RV Links

 

RV CLUBS

Escapees Club – The premier club for fulltime RVers, the Escapees provide many valuable resources for RVers, including a great mail forwarding service, a system of member parks,  a wonderful magazine, rallies, a telephone calling card, and a membership that includes some of the nicest people around. www.escapees.com

Family Campers & RVers – The keyword is “family” in Family Campers & RVers (FCRV). The organization holds one big national rally every year, as well as many local camp outs and rallies, with lots of activities planned for all age groups, from the oldest to the youngest. www.fcrv.org

Good Sam Club – One of the largest RV clubs around, Good Sam membership includes a very good magazine, state and national rallies, a discount card good at RV parks across the country, fellowship and much more. www.goodsamclub.com

FMCA – Family Motorcoach Association is a nationwide club for owners of motorhomes only. They hold regional and national rallies, publish a wonderful four color magazine, offer an excellent mail forwarding service, and many other benefits for members. www.fmca.com

RVing Women – A large association of female RVers of all ages, RVing Women offers support services, friendship, a magazine, and rallies for its members.  www.rvingwomen.com

Loners On Wheels – Loners on Wheels is a nationwide club for single RVers. They hold regional and national rallies, and provide support and friendship for solo RVers. www.lonersonwheels.com

RV PUBLICATIONS

Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory – If you drive a big RV, you need this book! Authors Ken and Ellie Hamill have compiled an excellent  guide to big rig friendly campgrounds from coast to coast, each one personally visited and inspected! Details include a general description of the campground, including  interior roads, electric power available, information on availability of data ports and wireless internet access, and even a description of which sites are best in each RV park! This is one book that we keep close at hand when we’re on the road. www.big-rigs-rv.com

GENERAL RV INFORMATION

Mac The Fire Guy – Mac McCoy can save your life in the event of an RV fire! Mac teaches RVers how to prevent and fight fires at RV rallies and shows around the country. www.macthefireguy.com

Living The RV Dream – John and Kathy Huggins have one of the most informative RV websites around, with page after page of RV tips and hints. www.livingthervdream.com

Alternative Resources – This popular and reliable mail forwarding service has a lot of good information on their website for fulltimers considering South Dakota as their state of residence. www.alternativeresources.net.

Gun Laws – One of the best online resources we have found for information on traveling with a firearm, including an interactive map showing which states honor concealed weapons permits.   www.handgunlaw.us

RV Know How – RVing icons Joe and Vicki Kieva have put together a great website with a blog and lots of good RVing information. www.rvknowhow.com

Mad  Maps – Mad maps publishes a series of travel maps with interesting routes laid out for day trips and longer rides. www.madmaps.com

RV Life And Travel – Coleen Sykora (Workers on Wheels) has created another great new RV website full of useful information for RVers. Log in to learn more about the RV lifestyle, lots of good ideas to make life on the road easier, and much, much more! www.rvlifeandtravel.com

Travel By RV – Website with information on all phases of the RV lifestyle, with lots of links to resources for RVers. www.travelbyrv.com

Your RV Lifestyle – Information and advice for the novice or experienced RVer. How to choose, afford and enjoy your RV lifestyle, with tips on campgrounds, fulltiming, RV buying, internet access, RV travel, RV clubs, working on the road, managing costs and RV living. www.your-RV-lifestyle.com

RV Driving School – The RV Driving School is a must for anyone driving a big rig. The RV Driving School offers professional instruction in your own RV to make you safer and more confidant behind the wheel. www.rvschool.com

IRV2 – This great RV website has probably the best RV forum on the internet, as well as a great selection of links to other useful information.  www.IRV2.com

RV Trips – Planning a trip? This site includes an RV trip planner, columns, tips, links and much more! www.rvtrips.com

RV Advice – Need advice on buying an RV? Traveling with a pet? Working on the road? All this and more is waiting for you at this great website. www.rvadvice.com

RV Safely – You’ll find information on everything from safe RV driving to fire safety to towing laws and more at this website. www.rvsafely.com

CAMPGROUNDS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Elkhart Campground – This large, friendly, family owned campground is our headquarters in the Midwest and we have been coming here for years. Amenities include pull-thru big rig sites, clean restrooms and showers, laundry room, free WiFi, a pool, camp store, and rally facilities. www.elkhartcampground.com

Passport America – A great discount camping club, Passport America does not require a home park, annual dues are just $44, and they offer over 1,000 parks across the country where members can stay at half price. www.passport-america.com

Recreation USA – With over 300 campgrounds nationwide at $10 a night, and no blackout dates, Recreation USA is an excellent way to save money on your travels! www.campingandcampgrounds.com

Thousand Trails – Considered by many to be the premier membership camping club, Thousand Trails offers over 50 camping preserves from coast to coast. www.thousandtrails.com

Country Roads – This is one of our favorite RV parks. Located just minutes from all of the attractions of Wisconsin Dells, Country Roads is far enough away from all of the activity to be quiet and relaxed. www.4countryroads.com

RVThereYet – Excellent online campground directory listing campground amenities, fees, and tons of other great RV information. http://www.rvthereyet.cc/

BC Camping – Direct contacts, descriptions, photos and maps for campsites, RV parks and camping in British Columbia, Canada. www.bc-camping.com

Campgrounds Of The South – Very nice new campground in Gulfport, Mississippi. Located close to beaches, casinos, shopping. Easy access from Interstate 10. www.campgroundsofthesouth.com

River Park Campground – Very clean, friendly Mom and Pop campground with trout pond in northern Michigan, just a few miles from Interstate 75.  www.riverparkcampground.com

Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground – 700 acre family owned campground located on the shore of Lake Huron in Mackinaw City, Michigan. www.campmackinaw.com

Resort Parks International – RPI is a membership camping system with RV parks from coast to coast. www.resortparks.com

Campground Membership Outlet – Well established company selling resale memberships in most major campground affiliations, including Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast, and RPI. www.membershipresale.com

Coast to Coast – One of the largest membership camping systems, Coast to Coast offers a system of nationwide RV resorts that offer family camping opportunities.  www.coastresorts.com

WORKING ON THE ROAD

Workers On Wheels – The best resource around for anyone considering working on the road. Information on the RV lifestyle, profiles of working RVers, and information on job openings.  www.workersonwheels.com

Workamper News – For anyone looking for an opportunity to earn money while they travel, Workamper News is packed full of job listings and small business opportunities. Their web site and 60 page bi-monthly magazine lists jobs ranging from working in RV parks, to leading caravans, jobs in theme parks, and much more! www.workamper.com

PURCHASING AN RV

RV Consumer Group – Don’t buy an RV before you join RV Consumer Group! Their RV Rating Books rates all models of RVs for safety, durability, value and other criteria, the Court of Public Opinion allows RV owners to air their disputes with manufacturers, and the group’s other publications will help you save thousands of dollars when you are ready to purchase an RV. www.rv.org

Heartland Recreational Vehicles – Manufacturers of the Landmark fifth wheel trailer designed for fulltime RV use. Site includes floor plans, dealer directory, a photo gallery, and the RV Buyers University, loaded with information you need to know when you go shopping for your next recreational vehicle. www.heartlandrvs.com

Central Florida Bus & Auto Sales – Located in Lakeland, Florida, sells used RVs and bus conversions, autos, and has a full service facility, complete with paint shop. www.flbusman.com

RV Trader – If you are buying or selling a recreational vehicle, check out this huge online marketplace. Lists everything from travel trailers to bus conversions. www.rvtraderonline.com

RV PARTS, SUPPLIES AND REPAIR

RV Parts Nation – This is our favorite source for surplus RV parts. You will find everything from furniture and rooftop air conditioners to electrical supplies and tires at this Elkhart, Indiana outlet. www.rvsurplussalvage.com

Phoenix Commercial Paint – If you think you have to pay $12,000 to $15,000 for a quality full body paint job for your RV, think again. Our friend Michele Henry defies industry practices by turning out top rate work at very affordable prices. www.phoenixpaintinc.com

Chips Away Windshield Repair – Great website with lots of information on windshield repair, as well as lots of great RV information and links. www.chipsawaywindshieldrepair.net

RV Space Savers – Lots of neat products to make storing everything you need in your RV easier www.rvspacesavers.com

The Fire Dancer – The Fire Dancer is a safe and easy to use propane-fueled portable campfire perfect for camping, the beach, or patio. www.thefiredancer.net

Mattress Insider – Sells replacement RV mattresses for motorhomes, travel trailers, fifht wheels, toy haulers and more. http://www.mattressinsider.com/rv-mattress.html

RV Fire Poker – Years of research went into creating this low-tech product made for this high-tech world. Made from sturdy anodized aircraft aluminum, this camp fire poker can withstand temperatures up to 2,200 degrees. The sleek design and the sturdy non-slip grip ensures years of happy camping. The “glow-in-the-dark” grip tape ensures you’ll never lose it in the dark. This lightweight poker weighs less than a pound and will last a lifetime. www.rvfirepoker.com

Blue Ox – We believe Blue Ox makes the best tow bars in the RV industry, as well as motorcycle carriers, toad braking systems, and other equipment to make your life on the road easier. www.blueox.us

RV TRAVEL SITES

Casino Camper – Casinos offer free and low coast overnight parking opportunities for RVers across the country. This neat site lists casinos with RV parking and reviews of casinos submitted by readers. www.casinocamper.com

Mile By Mile – A neat website that lists some of the greatest drives in the United States , Canada , and Mexico , with photographs and mile by mile descriptions of the routes. It is quite an undertaking, and by no means complete, but there is a ton of great information. www.milebymile.com

Volvo Conversion Site And Solar Info – Jack and Danielle Mayer publish an excellent website about their RV life, with a lot of information on choosing and converting a heavy duty truck (HTD) for RV use. Jack also has included a wealth of information on RV electrical and solar systems that any RVer, be they a newbie or veteran, can learn a lot from. http://jmayer6.tripod.com

RV Adventure Videos – World traveler and lecturer John Holod offers videos of his adventures, including a great new video on RVing to Alaska. www.rvadventurevideos.com

American Journeys – Planning a trip? This website will help you find all of the information you will need to make your visit successful. www.americanjourneys.com

New Hampshire Outdoors – This web site is packed with information on where to go and what to do when visiting New Hampshire, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and more. www.nhoutdoors.com

RV BLOGS & TRAVELOGUES

Our RV Adventures – My buddy Greg White writes about their RV adventures, working as gate guards, and life on the road.www.ourrvadventures.com

2 Taking A 5th – My pals Stu and Donna McNicol’s  great blog about life and love on the road http://2takinga5th.blogspot.com/

Our Life On Wheels – Our good friends Jerry and Suzy LeRoy are fun loving fulltimers who always have new adventures to share.  www.jerrysuzylifeonwheels.blogspot.com/

RVing Blogs – A new website and directory to RV blogs. Watch it grow! www.rvingblogs.com.

Parrot Trek – Fulltimers Frank and Suzy Whitmore semi-retired at age 30 and share their adventures traveling the country with their three parrots and working part of the year for a racing team. www.parrottrek.com

Travel With Teri and Dan – Our friends Dan and Teri Gregg have a beautiful vintage GMC motorhome they have restores, and their blog share their travel adventures. www.danandteri.blogspot.com

Life In The Slow Lane – Fulltimers Lucille and Larry Tillotson share their adventures traveling the country with Shelley, their nine year old Saint Bernard. www.lifeintheslowlane.net

The Emptynester’s Travels – Our pals Ron and JerrieLea Hopf are fulltimers, Escapees, and wonderful people to know. You can get acquainted and follow their travels on their website www.mytripjournal.com/The_Emptynesters

Hitch Itch – A great site loaded with RV info and links. www.hitchitch.com

RV Gypsies – Robert and Joss are touring the country in an RV while they home school their two boys, and share their adventures on their website. www.rvgypsies.us

Malias RV – Solo fulltimer Malia Lane shares her personal RV journey in a neat website loaded with information and inspiration. www.maliasrv.com

See Ya Down The Road – Fulltimers Norm and Linda Payne have put together a great website about their travels, with lots of tips and links. www.seeya-downtheroad.com

Backroad Chronicles – Follow the adventures of a fulltiming couple as they explore the back roads of America. www.joyandphil.blogspot.com

Malias Miles – Fun website loaded with RV information, tips and links   www.MaliasMiles.com

Life In A Canned Ham – Cheryl and Pete Keefe have been Gypsy Journal readers for over a decade, and have started a new blog to share their new RV adventures. http://lifeinacannedham.blogspot.com/

BUS CONVERSIONS

RV Bus Conversions – This is the place to start if you want to learn about converting a bus into the ultimate motorhome. Lots of links to valuable information and an online bookstore offering just about every bus converting book in print. www.rv-busconversions.com

Bus Conversions Magazine – The first and foremost magazine on bus converting, with lots of how-to articles and  features on finished bus conversions. Site has an great bulletin board where bus converters share information and ideas. www.busconversions.com

Bus Nut Online –  www.busnut.com

Bus Building – A great website with lots of good information on building your own bus conversion www.busbuilding.com

GENERAL INTEREST WEBSITES WE LIKE

Southwest Woodcrafts – Elegantly, custom designed and handcrafted custom wood walking sticks and custom wood canes, soul catchers, and other custom gift items. Custom Art from Wood. All made in USA. www.southwestwoodcrafts.com

  One Response to “RV Links”

  1. Elk’s lodges are great for RV stays. Usually close to or in cities. Varying amenities. We are presently at the Tempe Elk’s, full hooks, 50 Amp.. We’ve been full time for 18+ years, have stayed at over 50 Elk’s Lodges and visited another 50. All have Adult beverages and your close to your RV. Many give you a
    complementary beverage for first time visitors. You need to be an Elk’s member to stay but it’s a good organization that supports veterans!!

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