It’s that time of year again! Snowbirds are gearing up to head south for the winter in search of warmer weather and a more relaxing lifestyle. Some folks head south on planes, some in cars, and some in RVs. If you’re hopping in your RV to seek some sun, you’ve likely got quite the journey ahead of you. Not to worry, we’ve included some tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your journey.
Get a Backup Camera
RVs are notoriously difficult to drive. If you’re not comfortable behind the wheel of a big old travelling house, you will have a pretty hard time backing up. To save yourself from a fender bender or worse, get yourself a backup camera so you can cure some of your blind spots and avoid an inconvenient bump.
If you’re heading off on an extended RV journey, you’ll want to be sure you’ve prepared your meals and snacks. You’ll want to meal prep just like you would at home, but even better. You can’t always find a store or restaurant with parking for an RV, so assume you’ll be stocking your mobile kitchen and consider it a bonus if you can stop.
Get Gas When You Can
The same goes for gas! You can’t always count on a gas station, especially for a gas station that can accommodate an RV. It’s good practice to grab gas whenever you’re able, so you never end up in a difficult situation.
Travel in the Daylight
If you’re doing long days on the road, it’s a good idea to let the sun dictate when you call it a night. It’s harder to see and to stay awake in the dark, so you might as well park it and rest up. Even if you can switch off driving, sunlight is the best condition for driving.
Know Your Dimensions
Do not go anywhere, not even around the block, until you know the exact dimensions of your RV. Ending up in a space that is too small can have a massive impact on the infrastructure you’re entering, and it can completely total your RV.
Prioritize Your Comfort
You’re about to spend a lot of time in your RV, so don’t compromise on comfort! The priority is your chair for when you’re on the road. Your next priority is your bed. Your final priorities are your lounging areas, both indoor and out. Comfort comes first in your home away from home.
If you’re stuck on a specific schedule, you’re setting yourself up for failure in the face of unexpected traffic, detours, issues, etc. Also, you’re more likely to be in a rush and driving unsafely if you’re not being flexible with your schedule. Chill out! You’re on vacation.