So, you’re ready to set out and see the country.
You have a variety of travel assignments on your short list. Next to it, you have your bucket list of places you want to visit, parks you want to explore, and national treasures you want to see up close and personal. Now, the next task is to find your accommodations.
There’s nothing new about traveling and living in an RV, but it may be new to you. RVs are a perfect way to stay mobile, keep costs manageable, and maintain a huge amount of flexibility. Our team has put together a brief guide and tips to help you get started.
Choosing Your Home Away from Home
Whether you are looking to rent or purchase your RV, keep in mind some may require a special driver’s license to operate. Thinking of your commute to work, you will need transportation to and from, don’t plan on unhooking and driving a motorhome every day to get there. Travel trailers, fifth wheels, and lightweight RVs offer the convenience of detaching your tow vehicle for everyday use. You must also ensure your vehicle is capable of towing the weight of your RV and has the proper hitch set-up.
When choosing your RV, be sure it is a safe and healthy environment. Here are a few things to watch out for:
- Worn tires, little tread
- Caulking that is crumbling or in poor visible condition
- Water damage, signs of leaks
- Awning damage
- Aged or failing or weak batteries
- Warping on the body/exterior
- Propane leaks, damaged, faulty lines
Assess your RV features as “required” or “nice to have”:
- Walk around bed
- Large awning for outdoor living
- Storage- interior access and outside
- Back up camera
- AC and heating features
- Bathroom space- shower/tub/counter space
- Kitchen appliances- oven, full size refrigerator, number of stovetop burners
- Guest area, privacy
- Windows and natural light
We encourage you to thoroughly research your destination. Be sure to consider the climate, terrain, and proximity of stores before you depart. Plan for any prescription and OTC medications well in advance if access will be limited. Based on your research, you’ll want to pack the right clothing, shoes, rain gear and any specific equipment for sports or activities (hiking, tubing, swimming, rackets, balls, etc.)
Suggested items to have at all times:
- Duct Tape
- Fire Extinguisher
- Extra Fluids
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Roadside Emergency Kit
- Sewing Kit
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Batteries
- Surge Protector
In addition to your everyday travel items and grocery favorites, be sure to consider these things as well:
- A safe or lock box
- Photography equipment
- Wireless speaker
- Rain gear
- Cleaning supplies
- Bug spray
- Hats or headcover
- Laundry supplies
- Kitchen essentials if not supplied (dishes, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
Location, Location, Location
The first step before embarking on your adventure is to find a suitable location to stay. Of course, you’ll want to consider your commute to work, nearby conveniences such as groceries and gas, and the amenities offered by the RV park itself. One way to scout out a location is using a camping app. Campendium, for example, has tens of thousands of places to camp, from swanky RV parks to free remote destinations, all vetted by a team of full-time travelers and reviewed by their 750,000 plus members. Here are some common features you may want to consider when selecting a site:
- Space between campsites
- Level campsites
- Amount of privacy between sites (shrubs, fencing, trees)
- Stable wifi
- Cost per night/week/month and discounts
- Pet friendly, pet sites separate from non-pet sites, dog park
- Pool or hot tub
- Laundry facilities
- Campsite activities for sense of community
- “Full hook-ups” – water supply, electricity, and sewage connection for your entire stay
Once you find the perfect spot, make a reservation.
It’s always best to arrive at your site with enough daylight hours to complete your set-up activities. Campgrounds may also have specific check-in hours that prohibit late night arrivals.
As soon as you arrive, confirm with the on-site staff that your particular site has the amenities you booked- water, electric, sewer, WIFI, cable. Next, ask about important campground information such as quiet hours, general campground rules, campfire policies, dumpster and bathhouse locations. Glamperife.com offers this checklist (click for full details and printable version) for your RV set-up:
- Level camper with on-board levelers.
- Connect electric.
- Connect water.
- Connect sewer.
- Connect cable TV (if available).
- Pop out all slides.
- Set up camper.
- Swap fridge from gas to electric.
Here is an important sample check list for your campsite departure. The most accurate list will depend on your specific set-up, and we always recommend you have snacks and water nearby for the next long drive.
- Turn Off Water Heater & Pump
- Turn Off Furnace, A/C, or Heat
- Turn Off Propane
- Close Roof Vents
- Close & Lock Windows
- Close & Secure Slides
- Retract Awning(s)
- Close & Secure Exterior Features
- Check Tire Pressure & Fluid Levels
- Dump Holding Tanks
- Retract Antenna(s)
- Secure Any Loose Items
- Check All Safety Pins
Many travelers enjoy RV life while moving from one assignment to another. It offers a great sense of independence and flexibility. It’s also a nice way to enjoy your very own space and not feel like a “renter” all the time. However, RV life is not for everyone. And, only you can decide whether you are a good match for a camping lifestyle.
We hope this brief introduction gives you enough to consider the RV option for your traveling adventures. Here is a great article for some additional reading “23 Pros and Cons of the RV Lifestyle in 2023”. Looking for the next perfect destination? Reach out to the Go Healthcare Staffing team today for our latest openings and compensation packages. Email now.
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