The splendor of nature appeals to many, but most don’t want to spend time in it if it means giving up all the comforts of modern life. Camping in a travel trailer gives you the best of both worlds. Just out your door is a world of natural wonders, but inside you can still enjoy a warm environment, hot meals, and maybe even a movie if the rainy northwest climate isn’t agreeing with your hiking or fishing plans.
But camping in a travel trailer involves more moving parts than your average resort vacation, and there are a few tips you should consider if you want to have the best travel trailer vacation. Read on to learn the tips and tricks we here at Ryan’s RV Town use, and when you need a new camper, don’t hesitate to stop by our location in Everett, near Seattle, Washington.
The success of your camping trip will likely come down to the thoroughness of your planning. After all, there’s a number of things you’ll need to bring and plan for: meals, sleeping arrangements, leisure activities, emergency preparations. The more work you put into the process beforehand, the fewer problems you’ll run into along the way.
Start by picking your dates and destination. Then, move on to creating your budget. The specifics of your itinerary will be decided by the amount of time and money you have to offer. Next, make all the necessary reservations for campsites and, if applicable, reserve the time off at work. It’s helpful to start working on your packing lists early, too, so that you’ll have more time to think of things you might need to bring along.
Making a Checklist
As your plans progress, a checklist will become a handy tool for making things go smoothly as the trip date approaches. Your checklist should basically be a collection of different packing lists (for yourself, your family members, food, RV supplies, etc) as well as guides for completing specific tasks around the RV. For example, your checklist might include an item that says “perform pre-drive check,” which would then be followed by the series of steps that will allow you to make sure your trailer and tow vehicle are in good working order for the drive ahead.
This might sound like quite a bit of work, but the good news is you can save this checklist and modify it slightly for all future trips. You’ll save time, be more confident in your preparations, and eventually you’ll refine your list until you get to a place where you always have the things you need on your trips.
For some campers, towing a travel trailer is the most stressful part of the whole trip. Towing a trailer can be stressful, especially during adverse weather conditions. The best way to reduce this stress is to prepare correctly, be confident in your vehicle and trailer, and reduce distractions on the drive. Make sure to measure your tire air pressure, check your engine fluids, test your brake and turning lights, and double check that every door and hatch is properly locked down. On the drive, leave the navigation and music selection to your copilot and focus on keeping your hands on the wheel. These preparations will help you feel more in control when you’re out on the road.
At the Camp
There’s often a sense of relief that comes when you get to the campsite, but remember: you’re 90% of your way to being able to enjoy your vacation, so you still have some work to do. If you loaded your trailer correctly, you’ll be able to quickly unload and sort through everything in your trailer so it’s usable when you need it. This is especially necessary for things like emergency supplies and fire extinguishers because if a disaster happens, you don’t want to be frantically rummaging through the “miscellaneous” cabinet looking for a crucial piece of equipment.
If you follow these tips, you’ll have a smooth travel trailer camping trip the next time you head out. If you’re still looking for the perfect trailer, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by Ryan’s RV Town. We’re located in Everett, Washington, near Seattle, and we carry the latest from top brands. Come see our exciting selection today!