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07 Apr
5 More Outdoor Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forum!

5 More Outdoor Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forum!

We are wrapping up our Spring Gear Guide bonanza with 5 more recommendations for the outside of your RV. On Episode #80: 2016 Spring Gear Guide Part 2, we shared all our recommendations for outdoor RV products including propane level checks, sewer hoses, outdoor rugs, and shoes. Now it’s time to share some great stuff from our forum experts. There are over 250 posts in our Gear and Gadgets forum, and you can scroll through them all here. Tire Pressure Monitor People are always asking us if they should get a tire pressure monitor. We... Read More
15 Mar
5 Awesome Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forums

5 Awesome Gear Recommendations from the RVFTA Forums

This week’s podcast episode was Part 1 of our 2016 Spring Gear Guide, focusing on great products for the inside of the camper. We thought we would stick with the same theme in our blog post of the week, sharing some of our forum members’ favorite gadgets. Head over to the RVFTA forum to find more recommendations from our resident experts in the Gear and Gadgets and the Camp Food threads! #1: LED Lights Many people with RVs that were manufactured before 2015 are interested in switching over to LED lights. Brett, Nikki, and Janna... Read More
08 Mar
What are You Waiting For? The Scary Leap to RV Ownership

What are You Waiting For? The Scary Leap to RV Ownership

I’ve refrained from writing this post for a long time because, contrary to what my husband and kids might tell you, I really do not like telling people what to do. And I hate writing posts that inevitably lead to the each to his own reactions, comments, and feedback. I respect that everyone has their own set of circumstances and reasoning behind life decisions. But still. We receive so many emails and messages on social media from people who are saying a version of the following: I wish we could own an RV. One day we will get an RV. We... Read More
02 Mar
Trip Planning: 6 Research Tips for Your RV Vacations

Trip Planning: 6 Research Tips for Your RV Vacations

We are in serious trip planning mode for the spring season here at RVFTA and if you are a longtime listener and reader, you know that our number one travel tip of all time is to talk to the locals and trust their recommendations. But that doesn’t mean we don’t do our research ahead of time. Our current operating method is to arrive at any new destination with an understanding of what it is known for and a list of possible activities that we might enjoy. We also have a loose schedule in our minds since we have discovered it is easy... Read More
23 Feb
Shopping IKEA: Your Budget RV Superstore

Shopping IKEA: Your Budget RV Superstore

I know when you think about stocking your RV on a budget, IKEA may not the first place that comes to mind. But it should. With over 40 stores in the United States, there is probably an IKEA within driving distance of your home. And if you need to purchase products for your RV, a day trip to IKEA should be on your calendar. The Great RV Budget Stock Up Growing up in a (maybe) once-a-year camping household, I witnessed a common phenomena. Whenever a new gadget arrived in the kitchen, the old one would get stuffed in the camping bins stacked in... Read More
15 Feb
Are We a Travel Trailer Nation?

Are We a Travel Trailer Nation?

After a two year infatuation with the possibility of motorhome ownership I find myself firmly back in the camp of travel trailer owners.   I still think that I will eventually find myself behind the wheel of a Class A or Class C, but I am fairly certain that day is decades away. So why the change of heart? Is it just an economic reality?  Does a motorhome simply not  fit into our current budget? Or is it a matter of taste? Do I actually like travel trailers better? It’s actually a combination of both. When I look at the price of the... Read More
09 Feb
Tips and Resources for Finding the Perfect Campground and the Ideal Campsite

Tips and Resources for Finding the Perfect Campground and the Ideal Campsite

After researching, visiting, and reviewing hundreds of campgrounds over the last 6 years, we strongly believe that there is no perfect campground. One size definitely does not fit all. One person’s idea of camping nirvana might drive another RV enthusiast batty. Some folks like rustic. Some like amenities. Certain campers crave privacy and isolation. Others look for a great location in the middle of the action. There is no perfect campground. However, there is a perfect campground for you…with an individualized set of... Read More

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