How to Prepare for an RV Road Trip
The first thing to do is to figure out the best RV for your family’s size and requirements, and next ensure you have everything you need to make life on the road as convenient and comfortable as possible.
1. Choose an RV.
There are lots of makes, models, sizes, and styles of RVs to choose from. But narrowing down the selection is also part of the fun. “When you’re looking at RVs, the first thing you should ask yourself is, ‘What kind of person am I?’” says Heath Padgett, a full-time RVer who has been living on the road with his wife, Alyssa (author of A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew), since 2014. The term RV refers to a motor vehicle or trailer that features living accessories and overnight lodging facilities. These range from basic camper vans outfitted with little more than a bed and a propane stove to motor homes over 40 feet long resembling houses on wheels.
There are three main classes of motor homes: A, B, and C. Averaging 33 feet in length, Class A vehicles are the largest and most spacious of the three and can typically sleep six to eight people. They’re also the most luxurious, often outfitted with full kitchens and “slideouts” (extensions that enlarge the living space), though their extreme size makes handling them somewhat tricky. Class B motor homes usually run between 18 and 22 feet long and are the most compact of the three main classes. They drive much like regular passenger vans, making them ideal for first-time renters, and what they lack in space (most sleep one to two people) they make up for in convenience. Class B is usually easier to park in a regular parking space, more fuel efficient and affordable to rent, and ideal for a quick weekend getaway, either solo or with a friend or partner. “If you like being spontaneous and discovering hidden back roads and small towns, then a Class B is probably for you,” says Padgett. They don’t always have bathrooms, which is something to keep in mind.