Anyone who has just purchased an RV is going to be pretty anxious to take their first trip. However, learning the ins and outs of RV camping is an important part of the process, and absolutely must not be skipped.
Below, we have compiled a list of some of the top tips for first-time RV campers. Be sure to read over this list and check it twice before you head out on your first adventure.
1. Learn Your Camper
If you recently acquired a new (or at least new-to-you) camper, it is important to know the basics of how things work before you take your first trip. Before heading out, make sure you know how to use the appliances, how the slides work (if applicable), and how to properly set up camp.
2. Be Organized
There is nothing more frustrating than searching for the spatula in the middle of cooking dinner. Making sure your RV is well-organized before starting your travels will ensure these sorts of frustrations are minimized or eliminated completely.
3. Go Easy on the Electricity
While an RV electric system usually keeps up with the demands of a traveler just fine, there are certain problematic habits you’ll want to avoid. For instance, never run a whole slew of power-hungry appliances at once. These include the microwave, some cooking appliances, hair dryers, space heaters, and the air conditioner.
4. Give the Water Heater Time to Heat Up
If you will be heading out the door in a hurry on your trip, it is important to keep in mind that camper water heaters—which are not typically left on constantly—do need time to heat the water before being used. Always leave yourself that extra bit of time in the morning if you plan to shower.
5. Plan your meals carefully and make what you can ahead
You don’t want to lug along a lot of stuff you won’t use, and you do want to have delicious real food when you’re out — so give your plan some thought. If you have an RV and are out frequently, keep staples in it — but use your inventory list with the status of items. To travel, add fresh produce and beverages. Otherwise, keep a crate of staples.
Note: Remember to turn off the heater when it’s not in use, especially if you have to turn off or disconnect the water line, as it can damage the heating unit.
These are just a few of the incredibly important things a camper should know before heading out on a trip. Be sure to consult your RV’s user manual for details about your model.