5 Tips for Any RV Beginner Before Heading Out on The Road

sway controlAre you a beginner to RV travel? At first, this method of traveling can seem to be exceptionally intimidating; there is so much information to know before you head out on the road. However, in order to make things easier for you, we have come up with a quick list of tips any RV beginner should know before getting behind the wheel.

1. Do you want to rent or buy?
There are plenty of different reasons to rent an RV, and an equal number of reasons to buy. It depends on your lifestyle, and how you see yourself using your vehicle. If you are looking to travel frequently and would like to get up and go on a whim, buying may be for you. Or, if you are simply looking to take a vacation once in a while, you may want to offset the costs and just rent an RV when you need it.

2. Do your research
It is always important to do as much research as possible before you get behind the wheel of your RV. This means looking up and understanding every aspect of its operation, before you’re on the road and in trouble. Some details to research include how to properly handle your trailer brake controllers and your sway control hitch. Trailer sway control devices come in two basic types: those that reduce sway once it has begun and those that work to prevent sway altogether. As long as you have one on your vehicle, it doesn’t matter what you option you choose.

3. Bring a “professional” with you
Chances are you have a friend or family member who has had some experience in the world of RVs. Bring them along on your next trip, and you won’t feel as if you are going at it alone. If that’s not feasible, ask them for their best tips and tricks, or maybe their “do”s and “don’t”s.

4. Do a test drive
No, we don’t mean a test drive from the dealership. We want you to get in your RV and drive around a little bit before you set off across the country — or wherever you may be headed. You’ll want to be completely comfortable when you’re on the road, so take a couple of spins around the neighborhood to practice turning, braking and backing up. That will help ease any jitters once you’ve set off on your RV vacation.

5. Set up a checklist
Have a checklist of important things you must do before buckling your seat belt, and put it right on the windshield so you won’t have an excuse to forget! Some ideas include checking storage compartment doors, making sure the step is up and stored, turning off the emergency brake, checking fluid levels, and securing all the interior cabinets.

Just follow these tips and you’ll soon be off to a great vacation!