RVing FAQs

Are there other uses for an RV besides camping?

Although RVs are often used for camping, that’s not their only purpose! The possibilities are nearly endless. Motor homes are a great way to carry passengers in comfort to any destination. RVs are used year-round for day trips to museums, amusement parks and shopping excursions, visits to family and friends, and attending festivals or events. RVs are great for tailgating parties before the “big game” or for attending outdoor sporting events such as auto races. RVs can also be used as a spare bedroom for guests … parked right in your driveway!

Will I be able to use my RV year-round?

Although summer is the most popular season for RV enthusiasts, it is not the only season that RVs can be used! In fact, Massachusetts RVers have been known to take their RVs on skiing and snowmobiling excursions, fall color tours, and to travel to spring festivals. Your RV dealer can help you prepare your RV for the cold winter months so that you can be sure to enjoy all the benefits of your RV year-round.

How will I know if my car or truck can tow the RV I want to buy?

Today’s market features a large selection of tow vehicles-many with sophisticated engineering packages providing greater towing power, superior maneuverability and improved braking capacity. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), light trucks, most full-size and many mid-size cars, for example, come with engines that offer fuel economy and greater horsepower, making them choice tow vehicles. For advice on which tow vehicles are suitable for the RV you are interested in, consult the RV manufacturer’s guide. You may also want to contact your local auto dealer for specific towing information for your vehicle.

Is it difficult to drive a motor home or a vehicle towing an RV?

With proper attention to the differences in vehicle size, height and weight, you’ll find it fun and easy to take the wheel of a motor home. Towing skills are also readily acquired.
Whether you will be driving a motorized RV or towing an RV, you should adjust and use all rear view mirrors, account for your vehicle size when turning and allow more time to brake, change lanes and enter a busy highway.
Drivers towing a folding camping trailer or travel trailer also should use the correct trailer hitch and be sure it is installed properly, connect brakes and signal lights, and back up with care.

* Backing up tip: By placing your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, the trailer will move in the direction you turn your hand. To move the trailer to the right, move your hand to the right. Once the trailer is moving in the proper direction, avoid any sharp movements of the steering wheel. Slowly steer the vehicle into its desired direction.

How much will it cost me to vacation in an RV?

RV owners save significantly on family travel, concludes a vacation cost comparison study which found RV camping vacations the most affordable. The study shows that a family can get 50 to 80 percent more vacation for its money when traveling and camping in an RV.
Among the 12 different types of vacations analyzed by PKF Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, camping vacations using different types of RVs-folding camping trailers, truck campers, van conversions, travel trailers and motor homes-were the five most economical trips, regardless of the distance, duration or region.

On average, RV camping vacations were found to cost about 50 percent less than driving the family car and staying in hotels, 60 percent less than traveling by bus or train and staying in a hotel or motel, and 70 percent less than flying to a vacation destination and staying in a hotel. In addition, the study found even the most expensive RV camping vacation costs about 65 percent less than flying and renting a house or condo, 75 percent less than taking a cruise and 80 percent less than an all-inclusive package vacation.

How do I “go green” with an RV?

There are lots of simple ways to improve our impact on the environment and ensure that we’ll be able to enjoy those natural backdrops in our RVs for years to come.

Reduce, recycle, and re-use: While disposable utensils and dishes are convenient and popular, they create a great deal of trash.

– Bring reusable items like mugs instead of paper cups.
– Use a cloth table cover vs. a paper one
– Prepare meals using fresh ingredients, utilizing the campfire instead of meals with disposable trays or packaging.
– Any excess packaging that you may have, take with you to discard at home.
– Set up small containers for recycling, keeping all your paper, plastic and cans separate.

Take measures to protect your natural surroundings: 

– Make sure you’re using a marked RV campsite.
– If you’re travelling with pets, try to avoid tying them up to trees as that can harm the fragile bark.
– Keep your campfires small to lessen the amount of pollution and avoid putting materials that don’t burn like plastic, foil and metal into them.
– Avoid resorting to the temperature controls that your RV provides and work with nature instead. In hot weather, use natural shade, awnings and canvas covers. In cold weather, park where the RV will be protected from north and west winds.

Lastly, Leave your campground just the way you found it, or perhaps even better. Follow these simple tips to ensure that your RV camping adventures will last for generations to come!