4 Lesser-Known RV Travel Tips

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4 Lesser-Known RV Travel Tips

If you’re planning an RV trip, you’ve probably developed a checklist of things to do before you leave. This could include packing tools, checking RV weight, and completing routine maintenance. There are other important yet often overlooked things you must do. Signal Connect asked some RV owners to share tips to help new and veteran RV owners. Without any further ado, here are four things you should do before, during, and after your next RV trip:   

1. Fill Prescriptions Before You Leave

Do you or your loved ones take prescription medicine? If so, refill your prescriptions before you head out. Why? Because if you run out, you might not be able to get a refill when you’re on the road. This is especially true once you cross state lines. Even if you stay in state, the pharmacy might not be able to get hold of your doctor for permission to fill your meds.

Are you planning a big RV trip? Be sure you have more than enough of your daily medications before you and your family hit the road. If you don’t, this can make or break your trip. Imagine finally pulling into the campground only to have to turn around and return home. Your loved ones might not appreciate that!

2. Keep Water, Sewer Tank Fluids Low

While you’re traveling, it’s best to cut down on the amount of liquids in your tank. Before you hit the road, empty your gray and black water tanks. You also should only keep your fresh water tank about a quarter full. Why? Because liquids are heavy and the added weights cuts down on your gas mileage.  At the costs of gas and diesel these days, any time you get more mileage out of a tank is a good thing.

When you drive with empty and light tanks, you save money on your gas expenses. This concept of taking things safe also improves the longevity of your RV. This prevents your tanks from cracking due to the pressures of overloading. You’ll find water at just about any campground you go to. Many rest areas and truck stops also provide water, too.

3. Test Water Pressure at Your Destination

When you get to your campsite or other destination, it’s a good idea to test your water pressure before you hook up.  If the pressure is too high, use a water pressure valve to prevent splitting your hoses or pipes.  This can cause flooding inside your RV, which is something you should avoid at all costs.

It’s also a good idea to make sure the water is safe to drink.  If it looks or smells bad, don’t fill your tank with it.  You can either use a water filter, or drink bottled water that you can get at any store, gas station, or truck stop.  If you’re going to use the water in your tank, make sure to use the white hose that’s made to transport water.  Any other hose can make your water taste like rubber.

4. Get DIRECTV for Your RV

Think of this as a bonus tip, but it can be just as important as the other three RV travel tips.  Most RV trips are built around a variety of fun things to do during the day, be it a campground or other popular vacation destination.  When you’re hunkering down for the night, wouldn’t it be great to watch your favorite news, sports, and weather?  You can if you get DIRECTV for your RV, motorhome, or camper.  One of these installations brings you all the same programming you might enjoy from the DIRECTV installation in your home. 

If you don’t have DIRECTV, you’re missing out on the largest selection of amazing programming. Signal Connect can deliver this amazing satellite TV service to your recreational vehicle. In fact, providing DIRECTV to RV owners is our specialty. We’ll help you choose the right programming package and equipment, and help arrange for installation. Do you have questions about DIRECTV in your RV? Give Signal Connect a call at 866-726-4182. We’ll answer your questions and help you with anything you need.