A Beginner’s Guide to Planning RV Travel

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Amongst other things, RVs had a massive resurgence during the lockdown, many people decided to take road trips to be secluded as well as travel around. Whether you are taking an RV road trip for the first time or moving into one full-time, it can be a very stressful task. There’s a lot that goes into a successful RV road trip, but it can be a very enjoyable experience. What’s better than being on the road while enjoying domestic life as well?

Whether you are interested in full-time RV life or just a summer trip, here’s everything you need before you get out on the open road.

Renting Or Buying An RV

When it comes to RV size is the deciding factor in what type of experience you will have. If you want a luxurious RV experience, you might be sacrificing the quality of travel. It will restrict the places you can visit and the drive there. On the other hand, you can settle for a modest RV and be able to travel very easily and visit all the destinations your heart desires.

Parked white motorhome
Parked white motorhome

There are a few different classes of RVs that you must pick from when renting or purchasing an RV and they are the following:

Camping Trailers

Camping trailers are great if you are an explorer and are more interested in traveling than comfort. The downside of a camping trailer is that your car is attached to a trailer. But the great part is that you can unload it anywhere and drive anywhere you’d like and come back to it anytime you want. 

Class B Motorhomes and Campervans

Class B motorhomes and campervans are wonderful. They’re mostly budget-friendly and easy to ride in. A van is much more mobile than a motorhome. But if you are traveling with someone this might not be the best option for you as it can typically be cramped if there’s more than one person in campervans. 

Class C and A Motorhomes

These RVs are the ones that pop into your mind when you think of RVs. They’re roomy if you are willing to compromise mobility for comfort. They’re houses on wheels. This is the perfect option for families. Class A Motorhomes are pretty much house buses, but Class Cs are not as large but they aren’t small either. They’re very luxurious but they eat up gas very quickly and aren’t very economical. But they’re the most comfortable option you can find out there. 

Once you understand which one fits your specifications, you can find RV rentals in your area very easily online. There is bound to be one close to you and in your area.

How To Pack Your RV

Most people have no idea what might be necessary during an RV trip, so we have made a list of necessary things to pack for your trip. Making sure you pack all the essentials is vital for a smooth-sailing RV Road Trip. These essentials will make sure you have nothing to worry about throughout your trip. Of course, an RV rental will come with a lot of things ready to go but there are so many moving parts of an RV so packing all of these might save you in an emergency. 

  • Surge protector
  • Electrical adapters
  • Extension cords
  • Electrical and duct tape
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Leveling blocks
  • Wheel chocks
  • Extra cotter pins
  • Extra motor oil and transmission fluid
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Drinking water hose
  • Toilet chemicals
  • RV-friendly toilet paper
  • Flashlight
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency road assistance kit
White car traveling near trees during daytime
White car traveling near trees during daytime

Another thing you might need during your trip is an air pressure regulator. We would recommend getting your hands on a 12v portable air compressor to make sure you have that stocked in case there is a necessity for it. Other than these necessities, you should pack lightly and evenly, to make your trip that much easier.

Tips and Tricks for the Road

It’s extremely important to drive slow as RVs are not built for speed, keeping the pace close to 90kph or 55mph is the best option for gas mileage and longevity of the motorhome. Make sure you’re only driving a few hours per day. The recommendation is 4-5 hours per day to make sure you’re getting the most of your day as well. 

Road trip with an RV
Road trip with an RV

Skipping the major roads is an RV trip rule. It makes sure your views and scenery are better if you take back roads and empty routes. And make sure you keep the noise down if you’re staying in a neighborhood. Make sure you clean up after yourself as well. Being respectful is critical. 

It’s vital to book campsites and RV parking in advance to avoid any mishaps that might happen during the process. You don’t want to show up to a destination and find out the RV doesn’t fit in the parking spaces there. Considering how easily RV sites are booked, you should book campsites a few months in advance to make sure you have a place to stay. 

And overall, keep in mind things will go wrong, not every day will be smooth sailing, but practice makes everything better. The more time you spend out on the road in your RV, the better you will get at anticipating your need and solving issues before they arise.

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Janet Butts

Janet only started her travel life at the age of 47. Now she can't seem to stop herself from discovering new and exciting destinations around the world.

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