How big should your next RV be?

 

Buying an RV will be a much harder task compared to getting a home or car, since it will basically be the second or third purchase you will make second to a car or home. In some cases, RVs shares many similarities among them while also having plenty of differences, which can make the selection and decision-making pretty challenging. Whether you are getting an RV to spend retirement in, have an occasional holiday away from home or use in your working life, there are elements you need to check out.

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Condition: New or Used

 

A new unit will not have a lot of maintenance issues initially, while some type of warranty from the manufacturer can also come in the package. However, even when you are ready to plunk down thousands of dollars on a new RV, you should also prepare yourself for the rapid depreciation rate of this kind of rig compared to a car.

A used RV, on the other hand, will have the previous owner bearing the crappy depreciation value instead of you as the buyer. The price is both a huge advantage and disadvantage, since the value depreciates as soon as the unit leaves the RV dealer’s lot. Majority of consumers think used RVs are a far better value despite the higher maintenance costs that come with them. They are also more challenging to find financing support for. Many RVers trade in their old RVs to get newer models after a few years’ of use. The disadvantage to you here is that you have no idea what the unit has been through, including water damage, bumpy roads or irregular maintenance.

 

Type

Getting an RV is nothing like buying a car, as what you are actually shelling out money for is a bus or truck AND a cheap apartment on wheels. The fit and finish of an RV is nowhere near that of a mass-produced car and absolutely not the same as that of a luxury automobile.

 

The term ‘motorhome’ is typically associated with Class A RVs. The most self-contained and widely popular, Class A motorhomes also boast full features. They look so much like a well-endowed bus and normally come with a gas engine or rear diesel engine. There are an endless number of configurations as well as numerous manufacturers to choose from. With a chassis designed for a large truck or bus, this type comes in a wide price range ranging between $60,000 to a cool million.

 

Class B motorhomes or campervans are built in a similar manner as Class A units except that they are designed using the chassis of a full size van. They offer the same handling and fuel mileage as a regular SUV or car. People like this type because it can be used as a family car whose only difference is it offers the normal conveniences of home including a kitchen, bathroom, TV and others. The smallest of motorhomes, this type is ideal for two or three people who want fuel efficiency, car-like handling and ease of navigation in the tightest spaces.


Class C types combine the characteristics of Class A and Class B motorhomes. A hybrid type of RV, a Class C motorhome has an overcab sleeping area that is generally used by owners as a storage area instead. It has a gas engine and this component is housed
in the front end of the van structure. Many Class C motorhomes come with a Ford or GM chassis, but some companies have successfully transitioned to using big rig chassis for an altogether different and luxurious look.

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Travel trailers offer exceptional flexibility and are quite a favorite among towable units. Available in a variety of lengths and weights, travel trailers can be towed by minivans, SUVs or regular trucks. They are lightweight, making them favorites for gas mileage optimization. Varying between 12 feet to about 33 feet in length, travel trailers typically will not allow the carrying of passengers during the drive. Compared to a fifth wheel type, a travel trailer fits via a regular ball hitch, has lower height requiring overhead clearance and attaches and detaches effortlessly.

 

The fifth wheel trailer provides a larger living area compared to the other motorhome types. The front-end is a gooseneck-looking segment that facilitates connection to a truck bed for towing. Ordinary pickup trucks can be used to haul it from one destination to another, but you can opt to use a tractor trailer or flatbed truck, giving you the additional advantages of tow capacity and safety.
Popup campers are the lightest and smallest, Toy Haulers are made for watercraft and motor toys, and truck campers can be used with or without a truck and are designed for solo or couple travel.

 

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RVing through Europe – the best destinations

 

RVing through Europe provides you the flexibility to go anywhere you want anytime, aside from eliminating the need to move luggage in and out of lodging places and different vehicles. You bring your home with you so there’s no need to watch the time all the time. You can easily buy local products and enjoy them comfortably in your mobile home and not have to ensure heavily that they don’t spoil on the way, since you can partake of them while on the road. Visit outdoor markets and local grocers and enjoy freshly cooked food every time. Perfect for exploring Europe on a budget, RV Europe travel is the ideal means to enjoy a family getaway experience to any destination.

1.RVing through Europe – the best destinations

 

Barcelona

 

Just a ferry ride away from Italy, Barcelona offers an idyllic setting for family holidays that can last a month or longer. Get your groceries delivered to you and enjoy winter with plenty of Northern Europeans every year. Get amazing bargains and enjoy fantastic luxurious products along with the best croissants you can get in Europe.

 

Bordeaux

 

Visit charming towns in Bordeaux surrounded by gorgeous vineyards that allow easy bike jaunts with your kids. Some towns boast impressive playgrounds, tennis, pools, lakes and eating places and more to add to Bordeaux’s special enchantment.

 

Dubrovnik

 

There are awesome resorts in Dubrovnik that come with world class amenities including hotels, pools, beaches, children’s clubs and all that you can hope for in these types of destinations.

 

Tuscany

 

The perfect place to go to in the picturesque hills of Chianti, Tuscany offers plenty of enjoyment for families and visitors of all ages. Getting to Florence is easy from Tuscany, where you can do horseback riding and wine tasting while discovering the beauty of the countryside from a plush base. There are water parks galore that the whole family can enjoy.

 

Venice

 

Your RV provides the best means to explore the beauty and grandeur of Venice. There are plenty of pools, beaches and all the best convenience possible for a European holiday. Your family can even get a fantastic boat ride to St. Marco’s Square. There’s an abundance of five-star rated camping resorts so you are never short on parking.

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Europe has more than 30,000 campsites so you can choose to stay in a different one every night. France has the largest concentration of all European campsites at 10,500. You can choose from immense five-star holiday complexes to small caravan sites that provide affordable, basic camping amenities. You can check out mini-camping or small campsites that vary from gardens to club-administered locations and sites in the United Kingdom. Quite popular in France is farm camping that is open for the summer. Plenty of small, rural campgrounds can be found in Germany, Denmark and Holland, and those are frequently connected to restaurants and farms.

 

Many European countries also offer dedicated motorhome parking areas, with many of them offered free, letting you tour Europe without ever having to pay for parking or camping. You may only have to pay for water in such locations. On the other hand, there are motorhome stopovers that do charge parking fees along with charges for water.

 

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Safety considerations while traveling with your RV

 

Making an RV your home ensures that you always travel with your home, lets you cook your favorite dishes that your family will enjoy while on the road, offers lower cost of living with no necessity to pack and unpack, and also provides the transportation to reach your destination any time. On the negative side, driving an RV can be a bit isolating since you have to eat on your own or only with your family, you can’t hang out in a common area with other people like what you can do at the common room of a hotel, and interaction is not that broad when traveling to your destination. Rainy days can be depressing on the go. Dump stations leave you pretty much on your own.

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Aside from those, driving an RV entails knowing about special driving licenses. Some states require having a special driver’s license that matches the size of the recreational vehicle you are driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has minimum rules applicable to each state, while those states also have the right to set their own rules. An RV is not a commercial vehicle so most states do not require having a commercial driver’s license to operate this kind of vehicle.

 

Each state has specific safety rules as well as licensing rules for RVs. This can include staying in the right lane except to turn, exit the highway or pass. Making right turns on red is allowed in most states, unless otherwise specified. You can’t get a valid driver’s license if you aren’t aware how vital it is to keep your eye on the road. A motorized vehicle needs to be operated with full attention, whether you’re in rush hour traffic or going through a flat expanse of highway. Focus on the road, which means more than simply knowing what’s in front of you.

 

Your RV may be larger than many other vehicles on the road, but that doesn’t mean they should be invisible to you. Typically, people have less respect for other drivers of vehicles that are not of the same type as their own. Stay 12 to 15 seconds behind the traffic when cruising at highway speeds. Use rearview cameras not just for backing up but also while driving.

 

Use the communication devices in your RV to signal your intentions on the road to other vehicles. Make sure that all signals and lights are in working condition. As a matter of courtesy and safety, avoid abrupt or snap changes to give other drivers more than enough time to react.

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Remember that like any other motor vehicle, your RV can succumb to breakdown on the road. Thus, always bring a safety and emergency kit that will be useful when you have to stay on the roadside. Have roadside assistance available and make sure you have it working for you even before you go driving. When needed, pull over as distant as possible to the side of the road and use your flashers promptly.

 

Being in an RV means you have increased braking distance as well, so remember that at all times. Use the right driving speed at all times, and learn to slow down when driving in hazardous conditions such as rain and snow. The ability of your vehicle to react is not the same in snowy and sunny days, just as yours is too, so make allowances for any eventuality. RVing is not about the destination but the journey so keep safe and make it as event-free as possible for everyone on the road with you.

 

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Why you should invest in a backup camera for your RV

 

When you hear of young children getting injured or killed when a vehicle accidentally backs into them, sometimes even with their parents driving the car, it can be heartbreaking and devastating. This is why back cameras or rearview cameras for vehicles from regular cars to road biggies such as RVs were invented. Rearview cameras can prevent injuries and even save lives while also preventing damage to your vehicle. More effective than a parking sensor, a backup camera helps you avoid objects behind your RV and helps you judge the distance between your vehicle and others behind you as you drive in reverse. There would be reduced backup crashes into pedestrians as well as other vehicles when running on reverse.

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Delivering promising technology, a backup camera for your RV will help you monitor the area that is typically most difficult to see when you back your car up, namely, right behind you. Objects and babies low on the ground can be seen easily, and since RVs have the biggest blind zones along with SUVs and pickup trucks, a backup camera will help reduce backup crashes, even injury and death. Since your rearview mirror is not an all-effective component, especially when conditions are not exactly ideal such as in rainy weather, a rearview camera can do so much more. With a backup sensor, a rearview camera can even be more effective.

 

Installing a backup camera in your RV keeps children and pets safe, especially when they sit really low on the ground. Children and animals can be completely shielded from view as you drive your car in reverse out of your driveway, or even a parking lot. A small child can stay hidden by your vehicle’s much taller trunk as you back out of your parking space. While some models are able to cover a wider area compared to others, having a backup camera for such a big vehicle as an RV can help save the lives of children and pets.

 

Some cameras offer an impressive all-around view of the area surrounding your RV. By utilizing four separate cameras in all, this kind of system sends images to a center-mounted display in your vehicle, all stitched together to give you an all-around view of what is on every side of the vehicle. This will also facilitate effortless parking since you see the view from all sides simultaneously so you can pull into even the tightest space.

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Many RV drivers choose a rearview camera with a large display so clear delivery of images from behind the car is ensured. Some units broadcast the images on a small screen of the rearview mirror itself, which may be convenient but not really all that helpful considering you have to squint a bit to actually view the images. Some systems may also include lines that help guide the driver. Sensor-based systems detect objects behind the vehicle and warn the driver with audible or visual alerts. Some systems also detect approaching vehicles and can function as cross-traffic units that automatically apply the brakes to prevent a possible collision.

 

Although not all systems are built equal, a backup camera for your RV is especially useful to suburban drivers who regularly back out of a driveway, or urban users who often do parallel parking. Especially beneficial to older or limited mobility drivers, this kind of equipment lets one thoroughly check out their blind spot and offers the flexibility that they may lack due to their condition.

 

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The best gadgets you should have in your RV

 

A full time RVer or even the weekend RVer should invest in some pretty awesome gadgets that will help them stay connected, use problem-free technology that’s way better than a paper map (but keep the paper map in case of emergency), or enjoy entertainment on the go, along with many other things.

1 .The best gadgets you should have in your RV

 

RV GPS

 

With full deference to those who defiantly still carry a paper map, which any avid RVer should still have in the glove compartment, the RV GPS offers a whole new and exciting way to find routes specific to your recreational vehicle while focusing on the weight and height restrictions that apply to your particular RV. Now, no map can hope to equal that especially if you own any of the top rated RV GPS models on the market. You can always use your smartphones and tablets as some sort of GPS device but you need someone to do the searching on them since you can’t do that yourself while driving.

 

Portable Speaker

 

You can’t possibly see yourself carrying a binder filled with all your cassette tapes and CDs in your RV, can you? Today’s modern technology in audio entertainment has made it possible to carry entire libraries of your favorite music playlist on portable gadgets such as MP players, phones, tablets and laptops, which you can listen to via a clutter-free, wireless, Bluetooth-enabled and rechargeable and preferably powerful portable speaker. You want music on the move, your phone and portable speaker have it covered.

 

Bicycles

 

If you have to run a short errand, a bike can get you there just as efficiently so you won’t have to bring along the RV and your entire family to fetch some water or some fishing tackle perhaps. More importantly, should your RV become disabled, the bike enables you to get help when needed.

 

Weather Radio/Emergency Device Charger

 

Traveling to a location prone to weather disasters? Even if you’re not, a weather radio and an emergency device charger can keep you ready for any eventuality on the road. The weather radio helps you get out of the way if weather is expected to get rough, so you and your family can stay safe in the RV. Some models are hand cranked, others run on rechargeable batteries, while the premium quality and exceptionally versatile ones offer a variety of power options including solar. They also let you charge your portable devices during emergencies, and come with a built-in flashlight.

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Portable RV Solar Charging System/Panel

 

When you’re on the road and don’t have power hookups, how will your various portable devices get juice? Invest in a portable RV Solar Panel to harness the sustainable energy from the sun while on the go. You won’t need to rely on RV park or campground power while ensuring an environment friendly power source is always available.

 

Cell Signal and WiFi Booster

 

You can’t stop driving your RV in the middle of nowhere and climb to the treetops to get stronger Cell and WiFi signal. What if you need to make a call or send an important email to your boss? The cell booster strengthens your cell phone range even inside the RV. The WiFi booster optimizes the free WiFi signal you can get at RV campgrounds and site, despite not being able to change lousy internet connections on a full scale.

 

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The best West Coast destinations for RV travel

1.The best West Coast destinations for RV travel

Traveling to the West Coast in an RV means no time wasted on waiting at terminals and airports and also eliminates the need to rush through a travel itinerary with tour guides who will keep you moving on even if you simply want to stop and stare at the gorgeous scenery.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Del Valle Regional Park

From the comfort of your RV, you can partake of the fantastic Del Valle wine country in this verdant campground, which you can either decide to settle down in or make a pitstop on the way to Sonoma, Napa or San Francisco.

 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This oldest state park in California may already be over a century old, but it will never lose its hold on the avid RVer. Providing miles of trails for day hiking, backpacking or a simple quick walk, the state park offers a fantastic view from your RV as you drive through the panoramic route that leads to it.

 

June Lake Campground

Spend a productive day at the lake catching yourself some Alpers trout or rainbow trout, which you can grill up in your onboard RV kitchen. Drive around the lake in your recreational vehicle to get a fantastic view of the various lakes and peaks in the area.

 

OREGON

 

Seven Feathers RV Resort

Located on 23 acres of pristine landscaping and well-maintained lawns, the Seven Feathers RV Resort boasts aggregate patios as well as concrete level pads. You can shop in their Gift Boutique, work out in the exercise room, take a dip in the hot tub and heated pool, use the computer and read in the Media/Library room or just enjoy with friends in the Gathering Room.

 

Portland Fairview RV Park

Designed to be more than just a place to park your recreational vehicle, the Portland Fairview RV Park is ideal for your RVing lifestyle. Providing amenities to RVers, this exceptional RV Park has a hot tub, swimming pool, the Log Cabin Fitness Center, a basketball court and horseshoe pit, tables and chairs for group gatherings in the clubhouse, as well as a barbecue and picnic area. The large RV campsites offer free WiFi and more.

 

Sea and Sand RV Park

One of the top rated RV parks in the country, the Sea and Sand RV Park has well over a hundred spaces available in three distinctively different settings, all of which are within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean as well as the beaches. This RV park has you covered, with well-maintained gravel roads winding through an almost magical forest setting. All the RV sites boast cable, electric, sewer, water plus access to free WiFi.

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WASHINGTON(Seattle)

 

Smokiam RV Resort

Nestled on the peaceful shores of what has been known as ‘nature’s spa’, the Smokiam RV Resort is under full renovation to offer new top rated enormous RV sites, a re-imagined playground area, remodeled restrooms and shower facilities, plush new cabin rentals, an awesome sandy beach boasting a new dock along with watercraft rentals, a freshly remodeled clubhouse with game room and full guest kitchen and more. This is a big rig-friendly resort that offers various activities along with adventure for everyone.

 

Eagle Tree RV Park

Just a short drive to Puget Sound, the Seattle Ferries, naval bases and Hood Canal, the Eagle Tree RV Park offers an ideal year-round destination for RV travelers seeking to learn more of the history of Washington or enjoy an adventure in Seattle just a ferry ride away. This fantastic family-friendly RV park in the awesome Olympic Peninsula has something for everyone and is conveniently located near plenty of the most popular attractions in the region.

 

Lake Pleasant RV Park

Truly a pristine oasis providing an easy access to all of Greater Seattle, the Lake Pleasant RV Park has campsites surrounding the lake teeming with waterfowl and fish. Just the perfect jump-off spot to Woodinville dining and wine tasting, along with getting to know the wondrous Seattle museums and attractions, this RV park has access to paved bike trails that lead to downtown Seattle, plus a putting/chipping green and wood-surrounded nature trails.

 

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The Best East Coast destinations for RV travel

1.The best East Coast destinations for RV travel

The beauty and diversity of the East Coast makes it a perfect RV travel destination. With a considerable segment of the snowbird community comprised of recreational vehicle users, finding your second family among fellow RVers is easy. Enjoy an awesome world of history, scenery and culture along with unique regional cuisines as you explore the East Coast, from the exceptional sights and sounds of Boston, New York, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, to the rugged coast of Maine.

 

Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts

Protected within the national seashore, Cape Cod is where a diverse and vibrant scientific community has made its home. Representing various skill levels and disciplines, the community comprises staff scientists, university researchers, volunteers, technicians and scientists from different state and federal agencies. Enjoy cultural landscapes, lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs and stroll along marshes, ponds, forty miles of pristine sandy beach, and uplands that support various species. Enjoy the vast collection of marine and estuarine systems, terrestrial systems and freshwater ecosystems where your kids could learn more than a thing or two.

 

Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut

Spend more than just another day at the beach in Connecticut’s largest shoreline park. Explore over two miles of beach and go swimming, walking along the boardwalk or simply enjoying the sun and surf. This is the state’s largest beach park, boasting more than 550 grassy campsites in which to commune with nature.

 

Crown Point Campground in New Hampshire

With an awesome 46 acres of camping situated in the panoramic Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Crown Point Campground offers the perfect central spot from which you can start off on a short drive to Seacoast area, the White Mountains or even the Coast of Maine. The campground boasts a heated pool, available on summer weekends and holidays to 70 degrees, a sandy beach feeding a spring and stream, plus a 6.5-acre pond, all of which give you all the swimming you want. The campground also offers wagon rides, planned activities, a large beach, a recreation hall, a game room and a basketball court. Camper rentals are available plus free web access points.

 

Smugglers’ Notch State Park in Vermont

A narrow pass winding through the Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch State Park is a relocated campground featuring sites that have been spread out to a broader expanse, with an impressive new restroom facility that brings together alternative energy and a location that provides an effortless channel to Bingham Falls. This state park has all the carefully relocated and restored historic structures constructed by the pioneering conservationists, the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Lone Pine Campsites in Vermont

Undoubtedly the favorite family campground in the state, Lone Pine Campsites provides the ultimate camping experience in Vermont nestled in one of the most gorgeous locations there, the Lake Champlain Valley. Just a stone’s throw from Malletts Bay, Lone Pine Campsites boasts 265 capacious campsites located 15 minutes from downtown Burlington and hedged with native trees, along with fantastic wildlife. RVers have a variety of hookup options to choose from. The campsite also welcomes tent campers.

 

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Taking your RV to Canada

 

Offering convenience and a genuine opportunity to see more of the world, taking your RV to Canada can be done easily as many north and south major highways and interstates lead straight to the border of Canada. Travel with all the comforts of home in your RV minus the hassles. Bear in mind, though, that crossing the border entails some preparation.

Never forget to bring proof of your identity and citizenship, as well as for your children. This can be a driver’s license or a government-issued card that bears your photo. The ideal proof of citizenship is a passport, although you won’t need a visa to cross the border. Other alternatives include a birth certificate. Naturalized US citizens should carry a certificate for this purpose, while alien permanent residents in the US must show their Green Card.

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Divorced individuals with split custody of their kids should have copies of the legal custody documents on hand. For adults travelling with kids who are not their own, a notarized written permission or letter of consent from the guardians or parents for supervision of the children should be ready, which declares with whom the children are traveling, the destination and the duration of travel.

For pets, a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian is needed and should identify the pet and certify that it has been given rabies vaccination within the previous three years. Seeing eye dogs are allowed through the border minus any restrictions.

The personal or duty-free exemption applies to up to $800 worth of goods brought back to the US from Canada. More than that and you’ll have to pay duty tax on the excess goods. If the goods are to be presents or are for household or personal use, the duty-free exemptions apply when you travel back to the US with them so those items that are to be sent later are not included here.

One important thing to remember is not to be in a rush to explain every detail about the goods you are bringing with you, but be aware that there are risks to incomplete disclosure. It can be mighty tempting to bring a few excess items back with you from your trip without declaring them. You can push the limits of the personal exemptions. Or you can declare the extras and pay the duties. If you decide to push it, try to describe dollar values with words such as ‘around’, ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ if you are just above the personal exemption limits. In other words, develop ‘creative vocabulary’. Ditch the receipts and shopping bags and remove the tags.

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If you’re searched and the agent finds something you haven’t declared, it’s most likely that you’ll be delayed and you’ll have to pay the duty. Custom Controls do implement certain limitations and restrictions on goods bought in Canada and brought back to the US, so make sure you do research on them prior to your trip.
Don’t drive too quickly or slowly up to the checkpoint.If you own the RV, be ready to show proof of ownership, and this includes valid tags and the registration and insurance documents. A rented vehicle or a borrowed one will require you to bring a copy of the rental contract or a notarized letter certifying you have permission to drive the vehicle into Canada. A US driver’s license is valid for travel. It is always sensible to check out the laws in the Canadian provinces you will be traveling to, as each one of them has slightly varying regulations and laws, while in Quebec, traffic signs are in French.

 

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RVing with children

 

Offering the perfect opportunity to accumulate a treasure trove of learning experiences, RVing can be a fantastic experience for children. Travel is always wonderful, and the chance to visit new places while being with the family can make a child more curious than usual, but isn’t that what good learning is all about? To never stop asking questions? RVing with children can be both a positive experience and a challenging one. However, whether it’s a full time thing or just for the weekend, there are some important aspects to consider about this kind of activity–or way of life.

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RV vacations are convenient and usually less costly, and so is full time RVing.

You already have a fully-equipped kitchen on board, you won’t have to pack and then unpack suitcases every time you get to a destination, and you can enjoy the security of familiar surroundings. This is unlike flying to a destination, checking into a hotel or motel, trying to find the best places to eat, and looking for locations that will provide enough amusement for the kids. RVing lets you sleep in a familiar bed at night, do your own cooking, drive to an amusement park in the RV and stay out as late as the kids want on weekends because home is never far away.

Cost-wise, RVing lets families with children camp more economically as well, considering the prohibitively pricey rates for staying in hotels and motels. Typically, RV campgrounds offer a fantastic environment for kids, with more than enough room to run and have fun, often with other children traveling in RVs well. A lot of RV campgrounds have facilities to keep children entertained, including hayrides and more. RV campgrounds are not only safer but also cleaner than motels.

You won’t have to do inconvenient and time-consuming bathroom breaks by leaving your vehicle since everyone in the family can have them at scheduled times. The children’s toys and clothes are always in the RV, and snacks and food too, so there’s no need to head back to the hotel to fetch them. Best of all, you won’t need special training or license to rent an RV.

 

RV space may be limited but there are ways to get around that.

Many RVs, even the pop-up ones, can accommodate four to six sleepers, which should be enough for a small family. However, a comfortable enough living space will depend on how much time you plan to be RVing with your kids. It is good advice to consider an RV with the kind of floor plan and living space suitable to your own family’s needs. Slide-outs are an innovative means to expand the functional living space. Some large trailers come with a second bedroom, normally outfitted with two to three bunks and extra space for toys and clothes.

It is best to have your kids’ toys and their sleeping area separate from the rest of the living space for a more normal setup. Everyone should be given their own space, if possible, even if it’s just through a curtain separating one from another. A travel bed is perfect for RVing, which can easily be folded up to gain extra space. Sleeping bags can be used on the RV beds to save time, and will also enable you to transform sofas and dinettes into instant beds at night. Teach your children to make their own bed when they get up, as well as to pick up after themselves when they play with their toys. Pack small toys for the trip, and definitely none of those annoyingly noisy ones. Have some board games ready, maybe some books and DVDs for when you have to stay in the RV during bad weather.

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Safety is first.

When the RV is on the road, make sure everyone is buckled up. The seat belt or car seat is not optional, and you must stress this as a strict rule to the kids. Do not allow the children to roam around unconfined in the vehicle during the drive. To give everyone time to stretch a bit or use the bathroom, schedule stops every two or three hours. Better yet, travel late at night or early mornings when the kids are sleeping so you can have a peaceful time driving.

 

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Top 5 RV holiday routes

 

What are the best RV holiday routes? If you find it difficult to answer this question, check out the ones we’ve selected for your consideration. We tried to put together a rather diverse list, which partly speaks to people who are interested in spending time on the beach with their family and partly addresses individuals who like forests and mountains. Have a look at our recommended RV routes.

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1) From Padre Island to the Florida Keys

 

South Padre Island, TX, is located in the north area of the Mexican border. Starting here would be a good idea if you and your family are great seafood aficionados. Furthermore, the Padre Island National Seashore is spread out on miles of beach and therefore it is a great destination for occasional fishermen. From this spot, you may continue north and visit the Art Museum of South Texas or the Texas State Aquarium.

Changing your trajectory for northeast will eventually lead you up to New Orleans, and who doesn’t want to visit this city at least once in his or her life? It’s filled with live music and excellent Cajun food. As long as you are here, you may want to go to the Florida barrier islands and then to the Florida Keys.

 

 

2) Route 66

 

Route 66 is for the people who are less inclined to spend several weeks in the middle of nature. This American road trip is popular all over the world, as it is considered to be a nostalgic cruise overflowing with diners, museums, and roadside attractions. If you decide to take this holiday route, you can start anywhere from Chicago (IL) and St. Louis (MO) to Los Angeles (CA). It really goes without saying that the main attraction of this route is The Grand Canyon (AZ).

 

 

3) California

 

California is, by definition, a plethora of natural attractions, ranging from breathtakingly beautiful forests to amazing seascapes. A classic California RV route can be done by forming a clockwise loop.

The starting point can differ according to the initial location of the driver, and improvising is not a bad idea when in California, as the Golden State does not fall short of camping destinations. Some of the best destinations are Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park.

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4) From Cape Cod to New Hampshire

 

There’s no doubt about it: absolutely every city on the Cape will take your breath away. Whether it’s Sandwich, Orleans or the National Seashore beaches of Wellfleet, this route will definitely not disappoint. Perhaps you might be interested in the lobster rolls of Provincetown, right before heading to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 

 

5) The Rocky Mountains

 

From New Mexico to British Columbia, the Rocky Mountains are a must if you’re a mountain man or a mountain woman. For one, this route has Yellowstone National Park, and that would be enough in itself. If you’re interested in exploring this 3000-mile area, you might want to go to the Craters of the Moon Monument (ID), the National Elk Refuge (WY) or the actual Rocky Mountain National Park (CO).

 

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