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The excitement and anticipation of your first RV trip can be quickly replaced by frustration and disappointment if you haven’t done your research and planned things out before you hit the road. Taking the guesswork out of the picture can be a big help in avoiding these 5 common first RV trip mistakes. Even if you are the spontaneous type, a little planning can go a long way when it comes to having a pleasant first RV trip experience.

#1. Hitting the Road Without a Plan

“Have RV Will Travel” is a great motto! There are plenty of adventures that await you out on the open road. Planning is a simple way to avoid unnecessary pitfalls. Don’t worry; there will still be plenty of adventure on your first RV trip! Taking the time to plan it just means the memories you make will not be full of mishaps and wrong turns.

Decide where you want to go for your first trip and line things up. Mapping out your route and calling for reservations means your first RV trip story won’t be about the time you got lost on the way then arrived after dark at the campground and it was full. A little planning means that when your trip goes south that’s an actual direction you planned, not describing the result of a string of unfortunate events.

#2. Going Too Far

Finding a location close to home for your first RV trip will give you a chance to get used to driving your RV. There is a bit of a learning curve with maneuvering your RV. Mastering the art of towing, backing up, and parking your new RV takes experience and when you stick to an area you’re familiar with, it helps.

If you wanted to run a marathon you wouldn’t just jump up from the couch and go run 20 miles. Similarly, you may want to take a cross-country trip, but it’s not advisable to do that for your first RV trip! When you stick within a couple of hours from home, you can take a couple of weekend getaways and take the time to familiarize yourself with driving your RV, planning meals and making lists of things you want to keep in your RV.

#3. Packing Too Much

Speaking of things you want to keep in your RV, a common mistake people make on their first RV trip is bringing too much! While and RV affords a lot more room than just your vehicle alone, it’s best to avoid packing everything but the kitchen sink (because your RV probably already has that)!

While we’ve all experienced over packing for a trip, when you overload your RV it can cost you extra time and money. The more weight you are carrying, the more you’ll spend in gas and when you over pack, much of your time will be wasted unloading and loading back up a lot of items you didn’t end up using.

The good news is it doesn’t take long to realize when you’ve over packed! The other good news is that if you do over pack, it’s not the end of the world. Simply make some notes and pack less the next time!

#4. Relying on Cell Service

We’ve all come to rely on our phones for almost everything from communication to navigation to entertainment. However, when you are camping there’s a good chance you will travel places where cell service isn’t always available. If you’ve used your phone to map out your trip, be sure to download or print them out in case you end up in an area without service. You may also want to have a backup plan for entertainment; there are plenty of games and other forms of entertainment if you are unable to get service on your phone.

The most important backup plan is telling someone where you’ll be and when you’re expected to return! There’s one thing you can be sure of: you can’t be sure of everything! So planning ahead for the unexpected is wise because accidents do occasionally happen. Planning in advance for that slight chance you may not be able to call for help can give you peace of mind.

#5. Not Packing Basic Equipment

There is one way to ensure you need a tool on your first RV trip: forget to pack it! Even those who aren’t DIYers should keep a pack of basic tools like screwdrivers, tape and bungee cords in your RV. Having a few basic tools on hand can save you in the event an unexpected maintenance issue arises.

Additionally, basic safety equipment should always be kept on hand – for your first RV trip and beyond. No matter where you go it’s always important to keep a first aid kit handy. Other items that can come in handy are blankets and extra water in the event you have a breakdown in inclement weather. Some things to pack for road safety should you have a roadside breakdown include a tire pressure gauge, lights, reflectors, and road flares if possible.

When you take some time to do a little planning, you can avoid these 5 common first RV trip mistakes. Your first RV trip will be an adventure no matter where you go. Remember these tips so you can leave the frustration and disappointment behind and only pack for excitement and great memories!

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Congratulations, you are a new RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping season is over and the snow starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your post camping season plans.

Congratulations, you are a new RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping season is over and the snow starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your post camping season plans.

Why You Should Care About RV Storage

Your RV is a big investment. Storing it properly will keep it protected from the elements as well as theft and damage. Properly stored RVs maintain their value much better than those left out to face Mother Nature unprotected.

Proper off-season RV storage can also reduce maintenance needs. For example, when tires are protected from UV damage while they are being stored, they will last longer and require less frequent repair or replacement.

During the colder months, RV storage helps prevent issues that may arise from improper or non-existent winterization. When the camping season kicks up again, the RVs that have benefitted from proper RV storage will be ready to hit the road.

Common RV Storage Locations

On Your Property

The most logical place for RV storage is on your own property. The question boils down to whether you have enough room or not. An ideal RV storage would be in a large barn, garage, or outbuilding if you have one. If not, RVs can be stored outside. When storing outdoors, it is a good idea to invest in an RV cover as well as wheel covers. If it is feasible, store along the east side your home or garage to protect it from the wind and weather as much as possible.

Rented Storage Unit

When you don’t have room on your own property, you can look into rental space for your RV storage. It is common for self-storage companies to offer storage for large RVs. There may be indoor, outdoor or even carport-type covered outdoor RV storage options depending on the company. You can choose the type of storage depending on what is available in your area and what fits your budget. No matter which kind of storage you decide upon, it can be a good way to protect your investment.

Should I Store My RV Inside or Outside?

Unless you already have a large enough facility on your own property to store your RV inside, cost is generally the determining factor. When it comes to RV storage, the biggest reason RV owners choose to store outdoors is to save on storage costs. While indoor RV storage offers more protection from the elements, it is still possible to protect your RV by parking it away from direct sunlight, using RV covers, and protecting the tires. Tires should be protected from direct contact with the ground as well as using covers to block sunlight. RV skirting is another layer of protection that can be utilized when it comes to outdoor RV storage.

Before You Put Your RV into Storage

There are several things you need to do prior to storing your RV for the winter. Just like pipes in your home can freeze and burst causing all kinds of trouble, water left in the plumbing lines in your RV can freeze when temperatures drop and cause them to burst, too. Your water tanks are also vulnerable, as well as the fittings. So you can see why one of the most important steps in winterizing for RV storage is bleeding the water lines and know how to winterize your RV before storing for the winter.

There are other important steps when winterizing your RV. You’ll want to clean out your RV before storage – especially any food items that may be left in cupboards! If you haven’t taken all food out of your RV and cleaned it well, any crumb you may leave behind is an invitation to uninvited guests! There are plenty of pests who would be more than willing to take up residence in your RV for the winter, so don’t leave any traces of food.

It’s also a good idea to follow safety precautions regarding batteries and propane when preparing for RV storage. These items are flammable and must be handled appropriately in order to avoid damages.

When warmer weather arrives, make sure you follow the steps to de-winterize after all those months of RV storage. Then you’ll be ready to head out for another season of fun, travel, and camping adventures. 

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A big family trip can mean a short trip for your big family or an extended trip for your small family. Either way finding the best fifth wheel for families – large or small – means taking all the needs of your family into consideration and finding the best fit. Do you need room for lots of friends and family or maybe just for all the kids? How about all the toys required to keep an active, outdoor-adventure clan entertained? Maybe you need quiet luxury for your camping getaways. No matter your family’s needs, there’s bound to be a fifth wheel option that can provide the perfect retreat wherever you go.

What Are the Benefits of Fifth Wheel RVs?

When choosing the best fifth wheel for families, the first question may be, “Why a fifth wheel?” The general comparison is between a standard travel trailer and a fifth wheel. The unique feature of a fifth wheel is the way it attaches to the tow vehicle. Instead of a standard hitch like travel trailers, fifth wheels must be towed by a truck because they connect to a specialized hitch centered in a truck bed. While this may not seem like a benefit if you don’t have (or want to have) a truck, the benefits over travel trailers include unique and spacious floor plans, easier maneuverability and “shorter” towing length because much of their length is hanging over the truck bed. There is virtually no sway when towing a fifth wheel vs. a travel trailer which in and of itself is a benefit that can be the sole reason that many choose a fifth wheel for their family.

Our Top Family Fifth Wheels

One feature that is a big selling point when finding the best fifth wheel for families is that the fifth wheel floor plans almost always feature a private master suite at the front of the RV. This can allow for a quiet mid-day retreat or even turning in early when the rest of the family is still up enjoying games, swapping stories or watching a movie.

Arctic Wolf 287BH

The Arctic Wolf 287 BH is one of Forest River’s most popular fifth wheels. This floor plan is ideal for large family trips! It features a private master bedroom with a residential queen bed, double stacked bunks in the rear of the RV. A stow-away dinette and an additional tri-fold sofa round out the sleeping quarters so this unit can sleep up to 8 people easily making it one of the best fifth wheels for families, and extended families!

With all those people it’s important to have plenty of space to cook and serve meals! The large, open, L-shaped interior kitchen provides plenty of prep space and the super U-dinette gives plenty of space inside for big family meals. When paired with the deluxe exterior kitchen, there’s more than ample space – even for those who want to social distance!

 Cedar Creek 377BH

Looking for a home-away-from-home experience? Look no further than the Cedar Creek 377BH, it’s hard to beat this RV when you’re looking for the best fifth wheel for families. Parents can enjoy a private suite with king-size bed while the hide-a-bed sofa comfortable sleeps two more.

Planning an extended trip? The huge 20 cubic foot stainless steel fridge with ice maker in this model provides plenty of room to pack enough food for everyone without worries about restocking trips to the grocery store.  The large kitchen features an island with sink and prep counter while the free-standing table is close by for extra prep space if necessary in addition to providing ample dining room and a comfortable place to play games. The luxury power theater seats provide the ultimate comfort when enjoying the cozy fireplace or watching TV.

Rogue Armored 371

No family or toy left behind with the Rogue Armored 371! This is the Trojan horse of RV’s and easily one of the best fifth wheels for families – especially big, active families!  It measures a whopping 42’ long and provides plenty of space for living as well as ample room to bring all the family toys along in the rear garage through the ramp door.

There’s also sleeping capacity for 8-10 people which means when you’re ready to call it a night, everyone can get a good night’s sleep and recharge for the next day’s adventures. Parents can relax in the king bed while others can catch their Z’s on the raised queen bed or flip up sofas.

With the living area, bathrooms, and kitchen all located in the center, everything is easy to get to no matter what you need with this spacious interior design.

And if you’re a fan of boondocking, the Rogue has an optional 5500 watt generator and 100+ gallon fresh water tank. This makes it ideal for being off the grid. That means quiet camping away from the crowds without worrying giving up the amenities that you love.

With any RV you choose, there are also upgrade options to personalize and customize to suit your needs. No matter the size of your family or the activities you plan on a big family trip, finding the best fifth wheel for families is what RV Wholesale Superstore is here for.

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