For Beginners: 10 TIPS for YOUR FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY RV TRIP

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Starbreaker666 · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

When will the trips resume?"

The Art of RVing · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

We play the "60 minute adventure game"……we time 60 minutes & at that exact time….we stop and explore what is around us (avg 10 minutes)….whether we want to or not…..through the years we have cherished these random memories……………a game….not for the faint of heart……are you up for the challenge?

RV Wanderer · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

First it looked like wall drug store. Tourist trap but a fun stop. Tips, bring music such as cd s . . Many pl aces no rad io signal. 85 miles between gas? , we did 140 miles. So be prepared . A Gps will come in handy because ive lost cell signal for hours out west. I just did 1200 miles in 2,5 days. Stop at every rest area. Dont have to go, stop anyhow, 5 minutes out of the rv will rechgarge you. People can form clots from sitting too long so walk a bit. Last tip , i just dID wash DC used the beltbway to go around it. Hit it at 1:30 and was still delayed 3 hours because of traffic.. so take 301 or 81 to bypass the whol e thing See ya on the road

marty walters · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Been to salt lick. My 7yr old daughter regularly wears a "guess what? Chicken butt" shirt!

Russell Campbell · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

You guys have a new fan . I’ve been watching your videos. Your videos are good and spot on. I drive for prime. I’ve been out here 10 years this year.

RelentlessHomesteading · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

(con't) see post below…
After getting him and his gear that filled our whole SUV squared away we got rolling. Breezing through the western states was wonderful; …and we had a good chuckle at the signs that said "Minimum Speed 45 MPH".
We get to the top of Michigan in 2.5 days to buy the trailer from this private party. A big storm is just opening up. The hitch doesn't fit right. We spend most of the day finagling it and get it working. Did I mention neither of us had driven with a trailer before? We head out in the rain and now driving wind and reach the freeway. I pour on tje coals to merge, …this really sinking feeling hits me as I'm totally maxing out the engine and we're only going 45 MPH – on the freeway.
We got stuck going through Chicago during rush hour my first day dring the trailer. Oh what fun trying to fill up so often; backing up – don't even think about it. I used to be a very fast driver – going 45 was torture! But it got worse – headwinds were lowering our max speed; by Wyoming we were maxing out at 20-25 with a 70 mph headwind. One tme went through a tank of gas in an hour. Rocks blowing in the wind broke a window in the trailer. Even the slightest grade – not even noticable on the way out seemed like mt. olympus as we crawled up it in low gear at sometime 10 MPH riding the shoulder. My wife wouldn't drive so I spent 13-14 hours a day creeping along the highways for about 4-5 days to finally reach Home. After kissing the ground the first thing we did was buy a tow vehicle with a much larger engine. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT and proper planning. It was memorable trip – yikes!!!

RelentlessHomesteading · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Great topic & good tips.
Our first trip was a DISASTER!
So many things went wrong.
(1) Stupidly believing the rated towing capacity of the vehicle.
(2) Not buying locally.
(3) Trying to do too much on the same trip.
(4) Not allotting enough time before I had to get back to work.
— Here's the story… Couldn't find the trailer we wanted in our own state (was California). But plenty of then around Chicago. Decided to make a 'road trip', and sort of detour first from Sacramento to LA to take our youngest son and his few things down to college. By the time we were leaving we found his stuff had vastly multiplied and we had to leave much of OUR gear for tools, trailer and safety at home.

Meandering Morningstars · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

I miss the good old days before GPSs and cell phones.

Erroll Doss · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Good subject to cover. Not sure there was anything I don't agree with. We've have taken 2 large trips so far. The 1st was from Virginia to LA, California. We stayed two nights at Dockweiler RV Park CG with a beach right on the Pacific, and about 1/2 mile south of LAX runway. The second place we stayed was at Balboa RV Park up in Van Nuys. That CG is now known as Hollywood RV Park.

Have you ever visited Death Valley NP? Our coast to coast trip began in February since DVNP was at the top of my check list of places to see. Loved the place.

WRT GPS, I currently have the Garmin RV660 model, however, my navigator in the passenger seat loves her maps, atlas, and Next Exit book (for those time we happen to be on interstates).

Safe travels and happy camping.

Douglas Payne · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

curious if you have children and how do they feel about your RV Life?

WILLIAM COOLEY · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Great suggestions. I have never driven straight across. But have had years when I was on the East coast and the West coast and Gulf coast. This may be anouther of those pesky 3 coast years.

Chris B · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

The one question I've always asked full timers is what do you do about security? Besides locking the RV doors and cubby hole hatches, what about your personal security? I know its kind of a touchy subject for some but I believe it should be an important one. The wife and I are "mentally" ready to pack it up and hit the road but financially, not so much. Great content.

Dave Roe · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Thanks for another great video!

Wade Bell · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Tha you. For your presentation! We have an older (95) model class C TravelMaster. I’ve taken trips, but never cross country. We live in Amelia Island FL, and would love. To travel the eastern seaboard to Maine – maybe 2 or 3 weeks. I think your 10 hints would still apply. All the Best – Wade

Jim Pikul · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Nice hairstyle, Kristy! And no hat, Sean! Thanks for tips. Here’s one for you and followers. Get a battery operated kerosene transfer pump. Leave the Jerry can on the ground.( Bonding and grounding) and let the pump do the work. No back strain or dealing with those silly nozzles!

demizer1968 · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Stop at a truck stop and get the laminated road atlas that truck drivers use, and get the paperback truck stop guide.

Steve Miller · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Tks, good tips. Virginia to Colorado this Sept.

Jami Good · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

On a car road trip (not RV) all around Kansas about 15 years ago, I was surprised to discover that more than one gas station was cash or local check, only. This was meandering through the state, near farms and ranches, though. Gas stations near I-70 accepted credit cards. Have you found it useful to have cash in your journeys for situations like this? Do most gas stations now accept cards, in your experience? Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us. 🙂

Barney T · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

My family is selling the house. looking for some good cheap, or free places to stay that are in NICE areas. (Not middle of desert) any suggestions on the best spots you have stayed? especially if BLM! thx!

Sandra Hart · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Great Tips! I have sent your link to my brother and sister in law. They are looking to retire and get an RV in the next year of two. Your videos have been a great learning tool …..Best wishes for another great summer.

Steve Blanck · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

We travel only drive 300 miles per day, so if we leave at Nine we can usually be at our final destination before Five.

Kx RV66 · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Yes. Great tips. We have gone across the country and back twice so far and have used many of these — some the hard way! Keep it up.

George B · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Always great info!

Mike Btrfld · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

The West is the best

George In S.C. 4 · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Thanks for the tips.
Hopeful to do that one day when I find someone to ride shotgun.

Seminole Rick · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Spare & repair parts… what gets used (& abused) most by you ? Have a spare , or replaceable parts to fix, along w/ their mentioned tools… wire, strong tape, terminals, nuts & bolts assortment,locktite… you get the idea !

Michael Wojcik · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Love your channel,. Had a great RV experience last year, your tips helped for sure. Not at a point where I would buy one yet, it is a different lifestyle.

dlbrownmac · May 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

Off Topic Question. Is your Tilley hat Khaki or Natural color?

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