More than 11 million households own some type of RV or camper and for good reason: it’s the best way to get out in nature without having to leave the comforts of home behind.
If you’ve just bought your first RV, you need to be ready to plan the perfect trip that the whole family can enjoy.
Unfortunately, there’s more to planning a great camping trip than simply choosing a destination. Here are a few proven RV tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your trip.
1. Pack Only What You Need
When you first learned about the pros and cons of RVs, you likely figured out that it’s easy to pack more than you need for your trip. While packing tons of stuff can help you be ready for anything that happens on your trip, it can also add tons of weight to the camper.
The heavier the camper is, the more gas you’ll use to get to your destination.
Instead of packing every possible item of clothing, book, game, or kitchen utensil you might need, focus on packing only what you know you will need. This will help keep the weight to a minimum and ensures that your RV isn’t overly cluttered on your trip.
2. Reserve a Campsite Ahead of Time
Many campers have luck showing up at campsites without reservations, but there’s always the chance that you won’t be able to snag a spot. Spare yourself the frustration and book your campsite ahead of time.
Call several campgrounds in your chosen destination and get the details for each one. Choose the site that best fits your budget and reserve it as soon as possible. This way, you won’t risk having to find a place to park and sleep once the sunsets.
3. Run Through the Systems Before You Leave
One of the first things you’ll discover when you take your new RV out is that there’s a lot to remember about how your RV works. Before you leave home, run through your RV systems one last time.
Make sure you know how to turn the water on, fill the fresh tank, and can dump the wastewater with confidence. Double-check how your TV antenna works and make sure you have the necessary cords on board to give you the power and run your devices.
If you have any questions, take the time to review your RV’s manual. It may seem like you’re reading a beginner’s guide to RVs, but your manual will be able to tell you everything you need to know about your rig and how it works.
Keep These RV Tips and Tricks in Mind
When you start planning your first RV trip, keep these RV tips and tricks in mind. When you do, you’ll be able to create an experience that leaves your loved ones with happy memories, not frustration.
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