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Whether you are new to the world of RVing or have been traveling full-time in your RV for decades, there are always new secrets to be learned and utilized. From maintaining your RV to ensuring your trip goes as smoothly as possible, here are 3 quick tips to help you in all of your future RVing excursions:

Get to know your RV

While this may sound borderline ridiculous, familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of your RV is vital to any and all of your activities. This means sitting down and taking the time to read through your owner’s manual, putting a little extra time and attention into the vehicle as it ages, and getting to know the signs it is time for a tune-up or rest.

Additionally, it would be wise of you to learn how to repair minor issues, as this is an excellent method of saving time and money.

Don’t “wing” anything

Granted, there is something refreshing about taking a spontaneous trip. However, simply “winging” an RV trip may be absolutely detrimental to your vehicle, your budget, or both, as there are many intricate elements to taking your RV out on the road.

For instance, one must ensure their gas tank is filled, the vehicle recently got an oil change, the tires are in good shape and are holding good pressure, and other elements that ensure the vehicle is in good running shape.

Furthermore, traveling in a RV requires a destination and, often times, a reservation. Although certain RV campground systems — like Coast to Coast — book reservations as late as three days in advance, such last-minute attempts are not always acceptable. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to just put a week or more into planning your next outing, rather than running the risk of encountering unnecessary expenses.

Know how to care for your RV in different seasons

While a seasoned RVing veteran may already know this, it is crucial that you know how to protect your vehicle against the elements all year round.

During the months leading up to winter, RV owners ought to search for and patch any holes that could allow mice, squirrels, or other small rodents access to the interior of their vehicles. Additionally, it is vital that all gas devices are turned off, the freezer is defrosted, and all blinds are closed to prevent fabrics from being bleached by the sun while the vehicle is in storage.

During the months leading up to summer, owners should ensure their air conditioning is in good working shape by checking the system itself and cleaning out all air vents. Furthermore, they should check their awnings for holes or tears and ensure their refrigerators are running efficiently. Otherwise, one’s first excursion could be rather unpleasant without these necessary amenities.