How To Choose the Right RV Campsite

RV Campsite | Baird, Texas

The place you decide to camp in your RV can have a major impact on your vacation. While planning your trip, consider the following factors when choosing your RV campsite.

Make a budget

If you haven’t already, make a budget for your trip. Once you know how much you’re willing to spend for each night at a campsite, it will be easier to select the one that offers the best bang for your buck.

Know the length of your stay

If you anticipate staying at a campsite for only a short time — such as a single night while traveling to your destination — you won’t need a lot of amenities. Allocate a bigger portion of your budget to campsites where you plan to spend more time since you’ll get a lot more use out of their amenities.

Pick your amenities

No two campsites are alike. Most of them come with access to water and electric hookups. Some campsites even offer additional amenities like family-friendly recreational zones, free or paid Wi-Fi hotspots, and on-site supplies, like firewood, and services, like RV repairs. Make sure you pick a campsite offering the amenities you need and none of the premium features you can do without.

Locate nearby activities

Choosing the right campsite is a matter of what you plan to do in the area. National and state parks are a great choice if you are looking to get isolated from civilization and enjoy nature. If your goal, however, is to visit a nearby city or attend an event, keep in mind that few cities permit RV campsites within their limits. You’ll have better luck finding a campsite closer to the suburban areas near your destination.

If you’ve found the right campsite but still need the right RV, visit RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, to take a look at our many family-friendly travel trailers.

Do I Need a License to Drive an RV?

2021 Jayco Eagle HT | Baird, TX

People who consider buying an RV may also be wondering if they need a special RV license. Fortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. In most states, you must have a commercial driving license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds. The vast majority of RVs are much lighter than this, but there are still a few other factors to take into consideration.

Motorhomes vs towable RVs

By virtue of having a powertrain, motorhomes are significantly heavier than towable RVs — but even most motorhomes are nowhere near the 26,000-pound mark. Still, the largest of them can push 30,000 pounds, so if you’re in the market for an exceptionally large Class A motorhome, you may need a commercial license to drive it legally.

On the other hand, even the heaviest towable RVs rarely push past 20,000 pounds, so you should be in the clear even if you’ve loaded it full of stuff.

State-specific laws

While planning an RV trip, it’s important to know ahead of time what state lines you’ll be crossing. Different states have different laws about commercial license requirements. In most states, you only need a Class B license if driving a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds. However, many states like Texas and New Mexico requires you to have a Class A license if the combined weight of your vehicle and RV exceeds 26,000 pounds.

Now that you’re up to speed on whether you need a special license to drive an RV, visit RVs of West Texas in Baird to get your RV!

 

Greatest RV-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Austin, TX

Biking on the Butler Hike & Bike Trail | Austin, TX

Biking on the Butler Hike & Bike Trail. Credit Nick Simonite.

Got a new RV, but not sure where to start your camping adventure? Check out these great, RV-friendly outdoor activities in the Austin area that are perfect for a variety of lifestyles!

If you love to hike…

Head 30 miles west of Austin to Texas Hill Country. You can park your RV at Pedernales Falls State Park and go on a beautiful hike that cuts through white cliffs, stone river beds, shaded forests, and even breathtaking waterfalls.

If you love to bike…

Take your RV to Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s home to a variety of top-notch mountain biking trails and offers stunning views to go along with them. Barton Creek Greenbelt is also great for hiking, swimming, bouldering, and more, making it an all-around enjoyable destination.

If you love to camp…

Head over to Emma Long Metropolitan Park. It’s one of only a handful of areas where you can camp within the Austin city limits, so it’s perfect for RVers visiting Austin from elsewhere in the country. The park’s giant cypress trees also provide the perfect shade for an afternoon picnic.

If you love to swim…

Find an RV park near Hamilton Pool Preserve. This historic swimming hole is one of Texas’s most precious geological features and boasts a 50-foot waterfall. The closest RV park to Hamilton Pool is Sunset RV Resort, just a few miles out.

Did you put the horse before the cart and figure out your next camping destination before getting an RV? Are you looking to upgrade from your current trailer to a new one? No worries! Visit RVs of West Texas in Baird and we’ll get you set up with the RV that best suits your lifestyle.

Working From an RV: What You Should Know

Remote work is more popular than ever and as more people leave the office, they are also realizing they can work from anywhere — not just at a house. If you’re planning to start working from an RV, the following are a few factors to take into consideration.

Invest in good Wi-Fi

Good internet access is key to a good remote work experience. Call campgrounds ahead of time and read reviews to gauge the quality of their Wi-Fi connection. Better yet, use different cell phone carriers to take advantage of the best possible hotspots wherever you go. You should also consider a trailer that comes with Wi-Fi extenders like the Jayco Eagle.

Plan your travel days

It’s easier to work from an RV when you separate your travel days and your workdays. By planning your routes and traveling when you are not working, you’ll take some pressure off of you during your workdays and give yourself more time to enjoy the sights when you are on the go.

Set up your workstation

Everyone’s ideal workstation is different, so make sure to take the time to set up yours to suit your particular needs. A few guidelines: avoid working in the same place you sleep and invest in LED or smart lighting to boost visibility where you work.

Make sure to explore our wide array of trailer floorplans at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, to find the trailer that best suits your remote working needs.

How To Lower the Cost of Full-Time RVing

RVing | Baird, TXOne of the advantages of living in an RV full-time is that it can be more affordable than living in a house. However, getting the most out of those savings is not always easy. Below, we’ve put together a few tips to help you lower the cost of full-time RVing.

Save fuel

You can save a lot on fuel expenses by driving more slowly and avoiding quick accelerating accelerations. It’s also a good idea to plan your routes in a way that avoids excess travel.

Plan meals

You may find that RV travel leads to higher spending on food, due to eating out or buying items at the grocery store that you won’t use. Cut down on these costs by planning your meals ahead of time so you know exactly what you’ll need. Pack lunches and leave food in a slow cooker while you’re exploring.

Invest in camping clubs

Campground fees are a recurring cost that can really add up. Fortunately, camping clubs and memberships help active and full-time RVers save a lot of money with a variety of discounts. Over the months and years, you may significantly reduce expenses by being in these clubs.

Finally, a tried-and-true way to save money while full-time RVing is by having an RV that is well maintained and can withstand the different weather conditions you encounter. Call us at RVs of West Texas in Baird to find the optimal trailer for full-time living.

 

Gift Ideas for RV Lovers

 

Family Enjoying Campin In Camper Van | Baird, TX

One of the great advantages of being friends or family to an RV owner — besides potential access to an RV — is how easy it is to buy gifts for them. Take a look at these wonderful gift ideas for RV lovers!

Personalized camping sign

Setting up a personalized sign at the campsite is often an RVer’s first task after parking the rig. There are lots of shops that sell different signs, and you could even make your own if you want to get really creative.

National park pass

One of the best gifts you can gift to an RVer is an America the Beautiful Pass. RV owners love to travel, explore the outdoors, and visit national parks. This pass covers a variety of fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites. It’s the ultimate gift for RV and nature lovers.

Multicooker

Useful kitchen appliances make among the best gifts for RV owners, and programmable multicookers rank among the best kitchen appliances, especially for people on the go. In fact, this is the kind of gift that would be appreciated by anyone, not just RV lovers!

For more gift ideas, check out the products we have at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas. We offer a wide range of RV accessories that would be well suited to any RV owner!

Benefits of Full-Time RVing

RV Interior | Baird, TX

Living in an RV full time is a unique and rewarding experience. If you’re on the fence about making the switch to full-time RVing, check out some of the benefits!

You’re always at home

Traveling is a lot easier when you have a familiar home base that always comes with you. It means you don’t need to pack and unpack when visiting new places, and you have the freedom to be anywhere you want to be without worrying about what’s going on at home. If you love to travel, full-time RVing provides an incredible level of freedom.

It’s easier to experience nature

Living in a big city or a suburban neighborhood, it can be easy to lose touch with nature. If you love to camp and explore the wilderness, living full time in an RV is an excellent option. You can park your home in a beautiful spot and enjoy all nature has to offer as well as travel to America’s many amazing parks and monuments.

You can save money

While living in an RV comes with its own unique set of expenses, you can save a lot of money compared to living in a house and paying for utilities, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, and possibly a mortgage. And, if you equip your RV with solar panels, you can save even more money on electricity while enjoying an almost unmatched level of independence.

One of the key elements of enjoying the full-time RV life is to get the right travel trailer for your lifestyle. Get started on your journey at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas.

 

Benefits of Staying in an RV When Going on Adventures

Sunset Over Farm | Baird, TX

An RV is more than just a great place to hang out while on a campground. It’s the ultimate accommodation when you’re hiking, hunting, or doing almost any sort of outdoor activity. There are a number of benefits to staying in an RV rather than a tent while exploring the great outdoors.

Setup is simple

Forget unpacking everything from your car and pitching a tent that may or may not want to cooperate. With an RV, you can simply pull up to your campsite, get it level, and enjoy your trip. If you’re set up for boondocking, you won’t even need to rely on the power grid or other infrastructure.

You have daily essentials

After a long day in the wilderness, there’s no better feeling than being able to wash up in your own private shower and eat a meal cooked in your own kitchen. But perhaps even more important is the ability to get a good night’s sleep in an RV. If you’re going to be hiking for a few days, getting that extra-restful sleep in an RV can go a long way.

RVs are more secure

Depending on your location and activity, sleeping in a tent can be anxiety-inducing. In an RV, you feel safer and don’t have to worry about your gear getting stolen. This is especially important if you bring firearms for hunting or other valuables on your trip.

The benefits of an RV go up substantially when you make sure to buy from a trusted RV store. Call us at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, to find the high-quality RV that best suits your intended lifestyle.

How to Meet Your Travel Trailer’s Power Needs

2021 Jayco Jay Flight | Baird, TX

New 2021 Jayco Travel Trailer

Living in your travel trailer has a lot of perks and aspects to consider. Last month, we covered how to choose the right trailer layout. But, if you’re going to live in your trailer, you’ll also need power, whether from a portable generator or a solar energy system. Here’s how to meet your travel trailer’s power needs.

Invest in a good generator

A good generator can be expensive, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Buy from a dependable brand and look for something lightweight that you can easily transport, perhaps even with wheels. Consider getting a more powerful generator than your RV needs, giving you extra overhead if you ever plan to use tools while charging the RV battery.

Get LED lights

If your travel trailer doesn’t already come with LED lights, consider buying them. High-quality LED lights use significantly less power and last longer, which can save you a lot of money on power generation over the months and years.

Buy portable solar panels

Even if you still use a generator, you can use any number of portable solar panels to supplement your travel trailer’s power needs. In the summer, you may even be able to avoid using a generator altogether and save big on fuel. Solar panels pay for themselves and setting them up is simple, making them a very smart investment.

When done right, living in your travel trailer can be very liberating. Call us at RVs of West Texas in Baird, Texas, to find the perfect travel trailer for your needs.

How to Choose the Right Trailer Layout

2021 Jayco Eagle Floor Layout

If you’re interested in living in your travel trailer, you’re not alone. There are many reasons you might want to do so, but pulling it off is easier said than done. Still, it’s more than manageable when you select the right trailer layout.

Layout over size

If you plan to live in your travel trailer, you may be surprised that bigger isn’t always better. Check out a few of the trailers at RVs of West Texas, and explore their layouts online. You’ll find that some layouts are simply better suited to your lifestyle, even if the overall size is smaller.

Look for slide outs

Slide outs make your travel trailer’s living room larger while you’re not traveling. They add to the cost of the RV, but if you’re living in it, they’re well worth the added expense.

Consider fifth wheels

While picking your ideal travel trailer, you should consider whether to get a fifth-wheel trailer or a conventional one. If you own a pickup truck, a fifth-wheel trailer may be a good choice, as it offers more interior space.

Make a list of needs

Before you head out to shop for a travel trailer, make a list. What do you really need? What can you live without? Take your time making the list, revisit it later, and bring it along when shopping. It can really help you hone in on the right RV.

If you’d like to learn more tips and tricks for living in your travel trailer in Baird, Texas, be sure to say tuned to the RVs of West Texas blog for more posts.