Here are 10 easy steps for novice RVers, thanks to RVIA and RV.net:
2. Order a free video or CD-ROM. Call (888) GoRVing.
3. Rent an RV. Check the Yellow Pages in your neighborhood or go to http://rvra.org to order The RVRA Rental Directory.
4. Read RV magazines, buyers guides and books. For magazines, go to http://www.rv.net/magazines.
6. Look for the RVIA seal. Before buying an RV, be sure to check for the oval-shaped RVIA seal. The seal shows that the RV manufacturer is a member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and means that the manufacturer self-certifies that the vehicle complies with applicable national safety specifications.
7. Attend an RV show. A wide range of RVs appealing to every taste and budget are on display at retail shows around the country. For a calendar of shows in your area, go to http://rv.net/calendars.
8. Do the math. RV travel is affordable. A family of four traveling by RV can spend up to 70 percent less than when traveling by car, plane or cruise ship. Campground fees average about $22 per night, well below average hotel/motel room rates.
9. Take your pick of RV parks and campgrounds. Get information about the most comprehensive campground directories available: http://rv.net/campgrounds
10. Get going. The RV-driving experience is different, not difficult. With a little practice and proper attention to differences in size, height and weight, RVs are fun and easy to drive.