After finally committing to the RV life, whether it be temporarily or long term, there’s much more to consider when choosing an RV than just traveling. If you’re going to haul this vehicle around with you wherever you go, factors such as comfort, style, and necessity are key. There are a variety of options when it comes to choosing an RV. Putting your priorities in place and recognizing what matters most to you will make the decision process much easier. When you combine great adventures with quality comfort, your travel experience will be even better. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing an RV.Before Choosing An RV

Drivability

Before purchasing any RV or motorhome, it is crucial that you are confident and able to drive it around. For some, bigger vehicles can be intimidating. Make sure you have enough experience on the road to handle an RV. This will ensure safety for all passengers tagging along. When traveling anywhere, traffic and sudden mishaps are bound to happen. Be prepared and expect to be confronted with a certain challenge on the road. Drivability encompasses being able to park, back out, turn, and maneuver through traffic without a problem. The bigger the vehicle, the more challenging it may be. But the more confident you are with these tactics, the easier it will be to get around.

Length and Weight

There are 3 different classes to explore when choosing an RV or motorhome: class A, class B, and class C. Each category offers its own set of luxuries. While class A is typically the largest of the three, ranging from 33-45 ft., class C is fairly similar (20-28 ft), and class B is the smallest and easiest to drive around. Length is a critical factor because there are certain roads (especially in state parks) that prohibit specific RV lengths. Be sure to note how to prevent these problems ahead of time to avoid misfortunes along the way. Length will also offer your family more living space, which then resorts to comfort. If  you plan on towing a car behind your RV or vice versa, weight is the most important factor. In order to successfully get around while towing your car or RV, be aware of the towing capacity on your vehicle.

Floor Plan

Aside from the physical benefits of choosing an RV, at the end of the day, the aspect that will mean most is comfort. With an RV that suits all your needs, you will be traveling and relaxing all at once. Choose a floor plan that meets the comforts of all attending. Whether you need a certain amount of sleeping, kitchen or entertainment space, put your priorities in place and match it up with the perfect floor plan. Consider all the necessary amenities needed for life such as bedding, bathrooms, kitchen appliances, and a washer and dryer. Prices will vary depending on the quality of your RV. There are numerous floor plans to choose from. As long as your levels of comfort are met, living in an RV will be a great experience.

Begin your Experience

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing an RV, it’s never too late to accomplish. Explore the many varieties out there. Ranging from many different comforts, styles, and sizes, there is doubtlessly an RV waiting for you! With a recreational vehicle, you can travel the world with a home wherever you go. While you travel, enjoy the pleasures of many different nature parks and RV resorts. Like the resorts we offer here at Garber Communities! Visit our website and check out all our locations in Florida.

Traveling the world is a dream for most people. It’s crazy to think about all the beauty that’s left to explore on earth. But the real question is, how can you maintain financial stability while still being able to enjoy the benefits of full time traveling? There are various approaches you and your family can take to ensure a quality, enriched travel experience. Here are some of the ways you can make it happen!

Tips To Afford Full Time Traveling

Save for the Future

It can be a challenge to put priorities in place, especially with our bad spending habits, or materialistic desires. One of the most important factors of introducing full time traveling is saving up and having money available. There are tons of ways you can gather money. Whether you minimize impulsive purchases, sell some of your personal items, or work extra hours, always keep the future in mind and have your money ready to go.

Work Exchange

Sometimes, we know where we want to go and what we want to do. But when it comes to full time traveling, making sure you have a place to stay is a biggie! Work exchange is one of many methods that can offer you that luxury. A work exchange is an opportunity for travelers to stay with a local host and give a few hours of help per day in exchange for free room and board. In the RV world, it can similarly be referred to as work camping. Terms of the exchange and living arrangements vary by host. Travel to foreign areas and experience work exchange to get a feel of the different cultures and environments. Some online networks that offer work exchanges include: Help Exchange, Workaway, and World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

Travel on a Budget

Whenever we imagine full time traveling, it most likely encompasses expensive and luxurious vacations or extravagant adventures. As overwhelming as it can be to think about how much money traveling can consist of, there are also ways to enjoy all of those benefits while paying less and maintaining a budget. With the right resources, you can have a richer travel experience that costs less. Along with planning ahead comes setting a budget that allows for you to explore more. Cut on living expenses and save up for adventure. Avoid constant flights or transportation fees. The longer you stay in one area, the more money you can save and contribute to getting familiar with a new place, its people, and its culture.

Work While Traveling

Realistically, you should plan on working or having a job that can supply an income in which you are able to afford successful long-term travel. You can explore new places and go on fun adventures all while still making money! There are many job opportunities out there that you can be a part of. Research how to get started on freelance work or apply to a job temporarily at a location near you. You can even have fun and start your own travel blog. Figure out what means most to you and apply it to your job. Working doesn’t always have to be stressful if you really enjoy it. Making money and exploring the world will make full time traveling less of a pain.

Visit Us

Looking to start small? Visit one of our Garber Communities and begin your journey of full time travel. We are a 55+ friendly environment with some family friendly communities as well. Our locations offer available RV reservations and homes for sale. Check out our website for more information. It’s never too late to start your journey!

 

Traveling has been around for as long as the ages. Along with the evolution of the world came newly developed forms of transportation and travel. From walking, to horseback, to vehicles on wheels, humans learned to survive and carry out their daily life. In today’s world, most of us are familiar with an RV. But how many of us actually know the history behind these recreational vehicles? Let’s go back in time to recall just how the RV started, and how it developed into today’s form.The History of Recreational Vehicles: Did you know?

Recreational Vehicles

Due to the increasing popularization of the automobile and zeal of exploration, humans brought about what we now know as the RV.  The beginning of the modern day RV industry dates back to 1910. Covered wagons used by early gypsies and caravans inspired the architecture of recreational vehicles. Oftentimes, RV’s were attached to cars or trucks. Otherwise, they were built as separate units to be attached by hitch to a tow vehicle.

The Rise of the RV

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that RV’s were available for commercial purchase. The first designed RV’s did not have advanced features such as bathrooms or septic tanks. Contrarily, they were very simple. However, as they became more popular, they evolved into vehicles that suited people’s comforts. Soon enough, RV’s provided luxuries similar to that of a home. Alongside the evolution of recreational vehicles, motor homes gained recognition around the 1950’s. And the production of motor homes was established in 1967.

The Evolution of RV’s

Although RV’s gained popularity, they did experience times of backslide during the Great Depression following World War I. People began to use recreational vehicles as mobile hospitals, morgues, and prisoner transports to support the war efforts. As RV’s continued to evolve, the public’s interest did too. While these vehicles were popular as a means of full time living or seasonal camping, they soon became a tool of transportation for travel. Newly developed technologies triggered a change in the features of RV’s. Additions included bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and internet.

Start your RV Journey

Nowadays, people appreciate recreational vehicles for many different reasons. Whether it is long distance travel or occasional vacationing, RV’s have become a useful tool in transportation. If you’re in need of some time to relax, visit one of our Garber Communities and reserve your space. We offer scenic nature and amenities you can enjoy. Now that you know more about the history of RV’s, start your journey today!

 

 

RVing is a great way to vacation and option for permanent living. When it comes to vacation and living, more and more people today are turning to RV Resorts. This is due to what they have to offer and the convenience of having all the comfort of a home with half the hassle. But staying in the best RV Resort can make or break your vacation or home living option. With amenities to make you feel at home, engaging outdoor activities, and surrounding serene nature, Holiday Springs RV Resort is the perfect place for active 55+ adults. Read on to see why people are deeming our RV Resort as the best in Tampa Bay.

Costs to consider

Budgeting is a crucial step when you are in the process of looking for a place to be your temporary or permanent home. Not only should you focus on the area, but also plan on what the cost of utilities and other necessities will be. Thankfully, Holiday Springs RV Resort has a flat rate that includes all utilities except for electric, for both full-year and partial-year residents. What better than a space where all you need to worry about is your electric bill? Also, Holiday Springs has affordable homes for sale that allow our residents to have the life they’ve always wanted.

What Differentiates Holiday Springs RV Resort from Other RV Resorts?

The main goal at Holiday Springs RV Resort is to provide good quality for visitors and residents. Of course, price, amenities, and activities will be main differentiators between RV Resorts. But what makes Holiday Springs unique is its location and the lifestyle our residents have. Ideally located near main hubs, while enjoying the serenity and secludedness of nature, Holiday Springs offers its visitors and residents the best of both worlds. With a natural spring that wraps around the property, a nature trail, and the Gulf of Mexico just minutes away, Holiday Springs is considered the best RV Resort in Tampa Bay by many. This space allows for our visitors and residents to enjoy nature and be active with the many activities that are carried monthly.

Make a Reservation and Live the Dream

Are you in need of a getaway? Holiday Springs RV Resort is the ideal place where serenity and wonderful quality of life meet. So don’t wait any longer and make a reservation today.

 

Everyone loves a good vacation. And sometimes when we cannot afford to fly somewhere, road trips or staying local are our only alternative. The good news is that traveling cross-country in an RV is becoming one of the most popular ways to travel and vacation. This is because of the comfort and convenience of the vehicle. However, having a successful and safe RV trip takes preparation and planning. Whether you are new to RVing or not, the following RV travel safety tips can help ensure that your trip will be problem-free.

Take Care of Your Vehicles

It is a known fact that we have to maintain our vehicles to ensure durability and good condition. The same rule applies to RV’s. Because vehicle maintenance is costly and time consuming, many people allow their RV’s to deteriorate. And when this happens, the vehicles are no longer safe to drive. So, make sure you learn how to make minor repairs yourself like changing the oil, checking for electrical and water issues, and keeping all parts from rusting. Knowing how to tackle these repairs can buy you more years with your RV. But of course, also make sure to take your RV for regular maintenance and always do a thorough check before you set out to travel.

RV Insurance and Road Service

It is beneficial to make sure your insurance covers every aspect of your RV trip. Research companies and road services that specialize in RVs. Only a few road service companies will tow the trailer, too. Ask yourself the following questions before RVing:

  • Does your car insurance cover your trailer?
  • Does your motor home policy cover your towed vehicle?
  • Do you need separate RV insurance or road service coverage?

Make and Confirm Reservations 

When you travel in an RV you cannot stay just anywhere. This means that you need to make reservations before you arrive at your destination. Also, confirm your reservations when you are within a couple hours of your stop, unless your campground has 24-hour check in. But confirming your reservation prevents you from getting stuck without a spot if you arrive after the office closes. It also ensures you have a safe location to stay for the night.

If you cannot make it to your reservation, then call ahead and notify the RV resort or park. Not only is it courteous, but you might also prevent a night’s camping from being charged to your card. At Holiday Springs RV Resort, we can help you make reservations and give you information on the area and local attractions.

Stay Updated on Road Conditions, Construction, and Closures

Running into road or highway construction can be a nightmare. And unfortunately, if you are traveling in an RV, you will run into at least one.

To help alleviate this issue, you can check one of several websites that give reports on road conditions, closures, and construction. The US DOT Federal Highway Administration website shows a map of the states with easy access to a link that shows the road conditions of your desired state. All you need to do is click on the state you will be traveling in and pick a link that shows current road conditions.

Consider  the Weather 

When it comes to the weather, there is little we can do about it. At least knowing the weather forecast can help avoid some problems. See below for some weather websites that provide weather forecast for all states:

Wi-Fi and Mobile Internet 

A couple decades ago we wouldn’t have imagined having easy access to the internet. Today, we cannot imagine life without it. Having cell phone Internet access is useful, especially for navigation purposes. Most rest stops have free WiFi, so if you have a laptop computer or any other device, take advantage of this feature. Also, most cities have at least one Wi-Fi hotspot, often found at the Chamber of Commerce. So make sure to use this service when available. But it is also imperative to have a good data plan on your mobile device to ensure internet access. This helps you stay up to date with road conditions, weather, map, and other news that can help make your RV traveling better and safer.

Following the mentioned RV travel safety tips will help make your vacation stress-free. RVing is a time to connect with your loved ones and the surrounding area. So, make sure you are prepared to take advantage of this time and enjoy what nature has to offer. Holiday Springs RV Resort prides itself on the lifestyle and quality it offers its visitors and residents. So, don’t wait and visit our communities to inquire and make reservations for a campground.