For those who have never done it before, taking an RV vacation is a unique experience. And while it’s fun and exciting, there are some very specific steps you need to take to ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible.
Why Take an RV Trip?
When you think family vacation, an RV probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But perhaps it should be. RVs are cost-effective, easy to clean, and allow you to combine the cost of transportation and accommodation into a singular expense.
Other added benefits of RV travel include: the ability to make your own schedule, bring your own pets, set your own pace, and bring your own stuff. It might not be everyone’s ideal trip, but you certainly shouldn’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Most people thoroughly enjoy their experience and eventually plan a second trip.
4 Tips for Success
The key to a successful RV vacation is to make it safe and fun. In light of this, we’ve gathered a few helpful tips and suggestions.
1. Plan Ahead
The number one mistake people make with RV trips is not thinking ahead. They get excited, book a trip, and show up. But that’s a big mistake. You might have some fun; however, it won’t be nearly as meaningful and cost-effective as it would be if you took the time to strategize.
“Once you’ve decided to embark on an RV adventure, it’s important to plan ahead,” Allstar Coaches explains. “You want to be sure that you get what you want, when you want it. RV rentals are often booked months to a year ahead of time, especially during the summer and holiday seasons.”
It’s also wise to plan your route. You don’t have to map out every single twist and turn, but it’s a good idea to have a general idea of the main roads you’ll take so that you can get from “point A” to “point B.” (Feel free to plug it into Google Maps or your GPS, but don’t trust them to give you the optimum route for a massive RV. Study the roads and try to make it easy on yourself – even if it means going a little out of the way to avoid crowded city streets and steep, windy roads.)
2. Pack Certain Items
The beauty of an RV trip is that you can pack whatever you want. And while it’s not recommended to go overboard, there are a few extra items worth throwing in:
- Roadside emergency kit. Many RVs will come stocked with some of these items, but it’s not a bad idea to consider bringing a small bag with your own first aid kit, flares, flashlights, and basic survival items.
- Games and books. One of the nice parts about RV travel is that you get a lot more downtime than you do on other trips. Bring a few board games and books so that your family can pass the time without reverting to screens.
- Auxiliary cord. With as much driving as you’ll be doing, you’re going to want to listen to some music or podcasts. Remember to bring an auxiliary cord so that you can plug your phone in. Or, bring CDs if you’re old school!
3. Gas Up Often
Don’t treat the RV like your vehicle. Running the gas close to empty isn’t smart. Any time your tank goes below half a tank, you should begin searching for the nearest gas station. Not only do you burn fuel faster in an RV, but you’ll often find yourself in rural areas where gas stations are few and far between.
4. Choose the Right Campground
Not all campgrounds are created equal. Some are designed for adults only, while others are set up with kids in mind. Some are cheap and basic, while others provide luxury accommodations. Do your research ahead of time so there are no surprises.
An RV trip is something you can plan for any time of the year. Whether it’s the middle of the summer and you want to visit a National Park, or it’s the holiday season and you want a convenient and unique way to travel and visit family, there’s an RV trip waiting for you. And now that you know some of the basics, you’re ready to do it right!