Tips to Ensure You’re Ready: Emergency Preparedness for RVers

You’ve planned your route, packed your bags and are looking forward to taking a trip in your RV to relax, take a break, see some beautiful places and create lasting memories with your family and friends. However, sometimes no matter how well you plan, you can be faced with unexpected circumstances. From unexpected health concerns to Mother Nature (who has a mind of her own), it is important to ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency while you are out on your RVing excursions.

Let Someone Know

Before you leave, make sure someone at home knows where you will be. Give them a copy of the itinerary for your trip and ensure they have up-to-date contact information for you and those you are vacationing with. Be specific with the information you leave behind: provide names of the RV park you are staying in and contact information for their main offices and any friends you are planning to meet up with.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Always make sure you’ve packed an emergency preparedness kit. Go over it each time you set out on a new adventure to make sure it is up to date and fully stocked. Things to include in your emergency kit are:

  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Roadside flares
  • Traction Aid
  • Fully equipped toolkit
  • High visibility vest
  • Booster cables
  • High-quality first aid kit
  • Portable air compressor
  • Tire repair kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Extra windshield washing fluid
  • Hand crank emergency radio and/or device charger
  • Engine oil
  • Tow strap with hooks
  • Spare windshield wipers
  • Winterized sleeping bag
  • Whistle
  • Insulated rain poncho
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof matches
  • Ready-to-eat snacks and meals
  • Water
  • Plastic Tarp
  • Paper maps
  • Toque
  • Candles
  • Bottled water and non-perishable snacks

Customize Your Kit

Remember to consider how many people you will be traveling with to ensure you have included enough emergency materials. Also, before packing your emergency kit do some research about where you are traveling to see if there are specific risk factors to that area (like forest fires, flooding, or tornados) so you can customize the kit accordingly.

Finally, always ensure that your RV is well maintained and full of gas. It is a good idea to thoroughly inspect the vehicle every time you stop and make sure you always have more gas than you need to get to the next checkpoint.

Ask for Local Information

When you arrive and register at the RV park, ask the attendant about the emergency plan for the park.  The park attendant should be able to provide you with local emergency numbers and the location of the nearest hospital or walk-in clinic. Knowing this information ahead of time will save you valuable time if you are faced with an emergency situation.

Of course, no one ever expects to be faced with a natural disaster or a medical emergency when you are enjoying a vacation in your RV, and this is why you can never be too prepared. Put your mind at ease and enjoy your trip to the fullest by being proactive and making sure you are prepared for the worst.

 

The End of Your Road Trip: From California Back North

If you’re like most North Americans, you want to soak in the beautiful sunshine in California at least once in your life. While getting back north for the summer can be a long drive, there are lots of fun stops you can make along the way. Here are a few places to stop if you’re traveling up the West Coast this spring.

Los Angeles

You’ll want to hit Los Angeles as you leave California, but at the end of a trip, you’re probably tired of the crowds. Head a little north to the Santa Clarita Valley to take in exciting attractions without the hustle and bustle of LA.

For a unique experience, stop in at Animal Tracks Inc, a sanctuary for animals that can’t be returned to the wild. Make reservations to visit with clever capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and baboons. Other animal favorites include the regal fennec fox, several wolf-hybrids, an elegant serval cat, and a young kangaroo. You’ll be up-close in the animal enclosures so wear clothes that you can get dirty. And, if you want the animals to bond with you quickly, bring an approved treat, like grapes, yams, avocados, or cucumbers.

RV campgrounds in the Los Angeles area include Soledad Canyon RV Resort and Wilderness Lakes RV Resort.

Sacramento

You won’t make it out of California in a day from the Santa Clarita Valley. So, you’ll need to stop over somewhere, and Sacramento is a great spot. It hosts the California Automobile Museum, a real treat for car enthusiasts. There are over 150 vehicles on display that represent California’s history from 1885 to 2011. If you happen to be there on a Sunday you can even drive in downtown Sacramento—in a classic car!

For lunch, try something just as classic at The Shack. Their menu is simple and not too expensive, with thick burgers and refreshing beer, matching the low-key, relaxing atmosphere. It’s just the stop you need to help soak in the last few days of your trip.

RV campgrounds in the Sacramento area include Ponderosa RV Campground and Lake Minden RV Campground.

Portland

Maybe you want to pass through Portland, OR on your way to California. There are affordable attractions here, including the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It’s free on Mondays, or five dollars the rest of the week. Enjoy the lush greenery, and spot some fantastic wildlife (like Mandarin ducks). If flowers interest you, Portland also has the largest rose test garden in the country, in Washington Park. It’s free!

RV campgrounds in the Portland area include Portland Fairview RV Park and Mt. Hood Village RV Resort.

Instead of feeling like your vacation is over make most of the last days of your trip home! Visit rvonthego.com to book your stay today.

 

Sarasota Florida: An Ideal Destination for Snowbirds

The winter can be cold, long, and harsh. This reality drives many Northern Snowbirds to take flight (or drive in their RV) to somewhere sunnier and warmer for a much-needed Vitamin D fix.

Florida has long been a popular destination for Snowbirds looking to escape the winter as it is warm, beautiful and has lots to do without being too far away. Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Key West are some of the favorite Florida spots. However, Sarasota is gaining in popularity because of all it offers to snow-weary, Northern travelers.

What To Do in Sarasota

Sarasota is located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. This popular destination has something to offer everyone with its balanced blend of rich history and modern attractions.

The Ringling is a highly renowned art museum located in Sarasota. The home of John Ringling, this museum pays tribute to the Ringling Brothers with its Art Museum, Circus Museum, Ca’d’Zan and Bayfront Gardens. Here, visitors take a step back into fame and fortune during the early 1900s. In addition to their fame for founding the circus, John and Mable Ringling acquired an impressive art collection. This museum is a must-see for any art fanatics or history buffs!

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provide an escape from bustling urban life. Here, you’ll escape into a beautiful, lush, natural oasis. This gem is located on the shores of Sarasota Bay and provides the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect while taking in breathtaking botanical scenery.  

The Myakka River State Park, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota National Cemetery, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary are some other popular attractions in Sarasota.

If you start to get tired from all the fun and exciting activities and attractions in Sarasota, you can unwind on Siesta Key Beach. This beach is recognized for its extremely white sands that stay cool even in the hot sun.

Where To Stay in Sarasota

As one of the top-rated resorts in the USA, Royal Coachman RV Resort will not disappoint. With some of the best amenities on site and its close distance to great beaches and local attractions, visitors tend to extend their stay here.

Hoping for convenience and excitement? Look no further than Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort. This location is close to Sarasota’s beautiful beaches and exciting local attractions and culture.

Minutes from Sarasota, Ramblers Rest RV Resort is located along the Myakka River in Venice, Florida. This all-ages resort is perfect for vacationers who are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay while remaining close enough to Sarasota’s top attractions.

Terra Ceia Village RV Resort is located on Florida’s west coast between Tampa and Sarasota. If you are looking for convenient access to a wide variety of tourist hot spots including Walt Disney World, Epcot Centre, Seaworld and Busch Gardens, then Terra Ceia is the ideal location for you.

Whether you stay in Sarasota or close by, the area offers great attractions, dining, entertainment and nightlife as well as unique activities such as catamaran tours. There truly is something for everyone here.

5 Reasons You Should Attend a Local RV Show

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your RV, are ready to hop into the RV lifestyle for the first time, or are just curious, keep an eye out for local RV shows near you. When you go you’ll find everything you need to know (and more) all in one place. All in all, spending an afternoon at an RV show is well worth the time. Here’s why:

  1. Massive Discounts on RVs and Mobile Homes

Winnebago, Palomina, Gulfstream, Jayco and Keystone are just a few of the brand names that you’ll find on display at shows like the Toronto Fall RV Show. The savings are huge as the top local dealers vie for your attention with deep discounts on a wide variety of the top RV brands and models.

If you’re willing to make an on-the-spot purchase you can save thousands of dollars on your next RV. Not only will you find discounts of $4,000 or more off the retail price, you can expect to take advantage of show bonuses like a free 5-year warranty, and lots of additional fees and products reduced, waived, or included at no cost including:

  • Freight
  • Pre-delivery inspections
  • Sewer hose with adapters
  • Deep cycle RV batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Electrical adapters
  • Water hoses.

Deals will depend on the dealer, so it’s worth it to take your time and stop by each one to see what they’re offering. The one drawback is that these deals are usually limited to the show, which means you usually have to be ready to make a decision while you’re there.

  1. Best Comparison Shopping in One Place

An RV show makes comparison shopping possible. Imagine having to drive from one dealer to the next to see the brands, models and discounts they offer. Most dealers don’t display this information on their website, nor are they often willing to share it over the phone or email – they want to get you in to their store to “wow” you with their beautiful selection.

However, at an RV Show you can do the comparison shopping, see the deals and discounts and get to know the dealers all in one convenient location, which will massively reduce the time you spend finding the right RV for your lifestyle and needs.

  1. First Hand Design Trends and Ideas

You really will be wowed by the beauty and space that modern RVs offer. But one of the most surprising elements is how much these RVs feel like home when you enter them. From granite countertops to second floor bedrooms to retractable balconies and decks, you’re bound to find something new and surprising at an RV show that you can apply to your own RV living.

  1. Discounts on RV Resorts

RVs themselves aren’t the only discounts you’ll find at RV shows. You’ll find RV resorts supplement the list of exhibitors and they often offer deals that aren’t available elsewhere. For example, Encore Resorts has exclusive offers only available to show attendees that simply aren’t available elsewhere. These offers include special weekly, monthly or seasonal rates that can add up to hundreds of dollars of savings. Plus, when you purchase a Thousand Trails membership you can sometimes get the benefit of a free zone with your purchase.

These are some examples of the discounts that RV resorts offer at these expos, but another advantage of attending a show is that you can get first-hand information about the resorts themselves – where they’re located, when you should book your stay, what the amenities are like – all the details you need to plan your next RV road trip.    

  1. Free Swag and Chances to Win Big Prizes

Most exhibitors will have free swag on hand – including coupons, re-useable bags, snacks, even tattoos and stickers for your grandkids! Some exhibitors have selfie-contests and other types of promotions that you can take part in. Plus, the RV show’s organizers usually have a big give away for attendees – at the Toronto Fall RV Show there was the chance to win $5,000 cash back on your RV purchase from a participating dealer. The free swag and contests make attending an RV show lots of fun, even if you’re not looking to make an immediate purchase.

Ultimately, an RV Show is time well spent, whether you’re looking to buy, upgrade or are just curious about what the RV lifestyle is all about. Consider attending the next RV show in your area and take advantage of all the cool stuff these shows have to offer – and don’t forget to stop by the RV on the Go booth to say “Hi”!

Palm Desert: Full of Famous Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss

Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort straddles the line between California’s famous Palm Springs and Palm Desert regions. It’s the perfect place to stay to soak up the incomparable experiences available in both snowbird hot spots. From golfing in the Coachella Valley to riding the world-renowned Tramway, to visiting the Western movie set Pioneertown, you won’t be bored for a moment in Palm Desert. Here’s our guide to the famous attractions you just can’t miss.

Pioneertown

Hollywood came to Pioneertown with the intention of building an Old West set that would double as a fabulous town to visit, and they succeeded. Cowboys and horse-drawn carriages amble down Main Street and stop at the saloon, bank, or saddlery. Inside you’ll find real entertainment, food, shopping and other Western-themed experiences. Among the most unusual offerings is a fabulous vintage bowling alley, full of western memorabilia.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park sits between two great areas– the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. So, this park is the perfect place to get your fill of gorgeous desert views and clear, starry nights. Lizards, golden eagles, and the roadrunner can all be spotted at the park.

Of course, you don’t have to hike to immerse yourself in nature. Consider going on a Hummer Adventure through the park– it is rated the number one off-road tour on all of TripAdvisor. Next, visit the nearby and equally famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram Way for a bird’s eye view of the steep mountains.

You can get a closer look at this area’s splendid nature in town, at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Ride a camel, feed a giraffe, and tour on a carousel that gets you close to all kinds of endangered species.

Town Treasures

Want to head into town for some shopping or art? Palm Desert will wow you with both. The El Paseo Shopping District has every store you’re craving and if you love the excitement of a street fair make sure you check out the Street Fair at College of the Desert and its art, gift, and furniture vendors. Fresh fruit is available too!

Also in town is the CODA Gallery, which was just named California’s best art gallery by the American Art Awards. For a more educational art experience, you can’t beat the Palm Springs Art Museum, home to a beautiful collection of ancient Mesoamerican art, and art of the West, including gorgeous desert landscapes.  

Golf in the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs and Palm Desert offer some of the best golfing in the Coachella Valley, including the former Bob Hope, Classic Club and the Marriot’s Shadow Ridge, which has acclaimed Australian-inspired design.   

For a challenging course at a reasonable price try Cathedral Canyon, which is nearby Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort. Or, book a tee time at the Club at Morningside for gorgeous views and perfectly manicured greens.

So many of these experiences are truly unique, top-rated attractions. From your home base at Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort, you can experience all of this and the many other gems Palm Springs and Palm Desert offers.

Top 10 RV Gifts Under $50

The holiday season is fast approaching, but for some of us it’s a time of stress, not joy, especially when it comes to buying a gift for the person who has it all. Well, whether it’s a spouse, a parent, or yourself, if you know an avid RVer then this is the ultimate Christmas gift list for you! And the best part? All these gift ideas are under $50.00!

Fun Gifts

Remote Controlled Cooler ($44.95)

The remote controlled beverage cooler is both an entertaining and practical gift for the RVer in your life. Running on two AAA batteries, it rolls around delivering cold beverages. The host has the remote control and can decide where the cooler rolls (watch out and make sure they share)!  

Rainbow Flame Sticks ($5.99)

Rutland rainbow flame sticks can be tossed into any campfire to make the flames turn beautiful colors for up to forty minutes. Children and adults will both love the ambiance created by these colorful flames.  The packaging burns to ash and you don’t have to worry about these sticks harming your fire pit or chimney.

 

Scattegories ($22.95)

Scattegories is just one of many popular games that can be played with several people. Games and puzzles are great gift ideas for an RVer, especially when rainy days hit and they’re stuck inside their RV for hours at a time. Scattegories offers entertainment and some brain exercise!

Removable State Stickers ($47.01)

Keep track of all the states you’ve visited during your RV adventures with this pack of state stickers. The best part is that they’re removable so you can bring them with you if you upgrade your RV!

Practical Gifts

RV Step Rug ($28.00)

For anyone with RV steps, this step rug is a must-have. Available in a variety of colors, this rug will help keep your RV clean by minimizing the dirt and mud that’s tracked in. Plus, it’ll also add safety by increasing traction on your steps, especially on rainy days.

Portable Grilling Set ($27.60)

The Cuisinart portable grilling set is a must-have for any RVer. The travel case contains a chef’s spatula, grill tongs, silicone basting brush, cleaning brush, extra brush head and four pairs of corn holders – everything you need when you’re barbequing on your RV trip. The aluminum case keeps everything contained in one spot and makes it perfect for traveling.

Solar Power USB Charger ($25.82)

Sometimes in an RV, there are long periods of time during travel where passengers do not have access to electricity. The solar power USB charger is a great gift for an RV’er. With this nifty device, you can charge your phone anywhere and never run the risk of having a dead phone if you need to make an emergency phone call or access the Internet or an app to find directions.

Scrubba Laundry Bag ($46.09)

The Scrubba portable laundry system is a wash bag that is easily transferable for those times when you don’t have access to a washer and dryer. Fill the bag with water, soap and your clothes and roll it around. The built-in nodules give your clothes a deep scrub and ensure they come out sufficiently clean. The Scrubba can be folded up and stored easily in the RV.

Awning LED Light Strip ($29.88)

LED Lights are a simple way to add light and increase safety around your RV at night. This LED Light Strip is easy to install and comes in a variety of lengths to ensure the perfect fit. It’s extremely bright and includes a standard 12V power cord and 44 key IR remote.

Camco Grey Plastic Stepstool ($8.94)

This little step stool is a perfect size because it helps give you the lift you need to reach things that are high up and is small enough to store easily.

Do you have a great gift idea for RVers? Let us know! And be sure to check out the Camper’s Inn RV online store for even more ideas! 

The Ultimate Roadmap For Your 30 Days in Texas

The Lone Star State is the biggest in the contiguous United States, with an even bigger personality. Texans are proud, (sometimes loud), and among the friendliest people you will ever meet.

30 days may not seem like enough time to visit the second largest state in the union (after Alaska) but if you follow this guide and apply some Texan gumption then it is more than enough time.

Lake Texoma (Days 1 – 7)

Texas may be big, but most of its major cities lie in a narrow corridor from north to south (with the exception of El Paso in the far west), so this is the route that our trip will take. We’ll start in the far north, right on the border with Oklahoma at Lake Texoma.

Attractions

Lake Texoma is one of the largest man made lakes in the country, turning the dry grasslands that surround it into some of the most fertile farming land in the country. The area has two wildlife refuges, two state parks, fifty four USACE-managed parks, twelve marinas, twenty-six resorts, hundreds of campgrounds and a variety of excellent golf courses.” Popular pastimes include, camping, fishing, powerboating, sailing (Lake Texoma has some of the best inland sailing anywhere in the country), water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, and more. Suffice to say there is a lot to do.

Anglers should be aware, however, that you may need to obtain a fishing license from both Texas and Oklahoma to fish in this area.

Where to Stay

Lake Texoma RV Campground is the best choice for RVers looking to enjoy all this area has to offer. Located right on the shores of Lake Texoma, the resort offers RV and open air camping along with all the amenities that you need to make the most of your time in this amazing part of northern Texas.

Lake Whitney (Days 8 – 14)

Just a short drive south from Lake Texoma is the less famous, but equally beautiful Lake Whitney. Whereas Lake Texoma is 223 square miles, Lake Whitney is just 32. Still, people flock from across the state to golf, swim, fish, hunt, powerboat, sail, and relax on Lake Whitney. In 2005 the Texas state legislature even named the area Texas’s “Getaway Capital”. More importantly, it is close to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area.

If you love sports, then this is the area for you. Comprised of, well, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, the area is home to over 7 million people and MLB, NFL, NHL, and MLS teams as well as 4 college football teams.

Then there is the Dallas World Aquarium, the unmistakable Reunion Tower, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Sixth Floor Museum in the book depository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy, the Dallas Zoo, the botanical gardens, and the Meadows Museum (home to more Spanish art than almost anywhere outside of spain).

Where to Stay

Lake Whitney RV Campground is right on the shores of Lake Whitney, and only a short drive from Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, so whether you want to spend more time on the water, or explore one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, Lake Whitney RV campground is in the perfect location.

Lake Conroe (Days 15 – 21)

Just over 3 hours south of Lake Whitney is Lake Conroe. Like both Lake Whitney and Lake Texoma, Lake Conroe is a reservoir and while it is smaller than Lake Texoma it is more than double the size of Lake Whitney. Unlike both its northern counterparts however, Lake Conroe is surrounded by the beautiful east Texas landscape full of rich pine wood forests.

Lake Conroe is just an hour north of Houston, making it the perfect distance for a day trip (or two) into the city. Houston is home to just over 2 million people, making it less than ⅓ the size of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, but there is no shortage of things to do and see. The city is home to an MLB, NFL, MLS, and NBA team as well as the Grand Prix of Houston, the Houston Open golf tournament, and the Houston College Classic and Texas Bowl.

Of course we couldn’t mention Houston with out talking about NASA. Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center which has a huge visitors center that really is a must-see. Learn about the illustrious history of the Space Center and the bright future of NASA focusing on future missions to Mars. Show up on a Friday between 11 and 1 and you might even meet an astronaut! There is also the museum district, Zoo, Buffalo Bayou Park, great restaurants, and much, much more.

Where to Stay

Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort is right on the shores of Lake Conroe and includes a boat ramp on site so you can get boating as soon as you arrive! With an expanded marina and new beach, this is the perfect resort to relax and catch some rays. In fact, Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort is all about fun on the water, and if you don’t have a boat you don’t have to miss out on the fun. You can rent jon boats, paddle boats, kayaks or canoes.  

Medina Lake (Days 21 – 25)

At just over 9 square miles Medina Lake is by far the smallest of the lakes that you’ll visit, but it still is great for relaxing. Interestingly the dam which forms the reservoir was privately financed in order to improve irrigation to the surrounding farmland, and at the time was the largest concrete dam in the country. It is now a historical site.

Nearby San Antonio is smaller than Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Houston, but it is home to the most iconic location in all of Texas: the Alamo. In the center of the city is the historic battleground where the Republic of Texas defenders fought to the last man against General Santa Anna’s invading army. Although they died and the Alamo was lost, ultimately the Mexican forces were forced out of Texas. Visiting the Alamo is free and will likely be the highlight of your trip

Where to stay

Medina Lake RV Campground is a tranquil escape from the big city life of San Antonio, complete with beautiful lake views, and whitetail deer that roam the grounds. With a junior Olympic sized pool, you’ll be able to sit poolside with a refreshing beverage while enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife that this campground is known for.

Harlingen, Texas (Days 26– 30)

Just four hours south of Medina Lake is Harlingen, Texas, a great last-stop for RV’ers who are on route to Mexico. Harlingen is a premium shopping destination and has several epic golf courses and nature hotspots. With year-round tropical weather, visitors can enjoy surfing, horseback riding, and kayaking. Outdoorsman (or woman) will enjoy the plentiful fishing and hunting opportunities.

This area is part of the Rio Grande Valley, which is known to have the best birding opportunities in the country. That’s because the Rio Grande Valley is home to beaches, wetlands and lakes. Be sure to check out the Lower Rio Grand Valley National Wildlife Refuge System, and South Padre Island, where you may be lucky enough to see a sea turtle (or two).

Where to stay

Lakewood RV Resort in Harlingen is minutes from the Padre Island National Seashore, which offers amazing views and glimpses of protected wildlife like the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and over 380 bird species. The Padre Island National Seashore is a protected park with 70 miles of coastline and dunes, and is one of the few hypersaline lagoons remaining in the world.

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort and Sunshine RV Resort are both right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.  With beautiful sandy beaches, these RV resorts live up to their names —you’ll enjoy lots of sunshine here.  

Where to Next?

By following this itinerary you’ll see everything that Texas has to offer, but RVing is all about freedom, so go ahead and create your own path if you choose! Our customer service team is happy to help you build a customized vacation itinerary. Give them a call at 1-877-570-2267 or visit RVonthego.com to plan your own trip.    

 

Top 8 RV Resorts for Sports & Recreation

For sports and recreation lovers, RVing is about living an active lifestyle, which is why so many of our RV resorts have focused on developing strong sports and recreation facilities.

Fitness centers, pickle ball, cycling, biking, exercise classes, swimming pools, water aerobics, baseball, lawn bowling, bocce ball and golf are just a few examples of the activities and facilities that can be found at several of our RV resorts.

Check out a few of our recommendations for the best sports and recreation RV resorts across the United States.

Voyager RV Resort and Hotel – Tucson, Arizona

Voyager is the top-rated RV resort in Arizona. It offers a feeling of community and friendship as well as an endless list of neat activities to participate in. Opportunities abound for horseshoes, pickleball, swimming, volleyball, tennis and hiking and these are just a few of the sports that can be found at Voyager resort. The Voyager even offers boxcar racing! If you can think it, it’s probably offered here.

ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort – Mesa, Arizona

The ViewPoint is the perfect RV resort for golf lovers. It has beautiful views and an engaging community dedicated to active seniors. Right on the resort there is an 18-hole championship golf course and a 9-hole executive course where many guests enjoy spending the morning hours playing a round of golf with fellow campers.

If you love sports, but not golf, then check out their fitness centre and basketball, volleyball, tennis, pickleball and shuffleboard courts. You’ll stay busy here, and you can also count on avoiding crowded pools during your swim – this resort has four swimming pools on site!

If you love nature, then you’ll love ViewPoint’s great trails for biking and hiking. Many of the walking trails wind through nearby parks (and a dry riverbed) and offer unique opportunities to view nature at its finest.

Paradise RV Resort – Sun City, Arizona

If you are looking for something unique, Paradise RV Resort is one of a few that offers lawn bowling. In fact, it even hosts and sponsors large international leagues from places such as Japan, Germany and Switzerland! Paradise RV resort takes the love for sports and recreation very seriously. In addition to lawn bowling, it offers other unique amenities such as seven spring training baseball and hockey facilities.

It’s no wonder this resort won the distinct honor of being the 2017 Mega Park of the Year. Here, RVers can enjoy hiking, tennis, swimming, volleyball and shuffleboard while in Paradise!  

Araby Acres RV Resort – Yuma, Arizona

With a full calendar of activities each month, sports lovers will never run out of things to do at Araby Acres. But what makes this resort unique is its floor curling court. With so many northern guests, the staff at Araby wanted to give their curling-loving Canadian visitors a piece of home away from home! Without the ice rink, converting one of the resort’s shuffleboard courts made this dream a reality. With rocks made especially for this awesome floor curling court, guests here can curl while enjoying Yuma’s beautiful, warm weather.

Victoria Palms RV Resort – Donna, Texas

Victoria Palms, located in the tropical Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas, offers a restaurant, pool, outdoor spa and fitness centre. Additionally, the resort offers amenities for sports and recreation lovers such as shuffleboard, a tennis court, bocce ball, bike trails, horseshoes and pickleball. Those who like to keep busy will thoroughly enjoy their stay at Victoria Palms as there is always something active to do. With an average yearly temperature of 73° Fahrenheit, outdoor activities are on the top of everyone’s to do list here!

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort – San Benito, Texas

Fun-N-Sun RV resort offers exactly what its name suggests – fun in the sun! Keep yourself busy working out, swimming or playing games of volleyball, basketball, billiards, bocce ball, pickleball or horseshoes. This resort even has a large R/C car track for enthusiasts from all over! When you need a break from all the sports and recreation, enjoy citrus fruits from the Rio Grande Valley, sit and relax on a sandy beach, or bird watch in the warm, clear climate.

Goose Creek RV & Camping Resort – Newport, North Carolina

Goose Creek is slightly off the beaten path making it a unique gem among RV resorts. It is located on Bogue Sound along the Intracoastal Waterway and is only a few minutes away from the ocean by land or water! The resort offers several undisturbed beach vacation spots that are hard to come by anymore. As well, because of its location, Goose Creek borders waters that offer some of the best saltwater fishing.

Tropical Palms RV Resort – Kissimmee, Florida

Interested in making sure you catch some sun? Tropical Palms is a fantastic spot for swimming and biking. This pet-friendly resort offers bocce ball, volleyball, fishing, and a top-notch fitness centre; everything active guests need to make the most of the RV lifestyle.

Want to make the most of your vacation? Visit some of these fantastic RV resorts. With so many activities to pass the time, you’ll wish you could stay longer. So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay today! Interested in what other activities our resorts have to offer? Visit RVontheGo.com for more info.

6 Must-Have RV Apps

RVing gives you the opportunity to relax, escape from your busy life and enjoy the outdoors, but this doesn’t have to mean a technology-free experience. In fact, technology is very useful when RV’ing, especially when you have the right apps. Here’s our list of top RV’ing apps to make your trip smooth and stress free.

Google Maps [Free for Apple & Android]

Google Maps is a widely used maps app and is well known for its accuracy. Both Apple and Android mobile devices support Google Maps, which is constantly up-to-date. This means that Google Maps will give you the fastest routes with accurate updates on construction and traffic delays.

Whether you know the exact address of the place you are looking for, or just the name Google Maps will help you get to your destination. You can sit back and enjoy your drive as the built in voice guided GPS tells you where to turn (with lots of warning).

GasBuddy [Free for Apple & Android]

To help you cut back on gas expenditures, GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas options in your immediate vicinity. With a large tank to fill, climbing gas prices are a concern for every RVer. GasBuddy helps you save on gas, so you can get the most out of your vacation budget. In fact, we’re so confident you’ll love this app, we’re betting that you’ll end up using it outside of your RV’ing adventures too!  

Roadtrippers [Free for Apple & Android]

Roadtrippers is a map app specifically tailored to those travelling on a road trip. Supported by both Apple and Android devices it provides a list of nearby attractions with ratings organized into categories such as restaurants, hotels, services, shopping and more. You can use Roadtrippers to plan your vacation online or from your mobile device by downloading the app. Roadtrippers makes it easy for you to stay organized because it syncs all of your saved places across all your devices, so you can plan your trip at home without worrying about accessing those plans while you’re on the road.  

Camp USA App [Free for Apple & Android]

The Camp USA app allows travellers to quickly research and book stays at over 190 Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts and campgrounds across the United States. With ample amounts of information on each park and simple, built-in payment features, your RV site will be ready for you when you arrive!

Sanidumps RV Dump Station Locator [Free for Apple & Android]

While it’s not as fun as finding a great park to stay at, this app is practical – RVers need to be able to locate dumping stations for their full waste stations. This app makes finding a dumping station simple and will save you a ton of time. Of course, this job stinks, but with this app it’ll be as painless as possible.

RV Checklist [$0.99 for Apple & Free for Android]

Don’t you hate it when you get on the road and then realize you have forgotten a series of important items? The RV Checklist app makes sure this doesn’t happen by helping you plan and organize before you leave. You can create and customize your own list and save it to reuse each time you head out on an RV adventure. This app will help you cut down on your preparation and packing time and get out of the door quicker!

These are just a few examples of the amazing and affordable apps that exist for mobile devices to help make your RVing adventures more enjoyable! When downloading, be sure to check out the other suggested apps in the app store.

Let us know about some of the apps you use during your RV adventures!

6 Benefits of RVing for Adults +55

Have you always loved camping, sightseeing and the great outdoors? Are you looking for a fun and convenient way to see more of the US? If so, RV’ing may be for you. With your kids grown up and retirement fast approaching, taking to the road in an RV has many benefits.

Time

With kids and limited time off work for vacationing, in the past you may have planned trips that minimized travel time. Now you have time to spend travelling, which means you can take your time planning an extended vacation, enjoy getting to your destination and see more things along the way through a relaxing road trip.

A Second Home

With an RV that is your own, you have the freedom to customize it to your liking. Most RVs are quite spacious and have room for you to make it your second home. Your RV can become the backdrop for many memories and will feel more personal and convenient than a hotel room or a bed and breakfast.

Community

Although campgrounds are not the only option of places to stay in your RV, they are a popular one. Many RV parks are known for their welcoming and inclusive culture and their strong community.

You’ll find your fellow RVers share your sense of adventure and are keen to get to know you, share a meal, or sit around a campfire. Likewise, many campgrounds and RV resorts offer activities, programs, sports and recreational facilities to help you fill your time and enjoy your stay to the fullest.  

Affordability

For seniors who want to travel, but must budget carefully in their retirement, RVing offers many affordable options. Compared to a cruise or all-inclusive resort, the RV lifestyle is much more affordable.

For anyone who is contemplating RVing, consider renting an RV first to ensure that it’s for you. Then, when it’s time to purchase your own RV, explore your options. If a new RV is not in your budget, consider purchasing a used one. Many of them are in near perfect condition and this route can save you a lot of money.

While you will need to consider maintenance and operational costs, being able to stay in your vehicle means eliminating the rising costs associated with staying in a hotel. You can also save money on food since you can cook in your vehicle rather than eating out for every meal (which is also much better for your health).

Convenience

If you have always enjoyed camping but do not have the energy or man power to do all the work involved with setting up and taking down your tent and campsite, then try an RV. You’ll enjoy the same benefits that camping provides (like communing with nature, relaxing under the stars, and seeing new places). One of the greatest aspects of RVs is that everything is ready to go, just hop in the driver’s seat and head out on your next adventure whenever you feel like it!

Visiting family and friends

For people with friends, family, or kids who live across the country, an RV is an affordable option for visiting. If you have the time, then you can save on the cost of a plane ride and get more visits in throughout the year. You can park the RV in their driveway or stay at a nearby RV resort. This gives you some personal space, doesn’t put your hosts out and still allows you to spend lots of time together.

Having an RV is like having a mobile cottage. By purchasing an RV later in life, you are making an investment in the quality of your retirement, opening doors to travel and trying new things, while forming and maintaining relationships. What better time to hit the open road than after 55?

Any other benefits we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!