driving tips

Driving an RV is simpler than you think and doesn’t require a special license. RVs are bigger than a car, but with a few adjustments to your driving technique, you’ll find it fun and easy to drive your RV. To help get you comfortable on the road, here are a few tips to make driving an RV fun and stress-free.

  • It takes longer to accelerate and stop in an RV. Drivers sit higher in a motorhome, so this allows you to see farther ahead and react more quickly.
  • With a minimum height clearance of about 11 feet, be sure to avoid overhanging tree branches, parking garages, and low canopies.
  • Drivers sit farther to the left than in a car. Be mindful that the tendency is to overcompensate and drive too far to the right side of the road.
  • Motorhomes have a wider turning radius. Driving slowly will minimize the possibility of any damage.
  • Slow down when you pass bigger vehicles to avoid cross winds and currents.
  • Use a spotter when backing out your RV in addition to your mirrors to avoid surprises.
  • Pace yourself for traffic signals, hills, and other areas where you may have to adjust your speed and momentum. Accelerate gradually.
  • Avoid sudden increases in speed or braking. Instead use gradual increases and decreases and let cruise control do the work.

packing tips

RV excursions allow for much more packing space than travel by plane or car, but don’t let yourself get out of control. You still want to enjoy the open road and fresh air without cameras, candy, and corkscrews crashing down. Consider what you’ll want and need ahead of time, and avoid frequent stops in congested parking garages.

Linens/Clothes

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Wet weather gear
  • Shoes/Boots
  • Swimwear
  • Hats

Kitchen/Bath

  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes & Cups
  • Dish towels
  • Dish soap
  • Utensils
  • Can opener
  • Coffee maker
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Garbage bags
  • RV Toilet Paper Only
  • Toiletries

Outdoor

  • Wood
  • Tarps
  • Fishing gear
  • Lighter
  • Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Bicycles
  • Lanterns
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Miscellaneous

  • Roadmaps
  • Travel brochures
  • Campground reservations