NASCAR This April – Races at Bristol, Richmond and Talladega

NASCAR racing continues this month with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on the weekend of April 6-8th, then the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 12-14, followed two weeks later by the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on the weekend of April 27th-29th. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these NASCAR events.

Bristol Motor Speedway hosts race fans for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 7th. The Food City 500 is the cornerstone event of the Spring race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, and one of the most anticipated events on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with action that lasts all weekend long. For infield access, or schedule information or to learn more about camping on site, check out Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Information.

Richmond Raceway is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here, racers will line up for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night April 13th. Leading up to that event, however, fans can experience three days of ultra-exciting racing action. Get down and dirty with dirt racing on Thursday April 11th, followed by the Toyota Care 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday April 12th. The schedule is jam-packed with action from fan-viewing the Monster Energy Cars in the NASCAR Garage, to practice races all weekend long. Plus the Xfinity Series Qualifying race on Friday afternoon at 3:40 pm. Then don’t miss a chance to sit in on the Xfinity Series Drive/Crew Chief Meeting and another Monster Energy Qualifying race at 5:40. Saturday is full again with driver introductions and the 400 lap, 300 mile Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy race at 7:30. Don’t miss all the action!

For more information about camping near or in the Richmond Raceway, see the GEICO Camping Richmond Raceway – Tickets and Camping page. Richmond Raceway offers both RV and tent camping. All lots are reserved, so please contact them in advance to see what spots are available. And, if they are full, there are other RV campgrounds nearby at Ashland, just 20 minutes away at Americamps RV Resort and another at Kosmo Village in Glen Allen, VA, only 10 minutes from the Raceway.

Talladega Motor Speedway is open for action for the GEICO 500 from Thursday April 25th, with campgrounds open even earlier on Monday, April 22nd. The actual GEICO 500 race takes place on Sunday and is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In addition this weekend will be the site for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the ARCA Menards Series races. Friday sees driver introductions at 4:30 for the ARCA race and the General Tire 200/ ARCA, 76 lap race begins at 5:00 pm. This will be followed by Big One on the Blvd Infield Party at 7:00 pm.

Then Saturday, April 27th, the MoneyLion 200 Xfinity series race, kicks off at 12 pm followed by a Saturday night Infield Concert at 7:00 pm. Lots of other activities will be happening all weekend long. Sunday is the GEICO 500 Monster Energy Series race starting at 1:00 pm.

Check out the Talladega SuperSpeedway  website for more schedule details.

And if you want to camp at Talladega, there are many options for you, including three free campgrounds for fans who hold a Sunday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket. Entry to these campgrounds begins Monday of race week at 9:00 AM. Learn more about each campground by checking out the Talladega Find Your Campground Camping Pages.

More about Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these three locations  from our El Monte RV rentals locations. The closest for Bristol would be our Louisville RV Rentals location. For RV Rental near Richmond, our nearest spot will be our Baltimore El Monte RV Rentals location. And for Talladega, check out Louisville RV Rentals or our Orlando El Monte RV Rentals location.

See availability and rental rates on their pages. No matter where you start on this NASCAR RV Vacation, you are certain to enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds.

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Nevada

Is it time to take off for some open road and see the sights of one of our most beautiful states? Nevada offers plenty of opportunities to travel by RV to see gorgeous caves in Great Basin and great contrasts in Death Valley, as well as abundant recreational opportunities and pristine waters at Lake Mead.

Nevada National Parks and National Historic Sites:

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

You will find Great Basin National Park in east central Nevada, near the town of Baker and while it may be cold to camp there, it is worth visiting. You will find sage-covered foothills to the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,000 feet elevation. You can partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages.

Don’t skip Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the Mojave Desert where you can boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mojave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas.

There are also National Monuments and historic trails in Nevada and you won’t want to miss Tule Springs Fossil Beds. Here, mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered.

And in Death Valley National Park, you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

National Forests in Nevada

You can also enjoy our National Forests in Nevada as you drive through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, one of the largest national forests in the lower 48 states.  It covers all of Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. Because it is so large there are 10 different ranger districts taking care of it.

Just a short 45 minute drive from Las Vegas is the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, which is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity.

Enjoy snow-capped mountain peaks that are surrounded by desert and are home to over 50 sensitive plants and animals, some of which are found only in this special area and nowhere else in the world. The panoramic mountain range provides a quick getaway from the city. RVers can enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and wildlife and wildflower viewing.

State Parks of Nevada

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in Nevada. Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Area, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe, South Fork, Cave Lake State Park and Echo Canyon State Park are just some of the Nevada parks that are all well worth visiting.  Viewing the scenery at Spring Valley State Park and Valley of Fire State Park from the front seat of a motorhome is highly recommended.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your adventures in Nevada, start at our conveniently located Las Vegas El Monte RV Rental in Henderson, just southeast of Las Vegas. To get some exercise, you can start your adventure with a beautiful hike through nearby Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, taking in all the stunning vistas from well-maintained trails. Wild sheep live in the area and are great subjects to photograph.

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NHRA Races in Las Vegas and Houston in April

NHRA racing started this February with the Winternationals in Pomona, CA. In March the track was already ablaze with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. But don’t worry; these two kickoff races will be followed by some really exciting races in April.

You still have time to plan to get to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV for the Strip’s famous DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on the weekend of April 5th – 7th. The Speedway offers seating for more than 130,000 fans to watch the excitement as racers try to qualify in both Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday, with Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to see Top Alcohol racers as well as racers in the Sportsman category at this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The wheels will be spinning and tires burning as top racers vie for points in Las Vegas.

Camping for your RV is available on site, at the Burnout RV lot. Located next to the dragway behind the general admission grandstands, the Burnout RV Lot features reserved camping. This allows for easy access to the pits and main grandstands. Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park near Houston, TX. This race weekend occurs on April 12th through the 14th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday and the final elimination races on Sunday afternoon. This weekend is the fifth race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle for an early season points lead at Houston Raceway Park. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

Camping inside Houston Raceway Park is already mostly sold out but there are some spots left in the Nitro Village Campground. If that is full, there are several area RV campgrounds nearby. Check these out in Baytown, TX. Highest rated is Buzzards Roost RV Park, which gets 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google. Also nearby is Pine Lakes RV Park, Mont Belvieu, Houston East and Texans RV Park, all rated with at least 4 stars.

For more information on camping and tickets see Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals.

Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to either of these NHRA events.

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. Planning to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Check our Las Vegas Rental location for rates and availability.

If you are heading to Houston, our closest location is at El Monte RV Rental in Dallas, only a 4-hour drive from the Houston Raceway Park.

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RV Vacation Idea – Three Music Festivals in April

Are you yearning for a vacation filled with music and dance? Do you really want to get out of town and see some music festivals you haven’t been to before? This month, we feature three different upcoming music festivals, one in Savannah, Georgia and two in Arizona.

The first is the Savannah Music Festival, which takes place for more than two weeks, from March 28th -April 13th, 2019. This festival features a variety of music of different genres from John Doyle, Zydeco Dance Party, Juho Pohjonen, and the Del McCoury Band, and more – all starting on the 28th of March, at different venues in Savannah. There are many more throughout the next two weeks, including Robert Earl Keen on April 13th, and a closing night party that night with Maceo Parker. To see the range of performers and venues and their entire lineup, visit their website. Take the opportunity to visit Savannah and see many sights around the area while you take in the entertainment in the evenings.

RV Camping near Savannah

For some good camping spots near Savannah, here are several, including the Red Gate Campground & RV Resort, Savannah Oaks RV Resort and CreekFire RV Resort, among many others. There also is a State Park nearby called Skidaway Island that has camping and nature trails. A little further out of town is Rivers End Campground and RV Park on Tybee Island which got 4/5 stars on TripAdvisor. It is only 16 miles from Savannah and 3 blocks to the beach.

Two Arizona Music Festivals in April

The second music festival is Phoenix Lights in downtown Phoenix, at the Park at Wild Horse Pass. It is one of Arizona’s top dance music festivals. The festival is packed full of performers including Arty, Bailo, Claude Vonstroke, Decadon and many, many more. For a full lineup of the artists, see their website at Phoenix Lights. This festival takes place from April 5th-6th.

RV Camping Near Wild Horse Pass

There are a number of RV campgrounds near Wild Horse Pass, including Wildhorse Casino Resort, The MotorCoach Resort, and the Wild West Ranch and RV Resort. Check out these and others to see what will best suit your needs.

And, if loud dance music isn’t your preference, you can drive only about an hour southeast from Phoenix to the Country Thunder Arizona Festival in Florence, AZ from April 11th -14th. 30,000 fans a day ride into Florence for the largest country music festival in Arizona. Bring a tent or an RV — this four day festival also has plenty of camping along with a world-class lineup of country stars. Brett Eldredge, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Chris Stapleton, the Brothers Osborne and many others will entertain country music fans for four days straight. Visit their website for all the details and the full lineup.   Music Festival RV Vacations

RV Rentals: If you need an RV to visit these venues, check out our Where to Rent an RV page. Our closest location to Savannah, Georgia is at Orlando RV Rentals. You can drive straight to Savannah in 4 1/2 hours from Orlando, or you may find some interesting sights to stop and see along the way.

For Arizona festivals, there is an El Monte RV Rental in Phoenix, Arizona, on the outskirts of Phoenix. Contact them for rates and availability.

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RV Camping Adventure: Arizona State and National Parks

Arizona has a variety of things to offer for an outstanding RV adventure!

Arizona is a prime destination for RV’ers; once you stay there, you will see why. The Grand Canyon State is high in sunshine and scenery and low in precipitation. The temperature remains relatively warm throughout the year with temperatures easily reaching the upper 70s even in January. This makes it a haven for RV’ers escaping the harsh winter weather.

With 35 State Parks, Arizona, also known as the Copper State, offers beautiful camping locations in several regions. Starting with the western region, the “west coast” of Arizona is bordered by the Colorado River with four parks offering you the choice of where to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Colorado River is a popular spot for boating, tubing, and floating your days away, and here are four great state parks that have camping available so you can get into river life mode for a week or a weekend. The most well-known park, Lake Havasu State Park, boasts a white-sand beach, five boat ramps, and plenty of electric hook-up sites for your RV, including beach-front sites. If you want a quieter park, check out Cattail Cove State Park, located just 15 minutes away. This park has 61 campsites, including boat-in campsites for you to enjoy near the water. Plus, there’s a dog-friendly beach so you can enjoy time with your best companion! Boat on the blue waters, sail into quiet coves, or water or jet ski out on the open lake.

Head south along the river to reach the Parker strip and two more beautiful state parks, Buckskin Mountain and River Island. Both parks have gorgeous views of the river, the nearby mountains that line the river on both sides, family-friendly events and activities, and amazing amenities to make your camping trip the best yet. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is which park to choose! See the Arizona State Parks and Trails site to get a full lineup of possible parks to stay in.

Alamo State Park, AZ

Alamo State Park, AZ

For a completely different experience, head east from the river to Alamo Lake State Park, located near Wendon, Ariz. This is the place to be for bass fishing, expansive views, and quiet solitude.

With the nearest city lights nearly 40 miles away, this is also a prime stargazing park. In spring, wildflowers bring bright colors to the gentle rolling hills, and visitors can enjoy camping in tents, RVs, or the park cabins year-round. Take your boat out on the lake, or try a canoe or kayak to get the best views. With plenty of group sites, camping spots, and quiet, you’ll be able to get away from it all and unwind. This park also offers access to some of the best off-highway vehicle trails in the state.

There are many national parks and monuments in addition to the state parks, and if time and weather permits, Grand Canyon National Park is something you shouldn’t miss. However, if southern Arizona’s more temperate climate is preferable, visit the amazing Joshua Tree National Park. Or check out Saguaro National Park in the southeast corner of Arizona and on the eastern edge of the state, you can see the Red Basin and Martha’s Butte in the Petrified Forest. Don’t leave out Montezuma Castle National Monument in the center of the state, just south of Flagstaff. Here you can see through windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

For more information on RV camping and all the National Parks in Arizona, see National Parks in Arizona.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique travel experience, to best see the sights in Arizona you can rent an RV from our El Monte RV Rental location in Phoenix.

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NASCAR Races to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Texas in March

NASCAR racing started again this February with the famous Daytona 500 as the kickoff race. Now it continues with Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2-4 weekend, ISM Raceway in Phoenix the next weekend and Texas Motor Speedway on March 30-April 1st. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to any of these NASCAR events.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts race fans for the Pennzoil 400 on March 3rd but the action lasts all weekend long. For infield access, one can add a Neon Garage pass to the ticket package which includes pit passes. They’ve also just completed some road construction projects to make ingress and egress easier for all the fans. LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1; it continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2; and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. The NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.

ISM Raceway in Phoenix is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here is the lineup for the TicketGuardian 500 main event which happens at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 10th. Preceding that race is the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at 2 pm. And before that, the NASCAR Weekend kicks off on Friday, March 8, 2019 with Gatorade Pole Day. Don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series before the starting line-up is set for the TicketGuardian 500. You can even sign up for the INfield, an all-new experience that lets you watch driver’s meetings, see your favorite teams, or even get in on the kudos in Victory Lane.

Texas Motor Speedway is open for the action of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Thursday March 28th, with campgrounds open even earlier and infield camping opens on Wednesday, March 27th. The actual O’Reilly race takes place on Sunday and is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In addition this weekend will be the site for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race. Friday will be the qualifying races and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race is Friday night – starting at 8 pm. Sunday at 2 pm the 334 lap O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race begins. Lots of other activities occur all weekend long. Check out the website for schedule details.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. We give you the top ten things you need to know before you go.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, camping close to the action with a bunch of race-friendly fans can bring new excitement and fun for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite. Pick a location and reserve your RV for any race week you want.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to Las Vegas from our location there. In Phoenix, see our El Monte RV rentals location there, and in Texas – you can rent from our Dallas location, less than an hour’s drive from the track. See availability and rental rates on their pages.

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RV Adventure: Carlsbad Caverns and more in New Mexico

How about a nice late winter or early spring RV vacation to New Mexico? Here you can explore several National Monuments, Preserves, Historical Parks and Carlsbad Caverns in this remarkable southwest state.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Located in southeastern New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns has aptly been called the Grand Canyon with a roof on it. This underworld cache lies beneath the Guadalupe Mountains and is one of the deepest, largest and most ornate caverns ever discovered.

A Brief History

For a long time, the area that would become Carlsbad Caverns was more hearsay than an accepted national treasure. Curious explorer Jim White discovered and explored the caverns throughout his adolescence and well into his adult life. Through storytelling, self-promotion, and exciting guano exporters Jim White was finally able to convince people of the cavern’s significance and geological value. On October 25, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation that created the Carlsbad Cave National Monument and the area was finally awarded full National Park status by the United States Congress on May 14, 1930.

White discovered and named many of the cavern’s vast interior spaces that would go on to eventually become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Best times to visit:

The best times to visit Carlsbad for ideal weather are March 12th to June 3rd or September 17th to November 4th. So, plan now to get there in March and you will be treated to average temperatures with highs around the low 70s and very few rainy days. During spring, the desert is in bloom and is even more stunning to see.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in a semiarid region that can get quite warm in the summer with daily highs around the mid to upper 90s, but it’s always cool in the cave. The interior of Carlsbad Cavern is very stable and hovers around a cool 56 degrees with the deeper sections holding around the low 60s. Summer also brings the highest bat populations to Carlsbad so you’re sure to get a great show at dusk and dawn when the bats leave and return.

Other National Parks, Monuments and Preserves in New Mexico:

There are many other treasures to see in New Mexico. Some are National Monuments such as: Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Capulin Volcano, El Malpais, El Morro, Fort Union, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyph, and Salinas Pueblo Missions, among others.

As an example, Petroglyph, near Albuquerque, protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

There are also National Preserves and National Historical Parks and Trails in New Mexico worth visiting, including Chaco Culture, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Manhattan Project, Old Spanish Trail, Pecos, Sante Fe, and Valles Caldera. Valles Caldera is a 13-mile wide circular depression that was created about 1.25 million years ago by a spectacular volcanic eruption. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.

Many of these are worthy of a full day of exploring with trails worth traveling to learn about the ancient history of this region.

Check out more about these New Mexico riches at National Park Service – New Mexico.

Where to Stay:

Carlsbad Caverns is one the smaller National Parks, situated on land that has been declared wilderness so there are no park-sanctioned areas to park your RV in the park itself. There are several nearby options near Carlsbad. Here are two you can check out:

  • Brantley Lake State Park: This is on the southernmost lake in New Mexico, and is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life and gorgeous sunsets as well as stunning night skies. It is located 12 miles north of Carlsbad at an elevation of 3,295 feet.
  • Another great option is the Carlsbad KOA which is not only great for its proximity to the park but has great amenities as well. You would be very close to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park as well as the Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area, Roswell’s International UFO Museum and White Sands National Monument.

RV Rental:

Rental of an El Monte RV is no problem if you wish to explore the fascinating terrain of New Mexico. Dallas and Phoenix are our closest locations. You can explore Tucson and the Gila National Forest on your way from Phoenix to Carlsbad. Check Phoenix RV Rentals for availability for your travel dates. Or see Dallas RV Rentals for available RV’s in Dallas.

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Pet-Friendly RV Vacations – What You Should Know Before You Go

As you get ready for your next RV adventure, are you thinking about what to do with your pets? Is little Felix rubbing up against your leg as you browse the Internet thinking of far off destinations for your adventure? What about Rover? Is he going to have to stay home and miss all the fun?

We get it!  Your pet is a part of your family and you can pack up the treats and leashes and your furry companion can come along and travel in the motor home with you.

Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets

There are lots of spots that allow pets to come along. RV campers willing to follow the same common-sense rules they observe with their pets at home shouldn’t have a problem including their animals on vacation.

Check out our Pet Friendly RV Vacations page to see some great potential destinations that will welcome your pet.

Are you one of those people who loves to see dogs on parade? Well, you can travel in RV luxury to see the excitement and glamour of many top dog shows. The American Kennel Club sponsors dog shows throughout the U.S. These shows display the very best in dog show competition and give credibility to this rapidly growing sport. Agility trials, conformation events and several other categories of shows promise something for every type of dog lover. To learn more about specific locations of the AKC shows each year, check out our Traveling by RV to Dog Shows page.

Here are some tips for safely traveling with your favorite pet:

  1. Make sure your pet is secure when you’re riding in the RV. No, you shouldn’t just let your animal roam about freely. They could be injured and can also be a distraction for the driver. Keep them in a kennel or secure them with a harness or leash that buckles into the seat belt.
  2. Sure, you know your pet needs food and water (and don’t forget the treats!). But what about…
  • Their leash?
  • Their waste pick-up bags?
  • Their litter?
  • Their toys?
  • Their brush?
  • Their crate?
  • That fuzzy sweater that they love?
  1. Make sure your pet has up to date shots and an updated ID. Consider chipping your dog or cat to ensure that in that awful situation when he or she may get lost, you can always retrieve them. Minimally, if chipping doesn’t appeal to you, you should go to your local Wal-Mart or PetSmart, find the pet ID kiosk, type in their name on one side with your name and phone number on the other, print it, stick it on their collar, and voilà! Your pet has his/her own personal ID.
  2. Keep your pet’s information with you while you travel. This includes:
  • Vaccination records- many campgrounds may ask to see recent vaccination records and rabies shots.
  • Proof of ownership – Yes, someone could claim your animal was theirs! If you carry proof, this won’t go far.
  • Photographs – keep some cute pictures of your pet on your phone – and consider printing one or two good pictures in case they run away.
  • If your pets have allergies or medical issues bring the paperwork about that too.
  • A first aid kit – not just your standard personal one but one that includes pet items too.

And there are many other tips you can find by just searching for pet friendly RV’ing.

Now you’re all set to go on your pet-friendly adventure but where’s the RV? You can easily rent one of our RV’s at numerous locations around the US. Check out availability for your travel dates on our Where you can Rent RVs page.

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RV Adventure – Two Florida Festivals Not to Miss!

February in West Central Florida is often a bit cooler than other months but it is usually warmer than any other part of the country. This is an ideal time to head south and enjoy some family-friendly fairs including lots and lots of entertainment.

These two favorite events are the Florida State Fair – February 7th –18th, and the Florida Strawberry Festival from February 28th – March 10th. There is no shortage of fun and entertainment at both venues.

First, come and enjoy the Florida State Fair in Tampa – now in its 116th year! Here’s a little bit of its history. The original Florida State Fair began in 1904 as the South Florida Fair on the grounds of the Tampa Bay Hotel, owned by railroad baron Henry Plant. That first fair had simple attractions and was held in a single building on a 27-acre plot adjoining Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel, where the University of Tampa stands today. This event soon became known as the Florida State Mid-Winter Festival and was the place to be! Families from near and far would come to the festival to play games, eat fair food and win bragging rights for their prized Bull, best pie, or most beautiful quilt.    Florida State Fair

In 1915, the South Florida Fair and Gasparilla Carnival were officially incorporated with the Secretary of State office in Tallahassee. This new Fair became known as the Florida State Fair. Fast forward to 1975 when the Florida State Legislature created the Florida State Fair Authority and designated the Tampa event as the official Florida State Fair. In February of 1977, the first Fair was held at its current location, near Interstate 4 and U.S Highway 301 in eastern Hillsborough County. The 330-acre site sits just seven miles from its original downtown Tampa location. Once it moved to the East Tampa location, new buildings, barns and even the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. Cracker Country living history museum were established. The Fair grew – and continues to grow – each year.

This year’s entertainment lineup is incredibly diverse from Amazing Acrobats of China to truck and tractor pulling, to a show featuring Draft Horses, including majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close”.

There’s also a rodeo, several concerts of different music genres, and even an Alligator Show and a giraffe visiting tent. Visit the Entertainment part of their website to see all the featured entertainment.

The Florida Strawberry Festival was started in 1930 by the local Lions Club to help promote the local strawberry crop. Despite a few years off due to World War II, it is still flourishing in eastern Hillsborough County, attracting about 500,000 visitors each year, sometimes even more than those who attend the Florida State Fair.

Central to its focus, the Festival continues to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry.

But lest you think all there is to this festival is incredible strawberry shortcake, their entertainment schedule features world-class entertainers each year. This year, the 2019 festival begins February 28th, with performances every day of the 11 day long festival with at least two to three shows on many days. In addition to plenty of free performances, you can schedule your trip to the Festival to see Willie Nelson and Family, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and the Brothers Osborne, Kool & the Gang, and Chicks with Hits, and that is just the first few days they are open.

After that, Pat Boone will perform, followed by Martina McBride on March 4th, and a host of other top-shelf entertainers. Be sure to check out their full entertainment schedule on the Strawberry Festival website.

Wondering how to travel to these two Fairs? Come and bring your RV so you’re already set up for staying as long as you wish in either locale.

You can easily rent one of our RV’s at our Florida El Monte location in Orlando. It is only an hour from there to Tampa and just 40 minutes from Orlando to Plant City. Check out availability for your travel dates on our Where you can Rent RV’s page.

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RV Adventure – One-Way Rentals Make it Easy

Take your next road trip in our RV and make it easy on yourself. You can leave from or fly into one city, rent the RV and then travel to your destination, return the RV and fly home.

Ever wanted to road trip across the states, taking in all the amazing sights and attractions from the comfort of your own vehicle? An RV is a great way to do this as it will allow you to pick and choose where you want to go and stay.

An RV is the best way to see the countryside, but while you are planning your trip, you should keep in mind that you will usually have to return the RV to its original location.

It is really not that all surprising that some travelers want to rent an RV in only one direction. The cost of flying home may actually work out cheaper. Besides, does anyone really want to drive a rental RV on a round trip? Your available time could be the deciding factor. Also, many of our El Monte RV locations offer transportation from the nearest airport. These locations include: Santa Fe Springs, CA, Dublin, CA, Ferndale, WA, Las Vegas, NV, McKinney, TX, Orlando, FL and Linden, NJ.

One-way rentals are extremely popular with RV’ers choosing to travel short trips from San Francisco to Las Vegas, or even longer trips from New York City to Los Angeles. Other popular road trips include the journey from Boston or Chicago to Miami in the fall, and from New York to Orlando, Florida during the Christmas period.

One Way RV Rentals

One Way RV Rentals

An important thing to keep in mind if you are considering a one-way rental is to book early. This may involve booking your vehicle several months in advance in order to find the best deal and the cheapest one-way fee. When thinking about this you should also take the time of year into account. Holiday periods are extremely busy and if you try to book too close to your time of travel you may miss out.

Another thing you can do to reduce the cost of your one-way rental is to wait for the companies to have a special. Many companies advertise rental specials every now and then and if you find one that matches your needs, you could end up saving a fortune. For example, at El Monte RV, we have a Vehicle Relocation Special for select dates in April, but you will need to book early. This special starts near Chicago and ends up in Los Angeles, Dublin, California or Las Vegas, Nevada. Click on the link to learn more.

El Monte also has a Holiday Recuperation Special this January where you can pick up a vehicle any day in January and rent for four nights or more and get an extra night for FREE, plus you even get 50 FREE miles per night.

One-way rental is a great idea if your time is limited. If you only have enough time to travel to your desired destination, a one-way rental will allow you to take your time to get there and then simply catch a plane or train home.

Traveling to and from the many beautiful sights in the USA is a fantastic experience. Discovering them in your RV is an extremely enjoyable way to accomplish this, and a one-way motor home rental gives you the freedom to take your time, forget about rushing and appreciate the things that really matter.

See more information about One-Way Rentals on our RV Rental Vehicles page and click on your starting and destination cities to see if one-way rentals are available for your itinerary.

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