Planning A Road Trip Adventure In Your RV

When planning a trip in your RV, there are a number of things you must keep in mind. Traveling in a motor home can be an exciting adventure, but following some simple steps to prepare for your road trip and ensure safety is essential. If you are clueless as to what evaluations you should make and steps you should take, read on for more information.

Planning the Route

First you should have an idea of where you’d like to go. Talk it over with your family or whoever is going with you. Purchase a map or print directions and a map from the internet. Map out a route and be aware of a backup route you can take if certain roads are closed or if there is traffic. Get acquainted with the route so you won’t miss a turn and get lost. You can plan stops along the way at rest stops or bathroom stops at gas stations or fast food chains. Do some research about the areas you are traveling. Find out what the weather is supposed to be like in the areas you will be traveling and be prepared. Read up on what tourist attractions you will be passing through and the activities being held in that area. There could be a festival the weekend you arrive! You will guarantee a fun trip for you and your passengers if you plan some possible stops and activities you can do together. Along with mapping a route, you should figure out the time it may take you to get from place to place so you can be sure to reach your destinations in time.

Once you have thought about where you’d like to go, check your finances. Be sure you can afford the trip, all expenses, and have extra money in case of emergencies. If you are in debt or struggling to pay your bills, you may want to wait another year and save up some money before leaving. If you can afford the trip, calculate all money required for necessities such as: gas, RV parks, food, an emergency back up fund, and of course the costs of activities you‘d like to participate in. The money for fun activities and souvenirs should be kept separate from the rest of the trip funds. Stay organized so that you don’t spend more money than you have planned. The day before you leave on your trip be sure to notify your bank. Most banks will freeze your account when they see spending that is not typical. Bring a small amount of cash for when ATMs aren’t available.

RV Safety Check

Do a safety check on your motor vehicle to make certain you will make it to your destinations. Check your tires for balding, tears, bubbles, or punctures. Do not go on your trip until you are certain the tires are in top shape. As well as checking your tires, you should check your oil. If you need an oil change then get one as soon as possible so you don‘t delay your trip. It is also important to check your battery power. You don’t want to be halfway across the country and be unable to start your motor home. If you use a generator be sure to bring one. In addition, check your lights, turn signals, electrical appliances, and windshield wipers. The safety of everyone on the road is crucial. Once you have done a thorough check of your motor home, take it for a test drive to be confident it runs well and that you haven’t missed any possible problems. The day before leaving you should test drive the RV again.

Last Minute Items

Lastly, make a check list of all items you need to bring. Sure you will pass by gas stations and fast food restaurants along your way, but there may be many miles where you will be unable to purchase food or drinks. You don’t want gas station food to be your only option, so if your RV has a refrigerator, bring water, juice, and foods. If you have no fridge, then bring a cooler and keep it stocked with ice. Remember to bring any medications you may need on your trip. If you take medications daily or even if you take seasonal allergy medicine, it won’t hurt to be prepared. Cellular phones, phone chargers, and a battery operated radio should be on the checklist too. Clothes fit for the weather should also be on your check list. If you are driving to a cold climate you are going to want a jacket. Blankets and pillows should also be taken for you and your passengers, because at some point you will need to sleep or may want to just be comfortable. Along with these items, an emergency and first aid kit should be stocked for your trip. Any fun items for the traveling festivities such as: books, videos if you have a DVD player, board games, or hand held video game consoles should be considered when packing as well.

Ensure that the trip you take in your RV will be safe, fun, and an unforgettable journey by remembering these tips. It may even be beneficial for you to write these things down now so you don’t forget. If you follow these steps your road trip can be stress free and enjoyable for everyone.