Make sure you have a spare, and it’s properly inflated.
Duct tape- If I have to explain it, you will never understand.
Fly swatter- Just trust me.
If possible, when backing up, always have someone watch for obstacles behind you. You need a spotter to stand near the back, giving signals, and watching for obstacles. There are some things you just can’t see while sitting in the driver’s seat. Plus, they can remind you that you forgot to unhook the toad.
Always watch for tree limbs and other overhead obstacles. Low-hanging tree limbs are a common obstacle that can’t be seen from the driver’s seat. For me, my wife giving signals is usually the one thing I can’t see.
Always have clearly defined signals, when backing up. My wife usually does some airplane signals, which I have never understood. But we both clearly understand her signal for STOP! (It works for us)
Change smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year. (Read- RV Fire Safety)
Plan your trip, and plan alternatives, and be flexible.
Check outside for obstructions and necessary clearances before opening slides.
Check inside for obstructions before closing slides.
Always chock your wheels when parking.
Also, set your parking brake.
Remove the glass microwave plate before traveling. Also, make sure the glass shower door is shut.
Don’t overspend for your first RV. Most people trade their first RV in, after a couple years, for a different type.
Before you spend 10s or 100s of thousands of dollars for an RV, try a few out so you can get an idea of what you do or don’t like about each type. (See- Choosing the perfect RV)
Arrive at your campsite at least two hours before dark.
When traveling, don’t leave anything loose lying around.
Create a to-do list of things to do or check before traveling.
Don’t drive away with your sewer hose, water hose, or electric line still hooked up.
Make sure your basement doors are locked.
Don’t think you have the list memorized.
Don’t drive away with your stabilizer jacks down, your antenna up, or your slides out.
Check the entire list every time. You could be distracted, and skip a step.
Make another list of things to do when setting up camp.
Don’t back up with your toad still connected.
Always downshift when going down steep hills. Even an automatic can be downshifted to help your brakes.
Always use a surge protector when plugging into shore power. A surge protector is cheaper than the equipment that can be destroyed.
Always use a water pressure regulator. It’s cheaper than having burst pipes replaced.
When connecting to a water outlet, always run the water a few seconds before connecting the hose.
Always keep a box of disposable gloves for the dump station. Yuck.
Exercise your generator once a month. Letting a generator sit idle will gum up the carburetor.
Always lock your doors and storage compartment before leaving your RV.
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