The RV world has changed. Instead of families considering weekend getaways and summer vacations, they’re now going “full-time” and spending months in various locations. This is great for the camaraderie of RV’ing and challenging for travelers. To get you and your belongings to a guaranteed site for an extended period, follow our travel tips for extended stays.
TIP #1: Plan and book in advance.Because RV parks are overwhelmed with the influx of new RV’ers coming to the scene, there’s a good chance they’re booking months in advance. This doesn’t mean you should give up on your RV dream, but it does mean you’ll need to do a little planning. We recommend booking months in advance if you plan to stay somewhere for an extended period. This will assure your spot and guarantee you’re not staring at the dumpster the entire time you’re there. If the park your heart desires is booked, ask to be added to a cancellation list. There’s a good chance life will happen, and someone else’s best-laid plans will change. For travel time and the night’s in-between destinations, be open to staying in less-desirable situations for the sake of sleep. Unless you have access to travel-only spots like ours, you may find yourself there once or twice along the way. And that’s okay. It’s all part of the RV experience.
TIP #2: Know where you can stay.For those in-between nights when you are searching for a place to land, it’s essential to know where you can stay. Not all parking lots and neighborhoods are RV friendly. Having apps such as the CampersApp or Allstays is a good place to start. They will give you as much up-to-date information as they can along with tips on where you should and shouldn’t take your rig. Other options to consider include:
- Walmarts (dependant on location)
- Rest Areas
- County parks
- Hipcamp locations
- Boondocker clubs
- Friends and family who may exist nearby