Why should you choose a RV vacation?
I know what you are thinking, RV travel seems to be on the lower end of “cool” when planning your next vacation. Usually, when you think about RV vacations, you think about the numerous examples of RV rentals in movies or TV shows, and how they are usually accompanied by oblivious travelers, or “odd” families. These negative associations are unfortunate, because RVs are actually a great option for your next family outing.
Most RVs or camping trailers come with the basic amenities of a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping quarters, and storage space and an extra RV battery; that can truly help you save money in the long run. Not to mention retaining your family’s privacy, you also have the perk of not having to book hotels, find restaurants to eat at, or worry about parking space when you travel by RV.
With an abundance of campgrounds and RV parks, usually with standard hook-ups to provide electricity to your camper, you will have very little hassle about finding a parking space near your favorite destination.
Is it cheaper than other forms of transportation?
RV vacations are usually much cheaper than the standard vacation. You don’t have to book a hotel room for your trip, you don’t have to eat out at restaurants, and you have the luxury of traveling at your own pace without worrying about missing a connecting flight or deadlines.
RVs aren’t exactly cheap, but they are worth it in the long-run; for saving money on vacations.
When is the best time to go on a RV vacation?
One of the perks that comes with traveling with an RV rental is that you don’t have to worry about lodging availability because you will be parked on RV campgrounds. Thus, you have much more flexibility when deciding when you want to go on vacation. However, there are a few aspects that you should keep in mind when figuring out when you want to go on your RV vacation.
Unsurprisingly, Fall is the most common season for camper rentals and RV vacations, and its pretty obvious why, cooler weather makes for perfect conditions to go camping and hunting. When you add on the spectacular views and beautiful scenery that fall brings through the leaves changing colors, you quickly understand why fall is the camping hotspot.
What you may not have realized, however, is that camper rentals in the spring and summer months also have a lot of promise. The weather is amazing during the spring months and you can see beautiful views when the flowers and trees begin blooming. If you have children, renting a camping trailer can be a great solution for a spring break family vacation.
The summer time can also bring on some great vacation destinations for your family’s RV rental, from outdoor concerts, to amusement and water parks, to even beaches; you are not limited in your vacation options when renting a RV trailer. A piece of advice, however, if you do decide to vacation during the summer or fall, you will want to reserve your spot in RV campgrounds early, as they will fill up quickly.
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How to choose the perfect RV
Choosing the best camper rental for your family may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, but if you familiarize yourself with the various versions of motorhomes and RVs, you will find it much easier to find the perfect RV for your family.
There are 3 specific types of RVs: towable RVs, motorized homes, and park model RVs. With each type having a variety of models to choose from with any budget.
1. Towable RVs
There are six different types of towable RVs and each provides its own unique charm to your family’s vacation. Remember, if you do decide to go with a towable RV trailer, you need to have a vehicle that is powerful enough to tow your motorhome. How much power do you need? Well, that is dependent on what type of camping trailer you go with.
Conventional Travel Trailer
These types of trailers come in various sizes that can fit even the tiniest of budgets, or the smallest of vehicles. With sizes ranging from 12-35 ft., the smaller models of these RVs can be towed by family vehicles, such as a minivan, SUV, or a smaller pick-up truck. Travel trailers include a kitchen and small dining space, a bathroom, an entertainment area, and storage, and can sleep up to 10 people. Like all travel trailers, it can be detached from your vehicle when you reach the RV park.
Fifth-Wheel Travel Trailer
These travel trailers come with the same amenities as the conventional travel trailer but are much bigger in design by adding on a raised section to the front of the trailer. They can sleep 6 people and must be towed by a truck that is equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch.
Folding Camping Trailer
Folding camping trailers are very small spaces, ranging from 8-24 ft., that are perfect for those families who want to get the most out of camping. These tent-trailers are equipped with extending canvas sides that provide protection from the elements, a kitchen and dining area, and sleeping space with a queen-sized bed that can fit up to 8 people. These camping trailers are very lightweight and easy to stow away during the off-season.
These trailers are designed to be fixed onto the bed of a pickup truck, making them a budget friendly and convenient option for an RV trailer. The size of these trailers can range from 8-20 ft. and can sleep up to 6 guests. Despite being a smaller size, these campers do come with basic amenities such as a kitchen, toilet and shower, and storage space.
Sport Utility RV
A sport utility RV is unique in its design, allowing the rear-end of the towable trailer to drop down, creating a ramp that leads to a small garage area where its owner’s can store small motorized vehicles, such as an ATV or dirt bike. The garage area is separate from the living area, which can sleep up to 8 guests and includes a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, entertainment, and storage space. Additionally, sport utility RVs are available as both a motorhome or a towable trailer.
Expandable Travel Trailer
The last version of the towable trailers, an expandable travel trailer, is a lighter and more affordable option for families on a budget. These trailers can sleep up to 8 people and come with the basic amenities. Like the conventional travel-trailer, the smaller models of expandable travel-trailers can be towed by minivans, SUVs, and smaller pick-up trucks.
2. Motorized RVs
Motorized RVs are another type of motorhome that is not attached to a vehicle to be towed. These RVs are 100% motorized and make the most of the confined space. There are three different types of motorized RVs: type A, type B, and type C.
Type A RVs are what people commonly think of when they imagine a commercialized motorhome and what you usually see in movies. These campers are huge, pricey, and very spacious. Unfortunately, type A motorhomes come with their own unique problems, especially when looking for campgrounds that can accommodate these huge rigs. With their large size, they usually require a higher level of amps for their electricity hook-ups – not all RV parks can accommodate these vehicles.
Type B motorhomes are much smaller than their A counterparts, and greatly resemble medium sized vans. They are easy to drive and can easily maneuver through most areas, including cities, but still come with basic RV amenities like a bathroom and kitchen.
The final type of motorized RVs, are the Type C variants. These campers are the perfect mashup of the other two motorized campers. They feature great amenities and a large back section, like a Type A motorhome, but still have a standardized cab for driving, like the Type B camper.
3. Park Model RVs
Park Model RVs are quite unique from the regular, run-of-the mill RV. They are designed to look like a regular home and provide a temporary and mobile accommodation when you are out camping, hunting, or tail-gaiting. Like any other type of RV, they need to be hooked up to sewer, water, and electricity, whenever they settle into their destination. The Park Model RVs, as pictured below, has under 400 sq. ft of living space that can sleep up to 10 guests when using the sleeping loft on its second level.
What to do in the RV
There are so many fun activities that you can do when you rent, or own, an RV trailer or motorhome. Having an RV is essentially bringing a tiny home with you on your trips – with a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area, you will always find new ways to spice up your next RV vacation.
Beside RV parks, where do you see RVs the most throughout the year? For me, I always see them during sporting events because they make the perfect tailgating addition. Why wouldn’t you want an RV for your tailgating party? You have a built-in kitchen, an entertainment space for guests, and protection from the weather during cold nights or rainy days. You also have the added perk of not having to worry about horrible pregame traffic. You can get to your parking location quite a few hours early before kick-off, without running the chance of getting bored while waiting for the game to start.
Because RVs come with an entertainment area, you can bring your favorite videogames and consoles on your vacation, and play them when you are parked in the campground and plugged into an electricity source. Additionally, RVs have an abundance of storage space, so you can store any consoles, videogames, movies, or other gaming equipment in your RV without cluttering up your living space. This way, you can always have entertainment right at your fingertips.
Obviously, camping is always a go-to activity when you own an RV. You will not have a shortage of campgrounds to park your trailer during your camping trip, as all public national parks will have multiple lots and campgrounds for their guests. RVs are made with comfort in mind, especially for camping trips, so you can still enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing hygiene and good sleep.
Most camping trailers come with the basic amenities of a bathroom, living space, and kitchen, all of which can help you save money on your next vacation. Since RVs come with a full kitchen, you can cook your own meals when you are parked in the campground. Not only will this save you money by allowing you to forego eating-out on your vacation, but it also gives you more freedom to choose what you want to eat, instead of being limited to meals that can be cooked over a fire or the restaurants in the area.
Where to go in your RV
There is no shortage of great destinations for your family’s RV vacation, honestly, there are approximately 16,000 RV parks and campgrounds in the US. The more common destinations are national or state parks, both of which are designed to accommodate many motorhomes, trailers, and even campers. Unfortunately, most public parks will have a very limited number of hook-ups, if they have any at all.
You could also look into visiting one of the 550 (approx.) National Wildlife Refuges in the US. These refuges are built as conservations for various plants and wildlife and allow visitors to witness a natural ecosystem that is relatively untouched by hunting or deforestation.
In conclusion, families who are looking for a great way to spice up their vacations and enjoy the great outdoors should definitely consider purchasing, or renting, an RV. RVs are the perfect solution for people who want to camp and be in nature, without sacrificing their comfort and privacy. RVs are very versatile and are not limited for camping trips, in fact, they make great additions for a tailgate party or temporary living arrangements, if necessary.