Learning a skill often results in being awkward or embarrassed. Who hasn’t fumbled while trying to understand how a new computer program works or attempting to try a complicated soufflé recipe? When it comes to RV camping, here’s a little RV tip to save you the same embarrassment this TravelingMom faced when on her first camping trip to an RV resort.

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Photo Credit: Allan Clark

It Was Our First-Ever RV Camping Trip

As a professional speaker, I often present keynotes on customer service. A state RV campground association booked me to speak. Since we were not Rvers — I had never even peeked inside a recreational vehicle — we decided on an RV rental so we could experience RV parks and the camping life. (I soon learned really cool people call their RV a “rig”). So we headed off in our rig to a local RV campground with our 2-year-old daughter, Sondra. With my husband at the wheel, and my daughter snug in her car seat, I relaxed and enjoyed the ride, perched high above most drivers. This trip would be a breeze.

Check in at the RV Campground

Allan pulled our rig to the RV resort office with the prominently displayed “Check-In” sign. I strode confidently to the reservation desk, filled out the necessary forms, and paid for one of the RV sites. The friendly campground host ended our transaction by pointing out the window to an open RV campsite and saying, “Use the pull-through right there at #8. Have a great time!” I could tell it would be a great weekend.

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Finding the Pull-Through

With Sondra safely sleeping, I motioned my husband to come out and walk the few feet to RV campsite #8. “We just have to find the pull through,” I told him. After all, it makes sense that if I was supposed to “use the pull-through” that I needed to find something to pull.

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We looked all over the campsite, without finding anything to pull. Allan inspected the electrical and sewer hookups and examined the hole where our water and sewage would go. Nothing lent itself to “pulling through.” We looked under one of the picnic tables. Nothing. Next we walked the perimeter of the site, peeking in and around bushes for something, anything to pull through.

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Take this RVing Tip from a Pro

Giving up, I returned to the office and told the campground owner, “We’ve looked and looked and just can’t find anything to pull through at Site #8.” He turned away from me slightly, as if to compose himself. Then, with great professionalism, he said, “Pull through means you pull your RV into the site and when you are ready to leave, simply move forward. You use a pull-through by pulling your RV through the site.”

Suddenly it all made sense to this first-time RVer. It was all about easy access. No need to back in or out. Just “pull through.”

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Don't repeat this first time RVer mistake. The writer still hasn't lived it down!The Story Becomes a Legend

The rest of our RV camping experience was uneventful, yet fun. That story has, unfortunately, spread among professional RV campground owners. Now anytime I speak at a conference, someone always asks, “Hey Silvana! Found your pull through yet?”

So for all you newbie RVers, just learn from my ignorance with this RV tip so you don’t become fodder for jokes among the camping community!