The Ultimate Guide
If you’re thinking of going on a road trip, then an RV rental is truly a great idea. Also known as motorhomes, RVs are like houses built on wheels. Most come fitted with beds to sleep in, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living area, and other accessories to ensure that you have a comfortable trip. You can also enjoy additional benefits such as food and hotel savings, and just all-around fun!
If you want to go on your first ever RV road trip, how can you ensure that the trip is successful? Let’s look at some planning tips to help you out.
Choose the Right RV Class
There are different classes of RVs, and you will want to find one that fits your needs. Since it’s your first trip, classes A, B, C, and travel trailers are excellent choices and are readily available for rent. Let’s look at these classes of RVs so that you can understand them better.
- Class A RV: This is the largest and most luxurious of all RV types, and is about the size of a public transit bus. In fact, they are mostly built on a bus chassis. Some class A RVs can be as long as 50 feet, and they have amenities you can find in a small apartment.
- Class B RV: Also known as a camper van or conversion van, these are the smallest of the three types. Due to their compact nature, they’re easy to drive and pack, and they consume the least fuel. However, they’re short on space as compared to Class A RVs. These RVs great for people looking for an economical option and are traveling with fewer passengers.
- Class C RV: This type of RV is between Class A and Class B, but it looks like a large version of a camper van. It’s built on a van or truck chassis and has an overhead bunk above the driver and passengers seat for extra storage space or sleeping. When it comes to fuel consumption, they consume lesser than Class A but more than Class B. Also, they carry more space than Class B.
- Travel trailer: A travel trailer is an unpowered vehicle with all the amenities you need on a road trip such as a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. To move it, you hook it onto your vehicle and tow it to your destination.
There are other factors you also need to consider. One, figure out the number of people who will be traveling. This way, you’ll know the number of beds you need. Secondly, what facilities do you need? Some possibilities include cooker/fridge/sink, heating, bathroom, and many others. These will depend on whether you’re staying at a campsite or away from one. If you’ll be spending your time at an RV campground, you may not need an RV with lots of accessories since a modern campground offers them. However, if you’ll be camping in the wild – away from modern campsites – an RV with lots of facilities is an ideal choice. Simply figure your needs, and you’ll get the right RV rental for you.
Choose a Destination
While it may be tempting to freeride, this is not always a wise decision. Experts recommend that you choose an RV destination to prevent wasting money and time. One factor to keep in mind when choosing a destination is personal preference. For instance, the campsite should be large enough to accommodate the size of your RV. Or if you’re traveling with your kids, the site should have areas for them to have fun. Other things you may want to look for are laundry facilities, a swimming pool, and wifi. In short, the place should satisfy your needs!
The other factor you should look for is affordability. Determine how much you’ll willing to spend on the campsite, compare different sites, and choose one that offers affordable rates. Don’t forget to ask around whether your preferred location is reliable and safe.
Choose the Right Time
Thinking that you can go wherever and whenever you want can turn out to be a huge mistake. Different times of the year have different climatic conditions; choosing the right dates will ensure that you have a better time without hindrances from harsh weather. Aside from that, the best time to go on an RV camping trip is when camping sites aren’t busy, and most of them are available. This is mostly on weekdays or after school holidays. By camping when sites aren’t busy, you may end up saving lots of money
Plan the Route
Figuring out the best route to take will ensure that you get to your destination easily. In this planning phase, you can use something as simple as Google Maps. If you’re familiar with the tool, it is as simple as entering your departure point and your destination, and then the tool will come up with route suggestions. Before you pick a specific route, you first need to determine how congested it is, if there is construction along that route, whether there are toll fees, and if there are resting and stopping places. Also, seek to find out if the road is narrow, whether there are low bridges and steep inclinations. All of this should factor into your decision on where to travel and the specific roads you take to get there.
Create a Budget
This is one of the most important tips that you shouldn’t forget. Make an RV checklist of all the expenses you think you’ll have. The expenses should include supplies such as the RV rental cost, food, campsite fees, the estimated cost of fuel, and items for different activities. Sit down with one member of the trip and create a comprehensive list of expenses. After making the list, know how much you’re willing to spend. If the costs go beyond your budget, know where to make adjustments so that the expenses are within your budget range. And don’t forget to include extra money for contingencies. You never know what can come up!
Pack All the Essential Items
What do you need to pack for the road trip? As you attempt to figure out what you’ll need, divide the trip into sections. Deal with each section first and prepare an RV checklist of the specific items you need for it. For example, think in terms of sleep, campfire, meals, activities, and safety. Now think of all necessary items for sleep such as sheets, pillows, and blankets. For the campfire, you’ll need to think of things such as wood, matches, camp chairs, etc. When it comes to meals, you can divide them further into days of the week, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This allows you to identify items such as pans, pots, tableware, and the various food items.
Will you be engaging in any activity at your destination? If you will, then pack the items needed for that activity. Will you be hiking? Then pack the necessary hiking gear. If you’ll be kayaking, bring along a kayak. Lastly, think about safety. Items you need for safety include a first aid kit, flashlights, bug spray, survival knife, sunscreen, GPS device, extra batteries, and a whistle. You also need extras such as trash bags, toilet paper, a camera, etc.
However, with all that said, keep in mind that you will have size restrictions based on the RV itself. You may have to take the list you came up with and pare down to the absolute necessities, or simply opt for a larger RV. That is why an RV rental is a great option! You have the flexibility to go up or down in size based on your needs.
Prepare the RV for the Road Trip
RV rental companies strive to ensure that their vehicles are in the best condition. This way, they reduce the chances of a breakdown as you travel. However, if you’re knowledgeable, it won’t hurt to conduct a simple check and make sure everything works as it should. Some things you may want to examine are the batteries, air filters, A/C units, emergency equipment, the tires, mirrors, fire extinguishers, appliances, gas and smoke detectors, and wipers. If you notice something wrong, have it checked out and repaired before you leave.
These are some of the things you should think about when planning your first RV rental trip. We recommend that you plan everything well in advance to minimize any surprises! This way, you can choose the right RV class, determine the best time, prepare your vehicle, book a destination, and determine the costs for your first road trip. Enjoy your adventure!