ROUTE PLANNING

When planning your route, consider where you want to go, when you’ll stop, and what you need along the way. First, start with the big picture. Think through the areas you want to visit. Get a current road atlas, such as Rand McNally (app is now available), and choose clear, direct routes. Your RV will be able to handle highways or backcountry roads, so don’t let that stop you.

Next, identify where you will stop to sleep every night. Whether National Park rustic or KOA comfort, you’ll be set, but don’t push yourself too far. The journey is the fun when RVing, so don’t miss it and exhaust yourself! Lastly, be sure to factor in what you’ll need day in and day out. Instead of adding short runs in your RV, plan your trips so that you can get gas, pick up groceries, and pack all the water you’ll need on your route.

DRIVING TIPS

Driving an RV is easier than you think and requires no special license. RVs are wider, longer, and heavier than a car, but with a few small adjustments to your driving technique, you'll find it fun and easy to take the wheel of your rv. To help get you comfortable on the road, here are a few tips to make driving an RV fun and stress-free.

  • Keep in mind it takes longer to accelerate and stop in an RV. The good news is that drivers sit higher in a motorhome, so this allows you to see farther ahead and react more quickly.
  • With a a minimum height clearance of 11 feet, be sure to avoid overhanging tree branches, parking garages, and low canopies over filling stations and motels.
  • In an RV, drivers sit farther to the left than in a car. The tendency is to overcompensate and drive too far to the right side of the road. By being aware of the difference, you can course correct.
  • Be mindful when turning in an RV because motorhomes have a wider turning radius. Driving slowly will minimize the possibility of any damage.
  • Slow down when you pass big trucks to avoid cross winds and air currents.
  • When backing up your RV, have a passenger look out the back window in addition to using your mirrors to avoid surprises.
  • Pace yourself for traffic signals, hills, and other areas where you may have to adjust your speed and momentum. Accelerate gradually.
  • Avoid stomping on the gas, slamming the brakes, skidding stops, or small bursts of speed. Instead, get to our cruising speed, set your cruise control, and relax.

PACKING TIPS

RVs allow for so much more space than travel by plane or car, but don’t let yourself get out of control. You still want to enjoy the space of the open road and fresh air without cameras, candy, and corkscrews crashing down. Consider what you’ll want and need without having to make frequent stops in congested parking garages.

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PACKING LIST

  • LINENS
    • Sheets
    • Blankets
    • Pillows and covers
    • Bath towels
    • Wash Cloths
  • CLOTHING
    • Cold and wet weather gear
    • Hiking boots
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Swimwear
    • 3-4 days-worth of changes of clothes
    • Hats
  • KITCHEN AND BATH
    • Pots and pans
    • Dishes, cups, silverware
    • Dishcloth and towels
    • Dish washing soap
    • Mixing bowls
    • Cooking utensils
    • Can opener
    • Microwaveable containers
    • Coffee Maker
    • Paper towels
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Cellophane Wrap
    • Trash bags
    • Matches
    • RV or Marine Toilet Tissue ONLY
    • RV toilet chemicals
    • Toiletries
  • OUTDOOR
    • Fishing gear
    • Tarp
    • Wood for campfire
    • Lighter
    • Lawn chairs
    • Binoculars
    • Cameras
    • Badminton, croquet, or other activities
    • Bicycles
    • Outdoor lantern
    • Canteen
    • Bug spray
    • Sun block
    • Sunglasses
    • Other sports gear
  • MISCELLANEOUS
    • Videos
    • Road maps
    • Campground directory
    • Brochures
    • Trip log book

ROAD TRIP IDEAS

Roadtripping is the epitome of adventure. See the country, go somewhere you’ve never been before, or revisit old favorites—and do it all in the comfort and style of a Lazydays RV. There are so many beautiful places to see and exciting things to do, you might have trouble deciding where to start. Check out these helpful posts for some RV adventure inspiration.

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