RV Park Etiquette may need to be something each new RV buyer needs to have in written format. We started thinking about this recently when we were at our favorite park and some of our neighbors made our experience less than enjoyable, so my husband and I came up with the following information.
- Try to arrive during daylight hours so you will know exactly what your surroundings look like. I know that for all of us working RVers, we can only leave work so early and sometimes have to arrive late. We try our hardest to avoid this because we’re tired at that point and setting up can end up being a real nightmare.
- Think of your campsite as your yard at home and keep your items within your own boundaries. Sometimes the slides will just extend too far over (even on top of the picnic table next door) but try to avoid this and ask the manager if you can move to a larger space if needed.
- Teach your kids and some adults you know that hey need to walk around the campsites and not through them.
- Dogs love the outdoors, but do keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
- Try to keep your music, televisions and conversations down so your neighbor does not have to hear all the details of your recent doctors check up or listen to your style music.
- Meet your neighbors and share your RV experiences. This may be the chance you have to make a friend for life, but don’t force yourself on them. Some people simply want to escape from the world when they go camping.
Owning an RV has many benefits. Though an uphill battle, keeping your RV in great condition is of the upmost importance. With most people not having the capacity to maintain their RV indoors, maintaining the outside can be difficult. Rain, snow, changing temperatures, sunlight, and falling debris such as acorns and bird droppings can really take its toll on the exterior of the RV. Luckily you can find an array of RV covers around to aid protect against such damage.
If you intend to store your RV for a long time, the best option is to buy a custom fitted cover. When selecting the cover for your RV, it is important to take the measurements of the RV from one end to the other, while ensuring that you provide an allowance for the 5th wheel, bumpers, ladders and propane tanks attached to the vehicle. If you have to choose between two RV covers which near the size of your RV, select the larger cover. This is because it is better to have an over-sized cover than a small one which you have to stretch over the RV. Stretching the RV cover is likely to lead to damage due to stress.
When shopping for an RV cover, you should look for one which is able to block sun damage, is water resistant, and fits well onto your unit. Some RV covers are quite functional even when the RV is in use, and are thus able to protect your unit even while you are out in the park. Always remember to remove your cover before driving off in your RV. There are also covers available for your RV tires. These slip over the tires when not in use and are able to protect the tire rubber against damage when in storage.
Always keep a patch kit for your RV cover in the event that you get tears or rips. Taking some time to patch up your RV cover while on the road is much more cost effective than having to buy a brand new cover. For this reason, you should ensure that you conduct regular inspections of your RV covers to check that they are in tip top shape. Be sure to replace any cover which has lost its overall integrity and can no longer withstand the vagaries of harsh weather.
With all the external forces facing your RVs facade, a cover could be the difference between a clean coat and a dinged door. Unlike a tarp, they are made to keep water off and allow the right amount of air flow. I found a great article on what to look for in RV covers from rvwheelcovers.org.
I would urge all RV owners to consider buying an ideal cover to guard your investment, especially if it stays outdoors for long periods of time. If you use a cover, let me know in the comments what you think.
Longhorn Caverns off Park Road 4 near Burnet, TX is a wonderful experience for the entire family. Although the caverns are part of the park systems, the concessions and tours are operated by a private company so your State Park pass does not work for the same discounts you get at most Texas State Parks. The tour takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the time and money. It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful part of nature was once a meeting place of Comanche Indians, the Confederate Army, a club during the prohibition era and even a bomb shelter and Presidential office during the 60’s. The rock formations are fascinating. A must see!
I was recently asked what type music I enjoy when we’re in the RV and the answer is “oldies”. Whether it’s old time rock & roll or old time country, it just seems to fit my relaxed mood. We picked up a wonderful station out of Marble Falls, Real Country KBAY radio. It had a mix of old country from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and todays hits. Clear reception at Inks Lake State Park.
LBJ National Park and Museum was a fun and educational part of our trip. It has changed so much since I was there 20 years ago.. But everything has changed in the last 20 years. The tour is now a driving tour, narated by a CD and you get to actually see the home and Presidential plane now. The National Parks Service has done a great job renovating the home to bring it back to it’s original glory. There is a wonderful Junior Ranger program here for the kids. They are given a booklet with questions about the tour and, upon complettion, were sworn in as official Junior Rangers complete with their own badges.
A fun way to learn.
Now for the real fun…visiting wineries in the Hill Country. Our first stop was a small winery on Park Road 4 near Inks Lake State Park, Perrisos Vineyard. We enterd this little piece of heaven and as we exited the truck we were greeted by Charlie, the family dog who apparently one main goal in life…to be charming and laid back! Seth and Laura Martin, the owners of this vineyard, both greeted us nd, before we knew it, we had been there a couple of hours having a great time and enjoying some wonderful wine. The grandkids made themselves at home running through the vineyard and playing with the dog while the four of us sampled and enjoyed the day. They have tastings every Friday and Saturday and our favorite was the 2008 Vintners Blend. It became the preferred beverage at the campfire this trip. http://www.perissosvineyards.com/wines.html
Have you taken your RV to any of these places? Please share…
Inks Lake State Park is beautiful and a very busy area. Hidden in the hills between Burnet and Marble Falls, this little piece of heaven is a must see for RVers. Whether your interest is water sports, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, this is a beautiful area. A great base camp for short day trips to nearby enchanted rock,caverns, wineries and even a little bit of history in Johnson city.
We have traveled throughout Texas and visited many of the state parks and I have to say that the staff at Inks Lake State Park is one of the friendliest groups I have ever seen at any park. From helpful hints to tourist info for the area they were all eager to help and smiles were abundant. Of course this was the first day of Spring break week. They might not be smiling in 10 days!
I’ve never been a big one for purchasing the gadgets that are only shown on TV, but the combination dog leash, flashlight, poop bag holder is a great idea for those of us who go camping with our dogs. It is the perfect size for my 20 pound beagle and has everything I need all in one light weight leash.
Now for the not so pretty side of this trip. Inks Lake State Park is wonderful, picturesque, spacious campsites and some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met, but they do not have full hook ups. This means that you really appreciate that Tote N Stor you purchased and never used. If only we had left it packed in the RV. We saw pick up trucks, driven by people much smarter than we were, driving to the dump station with their Tote N Stor, hooked on their hitch. Fortunately, we were only there 4 days and the showers were beautiful so full hookups were not necessary, but this is now one of those things we should never leave home without. Have you been? Tell me what you thought of it…
I was recently chatting with a friend of mine who also enjoys the RV lifestyle and we started thinking about all the “stuff” we store in our RVs. From canned goods to paper products to first aid supplies and everything in between, we have our RVs loaded for our adventures. Later that evening it dawned on me that we leave many items in the medicine cabinet of our RV all the time, even when the unit is being stored. This encouraged me to talk to my friend at the pharmacy who informed me that many of the basic over the counter medications should not be exposed to prolonged heat or cold and that lead me to creating this little check list.
I recommend you make a “carry out” bag that should include the following items:
- Basic liquid medications (antacids, cough syrup, decongestants, vitamins)
- Over the counter medications in pill form (check the expiration dates)
- All prescription medications
Simply make this carry out bag a part of your checklist when you get ready to leave for your trip and then take it out of the vehicle when you get home. This gives you an opportunity to check the expiration dates, keep the items fresh and update all prescriptions you may be currently taking.
It is also very important to keep a list of all your prescription medications, including the name, address and phone number of your doctor and pharmacy with you in this “carry out” bag. Keeping it all in this one bag may help a spouse or emergency medical technician in the event of an emergency. (a friend of mine read this and also suggested a spare pair of reading or prescription glasses, too) Just think about your lifestyle and needs and make your own RV checklist.
With eight state parks, The North Shore Drive of northeastern Minnesota, with its eight state parks, rocky backdrops, and vast inland coast, makes this destination unlike any other. The Lake Superior shoreline is a welcome place for snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country due to its yearly snow covered countryside.
The crown jewel of northeastern Minnesota is the North Shore State Trail System. It extends all the way from Duluth to Grand Marias. A 153-mile system along Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains is full of various terrain. From ridgelines, hillsides or woodlands, it is a sledders dream. View staggering cliffs over the forested, rocky shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake or listen to ice sheets crack and grind their way along the waves crashing by the glacial shoreline.
The “Lake Superior Ice Train” is known as this since it seems like a crumbling building. But be cautious while observing, because ice storms are known to roll through the area. Make sure though that you stop along the cliffs edge and catch that amazing sunset.
If were gonna be exact it’s HI-Definition TV.. If you are looking for something different for your outside entertainment you may think of purchasing a brand new hi-def entertainment system.. If you happen to be handy and understand a combination of carpentry, electronics and audiophile gibberish, then by all means, have a crack at upgrading your RV.
Now, all kidding aside, if you’re completely comfortable with mounting flat screen TVs give it a try. However if you still own a VHS player…wait, even better. If you still own a VHS player and STILL haven’t discovered how to keep it from flashing 12:00 am, then you’d better leave it to a professional.
If you’re looking for new vacation experiences, then it might be worth your while to investigate a RV. Interestingly, even with the downturn in the economy RVing has been becoming increasingly popular.Just take a look around you, there are more RVs on the road these days and there are a number of reasons for this.
Since money is a major concern these days, people are being more cautious of how much they are spending on extra curricular activities like vacations. Weekend breaks and holidays tend to involve a considerable amount of expense, so it makes sense to think about how costs could be reduced in this area.
Its a know fact that the major cost incurs from travel and accommodation expenses which can add up financially.
Of course, RV vacations should not merely be seen as a money-saving exercise. There are countless reasons to take an RV Trip.. In particular, many RV owners will state that they enjoy the thought of having an increased sense of freedom.
Having an RV you are allowed the freedom to venture out further in your own time.. You can also create a more flexible holiday, moving from place to place with a real opportunity to discover new regions and areas, again, entirely at your leisure.
Some would definitely say that there is a sense of freedom associated with RV vacations that simply do not compare to other travel options. There’s a real community spirit included with these trips, as many enthusiasts (like us) enjoy sharing their experiences.
There is almost no limit to where you can go in your RV. It’s become extremely easy for more people to enjoy the luxury of owning a RV since it more affordable for every budget.Have you experienced other benefits by joining the RV Community?
Winter is just around the corner and that means we have to think about our RV before the weather man says “freeze tonight.” Take time in November to drain the tanks, add RV antifreeze and make sure your RV is ready for the winter!
Does the winter weather mean you travel less in your RV? We have found that some of the winter weekends have been the best RV adventures, but I know that many of you close up your RV for the winter. Don’t make the same mistake I did when I left unopened food items in the vehicle all winter. Take time now to take all the chips, crackers, cereal and rice out now before one of nature’s little critters finds a way to get to it during the winter months. A small field mouse can get into the tiniest hole and make a big mess. A little hint I heard about recently was to place fabric softener sheets in all of your cabinets and drawers because animals and bugs hate it. Sounds like it’s worth a try!
Do you already own a RV or are you looking to purchase one soon? Then you must be sure to buy RV insurance. There are a number of reasons that you must insure your RV with RV insurance. Why? RV insurance differs from your car insurance because while your RV is a vehicle, it is a home also. And while it is a home, it is also a vehicle. So your insurance must cover both.
A couple of other important reasons that you need insurance are; one of the many things that RV insurance can do for you is helping you out in the event of an accident. If you are involved in an accident and your RV is damaged you will have to have that damage fixed. Without insurance you will be left with the cost of the repairs coming out of your wallet. If you have proper insurance coverage you will get significant help, a couple hundred dollar deductible is much easier than several thousand dollars of damage repairs. And you will be covered for the other vehicle damages if you are found at fault for the accident. Your insurance will also come to your aid if occupants of the other vehicle were injured, your insurance company will help cover their medical expenses. Your savings will be considerable in the long run. If you are involved in an accident and you are at fault and sued without insurance you will have to pay for your attorney and the settlement out of your pocket. Having RV insurance can protect you and your wallet.
Besides all that, in most states it is illegal to operate your RV on the highway without insurance. Even if your state is one of a very few that do not require insurance, unless you intend to never leave your state you will need it to vacation almost everywhere else.
When deciding on the RV that suits your family you need to consider size, style, and it is important to make sure that you can afford the cost of adequately covering your RV with insurance, before buying one.
With a little research you will find a number of sources to cover your RV insurance needs. Using your phone book or even better searching on the internet will uncover those sources. Don’t forget to check with your current homeowner’s insurance company or your present vehicle insurance company if it’s different. You may save money on premiums for having multiple policies with your insurance company. In short, RV insurance is important. It really doesn’t matter if your state requires insurance or not. You probably cannot afford the expense of an accident coming straight out of your wallet. And if you can fix your vehicle, can you afford the other vehicle and their medical expenses? RV insurance can protect your RV and your wallet. Need to know where you can some? Check this one out!