Category: Camping

The drastic increase of people who are working remotely is no surprise. For many whose jobs have become permanently remote the thought becomes, “If I have to work from home, where would I want home to be?” Some people have chosen to permanently relocate their home to a dream location, to be closer to family, or to get a jump on settling where they plan to retire. But what if you don’t want to permanently relocate but would prefer to have a mobile home office instead?

Say Bye to Working from Home

With so many people working from home these days, it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to say goodbye to working from home. After being forced to work from home with barely a moment’s notice, a few weeks became months and for many, now over a year. While there are some advantages (your commute is now measured in steps vs. miles), the fact that you’re literally taking your work home with you because you never left home can begin to take its toll. This is one of the reasons RV offices are growing in popularity: it allows people to create a mobile space to work in that is separate from home. Even when your RV office is parked in your driveway, your commute is still measured in steps vs. miles and you can disconnect from work at the end of the day and “leave it at the office.” An added bonus? Just clear off your desk and you have a built-in guest house!

Another plus is that RV office is mobile which means that you can travel anywhere and work while you enjoy the view from any location you desire. Even though RVs are traditionally seen as a tool for camping, they are good for doing anything on the road – even work!

Which RVs Work Well as RV Offices?

Larger RVs have greater flexibility while smaller RVs make it easier to find a place to park; but nearly any RV can be transformed into an RV office. The size and type of RV you choose for your RV office will depend on your needs.

Will you need privacy, or a door to separate your RV office from noise? An RV with a private bedroom may be best suited to this situation offering not only privacy, but an area removed from the center of activity and the noise and distractions that come with it.

Depending on the type of work you do, you may only require a small table for a laptop and cup of coffee. However, if you require hookup to multiple screens or need additional desk space for large projects, you may need a much larger table for your desk space.

If there are other amenities you will require for your comfort and productivity, take those into consideration as well when you are choosing the size of RV for your RV office.

Front Living Room Floor Plans Make Great RV Offices

Another factor to consider besides the size of RV is the overall floor plan. When you choose an RV with a front living room layout, it gives your RV a more home-like feel which may be important when planning your RV office.

These front living room floor plans often have roomier living spaces, allowing you to spread out and work more comfortably. They also feature rear bedrooms which can be a more private RV office if others are staying with you in the RV.

Tips for Your RV Office

There are a few things you can do when designing your RV office to make your work experience more enjoyable.

Invest in a Wi-Fi Booster

No work experience is enjoyable with spotty Wi-Fi connection. For this reason, it only makes sense to invest in a Wi-Fi signal booster. Whether you plan to park your RV office in your driveway or travel and change your view on a regular basis, a Wi-Fi booster is well worth the investment to guarantee a strong and stable connection through hours of research, dozens of video calls, or simply to ensure your background music of choice is steady throughout the day.

Adding Your Own Desk

If you really want to customize your RV office, you can add your own desk. Depending on your level of comfort and skill level it could be as simple as measuring the area you want to put your desk, then bringing it in and possibly doing a little rearranging. If you are a DIY enthusiast and are comfortable with construction projects, you could take on a more complicated project like creating an RV office by removing the bunks and renovating a bunkhouse area.

Space Savers Are Life Savers

The best thing about creating your own RV office is just that, you can make it your own. There are lots of creative ways to keep everything you need nearby. Lots of camping hacks and space saving solutions can provide ways to maximize space and keep all the things you need within reach. Whether it’s corralling cords or finding just the right place for your red stapler, once you get your RV office just the way you like it, you can relax and enjoy your work days almost as much as you’ll enjoy the view from your new office.

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What began as a three-week quarantine has extended into every aspect of our lives from how we work, shop, and recreate for nearly a year. Safety precautions have changed the outlook on almost every form of our daily lives. What does this mean for the prospect of camping? The good news is: the prospect for camping is a positive one! Let’s take a look at the top three questions people ask about camping as well as the top three COVID-19 camping tips.  

Is It Safe to Camp?

In general, the answer is yes, camping is safe. In fact, according to the CDC, one of the best ways to stay healthy both mentally and physically is through outdoor activities. Engaging in hiking and biking is actually recommended as they don’t involve close contact with others. These and other forms of outdoor exercise provide your body with fresh air, stress relief, and a dose of vitamin D from the sunshine.

This means that camping is considered a safe activity as long as you follow common COVID-19 safety protocols such as social distancing, wearing a mask when you are near others, frequently washing your hands, and camping only with those in your household.

Are Parks Open for Camping During COVID-19 Pandemic?

While most parks that can be safely staffed are open – including RV sites – some are at reduced capacity. Which parks are open for camping will depend on the individual park. Fortunately, because outdoor activities promote mental and physical well being, private and public parks have been part of the “deemed essential” group, so they’ve been open in some capacity for the majority of the COVID outbreak. There is a lot of public land that offers many opportunities for camping.

Federal parks have recently updated their protocols. According to numerous recent national park press releases across the country, masks are required for employees, visitors, partners, and contractors to, “protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.”

Is My Destination Open?

While most national and state parks are open, it is highly recommended to look for news on websites or call destinations before planning a trip. There may be closures or restrictions that could impact your camping experience.

Some parks have temporarily closed. Check for state park closures prior to your trip. The Department of Natural Resources has a listing of state park closures for Michigan, Ohio, and other states as well.

Some locations may have restricted capacity, or be operating on a “first come, first serve” type situation. Some parking lots may also be closed or have limited capacity due to restrictions – especially those with historically high traffic volumes – in an effort to comply with social distancing regulations.

COVID-19 Camping Safety Tips

Camp with Your Close Family Only

The common COVID-19 camping safety protocols recommend limiting your party to only those in your household. Here is where RV camping shines and is one of the reasons RV camping is growing in popularity – so much so that there are even RV shortages! Your RV is like your own hotel room or vacation home on wheels. Everything in it is yours and you are the only one(s) who use it, so the chance of exposure to COVID-19 in your RV is like the chance of exposure in your own home.

Pack a Sterilization Kit

It is wise to bring a sanitation or sterilization kit with you when COVID-19 camping. As with any traveling, packing a kit that contains soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and the like. This will keep you prepared for any situation where you may encounter high-touch surfaces that may contain the virus. You can wipe these surfaces down prior to use, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching questionable surfaces, or use hand sanitizer.

Bring Your Mask

When you leave your RV whether going for a solo hike or participating in a family recreational activity, bring your mask. You may encounter others out on the trail and not be able to maintain proper social distancing. Even if you plan a disbursed camping or boondocking trip with the intention of encountering only those people in your own household, it is possible that you may have to speak or interact with staff or other campers, so it’s a good idea to always have your mask with you just to be safe.

Be Careful at Playgrounds

When camping with children you are likely to encounter parks that offer public entertainment areas like playgrounds. While there’s nothing like a swing set or a slide to entertain the children, even if the playground is empty, there’s a potential for viruses/bacteria to be left on equipment your children may touch. While it has always been a good idea to have your children wash their hands, COVID-19 camping means it’s best to try to wipe down public equipment before you use it, make sure everyone washes their hands afterwards. You may even opt to avoid the playgrounds altogether and play some family games.

Sure, there are many more precautions with COVID-19 camping, but overall RVs are a safer alternative to hotels and offer a great way to get out in the fresh air and keep yourself and those in your household healthy.

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Dedicated RV campers don’t let a little snow and freezing wind stop them from enjoying the freedom of a camping trip! If you’re planning your next cold-weather vacation, we have a few recommendations for your next Midwest winter campsite.

Read on to learn about some of our favorites here in the Midwest to help you plan your trip and get the most enjoyment out of your winter camping!

Safety First: Before You Plan Your Winter RV Camping Trip

If you’re new to camping or to the idea of winter RV camping, it does come with some caveats! Even if you’re a veteran of the type of cold Midwest winters can bring, you need to be prepared or you won’t get to fully enjoy your trip!

Before you head out on the road, we recommend you read these important cold weather RVing tips to get started on your first winter RV trip. They’ll guide you through the most common pain points of camping in the winter, along with ways to prepare your RV to make it safer and more comfortable even when the temperatures hit below zero!

Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Michigan

Boasting an area of nearly 50,000 acres, the Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a popular destination all year-round. The centerpiece of this beautiful state park is the Tahquamenon River and several waterfalls within it. Starting from the Upper Falls, which is one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi, you can witness the awe-inspiring 50-foot drop that brings thousands of visitors every year!

Of course, if you’re visiting in the winter, everything becomes that much more breathtaking. The snow-covered trees surrounding the river and throughout the park, along with the gorgeous river, present a winter wonderland straight from your dreams.

If your RV is a toy hauler, don’t forget to bring along a snowmobile or two. In addition to all the fun activities, this state park has trails designated for snowmobile use when there’s at least 4” of snow!

Maumee Bay State Park – Ohio

Right around the corner from our home in Sylvania, Ohio is the beautiful Maumee Bay State Park. It’s a favorite for our local campers, and if you’re in the area, it’s one you shouldn’t miss out on! Whether for an extended stay or just a weekend visit, the park provides spacious RV areas with on-site electricity ready to keep you warm during a chilly winter day.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for, Maumee Bay State Park has it all:

  • Beachfront view
  • Comfy Campsites
  • Special events all the time
  • Beautiful natural views
  • Great dry camping or hook-up experiences

There’s plenty to do around the park – especially if you love to wander. Plan to bring gear to enjoy winter activities like:

  • Cross-country skiing on designated trails
  • Ice Skating
  • Sledding

And since you’re staying overnight, you’ll get to enjoy the incredible view of the sun setting over Lake Erie.

French Creek State Park – Pennsylvania

This nearly 8,000-acre park is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, not too far from Philadelphia. It’s the largest area of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City, making it a favorite getaway for nature lovers throughout the east coast and Midwest areas.

The natural landscape of French Creek State Park has something for everyone, from wetlands to open fields to lakes and forests, making it great for hikers and travelers to experience much of what the natural area has to offer. Wildlife thrives throughout the park, even during the winter season, for those of you who love to camp to watch animals in their natural habitats!

Open every day of the year, with the large campground open from March through January. Most of the sites have electrical hook-ups, though depending on visitor volume, you may have to make use of the public charging stations between periods of camping without direct hook-ups.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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