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We just had our first ‘real snow’ of the season the other day, even though it really only lasted a day, but i have to believe that spring has got to be on its way….and you know what that means? it’s time to break the RV out and get it ready for travel!! yippeeee!  But what if you just purchased your RV? I’m pretty sure that your RV purchase doesn’t automatically make you an RV expert – wishful thinking, right? so here’s a handful of tips provided by some experienced Rvers – things they wished they knew before they first got behind the wheel. let’s take a look:


probably not a good idea to practice HERE for the first time

probably not a good idea to practice HERE for the first time

 “If you try backing up for the first time at a campground, you might hit something and make a spectacle of yourself. Practice parking before going anywhere. If you never master it, ask for assistance. It’s the nature of RV enthusiasts to help each other.” –Bob Livingston, vice president and group publisher, MotorHomemagazine



Where's the map??

Where’s the map??

“Get meticulous directions. Let people know you’re driving a 36-foot motor home and need the straightest, easiest route. Making a U-turn in an RV is a nightmare. You stop traffic. It’s a major deal.” –Mike Marriner, cofounder, PBS series Roadtrip Nation



Now that was a long trip!

Now that was a long trip!

“Taking your pet is one of the great joys of RVing. You don’t have to pay for a kennel or leave your pet in a hotel room. You’re bringing your home on the road, so do the same for your pet. Bring his bed and dishes. And take a long leash. It’ll allow your pet to engage with people and other pets.” –Jim Rogers, CEO and chairman, Kampgrounds of America



Are you kidding me?

Are you kidding me?

“Most motor home generators automatically turn off just before the fuel tank is completely empty. There’s still some gas left to drive on, but you should fill the tank up right away.” –Richard Coon, president, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association



Whatever you do, just make sure you DO shower!!

Whatever you do, just make sure you DO shower!!

 “To conserve water, shut it off while you lather in the shower, before turning it back on to rinse. You still get a decent shower.” –Chuck Woodbury, editor, RVTravel.com



Whoa, Bessie!

Whoa, Bessie!

 “It’s an especially bad idea to exceed speed limits in an RV because you need the extra distance to stop. When merging onto highways, try to find long entry ramps so you have space to accelerate. Learn to use your side-view mirrors, too. Some RVs don’t have rear mirrors.” –Jan Harris, president, RVing Women



Entry steps are essential...just don't forget they're there!

Entry steps are essential…just don’t forget they’re there!

 “Typical RVs have a pullout entry step so it’s easy to get in and out. Make sure to stow the step before you drive. Someone almost always leaves it out, and the driver can’t see it from his seat. When the step hits a curb–or someone’s car–it can cause substantial damage.” –Randall Smalley, CEO and chairman, Cruise America RV rentals



Not the most fun job in the world, but you'll be glad you know how to do it.

Not the most fun job in the world, but you’ll be glad you know how to do it.

“The sewer waste, in the black tank, and the water waste, in the gray tank, are both located beneath the RV. A panel in the RV’s galley displays the tank levels. Wait until the tanks are at least three-quarters full before you attempt to empty them; otherwise they won’t drain properly. Dump the contents of the black tank first so the soapy water from the gray tank can clean out the hose.” –Mark Polk, owner,RVEducation101.com



"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”

“If a hill becomes too steep, you won’t be able to make it to the top, no matter how hard you push on the gas pedal. Buy a mountain guide, available at truck stops, to identify troublesome hills. Approach any grade over 10 percent with caution.” –Mark Emeth, consumer

Well, you got a few more than just a handful, but we assure you, they will all come in handy! now, if you have any tips that we’ve failed to mention, let’s hear them. we want this year’s rv travel season to be full of fun and adventure, not frustration and angst!

Happy Travels!

Safford RV

6101 Mallard Rd, Thornburg, VA

540 735 1100 / 800 719 3507