Back to the basics: Some friendly advice from a seasoned RVer

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September 1, 2008

By Guest Blogger, Ted Kasper

Traveling, a seasonal home, camping-each RVer chooses how they will enjoy their RV. Even so, there are a few simple steps RVers of all experience levels should follow before going on a trip.

Enjoy the journey
Take some secondary roads and enjoy the countryside. The interstates are a quick and convenient way to get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time. When driving through mountains, the interstates also often have wider curves and less steep grades for easier driving.

When traveling, most RVers will agree that you shouldn’t make the drive too long. Try to travel no further than 350 miles in one day; go no faster than 65 mph; and, limit your driving to the daylight hours as much as possible.

It’s also useful to remember the old “Truck Driver’s Adage” applies to RVers as well … “never drive in where you can’t drive out.”

Be prepared
Supplies such as a roll of duct tape, a can of WD-40 and bungee cords should always be kept on board before a trip. Keep in mind it’s not uncommon to forget things, so knowing locations of the nearest stores is useful.

Those with travel trailers, fifth wheels, tent campers or those towing a vehicle should always double-check their hookup before the pull. Brake lights and turn signals should also be tested before you embark on your journey.

Learn the tricks of the trade
Inexperienced and seasoned RVers alike should keep up on the latest RV tips and information. Find a trusted RV book/manual and educate yourself. Use the Internet to create on-line discussions in chat rooms and forums. The more you know, the more relaxed you’ll be in your travels.

A good attitude goes a long way
Keep a sense of humor and remember to have fun. A positive attitude will maximize enjoyment for both you and your family. The kids will remember the time you stopped along the roadside by the water to have a swim and some lunch more than they will remember going to dinner at that fancy restaurant. Pair a positive outlook with the implementation of these basic practices and you’re on your way to creating some great RV trip memories.

Keep up on the latest trends
RV shows are the perfect place to see all the latest RV innovations… from new models and features to the hottest parts and accessories. They are also a great place to attend seminars, talk to other RVers and gather information about campgrounds and places to visit. If you’re in Michigan, be sure to check out the area’s biggest RV show, the MARVAC Detroit Camper & RV Show, held October 1-5, 2008, at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. See for more information.

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  1. At Life On Wheels last year someone gave the three two rules;
    1. Drive 200 miles or less on each leg
    2.Arrive before 2:00PM
    3, Stay at least two days.

    i try to adhere to this as much as I can.