As temperatures rise, more RV’s are hitting the road to set out on new adventures. If you still need to prepare for this year’s RV plans, we have the perfect planning tips for you:
Decide Where You’re Going
A wise way to begin your trip planning is to pinpoint certain states, attractions, and events. This brainstorming and research will give you a clear idea how out to outline your trip and where to look for appropriate campsites or boondocking spots. More coveted campgrounds and places such as National Parks fill up fast, many of which you must book months in advance. Use Roadtrippers.com to find more destinations and trip ideas, and utilize CampingRoadTrip.com to find campgrounds.
Once you have a few key destinations chosen, you can outline your RV route. Keep in mind weather patterns for certain areas, road restrictions, and even holidays. Seek out more popular destinations during the weekdays and less popular ones on weekends to plan around crowds.
De-Winterize/Prep Your RV
If your rig has been in storage for the cold winter months or has simply been out of commission for at least a couple weeks, it’s essential to perform a few maintenance checks.
One of the most important components to keep in check are your tires. They can lose air pressure while in storage, so check pressure and fill accordingly. Insufficient air can lead to poor gas mileage, blown tires, and overall unsafe driving.
If you had used any antifreeze or other mixture while winterizing your RV, now is the time to flush it out! During the flushing of your water system, don’t forget to turn on every faucet, run the shower, and flush the toilet.
Your batteries should be fully charged before hitting the road, so put this item high on your maintenance checklist.
Take a good look around your RV for any cracked sealant. Do this early in your trip preparations to provide time to have your damaged sealant fixed or replaced.
Unexpected things can occur while your RV is in storage, which is why it is so important to inspect the interior elements. Check for any water damage and look for any traces of unwanted critters such as insects or mice.
Other Road-Ready Checks
Look under the hood to make sure all parts, such as your radiator, hoses, and belts, look good and that fluid levels are to recommended level. If you own a travel trailer or have a tow car, check hitches for any rust or damage and also do a test on all lights.
Not only is it important to prepare for trip elements such as traffic and camping reservations, but to also be prepared for the unexpected breakdowns which can come with owning an RV. The last thing you want is a broken slide out or refrigerator sidelining your summer plans, therefore the protection of an RV Warranty can save the day and get you to your next destination safely and stress free.
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