RV LIFE https://rvlife.com/ Journey With Confidence Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:58:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.6 https://rvlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-App-Icon-32x32.png RV LIFE https://rvlife.com/ 32 32 The 12 Best Parallel Parking Tips For RVers https://rvlife.com/parallel-parking-tips-for-rvers/ https://rvlife.com/parallel-parking-tips-for-rvers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:58:45 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=88201 These parallel parking tips will make it easier for you to find RV parking spots wherever you roam.

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How To Parallel Park In An RV

Parallel parking in your car can take some skill and practice and, like me, it might put you a bit on edge if that’s all the parking you can find. I do tend to avoid those spaces if you know what I mean.

Now, let’s talk about trying that in your RV. Details such as visibility and the size of your rig might just have you heading on down the road.

Parallel parking is an important skill if you like to visit national parks with limited parking. The ability to get into parallel spaces will keep you enjoying your adventures at the best places instead of forcing you to keep going or having to wait until a spot you can pull straight into comes open.

Read ahead for some of the best parallel parking tips for RVers.

Parallel parking tips

  1. Make sure you have confidence backing up your rig. This may take some concentrated practice. Bring your RV to an empty parking lot and use cones or the parking space lines to practice and gauge your parking to see how you do. Once you are confident with backing, set up the cones to simulate a parallel parking situation.
  2. Never be in a hurry. Take as much time as you need.
  3. Find a parking spot that will lead you to success, particularly the first few times you try to parallel park in a real situation. Move on if you aren’t comfortable. Understand and have a feel for the length of your RV. You probably won’t fit into the same spot as a car. You will likely need a couple of spaces strung together. Find one that is at least three feet longer than your vehicle.
  4. Open your blinds for maximum visibility.
  5. To prevent an unfortunate accident, get out of your RV so you can visualize where you are going.
  6. Make the investment to purchase backup and side view cameras, if you don’t already have them. They will assist you in getting into your RV site and much more. When it comes to parallel parking, they’ll be invaluable to see how close you are to the vehicle behind you.
  7. Utilize a spotter on the sidewalk if you can. Make sure you can see the spotter in your mirrors and have a discussion with them about what signals you will use. Roll down the windows so you can hear them as well.
  8. Keep an eye on the front, as well as the back.
  9. Check for tree branches or other overhanging obstacles.
  10. Back into the space at a 45-degree angle to the curb so you have the space to swing into the parking spot.
  11. When your back wheel is about one foot from the curb, swing the nose around and straighten the RV.
  12. Cheer for yourself as you skip to your next adventure. You just opened up a skill that will put you ahead of the RV pack.

Get tips from other RVers

Parallel parking your RV shouldn’t have to be scary or difficult. The old saying, “practice makes perfect” applies here. Don’t be intimidated to learn all you can about parking and enjoying your RV.

If you need to find a course in your area that helps you with learning how to drive and maneuver your RV, do whatever makes you more confident and safer on the road. You will be sliding into spaces with expertise before you know it. 

One of the best parts about RVing is engaging with the community of traveling enthusiasts. iRV2 forums allow folks to chat with other RVers online, and get other perspectives on everything RVing, including products, destinations, RV mods, and more.

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Sunset at Nashville RV Resort. Photo: RV LIFE Campground Reviews.

RV Trip Ideas: Nashville RV Resort in Tennessee

You can’t go wrong with making Nashville RV Resort your home away from home. The resort, previously known as Nashville Jellystone Park, offers great amenities and fun for the entire family.

A stay at this campground means you are just minutes for the great attractions of Nashville but still have a peaceful place to rest and recharge.

Every RV site at this campground is a pull-though site. Whether you are staying in an RV, renting a cabin, or roughing it in a tent, Nashville RV Resort has the perfect fit for you.

RV site options

You can choose from six different categories of RV sites. Please note that all sites with full hookups offer a fire ring and picnic table, while those with electric and water hookups only have a picnic table.

  • An extra-long site with full hookups (50-amp electric) is perfect if you have an extra-long rig. At up to 80 feet in length, this site is made for big rigs.
  • A premium site with full hookups (50-amp electric) and extra parking space is great if you are towing a vehicle.
  • One of the standard sites with full hookups (50-amp electric) is perfect for an average-size RV and those who are not towing a vehicle.
  • A standard site with full hookups (30-amp electric) provides the perfect balance between convenience and cost.
  • A site with 50-amp electric and water only is less expensive than the full hookup sites. There is an onsite dump station for guests’ convenience.
  • The sites with 30-amp electric and water only are located close to the shower area and comfort station.
Nashville RV Resort

RV sites and cabins at Nashville RV Resort. Photo: RV LIFE Campground Reviews

Cabins

Two-person cabins

  • Looking for a cabin for two? This deluxe cabin offers a full kitchen (featuring glass front cabinets and stainless-steel appliances), as well as a full bath, queen size bed, cable television, and linens. Relax on the screened-in porch that features a fireplace and television. A perfect romantic getaway awaits you.

Four-person cabins

  • The camping cabin (without a bathroom and kitchen) is pet-friendly. Enjoy the cable television, micro-refrigerator, and the comfort of air conditioning, but pack your own linens or sleeping bag. There is one full-size bed and one set of bunks. You’ll have a picnic table and a fire ring.
  • A patio provides a great way to relax and unwind in this deluxe cabin. It has a full bath with a shower, a kitchenette with a Keurig machine, stove, microwave, and micro-fridge, cable television, and all necessary linens. This pet-friendly option with air conditioning is located in prime spots at the campground. The cabin is outfitted with one queen bed and a set of bunk beds.

Six-person cabins

  • The deluxe cabin has a full bath with a tub and a shower. There is one queen bed (in the private bedroom), one full-sized futon/sleeper sofa, and a set of bunk beds. Linens and cable television are offered in this pet-friendly cabin, along with air conditioning and a kitchenette (complete with a Keurig machine, microwave, and refrigerator).
  • Need wheelchair accessibility? This deluxe cabin has you covered. It sleeps six and has two single beds, one queen bed, and one queen futon. There is also a sleeping loft that can sleep two small children. A large screened-in porch with tables and chairs is a great place to relax in comfort. The unit allows pets and offers cable television, linens, a full kitchen, air conditioning, and a full bathroom with a shower.

Seven-person cabins

  • Camp in style in this deluxe cabin that is close to the pool and recreational opportunities. The cabin has a queen bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and a triple bunk bed. Sporting a full kitchen (with stainless steel appliances) and a full bathroom with tub and shower, this pet-friendly unit is the perfect place to relax and de-stress. Linens and cable television are also included.  

Eight-person cabins

  • You will have plenty of space in this two-bedroom cabin. One bedroom has a set of bunk beds and a full-size bed, while the other has a queen bed. There is a sleeper sofa in the living room, as well as a full bathroom with a shower. Linens, cable television, and a full kitchen (with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig machine) are included in this pet-friendly unit. The patio has a fire pit and grill for outdoor cooking and entertaining.
  • Traveling with small children? This deluxe cabin has a patio loft with mattresses that are the perfect size for them. Additionally, there is a queen bed in the bedroom and a full-size futon and bunk beds in the living room. The cabin is pet-friendly and outfitted with air conditioning, cable television, linens, a full bath with a shower, and a full kitchen with all appliances. This cabin is perfect for families.

Tent sites

  • The pet-friendly individual tent sites with water and electric hookups are on grass pads, have a picnic table, and sleep up to six. They also accommodate pop-up campers and vans.
  • Individual tent sites (also on grass tent pads) without hookups are for tents only. They sleep up to four and they don’t allow pets. However, they have a fire ring, picnic table, and a great view.
  • Group tent sites are on a grass tent pad without hookups. They are close to all amenities and the comfort station/showers. They can have up to 20 people but don’t allow pets.

Activities and amenities

Regardless of which camping option you decide on, you will have access to the all the campground’s amenities and fun activities. There is a sparkling pool just perfect for cooling off after a day exploring all that Nashville has to offer.

Your entire group can play a round of mini (putt-putt) golf. The kids will all love jumping and sliding on the inflatables, running off energy at the playground, and mining for gems.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, and all sites except tent sites have cable television. There is an onsite laundry room, showers, a comfort station, and a dump station for added convenience.

The general store has everything you need for a great vacation, including propane. Pets are welcome at the resort, and they have their own dog park for off-leash play time.

Nashville RV Resort is a highly favorited park on RV LIFE Campground Reviews. You can learn more about the resort on their website at nashvillervresortandcabins.com.

Things to do in Nashville

Nashville has been known as Music City since radio announcer David Cobb called it that in the 1950s. It still lives up to its moniker.

Nashville radio station WSM got the first-ever FM broadcasting license in 1941. Elvis, known as the King of Rock and Roll, recorded over 200 songs at RCA Studio B. In fact, to this day there are Christmas lights on display in the studio that were hung there when he was recording a Christmas album and wasn’t in the Christmas spirit.

In addition to the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Old Opry, there are almost 200 live music venues in town. Be sure and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum.

Neon lights in Nashville

Neon lights of Nashville. Photo: Shutterstock.

Take a ride on the General Jackson Showboat and enjoy the scenery along the Cumberland River while enjoying lunch or dinner. Hop on a Segway, tractor, double-decker bus, or golf cart for a one-of-a-kind guided tour.

There are numerous walking and biking tours of the town, as well as pub crawls and haunted tours. There is no shortage of fun in Nashville, so be sure and see for yourself.



Find more RV parks in Tennessee

There are plenty of other areas of Tennessee just waiting to be explored. Our digital tools give you access to all the information you will need to plan a trip filled with new memories.

No matter where you decide to travel, or the roads you choose to get there, RV LIFE Campgrounds and RV LIFE Trip Wizard will help you plan the perfect vacation. RV LIFE Campgrounds is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by your fellow camping and RV enthusiasts. Along with the RV LIFE App, RV LIFE Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes customized to your RV and travel preferences.

Have you stayed at a campground lately? Please don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

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Camping Cocktails for Winter Warmth https://rvlife.com/camping-cocktails-for-winter-warmth/ https://rvlife.com/camping-cocktails-for-winter-warmth/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:43:06 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=89731 Stay Warm and Relaxed with These Tasty Winter Camping Cocktails If you’ve never been camping over the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Break,  we highly recommend it.  Spending the […]

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Stay Warm and Relaxed with These Tasty Winter Camping Cocktails

If you’ve never been camping over the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Break,  we highly recommend it.  Spending the holidays off-the-grid or in a national or state park are particularly special. You escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays, unplug from the chaos, and focus on delicious food and connecting with friends and family in nature.  What can be better than that? How about adding some great winter camping cocktails?

There are three warm cocktails that make the holiday campfire gathering particularly sweet.  Cocktails are very personal, so use the recipes below as a guide, add or subtract amounts based on your own taste buds. 

REAL Hot Chocolate With A Kick

Ditch the fake hot chocolate powder and go for the real deal.  It’s easy.   This is real hot chocolate with vodka and Baileys. If you’re feeling creative, you can also add Kahlua to the mix. 

Ingredients For Two Camping Cocktails

  • 2 cups of whole milk (or your favorite milk alternative like coconut, almond or oat)
  • 4 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips (add more to taste if you prefer your hot chocolate sweeter)
  • ¼ cup vodka  (for two drinks)
  • ¼ cup of Baileys (for two drinks)
  • Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 tablespoons of cane sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Warm the milk in a pot on the stove on medium low. Too much heat will burn the milk.  Once the milk is warm, add the chocolate chips and begin to  melt them, stirring constantly.  Once the milk reaches a light brown color, taste it. Add more chocolate if needed.  Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar to taste.  Pour the chocolate milk into your drinkware. Add vodka and Baileys. Top with whipped cream.  

Gather around the fire, gaze at the stars and enjoy.

Spiked Creamy Coffee

After a big meal, coffee can act as a digestive while offering a slight caffeine buzz. And when paired with a shot of  your favorite liquor, can yield excellent conversations.

Ingredients For Two Cocktails

  • 2 cups of brewed coffee
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar 
  • 1 cup of Heavy whipping cream 
  • 3 to 4 ounces of Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, Amarula or Rum
  • Tools: whisk or electric mixer 

Instructions:

Brew your favorite coffee. If you have access to an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until it is light and fluffy or use a hand whisk.  If you don’t have a whisk or electric mixer, warm the heavy cream on the stovetop on low.  Pour coffee into each cup, add your favorite liquor, add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar to each cup (optional). Top with the whipped cream or add the warmed cream to each coffee cup.   

Enjoy your caffeinated but relaxed conversation under the stars.

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Couple sips winter camping cocktails from LITO insulated wine tumblers.

Hot Buttered Rum

Did we say butter? Yes we did.  Butter and rum, sounds about right to us.  Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect substitute for dessert after your holiday meal, and makes great winter camping cocktails.

Ingredients For Two Camping Cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • spiced rum
  • boiling water

Instructions:

  1. Add the softened butter to a mixing bowl with the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cream together until well combined. Taste – is it sweet enough for you? If not, add a bit more sugar. 
  2. Add a dollop of the spiced butter to heat resistant drinkware, and add a healthy dose of rum. Fill the glass with boiling water and whisk until everything is combined.  Add more of the butter mixture if you prefer a bit more creaminess.  Finish it off with whipped cream.

Save leftover spiced butter to make cinnamon toast in the morning. 

Sip, snuggle and enjoy the shooting stars. 

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10 Tips For Full Time RV Living With Kids https://rvlife.com/full-time-rv-living-with-kids/ https://rvlife.com/full-time-rv-living-with-kids/#respond Sat, 26 Nov 2022 22:58:55 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=88163 Planning on full time RV living with kids? You’re going to have a blast! Here’s what you need to know before jumping in.

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10 Things You Should Know About Full Time RV Living With Kids

Full time RV living with kids is becoming more and more popular. Why wouldn’t it be? Telecommuting jobs and other forms of online work are increasingly abundant, and finding ways to stay connected in order to do those jobs gets easier every year. Not only that, but homeschooling is becoming more mainstream, and subsequently, resources to school your kids on the road are becoming more accessible.

Yes, for many families, it just seems to make sense to get out there and see the world. That said, RV living in general—and especially RV living with kids—is not all sunshine and roses. There are some things you will want to know in order to ensure the longevity of your family RV adventures.

In this article, we are going to share some of our top tips for full time RV living with kids. Use these tips to help ensure your RV adventure is as wonderful as you hope it will be. 

1. Choose your RV wisely

First and foremost, you must choose your RV wisely. A rig with a separate bunk room and master bedroom is crucial.

Doors inside the RV are a must-have, and having plenty of storage space (as well as floor space for playing) is ideal. Some families might also want to consider looking for a rig with two bathrooms.

2. Set up an outdoor living space

Even the biggest RV is going to seem tiny at times, especially when your whole family is crammed inside. For this reason, it is important that you set up an outdoor living space wherever you park. Doing so will give you and your family a place to escape when things feel too crowded. 

Your outdoor living space can include things like a Clam tent for extra work/play space, a hammock or two for relaxing, an outdoor rug, plenty of chairs, and some sort of lighting. Make it feel comfortable so people actually want to spend time out there!

3. Purge, purge, purge

Regularly purging unnecessary items is another thing that will help you feel more comfortable in a tiny home. Kids come with a lot of stuff, and they tend to accumulate more pretty quickly—seriously, how do they do it?—especially when spending time with family. 

Of course, you will want to do a good purge of toys, clothes, and household items before you move into your RV. That said, you’ll also want to set aside time to purge again at least every six months in order to ensure clutter stays at a minimum and your family has space to breathe. 

4. Stay organized, but get accustomed to mess

Of course, having a good organization system will also help the space feel bigger. We mentioned buying a rig with plenty of storage space before. Do that, but also find ways to make the most of that storage space. Bins with lids, hanging storage systems, and vacuum bags are all useful items to have. 

Just keep in mind that no matter how much you organize your RV, there is always going to be clutter. You live in the space, and there really isn’t anywhere for the messes to hide. For this reason, you will need to learn to embrace the mess as a sign that your family is really making the most of life. 

5. Discuss water and electricity conservation

If you ever plan on boondocking or camping without hookups—and you almost certainly will end up doing this, at least occasionally—you will need to talk to your kids about conservation.

Boondocking (or dry camping) means camping without any hookups whatsoever. This means electricity, water, and waste tank space are all very limited, so you really can’t run water mindlessly or leave electronics running for no reason. You will have to take the time to teach your kids these things. 

6. Dole out chores

Kids who live in houses have chores. There is no reason kids who live in RVs shouldn’t have chores also. In fact, we highly recommend that you do give your kids some household tasks to keep up with. 

These tasks might look different than typical household chores, but kids can do things like wipe down countertops and sinks, help dump tanks, and even walk trash to the campground dumpster if they’re old enough. 

Kids at the ocean

7. Roadschool your way

We mentioned homeschooling on the road at the beginning of this article. This is what most RVing families do, as it offers a level of flexibility that allows them to travel as they see fit. It also offers the opportunity to tailor your homeschool style to fit your child’s needs and even weave your travel adventures into your studies!

Give yourself freedom to create your own unique roadschool style. Don’t worry about doing the same thing a school would do or conforming to any particular style of homeschooling. Instead, pick and choose what works for your family and run with it, making sure you allow it to morph as your family grows and changes.

RV LIFE offers an excellent Masterclass entitled Ready to Roadschool. The course will guide you through the basics of roadschooling as well as the different laws in different states, making the transition into homeschooling, and more.

8. Know where to find traveling friends

Nobody wants to go without friends for a long period of time. This is especially true of kids who crave peer-to-peer interaction.

Fortunately, the idea that RVing kids don’t have friends just isn’t true, and you can totally find friends for your kids and for yourself while RVing full time. 

The trick? Knowing where to find other RVing families. We’ve found that Thousand Trails campgrounds are always full of full time RVing families. Additionally, communities like Fulltime Families, Xcapers, and Republic of Nomads all have events for younger RVers, meaning plenty of families with kids. 

Once you meet some families that your family clicks with, get their contact info and make plans to intentionally meet up as often as possible. 

9. Include the kids in planning

People tend to be much more excited about trips that they help plan. Within reason, try to give the kids a say in where you go and what you do. Offer choices as often as possible, and always take everyone’s opinions into account.

This will help keep the whole family happy on the road so your full time RV lifestyle can be as long-lived as you’d like it to be. 

10. Take things slow

Learning to travel slowly will help keep you on the road longer. This can be challenging at first, since you start out wanting to see and do ALL the things. However, trying to live in vacation mode for more than a couple of months will definitely lead to burnout. 

Instead, allow yourself a few weeks or even a couple of months to explore each area, keep travel days short and sweet, and allow plenty of days for work, school, chores, and simply hanging out at home. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Plan your next family trip

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

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5 Things Park Rangers Want You To Know https://rvlife.com/park-rangers-tips/ https://rvlife.com/park-rangers-tips/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2022 22:57:33 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=89090 Park rangers are in charge of ensuring everyone makes happy memories in our parks, and they want you to know these five important things.

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What Park Rangers Want You To Know

For most RVers, camping can be an opportunity to make amazing memories that will last a lifetime. And this isn’t just because our parks are located in exceptionally beautiful wilderness areas. State, provincial, and national parks are run by park rangers who have an absolute passion for the outdoors and helping people enjoy it. 

Park rangers are responsible for ensuring everyone brings home happy camping memories. From helping you get the right campsite to making sure the washrooms are spic and span, park rangers do a lot to help make sure you have the best possible stay at the campground. However, there are five things park rangers would like you to know to help ensure everyone has a good time at the park. 

1. Learn the park’s rules. 

Park rangers love helping people enjoy the outdoors. Their job is to help ensure that everyone has a good time, while protecting the park’s flora and fauna. In order to do this, park rangers post a list of the park’s rules on the website and at the park.

It’s your job to learn what the park rules are and to follow them. Park rangers don’t like having to remind you about the rules. Learn the rules before you camp and obey them.

2. Understand the reservation system.

More people want to camp in our parks than there are campsites available. Park rangers have no control over the reservation system, and there is no way around having to book campgrounds that offer sites by reservation only.   

There are less popular parks full of natural beauty that have plenty of first come, first served campsites available. That being said, if you want a campsite in a more popular park, you’ll often need to book three to five months in advance.    

3. Make sure you are in the right site.

Not much is worse for a park ranger than finding campers all set up and settled into a different campsite than the one they reserved. 

Imagine having to tell these people to move to their own campsite. Know your campsite number and stick with it, unless the park ranger says it’s okay to switch sites.

4. Park rangers aren’t there to clean up after you.

Don’t make a mess. It’s hard to believe, but park rangers report that some people go camping and leave trash, toilet paper, and even tents behind when they leave the campsite. Don’t be one of these people. 

Leaving trash behind attracts wildlife to campsites and can make wild animals very ill. Leave your campsite just like you’d like to find it. And, I don’t know who needs to hear this, but campfire pits are not for leaving trash in. Please pick up all trash and any dog waste and dispose of it into a nearby trash receptacle.  

5. Ask questions!  

Parks are beautiful places. Enjoy all they have to offer. Park rangers aim to help make your stay five-star! 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. They want to help you find the best area attractions, places to hike, local swimming holes, and fishing spots.   

Conclusion

Park rangers are there to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Find out about the reservation system and park rules before you go, and be sure to ask the park ranger about must-see spots near the park.

I’d like to thank veteran park ranger Kathy Carlson of the BC Park Service for her input into this article.  

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

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Great RV Gifts For This Holiday Season https://rvlife.com/great-rv-gifts/ https://rvlife.com/great-rv-gifts/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2022 12:02:21 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=89199 Great Ideas for RV Gifts for Your Favorite RVer Ho, Ho, Ho! Go Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Jayco, Airstream and Winnebago.  It’s that time of the year again, as we count […]

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Great Ideas for RV Gifts for Your Favorite RVer

Ho, Ho, Ho! Go Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Jayco, Airstream and Winnebago.  It’s that time of the year again, as we count down the days to giving gifts and good cheer. Nothing says cheer for an RVer as much as getting new gadgets for RVing and camping.  Here’s a list of some of our top holiday RV gifts.

LITO Glamping Package

The ultimate gift for adding ambience, style and comfort to your campsite is the  LITO glamping package which includes their signature outdoor tablecloth which is wipeable, waterproof and will last for years. It also comes with two high tech stainless tumblers with leak proof tops, a pair of  all natural soy essential oil candles and LITO’s new line of snazzy rugged solar lanterns. You get to choose your favorite colors, patterns and candle scents when you buy.

The LITO glamping package is a great RV gift.

Harvest Hosts Membership

You’ll no longer be limited to RV parks and Walmart parking lots.  Harvest Hosts is a membership program that gives you unlimited access to overnight stays at a network of farms, museums, wineries and other attractions. For a limited time, RV LIFE readers get a total of 30% off. Use our link to get there, and use the on-page coupon code (FRIENDS30) for a total of 30% off!

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GasStop – Propane Emergency Shutoff

Keep your favorite RVer safe with RV gifts from GasStop. GasStop will instantly and automatically shut-off the supply of propane in the event of a major leak or regulator failure, and can also be used to test for minor leaks prior to use. The handy pressure gauge will let you know when your propane is running low, letting you plan your refill ahead of time. Visit GasStopUSA.com

The COMFY Wearable Blanket

Know someone who complains of the chill in their bones when RVing during the winter?  Or someone who’ll never complain despite the shivers? They all need this oversized microfiber wearable blanket.  It’s soft as silk and perfect for snuggling up in cold weather.  As seen on Shark Tank.  Available on Amazon.

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Unique RV Gifts

Portable Fire Pit

Unlike other fire pits, the portable UCO Flatpack folds up to a compact size – only 1.5 inches thick, which will fit in a backpack.  Its unique design keeps the fire off the ground and will protect your flames from the wind.  And when you have some nice coals going, you can throw the grill on there and rustle up some grub!  Available on Amazon.

Collapsible Water Bottles

The WaterStorage Cubes are portable lightweight water carriers that easily collapse for storage when empty.  They’re made with high quality BPA free materials, and are built to withstand the rigors of outdoor camping use.  In other words, they don’t leak.  And they have a comfortable carrying handle.  They’re also great for having water standing by in case of emergency. Available on Amazon.

collapsable water bottles

RV Gifts to Travel America

America The Beautiful Pass

Every avid RV traveler needs the National Parks pass.  It’s the golden ticket for discounted entry to the parks, and can save hundreds of dollars for those who love to ogle our breathtaking heritage.  And it supports a great cause!  Great value at $80 for a year. Visit usparkpass.com .

The America the Beautiful RV gifts park pass

Roadside Emergency Kit

This 118 piece heavy duty roadside assistance kit is an essential gift for any road tripper.  It comes with 14’ long jumper cables, a reflective safety vest, a warning triangle, tow straps and a portable air compressor.  You’ll feel at ease knowing you’re equipped to deal with any mishap and get your family back on the road safely. Available on Amazon.

Clever RV Gifts

Compact Cheese Board

Cheese plates are the perfect low maintenance meal while chatting around the camping table.  So a compact cheese board is a wonderful holiday gift for the RV foodie.  This bamboo board folds out to a circle but collapses down to a wedge for easy storage.  And it comes with knives to cut the cheese.  Available on Amazon.

compact cheese board

RV Gifts from The Chemical Guys

RV and automotive enthusiasts alike can appreciate great stuff from The Chemical Guys. Whether it’s their handy disposable wipes, or something else from their Holiday Gift Guide page, they are sure to have something for that RVer that says that have everything, but really don’t.

Wildland Coffee

Who doesn’t love coffee? Ok, so maybe there are a few. But for those that do, lugging that coffee maker around when camping or RVing can be a pain. If only coffee existed in little bags, like tea. Surprise, it does! Check out the unique single serve coffee offerings at Wildland Coffee.

Wildland coffee brew bags

GPS Trackers for Every Need

Keep track of that travel trailer, ATV, fishing boat, or snowmobile with a GPS Tracker. WhereSafe GPS trackers cover a variety of needs, mounting and attachment options, and various tracking plans. Keep an eye on your stuff with a GPS tracker.

Portable Power

RVers love extra power, and when that power is compact, it’s even better. The EcoFlow RIVER 2 Portable Power Station is powerful, compact, and on sale! With a 300-watt output, ultrafast charging, and over 3000+ full battery cycles, the RIVER 2 will keep you going for up to 10 years. Plus, the RIVER 2 weighs less than 8 lbs. Now available at ecoflow.com.

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EcoFlow RIVER 2

RV Gifts for Every Camper

This year, get creative when shopping for your favorite campers. RV gifts that are clever, unique, compact, and portable are perfect for RVers. 

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What To Do If Your RV Black Water Tank Is Frozen https://rvlife.com/rv-black-water-tank-is-frozen/ https://rvlife.com/rv-black-water-tank-is-frozen/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2022 22:58:05 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=89510 Winter RV camping can be amazing. If your black water tank freezes, it can really put a chill on your fun. Here's how to thaw frozen tanks.

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Winter camping is all fun and games until a tank gets frozen. Photo from Shutterstock

Is Your RV Black Water Tank Frozen? Here’s What To Do

For outdoor enthusiasts, winter camping can be a lot of fun. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing, and tobogganing are all fun winter activities. They are even better when you have a cozy RV to warm up in at the end of the day. 

Winter is a great opportunity to go camping and enjoy nature without the crowds you find in the summer. While this is all very good, having a frozen holding tank can really chill all the fun.

So, what should you do when your RV black water tank gets frozen? In this article, we’ll look at what you should do if your black water tank gets frozen and how you can keep it from happening again (without heading south).

How to thaw an RV black water tank

If your RV black water tank is frozen, here’s the step-by-step process to get it thawed out. 

Note: When your holding tank valves are frozen, leave them alone. Never try to force frozen valves open. Plastic plumbing fittings become brittle when frozen. The last thing you want is a broken valve pull, especially if your holding tanks are frozen. 

Instead, we’ll start by thawing the holding tank and get to the valves last. For this job, you’ll need a headlamp and a hair dryer or heat gun.   

Thawing an external RV black water tank

  1. First, put your headlamp on because you’ll be going under the RV.
  2. Starting at the top of the black tank, use the blow dryer or heat gun to gently warm the black tank. Keep the blow dryer/heat gun in constant motion to avoid melting the tank. Tanks melt fairly easily, so you’ll need to be careful.  
  3. Work your way down the tank until you are sure it’s thawed. Then work on the termination valve, being sure to avoid overheating the plastic.  
  4. Now you should be able to evacuate your tank.

Thawing an internal black water tank

You’ll need to thaw your tank gently and slowly. Putting a light in the basement area closest to the tank is the best method.  

Prevent your black water tank from freezing  

You probably won’t want your black water tank to freeze again after you thaw it out. Dump a gallon of RV antifreeze into the tank via the toilet to help keep it from freezing again.

There are a few simple things you can do to keep your black water tank from freezing in the first place. Here is what I recommend.

1. Use RV skirting 

There are some great commercial RV skirting options that will help stop cold air from getting under your rig. For example, AirSkirts offers an excellent option that will do the job while looking great. 

But, you can also DIY your own RV skirting out of just about anything that will block the wind and keep warm air underneath your RV. You can use plywood sheeting, foam board insulation, straw bales, and even snow to help protect the underbelly of your RV from freezing air.  

2.  Install RV holding tank heaters/heating pads

RV holding tank heaters are heating pads that stick directly onto the tank with adhesive. They are hardwired into the RV’s DC electrical system. 

Tank heaters are available with a built-in thermostat, so you don’t need to install a switch for them. They turn on by themselves when temperatures approach freezing, and then they turn back off when it warms up. Tank heater installation is an easy DIY project for anyone with basic RV electrical skills.

3. Put a light or small heater under your insulated RV

You can sometimes avoid frozen tanks just by having a little bit of heat under your RV.  

Find great spots for winter camping

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3 Ways To Simplify The RV Entrepreneur Lifestyle https://rvlife.com/rv-entrepreneur-lifestyle/ https://rvlife.com/rv-entrepreneur-lifestyle/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2022 22:57:12 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=88627 Running a business isn't easy. If you’re eager to simplify your RV entrepreneur lifestyle, these three strategies are for you. 

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Kimberly Crossland and her dog in front of her RV

Kimberly Crossland has started multiple businesses on the road as an RV entrepreneur.

Being An RV Entrepreneur Is Easier Than You Think

Wonky internet connections. Unexpected travel delays. Noisy neighbors. Running a business from your RV has its fair share of unique challenges. While many blogs, podcasts, and articles exist about running a freedom-based business, few understand the actual challenges behind being an entrepreneur and running a business from your RV. That’s because this lifestyle isn’t the norm, and we love it. 

Running a business that lets you hit the road whenever you want, explore the country (and even the world) on the backroads, and free yourself of crowded airports or musky hotel rooms is highly desirable. It’s also highly uncertain and can lead to many fresh hurdles in mainstream business media that aren’t talked about often enough. 

If you’re eager to simplify your RV entrepreneur lifestyle, these three strategies are for you. 

1. Get choosy about what you consume as an entrepreneur

One of the most common things you and I do as entrepreneurs is soak up new information. If you’re like many entrepreneurs I talk to, you’re a sponge for the latest insights and ideas because you know that this world is moving quickly. The problem? All that knowledge intake can lead to scattered thinking, shiny object syndrome running, and the ever-toxic comparison game. 

The harder part about this is that you have extra time to listen into podcasts because your commute between campgrounds tends to be longer. Rather than driving for a half hour to the office, you drive for four hours to the next campground. During that time, podcasts usually fill the quiet space, sharing ideas, strategies, and fresh takes on entrepreneurship. 

Once you arrive and set up camp, you might sit back in your rocking camping chair and pop open your email. Waiting inside are more tips, ideas, articles, and courses to navigate this unpredictable journey.

Stay focused on your goals

As a podcaster and an email marketer, this next piece of advice might sound strange. It’s time to unsubscribe and get choosy about what you consume. The more you listen to and consume, the more likely you are to change course as often as you change campgrounds. That knee-jerk reaction to making updates to your business will stunt your growth. 

To stay focused and stay on track, get choosy about who you listen to and how well they know your lifestyle. Be sure you’re leaning in and committing to a few strong voices in the world of entrepreneurship as you navigate your business. The better you can do this, the more open you will be to finding creative solutions to your uncommon challenges. And the easier it’ll be to stay focused on your big, lofty goals for your business.

Kimberly Crossland speaks at the RV entrepreneur summit

Kimberly Crossland speaking at the RV Entrepreneur Roundtable

2. Segmentation first. Automation second.

You’ve probably heard the age-old entrepreneurship advice of knowing your audience. And you might have already gone through the exercise of drafting out who you’re targeting, their demographics, and maybe even some psychographics.

That’s all good advice and important to do. But, here’s the thing about dividing your audience into various segments: You’re not identifying your best buyers or amplifiers (the ones who are most likely to share about your business) based on age or income levels alone. You’re dividing them up based on how far along in their journey they are and then selling to them from there.

Let me say that again. This isn’t about who they are. It’s about where they are in their path towards the transformation you promise to deliver with your product or service.

This is an important differentiator. As soon as you infuse audience identifiers within your marketing strategies, you open a whole new world to reaching your audience where they’re at with your content. The right message delivered at the right time is the secret sauce for business growth, and automating those messages based on your various customer segment’s behaviors will let you continuously show up for your people, even if you’re off-grid, in the backwoods, or unable to upload that reel you’ve been working on for days. 

Focus on segmenting your audience based on where they’re at in their journey and then building up funnels that will continue to give them what they need without overloading them with irrelevant information. The better you do that, the better you can fine-tune your messaging and tug on the right heartstrings so that they’re more inclined to purchase from you without you having to be on Zoom calls or sales calls. 

3. Abandon the idea that you have to do this alone

Two of the loneliest journeys are entrepreneurship and RVing. Being an entrepreneur requires you to wear all the hats and make all the decisions in a silo. Alone. In your RV. That RV? It’s usually parked at a healthy distance from others. And even if you are close by, your neighbor at the campground will rarely be up for a campfire chat about business growth to wrestle with the many sticky points you’re facing.

Loneliness in entrepreneurship isn’t talked about enough if you ask me. Neither is the loneliness of camping. But loneliness is stifling in business, and it will cause you to swirl around in your head without actually taking action. 

The need for community isn’t talked about enough. The ability to connect with, bounce ideas off of, brainstorm out loud with people who get it, or even just sit quietly on a Zoom call to co-work on something specific for an hour can be life-changing for your business and for yourself. Find a group of people you can trust, mastermind with, and learn from, and you’ll see transformational results for your business. 

Your next step: Find your people and focus you learning

I run the Roadpreneur Community, which brings RVers and entrepreneurs into one space. 

Connection. Collaboration. Continued content templates. Copywriting feedback. Live coaching. It’s all available inside to help you get out of your head, stay out of your comfort zone (but not too far out), and get the healthy connections that’ll fuel your journey with enthusiasm rather than fear. 

Join now here. Cancel anytime if it’s not right for you. It’s time to simplify your life on the road while growing a business that supports your RV lifestyle.

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Visit Aztec RV Resort Near Fort Lauderdale https://rvlife.com/aztec-rv-resort/ https://rvlife.com/aztec-rv-resort/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:58:24 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=80097 If you own a Class A RV and are looking for a great Florida destination, check out Aztec RV Resort near Fort Lauderdale.

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Aztec RV Resort. Photos via RV LIFE Campgrounds

RV Trip Ideas: Aztec RV Resort Near Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you own a Class A RV and are looking for a great Florida destination, check out Aztec RV Resort near Fort Lauderdale. This is a luxurious place that is exclusive to Class A RVs. It can sometimes be hard to find campsites and resorts that can accommodate vehicles this large, so it’s nice to have a place where you know your needs will be met. 

Florida is a popular destination for snowbirds, beach lovers, and anyone who loves the vibrant cities in this area. As such, you have a huge selection of resorts and campgrounds to choose from. We think that Aztec RV Resort stands above the rest though, so keep it in mind as you plan out your next trip!

We’ll cover some details about this amazing resort below. You’ll be able to learn more about their amenities, rental/ownership policies, and some attractions that are located in the area. The best way to judge a place is by word of mouth, so we’ll also cover some reviews this resort has gotten from visitors. 

RV site options

Aztec RV Resort is located at 1 Aztec Blvd, Lot #1, Margate, FL. It’s near Fort Lauderdale and a few other cities in the area. Three canals surround the property, so there are lots of places to dip your feet in and cool off. This resort is also gated, so you can rest easy knowing that you and your vehicle are protected.

Like many other Florida resorts, this one is open all year round! If you’re looking for a warm place to spend the winter, this is a fantastic option. It has a grand total of 645 sites, so it’s one of the larger resorts in the area. However, some of these sites are permanently occupied by residents, so the actual number available for renting is a bit lower. 

Speaking of which, let’s talk about renting vs owning here. Visitors can rent lots on a nightly, weekly, or seasonal basis. The sites start at $59 per night, but it may vary a bit depending on the size, amenities, or location. If you’re interested in owning a lot, you can also purchase one through the resort. 

Lot owners can set up their RV full-time, but they also have the freedom to build on their lot and add personal features. Some optional add-ons include: 

  • A patio
  • Tiki hut
  • Gazebo
  • Concrete shed (10′ X 14′)
  • Deluxe outdoor kitchen
  • Landscaping package

All the build options are highly modern and luxurious. If you’re not interested in building, condos are available for a monthly fee. Whether you rent or buy, you still get access to all the resort amenities as well. 

Aztec RV Resort motorhome

Resort amenities

Speaking of amenities, let’s dive into some of the offerings of Aztec RV Resort! Because the resort is so large, it needs to have multiples of a few things. For example, there are two heated pools, two tennis courts, and two spas included in this layout. There’s also a top-of-the-line fitness center with a variety of workout equipment. 

A media library is also on-site. Visitors can borrow a variety of books or movies from the resort as long as they keep them in good condition! This library is a great place to try out new things and expand your tastes. 

Access to the luxurious clubhouse is also included in your stay. It comes with a tiki hut, which matches the decoration scheme of the resort perfectly. There are lots of places to relax, chat with people, and enjoy games in here. 

Speaking of games, let’s talk about some outdoor games and activities that are part of Aztec RV Resort. They have:

  • Shuffleboard courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  •  A putting green
  • A pickleball court
  • A volleyball court
  • Pétanque courts
  • And more!

 

The resort also hosts daily events and activities, so there is always something new to try. These might include game nights, BBQs, crafting, musical performances, movie nights, holiday parties, etc. 

Aztec RV Resort is also equipped to meet your day-to-day needs. They offer full hookups at every RV site, as well as a community laundry room and Wi-Fi access.

view from Aztec Resort

Nearby attractions

The resort is a great place to set up camp and relax, but sometimes you need to get out and explore. Whether you live here full-time or are just passing through, you’ll appreciate the variety of attractions in the area.

There are lots of convenience options nearby such as a Walmart, Walgreens, Home Depot, and a bank. If you need food, medicine, or supplies, they’re within easy reach!

As mentioned above, Fort Lauderdale is also within striking distance of this resort. You can visit this vibrant city and enjoy its marina, shopping centers, restaurants, and lively entertainment. Miami is less than an hour away and the Florida Keys are within a day’s drive.

If you’re interested in the famous Florida beaches, you have a lot of options to choose from. If you just drive for a few minutes, you’ll be able to access Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. These are all beautiful and sunny destinations where you can enjoy watersports, boating, swimming, and much more. 

This area is also a sports hub! If you’re a fan, you can enjoy games of hockey, football, basketball, and baseball played by the local teams. Fishing, boating, and water rentals are also available at many locations. 

Everglades National Park is also nearby, so you can spend a few days exploring the natural beauty of Florida. Wildlife is around every corner and this is a wonderful experience for nature lovers. All in all, the Aztec RV Resort has a fantastic location that puts it right in the middle of some of Florida’s best offerings. There’s something for everyone when you book a stay here.

Campground reviews

Now let’s get to the bread and butter of resort discussions: the reviews. The Aztec RV Resort has a lot going for it in terms of visitor feedback. 

The resort currently has an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 on the RV LIFE Campgrounds review platform. This is one of the highest ratings in the area. The vast majority of RVers gave the resort an excellent or good review. 

According to one reviewer,

“The park is impressive! Whereas we spent 2 separate nights here (one going to Key West and one coming back), the park is really not a one-nighter kind of place. It’s a place you would want to settle in for a week, a month or longer! RVs older than 10 years are against the normal rules but exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis (I saw several that were well past 10 years but looked nice.” – via Nrf on RV LIFE Campgrounds

If you have a Class A RV and want to experience everything that Florida has to offer, set your sights on Aztec RV Resort. It’s one of the premier resorts in the Fort Lauderdale area. For further information and resort contact info, visit their website at aztecrvresort.com.



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6 Reasons You Should Buy A Used RV https://rvlife.com/used-rv-reasons/ https://rvlife.com/used-rv-reasons/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2022 22:58:36 +0000 https://rvlife.com/?p=85478 There are many reasons why people buy used RVs, but these six reasons are some of the most important.

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A used travel trailer with all the features you need can be found in the used market

Travel trailers are an excellent bargain in the used market

The Top 6 Reasons To Buy A Used RV

Some people aren’t satisfied unless they have the newest, biggest, most luxurious, and expensive option of whatever they are buying, and that is true for RVs as well. But these people are the exception, not the rule.

Most people work hard for their money and want to consider all the pros and cons of every major purchase. To facilitate that consideration, here are six reasons to buy a used RV rather than a new one.

1. New RVs are more expensive and depreciate quickly

New RVs are just like cars in terms of depreciation. As soon as you drive off the lot, your RV loses value. So, unless you intend to keep your RV for many years to amortize the depreciation, that immediate loss of value is often considered a waste of money.  

Sure, as the first owner you get to experience all the new car (RV) smells and ambiance. But the reality is you will pay a premium for those amenities. You will also need to work through any bugs that come with the new RV. 

Sometimes these bugs are minor, but on occasion these problems may be major defects. Getting these issues fixed through the manufacturer’s warranty can be quite problematic for some brands and models. In fact, many RVers will tell you that taking care of the new bugs is the main reason they won’t buy a new RV.

2. The used market provides the most diverse selection

The used market represents the largest possible selection of RV types, models, ages, floorplans, and price points. In the used market, you can find everything from almost new motorhomes to vintage campers or even DIY restoration projects. 

There are recreational vehicles at every conceivable price point, so anyone can find a model within their budget. The used market is massive and covers the entire continent. You should be able to find several models to meet your unique needs.

A used class A motorhome for sale at a dealer

A used Class A motorhome sold by a dealer might be more expensive than the same RV sold by a private party.

3. You can buy from a dealership or private sellers

In the used market, you can buy from a dealer or even on a consignment lot. Better yet, you can buy directly from a private seller. When you buy directly from the owner, both you and the seller benefit financially, because there is no middleman taking a cut out of the transaction. 

In the private market, sellers receive a better price for their RV, and buyers pay less than they would at a dealership. Consequently, the for-sale-by-owner market works to the advantage of both parties. However, navigating the used market might be a little intimidating, and you may need some professional help. The staff at National Vehicle are used RV experts, and their sole mission is to assist buyers and sellers. We will detail more on this below.

As an added benefit, when you buy from the current owner, you can learn more about the RV’s condition, how it was used and maintained, and what unique features or operational anomalies you will need to know to fully enjoy your RV. At a dealership, that information will not be available.

4. Used RVs have all the bugs worked out

One of the reoccurring themes of buying a new RV is the complaints about defects. RV manufacturers continually strive to produce high quality RVs, but recreational vehicles are complicated constructions with many moving parts. In addition, the manufacturers must rely on a host of vendors for all the parts they use in their RVs.

Unlike car manufacturers, which produce only a few models each year, RV manufacturers create many unique floorplans with many combinations of amenities. All this variability results in smaller production runs of each style. 

To test this theory, we looked for a specific brand, model, and floorplan, in the current year of new RVs. We only found two of these RVs for sale in the entire country, and even those two rigs were not equipped exactly alike. All this uniqueness in the RV manufacturing process opens the door for more problems to get all the way through to the end user. 

But when you buy a used RV, most of these production anomalies have been resolved by the original owner. Additionally, when you buy a used RV, you can have it independently inspected to confirm that it is in good working order, and you can check the maintenance records provided by the current owner.

Therefore, you likely won’t spend the first few months of ownership haggling with the manufacturer over defects. You can start enjoying your new purchase from day one. 

5. You can find “like new” RVs at a reduced price

Many people who buy new RVs choose the wrong model to fit their needs. It’s very difficult, especially for new RV buyers, to correctly match their needs to the RV style, model, features, and size. They may think an inexpensive pop-up trailer is the perfect fit for their family’s camping needs, only to discover after using it a few times that setting up and breaking down the pop-up trailer is a nuisance, and they really need a bathroom in a hard-sided trailer. 

Other people may think they need all the room afforded them in a 45-foot fifth wheel, since they are going to be living in the RV full-time, only to discover that towing that large fifth wheel is both expensive and stressful, and its size limits where they can camp. They also realize that they don’t need nearly as much room as they first thought. 

The reverse of this scenario is also true. We have met several people who bought vans or Class C RVs only to discover it was too small for their needs. 

Typically, the owner will trade in their rig soon after buying it for a model that fits them better. All these virtually new RVs will (by necessity) be available in the used marketplace at reduced prices.

We know a couple who bought and sold five different RVs in the first six years of their marriage. They started with a pop-up trailer and kept trading them in for larger and more elaborate models until their fifth and final RV was a 40’ Class A diesel pusher.

6. You can access professional help in the private market

The final reason to buy a used RV, besides a better selection, better price, and not dealing with manufacturer defects, is knowing there are industry experts available to help you navigate through the process.

They are not like a dealership that tries to influence you to buy something that is in their inventory. The company mentioned above, National Vehicle, doesn’t have a vested interest in you buying any specific RV. They don’t care if you buy one from your hometown or one that is clear across the country. They want to help you find the right size RV, with the right features, that is priced for your budget. The company can help you find and hire an inspector, and even help you secure financing, if needed.

If you buy an RV that is clear across the country, and you don’t want to go and get it, National Vehicle can even help you arrange for the transport or delivery. All they do is help RV buyers and sellers, so they truly are experts in this industry.

Summary

Buying a used RV is generally a better decision than buying a new one, unless you have a need to be the original owner, you know exactly what you want, and you intend to keep your rig long enough to absorb all the early years of depreciation; or you are that person that simply has to have the newest, biggest, and most expensive new toy.

However, buying a used RV can be a daunting process that most people will only do once or twice. Having National Vehicle (with their industry knowledge and network of resources) acting as your advocate makes the whole process less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.

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