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4 Essential Tips for the First Time RVer

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Jan 29, 2020 02:37 AM EST

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4 Essential Tips for the First Time RVer

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There are many people out there who love to commune with nature and take every opportunity to grab their camping gear and head out into the great outdoors. Then, there are those people who decide to take camping to the next level and become RV campers instead. 

However, whether you're headed across the country to tour an Iowa distillery or to the mountains to take a hike, there are a few tips you need to follow as a beginning RVer. 

Be Thorough 

Even seasoned RVers leave things behind when it's time to move on, so as a beginner it's important to be thorough when packing up to move to the next location. You have to pack up your trailer and make sure that it's road ready when it's time to move on. It's important to give yourself plenty of time to make sure all your belongings are securely tied down for the ride. As a beginner in the RV world, it's best to write up a checklist to follow until packing up is second nature. Forgetting to secure a latch or close a drawer can be a lesson learned the hard way, but why not skip that and make a list instead? 

Take Your Time on the Road 

This tip applies to how much time you plan to spend on the road each day and even how long you intend to stay in one spot. It's important not to try and cover too many miles in a day. Not only is that dangerous, but you're failing to enjoy the beauty of the area you're in at the same time. One of the best parts of becoming an RVer is taking the time to enjoy the views you would have easily passed by without seeing before. A good rule of thumb to follow is 300 miles or 3 pm is your cut-off point for traveling each day. If you reach either, it's time to call it a night, set up camp and just enjoy the area you're in. 

Once you reach your destination, don't just head back out the next morning, spend a few days relaxing and getting to know the area you're in. In this way, you'll be fresh to get back on the road and have a relaxing time as well. There are many places to see when you're an RV camper, take your time and enjoy them all. 

Ask a Ton of Questions 

One of the best things about being an RVer is that the community is so big you can easily get answers to the questions you have, and you should have a ton when you are first starting out. Talk to RVers along your route, ask questions if you have them. You can pretty much guarantee that if they don't know the answer, they will find someone that does. 

Always Be Flexible 

RVing is about taking it easy and enjoying the experience. A lot of things can happen on the road, from bad weather to someone getting sick. You need to learn to be flexible with your plans. If weather or sickness puts you behind a day so be it! Enjoy where you're at and then ride towards a sunnier spot when everyone is on the mend. 

Becoming an RVer is all about the ride and the adventure that awaits you from city to city and state to state. The last thing you want to do is get too caught up in the details. Plan your trip, pack well, ask questions, and get to know your fellow RV community members. RV camping is fun and relaxing and you shouldn't make it anything but that for you and your family. 

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