With miles and miles of open road and countless places to explore all over the country, RVing offers a unique opportunity to explore at your own pace and stay in control of your destination. But driving an RV is not quite the same as driving a car. Not only that, but RVs don’t come at a low cost and in order to keep them operating like new for years to come, there are some best practices that every RV owner should know when driving their RV.
Aside from the need to practice, practice, and practice driving your RV locally before heading out on your first big trip, there are some supplies that you will want to invest in to ensure that you maintain your RV properly and safely.
Tips for Making the Most of your RV Driving Experience
Many RV owners learned the hard way on how to best take care of their RV, or how to stay in communication with other RVers that they might be traveling with. Leveraging these tips and recommended products can save you some time, money, and headache and will ensure that your RV is properly cared for so that you don’t experience delays when you are ready to get up and go.
1. Make sure that you are paying attention to your tire pressure. RV tire blowouts can be very dangerous and can be avoided when you ensure you are not exceeding the tire’s maximum weight capacity. Further, it is important that you are not operating outside of the recommended air pressure requirements, that you are not driving through road hazards, and that you replace advanced or aged tires. Many RV owners are turning to tire monitoring systems such as the Tiretracker TT-500 4-Wheel Tire Monitoring System that can alert them to the pressure of their tires instead of risking a faulty read from a pressure pen.
2. RV tire covers are a critical investment. Harsh outdoor elements including the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays can lead to extreme heat and damage to the RV’s wheels and tires. Tire covers such as the Adco Black Double Axle Tyre Gard Cover Wheel Cover or the Adco Black Triple Axle Tyre Gard Large Wheel Cover will help keep your tires in working order when you need them most. These covers are great for use when staying at RV parks for an extended period of time, and they can also help prevent rust and corrosion when your RV is being stored, especially in the winter.
3. Navigation units can help keep you pointed in the right direction. Many RVs don’t come standard with GPS units or they are not as user-friendly as aftermarket versions. GPS units such as Rand McNally’s RVND GPS comes with a rechargeable battery, charging cable, suction cup mount, and lifetime map updates. Not only that, but this particular unit comes preloaded with information on campgrounds all over the country so that you can easily locate sites with the amenities that are most important to you.
4. Walkie-talkies make it easy to communicate in RV convoys. Cell phones are great if you want to reach one other driver, but if you are communicating with a large group of RVers, or have others following behind in cars, walkie-talkies can make communication amongst your group easier than ever. Walkie talkies such as the K Tool International 2-Way Radio offer a range of up to 18 miles and are enabled with 22 channels each.
5. A flashlight is critical to ensure you can see into your RVs nooks and crannies. In the event something does go wrong on the road, you will want a flashlight available to help illuminate nooks and crannies underneath the hood as you troubleshoot your situation. The E-Z Red Focusing Tactical Light provides 220 lumens for up to 120 meters. Not only is this good when inspecting under the hood, but can be helpful when trying to locate your campsite in the dark.
Make Sure You are Prepared Before You Hit the Road
Taking some time to prepare prior to each big road trip will likely save you headache (and expense) later on. As the saying goes, if something can go wrong, it will. But you are less likely to experience trouble, and are more likely to get back on the road quickly or stay on the road for the long haul when you have the right equipment available and accessible. Properly maintaining and caring for your RV will help make it the lasting home on wheels that you have always longed for.