A new RV park is opening this summer by the western entrance of Glacier National Park. They will have full-service RV sites and modern cabins just across the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, less than a mile from the entrance gates. The RV park will also be within walking distance to the shops and restaurants in West Glacier Village.
West Glacier RV Park is set to have paved roads and pull-through sites that will fit motorhomes and tow-behinds up to 80 feet long. Each RV site will have full hookups, a picnic table, fire pit, and barbecue.
Their cabins will sleep up to four people and have a full kitchen, queen-size bed, bathroom, and living area with a futon. The park amenities will include free WiFi, coin-operated laundry, a playground, and propane and RV supplies available to purchase.
There will also be a short wooded path that leads from the RV park to West Glacier Village. You can browse the gift shop for souvenirs, mercantile store for camping supplies, and grab a bite to eat from West Glacier Restaurant. They also serve ice cream and espresso to-go and have outdoor tables so you can enjoy your food and drink with a view.
Summer in Glacier National Park means long warm days and cool nights under the big blue Montana sky. Go hiking, fishing, or take a drive on the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road while the full route is open. Keep in mind that the mountain road is very narrow with hairpin turns and vehicles over 21 feet long are not permitted.
West Glacier RV Park will be opening on July 1, 2019. You can learn more about the park and book your site or cabin on their website. Let us know how your experience goes on Campground Reviews.
We recently embarked on an RV road trip with our kids, a two and four-year-old. It was our first time RVing and we had a lot of questions beforehand. Would RVing with kids be inconvenient or would we fall in love? Here’s everything you need to know about living in an RV with kids.
Cooking and Eating in an RV with Kids Driving and living in an RV made snack and meal time very easy as a family. Before getting on the road we stocked the fridge, freezer, and cabinets with food and drinks. Whenever the girls wanted a snack it was easy to give it to them.
When we wanted to stop for lunch, we were able to pull into a rest stop or parking lot and make sandwiches. This saved us a lot of time and money as eating out for every meal on a road trip can get very expensive.
You can make almost anything you could at home in an RV. Our Class C motorhome came with a 3-burner stove. We were able to make pancakes, eggs, and oatmeal. In the evenings we were able to make spaghetti and meatballs, pan roasted chicken and other meats. Our RV also came with an oven. It was small, but you could bake chicken or other foods in there. It also had a microwave to pop popcorn or warm up food.
The girls’ favorite part about cooking in the RV was the ability for us to cook and eat outdoors. All the RV parks we stayed at had benches right next to our RV and some had fire pits and grills. We made s’mores one evening and it was nice to keep all the messiness that comes with it outside the RV. (Provided four photos for use, not sure which one you prefer)
Bathing Kids in an RV While most RVs come with bathrooms they aren’t normally the biggest. However, in a Class C like we had, the shower is a decent size. It was large enough for me, a 5’ 2”, 135lb woman, to shower with one of my daughters in there with me. It is also large enough to fit a baby tub if you need to use one.
Sleeping in an RV with Kids Our RV had four different beds. It had a traditional queen size bed in a bedroom that can close off from the rest of the RV for privacy.
The dining room table folds down into a bed which is the perfect size for little kids. The couch also folds down into a bed and can easily fit a shorter adult or kids.
The last bed is a bunk above the front seat. It’s about the width of a full-size bed but longer. Depending on the RV you rent or purchase you can add a railing to prevent kids from rolling off. You can also choose to install a curtain to block out the light from the rest of the RV or provide privacy.
Sleeping in an RV with an infant? With the slides out there was enough space to put a pack n’ play or travel crib. We were able to fit a travel crib in front of the couch.
Is There Room to Play in an RV? The amount of space for kids to play inside the RV will vary depending on the type of RV. In our Class C motorhome with the slides out our girls had quite a bit of space to play on the floor. They also enjoyed playing and watching movies in the bunk. In addition to that space we were able to play board games as a family or the girls could color at the dining table.
We never felt cramped since the RV parks have so much space outside. Whether the girls were running around or playing at the park they were able to get their energy out. Our trip was during the winter, so we didn’t experience swimming but a few of the RV parks we stayed at also had pools.
We really enjoyed our RV road trip, driving and sleeping in the RV with kids. Now every time our girls see an RV on the road, they get so excited. We will definitely be planning another RV road trip soon.
Canadians made pot legal at the federal level, but that still doesn’t mean RVing with marijuana in Canada is a joy ride. Many important rules apply when you’re carrying cannabis on board.
How to Go RVing with Marijuana in Canada
In 2018 the Canadian Cannabis Act set the national ground rules for legalized production, distribution, sale and use of cannabis products. Today, any adult over 18 can legally buy, possess, grow and share cannabis with other adults. But, Canada’s provincial and territorial governments have the right to override these rules however they see fit.
Don’t assume what’s legal in one place legal in the other. Here’s what you need to know about RVing with marijuana in Canada.
First, you’ve gotta ditch your stash before you get to the international border.
The Canadian Government’s stance on border crossing with cannabis says “It is illegal to bring cannabis into Canada. If you do have cannabis or products containing cannabis with you when you enter Canada, you must declare them to the Canada Border Services Agency. If you do not declare cannabis products when you enter Canada, you can face enforcement action, including arrest and prosecution.”
Whether you’re coming or going between Canada and the U.S., transporting weed in your RV across international borders is completely illegal, even if you are crossing in a state where cannabis is legal, such as Washington.
“This applies to cannabis or any product containing cannabis or even if the intended use is for medical purposes. Those who do can face serious criminal penalties, such as fines or even jail time, even if unintentional,” said immigration attorney Scott Bettridge in an interview with Forbes.com.
Then you’ve gotta know where pot use is legal.
Once you get through customs you’ll find that when you go RVing with marijuana in Canada’s provinces and territories, you’ll encounter a puzzling patchwork of laws that differ from place to place. For example:
Manitoba doesn’t allow public consumption of cannabis anywhere. You can only use it in “a private residence.”
Alberta says go ahead and toke up anywhere in public where where smoking tobacco is allowed.
British Columbia rules state that cannabis use follows the same rules as tobacco smoking. Wherever it’s banned, don’t do it. Wherever it’s cool, go ahead and light up. Just don’t pass the doobie anywhere kids play, like in parks and athletic fields.
The good news for RVers is that many Canadian cannabis laws state that a recreational vehicle is considered a “temporary residence.” So go ahead and take your pot from place to place in your rig. Just don’t drive stoned.
And remember that in most territories you need to transport marijuana in a sealed container away from vehicle occupants. Alberta and Quebec are the exception.
Finally, carefully choose where you decide to camp with cannabis
Once you arrive at a campground, it’s important to understand the cannabis regulations. Authorities treat it much like alcohol and many of the same usage rules apply. For example:
Private campgrounds and resorts can write their own cannabis rules. If they don’t explicitly state them on your check-in materials, it’s your responsibility to ask if you intend to consume marijuana on their property.
The Parks Canada Agency (similar to the U.S. National Parks Service), has a general rule that says campers can enjoy cannabis at campgrounds in all provinces and territories. But you can only consume in your campsite and definitely not in common areas. Avoid lighting up in playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, or roads.
However, each province, territory, or municipality can enforce their own cannabis laws if they have a Parks Canada campground under their jurisdiction. Some allow cannabis consumption in places like park trails and in the backcountry, some do not.
The Canadian government says it’s an individual’s responsibility to understand cannabis laws wherever one travels. Before you go RVing in Canada with marijuana, take time to understand the Canadian cannabis laws in all provinces and territories and you’ll steer clear of any hassles with the authorities.
Topeka, Kansas is best known for the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that ended segregation in public schools. Today, the state capital and fifth largest city in the Jayhawk State is a vibrant and spirited community with lots to see and do.
One of the main attractions in Topeka is Lake Shawnee, which offers fishing, boating, sailing, and swimming. The 141-site Lake Shawnee Campgrounds is also a popular destination for visiting RVers. The pet-friendly campground features 30/50 amp electrical, water, a dump station, showers, and laundry facilities.
Within the 1,100-acre park surrounding the lake are trails, a marina, tennis courts, shelter houses, ball diamonds, an arboretum, 9 ½ acres devoted to beautiful gardens, and a well-manicured golf course.
Lake Shawnee Golf Course is a year-round track that stretches to 6,357 yards from the back tees. The 18-hole par 70 course opened in 1972 and is still one of the top courses in Topeka. Many holes of the golf course bring together breathtaking views and the challenges of playing alongside Lake Shawnee.
Another popular Topeka attraction is the Evel Knievel Thrill Show and Museum. Robert Craig Knievel gained famed in the 1960s and 1970s by attempting more than 75 daredevil stunt jumps on a motorcycle.
Knievel’s most daring jump took place on New Year’s Eve 1967 in Las Vegas as he attempted to jump 141 feet across the Caesars Palace Fountains using a Triumph Bonneville T120. He crashed on landing and spent the next 29 days in a hospital with various broken bones. Less than six months later, he was jumping again, which only fueled his legacy as the world’s best stunt man.
The Great Overland Station should be on your must-visit list while in Kansas. This elegant building formerly housed the Union Pacific Station. Today, it serves as a museum and education center that brings Topeka’s railroad heritage to life through photographs, special exhibits, and costumed docents.
Most of you that have followed my blog through the years know my favorite campsite is a free one in the boondocks. One of the many reasons my wife and I prefer the boondocks is that we aren’t annoyed by other camper’s lack of manners. These are the top five inconsiderate things you never should do while you’re at a campground.
1. Cut through occupied campsites
I believe when you rent a campsite it ought to be your little piece of real estate during the duration of your stay. It should be up to you on who enters your space with permission.
My wife and I both consider it very inconsiderate when others take a shortcut through our space on the way to somewhere else like the bathhouse, beach, playground or any other destination, especially when we are sitting outside enjoying a meal or the campfire. Please walk around, the exercise is good for you.
2. Let your dog roam in other campsites
Over fifty percent of RVers bring their four-legged friends camping with them. My wife and I love dogs and always brought our beloved lab with us.
However, just like above, we don’t always appreciate uninvited guests in our site and that includes unleashed dogs that come running into our site looking to steal a snack off our picnic table, stick their nose in our catch of shellfish, redistribute our sacked garbage, or are maybe wet from a swim at the beach. Please keep your dog on a leash as required by most campgrounds.
3. Or let your dog bark excessively
This could be included with number 2 above but it is such an annoyance it deserves its own listing. If your dog barks at every stranger that passes by your campsite, please consider keeping it inside the RV, away from the road where it can’t see others passing by, or invest in a bark collar.
Another consideration is a dog that yips excessively when left alone in the RV. This is almost as annoying as listening to a smoke detector with a low battery chirping. Remember, other campers may have come to the campground to enjoy some quiet time, so please respect that and take your dog(s) with you if they are prone to endless yipping in your absence.
4. Be loud after hours
Let’s face it, most of us go camping to have an enjoyable time, but there comes a point when it is time for the party to end and go to bed. Nearly all campgrounds have posted quiet time and most campers willingly abide by them.
However, some inconsiderate campers seem to ramp up the volume after hours via alcohol consumption, the volume control on their sound system, or both.
Please be considerate and keep the noise level confined to your campsite. If you want to be loud and party all night, please find yourself a campsite way out in the boondocks where there is no one to bother.
5. Leave trash in the fire ring
It’s amazing how many times I pull into a campsite and find the last camper used it for a trash can rather than walking a couple hundred feet to the dumpster.
It’s not my job to clean up after the thoughtless camper that was there before me, nor is it the campground host or paid staff’s job.
Please plan ahead and bring a trash bag or two with you when you go camping and dump your trash in the campground dumpster—or if you are too lazy to walk to the dumpster, take it home with you.
I’m sure you have your own annoyances to add, so please feel free to share using the comment box below. Avoiding bad manners of other campers, just another adventure in RVing!
Marsha Petry and Janet Shown of Buffalo Creek, Colorado are not completely new to RVing, but have recently upgraded and are about to embark on the next chapter of their lives with a new rig.
We have all been there at one time or another, and all had similar struggles with the learning curve, fears, and uncertainties, and what we are needing out of our rig. Sometimes we find that learning curve more than once!
Marsha and Janet recently agreed to share some of their newbie and not-so-newbie experiences, dreams, and trials that might help others considering taking the RVing plunge.
In the beginning, Marsha and Janet decided to get an RV as a way to extend the camping season and to be able to travel with their dogs—large Leonbergers—and gear.
“We both have always loved outdoors activities—backpacking, camping, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing,” Marsha says. “In the early years when we were dating, each of us took our dog(s) and cared for our own dog(s)—it was fairly simple… but then we started to share our backpacking tent, and that tiny tent got pretty cramped with dogs and people.
We got a bigger tent, which in turn lent itself to more car-camping because the tent was too heavy to pack. When we moved in together we decided to get more dogs! and car-camping with the large tent became the standard mode.”
Soon they were out camping every weekend, which involved loading and unloading the truck roof racks and setting up the large tent to accommodate their five giant dogs, who were more than happy to track in all sorts of dirt into the tent. Once September rolled around and snow descended on the mountains, camping trips had to stop. During one winter, they began to think about the benefits of using a trailer instead of tent camping.
Marsha outlined the benefits of a trailer as:
We could have a bed to ourselves! (That didn’t last long but, seriously, that’s what we thought)
There’d be a safe place to leave the older dogs who couldn’t hike as much,
Our camping gear could be stored in the trailer so that we wouldn’t have to climb and pack/unpack the roof racks every weekend, and
Bonus! We could extend our camping season into the fall.
After their first experiences with a trailer, she adds:
Finding hotels that would take 3-5 big dogs is/was always a problem. The dogs ALWAYS go on any vacation.
For long trips, don’t have to stay in who-knows-what-has-gone-on hotel rooms.
The expense is less for many trips.
Be able to go spur of the moment without reservations (assuming we stay in National Forest dispersed campground areas).
Doubles as a 2nd home if some emergency happens (wildfire etc…). For example, they stayed at a park for a week during the evacuation of the Lower North Fork Fire in 2012.
They found a lightweight, hard-sided pop-up style Trail Manor 3023 trailer that their Ford Ranger truck could haul. They took the little trailer across the country between California and Maine, and joined the local Trail Manor club to participate in the club outings.
For many years, they used their trailer from spring through fall. And then, life happened (as it often does) and between family obligations and building a home, any time they had to go camping got consumed with other tasks.
Eventually, Marsha and Janet were able to think about the possibility of retirement ahead. They were able to reflect on how their lives had changed and came to realize how much they missed their camping trips. They had given away the first trailer and started looking for a rig that they could use year-round as much as possible.
In the fall of 2018, they found a trailer they wanted, an Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 21FQS, and a Ford F250 tow vehicle. Marsha and Janet’s “Must Have” features that made this the rig for their next chapter of adventure including a slide-out (must have more room for dogs), heated water storage and insulating for 4-season camping, room to walk on both sides of the bed to avoid crawling over one another and for ease of making the bed, power next to the bed, a large sink/prep area and counter, lots of windows in the sitting area, and a toilet far from the sleeping area.
They also considered some of the “Nice to Have” list items like a microwave, solid surface sink/counter, a toilet that uses main water (not a separate water storage), a cabinet by the back door to hold leashes, wet clothing, gear, and an extra large propane tank.
Marsha and Janet are now looking ahead to traveling with their new rig. They plan on taking a 3-month trip to Canada as one of their first adventures and spending quality time together with their dogs while traveling around the country catching up with friends they haven’t seen in years.
They would love to try to do extended boondocking with added solar to maybe go for a few weeks or months off-grid. They have a condo in Arizona and are hoping to snowbird south for the winter months while spending summers camping and possibly campground hosting. Full-time RVing is a definite maybe—Janet would be eager to try, but Marsha is more reserved about that prospect at the moment.
When asked about the concerns or “unknowns” for planning their RV trips, they shared several that are food for thought.
Getting stuck in the snow (Happened with our old trailer, but we weren’t camping so it wasn’t a huge deal, still… made us think).
The current political climate is increasingly hateful towards lesbians and gays. If that doesn’t change we could be back in danger for our lives camping in back road areas. We don’t plan on going back into the closet but will it be dangerous to be “out”? Certain regions of the country are scarier than others.
Health issues—As we get older, it is scary to think about being in the backcountry without health resources.
Medications—Currently, we need monthly medical visits which can’t be quickly swapped to a different doctor. Not sure how we’re going to deal with that… fly back to Colorado each month? How else to get medications?
Right now we’ve done at most month-long trips—What if we need “alone time”? How will we get it?
Exercising dogs—We’ve always had a big yard and we will need to find places where the dogs can run and get more exercise. Will that be possible?
In addition, Janet fears not having the technical knowledge and RV handling ability to run things if Marsha is hurt or there is an emergency. Marsha does most of the techie stuff and driving and Janet knows she needs to be comfortable doing those things but currently is not.
Marsha’s biggest fear is the increasing lack of remote boondocking locations that they enjoy exploring.
“We were always able to find out of the way places for backpacking and tent-camping but more people are now full time RVing, working/living out of cars, and even full-time boondocking. Twenty or thirty years ago it was rare to see people living in their cars and, when someone did, it was usually a rare, dire circumstance; nowadays, it’s a “thing” to RV full time or live & work out of a car.
Multiple National Forest primitive inexpensive campgrounds are being shut down or locked, and fewer, “suburban”, expensive, crowded campgrounds are being built. More public land “No Camping” signs go up, forcing campers into expensive private campgrounds. Will we find out-of-the-way places anymore? Or will every accessible camping area be full?”
Parnell Creek RV Park in Woodville is a comfortable year-round resort located about 25 miles east of Huntsville, Alabama. Featuring southern hospitality at its best, this RV park is a favorite of families and travelers alike.
Other amenities at Parnell Creek RV Park include full hook-ups, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a pet area, and rec room. Also, the remodeled Log Cabin Store is about a quarter mile from the park. This convenient store offers gasoline and limited food items.
Just down the road in Scottsboro, Goose Pond Colony Resort is set on the banks of the Tennessee River’s beautiful Lake Guntersville and nestled into the picturesque Cumberland Mountains. The resort offers two quality 18-hole tracks: The Lake Course and Plantation Course.
A George Cobb design that opened in 1971, the par 72 Lake Course stretches to 7,101 yards from the tips. The Lake Course offers an excellent layout with lake views on nearly every hole. The course gently wraps around the lake, but water is never an imposing hazard. The greens are in great shape year-round.
Goose Pond’s Plantation Course was designed by Don Croft and Phillip Green and opened for play in 1994. The par 72 track measures 6,855 yards from the back tees. Wide open fairways and excellent greens are hallmarks of this popular course.
While in Scottsboro, every visitor should explore the Unclaimed Baggage Center. If you love browsing in thrift stores, this is the place to visit. Everything in the store was left at the nation’s airports—yes, everything in the store.
When bags or belongings are left at the airport, the airlines conduct an extensive three-month tracing process. If they are unsuccessful in connecting the bag with the owner, airlines then sell the lost items to the Unclaimed Baggage Center.
Everything in the store is restored to like-new condition, or at good as it can get, then a price tag is affixed. Some of the items are also donated to charity throughout the year. Browsing the Unclaimed Baggage Center is a good way to spend an afternoon!
In the distant past, music CDs, audio books and FM radio were the only soundtrack for RV road trips. Not anymore. Smart phones and Internet connected vehicles give us dozens of ways to fuel our adventures with sound, like this ultimate RV and camping podcasts playlist.
RV and Camping Podcasts for Road Trip Buddies
Great podcasts about the outdoors are springing up from every corner of the RVing community. Want to learn how to make money on the road? Need some RV repair tips? Got camping kids to entertain? Podcasts for the RV lifestyle are as close as your favorite listening device.
Podcasts allow anyone to broadcast their own “radio” show over the internet. With over 630,000 podcasts available for download, “Today, we’re living in the Golden Age of Podcasts,” proclaimed a 2019 CBS news article.
How to Download Podcasts
Usually you can download a podcast directly from the creator’s website. But podcasting apps make it easier to find, organize, listen to and locate new podcasts. Apps give you the option to download them to your listening device. This is a useful feature when you’re RVing without internet access.
Whether you have a iPhone or an Android, smart phone or tablet, podcast apps make your listening experience better.
These tools include free apps included with your smart phone, like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Other feature-rich paid podcast apps include Castbox, Stitcher, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and Overcast. Some podcasts are available on just one app, some on many apps.
The Ultimate RV and Camping Podcasts Playlist
According to CBS News, over 630,000 podcasts exist on the internet. New podcasts spring up almost daily, but only a small percentage of shows last beyond the first broadcasting year. The best RV camping and travel podcasts endure because of high quality production and relevant topics for the lifestyle. Here are just a few active podcasts with long track records. Check them out and listen on your next highway drive.
Podcasts About the RV / Nomad Lifestyle
“Love getting the RV out for weekends and getaways? Dream of being a professional nomad? In Stories from the Road, host Sam Nuerminger chats with everyone from weekend warriors to full-timers about what drew them to the road, the challenges they face, and what keeps them going year after year.”
The RVing Entrepreneur
Creator Heath Padgett writes “This podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere. The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is a weekly show where I interview nomadic entrepreneurs who have made the leap into the RV lifestyle and have taken their businesses with them on the road.”
RV Family Travel Atlas
The hosts are Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, authors of the Idiots Guide: RV Vacations and parents to three boys. Their RV Family Travel Atlas explores RV and family travel. “Every episode has a feature segment highlighting the RV industry, the campground industry, tips and tricks, or destination guides. We also include gear reviews and interviews with interesting personalities from all arenas of the RV industry.”
Podcasts About Adventure Travel Inspiration
Living Outside the Box
“Living Outside The Box is a podcast and community devoted to sharing ideas for living more simply and on our own terms. Hosts Kayla and J.R. Cox have decided to make choices in their lives in an effort to live on their own terms. This includes living a full time RV traveling life, homeschooling their children, and Kayla choosing to lose over 80 pounds by intermittent fasting and eating anything she wanted.”
The Offbeat Life
Technically it’s not about camping or RVing, but this show will no doubt inspire future full-time RVers. “The Offbeat Life Podcast interviews fearless individuals who ditched the norm in order to Live their best life and become Location Independent. We discuss finding purpose, defining moments that led them to change their lives, overcoming set backs, how they create income from their passions while working remote and so much more.”
“The Dirtbag Diaries is a grassroots podcast dedicated to the sometimes serious, often humorous stories from wild places.” Outside Magazine named it the best podcast and with over 200 episodes in 10 years of broadcasting, it’s worth checking out if you love the outdoors.
The First 40 Miles Hiking and Backpacking
Founders Heather Legler and Josh Legler write “If you are new to backpacking, or if you’re hopelessly in love with someone who wants you to love backpacking, then this podcast is for you. We talk about the essentials, how to lighten your load, and how to make the most of your time on the trail.” Although in hiatus, The First 40 Miles is worth a listen.
Ask a Ranger
“State park rangers always get questions, and with their training in the outdoors and managing natural resources, they usually have the answers or can find them right away. In Ask a Ranger, Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess answer some of the questions they’re frequently asked and take on topics that can expand your knowledge of the natural world.”
Podcasts About RVing Tips and Tricks
“The RV Show USA is hosted by Alan Warren, a 35+ year TV/Radio veteran as well as RV enthusiast and Campground Owner. His likable personality and enthusiasm for the RV Lifestyle is contagious and resonates with RVers everywhere. A staunch advocate for the RV Consumer, Alan blends entertainment and information in a Show that connects with RV enthusiasts in a powerful way.”
“The RV Navigator is your digital home for RVing information. Since late 2005, we have been providing audio reports (podcasts) on a monthly basis and more recently bi-monthly, covering the RV lifestyle from an on the road perspective.” Hosts Ken and Martha share RV travel tips, technology for your RV, destination ideas and experiences and news for RVers.
Girl Camper Podcast
“Janine Pettit is a lifelong lover of camping who hosts Girl Camper, broadcast every Tuesday with topics ranging from practical tips on overcoming fear to inspirational interviews with women who have made the leap.”
Happy Camper Radio
“From selecting new gear, to deciding where to pitch your tent, camping is the ultimate recreational activity for you and your family. Join Happy Camper Radio as we sit around the campfire and discuss the latest in outdoor equipment and camping techniques. “
Beyond the Wheel
“Beyond the Wheel is a podcast about the people and ideas that make RVing great. Kenny & Sean have put this podcast together to reach out to people in the RV industry to get a better understanding of how products and services are created. Every day there are more and more people joining the RV community and with that the demand for certain features and luxuries has increased. Our goal is not only to share these new products and services, but also to understand how they came about and what did it take to get them to the market.”
“The RV Miles podcast is weekly show for RV and outdoor enthusiasts! Join us as we take you across the country to discover great destinations. On the way, we’ll cover tips and tricks, campground reviews, gear to make life on the road easier, and the latest industry news.”
Tell Us Your Favorite RV and Camping Podcasts
Did we miss other great outdoorsy RV and camping podcasts? If so, let us know which ones in the comments section and we’ll add them to this list.
There are both pros and cons to RVing with a boat. On the plus side, you can experience the water by your campground in a whole new way and get out fishing or simply cruising at sunset. You can also reach boat-in only campgrounds that are more private and secluded.
However, boat ownership is not all smooth sailing. These are some of the costs and challenges that you will also want to keep in mind.
1. What type of boat should you get?
There are boats of all types, sizes, and prices. The best option for you ultimately comes down to your preferences, intended use, and budget. Maybe you would prefer a simple pontoon boat for fishing on the lake or rather a more luxurious catamaran for you and some friends to take out on the sea.
You can shop for various types and brands of boats at local boat shows and get a great deal with their competitive low event prices. The shows also have boating accessories that you may want to pick up as well. Check out OfficialBoatShows.com for more information on the events coming up this year.
2. Your towing capabilities
What do you plan on towing and launching your new boat with? It’s easier to back down a tight boat ramp with a truck and boat trailer or smaller Class B or Class C RV than a big Class A motorhome. Some boat ramps are so narrow that a 40-foot coach would be impossible to launch your boat with.
3. The cost of ownership: Boat insurance, fuel, etc…
There are many costs that come with the initial big expense of the boat itself; this includes the annual premium for insurance, high repair bills, fuel, and marina rates. There are also several boating accessories available, some of which are more essential than others.
How much your insurance rates will be mainly depends on the value and type of boat. It can make a big difference between insuring a smaller jet boat as compared to a large yacht. Typically, boat insurance rates range about $300-500 a year to fully insure, but some bigger more expensive vessels can cost much more.
4. Regular maintenance
You’ll already be spending a ton on your boat and it is worth your time and money to keep it in good condition. Like regular upkeep on your RV, it is not only important for cosmetic purposes but also to help prevent problems while you’re sailing.
You will want to regularly wash, wax, and polish your boat, fuel it up, change its oil, inspect your engine, electrical systems, and steering. This maintenance list from Sport Fishing Magazine will give you a good idea of the checklist you will want to follow.
5. Summer and winter storage
When your boat is not in use, where will you store it? Unlike cars and RVs where you can park almost anywhere, your boat will need a dock or slip for storage.
After the summer boating season ends, you will also want to properly winterize your boat and have a place to store it until next year. Some marinas have year-round slips available, but you may not want to leave your boat out on the water over the winter. You can also store your boat in a dry climate-controlled boat storage facility, but you will need to consider the cost of that as well.
6. Consider your other options: renting boats, inflatable watercrafts
There are many other ways to get out on the water without towing around an expensive boat. You can usually rent a boat for the afternoon from the local marina; this can be a very cost-effective way to enjoy boating without having to pay regularly on insurance, fuel, and repairs.
Inflatable boats and kayaks are another popular option as they hardly take up any space or weight when not in use. The Scout Inflatable Boat can inflate up to 12 feet long and 3.5 feet wide, making an ideal boat for fishing, and it can deflate small enough to fit in a car trunk.
7. Search online boating forums
You can ask questions, get tips from other boat owners, view classifieds and more on several free boating forums online. These websites include:
SailBlogs – With a free account, you can share your sailing adventures through your own blog and photo galleries.
CruisersForum – As a member, you can interact with others on the forums, view the classifieds for available boats or crew positions, get up-to-date information on navigation, and keep up with the latest innovations from boat builders.
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With the golf industry seemingly on an uptick, golfers around the country are expected to flock to the plethora of golf shows slated over the next few months. Roughly three dozen golf shows are scheduled through March in cities across the U.S. and Canada.
A few general notes about attending golf shows. These generalities do not apply across the board, but most golf shows offer some or most of these particulars.
• Significant savings on name-brand clubs, equipment, and apparel as many quality brands tend to sell off their inventory at golf shows in preparation for the coming season. • Free indoor driving range lined with representatives of the game’s biggest manufacturers. • Free rounds of golf at local courses. • Putting, long drive, and short game contests for the chance to win golf and stay-and-play vacations. • Golf lessons from top PGA professionals. • Special areas for kids, including free lessons and junior golf presentations.
In addition to providing links to each show, a nearby RV park is also suggested. For those visiting the Seattle Golf Show, avoid the congestion of getting to downtown and stay across the Puget Sound at Fay Bainbridge Park and Campground on picturesque Bainbridge Island.
Simply take the Washington State Ferry from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle and then walk five minutes to the golf show.
One thing is for sure: If you attend a golf show, you know the season is just around the corner!