Friday

Your Guide to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon National Park is on just about everyone's travel bucket list and it’s easy to see why. Millions of people visit the park, located in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant, each year to take in its main feature - The Grand Canyon (you guessed it). The Grand Canyon is a massive gorge that was created by constant erosion from the Colorado River over millions of years, and is now considered one of the major wonders of the world. Taking in views of the grandiose canyon is definitely the most popular activity in the park, but there’s SO much more to do and see. We’ll take you on a tour of Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and share why you need to load up your RV and head to Arizona, today. 

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So, Why Grand Canyon?
It’s a valid question that we’ve got a few answers to. Grand Canyon National Park is truly breathtaking and is the perfect getaway for families, couples, and solo travelers - anyone and everyone will have something to do and see at this park. Grand Canyon National Park is massive in size, coming in at 1.2+ million acres and parts of the park can be visited year-round. We love the variety of activities this park provides, whether you’re into biking, hiking, or photography - this U.S treasure has got you covered.

Grand Canyon National Park is broken out into two main areas - the South Rim and the North Rim. Each section of the park offers something different to travelers and, if you have the time, we recommend checking out both. The entrance fee to the park is $35-dollars and is valid for 7 days - this includes access to both the South and North Rims. In this post, we’ll be covering all things South Rim - stay tuned for our post highlighting the less visited, but equally as impressive, North Rim. 

The South Rim 

The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is the easiest part of the park to get to and is open year-round to travelers. For this reason, the South Rim is the most developed part of the Grand Canyon and chances are, if you see a photo of the Grand Canyon, you’re seeing the South Rim. There are a variety of attractions, hotels, restaurants, and activities to do in this area of the park. The area is also the most popular part of the park, attracting more than 5 million visitors per year, and includes the iconic views and vistas of the Grand Canyon you’ve been waiting your whole life to see in person (they are worth it - trust us). If it’s your first time visiting Grand Canyon National Park, we recommend checking out this area first.

Tip Before You Go: Keep in mind that during summer months, the park offers a free shuttle service that many people rely on to get around the grounds. The park’s shuttle operates on four routes and buses come every 15-20 minutes. We suggest utilizing this free service so you can see as much of the park as you can in a timely manner. Check out the park’s website for more information. Now let’s get into all things South Rim.

South Rim Activities 

Check Out the Viewpoints - If you’re coming to Grand Canyon National Park, we’d say there’s a good chance you want to see some amazing views of the Grand Canyon. Lucky for everyone, there are a wide variety of lookouts in the South Rim that offer Instagram-worthy views - #nofilter needed. Here are a few of our favorites: 

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  • Mather Point - This viewpoint is one of the most popular destinations in the park, as it is one of the closest viewpoints to the main entrance. Mather Point’s viewing area is extensive and is just over 7,000 feet in elevation. For most, this will be the first viewpoint that they see the Grand Canyon so you’ll be hearing a lot of “Ooos” and “Ahhhs” in this area. You can see almost ¼ of the entire Grand Canyon from Mather Point. This viewpoint is great for families as you can easily relax, take in the magnificent views, and have a quick picnic after the long drive. 
TIP: Try visiting this viewpoint at sunrise or sunset - the colors create unforgettable views that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

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  • Moran Point - Moran Point was named after famous painter Thomas Moran who was known for his spectacular nature scenes. This particular viewpoint offers sweeping views that almost look like a painting themselves. This viewpoint is a favorite among photographers and painters alike as the stunning, colorful vistas go on for miles. It differs from other viewpoints because you can see a wider variety of rock formations (layered Paleozoic Rocks, the Grand Canyon Supergroup, and the Vishnu Basement Rocks) as well as an incredible view of Red Canyon.
TIP: You can access this viewpoint by car, there’s no need to take a shuttle from Grand Canyon Village (unless you want to). 

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  • Mohave Point - This viewpoint is located just off of Hermit Road and is another favorite sunrise and sunset viewing location on the South Rim. Instead of just having one main viewpoint location, Mohave has a few, making it feel far less crowded than some of the other scenic lookout areas. Here you will take in views of The Abyss - one of the main locations along Rim where the view into the Canyon is nearly vertical. The drop is almost 3,000 feet into Grand Canyon to the Redwall Formation and will get your heart pumping.
TIP: This stretch of road closed to private traffic between March 1st and November 30th you’ll need to take a shuttle (they are free!) to this viewpoint.

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Hiking - Hiking is a great way to enjoy the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, but you must exercise caution. The National Park’s Service strongly advises hikers to avoid hiking from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially during the months of May to September. There are no easy trails when hiking into or out of the Grand Canyon so be sure to keep that in mind. But there are many day trails we recommend that are located on the rim of the canyon that are great for every level of hiker. Check out a few hikes we suggest:
  • Rim Trail - We highly recommend Rim Trail for outstanding views of the inner canyon and for visitors who are looking for an easy day hike with minimal elevation change. This hike stretches from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermits Rest - a total of 13 miles. Don’t let the length deter you, there’s no need to hike the entirety of the trail if that’s not your cup of tea. There are 14 shuttle stops spread out along its course, so you can head back whenever you’d like. Bring your kids and the pup (if leashed) - all are welcome!
  • Bright Angel Trail - This trail is one of the most popular trails in the South Rim because of its mind-blowing canyon views and it’s easy accessibility. Bright Angel Trail begins near Bright Angel Lodge and turns downhill almost immediately. There are two tunnels along the route and as you descend, the trail becomes steeper and cuts through the canyon’s walls. It’s an entirely different perspective of the canyon and you can turn back any time you wish. For day hikers, we recommend turning back at the 3 mile resthouse. Past that, the trail can become dangerously steep and is only recommended for experts.
TIP: Stay hydrated! Water is available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center located east of Maswik Lodge, in the southern portion of the Village Historic District.

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Biking - The South Rim provides cyclists with 13 miles of roads and Greenway Trails that allow for exploration along the rim. We recommend biking along Hermit Road. The seven-mile stretch is one of the best places to ride in the park due to the stunning views that surround the road. Hermit road also restricts private vehicles, so there is less traffic to worry about. Keep in mind that mountain biking (on trails) is not permitted in most national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, so we suggest you stick to marked roads. For more information on biking, visit the park’s dedicated page.

TIP: If you get tired of biking - no worries - the free shuttle buses are bike-friendly. Throw yours on the front and enjoy the ride to your next destination.

Ranger Programs - The ranger led programs are amazing at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Some of the programs include: guided hikes, fossil chats, and programs highlighting the history, geography, and wildlife of the park. For full details on the seasonal ranger led programs at the South Rim, check out the park’s website. We highly recommend checking out Critter Chat - a program covering the Grand Canyon's diverse wild inhabitants. This could be a great educational activity, particularly if you have kids in tow.

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Helicopter Tours - For all of you adventure seekers out there, or for those of you who just want to take in as much of the Grand Canyon in a short amount of time, you won’t want to miss seeing the South Rim from the view of a helicopter. More than half a million visitors take a Grand Canyon helicopter tour each year, and for good reason. The views from above are unlike anything you’ve ever seen - you can even see deep into the Grand Canyon - don't’ forget your camera. Tours are available for around $250 per person, and they are worth every penny in our book.

Explore Grand Canyon Village - This historic village is the center of activity in the South Rim and is where you will find transportation hubs (including shuttles) along with hotels, restaurants (check out Grand Canyon Pizza and Grill), and ample shopping - get those souvenirs! Grand Canyon Village also features a large variety of historic landmarks - the village itself is even considered a landmark. Check out a few of our top recommendations in the village:
  • Lookout Studio is a perfect spot for sightseeing and was originally opened as a photography studio in 1903. The studio is an enclosed stone building that almost blends in with the cliffs it hangs off of. In present day, Lookout is a gift shop and a popular viewpoint in the park. The studio also has high-powered telescopes located on their outdoor terrace so you can take in the perfect view.
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  • Hopi House was designed by architect Mary E.J. Colter and opened in 1905. Colter was one of the first American architects to acknowledge the beauty of Native American design and incorporated it into her own design of Hopi House. The house is now a National Historic Landmark and now serves as both a museum and gift shop.
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  • Yavapai Point is another viewpoint in the park and happens to be located within Grand Canyon Village. You’ll see unobstructed views of the gorge here and be sure to check out Yavapai Observation Station for additional information on the geology & history of the park. A favorite lookout for snowy days.
What’s Nearby? 

National Geographic Visitor Center - Craving a little air conditioning or heat after a long day of exploring or want to learn about the Grand Canyon before entering the park? Check out the National Geographic Visitor Center. The visitor center has all the information you’ll need to know before exploring the Grand Canyon and also includes exhibits, restrooms, a gift shop, and cafe along with an IMAX theatre that presents a movie on the hidden secrets of the Grand Canyon - tickets range between $8-$13.

Cameron Trading Post - This historical trading post is just 30-minutes from the Grand Canyon. This trading post was created in 1911 by two brothers and was originally only visited by the Navajo & Hopi locals to barter goods. As years passes and the roads improved\The Cameron Trading Post's became more widely frequented. Cameron Trading Post has since grown into a popular destination and has a wide selection of shops, including Native American art and jewels, as well as a restaurant, motel, and RV park.


Desert View - Desert View is located on the east entrance of the park and is first come first served only - no reservations. Keep in mind there are no RV hook-ups at Desert View, and the campground usually fills by 12 noon each day - get there EARLY.

Trailer Village - Trailer Village is an RV Campground with full hook-ups located near the Grand Canyon Village in South Rim. They permit RVs and trailers up to 50 feet long and include hookups, cable television, 30 and 50 amp electrical service, water, and dump station. We recommend making reservations as soon as possible.

Mather Campground - Mather Campground is also located next to Grand Canyon Village and is the largest campground in the area. It has 317 campsites and is open all year (weather permitting). The maximum RV length is 30 feet and keep in mind, trailers are considered as 2 vehicles. Hookups are not available at this site and reservations are recommended.

Camper Village - This site is located in Tusayan, AZ on Highway 64 one mile south of the Main South Entrance to the South Rim. Camper Village is near the shuttle stops to the Grand Canyon so you will have easy access to the park. It offers a variety of hookup options and laundry and shower facilities. Reservations are encouraged and accepted.

We hope this guide to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has you excited to start planning your own adventure to the park. Whether you’re looking for a quick visit, or a longer experience - the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has got you covered. Have you visited the South Rim? Let us know your insider tips and tricks in the comments below. Stay tuned for our guide on the North Rim coming later this month!

Top Reasons to Work From the Road


Have you ever wanted to make the full-time RV life a reality? We’ve all thought about it, but sometimes the thought gets brushed off because we think it’s impossible because of work. Well, we’re dreamers around here, and we want to encourage you to grab hold of the full-time vision and run with it. And if you need a little push - we’ve got your back. Check out our top reasons you should consider working from the road.

Provides Newfound Freedom & Flexibility - The day you leave the office for good (or maybe just for a little while) will be one of the best days of your life. The sense of freedom you’ll get from working from the road is unparalleled. You can go where you want, whenever you want. If you don’t like where you’re staying, simply gas up your RV and head to a new destination - it really is that easy. Working from the road gives you the freedom to explore new places, meet new people, and try new things.

Enhances Productivity - Depending on the type of work you do, working from an RV can significantly increase your productivity. In fact, a survey conducted by Connect Solutions reported that 77% of remote workers who worked both part-time and full-time stated they were more productive when working remotely. In an RV, there’s less distraction (when you’re not out exploring) and less time spent focused on work gossip or chats around the watercooler.

Lowers Stress - It’s no secret that in-office work environments can be stressful. And even if you’re not the one stressed out, co-workers can project their stress onto you. A study by Science Daily states that taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels, imagine what working outside or taking a hike on your lunch break could do.

Gets You Out of Your Comfort Zone - It can be easy to go to a job day in and day out, even if you hate it. It’s nice to be comfortable, but sometimes it’s time for a change that can lead to greater happiness. If you take the plunge and start working from the road you may also have the opportunity to change up jobs or eliminate the need for a full-time position. Check out our tips for working while on the road to see the remote and seasonal opportunities out there - some even include being your own boss, and what’s better than that?

Are You Ready to Hit the Open Road? Check Out 4 Tips From RV Trader: 
  • If you’re worried about having Wi-Fi on the road, we recommend checking out a MiFi. Most of the major wireless carriers offer them and it will free you up from hotspotting off your phone regularly. 
  • To make sure you’re being as focused as possible - and balancing your job with your desire to get outside - check out this article about The Power of One Focused Hour a Day.
  • More often than not, when you’re RVing, your destination is a campsite in nature. When you’re working from your RV, try taking your lunch break in the outdoors or enjoy a relaxing hike when you need a brain break.
  • Companies like WorkGenius, Scripted, Upwork, etc. are great companies to look into for short-term work to supplement larger projects you may be working on.
Want to Hear From a Working RVer Who is Living the Lifestyle? 

Sharee Collier is a working RVer and founder of Live Camp Work, an online resource center for those looking to work full time from their RV or with remote careers and location independence. She recently shared her work camping advice and expertise below.

"What is your favorite part of work/camping?"
My favorite part of being a working RVer is the freedom to explore! By living and working from the road, your home is your RV and your RV can come and go as often as you want! Seeing new places and experiencing the local flare of each is pretty awesome… working along the way, makes it all possible!

"What is the biggest lesson you've learned on the road/working remotely?"
Plan ahead and plan to adjust as needed. Living a life of travel means you need to be comfortable with change and ready to shift the plan at any given moment. Sometimes things don’t go as you intended and an alternate solution needs to be created and put into place quickly. Giving yourself the flexibility and freedom to change the plan as needed is the biggest and the best thing you can do to avoid stressing out- when you should be enjoying these moments.

"Any advice/tips for people who want to take the plunge?"
Go small and go now! Start small and know that it’s not permanent. Test the waters with a small RV that you can buy in cash without financing. Make adjustments to your needs and wants to create a budget you can manage while working on the road and make sure the lifestyle is something you enjoy, before making a huge investment!

Sharee is hosting a FREE online event August 5-9, called the "Make Money & RV Virtual Summit" designed to help people learn how to RV full-time, part-time or seasonally, and make cash along the way. The online event hosts 30+ diverse keynote speakers highlighting remote work & full-time work camper experience. Click here to reserve your spot and attend live for free!


FMCA Tech Tip: Guide to Motorhome Lubricants


Motorhomes require periodic maintenance to stay in good working order. Engine oil changes are the most common procedure, but axles, the transmission, wheel bearings, and other components also must be serviced. No oil or lubricant is one-size-fits-all, so it’s important to make the right choice for each component according to the chassis manufacturer’s specifications.

Lubricants are designated with American Petroleum Institute (API) or military (MIL) category numbers that identify their suitability for various applications. To choose the proper lubricant, consult your motorhome’s owners manual for the prescribed API service level, and then match the lubricant’s viscosity and rating to your vehicle’s operating environment.


Ratings
Two ratings apply to lubricants — viscosity and quality. Viscosity is another term for thickness. An engine is designed to utilize a specific viscosity oil for a given set of operating conditions. That’s why the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) determines viscosity grades according to a standardized numerical rating. Always check the owners manual to determine the proper engine oil viscosity for your vehicle. The larger the number, the heavier the oil. For example, an SAE 40 oil is heavier than an SAE 30 oil.

Viscosity also denotes the ability of the oil to flow at a given temperature. As oil heats up, it thins, flows faster, and doesn’t provide the same level of lubrication as a thicker oil. If the oil is too thick, it won’t flow fast enough to lubricate critical components. SAE ratings reflect the ability of oil to flow at 210 degrees Fahrenheit. The ratings can be useful for determining how an oil will perform in summer, but they don’t take into account the low-temperature performance of the oil in winter. So, a second test is performed at 0 degrees Fahrenheit to assess oils designed for winter use and to designate a “W” rating. For example, 10W oil is thinner than 20W oil, but both are designed for winter use. The thinner 10W oil will flow better in colder temperatures.

Most engine wear and tear occurs during startup when the motor is turning over but everything is cold and the pistons haven’t yet expanded to their operating tolerances. Oil begins to flow, but by the time it reaches all critical areas, the engine has been running for a few seconds. A lighter-weight oil brings the oil pressure up much faster than a thicker oil. But, once the engine is working under a heavy load, the oil becomes too thin to provide adequate lubrication. So, in the case of a single-viscosity oil, it is better to opt for a heavy oil and live with the startup wear than to use a lighter oil and pay the penalty when the engine is working really hard.

Multiviscosity oils eliminate that dilemma. A multiviscosity oil has two ratings. For example, a 10W-30 oil provides the cold-temperature performance of a 10W winter oil, yet it retains the high-temperature performance of an SAE 30 summer oil once the engine reaches its operating temperature. This offers the best of both worlds and does a better job of protecting your engine at both startup and when under load.

Oil quality is determined by its chemical makeup and its imbedded additives. Base oils account for about 85 to 90 percent of the formulation. The remainder consists of additives that provide full protection, including antioxidants, viscosity modifiers, dispersants, detergents, antiwear agents, rust and corrosion inhibitors, antifoam agents, and a host of others. API established its rating system to identify the quality of every oil.

Both API and SAE ratings are marked on every container. Consult the vehicle’s owners manual for the minimum API rating specified for your engine. You always can exceed the API ratings and use a better grade oil, but never drop below the minimum API rating.


Check The Manual A proper maintenance cycle for your motorhome revolves around following the recommended service schedule and matching every component with the correct lubricant. The owners manual specifies the minimum requirements, but keep in mind that exceeding those specs with a higher-quality lubricant generally will yield greater longevity. Taking proper care of your coach will save you money in the long run and greatly improve the odds of trouble-free operation.

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This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.

Thursday

Explore Grand Teton National Park


The United States is filled with incredible national parks, but few capture the true essence of the wild west as much as Grand Teton National Park located in the northwest corner of Wyoming. Millions of people visit Grand Teton each year for a variety of reasons and the park is considered a fan favorite for many. Its epic beauty alone is worth the trip, but this park offers more than just awe-inspiring views. Grand Teton National Park is filled with a rich history, a variety of terrains, vast wildlife, and activities for all different kinds of travelers, from a family with young children or teenagers to a couple or single individual. We’ll take a deep dive into why this park is a favorite and talk about why you should add Grand Teton to your summer RV bucket list.

So, Why Grand Teton?

That’s a great question. There are 50+ national parks across the United States, so why add Grand Teton to your list? The park itself is stunning, towering over Jackson Hole Valley, Grand Tetons is perfect for hikers, history buffs, or anyone looking for the perfect photo-op. The park is huge (310,000 acres) and diverse, made up of the famous Grand Teton Mountain range, lush valleys, powerful waterfalls, and meadows as far as the eye can see. One of our favorite aspects of the park is that it has activities for every season, whether you’re into hiking or snowshoeing - there’s truly something for everyone. If you’re into water activities, Grand Teton caters to you as well with the Snake River and Jackson Lake to float or fish to your heart's delight. You’ll never be bored at Grand Teton National Park, and if you’re looking for adventure, this park is your ideal destination. 

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What to Do While You’re There?
  • Hiking & Biking - Two of the best ways to take in all that Grand Teton National Park has to offer is on foot or by bike. The park is a renown hiking destination with more than 230 miles of trails, so whether you’re an expert hiker or if you prefer a more mellow pace, you’ll find a hike to suit your needs. Check out a few of our favorite hikes:
- Hidden Falls Trail - This trail is a 4.9 loop that features stunning lake views and, you guessed it, an incredible waterfall. This hike is categorized as easy and good for the whole family. You have the option of taking a boat back if you want to shorten your trip. 

- Cascade Canyon Trail - This trail is one of the most popular in Grand Teton and for good reason - the hike is absolutely stunning. Cascade Canyon is a moderate hike that starts near Jenny Lake and ascends steeply towards Lake Solitude. You will also get a great few of Hidden Falls on this trail and if you continue, you will reach Inspiration Point (a viewpoint where you can see Jenny Lake and the Teton Mountain Range). 
 
- Death Canyon - Don’t let the name scare you, Death Canyon is a beautiful hike that you can complete in a day. The beginning of the hike is the hardest and about 1.2 miles from the trailhead you’ll hit Phelps Lake Overview where the views are breathtaking. 

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to stay hydrated, dress in layers, and bring bear spray (trust us on that one).

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  • Water Activities - During the summer months, Grand Teton is an excellent place for boating or floating. The Snake River allows world-class fishing & rafting and Jackson Lake is a great spot for those that sail, canoe, water ski, or windsurf. Speaking of fishing, Snake River is home to a variety of fish like Mackinaw and Whitefish as well as Rainbow, Brown, Lake, and Cutthroat Trout. Anglers take note: the Snake River Fine-Spotted Cutthroat Trout are indigenous fish to this area, found nowhere else in the world. If your looking to take out a boat, motorboats are permitted at Jenny and Jackson lake (10 horsepower max). If you want to bring a motorboat to the park, you will need to obtain a motorized craft permit for $40.00 at the visitor center. Boat, paddle board and floats are also available for rent. Want to take a quick dip? We suggest visiting String Lake where the water is warm in the summer months and you can picnic along the shore.
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  • Wildlife Watching - The park is home to a vast amount of wildlife including bison, bear, elk, bald eagles, and smaller animals like ducks, otters, and a variety of birds. Grand Teton puts safety as a top priority so if you are watching wildlife, they recommend maintaining a distance of at least 25 yards. Sign up for a wildlife tour at the park and experience all of these amazing creatures for yourself.
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  • Catch Up on Your History - Humans began visiting the Jackson Hole area around 10,000 years ago - so the grounds in and around Grand Teton are rich with history. We suggest attending a ranger-led program to learn more about the native people, explorers, and homesteaders that once inhabited the park. And don’t miss the following historical attraction:
- Mormon Row is one of the park’s most popular attractions. This line of 6 uniform buildings settled in the 1890s by Mormons from the Salt Lake region can be found in the southeastern corner of the park and is a perfect spot for a photo-op. 

  • Snow Activities - While winter in the Tetons is not for the faint of heart, there are activities that cater to all the snow bunnies out there. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are some of the most popular activities during the winter months.
  • Ranger-Led Programs - A variety of ranger-led programs take place during the summer months (early June through Labor Day weekend) in Grand Teton National Park. During these programs, you have the opportunity to learn about the park’s wildlife, history, and geology. There are also cultural programs as well as hiking and evening activities scheduled.
  • Scenic Driving - If you’re interested in covering a lot of ground in minimal time, we recommend a driving tour of Grand Teton. The park has a 42-mile scenic loop where you can take in its epic beauty and wildlife. Depending on the stops you make along the way, the drive typically takes one to two hours.
What’s Nearby? 

Yellowstone National Park -
Extend your trip - Yellowstone National Park, home to Old Faithful, is just 10 miles south of Grand Teton National Park. If you’re looking to cross two major national parks off of your bucket list, Grand Teton is a great place to start.

Jackson, WY - Jackson is a town located in Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Valley, just 10 minutes from Grand Teton National Park. It includes three widely popular ski areas including Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee Resort, and Snow King Mountain Resort. The town of Jackson also boasts many restaurants and great shopping if you’re looking for a quick break from all things outdoors or in case you forgot some essentials.

When to Visit / Length of Stay - 

The summer months are the most popular visiting times at Grand Teton National Park because of the great weather. But as we mentioned earlier, there are a variety of year-round activities available depending on what you’re into. The foliage is incredible in the fall and views of the snowy peaks of the Teton Mountains are jaw-dropping in the winter. 

We recommend spending a minimum of three days at Grand Teton National park considering there is SO much to do. If you can swing a longer stay we definitely recommend extending your trip, especially if you plan on visiting Yellowstone National Park.

Where to park your RV / Campsites?
There are a variety of RV Campgrounds in Grand Teton, but they do fill up quickly in the summer months so we recommend calling well in advance to secure your site. Check out Grand Teton National Park’s helpful comparison chart to find the perfect site to fit all of your RVing needs.


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If you’re on the hunt for your next great adventure, we think visiting Grand Teton should be at the top of your list. Do you have any insider tips or tricks you would like to share with your fellow RVers? Share your insights in the comments below and we might feature your tip in a future blog post!

Your June RV News Fix is Here



Summer is in full swing and if you’re taking a quick break from exploring, kick up your feet and stay awhile. We’ve got a few RV-related stories you won’t want to miss. From new models and floorplans to feel good stories - check out the latest headlines below.

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Airstream Adds to 2020 Product Line - Airstream has recently released new features and floorplans for their 2020 Globetrotter, Flying Cloud, International Serenity, and Classic travel trailers. The brand we know and love has come out with two layouts for the Globetrotter - a 23 ft. front bed and front bed twin. The Flying Cloud and International Serenity now have an optional rear hatch which allows easy access into the outdoors and is helpful with loading and unloading the unit. This rear hatch was once reserved for special edition models, but the company is expanding this offering to give their customers more flexibility. Read More.

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Winnebago Food Truck Aids Disadvantaged Children - The Specialty Vehicles Division of Winnebago Industries has created a “food truck” to help children experiencing food insecurity in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. This truck is supported by The Minnesota Vikings Foundation and is named “Vikings Table.” The truck’s mission is to help feed those in need, provide nutrition education, and to allow children to engage with the Vikings NFL sports team. This is the first commercial kitchen created with the Winnebago ‘shell.’ The kitchen can hold up to 10 food preparation professionals and we can’t wait to hear about all the good it will do in the future. Read More.

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Coachmen RV introduces the Pursuit 27XPS - Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River, has just released a new floorplan for their Pursuit model that will create a new entry-level Class A price point. This new model is under 30 ft. and the company focused on convenience and easy of operation rather than electronics and gadgets. The new Pursuit includes large storage compartments, a drop down bunk, as well as large windows throughout. The Pursuit 27XPS l comes in at $72,999 and the company is already starting to ship to dealers in North America. We are excited to see this RV out on the road. Read More.

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The RVers TV Show to Debut on Discovery and PBS - “The RVers” is a new TV series coming to the small screen this fall “dedicated to the lifestyle craze that’s sweeping the world.” The new show will debut on Discovery and PBS starring full-time RVers whose popular YouTube channels have made them celebrities. Creators hope the show will inspire, motivate, and drive people to live their RV dream - and we are right there with them. The show has been filming throughout the US since February and is set to premiere Nov. 23 on Discovery. We will be tuning in! Read More.

There you have it, folks. You’re all caught up on the latest headlines you need to know. Now gas up your RV and hit the road for your next adventure. Let us know if you’re excited for any of the new models we mentioned in the comments below - we love hearing from you!