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Are you excited about planning your first RV family trip? While mapping out every little detail of the trip can be stressful if you don't know where to start, it's going to be worth it. Don't worry; we will help you plan the best RV family trip possible. Here are the top 5 beginner tips everyone needs to know for their first RV trip.
The most important part of planning a stress free RVing family trip is to find the right RV for the job. You need to consider the number of passengers and how much luggage everyone is going to have. Luckily, many RV rental services give you the option to choose RVs from class A to C. If you plan to rent an RV, make sure to ask the rental company to give you a complete orientation that includes how to use appliances, heat, the A/C, water, and sewer hook-ups.
While driving the RV cross-country with your family is the most fun of the adventure, camping comes in a close second. Knowing how to pick the best campground or parking spot for your family can save you a lot of frustration in the long run. The best thing to do here is to check your local area for the highest-rated campground. If you don't want to camp for the night and would rather stay in the RV and just park somewhere, you still need to ensure that the parking area you find is secured and allows RV parking. If you are going to stay at a campground, you will want to make sure that it has all the amenities you and your family needs, such as Wi-Fi, Pool, Game Room, etc.
After finding the best campground or RV parking spot (boondocking) for your trip, the next step is to start packing food and snacks. Your family will get hungry, and if you don't want to stop at every restaurant on the highway, a couple of prepared meals or snacks will get the job done. Even though kids love junk food when traveling, an excellent idea is to bring some fruit and nuts. They are nutritious, and more importantly, your kids will feel good and energized for the entire trip.
Packing documents and important information is necessary for a stress free RVing family trip. You need to have your vehicle registration, roadside assistance info, ID, driver’s license, and campground reservation in a safe spot. You never know when you will be pulled over, and it's always best to be safe than sorry. You should try and store the documents in a waterproof folder and place it in a secure spot.
Traveling with a full freshwater tank is a must for all RV trips, no matter how long they last. Having access to high-quality water is excellent for two reasons. The first one is quite obvious, but no one will go thirsty. However, the second reason is that a full water tank will give high pressure to the water heater and, therefore, make showers that much more enjoyable. In addition, traveling with bottled water will take up lots of storage space in the RV that can be used for other things.
Bob Kelly is the editor-in-chief at ATV-Outdoors, where he loves to write about his passion for ATV and dirt bike riding. His goal is to provide outdoor enthusiasts with an online resource of information that can help them learn everything there is to know about off-road vehicles.