Plan ahead and find the best RV-friendly routes
It’s almost summer time in Rockies and around our beautiful country – prime RV season and a perfect time to explore and experience all of the beauty and history our state and country have to offer! But, even if you know where you want to go, do you know how to get there?
After all, driving an RV is a little different than simply hopping in your car, so our agency put together some tips to help you plan your route and enjoy your trip.
- Use an online trip planner: Two that we know of are FreeTrip.com and the Good Sam Club (this one requires a membership). You can set guidelines, such as avoiding highways or low clearances, and get a route customized to you.
- Don’t forget guidebooks and atlases: There’s nothing wrong with going low-tech, too. In fact, it’s good to have a backup for when you need to change plans without Internet or GPS assistance. Atlases for commercial truck drivers, in particular, can be useful, because they highlight some of the same things you need to consider, such as overpass height, etc.
- Know your vehicle: It’s tempting to just take the height specifications from your manual, but it’s better to know for sure. Measure your RV from the ground to the highest item on the roof. Stick it on a label inside your windshield so it’s always visible.
- Utilize other tools: Some GPS models have RV/truck modes that will adjust routes based on the larger size of your vehicle. Use them if they’re available.
- Have multiple sources of information: Online trip planners and GPS systems make things easy, but they’re not always up to date. So, in addition to your trip plan and guidebooks, also take care to pay attention to signs and your surroundings when you’re on the go.
It’s easier than ever to plan for a great road trip, so get out there and explore! At RSS we can’t wait to hear all about your road trip adventures! Also, please don’t forget that before you go you may want to talk to one of our experienced and well-trained insurance team. We would love to assist you with all of your RV insurance needs. You may also want to review our RV post from last year so you can learn more about protecting your “home away from home.” Happy RVing and here’s to a great trip!