RV Travel – Your First Road Trip

Smash that champagne bottle and untie the ropes from the dock, because the maiden voyage of your RV journey is officially underway! Even if you’ve driven a rig in the past or maybe went camping as a kid, there’s something special and exciting about heading out under full steam, or at least a full tank of gas. As they say, the only limits are your imagination, or at least anywhere that has a road.

 

But before you start embarking on a fun-filled cross-country journey, or even a vacation to the other end of your state, province, or region, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with your new living quarters/vehicle. The seller hopefully told you the basics of operating it, and your state may have required you to demonstrate a certain level of driving proficiency, especially if you’re the owner of one of the larger coaches.

 

However, some things need to be experienced by the driver/owner. Like how long can it really go without filling up the sizeable gas tank. Or where the nearest dump station can be found.

 

Your vacation brochure likely will tell you if your destination has any accommodations for RVs and RV owners, which could be anything from an extra-long dirt parking strip to complete hook-ups for water and electric.

 

Travel information can also include various RV associations such as the Good Sam Club. Members are always welcoming, since hospitality and invitations to get others to appreciate and enjoy the RV culture and lifestyle.
Most campgrounds have some kind of host, whether it’s an official ranger from the U. S. Forest Service or local recreational authority. They can be excellent guides as to what spots are available, any extra costs, or rules specific to RVs. It’s smart to plan ahead, such as email or a phone call to secure your travel information.

 

Supplies are based on how much space you have, your dining preferences and whether you have any other transportation options. You may plan on loading up the RV with all sorts of food items, from bread to ice cream, provided you have a way to power your freezer, such as a generator or power hook-up.
Or , you can drive into the nearest town for your next meal. This is where towing capacity comes in handy. Some RVs can pull a small car, or even some bikes or scooters for a short jaunt around town. These all have their advantages since after driving the RV all day and reaching your destination, you may not want to head out again, especially trying to navigate a restaurant parking lot. Again, some of nearby amenities can be described in your vacation brochure.

 

Cheers and congratulations on becoming part of such a popular lifestyle!

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