Making RV Dreams Reality

By: Jody Smith

Maybe during the years that your kids were growing up and you were saving for retirement, the picture of hitting the open road in an RV helped get you through some of the tough times. It's not exactly Easy Rider bombing around on a motorcycle and you're not exactly 20- or even 30-something now, but that picture smelled of freedom. Someday ...

Well, maybe someday has arrived. And now it may be time to move beyond the daydream, to planning for the reality.

According to an article on About.com approximately 30 million Americans are cruising in their recreational vehicles. Not all of them are seniors. RVs are very popular for family travel as well. But having a bunch of kids along is not a requirement to great RV travelling.

You may have wished to just jump in behind the wheel and go, but a little planning will increase your chances of having a great trip. Research travel guides and tourism boards. Do a search or two on the Internet. Talk to friends and family who've done some RV travelling.

Making sure you have enough up-to-date road maps and maybe investing in a GPS system doesn't mean you're not born to be wild. It just means you're more likely to get where you want to go. 

There are a few unromantic preparations that will contribute to a pleasant experience in your recreational vehicle. Make sure your electric, gas and water systems are all in good working order. Bring along your music and movies, and other creature comforts you're going to want to have on-hand. Have a first aid kit in your RV. Stock a good supply of batteries, and make sure you have a flashlight. Bring along a cell phone and make sure you have its charger.

Have a couple of copies of contact information for your own use, and to leave with friends and family while you're away, in case they need to get in touch with you while you're gone. Your list should have information for doctors, insurance agents, your destination, as well as friends and family in case you need to contact any of them.

When you step beyond the dream of traveling in your own recreational vehicle, you'll bump into the question -- does it make more sense to buy one or rent?

If you have some experience and know this is something you really want, then buying may be the reasonable choice. If on the other hand your travels have thus far all been in your daydreams, consider renting to start out. If your adventures are going to be short and sporadic, renting may be the best idea. But if you are going to live for half a year or more in your recreational vehicle, purchasing your own RV is probably the best way to go.

Sources:

6 RV Travel Tips for Beginner and Seasoned RV Enthusiasts

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/rvtravel/a/rv_travel_tips.htm

RV Travel: Should You Rent or Buy Your RV?

http://seniorliving.about.com/od/travelsmart/a/rvrentvsbuy.htm

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