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Renting an RV can be very confusing, especially if you are planning to road trip in a foreign country. Have no worries. We’ve done the hard work for you and contacted the RV rental experts! Here are their top tips to help you plan before you arrive, to prepare you to take your rental RV out on the road, and make the most of your trip.

Practice, practice, practice.

Shortly after renting your first-ever RV, get acclimated to your new “big ride” in a safe, open space. Even if you’ve driven a minivan or large truck for years, you’ll find that the RV experience presents an assortment of new challenges. “Go to a mall when it’s empty or a big church lot on a weekday,” says RV expert Janet Groene, co-author of the book, Living Aboard Your RV. “At low speeds there, learn to use the mirrors, turn corners, back up and park. Familiarize yourself with the rear-facing TV view, if your RV has one. If you’re traveling with a partner, practice hand signals so you can help each other park and back up without resorting to shouting instructions.”

Initial inspection.

Before heading out, do a walk-around of the RV to observe any potential problems. “Check your tire pressure,” says Groene. “Make sure all access doors are closed and no obstructions are in the way.”

Big-picture perspective.

You have one major safety advantage in an RV: elevation. You’re sitting higher than most auto drivers, which gives you a longer, wider view of the road. Use this to gain a greater perspective of what’s ahead, including any road obstructions, slowing traffic, accidents, etc. “You should give your full attention to the road, especially in an RV,” Groene says. “It has a higher center of gravity and lots of wind surface. Maneuvering provides many surprises and they are worse at speed or on windy days. Add a sudden blow-out to the picture and you’ll want both hands on the wheel.”

Tall order.

Always check clearance signs for tunnels and commercial buildings to assess whether your RV will fit underneath. “You should be constantly aware of your RV’s height in feet and inches,” Groene says. “Don’t attempt to go through a drive-through or indoor parking garage unless you’re absolutely certain you’ll make it.”

Balanced load.

An unbalanced RV is likelier to suffer a blowout, breakdown or braking/steering problems. Pack evenly so you don’t “overload” one particular section of the RV.

Homework assignment.

In planning a long trip in the open country, go on the websites of campgrounds to make sure they’re right for RVs. “Many indicate whether they have pull-through sites and hook-up areas,” Groene says. “Pull-throughs allow you to drive straight to the RV section. Hook-ups are for connecting to electricity, water and sewer.”

Vacations should be a time to enjoy yourself and connect with your surroundings. Don’t allow your trip to be spoiled by unexpected surprises or a race against the clock! Relax, take your time, and allow yourself to really take in all that nature has to offer.

More tips when renting an RV at In The Nation‘s site.

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