10 Things we wish we knew before RVing

Full time RVing certainly has its challenges. Read these can’t miss tips.

1. You don’t need the biggest rig. Don’t wait. It does not matter what size your RV is. Just get out there and start enjoying this great county.

2. You don’t need half of what you think you do. Oh boy do I know this. When it comes to clothing I sure went overboard. As if your living in a home, if you don’t wear it OR use it, you don’t need it.

3. You’ll learn how to clean. You’ll have to clean multiple times a day from washing the dishes and wiping off the countertops to sweeping the floor and tidying up the trash. If you like us, we tend to feel a bit claustrophobic when things get cluttered or if there is dishes in the sink.

4. When Google Maps says you’re 3 hours and 45 minutes away, it’s probably more like 5 hours. Google gives you drive time for your car. It takes longer drive time in your RV and you may be stopping more often for fuel.

5. Something will always be broken or in need of repair. While your RV is going down the road it is a mini earthquake. Things will break. It can be as simple as a light bulb or it can be as big as our brake failure this past summer. But try to keep a positive attitude.

6. It’s good to take your time. As you get on the road, try not to rush from point A to point B. Take your time and look around. You’d be surprised what you could have missed if your rushing.

7. Take advantage of RV rewards and discount programs. I wont go into the names of programs but do your homework because 1 night at discounted rv park could have paid for the program. Example: we stayed at a RV park that normally charges $85 per night. With our discount program we paid $20. AND the program itself was only $35 to purchase for a year.

8. Not all Walmarts are created equal. Many Walmarts do not allow overnight parking. Either a city ordinance does not allow it or it has been abused. Now many Cracker Barrels allow over night parking, rest areas or truck stops. If you have question if its allowed or safe, call the business directly.

9. You can’t find your favorite food just anywhere. Your favorite food items may be regional defendant. IE: hamloaf. It seems to be an Iowa thing because we can not find it in every state.

10. RVers are the most helpful people around. As you pull into a RV park or just driving down the road, if you have problems, the people we’ve encountered have been fabulous. They lend a hand if needed or make suggestions of where we can get help.

What things would you add to the list?

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