There’s nothing quite like an RV trip. It’s an experience unlike anything else. However, because there are so many unique aspects to traveling in an RV, you have to plan ahead.
5 Tips for Planning an RV Trip
RV travel is unique for many reasons. It’s one of the most versatile and immersive travel experiences you can find. But with so many different moving parts, it’s imperative that you take a proactive role in the planning of your trip. Here are a few suggestions:
1.Map Out an Itinerary
While there’s something to be said for being spontaneous, it’s wise to map out a rough itinerary so that you have an idea of where you’ll be stopping each day. If nothing else, this allows you to book reservations and plan ahead for things like gas, groceries, and sightseeing.
2.Know What You’re Looking For
Before making any decisions, make sure you understand the basic differences between RVs, so you know how to book the right one for you and your family.
Motorized RVs are typically categorized by class – Class A, B, or C. Class A RVs are what most people think about when they imagine an RV. They usually have six wheels and a full cab that connects the driver and front passenger with the rest of the interior. These models aren’t cheap, ranging from $70,000 for extremely basic models up to $1 million or more.
Class B RVs often look more like vans (some even start as vans) that are converted into motorhomes with sleeping quarters. These models are much smaller and much cheaper.
Finally, you have Class C RVs. These vehicles usually look like trucks with overhanging sections that extend beyond the roof of the front cab. Despite their odd appearance, these RVs actually have a surprising amount of space. They’re also the most cost-effective choice (and usually come with built-in kitchens).
The good news with renting an RV is that you can try out any of these options at an affordable rate. However, they all drive differently and, in some cases, certain types of Class A RVs may require a special type of driver’s license.
3.Choose the Right Rental Company
“Mapping out an itinerary and selecting the right type of RV is fundamental in planning a successful trip. However, the single most important factor is choosing the right rental company,” Allstar Coaches believes. “This decision is crucial, and can ultimately mean the difference between an awe-inspiring, fulfilling road trip and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, singing the side-of-the-road blues.”
There are lots of different rental companies to choose from, but don’t take shortcuts. Cheapest is not always best. You want a company that has a well-maintained fleet, good customer service, roadside assistance, and anything else that you’ll need to have an enjoyable experience. (If you have a large budget, you might even want to choose a company that can provide a professional driver, private chef, etc.
Be cautious with how you pack, as well as what you pack. If you aren’t careful, you may be tempted to bring lots of stuff. (You know…just in case!)
“This is a bad idea on several fronts,” one RV owner writes. “Too much stuff can overload the RV or trailer, causing driving or towing issues. It can also make it difficult to find what you need when you need it, or you could always be tripping over bins or bags of stuff.”
Pack only what you need. If push to comes to shove, you can always buy something while you’re on the road.
5.Select the Right Campsites
The right campgrounds can mean the difference between a good trip and a great trip. Each one comes with its own amenities. Some are better suited for large Class A RVs, while others are designed for smaller Class B and C RVs. Some have lots of hookups and community areas, while others offer very little. Do your research ahead of time!
It’s not every day that you get to take an RV trip. Make sure you plan ahead and don’t be afraid to splurge a little. This is one of those trips that you’ll look back on with fondness for decades. Do it right and you’ll have something to smile about for many years to come.