How to prepare your RV road trip?
Posted on Apr 17, 2019
So you’re preparing for your RV road trip. Perhaps it’s your first one, or maybe it’s simply been a long time since the last time you did. Whatever the case, you want to be sure you’re fully prepared for your upcoming trip.
You’ve come to the right place. This article should serve as a guideline about what you need to do to prepare for your next RV road trip. Tips and insights will be provided for you to experience either an amazing first RV road trip or one of the best trips you’ve ever taken.
Enough of that, let’s get started!
It’s All About Practice
Before you head on that long, cross-country road trip, consider taking a shorter trip. Head out to a nearby camping ground or lake to get a feel for the RV and the road conditions you’ll be driving on.
If you’re unable to find the time for a short trip before your big one, simply take the RV for a spin on the highway or on roads that will be similar to the ones you’ll be taking during your big trip.
This is especially essential if you’re a first time RV driver. While you don’t need a special license to drive any of the motorhomes, you will want to practice driving them before you head out for your real trip.
The vehicles are fairly large and can appear daunting at first. However, a few practice drives will get you comfortable and ready to take on your big adventure.
Make Sure You’re Booked
While you enjoy the freedom offered by an RV, it’s still important that you have campgrounds booked in advance. It’s nice to drive where the road takes you, but it won’t be nice having to stress out about finding a camping ground when you find they’re all booked.
You don’t have to lose all of your freedom, however. Simply take a look at where you’re heading to next and give a call to a camping ground in the area to ensure space can be reserved for you and your rig.
After all: an organized road trip typically tends to be the most fun. When you always have an activity or destination planned, you’ll feel more in control of your trip and will always have something fun to do.
Establish an Arrival Routine
For first-timers, this is a very important tip. Many experienced RVers know exactly what they’re doing when they arrive at the camping ground:
They’re driving their RV to a spot that easily accesses electrical, water, and sewage hookups. You’re going to want to become acquainted with these hookups and soon enough you’ll be easily hooking them to your RV so you can use the campground’s power and facilities for your vehicle.
Bring Spare Parts and a Tool Kit
It’s a long road trip: chances are things will break. It might be a cabinet in your RV’s kitchen or it might be a bigger issue. Whatever the case, it’s important that you bring a well-equipped toolkit and spare parts to ensure you’re able to fix anything that is within your repairing ability.
Anything that’s outside of your repair skill level should be taken to the professionals. This leads us to another important tip:
Know the Repair Shops in the Area
Thanks to the power of technology, you’re easily able to search and find repair shops in just about every town and city you visit. If a breakdown ever does occur, it’s important you know which repair shop to call.
Talk to other RVers at campsites and check reviews to ensure that your RV will be in good hands if an unexpected breakdown ever occurs (knock on wood).
Preparing for Weather
This is an easy one: make sure you pack clothes and materials for all different types of weather. Check projected forecasts in different areas you’re visiting. Bring rain boots, umbrellas, jackets, tank tops, whatever you need to ensure you’re comfortable in each area you visit.
Plan Your Kitchen
You should turn on the fridge in your kitchen at least 12 hours before you head out for your trip. This will help ensure the fridge is nice and cold before you put your groceries and ingredients in it.
Also, plan ahead for your meals. Are the towns and cities you’re passing through going to offer you places where you can shop and buy groceries? Or are you going to need to pack your own? These are important questions to ask yourself before heading out.
Do You Feel Prepared?
Well, maybe at least a little bit? Also, don’t forget about packing toiletries, medications, and camping equipment.
With that said: you should be ready to hit the road and enjoy a trip full of adventure and entertainment!