How can we make our first family RV trip awesome?
January 29, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
I've always wanted to do an RV trip, and I've finally convinced my wife to give it a try. We're thinking about taking our two girls (1.5 and 5 yrs) to San Diego this spring and starting from there. How can we make it a fun experience for everyone?
posted by gottabefunky to Travel & Transportation around San Diego, CA (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It's something I've always wanted to do but never have. And now with two kids, it seems like it might actually be a way to have a fun short road trip, get away from Portland's "spring" weather, maybe even save some effort and money.
I'm thinking a 5-day trip with maybe 2-3 hours driving each day, sleeping in campgrounds or at large somewhere safe.
First, is this crazy? My wife and I are more the backpack-through-Africa types, but with young kids especially, travel has become more of a...burden. It's the transitions that kill you: hotel-attraction-car-restaurant-etc. This seems like a way to eliminate a few of those. And possibly save on hotels and restaurants, since we can cook some meals aboard. Right?
Then, where should we go? Sea World is out (*ahem*Blackfish), but maybe the zoo, definitely the beach, maybe the desert, or mountains...? Cool kid-friendly destinations near San Diego that won't drive parents bonkers?
I'm sure the girls will find the whole RV thing hilariously fascinating, but what's the optimal balance of driving to not-driving? They typically do fine on long car trips, and are otherwise very active. How can we make this as fun for them as possible, and also for us?
What should we bring? How big an RV should we rent, and from who?
And last, what are the hidden pitfalls with RV rental/travel we don't know about? Travel hacks? Insider tips?