I still remember the first trip with our new-to-us RV. Excluding the trip home from General RV after we bought it, our first trip was to Maumee Bay State Park, a great campground on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio.
On the way, just as we were approaching a bridge over the Maumee River in downtown Toledo, my uncle called. We were to meet him and his family at the campground and he was warning us of severe weather that had just passed his home west of our location and was headed in our direction.
The front hit us with tremendous winds. But we were kept relatively safe because we happened to be protected by two-story embankments on either side of the sunken highway. Later, that same weather system produced tornadoes in northeastern Ohio.
We dodged a bullet, and it served as our, and your, first lesson as RV newbies – always check the weather forecast.
The second tip for new RVers is to get your hands on a pre-trip checklist. There are many such checklists on the Internet, and when you do your search you’ll find several other RV checklists, including ones for Buying an RV. But what we want is one that is designed to make sure you pack everything and don’t leave anything at home.
The list below is basic. You’ll likely add and delete items on your list each time you go camping. From supplies to food to equipment, your list will be unique to you.
BBQ Grill & Accessories
Broom & Dust Pan
Non-Slip Cabinet Linings
Pots & Pans
Salt & Pepper
First Aid Kit
RV Toilet Paper
Aspirine & Medications
Jackets & Hats
Black Water Chemicals
Electrical Extension Cord
Fill Propane Bottles
Fresh Water Hose
In-Line Water Filter
Needle Nose Pliers
Sewer Hose(s) & Fittings
Water Pressure Regulator
The third and final tip for your first RV trip is to go camping with someone you know who’s an experienced RVer. I mentioned earlier that we went to Maumee Bay State Park with my uncle. He is a longtime RVer, as are several other members of my extended family. Having an old pro with you not only will set your mind at ease, but also it’s just simply more fun when you’re camping with others.
See you next week when we talk about How to Attach your Travel Trailer to your Tow Vehicle.
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