RVing is quickly rising to be one the most popular travel options, especially among millennial’s. Who wouldn’t want to cruise along the open road with no bills to worry about? But to have a successful trip, you need to be prepared. RVing comes with its own tips and tools. Here are just some things that can help ensure your trip is as stress-free as possible.
Learn to Drive the RV You’re Using
Always have a practice drive first. Either rent an RV for a day or find another to try and drive. The reality is driving an RV has tons in common with driving a commercial big-rig truck. Braking, passing, accelerating are all different when driving an RV rather than a car.
RV Insurance and Road Service
Research what road services are specialized for RV’s. Some companies may not tow a trailer and it’s dangerous to leave your possessions on the road. Check how far a company will tow and if separate insurance is needed.
Check in with your campground a few hours before you arrive. If your reservations do get lost, have a list of other campgrounds nearby so there’s an alternative. If you’re canceling a reservation, call as soon as possible so a night of camping isn’t charged on your card.
Check Road Conditions, Construction, and Closures
Construction can cause a lot of headaches, especially for RV drivers. Check any websites that post about road closures, weather conditions, and construction. The US DOT Federal Highway Administration shows a map of the states. Simply click and follow the link for road conditions.
weather.com, NOAA, Weather Underground, and Road Trucker Weather Forecast are great websites to stay up-to-date. Finding a trucker’s lounge and asking some drivers about the wether is another good strategy. They are happy to help and, if there is bad weather, there will be plenty of discussions about it.
For RVing, proper weight distribution matters. You need to know the legal weight limit for your kind of RV to determine how much water and fuel to carry.
A typical RV has 30 amps of power. An RV can’t handle several items drawing power at once. Calculate how many amps your appliances draw at a time.
RVing is not for the faint of heart. It is not as simple as taking off down the road like you just got your license. Be sure to study up on other tips when learning to RV and be prepared as much as you can!