4 Tips for the Best RV Family Road Trip Ever

Family trips to the beach are getting old. These days everyone is flocking to the ocean during the summer months for family vacation. This leads to overcrowded beaches, insane traffic, and more stress than you probably hoped for.

Instead of taking a trip to the beach this year, why not do something different and explore the land in your own backyard?

In the United States alone, there are 59 National Parks, and most people in the country haven’t taken the time to visit them.

An RV family road trip cross-country style is the perfect way to view nature’s finest gifts as well as intrigue your friends with an off-the-wall style vacation.

Here are 4 tips for having the best RV family road trip ever.

1. Plan Plan Plan

Any good vacation starts with a solid plan. This is especially important for RV trips, too. Having a detailed plan can literally save your butt in a lot of ways.

First things first – what key destinations are you planning on visiting? Depending on where you’re going, you’ll likely need a pass to get into each National Park. This tends to get expensive if you’re planning multiple trips. It may be worthwhile to look into an all-encompassing season pass to all of the National Parks for one flat rate.

After that, map out the route you are going to take. Be sure to find RV parks every so often to refuel, recharge, and dump your waste (the only non-fun part of the trip).

What kind of gear will you need? Planning on going hiking? Bring boots, water bottles, backpacks, and the like. You can get a really good climbing carabiner for activities like that.

2. Don’t Skimp on RV Quality

The last thing anyone wants to deal with on a family vacation is car trouble. With an RV, there are a whole lot more problems than just your typical car would have. That’s why renting an RV – one that’s at least fairly new and in great shape – is almost always the best way to go.

Outdoorsy, the AirBnB for RV rentals, usually has great options available at affordable prices compared to your typical RV rental companies.

There’s nothing worse than being excited to hit the open road, only to be derailed by some forgotten maintenance.

3. Stick to the Plan but Be Flexible

If you’ve done your planning right, then you’re in for one heck of a trip. That said, it’s always important to remain flexible just in case the unexpected happens. You may have to take a detour or a certain park could be closed due to some unforeseen weather circumstance.

You just simply never know. The best thing to do is to keep spirits high and roll with the punches.

Also, there will likely be plenty of towns with unique attractions or history tied to them worth visiting along the way. Don’t hesitate to stop and visit one if nearby.

4. Don’t Completely Go Off the Grid

Last but not least, no matter how tempted you might be, don’t completely remove yourself from cell phones and technology. There are a ton of useful travel apps – not just for RV trips – that can be real lifesavers in the event of an emergency or unexpected situation.

There will definitely be times when you don’t have cell or internet service, and for that you’ll want to at least have a downloaded version of the local map.

Wrapping It All Up

An RV family road trip is a fun and unique way to enjoy time with your loved ones while exploring a little bit of your country’s own backyard. Friends and extended family members will likely be intrigued by your vacation choice, which will be a topic of conversation for years to come.

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15 thoughts on “4 Tips for the Best RV Family Road Trip Ever

  1. Making a plan is definitely the KEY.
    My boyfriend and I (with 2 dogs) just went on a road trip last week and we didn’t plan much before we left the house. We hit sooo many road blocks along our way 🙁

  2. I have always wanted to take my family on an RV trip. I think not going completely off the grid is a very good idea.

  3. I have been thinking of renting an RV and going on a road trip. I think it would be so much fun to pack up and just go.

  4. We are actually planning our first Rv trip in August. Your tips are great. I didn’t know about airBnb , Iam going to check that out. I bet we wiill get a better rate

  5. I’ve been thinking about renting an RV for my next family vacation. Hotel rooms are so expensive.

    1. We almost moved into an RV before deciding to rent the place we are living now. We decided against it when we discovered all the campgrounds in CO were booked for the summer. Being inexperienced I didn’t want to boondock it just starting out. I’d rather have electricity and water!

What are your thoughts?