Driving an RV is very different than driving a car! Most of us learned how to drive an RV the hard way — through trial and error (and a lot of mistakes). But sitting behind the wheel of a large RV on your first road trip is not the best time to figure out all the challenges and nuances that come with driving RVs. Here are 12 important first-time RV driving tips for newbies to learn before renting an RV… or buying one.
RV Driving / Towing Tips
First time driving an RV? You need to see these tips from RV owners before you drive, turn, back-up, and park an RV for the first time. It's a lot different from driving a car! And if you're traveling in an RV, chances are you'll want to have a separate vehicle to drive around (for sightseeing, shopping, eating, grocery shopping, etc). Here, RVers are sharing their personal experiences and tips for towing a vehicle behind an RV -- including RV trailer tips, tow dollies, hitch recommendations, tow ratings, and more.
RV Shipping 101 – How much does it cost to ship an RV? See how freight carriers ship RVs, how to prepare your RV for shipping, and how to find RV movers.
Do you have to wear a seat belt as a passenger in an RV? Do kids have to wear RV seat belts? See what’s legal & what’s not. Plus, what’s safe for children and adults riding in the back of RVs. Since most RVers travel between states, it’s important that you know the RV seat belt laws in each state.
Do you know your state’s triple towing laws (or double towing laws)?… In many states it’s legal to tow 2 trailers at the same time! Here’s a list of states that permit triple towing. Plus, what you need to know before you pull 2 trailers behind 1 vehicle.
Motorhome towing tips — so you can bring your own vehicle with you whenever you’re RVing. See the pros & cons of flat towing four wheels down vs trailering with a tow dolly, a list of vehicles that can be flat towed, and how to flat tow cars.
Double bottom? Triple towing? Exactly what do you call an RV towing more than 1 trailer? These videos & photos will clear up the confusion. Plus tips for RVers
The LevelMatePRO is the best way I’ve found to accurately determine if your RV is level. Here’s my review of this handy Bluetooth RV leveling system.
Want to tow a car behind your motorhome? Then you’ll need an RV tow dolly. Here are all of the things you need to consider when you’re choosing a tow dolly.
Here are the 3 best RV apps that every RVer should have. These are the best apps for iPhone and Android phones to make RVing so much easier!
Since there are so many important things that an RVer must do before leaving camp and hitting the road, we thought we’d compile the ultimate RV breaking camp checklist. You definitely don’t want to forget to do these things!
You can learn from my mistake. As the result of my inexperience in matching truck to trailer, I bought the wrong truck to pull my fifth wheel trailer the first time. Here’s what you need to know…
What type of leveling system do you have for your RV? Not exactly sure? Here’s what you need to know about RV leveling systems.
The owners manual on every new RV states that you should re-torque the wheel nuts or lug nuts after the first 100 miles or so. Then periodically recheck the torque to make sure nothing has changed. This is a critical safety issue that often gets overlooked or just ignored. Here’s how to properly install RV wheels and torque lug nuts.
The following tips show you how to best use your RV mirrors when backing up, plus how to use RV hand signals from a spotter outside the vehicle.
These simple trailer parking tips should keep you from making dumb or expensive mistakes when parking or backing up your RV trailer.
Nude RVing is a lifestyle that is rapidly catching on. So are clothing-optional family-friendly vacations that involve camping. Here’s what you can expect and where to find nude campgrounds in the U.S.
Getting your RV level can be accomplished in a number of ways. Some take a bit of effort, and others are as simple as pushing a button. Here’s what you need to know to keep your RV trailer or motorhome level and stabilized.
Avoid RV weight problems by going to a truck scale first. It’s the only way to know for sure you haven’t added too much cargo inside your RV or trailer. These videos show how easy it is to weigh your RV at a truck scale.
Does your pickup truck barely control the weight of your heavy 5th wheel RV? Using a Class 8 heavy duty truck — or semi truck — converted for RV towing gives you a wide margin of safety and more power than you’ll ever need!
These tips cover the main ways that RV driving is different from driving any other type of vehicle. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with these unique scenarios BEFORE your first solo driving adventure behind the wheel of an RV!
The liability and responsibility is all yours when you tow a car behind your motorhome. These tips and video will show you how to safely pull a vehicle behind your RV.
How your RV hitch is mounted and hooked up is critical. These videos show what to do… and what NOT to do when hooking up an RV hitch to your truck.
Mountain driving in an RV requires some unique maneuvering both up and down hills. It’s much different in an RV than in a car. Here’s how to drive up hills and down hills in an RV without burning up your brakes.
An RV corners completely different than a car does. In city driving, cars will be crowding you. They may even trap you, causing you to hit them during the corner. This video shows how important it is to understand safe cornering with your RV.
Maneuvering in close quarters when RV parking is an art learned over time with repetition. These 7 tips will get you started. Practice makes perfect — especially when learning how to back up a trailer for the first time.