Great West RV sharing vacations are perfect for creating everlasting memories with family and friends. Some informed planning will make the entire experience even better.
We’ve put together several tips and ideas for you to consider. We hope you find them helpful. If you have other questions check out our FAQ page or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
With the surge of interest in RV travel we recommend that you book as soon as possible to get your desired dates and the unit that fits your needs. It is very important to book campground locations early as well.
Have an Itinerary
It’s tempting to be spontaneous when your home is on wheels – especially when it comes to dining, stops along the way, etc. A little flexibility can easily make the adventure uniquely memorable. Just the same, we recommend you have a plan in place – especially if you’re new to RV travel.
- Budget: How much you want to allocate for food, fun,
campsite rental, and extras.
- Food: What do you want to buy and prepare, and where you want to eat out.
- Route: The one you plan to take, and alternatives for additional adventures that may be necessary due to time or weather.
- Stops: The places you want to see along the way.
- Check out: The GyPSy Guide App. It’s like having a tour guide in your RV. Select your destination, download over WiFi. Launch Tour | Drive | Enjoy Commentary. There’s a nominal charge and it’s available on the App Store and Google Play.
Create a Campground Setup Checklist
As an RV beginner, you might not have a campground routine yet. While seemingly obvious, a setup checklist saves time and ensures everything is set up as it should be.
Your checklist should include:
– Check the site for low hanging branches and obstacles on the ground.
– Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups. Pull your RV in close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.
– Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.
– Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane.
– Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up —be sure to wear gloves for this process.
– Put out your awning and set up the campsite.
– Get ready to enjoy your RV adventure!
Connect with Nature
Get to know a little about the flora and fauna.The National Park Service website is a great place to start. https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
National Parks App
REI Co-op has created a National Parks Guide. It’s free and available on the App Store and Google Play
Be Weather Aware
The Rockies and the American Southwest are distinctive in so many ways – scenery, wildlife, attractions and, of course, the weather. Conditions vary widely throughout the year and between different elevations. But conditions also vary even within the same day.
A little awareness about the weather in your area can go along way to make your adventure safe, memorable AND comfortable. Become familiar with the weather fluctuations that can exist along the way. Weather in the Rockies and American Southwest can change quickly. (i.e. lightning, thunderstorms, wind, flash flooding, and of course sunshine).
Colorado’s High Country Conditions
- Elevation directly impacts temperatures. For every 1,000 feet gained in elevation, temperature decreases 3-5℉. Thinner atmosphere means less of the sun’s heat is trapped near the surface. Elevation also causes the air pressure to drop resulting in cooler air.
- Thunderstorms – The Rocky Mountains are notorious for afternoon thunderstorms during the summer months. A typical thunderstorm day for Colorado starts out with a sunny morning. Clouds begin to develop on the mountains and foothills to the west, grow taller as the morning progresses, and develop into thunderstorms around noon. We recommend planning outdoor activities for morning and early evening – into evening. The afternoon showers give time to regroup, have lunch or a nap. Also, while lightning is a definite concern, rain is the much more common scenario. Rain is often accompanied by a 20, 30, 40 degree drop in temperature (and/or hail and snow), so be sure to have a waterproof rain jacket and something to cover your head (a hood or a hat) along with you at all times.
- Sun Protection – Colorado is known for bright sunny days and clear blue skies. Those beautiful sunny days mean we have to be extra careful about sun protection. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. You should wear sunscreen every single day in the high country. Many dermatologists recommend SPF 15 at a minimum; others say SPF 30 is the lowest you should go. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.
American Southwest Conditions
- Despite the idea the American Southwest is hot and dry most of the year, the truth is, the weather varies quite a bit depending on where you are.
- Temperatures – Warm temperatures are one of the region’s defining characteristics. Regional temperatures run higher compared to northern climes due in large part to a quasi-permanent subtropical high-pressure ridge over the region. In the Southwest, the cool season begins roughly in October and lasts through March, while the warm season is present the other half of the year.
- Precipitation – Precipitation in the Southwest has two distinct seasons. Summer thunderstorms characteristic of the monsoon season are spotty, while drizzly winter storms last longer and engulf large portions of the region. Winter precipitation often involves large-scale frontal systems. It can fall as snow in some of the higher elevations, such as along the Colorado Plateau’s Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona. Rain and snow that falls between October and March accounts for nearly half of the region’s annual precipitation.
Great West RV Checklist
Amenities Included In Your RV
– Pots, pans, bowls and utensils for cooking
– Plates, bowls, cups and glasses for dining
– A coffee maker to get you going
– Paper towels, plates, napkins, plastic flatware and cups for picnics
– Sheets, pillows, blankets and sleeping bags for 2 double and 2 single beds
– Towels, washcloths, hand towels and toilet paper to help keep you refreshed
Cleaning & Safety
– Cleaning supplies like dish soap, window cleaner, hand sanitizer, trash bags, toilet cleaner and nitrile gloves
– Fire extinguisher, a tool kit, carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors
– Fully filled gasoline, LP gas and water tank
Customize Your Trip
Outdoor Camping Kit
– Metal fire ring
– Marshmallow skewers (4)
– Campfire pie irons (4)
– Charcoal Grill
– Chimney Charcoal Starter
What To Bring
Plan recipes/meals ahead of time so you know exactly what you need to bring or shop for. This will also tell you how much clean-up will be involved with each meal. Eric recommends buying bagels, juice and fruit for an easy breakfast on the first morning. It is tasty, quick to prepare and clean up is minimal.
Weather in the Rocky Mountains and American Southwest can be delightful with plenty of sunshine and lower humidity levels. The weather can also be unpredictable and variable hour to hour. We recommend checking weather forecasts in advance of your trip. Being prepared with appropriate clothing can make for an enjoyable trip – no matter what the weather.
– Wind and waterproof breathable outerwear
– Warm, quick drying layers to adjust to changing temperatures
– Gloves (if spending time at higher elevations)
– Closed-toe, durable footwear
– Flip flops or slippers for around camp
- Be sure to remember all your personal items – not only toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, conditioner, razor, comb, and all that, but also your medications and any specialty items that you need along the way.