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You’ve been thinking about getting an RV for family vacations but aren’t sure which kind is best for your family. You probably also have a lot of questions about the RV lifestyle.

On this page we will attempt to answer some of the FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) that we have been asked over the course of the last few years.

Q: Should I rent or buy an RV for our first camping trip?
A: If you have never been RV-ing before, I would suggest renting an RV for your first couple of trips. That way you won’t be burdened with a mortgage on a recreational vehicle that you don’t use.

Q: How do I know what kind of RV to get for my family?
A: The type of RV you get depends on several factors such at budgetary concerns, the size of your family, whether or not you have a tow vehicle, how often you will use the camper and if you want to “rough it” or prefer to have the comforts of home.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: There are checklists on this site that you can use to plan what you need to bring, which can help you to pack all the items you will need like food, clothes, dishes, and utensils to name just a few items.

Q: Isn’t RV-ing more expensive than taking the family car/SUV?

A: No studies have shown that even with the cost of the motor home taken into consideration, you can save up to 70% off the cost of vacation where you have to stay in hotels and eat all in restaurants.

Q: How do we find campgrounds?
A: There are over 16,000 private and public campgrounds in the U.S. and most of them are listed in campground directories. These guides list - locations, utilities, such amenities as swimming pools, recreation rooms, showers, stores, laundries and playgrounds. You can also use the net to locate a campground.

Q: What kind of clothes will we need?
A: That depends on the time of year, where you camp and personal preferences. However be sure to bring at least one extra change of clothing per person, rain gear, warm sweater or jacket and walking shoes. Also bring clothing appropriate for the activities planned.

Q: Can we bring our dog to the campgrounds?
A: That depends on the campground. If you do bring your pet remember that you must clean up after her. Also never let your dog roam free in the camp and be considerate, don’t leave your dog alone in your rig while you re off sightseeing.

Q: Do campgrounds have a place for my kids to play?
A: While many campgrounds have playgrounds, lots of camps require a child to be accompanied by an adult at all times. There are some camps that cater to seniors and re only open to those over 55 years old.

Q: How can relatives and friends get in touch with us in an emergency?
A: Leave a copy of your itinerary with a family member with phone numbers of all the campgrounds you have booked. Cell phones and the internet are important tools for Rvers.

Q: What happens if we break down while traveling in our RV?
A: Before your first trip make sure you have a good roadside assistance program. The Good Sam Club offers a discounted roadside assistance program. If you aren’t a member, you really need to join. There are several other benefits that can save you big money every tie. RV Emergency Road Service from the Good Sam Club

Q: Will my auto insurance cover my RV?
A: No you will need RV insurance. Your lender will require the coverage. Ask your auto insurance company, most are writing RV policies.

Q: I work from home, will I be able to hook up my laptop?
A: Many campgrounds have wireless Internet available, so yes you will be able work can check email and stay in touch with family, friends and clients.

Q: Is it true that some people live in their RV’s?
A: Yes my wife and I lived the RV life for almost 5 years.

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