It’s no secret that RVers are adventurous folks, always looking for a great new way to explore our country, see its many beautiful sights, and come up with fun and innovative ways to travel. What some RV fans might not know is that there’s another vehicle, of sorts, that also fits the bill: electric bicycles. In fact, we think that RVs and eBikes are the perfect complement for one another, a real match made in recreational heaven.

So, let’s check out why this is such a perfect pairing.

They’re Fun

Remember how much fun you used to have riding your bicycle? Well, whether you’ve stayed an active biker, or have gotten a bit rusty over the past few years, an electric bike will get you back biking again, and having all the fun you once had as a kid.

Electric bikes let you either cruise just on battery power, or give you a slight electric boost as you pedal along. This lets you get back into all the fun of biking without worry about getting too tired, or wobbling as you relearn to ride, or getting sweaty when you encounter hills. And with your battery boosting you, electric bikes let you cruise along at 25 to 30 miles per hour.

And if you’re RVing with the family, the fun isn’t limited to just you. Couples can ride side-by-side, not worrying about one partner getting tired. And if you have kids that have been consistently kicking your butt on trails or treks, now you’ll be able to not only keep up with them, but even show them who’s boss, all atop your ebike.

Huge Health Benefits

As you age, staying healthy can become more of a challenge. Those that spend a lot of time in their RV know just how valuable stretching your legs can be. With an electric bike, you’ll more than stretch those legs; you’ll engage in an enjoyable workout that’s high in healthy cardio and low in dangerous impact.

By getting your legs kicking and your heart pumping, you’re staving off heart disease and other ailments. And with an electric bike, you can pedal as hard and fast as you want, assuredly knowing that if you get too tired, you can always get home on electric power alone.

See More Sights

Say you’ve parked your RV in some beautiful preserve. Once you’re there, you’ll have endless sights to explore, but unfortunately only so much time to do so: legs get tired, and moving your RV to a new trailhead can be a real hassle.

With an electric bike, you can kiss those limitations goodbye. Anywhere in the park you want to get to – just hop on your ebike and you’re there. And instead of plodding along a trail at 3 miles per hour, you can zoom along any bike-rated trail many times faster.

And the convenience doesn’t end at the trailhead. Running errands around town suddenly becomes much easier when you’re not trying to park your 40 footer in front of the convenience store. Simply hot on your bike to pick up groceries, meet up with a friend, or what have you. Suddenly those nightmares about having to parallel park your camper will disappear forever!

Amazing Reliability

Some RVers used to bringing ATVs or motocross bikes with them might assume that any vehicle that’s tagging along with their camper is just an added hassle.

New electric bikes, powered by a mid-drive motor, have all their electrical components kept in one central component, which can be removed with just two bolts. Flat tires and tune-ups are handled just as easily as on a standard bike. And if there’s ever anything you don’t want to deal with yourself, any bike shop the world over should be able to take care of it for you in just a few minutes. Add in how simple modern ebikes are to store on a normal bike rack, and the simplicity of recharging them, and you have yourself a real hassle-free helper.

Best of All – They’re Affordable

Now, given all these amazing perks and benefits, you might think that an electric bicycle is going to cost you a pretty penny. A few years ago, you would have been absolutely right. But as ebikes have gained in popularity, they’ve dropped dramatically in price.

You could head to your local sporting good store, or even a Target or Walmart, and see dozens of models, many as low as $500 to $1,000. But in our opinion, it’s worth spending a little bit more to get a real electric bicycle, one that’ll really last. Many industry leading brands start at around $2,000, but can be affordably had for less than $200 per month thanks to 0% financing.

Two grand certainly isn’t money to be flip about, but an electric bike isn’t just a purchase, it’s an investment. You’ll save on gas, you’ll stay healthier, and you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. No wonder ebikes are so popular with RV enthusiasts!

From our friends at www.evelo.com.

We all know there’s plenty to do in Dallas, with sizzling barbeque joints, red hot music venues and upscale shopping everywhere you look. But if you’re yearning to expand your horizons beyond the Lone Star State this summer, why not consider an RV road trip from Dallas, Texas to Eureka Springs, Arkansas?

Your destination—the Victorian spa town of Eureka Springs—is worthy of an extended stay. There are also sights and stops along the way you won’t want to miss. We’ve collected just a few to whet your appetite for travel.

Dallas to Eureka Springs Road Trip Highlights

Let’s talk logistics before you start packing the RV for your road trip. Eureka Springs is a very popular resort town that’s much nicer to navigate midweek, especially if you go during the summer. If you plan to leave Dallas on, say, Monday morning, you could be in Eureka Springs by mid-afternoon, assuming you’re driving straight through (about six and a half hours).

But what’s the fun of that, when you can meander your way northeast in the RV, stopping to find the fun, funky and unforgettable treasures along the route? Book your spot at a campground in Eureka Springs early (remember, busy tourist season) and then allow yourself to enjoy the drive! Here’s what you’ll find as you travel north from Dallas on US-75/US-69:

  • Lake Texoma, with eighty-thousand-acres to explore, is a great first stop along the way to Arkansas. Stretch your legs on one of the many trails or at least make the four-mile wildlife watching drive through the lake’s national refuge before swinging back over to US-69.
  • Choctaw Casinos along US-69 include one in Durant, near Lake Texoma, and one farther north in McAlester. For RV travelers who hope to enjoy some gaming time on the road to Eureka Springs, a stop at one or both casinos is in order.
  • Eufaula and Checotah, OK, on the shores of enormous Lake Eufaula, each offer several reasons for stopping along the way to Arkansas. Besides easy access to lake recreation, you’ll find antique stores, Civil War historic sites, historic downtown areas and interesting agritourism sites like Sailing Horse Vineyard to explore.
  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, OK is definitely worth deciding to take the northern route to join US-412 for the run into Arkansas. Housed in the historic Union Indian Agency building, the museum preserves the history, art and culture of the five tribes that populate northeastern Oklahoma.
  • Springdale, Arkansas Wineries, Breweries and Cideries are welcome stops along the final stretch into Eureka Springs. North of Fayetteville on US-412, Springdale is a scenic place to enjoy local wines, hard ciders and microbrews while also visiting the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Lots of RV campgrounds in the Springdale/Fayetteville area if you’re planning to stop one more night before continuing into Eureka Springs.

Once you’re finished enjoying the attractions of Springdale, it’s a quick jaunt east to Hindsville and then the winding, Ozark mountain trek thirty minutes north into Eureka Springs.

What to Do in Eureka Springs

An artist’s haven in a Victorian setting, surrounded by the splendor of the Ozarks…that’s a good description of the village of Eureka Springs. Winding, hilly streets filled with turn-of-the-century architecture will greet you when you reach your destination. Get ready to relax, unwind and walk the town’s narrow streets once you’ve set up camp.

Planning to stay at a campground within the city limits? You’ll find that most Eureka Springs RV campgrounds are on one of the city’s trolley routes. Park the RV and ride the trolley to the town’s most popular attractions; at six dollars for a full day of hop-on, hop-off privileges, you can’t beat the ease of getting around Eureka Springs.

Here are five things to do and see while strolling the streets of this Victorian getaway:

  • Eureka Springs Art Scene: If you’re hoping to find an eclectic art scene in the heart of the Ozarks, you’re in luck. Eureka Springs is known for its dozens of galleries in the downtown loop and an impressive calendar of art and music themed special events throughout the year.
  • Eureka Springs Historic Loop: Fans of Victorian architecture will find paradise here. The mansions, hotels and municipal buildings in the Historic Loop are well-preserved, with many offering tours for a closer look. Tip for the adventurous: don’t miss Eureka Springs Underground.
  • Eureka Springs Thorncrown Chapel: Just west of town on Hwy 62, Thorncrown Chapel blends magnificent architecture with its natural surroundings in a way that’s sure to stun. Four stories of glass and light nestled in a forest, the chapel is popular for weddings and special events, so check their website for early closing days before you come.
  • Eureka Springs Pocket Parks and Mineral Springs: A delightful surprise for first-time visitors to the village is the collection of five ‘pocket parks’ preserving natural mineral springs along the Eureka Springs Natural Springs Trail.
  • Eureka Springs Vintage Hotels and Spas: A town that began as a center of healing is just the place to indulge in a spa day. The spas and bath houses of Eureka Springs are located in historic surroundings, a favorite being found at the 1886 Crescent Hotel (stay for the ghost tour!) Another top-rated spa is in the Palace Hotel and Bath House. Book a spa date there to experience a mineral bath and eucalyptus steam in vintage splendor.

RV campers visiting Eureka Springs might also want to stay at Beaver Lake, just seven miles out of town on Highway 187. That choice will keep you close to local attractions, as well as fishing, paddling, hiking and biking.

Does this sound like the kind of road trip you could add to your summer RV camping itinerary? With so many things to see and do on the route from Dallas to Eureka Springs, you could extend your trip until you’ve run out vacation days. Book your campsites now, rent an RV in Dallas if you need one, and use these tips to plan the journey. We can’t wait to hear about your travels!

RV travelers who enjoy good wines simply must make the trip to Texas Hill Country. That’s where you’ll discover more than two dozen wineries that call this scenic region home. You’ll also find warm Texas hospitality waiting at RV resorts and campgrounds near towns like Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Boerne.

Grab your corkscrew and travel along as we journey the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV.

Where to Find Texas Hill Country Wineries

Picture a circle that begins west of Temple, TX at San Saba and then swings south and east to encompass Austin and New Braunfels, west to pick up Kerrville and Fredericksburg and then back north to its starting point. That’s a rough approximation of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail.

It leads to vineyards and tasting rooms in the towns we just mentioned, plus those in Hill Country burgs like Stonewall, Tow and Dripping Springs. The vineyards stretch out for miles, offering spectacular views that invite Texas RV travelers to stop and drink in the beauty unfolding through their windshields.

The vineyards that dot the countryside offer award-winning vintages for visitors to sample in their tasting rooms. Surrounded by historic buildings, state-of-the-art winemaking technology and beautifully groomed grounds, Hill Country wineries invite you to stay and sip awhile before choosing which wines to take home with you.Temecula Wine Vineyards

Here’s a small sampling of the amazing establishments RV travelers to Texas will enjoy while visiting Hill Country. Be sure to use the link above to learn more about what’s waiting for you there.

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, a small boutique winemaker near New Braunfels, pioneered the ‘Black Spanish’ wine explosion in Texas. Beautiful grounds and one heck of a survival story make them a favorite with Wine Country visitors.
  • Chisholm Trail Winery just west of Fredericksburg is famous for its free-roaming livestock as well as its wide selection of award-winning wines.
  • Perissos Vineyard & Winery near Burnet, TX is not only scenic, it’s a friendly, family-run place that’s been built on a tradition of excellence.
  • Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a collection of fifteen wineries along US Hwy 290 east of Fredericksburg. If you’re limited on time and would like to visit as many Hill Country wineries as possible on your RV camping trip, this is the place to be. From Grape Creek Vineyards to Lost Draw Cellars, the tasting rooms along US Hwy 290 are sure to offer a new favorite. 

Where to Camp in Texas Wine Country

Once you’ve settled on the wineries you’d like to tour, it’s time to book the campsites that suit your style and budget. Texas Hill Country campgrounds run the gamut from a small but scenic golf and RV resort on the Llano River to an urban RV campground just south of Austin. You’ll also find numerous Corps of Engineers campgrounds at area lakes and an impressive number of affordable, well-maintained campgrounds in towns like Kerrville, Bandera and Spicewood.

Whether you’re planning to meander your way through Hill Country, visiting one winery at a time, or to book a chauffeured Wine Country tour, complete with guide, your RV trip to visit Texas Hill Country vineyards will be remarkable. Be sure to check the websites of the ones you’d like to visit, as many of them host special events that will add even more enjoyment to your trip. And don’t forget, El Monte RV Rentals in Dallas is just three hours north of Hill Country wineries and always happy to help with your travel needs.

About two hours east of Louisville, Kentucky is a place all RV travelers who enjoy hiking and rock climbing should explore. Red River Gorge Geological Area is tucked within the high ridges, riverfront cliffs and green expanses of Daniel Boone National Forest.

Camping there is easy, thanks to private and state park campgrounds throughout the forest, and miles of hiking trails and climbing routes are waiting to be traversed.

What RV Travelers Will Find at Red River Gorge

RV travelers have an easy route to the Gorge from the west, following I-64 east from Louisville into the national forest. If you’re coming from the east, follow I-81 W out of Roanoke, VA about five hours, to where the Red River meanders through an awe-inspiring limestone gorge.

Once you reach Daniel Boone National Forest, you’ll find a variety of natural wonders Daniel Boone National Forestworth exploring both in and around Red River Gorge. Picture a place where limestone arches and stunning, windswept cliffs rise up out of dense hardwood forest and you’ve got an idea what awaits you on your trip.

A favorite spot of Kentucky RV campers is Natural Bridge State Resort Park adjacent to the Gorge. The park is named for an enormous sandstone arch that’s easy to discover via well-maintained hiking trails. Motorhome travelers will also find electric campsites, a small lake perfect for paddling and plenty of family friendly activities there.

Climbing and Hiking at Red River Gorge

For campers hoping to put in some time rappelling or climbing, there’s no place better than Red River Gorge. Rock climbing opportunities abound among the ‘knobs’, cliffs and crags of ‘The Red’. Areas like The Motherlode, Torrent Falls and Military Wall offer dozens of climbing routes for a range of experiences.

Bring your own equipment or book the services of an area climbing guide to make the most of sport and traditional climbing opportunities while camping near Red River Gorge.

Need a little more incentive to pack the RV and head for Kentucky? The hiking available around the Red River Gorge is unparalleled, thanks to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that acts as the central hub of the area’s trail system.

Whether you plan to make several day hikes on your RV camping trip to Red River Gorge or follow the entire three-hundred-mile length of the Sheltowee Trace Trail, the scenery found along the ridges, waterways and gorges of central Kentucky will find a place among your favorite vacation memories.

So, what’s holding you back from taking your own RV trip to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge? Affordable RV rentals, easy access by interstate and excellent private and state park campgrounds make this trip one that’s perfect for rock climbing groups, adventurous families and nature-loving campers alike. Take the trip soon, and be sure to let us know in the Comments Section what you loved most about RV camping at Red River Gorge.

Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

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With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of …

 

RV Camping on California’s Highway 99

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US89 – An Epic Two-Lane RV Road Trip through Six National Parks

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RV Camping Along Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

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Three Spring Break RV Camping Itineraries

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Kids out of school soon and still haven’t picked your Spring Break vacation spot? Why not take the family RV camping this year? We’ve put together three camping destinations perfect for families on Spring Break. Spring Break RV Camping & …

 

RV Traveler’s Guide to California Underground

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California’s natural beauty is no secret to anyone who’s visited, but did you know the Golden State is just as beautiful below the surface? California is home to an impressive number of caverns, with tours that will appeal to any …