You’ve just purchased a new RV, or perhaps you’ve had one for a while, and you are eager to take it out for a trip. Jumping right in the driver’s seat and taking off may lead to trouble. Even if you are experienced with driving a large vehicle, there are certain rules of etiquette among RV drivers. Learning these unspoken rules will help you make friends at campgrounds and along the roadways. Most of these rules are based on safety and consideration for others.
Lighting The Way
Driving with your lights on is an acceptable way to keep others aware of your presence. However, this can create a disruption for other drivers if you use your high beams. The headlights from an RV are the perfect height to shine right in the back window of a car. Lowering your lights around other vehicles is the best way to keep everyone focused on the road.
Choose Your Lane With Care
Sticking to the right lane is usually the best idea for RV drivers. If you are moving past a large city, try moving into the middle lane to stay out of the way of merging traffic for the exits. Stick to one lane as much as possible. Constant lane changes raise the risk of accidents, especially if you are driving a large RV with numerous blind spots. Always obey speed limits, especially on curving roads or areas with a grade. RVs with a high profile can tip over if you move too quickly in a turn.
Most of the rules regarding campground life and behavior at dumping and gas stations is summed up in those two words. Remember the needs of others when using a public space. Avoid walking through someone’s camp site or playing loud music when your neighbors are sleeping. Don’t block a fuel pump if you are just running in to use the bathroom at a travel center. Spills are your responsibility to clean. If you are new to the RV life, try practicing your skills at home. Try asking for a demonstration on how to attach your sewage hoses and how to lower the leveling jacks.
Many travelers end up between destinations when traveling across the country. There may not be a campground in these small towns, but you can often find a location with a large parking lot that may let you spend the night. Most Walmart stores allow RVs to park for one night. Always ask the manager or owner of a store before parking in their lot. Don’t make a mess, stay more than a single night, or set up your belongings outside of your RV. Treating a temporary parking spot like a camp site is the quickest way to limit your options in the future.
Stop by Capital RV Center
If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!