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Road Trip: New York to LA

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Traveling from New York to LA or vice versa, it’s one of the trips that can lead to an epic adventure no matter which route you take. It’s 100% American. 100% Fun. But choosing which route to take really just depends on what type of adventure you want to take. Here are our favorite routes with our favorite adventures.

The Northern Route – If Mountains and Parks are your thing.

Road Trip: New York

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New York
New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Niagara Falls/Cedar Point
With 3 staggering waterfalls the views are epic. If you want to get a little closer try the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise taking you under the falls. If jaw dropping thrills are more you style, stop in at the Cedar Point adventure park.

Chicago
If cities aren’t your thing, check out the Shipshewana Amish Community.

Minnesota
visit the famous Jolly Green Giant Statue in the ‘City of Blue Earth’

Badlands National Park
The rugged beauty of the badlands will make you feel like you’re walking on the moon.

Mount Rushmore
The sculpture on Mount Rushmore features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at a staggering 18 metres (60 ft).

Wild Wyoming
If you’re passing through in from June to August be sure to check out an authentic Cody Rodeo.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is America’s first national park complete with spouting geysers, waterfalls and mud pools.

Grand Teton National Park – Jackson
White water raft Snake River, or go for a hike and take in the beauty of jagged peaks and picture perfect lakes in Grand Teton.

Grand Basin Nevada – Lake Tahoe
Stop for a swim in the crystal clear Lake Tahoe.

Yosemite National Park
Follow the Sierra Mountains into Yosemite. Opt for some world class rock climbing, float down the Merced River or explore this extra ordinary park on foot.

San Francisco
San Francisco is home to hippy vibes, cafe culture, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39. You’re sure to have an experience.

California Coast to Santa Barbara and LA
Travel down the beautiful highway 1 to Santa Barbara and into LA.

The Southern Route – If cities and soul are your thing.

New York
New York boasts everything you would want in a city. From the Empire State Building to every kind of food you can possibly imagine. Stay a few days and explore.

Washington, DC
Check out the White House and the Smithsonian Museums. Finish the day off with a drink in Georgetown.

Asheville
A road trip just isn’t the same unless you see mountains. Take in the mountain vibes and epic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nashville
Visit the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame as the home of country music takes you in.

Memphis
Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Need we say more? Head down Beale Street, visit Graceland and take in a tasty Memphis BBQ.

New Orleans
If you’re after some soul, New Orleans is the place for you. Check out a ‘Voodoo and Graveyard’ tour, ride a steamboat on the Mississippi River or fill your face with Cajun and Creole grub or some authentic gumbo.

Austin
If you haven’t had enough music on this trip, Austin is a must stop as they are the ‘live music capital of the world’ after all.

Amarillo
Everything just seems bigger in Texas. Stop at Cadillac Ranch to see all the classic cars you can handle and if you’re hungry along the ol’ route 66, try your hand at the Big Texan Steak Ranch and see if you can finish your dinner.

Santa Fe
The best Mexican food in the USA plus all the sunshine you can handle at 325 days a year. Who can say no to Santa Fe?

Monument Valley
The red rock vistas await on your trip to Monument Valley.

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas
The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are a must stop. Both enormous in their own beauty

San Diego to LA
Leave the desert behind and head to the coast. Stop in San Diego for some sun and swim. Travel from to LA.

Road Trip: LA

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Class C RV Rentals

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Class C RV’s are the most common type of RV. Class C RV’s are characterized by the large bed directly over the drivers cabin. Class C’s are available in many sizes. I have seen them as small as 22’ and as larger are 35’. These motorhomes tend to sleep more people than a similar sized Class A as you get that extra bed over the driver. Most Class C RV’s allow you to walk from the driver’s area into the cabin of the RV, but I have seen exceptions to this, so it is always good to ask before you rent the RV if this is important to you. This RV will tend to be a little easier to drive compared to a Class A motorhome because the wheelbase is much more similar to regular passenger vehicles. In the end this is the most popular type of RV simply because of the extra sleeping space that it provides. Class C RV’s can be rented from almost any major city across the US including, Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD) San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN),Boston (BOS) Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Ft Lauderdale (FLL) Las Vegas (LAS), RENO (RNO), New York City (NYC), Dallas (DFW), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Seattle (SEA).

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Class A RV Rentals

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Class A RV’s are characterized by the large flat front, similar to a bus. While Class A RV’s tend to be the longest of the RV’s available they also tend to sleep fewer people as there is no bed over the driver’s area of the RV. Class A RV’s also tend to be the most luxurious RV’s available, having more high end features. These RV’s are usually over 28’ long and some can be as long as 45’. Driving a Class A RV will take a little practice as they drive a little differently than most vehicles. You will need to take corners wider than with most vehicles as a Class A handles more like a bus. Any Class A RV that you find available for rent on this site will only require a standard driver’s license. Class A’s can be rented from Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Las Vegas (LAS), RENO (RNO), New York City (NYC), Dallas (DFW), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Seattle (SEA).

The motorhome you choose is really a matter of preference, and how many people you need to accommodate in your rental.

Class B RV Rentals

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Class B RV rentals are compact vehicles set up to make your camping experience more comfortable. Class B RV’s or vans usually sleep 2 or 3 people. Many of these vans are set up with toilets and showers and small kitchens. The amenities in the Class B vans vary depending on where you rent them from so check the vehicle details to see which van is right for your trip. Class B vans can be rented from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Denver, Miami, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Check the quote program for vehicle availability and pricing.

See San Francisco

Friday, August 12th, 2016

San Francisco is the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to make sure you do when in ‘Shaky Town’.

Golden Gate Bridge

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This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for your walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

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Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

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The famous former prison can be reached by ferry. Once you arrive you will receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

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This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails winding around a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and caves. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

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The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.

RV in San Francisco

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

If you decide to pick-up your RV in San Francisco, make sure to see the city if only for a short time and it will leave you wanting more! Shaky Town is one of the friendliest and artsiest city in the US. Here are five things to do:

Golden Gate Bridge

san-francisco-golden-gate-bridge

This famous bridge is possibly the most well-known thing about San Francisco, and it merits a visit for sure. Put on sunscreen for a walk across the famous bridge or else you will end up with an asymmetrical burn, still worth it though!

Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39

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Here is a little bit of everything San Francisco has to offer. Shopping, great sweet and savoury food, street performers, museums, art galleries, and a chance to see the sea lions that hang out on the rocky shore.

Alcatraz Island

alcatraz island

The famous former prison is definitely worth a visit. Transportation to the island is by ferry, and once arrived you receive a head set and a tap to listen to the tour at your leisure. The story about the prison escape is the most interesting. Outside you can walk around the island and enjoy the grounds. A truly unique and eerie National Historic Landmark.

Lands’ End

san-francisco-land's-end

This little slice of heaven feels completely isolated from the city and you have a less touristy, more authentic experience. There are hiking trails nestled against a rugged coastline with hidden gems such as Sutro bath and a cave. Located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, it provides awesome views of the city and the bridge, especially from the Cliff House Bar. It gets chilly by the water so dress in layers!

Golden Gate Park

san-francisco-golden-gate-park

The Golden Gate Park has plenty of attractions to offer but if you are short on time I would recommend the trio of the Japanese Tea Garden, California Academy of Sciences, and the De Young (fine arts) museum, all located in the Music Concourse Area. These are connected by an open-air plaza that is often filled with street performers and artists.

cable car

While in San Francisco immerse yourself by travelling short distances by Cable Car and striking up a conversation with a friendly local!

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What to know before going to Burning Man

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

You’ve bought your ticket to Burning Man, you’ve rented a RV or are bringing your own motorhome, you’ve stocked your food, water, costumes and gifts and are ready to head out on the road. Heading out into the desert to this amazing event is an experience not to be missed. However, on the way home, there are a few tips and tricks to make the clean up process far less painful.

Black Rock Desert

What to know before you head out to Burning Man:

If you’ve never been to Burning Man, a good first times guide can be found on the Burning Man website. Living for a week in the desert has its challenges, go prepared and life at your first burn will be that much more fun.

Power
Solar power is the way to go. It’s hot and sunny in the desert, with the exception of those sand storms. Running a generator burns fuel and is a noisy neighbor. Plus power makes a few things a bit easier to navigate around.

Lights
It’s unbelievably dark in BRC. Lighting up your RV so that you can see it on your way back to your home base is priceless.

Keeping Cool
The desert temperatures often reach above 100 degrees and there is no offer of any shade aside from what you make yourself. Here are a few great tips to keeping cool in extreme heat.

Fuel
Make sure you have enough fuel to get into and out of Burning Man. Also take into consideration fuel for the generator (just in case). There have been reports of people waiting in the line-up to get into Burning Man for upwards of 9 hours! So go prepared. Also, fill your tank on your way out of Reno. The closer you get to BRC the longer the line is for gas. And the wait becomes insane.

Seal the Dust Out
The alkaline dust found at the Playa can damage everything it touches. It has a talcum powder consistency and gets EVERYWHERE. Using painters tape to tape up all seams in your RV is key. It won’t keep all of the dust out, but it’s far better then using nothing at all. Sealing up a fresh set of clothes for the drive home is glorious.

Cleanup
Burning Man recommends a vinegar based cleaning solution to clean everything right away. From your clothes to your vehicle. Here are a few of their tips to cleaning out the dust. Make sure to use an air compressor to blow the dust from the engine (as the dust will lead to corrosion), wash the entire outside and vacuum up on the inside as soon as you possibly can. If you opt to visit a self service bay, make sure to find one that your RV can fit into. In Reno, this one is great. On the flip side, you can always pay a professional to clean your motorhome as well. They may charge a bit extra for the extra deep clean, but it’s well worth it.

In the end, remember to have fun, enjoy the experience and open yourself up to new adventures.

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Super Bowl 50 in a RV

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Super Bowl 50

Are you counting down the days to Super Bowl 50? We sure are! And yes it’s Super Bowl 50 not Super Bowl L. The NFL has decided to celebrate this milestone by suspending the Roman numerals for this year only.

This Sunday’s game (January 24, 2016) the Super Bowl participants will be determined. The Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots (AFC) and the Arizona Cardinals and the Florida Panthers (NFC) will duke it out for the conference championship games.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan. The food, the buzz, the game. Getting down to the Super Bowl is always a bit of a feat. But what better way, than to arrive in style with an RV Motorhome. No drinking and driving needed. You just pull up and go. Plus, who wouldn’t love to stay in the Super Tailgate Village?

The Details of Super Bowl 50:

When: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers)

Halftime show: Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce.

CBS Pregame programming

11 a.m. ET: Super Bowl 50: Before they were pros (NFL Films).
Noon ET: Road to the Super Bowl (NFL Films).
1 p.m. ET: Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition.
2-6 p.m. ET: The Super Bowl Today.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. ET.

Enjoy the tailgate, the food, the game all in an RV just minutes from Levi Stadium. Book your Super Bowl RV today!

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Trip Itinerary: California Coast

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Driving Highway 1 along the California Coast has been on my bucket list for years. Skiing the top California Mountains has also been on my bucket list for years. So when the opportunity came combining the two for an ultimate Cali road trip, who could give that up.

Check out below my ski/coastal Cali road trip itinerary:

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

The first stop on the list was Mammoth Mountain. I spent a couple days enjoying the slopes of this big bad hill. It was a ton of fun. Although I stayed at the base of the mountain, there was a free shuttle to downtown which boasted unique shopping, dinning, and small town feel.

Mono Lake

Mono Lake

Next was the drive up to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, a stop at Mono Lake is a must. It’s one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere and is 70 square miles in size.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

I drove along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe to make it to North Lake Tahoe to start.

Northstar California

Northstar California

Purchasing the EPIC ski pass to hit NorthStar, Heavenly and Kirkwood was the best bang for the buck. Starting off at Northstar California was a great intro to Tahoe. It snowed the entire day and provided some great deep turns.

Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley

Being in North Lake Tahoe, skiing Squaw Valley is a must. Squaw hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and should be on every snow sport enthusiasts bucket list.

Pier 39 San Francisco

Pier 39 San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

After skiing for a few days, it was time to head to the coast for the weekend. I spent a few days wandering around San Francisco. Checking out Pier 39 and the sea lions, doing the night tour of Alcatraz (the night tour is highly recommended as the added dusk feel offers the best creepy feeling as well as fantastic views of San Fran, eating at some of the best restaurants San Francisco has to offer (hello China Town) and dancing the nights away to the wonderful live music, was a great time spent.

Heavenly Mountain

Heavenly Mountain

After being in the city it was time to head back to the mountains – to South Lake Tahoe. Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain was on the list. Heavenly is uniquely situated right on the California/Nevada border. The views of the lake are breath taking from the top of the mountain. So if you are a gambler, it’s easy walk down the road into Nevada and spend some time in the casino. If you’re like me, I decided to eat at the Fire and Ice Grill & Bar and watch the chefs toss up custom meals.

Kirkwood Mountain

Kirkwood Mountain

After Heavenly, I stayed at the base of Kirkwood Mountain. Which was my favourite mountain of the trip. The terrain was great and varied, providing a little bit for everyone. I was there mid week and had the mountain to myself. The staff was super friendly and the little pub had great food, a toasty fireplace and drink specials that couldn’t be beat.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Kirkwood was the final mountain stop of the trip. After that I was coast bound. Highway 1 was calling my name. I headed for the coast and decided on a stop over in Santa Cruz. I was so happy for the stop over too. The pier was great (and it started a bit of a pier obsession that I now have), the shops and restaurants were quaint and everyone seemed to breathe and love Santa Cruz. I visited the first surfing museum and witnessed some of the best waves to date. It also happened to be the 40th anniversary of Santa Cruz Skateboards, so a stop at their shop was a must.

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

California Coast: Highway 1

After walking all over Santa Cruz it was time to do the drive. The coastal highway 1 is an absolute must do! The coastal waters were gorgeous. There were also sightings of sea lions, elephant seals and wild Zebras as well! I kept my eye’s peeled for a whale sighting and even stopped for lunches and dinners at restaurants on the coast, but didn’t spot any.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

One of my favourite stops along the coast was Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The purple sand was so unique and the waters were amazing. It’s a tough spot to find as the turn off isn’t marked. But it’s well worth the time to scope it out.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

After a big long drive, next stop was Santa Monica. I continued my love affair with piers and headed out there as my first stop. Being in the bustling city was a nice change. The warm weather and night life was exactly what was needed.

Hollywood

Hollywood

The final stop was Hollywood. Any trip to California isn’t complete without a stop in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Boulevard, or the Hollywood Sign. The picturesque view of the Hollywood Sign towering over the city was the perfect ending to the perfect trip of snow and sun.

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California Wine Road Trips

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

We’re incredibly lucky to have one of the top locations in the world for wine tasting right in our own backyard. When people think of the best vineyards, they think of California. And why not? California boasts cozy caverns, scenic vineyards and more then 50 types of grapes. What better way to tour the top California wine regions then in an RV. Your home away from home is ready and waiting.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
When most people think of So-Cal they think of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu. For the wine lover, winemaking has been taking place in these wine regions since the late 1700s. Grab some lunch and road trip up to the high elevation wineries in Malibu. Elevations range from sea level to 3,111 feet at Sandstone Peak. The newly granted Malibu Coast AVA is mainly in the Santa Monica Mountains and is about 46 miles long and 8 miles wide and includes 198 acres of vines for 52 grape growers. The high elevation in this “region’s climate, soils and unique aspects affect the taste of the wine produced.” Check out this post, by Wine Folly for an easy to understand write up of why that’s important. Why does this matter? It matters because the combination produces the delicious wine we know and love in Malibu.

Malibu Wine Road Trip

While driving along the coast, don’t forget to stop by Mission San Diego de Alcala, as they are home to the oldest grapes in California. About an hour northeast of San Diego, off the beaten path, you can stumble upon Temecula. Best known for their Italian and Rhône varietals and the annual Balloon and Wine Festival. The Cucamonga Valley should also be on your hit list. Famous for preserving the past with historic vineyards and ranches and their old-vine Zinfandel and Portstyle wines.

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HIGHWAY 1 – THE CENTRAL COAST.
If you’re doing a California road trip, how can you not drive highway 1? The coastal ocean views, the winding road, the wine along the way. Starting in LA, a quick two hour drive north make sure to stop downtown Santa Barbara for lunch and visit beautiful State Street and sample some of the regional wines at one of the street’s many tasting rooms. From there head inland. The Paso Robles wine region is unique as the day/night temperature swings create bold red wines that are a must. Paso Robles is about half way between LA and San Fran.

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Continue heading north towards Monterey and stop by A Taste of Monterey, the regions official wine visitors center. You can learn all about Monterey Bay’s unique landscape and how it effects the vineyards, sample the regions wine, and maybe spot the whales migrating.

SAN FRANCISCO.
Next stop, San Fran. Home of amazing restaurants, fresh local foods and the urban wine movement. During the day, wine and dine on Fisherman’s Wharf, then head to Jackson Square and sample wines at the various wine bars downtown. Check out this half day tour.

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

NAPA VALLEY.
Any road trip that’s centered around wine tasting isn’t complete without stopping in Napa Valley. Just an hour northeast of San Francisco, start the day wandering downtown Napa and enjoy some local wines at the Oxbow Public Market. Head up Highway 29 to fill your sights with what Napa Valley has to offer, stopping at renowned wineries for tastings. Keep an eye out for the landmark sign “Wine is bottled poetry” as quoted by Robert Louis Stevenson after a visit to Napa Valley in the 1880s. Known for its life-change Cabernet, Napa Valley boasts tiered hillsides, wine caverns and illustrious estates, making for stellar scenery every wine lover will swoon over.

Napa Valley Wine Country Road Trip
SONOMA COUNTRY. 
Sonoma Valley, also know as Valley of the Moon, offers a bit more laid back atmosphere in comparison to Napa Valley. However, there are still more than 400 wineries with some of the best being: Chateau St. Jean, Simi, Sebastiani, Rodney Strong, Marcassin, Paul Hobbs, La Crema, and Kistler. The Somona Valley is known for its cool-climate Pinot Noirs. Be sure to taste a variety. While in the valley, Sonoma Plaza lies in the heart and offers a historic view of the country.

Sonoma Valley Wine Country Road Trip

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