RV First Trip Tips – R-Pod Camper



In this video, I share 10 tips to help minimize the stress of taking a new (or new to you) R-Pod out on its maiden voyage. These tips are shared from my experience of purchasing two new R-Pod’s over two years time.

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23 thoughts on “RV First Trip Tips – R-Pod Camper

  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Great info. We been looking for our first rv trailer and looking used and new. used is cheaper (much cheaper) but new I think may be better . What do you think?

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Wow, this camping thing sounds like a lot of work and worry.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    John, something I've decided to do when we pickup the new rig is a combination of your Tip 2 and Tip 10; that is, the plan is do it somewhat local at a full-hookup facility for minimum of 3-4 nights. That way, we can test all the systems the first night or two WITH FULL HOOKUPS, "then," the next night or two, we'll "boondock" while at the same sight — testing the "manual" method. BONUS: if you're close enough to the dealer, you "might" be able to touch base with them, if you run into trouble/problems, during this test-run. That might be something to chat with your sales person about. Regardless, I think, this might take a bit of pressure off that first experience with the new rig. Y'all Be Safe!

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    I just ordered a RPod 190.  Pick-up in a few months.  Newbie question John, is there an isolator on the RPod so when it's plugged into the tow vehicle, it doesn't take the charge from the tow vehicles battery?  Do I need to worry about that?

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    hi john,
    I have a question about the batteries and keeping them charged. I know they get charged when hooked up to the tow vehicle but will they also get any kind of a charge when hooked up to shore power?

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Great series. I would suggest however practicing your trailer backing in some place like a deserted parking lot where there is nothing to hit and there are lines on the pavement to help you pretend you are backing into a space. This could be a high school parking lot on a Sunday afternoon, or a business parking lot for a business that is closed at that time. Backing for the first time into a tight spot with trees and electrical poles and other obstacles really ratchets up the tension for no good reason.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Thanks so much for these videos!! The missus and I are buying our first RPOD this week and we are both new to RV camping. These “basic” videos are great! Do you have a recommended video for how to actually do a full hook up and test all the functions and use a public dump station? I know it sounds basic but I want to be as prepared as I can be for our first voyage with the camper! Thanks again!!

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Hi John, love your videos. Question re tightening the trailer lug nuts. Do you do them every day your on the road or just a couple of times during the season?

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Great tips thank you. What do you think about the 190.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    I would love to see a great video on backing an R Pod into a camping spot without help. I'll be solo with kids. My husband can show up after I'm parked.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Had to laugh a the Walkie Talkie part.. Had to show my wife how to use them.. I could hear her better through the window.. LOL "Press the button before you talk!" Through the window "That's what", over the walkie "doing!" I started doing it back to her so she's understands what I'm hearing. She is awesome at directing me! On spot even the very first time. Yes we practiced terms and hand signals.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Thanks John great video. Just had my first time out with my new 179 but unfortunately it was going back to the dealer for service / warranty work. I did make the best of it though and tried to stay off the interstate and took back roads through small towns and will admit I had a couple of gas station hot dogs! I live on 5 glorious acres, so I've had a lot of practice time since I do have a 30 amp RV outlet at my disposal, freshwater, and a long winding driveway. I know I need to get away from security of home base and start enjoying the lifestyle 🐸

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Good tips. I'm getting my first trailer in two days. I have been looking at R-Pods for a couple of years but I ended up purchasing a T@G. Having to pay for storage of a trailer in some remote location was the deciding factor for me. The T@G will fit in my garage. Keep up the videos. I enjoy and learn from them.

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Great tips!!  I like the walkie talkie tip!  I like your honesty about the saw dust construction debris.  I get a little concerned about how well campers are built but this is just part of a new build.  I'm saving to buy an R-Pod so your videos are very helpful!  Keep them coming!

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  • January 5, 2021 at 2:08 am
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    Great advice – we just got back from a 8-day trip in our 179.  The walkie talkie is a great idea – I have yelled "stop, stop" at my husband while he was backing up – lol!

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