When you travel in a motor home, you’ll find that its large windows make it easy to enjoy the scenery while driving to your destination. If you’re renting an RV that’s a larger motor home, you’ll need to arrange for alternative transportation if you want to explore beyond your campsite, and remember that braking, turning and parking are very different in a large RV compared to a sedan. Be sure to make arrangements before you go so you’ll have access to campgrounds and RV accommodations when you need them.
Tips for a first trip
Samantha Brown, host of PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love and monthly guest
on the Well-Traveled with AAA podcast, offers these tips for newbie RV campers:
- Take your RV for a test drive before hitting the open road.
- Keep a close eye on the gas gauge.
- Bring along paper maps as a backup for the GPS.
- Inspect the interior and exterior of your RV before leaving a campsite to make sure everything is ready for the road.
- Pack extra gear sparingly. Even an RV can feel cramped with too much stuff.
- Make campground reservations ahead of time, especially during summer.
- Use the RV’s leveling system to allow appliances to work properly.
For more advice about RVs from Samantha Brown, check out 9 Mistakes That Newbie RV Campers Make and 7 Types of People Who Will Adore RVing.
Renting an RV: the different kinds
Online platforms for renting an RV, such as Outdoorsy, have made it easier to find the vehicle that best suits your needs and budget. The rental fee is likely to be your biggest expense, but there are other costs to budget for, including RV campsite rates and fees, higher fuel costs, park and attraction entrance fees, rental insurance, cleaning fees, and taxes.