Freedom. For some people, it can mean spending a carefree day fishing or boating on a lake. For others, it is hiking into the wilderness and exploring the myriad of trails cut through the mountains. Still others may find freedom heading down the road on a motorcycle.
For us, we choose to go RVing.
For those of us who travel in an RV, getting there is half the fun. All the fun comes when the reality sets in that all the fun to be had can be experienced in the “home away from home”—the RV.
The RV lifestyle is all about being home on the road, and the amenities that can be towed or hauled these days do not fall short. True, like any other home, they have their issues from time to time, but by and large, living in an RV can be like living at home. It is whatever you make of it.
Having the right tools for living well on the road is no different than having the right tools to enjoy a brick and mortar home. Needs don’t change on the road, only the opportunities do. Whether a full-timer, a snowbird, or a family out on a long awaited summer getaway, preparing for the road and for the destination means thinking about the day-to-day needs of stationary life, and then making sure the solution to those needs fits in the RV.
Today’s recreational vehicles have options ranging from essential needs—bed and storage for camping items—to offering all the luxury of a traditional home. They can be tow-behind travel or fifth-wheel trailers, or motorhomes, where the cabin is built over a truck chassis or the whole thing is incorporated into a Class A coach.
People often graduate to an RV after years of tent camping. Tenting offers the attractive incentive of sleeping under the stars and feeling part of nature, but it has the drawback of possible discomfort from uneven ground, noise, and dampness from thunderstorms and rain, and the chance of problems during high winds. With an RV, you can drive in, set up, and relax, regardless of weather conditions.
Over time, the industry has covered so much of the needs people have, updating the RV experience with innovations including multiple slide outs and exterior entertainment centers. The newer models also have the latest technology, including USB ports for iPhones, big-screen televisions, and theater seating with built-in speakers.
Manufacturers and campground owners have tailored the amenities to reflect more active interests and higher expectations. Satellite dishes on the RVs and Wi-Fi capabilities at most RV parks have allowed people to remain tuned in to the world, even as they head out to get away from it all.
RV parks range from the basic—a place to park for the night, without electrical, water, and sewer hookups (dry camping)—to modern resorts with full hookups, cable TV, swimming pools, showers, stores, and clubhouses. Most RVs are built to adapt to dry camping, with the ability to carry fresh water, operate appliances on propane, and even carry a generator to provide electrical power while dry camping.
Owners may elect to add party lights, outdoor mats, zero-gravity reclining chairs, portable fire pits, propane grills, solar panels, and pet cages to make a campsite feel like home. There are awnings, step extenders, folding tables, and even collapsible bicycles that one can buy.
When contemplating the purchase of an RV, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar types and brands of campers, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.
It’s a good idea to spend time sitting in an RV before deciding to buy. Is the seating comfortable? Is the bathroom large enough? The shower? Can you access the bathroom with the slides retracted? What are your storage needs? What is the carrying capacity? Some people find, after buying an RV, that they feel cramped, or that it’s inconvenient to get to certain things.
Everyone should experience traveling the country in an RV. There is no other way of travel that compares. You can enjoy the scenic wonders of nature without compromising on comfort no matter where you travel.
Never forget your dreams.