Top 10 Beginner RV Mistakes (And How To AVOID Them!) || RV Living

Top 10 Beginner RV Mistakes (And How To AVOID Them!) || RV Living

(birds chirping) – Hey guys, I’m Rae. – And I’m Jason. – And if you’ve watched
any of our other videos, you know that we’ve made some
serious beginner RV mistakes. So we decided to put them together for you and make this video. Our top 10 beginner RV mistakes. – So what are we waiting for? Let’s roll that intro and get into it. (refreshing music) So, beginner tip number one is to gas up the night before your trip. Do you know how annoying
and terrifying it is bringing this huge rig through a normal gas station filled with cars and people? We did it our first week, and I will never do it again if I can. So, make it easy on yourself. Gas up the night before
and avoid the hassle. If you do need to gas up while towing, or you drive a Class A, we recommend
stopping at truck stops. They have a higher clearance and truckers generally know that
people need their space. As a side note, be considerate
of truckers as well. They’re working, so don’t block pathways. Most truck stops are
diesel, so if you need gas, search out RV gas pumps. They’re normally located off to the side, away from the crowded regular gas pumps. So, come on, I gotta show
you something in the car. – Not knowing the height of your rig is a pretty newbie move. So make sure to get out and actually measure your rig once it’s hitched up. That way, you’ll know your exact height. Then, when you have that measurement, you can go ahead and get
an RV or trucker app, and plug that measurement into it. This will ensure you don’t go under any bridges that you don’t fit under. Personally, we like to
use the app, CoPilot. We’ve put in the height of our rig, and our preference for two-lane highways, and that keeps us safe on the road. What are you doing? – Oh, I was getting RV
mistake number three ready. It’s important to have a tire
pressure monitoring system. And better yet, get an air
compressor to go with it. Because there’s nothing worse
than knowing that you have a flat tire, and not being
able to do anything about it. Dealing with tire issues
is almost inevitable when you live in an RV full time, so it’s best to be prepared. That’s some pretty good product
placement for VIAIR, right? This isn’t even a
sponsored post, but VIAIR, if you’re watching, we’ll
gladly take a sponsorship. Right?
(car door slams) Hey, where’d you go? – Oh, sorry. I was just getting the prop
ready for mistake number four. But yeah, VIAIR sponsorship? Wouldn’t be mad about that. Anyway, mistake number four is
not having an extension cord. Whether you have 30 amp or 50 amp, just make sure you have
one of these on hand. Because, we learned this
mistake the hard way. We arrived to a campground,
pulled in, got settled, only to realize that the
hookup for electrical was all the way in the back. So, let me tell you firsthand experience. It’s not fun hunting
down an RV extension cord on a Sunday when all the
part places are closed. Man, that day was rough. Do you remember that day? Now where’d he go? – Mistake number five is
not having a basic toolkit. Whether you have a new rig or an old rig, you need at least a basic toolkit. You don’t know when you’re gonna need it, but trust me when I say, you will. While we’re out here, let’s go
check out mistake number six. Mistake number six is having
both propane tanks open. It’s RV law that your propane is going to run out in
the middle of the night. So, would you rather freeze your butt off? Or just walk outside real quick, turn a knob, and get cozy back in bed? The next morning you can
take your empty tank, get it filled back up, keep
it closed and plug in it until your tank runs out again. That way, you’re never
stuck cold in your RV. Hm, smells like lunchtime. (plastic bag crinkles) – Oh, you’re in here, alright. Well, RV mistake number seven is, not packing food on moving days. I can’t tell you how many
times in the beginning we thought, I’ll just make food when I get to the next campground. It’s a pretty easy drive, right? Nope. We ended up starving. Normally, places with food are in shopping centers and crowded areas. So, you don’t wanna bring a
fifth wheel through there. Can you imagine? No, you know what, don’t even imagine. Because it’s a nightmare. Or, you know what the other
nightmare situation is? Driving for what feels
like a million miles and not finding any food. So do yourself a solid,
and pack some lunch. Oh, this was from our date day video. Little old, but it’ll work. (sighs) Did you turn the heater on? – No way. It’s way too hot for that right now. But that does remind me
about mistake number eight. If you purchase a new rig, make sure that the first time you run your furnace you’re able to run it with your
windows and even door open. We learned the hard way that furnaces come with wood chips
and dust and oil in them that burns off and creates a
really, really acrid smoke. We settled in to watch a
movie on our shakedown trip, and five minutes later, the
smoke alarm started going off and the whole rig was filled with smoke. ‘Bout two minutes of panic and 15 minutes of Google searching later, we found out that it’s very common for this to happen. It can take 12 to 24 hours of continuously burning your furnace
to completely clear out all of the particles in your furnace. If you still have your sticks and bricks, we recommend you do this in your driveway. Hey, are you ready to do number nine? – You know I am. So, mistake number nine is not having a basic understanding of
the electrical in your rig. You need to do some
research and understand the difference between 50 amp and 30 amp and how they affect your specific rig. Normally when you pull too much voltage, you’ll just flip the breaker on the electrical pole
outside of your rig. But it’s pretty important to know where your fuse box is
inside of your coach. And you really should know
where your GFCI outlets are. Don’t know what a GFCI outlet is? Then you’re already guilty
of mistake number nine. Let’s go outside and
finish this up, you newb. – Alright, you guys ready for number 10? Since it’s the last, it’s
the most important, right? – No, these are in no particular order because we’re trying to
save you from all 10. So, number 10 is making sure that on travel days, your door is deadbolted. I mean, this is a moving house, so don’t you dare think for a
second just closing the door is not gonna pop it open
when you’re on the road. Thankfully, the handrail also
doubles as a second lock. So, I mean, I’m not saying it happened, but, one time it may or
may not have been open and if the handrail wasn’t
there our door would’ve opened. I don’t know, I’m not
saying that happened. But, just deadbolt your door. – Alright, those are our
top 10 beginner RV mistakes. Tell us in the comments below which ones you’re committed to not making. – Or, if you’ve made a couple
of these mistakes yourself, we’d very much like to
hear those stories as well. So let us know in the
comments those stories too. Don’t forget to like this video. It really does help us out. And subscribe to join our Getaway Gang so you never miss any
future mistake videos. We’ll see you next time. – [Both] Bye guys. – Uh, I’m gonna need you to move your head so it’s shading that drink though. Yeah, there you go, it’s getting taller. Thank you. Ready?
– [Rae] Yeah. – Is it rolling? – [Rae] Yeah. – Oh, you got that on tape. – [Rae] Yeah. (beep) – Come on, I gotta sow you something, (lisping) tho thomething. (Rae giggles) (beep)
Come on, we gotta show you something in the car. (Rae laughs loudly) I did it again. – [Rae] Yeah, you did. (beep) The worst idea. I should have given you this. (beep) – If you still have
your sticks and bricks, we recommend to do this in your, what? – [Rae] Put your hands– – Oh yeah, that’s right. – [Rae] (laughing) You look so silly. (beep) (Rae meows and giggles) (beep) Good? (Rae chuckles) (chicken burbles) What? Will you do number 10 for us? (chicken burbles) – [Jason] Guys, please, just five minutes. – Where are they coming from? There’s another one. (chicken burbles) (cheery music)


  1. Oh my gosh! We are moving and considering using an RV as a transitional housing solution… possibly for a long while depending on down payment options… but losing my chickens is the the thing I am lamenting the most. At the end of your video, when the chickens came into your camp, it filled me with hope and joy that maybe I will meet some beautiful feathers friends along the way on our adventures. 👏👏👏

  2. A good toolbox with all basic tools and any speciality tools your rig may need. Put your rigs dimensions on a plate near your driver.
    Practice backup and parking. As a camp host I have had lots of people drive straight from the dealer to the campsite and they do not know how to back up their rig. Many places do not have pull throughs. Some rigs use built in RV tanks, have the adapter that lets you connect to a portable tank.
    Having the portable dump tank helps so if your in a spot without sewer you can easily dump your tank and pull it to the station.

  3. Always remember that you are TOWING something HUGE .
    You will look at trees, power lines, overhangs and under paths in a whole new way 👍🏼

  4. For things like lowering your antenna or putting in your steps, write a note and put it on the steering wheel. If you normally drive the towing vehicle, tape a conspicuous piece of paper on the front of your 5th wheel so you will see it in the mirror when you hook up.

  5. I just went through a ton of comments…and I made a list of things to check and stuff to get! Between the video and the comments, this was a very informative post!

  6. Good tips and you two are a very cute couple. Loved the video! Hope you have a great day!!❤️

  7. Yep, nothing like free range poultry at your campsite. I'm guilty of about 8 of these 10. This was a grat video, thanks guys. We're moving up from a tow behind to 5th wheel this fall. I'm pretty excited.

  8. 've owned an RV before. Never again. Too many problems. The entire RV industry is crappy. Subpar materials, shoddy workmanship, Sleezy salesmen and unresponsive repair departments. No thanks. We just rent cabins now. So much easier and any water leaks or other problems are the responsibility of the cabin owner. Don't have to tow, tag or repair anything. I just want to warn people. DON'T DO IT!!! I know it's exciting to watch all the wonderful RV touring videos here on YT but I promise 90+ percent of you new RV buyers will regret it!

  9. And don't bye to old of a motorhome or a travel trailersa lot of areas have restrictions on how old they trailer can be and a Park

  10. Now this couple covers a lot of good things like when and where to fuel your vehicle I as a commercial truck driver and a lot of other commercial truck drivers believe that there should be a special license endorsement for someone to get in RB because they don't realize things at the height of the vehicle most of these are these are 13' 6" you can put things on top your RB but your maximum height can never go above 14' or where to get fuel or to be checking your tires or even just how to maneuver something 2530' 40' length or aid class a 3 axle motor home there should be classes that people have to take just like you do when you get a motorcycle you have to get a special endorsement on your license to ride a motorcycle should be the same for R b's be a lot less problems out there with them and I realize people don't want government intrusion shouldn't have to do that well we shouldn't have to but people don't use common sense this video's proof of it I see a lot of people with R b's hitting the canopy and gas stations turn up their AB10 up the king gas station canopy making right and left turns not realizing that trailer even those 25 or 30' long how far it off tracks when he make that turn and for you people don't know what off tracking is your vehicle makes a right turn the tow vehicle the vehicle you're towing is not follow the same path as of toe vehicle tires and means it goes off you the to the right or to the left by anywhere from afoot to 3' the pain on the length of your trailer that's op tracking and you can do some serious damage to your equipment and other people's

  11. New RV owner, make sure sink faucet off before hooking up waterline. sink almost overflowed. 🤦‍♂️

  12. Turn off the water pressure when you leave the campsite/RV park for the day. RVs don't have the best plumbing, and all the shaking and rattling down the road loosens connections. You don't want to come back to a flooded RV.

  13. If you ever (or when) make it over to Vancouver Island check out this place to stay….

  14. Top 10 mistakes: 1) Gas up the night before your trip and avoid the hassle of bringing your big or diesel rig through the gas station with tons of other vehicles, 2) Measure the height of your RV once you're hooked up. Use Co-Pilot APP so you don't hit overhead bridges. 3) Have a tire pressure tire monitoring system. 4) Not having an extension cord – 30 or 50 amps. The hookups may be distant. 5) Not having a basic tool kit. You will need it! 6) Don't have both propane tanks open. 7) Not packing food on moving day. Do it before you go! Always pack lunch. 8) If you purchase a new rig, make sure you can run the furnace with your doors and windows open. The furnace will smoke and your alarm will go off. It can take 12 to 24 hours to clear all the particles in your furnace. 9) Know your basic electrical on your rig. Know where the fuse box and GSCI outlet is. 10) Make sure on travel days, your door is dead bolted. The handrail can act to stop the door from opening.

    Great video – informative.

  15. Nice video! We are new to Rving and doing it full time. We literally have made all of these mistakes 😂😂😂 we are 2 months in and just keep learning as we go.

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  17. Hi, I've been following your channel! Thanks for the information, have a great RV experience all the way 🙂

  18. I am downsizing and begin demo/remodel on the 5th wheel this Sunday! I have to work fast in order to move in by the end of the month. I look forward to following your page for inspiration and any tips or tricks for my full-time life on wheels. I’ll be posting progress pics and videos on YouTube. Check me out in return if you’d like. 😃

  19. This is a very cute video. Also informative. You are a very nice couple. And you have a talent of putting your videos together. They are informative. You both have a wonderful manner about you. Cheers.

  20. Just an FYI on the electrical extension cord for outside hookup. I have a 50 amp 25ft extension. It is quite heavy and bulky. Most people just put it in a bulky box for storage. I bought a $5 5 gallon sturdy plastic with handle paint bucket and dual wrap spiral the extension inside it. It is easy to carry and when parked I leave it in the bucket and unwrap only the amount I need. keeping the bucket under my slideout and out of rain.

  21. Why dont these people that post 5hese videos ever talk about where they work or their finances?
    Makes people think you just buy an RV and live happily ever after again with no Bill's and no money worries

  22. after watching your video, I come to a conclusion that most people lie (or kid themselves) about the cheaper cost of mobile living (RVs) to fixed living (residence). They may save on rent, but spend a lot more on new RV accessories and on-road cost.

  23. Never empty a black or grey tank without previously having memorzed the procedure. (#1 & MOST IMPORTANT) On a macerator pumped black tank is to unscrew the cap and store it in a memorable place BEFORE placing the hose tip into the sewer and covering it with a rock,

  24. FURNACE SMOKE- unhook the main blower motor (or block all of your vents) and let it burn off the smoke from the oil on the new heat exchanger. It'll shut down with it's high temperature safety switch, and the smoke will end at that point.

  25. Use a clean propane bottle that came with the RV or purchase a new (empty) one. Refill the propane at those self service stations. Don’t use the pre-filled propane tanks that are used primarily for gas grills. Clogged up my lines because they have dirt/residue.

  26. You need to learn about automatic changeover l.p. regulators. The worse thing is to run out of gas in the middle of the night. If you knew about the color change indicator on the regulator you'll know when the supply tank is empty

  27. Awesome video. Ours 1st mistake was not locking the deadbolt. Now we both do a couple interior and exterior walk-around so it can be double checked.

  28. My inlaws called me at work, they were camping about an hour from me, they turned the gas furnace on and the cabin filled with smoke. I drove out there after dark and found a wasp nest clogging the exhaust. I had to brake it up with a steel rod and a hammer. It was like concrete. They have since retired from camping being in their 80s and we now own their 30 ft rv. I have done just about everything you can imagine to it lol

  29. After 5 years of snowbirding you guys give very good advice. However first, FIRST word of advice is do NOT buy from Camping World.

  30. always check to see if you have power at site. carry an ohm meter cat II and do yourself a favor and check it before you set up LOL

  31. As Jason walks out he should say Hey I’m Jason and then she should be coming down saying yeah and I’m whatever her name is more natyral

  32. Very thourough video. All were very good points, especially the handrail trick. My dad once ( much more than once) told me that every good movie has chickens in it…. congratulations…. 😎👍

  33. After RVing for several years and meeting a lot of people just getting into camping , it's amazing how many bought a new unit that got very little instructions on how to setup and maintain it.
    Also practice backing up in a safe place before you get to a campground .

  34. number 1: Don’t be in a hurry. That’s when the other mistakes or accidents happen.
    Gassing up a class A Motorhome is scary. I think I bent my perfect bumper the first day when going into the gas station.

  35. Hypothetically speaking, what class of RV would a single person who isn't planning on getting a partner anytime soon? Just curious.

  36. Driving our 5er home from warranty work I hit a low hanging branch. Broke a plastic piece inside the batwing antenna, easy 5 dollar fix. But more important I learned our unit just under 13’. Were looking at GD Solitudes and was worried about there height, thanks for app tip.

  37. When measuring the height of your rig take a carpenters level and STRAIGHT piece of 2×4 with you so you get an accurate measurement! Put the 2×4 on then the level on the highest point on the rig then measure from the end to the ground.
    CYA and add 1 inch for safety!
    This is a 2 person job but a 3rd would not hurt as one of you will be holding the 2×4 and level, the second will hold the tip of the tape to the BOTTOM of the 2×4 and the third on the ground to read the tape!
    You forgot #11!
    Knowing your FULL UP or completely loaded rig both motorized or a trailer weigh it! That way you are legal for the road and not over on your total weigh or your tire max load limit!
    I am a trucker and RVer. I KNOW and have seen rvs on the DOT scales or with a DOT cop behind them because they rolled over the weigh in motion scales in the interstate and either got pulled in or the officer ran them down.
    KNOW your weight when completely full of everything you need even water. AND do it twice and here's how.
    Both black and grey tanks should be full, water full, food and propane full and in powered units a full gas tank as that is a must have item! EVERYTHING you can pack in that you know you'll use.
    Get on the scale.
    NOW if in a new RV powered unit is the time to mount your leveling gauges as this is the most level surface you'll ever be on then push the button on the scale, weigh go get the ticket and then go empty your waste tanks and water. Go back and scale for that weight and it only costs $1.50 more for the second ticket over the $11.50 for the first. That cost will save you a ticket OR a blown tire that will NOT meet the warranty because they KNOW if the tire was run heavy! Money most of us are NOT made out of so spend a little to know your unit!
    Trailers should be weighed with the truck as their weights added is what the DOT looks at but the tire dealer just the tires!

    Blue Sky's and Safe Journeys!

  38. lets talk dodo don'ts: have clean water flush out between trips. extra hoses. grey water hoses stored clean each trip separately from clean water items. locate septic dump upon entering campgrounds. check seals and vents! LYSOL bath area and fixtures. check stock of TP. Have a happy trip.

  39. Make sure your windows and shower fan vents are closed before you drive away. Windows can open and get ripped right off. Also, invest in a hard start capacitor for your AC unit. Easy to install and will save the on the huge pull or surge the AC does when it turns on. This helps A LOT if you are using a generator for power.

  40. Check with your local state DMV for differant Driver License requirements when getting your RV. Here in Nevada, if you pull a trailer over 10,000 lbs, you need an endorsement on your license. If your combined weight is over 26,000 lbs, you need a class "A' and if you drive a motorhome with a total gross weight of 26,000 lbs, you need a class "B" license. If your truck or motor home has air brakes, it requires a seperate air brake endorsement. If you take your Class 'A" non CDL drive test with a vehicle that has an automatic transmission, you will have a restriction on your DL that you can "only drive an automatic"

  41. Great vid…. we do a check list prior to departing on any trip. Supplies, food tools , gas, cords, etc etc. takes 5 min. And… it keeps you ahead of anything you may have forgotten since your last trip.
    Also… check on top of your RV every now and then for loose air conditioning covers, vents etc. never hurts. Thx

  42. I'm not sure we understand the part about the propane tanks. Did you say you should NOT have both tanks open?. We were told that the propane regulator will automatically switch over to the new tank when one is empty if they are both open… Why would you want to have to go out in the middle of the night to switch the tank on when one runs out, if it would do that automatically if you have both tanks open?

  43. The issue with 30amp vs 50amp is if you use too much power (watts not volts), then you will trip the breaker on the post outside because too much current (>30 amps was demanded). The issue is not voltage. RVs can have both fuses (12 volt DC side) and circuit breakers (120 volt AC side). GFCI means Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These are outlets which can send excess electricity to the ground wire in the event of a short and offer additional protection on top of circuit breakers. GFCIs are located near sinks. People commonly trip GFCIs by plugging in items that pull too much power from a single plug (toaster and electric frying pan will sometimes cause it to trip)

  44. You can't be too careful around the slides when they are out! They will knock you flat and spit your head open if you forget about them. Impossible you say; I would never do that? Let me tell you- it IS possible, maybe even likely. The best way to go is to do all your hookups and breakdowns with the slides retracted. BTW, the best first aid is a wet towel pressed against the spot.

  45. Yea like you said about the filling up! not my first time pulling a trailer but first time pulling a camper and pulling into the gas station was hell on top of that i almost took out the post that keeps from hitting the pump so i reposition myself and got the clear and have an older camper so the front end is squared out and my i had a regular bed as soon as i cleared and was watching to make sure i didnt hit the post i forgot about my turn radius and shattered my back windshield!! not a good day that was!

  46. I actually learned a few things. My husband & I would love to travel in an RV so I'll definitely make sure I keep watching.

  47. with your slides out measure them so they wont knock over the electric box of hit the water. then when you back in, lay something out that size so you know how far away you need to be.

  48. Great tips, love the chickens. I have 3 bantam chickens who travel with me in my RV but I have coop cage I put mine in outdoors during the day..fresh eggs for breakfast everyday lol

  49. Good to know stuff! We just bought our first camper. Boy, the Newby mistakes! Like not really having a place to park it before we bought it, or trusting that the battery it came with was well charged. It's a year old and the battery died on us within a day and a half of going off grid. Thanks for this video and I'm on to check out others!

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