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How to prepare for a fall RV trip

The most wonderful time for RV camping

Fall can be one of the best seasons of the year for RV camping. Campgrounds tend not to be as crowded. The surrounding areas are overflowing with color. The temperatures are often very comfortable for hiking and exploring. However, if you’ve never taken your RV out for a fall camping trip, there are a few tips to heed.

Watch the weather

Weather can make or break a fall camping trip. If there’s a particularly cold snap in the weather or a lot of rain, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable. However, because campgrounds are not as busy in the fall you can usually make plans last minute. Keep a close eye on the forecast. If the weather looks good for the week ahead, you can make your reservations a few days beforehand.

Look for reduced fees

One of the advantages of fall camping is that many campsites have reduced fees in the fall. Because this is considered a slow season, many campsites will reduce their prices to attract campers. Look around and get a campsite for a steal of a deal.

Be prepared

Fall camping requires a bit of different preparation than summer camping. Before heading out, make sure you’re familiar with how to use your RV heating system (and that it’s in good working condition). If you’ve only been camping in hot weather, you may not have tested out the heat!

When planning mealtime, be aware that cook times are often longer in colder weather. Be prepared for meal prep to take a little longer. The earliest riser should get some water boiling early. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate is a must for staying warm.

You will want to bring along appropriate clothing for the season. We recommend insulated sweaters, wool socks or down booties, thermal underwear, winter coats, gloves, hats, extra shoes, etc. Dressing in layers is the best choice during this time of year. It doesn’t hurt to also throw in some hand and foot warmers.

The days are growing shorter, so you may want to pack some LED lights for your campsite in addition to your RV lights. A good headlamp or lantern can help with outdoor tasks or cooking in the dusk and dawn hours.

In addition, because weather can turn fast in the fall, you will want to be familiar with how to protect your RV’s water system. If there’s a hard freeze you’ll want to disconnect the water lines from tanks and drain them so you don’t damage the water or waste systems.

Lastly, you should make sure your tires have good air pressure. In the fall, roads can be particularly slippery. Properly inflated tires will be key for safe travel.

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