RV Trip Planning
When you're planning out your trips, it can be a daunting task to decide and figure out where to find a campground that will work for your rig. We use these services below to help us discover new sites and plan out where to go!
Harvest Hosts is a unique membership service that lets RVers camp overnight FOR FREE at lovely outdoor venues such as wineries, breweries, museums, farms, orchards, and creameries (it is recommended that you patronage these venues that you stay at).
There is also an upgraded membership where you can also camp overnight at golf courses!
Using this link and the discount code: HHFRIENDS15 you save get 15% off Harvest Hosts annual membership of $79.
OvernightRVParking.com is another resource to help you find free or very low-cost places to stay while traveling.
It has a database of nearly 15,000 locations around North America that can be searched, listing places that allow and prohibit overnight RV parking.
Plug in a city and you'll get a map listing where you can or where you can't overnight free or for a very low fee.
You can also download PDF files of individual state and province PDF files if you don't have Internet on the road.
The annual membership is $24.95 a year but if you sign up, using this link your first yearly membership will extend from 12 months to 15 months. That works out to a pretty nice discount so use the link above to sign up and receive your 3 free months!
Boondockers Welcome is another unique service that lets you overnight on private property, often at the homes of welcoming hosts. They have over 2,000 members who have graciously opened up a spot on their property, where you can find a safe, quiet spot to spend the night as you are passing through the area.
The hosts are usually RVers themselves and I’ve never heard of anybody that has stayed at a Boondockers Welcome place that hasn’t come away with a new set of friends! Boondockers Welcome is a great option to turn to if you’re nearby a big city or in an area where it’s almost impossible to find a spot for the night unless you book 6+ months ahead of time.
If you’re interested in hosting RVers on your property, it is free to sign up and for every guest that visits you, Boondockers Welcome will give you 3 months free to their subscription!
You can get 15% off your Boondockers Welcome annual membership ($50) using the discount code: RVLIFESTYLE15
Many RVers are familiar with the AllStays app. It is awesome. But since Jennifer and I discovered AllStays Pro, the browser-based subscription site, we rely on it almost exclusively in our RV travels.
We use it for finding interesting places that really stand out, especially out of the way boondocking spots and free places to stay
Using this link and the discount code: rvpodcast you can save 10% off your All Stays Pro annual subscription of $29.95.
We’ve used RIS Insurance (Formerly Blue Sky Insurance) for several years now as our RV Insurance provider, that’s why we’ve agreed to have them as a preferred partner for the RV Lifestyle brand.
About once a year, when summer season is winding down or before spring traveling begins, it's a good time to get an updated insurance quote to see how it compares. You can use this link to get a quote from RIS.
If you’re unsure even what to begin looking for when you start getting RV insurance quotes or if you're digging yours out to read the fine print – here are some tips.
You don’t want to overpay for insurance and you also don’t want to be under-covered. So how do you find a happy medium?
Here is the biggest aspect to think about in our opinion.
Do you have a total loss replacement or an actual cash value policy?
Some RVers get into an accident or a bad situation and only then start to look at the fine print of their insurance policies!
Having total loss replacement means that in the event your unit is damaged beyond repair, the insurance company will actually replace your unit with the same make and model or as close to it as they can find.
This is a huge difference from an actual cash value policy – which will only give you the depreciated cash value of the unit at the time of the loss!
Many RVers out there have been caught in this difference and ended up with a cash payout FAR LESS than the loan of what they owe on their rig.
You can also ask RIS about vacation liability, emergency expense, and personal effects insurances.
If you're looking to shop your insurance or see what your options are, we definitely recommend our provider RIS Insurance
After doing an interview on our podcast with Wholesale Warranties, we decided to partner with them to offer RV Extended Warranties to our readers.
We know RV are complex machines with many parts, and high repair costs can be an unfortunate twist in your RV journey.
Having an RV Extended Warranty can help to erase those undesirable and unexpected costsThe truth is, RV’s have a very high chance of breakdown and there’s no more stressful situation than having your vacation or road trip interrupted by mechanical repairs.
More than that, an Extended Warranty offers peace of mind for what is usually the second most expensive purchase you'll ever make, outside of your home.
- Maintenance items or aesthetic items such as light bulbs, glass, and furniture.
- Anything that’s covered by your comp and collision insurance, accidents and physical damage as well as anything caused by weather or acts of God.
Here is what it is going to cover:
- Pretty much every electrical working component on the RV. That ranges from engine or transmission failure down to all of your coach components.
- Your heating and cooling, air conditioning, your slide outs, leveling systems, refrigerators, microwaves, and TVs.
The typical RV Extended Warranty is not a monthly expense like insurance, they are usually a one-time purchase that covers you for 2-7 years. And once you have the warranty, you are locked into that policy and no matter how many claims you make.
WiFi and Internet
We RV to see so many amazing places, but we still miss some of the creature comforts of home. These are the products that we use in our rig to get WiFi and Internet.
For Internet we use several systems in concert with each other to try and get the best connection that we can. These can be a little confusing at first so I’m going to try and break them down in the description so that you can make the best decision for your needs.
Wi-Fi – Winegard ConnecT 2.0
The Winegard ConnectT 2.0 is a WiFi extender and 4G LTE router.
To further explain, it is a secure hotspot that can connect multiple devices in and around your RV to the Internet, either by a Wi-Fi extender that brings in Wi-Fi signals from what’s around you or if it can’t do that it will tap into the 4G LTE cellular network depending on what network/data plan you have. We have a Verizon data plan.
Thankfully, this came pre-installed in our LTV Unity. Off of Amazon this unit is $399
weBoost Drive 4G-X
The WeBoost Drive 4G-X is a professional cell signal booster.
We rely a lot on our cellphones when we’re traveling but sometimes, we’re in remote areas where a cellphone signal is marginal at best!
The cell booster extends cellular signal range making it possible to turn a weak signal into a strong one.
I can’t begin to count the number of times over the years that this cell booster made all the difference in getting me a useable cell connection which I can then use as a hotspot for Internet. Off their website, this unit costs $399.