Thursday, November 29, 2018

Clearwater Travel Resort Named one of the 10 Best Snowbird RV Parks to spend your winter!

Clearwater Travel Resort was named one of the 10 Best Snowbird RV Parks in Florida according to RV Covers Direct! Clearwater Travel Resort is one of two parks named in Florida. Give us a call today to make your reservation. You can take a look at RV Covers Direct's Blog post here.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

5 Tips for Traveling By RV



Are you in the process of planning an RV trip?  If you are and if this is your first time doing so, you may be looking for some guidance.  After all, traveling by RV for the first time can be fun and exciting, but it can also be worrisome at the same time.  For that reason, five helpful tips, which are ideal for first time motor home travelers, are outlined below.

1 – Map Out Your Route Ahead of Time

Deciding where you want to travel to by RV is an important component of doing so.  Of course, you have the ability to change your mind or make side trips along the way, but you should always have an idea of where you will be going.  This is important for a number of different reasons, including overall satisfaction and safety.

2 – Research Activities and Attractions Along the Way

In conjunction with the above mentioned tip of mapping out your intended travel route, doing so enables you to research activities and attractions that are located along the way.  When traveling by RV, half of the fun is all of the stops that you are able to make.  Of course, you can be spontaneous, but having an idea of exactly what you can do and see while traveling by RV is ideal for safety, as well as making sure that you don’t miss out on any great opportunities.

When it comes to researching activities and attractions that are along your way, the internet is a great place to start.  If you are taking steps now to prepare for an RV trip that isn’t set to happen for another month or so, you may want to request free vacation guides.  These guides are easy to find online. 

3 – Make Sure Your RV Is Stocked Full of Activities

Making sure your RV is stocked full of fun activities is another great tip that beginners should implement.  If your upcoming motor home adventure is an extended one, you may spend a good percentage of your time on the road.  Of course, looking out the window to sightsee is a nice, enjoyable activity, but it may not hold your interest for long.  That is why fun activities should be examined.  These activities may include movies, using a laptop computer, playing handheld electronic games, reading, or enjoying another fun hobby, such as knitting.

All RV travelers are encouraged to make sure that they have fun activities for the road, but it is extremely important for parents to do so.  There is nothing worse than being stuck on an RV with unhappy children.

4 – Pack for Your Trip Ahead of Time

All first time RV travelers are encouraged to start packing early. In fact, the earlier the better.  Many supplies, such as food and travel size toiletries can be packed or put in an RV without disrupting your current daily needs. 

To help ensure that your next RV trip is fun, as opposed to one that is filled with complications, create an RV trip checklist.  This checklist should include specific items that you would like to bring, such as clothing, food, drinks, eating utensils, towels, wash clothes, and so forth.  To help get you started, many websites have free printable camping checklists, which can serve as great guides.  Be sure to check off items from your list when you pack them in your bags or place them on your motor home.

5 – Always Keep Safety in Mind

As with any recreational activity, it is important to remember that there are some risks associated with traveling by RV, especially in areas that you are unfamiliar with.  For that reason, a number of steps should be taken to protect your safety.  Be sure to leave an itinerary with someone that you know and trust, always be aware of your surroundings, always keep a cell phone nearby, and be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit.


Monday, August 27, 2018

A Newbie's Guide To Different Types Of Motor Homes


Have you and your family decided to get yourselves a motor home in order to improve your bonding time and travel with ease and comfort? Well, before finally deciding on the RV you would like to get, it is essential that you research the different types of motor homes first.

Each type is distinctive from the other in terms of capacity, build and purpose of use.

You might want to list down your requirements first before you browse into these different types of motor homes. This way, you will be able to identify which kind would suit your family best. Once you have identified the exact type you need, then the search is on for the perfectly priced RV to bring more joy, entertainment and excitement to your family travels.

Here are the different types to become familiar with:

Campervans or VW Campers - campervans are iconic to be Volkswagen models. They are still mass-produced and have a range of magazines and clubs for its hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts.

This type can easily accommodate three to four persons and it is small enough for drives in both cities and open roads. This type of RV is ideal for those who have intense enthusiasm to tour around Europe.

Campers have a range of nice and ideal features - windscreen sun visors, roof racks for surfboards, raising roofs, chrome fittings and trims, etc. These features may be a direct conversion of Volkswagen or from several noted campervan specialist converters.

Van Conversions - this type is often called the panel van conversion and can be available at medium to large sizes. Well-known commercial vehicles are the base units for building this motor home type. Almost every unit released has a sliding door feature.

They have excellent amount of space inside and most have spacious washrooms, well-equipped kitchens than the micro-sized or smaller van conversions.

Many models also feature double beds at their rear, which runs across the van's width. If owners are taller, they may have difficulty in fitting inside. As such, it is also essential to check out the dimensions and layout of a motor home, first before purchase.

Conventional Coachbuilt Motor Homes - most common type of motor home that can be seen on the roads of Great Britain. They usually have large over-cab hump and can accommodate a fair-sized bed and still have a lot of spacious area for storage.

This type is a practical vehicle for families and couples who want to travel around UK and other countries of Europe. They have standard kitchen, washroom and can accommodate 2 - 6 people.

Low Profile Coachbuilt Motor Homes - this type has features and style that is similar to the conventional coachbuilt motor home. However, instead of the over-cab bed, it has a low profile design that features streamlined shape and lower roof for better clearance and handling.

Tag Axle or Twin Axle Motor Homes – this type is usually the manifestation of a very big coachbuilt motor home that already requires another set of wheels to amply support its length and weight, similar to the twin axle caravan. The third axle has become known as the tag axle. They are a lot more spacious though it could be tricky to drive because of the twin axle at its rear.

A-Class Motor Homes – this type are very big and recognizable because they do not have a detached cab area. Models of this type usually have big front windscreens, like those in buses.

Other types of motor homes include the American Recreational Vehicles or RVs, Home Built Motor Homes, and Micro Motor Homes.

Once you choose your RV make a reservation and come to visit one of our beautiful resorts!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Benefits of having an RV

Why would you want to own one of the many different RVs that are available for sale from many RV dealers? The main reason for this is the fact that you gain access to multiple benefits that RVs offer. For example, you will be able to use RV to travel to many outside locations for a long vacation or just a simple weekend getaway. There is no more need to spend all this time planning where you are going to stay, where you will eat and cook food and what car you will have to rent. RVs will provide you with the simple solution for all these dilemmas.

With the help of RVs, you will have access to basic household items, appliances and amenities and will not have to deal with the uncomfortable hotel stays or even more unpleasant stays in tents. Owners of RVs can prepare them in such way that everything that is needed for the enjoyable trip is available at all times. You don’t have many limits to what you can take with you. You can cook food, sleep and even shower in most of the RVs. You can even attach other equipment and vehicles (boats, jet skies and other sport equipment, for example) to your RV.

RVs can be helpful not only for vacation purposes. Even if you are traveling to a different city on a business trip or to visit your friends or family, motorhome will make the ride more enjoyable for you and your family. You will have more freedom to change destinations and will even save money on hotels and restaurants. You can choose which one of the many available RVs to purchase depending on your personal needs, size of your family and your travel plans. RVs come in different sizes and variations and will have different amenities and equipment installed. Different types of RVs will have different prices so it is up to you to decide which motorhome to purchase. Keep an eye on our blog for more about the different types of RVs!



For more information on RVs visit your local RV dealer!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rent before you buy!

Thinking about buying an RV?  There are great options available if you are not sure if the RV lifestyle is for you.  There are many companies that will rent you an RV for a set amount of time.  These companies connect owners with renters.  If you feel unsure about driving a rig, they will often offer to deliver and set it up for you at select campgrounds.   Using a service like these is a great way to learn more about RVing without committing to the expense.

There are companies that specialize in nostalgic recreational vehicles such as VW or Air Stream.  You can also try out pop-ups, tow behinds, tiny trailers all the way up to large, and luxury class rigs.   It might be wise to try out different kinds of RVs to see which matches up to your personal needs and best fits your budget.

If you do decide to try out a company that rents, be sure to read the fine print.  Sometimes the insurance is required as part of the rental term, if it is not, we do highly recommend purchasing the insurance.  It is common to have ala cart charges for things like cleaning and tank dumping.  Some owners will limit the distance you can travel or the number
of miles you can travel without incurring overage charges.

If you already own an RV or decide to invest in the RV lifestyle and purchase one, renting it out while you are not actively using it can become money in your pocket. Depending on your RV and schedule of availability many owners earn in the range of 5K-30K.  Some RV owners say that doing this has allowed them to live the life they have dreamed about.

Another part of the experience you will not want to miss, and possibly the best part of the experience will be the people you meet on your journey.  You will learn much whether it be from other newbies venturing out for the first time or the well-seasoned camping pros.  Open up to the adventure and you will not be disappointed in the journey.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Buttonwood: A top 10 RV park in Florida!





We are pleased to announce that Buttonwood RV Resort in Cortz Florida has been selected as a top 10 RV park by CoverQuest. We are very proud of our Buttonwood staff for working so hard to make Buttonwood a great place to stay! If you are interested in setting up a stay to see what makes Buttonwood so special give Buttonwood a call today!


Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort

PO Box 427

12316 Cortez Road W
Cortez, FL   34215

Phone: 941-798-3090


Thursday, July 20, 2017

How Smartphones are Helping the RV Industry

Recreational vehicle sales are at all time high and smartphones might have something to do with it. In the past year, dealers across the nation sold a staggering 430,000 RVs. According to the RV Industry Association, that's an increase of 15% over the previous year. 

So why the sudden interest in RV camping? Some of it has to do with low gas prices and easy credit. But a majority of the new fondness for the recreational vehicles is technology like smartphones and 4G data. It has made driving around the country for extended periods less overwhelming. 

Now millennials, who grew up surrounded by technology are reaching RV-buying age. They are young, ready for adventure and love to travel. In fact, more than half of RV buyers are under the age of 45, per the RV Industry Association. 

Many younger buyers are attracted to the small and sleek campers, like the Alto Pop-up camper. It's great for individuals or couples because it's small and easy to tow, but still has the comforts of home.  Companies like Airstream are producing new camper models specifically targeting millennials. 

The new Basecamp trailer takes the classic shiny aluminum Airstream style and wraps it around a compact trailer with a nifty retro-modern interior. The product has been a success, according to Airstream's CEO. They have a wholesale backlog out until the end of 2017. 

RVs like the Basecamp are reasonably priced, starting at under $40,000, which make them within reach of many buyers. With the recent boom in RV sales, RV campgrounds are seeing higher numbers than they have in a long time.

So grab your iPhone and hit the open road. A world of adventure awaits you. 





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