How to rent a motorhome for a road trip

There is no greater freedom than traversing the open road in a motorhome! You’re not waiting at an airport or stuck to public transport schedules, you can go anywhere at any time.

There is no problem with constantly repacking your suitcase while in a mobile home. In addition, it is far more comfortable than normal camping, as you get to sleep on a real mattress and have a fridge for food and drink.

Planning your first RV road trip can feel a little daunting, so we’ve narrowed down everything you need to know for a successful trip!

How to plan a road trip with an RV

1. Choose the right motorhome

Your first challenge will be to choose the right motorhome for your trip. A common mistake is to immediately go for a large motorhome just because it seems like the best option. People want to book a motorhome with a toilet and shower, but hardly ever use them.

This means you end up paying for a more expensive motorhome than you need, and you also limit where you can park and drive due to the size of the vehicle.

When choosing a motorhome for your trip, you must keep in mind:

  • How many people will you be traveling with?
  • How much time will you spend in the car?
  • Do you mind packing away a bed every day?
  • Do you feel comfortable driving a larger vehicle?
  • Do you have to do a lot of cooking in the van or mostly eat out?
  • Do you bring bicycles or other large items?

2. Choosing where to go

You’ve got your home on wheels under control, so now it’s time to consider where you’re going on your motorhome trip. You can either map out your own road trip to combine items from your bucket list or follow a set route.

For your first motorhome road trip, we recommend following a well-known road trip. This will make planning a little easier, as it can be difficult to know how much you will drive per day or how to find the right campsites. You can find plenty of great road trip itineraries online, including at Goboonyan RV sharing platform.

You’ll want to reserve popular campsites well in advance, as they get booked up quickly! Check out Recreation.gov and Parks.ca.gov for state and national park reservations.

3. What to pack

Packing for a motorhome holiday is both difficult and easy at the same time. You have far more space than you would if you were staying in a hotel or flying, as you are not limited to a suitcase or specific weight. You will be able to unpack properly since you are not constantly on the go.

However, it is easy to overestimate the amount of extra luggage you can carry in an RV. So be strict with what you bring and consider small details like spices or extra pillows.

As soon as you pick up your motorhome, we recommend unpacking properly and giving everything its own place. This ensures that things don’t get messy later.

How to plan a road trip with an RV

4. Pitching your motorhome

Some countries allow wild camping, but most do not. To avoid getting a fine, it is best to stay at designated campsites. These are especially good for new travelers as you can talk to other RV travelers and get tips from them. You can also use their sanitary facilities and enjoy the extra space.

If you are wild camping, keep in mind that this is not the same as a campsite. You can’t sit up all the way and you can always be asked to leave.

When looking for a place to pitch, use apps like Park4Night or PitchUp.

5. Slow down

Everyone has to find their own balance in terms of how much they want to drive per day. It can also change from day to day. Sometimes you want to drive a few solid hours with a good playlist, while other days the weather is too nice to spend in the motorhome.

Take each day as it comes and enjoy the flexibility that an RV provides. But always make sure you enjoy your current destination enough and don’t just think about where you’re going next.

It can be easy to slip into the mindset of ticking off enough destinations during your road trip, but is it worth ticking them off if you haven’t actually experienced them? The beauty of a motorhome lies in its flexibility; the fact that you can leave a day later because you don’t have expensive hotel bookings to anchor you to a specific schedule.

6. Arrive early

Our biggest tip is to arrive early at the campsites, especially at the beginning. Be sure to set up your RV before sunset, not only to enjoy the beautiful view, but also so you can set it up properly. Connecting to the electricity can be difficult if you are not experienced, so you need enough light to do it right.

Place your front door away from others to give yourself a little more privacy, but leave enough room to set up the awning. Don’t forget to park on flat ground to avoid tipping the motorhome.

If you are in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask! Your neighbors or campsite staff are usually happy to help.

And there you have it, everything you need to know for your first RV road trip! Your first trip will involve a lot of learning, but it can be a really fun experience. Things get easier each time and before you know it, you’ll be the one people ask for advice. Happy road trip!

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