Top Winter Camping Spots in Louisiana

Top Winter Camping Spots in Louisiana

As the heat from the Louisiana summer dissipates, and we exit the Gulf Coast’s tropical storm season, the great state of Louisiana settles into our moderate, wet winter.

The shorter days usher in mosquitoes free nights and stunning sunsets, but Louisiana always stays true to our cajun cuisine. Whether winter is your favorite season for the gumbo or the wild game — who says you have to pick one of the two — Louisiana’s winter is certain to have an ideal RV destination for you. At Courvelle RV, we know a thing or two about RVs and camping.

So, we’re taking a look at some of our customers’ fan-favorite RV winter campgrounds across Louisiana.

Located in Westwego, on Lake Cataouatche a 20-minute drive southwest from New Orleans, you’ll find the Bayou Segnette State Park. They offer a large selection of RV slots with water and electric hookups. During the summer you can enjoy swimming in the wave pool, but in the winter, you get to enjoy the beauty of wildlife.

They offer both salt and freshwater fishing due to the park’s unique location. The extraordinary ecosystem offers you the chance to spot plants, trees, and wildlife from both swamps and marshlands. From the boat ramp, you can access abundant wildlife and vegetation that aren’t readily accessible on foot.

The campground hosts a multitude of activities throughout the year, so you are sure to find fun activities the whole family can enjoy in any season. Make sure to check their page for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and other weather-related closures.

Reunion Lake RV Resort

Just off of I-12 in southeastern Louisiana, Reunion Lake is the ultimate RV destination. Their fully paved roadways and RV sites ensure a hassle-free camping experience. Their website boasts that they’re the best snowbird campground around, and it’s not hard to see why.

With their beautiful lake, fitness center, outdoor games, and giant hot tub, this resort has plenty to keep you and yours busy. They also have a nearby Sonic located just off the property, as well as an RV-friendly gas station.

If you’re looking for a month-long stay, they offer extended stay benefits to sweeten the deal. Be sure to check their website for more information on their amenities, reservations, and announcements regarding mask policies.

Bogue Chitto State Park

Just north of Ponchatoula, near the Mississippi border, you’ll find the Bogue Chitto State Park. A true national treasure, the dynamic Bogue Chitto river feeds into this vibrant water system and its attached streams.

This 1,786-acre state park is home to cypress-tupelo swamps, hardwood forests, upland forests, and rolling landscapes. And you can’t miss Fricke’s Cave, which is more of a gorge, that features two-foot-tall spires with pebbles perched atop. Following the boardwalk, you too can take part in this spectacle.

From canoeing, fishing, biking, birding, horse riding, and disk golfing, you’re sure to find plenty of activities to keep you and yours entertained. They have 81 premium campsites with full hookup capabilities – some on the waterfront. For reservations and updated information about the park, be sure to check their website.

Chicot State Park

Just northwest of Courvelle RV in Opelousas, you’ll find the ever-beautiful Chicot State Park. Situated right beside Lake Chicot, this location is great for nature lovers year round.

Some local activities include canoeing, fishing, and hiking. The Louisiana State Arboretum is also nearby. There, they provide guests with helpful, informative hikes that take you around the area and showcase our large variety of vegetation.

The north landing at this park features 90 campsites with water and electricity as well as a boat launch, dock, and 400-foot fishing pier. Be sure to check their website for updated information and reservation availability.

Jimmie Davis State Park

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, head up to the northeastern part of the state for an adventure you are sure to remember. Located on Caney Lake, this beautiful environment offers ample fishing, bird watching, and nearby activities.

One must-see location lies just north of the park. While there, we recommend visiting the Poverty Point World Heritage Site. One of the most important archaeological sites in North America, Poverty Point is indeed a rare remnant of an exceptional culture. According to their website, “It has been estimated that landscape preparation and earthworks construction may have required moving as many as 53 million cubic feet of soil. Considering that a cubic foot of soil weighs 75-100 pounds and that the laborers carried this dirt in roughly 50-pound basket loads, it is obvious that this was a great communal engineering feat.”

There are no nearby RV campgrounds to Poverty Point, however, neighboring Jimmie Davis State Park is only a short drive away. With 73 campsites that are equipped with a table, pad, and fire ring, you’ll find this camp to be a quaint and comfortable space for you to rest after a long day of nature watching and exploring. Be sure to check their website for recent announcements and booking availability.

RV Service and Dealing in Opelousas, Louisiana

Before you hit the road to visit one of our great state’s campgrounds, make sure your RV is ready for winter-weather and general driving conditions. If you need a helping hand, you can count on the experts at Courvelle’s RV to keep you safe.

If you’re still looking for the right RV, be sure to stop by. We have a large selection of New RV’s for Sale and Used RV’s for Sale in Opelousas, Louisiana from big brands like Crossroads RV and Dutchmen. Contact us today to find the fairest RV prices in the state.

 

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Must Have RV Upgrades

Must Have RV Upgrades

 Whether you have a brand new RV or a used trailer that’s a bit of a fixer-upper, there are many modifications RV-enthusiasts say you can’t live without. If your RV is your main residence, you may be already too familiar with some of the struggles we list below, but hopefully, you’ll find some new solutions that may help you out along your way.

Illuminating RV Power Solutions 

Our first set of upgrades start with your power — How do you get it, how do you store it, and how do you use it? Let’s take a closer look below:

  • Solar

Whether you are a boondocker, an environmentalist or someone who just happens to not have a power hookup, adding solar panels to your RV can be a great way to create natural, sustainable energy. You can consider fixing the solar panels to your roof, or if you have space for storage, you can purchase portable solar panels that you can move outside when parked. While solar setup may cost a bit more in the beginning, it can save you a lot of money in the long run, and it allows you to be more self-sufficient by providing electricity even when you’re off the grid.

  • Converter

If you’re installing solar panels, you will also need a converter. This will help you store more electricity for longer, which allows you to spend time off the grid and still enjoy power for your must-have appliances.

  • Batteries

If you notice that you aren’t holding enough charge when you’re running off of solar or battery power, you may consider upgrading your existing batteries with lithium batteries. Lithium batteries will hold a longer charge which allows you to spend more time on the road, and less time plugged in.

  • Electric Thermostat

By updating your old thermostat to a new, electric model, you will get more precise control over your RV’s temperature, which may also save you money on cooling and heating expenses.

  • Light Bulbs

When you upgrade your RV’s light bulbs to LED instead of incandescent, you’ll conserve 90% more energy, and you’ll save money on new light-bulbs because LED bulbs have a 22-year lifespan. These LED bulbs are also recyclable, dimmable, and they produce little inferred light.

  • LED Strip Lighting

If you need additional lighting for hard-to-see areas around your RV, consider purchasing some inexpensive, LED strip lighting. Under your bed, in a storage compartment, around your outdoor awning — there are no limits to what you can illuminate with LED strip lighting.

  • Vent Fans 

Your RV’s vent fans can become dated and worn, and they may not be circulating air in your RV properly, or even worse, they can be circulating dust, mold, bugs and other toxins around your home. You can easily refresh these fans with energy-efficient vents that will help keep your RV fresh.

RV Space-Saving Designs

 

One of the most difficult parts of RV living is the space – from counter space to cabinet space and all of the every-day storage challenges you encounter in between. We’re going to take a closer look at some of our favorite RV storage solutions:

  • Counter Extensions 

RV space is an issue, and there are no special exceptions for the kitchen. However, a collapsible counter extension could be just the solution you need. Great to use as a cutting board or just a little extra space to place your bowl until you need it, this counter extension is one of our favorite kitchen solutions.

  • Spice Storage 

The next on our list of favorite kitchen solutions would have to be a herb-storage rack. Whether you place it on the inside of your cabinet door, or as an attachment underneath your cabinet, there is sure to be a better way to safely store your herbs and spices.

  • Dish Drying Rack 

Many RVs don’t have a dishwasher, and you may find that you don’t have designated space to dry your dishes. A rollable, metal dish rack is the perfect solution for dish drying when you need a portable option.

  • Trash Bin 

Last but not least on our kitchen hacks, you’ll find a space to store your trash bin. You can add a sliding rack in a cabinet, or even attach a trash can to the inside of a cabinet door. Either way, a secure trash bin is sure to prevent frequent spills and fight clutter.

  • Shoe Rack 

With a smaller closet and no formal entry, you may struggle to find a place to properly store your shoes. We like wall-hangers by the entry for a space saving solution that doesn’t move when you hit the road.

  • Bumper Rack

Looking for bike, kayak, or cooler storage? If you don’t have a pull-behind car, a bumper rack may be a great solution for your RV’s outdoor storage.

All the Comforts of Home — RV Edition

Even with more energy-efficient, longer-lasting electric solutions and space-saving storage, you may still miss some of the comforts of home. But living in an RV doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable and stylish. Below we’ll list some inexpensive upgrades to maximize your comfort in your RV:

  • Mattress 

Not a fan of your thin and springy mattress? Trade it out! There is no harm in upgrading your mattress to something more comfortable. Just make sure it’s the right size for your space.

  • Shower Head 

Is shower pressure an issue? It might be your shower head. Replace your outdated shower head with a high-pressure system to get the shower of your dreams.

  • Floors 

Give those grungy, outdated floors a facelift with laminate wood. This quick refresh will lend your RV a whole new life.

  • Backsplash 

Peel and stick tiles are an easy way to give your kitchen a quick and simple upgrade. Simply clean the walls and stick them on to bring your kitchen into the 21st century.

  • Stabilization 

Rocking and swaying when you’re trying to sleep? That’s no way to live. Add an additional stabilization jack to your RV for peace and tranquility as you move around your parked RV.

  • WIFI 

Even though some parks advertise free WIFI, you may have trouble getting signal in the park. If you’re someone who relies on WIFI, you may consider buying an extender or on-the-road WIFI device that will support a data plan.

  • Back-Up Camera 

This is your home, and you need to protect it whether you are in motion or not. A back-up camera is a great way to give your driver the resources to successfully get from point A to point B. If your RV didn’t include a backup camera, it’s easy to install an after-market model.

Lowest Priced Trailer and RV Service Provider in Opelousas, LA 

 

Located on I-49 near exit 15, Courvelle RV is here to service your travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome no matter where you purchased it. We also have a great selection of RV parts and RV accessories in stock to get you back on the road quickly when it matters most. For all your RV needs, please call or stop in to visit us just south of Opelousas, Louisiana.

 

 

 

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Most Haunted Spots in Louisiana

Most Haunted Spots in Louisiana

If this year hasn’t been spooky enough for you, or if you’re looking for a scare of a more paranormal variety, you won’t have to travel far to meet some of the most ghoulish spirits in North America. Stories of Louisiana’s long and rich history can be heard around the world, but if you want to know the most haunted places in Louisiana, you’ll need to ask the locals. As Opelousas residents ourselves, the staff at Courvelles RV knows a thing or two about the best local haunts.

Whether you’re a ghost-hunting buff looking for your October road-trip destination, or an easily scared travel enthusiast looking for a roadmap of places to avoid, we’ve compiled a local’s list of Louisiana’s 5 most-haunted destinations.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium (Shreveport, LA)

Some of this country’s most famous musicians including Johnny Cash, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Hank Williams have all played at the legendary Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. But musicians aren’t the only ones who’ve occupied this building. In the early days, according to their website, “the auditorium played host to the military by serving as barracks for the troops and housing the early aircraft warning system, more commonly known as Radar.”

While the military presence is long gone, there are still reports of paranormal activities including strange sounds, voices, and a door opening and closing on its own. Some claim to see a woman in a blue dress wandering around the lobby. Many TV crews and ghost hunters have been out to document the phenomena, but no one knows this place quite like the locals. The staff have reported hearing a woman screaming in the basement bathroom; it was there where a woman reportedly gave birth during one of the Louisiana Hayride shows. Others report hearing clapping throughout the auditorium, and voices saying “I love Johnny Cash.”

Whether you’re interested in visiting for the art-deco architecture, musical history or the opportunity to witness the paranormal, you might consider lodging at KOA, the highest ranked campground in Shreveport.

Bentley Hotel (Alexandria, LA)

photo c/o Trip Advisor

Not far from our location in Opelousas, LA, the Bentley Hotel has a rich 100-year history hosting notables like President Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, John Wayne, and Roy Rogers. After the eccentric Joe Bently, who is still said to visit The Mirror Room Lounge in spirit, built the hotel, it changed hands many times and underwent a multi-million dollar restoration.

Still, several other mischievous ghosts are said to haunt the Bentley Hotel including a young girl who fell down the elevator shaft to her death. Another man reportedly died after falling off the grand staircase in 1985 — visitors report seeing shadows and figures peering over the staircase, looking down at the lobby area of the hotel.

If you’re not planning to stay at the hotel for any number of reasons, you might consider staying at River Cities RV Park just northwest of town.

Old State Capitol Building (Baton Rouge, LA)

photo c/o Visit baton Rouge

This castle-like structure in downtown Baton Rouge stands out with its architectural brilliance. Today, the building hosts a museum as well as weddings and other corporate events.

Locals believe that Pierre Couvillion, an 1800’s congressman died in the capitol building and still haunts the space to this day. The staff members report seeing mysterious footprints on the senate floor, as well as motion sensors going off when no one is in the building. But the most haunted portion of this building lies below, where the basement was once used as a hospital and prison for soldiers in the Civil War.

While you’re there, don’t miss out on their “Ghost of the Castle” show – it’s only $3 per person. While there, consider staying at Night RV Park or Courtney’s RV Park.

Manchac Swamp (Ponchatoula, LA)

photo c/o Louisiana Haunted Houses

It wouldn’t be a ghost tour of Louisiana without touching on the mystical powers of the Manchac Swamp. While you may know the area more for the Manchac Swamp Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world that spans 22.80 miles, there is much more to this swampy area than meets the eye.

There are plenty of tours or kayak experiences that will allow you to get a closer look at the swamp for yourself. However, the locals say you should be aware of a supernatural threat. Legend has it that local voodoo queen Julia Brown, who previously lived on the edge of the swamp, still haunts the area with her songs and wails today. On the day of Julia’s funeral, September 29, 1915, almost 300 other people in the area died when a massive hurricane made landfall drowning residents in its 13-foot storm surge. Locals claim the hurricane was a result of Julia’s curse on the town, quoting a song she was said to sing, “One day I’m going to die and take the whole town with me.’

For more reading on this fascinating legend, visit this Mental Floss article. After a long day of swamp exploration and ghost stories, you may want to take a load off at the Reunion Lake RV Resort’s lazy river.

New Orleans Cemetery No. 1 (New Orleans, LA)

Below sea level, New Orleans locals were forced to build their cemeteries above ground. Today, you can tour these cemeteries, with their rows of ornate tombs sometimes referred to as “the City of the Dead.” The New Orleans Cemetery No. 1 is reported as the most haunted of all the New Orleans cemeteries.

Here, there are graves dating back to the 1700’s. Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is one of the most notables buried within the block. You’ll find offerings and sacrifices laid upon her grave where many Voodoo societies still visit daily, requesting the blessings of the Voodoo Queen. Ghost-hunter groups have visited this haunted destination recording terrifying EVP’s and capturing eerie orbs floating in photos. Guests, accompanied by tour guides, have claimed to see manifestations of ghosts walking through the rows of hallowed tombs.

If visiting the city of New Orleans, you can extend your trip and plan to see many more haunted spots in this ghostly city. There are three RV parks nearby that you may consider staying at including the French Quarter RV Resort, Parc D’orleans Inc., or the Jude Travel Park.

This list only begins to scratch the surface of Louisiana’s haunted history. Regardless of your feelings about spirits, Voodoo, and ghosts, you cannot deny the beauty of our state in the fall. As you look to get out and enjoy the cooler weather, make your RV is fit for your adventure. If you are in need of any parts or service, please contact us today. And if you’re searching for a new or used RV, the experienced and friendly team at Courvelles RV can help you find the perfect RV to fit your lifestyle.

 

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The Best Louisiana Campgrounds for Families

The Best Louisiana Campgrounds for Families

Louisiana – home of the well-known Mardi Gras, Ellen DeGeneres, and probably the best Creole food in the United States. So, what exactly is there to do in Louisiana? We’ll cover a few of our favorite campgrounds here in Louisiana.

Remember, though, as campgrounds begin to reopen around the U.S., it’s important to know the new rules and guidelines each area has in place. It’s a good idea to check out their website or call to make sure you’re prepared.

Cajun Palms RV Resort

As a full-service resort, this is definitely one of the best places to try out in Louisiana. It’s in Henderson, Louisiana, which is just a few miles from I-10. This is the ideal spot as it’s close to the highway but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle. It also combines those classic camping amenities we all love with quite a few high-tech features.

In addition to the high-tech comforts of home, Cajun Palms has 300 deluxe RV spots with full hookups to water, sewer, and electricity. If you don’t have an RV but are still itching to check this place out, they offer 65 cabins with 20 of them along with the waterfront view ponds.

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

For something a little less extravagant, Poverty Point offers a 2,700-acre lake right at the center. This allows for endless hours of swimming, fishing, boating, or taking the jet skis out for the day.

You can rent all the equipment you need here, like flat-bottom boats or canoes. There’s also a short half-mile walking trail and well over 50 camping sites with electric and water hookups. If you want to experience Poverty Point with a rig or tents, they have lodges and deluxe cabins available.

Tickfaw State Park

Tickfaw State Park

With only about 30 camping sites, Tickfaw State Park is one of the smallest parks on this list but definitely one of the best. What makes it unique is its four ecosystems. While here, you’ll get to experience the Tickfaw River, a swamp, a mixed forest and bottomland hardwood forests.

It’s a pretty lowkey place, but you won’t get a mix of ecosystems like it has anywhere else. There are a water playground and a gift shop for the kids, and there’s also an 800-gallon aquarium full of fish native to the river.

Lincoln Parish Park

Home to what some say is one of the greatest biking trails in America, Lincoln Parish is one of the best places to check out if you’re a cyclist, or if you simply enjoy being outdoors. Book here, and you’ll have an amazing camping experience unlike any other.

Palmetto Island State Park

Palmetto Island State Park

Whether you choose to stay in one of the park’s cabins, a campsite, or you choose the backcountry, your whole family will enjoy their vacation here at Palmetto Island. The park is really well maintained, and there’s a water playground for the kids.

If you’re a family of boaters, you can enjoy paddling through water-ways with little current, and you’ll be in the shade as the water is tree-lined. You’ll be able to adventure through the ponds and inlets and look for wildlife among the shores and lagoons. You’ll also encounter miles of walking paths through swamps, so don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty.

Gator Grounds RV Resort

Similar to Cajun Palms, Gator Grounds is not rustic camping! There is an endless amount of activities to choose from, so no member of the family will be bored. Pack each day with the fun and exciting events they have, and you’ll be exhausted at day’s end. Two waterparks, a lazy river, a zip line, an arcade – make your reservation at Gator Grounds for a vacation the family will never forget.

If you do want to camp, they have a 118-site campground with full hookups, a picnic table, daily trash pickup, and a fire ring.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

When you decide to stay at this park, you’ll receive up to five day passes for each day you stay there, which includes all amenities and any special events happening during your stay. This park is a bit older and isn’t as nice as the newer resorts, but the tickets you’ll receive are all-inclusive, meaning you can do nearly anything without paying extra. Kids really do love this park, because there’s always something happening.

They have 374 campsites that come with a picnic table, but no fire ring. They also have 85 cabins if that’s more your style.

Regardless of your camping style, Louisiana has a campground for you. There are waterfronts, swamps and all different kinds of RV resorts waiting for you. The state is a one-stop-shop for all your camping needs. Whether you like resort camping, a deluxe cabin, or you prefer the backcountry, there is a campground for you here. Happy camping!

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How to Choose the Right RV Type for Your Snowbird Lifestyle

How to Choose the Right RV Type for Your Snowbird Lifestyle

The snowbird lifestyle can be the best way to spend retirement. You get to enjoy a mild summer with friends and family in your home state up north, and when the cold weather rolls around, you get to hop in your RV and head south to dodge the winter weather and keep soaking up the sun. While living that way can be a dream, it does take some preparation, including deciding which type of RV is best for you. Depending on the type of lifestyle you want to lead during your winters down south, some RVs may be better fitted for you than others. We’ve compiled a list of a few things you should consider when you begin your search for which RV fits your snowbird lifestyle.

Towable vs. Motorhome

We start things off with the most basic question: do you want to tow your RV, or would you prefer for the engine, cab and living quarters to all be part of the same vehicle? For first time RVers, a small motorhome like a Class B or Class C rig can be easier to drive because you don’t have to worry about the turn radius with a towable rig. Driving a larger Class A motorhome can take a little extra expertise, but you’ll have plenty of space with everything all in one spot.

On the flip side, there are some advantages to being able to tow your rig. With a towable, you can park your RV at the campground, and then use your tow vehicle to get out and explore the local area without having to unhook or go through the trouble of finding a place to park your RV at local attractions. If you plan on exploring outside of the RV park while you travel, then you may want to consider a fifth wheel or travel trailer for that reason. You’ll have to use a pickup truck as your tow vehicle with a fifth wheel, but SUVs can work for some travel trailers. With a towable, you also won’t have to worry about an RV engine issue stranding you somewhere as you’ll be dependent on your towable’s motor and not the motor in the RV itself.

Luxury vs. Simplicity

Next, you’ll want to consider how high maintenance your camping style will be. Is enjoying the finer things in life a priority for you? In a Class A rig, you’ll find every comfort and convenience of a sticks and bricks home. There’s a reason why famous musicians choose coach motorhomes as their luxury homes away from home on tour. Even some high-end fifth wheels can rival Class A rigs in terms of luxury. But if you prefer a more simplistic way of life, a lightweight travel trailer or Class C motorhome may be a better fit for you. Though these rigs can be smaller, most come packed with modern conveniences to make sure your camping experience is still an enjoyable one.

Glamping vs. Parks

You’ll also want to consider where you plan on camping during your time in your RV. If you won’t settle for less than “RV glamping,” a more glamorous version of camping at luxury RV resorts, then you’ll probably want to invest in a Class A motorhome, as many of the high-end RV resorts require a coach motorhome or have length requirements that basically rule out any other type. If you plan on spending most of your time in state and national parks, you may want to consider a small rig such as a light travel trailer, Class B or Class C rig since parks tend to have smaller campsites and some won’t allow rigs beyond a certain length.

Keep in mind that some of those campgrounds won’t have full hookups, so you may want to look for a rig with extra batteries or solar prep, as well as large holding tanks so you can last longer between trips to the dump station. The middle ground here would be setting up shop in private RV parks that may have full or partial hookups. There are plenty of travel trailers and fifth wheels that would fit the bill for this style of camping.

Comfort vs. Budget

This one isn’t so much of an either/or decision as it is figuring out where you land on the continuum. There’s a lot of gray areas here, as most people desire comfort that FITS their budget. Determining whether you fall in the absolute center of comfort versus budget, or if you lean slightly towards prioritizing one over the other will dramatically help you in determining which RV is right for you.

How to Choose the Right RV Type for Your Snowbird Lifestyle

How to Choose the Right RV Type for Your Snowbird Lifestyle

Whether you’re into luxury and convenience or enjoy the outdoors and the simple pleasures in life, there’s an RV type that’s right for you. Luckily, we can help you sift through every type of RV here at Courvelle RV in Opalousas, Louisiana. Contact us today to get started on finding the right RV for your snowbird lifestyle!

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How to Enjoy a Safe Summer Vacation In an RV

How to Enjoy a Safe Summer Vacation In an RV

Now that the weather is warming up and most of us are remembering what life was like pre-COVID-19, we’re getting antsy about vacations. Hitting the road can be a good idea for the economy and our country’s mental health, but traveling doesn’t come without its risks.

Due to the pandemic, many are saying that road trips will become the popular way of vacationing and travel as opposed to flying. While many health officials are suggesting to lower travel only to essential reasons, if you do decide to take that road trip after all, below are a few ways from us here at Courvelle’s on how to have a safe summer vacation.

Take your RV

If you already have your own RV, now is the time to de-winterize her and take her out for a spin. If you don’t have your own RV, that’s not a problem. We have rigs

When choosing your destination, finding somewhere outside is the safest bet, because the virus doesn’t have as much of a chance to spread in the outdoors. When you’re vacationing in an RV, you have control over nearly everything – cleanliness, who comes in and out, etc. Use this to your advantage!

Find wide open places to go to

Because of social distancing, finding destinations that are wide open is your best bet right now. If you’re going to brave the outdoors this summer, stick with it and choose somewhere like Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, etc. More rural places might be the best places right now, and chances are, you haven’t been. This is the perfect time to add them to your bucket list. You’ll be able to mark them right off!

Have a Plan

We’re sure you normally plan your vacations and trips, but it’s pretty important now more than ever to ensure you have a detailed plan of how you’re traveling and stick to it. Each state is opening at different times right now, so it’s critical to know where you’re going, where you’ll be stopping for breaks, how you’re getting there, and what you’re doing once you arrive.

It’s also a good idea to keep up with current events and happenings in and around your destination. COVID-19 outbreaks could be higher, lower, increasing, or decreasing where you’re going, so keep track of what’s happening there.

Limit your amounts of stop and opportunities for contact

Even if you plan on driving your own vehicle, you’ll have to come in contact with the outside world eventually. To be prepared, bring hand sanitizer, masks, anti-bacterial wipes, or even your own hand soap to truck stops or visitor centers.

If you’re still a bit worried about venturing out, we understand. You have a few other options. Some people find lots of comfort in planning vacation months or even a year or two in advance. Now might be the best time ever to plan that vacation ahead of time so you’ll always have something to look forward to once the pandemic begins to slow.

Now that you’ve got a few ideas on ways to stay safe during your vacation, it’s a good of a time as ever to disconnect with the digital world and reconnects with who and what matters. We can all be guilty of working late or being buried in social media. Use this time to take your rig out in the middle of nowhere (or a campground) and connect with your family. Although some state and national parks are still closed, many are beginning to open back up. Just be sure you keep a safe distance between you and other hikers, bikers, etc.

Right now, RVing is probably one of the safest ways you can take a quick weekend, weeklong, or however long vacation, regardless of if you rent or take your own rig. We hope these ideas help you put the right precautions in place for your next vacation. We’re always here to help you with any of your RV needs, especially during these times. We’re ready to get out and enjoy Mother Nature, too! As always, reach out to us for any questions you may have.

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