RVing 101 for Dummies

Larry the RV Guy
Larry the RV Guy

Tips and Tricks from Larry the RV Guy

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Larry the RV Guy, who kindly shared some of his top RVing tips and tricks. As someone who’s been in the business for over 20 years, Larry has seen it all, from the best to the worst RVers. If you’re a newbie to the RVing world, listen up! Larry has some valuable insights that will help make your RVing experience a success.


  1. Check your surroundings for debris before pulling in. You don’t want to park your RV on a pile of rocks or sticks, which could damage your tires or worse.
  2. Put down your jacks. This ensures that your RV is level and won’t be tipping over any time soon. Use your crank to make adjustments as needed.
  3. Open the slide. If your RV has a slide-out feature, be sure to open it up before settling in.
  4. Put the chocks by the tire. This helps prevent your RV from rolling away once parked.
  5. Attach the sewer hose. This is not the most pleasant task, but it’s essential for a successful RVing experience.
  6. Connect to a water source. You’ll need to have a water source connected to your RV for all your basic needs, like showering and washing dishes.
  7. Unhook from your truck. Once you’re parked, it’s time to detach your RV from your truck.
  8. Attach your power cord. Finally, plug in your RV’s power cord to ensure you have electricity throughout your stay.

Now that you know the basic steps for setting up your RV, let’s discuss some of the top things that most people screw up when RVing.

  1. Most people don’t pay attention to their surroundings. This can lead to parking in a less-than-ideal spot or damaging their RV by not checking for debris.

When renting an RV, it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure you have a successful trip. Here are some questions to consider:

  1. How big is the parking system? It’s important to know the size of the RV park you’ll be staying in to ensure your RV will fit comfortably.
  2. 30 vs 50 amp. Does your electrical power what I got? You’ll need to make sure your RV’s electrical system matches the campsite’s available power supply.
  3. What amenities are included? Some RV parks offer pools, showers, and other amenities that can make your stay more comfortable.
  4. How much distance is there around where you’re pulling your RV? It’s important to consider the amount of space you’ll have around your RV, especially if you plan to set up outdoor furniture or equipment.
  5. Is the spot a pull-through? If you’re new to RVing, a pull-through spot may be easier to maneuver into than a back-in spot.

The primary issue most people face when RVing is whether or not they can get into their spot. By following the steps outlined above and asking the right questions before renting an RV, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable RVing experience. Just remember, always be mindful of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to ask for help if needed. Happy RVing!

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