Pros and Cons of RV Traveling This Summer

Australia is a beautiful country. From the outback to the ocean and beaches, there are visions that will blow the minds of visitors and citizens who have yet to experience all that the “land down under” has to offer.

Here’s a wonderful suggestion. Instead of paying crazy prices to fly from one place to another, you might want to consider loading up the family in an RV and taking to the road. Your “hotel of wheels” will serve you well as you traverse Australian terrain that you might only get one chance in your life to experience.

As far as traveling by RV is concerned, there are pros and cons to doing so. No one knows better than you how the family is going to take to seeing the world from a mobile hotel. To help you make a decision about whether or not this mode of vacation travel is suitable for you and your family, let’s visit some of those pros and cons.

The Pros of a RV Vacation

What’s good about RV travel is very good. Let’s take a look at the things that make it good.

Destination Control

With other modes of vacation travel, you are required to travel to the destination(s) that are predetermined by those who control the travel arrangements. Buses, trains, and planes have destination limitations. They can’t get off the route or routes that have already been predetermined.

Sitting in the driver’s seat of an RV, you get to decide which direction you are going to point the RV. If you have a sudden change of heart, one turn of the steering wheel will change the direction of your vacation in a matter of seconds. That’s destination control.

Time Control

Vacations are intended to be opportunities to relax and experience new things. What’s relaxing about having to hustle to meet a bus, train, or plane schedule?

As an RV traveler, you decide when it’s time to travel. You decide when it’s time to rest. You decide when it’s time to eat a meal or visit a great vacation attraction.

Cost Savings for Larger Groups

While it’s true that an RV rental could be a tad bit expensive, the cost could be offset by the number of travelers. For instance, purchasing bus, train, or plane tickets for 4-6 travelers could get expensive. When traveling by RV, you can load as many passengers as you want all for the same price. You might also be able to save money on food costs by buying groceries and cooking in the RV instead of depending on restaurants. Finally, the ability to sleep in an RV will certainly save the cost of hotel rooms. If traveling for an extended period with a large group, the hotel room savings could be substantial.

The Comforts of Home

When traveling in an RV, only one person had to focus on operating the vehicle. The rest of the traveling party can enjoy the comforts of home. They can nap in legitimate beds. They can sit around playing video games, play some online pokies, or watch TV. Also, if the mood suits them, they might want to jump in the shower and clean up before the next stop.

The Cons of a RV Vacation

All good things come with limitations. That’s certainly true when it comes to RV travel. Here are a few cons you might have to consider before booking or buying your RV.

RVs are Not Nimble

Australia has a lot of remote countryside through which visitors have to travel. That’s certainly the case in areas like the outback. RVs are not very nimble. Depending on the size, they might not corner well and may not be able to clear low underpasses. For larger RVs, the exposure to high winds can create havoc on tight roads not to mention the possibility of tipping over when winds reach dangerous levels.

Locating RV Parks Can Be Challenging

If having a hotel on wheels is the point of renting or buying an RV, there will be a need to park and set up shop. That can be a real challenge with an RV. The reality is that RV parking is typically restricted to rest stops, legitimate RV parks, and some beaches. Out in the Australian countryside, such accommodations can be hard to find. The lack of availability of RV spots with electrical hookups also could cause problems. It takes a lot of strategic planning to find places to park RVs overnight or for days at a time.

Summary: RV traveling is not suitable for everyone. However, it’s a fine way to traverse Australia if you have the time and money to make the most of the adventure. If you are interested in buying an RV, you might want to rent one first and experience the process before making the financial investment in ownership.


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