New RVer asks: I’m buying my RV. Then what?

New RVer asks: I’m buying my RV. Then what?

We received this email from a reader at the world headquarters of RVtravel.com.

QUESTION: What’s the best way to get started RVing after I buy my RV?

ANSWER: It’s very important to learn as much as you can about your unit before you ever drive it off the lot. RV dealers typically go through a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) with customers. Make sure that you schedule plenty of time for your PDI and take lots of notes. Some RVers even video tape their PDI for future reference. Be thorough. Try every door and drawer, every switch and faucet, every latch and lock. Make sure you learn how everything operates. If anything will need fixing or adjusting, make sure you get what needs to be done in writing and have the dealer sign it.

There are also many videos on YouTube including our own channel that illustrate how to use all the systems of an RV, plus information can be found by searching via Google or Bing. Mark Polk of RV Education 101 offers excellent DVDs and streaming videos on just about everything a new RVer needs to know. We highly recommend them.

After you drive your new RV away, plan a two- or three-day shakedown trip close to home. Try to use all of the onboard systems on your first trip. Be sure to use your hookups, but it’s also a good idea to spend at least one day dry camping (boondocking) so you can become familiar with the self-contained aspect of RVing. Take notes on anything that doesn’t work right or that you may need to consult with your dealer about.

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