Going on a Trip? Here are 4 Things to Remember When Driving an RV

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Owning a recreational vehicle (RV) can be a lot of fun for the whole family. You can all go on family trips to just about anywhere in the country and essentially live in your vehicle for as long as you want. Although they are used for recreation, you have to treat RVs with respect. These large vehicles need to be handled correctly both on and off the roadways.

If you’re buying or renting an RV for the first time, here are some things to remember before you hit the open road.

There are Two Types of RVs
The two main categories of RVs are motorhomes and towables. Motorhomes are motorized vehicles that you physically drive, while towables (sometimes called fifth wheels) are simply towed behind a pickup truck or family van. Each have their own unique benefits, but they are both difficult to drive for beginners as well. It’s important that you drive safe in both vehicles.

Weight Limit
These are very large vehicles and can carry a lot of items, but every RV has its limitations. If you exceed the recommended weight inside your RV you could have serious trouble out on the road. Make sure you read all the instructional manuals that come with your RV, talk to the dealer, do research online, and read any warning labels to make sure you’re following all the proper weight and other restrictions.

That goes for height, too!

Electric Trailer Brake Controllers
This is absolutely necessary if your RV is a towable. Just because your truck’s brake lights work properly, that doesn’t mean vehicles following behind your RV can see them. You have to make sure the electric trailer brake controllers are working on the actual trailer that’s towing your RV. Contact Hayes Towing Electronics today to find quality electric trailer brake controllers.

RV Roadway Safety
These vehicles are much larger and longer than typical vehicles out on the road. They are certainly much more difficult to drive. They require your full attention and heightened awareness because of the sight restrictions you’ll experience. It’s much easier to see all around you when you’re driving your truck or sedan. Whether you’re driving a motorized RV or towing one behind a truck, these vehicles require much more time to break. Remember to take your turns wide enough to avoid clipping vehicles, structures, or pedestrians at each side.