The lanky Lazydays specialist with
a wide grin has a lifetime of RV
experience under his belt. He’s learned
a thing or two about towables, and
suggests these simple guidelines
when starting out in the RV lifestyle:
Educate yourself. RVs come in all shapes
and sizes. What’s right for you is based on
personal preference and budget. Learn what
is appealing as well as practical.
Ask questions. How many people will
your RV accommodate? Is it for weekends
or long-term? Will you be pulling toys? Will
you be using hookups at campgrounds or
boondocking in out-of-the-way places?
Know your tow vehicle. Does it have the
necessary capacity to pull the trailer you want?
Tackle pre-trip maintenance. Be vigilant
with your checklist, including: tires, brakes,
bearings, lights, battery, water systems, tanks,
appliances, fl ues, roof, hitches and windows.
Check everything two weeks prior to going
on a trip, so if repairs are needed there are no
Navigate with knowledge. Make sure you
know the Gross Vehicle Rating (GVR) for your
RV. Use GPS, maps and digital tools to help
synchronize safety into your journey.
Be storage savvy. Store your RV dry —
empty and sanitize all tanks. Leave the fridge
door open so any traces of moisture in the
lines or ice-maker won’t cause mold. Empty
cabinets and storage compartments. Close the
shades, turn off appliances and cover the tires.
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