Thousand Trails RV Membership: Everything You Need To Know

Introduction to Thousand Trails

Thousand Trails Membership
Thousand Trails Membership

It can be difficult to make the right decision when it comes to RV parks. The costs are high, and you could end up in a park that is not suited for your needs. One option you might consider is Thousand Trails Membership. They have over 190 campgrounds nationwide and provide discounts on campsites at every campground.

What Is Thousand Trails?

Thousand Trails Logo
Thousand Trails Logo

Thousand Trails is a camping membership organization that gives you access to 190+ campgrounds nationwide. You can purchase a membership online or at any of their locations for $500 to $700 and then make reservations online, over the phone, or in-person and any of their campgrounds.

The cost of your stay at each of their affiliated campgrounds is free. Stipulations and length of stay are determined by the membership guidelines.

The standard membership allows for a stay of up to 14 days at a park (within your designated zone pass) for free (as long as you are up to date with your annual membership dues). You must stay out of the thousand trails system for 7 nights. You are then free to return to a thousand trails resort to stay for another 14 nights for free.

For more on RV memberships, check out this article!!

How Does a Thousand Trails Membership Work?

Once you purchase your standard membership, you will be designated a zone. You can make reservations for free at any of the campsites in your designated zone and stay up to 14 days (again, as long as you are current with annual membership dues).

You must keep track of how many nights out of fourteen you have used in your designated zone pass before using another 14-days. Be sure to make reservations in advance. Parks tend to book up quickly especially in summer and other busy times. You are allowed to book 60 days in advance with a standard membership.

Is A Thousand Trails Membership Right For You?

Is Membership Right For You?
Is Membership Right For You?

A Thousand Trails Membership is great for RVers and campers looking for great resorts with lots of amenities that want to save a bit of money. If you plan to camp a lot and will actually use this type of membership, you will find it extremely beneficial.

On the other hand, if you plan on boondocking, or if a crowded campground is just not your scene, this may not be the right fit for you. It will just be an additional yearly expense.

What Happens If I Don’t Pay My Thousand Trails Annual Dues?

If you fail to pay your annual dues, then you will lose access to Thousand Trails campgrounds and all the benefits that come with membership. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s best to renew or purchase a new membership as soon as possible.

This is true even for those members that hold an Elite or upgraded membership account. You must stay in good standing with your annual dues to keep all of your privileges intact.

What Is The Reservation Process Like?

Reservation Process
Reservation Process

The reservation process is very simple.

Make a phone call, or go online and search for the campground you want to stay at next. You will have access to all of their available sites in your designated zone without any restrictions on how many nights you can book out of 14-days free with annual membership dues paid in full.

The website will also allow you to manage your loans or dues in order to keep up with the financial end of your membership.

What is The Check-In Process Like at Thousand Trails?

The check-in process is easy.

When you arrive at the campground, look for your reserved site and let them know that it’s a thousand trails reservation so they can assign you to your spot. You’ll need to show some form of ID when checking in. The process is similar to most campgrounds and RV parks.

You will also receive an email prior to your arrival at the campground with information about your upcoming reservation.

What Happens If I Need To Cancel A Reservation?

Thousand Trails: How To Cancel a Reservation
How To Cancel A Reservation: Thousand Trails

You can cancel a reservation up until the day before arrival without any penalty.

If you cancel after that date, your credit card will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. If it’s during the time period of your reservation and before regular check-in hours on-site, you’ll have to pay for two nights at the campground (even if you only stay one night). You can also reschedule or transfer your reservation to a new date for free.

Are The Campgrounds Kid-Friendly?

Thousand Trails campgrounds are kid-friendly.

There is always an on-site swimming pool, playgrounds, and lots of spaces to explore. Some parks also have disc golf courses or horseback riding available for your enjoyment! Most parks even have regularly schedule dance parties, arts and crafts, and other events to keep your kiddos happy and engaged during your stay.

What Are Some of The Amenities?

Thousand Trails Resort Amenities
Thousand Trails Resort Amenities

All of the Thousand Trails Campgrounds are privately owned. However, most have similar amenities. There are tons of activities and things to do when you visit the majority of the parks.

Some of the resort style amenities include:

  • indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • spas/ whirlpools
  • basketball courts
  • tennis courts
  • pickleball courts
  • ping pong/ billiards and other game room accessories
  • shuffleboard
  • cornhole
  • horseshoes
  • lake/ water activities
  • nature trails
  • camp store
  • restaurants
  • propane
  • bike rentals
  • laundromat
  • Cabins
  • wife/ satellite/ cable
  • more

Where Are the Campgrounds/ RV Parks Located?

Thousand Trails Resort Map
Thousand Trails Resort Map

The Thousand Trails campgrounds are located all over the United States.

It’s best to search for a specific location and see what is available in your area. You can also call them directly at (855) 367-6901 if you’re not sure where to start looking! They will be able to tell you all about how Thousand Trails will work for you and help find the perfect campground for your next stay.

There are some states that don’t have any parks. This may be a deterrent for some prospective members. It is best to review the park map prior to deciding on membership.

Are The Thousand Trails Campgrounds High Quality?

The quality of the Thousand Trails Campgrounds varies from park to park due to them being privately owned.

However, most are well-kept and have on-site staff available 24/hours a day to keep everything in order. It is always good practice to read reviews of the parks that you are most interested in visiting to get a good idea of what to expect. You are also able to visit as many of the parks as you wish prior to purchasing a membership to better assist in your purchase decision.

How Much Does a Membership Cost?

How Much Does a Thousand Trails Membership Cost?
How Much Does Thousand Trails Membership Cost?

A Thousand Trails membership costs $550 for a full-year membership. You can often find deals on this membership price.

There are many upgrades to the base membership that add to the price if you choose to add benefits. More on this below.

Is a Thousand Trails Membership Worth The Cost?

A Thousand Trails Membership is very worth the cost. As with any membership, this is only true if you use the benefits of the membership. If you don’t stay in the parks, it is a complete waste of money.

Are There Upgrades?

Trails Collection/ Encore RV Resorts:

The trails collection is a program that allows members to use Encore RV resorts parks. This adds more than 100 campgrounds to your already extensive list included in your membership. The cost to add this perk is $315 per year.

Elite Membership Options

Elite membership options change every now and then. In order to find out what is available, you will need to speak with a thousand trails representatives.

The Elite membership options can:

-increase your booking window (some up to 180 days in advance)

-decrease your out of system stays (you can stay in a thousand trails park all year long)

-Increase the number of days you can stay at one location/ longer stays (less moving)

-add zones effectively giving you more campgrounds to stay in(meaning you can camp anywhere you want where there is a thousand trails park)

*** These perks are paid for one time and last forever. They can be passed on to your children upon death. They are only valid if you keep current with your annual dues. The elite memberships can be sold if no longer useful.

Resale Memberships:

Just as these memberships can be sold. They can be purchased used. This is the best way to find a great deal. There is a resale market for Thousand Trails Elite Memberships. It is always a good idea to compare what is being offered by the reps for new memberships and see what is being sold for resale. Find the best deal and one that works for you and your needs!!

Pros and Cons To a Thousand Trails Membership

Pros and Cons: Thousand Trails
Pros and Cons: Thousand Trails

Pros:

There are many pros to owning a thousand trails membership. Some of these include:

  • Saving money: A Thousand Trails membership can save you a lot of money. With many campgrounds and RV resorts charging between $20 and $100 per night. Staying two weeks with no charge a couple of times per year, this membership pays for itself and starts to save money immediately. Full timers will definitely find this to be a major perk.
  • Access to Annual and seasonal Sites: As a member, you will receive access (for an additional fee) to seasonal and annual sites and numerous sought-after resorts.
  • RV-Storage: Most of the Thousand Trails campgrounds have RV storage available to their members as well.
  • Amenities: The resort style amenities at the resorts are amazing and well worth a visit.

For more on Full- Timer living expenses, check out this article!!

Cons:

There are also some cons to a thousand trails membership.

  • Packed campgrounds: The campgrounds book up very fast! If you are looking for quiet and solitude, this may not be the camping experience that you are looking for.
  • Hard to Get a Reservation: Sometimes it can be difficult to get a reservation during peak seasons.
  • Membership Can Be Difficult to Understand: Sometimes the membership details and how it works can be difficult to understand.
  • Moving a Lot?: If you have a standard membership, you will have to move out of the system for a certain amount of time before staying at another Thousand Trails park.
  • RV Resorts That Need Work: You will find this at many RV parks. However, it is important to mention that some members after joining have complained of campgrounds that need repair and that are a bit run down.

How Do I Renew My Thousand Trails Membership?

To renew, simply log in online and log in with your user ID and password. Your renewal will be available on the screen in front of you as an option. Simply fill out the required information (name, address) and click submit when done

How Do I Cancel My Membership With Thousand Trails?

How Do I Cancel My Thousand Trails Membership?
How Do I Cancel My Thousand Trails Membership?

If you find that you are no longer interested in remaining a member of the Thousand Trails organization after having a membership, it is simple to cancel. Simply contact the Thousand Trails organization and request to cancel your membership.

Most passes are year to year and don’t have a contract. This means that there is no cancellation fee as long as you are in good fiduciary standing.

What We Do

My husband and I have an Elite Membership. This is our first year with Thousand Trails. We are living full-time at thousand trails campgrounds while he is finishing up in the Navy and preparing for retirement.

Our membership allows us to stay within the network full time. We move every 28 days. One month we stay in Williamsburg Thousand Trails, then we move directly to the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails. We live between these two campgrounds from March to December. This saves us tons of money while we prepare for full-time travel!!

For more on how to make money while traveling, check out this article!

Our Impressions

The campgrounds are very nice. They both have tons of amenities. We love having pools and a lake nearby. The sites are big enough for us and our little army of animals. The nature trails are great.

Sometimes it is a bit noisy for our taste but, overall it has been a fantastic experience and we highly recommend both campgrounds.

As for thousand trails memberships, the customer service has been fantastic!! The reservation system is easy to navigate. The website is straightforward and simple.

So far…no regrets.

Conclusion To Thousand Trails

Conclusion
Conclusion

Thousand Trails RV memberships seem like a good idea, but are they? We’ve talked about how these membership plans can help you save money on your vacation getaway. But before you sign up for one of these programs, there are some things to consider that may affect whether or not this type of membership is right for you. Let us know which features in the program appeal most to you so we can create a plan tailored just for your needs! What types of memberships do YOU prefer?

RV Driving: Best Driving And Backing Tips For New RV Owners

Introduction to RV Driving and Backing

RV Driving
RV Driving

RV driving can be a little intimidating at first, but it’s really not that difficult. There are just some general tips that you should follow to make sure you’re doing everything right when it comes to driving and backing your RV. In this blog post, we’ll go over those tips so you have all the information you need before taking off on your next adventure!

Things to Check Before You Drive/ RV Driving Safety

There are plenty of things to consider before hitting the road to your main destination. You may be concerned or nervous prior to taking the wheel for your first big RV trip. This is a natural feeling. Here are some things to think about before buckling your seat belt and turning the key!!

Know Your Roof Clearance:

RV Roof Clearance
RV Roof Clearance

It is super important to know the specs of your recreational vehicle. Before you start your drive, you need to be aware of your clearance. When driving, you should always be aware of the height and width of your vehicle. You want to avoid any low-hanging branches or tree limbs by looking up at eye level when backing! But, most importantly, you don’t want to find yourself stuck on a road where you can’t pass under a bridge or worse, stuck wedged under that said bridge. Ugh!!

Plan Your Route/ RV Tips:

Plan Your RV Route
Plan Your RV Route

One way to make sure that you avoid overpasses or roads that are unpassable is to plan your route ahead of time. Take the information about your vehicle and use that to plan the route accordingly. Make sure that you won’t end up on a bridge that is rated for less weight than you are carrying or a road with a pass that you can’t clear.

Adjust Your Seats:

Adjust your seats to a comfortable level. This is important for both the driver and passenger. You don’t want to be all scrunched up in your seat or driving with your neck at an awkward angle! It is important to be relaxed and comfortable for a long drive to ensure safe travels.

Adjust Your Mirrors and Steering Wheel:

Adjust Your RV Mirrors
Adjust Your RV Mirrors

Make sure that all of your mirrors are adjusted in a way to show maximum visibility. This will help you to see any cars in your blind spots, any children or animals that may be running across the street, and other hazards on the road. You will want to ensure that you can see your wheels for turn clearance. Since you are driving a longer vehicle than you are used to, it is important to take the time to adjust your mirrors before you hit the road.

Adjust your steering wheel so that it is comfortable and easy to control.

Check all of your lights and hazards:

Make sure that your indicator lights, hazards, and headlights are all in working order. This will help you to avoid any potential accidents with other drivers.

Do A Brake Check:

A trailer brake check is where you stop and then brake. You should do this at least three times before you hit the open road to make sure that your brakes are functioning properly, especially if you have a trailer.

Check The Weather:

Check The Weather
Check The Weather

Knowing the weather conditions ahead of time will help you to make the necessary preparations. You will want to know if there are any inclement weather warnings so that you can plan accordingly.

For more checklists, check out this article!!

RV Driving Tips/ RV Driving Safety

RV Driving Tips
RV Driving Tips

Now that you are ready and prepared to hit the road, it’s time to go over some important tips for driving your recreational vehicle. There are many tips to help keep you safe while on the road. Here are just a few.

For more newbie tips, check out this article!!

Stay Rested:

The most important safety tip for keeping safe while driving an RV is to only drive when you are fully rested. You don’t want to take a risk by driving when you are too tired. If your body is worn out, then it will be hard for you to react quickly in case of an emergency or if something unexpected happens on the road.

If you feel that you are starting to get sleepy, it is always a smart move to pull over and get rest before continuing on. There are options for RV owners to sleep for a while traveling.

For ideas on where to rest, check out these articles.

Keep A Safe Distance:

Keep Your Distance
Keep Your Distance

Because your stop time increases when pulling a trailer, fifth-wheel, or driving any type of recreational vehicle, it is important to keep more distance between you and other cars. You want to be able to stop in time if a car tries to turn across your path or if they stop abruptly. The fastest way to ruin a trip is to end up in an accident.

Stay Slow:

Keep your speed down when traveling in an RV. The tires are generally not rated for super high speeds. With the amount of weight that you are pulling, you will not be able to stop quickly. These factors create a recipe for disaster. You have an increased risk of tire blowouts, accidents, or other life-threatening situations on the road. Your life and the lives of your passengers are not worth risking for driving a few miles faster. Just keep it slow and enjoy the music on the radio and get to your destination safely!!

Keep To The Right:

It is recommended that you stay to the right when driving a recreational vehicle. This allows for easy shoulder access if there should be a problem. It also gives your vehicle the best possible visibility to other vehicles.

Monitor Clearances:

Be aware of bridge and overpass clearances. When you enter RV parks and campgrounds, pay attention to tree limbs and other things that may hit the tops of your rig. These things may cause damage to the exterior of your RV.

Know Your Limits:

We mentioned the importance of driving when fully rested and planning your trip prior to leaving. Don’t plan for a longer trip than you are capable of. Many RVers try to keep to the 3-3-3 rule. Drive no more than 300 miles per day. Don’t drive more than 3 hours per day. Stay more than three nights. This allows for the proper amount of rest and enjoyment.

Tail Swings/ Making Turns:

RV tail swing refers to the swing of the rig when you are making a turn, or the distance the overhang, or the portion of the body that extends behind the pivot point. This is something that many people don’t think about but it can cause accidents if not taken into consideration while driving.

With an RV, when you make a right-hand turn or left-hand turn, your rig will have some form of tail swing to one side or another. Take that into consideration when making a turn. Make sure that you have enough room to maneuver and avoid an accident with another car or other object in the roadway.

Mountain Roads:

Mountain Roads
Mountain Roads

Take extra time when traveling through mountain roads with an RV. The extra weight on the vehicle makes it harder to navigate these roads. The added time will ensure that you are safe in this type of driving situation as well.

Plan For Fuel Stations:

It is important to plan for a fuel station when you are traveling in a recreational vehicle. This is because you will have a larger vehicle and some stations will not be accessible to you.

When you are using the interactive map on your phone, be sure that you account for fueling stations along the way. If there is not one when needed, you do not want to run out of gas in an area with limited cell service or find yourself stranded due to running out of fuel.

Intersections:

Intersections
Intersections

How do I maneuver through intersections in an RV? This can be an intimidating situation for a new RV driver. The best advice in this situation is to stay calm and plan ahead. As you approach the intersection, carefully pull your vehicle up and prepare to turn.

The best tip is to wait until you have a completely clear path before proceeding, then continue with caution. Watch your back wheels, take your time, go slow, and try not to get rattled. Don’t let other cars stress you out. Waiting until you have space is your prerogative and it will get easier with time.

Stay Relaxed:

Staying relaxed while being a novice RV driver may sound impossible but it is very important. The more stressed you get, the more likely you are to make costly mistakes. This is why it is so important to take your time and go slow.

Staying calm while driving will help you stay on the right track.

Watch Your Wheels/ Sides:

One of the biggest things to learn when driving an RV is to use your mirrors to watch your wheels and sides. Keep an eye on the wheels to make sure that they are not getting too close to curbs, tree limbs, or other objects. This will help you avoid dings and provide safety for the people in your vehicle as well.

Braking Distance:

Braking Distance
Braking Distance

Braking distance increases as the weight of your vehicle increases. This means that it will take you longer to stop an RV, especially if there are slick surfaces.

It is important to always be aware of your braking distance and plan accordingly. If the surface is wet or icy, make sure that you have extra room in front of your rig so as not to create a rear-end collision with another vehicle.

Common Courtesy:

Common courtesy is important on any road with any vehicle. It is especially important when navigating trips with an RV.

Being polite and aware will help ensure that you have a pleasant driving experience. It’s not just about respecting other drivers, but also the space around your rig. Keep in mind how wide your RV is when parking so as to avoid damaging another vehicle or property with a side collision.

Tips For Parking/ Backing Up

Backing Up an RV
Backing Up an RV

Parking and backing up may very well be the most intimidating part of learning to drive an RV. With a little bit of practice and the correct guidance, you will be a pro in no time!! Here are some tips to help you on your way.

Go Slow:

Take your time and go slow when parking or backing your recreational vehicle. It is better to be safe and take your time. You aren’t in a race. Making quick or unsure moves is a sure-fire way to get yourself in trouble.

Use Your Mirrors:

It is crucial to use mirrors, particularly when backing up. This way you can see what’s behind your RV or if there are any obstacles in front of it. This will help you avoid crashing into anything and getting stuck on an incline! The best advice for this type of situation is to stay calm and take your time.

It is also a great idea to get out and walk around to see if there are any obstacles or debris that will potentially cause damage when backing.

Watch Your Sides:

Always watch the sides of your vehicle when parking or backing up, especially if you are in an area with limited visibility. You never want to collide with another car or object by accident which can lead to costly damages.

Plan For Parking Lots:

RV In a Parking Lot
RV In a Parking Lot

Parking lots can be very difficult to navigate, especially if you have never been in one before. The best tip is to park as close to the entrance as possible so that you don’t have a long walk after your journey home!

Watch Your Wheels:

It is very important to keep an eye on your wheels for when you are backing up or pulling in and out of a parking space. This will help you to make turns and guide the vehicle properly without hitting anything in the process.

Good Side/ Bad Side:

When you are using your mirrors for backing an RV, there is a side that is easier to view and there is a side that isn’t. The “good side” is the side where you can see more clearly. This means that this will be the easiest to maneuver when backing up and parking an RV.

The “bad side” would be the opposite- it’s not very easy to see out of a vehicle if you are on this end! It is always helpful to use a guide (person) to assist you with hand signals when backing.

Use A Partner:

Use A Partner
Use a Partner

It is best to have a partner that you trust that can assist you when parking/ backing an RV. This is a great idea for when you have to maneuver in tight spaces or if you are unsure of the area.

When you are working closely with someone, it is important to come up with hand signals that you both understand to avoid confusion. Communication is key.

Walkie Talkies:

Walkie Talkies can be a great tool to use with a partner when backing/ parking. They can assist with clear communication.

It is important to note that these are just general tips and parking/ backing an RV may be different for each person. You will have to find what works best for you!


Back up Cameras:

There are many backup cameras on the market that can be purchased for use to aid with backing your RV. This may be a good option for those who are not confident in their abilities or those who have limited visibility.

The price range for a good backup camera is anywhere between $200-$400.


Pull Through Sites vs Back in Sites:

Types of Campsites
Types of Campsites

When you book your campsite, you will either be given a pull-through site or a back-in site. The ease of accessibility will vary greatly from campground to campground.

Pull-through sites can be easy or difficult to get into depending on many different factors. These things include the size of the RV, the size of the site, trees, and more.

Back in sites may be more difficult to maneuver into due to obstacles such as trees or other vehicles. It is important not to park or start backing up until you have been able to fully see the site.

Tips For Making Parking Easier:

-Turn off the radio

-Don’t let other campers try to guide you

-Take your time

-Roll All Windows Down

-When Backing Know Which Way to Turn the Wheel (**if Backing a Trailer, the wheel turns the opposite direction than you want the trailer to go)

-Get Out And Walk Around If You Need To

Other Tips

Practice in an empty parking lot:

Before your first trip with your recreational vehicle, go to a large empty parking lot and practice turning, backing, and parking. This will give you an opportunity to understand your vehicle’s turning radius.

Use the lines in the lot as a guide. If you have a partner, use this time to practice your communication and hand signals.

Practicing your driving will not only give you confidence but will also help you to develop a system that works for your RV and needs.

Driving Schools:

If you still don’t feel comfortable, there are many different RV driving school options available. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Be a safe and responsible driver. Schools will teach you everything that you need to know while giving you plenty of practice driving. Here are some options for RV Driving schools!!

www.rvschool.com

www.rvbasictraining.com

Apps:

There are apps for everything nowadays. This includes RV trip planning, fuel stations, dump station locations, and more. Check out this article for the best RV apps available!!

RV Driving Safety Precautions

RV Driving School
Driving School

Be safe on the road. Make sure that you are prepared for roadside emergencies or obstacles. It is important to keep items and phone numbers handy in case something happens on your travels. Here are a few suggestions for those just in case scenarios.

Roadside Assistance:

You may want to have roadside assistance protection in case you have a mechanical problem or a tire blowout when traveling from one location to another. There is nothing fun about being stuck on the side of the road!! You will feel much safer with a plan in place.

A First-Aid Kit

It is important to always keep a first-aid kit in the vehicle. This can be helpful for any type of emergency and you never know when it will come in handy!


A Flashlight or Lantern

If your car breaks down at night, having a light is important so that you can see what to do about the situation. You may need help from someone else with this one, but a flashlight or lantern is important to have.


Flares or Roadside Triangles

If your car breaks down on the side of the road, it is important to have something that will alert other drivers. Flares or Roadside Triangles are one way to make sure that you are seen in this situation.


Conclusion To RV Driving and Backing Up

Conclusion to RV Driving
Conclusion

We hope some of these general driving and backing tips for RV owners have been helpful to you. If we’ve missed anything, please leave a comment below or reach out to us on social media. And if there is one piece of advice that will be most useful once you get behind the wheel, what would it be? Stay tuned!

How To Secure Items Inside an RV For Travel Day: Preparing for a Long Trip

Introduction to Securing RV Items and Valuables For Travel Day

Securing RV Items
Securing RV Items

The day has finally come! You get to pack up your RV and head out on the open road. Before you start loading the vehicle with all of your belongings, it’s important to make sure that everything is secured properly so that it doesn’t fly around inside while driving. In this blog post, we will go over some easy steps for how to secure items inside an RV before a travel day.

How To Secure Items Inside RV For Travel Day?

Items Inside Your RV
Items Inside your RV

The first step to securing items within your recreational vehicle is to make sure that the countertops are free and clear of all items. Move all big appliances and items to the floor to prevent falling. Smaller items can be placed in sinks, the oven, or the microwave for safety during the drive.

The vehicle will shift, shake and move on travel day. It is best practice to keep things in a place where they won’t be able to fly, fall, or roll around causing breakage or damage of any kind. Bins and baskets are great for keeping things tidy and for a quick shift on move day.

Dish soaps, salt and pepper shakers, and other small items must be stowed away before moving begins. Big items also need to be placed in a safe space.

These items include but are not limited to instant pots, slow cookers, coffee makers, and more. Bungee cords can be used to secure them to table legs on or near the floor to prevent movement if the trailer shifts. This is your best bet to prevent any damage to walls, furniture, or the item itself.

Why Is It Necessary to Properly Secure RV Interior Items?

It is necessary to properly secure all items that are free moving within your RV prior to movement to prevent any damage to the RV itself or the items that you have spent time and money procuring.

Storage Solutions For Keeping Items In Place

RV Storage Solutions
RV Storage Solutions

There are many items that you can purchase that will assist you in keeping your items and your RV safe and free from any damage while traveling from one location to another. Here is a list of some items that are available and easy to get.

Food Storage Containers/ Plastic Containers:

  • Food storage containers are a fantastic option for keeping cabinets organized and accessible while traveling or living in your cramped RV space.
  • The square containers are also great for limiting movement and shifting when the RV is moving down the road.


Magnetic Knife holder:

  • A magnetic knife holder is fantastic for freeing up drawer space which is quite limited in an RV kitchen. It keeps your cooking utensils attainable and also allows for a great stowing option for travel days.


Command Hooks:

  • Command hooks are a must-purchase item for any RVer. They adhere to most RV walls with ease and allow for a nice aesthetic when adding pictures and homey touches. They will keep your prized artwork safe while hitting the bumps on drive day.


Velcro:

  • If you find that command hooks don’t do the trick on your RV walls, the next best option is velcro with adhesive. It is a stronger option to hanging up artwork without having to drill into your vehicle’s walls.


Bins:

  • The use of bins will keep everything tidy and accessible while living and vacationing in your recreational vehicle. The best thing about having items in cute bins or baskets is that when you are preparing for move day, it is super simple to grab those cute little bins and move them off of countertops to stow for a safe drive.


Cosmetic Storage:

  • Cosmetics, pills, shaving devices, and other bathroom supplies can be easily organized and stored in these cute little plastic containers. They are very space savvy while also being a fantastic option for traveling.
  • Use a bit of double-sided tape to keep them in place and you will not have any shifting items on move day.


Tension Rods:

  • Tension rods are great for loose items stored in RV cupboards. Just place them at the front of the cupboard and your items will remain in place for the duration of the trip. These also work great in the fridge!!


Fridge Storage:

  • There are many different storage options for keeping foods organized and neat within your refrigerator space. Since some RV refrigerators are smaller, it becomes a difficult task is finding the perfect place for everything.
  • These plastic containers are great for stacking and maximizing your space options. The use of a simple plastic container can keep everything secure during travel days.
  • Make sure that the refrigerator door is closed tightly and latched appropriately.


Dish Holders:

  • These dish holders/ organizers will be your RV kitchen’s best friend. They use the vertical space of the cabinet thereby freeing up some of the space for more items. They also keep your dishes in place while driving. You can’t beat that!!


Tea Storage:

  • If you love tea, you will love this tea storage option. You already know how difficult it is to find space for all of your favorite things inside your trailer or motorhome. This makes it easy to keep that beloved item, and keeps it from spilling everywhere when you travel.


Keeping Items in Cabinets From Shifting or Falling Out While Driving

RV Kitchen Cabinet Storage
RV Kitchen Cabinet Storage

How do you keep the items in your cabinets from shifting or falling out when you are driving? That is a frequently asked question among RVers. The best answer is to make sure that all of your items are placed properly in the cupboards in the first place. This takes organizational skills and items.

Our first bit of advice is to ditch the glass. Use yeti for coffee mugs, wheat straw for plates and bowls, and other sustainable and unbreakable items for your RV usage.

Buy collapsible items when you can. And use the best organizational items available (food storage containers, dish storage, and other items mentioned above).

If your latches are not great, upgrade or find another solution.

Making Sure That Things Don’t Fall Off of The Walls

Things Hanging on RV Walls
Things Hanging on RV Walls

Keeping things from falling off the walls while you travel is another concern. Make sure that when you hang them up that they are hung securely in the first place. Sometimes, you will find that when the weather shifts that command hooks or other types of adhesive will no longer hold the items that you placed on them.

There is no shame in using a screw if you need to. I think that most RVers will agree that command hooks and velcro are the preferred methods. But, it is better to be safe than sorry. If those preferred methods just won’t work, then you will have to decide to either not hang your beloved artwork, or make that dreaded hole in the wall.

Securing Food Items in The Refrigerator

RV refrigerator
RV Refrigerator

Securing refrigerator items may seem like a daunting task. You can’t always limit purchases to plastic containers. Sometimes you will have to contend with glass and other breakable or messy food products.

Making sure that everything is compact and tightly stored, will be a priority for days when you travel in your RV.

Items that can assist in keeping your Fridge products in place include tension rods and food storage containers. The use of these types of products will greatly reduce the amount of food loss, damage, and spills that you encounter due to shifting.

*Don’t neglect your pantry shelves when working on the kitchen!!

Bathroom Storage and Preparation

RV Bathroom Storage
RV Bathroom Storage

It is important that you keep your bathroom items in their ideal spot. This will make it much easier to find them when needed and to stay organized. The countertop should be reserved for the toiletries that pertain solely to the bath or shower area, such as soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Keeping everything organized and tidy will help you in prepping quickly for move day. As mentioned above, there are great options for storing cosmetics and other bathroom toiletries. Make sure that the medicine cabinets are closed properly and ready for movement.

Confirm that there are no objects left on the countertops and that all loose items are tightly secured to prevent falling and/ or breakage. Make sure that all cupboards and latches are connected properly and that the door is closed prior to finishing up your bathroom prep.

Closets and Clothing

RV Clothing Storage
RV Clothing Storage

Many RVers have experienced bumps on the road that cause the hanging clothes in your RV closet to completely fall off. This is such a hassle. You will have to untangle hangers, rehang all of your clothing, and repair any damage each and every time you drive.

One quick way to prevent the hanging clothing from getting tossed off the closet rod during travel day is to place a simple pool noodle above the rod. Make sure that you wedge it in tightly enough to tightly secure the hangers and prevent movement.

Another tip for keeping clothing from becoming a mess on travel day is using these packing cubes. They are soft and have sturdy zips. They will keep all of your clothes organized and easy to access during daily living.

The bonus of having these is that you won’t enter the RV after a day of driving to find all of your folding undone. No extra work!!

Soft storage bins can also be helpful in keeping clothing in place. What you use will all depend on your available space and what your specific budget allows for.

For more bedroom storage ideas check out this article!

Properly Stowing Outdoor Items

Outdoor RV Equipment
Outdoor RV Equipment

Don’t forget that there are outdoor items to contend with!! Camping chairs, grills, and all of the other fun things that make the RV life exciting and fun need to be stored before traveling as well. Use your underbelly storage, truck bed storage, or the inside of your RV.

If you choose to place any of the outdoor items within the RV, you will need to make sure that they are placed in such a way that they will not fall or shift and cause damage to the walls, cabinets, or other features of your vehicle. You may consider the use of bungee cords or velcro to secure these types of items.

Factors That Affect the Movement/ Damage Inside the RV on Travel Day

Speed:

Driving Fast
Driving Fast
  • The speed at which you travel will have a huge effect on the amount of damage that you experience when traveling. The faster speeds, coupled with sharper turns will increase the chances for items to shift and become damaged during a travel day.

Weight:

Weight
Weight
  • The weight of your RV combined with the items stowed inside will affect sway, shifting, and movement. Also, if you are traveling with heavy-weight items then it is important to make sure that they are properly secured before hitting the road.
  • Check out this article on weight distribution.

Weather:

Weather
  • Climate conditions can affect movement and damage as well, especially if there has been a recent storm or rainfall in your area of travel. The wetness will increase the chances for objects inside the trailer to shift and move.

Store Items Inside an RV: Suggestions For Improvement

Suggestions
Suggestions

Strong Latches:

Make sure that the latches on your cupboards and other RV features are working properly and are strong enough to contain all of the items within. Check every cabinet door. If you find that the latches are not satisfactory, it is best to upgrade or use another solution to maintain closure (velcro or bungee cords).

Proper Organization:

As we have mentioned before, being organized is the key to a smooth travel day preparation. Use lists to ensure that you don’t forget anything (such as closing a latch or putting up an important item).

Check out this article for great checklists to use!!

Stowage of Loose Items:

Make sure to stow loose items. This is an imperative. The only way to prevent damage to the RV is to make sure that these items are properly secured in a location where they will not shift and cause damage during travel.

Bungee Cords and ties for Loose Furniture/ Appliances:

The use of bungee cords and ties will be a great way to secure loose furniture and appliances. These items may not be secured by the RV’s latches, but with these cords they will no longer have an opportunity to become damaged during travel. Always keep these items handy when packing up for a trip!!

Avoid Jerky Driving:

Avoid jerky driving if at all possible. Smooth driving on the road will give the best possible outcome of not finding damage upon set up.

Hacks, Tips, and Tricks: Store Items Inside an RV

Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

Use the sink:

  • Use your available sinks for storing small loose items. The kitchen sink in most RVs has a cover. This makes a great extra storage space for move day.

Use extra towels:

  • The use of extra towels to buffer around glass items will prevent any damage, scratching, and breakage.

Shower space:

  • You can use your RV’s shower to stow larger items. Make sure that they won’t shift and cause damage to your shower. We like to place bathroom trash can and countertop items on the floor of our shower on travel day.

Doubling up on wall hanging security:

  • We mentioned command strips and velcro with adhesive earlier for hanging artwork and other items on RV walls. Doubling up on some of these items only makes them less likely to fall off the walls while traveling.

Conclusion: How To Store Items Inside an RV

Happy Camper
Happy Camper

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, from securing your valuables to packing with care and getting ready for traveling. If you have any questions about anything we’ve talked about feel free to reach out! You can also find more information on our blog or connect with us on social media.

What are some of your favorite travel day hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

RV Black Tank: Comprehensive Guide For Upkeep and Maintenance

Introduction: RV Black Tank

RV Black Tank Dumping
RV Black Tank Dumping

If you are an owner of a recreational vehicle, then you know that there are many different components to your RV. One of these is the dreaded black tank. It may seem like a curse word. It doesn’t have to be that way. 

With proper knowledge, how-to, and maintenance, you too, can keep your black tank from being problematic in your RV. This post will provide information on how to maintain your black tank and keep it in good condition. This will allow your black tank to serve its ultimate purpose and you can be free to enjoy your travels!

What is an RV Black Tank? 

RV Black Tank Dump
RV Black Tank

The RV Black tank is a holding tank for human waste. All that is flushed down the toilet in your recreational vehicle will end up in the black holding tank. 

The tank is located on the underbelly of your rig. It is a long cylindrical tank that contains layers of liquid and solid material which separate as they decompose.

What Does Your RV Black Tank Do? 

Your black tank does all the dirty work for you while out on your adventures in an RV! It holds any waste until it can be disposed of in an appropriate and designated dumping area. 

What Is The Difference Between Gray and Black Water Tanks? 

The difference between an RV’s gray tank and a black tank is simple. The gray tank is for the water that you use in your rig, like showering or washing dishes. The black tank is used to store human waste. 

How often should I empty my RV’s Black Tank? 

It is important to dump your RV black tank regularly. Many of the newer recreational vehicles have a monitoring system that alerts the owner to the fullness of the tank. 

You should empty the black tank when it reaches at least halfway full. Many people suggest waiting until the tank is two-thirds full. Waiting until the tank is more than half full allows the waste to start breaking down. It also is to ensure that there is enough weight and water to create a proper flush when emptying. 

If you are nearing the end of a trip and need to empty a tank that is less than half full, it is good practice to add more water to the tank prior to dumping. 

How Do I Hook Up My Black Tank to the Sewer Hookup?

RV Black Tank Hookup
RV Black Tank Hookup

When you arrive at your new campsite, it is important to make sure that you hook up your black tank properly. Hooking up your black tank to the sewer connection can seem tricky at first. Here are some general tips for hooking it up:

  1. Wear gloves when touching or moving any equipment used for black tank use. 
  2. Connect sewer hose to RV tank. 
  3. The elbow-shaped end of the sewer hose gets connected to the sewer dump pipe at the campsite. 
  4. Set up a hose support system if you are using one. 
  5. Open the tanks and drain if you had water or anything inside. Be sure to open slowly. 
  6. Make sure to close the tank valve after emptying. 
  7. You are ready done and ready to finish camp set up!!

How to Dump an RV Black Tank

RV Dump Station
RV Dump Station

If you are at a full hookup site and have already connected the sewer hose, you already did half the work for dumping your black tank. In order to empty out your RV black tank, you need to open the tank valve and keep open until the tank is empty. 

A backflush is recommended after emptying holding tanks. 

What is A Black Tank Flush? 

To flush black holding tanks, you must attach the sewer hose to the RV’s inlet water valve (some older models won’t have this). Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular recreational vehicle to ensure that backflushing is done correctly. 

Back tank flushing, when done right, will assist in keeping your black tank clean in between dumping times. This will assist with odor buildup and clog prevention. 

How Do I Clean and Maintain My RV’s Black Tank? 

Maintenance
Maintenance

The ice method helps to break down any stuck-on materials and gunk in your tank. Simply add ice and salt into your tank prior to driving to your next location. 

Another method of cleaning the tank involves filling the tank with some water and a mild dishwashing detergent into the tank. The liquids and soap will swish around as you drive to create a cleaner tank. 

The best way to prevent build-up is to use the proper materials and chemicals for your RV. See the tips and tricks section for more on this!!

Items to Purchase for Black Tank Use and Maintenance

Portable Black Waste Tank: 

If you are dry camping or boondocking, you won’t have sewer hookups. In these cases, you will need to drive your RV to the nearest dump station to perform dumping tasks. Another option, instead of driving, is a portable black waste tank. These can be hooked up to the sewer hose and carry the waste to the dump station on wheels. 


Happy Camper: 

Happy camper treatment scoops are great at eliminating odors. This product is designed specifically to work in black tanks and won’t cause any harm or damage while in use. It uses specific chemicals and enzymes to break down waste. This helps with clogs and odors. Use these tabs in between dumping. 


Sewer Hose: 

As mentioned previously, a good sewer hose is a must-have item for any recreational vehicle with a black tank. Buying a quality hose will prevent breaks or any potential spills. 


Hose Supports: 

Sewer hose supports to keep your sewer hose off of the ground. This potentially protects it from any damage or punctures. The supports also keep the hose in place. Some come with an angle to assist with dumping. 


Hose: 

You will need a separate hose (in a different color) from your regular water or drinking water hose. This can be used to backflush your RV black tank. 


How Accurate are Tank Monitors? 

Tank Gauges
Tank Gauges

This is a question that has been hotly debated among the RV community for years. Some say they are accurate, and others say not so much. The truth is tank monitors work but will only give you an estimate of your black tank capacity because it doesn’t know how full individual tanks are inside your rig. 

The more you use and empty your tanks, the more you will get a feel for how often you will need to empty the tanks. This is true whether or not your gauge is working properly. Be sure to empty the black tank in between each trip no matter what. 

What If I Get A Clog? 

Clogs happen. It is an unpleasant side effect of having an RV black tank. Being prepared and having a plan is the best option for tackling such a troublesome situation. 

One way to deal with a black tank clog is to boil several pots of water. Pour the water down your RV toilet into your black tank and let the water sit overnight. Sometimes the hot water is enough to break up a stubborn clog. 

If that doesn’t do the trick, you may have what is called a “pyramid clog.” What is a pyramid clog? This is when the solid waste in your black tank has hardened into a pyramid and created a clog that won’t drain normally. 

When this happens, it requires a little bit more hands-on work. You may need to get a bit dirty. Use GLOVES!! A snake or toilet wand with a motor can assist with this. Search how-to videos on YouTube. There are plenty of videos on the internet to help with this task. 

Basically, you will want to use the tools and break up the pyramid. Use lots of water until the waste breaks up and freely empties the tank. 

The BETTER OPTION

Preventative maintenance. Stop the clog before it happens!!! You may ask yourself, “How can I do that???”

How Do Black Tank Clogs Happen? 

RV Toilet Clog
RV Toilet Clog
  1. Wrong Materials: Flushing the wrong types of toilet paper. Toilet paper that doesn’t break down. Make sure to use toilet paper made for RV toilets. 
  2. DO NOT FLUSH feminine products or any item other than RV toilet paper down an RV toilet. 
  3. Do NOT FLUSH bathroom wipes. “Flushable” bathroom wipes have become a staple item in many homes over the past decade. If you plan to use them, have an alternate disposal system in place for them. They do not break down appropriately in a black tank. They can cause clogs and should not be flushed down an RV toilet. 
  4. Using Too Much toilet paper: Only use the amount of toilet paper that you need. Use plenty of water in the tank for each flush. When in doubt, use more water. 
  5. Emptying the Black Tank Too Often: You should let the black tank fill up past the 1/2 way point or if you can wait, to the 2/3 point. If you must empty it before, make sure to add water to aid in emptying. 

How To Deal With a Smelly Black Tank

Bad Smell
Bad Smell
  1. Do not leave the city sewer tank valve open!
  2. Use Happy Camper
  3. Empty Tank Regularly
  4. Use Plenty of Water with each Toilet Flush
  5. Back Flush tank to deal with built-up gunk.
  6. Use ice or detergent method to clean the tank when traveling.
  7. Avoid Clogs using the methods above.

Storage: Should I Leave Water in My Tank? 

We recommend that you thoroughly dump and rinse your tank using the above-mentioned methods prior to storing your RV. After dumping and backflushing, leave the tank empty to avoid any freezing or other possible damage to the tank. 

What Types of Toilet Paper Should I Use? 

RV Toilet Paper
RV Toilet Paper

As mentioned previously, only use RV-approved toilet paper. It is designed to easily break down and prevent sticking and clogging. RV toilet paper is biodegradable. Look for labels that safe “septic safe”, “made for RV’s”, or “safe for RV use.” 


You can find this type of toilet paper online on Amazon, Target, or Walmart. You can also find it at Camping World and other specialty outdoor stores. It is generally One-ply which is a bit disappointing. But, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 

Tips and Tricks for your RV Black Tank

  1. Be sure to add water after flushing the tank. 
  2. Flush with extra water. 
  3. Keep Different lengths and adapters for sewer hook-ups. 
  4. Keep the tank closed until you are emptying it. 
  5. Always drain tanks in designated areas. 
  6. To clean build-up in the tank, fill it with ice and salt prior to driving your RV on a trip. 
  7. Make sure that you have a separate drinking water hose and a hose for flushing the black tank. Clearly mark them so as not to mix them up. 

Conclusion: RV Black Water Tank

RV Black Tank Dumping Conclusion
RV Black Tank Conclusion

No one likes to talk about it, but the reality is that every RV owner needs a little information on black tank management. The best way to avoid problems with your black tank system and ensure you get clean water in your toilet tanks is by following these simple tips. 

We hope that this article helped. If you have any tips that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. 

What is Boondocking: A Complete Guide To Drydocking For RVers

Introduction: What is Boondocking?

RV Boondocking
RV Boondocking

Boondocking is the act of “dry” camping in a remote location or wild area. It usually means you are outside of any developed campground and free to explore where you please.

Some people think it’s just for RVers who don’t want to pay, but there are so many benefits that anyone can take advantage of boondocking – especially if they’re an outdoor enthusiast!

What is Boondocking?

Boondocking is camping in remote areas away from the hustle and bustle of a typical campground. There are no hookups, no site numbers, no picnic tables, you don’t have a swimming pool or a put-put golf course around the corner.

You won’t get the friendly camper wave as you pull your rig in to park. You also won’t have a bunch of looky-loos watching as you try to back into your narrow spot.

There are a lot of things that boondock camping is and a lot of things that it isn’t. It is not a packed resort with a ton of amenities and cable hookups for you to watch your favorite television show. On the flip side, you won’t have electrical outlets to run your air conditioner for those hot summer afternoons.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast ready to explore and hike, and you own a self-sustaining recreational vehicle that has a large water holding tank and a generator, boondocking may be the lifestyle you are looking for.

Where Can You Boondock?

RV boondocking by lake
RV Boondocking by lake

If you know where to look, there are many places in the United States that you can camp for free with your RV. You just have to have the right app on your phone or know what to type into your search bar and you will be on your way to finding the perfect boondocking site for your next adventure.

Dispersed Camping-

Typing in the term “dispersed camping” will assist you in finding many locations where boondocking is legal and available.

BLM-

Bureau of Land Management or BLM is another great place to search or look for boondocking opportunities.

National Parks-

RV national park
RV National Park

Some National Parks allow boondocking. Do your homework prior to planning on dry camping in a national park.

** Paid Boondocking:

Boondocking has become so popular (RVing has become so popular it is no surprise that boondocking has as well) that there are annual membership programs for boondocking.

Harvest Hosts:
Harvest Hosts Logo
Harvest Hosts Logo

Harvest Hosts is an annual membership program that charges $99 per year and has over 2005 (always adding more hosts) wineries, breweries and farms to camp at across the country.

You are allowed to stay one night per visit in any of the places for free after you pay the annual fee. There is always a sign-up special running. It is a fantastic deal. For a review of Harvest Hosts check out this article.

Boondockers Welcome:
Boondockers Welcome Logo
Boondockers Welcome Logo

Boondockers Welcome, like Harvest Hosts, is a membership program that allows you to stay at a specific location after paying the annual membership fee. Boondockers Welcome charges an annual fee of just $50 and has over 2900 locations to stay at.

** Moochdocking

RV in driveway
moochdocking

Moochdocking is the RV version of couch surfing. It is technically when you are using a space and not paying for it. It is similar to boondocking in that it is “dry camping.” There are no hookups.

You can moochdock at many places for free including in a friend’s driveway (if it isn’t against their HOA..ha ha). Or in any of the places listed below. Be aware of posted signs and city ordinances before moochdocking. Also be sure to contact business management before overnight moochdocking!!

Truckstops:

Some truck stops have RV parking. If there is RV parking DO NOT park in trucker parking. Some truck stops charge for overnight parking.

Walmart:
Walmart Logo
Walmart Logo

Some Walmarts allow overnight parking. Be sure to follow all rules and ask permission prior to parking. Only park where you are told to. See this article for more information.

Lowes:

Some Lowes or Home Depot managers allow RV parking.

Cracker Barrel:
Cracker Barrel Logo
Cracker Barrel Logo

Most Cracker Barrel restaurants have designated RV parking. It is customary to stay only one night. Ask management prior to an overnight stay. Stay only one night. Be sure to purchase a meal.

Rest Stops:

Many rest stops have designated RV parking, like truck stops, do not park in truck-only parking if there is RV parking. Be sure to check the signs before parking overnight. Some don’t allow this.

Is Boondocking Safe?

safety
Safety

Boondocking is very safe. Some people consider it to be safer than staying in many campgrounds. There is less theft due to fewer people. Most people report that it is very safe. If you are worried about it there are many precautions that you can take.

Make sure to lock everything up. Lock your doors, outside compartments, and tow vehicle. Always let someone know where you are.

It is very important to stay connected. Have a great wireless cellular plan and maybe even a backup. Check out this article for more information on that.

Read reviews on the area before you go. And most importantly, trust your gut. If you feel unsafe in the area once you arrive, you are in an RV, pack up and go.

Is Boondocking Legal?

Legalities of Walmart Boondocking
Legalities

Boondocking is legal as long as you are in a place that is legal for you to park at and you follow all of the rules. It is very important to do your research on the area that you plan to camp at before you leave.

Make sure to research campfire laws and regulations, how long you are allowed to stay, pet leash laws, firearms laws, and more.

It is up to you to know all of the legalities of the area that you plan to visit. Leave no trace. Do not damage the land. Clean up after yourself. Do not dump your waste tanks!! Do not leave trash. Do not cut down plants or trample any on your drive!

Boondocking Tips and Tricks: Things to Consider

Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

Water:

Be sure to bring enough water to drink, brush your teeth and bathe. You will be surprised at how fast you can go through it. You will also need water for flushing the toilet.

Sewage:

Do NOT dump your black tank in any place other than a designated dump station.

Waste:

RV Black Tank Waste Sign
RV Black Tank Waste

Be aware of how much water you are putting down the gray tank. Maybe save some in a bucket to use to flush the toilet. Be inventive.

Etiquette:

Be kind to the land and local animals.

Legalities:

Know the area and local legalities.

Safety:

 Door Lock RV safety
Door Lock

Lock up and keep safe. Bring a first aid kit and extra tools in case of emergency.

Emergencies:

Have a way to contact people in case of emergency. Have a roadside assistance plan in place.

Power:

A generator is a great tool for hot or cold temperatures or general electrical needs.

Cleanliness:

Have sanitary wipes and learn quick showering techniques in order to conserve water.

Helpful Apps for boondocking

RV Phone Apps
RV Phone Apps

There are tons of free apps available to assist in finding places to boondock. There are also apps for finding places to dump black and gray water tanks.

Campendium: With the Campendium app, you can search for free available campsites by area and see reviews. The app, itself is free to add. It has a subscription fee of $20 per year to use all of its features.

ioverlander: Has all of the information that you need for boondocking. It has boondocking areas, dump stations, comfort station information, reviews, and more. It is organized and run by volunteers so it is free. They ask that if you like the app that you contribute by donation.

Thedyrt: The dyrt app contains information about all free and paid camping options in the United States. It contains information about camping, boondocking, and RV parks to stay at for a fee. This app covers public lands and county parks.

It is free to upload but can be upgraded to the pro version for $30.

RVDumpStations: This app will assist you in finding RV dump stations near you. This is very important in keeping up with your boondocking lifestyle. This is a highly rated app that costs $0.99.

Pros and Cons of Boondocking

Pros and Cons to RV Boondocking: pile of rocks
Pros and Cons to RV Boondocking

The boondocking lifestyle comes with a lot of pros and cons. Let’s take a look at a few of the positives and a few of the negatives to assist in helping you decide if it is the correct way to travel for you and your family.

Pros

There are so many benefits of boondocking in an RV. Here are a few

*You can travel to remote places that you would never be able to get to otherwise. This is a great opportunity for those who love the outdoors and exploring new areas.

*It’s cheaper than RV parks or other accommodations, which allows more money in your pocket.

*The experience of boondocking will allow you to get away from the noise of the typical RV parks and campgrounds.

There are fewer people and you get to really appreciate and enjoy the outdoor experience.

Cons

Thumbs down: Cons to Boondocking
Cons to Boondocking

There may be some deterrents to boondocking in a recreational vehicle. Here are a few. :

  • It is possible to run out of supplies such as fuel for electricity or become stranded in an emergency.
  • It may be difficult for roadside service to locate you in an emergency.
  • The lack of amenities and hookups make boondocking more inconvenient than standard RV camping.

Conclusion: What is Boondocking?

In Conclusion: The End
In Conclusion

Boondocking is the practice of camping in an RV without hookups. It’s a great way to save money and enjoy the outdoors, but it can be hard for beginners who don’t know where or how to start. We hope this guide has helped you get started with boondocking by giving you some basics on what dry camping entails.

We have introduced some helpful boondocking tips and tricks. If you have any more questions about dry camping or boondocking, feel free to ask us below or contact us at [email protected]!

What are your favorite things about boondocking? Tell us your best tip for newbies looking to give dry camping a try!

The Ultimate RV Checklist: Essential Tips For Set-Up, Departure, Arrival, and More

Introduction To The RV Checklist

map with sunglasses and cup of coffee
RV checklist trip planning

There are many things to think about when you’re preparing for an RV trip. There’s the general checklist of supplies, but then there are also lists like departure list, set up list, and essential tools.

This blog post will provide a variety of RV checklists to help you plan your next RV trip. Along with these checklists, we’ll give you some tips and tricks that make traveling in an RV much easier!

Day of Departure RV Checklist

campsite departure checklist part 1
Campsite Departure Checklist

The big day is approaching for your big RV adventure. You have thought of everything. Or have you? The rig is packed. You have your favorite sunscreen and you even remembered to make a playlist for the long road trip.

campsite departure checklist for Rv's part two

You just aren’t sure what to look for prior to pulling the RV out onto the road. This RV departure checklist will surely assist with allaying all anxiety you feel. Print it out, follow along, and you will be on your way before you know it.

Trip RV Checklist

rv trip departure checklist
trip departure checklist

When you are ready to hit the road, follow this trip checklist to make sure that every detail has been accounted for. It is super important to double-check everything that way you aren’t missing anything. Sometimes it’s the small details that will cause the biggest problems on the road.

Don’t get caught up in the hustle of trying to get on the road and forget to do something as simple as closing an awning. This can be a very pricey mistake.

Essential Tools RV Checklist

tools in jean's pocket
Toolkit RV checklist

This essential tool checklist will help you to feel safe and prepared for any unexpected roadside emergency. Tools for the tires, water pump, and battery are all important to keep in your RV at all times.

You never know when you will encounter an untimely emergency. Campgrounds are full of uneven and rocky surfaces. Things happen. It’s always best to be prepared.

Screwdriver

  • A screwdriver is a must-have tool for any RV. You never know when you will encounter a loose screw that needs to be tightened or need to tighten something in your campground for safety reasons.

Crowbar

  • This tool is perfect for prying and loosening frozen bolts on the side of your RV, a trailer hitch, plow blade pins, and more.

Flashlight

  • A flashlight will help in any nighttime situation when you need to find something in your RV.

TPMS

  • (tire pressure monitoring system): A TPMS will gauge your tire’s pressure as you travel down the road helping you to avoid a tire blowout.

Hammer

  • A hammer may be of assistance when your RV’s hitch needs to be removed, or you need to remove a pin during any roadside emergency.

Multimeter

  • A multimeter is a must-have tool for an RV owner! This device will help determine what type of electrical problem it may be so that the correct steps can be taken in resolving the issue.

Level

  • A level will assist you in setting up your trailer in the correct position.

Duct tape

  • Duct tape will help you in many situations. It can be used to seal leaky pipes, patch holes in your roof, and tape a broken window until a replacement arrives.

Bucket

  • A bucket will help with all sorts of cleaning tasks around the RV such as mopping up spills or collecting rainwater from your rooftop’s drain spouts.

Pocket knife

  • A pocket knife will assist you in many situations such as cutting rope or stripping wires.

Spare tire

  • A spare tire is a must-have for any vehicle, and even more so if you have an RV. You never know when your current tires might give out and in order to keep going, it will be crucial that you’re able to put on the spare!

Creature Comforts

couple with coffee
Creature Comforts RV checklists

It is important to maintain a certain level of comfort even when camping. These items should be on your list to ensure that you are prepared for any weather, trip duration, or type of camping. Nothing can ruin a trip faster than being unprepared!

Clothes for every climate, day and night.

It is important to pack clothes for all types of climate. You never know when you might hit a heatwave or climb into the mountains where it can get very cold. This will ensure that you are prepared for anything!

Clothes:

– Raincoat and boots

– Swimwear/Coverups

– Hat and gloves

– Sunscreen, lotion, chapstick (lip balm)

A comfy blanket or sleeping bag.

A comfy blanket or all-weather sleeping bag is important for a good night’s sleep. Make sure to check the weather rating on the sleeping bag in context to where you are planning on visiting.

Blankets:

– Regular blankets

– Comfy fleece blanket

Extra towels

If you plan on visiting the beach or using your towels for showering, you will need to bring extra to be safe.

Good pillow

A good pillow often determines how well you will sleep.

Coffee maker

Nothing can start your day better than a good cup of coffee. Make sure to bring your coffee maker. A small and compact coffee press is a great idea and can be a fantastic space saver.

Arrival RV Checklist

rv campsite arrival checklist
arrival checklist RV checklist

This arrival checklist will help you seamlessly set up camp after a stressful day of driving and backing into your campsite (the highlight of every trip).

It is always a rush to get everything done so that you can finally relax and enjoy a campfire or glass of wine at your destination. This is why you do this after all!! Use this list and let your mind relax a bit.

Kitchen Set Up

rv kitchen
RV kitchen set up checklist

The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is quite literally the center of many RVs as it is the main focus in most RVs. This is where you spend the majority of your time.

As such, it’s important to set up as soon as possible so that you can cook and enjoy all those yummy RV trip foods!

The kitchen should be stocked with these items:

Utensils

– There are many different types of utensils to take on your RV trip. You will need BBQ tools, eating utensils, spatula, whisk, slotted spoon and more depending on what type of cooking you decide to do. If you are a full-timer, you will need more.

Dishes

– Microwave and unbreakable dishware are best in RV’s as it won’t break as you drive down the road. It can be easily stored and works great outdoors. These wheat straw dishes come in many color options and are very affordable.

Cups

– Travel mugs and cups with lids are great for traveling. Most importantly, you will need unbreakable cups and drinkware for your RV adventures. Yeti and Rtic make great, durable mugs and cups that are wonderful additions to your RV travels.

Food

– Don’t forget to plan your meals before you leave. Food is the best part of any trip. BBQs and nights by the fire make for the best memories. Check out these articles for meal planning inspiration.

Cleaning products

– Dishes, showering, rinsing the floor, and more. You never know when you might need to clean up a little bit. Always have some cleaning supplies on hand. Camping is messy. Best to be prepared with the proper tools.

Bathroom Essentials

rv bathroom with towels
rv bathroom setup RV checklist

Be sure to bring everything you need to set up your RV bathroom appropriately. Have all of the essentials and necessities.

  • soap
  • shampoo/ conditioner
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • toilet paper- Make sure that you have toilet paper that is made for RVs so that you don’t end up with a black tank disaster.

Outdoors

outside set up with camper
RV outside set up checklist

Set up your outdoor living space for enjoyment and a maximum camping experience. Use these outdoor items to enhance your RV trip.

  • camp stove

  • grill

  • chairs
  • Check out this article to find the best camping chair for you.

  • rug

  • bug spray

Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Trip

sign tips and tricks
RV trip tips and tricks

Here are some extra tips and tricks for a smooth trip in your RV.

-Be sure to have your current registration sticker (or stickers) on hand in case you are pulled over by law enforcement or if someone else needs some basic information.

-If you travel with pets, be sure to have all the necessary paperwork or tags on them.

-If you are traveling with children, be sure they know their full name and what to do if lost as well as how to dial 911. Children should also know where their RV is parked so that they can find it in an emergency.

-Know common Campground etiquette. Check out this article for more information.

Emergency Supplies: The RV Checklist

car with roadside cone
Emergency supplies RV checklist

flares

Flares are important to keep with you on an RV trip. They can be used to signal for help in an emergency.

triangles

Road triangles should be included in your RV emergency supplies. They are helpful if you have a breakdown, need to change a tire, or pull over for any other reason.

first aid kit

You may find that you need a first aid kit on a trip. It is important to have a kit that has the supplies you need in case of an emergency. A fully equipped first aid kit should include:

-At least two ways of stopping bleeding

-A supply of adhesive bandages in various sizes

-Aspirin or like medication for pain relief and fever reduction

-Ace Bandage

jumper cables

You should always travel with jumper cables. You never know if you will break down or someone else will. It is handy to have them with when they are needed.

emergency blanket

RV trips can be unpredictable and it’s always best to plan for the unexpected. For this reason, an emergency blanket should be included in your supplies on every trip.

cell phone charger

Your cell phone charger should always be kept handy during any trip. You never know when you will need to use it, and if your battery ever dies while on the road, being able to power up is essential.

roadside assistance

A reliable roadside assistance plan is recommended for any RVer. You never know when your vehicle may break down, and having extra peace of mind is priceless.

Check out this article for great RV membership information.

Conclusion

checklist
Rv Checklist

A successful RV trip starts with a well-planned departure, set up in the campground, and a day of exploration. These essential checklists will help you get it right from the start! What are some of your favorite RV trip checklists?

Let us know by leaving a comment below or reaching out to our team on social media at (insert company handle).

We’d love to hear about your latest adventures as we continue to explore life outside for work and play. Happy trails! Your perfectly optimized content goes here!

Rv Travel With Pets: Tips and Products That Will Make RV Life Easier

Introduction to RV Travel With Pets

Dog and Cat in a Motorhome
Dog and Cat in a Motorhome

The joy of RV travel is undeniable. You can explore the country at your own pace, camping in scenic locations that you would never have found otherwise. The downside? Pets don’t always enjoy the same thing as their people and often need a little extra attention to make it through an extended vacation or adapting to full-time RV living.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the best ways pet owners can prepare for an RV trip or full-timing with pets, plus show you some fantastic products that will make life easier on everyone!

How Do You Travel With a Pet In An RV?

Traveling with a pet in an RV can feel like a daunting task. There is a lot more to do when it comes to RVing with pets than there is with other RV travels.

First of all, you’ll need the right size pet carrier that will fit in your vehicle and be able to hold up against wear and tear from being tossed around the back seat or trunk area. You may also want some extra storage for items like food, toys, medicines, and more.

These are all things to consider before venturing out on your travels with your furry loved ones. The RV life is great and it is completely possible to enjoy your wanderlust with your dog and/ or cat. A little preparation and forethought will make all of your travel dreams possible.

Can You Drive To Your Destination With Your Pet In The RV?

Dog in passenger seat: RV
Doggy ready to travel

The quick and short answer to this is no. Unless you drive a class A motorhome, you will need to have a plan for the pets to ride in the tow vehicle with you.

There are many items that can make driving with your pets easier and more comfortable. These are some of the items that work for us while traveling.

Kurgo Car Seat

Harness

Cat carrier

Portable water dish

When driving with your pets, you will need to make sure that you have all of the supplies with you. It helps to organize and have everything readily accessible.

Items that you need to carry with you include vet and shot records, microchip number, food, freshwater, toys, disposable bags for waste, and a cat box (if you are traveling with a cat).

Can You Travel Full Time With A Dog?

Dog with family at campground
Dog with Family at Campground

Living full time in an RV is improved with dogs (if you are a dog person). There is nothing better than setting up at a new campsite and exploring the area with your buddy. Believe it or not, your dog will also help you make new friends.

It takes a bit of special attention to planning on living full time with a dog. You won’t have a designated and fenced backyard for them to play at their leisure. You will need to take your pet outside every time they need to go to the bathroom. We remedied this situation with a bit of training.

Our dog, Dunkel, is trained to ring a bell whenever he needs to go outside. We hang a long bell from the front door. He hits it with a paw whenever he wants to alert us.

You can purchase a bell that affixes with a snap to your door on Amazon. This is one of our favorites.

Another thing to consider when full-timing with a dog is where they will sleep. Our dog is crate trained and spends nights in a fold up dog crate. The fold-up dog crate easily breaks down and can be put away to open up floor space when not in use. We all know that storage and space are hot commodities in any RV.

Can You Travel Full Time With A Cat?

Cat on roof of Motorhome
Cat on roof of Motorhome

If you are a cat owner, it is definitely possible to live full-time in an RV. With cats, you need to make sure that they have a happy and comfy place to rest. You will also need to make sure that they have enough stimulation to account for the lost roaming space.

Cats need to play, climb, scratch and run. With a little creativity and the help of some unique products, you can keep your cat healthy and entertained while traveling.

A window perch helps them to see the outside world, which is always changing and engaging in an RV. Scratching posts and items will assist in keeping your vehicle’s furniture out of harm’s way. Make sure that you set aside regular time to play with your kitty and have lots of toys for them to keep active.

A harness, with a little training, can be used to walk your cat. This is another way to spend time with kitty and keep them active.

Pet Supply Storage Ideas for RV Travel With Pets

Cat in a box
Cat in a box

Adding a pet to your household while living in an RV is great but also comes with some concerns. Where will you keep all of their supplies?

Pets need tons of things. With storage already being an issue for most full-timers, pet supplies add just another complication.

Supplies that you will need to keep your pets happy and healthy include food, meds, brushes, shampoos, toys, bags, treats and more. This list can go on and on.

There are many items created to assist in your RV storage needs. Here are a few ideas to help you make the best choices.

food storage

toy storage

Drawer organizer

Keeping Pets Healthy While on The Road

Dog at vet

Keeping your pets healthy while on the road can seem like an overwhelming task. Where do you take them for treatment? What is the best food? How do I make sure that they get enough exercise?

Food:

Cat Eating Food
Cat Eating Food

If your pet is on a special diet, this may become an issue to overcome. Ordering prescription foods from online sources is the best option for keeping this up. Have a designated mailing system in place to make sure that you receive your supplies on time to keep Fido and Buffy in tip-top shape.

If your pet eats non-prescription food, this option is a bit easier. Keep them on the food that they have been eating. It will provide comfort and keep them eating.

There are PetSmart and Petco locations all across the United States. This will ease your mind as you search to fill the supply demands of your household.

Vet:

Dog getting care
Dog getting care

Do I have to find a new veterinarian in every place that I travel to? The short answer is yes. Most vets will be happy to schedule you as long as you have a comprehensive record with you. Make sure to always have this handy. You never know when you will need to grab it quickly.

Make sure that your pet is regularly vaccinated. This is important to their overall health. It will also be a requirement in many campgrounds and RV parks.

Vetco, which is a part of Petco, has vaccination clinics. Since Petco is all over the country, this is a great option for keeping pet records up to date. Banfield is another option. Banfield is a part of PetSmart. The difference is that Banfield is a complete veterinarian service provider. They even offer insurance plans.

Exercise:

Walking the dog
Pet Exercise

Keeping your pet happy and healthy on the road includes keeping a regular exercise routine. Keeping your pet fit has a great impact on their health status.

Go for regular walks, set aside daily playtime, and make sure to watch your pets weight. Have desirable toys in the rig for them to play with when you are not available to entertain. The combination of these things will help keep your pet’s mind fresh and their bodies lean.

Tips For RV Pet Owners

Woman and Man with Cat while on computer
Pet Owner Tips

Here are some great tips to help you transition or improve your life on the road with pets.

Routine

Keeping a routine with your pet is a great way to keep your pet content and well. This includes feeding, exercising, playtime, grooming, and training on a regular basis.

Keep a daily routine of feeding and walking your pet at certain times. Having a bedtime for Fido can also help with a sense of security and well-being.

If necessary set timers to help keep a schedule. Use a calendar for medicine reminders. You don’t want your dog outside with all of the critters if they haven’t been given flea and tick medicine on a regular basis.

Make sure to keep reminders set for scheduling routine vet visits and immunizations.

Pet Responsibility

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Only the strong will survive. Just kidding. But, really, it is important to recognize that your pet has needs just like you do. Their needs should be met and you are the one that is responsible.

Don’t let your pet just run wild outside in the campground. They may be the most trained and well-behaved canine in existence. The problem is that other campground dwellers have pets as well and they might not be.

Your pet should also be wearing a collar with identification tags. This doesn’t mean that your dog needs to wear one of those ugly plastic ID tags that say “Please Return If Found.”

There are some really cool-looking collars and tag combos out there now made from silicone or leather. They can even have GPS chips embedded in them. This is just an addition to making sure your pet is microchipped. This is both for your benefit and your pet’s.

There are many products that you can place on your campground site to enjoy the outdoors with them. You can use a pen, a lead with a stake, or a tent (for cats). This will allow your pet to hang out with you outside while you read, have a campfire, or however you are enjoying your campsite.

Here are some products that we highly recommend for RV travel with pets:

tent

lead

pen

Know The Campground Rules

Sign of Campground rules
Campground Rules

Most campgrounds and RV parks allow pets (thank goodness). They do this with certain rules in place. These rules include having updated immunizations, using a leash, cleaning up after your pet, and making sure not to leave them unattended.

Your neighbors will thank you for minding and cleaning up after your cat and dog. They would also appreciate if you managed barking and kept it to a minimum.

Pay Attention to Weather and Temperatures

Temperature thermometer: hot weather
Hot Temperatures

It is SUPER important to pay attention to weather and temperatures. Many animals are sensitive to heat. When you walk your dog and the temperature outside is high, you need to watch for heat stroke and other signs of weather intolerance.

The same is true for cold temperatures. There are many items available for purchase on amazon that can help you to keep your loved pet safe and comfortable in the face of extreme weather.

cooling pad

mister

Frozen treats or frozen bandana wrapped around doggie’s neck can also help. The cost to use these techniques are minimal. Check out this frozen dog treat recipe.

Safety On The Road: RV travel with pets

Are my pets safe when I travel?

Dog guarding wood pile
Dog Guarding wood pile

Some people might not know that they are required to have a pet restraint system in their vehicle. If you go for groceries or anywhere else and your dog is coming with, then he needs to be restrained as well when traveling outside the RV.

Most breeds of dogs can tolerate travel better than cats do but there are some precautions to take if you plan on traveling with your pet.

Making sure to secure your pet on travel day will also help the driver to keep his/ her attention where they need it to be. Nobody wants Kiki or Rex jumping on you while you are maneuvering a large vehicle. It just isn’t safe.

Check out the travel restraints listed above.

Can You Leave Your Pet In The RV All Day?

Leaving your pet home
Leaving your pet home

It is possible to leave your pet in the RV while you immerse yourself in outdoor adventures. If you are going to be out for only a few hours, then your pet will probably be fine.

Remember that it is possible for your dog or cat to get bored and destructive while inside the RV alone all day so make sure they have plenty of toys, food, water and potty breaks before leaving them behind .

If you plan on being on being away for more than a few hours, you should consider taking your pet with you.

This is not always possible. The main concern when leaving your pet or pets behind while you are out, is temperature control. One practical option to remedy this problem is purchasing a temperature monitoring system. This will allow you to make sure that your pet is safe from harsh temperature changes whilst away.

This monitor is popular with RV’ers and has a great rating. The best part about this system is that you can remotely monitor and make necessary changes to the RV climate.

It is always best to start out on short trips. See how your pet does and make necessary adjustments as you go.

Doggy Daycare

If you are just not comfortable leaving your pet behind while you venture out, doggy day care is a fantastic option. This will give you the peace of mind that your Fido is well taken care of and safe. This will require a bit more research on your part and may not be available in all areas.

Another important thing to mention here is that owners should always be considerate of their campground neighbors. Attempt to keep barking to a minimum. Keep your pet off other people’s sites and always maintain cleanliness. Never let your dog off leash to roam at their will.

How To Introduce Your Pet/ Pets to The RV

Pet traveling in RV with owner
Pet in RV

It is super important to introduce your pets to their new homes. It will take a bit of time for them to adjust. The space is much smaller and change can be stressful on them.

The first step is to be patient. Let them explore and get a sense of their new digs. Let them smell everything and find “their” place.

Use food or treats to encourage good behavior during the introduction phase. Having a favorite bed, blanket, or food dish may help in making them feel more at home.

The more patient you are with this process, the more successful the experience will be. Your pets will feel at home before you know it.

One thing to be mindful of is that cats can fit into very small places. They like to hide. Be sure to check for their whereabouts before moving slides or anything can cause potential harm to your furry friends.

The best way to know if the RV lifestyle is right for your pet is to take a trial run.

Travel Day

Pet Travel Day
Pet Travel Day

Travel day can be the most stressful on your pets. If you own a Class A or motorhome, your cats may be safe to roam while on the road. Dogs should be secured with a harness for their safety.

It is never safe to leave a pet in a travel trailer while driving to a new location. Things can fall on them. Temperatures won’t be consistent. It is much safer to keep them in the tow vehicle with you.

RVing With Pets FAQ

Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find common questions asked by people who are interested in RV travel with their pets.

What documentation do I need to have for my pets?

You will need to bring a copy of your pet’s medical record, including any and all health problems, concerns, and needs. You will need paperwork for their microchipping.

The most important document that you need to have with you is your pet’s immunization record.

Do all campgrounds allow pets?

Most campgrounds do allow pets. There are however, restrictions in many. These restrictions include how many pets you can bring and some breed limitations. Many campgrounds and RV parks do not allow “aggressive breeds.”

What supplies do I need for traveling with my pet?

Make sure that you bring a travel bowl for water and food. You will also need poop bags for a dog or cat box and supplies for a cat. Bring, as stated above, any and all medical records (these may be requested upon check in).

Make sure to keep any medications handy and don’t forget a leash and harness.

What other considerations are there when traveling with pets?

Pets can make messes. It is important to note that odors will need to be dealt with while living in an RV with any pet. Keep up on cleaning and this will greatly reduce any negative odors.

Many pets become car sick. They have a tendency to lean toward motion sickness. Make sure that they have plenty of fresh air and stop to walk them regularly. Bring extra supplies to clean up any messes in the car/ truck.

Benefits of Traveling With Your Pets

Pet comfort/ Pet travel tips
Pet travel tips

Now that you have an arsenal of information about RV’ing with your pets, you can relax and learn about why it is fantastic to share the RV life or travels with them.

Here are some common benefits of RV’ing with pets.

  • Companionship: The greatest benefit of traveling with pets is companionship. Pets are loyal, comforting and loving. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the country and be with your best friend.
  • Exploration: The animals get to see new sights and explore interesting new places. Humans also get the benefit of being able to travel with the peace of mind that their furry friends are well taken care of.
  • Meeting New Friends: Animals, especially dogs, help their owners to be more social and meet new people at each location. When you are out walking Rex, there is a huge possibility that they will draw the attention of other dogs and dog owners. It is a great way to stay social.

Conclusion

conclusion
Conclusion

RV travel with pets is a unique experience for both you and your pet. They are able to see more than they could on a normal vacation, but the stress of being in an unfamiliar space can take its toll.

Use these tips and tricks to make traveling with your pets possible and you will be on the road before you know it. What are your favorite tips for RV pet owners? We would love to hear from you. Your perfectly optimized content goes here!

RV Internet Options: The Best Traveler’s Guide to Internet Access

Introduction to RV Internet

The internet is a necessity for many people, especially those who travel with their RV. If you’ve ever found yourself without WiFi and in need of web access, this article is for you! Here are some tips on how to get connected while living in an RV.

Portable Hotspots for RV Internet

Computer keyboard
Mobile Internet: RV Internet

Purchase a portable hotspot device such as Verizon Jetpack or AT&T Unite Pro to set up your own wireless network anywhere that doesn’t provide coverage.

  • Cost of Portable Hotspot $100-$200

Set Up Your RV for Internet

If you already have a router that is both the modem and WiFi hotspot, go to your equipment settings. Connect your laptop or smartphone wirelessly to it through its network name (most routers are set up so they broadcast their names). Turn off DHCP on your router’s network settings.

Companies That Provide Mobile Hotspot Internet Options

for RVers

Verizon Wireless:

The Verizon Jetpack is a hotspot device that offers up to 20Mbps service. There are no contracts for this ‘pay-go’ option, you just buy the pack when needed and then reload it as needed too. You can also set your account online on their website or via app.

ATT:

The ATT Jetpack is a hotspot device that offers up to 20Mbps service, and there are no contracts for this ‘pay-go’ option. You just buy the pack when needed and then reload it as needed too.

Sprint:

The Sprint Jetpack is another hotspot that has an unlimited data plan with up to 25 Mbps download speeds.

Netgear:

Netgear offers hotspots with speeds up to 15 Mbps for as low as $39.99 a month, and they have several different models of hotspot.

Net 10: Net 10 has a hotspot plan that starts at just $14.99 a month, and it offers speeds up to 15Mbps.

Coverage Maps

RV Internet coverage maps
Network Coverage Maps: RV Internet

How hotspot works

Using a jetpack or mobile modem device, you can use hotspot services to gain internet access. How does this work?

The device creates a wireless hotspot, so you can connect your laptop or phone to the internet.

Your carrier will charge for this service depending on how much data is used and what speed plan you have.

Can I Get Unlimited Data With The Hotspot Option?

With most service providers, you will get a set amount of data that is allotted for the month. There are some limited options for unlimited data use for hotspots.

The Unlimited Plan

This plan offers unlimited access to high-speed internet, and it comes with extra features like tethering or hotspot sharing so more than one device can connect at once. The only downfall with this option is that it can be quite expensive.

If your goal is to work, stream television, use social media and more, the amount of data that you use will certainly add up quickly. If you are a full time RV’er, you will most likely want to find an unlimited data plan option.

Spoiler Alert:

Netgear’s brand new Jetpack 500 is an incredible device that has the highest-rated hotspot battery life on the market with this model (it lasts about 30 hours). The Netgear operates as a hotspot, so you can connect up to 15 devices at once. The downside is that it only works on Verizon’s network.

The Jetpack 500 has the highest-rated battery life out of any other device currently available and will last up to 30 hours before needing a charge.

Using Your Cell Phone and Unlimited Data Plan As A Tether For Internet Access

RV Internet: Cell phone tether
Cell Phone Tether: RV Internet

You can tether your cell phone to your RV by using a USB cable and your phone’s data.

The downside is that it will use up the battery life of both devices quickly, but if you are near an outlet or have a power bank with you this shouldn’t be a big deal.

You can also use your cell phone’s data plan to tether for internet access, but you will have to pay the overage charges that come with it and there are often limits on how much data each month is allotted per device.

This means if you don’t monitor your usage closely, then this could cause some financial difficulties as overages are charged at a premium.

Throttling can also be an issue. Most “unlimited” data plans contain data limits for high speed internet access. Once this threshold is reached, streaming and internet usage tends to slow down.

Items Needed for Cell Phone Internet Access

Internet Accessories: RV Internet
Internet Accessories: RV Internet

In order to access the internet with your own cell phone and cell phone plan, you will need a few things.

First, you will need a cell phone that has data service and can be used as a hotspot or tethering function. Depending on the carrier, this may not come with your plan so it is important to check out what all is included before purchasing a new cell phone.

Second, you’ll need an HDMI Cable. These can be purchased online at Amazon or in many brick and mortar stores. They cost between $15-$30.

Third, you’ll need a power inverter for your vehicle. These can be found at Walmart or any auto parts store and range between $50-200 depending on the wattage of the system.

Fourth, you will also need to purchase an antenna adapter that plugs into your cell phone’s micro USB port and connects to the HDMI cord. The cost of these range from $15-300, depending on the type of antenna you’re looking for.

Satellite Internet Services for RV Internet Access

RV Internet Access: Woman sitting in front of camper with computer
RV internet Access

Consider purchasing satellite internet services like HughesNet Gen4 which offers good speeds at low prices. This is a great option for RVers who spend a lot of time in remote areas.

Satellite internet services are one way to get online while on the go. These satellite networks offer fast speeds at affordable prices, but it is important to understand that some locations will not have service due to terrain and other factors.

Another downfall to Satellite Internet is that it is line of sight. That means that you must connect the dish to a window or other point where there will be visibility with the satellite in space, which can limit your options for installation locations.

Price can be a barrier for some wanting to connect using satellite options. You will first need to purchase the equipment. Professional installation is often required. Once you have the correct equipment and it is correctly installed, you will be able to access data plans through the provider.

You will only be able to use the service offered by the satellite equipment company. These plans can be quite expensive as well.

Best Satellite Devices

Satellite RV Internet
Satellite: RV Internet
DataSat 840 .84m RV and Camper Satellite Antenna:

This satellite device starts at $7000 and the monthly plans range from $80 to over $400 per month. The great thing about this product is the accuracy and efficacy of internet access.

The worst part is clearly the price.

Iridium Go! Satellite Hotspot:


This product can be purchased on Amazon for the price of $810. Once you have the device, you purchase SIM cards with date minutes. 1000 minutes of data can be purchased for $200.

Who Provides Satellite internet services for RVers?

Satellite antenna on top of motorhome
Satellite Providers for RV

There are a few reputable satellite internet providers. These include ViaSat, HughesNet and Exede.

Via satellite can be quite expensive as well

Expect to spend around $150 for installation costs up front plus a monthly charge of about $60 per month on average. The price depends largely on the provider you choose, your location in the country, how much data you want to access each day.

The average data plan for HughesNet Gen is reasonable at $59.99 per month, but that’s not to say there are cheaper alternative providers on the market as well.

Use Campground Wifi plans or Access for RV Internet Use

Satellite cartoon

Many campground and RV park locations offer wifi. Some will charge a daily fee for use. If you are using the park as a long term stay, some offer monthly rates. Many campgrounds offer this service as an inclusion to your nightly or monthly fee (no extra charge).

The problem with most campground’s wifi availability is a weak signal, saturated usage from all campers, and inability to stream (which uses a significant amount of data).

If you plan on using this wifi for watching television or working, it is very unreliable. Most long term or full time RV’ers plan to provide their own internet resources. This allows for access during boondocking and in campgrounds where wife is not provided.

Use Free Wifi Services From Local Eateries and Companies

Starbucks has long been known to offer free wifi to its customers. Just purchase a much needed cup of coffee and surf the internet for free.

There are many businesses that offer free wifi to consumers. These include Panera, Dunkin Donuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods and more.

For a complete list of venders that offer this service, check out this article.

While this is a free option, it may not always be a practical option for RV’ers. Services may not be available for boondockers, it does not allow for service at your home, and you may end up spending more at the eateries and such than you would if you had your own provider.

Unlimited Internet and Data Providers Available to RV Travelers

Internet equipment

Many RV’ers use a hotspot as mentioned above. There are many service providers that have “truly” unlimited data plans available. The prices for these plans vary greatly.

What does Truly Unlimited Mean?

A data plan that is truly unlimited is one that has an unlimited data allocation. This is different than a capped plan because the service provider does not have any restrictions on how much data or bandwidth can be used over time. There is no throttling of speeds at any point.

Popular Internet and Unlimited Data Providers for RVers
FMCA
FMCA Logo

Family Motor Coach Association has a program called TechConnect. This plan offers service through Verizon or Sprint. The Sprint unlimited data plan is $50 per month. FMCA sends the user a mobile jetpack for use. This jetpack is technically on loan and needs to be returned at the end of the usage.

In order to take advantage of the plans offered by FMCA, you will have to sign up for membership. Membership costs $85 per year. There are many other benefits to joining FMCA. Check out this article to learn more.

Visible:

Visible is another unlimited internet data option available for RV’ers. The carrier for the service is Verizon. The plan costs $60 per month and includes unlimited talk, text, and data with no throttling of speeds at any point.

Nomad:

Nomad offers unlimited data plans starting at $129 per month. They also charge a sign up fee of up to $200. They have three different plans to choose from. You have a choice of carrier and device.

Nomad services have no contract or credit check. This is a bit pricier than some of the other plans. It is highly rated and can be the right choice for those RVers that plan to spend more time in rural areas.

UnlimitedToGo:

Unlimited To Go offers unlimited plans with no throttling. Their plans have no contracts or credit checks. They even offer a 14 day trial. This plan uses the Netgear mobile modem.

Prices for this company range from $99 to $179 depending on which plan you choose. They offer three plans using Verizon, Sprint, and ATT towers to gain internet access.

Unlimitedville:

Unlimitedville offers plans starting at $149. The highest priced plan uses Verizon services and sells for $249 per month. These plans also have no credit check or sign up fee.

Unlimitedville is truly unlimited with no throttling. They boast high speeds and they are a highly rated provider.

Questions To Ask Yourself To Find The Correct Internet Option For Your RV Needs

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  1. Do you plan on boondocking? If you plan on spending any time boondocking while traveling, then you need to choose an internet option that will allow continued access in remote areas. This can be satellite or a jetpack with the use of an antenna to boost wifi reception.
  2. Are You a Weekend Warrior, a seasonal traveler, or are you Full time? How much time you spend traveling in your recreation vehicle will greatly impact your data needs. While full-time Rvers may need an unlimited data plan, the weekend traveler may be able to tether to their current cell phone plan.
  3. How much data do you currently use? How much will you need? Are you a gamer? Do you work full time from your RV? How much television do you plan on streaming? The answer to these questions will assist you in determining what data plan is the best option for your personal needs.

Notes

As you can see, finding a truly unlimited plan with high speeds can become quite difficult. It is important to first, understand your usage needs.

I will tell you that our first few months of full time RV living, we used well over 300 GB of data. If we were to choose an “unlimited” data plan with throttling, we would not be able to stream Hulu or Netflix and working remotely would be extremely difficult.

Truly unlimited data comes at a steep price. knowing your options is key here. We use FMCA’s tech connect plan. We use all of the data that we choose. This includes but is not limited to laptop connection to internet, music, tv, and movie streaming, and more. We can connect several devices at any time and we don’t see any slow down.

For $50 per month, it is an unbeatable option out of the sea of internet choices. We don’t have to add expensive equipment to our RV or have anything professionally installed. We have service in most situations, even boondocking.

*Global Router Option

If you plan on traveling outside of the United States, there is one great mobile internet option. This is SkyRoam. Skyroam jetpack is a great option for global travelers. The device itself costs $120 to purchase. They have plans starting at $6 per GB of data. Check out the website here for more information.


Recommended Items for RV Internet Access

There are several items recommended to increase your internet accessibility depending on which service option you choose. Some of these items include a wi-fi booster, RV antennae, and /or a cellular antennae.

-A Wi-Fi booster will help to make sure that you are getting the best signal possible.

-An RV Antenna is used if your service provider does not offer internet access in an area where there is no cell tower available, like boondocking or camping off the grid locations.

Favorite Internet Item Choices
  1. WeBoost
  2. Winegard
  3. Omni Antenna

Recommendations and Tips for Full Time RV’ers

Have a Backup Plan

Not all internet coverage options are equal. It is important to note that while traveling, you may find yourself in an area with little to no coverage from your chosen provider.

This is a huge problem for those that work and live in their recreation vehicles. For this reason, it is super important to have a backup plan. This can include having the correct equipment to tether to your cell phone or any of the options listed above as a secondary plan.

When considering your primary and secondary internet plan, make sure that each are from different cell tower providers. This allows you to access internet in any location when your primary coverage falls short.

Use a coverage App

Wi-Fi SweetSpots is an app that is available for both apple and android users. It is free to add to your cellular phone.

The purpose of this app is to find the best places within your vehicle to place the antenna, modem or other equipment for optimal experience. It also measures the strength of your wifi signal.

In Conclusion

We hope that this RV internet guide has been helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can! Here are a few of the most common types of internet options for RVs available on the market today: satellite service, cellular data, hotspot devices (Tethering), repeaters/range extenders. What kind of connection do you use? How does it work for your needs?

Harvest Hosts Review: Port City Brewing Company

Introduction to Harvest Hosts Review

Harvest Hosts logo
Harvest Hosts Logo

Port City Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located in Alexandria, VA. This brewery is known for their quality beers that have won multiple awards including the Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal and World Beer Cup Bronze Medal. Port City also offers up to 16 different types of beer on tap from lighter brews like Oatmeal Stout to more robust flavors such as Imperial IPA. 

In this Harvest Host review we will highlight some of the great things about this establishment and what it was like to visit and stay with our RV. 

What Makes Port City Brewing Stand Out From Other Breweries?

Man with Pug dog in front of Port City Brewing tower
Jeremiah Edwards and Dunkel at Port City Brewing

Port City Brewing Company is a small and cozy brewery. They are more intimate with their patrons, offering up samples of beers that they have on tap without charging for them. There’s also no cover charge to get in which makes it much easier to stop by even if you only have an hour or two before heading home!

We love the fact that they are providing a wonderful product while supporting the sustainability of the area. They created the business on the idea of a high quality and locally produced beer. 

They take pride in the flavor of their brews and like to experiment with different flavors. Some of our favorites that we tried were: Exit 13, Optimal Wit, Vienna Lager, 2013 Porterhouse Strong Ale   – they are also currently brewing a new German Style Kölsch!

The Atmosphere of the Brewery

 is modern and warm. At Port City, they pride themselves on providing wonderful service. They do this with the symbol of a pineapple. You know that they are open if you see this delicious fruit above the sign. 

The brewery provides outdoor seating during this time. It is a lovely set up with plenty of seating and parking. Picnic benches and tables are scattered throughout the large open area in front of the tap room. 

What We Liked About The Port City Brewing Company

The Food Options

Woman going to food truck
Food Truck Harvest Hosts Review

While Port City does not currently have a food menu available, there are food trucks that sell local and delicious food. The food options change regularly making this a fun and adventurous place to visit. 

A list of beers that are available at Port City Brewing, including a description and tasting notes for each one is available on their website at portcitybrewing.com. 

About Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts is a membership organization that offers a curated list of local farms and food producers. Members have access to seasonal, locally-sourced goods from the area’s best providers, including Port City Brewing Company. 

Harvest Hosts strives to be a source of information for those looking to get back into farming or simply eat healthier by providing members with articles on related topics.

Cost of Harvest Hosts Membership

The cost of a Harvest Hosts membership is $99 per year, and there is no extra cost for using the list of farms. They do offer discounts on the membership price for military. 

How Does Harvest Hosts Work?

When you become a member of the Harvest Hosts program , you are given access to the private Harvest Hosts website that has lists of farms and food producers.

Simply request a one night stay from the list of hosts  that are near your location, and they will be happy to host you. In exchange for use of land, Harvest Hosts suggests that you make a purchase from the host during your stay. 

Arriving At Port City Brewing: Parking the RV

When we arrived at Port City Brewing in our 33 foot Airstream, we pulled into the parking lot that we were asked to park in upon arrival (in a message from the host). Our rig fit nicely in the area. Since it was an asphalt lot, it was level and we had zero problems setting up. 

We checked in with the manager on site. We were kindly greeted and offered a table right off. The manager even stated that we could stay on site longer if we wished to do so. 

Things To Do in the Surrounding Area: Alexandria and Washington D.C.

Menu at City Kitchen
City Kitchen Harvest Hosts Review

After getting the RV and animals settled, we decided to explore the local area a bit and grab some dinner. We decided on a restaurant that was within a five minute drive called City Kitchen. 

The menu at this restaurant included mouth watering appetizers, hand crafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more. We ordered the honey and goat cheese appetizer which was simply one of the best appetizers we have ever tasted. 

We followed the appetizer with the D.C. pie which has a light truffle oil dusting. It was fabulous. The drink menu was astounding with tons of wine and beer options. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. City Kitchen restaurant is highly recommended. 

Back to the Brewery

Since we were quite tired of driving and we were finally sated with full bellies, we decided to venture back to the brewery. The outdoor setting allowed us to sit outside with our little Pug, Dunkel. The beer at Port City was refreshing and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. 

We purchased a t-shirt, some stickers, and some brews to take home with us. I am sure that we won’t soon regret that decision. 

Overall Impression: Harvest Hosts Review of Port City Brewing

We can’t say enough good things about this brewery. The beer selection is out of sight! The location was prime and the set up was very comfortable and quiet for sleeping. Overall, it was a fantastic experience. 

We recommend this Harvest Hosts location if you ever plan to visit the D.C. or Alexandria area. It is in the heart of everything that you may want to do in D.C. There are plenty of activities and this host is super accommodating.

Conclusion

Harvest Hosts is a fantastic membership program that is well worth the cost. This was our first HH stay and we are looking forward to hitting the road and visiting more locations within the network. 

Port City Brewing Company will be a staple visit for us when we visit the D.C. area. 

What are your favorite Harvest Hosts locations? We would love to hear about your experiences

RV Rental Experiences: True Accounts and What You Need To Know

Cute tin trailer with For Rent sign
RV Rental

Introduction To RV Rental Experiences

RV rentals are becoming increasingly popular with travelers who want to experience the open road. However, many people don’t know what they need to know about RV rental experiences before they rent one. In this blog post, we will discuss what you need to know when renting an RV and share some of our favorite stories from customers who have rented RVs in the past!

Why Should You Rent an RV (Recreational Vehicle)?

RV rental experiences can be a great way to travel! Renting an RV affords you the opportunity to explore more of America than what is possible by car. You also get loads of storage space for your belongings. Many RVs have plenty of kitchen amenities that are perfect if you want to save money on food while traveling. 

You can travel with your entire family, including your pets.  You don’t need to worry about booking hotels and paying for expensive lodging when you’re out on the road. 

Another great reason to rent an RV is to experience the lifestyle prior to purchasing one. Recreational Vehicles can put a big dent in your bank account. They can be worthy of that dent if you know what you are looking for and are ready for the  commitment.

  One of the best ways to learn about what you need is to rent one for a short period and then decide if it’s right for your lifestyle. This will allow you to avoid costly mistakes when buying an RV in order make sure that this type of vehicle suits your needs before investing time, money and other resources into owning one!

What Do You Need To Know About RV Rental Experiences?

Planning ahead is key! Make sure that your travel dates will work with the availability of an RV at the rental company’s location before making a reservation. 

Choose the right type of Recreational vehicle.  

The type of RV you rent is determined by the length or duration of your rental, the space needed for your belongings, and how many people are traveling with you.

 The more days, weeks, months that you would like to use the vehicle determines which size and style is available for your needs! You will want to make sure that there are no caps on mileage so that you can explore all areas with ease in order to create memories that will last a lifetime!

Types of RV Rentals

Camper Vans
Types of RV’s

Motorhome

Motorhome (or Class A)- this is perfect for those who need more space and want to travel in style. It’s great for long-distance trips, but it won’t be able to make tight turns or maneuver well on narrow roads. This vehicle has a large interior that can sleep up to six people. 

Toy Hauler

Toy Hauler– is perfect for those who want to take their toys with them on the road. This RV has a hitch that can tow a vehicle behind it and is great if you need room for extra storage or camping gear. Make sure that you have a vehicle that is rated for towing this type of RV. 

Fifth Wheel

Fifth Wheel– is perfect for those who want to have all of the comforts at home while they’re on the road. This RV is mounted onto a truck and trailer, providing an entire living space that you can take with you! 

Travel Trailer

Travel Trailer– This type of RV has everything needed inside of it to make life comfortable when out camping or exploring in style.

This style of RV comes in various lengths. They are typically lightweight, making them a good option for those who want to take their RV on the road.

Pop-Up Camper

Pop-up Camper – these are the most popular because they offer all of the amenities of home, but without any hassle of a large tow behind or quite as much set up when you arrive to your campsite. 

A pop-up camper is a convenient option for those who want to go camping in style and comfort. They are easy to tow behind your car or RV, which makes them popular for people with smaller vehicles that can’t handle the weight of larger RVs. The only con is that there is not a ton of storage and they are limited in the amount of people they can sleep. 

What to Bring With You

There are so many things you may need or want for your trip. Don’t forget the essentials like luggage, clothing, pillows and blankets, toiletries, food and water (bring more than enough!), first aid kit and emergency supplies as well as any pet belongings or supplies that you may need. 

Flashlights and other safety gear is very important when camping. 

Where to Rent an RV From

Outdoorsy

Outdoorsy:  Find rental options in all 50 states on the Outdoorsy website. They have campers, RVs and trailers to choose from for your next adventure! Cost: Prices vary depending on what type of RV you need or want. 

Reservations: Most places will hold an RV until you show up if it is within 24 hours. Outdoorsy is highly rated and reputable. They offer free roadside assistance. 

Cruise America

Cruise America:   Find RV rental options in all 50 states on Cruise America’s website. Cost: Prices vary depending on what type of RV you need or want and the duration of your stay. 

Reservations: You can book online, but if you’re going to be there for more than 24 hours they will hold it until your arrival. Cruise America partners with locations. Talk to a specialist about a vacation package. 

RV Share

RVShare.com:    Find RV rentals in all 50 states on this website. Cost: Prices vary depending on what type of RV you need or want and the duration of your stay. 

Reservations: You can book online, but if you’re going to be there for more than 24 hours they will hold it until your arrival. RV Share has pet friendly vehicles and they will deliver an RV for a fee. 

RV Rental Stories: True Accounts From RV Renters

Cruise America Rental | By Carol Guttery from California Crossings

Cruise America Camper
RV Rental Cruise America

Several years ago, my husband and I were trying to decide if we were up for the RV life. So, we rented an RV and took off on an epic California Highway 395 road trip

We chose to rent from Cruise America. They are a popular rental service, with RVs all over America and Canada. 

We rented the “compact” RV, which holds three people and is surprisingly roomy, considering that it’s only 20’ long. This shorter length was an advantage for us because we wanted to be able to fit into smaller camping spots and to be able to take the occasional, well-graded dirt road.

The RV costs $125 per night for a one-week rental. But you also need to factor the cost of camping in public or private campgrounds. We paid $25-75/ni for a range of rustic camp spots to fully featured, fancy RV parks. 

So, renting an RV in the western US isn’t cheap. On our road trip, we certainly could have stayed in motels for far less. But with an RV, you spend far less on eating out and you’ve always got your bathroom with you. 

What we liked about the RV: Small enough that it wasn’t scary to drive and a roomy dining area. 

What we didn’t like: The rentals rattle like a bucket of bolts and the over-cab bed was claustrophobic. 

Camping In Australia by Victoria

Australian Beach
RV Rental Austrailia

Camping in Australia is an absolute must-do if you enjoy the great outdoors. This is the absolute best way to explore the coastline. While you can rent actual RVs, it’s actually far more common to rent a campervan which is much easier to navigate. 

There are different sizes to choose from and some of the most popular companies include Hippie Camper, Apollo, Britz or Maui. We used Hippie Camper and had a great experience with them. 

It’s definitely highly recommended to get insurance when you rent with them. You never know what’s going to happen on the road so you should always be on the safe side.

We’ve explored the East Coast of Australia by campervan. Some of the best spots are definitely located between Brisbane and Cairns where you’ll get to see beautiful beaches and scenery. 

Agnes Water and Airlie Beach are definitely our favourites! Campsites are easy to find in Australia. They will usually cost between 20 and 40 Australian Dollars per night although there are also free ones available. 

Most campsites were really clean and easy to access. Spots by the beach can definitely be more expensive and booking ahead of time is advisable so keep that in mind before you go.

Experience Renting an RV by Paula Martinelli

Cruise America Rental
RV Rental Cruise America

I finally had the chance to rent my first RV for a road trip in the USA and I had a great first-time experience which I recommend and will certainly do it again.  

After some research, I have decided to rent from Cruise America. All their vehicles are newer and after review the rental policy it was a perfect fit for my needs. They don’t have minimum miles per day, and also, I was traveling with my 2 dogs. My adventure lasted 2-weeks total, starting in Florida and I drove all the way to Arizona, visiting 15 National and State Parks along the way. 

Finding RV campground was very easy, as there were many choices along my route. I stayed at and highly recommend to book at KOA because their facilities are very well maintained, and you get what you pay for, of an average of $40 per night.  

One thing that I learned and recommend for anyone renting an RV for the first time, is to pay very close attention to the policy and prices associated.

There are many “hidden costs” when you rent an RV, such as: cost per mileage, insurance, taxes, generator and propane. There are more fees if you need to rent any kitchen utensils and bedding. You will also be charged a cleaning fee. 

The main takeaways from renting an RV for a road trip for the first time are: finding the right size for you, plan your budget accordingly, have the desired itinerary for your road trip, make sure you do the RV rental orientation, and that you are comfortable driving and operating your vehicle.

Renting a Motorhome in Queensland Australia by Peta and Jonas from exit45travels.com

Rental camper with beautiful scenery
RV Rental Queensland

Motor homing in Queensland, Australia should be on every bucket list for Australian travel! 

There are numerous alternatives for motorhome rental companies in Queensland but we started our initial research of costings through Motorhome Republic. Our research resulted in renting a Jayco 2 Berth Voyager from Let’s Go Motorhomes for AUD$51 / USD$40 per day (N.B. We got a great deal due to booking a monthly rental and a special at the time due to State lockdowns due to covid). 

After picking up our rental in Brisbane, we travelled along the east coast (Pacific Coast Way) heading north to Cairns. We walked along beautiful white-sand beaches on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa, before heading to Bundaberg, infamously known for producing Bundaberg Rum. 

We followed the rugged coastline to the Town of 1770 where Lieutenant James Cook, the first European to reach the east coast of Australia, landed his ship in 1770. Next was Cape Hillsborough National Park where we saw kangaroos on the beach as the sun rose, before landing in Airlie Beach, gateway to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.

As we went further north, we were amazed by the number of waterfalls set amongst lush green tropical rainforests. Millaa Millaa waterfall circuit showcased the best waterfalls Atherton Tablelands has to offer, and the prettiest town in this region, Yungaburra, was the perfect place to spot an elusive platypus.

Before arriving in Cairns, the towns of Mareeba and Kuranda are worth spending some time in before heading back down the mountain to the coastal city of Cairns. Experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef by taking day trips to enjoy snorkelling, diving, fishing, or sailing.

There are a plethora of campground options available to you throughout Queensland ranging from free camps beside beautiful rolling streams, to paid sites with water and power in caravan parks offering all the modern amenities of a 5 star resort.

A must for anyone considering motor homing in Australia is to download the WikiCamps Australia app for a cost of AUD$7.99 / USD$6.20. WikiCamps is Australia’s largest database of campgrounds, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, points of interest, dump stations, visitor information centres, water taps, toilets, showers, and more.

We loved our one month road trip in Queensland (5 stars) and we know you will too!

Conclusion

 If you’re considering renting an RV, there are a few things to consider before making your booking. From the cost of gas and insurance to how big it is inside or if pets are allowed, these considerations can make all the difference in your experience while on vacation! We want to hear about what has been most important for you when renting an RV. Have you rented one? What was your experience like? Share with us by leaving comments below.