RV Planet | Grape Creek RV Park | San Angelo, Texas | Rv Parks

Top 5 RVs with Theater Seats

Jayco-Main-1

Whether you love to plan movie nights at the campground or you just enjoy kicking back after a long day, these RVs with theater seats will help you do just that. Find spacious interiors, luxury amenities, and so much more when you shop the new RVs for sale with theater seats. Check out our top five picks for these incredible floorplans!

Jayco Main
Find more fifth wheels for sale near you!

Jayco Pinnacle 36SSWS

Find luxury in every inch of this Jayco Pinnacle 36SSWS fifth wheel. This fifth wheel features a master suite with a fireplace, a king bed, a wardrobe, and a bench. The living room offers dual opposing slides with a kitchen island and entertainment center to make the space feel homey and inviting. You’ll love that the theater seats are set into the slide-out to give you a great space to relax in the evening.

Additional Features:

  • Slide-in-a-Slide
  • Dual-Sink Vanity
  • Master Suite with Front Windshield
  • 36″ Fireplace
  • Residential Stove with 3.4 Cu. Ft. Oven
  • Shoe Garage
  • Walk-In Shower
Jayco Kitchen
The four-burner range ensures you can always make delicious meals for your crew.

Forest River Cardinal Limited 377MBLE

If you love adventuring with your family, the Forest River Cardinal Limited 377MBLE fifth wheel is an excellent option. This floorplan features a mid-bunkhouse for the kids with a loft overhead. You can easily sleep up to nine in this RV, and the pass-through storage provides ample space for all your camping equipment.

Additional Features:

  • Loft
  • Kitchen Island
  • Two Power Awnings
  • Hide-A-Bed Sofa
  • Large Pass-Through Storage
  • Two Private Bedrooms
Forest River Outdoor Kitchen
Enjoy cooking around the campfire with this outdoor kitchen.

Palomino Puma 31RLQS

If a travel trailer is more your style, this Palomino Puma 31RLQS travel trailer is a great fit for families of five. The master bedroom features a large wardrobe and a slide-out to give you plenty of space for your things. You’ll find theater seating in the living room and an entertainment center for watching movies together.

Additional Features:

  • Kitchen Island
  • Theater Seating
  • Front Private Bedroom
  • Outside Shower
Palomino Theater Seating
Relax and enjoy the show!

Grand Design Imagine 2400BH

Take luxury anywhere you go with the Grand Design Imagine 2400BH travel trailer. The double-sized bunks in this RV provide you with the perfect place for the kids to sleep off the day’s adventures. In the bedroom, you’ll find dual wardrobes so that it’s easy to bring along everyone’s clothing and more!

Additional Features:

  • Double-Size Bunks
  • Bike Storage
  • Wardrobe/Pantry
  • Shoe Storage
  • Outside Kitchen
  • Solar Power Inlet
Grand Design Bunks
These bunks are big enough to sleep two adults each!

Coachmen Freedom Express 252RBS

Save over $14,000 today on this Coachmen Freedom Express 252RBS travel trailer with theater seating and so much more. The fireplace in the living room will give you that extra touch of warmth you crave on chilly nights. Outside, you’ll find a full camp kitchen to make cooking around the campfire easier than ever before!

Additional Features:

  • Fireplace
  • Sofa 
  • Full Camp Kitchen
  • Front Private Bedroom
  • Booth Dinette Slide
Coachmen Bedroom
Sleep like a baby no matter where you go.

Find more amazing deals on the RV of your dreams when you shop at RVingPlanet.com!

4 RVs with Front Entertainment

Whether you love hosting everyone at the campground for the big game or looking for something with plenty of space for your family, these RVs with front entertainment are an excellent option. We’ll show you four amazing floorplans that provide a front entertainment center so that you can find the perfect design for your future vacations. Learn more below!

Crossroads Main
There’s plenty of space for your family in these amazing RVs.

2022 Crossroads Zinger 259FL

You’ll find sleeping for four inside this CrossRoads Zinger 259FL travel trailer on sale at RVingPlanet.com. You’ll love front entertainment center that gives you a 50″ TV, plenty of storage space, and a sofa for seating. The walk-thru bathroom gives you a great space for getting ready in the mornings.

Additional Features:

  • Front Entertainment Center
  • Rear Private Bedroom
  • 30″ x 36″ Shower
  • Kitchen Bar Stools
  • 50″ TV
Crossroads Kitchen
This open kitchen with a bar is ideal for making meals for your crew.

2018 Keystone Outback 333FE

Save big on your adventures with this used 2018 Keystone Outback 333FE travel trailer available today! The living room features dual opposing slides with ample seating for you and your guests. In the bedroom, the king bed makes it really easy to get a great night’s sleep.

Additional Features:

  • Radius shower
  • Sink
  • Three burner range
  • Slide out king bed
Keystone Bedroom
Plenty of space to get your beauty sleep no matter where you go.

2022 Alliance Paradigm 385FL

You’ll find that the front living room is fitted with two sleeper sofas to give you all the seating and sleeping space you need for your family and friends. Get storage for all your things inside the basement pull-out tray seated under the master bedroom, offering easy access to camping equipment and gear. In the center kitchen, you’ll have an easy time cooking and cleaning for your crew, thanks to the kitchen island.

Additional Features:

  • Basement Pull-Out Tray
  • Full and Half Bath
  • Separate Living Area
  • Two Sleeper Sofas
  • Floating Dinette Table
  • Kitchen Island
Alliance Living
The windows in this unit allow in plenty of light and features blackout shades for privacy.

2022 Forest River Cedar Creek 371FL

You’ll love that this spacious Forest River Cedar Creek 371FL fifth wheel gives you an open and airy feel while providing sleeping space for up to six. The entertainment center features a 50″ flat-screen TV with a fireplace to keep you warm on chilly nights. Get a great night’s sleep no matter where you go, thanks to the beautiful master suite with an attached bath.

Additional Features:

  • Bath and a Half
  • Kitchen Island
  • Fireplace
  • Front Living Area
  • Master Suite
Forest River Entertainment
The white farmhouse look makes the space look and feel more like home.

Shop more RVs for sale at RVingPlanet.com and find the perfect fit for your family adventures.

4 CrossRoads Fifth Wheels You’ll Love

CrossRoads-Main

Today, we’ll dive into some of our favorite floorplans from CrossRoads RV’s fifth wheels! These RVs blend luxury and affordability to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy the campground at a price you’ll love. Learn more about these four amazing CrossRoads fifth wheels below!

Crossroads Main
Find more CrossRoads RV fifth wheels for sale near you!

CrossRoads Cameo CE2901RL

The master bedroom in this CrossRoads Cameo CE2901RL fifth wheel features a spacious wardrobe and a slide-out king bed. You’ll find that the living room is equipped with opposing slides and a large entertainment unit to make it easy to watch the big game at the campground. In the kitchen, the bar with stools makes serving food to friends and family a breeze!

Additional Features:

  • Front Private Bedroom
  • Bar Stools
  • Dual Entry Bathroom
  • Rear Living Area
  • External Docking Station
Crossroads Bedroom
Sleep like you’re staying in a five-star resort wherever you go.

CrossRoads Cameo CE3891MK

The CrossRoads Cameo CE3891MK fifth wheel provides a luxury experience for a price you’ll love. The dual fireplaces ensure you’ll always be able to keep away the chill, and the TVs in the living room and master bedroom make it easy to watch your favorite shows wherever you’re most comfortable. In the living room, you’ll love the power theater seats that provide a cozy place to rest at the end of the day.

Additional Features:

  • Dual-Sink Vanity
  • Master Suite
  • Two Fireplaces
  • Residential Refrigerator
  • Power Theater Seats
Crossroads Bathroom
Plenty of storage space for towels and toiletries under the sinks.

CrossRoads Cameo CE3921BR

Take your loved one on unforgettable journeys in the CrossRoads Cameo CE3921BR fifth wheel. This RV features sleeping for four and provides you with a wet bar in the kitchen. If you are looking for the perfect fifth wheel for traveling without kids, this is it!

Additional Features:

  • Bar Top with Stools
  • Wet Bar
  • Tri-Fold Sofa
  • Kitchen Island
  • Wine Cooler
  • Theater Seats
Crossroads Living
The residential stainless steel refrigerator provides plenty of storage for drinks and more.

CrossRoads Cameo CE3975CK

Save over $40,000 on this CrossRoads Cameo CE975CK fifth wheel that features a large rear kitchen and a master suite with the dual entry bathroom. The bathroom offers a dual vanity sink so that it’s easier to get ready for the day with your loved one. Outside, you’ll enjoy two awnings for maximum shade!

Additional Features:

  • Rear Kitchen
  • Dual-Sink Vanity
  • Tri-Fold Sofa
  • Theater Seats
  • Two Awnings
  • Master Suite
Crossroads Kitchen
You’ll fall in love with this spacious kitchen!

Find more CrossRoads RVs and more for sale on RVingPlanet.com.

Top 5 Class B Motorhomes Available Today

Chinook-Main

Travel with your loved one is easy when you have a class B motorhome to get you to your destination. These RVs are built with compact designs that are comfortable to drive and easy to maneuver so that you can feel more confident on the road. Learn about the top five class B motorhomes available near you below!

Chinook Main
Find more class B motorhomes for sale.

2022 Chinook Bayside DB

This Chinook Bayside DB class B motorhome is an excellent example of the sleek designs available in class B motorhomes. You’ll love that the full bath in the rear of the RV gives you all the space you need to get cleaned up after a long day on the road. The 10′ power awning on the exterior of this RV ensures you always have a shady place to rest.

Additional Features:

  • Full Rear Bath
  • Wardrobe
  • 10′ Power Awning
  • Stainless Steel Convection Microwave
Chinook Awning
You’ll love sitting under this awning enjoying a good book.

2022 Coachmen Beyond 22C AWD

The Coachmen Beyond 22C AWD class B motorhome is a perfect couple’s coach with everything you need to make your week away at the campground comfortable. The all-wheel-drive feature allows you to get to even the toughest campsites without worrying about getting stuck. The living space features plenty of seating with the power sofa and swivel captain’s chairs.

Additional Features:

  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Carefree Armless Awning
  • Rear 68″ Power Sofa
  • Two Jump Seats
  • Wet Bath
  • Wardrobe
Coachmen Kitchen
You’ll love how all the stainless steel in this kitchen makes it a breeze to clean.

2022 Coachmen Nova 20C

If you’re looking for an RV that is great for entertaining your guests at the campground, the Coachmen Nova 20C class B motorhome is just what you need. The rear seating area gives you plenty of space for hosting friends and family at the campground. Additionally, the wet bath gives you a place to wash up before heading to bed!

Additional Features:

  • Wet Bath
  • Two Jump Seats
  • 24″ LED Smart TV
  • Hardwood Cabinetry
  • European Dual-Pane Windows
Coachmen Living
Plenty of seating and seat belts for your whole crew!

2022 Entegra Coach Ethos 20A

Right now, you can save over $35,000 on this Entegra Coach Ethos 20A class B motorhome. You’ll love that this compact RV features four cab seats to make it easy to transport your friends and family to the campground. The spacious pantry in this RV provides you ample space for storing all of your favorite snacks and ingredients.

Additional Features:

  • Two Additional Cab Seats
  • Sofa
  • Pantry
  • Convection Microwave
  • 13′ Thule Armless Awning
Entegra Kitchen
You’ll love cooking in this kitchen!

2022 Jayco Swift 20A

Get a great night’s sleep no matter where you travel when you have the Jayco Swift 20A class B motorhome! This floorplan offers a convertible sofa bed with sleeping for two that makes it easy to transform your living space into a bedroom at night. Additionally, this RV is great for spending time with friends and family because of the seating space in the cab.

Additional Features:

  • Two Cab Bucket Seats
  • Two Additional Seats
  • Convertible Sofa Bed
  • Wet Bath
  • Pantry
Jayco Cab
You’ll be comfortable no matter how long the drive may be!

Find more class B motorhomes on sale near you when you shop at RVingPlanet.com.

Top 6 Gulf Stream Travel Trailers

If lightweight comfort and quality construction are what you crave, the Gulf Stream travel trailers available today are some of the best on the market. You’ll love how these RVs feature luxurious amenities in compact designs that will make it easy for you to get the most out of your vacations. Learn about six of our favorite designs below.

Gulf Stream Main
Find more luxury travel trailers for sale near you.

2022 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Super Lite 189DD

The kitchen comes equipped with everything you need to make delicious meals for you and your partner. This couple’s coach features a queen bed and a rear bathroom with a shower/tub combo so that you can get cleaned up before turning in for a great night’s sleep. Another fantastic feature in this Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Super Lite 189DD travel trailer is the large power awning that gives your campsite the perfect amount of shade..

Additional Features:

  • Queen-Size Bed
  • 6-Cu. Ft. Double-Door Refrigerator
  • Rear Bathroom
  • Pass-Through Storage
  • Power Awning
  • TV Antenna
Gulf Stream Bedroom
Wake up feeling rested and ready for the day after sleeping in this bed.

2022 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Super Lite 199DD

If you’re looking for something that makes traveling with the kids a little easier, the Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Super Lite 199DD travel trailer may be the perfect fit. This travel trailer sleeps up to five and features a set of bunk beds for the kids. Additionally, the bathroom features a shower/tub combo so that you can soak after a long road trip.

Additional Features:

  • Bunk Beds
  • Teddy Bear Bunk Mattresses
  • Outside Storage
  • Double-Door Refrigerator
  • Queen-Size Bed
Gulf Stream Bathroom
You’ll love having the option to shower or take a bath during your stay.

2022 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 236RL

This easy to tow Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 326RL travel trailer weighs just 5140 LBS, which makes it perfect for smaller trucks and towing vehicles. The slide-out fits the dinette to make it easier to seat your entire family for dinners. Relax with your family under the power awning that’s fitted with LED lights so that you can stay outside even after the sun goes down.

Additional Features:

  • Slide Out Dinette
  • Microwave Oven
  • Electric Awning with LED Light
  • Dual Entry Bath
  • Queen Bed
Gulf Stream Dinette
Plenty of seating for your family.

2022 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 241RB

The quality construction of these Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite 241RB travel trailers will give you the confidence and security you need to feel confident in your RV for years to come. The full-width steel outriggers give you maximum support, and the tubular steel cambered frame makes this travel trailer tough without weighing it down.

Additional Features:

  • Full Rear Bath
  • Sofa
  • Pass-Through Storage
  • Electric Awning
  • Bluetooth Radio
Gulf Stream Kitchen
The kitchen offers plenty of storage space for all your cooking essentials.

2022 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Ultra Lite 248BH

Get sleeping for up to seven in the Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite Ultra Lite 248BH travel trailers. The pantry in the kitchen gives you plenty of space for all your snacks and dry goods. Meanwhile, the refrigerator provides plenty of space for drinks and ingredients.

Additional Features:

  • Teddy Bear Bunk Mats
  • Pantry
  • Queen Bed
  • Three Burner Cooktop
  • 6 Cu. Ft Double Door Refrigerator
Gulf Stream Bunks
These double-sized bunks are perfect for traveling with teens!

2022 Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19RBS

Make a statement wherever you go when you have one of these Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19RBS travel trailers in tow. The vintage style of these RVs makes them a popular options for couples that love to spend their vacations at the campground. Inside, you’ll find all the features you need to feel at home no matter where you go.

Additional Features:

  • Two Burner Cooktop
  • Front RV Queen Bed
  • Pass-Through Storage
  • 32″ Radius Shower
Gulf Stream Living
The vintage décor will take you back in time whenever you travel!

Find more deals on Gulf Stream RVs for sale near you when you shop at RVingPlanet.com.

The 4 Best Class A Diesel Motorhomes on Sale Today

American-Coach-Main

Travel with confidence and comfort when you take home one of the fantastic diesel motorhomes on sale today! Below, we’ll show you four of our favorite options for families and couples that love to travel and need the towing capacity to bring along an extra vehicle. Get an insider’s look at that diesel motorhomes below.

American Coach Main
Find more deals on motorhomes for sale near you at RVingPlanet.com.

American Coach American Dream 39RK

Get the best in luxury RV features when you take home an American Coach American Dream 39RK class A diesel motorhome. This unit features a private bedroom with a walk-through bathroom that offers plenty of space for you to get ready for the day. The kitchen comes fully equipped with everything you need to make delicious five-star meals for your family and friends. Save over $136,000 on this RV when you order today!

Additional Features:

  • Rear Private Bedroom
  • Separated Bathroom
  • Kitchen Island
  • Motion Power Lounge
  • Washer and Dryer
American Coach Kitchen
The kitchen island is ideal for cooking for your crew.

Entegra Coach Aspire 44Z

If you enjoy spending your time at the campground out in the beautiful weather, you’ll love that his Entegra Coach Aspire 44Z class A diesel motorhome features an outdoor entertainment center with a 43″ 4K UHD Smart TV. Enjoy other features like a fireplace, residential kitchen features, and dual vanity sinks in the master bathroom! Take along all your must-have camping gear with the slide-out basement storage tray and ensures you can easily get to all your things.

Additional Features:

  • Outside Entertainment
  • Slide Out Basement Storage Tray
  • Whirlpool Stacked Washer and Dryer
  • Residential Refrigerator
    Pantry and Hutch
Entegra Bedroom
Get a great night’s sleep no matter where you go.

Fleetwood Discovery LXE 40M

Get all the interior living space you’ll need for extended stays at the campground in this Fleetwood Discovery LXE 40M class A diesel motorhome. The full-wall slide and opposing slides throughout the RV give you plenty of elbow room for entertaining or enjoying long stays at the campground. Additionally, the bath and a half design will give you ample privacy for you and your guests.

Additional Features:

  • Bath and a Half
  • Full-Wall Slide
  • 49″ Pop-Up LED TV
  • Fireplace
  • Convection Microwave
Fleetwood Bathroom
This bathroom will make you feel like you have your own personal spa in tow.

Holiday Rambler Nautica 33TL

There’s sleeping for up to five in the Holiday Rambler Nautica 33TL class A diesel motorhome with a large sleeper sofa and a Jackknife dinette. The master bedroom provides you with plenty of storage space in the wardrobe, under-bed storage, and more. Don’t wait to take home your next great adventure! Reserve this RV today!

Additional Features:

  • 70″ Sleeper Sofa
  • Two Fireplaces
  • Exterior 50″ LED TV
  • Ample Bedroom Storage
  • 80″ Jackknife Dinette
  • Reclining/Swivel Cab Seats
Holiday Dinette
Relax and enjoy your stay!

Find more amazing diesel motorhomes for sale at RVingPlanet.com.

Grape Creek RV Park | San Angelo, Texas | RV Parks San Angelo Tx

Beautiful, Historic Savannah, Georgia

We're talking about our first trip to Savannah: where we stayed in our RV, what we did while we were there, and how we saved money and found a ton of interesting attractions to visit during our stay. Savannah was so much more than we expected...

Bucket Lists

When we became full-time RVers, we thought that we would quickly check items off our bucket list. In reality, as we have traveled, our bucket list has grown. In fact, our Bucket List has become a "Barrel List" because our bucket overfloweth...

Newmar New Aire One Year Review

Can you believe we've already owned our 2021 Newmar New Aire 3343 for a full year? After living, working and traveling full time in this small Class A diesel motorhome for a year, we've learned a lot about it. So, it's time to share our thoughts on the New Aire...

All About RV Rallies: Are They Worth Your Time?

Should you make time in your travel schedule for an RV rally? Are they worth your time? What types of RV rallies are out there and what can you expect from your rally experience? In this episode, we're talking all about RV rallies...

Living His Best Life at 90 | An Epic RV Adventure

At age 89, our friend Don bought his first motorhome and set off on a great adventure. Just over a year into his epic RV adventure, he has already logged over 26,000 miles. So why did Don decide to travel the country at 90 years young. The better question is Why Not?...

2023 Newmar Motorhomes

We are honored to be joined again this week by our friends Brett Davis and Angie Morell from NIRVC who recently returned from the Newmar Dealer Meetings getting a first look at the 2023 Newmar Motorhomes lineup. They share their experiences from the event and some of the new features they are most excited about...

Grape Creek RV Park | San Angelo Tx | RV Parks San Angelo Tx

Grape Creek RV Park San Angelo, Texas | Blog 

How To Stay Cool In Your RV This Fourth Of July

flag in front of RV park

Stay Cool While Camping For The Fourth Of July

I remember when I was a kid running around and enjoying the Fourth of July celebrations. I was mainly enjoying it because I was out of school, but I also was having a great time because I didn’t think about how hot it was at all. As I get older, I’m a little more intolerant of 100+ degree weather. Well, I’ll be honest…getting over 85 degrees F is sometimes pushing it. I have a lot of tips and tricks I use to stay at a comfortable temperature in my everyday activities. Try some of these ideas.

1. Plan your meals ahead of time.

You are going to want all your fun traditional foods you share with family and friends for the holiday. If you have items you bake yourself, prepare them ahead of time at your brick-and-mortar. If you full-time or will be at the campground a while before your celebration meals, make them later at night or in the morning so you don’t heat up the RV during the hottest time of the day.  This is usually around 3-6 p.m. 

Better yet, fire up the grill and cook outside so you are at least leaving the RV cool inside.  You can always go out and enjoy a meal at a restaurant and you don’t have to heat up the RV at all. Shoot for a late lunch so you can utilize a venue’s air conditioning. Be sure to add lots of water and cool drinks at every meal to help keep you cool too.

2. Try wearable coolants. 

Take your Fourth of July celebration to the next level with wearable items that will also keep you cool. Nothing keeps me cooler than a bandana with ice wrapped inside. 

Carrying a mini fan that you can clip to your shirt or hat is convenient too. Take it a step further by only packing moisture wicking shirts and socks. Bonus if you get UV-resistant pieces. And you can find all these items in red, white, and blue!

3. Take advantage of shade.

You may already have items that will lend shade, but switching them out for inexpensive, patriotic decorated items will bring the party to you. If you don’t have shade options, invest in something that can cool your adventure down by ten degrees. You can start with individual umbrellas you may have around your house and strap them to your lawn chair for a quick fix. 

You can get palapa umbrellas or large umbrellas with stands to put over groups of chairs or tables. There are extended awning shades you can attach to your rig. Placed at the correct angle and position, these awning shades can provide a lot of shade without you having to move them around during your stay. If it isn’t windy, extend your RV awning so they at least block the sun off the side of your rig.

4. Select campground amenities.

You may not always look for extra amenities at an RV campground, but this season, it can come in handy several ways.

First, look for a campground with a pool. This is a great way to cool off, but you may also be able to bring disposable party supplies and have your event right at the pool.  

Check to see if they have a central lodge and what features it may have. Sometimes there are pool tables, ping pong tables, large screen TVs, and other amenities you can enjoy for a party. Be sure to check in advance if you need to reserve space or if there will be any available. 

Most importantly, check to see what the local fireworks rules are. If they don’t allow fireworks onsite, can you see them from other local venues, or do they do a firework display for RVers? 

You can easily search campgrounds in your area as well as their amenities on RV LIFE Campground Reviews or while planning an RV-safe route on RV LIFE Trip Wizard

5. Plan your excursions.

Take the hottest part of the day and turn it into a Fourth of July tradition. We have a tradition of seeing a movie in the afternoon with the entire family. We plan and book our tickets in advance. Some people plan the afternoon for various types of shopping. This helps you get under someone else’s A/C and gives yours a break. 

Get out and enjoy a local parade or event. Just stick to the shade and bring fluids. Turn your A/C down to 80 degrees when you are away. This way, it will get a slight break but keep your rig cool enough for returning or for pets. 

6. Consider your RV supplies.

It’s the everyday items that can turn a hot day into a cool experience, and these can enhance your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends. 

Set up misters. It will not only keep you cool, but the kids and pets will enjoy running through it (or us adults too!). When you bring camping chairs, bring ones that are vented or lightweight material. Materials like cotton, rayon, polyester, or nylon are good options; bonus if they’re mesh. (Keep these materials in mind for your clothing too.) 

Your refrigerator or cooler may already store your ice, but you will probably want to consider a portable ice maker or a cooler upgrade that will keep ice or make ice for days instead of hours. 

If you plan to take fireworks for your own entertainment, check to see where and when you are permitted to use them. It might not even be a bad idea to select ones that put off little heat or flames, not just for safety, but you might as well not heat up the campsite during the day if you don’t have to.

Have a great Fourth of July with your family and friends!

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post How To Stay Cool In Your RV This Fourth Of July appeared first on RV LIFE.

Are Permanent Campsites A Better Choice?

permanent campsites in California with RV and empty site

What Are The Benefits Of Permanent Campsites?

Whether you’re a weekend camper or full-time RVer, you’ve probably been to at least a few campgrounds that offer permanent campsites. Maybe you didn’t think anything of those sites, or they left you wondering, “Are permanent campsites a better choice?”

The answer to this question isn’t an easy one, as there are many factors that come into play. That said, we will say that depending on your situation, it might makes sense to consider a permanent campsite. You see, while a permanent site does tie you to one place for a while, these long-term campsites come with a whole host of benefits. 

Let’s explore this topic further, discussing who might benefit from a long-term campsite, what they should consider, as well as what kinds of benefits they should expect. 

Why choose a permanent RV site?

First, let’s discuss when you might benefit from choosing a permanent campsite. These long-term campsites are ideal for those who:

  • Live in their RV full-time and do not travel. 
  • Live in their RV full-time and travel very slowly, moving once a month or less. 
  • Use their RV for short stays and don’t mind visiting the same campground every time. 

 

If you fit into one of these categories, you may be wondering how you would benefit from choosing a permanent site over hopping from one campground to the next. Here are the benefits of such a site:

  • Lower cost. Generally, campers in permanent sites are charged a monthly, seasonal, or yearly rate. The per-night cost is much less than paying for nightly stays, but this might only be cost-effective if you’re full-time or spend a significant amount of time in your RV. 
  • No more moving the rig. Moving an RV can be a pain, especially if you only go on weekend trips or you are full-time and in one area for a long time. Not only that, but moving means actually finding a new campsite every time you move, something that can be challenging during camping season. Paying for a long-term site means you won’t have to deal with moving the RV or finding sites anymore. 
  • A mailbox. Some campgrounds give those in long-term sites a mailbox, meaning they can receive mail and packages at the campground, a major bonus for full-time RVers. 
  • A community. In many campgrounds with permanent sites, there is a tight-knit community that you will get to be a part of. This can be a major benefit if you’re looking for fellow campers to connect with or if you’re new to an area and looking to make friends. 

Long-term RV campsites

There are many different long-term stay options out there. The type of permanent site you choose will depend on how long you plan to keep your RV on-site. Think about which option best suits your needs before you start looking for a site. Research campgrounds on RV LIFE Campground Reviews to learn more about the campground before you stay.

Monthly stays

Monthly stays are for those who only plan to stay a month or two or aren’t sure how long they might need to be in one place. Choosing a monthly site does save money over a weekly or daily rate but gives you more freedom to move around. 

Seasonal site

If you plan to move with the seasons, a seasonal site might be for you. Generally, choosing a seasonal site gives you a place to stay for 5–7 months. You might be asked to pay for the entire stay upfront, but you will likely get a better rate than those who choose monthly sites. 

Annual sites

Finally, there are annual sites. These are perfect for those who will always be in the same general area and just want a place to park their rig and leave it. The contract for an annual site lasts a full year and could even save you money over a seasonal site. 

Family camping in an RV at night

Things to consider when choosing a permanent campsite

By now, you probably have a good idea of whether a permanent campsite would work well for you. If you do decide to go this route, remember to keep these things in mind as you’re looking for the perfect long-term campsite. 

Location

Obviously, location is key. If you’re in one spot in order to work a stationary job, you will need to be near your work. If you’ll only go to your RV on weekends, you’ll need a campground near home. Just want to explore an area for a while? Be sure to choose somewhere that has plenty to see and do. 

Cost

Cost is the next thing to keep in mind. The biggest benefit of staying long-term is cost savings, so you will want to make sure you’re actually saving some money. Keep in mind however, that the cost of permanent campsites varies greatly depending on where in the country you happen to be. We’ve seen sites for as little as $350 a month and other places that cost $2,000 or more. 

Amenities

Amenities are another important factor. If you’ll be in one place for a while, make sure it has what you need to be happy. This might include mailboxes for residents. It could also include a playground, pool, hot tub, laundry room, dog park, and more.

Utilities 

Before you sign any contract, make sure you fully understand what you’re signing. Many campgrounds require that those staying long-term pay for their own utilities. If you’re accustomed to water and electric being included in the cost of your site, this could come as a nasty surprise. 

Stay limit

Last but not least, make sure you clarify whether the campground has any stay limits. We’ve heard of folks renting annual sites that they were only allowed to use 210 days a year. If you’re planning to live in the site full-time, this could be a major issue. 

As you can see, permanent campsites are a great option for many people. Hopefully, this article helps you determine whether these are an ideal campsite solution for you!

 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Are Permanent Campsites A Better Choice? appeared first on RV LIFE.

How To Protect Your RV From Sun Damage

travel trailer getting sun damage in front of capitan mountains

Keep Your RV From Getting Sun Damaged

Ah, the sun… it’s beautiful, bright, warm, and we rely on it for life. However, the sun can create some harmful effects over time, especially on manufactured products like RVs. That’s why you need to know how to protect your RV from sun damage. 

UV radiation is an everyday part of life. Most people can just wear sunscreen and a hat and go about their day as usual. But vehicles don’t have that option! They need different types of protection from sun damage. An unprotected RV can become faded and damaged after constant exposure to sunny conditions. 

Once severe sun damage has set in, it’s hard to repair unless you’re willing to replace large sections of your RV. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or slow this process from happening. It is possible to protect your RV from sun damage, so read on to find out how!

Regularly inspect the RV

First things first, you can prevent a lot of problems by being vigilant about the condition of your RV. There are a lot of issues that can creep up on you if you’re not paying attention. This is why it’s a good idea to perform regular inspections of your RV. 

Sun damage will take the heaviest toll on the exterior parts of your RV, but you should check up on everything while you’re at it. Watch for any peeling, fading, or cracking on the exterior. Check the roof as well because problems up here aren’t always evident from the ground. 

Try to perform an inspection before every major trip you take and before you put the RV into storage. 

Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with an online tool such as RV LIFE Maintenance. Not only can you keep all of your documents in one place, but you’ll also receive timely reminders when maintenance is due to help you avoid costly repairs and potentially serious accidents.

Clean/protect the roof

As mentioned earlier, the roof is an important part of the RV. It’s also the area that’s most often exposed to the sun. The sides will have rotating levels of exposure, but the roof will almost always be directly lit. This makes it one of the most vulnerable parts when it comes to sun damage. 

When you perform your inspections, pay extra close attention to the roof. Double-check the seams and apply sealant/caulk if there are any rips or cracks. Using a protective roof coating will also go a long way toward protecting the vehicle. 

If you need a good all-around product to protect your roof, try RV Roof Magic. This works for a variety of roof materials and has built-in UV resistance. It also creates a seamless layer that is harder to break down.  

Use an RV cover

Next up, an RV cover is your best friend if you want to protect your RV from sun damage. These covers will form a protective layer between the vehicle and the UV radiation coming from the sun. Plus, they’re perfect for protecting your RV from dirt, pollen, sap, and other debris that might make it dirty. 

An RV cover is a great investment for anyone who stores their RV outdoors when it’s not in use. You’ll find that it makes the cleaning and storage process so much easier because it creates a protective shell.

The best RV covers will vary depending on your RV length, type, and environment. However, a great overall option is the KING BIRD Upgraded Travel Trailer RV Cover. It’s waterproof, breathable, UV resistant, and comes with tire covers. 

Wax the RV

Wax is like sunscreen for your RV. Most of them have UV-resistant qualities and will dull the impact of the sun on your RV exterior. They will also protect the base from water damage, dirt, and anything else that may harm the outer shell.

There are tons of great RV waxes on the market, but some of the best include STAR BRITE Premium RV Polish, Ethos Resist, and Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax Kit. 

Park in covered areas

One easy way to avoid sun damage is to stay out of the sun! Of course, there’s no way to cover your RV while you’re traveling, but you can look for protected areas to park when you set up camp or put the RV into storage. Indoor storage solutions will keep it safe and temperature-regulated. 

Parking under trees or shade pavilions is an easy solution when you’re on the road. Unfortunately, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll find a shady spot that’s big enough for your RV. Try to find shady RV parks or campgrounds if you can. You can learn more about campgrounds and their amount of foliage by reading RV LIFE Campground Reviews.

When you park at home, it’s smart to invest in a carport so you’ll always have shade for your vehicle. You can also park under trees, but this could pose a risk to your RV if branches fall or sap drops on the roof. 

Protect your RV tires

Tires are one of the most important things to protect from sun damage. If tires are exposed to too much UV damage, they can become weak and cracked. This isn’t an issue when the RV is parked, but it’s a major danger when you’re on the road. Weakened tires can blow out at highway speeds, leaving drivers in a very dangerous situation. 

Luckily, you can protect your RV tires from sun damage by using RV tire covers. These fit over the tires and provide a layer of protection against the sun. 

Protect the interior

Don’t overlook the RV interior when you’re fighting against sun damage! If you have a lot of sun coming into the windows, your interior walls, floors, and furniture can become cracked and faded. This isn’t dangerous to the inhabitants, but it can lower your resale value and ruin the aesthetic. 

There’s an easy solution to this problem, though! Just use curtains or window covers when you’re not using the RV. These will deflect or absorb the majority of the sun’s rays before they make it into the RV. 

How can sun damage affect your RV?

Sun damage may sound like a minor inconvenience, but it can seriously degrade your RV over time. This results in a variety of problems, such as:

Leaky roof

If you leave the roof unprotected, it can develop cracks. These will let in dirt, bugs, and worst of all, water. A leaky roof can cause damage that spread throughout your whole RV. It’s hard to fix and dangerous to the overall structure. 

Weak tires

As mentioned above, heat-damaged tires are a serious road hazard. They can disintegrate without warning, putting you and everyone around you at risk. 

More maintenance over time

If you don’t put in the effort to protect your RV from sun damage, you’ll have to pay much more money over time. UV radiation will cause damage to many parts of the vehicle, and it will be expensive to repair or replace them.

Lower resale value

A sun-damaged RV is worth less on the resale market. Buyers can see that it hasn’t been properly maintained; plus, it looks old and worn down. If the interior has sustained damage, this is also a dead giveaway. 

Faded color

Finally, sun exposure can fade the colors of your RV paint and interior. This isn’t a huge deal compared to the other problems, but it makes your RV look bad. Some materials will crack and peel when they’re exposed to the sun as well, so you may have to deal with damaged furniture and flooring.

Overall, it’s best to get ahead of these issues and protect your RV from sun damage before it sets in. 

 

RVers looking for valuable how-to information have learned to go to the experts. Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.

Related articles:

 

The post How To Protect Your RV From Sun Damage appeared first on RV LIFE.

Summer In The Midwest: Visit A Yogi Bear Park

Yogi Bear Jellystone park water slides

Yogi Bear Continues To Attract Older RVers & Inspire New Ones

Growing up as a kid in Pennsylvania, we would watch cartoons every Saturday morning. One of the most popular cartoons was Yogi Bear with his pal Boo Boo. The adventures of Yogi would drive Ranger Smith crazy, as Yogi was always trying to get some unsuspecting camper’s picnic basket. That Yogi Bear cartoon ran a meager 33 episodes and left an enormous impression on future campers like me.

Memories that last a lifetime often begin with growing up with tent camping, cabins, or RV family camping. This rite of passage bonds the family and sparks the lifestyle for the next generation. Today, families are limited by rising fuel costs, economic downturns, and strapped with full-time employment. In any event, people will take more meaningful, albeit brief, periods of escape. Therefore, priority is placed on finding the perfect destination, with zero tolerance for choosing the wrong spot.  

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts were founded in 1969 by Doug Haag & Robert Borkovetz. The idea to start a campground came to Haag during a drive down the local highway. As he passed cars and campers on the highway, he got the idea to give families a destination where they could camp and vacation for the summer. Today, Yogi Bear is still trying to get that picnic basket in 80 locations around the United States and Canada. Campers of all ages headed towards the Midwest should consider these two Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds.

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin and O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois are up for your travel days this summer. Let’s look at two kid-inspired Jellystone Park family destinations.

Why choose a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park?

Why do Yogi Bear parks make the perfect location for your family vacation? Whether you’re searching for that perfect vacation spot, weekend getaway, or an ideal location for your organization or family gatherings, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks will suit all of your needs.

There is always plenty to do for children of all ages, with planned activities to keep the kids happy and busy all day. Best of all, kids are tired out by the end of the day and can’t wait to go to bed! What parent doesn’t NEED that?

Fremont Jellystone Park in Wisconsin

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin is a relaxing location for seasonal and transient campers. It is a beautiful spot nestled along the shore of Partridge Lake. Fremont Jellystone Park is within a 100-mile travel distance from Lyndon, Osceola, Brussels, and Manitowoc. It’s only a 50-mile drive from Green Bay, Bowler, and Montello, and just 25 miles striking distance for Lanark, Appleton, and Oshkosh.

Memories are what our award-winning Fremont Jellystone Park RV Campground is all about. At Jellystone Park™ in Fremont, Wisconsin, our goal is for each and every guest to take back with them memories. 

Yogi and his pals want you to stop on by with your family and get in on the fun this summer, save on high gas prices, and make some new memories at the park, which is indeed a ton of fun for everyone. 

Campground reviews from RV LIFE Members

chrisks13If you decide to stay, I would call and reserve only a site by the water, these are away from the full timers and quieter, however far from the restroom…the sites near the water are nice and shaded.

MM1407Camped here over a weekend. It was a busy time near OshKosh for the air show and rock festivals. At the last minute, this was the nearest campground and all we could find. The office was quite accommodating in helping locate spots for my family to camp. We were placed down by the lake. As you can imagine in July in Wisconsin, the mosquitoes were as large as birds, but we knew that going in. There were plenty of activities for our family and my kids had a blast. Waterslide, fishing, and the pool were all big hits.

Johnson Family 6  – Sites seemed to be level and huge! Never had so much room to spread out before! Was fantastic!!! No sewer; just water and electrical. Was good to have a dump tote. BTW – hook ups on the wrong side of the camper so bring extensions!

O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois

Next up, O’Connell’s Yogi Bear RV Resort in Amboy, Illinois has exactly what you are looking for, just 90 miles west of Chicago and 80 miles east of the Quad Cities.

At this Jellystone Park™ RV Resort, we work hard to be the best campground in Illinois offering fun that the whole family can enjoy. Grab your bathing suit and bring the entire family to one of our 3 pools and 2 waterslides or let the kids play in our arcade. With the most games of any campground in or around Illinois, the fun never stops here at O’Connell’s Yogi Bear™ RV Resort! This is a Jellystone Park™ where Yogi Bear, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ plan fun activities day after day, and hour after hour.

Having “the most games of any campground in or around Illinois” would definitely keep the kids out having fun well into the evening. Remember those hot summer days of camp? All the fun we had running around with friends and making new friends late into the summer eve? Here is that same opportunity to pass that experience along and watch your own kids make new childhood memories. 

Lakeside pier at Oconnells Yogi Bear Jellystone

There is no shortage of activities at this Yogi Bear park. The day can be full of running, swimming, bike riding, arts and crafts, etc. That is only a small sample of things to do.

With that in mind, what about getting in to the park? Well there are a total of 613 sites open now through October. Annual and vacation cottages are up for grabs this summer as well. Don’t wait too long to make your reservations. 

What are RVers saying about this Yogi Bear park on RV LIFE Campground Reviews?

Navalut – Great park. So much to do. Great place for children and adults to play. Everyday the management has activities for ALL ages. Stayed here with my Thousand Trails Membership so it was free.

Read all the reviews, check out the photos, and don’t miss out on the tips. This will help you figure out which sites are best and what else to expect during your stay. If you decide to go, trust RV LIFE Trip Wizard to build an RV-safe route to get you there. 

O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park is within a 100-mile travel distance from Chicago, Milton, Wisconsin, Davenport, Iowa, and Peoria, Illinois. It’s only a 50-mile drive from Marseilles, Naperville, Rockford, and North Utica, Illinois. The gas saving 25-mile striking distance award goes to Rock Falls, Oregon (Illinois), and Shabbona Lake, Illinois.

The bottom line

This summer, take a local drive down the highway to find your destination. Summer in the Midwest can be a great time for family RV travel to enjoy a meaningful and affordable escape.

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin and O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois might be just what you’re looking for this summer: the perfect family destination. 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Summer In The Midwest: Visit A Yogi Bear Park appeared first on RV LIFE.

Visit Sun Retreats Cape May In New Jersey

beach area at Seashore Campsites & RV Resort Near Cape May

Go Camping At Sun Retreats Cape May (Also Known As Seashore Campsites & RV Resort)

Cape May is a beautiful coastal region of New Jersey. Although this state is small, it has many attractions and historical features that attract tourists. If you travel in an RV and want to explore this area, check out Sun Retreats Cape May (also known as Seashore Campsites & RV Resort).

This RV park is luxurious and quite large! It’s got plenty of space for large groups, so you can bring all your friends along for the ride. A combination of tent camping and RVing is allowed here, making it the perfect spot for campers of all sorts.

Below we’ll explore some general details about this resort as well as its amenities, nearby attractions, and reviews. After all, an RV park is only as good as its reviews! We have feedback from guests who have stayed here, and they can vouch for the quality of their visit. Read on to learn all about this RV resort in Cape May.

What to expect 

This resort is located at 720 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204. It’s a very large resort that has a grand total of 600 spaces. A lot of these sites are for permanent residents, so usually only about 200 are available for guests. If you’re interested in buying property, visit their website here

There’s a wide variety of site types to choose from when you stay here. The resort offers a mixture of back-in sites, pull-through sites, pop-up/tent sites, and rental cabins. No matter how you like to camp, this resort can accommodate you. 

In addition, 88 of these sites come with full hookups for water, electricity, and sewage. 50, 30, 20, and 15 amp electrical hookups are available, depending on where you stay and what you need. Pricing varies a bit, but most RV sites start at $59 per night. Tent sites cost $45 per night, and cabins range from $177-$360 per night (depending on the size and type you rent).

Sun Retreats Cape May is a seasonal campground. For 2022, it opens on April 15 and closes on October 31. Those who own property here can stay all year long, but guests will need to visit during the open season.

Resort amenities

This upscale resort offers a lot of benefits to guests and full-time residents. In addition to the hookups and rental cabins, this campground has several amenities that guests can take advantage of. In terms of general comfort/lifestyle amenities, they have showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and an on-site ATM.

There are also a lot of amenities and facilities that are purely meant for comfort and entertainment! For instance, visitors can enjoy a heated swimming pool and lounge area, the resort store, George’s Place snack bar, and a beautiful lake and beach. This lake is cleaned and filtered, plus it comes with a pair of small waterslides. 

This resort is also pet friendly. Guests can get pet supplies for their furry friends when they stay here, and there is plenty of space for them to run around and take walks. 

Other fun amenities include:

  • An activity center with schedules crafts and games
  • A playground
  • Tennis courts
  • A movie theater
  • A wading pool
  • Park-wide Wi-Fi
  • A sandy lake beach
  • An arcade
  • Regular wagon rides
  • A pavilion for large gatherings

Seashore Campsites & RV Resort is an all-ages park that has something for everyone. There are regular activities and live music performances during the peak season. This is a great place for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. 

Nearby attractions/activities

This campground has plenty to offer to its guests, but the location is another major draw of this resort. Cape May is a beautiful and popular place in New Jersey. There are lots of ways to spend your time in the nearby town, no matter what you like to do. 

If you’re an outdoorsy type, you’ll be happy to hear that there are lots of active things you can do within 10 miles of the resort. You can go to an archery range, rent canoes and kayaks, go boating in the nearby lake, and enjoy some New Jersey fishing. Watersports are always on the table here!

Cape May also has several interesting attractions and landmarks that may be of interest to visitors. Tourists may enjoy visiting the Cape May Lighthouse, Emlen Physick Estate, and Historic Cold Spring Village.

There are also several beaches in this area such as Sunset Beach, Higbee Beach, and Poverty Beach. These are all sandy beaches that are perfect for long walks, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Cape May Point State Park encompasses a lot of this area, so you can enjoy some beautiful scenery as well. 

Any coastal state has great seafood, but Cape May is also a hotspot for foodies of all sorts. There are tons of great restaurants in this area, but some local favorites include:

  • Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille
  • Jojo Pizza
  • Backstreet Simply Delicious
  • Key West Tacos
  • Blue Moon Pizza
  • Coastal Blue
  • Hot Dog Tommy’s
  • Provence
  • The Mad Batter
  • Sea Salt
  • The Rusty Nail
  • Tisha’s

There’s a lot more where that came from! No matter what your budget is or what your favorite food is, Cape May is sure to provide. There are also lots of options for entertainment and shopping nearby. You can easily find whatever you need without straying far from your campsite.

Campground reviews

Sun Retreats Cape May has gained a good reputation over the years, and many people have enjoyed their experience here. On Good Sam, this resort earned a 9/10 for its facilities and bathrooms and a 9.5/10 for its overall appeal. 

On RV LIFE Campground Reviews, the campground score is an overall 7.5/10 with the vast majority of the reviews coming in at Good or Excellent. There are some overlapping things that people seem to like about this campground. Some of the most common compliments are about the friendly staff, wide range of activities, and the great location. 

Of course, every park has a few downsides. Many guests commented that this park is quite crowded and that there isn’t much space between sites. Others noted that the resort was generally clean, but there were a few dirty areas. Age is also starting to creep up on some of the facilities, but overall, it’s well maintained. 

If you’re looking for a good RV park in the Cape May area, you should definitely keep Sun Retreats Cape May (aka Seashore Campsites & RV Resort) in mind! If you’d like more information about this resort or want to book a reservation, visit their website here. If you want to read more reviews from guests, visit RV LIFE Campground Reviews.

 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Visit Sun Retreats Cape May In New Jersey appeared first on RV LIFE.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms To Look Out For While RVing

camping chairs at sunset - feature image for heat exhaustion symptoms

Look Out For These Heat Exhaustion Symptoms While Camping

As we move into the hottest part of summer, it’s important to consider the environmental risks that RVers, campers, and other outdoorsmen face. Heat exhaustion is a very real threat to anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun. Even though it’s not always obvious from the get-go, there are several heat exhaustion symptoms that can let you know there’s a problem. 

As someone who has experienced heat exhaustion myself, it’s not a fun time! It interrupted my whole day and left me feeling weak, nauseous, and shaky. Thankfully, we were able to address it before it evolved into heat stroke, but this condition can be quite serious. 

Below, we’ll give you a comprehensive guide to heat exhaustion, including its symptoms, treatment options, prevention, and the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the sun, it’s important to know what to look out for!

What are the most common heat exhaustion symptoms?

First things first, you need to know the warning signs for heat exhaustion. This usually builds up over time and doesn’t hit you all at once. Some people might experience every symptom, while others only have a few. If you experience a combination of the following, it’s time to consider that you might have heat exhaustion. 

The Mayo Clinic cites some common heat exhaustion symptoms on their website here. Some warning signs to watch out for include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cool, damp skin
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Light-headedness
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure (especially when standing up quickly)
  • Swollen feet or hands
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dark urine
  • Pale skin
  • Fainting
  • Confusion

 

If you or someone around you is experiencing these heat exhaustion symptoms, it’s important to treat them immediately. Heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke if it isn’t promptly dealt with. 

Treatment options

Once heat exhaustion has set in, there are several things you can do to treat yourself or others. It’s best if you can get someone to help you because a person who is affected shouldn’t be moving around too much. 

First of all, heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot and cannot cool itself down. This is especially common in areas with high heat and high humidity (because your sweat cannot evaporate and cool you down). 

Your first priority needs to be lowering your body temperature. If possible, go indoors and find a cool room to lie down in. Otherwise, look for a shady area where you can get out of the sun. Don’t exert yourself in this condition. 

Next up, you need to hydrate. Heat exhaustion commonly occurs when someone is dehydrated because they don’t have enough fluids to produce cooling sweat. Drink cool water or sports drinks to replenish fluids and electrolytes. Don’t gulp it down, but take small sips so you can slowly adjust. If you drink too much too soon, you’ll cause more harm than good. Avoid soda and alcohol during this time. 

Finally, try to cool down with exterior methods. You can use cold washcloths, air conditioning, fans, or a cool bath/shower to lower your body temperature. If the affected person is wearing tight, restrictive clothing, that should also be removed. 

Try all of the methods above for about one hour. If the heat exhaustion symptoms don’t improve during this period, it’s time to seek medical attention (source).

Prevention

Although heat exhaustion can be treated, it’s better if you can avoid it altogether. Speaking from experience, I definitely would prefer to never go through it again! It’s comparable to the stomach flu and can incapacitate you for several hours. But looking back at my experience, there are several things I could have done to prevent the issue in the first place. 

First up, keep an eye on the heat and humidity index. A relative humidity of 60% or higher makes it hard for sweat to evaporate off your body. This can then lead to overheating (source). You can experience heat exhaustion on any warm day, but the risk increases exponentially if the temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. If the heat and humidity are high, limit strenuous activity and try to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day. 

Next, you should know if you are in a high-risk group. Heat exhaustion can affect anyone, but those who are especially young or old are more vulnerable to it. People who are younger than 5 and older than 65 need to take extra precautions when it comes to avoiding heat exhaustion symptoms.

If you do plan to spend time outside during a particularly hot or humid day, you can form good habits to protect yourself. First of all, hydrate! Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. 

You should also wear appropriate clothing and sun protection. Wear loose, light-colored clothing that is breathable. A sun hat will help you stay cool. Apply sunscreen frequently as well. If you have a bad sunburn, you’re more likely to develop heat exhaustion because your body is warmer than usual (source).

Finally, never leave children or pets in cars on hot days. This is common sense for most people, but it’s still worth mentioning. Even adults can become overheated if they spend too much time in this environment! If you must leave the car for a few minutes, leave the air conditioner running and crack open the doors/windows. 

Heat exhaustion vs heat stroke

Heat exhaustion isn’t fun to deal with, but it’s not too dangerous on its own. Most people that are affected and receive proper treatment will have a full recovery within a day or two. However, if the exhaustion is left untreated, it can rapidly change into heat stroke. 

This is a serious medical emergency that can be deadly. This occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It can cause brain damage and can be life-threatening for most people (source). According to Health Line, symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • High fever (104 or higher)
  • Flushed, red skin
  • Headache
  • Delirium
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Coma

 

If heat stroke has begun to set in, you need to seek medical help immediately. While you wait for them to arrive, you need to do everything you can to lower the body temperature of the affected person. Immerse them in a cold bath, mist the skin with cool water, or apply ice packs to high blood flow areas (wrists, neck, groin, armpits, etc). Get them out of the sun and keep them still until help arrives (source).

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke need to be taken seriously. If you feel like you’re becoming dizzy, weak, or nauseous after spending time in the sun, take care of yourself as soon as possible. These conditions can quickly get worse if you ignore them. 

 

One of the best parts about RVing is engaging with the community of traveling enthusiasts. iRV2 forums allow folks to chat with other RVers online, and get other perspectives on everything RVing, including products, destinations, RV mods, and more.

Related articles:

 

The post Heat Exhaustion Symptoms To Look Out For While RVing appeared first on RV LIFE.

RV LIFE | Grape Creek RV Park

How To Stay Cool In Your RV This Fourth Of July

flag in front of RV park

Stay Cool While Camping For The Fourth Of July

I remember when I was a kid running around and enjoying the Fourth of July celebrations. I was mainly enjoying it because I was out of school, but I also was having a great time because I didn’t think about how hot it was at all. As I get older, I’m a little more intolerant of 100+ degree weather. Well, I’ll be honest…getting over 85 degrees F is sometimes pushing it. I have a lot of tips and tricks I use to stay at a comfortable temperature in my everyday activities. Try some of these ideas.

1. Plan your meals ahead of time.

You are going to want all your fun traditional foods you share with family and friends for the holiday. If you have items you bake yourself, prepare them ahead of time at your brick-and-mortar. If you full-time or will be at the campground a while before your celebration meals, make them later at night or in the morning so you don’t heat up the RV during the hottest time of the day.  This is usually around 3-6 p.m. 

Better yet, fire up the grill and cook outside so you are at least leaving the RV cool inside.  You can always go out and enjoy a meal at a restaurant and you don’t have to heat up the RV at all. Shoot for a late lunch so you can utilize a venue’s air conditioning. Be sure to add lots of water and cool drinks at every meal to help keep you cool too.

2. Try wearable coolants. 

Take your Fourth of July celebration to the next level with wearable items that will also keep you cool. Nothing keeps me cooler than a bandana with ice wrapped inside. 

Carrying a mini fan that you can clip to your shirt or hat is convenient too. Take it a step further by only packing moisture wicking shirts and socks. Bonus if you get UV-resistant pieces. And you can find all these items in red, white, and blue!

3. Take advantage of shade.

You may already have items that will lend shade, but switching them out for inexpensive, patriotic decorated items will bring the party to you. If you don’t have shade options, invest in something that can cool your adventure down by ten degrees. You can start with individual umbrellas you may have around your house and strap them to your lawn chair for a quick fix. 

You can get palapa umbrellas or large umbrellas with stands to put over groups of chairs or tables. There are extended awning shades you can attach to your rig. Placed at the correct angle and position, these awning shades can provide a lot of shade without you having to move them around during your stay. If it isn’t windy, extend your RV awning so they at least block the sun off the side of your rig.

4. Select campground amenities.

You may not always look for extra amenities at an RV campground, but this season, it can come in handy several ways.

First, look for a campground with a pool. This is a great way to cool off, but you may also be able to bring disposable party supplies and have your event right at the pool.  

Check to see if they have a central lodge and what features it may have. Sometimes there are pool tables, ping pong tables, large screen TVs, and other amenities you can enjoy for a party. Be sure to check in advance if you need to reserve space or if there will be any available. 

Most importantly, check to see what the local fireworks rules are. If they don’t allow fireworks onsite, can you see them from other local venues, or do they do a firework display for RVers? 

You can easily search campgrounds in your area as well as their amenities on RV LIFE Campground Reviews or while planning an RV-safe route on RV LIFE Trip Wizard

5. Plan your excursions.

Take the hottest part of the day and turn it into a Fourth of July tradition. We have a tradition of seeing a movie in the afternoon with the entire family. We plan and book our tickets in advance. Some people plan the afternoon for various types of shopping. This helps you get under someone else’s A/C and gives yours a break. 

Get out and enjoy a local parade or event. Just stick to the shade and bring fluids. Turn your A/C down to 80 degrees when you are away. This way, it will get a slight break but keep your rig cool enough for returning or for pets. 

6. Consider your RV supplies.

It’s the everyday items that can turn a hot day into a cool experience, and these can enhance your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends. 

Set up misters. It will not only keep you cool, but the kids and pets will enjoy running through it (or us adults too!). When you bring camping chairs, bring ones that are vented or lightweight material. Materials like cotton, rayon, polyester, or nylon are good options; bonus if they’re mesh. (Keep these materials in mind for your clothing too.) 

Your refrigerator or cooler may already store your ice, but you will probably want to consider a portable ice maker or a cooler upgrade that will keep ice or make ice for days instead of hours. 

If you plan to take fireworks for your own entertainment, check to see where and when you are permitted to use them. It might not even be a bad idea to select ones that put off little heat or flames, not just for safety, but you might as well not heat up the campsite during the day if you don’t have to.

Have a great Fourth of July with your family and friends!

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post How To Stay Cool In Your RV This Fourth Of July appeared first on RV LIFE.

Are Permanent Campsites A Better Choice?

permanent campsites in California with RV and empty site

What Are The Benefits Of Permanent Campsites?

Whether you’re a weekend camper or full-time RVer, you’ve probably been to at least a few campgrounds that offer permanent campsites. Maybe you didn’t think anything of those sites, or they left you wondering, “Are permanent campsites a better choice?”

The answer to this question isn’t an easy one, as there are many factors that come into play. That said, we will say that depending on your situation, it might makes sense to consider a permanent campsite. You see, while a permanent site does tie you to one place for a while, these long-term campsites come with a whole host of benefits. 

Let’s explore this topic further, discussing who might benefit from a long-term campsite, what they should consider, as well as what kinds of benefits they should expect. 

Why choose a permanent RV site?

First, let’s discuss when you might benefit from choosing a permanent campsite. These long-term campsites are ideal for those who:

  • Live in their RV full-time and do not travel. 
  • Live in their RV full-time and travel very slowly, moving once a month or less. 
  • Use their RV for short stays and don’t mind visiting the same campground every time. 

 

If you fit into one of these categories, you may be wondering how you would benefit from choosing a permanent site over hopping from one campground to the next. Here are the benefits of such a site:

  • Lower cost. Generally, campers in permanent sites are charged a monthly, seasonal, or yearly rate. The per-night cost is much less than paying for nightly stays, but this might only be cost-effective if you’re full-time or spend a significant amount of time in your RV. 
  • No more moving the rig. Moving an RV can be a pain, especially if you only go on weekend trips or you are full-time and in one area for a long time. Not only that, but moving means actually finding a new campsite every time you move, something that can be challenging during camping season. Paying for a long-term site means you won’t have to deal with moving the RV or finding sites anymore. 
  • A mailbox. Some campgrounds give those in long-term sites a mailbox, meaning they can receive mail and packages at the campground, a major bonus for full-time RVers. 
  • A community. In many campgrounds with permanent sites, there is a tight-knit community that you will get to be a part of. This can be a major benefit if you’re looking for fellow campers to connect with or if you’re new to an area and looking to make friends. 

Long-term RV campsites

There are many different long-term stay options out there. The type of permanent site you choose will depend on how long you plan to keep your RV on-site. Think about which option best suits your needs before you start looking for a site. Research campgrounds on RV LIFE Campground Reviews to learn more about the campground before you stay.

Monthly stays

Monthly stays are for those who only plan to stay a month or two or aren’t sure how long they might need to be in one place. Choosing a monthly site does save money over a weekly or daily rate but gives you more freedom to move around. 

Seasonal site

If you plan to move with the seasons, a seasonal site might be for you. Generally, choosing a seasonal site gives you a place to stay for 5–7 months. You might be asked to pay for the entire stay upfront, but you will likely get a better rate than those who choose monthly sites. 

Annual sites

Finally, there are annual sites. These are perfect for those who will always be in the same general area and just want a place to park their rig and leave it. The contract for an annual site lasts a full year and could even save you money over a seasonal site. 

Family camping in an RV at night

Things to consider when choosing a permanent campsite

By now, you probably have a good idea of whether a permanent campsite would work well for you. If you do decide to go this route, remember to keep these things in mind as you’re looking for the perfect long-term campsite. 

Location

Obviously, location is key. If you’re in one spot in order to work a stationary job, you will need to be near your work. If you’ll only go to your RV on weekends, you’ll need a campground near home. Just want to explore an area for a while? Be sure to choose somewhere that has plenty to see and do. 

Cost

Cost is the next thing to keep in mind. The biggest benefit of staying long-term is cost savings, so you will want to make sure you’re actually saving some money. Keep in mind however, that the cost of permanent campsites varies greatly depending on where in the country you happen to be. We’ve seen sites for as little as $350 a month and other places that cost $2,000 or more. 

Amenities

Amenities are another important factor. If you’ll be in one place for a while, make sure it has what you need to be happy. This might include mailboxes for residents. It could also include a playground, pool, hot tub, laundry room, dog park, and more.

Utilities 

Before you sign any contract, make sure you fully understand what you’re signing. Many campgrounds require that those staying long-term pay for their own utilities. If you’re accustomed to water and electric being included in the cost of your site, this could come as a nasty surprise. 

Stay limit

Last but not least, make sure you clarify whether the campground has any stay limits. We’ve heard of folks renting annual sites that they were only allowed to use 210 days a year. If you’re planning to live in the site full-time, this could be a major issue. 

As you can see, permanent campsites are a great option for many people. Hopefully, this article helps you determine whether these are an ideal campsite solution for you!

 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Are Permanent Campsites A Better Choice? appeared first on RV LIFE.

How To Protect Your RV From Sun Damage

travel trailer getting sun damage in front of capitan mountains

Keep Your RV From Getting Sun Damaged

Ah, the sun… it’s beautiful, bright, warm, and we rely on it for life. However, the sun can create some harmful effects over time, especially on manufactured products like RVs. That’s why you need to know how to protect your RV from sun damage. 

UV radiation is an everyday part of life. Most people can just wear sunscreen and a hat and go about their day as usual. But vehicles don’t have that option! They need different types of protection from sun damage. An unprotected RV can become faded and damaged after constant exposure to sunny conditions. 

Once severe sun damage has set in, it’s hard to repair unless you’re willing to replace large sections of your RV. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or slow this process from happening. It is possible to protect your RV from sun damage, so read on to find out how!

Regularly inspect the RV

First things first, you can prevent a lot of problems by being vigilant about the condition of your RV. There are a lot of issues that can creep up on you if you’re not paying attention. This is why it’s a good idea to perform regular inspections of your RV. 

Sun damage will take the heaviest toll on the exterior parts of your RV, but you should check up on everything while you’re at it. Watch for any peeling, fading, or cracking on the exterior. Check the roof as well because problems up here aren’t always evident from the ground. 

Try to perform an inspection before every major trip you take and before you put the RV into storage. 

Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with an online tool such as RV LIFE Maintenance. Not only can you keep all of your documents in one place, but you’ll also receive timely reminders when maintenance is due to help you avoid costly repairs and potentially serious accidents.

Clean/protect the roof

As mentioned earlier, the roof is an important part of the RV. It’s also the area that’s most often exposed to the sun. The sides will have rotating levels of exposure, but the roof will almost always be directly lit. This makes it one of the most vulnerable parts when it comes to sun damage. 

When you perform your inspections, pay extra close attention to the roof. Double-check the seams and apply sealant/caulk if there are any rips or cracks. Using a protective roof coating will also go a long way toward protecting the vehicle. 

If you need a good all-around product to protect your roof, try RV Roof Magic. This works for a variety of roof materials and has built-in UV resistance. It also creates a seamless layer that is harder to break down.  

Use an RV cover

Next up, an RV cover is your best friend if you want to protect your RV from sun damage. These covers will form a protective layer between the vehicle and the UV radiation coming from the sun. Plus, they’re perfect for protecting your RV from dirt, pollen, sap, and other debris that might make it dirty. 

An RV cover is a great investment for anyone who stores their RV outdoors when it’s not in use. You’ll find that it makes the cleaning and storage process so much easier because it creates a protective shell.

The best RV covers will vary depending on your RV length, type, and environment. However, a great overall option is the KING BIRD Upgraded Travel Trailer RV Cover. It’s waterproof, breathable, UV resistant, and comes with tire covers. 

Wax the RV

Wax is like sunscreen for your RV. Most of them have UV-resistant qualities and will dull the impact of the sun on your RV exterior. They will also protect the base from water damage, dirt, and anything else that may harm the outer shell.

There are tons of great RV waxes on the market, but some of the best include STAR BRITE Premium RV Polish, Ethos Resist, and Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax Kit. 

Park in covered areas

One easy way to avoid sun damage is to stay out of the sun! Of course, there’s no way to cover your RV while you’re traveling, but you can look for protected areas to park when you set up camp or put the RV into storage. Indoor storage solutions will keep it safe and temperature-regulated. 

Parking under trees or shade pavilions is an easy solution when you’re on the road. Unfortunately, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll find a shady spot that’s big enough for your RV. Try to find shady RV parks or campgrounds if you can. You can learn more about campgrounds and their amount of foliage by reading RV LIFE Campground Reviews.

When you park at home, it’s smart to invest in a carport so you’ll always have shade for your vehicle. You can also park under trees, but this could pose a risk to your RV if branches fall or sap drops on the roof. 

Protect your RV tires

Tires are one of the most important things to protect from sun damage. If tires are exposed to too much UV damage, they can become weak and cracked. This isn’t an issue when the RV is parked, but it’s a major danger when you’re on the road. Weakened tires can blow out at highway speeds, leaving drivers in a very dangerous situation. 

Luckily, you can protect your RV tires from sun damage by using RV tire covers. These fit over the tires and provide a layer of protection against the sun. 

Protect the interior

Don’t overlook the RV interior when you’re fighting against sun damage! If you have a lot of sun coming into the windows, your interior walls, floors, and furniture can become cracked and faded. This isn’t dangerous to the inhabitants, but it can lower your resale value and ruin the aesthetic. 

There’s an easy solution to this problem, though! Just use curtains or window covers when you’re not using the RV. These will deflect or absorb the majority of the sun’s rays before they make it into the RV. 

How can sun damage affect your RV?

Sun damage may sound like a minor inconvenience, but it can seriously degrade your RV over time. This results in a variety of problems, such as:

Leaky roof

If you leave the roof unprotected, it can develop cracks. These will let in dirt, bugs, and worst of all, water. A leaky roof can cause damage that spread throughout your whole RV. It’s hard to fix and dangerous to the overall structure. 

Weak tires

As mentioned above, heat-damaged tires are a serious road hazard. They can disintegrate without warning, putting you and everyone around you at risk. 

More maintenance over time

If you don’t put in the effort to protect your RV from sun damage, you’ll have to pay much more money over time. UV radiation will cause damage to many parts of the vehicle, and it will be expensive to repair or replace them.

Lower resale value

A sun-damaged RV is worth less on the resale market. Buyers can see that it hasn’t been properly maintained; plus, it looks old and worn down. If the interior has sustained damage, this is also a dead giveaway. 

Faded color

Finally, sun exposure can fade the colors of your RV paint and interior. This isn’t a huge deal compared to the other problems, but it makes your RV look bad. Some materials will crack and peel when they’re exposed to the sun as well, so you may have to deal with damaged furniture and flooring.

Overall, it’s best to get ahead of these issues and protect your RV from sun damage before it sets in. 

 

RVers looking for valuable how-to information have learned to go to the experts. Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.

Related articles:

 

The post How To Protect Your RV From Sun Damage appeared first on RV LIFE.

Summer In The Midwest: Visit A Yogi Bear Park

Yogi Bear Jellystone park water slides

Yogi Bear Continues To Attract Older RVers & Inspire New Ones

Growing up as a kid in Pennsylvania, we would watch cartoons every Saturday morning. One of the most popular cartoons was Yogi Bear with his pal Boo Boo. The adventures of Yogi would drive Ranger Smith crazy, as Yogi was always trying to get some unsuspecting camper’s picnic basket. That Yogi Bear cartoon ran a meager 33 episodes and left an enormous impression on future campers like me.

Memories that last a lifetime often begin with growing up with tent camping, cabins, or RV family camping. This rite of passage bonds the family and sparks the lifestyle for the next generation. Today, families are limited by rising fuel costs, economic downturns, and strapped with full-time employment. In any event, people will take more meaningful, albeit brief, periods of escape. Therefore, priority is placed on finding the perfect destination, with zero tolerance for choosing the wrong spot.  

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts were founded in 1969 by Doug Haag & Robert Borkovetz. The idea to start a campground came to Haag during a drive down the local highway. As he passed cars and campers on the highway, he got the idea to give families a destination where they could camp and vacation for the summer. Today, Yogi Bear is still trying to get that picnic basket in 80 locations around the United States and Canada. Campers of all ages headed towards the Midwest should consider these two Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campgrounds.

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin and O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois are up for your travel days this summer. Let’s look at two kid-inspired Jellystone Park family destinations.

Why choose a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park?

Why do Yogi Bear parks make the perfect location for your family vacation? Whether you’re searching for that perfect vacation spot, weekend getaway, or an ideal location for your organization or family gatherings, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks will suit all of your needs.

There is always plenty to do for children of all ages, with planned activities to keep the kids happy and busy all day. Best of all, kids are tired out by the end of the day and can’t wait to go to bed! What parent doesn’t NEED that?

Fremont Jellystone Park in Wisconsin

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin is a relaxing location for seasonal and transient campers. It is a beautiful spot nestled along the shore of Partridge Lake. Fremont Jellystone Park is within a 100-mile travel distance from Lyndon, Osceola, Brussels, and Manitowoc. It’s only a 50-mile drive from Green Bay, Bowler, and Montello, and just 25 miles striking distance for Lanark, Appleton, and Oshkosh.

Memories are what our award-winning Fremont Jellystone Park RV Campground is all about. At Jellystone Park™ in Fremont, Wisconsin, our goal is for each and every guest to take back with them memories. 

Yogi and his pals want you to stop on by with your family and get in on the fun this summer, save on high gas prices, and make some new memories at the park, which is indeed a ton of fun for everyone. 

Campground reviews from RV LIFE Members

chrisks13If you decide to stay, I would call and reserve only a site by the water, these are away from the full timers and quieter, however far from the restroom…the sites near the water are nice and shaded.

MM1407Camped here over a weekend. It was a busy time near OshKosh for the air show and rock festivals. At the last minute, this was the nearest campground and all we could find. The office was quite accommodating in helping locate spots for my family to camp. We were placed down by the lake. As you can imagine in July in Wisconsin, the mosquitoes were as large as birds, but we knew that going in. There were plenty of activities for our family and my kids had a blast. Waterslide, fishing, and the pool were all big hits.

Johnson Family 6  – Sites seemed to be level and huge! Never had so much room to spread out before! Was fantastic!!! No sewer; just water and electrical. Was good to have a dump tote. BTW – hook ups on the wrong side of the camper so bring extensions!

O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois

Next up, O’Connell’s Yogi Bear RV Resort in Amboy, Illinois has exactly what you are looking for, just 90 miles west of Chicago and 80 miles east of the Quad Cities.

At this Jellystone Park™ RV Resort, we work hard to be the best campground in Illinois offering fun that the whole family can enjoy. Grab your bathing suit and bring the entire family to one of our 3 pools and 2 waterslides or let the kids play in our arcade. With the most games of any campground in or around Illinois, the fun never stops here at O’Connell’s Yogi Bear™ RV Resort! This is a Jellystone Park™ where Yogi Bear, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ plan fun activities day after day, and hour after hour.

Having “the most games of any campground in or around Illinois” would definitely keep the kids out having fun well into the evening. Remember those hot summer days of camp? All the fun we had running around with friends and making new friends late into the summer eve? Here is that same opportunity to pass that experience along and watch your own kids make new childhood memories. 

Lakeside pier at Oconnells Yogi Bear Jellystone

There is no shortage of activities at this Yogi Bear park. The day can be full of running, swimming, bike riding, arts and crafts, etc. That is only a small sample of things to do.

With that in mind, what about getting in to the park? Well there are a total of 613 sites open now through October. Annual and vacation cottages are up for grabs this summer as well. Don’t wait too long to make your reservations. 

What are RVers saying about this Yogi Bear park on RV LIFE Campground Reviews?

Navalut – Great park. So much to do. Great place for children and adults to play. Everyday the management has activities for ALL ages. Stayed here with my Thousand Trails Membership so it was free.

Read all the reviews, check out the photos, and don’t miss out on the tips. This will help you figure out which sites are best and what else to expect during your stay. If you decide to go, trust RV LIFE Trip Wizard to build an RV-safe route to get you there. 

O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park is within a 100-mile travel distance from Chicago, Milton, Wisconsin, Davenport, Iowa, and Peoria, Illinois. It’s only a 50-mile drive from Marseilles, Naperville, Rockford, and North Utica, Illinois. The gas saving 25-mile striking distance award goes to Rock Falls, Oregon (Illinois), and Shabbona Lake, Illinois.

The bottom line

This summer, take a local drive down the highway to find your destination. Summer in the Midwest can be a great time for family RV travel to enjoy a meaningful and affordable escape.

Fremont Jellystone Park Wisconsin and O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Park in Illinois might be just what you’re looking for this summer: the perfect family destination. 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Summer In The Midwest: Visit A Yogi Bear Park appeared first on RV LIFE.

Visit Sun Retreats Cape May In New Jersey

beach area at Seashore Campsites & RV Resort Near Cape May

Go Camping At Sun Retreats Cape May (Also Known As Seashore Campsites & RV Resort)

Cape May is a beautiful coastal region of New Jersey. Although this state is small, it has many attractions and historical features that attract tourists. If you travel in an RV and want to explore this area, check out Sun Retreats Cape May (also known as Seashore Campsites & RV Resort).

This RV park is luxurious and quite large! It’s got plenty of space for large groups, so you can bring all your friends along for the ride. A combination of tent camping and RVing is allowed here, making it the perfect spot for campers of all sorts.

Below we’ll explore some general details about this resort as well as its amenities, nearby attractions, and reviews. After all, an RV park is only as good as its reviews! We have feedback from guests who have stayed here, and they can vouch for the quality of their visit. Read on to learn all about this RV resort in Cape May.

What to expect 

This resort is located at 720 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204. It’s a very large resort that has a grand total of 600 spaces. A lot of these sites are for permanent residents, so usually only about 200 are available for guests. If you’re interested in buying property, visit their website here

There’s a wide variety of site types to choose from when you stay here. The resort offers a mixture of back-in sites, pull-through sites, pop-up/tent sites, and rental cabins. No matter how you like to camp, this resort can accommodate you. 

In addition, 88 of these sites come with full hookups for water, electricity, and sewage. 50, 30, 20, and 15 amp electrical hookups are available, depending on where you stay and what you need. Pricing varies a bit, but most RV sites start at $59 per night. Tent sites cost $45 per night, and cabins range from $177-$360 per night (depending on the size and type you rent).

Sun Retreats Cape May is a seasonal campground. For 2022, it opens on April 15 and closes on October 31. Those who own property here can stay all year long, but guests will need to visit during the open season.

Resort amenities

This upscale resort offers a lot of benefits to guests and full-time residents. In addition to the hookups and rental cabins, this campground has several amenities that guests can take advantage of. In terms of general comfort/lifestyle amenities, they have showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and an on-site ATM.

There are also a lot of amenities and facilities that are purely meant for comfort and entertainment! For instance, visitors can enjoy a heated swimming pool and lounge area, the resort store, George’s Place snack bar, and a beautiful lake and beach. This lake is cleaned and filtered, plus it comes with a pair of small waterslides. 

This resort is also pet friendly. Guests can get pet supplies for their furry friends when they stay here, and there is plenty of space for them to run around and take walks. 

Other fun amenities include:

  • An activity center with schedules crafts and games
  • A playground
  • Tennis courts
  • A movie theater
  • A wading pool
  • Park-wide Wi-Fi
  • A sandy lake beach
  • An arcade
  • Regular wagon rides
  • A pavilion for large gatherings

Seashore Campsites & RV Resort is an all-ages park that has something for everyone. There are regular activities and live music performances during the peak season. This is a great place for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. 

Nearby attractions/activities

This campground has plenty to offer to its guests, but the location is another major draw of this resort. Cape May is a beautiful and popular place in New Jersey. There are lots of ways to spend your time in the nearby town, no matter what you like to do. 

If you’re an outdoorsy type, you’ll be happy to hear that there are lots of active things you can do within 10 miles of the resort. You can go to an archery range, rent canoes and kayaks, go boating in the nearby lake, and enjoy some New Jersey fishing. Watersports are always on the table here!

Cape May also has several interesting attractions and landmarks that may be of interest to visitors. Tourists may enjoy visiting the Cape May Lighthouse, Emlen Physick Estate, and Historic Cold Spring Village.

There are also several beaches in this area such as Sunset Beach, Higbee Beach, and Poverty Beach. These are all sandy beaches that are perfect for long walks, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Cape May Point State Park encompasses a lot of this area, so you can enjoy some beautiful scenery as well. 

Any coastal state has great seafood, but Cape May is also a hotspot for foodies of all sorts. There are tons of great restaurants in this area, but some local favorites include:

  • Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille
  • Jojo Pizza
  • Backstreet Simply Delicious
  • Key West Tacos
  • Blue Moon Pizza
  • Coastal Blue
  • Hot Dog Tommy’s
  • Provence
  • The Mad Batter
  • Sea Salt
  • The Rusty Nail
  • Tisha’s

There’s a lot more where that came from! No matter what your budget is or what your favorite food is, Cape May is sure to provide. There are also lots of options for entertainment and shopping nearby. You can easily find whatever you need without straying far from your campsite.

Campground reviews

Sun Retreats Cape May has gained a good reputation over the years, and many people have enjoyed their experience here. On Good Sam, this resort earned a 9/10 for its facilities and bathrooms and a 9.5/10 for its overall appeal. 

On RV LIFE Campground Reviews, the campground score is an overall 7.5/10 with the vast majority of the reviews coming in at Good or Excellent. There are some overlapping things that people seem to like about this campground. Some of the most common compliments are about the friendly staff, wide range of activities, and the great location. 

Of course, every park has a few downsides. Many guests commented that this park is quite crowded and that there isn’t much space between sites. Others noted that the resort was generally clean, but there were a few dirty areas. Age is also starting to creep up on some of the facilities, but overall, it’s well maintained. 

If you’re looking for a good RV park in the Cape May area, you should definitely keep Sun Retreats Cape May (aka Seashore Campsites & RV Resort) in mind! If you’d like more information about this resort or want to book a reservation, visit their website here. If you want to read more reviews from guests, visit RV LIFE Campground Reviews.

 

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campground Reviews and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. Campground Reviews is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.

Been to a campground lately? Don’t forget to leave a review! Reviews help other RVers like yourself, and they help the campground. Leave a campground review today!

Related articles:

 

The post Visit Sun Retreats Cape May In New Jersey appeared first on RV LIFE.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms To Look Out For While RVing

camping chairs at sunset - feature image for heat exhaustion symptoms

Look Out For These Heat Exhaustion Symptoms While Camping

As we move into the hottest part of summer, it’s important to consider the environmental risks that RVers, campers, and other outdoorsmen face. Heat exhaustion is a very real threat to anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun. Even though it’s not always obvious from the get-go, there are several heat exhaustion symptoms that can let you know there’s a problem. 

As someone who has experienced heat exhaustion myself, it’s not a fun time! It interrupted my whole day and left me feeling weak, nauseous, and shaky. Thankfully, we were able to address it before it evolved into heat stroke, but this condition can be quite serious. 

Below, we’ll give you a comprehensive guide to heat exhaustion, including its symptoms, treatment options, prevention, and the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the sun, it’s important to know what to look out for!

What are the most common heat exhaustion symptoms?

First things first, you need to know the warning signs for heat exhaustion. This usually builds up over time and doesn’t hit you all at once. Some people might experience every symptom, while others only have a few. If you experience a combination of the following, it’s time to consider that you might have heat exhaustion. 

The Mayo Clinic cites some common heat exhaustion symptoms on their website here. Some warning signs to watch out for include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cool, damp skin
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Light-headedness
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure (especially when standing up quickly)
  • Swollen feet or hands
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dark urine
  • Pale skin
  • Fainting
  • Confusion

 

If you or someone around you is experiencing these heat exhaustion symptoms, it’s important to treat them immediately. Heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke if it isn’t promptly dealt with. 

Treatment options

Once heat exhaustion has set in, there are several things you can do to treat yourself or others. It’s best if you can get someone to help you because a person who is affected shouldn’t be moving around too much. 

First of all, heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot and cannot cool itself down. This is especially common in areas with high heat and high humidity (because your sweat cannot evaporate and cool you down). 

Your first priority needs to be lowering your body temperature. If possible, go indoors and find a cool room to lie down in. Otherwise, look for a shady area where you can get out of the sun. Don’t exert yourself in this condition. 

Next up, you need to hydrate. Heat exhaustion commonly occurs when someone is dehydrated because they don’t have enough fluids to produce cooling sweat. Drink cool water or sports drinks to replenish fluids and electrolytes. Don’t gulp it down, but take small sips so you can slowly adjust. If you drink too much too soon, you’ll cause more harm than good. Avoid soda and alcohol during this time. 

Finally, try to cool down with exterior methods. You can use cold washcloths, air conditioning, fans, or a cool bath/shower to lower your body temperature. If the affected person is wearing tight, restrictive clothing, that should also be removed. 

Try all of the methods above for about one hour. If the heat exhaustion symptoms don’t improve during this period, it’s time to seek medical attention (source).

Prevention

Although heat exhaustion can be treated, it’s better if you can avoid it altogether. Speaking from experience, I definitely would prefer to never go through it again! It’s comparable to the stomach flu and can incapacitate you for several hours. But looking back at my experience, there are several things I could have done to prevent the issue in the first place. 

First up, keep an eye on the heat and humidity index. A relative humidity of 60% or higher makes it hard for sweat to evaporate off your body. This can then lead to overheating (source). You can experience heat exhaustion on any warm day, but the risk increases exponentially if the temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. If the heat and humidity are high, limit strenuous activity and try to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day. 

Next, you should know if you are in a high-risk group. Heat exhaustion can affect anyone, but those who are especially young or old are more vulnerable to it. People who are younger than 5 and older than 65 need to take extra precautions when it comes to avoiding heat exhaustion symptoms.

If you do plan to spend time outside during a particularly hot or humid day, you can form good habits to protect yourself. First of all, hydrate! Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. 

You should also wear appropriate clothing and sun protection. Wear loose, light-colored clothing that is breathable. A sun hat will help you stay cool. Apply sunscreen frequently as well. If you have a bad sunburn, you’re more likely to develop heat exhaustion because your body is warmer than usual (source).

Finally, never leave children or pets in cars on hot days. This is common sense for most people, but it’s still worth mentioning. Even adults can become overheated if they spend too much time in this environment! If you must leave the car for a few minutes, leave the air conditioner running and crack open the doors/windows. 

Heat exhaustion vs heat stroke

Heat exhaustion isn’t fun to deal with, but it’s not too dangerous on its own. Most people that are affected and receive proper treatment will have a full recovery within a day or two. However, if the exhaustion is left untreated, it can rapidly change into heat stroke. 

This is a serious medical emergency that can be deadly. This occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. It can cause brain damage and can be life-threatening for most people (source). According to Health Line, symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • High fever (104 or higher)
  • Flushed, red skin
  • Headache
  • Delirium
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Coma

 

If heat stroke has begun to set in, you need to seek medical help immediately. While you wait for them to arrive, you need to do everything you can to lower the body temperature of the affected person. Immerse them in a cold bath, mist the skin with cool water, or apply ice packs to high blood flow areas (wrists, neck, groin, armpits, etc). Get them out of the sun and keep them still until help arrives (source).

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke need to be taken seriously. If you feel like you’re becoming dizzy, weak, or nauseous after spending time in the sun, take care of yourself as soon as possible. These conditions can quickly get worse if you ignore them. 

 

One of the best parts about RVing is engaging with the community of traveling enthusiasts. iRV2 forums allow folks to chat with other RVers online, and get other perspectives on everything RVing, including products, destinations, RV mods, and more.

Related articles:

 

The post Heat Exhaustion Symptoms To Look Out For While RVing appeared first on RV LIFE.

RV Lifestyle | Grape Creek RV Park San Angelo TX

There was a problem loading this feed.