Camping in style is awesome. When planning a recreational Vehicle motorhome trip, there are many factors to consider.
How many people will be traveling with you, how far you'll travel, if you're staying in RV parks or in the wilderness.
We'll discuss all of these options in this article. Read through it to familiarize yourself with these considerations.
• NUMBER OF TRAVELERS/SLEEPING ACCOMODATIONS: If you expect all your passengers to sleep in your motor home or RV, you'll need sleeping accommodations for each.
Most RV's have have many sleeping options including "Made Up Beds" (a bed that is always made up) dinets, cabinets,
and couches that make into beds. All of our listings will include the number of adults and kids that it will sleep.
Be aware that cabinets will only hold the weight of a child. If you put an adult in one of these cabinet beds, you'll break it
and be responsible for repairs. Many owners will list a couch/bed as being for 2 adults and this may be too tight for most adults.
You always have the option of putting the kids on the ground with the bears. :-)
• TRAVELING DISTANCE: Most of our listings will have a maximum traveling distance that they want their motor home's or RV to go.
This might be because they don't want to travel too far if the vehicle is broken down and it has to be retrieved. Most motorhome owners are going to prohibit travel to Mexico, Alaska and Death Valley in the Summer as the dangers are too great.
• MECHANICAL ROAD WORTHINESS: All the RV's listed will have the current mileage of the vehicle listed. Most RV's will have higher
mileage which should not worry you as the miles will be highway miles. Highway miles are different than city miles
as the stop and go of city driving will put allot more wear on a vehicle. But, if you're going to New York from California,
you might want one that has less miles. Even though an owner might have roadside assistance, you're still going to be dealing with the trouble.
• KITCHEN FACILITIES: There are many factors to consider when deciding what you'll need in your kitchen. How many people you have and
where you're going. If you're going to the out back, you'll want to have larger water storage and more battery back up than
if you're staying in RV parks where you'll have hook ups for water and electricity. Most motorhome's and travel trailers will come with enough
back up for 5 days without refilling tanks or charging batteries. If you are going to the out back, you'll want to make sure you've got at least
50 gallons of water storage, solar panels and a generator for recharging batteries, and at least 33 gallons of propane storage.
Your RV will come with a stove/oven combination. They run on propane. Propane will cost about $3 a gallon. And a 33 gallon tank will
last about 2 weeks depending how much you use your furnace. Remember to bring stick matches as most stoves don't have electronic ignition.
Newer furnaces have electronic ignition which means, all you do is turn it on and set the thermostat. The newer ones are forced air
which is very comfortable as the heat is distributed through out the motorhome or trailer. The drawback with these is that they also use up your batteries
to run the fan. Many motor home or trailer owners have installed after market catalytic or radiant type heaters to keep from using up the batteries.
If you're going to the wilderness, you might want to find a motorhome or trailer with one of these as an option. The fridge is the other consideration. Newer lager class A
and Class C motor homes and larger trailers can have refrigerators as big as the one in your house. These are nice if you have 4 or more people traveling
with you or if you're going the the country. If you've only got 2 passengers a fridge half that size will be sufficient.
• BATHROOM FACILITIES: Most motorhome's or trailers will have gray and black holding tanks to hold 50 gallons each. Gray is for dish water and shower
water. Black is for toilet water. You'll need to empty these before you return your motorhome or trailer. Most RV parks, camp grounds
and many gas stations / truck stops will have facilities for dumping holding tanks. It is highly recommended to use toilet chemicals
to break down the solids and toilet paper. It also helps eliminate excess odor/smell from the toilet. This is available at
RV supply stores, big box stores and RV parks. The showers and bath tubs vary in size from unit to unit. If you're
a plus size, remember to inquire from the owner about the size of the shower. My motorhome has a 2' x 2' shower. This works for me even
if I drop the soap. I wouldn't ask my dad to use it. There's nothing like a hot shower in the morning but you aren't going to
spend the day in the shower and you're probably not going to spend a year living in a rented motor home, so don't
get too comfortable. Most RV's have 6 gallon water heaters, I've never run out of water taking a shower. The water pressure
comes from a 12 volt electric pump. These pumps work great. They give almost as much pressure as you'll get in your house.
• INSURANCE: Most listings here at LuckyRV.com will require that you get your own insurance. This is easy to do by simply calling
your insurance agent and adding the RV as a rider and providing the owner with a certificate of insurance giving them assurance
that their motorhome or trailer will be safe with you. Insurance on a typical motor home will be about $400 a year and so if you rent a unit for 10 days.
the cost should be about ($400 / 365 x 10) $10.95 a day or $109.50 for the trip.
Cruise around America (USA) in a Private (for hire) motor home, travel trailer (trailor), campervan, bus, for the Holidays.
Maybe even a caravan of recreational vehicles. Not cheap, cheapest or discount but BUDGET.
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