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5 Surprising Reasons To Try RV Family Travel

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Updated March 2020

Your kids are great and you love them. But being confined in a large box with them as it travels down the road? No thanks, right? I totally get that.

The truth is though, an RV family vacation isn’t nearly as daunting as it seems. And it has its advantages.

Road-tripping with an RV can be a fun way to explore with kids of all ages in tow and can even provide unique and really memorable travel opportunities.

If your kids have ever pitched a tent in the backyard or had a blast during the family camping trip, they’ll love staying in an RV. And having a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom with you wherever you has advantages parents appreciate, too, especially moms.

If you’re warming to the idea, here are few things about RV travel that just might surprise you.

5 Facts About RV Travel With Kids

1. Not All RVs Are Hard to Drive and Park

We’ve all seen those oversized RVs lumbering down the highway and thought to ourselves “no way!”

But More likely than not, those are seasoned RVers who have been driving big rigs for a long time (either that or they’re completely fearless).

But not all RVs are made the same. Thanks to new design innovations, some RVs are fully equipped while being remarkably compact. Most come equipped with backup cameras as well, so reversing is less of a problem.

a compact RV camper van

Driving a Class B compact RV or “camper van” for example, isn’t much harder than driving a van.

Class Cs are also fairly easy to drive. Plus, they come with an over-cab bunk (which is what it sounds like). This can be a separate “loft style bunk for the kids. So you get a bit more privacy in a small space.

If you don’t wan to drive the RV all the time, you can opt for a trailer attached to an SUV to give you some flexibility.

Renting an Airstream can make traveling with kids less stressful

2. RV Parks and Resorts Have Awesome Amenities

Who said camping in an RV couldn’t be luxurious? RV parks these days have tons of amenities that families enjoy.  Swimming pools, outdoor sports courts, rec rooms and snack shacks are almost standard in even basic campgrounds.

Family campgrounds often have themed weekends with an array of activities and games. Don’t be surprised to find activities like live music and outdoor movie nights too.

If you want to kick it up a notch, there are luxury RV resorts. They’ll have all the aforementioned activities for kids, plus a few big bonuses thrown that parents will appreciate.

For example, you might be able to grab a drink at cocktail hour or relax in the jacuzzi or sauna. In some places you can get a massage after playing a round golf on a lakeside golf course.

You may even be able to have a sit-down dinner at a resort restaurant. With the kids a few yards away across the park you might even manage a sitter-free date night.

For example, check out the pool and splash pad at the Stella Mare RV resort in Galveston, TX

Staying at an RV resort is starting to sound pretty nice, huh?

3. You’ll Uncover Hidden Gems You Wouldn’t Find Otherwise

When you stay in hotels your mobility and flexibility are limited by how much time you have and how far you can travel from wherever you spend the night.

Get out on the open road with your family in a camper van or RV.

This can make it difficult to experience everything a location has to offer. When you’re in an RV, the only thing holding you back is an empty gas tank.

Think about it – even if it’s not ideal, you can camp virtually anywhere for a night, as long as it’s safe.

Most national parks even have designated spots for RV camping. So instead of rushing to drive to the woods, see all there is to see, and get back to your hotel after sundown, you can park your RV and stay for the night.

4. RV Travel is Less Stressful for Everyone

RV trips are meant to be taken at a slow, low-stress pace.

You can drive longer distances without much “are we there yet?” because the kids have some of the comforts of home instead of the confines of a car’s back seat.

You never have to worry about going hungry or “holding it.” That alone is enough to bring stress levels down quite a bit.

RVs let you visit out of the way places with your kids

Kids do have to be secured into RV seat with seat belts or car seats for little kids,  just like any other vehicle. ut it’s still possible to pop in a DVD or set them up with a board game at the dinette.

Better still, if your family includes a pet, you can more easily bring it along.  No having to choose between searching for dog-friendly hotels or paying for boarding or a pet sitter. That’s less stress all by itself.

5. RVing With Kids is Affordable

Hey, we all want to save money, right? RV travel can be super affordable. A study by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that RV travel costs 23 to 59% less than vacations that involve airplane travel and hotel stays.

Even traveling in a luxury Class A motorhome and staying at high-end RV resorts still costs less than flying and staying in upscale hotels.

Will Your Next Trip Be in an RV?

If you have never traveled in an RV before, the best way to try it out is with a motorhome rental, which you can do an agency or dealer or from a peer-to-peer RV rental network.

RV rentals by owner are less expensive than renting from a dealership. 

Your kids will love camping under the stars after a long day of exploration, and you’ll love having the amenities and luxuries of a high-end hotel without the hotel prices.

Plus, there’s nothing better than having the sounds of the great outdoors lull you to sleep while you drift off, dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures.

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