Summer RV Travel Tips!

RVing in the Summer
Imagine escaping to Florida in your RV this summer!


Did you just recently purchase an RV?  Or, are you a seasoned RVer?  Either way, you may be interested in taking an RV trip this summer. As with any other season, there are a number of steps that you can and should implement to improve the overall enjoyment and safety of your upcoming RV trip.

Perhaps, the most important step that you should take, before leaving in your RV this summer is to have it inspected.  Is your motor home fit to travel during the summer?  Most are, but it is also to be sure it is safe for longer distance travel.  If your summer RV trip is a cross-country trip, ask your mechanic if your RV will be able to survive.

The next step that you should take involves mapping out your intended route.  Deciding ahead of time where you will be going and how you will get there is an important part of traveling by RV.  This is not only important for yourself, but for those that you know.  Should you end up stranded in your RV, an itinerary that was left with a close friend or relative can help you be found by rescue members.

Always carry a cell phone with you.  Cell phones are one of the best ways to stay safe on the road.  Make sure that you know where your cell phone is at all times, as it can be easy to misplace items in a motor home.  Also, be sure to bring your cell phone charger with you.  A dead cell phone will not offer any assistance in the event of an emergency.  A GPS is also advised for traveling by RV.

Having a toolbox on hand is also a great way to avoid complications on your next summer RV trip.  When packing a toolbox, you don’t need an oversized toolbox filled with tools.  Often times, the basics are enough.  These items should include screwdrivers, wrenches, a pocketknife, a box cutter, and a hammer.

A toolbox is just one of the many supplies that you will want to have for your next summer RV trip.  In fact, you may want to create a checklist for yourself.  A checklist is a great way to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything.  On your checklist, include the basics, such as food, drinks, clothing, first aid kits, and so forth.  Your personal wants should also be included as well, such as a deck of playing cards, movies, and so forth.

For summer travel, be sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand.  Other drinks and convenient to prepare and eat snacks are advised.  During the summer, we are all encouraged to drink more water to stay hydrated.  This is important when on the road.  Water is also important during an emergency.  If you are stranded and the temperatures are high, water can help to save lives.

The above mentioned points are all important to take into considerations, when looking to travel by RV in the summer.  Another great tip involves making all reservations before you leave.  This is particularly important with public campgrounds and RV parks, as summer is a popular time for traveling by RV.  Research your options to determine if reservations are needed, so that you will not left without the proper RV accommodations this summer. Take a look at our different campgrounds and see if any of them are right for you!

Tips for Planning a Last Minute RV Trip

Are you an RV owner?  If you are, you may enjoy the freedom of being able to come and go as you please. Since you, as an RV owner, do have the freedom to come and go as you please, you may be interested in taking a last minute RV trip.  If so, the following tips may be able to help you do so.
One of the most important things to do for an RV trip involves mapping out your route.  In all honesty, it doesn’t matter whether your trip is planned a few hours before you leave or a few weeks before, it is important to know where you will be going.  Of course, you can be spontaneous along the way, like by taking a side trip, but having an intended route planned out is ideal for safety, security, and comfort.  It can also help to prevent you from getting lost when you are unsure of your surroundings. 
Before heading out on a last minute RV trip, it is important to make all needed reservations.  This is particularly important during peak motor home travel times, such as spring and summer.  You will not want to assume that all RV parks and public campgrounds have available spots.  This is particularly the case with public campgrounds, as many are already limited on the number of spaces they have that can accommodate motor homes.  Once you have a destination in mind, you can quickly examine your options, in terms of RV parks or public campgrounds, online.  Contact them and make reservations or at least see if they are needed.
It is also important to let someone know that you are leaving.  Although last minute RV trips are typically planned one or two days in advance, you may have the urge to take a last minute trip and leave within a few hours.  When doing so, notifying friends or family members of your travels is probably the last thing on your mind, but it is still something that you should do.  Let those that you know, especially those who will notice if you are gone, when you will be leaving, where your intended destination is, as well as when you can expect to return.
It is also a wise idea to quickly create a checklist for yourself.  Even if you intend to leave in a few hours, a checklist is an important preparation step when traveling by RV.  A traveling by RV camping checklist does not have to take hours to make.  Simply write down the items that you need to bring, such as food, clothing, and toiletries.  Next, write down your wants, such as a Bluetooth speaker, a video game console, or movies.  Then, check off the items as you pack them in your bags or place them in your RV.
In keeping with making sure you have all needed supplies, do a quick run through of your RV at the last minute.  This will help you determine if you are missing anything of great importance.  For example, look at your sleeping areas.  Do you have enough sheets and blankets?  What about items to cook?  Do you have the needed food, pots and pans, and eating utensils?  Missing supplies are easier to notice when doing a quick walk through your RV.

The above mentioned tips are just a few of the many that can help you prepare for a last minute RV trip.  As nice as it is to be spontaneous and hop in your motor home and leave at the last minute, it is still important to be prepared.  Proper preparation, even for last minute trips, is not only important for your safety, but for overall enjoyment as well.

5 Florida Towns to visit in your RV!

5 Florida Towns to visit in your RV!

Looking for a tropical paradise with natural beauty abound? Imagine escaping to the beautiful Sunshine State. Take a look at these beautiful Florida towns to escape the cold.
Tallahassee is not just a beautiful city filled with many outdoor attractions but it is also the state’s capitol with many political landmarks. Visit one of the many different city and state parks in the area to see what makes Tallahassee one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States. Also in the area you can see many antebellum plantations, with 71 plantations located between Tallahassee and Thomasville, GA. Located just 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Tallahassee is also close to beaches and the tropical Florida setting that we all know and love.
If you are looking to spend some time in Tallahassee, take a look at Bayhead. They are an All Age community that is conveniently located on the west side of Tallahassee. We hope to see you soon!
If you are looking for a Florida city to hang out at the beach, then this is defiantly the city for you! Clearwater has many award winning beaches to choose from. Whether you are looking for a beach less traveled or a beach with many attractions beach side, Cleawater has a beach just for you.  Clearwater is more than just a beach town with attractions including the Aquarium, golf courses, and the Dalí Museum. Clearwater is also well known for its beautiful gulf fishing. There are many charter captains that can take you out and show you the ropes. If you prefer to stay on land, there are also many locations where you can fish on shore.
Want to visit Clearwater in your RV? Clearwater Travel Resort is for you. Clearwater Travel Resort is an All Age community that has everything you are looking for. Right on Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater Travel Resort is close to beaches and shops. We hope to see you at Clearwater Travel Resort.
Searching for the perfect Florida town that has the tranquility of the country but is close to the hustle and bustle of the big cities? Zephyrhills might just be the city for you! Zepherhills is a peaceful city located less than 30 miles from Tampa and around 70 miles from Orlando! If you want to take a day trip to either city, you are close enough to enjoy the attractions then retreat back to your country hideaway. Zephyrhills gives you the “Old Florida” small town feeling with a quaint downtown and many things to do in the area. Zephyrhills has beautiful city and state parks nearby so that you can explore all nature has to experience.
If you do swing by Zephyrhills, join us at Leisure Days RV Resort.
Are you looking for a town that offers beautiful architecture, minor league sports teams and theme parks nearby? Look no further than Lakeland, Florida. Lakeland has the beautiful architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright on display at Florida Southern College. Lakeland is also, as the name implies, home to many beautiful lakes. Whether you want a beautiful backdrop for a walk or to feed the beautiful swans of Lakeland, there are quite a few lakes to visit. If you are a sports fan, there are two minor league teams in Lakeland, including baseball and basketball. The Flying Tigers play on Publix Field, which is also home to the Detroit Tigers spring training. The Lakeland Magic are the developmental team for the Orlando Magic and play in the RP Funding Center. For those looking for a fun day out, look no further than Legoland in nearby Winter Haven. Legoland is a great theme park for both young and old.
Want to make Lakeland your Florida base? Take a look at Valencia Estates or Woodall’s Village.
Bradenton, Florida is a beautiful Gulf coast town where there is plenty of water and fun to go around! If you are looking to escape all the hustle and bustle or be right in the mix of everything, Bradenton has a taste of it all. Robertson Preserve can give you a glimpse into the beauty of nature or check out the downtown scene for many things to do.  Since Bradenton is on the west coast, any of the area beaches are a great place to take in a sunset.  The crown jewel of the area is Anna Maria Island, home of beautiful white sand beaches. Anna Maria Island is a small beach town that really give you that island vibe.
Do you want to park your RV near Bradenton? Take a look at these different resorts in the area.

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


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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.

5 Tips for Traveling By RV

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.