RV trips can be a wonderful way to spend some quality time with your friends and family. They also give you a chance to reconnect with nature and detach from the stresses of everyday life.
While long travel days can be challenging, there are ways to make long RV trips more bearable. Here’s how.
Pick the right RV
Not all RVs are created equal, and there are many factors to consider when selecting the RV you plan on renting for your trip if you don’t own one. You want to keep in mind the amenities and the size of the vehicle, as well as the number of people you’re traveling with.
Usually, an RV will be able to accommodate eight people – this means either four adults with four kids or six adults. This is because the sofa and the dinette that turn into beds can’t really fit two adults as they’re usually too short and therefore, uncomfortable.
Some individuals may also want to bring their dogs with them, in which case you also want to keep in mind the available space in your RV.
Equip your RV with safety essentials
Safety should be your top priority when heading for a long RV trip. Make sure you inspect your RV thoroughly before the trip, and bring all the safety essentials you may need such as a first aid kit as well as a roadside emergency kit.
Remember to keep your RV’s windows and doors locked, and consider installing a quality RV camera system as a second layer of security for your vehicle. Such systems are easy to install, and they are sure to give you peace of mind whenever you have to leave your RV parked.
Finally, always have your phone with you in case of emergency and make sure to inform a person you trust about your destination, estimated time of arrival, route, and other details regarding the trip, so they can send help if needed.
Avoid overpacking and bringing heavy luggage with you
When packing for an RV road trip, you want to keep things simple. Bringing more clothes and stuff than you need is a rookie mistake many newbie RVers make.
Try to avoid overpacking as well as bringing heavy luggage. Opt for soft bags that won’t pose a safety hazard and remember to store them safely and secure them, so they don’t move around as you drive. Don’t forget to bring pillows and blankets for those colder nights.
You’ll also need to bring some snacks for your trip. Opt for healthy ones and make sure they’re portable. That way, there will be no need to get up and get them while the RV is moving which can be especially dangerous in case of a sudden stop.
Keep your gas tank at an optimal level
Running out of gas and being stranded on the side of the road is every RVer’s nightmare. Plus, you never know how long you’ll have to wait until someone stops and helps you out. This is why keeping your gas tank at an optimal level is imperative when taking lengthy RV road trips.
RV trips are very different from the trips we usually take when we’re driving around town or to a city nearby because we can always head to the nearest gas station if we notice we’re running out of fuel. This is not the case when it comes to long RV trips as they often involve passing through rural areas where there may not be as many gas stations available.
Also, when it comes to gas mileage, there are other things to factor in as well, such as the wind and the varying speed. Therefore, gas up often and make sure your gas tank is always at least half full.
Make regular stops and don’t drive every day
Some people get overly ambitious with their itineraries. However, this may cause them to stress out and drive for much longer than they should.
It’s best to avoid driving every day and instead, spend a few days at the same destination enjoying all the activities it has to offer before heading to the next one. This will make the trip so much easier for those who drive and help everyone relax and enjoy even more.
Making regular stops is just as important. Take a break more frequently, say, every couple of hours, and try to be active during those breaks, using this time to stretch your legs or maybe explore some more.
Fun, adventurous, and affordable – RV road trips are a great way to spend a summer vacation. With so many destinations to choose from, all that’s left to do is plan your itinerary and start packing for your next RV adventure!