An RV trip is a great way to explore the countryside with the freedom to go where you please without losing the comforts of home. Whether you want to add to your camping experience, have a long family trip, or breeze through a romantic getaway, traveling in an RV is a fantastic option. Here are three planning tips for your first RV adventure. 

A Guide to Planning Your First RV Trip

1. Test Drive the RV

RVs are not incredibly difficult to drive, but they are much larger and bulkier than a standard car. Test out your maneuverability skills before hitting the road.

Head to a nearby campground and spend the night to see what the experience is like without being too far from home. Driving and parking the RV will help you feel more confident when it’s time to take your cross-country road trip. 

2. Plan Your Route

campingConstruct a rough outline of your trip before heading out, but feel free to leave some wiggle room for spontaneous adventures. Map out which attractions or landmarks you’d like to stop at and how long it will take you to get to each one. Reserve a camping spot at the RV parks where you’ll be spending the night. Don’t risk arriving at a campsite only to find there don’t have a vacancy.

Even though you can legally spend the night at many public and national parks around the country, it may be wise to plan to spend your first RV trip camping in RV campsites. These sites have water, electricity, and gas hookups, as well as staff on hand to help you with any problems that may arise. 

3. Perform Basic RV Maintenance

Just like you’d have a car inspected before a long road trip, you should perform a thorough checkup of your RV before taking off on an adventure. Make sure there are no visible leaks or abrasions on the vehicle, measure the tire pressure, and check the oil. For an added layer of protection, have a mechanic perform a routine inspection to ensure everything is up to par. 


If you’re planning an RV trip, consider staying at Robert’s Mobile Home and RV Resort in St. Petersburg, FL. This family-owned RV resort has been helping travelers make their trips special for over 60 years. They offer internet access, laundry machines, and a 24-hour bathhouse, as well as convenient beach access. Call (727) 577-6820 to make a reservation, or visit their website to learn more.