Thursday, March 30, 2017

5 Places You Need to Bring Your RV

Need an excuse to travel in your RV? Whether you own or rent, RV camping is a fun way to explore. It's prefect for vacations, long distance trips or just visiting family and friends. We are going to share with you 5 perfect places to go RV camping.

1. NASCAR 


RV campers love to catch races in the comfort of their motorhomes. NASCAR is different than other races, as ticket holders don't just gain access to one day events. Many times, NASCAR attendees get tickets to practices sessions and qualifying races, all of which are held on different days. That's why it can be helpful to stay in your own home near the tracks!

2. FOOTBALL GAMES 
If you've never heard of the huge RV camp event that happens before the Florida Georgia game then you're missing out! Football games, especially big ones, are the perfect place to bring your rig. You'll be able to tailgate, have fun, catch the game and enjoy the company of friends, all with the comforts of home. This is the perfect time to travel in your RV!

3. VISITING FAMILY 

Visiting family out of state can be a really fun time, but things can get a little crowded if everyone is staying at one person's house. Drive there in your RV and park it nearby or park it on the driveway. Everyone will have a much better time with their own space, and you can still have lots of fun with family.

4. EXPLORING NATURE

5. ANTIQUE SHOWS

Whether you're a buyer or a seller, you'll know that antique shows can span many miles and go on for days and even weeks. If you want to be sure to sell your wares or you want to do a good scouting job, you might want to be there for several days. The same is true for all kinds of events, from fairs and festivals to amusement parks and good old camping.

What's your favorite reason to go RV Camping?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hacks You Need to Know Before Making an RV Camping Checklist

Making a list and checking it twice isn't just for Santa. Before you hit the open road, grab your favorite Type A personality and tell them you need a list, rest assured it will get done. But before they get started, refer them to this article for the Do's and Don'ts of making RV camping checklists. They'll follow this, trust us.

DOs 

  • MAKE YOUR LIST EARLY. If you wait until the day before your trip, your list is going to feel mighty difficult. You'll probably also forgot important things like a swimsuit or raincoat (both important for Florida summers). If you enlist the help of your Type A personality, they'll probably start 2-3 months before your trip.
  • USE FREE LISTS TO HELP. To start, download a few free checklists. They'll give you a starting point and some basics that most RV trips need. You can always add things or take things away based on your own personal desires. 
  • HAVE EACH PERSON CREATE A LIST. Let everyone going on your trip create a list of things they think you'll need or things they need personally. For example, if someone in your family wears contacts, they'll need to remember their case and solution. You can then add everyone's suggestions and personal needs to your master list. 
  • CHECK FINISHED ITEMS OFF ASAP. When you finish something, check it off. Not only will it make you feel accomplished, you'll stay organized. Don't think you'll remember what you've done so far. Every time you check something off, consider giving yourself a small treat. It will help. 

DON'Ts

  • RELY TOO MUCH ON FREE LISTS. Okay, we did mention getting free lists, but only as a starting point. Although they can be helpful, most lists are extremely general and will not list all the items you'll need. Use them only as a helper! 
  • DON'T IGNORE THE LIST. How many times do you create a list and lose it or not use it. Yeah, don't do that. If you spend the time creating the list, keep your Type A personality friend around until it's completed. Heck, maybe offer to take the on the trip for all their hard work! 
  • BE A LIST STICKLER. Before you leave, look over your list and make sure everything is checked off. Get together with everyone and make sure there wasn't anything you missed on the list. Remember, lists are helpful but not perfect for remembering everything. 

We hope you enjoyed this list and are ready to start creating! Happy Travels.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Things You Didn't Know About RV Camping at Sandhill Shores

 If you haven't been to Florida's Treasure Coast, then you're missing out on one of the state's hidden gems. Before you start planning your summer RV camping trip, let us give you the inside scoop on Sandhill Shores. Tucked away in Fort Pierce, this RV resort is brimming with character and charm, not to mention a great location.

1. Big Rigs, Big Fun

At Sandhill Shores, we know you want to be comfortable at your RV resort. That's why we have some of the largest RV sites in the industry, with most sites coming in at 40x60 (many RV resorts average around 20 x 40). Some of our sites offer a concrete parking pad, but every one of them offers full hook-ups and 30/50 AMP service. Now that's what we call camping!

2. Just Beachy

Love the beach? Well then you'll love staying at Sandhill Shores. We are located just minutes away from miles of free, top-rated public beaches. What could be better than sandy shores and crashing waves all just a bike ride away! You can launch a kayak or canoe from nearby beaches, by a round of volleyball or just hangout on a towel and catch some rays. Whatever you decide to do, there's something for everyone. 

3. Amenity Serenity 

At Sandhill Shores, we're on island time. Stay at 'home' and relax for the day poolside. Or checkout our community center, a hub of activity that includes a full kitchen, stage and dance floor. Stop by our game room to play billiards, ping pong or grab a book from the library. Plus you can workout in our newly renovated fitness center. Get outside in the Florida sun with shuffleboard or horseshoes. Don't miss our weekly events or, from potlucks and dances, to campfires and BBQs you'll never be bored at Sandhill Shores! Our residents are friendly and always welcoming. In fact, they love having our RV visitors stop by! We welcome you like family. 


4. Fort Pierce Fun 
Fort pierce, often called the Sunrise City, is a great place to explore in Florida. Fort Pierce offers contemporary shopping, dining, great fishing and a range of entertainment and activities such as the Farmers' Market, Bike Night, Friday Fest, Jazz Market and the Fort Pierce city-owned and -operated 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts. You'll love the wide array of restaurants, shopping and events available to you on one of Florida's most beautiful coasts. 

5. WiFi & Weather

Okay guys, we only have one more reason left but it's a combo package! The average temperature in Fort Pierce is 72 degrees in the winter, but most of the year we're in the high 80's with a sea breeze. So basically, you should never spend a day shoveling snow, just come here instead! Now onto our last point. We offer free WiFi, you, you read that right, FREE WIFI! There's no catch, you just have to be a guest here at Sandhill Shores and poof, your internet surfing powers and endless. So come on by and surf the web, surf the sea, whatever you choose to do, e hope to see you soon! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

5 Reasons You Need to go RV Camping at Clearwater Travel Resort This Summer!

If summer makes you think of salty air and sunny skies, then Clearwater is your next Instagram post waiting to happen. This tropical paradise is perfectly located in Florida to offer you access to all the top attractions and beaches. So pull up your big rig, and let us tell you why Clearwater Travel Resort is the perfect place to plan your next RV camping vacation.

1. FAMILY FRIENDLY 

It's time to create the kind of summer memories that will last a lifetime. Long days at the beach followed by s'mores and campfires, check. Family-friendly campground to come home to, check. At Clearwater Travel Resort, we love family. In fact, we can't wait to make you part of ours. Whether your kids have two legs or four, they'll love staying here! We have a great playground, plus a fenced in area for your pups. Get ready to have some great neighbors turn into awesome friends as you explore everything Clearwater has to offer! 

2. SALT LIFE

If you've ever been to Florida, you may notice Salt Life stickers are everywhere! That's because we love the beach. And if you love it as much as we do, then you're going to love Clearwater. Our RV resort is located just seven miles from Clearwater Beach, which was voted TripAdvisor's Number 4 Beach in the United States for 2017! 

3. OUTDOOR FUN

If you love the outdoors, we have some exciting things for you to do! Hop on a bike and head to one of the awesome trails near our RV resort. One loved trail leads to Safety Harbor, an awesome nearby town where you can see the sunrise and manatees, or check out Safety Harbors unique and fun downtown. Or take your bikes across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, where you can watch the sunset and beautiful views of the water on both sides. If you're lucky, you might even see a dolphin. {But if you don't see one there, we are minutes from the Clearwater Aquarium, where you can meet Winter and Hope the dolphins!}

4. RV GLAMPING

At Clearwater Travel Resort, we pride ourselves on offering you a great place to stay. You'll love our amenities, including a sparkling pool, two laundry rooms and two shower houses. Stop by our clubhouse, a hub of activity, where you'll find a pool table, ping pong, a computer center, a library and even a Wii set up on the big screen. Plus we offer some fun events like cookouts during the summer, which are free for our guests to attend!

5. QUIET, BUT CLOSE

We think our location is perfect, tucked away in one of Florida's best cities, but still close to all the fun attractions Florida has to offer. Head over to St. Pete for some funky vibes and great times, or head to Tampa for great amusement parks. We aren't far from Orlando, which is brimming with activities of all kinds. Of course, if you're hoping to stay put in Clearwater, there's lots to do here too, from the beaches and restaurants to the shopping and culture, you'll never want to leave Florida. We hope you'll come stay with us soon!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Five Words You Need to Know to Downsize for Full-Time RV Camping

Full-time RV camping is freeing, exciting and a great adventure. But before you rush out the door to the open road, take a good look around your house. All that stuff isn't going to fit in your RV. Before you start hyperventilating, try not to make this into an episode of hoarders.

We live in a world obsessed with material possessions, so the idea of removing perfectly good odds and ends from your life seems absurd. In reality, it's actually pretty freeing. Think of what you actually need to survive. It's not much. So where do you start the process? Make list (we love lists, can't you tell?).

Organize all of your things using the 6 categories below. Once you have a better idea of your inventory, you can start pairing it down. If possible, begin with the items you don't use every day, like kitchen appliances, decorations, items in closets, etc.

            1. Household Items
            2. Furniture
            3. Clothes & Shoes
            4. Office & Files
            5. Tools & Garage Items
            6. Other

Be realistic about the fate of these items. Less is truly more when it comes to living in an RV. As you go through your things, pile them into the following categories: Keep, Sell, Toss, Store, Donate. 

A keeper item is something you'll be bringing into the RV with you. It should serve a distinct purpose. Sell is an item that is valuable, but you no longer need it. You can consider selling it online, in a garage sale, to a friend or through a pawn shop.

Toss is an item like an old pillow or old socks, you can't sell them, you aren't going to keep them and you certainly don't want to store them. Finally store, these are items like paperwork, family photos and keepsakes and other important things that won't fit in your RV, but that you don't want to get rid of.

You may find you have some things that are valuable that you neither want to keep, store or sell. Find a local thrift shop and make a donation! You can also go to a local church, find a charity or even give things to friends in need. However you decide to do it, you'll be helping someone out and you'll feel good about it too!

Once you begin taking action, you'll start to feel a lot better about the process. For many people it can be an emotional journey, as these things make up the the story of your life as you've lived it. They are your possessions, your treasures and uniquely yours. Because emotions can play such a huge part in your decisions, it's good to make piles and come back to them a few days later.

Probably your most important piles to assess are the Keep and Store piles. Make sure what you are keeping will serve a purpose as you transition to full-time RVing. In the store pile, you want to make sure what you are storing is definitely worth the cost of a monthly storage unit. These can get pretty expensive, so you don't want to be storing a few photos of your kids and a lamp you just don't want to get rid of. In the end, you might find that you don't even need a storage unit.

Okay, so you're probably overwhelmed by now. It's okay. Start from the top and work your way down. Remember this doesn't have to be done overnight and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. Whatever is best for you and your family is what's going to give you the most peace in the long run.

Good luck and happy full-time RVing!