We have all met people that make us question life as we know it. They seem to do things the hard way or miss the (seemingly) obvious approach to a situation. However, most of us, at some point in our lives have also been the one that had others scratching their heads and wondering, “why?”.

If you are new to the world of RVing, don’t be the person who leaves others wondering, “when will this trip be OVER?”  To keep this from happening, it is important that you learn a few basic rules of the RV lifestyle.

What NOT to Do as an RV Owner

Not planning –

Winging it might be okay once you arrive at your destination.  But when it comes to the road trip, it is important to do your homework.  Know if the roads are not designed for an RV, make reservations, arrive to your destination early (while there is still daylight), and practice how to park your RV.  These are all part of making a road trip more pleasant.

Ignore campground rules –

Breaking park rules is a great way to make enemies or even be asked to leave before you intend yo.  Be sure to learn what the campsite rules are, and do your part to follow them.

RV TripToo much stuff –

Think tiny home on wheels.  This is your RV.  And to enjoy living in it- whether for a weekend or as a new lifestyle- means being realistic.  Know what you actually need vs. what you think you need.  Take an objective look at how much clothing you need, how many pairs of shoes, and kitchen items.  Chances are good that you can bring less and find ways to get multiple uses from others.

Forget the important stuff-

Some items that shouldn’t be overlooked when packing your RV.  For instance, don’t head out for a tip without having basic supplies like transmission fluid, motor oil, a spare tire, extra (but not in excess) water, and standard tools will help you be prepared in case of emergency.   Make keeping fluids and oils on hand simple by purchasing a few extras from AMSOIL dealer, Lifetime Oil so you can top things as needed.

Don’t get gas at regular gas station –

Truck-stop-friendly gas stations are the RVer’s friend – especially on long trips. Not only can you top off the gas tank, but you will find a better selection of snacks, will have more room for maneuvering your RV, clean bathrooms and showers, and an assortment of “amenities” that smaller, more traditional gas stations don’t offer.

Driving through storms –

Driving an RV through a light rain is one thing.  Driving through a storm where the wind is whipping, and the RV is swaying is completely different.  It is a challenge for the experienced RV driver.  As a rookie it is better (and safer) to find somewhere to pull off and wait it out.

Buy a Day Pass at a national park-

Spending time at one of the numerous state parks is a big perk of traveling/living in an RV.  However, those single-day passes add up.  Make better use of your budget and purchase an annual National Parks Pass and you can stay at more than 2,000 federal recreation areas without the pricey daily fees.  If you are a military veteran, you may be eligible for a lifetime national park access.

Parking solo –

Parking an RV is not the same as parking your truck or car.  Be sure to spend some time practicing, and then be sure to have someone “spot” for you when parking at the campsite so you can avoid accidents.

These are just a few of the tell-tale signs of a rooking RVer.  Avoid making these mistakes, and you people will think you are a longtime pro.  Sure chances are good that you will make other mistakes and adjust, but don’t let that hold you back.  Pack up, hit the road, and get ready for adventure.