How's your "leave no trace" knowledge? Trash in fire rings, dog poop on trails, and the other usual suspects. Sometimes bad behavior is just that--a person with a nasty attitude. Other times it's just a matter of education. How's your campground courtesy knowledge?
Campsite etiquette Many of us were taught the "proper" rules for the dinner table. Put your napkin on your lap. Don't burp. Say "please," when asking for the condiment dish. Etiquette, says the dictionary, "implies observance of the formal requirements governing behavior in polite society." We'd like to think that RVers make up "polite society," but unless we were raised by an RVing family, we may not know all the ins and outs. There are certain politenesses that apply in the campground.
Choosing a campsite Not all campsites are created equal. Some differences are obvious--the view from the site in one can be much better than the one next door. But picking out a suitable place to set up your RV is more than just the view.
Many free RV camping areas still available Even though a night at a private RV park will cost you $30 and up these days (often way up), and the cost of public campgrounds is $15 and up, there are still many places where you can stay for free or nearly free.
Discount passes reduce cost of RV overnights Everybody loves a discount. For RVers, a discount on camping fees can make a big difference on how long a road trip will last. When fuel costs get too tight, you can always hunker down and stay a few extra days--unless the camp fees are too heavy. We find a lot of folk new to RVing aren't aware of some fine camping discounts available to those who qualify.
RV Boondocking: You can get power from the wind Solar isn't the only "alternative power" available for those staying in their RVs out in the "boonies." They don't only call the wind "Mariah," they also call it a force for free power. See how you can use the wind to power your RV lifestyle.
RV Boondocking: Where do you get your power? RV boondocking means taking your RV away from "utility" hookups and RV parks. But where do you find the power to make all your "stuff" work? In this post we'll talk about getting your electricity from the sun.
Choices of RV campsites vary greatly Most RVers do not spend every night in an RV park or campground. A campsite in an RV park with full utility hookups, a swimming pool and general store is just one of many options. Here are some others.
What is RV boondocking? Folks unfamiliar with the RV lifestyle are often puzzled by some of the terms: "Fifth wheel, dumping tanks, hitch itch, boondocking?" Boondocking to some means a night spent on a pavement parking lot, while traveling to a favorite RV park. But for serious boondockers, boondocking means spending days, weeks, even months away from an electrical hookup or dump station. "Why on earth," some wonder, "would anyone want to do such a thing?
When Staying at Walmart, Don't Forget Your Etiquette Many of those new to RVing are surprised when they learn that other
RVers actually "stay overnight" at Walmart stores or on the parking
lots of other businesses. It just seems inconceivable. But believe it:
Many Walmart stores find RVers to be excellent sleep-over companions,
after all, next morning they're in to make a few purchases before being
off on their way. Here's a few tips to make your welcome warmer.
Yes, you can camp for free in your RV Cut your RV travel costs by camping for free. The cost of an RV campsite in an RV park or public campground can range from $15 to $45 a night. Locating a a free place to stay is a great way to stretch one's RVing dollars.