It is no secret that people in the United States love to take to the open road in a recreational vehicle also called an “RV.” Every year many Americans load up their RVs with supplies, dreams, RV parts, and a thirst for adventure. Here are some tips to help newbies have a great time:
- To buy or not to buy, that is the question. If you are new to the world of RVing, you may not know if you should buy or rent an RV. There are absolute pros and cons to each option. A lot of this depends on how long you plan to have your RV and how often you plan to use it. If you know you like this kind of travel, want to take at least several trips each year, and have RV storage, you should buy. If you are unsure if you like this, so you want to try the whole thing out, you should rent one.
- Learn as much as you can about your RV. RVs come in a number of different shapes and sizes. The more you know about your RV, what RV parts you need and what kind of maintenance it takes, the better. Even if you have rented the unit for a week, there are some small maintenance things you should know how to do and you should know what RV parts you need to have extras of. This can save you a lot of time and money and make your trip go a lot better. You also need to know how to drive your RV and how much you can push it. This can help you avoid costly RV repairs during your vacation.
- Take her out for a whirl before you hit the road. Driving an RV Is not like driving your street car. It will make a big difference in your experience if you practice driving the RV as it is not as easy to make turns, switch lanes, and brake. You should also learn about how the vehicle handles and what RV parts you may need. This may not seem like a part but if the drawers all open when you may turn, you can buy stoppers to prevent this.
- Have a plan. This may seem a bit counterintuitive but it is not. If you want to really get the most out of your RV experience, make a well thought out plan. Remember, nothing is written in stone so you can always deviate from your plan. Make sure you:
- Have a budget. You need to know when you can eat out and when you may want to eat something in your RV. What attractions you can afford to see and what ones can be skipped.
- The route you will take. Now you may want to change this up as you see cool things to do and see along the way but having a general sense of how to get where you are going will make the trip more fun and less stressful.
- Map out rest stops. It is important to know in advance where you can stop for gas and where you can stop for food. It also makes sense to map out the spots where you will stay overnight.
- Have a checklist for cleanups. While you are not camping, one rule there is to leave a campsite as clean as you found it. The same is true for RVing. Checklists can help you adhere to that rule of the road.
- Do some research before you go. As you are planning the route you want to take to get from point A to B, do some research into the roads you should take, the sites you may see, and any history. There are a lot of “off the beaten path” places that may not have received a lot of fanfare or press but can be the most fun for people in an RV. Finding your own places to see can be some of the greatest parts of an RV trip but the research you do before you go will make a big difference.
The great American love affair with the open road includes great RV vacations.