Taking Your RV Off-Roading? Here's What You Need To Do

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If you're like many people who've recently succumbed to the magic of hitting the open road in your own well-equipped RV, you may be ready to take your RV experience to the next level by going off-road. Before you take this particular plunge, however, it's important to prepare for the adventure in ways that help ensure that you'll have a safe and great time. Here's what you need to do before taking the exit sign off the busy highway and heading down the road less traveled.  

Get Off-Road Tires

When it comes to off-road adventuring, tires are definitely one of the most important factors. After all, no one wants to be stranded in the backcountry because the tires on their RV weren't up to the job. Off-road tires have the traction necessary to navigate slippery or rough conditions, especially useful if you plan to take your RV on dirt roads or through muddy or sandy areas. Additionally, because off-road tires are typically wider and have more tread, they also provide more stability than regular tires. Keep in mind that behind every good road trip is a good set of tires. 

Check the Suspension 

The suspension of your RV is designed to absorb shock and vibration as the vehicle travels over rough or uneven terrain. It also helps to maintain proper tire contact with the road surface, which is essential for good handling and stability. Having the suspension checked prior to heading off-road will help prevent rough and rocky rides. 

Check the Brakes

Brakes are critical when off-roading, so make sure they are in good condition and functioning properly by having them inspected by a professional before leaving on your adventure. Brake fluid levels should be high, and the brake pads should not be worn and flimsy. 

Pack Supplies

One of the best parts of traveling by RV is that you'll be able to pack along a lot of supplies. Besides the basics, such as food and personal items, don't forget to pack items like tools, spare parts, and a first-aid kit.

Plan Your Trip 

Map out your route in advance and make sure you have a good understanding of where you'll be going and the terrain you'll be driving on. Do not plan on using your GPS device—these are not accurate in many off-the-beaten-track areas, and many of those who have relied on GPS devices have found themselves hopelessly lost in rural and wilderness locations.   

Contact a local auto service to learn more about RV tires