1. Buy Your Dream RV
The first step to your RV Roadtrip is purchasing your new RV. At Winslow Community FCU we’ve got great low rates on recreational loans to help make it happen! Now is the time to take advantage of rates as low as 3.99%* APR. To learn more about our Recreational Loans, give our friendly loan officers a call at 207-872-2636.
2. Practice Driving
Before you take off for your dream vacation in your new RV, make sure you practice driving it! RVs handle differently than a typical car or SUV. Therefore, you should make sure that you have the hang of accelerating, breaking, using your mirrors, backing up, and cornering before you head out on the road.
3. Confirm Your Campground Reservations
When you are a couple hours out from the Campground you plan to park your RV at, make sure to give them a call to confirm your reservations. This is extremely important if the campground does not have a 24-hour check-in. Make sure to also have a list of back-up campgrounds that are nearby in case your reservations are lost, the campground is full, or you cannot get to the campground due to bad weather or bad road conditions. If you are not going to make your reservations, call ahead and notify the campground.
4. Check the Road Conditions Before You Leave
Summer often means that many roads go under construction. You should plan on running into construction at some point during your trip. However, you can plan ahead and save time by researching road conditions, closures, and construction before you leave. Just go to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website and click on the states you will be traveling through to see where you may run into unfavorable road conditions.
5. Check the Weather
Before you leave don’t forget to look up the weather forecast for your trip! Rain, hail, and wind can all make for bad conditions when driving your RV. Know what you may encounter before you go, and plan accordingly.
6. Don’t Forget Important Documents
When you are packing for your RV Trip, don’t forget to take your drivers’ license, RV registration, and RV insurance with you. Keep these documents in your wallet or in an easily accessible portion of the RV. Remember to also follow the rules of the road, such as going the speed limit and wearing your seat belt, to help avoid getting pulled over.
7. Have Your Navigation Plan in Place
Whether you decide to use a printed map, a GPS, or a navigation app such as Google Maps, you should have a navigation plan in place before you leave. If you lose cell service, you may not be able to navigate with your app so it is always important to have a backup. Remember to always pay attention to the road, not your phone, while driving.
8. Schedule Stops Every Few Hours
Every few hours, you should stop driving and step out to get some fresh air. Driving for long periods of time can lead to exhaustion. You should stretch and get a little exercise every time you decided to stop. If you are able to, you should take shifts driving with the other friends going on your trip.
9. Create a Budget
Like with every type of vacation, creating a budget is important to help you keep track of how much you can spend on the trip. When budgeting for an RV trip you should take into consideration your mileage, RV insurance, campground/parking fees, gas, food, and any other extra amenities such as souvenirs.
10. Avoid Driving at Night
Driving at night is much more dangerous than driving during the day. If your RV breaks down you may have a hard time finding help because many mechanic garages and RV dealerships will be closed. You should park your RV for the night and get some rest instead. If you are not near an RV campground, some Walmart’s, Truck Stops, and fairgrounds/parks allow for RV parking.