Heading out in the Great Outdoors and experiencing the sensation of being closer to nature on an RV vacation really is a feeling like no other, and one that you either love or you hate. For RVers, there is no better feeling like the freedom of being out on the open road in your rig and seeing nature, and the road, stretch out before you. Taking an RV vacation for the first time? Here are a few top hints and tips:
Get to Know Your RVRegardless of whether you have purchased or hired your RV, it is important that you take the time to get to know it before you hit the road. Knowing how your motorhome drives and a little basic amount of its mechanics will stand you in good stead so that if something breaks whilst you’re on the road, you can fix it without wasting time and money with a mechanic at a garage instead of enjoying your vacation. For the same reasons you should also ensure that you have a good level of RV insurance (regardless of whether you’re owning or renting your RV) so that if you do have a breakdown you are protected, and the financial ramifications are minimized. At the very least, you should ensure that you take a practice drive or two around your local neighbourhood to get to know your rigs controls and how it drives before you hit the open road to your final destination with your whole family along for the ride.
Resist the Urge for SpontaneityThe urge to be spontaneous can be strong, particularly when you get out on the open road and begin feeling like a nomad. However true spontaneity doesn’t work particularly well for an RVer, particularly an inexperienced one. There is certainly great pleasure to be found from having the freedom to go exactly where you want, when you want. However you should only experiment with spontaneity within predetermined and sensible confines, such as where you are planning to spend the night, how much money you have in your budget, and how much food you have in the pantry.
It makes sense instead to have a loose plan and to study and research every inch of your map before you leave home, so that you know where the gas stations on your route are, where the nearest camp sites are, and where there are scenic stops that your family will want to see on the way. By gathering this information and planning at least some semblance of a route, you’re far more likely to have a trip that you will all enjoy.
Write a ChecklistYou may well see over RVers setting up camp in minutes, like it is the easiest thing in the world, and expect your experience to be the same. However you have to remember that these experienced RVers are likely to have been packing and unpacking their rig in the same way for several years, meaning that the whole routine has become second nature to them. On your first time trip you’re likely to find it a little more tricky. The most important tool in your armory? A comprehensive check list. Your checklist should include reminders to check your pitch for low hanging branches (which can pose a safety risk) and instructions for how to connect your sewer hose and attach your electrical hook up: it’s important for your protection that you wear protective gloves during both of these processes. Then it’s time to pull out your awning, set out your camping equipment (which should be sure to include a table and chairs and a BBQ) and then sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.
Your first every RV trip may seem daunting, and there certainly is a lot of research and preparation involved in taking an amazing and successful trip. But RVing is the very best way to see the country, get closer to nature, and explore the wonder of the world beyond our own back yards: once you try it, you’re sure to love it so much that you’ll never take a conventional vacation ever again!