Year-Round Kid-Friendly RV Parks Welcome Families

Where the winter weather is warm, you’ll find kids at RV parks this year. Image: Campland on the Bay.
Year-Round Kid-Friendly RV Parks Welcome Families
In the past, kid-friendly RV parks were mainly open for business between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But not anymore. The coronavirus pandemic obliterated the traditional school year. Today, many RVing families with young children are on the road year-round. But are they finding just as many year-round kid-friendly RV parks along the way? The answer depends on who you ask.
The Never-ending RVing Summer
The RV industry was turned on its head when COVID-19 changed the world. Families desperate for a summer getaway decided to try RVing in early summer and many of them are sticking with it long into the school year. Improved campground Internet access is allowing mom and dad to work from home and kids can keep getting educated online.
In winter 2020 and beyond, RV parks and campgrounds will continue seeing record numbers of campers in every season. At least, where the weather is mild enough to camp. But as any full-time parents on the road with kids can tell you, some campgrounds lay out the welcome mat for parents and their young children—and some not so much.
“We are currently near KCMO and the park we are at is super kid friendly they do activities every weekend for kids in the summer till end of October,� says Jas Kaiser. In the Facebook group Full-time RV Families, she says “Every place we have stayed so far seems pretty kid friendly but the one we are at (Basswood Resort) is our fav so far. They are a little more pricey but its pretty nice.�
A New Era of Kid-Friendly RV Parks is Here
The Kaiser family has joined the growing ranks of RVers traveling with kids. According to the

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Camp on the Atlantic Coast: Myrtle Beach Buzzes With Fun

The cool days of fall had arrived, but migrating south from Maine to Florida felt like jumping into a furnace. As two native west coasters and newbie RVers, the busy highways and fast-paced lifestyle of the East Coast left our heads spinning. Going beach camping in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during the off-season was exactly what we needed to feel grounded again.

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Can You Still Go RVing Without Camping Reservations?

Can You Still Go RVing Without Camping Reservations?
COVID has made the nomadic lifestyle more popular than ever before. As a result, many long-time RVers believe that it’s now impossible to go RVing without camping reservations ahead of time.
But is it really? If you’re willing to think outside the box, I believe that you can still travel spontaneously around North America. 
The line between “peak season� and “off-season� no longer exists at RV parks and campgrounds thanks to the pandemic. With so many people working and roadschooling remotely, the endless summer vibe blurs into winter. Most RV parks still shut down in cold northern climates.
But when new full-time RVers chase warmer winter weather, expect crowds wherever you roam. You can still enjoy a spontaneous RVing lifestyle without camping reservations. Just follow some common sense travel tips.
Be flexible about your destination
North America has plenty of bucket list RV destinations wherever you roam. But most people still gravitate to the most popular camping areas like national parks or sunny Florida in January. The key to avoiding insane crowds and going RVing without camping reservations is to stop thinking like everyone else.
Don’t have your heart set on camping inside places like national parks, or near a popular theme park, and you won’t be disappointed. For the most choices of places to stay, focus your search on scenic camping spots on the fringe of popular destinations. You can often stay within easy driving distance of popular destinations, for a lower price with fewer crowds and more hospitality.
Go remote camping on weekends and holidays
More people are working remotely than ever before, but their need to escape somewhere on weekends and holidays still exists. Most RVers have the same idea. Don’t try to head to popular destinations at those times or you are guaranteed to be annoyed.
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3 RV Costs That Might Surprise You

3 RV Costs That Might Surprise You
Most of us go into RV ownership knowing that it costs money to maintain a rig. But these three common RV costs might catch you by surprise if you’re unprepared.
1. RV depreciation
New RVs are the best feeling. I know, because I once bought a new one. And even though I purchased a four-season Arctic Fox by Northwood, my fifth wheel’s depreciation took me by surprise when we sold it.
“The larger the camper, the more quickly it depreciates,â€� according to the experts at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). In their helpful article “How Much Do Campers Depreciate,â€� they give a rundown of the truth about RV depreciation.
For instance, did you know that RV class type is one of the biggest factors that influence how much money you will lose on your RV? “On average, fifth-wheels have the most rapid depreciation, followed closely by Class A and Class B vehicles,� they explain.
For example:

Class A RVs drop the fastest. RV coaches sink 30% in value over three years.
Class C RVs depreciate a little more slowly. Motorhome values drop about 38% over five years.
Travel trailers hold a better value. Trailer depreciation is roughly 40% over five years.
Fifth wheels tank the fastest. They shed 45% in value over five years.

How to avoid major RV depreciation
Unfortunately, if you buy a new RV, expect your rig to lose about 20 percent of value the minute you drive it off the dealer’s lot. If that type of RV depreciation is a major dealbreaker for you, let someone else suffer the RV depreciation blues. Consider buying a slightly used model instead. Learn more about 5 Things Making Your RV Lose Value in this Do It Yourself RV article.
2. Unexpected major RV damage 
A good RV maintenance schedule can keep your RV like-new for many

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5 Reasons You Should Take A Fall Camping Trip

5 Reasons You Should Take A Fall Camping Trip
Summer is behind us but that’s no reason to winterize your RV. These five reasons why fall camping is awesome explain why you need to hit the road before the darkest days of winter begin.
1. Less people, more camping space
Did you bomb at getting into your favorite campground last summer? So did most of us. Camping and RVing is more popular than ever and many RVers are complaining about campsite competition during the pandemic. But before you get irritated too, remember: people are creatures of habit and birds of a feather. Fall gives you a chance to take advantage of their habits.
For example, only the most enthusiastic outdoor lovers think fall camping is awesome. The rest will prepare to winterize their RVs and hunker down for the next few months. Most people just aren’t hearty enough for camping during fall’s cold, crisp nights. Those that are willing to do it, tend to flock to America’s most popular RV destinations. 
Grand Tetons Fall colors are spectacular. (Image: liveworkdream.com)
What will happen during the fall and winter 2020 RV season is anyone’s guess. After all, the pandemic may cause a ton of campgrounds to continue enjoying full occupancy. More adults are working on the road and their full-time RVing kids are roadschooling too. But my gut feeling tells me that even during the pandemic, the most popular campgrounds will see fewer people than during summer.
To lower the odds of running into other campers, stay away from the most popular RV destinations. Use a route planning app like RV Trip Wizard to find an out-of-the-way remote campground that you might just have all to yourself.

2. Enjoy a safer Thanksgiving celebration
The pandemic will force many families to skip holiday celebrations this year. But yours doesn’t need to be one

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These Luxury RV Rentals Will Take You Cross-Country In Style

These Luxury RV Rentals Will Take You Cross-Country In Style
There’s nothing unusual about typical RV rentals. But one fleet of luxury RV rentals aren’t like the others. A Nashville company is helping their renters road trip like a rock star in their fleet of high-end RVs built for the world’s biggest entertainers.
“We can pick you right up at your doorstep and take you wherever you want to go!� says Trent Hemphill, co-founder of Hemphill Brothers, one of the most well-known luxury coach rental companies. Along with his brother Joey, the duo wants ordinary people to road trip like rock stars.
Hemphill Brothers Coach Company
Hemphill Brothers’ extravagant celebrity RVs are designed exclusively for clients like Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Kesha, Beyonce, and even President Bush! Thanks to the pandemic, ordinary people can take the trip of a lifetime with a personal driver too.
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

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When the Coronavirus pandemic hit businesses hard, the tour bus industry felt it like no other. From buses that transport sports teams to events, national park visitors, band and celebrities on tour, the $15 billion dollar motor coach industry came to a screeching halt in March 2020.
According to the American Bus Association, the industry is on track to lose over $11.1 billion in sales. The 2020 forecast was grim, but the forty-year-old Nashville enterprise quickly made a successful pivot into the world of luxury RV rentals.
“We’re getting a great response from it!â€�, says Joey Hemphill, the brains behind the idea to open their rental fleet to the general public. He’s proud of the way they treat all clients like celebrities and loves the way their buses and services are being repurposed during the pandemic.

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Canadian Snowbirds Brace For Cold Winter Season

Canadian Snowbirds Brace For Cold Winter Season
U.S. and Canadian customs officials recently extended the vehicle border crossing closure several more weeks to at least October 21. Experts believe the travel restrictions will continue until COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S. decrease to an acceptable level.
Meanwhile, Canada and the U.S. are preventing all but non-essential vehicle traffic from crossing between the two nations. To the disappointment of Canadian snowbirds, RVing south for winter is not considered essential.
“Afraid to think about winter, haven’t been here for at least 30 years. Hope there won’t be any snow,” reports Dagmar Lauber of Penticton, British Columbia.
This year, Canadian snowbirds like Lauber who normally take their homes with them are hunkering down for the long season. While most will stay home, many of Canada’s full-time RVers are flocking to Lauber’s region, located in Canada’s warmest winter province, British Columbia.
Valeria Frech, a northerner who usually winters in Southern California, is prepping for the shift. “We need some warm clothes, haven’t been in winter weather since 1973.”
Frech, along with at least 50,000 other Canadian snowbirds who typically pack up their RV and move south for winter, are bracing for a cold winter season in their home countries.
Where are full-time Canadian snowbirds going this winter?
When surveyed in a Facebook group for Canadian snowbirds who winter at Fountain of Youth in Southern California, those with a permanent stick home appear to be taking the forced change in stride.
“Walter and I will be enjoying a Canadian winter at home on Vancouver Island. We will NOT travel to any country where there is a disregard to advice from medical professionals,� says British Columbia resident Ferne Gurka.
However, residents of easterly colder provinces aren’t as enthusiastic about staying put. “We are staying home in Alberta and going to freeze,� says Carol Anderson. Her Saskatchewan

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