For many families, a road trip is a great opportunity to see the country and make memories together. If you are new to RVing, plan your RV trip thoughtfully to make sure your adventure is fun-filled and stress-free. Here are a few tips for an RV road trip.
Plan the Route for Your RV Trip
If you are accustomed to the RV lifestyle, you may prefer to be a bit more spontaneous when hitting the road. However, if you are newer to RV living, planning your route in advance will offer some peace of mind and help reduce the stress of a long trip.
Choose a destination and research the route to get there. Make sure to follow online recommendations from other RVers when it comes to choosing the best route. Some GPS services give directions with larger RVs in mind. You don’t want to get stuck on a route with steep, curvy roads or bridges so low you cannot pass beneath them.
Check the Weather
It might be cold and rainy at home, but sunny and warm at your campsite. Check the weather forecast at your travel destination. Keeping an eye on local weather patterns will help you plan what to pack. You won’t need a rain jacket and galoshes if your destination is a warm, sunny, coastal campground.
For an extended road trip, look at average rainfall and average temperatures for this time of year. If you know what the weather is normally like, you and your family will be better prepared for your vacation.
Make a List to Plan for an RV Trip
If this is your first time RVing, you might not have the experience and knowledge to know what to pack, aside from clothing and personal belongings. To make sure your RV has items necessary for a safe and pleasant trip, make a checklist for every member of your family and assign items for each person to pack. Some of the essential things you should bring along include:
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire
- Cleaning supplies
- Pots, pans, and utensils
- Surge protectors and power adapters
- Tire chocks
- Camp chairs
- Citronella candles
- Entertainment in case of bad weather
Have an RV Inspection
If it’s been a while since you’ve taken your RV on the road, hire a professional to complete a full RV inspection. An inspector will know what to look for and can recommend updates and repairs to make sure your rig is road-ready.
You will keep your family safe while making sure the vehicle can handle the demands of a road trip. An RV inspection will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is in good shape and ready for the road