I recently got a good deal on an RV — and I couldn’t wait to hit the dusty trail and unplug for a few days! As a first-time RVer, there are a few things that I had overlooked. Take it from me, here are 8 must-have RV supplies you’ll want to take on your first RV trip… things I wish I had remembered to pack!
Things To See & Do
Before you hit the road in an RV, check here for fun things to see and do in the states you'll be passing through! You'll find RV campgrounds & national parks, plus fun things to do -- by state. Fellow RVers share fun places they've visited that are worthy of being on your RV bucket list!
Wondering which electric bike for RV owners is best? I live full-time in an RV travel trailer and I just bought my first e-Bike. My choice for an RV electric bike is one that folds in half, making storage simple! Mine is the Lectric XP ebike. I’ll share with you some tips to make sure you get the right e-bike setup for your needs while RVing and camping.
Trying to decide between National Forest camping vs. National Park camping? Having done both, I can attest to the fact that there are pros and cons to each. Here’s what you need to know about RV camping in or near National Parks. If backcountry camping in an RV is your goal the next time you visit a National Park, start here!
Jim and I have used our Good Sam Club membership card at lots of different RV campgrounds to save on camping costs AND at lots of different Camping World stores (and online) to save on RV parts and accessories. Those discounts alone have more than paid for our membership. Here’s why we think membership in the Good Sam Club is a good thing — especially for new RVers who are planning their first RV trips.
Beyond sightseeing, how do you REALLY spend your time in an RV? Perhaps it’s time to find a fun RV hobby! Here are some super interesting RV hobbies that are perfect for RVers who live their life on the road.
Here’s a guide with helpful tips for RVers describing the differences between RV parks, RV resorts, and RV campgrounds. Plus, advice on how to find the best RV campground reviews, so you’ll have a better idea what a place is like before you arrive.
You probably have a lot of questions about the RV industry and how RVs are made. By touring an RV manufacturing facility you will find answers to many of your questions. RV factory tours take you behind the scenes in the RV industry. There’s no better way to see firsthand how an RV is built — from start to finish. You get to watch as an RV is transformed from a bare frame to a finished product.
Following is a brief review of the places we stayed on a recent RV trip to Kentucky. We traveled along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visiting bourbon distilleries during the day and camping at RV parks at night. We stayed at 3 different campgrounds — each of which we would recommend and stay at again in the future. Each place accommodates big rigs like our 40-foot motorhome.
We recently went RV camping in the Nemadji State Forest. It’s a hot spot in northern Minnesota for RVers who happen to also be ATVers. Our destination was Garfvert Campground on Pickerel Lake just outside of Nickerson, Minnesota. Here’s what ATVing and RV camping is like there.
That first meal cooked outdoors on the grill or over an open fire while you’re enjoying the great outdoors just says, “Let the fun begin!” I like to experiment and find new recipes that work well with the RV lifestyle – which usually means simple ingredients and easy preparation. Here are the best camping recipes for RVers.
Get lots of fun ideas for planning your next adventure onboard a motorhome, travel trailer, or 5th wheel RV! Plus great tips for keeping your RV in tip-top shape on our fun RV Facebook and Twitter pages!
Enjoying time in the wilderness with your dog is a fun pastime. Sadly, we’ve had a few problems with aggressive dogs at other campsites. Here’s what to look for in aggressive dog behavior and what to do if a campground dog comes toward you.
We headed to the Grand Casino’s RV Resort in Hinckley, Minnesota for the Memorial Day weekend. We spent the first night RV boondocking in the casino parking lot. The next night we stayed at the RV resort campground.
Finding dog friendly accommodations means that your entire family will get to enjoy RVing. As seen in this video, many RV parks actually go out of their way to make their campgrounds dog friendly. It only makes sense to patronize those that do.
When you’re new to RV travel, you might not be aware that many RV friendly places will bend over backwards to attract your business. Here are the top 6 places where you can usually stay for free… and take advantage of other conveniences too.
Reasons to take your bike along the next time you’re RV camping!
Getting away from it all is even better with a 4×4 RV. Just use caution as going to far can do some serious damage to your RV, and repairs could get costly real quick!
Check out our list of all the best free RV parking spots when you need a place to stay overnight. Looking for a place to stay for free on a longer basis? We’ve got that too! All aspects of RV boondocking are covered here.
Every year half a million RV snowbirds head to Quartzsite AZ. With ongoing activities and plenty to see & do many spend their winter months parked in the desert. Free camping in the desert is a great way to stretch both your vacation and your budget.
Are the noise and confusion of an RV campground too much for you? Try a 4-wheel drive vehicle with a small off-road trailer and get away from the crowds by boondocking!
RV shows are a great place to get acquainted with what’s available in the world of RVs. Here are some things you should know before you attend your first RV show.
Many factories provide public tours that allow you to see just how things are made and eventually sold in stores. Just as interesting are Visitor Centers, Hall of Fame locations, and other national museums. Here are some factory tours and museums worth considering for your next RV road trip.
If you can’t afford the price of a Monaco motorcoach, you can surely afford a die-cast miniature version of this high-class RV.
You can use a travel journal to document your travels online — either in a formatted book, blog, or other travel journal. Or, you can simply jot down thoughts in a notebook or spiral binder. Here are the benefits of writing your RV experiences in a travel journal!
Looking to try some longterm camping in your RV without breaking the bank? There are lots of places to stay that won’t cost you much, but you have to be prepared to fend for yourself — because cheap means no amenities!
The best way to get to know people that share the same interest as yourself is to join groups and participate in events where like-minded people get together. Nowhere is this more common than in the RV lifestyle. RV clubs, groups, and rallies are a great way to interact with other RVers.
Whether you’re in the market for a new or used RV doesn’t really matter. Just being able to inspect the latest offerings all in one location at an RV show is enjoyable in itself. See where the RV shows are scheduled in your area…
Tips for keeping the family ties strong — whether the relatives live across town or on the other side of the country. If you’re taking your RV to a relative’s home, here are some things to keep in mind!
The Fall colors are at their most vibrant from September all the way to November — starting in New England and Minnesota first toward the end of September, and proceeding down throughout the Southeast by mid-November. Here are the current foliage conditions and some must-see locations that are perfect for RV road trips!
RVs and motorhomes are great for tailgating. You can load up a crowd and have your own small party before a concert, sporting event, parade, or most any other outdoor event you can think of!
Looking for a good RV destination? Give Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 a visit. You won’t be disappointed. You might even be up for the Lake Superior Circle Tour, a well-marked highway tour going completely around Lake Superior. You can experience the Canadian part of Lake Superior, cross the locks at Saulte Ste. Marie, then come around through Wisconsin.
There are a couple of unique options for RVers who like to watch movies, documentaries, TV episodes, music videos, and more — whether you’re a fulltimer or a weekend traveler. Here’s how to make Netflix work to your advantage while you’re RVing.
Lots of people are canceling their vacations and choosing to spend more time at home this year. Yep, roughing it at (or near) home is the hot new thing for budget-conscious Americans in search of alternative travel experiences. It’s called a staycation. Why leave home when you have so many great things nearby to enjoy? Vacation is a really a mind-set anyway. Here’s how to turn your next vacation into a staycation… in your RV!
What it’s like to travel by RV from Flagstaff, Arizona to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here are pictures and details of the many sights we saw along the way…
Here are highlights from our RV trip to Flagstaff, Arizona. We were en route to the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed the sites — highlighted here — then we left Flagstaff and headed for the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon will be our new RV home for the summer.
Here are some of the interesting things we saw along the way from Texas to New Mexico.
I don’t know what exactly I expected Kansas to be like, I found that there was quite a bit about this state that I didn’t know.
After a mad dash across the country from Atlanta, Georgia to Wichita, Kansas in 2 days, we stopped for a week at USI RV Park….
The road leading to the campground at Cheaha State park is steep, so if you have a larger motorhome or RV trailer you may want to ask for a camping spot at the lake. And be sure to stop for groceries and supplies before heading to the campground, as there is no grocery store nearby. With a little advance planning, you’ll be sure to have a lot of fun at Cheaha State Park.
Jim and I have been volunteering at Unicoi Sate Park in Helen, Georgia since New Year’s Day. Here are some unique things about this great park that we’ve noticed…
With Norfolk, Williamsburg, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina just a short drive away, Virginia Beach is an excellent choice for your next RV roadtrip. Make your reservations for these RV campground early, because they fill up fast.
One day is never enough to take in all the sights in Downtown Atlanta. Here are tips for your 2nd day exploring all that Atlanta, GA has to offer.
Lots of great tips for using MARTA — Atlanta’s public transportation system — to make your way all around town. With so much to see and do in downtown Atlanta, and beyond, you’ll want to utilize the MARTA whenever possible!
Fun things to see and do in Austin Texas — whether you’re on an RV roadtrip, or spending time in Austin for other reasons. Some things to see & do in Austin, Texas…
Have you been to Savannah, Georgia yet? Here are some reasons to consider taking an RV road trip there soon…
Looking for side trips in your RV in Georgia? What about Helen, GA? In Helen Georgia there are TONS of fun things to see and do. Many of them are documented here — in this summary of our recent RV trip to Helen, Georgia.
I know Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is known for the famous Civil War battle, but there is more to the area than poking around the Gettysburg National Military Park. If you’re planning an RV road trip and have a couple of days to see more, here are some suggestions…
I’ve consulted with my RV friends and compiled a huge collection of links that can be used to help make your RV trip through Tennessee more enjoyable. Here are some sightseeing stops and attractions you might want to consider…
In this one-of-a-kind RV board game, the more you know about America, travel, and the RV lifestyle, the faster you’ll reach the rally site and win the game. But just like real life, there are lots of unexpected delays and hazards you will encounter along the way. Check it out…
Here is how IdleAire’s in-cab services work to provide you with things like hi-speed internet, TV, movies, air conditioning, electricity, and more — WITHOUT having to run the generator in your vehicle! You can find IdleAire at many truck stops.