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Brand new to RVing and picking it up tomorrow! Will be eventually living full-time off-grid. Nervous about the drive. Illinois to NC. Going from small cars to a 25’ 😂 tips anyone?
1) find a huge parking lot and practice. Go to Walmart and purchase soccer cones and setup parking spaces, and other courses to practice. You could get a training lesson from a driving school.
2) get a RV dedicated GPS system, I use a Garmin 770, it will help you with low bridges, etc..
3) Use a planning tool such as RV Trip Wizard for planning your trips. It will also help with finding campgrounds for trips.
4) Buy a good surge protector for your rig, it will protect you from voltage spikes and if you get a real good one it will also protect from low voltage problems.
5) Learn what and how the generator operates, while in a RV park, so you will not get any surprises when you need it.
6) Decide if you want to tow a vehicle so you don't need to unhook and drive the rig to a grocery store or into town every time you need to go for something.
2018 Road Warrior 427
2013 Can Am Spyder RT Limited
2017 Ram 3500 w/Aisin w/4:10
2 Dachshunds DJ (RIP 9-12-19) & Joey (RIP 5-14-21)
Going from living in a house, sticks and bricks to a 1995 small motorhome and
off-grid is a no small jump. First and foremost is to thoroughly check all systems on the motorhome such as tires not over 5 years old, brakes, hoses, belts, change all fluids and filters. Next, check for leaks and caulk on the roof and all windows. Take care of these items before you begin any "upgrades".
Next is the issue of living off-grid. Do you mean there are no utility services? Water, electricity, and sewer are issues to deal with. The freshwater tank will require frequent filling. The sewer tanks will require frequent draining. Will you run the generator for power and recharge the batteries? How big is your battery bank, will you have solar power to help keep the batteries charged, etc. It takes a lot more battery power to operate the RV off-grid than most realize. Solar and batteries are not cheap to set up.
__________________ Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|No Longer Full-Time! - 2023 Cougar 22MLS toted by 2022 F150, 3.5L EcoBoost Tow Max FX4 Lariat Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot, retired mechanical engineer
Once you get the basic safety stuff squared away, ie replace tires if over 7 years old (learn how to read DOT date codes) tread condition means nothing on RV's as few get driven enough to wear out tires, aging out tires is another matter. Check brake lines, replace older rubber brake hoses, flush brake fluid, etc. Then take a look at the suspension components, worn suspension bushings, shocks, etc. as such things can greatly effect handling and level of driver fatigue, the same goes for weight distribution and proper tire inflation pressure, which can only be determined by weighing the coach as it is loaded for travel and consulting a tire pressure inflation chart. Though based on the model of coach I suspect proper tire pressure will be around 75-80 psi. Excess tire pressure can cause handling and steering issues as well as rough ride.
2002 Safari Trek 2830 on P32 Chassis with 8.1L w/ 400 watts solar 420Ah LiFePo4
2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland & 2007 Toyota Yaris TOADs with Even Brake,
Demco Commander tow bar and Blue Ox / Roadmaster base plates
Driving it shouldn't be any big deal, but use your side mirrors and be careful on tight turns as you don't want to scrape a stop sign, or other. As said above, it's good to find a big parking lot and see how it maneuvers.
Before hitting the road, make sure you have checked everything, including oil level, transmission fluid, water level in all batteries, tire air pressure, air filter, hydraulic leveler fluid (if applicable), battery cable connections, fuses, etc.
I would consider stopping at a nearby campground for one night so you have a chance to checkout everything. Carry a toolbox with you and by stopping for a night, you can get out and get anything you need.
Congratulations on the new rig! It looks quite nice and will be even nice when you get it squared away to what you want it to be. May you have many safe travels!
Retired but busier than ever!
2012 Newmar Bay Star 3302
5 Star Tune, SumoSprings, Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer, Blue Ox Avail
Brake Buddy, 2015 Chevy Malibu