How to Drive with an RV Trailer

How to Drive with an RV Trailer

Let’s get one thing out in the open – driving an RV is nothing like driving a car or even a big truck. For safety precautions, don’t wait until you hit the road to discover the differences. From tight turns to bumpy terrains and small parking spaces, driving an RV comes with its own special set of challenges.

While it can seem a little intimidating, have no fear, Texas Custom RV Rentals is here! Driving a RV rental is easier than you think, and we’ve put this simple guide together for you for your next road trip!

Think Compact

For the campers who have never driven a larger vehicle, it’s ideal to start with a smaller RV, such as a 2018 Rockwood Mini Lite. Even an older model, such as a 2008 Fleetwood Avalon camper, is great for small parties – plus, they don’t require you to give up key amenities like a shower and stove. If you prefer something with a few more modern conveniences, the 2018 Keystone Passport will be a perfect fit. Small enough to drive with ease, but large enough to accommodate a full bathroom, full interior kitchen, and storage galore.

Go Slow and Make Wide Turns

While driving on the open road, it’s easy to want to put the pedal to the metal. Remember that it takes a lot of power to move an RV trailer of any size and its just a much work to stop it. When turning, take in the length of your RV. Longer trailers require wider turns.

Avoid trying to take a 90-degree turn and instead opt for a half circle-driving pattern. By taking a slightly wider turn, you can ensure a smooth transition and protect your passengers, as well as the vehicle itself.

Know Your Dimensions

One of the keys to safely maneuvering a vehicle is knowing its size. At approximately 12 feet tall, you should be to pass under most bridges and overhangs, but make sure you are traveling on RV-approved roads. If a traffic sign indicates that larger vehicles should use a certain lane or take a different route, it pertains to you. This will be especially true for any parking structures or drive-through lanes.

At Texas Custom RV Rentals, we focus on safety first. Our recreational vehicles are fully serviced on a strict schedule and cleaned thoroughly after every rental. We want you to be as safe as possible on the road, and that means being comfortable behind an RV. Now, it’s time to hit the road and enjoy your next road trip!

Contact us for your next vacation, tailgating party, family reunion, BBQ/chili cook-off, or any temporary housing needs that may arise.