In 2017, over 10 million American households own a recreational vehicle (RV) and the numbers continue to rise year over year. According to Business Wire, as many as 17.3 million households are thinking about buying their first RV.
Having one will be perfect for any family trip since RV owners can pack their bags and drive away to their chosen destinations for a low-budget spring break vacation or for an all-out summer getaway. You can even use this for instant trips during the winter or fall so you do not need to book a room for your accommodation.
If you already purchased your very first RV or still planning to buy one, here are several hacks for an awesome and memorable first RV trip.
Choose the right RV according to your needs
The popularity of RV remains on the rise, especially among the millennial population. Since an RV is a long-term investment, you should know all your options before making the big decision of buying one.
You must ask the right questions before making the purchase. This includes knowing the type of recreational vehicle that you need, the real reason why you want an RV, who are you buying it for, and where do you plan to go once you have it.
You must also know if you want to own a motorhome or if you can manage to tow a trailer. Most importantly, you must work out your budget so you can finance the sales of an RV, whether you chose to buy a brand-new one or a second-hand.
You also need to consider the expenses of maintaining this kind of vehicle to make it last for a long time.
Pack the essentials
Since you will be going on a long trip, you need to bring everything that you think you will need while on the road. You must have enough clothes that you can change during your travel. It would also help if you pack several sets of beddings, pillows, blankets, towels, and washcloths to keep you and the rest of your group comfortable.
Other necessary items include toiletries, first-aid kit, kitchen cleaning materials, cookware, dishes, and utensils.
More importantly, you must always bring enough easy-to-prepare food so you will not get hungry while on the highways.
Look for a safe campground
Proper rest is very important whenever you go on an RV road trip. That is why you need to look for a place to park your vehicle and stay for a night or more. You can determine if you are parking on a good campsite based on its size and its amenities.
To help you look for an ideal campground within your route, you can check several websites and apps for the local listings. Some of the most popular sites and apps include Tripadvisor, Roadtrippers, RV Parking, and US Campgrounds.
RV trips can be fun if you know how to plan it properly. As long as you use the right vehicle, bring all the important stuff, and choose the right campsite, you will not have a hard time living on the road for a while. You also need to ask all the members of your group about their expectations for the trip and try to make it come true for everyone's enjoyment.