First thing to consider is the mechanical reliability of your RV and tow vehicle. Check your service record and make certain you are up to date with important service intervals. Before taking a trip have your RV and tow vehicle thoroughly inspected and any repairs made. Check your tires and air pressure. You do not want a break down on some remote highway.
Invest in a cell phone from a national carrier. Be careful of some plans that have limited coverage which could leave you without service when you most need it. Bill paying and other banking can now be done safely online so consider adding internet service.
Invest in a GPS navigation unit which will tell you when to turn well in advance of the turn. Don’t depend on maps which do not tell you things like if it is a left or right-hand exit.
You will need to plan for refilling prescriptions. Have your doctor write a letter explaining any chronic condition you have and current treatments you may be receiving in case you need medical care while traveling.
There are several types of insurance you need to carry and some you should consider. Make sure your policy on your RV and tow vehicle is up to date and the liability limits are at least at the minimum for the states you will be traveling through. You might consider purchasing a roadside assistance policy. For seniors AARP offers one for RVs. Another insurance to consider is an air ambulance insurance like SkyMed which will fly you home if you encounter a medical problem requiring hospitalization.
Handle your money safely. Use a debit card tied to an account which has direct deposit of your pay, social security, or pension check. You can then access cash directly from an ATM. Use an ATM inside a bank or building during daylight.
Many gas stations are offering large per gallon discounts for cash purchases. If you can save 5 cents a gallon this will add up over the length of your trip.
Stopping time is up to four times greater while pulling a trailer. Look ahead as far as you will travel in 12 to 15 seconds. Make your intentions known well in advance of a turn, changing lanes, or stopping. Don’t tailgate. Don’t drive at night, plan to be at each day’s destination before sunset.
Take a Driving Course
A good way to learn how to drive your RV safely or tow safely is to take an RV safe driving course. Several organizations offer these courses and you can find them through camping clubs like The Good Sam Club or The Family Motor Coach Association. You can also contact the Recreational Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation to see if they are conducting any classes in your area. Besides becoming a safer driver many insurance companies offer discounts to driver’s who complete these courses.