RV Owners – Prepare for a Cross Country RV Trip

If you are reading this, it probably means that you are considering taking a cross country RV trip. After all, what better way to enjoy your RV fully than taking it as far as possible to really have some fun and see the country. Heading out on the open road in an RV will be a great way to open your eyes to the real beauty of the world and will allow you to really see things up close and personal that you may have only dreamed of seeing before. One thing is for sure, RV owners have an adventuresome side that others just do not have and the life experiences one can have in an RV are like none other.  Picture of a Route 66 Sign

Before you think about taking off though, there are a few things you need to think about that will help enhance your road trip and help keep you, and your passengers, safe along the way.

Plan Your Money

You may have been saving money for a long time in order to head off into the sunset in the RV, but once you actually hit the road, you need to make sure money is carefully planned to pay expenses unless you have an unlimited bank account. To plan accordingly, check fuel prices across the country and calculate your mileage before you leave. Thankfully, since you are the proud owner of an RV, you will have no need for costly hotel stays but you should call RV parks for overnight camping reservations before you head out and have the reservations made and the rates already budgeted into your travel expenses.

Back Roads Are The Best Roads

Anyone can drive down a congested interstate and see sights just off the side of the road. This is no way to see the world when you own an RV. Take the back roads and see the real side of life that you miss when you are shuffling to or from work on the expressway. Be sure to learn how to read a real map if you do not already know how to and have your route planned out in advance. Cell phones may not always work when traveling in the heart of America. Be sure to take your time when possible and drive slowly so you will not miss out on anything. Take pictures along the way as well or keep a blog and post updates at least weekly so you can keep track of where you have been and what you have seen.

Go With The Flow

While you may have a great deal of your RV road trip well planned, it is often best to just go with the flow and see where the road leads you. You may have a schedule that says you are only going to spend one night in a certain area, but once you arrive you may find that the area has far more to offer than you believed it had. When this happens, stick around and take time to really see the sights. You never know who you may meet along the way when traveling in an RV and quite frankly, you are bound to meet some interesting people during your travels. Take time and enjoy new friendships and new sights.

While it is a great feeling to have the freedom to head down the road on a cross country trip in your RV, you will want to make sure that it has been serviced prior to heading out and just to be on the safe side, it is a good idea to keep the number to a reputable RV transport company handy just in case you have an engine problem or need to have the RV transported to a new area during a time that you may need to take a break from driving. Many RV owners will take a flight to a new city or state in the middle of a road trip and have the RV shipped to them. This allows a little down time to rest from the long drive. While a cross country RV trip is a great way to see the country up close, it is also wise to take personal time to relax when possible during the trip.

This post courtesy of our friends at a1autotransport.com.
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Tips for RV Camping Along the National Road

Ready for a road trip that you’ll talk about for years? RV travelers who haven’t yet discovered The Historic National Road will want to take notice. We’ve got the details you’ll need to travel the highway that spurred America’s Western Expansion, and has intrigued RV camping fans ever since.

Planning RV Travel on the National Road

Where to go and what to see? Those are questions any wise traveler asks while planning a trip, and we can help with the answers. The Historic National Road stretches east to west from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to Eads Bridge on the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

The first road built with federal highway funds (from 1811 to 1837), this route rolls across six states – Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois – for more than eight hundred miles, now primarily part of US-40.

Once the road west for thousands of settlers, entrepreneurs and adventure seekers, there’s no reason intrepid RV travelers can’t capture that same sense of adventure and set out along the National Road to discover America.

As you go, plan to explore historic sites in each state to gain more understanding of this highway’s significance. Here are just a few of the places you’ll want to discover:

  • The Red Brick Tavern in Lafayette, Ohio began serving the stagecoach trade on the National Road in 1837 and still serves patrons today. By the way, stagecoaches and Conestoga wagon were the primary modes of transportation on the way West. Quite a difference from today’s luxurious recreational vehicles!
  • National Road Corridor Historic District in Wheeling, West Virginia is worthy of an extended visit, thanks to the many beautifully restored structures on the National Register of Historic Places. From the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum to the stunning nineteenth century mansions throughout the district, 1830s atmosphere is everywhere. Don’t miss the Wheeling Suspension Bridge!
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Uniontown, PA dates back to the French and Indian Wars and is also home to Mount Washington Tavern, another popular stopping-off place along the National Road in the 1830s and 1840s. The tavern now serves as a museum.
  • Casselman River Bridge State Park in Grantsville, Maryland features an eighty-foot single span stone bridge built in 1813 as part of the earliest construction on the National Road. The park attracts history and architecture buffs, as well as fly fishermen who enjoy the sport along the Casselman River.
  • Huddleston Farmhouse, Indiana, is located sixty miles east of Indianapolis on the National Road. In the 1840s, this family farm served as a way station for thousands of travelers coming and going from the Western frontier.

We’ve shared just a small sampling of the places RVers can explore as they trek the Historic National Road from Maryland to Illinois. Use the Road’s official site to expand your own excursion.

Whether you’ll be renting an RV for the journey or driving your family’s motorhome, finding a campground can start with a look at our handy list of RV campgrounds in each state.

The Historic National Road—the highway that made travel to the American West a reality. For today’s intrepid RV travelers, it’s a road trip filled with memories. You’re sure to come home with a deep appreciation for the folks who set the stage for the journeys that built America.

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RV Travel: Millennials Behind the Wheel!

If you picture RV travelers as mostly senior citizens, think again! Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 (especially in the 25-35 year old range) are a growing segment of RV travel. Here’s why:

Millennials Value Outdoor Recreation

Spending time in outdoor pursuits is big on the list of things Millennials hold dear. That’s why visiting state and national parks, lakes and forests, mountains and beaches all over America by RV is a no-brainer.

There’s nothing quite like being out in nature to feed the soul, and these adventurers are hitting the road to find our country’s most beautiful places, one campsite at a time. The more biking, hiking, rock climbing and other activities the better—they’re making it a life priority to get outside and play!

Millennials Expect Amenities

Comfortable accommodations with access to technology are at the top of list for Millennial travelers, one more reason to travel to a national park, a beach where the waves are epic or a music festival by RV. Amenities common in modern recreational vehicles include flat screen televisions, generators, plenty of electrical outlets, memory foam beds and fully-equipped kitchens.

Many RV campgrounds offer cable television hookups and wireless internet, as well. If you enjoy a home-away-from-home experience as you travel, younger travelers need look no farther than today’s RVs.

Millennials Enjoy Traveling with Friends

RV travel with a group of friends makes sense! Splitting the costs of an RV rental, fuel and food helps everyone budget for the trip, and the memories made while on the road are priceless. The wide range of floorplans and accommodations make traveling by motorhome flexible enough to fit most groups of traveling buddies.

Millennials Enjoy Combining Work with Travel

This up and coming generation of professionals values working outside the office. What better way for freedom-loving Millennials to contribute than from the road?

Picture this—you pull your motorhome or travel trailer into one of the many campgrounds that offer free wi-fi. Nearby are hiking or biking trails, or perhaps a lake to paddle board on your lunch break. In the comfort of your fully-equipped RV, you brew a little coffee, fire up the laptop and finish the reports the boss is waiting for. The internet makes telecommuting simple and RV travel to well, just about anywhere in America, makes it a pleasure!

If you’re a part of the Millennial generation and you’re wondering whether RV travel is for you, why not take a trip to one of our rental locations? We’ve got trained staff on hand to help you learn your options, whether it’s for telecommuting from a national park or enjoying the great outdoors with a group of friends.

It’s time to hit the road, Millennials! RV travel can take you where you want to go, on your own terms and with the flexibility and amenities you value most.

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RV Camping on Florida Panhandle Scenic Byways

Beaches, wildlife and one magnificent sunset after another—that’s what you can expect to find while RV camping along the scenic byways of Florida’s Panhandle. We’ve picked three itineraries to help you discover the area’s diverse beauty.

RV Camping on Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Follow Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway to discover mysterious legends, small town charm and the highest bluffs on the Florida coast. Follow US-90 in Pensacola north along Pensacola Bay and get ready to fall under the spell of these fascinating places:

  • Magnolia Bluff – incomparable views of Escambia Bay
  • Emanuel Point – where shipwrecks wait to be discovered offshore
  • Bayou Texar – take the drive across the bridge for a one-of-a-kind experience
  • Gaberonne Swamp – discover the plants and animals of native swampland, with a touch of Spanish history tossed in for good measure
  • East Pensacola Heights – quaint shopping and residential district with old Florida charm

Search our directory of Florida campgrounds in the Pensacola area, and take your time to enjoy its dramatic beauty.

Scenic Highway 30A by RV

It’s less than thirty miles long, but this stretch of highway through Florida’s South Walton area encompasses the very best of the state. With more than a dozen distinct beach communities offering almost unlimited attractions, the question will be, “What should we enjoy first?”

Plan time to take in the sights, sounds and flavors along South Walton’s white sand beaches. From the architectural wonders of Seaside to the towering dunes of Blue Mountain Beach, there’s something for everyone to love along this byway. You’ll also want to add a trip to the area’s two state parks, Grayton Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve, to round out your enjoyment of South Walton. Bonus: both state parks boast full-service RV campgrounds!

Big Bend Scenic Byway

As this combination of highways winds between Tallahassee and Apalachicola, the Florida Panhandle RV traveler is treated to an amazing array of natural and cultural wonders. Use this detailed guide to the Big Bend Scenic Byway to map your route along the Coastal Trail spurs, the Forest Trail or the all-encompassing Two-Day Loop Trail. Everywhere you turn, you’re going to find something memorable on this Byway.

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida

Photo courtesy of http://www.floridabigbendscenicbyway.org/

Here are just a few of the sights you can see along the way:

  • George Island State Park—unspoiled beauty, sea turtles and plenty of specimens for your shell collection
  • Wakulla Springs State Park—home to one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs
  • Marks—a vintage coastal town where two rivers meet, with easy access to a wide range of hiking and biking trails
  • Ochlockonee River State Park—come watch for manatee and other coastal wildlife in this lush preserve
  • St Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse—seventy thousand acres of wetlands and marshes plus a well-preserved lighthouse make this a stop you’ll want to make.

As you travel through Florida’s sun-drenched Panhandle, you’ll find fascinating wildlife, beautiful beaches and history reaching back to the first Spanish explorers. Get in touch with us for a Florida RV rental and start planning your own epic journey along a Florida Panhandle Scenic Byway.

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Helpful Tools to Help Plan Your RV Trip

Spring is here, and summer is on its way, so it’s time to start thinking about a vacation!  One of the best ways to enjoy your time off is to see the country in an RV.  Before you can have fun, however, you have to plan your trip, and that can be the most stressful part.  Where do you want to go?  What should you see?  What do you want to eat when you get there?  Luckily, we have access to some great online tools to help plan an amazing RV trip for your family.

First off, check out El Monte RV in order to rent the perfect motorhome.  You can pick from locations across the United States, so wherever you’re from, there will be one close to you.  El Monte’s site makes it easy to compare different sizes of motorhomes and to check the availability of rentals at different locations, too.

After you have picked out your RV, it’s time to decide where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there.  A fantastic site for choosing destinations and activities is Zerve.com.  Zerve connects travelers up to tours, day trips, wine tastings and thousands of other activities in cities all over the country.  Whether you want to book a whale watching trip in San Francisco or tour through famous film locations in New York City, Zerve will help you find the perfect trip for your family.

Once you’ve decided where you want to go, it’s time to start packing, and you’re going to need a good packing list.  Taking your RV on a Grand Canyon camping trip will require a very different packing list compared to a sightseeing tour of Major League Baseball parks on the East Coast!  Are you going to need a lantern and grill, or just your favorite player’s jersey and plenty of sunscreen?  Whatever you plan on doing, make up an RV packing list and start figuring out what your trip will require.  Start early and make sure you get everything you need!

When you’re on your way, recognize that traveling in an RV isn’t just about the destinations, it’s about having fun on the road, too!  One of the great ways to spend time during your trip is to listen to audio books, and that has never been easier than it is with the downloadable app from Audible.com.  Audible gives you the opportunity to listen to over 150,000 high-quality audio books.  You could listen to Lonesome Dove as you roll through the heat of a Texan afternoon, or experience Twilight as you actually navigate Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  Downloading this app is guaranteed to make your RV vacation the most immersive one of your life!

Lastly, everyone has to eat, and what’s the point of traveling if you don’t sample the cuisine along the way?  Try Yelp to find the best restaurants wherever you’re headed, and Open Table to book a reservation before you get there.  By knowing what other diners have to say about the local fare, you can guarantee a fantastic dining experience at every stop on the road.

You have access to more technology and tools than at any other time in human history, so make use of it when you head out on your RV adventure!

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An Autumn RV Trip to Woodstock, New York

An RV trip up through New York State is the ideal way to catch the fall colors. The brilliant reds, golds and oranges elicit all the pleasant memories of fall fun from the time you were a child up to the present. The leaves begin to turn in the middle of September and finish around the end of October. You have plenty of time to plan the perfect getaway.

Kingston, NY

Looking across the John T. Loughran Bridge into Kingston, NY, USA

You will see scenic villages and move through countryside bound to take your breath away. Start out in historic Kingston, New York, and discover a wide variety of activities for all ages. The Trolley Museum of New York is a great start for learning some history. The Hudson River Maritime Museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits that are fun to browse. And don’t neglect the Saugerties Lighthouse on Esopus Creek. That is a quick side-trip north of Kingston.

You will then make your way over to Woodstock, New York where fall means some lovely views and a chance for more great activities. The Catskill Mountains are the main attraction, as nature beckons you into its charms. From Woodstock drive to Willow and be sure to visit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary on Van Wagner Road.  The rescued animals here are treated with compassion and care. It is a wonderful place to visit.

Continue on! There is more to see. Next you’ll come to Mount Tremper, which lies within Catskill State Park. From here you can take one of the Fall Foliage trains to get some of the best views of the colors.

Phoenicia, New York is just a hop, skip and a jump away and offers all sorts of unique adventures. Shop for special treats to take home to friends and family or take off on a hike through unspoiled forests. You are right in the heart of the Catskills and now is the time to take advantage of your position. Of course, Phoenicia is an artists’ community, so you are sure to see some wonderful artworks by some of the most creative folks around.

You can discover some wonderful RV camping in Phoenicia at the Phoenicia Black Bear Camp & RV on Bridge Street. Located on Esopus Creek, this is a spot where folks stop and gather for more outdoor fun. If you have brought your pet, no worries! They are pet-friendly. You will be able to fish, watch wildlife and go horseback riding nearby.

In town you will want to see the Empire State Railway Museum. The Phoenicia station has been restored and provides the perfect location for the many changing exhibits. Learning about this area’s history is all part of the experience.

Traveling through New York is always fun, but in autumn it is even more exciting because you can enjoy and marvel at the wonderful colors of the leaves as you celebrate another fall. Be sure to stay as long as you can!

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Experience the Brandywine Valley on an RV Vacation

Brandywine Valley

Hagley mill race on the Brandywine Creek, Delaware, USA.

Although a short trip, traveling through the Brandywine Valley offers beautiful scenery and many interesting sights to see. Here you will get tastes of history, natural beauty and country hospitality. Driving through Pennsylvania and Delaware as fall approaches is a vacation trip not to pass up, particularly in a comfortable RV motorhome.

Take the twelve-mile drive on Routes 100 and 52 through rolling hills. But don’t neglect to stop and see the sights. You’ll begin your journey in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where you can browse the shops and find fine dining. You can stay at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA in Coatesville, PA with a lovely rural setting and plenty of activities.

Be sure to travel to the Brandywine Battlefield Park to experience the feel of life in the times of the Revolutionary War. This side trip on U.S. Route 1 is worth the time it takes to get to Chadds Ford and see this historic site. The visitor’s center has a number of exhibits that display the weapons and uniforms of that era. It is a thrill to see Washington’s headquarters. If you are there in September, you will also get to view a full re-enactment of the battle in all its glory.

Longwood Gardens is a must-see for the whole family. There are more than 1,000 acres of beauty here, with twenty indoor gardens. There is no other place with such stunning displays of plants, flowers and fountains. Stop by and explore the Brandywine River Museum located in a 19th century grist mill. The art work there will take your breath away, with a superior collection of Wyeth art from three generations.

To see a spectacular mansion with a large garden area visit the Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Walking the Long Walk is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the sculptures and flowering plants and trees. The reflecting pool is a thing of wonder with its twelve-foot spray.

Another must-see on your journey is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, a working farm that has been in existence since the 18th century. Then you will move on to Wilmington, Delaware with its many attractions. Take time to shop for gifts for friends and relatives while in town. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some entertainment or sports events here in Wilmington.

Of course, before you leave to travel home once again in your RV, stop by the residence that was once owned by Henry Francis du Pont. The Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library offers the visitor a glimpse into the world of American decorative arts and a natural garden that is amazing in its breadth.

Your travel through the Brandywine Valley is a time to explore nature, history and have some fun. You will learn a lot about colonial times and experience a peaceful and enlightening getaway with the family. Explore, learn and relax. And come again for another late summer adventure in Pennsylvania and Delaware!

Picture credits: The picture of Brandywine Valley is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Scenic RV Road Trips – Delmarva Peninsula

We live in one big, beautiful country, and one of the best ways to see it is along its famous scenic drives. One of the most spectacular of those routes can be found on a rugged peninsula shared by three Eastern states. Delmarva Peninsula, made up of land belonging to Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is a visual feast for RV travelers.

Sitting between Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, it’s not hard to find drives with beautiful ocean views on Delmarva Peninsula. A popular route is along the Coastal Highway (Delaware State Rd 1) from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to Ocean City, Maryland. Not only will you see some of the prettiest beaches on the East Coast, you’ll also get to experience the beauty of Delaware Seashore State Park, a family-friendly coastal paradise.

Once you’re ready to move on, continue south on Coastal Highway through pristine beach resort towns like Bethany Beach and South Bethany. You’ll have abundant opportunities to view wildlife and an amazing variety of birds along the way, as well as unforgettable views of the Atlantic. The drive south toward Ocean City will take you along the eastern edge of Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area, so why not plan to spend time exploring there, as well as on Fenwick Island?

From there, it’s a straight shot south along Isle of Wight Bay to Ocean City, MD, a full-fledged resort and casino city. Anyone with a yen to try the tables will find plenty to do at the southern end of this scenic drive!

But that’s not the only awesomely scenic roadway on the Peninsula. You can also enter it from the south from Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), a picturesque adventure in itself. A note here: there is a toll charged for CBBT passage, so be sure to add that to your travel budget.

Once you’ve reached land at the end of the CBBT, you’ll find yourself on Fisherman’s Island National Wildlife Refuge. Take time to get to know this Eastern Virginia bird, butterfly and wildlife migratory stop before heading north across Fisherman’s Inlet on Hwy 13. You’ll skirt the Atlantic Coastline before curving back east at Kiptopeke State Park, If you’re ready to stop for the night at this point, take advantage of the comfortable RV campground at this Park.

You can continue north the entire length of the Peninsula on Hwy 13 if you’d like, taking side trips to picturesque port towns like Cape Charles, Virginia and exploring the salt marshes and inlets like Longs Pond and Cherrystone. Jog over to Hwy 50 north of Salisbury, MD for views of the Eastern Bay all the way across the bridge to Annapolis.

Delmarva Peninsula should be on every RV camper’s dream vacation list. To make it easy to add it to yours, we’ve gathered the names of RV campgrounds located right on the Peninsula. Be sure to let us know about your Delmarva Peninsula scenic drive adventures!

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