Nothing quite symbolizes freedom and independence like an RV, which is basically a portable home you can set up wherever you want. It’s enough to give you daydreams at work! But when you’re really getting ready to hit the road, it’s crucial to do a little bit of planning if you want to avoid major headaches later down the road. These quick tips will help you keep in mind what you will need before striking out on the open road. If you’re currently looking for an RV, Ryan’s RV Town in Everett, Washington offers a comprehensive selection of RVs, not to mention stellar customer service for our customers in Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington.
Planning A Great Trip
Before you even pull out of your driveway you should plan out some of the basics of your trip. Start with your destination. If you know the area you want to travel to, it’s pretty easy to reserve a campsite ahead of time so you can be sure you have a spot to park when you pull in at night. Once you know where you’re headed, you’ll need to figure out how you’re getting there. Consider the size and maneuverability of your RV while planning your route, sure you might save half an hour by cutting through that small town, but are you sure you can maneuver your Class A through downtown? After you’ve got your route lined out, look for attractions you might want to visit along the way, and research activities at your final destination. This will help you budget your time, money, and packing space. Make sure that you leave some wiggle room in your travel time, and in your budget so you can deal with surprises.
Packing for Success
Lots of newer RVers will wind up over packing their RV on the first few trips, while others might try and travel too light and wind up missing most of the important stuff. Consider your itinerary when packing, bring clothes, and a few extras, but don’t load up your whole closet. Likewise, plan out your meals and shop for what you need with some spare snacks, but don’t go full doomsday-prepper and pack your trailer to the gills with canned food. Always pack basic emergency supplies including a full first aid kit and a roadside emergency kit. Also important, remember your toiletries like soap, shampoo, and TP, and don’t forget to bring a towel. Make sure you also bring some recreational items to help pass the time. A deck of cards, a frisbee, and books are light, compact, and power-free entertainment options.
During your first few trips you might find all of the ins-and outs of RV travel a little overwhelming. You’re not alone, and there are resources out there to help you. Checklists are a surefire way to make sure you get all of your necessities when packing. While you’re still learning your way around your RV, don’t be afraid to pull out a roll of masking tape and make notes about where you’ve packed something, sometimes you need a reminder of where the batteries got to, and that’s OK. It’s also not a bad idea to pick up some organizational tools like baskets and small boxes to help keep your cabinets and drawers organized because you’ll soon find out that your cupboards contents will definitely shift in transit.
Get To Know your RV
Unless you’re a handyman by trade, RVs may be a bit of a mystery to you. It’s a really great idea to learn a little about your RV plumbing, electrical, and gas systems before you travel so that you know how to avoid problems, and fix simple issues. In addition to learning some of the RV basics, it’s a good idea to take a few test drives before you take off for your adventure. Learning how to drive your RV confidently takes some practice, so plan to set time aside to get comfortable behind the wheel and you’ll save yourself tons of stress once you’re on the road.
Stay on the Sunny Side
Your first trip might be overwhelming. If some of your rookie mistakes start to pile up (we forgot a can opener and all the sheets!?), it’s easy to get gloomy pretty quick.Remember that no one is a pro right off the bat, and that your first few adventures are going to be filled with learning experiences. Don’t get down on yourself or your travelling companions, remember to put on a smile and enjoy the adventure of the open road!
A memorable trip in your new RV is just around the corner! If you still need any help with parts or services, don’t be afraid to click or call Ryan’s RV Town in Everett, Washington. If you’re in Tacoma, Bellingham, or Vancouver, Washington, we’re here to get you set up with the right RV for perfect vacations.