A short comment about GPS verses paperback mapping. As a pilot I rely on both, but GPS typically is more accurate and more up to date if you manually update your mapping software regularly. Paperback mapping usually is out of date even before it goes into print, and is far more difficult to research while driving(which you should never do). The key to GPS is to buy a high quality unit with unlimited map updates, and learn how to use the equipment to it's best advantage. When flying....there is no place to pull over to verify your location. GPS works great, just familiarize yourself with the systems just as you should with your coach systems. Lazy will make you crazy!
Former Bluebird Wanderlodge Owner/Advocate....but still love them!
I gotta totally agree with sowego on number 6. Always have a second set of keys hidden on the coach somewhere. It's is a great idea and can be worth a million bucks in an unforeseen crisis. What if you get robbed? What if you crash the toad and lose the keys? What if you get car jacked? What if.... With a set of keys hidden on the motorhome you're in business. I keep a set on mine because sometimes I just want to go out to the storage place and didnt plan ahead. No big deal. If there was a national or regional crisis and we have to run for it I'm ready to drive right now. Please hide some keys on your motorhome.
I also keep some basic camping gear on-board, axe, saw, leather gloves, fire starters(road flares will start a fire with wet wood unless it's soaked through). We camp in the mountains a few times a year and I love a campfire.
I keep ponchos on board as we get caught in the rain a lot it seems.
We keep enough clothes on board so that it doesn't matter if we forget to pack something, like shoes or swim wear. I always keep fresh, spare batteries and a minimum of two flashlights on board.
I don't keep cash squirreled away on the RV. That just seems like a bad idea.
I always store it with a full tank of gas. And, I try to not let the needle fall much past half a tank. That just comes from 25 years of police work. It gives me a cushion for unforeseen emergencies. The RV is part of my family bug out plan in a crisis.
I have fluids for everything I might need, oil, transmission, antifreeze, etc..