Seeing the country in an RV is an absolute blast the vast majority of the time. There’s really no arguing with that fact. However, many people find those travel days are pretty stressful, which can, unfortunately, take some of the fun out of RVing, especially for the more anxious among us.
In fact, if you find yourself stressing out about driving your RV anywhere, you might even choose not to go anywhere at all, meaning you and your family miss out on all the awesome adventures they could be having.
If this sounds like you, it might be time to find some ways to take some of the stress out of RV travel days. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do just that, so you can continue on your wanderings and have a blast doing so.
Carry Quality Route-Planning Tools
The first thing to consider is how you will get from point A to point B. Having only a vague idea of what your path will be can be highly stressful. Additionally, running into obstacles such as low bridges and steep grades can be both dangerous and anxiety-inducing.
For this reason, we highly recommend investing in an RV-specific GPS, as well as a Trucker’s Atlas. Together, these tools will help you navigate across the US with confidence, ensuring you never run into these kinds of issues.
Take Your Time and Plan for Stops
Traveling too quickly is another way to add stress to your travel days. If at all possible, slow your travel down, allowing yourself a few days to meander to your final destination. This will make the whole experience more relaxing and will allow for impromptu detours to see cool roadside attractions, as well as plenty of stops to stretch your legs, get a bite to eat, and use the restroom.
Care for Your Vehicle and Tires
Being stuck on the side of the road isn’t anyone’s idea of a great travel day. Obviously, this isn’t something you can always avoid. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent breakdowns and tire blowouts.
Before every trip, make sure to check your fluid levels and schedule tune-ups on your motorhome or tow vehicle at least twice a year, just to ensure everything is in tip-top shape.
Walk around and check your tires before hitting the road as well, making sure to look for bubbling, uneven wear, worn tread, and other such issues. Inflate the tires to the proper pressure while you’re at it, and be sure to replace your tires when they begin to wear out—or every five years, whichever comes first.
When issues do arise, not having the money to deal with them can be a huge stressor. For this reason, it is very important to budget wisely, making sure to account for every expense and budgeting in plenty of emergency money.
Having an emergency fund will make problems along the way much more manageable and will remove a huge amount of anxiety.
Keep a Toolkit on Hand
Another way to remove anxiety when issues arrive is to ensure you have the tools to deal with the problem. Keep a toolkit in your vehicle as well as in your RV. An emergency kit is always a good idea as well, and having charged cell phones can be a lifesaver.
Invest in Roadside Assistance and Insurance
Last but definitely not least, you will want to make sure you have excellent roadside assistance and insurance before any RV trip. Knowing there are people who have your back no matter what may happen will definitely help you relax, and if an issue should occur, the whole experience will be much more pleasant if you have some great companies to lean on.
About the author: Chelsea Gonzales
Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family.
You can join her adventures through her blog, Wonder Wherever We Wander.
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