Every RVer will eventually make the mistake of turning down a road or path that won’t support their rig. The desire to explore remote camping locations makes the chance of getting stuck a real danger. It happened to me! Since then, I carry some specific RV gear and equipment with me at all times. See my list of RV self-rescue gear you need. Plus tips that I’ve learned firsthand to help you get out of a bad situation when you’re stuck in your RV.
Predicaments And Emergencies
An RVer's list of things that make you go Hmm!... Here, longtime RVers share their scariest predicaments & emergencies on the road with the hope that others can benefit from their experiences and learn valuable lessons. Some of the topics include: RV mold, RV height, width & weight issues, RV warranty & insurance claims, driving in high winds, avoiding trailer sway, using emergency radios, installing RV alarm systems, keeping valuables safe, RV scams, using your rv for temporary housing or as a disaster shelter, and much more.
Is your RV slide-out stuck? As much as slide-outs improve livability in an RV, the mechanical issues can be a huge negative. And a stuck RV slide-out tends to happen fairly often. Here are some ways to manually adjust a slide-out that won’t budge.
Here’s a list of the most common things that go wrong with RV slide-outs. See how to prevent those things from happening in the first place. Plus, how to fix them after they’ve happened. RV motorhome and trailer slide-out maintenance tips you need to know!
Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
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.
Wondering which electric bike for RV owners is best? I live full-time in an RV travel trailer and I just bought my first e-Bike. My choice for an RV electric bike is one that folds in half, making storage simple! Mine is the Lectric XP ebike. I’ll share with you some tips to make sure you get the right e-bike setup for your needs while RVing and camping.
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.
If your RV air conditioner fails like mine did, check for hidden electrical connectors that have gone bad. Here’s what to look for & how to fix it yourself.
If it’s been awhile since your last RV trip, you may have a nasty, moldy mess waiting for you the next time you open the RV refrigerator door! That is, unless you properly cleaned it out and propped open the doors after your last trip. Here’s how to remove refrigerator mold and prevent it from growing inside your RV’s fridge.
Extended warranties offer protection from high cost RV repairs. Beware… seldom do they cover everything! Also, extended RV warranty claims are being rejected more than ever before. See why…
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.
High wind and RV awnings are a bad combination. Awnings just can’t stand up to a good stiff breeze. Here are some tips to make your RV awning last longer, plus tricks to prevent damage in high winds.
Health care is the one stumbling block that keeps many RVers from pursuing their desire to travel with no particular agenda. Here’s how to find health care when you’re on the road.
We explore all of the RV radio options that are useful when traveling: FRS radios, CB radios, and Ham radio. Plus tips from RVers on choosing the best RV radio for your needs.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before you jump into fulltime RV travel. This is how worked for us. With a little planning, you will do just fine too.
Your RV isn’t a secure place to leave valuables. Aside from changing the locks and installing RV alarms, what are your options? Floor safes or small fireproof safes will help keep the valuables inside your RV safe. Here’s what to look for.
Things you should know to avoid getting taken when you buy a used RV. Take it from someone whose been there, done that!
New RVs are safer than ever — with all of the safety alarms and detectors that are factory-installed. But, if you’re buying a used RV, then you may need to add an RV alarm or two yourself. Here is a list of RV alarm and safety detection equipment that you need to have on board at all times.
Just like in your home, there are a number of RV alarm systems you can employ to protect your possessions and the safety of your loved ones. These videos show security systems installed in cargo trailers that would also work in your RV trailer or motorhome.
With an effective RV disaster plan, your ability to escape a rapidly spreading fire is greatly enhanced. For example, if there’s a fire, smoke and toxic gases can leave you with mere seconds to get out! Here are some tips.
RVs make great portable temporary housing — on the job site, when evacuating after a natural disaster, even when relatives come to visit!
Here are 5 ways to make the most of the limited storage space inside your RV.
When you need to evacuate quickly what better way than in an RV. Here’s how to use your RV during times of emergency.
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.
It’s easier — and safer — to buy a new car these days than it is to buy a new or used RV in many cases. Here’s why… and what to look for.
I’ve had cracks and delamination issues on a couple of the RVs I’ve owned. Here’s what I did to fix the problem, and what I’ve learned about delamination in the process.
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.
As a full time RVer, you need an insurance policy that is similar to a homeowner’s insurance policy. Adding your RV onto your standard auto insurance policy isn’t enough. Find RV insurance online with these reputable companies that insure RVs.