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Taking a vacation in an RV usually involves a lot of planning, and what better way to do this than to pick up a few guide books. The market for RV Guides is huge so it’s hard to know which ones to choose.
To make things a bit simpler for our Jurnii readers, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 must-reads before taking your RV vacation.
So buckle up and get out those reading glasses, because you are about to be transported into the big, wide world of RV books!
1. 2011 Trailer Life Campground Directory
A guide to RV Parks and Campgrounds is essential while on the road. It saves the hassle of stopping to search on the Internet or asking around.
The 2011 Trailer Life Campground Directory is your one-stop guide to the best places to camp in North America and is somewhat of a bible to RV travelers. Aside from well-rounded information on RV parks, this useful resource also acts as a guide to the nation’s RV service centers, LP gas locations and the best tourist attractions to visit.
This guide is a must-have for avid RV campers.
While Wal-Mart may not be a campground or RV Park, the concept is basically the same. Perfect for tired and weary travelers, Wal-Mart is the perfect place to quickly stop for a night…and the best part is that it’s free!
The Wal-Mart atlas provides driving directions to more than 4,000 stores across the country, making it your one-stop-guide to America’s free camping.
3. 2011 RVers Friend
If you aren’t a fan of camping at Wal-Mart overnight, the 2011 RVers Friend is the travel guide for you. It lists over 6,600 Travel Centers across the US and Canada.
These travel centers (formerly known as truck stops) have all the basic utilities for a comfortable night in your RV, with some even boasting hook-ups and dump stations.
This guide will tell you where they are and how to get to them, making it essential for lovers of free camping!
4. National Park Service Camping Guide
The National Park Service Camping Guide provides detailed information on over 400 campgrounds in the 118 National Park Service Areas in the US. It is your one-stop-guide to everything you need to know about camping in these amazing places.
National Park camping is an extremely popular option in the US, so it pays to be prepared if you want this to be an option for you.
5. Interstate Travel Guide
If you are looking for one book that will quickly guide you to rest areas, welcome centers, scenic turnouts and RV dump stations along America’s Interstate Highways you can stop your search.
The Interstate Travel Guide provides you with all of this information, plus much, much more, making it the essential guide for those just starting out in the RV travel world.
Think we have left out some of the essential RV Guide Books? Tell us what they are in the comments below!
Thinking about taking an RV vacation to discover the United States, but really don’t know where to start?
Well, let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start. When you rent you begin with A, B, C…style vehicles that is.
Class A Vehicles
Regarded as the top dog of the RV world, Class A vehicles are the whopping big homes on wheels that look a lot like decked-out buses. They generally come with every creature comfort you would enjoy at home and are the perfect option for those wishing to travel in style and without the normal hassles of camping.
They are also ideal for big groups or large families, with some sleeping up to 8 people.
Class B Vehicles
Ideal for travelers on a budget, Class B RVs are basically a motorhome and are the smallest of the three classes. They are economical and versatile, and without a doubt a huge step up from taking a tent in the back of a car.
These vehicles usually provided adequate cooking facilities and the amount of beds varies.
They are a great option for couples, or a group of 2 or 3 friends.
Class C Vehicles
Not too fussed on taking out a huge rig, but don’t want something as small as the Class B motorhomes? Well, the Class C vehicles will be the perfect option for you!
A combination between the 2, these RVs offer almost all the facilities that a Class A vehicle does, but are a lot smaller, less fancier and much easier to park! Some of these can even sleep up to 10 people, making this the best option for travel on the cheap!
Still not sure of which vehicle you should book? Take a look at http://www.jurnii.com/rv/ to find out more!
RV vacations can be a lot of fun and finding new places to camp is often a fresh and interesting experience. There are plenty things to consider before you head off on your vacation, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8 just for our Jurnii readers!
1. Get to RV Site Early
There is nothing worse than rocking up to an RV Park or campground and there being no sites left. To avoid this, rock up early, or better yet, call in advance to book your spot.
2. Do you really need a powered site?
Powered sites with hook-ups generally cost more, so if you don’t need to recharge your vehicle’s batteries, stick with a non-powered site.
3. How far away is the bathroom?
When choosing a site to park your RV for the night, think about its proximity to the facilities. If your RV is not equipped with a shower and toilet, it may be handy to be near the bathroom facilities of the RV Park to avoid long, walks in the dark in the middle of the night.
4. When to leave?
Have some courtesy for fellow RV travelers and try to keep leaving (and arrival) times to a reasonable hour. If you are like me, packing up your RV can be quite a noisy process (especially if you are doing it with someone else), and sites are generally close together, meaning your neighbors will hear everything.
5. Leave enough room for others
Since RVing is so popular now, you should expect RV Parks to generally be filled to capacity. So if you rock up to your site early and there aren’t many RVs nearby, keep in mind that there will be later, so stay within the bounds of your site.
6. Know your sizes
RV sites (and RVs in general) vary in size so it’s a good idea to know the dimensions of your vehicle before organizing your site. After all, you don’t want to end up with a site that’s too small, or pay for one that is just too big.
7. Boondocking? Power up first!
Boondocking is one of the most popular ways to travel in an RV and involves camping with no hook-ups (or many facilities for that matter). If you are planning on doing some of this on your trip, you will need to power up every few days, so make sure to book some powered sites along the way.
8. Stock up on Supplies at Supermarkets
Got the munchies and after some snack food? Save some money and stock up at the supermarket instead of buying snacks individually at gas stations.
Got any other top tips? Let us know about them in the comments below.