Welcome back, RVers. Another year is almost over, and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I can’t believe it! No matter how your 2018 went for you, the time for making those changes you talked about is now. Maybe you want to eat better, finally renovate your living room that’s had the same curtains since the 90s or save enough money for a new car. Either way, though, it’s getting dangerously close to the New Year, so why not start if off right with some RV related resolutions? These actually might be a bit fun to keep, unlike the dreadful “I’m going to start exercising regularly” spiel.
We’ve put together a few ideas if you don’t know where to start on your RV Revolution Adventure. Let us know if you have any yourself!
Take Your Time at Each Destination
In other words, take it easy and travel slower this year. RVers tend to try and see as much as they can during their designated travel time, and you’ll find it isn’t as fruitful as taking your time at each place. It can often be more stressful, too, because instead of relaxing and soaking up your current location, you’re worried about which campsite you’ll stop at next, set-up, break-down, etc.
This year, vow to travel slower. Take breaks on travel days and figure out how the locals live in the area. You’ll find you’ll get much more out of each stop if you slow down.
Visit Places during the Off-Season
National and state parks can be way too crowded and not enjoyable during their peak seasons. Think about the flexibility your RV offers and take the chance and choose to check these paces out during their off-season. You’ll more than likely have the park almost to yourself, you’ll get first pick at what campground you’ll stay it, and there won’t be anyone around to photobomb your pictures. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll save some money because fees are typically cheaper during this time.
Go Somewhere New
This one may seem a bit obvious to some, but others find their usual destinations or campgrounds and go only there. Why not find a new place this year? There’s gotta be a place or two you have in mind! Still haven’t been to the Grand Canyon? Make 2019 the year you finally pack up and go. Or maybe there’s a more local, smaller park you’ve been dying to visit. Let your RV do what it does best and take you on some amazing and unforgettable adventures.
Don’t Always Have a Plan
Being an incredibly organized “must have a plan” person myself, I know how much of a challenge this could be for a person. One of the best parts about owning an RV is the flexibility they offer. Take advantage of this and try to be as spontaneous as you can when you’re out on the road. When you’re plotting your trip, leave some time for detours and unplanned spots along the way. You might find the detours to be the best part of the trip after all.
Camp With a New Group
If you’ve never camped with a certain part of the family or with a certain friend group, give it a try! Invite them for a weekend trip to a local campsite and spend some time with people you care for. It can also make it a bit easier when it comes to planning out activities or cooking for the group. You might also find some common interests between you and your family members that you haven’t been able t spend much one on one time with before.
Give Your RV a Rest and Try Independent Parking
Otherwise known as Boondocking, independent parking mean you’re prepared to camp out without or with limited amenities. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it can totally be worth it if you prepare. Try boondocking to escape the noise, guidelines and costs of RV campgrounds while still having the essentials at your fingertips. And you’d get to fall asleep and wake up to the sight of nature. Does it get any better than that?
It might seem like another silly or obvious resolution for some, but for others, it means slowing down and truly spending time with people you love. Sure you hike, bike and travel with these same people, but you’re always doing something. A campfire offers warmth and a beautiful sight, but taking the time to do nothing but sit and talk to the people you’re with is irreplaceable. Take some time to relax by a campfire, and you’re camping trip might be better than the last.
Keep Up With Maintenance
To put it simply, take better care of all your RV equipment and the RV itself. Sometimes, maintenance tends to get pushed to the bottom of the list, but all it takes is a bit of regular maintenance in order for you to get the most out of your RV. It will also pay off to invest in some accessories, like a cover, tire covers, roof and windshield covers to protect the outside of your motorhome. You can also clean and wax it regularly to keep it looking its best.
Spend Less Time Online
This is a huge one, guys. Why spend all this time planning a trip, getting your RV ready for the road, packing your bikes and camping gear just to spend your time plugged into a video game or Facebook? These days, it’s so easy to get sucked into the internet, but make a resolution to stay away from the internet when you’re camping. Sure, post your photos online, but don’t do it while you’re around that campfire we talked about earlier. Make a conscious effort to stay offline during camping trips. Live in the moment!
What are some of your RV New Year’s Resolutions? Do you want to visit a new park? Spend more time at each location? Or maybe this is the year you start your RV journey and want to learn how to make money from the road!
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