Renting an RV can be an amazing experience; a memorable family trip, tailgating excursions, or a travel adventure of a lifetime. However, if it’s your first time, and you have limited RV experience then it can quickly turn into a disaster. Fret not, this article is here to help you get the most out of your RV experience.
First things first, packing for your trip. We offer many number of add-ons to enhance your trip; all at very affordable pricing. Some items we offer: kitchen utensils, camping chairs, outdoor mats, outdoor grill, solar panels, bike rack, and so much more.
Additional items you may want to bring depends on where you’re going, what time of year, and where you will be staying. Here’s are a list of fun items every RV’er should consider bringing:
What To Pack?
Food, make a meal plan. How many people and how many days determines how much food you will need to bring. Good food always makes everything more enjoyable. My wife likes to cook the first meal before we leave and refrigerate it. So when we get to where we are going we have a good meal waiting for us. This is very helpful because the first night typically entails a lot of setups and sometimes troubleshooting. This surely helps cut down on any added stress. Additionally, don’t forget to pack snacks for the road, and for any activities you may be doing when you get to your destination i.e. hiking, fishing, etc. A good go to for us is Cliff Bars.
Coffee pot (included in the kitchen utensils if you purchase that add-on)
Games, what’s camping or a trip without cards or a board game?
Outdoors string lights, a fun way to jazz up sitting around a campfire.
A grill, unleash your inner chef.
Extra towels (never seem to have enough)
Movies for the road to keep everyone entertained.
An outdoor rug, this can make the campsite feel much homier.
A cooler with extra ice. Even though all our RV’s come with refrigerators it’s always good to have a cooler on hand.
Most of this up to the renter these are just items we like to bring.
CORE ITEMS AND HOW TO’S
The Electrical System (Generators and Shore Power)
One of the most import aspects of RV’ing is knowing how the power and electrical system works. This can really make or break your trip. If you’re running without power you won’t have access to all the amenities that make RV’ing so great: lights, AC, heat, TV, microwave, outlets, etc etc. Typically, there are two ways for your RV to obtain power. The first and most ideal is having your RV plugged into an electrical post at a campground or home. This is called shore power. Plugging into shore power will guarantee you the most stable and sufficient way to keep your RV and all its amenities running optimally. Shore power, if it’s the right voltage or amps, was specifically designed to run everything on your RV fully and efficiently. Without getting too technical most RV’s run either 30amp or 50amp. Additionally, when you book your campsite the campground with ask you if you’re RV is 30 or 50amp. For this, you can contact us here at Paradise RV Rentals and we’ll gladly give you that information. With that being said, 30amp is the most common you’ll see in our RV’s. The 30amp is enough to run one AC unit and to keep the lights, TV, outlets etc running. Normally, you’ll only see 50amp on bigger Class A Motorhomes with two AC units. The additional amps are needed for the extra AC unit. This brings us to the second and more complicated source of power; that is the generator. The onboard generators will also supply enough power to run all your amenities; however, running the generator comes with many limitations. Generator are mechanical and more subject to problems. This coupled with the noise does not make it a long term, ideal power source. Generators are great as fail-safes, backups, and for use during traveling, but to the run them as your main power source leaves you open to faults, troubleshooting, and more money spent.
Troubleshooting generators and common problems:
*Note: before starting the generator also remember to prime the generator and make sure the AC and all major appliances are turned off.
The generator is running but the electronics are not working, or few electronics are working and the lights seem to be getting dimmer.
-More than likely this is because the RV power chord has been discounted from the generator plug or was never plugged back in.
-Power off the generator, then double check in the power chord bay to ensure the power chord is plugged into the power outlets. Once the plug has been securely inserted into the outlet try to start the generator.
The generator won’t start or turn over.
-This is mostly like because the coach battery has died or the battery discount has been engaged
-Double check to make the battery discount is turned to the on position. If it’s turned off make sure that it reads ON and try starting the generator again.
-The most common issue is the coach battery is dead. This occurs when there is no power running to the RV and electronics have been left on like a light or the TV. The quickest and easiest way to charge the coach battery is to start the truck/van. The alternator will charge both batteries. Also, many times RV’s will have a battery boost button for the generator. Hold down this button at the same time as the generator start button. This will pull power from the truck battery and redirect it to the coach battery.
The generator seems to be running but the AC isn’t blowing or working properly
– This typically means the breaker switch on the generator, itself, has been tripped. Renters are not allowed in the generator bay without written or verbal permission.
-Please call one of our professionals, and they will be very happy to walk you through how to reset the breaker
If any of these problems persist or the troubleshooting has not worked please call us at (843) 901-4789. We will be more than happy to help.
The Plumbing System (Water Hook Up, and Dumping The RV)
One question we get most often is, “how do we dump the tanks?” This is the most over-thought aspect of the RV. Now, dumping the tanks isn’t always fun, but it is much easier than most people think. Please reference this quick instructional video for a set by step process on how to dump the tanks properly.