|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!
The days are getting longer, the sun is coming out and summer is on its way! It’s the perfect time to go RV camping and make some amazing memories. Before you take off on your next adventure, here are some ideas to get the good times rolling.
1. ROLL UP SOME HAPPINESS
Seriously? Are we the only ones drooling over this idea? It’s simple, but perfect. Simply grab a stick, a package of cinnamon rolls and a fire. Roll the uncooked cinnamon roll around the stick and place it over the flames. In minutes you have a hot and delicious camping treat without all the cleanup. Okay, now you’re drooling!
2. GLOW AND THROW
There are so many reasons this is the perfect summer RV game. You can easily transport it, it’s disposable, and all you need are a couple glow sticks and a stick. If you have kids (or kids at heart) with you, this is a must-try summer night activity.
3. GLOW BOWL
Clearly the lesson here is stock up on glow sticks! Simply place a glow stick into a water bottle, grab a ball and go bowling! It’s fun, fast and easy. Ask everyone to save up their water bottles throughout the day so you have enough to set up the course. Make it a competition. The loser gets to hunt firewood!
4. TWISTED UP
Love Twister as a kid? Don’t bother bringing along the big Twister mat! All you need is 4 cans of colored spray paint and you can have a DIY Twister mat anywhere you go. either create a spin board or have a crazy family member yell out colors.
With a few balloons, trees, and a stick you can have a fun game in moments. Make sure the balloons are full to the brim with water so they break easily. Use some string to tie the balloons to tree branches. Make the higher balloons worth more points (unless you are playing with lots of short people!).
6. TREASURE HUNT
Sometimes we forget to explore the places we are camping. These fun scavenger hunts will get your blood pumping, give you something to do, and let you explore the area. Split your group up into teams and go find some cool stuff. If you research the RV park or campground before you go you can use specific clues from the park to create your hunt.
7. TIC, TAC, TOE
Everyone has played tic, tac, toe, but this is a new twist on the game that will make outdoorsy people fall in love with it all over again. Gather up four sticks, some stones, and some pine cones and have a good old fashioned time.
8. THIS IS WAR
This game is fun, competitive and will get your family moving. The best part? You just need a rope. Tug of war is an age-old game that is sure to deliver plenty of laughs. Plus it can be played anywhere, so it’s both portable and tons of fun.
9. BOCCE AT NIGHT
Bocce ball is a fun game that’s storming the nation. This light up set is perfect for those summer nights in the RV. You can see these balls from up to 100 feet away, too! Play in the sun, play in the moonlight, play to your heart’s content.
10. TOSS UP
With some glow in the dark paint and an old sheet, you can have lots of fun for the kids. Cut holes into different shapes into a large sheet. Outline the holes with glow in the dark paint. At night, hang the sheet and grab a few balls. Each hole is worth a different amount of points. The person with the most points at the end wins! This is a portable, easy and fun game that they whole family can play.
What summer camping game ideas do you have?
Listen, there’s a reason we are called the Sunshine State. It’s sunny here and that means it gets pretty hot. We know most RVs have amazing inventions called air conditioning, but if you plan to leave your RV at all, we have some ideas for surviving the summer heat. These aren’t your grandma’s tips though, so stay tuned.
1. EASY PEASY, LEMON SQUEEZY
We all know to drink water when it’s hot. This is not news, so let’s skip to the good stuff. Take a muffin tray and add slices of lemon and some water. Stick that in the freezer and bam, you have homemade lemon ice cubes for your water. It will keep it cold and delicious, plus it looks pretty. You can also add limes, fruit or mint. Drink up, friends!
2. COOL FASHION STATEMENTS
Fine, we’ll admit it. We are OBSESSED with this idea. Just take a cheese cloth, cut it and add some plastic ice cubes. You could keep these in a cooler of ice for parties, hanging out on the porch or beach days. They are great for grandkids or yourself. They sell all sorts of funky ice cubes now, so you can get as creative as you want. Now that’s a cool fashion statement.
3. STRING IT UP
These hammocks are great for RV campers because they fold up and usually come with the equipment to attach to trees. You could also rig up your own folding system. However you set it up this will help keep you cool with breathable material, especially in the shade with one of your ice lemon waters.
4. COLD FEET, ANYONE?
Wait! Before you think we’re crazy, hear us out on this one. Have you ever been exceedingly hot in your bed and then you stuck out one foot and felt better? A lot of your body’s temperature regulation comes from your feet. If you’re hanging outside and starting to feel the heat, grab a bucket of ice and let your feet sit in it for a minute or two. You’ll cool down and it’s one heck of a way to keep drinks cold.
5. Hats Off To You
We’re trying to keep it simple here, so this trick is pretty easy. A large brimmed hat is not only stylish, but also a great way to stay cool. It keeps the sun from your face while protecting your head from the harsh heat. Whether you’re spending time outside, going for a walk or enjoying the beach, this is a must-have summer accessory.
Who even thinks about campfires in the summer? We should be thinking of beaches, sunshine and cold drinks, right? Well, the truth is that RV campers like to get fires going year round. Unfortunately, the summer months can be a pretty dangerous time to roast some s’mores.
Even in Florida, summer nights can cool down a lot. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire or just roast some hot dogs, there’s a few things you need to keep in mind.
- Always build your fire in a fire pit or container, especially if required by your RV campsite.
- As RVers, it’s a good idea to bring a portable fire pit, just in case the ground is dry and the campsite doesn’t provide one.
- If no fire pits are available, build a containment using rocks.
- Rake combustible debris like dead leaves, twigs, palm fronds, etc. at least ten feet from your fire.
- Don’t build a fire if it’s a very windy night, especially if you are surrounded by brush. Dead palm fronds are extremely flammable.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Before you leave your campsite, make sure to douse the fire with water and make sure the embers are cool before you leave. Hot spots can flare up after you’re gone.
Remember to always check with your RV resort before starting any campfires. There may be city or county restrictions in place during the summer months. But whether you’re able to melt some s’mores or not, be sure to have lots of fun!