A June 2020 survey from the RV Industry Association reports that 46 million Americans planned to take an RV vacation between then and June of ’21. The numbers aren’t final yet, but these high expectations prove what we already know: everyone loves a good old-fashioned RV trip.
Whether you’re driving across the US or keeping it more localized, there are certain measures and precautions every RVer must take. Everything you do now to plan your trip will make it smoother, allowing you to focus on seeing the world through your windshield.
Keep reading for our top considerations before your RV road trip.
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Before an RV Vacation, Prioritize RV Maintenance and a Tune-Up
Just like taking a road trip, it pays off to service your vehicle before embarking on a journey. If there are any problems or tune-ups needing attention, then before your trip is the time to do it—not during.
Ask yourself some questions about the RV.
When was the last time you checked its seals for leaks? Moved the slide-outs in and out? Inspected the wheels, filled the propane, emptied and cleaned the tanks? Do you need generator installation? Routine maintenance? If it’s a mobile home—an oil change?
Before you take any trip in an RV, make sure it’s road-ready.
Budget for Gas, Campgrounds, Emergencies, Food, and More
You probably saw this one coming.
A successful RV vacation relies on a certain type of preparation, and that includes financial. Make sure you can afford to spend time on the road, considering all the factors—gas (of much you’ll need lots), campground fees, any emergency RV work, a sustainable diet and living, and anything else to fulfill your daily needs.
To make yourself a budget, you’ll have to plans these things in advance. Where are you staying, for how long, and when? Planning benefits you in several ways, from being able to make a money agenda and beyond.
Follow the 3/300 Rule
Many seasoned RVers have a rule they abide by—the 3/300 rule.
Now, you can learn this lesson today, or you can learn it later after you’ve made a mistake or two. We implore you to consider this rule of thumb when traveling long distances.
The 3/300 rule can be interpreted in two ways. The first way is: stop driving at 300 miles or 3:00 pm, whichever comes sooner. The other interpretation is to leave your spot around 9:00 am, drive for about six hours at a 50 mph pace, and arrive at your new destination about 3:00 pm.
Regardless, this rule keeps you on the road during the daylight hours and still arriving early enough to set up camp. It’s much easier to find your spot, check-in, get settled, eat dinner, and wind down when you’ve got the light on your side.
Hit the Open Road
Using these tips, you’re sure to have an excellent RV vacation.
Make a flexible yet structured schedule, prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be afraid of getting semi-lost. That’s all part of the adventure. Enjoy your time on the road by keeping your vehicle in check, your plans planned (yeah, we said that), and your days practical.
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