Trailer – or commonly known as RV (Recreational Vehicles), since its early introduction in the ‘80s, had revolutionized how people travel to their holiday destinations. The practice of self-catering while being on the road has made the process of going long distances to reach the desired location way less challenging. However, the method only meets the end when the said travelers know what they are doing inside a moving house with limited amenities. Here’s everything you need to know about trailer travel.
Believe it or not, the first trailer, or RV (Recreational Vehicles), was called “Gypsy Van”, a name given by Roland Conklin’s Gas-Electric Motor Bus Company when he made it so that his family can travel across America. The 25-foot, 8-ton beast of a conveyance made it to where the Conklin family needed to go, with gracefulness and the up-most convenience, equipped with an electrical generator, lights, a kitchen, a bed to sleep, a foldable table, among other amenities that a normal car could not provide to its travelers.
Along with their ways, the Conklin’s revolutionary vehicle caught the complete attention of Americans, and later on, the rest of the world. Campers found a practical way to plan out their trip with the trailers, the long hours of traveling to far-a-way areas seem to be no longer a problem with the trailer. Ironically, if you do not know exactly how to be prepared with the van, then the van becomes the problem itself. So here are a few useful tips other than bringing a map.
The fundamental of Trailer: Do’s and Dont’s
Map. checklist and a pen are what you need before starting your journey. It is important to know where you need to go, to stop for gas, and the routes that make sense the most to you. Having all the things that you need to pack is also a must.
Watch out for the gloomy clouds
Control huge vehicle is a task in itself, but on a snowy, or stormy road, then it becomes very dangerous. Constantly lookout for the weather forecasts before and during your trip. Don’t be discouraged to cancel your plan. Safeties always come first.
Know your RV well
Turns and parking a trailer can be tough challenges even for an experienced driver. Practice makes perfect, try to learn to back up on your right and left. One more thing, get insurance, scratches, and bumps should be expected for first-time RV drivers.
Where to park? Research your campgrounds
Different campgrounds have different services. There are places with fully equipped electronic devices, some offer a table and chairs, and then there is just plain ground. Do your research online for your camping preferences.
Don’t ever forget to do your oil changes, fix your brakes, double-check the conditions of your tires, etc. It is always more comfortable to drive knowing your trailer is up for the task.
Again, driving a trailer requires a lot of carefulness and attention. Attractions like dogs, children, and music from the radio should be brought down to a notch. Keep them in check so that you can control your stress level.
Pack up and ready to go
Tools and Gadgets
To deal with loose screws and emergencies, things like jumper cables, duct tapes, toolbox, flashlight, fire extinguisher, tire pressure gauge, GPS,…
First-Aid comes first
You can never perceive all the risks and health problems on the way, maybe it was from the strange food you picked up or spilling hot oils. Remember to bring bandages, antibiotic cream, and allergy medicine, among many things.
Hygiene comes second
You don’t want to travel smelling like dirt, basic things like wet wipes, bleach, mop, soap, trash cans, bags, or even a portable dumb-bucket. All to make your trip more pleasant.
One-time kitchen tools can come in handy, they come cheap so you don’t need a restaurant inside your trailer.
When it is time to park your trailer and start camping, basic things such as a tent, hiking boots, bug spray, etc., are things to put on your checklist.