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RV Vacations For RV Dummies

While this short article isn't affiliated with the “for dummies” books, we'll assume like those notorious publishers do, that the American populations are mostly dummies.  Rather cruel and judgmental, don't you think?  Nevertheless, here are five simple tips for beginning RVing vacationers to help keep them from killing or injuring themselves or getting arrested while trying to perform simple, everyday vacation tasks.

1. Yes, RVs are homes but they are still homes that travel at 60 mph.

Whether you're driving a motor home or a travel trailer, or even a camper or pop up trailer, you should thoroughly inspect your RV before you start your vacation, after you arrive and settle down, and during stops along the way.  Learn to inspect vital fluids in the engine of your truck or van, such as transmission fluid, oil and antifreeze.  Furthermore, the plumbing and electrical systems in the RV should be frequently checked for operation, leaks and performance levels.  It is best to get your unit served by a certified RV dealer.  When you're on the road, you certainly don't want to worry about your home breaking down.  Too many people just assume their home on wheels is running fine when it might need repair.

2. Winterize your RV for storage.

If you don't plan on traveling in the winter, then leaving your RV in the back lot in freezing temperatures can ruin everything, from the engine in the vehicle to the plumbing system in the trailer.  You must empty the water system completely using a pump.  After that you can choose to either remove the water by air compression or by absorbing with nontoxic antifreeze.  If you ignore it, ice expansion will cause the pipes in your system to crack, leaving your kitchen and bathroom to act as walk-in closets.

3. Know where you're going - make an RV itinerary.

Well yeah, you are technically “home”, but RVs aren't made to constantly travel 24 hours a day for years on end.  You have to stop somewhere.  And you can't pull into any McDonalds and camp out a few months.  There are certain parks and camping grounds (even resorts) that you can park your RV in.  While getting to these places in quick time is not “required”, knowing exactly where you're going saves a lot of money on gasoline.

4. Don't leave a tip on the dining table.

That's right!  When you vacation in an RV, you bring your home with you.  No wonder RVs are growing in popularity among people of various ages.  By taking an RV on vacation, you save money on hotel expenses (easily $200.00 a night plus tip) as well as expensive dining.  You can bring your own food with you and save all the extra cash for souvenirs.

Even a dummy can understand traveling in an RV is an economic vacation as well as an exciting one.