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Winter RVing: Tips for RV Camping During Cold Weather

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Winter RVing isn’t reserved only for snowbirds and people in the South. Winter RVing is not just for snowbirds or people who live in the south.

It is possible to camp in an RV during cold weather. This camping does require more planning and preparation and certainly presents some challenges. Along with these challenges, there are also wonderful opportunities not available during warmer seasons. You can live the RV lifestyle for 12 months of the year. We’ll talk about the possibilities.

Winter RV Camping Tips

Tire Check

Do your routine checks before you set out on your winter trip (or for any other trip) to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy. Check the tire pressure. Tires can lose as much as 2 PSI (pounds/square inch) for every 10degF temperature drop. This is a significant amount of pressure loss, especially when dealing with winter temperatures.

Block the Cold

You are trying to block out as much air as you can when you prepare your RV for winter camping. This begins with the RV’s underbelly, the part that is most exposed to the elements.

You’ll find all kinds of exposed pipes, connections and floor openings when you crawl underneath your RV. Skirting is a great way to protect your RV. You can buy a skirt made to fit your RV model, or if you want to save money, you can make it yourself with foam board. Foam board is easy to use and much cheaper than custom skirting. You can use straw bales to create a windbreak for your RV if it is permanently parked. Just stack them around the RV. Straw can also attract mice looking for a warm place to hide from the winter.

As they look for warmth and shelter, your RV may seem quite inviting to mice. Brass wool can be used to seal small holes and keep rodents away.

Insulation and Weather Stripping

The majority of RVs are shipped with very little insulation. In June it may not be a big deal, but in January it is. If you want to block out winter drafts, spray foam insulation can also be applied to walls. Weatherstripping on windows and doors can also be used to block out cold air. Also, keeping curtains closed can help.

Sealing up your RV to keep out the cold can have a downside. It means it cannot “breathe”. You may be able to seal out the cold but you’re also sealing in excessive moisture. If you are cooking or showering, this will add moisture to the air. If it can’t be expelled, the humid air will absorb into the walls and cause mold. This problem can be solved by using a dehumidifier or absorbing moisture products such as DampRid.

Protect your Plumbing!

Protecting the plumbing system against the cold is essential. When water freezes, it expands and can cause pipes to burst. Wrap heat tape around all waterlines in your RV to avoid this nightmare scenario. Open the cabinets to allow warm air to circulate.

You’ll need a heated freshwater pipe if you have city water when camping. This will ensure that the water flows. The spigot can be damaged if the hose freezes. The campground may hold you responsible if this happens.

If you plan to use your freshwater tank, consider adding a heating source. There are a number of products that can be purchased to keep the space warm. This is a good idea regardless of the water source, since this is your plumbing hub.

Some RVers opt for a DIY solution and use a standard incandescent light bulb (not an LED) to heat the compartment of the water tank. The bulb’s heat is sufficient to keep the space warm, as it’s a small enclosed area. You can use this method, but make sure that the bulb does not touch anything. This includes wood, fabric, plastic or other materials. Don’t let your cheap hack become a fire hazard.

Add RV antifreeze in the grey and black tanks (not freshwater!). Close the tanks’ gates until you are ready for emptying them. Also, make sure that the sewer hose and the hoses are angled down and elevated.

How to stay warm in winter in an RV

After you have done all your winter maintenance, we will discuss how to keep warm at the campsite.

Your RV furnace can drain your wallet with its high propane consumption. Instead, consider using an electric heater. Set your furnace’s thermostat to 45-50degF, and let the electric heat do the bulk of the work.

Ensure that all of your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly and have new batteries. Make sure you have enough propane in your tanks.

In order to boondock, you should have an inverter and several full gas cans. You should only use battery power if you can. Make sure that your batteries are in good condition and fully charged. Do not attempt winter boondocking with a single battery. Even small RVs need multiple batteries.

A generator is still an excellent idea if you plan to connect to shore-power. Everyone will sweat if the power goes off in the summer. If the power goes off in the winter it could be dangerous. The RV is safer with a backup generator.

Other small things can help keep your RV cabin warm. Plan to bake, for example. Cookies or cinnamon rolls are perfect for a cold winter day. The oven can also heat your RV. The heat that comes from using the oven is a bonus. Never use an oven or range to heat your home.

Electric blankets and extra blankets will help you to combat the chill at night. A floor rug is also a great addition for when your feet first hit the ground in the morning.

Cold Weather RVing: Benefits

Cold-weather RVing has some distinct advantages if you make sure your rig is properly prepared.

  • Winter is a much less busy time for RV parks and campgrounds. Many will also offer discounted rates during the off-season.
  • Camping in cold weather can keep you away from mosquitoes and other insects. Leave the bug spray behind.
  • Winter camping could become your favorite camping if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Far less sneezing!
  • There are many winter sports and outdoor activities available depending on where you live. These include skiing, sledding or snowshoeing. You can also do something simple like a snowball battle or build a snowman.

You will love your campfire even more when you are camping in cold weather. It’s a peaceful pleasure to enjoy a warm cup of coffee next to a campfire in the cold winter morning. Be sure to have plenty of firewood, and a place where you can keep it dry. Keep multiple lighters and other firestarters in your arsenal.

Consider buying a few rechargeable handheld warmers. These hand warmers are a lifesaver on a cold winter morning. Lip balm and body lotion will be a great addition to your winter wardrobe, as the cold air can quickly dry out skin.

Winter RV trips are fun and safe, but they require some extra planning. You will make memories you would not have made in the summer.

Let’s get on the road and bundle up!

 

Beyond the basics—Extra tips for winterizing your RV

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rv park northern mnSome people use antifreeze in order to prevent their RV pipes freezing during storage over the winter. RVers can use compressed air to remove water from their lines, then pour antifreeze into each drain. After the antifreeze, or compressed air you are good to go. Wrong! Here are some extra tips to winterize your RV.

Winterizing RV tips

Refrigerator

  • Defrost and clear. As part of the winterizing process, remove all food and condiments. The RV’s refrigerator and freezer should be cleaned, defrosted, and dried. To make the defrosting process easier, you can line the sides and back of your RV’s freezer with thin plastic cutting boards before your first camping trip. Trim and shape the plastic to fit the freezer walls. Remove the plastic carefully and pour the ice into the drain when it is time to defrost.
  • Use dish soap or any mild soap to clean the interior. Clean all shelves, drawers and side panels in the refrigerator.Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Open the doors. Be sure to prop open your fridge and freezer. Manufacturers may provide a bracket to hold the door open by an inch or so, allowing air circulation. This will prevent mold from growing inside your fridge or freezer.

Find another way to prop open the refrigerator’s doors if it doesn’t come with an “open-door” bracket. But what about the light?  Will the refrigerator’s light remain on if the doors are open?  Remove the light bulb from the refrigerator or turn the power off to prevent this.

  • Odor Control. To winterize your RV refrigerator, place baking soda in the freezer and refrigerator. The baking soda will absorb the odors and keep your refrigerator smelling fresh.

Humidity control

A moisture absorber. You may purchase DampRid anywhere. This product can be used in your RV even if it is winterized because it does not require electricity.

RV Wash

  • Wash and dry. Use the “tub-clean” cycle on our RV washer as part of winterizing. After the cycle is complete, dry the interior of the tub with a soft and absorbent cloth.
  • Hold the door of the washer open with a pool noodle while the RV is being stored. Air circulation is important to keep mold at bay.

Pest control

  • Seal the opening. Seal all cracks and openings with aluminum or copper-colored wool and caulk to prevent mice from entering the RV.It is also possible to use steel wool, but this can rust.
  • Clean, clean, clean. Sweep and dust the RV. Mop it.You don’t want anything to look like an invitation for vermin.  Ants and mice will be looking for crumb trails.
  • Eliminate potential nesting material. Take extra precautions in case an extremely determined mouse manages to gain entry into your RV. Take away anything that could be used as nesting material by mice.
  • Spray an insecticide. For a last precaution, spray a spray of insecticide around the RV’s windows, baseboards and exit doors. This will prevent spiders and other creepy crawlies to hibernate inside your RV.

Shades

To prevent the interior fabrics and wallcoverings of our RV from fading, we should pull all window shades down.

Batteries

  • Disconnect. You’ll need to disconnect your batteries if you plan on storing your RV for a long time.
  • Trickle Charger. When we bring our RV batteries to home, we plug them into the trickle charger.They are always ready to go.

Fall is a beautiful time to visit a Northern Minnesota RV Ppark

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rv campingEven though the summer months are peak travel season for RVers, fall is still a good time to go camping. The fall foliage is in full blossom, campgrounds are less crowded, and bugs like mosquitos and blackflies have a lower prevalence. The water is still warm and the fishing conditions are good. You don’t have to worry if you missed out on camping this summer.

A visit to an RV park located in the northern Minnesota region can be a magical experience, especially during fall. Autumn leaves change from vibrant greens to yellows, reds and oranges. You can enjoy the fall foliage in Northern Minnesota at HQRV Park Crane Lake MN. With our abundant amenities and activities at the park, you can make your autumn adventure even more memorable.

No matter if you are staying with us for the weekend or a longer stay, there is no end to what you can do to enjoy and explore all that autumn has to offer. Enjoy the stunning views of our park from the trails that wind through it. Take a boat ride on the nearby rivers and lakes to see nature up close.

Whether you want to go fishing for walleyes in the nearby lakes or take a scenic drive on the North Shore Drive, HQRV Park has many ways to maximize your stay. In the area, you can enjoy fun activities such as kayaking, biking, and hiking. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy nature at its finest from our scenic viewing platform.

You can enjoy an evening of fun and relaxation by the campfire, reminiscing about your adventures. You can enjoy the fall beauty at HQRV park no matter what you do.

The fall is the best time to experience Northern Minnesota RV Parks and all they have to offer. Come join us this fall at HQRV Park and enjoy your autumn adventures. You won’t regret it.

What to Consider When Camping in the Fall

1. Watch the Weather — While the weather is milder in the fall, there can be a significant difference between daytime temperatures and nighttime temperatures. Be ready for sudden weather changes, such as rain, snow and heat.

2. Winterizing Your RV –Because the temperatures fall during the night, it is important to take the necessary steps and have the equipment necessary to winterize RV. You must ensure that the RV’s tanks and pipes don’t freeze. Check the seals and seams of your RV, particularly around doors and windows.

3. Essentials for Packing– It is important to pack clothing that can be easily layered during the fall. Add a few blankets or sleeping bag to your pack for warmth at night. Bring more water. In cooler temperatures, it is easy to dehydrate. All day, drink plenty of water. You can also warm up water in a bottle and put it there before you go to sleep. Warm drinks are also helpful. Bring along extra lighting, such as portable lanterns and headlamps, because the sun is less visible in autumn.
HQRV Park is the perfect destination for an autumn getaway. Immerse yourself in the stunning transformation of nature.

Stay with us now!

What are you waiting? Stay at HQRV Park and prepare to be amazed by the beauty of Northern Minnesota in autumn! You’ll make lasting memories at HQRV Park, from the warm campfires to the vivid colors of the autumn foliage.
You won’t regret it.

Why Fall is the best time of year to RV

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rv campingThe experience of traveling in an RV can’t be matched. Traveling is a great experience at any time of the year. Autumn is the ideal time for RVing for many RVers.Autumn is a season that RVers love.  The leaves turn colors, fall to the earth, and the air gets crisper. The fall is also less crowded than summer, which allows many to avoid long lines and crowds. Fall is a fantastic time to travel with your family.

Take a trip with your RV in the Fall because:

  • Reduced Extreme Temperature
  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Crowds Reduced
  • Fewer bugs
  • Winter is coming!
  • Fall activities to enjoy

Temperature

Air conditioning becomes more necessary as the temperature drops.  Many RVers are able to dry camp without electricity for a few nights even without solar. Almost all RV fridges and stoves use propane. RVers can use vent fans and open windows to make the RV more comfortable on warm days. The fall is a great time to travel because it’s not too cold.RVers do not have to worry about their pipes freezing, or finding a water connection to fill up their tanks. It’s the perfect time to travel and visit all those places that can be too hot in the summer, or too cold during the winter.

Scenery

The beauty of autumn scenery is hard to dispute.The freedom to choose your destination is a major benefit of RV travel. You’re sure to capture some incredible photos and create some wonderful memories.

Fewer Crowded

Many RVers and families do not like to travel during busy times. Fall is a great time to visit popular attractions. It’s not as crowded. It can lead to cheaper entrance fees, more camping availability, or shorter lines.

The busy season is over

The fall is the off-season for theme parks, state and national parks, and many other attractions. Families rarely go on vacation in the months leading up to Thanksgiving because kids are back at school. It’s a great time to buy discounted off-season tickets or visit a popular theme park. You can still enjoy the fun activities of spring and summer, but the parks will be quieter.

Campgrounds less crowded

Many families with young children prefer to travel during the summer months, and avoid travel between early September and mid-November. Camping grounds near popular attractions like national parks can have openings during this time, as they are usually booked up in summer. In the fall, campgrounds are more available, which makes it easier to plan vacations.

Fewer bugs

For some people, insects can make it difficult to enjoy the outdoors. The fall weather brings fewer bugs. In the fall, insects like mosquitoes, flies and gnats are much less common. RVers who travel with pets often worry about heartworms infecting their dogs or cats from mosquitoes. The majority of destinations have significantly lower bug populations in the fall, but there are exceptions.

Tick season may peak during the fall, depending on your destination. Wear a hat and long sleeves and pants when you return from outdoor activities. If you are bringing your pet, make sure they also have the right tick prevention.

One Last Trip before Winter

Due to the difficulty of traveling in winter, many RVers choose to only travel during the summer. Pipes can freeze when temperatures are too low, and RVers may have difficulty finding water for their tanks. Fall can be a great time to take one final trip before you winterize your RV. Traveling in the fall is great for a last trip, especially when combined with the many other reasons listed above.

Fall Activities

Businesses across the nation offer a variety of fun seasonal activities. Fall activities are often hosted by wineries, breweries, farms, and other businesses. This can make an RV trip even more enjoyable. Every year, many farms offer apple picking, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes.Imagine picking apples and pumpkins right outside your RV, then returning to it to bake apple pie and carve pumpkins. What better way to enjoy fall than by picking pumpkins and apples right outside your RV?

Fall is a great time to travel with your RV. Traveling during the fall is often considered the best time to do so for the many reasons mentioned above. These include the weather, availability of activities, less crowds, and fun. This blog post should have given you some insights into why an RV trip in the fall could be great!

 

Top 10 Reasons to Stay in an RV Park

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northen minnesota adventureWhen you’re researching vacation ideas, you’re probably faced with a lot of options. Where should you go?How long, and expensive, is the flight to get there? Would it be better to drive? How does the family feel about a long road trip? And so on.

There’s a lot to take into consideration. And unfortunately, there’s often a lot of frustration.Waking everyone up at 4 AM to catch a flight isn’t the most relaxing start to your family getaway, is it? If you want to avoid the aggravation while having time for fun adventures, staying in an RV park is the answer!

These are some compelling reasons to choose RV camping that you may have never thought about.

You have room to move around.

Hotel rooms can get stuffy and cramped, especially if you have small children. When you stay in an RV park, you have the option of going for walks and enjoying your surroundings. And no more holing yourself up in a hotel room, trying to get some quiet time after the kids go to sleep. You can sit outside with food, drinks, and good company–it’s really no competition.

You don’t have to worry about packing light.

It’s a pain to haul suitcases through hotel lobbies, and you’re really limited in what you can bring along on your travels.  But when you choose RV camping, you can bring as much as you want!Even a pop-up camper will fit all your things more comfortably than a stuffy suitcase.  You’ll be able to bring your mountain bikes, sports equipment, paddle boards, and even that extra jacket you might need just in case.And you definitely won’t have to worry about being unprepared!

It’ll save your travel fund.

RV camping is really the best of all worlds: views, nature, comfort, and easy exploration, all at a fraction of the price.You can use all the money you save by staying in an RV campground on park entrances, equipment rental, and other fun recreational activities.

You get to enjoy a campfire.

There are few things better than sitting around a campfire after a long day of exploring.  It’s really a crowd-favorite activity, and one of the main draws of RV camping. You have the freedom to set up a campfire on your own site, or you can choose to sit around a community fire pit if the RV park has one.
Enjoy a drink, roast some s’mores, and get to know your fellow campers.Whatever you choose, it’s going to be a lot more fun than staying in a cramped hotel room.

You’re that much closer to cool activities.

Even if you’re a city-lover who isn’t exactly thrilled by the idea of camping, and RV park will still be a great fit for you.

You certainly have the option to explore the great outdoors. But if that’s not really your thing, you still have access to the nearby comforts of a city just a short drive away.

And if you are into exploring the great outdoors, staying in an RV park puts you right in the middle of it.Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountain biking, hiking trails, and more are within close reach.

You can cook your own food.

RV camping gives you the opportunity to try out all those campfire recipes you have saved on Pinterest.
There’s just something about cooking over an open flame that makes the food taste that much better. And since you can fit all your cooking supplies in your RV, you don’t have to skimp on ingredients or cookware.

And we all know that cooking can help save a lot of money, too, so definitely take advantage of it!

You’ll feel as comfortable as you do at home.

And that’s because, in a way, your RV is your home. You can bring a comfortable mattress, plenty of clothing, and anything else you need from the house.

And you don’t have to worry about whether or not your sheets were properly cleaned-or the strangers who slept in the bed the night before-like you would a hotel room.

You and your kids get to meet new people.

RV campers are generally a social bunch. And there’s always the chance that your fellow RV park neighbors will have the whole family with them, giving you and your kids a chance to meet some cool new people!

Rather than staying in a hotel room or even a single-person campsite, try staying in an RV campground.You’ll surely leave with some new friends and great stories!

It’s comfortable for the whole family.

Camping is an activity that’s more fun with company. But sometimes, it’s hard to get everyone in the family on board–especially if they aren’t crazy about the idea of roughing it. Staying in an RV gives everyone the chance to enjoy the outdoors at their leisure.

For example, if you have older campers, they may be more comfortable spending their days outside exploring and their nights inside the RV. This way, everyone can be included. And no one has to spend the night in a sleeping bag if they’d prefer a bed.

And most RV campsites are also pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your four-legged family members behind!

You get to enjoy the journey.

You know the saying that “the journey is more important than the destination?” It’s a little cliche, but that’s really the case when it comes to RV camping!

Instead of viewing travel time as a necessary evil that you have to endure to get to the destination, RV camping makes the entire trip enjoyable.

Staying in an RV park means no more dealing with musty airplane air, congested traffic in the city, cramped hotel rooms, or overpriced car rentals.

You’ll actually get to enjoy your entire vacation! And you’ll see a lot more of the country.

So if you’re looking for a stress-free getaway, you really don’t need to look further than an RV park.

Enjoy picnics outside, rejuvenating time spent in nature, and making invaluable family memories-all without the hustle and frustration of other vacations.

 

Why RV camping is the best way to explore

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rv setupWe are bombarded by excessive stimulation, such as TVs, cellphones and other screens, which can make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. Exposure to nature, whether it’s a walk in a park or a week-long RV trip, is enough to reduce stress and improve mood.

The coolest way to travel the world is by RV. Add an RV for comfort and convenience to the classic roadtrip.

RV camping has unique advantages that you will not experience in a hotel room or tent. It gives you greater freedom and mobility, while still providing the comforts and amenities you would find at home. It combines both the best and worst of both worlds.

Other reasons to RV camp:

  • Camping is possible all year round.

Many travelers are still cautious after the pandemic, even though travel plans have begun to improve. With an RV, you can stay right in your own comfort zone. You have everything you need in the RV.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans are nearly four times as likely to feel secure in their own vehicle when compared with domestic flights. The Association’s “safe” list places visiting a campground or park higher than renting a home or a hotel. It’s only second to a roadtrip.

Motorhomes are equipped with heaters and insulation, which makes it possible to camp comfortably almost year-round.Some campers prefer autumn and winter, because they offer a completely different experience. Camping during off-season is also a great way to avoid crowds, bugs (in winter) and pay less for campsite entrance fees.

  • Glamping is a great way to have fun.

Some people may not enjoy a trip into the wilderness, but they might find it appealing to have some basic comforts like running water and a bathroom. RV camping is the solution to this problem, as it allows you to enjoy all of your home comforts and luxury while still being close to nature.

Adventure in Camping offers a wide range of vacation trailers that are equipped with power, sewer, and water hookups.

  • You can be more flexible with your trip.

RV camping is a great way to have a spontaneous vacation. Want to visit the city to sample local cuisine? You could also take a quick trip to a nearby ghost town, mine, museum or other place that interests you.

Adventure in Camping can help you plan your RV camping if mobility and comfort is your top priority. You can choose between more than 80 “partners” campsites in the Eastern Sierra. Each one offers a unique landscape and the amenities and activities they provide. RV camping is safer.

RV camping is a great option if you enjoy nature walks, but hate the idea of sleeping in the open.RV camping is a kind of home on wheels where you can lock up your belongings and go out to do activities such as hiking, fishing or boating.

  • You can save money on your hotel stay.

When traveling with friends, RVs are generally cheaper than hotels. This is particularly true if you plan to cook your own meals, travel during off-season and bring sports equipment like fishing rods or bikes. Even frequent travelers are aware of how much hotel costs and other accommodations can add up. This is especially true if they’re traveling as a family. RVing is perhaps the most cost-effective form of travel.

You will be able to get off the beaten track.

A home on wheels allows you to travel to places that most people will never experience. The most beautiful places in America are often far away from any towns or lodging.The trek is worth it, particularly if you are using an RV. There are no baggage fees.

You can’t bring everything — even mobile homes with the largest weight limit are limited — but you will be able to get close. When compared to traveling by plane or train, where your luggage is limited and you are charged a lot to store it, RVs allow you to pack light.

You can take everything you need for comfort on the road if you have the storage space.

You can slow down.

A “traditional” holiday is usually planned to the minute. Everyone has experienced the stress that comes with rushing to make a flight or check in to a hotel.RV travel allows you to go at your own pace. Take a day to explore a museum or park; drive around and stop when you see something that is worth stopping for. You can stop wherever you like, whenever you want.

You can just let things flow when you don’t have to worry about returning to your hotel each night. Your trip will be more spontaneous thanks to the flexibility that RV travel provides.

It’s pet-friendly.

This is a point that speaks for itself. You do not have to worry about leaving your furry family members at home, or putting them in uncomfortably shaped travel carriers when you fly. Welcome aboard, copilot!

You are brought together by the same thing.

Even the largest RVs aren’t exactly luxurious. It’s good to be close. You and your traveling companions will have plenty of time to bond. Isn’t this the best part of vacation?

This is a home away from home.

You can stay in an RV like you would a hotel suite whenever you want. An RV that is designed according to your specifications can be your happy place.

You can also have the comforts of home. You can customize appliances, furniture and fixtures to make you feel at home even when you’re far away.

You can create a community instantly.

Camping is a place of camaraderie unlike any other. In a hotel you may never have met your neighbor. But in RV parks people from around the world seem to find common ground. Over the campfire, it’s not uncommon to make a new friend and share travel stories. The campground is a place that no stranger stays for very long in a world of increasing distrust.

Final Word

RV camping is a combination of tent camping and hotel stays: you are closer to the nature, but without having to sacrifice comfort or luxury. You can also enjoy an adventure that is more spontaneous without having to break the bank.

 

Tips to Save on Power Use During RV Travel

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northen minnesota adventureDid you know almost 10 million homes plan to buy an RV in the next few months?

The RV is a great way to travel around the United States, whether you are on a mini-vacation or extending your vacation. It’s important to learn how to use an RV generator if you have never owned one before.

You don’t want to overdo it.

Charge your devices in advance

You and your family will need to charge a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. You can prevent draining the power of your devices by charging them before you leave.

Be sure to turn off the RVs during your trip so their batteries won’t drain. You can then relax and reduce your RV’s power consumption when you arrive at a northern Minnesota campground.

Keep Your Fridge Cold

Each time your fridge turns on, it uses a lot of energy. It’s best to keep your RV fridge cold rather than yo-yoing the power consumption.

You can achieve this by placing a lot of bags of ice inside. It will help keep your food and other items cool without having to put the fridge through its paces.

The temperature can rise if you open the fridge frequently. It’s best to only open the refrigerator when it is absolutely necessary.

Choose Propane Appliances

Want more RV travel advice? You should invest in propane appliances instead of hooking up everything to your generator. Propane can be cheaper than generators and is also more efficient.

Generators are required to be running at all times when an appliance is being used.

Keep an eye on your air conditioning usage

It’s easy to forget about an air conditioner once it is turned on. This is an excellent way to burn off all your energy.

The best RV travel tip is to turn your AC off when not necessary.

Are you ready to have fun with RV travel?

You can now make your RV trip a success by following these useful tips. You’ll be able to create many wonderful memories with your family while on the road.

Consider staying at the Headquarters RV Park Crane Lake if you are looking for a beautiful and comfortable place to stay. Our RV park is located close to the Voyageurs National Park and other beautiful locations in northern Minnesota.

Book now! We are looking forward to meeting you.

Activities For Your RV Trip

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campfiresThe world is at your fingertips when you travel in an RV. You’ll never run out of things to do, places to see, or memories to make, no matter where you are or how long your stay is. Road trips can be long and you may find that your original plans are ruined by unforeseen circumstances or bad weather. There are times, even if all goes well, when you are overwhelmed by the choices. This list will help you come up with fun activities for your RV trip if you are ever looking for ideas.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The time spent in nature is one of the most enjoyable aspects of RVing. A good part of your road trip is likely to be spent outdoors, whether it’s wildlife or wild views. Camping grounds, national parks and other places offer a variety of outdoor activities to visitors. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes or get right into the action with the many hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. There’s a lot to do in the natural world, no matter what your travel purpose is.

Meet Local Wildlife

Each part of the country is home to its own ecosystem and unique inhabitants. An RV trip is a great way to experience wildlife with those who love it and respect it. You can explore the trails in your campground or park to see what you can spot. Just make sure you stay at a safe distance. Grab a pair binoculars to find a good spot for bird watching. You might find a wildlife reserve or nature center near or in your campground, depending on where you live.

Check out the view

On an RV tour, you can also see a variety of other amazing sights. Take the time to enjoy the scenery you see while you travel. Nothing beats the view of a mountain or the sun lowering over the ocean. There are always some amazing sights to see on the road. Do not be afraid to pull over and stop if you notice something spectacular.

Ask around at the campground for the most picturesque landscapes. You can find a lot online and in brochures. However, the best way to discover the hidden gems is by asking locals or frequent visitors. Not every view is going to be perfect. You can either get up early in the morning to see the sunrise, or stay up late at night to view the stars. Don’t forget your camera when you are searching for the most unforgettable sights. It’s okay to enjoy the scenery and not take pictures.

Get Active

A photograph alone is not enough. There are many more exciting things to do outside if that is the case. You can learn the layout of a park by hiking or biking through it. In many parks, there are lakes where visitors can swim or fish to pass the time. You can also try a kayak or canoe. You’re going to the mountains. Spend the day skiing, sledding, or snowboarding. Most parks provide lessons and rental equipment for visitors to try a new sport or hobby.

Explore the City

You can have fun in cities as well. Visit the top tourist attractions or museums. Or, try out local favorites. You can go on a day-trip to the city or wander around the mountain town. You’ll find plenty of culture wherever you travel.

Tourist Attractions

It’s true that tourists are often criticized for standing out, but this shouldn’t deter you from visiting these iconic landmarks. There are many tourist attractions that offer culture, history, and art. Museums are also a good way to pass a rainy afternoon. Do not be afraid to visit the most popular parts of your destination. You can embrace your inner traveler by taking selfies or purchasing a keychain at the gift shop. It’s your holiday.

Shops and Eateries

If you plan to spend a lot of time in a particular city or town, it’s important that you also learn more about the culture. Look for small family-owned shops that you won’t find anywhere. Discover local restaurants, shops and cafes in every town, from the biggest cities to the most charming villages nestled among the mountains. Ask locals for their recommendations. The best places are often not listed on the review sites you use.

Your RV

Even though a trip to an RV can be exciting, it is also a great way to relax. Plan time to relax and enjoy your vacation home. While on vacation, a short nap can be a great way to pass time. Here are some suggestions for your RV’s quiet days.

Play Games

Are you looking for activities that will help your family bond on a trip in an RV? Old-fashioned games are a great way to bond with your family. Cards and board games are great to take anywhere. You can play a game at any time if you keep a folding table in your campsite. Even if it rains, you can play under your RV’s awning. You can keep your group entertained with board games and card game during the time you have to spare.

Sit around the Campfire

What is a camping trip if not a crackling campfire? This is as easy and delightful as it sounds. Spend the evening talking, eating and hanging out around the fire. Keep up the camping tradition by telling ghost stories and roasting marshmallows. You can also listen to the radio while you relax and enjoy your company. It’s okay to spend one evening relaxing around the fire, even if it’s on almost every night.

 

Why traveling in a RV is better than taking a plane

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rv campingFlying is no longer an option in today’s logistical climate. More people are choosing to travel in an RV. This has led to an explosion in RV sales, rentals, ownership and usage over the past decade.

31% of respondents said they were first-time owners of a motorhome. This is a sign of how quickly the RV industry is expanding. In the next five-years, 9.6 million households plan to purchase a motorhome.

Renting or purchasing a motorhome from an organization is one of your best travel decisions. Aside from being an excellent investment in the RV industry, there are many other reasons why renting a motorhome is better than flying.

There are many reasons why RV travel is better than flying. These reasons are based on our best judgment and experience. They really show why RV travel is superior to flying. Take a look at the following to find out everything you need.

You Can Stop Traveling Anytime You Like

You’re usually restricted to your seat when you fly by plane. The only way to stretch your legs is to use the tiny restroom. If you fly often, it can lead to serious health problems. Many people who fly via plane experience swelling and pain in the legs, feet, and veins.

However, even though RV travel can be dangerous, you can still travel whenever you need to. This makes it less likely that you will experience leg swelling and pain. This allows you to stop when you feel like moving or resting, something you cannot do from a plane.

It’s more comfortable

You could spend hours in an uncomfortably uncomfortable seat depending on your travels and the length of your flight. It can be both painful and unpleasant, which will affect your travel experience.

You might also want to avoid turbulence in the sky. You will enjoy a better experience if you opt to travel in an RV.

All motorhomes are designed to provide modern travelers with all the comforts and amenities they need. You will find your cabin space is larger and more comfortable. Additionally, you can stop at any time to take a break in your own bed.

All You Need is Possible

You are limited in the items you can bring when you fly. Many people who travel to a country to see the sights or take a holiday leave behind many of their essentials.

If you need more than a carry-on bag and a check-in bag, renting or purchasing an RV is a good option. You can take everything you need, including your clothing, outdoor gear, essential travel equipment, and camping supplies, while traveling in a motorhome.

You can take your pet along, depending on which RV you rent or purchase. So why not make the leap and buy one for your next vacation?

You can save money on accommodation

Sometimes flights can be cancelled or delayed and this can cause major delays in your travel plans. If you need to stay longer, delays or cancellations could cost you a lot in airport accommodation.

You won’t have to worry about delays if you travel by RV rather than plane. You’ll be able to stay in your motorhome for free, which will save you money.

You will pay much less for camping or staying in a state park if your motorhome is there.

You can experience changing landscapes

You can only see one side of a place while you are flying. You will experience a lot more if you travel by motorhome than you can see from your window seat or headrest.

Because you can see the entire landscape from your RV as you go, this is a great way to travel. To preserve the memories that you make, you can stop and take photos or videos of the scenery. This is something you cannot do while flying.

You can also plan your trip to go the most scenic route. This is what RVers do when traveling long distances or frequently. It’s possible to stop at numerous campgrounds along your route, which is an added bonus.

Travelers are not subject to security checks

People hate going through security at airports. While they are a necessity, they can be tiring, stressful and cumbersome if you have to carry your bags around.

Motorhome owners don’t need to go through full body scans or shoe checks. As you travel from one country to another, you will be completely anonymous and won’t have to worry about anyone looking at your personal belongings.

You’ll love your travel food

It’s essential to have all the necessary facilities to enjoy your meals when you are on the road. If you don’t fly first class, you will find that plane food is often bland.

Scientists have shown that people’s taste buds are different at 30,000 feet.

You can also enjoy your food and taste every dish you prepare when you travel with a motorhome. There won’t be a restricted menu and fresh food available while you are on the road.

A guide for cold-weather camping

Do you want to cold-weather camp? It would be wonderful if your RV could be parked near a ski slope or other great spot for winter RV camping.

Our goal is for you to use your RV all winter long. This includes winterizing, storing, maintaining it and renting it out to other people in warmer areas.

Camping in cold conditions is defined as:

Cold weather camper is a person who stays in an RV when it is cold outside.  Therefore, camping above freezing presents a different set of problems and considerations than full-fledged winter camping.  Your pipes will freeze if the temperature drops below 32°F. This will cause your heating bills to increase and leave your family disappointed.

Another factor to consider when winter camping with an RV is wind. Winter weather can bring cold winds, even when temperatures are above freezing. Because of the ease at which cold winds can penetrate RV windows and doors, it can be difficult to RV camp in winter.

Why go to a camp for cold weather?

You can enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in the country by cold-weather RVing.  You could live close to a ski slope, or near national parks that offer almost the entire area to you for a fraction of the cost of a condo. Or you could choose to live wherever you like, regardless of Mother Nature’s wishes.

This does not mean RVing in winter must be miserable. It is possible to camp in cold conditions at a place you love and return home to a warm camper.  Check your heater if you plan to RV camp in winter.  Although propane heaters in RVs aren’t much different since their introduction, they remain one of the most difficult appliances.

It’s almost certain that your RV heater will fail, and it will be the coldest night in the year. This is not unlike a 60-degree week. We are well into the weekend. You’re also hundreds of miles away from the nearest town.  Winter camping can be a nightmare. Make sure your heater is inspected and maintained annually by a professional.

Camping: How can you prevent your pipes freezing

Winter camping is all about keeping water flowing.  To prevent your RV pipes from freezing, you should follow these steps:  A heated hose can be used to maintain the city’s water supply.

If you don’t have a hot water source, your RV’s freshwater tank can be used as an alternative to a heated water hose or city water.  It will keep your freshwater tank frozen if it is kept warm. The downside to this is that you will need to refill your freshwater tank every now and again.  It’s generally not a good idea for black and gray tanks to be left open during cold weather camping. These fluids can freeze in the sewage hose.

Do not dump your tanks until they are almost full. This will allow your camper’s internal temperature to keep fluids from freezing.  To prevent black/gray tanks freezing, pour a little RV antifreeze down the toilet and sink drains. After draining the tanks, add more antifreeze.  Wrap low-temperature heat tape around external hoses during winter months to keep them frozen.

If you are in a rush, you can let your water drip, but this will cause water waste. This is because moving water freezes slower than stationary water. Boondocking is a method that drains your freshwater tank, and then fills your grey water tank within a single night.

Tips to Stay Safe While Camping in Cold

Winter camping requires extra precautions. Be aware of slippery conditions, especially when camping on black ice. Winter RVs are especially dangerous due to the ice. Keep an emergency kit for your RV in case you are stranded along the road. Keep extra water, food and blankets in your vehicle in case you get frostbite.