A Few Good Tips for the Pennsylvania RV Newbie

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New to RVing? We can help. Everybody has to learn the ins and outs of RVing at some time. Hopefully, your mistakes and accidents will be minimal in the beginning.

I thought I would put together some things to think about as you prepare your new RV and yourself, to experience the RVing lifestyle like a pro!

  1. Take care of your black water tank. This is one of the most important things to learn about. If your RV doesn’t have a black water tank sprayer, dump plenty of water down the toilet to clean it out. Add recommended chemicals regularly to ensure that tank material biodegrades properly. Packets are the fastest and easiest to use and require the least storage space; just toss one down the toilet with a gallon of water. Use RV toilet paper; it biodegrades faster.
  2. Make a maintenance checklist. Make a checklist of things to do before and after each RV trip to ensure that you don’t forget any maintenance procedures while you’re learning. Make notes of anything that you need to keep an eye on so that you can check it consistently. You don’t want any surprises while you’re on the road.
  3. Keep fridge and pantry stocked. Keep non-perishable staples on-board all season so you’re ready for spur-of-the-moment getaways.  Make sure they are foods that will work together to make a meal.  Remember to use food before their expiration date.
  4. Keep clothing, gear on board. Keep a set of toiletries, toothbrushes, clothing, games, leisure gear, pet supplies, etc. on board so that you have minimal packing to do at vacation time.

This is just a very small list to get you started in your quest to become an experienced camper.  Did I miss anything you experienced RVers? Please share more tips in the comments below….

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!


Hooking Up, the right way!

2011 Open Range RT 331 BHS travel trailer from Lerch RV.

Camping PA.com owner towing his Open Range RT331 BHS

I have found some disturbing information from speaking to our Service Technicians. Customers often under-rate and overlook proper hitch-work. Being that this is the single most important point when towing, it’s really a good idea to understand and familiarize yourself with the right processes of connecting your trailer to your towing vehicle. Have truck, will tow… Is not a motto one should live by. All hitches have class ratings that should not be ignored. All parts of a hitch set up should be inspected periodically for damage and serviceability. If you believe something does not look right, or the trailer you are towing has all of a sudden ‘felt’ different. Please have a qualified person take a look at your hitch. Feel free to contact one of our Service Technicians at your Central PA RV Dealership.   The hitch set up is not the same for every trailer, if you recently traded in your ‘old’ unit for a new RV, your hitch setup should be looked at and re-adjusted for the new coach you are going to be towing.   I found the video below to be very informative and educational about hitches.

Mark Polk owner of RV Education 101 http://www.RVeducation101.com offers some tips on proper hitch-work and trailer towing safety in the video above. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) accident statistics available at http://www.dangeroustrailers.org, some of which make you really think.  Safety should always be at the front of anyone’s mind while towing.  It is always nice arriving at your destination safely, ready to begin making memories while using your RV.

It’s not a bad idea to practice your handiwork now and then to keep your hitching skills sharp.  Also do not forget to look over your hitch before you hook up.  If you need more advice or guidance on proper hitch-work, don’t hesitate to call Lerch RV.