Parked Motorhome

NEWBIE MOTORHOME MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Renting a motorhome and driving is a great way to see Australia. But before you drive your RV off the forecourt, make sure you aren’t going to fall into one of the newbie traps. Do your homework before you set off and you’ll handle the whole thing like a veteran.

NOT DISCONNECTING

The most common beginner motorhome pitfall is driving off without disconnecting the water, sewer pipe, or electricity. Not only is this a costly error, it causes serious embarrassment. Don’t make this mistake. Make a checklist of everything you need to do before you drive off, and don’t start the engine until you’ve ticked it all off.

DOING TOO MUCH IN TOO LITTLE TIME

Chances are, you are taking the motorhome out as part of a week or two-week holiday. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make, particularly in a country as large and with as much to see as Oz, is to cram far too much into far too short a time period. Take your time. Explore. Spend a night or two in a particularly nice place. It is your holiday, you don’t want to spend the whole time driving. Take a less ambitious route.

GOING LARGER THAN YOU NEED

New motorhome users always overestimate the size they need. Larger RVs are more difficult for first-time motorhome drivers to drive and navigate around the camp site. Go smaller and you will find you can maneuver the vehicle much easier, eliminating a major source of stress.

BURNING THE FRIDGE OUT

If you spend too long parked on uneven ground, the coolants in your fridge aren’t able to circulate fully. This can cause the fridge to overheat and burnout in minor cases, and in more serious cases, it can cause a fire.

PACKING TOO MUCH

The more weight you carry, the worse your fuel economy becomes. This is common among tent campers making a one-off transition to an RV. Just because there is more space, doesn’t mean you need to pack the kitchen sink. Keep things in perspective and only pack what you need. You will only have to unpack it all again when you get home.

Don’t fall into these beginner mistakes. RV camping is not tent camping, and driving them is not like driving a car. The better prepared you are before you set off, the less likely you are to come unstuck somewhere down the road.

 


What do you think? Are there any more beginner mistakes you think first-time renters should know about? Share your thoughts through the comments section below.

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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.