Recreational vehicle (RV) travel is more popular than ever and continuing to gain popularity, especially with families.
Here are some of the top reasons taking a family vacation in an RV is a great way to explore the United States.
1. YOUR TRAVELING VACATION HOME
Depending on the size of the RV, it could be more like your home or more like a hotel room.
There are three main types of RVs or motorhomes.
- Class A motorhomes are the biggest (29-45 feet, typically the size of a school bus or larger) and the most expensive RVs. They are luxurious with tons of amenities and room to sleep 4 or more.
- Class Cs are easily recognized by the over-the-cab sleeping or storage area. These affordable mid-size (30-33 feet) motorhomes are perfect for families of 4.
- Class Bs, also called campervans, are typical van sizes (18-24 feet). They are the smallest and cheapest RVs, perfect for small families.
When you travel in an RV, you bring everything you need from home on board with you, from bedding and towels to cookware and clothes. You can also pack more of those creature comforts of home with you on the road, which is especially great for traveling with kids.
It’s got everything you need to sleep, shower, cook, and hang out, just like home whether you’re going for a long weekend or a month and you only pack once.
2. THE JOURNEY IS PART OF THE ADVENTURE
RV travel can make the trip more enjoyable for the whole family.
There’s no need to stop constantly for bathroom breaks as you have one board. There’s even a fridge for drinks and snacks. For the grown-ups, it cuts down on the ‘are we there yet?’ questions from the kids as they have room to move around and enjoy activities they brought from home.
Passengers sit back and enjoy the ride. Like train travel, you can relax watching the scenery and landscapes go by.
And it’s a great way to see our country, even allowing you to go places that don’t have hotels, like many of our National Parks.
3. PEACEFUL FAMILY TOGETHER TIME
Traveling by RV is also super peaceful as you get away and unplug.
Many campgrounds being remote, have little cell phone reception and no internet, which promotes activities that don’t require being online, so everyone is off their devices.
You can play games in the RV, grill dinner together, and sit around the campfire making s’mores.
4. THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Most RV parks are full of nature, from state parks to National Parks to campgrounds.
You can go for walks and pick wildflowers. You see animals in the wild like deer, owls, and all types of birds. Fish or canoe on a lake. Look up at the night sky to see the stars and the Milky Way.
The family can learn and explore it all together.
5. IT'S A FUN COMMUNITY
RVing has a great community feel to it. You’re sure to meet new people of all ages when you’re staying at different sites.
You’ll get tips on what to see, things to visit, campfire recipes, and more!
Whether you’re gathering around as a group for a campground event or chatting with your neighbor, you’ll feel the sense of community.
And, if you decide to make an RV the primary way your family travels, there are RV Clubs you can join. Members meet up regularly in different spots across the United States.
6. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF PLACES TO RV
While there are various RV sizes and types, there are also a variety of campsite styles where you can stay.
You can RV in the wilderness in a National Park while dry camping (you are self-sufficient in your RV, no water, or electrical connections). Or stay in a full-featured RV Resort with full water, electricity, cable hook-ups, swimming pools, and many other amenities.
7. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
When you’re ready to try out RVing, there are great ways to rent and get out there without a big commitment. Check out AAA’s resources to help.