Read Your RV’s Manual
It is important to know your vehicle like the back of your hand. Different models, brands, and generations can all differ when it comes to specific parts for your RV. It is important to understand your RV by reading through the manual. Although this may seem basic and easy to overlook, try to make an effort to check it out.
You never know when an emergency situation on the road can ensue. It is always advantageous to have some sort of roadside assistance set up to help you out in a bind.
This may differ if you are a part-time RV traveler, but if you travel full-time in your RV, it is important to identify a domicile. A domicile is a location in which you consider your “home base” or physical address while you are on the road. You must have an official domicile in order to identify what state you are legally connected to. Setting one up isn’t too difficult, but it is very important that you have one in place while on the road.
Deciding on Insurance
The majority of states in the U.S. require RV insurance. In fact, the only states that don’t require traditional RV insurance are Virginia and New Hampshire. There is a wide variety of insurance options available for your RV. A lot of the policies you determine will depend on the amount of traveling you do and where you travel to. Other factors that go into the cost of RV insurance are the value of the vehicle, driving record, and deductibles. There is special insurance needed when driving into Mexico, so make sure that is on your radar before going south. RV insurance is very similar to car insurance, but it is important that you have all of your coverage settled when hitting the road!
It is vital that you always keep cash handy when traveling in your RV. You never know when you are going to come upon a toll stop and need to hand over a few dollars. Having cash available is also convenient for laundromats. When traveling from state to state in the span of a few days, your bank may alert a purchase due to suspicious activity. You never know when your credit cards may pause if your bank thinks your card may have been stolen. Even if your bank is alerting activity that was actually you, it is always smart to keep a few dollars on hand for food or gas if a pause like this occurs. Overall, it’s always a good idea to keep some cash in your vehicle.
If you are going to be staying in the same state for a few months at a time, it may be a good idea to purchase an EZ Pass for the ability to travel in the express lane through tolls. In states and cities with busy roads, this can ensure that you aren’t stuck in traffic for long periods of time. If you don’t have a lot of cash on you (even though we already warned you that it’s a great idea to do so) this makes passing through tolls hassle-free!