If you’ve always wanted to take a RV road trip but a little shy about driving, worry no more! Here is a quick guide with our best RV driving tips and insights before your first time hitting the road.
For the camper who’s never driven a large truck or vehicle, you might want to start small for your first trip. We suggest trying a Cruise America RV rental
like a truck camper or C-Class unit.
The truck camper
, featuring a camper attached to the bed of a Ford 150, is great for small parties who are willing to give up key amenities like a shower and gas stove. If you prefer something with a few more modern conveniences, the C-Class vehicle Compact RV
will be a perfect fit. Small enough to drive with ease, but large enough to accommodate a bathroom with shower, gas cooktop and self-contained generator.
If you opt for one of our larger vehicles, don’t be afraid to ask questions when you pick up your rental. It’s also a good idea to take it for spin around the block to get a feel for how it drives before hitting a busy street or highway.
Know Your Dimensions
One of the keys to safely maneuvering a vehicle is knowing its size. Our Compact RV is just 7.5 feet wide, which is just one foot wider than the average car. This makes it much easier to park and you don’t have to worry about getting too close to other vehicles when driving down the interstate.
In terms of height, things can get a little tricky. At approximately 12 feet tall, you should be to pass under most bridges and overhangs, but make sure you are traveling on RV-approved roads. If a traffic sign indicates that larger vehicles should use a certain lane or take a different route, it likely pertains to you. This will be especially true for any parking structures or “drive through” lanes – think drive-up ATMs and fast food restaurants.
In addition, keep in mind that there are no reverse cameras, so don’t be afraid to ask your copilot to spot you while getting in and out of tight spaces. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Take It Slow
While driving on the open road, you may be tempted to hit the gas and get to your destination as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember that it takes quite a bit of power to move a vehicle of this size and it’s just as much work to stop it. Maintain full control of your vehicle by driving your RV at the recommended speed limit, breaking early, and taking it slow on turns and winding roads. Plus, you’ll have more time to soak in the sites along the way!
Make Wide Turns
Large vehicles require a larger turning radius. Make sure you clear the back tire – we don’t want any curb eaters here. Avoid trying to take a 90-degree turn and instead opt for a half circle-driving pattern. By taking a slightly wider turn, you can ensure a smooth transition and protect your passengers, as well as the vehicle itself.
It’s Actually Easier Than It Seems
Driving a Cruise America RV is much easier than you think. Focus on safety, take your time and be aware of your surroundings. Remember, it’s about having fun on the road and enjoying the experience. Now, it’s time to hit the road and take these RV driving tips for a test drive!