Travel in Style: Your Guide to the Best RV Parks in the U.S.

Travel in Style: Your Guide to the Best RV Parks in the U.S.

RV camping doesn’t have to mean “roughing it.” You can travel in style by visiting one (or more!) of the best RV parks in the U.S. Here are a few of our favorites.

Do you cringe when you hear the word camping? You must imagine tents, dirt, and no showers.

While camping is not for everyone, taking an RV out for a spin is hardly “roughing it.” You can have all the comforts of a house while still being open for adventure.

Lots of people have the same idea. In fact, 10 million American households own an RV.

If you’ve ever thought about what it would be like to explore the great outdoors, an RV could be the solution. But where would you take your RV to?

Keep reading this article to learn about the best RV parks in the U.S.

1. Denali National Park and Preserve

If you’re looking for the ultimate RV campground experience, then you need to put Denali National Park on the top of your list. This national park is located in Alaska in the center of nature and spectacular wildlife.

The park has three RV-friendly campgrounds: Riley Creek, Teklanika River, and Savage River.

Keep in mind you have to make a reservation far in advance through a third party–the National Park doesn’t handle the reservations.

2. Yosemite National Park

Without a doubt, if you plan on taking your RV for a spin, you have to visit the legendary Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park has ten RV campsites for you to choose from. Be aware that electrical, sewer and water hookups won’t be available. The only dump station is available at Upper Pines campground, so you should go prepared.

Also, campgrounds at Yosemite book fast, so make sure you book as early as possible.

3. Fernwood Campground and Resort

You’ve probably thought about taking a road trip down the Pacific Highway at some point in your life.

Well if you own an RV, why not make this a reality? Fernwood Campground and Resort is right in the heart of Big Sur, California.

RV campsites have access to water and electricity so you can enjoy nature without giving up some comforts.

4. Crater Lake RV Park

If you’ve always dreamed of exploring the Pacific Northwest, it’s time you take your RV to Crater Lake RV Park.

It’s recommended you plan for at least a week in order to experience everything there is to see.

The campsite has access to 30, 40, and 50 amp hook-ups and access to telephone lines.

Also, they have free wi-fi, so you don’t have to feel disconnected from the outside world. Not to mention you’ll have access to clean bathrooms and showers.

5. LVM Resort

If you think enjoying an RV resort is always about getting in touch with nature, then we should let you know that there are RV resorts that are all about luxury rather than “nature” and “the great outdoors”.

LVM Resort in Las Vegas is an RV luxury resort located only minutes from the strip.

This resort offers all of the amenities of a 5-star hotel but you can sleep in the familiarity of your RV.

LMV has a full-size swimming pool, two whirlpools, and even a tanning pool. Visitors can also enjoy the clubhouse, on-site restaurant, fitness center, and spa.

Check Out the Best RV Parks in the U.S.

Now that you know about some of the best RV parks in the U.S., it’s time to take your RV for a spin.

So where is it going to be, LVM, Denali, or Yosemite?  And if there are a few more you think others should know about please share them in the comments! We would love to update this article with more of the Best RV Parks in the U.S. in several months.

If you enjoyed these ideas and would like to learn read more about road trip tips for your RV, check out our blog!

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Retirement RV Living: 3 Steps Toward Chasing Your Lifelong Dreams Of Travel

Retirement RV Living: 3 Steps Toward Chasing Your Lifelong Dreams Of Travel

When it comes to retirement, a lot of people think of moving to a new house or buying a new car. So, why not do both?

Selling it all and living in an RV is the new best way to enjoy retired life.

Think about it, having the freedom to live wherever you want at a moment’s notice. You could spend each day waking up somewhere new and have an adventure.

You’re no longer held down by work. Retirement gives you a whole new lease on life and now you can live it to the fullest.

Does retirement RV living sound appealing to you? Read on for 3 steps on how to make it a reality.

3 Steps for Successful Retirement RV Living

If RV life seems right for you, you’re in for one heck of an adventure. There are a lot of things to think about, but let’s start with the basics.

These 3 steps will help you on the right track and get the ball rolling for your new dream lifestyle.

1. Get the Recreational Vehicle

You can’t start the RV life without first having an RV. The first step it to find the right one for you based on how you plan to travel.

Spend some time researching different kinds of RVs. There are Class As, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels and more. We can’t tell you which one to get, it all depends on your individual needs. It’s good to make a list of the types of places you want to visit and check out their parking options and space limits.  For example, if Yellowstone National Park is on your must-see list, parking spots accommodating a length of 40 feet or more are limited.  Or if you plan to visit the Grand Canyon, parking on the South Rim can be challenging for vehicles over 22 feet long during peak season.

The longer you plan on traveling, the more you’ll want the comforts of home and its conveniences. Class As are perfect for long-haul trips, and smaller travel trailers are ideal for camping weekends away.

Figure out if you want to rent or buy. Renting may be the best option if you plan on doing shorter stints. Renting also lets you try before you buy. It gives you a first-hand experience and helps inform your decision when it comes to buying.

When you buy an RV, you have the freedom to pick up and leave at any time. But it is an investment, so think about your budget.

2. Be Prepared

The physical act of downsizing is a big one to consider. If you’re moving into an RV for long periods of time, you’ll need to purge a lot of the extra things from your life.

Decide which possessions you’ll be selling, consigning, donating, or putting in storage.  Even if you choose to purchase a 5th wheel or a Class A Motorhome (which have large storage options), an RV often can’t fit everything a home owner has accumulated over the years.

Minimalism in your life has a lot of benefits and can be a much more rewarding way to live. But it’s not for everyone. We recommend going on a trial trip to see how well you can manage life without everything from home.

Emotional preparation is important too. Leaving home means leaving friends and family for extended periods of time. Are you ready for that? How long will you be away for? These are important factors to consider and it’s different for everyone.

Consider any health concerns you or your spouse may have. As we get older we’re more prone to medical issues. Do you need to have regular doctor visits, or is it a case of taking medication with you?

3. Make a Budget

You and your spouse have worked together to save for retirement. Now is the time to enjoy it!

Whether you’re entering RV life or not, now is the perfect time to develop an in-depth budget plan for your retirement.

You want to account for the costs of the RV you choose. Whether you are renting or buying, you need to know how much you’ll be spending.

Buying costs more than renting, of course. However, RVs have a huge range from $20k to $300k, so if you really want to hit the open road and RV full-time there are plenty of options to choose from!

Also consider costs for gas, maintenance, and food. Make sure to plan for other charges you’ll encounter along the road too.  For example, there are different costs associated with different places to stay, so be sure to factor in state park fees, RV resort fees, or special memberships you might decide to take advantage of.

RV living can be luxurious or simple – you’ll have to decide which route you prefer to go.

Most important of all, have fun! Make an itinerary, and plan your trip out. You’ll be in for one of the best adventures of your life.

Retirement RV Living: Living the Dream

If you’ve decided retirement RV living is the thing for you, congratulations!

This new way of life could be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Follow these 3 steps and you’ll be well on your way to full-time RV life.

Interested in learning more about RV living? Check out our other posts for additional tips and inspiration!

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Forester Forest River 3011DS RV Review

Forester Forest River 3011DS RV Review

 

     We are novice RVers so the Forester 3011DS is the first motorhome we’ve ever taken out on the road. For starters, we have a boy (9yrs) and a girl (11yrs) so the multiple sleeping options were great for enabling everyone to have their own space.Specifically, the cab over bunk option with the privacy curtains and cup holder made it seem like my daughter had her own little room. She quickly figured out she could control her own light and air vent, so she was very happy. Given that my son was a bit jealous, she invited him up to hang out with her in “her space” while my husband whipped up a quick dinner.  (I also made a quick trip up there and would like to note there was plenty of room for the two of us. My daughter is 4′ 10″ and about 120 pounds as well. With the max weight of 220Kg, two kids could easily sleep in the bunk over cab.) With the safety netting it also provides some good extra storage for bedding, blankets and pillows while on the road.

 

      We are not “foodies” while we are on the road, so most of our cooking was more basic in nature. My husband and I both cooked eggs and sausage for breakfast and some hot dogs for snacks. The propane 3 burner stove made breakfast a breeze in the morning (we ate lunch and dinner with friends.) That said, the fridge had plenty of room for us for the weekend. Truthfully- there was more than enough room for a 3 day weekend and we had a full gallon of milk in the fridge the whole time. We did have to make an effort to tidy after every meal, because the long counter along the kitchen side seemed to encourage leaving things out. That said, it was good to have the counter room to set out plates and cups with food on them for the kids to take to the dinette.The sofa converts to a queen-sized sleeper and was quite large once opened up. To keep things simple, I brought a fitted queen size sheet from home and slipped that right over all the sofa cushions so it felt more like a bed to my son. With a blanket and a pillow he was all set, and picking up in the morning was quite easy. The only downside to the sleeper sofa being large is that once it was down, it was harder to get to the bunk over the cab to wish my daughter good night. It also cut off access to the seats in the cab, but since we put up the privacy curtains first that was also no big deal.While talking about the interior living space it is worth noting that there are plenty of TVs (3 to be exact) and that all the inside and outside speakers can be controlled from one central panel. There is also a main control screen by the dinette and in the bedroom so lights, AC, propane, etc., can all be controlled by the touch of a button.One of our biggest surprises was the queen bedroom! My husband and I share a king-sized bed at home, so we were unsure about what kind of sleep we would get in a queen. (Especially since an RV queen is a bit smaller than a standard queen.) The mattress that comes in the 3011DS is outstanding! While it was a bit smaller, it made up for the size in comfort. Again, we brought sheets and a blanket from home, and once the bed was made up it was quite cozy. Also, the slide-out gives the back room the feeling of being a bit more spacious, but the small walk space in front of the wardrobe is really not suitable for a larger person. I am 5’2″ and 120lbs and I found it a bit tight. I could stand, and open doors and stuff, but often found myself sitting on the bed while getting items in and out of the wardrobe. The wardrobe itself is lined with cedar, which was a nice surprise. Cedar is a natural bug repellent and has a nice light scent too!

      Everyone talks about the small showers and bathrooms in RVs, so I would like to share a couple of things we noticed about this model that made it very functional. The multi-purpose bathroom door made it much easier for individuals to maintain their privacy while showering. Since we were at the lake, all of us needed showers in the evening, and we were all able to cycle through that process by closing the bath & bedroom section of the motorhome off, while the rest of the family hung out in the living area eating and visiting before bed time. The shower also has privacy glass- so you can see a body in there, but not the actual person. The privacy glass came in handy when one person was in the shower the next morning and another needed to use the toilet. Once again- the double duty door afforded the person that needed to relieve themselves their privacy without taking privacy away from the person showering.Since we were only out for a few days, and were at an RV resort, we were hooked up to city water and power. That said, my husband did empty the black water and grey water with no issues. When we were doing our walk through at the dealership, our tech commented on how “nice” the black tank hose was. These new hoses use clamps to secure, rather than a twist-type seal, which made the hook up and take off super-easy.Also, we drove to the RV park on Friday night, on Memorial Day weekend. My husband said the 3011DS handled “okay” but since he drives a sports car, he noticed a good bit of slack in the wheel. It was not as responsive as he was used to. However, after the drive back during the day and said it was much easier and he felt much better on the 2nd drive.In closing, the 3011DS is a sweet Class C that will easily sleep the 7 as specified. For us, we felt that having 7 in the unit would be a bit full, but for our family of 4 it was perfect. For our first trip out, we were really pleased with all the storage and how easy it was for people to have some personal space at the end of the day. We can definitely recommend this unit for a family of 4-5.
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