Past Places

New Smyrna Beach: Art & Artist Enclave (Fall 2016)

Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes (Fall 2016)

Grab a Life Vest, Helmet, and a Paddle (Fall 2016)

Upcoming Exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2016)

The Ultimate Staycay? A Homegrown Mediterranean Get-Away (Fall 2015)

Eight Uniquely Charlotte Experiences (Fall 2015)

Hitting the High Notes of Macon's Music Scene (Fall 2015)

Florida's North Peninsula (Fall 2015)

12 Reasons to Visit Huntsville, Alabama (Fall 2015)

Alabama's Captivating Capital (Fall 2014)

Exploring South Carolina Old 96 District (Spring 2014)

Weekend Getaway to Lake Charles, La. (Spring 2014)

Exploring Northwest Florida's Natural Side (Spring 2014)

Discovering the Lake Oconee Area (Fall 2013)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Fall 2013)

The Best of Today's Waterpark Rides (Summer 2013)


Have a Southern Houseboat House Party (Spring 2013)

Take Flight: Yes, You CAN Get a Pilot’s License (Spring 2013)

Discovering Hollywood's Backlot (Fall 2012)

Color-Fall Tennessee (Fall 2012)

NASCAR 2012: Upcoming Events Around the South (Summer 2012)

RVacations (Summer 2012)

People Go Wild for Glamping (Summer 2012)

Best Beaches for Beach Bums (Summer 2012)

Heirloom Gardens (Spring 2012)

Unforgettable Experiences Await You at Select Registry Inns in the South (Winter 2011)

Golf with a Southern Drawl (Fall 2011)

Bring Rover on Over - Hotels That Want to Pamper Your Pooch (Fall 2011)

Cabana Mania! (Summer 2011)

Time to Plan for Summer Sleepaway Camps (Spring 2011)

He Said Golf, She Said Spa (Spring 2011)

Edu-Vacation Destination: Charleston, S.C. (Spring 2011)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains (Spring 2011)

Freeze Action (Winter 2010)

No Ordinary Love (Winter 2010)

Spa Spectacular: The Natural Choice (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures (Winter 2010)


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

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,  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, 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 

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.

About the Author

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