A good friend of mine last year took a trip to the Grand Canyon in an RV. It was a really long ride, and they drove for about 18 hours. They ended up breaking down about halfway to the canyon, but they were able to make it the rest of the way. This article will talk about some helpful tips on how to plan your RV trip so that you do not break down on the side of the road, which can be a very expensive and stressful experience.
1. Keep your tires in good condition and all fluids filled
It is important that your tires are in good condition when you take a trip like this, because if they fail, it can cause all kinds of issues. The same thing goes for your engine oil and other fluids in your RV. Make sure they are filled up so that they are not running low, which could cause other issues on the road. Plan for the type of climate you are going to be traveling into. For example, if you are traveling to Nevada or Arizona where the summer temperatures get in the 100’s for several days in a row, you had better make sure your AC fluid is filled and your tires are not worn.
2. Plan out where you want to go with RV.
3. Make sure you have plans for what you will do when you get there.
Driving an RV can be a great way to visit new places, see new sights and make your own schedule. On the road you can travel for days without having to stop for lodging. But traveling in an RV is not like traveling in a car, and planning your trip properly will help prevent you from breaking down.
Planning Your Route.
One of the most important things to plan when you take your motorhome on the road is the route you will take. This can be accomplished by using a GPS unit or by using an atlas and planned stops along the way. Either way, it is important to plan your route for several reasons. First, you need to know where there are gas stations that offer diesel fuel, since many stations do not have diesel pumps. Next, it is important to know where there are roadside rest areas with dumpsters so that you can empty your holding tanks before they become too full. Finally, knowing how far you need to drive each day will help prevent burnout, as well as allow you to plan overnight stops in RV Parks or campgrounds.
There is no shame in stopping and resting. Long drives can make you tired and become dangerous if you try and go too long. It is a good idea before an extended trip to visit your mechanic and make sure all your belts are tight, and everything is in working order.
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