How To Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV or Airstream. The first step in planning your route is figuring out your starting point and ending point. We try to limit our travel days to about 3 hours and plan accordingly. Meanwhile, remember that when driving an RV you tend not to go the speed limit on some roads, therefore make sure to expand your time estimate based on this.

The second step is using a GPS or map to figure out your route. We use Google Maps to start. Once we see the route it plans we check AllStays to ensure that the route looks good in terms of road restrictions, low bridges, and road grades. We will also google the route if it looks particularly curvy or we have any questions. In general truck routes are okay.

Once we have the route planned we use AllStays and the RestStops app to find our planned stops along that route. We aim for 1 stop every 1-2 hours depending on how we are feeling. Not all Rest stops have truck parking so make sure to check ahead. If we need to find diesel on our route we will use AllStays to find gas stations with RV lanes or at least truck parking and an RV dump (this implies they are big rig friendly). If we don’t have the Airstream attached we use GasBuddy to find the best prices.

A last note, remember to plan WHEN you are going too. Avoiding rush hour in cities when you are able makes for a much nicer driving day.

This week’s links:
Google Maps
AllStays
Rest Stops App
Gas Buddy

 

How To Setup Camp At A Full Hookup Campground

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp At A Full Hookup Campground. We’ve done a video about setting up camp while boondocking but thought we should show how to set up camp when we have full hookups as well. We apologize for any noise in this video, the campground is right by the highway. Once you check in at the front office of the campground and find your assigned spot the first step is pulling into the spot. You need to make sure that all your hoses and cords are going to reach to the water, sewer, and electric. You may also want to check that your door won’t hit a tree or that you can open any awnings you would like to.

Once your RV or Airstream is situated its time to level side to side using blocks and chock the other wheels to ensure you are secure. Then it’s time to unhitch if you have a travel trailer of 5th wheel. Now level front to back using the tongue jack. Now that the trailer is nice and level we can put the stabilizers down to keep it from feeling like we’re rocking side to side when walking around inside.

Now it’s time for the hookups. You can do these in any order but we prefer plugging into electric first, especially on hot days, to get the A/C going. So we plug-in electric, then water and the sewer. Lastly, it’s time to set up the fun stuff like the awnings, chairs, grills, etc.

This week’s links:
How to Setup Camp when Boondocking