In the RVing community, word quickly spreads about which camping and RVing products and services will rock our world and which ones should head straight to the dump station.
Each year Trailer Life Magazine capitalizes on our product loyalty by revealing the top destinations, RV products and services voted on by magazine readers. These awards are an interesting glimpse into the minds of well-traveled RVers, revealing funny and fascinating aspects of the gypsy lifestyle. This year’s awards include:
Best Fuel Station: Pilot Flying J
Filling up our tanks is one of the biggest inconveniences of RVing. Trying to locate filling stations that comfortably accommodate our homes on wheels is tough, which is why RVers seem willing to pay a few more cents per gallon for the convenience of a quick in-and-out fill up at stations with easy access to wide lanes and RV-friendly islands. Adding a RV dump station is an exceptional bonus, which is why once again readers voted Pilot Flying J as the number one place to get fuel. With over 650 RV-friendly stations around the country, fill ups aren’t cheap but they’re easy.
Best Holding Tank Chemicals: Thetford Aqua-Kem
You know you’re an RVer when you can eat a sandwich while talking about black tank issues with a fellow camper – at the dump station. Nobody knows more about bodily waste than those of us who travel around with it, which is why we RVers can tell you which chemicals really do get rid of holding tank odors versus which ones just mask them with a sickly sweet urinal cake odor. This time around, readers gave the thumbs-up to Thetford Aqua-Kem holding tank chemicals for keeping our RVs odor-free.
Best RV / Campground Resort
As RVs get larger in size, RV resorts and campgrounds must reconfigure to accommodate these mammoth-sized rigs or risk dying a slow, painful death from lower-paying tent campers. The best places to camp according to Trailer Life readers reflect facilities that meet this need by providing easy camping access for modern RVs. Topping this list is Southern California’s Pechanga RV Resort & Casino, a 168-spot facility including luxury sites and free golfing at the resort’s 18-hole course. With weekend rates starting at $60 a night, it’s clear that RVers are willing to pay for the ease that these modern facilities offer.
Stay tuned for more interesting finds revealed by these readers choice awards, in the second part of this series.