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Traveling in an RV: What You Need to Know

According to Statista, there are 2.5 million households in the U.S. that own a recreational vehicle, or RV. If you’re thinking about increasing that number, whether you’re retired and want to travel full-time, work online while out on the road or just want to enjoy family camping trips, there are a few things you need to know about traveling in an RV.Three tips on how to go out on an RV trip stress free.Take a look at this blog post to learn all about my top tips about traveling in an RV.

Traveling in an RV

Test the Waters Before You Buy

If you’ve never traveled or driven this type of vehicle, it’s a good idea to take one out on a test drive, and one of the best ways to do that is to rent an RV to determine whether the experience is for you. You might even want to test different rigs of various sizes during both shorter-and longer-term RV trips before making a final decision as they come in multiple sizes and styles.

If you already know the RV lifestyle is for you, when searching for RV dealers in PA, or anywhere else in the U.S., look for an establishment that’s been around for a while as it’s likely to be more reputable, and then visit to test drive at least a few different types in order to make the best decision for your particular wants and needs.

Planning

Traveling in an RV is similar to embarking on a road trip, but there’s a little more involved then simply turning the key and taking off. You’ll need to do some more planning, such as where the stops for gas are along the way, and where you’ll spend the night. Are you looking for a more primitive camping experience, or is glamping more your style, with a campground that offers hookups for power and water? Do some research first so that you don’t end up driving for miles with nowhere to stay or ending up frustrated by having to park in a place like a Walmart parking lot.

Consider your budget, such as how much to spend on food and/or dining out, overnight stays, fuel, etc. Plan out a route, though you can leave some room for last-minute changes and alternate options to allow for flexibility. Be sure to include a list of must-attractions to visit along with places you’d like to experience but can be cut if necessary.

Get to Know the RV Before You Go

If you have little experience out on the road in a recreational vehicle it’s important to get to know it and learn how to make minor repairs if necessary which will save time, money and a potential big headache. When If you know your RV inside and out, you’ll be less likely to make operational errors too, such as knowing how many amps your main breaker can handle. If you don’t, odds are, you’ll blow it which can be a costly mistake. Don’t forget the spare parts and tools either. Your RV should always include a well-stocked tool kit, things like extra fuses, nuts and bolts, jumper cables, light bulbs and so on. If you find yourself in a remote, you don’t want to find yourself having to wait for a part to be ordered and shipped.

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