First Time RVing – Here are Your Camping Tips

First Time RVing – Here are Your Camping Tips


Whether you have taken the plunge and purchased your first RV or you are renting one to see how you like RV camping, you probably find yourself looking for places to go. As you scour road maps, you’ll likely be imaging all the fun you will have as you begin your RV adventures. RV travel is fun and exciting, but as a first timer, there is a much to learn. Here are some tips designed to help RV beginners like you prepare for your big camping adventure!

You’ve Got the RV, Now Where Will You Go?

As you consider all the wonderful places you’ll be able to explore in your RV, you’ll want to review maps, view photos, and read about all there is to do in and around the places on your RV Adventure Bucket List. While planning a long trip with lots of stops along the way might sound like the way to go, it is often better to take a few trips that are shorter, and closer to home. Doing so will help you get used to your RV. It will also help you quickly learn what you need to take along to make the longer trips more enjoyable.

Develop Your Set Up and Take Down Checklist

As you take shorter trips in your new RV, you’ll be getting familiar with all that is required to set up camp when you arrive and break down your camp when it’s time to go. As you learn, you’ll become more organized, so nothing is lost, plus, you’ll know what to look for when you arrive at your chosen campsite. On arrival, you’ll want to check the area for large rocks or other obstacles like low hanging limbs. Once parked, you have to level and chock the RV wheels, and connect to electrical, water, and sewage. In addition, there will be other items on your checklist like turning on the propane, setting up your awning and laying down your outdoor rug. Consider keeping a notebook in your RV with your checklist to record repairs, oil changes, etc. and have a handy way to keep track of items which need to be stocked for each trip.

Packing Tips and Tricks

First of all, be sure to pack plenty of extra power cords and hoses, just in case. You never know when you’ll need them and you’ll have peace of mind knowing they are on hand. A general tool kit should be part of RV resources in case a repair is need or an emergency occurs. Inside it, stock screwdrivers, wrenches, a hammer, levels, gorilla tape, a head lamp, and rain gear. When it comes to packing your other gear, don’t pack too much. You’ll need clothes, shoes, and such, but remember a store will be available in most areas allowing you to pick up other items as needed along the way.

Be Frugally-Minded

If you have purchased your RV, excitement is building as you can’t wait to get on the road. Keep in mind, owning an RV can be expensive if you don’t think frugally. Don’t buy all new accessories, appliances, and other gear before checking your home for the items. You might find you already have something you need for the RV lying around the house. If not, consider shopping for quality used items to meet your needs. It will also help your budget if you learn to make at least minor repairs on your RV as needed. It’s easy to find the information and how-tos you need on YouTube’s RV channel.

Put Campark, Niagara Falls, Canada, on Your List

Campark, Niagara Falls, Canada has a great selection of RV camping sites waiting for you! Each site comes with water, sewer, and 30 amp or 50 amp hookups plus a fire ring, picnic table, and Wi-Fi.