Ready to hit the open road this summer? We’re sure you are but, before you pack up and go, we want you to consider a few options that could make your road trip more enjoyable.
A recreational vehicle is an excellent way to travel comfortably. It’s affordable, customizable and, best of all, it gives you the freedom to do exactly what you want when you want.
To help get your adventure started, here are a few tip and tricks to help you feel more at home on the road this summer:
Get your finances in order
First, let’s talk about money. Comfort comes from knowing what’s happening around you, and that includes your bank accounts. RVs can require a few different commitments — specifically financial. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying your own:
RV financing rates can vary, but loan lengths can generally range between 10 to 20 years. Most lenders offer flexible financing terms for new and used RV loans and refinancing. Options include choosing a shorter financing term with a higher payment, while others may choose a longer term with lower payments. You can also customize the financing terms for your RV by selecting something in between.
Use an RV payment calculator to find out how much you can afford.
Add Some Eco-friendly Flair
Once you’ve got your finances squared away and your RV purchased, you can start to add some personal touches.
Consider starting with a sturdy or flexible solar panel set up to make your travels more sustainable. From there, you can begin to have a bit more fun with solar-powered tools, like window chargers, patio tables for game nights on the road, and even a coffee-maker powered by the sun. With all these comforts and the freedom of the open road, you may never want to go back to a regular house.
Learn to do your own (minor) repairs
As with your regular house, knowing how to work on your RV can make traveling much less stressful. And while repairing a veritable home on wheels might seem intimidating, you’d be surprised at how many repairs you can do yourself.
Replacing vent lids, for example, is an easy, seasonal task that requires a few parts and a few moments of your time. Same goes for leaky waste valves. And when it comes to a dripping roof, you could save thousands of dollars by investing in some sealant and a step ladder.
With a little grit and a few tools — and some help from Google — you can save thousands in repair and parts costs and feel in control of your RV.
Experiment in the Kitchen
What can you do with that money you save on mechanic visits? Food, of course!
Trying out different restaurants and local dishes is certainly a fun part of traveling, but your RV will likely have a kitchen in it that can help when you’re in-between diners and drive-ins. Learning how to cook in that kitchen will make your RV feel more like a home and create fun memories for you and your loved ones.
Here are a few road-friendly recipes to get you started.