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Seven sleeping tips when traveling in an RV

(April 4, 2018) -- There is a lot that you can do to improve your RV for proper sleep, writes RVer and outsdoorsman Edie Marcal.

By Edie Marcal

UNITED STATES — I’ve always been a huge fan of RVs, and last year, I decided to take my family for an RV camping experience. However, I noticed that RV parks are some of the noisiest places, and depending on your location; you’ll get exposed to sirens, road noises, dogs barking and loud diesel rigs. In any case, sleeping in an RV is still one of the most exciting experiences.

Here, I’ll talk about some of the various ways in which you can improve it to enjoy sufficient sleep during the night.

1. Learn How to Choose The Best RV Parking Spot
I’ve previously mentioned that it gets quite disturbing sleeping in a noisy area. So, you should know how to select the right field.

Here are a few tips:

  • Arrive at the camping ground early.
  • Make sure that you have the right RV parking maps before traveling.
  • Avoid packing next to smelly areas like Dumpsters.

2. Make Sure You Get The Right RV!
Because I wanted to give my family the best camping experience, I had to choose the best RV in the market. These have different levels of quality, and at some point, I felt like I was deciding between brick and stick homes. I even discovered that affordability is better than the quality of sleep when getting an RV for a camping trip.

However, despite your budget, there is something for everyone in the world of RV shopping. I got the Class C Winnebago Aspect because of its luxurious and comfy feel. I, of course, did some few minor adjustments to make it the best full-time lifestyle ‘coach’ to help you fall asleep instantly!

3. Choose a Comfortable Mattress
I also had to choose a good mattress for my family. Keep in mind that even if you have the best camping vehicle, sleeping on an uncomfortable bed will give you sleepless nights. Studies also show that it may cause back and muscle pains and you don’t want such health aches to ruin your outdoor experience, right?

4. Ensure Your Leveling Jacks Are Wholly Extended!
You don’t want your leveling jacks to be partially extended because your RV rocks more once people start walking around inside. I even realized that using ‘auto level’ adjustments of your HWH leveling jacks sometimes prevents the rear jacks from fully extending. In such a case, what happens is that your RV bounces and shifts on its rear suspension. It’s just like it’s your kids jumping around in your truck or car.

Therefore, ensure that you’ve thoroughly extended your jacks until they’re all in contact with the ground and then adjust them from there. By taking some weight away from the suspension, you RV will feel quite stable for a good night’s sleep!

5. Empty Your Suspension Bags
If you’re carrying some load-bearing airbags at the back of your RV, make sure that you take all the air out. I took quite some time before realizing this, but just like the jack extensions, it assists in keeping your camping vehicle from rocking as people move about.

This method works in handy if you don’t have some leveling jacks. Levelling jacks take most of the weight away from the suspension. However, I still noticed that even with leveling jacks, your RV will always carry a lot of pressure with fully packed airbags. All in all, remember to inflate you airbags before hitting the road.

6. Manage Your RV’s Air Flow
Here, it’s crucial to mention that the right airflow plays a huge part in giving you a proper night’s rest. The truth is that an RV feels somewhat stuffy, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Keep in mind that RV’s heat up pretty fast when you’re on the road. So, keep the windows open and buy an active fan to keep the air fresh and crisp.

7. Adjust Your Bedroom Lighting
I like keeping my bedroom reasonably bright. However, I know that there are those of you who prefer sleeping in total darkness. My Winnebago RV has an adequately fixed skylight that glows in the evening, providing one of the most suitable outdoor feelings. I also installed some day-night shades and added some new curtains just to make the room a little bit darker.

There is a lot that you can do to improve your RV for proper sleep. Although these are only seven reasons, I’m sure that you’ve upgraded your camping vehicle using other methods. In any case, choosing what suits you is all you need to do. So, from these tips, which one do you think is the best?


Edie Marcal is an outdoorsman that loves to travel with his RV. In his free time, he teaches people survival skills and writes about the health dangers of sleep on our health.

 

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One comment

  1. Nice article Edie… note on Item #4… if you have a Level Up leveling system by Lippert there would be no issue with the jacks not making contact with the ground… if the system is working properly each jack will deploy until it meets resistance than responds only to the algorithms written for the owners preferred level and not the manufactures pre-determined setting… both systems rely on hydraulic actuation to full extension, however the unit will be more stable with the least amount of extension… while not necessary the owner may want to consider utilizing support blocks to keep extension at a minimum

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