Embarking on an RV adventure can be one of the most rewarding experiences, offering freedom and the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. However, even seasoned RVers can make mistakes that turn a dream trip into a nightmare. In the video at the bottom of this article, the couple goes over some of the most common mistakes they made.

1. Driving at Night

Arriving at your destination in the dark can be a recipe for disaster. It's harder to navigate, set up camp, and spot potential hazards. Always aim to arrive before sunset to ensure a smooth setup and reduce the risk of accidents.

2. Not Checking Tires Before Departure

Regularly inspecting your tires for proper inflation and wear can prevent breakdowns and accidents. Tires are the foundation of your RV's safety on the road. This simple check can save you from being stranded on the side of the road and ensure a safer journey.

3. Not Chocking Before Disconnecting

Always chock your tires before disconnecting your trailer. Even on seemingly flat surfaces, failing to do this can result in your RV rolling away, causing damage or injury. Making it a habit ensures your RV stays securely in place, preventing any unwanted movement.

4. Entering Destination in GPS After Driving

Set your GPS destination before you start driving. This ensures you have a clear route and can avoid distractions while on the road. Pre-planning your route helps in navigating unfamiliar areas more efficiently and safely.

5. Not Entering Exact Address in GPS

Entering only the city name instead of the exact address can lead to confusion and wrong turns. Always input the precise location to avoid unnecessary detours. This practice helps you reach your destination without the hassle of navigating through unintended areas.

6. Getting Propane at RV Parks

While convenient, buying propane at RV parks is often more expensive. Plan ahead and refill at a local supplier to save money. Proper planning for propane needs can significantly reduce your travel expenses.

7. Disconnecting Trailer Before Ensuring Cable and Hose Reach

Before disconnecting your trailer, make sure your power cable and water hose can reach the hookups. This prevents the hassle of having to reposition your RV. Ensuring all connections are within reach can save time and effort during setup.

8. Driving Over 65 mph

For safety, keep your speed under 65 mph when towing. This helps maintain control and reduces the risk of accidents. Slower speeds also improve fuel efficiency and reduce wear on your RV.

9. Not Doing a Walk Around Before Leaving

Perform a thorough walk around your RV before hitting the road. Check for any loose items, open compartments, or other potential issues. This final inspection can prevent mishaps and ensure everything is secure for travel.

10. Not Filling Gas Tank When Disconnected

Fill up your gas tank when your RV is not connected to avoid the difficulty of maneuvering at tight gas stations. This practice saves time and reduces stress during your journey. It also ensures you have enough fuel for the trip ahead without last-minute stops.

11. Not Using G.O.A.L. When Backing Up

G.O.A.L. stands for "Get Out And Look." Always get out and check your surroundings when backing up to avoid hitting obstacles. This simple step can prevent costly damages and ensure a safer parking experience.

12. Using Right or Left Instead of Driver or Passenger Side

When giving directions to your spotter, use "driver side" and "passenger side" to avoid confusion. Clear communication is key to safely navigating tight spaces. Consistent terminology helps avoid misunderstandings and potential accidents.

13. Not Considering Tail Swing in Sharp Turns

Be mindful of your RV's tail swing when making sharp turns. This can prevent damage to your RV and surrounding objects. Understanding your RV's dimensions and behavior in turns is crucial for safe driving.

14. Not Bringing in Awning When Leaving

Always retract your awning before leaving your campsite. Unexpected weather can damage an extended awning. Securing your awning protects it from wind and other elements, ensuring it lasts longer.

15. Not Knowing Your RV's Height

Know the exact height of your RV to avoid hitting low-clearance bridges and other obstacles. Label this information in a visible spot. Being aware of your RV's dimensions helps plan routes that avoid low-clearance areas.

16. Dragging the Bumper

Plan your route to avoid steep driveways and other areas where your bumper might drag, causing damage. Taking time to assess the terrain can prevent costly repairs. Look for alternative routes that are more RV-friendly.

17. Leaving Items Accessible to Pets

Make sure to secure items that your pets could get into while you're driving to prevent messes and potential hazards. Pets can be curious and cause accidents if items are not properly stored. Keeping your RV tidy ensures a safer environment for everyone.

18. Parking in a Grass Field Before Rain

Avoid parking in grassy areas if rain is expected. Wet grass can become muddy, making it difficult to drive out. Choose high ground or paved areas to prevent getting stuck.

19. Driving More Than 350 Miles in a Day

Limit your driving to 350 miles per day. This makes for a more enjoyable and less exhausting trip. Shorter driving days allow for more relaxation and sightseeing.

20. Winter Camping Without Proper Preparation

Winter camping requires special preparation. Ensure your RV is winterized and you're equipped to handle freezing temperatures. Proper insulation and heating solutions are essential for a comfortable winter trip.

21. Not Visiting Visitor Centers

Visitor centers offer valuable information about the best places to visit, hikes, and local tips. Make it a point to stop by. They can enhance your travel experience with insider knowledge and recommendations.

22. Not Pulling a Little Gray Water to Check Connections

Before dumping your black tank, pull a little gray water to ensure all connections are secure and avoid messy spills. This simple step can save you from unpleasant surprises. It ensures your dumping process is clean and efficient.

23. Not Knowing Border Crossing Hours

Check the operating hours of border crossings to avoid delays and ensure a smooth transition between countries. Being informed about border regulations can save time and reduce stress. Plan your travel to coincide with open hours to avoid unnecessary waiting.

24. Not Using a Road Trip Fun Map

Utilize a road trip fun map to discover interesting roadside attractions and plan a more enjoyable journey. This resource can enhance your travel experience by highlighting must-see spots along your route. It adds an element of adventure and discovery to your trip.

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