Let’s change your idea of a vacation by taking the ultimate road trip in a RV (Recreational Vehicle). Sure, renting and driving a huge RV sounds intimidating, but guess what…? It’s not that hard and it makes the perfect vacation for family or friends. Imagine cruising the great highways and byways of America in a fully decked out RV with nothing but sunshine and good times in your future. If that sounds appetizing, check out this quick guide to a fun RV trip.
Not The Cheapest Option
Granted renting an RV isn’t the cheapest option for a vacation but it surely is more unique than a boring trip to some generic beach and staying in some no-frills hotel. Renting a recreational vehicle will cost you, but there are always deals and when you take into account how expensive airfare is, it’s not that bad of an option. You have to think that although the gas, rental fees and what not can average out to around $150-300 a day, you don’t have to pay for accommodations, so it evens out. You end up saving big by making meals in the kitchen, avoiding airfare and never having to check in and out of sleazy hotel.
Rental Costs Vary
Renting an RV isn’t some flat fee across the nation; every rental place is different so look around to find the best price. There are huge rental giants like CruiseAmerica that offer great deals on occasion but some ma and pop places sometimes have incredible deals. Check with your credit card companies and your own car insurance because many times they will cover your rental so you don’t have to pay for rental insurance.
It’s Not that Hard to Drive
Sure these RVs can be massive tour bus sized vehicles but they come in all sizes, even down to a small van. Even the big busses are much easier to drive than you think; these aren’t 18-wheelers with double clutches. 99.9% of rentals are automatic and drive like a dream. The steering wheel may have a little more play in it and it takes much longer to break but we aren’t using these to race, they cruise.
Home on Wheels
When you rent an RV for a vacation, they aren’t just your transportation; they are your home on wheels. You don’t need hotels or restaurants because you have almost all the luxuries of home while cruising the country. Staying organized is key when living in a small space so keep that in mind.
All Campsites are Different
Not all campsites have “hookups,” which are your utility connections like water and sewage, so check ahead before you stay. Some private sites offer all sorts of amenities that National Parks don’t. If you can’t find a campsite, Wal-Mart parking lots are a great emergency stop. You can stay there for 48 hours at a time, so use these as home base in larger cities.
All RV Beds are Different
Check the beds before you rent, some are super comfy and others are worse than ford out couches.
RVs Can’t Go Everywhere
You can’t go off road with these bad boys, so stick to paved roads. These are taller than your normal car so be aware of your vehicle’s height and look for low overpasses and tunnels. Some National Parks have narrow and twisty roads that are terrible for RVs, so keep that in mind.
RVs will Change your Idea of a Vacation
There is no better way to see the country than in an RV, period. You just don’t get to see the kinds of things when you fly or even take a train.