TOP CONSUMABLE ITEMS TO KEEP ON HAND IN YOUR RV

When you Go RVing there are essential items like a drinking water hose and RV sewer hoses, there are nice-to-have items like a GPS and a portable BBQ grill and there are consumable items that get used and need to be replaced. In no particular order here are the top 7 consumable items we keep in the RV at all times.

 

 

1) For starters you need holding tank treatments to treat the black water holding tank after you empty it. There are dry and liquid type treatments available. I suggest products that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It’s a good idea to treat the gray water holding tank too. After you empty the gray water holding tank you can add some liquid dish soap or a gray water tank treatment down the sink and shower drains. Run the water long enough to get the dish soap or tank treatment past the P-traps and into the tank. The dish soap and water will help control gray water odors and assist in cleaning the tank.

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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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RV on the road

 

  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

GOING-TO-THE-SUN-ROAD

When I was a kid my parents had a book on the shelf – “The Most Scenic Drives in America” by Reader’s Digest. I used to take it down and look at it all the time. I don’t remember a specific drive that I longed to take, but I remember the whole idea of road trips and going places that were so different from where we lived. Somehow I got possession of that book and it is still in my office today. I pulled it down recently and was surprised by how many of those scenic drives I had already taken, mostly on the east coast. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to what has often been listed as one of the top ten scenic drives not only in the USA but in the world, Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Montana.

 

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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.

HOW TO DO COMMON RV MAINTENANCE

We have put together 4 easy maintenance projects that will keep your RV lasting throughout your entire adventure and with just a little bit of work.  We should all be working less with our RVs and spending more time enjoying them.

 

RV Wash Hack

While traveling across the country, we learned that the luxury of washing our RV at home was not so easily achieved in most parts of the country.   Most campgrounds wouldn’t allow us to wash our trailer in an effort to save valuable water resources.  We were often torn between keeping our investment in good condition and paying the high cost of a company to come out and wash the rig for us.  So we created this “RV Wash Hack” that helped us work with minimal water usage.  We have often successfully washed our whole 42ft RV with only a little more than a half of a gallon of water.

 

The secret tool we use is a common microfiber mop system with an integrated spray bottle attachment.  We use the Rubbermaid Reveal mop system for this demo.

 

 

In the removable reservoir, we put a mixture of water and RV wash & wax.

 

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