Thursday, June 26, 2014

Do's & Dont's for an RV Camping Checklist

Deciding to take a vacation is the easy part. Seriously, who isn't ready to just hop in their RV and take off for a week? As fun as that sounds, a little planning might be helpful. Checklists will be your best friend, even if you are writing down stuff you've already done just so you can check it off. Yeah, we're on to you!

Okay, let's get down to the nitty gritty of making checklists. If you're professionals like us, you'll have the checklist memorized. Just kidding! Always write your checklist down and remember the most important step: don't lose your checklist. Here are your do's and don'ts for making the most important document of your life (okay, maybe that was a little dramatic).

DO'S (AKA MUST HAPPEN)

  • Make a checklist well in advance. Rushing to make and complete a checklist is no better than not making one at all. You'll probably leave something out, and it will probably be something very important like your toothbrush or underwear. Don't be without underwear. 
  • Use free checklists as a guide. These aren't the bibles of RV checklists, but it's a great place to start. Your family has specific needs, wants and desires, so your checklist should reflect that. It should be a comprehensive list of your hopes and dreams for vacations, or at least the essentials you'll need to survive the trip. See: underwear. 
  • Get packing. Anything you aren't using every day can be packed up and set aside. Buy nonperishable food items and supplies while they're on sale, too. Getting things ready in advance will give you a good idea if your wife can bring her curling iron, blow dryer AND straightening iron on the trip. 
  • Check things off as you go. While it can be satisfying to check off everything at once or rip up your list when you're done, check things off as you go. It will help keep or organized and on track. As a side note, it might be a good idea to save your list (or a master copy) for future RV trips. It will be your guide. 
  • Let other travelers add to your list. After all, two heads are better than one. Just be sure you actually NEED everything being added to the list. If you have small children coming they may try to sneak in their doll collection, Lego set, pet hamster or other excitement. In any event, allowing all travelers have their say can prevent issues later on. This is a democracy, right?
DONT'S (AKA MUST NOT HAPPEN)


  • Rely too heavily on the free checklist. Remember the old saying you get what you pay for? Well, it applies here. As we mentioned above, free checklists are a great starting point, but they won't cover everything your family needs. 
  • Lose your checklist. Really, this is pretty obvious, but we're making a list here! Take a picture of your list with your cell phone, just in case. You're a lot less likely to lose that. If you're really tech savvy, create a Google Document and share it out with all your travelers. It's editable, searchable and can be changed in real-time by any traveler. Hello technology. 
  • Stress out. This list is meant to be a guide, not a list of reasons to stress out. Start early and take it one item at a time. Before you know it the last thing on the list will be to leave for vacation!
What's your RV travel checklist? Share it with us in the comments below. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

RV Awnings: Get a Little Cooler

There's no denying it, Florida is sunny! After all, there's a good reason we're called the Sunshine State. If you're RV camping in this great state, we think there's an RV accessory you don't want to miss.

RV awnings add a little extra comfort to your camping experience. You might be thinking you don't want to waste time putting up awnings, but the truth is many of these are easy as pie to set up. Some awnings need to be hand-winched, but many today are motorized, so setting it up is as easy as pushing a button.

These special shade providers can also be a nice touch at night. Some awnings come with built-in lights so you can enjoy some evening ambiance. This means you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset or Florida's wonderful evening weather in style.

Plus, you won't need to worry about weather conditions either. The canopy support of RV awnings is able to withstand the force of wind and the weight of water from rain. The material won't sag or flap in the wind and keep you awake all night. There are also some manufacturers that use the Awnberall technique that blows the awning upwards, so it won't sag. Awnbrella awnings are made of aluminum and won't rust when exposed to the elements. The poles are very light weight as well, so you'll have no trouble getting them into place.

RV awnings help reduce heat and humidity inside the RV by as much as 70%, which is great news when you're vacationing in Florida. You can get awnings in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can find what fits you and your camping lifestyle. Go sit in the shade, friends!