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Going camping with an RV motorhome or trailer is frequently perceived as the stereotypical RVing activity, and for good reason. The nature of an RV – which operates as a mobile, enclosed living space with (depending on the model) room for equipment, amenities, and sleeping, toilet, and kitchen facilities – makes it well-suited for those who would like to “upgrade” their camping experience.
Renting an RV for your next camping trip ensures that you will have a comfortable living space to wind down after an exhaustive day exploring the outdoors. Though some campers upgrade their camping experience sans-RV by packing a wide range of portable amenities, fancy tents, and other equipment, this method is rather messy and disorganized when there exist RV alternatives.
Your RV serves as the unified platform for your camping trip – your portable home base. Instead of setting up tents and trying to make the outdoors more comfortable with minor, incremental changes, rent an RV and bring luxury and comfort to the wilderness.
Setting Up Camp in your RV
When setting up your RV to camp for the night, you’ll have to find a suitable campground, which will cost you (price range depends on location, demand, and whether you are subscribed to the campground network). Every campground has its own rules. Respect the rules and enjoy your stay!
RVs come in a wide variety of size profiles, from massive Class A motorhomes boasting a length of 45+ feet to much smaller campervans and modified trucks reaching only 15 feet in length at the low end. Generally speaking, you’ll run into fewer camping issues with a smaller RV. Many campgrounds simply do not allow RVs greater than 40 feet in length, while others do not allow RVs greater than 25 feet in length, and so on.
Before you set off on your RV camping trip, make sure that you research the campgrounds – only plan to stay in campgrounds that are capable of hosting an RV of the size that you’ve chosen.
Getting Help for Setting Up
Many campgrounds offer setup and parking assistance upon check-in for new RVers. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, don’t be shy! Campground staff generally know the ropes. They will escort you to your parking site, and will often help you with basic setup (leveling, hooking up equipment, etc.).
Make Use of RV Membership Club Discounts
If you’re going on a long RV trip – or if you intend on going on multiple trips in the future – it is worth considering paying for membership with an RV club that offers campground discounts. Most serious RV membership clubs offer significant campground discounts at participating campgrounds. Discounts vary quite a bit (from 10-50%), but typically correspond with the membership fee – the higher the membership fee, the more significant the campground discount.
Do keep in mind that there are certain restrictions on using your RV club discount at participating campgrounds. Campgrounds generally do not accept discounts during peak season and holidays, and some campgrounds even disallow club discounts over weekends. If you do opt to join an RV club for the discounts, careful planning is necessary to ensure that your discount is not wasted.
Greet Your Neighbors
RVers are a friendly bunch, and are famously helpful, especially when meeting new and first-time RVers. If you’re setting up camp for a few days, try to make an effort to meet your campground neighbors. Not only is it likely to pay dividends if you find yourself in a bad spot – for example, if you’re out of certain supplies, or if you encounter a mechanical issue that you don’t know how to fix– but you may find that you’ve made some new camping friends!
RVing can certainly be a more intimate, personal experience, too, but it’s never a bad idea to introduce yourself to the larger community of RVers.
Useful Equipment for RVing and Camping
First Aid Equipment
Always be sure to keep first aid supplies on hand to deal with camping injuries. Do not assume that your rented RV having first aid supplies stocked. Make sure to check before heading out on your trip!
Non-perishable Foods and Water
If you’re going to be exploring the outdoors, you’ll want to keep some non-perishable food and water supplies on-hand in case something goes wrong. Nonperishable food is particularly important in the event that you lose power and your refrigeration systems no longer work.
Bring along a toolbox for repairing your RV if you encounter minor mechanical issues over the course of your trip. Some owners will throw in their toolbox for free, but do be sure to check with the owner before embarking on your trip. Even if you are a first-time RVer and are unfamiliar with repair and maintenance, it is useful to have the equipment on-hand so that other, more experienced RVers can help you out.
Don’t forget to bring along some outdoor seating – lawn chairs, for example – so that you aren’t forced to sit inside the RV to be comfortable. Once you set up camp, you’ll want to have the option of sitting outside on a lawn chair and enjoying the fresh air.
Browse RVshare for the Cheapest Rates
If you’re interested in renting an RV for camping, you should use RVshare to find the cheapest rate.
RVshare is the world’s most popular online platform for renting RVs. On RVshare, owners post the details of their RV rental through a listing. Prospective renters can use the platform to compare listings and find the RV that best suits their needs and budget. The openness of the RVshare platform means that owners are incentivized to keep their rental rates competitive.