Andy and Kris live full-time in their RV, exploring the United States with their two boys and a baby on the way. Andy works a remote job in software while Kris roadschools the kids. The Murphy family loves taking pictures and writing about their adventures as they go.
5 Things to Avoid When Planning an RV Trip
ANDY & KRISTEN MURPHY
If you’re new to RVing and have never planned a trip before, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Giving yourself plenty of time, having multiple driving routes and campground options, and staying on top of your RV maintenance are three important considerations. However, there are also some things you’ll want to avoid in order to make your RV trip planning as smooth and easy as possible.
Five things to avoid when planning an RV trip.
Waiting Until the Last Minute
When it comes to planning your RV trip, give yourself plenty of time to figure out all of the logistics, including where you plan to stay, how long you want to stay, the route to take, and the activities you’ll want to do once you’re at your destination. These details are especially important if you plan to travel during peak seasons (summers and holidays) or visit popular destinations (major national parks). Try to plan at least three months in advance to avoid rushing.
Only Having One Campground Option
Even if you plan your RV camping trip months in advance, unexpected things can occur. Weather conditions, travel advisories, even accidental overbookings at a campground can leave you without a place to stay. Whenever you take an RV trip, it’s always a good idea to have one or two backup plans in case something goes wrong.
Driving For Really Long Periods of Time
Driving for really long periods of time can be tiring, especially if you’re traveling with children. Long-haul trips can also be hard on your RV, so it’s important to make frequent stops to refuel and make sure everything is in proper, working order. Another thing to consider is the time it will take to get to your final destination. Even if you route your trip and see that it will only take a few hours, driving with an RV slows things down so you’ll likely need to add a few additional hours.
Putting Off Your RV Maintenance
One of the best ways to avoid breakdowns or any technical issues while traveling is to get your RV checked regularly. Preventative maintenance will ensure things like your tires, hitch configuration, engine, and tanks are healthy and ready to go. We also recommend you bring a tool kit with you and learn some basic maintenance steps—things like changing your oil and changing a flat tire on your RV. This knowledge will come in handy if you’re in a remote location and don’t have cell service to call someone for help.
Rushing the Process
When you’re packing to leave for an RV trip, or when you’re preparing to leave your destination and head home, take some time to ensure you have everything. If this is your first RV trip, give yourself at least two hours to pack up and check that your RV is ready to hit the road. Having a checklist to reference can be really helpful for both packing and for prepping your RV’s interior and exterior. Don’t forget to do a complete walk-through of your RV before you leave.
With some patience and preparation, planning an RV trip can be easy and enjoyable. And the more you do it, the easier it gets. Take it slow, keep these five tips in mind and we know you’ll have an amazing experience.
This camping trailer affectionately nicknamed a “Fiver” is a favorite of many, especially those taking extended trips or traveling full time in their RV. The prominent overhang resting above the tow truck bed is frequently employed as a bedroom suite, or, more recently, a living room or even a kitchen.
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