Truckers tips

Make a headlamp into a lantern

Strap a headlamp (light side in) to a 1-gallon jug of water to make a lantern that lights up your campsite.  Opaque, white jugs work best for this camping hack.

Make sure your campfire is really out before leaving it

Abandoned campfires are one of the leading causes of forest fires. Not all of these fires were intentionally left smoldering. Campfires heat the ground underneath them hot enough to reignite anything combustible in your firepit hours later.  No one wants to be “that guy/girl” so use lots of water or dirt to thoroughly smother your campfire when you are done with it. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to put your hand comfortably on the ground in your fireplace before you leave.

Repurpose your dishwater

When you are boondocking, your time off-grid and unhooked will be much better if you don’t run out of water.  Washing and rinsing dishes uses more water than anything besides your RV toilet, so it makes sense to repurpose your dishwater.  Use a basin to wash your dishes, and then use gray water to flush your toilet.

Pack a pizza stone

A pizza stone will help to even out the heat in your RV’s propane oven so you can bake amazing meals.  And of course, you can always use it to make pizza!  Pizza stones do break, so be sure to protect them by wrapping them for travel. Find more tips for cooking in your RV oven

Bring board games and other activities for family fun

Board games will help your family enjoy time indoors if the weather gets too ugly to play outside. Here are a few great board and card games that you can easily play in the RV.

Bring a collapsable storage tote or two

Collapsible storage totes can be used to tote campfire supplies like s’mores ingredients, napkins, glasses, and beverages, and make decent impromptu tables to put campfire essentials on.

Always follow the arrows so you load the trailer up the correct way

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Learn to Heel-Toe or Left foot brake.

After some talk in the thread about going down hill with no engine brake, I thought this might might be useful for newer drivers or those who might not use these techniques already. Personally, I'm a fan of heel-toe, it's a habit I picked up from auto racing and daily driving a manual since I got my licence. Here's a short video that does a good job explaining the technique. It's for a normal car, so everything but the clutch applies. This allows you to downshift while going down grades more safely than the traditional "brake down to speed, blip throttle, downshift. " foot braking allows for the same results, but uses the left foot on the brake and right foot in the throttle. I find this to be a little clumsy, so I stick with heel toe.

Don't tell people you play truck and flight sims for fun.

I know I know, I've almost beaten snowrunner myself. But if you think people thought you didn't have much of a life after you explained the lifestyle, you're gonna really love it when you tell them what you do in your off hours and you realize the words coming out of your mouth saying you basically don't think about a single thing besides trucks.The ladies especially are huge fans. Trust me.