With Summer Right Around The Corner, It’s The Perfect Time For An Adventurous Road Trip.
I’ve always found the idea of traveling the country in an RV to be oddly romantic. Romantic as in adventurous, I mean, not romantic as in fostering relationships, though it could be good for that too. Traveling the roadways with an entire little house, only stopping once in a while for supplies or maintenance, seeing all the world has to offer, and setting up camp in beautiful vistas. It’s definitely a more ideal form of long-distance vacation right now since A: you don’t have to share an RV with anyone you don’t know and B: many people are still working remotely. If you own an RV or are interested in renting one for the summer, just keep a few things in mind.
First, as eager as rental companies are to get customers right now, renting an RV is still a decently-sized investment. Not just for the vehicle itself, but for your daily travel costs: gas, food, potential maintenance, toiletries and utilities, and campground fees to name a few. Make sure you’ve got money that includes an incidental budget to spare if you’re serious about this. If you’re renting, you’ll also want to make sure that the RV is completely cleaned and sterilized before you drive it off the lot. Also, get one with a built-in toilet. The reason should be obvious.
Once you’ve got your vehicle picked and your books balanced, the road is yours! Most RV models don’t require any kind of special license, though it may be prudent to practice driving it a bit before you hit the open road. You should also keep a map handy, physical or digital, and chart out some destinations. Not just sights to see (though you should totally do that), but places to stop like campgrounds, motor lodges, and gas stations. Bear in mind, while campgrounds are reopening, many do have public health restrictions in place, so be sure to do your research.
If you like, you can also bring a pet along with you, provided the rental company okays it. RV drivers love to take their dogs around the country with them to run around all sorts of outdoor spots, and it’s nice to have some companionship that you don’t have to social distance with.
As long as you’re not keen on getting to your destination in a timely manner, an RV is a great way to experience the country and the great outdoors without sacrificing homey comforts.