You know first impressions are important when selling RVs. That’s why you should emphasize the features of your rig that will keep you comfortable in the long run. Next, think about the benefits of these features. However, you should understand that not every sale is made on the first contact. The process can take some time, and you need to track each lead and follow up with them individually.
Driving an RV
Safe driving habits are important when driving an RV. Drivers should keep a safe distance of at least two to three cars from intersections. They should also allow ample time to stop before approaching another car, and should regularly check their stopping distance.
Another important practice is to take it slow when turning. The right lane is the most obvious choice here, as it’s the safest for everyone. It also provides best visual access for the driver through the side mirror. It also allows the driver to avoid being stuck in traffic for too long. If you are traveling with a large RV, the right lane is a great option. It is also close to the shoulder.
While driving an RV, drivers must also pay close attention to blind spots, including the one between the vehicle and the RV. It is common for motorists suddenly merge into the RV lane. Therefore, it is important to anticipate this action and leave a large gap between your RV (and other vehicles) and the action. Drivers should also avoid tailgating or honking their horns. This is a great way for everyone to be safer on the roads, including you and your passengers.
While driving an RV, drivers must also consider their own health. Drivers who are tired or sick should not drive an RV. They should also stop regularly to eat and drink. They should also consider the RV’s size and weight. Also, keep in mind that the RV’s width is larger than that of a car.
RV drivers should practice backing their vehicles up in parking lots. They should also practice backing up the vehicle into campsites. While this can be a challenge, drivers should use mirrors to help maneuver the vehicle. When backing up an RV, drivers should use their pivot points to turn the vehicle. When backing into a campsite, drivers should also check for overhead branches or trees.
Storing your rig
Storing your RV requires taking some precautions to ensure that you don’t risk damage to the vehicle. If the vehicle is left unattended, moisture can cause mold and other problems, such as a burst pipe or plumbing problem. Batteries may also need replacing. Proper storage can cause damage to the vehicle and can lead to unpleasant odors. The following best practices will help ensure your RV stays in top condition while you’re not using it.
If you’re storing your RV for long periods of time, make sure to turn off all electrical elements. Make sure to use a battery tender if your RV has electricity. It is also recommended that you start your RV a few times a month to ensure that all systems are functioning properly. You should also make sure to put down any leveling jacks that you have. This will help prevent them from draining the battery. If your RV is on grass or dirt surfaces, make sure to use pads underneath the jacks.
To prevent dry spots, flush the tank and add at minimum a quarter tank water to your RV before you store it. Antifreeze may also be added to your RV’s plumbing. This prevents cracking and dry rotting. It’s also a good idea to keep tires inflated to the correct pressure.
Another best practice for RV storage is to check for pests. Insects can easily enter your RV through any crack or hole. You should remove any food leftovers and keep the interior as clean as possible. This will prevent bugs from smelling your food and preventing them from entering your RV.
Cleaning your decals
If you’re looking to keep your RV’s vinyl decals looking new for years, you should consider protecting them with a high-quality wax. This will protect your decals from UV damage and extend their life. There are several different types of waxes available for cleaning and protecting your RV decals.
One type of wax is specifically designed to remove oxidation. It’s also designed to be gentle on the surface of your RV decals. It will remove any grime or oxidation that has built up over time. You can also try using a microfiber towel to clean your RV, which won’t scratch or scuff the surface. Protect the decals around your RV from scratches by using masking tape or large sheets of plastic when cleaning it.
You can polish your RV decals after cleaning them. However, polishing alone will not provide adequate protection. To prevent oxidation, you should wash them regularly. If your decals have become rusted or damaged, you can replace them with a new one made of vinyl sheet. Before applying a new one, cut the vinyl sheet into a shape that suits your decal.
Another way to protect your decals is to clean them regularly. To clean them, you can use Dawn or a mild cleaner. This will prevent oxidation and buildup of contaminants that could cause them to crack or peel. This will keep them looking great for many years.
A deoxidizing cleaner can also be used to clean RV decals. This type of cleaner can remove oxidation from the surface area of vinyl decals. You can purchase it at hardware stores, automotive parts locations, or specialty RV supply companies. It is safe for all surfaces and can even revive faded chrome. The cleaner can help you keep your RV looking fresh for many years.
Maintaining your waste water system
Maintaining the RV’s waste water system is an essential practice. It can seem daunting, especially for a first-timer. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to keep your waste water system running smoothly and efficiently.
The black water holding tank should be emptied regularly. It should be attached to the sewer hose and secured to the sewer pipe. Similarly, the gray water holding tank must be emptied as soon as you’ve emptied the black one. Never leave the black tank handle open.
The best way to do this is to always dump the black water tank before leaving the campsite. You should look for a dump station if you don’t have a sewer connection. Many public campgrounds offer this service free of charge. Some may charge a fee. Some municipalities may also have a dump site.
Keeping the waste water system clean is an important part of keeping your RV running. The gray water tank is a storage area for sewage that should be emptied. You can also install a filter in the gray water tank to keep small particles out. This will prevent blockages and unpleasant odours.
Another important part of maintaining your RV is keeping the black water tank clean. This can be done by attaching a hose to the black water valve. Make sure you connect the hose to the correct valve if you’re camping in a campground with a septic system. If you don’t, you can leave your campground with a stinky and filthy mess.
Most RVs come with sensors that monitor the fluid levels in the holding tank. You should not wait for the tank gauge to tell you it is full before you empty it. Extra trips to the toilet can often push the tank over its limit, making it more difficult to empty.
Adjusting your rig
Before you park your RV, you must level it. This is crucial for many reasons, including preventing permanent damage to your fridge and table. It can also prevent drunken walking or falling out of your camper. There are a few simple steps you can take to level your RV.
First, make sure your RV is level before extending the slides. Extending slides while the RV isn’t level will put extra strain on the gears that move them, which can lead to damaged shear pins. You can use RV stabilizers to prevent this. These will stop your RV from shifting or wobbling.
Second, ensure that your RV is level from the front to the back. The cooler coolant in your RV needs to be level, and it won’t work if it isn’t level. Also, if you have a slide-out, make sure the entire unit is level, from front to back. Your slides may jam or break if they aren’t level. Moreover, your engine will work harder to push the slides uphill if they aren’t level.
Next, you should use a hand-held bubble level. To check the RV’s levelness, place it on the ground, on a countertop or on your rear bumper. Once you have confirmed that your RV is level, you can raise or lower the left or right tire. If your trailer is on a slope, you may need to add blocks to level it.
Before you use an RV leveler, you should have a dry, clean surface on which you’ll install the levelers. After installing the RV levelers make sure that the RV is level. You can use a carpenter’s level to help you with this process. When leveling your RV, make sure you keep the windows shut.