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Beginner’s Guide To Full-Time RV Living: Eight Ultimate Tips for Life on the Road

By Jordan Stokes

GoRollick.com

Deciding to take your life on the road? More and more people have made the leap and quit their jobs to enjoy the freedoms and experiences of nomadic living. Not sure how to get started? Here are eight beginner tips so you can get the most out of RV living, and lucky for you, there are no strings attached.

While some may think the tiny house movement is gobbling up all the minimalists, we can’t forget about marvelous, good old-fashioned, RV living! There’s a lot of spontaneity and flexibility when it comes to traveling in your home. Yes, it’s awesome to have the opportunity to explore new places right outside your door, but traveling full-time can come with its challenges. We want you to be prepared for everything, which is why we’ve created a beginner’s guide to full-time RV living, with eight tips for starting life on the road.

Beginner Tips for Full-Time RV Living

So, you’ve quit your job (or recently retired) and you’ve bought your RV, what’s next? Whether you’re hitting the road solo, as a family, or with pets, this kind of minimalist living can fulfill all of your wanderlust dreams. From planning and preparation to unexpected mishaps, we’ve got everything you need to know to start your journey in your new house on wheels.

  • Get to Know Your RV
  • Have Plans and Do Your Research
  • Get Your Domicile and Insurance
  • Downsize
  • Make a Checklist
  • Communication is Key
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Be Flexible and Have Fun

If you’re really committed to RV living get ready for some fun because life on the road is an incredible privilege. Trust us, not everyone can pack up their belongings and ditch their mortgage for a home on wheels. Inside of our eight main tips, we’ve broken down common misconceptions of full-time travel like costs, how to stay connected with friends and family, and more.

Eight Ultimate Tips for Full-Time RV Living

  1. Get to Know Your RV

Every RV should come with a hefty stack of manuals, read them!

We’re not saying you need to be an RV guru or anything, but just like you should get to know your car before driving, you should also get to know your RV, and we mean get to know everything. There’s nothing worse than trying to find the right fuse switch in a heavy rainstorm, or not knowing anything about basic plumbing or how to patch a leak in a pinch. It may also help to learn how to do your own oil changes, change flat tires, etc.

It’s important to establish a routine to perform these annual chores and general maintenance that is required, especially if you’re driving full-time. Trust us, it would help to know these things yourself instead of relying on roadside assistance, tow trucks, and random auto body shop employees telling you what’s right and wrong with your own RV.

Pro Tip: You should also be able to download PDF versions of the manuals for backup.

  1. Have Plans and Do Your Research

Like any vacation, traveling full-time is going to take a lot of planning, which may have landed you here in the first place. Good news! We’ve got you covered.

Before you set out on the open road you should at least have a general idea of where you’re going, where you’re staying, and for how long. In fact, some of the most popular campgrounds and RV parks across the U.S. are booked out months in advance, and you want to make sure you don’t miss your window at Zion River Resort in Utah or Boyd’s Key West Campground in Florida.

Building a flexible itinerary will allow you to budget your trip, help you get a sense for time and location, and allow you to share it with friends and family in advance.

Try using a vacation planner like Tracks + Trails to help you get started.

  1. Get Your Domicile and Insurance

A mobile lifestyle isn’t for everyone, and because you don’t have a permanent address on the road, you will need a domicile. There are 50 different sets of rules and regulations when it comes to taxes, licenses, vehicle inspections, voting registration, bank accounts etc., and your home state might not be as accommodating to nomadic living.

Luckily, there are several U.S. states that allow full-time RVers to claim residency without owning or renting property, and Florida, South Dakota, and Texas are the three most popular. Learn more about how to establish your residency here.

Along with a domicile you will also need insurance (this will likely help you determine which state you would like to domicile in). You can learn more about RV insurance here. You’ll likely want a policy that gives you the adaptable coverages you need, like liability protection (both on and off the road), roadside assistance, and replacement coverage for your personal belongings that are essential to your home on wheels.

Pro Tip: You will also need to sign up with a mail forwarding company. They will also provide you with a street address for DMV and voting-related purposes.

  1. Downsize

What will you need with you? What will you NOT need? Downsizing is an important part of RV living, as living in a space the size of your old bedroom might be as minimal as it may get. If you’re having trouble shedding items from your life, you might be a few years away from full-time RV living.

Downsizing will allow you to prioritize and keep the essentials, and get rid of anything that may otherwise go unused. For example, do you really need three pairs of boots, 10 sweaters, and ALL of those bowls? Where are you going to put it all?

You will find that you will bring way too much stuff in your first year of travel, that’s just the way it goes. After all, expertise comes from experience, doesn’t it? Keep what you need, get rid of what you don’t; it’s that simple.

Pro Tip: Use the one in, one out rule. You bring something into the RV, then something has to go. This will prevent stuff from piling up and force you to have more of a minimalist mindset.

  1. Make a Checklist

Everything has a place in the RV, keep it that way! The last thing you want is knives falling off the counter and drawers flying open as you turn a corner. A checklist will allow you to make sure everything is put back in its place (and put back correctly) before you get back on the road.

It’s important to make sure all items are secured, the generator, lights, and water are off, windows are closed, and more. Create a full pre-departure checklist with reminders and make it a habit to check it after everywhere you go. Trust us, it helps.

  1. Communication is Key

If you’re traveling with your significant other or family, communication is key! Especially since you are traveling in a small space and are limited with where you can go.

A lack of communication can create arguments and stir up frustrations and anger, which can put stress on the relationship and on your travels! Keep communication open.

If you have multiple drivers on board and are driving long distances, it always helps to speak up, share the load, and take driving shifts. If you’re not comfortable driving a big RV, there are driving classes available that can help make you more confident.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

If you’re mobile 24/7, 365 days of the year, things are bound to run off course, and that’s okay! We’re preparing you for it. It could be severe weather, a flat tire, or a pesky RV repair, whatever it maybe, you should always expect the unexpected while you’re on the road.

There are a few things we recommend here:

  • Have an RV repair fund for those unexpected repairs (like a windshield, electrical etc.)
  • Carry a spare tire in case you get a flat (always)
  • Develop a plan in case of emergencies

If there is an emergency and you need to evacuate the RV, do you have easy access to all of your essentials? What will you do in case of a medical emergency? What about a medical emergency without cell service? What about flooding after a storm or a severe weather warning? All of these are things that could happen, and you want to be prepared. After all, this is your new life on the road.
Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for local weather events like flash floods, tornados, high winds, and other severe weather that can affect your travels. We suggest investing in a good weather radio, checking local forecasts, and using weather apps on your smartphone/tablet to stay up-to-date.You can find more information on what to do in these types of situations here.

Beginner Or Old Pro RVer: Here Are Five Tips To Remember.

Whether you’re a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full-time, every RV owner has to know a few important things before making a voyage. Even if you’ve owned an RV for years, it pays to refresh yourself on the basics before heading out on the road. Here are six quick tips to consider before you pile in and take off on an adventure.

Tip 1: Get to Know Your RV

With little road experience, it’s especially important that RV beginners take time to learn how the motorhome works. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem, and potentially fix it. This saves time and money spent at a mechanic.

When you get to know your RV, you’re less likely to make operational errors. For example, if you don’t know how many amps your main breaker can handle, there’s a good chance you’ll blow it. This is a potentially expensive error that can be avoided by getting to know your rig.

Tip 2: Take a Practice Drive

Even if you’ve driven your RV dozens of times before, it might have been stored for months before you find the time to set out in it again. Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. This practice run will show your (or remind you) what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.

Tip 3: Bring Tools and Spare Parts

Pack a well-stocked tool kit, and add in the things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig. Without these, you risk having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped.

Tip 4: Don’t Wing It

The urge to be spontaneous is tempting when your home is on wheels. It helps to have a solid plan in place if you’re planning an RV trip.

When RVing, plan:

• The budget: How much you can allocate for food, fun and overnight stays.
• Your food supply: To buy and eat out.
• The route: The one you plan to take and alternate options.
• Stops: The places you want to see along the way.
• Campgrounds: Where along the route you plan to call it a night.

Tip 5: Create a Campground Setup Checklist

Having a checklist will ensure everything is set up as it should be. Your checklist should include:

• Check the site for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground.
• Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups.
• Pull your RV in, close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.
• Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.
• Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane.
• Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up—be sure to wear gloves for this process.
• Put out your awning and set up the campsite.

RVing is a great way to travel and explore the great outdoors. However, knowing the basics is important to having a stress-free trip.

Emergency Road Service Insurance. Is It Worth It?

Emergency Road Service Insurance is designed to provide financial assistance, technicians, or professional help for minor emergencies while you are on a trip. It is inexpensive—often less than $100.00 per year.

Emergency Road Service Insurance provides you with help for those common mishaps such as running out of fuel, towing, or flat-tire service—but not normal maintenance items. For example, on a large motorhome, it would be extremely rare for anyone to have the tools with them to enable them to change a tire. It is also rare that you would even carry a spare. Therefore, the service is invaluable—especially for the cost. But, as always, read what you are paying for before you buy.

Here are some of the more commonly covered services:

  • Flat-Tire Service: Qualified technicians are dispatched to change a tire and may include locating and delivering a new tire.
  • Towing to the nearest Service Professional: May pay 100% of RV towing fees to the nearest independent professional service center. Actual towing distance may be unlimited.
  • Emergency Fuel Delivery: Typically, five gallons of fuel will be delivered.
  • Lost Key & Lock Out Service: A pre-paid locksmith is dispatched to your location.
  • 24/7 Toll-Free Emergency Dispatch: You can always reach a real person.
  • Roadside Repairs: A mobile mechanic is dispatched to make minor roadside repairs to your vehicle.
  • Trip Interruption Help: Reimbursement for meals, rental car, and lodging if your vehicle is disabled due to a collision. Typically, you must be over 100 miles from home.
  • Protection For Household Vehicles: May include cars, pick-ups, SUVs, motorcycles, and even boat trailers.
  • Spouse & Children Protection: May include spouse and children under 25 years old living at home or attending college.
  • Emergency Medical Referral Service: Assistance with personal or medical emergencies related to an accident or illness while traveling.

Notice the use of the phrase “may include” numerous times in the bullet points above. Various RV organizations, some dealers, and some manufacturers sell (or resell) these policies. Check directly with the policy before you make the purchase to really see what coverage you are getting.

Buying This Insurance

There are a number of companies that sell the Emergency Road Service insurance. Some common “car” insurance companies offer several of the services listed above. Those that specialize in RV Emergency Road Service insurance include Good Same Roadside Assistance, The American Automobile Association (AAA), Allstate Insurance, The Better World Club, The Paragon Motor Club, and Progressive Insurance Company.

 

Tips For Dropping Off The Grid.

Summer is a great time to get up close and personal with nature in your RV without sacrificing any creative comforts. Nearly all RVs are “self-contained.” That means you have the ability to live in it for several days without hooking up to utilities (also called boondocking)—and you paid lots of extra money to have this capability. With the normal systems in your RV, you can boondock (park one or two nights) or dry camp (stay several nights) without connecting to the campground water, sewer, and power.

It is important to note you do not have to deprive yourself of anything while boondocking. You live with the same comfort and convenience as you do when hooked up—the wine is perfectly chilled and, if needed, the furnace is toasty warm. When boondocking, you simply live a bit more conservatively without roughing it.

Living Well with No Hookups

Part of being able to live without hooking up to utilities is accomplished by an alternative electrical source on board. Most motorhomes and some towables have special “coach” batteries that will run many of the electrical things you need to live normally. Those batteries will not efficiently power high-amperage-draw appliances like your air conditioners, hair dryer, microwave oven, toaster, and others. A generator can furnish electricity to run those appliances plus charge the coach batteries. Many Class A motorhomes and some towables have a generator. Some Class C motorhomes, and smaller towable units may not have one.

The other part of being able to live normally without hooking up is a function of your RV water system’s “holding tanks.” Many RVs have three large plastic tanks—one each for fresh water (potable, or “drinking” water), “grey” water (the runoff from all sinks and shower drains), and “black” water (sewage). By taking advantage of your RV’s electrical and water system, you can live comfortably for several days not plugged in to electrical power (also called “shore power”—a term from the boating industry).

Good To Go Anywhere

You are self-contained, so take advantage of the capability. The next time you use your motorhome, practice the suggestions and have fun while learning how. Doing so, you can stay longer at national parks and open spaces or spend an occasional overnight somewhere convenient when you’re tired and need to stop driving, or are in queue for repairs in a service bay at the dealership.

What RV Features Would Dad Love Most?

Today’s luxury RVs come stacked and packed with technology and lots of features.  Whether your Dad is a gear head or a great outdoorsman, here are some of the features found on the types of coaches we sell Dad will truly appreciate.

Patio Awnings with LED Lights

Available at the push of a button on the 2020 Entegra Anthem 42 DEQ we now have in our inventory, this feature lets Dad set up your RV outdoor space at the push of a button.  Not only will it create instant shade, but it provides the perfect place to set up some camping chairs or a dog pen for the furbabies.

To learn more, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2020-entegra-anthem-42deq/.

Digital Instrument Panel With Two Wireless Charging Pads

Forget fumbling with cables and outlets.  The 2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 has a built-in digital instrument panel complete with wireless charging pads.  Just set your phone or tablet on the pad and it charges automatically, no cables or plugs required.

To learn more, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2019-newmar-dutch-star-4369/

Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter

Pure sine wave power inverters, like the one found on this 2019 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36UA Bunk House, produce extremely clean, reliable, power like Dad would typically receive from your utility company. Some items must be run off of a pure sine inverter, otherwise it may not run the way the manufacturer intended that device to run. Some examples of applications that should be run off of a pure sine wave inverter are microwaves, key machines, breathing machines, CPAP machines, laser printers, digital clocks, sensitive electronics. PSW power inverters also allow motors to run cooler compared to a non-pure sine (ex. modified sine wave or MSW) and start easier as well.

To learn more, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2019-tiffin-allegro-open-road-36ua-bunk-house/

450 Cummins Diesel

What Dad doesn’t love a machine with a lot of power, like the 2016 American Coach Allegiance 42G Diesel we have in our inventory.  Exceptional fuel economy, low operating costs and legendary reliability make Cummins diesel engines a top choice for RVs. Dads who own Cummins-powered motorhomes enjoy peace of mind, knowing they can confidently tow a vehicle and handle steep hills. Plus, the longevity and performance of Cummins engines routinely translate to much higher resale value than comparable gasoline-powered RVs.

To learn more, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2016-american-coach-allegiance-42g-diesel/.

These are just a few of the dozens of special features Dad will love in a “new-to-you” luxury RV.  check out our entire inventory at https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/

June is National Camping Month!

The sun’s up, the birds are singing, and there’s never been a better time to hit the open road. June is Camping Month, and it’s a great opportunity to get outside with the family and enjoy the great outdoors.

Research shows that people who spend time camping are happier and more relaxed. After all, who doesn’t love sitting under the stars roasting marshmallows and making S’mores, or waking up to the fresh coffee and bacon sizzling away on your RV stove. While camping might evoke thoughts of roughing it in a tent for some, many of us prefer to bring our creature comforts with us in state-of-the-art luxury RVs. That’s truly the best of both worlds.

History of Camping Month

While there was a time when ‘camping’ was just called ‘being alive’, that all changed in the 1800’s when a man named Thomas Hiram Holding began to popularize the idea of recreational camping. Camping was a part of his life introduced to him by the rigors of the Oregon Trail, and once he had settled it turned into a passion he pursued and introduced to others. Once camping in general had become popularized, Thomas went on to introduce the idea of Cycle Camping to the American world.

This is, quite simply, where you load up on a bike and ride until you find a spot to camp, get up the next day, and do it all over again.

What is likely the first commercial campground opened in Douglas, Isle of Man in 1894 and was called Cunningham’s Camp. From this point in history all sorts of new types of camping came into existence, from mere weekend family getaways, to RV camping, and everything in between.

Whether rafting down a river in a Canoe and setting up camp in the evening, pulling into a private space in a five-star RV Park, or hiking into the woods far from civilization with a backpack full of your gear, Camping Month celebrates them all.

How to celebrate Camping Month

Well that’s easy–GO CAMPING! Even if it’s just a pop-up tent and sleeping bag in your backyard under the stars, get out there and reconnect with the great outdoors. There’s a place to find your soul and set your mind to peace out in the great distant woods, and they’re calling all of us to head back out there and find ourselves.

So, this month, pack up the RV and find yourself some secluded spot to set up and celebrating Camping Month by going camping, or should we say “glamping”?

Make a date with this beautiful model.

Looking to upgrade your RV?  How about wishing upon a Dutch Star?  A 2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 to be exact, with only 7,800 miles on the odometer and priced to move at $349,900.

The details:

2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 on a Freightliner Chassis, with Cummins 450HP ISL Diesel engine. The exterior is resplendent in Seapearl graphics with Seapearl interior decor and Sable Maple cabinetry inside.

This popular Dutch Star model comes with the full wall slide and 2 passenger side slide outs with a large master bath and half bath. Captain chairs include a buddy size passenger chair are power adjustable and heated with folding footrests. The digital instrument panel features 2 wireless charging pads. The living room has 2 recliners and a foldout couch with air mattress, 2 Sony LED TVs, a 43” in front and a 49” 4K model on a Televator behind the sofa with Sony Blu-ray player.

The coach currently has a Winegard SK300 Dish satellite setup. The kitchen has a euro dinette with 2 leaves and extra folding chairs. There is a pull-out cabinet for additional counter space, a recessed 2 burner induction cooktop, kitchen window, appliance garage and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. Cabinets above and below the sinks have pull out shelves. The residential Whirlpool French door refrigerator with bottom door freezer has an ice maker and water in the door. All the pantry shelves pull out and are LED lighted. The master bedroom has a King Sleep Number Premier Mattress, Sony TV and lots of storage, both hanging and drawers. The master bath has the large shower with seat and assist handles, 2 sinks with medicine cabinets, and stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer. A full closet with shelving and a safe across the back of the coach. Both toilets are Dometic macerator style with an RV Sanicon system. The master bath also contains the full-size emergency escape door.

The coach has heated tile floors (3 zones) throughout, central vac, and an Oasis heating system for furnace and hot water. Hot Water Line to Generator.  There are 3 Penguin heat pump AC units, Xite radio with Rand McNally nav and Sirius/XM capability. This is an all-electric coach with a 2800W inverter, a 10K Cummins Onan generator, WIFI Skypro LTE Cell Router and is Solar Prepped with 6-gauge wire. There are MCD power shades throughout. The exterior features keyless entry and power extendable awnings over the entry door and living room and bedroom windows. The Girard Package with Nova awnings with wind sensors and LED lighting provides full shade on the passenger side and over the exterior entertainment center with a 43” Sony TV. The passenger slide outs have LED lighting underneath.

The basement contains a large storage tray and a pass-through storage tray, a Domestic 2.8 Freezer on slides, power locking doors with stainless steel trim and recessed docking lights. This coach is a dream to drive with Comfort Steer and the passive steer tag axle. The PV 360 camera setup provides outstanding visibility when changing lanes or backing up. The HWH auto hydraulic leveling makes setting up or preparing to leave one touch simple! GREAT BUY!!

Features at a glance:

450hp Cummins

Freightliner

Allison MH3000

10kW Onan Diesel

2800 watt

Seapearl

Seapearl

Sable Maple

(3) 15M BTU AC’s w/heat pumps

Oasis Diesel Hydronic Heat

Sleeps 4

Tows 15,000 lbs.

3 full wall slides

Options

Freightliner Chassis

Sable Maple Cabinetry

Electric Heat below Tile Floors

All Electric

Induction Cooktop

2800-watt Inverter

Central VAC w/tool kit

Dishwasher-Dish Drawer

Dometic 2.8 cu Refrigerator/Freezer

Omniview NS360 Camera System

Prep Ground Tripod SAT Dish

Sirius SAT Radio

Wi-Fi Skypro LTE Cell Router

Wingard SK300 SAT

Xite Radio w/Rand McNally GPS

Whirlpool Stack Washer/Dryer

43” LED TV in Side Wall

43” LED TV Overhead

DS F-N-T, (2) Recliners

Euro Booth Dinette

Heated Captain Chairs

Sleep # Premier King Mattress

Storage Shelves in Rear Cap

Recessed Docking Lights

Solar prep w/6 gauge wire

Transfer Switch w/surge protector

Power MCD Shades

Safe in Bedroom

Assist Handle in Shower

Hot Water Line to Generator

RV SaniCon

Flag Pole Bracket

Large Storage Tray

Pass thru Storage Tray

Stainless Steel Ext. Trim

Girard pkg. Nova Awnings

Kitchen Window

 

To see her in her full glory, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2019-newmar-dutch-star-4369/.

 

Motor Home Refresher Course

There is nothing quite like taking to the open road and anticipating all the adventures that await you. Sometimes in our haste to “get out there,” we might forget some of the simplest tasks that make RV’ing easier and more enjoyable. Whether you’re new to RV’ing or a seasoned pro, here are five tips you should always have top of mind when using your vacation home on wheels.

Tip #1: Look before you park.

Whether you were able to choose your campsite or had one assigned to you, it’s important to take a moment BEFORE you pull in to get a lay of the land. Look for uneven areas that could make stabilizing your rig a challenge. Also, consider the size and make sure there’s ample room for your RV and anything you might want to set up on your “patio.” Look for low-handing branches or dead wood that could fall on your RV and damage the roof. Make sure that the site fits your expectations. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and are assigned a slot in the busiest part of the park, you might not enjoy the experience as much as you thought.

Tip #2: Do a “walk-around” before you leave.

Before pulling away, take time to do a thorough check of the area and your RV. Consider creating to-do lists for both settling in and packing up, and follow that list to the letter. Make sure all the slideouts, awnings, and antennas are back to their locked in positions and ready for the motion of the road.

Tip #3: Pack light.

Despite how much room your camper may have, you still won’t be able to pack everything. If you’ve already started packing, you’ve probably realized how quickly your stuff takes up space. You only have so much storage room and trying to fit all the things you might use is probably going to be very difficult. Not to mention, it’ll get very cramped, very fast.

Start by packing only the most essential items without including those “just in case” supplies. You should also try to consolidate in every way you can. For example, instead of packing clothes for every single day you’ll be camping, consider packing fewer clothes and taking advantage of onsite or local laundromats. Only after you’ve packed the essentials should you consider if you have room for luxury items.

Some important issues you’ll want to keep in mind includes weight. There are legal limits to how much your motorhome can weigh overall, including the rig itself, any towed vehicles, passengers, and cargo. Not only can overloading your RV be unsafe, but it can lead to hefty fines, so be careful about how much you pack. Also keep in mind that just because you have extra storage space, doesn’t mean you have to fill every inch of it.

Tip #4: Keep a repair kit on hand.

Keep a toolbox in your RV that contains the basic essentials for a quick fix while on the road. It should include jumper cables, a lug wrench, a tire gauge, spare tire, extra fuses, nuts and bolts, connectors, screwdrivers, hammer, and even spare phone and tablet chargers. It might save you the expense of calling a mobile mechanic or tow truck.

Tip #5: Make reservations.

Campgrounds, especially the most popular ones in desirable locations, can fill up in a hurry. Don’t ever assume that a place will be waiting for you. Instead, plan your journey well in advance and make reservations to ensure a spot will be waiting for you, and that it will be in the part of the park you want to be in.

Membership has its privileges.

  1. Passport America.

Passport America is the first and original 50 percent Discount Camping Club and is the most popular discount camping, RVing, family recreational resource available. Since 1992, it has provided the best discounts on nightly camping rates to thousands of members at hundreds of campgrounds, RV Parks, and resorts nationwide. They currently offer 1,840 campgrounds affiliated with Passport America in the US, Canada, and Mexico for its members to save money while they camp. New campgrounds are joining almost daily. You can join Passport America today for only $44.00 a year and renew your membership online.

  1. Family Motor Coach Association.

Family Motor Coach Association is the world’s largest motor home owner’s club.

This RV club is dedicated to helping motor coach owners to enjoy the motor homing lifestyle to its fullest. If you’re passionate about motor homes and motor homing, you should join FMCA. Some FMCA members live in their motor homes on a full-time basis. In addition, a portion of the membership is from the commercial RV industry: motor home dealers, motor home manufacturers, and RV component suppliers. FMCA’s motor home owners receive Family Motor Coaching magazine, fuel discounts, campground discounts and emergency medical evacuation assistance. They have access to a mail forwarding service, various insurance services, emergency road service at a group rate and many other FMCA member benefits.  There is a special discount on membership available now for a limited time of just $60 per year.

  1. Good Sam Membership.

Members enjoy a 10 percent camping discount at over 2,100 Good Same Parks and Campgrounds.  They also save at outdoor retailers like Camping World and Gander RV & Outdoors retail locations.  Fuels savings of five cents off gas and eight cents off diesel at select Pilot Flying J stations can really add up while on the road.  Good Sam’s trip planner calculates mileage, driving time, and more.  Good Sam members also enjoy free shipping on orders over $49, a free RV and boat dump station privileges, and 65 percent off on propane from Camping World, Gander RV and Outdoors, and Overton’s and save over 65 percent on the comprehensive Good Same Campground and Coupon Guide.  You can join for one year for $29, or for three years for $79, and also receive a $30 merchandise certificate and exclusive elite benefits.

  1. Escapees

This club offers fabulous benefits. Escapees has partnered with several other RV organizations to offer shared discounts. Before you sign up, see if your current memberships offer you an Escapees discount. If you’re already part of Escapees, see if they can save you money on other memberships. Escapees members benefit from over 800 commercial RV parks that offer a 15 to 50 percent discount. Benefits also include an online mapping tool, complete with reviews, directions and contact information and 18 Escapees parks with a choice of short and long-term stays. They offer a great community as well with planned events and online forums. Partner discounts, roadside assistance and mail forwarding service are just a few more reasons many fulltime RVers choose this club. Current membership rate: $39.95 per year for US Residents and $49.95 for Canada and Mexico residents. They do offer special discounts for Active Duty Military and Veterans.

  1. Harvest Hosts.

How would you enjoy spending the night at a beautiful winery or peaceful farm? Harvest Hosts allows you to do just that! This membership program is relatively new, but has received rave reviews. At more than 700 wineries, breweries, farms, and museums, dry camp overnight for free. (Patronizing the business is encouraged, but hardly a chore!) The annual fee, which gives you unlimited access to the camping database, is $79.

  1. RV Golf Club.

For $99 a year, RV Golf Club gives members access to 350+ luxurious locations coast to coast. This is all dry camping, but golf courses often allow RVers to stay up to three nights (upon request). There are no restrictions on length or age of RVs.  Member discounts include greens fees, food and beverages, golf shop merchandise, and other services provided at these Clubs.  You do not have to be a golfer to enjoy this drydocking opportunity.

 

Gadgets RV’ers shouldn’t live without.

There is a core theme with these products. Either they’re crucial to making the RV lifestyle possible, or invaluable in making it more comfortable. Some are things you’ll use every day, some are things that save time, and some save space––but they’re all things you won’t want to live without once you introduce them into your RV adventures.

So, whether you’re a beginner RV’er shopping for yourself, or just looking to support the RV’er in your life, this list is full of top-notch gift ideas that any camper would be lucky to own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Magma Pots and Pans

One of the pluses of traveling in an RV is that you can make your own meals in your own home every day. There’s not much room in an RV for traditional pots and pans. Because of this, Magma’s nesting cookware is a great way to save space. This Magma cookware set comes with a stockpot, saucepan, skillet, two lids, and a handle that easily pops on to whichever pot or pan you’re using, all while nesting into each other and storing in less than a half cubic foot. You might also want to add the nesting colander. It fits into the middle of the set perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Moka Cafe Stove Top Espresso Maker

Who doesn’t love having the ability to make lattes? Most coffee makers run into two problems in an RV: they take up way too much real estate on your counter and some of them need a lot of electricity to work. Since you don’t have the space for a large option and don’t always have full power, this stovetop Moka pot is a small, straightforward and affordable option. You simply add water and espresso, heat it up on the stove, and when it stops gurgling, voila! Espresso. Add in a hand-pump milk frother, and you have everything you need for a variety of coffeehouse drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

RVs get dirty, fast. It’s just the nature of being out in the wild. And if you have pets, it happens even quicker. The Dyson V8 Animal Cordless stick vacuum works just as well as any household vacuum but is about one-third of the size and disassembles into many small, storable pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Latch It Keypad Door Lock

Every once in a while, you come across a game-changer. The Latch It Keypad Door Lock is one of those items. It gives you the ability to leave your RV without having to carry around a set of keys, perfect for a morning run or a leisurely stroll around the campground after dinner. One of our  favorite features on this item is the light-up keypad. The buttons glow at night so you don’t have to turn on a light. It also comes with two little remotes, so you can simply lock it with the click of a button, handy if you’re walking away and not sure if you locked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. AirPods or Plantronics Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

Headphones can be a God-send when living in tight quarters with other people. In small spaces, Airpods are both wireless and noise-canceling, making them ideal.  If you’re looking for something that fits over your ears, the Plantronics headphone set is the best option in the mid-range price. They have Plantronics signature audio, which is known for its crisp high notes, rich, deep bass, and natural mid-tones. The headphone cups have sensors, so if you even lift a cup, the headphones automatically pause and then resume as soon as the cup is back in place. They also last 24 hours before needing to be recharged, and you can be up to 330 feet away from your Bluetooth device without the signal breaking up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. JBL Charge 4 Speaker

The small yet mighty JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth speaker has come in handy daily. It’s wireless, waterproof, and sounds terrific. Also, it boasts 20 hours of playtime. The Bluetooth capability and its size lets you effortlessly move rooms or jump devices with no problems.  JBL has a variety of these small Bluetooth speakers in different sizes and price ranges. Many independent reviews tout the Charge 4 because we it has the best audio quality for the price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. VIAIR 300P-RVS Portable Air Compressor

In a luxury RV, you have lots of tires to keep an eye on. Driving through different climates quickly affects the tire pressure in those tires, and it can be tricky to pull a rig up to a gas station air compressor. The VIAIR 300P-RVS is ridiculously easy to use. You simply clamp it to a 12-volt battery, connect the chuck to the valve stem on your tire and fill ‘er up! It also has a tire pressure gauge right near the chuck, so you can be sure you’re getting proper air pressure in your tires without over-inflating them. One extra note here: checking tire pressure is important. It’s a simple way to prolong the life of your tires. To figure out which one is right for your RV, VIAIR provides a handy chart to help you choose correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. weBoost Drive 4G-X RV Cell Phone Signal Booster for RV

The weBoost Signal Booster amplifies your cell signal up to 32 times from the nearest cell towers with an antenna on top of our RV. Instead of feeling like you need to stay close to civilization to have a cell signal, you’ll be comfortable going further off grid because you know we’ll still be connected. Between your smart phone, your personal hotspot, and the use of the weBoost Signal Booster, you will rarely be disconnected from the world. The weBoost works with all cell phone providers and carriers.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Proteus AMBIO – WiFi Temperature Humidity Sensor with Buzzer and Email/Text Alerts

This is a fantastic item that provides peace of mind for pet owners who RV. Pets can’t always go everywhere with us. This temperature monitor helps make sure you’re leaving your fur babies in a temperate environment. But this little gadget is useful for more than keeping pets comfortable. It’s handy to be able to monitor the temperature of your RV from afar, in case your air conditioner or heater breaks when you’re out and about. It’s always better to know sooner rather than later.

With this device, you can set a high and low-temperature range for the monitor. If the RV ever gets too hot or too cold, you are alerted via email and text immediately. You can then head home and fix whatever the issue is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Jackery 160W-1000W Portable Power Stations

A portable lithium power station is an item that should be at the top of any boondocker’s wish list. Working on the road comes with the obligation to regularly charge essential appliances, including smartphones, cameras, laptops, and your WIFI hotspot. With the power station, you can charge devices via AC, USB, and DC. Then, when the station is all out of juice, you can boot it back up a few different ways, one option is with its own separate solar panels (sold separately). But you can also recharge from a car or AC wall outlet with the included cables.