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Each year is made up of 52 weeks. That means there are 52 weekend RV trip possibilities! Each season of the year brings a new look to the world around you – especially in the Midwest. Weekend trips are a great way to explore all that your state or neighboring states have to offer.

Summer beach or fishing weekend getaways cool down into fall color tours or hunting excursions while winter tubing or snowmobiling melts into spring kayaking or hiking. There is something for everyone year round and no need to take vacation days when there’s a weekend at the end of every week!

Find Nearby Campsites

You don’t have to go far to get away from it all! You may be surprised at how many parks and campgrounds are within an hour or two of your home. When a weekend RV jaunt is what you’re planning, the closer your destination is, the more time you get to spend camping.

With shorter trips, every moment counts. So make every moment count and remember that every mile you drive away from home is time that will be spent on the return road trip, too!

Using online resources to both find potential campgrounds, as well as the distance and time it will take to get there, is a good way to plan your trip to get the most out of it. Tracking your route with a resource like Google Maps can give you very accurate travel time estimate which will let you know how much time you’ll have left to enjoy your weekend.  The shorter your drive is the more down time you have to enjoy, relax, explore and make memories.

Two-Day Trip? Don’t Go Crazy with Food

Weekend RV trips are all about maximizing your limited time. Make the most of your trip and plan quick, easy meals that don’t require a lot of prep or clean up. Anyone who’s spent any time in the kitchen (at home or at camp) can tell you that food prep can take a while. Even more time consuming is food that you need to prep at home for packing and then preparing it to eat at the campsite. Think “minimalist” when planning your weekend meals. The simpler your meals, the more time you’ll have for fun activities.

Another trick to simplifying your weekend meals is paper products. Paper plates, bowls and cups next to a campfire make mealtime cleanup a snap! When you’re only camping for a weekend, there are only a handful of meals, so the number of plates, etc., you’ll use is nominal. Worried about your frank-n-beans falling off “flimsy” paper plates?  Reusable paper plate holders give stability to those thin paper plates.

If you’re worried about the environment, look for uncoated varieties that burn clean. According to Green Lifestyle Changes, if camping for the first time or not camping on a regular basis, “I would honestly recommend taking some paper plates and cups.” Additionally, “… even if you’re experienced campers, if you’re going with young children and you don’t have extra adults to help with the clean-up tasks, you may want to use paper plates.”

Weekend RV trips can also be a great time to “splurge” on simple recipes. Additionally, things like favorite cereals or hot dogs over the fire are not only quick, but can be a “treat” if you don’t eat them regularly at home but reserve them for camping excursions. It’s amazing how exciting and “gourmet” a can of potato chips can be when only consumed on a weekend camping trip!

Pack Light

The skill of packing light is something that is eventually learned by all veteran RVers. Weekend RV travelers quickly learn that the less you bring, the faster it is to hit the road and enjoy the campgrounds. When you plan short trips you can skip a lot of the extra gear you might need for longer trips.

It’s easier to plan for the weather when you will only be gone a couple of days. Clothing can be worn in layers to accommodate the temperature fluctuations throughout the day and the same outer clothes can be worn for two days without getting overly soiled. You can even make a family challenge to see who can pack the lightest (spoiler alert: it’s usually the boys!)

One big benefit of packing light for the weekend is the time you’ll save unpacking when you get home. It also saves time on the laundry you’ll have to do when you get home, giving you time to relax and prepare for the work and/or school week ahead.

Look for Sites that Offer Your Favorite Activity

Weekend RV trips are unlike week-long camping trips so keep in mind that you won’t necessarily be able to take in everything a park has to offer. Many parks have unique features or are popular with a particular crowd of hobbyist. If you find a park close to home that has many opportunities that you’d like to take advantage of, plan return trips! Focus on one or two highlights per weekend trip in order to get the most out of each weekend visit.

You can also find parks that offer what you love most and focus that. There may be several parks nearby that fall into your favorite category. Map them out and plan weekend RV trips to try them all. You may find a favorite or two that become your regular weekend getaways.

Remember, if you feel like you missed out on something at a park or campground, there’s always next weekend!

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

When you plan week-long or longer major RV road trips, you can always pack up and move elsewhere if your destination isn’t what you expected.  Time is of the essence on weekend RV trips. Moving to another location could eat away a lot of your relaxation time, if not your whole weekend.

One of the best things you can do is try to rely on other RV campers you know for great campsite suggestions. Word of mouth from campers who have experienced locations first-hand is a good way to avoid disappointment.  When you are gathering recommendations from others, keep in mind that everyone has different likes and dislikes. A rave review of a park from an avid boondocker may not be the best suggestion of a campsite for a first-time camper.

Annual Passes Could Save You Big

One money-saving option is to look into an annual pass if you plan to go camping at national parks most weekends. They cost $80 but cover your entrance to over 2,000 Federal recreation sites.

A nice feature about the passes is that one pass covers multiple people. A pass covers the pass owner + passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at locations with per-vehicle fees. In parks where per-person fees are charged, the pass covers the pass owner + 3 adults. The passes are available for seniors at discounted rates, and free for military personnel.

If you are planning your weekend RV trips within your state, keep in mind that many state parks also offer passes. Ohio doesn’t charge entrance fees to state parks nor does it have an annual pass. However, resident senior citizens can get a discount on camping fees with a “Golden Buckeye” card. Indiana sells annual state park passes as well as Michigan. Both offer resident and non-resident passes. For a list of all 50 states and their state park entrance passes you can visit sites like TripSavvy.

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Winter traveling is not uncommon. However, not everyone thinks in terms of winter RV traveling. For most, RV travel is limited to the warmer months. When the snow flies, thoughts generally turn to storage options for the winter. But cold weather doesn’t mean the end of RV travel for the season.

Whether you are visiting friends and family for the holidays, getting away for some off-season weekend fun or taking advantage of some extra time off to ski or snowmobile, here are some winter RV tips for a safe holiday season of traveling.

Tip #1 – Adjust How You Handle Your RV in the Winter

Even if you’re an expert at winter driving, pulling or driving an RV in the winter is completely different. One tip is to remember that the additional weight of an RV increases necessary stopping distance. Slippery and potentially icy winter roads require even greater stopping distance.

Don’t be overconfident when driving. Stopping distance isn’t the only thing to be aware of when pulling or driving your RV in the winter. Road conditions can change quickly while you are traveling. The 60-70 miles you normally cover in an hour of driving will be drastically reduced in poor driving conditions. Temperatures can fluctuate tremendously in winter. What begins as a rainstorm can quickly become treacherous as the mercury drops below freezing. Increased height can make taking curves on icy roads a recipe for disaster if taken too fast. This applies both to driving an RV motor home or towing a trailer.

Chances are your RV motor home is rear-wheel drive. If you regularly drive a front-wheel drive vehicle, be sure you are aware of the differences in handling between front- and rear-wheel drive. This can drastically affect your mobility and recovery from a loss-of-traction situation. It also affects the traction when you are stopped on a hill. Breaking the inertia and trying to “push” a heavy vehicle uphill with rear-wheel drive is much different than “pulling” it uphill with front-wheel drive.

Tip #2 – Keep an Eye on Your Batteries

Another winter RV tip is to be sure to check your batteries for both charge and condition. This is important both before and during your trip. Cold weather has an effect on batteries – a negative one – if your battery isn’t fully charged. According to cars.com, “A 100-percent fully charged battery will not freeze until approximately minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit. A fully discharged battery can freeze at or around 32 degrees.”

What most people don’t realize is that there’s only about eight-tenths of a volt difference between a fully charged battery and a discharged battery. So, keeping a close eye on the charge in your battery is very important.

The irony is that hot temperatures cause shorter battery life more directly than cold temperatures. However, losing power in the middle of a snow storm can ruin a trip or even leave you in much more serious danger than losing power in warmer weather.

Tip #3 – Pack for the Worst

You may be familiar with the phrase, “Expect the best but prepare for the worst.” This is a good phrase to keep in mind when RVing in winter. Chances are high that your winter RVing will be a great experience, but unlike RVing in comfortable conditions, you may encounter problems that are harder to overcome. Losing power in the summer can make for hot, sticky, uncomfortable sleeping conditions. But losing power in sub-zero temperatures can not only be uncomfortable, but life-threatening.

Always pack extra water, food and blanket supplies just in case. Having extra firewood can also be a plus if you are in a remote location. So even though you can expect to have the best experience, “…prepare for the worst,” is one of the best, and safest, winter RV tips.

Tip #4 – Invest in Proper Snow Tires or Chains

If you usually travel in warmer weather and have decided to venture out in colder temps, keep in mind that the stock tires may not be ideal for winter travel. You’ll want to make sure your tires are rated for snowy travel. Even if your RV is well-equipped for summer travel, for safety reasons you may want to invest in snow tires.

Different areas have different regulations. When you’re traveling out of state, it is a good idea to look up the laws in the state(s) you’ll be traveling through. Some states may require tire chains during periods of adverse weather. It may be necessary for you to buy them and learn how to properly and safely put them on. The winter RV tip of preparing for the worst applies to tires as well as packing!

Tip #5 – Park in the Sun

There’s a good chance that if you typically RV in warm weather, you’ve gotten used to parking in the shade. Not so in the winter! When RVing in winter, the sun is your friend! Look for open parking spaces with generous sunshine throughout the day. The solar effect from parking in the sun can make a surprising difference in the temperature throughout your RV whether you have solar power or not. You may be surprised to find yourself in need of cracking a window open on a bright day with no wind.

An added bonus from this winter RV tip is that parking away from trees can keep you safe from big piles of snow falling from them onto you or your RV. It also keeps you safe from trees that fall due to heavy ice buildup.

Tip #6 – Beware of Plumbing Issues

The last of our winter RV tips addresses plumbing. Since RV pipes are susceptible to freezing due to their proximity to the outside, it’s important to know your RV’s plumbing and be ready to deal with issues if they happen. Pipe wrap or other insulation options are worth the investment to keep your pipes safe and the water flowing both into – and out of – your RV. One of the best emergency tools to keep on hand for frozen pipe emergencies is a hair dryer! When all other remedies fail, a hair dryer can clear away frozen blockages from inside the pipes.

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Overloading a car is uncommon. The space in your passenger vehicle will naturally limit you from overloading your vehicle – unless you are the Beverly Hillbillies. But simply because your RV has seemingly limitless space does not mean it has limitless capacity. You want to be safe and make the most of your RV space. Let’s take a look at RV load, limits and how to avoid dangerous situations from an overloaded RV.