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Are you a weekend RVer like Kellie and I? If so, then you know the challenges you sometimes face when you and the family want to take the RV out. Finding a free weekend can be difficult at times. Not only do you have a job to get to during the week, the weekend is usually packed with chores. These chores are usually things like yard work, kid’s sports, etc. Here is a list of 5 weekend RV tips to make your trip a little easier to spend time as a family.
RV Close to Home
Kellie and I have a weekend trip “radius”. We typically try to stay within a two to three hour drive from home. Living by the coast gives us the advantages of having several RV parks and campgrounds within our radius. Plus, we have a four-day work week which is super nice.
Find a comfortable driving radius and look for RV destinations within that area. You would be surprised at what is literally right in your backyard. Don’t try to drive too far to reach your destination. Remember, you have to drive back home and get ready for the work week ahead.
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Finish Normal “Weekend” Chores During the Week
When we have a trip planned, we do our very best to finish our usual weekend chores during the week leading up to the trip. You would be amazed at what you can get done with just a few minutes everyday after work. During the week before we head out, we get all of the laundry washed and folded for the next work week. The yardwork gets done, well mostly, and the grocery shopping gets done. Having your rig packed up and ready to go will save tons of time the day of your trip. All you have to do is back up, hook up, and go!!
Take Advantage of Company Vacation
If you are lucky enough to work for a company that offers annual vacation, by all means use it. According to US Travel Association, in 2018, 55% of workers reported having unused vacation days. Take an extra day or two off in conjunction with the weekend. Doing so will give you that extra time to travel without needing to rush. Kellie and I have found out that the best time to take a week-long vacation is the week after Labor Day. We have had parks all to ourselves by doing this. Most folks are either back to work or back in school after summer break.
Keep Certain Items Packed
There are a few things that can stay packed in the RV, things like toothbrushes, paper towels, shampoo, etc. The travel section of your local supermarket or department store is a great place to find these items. We also keep towels, trash bags, and canned food packed. Keeping these items stocked and stored in the RV saves us a ton of time.
Plan Easy Meals for Arrival Day
Our go-to meal for arrival day is normally sandwiches and chips. Nobody wants to cook and clean up after a long drive. Keep it simple so you can take your time getting everything set up and start relaxing.
Hopefully, these weekend RV tips will help planning weekend trips a little easier. When it all comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter where you go. The whole point is to get out with your family and start making memories.