Click here for Websites that we like – Part 2
Please note: Descriptions were accurate at time of original posting in newsletters; numbers cited may now be higher. If you find duplicate websites or bad links, please contact Diane (at) RVtravel.com.
How to set up an RV.
Advice for beginning RVers about how to set up an RV at a campsite. From GoRVing.com.
RV Road Laws.
Learn the laws relating to RVs in every state of the USA.
The RV Cooking Ladies.
Yummy ideas for your RV kitchen at this website from two on-the-road Canadians.
RV Driving School.
Offers instruction in driving or towing an RV in various locations across the USA.
Oregon State Parks.
Everything you need to know about camping in Oregon.
RV stoves and parts.
When you need an RV stove or part or accessory for your current one.
Cool your RV with a portable air conditioner.
Here is a simple, do-it-yourself project.
Cooking With a Dutch Oven
Getting Started with a Dutch oven, and more outdoor information. From Sunset
Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers Forum.
Discuss everything to do with small trailers.
RV Fun Time Guide.
Lots of good information about RVing for beginners and veteran RVers.
How to replace the floor in an RV.
A step-by-step guide. From USAToday.com
Have a sweet tooth and need a quick fix? Or unexpected company coming for dinner? These would be quick and easy to make in your RV galley. From PureWow
There is much spectacular scenery in the world’s second-largest nation, from coves to cathedrals to cliffs. Here are some to consider visiting if you’re heading north to Canada to take advantage of the current 13-year-low exchange rate. From Condé Nast Traveler
Fifth Wheel St.
“Fifth Wheel St. (the “St.” is for “safe towing”) is dedicated to promoting recreational vehicle safety by providing educational materials, simplified weighing worksheets, free web-based RV safety calculator apps with weight safety reports to assist truck camper owners and all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional towables.”
Here are 12 ways you could go broke in retirement and how to avoid them — leaving more time and money to do all the stress-free RVing you want in your retirement years. From Kiplinger
Here are 10 recommendations to see color-saturated wildflowers in all their glory this spring — including some of what you’ll see and the best time to see them, along with some insider tips. Gorgeous! From Fodor’s
13 things you should know about staying in hotels
What?! What’s this doing in here? Well, read these tips from “hotel industry insiders” and you’ll find many reasons why staying in RVs is better than staying in hotels. But you already knew that, right? From Reader’s Digest and msn.com.
How to avoid getting bitten by ticks
Protect yourself and your pets from tick bites, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases with these tips on everything from preventing tick bites, to how to remove a tick, to how to spot symptoms of Lyme disease. Good information to know. From Reader’s Digest.
Strange roadside attractions from every state
The U.S. has its fair share of oddities — so if your rroad tripisn’t interesting enough, add some of these bizarre locations which would certainly be highlights of your trip! How about a gold-plated pyramid house surrounded by a moat, a hobo museum, the Witch House of Salem, Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard, the Airstream ranch, and 45 more one-of-a-kind man-made attractions. From Travel + Leisure and msn.com.
24 gorgeous coastal national parks
“From sea to shining sea, these protected lands (national parks, seashores, lakeshores, and more) are brimming with breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, and activities galore.” From Coastal Living and msn.com.
Hundreds of volunteer opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service, including campground hosts, wilderness ranger, boat launch hosts, facility maintenance, trailhead naturalist, interpreter and educator, and tons more. From volunteer.gov.
20 U.S. road trips with stunning scenery you have to see
Some say the journey is more important than the destination, and these trips are perfect for those who like to stop and take in the view. There’s something for everyone here — from excursions of thousands of miles across the U.S., to shorter jaunts through idyllic mountain valleys. From cheapism.com
A breathtaking look at every U.S. National Park
The U.S. National Park Service manages 59 parks from coast to coast (and beyond). Here is a look at each of them — representing the best of what this country has to offer. The photos are gorgeous — one can only imagine what they’re like in person. From Fodor’s and msn.com.
RV Tow Check
“RV Tow Check is the only trailer towing calculator app of its kind that supports all manufacturers’ weight safety and warranty warnings. … This is the only towing calculator app RV owners need to use that answers the most often asked question, ‘How much can my truck or SUV tow?’ RV Tow Check complies with SAE J2807 trailer weight rating (TWR) calculation guidelines.”
Why now is the time to travel to Canada
If you’ve ever thought about RVing to Canada, now is the time, according to Travel + Leisure. Find out 16 reasons why, including where to go, here. From Travel + Leisure and msn.com.
When you’re exploring our beautiful country, do you ever wonder what particular food a state might be famous for? Well, here ya’ go! Thrillist has compiled a list of the single food that you simply must eat in every state, along with where to find the best of that food. Some foods are the states’ most famous exports, while others are icons that you won’t see outside of their borders. Yum! From Thrillist
America’s best road trips
According to Travel + Leisure, here are the 28 best road trips in the U.S., including a can’t-miss stop along each route. These suggestions will help you plan your RV adventure this year — or they’ll make it more difficult to plan because of all the spectacular choices! From Travel + Leisure and msn.com.
How all 50 state capitals got their names
When you visit a state capital do you ever wonder how it got its name? Well, even if not, here is some fun and interesting reading with the fascinating and sometimes strange history behind each state capital’s naming process. From Mental Floss and msn.com.
Got a hankering for some fudge while you’re out on the road? Head to one of these fabulous fudge shops — some of which have been turning out their famous fudge for more than 100 years! If you didn’t crave fudge before, you probably will after you look at some of these pictures and read some of the amazing flavors! Mmmmmm! From The Daily Meal
Seventy-one — count ’em, 71! — amazing places to visit in the U.S. How many of these destinations have you been to? How many do you want to visit after looking at these gorgeous photos? The options of making your own customized bucket list from this extensive list are endless. From popsugar.com
Some state capitals are already popular tourist destinations, but many are hidden gems that are often overlooked by travelers. Here are reasons to visit every state capital in the U.S. Yet another potential bucket list. From Fodor’s and msn.com.
Warm up with these 25 winter slow-cooker soups
These delicious and hearty soups (more like “stewps”) would be ideal for a dinner after being out sightseeing all day, or have the slow-cooker work its magic in your galley sink while you’re driving to your next destination. From The Daily Meal.
20 places to see in the U.S. before you die
These classic destinations make up the “cultural fabric” of our country and all deserve a spot on your list of places to see in your lifetime. If you don’t have a bucket list yet, this could just be the one! From Fodor’s and msn.com.
America’s greatest hits: 50 trips in 50 states
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler, and input from Facebook fans and Twitter followers, here are their favorite trips across America. Conde Nast calls this their “comprehensive guide to the best of the U.S.” From favorite restaurants, to scenic sites, to sporting events, to historic spots and lots more — what a fun and eclectic list! From Condé Nast Traveler and msn.com.
Nine foods that can be used as cleaning products
Ketchup for metal polish? Onions to clean your grill? Banana peel to polish your silver? (OK. Maybe you don’t store your silver in your RV.) Check these tips out for cleaning items inside and outside your RV. Save money and cut down on harsh chemicals! From moneytalksnews
“Transportation trucking resources for longhaul truck drivers.” But this website is a directory of anything truck drivers, or any drivers, could ever need: road and traffic conditions by state, truck maps and routes (including restrictions), speed limit laws by state, hospital/physician search — too much to list (mind-boggling!). Check it out! From Longhauler-USA.com.
10 best national park towns for winter fun
For winter activities and beautiful scenery, and fewer people, check out this list of national parks to enjoy throughout the winter. From The Active Times and msn.com.
Here are great tips on how to store food in your refrigerator and freezer to use the appliances to their most efficient potential while helping your food last longer. We’ll bet you didn’t know a lot of these “chilling” facts! From Greatist.com.
Some of these tips are obvious, some maybe not so obvious, some maybe just ignored. All are important, especially for those RVers who have a truck and do a lot of driving. From Road & Track and msn.com.
The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state
Here is Business Insider’s list of the most beautiful natural attractions in every state. If you don’t already have a similar bucket list for your RVing adventures, this would be a great one! Or get some ideas from here to add to your existing bucket list. From Business Insider and msn.com.
These cool ideas would work great in your RV galley, or in your sticks-and-bricks kitchen. Short video from Good Housekeeping.
Here are some great ideas for dealing with frozen door locks, icy windows, slippery walkways and stairs, and more. Pickle juice, anyone? From Bob Vila and msn.com.
Since 1926, driving Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime for travelers, adventurers, desperados and dreamers. Being the oldest Route 66 resource on the web, the Historic 66 website is dedicated to providing information for all those who want to learn more about the legendary Mother Road. Check out this website and then get your kicks on Route 66!
Mark Polks’ top seven tips for cold-weather RVing
Here are seven top tips (and then some) from Mark Polk, RV Education 101, to help protect your motorhome in the event you plan to use it during the cold winter months. These suggestions and ideas are for short-term cold-weather camping in your RV. From Mark Polk and FMCA.com.
You won’t believe the wide variety of delicious dishes in this collection: cinnamon rolls, warm cocktails, simple side dishes, braised meats, soups, main dishes and much more. Put one on to cook while you’re out hiking or sightseeing, or put the slow cooker in the sink as you’re driving down the road and have dinner ready when you reach your campsite. From PopSugar.
Glaciers, geysers and crystal clear water: What more could you ask for? These 14 American lakes are gorgeous — and worth a visit — anytime of year. From Conde Nast Traveler and msn.com.
The ultimate guide to tech at 50+
32 gadgets and apps that make living in the digital age easier, cheaper, safer and more fun. A lot of these would be great for any age. From AARP.org.
Here is some interesting info on common RV dealer scams, rebate rip-offs, and “tales from the trenches” that reveal RV salesmen tricks and some of their sales pitches to look out for. The folks that wrote these tips have been around for a long time and know what they’re talking about! From CarBuyingTips.com.
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21 small towns you should visit on your next American road trip
These small towns are funky and fun, and pretty fantastic! Check ’em out and add some to your itinerary. From PopSugar and msn.com.
There are thousands of waterfalls throughout the U.S., and many of them are in state or national parks, or national forests. Did you know that there’s even a beautiful waterfall in a cave 1,100 feet underground? Add some of these to your must-see list. From Cheapism.com and msn.com.
When you get back after a much-deserved vacation, the last thing you want to discover is that your home has been broken into. Take these precautionary steps to avoid any calamity. From AARP.org.
A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.
From natural wonders like Yellowstone to man-made treasures like the Space Needle, here is a list of the most iconic landmark in every state. What a great bucket list for RVers! From Business Insider.
These amazing zoos are scattered across the country and include the two oldest zoos in the U.S., as well as the nation’s only tropical zoo. From Fodor’s and msn. com.
Keep up with RV industry news at this excellent website.
Listed here are seasonal festivals, holiday displays and outdoor activities such as parades, ice skating and tree lighting. Many of these run until after New Year’s. Most are free or low admission. See what’s happening in your state or where you’re traveling this holiday season. From cheapism.com and msn.com.
As you’re RVing around the U.S. it’s important to be aware of the local driving laws in each state — which vary widely. Here is a comprehensive list of each state’s maximum highway speed, reckless driving threshold, penalties for reckless driving, and excessive speed laws and their penalties. Of course, we know you won’t be speeding or driving recklessly in your RV, but this information is good to know just in case you’re tempted. From Road & Track and msn.com.
The ABCs of a happy retirement
Click through this slideshow to learn everything you need to know about getting on the path toward a happy retirement. From Jeff Yeager on gobankingrates.com and msn.com.
From California to Canada, these are the top weekend trips on the West Coast, along with tips on what to see and do in and around these destinations. From The Active Times and msn.com
When you’re ready to pack up the RV and enjoy a weekend away, check out one of these 10 incredible destinations. From Maine to Georgia, these are the top fall weekend trips on the East Coast. From The Active Times and msn.com.
How all 50 states got their names
Have you ever wondered, as you’re traveling around the U.S. in your RV, where a state got its name? Well, then, here ya’ go — they’re all here, for your state identification edification (sorry). From Mental Floss and msn.com.
Don’t miss these sights and experiences if you’re planning a trip to the Florida Keys. From Fodor’s and msn.com.
When you winterize your RVs, you also need to prepare it for several months of storage. RVing expert Mark J. Polk tells you what needs to be done in this very thorough list. From KOA.com and Mark J. Polk.
“From coast to coast and top to (almost) bottom, unforgettable foliage displays happen in all sorts of unlikely — and uncrowded — places. Here’s your guide to chasing falling leaves around the country, from now to Thanksgiving.” From Conde Nast Traveler and msn.com.
These are some of the best museums in the country even while being budget-friendly. The exhibits range from “refined to frankly quirky.” These are so cool! From cheapism.com and msn.com.
Want to avoid the crowds? Thrillist pulled data from each state’s tourism board to determine the 12 with the fewest number of annual visitors, and then polled locals as to what we’re missing out on by not spending more time there. There’s something for everyone here. From thrillist.com.
Here are some basics about living in an RV full-time: who’s doing it; full-time and part-time RV lifestyles; where to stay and how to make those stays cheaper; types of rigs people RV full-time in; the logistics of mail, banking, laundry, etc., and working on the road. Great info! From roadslesstraveled.us.
Try these interesting grillable (is that a word?) side dishes and more, and keep the heat out of your galley. From thedailymeal.com.
Be sure to keep these laws in mind as you’re driving around our awesome country — or just look at this list sometime when you need a good chuckle! From Thrillist
Some of these ghost towns’ histories are more significant than others, some are associated with colorful folk tales and ghost stories, but all are fascinating and are either free to explore or have a minimal charge. Great places to visit on your RV travels. From cheapism.com and msn.com.
This list is particularly useful to new RVers, but even the seasoned RVers may find items they haven’t yet considered leaving behind to help reduce the weight they’re hauling. From KOA.com.
Browse through hundreds of delicious recipes sorted by category including main ingredient, meal and course, holidays, special diets, type of cooking and much more. From campingcafe.com.
The transition from brick-and-mortar living to full-timing in a recreational vehicle entails a lot of lifestyle changes. This insightful article covers many things to consider before, during and even after full-time RVing. From Art of Fulltime RV Living aka fulltimervliving.net.
Visit these beautiful and architecturally interesting graveyards where famous Americans are buried. Learn about the the graveyards and their inhabitants on guided tours, some after dark, or on self-guided tours. From countryliving.com and msn.com.
Here are some great tips for RV camping from rv-camping.org.
There are a lot of national and state wilderness designations. We’ll bet you’ve never heard of a lot of these (we hadn’t!). Here’s how to tell them apart. From Mother Nature Network.
Easily rent RVs from owners, anywhere. Find the perfect RV for your next adventure. Or rent out your RV and make some money when you’re not using it. “Like Airbnb for road trippers.” From Outdoorsy.
Here are some commonsense tips that you may already know about RVing, but we’ll bet there are some great ideas here that’ll make you wonder, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” From KOA.com.
RVing expert Mark J. Polk, owner of RV Education 101, explains many different ways to improve on RV fuel economy. From KOA.com.
Tips and tricks that the folks at Roads Less Traveled have come across or come up with over the years — “jewels for how to RV.” From roadslesstraveled.us.
Here are lots of excellent, must-read tips from Joe and Vicki Kieva, seasoned RVers, on how to prepare for and camp in cold weather. From KOA.com.
From Georgia to Washington to Massachusetts and more, if you’re in one of these areas it might be worth it to head on over to one of these locations and enjoy a local tradition along with some of the best food the sea has to offer. From GQ.com and msn.com.
Inspired by the network of high-speed roads he saw in Germany during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower championed the passing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The U.S. interstate system now boasts 46,876 miles and runs through all 50 states. Prepare for your next cross-country road trip with these interesting facts. From mentalfloss.com and msn.com.
Thrillist polled residents and tourism boards from each state to determine what that one must-hit spot is. And here’s what they told them — the 50 most beautiful places in America. From thrillist.com.
World-class museums, gourmet restaurants, tours based on the TV series “Breaking Bad,” ghost towns, Route 66, guided tours of Pueblo communities, gorgeous scenery — so much to see and do in New Mexico! From Lonely Planet
Here are the 20 states where you’re most likely to hit a deer, as well as information on how car insurance rates are affected by an accident. Interesting. From The Huffington Post
Museums, parks, hikes, golf, concerts, festivals, and on and on. From greatfallstribune.com.
Scattered all over the U.S., here are 50 cute, little towns in which to enjoy fun experiences and even interesting history while viewing the brilliant colors of fall. From CountryLiving.com and msn.com.
Traveling through town and looking for a good steak dinner that you don’t have to cook for a change? Check out this list of popular steakhouses around the country. From businessinsider.com and msn.com.
From Candy B. Harrington, expert on “travel information for slow walkers to wheelchair users,” comes this list of some of her favorite accessible sites in America’s national parks. Here is a link to her numerous books on Amazon.
After going to great lengths (read how in the first slide), The Daily Meal has assembled this mouthwatering list of America’s 101 best burgers from restaurants around the country (excluding large chains). Lots of possibilities for you to try out while you’re on the road. From thedailymeal.com.
Most people don’t realize that many of our favorite national parks are home to pristine beaches. Here are ten wild and breathtaking beaches located within our national parks from Maine to California, and Washington to Florida. From theactivetimes.com and msn.com.
The best lakes in all 50 states
Here are Cheapism’s top lakes in each state, which lure vacationers for sunbathing, camping, water sports and fishing. From cheapism.com and msn.com.
This website is dedicated to the owners of those big rigs who seem to continually have a problem finding a place to park them. This online RV park directory will help you solve the problem as well as advise as to which resorts and campgrounds are Wi-Fi friendly.
Here is a comprehensive guide to RV parking/camping at Walmart, including the “unofficial rules” for spending the night in an RV in a Walmart parking lot, and a list of those Walmarts where overnight RV parking is not allowed. From Roundabout Publications.
The most beautiful lighthouses in America
Here are 30 beautiful lighthouses to explore from coast-to-coast, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. What a great bucket list! From MSN.com and countryliving.com.
This website has more than 2,400 pages and 60,000 photos. You’ll find buildings, signs and statues from all over the country. The focus is mainly on stuff from the 1920s-1970s. Most of the sections are organized by state, and other sections are organized by theme. And you won’t see any ads on these pages! From roadarch.com.
Here are nine healthy foods to snack on which will help you stay alert while driving — and the reasons why they work. From thedailymeal.com and msn.com.
There are more than 8,000 farmers markets in the U.S. Why not take advantage of them when you’re traveling? Use this guide to learn the tricks to getting the most out of shopping at farmers markets for super fresh fruits and vegetables and the seemingly endless variety. From zesterdaily.com.
Could this be a “scoop” list instead of a bucket list? From Foursquare, Business Insider and MSN.com.
The 10 best mountain towns for summer
What can beat fresh mountain air and the great outdoors when you’re looking for a warm (or hot) weather getaway? Local activities and points of interest are included for these must-visit areas around the U.S. and Canada. From theactivetimes.com.
40+ life-changing books to read
Emily-Co, from Pop Sugar, has compiled this list of books that will “better your life in a dramatic way.” She says, ” … reading just one of these books this year is guaranteed to change your life for good.” There’s something for everyone here. From popsugar.com and msn.com.
Some of these ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of them. A majority of these tips would be usable in an RV — we bet you’ll find more than one to try. From goodhousekeeping.com and msn.com
If you don’t have a bucket list yet, here’s a really good one! And if you already have a list, you’ll probably want to add some of these spectacular locations to it. From countryliving.com and msn.com.
These easy and sometimes surprising cleaning tips would work great in your RV galley. From MSN.com and bobvila.com.
Food — sure. Garbage — of course. But there are several items on this list that we bet will surprise you. Information from the National Park Service and other experts. From thedailymeal.com and msn.com.
From Applebee’s to Weinerschnitzel, and 40 more chain restaurants across the country where you can get a free drink, dessert or even a meal on your birthday! If you plan ahead, you could hit a few on your birthday while you’re out on the road. Just sayin’. From delish.com and msn.com.
Find out all about braking systems on towed vehicles and why you need one (one reason being that it’s the law in most states for toads over a certain weight). Very thorough information. From etrailer.com.
“Can’t distinguish a Shasta from a Cricket? Use this handy guide to some of the most fun new models on the market.” Cute! (Click on the name under each picture and the link at the bottom of each description for more information.) From countryliving.com.
Small, lightweight and inexpensive representative keepsakes from each of the 50 states. These are fun! From cheapism.com and msn.com.
Here is a list of the “cutest village in every state.” How many have you visited? From countryliving.com and housebeautiful.com.
Try these for a change of pace when you’re barbecuing at the campsite or out boondocking. Look for some of the ingredients at the farm produce stands you pass along the way. Yum! (Click on View Gallery, then click on the recipe name below the photo for the recipe.) From countryliving.com.
Find dozens of questions and answers about problems with RV air conditioners. Can’t find the answer you need? Then ask.
Here’s a list of RV parks in a dozen states that go out of their way to accommodate physically challenged RVers. From rvingaccessibility.org.
20 of the most charming beach towns across America.
Compiled by Country Living from nominations from their Facebook fans, here are some of their favorites featuring colorful homes, sandy beaches and clear skies from locations at known tourist destinations to smaller seaside gems. From countryliving.com.
Coke can be used for pest control, cleaning RV/car batteries, removing rust from metal, as a presoak treatment for grease on clothing, and much more. From bobvila.com.
Try these delicious seafood recipes as you travel around the country — get the main ingredients fresh from the local markets. Yum! From MSN.com.
If you’re a coffee lover, what’s better on a hot summer day than iced coffee?! Treat yourself and your guests to these delicious recipes — be the envy of your campsite neighbors! From delish.com.
Eighty percent of all American RVs are built in Elkhart County, Indiana. Many factories offer factory tours. Learn where they are here. From amishcountry.org.
How to remove a tick from your body, the easy, proper way.
Video. It’s a good idea to learn this tick removal trick before you may need it. From theshrug.net.
10 brilliant uses for beer.
Quickly clean and season cast iron, restore shine to gold jewelry, get rid of skunk stink on Fido, keep wasps from spoiling outdoor fun, and more uses for beer. (As if you needed an excuse to buy beer!) The reasons these work are explained, in case you’re skeptical. From prevention.com and firstforwomenbook.com.
NADA Guides RV pricing.
Find prices and values for all recreational vehicle (RV) types, and now also available on their mobile site.
Check out the weather forecast for where you’re traveling and make your plans accordingly. It even tells you how many minutes until it starts raining at your location, or any other location — just put in the location and click on the MinuteCast tab. Get severe weather information and lots more. Also available as an app (look towards the bottom of the page).
Have you been watching too many reality survival shows and think you can handle any type of emergency — like if you get lost in the woods on a hike, or your RV breaks down in the middle of the desert, or you get bit by a snake, or some other emergency? Well, here some myths are refuted and the facts are explained to help you survive in an emergency. From MSN.com and theactivetimes.com
With gas prices more than a full dollar lower than this time last year … there’s no better time to take a classic American road trip. Here are Condé Nast Traveler’s six favorite road trip itineraries, including where to stop, where to stay, and what you’ll see along the way. From MSN.com and Condé Nast Traveler.
18 of the most charming towns across America.
“Small town America is alive and well.” Check these out and see for yourself — then plan to visit some of them. From MSN.com and Woman’s Day.
What is the value of my RV?
Whether you are trying to buy or sell an RV, you probably want to know its value, and here is a guide to help you determine it. Also included is an explanation of what NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) is, as well as links to NADA’s RV Pricing Guide and other information. From Kirkland RV Sales.
“The thing with rest stops is that you usually want to stay there for as little time as possible. However, there are a few rest stops that stand out for a combination of their dining options, quirky sights (such as a reptile lagoon), and promise of a really good time.” Check these out here, then try them out in your travels. From MSN.com and The Daily Meal.
America’s best National Park road trips.
“Nothing gets us more excited for summer than the prospect of an epic road trip. Luckily, this is an easy reality in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of amazing national parks.” If you haven’t visited these locations in person, maybe you should put one or more of them on your must-see list. From Condé Nast Traveler.
How to spring clean your RV or house on the cheap by using what’s in the cupboard. From MSN.com and cheapism.com.
Farmers’ markets and produce stands around the U.S. “worth traveling for.” So, when you’re traveling in your RV, why not stop by and get some delicious and very fresh produce. From MSN.com and Condé Nast Traveler.
The Daily Meal has compiled this list of the 10 best American cities for food. Links to popular recipes are included, e.g., Creole recipes from New Orleans, deep dish pizza recipes from Chicago, and barbecue recipes from Austin. Put these cities on your to-visit list. From TheDailyMeal.com.
25 things you’ll never experience again.
How many of these can you identify with? From MSN.com and Purple Clover.
Nine locations around the U.S. to see dazzling displays of spring flowers. RVtravel.com also recommends the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, Wash., which attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year to view millions of vibrant tulips, and runs from April 1 to 30. From MSN.com and Fodor’s (and RVtravel.com).
… and share your park (share your stories about your park and maybe win a prize) … and support your park (volunteer, donate, join). From National Park Service and National Park Foundation — encouraging people to connect with and celebrate our national parks and public lands.
Fifteen absolutely gorgeous, frame-worthy photos from our National Parks. Of course, they’d be even more beautiful in person! From ABC News.
If you like fried chicken (and who doesn’t?), try out these top-rated fried chicken joints scattered around the U.S. From MSN.com and The Daily Meal.
Bankrate ranked all 50 states according to a variety of factors that are important to seniors. These states offer plenty of perks for the 65-and-older set, including low costs of living, strong health care systems, low crime and tax rates, comfortable temperatures, low humidity and lots of sun. (Editor’s note: The readers’ comments at the bottom of the article are also quite interesting and informative.) From Bankrate.com.
Bankrate ranked all 50 states according to a variety of factors that are important to seniors. The states with the lowest scores include a few with high costs of living and high tax rates. Others scored poorly for health care quality, and most of the states are known for bad weather. Learn about the ten states which scored the lowest. (Editor’s note: The readers’ comments at the bottom of the article are also quite interesting and informative.) From Bankrate.com.
50 states of speeding: Laws for every state in the U.S.
What you need to know about speeding laws across America. From MSN.com and Road & Track.
These caves, scattered across the U.S., are fascinating to explore. From CNN.com.
This is a “living portrait” of the wind across the U.S. This “living” map shows near-term forecasts as accurately as possible, revised once per hour from wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The wind map is from Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who lead Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass. From HINT.FM. Many thanks to reader Drew, who reports he uses this website when driving his RV in windy areas and that “It works better and much faster than trying DMV sites.”
Florida’s seven best beaches.
From Florida’s best beach for pets, to best for beachcombing for beautiful shells, to best for celebrity watching, and more. From MSN.com and Fodor’s.
After extensive research, Cheapism.com tells you the best restaurant to get a good, cheap meal in every state. Some of their picks are old standbys, while others are up-and-comers. From MSN.com and Cheapism.com.
Before you pile the family (or just yourself) into your RV and hit the road, take a look at this checklist. From KOA.
Nine great National Parks to visit off-season.
This site lists the parks and their top off-season activities, as well as trip-planning information. From MSN.com and Fodor’s.
Very special restaurants for very special occasions, as you’re traveling around the U.S. From MSN.com and Business Insider.
— at least according to Yahoo.com. These are the ten most-searched RV vacation spots on Yahoo. Time to start planning your trips! From Yahoo!Travel.
Rock formations that are interesting to read about and spectacular to visit in person. From CNN.com.
is “an online community of campers and RVers. Find helpful RV campground reviews to plan your next camping trip, tell others about your experiences from places you’ve been, and share photos and memories with others from your latest RV trip.”
Here are some of the best locations to relive the most well-known rogues of yesteryear. From CNN.com.
A state-by-state guide to the 50 coolest things in America.
Yahoo brings you one cool thing in each of the 50 states, designed to make you want to explore our “cool” country. From Yahoo.com.
This list includes antique stores in each town, “insider tips” and information to help plan your trip. From MSN.com and Fodor’s.
Here is a list of cities across the U.S. with the cheapest living costs specifically for retirees, while keeping safety, livability and economic stability in mind. From MSN.com and Kiplinger.com.
Campground setup checklist for travel trailers and motorhomes.
This checklist provides a basic system of what to do when you arrive at your campsite. From Joe and Vicki Kieva and KOA.
Ten great National Parks to visit this spring.
Spring is almost here (honest!). Time to start planning your trips. From MSN.com and TheActiveTimes.com.
Here is “a list of some of the most common onboard RV albatrosses that travelers should cut loose from their packing list.” From Brent Peterson and KOA.
is a comprehensive review and camping information site specifically for those who love to camp. So far, more than 200,000 reviews, both positive and negative, have been submitted by real campers. Recommended by RVer (and RV tire expert) Roger Marble.
Is your favorite restaurant for breakfast listed here? (Aside from your own galley, of course!) From thedailymeal.com.
Here are host positions available at U.S. National Forest campgrounds. From Fred and Suzi Dow’s U.S. National Forest Campground Guide Website.
Don’t miss these beautiful waterfalls in your RV journeys. From CNN.com.
No matter where you’re going, BringFido.com can help you find a pet-friendly campground for the trip. You can get the scoop on campground pet policies, read reviews of other campers with pets, and even speak with the campground host directly. Also lists dog friendly attractions and pet services. Thousands of listings.
is an RV park directory built by a full-time RVer with the help of the RV community to help fellow RVers on the road. Here you can find information, images and reviews for more than 25,000 RV parks and campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. Also available as an app.
“A collection of crazy festivals that celebrate the more interesting corners of the American psyche!” Includes the Roadkill Cook-off in West Virginia, Frozen Dead Guy Days in Colorado, and Tarantula Awareness Festival in California. Mark your calendars! From MSN.com and wanderlust.co.uk.
Types of bears in National Parks, what to do if you encounter a bear, what about bear-deterrent spray, even an interesting section on cultural connections to bears. From National Park Service.
When you’re on the road and don’t want to fix a meal, just stop by one of these popular sandwich shops for a quick and delicious meal-in-a-sandwich. From MSN.com and thedailymeal.com.
These are so cool! Add some (or all) to your bucket list! From PopSugar.com.
Lots of ideas for storing your spices, as well as several links to more tips regarding spices and herbs including how to use them. From The Fun Times Guide.
“Your guide to everything RV.” Buying and selling RVs, RV lifestyle information, recipes, destinations, RVing forums with thousands of posts, and lots more.
This is about as small and mobile as a “home” gets. From dornob.com.
This guide is aimed at bear safety in Alaska, but it applies to dealing with bears everywhere. From Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The best diners in every state.
These will make you hungry — and want to visit these diners! From MSN.com/travel.
” Beautiful workmanship. From tinyhouseswoon.com.
Check out these gorgeous RV interiors and maybe get some ideas for your own RV. From Pinterest.
If you like movies, these would be lots of fun to visit. From CNN.com.
Beautiful photos of truly unbelievable locations around the world. From MSN and The Active Times.
New Mexico and Arizona possess 12 and 18 national monuments, respectively. Visit these locations and you will understand how and why landscape remains sacred in the American Southwest. From MSN.com/travel.
Michelin North America RV Tires.
Just-relaunched website with a new RV tire selector, how to get more out of your tires and a dealer locator.
From CNN.com, a gallery of some of Canada’s most beautiful and diverse places.
Tools (calculators, comparisons, locators, etc.) for health, money, work and retirement, travel, home and family, and more. From AARP.org.
10 surprising historical artifacts in the U.S.
… and how’d they get here? A German submarine in Chicago, Hitler’s phone in Georgia, a Danish windmill in Iowa, a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Seattle. These and more for you to visit in your RV travels.
Macro photographs of snowflakes:
Amazing! From natureknows.org.
“This website is an illustrated searchable online catalog of historical information viewed through the filter of roadside and other permanent outdoor markers, monuments, and plaques. It contains photographs, inscription transcriptions, marker locations, maps, additional information and commentary, and links to more information. Anyone can add new markers to the database and update existing marker pages with new photographs, links, information and commentary.”
In addition to drinking and driving, or texting behind the wheel, there are a few other habits that significantly boost the likelihood of an accident. Here are the top 10 most dangerous driving habits with a few statistics to back up the claims. From driveprime.com.
From Kiplinger and MSN Money.
More than 700 Walmart stores nationwide do not allow RVers to park overnight. Be forewarned with this list from Roundabout Publications.
Here are eight compelling (and beautiful) reasons to visit U.S. National Parks during the off-season. From Condé Nast Traveler.
The National Mall and Washington, D.C. memorials, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Alamo, and more great ideas from AARP.org.
Tour 15 mega-motorhomes of celebrities. Wow! From HGTV.
For when you need a good chuckle. From CNN.com.
America’s national parks offer stunning autumn scenery from coast to coast. From USA Today.
Special deals on RV rentals from Cruise America.
Locations all over the U.S., including one-way rentals.
A collection of Snowbird-friendly RV resorts along America’s Sunbelt.
Thousands of potato recipes from around the world, many of which are quick and easy for preparation in an RV. (We all love potatoes in some form or another, right?) Submit your favorite recipes to this huge collection.
From Transfercar, a vehicle relocation service designed to allow you to drive a free car or RV and to save rental companies money. Companies using Transfercar include Budget, Advantage, El Monte RV and Road Bear RV Rentals.
Extremely: hot, cold, dark, stormy, old, etc. These interesting travel destinations are from CNN.com.
From MSN Money and U.S. News & World Report.
Detour-worthy towns with populations under 30,000 all over the country that have strong cultural offerings or great outdoor adventures. From AARP.org.
If you spend time in areas where bears live, visit this website — for your sake and the bears.
RV History Programs.
Educational seminars and attractive vintage RV displays. From Al Hesselbart, the country’s leading storyteller on RV history subjects.
Search by location, activities and environment. From AARP.org.
From breakfast to dessert after dinner and everything in between. Great for cooking in your RV. From AARP.org.
These spots are scattered around the U.S., and some of them allow visitors to keep the fossils they find. From CNN.com.
In this series, the Technomads share the workspaces and offices of fellow full-time RVing peers to help give you ideas for your own.
New photos, beautiful and/or intriguing, from around the world every day. Why not submit your own best travel photos?
Maybe one or more of these will inspire you when you’re planning your next trip. From CNN.com.
A directory of resources for families who are on the road fulltime, on extended road trips or are just dreaming about it.
From New Mexico to New York, here are nine ways you can putt, putter and paddle your way through spectacular autumn scenery. From AARP.org.
A huge and excellent website (since 2003) exploring the history, destinations, people and legends of America, including ghost towns (and ghost stories), the Old West, Route 66 and treasure hunting, along with lots of RVing tips and tricks, and much more.
Hundreds of recipes including for camping, grilling, holidays, ethnic, seasonal, cooking for a crowd, and much more.
From The Fun Times Guide.com.
As reported by Telegraph Media Group in the United Kingdom. Compare your favorite parks to this list from “across the pond.”
AARP’s fifth annual list of fun and creative ways to save money.
From Good Sam RV Travel Guide.
Vacation destinations whose rankings are based on a formula combining online reader votes with the opinion of reputable travel writers. From CNN.com.
Top 13 tips to store your RV and save potential repair costs — from Extra Storage Space and El Monte RV.
Costs for buying or renting different types of motorhomes, operating expenses, how to shop for an RV, and more. From CostHelper.com.
Amazing museums in unexpected locations scattered across the U.S. From Travel+Leisure on CNN.com.
Four secrets, but also lots of tips and recipes for cooking in even a small RV kitchen. From Amanda Watson on doityourselfrv.com.
Official State of Alaska vacation and travel information website.
Photos of 50 locations around the world that are eerie or haunting or just plain fascinating in a weird sort of way. From The Weather Channel.
What to keep in mind while looking for an RV. From Kirkland RV Sales.
Fun RV hobbies.
Dozens of creative ways to spend your time. From Fun Times Guide.com.
helps a million campers each year find their perfect park on their adventure. This is also a resource for ideas, tips and information campers can use while planning their trip or on the road. From the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
Lots of great RVing tips and tricks; honest location, restaurant and equipment reviews; tech tips from an expert; product recommendations (or not); even a live web cam! Voted a Top 50 RV travel blog.
A website with RV maintenance tips, RV cooking, destinations (including kid-friendly), and lots more. From Lance Campers, but with great information for all RVers.
Everything you need to know about Winnebago towables and the Winnebago lifestyle.
On the road with long-time, full-time RVers. Jam-packed full of useful information about RVing.
Find “the best” RV resorts, campgrounds, parks and marinas in the U.S. and Canada.
Information on getting started with RVs, RV terms, driver’s license requirements, keeping in touch, tow vehicle information and much more.
The essential online resource center for traveling Texas by RV, car, van or truck.
Information on what steps to take to full-time RV plus much more.
You’ll find all sorts of volunteer opportunities around the USA. Many RVers like to volunteer. How about you?
RVing Accessibility Group.
“Enhancing the awarness of recreational accessibility.” Click on the Facilities tab for accessible campgrounds in several states.
A “giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.”
Photos of each campsite in more than 1,000 public and private campgrounds throughout the USA, as well as campground descriptions, amenities, directions, maps, reviews and more.
“The ultimate RVing resource guide.” Lots of useful information about RVs and the RVing lifestyle.
Whether you’re lost in the woods or you’re trying to install a sundial in your yard, this website demonstrates several ways to find true north. From wikiHow.
Too cute! Hundreds of pictures, thousands of ideas. Save this for a rainy day project — you’ll be here a long time!
Best places to experience Native American culture.
Modern American Indian culture is thriving in galleries, powwows, film festivals and restaurants. From travel.CNN.com.
Protect yourself and others
from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
Cut your head just once on the corner of a sharp RV slide out and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Black RV Slide-Out Corner Guards offers a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts. Simply place them on each exterior corner of the slide to provide a cushion zone. They’re made of advanced UV stabilized resin for long life. Easy to install and no tools are required. Learn more or order.
From TheNewLighterLife.com: “Abundant living through simple means.” Also click on the tabs for recipes, RVing tips, exercises, DIY projects and more.
“The definitive guide to full-time RV living.” Dozens of informative, no-holds-barred articles such as: How the RV Lifestyle Saved My Life, Challenges to Living on the Road, and Alternate RV Living Arrangements.
RV Smackdown — diesel vs. gas.
A very thorough review from fun and knowledgeable full-time RVers, Gone With the Wynns.
Learn how taking care of your tires can help you save money, reduce fuel consumption and protect yourself and your family on the road. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation.
“Trailerites unite! If you collect and preserve mid-century camper trailers and all of the cool vintage stuff that goes with them, you are in the right place!”
Adventure Bound owns and operates family-oriented camping resorts primarily in the Northeast. “Each park offers its own unique location, local attractions, activities and events.”
From Huffington Post.
Prepare meals, salads, desserts, etc., ahead of time and store in jars. Or make cute little Mason jar lid pies! What fun!
“Keeping you and your RV on the road.” RV tips, fitness tips, RV reviews, workouts, RV park reviews, recipes. Fun and informative!
Follow a couple “living the full-time RV dream with 12 paws, 40 feet and the open road” in this well-written and informative blog. Includes tips on traveling with pets, photography, volunteering on the road, easy RV mods and more.
From the director/associate professor of museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, after visiting 54 museums in a year.
Tips from a long-time (more than 50 years!) RVer.
How to identify RVs that are environmentally friendly. From CampingRoadTrip.com.
Information about federal passes that will save you money on admissions, camping, etc.
Keep rodents out of your RV!
The overwhelmingly positive reviews on this make it a best bet for keeping your RV rodent-free. This is the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 100 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets so no safety warning is required. 98% biodegradable. Tested and endorsed by the Good Sam Club. Learn more or order.
Organizing tips, cute vintage trailers, RV maintenance tips, checklists — you name it, it’s here!
Campground and RV park directory of pictures and videos shared by campers.
Recipes for grills, campfires, dutch ovens and more. Almost 2,000 mouthwatering pins on this Pinterest site.
No matter which aspect of RVing you are currently seeking a checklist for, these three dozen-plus RV checklists should have you covered. Compiled by Fun Times Guide.com.
Enjoy the adventures of this young family (“award-winning educators and avid writers”) with their three rambunctious young sons as they explore the Northeast U.S. Includes many insightful RVing articles and lots of great pictures.
The country is home to about 3,000 wild animal species — this site lists where to find some of them other than in zoos or controlled sanctuaries. From CNN Travel.
Great resource for RVers.
This blog (and website) from Safe-T-Plus contains several years’ worth of great advice and tips — from budget RV travel, to healthy living, to pets, to RV products, to you-name-it — too much to list!
Office of Defects Investigation.
Identify and report problems you might be having with your vehicle, tires or equipment; or search for recalls. A part of the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
” This brochure can be a livesaver. It’s designed to help consumers track the medications they use and offers medication advice. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The National Parks: ranked!
See how three National Parks experts ranked 59 National Parks. Just click on the Slideshow feature for “the absolute best national parks.” From The Active Times.
Summer road travel safety tips from safercar.gov, part of the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Blog from two Aussie babyboomers who retired from the Royal Australian Air Force, bought a motorhome in Florida and are on their seventh USA RV trip.
From Kraft Foods.
Organize your RV’s shower!
Quit hassling with shampoo and conditioner bottles
RV showers are small! Hassling with bottles of shampoo, conditioner and soap are a pain! Make it easy with this Better Living Classic 3-Chamber Dispenser. It utilizes a “patented pump technology” and comes with a lifetime warranty. The liquid is stored in three 15 oz. refillable chambers. The right amount of product is dispensed with a stroke or two of the pump. Installs in minutes without tools. Learn more or order.
“40+ years RVing, 36 years in the RV biz, 8 years’ full-time RVers all crammed into one page!” The writer’s goal for this website is to “help anyone and everyone interested in RVing get out here so they too can enjoy this amazing lifestyle.”
Reserve your RV spot now. Avoid the traffic and enjoy the convenience — park in their RV facilities within walking distance of the launch field (shuttle also available). October 4-12, 2014.
“Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,381,790 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.” The official global cache GPS hunt site.
More than 160 pages of RVing information “dedicated to the use of RVs in the pursuit of a dream lifestyle.”
From DMV.org — a privately owned website, not a government agency.
Seven most breakable RV parts and how to avoid breaking them.
From Kirkland RV Sales.
“RVers love Idaho! … Our searchable database has information on all 650 camping facilities in Idaho … so it’s easy to find a campground that fits your needs and your budget.”
Work for RVers and campers: employment, campground jobs, volunteer positions and RV businesses. Frequent newsletters with newest job postings, articles, tips, and much more — even assistance with your job resume.
“This website is dedicated to the history, legends and little-known facts” that make the ghost towns of California and Nevada “forever live on in these western states.”
Many new and tried-and-true recipes and tips for cooking over a campfire or BBQ, including Dutch ovens and reflector ovens.
Invented in 1965 by Washington State Congressman Joel Pritchard and two of his cohorts on Bainbridge Island, Wash., for their bored children, this very popular game is now played by millions around the world. Find out where to play, how to play, or order supplies to enjoy it yourself and beat the pants off your cronies!
Specified KOA Campgrounds now offer stays in “iconic Airstreams, lofty tree houses, cozy cabooses, timeless teepees” and many other unique accommodations.
Walmart’s position on parking RVs in their lots. Courtesy Roundabout Publications.
A great website about everything weird, wonderful or amazing along American highways.
The Rust Store:
Helping to combat rust with products and information.
Stock up and save!
Great price on RV toilet paper
Don’t use the wrong paper in your RV’s toilet or you could be mighty sorry when it clogs up your holding tank, which is a common occurrence. Much, if not most, toilet paper bought at supermarkets can do damage. Camco’s RV and Marine Toilet Paper is made to dissolve quickly and avoid clogging your holding tanks. Amazon.com sells the special RV toilet paper at a highly discounted price. Learn more or order.
“Over 1,500 incredible local eateries from around the country.” Includes restaurants, recipes, eating tours and more. From Roadfood.com.
Join Karen and Ron on their blog where they highlight favorite attractions around the country, featured RV parks, new products, recipe of the month from Karen’s Kitchen, and tips and tricks to help save time and money while you travel. A great site with a refreshing dose of positive attitude thrown in.
Zamzar is a free web application to convert your songs, videos, images and documents into different formats without downloading a software tool — with more than 1,200 different conversion types. “Millions of happy customers since 2006.”
Everything you need to know about traveling Route 66 through Oklahoma, which has more of the original Route 66 than any other state. From Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
When you don’t feel like cooking in your RV but want to maintain your healthy diet. From About.com Nutrition.
In order to stay safe on the road make sure to take precautions before you even begin your trip. Watch this informative video and read the list of safety tips from GEICO.
Visit the southernmost city in the continental USA. Click on “RV & Campgrounds,” and then search for a campground by amenities desired. “Close to perfect — Far from normal.”
Vintage and unique motorhomes through the years, plus storage and maintenance ideas, ways to mod your RV, and much more.
Seemingly endless ideas from Pinterest.
Free and bargain Kindle books.
Visit 570 places where factory tours are offered to the public.
“Cooking and living big in the small space you’ve got.” Lots of tips and a good-sized batch of yummy recipes, with fun commentary along the way.
RVers Online is published as a public service information resource for RVers. With some 2,000 pages of non-commercial information, this site is based on “RVers helping RVers.” No advertisements and nothing for sale.
Download them in PDF format.
Evernote’s goal is to “help the world remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done. … Evernote’s collection of apps makes it easy to stay organized and productive.”
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Boeing aircraft, Tabasco Sauce, and four more interesting factories to tour. From AARP Travel.
Wholesome, easy recipes using spring’s best produce — and you can’t get it fresher than from a local farmer’s market. From Epicurious.com.
Everything power cord related for the RV — all in one place. Easily pick and purchase the correct cord or adapter at an “excellent value.”
The seven most random things to ever deserve a monument.
“They’re not your average war memorials. However, these monuments celebrate some equally interesting items.” From Huffington Post.
“Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” Search books, literature trivia, book quizzes, and quotes. Twenty-five million members.
“Healthy Dining is all about dining out as a delicious part of your healthy lifestyle.” Includes restaurant menu information, recipes, restaurant reviews, nutrition and diet tips, and much more. Search by your location.
“Healthy Dining is all about dining out as a delicious part of your healthy lifestyle.” Includes restaurant menu information, recipes, restaurant reviews, nutrition and diet tips, and much more. Search by your location.
Identifies speed trap locations on roads and highways in the USA and Canada.
Yosemite National Park like you have never seen it. Stunning!
“Just set it up once and the app proactively stays on top of your bills and monitors your bank accounts and credit cards, all in one place. Get reminders when bills are due, then pay them on the spot, or schedule the payment for later. No stamps, no phone calls, no hassle. Everything in one central place.”
Check out these haunted hikes in our National Parks. From Mother Nature Network.
Click on different pictures and browse through websites with tons of tempting recipes for camping or RVing. On Pinterest.
Ultimate password management. The editors of CNET rated this 5-stars: “This robust password manager is a must-use freeware tool that supports multiple operating systems and browsers.”
National Parks — then and now.
“The photographs associated with panoramic lookout photos provide a window into the past and an opportunity to compare to the present….” From the National Park Service.
“Discover the exceptional flavors and gentle healing capabilities of more than 40 of the plant kingdom’s finest. This is your one-stop shop for reliable information on cultivating, cooking and healing with these special plants.” From Mother Earth News.
Get information on campgrounds, learn about upcoming events, map your trip, win a free gas card, order the free 2014 RV Travel & Camping Guide or get it online. From the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
Research health insurance options suitable for an RVer’s portable lifestyle, get state-specific information useful in choosing a state to domicile in, watch videos to help you understand Medicare and/or health insurance, connect with other RVers and receive health insurance quotes.
Current digital images (updated every 15 minutes) and air quality information (updated hourly) from 18 national parks are part of the NPS air quality web camera network. It’s interesting and fun to see almost-real-time pictures from these 18 parks around the 50 states.
By request from the readers of the RVDreams.com journal comes this collection of tried-and-true recipes from these longtime, full-time RVers.
“… [C]ampgrounds in Wyoming take all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of options and places for you to park your camper … and experience our Forever West culture. Many of these locations bring the majestic Wyoming scenery to your doorstep.” From the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
“Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.”
“Classic Americana combined with great scenic drives make for can’t-miss road trips across the country.” From Travel+Leisure.
Ten places every American should see.
“Think you know America’s essential sights? Compare your past trips with [Huffington Post’s] picks for domestic destinations every citizen should visit — from pop culture icons to patriotic landmarks. Consider it your star-spangled bucket list.”
Oregon’s RV parks.
“Drive in, hook up and kick back at one of Oregon’s 162 comfortable RV parks. Name your amenities and find the perfect place to park.” From Travel Oregon.
“There is probably a liquor you gravitate toward on any cocktail list you meet. What you choose says a lot about you.” From Huffington Post.
“Hit the road and enjoy the scenic views from Hawaii to Rhode Island.” From Travel+Leisure.
These RV travel tips will make your first — or 50th — RV trip safer and more fun. From About.com.
From Louisianatravel.com, “the official travel authority for the state of Louisiana. Travel tips, videos, interactive maps, articles by experts and personalized recommendations help you plan your ultimate Louisiana vacation — one that captures the legendary cuisine, music and culture found no place else.”
“When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.” Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket and it will then be on your phone, tablet or computer. “You don’t even need an Internet connection.” Over 10 million users.
Based on research conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From Wall St. Cheat Sheet.
Along with great-sounding recipes, get tips and recommendations for cooking in an RV and organizing an RV kitchen, free downloadable checklists for meal planning, shopping and more, as well as some RVing and grandmotherly advice along the way.
“Views out the car [or RV] window look brightest in spring when the landscape bursts with wildflowers. See for yourself on America’s best spring drives.” From Travel+Leisure.
“Besides promoting camping and RVing, the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is engaged in protecting the rights of RVers and campers and preserving their ability to continue to enjoy the great outdoors along with making certain that winter visitors have an easily accessible place to miss those cold winter months by staying in Sunny Arizona.”
Free public domain audio books for anyone to listen to — on their computers, iPods or other mobile devices, or to burn onto a CD. More than 7,000 cataloged works available and growing. Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project, powered by volunteers (maybe you?).
“Good Sam RV Travel Guide Highlights North America’s Best.”
“Urbanspoon is a leading online local restaurant guide that aggregates reviews from professional food critics, bloggers, and diners.” It provides info for restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada, and around the world. With Urbanspoon mobile, find the best nearby restaurants and seereal-timee waitlists.
Use this database to look up how your tires are rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Book an RV site here, as well as get information online or request brochures on places to see and things to do in the Sooner State.
Millions of Americans have trouble sleeping. Here are some things you can do to help you sleep without popping a pill. From Huffington Post.
“From Alaskan fjords to New Mexico’s high desert pueblos and covered-bridge country in Indiana, here are America’s top winter drives you’ll want to experience before spring.” From Travel+Leisure.
Lots of information and useful tips for RVers. From Ron Jones, a fulltime RVer, professional writer and speaker/teacher.
Learn a new language online.
More than 42,000 free ebooks. These books are free in the U.S. because their copyright has expired.
“Add WOT to your browser to protect yourself from online threats that anti-virus software can’t spot.” Easy to use and free. More than 100 million users worldwide.
Visit these interesting Bavarian-style towns scattered throughout the U.S. From Mother Nature Network.
From USA Today and TheActiveTimes.com.
Lots of recipes and more, from the owners of Hidden Valley RV Park in San Antonio, Texas, and their guests. Recipe contributions welcome.
Biggest free-to-try legal software download resource on the Web. “With everything from PC starter kits to games, security patches, screensavers, and mobile apps, you can play with more than 150,000 free downloads.” From CNET.
“Intrepid travelers exploring the country in an RV will want to put on the brakes and stay for a while at these parks and campgrounds around the United States.” From travelchannel.com.
Your personalized internet desktop — easily store and access your favorite websites. Looks good, too.
“SkyDrive (from Windows) is free online storage for your files that you can access from anywhere. When you save your files to SkyDrive, they’re always with you.” With the desktop app, you can sync your files to your devices automatically.
“Livestation brings together live news channels from around the world, to give you truly all sides of the story.” Watch most news channels for free. You can also access it from your smart phone, laptop or connected TV.
“Get a handle on your finances the free and fast way. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you. See where every dime goes and make money decisions you feel good about.”
Complete reference guide for your health and better living.
“A new way to choose what to read. Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.”
Simple telephone reminders to remind yourself of important events, remember to take medication on time, set reminders for tasks and follow-ups. Wakerupper was chosen by TIME.com editors as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2010.
This is “a web and mobile platform that streamlines discovery, planning, booking and navigation into one engaging road trip planner.” Lists more than 100,000 “amazing places” to discover in your travels. From RoadTrippers, Inc.
Preowned engines for sale.
Huge price savings on thousands of replacement vehicle engines which have been reviewed and judged to be in excellent shape. You’ll never buy an auction engine after using this resource. Inventory updated hourly.
Too tired to cook? Browse delivery and takeout restaurants by location or by cuisine. Over 12,000 menus to choose from, with discounts and deals. From Seamless.com.
Enjoy coupons, sales and deals with generous Cash Back rewards from FatWallet. Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
For any location. Includes a seven-day forecast, weather-related news, severe weather map, weather events, and more. From Weather Underground and The Weather Channel.
Montana offers some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth. Here you’ll find where to go, things to do and places to stay.
“The best way to manage your tasks. Never forget the milk (or anything else) again.”
Lots of great tips to “eat like royalty on the road.” From Better Homes & Gardens.
Launched in 2005, National Parks Traveler is a travelogue which includes park statistics and trail descriptions, and a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to America’s national parks. Not affiliated with the National Park Service.
Cute, cozy and practical. (video)
A virtual cooking class on wheels, the RV Cooking Show takes viewers on adventures to some of the most sought-after or interesting but little-known RV locations in the country and then creates a healthy, easy, delicious destination-related dish.
For all you Jeep lovers, this one’s for you. (video)
Over 30 must-try recipes to beat winter’s chill — from pot roast to sandwiches to soups, and even a couple of delicious desserts. From Better Homes & Gardens.
Learn where to find volunteer campground hosting opportunities in America’s National Forests.
“These camper trailers will kick your senses to new heights!” From Camping Tourist.
A wealth of knowledge. Explore more than five million items from libraries, archives and museums — search by subject, date or place. Recommended by Time Inc.
“Here’s a rundown of some of the hidden gems of the U.S. park system that will still satisfy your inner explorer, and don’t require an expedition team to reach. Each park is packed with enough science and natural beauty to stimulate your mind and soul, but each has fewer than 100,000 visitors per year.” From LiveScience.com.
Seasonal recipes, including some great ideas for Thanksgiving. You can share your favorite recipes online, once they pass the hungry panelists’ taste test!
10-Day Survival Pack for Your Vehicle.
In case you get stuck somewhere without the comforts of your RV. From Backwoods Home Magazine.
Keep stinky holding tank odors out of your RV
The 360 Products siphon holding tank fume extractor creates an updraft that totally eliminates odors and gasses in the RV living space. Permanent, one-time, maintenance free application with no moving parts to wear out and works in any wind condition. Click here to learn more or order at Amazon.com.
Plan fun and educational activities anywhere for your kids or grandkids, or yourselves — including near RV campgrounds. With more than 5 million visitors and 15 million page hits since 2009, and the Best Family Website 2012 Web Award, this website must be doing something right!
We’ll bet you haven’t thought of most of these! From Reader’s Digest.
As functional as the multi-purpose Swiss Army Knife, this Swiss company’s all-in-one modular system will transform your car into a multi-functional home on board.
The Sierra Club’s unofficial “bucket list” of not-to-be-missed favorites in Alaska, Hawaii, the Lower 48, and beyond.
From Curious.com, this is an “uncommonly inviting place to teach and be taught. Instructors can upload video on any subject — be it salsa dancing or making glogg — then divvy it up into lessons.” Many lessons are free; if not, the average charge is $1 to $3. Recommended by Time Inc.
Hundreds of tips for all RVers, from Good Sam Club and their members.
From Pixlr, the most popular online photo editor in the world. A “free tool that … replicates a remarkable percentage of Photoshop’s most important image-editing tools, and does it very, very well … for both newbies and serious photo retouchers.” Recommended by Time Inc.
RVNN-TV is an internet television network of shows that entertain and educate about RVs, to enjoy whenever or wherever you like.
“A website that connects people sharing their RV lifestyle.” Its mission: “To be the best site to find RV travel adventures and journals. To keep it simple, and do it well.”
Video review from Practical Motorhome of the upgraded (to put it mildly!) VW bus. (video)
This website is “dedicated to the art of preparing easy and delicious meals in the relatively small spaces of our recreational vehicles, campers, boats and travel trailers. This site is populated with recipes, hints and suggestions from wonderful campers like you.”
Online photo archives (primarily) and classified ads for classic and unique recreational vehicles. They also have “the top collection of Airstream travel trailer and motorhome pictures on the Internet!”
Help plan your next trip with these itineraries — each one is a self-guided tour, online or in person, to virtually endless historic destinations, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. From the National Park Service.
From Camping Tourist.
A free personal travel website “for you to record your travel experiences for the purpose of sharing them with family and friends.”
What they are, how to use them (instead of a GPS — no batteries or signal required!), even how to read maps. From Compass Dude.
“Alternative energy ideas for affordable RV camping.” From Camping Tourist.
Turning an old “beater” bus into a cool RV. From Remodelista.
From Popular Mechanics, the emergency medicine consultant to the surgeon general of the U.S. Army, and a survival expert.
A superb website about do-it-yourself projects for RVers.
An overview from the editors of the Milepost.
A privately owned website, not connected to the government. This is “the largest driver-related site on the web, servicing over 80,000,000 visitors a year.” Everything you need to know about your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and about vehicles — and then some! BBB rated A+.
Trailer Life’s 2014 Guide to Towing.
More than 700 listings — very useful to RVers!
Make your RV camping trips more hassle-free. From Camping Tourist.
Information about camping in Arizona.
Modular portable camping.
“Kit to camper in 60 minutes” — enclosures for utility trailers, pickup beds and shelters.
From FOX News.com, the most beautiful highways in North America and around the world. Have you driven on any of them?
A retired couple live merrily off the grid in a tiny float cabin in British Columbia, Canada.
Lots of fun outdoor and indoor projects, repairs, energy saving checklist, etc. From Ace Fix it.
If you’re not near a hospital or pharmacy but you have these five essential nutritional supplements and natural medications along, you’ll be able to cope just fine. From vagabondish.com.
From National Geographic.
Deep cycle batteries that require no periodic addition of water.
The largest directory of discounts for people 50+.
When you need an RV stove, or part or accessory for your current one.
Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers Forum.
Discuss everything to do with small trailers.
RV Fun Time Guide.
Lots of good information about RVing for beginners and veteran RVers.
How to replace the floor in an RV.
A step-by-step guide. From USAToday.com.
How to drive a motorhome safely.
Advice from Geico.
Lots of info and advice about RVing and where to travel. From BetterRVing.com.
A detailed explanation about slideouts — what they are and how they work. From eBay.com.
Trailer Life Magazine.
Loads of good information from one of America’s largest RV magazines.
Offers instruction in driving or towing an RV in various locations across the USA.
Heartland Owners Club:
Members here have one thing in common besides love of RVing — they own Heartland recreational vehicles.
Fix my blinds.
If or when you have a problem with the RV’s blinds, check here for ideas about how to repair them. From FixMyBlinds.com.
Videos on our YouTube Channel
•Videos for novice RVers.
•Videos about RV maintenance and repair by the RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer.
•All about RV tires and tire safety.
•Video essays by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.
What vehicles can be towed four wheels down behind a motorhome.
Information from Edmunds.com.
Fifth wheel trailers from Forest River.
Learn about many of the company’s 5th wheel trailers at the company website.
Videos about Onan generators.
Here from Cummins are video descriptions of each of its popular generators.
Information about RVing in Florida.
Owners of Casita Travel Trailers.
A portal site for RV news, information and other resources. From funroads.com.
Interstate rest areas.
A guide to rest stops across the USA.
Volunteer on Federal lands.
Learn where you can help in the great outdoors on America’s public lands.
RV Show Directory.
Learn about shows coming up across North America.
RV Road Laws.
Learn the laws relating to RVs in every state of the USA.
Discovery Owners Association.
The club from owners of Discovery motor coaches.
NADA RV Guides.
Learn the value of your RV as well as new RV prices.
Dometic RV products.
Information about the many RV products produced by Dometic.
RV Daily Report.
Keep up with RV industry news at this excellent website.
Information about camping in Michigan from its RV parks association.
Vintage Airstream Club.
Information about classic Airstream trailers.
Gas Price Watch.
The best site for finding current gas prices in the USA.
Camp hosting in Washington.
Spend all or part of the tourist season watching over a state park in exchange for a free campsite.
New York State Parks.
Everything you need to know about visiting and camping in a New York state park.
Family Motor Coach Association.
The largest North American club for owners of motorhomes.
Oregon State Parks.
Everything you need to know about camping in Oregon.
RV Forums at RV.net.
One of the largest and most active forums on RVing.
RV Doctor Videos:
Helpful videos about RV repair and maintenance from Gary Bunzer.
Big rig motorhomes in California.
If you drive a motorhome from 40-45 feet long in California, here are the rules about doing so.
Planning to drive the Alaska Highway? Here’s good information from the Milepost.
Power & Amps needed on your RV.
Here’s a PDF chart of how much power your RV electronic-powered things draw.
The official website of Airstream trailers and motorized RVs.
RV Short Stops.
Great places to visit by RV in North America.
Florida RV Trade Association.
Primarily aimed at the RV Trade, but info for Florida RVers as well.