Jun 16, 2017

This Quiz Will Tell You What National Park You Should Visit This Summer

The first day of summer is just around the corner!
Looking for the perfect road trip, but can’t decide where you want to go? Not to worry- the RV Trader team has compiled a list of some of the best National Parks perfect for the ultimate summer adventure, and we know exactly where you should go based on your answers to a few simple questions.

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Jun 15, 2017

The Camper's Guide to Buying a New Home on Wheels: 5 Tips to Find the RV of Your Dreams on RV Trader

Finding the RV of your dreams shouldn't have to be difficult.

Traveling in the 21st century can be described as rewarding, adventurous and fulfilling -- but when it comes down to it, traveling can also be expensive, exhausting, and chaotic. Packing, airport hopping and moving between various hotels can be a hassle that takes away from your travel experience and lessens your ability to enjoy yourself on your trip.

That’s why we, as RVers, are able to take back the travel experience.

Whether you are planning to be a weekend warrior, a full-timer or just use your RV to check out the best tailgating events across the country — RVing in your own unit can redefine your travel experience, giving you the freedom to roam with your own personal hospitality suite right behind the wheel.

But the idea of purchasing an RV can be overwhelming in and of itself — so RV Trader has put together the resources and tools you need to research, plan for, select and purchase the RV best fitted for your budget and lifestyle. No more running from dealership to dealership to figure out what will work — we’ve got you covered. And with all the extra time you’ll save, you can start dreaming about and planning your next big travel adventure.

Step 1: Determine your budget.

We can’t stress the importance of determining a budget before you begin browsing units. Just like when you plan for purchasing a home, you don’t want to tour a house, fall completely head over heels for it — only to find out it’s $75,000 over your budget.

Whether you’re making the purchase on your own or need to discuss what you’re willing to spend with a partner or family member, take some time to sit down, research, and develop a plan for your target price range. That way, you’re as prepared as possible to compare features, amenities, and prices when the time comes.

A few budgeting and planning tips we like to give our users:

  • Use our nifty Price Checker to determine an estimated price for the model you like — so you can be wary of whether dealers are overcharging for a model, or undercharging — in which case, there may be damage or production flaws in the unit.
  • Understand your payment options. One big advantage of buying a unit through a dealership, rather than a private seller, is access to financing. To understand what your payments would be, take advantage of our useful loan calculator to get a full understand of how this unit will fit into your budget. 
  • Think about insurance early and often. When you come up with your budget, there’s nothing worse than finding out insurance costs put your dream vehicle out of reach.
  • Estimate shipping rates with our convenient shipping calculator. If you do decide to ship a unit from across the country, you don’t want to be caught off-guard with a $5k shipping fee.
  • Make sure you understand what warranties are available. Again, this is a reason to check out your local dealership for your next unit. Dealerships offer warranties that will protect you as you head out on your next adventure.

Step 2: Decide which model is right for you.

After you’ve decided on a budget, it’s time to choose what type of RV will best fit into your life considering how you plan to use your RV. We’ve outline the 11 primary types of RVs to help narrow down which models are best for you to consider.

  • Class A - Large living space with luxurious amenities
    • Sleeps: Up to 6
    • Average New Unit Cost: $58,000 - $400,000 
  • Class B - Also known as “van campers” since they are driven like large vans
    • Sleeps: Up to 4
    • Average New Unit Cost: $41,000 - $74,000 
  • Class C - Luxurious amenities with useful sleeping space over the cab
    • Sleeps: Up to 8
    • Average New Unit Cost: $48,000 - $140,000 
  • Pop Up - Conveniently foldable for lightweight towing; comfy 'outdoor camping’ feel
    • Sleeps: Up to 8
    • Average New Unit Cost: $4,000 - $13,000 
  • Travel Trailer - Offers a healthy variety of size and floor plan options
    • Sleeps: Up to 10
    • Average New Unit Cost: $8,000 - $65,000 
  • Fifth Wheel - A two-level floor plan that comes with plenty of room and is towed behind a pickup truck
    • Sleeps: Up to 6
    • Average New Unit Cost: $13,000 - $100,000 
  • Toy Hauler - Incredibly useful and affordable considering the amount of extra space they provided for motorcycles, ATVs or other powersports vehicles 
    • Sleeps: Up to 8
    • Average New Unit Cost: $21,000 - $58,000 

As you are searching RV Trader, check NADA Guides to see what their estimation tool says for the value of a used unit.

 Step 3: Save your Favorite Listings.

With RV Trader’s handy star and save feature, you can easily bookmark your favorite listings for comparison later. No more opening 10 tabs at a time to compare campers! 

Once you save a listing, we can also send you a notification when the price drops on it and share other units that might work for your budget and lifestyle.

Step 4: Decide on a Dealership. 

Sometimes, multiple dealerships in your area may be offering the same models for similar prices. All of the dealers on RV Trader dealers provide a great buying experience — but check for the special ‘Trusted Partner’ badge next to their name. These dealers have been working with RV Trader for 5, 10 or even longer and have become known to us as trusted partners.

Happy RVing, folks!

Be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #rvtradernation when you are on the road. We can’t wait to see where your adventure takes you.
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Glamping 101: Your guide to the ultimate experience

It’s pretty simple: 

Glamorous + Camping = Glamping!

But...what exactly does that mean? Why would anyone that wants to go camping want the experience to be glamorous? Well, we’re here to explain it to you- and also to show you some of the most incredible examples of RV glamping ever to grace the world wide web.

      Image source: PPL Motorhomes / RVNana

According to the top-ranked "Glamping.com," the word 'glamping' itself hadn't really been used often until the early 2000s. Originating in Europe -- and slowly creeping its way to the North American continent as well -- the trend has taken the world by storm, in just the past 5 years. Some people seem to view the glamping movement as camping for 'those who don't really want to camp,' but in reality, it's just a different type of camping that melds a desire for thrilling outdoor escapism with the connotations of a relaxing, luxurious retreat.

Forget traditional pop-up tents filled with sleeping bags. When it comes to glamping, you’ll find an array of different shelter types, ranging from yurts and safari tents to conestoga wagons and teepees. But the best type of glamping, in our opinion? Trailer glamping!

Having become particularly popular in the American RV world, we’ve curated another Pinterest board of some of the most incredible glamping ideas we’ve ever seen. From fitting trailer ‘fine cooking’ recipes to creating incomparable ambiance with string-lantern lighting and flipping the sleeper section of your camper into a remodeled, relaxing retreat...glamping ideas truly don’t run low here. Take a look!

if you don’t have a Pinterest account and/or can’t view the link below, 
not to worry -- click here! 

Have you ever tried glamping? Do you want to show off your own glamping routines? Tag us in photos on Pinterest and Instagram for the chance to get featured on our page.
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Jun 13, 2017

Hit the Road & Never Look Back – Go Workamping! Start Your Adventure Today

By Sharee Collier, Workamper News Director of Operations

Are you considering living in an RV and traveling?
Ready to give your kids the road trip of a lifetime?
Sick of the typical retirement life and want a real adventure?

Consider the adventurous lifestyle of Workamping!

Image: Workampers Justin & Trisha

Nearly 30 years ago, Workamper News Inc. created the term ‘Workamper’ and defined it as “adventuresome individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.” Workamping can help you get on the road faster, easier and without the worry of not having an income to sustain your travels.

Workamper News is here to help you along the way! We’re all about Education, Information & Inspiration for RVers who want to work and travel. Why should you have to choose one over the other? For the past 30 years we’ve helped thousands of people start their travels earlier than expected by simply combining the two, to create a lifestyle worth living!

Workamping jobs can be short-term or long-term, so you can be part-time and live at your home for part of the year, or a full-time and live in your RV where you park it, the choice is yours!

Workamper Dave Wolfgang,
playing the role of a train robber
While many jobs deal with the outdoor hospitality industry, there are a variety of jobs available from sales and brand ambassadors to tour guides and photographers, and just about everything in-between.

You’re never too old or too young for that matter, to have an adventure. In fact, we’re seeing Workampers as young as 18 hit the road for awesome travel adventures seeing all 50 states, National Parks, and small towns in between. Retirees, Families with small children, and Solo campers are embarking on life changing voyages in Workamping, many starting by attending our annual Rendezvous event in October- where they got the information they needed to step out on a leap of faith!

Mark your calendars for RV Trader's sponsored Workamper Rendezvous, coming this October, to join the biggest and best workamping event of the year... you don't want to miss it!

Rendezvous can do the same you! Our focus is truly on Inspiring RVers through education and information about the lifestyle, employers, available jobs, and many other aspects of what a successful Workamper will conquer along their journey. We deliver the tools you need to start, extend and sustain your travels in a welcoming community where help, recommendations and friendships are always just around the next corner!

While Workamping may seem like an awesome road trip and big vacation, it’s really more of a lifestyle. Once you get into it and find your rhythm, the doors to adventures both big and small will seem to open up and welcome you in. Hooked on discovering new places and meeting new and interesting friends on their own journeys, you’ll find much more than just financial benefits. Give yourself permission to explore. Hit the road and never look back- go Workamping!

        Image: Provided by Workamping Employer, YMCA of the Rockies

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