Your home on wheels is parked in the driveway, enticing you to just pack up and get on down the road. How do you prepare for such a venture? Whether you are a novice RVer with a brand new rig from our Canadian RV Dealership or a seasoned enthusiast, it doesn’t hurt to go over the basics.
Give Your RV a Thorough Check-Up
Checking tire pressure, topping off the oil and making sure you have a full tank of gas are just the beginning, especially if your RV has been parked for a while. Getting the oil changed and an engine tune-up will help you get better gas mileage. If you have questions or if your engine sounds rough, taking your new or used motorhome in for a check up is the best idea. Check the tires for wear and replace them if needed. That goes for your brakes as well. Check the hook-up connection and all the lights, inside and out and replace if needed.
Don’t forget to check out the systems that make your living quarters comfortable. Have your propane and water systems checked out. Make sure the furnace and the appliances work. Check the fuse box and replace any blown ones. Carry spare fuses for quick fixes on the road. Bring a first aid kit, flashlights with extra batteries and a tool kit.
Shopping and Packing
You probably know where the best bargains are found in your local grocery stores. Stocking up on food before you leave home not only makes sure you have plenty of handy munchies, it saves money. If you are going on a long road trip in unfamiliar territory, it might take you a while to find a suitable store. It also gives you the freedom to stop at a local restaurant, or not. Stock up on the sundry items while you are at it!
Bring along enough clothes and linens for your trip, but keep in mind that most RV parks have laundries, so you don’t need to overdo it. Don’t forget the laundry soap and fabric softener; it’s much less expensive than buying the one-time use packets at the RV laundry. If you are bringing your four-legged friend, make sure you pack for him as well.
Leave some closet and storage space free in your RV. You’ll need someplace for the souvenirs.
Tips for the Road
Stop frequently and try not to drive more than 400 miles per day. Even if you use GPS, having paper maps along is a good idea. Kids especially like to plot their trips on maps. You may not hear the dreaded “Are we there yet?” quite so much. Bring a cell phone, smart phone and/or a computer with wireless capability. They are great for emergencies, but you can also search for nearby campgrounds, shopping and not-to-miss attractions when on the road. Don’t forget you are on vacation. The idea is to take in the sights, but combining that with a good bit of relaxation time makes thing so much more fun.