You have just bought a new campervan and now it’s time to go exploring. This summer, you are planning a campervan trip throughout the northern states so that you can see as much of the country as you can. Perhaps you’d like to visit Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado or an RV Park in Washington State. Just remember to check in advance because some parks have campervan hookups and others allow you to stay but don’t offer water or septic lines. With that in mind, let’s get some other tips under our belt.
1. Have Your Campervan Serviced Prior to Setting Out
Even if you have a new campervan, always make sure to have it serviced before setting out. You will want to know that all the fluids are full, the brakes are operational, and that there are no safety issues that will cause delays or accidents along the way. Safety should always be your main priority.
2. Get Out of the Camper as Much as Possible
You are in the house 48 to 50 weeks out of the year, so why would you want to spend the entire trip in the camper? Get out as much as possible. Most parks have great hiking or bicycle paths to explore, so get out and about. Just bear in mind that some of those paths you hike can get a bit ragged, so bring along the best hiking boots that are sturdy you can find. Tripping and falling are not on your to-do list!
3. Mount a Bike Rack to Bring the Bikes Along
As mentioned above, biking from your camper is great fun in the summer months. Why not bring your mountain or touring bikes along with you? Mount a rack on the back of the camper and you can bring the entire family’s bikes on the trip.
4. Tote Your Car Behind
Perhaps you will want to get out and about in a nearby city on your camping trip. Many families tote their car along behind the camper so that they can get into town for groceries or do a little extra exploring. Some locations can be difficult to access with a camper, so you’ll want to know that you can get around in those locations if the need arises. Besides, passenger cars use less gas than campers, so it will save you a bit of money as well.
5. Sleep Under the Stars Some Nights
Some families bring along tents so that they can spend a few nights out under the stars. Others just bring along sleeping bags and lay them on the ground near their campfire. Again, why would you want to spend all of your time inside a structure, mobile though it is, when you can do that at home?
6. Enjoy Free Camping Whenever Possible
The United States also has a huge number of acres where you can camp for free. Some locations allow overnight parking off road and others allow camping stays up to a couple of weeks. These are governed and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, so check out their website to plan free camping stops along the way. These will not have amenities, but you can plan around that if you really want to enjoy an authentic camping trip – and a free night or two along the way!
These tips should help you have a camping trip you will always remember. Just remember that safety is always a concern so bring along a first aid kit, an epi-pen in case of extreme allergic reactions to foliage or insect bites, and always know where the nearest hospital or clinic is. Have fun this summer and don’t forget to photo journal your trip! It’s something you’ll always want to remember.