I’ve been an RV for years but just like every one of you, I was a newbie once too. We’re all going to make mistakes when we’re first heading. Here’s some of my best advice for questions I get about RV travel.
Matt Light Responds to Frequently Asked Questions
Matt shares some questions he regularly receives from new RVers and his tips to make the most of your RV trips.
What if something goes wrong with my RV while I'm at the campground?
When you’re making your reservations, ask who is the best repair person in that area and get their contact information. It’s highly unlikely you’ll need them but you will have the peace of mind knowing you’ve got some great help waiting in the wings. If you don't do this when booking, make sure you ask the campground staff for a recommendation when you arrive so that you will have a name on hand should you need it.
Can I leave my awning up overnight?
Check the weather every day. You might be stargazing in the evening but there could be a storm coming in the middle of the night and you’ve left that awning up. I’ve had mine ripped off in a thunderstorm I didn’t know was coming. Don’t put them out in windy weather or leave them open overnight. In fact, don’t put them out at all unless you’re actually using them. When you’re headed out for the day or going to bed, retract them.
How important is the height of my RV?
This is crucial! I was on a trip with my wife recently and she had to look out the door to see if we were going to clear a low bridge because I didn’t check the clearance height against the ENTIRE height of my RV earlier. Big mistake! It ripped off my a/c unit.
Know your ACTUAL ride height – not just the number the manufacturer told you. You should measure it yourself to add any solar panels, the a/c on the roof, maybe a satellite dish. If you’re measuring a trailer, hook it up to the truck first. Once you have an accurate height, write it on a piece of paper or tape and stick it to your dashboard as a constant reminder. One last thing – just because a sign says the clearance is a certain number doesn’t mean it’s 100% accurate. Roads get paved over adding inches that could mean the difference between safe passage or an epic fail. Add in a couple more inches to your height just to be safe and then go really slow to avoid any bumps.
How can I be sure I’ll have internet access?
Let’s face it, no matter how much you want to detach and get away from technology for a while, there are going to be times when you really want (or even need) to connect to the internet, especially if you have kids. Most campgrounds have WiFi or even cable hookups, but I wouldn’t depend on it. Get yourself a MiFi or hotspot so you’re sure you’ll always have internet access. Because you’re not sharing it with anyone else, you can count on it being safe and secure for your family too. There are also satellite dishes specifically made for RVs which is a great idea if you’ve just gotta watch the Patriot’s play 😎 Streaming services like Roku or Apple TV also let you watch your favorite shows and movies without having to be hard-wired to cable or a satellite dish.