There is a lot to be excited about for a first-time RV owner. You will be able to take trips to countless desirable destinations, you will have the chance to spend time with family and friends on vacation, and you will make memories that should last a lifetime. Even with all of those exciting possibilities, you want to be careful when you are first getting started in the RV world in order to avoid some basic mistakes. There are a number of ‘classic’ RV mistakes that are made by beginners, and avoiding these pitfalls will help you get the most from your experience.
Buying Everything in Sight
Perhaps the most-common mistake of all is simply buying everything you can find at your local RV or camping store. While there will certainly be a few accessories that you need to purchase in order to get started, many of what you see on the shelves is unnecessary and a waste of money. Since you will have just spend a large amount of cash on the RV itself (in addition to likely taking out a sizeable loan), now is not a good time to run out and buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need. The best way to get started is to buy only the essentials prior to going on a short initial trip. By taking a trip of just a couple of days, you can learn about your RV and determine if there are any other accessories you truly do need. Buying based on need, instead of just picking up things you see in the store, will save you money in time.
Failing to Unplug
This is one that most RV owners have done (or almost done) at least once. Of course, once you do it the first time, you are unlikely to let it happen again. When the time comes to call an end to your vacation, make sure you get everything unplugged and put away from around your RV. That means the waste hoses, water lines, power, and anything else you are running from the land into your rig. As a habit, take a walk around the entire RV prior to pulling out of the campsite to make sure you aren’t making this embarrassing mistake.
Leaving Loose Items Inside
Just like you need to make sure everything is unplugged and unhooked from around the outside of the RV, you also need to make sure everything is secure inside. If you leave even a couple of items loose when you head out onto the road, those items are sure to go flying once you get up to freeway speeds. Loose items inside the cabin of your RV can make for a dangerous situation, and they can also do damage to your rig. Take an extra moment before you leave to carefully review the inside of the RV and find a secure place for everything you are taking home.