RV Road Tripping for Beginners
With people suffering from pandemic fatigue and wanderlust higher than ever before, many people are choosing the option to travel in new ways. For some, this means RV travel. Even those who’ve never traveled by RV before are turning to the RV life for road trips and adventure as a safe alternative to more traditional travel in the pandemic. If you’re considering a trip where you can remain socially distant but explore just the same, read on for tips on how to road trip in an RV.
Packing for Success and Saving Money
If you’re an RV beginner, the first thing that you’ll want to know is how to pack. Because RV’s provide luxuries of a home like refrigerators and other appliances, they offer a lot when it comes to savings. Instead of worrying about finding a great deal on the road, you can make your family regular meals in your rented or newly owned RV vehicle.
The reality is that many people are worried about spending a lot of money in the middle of a pandemic. Normally those who’d look up tips for saving money while shopping for food are now looking for ways to save money on the road. The great news is that RV travel is a great way to save money on a cross-country trip or ever shorter excursions.
RV travel means no paying for accommodations. Fees to park in a campground are low, and it can even be free on public BLM land. Regardless of what you plan to spend on travel, it’s important to break down that packing list long before you go. While RV adventures mean more space than you’d get in a converted van or car, you’ll still want to pack minimally to make the most of your space and keep the weight down‚Äîsomething that adds up to gas savings as you go.
For example, when packing clothes for you and your family, pack light. Think layers. You’ll want to pack neutral colors that you can combine in many ways, no matter what the event or destination. Remember, when traveling in an RV, there will be opportunities to do laundry in campgrounds. Depending on the type of RV you have, you may even be able to do that load of laundry from your temporary home on wheels, too.
If you’ve taken the plunge and are a new RV owner, you’ll want to do your research on repair costs, what your manufacturer’s warranty covers, the type of policy you have, and any exceptions it has. Many RV extended warranty companies also offer additional coverages that might be worth checking into before you go. Like you would your grocery list, put some real thought into your current warranty plan, and do what you can to avoid repair jobs on the road. The cost of repair far from home might be different than with a mechanic you know. Call a reputable RV warranty company if you have questions. A reputable company will be able to help you know your options and find you a good deal on the best coverage.
Planning Stops and Destinations
Before you leave and pack that last-minute dress with built in bra, do an online search of possible destinations. While many RVers love the state and national parks, many more popular attractions are currently running discounts on Groupon and more. Taking advantage of lower prices due to the pandemic might be a great way to explore places you’d normally skip.
At the end of the day, RVs are a great way to explore the country in a pandemic. Offering safety and social distancing, they can save you money on your food budget and other accommodations. In doing your research ahead, securing great coverage, and packing smart, you’ll be sure to have a successful trip. Happy adventures to you, and don’t forget to pack the camera!