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How We Roll in our RV: Choosing an RV, finding the perfect spot to camp

| Updated Apr 7, 2013

This is the time of year folks are shopping for an RV and planning their first trips of the season. We have questions about both in this week's edition of “How We Roll” in which Jennifer and I answer reader questions.

We travel in a Class B motorhome. I've written lots on why we chose a B. But if you have a large family, you may want something larger.

As for where we stay, we always opt for beauty and remoteness over crowded campgrounds.

We share more about both questions in the video.

Send your questions in and we'll do our best to answer.

Here's the video:

Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-04-07

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

19 Responses to “How We Roll in our RV: Choosing an RV, finding the perfect spot to camp”

April 22, 2013at8:41 pm, Mary S said:

I have an SS Agile and purchased a retractable clotes line ( SKU 621897). The ‘yoyo” end is attached high on the side of the bathroom, the receiver clip as far to the left on the front cabinet as I could get it. Mounting the receiver clip ideways keeps the line secure since it it stretched to the side. The line easily holds a full size bath towel, since there is just me, that is enough.

April 22, 2013at12:49 pm, RoseMarie Ladue said:

I also have very thin beach towels and I drape them over the two front seats and I have no trouble drying them. While I’m out during the day they dry.
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April 18, 2013at1:54 pm, Meryl and Me Hit the Road said:

We bought towels in J.C. Penny’s called Linden Street “Quick Dry”. They come in all sizes from wash clothes to bath towels. They dry very fast and this is what we use in the Roadtrek. To dry them overnight, I made a clothesline out of thin plastic rope just large enough to go from side to side in the front of the Roadtrek behind the front seats – a loop on each end of the rope goes around a hook on each side that hangs from the short side ledge. These are the hooks made to hang over a cabinet door without having to screw them in. We just hang a hook on each side, stretch the rope across and put the towels on the line. In the morning they are dry. For hand towels we have the same Linden Street towels and just hanging on the cabinet bar during the day they dry between uses. We tried all types of towels including the microfiber ones and these work the best!

May 04, 2013at9:13 am, Donna said:

Thank you Meryl & Me!!

April 18, 2013at1:31 pm, Kristi said:

I use the ‘cheapo’ thinnest beach towels I can find. I hang them over the outside mirrors if weather is conducive. Otherwise I tuck one end into the drawer over the driver’s seat and let them drape down behind the front driver & passenger seats.

April 18, 2013at12:37 pm, Cheryl said:

I put a tension shower rod in my bathroom to hang towels to dry. It works great. I have one of those gadgets from Camping World that has a hook at the top and lots of clips for wash cloths, etc. I also use micro-towels.

April 18, 2013at11:19 am, Linda Hoefer said:

I was told to add a grommet to every towel so you can hang them up on a hook to dry anywhere. Also a tension curtain
rod between the cabinets across the aisle works well with clothespins to keep them from falling off while driving.

April 18, 2013at10:24 am, Pat said:

I usually just drape the towels over the outside mirrors, if I am parked overnight somewhere and the weather is nice. If it is raining then I just hang them overnight on the cupboard handles.

April 18, 2013at10:09 am, Bill said:

Here is something similar to what we use:

April 18, 2013at10:05 am, Lane said:

We have clothes hooks behind each of the front seats in our Sprinter, so we use a standard extendable auto clothes rod across the front at night to hang wet towels. Works great!

April 18, 2013at9:59 am, campskunk said:

another advantage of the microfiber towels is that they store in less than half the space of regular towels. we have a full set for both of us folded on the shelf above the toilet – plenty of room.

April 18, 2013at9:34 am, Laura Klein Plunkett said:

For many years we have used microfiber quick-dry towels. Using Command adhesive hooks we rigged a short clothesline in our 2007 RS bathroom. One hook is positioned on the far wall behind the toilet and the other hook is near the end of the shower rail on the opposite side. This allows is to continue to use the toilet while the line is being used. if we are parked, we turn on the bathroom exhaust. The towels dry quickly and don’t get the stale smell that natural fibers do.

April 18, 2013at8:40 am, Kiki Dunigan said:

If I cannot put a clothesline between two trees outside to dry towels, I hang them over the back of my campchair. If I am on the move, I hang them on a wall hook in the camper until I get where I am going. In the cooler months, wet towels are hung near (but not too close!) to the heater; in warmer months, I hang them in front of a fan in the camper. I do not have AC, so the fans are usually running.

April 18, 2013at7:33 am, Mike Wendland said:

That’s one of the challenges we haven’t yet completely mastered, either. For starters, buy quick-driving towels. That helps. But they need to be hung up and there is not much space to do so. I just bought some stick on plastic hooks that I have attached to the back wall of the bathroom. I can at least hang the towels that way. But what I’m looking for is a small retractable clothesline that I can attach and use can use in there. When staying at one spot, a clothesline outside is allowed by some, but not all, campgrounds. I’d love to hear how others handle this issue, too.

May 24, 2013at9:24 pm, Bill said:

We have found the Bed Bath and Beyond decorator clothes bars fit nicely across the RT hallway near bed and with the ceiling fan circulating air towels dry out quickly.
This bar can be used while driving down road.
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April 17, 2013at7:32 pm, Ray & Gail Carey said:

Hello, we really enjoy your website and have a question for your “How We Roll” . What do you do with your wet bath towels? On our very first trip as new RVers we stayed in KOA’s and would use the dryers in the laundry room to dry our towels before we left for the day. On our second trip we did more boondocking and suddenly had to deal with wet towels. By out third trip we brought the kind of towels they use in gyms that are in between a bath towel and a hand towel in size. Then we brought along several plastic hangers with the clips on the bottoms for hanging up pants. Now after we shower we clip these smaller towels onto the hangers and hang them anywhere we can find that works at that time. We also have to deal with wet dog towels on occasion if we run into rainy weather. We sure would like to know how yourself and other deal with this. Thank you so much for all your valuable information.

April 18, 2013at11:50 am, Laura Robinson said:

I use the handy towel hanging device that is cleverly disguised as the shower head. Of course, I travel alone and don’t need more. I also put up those plastic hooks which are useful. I put them on the behind the stool and back of the doors. When it’s a nice day, I open the back doors and hang my laundry line between them- not so intrusive in the campsite.

April 22, 2013at1:06 pm, Lynda said:

Please do not use dryers to dry used towels. Yuk! What about others who use them for clean clothes. Microfibre towels are easiest and best to hang up.

April 07, 2013at7:32 pm, Charles Cowles said:

Mike we chose a 24 foot coachman Freelander 21qb, easy to get around. We use it mostly for traveling. We usually only stay a night or two at one place. Except in early June, we are going to Maine and stay 4 night at a campground on the ocean, then to the Good Sams Rally in Syracuse. Last May, we went out west on a 14 day trip. We only spent 4 nights in campgrounds and the other 10 boonedocking.

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