What you need to know before going camping in your motorhome


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.