Meal Planning on The Road. What to Know When Planning your RV Trip

Whether you are traveling with 2 or 10 people, meal planning is a huge responsibility. When you spend a little time planning the meals for your upcoming RV trip, you can save a lot of time, money and make sure everyone’s needs are met.

It is a Vacation After All

Every RV camping trip is different depending on the type of RV you’re staying in and where you are headed. For this reason, meal planning differs widely by the type of trip. If you are in charge of shopping for food, preparing meals and a budget, you’ll want to think about how much time you want to spend working on food preparation during your trip, before you head out on the road.

There are many ways to balance meal preparation with relaxing downtime and minimizing clean-up. The number one tip to reduce the amount of time and work involved with meal preparation is planning. Planning can be done before you leave for your trip, leaving you even more time to relax and unwind.

Consider what your plans are on your trip and decide what meals you will pre-make, which you will prep and make along with those you purchase on the road. Will you be on to go hiking, fishing, or hunting? Do you need to pre-make and pack sandwiches, trail mix and other on-the-go nourishment? If so, there are many items that don’t perish quickly that you can purchase, prep and pack up before you leave for your trip, in the comfort of your home kitchen.

Bananas, berries, snack-sized veggies, bread, peanut butter and jelly are great staples to have for quick snacks anytime.

Planning for Meals on the Road

No matter what kind of RV, motorhome, camper or travel trailer you will be taking on the road, you won’t be able to prepare meals while you are moving. Cooking appliances such as microwaves and stoves do not work while RVs are in motion and we don’t recommend trying to go through the drive-thru with anything larger than a campervan. Drive-thru lanes can be narrow with low hanging and easy to hit barriers.

If you have a long road ahead of you, you will want to pack snacks to bring in your truck while you tow your fifth wheel or travel trailer. The refrigerator in your RV or motorhome will work while you’re on the road, but it’s not safe to move around inside while you’re in motion. Make sure that snacks are nearby when you’re on the road. You can also check with everyone during stops to see if they need food or beverages for the next leg of the trip.

When you’re RVing, you can stop nearly anywhere to take a break, soak up the scenery and  explore. This is also a great time to go to the fridge, pull out some food and make a quick meal or sandwiches.

Another way to experience a new town you’ve never been to is stopping in a local diner for a meal. There, you can meet locals and ask questions about things to see and do in the area. If you’re tired of snacking, stopping in a local restaurant is a great way to switch it up and enjoy the local food.

Consider Your Tools

When you have the right tools, you can create amazing things. This also applies to meal preparation. When renting an RV, you will want to get a list of the appliances, large and small, that will be included and available in the RV.

Electric appliances are very convenient on RV trips. You can use them inside the RV or outside, which can be very convenient when people are sleeping inside or to avoid messes inside the RV.

Crockpots are a great appliance for heating up soups, stews, chili and other foods for a group. Electric skillets with lids are great for making eggs, bacon or anything you would typically cook in a pan. Having a blender on hand, especially on trips in warm weather climates, is a great way to be able to quickly blend fruit smoothies or make refreshing cocktails at the end of the day.

Cooking in Your RV

Cooking on your road trip will be highly determined by the type of RV you’re taking on your trip. Large Class A RVs, travel trailers and fifth wheels will have larger refrigerators, stoves and space to store and prepare food. No matter what type of RV you have, you’ll want to be able to set up a table near an outlet outside, so that you can use electric appliances there, keeping the inside of your RV cleaner. 

Class B and C RVs are very efficient with space. You’ll have a kitchen or kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and storage, plus most will have a cook top surface or stove.

Campervans will likely have some tools to help you prepare meals on the road, but you’ll want to know what’s included and what’s not included before you hit the road. 

Many RVs have outdoor kitchen set-ups that are very convenient, fun and great for entertaining outside. Having a grill attached to the RV is also helpful, because transporting a stand-alone grill in your RV can be clumsy and messy.

If you’re cooking for only a few people and your RV doesn’t include a grill, you can pick up a small, portable charcoal or propane grill to use on your road trip. You can choose to either keep it or recycle it when you’re done with your trip.

Start the Day Out Right with a Good Cup of Coffee

One of the first things you will want to identify for your RV trip is how you will make coffee. So many of us take for granted our home coffee makers or the Starbucks on the way to work. Chances are, neither of these will be available on your RV trip. If your rental RV doesn’t include a coffee maker, the simplest ways to make coffee on the road are with either a French Press or Instant Coffee. For both options, you will need to be able boil water and make sure you have the right type of coffee with you.

A French press requires coffee that is ground coarsely so it does not seep through the press. When you use a very finely ground coffee in a French press, you will likely end up with  coffee grounds floating in the coffee. To make a full pot of coffee, add enough coffee grounds to fill approximately 1/5 of the French Press container. Add boiling water to the fill-line. Stir and then let the French press sit for 2 minutes with the lid on. After 2 minutes, start to push the strainer slowly to as far to the bottom of the container as possible. Then, slowly pour the coffee out of the container, watching to make sure there aren’t any grinds in the coffee.

Although coffee snobs make scowl at the thought, instant coffee is likely the easiest way to make coffee on the road. Instant coffee can be bought at most any grocery store. Plus, you don’t even need to boil water! Just microwave a cup of water, add a teaspoon of instant coffee, stir, and violá – you have coffee.

You will likely need milk for other things such as cereal or mac n cheese preparation, so it’s not a bad idea to have it with to add to your coffee in the morning. If you take sugar in your coffee, it’s easier and less messy to buy sugar in packets for RV trips. Less spilling of sugar also reduces the likelihood you will see ants inside during your trip in the outdoors.

What Will the Weather Be Like?

If your trip is in the Fall or Winter, you’re going to want to plan for meals that will warm you and your fellow travelers up. Instant oatmeal is a great breakfast in colder climates.

Chili and stews are great make-ahead meals that can easily be heated up either in portion sizes or in a crockpot.

If you’re expecting hot weather; sandwiches, wraps, fresh vegetable and fruits are go-to staples for RV trips. Smoothies are a fun and healthy snack in warm weather as well.

Heat and Serve

While shopping for supplies at Costco for an RV trip may not be space-conscious, the retailer does offer many heat and serve dishes that are perfect for groups on the road.

Tacos and fajitas with all the fixings included are a great find. If you have a pan in your RV, you can heat the meat on the stove, put the pan on your grill or over a campfire.

Trays of pre-made wraps and sandwiches may look tempting, but be mindful that the trays fit in your refrigerator. As a general rule, anything 8” or less in length or width should fit in a small refrigerator.

Food Storage in Your RV

When preparing food at home before you hit the road, you will want to pack them in a cooler, which will come in handy during your trip. Pack the foods that are more perishable closer to the ice and those less perishable further from the ice.

Most food can be stored in gallon or quart sized ziplock bags, which save a lot of space. When you’re ready to eat, simply heat & scoop and it is ready to serve. Chili is a prime example of a dish that can be stored in a large ziplock bag and heated in portion sizes as needed.

Deli sliced meats and cheeses are usually packaged in bags that allow for easy storage in an RV refrigerator. Having a variety of deli meats and cheese on hand to quickly make a sandwich is very handy and a time-saver.

You can also pre-make pasta dishes, stews and even soups to store in heavy duty ziplock bags. If you have a crock pot, you can empty the contents of the bag into the crock pot to heat and its ready to eat.

Wash cut and store fruits and vegetables in zip lock bags to save a lot of room in your RV refrigerator. Plus, everything will be ready to go when you want it! When you pack and store your perishable foods for the fridge in gallon or quart sized ziplock bags, you will also have less to wash and lug home. Rinsing and recycling the bags will make life on the road much easier.

Non-perishable foods should be packed in space-saving containers. Cereal can be removed from boxes to fit inside RV cabinets easier. Try to not rely on storing food items on the countertops so that when you are on the road, they don’t fly off.

Delicious Dinners in the Outdoors

It’s not as difficult as you may think to make an amazing dinner in the outdoors. Grilling or cooking over a campfire saves a lot of time with clean-up inside, plus give your meat and veggies a pleasant, smoky flavor.

Pick any protein of your choice and marinate it in a gallon sized ziplock bag for a day or two in the refrigerator. You don’t have to get fancy with your marinades. A simple olive oil, salt and pepper, plus herbs and spices will do the trick for most meats and fish.

The same olive oil marinade will work for any vegetables you want to grill or cook over a campfire. Broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, peppers, asparagus, eggplant – even beets can be prepped by washing, peeling and cutting into grill ready pieces. Marinate the vegetables for at least an hour for a simple, healthy and delicious side dish. If you want to mix up the spices for the vegetables, try lemon pepper in addition to salt and olive oil. Lemon Pepper is especially good on grilled asparagus, carrots and broccoli.

Grilling vegetables takes approximately 40 minutes, so you will likely want to start by heating the grill and adding the vegetables. Make sure the heat is high enough to cook the vegetables, but that the flame doesn’t char them. As the vegetables cook through, have a dish on hand to remove them from the grill and cover with aluminum foil to keep them warm.

If you have vegetables that still need to cook, but need to get started grilling the meat, move the vegetables to the side of the grilling surface to add your meat.

Once all of the meat is cooked, be sure to let it rest for a few minutes in a covered dish. This keeps it warm and allows for the juices to settle in, making for more tender meat.

Don’t Skimp on the Condiments and Spices

Your on-the-road meals will be more appealing when everyone has their favorite spices or condiments available. Mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard are a must for making sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers.

Salt, pepper and your favorite herbs added to olive oil make for a simple marinade for steaks, chicken and grilling veggies.

If your family and friends like to add a lot of spice to their food, siracha is a great condiment to have on hand because you can add it to eggs, meats or really anything for a kick.

Most condiments and spices can be brought home after your trip, so don’t skimp when purchasing these for your trip.

Road Trip Dishes and Cutlery

Once of the least appealing parts of eating in the outdoors is the large amounts of trash left behind by food packaging, paper plates, plastic cups, plastic forks and knives.

Since most RV trips require at least one stop at a Walmart for supplies, it worth the time, money and peace of mind to also pick up a plate, bowl, fork, knife and spoon for each person in your group. Plastic plates and bowls can be found for less than $1 each at Walmart. Sets of 4 forks, spoons and knifes can also be purchased for only a few dollars.

Don’t forget to pick up a sponge and some dish soap. Most RVs have sinks to soak and wash dishes. Often, you can also find outdoor sinks in RV parks and campgrounds for less mess in your RV.

Everyone will be happy when you keep them in mind and plan ahead for the meals on your RV trip!

 

Here’s what you’re going to need in order to prep for meals on the road as explained in this article:

Appliances

  • Stove top in RV
  • Grill or campfire with grill grate
  • Electric skillet
  • Crockpot
  • Blender
  • Refrigerator

Dishes

  • A plate, bowl, fork, knife and spoon for each person in your group
  • A serving dish
  • Tongs
  • Serving Spoon
  • Sharp Knife for cutting fruits, vegetable, meat

Staple Items

  • Fruits & Vegetables (Bananas, berries, apples, snack sized carrots, celery)
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Ice (even if your RV has ice trays)
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)

Supplies

  • Cooler
  • Gallon and quart sized zip lock bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Parchment paper (to line anything you’re wrapping with aluminum foil)
  • Sponge
  • Dish Soap

Groceries

  • Deli Meats and Cheeses
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Herbs De Provence
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Siracha
  • Grilling Meats (Boneless Chicken, smaller cuts of red meat, smaller cuts of pork, salmon or other filets of fresh fish)
  • Grilling Veggies (Broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes,
  • Oatmeal or Cereal
  • Trail Mix
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Bacon

For more ideas on entertaining in the outdoors, click here.

Where Will You GO?

 

Yosemite National Park  Spring Break RV Rental Package

Yosemite National Park, given to the state of California by Abraham Lincoln in June of 1864 with the “express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation.”

Yosemite is one of the top spring break destinations and it’s no wonder with majestic mountains and distinct geographical areas. It’s nearly impossible to see all it’s beauty in just one trip but it doesn’t hurt to try.

Planning a trip to Yosemite can be one of the most challenging – How will you get there? Where will you stay? Adventure KT has is all planned out for you in one sweet, all-inclusive package. All you have to do is get to El Cajon, California and from there just follow their plan.

Upon arrival, Adventure KT has your RV Rental fully stocked with everything you’ll need (food not included) for your Spring Break escape. This Class C RV is 25 feet long and sleeps 2 – 5 people – perfect for a family ready to explore.

The first day starts with a 7-hour drive to Bass Lake, just south of Yosemite where you’ll stay your first night. Campsites are hard to come by in Yosemite, so it’s nice that Adventure KT has this taken care of for you.

Day two is a short, scenic drive into Yosemite National Park with a viewpoint of Tunnel View. Take this opportunity to stop at the overlook for those iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley. Starting your drive early will allow for stops along the way like Mariposa Grove to see the worlds largest trees and Glacier Point where you can look out at the famous climbing spot, Half Dome.

This is just the beginning of a family vacation for the ages. And, with the comforts, go-at-your-own-pace of an RV.

Once you get to basecamp at Upper Pines Campground (day 2 – 6), it’s up to you to discover Yosemite. Hike to Happy Isles up Vernal and Nevada Falls on the Mist Trail, then onto Mirror Lake with a view of Half Dome which from all reports is a gem and worth the hike. Yosemite National Park has more than 12 miles of paved bike paths, and it’s one of the fastest ways to get around Yosemite Valley.

The sky is the limit with this package. So much beauty to see, activities that everyone will enjoy. It’s truly a trip that will be remembered and simply planned out for you.

Book your Yosemite adventure

Included in the package:

  • 1 Class-C RV 25ft (Model year 2019) that sleeps 2-5 people
  • 1 RV campsite (1 night) near Bass Lake
  • 1 RV campsite (4 nights) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park
  • 1000 Miles included, with additional miles @ current rates
  • 1 Kitchen/Camp Cook set
  • 1 Camp Kit which includes: BBQ, utensils, table, table cloth, chairs, lantern, outdoor rug
  • Personal bedding/linens/towels are optional
  • Daytime itinerary options for hiking, & biking & 3rd party excursions

6 Night Yosemite National Park Package

2020 Package Date Options

  • April 19 through April 25
  • April 25 through May 1
  • May 9 through May 15

To Book this Trip Contact us at 1(888)399-9505

So You Want To Go On A Trip To Havasupai?

What is Havasupai

Havasupai is a beautiful oasis located in the middle of the desert in Arizona. On the corner of the Grand Canyon is one of the most magical and scenic waterfalls with some of the bluest waters you can find. Just look at the top places to travel and you are sure to find Havasupai. It is a hike of 10 miles each way. The water is a green blue color that you won’t find anywhere else. The reason for the color is due to the high amounts of calcium carbonate from the lime rock in the surrounding area. Havasupai means “blue-green water people” in the language of the local Havasupai tribe. It is important to respect the customs and cultures of the local tribe because they are letting tourists come onto their land and visit.

Booking Ahead of Time

On February 1st at 8:00am (AZ time) Havasupai permits open to the public for purchase. It’s important to be ahead of the game because these permits sell out within minutes. Having an account created with your payment information on file and ready to go before the permits go on sale is paramount to getting your spot for the year. Make sure that everyone in your party has created an account prior to making the reservation. The person whose name is on the permit reservation is the Trip Leader. The reservation must be paid in full at time of making reservation. Arrange with all group members to reimburse Trip Leader so the purchase can be made. This payment is non-refundable, non-changeable, and non-transferable. The Trip Leader and must be present with valid ID in order to check in. Having a plan in place is vital to making sure this Havasupai trip is the best getaway ever.

How to Prepare

This is a big undertaking so take the time to fully prepare for your trip. Making sure you can physically undertake this trip. Knowing you can successfully hike a minimum of 20 miles spread out over the amount of days you plan to stay is needed to make it through the journey. If you plan on doing more exploring or swimming, this will also require a physical toll on your body. Start training months before taking on this journey will ensure you have the energy and stamina to enjoy your trek.

Proper Gear & Amenities

Having the correct equipment and gear to safely traverse the hikes is necessary to travel safely. Get together a list of all the necessities you will need along the trip. The most important is to have enough water to last you. The recommended amount is 3 liters of water per person. Next, have snacks and food that is easy to carry and eat. Salty snacks such as trail mix and chips are well suited for the hikes. Also having dehydrated packs of food will efficiently pack into your backpack and easy to make. The clothes you bring need to be light weight and easy to travel in. Make sure to pack your swim wear as well! Along with clothes, having the proper footwear with grip will reduce the risk of an accident, you can bring water shoes as well for when you are in the water. All other needs such as a tents, backpack, etc should be easily carried and not too heavy. Don’t forget other needs such as sunscreen and bug repellent.

When to Go

Weather and timing play a major role in planning for your Havasupai trip. Going when there are large crowds but nice weather allows you to hike and swim comfortably while going during the slow season but dealing with cold weather and not being able to do all the activities such as swimming. Keep in mind that this is in the Arizona desert and will be hot through the summer. The trails do not offer much shade along the paths so leaving early in the morning and staying until the sun sets is preferred during the hotter portions of the year. Knowing when you are going will help you determine your activities and the times you will be hiking during the trip.

Find the Right Group

The most important aspect of being prepared is getting a group with a leader or guide. Having a group can make sure that you travel safely and are able to get through the hike. A party of 12 is the maximum number of members for one reservation. A Trip Leader can help set the pace and make sure you are going the right direction. When choosing your Trip Leader, be sure they are experience hikers and backpackers. With the know how and understand of the land and surrounding areas. This will ensure a smooth and fun experience at Havasupai.

How to get there

Havasupai is located west of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Whether you are flying in to Phoenix or Las Vegas, or just located in the surrounding area – you are going to have to travel multiple hours to get there. Why spend the time arranging multiple cars to accommodate all the space you will need to get everyone to the right space? Renting an RV can be an efficient way to have a great experience to and from your destination.

Finding a place to stay

Now you know when you are going and who you are going with, it is time to talk about where you are staying. They have an assortment of hotels and camping places that will charge you an arm and a leg to stay for the night. Plus it is nearly impossible to get a booking with these lodgings due to the demand of rooms. Try renting an RV and skip the hotels and lodging to save big. With RV delivery options available, you can have a comfortable place to stay before embarking on your journey. Once you are in the canyons, there are campsites and lodging within the village of Supai. It is important to keep in mind that there is a minimum of 3 nights you must spend in the canyon. These campsites are first come, first serve – so be sure to get away at a good time and have good pacing on your journey to claim your spot.

Things to Do

There are so many things to do while out in Havasupai besides taking in the world class views of the waterfalls and exploring the trails. You can also enjoy swimming in the blue waters and set up camp not too far from the base of the spring. Build new relationships with the others in your group and forge unforgettable memories on an incredible adventure. Take your time to enjoy yourself and connect with nature. This will be something you will hold on to for the rest of your life.

Long Weekend Leads to a Remarkable Valentine’s Day Trip

This year there are many holidays that land in a convenient place on the calendar and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year and the weekend is capped off with President’s Day which means no time off work is needed (in some cases). But we have something at the end of this post that may make you want to take more than just 3 days – stay tuned for that.

A Romantic Getaway

Skip dinner and the movies grab your love and hit the road in an RV Rental for a romantic getaway that you’ll never forget.

With nothing but romance in mind, it’s time to raise the bar for this trip. Select a place that’s more tranquil like the beach front RV sites of Dustin, Florida or the beautiful views of Wine Country around Napa Valley. These are 2 beautiful locations and perfect for Valentine’s Day but if you’re vibe is more cooler temperatures, there are plenty of great locations to visit. Just scour the National Parks website to help find a destination.

If RV set up isn’t right for you, there are plenty of hosts that offer delivery. The host does all the driving and set up/tear down, while you just show up and enjoy the pleasures of RVing then leave. That stress-free, romantic getaway couldn’t be easier.

If you choose the delivery option, there are still some things you may want to consider either adding on or bringing with you. Since this is a romantic getaway, considering adding on to your rental package to reduce stress.

Don’t forget to include some nice meals cooked over the campfire, on a grill or within the RV. Since this is Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the sweet treat. You don’t have to do the standard chocolate dipped strawberries – do something a little more fitting for a camp site. Try this Dutch Oven S’Mores Cake Recipe by Polka Dot Chair’s Melissa Mortenson. It’s a twist on this sweet campsite dessert. Or, maybe you’re looking for something a little easier – a set it and forget it kind of thing. Bring a slow cooker with you and make Kitchen Network’s Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue then go take a short hike while it’s cooking.

 

Unplug and Reconnect

  1. Take the time to relax and unplug as much as you can. The point of the trip is to reconnect with your loved one. Some of these tips might help:
  2. Make a list of analog things you’d like to do. Walking through vineyards or doing yoga on the beach contribute to a relaxed mental state.
  3. Turn off your push notifications.
  4. If you’re not completely onboard with total unplugging, set specific check-in times. If ignoring it is going to stress you out far more than taking a few minutes to check in, set aside a short time each day, but with a strict time limit.
  5. Adjust while you’re away.

Relax and soak in the surroundings

Now that you’ve unplugged, it’s time to relax. There are so many places around the US to enjoy. These are just some of the most romantic U.S cities to visit.

Destin, FL

Snuggled against the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, Destin is rightfully famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters. Escape winter’s grip with long walks on sunny beaches, a fishing charter and nighttime campfires on the beach.

Sedona, AZ

Spend the night under the Sedona sky and enjoy stargazing, fishing and just relaxing. With plenty of sunshine filled days, most think that hiking is the only outdoor activity. That can’t be further from the truth – enjoy hot air balloon tours, horseback rides and tours on the Verde River in a kayak. 

Napa Valley, CA

Imagine the opportunity to camp out in a blissful vineyard, sipping on delicious wines. Create moments of interaction among vineyards, farms and beautiful sunset views. 

Lake Tahoe, CA

A winter wonderland hideaway in the Sierra Mountains is the perfect getaway. Enjoy the slopes, watch the sun set over the water and go for a horse drawn carriage ride in the snow.

https://www.rvonthego.com/california/tahoe-valley-campground/

Jackson Hole, WY

With thousands of miles of public lands for hiking, bike trails, climbing & wildlife watching Jackson Hole has something for everyone.

Our Gift

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, RVnGO wants to show our appreciation. Book your RV Rental by February 14,2020 and receive $100 off. Five (5) day RV rental minimum.  Use coupon code:  VDAYGETAWAY

National Plan a Trip Day

There is no right or wrong way to travel, there are just different styles and preferences. On National Plan a Trip Day, it’s beneficial to plan in advance. There is no need to overwhelm yourself so let’s call this “mild planning” – knowing where you’re going but maybe not know what you’ll do when you get there. There’s a balance.

There might be some work you’ll need to put in but…this can also get you more excited for this great trip!

Find your destination

Sometimes you want to get away but don’t know exactly where. Browse travel destinations with an open mind and have fun.

There are tons of great options throughout the US – from the Napa Valley vineyards to the Teton Mountains, BEST has a list of well thought out options throughout the U.S. All of which is possible with an RV Rental.

Sure, you can travel by air, but you’d miss what you’d see along the way if you plan a road trip. There are incredible places to visit and stay all around the country. Staying in an RV gives you the flexibility of having multiple stops along your way. If you’re up to a self-contained RV , meaning that you’re not connected to outside resources, then more camp options come available.

Harvest Hosts has assembled a list of unique camping experiences across the country like vineyards in Northern California to farms throughout the country. For a small membership fee, there is a network of free camping locations to enjoy. The only catch – be considerate of the park host – easy, right?

The cost of the membership is about the same as 2 nights at a typical RV campground. So, this pays for itself quickly plus you get to experience views and landscapes you won’t find in a traditional campground.

Once you’ve determined your destination, now it’s time to look for things to do. Google search can be the first place most people go to when they are searching for “best things to do in [insert destination]” but that can take a lot of time to sift through. And, it doesn’t necessarily get you something that is unique. One of the best places to search for travel tips is Pinterest! It’s full of fantastic travel articles and travel tips. You can even compile a travel board for each destination you plan on visiting.

At first your list will be enormous but eventually you’ll thin things down so it’s not repetitive or it doesn’t pique your interest.

Don’t over stuff your days – plan for balance.

If you map out very tiny detail, you’ll get stressed and well-made plans will start to fall apart. A well-planned trip requires room for flexibility.

Don’t plan an itinerary for every day.

Planning something every day could lead to disappointment. Maybe one day you wake up not feeling up to the hike you had planned. Or, perhaps the weather isn’t what you had hoped, and you need to adjust your plans.

Instead, plan out a few day options to choose from; perhaps a group of activities all in one area.

Each day you can choose from the options depending on what you feel like doing that day!

Leave a day or two that’s totally unplanned that way you can go back and do whatever you might have missed, explore something new or just take a day and relax.

Travel Resources:

Harvest Host: A membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight.

WikiVoyage: A Wikipedia for travel destinations. Written and maintained by travelers. Just type in your destination! There’s also an offline version of WikiVoyage in the app store, so that you can access downloaded pages for your destinations whether you have wifi or not.

Reddit/Travel/Campsites: Fantastic to browse for getting inspiration about where to go from trip reviews and photos, or searching for a specific location to see recommendations and advice. 

Pinterest: Pinterest is a visual search engine that’s fantastic for browsing and compiling photos, travel tips, and itineraries. Create a board specifically for a single trip and add everything you find about that location to that board. It can get big but you can always scale back later.

Happy National Plan a Trip Day. This should help your travel planning and help you get excited about your next getaway!

Can I Rent My RV?

You Can Make Money Renting Your RV on RVnGO

If you own an RV, motorhome or campervan, you can make money renting it to qualified and verified renters on RVnGO.

Rental income from your RV can cover your costs to maintain and make upgrades to your RV. The money you make renting your RV can also pay for your future RV trips.

Step 1 – List Your RV on RVnGO

Get started today, by listing your RV on RVnGO.com. It’s simple and takes approximately 5 minutes. In the above bar, you’ll see a link to “List Your RV.”

Here’s a video that shows how easy it is to list your RV on RVnGO:

Step 2 – Receive Inquiries

You can choose how often you’d like to rent out your RV and who you rent it to. Set your calendar to show the dates you’d like your RV will be available. Then, you’ll receive an email when a Guest is interested in renting your RV. You can view their profile and message them to find out what their plans are before accepting their inquiry.

Step 3 – Get Paid

Once you accept their inquiry, the Guest will pay the booking deposit to lock in their reservation. One week prior to their check-in, they will pay the balance due. When your Guest arrives to check-in, 100% of your rental income will be transferred to the bank account of your choice.

How Much Money Can I Make Renting My RV?

Depending on the class of RV you own, the model and year you can make anywhere from $100 – $600 or more per night renting your RV. And because RVnGO doesn’t charge any fees to list or rent your RV, you’ll make 100% of your rental income. Travel trailers and pop up campers rent for approximately $100 per night. Class B RVs range in price per night from $125 – $350. If you own a Class C RV, these are the most popular RVs for rentals. The price per night ranges from $100 – $400. Class A RVs, depending on the year, range in price from $200 – $650 per night. No matter what kind of RV you own, you’re going to make money renting it to verified, qualified renters on RVnGO. Plus, your RV is covered by our industry-leading insurance. There is no downside to listing or renting your RV on RVnGO.

Peace of Mind

All RV rentals on RVnGO are covered by our industry-leading RV rental insurance. The Guest pays for RV rental insurance on a nightly basis on every transaction. RVnGO RV rental insurance includes $1 million in liability coverage and up to $200,000 in property damage coverage. The rental insurance is paid for by the renter.

Click here to find out more about RVnGO Insurance along with rates.

When your RV is returned, you inspect the RV to make sure that nothing has been broken or damaged. In the instance that something is broken or damaged, you can deduct the cost of the repair or replacement from the damage deposit.

In the unfortunate case that the RV is in an accident, the Guest is required to contact us to start the claims process. Both you as the RV owner and the Guest will be asked to provide information regarding the damages before the claim is paid. To learn more about how claims are paid, click here.

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How Do We Make Our Money?

Everyone asks us how we make our money at RVnGO. And because we are very transparent in how we do business, we’re able to answer honestly:

RVnGO created the nightly RV rental insurance policy which is a necessity for RV rentals. We cut out the middlemen and make a percentage on the nightly RV rental premium paid by the renter.

Make More Money with RVnGO

There is no downside to listing your RV on RVnGO because we don’t charge any fees to list or rent your RV. That’s right – you receive 100% of your rental income.

Just set the dates your RV is available for rent and you will offset the cost of owning your RV, plus pay for your next trip!

RVnGO is such a popular site for RV rentals because it’s nearly 40% cheaper to rent an RV from RVnGO.com than everywhere else. This is because we don’t charge RV owners anything to rent or list their RVs.

Other RV rental sites charge between 20-40% of the transaction to both the RV Owner and the Renter.  But because we don’t charge any fees, RVs owners are able to pass along that cost savings the Renters. This also makes RVing more accessible and affordable.

 

Red Carpet RV After Party Has Massive Turn-out

It’s the latest trend in the Travel Industry: modern RVers, AKA bloggers, YouTubers and authors, building a reputation of influence in the industry. Thousands of followers, thirsty for RV travel knowledge, are reading these bloggers’ sites, tapping into their YouTube channels or connecting with them on social media to receive the most up to date content about RV travel. These bloggers and YouTubers are shaping how travel enthusiasts learn more about the RV lifestyle.

With the support of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), RVnGO sponsored the first ever RV Show After Party on Thursday, January 16th. The RV industry’s key influencers from across the nation were invited to welcome attendees, meet, answer questions and share their knowledge.

The Florida RV SuperShow is the largest RV show each year in Florida. It is a must-see a show for all RV and travel enthusiasts. 15 acres of RV camping, huge exhibit halls and outdoor displays of the newest, top of the line RVs available filled the Florida Fairgrounds.

The Florida SuperShow is a great opportunity to see what the latest trends are in the RV industry. All of the major RV manufacturers were on display: Airstream, Winnebago, Coachman, among others. National RV dealerships like CampingWorld and RV One offered special show pricing for their RVs on display which were selling out minute by minute.  

All types of RVs were on display, available to walk through and purchase – from small travel trailers to bus conversion luxury motorhomes. No matter what type of RVer you are or where you want to travel, you can find the perfect RV for you at the SuperShow.

“There’s been a major shift in the RV industry; numbers show enormous growth among all ages buying and renting RVs to hit the road,” said Paul Kacir, CEO of RVnGO.com. “Along with that growth these very well-respected travel bloggers and influencers, who are guiding folks through the process, have established a strong online presence. They are providing valuable resources to travelers of all ages and in all stages of their RVing experience.”

Fans Meet Famous RVers

Among the highlights of the 6-day show was the After Party, held at The WingHouse across the street from the fairgrounds. Hundreds of fans came out to see the jam-packed line-up of RV influencers, YouTubers, TV stars and authors.

The Creator and Host of the new TV show The RVers on the Discovery Channel, Anthony Nalli, Co-Hosts Tom and Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move and Peter Knize and John Sullivan of The RV Geeks were at the event meeting with fans of the show.

Mike and Jennifer Wendland of RV Lifestyle met with fans and answered questions about RVing across the country, how to choose to choose the best RV for your lifestyle, among other. A couple even came by with their motorcycle to get photos of The Wedlands on their bike.

Kyle Brady of Drivin’ & Vibin’ performed for all of the people waiting in line to get red carpet photos, while his wife Olivia Brady and their young baby met with the fans. Check out their album, Among The Giants

Jason and Rae Miller, known as the Getaway Couple braved the crowds up front and center, sharing their RVing tips & tricks and taking selfies with fans.

Nathan and Marissa Moss of Less Junk, More Journey could not shake the hundreds of people waiting to meet them. A line of people formed an hour before the event started and no matter where they moved, they all followed!

Nobody left empty handed – everyone at the After Party left with bags full of useful and trendy schwag.

Combined, these influencers provided an in-depth platform of resources about everything and anything travel and RV-related.

“We’re were excited to be part of this, and happy to connect with other RVers too, especially those who are new to the RV journey,” said Rae Miller, of the Getaway Couple. “This was a great opportunity for RVers to make connections.”

The event went on far past the advertised time as fans wanted to meet with and take photos with all of the influencers. It was apparent that attendees at the RV Show After Party had a blast and gained valuable resources to aid in their journeys.

Check out a video from the Florida RV SuperShow and RVnGO After Party:

See you at the Florida RV SuperShow next year!

How to Rent an RV for beginners

Family trip planning season is upon us and many families will look to the great outdoors. Naturally a road trip is in the future of those families, some of which will choose to rent an RV. In fact, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association in a recent survey, 62% of respondents who have never owned an RV said they also thought RVs are the best way to take a family trip.

You might think that renting an RV is daunting, but it only takes a little thoughtful planning. Renting an RV with family and friends offers the fun and flexibility of a road trip with your home on wheels.

First, let’s look at renting your first RV.

There are many local RV rental dealerships that rent small to large RVs, travel trailers and more. You can find the most comprehensive listings through RVnGO, a trusted peer-to-peer site that will connect you to the right RV. Platforms like RVnGO offer a full-service solution including RV rental insurance which is unlike auto insurance and is required to rent an RV.

Before we get into renting an RV, you have to answer the question: How many people will be staying in the RV? Let’s say it’s a family of 4 – 5. Maybe you are traveling with family friends – it’s likely they would have their own RV (at least most would).

RV Rental Options

For most first time RV renters, choosing a Class C is most appropriate for a family of 4 – 5. A Class C RV is built on a truck or van chassis that is designed for a motorhome. They have an attached cab and most have an overhang that extends over the top of the cab. The length of a Class C range between 21 to 41 feet and offer many amenities of the larger Class A motorhomes.

Selecting a Class C is a good size for a small family and isn’t intimidating or overwhelming which is perfect when you’re wanting a fun family vacation. You don’t need a special license to drive a Class C – remember, the front is similar to a truck or van.

Other Considerations

Now that you know what’s suitable for your driving style and trip, let’s talk about cost. Nightly rental costs range between $75 – $250 depending on the length and amenities that are included. In some cases, there is a booking deposit that goes toward the total cost of the rental. Some hosts also ask for a refundable damage deposit which is returned when you return the RV without damage.

24/7 Roadside Assistance is a must for first time RV renters. There is a small cost but it’s well worth it. The RVnGO coverage by CoachNet covers breakdowns, trouble shooting and campsite repairs. When you’re on your first family RV trip, you don’t want to have to worry about having any issues that you can’t fix.

Many rentals include mileage per night within the package. If you exceed what is included, there is a small fee for excess mileage. So, for your first RV experience, make sure you know the roundtrip distance to your destination and plan accordingly. In some cases, you may find a reduced rate by pre-paying mileage beyond what comes in the package.

Depending on where you’re camping, you may need a generator. Some packages include a specific number of hours in the base rental costs but if you need more than what is offered, you can add additional hours upon your return. If your camping at a site where there are hook ups, it’s likely you won’t need to worry about additional hours on the generator.

You’ll also want to account for the cost of gas. According to RV Blogger, the average gas mileage for a Class C RV is 8 – 10 miles per gallon. The biggest factors that affect RV gas mileage are speed, weight, grade, wind and ethanol. The RV Blogger breaks all that down and how you can improve the mileage.

There are a few more things to consider like kitchen kits and personal kits that include sheets, towels, pillows and blankets. Some hosts offer them as add-ons but to save, you can bring your own or stop at a store along the way to pick-up the food and supplies you’ll need.

Regardless of what you choose to add on, all hosts provide education on how to drive, use and setup the RV. In fact, some offer a video walk thru that’s required prior to pick up.

One last point, it’s important to book your RV early. During the spring and summer months, you may find less rental options.

Your RV Trip

Now on to the fun stuff…where are you going?

More than 331 million visitors enter a National Park every year. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this generation. This is a easy way to incorporate some education into a family vacation (not to mention that most parks are breath-taking for adults too.)

KOA (Kampgrounds of America) offers beautiful campgrounds near National Parks. Their comprehensive lists include easy to find campgrounds near some of America’s greatest natural wonders. These campgrounds can serve as your base camp for exploring not only the parks but what’s around them. For a first time RVer, these RV sites include pull through sites with full hook ups. Some even include private patios with in-ground fire rings, chairs, grills and tables.  Some camp sites include full amenities like a community pool, laundry facilities and much more.  (Photo credit: KOA)

Before you head out to your destination, check the campground’s website to make sure there won’t be any issues with the RV getting into the campground. Some have alternative entrances for RVs to prevent potential damage.

Once you’ve got a destination, the rest is like everyday living so it’s time to get packing.

A magic way to improve your RV cleaning

According to Airbnb, cleanness is one of the major factors to be considered before listing a rental. No surprise if the same rule applies to RV rentals! However, cleaning is not that easy! It is time-consuming and typically requires dealing with toxic and dangerous chemicals. When it comes to cleaning ovens, cleaning is even more difficult. Burnt food residue sticks to the oven and cannot be removed without using oven cleaners or harsh abrasives.

Denuo, the Magic Wipe, is a revolutionary product that provides a safer, easier, and quicker solution for this problem than anything available on the market today. Denuo creates a patent-pending nano-textured coating that lubricates the oven surfaces to prevent adherence of the hardened residue for easy removal.

Simply wipe the oven surfaces with Denuo and then heat the oven to 450 F for one hour. When spills occur, the coating does not allow the spill to adhere to the oven surface. Simply wipe the spill away. It is quick and easy.

Is Denuo Safe? You can access the safety data sheet of the product online . Denuo does not use strong chemicals, so it is safer than commercial products. The tests done on the water-based solution inside this Magic Wipe indicates that unlike oven cleaners, this solution does not create skin irritation. In addition, oven cleaners are categorized as “Hazardous Chemical” by OSHA. However, the off-gassing tests done by globally well-known firms shows that coating made using this Magic Wipe does not create such a level of dangerous off-gassing.

Visit their website to get your Magic Wipe

Questions and feedback? Please feel free to contact [email protected]

Direct link to Denuo’s safety data sheet.

 

 

 

Moving Back to College with RVnGO

When moving your kid back to college, there are so many things to do, plan and arrange. It’s always surprising how much stuff they need for their dorm room or apartment bedroom.

If you’re making the trip together, you’ll need room for their stuff – AND what you will need for the trip. It likely requires an engineering degree to fit everything in your car!  

Save time, money and make college moving so much more fun for everyone by renting an RV or Campervan from RVnGO! No parent wants to make the drive, unload, say goodbyes and then make their way back all the way back home that same day! 

RVnGO will help make it easier and more enjoyable for you to make the move back to school!

Pack up all of their gear for school – don’t forget what YOU’LL need on the trip – and have plenty of space to lay back and relax. You can even make a few memorable stops with bonding experiences along the way!  

Save money by having a place to sleep comfortably after all of your hard work is done unloading and unpacking! There are so many safe places to park RVs and campers. You can even park it in the local Walmart parking lot FOR FREE to sleep overnight!  

You won’t have to get a hotel room during the busiest – and most expensive – weekend on campus! Your RV will be nicer than any hotel room you can find near campus for LESS! 

RVnGO also offers one-way rentals.

If you want to drop off your RV or campervan near campus and fly home, you can do that! One-way campervan rentals are offered between the following cities: SanFranciscoLosAngelesLasVegasSeattle, DenverMiamiAtlantaPortlandPhoenix and New York

Have a hitch? RVnGO has plenty of travel trailer options small and large available for you to tow to to campus.

Dreaming of delivering your rock-star student back to school on a Class A bus?  Their friends will definitely be envious!  Plus, you will be the “Cool Mom/Dad” with all of the other parents asking, “Where did you get that?” You can tell them RVnGO

Plan your student’s move back to college simply by going to www.RVnGO.com to search thousands of RVs across the United States! Make the back to school experience more like a vacation with RVnGO!