A road trip in an RV can be a fantastic way to see the country, and have an incredible trip, with far more freedom than staying in hotels. If you’re new to life on the road, taking a trip in an RV might seem a little daunting. Here are some easy tips to have the trip of a lifetime.
Do Some Research
RV living is a little different, and knowing what to expect will make you feel more at ease. Watch YouTube videos about RV trips, read blogs or books, and of course, speak to whoever you get your RV from, whether you buy one from a previous owner or RV sales, or rent one.
Understanding how you’ll manage electricity, water or sewage before you set off will make you feel much better on your travels. Nobody wants to learn how to empty an RV toilet while you’re on the go.
Plan The Route and Stops
Make sure you know where you can stop and park up for the night. There are lots of great sites across the country, and knowing you have somewhere safe to sleep will help you relax and enjoy the driving.
Give yourself a little wriggle room in the schedule. You might hit terrible traffic and get delayed, or arrive somewhere and find somewhere you want to stay there longer and explore instead of set off for the next destination. You might also find the opposite and find you’re done with a stop more quickly than you thought. Make sure you know of a few different places to stop in case you do choose to stay somewhere for longer and try to book places without cancellation fees.
Take Safety Seriously
Don’t assume your regular insurance will cover you for driving an RV. Check before you go, and update any documents you need to in case of an accident.
Get a feel for your RV before you drive off on your trip. Make sure whoever you rent or buy the RV from shows you how everything works. Drive it in your hometown to get used to how driving a large vehicle like an RV feels before you’re driving long distances on unfamiliar roads.
Be prepared for accidents and mishaps. Drive safely and sensibly, and don’t rely on GPS. Some areas may have little to no internet connection or phone signal, so have an offline backup. You can save Google Maps onto your phone for offline use, and pack physical maps just in case you find yourself lost in an area with no signal.
Make sure you pack a kit for emergencies and breakdowns. Have a stash of water and long-life snacks in case you breakdown and take a while to be rescued. Your kit should also include a flashlight, a first aid kit, a tool kit for any repairs you can make yourself, matches, gloves, and maybe even a distress banner that you can put in the windshield.
With some advance planning and preparation, you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime in an RV.
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