6 Gifts For RVers That Keep On Giving All Year Long
Looking to buy a gift for a seasoned RVer? The problem with buying a gift for someone that RVs full-time or has been on the road for years is they either already own it or don’t have room for it in the RV.
Therefore, consider gifts that are small and/or consumable. Let’s take a look at a few ideas:
1. State recreation passes
The majority of RVers enjoy exploring and camping on public land. Consider buying them a pass that allows them to recreate in their home state.
A majority of states require a day pass to enter their state park system, some even provide a discount on overnight camping. In Washington State, a Discover Pass also allows entry into Fish and Wildlife Areas and Department of Natural Resource land where there are thousands of free places to camp.
In Arizona, there are thousands of acres of land held in trust that can be accessed via an annual permit that allows day use and free overnight camping.
2. A Forest Service Pass
A Forest Service Pass allows the pass holder access to developed amenities on forest service land like trailheads, boat launches, and points of interest.
On occasion, they even take the place of overnight camping fees. Passes are available for different regions and are good for 12 consecutive months.
3. An all-access pass to National Parks & more
An America the Beautiful Pass will allow your RV friends access to National Monuments, National Parks, fee access sites managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and more.
Those with an America The Beautiful Pass typically can access all (USFS) sites so they won’t need a Forest Service Pass as well. The America the Beautiful Pass expires annually until the age of 62 at which time the recipient is eligible for a lifetime pass.
4. Emergency services membership
Another gift that expires annually is a membership for Emergency Roadside Towing, which will bring peace of mind to you and your RVing friends.
Be certain to purchase them a policy that covers RVs. AAA and Good Sam both offer policies designed for RV owners and have lots of discounts and rewards for their members.
5. Fuel gift cards
Consider getting your RVing friend a Flying J/Pilot gift card they can use to buy motor fuel, propane, or pay for dump station fees.
Gift cards are available from most any store that offers gift cards or from a variety of online sources.
6. A roll of quarters
Every RVer has to do laundry while on the road, so why not save them a trip to the bank to pick up a roll of quarters for the laundromat?
Buying the perfect gift for an RVing friend will help them enjoy their next adventure in RVing! For more gift ideas, check out our other guides:
- 9 Unique Christmas Gifts For RVers
- 17 Holiday Gift Ideas For Full-Time RVers
- 9 Gifts For RVers That Take Up Little Or No Space
- The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For RVers
- Give The Gift Of Sunny Adventures This Winter
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
Nobody ever talks about communication devices where your cell phones don’t work because of no signal.
Walkie-talkies . . . Keep InTouch around the camp ground with kids, and others in your groups.
What about satellite handheld units . . . For help or to tell family members back at home where you are and that you are OK. Or to emergency responders if needed for help, etc. Have one that sends out GPS positioning is great if you need help right away wherever you are at.
I’m looking into this now. So many options out there not really sure what to buy.
Any one out there use any of these devices and what are the good and bad between some of these handhelds. It would be nice to get comments from people who used these things for help etc. Any comments from first responders would be nice also. Don’t need to mention a certain product by name, just say what is needed or best to have and let us look for an item with those options included.
I’m sure I’m not the only one out here looking into these type of products.
Please post your own experiences, good or bad.
William Brown says
HAM radio is still around and probably a really good option, but you need a licence. So not a good option to give each of the kids one. Can get fined for improper use. The Licence is not hard or expensive to get. and there are clubs still around and always looking for new talent. Short wave might be a option but susceptible to weather and things. The radios tend to be a little larger. The little radios are OK for the parks and close range or line of sight. If I cant see you I might not hear you. 25 miles? never happened for me, more like .25 miles. CB works well if set up right, mine wouldn’t transmit over my trailer. I have used other hand held and transmitted over 15 miles. Didn’t know it would do that. I have using all these radios in work and play for many years, some have SOS transmit and GPS locator. Some also have transponders and other type of emergency request signals, how much do you want to spend. SAT phones are expensive to buy they have a monthly fee, never used one. to expensive and heavy at the time. now there small and you can even use your smart phone but still expensive. Generally over 1,000 US dollars. By the way there are radio repeaters all over the world. especially in the US. Mostly for HAM and law enforcement. HAM can transmit just about anywhere even the space station. Just be licenced.
Patty Ford says
We purchased a set of walkie talkies last year when traveling with another RV across very rural areas in the Southwest. Whether driving or in the campground, making early morning plans, or confirming where next road stop may be, they came in VERY handy. Used them when sitting around doing laundry chores, etc. Ordered thru Amazon, not at all expensive.
These are GREAT SUGGESTIONS! Perfect gifts. Thank you for pointing them out.
A kindle e-reader especially with backlight. Easy on eyes, perfect for insomniacs, can make type BIGGER (no need for cheaters). Good in sun, doesn’t overheat like iPads phones. Some books have audible editions so you can listen as well as read. Get a wrapper too, easier to hold prop in bed or …..
Get a Lenox multi-bit screw driver. The one with the square drive bits. You will find a use on EVERY trip!