your family members and spouse. It is also possible to not get frustrated with your spouse and family when under pressure. There are many communication styles. There are many moving parts to RVing so communication should be open and honest. Instead, find a positive way of expressing what you want and create a plan to communicate your expectations. Remember your manners, as your mom would tell you… they really do make a difference. It is easy to simply say thank you or please to your family.

Measurements

Find out how tall you are

There might be bridges, etc. I’m thinking of you East Coast! It’s a good idea to keep the number in your cab until you have it memorized.

Know your LENGTH

The length of your RV is only shown on the sticker located next to your door. This sticker isn’t a precise measurement as it doesn’t include any added items (bikes, tongue and hitch), or if your truck is a 5er or T5. This is the length you will need.

Be aware of the distance between your tires.

It is important to keep track of the distance between your tires. Also known as your axils. You may need to address the bigger problem immediately if the space becomes larger or smaller. You will notice a problem if the distance is not accurate due to the flex of the leaf springs. If the distance is not the same, this could indicate a bent axle or broken center pin. One big bump or pothole could mean that you are one step away from real trouble.

Boondocking

I am sleeping in a parking garage ??!! Boondocking can take many forms. Boondocking is a way to camp on rural land without having to hook up to electricity. This is possible by using BLM land ( Bureau of Land Management).

Another option is to use the overflow parking at Wal-Mart or Cabela’s. This is a crazy idea for a new RVer. It is a great way to get to A from B. Although it might seem strange to an RV Newbie, after just a few nights you will be an expert.

Know your tanks

What is your maximum holding capacity?

Every RVer knows how much your black, gray, and fresh tanks can hold. An insider tip: Your black and gray indicators will most likely fail you at one point. Sorry. After a few trips, you can get a feel of how big your rig is capable of holding and some anticipatory math for Boondock. You should also consider your fresh water. More on that later.
Keep water out of your grey tank as much as possible. It might surprise you how quickly your grey tank fills up. You can prevent water from getting into your grey tank by using little tricks such as putting a small container under your sink to wash dishes. You can use what’s in the container to dispose of it outside. This is true if you don’t use chemicals that could be harmful to the environment. Particularly if you camp near a stream or lake.

Freshwater – Tank and Potable

The RV has a water tank that is fresh. However, it is advisable to bring gallon-sized water. If you plan to be out for a long time, it might also make sense to bring large 5-gallon containers of potable water. You will always have enough water to meet your household and drinking needs.

Are you sure your fresh water is really…fresh? It is a good idea to clean out your fresh water tanks regularly. Choose a method that you enjoy cleaning them. To clean them, we use a mixture of bleach and water. Then we drive to “swish” it then dump it…refill and dump again until all chemicals are gone. You can trust the tank to provide you with the water you need.

Plan your route

This app is great for your smartphone and can help you find RV Resorts, camping areas, and BLM areas. This app is our go-to while on the road.

Document

These trips will be a source of fond memories. If you record them. Marc said, “If it doesn’t get recorded, it didn’t happen.” Make sure you capture your precious memories by recording, filming, or keeping a journal.

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