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.
Want to tow a car behind your RV? Then you’ll either need a tow dolly (to tow the car with 2 wheels off the ground) or an auto trailer (to tow 4 wheels up). Or you'll need to know how to flat tow a vehicle four wheels down. And if you want to take along boats, bicycles, motorcycles, or scooters then you'll need a toy hauler, a specialized rack, or an electric lift for your RV. Here, RVers show you how to flat tow a Jeep Wrangler... or any other type of toad for RVing. Plus everything you need to know about triple towing, double towing, flat towing, towing four wheels down, towing two wheels down, trailering a car behind a motorhome, and hitching a fifth wheel trailer to your pickup truck.
Here is a list of all the ways the RV Level 4 beats other RV leveling systems I’ve tried: it’s easier to use, it runs on USB instead of batteries, the app works perfectly without changing the settings on your phone, the calibration switch is better than the others’, it’s more reliable (accurate within 1/10th of an inch), and it’s less expensive.
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
I added some orange RV stripes to mimic the color of my Jeep toad. Now my motorhome and my Jeep match! It was easy. Here’s how to paint stripes on your RV.
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.
Car didn’t come with a tow package? And you want to use an electric brake controller for your trailer? Use these tips to keep from frying your car’s wiring!
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…
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.
Bicycles are the most cost-effective, lightweight, easy-to-use way to get around the campground — followed by electric scooters and motorcycles. Here’s how to get all of your bikes to your next RV destination. If you need a new bicycle, following are some really fun bikes worth considering. Plus, all the best RV carriers & lifts for bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles.
If you want to take some leisurely spins through the campground or RV park — and be able to stop and visit with other campers along the way — then you’ll probably want to bring along an extra set of wheels that’s easily towable inside or behind your RV. Here are all the best ways to get around RV parks and campgrounds.
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!
Choosing between 5th wheel trailers and bumper pull trailers depends on a number of factors that are all spelled out for you right here. Deciding based on price alone could be a big mistake.
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.
RV buying involves making many comparisons to find out which type best matches your needs. Fifth wheel RVs and motorhomes have some dramatic differences that are spelled out for you here. There’s even a video of another option, the Sprinter Van based motorhome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever have a trailer breakaway from your hitch before? I have. Here’s how to properly mount and hook up a fifth wheel hitch on your pickup truck.
If you own an RV and you enjoy camping, boating and/or fishing, then check out our best picks for small lightweight fishing boats that are easy to transport and store.
There are a number of ways you can tow an extra set of wheels behind your motorhome. Serious thought needs to be given before you decide what type of vehicle will suit your needs best, and which is the best way to tow it. Here are the best options for RVers…
Deciding which RV is right for you may be easier if you think of it as buying a HOME instead of thinking of it as buying an RV. After all, if you’re going to be a fulltime RVer, your RV will BE a home. Here’s what you need to know about the types and sizes of RVs, travel trailers, and motorhomes; towable trailers and tow vehicles, RV floorplans, and more!
What follows are all the best resources I could find regarding towing with a motorhome. If you’ve got a question about towing another vehicle or a trailer behind your motorhome, chances are you’ll find the answer here.
We are planning to tow our 2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited behind an RV someday soon. Here’s what we’ve learned about towing four wheels down, and how to shift the transfer case into Neutral.