When people think of RV-ing, the image of a busted up old camper and the camping equipment that is still collecting dust in your parents garage usually pop up (no pun intended). However, RV living has become an extremely viable option for people struck with wanderlust, or an insatiable appetite for majestic landscapes and American traditions. While living in an RV, adventurers may run into a number of obstacles that they simply hadn't anticipated, but don't let these little bumps in the road derail your RV adventures. The following are useful tips for RV beginners to help tackle the unexpected quirks of modern RV living.
The Septic Tank. While at least slightly unpleasant to say the least, emptying the septic is important to ensure the health and well-being of yourself and your fellow travelers. The United States has a large number of designated dumping stations, where campers can empty their septic tanks. Besides where to dump the septic, campers need to also be aware oh how to properly dispose of their waste. Using protective gloves, rubber boots and a sewer hose will minimize spillage and help protect against infection.
What to Eat While On the Road. Using a full refrigerator in an RV can get quite expensive and drastically increase your energy consumption and electric bill. Consider investing in a mini-fridge that is both energy efficient and saves valuable space in the RV. Shop for perishable supplies when available and plan ahead. Follow the Boy Scout motto and “be prepared”. The experienced camper can attest to the importance of planning ahead and stocking up on everyday supplies, including perishable and non-perishable foods and clean drinking water. Consider packing a box with canned and boxed foods that are easy and quick to prepare after a long day of traveling or exploration.
Proper RV equipment. The point of many RV expeditions is to relax, see the country, and step back into a simpler time to enjoy simple pleasures. That being said, campers do not need to pack the entire contents of their homes into their RV. Consider bringing only what you need, seasonal clothing, toiletries, minimal cooking equipment, and emergency supplies are essential for a comfortable and rustic RV getaway. It is also recommended that serious RV enthusiasts invest in a GPS system. Include the following supplies in your emergency kit:
Iodine tablets to disinfect any water supply
First aid supplies (e.i. Bandaids, gauze, rubbing alcohol, allergy medication, ect.)
Spare tire and/or Fix-A-Flat®
In It For The Long Haul. If you are planning an RV excursion that will last months or years at a time, there are few extra precautions that should be taken. The best way to clear out your home before moving into an RV is to have a yard sale. Decide what to hold onto and invest in a storage unit while you are away. Another option is to rent out your home as a furnished sublet, this can provide a steady and secure supplemental cash flow. To avoid mail being sent to a wrong address, consider using online or paperless bill pay, or ask a reliable friend or family member to handle your finances while you are away, the same can be done with regular mail.
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