8 Mistakes RV Newbie Campers Make

RV newbies enjoying the outdoors

Since 2019, the world has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, people have been adopting traveling means that are relatively safer and less infectious. For the last few months, travelers have been exploring the country using an RV as it is safer and more convenient. You might have heard about it from a friend, or you got an idea of how it works. So, before you hit the road and rent an RV, here’s a guideline of the most common mistakes of RV newbies — and how you can avoid them.

RV newbies enjoying the outdoors

Skipping the Test-drive

Unless you work as a driver in real life, maneuvering an RV may present several challenges that might be overwhelming. Just because you have a driving license doesn’t mean you can drive an RV really well. 

Practice driving an RV in an empty car park. Get the feel of it of how it moves. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings, such as turn radius. Such aspects are critical in enhancing your safety and avoiding unnecessary braking and accidents. If you are an RV newbie, make a point of taking a test-drive and increase your confidence as you explore the land.

Not Watching the Gas Gauge

Let’s face it; if you’re one of those people who keeps forgetting to fill up gas, this reminder is for you. Don’t run out of gas in the wilderness. If you pay little or no attention to gas usage, you’re going to get stuck somewhere. Darkness will catch up, and you might get into trouble. 

So always pay attention to the vicinity of the nearest gas station. If you don’t want to forget, use a GPS app to remind you. When you’re exploring remote areas, keep in mind that a gas station might be further away from what you think.

Forgetting Paper Maps

If you might be wondering why do I need a paper map when I have a GPS app? Let’s say what if you’re traveling in a remote area and you have no signal. Sounds like trouble, right? 

Get a paper map. It could be your life-saver. It helps you to navigate even through unfamiliar places. Until one reaches the middle of nowhere with no network connections, you won’t realize the importance of paper maps. Always bring paper maps in your RV.

Skipping Basic Tool Kit

Prepare for any unexpected repair when you’re traveling in an RV. A lot of RV newbies would forget a basic tool kit. It’s important to have a set of it. What if something goes wrong and you don’t have a flashlight, screwdriver set, or toolbox. Such mistakes are grievous as it might be more challenging to improvise items in the wilderness.

Here’s a checklist, so you know what to bring:

  • Screwdriver set
  • Toolbox
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Duct tape
  • Set of pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit


RVs are such a small place, and sometimes, it’s easy to get carried away with packing. It is worth noting that you do not need every kitchen tool in the world, as some can serve more than one purpose. One set of plates, silverware, and bowls will do. Also, make sure to keep your things stored away. 

Failure to Make Reservations

We get it! RV travel is all about spontaneity. But if you’re traveling during the holidays, many great campsites fill up early. So what do you do? Book ahead of time. Call and find out the best time to book a spot. 

Even if most RV spots are first-come-first-serve areas, it’s better to come early and book a spot. Prior planning is critical in avoiding such hassles during RV travel.

Improper Planning

Most RV newbies are poor planners and suffer in the long run. If the RV is not reasonable, one will always be uncomfortable and unable to sleep. Fridge gadgets, among other tools, fail to operate effectively. One may end up experiencing a hectic period the entire time. 

Failure to Check Before Leaving an RV Spot Location

Packing up before leaving

Here’s where most RV newbies make mistakes. They forget to do a walk-around check before leaving. You don’t want to leave any valuable things and then remember when you’re on the road. 

Before you leave, check your surroundings. Make sure not to leave your portable gas stove or plates. Make sure to throw your trash before you go. Check your tire pressure and engine. Ensure that outside storage doors are correctly locked. Double-check you didn’t leave anything, including your family members or friends.


Managing an RV comes with challenges, but with this list, it will be easy for you. Don’t give up your dreams just because it seems complicated. It’s not really that hard if you do your homework, keep a list, stay calm, and pay attention. 

Slip-ups will happen here and there, but don’t panic. It will be a great learning experience — and a good joke to tell people. Relax and plan well before you start your RV explore. Have fun. Last but not least, don’t forget to do a walk-around before you leave. 

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