For many travelers, recreational vehicles demonstrate the perfect way to explore. They're far more spacious and comfortable than traditional caravans, and they're well suited to those who demand luxury or who have physical concerns. Even for more casual users, the advantages of RVs can make the difference between heading out and staying in.
Like so many aspects of traveling, however, there are instances when people aren't fully prepared for the requirements and limitations that RVs imply. Taking a look at a few of the standout factors we've seen raise their heads from time to time, we want to explore what RV travelers need to know, with real-world examples of what could go wrong otherwise.
Not All Roads are Created Equal
While many of the largest campsites are accessible from the main road, a big part of camping out is finding the hidden gems. Problem is, the more isolated a site is, the less likely it is that it will be linked to the best roads. According to Taxa Outdoors, the weight of RVs vary from 1,000 to 9,000 pounds. Also important is the fact that the average width of an RV is eight feet and four inches. Factor in poor roading, oncoming traffic, and tight turns, and the importance of understanding your path becomes that much more important.
As we've said at Urban Splatter before, selecting a good campsite means looking at more than just the site itself. Consider what the reviews say about the accessibility, and you won't end up left in the lurch with a lost deposit. In this Do-It-Yourself RV article, for example, the review notes that Tuweep in the Grand Canyon and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park are both great for many travelers, but extremely challenging for RVs.
Getting Online can be a Problem
Access to the internet can be a must for navigation, safety, and entertainment, but we're still not at a level where RV internet connectivity is available everywhere. Understanding this, travelers should be aware that while low-speed systems could be available, high speed in rural areas is going to be rare at best. Some of these will even drop out of 4G networks, falling back to 3G which only operates up to 8Mbps in the best scenarios, according to Kens Tech Tips.
What this means is that you can't reasonably expect high data use software to be viable on your travels. For a video streaming system like YouTube, users should only expect to be able to reliably run at sub-720p quality thanks to these limitations and general unreliability. For interactive entertainment, some experiences like Betway Casino games could run perfectly well, but these are about as complex as you could expect. Casino websites and their titles like Hyper Strike and Blazing Mammoth only require limited data, so this type of play should be just fine.
Preparing your Food
At Urban Splatter, we've made no secret of our fondness for destinations that offer the best food. While we can recommend checking some of these places out, the savvy RV traveler knows to carry enough food with them that they won't require any additional trips to the store (within reason). Getting stuck without food is a recipe for a bad time, and despite being a simple concern, we've seen people fall into this trap more than once.
The best food to take depends on your tastes, but generally, you'll want to work with a mix of perishables and long shelf-life food. The Touring Camper suggests items like peanut butter and frozen chili could be good choices, alongside oatmeal and crackers as great backups. The other suggestion we've made at Urban Splatter before is to remember everything you need for your pet if you're bringing them along. A single 35-pound bag of dog food like Purina Pro Plan only costs around $55 and can last for weeks with a smaller dog.
The last bit of advice we can give is to consider the experiences of others. Chances are you have friends or family that have made RV trips before, or who have traveled to the destinations you wish to visit. Consider their experiences, make your choices accordingly, and you'll be far more likely to have an experience free of drama and complications. Plan well, expect some sorts of complications, and you'll be well on your way to what could be your new favorite way to explore.