20 TIPS FOR NEW RVERS FROM 20 YEARS OF GO RVING

Our 20th Anniversary celebration continues! Written by Go RVing fans, check out our top 20 tips for first time RVers.

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  1. “Whatever you can afford, doesn’t matter if you’re towing a pop up tent camper or driving a diesel motorhome or anything in between. Load up your family, or your friends and head out. Nothing is like RVing with friends or family and enjoying the amazing things this beautiful country has to offer with your home with you.” – Dave R.
  2. “The first time, go within 45 miles of home and preferably near a store. Keep a list of items you run out of so that you will be well stocked for the next trip.” –Christine K.
  3. “Just go! Don’t be one of those people who lets their trailer sit on the side of their house…that’s just sad.” – Valerie H.
  4. “Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination, that counts. Stop and smell the roses– they are NOT on the Interstates.” – Rhonda K.
  5. “Get a system in place. Everyone has a job, from chocking wheels to opening cabinets to making sure nothing will fall out. We also use walkie talkies for communication upon arrival.” – Jennifer E.
  6. “Stay flexible. Don’t lock yourself into a schedule if possible. Stop if something unplanned interests you. You never know when you will be back that way and returning later will always be more expensive than stopping now.” –William T.
  7. “Don’t be afraid to ask fellow RVers questions. Most are very helpful and happy to share their experiences!” – Crystal L.
  8. “Keep the RV dealer’s number handy! On your first trip go somewhere with full hook ups. Our first RV trip we had no idea what we were doing.” – Chris C.
  9. “Drive slow, always check your tire pressure, and top off the propane!” – ScenicRouteTravelers 
  10. “Always remember that in a trailer the black battery cable is the hot lead, which goes against everything we grew up knowing about car batteries…black was always ground!” – David T.
  11. “Make sure you are handy and remember to have money saved for regular maintenance and unexpected repairs.” – Joe D.
  12. “Make yourself a checklist for setting up and breaking down.” – Jeannette S.
  13. “Take a spare long sleeve shirt, short sleeve, summer/winter pjs, a raincoat and a jacket. Leave them in the RV. You will never be able to predict the weather on an outing, so always be ready to be dressed right. Leave them in the RV all year ‘round.” – Karen C.
  14. “Get a camping diary. They usually have a “form” to fill out about the campground and a space to write notes, likes and dislikes, spots to try for next time, etc. Very useful for planning to come back to the same place.” – Jeff G.
  15. “Renting before you buy is a great idea. If you buy, do all you can to buy new/next to new from a dealership.” – Cynthia Z.
  16. “Take extra time flushing your grey and black water tanks. 10 more minutes spent is hours and $$ saved later. The most glamorous part of RVing!!” – Jeff G.
  17. “Practice driving with the RV. When you first get it, take the RV to an empty parking lot. Practice making turns and backing up. Take some cones (like the ones they use for soccer practice) and set them up as if it was a curb at an intersection. Be sure you can make left and right turns around the cones without hitting them. Also set them up and learn to back up without hitting the cones.” – Chuck R.
  18. “Plug in and set up before you Go RVing and learn about everything then 😉” – Liz S.
  19. “Kitchen appliances! If you’re camping at Thanksgiving time and don’t want to be a slave to the camper kitchen, buy a turkey breast and bring a crockpot! Then, you have time to go look at fall foliage while your juicy, tender turkey is cooking! Also, bring a waffle iron! It cooks in minutes and there are other things you can make in it on the go like an omelette or waffle iron cinnamon rolls!” – Kristi P.
  20. “Take your time, and slow down. Unlocking the joy of RVing can cause you to try to do too much too fast. You never know when the force will grab you.” – Soulful RV Family

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME RVERS

The best tips for first time RVers – scroll down to get your free printable packing list!

 

 

 

We went on our first RV trip – with two little kids – and survived to tell the tale!  Not only did we survive, but we had such a great time that I want to tell you all about it so you can have the same experience.

This trip was our “Lancaster redemption” trip.  When we started our bathroom remodel, we went out to Lancaster for a weekend trip and we got SO SICK.  It was terrible.  My poor kids remembered that as our family vacation, and it was so sad!  We decided to try it one more time, but this time with a fun new twist.

 

 

We had a true adventure and rented an RV from Outdoorsy. By going through this website, we were able to rent from someone who owned an RV.  He ended up being the sweetest man, and we had a great time getting to know his family while he showed my husband how to work the RV.

 

 

Our kids quickly made themselves at home! They were SO excited to see all of the fun features the RV had, and they loved their bunk beds.  Isaac kept saying, “it’s like Daddy is driving a house!”  It was adorable!

 

 

We learned a lot through this experience, so I wanted to share my best tips with you!

Tips for first time RVers:

  • Admit you’re new
    • We found that the RV community was so helpful. The people at the campground were super willing to help when we told them that this was our first time, and so were the other RVers that were camping around us.
    • Don’t be prideful! Admit you’re new and that you may need help, and people will be more than willing to help you if you’re willing to listen.
  • Take your time
    • A big part of the RV experience is the actual drive – so enjoy the ride! Take the scenic route, explore roads that look interesting…you can deviate from your original plan, and it’s OK!
  • Find a good campground
    • We were so fortunate to find a great campground for our trip. It bordered on a working Amish farm, and the horses came to greet us every morning.  It had a playground and swimming pool for our kids, which was just perfect.
    • Do some research and find a campground that’s really good for the needs of you and your travel companions.
  • Be prepared
    • It’s really helpful to read a lot of tips and tricks from people who have been doing this a LOT longer than you have! One of my favorite resources was the GoRVing.com website.  It’s filled with great information and really helpful resources.
    • RVing requires a lot of planning ahead of time, and it’s best to be over-prepared! I made up a list of essentials you’ll need to pack. Download your free printable packing checklist here.
    • Enjoy! Things won’t always go according to plan, and that’s OK! Be flexible, enjoy the journey, and take the path less traveled.

 

I have to say, traveling in the RV has given my family some of our best memories.  This trip helped us spend time together and see parts of Lancaster that we wouldn’t have seen before.  And at the end of the day, RVing is less about the destination, and all about the journey together.

Go RVing was a great resource for us as we prepared for our trip, and I know they will be helpful for you too!  Make sure you check them out here to find out more about renting or buying RVs.

Thank you

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

JENNIE GARTH GOES RVING WITH THE MOM SQUAD

I recently went RV camping at Campland by the Bay in San Diego with The Mom Squad – a group of 10 moms and 20 or so kids who take a vacation together every year. They were camping novices, and thrilled to give it a try. It was a perfect example of what makes RVing such a fun, easy and affordable alternative to traditional vacationing. Can you imagine the effort, cost and sheer exhaustion of these moms and all their children packing everything they need, flying somewhere for a vacation, eating all their meals out and being stuck in cramped hotel rooms?

 

 

I gathered up my youngest daughter Fiona, two of my dogs, packed the fridge with delicious healthy food, and left when I was good and ready (no baggage check and late rush to the airport for me!).

 

 

I drove my Winnebago Sunstar down from Los Angeles, and the Mom Squad had beautiful RVs waiting for them. Many campgrounds have RVs on site available to rent and include electricity, water and cable TV connected and ready when you arrive. One of my favorite things about RVing is that you can bring anything you want from home – and these ladies did! Their main campsite was decked out with twinkling lights, banquet tables, coolers packed with their favorite foods (and cocktails of course), a huge fire pit and camping chairs for everyone.

 

 

Campgrounds are the neighborhoods of our youth where kids can just take off and play, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of scheduled activities to keep them busy too. We started our weekend adventure with a tie-dye class, learning all the different ways you can twist then dye your shirt into exotic designs. Then it was off to the sandcastle building contest with Fiona. Our castle had dragons guarding it and a queen searching for her king. Don’t worry, the dragons didn’t hurt anyone, this isn’t Game of Thrones. The beach was stunning and Fiona and I had a great time, even though we didn’t win.

 

 

As I sat with my daughter and dogs, I was able to truly relax in my RV, which has become a home away from home for me. I didn’t have to take time to set up a tent and camping gear, it was all right there for me in my motorhome. I was on vacation but still at home with all my favorite things, my own food, my own bed and my family – so comfortable in such a picturesque setting.

 

 

The RV allowed me to make easy, healthy and affordable meals instead of having to find a nearby (and undoubtedly expensive) restaurant. I could have my spoiled dogs Roxy and Pinky with me, which makes all the difference in the world when vacationing – they’re a nervous wreck when I leave them alone, and they hate flying! To those that say “I’d bring my dogs if I could but it’s just too hard, or too expensive” try an RV. Being able to bring my pets is one of my favorite things about traveling in an RV.

 

 

Listening to the waves ripple on the beach, building memories with my daughter and watching my new friends in the Mom Squad discover how their kids detach from technology and connect to nature really brought home how amazing it is to Go RVing.

 

 

Go RVing 20th Anniversary Mobile Wallpapers

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Celebrate 20 years of Go RVing every time you pick up your phone with these fun wallpapers for your mobile device. Links to download each wallpaper are below each photo. Enjoy!

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//Wanderlust

//Wander With Wonder

//Adventure Awaits

//Follow Adventure

Top 20 #ThingsRVersSay

To celebrate 20 years of Go RVing, we asked YOU to share your favorite #ThingsRVersSay. What’s your favorite “RVism”? Let us know by leaving a comment!


Happiness in a camper

 

RV there yet

 

 

 

Just want to go camping

 

 

 

At home wherever we roam

 

Slow down and turn here

 

this is how we roll

 

drive this by myself

 

CDL

 

best way to travel with family

 

don't unpack

 

Less is more

 

the journey is as important as the destination

 

no rush

 

miles and smiles

 

road trip

 

not all who wander are lost

 

no phones or tv

 

 

time to Go RVing