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Campfire Shenanigans: The epic RV adventures of the Karlin family

From the bloggers at Vagabond Family.

Right before our 3rd child Alexis was born, we decided to buy a travel trailer. At the time we were living in Illinois and decided what a great way to see the country. We could take our house with us and not have to worry about airports, rental cars, eating out all the time, and dealing with expensive hotels with our growing family.

(We had rented a class c motor home 8 months prior and stayed at a KOA near Starved Rock State Park and loved the experience.) Shortly after purchasing our travel trailer, we relocated to Arizona and are seeing a different part of the country.

What we have learned about campsites

Make sure that there are activities for kids. In between sightseeing, it is fun for them to take advantage of some of the kid friendly activities that the campground offers like, hayrides, ice cream socials and fossil and rock finding expeditions. Some campgrounds have a stream where you can go fishing.

  • Try and stay away from ones where people live there permanently. It is nice to stay at a place with other tourists and can share a similar experiences and RV travel tips with them.
  • Double check what the amenities are. It is great having a pool and a spa for the kids to go swimming.
  • Check out any restrictions for renting a site. Some examples are age restrictions (55 and up), are campfires allowed? Or does the site require to use jack pads and sewer hose supports.
  • It is a good idea to purchase a Good Sam membership, Passport America membership, or KOA Value card and use them as a guide for checking out RV parks and enjoy the savings they can offer you.

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