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RV Caravans and ToursRV Caravans and Tours | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 23-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

What’s better than the perfect vacation? Perhaps it’s the perfect vacation in which someone else took care of planning all of the details, and all you had to do was enjoy yourself. Increasingly, travelers are taking to the open road in a caravan to visit some of the popular—as well as the less obvious—road-trip destinations in the country.

Caravans consist of a group of independent RVers who participate in an organized tour with a professional (or at least experienced) guide called a “wagon master”. Most require a reservation and follow a planned itinerary to an ultimate destination. These can be organized by a professional RV tour company, similar to a travel agency, or an RV club, such as Good Sam or RVing Women.

Related read: 5 Best RV Clubs to Join for New RVers

Why and How?

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What to Do When Your Trailer Axle Breaks and How to Avoid ItWhat to Do When Your Trailer Axle Breaks and How to Avoid It | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 22-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Although I’m a firm believer that you can learn from every experience and definitely every mistake, there are some lessons I would have rather learned the easy way—by reading about them. Unfortunately, that’s not always how life works. In early January, we learned a few valuable lessons about the maintenance and well-being of our trailer axles.

Related Read: Keeping Your Chassis in Tip-Top Shape

Our Story

We have a 43-foot class A motorhome with which we pull our 24-fout trailer that houses some of our additional belongings, as well as the necessities for our mobile store. We were about an hour into a five-hour drive to check out some new inventory we were considering when a fellow driver began honking his horn and flashing his lights at us. “Flat tire?” I suggested. Even with our back-....

Spring Storms and How to Survive ThemSpring Storms and How to Survive Them | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 20-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Tornado Alley—I grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri area and am very familiar with spring storms, what to look for, and what to do—in a house. One of the things that concerned me most about living in an RV was surviving tornados and strong straight way winds. Fortunately, as a fulltime RVer, we can often plan our locations to avoid the worst of the seasonal weather. Unfortunately, however, as the climate seems to be changing, our ability to predict has decreased. In the last nine months, we’ve dealt with four close calls from Minnesota to Missouri.

Our Story

Our most recent experience was in early March, 2017; we were expecting what was predicted as a severe storm. The wind had been gusting at between 25 and 40-mph for several days and there was a cold front coming. To avoid driving in....

Renting an RV: The Ins and OutsRenting an RV: The Ins and Outs | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 14-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Many travelers love the freedom of touring the country in a rented motorhome, because it allows them to see the sights without increasing the mileage of their own vehicle. This is also an economical way to test out the RV lifestyle before purchasing a rig of your own. On the other hand, if you aren’t planning to live at least part of the time in your RV, it is much less expensive than buying, maintaining, storing, and insuring one you only use a couple weeks each year.

Related Read: Your Guide to the Best RV Rental

With a variety of national outlets and local dealers, renting a late-model or even a classic unit is easy. Many even offer reasonably-priced housekeeping packages for the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, so you don’t have to provide your own towels, bedding, and dishes, etc. H....

Buying a Used RV: What to Look ForBuying a Used RV: What to Look For | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 10-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

For many, buying an RV is a dream come true. They allow you all of the freedom of the open road and make travel and vacations a breeze. For others, they provide a change in lifestyle that is only accomplished by owning a mobile home on land or sea.

Unfortunately, since they are seen as a luxury item rather than a necessity, they can be quite pricey. Also, the more elaborate the rig, the more expensive it is likely to be. If you find that your RV model of choice exceeds your budget, consider buying a used model. This allows you to invest in an option that offers more for your money and even depreciates more slowly than a new model would. The following tips can help make the process of shopping for a used RV easier and more successful.

Related Read: Buying a used RV: A Cautionary Tale

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Buying a New RV: Where to StartBuying a New RV: Where to Start | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 07-Mar-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

The thrill of the open road, and the view from the captain’s chair—few can spy an RV on the highway without imagining themselves behind the wheel, and why not? With RV fuel prices being lower than they’ve been in years, the reasons not to invest in a rig of your own seem to fade into the distance. With so many options, where do you start?

Related Read: Lower Gas Prices Equals More Fun in Your RV

What Are Your Needs?

The type of motorhome, travel trailer, or camper you consider depends very much on its intended use. For example, if you only plan to use it a couple of times a year for traveling or vacationing, you may not want to invest in a full-sized bus with all of the amenities. This is especially true if you spend most of your time enjoying the outdoors. Additional features take up mo....

Natural Cleaning Products for the RVNatural Cleaning Products for the RV | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 24-Feb-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

By nature, RVs require more cleaning than more traditional living spaces. This is due in part to the additional dust that accumulates from just driving down the road and staying in campgrounds and parks. One of the challenges to keeping your space tidy, inside and out, is that most are made of lightweight, chemical-sensitive materials that can easily be damaged by many manufactured household products. Additionally, finding places to stow all of the cleaners within your limited storage space becomes more difficult when you use different products for all of the various surfaces and tasks. This is why it’s a good idea to choose products that function in several roles or come in small sizes.

Related Read: Spring Cleaning for Your RV

Here are a few of the most popular, chemical-free cleaning pr....

Spring Cleaning for Your RVSpring Cleaning for Your RV | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 22-Feb-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

It’s never too early for spring cleaning! Airing out your rig, and cleaning it inside and out is an important part of being a responsible RVer. This removes the dust from traveling, as well as the stale air that accumulates during inclement weather. It helps maintain the structural integrity of your motorhome.

Related Read: Spring Cleaning-Let’s Get Organized

Also, if you tend to experience seasonal depression for RVers, it is a great way to introduce some productive activity into your day. Whether you’re in a warm environment or are just enjoying an unseasonably warm day, now is the perfect time to get started.

Clean the Exterior

The easiest way to begin this is to take your RV to a truck and RV washing station. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does make it much more convenien....

Six Reasons to Visit Yosemite This WinterSix Reasons to Visit Yosemite This Winter | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 20-Feb-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

There are many locations throughout the continental U.S. that are perfect for a wintertime visit. Many RVers travel south and spend the months in the warm, dry air of Mesa, Arizona, the gulf-breezes of Corpus Christi, Texas, and of course, in sunny Florida. With several campgrounds available in the park, hardy adventurers who enjoy the cold, journey to Yosemite National Park. Here, in no particular order, are six reasons to put visiting this destination on your bucket-list.

Related Read: 20 National Parks on Our 6 Week RV Vacation


1. The History

Yosemite was heavily promoted by nineteenth century painters Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, as well as explorer John Muir before it was deemed a national park in 1890. In 1903, Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were also placed under federa....

Navigating Health Insurance and Wellness on the RoadNavigating Health Insurance and Wellness on the Road | Blogs | The Road Less Traveled


Author : on 14-Feb-2017 in The Road Less Traveled

Nobody likes getting sick or injured. It’s uncomfortable, inconvenient, and potentially costly. This is even more the case when you are a full-time traveler without a permanent residence or at least miles away from it. How do you seek medical assistance for something short of an emergency? How do you handle the associated expenses? Will your insurance cover them? Do you have insurance? If so, how much do you know about your coverage. It’s better to have a full understanding of your policy and make sure you have what you need before you actually need it.

Related Read: 10 ways Your RV could be Making you Sick (and what to do about it)


Health Insurance

First, if you already have health insurance, you need to ensure your plan covers full-time RVers, as some plans do not. Second, ascertain....