While hunting in your own backyard can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. There’s nothing like going away on a long hunting trip to a remote or just different location.
Hunting a new area can be a great way to bag unique game or explore new spaces. While you can always book a trip and go the hotel or Airbnb route, we suggest taking an RV with you on your hunting trip.
Before you set off, you need to be sure both you and your RV are prepared for the trip. Here are some things to think about when prepping your RV.
Prepare for the Travel
If you’re using your RV on your next hunting trip you’ll need to ensure the RV is up for the trip. That means making sure it functions correctly, is leak free, and pulls well behind your truck or runs well if it’s a motorhome.
Here’s a checklist that will help you ensure your RV is ready for travel. Follow it and you should reach your destination and be able to get home without many issues.
Prepare for the Weather
Of course, this depends on the time of year and the location you’re visiting to hunt. If you plan on hunting in a southern state or somewhere with mild weather, you will probably be fine using your RV as is as long as it’s in good condition and well maintained.
If however, you plan to hunt in a cold environment, then you need to prep your camper for cold weather. This means prepping the unit itself, but it also means rounding up things like a space heater and extra blankets.
The problematic areas on an RV in cold weather are the plumbing and water tanks. The last thing you want is the water in your tanks freezing. For the gray and black water tanks, you can add some antifreeze to help ensure they don’t freeze. You can also buy tank heaters if your RV doesn’t come equipped with them.
For hoses, make sure to insulate them. This will help keep the water from freezing. Pay special attention to the place you hook up your RV and where the hose attaches to your RV. Some insulated tape is a great addition to these areas and should help considerably.
If you’re boondocking while hunting, make sure you have a generator or some kind of power source like solar panels to ensure you keep your RV warm and the water in the tanks from freezing.
If your water pump is in an area of the RV that could get cold, you’ll need to add a space heater to that area to ensure it doesn’t freeze up.
Another great addition is adding an RV skirt to the bottom of your RV. This will keep the area under your RV a little warmer than the outside temperature and can help keep the plumbing from freezing, too.
Have a Place to Store You Gun and Gear
Before you leave for your hunting trip, be sure you know and adhere to the firearms laws in your home state the state or area you’re traveling to, and any areas you pass through. We highly recommend a gun safe of some kind for your RV.
If you don’t want to install a gun safe on your RV, at the very least have a trigger lock or a lockable case for each and every gun in the vehicle. Obviously, every firearm should be unloaded during transport.
The same goes for ammo. You need to have a place to lock it up. It should be stored away from your firearms, too. Consider having a portable lock box that you can put at the opposite end of the RV away from the firearms.
Prepare to Transport Your Meat
While your main focus is going to be on the hunt, you also need to think about after the hunt. How are your going to process and store the meat after you get your kill?
If you have the phone number and address of a processor in the area you’re hunting, you can always take your kill there and let the pro do his job.
Depending on the facility, it might not take all that long either. Call ahead and let them know your coming and see what your options are. Then it’s just a matter of packing the meat right in coolers or a portable meat freezer and driving home.
Before you leave, make sure the meat is frozen. It has to be or it will go bad by the time you get home. In your RV, having a generator hooked up to a portable meat freezer is one of the best ways to go. It will keep your frozen meat frozen.
If that’s not an option, get a high-quality cooler. Pack in the frozen meat and fill any empty space with ice.
If you want to process the meat yourself, that’s fine, too. You can process your meat however you want to, but the vast majority of hunters will tell you to bone out the meat. We all love bone-in cuts of meat. However, if you have to travel a long way, bone out cuts are the way to go.
They weigh less and will pack in your cooler or freezer more easily. When making the cuts, pay special attention to removing excess fat or sinew that will be trimmed off at a later date anyway. There’s no point in transporting extra weight.
Do you have any tips for hunters interested in using their RV on their next trip? Leave a comment below.