Travel days have never been our favorite days. They demand increased preparation and concentration. However, we’ve learned a few ways to make the most out of them, allowing us to arrive in one piece and less stressed. In this article we’ll breakdown our process of a travel day from breakfast to dinner.
In the beginning
When we began fulltime life on the road, a travel day would involve 500 miles of driving, waking up at the crack of dawn, and eating fast food & gas station snacks. When combined with elevation changes and learning how to tow, we quickly realized this was a recipe for disaster. After six months on the road we eventually found our travel rhythm. And, with a little more tweaking, we even learned to enjoy it!
Getting a good night sleep prior to traveling is essential. When we were new to the road, this was a challenge. The excitement of seeing new places had our brains buzzing, and our sleep suffered. Once we made it a point to get adequate sleep, we woke up refreshed and focused for travel.
Breakfast is also essential – traveling on an empty stomach makes us irritable. A large cup of coffee and a hearty oatmeal topped with fruit gives our bodies a few solid hours of fuel.
Preparing for Departure
The interior of our camper must be well secured. It’s never fun to find a huge pot of soup strewn across the floor or your favorite mug broken. We apply tension rods in front of the fridge, bookshelf, and pantry shelves. We also secure our cabinet handles with a tiny bungee cord.
The outside hook-ups must also be disconnected. It’s easy to remember to unhook the water hose, sewer pipe, and electric cord. However, remembering the dog line has proven to be more difficult. We must also remember to raise our stabilizers and front door step.
Connection & Inspection
Once we’re prepared for departure, Olivia guides the truck to the camper hitch. If you travel solo, check out the Hitching Rod for an easy connection.
This is a good point to step 10 yards away from the rig and inspect from afar. I like to scan under the camper, check the tire pressure, and make sure our skylight is closed. I’ll also pop the hood and check the truck’s engine. I’m no mechanic, but its good to check the fluids and inspect the belt.
On the Road
Now its time for the fun stuff – driving! We cruise at a steady 57mph, choosing highways over interstate is possible. I keep a watchful eye on the gauges and camper while towing.
If we need a bathroom break, we don’t hesitate pulling over. The beauty of towing a camper is always having your home with you; we’ll stop to make lunch, brew coffee, or whatever else our heart desires.
During an ideal travel day we’ll only drive 50-100 miles; however, we usually make a longer haul at least once a month (200-300 miles).
Deploying Landing Gear
For better or worse, all the internet images in the world will never prepare you for what the destination actually looks like. Sometimes a five-star campground looks more like a trailer park. Either way, at this point we’re tired and ready to chill.
Olivia will guide the camper into our site and make sure we’re as level as possible. We’ll hook up all applicable connections on the outside and unhook all interior bungees & tension rods. River usually needs a good walk by now, this gives us all a little exercise and introduces us to our new backyard.
Dinner & Internet
Once we’re finally all set-up, Olivia will heat up some food and I’ll check our multiple internet connections. If all ends well, our bellies will be full and Netflix will be streaming.
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