An RV is an excellent way for seniors to experience camping, either as couples or part of a larger family gathering. Going on a camping trip with an RV takes away the hassles commonly associated with setting up a tent. This camping option also offers an alternative to staying in hotels, providing the flexibility to go anywhere you want.
1. Water and Electricity Availability May Vary, Be Prepared
You’ll often find water and electricity hookups at RV campsites easily enough. However, you may end up parking your camper at a primitive site sometimes. In this case, an RV generator will come in handy to meet your power needs.
2. Think About How Well You’ll Drive the Vehicle
A larger motorhome can be difficult to drive if you’re unaccustomed to a vehicle of that size. Sufficient rest stops and uninterrupted sleep at night will make driving an RV of any size easier. You may want to consider smaller alternatives to a big camper, such as:
- Fifth wheels
- Teardrop trailers
3. Make Plans Before Arriving at the Campground
When you search for sites to use ahead of time, you’ll be more likely to find one that is just the right size. You can usually find out about special discounts, such as senior and multi-day discounts, that will decrease the amount you spend on the site. Finding out about these options in advance is always a good idea during peak tourist seasons and leading up to holiday weekends.
4. Think About Parking Arrangments
If you’ll be towing your car along or using a camper pulled behind a truck, it helps to find out about the campground’s parking space sizes. There needs to be enough room to park your vehicle, and you will want to minimize how far you walk back and forth to the car. The easier it is to pull or back out of the space, the more you’ll be able to explore when your motorhome is parked.
5. Test Out Your Beds Ahead of Time
If your trip involves sleeping in the RV most of the time, you’ll want to make sure the bed will be comfortable. You want to avoid a situation where sleep disruption drives you to search for a hotel in the middle of the night. Testing out your bed’s mattress ahead of your trip will help you discover whether you need to make any adjustments or additions for greater comfort.
6. Consider Using Senior or Retirement RV Parks
Senior or retirement RV parks cater to the needs of campers over 55 and are common in states that attract winter campers. Some of the benefits of these parks include a quieter location without children, teens or younger adults. These campgrounds might also offer activities that cater to older adults.
7. Have Plenty of Campfire Foods
Although a larger RV will have kitchen facilities, you might want to enjoy the fun of cooking over a campfire. If grandchildren or other young relatives will join you, cooking over an open fire can be a fun experience. Make sure you bring foods perfect for grilling and a supply of firewood, so you don’t need to gather the wood yourself.
8. Have an Emergency Kit on Hand
A breakdown is an event you hope will never happen, but being prepared makes it easier to get through. Make sure you have a kit that contains the following:
- A folding shovel
- Road flares
- Lighter and/or matches
- First-aid items
Also, keep your phone charged and roadside assistance numbers programmed into it.
Going camping using an RV is fun, and even more enjoyable when you are well-prepared. The better organized you are, the more you and everyone else who is joining you will be sure to enjoy the entire experience.