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California Love:Your Ultimate Guide To Camping

The Guide To Camping In California's 9 National Parks



If you have a love for the great outdoors, California is the place to be. Do you want to know where to go camping and RVing? Here is a  guide to all nine of the state's national parks:


There are nine official national parks, so California has no shortage of opportunities for hiking and camping. You could be marveling over the waterfalls at Yosemite or hiking through some of the tallest trees in the world at Sequoia. Each park has something special to offer. The cool part is that most sites have campgrounds that can accommodate RVs overnight. For campers, here's a guide to where you can set up a tent (or pull up in your motorhome) at each of these national treasures.

1. Yosemite National Park



There are at least 13 maintained campgrounds across the park, ten of which can accommodate RVs and trailers (including fifth-wheels) of various lengths. We believe that seven of them accept reservations, which are an absolute must during the summer because it will get so crowded. Even campgrounds that are on a first come, first-serve basis usually fill up before noon, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Electrical, water, and sewer hookups may not be available, but there are dump stations with fresh water at the highly rated Upper Pines Campground all year, and near Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds during the summer.

2. Death Valley National Park



As the name might suggest, Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world at the height of summertime, along with deserts in Africa and the Middle East. The desert landscape is made up of deep canyons, salt flats, and sand dunes. It sits in the eastern California and Nevada border in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

For some, this might be considered a perfect winter destination because the national park has many campgrounds, many of which are open all year and occupied on a first come, first-served basis. Wildrose Campground includes sites for vehicles less than 25 feet, with water, tables, and firepits.

3. Pinnacles National Park



Pinnacles National Park provides isolation among disintegrated rock formations, only a few hours outside of San Francisco. Like Death Valley, the park is more mainstream in the cooler months because temperatures are terribly high in mid-year. The park is most enjoyed in the spring when the grass is green and brilliant wildflowers line the trails.

Their campground must be reached from the east side of the park. However, it's all well integrated with tent and RV destinations. The vast majority of the RV locales have electrical hookups, share group tables and BBQ pits, and are sometimes shaded underneath oak trees. Showers and a dump station are accessible along with a natural swimming pool (open from the middle of April through the end of September). Pets are permitted; however, as with most places, they should be kept on a leash at all times. For more information, look at Pinnacles Campground on RV Park Reviews.

4. Joshua Tree National Park


Defined by its famous Joshua trees and rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park has a beautiful landscape. The area, which is located in southeastern California about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, offers scores of opportunities for photography, rock climbing, and hiking for both adults and kids.

Campgrounds are marked across the park with a number of campsites that are mostly first come, first-served. Hookups aren't available, but there are restrooms and RV-accessible water provisions at Black Rock and Cottonwood Spring campgrounds. RVs can also be at the Hidden Valley and White Tank campgrounds, but they cannot exceed a maximum length of 25 feet.

5. Redwood National Park


Redwood National and State Parks will amaze you with their beautiful temperate rainforest. This is home to tall ancient trees, miles of hiking trails, and camping at four campgrounds in the backcountry.
It's been said that in the summer, reservations are essential. All campgrounds welcome RVs and tent campers, but hookups aren't available.

6. Channel Islands National Park


There is no need to fly to Hawaii; just visit Channel Islands National Park. It is known to provide a closer island paradise, and it is just off the Californian coast. Fortunately, there is camping available year-round on each of the five islands, but for RVers, it's very primitive.


7. & 8. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks



Kings Canyon is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, but they are simply managed together as Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. They're known for their huge sequoia trees and have fourteen campgrounds total. The park is home to rattlesnakes, bears, and cougars.

9. Lassen Volcanic National Park



Lassen Volcanic National Park is in Northern California in the town of Mineral. It's rich in hydrothermal sites, the largest being  Bumpass Hell with its acres of bubbling mud pots. Some say the summit of Lassen Peak Volcano offers the best views surrounding the wilderness.

There is much to see and even more, ground to cover. You have to ask yourself, "When will I be traveling to these national parks?" Which one is at the top of your list?

To get the list of National Parks, you can go here: National Park List

Wherever you are in the country, going to a National Park can be an adventure as well as an opportunity to discover the joy of RVing. There are so many parks that it makes sense to stop by a local RV dealer and get the RV that will allow you to experience all the sights. You can stop by one of our convenient locations to experience our Model Year End Sell Down when you click on the image below:

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Top 5 Luxury RV Resorts And Parks

                   Top 5 Luxury RV Resorts And Parks: Must Travel RV Destinations

Luxury RV resorts and parks are gaining in popularity because of the demand for the opportunity to "experience RV life." These RV resorts can range from desert oasis to exclusive beachfront property.
More and more people are adopting the RV lifestyle, so the demand for "lifestyle" or luxury RV resorts is rising rapidly.

The cost of an upscale hotel versus the cost of staying in RV resort is often disproportionate. Given all the amenities that resorts provide, it is a virtual tie in comfort and experience, as with a 5-star hotel.
We scoured the U.S. to gather the top 5 luxury RV resorts and parks to share with you.

Here are our top 5:

1.) Polson Motorcoach & RV Resort
Montana's #1 rated RV resort offers the very best RV luxury living in the Flathead Lake Region. This resort, which is a short drive to Glacier Park, enjoys majestic views of Flathead Lake and Mission Mountains. (source: http://www.polsonrvresort.com/chd10pg5.asp)



2.) BlueWater Key RV Resort
Located just 14 miles north of Key West, this resort is popular amongst RVers who enjoy exploring, diving and fishing, in the Florida Keys. They were given the Certificate of Excellence in 2016, and they have a very community driven Facebook page which features the lot for the week. Their sites are privately owned with some available for purchase. If you love Key West, this is the resort to be. (source: http://www.bluewaterkey.com/rv_resort.html)



3.) Bella Terra of Gulf Shores RV Resort
Located minutes from the white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast, this upscale RV community is designed with the discriminating RVer in mind. It has a 600 square foot clubhouse, exercise facilities, infinity pool and oversized tropical lots. This RV resort offers luxury along the Alabama and Florida Emerald Coast in proximity to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and Perdido Key. (source:https://www.bellaterrarvresort.com/resort/)



4.) Hearthside Grove RV Park
Known for its scenic beauty, Petoskey, Michigan is found in the heart of the Midwest’s most popular four-season resort area.
The history of Hearthside begins with two native Petoskey brothers, developers Craig and Kirk Rose. Their parents Wayne and Lorene Rose, built the local KOA campground in the early 1990s and developed this well-loved Petoskey destination into one of the consistently top-ranked and award-winning campgrounds in the nation. (source: http://www.hearthsidegrove.com/about-us).



5.) Vines RV Resort
Nestled in the wine country of Paso Robles, CA, this resort offers fantastic luxury accommodations and amenities that are sure to impress. There is also a wide selection of wineries in the surrounding area's of San Luis Obispo (SLO), Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle and much, much more! (source: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/community/VIN)




New luxury RV resorts and parks are popping up all of the time so we will work hard to share that information with you. Some of these resorts may be a bit more money than traditional RV sites, but as they say, "you get what you pay for."
We hope you enjoyed our list. Please check back with us in the comments after you visit one of these RV resorts or share one you might recommend.


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Campground Weddings: To Do or Not To Do is The Question


Some RV resorts even have wedding planners.

Across the country, growing numbers of Americans are realizing many campgrounds offer ideal settings for weddings and wedding receptions, according to campground operators and industry officials.

Not only are campgrounds more affordable than hotels or other typical reception venues, but they are also usually far more willing to accommodate weddings, either by letting wedding parties cook their own food or by allowing them to work with outside restaurants and caterers. Some campgrounds even offer their banquet services and wedding planners.

The scenic settings that campgrounds provide also make them alluring and some park operators are finding they can increase their spring and fall shoulder season business by promoting the ability to host weddings and receptions.


And since growing numbers of campgrounds offer rental accommodations, people are finding they can celebrate their weddings over an entire weekend with both their RVing and non-RVing friends.

While many couples like the casual and affordable reception venues and accommodations campgrounds provide, growing numbers of couples also had wedding weekends in some of the nation’s most luxurious campgrounds.

Are Camp Weddings Really Cheaper?

Take the cases of these two weddings:

Wedding 1

Seth and Madison Capps had their wedding at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas. Park employees helped plan the wedding and reception, using catering services from a Dallas-based chef, according to Madison’s father, Kevin Gattis, who said his daughter’s wedding was “very reasonably priced.”

Some guests arrived at Mill Creek Ranch Resort as early as Thursday night and stayed through the Saturday wedding and reception and didn’t head home until Sunday. While some guests came in their RVs, others stayed in Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s park models and enjoyed the scenic setting, which includes a creek that runs through the resort.

Wedding 2

When Franny Teran and Charlie Freund got married, they organized a weekend full of fun activities for their family and friends at El Capitan Canyon, an upscale campground just north of Santa Barbara, California.

About 150 guests arrived Friday night and spent the whole weekend at the park. Some came in their RVs. Others checked into El Capitan Canyon’s luxurious park model cabins and yurts, while a handful of guests pitched tents.

But while weddings are typically formal events, Franny and Charlie’s wedding weekend started off with a sing-along around a bonfire Friday night as their guests munched on tacos, sipped margaritas and broke the ice with one another.

On Saturday, the guests took part in arts and crafts activities, with some helping to make floral arrangements for the wedding while others painted a “chuppah” or canopy, which Franny and Charlie would stand under during their Sunday wedding ceremony. The chuppah is a tradition in Jewish weddings.

Saturday night’s activities included a Western hoedown with live music and a square dance caller with a barbecue dinner that included tri-tip, chicken, roasted corn and beans.

On Sunday, the late morning wedding ceremony was followed by a brunch reception and karaoke show in which dozens of Franny and Charlie’s guests belted out their favorite songs.


THEIR ADVICE TO THOSE PLANNING NOW

Make sure you don't forget a steamer or iron for the day of the wedding :) Also, just breathe during the day. 

Remember that it's about you as a couple and that nothing else matters. All the details will fall into place. And make sure you hire a wedding videographer. Some couples don't because the think the photos are enough but there's something about a videographer that captures something different, and you will cherish those "real life moments" just as much as pictures. 


It's worth it but remember to save it in your budget! Otherwise just use a small video camera or go pro and pass it around to the guests to capture the whole day. Also, for people who are on a budget. To put this whole wedding into perspective, with all of the supplies + catering + videographer, ours was just under $20K. 

You can easily do a magical wedding for under $20k; you just have to be crafty and strategic about how you use your budget.

If you both love the outdoors, a campground resort can be perfect for your special day. You may have grown up going camping where the wedding can take place, and that can provide so many fun memories a DIY/RV wedding would fit the RV Lifestyle and bring together family and friends.


The Venue Report provides an extensive list of Camping or Glamping wedding venues. Find that list Here: The Venue Report



We look forward to opening our doors to you, and encourage you to explore all the RV lifestyle has to offer: http://lamesarv.com

6 Quick Tips for RV Beginners


Whether you're a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full-time, every RV beginner has to know a few important things before making the maiden voyage. Here are six quick tips to consider:

Tip 1: Decide Whether to Buy or Rent

This isn't always an easy decision, with pros and cons for both. However, when you consider a few key factors, the answer becomes clearer.

Buy: You plan to go RV camping often or full-time and you have storage for the times when you aren't traveling.
Rent: You plan to go on a single trip, or want to test the waters before making a purchase.

Tip 2: Get to Know Your RV


With little road experience, it's especially important that RV beginners take time to learn how the motorhome works, even if it's just a rental. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem, and potentially fix it. This saves time and money spent at a mechanic.

When you get to know your RV, you're less likely to make operational errors. For example, if you don't know how many amps your main breaker can handle, there's a good chance you'll blow it. This is a potentially expensive error that can be avoided by getting to know your rig.

Tip 3: Take a Practice Drive


Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. As an RV beginner you don't yet know what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.

Once you know the intricacies of driving an RV, you can make necessary adjustments. For example, if your drawers pop open, which they often do, you need to find a way to keep them shut.

Tip 4: Bring Tools and Spare Parts


Pack a well-stocked tool kit, and add in the things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig. Without these, you risk having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped.

Tip 5: Don't Wing It


The urge to be spontaneous is tempting when your home is on wheels. There's a certain pleasure in going where you want, when you want. Still, we recommend you have a plan: It does help, however, to have a solid plan in place if it's your first time planning an RV trip.

When RVing, plan:

The budget: How much you can allocate for food, fun and overnight stays.
Your food supply: To buy and or out.
The route: The one you plan to take and alternate options.
Stops: The places you want to see along the way.
Campgrounds: Where along the route you plan to call it a night.

Tip 6: Create a Campground Setup Checklist

As an RV beginner, you might not have a campground routine yet. Therefore, having a checklist will ensure everything is set up as it should be. Your checklist should include:

Check the site for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground.
Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups.
Pull your RV in, close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.
Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.
Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane.
Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up—be sure to wear gloves for this process.
Put out your awning and set up the campsite.

RV beginners have a lot to look forward to: RVing is a great way to travel and explore the outdoors. However, knowing the basics is important to having a stress-free trip.




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