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For people who dream of following the open road just to see where they end up, RVing is an appealing option. After all, what other mode of transportation doubles as your accommodations? With an RV, you can bring all of the comforts of home – like a bed and a bathroom – wherever you travel. Plus, RVing makes it easy to stay within your bubble, and gives you complete control over cleanliness.

If you’ve never RVed before, you may not know what to expect. Here are a few things to consider, and some basic advice:

It’s more comfortable than a tent – but you still get the full camping experience.

If you long for fresh air and freedom, but don’t relish the thought of sleeping on the ground in a tent, an RV is a great choice. It might not be quite as comfortable as home, but an RV bed is definitely a step above a sleeping bag on a mat. And because you’ll be staying in campgrounds, you’ll connect with nature on a deeper level than you would staying in hotels or motels. Opportunities to hike, stargaze and build campfires will abound on an RV adventure.

You’ll experience the scenery of a drive like never before.

In an RV, you sit higher than most of the other vehicles on the road, allowing you to see more than you would from a car. Plus, the larger windshield offers you an almost panoramic view of your surroundings. Use this opportunity to soak up the beauty of whatever location you’re passing through and take some phenomenal pictures – if you’re in the passenger seat, of course!

It can be expensive – or inexpensive – depending on how you look at it.

For many, the cost of RVing may seem prohibitive. It could run upwards of $550/day to rent a modern, Class A motor home – and upwards of $150,000 to buy one. And since RVs have notoriously low fuel-efficiency, the cost of gas or diesel is higher than it would be in a car. But there are simple ways to make to make RVing more affordable. For example, you can choose a smaller motorhome, which will be cheaper to rent or buy and will use less fuel. If you’re travelling more than a few days, weekly rentals may offer lower rates. And consider that you’ll save a lot of money if you don’t need to book flights, stay in hotels, and eat at restaurants for three meals a day. Like most travel options, the value of RVing is in your perspective. You might even look at an RV purchase as an investment in future travel. The question to ask yourself is, what is a truly unique, unforgettable vacation experience worth to you?

When you’re RVing, the journey is just as important as the destination

Get familiar with your RV before you head out on the road.

Trying to back a 40-foot motor home into a campsite can come with a pretty steep learning curve. Navigating narrow, winding roads or tight urban spaces might also prove to be a challenge. Be sure to practice these driving skills ahead of time, and plan routes that help you avoid precarious situations. You’ll also want to know the ins and outs of your water, septic and electrical hook-ups. The RV company will take you on a walk around of the vehicle, giving you all the instructions you need. Ask if you can take a video of this process. It’ll be a much simpler way to refresh your memory than having to sift through thick owner’s manuals.

Double your driving time, be patient and have fun.

It’s a fact: motor homes and larger vehicles just move slower. Plus, they require more frequent stops for fuel and equipment checks. Keep in mind that when you’re RVing, the journey is just as important as the destination. Be sure to plan for longer drive times and make them a part of your overall vacation experience. Don’t be in a rush. You can be a lot more spontaneous when you’re travelling with an RV, so extend your sense of adventure, let go of tight itineraries, and just enjoy yourself.

To learn even more about RVing check out GoRVingCanada for local places to rent and buy RVs and so much more.

 

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