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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For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE!  or call 1-888-337-2208

 

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Harvest Hosts Upgrades the Way RVers Travel in the U.S.

As much as we all love RV vacationing, there are certain challenges that come with this method of travel.  For instance, where to spend the evening on the road when traveling far distances from one location to the next is a common challenge for every RV traveler!  Many RV vacationers may not be aware of their choices in overcoming this challenge of finding a convenient and beautiful place to stay the night while in transition from one destination to the next.  Even if there are amazing sites and attractions nearby, spending night after night in Wal-Mart parking lots can become less than desirable.  And during the peak vacation season, finding an available campsite is not always possible.  Discover another and far better over-night camping option you now have with Harvest Hosts!

HARVEST HOSTS Winery Participant in Nottingham, New York

HARVEST HOSTS Winery Partner

Harvest Hosts is changing all of that.  Harvest Hosts is a program where wineries, farms, and breweries from all over the country open their gates to you for overnight dry camping.  Seasoned RV travelers Kim and Don Greene started this luxury-style camping concept in the U.S. after driving over 200,000 miles by RV all over the world.  They found that it was common for wineries and farms in Europe to host travelers overnight, but nothing similar existed in the United States. In true entrepreneurial spirit, they started their own version of a European hosting association.

From their small and localized upstart with locations only in California, Oregon, and Washington, Harvest Hosts has expanded to include numerous locations across the continental United States, Canada, and even Baja California in Mexico!  The program requires a nominal $40 membership fee for the entire year, giving you money-saving access to travel across North America without paying a cent for camping or parking!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of RV Road Traveler!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of the RV Road Traveler!

In return, these small (usually family-run) businesses simply ask that you purchase a bottle of wine or some of their other homemade goods.  Sampling local vintages and farm produce is already on the to-do list for most RV vacationers, so it’s a small price to pay for the great company and amazing locations available.  Free overnight parking added into the activities that you were already planning on is too good to pass up!  There’s really nothing like watching a sunset and sharing a glass of wine with the people that made it.

Once becoming a member, you can search through interactive maps that show available hosts and the amenities that they provide.  It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure that the farm or winery you have in mind actually has space for you, though.  Many of the hosts are small-time operations that may not accommodate a large number of vehicles at one time.  That’s part of the charm, however.  Instead of an endless sea of RVs, you get the experience of potentially being your host’s only guest!  There’s nothing like waking up to a beautiful morning and being greeted only by the sound of the wind in the trees and farm animals starting their day.

Another benefit to being a member is access to a handy app that helps you find locations along the routes you are planning to take.  You can also use online forums where you may ask questions of other travelers, read up on host reviews, and even share your own vacation experiences and photos.  It’s a valuable tool for selecting the very best spots for your trip.

Overall, Harvest Hosts is providing a valuable service for small-town agricultural businesses and the RV vacationers that love to visit them.  Get out of the parking lots and start making beautiful memories and having the best RV trips of your life!

Once you’ve experienced this pleasurable and memorable RV experience, send us a few photos and we’ll happily share them with our readers and on El Monte RV’s facebook page!

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For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE!  or call 1-888-337-2208

Photo credits: RV at Winery by Ray & Roxanne Nottingham courtesy of Harvest Hosts and the wine and food photo by Colleen Lane is licensed under Flickr commons.

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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!

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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The Best Way to Visit Orlando – in an RV

Everyone loves an Orlando vacation, no matter their age.  The number of attractions in the area is enough to keep an entire family busy for well over a month!

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Yes, Orlando, Florida, is a wonderful vacation destination.  And even better – an RV vacation!    Rent an RV at the Orlando El Monte RV location to experience the convenience that comes with  having an RV vacation.  It can end up costing a lot less, too!  We are only 20 minutes from Walt Disney World.  And for those in the market to purchase a well-maintained motor home, our Orlando RV location has a nice selection from which to choose as well!   RV rentals and sales has been our business for over 40 years!

So once you have your RV, the opportunities just expand for your Orlando vacation.  When visiting Walt Disney World (probably THE most popular attraction in the Orlando region), you will discover the best place to camp is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  You can hike the surrounding trails, go horseback riding, or do some beachcombing.  You are close enough to Walt Disney World that you can easily access all the fun!  Even if you have been here before, it is always a unique and memorable experience.

Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

You won’t want to miss the sea animals at SeaWorld either.  The shows are fascinating with whales and dolphins and many other sea creatures, all being extraordinarily entertaining.  If you have a video camera, you will want to ensure the battery is charged because there are a lot of things to film.  Once you have your fill of Sea World (if that is even possible), visiting Universal Studios Orlando should be next on your list.  This is where you will get the flavor of the world of movies.  You make your way behind the scenes to discover what it is like to make cinema thrillers.

By the way, you will find a number of great RV campgrounds where you can stay for different segments of your vacation.  There is the Lake Whipporwill KOA with full hookups that also offers  a pool and hot tub.  Two others include the Tropical Palms Resort and Campground and the Orange Blossom KOA.  You can RV-camp in your top choice the entire vacation or move around as the mood strikes.

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

If you have kids along, you’ll want to add Legoland Florida to your itinerary.  The rides are a huge thrill for the younger set and the older set too!  Adults and children from all over love the Orlando Museum of Art, enjoying the beautiful array of inspiring artworks.  The Bok Tower Gardens gives you the chance to see lovely gardens and a fascinating mansion, the Pinewood Estate.

Of course, there are even more things to do around Orlando.  Don’t forget to stop in and see Ripley’s Believe It Or Not where you will be enthralled with the various facts and stories that are VERY hard to believe until you see them with your own eyes.  And no trip to Florida is complete without seeing the alligators at Gatorland.

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Enjoy the attractions and retire to your RV rental to reflect on the day’s adventures.  This is one RV vacation that can’t be beat – Orlando with its many attractions.  You will discover just how easy and inexpensive this type of getaway can be!

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

Picture credits: The photo of Disney World (top) was taken by Jeffrey Zeldman, the photo of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground by Darren Wittker, and the photo of Gatorland by “makelessnoise” were found on Flickr Commons.  They are all licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.  Monty would like to extend his appreciation for the license to use these pictures to promote RV traveling and vacationing in Florida.  Thank you!

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An RV Vacation to Miami for the Complete Dining Experience

If you have ever dreamed of the ultimate culinary dining experience, now is your chance to make that dream come true.  You can hit the road and head for Miami on an RV vacation to enjoy the rewards of eating some of the best-tasting food in the country!   Miami, Florida, is a culinary paradise with many ethnic food offerings from all over the world — from Peruvian to Cuban and beyond.

Dining in South Beach, Miami

Dining in South Beach, Miami

In no particular order, let’s look at some of the best places to eat in Miami.  Once you get settled in a lovely RV camping spot, you can start your eating adventure.  If you love Italian food, your first choice should be Casa Tua in South Beach.   Order some delicious stone crab or try the lamb chop.  You won’t be disappointed!

For some incredible Mexican delights, try the fare at Los Tres Amigos.  They have some take-out too.  You might like the Mexican herbs used on the tripe and beef dishes.  Order Pollo a la Parrilla, which is simply grilled chicken with rice and beans.

If your appetite is demanding Greek dishes, Mykonos on Coral Way is the perfect destination.  Those who eat the Chicken Gyro Platter rave about how delicious it is.  The Vegetarian Mousaka is the ideal dish to order to avoid meat for this meal.

Now let’s do a dinner over at El Meson del Paraiso, a completely unique experience in Peruvian food.  Their seafood is “to-die-for” and they offer some lucuma ice cream to top off the meal.  Don’t expect very fancy dining, but expect great food and a satisfied appetite.

Some go wild for Indonesian cuisine — but, whether you go wild or are simply ready to try a bit of this original taste, Indomania is the place to go.  The menu is translated for easy ordering.  The traditional meals and the special treats are enough to make you want to come back again before leaving town.

The Akashi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar is not just known for its excellent food but is also respected for its amazing artistic presentations.  Order salmon, yellowtail, or shrimp or go for the sushi boat or a tempura dish.  The lighting sets the mood; the food brings it all together for a tantalizingly memorable dining experience.

Visit and dine in Coconut Grove at Le Bouchon du Grove.  This is French cuisine in a warm Franco atmosphere.  You’ll think you are in France as you savor the French onion soup.

The next meal will need to be in Little Havana.  Eating Cuban food can mean more than just a meal; it can also mean making some local Cuban friends.  You will love the authentic menu at Versailles.  Everyone loves the plantains and the double fried tostones, as well as the Cuban bread.

Naturally, you may prefer traditional fare and should head to Brickell for dining at Tobacco Road.  You see, in Miami, no matter what your preferred dining pleasure is, you can find any food choice you want to satisfy the most discerning of appetites!  Choose restaurants with live music or quiet nooks to relax and enjoy a meal.  Come back often on an RV vacation to savor Miami’s array of cuisine.

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Miami, FLORIDA,  –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Florida, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of South Beach, Miami, was taken by Phillip Pessar on Flickr Commons.  It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.

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An RV Adventure to the Super Bowl

Prepare for an RV trip of a lifetime!  The Super Bowl for 2014 will be played in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium.  You can bet East Rutherford, NJ, residents are proud that their city has been honored with hosting this event.  On February 2, NFL fans are going to be descending on the region to be part of this historic game.  Traveling to this game in an RV is additional fun, even if the weather gets a bit cold.  There are a multitude of tips for winter travel online.

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

For Super Bowl XLVIII it is worth any preparation needed to get to New Jersey to enjoy the game.  In fact, you won’t be the only one braving the cold.  The MetLife Stadium is going to be the first open-air stadium to host the Super Bowl during these cold months.

It doesn’t have to be a hassle to be a great NFL fan.  You can find tips and tools for travel when you pick up your RV, making a trip as easy as possible.  When going to the Super Bowl, you’ll want a great home base for your adventure and the ideal spot is the Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park.  This park is only 20 minutes away in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The park is one of the few in this region that is open all year round.  There are full hookup sites, a dump station, and restrooms with hot showers.  It is also near the light rails so you can get around with ease.

From your campground next to Liberty Harbor, you can get to Manhattan and see the sights. Just plan for your trip by taking the little extra time required for more fun!  Of course, the stadium where the Super Bowl takes place is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex.  Stick around after the game for other thrills, such as the Monster Jam on February 14 and 15.  Have you ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters?  It’s time to do so, and you can on February 17 at Meadowlands IZOD Center.

When coming to East Rutherford for the Super Bowl, remember, there will be no tailgating parties allowed.  Therefore, any “tailgating” will have to take place right in your campground with like-minded folks and before catching transport to the stadium.

Attendees cannot park away from the stadium and walk to the game, as no foot traffic will be allowed in.  There will be only 13,000 parking spots available for fans.  You can come to the stadium by light rail with a special pass or be dropped off by bus.  Cars will not be allowed to leave once dropping off any attendees.

If you get your Super Bowl tickets before they are sold out, you can look forward to a great game, marvelous entertainment, and a crowd who will enthusiastically cheer on their favorite team.  At halftime, you will enjoy a performance by Bruno Mars.  Don’t wait – get those tickets now and rent your RV for the trip.

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Rutherford, New Jersey – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of New Jersey, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The picture of MetLife Stadium is from Vincent Santore on Flicker Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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One-Way RV Rentals Are Becoming Very Popular

We are seeing an tremendous increase in the popularity of one-way RV rentals. See the coverage of this (and El Monte RV) in Budget Travel – “One-way RV rentals are booming, and here’s a secret for savings“, Sean O’Neill, June 5, 2009. Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine is published 10 times a year and BudgetTravel.com is the website for Budget Travel magazine.

You may also want to check out another article there – “What to Ask Before You Rent an RV“, Elisa Williams, Budget Travel, April, 2005.

Also check out: El Monte RV – One-Way Specials.

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