If you’ve recently purchased a motorhome and are planning your first camping trip in it, be sure to complete the four simple steps below before you go. Following this good advice will ensure that your vacation goes off comfortably without a hitch.
Have your motorhome serviced.
Before you hit the highway or the campground, make sure your RV is in good traveling condition by having it serviced. If your recreational vehicle is brand-new, this first step is probably unnecessary; however, if you purchased a used RV or it’s been awhile since your motorhome was last driven, hire a professional mechanic to inspect it and perform any necessary repairs or maintenance. After all, you want to camp in the great outdoors, not on the side of the road surrounded by orange cones!
2. Prepare the sleeping quarters.
Put clean sheets and bedding on your motorhome’s beds. Unless you want to purchase linens that are used only for your camper, you can most likely make do with the same bedding that you use in your own house. The vast majority of RV beds do not require special bedclothes; traditional sheets and comforters work just fine.
It’s also wise to take along an extra set of sheets as well as a few spare blankets, depending upon the time of year. You’ll also want to pack your sleeping bags, too. Who knows? You and your family may decide to sleep under the stars one night or-if it’s particularly cold-you could curl up in your sleeping bags and snooze under the covers.
3. Assemble the kitchen supplies.
Before you head to your campsite, make sure that your kitchen is filled with all necessary supplies. Although most campgrounds have convenience stores on the premises, these are usually expensive and have limited inventories.
It’s best to purchase enough food for your entire trip before you go. Don’t just plan meals, however; plan for snacks and drinks, too. It’s also a good idea to pack enough for one or two extra guests in case you meet up with old friends or make new ones at the campground.
Be sure to take eating utensils with you as well. To cut costs, pack your everyday dishes, glassware and silverware from home. Alternatively, you could purchase an inexpensive, lightweight set of dishes and cutlery just for your motorhome, or you could use disposable (or better yet, recyclable) paper and plastic products.
As you pack these items, consider the meals you have planned. Are there any special kitchen utensils you’ll need, like a can opener or a pair of tongs? Don’t forget the paper towels!
4. Stock the bathroom.
Be sure to well stock your bathroom with sundries, such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, especially if you’re planning a long camping trip. Of course, you’ll want to take along a first aid kit, too. You may wish to make a checklist of items you’ll need-for both the kitchen and the bathroom. That way you’ll be less likely to forget an essential.
It’s also a good idea to pack one towel and one washcloth per person for each day of your trip. Although you might still have to use the campground laundry facility, you don’t want to spend hours and hours of your vacation there every other day.
If you follow the above advice, you’ll be well-prepared for your trip. Just be sure to allow yourself at least a week to service your motorhome, and gather and pack all the essentials you’ll need to make your motorhome camping trip a pleasant experience.
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Source by Mike Moskvitch