Top 10 RV Driving Tips – Go RVing Canada
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition speaks to many consumers at RV shows and often has to answer the question “I am new to RVing how difficult is it to drive a larger vehicle such as a 5th wheel or motorhome?” So we thought let’s ask the experts at Go RVing and they provided us with a Top 10 RV Driving Tips blog…
Here at Go RVing Canada we get it – that driving an RV can seem a bit intimidating at first. But did you know you can drive most RVs with a regular driver’s licence? Also, the RVs of today are very little what you’d imagine your dad driving. They come equipped with back-up and side cameras to help you feel safe and comfortable while you’re on your RV adventures.
Go RVing Canada asked Dave Sammut from Motorhome Travel for his top ten tips for driving an RV – and here is what Dave said:
1) Seatbelts on! Just like in your car, make sure that all passengers are seated and have their seat belts fastened before you hit the road.
2) Teamwork makes the dream work! Always have someone outside watching for obstacles and trees hitting the roof as you maneuver into or out of a camp site or parking space. If you’re driving alone, you might need to stop and take a look.
3) Please no tailgating. It takes longer to accelerate and stop in a motorhome, so make sure you keep two vehicle lengths between you and the next car (and that’s the length of your RV, not your Prius back at home!)
4) Remember ten and two. Make sure to keep both hands on the steering wheel as wind will impact your RV more than a car or SUV, and you’ll want to be ready if a big gust comes.
5) Slow down. Take all turns gradual and make sure that you take wider turns when turning right.
6) Batten down the hatches! You don’t want things rolling around while you’re on the road (it’s both annoying and dangerous). Double check that nothing has been left loose on counter tops or tables when you’re driving your RV and that all counter tops have been secured.
7) Toe the line. When towing, ensure that the vehicle or trailer does not exceed the maximum weight capacity of your motorhome or truck. Your local dealer will be able to tell you the towing ability of your RV or truck. If you must tow your RV (trailer) ensure that your car’s tow rating is not exceeded & you have the proper documentation. Talk to a RV dealer for more support.
8) Watch Your Head. Remember, you’re in a much taller vehicle, so those “low bridge” signs now apply to you. Watch out for those, and other overhead obstacles like tree branches and gas station canopies.
9) Don’t be THAT guy! You don’t want to be the guy who drives off and takes half the campsite with him! Check all utilities are disconnected before you take off.
10) Under pressure. Inflating your tires to the recommended pressure will help you operate your RV by giving the rubber a better grip on the road. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and ensure all maintenance is up to date.
Looking for more helpful RV tips and tricks? Head over to Go RVing resources for advice on leveling an RV, hooking up at a campsite, and much more!
Published: September 30, 2015
Last Updated: May 12, 2021
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