Driving an RV on the interstate is a lot different than driving a car, or even a truck. That’s why it’s so important to learn all the tips and tricks for navigating an RV.
1. LOVE THE RIGHT LANE
The right lane is specifically reserved for slower traffic. You’ll learn that quickly if you get on a highway near a big city. No matter how fast you go, an RV will never be able to hang with a car zipping down the highway at 85. Plus, you’ll be right next to the shoulder should you have to pull off for an emergency. The only time you might consider moving to the center or left-hand lane is when you’re in a place where there’s constantly traffic merging into the right-hand lane, which could be difficult for a larger rig.
2. TAKE TIPS FROM TRUCKERS
If there’s one thing truck drivers know, it’s how to navigate the highway. Chances are they’ve driven this road before and know how to navigate through traffic efficiently. If you have a CB radio, listen in on what the truckers are saying. Sometimes they toss tips back and forth about road work, detours, traffic and driving conditions. You never know what you might learn.
3. BE GASSY
Running out of gas in car is bad. Running out of gas in a rig is worse. There are some stretches on the interstate that don’t have exits for miles. Considering using the Gas Buddy app, which will help you find the cheapest gas station near you. Try to gas up before you get below a 1/2 tank. After all, you never know what the open road will bring you.
3. MAP IT OUT
Unless you’re hitting the road and going wherever it takes you, it’s good to have a plan. Use Google Maps to plot out a course and print the directions, just in case technology fails. When you use Google Maps, it can often alert you ahead of time as to detours, construction, road work, traffic patterns and much more. Whether you’re using a Smartphone or GPS, make sure you have the right cords, chargers or extra equipment you’ll need to keep them running. If not, you might have to resort to good old fashioned maps.
4. MOVE SLOWLY
If you are going to change lanes, make sure to put your directional signal on well in advance. This will let other drivers move out of your way, but don’t count on it! Make sure to triple check, especially for cars that might be lurking in your blind spot. When you start to move over, so slowly and deliberately. Be aware of your surroundings before you make a move.
After you’ve been driving an RV, you’ll start to learn that anticipation is your friend. Many drivers are predictable, but many are not. That’s why anticipating their actions is always a good idea. For example, RV drivers tend to leave a lot of space between them and the car in front of them. This is because it takes a lot longer for an RV to slow down. Unfortunately, some drivers take that opening as an opportunity to dart in. Be on the look out.
6. SLEEP TIGHT
I think we can all agree that driving when you’re tired is the worst. Before you travel, make sure you’ve gotten enough sleep. A big gulp of coffee isn’t going to replace a solid 8 hours. When you’re tired, your judgement and reaction times are lessened, so get some shut eye before you drive.
7. WATCH YOUR REAR
Who knows why, but cars love to tailgate big vehicles. The problem with that is we can’t see them! Have you ever been behind a semi-truck that says “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you”? This is a completely true phrase. Unfortunately, we can’t change other drivers, so we have to remain alert and cautious, knowing that there could be someone hiding behind us that we don’t see.
8. AVOID BAD WEATHER
Sometimes bad weather pops up, other times you can see it brewing. Accidents during inclement weather are much more common, and you don’t want to be part of one! If the weather gets bad while you’re on the road, it might be a good idea to pull over. The great news is that you’re in an RV, so you can have lunch, watch a movie or even take a nap. What a deal!
9. LOOK OUT
Tire pieces, car parts and other large debris can be a serious issue for RV drivers, especially because it takes longer to slow down. Keep your eyes peeled on the road for anything that looks dangerous. This is yet another reason why you’re better off in the right-hand lane. When things go wrong, you always know you can pull off and stay safe.
10. RIG CARE
It’s always important to take care of your rig. After all, it is part of your family. Probably the most important time to make sure your rig is in working order is before a road trip. Get everything in good working order so that you don’t have to stop in a random town for repairs. Plus, a tire blowout on a country road is nothing compared to the interstate. Maintain that rig!
Last but not least, make sure to enjoy your road trip. Listen to some music, tell a few jokes and enjoy the open road.
Does anyone really need a reason to go on vacation? Probably not, but if your RV is looking more like a lawn ornament than a recreational vehicle, you might want to read this list.
1. NO ALARM CLOCK
Is there anything worse than setting your alarm clock and having your phone remind you that it’s only 6 hours until you need to be awake? When you’re on vacation you can turn the phone off, unplug the alarms and sleep to your heart’s content.
2. GET A TAN
The winter is finally over (remember that one day it was 50 degrees? Rough winter.) and that means getting back out in the sun! When else can you smell like a coconut 24/7 and get away with it? Just remember to use caution, as the sun can be very dehydrating and sun burns are no fun!
3. EAT LIKE A KING
Pound of shrimp? Go for it. Block of cheese? Sure, why not! When you’re on vacation, leave that diet where it belongs, at home with your low-fat crackers. There’s nothing more satisfying on a vacation than getting to eat the way you want. No cardboard for breakfast and bunny food for lunch. Have dessert for every meal!
4. GUILTY PLEASURES
We all have it, whether we admit it or not. There’s that one show you watch just to escape from it all. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to watch TV, but on a vacation, it’s okay to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and lose yourself in fantasy.
5. DO SOMETHING NEW
If you’re on vacation somewhere you’ve never been, there’s going to be an opportunity to try something new. Whether it’s an adventure, or a new food or getting to know someone, the world is your oyster. Trying something new can make you feel free and full of life!
6. DO NOTHING AT ALL
We usually look forward to the weekend all week. We think of it as a time of relaxation, when we can recharge for the week ahead. What really happens is we run errands, clean, visit with family, go shopping, prepare dinners, run around, and when we finally sit down, it’s Sunday night. A vacation is your excuse to do nothing.
If you’re like most Americans, you are constantly connected. Whether it’s through your phone, computer, tablet or desktop. However you stay plugged in, it can sometimes be a stressful experience. You are always on call, always reachable, always available. Sometimes, it’s nice to set the phone down and go have fun without worrying about emails.
8. TAKE A NAP
Is it bad that something sleeping related is on here twice? We’ll go with no. Have you ever wanted to just take a nap in the middle of the day? Well, on a vacation you can sleep whenever you want. Day naps are probably some of the best naps in the world. If you don’t know that, you need to take one.
9. REMEMBER THE LITTLE THINGS
When we’re always rushing around, it’s hard to remember the little things. You forget to look at the sunset, a laughing baby or birds flying overhead. You forget to smile at others, to see the beauty in our world and to pause for a moment. On a vacation, you can take a second to appreciate just how valuable life really is.
Once your vacation is over, you should feel refreshed and recharged. Don’t worry about itineraries and having fun, just go with the flow. Let yourself be free of stress and worry. Have a good time, but don’t like the time have you.
Why do you go on vacation? What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Love RV travel
? When you’re planning your next trip, here are some great places to take your rolling home.
Visiting Family & Friends
When you visit loved ones, everyone has a great time, but quarters can get a bit cramped. What could be better than bringing your own home? You can spend time with your family during the day, and go relax at home in the evening. It will give everyone a little time to unwind so your trips are twice as enjoyable.
Races aren’t just a single day event. Many ticket holders gain access to practice sessions and qualifying races held on different days. Not only that, but many NASCAR RV campsites offer jumbo screens, a tailgating atmosphere, family friendly activities, BBQ’s, special events and much more. It’s a great way to get that at-the-track experience.
If you’re from the south, you’ll know that securing a spot in RV city for the Florida Georgia game is like finding gold. People come from all over the south to tailgate for the event. RV camping is extremely popular for both college and NFL match-ups. It’s great to have all the comforts of home while on the road. Plus you can set up your fan gear, start tailgating and cheer on your team without fighting the crazy traffic.
One of the many benefits of RV travel is that you aren’t limited in distance. Your home goes with you! If you’ve always wanted to see an antique show in Texas, it’s there waiting. If there’s an awesome flea marketing in Colorado, you’re just a drive away. Having an RV is a great way to attend antique shows, flea markets and other large sales across the country. Just make sure to save room for your purchases.
Last but not least, we offer the most common RV trip: camping. You can experience everything the great outdoors offers without giving up an luxuries. RV parks also offer a number of great amenities, including WiFi, clubhouses, events, social clubs and more.
Whatever the reason you get your RV on the road, it’s one of the most versatile vacations available. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next vacation today and make the most of your roving home.