Safe-cationing in an RV this Summer—Here’s How to Plan Yours

Summer is supposed to be the time when we’re ready to be driven to distraction by wanderlust. Unfortunately, due to the unabated spikes in COVID-19 cases, the administrations across the world have been putting any travels and large gatherings on hold. 

With that said, the coronavirus doldrums couldn’t fully stop millions of cooped-up travelers to gear up for summer getaways. However, they just have to make sure that they’ll have a safe vacation, or should we say “safe-cation,” in a fun, responsible way.  

RV

Taking a spin in an RV is among the best safe-cations you can do nowadays. It doesn’t only offer an off-grid living, but also naturally matches travelers’ concerns over health and safety amid this pandemic. 

Here’s an all-inclusive guide to help you get a great RV trip with ease.

Choose your RV

There are various RV sizes, ranging from motorhomes to towable RVs. Here’s a heads-up of the most common kinds of RVs in the current market:

  1. Class A and Class C Motorhomes
    – large, spacious 

– convenient
– equipped with more gears

– non-towable 

– best for beginners

– gas guzzlers 

– expensive (around $50,000-$100,000)

  1. Class B Motorhomes 

– flexible and comfortable 

– easily navigates narrow, dirt roads
– smaller than class A and class C motorhomes

– only sleep one or two

– less expensive (around $40,000 and $80,000)

  1. Towable RVs
    – come in all shapes and sizes

– automatically have an auxiliary vehicle available
– can be either cheap or expensive (around $18,000 to $150,000)

Each RV type comes with different pros and cons, so you might want to check them first online or with a professional. Before that, consider a few logistics first, such as:

  • How long will you be on the road?
  • Will you go alone or with other people? 
  • Will you bring some pets?
  • What’s your itinerary? 
  • Are you going to camp, hike, bike, or kayak? 

Choose an RV that suits your lifestyle and interests. You would want something that is self-contained and, at the same time, can maximize your fun in the future. Don’t solely base on an RV’s physical look. Check your budget. You need an RV that’s the best for you and your wallet. 

Additionally, keep in mind that you might change your mind after spending some time on the road, so be sure to pick something you won’t regret. Seek help from a professional if you’re unsure what’s best for you. 

Plan Your Itinerary 

Leaving some wiggle room for spontaneity is fun, but it’s best to narrow in when planning a road trip. You need to have a basic idea of the place that you’re planning to stay along the way. Here are some guide questions you want to answer:

  • What kind of scenic spot do you want to see? 
  • Are you going to take the scenic route? 
  • Are there any stops where you can rest along the way?
  • Are you going to avoid paying tolls? 
  • Are there narrow roads, low bridges, or steep inclines and declines?
  • Do you want to get to your destination fast? 

You can also opt for RV-friendly GPS systems that can offer you a lot of routing options. You’ll want to jot down or remember the next truck stops, especially the fuel stops. This saves you time and hassle and prevents unpleasant situations, such as getting stuck on the road.

Outline your Timeline

Once you’re done with your route planning, identify where you’ll be at a certain time. The timeline must include the roadside stops, the total travel distance, and the desired arrival time at the destinations.  

Figure out your kind of comfortable driving distance, too. Determine your total travel distance then divide it into drivable hours/days. Don’t forget to spare some time for fun stops, which does not only involve sightseeing but also for a quick stretch from being sedentary too long. 

Most people feel comfortable traveling at 300 miles. That’s approximately a four- or a five-hour driving day at 60 miles per hour, usually with overnight stops. On this, you might be doing less on the road. However, it’s way better than doing an eight-hour drive (or so) for multiple days in a row. 

An RV trip isn’t 100% the same as your average weekend road trip. In fact, traveling in an RV is much slower than a quick weekend getaway, but not as long as a mega tour. Generally, spending less time on the road means longer RV living. 

Set a Budget 

RVing can be either affordable or expensive. But no matter how much costs you’re expecting to have, sticking to your budget is just plain old common sense. Like how an old saying goes, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” 

Determine how many times you are going to eat, how much food to purchase, how much money to set aside when expensive breaks or emergencies occur, and the like. Then, list down these trip-related needs and their costs. In your list, you should include the following: 

  • Travel costs, such as RV rental fees, gas costs, airfare, etc.
  • Accommodation costs, such as hotel fees, campground fees, etc.
  • Basic necessities costs, such as food, water, toiletries, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs, such as admission or entrance fees, etc. 

If you’re driving your own RV or renting it elsewhere, always ensure an RV insurance coverage, no matter what happens. See to it that you’re covered so you won’t have to pay out of pocket for potential injuries or damages. 

Many of us are now financially stressed-out due to the current pandemic, so we want to have peace of mind through RVing. The thing is an RV trip that can empty your budget and can also drain all your satisfaction. Ensure that you can make it through your trip with your budget and finances intact.

Moreover, if your funds are not enough to support your RV trip, you can seek advice when it comes to financing for RVs. You can easily connect to the lenders through dealers, but we recommend you to do otherwise. The best deal is usually outside the dealership. 

Takeaway

There’s nothing like a one-size-fits-all way of preparing your RV trip. Everything depends on how you go about it. Still and all, avoid making reckless, you-only-live-once approaches during the trip. Additionally, when RVing, don’t spend more than what you can afford. RV stay-cations are fun and enjoyable, as long as you know how to make and stick to your plan.

Author’s bio:

Lauren Cordell

Lauren loves to travel, and often combines her great love of travel with her interest in the world of finance. She shares her stories with her readers, often not only suggesting the best destinations, but various ways to enjoy them… including camping, RVs, airbnb’s etc. She loves to help her audience find great deals, while making sure their travel plans and leisure activities are protected.

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