Celebrate all of life’s moments in your RV
Life doesn’t stop because you’re RVing. RVers have the same ups and downs as everyone else, which includes moments in life that we want to celebrate. There are many reasons to celebrate. Sometimes the reason is nothing more than needing to let loose and enjoy life and the people you’re sharing it with. It may be impossible to imagine throwing a party in your RV, but that’s why we don’t throw them inside. We have RVs to reconnect with nature and that which surrounds us. Why not take our celebrations outside as well?
Throwing a party at a campground is also a great way to show your at-home friends and family what life is like for you on the road. You can showcase your newly acquired skills as well as giving them a glimpse into what life is like for you now.
Decorations and munchies
Throwing a party outside doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. It’s important to take into consideration the weather and the trash. Whatever you take with you is going to have to go back out with you. If it’s going to be rainy, you won’t want to have a lot of decorations that will get damaged, look terrible, and be a pain to clean up. Consider if you need a tent large enough for your guests, and how you will protect your decorations from the wind if there is any.
When planning the food, simpler is better. Here’s your chance to flex your barbecuing muscle. Make fun, light cuisine so your guests don’t feel bogged down. Since storage is an issue in RVs, why not have a potluck where all the guests bring something to contribute and you won’t have to worry about keeping all the food cold in your small refrigerator?
How will you entertain your guests?
Think of where the campground is situated. Does the campground offer any fun activities such as swimming? You’re going to be outside, and there’s a ton of great things you can do outside, like volleyball, horseshoes, and football to name a few. There’s plenty to be seen and collected in the area. If kids are part of the party, why not have a scavenger hunt or use the beauty of nature around you and create an arts and crafts table? How long is the party running? Will you have to plan for a bonfire as well? What kind of snacks will you have then?
Are all your outdoor needs covered? Think of all the things you’d use for a day at the beach. Are bugs going to be an issue? If so, you will want to bring bug spray. The sun is always an issue, so make sure there’s plenty of sunscreen for you and your guests.
Speaking of guests…
One of the trickiest parts of throwing a party when you’re an RVer is finding people to invite. If you’re planning your party close to home, you can take advantage of your friends and family. Send out invitations early enough so they know that you’re planning a party and where it’s going to happen. If you’re not around home, consider the people in the campground that you’ve made friends with and invite them along. Maybe there are a few old RV friends you’ve made along the way camping nearby. A party is a great chance to reconnect with them and enjoy a night of frivolity.
You’re in nature, and it’s our duty to keep nature beautiful. When throwing a party, be sure to party responsibly. Make sure you take down all the decorations, clean up all the trash, and leave the campsite just as clean as it was when you arrived. Cleanliness is also a safety measure. All sorts of wild animals – including bears – are attracted to the scent of food. The last thing you want is a bear crashing the party, snooping around your RV at night, or putting your slumbering guests in danger. You’ve had your fun, just make sure the next guests are able to enjoy the campsite, and wildlife is kept out of danger from litter once you leave.
Choosing the right campground is just as important as your guest list. Don’t get stuck in a campground that ruins the fun! As members of The RV Advisor, we have great campgrounds just waiting for you to visit.
Six tips for keeping warm even on the coldest nights
While spring and summer RV trips can be great, that doesn’t mean those are the only times they can take place. Many parts of the U.S. that look best with a nice layer of snow. And one of the bonuses of taking a trip during the colder months is that there are fewer travelers out on the roads and at the campgrounds. The downside, however, is that things can get awfully frosty in your RV. But with the right preparation, you can easily keep cozy and warm no matter how low the temperature drops.
Get things tuned-up
It is always a good idea to have your RV looked at to ensure it’s in great shape before embarking on a trip. When traveling in cold climates, it is especially important to know that your battery will be able to withstand the additional strain you may put on it. And of course, be sure that your heating system is working well.
Just as insulation helps keep a house at a comfortable climate, the same is true for an RV. But instead of putting it in the walls or floor, there are easier things you can do. Just laying a thick rug down can help keep heat inside. To avoid heat from escaping through your windows, covering them with bubble wrap is a good trick. Hanging thermal or insulated curtains is another effective tactic for heat retention. And to help ensure that your water doesn’t freeze, it’s important to insulate both your water heater and pipes.
Put on your skirt
One of the best ways to keep your RV protected from the extreme cold is by putting a skirt on it. In addition to safeguarding the undercarriage, a skirt helps an RV retain heat. The only issue is figuring out which type is best, as there are several different kinds to choose from. If you so desire, you can also think about making your own.
Use your sleeping bag
Who says a sleeping bag should only be used outside? For an exceptionally toasty night’s sleep, a thermal sleeping bag is ideal. If you are picking up some before you take your trip, be sure to choose bags that will keep you warm in very low temperatures. Even if they don’t get that low while you’re traveling, it’s better to be prepared. It’s also a good idea to select bags that have hoods for even more warmth.
An easy way to add more heat to your RV is to crank up your stove. Be sure to bring some foods that require frying, like meats or eggs. You may also want to think about whipping up some tasty treats in your oven, such as cakes or cookies. Bonus tip: When you’re done baking, keep the oven door open, as this will supply your RV with a little bit of extra heat. Even just boiling water for a hot beverage – like tea or cocoa – can help, plus it will warm you up when you drink it.
While it may be tempting just to burrow under your blankets when it’s freezing outside, you’ll do yourself a favor if you stay active. Although you probably won’t have a lot of room to work with, you can still get in a good body-temperature-raising workout. There are numerous things you can try, including sink pulls and wall push-ups.
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Water tanks keep your RV ecosystem running
When you’re at a campsite, it’s pretty easy to keep water on board, and your septic system flushed. It’s when you hit the road that you want to make sure all systems are a go. It may be confusing at first knowing all the tanks your RV carries around with you, and which need to be full and which need to be emptied before you leave the campsite, but once you dig into it it’s really not so hard after all.
What are all these tanks?
Something you may notice in your RV is all the holding tanks for different kinds of water. Only one tank is safe to drink from, and it’s the only tank that’s connected to all your plumbing. But what are they and what do they contain?
Your freshwater tank is pretty easy to fill, but a word of caution: don’t use any old hose to fill it. This is your clean water and using a regular hose can contaminate it. Be sure to carry a potable water hose with you at all times so you can replenish your reserves.
When you flush the septic, there’s a specific way you will want to do it. Once you’ve attached the hose, start with the blackwater tank. Empty that one out, and then close it up again. Next, go to your gray water tank and empty that. Doing it this way makes the job less messy. The gray water is cleaner than the blackwater, and as that rushes out of the tank, it will scrub remnants from the blackwater tank out of your hose, so it’s left relatively clean.
Just as with your septic at home, you should clean out your blackwater tank from time to time to make sure there are no remnants that will raise havoc with your plumbing and sensors.
How do you clean the blackwater tank?
After reading the last part, you may be wondering how on earth you clean out the blackwater tank. It’s not as hard – or messy – as it sounds. First, make sure your blackwater tank is emptied out, and then choose your cleaning method, or try them all and stick with which you like most.
Now you can hit the road, and not worry about your tanks because you know the proper way to empty them and clean them!
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