Planning Your Next RV Trip?
Starting Out and Safety Tips Whether you’re looking for a scenic adventure on the open road or wish to arrive at your destination fast, Mancos, Colorado offers the best of both worlds. You’ll get scenic views as well as parks and attractions close to Riverwood RV Resort. Our friendly staff is happy to help you plan your next adventure surrounding southwest Colorado, though may we suggest a few reminders:
- 1) Map Your Route In Advance
- Ask yourself if this trip will be a scenic adventure, or are you in need of arriving at your destination fast. Some trips are all about the open road, while others are about the destination. Mancos offers the best of both worlds, providing epic views as well as incredible destinations within the proximity of your Riverwood RV base camp.
- 2) Project A Time Frame
- Now that you have established a route to the Riverwood RV Resort, you can create a time frame of reasonable and safe driving periods to make your way to our RV resort. With all the modern amenities and park attractions you and your family will feel right at home whether your staying with us for a night, week, or a few months at a time.
- 3) Establish A Budget
- With all the needed mileage for fuel calculations, food expenses, an other much needed traveling items you will be better equipped and will save more money than purchasing items at expensive convenience stores along the highway systems. You should also set aside an amount of reserves to cover potential repairs, or have AAA roadside assistance in advance.
- 4) RV Insurance Is A Must!
- Let's face it, typically you probably don't spend much of your years driving a large camping or living vehicle through the streets and highway systems of America. We suggest purchasing RV term insurance to cover your trips from any unforeseen damages to other vehicles as well as your own.
- 5) RV Electrical Load Dangers
- We can only make the recommendation that you speak with your sales agent or manufactures technical department to best calculate how many appliances you can operate at one time. Unlike the traditional homes in the USA, you can cause damage and potential fire to your camper if your turn on too many appliances at once. The electrical systems of most campers must be understood by the operator/owner prior to traveling to ensure the safety of you and your family.
- 6) Create Checklists In Advance
- When it comes to traveling the less chaos the better, especially when attempting to spend quality time with your loved ones. May we suggest utilizing various checklists for different times of your grand adventure. Checklists for loading your camper prior to leaving your home will save a ton of time and potential headaches. Again, you will pay more for items on the road than in your local city.
- 7) Stage Packing
- Their is a lot of items your family will typically require to maintain the preferred comfort level during the trip. In order to save time, and to minimize injuries, may we suggest packing in different intervals in advance to allow time for forgotten items as well. Turning back for items after you have been on the road can cause issues with your time frame plan.
- 8) Secure RV Exterior Items
- When traveling you don't want to leave items along the road because you did not properly fasten items to the exterior of your camper. Not only could this result in fines from both local law enforcement and/or insurance companies but you may cause injury to others without even knowing. To avoid these complications it is best to before a walk around the camper prior to every drive. While traveling with others, someone else may accidentally leave some thing unfastened or loose.
- 9) RV Weight Management
- Every vehicle/camper has e legal weight limit that must NOT be exceeded or serious malfunction or injury could result if the vehicle becomes unstable while driving or parking. Once your vehicle is loaded simply drive to a commercial weight station near your home to best calculate your total load. Keep in mind the more weight in your vehicle, the more fuel you will need to add on top of the vehicle's average miles per gallon rating.
- 10) Check Weather Forecast & Road Conditions
- One of the biggest delays for traveling is the weather. It is very important to not only plan for upcoming potential weather conditions, but to also plan for any needed additional gear such as chains for tires when approaching snowing conditions. You may also want to purchase an inexpensive front windshield sun visor to not only protect your cab from the sun but as well as unwanted individuals peering into the rest of your camper/vehicle.
- 11) First Aid Kits
- In the event of an injury out in the middle of the highway systems, you must have a first aid kit on board. These first aid kits come with more than just a few band aids which is crucial to maintain an injury until you are able t o arrive at a medical facility for treatment should the injury be severe. May we suggest purchasing a first aid kit locally or on-line from a store like Amazon.
- 12) Tune-Up/Oil Change
- Prior to departure it is recommended to schedule a tune-up for your RV. Often low fluid levels can be easily replenished avoiding road side assistance phone calls. Important oil levels, brake fluid levels, differentials, and much more can be serviced by your local RV technical service professionals.
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