So You Just Bought an RV, Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased your first home on wheels, and now you’re officially an RV owner. You’ve put a lot of time and careful consideration in your decision, and now it’s time to start thinking about how to get acquainted with your RV and familiarize yourself with all the wonderful features it has to offer. Here’s a little guide to help you get started and prepare for your first mobile adventure.

Photo: David Keilly | Pursuit

The nuts and bolts of maintenance

From de-winterizing your rig, to RV storage, there are a vast array of tips and tricks you’ll learn as an RV owner. Take the time to read up on your Class B manual, the chassis manual and the manuals of the major appliances. Once you’re familiar with your RV’s upkeep, you’ll be a pro at checking tire pressure and battery levels.

Get connected

Today, with social media connecting us, there are several groups and forums that are all about educating, troubleshooting, lifestyle how-to’s, travel, as an RV owner. It’s a great way to stay on top of the latest RV news, events and another avenue to learn more about RV life. Check out our Pleasure-Way Ambassador Crew Program, and see how you can get the perks of living life on the road.

Make it your own

Part of the fun of being an RV owner is making your home on wheels uniquely yours. Paint walls, add wall decor, or brighten your space with new lighting – the interior options are endless, have fun with it!

Photo: Keren Lynn | Plateau TS

Buy and pack the essentials

As an RV owner, you are  responsible for stocking your rig with fun necessities, snacks, bedding, games and decor accessories. This also means you need to stock up on essentials like:

  • Extension cords
  • Chargers
  • Disinfecting cleaning solutions
  • And much more
Photo: Anastasia Kogan | Tofino
Photo: Pancho Castelon | Tofino

Go for a test drive

Before your first official maiden voyage in your rig, head out and explore your local national park! Practice driving your rig and master campground hookups. Of course, be sure to master the art of s’more-making and building the perfect fire too;)

Plan your trip

Now the real excitement begins! You’ve familiarized yourself with your campervan and had a practice run at a day trip or short camping stay. With these experiences under your belt you can thoughtfully plan out your first real RV trip. There’s a lot to think about when planning your a mobile adventure and the key is to give yourself enough time. Where do you want your first destination to be? What memories are you wanting to create? Who do you want a part of your travels or do you want to navigate solo?

Photo: Adam Hill | Traverse

You’re ready to roll

Happy road tripping! You’re off to make some of the best memories of our life! Take your time, and enjoy the ride. Feel free to check out more helpful tips or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Photo: Carla Wood | Lexor TS