A little bit of RV history

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As you can probably tell from the other posts I’ve written on my blog, I’m an RV travel fan all the way. I couldn’t imagine my life without my RV, and that’s because it is the coolest thing I have ever owned. I plan to retire and travel the US and Canada in a motorhome, at some point.

If you are just as curious as I am, you probably know a bit more about this type of automobile. What is a recreational vehicle, per se? RVs have been around for about one hundred years now, and they have become more and more popular with every year that went by. They’re convenient and versatile, and they were designed following the example provided by gypsies traveling through Europe in the 1800s.

In the United Kingdom, RVs are called caravans. I just wanted to note this because the many differences between British English and US English sometimes leave me feeling baffled. In the US, the real history of the recreational vehicle started at the beginning of the 20th century. Initially, the first RVs used to be slightly bigger than a car, so they weren’t too big on space. Nonetheless, they did give people the freedom they required as they weren’t forced to remain limited to the rail system anymore.

 

1913 was the year the Earl was developed, which is currently considered the ancestor of the modern travel trailer. It took almost two decades for RVs to integrate commodities such as beds, electricities, water, and small tables. Following WWII, the recreational vehicle flourished because Americans learned to love to travel.

Some of the RV models you’d see back in the 50s somewhat resemble those you can see on the street these days. As you can tell, the history of the motorhome isn’t all that extensive, and that’s because it was undoubtedly difficult for car manufacturers to integrate so many facilities in the automobiles they were supposed to design.

The problem with the modern world is that we often fail to notice the many advances that have happened over the years. Of course, our grandparents and parents can definitely tell whether a product looks and feels different and does something extra than it used to, but these days children are born with a tablet in hand. Many RV owners have a hard time understanding that their transportation is the result of over one hundred years of continuous development. Plus, now you have heaps of freedom with regard to the many devices you can use with your RV, most of which can make your life a whole lot easier.

I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it.

What you need to know before going camping in your motorhome

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If you’re an RV beginner and hardly know how to go about your trip, I’m going to give you several pieces of advice that you can come back to in the future. The first thing you should do, in my opinion, is to decide whether or not it is a good idea for you to pick a tent. If you’re prepared to take a longer trip, you might have had it with sleeping in your motorhome. After all, that’s what you have been doing while on the road.

 

 

You can either rent or buy a tent, just like you can do the same in the case of the RV. Obviously, since these things don’t come cheap, they might require you to make an investment. Whether you decide on one or the other, the fact of the matter is that you’re likely to need an RV GPS at some point. This might be even more important in the case of rentals, because there’s no way of knowing beforehand the exact dimensions of the vehicle.

 

Something that sets RV GPS units aside from the rest is the fact that you will be able to customize the interface in accordance with the size of the automobile you are driving. What this means for you is that the device will then show you only routes that go with your RV. This way, you won’t have the nasty surprise of having to go back and pick another road because your type of vehicle isn’t allowed on the one you’re trying to take.

 

Another tip that I personally recommend to all campers and RVers is to bring some tools and spare parts along. This could mean jumper cables, bolts, connectors, extra fuses and light bulbs, but also a variety of gadgets that can get you out of a tricky situation. There are power banks that can provide you the juice you might need when you’re trying to make a call, and there’s even a portable antenna nowadays that can be used for cases when you have no service.

 

 

Something else that I feel the need to emphasize is that you have to make a strict plan and stick to it. Don’t wing it. Bring enough money with you, but don’t exaggerate with your shopping just because you have plenty. Jot down all the stops you are going to make and create an extensive list of the foods you can bring along. Consider the campgrounds that you will come across so that you know where you are going to spend the night.

 

Once you have reached the campsite, make sure to locate all the water and electrical hookups. Even if you’re tired or if it’s dark, you’re better off with this plan at the beginning.