Nothing will wear you down faster than a long day of RV driving with banging and clanging going on behind you. Random RV rattles and squeaks can drive you crazy! Fortunately, most RV noises that are created by road travel can easily be quieted with a simple RV hack. These are the ones that work best!
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.
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 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.
New RVs don’t magically appear at the RV dealership. RV transport drivers drive the RVs to the dealers’ showrooms directly from the factory. Becoming an RV transport driver is one way to travel in a new RV with someone else paying all the expenses!
Love the truck, but hate the ride? This can be fixed by adding air ride suspension to your RV or tow vehicle. With adjustable air bladders you can level the load and smooth out the ride. Why let your truck beat you to death? Get air ride suspension and ride in comfort.
As this video shows, the added safety margin of a medium duty RV truck is impressive. Some 5th wheel trailers weigh in at 20,000 pounds. Do you really want to gamble that your RV trailer’s electric brakes will be enough to stop you in an emergency?
Towing a car behind your RV has definite pros and cons. The freedom gained is nice, but the extra cost can add up. Renting a car when you get to your destination may be a better choice. This video demonstrates proper procedures if you are towing a car.
Run flat tires on RVs can cause catastrophic damage when they fly apart. A tire pressure monitoring system can alert you to dropping air pressure in time to safely get off the highway and avoid a serious accident.
Truck stops are busy with semi trucks looking to refuel and go. Diesel RVs are welcome, but you need to use proper etiquette so you don’t slow down the process for the big rigs. This video will give you an idea of what a professional driver goes through each day.
You might think that RV jobs are hard to find, since you’re moving from one place to another all the time. Here are 2 fun ideas worth considering: being a traveling RV Workamper, and transporting RVs for an RV dealer.
Once the RV is parked, you need a way to get around. Bicycles are good if you like the exercise. A scooter will get you farther, faster. Here are some things to consider.
One of the most versatile rigs on the road today is the toy hauler. Built with the rear portion designed as a garage, a toy hauler allows you to bring along all the toys that will enable you to combine camping with your favorite hobby.
Maneuvering a big RV for the first time can be tricky. New motorhome drivers need to take care.
When the RV trailer’s load isn’t spread out properly, disaster can strike without warning. Here are the best tips for avoiding trailer sway.
Just as you need to know your RV’s height limitations and width limitations, you also need to know your RV’s weight limitations. Here’s how to tell how much weight your RV can legally carry, as well as how much your RV weighs with everything on board.
Chances are, your Class A motorhome or RV trailer exceeds the maximum width limit for motor vehicles. In most states, anything over 8-1/2 feet wide requires a special oversized load permit every time it will be moved. That is, unless you live very close to a qualifying interstate highway. Some states limit an RV’s width to only 8 feet wide!
A good RV driving school can teach you all the same skills that the professional truck drivers need — including how to make a daily safety inspection to ensure that your RV is ready to hit the road, and how to handle your RV in many different situations. Here’s how you can find RV training schools, seminars, and courses in your area.
Tips for stopping and braking when pulling a trailer, driving at highway speeds, and balancing your RV’s weight distribution. If you’ve never towed a trailer behind a truck or motorhome before, then read this first!
An equalizer hitch is probably the most important part of towing a travel trailer. That, and how well you properly load the trailer. Here are my best tips for loading and towing RV travel trailers.
Following these few simple defensive driving techniques will greatly increase the likelihood that your RV lifestyle won’t be cut short because of an unfortunate accident that probably could have been avoided — if you had just done things a little differently.
If your RV or tow vehicle happens to be powered by a diesel engine, you might be interested in using biodiesel or vegetable oil as fuel for your RV.
While you may dream of driving the RV wherever the road may take you, the truth is that sometimes you might have to transport it. Transporting an RV can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are well prepared and do your research, you should be able to have a smooth move and save a lot of money.
Some very famous people have enjoyed the RV lifestyle. Here are some of the rich and famous stories surrounding RVs, motorhomes, and Airstream trailers.
After you purchase a new or used RV — be it a motorhome or trailer — the most costly item needed to move it down the highway is the fuel that makes the motor run. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to maximize how far your fuel investment will take you. Here are some tips for getting the most from your RV fuel dollars on the road.
Here’s what you need to know to drive your RV safely through snow, sleet, and ice.
Nothing would ruin your day faster than the instant you realized that your RV was too tall to fit below the bridge you just went under. Every state is different as to whether they mark the height of bridges or not. Here’s what you need to know before you drive an RV.
Having appliances like the RV refrigerator or plumbing give you problems can be annoying, but when the RV’s motor sputters to a halt and all you get is a Click, Click when you attempt to restart… things can get serious real quick. Your options for seeking roadside assistance vary greatly, depending on what type of RV you have.