If you’re a fellow road warrior, you’re probably planning that epic summer RV trip. While you think of where you want to travel, here are a few tips to make the most of your journey.
Before you hit the road, you should have a checklist to minimize road accidents and to ensure you have everything you need. If you have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), don’t just rely on the app or your sensor screen in your car. Visually take a look at each wheel and the exterior rig to identify any problems to address them right away. Make sure to check your tanks and hoses to see if any damage occurred since your last trip. It’s always better to drive with empty gray and black tanks, so make sure to dump if you need to.
Plan Your Route
The summer season is popular for RVers, and parks fill up quickly. You’ll want to book ahead and plan out your route. If you’ve been on the road with your rig a lot, you know that towing or driving a weighty class A usually lengthens the time of travel. Make sure to think ahead on RV-friendly routes, gas stations with enough turn-around space, and possible bridges or tunnels that might have a height restriction. There’s several phone apps, like RV LIFE, that are geared toward routing RV-friendly directions, suggesting campgrounds, and mapping out your whole trip.
Get There Early
Park and campground check-ins are usually early afternoon, and it’s always better to pull in during the day to set up camp. Not only is it more difficult to park and set up in the dark, but a lot of parks have quiet hours, meaning if you need to keep your rig running or turn on the generator to push out your slide outs, you will be disturbing other campers.
Depending on where you’re headed on your next trip, you’ll likely run into some summer heats. It’s important to keep your rig as cool as possible during the day so you can sleep comfortably at night. Air conditioning pulls a lot of amps, and it will lose ground trying to maintain a temperature in high heats. Make use of insulated window coverings, shade, and cross breezes when you can. It’s also smart to plan preparing your meals alfresco, and not using the stove or stovetop inside your RV.
Stored & Ready for Adventure
When it’s time to head home, make sure to dump and flush your tanks, clean out the trash, and perform any maintenance you need for the amount of time it will be in storage. StorQuest provides a spot to park your favorite toy when you’re not on the road. Find a location near you, and start planning your summer trip now.