Fall RVing Tips
Fall Foliage, Cool Weather and less Crowds Make Fall a Beautiful Season for RVing!
Make The Most Of It With These Tips.
PICK THE RIGHT FALL DESTINATION
The number one must-have for fall camping is the perfect destination. Here are a few things to consider as you choose your vacation location:
Average autumn climate plays a big part in knowing where to camp this fall.
Favorite autumn activities should also be considered as you choose where to camp. Do you like to hike, fish or paddle? There are perfect places to do all those things in autumn, get online or check with local campgrounds about fall adventures in your target area.
Campsite availability is one more factor that can help you decide where to travel. In some states where fall quickly turns to winter, campgrounds may close as early as Labor Day.
WHAT TO PACK FOR FALL CAMPING
Layering is the key to staying comfortable while camping in fall. Pack layers of breathable, water-resistant clothing. Wool, fleece and synthetic materials will help keep you warm and dry. Avoid cotton clothing. If you’re backpacking, just be aware that extra clothes add additional weight. Some essential items include:
- thermal underwear, or base layers with moisture properties
• fleece jacket, wool shirt/sweater or other synthetic layer for warmth
• wind and water resistant outer jacket
• winter cap — for daytime use and for sleeping
• gloves/mittens, plus an extra pair in case first pair gets wet
• winter jacket (even if the weather is predicted to be warm)
• sturdy boots, with waterproof membrane
• extra shoes and plenty of extra dry socks
• rain poncho and rain pants
• plenty of changes of clothing so that you can dry out damp clothing when needed
Other items to consider: Balaclava (face stocking) and down booties.
Sunscreen, insect repellent and water bottles! Will be a good idea to add these to your list.
CAMPER PREP TIPS FOR FALL CAMPING
The third must-have for fall camping is a safe, dependable RV. A few thoughts about prepping the motor-home, Camper or trailer for autumn camping:
- Double-check tire pressures, brakes and towing gear. In some areas, autumn temps may dip below the freezing mark, which could mean slippery spots on roads. Properly inflated tires, fully functional vehicle and trailer brakes and hitches rated for the weight being towed are essential for safe RV travel. Your best defense, in the case of rapidly deteriorating road conditions, is to wait until roads have been cleared and treated to drive.
- Know how to operate your RV’s heating system your motor home’s heating system should be checked out periodically by an RV expert to ensure safe operation.
- Know how to protect your RV’s water systems. someone in your crew should know how to disconnect water lines from tanks and drain them to prevent damage to water and waste systems.