3 Tips for RV Newbies March 2, 2017 Ted Palmer Share If you’ve been dreaming of buying your first RV, you may be one of the following: a) an adventurous individual, b) a trip-loving family, c) a retired couple who loves to travel, d) someone who prefers the idea of living in their RV as opposed to home ownership, or e) something else amazing! No matter which of these you call yourself, there are some important things to think about when it comes to your new RV. Here’s some food for thought from A&M RV Center. Become One with the RV! Even if you’re just renting, when you’re first getting used to an RV, it’s very important to take the time to practice driving it around a bit. Driving an RV is much different than driving a car, and drivers need to understand how it feels and works. It’s a great idea to even take a test drive on the same type of terrain you’ll be traveling on. This may sound silly, but many first-time RV drivers have run into trouble on unfamiliar roads in an unfamiliar RV. And because you’re a newbie, you won’t know yet how difficult it may be to switch lanes, ascend hills, park, and navigate without tossing everything in the RV around. Ask questions from the person you’re buying or renting from. If something breaks, you’ll need to know how to fix it or who to call. When you’re unfamiliar with an RV—as many new renters or owners are—you’re more likely to make mistakes. It’s best to avoid them altogether by practicing with your RV (rental or otherwise) to get used to it before these issues come up. photo credit: public domain via alaska.org Be Responsibly Spontaneous Avoid the urge to “wing it” too extremely when you’re thinking about RV’ing. Because RVs are basically homes on wheels, they can waken up the spontaneity in most people. This can lead to last-minute trips, which, for an RV newbie, can result in problems. Make sure that no matter how impulsive your trip is, you get a solid plan in place. Travelers should budget for food and gas, plan a route with stops, and figure out where to camp, preferably a place with electrical, water, and sewage hookups. To Rent or to Buy? …That is the question! For travelers, it can be a tough—but very important—decision. It’s a big commitment to buy, but if you’ll be using it often, it may be a better choice than renting all the time. The most important thing to ask yourself is how often you will be using your RV. Do you plan on going on a lot of trips or spending a lot of time on the road? Are you traveling far distances? Do you have room to park an RV on your property? For some people, renting may be wiser. If you only go camping or on a road trip a couple times a year, the expense of purchasing and storing an RV doesn’t make sense. A few things to keep in mind when comparing renting and buying: when you rent an RV, there is often a cap for miles; you rent it by the night; you usually have to bring your own linens and dishes, and you may be expected to pay a pet deposit. If these things are inconvenient and you travel often, buying may be better for you. Whether you decide to rent an RV or buy an RV, if you’re anywhere in the Anchorage, AK, area, allow us at A&M RV Center to help you out. Call us at (907) 279-5508 to find out what we can do for you.