It’s no secret that RV travelers are often trying to escape the stresses that technology creates. However, you may not want to ditch your smartphone before you hit the road. There are countless smartphone applications out there that can help you find the cheapest fuel, locate an RV park that suits your needs and even help you get to your destination more efficiently.
The following three RV apps are ones that you should download before you hit the road for your next RV adventure.
The AllStays app is worth paying the $9.99 required to download. This easy-to-use app will help you find campgrounds and overnight stops based on the services each option provides. Users can browse more than 29,000 listings to find parks with dump stations, campgrounds with hiking trails, or even Walmart shopping centers that allow overnight parking. The AllStays application also provides construction alerts, bridge clearances, rest area updates and so much more. Updates are always free, so your initial $9.99 purchase will go a long way.
Many smartphone owners have already downloaded the Google Maps app, but if you haven’t, you’ll want to download it before your next adventure. This app will locate the quickest route to your destination while helping you find stops along the way. Simply load your Google Maps location and search for an item, such as “gas” or “food,” and you’ll be provided with all of the available options near your location.
Download the free GasBuddy app now. After all, you can use it with your everyday vehicle as well as your RV. This user-friendly, free app will help you locate the lowest fuel prices near you. All of GasBuddy’s information is user-submitted, so be sure to call ahead or look through the photos to determine if a gas station is RV friendly.
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When you’re packing for an RV trip, whether it’s a short weekend trip or a long trip, you definitely don’t want to forget anything. And when you are bringing your pet with you, you definitely don’t want to forget anything, especially the dog’s food or leash. Be sure to make a list of everything you need for yourself, your family and your pet. And, keep in mind that your pet has additional travel needs.
Stopping More Often
If you are bringing your dog with you and you would like to be at a certain destination by a certain time, you’ll need to add some extra time to the trip. While you might be able to go eight hours without stopping, your pets may not be able to make it that long. Plan on stopping for about 15 minutes every 3 hours to give your pet a break. Never let your pet ride in a trailer.
If you are not providing your pet with water in the vehicle, you’ll need to give it a drink whenever you stop, in addition to the bathroom break.
If the trip is more than eight hours and you plan on driving through, be sure to feed your pet. If you normally feed your pet more than once a day, plan stops that are close to its regular feeding time. If your pet normally eats just once per day, but is used to having snacks throughout the day, be sure to bring its treats in the vehicle with you.
If your dog tends to get car sick, check with your vet for the dosage of Dramamine it can have. You’ll want to give your dog the medication at least a half hour before you start the trip. Ask your vet how long a dosage should last and when you should re-medicate while you are on the road.
If you are traveling from a warm climate to a cold climate and your dog normally wear sweaters when it’s cold, be sure to pack a sweater in the vehicle with you so that you don’t have to stop to look for it in the trailer or back of the RV.
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Traveling in your RV doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s just as easy to celebrate holidays in your RV as it is at home. These simple celebration tips will help you make the most of Halloween at the campsite this year.
Decorate Your RV
There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to decorate your RV. Stop by a local farmers’ market near your destination to pick up local pumpkins, gourds and other festive items. Natural items from the farmers’ market can double as Thanksgiving decorations and are easy to dispose of after the holidays. Carving the pumpkins you purchase is another way to get your entire family in the holiday spirit while creating homemade Halloween decorations.
Trick-or-Treat at the Campground
Many campgrounds and RV parks provide Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating times for their visitors. Take your kids door-to-door throughout the park to decorated RVs to trick-or-treat just like you would at home. Campground attendants can also direct you to nearby neighborhoods that are safe for trick-or-treating.
If your campground doesn’t offer trick-or-treating, arrange a scavenger hunt throughout the park for your little campers. Guide them to bowls of candy with clues, and they’ll enjoy it even more than traditional trick-or-treating.
Plan a Halloween Party
You don’t have to have a brick-and-mortar home to throw an RV celebration. Plan a celebration at your campsite and ask your fellow campers to bring a dish. Use campground common areas or outdoor picnic tables to keep the interior of your RV clean, while entertaining as many campers as you please.
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The changing leaves, smaller tourist crowds and mild temperatures of fall make for some incredible autumn drives in California. Pack up your RV and start your journey along some of these unforgettable scenic drives.
Anza-Borrego Desert Drive
The desert may not be the most ideal place to admire fall foliage, but it offers its own unique fall appeal and ideal temperatures. This scenic drive tours through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is the western United States’ largest state park. You’ll enjoy unbelievable vistas from the Calcite Canyon Overlook, Five Palms Oasis, Font’s Point, the Santa Rosa Overlook and tons of other scenic stops within the 600,000 acre park. Don’t forget to stop by the Anza Borrego Visitor Center to find out about hikes, lectures, campfires and other activities you can enjoy at the park.
The Big Sur Coast
Take in the best of the California coast on the Big Sur Coast scenic drive. Start your journey in Monterey and continue along California Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo. Unforgettable stops along the way include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel City Beach, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Soberanes Point, Andrew Molera State Park, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay State Park and the San Luis Obispo wineries.
Jacinto Reyes Scenic Byway
Once you’ve tackled the desert trek and California coast, opt for the less common but equally as exciting Jacinto Reyes Scenic Byway. This 34-mile-long journey winds through the Los Padres National Forest on a winding mountain road. This scenic route is known for having some of the most diverse terrain in all of California and is especially beautiful in the fall and spring seasons. Stop at the Ojai Valley Museum, the Ojai Ranger Station, Bellyache Springs, Rose Valley Falls and any other trails or scenic overlooks you find along the way.
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