Whether you’re heading out on the next great American road trip or you’re just headed to the lake for a long weekend, here are 3 things to keep in mind.
Make a Plan
RV road trips are not a “drive by the seat of your pants” type of operation. Between finding over-night stopping places, determining RV-appropriate routes, and knowing where the ever-elusive gas stations will be along the way, there’s a lot to consider. That doesn’t mean planning has to be difficult, though. Using a service like Google Maps can be a good start, while sites like Roadtrippers have resources and apps to help with finding wonderful RV camping spots. When it comes to mapping out your tolls, Peasy’s vehicle coverage map lets you know exactly where you’re covered, nationwide.
Drive During Daylight, and Schedule Down Time
It can be easy to push yourself too hard and too far when you’re driving a house on wheels. But the stress of driving a large, unfamiliar vehicle for long periods can sneak up on you and wear you out. Trust us: give yourself more time than you think you’ll need. Staying an extra day or two at each stop will give you time to not only rest and recover but also time to see the sights and restock the essentials.
While you’re at it, try to schedule your stops so you only have to drive during daylight hours. Even if it means getting up earlier than you might typically wake up on vacation, you’ll be happy you don’t have to navigate, park, or fuel-up your RV at night.
Remember How Tall (and Wide) You Really Are
Don’t worry, we promise you’ll eventually get comfortable driving your RV. But, once you’re in the groove out on the highway, be sure to pay special attention when circumstances change. Driving through toll booths in an RV, for example, can be a white-knuckle experience for even the most seasoned RV driver. Most toll lanes are 11-12 ft. wide, which looks like plenty of space for your RV on paper, but it can feel like a much tighter squeeze when it comes down to it. Just remember to take it slow and choose the lane for wide vehicles whenever possible.
You will likely run into more than a few tolls on your next RV trip, but Peasy lets you focus on the fun with a tolling solution that you can set and forget. Create your account before you hit the road at drivepeasy.com.