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Every RV is different. It's wise to give your guests some guidance, even if they are RVers.
Checklist for Your
RV Guest List
Your RV looks like a home and it does almost everything you expect a home to do. Problems begin when your guests treat it too much like a house and not enough like a vehicle. For day visitors a quick check-out will do. For overnight guests, you may want to print out more of a Welcome Aboard list.
Here are some things they need to know. (If you can add to this list, please leave as a Comment.)
* The old sailor’s sayings are, “Don’t put anything in this head (toilet) that you haven’t eaten first” and “There are no plumbers at sea.” Remind guests that the RV toilet empties into a tank that empties into a hose that eventually reaches a sewer. If anything hangs up along the way, well, you don’t want to know. Provide a waste basket in the bathroom and tell them it is for EVERYTHING except your RV-friendly toilet paper and you-know-what.
* Kitchen plumbing should be respected too. No grease. No wasted water. No Drano (unless your owner’s manual says it’s OK.) Use a rubber scraper to pre-clean dishes.
* A generator or inverter can provide household power, but it may have to be rationed or juggled. Induction burners can use as high as 3,300 watts. Appliances such as the air conditioner, compressor type refrigerator and air compressor have much higher starting loads than running loads. You don’t want a well-meaning guest to start blowing up beach toys outside at the same time you’re cranking up the AC inside. Communicate.
* Seat belts are smart and are also the law. Whether it’s the passenger seat or the "living room" sofa, my wheels don't move until you’re buckled up.
* At rest the RV may have automatic or manual jacks to keep it steady. When it’s not jacked up, it can rock and shock at unexpected times. It is, after all, a vehicle. Some large slides also need their own jacks before the kids start rough-housing.
* Show guests where to find and how to open all exits including emergency exits. Show guests fire extinguishers and the locations of light switches for both 12-volt and 110-volt lights.
* Even the largest motorhome is a small space and steam builds up quickly. Our rule is to use the bathroom fan when showering.
* An RV carries its own utilities and they are limited. Depending on hook-ups, explain today’s special needs. For example, you may be hooked up to unlimited incoming water, but you still have to be conservative so the waste water tank can handle it. Or, you could get only 30-amp service even though your RV needs 50 amps to use everything at once.
Do you use your RV as a guest house on your property? Let others take your RV on road trips? How has it worked out for you? Please share with a Comment.
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