Reserve and read up before you hit the road
It’s crucial to reserve campgrounds in advance, especially during summer months and other peak travel periods. Websites like Reserve America, Roverpass, Campendium and Recreation.govprovide lists of campsites available across the country.
“We recommend first timers to stay at a fully-loaded R.V. park or campground like Kampgrounds of America and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, which offer full hookups, dump stations and staff on site,” Mr. Gray said.
When renting a rig, request detailed instructions from the owner or rental company how to use the R.V.’s systems, including the generator, air-conditioning, leveling, slide outs, electric and entertainment, as well as how to empty waste tanks and refill fresh water.
Typically, the owner or rental company will conduct a walk-through orientation with the vehicle’s renters. Most rental companies offer roadside assistance in their pricing, and extended roadside service, for nonmechanical mishaps like misplacing your keys, is also available.
Make sure to take the vehicle for a test drive to get comfortable turning, parking and towing it.
Some R.V. owners provide free bedding, towels and kitchen essentials, while others offer housekeeping kits and outdoors equipment at a cost; inquire ahead of time. “Many customers opt to have their R. V.s supplied with groceries and camping gear like kayaks, fishing poles and a grill, so all they need to do is arrive with their suitcase,” said Mr. Cavins.
If you’re stocking the vehicle yourself,
RV-camping.org provides a helpful checklist, broken down into categories from toiletries and clothing to kitchen supplies and tools. Of course, most items can be purchased on the road if you don’t want to buy them before you leave.
Article courtesy New York Times | by Nora Walsh