Monday

The Top 10 Spring RV Destinations for 2017


One of the best parts about RVing is the fact that you really can do it all year round- who ever said it needed to be summertime for us to enjoy the outdoors and embrace adventures? Yet, there are certain RV destinations that are perfect to visit in very specific seasons. While some Floridian destinations get us going in July, others in Colorado might inspire us in the winter months. When it comes to the springtime and mildly-tempered, comfortable weather, we’ve curated just what you need to plan the past spring RV trip ever. Check out our top picks this year for the best places to visit in your RV this spring!

Washington, D.C.


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Best time to visit: Late March/Early April
Sample RV Parks: Washington DC /Capitol KOA; Adventure Bound Camping Resorts; Joint Base Andrews Family Campground

Not only do multiple RV parks surround our nation’s capital in terms of accommodations, the District of Columbia also offers some of the most incredible floral displays you may ever see in your lifetime. In addition to the countless historical monuments and museums, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commences every year between March and April- and it’s sure to leave you speechless. 

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With most of the blooms located near the famed Tidal Basin and along the National Mall, the festival celebrates the donation of 3,000 of the beautiful trees from a Tokyo mayor to Washington D.C. in the early 1900s. Between pleasant weather for enjoying outdoor attractions and the smell and sight of fresh flowers on thousands of trees, what more could you ask for in a spring vacation?






New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best time to Visit: February - May
Sample RV Parks: French Quarter RV Resort; Pontchartrain Landing; New Orleans West KOA
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There’s nothing that represents the positive vibes of spring more than a French Quarter bayou-style getaway. Whether you’d rather experience the jazz festivals and incredibly random but perfectly timed block parties or taste the best creole food the world has to offer, N’awlins provides a cultural experience like no other. 

Get to know the history, shop the unique markets, and experience the artistic side of the city- no matter what you choose to do, you can bet that you’ll leave a weekend in this city with an experience you’ve never had before. 

Plus, if you visit during Mardi Gras season? Get ready for the kind of party you’ve never seen before!




Savannah, Georgia

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Best time to Visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Sunshine RV Park; Lotts Island RV Campground; Savannah Oaks RV Resort

If you’re keen on flowers and pleasant southern breezes, Savannah is your place to go this year. Between the countless St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities (did we mention their awesome parade?) and tours of rustic old historic homes, you won’t be able to get enough of this charming city. Dine outdoors, relax at Tybee Island, or enjoy some coastal food at the Seafood Festival. 

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Even with all this, two of the biggest attractions Savannah is known for?

Music and Azaleas. A number of curated music festivals and the blooming of florals will probably make you never want to go home once you visit this springtime escape.






Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Best time to Visit: April - June
Sample RV Parks: Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina; Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this popular summer destination is on the beach - it definitely doesn’t need to be 90 degrees to enjoy it! Believe it or not, one of the best times to visit classic harbor town is in the spring; between lighthouse tours, plenty of biking trails, and coastal dining galore, the lesser crowds have the ability to make this nautical destination even more enjoyable. 
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Learn about the history of the Gullah Trail, visit unique southern boutiques, or try one of the spas in town. When you add these to a stop by one of their food or wine festivals, you couldn’t ask for a better break from reality.





Austin, Texas

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Best time to visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Bastrop / Southeast Austin / Colorado River KOA; Leander / Northwest Austin KOA; Oak Forest RV Park

There are some cities in the U.S. with experiences that can’t be duplicated, and Austin is one of them. Plan a visit to one of their huge food and wine fests- the Pecan and Olive festivals are two of the most renowned. If beer is more your thing, not to worry - the Untapped fest won’t have you leaving thirsty. 


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With a plethora of different activities, you’ll find something to entertain you in this city no matter what your interests are. If you’re into any and all college sports, you don’t want to miss the UT Orange-White scrimmage. Like cars? Try the Lonestar Roundup car show. Comedy more your thing? Check the O. Henry Pun-off, or the Moontower Comedy and Oddity fest...but one of the most unique events of them all? The Buda Wiener Dog Races..yes, we said wiener dog races. Need we say more?




Scottsdale, Arizona

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Best time to visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Mesa / Apache Junction KOA; Scottsdale Trailer Corral;
Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell

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If you’re looking for a relaxed, family-oriented, outdoorsy springtime getaway feel, Scottsdale is the place for you. This western city mixes some of the most spectacular floral displays with desert simplicity, and it’s the perfect mix in the spring. Take the kids to visit the famed Pony Express attractions, then try out a few scoops from the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor.

Take a look at the grand Taliesin West, or take a carriage ride through town. And forget hiking the Grand Canyon - this city offers famed “flightseeing” helicopter rides over the canyon! From MLB spring training to hiking through Pinnacle Peak Park, you’ll leave with a curated experience mixing history and culture that’ll leave you with unforgettable memories.



San Diego, California


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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Surf & Turf RV Park; San Diego Metro KOA; Fiddler’s Cove Marina & RV Park (Navy MWR)

Did someone say whale watching? San Diego is an incredibly popular spot for visitors in the spring, and for good reason. With millions of visitors every summer, the lesser crowds in the cooler springtime months make for a seaside Californian getaway that won’t leave you tired of hustling through busy streets.
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This is especially a great pick for you if your group loves animals - from visiting the San Diego Zoo, taking a walk through the Birch Aquarium, and taking a harbour or whale watching tour, this navy town won’t leave you short of adventure. While you’re there, be sure to visit a San Diego Padres game; if you end up here in April, you definitely don’t want to miss the great Red Bull Air Race for some aviation awe.


And you’d certainly be amiss if you didn’t stop by the Carlsbad Flower Field, where acres of springtime blooms will make you never want to leave.


Denver, Colorado

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Best Time to Visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Denver East/Strasburg KOA Holiday; Flying Saucer RV Park; Prospect RV Park


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Let us explain - while this location is certainly one of the top picks for winter ski escapes, it’s just as gorgeous and engaging in the springtime, too! The natural hot springs are incredible when it’s neither freezing nor hot outside, and horseback riding amidst spectacular wildflowers will prove an experience your Instagram followers will definitely envy.

Hiking on the Lupine Trail or checking out the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway are adventures incomparable to anywhere else, and shopping in Old Colorado City will bring nostalgic western vibes we can’t really put into words.


Charleston, South Carolina


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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Oak Plantation Campground; Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA Holiday;
Fain’s RV Park
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Honestly, we’re not even sure where to begin with Charleston! This classic southern gem of a travel locale will get you feeling spring like no other when you visit during the Festival of Houses and Gardens, when architectural and garden tours leave you able to do nothing but smile. If you’re into fitness and health, the Cooper River Bridge Run that takes place in early April will give you a cardio and community experience you can’t find in many other places, passing by historic Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown.


And of course, with this being another coastal town, we’d be amiss to not mention the seafood...the annual Blessing of the Fleet Festival, where Charlestonians and Mount Pleasant Residents “welcome seafood season,” provides a celebration for the ages with a boat parade, arts and crafts, shag dancing, and local restaurant vendors. This is especially a great destination for couples, named by numerous go-to travel sources as one of the most romantic cities in America.


Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Camp Hatteras KOA Resort; Rodanthe Watersports & Campground;
Ocean Waves Campground

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    If all you really want is a quiet, natural escape, then the Outer Banks should be next on your 2017 travel bucket list.

    Packed with tourists during the summer season, the peaceful camper spots on both the ocean- and sound-sides of the banks provide a retreat where you’ll be able to have just as much time for relaxation as you do adventure in the spring.

    Take a stroll on the beach when the weather is cool and comfortable, and sea glass and unique shells are plentiful on the shore. Shipwreck pieces are known to wash up after the plentiful rain storms northern Carolina experiences this time of year, and because the crowds are lesser, you’ll have much less people to fight over them for! Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, or listen to old history and ghost stories put on by locals, or visit the quaint shops and restaurants, which open with great “wake up season” prices in the spring.

    And you can feel free to bring your dogs to this location- leash laws at the beach are much more lax this time of year, and canine-themed events like WOOFstock are held annually to make time for play with your four-legged family members.



    For even more travel tips and advice on prepping for your next RVcation, be sure to stay tuned to RV Insider as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages!
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    Friday

    Share from DIY RV: Spruce up your RV with these 6 Camper-friendly Houseplants



    At RV Trader, we're always on the hunt for great ideas to help you make your RV feel like home. The beginning of springtime is right around the corner, and so many people are already diving into spring cleaning and getting their units prepped for the summer. Yet, it can be hard to spruce up a motorhome with plant life, flowers, etc., due to the fact that maintenance can be a bit more challenging than if you tried to use them in your home. 

    However, DIY RV writer Ching Fu recently posted an article noting 6 key houseplants that you can easily grow and maintain in an RV, bringing those springtime vibes right into your camper. The content below is shared from her article, which can be read here.

    Remember, spring cleaning your RV can be tough, but we're here to help with our tips and tricks; if you're really having a hard time with maintenance and revamps, perhaps it's time to start looking at new units. Head on over to RV Trader to see what new units are posted for sale by dealers and private sellers alike - you never know when or where your dream RV might be waiting!

    These 6 RV-Friendly Houseplants will Spice Up Your Living Space

    You don't need to give up your favorite plants just cause you're in an RV.These houseplants will still flourish in a mobile environment. 

    By Ching Fu  (Live Small Ride Free)

    There are certain things you give up when you move into an RV, such as closet space, a washer and dryer, full-size refrigerator and a bathtub. But having beautiful flowers in your home is not something you need to surrender. These colorful houseplants are versatile enough that they will do well living on the road with you.

    1. Peperomia


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    Peperomia is a delightfully easy-to-grow plant with several varieties that remain small, making it perfect for RV spaces. Simply find the plant a spot that gets a good amount of sunlight and occasionally water it. There are numerous species of peperomias:


    • the red ripple peperomia has reddish-purple leaves that are deeply textured
    • the jelly peperomia has large green leaves edged in cream and pink
    • the Columbian peperomia has bronze-purple leaves with a metallic-silver stripe
    • and the belly button peperomia has little dark green leaves
    2. African Violet
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    African violets are lovely, long-lived houseplants that truly prefer to be indoors to do well. They thrive in moderate, indirect light indoors with moist soil. Being native to Tanzania and Kenya, these plants like warmer environments of 65F to 75F, so it's best to keep them away from cold breezy areas of the RV. African violets come in assortment shades of purple to pink and have finely haired leaves. 



    3. Air plants

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    Air plants are like living art pieces, without the need to be delicate around them. These are foolproof plants that are not only low-maintenance, but don't even need soil to grow! They call all kinds of objects (aka pots) home. All they need to flourish is filtered sunlight and a good watering every 10 - 14 days (best way to water them is to submerge them for 12 hours).




    4. Kalanchoe

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    Kalanchoe plants have vibrant star-shaped flowers that bloom from winter through the spring time. Although, when the plant isn't flowering, its thick leaves are also attractive. Kalanchoes prefer the full light through a south-facing window in the winter, but can be moved to receive indirect light in the summer. Allow your kalanchoe to become dry between waterings, and plant it in well-drain soil and pots.



    5. Copper Spoons

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    Copper spoons - also known as Cinnamon Bear or Leather Plant - is a unique succulent plant that has leaves with a bronze to gray color on its underside while the top is felted with cinnamon colored hairs. It brightens a household in late winter to early spring when its chartreuse flowers appear and stay bloomed for a long time. The Copper Spoon plant isn't hard to grow - it prefers full sun, not a lot of water, and likes temperatures above 55°F.



    6. Begonia

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    Bring nature indoors with potted begonia plants. There are several types of begonias that are chosen for their beautiful bright flowers while other begonias are grown for their decorative, textured and sometimes colorful leaves. Caring for begonias only requires a few minutes of attention each week. Place your begonia plants in bright, indirect light and make sure not to overwater them.



    Do you have any plants or flowers you like to keep in your RV in the spring? 
    Comment and let us know!


















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    Thursday

    RV Spring Cleaning: Genius Ideas to Revive & Reorganize your Camper for Spring


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    Spring is in the air- the days are getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, 
    and so many RVers are already planning their first big RV vacation of the season. 

    But is your camper really ready to get out on the open road?

    From cabinet organization tips to tutorials on how to properly clean out those waterlines, we've compiled a list - a curated Pinterest board, specifically - of ways to get those spring cleaning vibes going and revamp your motorhome for those 2017 adventures! Are you ready? 

    Click the board below to get started!


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