July 7, 2010
RVing With Kids
Was it a good idea? Oh, if only you knew the half of it! The children were experts before we left the front gate. It's like summer camp on wheels. All of a sudden, kids gain this amazing sense of independence, and all you have to do is sit back and watch the show. Here are some pointers if you are planning to head out:
1) Start with a test day to learn how the systems work (generator, hook ups, water pump, etc.).
2) Local is fine. The RV is the change of scene; no need to drive 14 hours when driving two hours will accomplish what you need.
3) Avoid RV Parks (trust me, they are not your scene).
4) Go with another family (trust me, kids love other kids, this IS your scene).
5) Try the KOA. It's a great hybrid combining a traditional campsite with the amenities of an RV park, and tailored for families.
6) Let the kids roam free.
7) Level is good. I did tend to notice a tipping feeling when the RV wasn't level. The more level you are, the more solid you feel in the RV when it's parked.
8) Keep choices simple to avoid bickering over "the pink bowl" or "the blue spoon". RV house rule? You get what you get!
Now on to Craigslist to see if I can line up one of these crafts for the long haul. For more family travel tales, check out Trekaroo's Spotlight Thursday.