First Time RV’ing… The Hidden Costs

One of the things they don’t really prepare you for after the euphoria of buying your RV, are the hidden costs of getting it ready for the very first time out.

Now as I’ve mentioned before and you can see in the video tour of my RV, I kind of lucked out and have a pretty clean used rig. Now I’m sure I’ll discover lots of stuff this weekend, but all in all it’s really nice.

But there are so many things you don’t even think about before you even get into the rig: Bedding, plates, cups, food, pillows, cleaning supplies… The list could go on for days!

And every time you hit the store to pick up something, it’s another $20 here or $30 there. I haven’t won Powerball yet or Mega-Millions so to me every dollar still matters and I hate spending so much.

However I’m chalking up a lot of this to just getting things in the RV and setting it up. Once all of the basics are in, I’m sure things will settle down… At least I hope!
So here’s a question: What are the top three things YOU would tell folks to make sure to have the first time they head out on the road 


2 thoughts on “First Time RV’ing… The Hidden Costs

  1. It is hard to narrow it down to three things haha. If you have a camper that has manual jacks I would highly recommend a drill, it is way easier than cranking them manually. Other than that I would say a nice rv rug (they are plastic so you can easily wash them off and store them, also no more tracking dirt in the camper). And a water pressure regulator, they are designed to help keep the water pressure at a constant psi, normally about 40-50 psi.

    The most important thing though is to have fun, you don’t have to have everything right away to enjoy camping.


  2. I’ll have to think about the three things – although it will have to include a sense of humor. I feel like having an RV is like having another house as well as a vehicle to maintain.


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