Friday, June 26, 2015

Ocean Cruising Your RV, Motorhome. Camper

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Out to Sea

      RVs that float? Not, I'm not crazy.    Ferries that accommodate campers are one of the great sideshows of the wonderful world of RV travel. They don’t just save road miles. They are a travel treat filled with nature watching, fresh sea air and on-board fun such as gift shops, restaurants and sometimes a entertainer, narrator or park ranger/nature guide. 

       Hop-scotching my way down the Pacific coast by RV and ferry rides was a highlight of one of my trips to Alaska. Ferrying an RV takes some homework because rules, sizes and schedules vary.   Here's another cruise that's worth a look.

                                               The New Jersey-Delware Ferry
    Driving a big RV in the heavily populated, traffic-clogged Northeastern U.S. takes patience and smarts. One of the smartest shortcuts is the ferry ride across Cape May between southern New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware. Transporting RV’s as large as 60 feet long, complete with people and their pets, the 85-minute voyage takes you past three lighthouses and through a world of sun-streaked  waters, swooping sea birds and perhaps a whale or shark sighting too.  

    The Cape May-Lewes Ferry (CMLF) has been operating year-round since 1964. Leave crowded highways behind and you’re soon in a vacation menu of sandy beaches, romantic Rehoboth Beach,  Cape May with its Victorian mansions and fine restaurants,  and  the historic settlement of Lewes, Delaware.

     Founded by the Dutch in 1631, Lewes invites sightseers to tour historic homes, museums and a restored lightship.  Discover quaint restaurants and pubs, nature and hiking trails and picture-pretty beaches. Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park has campsites with power and water hookup and it’s open March through November. Please don’t bring firewood with you. The area is trying to battle harmful pests including the emerald ash borer.

    Tactics: Drive one way and take the ferry the other way for a round trip with no backtracking. Along the way you’ll see endless scenic lookouts and all the points of interest in this oceanfront vacationland.  Get information and reservations at

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Friday, June 19, 2015

When RV Rental Makes Good Sense

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Why Take a Rental RV Vacation?

    Do you yearn to try the RV lifestyle? Already own an RV? Either way there are solid reasons to rent an RV here and there. I flew to Anchorage and rented there, leaving my own RV in Florida. It allowed me two wonderful weeks in the Great Land without the long-cross-country drive and it also gave me a chance to try a rig different from our own.

    Let’s face it. Renting an RV is expensive but some things are even more costly, such as buying the wrong RV and regretting it later.  Or using up most of your precious vacation time just to get to some far-away dream destination. Here are real reasons to consider a rental RV at some times in some places.

If you already own an RV:
    * Fly across country, move into an RV and have a totally carefree vacation without having to put wear and tear on your own RV. A fly-drive rental is an ideal way to visit Alaska, New York, Baja,  Europe or the land Down Under.  

    * Too many house guests? Rent an RV to serve as your guest house for a week or two in your own yard (zoning permitting).

    * Before putting down hard cash on a new rig, try rentals in different sizes and layouts. At the end of the week or a long weekend, turn it back in and make notes about what worked for you and what features you want to avoid when buying.  Costly, yes, but it’s cheaper than buying the wrong rig.

If you are thinking of buying an RV:

    * If the RV lifestyle is new to you, a rental gives you a chance to experience all of it, good and bad. Try as many different sizes and layouts as you can afford. Renting isn’t like owning and customizing your own rig but it’s a start.
    4. Know the rental company’s  rules about pets, cleaning, managing tankage (fuel, fresh water, grey water, sewage) and seat belts. Seat belt rules for RV’s may vary by state.
    5. Pre-planning saves hassle and money. Check with your own insurer to see what coverage you already have.  You may not need the rental’s policy. Investigate optional extras such as using their linens versus bringing your own sheets and towels. Study routes and sightseeing ahead of time to avoid floundering around in a big rig on unfamiliar highways.  


If You Simply Want an Offbeat Vacation
    * If you're a traveler who wants to try all kinds of vacation fun there is no substitute for sampling the RV lifestyle firsthand. Stay in the wilderness or at a five-star RV resort with 18-hole golf course and spa. See how you fit in with the campground crowd, or enjoy your privacy. Eat in restaurants, cook in your rig or cook over a campfire. 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Buy Your Own Campsite

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Real Estate for Wheel Estate
by janet groene

Buying a motorhome or travel trailer is an investment in a way of life, your ticket into the wonderful world of freedom, campground friends and activities. It may grow in value to you, but it IS, after all, a vehicle subject to depreciation. Land, on the other hand, is another type of investment, one that could sour or soar in monetary worth.

    What kind of RV lot is right for you? You might buy two RV campsites,  one for summer and another for winter. Then enjoy a long, leisurely RV trip as you move between the two twice a year. Or, you might buy a lot in a luxury campground resort with golf, tennis and spa. Prices at such resorts are easily in the quarter-million to half-million range, but the rules may allow you to put your site in a rental pool when you’re out roaming. With luck it may pay for itself.

    Like any real estate, an RV lot could balloon in value or fizzle and crash. There are taxes, maintenance and membership fees to pay for the golf course and swimming pool. But it’s yours. You can stay as long as you wish. You can come and go without reservations. You decide whether and when to sell it. You can speak your piece at owners’ meetings and vote on how things will be handled. 

    The time to buy is now according to Dan Bailey, a licensed real estate broker in California. He wrote me, “I develop and sell RV lots in three developments (for)  Outdoor Resorts (and have) some 300 RV lots for sale. South Carolina, Michigan, Florida have another 380 that I know about and more are coming on line. It is a good time to buy as the market still suffering declining prices. (They are) nice resorts (with)  lots of amenities (yet they are) are still half price in many places.

    Owning a lot (or two or three) isn’t like a campground club membership where you have access to dozens of campgrounds around the county. You have lots of choices but can stay only a short time at each. This is land that is all your own.

      Janet Groene’s book Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, begins with making the decision to go full-timing and leads you through all the steps from choosing and equipping the RV to living the lifestyle including making a living on the go. Full-timing is not just for retirees any more. It’s for young people spending a gap year, singles who need solitude and travel to paint or write, couples seeking adventure, families who want to travel together while the children are small. Order here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

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