Tips for your first RV road trip
Due to the pandemic, people began renting and buying RVs for lots of reasons. Reluctant to fly, some were looking for new ways to vacation. When schools went to remote learning and more people were working from home, an internet-connected RV could be a classroom or office, wherever it roamed. Add to that the growing number of retirees who have a great interest in life on the road and RV sales and rentals have had a 34% increase over 2020.
Before you head out on your first trip on the open road we want to be sure you are prepared. Whether you’re interested in renting a motorhome for a week or investing in one for years of future travel, there are plenty of factors to consider when planning a trip to ensure you have the best getaway possible.
Choosing the right RV
You want to be sure that you have the right RV for you and the number of people you’ll be traveling with. Does it have the amenities you’re looking for (such as a kitchen and bathroom)? How far will you be traveling?
A camper van can be a great option for couples and solo travelers. Class A motorhomes are often the roomiest, but a Class C motorhome is usually the easiest to drive and a good option for first-time RV-ers. Also, contrary to popular belief, you do not need a special license to drive most RVs. In most states, RVs weighing under 26,000 pounds don’t require a special license. Be sure to check with your state’s Motor Vehicle Department for updated information as these rules sometimes change.
Know your RVs height
Depending on where you are driving you may have to go through tunnels or drive under bridges. It’s important to consider the limitations you might encounter with each type of vehicle. Try to be sure the route you’re taking doesn’t have any low-clearance bridges (a big issue when driving through places like downtown Boston).
Be sure to make campground reservations
If you’re planning to visit some of the country’s most popular national parks, you’ll want to make campground bookings whenever possible. Many can be booked on recreation.gov months in advance.
Beginner tip: When making your reservation some parks will give you the option of a pull-through or back in spot. Always go with the pull-through, they are much easier to get in and out of. Some RV parks have different hook up options. When booking your RV campsite, you need to know if your RV is 30 or 50amp to make sure you book the correct spot. Some RVs come with an adaptor to hook up to either. Be sure to double check that your RV has this feature before making a reservation.
Download or buy hard copies of maps
Having GPS or a map app on your smartphone is a road trip must-have. However, you’ll also want to make sure you have a back-up plan in case you are an area without cell service to avoid getting lost.
Insuring your RV
Whether you are driving a 40-foot motorhome or hauling a pop-up camper, you will want to make sure you are properly covered. Insurance companies typically do not allow RV owners to add RVs to personal auto policies. In order to get complete coverage, you usually have to get a separate policy for your RV.
There is a lot to consider when you are insuring your RV. It can include liability, comprehensive and collision, and under/uninsured motorist coverage, just like an auto policy. However, it also has the added elements of a lot more personal belongings – cookware, clothing, televisions, bedding, etc. Also, your policy can vary if you are living in your RV for an extended period of time, or if it is strictly for recreational use.
If you are renting an RV you will want to be clear about the insurance coverage needed. Car renters typically benefit from their auto insurer extending much of the same coverage to the cars they rent. However, not all insurance companies allow a transfer of coverage for RVs. Be sure to call your agent or insurance company to be sure you are properly protected when renting and RV.
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We hope these tips will help you and your family plan for a wonderful RV adventure. At Bearingstar we are here to help with your RV or trailer insurance needs. To learn more about RV policy options, contact your local Bearingstar agent for a complementary quote today! We know the roads you drive because we drive them too.