Drive an RV Without Fear

by Kimberley McGee
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A friend told us about RVshare and I started doing my research, making my lists. She and her hubby were new to RVing as well, so the fact that they can do it (no judgement), made us feel a lot more confident.  I want to rent one to test out if we should buy one. I also want to have a better understanding of what it is like to drive an RV. Is towing as bad as it sounds? Does a Class A handle like an unwieldy bus or is a Class C enough for our family of four and a few friends?

We have always wanted to rent an RV, although we’re completely intimidated by the process. However, after being cooped up for months, we’re ready to take the chance. But we keep hearing that RV rentals are booked! I’m sharing all I found that made me feel a lot more comfortable about plunking down my vacation fund on an RV and driving away. (I’m not an affiliate, just love sharing when I find something that saves cash and helps local families as well!)

 

Driving an RV

RVs are relatively easy to handle and safe to drive. However, the experience is different with each and every vehicle. Before you rent an RV, take time to practice in an open area or empty parking lot (not hard to find these days during the pandemic so no excuses!). Make sure to take wide turns when you pull into the intersection and use all of your mirrors at all times.

Backing up can be the hardest part. Have a spotter you trust, and be patient with each other. RVshare recommends having a spotter even if you have a backup camera in the vehicle. Braking can take some getting used to. RVs are larger and heavier than you may be used to and take some time to slow down.

Baton Down the Hatches

When an RV is on the move, particularly smaller types, the items tucked into nooks and crammed into crannies can come spilling out of their designated areas. Make sure that things won’t go flying as you are driving. Remove clutter and free-standing items from counters and tables.

Latch all of the cabinets and gather shoes, books and other items and place them into backpacks or bags and place them in closets or secure them under couches and chairs. (Mom tip – Have a bag of bungee cords for securing items on the fly. These always come in handy when on a road trip!)

Types of RVs

There are four basic RV types to take on the road. Rent an RV that works well for your needs and has enough room to not be cramped as you wander around the backroads.

  • Class A: Roomy with a kitchen, dining area, lounge, bathroom with shower and separate bedroom. These are great for big groups and often have a slide-out portion for extending the living area once you’ve parked.
  • Class B: Cute, comfy and great for couples, this type is a full size or extended van with a raised roof, basic kitchen appliances to get you through a good camping excursion, a bed/dinette combo and sometimes a toilet.
  • Class C: This classic type comes with basic dining and kitchen area, bathroom and an extra cab over the driver’s compartment for more beds. Smaller and easier to drive than the larger Class A variety.
  • Travel Trailer: If you can tow, you can take on a travel trailer. From 10’ compact trailers up to 40’ long trailers with a lounge, dinette, kitchen, bathroom, and separate bedroom. Always check your vehicle’s towing capacity before renting so you aren’t surprised.

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