(birds chirping) – Hey guys, I’m Rae. – And I’m Jason. – And if you’ve watched
any of our other videos, you know that we’ve made some
serious beginner RV mistakes. So we decided to put them together for you and make this video. Our top 10 beginner RV mistakes. – So what are we waiting for? Let’s roll that intro and get into it. (refreshing music) So, beginner tip number one is to gas up the night before your trip. Do you know how annoying
and terrifying it is bringing this huge rig through a normal gas station filled with cars and people? We did it our first week, and I will never do it again if I can. So, make it easy on yourself. Gas up the night before
and avoid the hassle. If you do need to gas up while towing, or you drive a Class A, we recommend
stopping at truck stops. They have a higher clearance and truckers generally know that
people need their space. As a side note, be considerate
of truckers as well. They’re working, so don’t block pathways. Most truck stops are
diesel, so if you need gas, search out RV gas pumps. They’re normally located off to the side, away from the crowded regular gas pumps. So, come on, I gotta show
you something in the car. – Not knowing the height of your rig is a pretty newbie move. So make sure to get out and actually measure your rig once it’s hitched up. That way, you’ll know your exact height. Then, when you have that measurement, you can go ahead and get
an RV or trucker app, and plug that measurement into it. This will ensure you don’t go under any bridges that you don’t fit under. Personally, we like to
use the app, CoPilot. We’ve put in the height of our rig, and our preference for two-lane highways, and that keeps us safe on the road. What are you doing? – Oh, I was getting RV
mistake number three ready. It’s important to have a tire
pressure monitoring system. And better yet, get an air
compressor to go with it. Because there’s nothing worse
than knowing that you have a flat tire, and not being
able to do anything about it. Dealing with tire issues
is almost inevitable when you live in an RV full time, so it’s best to be prepared. That’s some pretty good product
placement for VIAIR, right? This isn’t even a
sponsored post, but VIAIR, if you’re watching, we’ll
gladly take a sponsorship. Right?
(car door slams) Hey, where’d you go? – Oh, sorry. I was just getting the prop
ready for mistake number four. But yeah, VIAIR sponsorship? Wouldn’t be mad about that. Anyway, mistake number four is
not having an extension cord. Whether you have 30 amp or 50 amp, just make sure you have
one of these on hand. Because, we learned this
mistake the hard way. We arrived to a campground,
pulled in, got settled, only to realize that the
hookup for electrical was all the way in the back. So, let me tell you firsthand experience. It’s not fun hunting
down an RV extension cord on a Sunday when all the
part places are closed. Man, that day was rough. Do you remember that day? Now where’d he go? – Mistake number five is
not having a basic toolkit. Whether you have a new rig or an old rig, you need at least a basic toolkit. You don’t know when you’re gonna need it, but trust me when I say, you will. While we’re out here, let’s go
check out mistake number six. Mistake number six is having
both propane tanks open. It’s RV law that your propane is going to run out in
the middle of the night. So, would you rather freeze your butt off? Or just walk outside real quick, turn a knob, and get cozy back in bed? The next morning you can
take your empty tank, get it filled back up, keep
it closed and plug in it until your tank runs out again. That way, you’re never
stuck cold in your RV. Hm, smells like lunchtime. (plastic bag crinkles) – Oh, you’re in here, alright. Well, RV mistake number seven is, not packing food on moving days. I can’t tell you how many
times in the beginning we thought, I’ll just make food when I get to the next campground. It’s a pretty easy drive, right? Nope. We ended up starving. Normally, places with food are in shopping centers and crowded areas. So, you don’t wanna bring a
fifth wheel through there. Can you imagine? No, you know what, don’t even imagine. Because it’s a nightmare. Or, you know what the other
nightmare situation is? Driving for what feels
like a million miles and not finding any food. So do yourself a solid,
and pack some lunch. Oh, this was from our date day video. Little old, but it’ll work. (sighs) Did you turn the heater on? – No way. It’s way too hot for that right now. But that does remind me
about mistake number eight. If you purchase a new rig, make sure that the first time you run your furnace you’re able to run it with your
windows and even door open. We learned the hard way that furnaces come with wood chips
and dust and oil in them that burns off and creates a
really, really acrid smoke. We settled in to watch a
movie on our shakedown trip, and five minutes later, the
smoke alarm started going off and the whole rig was filled with smoke. ‘Bout two minutes of panic and 15 minutes of Google searching later, we found out that it’s very common for this to happen. It can take 12 to 24 hours of continuously burning your furnace
to completely clear out all of the particles in your furnace. If you still have your sticks and bricks, we recommend you do this in your driveway. Hey, are you ready to do number nine? – You know I am. So, mistake number nine is not having a basic understanding of
the electrical in your rig. You need to do some
research and understand the difference between 50 amp and 30 amp and how they affect your specific rig. Normally when you pull too much voltage, you’ll just flip the breaker on the electrical pole
outside of your rig. But it’s pretty important to know where your fuse box is
inside of your coach. And you really should know
where your GFCI outlets are. Don’t know what a GFCI outlet is? Then you’re already guilty
of mistake number nine. Let’s go outside and
finish this up, you newb. – Alright, you guys ready for number 10? Since it’s the last, it’s
the most important, right? – No, these are in no particular order because we’re trying to
save you from all 10. So, number 10 is making sure that on travel days, your door is deadbolted. I mean, this is a moving house, so don’t you dare think for a
second just closing the door is not gonna pop it open
when you’re on the road. Thankfully, the handrail also
doubles as a second lock. So, I mean, I’m not saying it happened, but, one time it may or
may not have been open and if the handrail wasn’t
there our door would’ve opened. I don’t know, I’m not
saying that happened. But, just deadbolt your door. – Alright, those are our
top 10 beginner RV mistakes. Tell us in the comments below which ones you’re committed to not making. – Or, if you’ve made a couple
of these mistakes yourself, we’d very much like to
hear those stories as well. So let us know in the
comments those stories too. Don’t forget to like this video. It really does help us out. And subscribe to join our Getaway Gang so you never miss any
future mistake videos. We’ll see you next time. – [Both] Bye guys. – Uh, I’m gonna need you to move your head so it’s shading that drink though. Yeah, there you go, it’s getting taller. Thank you. Ready?
– [Rae] Yeah. – Is it rolling? – [Rae] Yeah. – Oh, you got that on tape. – [Rae] Yeah. (beep) – Come on, I gotta sow you something, (lisping) tho thomething. (Rae giggles) (beep)
Come on, we gotta show you something in the car. (Rae laughs loudly) I did it again. – [Rae] Yeah, you did. (beep) The worst idea. I should have given you this. (beep) – If you still have
your sticks and bricks, we recommend to do this in your, what? – [Rae] Put your hands– – Oh yeah, that’s right. – [Rae] (laughing) You look so silly. (beep) (Rae meows and giggles) (beep) Good? (Rae chuckles) (chicken burbles) What? Will you do number 10 for us? (chicken burbles) – [Jason] Guys, please, just five minutes. – Where are they coming from? There’s another one. (chicken burbles) (cheery music)