This is a subject that can be very intimidating for newbies. When we started out as fulltime RVers with no prior experience, I can remember those first few weeks when I would have an unsettled stomach on travel days. Random questions would bombard my active mind: Would we fit in our spot? Did we book the right type of spot for our RV? What if we can’t back in correctly? What will our neighbors be like? What if something happens on the road and we can’t make it to the campground? Are we sure that they have our reservation? What if we don’t like the campground?
It took me six weeks until I really started to feel comfortable on travel days without those nagging questions causing me anxiety. Nothing forces you to face uncertainty on a daily basis quite like fulltime RVing. You will begin to feel more comfortable as time passes and really be able to let go of feeling a need to be in control, however false it is.
There are also some tips that we would like to share to help put your mind at ease.
Choosing a Campground
- There are plenty of places to get reviews for campgrounds, but try not to get in to an information overload situation.
- Choose your most important factors (internet, pool, access to highway, noise level, activity oriented, etc.).
- You will win some, and you will lose some. Go with it. You are an RVer after all. Adventure is your middle name.
- Watch our video on the types of campgrounds you will face to familiarize yourself with the territory.
Gather the Necessary Information (Most Campgrounds Ask for Similar Info.)
- The type and size of your RV
- Number of slides
- Full hook-up or not
- Have your questions ready to go. (What is the wifi like? Is it a back-in site or pull-thru? May we have a more private site? etc.) If able to, most places will want to meet your needs, so if you do have something that is important to you, now is the time to ask.
- Credit card information if you are paying a deposit (which most campgrounds require – the deposit usually consists of one night’s stay).
- Your reservation will be held under your name, so you will start by giving them your name.
- Typically, they will give you a map and go over the main features such as bathrooms, laundry and other amenities.
- Have your payment ready; they will want it at check-in.
- Pay attention! They will alert you to necessary items at check-in. For example, if you are staying in Oklahoma, they will tell you where to go if the tornado siren blows.
- Ask if there is a wifi password. This is the one thing that we got in to the habit of asking, since so many places would not automatically tell us.
- They will go over how to get from the entrance to your spot, so there will be no guess work on which way to pull in to your site. Occasionally, an escort will be provided to guide you to your site and help position your RV so you can easily hookup to all necessary utilities.
Ready to see what booking a campground looks like?
As a final thought to leave you with, RVing is about exploring things, places and people that are new to you. Don’t let the details get in the way of you being intentionally in the moment, caring for those around you, reaching out to your temporary neighbors, being inspired by Creation around you and learning from the good and the bad that you face on the road.
We hope this post helps to give newbies the courage To Wander Freely!
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