The continuing adventures of our RV Christmas Family Vacation Trip to the Ocean. Catch up on part 1 here.
One of the most difficult parts of driving a class A RV is coming to the acceptance of the fact that it takes forever. If you only have 1 or 2 weeks a year for a family vacation, this is a major point to consider.
1.5-2.0 times the normal travel time may not sound bad, but 10 hours of driving in a car is not a long distance. It will take you 15-20 hours to travel the same distance in an RV.
I would image that a nice diesel pusher RV would be easier to drive. Its air-bag suspension and heavier chassis would stand its own against the wind and other large vehicles on the road.
A Gas RVer has some issues. It is essentially a gigantic moving truck from U-Haul. Your arms and neck will be sore after you drive it all day.
When we traveled full time, 3-6 hours was as much as we ever did at a time. If you don’t have to rush, why force it? Rushing means you cut corners and make mistakes. Mistakes in a 20,000lb+ vehicle can easily mean death.
In order for us to get to Tennessee at a reasonable hour we had to leave very early. Since this leg of the trip didn’t start with us waiting at an RV repair shop, we were able to leave around 7:30am after a great breakfast.
I really do wish I had Solar Power, but hey, a reliable generator gets the job done.
This trip also reminded me of a dilemma every Class A RVer has.
If you have a house connected to the drivers area, and you have a full tank of gas, should you even get dressed to drive?
Let’s be honest. More times then I care to admit I have driven my motorhome in my pajamas and my slippers.
It takes a good 4-5 hours to empty my fuel tank down to 1/3rd of a tank. Why should I get dressed?
Drive a good 2 or 3 hours. Find a rest area. Take a nap. Then take a shower and get dressed. That seems more like a civilized plan.
Nothing is more bizarre then pulling into a rest area after a few hours on the road. You get up, stretch, use the bathroom, make a snack, make some coffee, stretch, and keep on driving. You never even leave the house because it is raining or you are too lazy.
Yes, it is the lowest form of RV living, but I will not lie, I have experience this scenario multiple times.
My wife and kid would say that is lazy, but I have seen them do that very same routine.
The weather was perfect, and since it was our first time in South Carolina it seemed wrong to not step outside and experience it. We walked a rest areas nature trail and we used the picnic table for a lunch.
Normally when we travel we like to use paper plates to save on fresh water, but this trip we had enough water and short enough trips we didn’t need to conserve.
We drove into our home town just as the sun was setting. I managed to park perfect to refill our gas tank.
Pro Tip on traveling and gas tanks: Never let your Tank get below 1/3rd tank. Less then 1/3rd tank your generator won’t run. If you think you may need your generator due to bad weather or traffic, try to not let your tank get below a half a tank. That will make sure you always have a day or so of power to draw on if you need it.
At the end of a trip, always fill up your gas tank. This makes leaving for your next trip cheaper, and it makes sure you have a lot of emergency gas. If your neighborhood looses power for 2 days to a week, your mobile mansion will keep you protected with power, a fridge, water, and a heater.
Also storing an RV with a full tank of gas prevents water and condensation from forming in the tank.
Plus right now gas is $1.60 so I am going to fill up while it is cheap!
Our trip did have stressful parts. We could have boughten more presents instead of the gas for a trip. When the boy is older he will talk to us about how fun the trip was, and he won’t remember much about what video game he wished he had played instead.
That is one reason we RV. Yeah its a cheap house that we can own, but it is also an adventure maker.