What You Need to Know to Become an RV Travel Expert
An RV Travel Guide
When you get a holiday, you might prefer to go outside rather than staying in your house. One of the great ways to use your free time or holiday is through RV travel.
Before the pandemic, most people were not set for RVing. But suddenly, things have changed, and most people now prefer an RV, as it is a safe means of travel to enjoy your vacation. Also, due to the pandemic, most people wanted to stay safe, maintaining social distance from others. For this, one of the best means of transport is using an RV.
In this article, we will discuss the things you need to know when starting a vacation with your RV.
Choosing an RV
The first and essential thing in RVing is choosing an RV. RVs come in many varieties, like pop-up trucks, and some are extensive, like motorhomes. So, before beginning your trip, you need to know what type of RV will be best for you and your family.
These are different types of RVs available in the market for enjoying your vacation:
When considering an RV, these are the first RVs that come into your mind. The Class A RVs are large motorhomes. All the Class A RVs resemble buses. A Class A RV can accommodate seven to eight members easily, depending on the size.
These are the smallest motorized campers. These are also called campervans. The Class B RVs are nothing but extra-large vans. They will offer extra amenities when compared to other models of RVs. The Class B RVs will come with a sink, dining area, toilet, shower, etc.
You can call Class C a crossbreed between Class A and Class B. These RVs are built on a truck chassis. These RVs are more significant, have more space, and offer more amenities compared to Class A RVs. These are maneuverable and easy to use compared to Class A RVs.
These are also called travel trailers. These travel trailers make you bring your car, or SUV, or truck with you. They also offer a lot of space inside them. But the disadvantage is that you need to park this vehicle in a parking area and explore the city in another vehicle.
These are smaller and offer you the option to tow behind. You can attach this to your truck with a gooseneck hitch, but these RVs also offer you plenty of space inside them and are also easier to maneuver.
This is the smallest towing option for people who do not need a lot of whistles and bells. These pop-up campers offer space for sleeping, eating, washrooms, and many other amenities.
How to Get an RV
Now it is time to buy an RV for you and your family. It would be best if you examined your options before getting an RV. If you do not follow these considerations, you will make some mistakes, and sometimes you may even purchase the wrong RV. So, to avoid these mistakes, consider the following things:
Stop near every RV dealer you found on the road. You can also have a chat with the salesperson to get some tips and recommendations. Feel free to take advice on length, brands, etc.
Make a Wish List
The next step after visiting RV dealers is to make a wish list. As you have gone through many RV dealers, you should have found at least one good RV with every dealer. So, make a note of all these things in a book. This list will help you to determine which RV is best for you. The things to be noted in the wish list are:
- All-season compatibility (can be used even in winter or not?)
- Minimum, one-slide option
- Good storage capacity
- Weight of the RV (if you want to tow)
- Some amenities that you need (bunk beds, kitchen stove, portable RV grill, etc.)
- Setup RV trader search alerts
- Check for buy-and-sell trade groups on Facebook
- If you want an excellent RV, it is better to search in nearby towns and cities
- If you know someone who knows about RVs, then consider their opinion, as it is always helpful
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Is it Worth Buying a Used RV?
Many people confuse this question with whether to buy a used RV or go for the new one. If you want to buy a used RV, you can save a lot of money. If you have patience, then you can do research and find the specific RV you need. An RV that is a couple years old is not a bad option, as it will probably have hardly any differences compared to newer ones.
RV-buying tips to keep in mind:
- Know your budget
- Research before buying
- Look at resale value, incentives, and discounts
- Check your finances
- Check the age of the RV
- Monitor its construction, floor plan, an extra features
- Consider the dealership you purchase it from
- Check for the availability of spare tires
These tips will help you to decide whether you need to buy a new RV or go for a used RV.
Choosing a Destination
After buying an RV, the next step is to plan your vacation. If you are new to this RV traveling, you need to consider some places and RV parks that are nearer to your home. Also, due to the pandemic, most RV parks and campsites are allowing online reservations before entering their campsites or parks. So, it is advised to reserve your campsites or parks first. Also, it is advised to use some apps that help you to research and plan your vacation. Some of the apps are:
- Roadtrippers (available both for Android and iOS)
- RV Parks and Campgrounds (available both for Android and iOS)
- Hipcamp camping app (available both for Android and iOS)
- Go RVing (to help you find campsites and campgrounds)
Preparations Needed When RVing
It is advised to make necessary preparations before heading to your vacation destination. The first and essential thing to check out is the RV’s air conditioning. If you are renting an RV, ask all the necessary questions about the RV, like: “Are there any problems with the RV?” and “Is everything working fine?” Also, ask for how to hook up water and electrical systems.
Before hitting the road, make sure your tank is full and filled with fresh water. Fill up your LPG with propane for cooking. Also, take some extra food items like snacks with you. Since refrigerators are small, you can also bring an extra cooler with you. Also, have a tool kit with you in case of any emergencies.
Is it Better to Rent an RV or Buy a New RV?
This is also one of the confusing questions most new RV travelers have, so we are providing you with advantages and disadvantages of renting and buying. Consider these and go with your preference.
- You can test-drive many models
- Saves you money
- No maintenance required
- You do not need to prepare storage space
- Need to search for an RV for every vacation
- Shared sleeping area
- Need to share bathrooms
- Must heed to rules and regulations from rental companies
- You can develop your RV as you wish
- You can travel any time you want
- If you go on vacations regularly, then this is the best option
- You can rent your RV for someone to get extra income
- Everything is packed and set for you
- Big investment
- Needs maintenance
- Needs a place to be stored when not used
Best Destinations for RV Traveling
These are the best destinations you can visit in an RV:
- Fairhope, Alabama
- Helen, Georgia
- Sedona, Arizona
- Million Dollar Highway, Colorado
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Park City, Utah
- Door County, Wisconsin
- Bourbon Trail, Kentucky
- Sebago Lake, Maine
- Julian, California
- Route 66
- Deadwood, South Dakota
- Port Townsend, Washington
- Enchanted Circle, New Mexico
- Pacific Coast Highway, California
- Galveston, Texas
- Telluride, Colorado
- Savannah, Georgia
- Bisbee, Arizona
- Asheville, North Carolina
Where Will You Go?
There you have it! We hope this RV travel guide cleared up some questions for you. From types of RVs, to how to purchase one, to where to travel to, reference this any time you need to prepare for an RV vacation.