6 RVing Tips Every Beginner Should Know

Last updated on September 20th, 2021 at 10:41 pm. Originally published on August 14th, 2015

Everyone loves RVing tips, especially beginners. Even after a couple years of traveling in your RVing when you think you have become an expert of sorts, you might still have more to learn.

Interested in making your next RV trip a little bit easier? Check out the following tips from the RV experts at Love Your RV

1. How to Clean Your Screen Door — Hassle Free!

Have you ever realized that there are only a couple of screws holding your screen door to the main door? To make things easier when cleaning, simply take the screen door off its hinges. Get a hose, a soft brush, and a bucket of soapy water and start scrubbing away.

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Removing the door only takes a few minutes, and will make cleaning the screen door ten times easier. You can even get into all the nooks and crannies. When you are finished the screen door will look brand new!

2. An Infrared Temperature Gun is an Invaluable Tool

A favorite tool at Love Your RV is an infrared temperature gun. It can be used to check your RV tires, axle hub, and brake temps. There are many other uses for this great tool as well. For example, you can use it to:

  • Find the places in your RV that have poor insulation
  • Check the surface temperature of your barbecue grill
  • Check the exhaust, radiator, engine, turbo, rear differential, transmission etc. on your RV
  • Check the freezer and fridge for proper cooling
  • Check the temperature of your RV gas oven
  • Check to make sure that the air temperature coming out of your air conditioner is ideal

3. Always Keep a Stock of Bailing Wire and Various Kinds of Tape

When you live a full time RV lifestyle, your rig will suffer from some wear and tear. You never know when a piece of your motorhome might come loose. Therefore, it’s an excellent idea to carry tools that will help you hold things together until you are able to get to a repair shop. This isn’t as hard as it seems — all you have to do is carry a variety of different tapes to patch things up on the go. The most essential tape recommended by Love Your RV is a wide, extra thick roll of Gorilla Tape. This tape is great because it sticks to uneven or rough surfaces. You can use it underneath your RV to hold some of areas in the underbelly in place.

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Another tape that you will need is EternaBond roof repair. It can be used around the roof vents on your RV and as a seam sealer. But that’s not all! It can be also used to mend a cracked waste tank temporarily or patch up a plumbing pipe. Velcro tape and regular bailing wire are also handy to have around for emergency repairs.

4. Level your RV in an Effective and Cheap Way

If you can’t afford a store bought set of levelers, use two pieces of 2×8 wood and lay them on top of each each other. It is important to cut the planks just long enough to support both of your tandem axle tires at the same time. Also, you will want to cut each end at a 45 degree angle. This will make sure that the boards don’t flip when the tire hits it.

To stop the top board from slipping, drill three holes through both boards and add three inch lag bolts. This solution works pretty well and is very cost effective — even more so than those plastic levers that are found in RV parts stores. Also, you won’t have to worry about these longer boards sinking in soft soils easily.

5. Avoid Injury Around Your RV

All RVers have, at one time or another, bruised a body part when walking in or around their rigs. This is especially common around motorhome mirrors, trailer hitches, and slide out corners. To keep yourself out of potential danger, you will need a reminder so you don’t bump into your RV. Popular options are name placards, flower pots, wind chimes, and traffic cones. An excellent go-to item is a piece of foam pool noodle. At the very least, you can count on it to reduce your pain.

6. Get a weather alert radio

RVs are a lot more vulnerable to severe weather than a regular stick and mortar home. For instance, heavy winds can flip them over and large hail storms can punch holes in the roofs of your rig. But that’s not all. If you are RVing in the desert your rig is at risk to falling prey to flash floods.

The above reasons are why you should buy a weather alert radio — especially one with an alert feature. This way you will be alerted of dangerous weather situations, even if your radio is off. In these instances, having information is the best offense. When bad weather hits, the radio will buy you enough time to seek safe shelter.

What did you think of the RVing tips in this article? Do you have any of your own that you would like to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Love Your RV

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