America’s love affair with motor vehicles began when Ford brought out the Model T and the country grew around it. It allowed people to travel across America, move more quickly and gave them adventure and freedom. The road trip was born and became the great American adventure and while many people still travel by car, a large group also use or own an RV.
Whether it was for days, weeks, months or even years, most Americans have embarked on a road trip of some sort. There is a fascination with the open road that draws people in, but it is not as easy as you may imagine driving across America. Below are some tips to help you stay trouble free on your adventure.
Get your RV checked out
Prevention is always better than cure and you don’t want to end up being the supper for a hungry pack of wolves because a hose clamp came loose! Always get your RV serviced before any long trip, naturally if you’re hiring an RV, this will have been taken care of by the rental company. Any local garage will be happy to do this for you and will follow a set check list to ensure that everything is checked and you are good to go.
Build in rest days
Remember, this is your holiday so always add a few rest days in when planning your trip itinerary. This will ensure that you get maximum enjoyment from your trip and your RV will have almost everything you need for a few days in a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle.
Having rest days at specific places will also allow you to take in more of the sites and attractions, which is after all, why you’re on a driving holiday in your home-from-home.
Bring a basic repair kit
While you might want to stay somewhere for a couple of days, you don’t want to be stuck there forever, having a basic tool kit to hand will enable you to take care of any minor repairs and keep your RV moving.
A set of screw drivers of different sizes, pliers, duct tape and some strong wire is a good base to work from and will allow you to secure any wobbling parts, from a rattling cupboard doors to wobbling exhaust pipes until you can reach the nearest garage.
Download a breakdown app
There are some great breakdown apps available such as Breakdown Lane for the iPhone. Wherever you are in the country, this app will provide an instant map of the closest garages and mechanics with reviews and customer rankings.
An app of this type could prove invaluable if you are unfortunate enough to breakdown in an unfamiliar town and could prevent you from being ripped off by a dodgy local mechanic. Even if you are unable to get a phone signal, the Breakdown Lane app has basic breakdown help and advice to guide through minor repairs yourself.
Don’t drive too many hours a day
Your reaction time won’t be as good at 10pm as it was at 7am so set yourself driving limits. Professional truck drivers are not permitted to drive more than 11 hours in a 14 hour session, so nor should you.
Even with your driving hours kept below 11, it is still important to make frequent stops and keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of liquid. A 15 to 30 minute stop and stretch every few hours is recommended.
You can also make the most of your rest breaks; you’ll find lots of attractions, museums, places to eat and other sights which will help not only to give you a break from driving, but also to make the most of your holiday.
Whether you’ve chosen to rent a vehicle for your all American road trip, or are taking your own vehicle, these tips will help you to make the most of your vacation without having to deal with any unexpected surprises.