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5 Things You Should Know Before Traveling In An RV

How to prepare for living on the road.

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RV travel has been taking off in the last year and a half due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions. If you’re thinking about getting an RV for yourself or just renting out one, there are some things you should know before you embark on your road trip. If you’d like to learn about RV essentials, read on.

Don’t overpack clothes

When you’re on an RV trip, your clothes and accessories come second. Stuffing your suitcase with too many clothes will overwhelm you and take up valuable living and storage space. You should also keep in mind that, because you’ll be on the road most of the time, you can use laundromats near the cities you’ll be visiting. Aside from that, some well-equipped campgrounds include a laundry service. To avoid overpacking, make a list of items you know you’ll need and stick to it. Comfortable clothing, such as sneakers, leggings, sweatpants, and T-shirts, will be your best friends on the trip. The beauty of RV travel is not in the fashion; it is in the wonderful experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.

Get your RV checked out

Proper maintenance is critical if you want to have a safe RV vacation. If you’re not sure about your own mechanic abilities, have your camper inspected by a licensed mechanic before you hit the road. They will ensure that the fluids are fresh and that your wheels are in good working order. The appliances in your camper should also be assessed. If you’re traveling during the winter, an RV air heater that works flawlessly is essential. Make certain that your mechanic double-checks your brakes as well.

Driving an RV is special

Getting out on the road in your RV can be a liberating experience, but make sure you’re driving responsibly. RVs are massive and heavy machines, which distinguishes them from regular cars. To ensure maximum safety, do not surpass 65 miles per hour and leave more space between vehicles. Going too fast will make you a road hazard because an RV requires more time to come to a full halt. As a result, you’ll need to plan your turns ahead of time, as you’ll need more time to slow down than usual. Take it slowly if it’s windy because wind can make driving an RV more difficult.

Plan everything out

Before you make your RV your holiday home, you should take the time to plan everything out. The first thing to consider is the route. Knowing when you can stop for gas and take short walks will benefit you and your company. There are also many attractions near major roads that can be lots of fun, so do your research ahead of time. For example, in the USA some of the funniest roadside attractions include the world’s tallest thermometer and the world’s largest teapot. Some campgrounds close their doors during the winter, so it’s critical to check to see if they’re open. Another great tip is to call the camping site where you intend to stay to ensure that they have a spot ready for you. Use the site’s reservation service if it is available.

Download maps

While you may think that having maps installed on your phone is sufficient, it’s always better to stay completely safe and download the map you’ll need for offline use. You’re more likely to get lost on a remote dirt road than on a highway and the sad reality is that oftentimes there’s no service on these roads. Having a map downloaded and ready on your phone will save you many headaches of dealing with a traditional printed-out map. 

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