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SOME THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE MY BIG LAP OF AUSTRALIA

After completing our first big lap of Australia, there are definitely some things about RVing that I wish had known in the first place. Just like everything else, we get better with more experience. Here are some tips I can share.

BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

When first looking at motorhomes, the decision of what type of motorhome was mainly a decision based on how much we could afford, or thought we could afford. In reality, we should have been thinking about what we really needed. Luckily we didn’t over-buy because we couldn’t afford to but we did meet quite a few people on our journey who had. I highly recommend focusing on what you really need instead of going all out with your budget.

GETTING A SATELLITE DISH WAS USELESS

We thought we would need all that we were used to. In actual fact, we barely used the satellite dish at all. The need for the creature comforts of home soon vanished as we found we what we were really looking for; human comfort and peace and quiet. The only piece of technology that I think is really necessary is a smartphone that allows you to setup your own wifi spot. That way you are in communication most of the time and you can get the news you need while still having the power of the Internet to search for whatever you need. You might want a handheld or vehicle mounted GPS device if you are the kind of person that needs to know exactly where they are all the time.

WATCH OUT FOR HEAVY SLIDES

Those motorhomes with slides that slide out to expand the living space look great at the beginning but they can become an issue over time. We’ve seen too many people having problems with them. Again, luckily this was not the case for us but we are definitely glad we don’t have the issue. I will say this wasn’t always the case but we have met too many people that complain about them. Be careful when buying a motorhome that expands. Make sure the manufacturers haven’t gone overboard.

THERE ARE LOADS OF GREAT CAMPING GROUNDS

Finding camping grounds is really easy by using the Internet. There are hundreds of camping sites and camping grounds across the web. They are also available OnDECK’s Discover Australia Map.

TAKE YOUR TIME

I don’t know why this one took such a long time to kick in. You would think that anyone would be taking it slow from the beginning. Maybe it is the habit of having appointments and having to get to work and wherever on time. The journey is everything when you are doing a big lap. There is never any need to rush to get anywhere.

YOU DON’T NEED THAT MUCH

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking about all the things that one might need. We soon found out we didn’t need half of what we had. We even sold much of it to other travellers. If you have everything you need for a week, then you have everything you need for a whole lot longer. Seasons come and go. There is no need to take everything with you. There are plenty of places to find a bargain on the way.

GO WITH THE WEATHER

While we looked at the weather, we didn’t follow it. It took a while for the penny to drop on this one. I highly recommend taking advantage of long-range weather forecasts. It makes a whole lot more sense to arrive somewhere when the weather is turning good.

RVING COSTS ARE VERY MANAGEABLE

We agonised over the costs of RVing for months trying to work out what it would really cost and wondering if we could afford it. If you want to simplify it, know that it is much cheaper than owning and paying to keep a home while having 2 cars to go to work.

LONG-RANGE FUEL TANK

If your vehicle doesn’t have a long range fuel tank installed, I highly recommend getting a secondary tank. It is a great way to save on fuel prices when they are low and avoiding the high prices when you are further away from civilisation.

 


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Suzy T
suzyt@dinga.com.au

From camping to fishing, to trekking and touring around Australia for lengthy periods of time, Suzy lives it. She also has a passion for pets. Now she is sharing her experiences.