Just a few weeks ago, I was toying with the idea of renting an RV and taking a summer road trip. Today, I’m the proud owner of a 1990 Winnebago Warrior and more than 1,500 miles into a cross-country journey. Though the decision to buy an RV was admittedly a bit rash, I’m not the only person itching to travel over the summer while limiting exposure to COVID-19 (we are still in the midst of a pandemic, after all).
RV rental site Outdoorsy, for example, has seen an explosion of interest over the past few weeks. The company says its average daily bookings are up by more than 2,600% since late March.
But choosing an RV and hitting the open road is not a simple task, nor a decision to be made lightly. The first few days of my trip have been a bit stressful, not only because I’ve never actually driven an RV before, but I’m having to learn how everything works on the road.
So while I highly recommend renting or buying an RV and having the adventure of a lifetime, I urge you to also spend some time evaluating your options and understanding what RV life is really like. Below are 16 key tips from RV travel experts to help you out.
1. Choose the right rig for your lifestyle.
2. Rent an RV before you decide to buy.
3. Consider buying used.
4. Practice driving and backing up.
5. Drive slowly.
6. Resist the urge to overpack.
7. Expect everything to take much longer than you planned.
8. Don’t expect a dirt-cheap vacation.
9. Keep safety front of mind.
10. Know the terrain ahead of time.
11. Know the size of your rig.
12. Follow the “2/2/2” rule.This means that you plan your trip so that on driving days, you drive no more than 200 miles, arrive by 2 p.m. and stay for at least two days
13. Use an RV-specific GPS system.
14. Make sure your generator works.
15. Keep your tires in top shape.
16. Figure out where to stay.
By Casey Bond Huffpost