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RV Road Trip

Welcome to our RV page where you can find articles, videos and tips about RVing. We prepared a lot, but nothing can fully prepare you if you’ve never RVed. A lot of online reading pre and post-travels but really, a great deal of our lessons came directly from fellow RVers. So it’s our pleasure to pass them on to you.

RV Articles by Tags

I add tags to articles so you can quickly find similar articles. In the tag “GPS Secrets” you will find articles where I give away a GPS coordinate of a prized campsite, usually one few people know about. Wild camping can be a little unnerving for some people. Knowing that we trusted a site and felt safe with our five children doesn’t guarantee anything, but it should help. I will add other tags as well as we go to help you quickly find content you love.

RV: The Movie

This movie was funny when we first saw it, but admittedly, after owning and traveling in an RV, it all makes SO much more sense now! My mother compares us to the Gornickes – that’s not quite the compliment she thinks it is. ūüėČ

Recent RV Articles

  • Shoshone Point, The Grand Canyon - You’re going to look at these photos and assume I am a reckless parent. Which is exactly why Shoshone Point […]
  • Mt. Rainier National Park - Our visit in June was a wild surprise ‚ÄĒ there was snow! And not on the peak, it was plentiful […]
  • Mount St. Helens - Arriving in Washington, we didn’t have wild expectations. We were still abuzz from California and Oregon ‚ÄĒ Washington to us […]
  • Top 10 RV Upgrades - We love our RV. It took us six weeks of intense searching and shopping to find and decide on the […]
  • The Golden Gate Bridge - As we’ve been traveling for the past 4 months on our RV tour of America, we’ve¬†long-awaited our ultimate destination¬†– San […]
  • Trinidad State Beach - This was one of those days that I was content to stay put. I was on an introverted roll with […]


There are a lot of different terminologies for various types of RV/camping styles. Some are used interchangeably and some vary from user to user. So we’ve defined our own version so we can keep our visits straight.

Wild Camping

This is our favorite way to camp. Some also call this “primitive camping” or “boondocking”. The idea behind wild camping is that you park in the wild, no hookups and few, if any, neighbors. It’s as primitive as your RV, no more, no less.

Free as tax-paying, federal/state program.

Full Hookup

We don’t flock to campgrounds, but for a family traveling, campgrounds with full hookups are a great refuge. First because the kids usually meet other kids and have a great time playing around the park. Second because for those nights, we don’t think about power, water, gray/black tanks. After a week or two in the wild, a full hookup is like a trip to Disney World.

Paid per campground rates.

Pole Camping

Many campgrounds offer dry, power and water-only (or power-only) connections and usually have a single dump station onsite.  Pole camping is usually found around cities and may or may not have trees and retrofitted parks.

Paid per campground rates.

Dry Camping

We use this term differently and specifically rather than generally. ¬†Dry camping is staying either in an organized campground with no hookup or staying in a parking lot (rest areas, grocery stores, restaurants). We do this only in a pinch, when we’re just too tired to drive safely. The only time we do this as a goal is when we visit Harvest Hosts – a great way to sneak in, visit a local business (vineyard, farm, museum) and enjoy a unique experience while connecting with small businesses and farmers.

Varies from free as tax-paying state program, free in exchange for shopping from vendors in Harvest Hosts or paid per campground rates.

Campground vs RV Park

We view a “campground” ¬†as a wooded, natural setting. ¬†Lots may be paved, rocks or just au¬†natural – aka¬†dirt. ¬†In a campground, we expect a number of trees that will leave our RV either partially or completely shaded. ¬†You will see your neighbors in a campground as they barbecue, play and sit around campfires.

An RV Park on the other hand typically has paved roads and either paved or rocked parking pads.  In an RV park, RVs are stacked, packed and racked.  You will see your neighbors often as they come and go from their RV.  There maybe some chairs, sitting around, but with such tight lots, no campfires.

Our RV Travel Totals

19,428 miles РDriving time: 13 days, 10 hours (average 60.3mph) over 256 days (76 miles per day)

Days on the Road

I’m not sure, but I think our first ownership of an RV, we jumped in and made a big splash. Thanks in part to great selection of RV that perfectly fits our family needs and is highly reliable. Within 6 months, we had jumped to “part-time-full-time” and after another 7 months, had completed travel adventures of a lifetime.


We’ve turned up a lot of miles in a short time. Our first trip was 8,000 miles in 42 days and our base RV warranty was¬†almost up within 6 months of ownership. The United States and Canada are amazing. We’ve¬†seen as much as we could in 10 months of travel!

Driving Time

Our first trip was a big one and we churned up the interstates pretty quickly. Now, as we’d kept dates with family, now we move at our pace. Many love the 2/2/2 rule, but we follow more of a 4/4/4 rule, no more than 4 hours driving, arrive by 4pm and stay 4 days (which is the extent of our tanks with 7 people).

Average Speed

We post a pretty quick average speed, but it’s not simply “driving fast”. While it’s true, I don’t meander on the road, we don’t crawl in a fueling stop either. We have a fuel person (usually me), 2 people on the windshield, a couple for making any quick food/snacks and Julie to run into the store for receipts or pump problems. We’re fast.

Highlights – The Best Places We’ve Been

Our First Trip – Summer 2015

7,942 miles РDriving time: 5 days, 8 hours (average 62.0mph) over 42 days (189 miles per day)

Our Second Trip – Autumn 2015

3,685 miles – Driving time: 2 days, 14 hours (average 59.4mph) over 35 days (105 miles per day)

Our Third Trip – Winter/Spring/Summer 2016

7,801 miles РDriving time: 5 days, 12 hours (average 59.0mph) over 179 days (44 miles per day)