You are finally ready to take that first big trip that will be more than a couple hundred miles away and last for more than a week. Just remember that with RV’ing the journey is as important as the destination. We usually have as much fun getting to our destination and back home as we do at our ultimate stopping point. We have listed below some things that we found important to consider when making plans for your trip. We do have the advantage of being retired, making our time more flexible which makes planning a little easier for us than someone still working. Finally, to this point our experience is in the East and the Midwest so keep that in mind when reading the recommendations. The West has more open spaces, and “boondocking” on BLM lands and National Forests is more popular. We hope to try that in the future, but have not experienced it yet. The options out West may be different, requiring you to vary your method of planning.
As I stated in Part 1 we traveled over 9000 miles and stayed in our trailer for 87 nights during the 10 month time period that we had it. We had a few extended trips of three weeks or more and this gave us some idea of what living in a small space is like, and what we needed to do to make
the best use of it while we enjoyed it. We also have a 65 pound dog, Montana, that is part of the family and travels with us. Pets add another dimension to your travel and sometimes complicate it, but we think that it is worth the effort. Pets do factor in on making decisions on the makeup of the rv. As an example, we talked to a couple looking at the Newmar line and they indicated that they wanted to order their coach without couches as they wanted to put their own in, because their cats would scratch and ruin the furniture offered by Newmar. Fortunately, for us our pet prep is minimal. I also mentioned in Part 1 that it is important to do your research before you buy. Seasoned rv’ers always say buy your third rv first. I think that is good advice to an extent, but no matter how much you research through reading articles, looking at floor plans, and talking to other rv’ers it is really hard to know what will work best until you have actually lived in it for a while. That’s why, despite most people hearing the phrase, “buy your Continue reading Reflections…. Part 2→