RV vacations are fun, relaxing, and give you an excellent opportunity to view truly scenic parts of the country.
Nonetheless, there are also a myriad of things that could possibly go wrong on a trip, ranging from forgetting to bring something to maintenance problems to name a few things.
To ensure that your trip goes as smoothly and perfectly as possible, there are a number of steps that you can easily take beforehand. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Here are five steps to make your New Mexico RV trip as perfect as possible:
Step #1 – Test and Inspect Your RV
Never take your RV out on a road trip without first testing it and inspecting it. Regardless of whether you are renting an RV or are using the one sitting in your driveway, you should have it thoroughly inspected by a certified mechanic. This is the best thing you can do to prevent the possibility of developing maintenance issues later on.
It’s also important for you to become familiar with the process of driving an RV on public roads. Even if you’ve driven an RV numerous times before, it never hurts to brush up your skills.
Practice driving in neighborhoods, around tight corners, on the highway, on the freeway, on dirt roads, and going uphill and downhill.
Step #2 – Write A Timeline
It’s always a good idea to have your entire trip from beginning to end planned out in advance. This means planning out each of the following
- Your destinations
- Your route(s)
- Your stops along those routes
- The places you would like to eat at/meals for each day
- Any attractions you’d like to see
- Activities you’ll be doing
Ultimately, it wouldn’t at all be a bad idea to create a thorough timeline for how your trip will pan out. You don’t have to adhere to this timeline rigidly, but it at least outlines everything you would like to see and what meals you’ll be eating on what days. This way, you’ll be proactive on your trip rather than reactive.
Step #3 – Have A Budget
Creating a budget is one of the most important parts of preparing for any RV trip. Your budget will need to take into account several factors, including:
- Daily Rent For The RV (assuming you don’t already own one)
- Rent to stay at a campground/RV park
- Activities that cost money (i.e. renting kayaks or bicycles)
- Parking Fees
- Unexpected Fees/Emergency Funds
The best way to write a budget will be on an excel spreadsheet, and you should be able to make a fairly accurate estimate of what everything will cost so you can plan accordingly.
Step #4 – Accommodate Your Pets
Are you going to be bringing your pets with you on your trip? If so, you’ll need to have proper accommodations for them.
For example, remember to bring their food, water, medications (if applicable), toys, leashes, crates, and so on. It’s also a good idea to keep your pets in a harness or a crate while the RV is moving on the road to prevent injury.
It’s also possible that your pets could become stressed out by the unfamiliarity of going on a trip, but you can make things more comfortable for them by setting routines, meaning there will be specific times of the day where you feed them, play with them, and take them for walks
Step #5 – Acquire Insurance
If for nothing else, specialty RV insurance gives you peace of mind that you’ll be financially covered in the event that something goes wrong such as a breakdown.
Most auto insurance plans do not cover RVs or motorhomes, which is why you will need to get insurance that is specifically for RVs. The other option is you can call your current auto insurance company and see if you can extend your plan to cover motorhomes. There’s a chance they might depending on your policy.
Making Your Next RV Trip Perfect
Maybe there is no such thing as a ‘perfect RV trip,’ but there is such a thing as an RV trip that’s as perfect as it can be.
Testing out your RV beforehand, planning out your entire timeline from beginning to end, preparing for your pets, acquiring insurance, and setting a firm budget are just five of many different things you can do to help create a family RV trip that is fun, memorable, and free of stress.