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Each year is made up of 52 weeks. That means there are 52 weekend RV trip possibilities! Each season of the year brings a new look to the world around you – especially in the Midwest. Weekend trips are a great way to explore all that your state or neighboring states have to offer.

Summer beach or fishing weekend getaways cool down into fall color tours or hunting excursions while winter tubing or snowmobiling melts into spring kayaking or hiking. There is something for everyone year round and no need to take vacation days when there’s a weekend at the end of every week!

Find Nearby Campsites

You don’t have to go far to get away from it all! You may be surprised at how many parks and campgrounds are within an hour or two of your home. When a weekend RV jaunt is what you’re planning, the closer your destination is, the more time you get to spend camping.

With shorter trips, every moment counts. So make every moment count and remember that every mile you drive away from home is time that will be spent on the return road trip, too!

Using online resources to both find potential campgrounds, as well as the distance and time it will take to get there, is a good way to plan your trip to get the most out of it. Tracking your route with a resource like Google Maps can give you very accurate travel time estimate which will let you know how much time you’ll have left to enjoy your weekend.  The shorter your drive is the more down time you have to enjoy, relax, explore and make memories.

Two-Day Trip? Don’t Go Crazy with Food

Weekend RV trips are all about maximizing your limited time. Make the most of your trip and plan quick, easy meals that don’t require a lot of prep or clean up. Anyone who’s spent any time in the kitchen (at home or at camp) can tell you that food prep can take a while. Even more time consuming is food that you need to prep at home for packing and then preparing it to eat at the campsite. Think “minimalist” when planning your weekend meals. The simpler your meals, the more time you’ll have for fun activities.

Another trick to simplifying your weekend meals is paper products. Paper plates, bowls and cups next to a campfire make mealtime cleanup a snap! When you’re only camping for a weekend, there are only a handful of meals, so the number of plates, etc., you’ll use is nominal. Worried about your frank-n-beans falling off “flimsy” paper plates?  Reusable paper plate holders give stability to those thin paper plates.

If you’re worried about the environment, look for uncoated varieties that burn clean. According to Green Lifestyle Changes, if camping for the first time or not camping on a regular basis, “I would honestly recommend taking some paper plates and cups.” Additionally, “… even if you’re experienced campers, if you’re going with young children and you don’t have extra adults to help with the clean-up tasks, you may want to use paper plates.”

Weekend RV trips can also be a great time to “splurge” on simple recipes. Additionally, things like favorite cereals or hot dogs over the fire are not only quick, but can be a “treat” if you don’t eat them regularly at home but reserve them for camping excursions. It’s amazing how exciting and “gourmet” a can of potato chips can be when only consumed on a weekend camping trip!

Pack Light

The skill of packing light is something that is eventually learned by all veteran RVers. Weekend RV travelers quickly learn that the less you bring, the faster it is to hit the road and enjoy the campgrounds. When you plan short trips you can skip a lot of the extra gear you might need for longer trips.

It’s easier to plan for the weather when you will only be gone a couple of days. Clothing can be worn in layers to accommodate the temperature fluctuations throughout the day and the same outer clothes can be worn for two days without getting overly soiled. You can even make a family challenge to see who can pack the lightest (spoiler alert: it’s usually the boys!)

One big benefit of packing light for the weekend is the time you’ll save unpacking when you get home. It also saves time on the laundry you’ll have to do when you get home, giving you time to relax and prepare for the work and/or school week ahead.

Look for Sites that Offer Your Favorite Activity

Weekend RV trips are unlike week-long camping trips so keep in mind that you won’t necessarily be able to take in everything a park has to offer. Many parks have unique features or are popular with a particular crowd of hobbyist. If you find a park close to home that has many opportunities that you’d like to take advantage of, plan return trips! Focus on one or two highlights per weekend trip in order to get the most out of each weekend visit.

You can also find parks that offer what you love most and focus that. There may be several parks nearby that fall into your favorite category. Map them out and plan weekend RV trips to try them all. You may find a favorite or two that become your regular weekend getaways.

Remember, if you feel like you missed out on something at a park or campground, there’s always next weekend!

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

When you plan week-long or longer major RV road trips, you can always pack up and move elsewhere if your destination isn’t what you expected.  Time is of the essence on weekend RV trips. Moving to another location could eat away a lot of your relaxation time, if not your whole weekend.

One of the best things you can do is try to rely on other RV campers you know for great campsite suggestions. Word of mouth from campers who have experienced locations first-hand is a good way to avoid disappointment.  When you are gathering recommendations from others, keep in mind that everyone has different likes and dislikes. A rave review of a park from an avid boondocker may not be the best suggestion of a campsite for a first-time camper.

Annual Passes Could Save You Big

One money-saving option is to look into an annual pass if you plan to go camping at national parks most weekends. They cost $80 but cover your entrance to over 2,000 Federal recreation sites.

A nice feature about the passes is that one pass covers multiple people. A pass covers the pass owner + passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at locations with per-vehicle fees. In parks where per-person fees are charged, the pass covers the pass owner + 3 adults. The passes are available for seniors at discounted rates, and free for military personnel.

If you are planning your weekend RV trips within your state, keep in mind that many state parks also offer passes. Ohio doesn’t charge entrance fees to state parks nor does it have an annual pass. However, resident senior citizens can get a discount on camping fees with a “Golden Buckeye” card. Indiana sells annual state park passes as well as Michigan. Both offer resident and non-resident passes. For a list of all 50 states and their state park entrance passes you can visit sites like TripSavvy.

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Overloading a car is uncommon. The space in your passenger vehicle will naturally limit you from overloading your vehicle – unless you are the Beverly Hillbillies. But simply because your RV has seemingly limitless space does not mean it has limitless capacity. You want to be safe and make the most of your RV space. Let’s take a look at RV load, limits and how to avoid dangerous situations from an overloaded RV.

The last thing you want on vacation is a problem. You are likely taking a vacation to get away from your problems! However, an RV is like any other vehicle in that it can have issues over time and with continued use. Here are five common RV problems and how to address, prepare for, or even prevent them.

Common RV Problems: Losing a Tire

Nothing can ruin a road trip like losing a tire. Naturally, the more you drive the more wear your tires will experience. If you haven’t already, make a habit of checking your tires before every trip. This will help you avoid driving on low-pressure tires, bald tires or those showing bulging issues.

It only takes a few moments to inspect your tires prior to hitting the road, but it can save hours of frustration! A trip can be ruined with a blowout, so tire checks should be a regular part of your maintenance.

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Common RV problems include tire leaks, so prepare yourself!

Keeping a tire gauge in your RV toolbox to verify the pressure in your tires and a portable air compressor handy in case of a low tire on the road is a good way to combat tire troubles. If you find you have a slow leak in an RV tire, you may be able to pump it up with your air compressor and get you far enough down the road to a service station where you can get it fixed.

Common RV Problems: Toilet Trouble

RV toilets take a lot of wear versus home toilets. Unregulated water pressure and rough roads can take a toll on the plumbing in them. Improper or infrequent maintenance of your RV sewer tank can lead to waste building up on the bottom of the tank. Hence, it is vital to regularly empty the tank and perform deep cleaning to keep it from becoming clogged.

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Common RV problems with toilets are often due to rubber seals or valves failing. If you notice the water level in the toilet slowly disappearing, faulty rubber seals are probably your culprit. If water runs after you release the pedal or handle, the likely culprit is the water valve.

Do NOT wait on toilet issues.

Even if you don’t use it often, water leaks can cause major damage. Leaking can also drain your overall water supply, requiring you to go home early from trips. Besides, replacing seals and valves is fairly easy, so consider keeping spare parts stored in your RV.

Appliances (Fridge/Oven/Water Heater) Not Working

The appliances in your RV are one of the main reasons you use it! If appliances weren’t important, you wouldn’t need an RV because you’d be tent camping.

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Common RV problems can include broken appliances.

If you’re connected to a power hook-up and your appliances aren’t working, the connection may be broken or under voltage. If you keep a voltage meter handy, you’ll be able to check the voltage to determine if the proper power is coming through.

If your electrical source isn’t operational or is damaged, don’t forget that without direct power, many of your RV’s appliances will run on propane instead.  If you are switched over to propane and your appliances still aren’t operational, you may have an empty propane tank.

Battery Failure

Your RV relies on your batteries a lot. You should keep them charged to maintain optimum performance. If a battery runs down completely, or even down to 10-20%, it can permanently damage the battery and shorten its life. If your batteries simply run out of juice, you can plug them in anywhere. If you are at home, you’ll need adapters to plug them in.

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Check your batteries and their fluid levels often to avoid issues. Be careful not to overfill a battery. If topping up fluid and charging doesn’t fix it, you’ll likely need to replace the whole battery. When storing your RV for the winter, be sure to remove the battery so appliances don’t draw on it. With proper care and maintenance, an RV battery should last between 5-7 years.

Leaking Water Near the Waste Water Valve

Nobody enjoys dealing with waste water, especially leaking waste water! A leaky valve is almost always due to the seal failing. Applying seal lubricant such as petroleum jelly or Plumbers Grease can help prevent a failing seal. If the seal on your toilet is a goner, they’re easy to replace. Just unbolt, slide out the old valve, replace with a new one and bolt it in.

A leaking waste water valve or dump valve means a loss in the ability to contain water in the waste tank. You will know a problem is at hand if waste water leaks or pours out the moment you loosen the cap. This means you will have to first, determine which valve is faulty.

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A dead battery is a common RV problem.

Second, drain both waste tanks completely. Next you will need to take off four bolts to allow the T handle and valve to be removed. The good news is, waste water valves are the same on nearly all RVs, so you simply choose the “small” or “large” model when purchasing replacements. Before you run water to test the new valve, make sure that the new seals between the sections are in the right position.

Remember, an ounce of prevention goes a long way…especially when it refers to maintaining your RV!

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Avoid common RV problems by investing in a quality RV! The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for your budget! Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 596-7767.

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