Five Day Trips to Take While RV Camping in Tucson

Are you looking for new ways to enjoy the great outdoors while RV camping in Arizona?  Why not try Tucson, home to year-round campgrounds and some of the prettiest desert scenery around?

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

To spark your imagination, we’ve collected helpful tips on five day trips you’ll want to take while in Tucson.  Let’s start our tour by saying that the weather in Tucson is fabulous for a winter holiday vacation.  With highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s, it’s perfect for hiking, biking and sightseeing to your heart’s content.

And that’s a good thing, because our first day trip suggestion is to Saguaro National Park, a hiking and biking paradise divided by the city of Tucson.  Photograph the giant saguaro cacti in the Tucson Mountain District to the west or take one of the Rincon Mountain District’s scenic drives or trails to the east of the city.  Either way (or both!) it’s going to be a memorable experience.

There’s no camping in the National Park, which closes to motor vehicle traffic at sunset, but there’s plenty of camping nearby.  Campgrounds such as Desert Trails RV Park, Prince of Tucson RV Park and Whispering Palms RV Park help keep RV camping in Tucson pleasant and affordable.

The second day trip suggestion we’d like to make for Tucson visitors is a picnic/hiking day at Agua Caliente Park.  Once a warms springs resort and ranch, this lovely spot offers palm tree-lined trails around the springs, as well as historical ranch structures to explore.

Your third day in Tucson wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Sabino Canyon in the vast Coronado National Forest.  Less than thirty minutes from downtown Tucson, this hauntingly beautiful setting can be seen by tram or on one of the many trails.

Day four on your RV camping trip to Tucson can be spent indoors, if you’d like, at one or more of Tucson’s excellent museums.  The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest privately funded aerospace museum in America, so plan lots of time to take in acres of aircraft and educational exhibits.  Another great choice for a day indoors is the International Wildlife Museum, where hundreds of species have been preserved for study and enjoyment (great day trip for the kids!)

Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air and Space Museum

On Day Five, let’s take a quick road trip about an hour south of Tucson to Kartchner Caverns State Park.  Pack a picnic lunch in that convenient RV kitchen and then head underground for one of the tours through these caves’ most spectacular rooms.  It’s southern Arizona from a whole new perspective!

These are just five of the ways travelers to Tucson can amuse themselves on a camping trip.  Take the bikes, hiking gear and cameras and take full advantage of the natural beauty in and around this exciting Arizona city.

We’re happy to help with an Arizona RV rental, so be sure to give us a call as you make your plan.  The comfort of an RV, combined with hundreds of ways to have outdoor fun in the Tucson area, make RV camping in Tucson the way to go this winter.

What are you favorite day trips when camping near Tucson?  Let your fellow readers know by commenting on this post.

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Photo credits: Saguaro National Park by Jimmy Thomas ; Pima Air and Space Museum by Clemens Vasters; all are licensed under Flickr Commons

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RV Adventure to Cumberland Island National Seashore

Georgia’s Atlantic Coast can be your RV camping playground year-round.  One of the best places to experience the wild beauty and unspoiled nature of the area is with a visit to Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Cumberland Island Shoreline

Head out on this inviting boardwalk to the Cumberland Island shoreline!

As Georgia’s largest barrier island, this paradise is just two hours north of the El Monte RV Rental location in Orlando, Florida.  With fifty miles of hiking trails, an amazing collection of wildlife and a wide range of historical sites to discover, isn’t it time you took a trip to Georgia’s island treasure?

We’ve put together a guide for RV travelers planning to visit Cumberland Island, with answers to your most frequent questions.

Where Can We Camp Near Cumberland Island National Seashore?

The National Seashore itself is undeveloped, with no paved roads and access only by the Cumberland ferry system.  Plan to camp nearby and take advantage of the ferry for an authentic wilderness experience.

Here are some suggestions for RV parks near Cumberland Island:

Crooked River State Park, located in St. Mary’s, GA, is just seven miles from the Cumberland Island Ferry landing.  It features campsites with electricity in a beautiful setting worth discovering after your day on the National Seashore.

Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, FL, is right across the Cumberland Sound from St. Mary’s GA.  Enjoy their full-service campsites in a scenic setting, with quick access to the Cumberland Ferry.

A Big Wheel RV Park adjacent to Crooked River State Park is a privately run campground that receives rave reviews.  It accommodates any size RV!

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

Incredible Path on Cumberland Island

How Should We Prepare for our RV Camping Trip?

Glad to hear you’re the kind of RV camping enthusiast who plans ahead!  It’s especially important, when visiting a natural, undeveloped setting, to know what to expect.  Here are some things to consider when making your plans:

    • You can only reach the Island by ferry (passengers only, no vehicles) so be sure to make reservations in advance.
    • Only 300 people are allowed on the island each day.
    • Ferry passengers not on dock at least 30 minutes ahead of departure lose their reservations, so arrive early!
    • Pets are not allowed on the ferry.
    • If you’d like to rent a bike to travel around the island, be sure to tell the ferry concessionaire when you call.
    • There are no services on the Island other than water to refill bottles.  Bring your own food, water and normal hiking necessities like hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.
    • Take along a trash bag, as this wilderness island has a ‘pack in, pack out’ policy for all visitors.
    • If you plan to fish while visiting Cumberland Island, purchase a Georgia fishing license and make sure you have the required Saltwater Informational Program Permit attached.

What Kind of Weather Can We Expect? 

Like any well-prepared RV adventurer, you’ll want to know what kind of weather to expect when you go.  The weather in November at Cumberland Island National Seashore is magnificent, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.  Even in December, expect to enjoy 60 degree weather, with nighttime temps in the high 40s.

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

Wild Horse on Cumberland Island Coast

What Will We See on Cumberland Island?

History!  The Island was once mostly owned by the Carnegie family, and the ruins of their mansion, Dungeness, are just one part of its historic appeal.  Reserve a seat before you come on one of the Lands and Legacies Van Tours if you’d like to learn about the Native Americans who once inhabited the island, the large slave population who built the First African Baptist Church and, of course, the Carnegies and their opulent island lifestyle.  If you’re up to a lengthy hike or ride through variable terrain, you can also travel to these sites on foot or by bicycle.

Nature! Not only has the Atlantic formed a sixteen-mile stretch of perfect beach for you to explore, you’ll also find lush maritime forests, salt marshes and picturesque dunes here.  Stay on the marked trails to help preserve the wilderness for future generations and be sure to bring your camera!

Wildlife!  From feral horses to armadillos and alligators, this island has plenty to appeal for wildlife lovers.  No domesticated creatures call this island home, so keep that in mind while hiking or biking the area.  Keep a sharp eye out for the island’s famous wild horses, the sea turtles that nest here in early autumn and a surprising variety of shore birds.  Have we convinced you it’s time to visit Georgia’s barrier island paradise?  Here’s a link to more information, courtesy of the National Park Service.  We don’t often find unspoiled beauty that’s open for everyone to explore.  Let us know if we can help with an RV rental.  Please don’t miss the chance to discover Cumberland Island National Seashore and all it has to offer!

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Photo credits: Cumberland Island Path by db rolenrock, Cumberland Island Boardwalk by Jon Dawson, and Wild Horse Along Shoreline by Doug Anderson; all are licensed under Flickr Commons

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Vacation this Winter in Galveston, Texas

An RV vacation to Galveston, Texas, can be the ideal winter getaway for the whole family.  Start the New Year out right with an adventure on the Gulf Coast.  Southern Texas has it all!

Galveston Island, Texas

Galveston Island, Texas

Instead of shoveling snow, you can sit on a beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.  Instead of slipping and sliding around on frozen streets, you can travel the highways in style in an RV motorhome.  You have a wide choice of places to stay in Galveston.  The Jamaica Beach RV Park is one of the top choices for RV camping enthusiasts.  You will be near the beach, and have easy access to all sorts of fun activities, including watching dolphins play, taking a boat tour, and much more.

One of the most exciting things about Galveston is that you can enjoy playing in a water park, even in winter!  The Schlitterbahn Water Park is the only indoor waterpark in the state where you can have swimming fun like you wouldn’t believe.  You won’t freeze – the waters are heated!

History plays a large part in your Galveston experience.  You must take in some sights which give you the opportunity to tune-in to some of the Texan past.  Bishop’s Palace is one place to visit, an ornate mansion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The very first brick home in the state was Ashton Villa, built in 1859.  Stop by here to see the museum housed within.

And speaking of museums, there are others around Galveston that you shouldn’t miss.  One is the Railroad Museum with its fascinating railcars, artifacts, and even a ride on the Harborside Express.  The model trains thrill “kids” of all ages.  Another museum which is a must-see is the Texas Seaport Museum.  You will enjoy a self-guided tour of the numerous exhibits found there.

All aviation enthusiasts who enjoy viewing aircraft of early days will love the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.  Some of the best displays in the nation are available here.   Some are permanent and some are rotating, but whichever it is, you should not pass up this chance to see aviation at its finest.

Kids and adults alike love heading over to Moody Gardens where you’ll see the animals and birds that thrive in a tropical rainforest.  Visit with “happy feet” in the Aquarium Pyramid – yes, penguins!  Also see some happy seals as well.  Fit in a science lesson or two at the Discovery Museum.

Before you pack up and head home, you will want to take the family to Galveston Island State Park.  You can enjoy the mild climate as you go hiking on trails, fish the waters, or watch the numerous species of birds.  This is a wonderful way to top off your RV vacation activities.  The weather should always cooperate with your time in Galveston, Texas.  And if it doesn’t, you will have a nice, warm motor home to retire to.

This winter head for southern Texas and all the sights and sounds of the Gulf to make your vacation the best it can be.

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

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

Picture credits: The photo of Galveston, Texas, (top) was taken by Todd Carr and the photo (right) by Drew Mark on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Head to Palm Springs for a Fabulous Winter RV Vacation

It is time for a winter getaway with the family!  Taking an RV into the Palm Springs area is a great way to experience some of the best the desert valley has to offer.  It is just plain fun to get out there on the open road and discover what is waiting for you.  Whether it is some quiet solitude surrounded by the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains or the special bonds that develop while hiking diverse landscapes with friends and family, you will find it all right here in and around Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The first thing to do while in town is take the Palm Springs Tram so you can see the vistas spread out before you of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley floor.  The hiking trails at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains let you get into the groove of the area’s natural beauty.

A day trip that you may wish to take from Palm Springs is the one to Joshua Tree National Park. With 800,000 acres of high and low desert, you will see how very special this spot is.  When you visit, you’ll be impressed with the unique animal and plant life.  Winter is the perfect season to come.  Summer is impossible as it is far too hot to enjoy.

If you love to go wine tasting, you will get the chance by driving Highway 74 over the mountains.  This part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway gives you incredible views before it takes you down into Temecula Valley with lots of wineries and delicious wine tasting.

From Highway 74, take Highway 243 to Idyllwild.  You will enjoy this mountain town.  Just ensure the weather will permit a trip here in an RV.  Check the road conditions first.  If the weather permits, you are going to get some wonderful views from the overlooks and there are plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Salton Inland Sea, California

Salton Inland Sea, California

Another side trip you may wish to take is a drive to the inland sea – the Salton Sea.  Visit the wildlife refuges that surround the sea, go hiking, and even try some kayaking if you dare.  Once you’ve finished exploring, you can head to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for some great off-roading.  This is a magical place with hundreds of miles of trails and wildlife everywhere.

Not far from Palm Springs there is a preserve that is an important place to visit.  At Thousand Palms Preserve you are in a lovely area with streams, a lake, and more nature to enjoy.  This preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve and is a great place for a picnic.  Bring along your camera gear as you will discover a number of photo opportunities.  This is true of the entire trip.

Use Palm Springs as your base of operations for this winter vacation and take your time to enjoy each spot to the utmost.

For information on booking an RV Trip near Palm Springs, California –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of California, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Joshua Tree National Park is from Flickr Commons by javi.velazquez and the photo of the Salton Sea from Flickr Commons by Mike Baird.  It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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An RV Fishing Vacation to Austin, Texas

The weather in Texas is so mild this time of year that an RV fishing vacation is in order!  There is nothing quite as enjoyable as getting away from it all for a little fishing, and the Austin area is perfect for such an adventure.  La Hacienda RV Park can be your home base while you explore all the fishing opportunities around Austin.  Get your fishing license from a retailer or online and then get started on a great vacation.

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

First stop is Lake Austin.  Huge bass are the attraction at this body of water, with its weed beds along the shore where they quietly hide.  You might catch one that weighs around eight or ten pounds!  Now that would be an exciting “first catch” of your trip!  Besides bass, you may hook some flathead or blue catfish, some bluegill or redbreast.

Now when you arrive at Walter E. Long Reservoir, you can have a picnic outdoors as long as the weather cooperates.  You will enjoy pulling in largemouth or striped bass, sunfish or a beautiful catfish.  For the channel catfish, use stinkbait and for sunfish you can use meal worms or crickets.

Another spot fishermen love is Lake Kyle, offering a wonderful place to catch perch, catfish, and bass.  There is a play area for kids too.  So if your little ones are with you and get tired of fishing, they can play while you carry on fishing for that trophy catch.

Although it gets a bit cooler at night, the night fishing at Lady Bird Lake provides an opportunity to hook largemouth bass, catfish, carp, and sunfish.  Access is particularly great along the banks, especially at Festival Beach.

Driving up to Round Rock will give you and your fishing partners even more options for fishing within the park system.  At Meadow Lake the bass and catfish are good sized, and the shoreline is relatively undeveloped, providing a relaxing atmosphere for fishing all day.  Then head over and fish from the bank or the pier at Bright Lake.  There are a number of hiking trails that will please the outdoors enthusiast.

Another place to get in some fishing time is south of Austin in Bastrop State Park.  There are all sorts of outdoor recreation here which the whole family will enjoy.  This is one popular place for bass, channel, and blue catfish, as well as flatheads.  Lake Bastrop is perfect for shore fishing or renting a canoe and getting out on the water.  You may not catch a trophy bass but can usually count on one weighing around two to five pounds.  Advice has it that plastic worms are the best when using colors like watermelon, tequila sunrise, and june bug.  Doesn’t hurt to try, that is for sure!

Experiencing the fishing around Austin is really a wonderful way to spend a winter RV vacation.  The mild weather, the friendly folks you meet, and the great locations – you can’t beat Texas and fishing!

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

Picture credits: The picture of Lady Bird Lake is from the Flicker Commons by notevenathing. It is licensed under the 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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An Overview of Recreational Vehicles

You’ve taken that first step and decided to rent or purchase an RV. That’s great, but which one? With the wide variety of recreational vehicles on the market, it can help to have a guide to the basic styles available. By reading through this quick list of RV style basics, you, too, can get up to speed on which motorhome is right for you.

Question: I see the terms “RV” and “motorhome” used frequently. Are they all talking about the same thing?
Answer: these terms are used interchangeably to mean a vehicle you can both drive and sleep in. There are several classes of these, as detailed below:

Class A MotorhomeClass A Motorhome
These are premium camping vehicles, specially built on a commercial truck chassis. These RVs come in both gas and diesel models. Basically the size of a city bus, many Class A motorhomes have slide-out compartments that can be opened at the campground to increase the living space inside. These vehicles typically contain luxurious features such as ceramic tile baths, televisions with DVD players, custom kitchens and so on. Definitely not for “roughing it”, these beautifully built motorhomes provide the ultimate in camping comfort.

Class B Motorhome
Commonly known as van conversions or camping vans, these vehicles also provide the luxury of taking your hotel room with you, but on a much smaller scale. They might take the shape of a full-size van customized with a sleeping area, eating space, and a small kitchen with water storage tanks. A Class B motorhome can also be a “pop-up” camper van with extended head room and living space built in to the passenger area.

Class C MotorhomeClass C Motorhome: If you’ve ever passed an RV on the highway that had an extra compartment above a truck cab, you’ve seen a Class C motorhome. These RVs may or may not have slide-out sections to expand the living space, and usually have a separate bedroom plus additional sleeping space above the cab. A step down from the Class A models, they’re still a comfortable way to travel long distances and save the

Question: I understand now about motorhomes, but what’s a “fifth wheel“?
Answer: A fifth wheel trailer is one type of towable camping trailer, but there are other kinds of towables, as well. Here’s a breakdown of their similarities and differences.

Fifth Wheel TrailerFifth Wheel Trailer
This type of camping trailer is towed by way of a large goose neck hitch, installed in the bed of a pickup truck. Someone who purchases a fifth wheel would need to have this equipment installed in their truck in order to tow it. Some RV rental companies deliver fifth wheel trailers to customers who intend to live in them for an extended period. These camping vehicles can be quite luxurious, with full-size refrigerators, microwaves and their own heating and air conditioning systems.

Towable Camping Trailers
There are several levels of these towable trailers, but, in general, they are travel trailers that are towed by a ball hitch attached to a truck, van or SUV rather than a gooseneck hitch. The largest of these can sleep up to five adults and feature comfortable kitchens and baths.

Whether you decide to purchase the most luxurious Class A “diesel pusher”, or to rent a comfortable, affordable travel trailer, RV camping can provide years of happy vacation memories. The most important thing is to get out on the road and start camping!

Be sure to check out the RV’s and Fifth Wheels that El Monte RV Rents

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The "Right" RV for Your Vacation

If the lure of convenient RV camping has captured your imagination, it’s time to find out which motorhome will suit your vacation plans best. Today’s RVs are a far cry from the tiny “Flintstone trailers” of the past. In fact, many people are opting to live full-time in their motorhomes, because they offer a luxurious lifestyle that can be moved when the mood strikes!

But if you’re simply headed for a trip with your partner, friends or family, how can you pick the right one from your many RV options? The best place to begin is by asking yourselves two questions:

  1. Where are we going?
  2. How do we like to travel?

Let’s look at the options that suit the most common answers to those questions.

What is Your Vacation Destination?

Some folks rent an RV for the thrill of tailgate parties and camping close to the big game or race. If you’re headed for NASCAR or football fun, and you’re taking a crowd along, why not look at a Class A motorhome? These specially-built full sized RVs feature slide-out compartments that double your living space once you’ve parked. Share the cost with your friends and camp in extravagant comfort when you come home from a day at the races or from cheering on your team.

If you’d like something a little smaller, but prefer the convenience of driving the vehicle you’ll be camping in, take a look at Class C motorhomes. Sometimes called “cabovers”, these RVs feature sleeping space above the vehicle cab as well as another bedroom, so they’re great for families or two couples. Larger models will even sleep up to four adults and two children!

If you’re setting up a base camp at a State or National Park, but want to use your vehicle for day trips, consider renting or buying a towable camping trailer. With special towing equipment that attaches to your vehicle (one rated for towing a trailer, of course) you can pull your “home away from home” to the campsite, detach it and set up camp, then visit area attractions easily in your own vehicle.

Your Preferred Camping Style

While you’re looking at all the options, it’s also good to keep in mind your preferred “on the road” lifestyle. For example, active campers who set up camp and take off for outdoor adventures may prefer the compact convenience of a towable camping trailer or one of the smaller Class C motorhomes.

On the other hand, if your group’s vacation plan is to settle in to a first-class campground, read your whole summer reading list and hike a few gentle trails, you’re great candidates for Class A RV luxury. Open a bottle of wine, cook a gourmet meal in the well-equipped kitchen and fall asleep to the sound of a nearby ocean, lake or river. Sound like your dream vacation? Sign yourselves up for a Class A motorhome soon!

It’s All About You

As you can see, choosing the perfect RV to rent or buy is all about what you need and where you’re going. Because motorhome camping is very affordable when compared to hotels, meals in restaurants and rental cars, you can plan any number of great vacations that include some type of camping.

Sit down with your camping crew and pick your destination, then create your “must have” list of camping conveniences. Armed with that of information, your RV selection is already half-way down the road!

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A great time at Lake Cachuma

My friends and I rented a motorhome from El Monte RV in Santa Fe Springs and had a great time camping at Lake Cachuma (up above Santa Barbara, CA). The campground is really easy to get to, is laid out well, and has lots of great trees for shade and windbreak. The lake there is great (although you can’t swim in it… I’ve never understood why you can drive a boat on it, but you can’t swim in it!) – it’s great to rent a boat and go out on the water.

I love the comfort and convenience of camping in an rv, and staying at Lake Cachuma makes it easy because they have a dump station, a convenience store (in case you forget something!) and lots of amenities.

I highly recommend this campground!

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An Overview of Recreational Vehicles

You’ve taken that first step and decided to rent or purchase an RV. That’s great, but which one? With the wide variety of recreational vehicles on the market, it can help to have a guide to the basic styles available. By reading through this quick list of RV style basics, you, too, can get up to speed on which motorhome is right for you.

Question: I see the terms “RV” and “motorhome” used frequently. Are they all talking about the same thing? Answer: these terms are used interchangeably to mean a vehicle you can both drive and sleep in. There are several classes of these, as detailed below:

Class A Motorhome: These are premium camping vehicles, specially built on a commercial truck chassis. These RVs come in both gas and diesel models. Basically the size of a city bus, many Class A motorhomes have slide-out compartments that can be opened at the campground to increase the living space inside. These vehicles typically contain luxurious features such as ceramic tile baths, televisions with DVD players, custom kitchens and so on. Definitely not for “roughing it”, these beautifully built motorhomes provide the ultimate in camping comfort.

Class B Motorhome: Commonly known as van conversions or camping vans, these vehicles also provide the luxury of taking your hotel room with you, but on a much smaller scale. They might take the shape of a full-size van customized with a sleeping area, eating space, and a small kitchen with water storage tanks. A Class B motorhome can also be a “pop-up” camper van with extended head room and living space built in to the passenger area.

Class C Motorhome: If you’ve ever passed an RV on the highway that had an extra compartment above a truck cab, you’ve seen a Class C motorhome. These RVs may or may not have slide-out sections to expand the living space, and usually have a separate bedroom plus additional sleeping space above the cab. A step down from the Class A models, they’re still a comfortable way to travel long distances and save the

Question: I understand now about motorhomes, but what’s a “fifth wheel”? Answer: A fifth wheel trailer is one type of towable camping trailer, but there are other kinds of towables, as well. Here’s a breakdown of their similarities and differences.

Fifth Wheel Trailer: This type of camping trailer is towed by way of a large gooseneck hitch, installed in the bed of a pickup truck. Someone who purchases a fifth wheel would need to have this equipment installed in their truck in order to tow it. Some RV rental companies deliver fifth wheel trailers to customers who intend to live in them for an extended period. These camping vehicles can be quite luxurious, with full-size refrigerators, microwaves and their own heating and airconditioning systems.

Towable Camping Trailers: There are several levels of these towable trailers, but, in general, they are travel trailers that are towed by a ball hitch attached to a truck, van or SUV rather than a gooseneck hitch. The largest of these can sleep up to five adults and feature comfortable kitchens and baths.

Whether you decide to purchase the most luxurious Class A “diesel pusher”, or to rent a comfortable, affordable travel trailer, RV camping can provide years of happy vacation memories. The most important thing is to get out on the road and start camping!

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