Motorhome RV Trip Planning
Nothing beats taking your motorhome out on the open road, whether it's across the state or across the country. An RV allows you to see the world in ways a regular vehicle can't, giving you the comfort of a portable hotel room and a car wrapped up in one adventure-ready package. Below you'll find a few tips to get you started on your vacation as well as some information on how to make the most out of it.
Before You Hit the Road in Your Motor Home
The first thing you should do when planning your RV trip is to plug your beginning and end points into a mapping program. This way you can see your entire trip from beginning to end, get an idea for how long the journey will take, and allow you to glance at where you want to divide up your days based on things like where your RV camps are. You can map out your route to avoid toll roads, take scenic paths and pinpoint motorhome friendly places to fill up your mtorhome with gas or diesel fuel, or to dump your tanks. Bear in mind that not every gas station will have a high enough roof or pumps stationed far enough apart for your motorhome to drive in comfortably, so utilizing a trip planning tool made specifically for truckers or motorhome RVs may come in handy. Some of these locations will end up being truck stops, many of which have showers you can use for a fee which can be useful information to have if you need it.
Motor Home Packing and Loading
RV motorhomes are amazing, road tough vehicles, but when you're out on the road you never know what can happen. That's why it's always a good idea to make sure you have a robust RV toolkit prepped, loaded and ready before you head out. Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly pressurized. You should also be mindful not only of how much weight you're loading into your vehicle, but where you're loading it. RV drivers need to be aware of their motorhome's weight limits, as you can in fact be under-weight and still be overloaded.
Load your vehicle evenly, with heavy things on the bottom and lighter things up top to help keep it balanced when you're navigating turns on the road. Research the load balance of your particular motorhome to make sure you aren't putting too much weight on one end or the other to keep you steady on the road.
Before you decide to tow your vehicle, make sure you've done research into what the requirements are in your state for doing so. In most states it's perfectly legal to do so with either a flat bed or a tow bar, so it's best to weigh the pros and cons of each method while you're in the budgeting stage of your trip.
RV Tips for the Road
Plan in advance for which meals you're going to eat out and which you're going to prepare as you go along. One of the benefits of motorhome travel is having access to things like refrigerators and stove tops, letting you spend a lot less on food.
If you plan on doing a little off-road exploration along the way, instead of taking on the expense of towing a car consider packing a bike. They're lighter, less expensive, and less likely to get damaged or cause problems while you're traveling. They're also handy in areas you'd like to visit that don't provide parking for larger vehicles, like shopping areas, restaurants or some older scenic locations.
If you want to save even more money, consider boondocking (dry-camping). These low cost or free campsites can help you make ends meet while also helping you to explore all that the roads have to offer.