Vacationing or living full-time in a recreational vehicle (RV) with your family can be a fantastic way to travel, explore the world, and strengthen family bonds. Living in a house that’s a fraction of the size of your sticks-and-bricks home brings both challenges and opportunities. Here are some things to consider for family RV camping while prioritizing your tiny home on wheels.
Traveling with family presents challenges no matter what kind of RV you choose. We’re all familiar with the requirements for everyone in a car to wear a seatbelt, but there are no similar rules for traveling in (or with) an RV. In some states, it’s legal for passengers to travel in a towable trailer, but even in those states, there are restrictions. And just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s wise.
According to Camping World, “Most towable campers lack seat belts, especially smaller towable campers like the Happier Camper, which means getting into an accident with passengers riding in a trailer could result in significant injury or death.”
Generally, transporting passengers in a travel trailer or fifth wheel is not recommended, even though some states allow it. Towable campers lack the safety features found in motorhomes and passenger vehicles.
Before you give up the idea of traveling with a trailer, consider that your family is probably safest when secured in the vehicle towing your trailer.
Is this a challenge or an opportunity? Living in a much smaller home means less space, fewer toys, and less access to unlimited electricity and water – it’s just less! How you treat this will determine whether family RV camping is a vacation or torture. Here are a few ideas:
The right trip will depend on the age and number of family members, the time available for travel, the season, and your group’s interests.
Driving for many long days in a row is sure to make the happiest family cranky, so trip planning is essential. And choose a family-friendly RV park! Woodland Creek Family RV Camping Park in Tyler, Texas, has something for everyone: plenty of entertainment and recreation for the children and luxurious “relaxing in nature at its finest” for the adults.
Even a two-million-dollar motorcoach measures only about 400 square feet. In comparison, US homes (free-standing or condos) average almost 2500 square feet.
Clutter will overtake your “tiny home” within an hour unless everyone takes part in keeping chaos at bay.
Try posting a sign with clear rules to make life easier for everyone. This includes things such as:
And those are just a few suggested “tiny home” rules. No doubt you will add your own as you go along.
There’s a reason they call it great; it’s great because nothing compares to outside activities: catching that first fish of the season, swimming in the lake, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Unless it rains for days, the fun is knocking on your door. Just step outside and see for yourself.
As you fill your RV with everything you need for your trip, you may find that “wants” have turned into “needs.” You’ll ask yourself, “How many bath towels does a family of four need?” The answer may be four. You have access to laundry at almost every RV park.
Once you’ve divided needs from wants, find a place for each type of item and keep them there. How many pots do you need? Will an Air Fryer be a godsend or a space-waster? How big are your kids, and how many “accidents” do you expect? How many pairs of underwear will keep them clean?
Learning to live with less of everything is an eye-opener. There’s no room for fluff, which makes you more aware of what you need versus what you want and reduces excess or frivolous spending.
Choose an RV park with a reputation for 5-star accommodations, such as Woodland Creek RV Park, the vacation location with small-town personalized service and friendly staff. You’ll be glad you stayed with us! Call us today to reserve your spot.