Planning an RV Vacation so All Goes Smoothly

You want your RV vacation to be the best that it can be for everyone.  After all, a vacation is supposed to relieve all the stress built up from living day-to-day in your workaday world.  But if you are not fully prepared, you will be adding stress to your vacation days.  Let’s see how we can prepare you for your RV vacation and have a worry-free getaway.

Florida Keys, Florida USA

Florida Keys,

First, you need to know your destination and how you’ll get there.  You will find El Monte RV Rentals all over the United States where you can obtain the ideal motor home for your trip.  We offer free “RV Camping Itineraries” that provide  mapped-out courses and destinations for your convenience.

You can either “fly-drive” to your destination or pick up your motor home locally and enjoy the drive and adventures along the way that only RV travel can offer!  Don’t forget that in many cases you can take advantage of our free airport shuttle service in major airport cities.  Check our website for availability.

Here’s a possible RV Travel Itinerary:  you can rent an RV from El Monte RV Rentals in Orlando, find a nice camping spot, visit some Orlando sights, and then head to the Keys for more fun.  On the way to the Florida Keys there are plenty of sights to see and you’ll want to allow time to stop and enjoy them all.  You may want to refer to previous postings on our Monty’s Musings blog to learn about many exciting destinations to visit in Florida in your RV.

From Orlando, you could head east to Fox Lake Sanctuary, then south on Interstate 95 to the Florida Keys and beautiful Key Largo.  For a winter vacation, you really can’t beat the Keys.  You will meet creative types who spend their time making unique art, beachcomber types who relax all day along the sandy beaches, and swim with the dolphins.  Use Google and maps on the Internet to plan your route and everything you want to see on the way.

If you don’t want to bring your pets along, you can contact a pet-sitter or the kennel in advance to ensure they have an opening for your time away.  But if you prefer keeping Fido with you, it’s good to know that El Monte RV is a “Pet-Friendly” company and supports taking the family pets along!  Also remember to check out the weather forecast for that area for the time you will be there.  It is surprising how accurate these weather forecasts can be.  You will then know what to pack, or even if you should put off your vacation for a few days to miss a storm.

You will want to prepare your smartphone and laptop for the trip.  Download some apps to make your vacation more exciting.  You can find apps online and pick the ones you’ll use the most.  Perhaps you’ll choose the one which forecasts weather down to the hour or perhaps the one which identifies animal tracks.  There are many to choose from.

Now begin to pack for your trip.  First make a detailed list of every item you want to bring and as you pack them, mark them off.  This way you’ll forget nothing.  Remember, when packing clothes, roll them instead of folding.  This prevents wrinkles.  There’s lots of storage in motor homes, so taking “it all with you” is usually not a problem!

When you prepare and plan out your trip, you will find everything less stressful and more enjoyable.  Have a great RV vacation!

El Monte RV Official Logo

El Monte RV Official Logo

For information on renting an RV in or near Orlando, Florida – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of Florida,  -CLICK HERE

Picture credits: The photo of Florida Keys was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.

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Fossil Hunting RV Vacation

Rock hounds who also enjoy RV camping can find fantastic fossil hunting possibilities near great RV campgrounds. We’ve researched some fossil-rich areas for you, to make your RV vacation planning easier. Here are just few of the many US locations where fossils are often found.

Fossil Hunting RV Vacation in Texas
Lake Worth in the Dallas/Fort Worth area can yield wonderful fossil specimens, if you’re willing to explore the gullies and trails in the area.

If you’d like to start your search a little farther south, head for Bryan, Texas and check the banks of the Brazos and Little Brazos rivers for fossil finds. Also, go back west across I35 to Bend, TX, where fossil hunters have found great specimens along the Colorado River.

An added plus to searching for fossils in Texas is the abundance of great RV campgrounds.  To enjoy a great night of RV camping in the Fort Worth area, try Frontier RV Park in nearby Azle, TX. Boone RV Park near Lampassas, TX is a great central location for your fossil hunting jaunt through Texas Hill Country.

Fossil Hunting RV Vacation in California
What a beautiful way to spend an RV camping vacation – scuttling up and down the California coastline searching for fossils. Capitola Beach in Central California is the perfect place to find shell fossil specimens. Pick up your RV rental at our Santa Cruz RV Rentals location, and plan to stay at Seacliff Center RV Park in nearby Aptos, CA.

In Northern California, there’s an inland paradise for fossil hunters. The Rio Dell/Scotia Bluffs/Ferndale area is filled with fossil-rich locations. Park your luxurious motorhome from El Monte RV Rentals in RiverWalk RV Park in Fortuna for an unforgettable woodland camping experience.

Fossil Hunting RV Vacation in Illinois
Sixty miles south of Chicago, you’ll find Mazonia Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area, one of the few State Parks in the country with a whole area devoted to fossil collection. Pick up a comfortable motorhome at our Chicago RV Rentals location and then head south to the banks of Mazon Creek near Morris, Illinois.

The creek bed is filled with fossil finds, as is the nearby Mazonia Braidwood Park. Fossil collectors report finding dozens of ironstone nodules that contain well-preserved plant fossils. After a day digging in the dirt and cracking rocks, spend a night in RV comfort at Fossil Rock Recreation Area Campgrounds about ten miles up the road near Wilmington, IL.

A couple of rules to remember when you’re searching for fossils, no matter what State. Some locales require a day permit before you start digging, so be sure to check before you go. Also, be sure to stay on public lands while searching for the next great fossil specimen. Final rule…have a great time on your fossil hunting RV vacation, and be sure to let us know what you found!

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