Get Me Out Of Here!

If you are like me, getting out of here means escaping to the outdoors, away from work, away from the hustle and bustle of daily normal life. It’s not for everyone, but for those of us that enjoy the outdoors as our escape, RVing can be one of the best decisions! My grandmother always used to say, “When you have an RV, you are always at home”. I love that saying! And she is right. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to purchase a travel trailer and use it for family getaways. The bonus for him is he gets to use it in the fall and winter on his hunting lease! But during the spring and summer, it’s our home away from home at least one weekend per month and a few week-long adventures tossed in for good measure. Each time we use it, it feels a bit more like home. At the beginning, each time we set out for a get-away, I would get anxious and worry about all the things that could go wrong. With anything that is new to you, anxiety over the unknown is inevitable. Little by little, our confidence grew and experience allowed us to relax.

As someone new to the RVing lifestyle, there was a lot to learn and to worry about. That worry can really get in the way of enjoying your time away. It’s really important to take active steps to reduce new RVer’s anxiety. Here are my tips:

1. Make sure you take full advantage of the experts at the dealership from whom you purchase your RV. We had a one-on-one, hands-on instruction from a representative in the dealership’s service department to teach us about our RV. Take notes, or better yet, record video on your phone of the really intimidating steps about setting up and breaking down your RV.
2. Go with friends! Plan your first few RV trips with groups of experienced RVers. If something goes wrong…you’ll have extra hands and people to ask for help.
3. Keep records of each RV park at which you stay. Document the best spots for you (waterfront, shade, pull-through spots) so when you want to come back, you will know which spots to ask for! Spend a few minutes with the Park Coordinator to ask when their busiest times are so you know when to avoid.
4. Talk to your insurance agent about proper RV and Travel Trailer insurance. Insurance is all about reducing anxiety. Your insurance agent should have multiple insurance companies from which to choose and be able to explain some of the important options and features available such as Agreed Value vs. Actual Cash Value coverage, coverage for personal property inside the RV, and roadside assistance.

Then, when life gets too hectic and you need to get away, don’t be afraid to say “Get me out of here!” You’ll be prepared to fully enjoy your home away from home.

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