Whether motivated by environmental impact concerns, embracing the minimalist lifestyle, or just because of nostalgia, everyone’s getting in on the renovated RV/Bus craze! Most of us have known for some time, however, how fabulous the RV lifestyle is, but now that the whole world is realizing it, that’s not a bad thing!
Recreational vehicles (RVs) are synonymous with road trips and summer. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive in a giant motorhome with all the amenities of a real house, or camping out in a renovated van, these vehicles epitomize freedom and travel — and they’re getting more and more popular.
Today, RVs — be they trailers or converted vans — have seen a resurgence in popularity based on nostalgia. You can even stay in a renovated Airstream trailer via Airbnb.
Keep reading for a look into how RVs have changed over the years.
Almost everyone knows when you purchase a new boat you’re going to give it a name. It creates a connection, and the same goes for your new RV. Whether it’s for vacation road trips or will become your permanent home, giving it a name is traditional and fun.
Unless you already have a specific name in mind for your “Road Warrior” there are a number of things you can take into consideration to create a name uniquely your own. What would you find more appealing? A humorous name such as “packupyourtroubles” or something more classic like “Path Finder” or “Prowler”? “The Mystic Dreamer” might be attached to a memory of a great vacation and make you feel sentimental about your RV. Or possibly it’s about specific activities you’re planning or the places you’re planning to visit while you’re on the open road. Will you be a “Desert Nomad” or an “Eagle Mountaineer”? If your RV is becoming your permanent home the name might reflect that lifestyle. Whatever name you choose when you see it on your “Mobile Palace” it should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.
It’s ok if choosing the right name might take some time. It’s not always an easy decision. Unless your Forrest Gump….no doubt it would be “Jenny.”
Severe weather events have become a prevalent topic in recent months. If you’re an RV dweller or traveler then paying attention to weather is an absolute responsibility.
Common sense plays a huge role in your safety. Always have an emergency plan in place so you can react in a timely manner to weather threats. If you’re on a road trip in your RV then your plan needs to adjust according to your current location. Campgrounds and local police can be a resource for learning your evacuation route and location of the nearest storm shelter. Many rescue personnel have lost their lives due to people “sticking it out” thinking they can protect their “stuff.” No material item is worth any safety risk to the lives or your family or rescue workers so seek shelter before things get ugly. If you’re in an area that doesn’t have a local shelter locate a poured concrete building to wait out the weather. Emergency essentials such as cash, medication, identification documents, credit cards, insurance information, phone chargers, etc. should be readily available to go if you need to head to a safe location. As far as your RV is concerned batten down the hatches! Store loose items and secure your awnings. High winds are unsafe for RV road travel.
Local television news, Weather Radios and Weather Apps for phones are sources of weather news. And Twitter is one of the fastest sources for information so following @NWS or @weatherchannel is a great choice when wifi or cellular service is available. Don’t wait for someone to alert you. Be proactive in staying informed of Lightning, Hurricanes, Flash Floods, High Winds and other destructive forces of nature.
Traveling with pets makes the journey even more enjoyable, and we know that many pets thoroughly enjoy traveling in RV’s with their families. Our feline and canine companions make everything feel even more like home on wheels, especially if they’re snugglers.
But there are some important things to keep in mind so your pets stay safe and happy. Here’s a few suggestions:
-Pack all the pet gear including extra water
-Pick a pet friendly destination
-Secure your pet in a seat belt harness or a carrier that’s been fixed in place.
-Make plans for stops for your pet.
-Stay aware of the weather and monitor your RV temperature which you can even do remotely
-Be a responsible traveler and pick up after your pet, obey leash laws and keep pet noise to a minimum.
-Explore together. Your pet will enjoy being with you and seeing the world!
And don’t forget we’ve got a lovely dog park at Alliance Hill RV Park. Stop in and see us soon!
Camping is about getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. It’s a chance to unwind and unplug from the busyness life brings and to reconnect with your family and nature. When you pull your camper into a campground that boasts of hundreds of sites and every amenity possible, sometimes it doesn’t feel that different from everyday life.
Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing. Once in a while, it’s nice to be surrounded by other vacationers who share some of the same experiences and enjoyment of camping. With so many things to do on the activity list, you never have to worry about being bored. But when you truly want to get away from the cares and pressures of every day, getting lost in the crowd can just be another form of stress.
When you’re ready to truly unwind, you need a campground where the owner meets you at the gate, and your “neighbor” invites you over for a game of cards after you get set up. A place where a traffic jam means the deer are crossing the road, and the pool has plenty of room for everyone. Smaller doesn’t mean less amenities – it means more access. More access to the services and amenities, more individual connections with someone who knows you by name and more of a chance to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Next time you’re looking for a campground to park your RV, think smaller for more of what you’re looking for. Need a suggestion? You’ll find more than you expect at Alliance Hill RV. With over 60 acres, you get a front row seat to some of Florida’s most beautiful forests. With limited RV spots, you’ll be more than a campsite number, you’ll be a friend. If you’re heading to North Florida, or if you just want a place where you can breathe easy and truly get away, head up I-10 to Alliance Hill RV. We’d love to meet you!
Travel can be rewarding. Getting to see new sights, meet new people and participate in new experiences keeps life interesting and offers a wide range of benefits. Did you know that there are health benefits to taking a vacation? Who knew that loading up in an RV and heading out for parts unknown is more than just fun – it’s good for you!
A Canadian study done in 2009 found that taking a vacation can alleviate stress. (Makes sense, right?) That same study, however, found that a vacation can also help promote peace, increase personal and social development, expand intercultural communication, and improve your well-being. Not only do vacations benefit you as an individual, they benefit your family, building a bond that is developed through shared experiences. Collective memories create positive ties among family members (and provide material for great ‘Remember when?’ stories in the future!).
Medical studies show that there are physical benefits to taking a vacation as well. On average, people feel healthier after a vacation, they have less physical complaints and even see a reduction in cholesterol.
Not surprisingly, people returning to their regular activities after a vacation report feeling happier, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives. As a result, they are more productive, have lower rates of absenteeism from their jobs and are less likely to burnout.
Take care of your health – head out of town this summer for a chance to recharge, refresh and renew. Head to Alliance Hill RV Resort to enjoy 64 acres of unspoiled Florida beauty. Wander through our hiking trails, check out the native wildlife or spend time relaxing in our clubhouse and pool. Visit nearby Florida attractions, dust off your fishing pole or float down a spring-fed river. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a month long vacation, you’ll be enchanted by how much relaxing you can do at Alliance Hill. Call us today to schedule your ‘just what the doctor ordered’ vacation.