Plan­ning your trip

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Rental costs will vary greatly de­pend­ing on what you choose and how far you drive, rang­ing any­where from $50 to $500 per day.

When rent­ing a rig, get de­tailed in­struc­tions from the owner or rental com­pany on how to use the RV’s sys­tems, in­clud­ing the gen­er­a­tor, air-con­di­tion­ing, lev­el­ing, slide outs, elec­tric and en­ter­tain­ment, as well as how to empty waste tanks and re­fill fresh wa­ter.

You should also know that be­cause of COVID-19, most RV rental com­pa­nies are vig­i­lant about clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing their units. But if you want to be ex­tra safe, the CDC of­fers tips at CDC.gov/COVID19 — type “Clean­ing and Dis­in­fect­ing Your Home” in the search bar.

It’s al­ways wise to map out your trip route and re­serve your camp­grounds in ad­vance, es­pe­cially now dur­ing the pan­demic, be­cause some camp­grounds and RV parks, as well as local, state and na­tional pub­lic parks, may be closed or op­er­at­ing with re­stric­tions.

A free tool that can help you plan your trip is Road­trip­pers. com, which lets you plot out routes, cal­cu­late mileage and travel time, and will iden­tify RV camp­grounds, points of in­ter­est and restau­rants along the way.

You should also con­sider be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Good Sam Club (GoodSam.com/club, $29/year), which pro­vides ac­cess to its web-based trip plan­ner, camp­ing and fuel dis­counts, and a copy of the Good Sam Guide Se­ries that fea­tures de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on more than 12,000 pri­vate RV parks and pub­lic camp­grounds.

Most RV parks rent spa­ces on a nightly or weekly ba­sis with rates typ­i­cally rang­ing from $30 to $50 per night; how­ever, some in city and coun­try parks may be $10 or even free.

RV parks can also range from rus­tic fa­cil­i­ties with lim­ited or no util­ity hookups, as are more of­ten found in state and na­tional parks, to lux­ury re­sorts with ameni­ties that ri­val fine ho­tels.

For first-time RV renters, stay­ing at a fully loaded RV park or camp­ground with full hookups, a dump sta­tion and staff on site is highly rec­om­mended. Look at Kamp­grounds of Amer­ica (KOA. com) or Re­serveAmer­ica.com to browse the ac­com­mo­da­tions.

And for more safe travel tips this sum­mer, visit Coro­n­avirus. gov — click on “spe­cific re­sources for trav­el­ers.”

When rent­ing a rig,

get de­tailed in­struc­tions from the owner or rental com­pany on how to use the RV’s sys­tems.

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