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3 Newbie RVing Mistakes You Won't Want to Make

3 Newbie RVing Mistakes You Won't Want to Make

Did you recently purchase an RV? That’s amazing news! RVing is a truly amazing adventure, and I just know you’re going to love it.

As you learn the ins and outs of your RV, you are bound to make a few mistakes. We all do it, and considering the number of mistakes I’ve made so far, it’s a wonder we still have a trailer at all.

Some of the most common RV newbie mistakes are actually very easy to avoid. Because I want to help ensure you have a great time on your adventures, I’ve collected a list of common mistakes to avoid below.

Related Read: Top Tips Experienced RVers Share with Newbies

#1: Leaving the Awning Out

Awnings are a great RV feature. They are perfect for those open, sunny camping spots, and can really work wonders when the air conditioning is having a hard time keeping up. That said, these simple contraptions are known for their tendency to break in high winds and heavy rain.

Therefore, you will want to make sure to bring your awning in every single time you leave the campsite. After all, you never know when a storm might hit.

Related Read: Awning Care and Maintenance-Just Like New

#2: Letting the Black Tank Sit Open

Nobody likes the idea of a bunch of sewage hanging out underneath their RV. For this reason, many people are tempted to leave their black tanks open when parked in a spot with full hookups. Unfortunately, this can cause some serious problems later on down the line.

You see, an open tank valve will allow all liquids to drain right away. However, the solids will most likely drop to the bottom of the tank without moving further. This causes the solids to pile up and create clogs and a terrible stench.

Obviously, it is best to avoid this issue entirely by leaving the tank closed until it is at least half full before dumping it.

Related Read: Invaluable Black Tank Tips

#3: Burning Out the Water Heater

Hot water is a luxury we all enjoy. After all, there is nothing quite like a hot shower at the end of a long day. That said, there are some rules about using an RV water heater that many newbies aren’t aware of.

For instance, it is highly important that RV owners only run the heater on electric when they are 100% sure there is water in the heater tank. This means running some water through the hot lines right after you hook up or just before you use the water pump for the first time on a trip. Taking this simple extra step will help you avoid a burned-out heating element, which would leave you without hot water until repaired.

Related Read: Using Your RV Water Heater

By avoiding these three newbie mistakes, you will be well on your way to enjoying your RV adventures for years to come.

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Chelsea Barron


Chelsea Barron

Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family. Check out her blog Wonder Wherever We Wander.