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Reserve Your Ideal Camping Spot

An RV vacation can be very relaxing and laid back. You get to go at your own pace and be closer to nature. Camping in Michigan definitely offers this experience. It’s one of the top states for RVers, both from in-state and out of state, particularly during the summer and fall months when the weather and scenery are at their utmost best. Its natural attractions are called “attractions” for a reason, beckoning visitors from across the nation.

Add to that, that there are more RV owners than ever before – in addition to those who choose to rent an RV for a week or two – and now you’ve got a mix that can make it difficult to find a spot to set up camp at your preferred destination. To help avoid this, follow these few tips:

RV Security: 5 Tips to Avoid Theft

As far as adventurous hobbies and lifestyles go, RVing is a relatively safe one. Aside from the occasional incident, most campers can feel carefree on their journey and while kicking back at the campsite.

But even so, RVers should be well apprised of any potential safety and security hazards and the preventive measures to avoid them. Some things we’ve covered in previous articles: driving in windy weather, fire safety, unexpected Michigan weather, and maintaining your tires; this time, we’ll focus on ensuring your rig is safely secured while parked –for a night, for a quick stop-off, for a lengthy vacation at a campground.

RV Storage and Organization Hacks

Motorhomes and travel trailers are designed to make the most use out of a tight space while still providing all the comforts and conveniences of life. From under the bed storage to smaller showers, space is at a premium, which is why there is always more that you can do to optimize this small living space.

Here are some valuable storage hacks that might be good to use.This isn't an exhaustive list, but it'll help you get started. Your own creativity and innovation are your best tools.

RV Packing List: What Not to Bring

When it comes to packing the RV for upcoming travels, whether it’s for six days or six months, it’s important to make a packing list and check off items as they are gathered and stored in the RV. Each item should be considered for its usefulness and necessity, because our RVs have limited space – even the big ones. That space is filled in a hurry, especially if your time in the RV is of a longer duration or you’re a full-timer.

There are so many things you need to remember to bring, but there are also things you don’t need to take along because they aren’t necessary, useful, or you can manage as you go.

Essential RV Gadgets

Back in the early days of recreation vehicle development and production, none of these gadgets and technologies were available – the RVs themselves were revolutionary. In the new millennium, even though there are still innovative floor plans and designs being released today, the conveniences of emerging technology has given RVers plenty of options to travel and drive more safely… as well as provide entertainment. Choices and options abound, so it can be difficult to decide; however, you should be able to find what you need at virtually any price point.

Are these things necessary? Many would say yes. Many would say no. But since our RVs can accommodate these gadgets and technologies, it’s pretty hard not to make a purchase or two, as many offer peace of mind.

Winter Camping - Keeping Your RV Warm

If you’re into winter camping, full time or just for a getaway, here are some tips to make your experience more comfortable - plus six spots to visit!

The temperatures on cold Michigan winter nights can dip well below zero… without the wind chill factored in. This can make it difficult to keep our RVs warm during those dark hours, and difficult to warm up once daylight arrives.

Create Next Season's Bucket List

As the winter months bring a close to another exciting Michigan RV season, we reflect on all of the great memories a summer on the road can provide: connecting with family and friends over a campfire, swimming in the refreshing waters of our lakes and rivers, or blazing the trails of our exquisite forests.

But it is also during these times that we begin to realize all the activities, festivals, and adventures we just didn’t have time to pack in. So while your rig is nestled away for the winter, now’s the time to plan for next year. Make a Bucket List of places and activities you or members of your family would like to go, or formulate changes you’d like to make to your camping experience – while the ideas are still fresh in your mind. 

Decorating Your RV at Christmas:Three reasons why going simple is better – plus six easy decorating tips.

It’s unmistakable: the holidays are here. Stores are decked out in green and red, there’s a Santa waving on every corner, and once-barren trees along downtown streets are made resplendent with thousands of sparkling lights.

Bring some of that magic and cheerfulness to your RV, inside and out.

The Affordability of the RV Lifestyle

Have you been thinking about owning an RV? When you think of an RV, what comes to mind? A way to get away occasionally? An escape from the world? A house on wheels? Hopefully, “out of reach” doesn’t.

Though RVs are considered luxury items, it depends on how you intend to use your RV to make your choice to own – and your investment – worthwhile.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you can believe it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner. And it’s a safe bet you’ll be purchasing something travel related for the RV enthusiast in your life.

However, when buying that perfect gift, there are few things to consider....

 

Traveling this Holiday Season? Preparation and Planning Tips

Have travel plans this holiday season? Or plans to go somewhere this winter? If it’s somewhere you’ve never been, or it’s been a long time, then you’ll need to prepare for your trip ahead of time so that you arrive to your final destination without incident.

Follow these few simple tips as you plan your routes and make your way to your destination.

Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Rig

Whether your rig is your permanent residence or your getaway vehicle, being on the road should not stop you from enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Even though your appliances are likely smaller than those you’d use in a fixed home, they still have the capacity to cook the holiday feast your family has grown accustomed to enjoying this time of year.

The biggest constraint you’ll likely encounter will be that of space, or the lack thereof. But with good time management and solid preparation, your Thanksgiving meal should go off without a hitch!

RV Safety: Driving in Windy Weather

“…And every man knew, as the captain did too, ‘Twas the witch of November come stealin’…” goes the infamous Gordon Lightfoot tune about the freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald. The storms and winds that overtake the Great Lakes in the fall months have been the cause of tragedy, but tragedies are rare, thankfully. Still, it’s a well-known fact -- and evident by the Great Lakes frothing with whitecaps -- that autumn and winter cause some very blustery weather. And if that wind is evident on the water, its strength is also felt on land.  

The large and typically boxy appearance of our RVs can be precarious when the wind gets high, especially if you’re traveling on the road. Even teardrop travel trailers with their curved design, and expandable travel trailers with their lower center of gravity, can still cause a white-knuckled ride in a fight with the wind.

It's Time to Winterize the RV - 10 Tips

The days of October are getting shorter and cooler, and Jack Frost may or may not have already made his first annual appearance (In Michigan, that’s a pretty safe bet.). Many RV campgrounds have closed for the season, while others have discounted late season rates and even winter camping availability. But if you’re a seasonal camper, the time has come to pack away the RV. 

It’s important to winterize your RV properly as well as employ some preventative measures. Don’t take the easy way when it comes to winterizing your RV. Doing things properly in the fall will help ensure that it’s in good operating condition and ready to travel when the season comes around again.

5 Must-Haves for Your RV

Whether full-timers, weekend wanderers, or something in-between, we all enjoy the small luxuries and comforts provided by the traditional homes we’ve left behind. And just because we’re on four wheels doesn’t mean we need to abandon amenities we’re accustomed to.

With these five new additions to your coach, you’ll find the full-time lifestyle that much more tangible – if you haven’t converted already!


Sleeping Comfortably in Your RV

If you’re a full-timer or even a seasonal RVer, you understand how important it is to have a comfortable bed to sleep on come nightfall. This is your home, or your home away from home, for many weeks or months at a time, and the days just aren’t the same if you wake up sore, or tired from waking frequently during the night… all because of your mattress.

Standard RV mattresses that come with your rig have come a long way, but they are still limited compared to the plethora of options for residential home mattresses. The padding in RV mattresses is usually thin, the materials on the low-end. This depends on the type of RV you choose to buy, however: Occasionally used travel trailers typically have thinner, lower quality mattresses than Class A motorhomes designed for extended living.

Fire Safety and Prevention in Your RV

This week is Fire Prevention Week, which has been observed since 1922 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that ravaged the Windy City in 1871.
A fire in your RV – while obviously bringing with it tremendous risk of injury or death – can also be devastating financially.

Though most information is focused on how to be safe and prepared in the event of a fire in your home, those same practices are necessary for preventing fires in your RV – and there are many practices that are unique to RV coaches. Know the facts so that you, your family, and your RV can enjoy camping without experiencing a fire, and to be prepared in case one does break out.

So You’re Thinking About A Camper Van: Pros and Cons

When we mention camper vans, considered Class B motorhomes, the image that might come to mind is an olive colored VW van with flower power.

But camper vans come in a variety of colors, appearances, sizes, amenities, and floor plans. It seems a lot of people prefer them, too. Class B’s have built-in sleeping, eating, and bathroom amenities at a very condensed scale. According to an article by the Elkhart Truth, shipments of Class B motorhomes were up 35 percent in October 2014 compared to a year before.

But before you buy a new or used Class B motorhome, it’s important to know what you’re looking for, what amenities you’re willing to compromise on, and how much you’re willing to spend.

Going to An RV Show: 7 Best Tips

Think of an RV show as the “ultimate hands-on comparison shopping” experience – and the chance to learn more about all that the RV life can offer.

Some RV shows can be quite expansive, with hundreds of models on the floor plus dozens of other exhibitors. These shows can make it difficult to see everything in one day -- there’s so much that it can make your head spin. Even smaller shows with a couple hundred models are enough to keep any camper and potential buyer busy. To ensure that you get the most out of your time at an RV show, follow these few simple tips...

RV Tires: Durability and Life

Our recreation vehicles are composed of a complex, engineered arrangement of parts that all together are comprised of substantial weight and size. But sometimes those parts don’t work together harmoniously, or something in particular goes awry.

The tires that get our RVs from Point A to Point B to Point C and so forth are essential for us to enjoy our RV lifestyle – and essential for you and your family’s safety on the road. They’re expensive, but they are a necessary part of your RV to monitor and replace as necessary. And sometimes, tires can age prematurely. So how can you help extend the life of your RV tires?

Choosing the Best Travel Trailer: Things to Consider

A towable, also commonly referred to as a travel trailer, is any recreation vehicle that can be pulled behind your van, SUV, or truck. It’s an exciting moment when you’re ready to purchase one. Maybe you're ready to upgrade. Maybe this is your first-ever purchase. But how do you choose the right model for you? Here are some things to keep in mind as you explore – and before you make your final purchase.

5 Reasons to Go RVing as a Family

RV camping offers families a special opportunity to grow and bond closer together, plus there are health benefits to getting away from it all and spending some time outdoors.

Places to Visit in Michigan

Families have enjoyed exploring its natural beauty for generations, especially by camping. But there are also attractions and places worth visiting that are not of the outdoors – museums, botanical gardens, lighthouses, and more that make for an enlightening, educational, and memorable trip. If you still have time this year, these are the spots to go.

RV business anticipates continued growth in 2015

Gas prices have leveled-off and sales of recreation vehicles (RV) are climbing.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), projected national sales for recreation vehicles in 2014 were 348,000—nearly 14,000 of which came to Michigan. Michigan is the 3rd top destination for new RV deliveries, behind Texas and California.

Is the full-time RV lifestyle right for you?

There are many factors to take into account when deciding what type of recreation vehicle is going be right for you. Motorized or towable? Class A or Class C? Folding camper or travel trailer? With so many options, how do you know which type of RV is going to be the right one? Some experience RV travel for the first time by renting one. Many RV dealers offer rental options, allowing you the opportunity to try-before-you-buy.

Tips for first-time RV buyers

Deciding to buy, and ultimately own an RV can be an exciting moment in your life There are many things to keep in mind when researching an RV and knowing as much as you can about RVs can make your final decision much easier.

 

FAQs about Recreation Vehicles (RVs)

Answers to many questions you may have about selecting, purchasing and enjoying your recreation vehicles (RV).

Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
2222 Association Drive, Okemos Michigan 48864-5978
(517) 349-8881, infoATmmhrvca.org
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