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5/3/2018 2:53:17 PM
You will find that most RVers are very friendly and more than willing to lend a hand or give advice, but here are just a few tips to get you started.

1.  Practice!

Your RV will not feel or respond like a regular car; it is much heavier, longer and wider.  For more information on handling a trailer or motorized RV, please click HERE. And, remember to practice, practice, practice.  Empty parking lots are especially good for this, so practice until you feel comfortable and then go enjoy your RV!

2.  Don't Overpack!

You will find lots of storage both inside and outside of your RV, but don't feel like you have to fill it all up - keep things simple.  (You will appreciate this when you trade it in or sell it and then need to clean it out).  But do pack a good toolkit with basic necessities like a tire guage, wrenches, jumper cables, and a flashlight.  

3.  Make a "set up" check list!

Be sure and scope out your campsite before pulling in to make sure you have the space and clearance you need for your RV.  Level the RV, if necessary; chock the wheels and connect your hookups.  Then test the hookups to make sure they are working properly.  This is a very rudimentary list and assums that you have been instructed on a water pressure regulator for your city water hookup, dumping procedures and the amperage plugin your RV requires (30amp or 50amp).  If you have questions on the electrical side, please check out this information on our website:  How to Plug in an RV

We've found that a good source for learning about your RV is RV Education 101.

Happy RVing!

 



Posted: 5/3/2018 2:53:17 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


3/23/2018 11:01:34 AM

Having physical mobility challenges and getting out to explore the world in an RV has its own allure, but it also presents obstacles.  While travel in an RV can open up a lot of options to provide convenient travel with the comforts of home, it takes a bit of customizing and research to get a camping set-up that meets your mobility needs.

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This Alpine Coach has been fitted with a wheelchair lift. (Photo by IRV2 member Algoma)

Newmar and Winnebago are two of the few RV manufacturers that specifically tailor their off-the-line models to accommodate individuals with physical challenges, including innovative floor layouts, lifts, widened entrances and pathways, lower counters and cabinetry, roll-in bathrooms, grab bars, and conveniently located controls.

Both companies have done their research, and can customize your RV from the ground up to suit your needs.  Other post-manufacture upgrades and remodels can be done after purchase if you are handy or have a shop that can do a quality customization for you.

The Disabled Dealer is a good place to research or purchase already converted used RVs.  The Handicapped Travel Club also has classified listings for used RVs.

If you’re not certain about the RV lifestyle and how your mobility considerations may fit into an RV, you can rent RVs with accessibility options.  Commercial rental services usually have a few ADA RVs for rent, however you can also search RVShare.com for rentals by owner to find an RV that best fits your needs.

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A wheelchair-friendly Winnebago. Photo: Youtube

Once you have a rig figured out, it is time to get out and explore!  There are some helpful websites and blogs that give a good summary of accessible locations and activities.  Karen and Tony with Rolling in an RV have been traveling for decades and assembled an extensive listing of accessible campgrounds, boondocking locations, and activities around the US, including easy-to-use interactive maps.

The Handicapped Travel Club has been around since 1973 and is a great resource with over 250 members and annual rallies and tours.  The RVing Accessibility Group is a group that works to raise awareness of recreational accessibility.  They also have listings and descriptions of accessible RV parks by state on their website.

A big "thank you!" to RVLIFE Magazine for this helpful information!

Posted: 3/23/2018 11:01:34 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


3/8/2018 1:19:34 PM
This article put out by KOA talks about 7 money-saving tips while traveling in your RV.

But in order to make sure you actually follow through with your promise to yourself, you’ve got to get more specific.

Instead of having to cut out of your life some of the things you enjoy most, there are a number of easy ways that you can lower your RV travel costs.

1. TRAVEL DURING THE OFF-SEASON

Camping during the spring and summer certainly has its perks — warmer weather, more accessible sites, more outdoor activities — just to name a few.

However, RV camping during the fall and winter is something we are sure you’ll love, especially with the money it’s going to save you.

Here are just some of the reasons camping during the off-season is so great:

  1. Excuse to have cozy time around the campfire with big sweaters
  2. Opportunity to indulge in your favorite comfort foods, cooked around the fire
  3. Chance to experience different activities outdoors including apple picking, skiing, snowshoeing and more
  4. Forget about the nuisance of bugs
  5. Ability to take in stunning views and photos that not everyone else has already seen
  6. Avoid congestion with smaller crowds and fewer people
  7. Enjoy lower prices

You’ll find your savings during this time extend to time saved on the road, lack of AC costs, finding joy in simple activities such as bundling up and reading your book, and so much more. To find a campground that’s open all year, click here.

2. REWARDS PROGRAM

Because we love camping (and know you do too), and believe that all RV travelers should be able to spend more time doing what they love, we created the Value Kard Rewards program.

This premium KOA offering give you access to discounts on a number of camping-related things.

And for an annual cost of just $30, you can save thousands of dollars.

As a Value Kard Rewards camper, here are some of the deals you’ll have access to:

  • 10% off daily registration rate at KOAs across North America
  • Reward point earning that can be used on future KOA stays
  • Free night of camping at the Value Kard Rewards Appreciation Weekend
  • Access to thousands of coupons via the KOA coupon savings program
  • Deals on KOA products and services including:
    • RV Roadhelp
    • KOA Mail
    • Tech24
    • RV Loan Center by Essex Credit
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from KOA partners such as:
    • Dish TV
    • Geico
    • RV Trader
    • Route 66

This merely skims the surface of the savings you’ll experience as a VKR member. To learn more about KOA’s Value Kard Rewards, visit here.

3. SHOP AROUND FOR FUEL

While it seems that going out of your way to save a few extra pennies per gallon of gas seems absurd, truth be told, RVs are notorious gas guzzlers.

Even the most advanced of these vehicles eats gas like a kid eats candy.

Plus, many RV gas tanks can hold up to 150 gallons of fuel, so when you’re talking about a few pennies per gallon in a 150-gallon tank, you are talking some serious money.

So what’s the best way to find the cheapest gas?

Use the GasBuddy app.

GasBuddy allows you to look up gas prices by city or zip code, and tracks the most affordable fuel in your surrounding area.

4. SPEND MORE TIME COOKING

Whether you’re dining at five-star restaurants or going through the drive-thru, the costs of eating out while traveling in your RV will add up.

Not to mention the fact you’ve got a great kitchen right there, waiting for you.

You can save money on groceries, and chances are you’ll have leftovers to enjoy for tomorrow’s lunch.

If you’ve got a slow cooker, bring that along with you. This little pot is the definition of convenience and budget-friendly meals.

The added bonus to this one is that cooking in your RV allows you to stay on better track with your health, as you’re able to pick and choose every ingredient that goes into your belly.

Check out the hundreds of recipes on the KOA blog to find some tasty ones to give a try on your next trip!

5. LEARN HOW TO DIY

While heavy-duty RV maintenance should be left to the professionals, there’s no reason that you can’t handle the small issues on your own.

Invest a bit of time in studying your RV and basic maintenance, and some money in a set of inexpensive tools.

Here are some tips on how to learn basic RV maintenance:

  1. Explore YouTube. There’s a reason this platform is so popular and no, it’s not just for the next Justin Bieber to make his appearance. YouTube is full of instructional videos that will be a massive help in teaching you how to perform basic maintenance on your RV.
  2. Visit manufacturer’s website. Almost everyone these days has a website, so surely, the product in your RV that needs maintenance can be found online. Heading to that website is a great way to ask questions and get input on how to handle problems.
  3. Join online forums. Forums are where subjects of all types are discussed, and information of all sorts is shared. Since RV travel is so popular, there are countless people who want to share their knowledge and ask their questions to fellow RVers. You can find all those things on RV forums. Simply Google “RV forums,” and you will be on your way to a whole new world.

6. PLAN AHEAD OF TIME

While spontaneity is one of the best perks of traveling via an RV, it can end up costing a lot of extra money.

Going back and forth between places, and making a last-minute decision to head to a destination far away will require coughing up some more cash.

You can avoid this, and still have a lot of fun, by planning your RV travels ahead of time.

There are a few ways things you’ll want to include in your planning:

  • Spend more time at each campsite — moving from place to place increases costs
  • Take day trips in your towed car (if you’re bringing one) — leaving the RV parked when possible is a great way to save
  • Avoid routes that include lots of hills — longer and flatter can oftentimes be cheaper with the giant load you’re pulling

Plus, planning helps build anticipation for your trip, so you’ll have reason to look forward to it even more.

7. BRING A GPS

With modern technology, you likely won’t need an extra gadget — most smartphones have GPS built into them.

Just be sure that you use it.

If you go with your gut on a route to your destination, you may end up getting lost and, as a result, spending extra money to get back on track.

Again, thank you KOA for your informative Blog!

 

Posted: 3/8/2018 1:19:34 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


1/12/2018 4:14:09 PM
 ALASKA

Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters
Ninilchik

The Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters is the only Good Sam RV Park in the town of Ninilchik. Spanning an area of eight acres, the RV resort has 60 RV sites. 50 of the RV sites are full hookup sites while the other 10 are electric and water sites. If you are planning to stay quite a while here, the park has 50 extended stay RV sites. All of the sites here are equipped with wireless Internet access and satellite cable TV. In addition, there are also seven tent sites within the resort park for those that would like to go a little bit more rugged as well as a number of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom fully furnished cabins for those that would like a little bit more comfort during their stay.

With its ideal location at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this waterfront RV resort offers some of the best fishing spots where RVers can enjoy catching giant halibut onboard one of their world-class ocean charters and salmon that fill the river that cuts through the park. RVers can also enjoy a leisurely walk on their beach or combing it for some prized razor clams. Fishing and clamming equipment can be rented out from facilities within the park as well as a boat and RV wash station, fish and clam cleaning tables, and a fish smoker to give you the opportunity to enjoy your catch while on vacation. At the end of your stay, the park's friendly staff will vacuum pack and freeze your catch in their walk-in freezer before shipping them back to you via FedEx.

Other amenities and services offered by the Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters include clean and modern showers and restrooms, phone Internet access, picnic areas, a business center with copying and faxing services, an office lounge where RVers can acquire the necessary fishing licenses, purchase supplies, or simply mingle with other campers over a game of cards
.Aerial view of Alaskan Angler RV Resort with the sea in the background

For more information visit: Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters

 

CALIFORNIA

Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina
Chula Vista

Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina, located along the South Bay in San Diego, California. Established in 1983, this neat, quiet, and pet-friendly resort for RVers offers 237 full hookup spaces with 41 pull-thru sites and 44 extended stay sites. Each of the RV sites is surrounded by plants from all parts of the North American continent as well as in other parts of the world such as the Canary Islands, South Africa, the Mediterranean Belt, and India.

RVers staying at the Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina can enjoy a number of outdoor activities such as biking along one of their many biking trails, fishing, swimming in their beautiful outdoor pool or enjoying a picnic in their picnic area that comes complete with barbecue grills. Other amenities at the resort include a general store with a ladies boutique, laundry facilities, full restrooms and 2 full-service restaurants. There are modem connections in their large clubroom where you can use the Internet free of charge. Wireless Internet access is also available for an additional minimal fee.
Chula Vista RV Resort - view of the beach and Pacific

For more information visit: Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina

 

FLORIDA

Emerald Beach RV Park
Navarre

Hailed as one of the cleanest and friendliest RV parks in Northwest Florida, the Emerald Beach RV Park is located in Florida's Panhandle-halfway between Pensacola and Destin-making it perhaps the closest RV Park to the Gulf.

The park has a total of 76 full hookup RV sites, 37 of which are pull through and 40 are extended stay RV sites. Each of the sites come with 20/30/50 amps, a concrete pad and patio area, and a picnic table. The site provided for each RV is spacious enough for campers to set up their satellite dishes. Cable television and wireless Internet access are available in the site.

Its prime location provides RVers access to a 300 feet private beach where kids can enjoy playing in the sand or swimming in the pristine waters, or where the grown ups can go fishing, or just simply lounge around by the sand. The park has two kayaks that campers can rent for either half a day or for the entire day. The park also has a geocaching hunt that promises hours of fun for the entire family. There is also an equipped pavilion in the park that has a recreation hall and horseshoe pits.

This is a great RV park to consider if you are a pet lover and intend on bringing your furry friend along during your trip. The Emerald Beach RV Park welcomes practically all kinds of pets. There are two designated areas within the park where you can walk your pet, each equipped with doggie waste disposal cans.

Other amenities available at the park include a fitness center, clean air-conditioned restrooms and showers, laundry room facilities, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Beach at Emerald Beach RV Park

For more information visit: Emerald Beach RV Park

 

Alafia River State Park
Lithia

Located just about 10 miles southeast of the city of Tampa, the Alafia River's State Park has 27 electric and water sites, 16 tent and RV sites and 11 horse sites. Each of the sites here are outfitted with their own picnic table and fire rig. Pets are welcomed in the park, but they should always be kept on a leash.

RVers and campers planning to visit this park will find so many things to do here. The park has a total of 17 miles of biking trails with their difficulty levels ranging from beginner to some of the most challenging bike trails in the entire state. The lakes within the state park are great fishing spots where you can catch bass, bluegrill and catfish. Other amenities offered by the park include hiking and nature trails, a playground for the children, showers and restroom facilities, a horseshoe pit, and a volleyball court area.

For more information visit: Alafia River State Park

Canoeing at Alafia River State Park

HAWAII

Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park
Ha'ena, Kauai

Located literally at the end of the road going to Kauai's northern shore, Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park is one of the most popular beaches on this Hawaiian Island. It's prime location near the Na'Pali Coast make this a favorite camping destination for those that love extreme water sport activities like surfing and body boarding.

The amenities here in this Hawaiian State Park are rather basic. These include onsite dumping stations, basic bathroom and outdoor cold shower facilities, and a large picnic area. But what it lacks in amenities, the park definitely makes up for the wide range of outdoor activities and attractions campers can see and do during their stay here at this state park. One highly recommended thing to do here is to take part in one of their guided tours into the nearby Waikanaloa Wet Cave, which is filled with spectacular natural sculptures hewn over the centuries and a large pool of water inside.

The Summer Tunnels are another place to visit at Ha'ena Beach Park. Since the waters at the beach can be quite rough for swimming, campers longing to go for a relaxing swim or spend some time snorkeling can do so here as the waters in this part of the state park are not that perilous.

For more information visit: Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park

Ha'ena Beach, Hawaii

IDAHO

Salmon River RV Park
Salmon

Salmon River RV Park is located in a small community in the state of Idaho known for its diverse wildlife, about 20 miles south along US milepost 93. The park is all year round, and it has a total of 20 RV campsites-18 full hookup sites and 2 electric and water only RV sites-many of which are pull-thru sites. The park also has a number of amenities that includes restrooms and showers, a dump station, a convenience store where you can get limited RV supplies, picnic area with BBQ grills, and laundry facilities.

The clear, fresh waters of the Salmon River make it perfect for RVers to go swimming and enjoy a host of other outdoor water activities like rafting, boating and fly-fishing. A two-mile hike from the RV park will take you to the US Forest Gold Bug Hot Springs where you can enjoy a relaxing dip in any one of their hot springs. There are also a number of guided tours offered along their many hiking trails where you can come up close and personal with a diverse array of mountain wildlife such as Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Deer and Bald Eagles. There are a number of hunting grounds within the park as well where you can hunt game provided that you have the proper license and permits.

For more information visit: Salmon River RV Park

Salmon River from Salmon River RV Park

NEVADA

Lake Mead RV Village
Boulder City

Lake Mead RV Village is a waterfront campground located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Apart from being one of the most visited national parks in the country, this is also one of the first national recreation areas established, offering RVers and their families a startling contrast of desert and water.

The RV village has 85 full hookup 30/50amp RV sites, 34 of them are pull-thru sites and 30 are extended sites. Many of which come equipped with wireless Internet access and cable TV channels. Other amenities include propane available on-site for purchase, an outdoor recreation area complete with a Bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, BBQ and picnic areas, a convenience and gift store, and laundry facilities.

This is a pet-friendly RV site, making it ideal for animal loving RVers to take them along during the trip.

RVers staying here can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with family and friends. The thriving diversity of fish living in the waters of Lake Mead make this one of the best sports fishing spots in the country. There are facilities around the lake where you can rent out some equipment to go kayaking, canoeing, and water fishing. There are also a number of guided hikes and tours which you can take part of to explore the desert basins, canyons, mountains and plateaus that make up the national park.

For more information visit: Lake Mead RV Village

RV sites at Lake Mead

OREGON

Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
Florence

The Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, more commonly known simply as Honeyman State Park, is located halfway up the Oregon coast, and is considered to be the largest campground in Oregon. It is home to two freshwater lakes: Cleawox and Woahink, and located just two miles from the ocean.

The park has 166 RV sites and 191 tent sites. There are 47 full hookup RV sites, 119 electric-and-water-only RV sites, 1 pull-thru RV site and 161 no hook up tent sites that can be rented out all year round. Each of these sites has their own paved parking space, picnic area and fire ring. Firewood can easily be purchased onsite at the park. Other amenities available at the park include a playground for the children, a convenience store, souvenir shop, boating and canoeing rental facilities, hiking trails, local guided tours, and restroom and shower room facilities.

Campers and RVers staying here will find a host of things to do while at the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. The Cleawox Lake is perfect for swimming as well as a haven for those who wish to go boating or kayaking. There is also a fishing pier where campers and their families can leisurely fish to their delight whether using a fishing rod or just merely dangling a line down the pier. For those who are looking to go sports fishing, the Woahink Lake is a popular spot visited by anglers where the waters are thriving with largemouth bass and cutthroat trout.

For those looking for other activities apart from enjoying the water, buggy tours are offered to take you to the nearby Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which consists of 47 miles of sandy dunes stretching between Florence to Coos Bay. There are also a number of onsite hiking and biking trails which go around the two freshwater lakes, providing you spectacular sceneries of the landscape to discover and enjoy.

For more information visit: Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Canoeing at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Edgewater RV Resort and Marina
Sweet Home

Located right along the shore of the Foster Lake, Edgewater RV Resort and Marina is a relatively new RV waterfront resort and marina. It has a total of 49 full hookup RV sites that can accommodate RVs up to 85 feet in length and 15 feet in width. Each of these RV sites are outfitted with wireless Internet access, cable TV, BBQ grills, and a fire pit. Three of these RV sites also have a patio that offer spectacular views of the lake. Other amenities that are available in the park include a convenience store where guests can purchase firewood, fishing supplies and other camping supplies you may need, restroom and shower facilities, and laundry facilities.

RVers can find a whole lot of activities to do here such as water skiing, boating, biking, fishing, and swimming. The park also has a recreation area that has a horseshoe pit and courts for badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

For more information visit: Edgewater RV Resort and Marina

Lake view from Edgewater RV Resort

WASHINGTON

Columbia Riverfront RV Park
Woodland

Columbia Riverfront RV Park is a 10-acre RVing site located right along the banks of the Columbia River. This well-maintained campground has been recognized as one of the Top 100 RV parks in the United States since 2008 and is just a few hundred feet away from Exit 22 along I-5, which cuts through Portland, Oregon.

RVers are treated with over 900 feet of sandy beach where they can take a quiet stroll. The river is full of Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon, making this an excellent fishing spot. Children can enjoy hours upon hours combing through the beach finding treasures, or swimming in the river or at the park's heated outdoor swimming pool.

In addition, the park also has a lawn area where families and friends can have a picnic or fly a kite. Other amenities available for RVers include an on-site convenient store, a fully equipped clubhouse, and a play area for the kids.

The park has 76 full service RV sites (65 sites with 20/30/50 amp hookup service and 11 with 20/30 amp service) that come complete with sewer connections, provisions for clean water, cable television, and wireless Internet. There are also 11 pull-thru RV sites up to 80 feet and 20 extended stay sites. The park also is equipped with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

For more information visit: Columbia Riverfront RV Park

Written by: Adeline Yuboco for Camping Road Trip, LLC

Posted: 1/12/2018 4:14:09 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


10/12/2017 10:25:48 AM
 10 SNOWBIRDING TIPS

1. Have a Plan: It sounds obvious, but if you don’t plan ahead, it’s likely even a seasoned winter traveler will forget something obvious. Write down everything you have to do before you leave, and then start mapping out your travels so you don’t miss something cool along the way – the RoadTrippers App (available at the Apple App Store and for GooglePlay) is also a very handy companion.

2. Take Your Time: The only race you have to run here it to beat the snow. Be sure you take the time to enjoy the journey and leave plenty of time to explore unexpected “finds” as you go.

3. Lock Up: Did you shut the water off? Do you have a friend to check the house periodically? Is someone taking in the mail and door flyers? They’re small things, but they can lead to big problems if not done.

4. Have Your Paperwork: You don’t want to get to your destination and find out that medical records you may need were left in the file cabinet at home. It’s also a good idea to notify your bank and your credit card companies that you’ll be away, so those charges from South Florida don’t sound the alarm.

5. Take Your Prescriptions: Be sure you have all of your prescriptions filled. And remember to carry your medicines in their original drug store containers with the labels.

6. Don’t Expire: Speaking of important documents, be sure your driver’s license and/or passport aren’t set to expire while you’re away.

7. Share Your Itinerary: Don’t keep your travel plans a secret with friends and family. And be sure to carry an easily accessible copy of emergency contact information just in case you run into trouble and can’t speak for yourself.

8. Pack Light: If this is your first foray South, we guarantee that you are packing too much stuff! Most  campgrounds are all well equipped with RVing and camping essentials, so only pack what you need to get you to your winter destination. The rest, you can get when you arrive.

9. Make Sure You’re Covered: Check with your insurance agent to make sure everything is up-to-date with your RV insurance, including your tow vehicle.

10. Be Alarmed: Even if you have a friend checking on your property, it’s a good idea to have an alarm company contract too. And be sure the friend knows what to do if storms or high wind cause damage that needs immediate attention. 

Here are a few destinations recommended by Good Sams Club:  http://www.goodsamclub.com/snowbird/

Happy and safe travels!
Posted: 10/12/2017 10:25:48 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments


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