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8 of the Best Rated Dog-Friendly RV Campgrounds

Is there anything better than traveling with your furry best friend? Here at Campendium, many of us explore North America with our dogs in tow, traveling side-by-side as we check out campgrounds, trails, rivers, beaches, cities, small towns, and everywhere in-between.Santa Fe Skies RV Park | Santa Fe, NM – Photo by: jsouth34Most campgrounds allow dogs, but not all of them are exactly dog-friendly. In this roundup, we dug deep to pull out the eight top-rated campgrounds that are not only a pleasure to stay at, but that also welcome your pup with open arms.So pack up your dog’s gear, grab their favorite toys, and hit the road for one of these dog-friendly destinations.Tucson – Lazydays KOA | Tucson, AZ – Photo by: claplata Arizona Traveling to Arizona? You’re in luck! Arizona has two of the top-rated campgrounds for you and your furry companion.Let’s start with the bustling southwestern town of Tucson, where giant saguaro cacti are king, followed closely by the city’s thriving art and food scene. For those looking for that full amenity experience, make Tucson – Lazydays KOA your destination. The Campendium community loves this gated park for its easy access to the highway, impeccably maintained grounds, and big-rig-friendly sites. Your dog will love this park for its multiple fenced dog parks! Some sites even have private, fenced dog runs.When you’re “standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona,” why not stay the night? Meteor Crater RV Park is a well-kept and conveniently located park just minutes from I-40 and Route 66. It’s also on the grounds of Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum, which is home to the best-preserved meteor impact site in the world. Celestial attractions aside, this RV park has two off-leash, fenced dog runs for your pup.Santa Fe Skies RV Park | Santa Fe, NM – Photo by: Tessa & Toadee New Mexico There’s no lack of dog-friendly adventures in Santa Fe. Not only is the town bookended by the Santa Fe National Forest and Pecos Wilderness, but the metro area itself is welcoming to four-legged friends. Make Santa Fe Skies RV Park your home base when exploring this popular destination. The RV park is convenient to downtown Santa Fe, and reviewers rave about the clean facilities and strong Wi-Fi signal. There’s an on-site fenced dog run for fetch and play and some nearby neighborhoods perfect for a suburban stroll.Fort De Soto Park Campground | Saint Petersburg, FL – Photo by: @ChasingTabor Florida Florida’s Gulf Coast city of St. Petersburg is beloved for its pleasant weather year-round and gorgeous waterfront parks. One of those is the Fort De Soto, complete with the five-star reviewed Fort De Soto Park Campground. There’s a lot at the Fort to explore, but for dogs, it’s all about the off-leash dog beach. Dogs have free run of this sandy stretch to swim, socialize, and smell everything in sight. If your pup isn’t ready for all that beach freedom, there are adjacent fenced dog areas for small and large dogs.Skidaway Island State Park | Savannah, GA – Photo by: Wandering Pulse Georgia Nestled along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia is the small town of Hiawassee, known for its outdoor recreation and beautiful landscapes. Settle in at Mountain View Campground, a big-rig-friendly RV park that is lushly vegetated and has mountain views. Reviewers love the owners, PJ and Louie, and their cute pup Peanut. The park has a fenced run for dogs of all sizes. For another type of “dog” fun—PJ and Louie regularly host hot dog and s’mores nights at the communal campfire!When you’ve had your fill of Georgia’s mountains, head to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah for a coastal adventure. The park’s campground is filled with live oaks and palmetto trees and has six miles of trails that welcome on-leash dogs. Downtown Savannah, an easy distance from Skidaway Island, is very welcoming to your furry best friend, too, with dog-friendly restaurants, activities, and shops.James Island County Park & Campground | Charleston, SC – Photo by: spacemancomet South Carolina Enjoy miles of trails and saltwater creeks at James Island County Park & Campground near downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The Campendium community adores this park for its large, private campsites and plentiful amenities. Your dog will love this park for its dog park and dog beach, complete with a doggy wash-up station to help keep your camper as clean as can be. James Island is a popular destination, so be sure to book in advance!Armitage Park Campground | Eugene, OR – Photo by: Travel Small Live Big Oregon Eugene, Oregon’s Armitage Park Campground is close enough to the city to soak in all the hustle and bustle while being far enough away to relax and unwind. Located along the banks of the McKenzie River, Armitage Park is open year-round and has old-growth trees, group picnic sites, a boat ramp, riverside trails, and a spacious fenced dog park. If you need to pick up supplies for yourself or your pup, there are grocery stores and pet shops within two miles of the park.Did we miss your favorite dog-friendly park? Leave it in the comments!

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5 Tips to Book the Best Campground for Remote Work

Working on the road can add an element of freedom to your work-life balance, but it can also add a few new stressors, like learning how to power your devices, finding the fastest internet speeds, and booking a quiet corner of the campground so that you can complete your tasks in peace.Flying Flags RV Resort | Buellton, CA – Photo by: Joe G.One of the most valuable pieces of advice for anyone who wants to work while on the road is to both plan ahead and be prepared for things not to pan out quite as you anticipated. There will always need to be a level of adaptability and enough flexibility in your schedule to allow for days when everything seems to go wrong.Get a jump start on a great workday by booking campsites well suited for the daily grind. Here are five things to look for when booking a campsite for remote work.Madden Peak Road Dispersed Camping | Hesperus, CO – Photo by: Blake & Chelsea 1. Electrical Hookups or a Reliable Off the Grid Setup There are two things that many remote workers absolutely need—electricity and the internet.Most RVers get electricity one of three ways: Electrical hookups at a campgroundA solar setupA generator If choosing to camp at a campground with hookups, electricity is as easy as plugging in your RV and firing up your devices. We recommend checking with the campground to know whether they charge for electricity as part of your overnight rate or if they charge separately by the kWh used. If the latter, keep an eye on your overall usage, so you aren’t surprised by the bill at the end of your stay.If you have an off-the-grid setup like a solar and battery system or a generator, make sure that they are big enough to handle your average usage and, in the case of a solar setup, have enough battery storage for cloudy or rainy days.From The Adventure Travelers’ Favorite Camping Gear 2. Wi-Fi or Strong Cell Reception More and more private and public campgrounds offer Wi-Fi these days, and for the remote worker, this can be a great option instead of, or in addition to, relying on cellular data from your phone or hotspot. Campground Wi-Fi is convenient and often included in the price of your stay, but it’s important to keep in mind that the speed and strength of the signal will vary greatly from park to park.Try to find a campsite close to the router if you can. If you’re calling ahead, or even when you’re checking in, ask the campground host where the best site is for strong Wi-Fi. Most hosts are extremely accomodating when you inquire about these things. I’ve even had a campground host offer to let me work off their office Wi-Fi because it was a better connection!If you’re in a campground where Wi-Fi isn’t an option, or you’re uncomfortable working on a public connection (always use a VPN!), find out which sites have the best cell reception so you can work off of your hotspot. This is another great question for the camp host, as they will likely know where in the campground has better service.When you’re boondocking, use Campendium to check reviews and map overlays to find the best places to camp that have reliable cell phone coverage. You might also consider investing in a WeBoost to boost your cell signal and stretch your boondocking range.Mountain View Campground | Hiawassee, GA – Photo by: John 3. Choose a Quiet, Private Campsite In addition to electricity and strong internet, the environment of your campsite can influence your work experience. Many developed campgrounds have services and amenities that are fun to use but less fun to work near. These include swimming pools, playgrounds, and dog parks. Choose your site carefully to ensure a quieter experience that’s more conducive to logging in for the day.Come prepared with your office setup and privacy tools like noise-canceling headphones and a shade screen for your computer.If you like to mix up your workspace, look for campsites with a shaded picnic table or enough room to pull out your awning. Avoid campgrounds with tight spacing—having a neighbor too close can be distracting and noisy.Campfire Lodgings | Asheville, NC 4. Look for Flexible Checkout Times While this won’t make or break your work experience, having a few extra hours in the morning or early afternoon to get things done is helpful when you are working on the road. Once you’ve found a camp space that provides a productive and easy place to work, take full advantage of the setup for as long as you can.Look for campsites that either have late or flexible checkout times. That way, you can focus on work in the morning before you have to pack up and hit the road again.Flying Flags RV Resort | Buellton, CA – Photo by: Follow Your Detour 5. Seek Out Shared Workspaces Some campgrounds offer common areas like recreation halls and cafes that are conducive to working. They’ll often have electrical outlets and Wi-Fi access. While not particularly great for conference calls, these spaces can be handy if you need a break from your camper or if a new location will help you hunker down and get some work done.If you’re close to a town, you might also decide to work at the local library or coffeehouse or buy a day pass to a nearby coworking space.What amenities or environment do you look for in a work-friendly campsite? Leave your best tips in the comments!

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Important Guide to Prepare Your RV for Winter Storage

For many, colder temperatures and winter frosts mean tucking the RV away until the thawing season arrives.If you tend to be a fair-weather camper, you’re not alone. Many RVers prefer to get their camping in when the sun is shining and the temperature is solidly above freezing. Like all of these fellow hibernators, now is the time to get your camper ready for winter storage.Laurel Creek Campground | Murfreesboro, AR – Photo by: Nina HerzigWinterizing your RV can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This quick checklist will help you on your way to buttoning up your camper for the season.Photo by: Rv Chickadee Drain Your Lines and Tanks Any left-behind liquids can quickly freeze during the winter and lead to burst pipes and damaged equipment. To prevent any disasters, start by draining all of your lines and water tanks in the RV. Remove any in-line filter you may have and then empty your freshwater tank.Next, make sure that your black water tank is completely empty. Use a built-in flushing system, a reverse flush valve, or a flush wand to help remove any lingering black water and to rinse the tank.Don’t forget to drain the water heater as well. Frozen water in the water heater can easily ruin the appliance and require you to install a new one in the spring.Depending on how cold of a climate you live in, you may want to introduce antifreeze into your pipes as another protective measure. Remove Batteries and Turn Everything Off Cold temperatures and batteries are not a match made in heaven. This applies to both coach batteries and if your RV has an engine, the engine battery. Disconnect and remove the batteries for the winter and store them in a relatively warm place, like a garage. Do not place the batteries inside your living space.Invest in a battery tender to keep the batteries active while they are not in use, and be sure to not keep them on a heat-sucking concrete floor.Also, any LP appliances inside your RV need to be turned completely off to avoid any potential leaks with the temperature change. Leaving any valves open can lead to some costly repairs. Protect From Moisture The freeze and thaw cycles that the winter brings often allow moisture into tiny crevices that it usually wouldn’t reach. The best practice for winterizing your RV is to thoroughly check the RV’s exterior for any potential damage leading to leaks. RV desiccant buckets can help remove any moisture that happens to sneak inside during the winter. This will ensure that no mold forms and you don’t come back to a pungent odor that will be difficult to remove.Photo by: Live Small Ride Free Critter-Proof the Camper One of the most harmful things that can happen to your RV over the winter is critter infestation.A great first step in deterring critters is removing all of the food inside. During the “on-season,” it is easy to leave the basics inside the RV’s kitchen. During the winter, you need to remove every last scrap of food that a mouse may be interested in finding. This includes deep cleaning the interior to get any scraps that may have fallen into small spots.Next, do a complete check of the exterior of the RV. Start your inspection underneath the camper and in the engine, looking for any small crevices that mice can make their way in through. They don’t need much space and can quickly destroy the wiring inside your RV while building several homes.Lastly, you can set some mouse traps that can act as a last resort if they still find their way inside. If you choose this route, make sure to do checks on them often throughout the winter.Photo by: Live Small Ride Free Find a Safe Location Ideally, we would all be able to put our RVs in an indoor, heated space. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to these spaces. If you’re storing your camper outside for the winter, one big thing to look out for is potential falling tree branches or large snowdrifts sliding off of a roof on a nearby building. Remember that the winter freeze can easily snap branches that otherwise appear strong and healthy. If you park your RV next to your house or garage and have large chunks of ice or snow slide off during the winter, this can also damage your RV.The best outside spot would be on a flat and paved surface, underneath a covering. If this isn’t possible, find level ground that doesn’t have any trees nearby, and keep it out of long grass.If you’re paying to store your camper at an off-site property, be sure to ask questions about the safety and monitoring devices available at the facility. The last thing you want is to return to a camper that’s been broken into or damaged. Cover and Protect the RV Even in the wintertime, the sun’s UV rays can damage your camper’s exterior.Before winter hits, give your camper a thorough wash, followed by a layer of wax. Wax protects your camper from UV rays, helping to prevent paint fade and dry out of any rubber or vinyl.A full cover for your camper will also help protect it from any wind, UV rays, or other elements trying to bring more wear and tear to the RV. While these covers can seem expensive, it ends up being a worthwhile investment to protect your much more expensive RV. Many covers that are made for specific models will have zippered entries around the door so that you can still get inside when the cover is on.

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Ching & Jerud’s Favorite Camping Gear

We left Asheville, NC back in March of 2015 and have been living on the road full-time since. This has given us a lot of time to figure out what gear we really need and use daily. Here are ten of our favorite items.We held off for several years before buying the Viair 400P portable air compressor because of how pricey it is. But it’s worth the money and we’re extremely glad to have it each time we’ve had to use it. The Viair is so fast and it has the capacity to fill up high-pressure and high-volume tires like our F-250 truck and fifth-wheel.Jerud and I both need internet for work. Having the Proxicast antenna opens up the places we can boondock because it lets us pull in cell signal we otherwise wouldn’t have.Since our rig is 100% powered by solar (we don’t use any propane and don’t have a generator), it’s important to have kitchen appliances that are very energy efficient. The Instant Pot fits that bill. It also allows us to save weight and trash by not having to carry canned beans around and find places to recycle the cans.Who can live without bread and cookies? Not us! Having an electric oven so we can bake was very important. This toaster oven lets us cook meals like we did when we were in a house, make our own granola bars, bake desserts to share with friends, and butter that freshly made bread with honey.Plastic bags drive me nuts! The Earthwise mesh produce bags are perfect whether we’re buying kale, apples, potatoes, or even bulk items like popcorn kernels. These bags are durable and can be washed again and again.While I hate plastic bags, the Debbie Meyer Green Bags get a pass because using them means wasting less food. These bags keep our produce fresh for a lot longer. This is key since we stock up our fridge with enough fresh food for two weeks or more while we’re boondocked far from towns. And these green bags can be washed and reused for years!We purchased a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes and a Gamma seal lid to store Tyki’s dog food. This airtight lid keeps smells and rodents away.We hit the road full-time so we could explore our public lands, which means we spend a lot of time out in the sun and our skin pays for it. Think Sport sunscreen is not only reef safe, but it stays on whether we’re mountain biking, paddling, or hiking.There’s nothing like ice cold water after a long summer hike or hot chocolate after snowshoeing. The Hydroflask water bottles seemed like an unnecessary luxury item at first, but after the heat waves this summer, it’s moved to our must-have list. This rechargeable LED necklace goes around Tyki’s neck on every late-night walk. It lets us keep track of where he is and it’s entertaining to watch the bright lights bounce around like glow sticks at a dance party.Follow Ching & JerudBlog & Website: Live Small Ride Free Instagram: Live Small Ride Free Campendium: Live Small Ride Free Sharing your *Favorite Camping Gear* with the Campendium Community is a great way to help the site earn affiliate revenue while helping your fellow campers learn about great gear. If you’d like to contribute, please email photos with links to the product details on Amazon, along with a couple of sentences about each item to info@campendium.com. Thanks in advance!

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Are You Prepared? You Need These Tools in Your RV Tool Box

Life on the road can be a very freeing, enjoyable experience. But as many full-time RVers can attest, you need to be prepared for anything. Things can break, tear, and malfunction while you’re traveling, especially if you’re on the move for months at a time. A well-stocked RV toolkit is a must-have for any camper, whether you’re out for the weekend or indefinitely.There are tons of little things that can break that won’t stop you from hitting the road, but they can become inconvenient and bothersome. Avoid the headache and have the right tools to repair your RV on the go. 8 Tools to Include in Your RV Toolkit 1. Tire Pressure Gauge Be sure to carry a tire pressure gauge in your RV or any automobile you own. More modern RVs and vehicles may have tire pressure sensors but do not always depend on these, especially if you bought your RV used. If you are driving a lot, get into the habit of doing daily tire pressure checks to avoid any mishaps while you are on the road.Even if you’re parked for an extended period in one spot, keep in the habit of checking your tires regularly. A slow leak or flat tire can really put a damper on your trip, especially if you only discover it on the day you’re planning to head somewhere new.You can choose from the classic pen-style tire pressure gauge or a digital reader. When looking for a tire pressure gauge, get one that reads to at least 100 psi. This will not be an issue with a digital reader. 2. Air Compressor Having a tire pressure gauge is helpful to get to know if your tire pressure is low or not, but you also need a way to inflate those tires if need be.Many gas stations have free or paid air compressors available, but long-term RVers (especially boondockers) may choose to invest in a portable air compressor that draws power from your vehicle battery. These handy tools are not only great for pumping up a low tire but are easy enough to use that they are a must-have for those who like to drive 4×4 roads or on the sand. 3. Flashlight or Headlamp There are many options for lights to include your RV toolkit, and flashlights and headlamps are two of the best options. Better yet, have both!Flashlights are ideal when you are looking in hard-to-reach places, and headlamps work well for working on tasks that require both hands. No matter the light source you choose, always pack extra batteries. There are also several options for rechargeable flashlights and headlamp options too.Most of the time, investing in a rechargeable light source not only saves you from running low on battery, but it often saves you money in the long run. If you decide to go the rechargeable route, make sure you have ample power to power it up. This is easy if you often stay in paid camping areas, but a solar charger or generator will be handy if you frequent boondocking campsites.Another excellent light option is an inspection mirror with LED lights. If you choose to invest in one of these, look for a telescoping mirror that extends and has a flexible head to give you more reach. While a headlamp and flashlight can be more versatile, the inspection mirror gives you an easy way to see out-of-the-way places. 4. Drill and Drill Bits When packing a drill in your toolkit for RVing, make sure it is cordless and battery-operated. It also won’t hurt to have at least two batteries, so you can always have a full charge when you need to use it. Having a drill on the road has many uses, including saving your time with your stabilizer jack if you have the right drill socket. Beyond that, having a drill is excellent for fixing various things on your RV, both inside and out.When deciding which drill to get for your RV toolkit, consider what you may want to use it for and how much power you want. A drill with around 14 volts will be sufficient for most travelers, but it will only really work for smaller jobs and may feel underpowered. A 20-volt drill is recommended if you plan to use your drill often. 5. Zip Ties Zip ties are very similar to duct tape in that they can fix almost anything—at least for a little while. You can use them to reattach a wayward hose, keep cords and wires together, or lock shut a wily cabinet door for travel. They are so versatile that once you start looking, you’ll find uses for them everywhere. Need to wrap insulation around your pipes for a freezing night? Break a shower curtain ring? Need an extra keychain? You can use zip ties for all of those. 6. Knife or Multi-Tool Having a multi-purpose tool of any kind is useful. Keep it in your pocket while inspecting your RV or while milling around camp, and we can guarantee you’ll find dozens of uses for it. Some multi-purpose tools also include a knife or blade, but it’s worth it to keep a dedicated pocket knife, too, for small tasks. 7. Multi-Bit Screwdriver A big part of RV travel is organization and space-saving. So, instead of having multiple screwdrivers, get one with multiple bits.You can get these with their own organization cases, which is recommended, so you don’t lose any of the bit heads. You should at the very least have a flathead and Phillips to swap in and out since these are the most common screw heads.If you get the screwdriver in a set, other heads will be included, which on an RV will likely come in handy from time to time. 8. Socket and Ratchet Set Sockets and ratchet sets are useful in any car toolkit, but especially for RVs. Make sure that the set(s) of sockets you carry are the ones that best fit the bolts and screws in your camper. Most of the time, you will only have to buy one or two additional sizes, but it is a good idea to check what you may need before you hit the road. Other RV Toolkit Tips When RVing and traveling full-time, having the right mindset for encountering repairs and pitfalls is necessary. Take some of the stress away from any situation by being prepared for the most common RV repairs. Having roadside assistance of some kind is also recommended for those times when you encounter mechanical issues you can’t fix yourself.Preparedness goes a long way during long-distance travel. So, on top of the eight must-have tools to include in your RV toolkit we listed, bring along a toolset in a carrying case. Some of these toolsets will consist of some of the items we listed, like the ratchet set or a screwdriver, but they will also include other tools needed for auto and RV repair.When investing in an RV toolkit in a carrying case, look for SAE or metric sizes that are compatible with your rig. Not all rigs are the same, even within the same brand names. Having a toolkit specific to your rig in a carrying case helps save you from having to buy individual tools, and it keeps them organized while you travel (win-win).

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Is Investing in RV Insulation Worth the Money? Find Out.

There’s nothing quite like hitting the road for a summer adventure—visiting your favorite parks, hiking and exploring, and curling up in your RV for a comfortable sleep on those soft summer nights. But we travelers often feel the pull of the open road all year long, even when that blissful summer warmth is replaced by the chilly bite of autumn and winter. So when can we justify investing the time and money into weatherproofing an RV and heading out for some cold-weather travels? Let’s take a look!We’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of weatherproofing and insulating an RV, the different methods out there along with RV insulation types, and the top considerations to think about before diving in. Blue Ridge Roadside Campsite | Canton, NC Why Insulate? Broaden Your Travel Season By installing RV insulation, you open up the whole year for travel. All you hikers and summer sports enthusiasts out there will appreciate the added capability to visit your favorite recreation areas earlier in the spring or later in the autumn while avoiding most of the peak-season crowds. Meanwhile, winter sports lovers will enjoy the warm air that greets you when you come in off the snow to a cozy winter home.Investing in weatherproofing your RV ensures that no event, sport, or season is out of your reach! Improved Summer Performance Insulating your rig doesn’t just keep you warm in winter, but it also helps keep your RV cool in the summer. Insulation combined with proper hot-weather practices will keep that hot air outside your vehicle while keeping it cool inside. Remember, coolers rely on insulation to keep your food cold, and the same principle applies here. Reduce Condensation Condensation is the enemy of many a full-time RVer. From condensation while sleeping (hot breath collecting on cool walls) to steamy days, water can build up quickly and, over the long term, slowly cause water damage to your rig. Proper insulation can help to regulate these temperature differences and reduce condensation to protect your camper. Coconino Rim Road Dispersed Camping | Grand Canyon, AZ – Photo by: Doug Primary Considerations for Insulation Weight One of the primary considerations before installing insulation is how much weight it will add to your RV. Depending on the materials used, the added load can be significant, impacting your tow capabilities, gas mileage, etc. That doesn’t mean you should skimp on your insulation! But be strategic and thoughtful in your implementation to strike a good balance. R-Value R-Value is the ability of insulation material to resist heat/temperature transfer. The higher the R-value, the better the material is at insulating. When searching for the right insulation for your camper, consider the temperature extremes you want it to protect against, and then weigh potential R-values against other factors like weight and expense. Expense Properly insulating your RV from top to bottom is an expensive proposition no matter how you slice it – whether doing it yourself or hiring a professional. Therefore, the primary consideration you need to think about before moving forward is whether or not you’re ready to make that investment. Remember, this is not a project you want to skimp on! Half-hearted insulating and weatherproofing will only lead to chilly evenings and the potential for costly issues like burst pipes.However, there are definitely some more budget-friendly material options for weatherproofing. Let’s take a look at some of these options.Photo by: Live Small Ride Free Types of RV Insulation Fiberglass RV Insulation Fiberglass insulation is very common for almost any project, from homes to RVs. It typically looks like fluffy pink rolls that are installed behind your wall panels. This type of insulation is generally among the cheapest options out there and has an excellent R-value. It is also reasonably straightforward to install since it’s flexible and easy to match your RV’s shape (keep in mind that you’ll have to remove your wall paneling, install, and then reassemble your walls).However, fiberglass insulation is less expensive for two reasons. First, it wears down faster than spray foam insulation and rigid foam (discussed next). Second, it’s very susceptible to moisture, which may lead to mold growing in your RV walls over time.With all this in mind, fiberglass insulation is best suited to RVers who tend to adventure in one primary climate or multiple mild climates. This insulation will not perform well if you’re often jumping seasons from extreme heat to severe cold. Spray Foam Insulation While tricky to install correctly, spray foam offers a plethora of benefits to your RV insulation project. First off, it’s lightweight, which soothes any worries you may have about overburdening your RV with excess pounds. Second, this type of foam insulation expands and seals. The foam can access all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies and seal them. That seal is also water-resistant.For all these great benefits, this type of insulation has a lower R-value than other options. Therefore, it won’t offer the same level of protection against hot or cold air as the alternatives. So if you’ve got your eye on chilly winter camping for skiing, you should probably opt for a different type.If you choose spray foam insulation, we highly recommend trying it out on some scrap plywood first so you can get the hang of it before installing it in your RV. Compensating for the foam’s expansion takes a little practice. Rigid Foam RV Insulation Rigid foam insulation tends to hit the sweet spot between spray foam and fiberglass. It has a mid-range R-value, is moisture-resistant, and is long-lasting. Sounds great, right? Not so fast.Rigid foam insulation tends to be one of the toughest to install. You’ll need to cut each foam board to precisely fit the space you’re covering, and you’ll need additional tools or adhesives to secure it properly.So, while labor-intensive, this option is ideal for insulating RV walls if you’re planning on some cold weather in the winter and seamlessly making the transition to toasty summer camping. Wool Insulation Those looking for a more natural solution may find it in wool insulation. Made with the less popular colors and qualities of sheep wool, wool insulation (not to be confused with rock wool, which is made from raw materials spun into fibers) has a great R-value and handles moisture well. If you choose the wool insulation provider carefully, you can avoid any types of pesticides or other chemicals in the material.On the downside, nature wool insulation is heavy, more expensive than the other options, and can be tricky to install, especially between the roof and ceiling. You’ll want to double-check your tow capacity and gross weight ranges before committing to wool insulation.Photo by: Live Small Ride Free Plumbing, Tanks, and Underbelly If you’re simply insulating your RV for more flexibility in the shoulder seasons, rock on! But if you’re looking to camp mid-winter, don’t forget that you’ll need to insulate your rig’s plumbing, water tanks, and underbelly as well.Water freezes quickly in winter conditions, and a ruptured water pipe or tank can spell disaster for your camping trip. So, take the time and effort to make sure you cover all your bases for complete weatherproofing. Windows and Doors Don’t forget to give your windows and doors some weatherproofing love. Proper seals, caulking, double or triple-paned windows, and curtains will all go a long way to keep you comfortable in all weather conditions.It can be a tough decision to insulate or not, but we hope this article helped you decide when the investment is worth it. Think about your destinations and seasons as well as your preferred activities, and if you choose to weatherproof, make sure you’re thorough and don’t skimp!When you’re all insulated and ready to tackle the cold, don’t forget to check out our guide to winterizing your RV.

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"Great overnight stay "

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Little traffic noise but great free parking. You have to check in in the Casino to let them know you are staying overnight. Super nice and friendly people. They gave us WiFi password but it didn’t work out in the parking lot too well. Still it was a safe place to stay and was free. Would totally recommend it.

Rita Vester
5 reviews
Sep 28, 2021

"Solitude "

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Great first dispersed post-Labor Day camping experience. Few campers and nearly no ATVs. Gravel road accessible with our 32’ 5W. Large trees provided plenty of shade. Enough sun to support solar charging. Mostly trash-free. Easy access to Grand Canyon and Tusalayan town for quick pick up of necessities assuming a high tolerance for...
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Thomas Ready
1 review
Dunkirk, NY

Sheridan Bay Park

Sep 28, 2021

"Free and quiet!"

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There’s about 30 spots salve that back right up to the shore of Lake Erie. It said to get a permit from the city of Sheridan but I did not do that. There’s easy access to the shoreline to watch the sunset at most all of the spots are level. He could probably fit a trailer in there no bigger than 20 feet. You would just have to be really good at...
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Jacob
16 reviews