Spring has finally arrived in Canada, and you’re probably ready to start RVing. You may have even started looking up campgrounds and planning your driving routes weeks ago. Or maybe you’re brand new to the world of RVing and are anxious to take your first trip.
Regardless of how long you’ve enjoyed the RV lifestyle, knowing how to park and getting your RV out of tight spots can be challenging. The tips in this blog should have you feeling more confident about your parking and maneuvering abilities in no time.
Make Sure You Know the Size of Your RV
RV widths can vary by make and model. The width of a standard RV allows you to drive it on highways and freeways easily. However, you should never assume anything about your RV. Look up its length, width, and height clearance in the owner’s manual before heading out for the first time.
Practice Makes Perfect
Once you’ve verified the dimensions of your RV, write those numbers down and keep them somewhere you can refer to them often. Next, find an empty parking lot in your neighbourhood and drive your RV there to practice pulling in and out of parking spaces. Don’t forget to back into and out of the spot you selected in the parking lot.
The rules for practicing parking and maneuvering your RV change if you’re pulling a trailer behind it. As you’re slowly backing into or pulling out of a parking spot, determine what angle you’re at when the RV starts to jackknife.
With a motorized RV, you will notice a difference in the turning radius as you practice your parking maneuvers. Note how loose or tight it is and plan to compensate for these differences when you park your RV in real-life situations.
The best way to work with the change in turning radius is to exit your RV, walk around it, and determine how well it fits within the parking spot lines. Don’t forget to include mirrors, ladders, or anything else attached to the RV that can affect how far it hangs over the parking lot lines. Keep practicing until you feel comfortable maneuvering your RV around objects like walls, curbs, trees, and other cars.
Check the Size of the RV Campsite Before Confirming Your Reservation
The typical campground offers RV campsites that match the size of a standard RV. Booking your reservation as early as possible ensures you feel comfortable with the space you have to park your RV in your designated campsite.
Getting Your RV Out of Tight Spots
You don’t always have control over how easy it is to park and maneuver your RV, so practice and knowing its measurements are critical. Even when you park in a spot that seems easy to get in and out of, someone else may park nearby while you’re away from your RV, making getting your RV out challenging.
To avoid this scenario, the next time you park your RV at a store, restaurant, gas station, or anywhere else away from your campsite, ensure you’re parked in a space you feel comfortable leaving.
Don’t forget that you need to insure your RV too. Contact Wayfarer Insurance to discuss your coverage needs.