Here are the 5 best travel hacks to get the most out of your RV Adventure, written by Shelly Trupert.
RV travel opens up so many exciting adventures with flexibility as to where you go and how long you stay there. For many people taking the leap into the RV lifestyle by purchasing a campervan or other vehicle, can be intimidating or too much of a commitment for some.
Renting an RV for a weekend away or an extended trip offers all the excitement and freedom with none of the responsibility. It really is the best of both worlds.
Previously, people hesitated to rent an RV because they were unsure of how to find the ideal RV owner with a vehicle that fit their needs. Owners were more hesitant to rent their RV because of the risks involved. With the advent of online rental services, both the owner and the renter are protected and have multiple options available to them.
So, for those looking to take an RV trip, every aspect of the size, style, and destination can be tailored to fit exactly what you are looking for. Whether you are a single person or traveler looking for something small and easy to drive, or you are looking for luxury on wheels, you can find small teardrop trailers, and campervans as well as large travel trailers and motorhomes to fit any size and requirement.
Once you know what kind of RV you need and where you will go, there are a few things you can bring and do to make your trips smooth and enjoyable and avoid unexpected issues. Not all RVs come equipped with the same options and amenities so do double check that you will have the essentials.
For example, some smaller units may not include bathroom facilities. If a working toilet and hot shower are essentials for you, search for an RV that fits those needs. The same goes for air conditioning, electronic outlets, and even a working kitchen.
While you are packing and before you head out on your RV road trip, there are a few hacks you want to use to make the most of the experience. Take into account these tips to prevent problems and set yourself up for trouble-free travel.
1. Use a Portable Generator
Having a portable generator as you travel around with your RV is a great addition to your camping gear. It’ll make charging equipment much more flexible and can also be an astounding backup solution for the auto battery. Many RV rentals include a generator or have one built into the vehicle.
Consider that when you are looking for the perfect RV option as the addition of a portable generator will allow you to have hot food, beverages, and showers regardless of where you spend the night. If the generator is included in the rental make sure the owner shows you how to run it and what can be powered by the generator.
The best part of packing a portable generator is the freedom it gives to find free camping spots or journey to some truly out of the way and amazing destinations.
2. Storage Solutions
Depending on the size of your RV and the length of your trip, you will want to plan ahead to find storage solutions that will make travel simple. We always recommend you abide by the rule to leave no trace wherever you go. This is particularly essential if you’ll be spending most of your time cruising down the road in your RV.
The goal is to be zero waste as possible. And staying in an RV restricts storage and space, so opt for collapsible storage, cans, and even cookware. Collapsible garbage cans and stackable bins make for easy loading and unloading of the RV and make everything easy to find when you are on the road.
Make use of the ample storage space most RVs have. Outside compartments work well to hold equipment and gear for activities but you will also need to leave space for a small number of tools as well as the hoses and cords for RV hook-up. Always be aware of how much weight you are adding to the vehicle and give yourself room for any items you pick up on your adventure.
3. Let it Glow
Interior and exterior lighting is one thing that adds convenience and comfort making an RV trip truly relaxing. There will be times, however, when the lights go out, or you haven’t hooked them up yet, arriving late at a campground. Fumbling around in the dark does not always end well and it is always beneficial to have a portable light handy.
Let us get real for a second here. We all know people who’re jinxed and constantly topple over walkways or stairways. To help them watch their steps in the dark, stick some glow in the dark tape on the sides of the steps. Flashlights, glow sticks and lanterns are all great ways to light up your life while RVing. Depending on where you stop or what situations arise, you may not have electricity so alternative lighting is an absolute must.
4. Keep all the Free Stuff You Receive
Those free sachets of mustard or ketchup will be real lifesavers in your RV trips. Any time you get extra condiments, salt, pepper or spices, save them for convenient cooking while you travel. Ensure you store them safely because you may need them when at the middle of nowhere.
Package of utensils, wipes and other on the go accessories are extremely handy for RV travel. They also cut down your budget and save space. Small packets of shampoo and soap are also great to have on hand. Not only do these freebies save you time and storage space, but they are also easy on the budget
5. Tech Tricks
Whether you own an RV or are renting one for the first time there are a few tech hacks that can make your trip relaxing and stress-free. A rear-view camera is one thing that is highly recommended. If one is not included with your RV, you can get a portable camera that can be easily installed without damaging the vehicle. Seeing what is behind you is one hack you will never get tired of and is worth the initial expense.
Whether you work on the road or simply want to stay connected while on the road, a Wi-Fi signal booster will provide you with what you need. It is easier to get Wi-Fi through buying it from the different companies that offer the service. However, most of the time when you’re in your RV and on the move, you may have trouble finding a signal. To improve the signal, bring the best Wi-Fi reception booster with you. They only cost approximately $20.
If you are looking to rent an RV, know what you need before you begin. Nowadays online rental platforms like Outdoorsy.com offer a one-stop RV shop. You can choose different sizes and styles of RV available in different locations worldwide based on how many people and what you require. As well these platforms offer a level of protection as far as insurance and privacy go. Those new to RVing will want to choose something that includes roadside assistance and 24-hour support, ensuring a fun and trouble-free adventure.
In the end, it is a traveler’s choice when it comes to taking an RV trip. What they want to drive, where they want to go, and what they want to see and do are all just a click away. When it comes down to it though, making that dream trip a reality is entirely possible for any budget and schedule.
About the author
Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike, off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.