Music Festival RV Camping – Destination Warped Tour – Final Tour

If you are a fan of alternative rock music or even punk rock music, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Warped Tour. This year, it was announced by Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour in 1995, will be its last full tour around the country.

What this means for RV enthusiasts who also happen to love rock music, is you should plan early if you want to catch at least one venue of this last and rather historic magical musical tour.  Music Festival RV Vacations

Warped built its brand of a “punk-rock summer camp” by bringing out scene staples like NOFX and Bad Religion numerous times. But it was also an early champion of bands like Blink-182, No Doubt, and Paramore — punkers eventually embraced by the pop world. And outside of punk entirely, Warped’s past lineups were riddled with pre-superstardom misfits who found an early home amongst the skate shows and merch tents: Katy Perry, Eminem, Kid Rock, the Black Eyed Peas. Their ranks were rarely favorites of critics, but they no doubt shaped culture.

This last tour will be studded with a variety of bands as usual but this time, according to Lyman, Warped icons will hop on to make the last hurrah extra special. “You’re gonna see a big mix of bands I felt really embraced the Warped Tour lifestyle,” he says. “I don’t want to say a ‘mature’ lineup, but bands that I think could use one more big push of Warped Tour to help further their careers.” (Lyman, quoted in Billboard Magazine).

The tour this year begins in Pomona, CA on June 21st, followed by a few other California dates: San Diego on June 22nd, Mountain View on the 23rd and Ventura on the 24th. They start traveling eastward from there to Phoenix on the 28th and Las Vegas on the 29th of June. June 30th will feature Warped Tour in Salt Lake City before they travel to Denver on the 1st of July.

If you have never seen the remarkable traveling tour, this represents an amazing collection of about 100 bands in their tour buses or vans and another 50 or so RV’s, trucks or buses that comprise the setup and take-down crews for each venue. This is probably the closest you’d come to a traveling circus in the 21st century and it truly is an experience. The music is blaring from about 6 different sound stages every day; which they pack up and drive to the next city and set up for the next day.

Each venue might have some variation in the performers, but the entire cavalcade of musicians is beautifully organized and really fun to watch and listen to in at least one of their many locations.

The full tour itinerary and ticket information is available on the Warped Tour Official Website.  It is an incredible journey from the west to the east coast, with stops all along the way in the Midwest and Nashville, before they hit the east coast with Virginia Beach and two New Jersey stops mid-July. Then it’s another jaunt north to Hartford and Burgettstown, PA before they go to Toronto for one night on July 17th (the only non-US stop on the tour).

Warped Tour returns to the Midwest in late July and then back to the east coast to start to wrap it up. July 25th will find the entire troupe in Darien Center, NY followed by stops in Scranton, PA, Mansfield MA and Wantagh, NY. Then they head south to Columbia, MD, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta in late July.

The tour will end in Florida in early August with their four final tour dates in Jacksonville on August 2nd, Orlando on August 3rd, Tampa on August 4th, and finishing in West Palm Beach on August 5th.

If you haven’t yet been, make this the summer to go to at least one city and consider camping in your RV near any of the tour locations. Just plan early and get your tickets so you will be sure to have the full Warped Tour experience before it is gone forever.

El Monte RV has rental locations near many of the tour destinations. See section: Where you can Rent RV’s at El Monte RV for all our RV rental locations.

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Summer Everglades National Park RV Vacation

Though this may sound like an inopportune time to visit the Everglades, there are several advantages to exploring this vast wetlands National Park in summer.

Everglades Wet Season – June – November

With plenty of room to explore without crowds, the Everglades are the perfect adventure during the wet season, when frequent rains and heat scare many people off. If you come prepared with sunscreen and a hat, you’re likely to see scores of alligators going about their business, making the Everglades thrilling for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers looking for the perfect picture. Transition periods – like late April to early May are always a busy time. Tours are popular on Memorial Day weekend. Plus, alligators experience an active mating period in the spring, and with summer months just ahead, the wetland is preparing to create new habitat for wildlife to thrive. In late August, you can actually hear the cries of new baby alligators getting ready to roam. In the Everglades, water levels change dramatically from month to month, creating unique differences between the wet and dry seasons.

Alligator in the Everglades

Alligator in the Everglades

Facts about the Everglades:

The Everglades is a natural environment that is truly unique to South Florida. Here are some interesting facts about it:

  • The Everglades is located on more than eight million acres in Florida, originating near Orlando and following the Kissimmee River down to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.
  • The Everglades is the single-largest subtropical wetland ecosystem on the continent and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee, and supports 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles.(Wikipedia).
  • Often thought of as a large swamp, the Everglades is actually a complex mix of landscapes including rivers, marshes, forests and marine environments.
  • More than seven million people – or one-third of the state – depend on the Everglades for their water supply.
  • The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.

Park Entrances

Everglades National Park has three entrances in Homestead, Miami, and Everglades City. Please note, these entrances do NOT interconnect.

Homestead Entrances

  • Main Entrance: This entrance connects visitors to the Royal Palm and Flamingo areas of the park. It is open 24 hours a day. There is an entrance fee collected. If you are interested in taking a boat tour or renting a canoe, kayak or other boat at Flamingo, a separate fee applies.

Miami Entrance

  • Shark Valley Area: Open daily from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. There is an entrance fee collected at the gate. Separate fees apply for tram tours and bike rentals. The park remains open 24 hours, but vehicles do not have access after 6:00PM.

Everglades City / Naples Entrance

  • Gulf Coast Area: Open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance; however there are fees for boat tours and canoe rentals.

The above are all National Park locations. In addition, there is another attraction west of Ft. Lauderdale at Griffin Rd and US 27. Everglades Holiday Park features gator shows, airboat rides and fantastic bird watching. In this park, you also see creatures in their natural habitat. The park is a working rescue operation and an educational park that is raising awareness of the importance of conserving natural wetlands.

Places to Camp in the Everglades:

Long Pine Key Campground, near Florida City near the Homestead entrance to the Everglades. It features 108 individual drive-up sites for tents and RVs available first-come, first-serve for $20/night. Reservations are not accepted for individual sites. However, they are closed during the wet season so save this one for November through April.

Flamingo Campground: Camping on the edge of Florida Bay offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Camping is available year-round!  No reservations are needed during off-season months between April 16 – Nov.19. During the summer wet season, portions of the campgrounds may be closed due to flooding.

RV Sites: Camping fees at the 41 sites in T-Loop in Flamingo with electrical hookup are $30.00 a night per site or $15.00 per site for Senior and Access pass holders. (This fee applies to anyone using these sites, regardless of whether they use electric or not.)

Amenities and Activities:
Flamingo campground is in a big open field with few trees and strong breezes can be felt from winds coming from Florida Bay. The campground features solar-heated showers, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and an amphitheater for winter programs.

Flamingo has several hiking trails and canoe trails, and opportunities for saltwater fishing are plentiful. More than 300 species of birds spend the winter in Everglades National Park, and there is ample opportunity to see crocodiles and manatees in the marina area where you can find services, boat rentals, tour boats and the Buttonwood Café.

Bring your kayak or canoe to explore backcountry trails, and small motorboats (5 HP and under) are allowed in many areas.

Flamingo Campground is located 38 miles south after entering the main park entrance in Homestead.

If you prefer to camp outside the park grounds, there are several other RV campgrounds nearby in Homestead and Florida City.

Check out Miami while you’re here:

Driving north from the Everglades, you are only about an hour away from Miami where you will want to take advantage of some extensive sightseeing. Visit Monkey Jungle, where humans are caged and monkeys run wild. Or if you are in the humor for more culture, tour Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (an Italian palace said to have been constructed using real, imported Italian marble) take a walking tour to plenty of art museums. Dine along South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove and spend the day where Crockett and Tubbs made Miami famous.

And, El Monte RV’s Miami location is right nearby, about 10 miles south of Coral Gables, if you need to rent an RV for your Everglades adventure!

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Memorial Day Racing RV Vacation

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to some of the best auto racing in the Carolinas. Located outside Charlotte, North Carolina the racetrack was built in 1959 and has been hosting NASCAR races since 1960. The racetrack is 1.5 miles long. A revolutionary lighting system installed in 1992 allowed Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first modern speedway to host night racing.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

There is much more to do besides watch the race. The speedway has a Fan Zone which is a 10-acre area just outside the main entrance. Racing fans can play interactive games and purchase NASCAR merchandise. Kids will enjoy the bounce houses, petting zoo, and face painting located in the Play Zone.

The Coca-Cola 600 race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tickets are on sale now for the May 27th event. This year the Eli Young Band will be the pre-race concert and is included when you purchase race tickets.

Many people who attend the race make a week of it and camp while they are there. Check out the speedway’s camping rules here. 

There are different campgrounds to suit your family’s needs: 

Turn 4 Family Campground:

This is a popular, family-friendly campground. It is perfect for families of all sizes and is especially suitable for children. Quiet time is observed daily. The campground is located near the Turn 4 grandstands and is a standard, no-hookup facility. However, there are modern restrooms/showers located nearby.

Tim Flock Campground:

This is a centrally located, standard no-hookup campground. It is located near a convenience store and gas station. Campsites are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Extra tow vehicle passes can be purchased.

Morehead Farms Camp:

This standard, no-hookup campground is located on the backside of the speedway. It is a short 15-minute walk to the track and trams also run before and after the race. If you like a more secluded campsite, this will suit you.

Rock City Campground:

Located less than a mile from the front stretch, this is the best campground for partying with family and friends. It is a standard, no-hookup campground. A tram runs from Rock City to the speedway before and after the race.

Infield Camping:

If you would like to be in the middle of the action, then this is the place for you. There are premium RV sites that offer electric only. You can view the race on the huge HDTV in the infield. These campsites are ideal for entertaining clients or visiting with family and friends.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway’s philosophy is to make a fan’s visit the experience of a lifetime, whether it be watching the race, playing in the Fan Zone, looking through NASCAR memorabilia, viewing the race on the world’s largest HDTV, or camping right in the middle of all the action.

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An RV Vacation in Search of the World’s Longest Yard Sale

The old saying “someone’s trash is someone’s treasure” certainly holds true for the World’s Longest Yard Sale, also known as The 127 Corridor Sale. Everybody loves to find a bargain. Imagine a five-state, 690-mile yard sale stretching along highway 127 from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan. Individual families, groups of people and communities set up tables and booths to participate in the yard sale. Vendors lease fields and open spaces along the corridor to sell their wares.

Yard Sale offerings

Yard Sale offerings

The event officially begins the first Thursday in August and ends the following Sunday. This year’s dates are- August 2 – 5. The massive yard sale was the brainchild of Mike Walker, a local Fentress County, Tennessee official. He envisioned the yard sale as a way to get people off the major interstates and onto America’s backroads. The first yard sale took place in 1987 along highway 127 in Fentress County, Tennessee. The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce currently serves as the yard sale’s headquarters.

It would be impossible to travel the entire stretch of highway 127 in the four days, much less visit each vendor or sale. You could make this an annual trip, visiting a different section of the corridor each August. Some of the major cities along the route are:

  • Gadsden, AL
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Jamestown, TN
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Addison, MI

An excellent starting point would be where it all began – in the state of Tennessee. The Edgetrekker is a website that helps plan and organize your trip along the 127 Corridor Sale.

Reserve a campsite as a home base in Crossville, which is about midway on the TN section. From there you can travel north or south checking out yard sale bargains during the weekend. You can explore local attractions the days before and after the big sale.

The local Tennessee scenery is worth the trip even if you don’t buy a thing.

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The “Hangry” Monster

We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road in your RV and all of a sudden you are “hangry” (angry because you’re so hungry). Never mind that you just ate a few hours earlier. To make matters worse you’re miles from the nearest fast food restaurant or quick mart.

These hunger attacks always seem to happen when – A. you don’t have time to stop or B. you’re in the middle of nowhere. Then there is the wad of cash you need in order to purchase the fast food, snacks, candy, chips, and drinks – on the road. Here are some tips to help you tame the Hangry Monster before you head out on your next RV adventure.

Planning Ahead is Key:    Take advantage of the convenience of your RV!

Drinks-

  • Purchase a special cup with a built in straw and spill proof lid for each member in the family. This will also prevent spills in the RV.
  • Let each member of the family pick out their own unique cup design. Make sure none of the cups are identical. This will save a lot of headaches on the road trip when you have a rogue cup that several family members try to claim as their own.
  • Take a poll of everyone’s favorite drinks and buy enough to last until you reach your destination. It is always less expensive to buy these in bulk before you leave on your trip. On the road you can pour your favorite drink and enjoy the passing scenery.
  • Get a sturdy, roomy cooler for your drink storage.
  • Stay hydrated with non-sugary drinks. Pack plenty of bottled water. Freeze some bottles to use in the cooler to chill your drinks. Then you will also have plenty of cold water to drink.

Snacks- 

  • Salty, sweet and crunchy cravings will be satisfied with delicious trail mix. You can make your own and add or delete ingredients to suit your taste buds.
  • Mix up a big batch of trail mix. Package in individual plastic baggies or keep the trail mix in a large plastic tub. Use plastic cups to dip out mix and also as a serving cup. This will keep the RV neat and tidy and make clean up a snap.
  • If you don’t have time to make trail mix or other snack mixes, buy individual bags of prepackaged pretzels, peanuts and chips. This way you will have everyone’s favorites on hand.

Clean up –

  • Use a small, sturdy plastic trash can with a locking lid for collecting trash. That way if it gets knocked over during the trip it won’t make a mess.
  • Pack large kitchen trash bags to collect trash and don’t forget to pack extra bags.
  • Recycle plastic, glass, and aluminum in a separate bag.

Trail Mix:

Mix well in the ratios you choose. Store in an airtight container.

  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, pecans
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Chocolate chips or candy covered chocolate pieces
  • Cereal squares (rice, wheat, corn)
  • Dried apricot, banana, or coconut pieces

    Easy meals on the road.

    Easy meals on the road.

Having a kitchen in your RV makes meals and snacks a really convenient and inexpensive way to eat while travelling.  With a refrigerator, stove and microwave all on-board, eating is easy and enjoyable!

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Let’s explore some “NEW” places to visit during 2018!

Our first adventure takes us to “NEW” Hampshire…

 White Mountain National Forest 

The White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine features Mt. Washington, the highest peak north of the Smokey Mountains and east of the Mississippi River.   Established in 1918 as part of the National Parks System after years of unregulated logging and forest fires ravaged the landscape, this park has grown to almost 800,000 acres of pristine forest land. The park is open is open year round and hosts up to 6 million visitors annually.

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Hike to the peak of Mt. Washington on a clear day and you may be rewarded with a panoramic view of 100 miles of beautiful hardwood forests, sparkling mountain lakes, and wandering streams.

 

What to see/do while you are visiting:

Are you a history buff or just fascinated by the way people lived a hundred years ago?

  • visit a 19th century farmhouse

The Russell-Colbath House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Step back in time as a docent guides you through this historical museum. You will learn about life in the Passaconaway Valley, examine artifacts, and view furnishings from this time period. Located on the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, NH. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and more information. (Open seasonally)

Touring a house/museum not your idea of learning about history?

  • explore the wilderness-

Then you will want to explore the great out of doors and visit the backwoods along the many hiking trails. Here you can discover the crumbling remains of a logging camp or an old mill dam. You may stumble across some railroad tracks. What would it have been like to ride a logging train?  Perhaps you will find the remains of a wilderness family’s home. Can’t you just imagine what life might have been like a hundred years ago for these people?

Would you rather explore by vehicle?

  • take a drive-

Hop in the RV with the family and take a leisurely drive down the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, which locals refer to as the “Kanc”. This route is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful routes through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is very popular during the autumn “leaf season” so make plans now for next fall or perhaps you would want to explore in the winter wonderland.

Winter Recreation your passion?

  • bundle up for some outdoor fun-

If you are not afraid of the arctic weather and speed excites you, then check out snowmobiling, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, or alpine skiing which are all available at White Mountain National Park. If you prefer a somewhat slower pace, but the chill factor is still mandatory, check out cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking. Whatever route you choose, bundle up and stay warm!

After a day exploring White Mountain National Park in scenic New Hampshire, head back to your comfy home away from home and curl up with a good book and a mug of hot tea or chocolate. There is always something new to explore the next day.

Stay tuned for our next “NEW” adventure!  Where will we explore next?

There are many different campgrounds in White Mountain National Park, but Hancock Campground is one that is open year round.

Hancock Campground

  • Exit 31 off Interstate 93. (Route 112); 5 miles East of Lincoln, NH.
  • Open year round
  • Plowed for winter use
  • Near Lincoln Woods Visitor Center

Before you leave for your trip:

Be sure to check out the Alerts and Notices tab on the White Mountain National Park’s  web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/whitemountain/home  to check for trail closings and any other important park information.

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Visiting the National Parks by RV

Seeing a Show While Visiting the National Parks

There’s no better way to see the beauty of our country’s national parks than with an RV vacation. In an RV, you can make yourself at home on the road, to chart your own course and stray off the beaten path to see parks up close and personal. When the sun sets on an amazing day in the national park, head to a nearby city to enjoy a game, performance or concert. We’ve listed a few of our favorite national parks, as well as nearby towns where you can catch a show and be ready to get back to nature the next day.

The Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the east coast and spend some time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Before the arrival of European settlers, the park was once the home to the Cherokee people, and it was officially dedicated a national park by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Explore the pristine beauty of over 500,000 acres of woods, rivers and historic settlements. With its convenient location and beautiful surroundings, it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains is the most frequently visited national park in the country.

The Venue: The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.

After you’ve hiked, fished and relaxed in the wilderness, head just 40 miles east to the city of Asheville, N.C. Nestled in the mountains, Asheville has long been a destination for friendly people, great food and fantastic music. While you’re in town, catch a show at The Orange Peel, which has been recognized as one of the top music venues in the country. The intimate space only holds about 1,000 people, but it has drawn musical acts such as Bob Dylan and Smashing Pumpkins. You can even catch a great comedy show there; comedian Tig Notaro will be performing at the Orange Peel on December 12, 2017.

The Park: Yosemite National Park

On the other side of the country is Yosemite National Park, an iconic American gem in Northern California. The park makes up more than 1,200 square miles of mountain vistas, valleys and breathtaking waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. Much of the land making up Yosemite National Park has been protected since the mid-19th century, and the plants and animal life in the park are incredibly diverse.

The Venue: Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Yosemite is just over an hour from Fresno, where you’ll find the Save Mart Center on the California State University campus. This multipurpose arena hosts everything from UFC fights and comedy shows to concerts from the likes of Miranda Lambert, Pink and Bruno Mars. It’s also home to the Fresno State men’s and women’s basketball teams. Pair an exciting event with a trip to Yosemite for a vacation that checks all the boxes.

The Park: Grand Canyon National Park

They say there’s no way to prepare yourself for seeing the Grand Canyon. No photo or description can do it justice; you just have to stand on the edge of its walls and see it for yourself. It was officially declared a national park in 1919, and more than 5 million Americans head to the northwestern corner of Arizona to see it every year. Whether you walk from one side to the other, fly over it on a helicopter tour, or just take it all in from the visitor’s center, a visit to Grand Canyon National Park is an experience you and your family will be talking about for years to come.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Venue: The Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Orpheum Theater was originally built in 1911 as a movie theater, and has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue for film, live music and stage performances. Flagstaff is about an hour from Grand Canyon National Park, and a great home base for your Grand Canyon adventure. The theater is in Flagstaff’s beautiful downtown, close to restaurants, shops and surrounded by the area’s natural beauty. Visit the Orpheum to see rock shows, singer-songwriters or even a classic film on the big screen.

The Park: Mt. Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an active volcano southeast of Seattle that rises over 14,000 feet above sea level. The highest mountain of the Cascade Range, it’s also the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., and it spawns six major rivers. Visitors can skip through wildflower meadows, marvel at powerful waterfalls and hike on well over 100 trails in this massive park.

The Venue: The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.

With stunning views over the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River, this outdoor amphitheater is known as one of the most scenic in America. It seats nearly 30,000 fans, and although it’s located in a fairly rural area, there are several campgrounds nearby.

The United States has 58 National Parks, which means you may never run out of sights to see and beautiful roads to drive. Get creative on your next National Park adventure and add in some evening entertainment. An RV adventure gives you the flexibility to make the most of your vacation, no matter where the road takes you.

About the Author

Adam Young enjoys exploring the country’s national parks when he’s not serving as the CEO of Event Tickets Center. His home state of Florida offers a range of parks that are perfect for visiting via RV.

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Holiday RV Travel—Christmas on the Road

Travel over Christmas break isn’t something new—but it doesn’t have to mean a crowded ski lodge or peak-season-priced hotel rooms. If your family’s ready to try something new, why not pack the RV and find the magic of Christmas on the road? For regions where weather conditions don’t favor RV travel, consider flying to a warmer spot and picking up a rental RV for your adventure.

We’ve collected some tips for keeping Christmas merry and bright while traveling by RV with the family. Pick one or try them all—these ideas are handpicked to bring holiday cheer to RV camping families.  We’ve even got a Holiday Special to help with your RV rental!

Christmas TreeRV Holiday Travel Destinations 

What RV camping destinations are popular at Christmas? Let’s narrow that answer down a bit. What does your family enjoy doing together? Where have you dreamed of going to get away for the holidays? Combining the winter holidays with activities everyone will enjoy is the key to an unforgettable holiday RV road trip.

Here are just a few suggestions for holiday RV travel destinations.

Ski Resorts with RV Parks combine winter sports, beautiful mountain settings and affordable accommodations. An excellent example of a year-round campground is the Fireside Resort near the ski slopes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many ski resorts allow boondocking, or dry camping, in self-contained motorhomes in their parking lots, so be sure to ask what’s available.

Theme Park Christmas Getaways are perfect for RV camping families who want to keep the fun going over the holidays. A big plus—theme parks dress up in their holiday best and host special events to add excitement to your family’s winter break.

Many RVers are familiar with Fort Wilderness Camping Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but did you know there are plenty of other options for holiday camping near theme parks? Check out Paradise by the Sea Resort in San Diego. You’ll be within easy driving distance of Legoland and San Diego Sea World. Arlington KOA is minutes away from Six Flags Over Texas. When you’ve chosen your theme park destination, look for on-site campgrounds or campgrounds within an easy drive.

Christmas Camping in the Beauty of Nature

Discovering natural wonders is one more way families who camp together get the most from their winter breaks. Think of the memories you’ll make sharing Yuletide delights surrounded by desert vistas (Mojave National Preserve in Southern California), discovering trails along a rocky riverbank (Colorado Bend State Park north of Austin, TX) or exploring Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.

RV Holiday Travel Tips 

No matter which holiday RV travel destination you choose, it’s easy to keep the excitement building along the way. Try these tips: 

Twelve Days of RV Christmas: Pick a theme and plan small gifts for everyone to enjoy each day as the holiday approaches. Time together as a family is the goal as each person unwraps the day’s gift. You could also draw names for ‘Secret Santa’ gifts to be purchased along the way or before you begin your trip.

Take Holiday Traditions on the Road: Bring along the holiday traditions that mean the most to your family. Pack the holiday books or movies you always share as a family. Sing along with Christmas music on the radio. Make each youngster a travel bag with holiday-themed coloring or puzzle books. Let older kids choose an audiobook of a Christmas classic to share.

Bring the ingredients for favorite cookies and candies, and spend the day baking together at the campground. Stock your RV kitchen with cocoa mix, marshmallows and candy canes for a shared treat while watching for Santa. Buy Command™ hooks to hang stockings without damaging the walls of your motorhome. Do you always have chili for Christmas Eve dinner? Is there a special cookie plate to set out with Santa’s goodies? All it takes is a little planning to transform your winter RV trip into a holiday to remember.

Holiday travel by RV can be whatever your family wants it to be. Carry on treasured traditions while traveling to a special destination, or explore the holiday traditions of other regions and cultures. Camp in extraordinary natural settings and spend the time bonding with your family. Traveling by motorhome gives you the freedom to shape your winter holiday celebrations into something remarkable.

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How to Choose the Right RV Storage Site

Many RV owners require offsite storage for their motorhomes, fifth wheels or travel trailers. City zoning laws or neighborhood covenants may restrict whether or not you’re allowed to store your recreational vehicle on your own property. It may also be easier to rent a storage space than to build a canopy or garage and to implement appropriate security. Whether for the winter, for whenever you aren’t camping or for more extended periods, choosing a safe, affordable place to house an RV doesn’t have to be difficult.  

RV Storage Class C RV

RV Storage Class C RV

What should you look for when choosing an RV storage site? It’s a fact that not all storage facilities are the same. There are several important criteria to consider. The following is a checklist you can use when deciding where your RV will be stored.

  1.      Is covered or indoor RV storage available?

You may prefer to keep your recreational vehicle under-cover and out of the weather. Is the storage area an open lot? Does it have some covered spaces?  Is there some type of indoor storage available? Some storage facilities have a variety of options based on your rental needs.

RV Storage Tip: No matter what type of site you choose, you should prep your RV for storage. That includes draining or winterizing waste and water systems, taking precautions against rodent and insect infestation, shutting off breakers and LP valves and removing any food from the camper.

  1.      What security is in place to protect stored RVs?

How will the facility owner protect your investment? Do they offer video surveillance, security lighting, gated code-specific access, on-site management or extended-height fencing? They may not, but make sure you know how motorhomes and trailers are protected against theft and vandalism. RV owners should also check their RV insurance policy to understand what’s covered while the unit is in storage.

  1.      How much storage space is allowed per RV?

Will your RV fit in the storage space allowed? Know the exact length and width of your trailer or motorhome before you look. Depending on whether the facility is a fenced, paved parking lot or simply a land lot, offers some covered spaces or even indoor storage, you’ll discover there’s a range of storage space sizes. They could be between 20 and 50 feet long and fifteen to twenty feet wide.  Ask to see where RVs are stored. Will moving your unit out for service or a camping trip be a simple task or a Jenga match? Will you be moving your own RV in and out, or do they offer valet parking?

  1.      When can you access your stored RV?

Some RV storage facilities offer 24-hour access to rental customers, while others have specific hours you can get to your motorhome. “When are RVs available to owner access?” is a good question to ask before you sign a storage agreement.

  1.      Does the storage location offer mechanical services such as interior repairs, engine inspection or appliance checks?

Some RV owners like to have an RV technician check their unit over while it’s in storage, so it will be ready for camping. If that’s an important feature to you, add that to your list of criteria as you begin your search.

  1.      What other RV amenities are offered on-site?

Does the storage facility offer such amenities as RV parts, water, air or a dump station? Are interior or exterior cleaning services available? Not all RV storage locations offer these services, but if they’re important to you, be sure to ask.

  1.      What surface will your RV be parked on—concrete, gravel, asphalt, dirt or grass?

Especially if you’re looking for long-term storage, pay attention to the parking surface. Concrete and asphalt won’t get tracked into your motorhome, but experienced RVers still use some sort of raised mat under their tires to prevent water pooling against the tires and causing damage.

  1.      Do you prefer to store your RV close to your favorite lake or recreation area?

It’s typical to find RV storage near state parks, lakes and other locations that attract large numbers of campers. If you like the idea of keeping your motorhome or trailer near the action, start your search for storage there.

  1.      What storage rate best fits your budget?

Rental rates vary, even within the same city. How much can you afford to spend on monthly, quarterly or annual RV storage rates? (And don’t forget to ask if you’ll be required to pay a security deposit.)

Finding the right storage for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these questions to filter your choices until you’ve found the facility that best meets your needs.

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Ten Road Trip Songs for Your Next RV Trip

Everything goes better with music, including RV road trips. With today’s easy access to music online, you can down your road trip ‘mix tape’ in no time. We’ve picked ten classic songs about the road to sing along to on your next RV trip.   

Road Trip Music

Road Trip Music

  1.   Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Who can resist the strong, clear voice of John Denver as he sings about traveling home to West Virginia?

  1.   Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Yes, it’s a really, really old song, but that driving beat will keep the RV rolling while you and your traveling buddies belt out those classic lyrics.

  1.   Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers

Great late-night road trip song. We defy you not to sing along with Gregg Allman about the endless road.

  1.   Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts

Obvious, we admit, but this happy tune might be a mood changer when you’ve spent a little too much time together on the road.

  1.   Amarillo by Morning – George Strait

We had to include the cowboy anthem about chasing the next rodeo down the highway.

  1.   Radar Love – Golden Earring

The beat alone will revive weary drivers and keep your road trip buzzing.

  1.   City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie

The perfect song to learn on a cross-country RV trip.

  1.   Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips

So easy to sing along with the soulful Miss Knight.

  1.   Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson

Such a smooth, smooth voice, it’s hard not to smile as you sing along.

  1.   Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

Finger snapping music to revive weary travelers and keep the road trip fun!

Your kids will wonder who in the world most of these artists are, but it’s never too late to teach them the classics! Let us know in the Comments section below what songs are part of your RV road trip traditions.

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