Is this the year you'll discover RV life? Rolling homes are for families, loners, guy or girlfriend getaways and couples who want to get away from it all. To rent, to own, to dream, that is the question.
RV rentals are found in major cities nationwide. Fly or drive to the pickup point, then travel round trip or one-way. If you're buying an RV, decide first whether you'll drive it (motorhome), tow it (travel trailer, 5th wheel, pop-up camper), park permanently in a campground (park model) or mount it on your pickup truck. You’ll need bunks for each family member, then the sky is the limit. An RV that is “fully self-contained” has a bathroom, carries its own water and sewer and generates its own electricity. In campgrounds, utilities are supplied by “hook-ups” for water, sewer, electric and sometimes cable TV. See RV buying tips at http://www.GoRVing.org
Campgrounds range from au naturel to whizbang fun in camping resorts with golf, restaurants, entertainers and planned activities. In general, government parks have larger campsites but fewer hook-ups. Activities may include ranger-guided programs, boating, fishing, swimming and nature trails. Commercial campsites are more compact but there are more facilities such as game rooms, putting green, wi-fi, swimming pools and pet parks.
At Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island, Florida, http://www.floridastateparks.org RV sites are under giant oaks or right on the Atlantic beach. Surf fish, make sand castles, explore an ancient fort, hike trails. By contrast, Walt Disney World Resort’s campground, Fort Wilderness, http://www.disneyworld.disney.go.com shopping, dining and entertainments. From there, take free WDW transportation to all the WDW parks and hundreds of WDW dining venues. If mountains are your choice, North Carolina offers the highest peaks in the South and it’s laced with state parks and commercial campgrounds http://www.campnorthcarolina.com
RV Travel Costs
* Expect to spend $100 to $200 or ore a day for a rental RV depending on season, size and destination. Extras include fuel and campsites.
* Campsites range from free parking (where permitted) with no hookups to as much as $150 a night or more in luxury RV resorts. Plan to average about $35 a night.
* RV prices start at under $6,000 for a used tow-able and into six figures for a motorized RV. Other costs include insurance, storage fees (RV parking may not be permitted in your neighborhood), maintenance, fuel and campsites. Financing is available.
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