Discover These RV Tips For a Memorable Experience!
There are countless RV Tips that are considered useful to many.
Some may be more important to you than others. Here are 25 Tips of what
I feel are key in a happy and "eventless" RV experience to one of the
Arizona RV Parks.
Do You Have These RV Tips Covered?
Ask yourself, "When was the last time I had my RV serviced?" If you
cannot remember, it would be worth your time to have it looked over
thoroughly before going out and traveling hundreds of miles only to find
that your radiator needs attention.
- Make sure you have enough gas until your first scheduled stop.
a front-end alignment. Preferably do this after you loaded up your
Motor Home. This will save you wear and tear on your tires and save you
- Check your tire pressure prior to
leaving. This is one of the extremely important RV Tips that will help
prevent blowouts and tire damage. If nothing else, it will help
optimize your gas mileage. Do this often throughout your trip. Make
sure you consider the age and condition of your RV tires and note that
is always a good idea to check the tire pressure prior to each time you
drive. Just get into a habit of walking around your RV looking noting
the appearance of your tires.
- Purchase a box of
moth balls and place them near the propane lines of your water heater
and also the refrigerator. This will help keep the nasty spiders away.
Something else that might help are the scented dryer sheets. I have
heard these will also help deter the little critters. You simply place
them where you think the rodents would like to call home.
- Purchase an AC voltage monitor.
one of the RV Tips I feel is very important is to make sure you have a
water pressure regulator when you are connected to any water source.
This will help protect your RV's plumbing.
- Pack some wheel chocks, or some blocks of wood to prevent your unit from rolling once it has been unloaded off of your truck.
multiple fire extinguishers on hand just in case you might need them.
You want to make sure that you have plenty. Trust me, you would rather
have too many than not enough fire extinguishers should you need one.
advantage of the running water at any of the Arizona RV Parks that
offer it! You may be wondering how this could be one of the RV Tips.
Well, even if your beautiful Motor Home has an operable shower, you will
not have to worry about running out of hot water like your 6-10 gallon
water tank holds! Pretty much everywhere you go you are going to
cheerfully find a site which offers toilet and shower facilities.
possible, wipe down your dishes with a paper towel to avoid putting
food down the drain and make sure you throw the paper towel away in the
garbage. The less you throw down the drain, means less risk of having
any clogging issues. This will also prevent your tank resembling one
that smells like a landfill!
- If your RV should breakdown
or if you have an emergency that requires you to stop on the interstate,
make sure you place a few of those red triangles to alert highway
patrol officers of the emergency. Laws prohibit anyone from stopping on
the shoulders of all interstate highways. This includes both on and
off ramps, except in an emergency.
- Keep in mind that
emergencies are considered those which are considered life threatening
occurrences, such as when a vehicle breaks down. By the way, the state
patrol does not consider having to go to the bathroom as an emergency,
even though it may certainly feel like it to you! Patrol officers will
tell you that you need to exit the closest exit ramp before making a
stop on the interstate highway. They would probably also agree with you
that this is one of the top RV Tips!
- To prevent your
toilet from "bulking up" the black water tank, place your toilet paper
in the garbage versus down the toilet. This will prolong the life of
your tank. By doing this, you will not have to worry about spending the
extra money on that special biodegradable toilet paper.
a small single-plug surge protector for each appliance that exists in
your RV. If you are going to "boondock," (which means "free camping to
those who are not familiar with this term) select the ones with
switches, so that you can turn them off completely.
- Pack any essential tools that you might need but leave any unnecessary items/tools at home.
you are not one of the fortunate people who have one of those Global
Positioning Systems,(GPS) on your cell phone, you can find rest areas along your travels.
Just watch for the roadside signs which are indicated more times than
not, in blue and white. I have also noticed that these postings can be
found at each rest stop so that you can plan ahead and look forward to
visiting the next one! Yippee!
- Consider purchasing a
"rest stop areas" publication, if the previous option does not work for
you. If you have kids, they might think this is the best of all the RV
Tips. Are we there yet? This might keep their mind off the long road
trip. This publication is a great guide to have with a listing of the
Rest Areas & Welcome Centers throughout the US Interstates. The
paperback book lists the features of each specific rest area, such as
rest rooms, handicapped facilities, vending machines, phones, dump
stations, and even a listing of where you can walk your pet.
This guide is published by Roundabout Publications, P.O. Box 19235,
Lenexa, KS 66285 You can call them toll-free at 800-455-2207 or you
can log onto www.TravelBooksUSA.com.)
- You may also
wish to purchase a "truck stop directory." This particular guide is
another directory that lists the locations of truck stops, such as The
"RVer's Friend." The directory is very useful as it lists not only the
gasoline locations, but the locations where you can purchase diesel
fuel, which to many, might be worth it just for the diesel locations. If you use diesel, you already know how hard it is sometimes to find a station that
sells diesel fuel. In addition, this guide provides camping services.
(If you wish to purchase it at www.TruckStops.com or you can call them and order it over the phone at 800-338-6317.
a Campground Directory. This is another great idea in the RV Tips
list, especially if you have a change of plans when on the road.
or use some inexpensive (preferably plastic) dishes to wash your dishes
in. This will help conserve your gray water holding tank space. Then,
when finished, pour the water down the toilet into the black water
holding tank. Another one of the RV Tips for conserving water in your
gray water holding tank space is to turn the water off when you are
brushing your teeth, shampooing, shaving, etc. in the shower. This
really is not hard to do. In fact, I do this at home, but then again, I
am kind of a conserve and recycle freak!
have heard some say your should consider getting rid of the "cheapie"
sewer hose that comes along with any new RV and buy a better sewer hose.
I've also heard those same people recommend that if you are going to
follow any RV Tips, you should buy two hoses, one 10 feet in length and
the second, 20 feet in length. That way if you need the extra length,
you can connect the two of them. Make sure you also have a connector
in which to connect the two hoses. Having these certainly create a
"good piece of mind," just by having these.
may sound silly, but always have plenty of quarters packed. You never
know when you might need them, say for an unexpected visit to the
laundry mat or if you have to pay for air needed for your RV tires.
an RV driving class is also a good idea when it comes to RV Tips. If
you feel that you could benefit from a class, then why not? It actually
wouldn't hurt anyone if they took a driving class. You never know, you
might just learn something.
- Pack an auto
battery charger so that you are able to charge your batteries. (Also
make sure you have enough rechargeable batteries, too!)
a check list two weeks prior to departure. This will give you plenty
of time to take of the things you need to. You may think of other tips
to ensure you have a safe and FUN RV experience. I would suggest that
you write down your very own specific list as it likely won't exactly
resemble my list of tips.
I hope these RV Tips were helpful to you. More importantly than the RV Tips, I hope you enjoy your RV Experience! Have fun!
Ok, sing it... "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again..."
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