Driving an RV is challenging in many ways. The most difficult part is finding parking for a big rig, and this fact can make travel days with a motorhome or travel trailer feel absolutely overwhelming for RV newbies. Fortunately, by knowing a few key pro tips, you can avoid the parking worries for the most part and actually begin to enjoy your next road trip.
Here are our top five tips for parking your RV on travel days.
#1: Use Your Manners
First of all, you will want to be sure to pack your manners, because they are a must when parking an RV. While you will likely need to fill more than one space in a parking lot, be sure to fill as few as possible and make sure there is plenty of room for others to get around you. Additionally, it is generally a good idea to park toward the back of the lot in order to avoid claiming all the prime spots for your one vehicle.
#2: Watch for Truck Stops
Finding gas stations with room for an RV to park is a necessary yet irritating experience. Many regular fuel stations are not well equipped to accommodate large Class A rigs, and many 5th-wheels will also have a hard time squeezing into your average mom-and-pop station. Instead of risking getting stuck, keep your eye out for truck stops along your route. Because these are built to accommodate semi-trucks, you are not likely to have issues stopping in for a fill-up and a bite to eat as well.
Highway rest stops are another good alternative if you simply need a quiet place to sleep. However, some states do not like this sort of overnight parking, so be sure to check the rules wherever you travel.
#3: Take Advantage of Public Transportation
If you head into a big city with your RV, be sure to take advantage of any public transportation options available. Finding parking for a large vehicle in a big city is difficult enough the first time around, and if a bus or train is available, there is absolutely no reason to try your luck by seeking out a second large spot. Simply leave the motorhome or travel trailer in its original spot and take the public transport to your next destination, returning at the end of the day to pick up your vehicle.
#4: Avoid Parking Garages
In many large cities, parking garages are the most popular kind of parking. Unfortunately for RV owners, parking garages are not usually made with larger vehicles in mind. Heading into a parking garage in your home-on-wheels is likely to end in a scraped roof and a stuck vehicle. Therefore, you will want to skip the garages and stick to other parking options instead.
#5: Reserve Parking in Advance
Driving around a strange city looking for parking is stressful. The stress is even more intense when you add an enormous RV into the mix. Why not skip this stress and book your parking place in advance? ParqEx is the perfect solution for this situation. Because there are so many parking spots available through ParqEx, you are sure to find one that can accommodate your rig, and the easy-to-use app makes the booking as simple as can be. Best of all, you will have a parking place booked before you ever arrive, meaning you can navigate directly to parking and head off on your sightseeing adventures right away.
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