They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, there is such a thing as free RV camping. In fact, President Roosevelt called for the creation of free campgrounds on Federal lands when he addressed Congress in 1901. (Although at that time he wasn’t referring to RVs!)

Now commonly referred to as boondocking, camping free of charge is real, but it isn’t for everyone. Boondocking isn’t officially defined but the term stems from the expression “boondocks” that refers to a remote area. Overnight RV parking places such as truck stops, Wal-Mart parking lots, or campgrounds in which RV hookups aren’t available may not necessarily seem remote, but are all generally lumped into the boondocking category.

When the RV life comes calling, it’s hard to resist. The open road, endless campsites and the amenities of home no matter where you go! But shopping for an RV can feel a bit overwhelming – especially if you haven’t done your research yet! So, where do you start?

Read on to learn the questions to ask yourself to help you when shopping for an RV so you can find the perfect model for your needs!

What Is Your Budget?

The number one question when it comes to shopping for an RV is your budget. This is a great starting point for you to figure out what range of vehicles are right for you. This can help narrow down major choices like whether to get a new RV or a used one.

RV prices have a massive range depending on what you’re shopping for. Modest trailers can be purchased at extremely low costs, where massive luxury RVs can a major investment that reflects their interiors as a spacious home-on-wheels!

Ask yourself what your top end is for purchasing an RV – but try to keep it a bit flexible. Like cars or homes, when you find the RV that’s right for you, it often jumps out and feels like you found “The One.” You’ll be spending a lot of time in your RV, so you want to make sure your investment is in the right model!

What Is Your Tow Vehicle?

Your budget isn’t the only logistical concern when it comes to figuring out the best RV for you! When shopping for an RV, you should also make sure you understand your tow vehicle’s limits on what it can and cannot pull. Every tow vehicle and every RV will come with a list of important numbers to consider, like towing capacity, gross vehicle weight rating and more. Pay close attention to these numbers.

Some compact RVs are surprisingly lightweight and can be towed by even modest SUVs. But many trailers out there are going to require you to own a larger vehicle with hefty tow capacity. Nobody wants to get attached to an RV only to find out they can’t actually pull it!

Additionally, if your tow vehicle is a truck, you’ll have a large pool of “fifth wheels” available to you. These types of RVs use a unique fifth wheel connection to the bed of your truck, which comes with its own benefits!

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How Many People Do You Plan to Camp With?

From the outside, RVs may look pretty similar. But when you step inside, you’ll quickly realize that even two identically sized RVs can have extremely different interiors! That means you need to think about what your RV interior really needs ­– and that often hinges on how many people you plan to camp with!

RVs can sleep anywhere from just a few campers to a dozen. Between luxurious master bedrooms, bunkbeds and convertible sofas, there’s an RV for a family or group of friends of every size. While the specific amenities of an RV may be negotiable, you want to make sure you always have enough room for anyone who plans to tag along on your relaxing trips over the years.

Do you plan to just camp with you alone? You and a spouse? Your whole family? Do you expect friends to come along? All of these questions can dictate what type of RV you need to keep everyone comfortable. Bunkhouse RVs can be a great option for big families – but if you don’t need that kind of sleeping capacity, you could opt for a toy hauler instead and to bring your ATVs or other fun bonuses along with you on your trip.

How Important is Off-the-Grid Camping to You?

Shopping for an RV means understanding how you plan to use it. Not every RV is built for the same types of camping trips as others. While they’ll all provide you excellent shelter and some comforts from home, some RVs are better suited for going off the grid than others.

If your RV goal is the dream of parking out in the middle of nowhere and enjoying serenity for a day or a week, you’ll want to make sure your RV is equipped to stay charged away from a hookup station. That means extra battery capacity, deep cycle batteries, and even solar power features to help supplement your daily electronics usage.

Beyond that, you’ll also want to consider things like the size of the fresh water tank, storage for propane, and anything else that may limit how long you can stay away from civilization on your trip. The higher the capacity for storing these critical resources, the longer you’ll be able to extend your stay.

What Type of Amenities Do You Want?

Are you the type of person who wants to explore your destination and only return to your RV when you’re exhausted and ready to hit the hay? Or are you looking for that home-away-from-home that lets you sit down in a heavenly recliner and watch sports even when you’re 1,000 miles away from your house?

Every RV comes with some standard amenities. Things like a place to sleep, store your stuff, and even cook. But what about luxury seating? Big screen TVs? Residential-sized refrigerators or beds? All of these bonuses are things you can find – if you want them!

RVs can provide a complete “home” experience or simply act as a retreat when you need it. When shopping for an RV, think about your dream vacation. How much time do you plan to spend in your RV? Do you think that might change over the years? Answering these questions can help you decide how many luxury amenities you need.

Who Will Be Driving?

When shopping for an RV, knowing who will be doing the driving should be a consideration. After all, if you’re not comfortable towing a large vehicle, you may want to think about some of the smaller RV options. Larger RVs can be more challenging to maneuver. Drivers that don’t feel comfortable towing these RVs may be discouraged from using them at all. The last thing you want to do is get an RV that you won’t want to be taking out every weekend!

If you’ll be sharing the responsibility of driving, talk about your thoughts on towing! RVs are often shared within a family, so there could be several people planning to drive.

When you do finally buy your RV, make sure to take some time to get everyone familiar with towing it in a safe space. This can be an empty parking lot, or space at home if you have it.

How Long Will You Be RVing?

An RV is an investment. It’s something you could potentially be enjoying for years and years to come. Or you may only be interested in RVing for the short term, with no real long term plans after taking a few years to travel and enjoy the world. Whatever it may be, having the right expectation for how long you’re planning to use an RV can help you determine the right type of RV to buy, especially in terms of new versus used.

If you’re just dipping your toes into the RV ocean, it can be a good idea to start small and move up to bigger RVs as you get more familiar with how much you enjoy RVing and what types of additional amenities you want out of one. After all, you could start RVing only to realize you don’t need a handful of the features your RV came with.

On the flip side, if you’re planning to go for the long haul, and maybe even transition into full time RVing, you may want to get as many amenities as you can. It’s better to have more than less, especially if you’re living in the RV!

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Top RV Gadgets 2022 for RV Owners

The spring flowers are in bloom, birds are making their nests, and people get their RVs ready for camping season! While you give your RV a good spring cleaning, it’s also a good time to think about the top RV gadgets for 2022. Whether you have big cross-country trip planned or are getting ready for a season of weekend getaways, nothing says “ready for the season” like fresh air, fresh & clean RV, and fresh new gadgets!

#1. Bluetooth Speaker

While it’s said that life is all about the journey, as fun as being on the road is, RVing is all about enjoying your destination! With a portable Bluetooth speaker, you can bring your favorite tunes with you inside or out. Every RV should have a Bluetooth speaker and with so many options, you can always have music to enjoy. Whether it’s relaxing music for sitting around the campfire, something a little more upbeat for a game of cards or corn hole, or even to make sure you don’t miss your favorite sporting event, a portable Bluetooth speaker is an RV gadget no one should be without. Your favorite music can make your RV feel like home and can certainly make being outside more fun, but no matter your style of music, keep camping etiquette in mind and control the volume.

#2. WiFi Booster

There’s one thing you can’t be sure of when camping, a strong WiFi signal. On the road or even at your campsite, the WiFi can be unreliable. That means the next of the RV gadgets for 2022 that we recommend is a WiFi booster.

Having restricted access to your favorite electronics without a WiFi booster can be annoying. If you are working remotely, it can be downright detrimental. When you need to bring your tech to the great outdoors, a WiFi booster can help you get a better signal. For those who are full-time RVers, you know that staying connected is essential, so a WiFi booster is definitely an essential RV gadget.

#3. Single Serve Coffee Maker

Speaking of enjoying your destination, starting your day off with a fresh, hot cup of coffee is certainly high on the list. Also high on the list of RV gadgets is a single-serve coffee maker. You can easily brew a cup of coffee in less time than it would take to brew a whole pot. Single-serve coffee makers are easy to operate and portable so you can use it inside your RV or plug it in outside for easy access.

With so many pod options for coffee, not to mention tea and hot cocoa, there is something for everyone. Some single-serve coffee makers even have the option for reusable pods or paper pods which can reduce waste if you’re thinking eco-friendly. There are also many different size options, ranging from not much larger than a thermal coffee tumbler to a larger counter-top version. So, you can choose the best option for your needs and find something that you’ll be able to store away quickly and maximize space.

#4. Folding Camp Chair

Making the best use of space is part of RV life. Anything that can fold up and be tucked away when not in use is key in wasted space reduction. This makes folding chairs a top RV gadget and the folding chairs of today are uber comfortable! If you haven’t seen the folding chair options available recently, it is worth your while to look into the brands and accessories available. There are options with everything from pop-on shades to help prevent sunburn or keep you dry in the rain (goodbye umbrella!), to cup holders. Some models even have built-in side tables or foot rests providing the ultimate in relaxation. Now that’s enjoying your destination!

#5. Surge Protector

One thing that probably isn’t on the forefront of your mind when you set out on a trip is an electrical surge. But they can happen and RVs aren’t immune. No one wants to experience a power surge with pricey electronics hooked up! An important RV gadget to have is a surge protector. If you want to keep your valuable electronics safe, using a surge protector in your RV is a must and certainly worth the investment.

#6. Countertop Ice Maker

Cool mornings call for hot coffee, but when the temperatures rise, a cool beverage is in order. What better way to keep cool than with a countertop ice maker! It’s a nifty RV gadget that provides a quick and easy way to get ice when you need it without having to buy it by the bag. Like coffee makers, you can find them in all sizes. Look for the smallest one that will provide what you need so it will store away easily when not in use.

#7. Hitch Lock

The final RV gadget 2022 pick is a hitch lock. Most RVers want to make sure they have one. It’s unlikely your RV will be stolen, but the value of RVs has risen sharply with the surge in demand and shortage of materials over the past couple of years. Reliable hitch locks are inexpensive, making it a wise and affordable investment in keeping your RV safe from any would-be thieves.

No matter your plans for the season, when you’re stocking up on supplies, don’t forget to stock up on the best RV gadgets for 2022!

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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