As Boomers crest into retirement, RVs are becoming more and more popular. Whether you are looking to buy an RV as an extra vehicle or a new home, or rent one for a coming vacation, here are some RV travel tips for beginners.
Water and Water
Almost all RVs have faucets. You will, however, need the majority of the water in your tank for trips to the restroom, dishwashing, and the shower. Bring several gallons of water with you in separate containers for drinking to ensure that you have enough.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Pack clothes in a container that you can store in one of the exterior storage spaces. Storage space on the inside of an RV can be limited and will typically be full of the items you’ll need to use more frequently. Another tip: bring a propane stove. Yes, your RV will probably have a stovetop, but once you’ve setup your RV at your destination, a propane stove will allow you to enjoy cooking outside with your fellow travelers.
If you’re a less experienced RV-navigator, you may want to consider a Class C RV. The bigger ones (Class A) can be a bit much to handle and typically eat up much more gas. The Class C RVs tend to handle more manageably, like a large truck.
Just because you’re going on a road trip doesn’t mean you have to rough it. There are hundreds of RV campgrounds across the US. Many of these come with RV-amenities and small stores full of things you may not know you need. And, if you need to take a break during your journey, several large shopping facilities along the way will allow you to park overnight in their parking lots (be sure to ask first).
Traveling with pets can be stressful when you’re stuffed into a tent – but not an RV! Bring your cats and dogs with you as you travel. Be sure to call your destination ahead of time to make sure pets are allowed and to become aware of any potential pet-safety issues (like wild animals, poisonous plants, etc.).
RVs are a fun, comfortable, exciting way to go somewhere new. Enjoy the drive, enjoy the destination, and enjoy the company you bring!