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First Time RV'ers

The following information is provided as a guide to get you pointed in the right direction as a first timer and is in no way intended to be an all inclusive list of items or things to do to get started. Now I know that there are those of you that may feel that you know it all and I truly respect that and if you have any additional information that you would like to add, please do so. I would also like to point out that in this blog I use the word ‘coach' synonymously to describe everything from a pop-up to the largest motorcoach. As a first timer you will have a tremendous amount of people giving you tons of information and that’s great. My advice to you is to take it all in. Write it down and save it. Go enjoy yourself in your coach for a few weeks. Get to know the ins and outs of it first and then go back through the vast amounts of information received and start to sift through it. Create a check list of operating procedures as needed and above all else, RELAX!


Height and weight

  • Measure the height of your coach.

  • Once fully loaded, weigh your coach.


  • Treat you tires as you would your feet. Keep them clean, dry, and covered.

  • Check for proper inflation. They should be inflated in relation to the weight that is on them.

  • Check the date of your tires.

  • Check the sidewalls for cracking or wear.

  • Check the tread for uneven wear.

  • Use some sort of tire pressure monitoring system.

  • The spare tire should also be inflated to the same pressure and.

Equipment needed

  • Sewer hose

  • Water hose

  • Tank treatment (I recommend Tank tech)

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Disposable gloves

  • Water pressure regulator

  • Water filter

  • Non toxic bug repellant

  • Broom and dust pan

  • Leveling pads

  • Wheel chocks

Have a plan

  • Let someone know where you will be traveling to and when you expect to arrive.

  • Create checklists

  • Have an escape plan

  • Pack a “go bag” for emergencies

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