Motor Home 101: Smart Tips for Summer Trips

MHF globe and appleAll over the country, summer vacation is ending and school is back in session. If you’re an RV owner who’s not quite ready for vacation time to be over—hey, there’s always time to squeeze in another roadtrip!—here are a few textbook tips that will help you on the road. Call it Motor Home 101.

Introduction to RV Arithmetic

There are two very important numbers to know when it comes to your RV: the vehicle’s height, and its width. Knowing the height will help you avoid bridges and similar obstacles that have low clearance. Any sort of collision with these obstacles can have disastrous results. Don’t take the measurements in the owner’s guide for granted, either. The manufacturer’s measurement doesn’t factor in accessories. Instead, take your own tape measure and find the actual height of your motor home and jot it down, helping you to avoid thousands of dollars in potential damage from an accident.

Many states have guidelines and rules that dictate how wide a vehicle can be before it is not allowed on certain road systems. Knowing the width of your RV and being somewhat familiar with these guidelines when choosing a route can help you avoid driving on uncomfortably small roadways.

Principles of RV Electronics

When you find yourself parked for long periods of time, it can be easy to forget that your recreational vehicle is just that: a vehicle, one that depends on a battery to start. Take a few minutes each day to run your engine and recharge the battery to keep all of your electrical systems working properly.

Economics of Beating the Heat

It’s still summertime, and the weather at most of your roadtrip destinations will be hot, hot, hot. Don’t be afraid to ask for a shady spot when you check in at the campground. Keeping your vehicle out of direct sunlight will keep the interior cooler and help your A/C and fridge to function optimally.

Furthermore, cooking indoors can warm up the inside of your RV. Plan to cook outside instead, on a grill or with a crockpot. Enjoy the weather, talk to your neighbors, and allow the inside of your vehicle to remain wonderfully cool.

Not only will these tips help you stay cool, they will help you consume less electricity and save money.

These are just a few ways smart RV owners can ace the roadtrip experience. Get out there and find your own this summer!


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