Planning a road trip with an RV does not have to be a complicated endeavor. Nowadays, you can easily plan the whole journey from home. There are many online tools like maps, planning websites, and phone apps that you can use. These resources offer helpful information about places to eat, mileage, gas stations, road construction, estimated route options, and more. GPS units for RVs can also assist with planning your route. If you are deliberating on embarking on an RV road trip for the summer and are a bit unsure about planning your itinerary and at which places you can stop along the way, then these four helpful tips can assist you with the planning.
1. Using Online Resources To Plan Your Route
You can use map services like MapQuest or Google maps by merely entering your departure and destination. You will then receive various options. Think about these carefully and ask yourself these questions:
- Which road avoids congested areas, or does the other one a scenic route?
- Are there any toll fees payable? It can be pricey for large RVs.
- Are there construction sites on the road?
- Are there any restrooms or restaurants along the way?
- Are there any other hazards such as narrow roads, steep inclines, and declines or low bridges?
- Are there any specific areas of interest where you would like to stop en route?
You also need to assess whether there are any RV friendly gas stations on the route like truck stops. It is essential to plan for gas stops when you are traveling in a large RV. It is useful to have the RV serviced and checked before the trip to avoid a pricy RV repair along the way.
2. Finding A Campground
Some various websites and apps can help you with finding the perfect campground according to your needs. Many sites have useful information like the type of site, user reviews, and amenities offered.
3. RV Discount Clubs
You may want to consider joining some RV discount clubs before embarking on your road trip adventure. There are a number of them that provide not only discounts on RV products and campgrounds, but they can also supply you with a wealth of useful information like printed lists of campgrounds and resources that can make the trip hassle-free, more affordable and comfortable, for the whole family.
4. Making A Reservation
Once you’ve chosen the campground, it is time to make the reservation. You may have to reserve your booking as early as months and sometimes a year in advance. Well-liked national park and state campground fill up especially quick during peak seasons, and if you haven’t made a reservation, you may risk showing up and finding no available sites. Each park has a separate policy in relation to cancellations. It’s worthwhile checking before the time about the policy is when making the reservation. In some instances, especially during peak times, no refunds are given. Also, prepare to ask if a cancellation or change fee is chargeable.