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Fall Camping Recipe

Planning your trip to the campground this fall is easy; deciding what meal to make while you’re there isn’t always the same story. So be sure to bring along your Dutch Oven and make this roasted chicken for your crew! You’ll love how simple it is to make this filling meal.

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Ingredients

Recipe from SelfProclaimedFoodie.com, adapted for this post.

  • ½ cup dry seasoning rub – ingredients below, just combine thoroughly
  • 1 whole chicken
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pound baby yellow potatoes, quartered
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered

Dry Rub:

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and season all over with the dry rub. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.
  2. When you’re ready to cook, build a fire and heat 24 coals. Arrange 8 under your Dutch oven, evenly to ensure even cooking.
  3. Add butter to your Dutch oven and melt. Sear the chicken on both sides for five minutes each.
  4. Remove the chicken and add the vegetables to the pot.
  5. Replace the chicken in the pot on top of the vegetables, breast side up, and close the lid. Add the remaining coals to the top of the lid.
  6. While cooking, rotate the lid every 15 minutes to ensure it cooks evenly. After 45 minutes, add a few more hot coals to the fire.
  7. Cook until the chicken reaches 165 degrees, approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  8. Serve with a side of toast!

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This meal is perfect for your dinners at the campground, especially if you are spending a day exploring and need an easy meal to dump in the pot and let it cook.  Find your dream RV at RVingPlanet.com today!

4 RVs with King Beds for Luxury on the Move

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If you love to take luxury on the road, you’ll fall in love with these RVs with king beds for sale near you! No matter where you go, you can get a great night’s sleep that will keep you refreshed and ready for the day ahead of you. Learn more about these four incredible deals near you.

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2022 Alliance Paradigm 310RL

This stylish couple’s coach is ideal for snowbirds who love to live in luxury while at the campground. The 2022 Alliance Paradigm 310RL fifth wheel available for order features a king bed in a slide-out with a spacious wardrobe for all your clothing and gear. You’ll love the kitchen design that features an island, a residential refrigerator, and tons of counter space. 

Additional Features:

  • Kitchen Island
  • No Carpet
  • Flush-Floor Kitchen Slide
  • Pull-Out Fireplace Storage
  • Industry’s Largest Oven
  • Multiple USB Ports
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Plenty of room for making meals for your guests.

2021 Dutchmen Astoria 3203BH

Give your entire crew the space they need in this Dutchman Astoria 3203BH fifth wheel. The private bunkhouse makes this unit ideal for multi-family vacations. Inside, you can easily sleep up to eleven campers. The outdoor kitchen gives you a great way to make your campfire dinners better than ever before.

Additional Features:

  • Private Bunkhouse
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • 30″ Glass Fireplace
  • Walk-In Closet
  • Dual Entry
  • King-Size Bed
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The two-burner stove is great for making side dishes.

2022 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane 35M

Make your vacations easy from start to finish with this Thor Motor Coach Hurricane 35M class A motorhome. The bath and a half design allows everyone to get ready for the day without getting in each other’s way. You’ll love the master suite that provides a king bed and a private bathroom. Additionally, the overhead bunk offers plenty of sleeping space for the kids.

Additional Features:

  • Bath and a Half
  • Master Suite
  • Residential Refrigerator
  • 54″ x 74″ Overhead Bunk
  • Exterior 32″ LED TV
  • Rapid Camp+
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Get a great night’s sleep wherever you go.

2021 Heartland Road Warrior 391

Take your must-have toys along to the campground with the Heartland Road Warrior 391 toy hauler fifth wheel for sale today. This RV features dual entry doors, a spacious loft, and a 13′ garage space. The bath and a half design is great for hosting guests and letting everyone enjoy a little space of their own.

Additional Features:

  • King Bed
  • Dual Entry Doors
  • Loft
  • Bath and a Half
  • Cold Crack Resistant Flooring
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Loading even your heaviest toys will be a breeze.

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5 Incredible RVs with Lofts

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Where will the road take you this year? We’ll show you five incredible RVs with lofts on sale today that will help you and your family get all the space you need at the campground. If you are looking for an RV that is capable of providing a comfortable space for your entire crew, don’t miss these RVs with lofts review.

2022 Alliance Valor 41V15

Get sleeping for up to nine inside the Alliance Valor 41V15 toy hauler fifth wheel. This beautiful RV features a 15′ separate garage with tie-downs and dual refueling stations to keep your toys loaded and ready for your next adventure. The loft provides a convenient sleeping space or additional room for storage off the living room and garage.

Additional Features:

  • 15′ Separate Garage
  • Dual 30 Gallon Fuel Tanks
  • Loft
  • Full and Half Bath
  • Dual Entry
  • Masters of 12 Volt Package
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The power bed system and dinette give you plenty of space for guests.

2022 Forest River Cherokee 294GEBG

If you’re looking for something a bit more lightweight, check out the Forest River Cherokee 294GEBG travel trailer. This unit features an outdoor kitchen with everything you need to make delicious meals by the campfire. Additionally, the loft in the rear of the RV gives you sleeping space for two with a comfortable mattress to ensure everyone gets a great night’s sleep. 

Additional Features:

  • Premium Bedding Ensemble
  • Loft
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Dual Entry Bathroom
  • Outside Shower
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This incredible outdoor kitchen features everything you could want!

2022 Alliance Paradigm 390MP

This Alliance Paradigm 390MP fifth wheel features a mid-bunk design that is ideal for families on the road. You’ll love having a second bedroom for the kids or your guests with a large loft overhead. If you are traveling without the kids, the mid bunk converts into a multi-purpose room easily.

Additional Features:

  • Multi-Purpose Room
  • Loft
  • Private Bedroom
  • Pull-Out Fireplace Storage
  • No Carpet
  • Flush-Floor Kitchen Slide
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This spacious bedroom is perfect for your vacations.

2021 CrossRoads Hampton HP375DBL

Find your home away from home in the CrossRoads Hampton HP37DBL destination trailer available today! You can comfortably sleep up to seven inside this destination trailer, and you’ll love the spacious kitchen with beautiful panoramic windows throughout the living area. The dual loft areas give you plenty of sleeping space for all the kids. 

Additional Features:

  • Double Loft Areas
  • King Bed Slide Out
  • Kitchen Island
  • Large Pantry
  • Free-Standing Table and Bench
  • Dual Entry Doors
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An excellent space for entertaining.

2016 Winnebago Sightseer 36Z

Find your dream RV in the Winnebago Sightseer 36Z class A motorhome. This used 2016 RV for sale is an excellent option for anyone who wants to spend time on the road with their family. You’ll find sleeping for up to eight, a king bed, and a fully equipped kitchen for making meals for your crew. 

Additional Features:

  • Exterior Entertainment Center with TV
  • Home Theatre System
  • King Bed
  • Garnet Full Body Paint
  • Rear valve stem extensions
  • Dual Control Rest Easy
  • Loft Bed
  • Vinyl Flooring throughout
  • Passenger Seat with Footrest
  • Satellite Radio

 

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These captains chairs make the drive more enjoyable than ever.

No matter where you plan to go with your crew, these RVs with lofts will make it easy! Find more RVs for sale on RVing Planet!

5 Best RVs Under 5500 Lbs

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Whether you’re looking for an RV that will help you improve your fuel consumption on the road or you just need a lightweight travel trailer to get you where you’re going, we can help. These five incredible RVs under 5500 lbs are easy-to-tow and feature a variety of floorplans that will fit your needs. Learn more below.

Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 18TO Travel Trailer

Take home the Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 18TO travel trailer today, and you’ll find sleeping for five with a beautiful interior that will make you feel right at home. The hidden bunk is ideal for providing sleeping space at night and folds away to reveal a sofa during the day. You’ll find that the galley kitchen gives you plenty of room to make your favorite campground meals. 

Additional Features:

  • Hidden Bunk
  • Sofa
  • Dinette
  • Private Toilet & Tub/Shower
  • Outside Storage
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There is plenty of space for your crew in this travel trailer.

Keystone Hideout 175 BH Travel Trailer

Weighing just 3550 lbs, this Keystone Hideout 175 BH travel trailer is an excellent option for families. This unit features a set of bunks and a queen-sized bed that ensures everyone gets a great night’s sleep every night you’re away. The kitchen pantry lets you keep everyone’s favorite snacks in easy reach. 

Additional Features:

  • Bunk Beds
  • Queen-Size Bed
  • Pass-Through Storage
  • Kitchen Pantry
  • Sleeps Five
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Plenty of space for your family of five.

Grand Design Transcend Xplor 200MK Travel Trailer

If you love to travel with your four-footed friend, this Grand Design Transcend Xplor 200MK travel trailer is just what you need. The pet drawer makes lets you keep your pet’s food and water tucked away when you don’t need it. The rear corner bathroom gives features a walk-in shower and a foot-flushing toilet.

Additional Features:

  • Pet Drawer
  • Coat Hooks
  • Rear Corner Bathroom
  • Universal Docking Station
  • 43-Cu. Ft. Pass-Through Storage
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Take home your Grand Design travel trailer today!

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The ideal couple’s coach.

Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 192RBS Travel Trailer

Inside the Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 192RBS travel trailer, you’ll find a removable, free-standing table with a sofa that gives you plenty of space to eat dinners together or play a game of cards. The queen bed features vaulted storage so that you can bring along all of your must-have camping gear. The single slide-out gives you plenty of elbow room inside the trailer. 

Additional Features:

  • Queen Bed with Vaulted Storage
  • Single Slide
  • Full Bathroom
  • Pass-Through Storage
  • LED TV

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19CSK Travel Trailer

If you are looking for a lightweight RV that makes a statement, don’t miss the Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 19CSK travel trailer on sale today! These adorable RVs feature designs inspired by the ’50s and ’60s so that you can get a retro look with modern comforts! This couple’s coach is an excellent choice for anyone who loves to travel in style. 

Additional Features:

  • Sofa Bed
  • 60″ Folding Table
  • Semi-Private Bedroom
  • Single Slide
  • Pantry Closet
  • Outside Speakers
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You’ll love this adorable couple’s coach! Order today!

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Cook delicious meals in style!

Find more RVs under 5500 lbs for sale at a dealer near you! Order your next lightweight RV today and save!

2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series Travel Trailer Review

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Give your family adventures for years to come in an incredible travel trailer that delivers plenty of room for everyone in an easy-to-tow package. Check out the incredible features you can expect when you take home one of these 2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series travel trailers for sale near you. We’ll take an in-depth look at the features and amenities packed into these incredible RVs in this 2022 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series travel trailer review. 

Kitchen Features

Wherever you plan to explore, the kitchens in these Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series travel trailers will ensure you always have what you need to make delicious meals. You’ll love the seamless countertops, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage space in the cabinets. Washing dishes after dinner is easy with the large acrylic sinks with a high-rise faucet.

Additional Features:

  • Seamless solid-surface look kitchen countertops
  • Large 50/50 acrylic kitchen sink
  • Brushed nickel faucets
  • Heavy-duty, 75 lb., full-extension, steel ball-bearing drawer guides
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Make delicious meals with ease!

Master Bedroom

Get a great night’s sleep no matter where you find yourself in this beautiful master bedroom. The standard queen beds in the Jayco Jay Flight 8 Series feature queen Serta® mattresses to ensure you always sleep like a baby. You’ll love the built-in wardrobes that vary across the floorplans but always offer plenty of space for your clothing. The under-bed storage gives you more space for your gear.

Additional Features:

  • Queen bed struts
  • Queen Serta® mattress
  • Bedroom LED accent lighting
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Get a great night’s sleep no matter where you travel.

Bunkhouse Designs

If you are traveling with kids or looking for an RV that makes multi-family vacations, check out the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series travel trailers with bunkhouse floorplans available on order today. You’ll find floorplans with bunk beds that can hold up to two adults each. The 4″ think bunk mats available in most models make the bunks as comfortable as possible so that the kids are fully rested for a day of adventures.

Additional Features:

  • 300 lb. rated bunk beds (select models)
  • 600 lb. rated bunk beds (select models)
  • Privacy curtains in bunk areas (select models)
  • 4 in. thick bunk mats (select models)
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The kids will have plenty of space in the bunkhouse models.

Bathroom Features

The spacious bathrooms inside these travel trailers provide everything you need to ensure that you don’t have to set foot inside the bathhouse again. Enjoy the large shower stalls, foot-flushing toilets, and plenty of storage for all of your toiletries in the medicine cabinet.

Additional Features:

  • Marine-grade toilet with foot flush
  • Tub surround
  • Bathroom exhaust vent
  • Shower curtain with curved shower track (select models)
  • Wood-trimmed mirror in bathroom
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Find more floorplans you’ll love at RVing Planet.

Excellent Living Space

No matter how many campers you need to accommodate, you’re bound to find a floorplan that suits you in these Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 Series travel trailers. You can find floorplans with multiple slide-outs or an easy-to-set-up design without slides. The fold-down sofas and entertainment centers make it easy to plan a movie night at the campground with your family. Learn more about these incredible RVs when you shop today.

Additional Features:

  • Premium multimedia sound system with DVD/MP3/iPod input jacks and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Digital TV antenna
  • Cable/satellite TV hookup
  • 81 in. ceiling height
  • Solid hardwood cabinet doors
  • LED interior lighting
  • Wardrobe/pantry storage
  • J-Steel™ jackknife sofa
  • Vinyl flooring
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You’ll have plenty of space for entertaining.

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4 First-Class Class C Motorhomes

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When it comes to making your adventures easier and more comfortable for everyone, the class C motorhomes on sale at RVing Planet are an excellent place to start. Fall in love with the quality construction and reliable designs that will help you make the most of your time away. Learn more about four of our favorite designs in this class C motorhome review.

Coachmen Cross Trail XL 23XG

Your family of five can comfortably take vacations across the country in this Coachmen Cross Trail XL 23XG class C motorhome. Inside, you’ll find a queen bed, an overhead bunk, and a large U-dinette that gives you plenty of space for sleeping. The Swing-Arm Smart TV allows you to stream your favorite shows directly from your Smartphone!

Additional Features:

  • U-Shaped Dinette
  • Swing-Arm Smart TV
  • Sleeps Five People
  • 16′ Power Awning
  • Countertop Extension
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You’ll love staying in this space.

Forest River Forester LE 2151S

Order the Forest River Forester LE 2151S class C motorhome today and get more out of your adventures with this spacious family RV. The kitchen features a three-burner stove with a flip-up countertop and a large fridge. The bunk bed above the cab provides enough sleeping for two or doubles as a storage space for additional camping gear. 

Additional Features:

  • Bunk Over Cab
  • Queen Bed
  • Convection Microwave
  • Flip-Up Countertop
  • Roto-Cast Storage

Jayco Greyhawk 27U 

Right now, this Jayco Greyhawk 27U class C motorhome is on sale for $124,811! That’s over $21,000 in savings, and you can take home an RV with a walk-around king bed, sleeping for six, and a fully equipped kitchen. You’ll love the spacious 30″ x 36″ shower that makes it easy to clean up after a day around the campground. 

Additional Features:

  • Walk-Around King Bed
  • 18′ Electric Awning
  • 30″ x 36″ Shower
  • Abundant Interior Storage
  • Countertop Extension
  • Double Slides

Thor Motor Coach Chateau 31W

The reliable construction of the Thor Motor Coach Chateau 31W class C motorhome is just one of the many reasons so many RVers love these motorhomes. The Ford E-Series chassis is paired with a 7.3L V8 350 hp engine that ensures your drive to and from the campground will be smooth, even while towing a second vehicle. The full wall slide provides you with additional interior living space so that everyone will be comfortable during your stay! 

Additional Features:

  • Full-Wall Slide
  • USB Charging
  • Convection Microwave
  • Bunk Over Cab
  • Private Bedroom
  • Premier Package
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An excellent place to relax and enjoy your time away!

Find more RVs for sale at RVing Planet today and take home your next adventure!

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Master Tech RV: Building Our Mind-Blowing RV Solar and Lithium System

This week we visit with Tim and Austin Klenk, father and son team at Master Tech RV Custom Coach and Marine in Elkhart IN. Their team is installing an extreme solar and lithium system on our Newmar New Aire. How extreme is it? Tim and Austin explain some of the details in this episode...

How To Buy An RV In 2021 (with NIRVC's Angie!)

When we began researching new RV options several months ago, it quickly became clear that the process of buying an RV has changed dramatically this year. In this post, we visit with our friend Angie from National Indoor RV Centers to share tips for buying an RV in 2021...

We Sold Our RV!

We sold our RV in less than 24 hours. Being full-time RVers adds a whole different level of complexity to selling an RV. We share the experience of selling our motorhome, introduce you to its new owner, and talk about what we have done with our stuff while we wait for our new RV...

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The Warren Occult Museum is a Road Trip Destination You Can’t Visit Ever Again

The Warren Occult Museum is a Road Trip Destination You Can’t Visit Ever Again Nestled in Monroe, Connecticut, you’ll find the Warren Occult Museum. It’s an intriguing attraction for horror movie fans and those obsessed with the paranormal. If you fall into one of those categories, the Warren Occult Museum may be for you. But […]

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Do Lightweight Campers Really Exist?

Do Lightweight Campers Really Exist? Are you on the hunt for a legitimate lightweight camper? We’ve got good news for you. They really do exist! But there’s more to camper weight than just pounds. This article discusses lightweight camper options from 1,000 to 5,000 pounds and what exactly those numbers mean. Let’s take a look! […]

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The 5 Best Full Time RV Living YouTube Channels

Less Junk, More Journey family in their Airstream

Interested in full-timing? Check out some of the best full time RV living YouTube channels, like Less Junk, More Journey (pictured)

The 5 Best Full Time RV Living YouTube Channels

How many of you watch YouTube more than you watch cable or shows on your smart TV? The Google video service has not only churned out excellent DIY and cat videos, but has also made stars out of seemingly normal people. Anyone who has a good camera, some editing skills, and a winning personality can become a YouTube sensation.

The best YouTube videos need to cover several bases. They need to be entertaining, informative, and beautifully filmed. It also helps if they are of adequate length (around 20 to 30 minutes) and not overly ad-heavy.

These types of videos can be a challenge to find, but when you do find them, the filmmakers become part of your life and you will end up really looking forward to their next episode.

For those of us interested in RVs and camping, this goes double. We really get attached to our favorite YouTube channels that feature our favorite full-timers, RV tours, DIY projects, and road trips. We also tend to stick with these channels and become subscribers or even Patreon supporters.

The following YouTube channels run the gamut from single travelers and couples living full-time in larger Class A or Class C rigs to minimalists in truck campers or fiberglass trailers. These full-time RVers are all experts in their type of camping. They have been living on the road (maybe in multiple RVs) for at least several years, so these are the ones to watch for both information and inspiration.

1. We’re the Russos

If you want a no-nonsense, to-the-point series of life on the road, be sure to subscribe to We’re the Russos. Joe and Kait have been living on the road for several years and have had experience with many different types of RVs on their search for the perfect home on wheels.

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Full time RV living YouTube channels such as We’re the Russos can be both informative and inspirational. 

They started out in a Class A towing a Jeep. Then they massively downsized to a Hymer van, and then to a Four-Wheel Campers Hawk flat bed truck camper on a diesel truck.

Each of their videos is beautifully shot without containing irrelevant information. The couple covers their trips around the country, off-road treks, RV and expo tours, gear recommendations, and the challenges of living in a truck camper.

While their videos are entertaining, the best part is Joe and Kaiti. They are friendly and enthusiastic about the RV life and would be wonderful to meet in person.

2. Creativity RV

Robin of Creativity RV has a loyal following for both her great personality and her honest view of life on the road. Robin lives full-time in her Grand Design Solitude 310GK fifth wheel. She previously lived in a Class B and a Class C.

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Her videos are brutally honest accounts of her life in her RV and what it’s like to be a single female on the road. She also interviews other full-time RVers as well as people looking to go full-time. Some of her best videos include how to make a living on the road and how to find free boondocking spots for larger rigs.

3. Less Junk, More Journey

Marissa and Nathan of Less Junk, More Journey are unique in this list because they live in their RV with their two children. After selling their house and most of their possessions in 2015, they moved into an Airstream.

Since then, they have tried out several other RVs such as a fifth wheel and a Grand Design 378MBS Class A. They even lived in a van in Hawaii for a month.

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The Less Junk, More Journey videos are popular for a reason. They are beautifully filmed with nice music, impromptu chatter from their children, and a real look at life on the road. The couple also shoots videos on RV gear, modifications, RV expos, and unusual campers and trailers.

4. Elsa Rhae & Barron

This young couple is in a class of their own. After leaving their apartment in Kansas City, Elsa Rhae and Barron moved into a tiny Scamp fiberglass camper with their dog, Kamp. They eschew the typical RV life and live more on the minimal side with a modular battery setup from Goal Zero, very simple wardrobes and gear, and their trusty Subaru towing it all.

full time RV living Youtube stars Elsa Rhae and Barron with their Scamp

Out of all these RV videos, this couple’s film style is totally unique. They show unusual camera angles, play great music, and cover subjects ranging from cleaning and cooking in their RV to hiking and backpacking adventures. The couple recently purchased 40 acres in Colorado, so now their Scamp camper is a tiny house sitting on their land.

5. Off-Grid Backcountry Adventures

On his YouTube channel, Brian Galyon and his dog, Sierra, get back to basics. Brian has been living full-time in his Toyota Tacoma with a truck topper since 2015. In the winter, he lives in a 4-season tent with a wood stove in the backcountry of Colorado and Arizona.

Brian, his Tacoma and truck topper in the desert.

His videos are not flashy and full of music or fancy cuts, but simple and basic with realistic views of life in the woods and the high desert.

Brian recently purchased a vintage Jayco Yellowstone camper that he has parked on his property. He gives full coverage of how he lives off-grid and what he does with his land and gear. Again, like his videos, Brian keeps his DIY projects basic, simple, and budget-friendly.

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 much more.

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Canyon Lake RV Camping In Texas Hill Country

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Canyon Lake RV camping is the best way to explore this beautiful area. Photo via Shutterstock

Canyon Lake RV Camping In Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country is one of many beautiful places to visit in the Lone Star State. Just west of San Marcos and about one hour from San Antonio, Canyon Lake is at the heart of Hill Country.

There are so many things to see and do, it would be a shame not to spend as much time as possible in the area. Of course, Canyon Lake RV camping is the best way to stay and see it all. Check out some of our recommendations below, and plan your travels with RV Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App to find more campgrounds and points of interest along the way.

Things to do near Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Gorge

Don’t miss spending time exploring Canyon Lake Gorge. Flooding in July of 2002 brought 67,000 feet of water per second over the spillway of Canyon Lake for about six weeks. This left a one-mile-long gorge covering more than 65 acres. In the gorge is exposed rock where you can see fossils, dinosaur footprints, and pools that are fed by springs, waterfalls, and a new ecosystem.

Scuba dive

Did you know you could scuba dive in Canyon Lake? There is plenty to see underwater with a visibility of around 20 feet. Rumor has it, if you look hard enough you might even find a ghost town.

During the 50s and 60s, residents were displaced by the construction of the lake. There were many things they couldn’t take with them that can still be found underwater.

Hiking, fishing, bicycling, swimming

Of course, hiking is in abundance with more than 31 trails covering more than 171 miles. Enjoy the views and see wildlife whether you’re on foot, bicycle, or horseback.

Fishing is also popular on Canyon Lake. Catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, White and Striped bass, and several species of catfish. Canyon Lake also has three parks with beaches, so of course swimming is a great way to cool off.

Cruise the River Road

Cruising the River Road is a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery. The River Road runs approximately 10 miles alongside the Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.

The road is lined with Cypress trees and takes you through four river crossings, campgrounds, tree tunnels, farmlands, ranches, and ends near the Overlook Park. Along the way, you can enjoy fossil hunting, bird watching, geocaching, paddle boarding, and live music at one of the local restaurants.

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

When you are ready for some indoor entertainment, visit the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country. There you will find dinosaur tracks, collections of fossils, Native American artifacts, as well as antique and vintage pieces from the 1800s through the 1950s. Be sure and check out the vintage farm equipment to learn how the first farmers and settlers worked the land.

Best campgrounds near Canyon Lake

There are plenty of Canyon Lake RV parks that will more than suit your needs for a place to base camp near the lake and Guadalupe River. Here are just a few RV parks you might want to check out.

Potter’s Creek Park Campground

Situated on the northern shore of Canyon Lake, this COE park offers large sites with water and electric. Guests can utilize one of two dump stations. The park is open year-round and offers overnight screened shelters and group sites.

Sites are close to the waterfront and have a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. The park also has two boat ramps with docks, a fishing pier, and beach.  

The lake and Guadalupe River also provide great opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, and swimming. The lake and river are stocked with bass, catfish, and river trout. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding, and wildlife viewing. There is a mountain biking trail, horse trail, and plenty of hiking trails.

“Peaceful park. The campsites are a good size. Lots of deer. It’s electric and water hook up. It was so beautiful to wake up to deer outside. We were in site 74. We had the woods behind us and a view of the lake. We camped at Potters Creek Park in a Travel Trailer.” – VickiNurse via campgroundreviews.com.

Covered picnic area beside travel trailer set up for camping

Potter’s Creek Campground. Photo via Campground Reviews

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Hill Country

Families will love this RV park where there are many activities for young and old. Kids can enjoy splashing in the water zone, bouncing on the jumping pillow, or playing mini golf.

Get together for outdoor sports, Gaga ball, horseshoes and more. Hey Hey Rides, gem mining, arts and crafts, and scavenger hunts will have the kids occupied all day. Events include Yogi and Boo Boo meet-and-greets and many other activities.

Full hook-up sites are pull-through or back-in and include a picnic table and fire pit. Cabins and lodge rooms are available as well.

If you want to see the area, don’t miss the Animal World & Snake Farm or check out Natural Bridge Caverns or the McKenna Children’s Museum.

“We had a spacious pull through site with plenty of trees. Most sites were tree covered and high enough for most 5th wheels & RVs. The restrooms were clean & supplied with soap & TP. The staff were always happy & willing to help when they could. The water was very nice. Good for young & oldish. The 2 water slides were great. All in all there is plenty of games & things to do for all ages. You don’t want to miss the visits of Yogi Bear & BooBoo. Cindy Bear was napping when I was there. Great place to visit. We camped at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Hill Country in a Fifth Wheel.” – Rocknoids via campgroundreviews.com

Canyon Cove RV Park

Whether you want to stay for a weekend or longer, Canyon Cove offers full hook-up sites that can accommodate large rigs. The RV park features shaded sites with ancient live oaks, fishing ponds, and plenty of places to explore and picnic.

The park is pet-friendly and their motto is, “A Peaceful Place to Make Memories.” If you are new to RVing, the owners and staff are happy to help you learn the ropes.

Canyon Cove also works with River Sports Tubes, so guests can receive transportation with tubes to and from the Guadalupe River.

Nearby Whitewater Amphitheater regularly hosts many legendary artists. Spend a relaxing evening and enjoy some live music.

small travel trailer in RV site under large shade trees with picnic table nearby

Canyon Cove RV Park. Photo via Canyon Cove

Lake Pointe RV Resort

Lake Pointe RV Resort is another great spot for Canyon Lake RV camping. The resort offers premium lake view spots, park view RV spots, and standard back-in or pull-through sites. All sites have electric and water on level gravel pads, with honey wagon service available for the premium and park view spots.

Lake Pointe has more than 50 acres of Hill Country to explore and overlooks Canyon Lake. Boating, fishing, skiing, and other water sports are just a stone’s throw away.

Amenities include a clubhouse with a shaded multi-level deck where guests can enjoy the sunset, conversation, and a beverage. A junior Olympic size family swimming pool and separate adult pool are also available.

Let the kids run off energy at the playground, or plan a picnic at one of several shaded picnic areas. Hike, bike, or kayak in and near Canyon Lake.

Enjoy the security of a keypad-operated gate and intercom system, as well as safety reps who patrol the park in the evenings. Pets are also welcome at Lake Pointe and can enjoy a fenced dog run.

Summit Vacation Resort

This Canyon Lake RV park offers 110 RV sites with full hook-ups and some large, extended pull-through sites. On the Guadalupe River and just minutes from Canyon Lake, Summit Vacation Resort is centrally located between San Antonio and Austin and only 16 miles from New Braunfels.

Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities and amenities including three swimming pools, kiddie pools, two basketball courts, 18-hole mini golf, sand volleyball, tetherball, shuffleboard, a hot tub, tennis court, and playgrounds. Charcoal grills and picnic areas with a pavilion is a great way to gather friends and family and enjoy a meal.

Summit Vacation Resort, with some 253 feet of river frontage, offers areas for fishing, tubing, kayaking, and swimming. A tubing shuttle allows guests to float back to the resort’s dock.

The clubhouse is a great place for social gatherings to play board games, card games, or to have events such as a wedding reception, corporate meeting and more. A workout center is also available.

Walnut Canyon RV Park

With 40 spacious campsites, full hook-ups, many pull-through sites, a picnic area, WiFi, and lots of natural areas to explore, Walnut Canyon RV Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

The park is situated in a box canyon on 37 acres. Just three miles south of Canyon Lake, between Sattler and Startsville, you can find plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping.

Check out the nearby towns of Gruene and New Braunfels for antiquing, the outlet malls in San Marcos, or go to Austin or San Antonio for a day trip. Enjoy tubing on the Guadalupe River or boating, jet skiing, and fishing on Canyon Lake.

Nearby tours include Canyon Lake Gorge and Natural Bridge Caverns, or just enjoy the park relaxing, picnicking, or horseshoeing.

Creek Hollow RV Park & Cabins

Creek Hollow RV Park offers full hook-up sites for most rigs. Just 10 minutes from Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, this is a great place for a family vacation.

Amenities include a swimming pool and hot tub, playground, laundromat, dump station, restrooms with showers, and room for group camping and family reunions.

Take a day trip to nearby Fredericksburg, Blanco, Boerne, Canyon Lake, and other cities, or check out some great golfing, live music at Tavern in the Gruene, shopping, or water recreation.

Wineries are abundant in Hill Country, so don’t forget to swing by Becker Vineyards, Driftwood Vineyards, Fawncrest Vineyards, or one of the many others with wine tastings, tours and more.

Guadalupe’s Best RV Park

Located below Canyon Lake Dam, Guadalupe’s Best RV Park backs up to the Guadalupe River Nature Trail and river. Hike across the dam, take a swim in the lake, or relax while fishing. Hike the riverfront nature trail or take a tube trip.

The full hook-up sites have river access as well as free WiFi. The RV park is just a ¼ mile from Canyon Lake Gorge and a short 4 miles to a concert at the White Water Amphitheater. Don’t forget to check out the Dam Red Barn for food and live music.

Find more places for Canyon Lake RV camping

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How To Get Rid Of Mice In RV Campers

mice in an RV - closeup

How To Get Rid Of Mice In RV Campers

At some point or another, every RVer will need to know how to get rid of mice in RV life. Mice are destructive and can chew through wires in your rig and desecrate your food storage, not to mention leave a trail of droppings behind.

It is estimated that a mouse produces around 75 droppings per day. Some can even carry diseases. Yuck! Mice are also prolific breeders, so while you might only see one mouse, there are probably more.

Mice can get in your RV through a hole as small as a dime. Any opening where pipes enter the RV or a small gap on the underside of the unit can be a potential entry point. Be sure to button up any part of your RV that could potentially be an opening. It’s likely if you store your RV for a season, you will have to be even more careful.

Mice prevention

In general, keeping your full-time home free of mice and other rodents will require staying ahead of the things that mice like – food being number one.

Staying alert for possible places that mice can enter is also important. Inspect seams along your slide-out, the outer casings of your air conditioner, door, and window gaskets, and gaps along the underside of your RV by the sewer, water, and electrical lines.

Even if you don’t see a rodent, it doesn’t mean that they might not be lurking behind walls and cabinets. That tell-tale poo is probably the first thing you will notice. Also, look for holes in the floor, cracks in connection points, and chew holes in the backs of cabinets.

It also might not be a bad idea to set out a few traps. Scents such as peppermint oil, mothballs, pine needle spray, dryer sheets, WD-40, and Irish Spring bar soap are said to be good deterrents. Put these in your cabinets and any place you can think of where mice might be attracted.

Some RVers swear that the use of rope lights keep the mice away. Another tried-and-true method is the use of steel wool.

Taking all the food out of your camper is not likely an option if you live in your RV full time. Take some time to do a thorough cleaning of any crumbs that would entice a hungry mouse, and keep items such as crackers, cookies, or cereal in sealed containers. Even crumbs on your stove could be enough to entice a mouse.

If you store your rig for a season, try all these suggestions and remove all food from the camper and give the place a good cleaning. Quality RV storage is another option that will add another layer of protection from mice as well.

How to get rid of mice inside your RV

Once you find you have a mouse problem, make sure you get everything cleaned and throw away any food items that may have been contaminated. Crackers, chips, powered coffee creamer, pasta, and dried fruits can all be vulnerable to mouse pillage.

Those natural solutions mentioned earlier such as moth balls and peppermint oil might deter mice, but once rodents get in, it’s time to get out the heavy artillery.

  • Commercial rat poison attracts hungry mice. They take the pellets back to their nests, eat the pellets and then die. The problem with these is they can also be poisonous to pets and children.
  • Box traps work by luring the mouse in with bait and then trapping the mouse inside the box. You can release the mouse outside once it’s trapped, but they will often return unless you take them for a very long drive.
  • Glue traps are sticky sheets placed where mice travel. When the mouse steps on the trap, its feet get stuck. However, these are inhumane and can take anywhere from 3-24+ hours before the mouse finally dies of exhaustion and starvation.
  • Spring traps are just what they sound like. Place your bait on the trap such as cheese or peanut butter. When the mouse zones in for the food, the trap springs and kills the rodent.
mouse in silver cage with cheese as bait

A mouse cage is another way to catch mice in your RV. Photo via Pixabay.

Getting mice in your RV is an unpleasant experience, but getting ahead of an infestation is key to keeping your sanity. Consider where you are parked and in what season. Are rodents going to try and get in for the warmth and food? Do you have your rig stored properly?

Maybe check your RV once a month to make sure mice aren’t nesting inside it. Also, make sure you keep your rig as uninviting to pests as possible. Keep it both clean and free of holes and gaps.


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.

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10 Best RV Parks In North Carolina

RV parks in North Carolina

10 Best RV Parks In North Carolina

Whether you like the ocean, the mountains, or the forest, North Carolina has something you’ll love. With some of the most beautiful coastline along the Atlantic side of the United States, North Carolina is a hot RV destination!

Let’s take a closer look at 10 of the highest rated RV parks in North Carolina. You can find even more RV parks in North Carolina with a quick search on Campground Reviews or while planning your travels with RV Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App.

1. North River Campground

Shawboro, NC is home to the North River Campground. This park is open year-round and offers full hookups.

There is river access for boaters looking to get out on the water and a stocked 5-acre fishing lake that will appeal to fishermen.

The campground also has a pool and on-site food including pizza – meaning you never have to leave!

RV park in North Carolina - view of the river

North River Campground – Photo via Campground Reviews

2. Ocean Waves Campground

Waves, NC – The name says it all! This is a smaller park with only 68 sites. It is family-owned and run, so you know your stay will be filled with hospitality.

Ocean Waves Campground has 30 and 50 amp full hookups and all sites have concrete pads for easy leveling. Ocean access means whether you are a beach or pool person, you will find your happy place here.

beach in North Carolina

Ocean Waves Campground – Photo via NC RV Traveler on Campground Reviews

3. New Bern KOA Holiday

Nestled on the tranquil banks of the Neuse River and minutes from historic downtown New Bern, this KOA Holiday has full hookup sites with room for pulling through up to 128 feet.

The 100-foot pier is a unique feature of this park. With water sports and fishing on-site, there are lots of things to keep you busy. For those who prefer to be poolside, you’re in luck! There is also a pool for you to enjoy.

pier at RV park in North Carolina

New Bern KOA Holiday – Photo via Campground Reviews

4. Pelican Point RV Park

Situated on the gorgeous Slocum Creek, in Havelock, NC, this military RV park is dedicated to recreation for current and retired military personnel.

Pelican Point RV Park offers full hookups and concrete pads on all sites. This park is open year-round and close to golfing, fishing, entertainment, and local eateries. 

Get a tour of the campground below from Team Roche RV:

5. Camp Hatteras RV Resort

Camp Hatteras RV Resort has been family-owned since 1991. The resort features over 400 full hookup sites with concrete pads as well as all the conveniences you need while enjoying your vacation at the beach.

With 1000 feet of both ocean and soundfront including a marina, pool, and dog park, this North Carolina RV park is a true gem.

“Absolutely love this place. See the sunrise on the ocean side and the sunset on the Pamlico sound side. The campground is well kept, and the management is 5 out of 5 stars. The staff is friendly and also very responsive to my questions. Easy online reservations and check-in, and the camp store has everything you need. My husband and I stayed for 10 days and we were really impressed by the size of the sites, for a campground on the beach. We looked at other campgrounds in the area, and they were not even close. We are planning a visit again soon, and highly recommend this campground. We camped at Camp Hatteras RV Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.” – via lisahosuer on Campground Reviews

Camp Hatteras RV Resort campsite

Camp Hatteras RV Resort. Photo: Campground Reviews

6. Fayetteville RV Resort

Located just outside Fayetteville in Wade, NC, this RV park has tons of amenities to keep you and the family busy.

Fayetteville RV Resort has 2 swimming pools, a spa, volleyball, tetherball, basketball, pickleball, putt-putt, horseshoe pits, and walking trails.

There are 140 total sites with 110 full-service sites and year-round camping, along with cabin rentals if you have guests.

RV parks in North Carolina - Fayetteville RV Resort

Fayetteville RV Resort – Photo: Campground Reviews

7. Cross Winds Family Campground

About midway between Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Cross Winds Family Campground offers 80 sites surrounded by a seasonal pool, stocked fishing pond, rec room, and covered picnic shelter for groups.

All sites have full hookups and include cable TV and WiFi. On-site propane and firewood are also available for your convenience.

Cross Winds Family Campground - one of the top RV parks in North Carolina

Cross Winds Family Campground. Photo by NC RV Traveler via Campground Reviews

8. Four Paws Kingdom Campground 

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Four Paws Kingdom Campground is every dog owner’s dream. A private pond and agility courses, along with lots of space to roam, will have your furry best friends tuckered out by the end of the day.

A doggy spa is available on-site for some pampering and clean-up. Along with the RV sites, there are yurts, cabins, and on-site RVs available for rent.

RV parks in North Carolina - dog at Four Paws Campground

“Our dogs enjoying their patio and fenced yard (Rudy – Site 26)” – Photo & caption via Megan McGrath, Campground Reviews

9. Bear Den Campground

Bear Den Campground is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine, NC. This campground has 144 sites, from unserviced wooded sites to full hookup sites. Whatever your camping style is, there is a spot for you!

Bear Den has something for everyone including a lake and beach for swimming and fishing (no license required). For hikers, they offer over 13 miles of trails for you to explore including a 50-foot waterfall.

Bear Den Campground view of wooded site

Bear Den Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

10. Tanglewood Park Campground

Clemmons, NC is home to the highly rated Tanglewood Park Campground. The 1100-acre park is home to beautiful landscapes including a lake and open pastures along the Yadkin River.

Explore on horseback or mountain bike, or spend the day hiking the area trails. There are also 2 championship golf courses nearby for golf lovers.  

Tanglewood Park Campground

Tanglewood Park Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews


You really can’t go wrong RVing anywhere in the US, but when you’re planning your next RV adventure, make sure North Carolina is on the list.

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than Campground Reviews and RV 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.

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RV Skirting – Will You Be Ready For Winter?

What Is RV Skirting?

Every fall, we see articles like this about RV skirting that remind folks about protecting their RVs for the winter season. With the massive influx of new RVers, a whopping 65 million that plan to go RVing this year alone, this article will be a reminder to some, but new information for many others.

RV skirting is any type of protective material that surrounds the lower portion of your RV and prevents airflow in and out of the underside of your RV. RV skirting will improve the heating efficiency of your RV, protect vulnerable water pipes from freezing, and can help keep rodents away from wiring or form nests.

Unless your RV is stored in a climate controlled RV storage facility or completely shut down and winterized, you will need skirting for your RV if you are stationary for long periods of time.

Traditional RV skirting options

There has been much written about more traditional RV skirting options. Several of our own RV LIFE websites have published in-depth information, shown below, so we won’t revisit that here. 

A more modern RV skirting option

As more and more people jump into RV life and full time RV living and RVs have become more sleek and modern, RV skirting options have evolved.

An inflatable solution from AirSkirts™ uses the air in their inflatable pods for great insulation, but then readily deflates at the end of the season for easy storage. Air can be a great insulator, and even those campers in hot climates benefit from AirSkirts™ to trap the cooler air underneath their RV.

One great feature of AirSkirts™ is their ability to be deployed in under 20 minutes, making them ideal even for shorter stays. Here are a few other features of this innovative product:

  • Military-grade construction
  • Designed and engineered in the USA by a full-time RVer
  • Exclusive, patent-pending inflatable design
  • Superior insulation from cold and heat with a 22″-34″ air cushion
  • Innovative tire-wedge for complete seal
  • Use year round for energy efficiency
  • Easy storage bag – just roll up and go
  • Modular design – position tubes however you want, and order a la carte
  • Shape conforming system to accommodate for drains, valves, etc.
  • No modification or installation needed on your RV
  • AirSkirts™ stays in place even with snow, wind, and rain
  • Keeps out unwanted pets and debris like skunks, raccoons, leaves, and snow.

No modification needed for your RV

It’s stated above, but this cannot be stressed enough. There are no holes to drill, screws to screw in, brackets to mount….NO modifications are needed to your RV to use and enjoy AirSkirts. This ensures that there is no ding to the resale value of your RV should you ever choose to sell it.

Conclusion

Like anything else with an RV, the quality of your initial investment is key. Whether you are buying a tire pressure monitor, sewer hose, generator, or awning…buying quality products always yields longer life for those products and greater enjoyment by you, the RVer. This winter, give AirSkirts a try.

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 much more.

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10 Best National Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

Death Valley National Park campground for big rigs

10 Best National Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

There are so many reasons to adore our national parks. They feature some of the most iconic landscapes, incredible hiking trails, astonishing natural wonders, and lots of diverse wildlife. These locations are at the top of most bucket lists.

However, because our national parks have been around for so long, many of them are just not able to accommodate some of the bigger, more contemporary RVs that visit them. While maximum length for trailers and motorhomes vary between parks, the average permitted length is around 27 feet long. This includes driving through and around the park as well as accessing and parking in various parking lots and campgrounds.

This cuts out some of the more rugged parks or those with smaller campgrounds or narrow roads, bridges, or tunnels. Some examples of these are the Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel in Zion National Park, and some of the curvier roads in Smoky Mountains National Park. Some parks such as Congaree National Park in South Carolina don’t even allow any RVs in their campgrounds.

However, there are still many national park campgrounds where big rigs can easily drive, park, and camp. Below are 10 of our favorites where larger RVs either have their own sections or can be accommodated anywhere within the park. It is good to keep in mind that most national park campgrounds may not have full hookups or even electrical hookups, so be prepared to dry camp.

Before visiting any national park campground, check ahead with the park for available big rig sites as well as hookups. In addition, ask about maximum length and any road restrictions, height restrictions, and obstacles such as large trees or sharp curves. Use an RV-safe GPS like the RV LIFE App and check Campground Reviews to learn whether or not a campground will be able to accommodate your RV.

1. Furnace Creek Campground 

As the largest national park in the Lower 48, Death Valley has plenty of room for the big guys. Not only are the main roads easy to maneuver, but the campgrounds are as well.

Furnace Creek is the only campground run by the National Park Service in Death Valley to accept reservations. Once you are there, the sites are large, paved, and have access to electrical hookups and dump stations. Some of the sites are also ADA compliant.

RVs at Furnace Creek Campground

Furnace Creek Campground at Death Valley National Park. Photo: Campground Reviews

2. Gulpha Gorge Campground 

Located in beautiful central Arkansas, this campground in Hot Springs National Park has what a lot of other national parks don’t: full hookups. Gulpha Gorge also accepts RV lengths up to 60 feet.

Tucked into a lush forest, the sites also have water, picnic tables, and grills. While the park does have bathrooms, they do not have showers, so make sure yours is ready to go.

RVs at Gulpha Gorge Campground

Gulpha Gorge Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

3. Trailer Village RV Park 

This stunning Grand Canyon campground is the only RV campground in the National Park with full hookups. Located close to the South Rim, the park is open year-round with paved pull-through sites that can fit RVs up to 50 feet long. 

Large RVs in a campground in the Grand Canyon

Trailer Village RV Park

4. Sentinel Campground

Located next to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center, Sentinel Campground in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is happy to accommodate RVs up to a whopping 82 feet in length.

Most of the sites will fit rigs around 30 feet, but the park will be able to move you to a larger site if they are available. The park has no hookups or dump stations, but it is close to the refreshing Kings River.

Campsite with firepit and picnic table in Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sentinel Campground

5. Mathews Arm Campground 

With 166 sites, Mathews Arm Campground has plenty of places to park in Shenandoah National Park. In addition, many of their RV sites can fit rigs up to 55 feet in length.

The campground does have electrical hookups and a dump station. The campground is also conveniently located near its namesake hike for waterfalls and wildlife.

Mathews Arm Campground campsites - one of the best national park campgrounds

6. Cedar Pass Campground

Located under the big skies of South Dakota, Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park has 96 roomy sites for all sizes of RVs. The maximum length is 40 feet and pull-through sites are available.

While the sites do not have full hookups, there is both 50 and 30 amp electrical at some sites and an on-site dump station.

Cedar Pass Campground

Cedar Pass Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

7. Colter Bay RV Park 

Not to be confused with the nearby Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton National Park, this portion of the campground caters to RVs with full hookups and sites for RVs up to 45 feet in length.

The Colter Bay Village RV Park has both pull-through and back-in sites as well as 20, 30, and 50 amp connections. This place is also amenity-heavy with stores, restaurants, a marina, and laundry services.

Colter Bay Village RV Park - one of the best national park campgrounds

Colter Bay Village RV Park. Photo: Campground Reviews

8. Flamingo Campground 

Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park looks more like an RV resort rather than a national park campground.

Not only are there 65 sites specifically for RVs, but the campground also has ECO tents, restaurants, tour boats, and access to Florida Bay. Pull-through sites and some electrical hookups are available as well as a dump station.

Flamingo Campground

Flamingo Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

9. Madison Campground 

Yellowstone, the oldest park in the country, is very accepting of larger RVs. Normally, Fishing Bridge Campground on Yellowstone Lake would be a good choice for this list, but as of summer of 2021, it is temporarily closed. This opens up Madison Campground on the west side of the park for larger RVs.

Be sure to make a reservation far in advance for this popular campground. The sites do not have any kind of hookups, but they do accept RVs up to 40 feet in length.

Madison Campground

Madison Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

10. Mazama Village 

Tucked just below the amazing Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, Mazama Village has over 200 sites for all sizes of RVs. Many of the loops feature large pull-through and back-in sites as well as great views over Annie Creek Canyon. 

Some of the sites have electrical hookups and some are accessible. Sites are assigned upon arrival, so call ahead to let the office know your RV’s length and get to your site as early as possible.

RVs at Mazama Village - national park campgrounds for big rigs

Mazama Village. Photo: Campground Reviews

Check out the video below from Camper Report for more information on the best RV length for fitting in national park campgrounds:

Find more big rig campgrounds

For help mapping out your route for your next RV getaway, look no further than RV Trip Wizard. This online planning tool makes it easy to plan an RV-safe route in your big rig. It can also locate interesting sites along the way, all according to your travel preferences. Get RV Trip Wizard with its accompanying RV LIFE App, and start planning your adventure today!

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The 5 Best Full Time RV Living YouTube Channels

Less Junk, More Journey family in their Airstream

Interested in full-timing? Check out some of the best full time RV living YouTube channels, like Less Junk, More Journey (pictured)

The 5 Best Full Time RV Living YouTube Channels

How many of you watch YouTube more than you watch cable or shows on your smart TV? The Google video service has not only churned out excellent DIY and cat videos, but has also made stars out of seemingly normal people. Anyone who has a good camera, some editing skills, and a winning personality can become a YouTube sensation.

The best YouTube videos need to cover several bases. They need to be entertaining, informative, and beautifully filmed. It also helps if they are of adequate length (around 20 to 30 minutes) and not overly ad-heavy.

These types of videos can be a challenge to find, but when you do find them, the filmmakers become part of your life and you will end up really looking forward to their next episode.

For those of us interested in RVs and camping, this goes double. We really get attached to our favorite YouTube channels that feature our favorite full-timers, RV tours, DIY projects, and road trips. We also tend to stick with these channels and become subscribers or even Patreon supporters.

The following YouTube channels run the gamut from single travelers and couples living full-time in larger Class A or Class C rigs to minimalists in truck campers or fiberglass trailers. These full-time RVers are all experts in their type of camping. They have been living on the road (maybe in multiple RVs) for at least several years, so these are the ones to watch for both information and inspiration.

1. We’re the Russos

If you want a no-nonsense, to-the-point series of life on the road, be sure to subscribe to We’re the Russos. Joe and Kait have been living on the road for several years and have had experience with many different types of RVs on their search for the perfect home on wheels.

full time RV living YouTube stars Joe and Kait with their truck camper

Full time RV living YouTube channels such as We’re the Russos can be both informative and inspirational. 

They started out in a Class A towing a Jeep. Then they massively downsized to a Hymer van, and then to a Four-Wheel Campers Hawk flat bed truck camper on a diesel truck.

Each of their videos is beautifully shot without containing irrelevant information. The couple covers their trips around the country, off-road treks, RV and expo tours, gear recommendations, and the challenges of living in a truck camper.

While their videos are entertaining, the best part is Joe and Kaiti. They are friendly and enthusiastic about the RV life and would be wonderful to meet in person.

2. Creativity RV

Robin of Creativity RV has a loyal following for both her great personality and her honest view of life on the road. Robin lives full-time in her Grand Design Solitude 310GK fifth wheel. She previously lived in a Class B and a Class C.

Clean RV Water video with Creativity RV

Her videos are brutally honest accounts of her life in her RV and what it’s like to be a single female on the road. She also interviews other full-time RVers as well as people looking to go full-time. Some of her best videos include how to make a living on the road and how to find free boondocking spots for larger rigs.

3. Less Junk, More Journey

Marissa and Nathan of Less Junk, More Journey are unique in this list because they live in their RV with their two children. After selling their house and most of their possessions in 2015, they moved into an Airstream.

Since then, they have tried out several other RVs such as a fifth wheel and a Grand Design 378MBS Class A. They even lived in a van in Hawaii for a month.

full time RV living Youtube stars Less Junk, More Journey family with Airstream

The Less Junk, More Journey videos are popular for a reason. They are beautifully filmed with nice music, impromptu chatter from their children, and a real look at life on the road. The couple also shoots videos on RV gear, modifications, RV expos, and unusual campers and trailers.

4. Elsa Rhae & Barron

This young couple is in a class of their own. After leaving their apartment in Kansas City, Elsa Rhae and Barron moved into a tiny Scamp fiberglass camper with their dog, Kamp. They eschew the typical RV life and live more on the minimal side with a modular battery setup from Goal Zero, very simple wardrobes and gear, and their trusty Subaru towing it all.

full time RV living Youtube stars Elsa Rhae and Barron with their Scamp

Out of all these RV videos, this couple’s film style is totally unique. They show unusual camera angles, play great music, and cover subjects ranging from cleaning and cooking in their RV to hiking and backpacking adventures. The couple recently purchased 40 acres in Colorado, so now their Scamp camper is a tiny house sitting on their land.

5. Off-Grid Backcountry Adventures

On his YouTube channel, Brian Galyon and his dog, Sierra, get back to basics. Brian has been living full-time in his Toyota Tacoma with a truck topper since 2015. In the winter, he lives in a 4-season tent with a wood stove in the backcountry of Colorado and Arizona.

Brian, his Tacoma and truck topper in the desert.

His videos are not flashy and full of music or fancy cuts, but simple and basic with realistic views of life in the woods and the high desert.

Brian recently purchased a vintage Jayco Yellowstone camper that he has parked on his property. He gives full coverage of how he lives off-grid and what he does with his land and gear. Again, like his videos, Brian keeps his DIY projects basic, simple, and budget-friendly.

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 much more.

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Canyon Lake RV Camping In Texas Hill Country

Canyon Lake - view while Canyon Lake RV camping

Canyon Lake RV camping is the best way to explore this beautiful area. Photo via Shutterstock

Canyon Lake RV Camping In Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country is one of many beautiful places to visit in the Lone Star State. Just west of San Marcos and about one hour from San Antonio, Canyon Lake is at the heart of Hill Country.

There are so many things to see and do, it would be a shame not to spend as much time as possible in the area. Of course, Canyon Lake RV camping is the best way to stay and see it all. Check out some of our recommendations below, and plan your travels with RV Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App to find more campgrounds and points of interest along the way.

Things to do near Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Gorge

Don’t miss spending time exploring Canyon Lake Gorge. Flooding in July of 2002 brought 67,000 feet of water per second over the spillway of Canyon Lake for about six weeks. This left a one-mile-long gorge covering more than 65 acres. In the gorge is exposed rock where you can see fossils, dinosaur footprints, and pools that are fed by springs, waterfalls, and a new ecosystem.

Scuba dive

Did you know you could scuba dive in Canyon Lake? There is plenty to see underwater with a visibility of around 20 feet. Rumor has it, if you look hard enough you might even find a ghost town.

During the 50s and 60s, residents were displaced by the construction of the lake. There were many things they couldn’t take with them that can still be found underwater.

Hiking, fishing, bicycling, swimming

Of course, hiking is in abundance with more than 31 trails covering more than 171 miles. Enjoy the views and see wildlife whether you’re on foot, bicycle, or horseback.

Fishing is also popular on Canyon Lake. Catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, White and Striped bass, and several species of catfish. Canyon Lake also has three parks with beaches, so of course swimming is a great way to cool off.

Cruise the River Road

Cruising the River Road is a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery. The River Road runs approximately 10 miles alongside the Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.

The road is lined with Cypress trees and takes you through four river crossings, campgrounds, tree tunnels, farmlands, ranches, and ends near the Overlook Park. Along the way, you can enjoy fossil hunting, bird watching, geocaching, paddle boarding, and live music at one of the local restaurants.

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

When you are ready for some indoor entertainment, visit the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country. There you will find dinosaur tracks, collections of fossils, Native American artifacts, as well as antique and vintage pieces from the 1800s through the 1950s. Be sure and check out the vintage farm equipment to learn how the first farmers and settlers worked the land.

Best campgrounds near Canyon Lake

There are plenty of Canyon Lake RV parks that will more than suit your needs for a place to base camp near the lake and Guadalupe River. Here are just a few RV parks you might want to check out.

Potter’s Creek Park Campground

Situated on the northern shore of Canyon Lake, this COE park offers large sites with water and electric. Guests can utilize one of two dump stations. The park is open year-round and offers overnight screened shelters and group sites.

Sites are close to the waterfront and have a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. The park also has two boat ramps with docks, a fishing pier, and beach.  

The lake and Guadalupe River also provide great opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, and swimming. The lake and river are stocked with bass, catfish, and river trout. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding, and wildlife viewing. There is a mountain biking trail, horse trail, and plenty of hiking trails.

“Peaceful park. The campsites are a good size. Lots of deer. It’s electric and water hook up. It was so beautiful to wake up to deer outside. We were in site 74. We had the woods behind us and a view of the lake. We camped at Potters Creek Park in a Travel Trailer.” – VickiNurse via campgroundreviews.com.

Covered picnic area beside travel trailer set up for camping

Potter’s Creek Campground. Photo via Campground Reviews

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Hill Country

Families will love this RV park where there are many activities for young and old. Kids can enjoy splashing in the water zone, bouncing on the jumping pillow, or playing mini golf.

Get together for outdoor sports, Gaga ball, horseshoes and more. Hey Hey Rides, gem mining, arts and crafts, and scavenger hunts will have the kids occupied all day. Events include Yogi and Boo Boo meet-and-greets and many other activities.

Full hook-up sites are pull-through or back-in and include a picnic table and fire pit. Cabins and lodge rooms are available as well.

If you want to see the area, don’t miss the Animal World & Snake Farm or check out Natural Bridge Caverns or the McKenna Children’s Museum.

“We had a spacious pull through site with plenty of trees. Most sites were tree covered and high enough for most 5th wheels & RVs. The restrooms were clean & supplied with soap & TP. The staff were always happy & willing to help when they could. The water was very nice. Good for young & oldish. The 2 water slides were great. All in all there is plenty of games & things to do for all ages. You don’t want to miss the visits of Yogi Bear & BooBoo. Cindy Bear was napping when I was there. Great place to visit. We camped at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Hill Country in a Fifth Wheel.” – Rocknoids via campgroundreviews.com

Canyon Cove RV Park

Whether you want to stay for a weekend or longer, Canyon Cove offers full hook-up sites that can accommodate large rigs. The RV park features shaded sites with ancient live oaks, fishing ponds, and plenty of places to explore and picnic.

The park is pet-friendly and their motto is, “A Peaceful Place to Make Memories.” If you are new to RVing, the owners and staff are happy to help you learn the ropes.

Canyon Cove also works with River Sports Tubes, so guests can receive transportation with tubes to and from the Guadalupe River.

Nearby Whitewater Amphitheater regularly hosts many legendary artists. Spend a relaxing evening and enjoy some live music.

small travel trailer in RV site under large shade trees with picnic table nearby

Canyon Cove RV Park. Photo via Canyon Cove

Lake Pointe RV Resort

Lake Pointe RV Resort is another great spot for Canyon Lake RV camping. The resort offers premium lake view spots, park view RV spots, and standard back-in or pull-through sites. All sites have electric and water on level gravel pads, with honey wagon service available for the premium and park view spots.

Lake Pointe has more than 50 acres of Hill Country to explore and overlooks Canyon Lake. Boating, fishing, skiing, and other water sports are just a stone’s throw away.

Amenities include a clubhouse with a shaded multi-level deck where guests can enjoy the sunset, conversation, and a beverage. A junior Olympic size family swimming pool and separate adult pool are also available.

Let the kids run off energy at the playground, or plan a picnic at one of several shaded picnic areas. Hike, bike, or kayak in and near Canyon Lake.

Enjoy the security of a keypad-operated gate and intercom system, as well as safety reps who patrol the park in the evenings. Pets are also welcome at Lake Pointe and can enjoy a fenced dog run.

Summit Vacation Resort

This Canyon Lake RV park offers 110 RV sites with full hook-ups and some large, extended pull-through sites. On the Guadalupe River and just minutes from Canyon Lake, Summit Vacation Resort is centrally located between San Antonio and Austin and only 16 miles from New Braunfels.

Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities and amenities including three swimming pools, kiddie pools, two basketball courts, 18-hole mini golf, sand volleyball, tetherball, shuffleboard, a hot tub, tennis court, and playgrounds. Charcoal grills and picnic areas with a pavilion is a great way to gather friends and family and enjoy a meal.

Summit Vacation Resort, with some 253 feet of river frontage, offers areas for fishing, tubing, kayaking, and swimming. A tubing shuttle allows guests to float back to the resort’s dock.

The clubhouse is a great place for social gatherings to play board games, card games, or to have events such as a wedding reception, corporate meeting and more. A workout center is also available.

Walnut Canyon RV Park

With 40 spacious campsites, full hook-ups, many pull-through sites, a picnic area, WiFi, and lots of natural areas to explore, Walnut Canyon RV Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

The park is situated in a box canyon on 37 acres. Just three miles south of Canyon Lake, between Sattler and Startsville, you can find plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping.

Check out the nearby towns of Gruene and New Braunfels for antiquing, the outlet malls in San Marcos, or go to Austin or San Antonio for a day trip. Enjoy tubing on the Guadalupe River or boating, jet skiing, and fishing on Canyon Lake.

Nearby tours include Canyon Lake Gorge and Natural Bridge Caverns, or just enjoy the park relaxing, picnicking, or horseshoeing.

Creek Hollow RV Park & Cabins

Creek Hollow RV Park offers full hook-up sites for most rigs. Just 10 minutes from Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, this is a great place for a family vacation.

Amenities include a swimming pool and hot tub, playground, laundromat, dump station, restrooms with showers, and room for group camping and family reunions.

Take a day trip to nearby Fredericksburg, Blanco, Boerne, Canyon Lake, and other cities, or check out some great golfing, live music at Tavern in the Gruene, shopping, or water recreation.

Wineries are abundant in Hill Country, so don’t forget to swing by Becker Vineyards, Driftwood Vineyards, Fawncrest Vineyards, or one of the many others with wine tastings, tours and more.

Guadalupe’s Best RV Park

Located below Canyon Lake Dam, Guadalupe’s Best RV Park backs up to the Guadalupe River Nature Trail and river. Hike across the dam, take a swim in the lake, or relax while fishing. Hike the riverfront nature trail or take a tube trip.

The full hook-up sites have river access as well as free WiFi. The RV park is just a ¼ mile from Canyon Lake Gorge and a short 4 miles to a concert at the White Water Amphitheater. Don’t forget to check out the Dam Red Barn for food and live music.

Find more places for Canyon Lake RV camping

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How To Get Rid Of Mice In RV Campers

mice in an RV - closeup

How To Get Rid Of Mice In RV Campers

At some point or another, every RVer will need to know how to get rid of mice in RV life. Mice are destructive and can chew through wires in your rig and desecrate your food storage, not to mention leave a trail of droppings behind.

It is estimated that a mouse produces around 75 droppings per day. Some can even carry diseases. Yuck! Mice are also prolific breeders, so while you might only see one mouse, there are probably more.

Mice can get in your RV through a hole as small as a dime. Any opening where pipes enter the RV or a small gap on the underside of the unit can be a potential entry point. Be sure to button up any part of your RV that could potentially be an opening. It’s likely if you store your RV for a season, you will have to be even more careful.

Mice prevention

In general, keeping your full-time home free of mice and other rodents will require staying ahead of the things that mice like – food being number one.

Staying alert for possible places that mice can enter is also important. Inspect seams along your slide-out, the outer casings of your air conditioner, door, and window gaskets, and gaps along the underside of your RV by the sewer, water, and electrical lines.

Even if you don’t see a rodent, it doesn’t mean that they might not be lurking behind walls and cabinets. That tell-tale poo is probably the first thing you will notice. Also, look for holes in the floor, cracks in connection points, and chew holes in the backs of cabinets.

It also might not be a bad idea to set out a few traps. Scents such as peppermint oil, mothballs, pine needle spray, dryer sheets, WD-40, and Irish Spring bar soap are said to be good deterrents. Put these in your cabinets and any place you can think of where mice might be attracted.

Some RVers swear that the use of rope lights keep the mice away. Another tried-and-true method is the use of steel wool.

Taking all the food out of your camper is not likely an option if you live in your RV full time. Take some time to do a thorough cleaning of any crumbs that would entice a hungry mouse, and keep items such as crackers, cookies, or cereal in sealed containers. Even crumbs on your stove could be enough to entice a mouse.

If you store your rig for a season, try all these suggestions and remove all food from the camper and give the place a good cleaning. Quality RV storage is another option that will add another layer of protection from mice as well.

How to get rid of mice inside your RV

Once you find you have a mouse problem, make sure you get everything cleaned and throw away any food items that may have been contaminated. Crackers, chips, powered coffee creamer, pasta, and dried fruits can all be vulnerable to mouse pillage.

Those natural solutions mentioned earlier such as moth balls and peppermint oil might deter mice, but once rodents get in, it’s time to get out the heavy artillery.

  • Commercial rat poison attracts hungry mice. They take the pellets back to their nests, eat the pellets and then die. The problem with these is they can also be poisonous to pets and children.
  • Box traps work by luring the mouse in with bait and then trapping the mouse inside the box. You can release the mouse outside once it’s trapped, but they will often return unless you take them for a very long drive.
  • Glue traps are sticky sheets placed where mice travel. When the mouse steps on the trap, its feet get stuck. However, these are inhumane and can take anywhere from 3-24+ hours before the mouse finally dies of exhaustion and starvation.
  • Spring traps are just what they sound like. Place your bait on the trap such as cheese or peanut butter. When the mouse zones in for the food, the trap springs and kills the rodent.
mouse in silver cage with cheese as bait

A mouse cage is another way to catch mice in your RV. Photo via Pixabay.

Getting mice in your RV is an unpleasant experience, but getting ahead of an infestation is key to keeping your sanity. Consider where you are parked and in what season. Are rodents going to try and get in for the warmth and food? Do you have your rig stored properly?

Maybe check your RV once a month to make sure mice aren’t nesting inside it. Also, make sure you keep your rig as uninviting to pests as possible. Keep it both clean and free of holes and gaps.


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.

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10 Best RV Parks In North Carolina

RV parks in North Carolina

10 Best RV Parks In North Carolina

Whether you like the ocean, the mountains, or the forest, North Carolina has something you’ll love. With some of the most beautiful coastline along the Atlantic side of the United States, North Carolina is a hot RV destination!

Let’s take a closer look at 10 of the highest rated RV parks in North Carolina. You can find even more RV parks in North Carolina with a quick search on Campground Reviews or while planning your travels with RV Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App.

1. North River Campground

Shawboro, NC is home to the North River Campground. This park is open year-round and offers full hookups.

There is river access for boaters looking to get out on the water and a stocked 5-acre fishing lake that will appeal to fishermen.

The campground also has a pool and on-site food including pizza – meaning you never have to leave!

RV park in North Carolina - view of the river

North River Campground – Photo via Campground Reviews

2. Ocean Waves Campground

Waves, NC – The name says it all! This is a smaller park with only 68 sites. It is family-owned and run, so you know your stay will be filled with hospitality.

Ocean Waves Campground has 30 and 50 amp full hookups and all sites have concrete pads for easy leveling. Ocean access means whether you are a beach or pool person, you will find your happy place here.

beach in North Carolina

Ocean Waves Campground – Photo via NC RV Traveler on Campground Reviews

3. New Bern KOA Holiday

Nestled on the tranquil banks of the Neuse River and minutes from historic downtown New Bern, this KOA Holiday has full hookup sites with room for pulling through up to 128 feet.

The 100-foot pier is a unique feature of this park. With water sports and fishing on-site, there are lots of things to keep you busy. For those who prefer to be poolside, you’re in luck! There is also a pool for you to enjoy.

pier at RV park in North Carolina

New Bern KOA Holiday – Photo via Campground Reviews

4. Pelican Point RV Park

Situated on the gorgeous Slocum Creek, in Havelock, NC, this military RV park is dedicated to recreation for current and retired military personnel.

Pelican Point RV Park offers full hookups and concrete pads on all sites. This park is open year-round and close to golfing, fishing, entertainment, and local eateries. 

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5. Camp Hatteras RV Resort

Camp Hatteras RV Resort has been family-owned since 1991. The resort features over 400 full hookup sites with concrete pads as well as all the conveniences you need while enjoying your vacation at the beach.

With 1000 feet of both ocean and soundfront including a marina, pool, and dog park, this North Carolina RV park is a true gem.

“Absolutely love this place. See the sunrise on the ocean side and the sunset on the Pamlico sound side. The campground is well kept, and the management is 5 out of 5 stars. The staff is friendly and also very responsive to my questions. Easy online reservations and check-in, and the camp store has everything you need. My husband and I stayed for 10 days and we were really impressed by the size of the sites, for a campground on the beach. We looked at other campgrounds in the area, and they were not even close. We are planning a visit again soon, and highly recommend this campground. We camped at Camp Hatteras RV Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.” – via lisahosuer on Campground Reviews

Camp Hatteras RV Resort campsite

Camp Hatteras RV Resort. Photo: Campground Reviews

6. Fayetteville RV Resort

Located just outside Fayetteville in Wade, NC, this RV park has tons of amenities to keep you and the family busy.

Fayetteville RV Resort has 2 swimming pools, a spa, volleyball, tetherball, basketball, pickleball, putt-putt, horseshoe pits, and walking trails.

There are 140 total sites with 110 full-service sites and year-round camping, along with cabin rentals if you have guests.

RV parks in North Carolina - Fayetteville RV Resort

Fayetteville RV Resort – Photo: Campground Reviews

7. Cross Winds Family Campground

About midway between Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Cross Winds Family Campground offers 80 sites surrounded by a seasonal pool, stocked fishing pond, rec room, and covered picnic shelter for groups.

All sites have full hookups and include cable TV and WiFi. On-site propane and firewood are also available for your convenience.

Cross Winds Family Campground - one of the top RV parks in North Carolina

Cross Winds Family Campground. Photo by NC RV Traveler via Campground Reviews

8. Four Paws Kingdom Campground 

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Four Paws Kingdom Campground is every dog owner’s dream. A private pond and agility courses, along with lots of space to roam, will have your furry best friends tuckered out by the end of the day.

A doggy spa is available on-site for some pampering and clean-up. Along with the RV sites, there are yurts, cabins, and on-site RVs available for rent.

RV parks in North Carolina - dog at Four Paws Campground

“Our dogs enjoying their patio and fenced yard (Rudy – Site 26)” – Photo & caption via Megan McGrath, Campground Reviews

9. Bear Den Campground

Bear Den Campground is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine, NC. This campground has 144 sites, from unserviced wooded sites to full hookup sites. Whatever your camping style is, there is a spot for you!

Bear Den has something for everyone including a lake and beach for swimming and fishing (no license required). For hikers, they offer over 13 miles of trails for you to explore including a 50-foot waterfall.

Bear Den Campground view of wooded site

Bear Den Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

10. Tanglewood Park Campground

Clemmons, NC is home to the highly rated Tanglewood Park Campground. The 1100-acre park is home to beautiful landscapes including a lake and open pastures along the Yadkin River.

Explore on horseback or mountain bike, or spend the day hiking the area trails. There are also 2 championship golf courses nearby for golf lovers.  

Tanglewood Park Campground

Tanglewood Park Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews


You really can’t go wrong RVing anywhere in the US, but when you’re planning your next RV adventure, make sure North Carolina is on the list.

For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than Campground Reviews and RV 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.

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RV Skirting – Will You Be Ready For Winter?

What Is RV Skirting?

Every fall, we see articles like this about RV skirting that remind folks about protecting their RVs for the winter season. With the massive influx of new RVers, a whopping 65 million that plan to go RVing this year alone, this article will be a reminder to some, but new information for many others.

RV skirting is any type of protective material that surrounds the lower portion of your RV and prevents airflow in and out of the underside of your RV. RV skirting will improve the heating efficiency of your RV, protect vulnerable water pipes from freezing, and can help keep rodents away from wiring or form nests.

Unless your RV is stored in a climate controlled RV storage facility or completely shut down and winterized, you will need skirting for your RV if you are stationary for long periods of time.

Traditional RV skirting options

There has been much written about more traditional RV skirting options. Several of our own RV LIFE websites have published in-depth information, shown below, so we won’t revisit that here. 

A more modern RV skirting option

As more and more people jump into RV life and full time RV living and RVs have become more sleek and modern, RV skirting options have evolved.

An inflatable solution from AirSkirts™ uses the air in their inflatable pods for great insulation, but then readily deflates at the end of the season for easy storage. Air can be a great insulator, and even those campers in hot climates benefit from AirSkirts™ to trap the cooler air underneath their RV.

One great feature of AirSkirts™ is their ability to be deployed in under 20 minutes, making them ideal even for shorter stays. Here are a few other features of this innovative product:

  • Military-grade construction
  • Designed and engineered in the USA by a full-time RVer
  • Exclusive, patent-pending inflatable design
  • Superior insulation from cold and heat with a 22″-34″ air cushion
  • Innovative tire-wedge for complete seal
  • Use year round for energy efficiency
  • Easy storage bag – just roll up and go
  • Modular design – position tubes however you want, and order a la carte
  • Shape conforming system to accommodate for drains, valves, etc.
  • No modification or installation needed on your RV
  • AirSkirts™ stays in place even with snow, wind, and rain
  • Keeps out unwanted pets and debris like skunks, raccoons, leaves, and snow.

No modification needed for your RV

It’s stated above, but this cannot be stressed enough. There are no holes to drill, screws to screw in, brackets to mount….NO modifications are needed to your RV to use and enjoy AirSkirts. This ensures that there is no ding to the resale value of your RV should you ever choose to sell it.

Conclusion

Like anything else with an RV, the quality of your initial investment is key. Whether you are buying a tire pressure monitor, sewer hose, generator, or awning…buying quality products always yields longer life for those products and greater enjoyment by you, the RVer. This winter, give AirSkirts a try.

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 much more.

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10 Best National Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

Death Valley National Park campground for big rigs

10 Best National Park Campgrounds For Big Rigs

There are so many reasons to adore our national parks. They feature some of the most iconic landscapes, incredible hiking trails, astonishing natural wonders, and lots of diverse wildlife. These locations are at the top of most bucket lists.

However, because our national parks have been around for so long, many of them are just not able to accommodate some of the bigger, more contemporary RVs that visit them. While maximum length for trailers and motorhomes vary between parks, the average permitted length is around 27 feet long. This includes driving through and around the park as well as accessing and parking in various parking lots and campgrounds.

This cuts out some of the more rugged parks or those with smaller campgrounds or narrow roads, bridges, or tunnels. Some examples of these are the Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel in Zion National Park, and some of the curvier roads in Smoky Mountains National Park. Some parks such as Congaree National Park in South Carolina don’t even allow any RVs in their campgrounds.

However, there are still many national park campgrounds where big rigs can easily drive, park, and camp. Below are 10 of our favorites where larger RVs either have their own sections or can be accommodated anywhere within the park. It is good to keep in mind that most national park campgrounds may not have full hookups or even electrical hookups, so be prepared to dry camp.

Before visiting any national park campground, check ahead with the park for available big rig sites as well as hookups. In addition, ask about maximum length and any road restrictions, height restrictions, and obstacles such as large trees or sharp curves. Use an RV-safe GPS like the RV LIFE App and check Campground Reviews to learn whether or not a campground will be able to accommodate your RV.

1. Furnace Creek Campground 

As the largest national park in the Lower 48, Death Valley has plenty of room for the big guys. Not only are the main roads easy to maneuver, but the campgrounds are as well.

Furnace Creek is the only campground run by the National Park Service in Death Valley to accept reservations. Once you are there, the sites are large, paved, and have access to electrical hookups and dump stations. Some of the sites are also ADA compliant.

RVs at Furnace Creek Campground

Furnace Creek Campground at Death Valley National Park. Photo: Campground Reviews

2. Gulpha Gorge Campground 

Located in beautiful central Arkansas, this campground in Hot Springs National Park has what a lot of other national parks don’t: full hookups. Gulpha Gorge also accepts RV lengths up to 60 feet.

Tucked into a lush forest, the sites also have water, picnic tables, and grills. While the park does have bathrooms, they do not have showers, so make sure yours is ready to go.

RVs at Gulpha Gorge Campground

Gulpha Gorge Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

3. Trailer Village RV Park 

This stunning Grand Canyon campground is the only RV campground in the National Park with full hookups. Located close to the South Rim, the park is open year-round with paved pull-through sites that can fit RVs up to 50 feet long. 

Large RVs in a campground in the Grand Canyon

Trailer Village RV Park

4. Sentinel Campground

Located next to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center, Sentinel Campground in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is happy to accommodate RVs up to a whopping 82 feet in length.

Most of the sites will fit rigs around 30 feet, but the park will be able to move you to a larger site if they are available. The park has no hookups or dump stations, but it is close to the refreshing Kings River.

Campsite with firepit and picnic table in Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sentinel Campground

5. Mathews Arm Campground 

With 166 sites, Mathews Arm Campground has plenty of places to park in Shenandoah National Park. In addition, many of their RV sites can fit rigs up to 55 feet in length.

The campground does have electrical hookups and a dump station. The campground is also conveniently located near its namesake hike for waterfalls and wildlife.

Mathews Arm Campground campsites - one of the best national park campgrounds

6. Cedar Pass Campground

Located under the big skies of South Dakota, Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park has 96 roomy sites for all sizes of RVs. The maximum length is 40 feet and pull-through sites are available.

While the sites do not have full hookups, there is both 50 and 30 amp electrical at some sites and an on-site dump station.

Cedar Pass Campground

Cedar Pass Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

7. Colter Bay RV Park 

Not to be confused with the nearby Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton National Park, this portion of the campground caters to RVs with full hookups and sites for RVs up to 45 feet in length.

The Colter Bay Village RV Park has both pull-through and back-in sites as well as 20, 30, and 50 amp connections. This place is also amenity-heavy with stores, restaurants, a marina, and laundry services.

Colter Bay Village RV Park - one of the best national park campgrounds

Colter Bay Village RV Park. Photo: Campground Reviews

8. Flamingo Campground 

Flamingo Campground in Everglades National Park looks more like an RV resort rather than a national park campground.

Not only are there 65 sites specifically for RVs, but the campground also has ECO tents, restaurants, tour boats, and access to Florida Bay. Pull-through sites and some electrical hookups are available as well as a dump station.

Flamingo Campground

Flamingo Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

9. Madison Campground 

Yellowstone, the oldest park in the country, is very accepting of larger RVs. Normally, Fishing Bridge Campground on Yellowstone Lake would be a good choice for this list, but as of summer of 2021, it is temporarily closed. This opens up Madison Campground on the west side of the park for larger RVs.

Be sure to make a reservation far in advance for this popular campground. The sites do not have any kind of hookups, but they do accept RVs up to 40 feet in length.

Madison Campground

Madison Campground. Photo: Campground Reviews

10. Mazama Village 

Tucked just below the amazing Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, Mazama Village has over 200 sites for all sizes of RVs. Many of the loops feature large pull-through and back-in sites as well as great views over Annie Creek Canyon. 

Some of the sites have electrical hookups and some are accessible. Sites are assigned upon arrival, so call ahead to let the office know your RV’s length and get to your site as early as possible.

RVs at Mazama Village - national park campgrounds for big rigs

Mazama Village. Photo: Campground Reviews

Check out the video below from Camper Report for more information on the best RV length for fitting in national park campgrounds:

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