- RV driving is much slower than car driving.
- RV driving is much more tiring than car driving. You cannot “autopilot” in an RV you have to pay attention all the time.
- RV driving requires patience. No “Harry Hop Across” moves. Getting up to speed, changing lanes, exiting, all require more distance. I generally just stayed in the right lane until I had to switch for exiting or because of some extremely slow driver I had to get around.
- Driving an RV requires thinking ahead. You just can’t go everywhere. We planned our entrances and exits. We never went anywhere we could not obviously see how we would get out of.
Tip: Use Google Maps satellite views to ensure parking size/exits. Once we sorted this out finding places to eat and gas were a lot easier.
- RV height gives you unparalleled views.
- We would get an RV with the engine in the back next time. The engine under us made it loud and hard to communicate at highways speeds.
- We would get an RV with cab seats for 3 or 4. The distance back to where the kids sat made communication while driving nigh on impossible.
- Some insist on getting a diesel engine. Our gas RV had plenty of power, but a major advantage of diesel is you can get gas at truck stops in the diesel truck area – with pull through pumps and lots of room. The price of diesel was consistently higher on our trip, although in some places it was a tad lower.
- We would take MUCH less stuff. 2/3rds of what we brought never was used.
- Do not leave home without a good GPS that has up to date maps. Our Garmin Nuuvi was invaluable on this trek.
Tip: You can search for things while still navigating. When hungry we would just search for food and it would list stuff by distance and direction. So we could say “Hey, there is a German place 25 miles up, want to wait for it?”.
- Tollbooths love RVs. Bring lots of cash. For some reason a car is $2, let’s say. And an RV is $5. But an RV towing a car is $18. Multiply by 12 times to get through IL.
- Our Verizon data USB card hooked into a Cradlepoint WiFi router worked well when we were stopped. And surprisingly well while moving. However, it and trees do not get along. So don’t expect good WiFi while moving in the east.
- Taking the Jeep was a good move. We went to many places in it much easier than the RV. The RV did drive a bit snappier when it wasn’t towing, but the extra weight was well worth it in places visited easily.
More later… and I suspect Paula will chime in in the comments.