Article by Adam O’Connor

Louisiana was the first state to pass legislation authorizing special “RV Friendly” icons on state highway signs. More than two-thirds of RVers take spontaneous trips year round, using their vehicles to support a wide range of leisure activities and interests, from camping, fishing, hiking and biking to antiquing, horse shows, tailgating at sports events and outlet mall shopping.

The real fun of owning an RV or motor home is being able to just take off and travel at will, and seeing places that you have never seen before. There are over 16,000 campgrounds and RV parks in the US that cater to the overnight needs of RVers. The number one way that many full-time travelers get campground listings is to use the two big campground directories, Trailer Life and Woodall’s. You might also want to try staying at Luxury RV Resorts.

Lavish motor-coach parks are developing in such sunlit vacation spots as South Florida and Palm Springs, Calif., to meet the demands of owners of stylish Class A recreational vehicles. For $200,000 to $300,000, owners can purchase a landscaped lot in an exclusive community with lighted tennis courts, heated pools, clubhouses, golf courses and spas. After a day of fishing, boating or lounging beneath the palm trees, they retire to their elegant homes, complete with marble baths, king-size beds and plasma televisions.

While we can’t do anything about the actual price of gasoline, we can do something about how often we need to buy it. Other tips for saving on gasoline include driving at steady speeds — you’re throwing energy away every time you hit your brakes, keeping your engine tuned — some mechanics estimate that a poorly tuned engine can use up to 50 percent more gas than one that is running well, minimizing your driving, buying a more fuel-efficient RV, cutting down on A/C and extra baggage — A/C burns fuel and rooftop carriers will detract from fuel mileage by creating drag, and planning your trips and driving routes to avoid traffic congestion.

For the regular RVer, Northshore RV Resort, located on the Colorado River, offers riverfront sites overlooking a sand beach. They have a boat launch, dock and some of the best fishing on the Colorado River. The resort is located only 20 minutes away from the casinos and shows of Laughlin, Nevada, and bus rides are available from the resort to numerous fun spots.

If you prefer a lakefront setting, Darling’s Marina and RV Resort is a great escape near the Oregon Coast, where you can enjoy the finest fishing and boating right from your campsite. Bring your boat with you and tie up right at the resort — there’s room for up to 27 boats at their concrete docks. If you’re up to a little adventure, take your boat through the Siltcoos Lake dam chute straight down to the ocean!

Article by Adam O’Connor, Vacation Activities for RVers