Getting started and general Information:
The term RV or Recreational Vehicle is not just used to describe motorhomes like ours. Trailers, pop-ups, fifth wheels, busses, micros are all options if you want to hit the road. (if you don’t know what all these types of RV’s are then the following links are definitely for you.)
RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) – a great site to use as a jumping off place for all you want to know about RVing. Run by the Industry Association it has a professional overview of RV’s, dealers, campgrounds and other resources.
The RV bookstore – a huge selection of books, DVDs, eBooks, about RVs and the RV lifestyle. Armchair RVing is an easy and inexpensive way to get started. We read books and subscribed to RVing magazines for years before we ever set foot in a dealer showroom. We also went to many RV shows where dealers exhibit the latest models in all types (and price ranges) of RV’s.
NewRVer.com – a wealth of information, articles and links for those just getting started ( or old timers like us who have a question) on buying, using and getting the most out your RV.
Free Campgrounds – you can camp on the cheap, or even for free. Do your home work.
Clubs, Magazines and Guides
Trailer life we use their software to plan trips and find campgrounds. They also publish Trailer life Magazine.
The Goodsam Club offers members information and ratings on campgrounds as well as trip planning, RV events and tours and publishes Highways magazine.
Woodall’s membership offers a complete source for everything related to the use and enjoyment of your RV. You can easily search for RV parks, RV rentals, RV campgrounds.
Rving for Women a group for the growing number of women who are traveling the red roads.
Your Tax Dollars at Work – Camping in some beautiful spots
The National Park Service offers 29,000 campsites in 440 campgrounds. Many in-park RV campgrounds have limited or no hookups, but are set in breathtaking surroundings. To find out more or to reserve a site, visit nps.gov or Recreation.gov.
The National Forest Service has more than 4,300 campgrounds in its 155 forests. To locate a national forest near you or to make reservations to camp in a national forest, visit forestcamping.com or Recreation.gov.
Bureau of Land Management Recreation Sites
The Bureau of Land Management oversees 264 million acres of scenic outdoor recreation sites in the western United States, including Alaska. For camping and recreation area information, visit blm.gov or Recreation.gov
National Wildlife Refuges
The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. The system has grown to more than 150 million acres, 555 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System, plus 38 wetland management districts. Camping is allowed only when it’s compatible with conservation efforts. For reservations, go to ReserveAmerica.com.