School on the Road

When you live on the road, your kids won’t be hopping on a bus, packing lunches and heading off to school every day. The following are a few tips for homeschooling on the road.

1. Be Willing to Stop for Learning Opportunities

One of the best parts of living on the road is that you can actually see national parks, monuments, museums and other significant sites in person. Be flexible enough with your schedule to stop at aquariums, museums and other sites, and use them as field trip opportunities when possible.

2. Create a Comfortable Learning Area

You don’t have to create a full classroom in your RV, but you will want to find a comfortable place for schooling that works for you and your kids. You may enjoy gathering around a large U-shaped dinette or choosing separate seats in the living room with portable tables. Just make sure each kid has enough space to do their work and that you have enough space to teach them. Don’t be afraid to move some activities outside to picnic tables on warm, sunny days.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Put Your Kids to Work

You’re probably concerned about how much time homeschooling will take and how much it will cut into your basic households needs, like washing everyone’s clothes, cooking meals and keeping your RV clean. Don’t hesitate to have your little ones help with your RV’s housework when schoolwork is done. A little extra help with household chores will allow everyone more time to relax, explore and play games together.

Find the Perfect Family RV Madison RV

Madison RV is packed with large, family-friendly RVs that are ideal for your life on the road. Whether you’re looking for a separate bedroom for your kids to sleep and study, a massive U-shaped dinette for learning, or an outdoor kitchen to take some of the mess away from the interior of your RV, Madison RV has just the RV for you!

Stocking Your New RV

Check lists are essential to the RV lifestyle. They help campers pack the correct travel supplies, prepare their RVs for the road, and remember everything before leaving the RV park. This simple checklist for new owners will ensure you have all of the supplies you need to make the most of your upcoming travel adventures.

Bedding

  • Sheets and blankets
  • Pillows

Cooking Supplies

  • Water
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Thermos
  • Dutch oven
  • Firewood
  • Lighter
  • Measuring cups
  • Tablecloth
  • Plates, bowls and silverware
  • Cooking oil
  • Dish soap
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Tupperware
  • Potholders
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking utensils (knives, spatulas, etc.)
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Ziplock bags
  • Dish pan
  • Seasonings

Clothing

  • Shoes
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirt/jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Pajamas
  • Hat
  • Underwear
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Laundry bag

Personal Items

  • Towels
  • Shower shoes
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper
  • Medications (prepare with extra if you’ll be traveling for an extended time)

Miscellaneous Items

  • Fully-stocked first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lanterns and head lamps
  • Batteries
  • Compass
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Backpack
  • Camp chairs
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Water bottles
  • Duct tape
  • Phone and charger
  • Small shovel
  • Scissors

Once you’ve packed all of the necessary items for your trip, inform a friend or family member about your plans. Give them details about where you are going, the route you’re taking, when you plan to arrive, and when you’ll return home. Always give them directions and let them know about alternate routes you may take. This makes it possible for someone to locate you if an emergency does occur.

Equip Your RV at Madison RV Supercenter

There’s no better way to ensure your RV is ready for the road than to bring it to Madison RV Supercenter.

Our certified RV technicians will inspect your vehicle inside and out and let you know about any maintenance that needs to be performed before you hit the road. And if you’re interested in owning your first RV, we offer a huge selection of the highest quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels.

RV Towing Tips

Upgrading from tent camping to RV towing may seem stressful at first, but towing your new RV will likely be easier than expected. However, towing a trailer does require an entirely different style of driving than if you’re traveling in a traditional car, truck or SUV. The following RV towing tips offer the background you need to feel confident on the roads with your towable RV.

Stopping With a Travel Trailer

Stopping with a travel trailer behind your vehicle requires practice. Find an uncrowded road to perfect your stopping skills, and you’ll feel much more experienced when you hit the roads. Breaking while towing a trailer requires you to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Gradually slow down and apply light pressure to the brakes to come to a controlled, smooth stop.

Cruising at High Speeds

There will come a time when you’re cruising down the highway with your RV in tow. Be sure to load the weight of your belongings into your RV in an even manner. For instance, don’t line one side of your RV with your kayaks and bicycles and leave the other side clear of items. Be careful not to place all of your heaviest items in the rear of the RV as well. A rear-heavy trailer can drag your tow vehicle back and forth, causing potentially dangerous situations.

Distribute the weight properly, and you’ll enjoy a smoother towing experience, especially when it comes to traveling at high speeds with abundant wind. The goal is to keep your RV as stable as possible.

Additional Tips

The best way to get better at towing your RV is to practice. Cruise around your neighborhood to get more comfortable making turns and stopping. It’s also important to give the right of way to drivers without trailers. Hold back from crowds and implement a more laid-back style of driving.

For more tips on maneuvering your RV on the roads, stop in and see us at Madison RV.

Tips for Choosing an RV Campground

Choosing the perfect RV campground isn’t as easy as loading an app and picking the closest campground to your destination. Some campgrounds are geared toward families, some are designed for retirees, some are pet-friendly, and the list of differences can go on and on.

If you’re planning on spending any period of time at a campground, it pays to find one that suits your travel needs. This simple guide will help you locate a campground that you’ll never want to leave.

Research From Home

Don’t wait until you hit the road to start finding the perfect campground. Researching from home, where you have reliable internet access, can be much more efficient and effective. Search for campgrounds and RV parks near your destination and take the time to look at each website thoroughly. Use your list of desired amenities and campground features to select a handful of places that best suit your needs.

Get Everyone Involved

Once you’ve located a number of campgrounds that offer the amenities and location you’re desiring, it’s time to consult all of your fellow campers. Letting everyone play a role in the choosing process ensures that no one is surprised or disappointed upon arrival.

Call Ahead

Not all campground websites present their amenities, rules or location properly. When in doubt about any campground features, call the campground to confirm. This can help you avoid serious problems like arriving at the campground with a pet that’s not allowed or pulling in to find the pool out of service. Calling ahead is another way to avoid surprises and guarantee the campground offers everything you’re seeking. It will also help you understand the campground’s exact location, which can be difficult to determine via online maps or GPS.

Visit Madison RV

Summer is one of the best times of year to buy a new or used RV for an unbeatable deal. Login or stop by and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to start your new RV lifestyle today, then hit the road and visit a luxury campground for yourself.

Boondocking Essentials

If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it.

There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable tips if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

Find Your Ideal RV at Madison RV Supercenter

Finding the perfect RV for your traveling family can seem intimidating at first, but Madison RV Supercenter is here to help. Login or stop by and see us so that the friendly staff at Madison RV Supercenter can help you find your dream RV today. If you’ve got boondocking in mind, we can help get you setup with the supplies you’ll need.

The Most Luxurious RV Resorts Across the Country

It makes total sense that you don’t always want to rough it during your RV travels. You did, after all, purchase an RV. While your rig can make even the direst campground feel like home, there are a few scattered resorts across the country that really take your RV experience to the next level, offering unparalleled amenities and views. The next time you’re looking for the next stop on your RV journey, consider one of these luxury RV resorts.

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores (Foley, AL)

This resort is located close to both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores in Alabama, as well as Perdido Key in Florida. It’s perfect if you’re looking to explore the white sand beaches of the gulf coast this summer while enjoying luxurious accommodations.

What makes Bella Terra so nice? It’s got huge sites for your RV, so no worries on whether your rig will fit. While you’re there, enjoy amenities like hot tubs, a sauna, and a huge clubhouse where you can mingle with fellow travelers. You can also catch a movie at a movie theater, work on your stroke at the golf course, and even get some work done from the business center (only if you really have to, of course!).

The RV sites themselves are loaded with features, including fire pits, gazebos, outdoor kitchens, and every hookup you could ask for.

Alsatian RV Resort & Golf Club (Castroville, TX)

Castroville is right outside of San Antonio. As such, this resort is great if you wish to enjoy Texas’s hill country.

It has plenty of amenities and every hookup at its sites, plus a bathhouse, a laundry center, multiple swimming pools, a fishing lake, a golf course, and a fitness center all located on site.

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort (Las Vegas, NV)

Las Vegas is always a fun diversion, but traveling there in your RV can be limiting. So, why not park your rig at a resort outside of the city so you can head into the city for a night at the casino?

When you’re not in Las Vegas, you can enjoy large RV sites, an on-site restaurant, a convenience store, a fitness center, outdoor hot tubs, and multiple pools with waterfalls and sandy beaches. Like the other resorts on this list, it also has a golf course.

At your site, enjoy full hookups, plus barbecue pits and picnic tables.

Visit Madison RV

Summer is one of the best times of year to buy a new or used RV for an unbeatable deal. Login or stop by and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to start your new RV lifestyle today, then hit the road and visit a luxury campground for yourself.

Replacing Your RV’s Screens

It’s not a bad thing to know how to do some DIY projects around your rig. After all, you never know when something might break or get worn out. What happens if it occurs during a portion of your travels where you’re far from help?

Take your RV’s window screens, for example. Most RVs have them and they’re highly helpful in keeping the interior of your RV cool while keeping the outdoors (and the bugs that call it home) outside.

Luckily, this isn’t a difficult project and is something you should be able to patch up without outside aid. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Remove the Frame

Popping the entire frame out is the way to go. It allows you to do the rest of the replacement process easier. Most will come right out, but some may offer a bit of resistance. If you encounter a tough to remove frame, simply use a flat-head screwdriver or a butter knife to leverage it out. Find yourself a flat, open surface, such as a cleared picnic table or just a roomy spot on the floor of your RV.

2. Remove the Busted Screen

Use a knife to cut away the PVC splining (the material that keeps the screen in the frame), then remove the entirety of the screen by hand and throw it out.

3. Install the New Screen

Take your new screen and roll it over the empty frame. Only  use just enough to cover the frame (plus about half an inch) and no more. Then take your new PVC splining and insert it into the groove of the frame. Use a spline roller to push the spline into the groove, which will  lock the screen into the frame. Once you’ve done this, cut any excess splining. Repeat on the other sides. Once you’ve done all the sides, cut away any excess screen hanging out.

4. Reinsert the Frame

After you’re satisfied with the job you’ve done, simply reinsert the frame back into its proper window. Give the frame a jostle to see if it’s in properly and test everything out by opening and closing the window to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter

If you’re not comfortable with DIY stuff, just bring your RV by Madison RV Supercenter and we’ll take care of anything your rig needs. Our team of expert RV techs will get your RV back in shape quickly so that you can get back out on the road with as little inconvenience as possible.

Watch for Run for the Wall Riders This May

When you’re out on the road this May during your RV travels, keep your eyes peeled for Run for the Wall participants.

Founded by Vietnam War veterans, the annual event recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation, especially those who we honor on Memorial Day. It’s named for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall and seeks to ride for those who can’t.

They raise money and awareness by riding one of three motorcycle routes: central, midway, and southern. all three runs go from California to Washington D.C. every May with over 1,800 participants every year.

If you see them out on the road, be sure to give them a friendly wave or salute!

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The beginning of summer is one of the best times of year to buy a new or used RV for an unbeatable deal. Login or stop by and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to start your new RV lifestyle today.

Visit Rickwood Caverns State Park this Summer

You don’t have to leave Alabama to enjoy the spring or summer adventure of a lifetime. Rickwood Caverns State Park, in Warrior, Alabama, is an attraction that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders the state has to offer.

The biggest draw to Rickwood Caverns State Park is the giant cave that is home to 260-million-year-old formations created by an ocean bed. In addition to touring the cave, you’ll find countless other state park and area attractions that will make your visit one you’ll never forget.

Things to Do

Every visitor of Rickwood Caverns State Park should take a cave tour. The guided tour runs from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $16 for adults and $7 for children. A Camping and Cave Tour Package is available for those who will be staying overnight at the park.

Aside from the cave tour, visitors enjoy a long list of other things to do at Rickwood Caverns State Park. Relax in the picnic area, swim in the pool, go geocaching, try your hand at gem mining or lounge at your campsite and take in the breathtaking environment of the park.

Visiting and Camping

Rickwood Caverns State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. until sundown. The entrance fee to the park is $2 per person age 6 to adult. Swimming is $5 per person.

The park welcomes campers to its 13 developed campsites. Nine of the park’s campsites are open to travel trailers, motorhomes and fifth wheels of any size. Travelers enjoy the comfort and convenience of seasonal showers, clean restrooms, 24-hour security and a dumpstation. The base rate for camping Sunday through Thursday is $22.86 and the price goes up $2 on weekends.

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The beginning of summer is one of the best times of year to buy a new or used RV for an unbeatable deal. Login or stop by and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to start your new RV lifestyle today.

Fun Spring Break Destinations in Your New RV

Myrtle Beach

Costly spring break plane tickets and hotel reservations are now things of the past. This year, it’s time to fire up your new RV and cruise over to the East Coast for a spring break getaway you’ll never forget. The following three East Coast spring break destinations are the best of the best for relaxing with your toes in the sand and enjoying a vacation that’s fun and exciting for the entire family.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, a beachfront RV park (among others) and plenty of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring break.

Islamorada, Florida

Enjoy all of the perks of a tropical spring break destination without the outrageous expenses in Islamorada, Florida. Islamorada is often regarded as the most beautiful of the Florida Keys, with its cartoon-like palm trees, turquoise ocean waters and stunning sunsets. Islamorada is also known for its world-renowned sport fishing, mangrove trails for paddleboarding, diving, snorkeling and bounty of must-visit waterfront bars and restaurants.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture all the way down to the Keys to enjoy a hot and sunny Florida spring break. The Clearwater area is known for being one of Florida’s most stunning places, with picturesque white-sand beaches and light blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Even better, Clearwater is located just 90 minutes from the multitude of attractions in Orlando, including Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

Visit Madison RV

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Alabama, before you hit the road to your spring break destination. Our certified RV technicians are here to guarantee that your RV is ready for another season of travel.