RV trips are an awesome way to spend quality time with friends and family, while exploring new and exciting places. RV trips, like many things, are best enjoyed when there’s been a bit of planning on the front end. We know this can be stressful so we’ve gathered some tips to help you get the most out of your trip! Below is a list of things to-do before your next RV outing.
1. Make a checklist
Making a checklist is super helpful before taking a trip. This might seem like a no brainer but is extremely important when setting out for a long weekend or a month to make sure nothing important gets left behind. Keep a running list in the notes on your phone so you can add to it as you think of things.
2. Pack early
Start packing early to ensure you have everything you need. When you go camping, most of the time there isn’t a local store around that you can run to quickly if you need something. Make a pile of stuff you need for the trip in a corner of your house, that way its easy to grab and all together.
Pack for the weather. Even if its summertime, the daytime might be hot but by evening you might want to put on a little sweatshirt while sitting outside by a campfire. Throw blankets are a good idea to pack as well.
Pro packing tip: Packing things into storage bins and containers is a life saver. You can label them, so it is easy to know what is what.
3. Make a Tool kit
This is something that makes sense to have, yet a lot of people don’t think about packing one. Inside the tool kit can be whatever you think seems fit for the trip, but here are a few items we suggest:
- A hammer
- Set of screwdrivers
- Some plyers, needle nose, channel lock and vice grips
- Wire cutters and wire connectors
- Adjustable wrench
- A can of WD-40, this is a very versatile item
- Duct tape
- Flex seal, not a permanent fix but can be temporary until you get home
- Bungee cords, you never know when you might need them
4. Check the RVs safety
Before heading out, it’s a good idea to do a little last-minute checkup on the RV. Check the tire pressure, no one likes a flat tire when they are leaving for a trip. If you travel a lot, you might want to invest in a tire pressure monitoring system.
If you haven’t replaced the tires in awhile and want to know when they should be replaced, it’s a good idea to contact your manufacturer and ask what they recommend on when to replace your tires.
5. Fuel before you go
When going camping, the more out of town you get the less you will see gas stations. It’s a good idea to get gas before you head out and gas before your tank gets below a quarter of a tank. Traffic jams happen, and you don’t want to be running on fumes if you get caught in one.
6. Grab your insurance card
Insurance for your RV is crucial - it’s very important to have your RV insured in the event something happens. Just like any other activity, camping can be dangerous and cost thousands of dollars if not properly insured. Print out your insurance card to keep in your glove box, or better yet, download it on your phone from the Alfa2Go® app.
Now that you have the RV covered, it’s a good idea to make sure your personal belongings inside are covered as well. You never know when a break in might happen, even while you are camping in the woods. Being covered from the outside and in will give you peace of mind on your vacation.
Contact your Alfa® agent today to get insurance on your RV before you hit the road!