This year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) is forecasting that 56 million Americans will be taking a road trip this year.
Whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway or an indefinite journey across the country, getting your vehicle ready for the trip is probably on your mind. Conversion vans and class B motorhomes are the ultimate way to travel, in our opinion. They offer space, capability, safety, and amenities a minivan or SUV just can’t provide.
Getting your van ready for the road is pivotal in starting your trip off right and avoiding any unexpected blunders. Prior to “take off,” we recommend following these tips below to set your vacation up for success.
Van Maintenance Checklist
It seems like a “no-brainer,” but folks often get so excited with their trip details or packing that they forget the basics. Use the checklist below to avoid any sudden breakdowns:
Tires: When was the last time your tires were replaced? A thorough tire check can help avoid unnecessary trips to a mechanic or calls to AAA during your trip. Typically, you should get new tires about every five years, but it depends on your travel patterns and the type of tire you get.
Before you leave, check all tires for cracks, bulges or abnormalities. If they seem to be in good shape, next check the pressure. See your owner’s manual to find the proper PSI level.
In addition, if you’re traveling in a class B motorhome or RV, be sure to check the voltage system, water system, and electrical system. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, be sure your toilet and air conditioning are in good working order.
Road Trip Packing List
Aside from clothing, food, and sporting gear, look over this list of essential items to pack in your van. You never know when they might come in handy!
We hope this list helped you prepare for your much-deserved getaway! The sooner all of this maintenance and packing is out of the way, the sooner you can focus on enjoying your road trip.