Recreational vehicles (known more commonly by their acronym RV) are incredibly popular in the United States; it’s estimated that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts, including RV renters, in this country. That number makes sense when you consider the vast expanse of America — with 3.797 million square miles to explore by land, there is nowhere you can’t go in your RV.
As a result, RVs are a boon for families large and small; they increase bonding time while saving a remarkable amount of money on hotels and flights. However, if you’re planning on packing up the kids and hitting the road in a motorhome of your own, you shouldn’t just simply pick the first one you find. Let’s take a look at the three most important features your RV should possess.
Size is extremely important when it comes to family RVs. Though your family members may not face physical issues with space (which can be a problem for the 11.6 million people who use canes, walkers, and crutches), you’ll definitely have to deal with emotions running high; the tighter the quarters, the more likely you are to end up stepping on each other’s toes. To avoid this issue, bring the whole gang when you’re checking out your options. Though your kids may push for models with the latest technology and biggest televisions, you simply need to pay attention to how everybody navigates within the vehicle. If you’ve got enough room to move around without getting bursting someone’s personal space bubble, you’ve found a winner.
Unique (And Hidden!) Storage
Every inch of space on an RV matters. When you’re hauling a family of four (or more), you need to capitalize on that space and ensure you have enough storage options to store food, games, and everybody’s personal items. As a result, you’re going to want to choose a vehicle that offers storage in every little nook and cranny. Pullout pantries can make a big difference here as it expands the capacity of your dry goods storage. When you’re examining various RV models, pop up the seat cushions and open every cupboard to see if there’s a sneaky yet effective way to maximize your onboard space.
If you’re traveling with teenagers and kids on the cusp of teenagehood, Wi-Fi is an absolute must. Although your trips will be mostly focused around family interaction and fun, everybody needs their break; if your children don’t have access to the Internet, the family fun can transform into a family feud. Mobile devices are estimated to account for more than 63% of total Internet traffic by 2021, meaning your kids (and potentially you) are most likely already hooked on their phones and the multitude of things they can do for them. By ensuring your RV is Wi-Fi enabled or has cellular data, you can keep everyone happy during those much-needed breaks.
RVs can provide endless fun, entertainment, and vacation opportunities for families all across the nation. As long as you buy or rent the right one, you’ll be spending your summers happily cruising to America’s greatest sights and cities.