If you’re new to the world of camping or you’ve recently traded in your RV for a different model, you might be curious about how to drive your new setup. Driving an RV has gotten much easier these days, thanks to advances in the operational features and safety systems of today’s RVs and motorhomes. Still, there are some extra things to consider when driving an RV. We’re sharing tips and tricks for worry-free RV driving!
Is it Difficult to Drive an RV?Depending on the type of passenger vehicle you’re used to driving, you might need a little time to adjust to driving an RV. But for most people, driving an RV is not difficult. In fact, once you’re accustomed to everything, driving an RV can feel like driving a car.
What to Know Before Driving Your RV
Depending on the state where you purchased your RV, and depending on the type of rig you purchased, you may need an RV license, such as a CDL. This is not required for most states and typically only applies for RVs above certain size or weight categories.
It’s also important to refresh your knowledge of RV seat belt laws before hitting the road as the rules regarding what you’re able to do in a towable vehicle while on the road may differ. Some states allow passengers in a towed RV while it’s on the road, but others do not allow this. Make sure you’re following the laws of the states you’re driving in.
You should also review your RV owner’s manual to learn about the systems and features that may be available for easing your driving experience. Many of today’s newest RVs for sale include cameras and sensors that help make it easy to enjoy the open road.
How to Drive an RV
To drive an RV, start somewhere slow and low-pressure. This might be practicing in a large empty parking lot, on a side street, or right at the RV dealership. Before turning things on, check to make sure that your mirrors, cameras, and any sensors are calibrated to your specifications. If you’re towing an RV behind your passenger vehicle, ensure everything is fully connected as it will be while you’re on the road.
Once everything is set up, turn on your vehicle and begin slowly driving forward. You should try driving straight, and then also try turning the RV once you are more comfortable. You will find that it’s very similar to driving a normal car in many cases, just bigger and a bit slower. Always start slow and attempt more complicated maneuvers as you become more comfortable with your RV. Our RV experts offer support for our Lazydays customers, assisting in learning the ins and outs of operating their specific setup.
RV Driving Tips
With practice, driving an RV gets easier each time you’re behind the wheel. There are some additional tips that can make driving your RV a breeze:
- Take things slowly to allow for adjustments in your drive.
- Check your tires and vital driving systems before hitting the road.
- Give yourself plenty of room to turn, RVs often have a wide turning radius.
- Check the weather before you’re driving so you’re prepared.
- Review your planned route to ensure your RV will fit all tunnels and underpasses.
- Keep your distance from other vehicles on the road to allow for plenty of time to slow down if needed.
If you’re ready to drive your very own RV, we invite you to explore our wide selection of new and used RVs for sale. We make it easy to find your dream RV that fits your travel needs. Stop by today!