5 Best Ways to Ruin an RV Vacation


It’s that time of year again. The cold winter winds are warming up, the rain is receding, and the sun is begrudgingly emerging from its Pacific Northwest prison. As we make our way into Spring, it will soon be prime time for RV travel and making memories out in the wild frontier.

With Seattle’s ever-growing populace, it’s become even more desirable to get the family and kids out of the city to enjoy a slice of nature!

But just as you’ll be a hero for planning the greatest RV trip of all time, you’ll be condemned as a villain if the trip turns sour. Can you already hear the nagging?

As Seattle’s top RV experts, we want to make sure that your RV trip ends in triumph as opposed to your Class-C Motorhome causing a “Class-A bad time”. So we’ll talk to you about the potential pitfalls of an RV vacation and how to avoid them. Here are some surefire ways to ruin your next RV vacation.

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Not Packing Enough Food

What’s worse than being stuck at home with no food? Being stuck in the middle of the wilderness with no food, of course.

You’d surely be up a creek without a paddle if there’s not a single crumb of food left in the massive cabinets in your diesel pusher RV. Can’t you just hear the moaning and groaning already?

And what’s more, you’ll be the lucky one who gets to drive into the nearest town to find some unusual, off-brand food products in order to appease your clan. This subtracts valuable time from enjoying your RV Washington relaxation.

Here’s your list of essentials to get you started.

  • Sandwich fixings – Who would say no to a good sandwich? Stock up on some deli meats, some spreads, and some bread and you’ll keep everybody happier than a used Class A motorhome after a fresh tune-up!
  • Granola bars – These ones are a no-brainer. Sure, they may not be as satisfying as a full meal…but they’ll tide everybody over until it’s time to pop out the canopy on the ol’ Class C diesel motorhome for a sunset barbeque.
  • A feast – Deliver a Thanksgiving-style feast for one night of the trip. They’ll never see stuffing and turkey coming in the middle of July! Putting on one massive banquet essentially grants you a free pass to phone in on the rest of the RV trip’s meals!

But of course, you know what your family likes best. Be sure to stock up on all the favorites!

RV Envy

Okay, we’ll admit it. You’re the coolest cat in the whole lot with that used diesel pusher motorhome. Hands down!

That is…until the gravel in campsite crackles, and up pulls a rival family with their NON-used fifth wheel motorhome. Who do they think they are, trying to show everyone up like that? Their fifth wheel motorhome isn’t so special.

Maybe it’s just a classic case of keeping up with the Jones’. Just because somebody’s RV is a little fancier is no need for alarm; each RV is special. We should know; we have one of the largest selections of used RVs in Seattle and we love them all dearly.

But if you’re really determined to be the BMOC (big man on campsite), come visit us and check out our wide array of diesel pusher motorhomes, used trailers, and fifth wheel motorhomes for sale. May you never be shown up again.

Breaking Down

Having to call for roadside assistance ranks worse than having to ask for directions; most men would agree. Taking the time to bring in your RV and make sure that it’s been serviced before your big vacation can make all the difference.

With so many different components that go into the RV…

  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Engine
  • Tires
  • Plumbing

It’s reasonable to suspect that something may go wrong. Our service team can help keep your used or non-used RV in Seattle at its absolute peak. AAA is overrated anyway.

Critters in the Campsite

When you’ve got that good food cooking up, it’s expected that mosquitos and ants will try to get in on the fun. If they catch a whiff of that lavish banquet you’re serving up, you can bet they’ll be along for a taste.

When buying a used RV, it’s important to make sure that it’s pest proof. No cracks, loose windows, and a good canopy to hang a bug screen from. It’s not too hard to outsmart an insect, it just takes a little bit of diligence!

Also, be sure to keep food well-contained and not laying around the campsite. If there are tasty scents emanating from your Class-C motorhome, there’s a good chance that you may have some more aggressive guests pop into the campsite, as seen on the right!

Not Letting Go of Work

This may be the simplest one to avoid, but it seems that there are many people who get hung up on their lives back in the city during what is supposed to be a retreat away from it!

When you’ve taken your RV out of Seattle to go enjoy the rest of Washington, it’s important that you leave all of the personal baggage behind. Trust us, it will be there when you get back.

Here’s a few suggestions to help make your trip out of town a relaxing one.

  1. Limit your amount of screen time.
  2. Don’t take any work documents or devices with you.
  3. Keep conversation away from your busy lives; focus on the moment!
  4. Have a bonfire. There’s something relaxing and hypnotic about them.
  5. Take a hike. Getting out into nature and using those stiff muscles will help clear your head and remind you of the important things in life.

Whether you’re gearing up your Class-A motorhomes, Diesel Pusher RV, or red Radio Flyer wagon, make sure that the only baggage you’re bringing is the kind that fits in a suitcase or cooler.

Just Have Fun!

Consider us your #1 RV advisors. We want to see you get out there and enjoy a beautiful season in your RV here in Washington. If you’re in need of any service on your RV prior to the big trip this year or want to know a little more about buying a used RV, give us a shout! We’re here to help.