RV ownership is on the rise. While there were just 8.9 million American RV households in 2011, there are now 11.2 million! Add on the pandemic, and there’s never been a better time than now to have a house on wheels.
If you’ve just made an RV purchase, then congratulations! However, you might be feeling overwhelmed about taking your first vacation in it.
No worries, as we’re here to help. Here’s a guide to planning an RV vacation if you’re a new owner!
Create a Budget and Stick to It
No matter what type of vacation you’re going on, it’s very easy to go out of your budget. So before you do anything, sit down and come up with an RV vacation budget.
Things you’ll need to account for include:
- Food and drinks
- Insurance costs
- Campsite costs
- Attraction fees
You’ll want to leave a little room in your budget in case of emergencies. It’s also nice to have some wiggle room if you want to pick up some got-to-have souvenirs!
Plan Your Route First
You might know where you’re going already, but you should also take the time to plan out your route. You never know if there are detours, so make sure you know what’s coming up. Plus, you’ll want to take scenic routes so you get the most out of your trip!
The good news is, there are plenty of apps and websites that can help with this! So take a look around and plan out the route you’re taking for a less stressful time.
Book Campsites in Advance
Unfortunately, you can’t just pull up anywhere you’d like and call it a night. You’ll need to reserve and pay for campsites.
The ones at popular RV destinations will most likely be fully reserved, so do yourself a favor and book them in advance. Planning out your route beforehand will help in determining which ones you want to stay at. Once you’ve booked some nights at your desired campsites, this will take a huge amount of stress off your shoulders since you won’t have to worry about where you’ll park up for the night.
Pack Your RV
There are many parts that help your RV run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. So before you leave, make sure you pack it up with the right equipment! Even Winnebago tables can be filled with items that’ll make your vacation more convenient.
Here’s a basic RV camping checklist of what you need to bring:
- Electrical adapters
- Extension cords
- Surge protector
- Battery jumper cables
- Water pressure regulator
- Toilet chemicals
- Tire pressure gauge
- Wheel chocks
- Emergency road assistance kit
- Took kit
You’ll also want to bring a first aid kit in case of any booboos.
Planning an RV Vacation Is Simple With Our Tips
Planning an RV vacation might seem next to impossible at first. But after reading this article, you should now realize that it’s really not as hard as you think!
So sit down, figure out where you want to go, how much you can spend, and take your family on an unforgettable trip!
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