10 Tips for Successful RV Ownership

While doing research for a recent blog post, I stumbled across an HGTV rerun of RV 2010 and their coverage of 2010′s Hershey Pennsylvania RV Show. On HGTV, there was an interesting blog post authored by Mark Polk called Top 10 Tips for Using Your RV that I felt had some very good information that I wanted to pass on to you.  So, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the post, if you want to read it in it’s entirety, it can be viewed at HGTV.com.

10. Trip Planning:
There is a never ending amount of trip planning resources out there. Find a planning resource that works for you and map it out. GPS units are the hot tech gadget these days and they really do make traveling easier.

9. Create Pre-Trip Checklists:
Pre-trip RV walk-arounds can prevent costly and embarrassing accidents. You’ve seen the YouTube videos of antennas and air conditioning units getting peeled off by low-hanging bridges and drive through roofs. Don’t be on YouTube – make a pre-trip check list and don’t go anywhere before checking everything off.

8. Take Breaks While Traveling:
Taking the opportunity to stop, get out of the RV and get the blood flowing during long trips goes a long way to preventing burnout before you reach your camping destination. Also, little things like switching drivers, taking naps when you’re fatigued, driving the speed limit, cracking a window as well as light and healthy meals will go a long way to helping you feel your best while traveling.

7. Avoid Traveling in Inclement Weather:
It goes without saying. towing a large RV in good weather is hard enough. Don’t make it more difficult (and dangerous) than it already is by attempting to travel in bad weather. Be smart about when you travel, it makes getting to your destination much easier.

6. Limit Driving Time:
To help you stay alert, Mark Polk recommends you limit your driving time to six hours a day which is the equivalent of 300 to 350 miles. I think back to road trips I’ve done and this seems smart as I think, for me, when I reach the 6 hour or 300-350 mile mark without a break, I’m ready to be done.

5. Drive Defensively:
Remain alert and be continuously aware of what is going on around your RV. Clip-on convex mirrors that attach to your existing rear view mirrors go a long way to improving visibility and eliminating blind spots around your RV. They are inexpensive and are an investment you’ll appreciate.

4. Make Destination Reservations:
Making reservations ensure the accommodations you need will meet your needs – not just for you and your family, but your RV as well. It’s also never fun to reach your destination in the middle of the night, only to be turned away because they don’t have room for you.

3. Know Your RV Plan Options:
Knowing and understanding your RV’s options, model specific service plans, warranty information, etc. is an important part of RV ownership. If you don’t understand the fine print, ask your dealer and don’t sign on the dotted line until you are familiar and understand what you are signing.

2. Protect Your Investment:
RV insurance will help you protect your investment in the event of an emergency. There are many major insurance companies that specialize in RV insurance and offer competitive rates. Dealers like Lakeshore RV Center know and understand RV insurance and can recommend an insurance company. Ask your Lakeshore salesman/woman!

1. Maintain and Store Your RV Properly:
Storing your RV properly when not in use and performing regular scheduled maintenance will extend the life of your RV and help it maintain its value. Exposure to the elements will deteriorate your RV over time and storing your RV properly will help protect it from the elements. The experts in the service department at Lakeshore RV Center can show you what you need to know to properly maintain and store your RV.

I hope you found this list helpful.  If you have any questions about any of the points on the list, talk to your salesman or saleswoman at Lakeshore RV Center – we’re all RV enthusiasts and can help you find the information you need for successful RV ownership.

For the experienced RV crowd, what tips do you recommend to the first time RV’er? Please share in the comment fields below!