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RV Travel Organization Principles

We have found the RV travel organization is the backbone of a successful, enjoyable family vacation. We love to take our RV vacations in a group of friends and/or family. While we also meet lots of great people on the road, we love to vacation with our loved ones.

A large group traveling together is a potential powder-keg of conflict and frustration, so we have found that the key to success is to plan ahead and organize the vacation before we leave.

My wife, who is the crowned queen of RV travel organization, starts the ball rolling by taking a two-part poll from all the participants, children and adults alike. Because planning a vacation like this can be quite complex, the poll is taken quite a few months before the intended departure date.

The first part of the poll is basically technical, and only adults are invited to participate. The poll determines the vacation destination and addresses various logistical issues. We always try to go to places none of us has ever visited before, and we have sometimes wound up in pretty exotic locations. Often, this means we have to fly out, so vehicles have to be rented, we have to decide what additional equipment should be brought along, etc. Once the results are in, a single group member is made responsible for finding suitable vehicles for all of us.

The second part of the poll relates to the fun part, and is addressed to all group participants. We usually try to arrange our group RV vacations in a mobile-stationary mode, which means we travel and sightsee one day and stay stationary the next. This means we have ample time to see all the interesting sights and can also plan various sports activities and other outdoor fun like fishing, golf, swimming or anything else that strikes your fancy. This stop-go system has proved very effective and ensures that everybody has a great time.

Another thing the poll does effectively is arrange the chore schedule: who cooks on what days, who babysits when the others do something together - even down to if, where and when we eat out.

We have found that this daily schedule helps us organize the chaos created when we (or any group, actually) get together for joint activities, reduces the inevitable friction and generally makes for a very enjoyable family vacation. RV travel organization - we don't leave home without it! 

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