In the last couple of years, the number of RV campers has nearly doubled across America, according to a recent independent study sponsored by Kampgrounds of America Inc. There are some obvious benefits of RV camping like the fact that you’ll have full control of your destination plans, but why should you really give RVing a go?
You see, according to Louis Harris and Associates research, nearly 9 out of 10 RV owners think that it’s the best way to travel as a family. Just think about it – with everything you need on board and a comfortable place to rest from your daily activates, it can be a perfect way to spend some quality time with your loved ones.
How Much Will This Cost You?
Again, it all depends on whether you want to own or rent an RV. Buying one will naturally pay off in the long run, but before you make any costly decisions, it would be wiser to rent an RV go on a holiday and see just how much you and your family enjoy it. So the next logical question is – how much will cost you to actually rent an RV?
Well, according to Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, an RV lifestyle expert, a standard RV that can accommodates up to five people costs slightly about thousand dollars (1,045 if you want to be exact) per week. But you have to account for some additional costs as well.
The gas will obviously cost you extra money, but you can easily reduce your fuel costs by not covering too many miles and staying in one or two spots where your family will have plenty to do. Furthermore, if you have any technical difficulties along the way, you fortunately companies like RoadsideVIP that can help you with your problems for a low fee.
How to Plan Your RV Vacation
· Get Familiar with Your Electrical Load
While your home might be built to run all of your home appliance at one time – RVs are a little different. Therefore, Michele Boyer, a writer and an RV owner recommends labeling your home appliances in order to stay aware of your power usage.
· Make Sure to Purchase Insurance
If you want to have a long RV trip across the country, it would wise to purchase insurance. Because you need to make sure that your rig (and everything in it of course) is completely safe in case you have an accident.
· Secure Every Little item
Every driver, no matter how good he or she is, hits a few bumps during a trip. And if the items in your kitchen aren’t secured – you and your spouse will have a huge mess on your hands. In this case, securing your cabinets with childproof locks is the best option, because they both inexpensive and reliable.
Where to Camp?
Most RV campers usually use their campsite as a base of sorts, to explore nearby areas. So what makes a great RV campground? A good one should have some fun amenities on-site like pools and playground, and it’s close to lots of sights. If you plan to spend most of your time exploring the area near the campground, you will probably need your campground as a place to sleep.
However, if plan to stay a couple of days, amenities like Wi-Fi, television hook-ups and laundry rooms are a must, especially if you’re traveling with your children. And that’s why you should research potential campsites ahead of time and see what hook-ups and luxuries you can expect. RoverPass has a great list of 50 family-oriented RV parks, so make sure do your research before you hit the road.
If you’re new to the experience, RV camping can certainly feel overwhelming at times. But with a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to completely relax and see that it can be a great way to combine a road trip with a peaceful outdoor family vacation.
The weather is less of an issue compared to tent camping, your family will have a nice home base during the vacation, and you can even keep your kids just a bit cleaner. Finally, taking an RV vacation will give you a great chance to experience some of the most breathtaking national parks in your country and unwind completely for a couple of days with your family.