Sage RV Advice

Taking a road trip in an RV is just about one of the best experiences you can have. You might want to buy or rent an RV, so here is some sage advice for your trip.

1. Save Your Brakes – Unlike a car, stopping an RV requires a lot of friction in the breaks. This is particularly true with sudden stops. While your brake pads are built for the extra weight, take care to down shift to slow your speed.

2. Getting the RV You Need – Before you make the decision to buy an RV, give some serious thought to what you need. Don’t make an impulse decision. Figure out how you will use it, how many people will be involved and then purchase.

3. Winter RV Storage – If you store your RV in the winter months, you need to take something into account – water. Freezing water expands. Empty everything in your vehicle that contains water or you could be in for a nasty surprise.

4. Shop Around For Your RV – Whether renting or buying an RV, it is important to shop around. The quality of vehicles and prices vary widely by dealer. In this case, it is buyer beware.

5. Mexico Parking Lots – If you are cruising Mexico, leaving your RV in a lot can be risky. Make sure to tip the person controlling the lot a few dollars. Doing so usually prevents problems.

6. RV Clearance and Bridges – Before you get out on the road, know the clearance of your RV. This particularly true if you rent. Convertible RVs are not very popular.

7. The RV Lane – The best lane to pick on a freeway is typically the one next to the slow lane. Use this lane and you can avoid dealing with people coming on and off the freeway.

8. RV Internet Shopping – Before you ever go to a dealer, you should go RV internet shopping. Look at the various models and prices to figure out what you like and can afford without suffering under the pressure of a salesman.

9. RV Purchase Budget – If you have enough money to buy an RV, you already know about handling money. In this case, you need to set an RV purchase budget. Know what you can spend and stick to it! Don’t overspend because you fall in love with a model.

10. RVs in Big Cities – In general, you should avoid trying to drive in big cities, particularly in congested areas such as downtown. Use your common sense. Do you really think a 30 footer is going to do well?

At the end of the day, a motorhome is definitely a great way to get out and experience the world. It offers freedom on a moments notice and enough money to fill up the gas tank. If you get a chance, give it a go at least once.