RVing For Beginners: Quick Tips For An Efficient Trip
When it comes to traveling the open road an RV is a great choice. No other mode of transportation offers the comforts of home with the freedom to travel without restrictions. While this mode of transportation is one that over 10 million Americans choose each year there is more to driving an RV than one might think. RVing for beginners can be daunting so we put together the top things you need to know to plan your RV trip. Consider this our version of “RVing For Dummies.”
Take Your RV For A Test Drive
As an RV beginner you need to be aware of what could be potentially moving around in the RV while driving, how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend/descend hills and park. With that said, consider the roads you plan to drive on and take some time each day to practice driving on different types of roads: highways, city driving and rural roads. Once you are comfortable behind the wheel and are ready to hit the road it’s time to start planning.
Plan Out Your Trips
RV living is full of excitement and spontaneity, but it also involves a fair share of planning. Especially if you are an RV rookie, it is recommended to have a solid plan such as overall budget, route, food supply, stops, campgrounds, etc. Planning your trip with a logical route will help with both your fuel efficiency and your sanity. Google Maps is a great way to keep track of your destination but keep in mind that you are driving a large vehicle and since your speed is slower it may take you longer than the map suggests.
While an RV has many of the comforts of home, space is limited. Take advantage of the space that you do have with a few simple accessories. But you do have more room than just a suitcase, so you can overpack on some things. Try to think of possible situations where you “might” need something. From rain ponchos, umbrellas, jackets, blankets, extra layers of clothes, portable grill and first aid kit complete with medicine and bandages . . . to name a few things.
Make Reservations At Campgrounds Prior To Arrival
If you have any experience at campgrounds, you know that the good ones fill up quickly. Make sure you have a space ready and waiting.
Create An RV Set Up Checklist
One of the most important parts of RV ownership is being able to set up your camper at the campground. For most RV beginners it can be overwhelming which is why researching and practicing beforehand is key for a smooth transition. Having a checklist will ensure everything is set up as it should be. Your checklist should include things to to when you arrive at the site and leave. Here are our tips to help you stay on top of things.
Bring Tools and Spare Parts
On the road anything can happen so preparation is key. Whether it’s your own RV or one you’ve rented from one of the friendly owners at Mighway, it’s important to take the time to learn how the motorhome works. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem and potentially fix it. A well-stocked tool kit, with extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors is good to have on hand. A full first aid kit is also good to have on hand. You can pack these yourself or purchase them prepacked at any local store.
Spending some time preparing for your first RV adventure will assist you in the long run to becoming an RV expert. And remember to have fun!
Whether you’re a part time RV-’er or an experienced road warrior, knowing these simple tips can help make every trip one that you can enjoy.