Last Updated on July 11, 2024

Embarking on your RV adventures can be thrilling, but it’s easy to make mistakes, especially when you're just starting out. We found a great video that highlights common RV mistakes and how to avoid them. You can watch the video at the bottom of this article. Meanwhile, here are some key points to help you steer clear of these pitfalls and enjoy a smoother RVing experience.

1. Improper Backup Camera Installation

Installing a backup camera incorrectly can lead to safety and legal issues. Jared mentions that he initially removed the center light on the back of his RV to install the camera, not realizing that those three lights indicate a wider vehicle. Instead, mount the camera above the center light to comply with regulations and ensure your RV is properly marked.

2. Ignoring Parkway Restrictions

Certain states, particularly in the Northeast, prohibit RVs on parkways. Using a regular GPS might lead you onto these restricted roads. Jared recommends using a trucker GPS or a trucker atlas to avoid parkways and other restricted routes. This ensures you stay compliant with local laws and avoid potential fines or dangerous situations.

3. Forgetting to Secure the Drain Pipe Cap

Leaving the drain pipe cap unsecured can result in leaks and potential fines, as it's illegal to dump water on the road. Always double-check that the cap is securely in place before hitting the road. Jared also suggests using an additional gate valve to prevent any unpleasant surprises when removing the cap.

4. Locking Propane Tank Access

For safety reasons, you should never lock access to your propane tanks. While securing the tanks themselves is important, the valves must remain accessible. Jared points out that you can use lockable wing nuts or straps to secure the tanks without locking the access doors, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

5. Refilling Disposable Propane Bottles

Refilling disposable one-pound propane bottles and traveling with them is not allowed. Instead, invest in refillable one-pound bottles that are designed for safe refilling and travel. These bottles come with proper valves and safety features, making them a better choice for your RV needs.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable RVing experience. For more detailed insights and tips, be sure to watch video at the bottom of this article. Happy travels!