Camping in an RV can be intimidating when you are all by your lonesome. Even more so if it is your first time. Things can get crazy fast! One moment you think, “I’m all set”, and the next moment you think, “where am I supposed to start?”. We get the anxiety around the whole thing, and we know just how scary it can be to go RV camping all by your lonesome.
Some people take to it immediately, and others don’t. Either way, we hope that by the time that you finish reading this article, you will have a better understanding of RV camping all by your lonesome and you will have somewhere to start.
First off, we want to mention that RV camping all by your lonesome is not always easy. So if you are confused about the whole thing, which you more than likely are since you’re reading this. Don’t worry, we will do our best to make this as easy to understand and replicate so that you can get on the road A.S.A.P! Ok, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
First Thing’s First – RV Maintainance:
Properly maintaining your RV will go a long way to keep your RV adventures going as long as possible. There might be more things than you think that you need to check before you take off. Below, we laid out a detailed checklist of maintenance check-ups that you should perform before you head out. For the full maintenance list in detail and explained, check our post out ->> RV Maintenance Checklist For A Safe Trip.
- Check Your Tires
- Check All Your Lights
- Lock Your RV And It’s Storage Compartments
- Secure All Lose Or Fragile Items
- Check ALL Your Fluids And MECHANICAL Parts
- Your Engine
- Engine Oil
- Your Transmission
- Transmission Fluid
- Brakes And Brake Fluid
- Power Steering Fluid
- Engine Belt(s)
- Gas Lines, Filter, And Pump
- A/C System
- Blower Motor
- Windshield Wiper Fluid And Pump
- Air Filters
- Water Pump
- Waste Tanks And Tubes
- Sanitize Your Water System
- Analyze Your Vehicle’s undercarriage
- Check Your Electrical System
- Check Your Seals
- Medical Supplies – (first-aid kit, etc.)
There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you go RV camping all by your lonesome. Such as the safety of yourself and your RV. You don’t need to go absolutely nuts trying to make sure that everything is perfect. However, you do want to try and cover all of your bases. Refer back to the list above for the run down f what you need to do to prepare yourself and visit the link attached to be redirected to our other post ->> RV Maintenance Checklist For A Safe Trip.
Pack Some Extras:
Your RV needs gas to move and if you run out, you are not going anywhere. This is one of the best ways that you can prevent becoming stranded. Other than keeping up maintenance on your vehicle of course.
Chances are that you are going to need extra wiper fluid. Especially if you are going on a long trip. There are always things that get on the windshield. From bird poop and bug guts, all the way to random spots of liquid that you have no idea where it came from. You will probably run out of wiper fluid at some point and that can hurt your driving ability. Unless you plan to pull over, get out, and clean the windshield every time something gets on your windshield.
Coolant is a huge part of what keeps your engine running efficiently. If you did not have coolant, your engine would get very hot. This could potentially destroy it.
Oil is the lifeblood of your RV. Without it, your RV’s engine would lock up and that could flat out destroy your RV’s engine. Make sure you pack some extra oil. Just in case you need to top it off or change its oil.
Make sure you will be comfortable in your RV while you are camping. Bring some extra like more pillows or a comforter for your bed or sleeping bag. Bring a comfy chair so that you can sit comfortably on the outside of your RV. Comfort can make the difference for whether or not you will go RV camping all by your lonesome again. So make sure you will be comfortable for the entirety of your camping trip.
You will want to think about hygiene when you are going RV camping all by your lonesome. Especially if you are going RV camping all by your lonesome for an extended period of time. Even though you are camping, hygiene is still of great importance.
Even though you are in an RV, there still might be an issue with animals. Mainly with your food. The animals are hungry and they will take your food when you’re not looking. So keep your food stashed and safe until you eat it. If you need to, you can pick up a bear canister. These are strong canisters to hold your food that is quite hard for animals to smell and breakthrough.
Before you head out, make sure you are confident in your camping skills. It is not a good idea to go if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. Then again, how are you supposed to learn if you don’t do it at all? You don’t have to be an expert. However, you at least want to know the basics of camping. For some smart solo camping tips, check out our post ->> 11 Solo Camping Tips
Tell Someone Where You’re Going:
It is always a smart idea to let someone know where you will be going and how long you will be gone. Especially if you are not bringing any telecommunications. This will act as a safety net for you in case something does happen. Precautionary measures. This way, if you get lost or stranded, once they notice that you have been gone for an extended period of time, they can then begin the search for you.
In case you do get lost or stranded, (hopefully, you have previously let someone know where you will be and how long you will be gone). You will need to signal for help. There are a ton of different ways to signal for help. Many of them are fairly cheap and extremely useful in any survival situation. For a list of smart ways to signal help, feel free to check out our post ->> 10+ Ways To Signal Help If You Get Lost
Stay On Your Toes:
You don’t have to be scanning your surroundings every moment of every day that you are camping in your RV all by your lonesome. However, you do want to be aware of your surroundings. The chances of something crazy happening to you are slim, but remember that anything can happen out there.
Remember to pack accordingly and make sure your RV is ready for the drive. If you ever feel too uncomfortable where you are camping with your RV, you can always move to another spot. There is no one stopping you from keeping yourself and your RV safe except yourself.