The Pros and Cons of RV Travel

Pros and Cons of RV Travel

RV travel is easy, practical, and comfortable. A perfect holiday is to go wherever the wind takes you and travelling in an RV will let you do just that. It is like a cruise, but on the land.

What is a RV?

A recreational vehicle is a type of motor vehicle or trailer that can also be alternated as temporary accommodation. A typical RV will have amenities like a kitchen, a bathroom, and sleeping facilities along with entertainment facilities.

Types of RV

A few types of RV are:

  • Motorhomes
  • Campervans
  • Caravans (also known as travel trailers and camper trailers)
  • Fifth-wheel trailers
  • Popup campers
  • Truck campers

Looking for a carefree vacation across states? RV travel is the way to go. But before you plan a trip, check
out the pros and cons of RV travel.

Pros of RV travel

  • Economical. Even with its higher fuel costs, RV travel will help you save on other expenses like hotel stays and food. This is the main economic advantage of RV travel. If you park your RV at a roadside rest area, you can park it for free. And with your RV, your kitchen goes wherever you go, hence you can save a bundle on food costs by cooking your own meals.
  • Flexible. RV travel is completely flexible. It offers you a chance to start your day whenever you want, take unscheduled breaks, and of course, alter your route. You can even change your destination at the last moment. As you drive around, you may come across a scenic setting that may make you want to just set up a picnic and relax for a while. Time is totally at your discretion when it comes to RV travel.
  • Convenience. Your RV is literally your “home on wheels.” You will have no luggage restrictions, and hence can carry almost anything you want. You can set up a TV, or bring board games along, the choice is yours. Plus, having a 24/7 restroom is another convenience.
  • Unplug and Bond. Unplugging from electronic devices can produce a wonderful sense of peacefulness. And since you will be out on the road, you can enjoy the views on the outside. RV travel will also provide a great opportunity to bond with your family and friends. You can engage in family activities, play games, tell stories, or even set up a campfire. Your fellow travellers will be more accessible as compared to a conventional travel setting.

Cons of RV travel

  • Limited privacy. Since you will be living in a small space, sometimes even sharing bedding with someone, there is very little scope for privacy. In the RV, everybody knows your business.
  • Packing for an RV takes practice. Sure you can carry anything you want, but with space restrictions, packing for the RV is going to take a lot of practice. Plus, the RV will get cluttered quickly and will require constant de-cluttering.
  • Speed. It is not so easy to drive around cross-country. Your RV many not accelerate as fast at your car, or manoeuvre as easy as your minivan. You will need to think a few seconds ahead while driving around an in RV.

Have you ever travelled with your family in an RV?

Claire x

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