The summer is finally here which means one thing; vacation. It’s time to round up the family, gather your belongings, gas up the brand new RV, and hit the road! Travel can be unpredictable at times and knowing what to do in certain circumstances can save you time, money, and resources. Check out these 5 tips to make your summer RV expedition worth the wait!
1. RV Specific GPS Routes
Using a normal “car”-centric GPS route simply won’t accomodate all the factors involved with your enormous new home on wheels. By choosing to plan your trips using specifically designed GPS routes, you’ll be aware of clearances and other road restrictions (such as propane tanks) in advance.
2. Team Work
Unfortunately, the driver can’t be everywhere at once and must focus his attention on one thing and one thing alone – driving. If you’re traveling with a group of people such as family or friends, use them to ensure a safer and smoother ride. On windy roads things tend to rattle, bump, and shake which can cause all kinds of mayhem. Have one of the passengers act as a second set of eyes, while others act as damage control in other areas of the vehicle.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Have you ever driven an RV before? If your answer is “no”, then it’s probably best you don’t decide to burn rubber the day after it’s purchased. You’ll want to learn how to efficiently handle driving a vehicle of that magnitude, as well as test it to make sure everything works properly. Once your up to speed on the RV’s features and have become comfortable in the driver seat, you’ll be much safer and feel more comfortable on your first planned voyage.
4. Be Prepared
We’ve all done it. We think we’ve packed everything we need only to discover we’ve forgotten those one or two important items. When hitting the road in an RV it’s important to not only remember your keepsakes and luggage, but extra tools and spare parts as well. If you find yourself stranded on an abandoned highway miles from home, you’ll be glad it was your toothbrush you forgot and not the spare tire and wrench set.
“Winging” it is for the birds or taking a test you didn’t study for. Having a plan in place is absolutely imperative for any form of travel. If your next RV trip is going to take you places you’ve never been for extended periods of time, you’ll want to prepare. Firstly, do some background research on whatever destination you have in mind. This can include entertainment such as restaurants, gas prices, weather, etc. Next, you’ll want to create a budget for your expenses. How much will you need for food, drinks, activities, or fuel? Third, create a list of items you’ll need on the road in addition to your own belongings (Remember to check this list twice!).