There are tons of fun vacation ideas when you rent an RV from Outdoorsy. You can stay near a park so you can get closer to nature, or you can stay in the city and provide your family with a home base while you explore museums, restaurants, and more. But, one of the most fun things you can do is park your RV next to the water!
Whether you’re saddling up next to San Francisco Bay in Menlo Park or you’re staying on the beach in Malibu, RVing next to the water can pose some interesting challenges.
Here are a few tips that are perfect for RVers who want to stay close to the water.
Don’t Get Stuck in the Sand
Many beach areas provide places for you to park right in the sand. That will allow you to get as close to the water as possible, but it can be a disaster if you don’t park properly.
It isn’t uncommon for RVs to get stuck in all kinds of sticky, or sandy, situations. It’s important to prevent yourself from getting stuck in the first place and know how to get unstuck if you get stuck anyway.
A few tips include:
- Research local tide tables
- Carry items that can be laid in the sand for traction
- Lower your tire pressure
- Don’t hit the brakes until you’re ready to park
Be Strategic About Bags
Bags can be your best friend or your worst enemy if you’re playing in the water on your California RV vacation. They can transport sand into your RV and get things wet if not used properly.
Use plastic bags to keep wet items separated from dry items. Use a mesh bag for shoes and other items that are sandy. Before entering the RV, give the bag a good shake to get rid of the sand.
Plan How You’ll Hang Clothes
You’re bound to get some stuff wet if you’re RVing near the water. Throwing clothes in the dryer is an option, but it’s expensive, and it’s not good for the environment. Instead, figure out how to hang your clothes efficiently.
That might mean purchasing an accordion-like contraption for the side of your RV, hanging a line outside, or finding ways to hang your clothes inside.
Make Your Keys Float
There’s nothing worse than losing something in the water. Especially something important, like your keys.
There’s an easy fix. Simply put a floating keychain on your keys so they never sink to the bottom of the sea. While you’re at it, consider purchasing buoyant phone cases so your devices don’t end up getting lost forever either.
Staying in an RV in California can get you much closer to the water than other overnight options. Not to mention, you can pick up and drive to a new location if you get bored!
Just make sure you follow these four tips so your entire family remains comfortable, no matter how wet or sandy everyone gets.