RVs are an excellent way to gather up the family and see the country. If you’re new to the scene, these are steps to help you plan an RV road trip.
RV road trips have become increasingly popular over the years. There are many great reasons why retirees, families, and couples have taken to this vacation, but it also comes with challenges. This blog will lay out four steps to follow to help you plan the ultimate RV road trip.
Pick the Right RV
You can’t take the picturesque route and expect to be able to stop on a whim at a campsite in a large class A motorhome. On the flip side, you may not be able to fit everything you’d like to take into a class B. Take some time to think about what kind of road trip you’d like, and then find the right RV for your excursion. There are a variety of styles, classes, and price points on the market.
Match Your Budget With Your Plan
Campground fees, food, and gas are the three most costly elements for road tripping in an RV. These three can drastically vary depending on the road trip route you create. Knowing the miles per gallon of your RV or tow vehicle will help you create a course that won’t cause you to go broke.
You don’t have to drive clear to the other side of the country for a memorable trip. Splurge at one RV resort and then offset that cost with some stays at state park sites.
Book Campsites in Advance
Planning the ultimate RV road trip means not driving off and allowing the wind to blow you where it may. Unfortunately, many favorite national and state park campsites book up quickly. You may find that a place you want to stay isn’t available when you need it, so you’ll have to find another place to reserve your spot.
Take note of sites’ cancellation policies and ensure they have the amenities you need. Keep this information handy in your smartphone calendar for quick access if needed.
Adjust Your ETAs
A common mistake among new RVers is thinking you’ll drive at the same rate as a car—sorry to tell you that isn’t going to happen! To create reasonable expectations, plan to move at a rate of around 50 miles per hour. This speed accounts for longer and more frequent pit stops and slower speeds.
You may also find yourself more tired after driving less distance. Driving an RV takes more attention than regular vehicles, and this is why many RVers stick to the 3/300 rule:
- Don’t drive any more than 300 miles per day, and don’t make it to your destination past 3 pm.
It may take time to adjust to RV road trip life, but you and the family may find this the preferred way to vacation. It’s many of the comforts of home, but in new and exciting destinations.