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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.

 

What is a motor home broker and why should you buy your RV from one?

Now that you know where to go this spring from our last blog post, it’s time to find or upgrade your RV to take full advantage of all these awesome destinations. There are so many choices before you when it’s time to buy an RV. Is it best to buy from a big-lot dealership? Is it better to buy from a private individual? Or, is it best to buy from a motor home broker? The last option has many advantages.

What is a motor home broker?

Essentially, a motor home broker is an advertising and marketing company designed to bring motor home buyers and sellers together. Once connected, they can choose to close the sale independently or use their broker as a facilitator to oversee the process, which is what many buyers prefer. A motor home broker does not control the price of motor homes it advertises, does not handle title or sales tax paperwork, does not take possession of recreational vehicles for sale, does not take title of motor homes for resale. Motor home brokers are paid commissions agreed upon before the deal starts thus ensuring a good price for both buyer and seller. That provides peace of mind at no extra charge!

What benefits are there to working with a motor home broker?

Motor home brokers try to be well informed on current market conditions in order to advise clients of fair market value. According to Cindy Green, president of New Port Richey-Florida based Motor Home Finders, they offer a level of security you can’t find in most other RV buying models.

“We protect to the best of our ability, the public against fraud, misrepresentation and unethical practices,” said Green.

Motor home brokers are well informed and experts in the transaction.

Moreover, motor home brokers like Motor Home Finders strive to learn all pertinent facts concerning all the RVs for which they accept listings, so that they may present a fair description of the RV. For the protection of all parties involved, they see that financial obligations and commitments regarding RV transactions are in writing, expressing the exact agreement of the parties; and, that copies of such agreements, at the time they are executed, are placed in the hands of all parties involved. All without those parties having to lift a finger.

Equally important, motor home brokers can often provide a history of the RV, how it’s been stored and used, whether or not smokers or pets were among its frequent travelers, and provide referrals to lenders and insurers.

If you’re looking to buy your first or upgrade your RV, a motor home broker like Motor Home Finders is the best place to start.

Six Spring Destinations to Take your RV to this Year

By Jamie Cattanach of RVshare

Spring getaways are some of our favorites here at RVshare. It’s such a versatile time to travel. Depending which way you head, you can get all the sunshine and sandy beaches of summer or experience slightly cooler weather further inland — which is absolutely perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring. If you’re into exploring nature and visiting the national parks, spring has an arguable edge over summer; the landscapes will be less crowded and, in many cases, covered over in a stunning wildflower bloom.

But enough about why spring travel is so awesome — let’s get planning some actual trips! Here are our best spring travel ideas and destinations for 2021.

Spring Travel Destinations

Luckily for us RV campers, the USA is home to an abundance of fantastic spring travel destinations. Psst — want to save some cash, no matter where in the world you’re headed? A Passport America membership will get you 50% off your campsite accommodation fees at almost 1900 campgrounds across the country, including locations in Canada and Mexico. At less than $50 per year, it’ll easily pay for itself in just one trip.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

This stunning national park is a great spot to visit any time of the year — which is probably why it’s the most popular one in America.

But come springtime, the Smokies are extra special: all covered over in a flood of newly-bloomed wildflowers, from rhododendrons to black-eyed susans and lots of others in between. In fact, over 1,500 types of flowering plants call the park their home, which naturalists celebrate by hosting the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage at the end of April. Just make sure you reserve your campsite early! As with all national parks, sites tend to fill up fast when the weather’s lovely.

  1. Florida Caverns State Park, Florida

Think beaches are the only landscape Florida has to offer? Or that you have to go all the way to Kentucky or New Mexico to experience a mysterious cave system?

Think again. Situated in the middle of Florida’s panhandle close by to Georgia and Alabama, Florida Caverns State Park shows you a different side of the sunshine state — and has 35 RV-friendly campsites with full hookups.

       3. Cedar Key, Florida

Don’t worry, we promise not every destination on the list will be in Florida — but it’s undeniably one of the best places to travel in spring. March and April bring some of the best weather the state sees all year; the full, stifling tilt of Florida’s summer heat and humidity has not arrived quite yet. Even better, the beaches and springs are just a little less crowded than they will become July and August.

While any spot along Florida’s endless shoreline will be a winner, we love this west-coast island, which is home to miles of hiking trails and unique wildlife. It’s especially popular amongst the bird-watching crowd.

  1. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

If you ask us, the entire southwest is something of a hidden gem. And if you’re alright with separating the sand from the sea, it’s basically a spring break classic: warm, sunny, and perfect for kicking back.

If you haven’t paid a visit to the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, this spring is the perfect opportunity. The largest field of gypsum sand dunes in the world, you’ll oscillate between feeling like you’ve stepped onto an alien landscape and wondering where the crashing ocean waves might be — all while enjoying the simple fun of sledding down the steep slopes all around you.

  1. Point Mugu State Park

Want a southern California experience without paying the premium for a southern California hotel room?

Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park offers affordable camping accommodations for moderately-sized motorhomes and travel trailers (up to 31 feet). It also boasts five miles of stunning ocean shoreline beaches, bluffs, and sand dunes, not to mention two river canyons. When you’re done with a long day of hiking, go ahead and heed the beckoning water, whether you simply go wading or copy the locals and try out the surf.

    6. Isla Blanca State Park, Texas

Even if you’re far from either coast, a romantic, beachy spring trip is possible — deep in the heart of Texas. Just about as far south as you can get before Mexico, this Gulf coast island offers campsites with both full and partial hook-ups, as well as cabanas and dry camping spots.

Spring Break Travel Deals

These are just a few destination ideas in a country jam-packed with beautiful sites to see this spring. But no matter where your road atlas takes you, you may be wondering: when is the best time to book spring travel?

Although spontaneity is one of the biggest draws of the RVing lifestyle, during popular travel seasons, planning early can help you save money — especially if you’re hoping to use your Passport America membership. You want to ensure there’s a campsite open at a participating campground before you arrive!

Also, keep in mind that campsite fees will vary depending on where you’re traveling and the extent of the campground’s amenities. You can save a ton of dough by opting for less-luxurious sites with only partial hookups, or even by boondocking in a totally undeveloped site. No, you may not have unlimited air conditioning… but the whole point of spring break is to get outside, right? And who needs A/C when you have that beautiful spring breeze blowing back your hair?

Why is there so much to love about a Class A motor home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking to buy an RV for the first time?  It’s important to know what the different classes of RVs mean so you’ll know the right one to choose.  At Motor Home Finders, we specialize in offering Class A motor homes.  Why? Because they are the most fully featured, dependable, and luxurious, and give new meaning to the term “glamping.”  Think of them more like a luxury hotel suite on wheels that you can take with you wherever you go.

What makes Class A so classy? 

Class A motor homes are the most massive coaches on the market and they run the gamut as far as extravagance goes. Ranging in size from 26 to 45 feet, they are built on a single chassis that may have more than two axles — heavier coaches will have three axles in total.

The maximum width of Class A motorhomes is around eight feet, though some states allow widths up to eight and a half feet. They weigh an impressive 13,000 to 30,000 pounds, which gives some indication of the range of possibilities of their interiors.

What makes Class A so luxurious? 

Class A motorhomes offer as many luxuries as the average house — and in many cases they can even surpass them! It is not uncommon for these coaches to sport a king-sized bed, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, a large living area with sofas and reclining chairs, a dining table, a television, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, stovetop, refrigerator and freezer.

Many also contain slide outs. These devices, invented in 1990 by Mahlon Miller, are more of a space-creator than a space-saver. At the press of a button, a wall and part of the floor of an eight-foot-wide RV slide outward, creating extra square footage in seconds! Some Class A RVs will feature slide outs on opposite walls of the same room, allowing an eight-foot room to expand to nearly 15 feet wide. Speaking of space, Class As are unparalleled in their cargo capacity. Because the floor of the living space is typically several feet above the chassis, much of the space underneath the camper is reserved for storage. That means packing things like lawn chairs, sporting equipment, bicycles and outdoor rugs is no problem!

The engine of a Class A motor home can be either gasoline or diesel.  Diesels typically have a higher resale value, more torque, a higher towing capacity and a longer lifespan. They are also generally quieter, since the engine is located in the rear of the coach, which is also why diesel engines are nicknamed “pushers.” However, gas coaches also generally cost less to maintain and operate, despite requiring more maintenance in general than diesel.

The main advantage of a Class A motorhome, as you may have guessed, is simply the amount of space it offers. Class A owners do not need to leave any of the conveniences of home behind. Many also offer a fairly turnkey operation, as there are high-tech systems in place for leveling your RV, extending and retracting slides and running the appliances and water/sewage systems. Plus, you can tow another vehicle behind your RV for sprinting about town from your campground.

Looking for a Class A motor home?  We have dozens of gently used luxury models in our inventory to choose from that you’re sure to fall in love with.  Take a look around at  http://www.motorhomefinders.com/inventory.

Two ways to fall in love this Valentine’s Day month.

There’s something quite captivating about the sleek lines of a beautifully crafted luxury RV. From the inside out, it’s a marvel of automotive engineering and a study in the finer things in life. Here are two suitors vying for your attention in our inventory. Go ahead, feel free to look these beauties up and down and maybe make one of them your own?

Meet the 2016 American Revolution 42T.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only 30,000 gently used miles under her belt, this RV has everything you want in a luxury motor home–style, features, comfort, and a price tag that’ll pleasantly surprise you.  With only one owner, she has three triple full wall slides, a bath and a half, and runs via a 450 Cummins on a Freightliner/Liberty Chassis with an Allison MH300 transmission and a 10kW Onan Diesel Generator with auto start.  Her three 15M BTU air conditioning with heat pumps is sure to keep you at just the right temperature during your travels, no matter where they take you.  Her beautiful exterior is an upgraded diamond merlot, and she also has an exterior entertainment center and power roller shades.  Inside, her cabinets are a rich, full gloss chestnut and the Villa Ultra leather sofa hides a sleeper bed for guests.  The kitchen features a full-size residential refrigerator, dish drawer-dishwasher, convection microwave and two-burner induction stovetop.  She also offers a stacked washer and dryer.  She’s always been garaged and her former owner was not a smoker, so she’s fresh as a daisy and ready to sweep you off your feet and priced at $234,900.

 The 2014 Newmar Mountain Air might just steal your heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She’s a real beauty with only 25,000 miles on the speedometer.  She offers many of the same mechanical features of the American Revolution, like a 450 Cummins engine on a Freightliner chassis and a bath and a half, and has an amazing amount of included options.  These include rich caramel-glazed cherry cabinets, all electric power that requires no propane, a whirlpool residential refrigerator, induction cooktop, central VAC, dash radio with navigation system, and a 2.8 cubic foot freezer on one of her three slides.  You will also fall in love with her sleep number premier mattress, mood-enhancing interior lighting, and the bedroom safe to safely store your treasures while underway.  The perfect lady to accompany you to the beach or the hiking trails, she has tile floors throughout (including in the bedroom) to make keeping her clean a breeze.  Since 2014, she’s been lovingly stored inside and plugged in, making sure she’s ready for adventure when you are.

We have plenty of gorgeous, nearly new RVs to capture your fancy in our ever-changing inventory.  Visit http://www.motorhomefinders.com/inventory often to find the perfect match for you!

 

Eight Trending RV Features for 2021

By Jeremy and Sephanie Puglisi of GoRving.com

When it comes to advances in technology, luxury, and off-the-grid capability, the RV industry has been innovating at a blistering pace–and in our humble opinion, there has never been a better time to be an RV owner. If you want an RV that is tricked out with high-tech gadgets and dozens of features that are controllable from an app, then that RV is out there waiting for you. If you want an RV that has all of the comforts of home and the fit and finish of a high-end luxury apartment, then that RV is waiting for you too. Or if you want to get off grid and camp underneath the stars and #roamoutside, then you will also find plenty of suitable RVs that are ready for your next rugged adventure.

Solar Goes Mainstream

Adding a solar system to your RV used to be complex, cumbersome, and expensive for the average RV owner. But that is simply no longer the case. In the last few years solar has gone mainstream. This is because many of the solar companies are now partnering with manufacturers to make the process of adding solar significantly simpler and more affordable, especially for RV owners that may be less handy. Now many rigs come prepped or “pre-wired” for solar and the panels, batteries, and inverters can be easily added by the manufacturer, the dealer, or the consumer. This is such good news for RV owners because having a solar set up is absolutely awesome for dry camping, boondocking, and driveway surfing. Campgrounds are great, but having the power to camp anywhere is practical and on trend for 2021.

Going Big With Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens have been around for many years now, but they are on trend for 2021 because they are becoming more impressive and “blinged out” for today’s luxury loving campers. Yesterday’s camp kitchens had a fridge and a sink with running water if you were lucky. Today’s camp kitchens have flat screen TV’s, USB chargers and speakers, microwaves, spice racks, built in grills and griddles, and much more. Many of the RV owners that we know use their outdoor kitchens more than they use their indoor kitchens—and that’s a testament to how well-equipped so many of them are these days.

Luxurious Features in Affordable RV’s

Over the past few years a number of features that are typically associated with higher end RV’s have become common in budget priced RV’s. Five years ago, If you wanted heated theater seats in your new RV you would have to buy a luxury fifth wheel or motorhome. Now you can find features like this as options in travel trailers that cost significantly less. Luxurious “grounded” steps with strut assist and handrails also used to largely be available on high end RV’s, now they can be seen on a variety of rigs at affordable price points. We all deserve a little luxury when we Go RV’ing, right?

Lighter Interiors and Stripped-Down Graphics

Many RV consumers have been asking for lighter interior decor options and more stripped- down exterior graphics. Manufacturers have responded to consumer demand in both of these cases. More earthy interiors are still available, and so are elaborate graphics packages, but now consumers have more choice. More choice means that your new RV can be more personalized and more distinct—and what’s not to love about that?

TPMS Systems for Safety

Tire safety can make or break your RV’ing experience. Routine tire maintenance, proper inflation, and correct weight distribution will eliminate most of the emergency tire issues that happen on the road. However, no matter how diligent you are, you can’t control everything, including nails and other random road debris. Investing in a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can help you avoid getting a blowout to begin with. More and more RV manufacturers are including these types of systems as standard equipment—and we applaud them for doing so. But they are also widely available in the aftermarket and easy to install.

Off-Grid Capabilities

This might be the most exciting RV trend for 2021. As mentioned earlier, more and more manufacturers are offering solar options that can be added at the factory, making off-grid camping more comfortable than ever before. We are also seeing off-road tires, raised axles, and larger holding tank capacity that will make boondocking and dry camping more comfortable for longer periods of time. With these kinds of amenities, you can be ready to roam wherever your sense of adventure leads.

Smart RV Capabilities

RVs have been getting smarter every year, but 2021 RVs have more tech features than ever before. Many models now offer shoppers the ability to control RV systems straight from a smartphone or tablet. Simply download an app and you can dim the lights, extend the slides and awning, and check your tank levels while never leaving the recliner. RVers will appreciate being able to check on the interior temperature of the rig, even when they are away from the campground. Imagine opening your slide outs with an app while standing outside so you can check for obstacles like trees that may get in the way and do damage. Smart, practical, and convenient, right?

Pet-Friendly Features

More than half of all RV’ers travel with their furry family members, and manufacturers are taking note. Many 2021 RVs come with features like leash latches on the exterior, and hidden dog bowl drawers that can be extended during feeding times and tucked away for the rest of the day. Some RV models came with dedicated doggie bed and kennel space. One manufacturer has removed all carpeting from their pet-friendly rigs and also moved heating vents from the floor to the walls. Clearly, today’s RV’s have become more comfortable and convenient for pets and their people.

 

 

Chances are, you WILL go RV’ing in 2021

Understanding the popularity of RV’ing in 2020 can be traced to several factors. Let’s look at 7 Reasons Why You Will Go RV’ing in 2021.

1. Everyone wanted to go RV’ing already
Why did the world go RV’ing in 2020? RV’ing in general was already on the upswing, enjoying a huge rise in popularity that last few years. The convergence of great mobile technology and a generation of folks unwilling to be tied to a desk helped fuel a growth that saw the annual sale of units eclipse a half-million in 2017.

The COVID situation only exacerbated that trend. The RV industry has enjoyed a stretch of good years and was counting on a few more. When COVID hit, the industry “Uh Oh’s” could be heard all the way from Elkhart. Little did we know that 2020 would become the Summer of the RV.

2. RV’ing is a safe activity
When viewed from the perspective of a COVID world, RVing is about as safe as you can be. When you go RVing, you are in charge of your transportation, your meals, and your accommodations. You are in control of everything you and your family sees, touches, eats, and sleeps in.

With the pandemic, we were told that our homes are the safest place to be. No one said those homes couldn’t be on wheels, which is essentially what an RV is. All of the safety measures we used to keep safe in our own homes, with our loved ones, translated to those homes on wheels.

3. We all crave the open road
Deep down we all crave the open road. American pioneers hit the road, such as it was, in the Westward Expansion of the 19th century. Many of our own parents or grandparents desired to explore Eisenhower’s new Interstate Highway System in the ’60s & ’70s. Although the world around us seemed to shut down in 2020, the roads were still open for the most part, and RVers have flocked to them.

4. We go RV’ing because we have time
2020 has changed how we think about time and working remotely. Suddenly that office you absolutely had to be in every day is unnecessary. Spending an hour or more in traffic, sometimes each way now seems absurd.

Like cubs straying from the lion’s den for brief periods, we realized we could work from the living room instead of the home office. Then we moved to the backyard, and after that the RV. We began to realize that home is where you park it, wherever that may be.
We figured out that we now had time to hit the road and could be away from the office for days or even weeks. Kids no longer had rigid school schedules to adhere to. No more soccer practice, dance lessons, or marching band. Even when school resumed, it was with remote learning. Who’s to know (or care) if your kid is at home on Redwood Drive or in a Redwood forest?

5. We go RV’ing because we value our freedom
As Americans, we aren’t used to being told we can’t do something. Even though we want to eat out, we can still cook at home. We love getting together for live sports and concerts, but we can always watch at home.
Vacation is another matter. If all the vacation opportunities are shut down, that leaves us stuck at home. Vacation time is when most of us do everything we can to get away from home. Because we have that desire to get away and feel the need and freedom to do so, many have turned to RV’ing.

6. There is so much to see
One of the best reasons to go RV’ing is because there really is so much to see. Obviously well-known destinations like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore should be on your list.

But there is so much amazing scenery just getting to and from those attractions. Simply driving through Monument Valley is fantastic, you don’t even have to stop. The fall colors of the Northeast, the beaches of the Southeast, and the mountains in the West should all be experienced at least once. Even with the current COVID restrictions, you can get into or near enough to most of the popular destinations to enjoy them.

7. There are no guarantees for 2021
If we assume that restrictions and closures will come and go like they have this year, then an RV makes perfect sense. You’ll still want a way to travel safely, and an RV does that for you.

If conditions dramatically improve in 2021, then your RV will be that much more versatile. You can still use your RV for road trips, getting to family gatherings, and even as a spare office if you find your company has realized the full potential of remote work and shut the corporate location down.

RV’ing is here to stay. Improvements in mobile internet speeds, remote connectivity, and campground WiFi enabled more people than ever to work remotely. Roadschooling is a new alternative to Homeschooling. RV technology and variety are greater than ever, too. There is an RV for every style and every budget. Get ready to go RV’ing in 2021.

‘Tis The Seasons For New Year’s Resolutions.

Climate change is a common topic of discussion these days.  People all over the world are striving to reduce their carbon footprint.  Yes, even RVers can take some measures in 2021 that will help to conserve our planet’s resources, so people can enjoy the RV lifestyle for many generations to come. Following are some things we can all can do to make a difference, written in the form of New Year’s Resolutions — perfect timing for the new year!

  1. Drive less.

This doesn’t mean staying home and not using your RV. It means making use of facilities closer to home.  Every area of the country has sites to see and things to do close at hand.  By reducing your driving distance, you’re leaving more time to enjoy something besides watching miles (and the miles) roll by.  Stay an extra day or two when you visit an area.  Not only will it be more relaxing, but you can see that much more in terms of local culture and activities.  It’s always fun to learn something new; try to take the time to do so.

  1. Get the most for the money.

Most RV resorts and campgrounds offer a reduced rate if you stay for a longer period of time.  Is there really a need to move on?  By staying a week or even a month, you’re getting a bigger bang for your buck.  After all, the RV lifestyle is supposed to be “laid back.”  What’s the hurry?

  1. Leave the “toad” at home.

Instead, bring bicycles, strap a canoe on the roof, get some exercise.  By towing a car, you’re burning more fuel to get there.  Plus, you’re just trading one comfortable driving seat for another, which is simply perpetuating your inner couch potato.   Instead, get out there and smell the fresh air you came to enjoy.  Hiking, cycling, walking, and paddling are all excellent ways to get the ol’ cardiovascular system working again.  Exercise; it does a body good.

  1. Travel the byways.

Freeways are for those who are eager to get from Point A to Point B in a hurry.  RVers have no reason to be in a hurry; it’s counter-productive.  The whole point of Rving is to see the countryside.  If you’re traveling at 70 mph, there’s no way you can pull into a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, or stop for lunch at a small-town corner cafe.  Take the time to follow “the alternate route.”  You know the scenery will be a lot better.

  1. Support local growers.

Nothing beats fresh produce and homemade breads, jams and jellies.  Stop at Farmers Markets  along the way.  Not only will you be able to enjoy the freshest foods and eat healthier, but you’ll also be supporting local small businesses and reducing the amount of fuel used to take goods to supermarkets.

  1. Leave no trace.

No matter where you spend time, when it’s time to leave, take it with you.  Be considerate of the environment and other RVers as well.  Try sort and recycle your trash — even if it means taking it back home with you.  Leave your campsite spotless.  And keep in mind, if every camper cut a tree branch to roast marshmallows, the trees around that campsite would soon be bare.

  1. Consider solar power.

Generators are noisy and use lots of fuel. Solar panels are silent and use no fuel.  A win, win situation for the planet, for your pocket book, and for all who are camping around you.

  1. Make conservation a state of mind.

In everything you do, consider the consequences of your actions to the environment and to those around you.  Think about how wildlife may be affected, or the likelihood that future generations might suffer from something you are doing.  If we all took the time to look beyond our own immediate concerns, the planet would be a whole lot better off.

And if you’re looking for an idea that’s not necessarily “green,” but still a lot of fun….

  1. Get lost on purpose.

Adventure, that’s what RVing is all about.  Forget the schedule, and throw the maps away — you have everything you need with you.  Why should your life or destination be predetermined?  Enjoy each day for itself, acting on whims or unexpected opportunities.  You may be surprised what’s down that little side road… Go find out!

 

Ten Ways To Spruce Up Your RV For The Holidays

By Carrie Battles of Trailer Life Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season of sparkling lights, hot cocoa and cozy evenings around the campfire. Whether you’re a full-time traveler, a stationary RVer, or simply hitting the road for the holidays, don’t let the lack of storage space kill your jollies. Downsizing from a house to a home-on-wheels has obvious advantages, but during the holidays, it can leave some of us scratching our heads. How can I decorate a 150-square-foot space? Where will I fit the Christmas tree? How will I store everything come January? Luckily, in regard to being creative, there is plenty of room to overcome these obstacles.

For a little inspiration… here are 10 RV decorating tips YULE love!

O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree
Let’s face it — the tree is the quintessential Christmas decoration. Can you even have a Christmas without a Christmas tree? Sure, but for many of us, it just wouldn’t be the same. But hey, if Santa can squeeze down the chimney, surely you can fit a tree in your camper! For those who prefer artificial trees, a “pencil-shaped” Christmas tree can fit into tight corners and won’t obstruct your walking space. If you’re pining for a real tree, make it a family affair by purchasing a $5 tree cutting permit from the National Forest Service. For folks who own a compact trailer like a Shasta or an R-Pod, you might not have the room for a full-size tree. In this case, take it from Charlie Brown — size doesn’t matter. Tabletop trees are the perfect addition to your dinette or countertop. Whether it’s store-bought or a clipping from the woods, a little Christmas tree can add plenty of cheer to your RV.

Fleece Navidad
A great way to feel cozy and warm this Christmas is adding holiday-themed pillows and throws into the mix. Adorning the couch with a festive blanket and adding a couple of pillows sets the mood and can instantly brighten the room. To avoid taking up extra space, consider trading out cases rather than buying new pillows; that way, you can easily fold them up and store them later. If you plan on decorating your bedroom, this can also be done with duvet covers.

Pick a Theme That Soots You
When you’re mulling over how to decorate, choosing a theme can be the best place to start. A unified style, color scheme, or pattern can really make the place feel like home for the holidays. For those who enjoy the vintage camper look, thrift stores and Etsy are chock-full of unique heirloom finds, from little knickknacks to lights and ornaments for your aluminum tree. If you want to up your Kitschmas game, get out the hot glue gun and make a wreath out of colorful baubles and tacky Christmas ornaments you find at Goodwill. For trailers with a cabin-chic feel, go rustic with flannel, burlap, pinecones and natural bark candles. When it comes to color schemes, there are so many to choose from. Of course, you can always go the classic route with red and green, a traditional Christmas color scheme never goes wrong! If you want to freshen up the space, a modern take with white and silver can light up the room. For those who aren’t afraid of color, make the place extra merry with a retro multicolor scheme that’ll brighten up those gray winter days. Patterns like plaid and stripes bring even more joy indoors this season, while shapes like stars and snowflakes can be hung on the walls or found in fabrics, ribbon and bunting.

Natural Noel
If you’re traveling fulltime in your RV, having a ton of Christmas decorations lying around might not make sense. There’s an eco-friendly alternative to buying cheap plastic decorations that are likely to be discarded after the holidays. Use natural options you find around you. Foraging your Christmas decor is an excellent way to save storage space while simultaneously cutting costs and will land you on Mother Nature’s Nice List. While out on a hike, collect fallen pinecones, evergreen sprigs, Magnolia leaves and wild berries. But whenever picking up loose wood, make sure you heed local regulations. Back at camp, enjoy some mulled wine and have a craft day.

Dreaming of a Minimalist Christmas
Whether you’re on the road or just prefer keeping things simple for the holidays, you can make a little bit go a long way. A few bows here and there, a Christmas wreath on the door, and a red or green light bulb for the doorway are some festive options for campers on-the-go. If you’re wishing for an effortless light display at the RV Park, consider purchasing a Star Shower, a projected laser light display. The best part of all — you won’t even have to climb a ladder!

Baby, it’s Bold Outside
Sleighing the outdoor decorating game involves a lot of time and effort, but the end results sure pay off! For the Clark Griswold’s of the world, we get so much joy decking out our place for the holidays. For me, this means covering as much surface area as possible. For some, the Christmas decorations become a larger display spreading throughout the campsite. From a synchronized light show to a campsite adorned with Disney inflatables, you’re bound to have your presents known!

Get Lit This Christmas
Transform your home-on-wheels into a winter wonderland by adding some dazzling Christmas lights. Before you break out the lights, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you won’t exceed your available wattage. To conserve energy, LED bulbs use 90 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. They also last longer, partly due to the fact the bulbs are made of plastic and not glass, which tend to break more easily. If you plan on being off-the-grid during the holidays, a generator or solar panel can power your lights. Another option is to skip the standard electrical lights and go battery-powered with rechargeable batteries. Indoors, lights can be hung around your windows and doorways or along your countertops and ceiling. While decorating the exterior, there are many routes you can take. Some ideas include lighting the contours of the trailer by creating a silhouette, hanging the lights along the canopy, or illuminating the walkway with some glowing candy canes or rope light. When it comes to attaching the lights, consider suction cups, magnetic clips, command strips and hooks.

Deck the Walls with Garland
For those who decide to skip a tree or simply want to add an extra dose of merriment to their camper, garlands are the perfect pick. Though most RVs have limited floor space, there are many opportunities for wall hangings. Garland can be attached to the ceiling, placed along a mantle or countertop, or hung around a door or window. If you want to add garland outdoors, they can be draped along fencing or hung from a canopy.
You can buy freshly cut garland from the store, or if you’re crafty- grab some free trimmings from Lowes, or forage from the woods and create your own. For those who prefer artificial garland, they can be bought pre-lit, or you can add your own lights. If you want to mix it up this Christmas, Michaels along with several other craft retailers offer colorful alternative garlands to hang for the holidays.

Put a Wreath on It
Hark! The herald of Christmas is undoubtedly the wreath. It’s simple, charming and it makes a home feel inviting during the holidays. Whether it’s hung on a door, over the mantle, or placed on the front of the trailer, it helps bring warmth to the coldest months of the year.These days, you can find an assortment of creative wreaths on the market or by researching DIY tutorials online. Other than the classic evergreen wreath, you can find some made with bows and baubles, sequined appliques and ribbon, pinecones and burlap, or to be extra on-point this season, miniature Christmas trees and vintage campers.

Christmas Island
Who said it has to be a White Christmas anyways? If your plans are taking you south this winter, embrace the warm weather decorations, too. Trade out the Christmas tree for a cactus or palm tree. If you still want the traditional tree, consider decorating it with a beach or desert theme. Beachy add a nice touch, and when you’re dashing through the sand, keep your eyes out for driftwood or shells that can be made into a tabletop tree. In the Southwest, luminaires can brighten up the porch, while poinsettias can add an extra splash of color. Last but not least, don’t forget the RV world’s favorite animal mascot, the pink flamingo!