Road trips are a unique way to travel that afford travellers the freedom to stop and take in sights and scenery on their own time. Travelling the highways and back roads gives people a chance to slow down and enjoy an adventure. Such trips can be made even more special by travelling in recreational vehicles, often referred to as RVs.

New RV enthusiasts are getting on the road every day, and such travellers can benefit from the wisdom and experience of those who have blazed trails before them.

• Budget for all RV expenses. It can be tempting to overspend on the RV itself, but buyers should factor in other expenses like hoses, wheel chocks, levelers, navigation systems, campsite fees, and more.

• Consider the size of the RV. Buy the smallest RV that is comfortable. Doing so opens up more options regarding places to stay. In addition, small RVs are more easily maneuvered on the road than large ones, especially for novices.

• Add time to your ETAs. The estimated time for trips

that popular map and navigation software provide are for average car speeds. RVs generally move more slowly than cars, so allow for more time to arrive at your destination. This is an important consideration if you need to be at a campground by a particular time.

• Invest in storage boxes. Store belongings neatly and cleanly in plastic storage containers. Choose uniformly shaped and sized bins, which are more easily stacked and stored than bins of varying sizes.

• Pack a paper map. Navigation services that are powered by satellite or cell phone signals may not be available in inclement weather or when traveling through mountain ranges. Paper maps can fill the void and keep you on track.

• Check towing capacity. Make sure you do not exceed the manufacturer-recommended towing capacity. This is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s door. Overloading can cause transmission issues and/or burn out engines.