NASCAR RV Camping—The Ultimate Racing Experience

Set up your motorhome inside Turn One at the speedway and you’ll soon understand why RV camping at a NASCAR race is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Whether you camp in the infield, next to the grandstand or in a lakeside campground adjacent to the speedway, RV camping NASCAR fans take racing mania to a whole new level. 640px-NASCAR_practice

Ready to find out why? Here are the top ten things you need to know about camping in a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

  1. Some tracks have a waitlist or book their campsites months in advance. Check your track’s website for details on when a campsite can be reserved.
  2. Several venues for RV camping may be available at your favorite track—in the infield, on a terrace overlooking the racetrack, or even at campgrounds run by nearby sponsors/partners of the speedway. Depending on your camping budget, you can get as up-close-and-personal as you’d like to racing action.
  3. Know the rules for your campground before you go—things like whether external speakers are allowed, if motorized scooters and golf carts can be brought on racetrack property, what kind of coolers are allowed at the track, where towed vehicles should be parked and the hours quiet rules are enforced are important to know to keep things running smoothly during race week.
  4. The fan pages on NASCAR track websites are a great source of information for new NASCAR campers. Ask veteran fans your questions and get advice on how to maximize the fun.
  5. Knowing what to pack is the foundation of any great RV vacation, and that goes for NASCAR camping, too.
  6. If you don’t own an RV, but love the idea of camping at the races, we can help. Renting an RV for a NASCAR vacation is easy and affordable.
  7. Services for NASCAR campers vary depending on the type of RV camping you’ve reserved at the track, from port-a-jons at every campsite to full-service hookups. You’ll also find a wide range of amenities to enhance your camping experience. Dover International Speedway, for example, offers RV camping race fans mobile pumping service and water delivery as well as a huge grocery tent with everything you’ll need for camping and tailgating during race week.
  8. And speaking of tailgating, what could you cook up in a fully-equipped motorhome kitchen? Use these tips to get your menu started, and don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just become a racetrack legend for your burgers, brats or muffalettas!
  9. If you’re ready to turn your next camping trip into a NASCAR vacation, there are plenty of places to visit. Did you know there are more than one hundred tracks in 38 states, as well as Mexico and Canada? Use this list of NASCAR tracks to start planning your next RV camping vacation at the track.
  10. What if you find you love NASCAR camping enough to buy season tickets? That’s a great idea! You’ll find that season camping passes have perks, like two tickets for the races or the chance to purchase additional tickets for your guests.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, and camping close to the action with a whole lot of friendly racing fans can bring new meaning to ‘vacation’ for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite and an RV rental for race week. You know you want to!

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Short on Time, But Want to Experience Long-Distance RV Adventures?

Taking an RV vacation has many advantages over staying night after night in various hotels.  For instance, you can’t beat the convenient mobility perk of motor homes by taking all your possessions with you, in addition to the privacy and comfort of having your own “home” away from home at any vacation destination you’re visiting.  The convenience that RVing affords families with children and pets is well worth the effort, time, and money spent on experiencing an RV rental vacation!  Some people never consider renting an RV for long-distance vacations, like going to the Grand Canyon from New York, believing they would have to drive the entire distance in the RV.  Fortunately for the vacationers who enjoy convenience and luxury, El Monte RV offers a wonderful solution to make that kind of a trip possible!

El Monte RV motor home at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

El Monte RV motor home at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

For this type of traveler, a “Fly and Drive” RV trip might be the perfect solution.  In a nutshell, travelers looking into this manner of vacation will fly to an El Monte  RV rental location near their destination in order to pick up an RV before staring on their adventure.   There is an upward trend building in this “Fly and Drive” travel experience for several good reasons.

Probably the top and most obvious reason at hand is not having enough time to drive the entire distance just to get to your final destination.   Depending on the kind of trip you have in mind, this aspect of the “Fly and Drive” option is a win-win!   While road trips are a lot of fun and enhance the RV trip, it may not fit into your time schedule.  It serves a better purpose for some people to get there quickly so that they can start using their RV the way they want to.  Another reason to fly and drive is that it can be the most economical way to visit a national park or other destination on the other side of the country.  Instead of paying for all of the gas just to get to your destination, a plane ticket may be a cheaper alternative.

If you decide to fly and drive to your destination, there are a few simple steps to follow to make your trip a success!  Early planning is the best policy; it is usually the cheapest way to go, as well as having the increased availability for campsites and RV selections!   After deciding where you want to go,  you’ll need to do a little research first.  You will want to locate the nearest RV campgrounds or other sites that allow overnight RV parking before making your RV reservations.  Especially when considering a stay in a national or state park, you’ll want to know the size of your RV rental first because the RV size can make a difference in whether or not there will be site availability.  Before reserving your camping spot, find the closest El Monte RV location to reserve and book the RV that will be perfect for you, remember to take note of the size of your motor home.  Then make a call to the campground and reserve your RV camping spot!

Next, you’ll need to book your flight tickets!   El Monte RV offers shuttle service at their larger store locations.  You will want to verify upon booking your RV rental whether or not that particular location provides shuttle service.  An alternate choice for a low-cost way to get from the airport to your El Monte RV location is using a car transport service such as Uber.  This modern and popular alternative to taking taxis is usually the cheapest and easiest way to get to your El Monte RV location, and you’ll be able to use it to get back to the airport at the end of your vacation as well.  Make sure to download the app to your smart phone before you leave on vacation, as this will allow you to hail an Uber car as soon as you walk out of the airport!

If you’re thinking about taking an RV vacation this year, don’t hold yourself back from anywhere in the U.S. that you’ve thought about going in an RV.  If the nearest El Monte RV location isn’t within easy driving distance, consider doing a Fly and Drive vacation instead!

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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!

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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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El Monte RV at Seabring International Raceway

If you look up accommodations on the Seabring International Raceway site you will see El Monte RV prominently displayed. However what you will not see is what you can actually see at the track, and that’s El Monte RV motorhomes in use.

El Monte RV Motor Homes at Seabring International Raceway

El Monte RV Motor Homes at Seabring International Raceway

Many thanks to Rori Paul of RoriTravel Blog for the picture above. Rori is also the Orlando Florida Vacation Examiner.

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RV Camping NASCAR 101

Are you ready for racing season? There’s nothing more exciting than RV camping in the infield! If you’ve never indulged in NASCAR RV camping, here’s a tutorial for getting ready for the races.

I. Where Would You Like to Go?
Every single NASCAR track works hard to create a memorable experience for die-hard NASCAR fans who also love RV camping. Race weekend at these tracks means a veritable city of RVs and motorhomes springs up, and it’s time for you to be part of it! Here are some favorite tracks suggested by our RV rental clients: Kentucky Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. If none of these get your engines revving, check NASCAR.com for information on world-famous tracks like Daytona, Talladega and Chicagoland.

II. Make Reservations Early!
As you’re choosing your favorite NASCAR RV campground, remember that infield camping and nearby campgrounds fill up many months in advance, so make your reservations soon. A terrific resource for NASCAR RV campers can be found at LaidBackRacing.com. They charge a minimal fee for the information, but they’ve done an amazing amount of research on campgrounds, onsite camping and local amenities for nearly every NASCAR track.

III. Arrive Early!
You’re going to find a party waiting at any RV campsite near a NASCAR track, long before the race begins. Make your vacation super-memorable by arriving early. Our clients have shared some great stories about marathon poker games, non-stop tailgating and incredibly friendly fans. If that sounds like the perfect vacation to you, plan to set up camp as soon as the gates are open.

You can find information about individual tracks and race weekend particulars at NASCAR.com. The fan guides for each track explain when and where camping is allowed, where RVs can park for tailgating if you’re camping off-site, and the best traffic routes.

IV. Know What to Expect!
There’s nothing worse than arriving for a long weekend of NASCAR racing and RV tailgating, only to realize the infield camps don’t have hook-ups. If this is your first time RV camping at a particular NASCAR track, head for the track’s online fan forums and ask questions. You’ll find plenty of NASCAR RV camping veterans able to help.

RV camping on-site at a NASCAR track is the ultimate experience for racing fans. We’re ready and waiting to help our customers enjoy maximum NASCAR excitement. Give us a call to start your NASCAR season rolling or check out NASCAR Vacation / NASCAR RV Camping on the El Monte RV site.!

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RV Tailgating at NASCAR Races

“Daytona”, “Talladega” and “Watkins Glen,” those names run through the dreams of NASCAR fans as racing season opens. They know there’s not only great racing to be enjoyed at NASCAR tracks, but non-stop tailgating fun, as well. Those fans lucky enough to travel by RV have a leg-up on the competition. Here’s a primer on how to plan a full season of NASCAR RV tailgating.

Choose Your Favorite Tracks
For a winning season of NASCAR RV tailgating experiences, start by choosing your NASCAR itinerary for the season. Besides local and regional racing, NASCAR features three national racing series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. They also have a sanctioned racing season in Canada and Mexico.

You might also have a favorite driver or two that will help you decide which races to follow. Drivers like Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have built loyal throngs of fans who line the stands every time they race.

If you’ve been following NASCAR racing for years, you probably already know which drivers you’d like to watch and their scheduled races. Newcomers to NASCAR racing can look here for schedule information, and then decide how many races you’ll travel to attend. An important tip: order tickets early! Many NASCAR tracks, even those holding nearly two hundred thousand fans, have been known to sell out during the more famous races.

NASCAR Tailgating Traditions
Every NASCAR track has unique attractions, and they’ve created RV camping and tailgating traditions at each. Daytona International Speedway, for example, offers NASCAR fans five different RV campgrounds within sight of the speedway. During races like the Daytona 500, thousands of NASCAR-loving RV campers bring out their best tailgating recipes and enjoy a non-stop party over race weekend.

Bristol Motor Speedway in the hills of Tennessee, Sonoma Raceway near Sonoma in California’s Wine Country and Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway with its convenient infield RV camping are just three of the tracks that are known for great RV tailgating possibilities.

To get the latest in RV camping and tailgating information, and to learn tips such as what can be carried into the grandstands, go to each individual track’s website and follow the links to their fan guide. Also, find out which RV campgrounds require reservations and be sure to make yours early for this race season.

Plan Your Tailgate Party Menu
Now, let’s talk about food! That is, after all, what’s at the heart of every great tailgate party. The convenience of an RV kitchen can make all the difference in whether your NASCAR tailgate party crosses the finish line first. Think about which of your favorite recipes could be easily eaten at the track—grilling brats and burgers, cooking a batch of your famous chili or roasting veggies in foil are all tailgating traditions.

Food Network’s website offers dozens of tailgate party recipe ideas, everything from Uncle Bubba’s Wings to Deviled Crab Potato Skins. The Tailgating.com blog also features favorite recipes from hundreds of tailgate party aficionados.

Remember, if you’re traveling to the track by RV, you won’t be limited to a hibachi outside your mini-van. You’ll have well-designed kitchen appliances perfect for preparing a meal on the road. There’s really no better way to host a tailgate party than in the shade of a great RV!

Pack Up the RV
You’ve chosen your RV roadtrip itinerary that includes time at your favorite NASCAR tracks. You’ve selected your very best tailgate party recipes, bought the groceries and planned for kitchen utensils and party ware. All that’s left to do is pack what you need and head for the track.

Be sure to check with El Monte RV Rentals if you will be renting an RV for the trip. For additional information also see NASCAR Vacation, NASCAR RV rentals, NASCAR RV Camping & Tailgating.

It’s going to be a great NASCAR racing season! Don’t miss the excitement; start making your plans now for at least one weekend of race-car-watching-tailgate-partying fun this year.

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