Let’s say you have retired, or have decided to change the way you live or decided to take a year off and out of the rat race and you want to start RVing. That’s great and we welcome you into the fun world of RVing.
For those who have never even sat behind the wheel of an RV, the prospect of getting started can be a little daunting. That’s why we want to help you by giving some advice on how to get started.
Tips for RV Travel Beginners
What Type of RV?
This is going to be the primary decision for a beginner. There are several types of RVs available, everything from monster diesel pushers to single person teardrop campers. When choosing an RV your primary concerns are finding a ride that gets you where you want to go, has the right size for you and has the amenities you will need.
Try to go into the buying process with an open mind, you may want a fifth wheel trailer at the outset but realize a medium sized travel trailer will take care of your needs more. Do your research before heading to the lot to get the best help out of the dealer. Knowing what you want while also keeping an open mind can help you get the perfect RV for you.
If you want to get more hands on before biting the bullet and making a buy try renting RVs of different types. No amount of lot-walking will give you the same amount of feel and knowledge of an RV type as actually taking one for a spin.
Where Do I Stay?
You might have a pre-conceived notion that you will only be taking your RV to State and National Parks, that’s where RVs go right? Well yes, but as RVing has become more popular, more and more RV parks have popped up all across the United States. There are thousands of RV parks, grounds and sites currently dotting the United States and that will only grow in coming years. So don’t limit yourself to only going to places where you’ve camped before. If you want to take your RV there, chances are there’s an RV park right around the corner.
Join the Forums
Not too long ago the best RV advice was handed out around the campfire at RV parks. With the advent of the internet, social media and forums, that advice can be given anywhere at any time. This is why it’s crucial for rookie RVers to get connected with online RVing resources. There are several websites, social media pages and forums dedicated to RVing. Join up with some of these to get the best advice and answers to RVing questions available.
Join the Club
If you plan on RVing more than once or twice a year it is a good idea to join one of the many RV travel discount clubs. These clubs can give you discounts at RV parks, attractions, coupons for camping stores, gas points and more and they often cost very little to join. Popular RV discount clubs includes Good Sam, Passport America, and Escapees.
Choose Your Service
You have a trusted mechanic to take care of your car and RVs are no different. Choose a trusted RV mechanic or service center early on to start building a great relationship that may come in handy.
Choose Your Company (And Attitude)
Last but not least is choosing who you want to RV with. RV forums will talk about this factor but having the right people along can make or break an RV excursion. RVing is partly about escaping the frustrations and stress of daily life (and some of the people that cause it). Don’t take people with bad attitudes on trips, bad attitudes are contagious.
Of course there are many more subtleties when it comes to RVing but these are some basic principles to start. With the right RV in the right place with the right people, beginner RVers can have one heck of a time.