How to Organize a RV

by Kevin W. 18. April 2013 09:22

If you own or have even been in a RV like a travel trailer, fifthwheel, or motorhome one of the first things you notice is that there isn't alot of room.  Even a large fifth wheel may only have 400 square feet of living space.  So, how do you organize or de-clutter your camper?

Rachel Ray did a segment recently on de-cluttering a RV fifth-wheel.  One of her main points was making sure you have the appropriate bins, totes, or boxes that fit the cupboard areas well so you don't lose the space at the rear of the cabinet.

I know exactly what she is referring to here because it's happened to me way too many times.  You know the drill ... after 5 months of weekend camping you end up discovering you did have that bottle of syrup in the cupboard and now you have two, which of course you don't need taking up the space in your much needed cupboards.

You can read the full Rachel Ray artilce here.

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Old Airstream Becomes Recording Studio

by Kevin W. 26. March 2013 01:56

I never thought of turning an Airstream RV into a recording studio, but some folks from Austin have and frankly, it's pretty cool.

The idea came from morning show host JB Hager of Mix 94.7.  The purpose?  To actually use it with up and coming artists.  Check out the story here.

It's truly amazing what you can do with an old airstream.  A simple search on google.com for unique airstreams or custom airstream campers will give you a look into the crazy world of airstream restoration.  Maybe one day I'll be brave enough and have enough time to put into customizing one of my own.

Until then...

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10 Factors That Determine RV Insurance Rate

by Kevin W. 15. March 2013 08:22


After wanting an RV for years, you have finally purchased one. Now, you and your family can go on some exciting and enthralling expeditions across the country, and you'll have all of the comforts of home with you. Before you put your foot on the gas pedal, you'll need to obtain insurance. What factors will determine the price of this rv insurance?

1. The Company Used
As with any insurance policy, the company you use is going to play a major factor in the price. Be sure to shop around for different quotes before you make the decision to go with any one company.

2. Your Driving Record
Whenever you purchase insurance for a vehicle, your driving record is going to come into play. The better a record you have, the lower your insurance rates are likely to be. Even if they are high now, hopefully you can lower them by being a good driver.

3. RV Type
Different models and makes of RVs are going to require various types of insurance. When you're at the dealership, you can always call your insurance company to find out how much money one type is going to cost over another one so that you have the final cost.

4. Storage Location
RV Lifestyle Expert's article "The 13 Factors That Determine Your Insurance Rate" by Paul Bender notes that where you store your RV is going to have a role as well. For example, if it's stored in an area with a lot of severe weather, the rate could be higher.

5. Classes You Take
From having a car, you're probably familiar with courses you can take to lower your insurance rate. Find out if any of these are available for people who have RVs, and be sure to take them for a lower cost.

6. Usage Type
Bender also discusses how the vehicle is used as a component for the amount of insurance you'll need to pay. For example, someone who is living in his or her RV year-round is likely going to have to pay more insurance than someone who uses it for vacations only.

7. Other Insurance Policies
Try to put all of your cars, the house and the RV onto the same insurance policy. When you bundle all of these items together, it's likely that your rate will be lower than if you didn't.

8. RV Driving History
Another topic discussed by Bender is your past experience driving an RV. Individuals who have driven one before are likely to see lower insurance rates than those who are brand new to the field.

9. Age of RV
As you probably know from having a car, and as Bender highlights, the older the RV is, the less the insurance is likely to be. Of course, you want to weigh this with repairs that an older vehicle could need.

10. Credit Score
Your credit score can also impact your insurance rate (Bender). It might not have a gigantic effect, but individuals who have better credit scores may have lower insurance rates than do those with poor credit scores.

Quite a number of factors go into the insurance rate you will receive. Remember, call a few different companies to see what packages they have available to you.  Check out rv insurance providers.
Author Jason Harter is an ex-military man who used to spend his days doing mechanical work on planes. He now spends his time working on RV's. He received his original degree from one of the The Top 10 Best Online Colleges for Military and G.I. Bill.

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Memorial Day Weekend Camping

by RVMrs 25. May 2012 03:47

So here we are, Memorial Day weekend. Probably the first big camping weekend of the summer. Out and about on the web, I have noticed that there are many states, at least in  the Midwest, reporting that their campgrounds are already filled to capacity. I lost track of how many RVs I have already seen on the road late this week.

Think that you are ready to head out on adventure in an RV? Need to upgrade to a larger RV because the family is growing? Need a toy hauler now that you actually have toys to haul with you for even more adventure? Find RV Dealers in your state or use the RV Finder to view floorplans for thousands of RVs for sale.

A heartfelt thanks to all of the past, present and future service members who have dedicated themselves to our country and our freedom. Happy Memorial Day … Happy Camping!

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RV Grill Safety Lesson

by RVFamilyMan 2. July 2011 12:29

I just read an article about someone who took off down the road with their rv grill still on fire and it started a huge fire. You can read all about it here.

What in the world really? I can't imagine that happening to me, but yet it made me think about making sure I do take that one last walk around the camper this 4th of July camping trip to be sure all is neat, tidy, and not on fire!

Until next time ... Happy camping!

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Help in Choosing a Campsite

by Guest 14. October 2010 08:33

The increasing array of RV parking review sites makes it easier for people to share information about the campgrounds where they've stayed for their rv vacation. The best reviews give the reader a sense of what it's like to stay an RV park before they even get there. By reviewing RV campgrounds, you can help your fellow Rvers know which parks to avoid, inform them of the hidden gems out there and tell them things you wished you knew before visiting a particular campground. You can also give them information that may make or break their decision to stay at a certain park, like pet policy and the strength of the WiFi. Since RV parks have so many different amenities and features, it can be hard to condense your experience into a review. Here's some things to consider when writing an RV Park review.

1. General feel of site - Is the site big or small? Well-kept or run-down? SilverSnail's review of Crown Point RV Park gives us a great overall sense of the park: "Nicely situated on the Old Columbia River Highway, and tucked away from the roadside by large trees and a tall wooden fence, this small campground is a secret treasure. I had spent a day looking for campgrounds in the Portland area that were comfortable and affordable enough to stay for a month, and most of the places around Portland were unappealing - mostly commercial places catering to the big rigs with little nature or privacy. I almost passed this place up, thinking it was TOO rinky-dink, but it was cozy and rustic in the way that I like it, and convenient to the Columbia River Gorge and Portland."

2. Support your opinion - It's great to know if an RV park is good or bad, but it's just as important (if not more important) to know why. The best reviews are really specific about why an RV park is being rated a certain way, like in the review of Craters of the Moon National Landmark Campground by joannb: "The only reason this is a 4 star campground is that it doesn't have showers. It is a self-serve campground; you pick out a site then go back, fill out an envelope, put the top half into the board showing which campgrounds are taken and the other half with your money in a slot. Real simple. This otherworldly landscape may not be for everyone, but it fascinated us. Most sites are very ample, set among the lava with a black cinder base."

3. Noise Level - Is it a quiet park? Is there a lot of noise coming from a nearby interstate? From rowdy campers? Does the park have quiet hours? The review LiveWorkDream.com wrote about Lindenwood Park Campground does a great job of addressing freeway noise: "Yes, there is freeway noise, but if you ask for the LOWER campground along the river, it's not so bad."

4. Staff - Are they approachable? Helpful? Did they go the extra mile? For example, Don C. tells us why the staff at Oregon Dunes KOA Kampground & RV Resort made his stay a great one: "The staff bent over backward to make our stay a great one. This started with a call to let me know that a spot had opened up and I could get in. We were traveling without reservations."

5. WiFi - RVers need to be able to connect with their loved ones and employers from the road. Just mentioning if the park has working WiFi on site or nearby is a big help for your fellow RVers, but the extra details in LiveWorkDream.com's review of Johnsons Corner Retreat make this one of the best Wifi/Internet assessments I've seen so far: "Tree shade here WILL block your satellite connectivity. They did just hire a smart networking guy who installed a brand new Wi-Fi system which works GREAT. So skip the dish and go right for the Wi-Fi, which is free."

6. Cell phone coverage - Are you able to get any bars out in the mountains? What cell phone provider are you using? Here's a good example from Technomadia's review of Meriwether Lewis National Park: "Cell & Data Coverage: AT&T – Weak, but usable. Sprint - Very slow but still usable CDMA 1xRTT. (D: 115Kb/s, U: 56Kb/s, 669ms) (Sprint indicates roaming – probably on Verizon)"

7. Are the sites level? Here is a good example from Wheeling It's review of South Sandusky Campground. Not only do they discuss the levelness of their site, but they also cover the levelness of every site at the campground: "The one thing that got us were the sites. There were really so hit and miss in terms of how level they were. Our own site had a huge drop and we weren't able to level. Some had moderate drops whereas a selection were completely flat."

8. Cable/TV - Does the park have cable? Is it free or do they charge? What channels do you get? Is it available in all parts of the RV park? Here's an example from RVingToadless' review of Garden of the Gods Campground: "As for the cable, currently it is installed in rows B and C. The cable is limited, just some networks, Travel, CNN, Discovery, Weather, and some 'who cares' channels."

9. Trees - Are there any? How big are they? How long are the branches? Here's an example from joannb's review of Twin Falls/Jerome KOA: "The park is well shaded by mature trees."

10. Size of sites - Do you have a lot of room or hardly any at all? From Technomadia's review of Pecan Grove RV Park, we learn that sometimes you have to trade space around your site for a hip, urban setting: "Don't expect much in terms of space around you (unlike their monthly spots, which many feature nice yards) - you're here for the location and atmosphere!"

11. Size of sites - Do you have a lot of room or hardly any at all? From Technomadia's review of Pecan Grove RV Park, we learn that sometimes you have to trade space around your site for a hip, urban setting: "Don't expect much in terms of space around you (unlike their monthly spots, which many feature nice yards) - you're here for the location and atmosphere!"

12. Stores - Everyone has to eat. Does the RV Park have a store where you can stock up on supplies? Are there any stores nearby? This example from CarHouse's review of Ocala Camp Resort kills two birds with one stone by discussing both the RV park store and a store in the area: "All convenience store items have been removed due to the cheapness and proximity of a local grocery store."

13. Restrooms - Are they clean? For example, acoording to TxYellowRose, the bathrooms over at Town and Country RV Park and Storage should be avoided if at all possible: "Although there are restroom facilities, they are in desperate need of remodel/update, so much so that you will want to be totally self-contained if you stay here. When the water table (dry spell with no rain) falls low, the water starts to look rusty/brown."

14. Showers - Do you have privacy? Do you have to pay extra to use them? Here's a good example from Car House's review of Zion River Resort: "The showers are private and very nice but cost some coins to operate. One would think at $45 a night they would include a shower ..."

15. Restaurants - Whether folks aren't big on cooking or just want to spend a night on the town, it's good to know what restaurants are at the park or in the area. For example, RVingToadless recommends the restaurant over at Ekstrom's Stage Station: "I must recommend the adjoining restaurant. Excellent, world class food for a small restaurant. Dessert included in the meal price."

16. Pet Friendliness - Did the owners/staff treat your pets well? Were you charged extra for bringing pets? Did the campground have a pet park?

17. Is the RV Park website accurate? Were some park features over-stated? Understated? Not mentioned at all? Please let us know. I hope this list helps give you ideas about what to cover in your park review. For all you RVParking.com reviewers out there, what do you think makes a good review? What do you take into consideration when reviewing an RV Park? Did I leave anything out?

Nicole Willson is the Community Specialist for RVParking.com. She can be contacted by emailing nicole@rvparking.com.

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The RV Life and You

by Guest 20. August 2010 03:47

Home is where the heart is. As long as you are comfortable in your surroundings and you are with people whose company you enjoy, then you are home. You can be in the confines of your RV in a camping site and have a blast.

Why do people use an RV anyway? Here are some good reasons: camping trips, extended vacations, following your favorite band on the road – the list goes on and on. No wonder more and more families are trying the RV lifestyle

It’s all up to you. It’s a life on the road. If you want to try it, then read on. We’ll provide you with tips on how to make the RV lifestyle suitable to your liking.

1. Prepare

Gather information such as the parks where you can stay, as well as the camping sites that allow RVs. When you figure these out, you can map them on to your itinerary. Or if you are a spontaneous person and prefer to go wherever the RV wheels take you, you still need to ensure your finances are in order – especially for emergencies. You can never tell what might happen. For example, what happens if your RV breaks down on the road? Can you afford to fix it? It’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Have a Goal

What do you want to accomplish with your RV? Do you want to be more in tune with nature? Is this a way for you and your family to bond? Do you want a break from the city? Your answers to these questions will help you come up with your list of things to do and see.

3. Details

Why are you going to RV? How often will you use it? If you’re going camping, will you stay in one place for a long time or do you expect to move a lot? Amount of use might determine whether you want a new or used RV. Some people, who know they are going to put a lot of miles on it, will opt for a used RV in order to both save money upfront and not worry about the loss of value due to constant use.

There are no right and wrong answers to these questions/decisions. As mentioned in the earlier paragraph, it’s all up to you. Whatever you do with your RV is completely at your discretion.

But if there is something that we should tell you it is this – getting to your destination is only half the fun!

 

Maeyahn writes for NDParks.com, the site that reviews camp grounds and all sorts of camping equipment, from camping cots to folding camping chairs. You can read her latest post on camping with kids.

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