Will's 5 Fun Facts About RV Trips
Hello to all! I thought I would do 5 fun facts about RV trips. Everybody likes fun facts! So here they are:
1- "I gotta go to the bathroom" is a lot harder than normal. Instead of zipping into a Chick-Fil-A, using their bathroom, grabbing a milkshake, then zipping back onto the highway, we have to find a pit stop with a large parking lot, like a rest area, use the bathroom, and carefully merge back onto the highway. (There aren't even good milkshakes at rest areas!)
2- Taking turns is a lot harder in a fifth wheel. Not only are sharp turns out of the question, but roundabouts too! The last thing you want to see up ahead is a road block. Talk about a 180!
3- "Too tall to ride." Not many of us have heard that before! But the RV is 13' 6", and we can't fit it under low bridges. Luckily there are apps that tell us where the low clearances are! My mom bought a trucker's road map that tells which roads are and aren't safe for tall vehicles.
4- Keep all RV windows closed when driving! Thankfully, the window didn't get damaged, but we had to pull over, and I had to climb and squeeze my way through the compressed RV to close it. Remember, we have 4 slides which slide in when we're on the road.
5- The RV has it's own set of brakes! When we hook up to the truck, the RV brakes are controlled by the driver. If the fifth wheel is pulling us back, then my dad will loosen the brakes, and if it's pushing us forward, he'll tighten them.
I hope you've enjoyed the 5 fun facts about RV traveling! Stay tuned for The New Itinerary!
7/29/2018 07:18:16 pm
You learn new things everyday! Thanks, Will, for the new information. What a learning curve you all are on, fast and steep, but you're getting it. Fun ahead!
7/31/2018 05:24:13 am
We sure are getting it! There's still so much to learn!
Great top 5! And so true! I’ll add a little story about my 5th wheel experience that combines the issue of sharp turns and the 5er having its own brakes: Several years ago before we transitioned to a motorhome, I was pulling my 5th wheel for a long weekend in the mountains with my son. After 3 hours of driving we decide we needed a break and found what looked liked a manageable right turn off the 2 lane highway we were on. So I swung a little wide before making the turn and then turned pretty hard. All of a sudden the 5th wheel decided to stop (locking up the brakes) mid-turn. So now I’m blocking 1.5 lanes of the highway!! What happened!?!? The brake disconnect curly wire had become tangled and by making the sharp turn it pulled out, causing the brakes to engage! Now my son has to crawl into the truck bed, under the hitch, find and dislodge the wire, and plug it back in. All while traffic backing up on both sides of the highway. A bit if a stressful incident!! All good in the end though, we ended up having a great weekend!
7/31/2018 05:26:30 am
WOW! That's a crazy experience! We are hoping to have safe trips, but I'm sure that some kind of mishap is bound to happen sometime or another!
7/30/2018 08:29:56 am
Hey Will! Nice job on the article! Hope y’all have fun on the road this year and make lots of memories!
7/31/2018 05:27:51 am
Hey Doc! Thanks for commenting! We're excited! Check out the Take Our Survey! page up top for a new survey!
7/31/2018 05:28:11 am
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Will is 15, and enjoys running track, writing,