Ok, short story and then a video as we have dash cam of it. (You all know we use a dash cam right? If not, we use a BlackVue Dash Cam.) Anyway, if you have ever been with a professional caravanning group you will know that one thing they do not do is travel in a long line. Nope, only 3 to maybe 5 RV’s at a time will head out even if they have 30 of them. Now there are a number of good reasons for this. Here are three which come to mind…
1) You have a less chance of blocking cars coming onto the expressway/Highway/Interstate etc seeing you are not a long train of RV’s.
2) When you all are getting on an expressway/Highway/Interstate etc, you are not all trying to get on at once.
3) You are not all trying to keep up with the leader and thus speeding or making other poor choices as you will see in the video.
But other than traffic issues, you also then have the issue of all of you arriving at the RV park at the same time and thus blocking traffic and entranceways! That is just bad for the park owner and does not get you all off on the right foot. :-) These are just a few reasons, if you want to know others, check out what a professional caravan group offers and take a trip. They are great fun and well planned.
But with all that said, doing a caravan with a group of friends is a great time. It is just so fun traveling with others and having a like experience and even make new friends if you do not know everyone. You also feel a sense of safety when traveling in more “out there” places. Brenda and I have been in a number of “friend caravans” and even took leads on the one we did when we went to Newfoundland. Oh how none of the group can forget the “Gooooooooood Morning Campers!” coming over the radios each morning as we headed out with complete drive details and weather reports. One day I did not do it, it seems, soon enough when we hit the road and I was reminded over the radio. (Dang you Curtis…I would have got to it.) But I digress.
We are here to talk about a BIG NO NO when it comes to traveling with large groups and that is…DON’T BUNCH UP and NEVER WAIT ALONG A ROAD SIDE! For in doing so, you are just an accident waiting to happen and endangering others. But why just say it when this would be come off much better if I just show you why from footage taken from our dash cam with me narrating. (Thus the info you will see at the bottom of the screen. Good thing the mic was off or you would have heard some “Bleep, Bleep you Bleep’en Bleep” kinds of things.)
All in all, safety first. After all, you will get there when you get there and travel is part of the adventure. The addition of a Dash Cam can also be a very good thing and does not hurt to have onboard.