• Use Checklists!!!!!!! No matter how many times you move your RV/Caravan from your camp spot, you can forget to do something! Roof vents and TV antennas are the biggest offenders for most people.
  • Learn about the many places you can go RV/Caravan camping. Private RV/Caravan parks are popular and easy to find, but there are many RV/Caravan camping locations off the beaten track. Our most recent treasured  App is called wikicamps Australia of which you can download on to your iPhone, Smart ph, Tablet or Windows PC. wikicamps.com.au
  • Check tyre pressure before every trip!!!!!!!  You do not want extra pressure (pun intended!) having to change tyres on the side of the road!
  • Speaking of on the road problems…if you can’t change your own tyres or you do break down, roadside assistance is worth every cent.  So before any adventure make sure to give NRMA, RACQ or other road side assistance a call for membership!
  • Weigh your RV/Caravan!!! It is SOOOOOOO easy to overload them!!!!!  Your life & pocket depends on it!
  • Measure the height!!!!! Don’t guess!!! You WILL get into situations where a building canopy is too low for you to fit…also remember when parking at a curb that the top of the vehicle may be hanging over the curb due to slope of the street…this can be very embarrassing if you tag a light pole or tree too close to the street.
  • Now days there’s a wide range of reversing camera’s available that are worth investing in.  However an even cheaper way is to purchase a pair of small hand-held Family Radio Service(FRS) radios to communicate with each other during parking/backing of the RV/Caravan, or get on the same page with hand signals. I suggest the FRS radio method as most reliable…and if you get separated in Kmart they work too!
  • When staying in RV/Caravan parks or campgrounds with hookups, don’t leave the black tank “open”. Only dump black when tank is 2/3 full or more otherwise you stand a good chance of having a clog. The same is true to some extent with the gray tank. Dump black first every time so the gray water can help clean out the dump hose.
  • When you pull into an RV/Caravan park and go to hook up water, I suggest turning on the water for a second or two before hooking up your hose. I would have had quite a bit of rust in my tank if I hadn’t followed this advice.
  • Back to RV/Caravan parks for a second…Power can vary widely from park to park. At the very least get a good surge protector for the RV/Caravan, and there are several rather expensive power conditioners available that will protect against surges, and improve commercial power.
  • Satellite TV… Our power inverter makes what is called “modified sine wave” AC power. This power works great for micro wave, TV, computer and everything else EXCEPT the satellite TV receiver. We now have a pure sine wave inverter (just a small unit of 150 watts) that turns 12 volts DC into clean AC that works for the satellite TV receiver. (We understand that new receivers will work on modified sine wave…check specifications carefully) Note – The digital TV conversion boxes that can be used on RV/Caravans as well as homes may require a sine wave inverter.
  • You can save water by washing dishes in a dish pan instead of the sink. Wipe plates off first before washing to cut down on water needed. Take Navy showers…get wet, shut off water, wash yourself, rinse. Experiment with soaps and shampoos to find what you like AND rinses easily. You can save gray water space by washing your hands outside…use a plastic milk jug for water and poke a small hole in it and put a golf tee in. This will keep the water in the jug, pull the “tee” when you want water and it dribbles out instead of running down the sink!
  • Use single ply toilet tissue.
  • Check for leaks, and if you find one, don’t wait…fix it now!!!!! Water is an RV’s worst enemy. There are some great calks available for RV roofs and windows, and I’d suggest having a tube on hand for when you find a leak in the future.
  • You can save propane by not running your water heater all the time, and turning the furnace off at night and snuggling or putting an extra blanket on the bed. You can run a battery down overnight with a lot of heat usage.
  • Carry a step ladder so you have a way to clean windows and make repairs if necessary. It also is a must if you are strapping your awnings down.
  • Consider joining an RV/Caravan camping or 4WD club.