Truckers tips

Use Command broom holders to hold flashlights or wrenches

3M Command broom holders are great for keeping flashlights and wrenches handy in your basement storage areas or inside the RV.

Mount towel bars (and other things) on your walls with exterior grade Gorilla mounting tape

Exterior grade Gorilla mounting tape adheres to RV walls much better than Command strips or anything else we’ve found.

Level your RV before filling your freshwater tank

Leveling your RV before filling your tank will ensure that you are really getting a full tank.

Know the height of your rig

Find out how high your rig is.  Write the height on a label or piece of masking tape, and put it on your dashboard.  Watch for low-hanging branches and take note of the height of overpasses before you proceed. Use an RV-safe GPS to make sure you have a safe route.

Use an RV departure checklist

There is nothing like getting on the road and finding out that you forgot to unplug your shore power cord.  There are a lot of things to remember before you pull out. A visual checklist, either printed or on your smartphone, will help to ensure you don’t forget anything.  Print out this free RV Departure Checklist and keep it somewhere easy to access.

Pack some pine cones

What? Pine cones? Yes! Pine cones aren’t just for Christmas decor.  Pine cones are also nature’s perfect firestarter and readily burst into enough flames to start kindling when you put a flame to them.

Plan an RV-safe route

Use the RV LIFE App and RV Trip Wizard to plan your route and find amazing camping spots that are perfect for your camping style. Get RV-friendly directions, read reviews, and find important campground information, all in one convenient tool.

Turn the propane valve off before you travel

Traveling with your RV’s propane valve open is crazy.  Our rolling rigs are subjected to shaking equivalent to an earthquake as we travel.  This shaking causes many things to loosen or even come apart, and propane connections and lines can come apart as we travel.  This definitely presents a fire hazard in your RV.

Pack a first aid kit

Be prepared for emergencies (including the four-legged family members) by packing a first aid kit for both humans and pets.

Wash your clothes as you travel

This camping trick from Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck is so simple and effortless we’ll be using it all the time. Put dirty clothes, water, and laundry soap into a five-gallon bucket with a tight lid.  Make sure the lid is on snug because if it isn’t it makes a huge mess.  Find a place in your rig where you can make sure the bucket will stay firmly in place.  If you have a place to secure it, even better. Every bump you hit and turn you take will agitate the clothes in the bucket as you drive, just like a washing machine does.  After an hour or two of driving, your clothes will be perfectly clean, ready to be rinsed and hung to dry in the fresh air.