Hiking and RVing - a match made in heaven

Posted on August 17, 2017

If your friends often tell you to take a hike, it’s probably because you own a toy hauler or drive a diesel RV.

RV owners are, so to speak, in a Class A motorhome by themselves. They’ll pass on crowded airports, overpriced hotels and long car trips with bored kids kicking each other in the backseat.

The wildness of the world calls to them, and they love answering whenever they please.

RVs are ideal for reaching diverse hiking destinations all over the continent. Nothing beats parking an RUV in a scenic setting and hitting the trails just yards away. It’s far more convenient than setting up a tent, and all the comforts of home await after a trek through the wilderness. Staying fit while on the road is an additional benefit.

If you’re hiking for the first time, the importance of preparedness, comfort and safety can’t be overstated. Keep reading for a quick course in the basics.

Know Your Limitations

Before you head out in your gas RV, assess your physical health, skill level and stamina. Can you handle a rocky terrain, or is a paved trail best to start with? Are there children or elderly people traveling with you? Is the dog coming along? These are things to consider as you choose a hiking destination.

Trails are classified according to difficulty, so do online searches or call state park personnel before you decide. They can describe conditions, make recommendations and provide maps.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Having the wrong clothing, footwear or backpack can ruin a perfectly good motorhome vacation. Follow these tips:

  • Make sure that your clothes are warm or cool enough for a day of exploring. Layers will help you adapt to changing conditions. Pack a rain poncho.
  • Well-fitting socks and footwear that are meant for hiking will make all the difference in your experience. Keep those ankles supported and those feet dry and free of blisters.
  • Choose a sturdy but lightweight backpack in your size.

Equip Yourself

Whether you’re planning a morning trek or an adventure over several days, being prepared for anything is essential. Here are some safety reminders:

  • Do your homework on weather conditions, poisonous plants and dangerous animals in the area.
  • Take plenty of water and nutritious snacks like jerky, dried fruit and protein bars.
  • Be sure to pack a compass, a pocketknife, a small first-aid kit and sunscreen. Provide whistles, flashlights and waterproof matches for everyone in your group.
  • Make sure that everyone knows what to do if you get separated. Take small pieces of yarn to mark your trail along the way.

Have a Thrilling Adventure

These are some of America’s favorite destinations for hiking trips in motorhomes:

  • La Plata Peak, Colorado

Take in majestic mountains, alpine forests and crystal-clear lakes.

  • Solstice Canyon, California

Work up a sweat on the Rising Sun Trail before swimming at a nearby beach.

  • Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Experience the enchanted Land of the Waterfalls.

  • Mount Healy, Alaska

Breathe in the intoxicating scents of wildflowers and pine trees.

  • Glacier National Park, Montana

Cool down in the glaciers. There are 730 miles of marked trails.

What’s stopping you from exploring the country in your Class A toy hauler or class C motorhome? Wherever you want to take a hike, your Thor Motor Coach can get you there.

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