Snowbirds: RVing what you need to know.

The first thing you need to decide is the type of RV you’re going to use. There are 3 basic types: motor homes, 5th wheel and a tow behind. Each type has pros and cons.

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Destinations may sound simple enough to decide but you also have to factor in the time it takes to get to your ultimate destination and where you’ll stop on the way. Be aware that it takes longer when you’re towing or driving a large vehicle. AAA has maps, tour books, RV towing and RV camps information.

 

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Hook-ups: not all campsites offer hook-ups, they may only have water. Some have electricity which is an extra cost.  Some places may even have phone hook-ups.

Tank dumps: If you’re camping for a couple of weeks at one place be aware that you’ll likely need to dump your tanks. That means driving your rig to the tank dump. I recommend you get a rumble tank. A rumble tank can hold 20-30 gallons of waste and you can pull or tow it behind your vehicle. It makes emptying your tanks easy!

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Prefer to use the public facilities instead.Be sure to bring soap, towels and shower clogs.  Be prepared to opt out of using them, some places are just too unsuitable!

Camping off the grid  can be a lot of fun! Oh the places you can go! But most RVs use electric for the refrigerator and the batteries only last so long. So you still need some kind of source for your power. Generators can supply all the power you need. But you need a place to put it. Be aware of noise pollution too! Most other campers don’t want to hear it running! Solar is an excellent resource for extra power but rainy, cloudy days may leave you short.

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Campsites can vary quite a bit from place to place. Factors to consider is ease of parking and how level the site is. Also check to make sure low hanging branches and other objects are not scraping the vents and the top of the trailer.

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Things to consider: places to pick up medications. Most pharmacies chains don’t have a problem for refills but renewing meds can sometimes be a problem.

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Any port in a storm, some parks close when unexpected storms come through. Walmart is very accommodating, allowing RVs to park in the parking lot. A good time to stock up on supplies too!

 

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