Sales of recreational vehicles increased during the pandemic, as outraged families across the United States realized that road travel may be the safest and only way to get out of the house. And according to the latest consumer reports, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.
If you're a brand new camper owner preparing to travel on the road, here's a checklist of things to do before you go on the road:
Practice driving: a special license or training to drive an RV (unless your RV is over a certain weight, depending on your condition), it is not the same as driving a car, van or truck. It will be worth your time to train, take a course or even hire a personal trainer to help you learn the ropes.
Checking the weather: Predicting weather conditions can be especially important when driving a motorhome. Even in summer, thunderstorms, floods, extreme heat and other conditions can easily catch the danger and make safe driving extremely difficult. Give yourself the flexibility to adjust your schedule based on the weather and do not force yourself to continue when it is not safe.
Planning landing sites: The question with motorhomes is always where to stay for the night and you can not always park anywhere. Before you go, map campsites, motorhome parks or well-lit parking spaces at companies that are friendly to motorhome travelers and try to find several options along each day's route.
Stay safe: Just like with a home that stays, you can dress your motorhome with cameras, smart locks and other security technology that makes you safer inside or when you leave your RV unattended.
Emergency plan: When you are on the go, a health situation can be a very different and more challenging experience than when you are at home. If you travel frequently or for extended periods of time, expect people to become ill or injured and need medical attention. Make sure you have spare supplies of important medicines, emergency numbers and any medical information or records you may need if someone needs to go to the emergency room or hospital.
Predicting accidents: Having some form of roadside assistance is a must if you are going to make lots of trips. These programs are often affordable, and if you ever have to be towed or break in the middle of the night, it's well worth the cost.
Stay Safe Inside: Before entering your home away from home, make sure all doors and windows are locked and blinds and curtains are drawn. Take care of any camping fees, parking meters or anything else that may cause you to be disturbed at night or early in the morning. What if someone knocks on your door after you retire? Experienced motorhomes say: Do not answer it, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. It's better to get an angry note or a ticket than to open your door to someone who may wish you harm.
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