RV traveling with kids is an excellent way to see the country. There’s room to spread out on a rainy day, and all of their favorite goodies and toys are within easy reach. While it is convenient to have all the luxuries of home, keep in mind that you are using a motor vehicle, and there will be disadvantages to overcome as well as rules of road and science to be taken into consideration. Nohr’s RV Center can help you pick the right fifth wheel, travel trailer, or other type of RV for your family, and offer some useful tips while traveling.
Information About Child Restraints
Be sure that everyone remains seated while the vehicle is in motion, and small children are placed in front-facing seats. It is also a good idea to verify that the seats your children will use have safety belts which attach to the frame rather than simply being affixed to the seating. Child seats are designed specifically for front-facing seats and do not provide proper protection is used improperly.
Beware of “Kid Taxes”
Some campgrounds will charge you an extra fee for children, a practice that is sometimes referred to as a “Kid Tax.” The fee may range up to around $5 per child per night, so research your locations ahead of time. There are also various regulations which parents must abide by in many RV campgrounds. These may include child curfews, noise regulations, or other restrictions. Finally, some campgrounds are intended for adults only and should be avoided when traveling with kids.
Plan for the Season
A general rule of thumb is to head northward in the summertime and visit southern climates during the cool months, but doing the opposite may be better for avoiding peak season costs and viewing wildlife or nature. Regardless of where or when you are going, pack for the season. Bring along plenty of fluids and snacks, and clothing suitable for the climate. Be sure to bring along indoor activities, games, and movies just in case the weather keeps you indoors for a day or two.
Remember the Laws of Physics
Be sure to secure your children and their belongings. A toy left lying in the wrong place can become a dangerous piece of debris in the blink of an eye. Similarly, the same laws for child safety which are used by passenger vehicles also apply to a motorhome. In fact, since your RV has more room to move around, it can be even more dangerous for people who ignore passenger safety laws. Just remember that an object – even people – in motion tend to remain in motion and double check everything before hitting the road.
Whether it is off to visit the House of Mouse, or out to visit national landmarks, taking your children along for RV travel is a wonderful idea. History can come to life and discovery awaits around every turn. But before you set out on the road, stop by Nohr’s RV Center to get your RV serviced and ready for the highway.