RV VACATION 101

More of a DIYer? You can still take advantage of our helpful route planning recommendations, driving tips, packing lists, and more! By answer the right questions, we'll help you nail your Lazydays RV adventure. Get out there!

First, start with the big picture. Think through the areas you want to visit. Get a current road atlas, such as Rand McNally (app is now available), and choose clear, direct routes. Your RV will be able to handle highways or backcountry roads, so don’t let that stop you.

Next, identify where you will stop to sleep every night: whether National Park rustic or KOA comfort, you’ll be set. Don’t push yourself too far between stops—the journey is the fun when RVing! Lastly, be sure to factor in what you’ll need day in and day out. Plan your trip so that you can get gas, pick up groceries, and pack all the water you’ll need on your route.

WHERE TO STAY

After mapping out a route and figuring out where you’ll stop along the way, you’ll also need to pick a few spots to spend your nights. Find a site that will suit your needs and make your trip unforgettable, whether you prefer a more rustic campground or a resort with some extra amenities.

For an all-natural getaway, choose any one of our country’s stunning National Parks to explore. You’ll be immersed in nature’s beauty both day and night, making for a rejuvenating vacation. Check out a KOA or Thousand Trails campground for an enjoyable and adventurous outdoor experience. Take in the sights and sounds of nature, all while enjoying campsite amenities that’ll make your stay a little more comfortable.

Or, if you’re looking for a spot that has more organized activities, our Lazydays RV Resort in Tampa might be the place for you. With a swimming pool, areas for dogs to play, dedicated spaces for sports, and lively RV rallies, the whole family can relax and enjoy a vacation at our campgrounds. After you decide on a place to stay, get ready to hit the road by reading through our driving safety tips below.

DRIVING TIPS

Driving an RV is simpler than you think and requires no special license. RVs are wider, longer, and heavier than a car, but with a few small adjustments to your driving technique, you'll find it fun and easy to take the wheel of your RV. To help get you comfortable on the road, here are a few tips to make driving an RV fun and stress-free.

  • Keep in mind it takes longer to accelerate and stop in an RV. The good news is that drivers sit higher in a motorhome, so this allows you to see farther ahead and react more quickly.
  • With a minimum height clearance of 11 feet, be sure to avoid overhanging tree branches, parking garages, and low canopies over filling stations and motels.
  • In an RV, drivers sit farther to the left than in a car. The tendency is to overcompensate and drive too far to the right side of the road. By being aware of the difference, you can course correct.
  • Be mindful when turning in an RV, because motorhomes have a wider turning radius. Driving slowly will minimize the possibility of any damage.
  • Slow down when you pass big trucks to avoid cross winds and air currents.
  • When backing up your RV, use a spotter out the back window in addition to your mirrors to avoid surprises.
  • Pace yourself for traffic signals, hills, and other areas where you may have to adjust your speed and momentum. Accelerate gradually.
  • Avoid stomping on the gas, slamming the brakes, skidding stops, or small bursts of speed. Instead, work up to your desired speed, set your cruise control, and relax.

PACKING TIPS

RV excursions allow for much more packing space than travel by plane or car, but don’t let yourself get out of control. You still want to enjoy the open road and fresh air without cameras, candy, and corkscrews crashing down. Consider what you’ll want and need ahead of time, and avoid frequent stops in congested parking garages.

Check our packing list to get started.

First time RVer?

If you're renting in Tampa or Tucson, you can learn RV driving basics with the Lazydays Driver Confidence Course. In a friendly environment, you’ll get hands-on practice with an experienced RV driving expert. Hone your skills on the varied driving course to get ready for the adventure of lifetime. Call to reserve your spot today!

  • Tampa: 1-866-703-3076
  • Tucson: 1-800-306-4069
  • Classes available Tuesday-Friday in Tampa, Thursdays in Tucson
  • 9-11AM is in the classroom,
    1-3PM is practice
  • Available by reservation only
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PACKING LIST

  • LINENS
    • Sheets
    • Blankets
    • Pillows and covers
    • Bath towels
    • Wash Cloths
  • CLOTHING
    • Cold and wet weather gear
    • Hiking boots
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Swimwear
    • 3-4 days-worth of changes of clothes
    • Hats
  • KITCHEN AND BATH
    • Pots and pans
    • Dishes, cups, silverware
    • Dishcloth and towels
    • Dish washing soap
    • Mixing bowls
    • Cooking utensils
    • Can opener
    • Microwaveable containers
    • Coffee Maker
    • Paper towels
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Cellophane Wrap
    • Trash bags
    • Matches
    • RV or Marine Toilet Tissue ONLY
    • RV toilet chemicals
    • Toiletries
  • OUTDOOR
    • Fishing gear
    • Tarp
    • Wood for campfire
    • Lighter
    • Lawn chairs
    • Binoculars
    • Cameras
    • Badminton, croquet, or other activities
    • Bicycles
    • Outdoor lantern
    • Canteen
    • Bug spray
    • Sun block
    • Sunglasses
    • Other sports gear
  • MISCELLANEOUS
    • Videos
    • Road maps
    • Campground directory
    • Brochures
    • Trip log book

Let us do the packing for you

When packing for an RV trip, less is more. Let us supply you with the essential items you’ll need to make your RV feel just like home.

With our convenient kitchen and linen packages, you can take full advantage of your RV's amenities without worrying about stocking utensils or doing the laundry. To make your adventure even easier, you can opt for an outdoor supply kit, or even include a bike rack!

Check out any available rental unit to explore all available supply kits and trip add-ons.

Road Trip Ideas

Roadtripping is the epitome of adventure. See the country, go somewhere you’ve never been before, or revisit old favorites—and do it all in the comfort and style of a Lazydays RV. There are so many beautiful places to see and exciting things to do, you might have trouble deciding where to start. Check out these helpful posts for some RV adventure inspiration.

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