Renting a motorhome is a great way to enjoy the RV lifestyle. If you haven’t tried traveling in an RV, your first experience will be a real treat! There are all kinds of resources that will tell you just what steps to take to rent and operate an RV, along with how to utilize all the amenities that it has to offer. However, there are not a lot of resources that explain a few of the things NOT to do.
So, we have compiled a few tips and suggestions of things you definitely do not want to do:
1. Find the absolute largest RV you can.
Some think that because their trip is such a special event, they should “go big or go home.” You’d be much better off renting one of our top-of-the-line class C motorhomes. These vehicles are so much easier to handle than one of the Greyhound-bus-sized class A models. It’s more like driving a van or pickup truck without giving up the space and comfort. In a class C, there is less chance of being tossed around the road when driving through high winds, and getting in and out of parking lots or camping slots is a breeze (no pun intended).
2. Save time by skipping the pre-trip instruction session by the RV technician.
If you are new to RVing, don’t worry, one of our helpful vacation planners will assist you in selecting the right-size unit, and how to operate it. There is nothing difficult about traveling in an RV, but there are pertinent things you must know about hooking up to electrical and sewer lines, operating the control panel, etc. If you aren’t listening, or should you skip the instructions, you may spend way more time trying to figure things out than you saved by skipping the intro!
3. Pack as much stuff as you can fit into the rig.
There is a surprising amount of storage space in our RVs, but that doesn’t mean you must fill it to capacity. Be sure to take along what you need, but remember that everything that isn’t secured while traveling is subject to movement as you travel down the highway. You don’t want your eggs scrambled before you have a chance to cook them!
4. No need to check your surroundings.
There are few things that are worse than the sound of an RV backing out of a space when the electrical and sewer hookups are still hooked up! And the sound of a bicycle being run over is never a good one, either. Be sure to always be aware of your surroundings. It’s also a wise idea to not trust your memory. Make a list of things you must do before departing your campsite, and check them off one-by-one.
5. Make enemies out of your campsite neighbors.
One of the most relaxing things about camping in an RV is the serenity that comes along with it. Many RVers are early risers, and it’s considered a courtesy to leave quietly if you are one of them. Try to avoid banging trash cans, speaking loudly, etc.
Along the same vein, it’s great to meet your neighbors and get to know them, but be thoughtful about their privacy. Avoid lurking outside their RV … invading their camp space uninvited is not appreciated.
Lastly, leave your site as clean or cleaner than you found it. Remember that someone will be staying there once you depart, and they would prefer not to clean up after you when they arrive.
6. Keep your itinerary packed full.
Once again, the reason for renting an RV is to enjoy the peace and comfort that comes with it. Take the time to “stop and smell the roses.” Nobody wants to be rushed, desperately trying to make it from city to city. You don’t need to make it across the state of Texas in nine hours—leave plenty of room in your schedule to enjoy all the scenery and attractions that this nation has to offer.
The takeaway point is that you want to enjoy your first RV experience. Don’t get bogged down with hurried schedules and worries about what comes next in your adventure. Proper planning and adequate preparation make for the kind of trip you can only enjoy in the comfort of a rental RV from Cruise America.