It’s summer travel time and when you own a Recreational Vehicle it’s all about getting on the road. Before you do, be sure that your RV or also called motor home is ready for travel. Many people store their RV and use it only during the summer months. When you get it out of storage go through these safety checks so you can are prepared for your upcoming trips.
Check your tire pressure and tire thread. Fill up the propane tanks and check for leaks. Take your RV to be serviced, have the hoses inspected, the lights, battery, fluids and brake system tested. Have an oil and filter change. Ask your technician to go over your recreational vehicle from top to bottom. To save money, do what you can before hand. The next step is to clean and go through the inside. Check your appliances, plumbing system, air conditioning unit, windshield wipers, etc. Do a thorough cleaning of the floors, walls, cabinets and furniture. Don’t forget to wash your RV before you head out also.
Then it’s time to pack! Go grocery shopping and stock up on the food you’ll need for about a week. Don’t forget the staples like spices, sugar, flour, rice, broth, tuna, coffee, tea, jam and jelly, etc. You can create a check list that you reuse each year. There’s also your hobbies to think about. Bring your books, movies, puzzles, bicycles, tennis rackets, golf clubs, etc. Fill up the closets but leave some room for what you may buy while you’re traveling.
Your trip is mapped out and your reservations are set, but before you think of leaving, check to see if your Recreational Vehicle Insurance is up to date. Don’t think that your automobile or homeowners insurance will cover your personal property, or injuries that happen in your RV. They won’t.
Stop or forward your mail. Stop the newspaper delivery and let your neighbors know how long you’ll be gone. Leave a contact phone number with a few people that live close to you in case of emergency. Ask someone to check on your home. You may want someone to go inside if you’re going to be gone for a long while, to do a good look over of your home plumbing, appliances, electricity, etc. If you have a neighborhood watch, let them know about your travel plans too.
Have a wonderful trip this summer in your RV! Knowing you have recreational vehicle insurance will help you feel secure while you’re on the road and hooked up at the campground.
Lowes offers kids workshops on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am to build a wood project. Your child will also receive a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certificate upon completion of their project. Make sure you register early, seats get full fast!
Go To LowesBuildandGrow.com
Michael’s and AC Moore offer free activities and tons of fun.
Go To The Knack on Michael’s website and choose from a Scavenger hunt you can print out, In Store Events, Birthday Parties and more.
For Classes and projects at AC Moore. Fill in your information at the Store Locator page and it will show the store near you then click on View Events. A calendar will pop up with the entire month to choose from.
Airfare rates go up and down on a daily basis it seems, but a little research can save you a bundle and get the cheapest rates. I came across TravelZoo.com and found cheap flights not only for this week but also for the next 90 days. You can use this website to help plan your trip and see what days or weeks are best for your savings.
It’s the extra’s that can cost your more, but with a bit of thinking ahead you can keep that money in your pocket for travel. Rental car companies can charge you for a GPS system and child safety seats. Bring your own. Considering what type of cell phone you have, there are apps for GPS that you can download into your phone. If you are not sure which one will work for you contact your phone provider for assistance.
If you have a child, you already have a car seat for them. Bring it along when renting a car for travel, as many rental companies allow this.
If you are traveling state to state or city to city you will probably access toll roads that use electronic toll systems (e-tolls). These toll systems are to help traffic flow better with out having to stop at toll booth. You may want to get a toll pass (SunPass) here in Florida so you are assured that your tolls will be paid for ahead of time. Rental companies do offer this service and charge a daily fee and most likely the same pass.
Stopping for a bite to eat
You can save a bundle on your meals for kids by going to MyKidsEatFree.com. This site will show you a list of restaurants that offer free meals for kids under a certain age. Some on certain days and some all the time.
For adults, check out restaurants along your route by going to their websites. Most have menu’s and coupons or days for discounts. A little research ahead or using your cell phone can save you lots.
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