If you have kids, you probably take an annual family vacation—the summertime is a popular traveling period since the kids are out of school and the weather is perfect for a getaway. However, family vacations can be very expensive—hotel rooms, dining out, amusement parks, and tickets (if you plan on flying) can cost a small fortune. You can avoid many of these costs by investing in an RV. If you already own an RV, resolve to go camping more often in 2013!
Benefits of RV Camping
The cost of an RV site varies by location and available facilities, but you can typically get a daily rate in the range of $10-$50. In 2011, the average daily hotel room rate in the U.S. was at $101.80, more than twice the rate charged by typical high end campgrounds with full hookups. Do some research—there are some campgrounds that charge less for a month’s stay than a hotel would for a full weekend’s stay. There are so many beautiful, pristine RV parks nearby, including Granite Hill Campground in Gettysburg, PA; Ramblin’ Pines in Woodbine, MD; Elk Neck State Park in North East, MD; Jane’s Island State Park in Crisfield, MD; Castaways RV Resort and Campground in Ocean City, MD; and Cherry Hill Park in College Park, MD.
Of course, you can also save big on eating expenses by going on an RV camping adventure since you have access to a kitchen—albeit a small one. When it comes to stocking an RV kitchen, it’s important to focus on bringing along small items that can serve the entire family. Bring things like paper plates and bowls, salad bowls, plastic cups, drinking water (gallons preferably), sandwich items, pancake mix and syrup, eggs, pasta and sauces, rice, popcorn, oatmeal, and granola bars.
Kids and RV Camping
Here at Beckley’s Camping Center, we often hear newcomers to the RV lifestyle say they’re nervous about bringing their kids along on an RV adventure. All we can say is that kids generally love RV camping! An RV campground is a fun, kid-friendly environment that offers kids the opportunity to be active, enjoy nature, and make new friends. Kids can ride their bikes around the campsite, play on the playground and basketball court, and spend their allowance money (or the money their awesome parents give them) at the game room or camp store. They can also socialize with other nearby kid-campers, but you should make it clear that they can’t just wander into a stranger’s campground.
In a recent study by Louis Harris and Associates, nine out of ten current RV owners said RVs are the best way to travel with the family. Also, 62 percent of surveyed participants who have never owned an RV said they also thought that an RV is the best way to take a take a family trip. Purchasing an RV is an excellent family investment that can pay for itself in just a few summers.
Beckley’s can Prepare You for RV Camping
Stop by Beckley’s Camping Center to take a look at our wide selection of quality RVs—we have something for all types of families and budgets. We’re a leading Maryland RV dealer that’s been serving the RV community for over 31 years. Also, if you require RV service and maintenance before your next family RV camping adventure, call us or contact us online. We’ll be happy to help.