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100 Myths About RVs Debunked
Like most things in life, you can’t learn all there is to know about RVing until you give it a try. When you do, you’ll learn that some myths about RVs and the RV lifestyle are greatly over-exaggerated or downright false. The truth about RV living is that it’s different for everyone. But debunking these common RV myths will help you create realistic expectations if you’re thinking of buying your first RV or renting an RV for the first time.
RV Lifestyle Myths
Most aspiring RVers are attracted to the lifestyle over everything else – the freedom to roam and explore. While others question the RV lifestyle, influenced by myths about RV living that just aren’t true.
Myth 1: Full-Time RVing is Hard
Truth: Depending upon your definition of hard, this one could go either way. Is RVing more difficult than maintaining a sticks-and-bricks home? No, but it’s not necessarily easier, either. When you’re living on the road, your lifestyle is different than when you’re in a stationary house. Traveling in an RV takes adjustments, like having to downsize your belongings or limit long showers if you’re boondocking, but we think they’re well worth it for the ability to travel with the comforts of home.
Check out more information about becoming a full-timer before hitting the road:An Authentic Budget Breakdown of Full-Time RV Living Essential Camping Gear According to Full-Time RVers Full-Time RV Life or Part-Time RV Life: How to Know Which is Right for You
Myth 2: RVs Aren’t Good Living Spaces for Pets
Truth: Not only is this false, but it’s unfair. Our pets crave a life of adventure just as we do. It’s important to create an interior space that your pet will love and research pet-friendly campgrounds before you arrive. With a little effort, your RV will be more than a good living space for your pet — it will be great.
Myth 3: RVing is Only for the Retired
Truth: While retired RV enthusiasts continue to gravitate toward the RV lifestyle for its comfort and ease, they aren’t the only ones doing so. According to a 2021 study conducted by the RV Industry Association, 22% of RV owners are between the ages of 18 and 34. Plus, among the many faces of current RV owners who plan to purchase another RV within the next five years, 84% of Millennials and Gen Zers have plans to do so, with 78% of them thinking of buying a new model. Only for the retired? Not the case at all.
Myth 4: RVers are Lonely Folks
Truth: RVing as a solo traveler can be as isolating or as social as you want. It’s totally up to you! The truth is, you’re never really alone when you’re RVing. The RV community is vast and welcoming regardless of where you end up along the way. That being said, there are ways to keep loneliness at bay while on the road. Consider joining an RV group — like Camping World’s Facebook, Instagram, or Tik-Tok — to keep up with fellow RVers between destinations.
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Myth 5: RV Life Requires “Roughing It”
Truth: You might not have all the conveniences or luxuries of a stationary home. However, with the upgrades in RV design over the years, RVs have some of the same amenities and finishes as a home. Check out the tips, tricks, and advice below to help make your RV life your best life.Must-Have RV Electronics to Enhance Your Trip Cool New RV Tech to Add to Your RV 50 RV Hacks and Tips You Haven’t Tried
Myth 6: You Have to Stay in an RV Park
Truth: According to a recent Good Sam user survey, 48% of respondents said they usually stay in RV parks. For 43.5% of respondents, state parks or national park campgrounds were also popular places to camp in your RV. The remaining 11% of respondents said they prefer boondocking in more remote camping locations.
Click here to take the survey and share your preferred places to RV!
Myth 7: RVs are for Long Vacations Only
Truth: RVs are a great option when hitting the road for an extended road trip, but they’re so much more than that. Whether you’re thinking of becoming a weekend warrior or you’re exploring the option of RVing full-time, one thing is certain — the vacation never ends when you’re living an RV life. Learn how to find your RV travel pace and travel in the way that suits your lifestyle.
Myth 8: Full-Time RVing is Impossible with Kids
Truth: First, nothing is impossible. Secondly, nothing is impossible when it comes to RVing. And lastly, nothing is impossible when it comes to RVing with kids! Kids are good at adapting, and typically love new adventures. RV travel with kids provides lifelong memories of amazing destinations they’ll talk about for years. If you’re going full-time with the kids, here is some advice that could help.5 Tips for Full-Timing with the Kids Must-Haves for RV Life with Kids RV Pro TIps: 10 Tips for Roadschooling Your Kids While RVing Full-Time
Myth 9: RVing is Not “Camping”
Truth: Camping is all about enjoying the outdoors. And, there are so many ways to enjoy being outside. Whether you prefer tent camping, grilling under your RV awning, crafting, or sleeping in your RV, there is no right or wrong way to go camping.
Myth 10: There’s Too Much to Remember When Setting Up and Breaking Down Camp
Truth: There are steps to remember when setting up and breaking down camp, but it isn’t too much and nothing a checklist won’t help with. While it may seem overwhelming at first, once you do it a few times it becomes second nature.
Myth 11: RVs are Only for Minimalist Living
Truth: There’s an RV out there for any kind of living and travel style. Maybe you can’t take everything with you, but that hardly seems like a bad thing. The key to a tidy roaming home is organization. Though RVing can be about paring down your possessions, you can also take and store things with you depending on the size of your RV. Whether you’re a fan of minimalism or not, the RV community is for everyone!
Myth 12: RVs Are Stinky
Truth: Let’s be honest: they certainly can be if not maintained properly. But maintaining your holding tanks isn’t difficult if done regularly. If you do that and undertake occasional RV interior upgrades (such as replacing old carpet with new RV flooring), you’ll live in a comfortable, odor-free RV as long as you wish.
Myth 13: RVs Are Meant for Certain Trip Lengths
Truth: The possibilities are endless! You can plan the perfect staycation in your hometown, embrace the weekend warrior RV lifestyle, or embark on a cross-country road trip to visit some of the lesser-known national parks in the US.
Myth 14: RVs Don’t Have Space to Entertain Guests
Truth: There are RVs designed for solo travel, couples, and families. Then there are RVs with bunkhouse floorplans and separate rooms that can accommodate extra overnight guests. Plus, RVs with outdoor kitchens, awnings, and the right patio lighting can be perfect for entertaining guests. You can even go so far as to use your RV as a guesthouse when you’re not traveling in it.
Myth 15: RVing is About Spontaneous Travel
Truth: RV travel requires a healthy amount of planning and preparation. From choosing RV-friendly roads to finding campgrounds with your preferred amenities, many RVers utilize a trip-planning tool to help map out an itinerary. A little planning goes a long way in reducing stress.
Myth 16: Bigger RVs are Always Better for Families
Truth: Bigger can mean more interior living space, but larger RVs are also trickier to maneuver and aren’t as fuel efficient as smaller models. Weigh these considerations when picking your family RV.
Myth 17: All RVers Hate Dealing with their Holding Tanks
Truth: Learning how to empty your RV’s holding tanks can be a challenge for new RVers. But once you get the hang of it, it’s simply a minor chore to handle for the major benefits of living in an RV.
Myth 18: All RVers Desire Solitude
Truth: RVers are a diverse crowd with different goals and intentions for their RV travels. While some prefer boondocking where they can enjoy privacy and serenity, others prefer locations close to breweries, coffee shops, co-working spaces, and places of community.
Myth 19: Most RVers are Weekend Warriors
Truth: According to a Good Sam user survey, only 17% of respondents said they most often camp on the weekends. Almost 40% of respondents classified themselves as part-time RVers, and 34% categorized themselves as full-time RVers. Living in an RV seasonally or year-round is more commonplace than you might think! Click here to take the survey and share your RV experience!
Myth 20: You Can Use Any Toilet Paper in RVs
Truth: You can use non-RV toilet paper in an RV only if you dispose of it in a waste bin instead of flushing it down the toilet. RV septic tanks are susceptible to clogs if you don’t use toilet paper made for RV use. We answer the question here: Is It Really Necessary To Use RV Toilet Paper?
Myth 21: Flushable Wipes Are OK for RV Use
Truth: Nothing besides RV-friendly toilet paper should go down your RV toilet. If it doesn’t dissolve in a bowl of water in 15 minutes or less, it shouldn’t go down your RV toilet – use your waste bin instead.
Myth 22: You Can Leave the Black Valve Open Once Connected to a Sewer Hookup
Truth: It’s best to keep the valves for both holding tanks (black and grey) closed until you’re ready to dump. This helps to avoid clogs and keeps odors confined.
Have you heard other myths about the RV lifestyle? Please leave us a comment below!
RV Cost Myths
The bottom line often makes or breaks your RV experience. Whether you’re looking to buy a new motorhome, a used motorhome, or rent an RV, be aware of these myths about the costs of RVing.
Myth 23: RVs Are Expensive
Truth: RVs come in many shapes and sizes, which also means they come with varying price tags. Here’s a quick breakdown of average new RV costs by class:
|RV Type (New)||Average Price|
And because a used RV might be a good option for your family, here are the average costs of used RVs by class. Remember, these are averages:
|RV Type (Used)||Average Price|
|Class A Diesel||$95,475|
Myth 24: RV Maintenance is Expensive
Truth: Buying an RV can be viewed as a two-for-one – you get a residence that can go anywhere and a vehicle to get you there. But both of those things do require regular maintenance. The good news is that you can plan for regular RV maintenance and prepare for unexpected expenses with things like Roadside Assistance or Extended Service Plans.
Download our Service & Maintenance Table for estimated costs on common RV services.
Myth 25: New RVs Are Always Worth the Extra Investment
Truth: New RVs are great, but there are so many used RVs on the market as well. Some have barely been used by previous owners that wound up wanting a different model. So if you’re new to RVing, buying a used RV can help you explore RV camping within your budget. Learn more about the benefits of used RVs.
Myth 26: Full-Time RVing Can Help You Save Money
Truth: If you’re new to full-time RVing, there’s a learning curve when it comes to expenses. Not only are you paying for your RV, but you also need to account for campground stays, fuel expenses, maintenance, and more. Full-time RVing isn’t always cheaper than renting an apartment or paying a mortgage, but it can be if you plan and budget.
These resources might prove helpful if you’re considering becoming a full-time RVer:Full-Time RV Life or Part-Time RV Life: How to Know Which is Right For You How to Live in an RV Full-time to Save on City Living An Authentic Budget Breakdown of Full-Time RV Living
Myth 27: There’s a “Best” Type of RV
Truth: The whole reason there are so many different types of RVs is that there are so many different kinds of campers. Solo travelers, full-time families, roving couples, and more. Camping World’s Personal Shopper program pairs you with a specialist to help you find the perfect RV for you.
Myth 28: Warranties Cover Unexpected RV Expenses
Truth: Not all dealer or manufacturer warranties cover all unexpected RV expenses. That’s why many RVers invest in services like Good Sam Roadside Assistance to help with breakdowns or issues on the road, TravelAssist for assistance with medical emergencies, and Extended Service plans for mechanical breakdown insurance that extends beyond what a new RV’s warranty will cover.
Myth 29: An RV Starter Kit Has Everything You Need For Your First Trip
Truth: Even the best RV starter kits are designed for exactly what their name suggests – to get you started. And there are different types of starter kits focused on towing, RV sanitation, outdoor cooking, and other aspects of the RV lifestyle.
Myth 30: You’ll Never Get a Good ROI When Selling a Used RV
Truth: Some people are in the business of buying used RVs, refurbishing them, and flipping them for a profit. We know folks that have nearly doubled their initial investment by doing so. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, downsize, or go back to the basics of tent camping – selling or trading in an RV is a great way to grab that ROI and repurpose it for your next adventure.Image: Camping World
Myth 31: Used RVs Are Old and Dilapidated
Truth: Some RVs have certainly seen better days, but just because an RV is labeled ‘used’ or ‘pre-owned’ doesn’t mean it’s in bad shape. In fact, when folks sell or trade in an RV with Camping World, it undergoes a 90-point inspection and a deep cleaning before it’s listed for sale. Explore Camping World’s selection of used RVs.
Myth 32: Smaller RVs are Always Cheaper Than Large RVs
Truth: A larger RV doesn’t always come with a higher price tag. There are many other factors. In some cases, you’ll pay more for a teardrop camper than you might for a small towable camper with a full kitchen and bathroom inside. Build materials and off-road capability can push up the price of an RV.
Myth 33: There’s Always “One More Thing” to Buy For your RV
Truth: RVs do require a certain number of accessories. But you get to choose how much you pack into a luxury RV or how much you downsize for the RV lifestyle. These resources will help you learn what you need and what you might do without.Essential Camping Gear According to Full-Time RVers 21 Emergency Essentials for RV Owners 12 Must-Have RV Kitchen and Living Essentials
Have you heard other myths about RV costs? Please leave us a comment below!
RV Cooking Myths
Eating healthy (or at least well) is vital to enjoying RV life. These common RV cooking myths are nothing if not bland, so let’s season them with some truth.RV kitchen with an ocean view.
Myth 34: RVing Makes for Basic Meals
Truth: From crockpot meals to meal planning, grilling on your outdoor patio, or using your fully functioning indoor kitchen – preparing meals can be basic or bountiful. It’s up to you! Shop at local farmer’s markets to find fresh food to cook up in your RV kitchen.
Myth 35: RV Kitchens Have No Counterspace
Truth: Don’t underestimate what you can accomplish on the counter space provided. However, there are kitchen upgrades you can make that extend counter space, like sink covers, portable tables, and kitchen islands.
Myth 36: RVs Get Too Hot When You Cook in Them
Truth: RVs do get hot when you cook in them, but they don’t get too hot. Like any kitchen you cook in, the temperature will rise from using the stove and oven. But you know what they say: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen… and use the outdoor kitchen instead!
Myth 37: RVs Don’t Have Enough Food Storage
Truth: Storage needs depend largely upon how much food you’re trying to bring. A weekend getaway? You’ll have plenty of room. A week’s worth of groceries? There’s enough. More than that? You might need to get creative with your allotted space by thinking outside the box. Here are a few ideas:Tips for Making the Most of Your Food Storage Space in a Small RV 3 Ways to Improve RV Kitchen Storage Space
Myth 38: Baking in an RV Oven is Nearly Impossible
Truth: There’s nothing impossible about baking in an RV oven. A learning curve? Yes, but it’s certainly not impossible. RV ovens are typically smaller than standard ovens, which means the heat circulates differently. Try rotating your dish 180 degrees halfway through your baking time for a more even result.
Myth 39: RV Sinks Make Dishes a Hassle
Truth: Washing dishes in an RV sink isn’t necessarily a hassle but requires upkeep. Try to wash as you cook and avoid dishes piling up. Simply put, there just isn’t enough room to let days of dishes go unattended. Keeping a clean kitchen will also keep bugs and critters away.
Myth 40: “Residential Appliances” Make an RV Just Like a Regular Home
Truth: There’s no place like home, even if you go with residential appliances instead of the standard RV variety. Appliances are personal preferences. Go with what you’re more comfortable with. There are plenty of other ways to remodel your RV to your liking as well:10 RV Kitchen Remodel Ideas The #1 Thing to Remodel in Your RV According to You
Have you heard other misconceptions about cooking in an RV? Share them in the comments below!
RV Driving Myths
The idea of driving an RV is intimidating for some that have never done it. But there are certain myths about driving an RV that can make it seem more daunting than it really is.
Myth 41: You Need a Commercial License to Drive an RV
Truth: Although some motorhomes and towables are quite large, they do not require a commercial license to drive legally. Learn more about RV rules, regulations, and road restrictions before your next road trip.
Myth 42: You Can’t Drive RVs in the City
Truth: Not all RVs are large and cumbersome when navigating city streets. Many Class B camper vans can navigate cities and fit into the same parking spaces you’d park a heavy-duty pickup truck. Anywhere buses go, an RV can go too.
Myth 43: RV Trips Require Too Much Driving
Truth: RVs are just as great for local staycations as they are for cross-country road trips. Explore how to plan the perfect RV staycation in your hometown.
Myth 44: Parking an RV is Dangerous
Truth: Things like your RV’s height clearance and extra length certainly need to be accounted for when parking an RV. However, with a spotter helping you avoid obstacles and a methodical approach, there’s no reason parking an RV is dangerous.
Myth 45: RVs Aren’t Safe to Drive Off-Road
Truth: Some RVs are meant for paved roads, and others can handle driving the backroads. This includes both towable and motorized RVs. Learn more about what makes an RV built for off-road.
Myth 46: RVs Can’t Drive in Bad Weather
Truth: While some RVs are more susceptible to sway in high winds and inclement weather than others, some RVs can handle rain, wind, and even snow. The type of RV you drive, your driving skills and experience, sway bars and weight distribution hitches, and the real-time weather conditions will really dictate whether or not you should get off the road. If you do have to pull over and wait out a storm, here are some tips for staying entertained when the weather turns bad.
Have you heard other myths about driving an RV? Please leave us a comment below!
Myths About RV Towing
Whether you’re interested in towing a travel trailer or 5th wheel or you want to tow a toad behind your motorhome, make sure you don’t succumb to the traps of these common myths about RV towing.
Myth 47: My Truck Can Tow Any RV
Truth: Truck makes and models have different towing and payload capacities. Not all trucks can safely tow all towable RVs. Before towing, you should understand RV weight ratings and use Camping World’s towing guide to calculate how much your vehicle can safely tow.
Myth 48: Any Motorhome Can Tow a Vehicle
Truth: Not all motorhomes offer the kind of payload capacity, towing capacity, or hitch accessories to tow a small vehicle behind them safely. Many campers that want to bring along an extra vehicle purchase a Class A diesel pusher, but some Class C RVs can also tow. Ultimately, it comes down to the weight of the vehicle you’re trying to tow and your motorhome’s towing capacity.
Myth 49: Any Type of Vehicle Can Be Towed Behind a Motorized RV
Truth: The list of compatible vehicles to tow behind a motorized RV might be surprisingly smaller than you think. Explore what vehicles might make the perfect toad for towing behind your RV.
Myth 50: If My Truck Has Auto-Level, I Don’t Need a Weight Distribution Hitch
Truth: Weight distribution hitches do help with more level towing. But they also significantly reduce trailer bounce and sway. A weight distribution hitch is recommended for safer trailer towing. Learn how to hitch up a weight distribution hitch.
Myth 51: Truck Hitches Can Be Installed in the Parking Lot with Simple Hand Tools
Truth: Your hitch is the essential connection between your tow vehicle and your towable RV. Whether you’re installing a 5th wheel pin box or a simpler frame or bumper-mounted hitch, it’s smart to get assistance from a trained service technician.
Myth 52: Trucks with Modifications Have the Same Towing Capacities as Stock Trucks
Truth: Any time you modify your truck it can change your truck’s towing and payload capacities. Some pertinent modifications include upgrading wheels and tires, altering suspension components, and installing lift, leveling, or lowering kits.
Myth 53: Travel Trailer Tires Are Poor Quality
Truth: Not all travel trailer tires are poorly constructed. Some of the top-rated brands for travel trailer tires include Goodyear’s Endurance and LT Series, PowerKing’s TrailerKing tires, and Carlisle tires. Learn more about RV and trailer tires.
Myth 54: You Can Load As Much Gear As You Want in Your Towable RV
Truth: Every towable RV has a carrying capacity that you should never exceed. Doing so will place too much stress on your trailer’s tires, axle, and suspension. Learn how to load a towable RV safely to prevent issues like bounce and sway when towing at high speeds.
Myth 55: A Weight Distribution Hitch Can Be Transferred Between Tow Vehicles Without Adjustments
Truth: A weight distribution hitch must be adjusted per each vehicle when transferred from one tow vehicle to another. It may also need to be adjusted if you’ve upgraded to a newer travel trailer. Learn how to adjust a weight distribution hitch.
Have you heard other myths about RV towing? Tell us in the comments below!
RV Park and Campground Myths
When staying in or selecting RV parks and campgrounds, there are some common misconceptions about the behaviors of RVers and what they prefer.
Myth 56: RVers Prefer Campgrounds with a Swimming Pool and a Hot Tub
Truth: According to a Good Sam user survey, the top three campground amenities that RVers are looking for are great views, reliable Wi-Fi, and an abundance of trees.
Myth 57: RVers Mostly Stay Put Once They Get to a Campground
Truth: In that same survey, nearly 50% of respondents said they prefer campgrounds with nearby hiking trails that allow them to get away and stretch their legs.
Myth 58: RVers Prefer Their Own Facilities Over Campground Facilities
Truth: Using your own bathroom and shower isn’t always the first option, especially if you are camping without full hookups. That Good Sam user survey revealed that nearly 40% of respondents prefer campgrounds with nice showers. But, on the flip side, dirty bathrooms and lack of showers were dealbreakers for many RVers.
Myth 59: RV Campgrounds Are Difficult to Navigate
Truth: Campgrounds are specifically designed for all types of RVs to navigate safely. That being said, you should always check the campground’s maximum length restrictions to ensure you aren’t trying to navigate through in a large motorhome. Learn more about how to back up a trailer safely before your next campground visit.
Have you heard other myths about RV parks and campgrounds? Please leave us a comment below!Hidden Valley Campground (Image: Karel Stipek / Shutterstock)
RV Environmental Myths
One of the best parts about the RV lifestyle is enjoying the great outdoors. But there are some myths about how RVs impact the environment and how the environment impacts RVs.
Myth 60: Motorhomes Get Terrible Gas Mileage
Truth: Motorized RVs vary greatly in fuel economy. But here are some averages:
|Motorized RV Type||Fuel Economy|
|Class A||7-13 miles per gallon (MPG)|
|Class B||18-25 MPG|
|Class C||14-18 MPG|
On average, Class B RVs get the best gas mileage. By becoming a Good Sam member, you can also enjoy fuel discounts at Pilot Flying J gas stations throughout the US and Canada.
Myth 61: Portable Generators are Bad for the Environment
Truth: The environmental impacts of a portable generator depend on its design. Many companies these days are designing 50-state-compliant inverter generators that meet emissions standards set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CARB (California Air Resources Board). Maintaining your generator will also keep it running as smoothly and cleanly as possible.
Myth 62: Winter RV Storage is a Hassle
Truth: Winterizing your RV and installing an RV cover are necessary steps to protect it from snow and freezing temperatures. But these processes are hassle-free once you learn how to do them. Additionally, you can look into covered RV storage facilities in your area that provide additional protection with minimal hassle.
Myth 63: The Environment Wreaks Havoc on RVs
Truth: If you don’t take care of your RV, the environment will absolutely wreak havoc on it. Fortunately, RVs have been around for decades and we know how to protect them so they last. There are solutions for minimizing the environmental impacts on every part of your RV. Here are some of the best tools and resources to help you maintain your RV:Covers for just about every RV component (including tires, generators, propane tanks, and your RV itself) Protecting your RV and Yourself During a Bad Storm or Hurricane RV Exterior Cleaners and Supplies How to Sanitize Your Fresh Water Tank Roof Repair and Maintenance Supplies 10 Basic RV Maintenance Tips to Keep your RV in Great Shape
Myth 64: RVers Create a Lot of Trash
Truth: Don’t buy into the myth that recycling, composting, and minimizing trash is impossible as an RVer. There are many great tips for plastic-free RVing and environmentally-conscious camping. Most cities have locations where you can drop off recycling, even if you’re just passing through. And researching farms and Harvest Hosts locations that accept food waste donations is a great way to compost while you’re on the road.Image: Camping World
Myth 65: RVs Are Prone to Roof Leaks
Truth: Learning how to inspect an RV roof is a skill all RV owners must learn. This should be done after each trip or every three months if your RV is in storage. But inspecting is just the first step. From there, regularly wash your RV and apply a new RV roof coating or treatment to keep the roof in good shape and your RV’s interior leak-free.
Consult your owner’s manual for recommendations on the best products to use when coating or treating your RV’s roof.
Myth 66: Summer is the Best Season for RVing
Truth: Summer typically offers the best weather for RVing. But it also comes with crowded campgrounds and more road traffic. Exploring fall destinations or investigating spring break getaways are also great ways to enjoy RVing. Plus, there are some destinations like Everglades National Park that are best for winter RV camping.
Myth 67: There’s No Way to Stop Dirt from Getting Tracked into your RV
Truth: First of all, many RVers seek out luxury RV resorts where dirt is hard to find. But when you’re boondocking or camping in state parks, there are plenty of ways to keep your RV clean. Invest in patio mats, step rugs, and door mats to minimize the dirt that gets tracked into your RV. Then you’ll just have to train your RV family to use them!
Myth 68: Keeping Your RV Clean is a Hassle
Truth: Many modern RVs come with a central vacuum that makes cleaning so much easier. Even without a central vacuum, RVs are much smaller spaces than most residences, which means they can be cleaned faster. Handheld vacuums and steam mops are your best friends when cleaning your RV. Here’s an expert’s advice on cleaning and disinfecting your RV after a road trip.
Myth 69: RVs are Bad for the Environment
Truth: RVs aren’t inherently bad for the environment. Many modern models get better fuel economy than you might think, and improvements in things like solar technology are making RV camping more sustainable than ever. New electric trucks are proving to have powerful tow capacities, too. But it is up to individual RVers to make conscious choices that make RV trips more environmentally friendly like reducing the use of single-use plastics and camping with the “leave no trace” principle.
Have you heard other myths about the environmental impacts of RVing? Please leave us a comment below!
RV Solar Myths
The last decade-plus has brought dramatic improvements to RV solar technology. But there are still some myths about RV solar panels shining out there. Let’s clear things up.Image: Camping World
Myth 70: Solar Panels Are Required for Full-Time RVing
Truth: People have been living in RVs year-round since before solar-prepped RVs were common. RVs are designed to be self-sufficient with DC batteries, the ability to plug into AC power (shore power), and built-in or portable generators. But adding solar to your RV will expand your ability to live off-the-grid for longer periods without fuel if you’re a full-time RVer.
Myth 71: You Need Lithium Batteries With Solar Panels
Truth: Just adding solar panels to your RV doesn’t mean you must also add lithium batteries. Most solar panels will work with lead-acid or AGM (absorbent glass mat) batteries, so long as you have the proper protective equipment installed (like a charge controller). If you’re unsure what the best batteries for your RV are, here’s everything you need to know about RV batteries.
Myth 72: Solar Panels Must Be Installed Before Upgrading your RV Batteries
Truth: If you’re overhauling your RV’s energy storage technology, you can start with solar panels, begin with upgrading your battery bank, or address both areas at the same time. Nothing says solar panels must be installed before upgrading your RV batteries. If more battery storage capacity is your priority, upgrading batteries first makes sense. If you need to improve your ability to capture energy from the sun, upgrading your solar panels first should be the priority.
Myth 73: Better Solar Setups Cover More Square Footage
Truth: Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to solar. Sure, you could fill every inch of your RV’s roof with solar panels. But you want to make sure you’re striking a balance between your energy needs and what your batteries can handle.
The most logical thing to do is to conduct an honest assessment of your power needs. If you like to use a lot of appliances when boondocking, you’ll need more solar capability. But if you avoid those items, you’ll save money by installing the right number of solar panels to meet your energy demands.
Myth 74: You Can’t Have Too Much (or Too Little) Solar Power
Truth: Many RVs these days are “solar-prepped.” That means they’re ready for owners to install solar panels, charge controllers, and upgraded batteries. But there is a Goldilocks Zone, so to speak, when understanding the limits of your RV’s electrical system. Your energy capture capability – the size and efficiency of your solar panels – must match your energy storage capability – the number of usable amp-hours your batteries can hold. Having too many panels for your battery’s storage capacity is a waste as there’s nowhere for the captured energy to be stored.
Have you heard other myths about RV solar? Please leave us a comment below!Image: Camping World
Myths About RV Consignment
Want to sell or trade-in your RV? Then you should understand some of the common myths about RV consignment before you do!
Myth 75: You’ll Lose a Lot of Money When Consigning Your RV
Truth: When it comes to consignment, Camping World’s goal is to pay you the most for your trade. If the payment isn’t obligated up front for the trade, you can typically get a bigger payout when it does sell. Think of consignment as a partnership where selling your RV, saving time, and getting the best deal possible is the end goal for everyone.
Check out the Good Sam RV Valuator Tool to see what your RV is really worth!
Myth 76: Your RV Will Never Sell If Consigned
Truth: That’s not the case at all. There are goals and standards in place to ensure a quick sale with Camping World consigned RVs, and a process to get you the most money as part of the consignment. The goal when consigning with Camping World is to sell every RV within 30 days (including consignments).
Myth 77: Dealers Take Big Cuts of Your Profits When Consigning Your RV
Truth: Nope. When consigning, Camping World (for example) makes an agreement up front that has the best interest of both parties involved. The agreement aims to get the most money for your RV by defining what you’ll be paid, how the customer will be found, as well as trade details and financing. Camping World even preps the unit for delivery and handles the service after the sale.
Myth 78: Consigning Your RV Takes Time
Truth: Yes, everything takes time. However, Camping World has proved to be among the fastest and most efficient with finding the right buyer for your RV. Advertising, repairs, delivery, financing, handling trades, and proper training for the next owner upon delivery all take time, but it’s time well spent and work you don’t have to worry about when consigning with Camping World.
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Myths About RV Rentals
Renting an RV is a great way to experience RV camping before you buy. And if you already have an RV, renting it out part-time can be a nice addition to your monthly income. But here are some common myths and renting and listing an RV for rental.
Myth 79: There Isn’t Insurance to Cover Damage During a Rental
Truth: Renters are given three insurance options during checkout to protect them during a rental period.
Myth 80: It’s Too Expensive to Rent an RV
Truth: The great thing about renting from a peer-to-peer service is that owners control their fees, so you can shop around to find the right RV for you.
Myth 81: I can’t drive or operate an RV…they’re too big.
Truth: RVs come in different sizes and classes. Many Class C RVs are built on a full-size pickup and drive just like a truck.Famagogo Family drives their Winnebago RV from one white water destination to the next with the latest technology.
Myth 82: I don’t own a tow vehicle…so I can’t rent a towable RV.
Truth: Many owners offer delivery and setup to your site or location.
Myth 83: I won’t know how to hook up all the hoses, etc.
Truth: Owners will go through everything with you before leaving with the RV. Many owners also include a How-to manual with their trailer. Explore and subscribe to Camping World’s YouTube channel to learn the ins and outs of using an RV.
Myth 84: Renters won’t take care of my RV
Truth: Most renters are very respectful when renting someone else’s RV. In the case that something does happen, we provide you and the renter with insurance during the rental period and collect their security deposit.
Myth 85: Rental platforms take too much money, and it’s not worth listing.
Truth: Good Sam RV Rentals collects a 5% commission fee, so owners make a 95% profit on every rental. That’s the lowest rate in the industry. We also collect sales tax, handle all payment processing, and provide insurance and roadside assistance.
Myth 86: If I rent out my RV, I cannot use it.
Truth: As an RV owner, you control when your rental is available and when it’s not. You can block dates out on your calendar for the times you plan on using your RV.
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Myths About RV Service and Maintenance
Scheduling a service appointment is the best way to get an expert diagnosis of any RV issues. But there are some common myths about RV service and maintenance that all RVers must know. If you’re still learning the ins and outs of RV maintenance, check out our downloadable RV ownership and maintenance booklet!
Myth 87: A Low-Hour, Secondhand Generator Works Just Like a New Generator
Truth: Even if a generator has low hours, it won’t run like a brand-new generator. There are too many generator maintenance items, such as regular oil changes and air filter cleaning, that the previous owner could’ve neglected.
Myth 88: You Don’t Need to Inspect your RV Roof When It’s Not In Use
Truth: Even if you’ve winterized your RV, the roof should be inspected every 2-3 months. Using an RV cover will reduce roof wear and tear as well. And when you’re using your RV, the roof should be visually inspected after each trip.
Myth 89: You Can Save Money By Using Silicone Sealant on RV Roofs
Truth: Using incorrect or cheap sealants on an RV roof is not recommended and, in some cases, may void your warranty (if still under warranty). Your owner’s manual will specify recommended products for cleaning and sealing your RV’s roof.
Myth 90: Once Lug Nuts and Tire Pressures are Set at the Dealership, They Don’t Need to be Checked Again
Truth: Ensuring your RV and trailer tires have enough air and the lug nuts are tightened to the proper torque specification should be part of your regular RV maintenance routine. Your owner’s manual specifies the proper air pressure and lug nut torque.
Myth 91: Bearings Don’t Need to Be Packed Annually Because RVs Don’t Travel that Many Miles
Truth: Regardless of how far you drive in a calendar year, having your bearings inspected and repacked annually is recommended, along with other annual maintenance items like servicing your furnace, water heater, generator, air conditioners, and refrigerator. Bearing seals are often the weak link, but they are very affordable and should never be reused.
Myth 92: You Can Use Petroleum-Based Lubricants on Rubber RV Seals
Truth: Your RV’s owner’s manual will specify the recommended intervals for inspecting and lubricating your RV’s rubber seals. It will also recommend lubricants that are safe for use on those seals. While it’s cheap, a petroleum-based lubricant like Vaseline won’t do the job. Find RV lubricants at Camping World online or in store.
Myth 93: Getting an RV Service Appointment Takes Too Long
Truth: Sticking to the regular service and maintenance schedule will help you plan ahead and schedule appointments well in advance. That said, services like Good Sam Roadside Assistance are there for emergencies.
Furthermore, Camping World specialists are available to help you get back on the road in the safest, most efficient way possible. If you can’t get an immediate appointment at a Camping World service center, technicians and Camping World employees can help direct you to alternative places to service your RV nearby.
Myth 94: It’s Hard to Find Replacement Parts for RV Components
Truth: RVs are more like residences when it comes to finding replacement parts because your appliances may be constructed by various manufacturers. That said, you’ll simply need to consult your owner’s manual to find the model number for the replacement part, and there are a variety of places to get those parts from once you know what you need.
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Myths About RV Design and Construction
When it comes to the design and construction of your RV, there are many myths littering the highway. But as Camping World’s Design Center proves, there isn’t anything too big or too outdated that can’t be transformed into the RV of your dreams.
Myth 95: You Can Determine an RV’s Length Based on its Model Number
Truth: Some brands do incorporate the RV length into the model number, but this isn’t always the case. This Coleman Lantern LT 17B is a great example, as it actually measures 21’5” long.
Myth 96: RVs with a “Polar Package” Can Be Used in Freezing Temperatures
Truth: RVs with a polar package offer features like an enclosed underbelly, heated holding tanks, and added insulation. They are the best RVs for cold weather RV camping, but they only extend your camping season by several months and are not suitable for camping for multiple days in freezing temperatures.
Myth 97: The Lightest RVs Are Always Branded as “Ultralight”
Truth: Not all manufacturers label their lightweight travel trailers with an “ultralight” sticker. And two RVs that are both branded as “ultralight” may have very different weights. The best way to find an RVs weight is to consult the manufacturer’s specifications or contact a dealership.
Myth 98: Four-Season RVs Can Camp Anywhere, Anytime
Truth: Some weather conditions are unsuitable for even the most rugged and insulated RVs. You risk damaging any RV if you try to camp in below-freezing temperatures for extended periods, with the most dangerous risk being frozen water lines that can burst and flood the inside of your RV.
Myth 99: RVs Aren’t Manufactured as Well As They Once Were
Truth: There’s a common misconception that all RV makers are taking shortcuts in the manufacturing process these days. Be careful not to lump all exclusive RV brands together, as there are many manufacturers that still assemble their RVs by hand and put them through extensive quality control processes to ensure you’re getting a reliable RV for years to come.
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Myth 100: You Could Have 99 Problems, but an RV Myth Ain’t One!
Truth: Actually, we hope this one IS true after all this myth-busting. Sometimes the best things in life don’t come easy, but we believe the RV lifestyle is definitely worth it for all the exciting shoulder season destinations and bucket-list national parks you’ll get to explore!
Whether you’re Team Myth or Team Debunked, hopefully, the record has been set straight with the answers above. After all, the truth will always set you free and that’s one of the greatest things about the RV lifestyle — freedom.
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