Now that the new year has come and gone and we (at least those of us in the north) are in the grips of winter, it is easy to put the brakes on and not think about RVing until late spring or so. As I look out at my camper, though, I realize that it is time to start the planning process, both with the camper and with trips that we would like to take.
First, take a look at your camper. Is there anything that you want to add? I need shelving in various cupboards and such, and am planning and measuring those up.
Second, look at trips. I highly recommend trying something different. If you have only camped in a state park or family style campground, seek something a bit out of the way, like a national forest or other primitive campground. It takes a different set of skills to do this, but is extremely rewarding and relaxing when you don’t have to worry about neighbors. Look at trip length. From here in Ohio, we can be a lot of places in 8-12 hours, but there is also nice camping (free, but primitive) 45 minutes away. There is also West Virginia, which we can be into in about three hours (to Elkins, the gateway to a large camping area known as the Monongahela National Forest). It is not always necessary to travel long distances, so look for areas closer.
Third, make a definite plan to get out, do SOMETHING. We are already planning a couple of trips, and will continue this through the winter.