How To Plan And Execute The Best Possible RV Camping Trip


Are you sick of RV camping trips that end up as disastrous as the famous Robin Williams movie? Then you need to follow these simple tips. They will help guide you towards a more successful camping trip and give you the rest and relaxation you deserve.

Check Your RV Long Before the Trip

An RV is a complicated machine that needs to be carefully inspected before you begin your trip. While the full checklist will be huge, the following items should all be checked before you take off:

  • Engine condition (oil, coolant, and all other fluid levels)
  • Walls (signs of leaks, breaks, or problems with sealing and caulk)
  • Windows (same thing as walls)
  • Awnings (the condition of the canvas and the lowering mechanisms)
  • Doors (state of their hinges)
  • Leaks under the RV
  • Skylights (especially around the areas connected to the ceiling)
  • All electronics
  • Plumbing (including whether or not all plumbing items work or if any pipes leak)

Properly Packing for the Trip

Once your RV is in proper working order, you need to make sure to bring everything you need. There are a surprisingly large number of items necessary for an RV trip. For example, you'll need all culinary items, such as cups, bowls, utensils, pots, pans, and plates.

You'll also need kitchen items, such as dish washing fluid, sponges, rags, napkins, bottle openers, and the food you plan on eating. Other items you should bring on an RV trip include:

  • All bed linen
  • Towels for bathing
  • Chairs
  • Entertainment items (books, cards, games, paper, pencil, lawn games, etc.)
  • Lanterns
  • Firewood
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Extension cords
  • Flashlights 

Etiquette for Your Stay

The last, but perhaps most important, tip to consider when RV camping is how to behave at the camp site (such as Longriders RV Park). You will be surrounded by fellow campers and you need to follow basic camping etiquette. Simple RV camping etiquette rules to consider include:

  • Obeying all check-in and check-out times
  • Inspecting the lot before parking your RV to ensure you connect to the electrical and plumbing attachments quickly
  • Finding a copy of the park rules and following them to the letter
  • Meeting and greeting your neighbors and respecting their privacy needs
  • Keeping loud partying in the night to a minimum or at least stopping at midnight
  • Cleaning up after yourself and your pets
  • Avoiding using gas to start your camp fire, as this can create a disruptive fire surge
  • Keeping off other people's camping sites unless invited
  • Driving the speed limit whenever you're moving your RV and checking regularly for children or animals
  • Following proper etiquette even if other campers do not

Follow these guidelines and your RV camping trip will be a success. Just remember: not every camping adventure has to turn out as badly as they do in the movies!


4 September 2015

Camping Smarter, Not Harder

When I decided that it would be fun to show my kids the world, I realized that we couldn't afford to stay in swanky hotels every single night. Instead, I decided to invest in some high end camping gear, so that we could enjoy the wilderness while we saw the sights. As I started shopping, I found gear that I didn't even know existed. We even found water purifiers, tents that were easy to set up, and incredible compact stoves that made eating and sleeping a lot easier. This blog is all about camping smarter instead of harder, so that you can enjoy yourself abroad for a better price.