Top 10 Beginner RV Mistakes (And How To AVOID Them!) || RV Living

Top 10 Beginner RV Mistakes (And How To AVOID Them!) || RV Living


(birds chirping) – Hey guys, I’m Rae. – And I’m Jason. – And if you’ve watched
any of our other videos, you know that we’ve made some
serious beginner RV mistakes. So we decided to put them together for you and make this video. Our top 10 beginner RV mistakes. – So what are we waiting for? Let’s roll that intro and get into it. (refreshing music) So, beginner tip number one is to gas up the night before your trip. Do you know how annoying
and terrifying it is bringing this huge rig through a normal gas station filled with cars and people? We did it our first week, and I will never do it again if I can. So, make it easy on yourself. Gas up the night before
and avoid the hassle. If you do need to gas up while towing, or you drive a Class A, we recommend
stopping at truck stops. They have a higher clearance and truckers generally know that
people need their space. As a side note, be considerate
of truckers as well. They’re working, so don’t block pathways. Most truck stops are
diesel, so if you need gas, search out RV gas pumps. They’re normally located off to the side, away from the crowded regular gas pumps. So, come on, I gotta show
you something in the car. – Not knowing the height of your rig is a pretty newbie move. So make sure to get out and actually measure your rig once it’s hitched up. That way, you’ll know your exact height. Then, when you have that measurement, you can go ahead and get
an RV or trucker app, and plug that measurement into it. This will ensure you don’t go under any bridges that you don’t fit under. Personally, we like to
use the app, CoPilot. We’ve put in the height of our rig, and our preference for two-lane highways, and that keeps us safe on the road. What are you doing? – Oh, I was getting RV
mistake number three ready. It’s important to have a tire
pressure monitoring system. And better yet, get an air
compressor to go with it. Because there’s nothing worse
than knowing that you have a flat tire, and not being
able to do anything about it. Dealing with tire issues
is almost inevitable when you live in an RV full time, so it’s best to be prepared. That’s some pretty good product
placement for VIAIR, right? This isn’t even a
sponsored post, but VIAIR, if you’re watching, we’ll
gladly take a sponsorship. Right?
(car door slams) Hey, where’d you go? – Oh, sorry. I was just getting the prop
ready for mistake number four. But yeah, VIAIR sponsorship? Wouldn’t be mad about that. Anyway, mistake number four is
not having an extension cord. Whether you have 30 amp or 50 amp, just make sure you have
one of these on hand. Because, we learned this
mistake the hard way. We arrived to a campground,
pulled in, got settled, only to realize that the
hookup for electrical was all the way in the back. So, let me tell you firsthand experience. It’s not fun hunting
down an RV extension cord on a Sunday when all the
part places are closed. Man, that day was rough. Do you remember that day? Now where’d he go? – Mistake number five is
not having a basic toolkit. Whether you have a new rig or an old rig, you need at least a basic toolkit. You don’t know when you’re gonna need it, but trust me when I say, you will. While we’re out here, let’s go
check out mistake number six. Mistake number six is having
both propane tanks open. It’s RV law that your propane is going to run out in
the middle of the night. So, would you rather freeze your butt off? Or just walk outside real quick, turn a knob, and get cozy back in bed? The next morning you can
take your empty tank, get it filled back up, keep
it closed and plug in it until your tank runs out again. That way, you’re never
stuck cold in your RV. Hm, smells like lunchtime. (plastic bag crinkles) – Oh, you’re in here, alright. Well, RV mistake number seven is, not packing food on moving days. I can’t tell you how many
times in the beginning we thought, I’ll just make food when I get to the next campground. It’s a pretty easy drive, right? Nope. We ended up starving. Normally, places with food are in shopping centers and crowded areas. So, you don’t wanna bring a
fifth wheel through there. Can you imagine? No, you know what, don’t even imagine. Because it’s a nightmare. Or, you know what the other
nightmare situation is? Driving for what feels
like a million miles and not finding any food. So do yourself a solid,
and pack some lunch. Oh, this was from our date day video. Little old, but it’ll work. (sighs) Did you turn the heater on? – No way. It’s way too hot for that right now. But that does remind me
about mistake number eight. If you purchase a new rig, make sure that the first time you run your furnace you’re able to run it with your
windows and even door open. We learned the hard way that furnaces come with wood chips
and dust and oil in them that burns off and creates a
really, really acrid smoke. We settled in to watch a
movie on our shakedown trip, and five minutes later, the
smoke alarm started going off and the whole rig was filled with smoke. ‘Bout two minutes of panic and 15 minutes of Google searching later, we found out that it’s very common for this to happen. It can take 12 to 24 hours of continuously burning your furnace
to completely clear out all of the particles in your furnace. If you still have your sticks and bricks, we recommend you do this in your driveway. Hey, are you ready to do number nine? – You know I am. So, mistake number nine is not having a basic understanding of
the electrical in your rig. You need to do some
research and understand the difference between 50 amp and 30 amp and how they affect your specific rig. Normally when you pull too much voltage, you’ll just flip the breaker on the electrical pole
outside of your rig. But it’s pretty important to know where your fuse box is
inside of your coach. And you really should know
where your GFCI outlets are. Don’t know what a GFCI outlet is? Then you’re already guilty
of mistake number nine. Let’s go outside and
finish this up, you newb. – Alright, you guys ready for number 10? Since it’s the last, it’s
the most important, right? – No, these are in no particular order because we’re trying to
save you from all 10. So, number 10 is making sure that on travel days, your door is deadbolted. I mean, this is a moving house, so don’t you dare think for a
second just closing the door is not gonna pop it open
when you’re on the road. Thankfully, the handrail also
doubles as a second lock. So, I mean, I’m not saying it happened, but, one time it may or
may not have been open and if the handrail wasn’t
there our door would’ve opened. I don’t know, I’m not
saying that happened. But, just deadbolt your door. – Alright, those are our
top 10 beginner RV mistakes. Tell us in the comments below which ones you’re committed to not making. – Or, if you’ve made a couple
of these mistakes yourself, we’d very much like to
hear those stories as well. So let us know in the
comments those stories too. Don’t forget to like this video. It really does help us out. And subscribe to join our Getaway Gang so you never miss any
future mistake videos. We’ll see you next time. – [Both] Bye guys. – Uh, I’m gonna need you to move your head so it’s shading that drink though. Yeah, there you go, it’s getting taller. Thank you. Ready?
– [Rae] Yeah. – Is it rolling? – [Rae] Yeah. – Oh, you got that on tape. – [Rae] Yeah. (beep) – Come on, I gotta sow you something, (lisping) tho thomething. (Rae giggles) (beep)
Come on, we gotta show you something in the car. (Rae laughs loudly) I did it again. – [Rae] Yeah, you did. (beep) The worst idea. I should have given you this. (beep) – If you still have
your sticks and bricks, we recommend to do this in your, what? – [Rae] Put your hands– – Oh yeah, that’s right. – [Rae] (laughing) You look so silly. (beep) (Rae meows and giggles) (beep) Good? (Rae chuckles) (chicken burbles) What? Will you do number 10 for us? (chicken burbles) – [Jason] Guys, please, just five minutes. – Where are they coming from? There’s another one. (chicken burbles) (cheery music)

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Beginner RV Mistakes (And How To AVOID Them!) || RV Living

  1. I challenge you to beat my Darwin Award winning noobie mistake folks. We were setting up at Fairmont Hot Springs in BC one year with our 5th after staying the night before in Calgary Alberta. Our rig had a black water flush system in it which is great to have. When you remember to turn off the flush valve as soon as you are done that is. This unit used the same water inlet for both black flush and fresh supply which split through a valve. Yup you guessed it. When I hooked up the water the black tank quickly filled up and eventually coffee colored water flowed out of the toilet into the bathroom floor vent and into the basement! I was busy finishing setting up the trailer when I noticed water coming out of the undercarriage. What a fun day we had cleaning poop soup out of the trailer.

  2. My 1st time here I was watching a different kinda trucking video and I was too lazy to find what I wanted to watch next so this video came on I love it and I subscribed Great video and I love the ending also

  3. A newbie subscriber, but I've been doing this long enough, I haven't made too many mistakes…or, not as many now that I'm seasoned a little more. Let's just say we use to RV when our kids where in diapers, and now they're in their mid 30's….so yes, we've been doing this a while, NOT to say, mistakes can't happen. As you'll find out one day, one's memory isn't quite as sharp as in your 20's – 30's, so yes, mistakes are a possibility….a good reason to have a partner whilst RVing. Having been a truck driver during part of my working past, I know to do a 'circle check' of the rig (ours is a Class A diesel pusher now) to make sure all the checks on the 'check list' have been evaluated. We also tow our car behind, so that's a whole different checklist of course. Tools….yes, as there are always little things that go wrong, as well as trips to the local plumbing shops, Home Depot or Lowes for screws (recently had a rubber O-ring go in our sink sprayer of all things!). Also, one small trip depending on where one travels, but to have lots of drinking water along, as the hard water in the south-west of the U.S. really isn't what you'd want to drink….or, as I found out, use to wash your rig….as if you don't dry it right away, it will look worse than when you started! Thanks for the video….great editing!

  4. Awesome video! Not sure if someone commented on this already, but on your height measurement… don't forget to add those extra inches for anything mounted to the roof! Would hate to trade those AC units for an open hole on the roof.

  5. Hi guys! My husband and I are really considering buying your model RV. One question…if you have to pull over on the road, can you use the bathroom/refrig/bedroom? We love you guys! Donna!!!

  6. The wife likes to take an extra 5 gallons of gas in the truck bed
    I like the surge protector myself
    Great video well gone

  7. Either he's insanely rich or his d1ck is massive. I have no explanation for why she's with wiggly eyebrows.

  8. You two are so cute, are perfect together and inspiring to other considering this nomadic lifestyle. I'm preparing our home to sell it in a couple months to start our Nomad lifestyle , like YOU. We're fired up. Thanks for sharing, inspiring and helping others – keep spreading the JOY

  9. Everything you said should be a no brainer ? People who buy rvs should take the time check all of this stuff out before buying or they should just stay at home ! A good sales rep would tell you all kinds of things to save you the problems down the road.

  10. The best way to avoid many of these mistakes is to take a "boot camp" such as that offered by Escapees. We took book camp before buying an RV (selected a Grand Design Solitude 38' fifth wheel! Towed with a Silverado 3500 XLT) and then took it again after driving a while because we had different questions. Best money we spent on our adventure.

  11. I think those chickens are future rvers. Thanks for a good vlog. And all those helpful tips. God bless travel mercies. Thanks again.

  12. what about if like me you're in a van and want to hook up to RV camp power? What do I need to have?

  13. instead of an air compressor, you might consider a CO2 system such as a Power Tank https://powertank.com/ or here is how to make one for under $200. https://wranglertjforum.com/threads/how-to-make-your-own-co2-air-system-for-under-200.4200/. Powertank will fill a 40 inch tire in under a minute. Can run air tools. It can seat a tire on a rim. It uses non-flammable CO2 and is refillable at welding supply, fire extinguisher servicing shops, beverage distributors. See the Powertank FAQ for more info. It's great for your toad offroad jeep.

  14. As a regular guy who is deciding to do some rving, I can say with out a doubt that … hands down, your TOP TEN TIPS are the best!! And i mean it. Thank you all.

  15. The breaker trips because of too much amperage or current. If you are at 30 amp site but try to be a 50 amp unit you can trip the breaker on the pole. ONE AC only on 30 amps please.

  16. My first time.. Found out I needed a black/gray water hauler, to remove the black/gray water. Very important if you aren't at a campground that does it for you. Oh! And a rear camera, get one, it's helps so much. Especially when changing lanes. One last thing I can think of.. If you RV/Travel trailer is plugged in at home and you are leaving the next day.. turn the on the fridge so it's ready for when you set up. Learned that lesson too.

  17. You guys should really invest in a set of 17.5s for the camper and 19.5s for the truck. it will make life so much better when your not so worried about tires and you need to replace them about 200%-300% less. expect better mileage too. Let me know if you need info on where to get them its not that expensive. less tire flex and better wear plus better economy….

  18. A big mistake I see new and old folks make, is not doing a walk-around before pulling out. Ensure all bins are locked, door is locked, steps in, nothing left under the trailer, all lights working, and all camper secured to towing vehicle.

  19. On one occasion, I was filling the motorhome with diesel, and my wife was filling the toad car with gas at the same time.

  20. Rule #16 make sure to pick up any loose items from the floor away from the slides before pulling them in or out !

  21. Very good information….however, the best part….was the way you presented it.   Loved the editing.  Be safe, have fun & happy camping.  v/r, TS       PS – Were you camped in Colonel Sanders backyard.  😉

  22. I didn't commit mistake No 10 and realized why it's so important. We bought a new GMC Motorhome (you probably never saw one because they were built in the 1970s) and made arrangements to pick it up at the factory in Pontiac, Michigan. Our route out of the area was through the worst part of Detroit which already had a serious crime problem. When we were leaving the factory, the guy who checked us out at the gate asked if our door was locked. I got out of the driver's seat, walked back and locked it. We stopped at a traffic light in a really seedy part of town where there was a crowd of young men on nearly every corner and I happened to look in the right outside mirror just as an arm reached out and pulled on the door handle. Fortunately I had locked it or we would likely have had a bunch of thugs inside with us. I never forgot that incident.

  23. RV mistake #1 should be – buying a rig that is entirely overkill for your needs or too big for your vehicle to tow safely. You dont needa big RV if it's just you staying in it.. Also make sure you can safely tow it with your vehicle..
    Correction on #9 in the video. When you pull too much AMPERAGE the breaker trips and thats considering the breaker is not faulty. With that said I reccomend you scrub all the stock breakers straight to the bin and have a certified electrician install GFCI breakers in the panel. They are safer for this type of environment. Electrical fires are very common for RV's next to propane fires, and this is because people tend to treat RV electrical the same as their home electrical and overload a socket with gadget chargers and crap.. The wiring in an RV is not as heavy as the wiring in your home, even the outlets are of poor design and cannot handle what the circuit breaker may say.. But remember a circuit breaker may be rated at 15 amps for ALL your sockets on that circuit this does not mean you can pull 14 amps on one dodgy RV socket.. Thats how you get an RV fire..

  24. Oh my gosh! We are moving and considering using an RV as a transitional housing solution… possibly for a long while depending on down payment options… but losing my chickens is the the thing I am lamenting the most. At the end of your video, when the chickens came into your camp, it filled me with hope and joy that maybe I will meet some beautiful feathers friends along the way on our adventures. 👏👏👏

  25. A good toolbox with all basic tools and any speciality tools your rig may need. Put your rigs dimensions on a plate near your driver.
    Practice backup and parking. As a camp host I have had lots of people drive straight from the dealer to the campsite and they do not know how to back up their rig. Many places do not have pull throughs. Some rigs use built in RV tanks, have the adapter that lets you connect to a portable tank.
    Having the portable dump tank helps so if your in a spot without sewer you can easily dump your tank and pull it to the station.

  26. Always remember that you are TOWING something HUGE .
    You will look at trees, power lines, overhangs and under paths in a whole new way 👍🏼

  27. For things like lowering your antenna or putting in your steps, write a note and put it on the steering wheel. If you normally drive the towing vehicle, tape a conspicuous piece of paper on the front of your 5th wheel so you will see it in the mirror when you hook up.

  28. I just went through a ton of comments…and I made a list of things to check and stuff to get! Between the video and the comments, this was a very informative post!

  29. Good tips and you two are a very cute couple. Loved the video! Hope you have a great day!!❤️

  30. Yep, nothing like free range poultry at your campsite. I'm guilty of about 8 of these 10. This was a grat video, thanks guys. We're moving up from a tow behind to 5th wheel this fall. I'm pretty excited.

  31. 've owned an RV before. Never again. Too many problems. The entire RV industry is crappy. Subpar materials, shoddy workmanship, Sleezy salesmen and unresponsive repair departments. No thanks. We just rent cabins now. So much easier and any water leaks or other problems are the responsibility of the cabin owner. Don't have to tow, tag or repair anything. I just want to warn people. DON'T DO IT!!! I know it's exciting to watch all the wonderful RV touring videos here on YT but I promise 90+ percent of you new RV buyers will regret it!

  32. And don't bye to old of a motorhome or a travel trailersa lot of areas have restrictions on how old they trailer can be and a Park

  33. Now this couple covers a lot of good things like when and where to fuel your vehicle I as a commercial truck driver and a lot of other commercial truck drivers believe that there should be a special license endorsement for someone to get in RB because they don't realize things at the height of the vehicle most of these are these are 13' 6" you can put things on top your RB but your maximum height can never go above 14' or where to get fuel or to be checking your tires or even just how to maneuver something 2530' 40' length or aid class a 3 axle motor home there should be classes that people have to take just like you do when you get a motorcycle you have to get a special endorsement on your license to ride a motorcycle should be the same for R b's be a lot less problems out there with them and I realize people don't want government intrusion shouldn't have to do that well we shouldn't have to but people don't use common sense this video's proof of it I see a lot of people with R b's hitting the canopy and gas stations turn up their AB10 up the king gas station canopy making right and left turns not realizing that trailer even those 25 or 30' long how far it off tracks when he make that turn and for you people don't know what off tracking is your vehicle makes a right turn the tow vehicle the vehicle you're towing is not follow the same path as of toe vehicle tires and means it goes off you the to the right or to the left by anywhere from afoot to 3' the pain on the length of your trailer that's op tracking and you can do some serious damage to your equipment and other people's

  34. New RV owner, make sure sink faucet off before hooking up waterline. sink almost overflowed. 🤦‍♂️

  35. Turn off the water pressure when you leave the campsite/RV park for the day. RVs don't have the best plumbing, and all the shaking and rattling down the road loosens connections. You don't want to come back to a flooded RV.

  36. If you ever (or when) make it over to Vancouver Island check out this place to stay…. https://youtu.be/8Fbpop_Pu_w

  37. Top 10 mistakes: 1) Gas up the night before your trip and avoid the hassle of bringing your big or diesel rig through the gas station with tons of other vehicles, 2) Measure the height of your RV once you're hooked up. Use Co-Pilot APP so you don't hit overhead bridges. 3) Have a tire pressure tire monitoring system. 4) Not having an extension cord – 30 or 50 amps. The hookups may be distant. 5) Not having a basic tool kit. You will need it! 6) Don't have both propane tanks open. 7) Not packing food on moving day. Do it before you go! Always pack lunch. 8) If you purchase a new rig, make sure you can run the furnace with your doors and windows open. The furnace will smoke and your alarm will go off. It can take 12 to 24 hours to clear all the particles in your furnace. 9) Know your basic electrical on your rig. Know where the fuse box and GSCI outlet is. 10) Make sure on travel days, your door is dead bolted. The handrail can act to stop the door from opening.

    Great video – informative.

  38. Nice video! We are new to Rving and doing it full time. We literally have made all of these mistakes 😂😂😂 we are 2 months in and just keep learning as we go.

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  40. Hi, I've been following your channel! Thanks for the information, have a great RV experience all the way 🙂

  41. I am downsizing and begin demo/remodel on the 5th wheel this Sunday! I have to work fast in order to move in by the end of the month. I look forward to following your page for inspiration and any tips or tricks for my full-time life on wheels. I’ll be posting progress pics and videos on YouTube. Check me out in return if you’d like. 😃

  42. This is a very cute video. Also informative. You are a very nice couple. And you have a talent of putting your videos together. They are informative. You both have a wonderful manner about you. Cheers.

  43. Just an FYI on the electrical extension cord for outside hookup. I have a 50 amp 25ft extension. It is quite heavy and bulky. Most people just put it in a bulky box for storage. I bought a $5 5 gallon sturdy plastic with handle paint bucket and dual wrap spiral the extension inside it. It is easy to carry and when parked I leave it in the bucket and unwrap only the amount I need. keeping the bucket under my slideout and out of rain.

  44. Why dont these people that post 5hese videos ever talk about where they work or their finances?
    Makes people think you just buy an RV and live happily ever after again with no Bill's and no money worries

  45. after watching your video, I come to a conclusion that most people lie (or kid themselves) about the cheaper cost of mobile living (RVs) to fixed living (residence). They may save on rent, but spend a lot more on new RV accessories and on-road cost.

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