There are few things more exciting than getting ready for a road trip. Big or small, each one promises new memories for you and your loved ones.
That pre-trip excitement, however, can often lead to forgetfulness. Here are five ways to remain prepared for your next trek.
Get to know your RV
First and foremost, you should be familiar with and accustomed to each part of your vehicle. Even if you’ve had your RV for years, it’s important to take it for a quick test drive before each and every trip to ensure everything is in proper order.
Take it around the block and remind yourself of what it weighs, how it turns and how long it takes to stop. It’s better to learn before you’re back in the driver’s seat with a full vehicle.
Next, take out a pen and pencil. The simplest way to stay prepared is to keep a couple of laminated checklists on hand.
First, make one that lists everything you need to do before you go. It should include the following:
- Pack clothes and toiletries
- Stock the fridge and pantry
- Place reservation receipts in a safe place
- Establish emergency contact list
Then, make one for when you pack up camp, i.e.:
- Load RV with all belongings
- Pack out garbage
- Check tires and fuel level
- Consult map
Keep both lists in a prominent place so you remember to use them.
Review Your RV Financing
If you have been paying your RV off, this might be a good time to look at the finances and see if you need to refinance. This can lower your monthly payments.
Jade Beckman, vice president of consumer loans at Mountain America Credit Union, says that “RVs tend to depreciate much faster than other vehicles. But, because they can cost just as much or more than a regular vehicle, they’re often financed for longer terms.”
With the longer term, it should be important to check your terms and see if you can work with your preferred financial institution to adjust the terms.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Make sure you’re not overpaying for insurance.
RV insurance is a must, no matter how much time you intend to spend in it. But working with your insurance agent to determine how much insurance is legally required and how much you’ll need for your personal situation could save you thousands of dollars.
It’s also important to verify that your insurance policy is current before you head out on your next trip. You’ll also want to review any additional services provided such as roadside assistance.
Invest in a CB radio
Safety counts here! A solid CB radio with NOAA weather technology will make planning your trip and making last minute adjustments infinitely less stressful.
Look for a model that features emergency contact channels as well as Weather Scan Technology to keep you informed about potentially hazardous conditions.
Knowing what to expect — and who to call — can keep you, your passengers and your treasured RV safe.