Which RV is the Best Fit for You?

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Determining which type of RV will suit your needs best can seem impossible. With so many RVs on the market, ranging from pop-up campers to high-end Class A motorhomes, choosing from such a large number of models can be daunting. These simple tips will help you discover which type of RV is perfect for you, so you can narrow down your options and start living your dream RV lifestyle.

Determine Your RV Use

The first step to choosing an RV is to determine which type of traveling you’d like to do. Are you seeking an RV for weekend family getaways or an RV that will replace your brick-and-mortar home? Do you want to move from one destination to another or stay put for months at a time? Typically, smaller, more budget-friendly RVs can be suitable for recreational weekend campers, while those who want to spend more time on the road should seek RVs with more durability and amenities.

Motorhomes are more ideal for travelers who like to stop in multiple places. Because they don’t take a lot of time to set up and prepare for departure (unlike fifth wheels and travel trailers), it’s easy to hop from one destination to another.

Consider Your Tow Vehicle

Many first-time RV enthusiasts forget that they may need to upgrade their tow vehicle to a more powerful model to tow a large travel trailer or fifth wheel. This can add a considerable amount of cost to upgrading your RV lifestyle and should always be considered. However, these more spacious RVs also offer more amenities, such as full bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, more seating space and quality sleeping areas.

Let Us Help

Here at All Seasons RV Center, we are experts on helping you find an RV that’s ideal for your travel needs. We’ll work within your budget to help you start the RV lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about for years.

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Tips for Camping with Baby

 

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs around. If you are a new parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The sleepless nights, countless feedings, stressing over every little unusual sound and face that your new baby makes, and the countless chores that add up because you are too tired to do them. The last thing you probably want to think about is planning a camping trip with a baby. But, it might actually be a good thing for all of you. Sometimes just removing yourself from the everyday routine of things is enough to relax you and your baby, especially when you are surrounded by the calming sights and sounds of nature. The following is a list of a few camping essentials that will make camping with a baby easier on you and your family.

  • Pack plenty of wipes – They can be used for more than just wiping your baby’s behind, such as wiping your own if there are no restrooms nearby or cleaning your hands after carrying firewood to your campsite.
  • Sunscreen – essential for your baby’s protection, especially if you are partaking in outdoor activities for long periods of time.
  • o-WEDDING-DRESS-SHOPPING-facebook-e1422866515697Insect repellant – Look for a bug repellant with natural ingredients that aren’t so harsh on your baby’s skin. Burt’s Bees has an insect repellant made with natural elements such as lemongrass, citronella and rosemary oil that is safe for baby’s skin and works for many hours.
  • Baby Tylenol and Baby Orajel – must haves for any road trip! These items will most likely not be readily available for purchase in the middle of the night when you are 30 miles or more outside of an actual town. Packing these items will keeps baby’s pesky symptoms at bay until you can get to a doctor, if need be.
  • Dirty Diaper Bags – Munchkin Arm & Hammer bag dispenser is great for keeping those stinky diapers sealed until you have time to get to a dumpster.
  • Sleep Sacks – these outfits are great for not only keeping baby warm on cool nights but also keeps the bugs off the majority of baby’s skin.
  • Inflatable Kiddie pool – These are great for entertaining your baby and they are easy to travel with. Just inflate and fill with your baby’s favorite toys, the pool acts as a playpen so they aren’t crawling all over the ground.
  • New Toys! – Make sure to bring plenty of toys for your baby to play with to keep them entertained. No one likes to hear a crying baby while they are trying to enjoy the sounds of nature. The dollar store is perfect for buying multiple toys that don’t cost a lot so you don’t feel bad if they break or get left behind at your campsite.
  • Baby Carrier or Sling – Brands such as Infantino make great baby carriers that strap to your body so you can do activities hands-free while camping. These are perfect for taking your baby along on long hikes or walks around the campground.
  • $T2eC16RHJGMFFptTElSlBSQFvYEH2g--_32Infant Co-Sleeper bed – these beds are perfect to keep your baby next to you in tight spaces. Whether you are tent camping or camping in an RV co-sleepers work perfect as a spot for baby to sleep without disrupting your sleep. The best part is, certain models such as the Baby Delight co-sleeper are portable and fold up into a compact bag so they take up less space than a crib would.

Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of camping under the stars and enjoying the great outdoors. Who knows, maybe you’ll pass down your love for camping to your child someday.

Camping With Dogs

While there are numerous issues to consider while camping with dogs, here are some of the most important.

Make Sure that Your Dog Can’t Get Lost

It’s one thing if your dog gets free in your neighborhood. It’s another when you’re at a rest stop, nine hundred miles from home. Either train your dog to come when called or make absolutely sure that they’re on a leash at all times.

Get All of their Vaccinations Up to Date

If your dog gets into an altercation with another animal (or a person), the biggest issue will become rabies shots. If you stay at a campground that has a demanding pet policy, you’ll need to verify your dog’s vaccination records. If you cross into Canada, you’ll have to confirm that your dogs have had their shots. You get the idea.

Make Your Dogs Easy to Identify

If your dog does get lost (unfortunately, it happens all the time), the ability to easily identify them will become critical. For permanent identification purposes, consider tattoos or microchips. At a minimum, make sure they wear tags that show their name, your current phone number, and the date of their last rabies vaccination.

Clean Up After Your Dog

The biggest complaint about dogs has nothing to do with their bark, their bite, or their behavior. If you pick up after your dog, you’ll be helping dog owners everywhere.

Learn How to Provide First Aid to Your Dog

If a medical crisis occurs while at home, you drive to your local veterinarian. But if you’re heading down a dark highway in a strange town, it will seem like a bad dream. Although there are ways to get help while on the road, it always takes more time. In the meantime, your ability to provide competent first aid could save your dog’s life.

Involve Your Dog in Everything You Do

If you really want your dogs to have a good time, include them in your activities. Take them with you on long walks. Buy a cheap plastic wading pool and let them play in the water. Throw a ball. Cook them up a hamburger. If you do stuff like that, they’ll do cartwheels the next time you decide to take them camping.

Call the Campgrounds Before You Go

Even if a park claims they’re pet-friendly, always call ahead to confirm their policy regarding your dogs. Folks have arrived at parks (with their dogs) after a long day on the road only to discover that “pet-friendly” meant dogs weighing under 20 pounds.

Plan Ahead for the Unexpected

Have a plan (for your dogs) in case of a flat tire, a serious accident, or a fire in your RV. Start with a few extra leashes, a pet carrier, and an extra fire extinguisher. Then have a fire drill to identify potential problems.

Learn About Your Camping Environment

The U.S. is a huge country with a vast assortment of dangerous wildlife, treacherous plants, unpredictable weather conditions, and demanding environmental challenges. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you might inadvertently be putting yourself and your dog in danger.

Recognize and Respect the Views of Others

While some of us can’t imagine traveling without dogs, others can’t image traveling with them. If you keep your dog under control and clean up after them, you won’t give others much to grumble about.

Happy Camping with Rover!