Everyone loves a good vacation. And sometimes when we cannot afford to fly somewhere, road trips or staying local are our only alternative. The good news is that traveling cross-country in an RV is becoming one of the most popular ways to travel and vacation. This is because of the comfort and convenience of the vehicle. However, having a successful and safe RV trip takes preparation and planning. Whether you are new to RVing or not, the following RV travel safety tips can help ensure that your trip will be problem-free.
Take Care of Your Vehicles
It is a known fact that we have to maintain our vehicles to ensure durability and good condition. The same rule applies to RV’s. Because vehicle maintenance is costly and time consuming, many people allow their RV’s to deteriorate. And when this happens, the vehicles are no longer safe to drive. So, make sure you learn how to make minor repairs yourself like changing the oil, checking for electrical and water issues, and keeping all parts from rusting. Knowing how to tackle these repairs can buy you more years with your RV. But of course, also make sure to take your RV for regular maintenance and always do a thorough check before you set out to travel.
RV Insurance and Road Service
It is beneficial to make sure your insurance covers every aspect of your RV trip. Research companies and road services that specialize in RVs. Only a few road service companies will tow the trailer, too. Ask yourself the following questions before RVing:
- Does your car insurance cover your trailer?
- Does your motor home policy cover your towed vehicle?
- Do you need separate RV insurance or road service coverage?
Make and Confirm Reservations
When you travel in an RV you cannot stay just anywhere. This means that you need to make reservations before you arrive at your destination. Also, confirm your reservations when you are within a couple hours of your stop, unless your campground has 24-hour check in. But confirming your reservation prevents you from getting stuck without a spot if you arrive after the office closes. It also ensures you have a safe location to stay for the night.
If you cannot make it to your reservation, then call ahead and notify the RV resort or park. Not only is it courteous, but you might also prevent a night’s camping from being charged to your card. At Holiday Springs RV Resort, we can help you make reservations and give you information on the area and local attractions.
Stay Updated on Road Conditions, Construction, and Closures
Running into road or highway construction can be a nightmare. And unfortunately, if you are traveling in an RV, you will run into at least one.
To help alleviate this issue, you can check one of several websites that give reports on road conditions, closures, and construction. The US DOT Federal Highway Administration website shows a map of the states with easy access to a link that shows the road conditions of your desired state. All you need to do is click on the state you will be traveling in and pick a link that shows current road conditions.
Consider the Weather
When it comes to the weather, there is little we can do about it. At least knowing the weather forecast can help avoid some problems. See below for some weather websites that provide weather forecast for all states:
Wi-Fi and Mobile Internet
A couple decades ago we wouldn’t have imagined having easy access to the internet. Today, we cannot imagine life without it. Having cell phone Internet access is useful, especially for navigation purposes. Most rest stops have free WiFi, so if you have a laptop computer or any other device, take advantage of this feature. Also, most cities have at least one Wi-Fi hotspot, often found at the Chamber of Commerce. So make sure to use this service when available. But it is also imperative to have a good data plan on your mobile device to ensure internet access. This helps you stay up to date with road conditions, weather, map, and other news that can help make your RV traveling better and safer.
Following the mentioned RV travel safety tips will help make your vacation stress-free. RVing is a time to connect with your loved ones and the surrounding area. So, make sure you are prepared to take advantage of this time and enjoy what nature has to offer. Holiday Springs RV Resort prides itself on the lifestyle and quality it offers its visitors and residents. So, don’t wait and visit our communities to inquire and make reservations for a campground.