10 Biggest Mistakes Our Renters Have Made and How To Avoid Them
We've had the honor of hosting thousands of guests throughout the years, and we've seen it all... So of course we had to share a list of the most common mistakes we've seen our renters make. But don't let these mistakes dampen your adventure! By taking the time to learn from the experiences of others, you can avoid these common missteps and have the best possible RV trip. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time renter, this list will provide you with valuable insights and tips to help ensure that your journey is as smooth and stress-free as possible. So let's get started!
1. Forgetting about the turning pivot point:
If there is damage to the RV, 9/10 times it happened at a gas station. RVs are longer than standard cars and require more space to turn from the back. When turning, especially at gas stations, it's important to keep in mind the turning pivot point of the RV, which for the class C RVs is where the rear tire is. To avoid any accidents or mishaps, make sure to account for the turning pivot when turning and always be aware of your surroundings. Remember to watch the back bumper as you turn. It's also helpful to get out of the RV and do a walk around and see how much space you actually have. Class B RVs don't have as big of a tail after the rear wheel, so they don't require as much room when turning.
2. Leaving the awnings open without supervision:
When it comes to awnings, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, close them when you're not using them. Second, awnings are not designed for heavy winds or rain, so be mindful of the weather conditions. And finally, make sure to close the awnings before driving… so you know, you don't hit a tree.. (yes, that's actually happened).
3. Doing too much in too little time:
One of the most common mistakes made by first-time is trying to see too much in too little time. Take your time and stay at each campground for at least two nights. This will allow you to fully set up camp, relax, and explore the surrounding area without feeling rushed. It's important to remember that the objective of taking an RV trip is to embark on a journey and enjoy the surroundings, so take the time to savor the experience and make lasting memories.
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5. Not checking in with your personal insurance company:
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6. Camping in extreme weather:
When it comes to awnings, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, close them when you're not directly using them. Second, awnings are not designed for heavy winds or rain, so be mindful of the weather conditions. And finally, make sure to close the awnings before driving… truast us, we’ve seen it all. (Too many times). e and planning accordingly. Best to avoid anything over 100F or under 32F
7. Not paying attention to the fuel type:
Our RVs are diesel-powered (except for the Hymer Van) and require diesel #2 only. (Not biodiesel nor renewable diesel). When fueling up, double check the fuel type to avoid putting the wrong fuel in the RV. If you're not 100% sure, double check. We have an on-board cheat sheet that you can reference. If you think you may have made a mistake, do not turn the RV on. Call us for instructions.
8. Skipping the research:
You don’t want to book a campground and then arrive and realize it's in a sketchy neighborhood, or the pool is closed, or it’s been flooded. It's important to do a little research and get a sense of what to expect. Additionally, it's always a good idea to check for any rules or regulations that may apply at the campground, such as quiet hours or fire restrictions. (Check out our top 6 websites for campground research).
9. Burning candles in the RV:
Just don't do it! Candles are a fire hazard and we want you to have a safe and enjoyable trip and... not burn the RV down... thanks.
10. Not taking before and after photos:
We know you’re excited to go on an adventure, but any time you borrow or rent anything, you should be documenting its before and after condition. Take 5-10 minutes and do a thorough check with photos and or videos. We take pride in the RVs we provide to our clients, so we want to make sure that they're well taken care of before and after the trip. Documenting the condition of the RV helps protect us both.
11. Not reaching out for help:
We can't tell you how many times clients come back from a trip and tell us that something didn't work, only for us to remind them that we went over it during the orientation and they simply forgot. That's okay, things happen, but that's why we ask that you call or text us if you have any questions while on the trip. Most of the time, like 9.9 out of 10 times the RV is not working due to user error. We have online training videos in-unit iPads with instructional videos and manuals, and guides throughout the RV to help you out. But if you still need help, just give us a call. We're always available to help!