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The Top Five RV Sites for National Parks in California

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 10:57am, Wednesday 25 February 2015.

California lies along the majority of the Pacific Coast in the United States and is home to some of the most spectacular national parks. Guests traveling through the state should take the time to visit as much of the natural surroundings offered there. This list comprises some of the most interesting parks within the state though there are plenty more.

About 200 miles east of San Fransisco lies Yosemite National Park. There are ten campgrounds located in the park for guests, including accommodations for fifth wheels and travel trailers. Three Pines campgrounds provide options for guests in the upper, lower and northern areas. The entrance to the Upper Pines has a dump station. That area is open throughout the year while the lower and northern sites are closed for fall and summer.

Those camping at the Pines have a fire ring at their site and can use the bathrooms and drinking fountains. Picnic tables and food lockers are also provided. Wheelchair accessible sites are available and the Lower Pines has double campsites that can be reserved.

In the quiet town of Crescent City, travelers can hook up their RVs at the Redwoods RV Resort. There are so many things to enjoy in the area that tourists often spend several weeks exploring it all. The campground has a mascot, Woodrow Redtree and a mission to make certain everyone has a great time while there.

There is a store conveniently located on site so guests can restock their cupboards without going anywhere. Laundry facilities and hot showers are also available.

The Lassen Volcanic National Park is a top destination for those who appreciate natural beauty. The Hat Creek Resort and RV Park sits on the bank of Hat Creek and is only 11 miles from the park. This camping site is the perfect blend of nature and modern amenities. Full hook ups are available and guests may also opt for wi-fi and cable when registering. A laundry room, game room and volleyball court are among the other benefits guests can use.

Guests can fish the creek without ever leaving the park. However, there is plenty to do nearby, including golf and skiing.

The Sequoia National Park is one of the most famous parks in the country. Songs about the redwood trees express the awe people feel when viewing these incredible visions. The Three Rivers Hideaway is only three miles from the entrance and offers full services throughout the year.

Alternatively, the Sequoia Park KOA has pull through sites with fire rings and picnic tables. A dog park and playground are available and the site includes cable. Guests can purchase wi-fi, propane and snacks while staying there. The comfortable environment also has a swimming pool.

Traveling by RV through California is a great way to see the natural beauty that still exists in the national parks. Staying at these facilities allows guests the chance to recharge and refresh while enjoying the scenery and adventures the park offers.

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Things to Do at an Army Corps Campground

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 1:28pm, Wednesday 4 February 2015.

Camping is one way to remove yourself from the hectic situations that every day life can bring. Fortunately, RVs make camping more enjoyable for the many people that do not enjoy even the though of roughing it in the wild. Not everyone enjoys sleeping on the lumpy ground in a tent that fills with mosquitoes each time the door is zipped open. If you are looking for a great place to explore during your next RV outing, consider visiting one of the many Army Corps camping locations. Why would you visit an Army Corps camp? There are many reasons and a few of them are included in the list of activities below.

Boating, Fishing and Swimming

You can enjoy the clean waters found in the Army Corps campgrounds across the country. Head out for a day of fishing on your boat or fish from the docks or shores to catch your favorite fish for dinner. Not one for fishing? You can cool yourself off on those hot summer days by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters and enjoy your days under the sun with your family.


Trail Exploration

Whether you enjoy getting out for a hike, riding your bike, horse or ATV, you can find campgrounds with trails to do all four. If your horse is a bit rattled by the roaring engines of ATVs in the woods, consider looking for camps with trails dedicated to non-motorized activity. This will protect your horse from becoming frightened when a group of ATV riders comes zipping by. If you enjoy opening up the motor of your ATV, look for a camp that has trails dedicated to motorized vehicles only. These trails will provide you a safe route to take without having to constantly be concerned about pedestrians, cyclists and horses being around the next bend.


Golf and Frisbee Golf

Nothing says vacation like heading out to a lush green golf course on a sunny afternoon. Many of the Army Corps camp grounds have well rated golf courses for you to enjoy. If you are into competing with others, look into the sponsored matches that are held from time to time to compete with other golfing RV enthusiasts and help raise a little money for a good cause.

If you are into frisbee golf, take your time to look around for a Army Corps campground with a frisbee golf course. These are a little harder to find than traditional golf, but it is possible.


Playgrounds

If there are little ones in your family, these campgrounds are commonly equipped with great playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. You can relax in the shade as your kids swing into the breeze and zip down the winding slides until their little hearts are content. By the end of the day, they will be exhausted, you will be refreshed and everyone will sleep like newborn babies.

Take your time when considering your next RVing destination. You can find an affordable place to spend several days with your family in your RV and create memories that will be cherished for life.

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The Financial Cost of Living In An RV

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 12:03pm, Wednesday 14 January 2015.

RVs are very popular, thanks to the flexibility they offer to their owners. You can have your house with you while traveling around the world. This is an inexpensive way of living and traveling, yet it doesn't come free. This article will take a look into the  financial cost of RVing, so that you know what you can expect, before you go ahead and buy your vehicle.

Get a Budget:
First of all, you need to spend money for buying the RV itself. Of course, you knew this, so that's not the main point of this article. You have multiple options here. You can buy it new or you can get a used one. You can use financing to get your RV. Before starting your research, estimate your budget and stick into those limits. You don't need to research vehicles that are more expensive than you can afford to buy, so don't waste your time for nothing. It is also advisable to talk to a sales professional, like the ones at Florida Outdoors RV! If you choose financing, try to make the down payment as big as possible, as this will lead to smaller monthly installments and less interest paid. Always keep in mind that an RV is subject to depreciation, so if you choose a financing period that's too long, you won't have time to build equity in your vehicle fast enough.

Insurance: The other expense you need to think about is the RV insurance. This is something that Florida Outdoors RV can present to you when you purchase an RV! It is very important to choose the insurance policy according to your needs. If you only want to use your RV for vacation and weekends in the nature, you may be just fine with the insurance coverage offered by the vendor. However, if you want to live full time in your RV, you need to be very careful in picking your insurance coverage. It will cost you more, but it's mandatory for your peace of mind and for your financial and legal protection.

Fuel: The other operational expense is the fuel cost. This is something the owner of a traditional home doesn't have to deal with, but you will need to foresee it in your personal budgeting. You can estimate this expense by calculating how much your RV consumes and what distances you expect to cover each month. Gas prices fluctuate, but not very much, therefore your budget forecasts will be pretty accurate.

Small Problems:
The maintenance is also a cost you have to take into consideration. Like any other vehicle, an RV needs to be periodically inspected and all problems fixed, if you want it to be safe and perfectly functional at all times. You need to change the motor oil and to replace all filters as instructed. Moreover, you have to make sure your brakes are always functional, as they can save your life in limit situations.

Lodging Etc: The other cost you need to estimate when RVing is the parking and other overnight expenses. You can stay at truck stops and pay almost nothing, but if you want to spend your nights in RV resorts, you need to see about the prices and make sure you do have the budget for doing that.

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The History of RV's

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 12:00pm, Wednesday 14 January 2015.

A recreational vehicle (RV) would normally include a kitchen, sleeping facility and bathroom the least. These vehicles are extremely popular among folks who are into leisure activities such as camping and vacationing. There are additional features such as a dining room, hot tub, vanity closet and a desk in some of the more luxurious RVs. While most of the RVs are single deck, there are double deck RVs also available today. This article will focus on the history of RVs.

RVs are a kind of tow-able trailers which are used for leisure activities primarily. They are usually parked in campgrounds or RV camps. These vehicles are sometimes used as mobile business offices by business travelers. They are also used as traveling permanent homes by some folks. All in all, these vehicles are quite versatile and are used for multiple purposes in modern society.

The first motorized RV was built in the year of 1910. Before that people used to camp in private rail cars which were pulled to sidings along train routes. RVs allowed these campers to go where they wanted when they wanted. All this began around the year of 1910. Even though camping had been popular in America for centuries before 1910, the first auto-related camping vehicles began commercial production during 1910.

The RVs of that time offered minimal comfort compared to today's homes-on-wheels. But they provided the freedom of traveling anywhere, preparing home cooking and getting a good night's sleep. Auto-Kamp Trailers and Los Angeles Trailer Works are two of the famous manufacturers of RVs during this time. The Pierce-Arrow (Touring Landau) was exhibited at the Madison Square Garden the same year. This vehicle resembled the Type B Van Camper of today. In fact, it was the first RV to include a bathroom on board.

The history of RV Clubs in the U.S. date back to the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920's and 1930's. They were actually RVers who braved the mud and dust in order to drive their Tin Lizzies across the U.S. This was much earlier than the transcontinental roads being paved in the U.S. They camped by the side of the roads. These campers became famous because they were heating tin cans of food on gasoline stoves and were seen bathing in cold water in the process.

RVs started to take off by the year of 1930 with RV's being equipped with dinettes, beds, water and electricity. The RV industry began to flourish after the Word War II with most Americans seeking mobility. Many of today's famous RV manufacturers started their production lines during the 1950's and 1960's. There were many advances in aerodynamic designs and interior comforts during this time. More luxury was added to RVs after the 1970's. It was the beginning of the RV revolution, which has boomed in leaps and bounds today.

The aforementioned is a comprehensive overview of the history of RVs. It will help you to get a much better idea about the popular RV culture in the country. RVs have come a long way! To see some of the newest ones, click here!

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