Tips for Driving an RV Rental


RVs aren’t that much more difficult to control than a standard car, but if you’re used to a small vehicle, you should take some time to practice driving an RV before you begin your vacation. When you are planning your journey, you’ll have to consider how you’ll get from point A to point B without any issues. So, being comfortable with your RV is vitally important.

Here are some driving tips to consider.

Make the Right Adjustments – If you’re renting an RV in San Francisco and you’re just about to leave the rental premises, make sure you make some key adjustments before getting underway. By key adjustments I mean make sure you are comfortable in your new vehicle. Ask yourself these questions before you start the motor:

  • Can I see out through every mirror, or is my view obstructed because of my seating arrangement?
  • Can you see clearly out of the rear camera (if your vehicle has one)?
  • Do you feel comfortable in your seat?
  • Can you easily reach the peddles and other parts of the RV?

Adjusting your seat is vitally important, whether you’re renting a small RV or larger model, you must be comfortable in your new setting.

Remember the Dimensions – If you’re driving small RV rentals or a mini camper rental, you won’t have to worry too much about size. These types of vehicles aren’t too big, so you’ll have no issues getting under low lying bridges or finding your way down small country roads. But, it is still important to check your dimension just in case you encounter a challenging obstacle. If you decide on a mini RV for rent, instead of the larger models, you’ll won’t have any issues with height, but you may want to record the weight of the vehicle in the event of an emergency.

Control – One of the first things you’ll notice when driving camper rentals is their size, they are slightly bigger than regular vehicles and usually a lot heavier. The best way of getting used to driving an RV is to find an empty parking lot or expansive area which is free from obstacles and practice moving the vehicle around. Get a feel for the brakes, steering wheel and accelerator, so you understand how it reacts to touch and movement.

Parking – Another vital part of RV driving is parking, you’ll be pulling into national parks, sports venues, camp sites and RV parks, so you must be able to correctly park your vehicle without hitting other objects. Constantly use your mirrors and have your partner direct you into a space, take your time and look for spaces away from other vehicles.

Controlling, parking and reversing an RV may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Take some time to learn about your vehicle, before setting off on your vacation, plan your route carefully and avoid any challenging courses. Always practice beforehand to help get adjusted to the size and controls.

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