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!
One of the best things about RVing is the ability to park it and go camping whenever you want... wherever you are! Here, RVers share their favorite tips for RV camping at places like Quartzsite, boondocking (and finding places to park an RV for FREE overnight), taking your pets RVing, getting around RV campgrounds (and reasons to take a bike when you're RVing), winter RV camping, RV cooking, RV camping checklists, must-haves for your RV campsite, and other camping tips that only RVers will appreciate!
Too much humidity and too little humidity are both bad for your camper and your camping gear. See the #1 thing you need to do as soon as you get home, if it has rained on your camping trip! Plus, 5 steps to REDUCE RV humidity in damp, wet conditions and 4 steps to INCREASE RV humidity on dry, arid days. Everything you need to know about RV moisture levels, the perfect humidity level to maintain inside an RV, and how to solve RV window condensation problems.
Every RVer will eventually make the mistake of turning down a road or path that won’t support their rig. The desire to explore remote camping locations makes the chance of getting stuck a real danger. It happened to me! Since then, I carry some specific RV gear and equipment with me at all times. See my list of RV self-rescue gear you need. Plus tips that I’ve learned firsthand to help you get out of a bad situation when you’re stuck in your RV.
Have you considered living off the grid in your RV? I’ve been full-time RVing for the past 7 years. I split my time between long term stays in RV parks and living off the grid in my RV as a nomad wandering with the weather. If you’ll be staying in one place for at least 6 months at a time, then living off the grid (boondocking) is an option that you might want to consider. I’ve put together this helpful guide to give you an idea of what to expect in the way of living expenses and overall comfort when living off the grid in an RV, compared to on-grid RV living. See the costs and comforts associated with both on- and off-grid RV camping.
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.
How RV nomads plan their seasonal RV travel routes. These are the best RV apps to use when following 70-degree temps is your main goal. Find places to stay!
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!
Adding a sun shade tarp to make your own RV awning room will greatly improve the livability of your outdoor space AND reinforce the awning should modest wind or rain suddenly appear. If you want more RV awning shade, here’s how to do it… on a budget.
When it comes to seriously looking at solar power as a dedicated source of electricity when boondocking, a great place to start is a 200-watt Solar Kit. Is 200 watts enough? Yes, it’s enough to power a refrigerator… and watch TV. Here’s what to look for when you’re buying an RV solar system. And remember… you can always add more solar power over time.
If you want to use solar power when you’re RVing, but you fear taking on a DIY project that involves wiring and mounting solar panels & charge controllers, an RV Solar Suitcase may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are the pros and cons of using a Solar Suitcase for RV boondocking.
See why I think a cheap set of spring clamps are the RVer’s equivalent to a Swiss army knife. Here’s my list of clever uses for spring clamps while RVing and camping — from making a DIY camper awning to holding curtains open, keeping your dog safe while setting up camp, and drying a few items on a camping clothesline. There are SO many ways to use spring clamps in and around the RV!
Why do RVers flock to Quartzsite AZ each winter? How much does it cost to stay there? What is there to do there? A fulltime RVer shares his experience.
Some RVers put reflective bubble wrap insulation on all RV windows. I just put it on the RV windshield. It’s the easiest way to keep your RV cool in summer!
Since there are so many important things that an RVer must do before leaving camp and hitting the road, we thought we’d compile the ultimate RV breaking camp checklist. You definitely don’t want to forget to do these things!
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.
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.
If you want to take some leisurely spins through the campground or RV park — and be able to stop and visit with other campers along the way — then you’ll probably want to bring along an extra set of wheels that’s easily towable inside or behind your RV. Here are all the best ways to get around RV parks and campgrounds.
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.
RV cooking is just about the most important part of the RV lifestyle. For rugged dependability you can’t beat cast iron cookware when you’re on the road.
When you pick up your new RV the dealer will include a complimentary starter kit to get you off on the right foot into the RV lifestyle. Unfortunately this is but the tip of the iceberg in RV equipment and accessories that are essential. Here’s the rest of the list.
Reasons to take your bike along the next time you’re RV camping!
Winter RV living takes a little extra effort but really is a workable situation. It can even be quite cozy and romantic all bundled up against the elements in your comfortable home on wheels.
Having clean, clear soft water while RV camping is nearly impossible to come by. Take care of your water supply by using RV water filters and water softeners. Filters and water softeners make your water taste better and work better for you when it’s time to clean up.
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.
When my wife and I headed out as fulltime RVers, we had 2 middle aged cats and a small dog. They were never a burden and many times they were the life of the party — creating lots of fun memories. Here are my RV pet tips — before you go RVing with a cat or a dog.
Most RVs use the same key for all outside storage compartments. The entrance door lock isn’t much better when it comes to RV security. Keep this in mind, especially when storing your RV for the off-season. Never leave valuables inside.
Once the RV is parked, you need a way to get around. Bicycles are good if you like the exercise. A scooter will get you farther, faster. Here are some things to consider.
Boondocking with your RV means you bring your own electricity. Portable RV generators make it possible to use all your electrical conveniences, no matter where you are.
A teardrop RV trailer can be the perfect way to stay comfortable when you’re winter camping. This video shows why teardrop trailers are great for winter camping.
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!
Here are my top picks when it comes to RV camping accessories like: a camp stove, fold-up table, extra propane hoses, portable grill, cast iron cookware, reclining outdoor chairs, and an emergency radio. I have my favorites, which are yours?
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!
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!
If you own an RV and you enjoy camping, boating and/or fishing, then check out our best picks for small lightweight fishing boats that are easy to transport and store.
Whether you are going to a new campground and planning to stay for months, or just going on a weekend trip in your RV, you should have a checklist of things that need to be done before you leave. Only by crossing off the things on this list can you get from one place to the other safely — and without forgetting anything!
Jim and I have worked in campgrounds and resorts for more than seven years. We have seen lots of campers come and go, camping in everything from tents to the most expensive motor homes. No matter what they camp in, they all have one thing in common-they want to have a fun time! Here are some tips to remember to make sure everyone has a good time…
Need to give a gift to an RVer? One of these flashlights would be a great choice for any RV traveler. Here’s our review of handheld flashlights for camping and RVing.
Looking for an RV checklist? These are the best of the best checklists for full-time RVers, part-timers, RV renters, or those who enjoy driving 5th wheels and RV travel trailers.