The Most Popular RV Resorts in Louisiana

The Most Popular RV Resorts in Louisiana

Spend camping season at one of the best RV resorts in Louisiana!

Louisiana is home to 21 State parks and countless private campgrounds. When you are in our beautiful state, you will never be too far away from a beautiful campground. When you have this many places to choose from though, it can actually make it more difficult to decide on where to book your next stay. If you are wondering where to camp when you visit Louisiana, we have put together a list of some of the best RV resorts in the area that we recommend you visit. No matter if you are looking for family-friendly camping with the kids or something more high-end for a couple’s trip, Louisiana has someplace perfect for you to park your RV. 

 

 

Reunion Lake RV 

If you are looking for a high-end RV resort, then you will want to check out Reunion Lake RV Resort in Robert, Louisiana. Reunion Lake is perfectly positioned to be perfect for both Louisiana locals as well as interstate travels!

This campground offers a great balance of family-friendly fun and adult activities. There is something for everyone here! You can lounge by the pool, chill in the lazy river, or enjoy the adult pool with a swim-up bar! 

Reunion Lake RV is quiet, private, safe, and super clean! It is a gated resort with top-rated facilities and service. So if you are in the area and want to check out a truly beautiful RV resort, then make sure you head into Robert, LA and give this one a try!

Fireside RV Resort

Fireside RV Resort is a “New Kind of Campground” located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. This is one of our favorite RV resorts because it offers family-friendly outdoor activities with modern resort amenities. 

They listened to what campers wanted, and then they provided! A campground with shade, stunning cabins to rent, and tons of outdoor fun! 

When the weather warms up, you can cool down in the lazy river and enjoy plenty of shade around the campground. They offer full RV hookups and paved roads as well as 10 cabins available for rent. 

When you camp at Fireside, you will truly feel like you are waking up in a forest paradise! 

Cajun Palms

Located in Henderson, Louisiana, Cajun Palms RV Resort is one that you will love checking out, especially if you are camping with your kids. They have cabins as well as deluxe back-in RV sites, Pull-thru, buddy sites, water view sites, and covered sites all available to book for your next family vacation. 

The amenities here at this resort are top of the line as well! They have three swimming pools, two slides, a hot tub, fishing pond, bumper cars, laser tag, an arcade and so much more! 

Next time you are in the area with the family, make sure you check them out, you won’t be dissapointed. 

 

Enjoy these RV Resorts in Louisiana in a New to you RV

Ready to start camping this season? Maybe you need to upgrade your current camper. No matter what you need to get back on the roads and out camping this coming year, we have you covered here at Courvelle’s RV.

Our expert sales team is ready to help you get the new RV or used RV that you have been dreaming about! Give us a call today and then you can get out on the road and start checking out these awesome RV resorts.

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What to Look For When Buying a Used RV

What to Look For When Buying a Used RV

No matter if you are a new RVer or have bought a few campers in the past, these are things you should always ask when buying an RV  to make the process simple and smooth. 

In 2020, there were over 430,000 RVs sold nationwide, and this number is continuing to grow year after year. Americans are loving the RV lifestyle more than ever now, and we don’t blame them. Many people are ditching their traditional jobs and homes and hitting the road full time. While others are simply spending more time camping as opposed to flying for their family vacations. No matter what your reason for buying an RV is, there are a few things that will apply across the board, and we are here to let you know the top 10 things you need to look for when you start shopping for a new RV.

Class C motorhomes sitting on an RV lot for when you are thinking about buying an RV

Everything You Should Look For When Buying a New or Used RV

We have been selling RVs in Opelousas, LA for many years now and have seen just about everything you can think of. So when we tell you these are all the things you need to look for when you purchase an RV, we are speaking from experience. 

We want you to have the best possible RV buying experience and get the best RV for your personal needs. So when you head to an RV dealership, make sure you go prepared to ask the right questions and look for all of these things to make sure you have the best possible buying experience. 

Look Over Every Inch of the RV Ceiling

When going to buy an RV, make sure you look over the ceiling with a fine-tooth comb. There is nothing worse than purchasing an RV and then later discovering a leaky roof. 

This is especially important if you are thinking about purchasing a used RV. If there is any sign of water damage from a leaky roof, you will probably want to pass on this purchase. 

Yes, a ceiling can be fixed, but then you run the risk of running into other unforeseen issues that may need to be addressed once you start working on the roof. 

Check for Signs of Mold

When you are looking at used RVs that you are interested in buying, make sure you check well for any signs of mold. Even if there is no visible water damage,  you should still give the camper a once-over to check for mold. 

Check the ceilings and floors, as well as the bathrooms, corners, the caulk, and around all fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen. To check well, open up all of the cabinets and closets and shine a flashlight to make sure there is no mold growing.  

Mold is hard to get rid of, and usually signifies larger issues with leaking and the water systems. So if you notice mold in an RV, it is probably a good sign that you will want to move on to a different unit.

Inspect The Floors

When you are thinking of buying a used RV, you will want to make sure you check over the floors when looking at potential candidates for your next camper.  

Walk around the camper, jump up and down, feel the floors! All of the things you will be doing when you are using your RV, you want to make sure you can do during a walkthrough. Check where the floors meet the walls to ensure everything is properly in place.

Again, check for lifting and water damage. Floors should feel sturdy and stable, too much give could be an indicator of rotting and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Make Sure the Electrical Is In Good Working Order

You may not be an electrician, but you should bring someone along with you who knows a thing or two when buying a used RV.

Make sure all of the electrical outlets work, wiring is done well, and everything is in good working order. Also, you will want to make sure slides open and close as they are supposed to and that any and all awnings work correctly.

 

If Buying a Used Motorhome, Check the Motor

This only applies if you are looking for a used motorhome, but please make sure you check the mechanics. We recommend bringing along a friend who is a mechanic when you come to look at a potential motorhome so you feel confident knowing that everything is in good running order. 

If a dealership doesn’t want you to check it over and have your mechanic friend look over the engine, then that may be a sign to walk away.

Make Sure You are Buying a Used RV From a Reputable Dealership 

Probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you set out to buy a used RV is to make sure you are shopping at a reputable dealership. 

You want to know that the staff is well trained, knowledgeable, and professional. Here at Courvelle’s, we have been selling the highest quality used RVs in Louisiana for years! All of our inventory is well maintained and looked over by our expert service department. 

So if you are looking for a high-quality used RV that has been immaculately maintained right here in Louisiana, then give us a call to talk to our sales team. 

 

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Cozy Fall RV Recipes

Cozy Fall RV Recipes

Fall is the perfect time for RVing in the South. The weather starts to cool off, the leaves start to change, and campgrounds are filled with beautiful and fun things to do. When you take off camping in the Fall, you will want to have some warm and filling food to take with you, and these cozy Fall RV recipes are some of our favorites for this time of the year!

Grab these cozy Fall RV recipes and enjoy hearty and filling meals around the campfire all season long. 

Grab these cozy Fall RV recipes and enjoy hearty and filling meals around the campfire all season long.

Fall just begs hearty and cozy recipes. Enjoy these campfire meals, slow cooker soups, instant pot meals, and cast iron dishes all from the comfort of your campsite with little prep and a lot of flavors!

Slow Cooker Cowboy Stew

This Cowboy Stew is a fall camping favorite! It is a dump-and-go soup that you won’t have to think too hard about, requires little to no real prep time, and will have everyone asking for a second bowl before the night is through.

Check out the full recipe over on Spruce Eats, and let us know what you think when you make it for yourself.

Cast Iron Chicken Nachos

Photo and recipe c/o The Coffee Mom

Photo and recipe c/o The Coffee Mom

Cast iron cooking is always a good idea when you are camping! Cast iron pans are easy to clean, heavy-duty, and do very well buried in a campfire! One of our favorite Fall cast iron recipes has to be these chicken Nachos.

Not only are they easy to make, but this family-friendly recipe is also one everyone will love digging into! The recipe talks about cooking it in the oven, but we typically modify that to be covered and then cooked un the campfire under some hot coals!

Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Chili

Photo and Recipe c/o Trekkn

Does anything scream fall more than Chili? No? We don’t think so either.

This Instant Pot Chili is perfect to set it and forget it while you are out for a Fall hike. Then you can come back to a warm and cozy dinner to enjoy around the campfire!

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

Recipe and Photo c/o Camping for Foodies

Mac and Cheese is a family favorite, and for good reason! Just the thought of Mac and Cheese brings back thoughts of childhood and all the amazing memories that may carry with it.

We love this super easy Dutch oven mac and cheese to make in the fall when we want to enjoy some time around the campfire with the family.

Cheesy Sausage & Potato Foil Packets

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Foil Packet

Photo and recipe c/o Who Needs a Escape

I remember being a kid and always making foil packet meals every time my family would go camping. As an adult now, I still love making foil packets when I go camping!

One of my favorites has to be these cheesy potato and sausage foil packs. So simple, fun, and easy to make! Packed with flavor and fun for the whole family to make.

What are your favorite Fall camping recipes?

There are some of our favorites, and now we want to know your favorites! Let us know what you like to cook when you go camping in the Fall so we can try them next time we go camping!

Grab these cozy Fall RV recipes and enjoy hearty and filling meals around the campfire all season long.

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Tips for Buying a Used RV

Tips for Buying a Used RV

Buying an RV is a large commitment, so it should go without saying that it is something you want to really take time to think about and do your research. When purchasing an RV, one of the first things people tend to ask themselves is “Do I want to buy a New or Used RV?”. While there is no right or wrong answer to that question, there are quite a few benefits to buying used, including saving money! But buying Used has its drawbacks as well, and you need to be ready to look over your potential purchase to make sure everything is in good working order. So if you are ready to dive into RV shopping, make sure you keep reading for these helpful tips for buying a used RV.

Helpful Tips for Buying a Used RV

Keep these tips handy when shopping for a used RV, and you will make sure that you never get taken advantage of by shady sellers.

Buying a Used Motorhome

ALWAYS See the Used RV in Person Before Purchasing It

This should go without saying, but please, always make sure you get to look over the RV you plan to purchase in person before sending money to anyone. This goes for new RVs and Used RVs, especially if you are buying from a private individual instead of a trusted RV dealer.

You wouldn’t buy a house without ever seeing it in person, would you? No? probably not! So don’t buy an RV, or any vehicle for that matter, without seeing it in person first. Sadly, many fake private sellers will try to get you to send them money upfront for a camper you have seen only in pictures, and then you will be out the money and still no closer to RV ownership. So please, be careful when browsing for used RVs online. You are much better off checking at a local trusted RV dealership or browsing a large, well-known RV classified site where users have been verified.

Remember, Used RVs Aren’t Likely to be Perfect

When buying a used Rv, you need to keep in mind that things aren’t going to always be perfect. Sometimes you will need to make repairs or settle for a floorplan that isn’t your absolute favorite. Really, it is all based on what you NEED, what you WANT, and your DEALBREAKERS. Every person is going to want something slightly different from their camper, so keep in mind what you want to get out of the experience as a whole, and then make your lists to help narrow down which one you want to purchase and what your dealbreakers are.

Even if you don’t find the perfect RV, when you buy used, you can always use the money you save to do upgrades and customizations to truly make it your dream camper.

Check with Insurance BEFORE Buying

When you are buying a used RV, you will want to talk to your RV insurance company prior to making your purchase. Depending on the year of the camper, you may not be able to get proper coverage, so it is better to know ahead of time what your insurance company’s policy is before you go buy a vintage used camper.

Check the RV’s History

Once you have started to narrow down your choices, we recommend checking up on the history of the RV you are interested in. There are free websites out there that you can easily use, such as rvchecx.com or carfax.com, to check up on the history of the RV, including any accidents, damage, or repairs. All you need to do is the VIN number.

Be Aware of Motorhome Mileage

If you are thinking about buying a used Motorhome, make sure to keep in mind the mileage. Super high mileage can be a red flag when it comes to buying a used motorhome. While high mileage doesn’t always equate to problems, it is common for higher mileage units to have more issues.

That doesn’t mean you need to totally discount these finds though. If you are mechanically inclined and able to do your own repairs, then go for it! Get the high mileage unit, do a motor swap, and save some serious cash. But if you are someone who can’t do their own engine work, then you may be better off finding something with lower miles.

Thinking about buying a used RV in Louisiana?

If you are in the Louisiana area and looking for a clean, low mileage used RV, you can contact our expert sales team here at Courvelle’s RV. We have the cleanest inventory of used towables and motorhomes in the South East! We will he glad to answer all of your RV buying questions and help get you into the perfect new or used RV for your needs!

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Where to See Fall Foliage in Louisiana

Where to See Fall Foliage in Louisiana

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is on its way in. This means crisp weather, pumpkin everything, and most importantly beautiful fall foliage! Even though Louisiana is in the south, and typically hot, there are still some places you can go to see the Fall foliage in Louisiana. So load up the RV and take a road trip to any of these beautiful places and enjoy some stunning Autumn colors.

Kisatchie National Forest

If you want to see beautiful fall foliage in Louisiana while getting lost in the beauty of nature, then this is the place for you. Kitsatchi National Forest is about an hour and a half north of Lafayette and is a popular destination for hikers due to its beautiful trails.

It isn’t just for hikers though. This national forest also offers an abundance of horseriding trails for the equine enthusiast.

Pack up the camper, grab a tent, and make camp here this fall to see the leaves change and enjoy the peace and quiet that this nearly untouched land will give you.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park

One of the most beautiful places in northern Louisiana, Chemin-a-Haut State Park is nestled among the cypress trees and a beautiful place to escape to when you want to watch the leaves change.

When Fall creeps in, you will be in awe of the cypress trees nestled along the water. This place is magical, especially in the Fall.

You can enjoy one of two trails that wind around the park. Both are easy and well-marked, making them perfect for novice hikers. If you prefer to see the colors from the water, you can even rent a boat and view the Louisiana Fall foilage from the pristine water surrounding this park.

Lake Bistineau State Park

With five natural trails to explore, Lake Bistineau State Park is a nature lover’s dream. Explore the park, enjoy the stunning sunsets, and take in all of the Fall foliage.

If you are a horse lover, you can forego the hiking trails and head out on the 6-mile equestrian trail instead.

North Toledo Bend State Park

Located on one of the country’s largest man-made reservoirs, North Toledo Bend State Park is a stunning area to explore in the Fall.

You will love exploring the over 900 acres! There are two trails, camping, hiking, and picnicking areas. So hit the road and take a trip to North Toledo Bend State Park this Fall.

Lake Claiborne State Park

Lake Claiborne is a popular travel destination in Homer in the north of Louisiana. It is beloved for its hiking trails, especially when the crisp Fall weather starts to creep in.

You can walk around the water’s edge while watching the sunset and really just enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

While this is a popular park, it never feels overcrowded and it is a perfect place to enjoy the vivid colors of the Fall.

Where to See Fall Foliage in Louisiana

Here in Louisiana, the peak time to see the leaves change is usually around the end of October through the beginning of November, but it is never too early to start planning your Fall RV road trips!

Let us know which one of these parks you like to visit, or if there are other ones that we should see this Fall, let us know so we can plan our own RV trip on your reccomendation!

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