Travelling in an RV or camper is not without its challenges. One of the significant concerns people have before they even get into the driver’s seat is the dire prospect of parking a vehicle much larger than they’re used to parking. Never be afraid! Take our word for it (backed by a wealth of experience). RV parking is a lot easier than it looks!
Start Practicing Risk-Free
As we just said, practice is essential in learning to park your RV. Therefore, your vehicle’s first stop should be an empty parking lot. Once you’ve found such a spot, use a few cones to mark imaginary curbs and parking spaces to practice parking and reversing. This will give you enough room to practice over and over until you feel comfortable doing it for real.
Choose a Safe Place
Besides the technical skills required to drive a camper or RV, another significant benefit is common sense. Stay out of tight spaces, where danger can lurk just out of your sight. This isn’t always possible – when a problematic route is your only option, it’s more important than ever to have a riding buddy who can give you outside information. There are often late-night car parks where you can spend the night near major national attractions in Ireland, such as Hill Tara or the Rock of Cashel.
Make it a habit to lock your vehicle when you leave it unattended. Again, this is where common sense comes into play. No matter how short your errands are, it would be best if you kept your belongings safe, and the best way to do that is to lock your doors. Before you head out in your van or RV, take the time to check the safety of everything in your living area. Don’t leave anything that could be loose where it could rattle or even break. After all, securing items may not be possible once you’re on the road.
Some quick final tips:
Do not attempt backcountry camping if you are not familiar with local regulations. Discuss backcountry camping with your provider if you rent a campervan Ireland or RV. Companies may have their own rules allowing only legal stopovers to be used.
Don’t assume you can park your RV off the road. Even if you leave enough space for other vehicles to pass, it can create a dangerous situation. Whether you’re stopping for the night or just taking a short break, take the extra time to find a place to park in a suitable open lot or drive-thru.