The Must-Have Ultimate RV Gadgets

Everyone loves gadgets. And those of us who love to RV, tend to love RV gadgets that make life easier. Whether you live in your RV full-time, or only spend a few weekends a year traveling in it, here are a few RV gadgets that you are guaranteed to love.

These are my favorite gadgets that keep life running smooth on the road.

Decor RV Gadgets:

Quake Hold
If you’re like me, you want to customize your rig and make it feel like a home. Quake Hold allows you to display your favorite china, rock collection or chachkis safely. A small piece of Quake Hold putty under your item will fix it to any hard surface. When you are ready to move it just twist. The item will stay put when you travel, but come off when you want to move it. AWESOME.

Command Strips
Command Strips are an RVers best friend. Whether you want to hang photos, art or a mirror, Command Strips will secure your item to the RV wall without any damage. Need to move something? No problem. Simply pull the tab and the strip will release from the wall.

Command Hooks
The Command brand also make hooks. These hooks come in all different shapes and sizes. Use them to hang your purse, your coat or your keys. You can even find water proof hooks for the shower. Love it!

Vinyl Wall Art
Etsy and Ebay provide abundant opportunities to find vinyl wall art in a variety of colors and designs. From swirls to sayings, you can customize your fridge, mirrors, cabinets and walls. Add some fun! Add some vinyl.

Light Blocking Curtains
Curtains add texture and dimension to an interior. They also block heat. Light blocking curtains available at Walmart, Target and Hobby Lobby are a great RV addition. Not only will they customize and soften your RV, they will also save you money. Heating and cooling bills add up. Light blocking curtains provides extra insulation to keep your bills low. Sound good right?

RV Kitchen Gadgets:

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Slow Cooker Liners
Crockpots are a great addition to any RV. They cook without releasing a lot of heat. With slow cooker liners, life is even easier. Add a slow cooker liner to your pot and then fill it with food. Once you have finished your meal simply toss the liner and your pot is clean!

Reynolds Wrap
Foil packets are a campers best friend. Commercial grade Reynolds Wrap is perfect for making pillow style food packets that cook over a fire or grill. No cleanup and easy portions. What’s not to love?

Mini Oven
My favorite kitchen gadget has got to be the Cuisinart Oven Central Countertop Oven. It comes with a grill, muffin pan, bake pan and space for kabobs. I use this oven for everything you can imagine and rarely use pots or pans. This unit is amazing!

Slow Cooker/Pressure Cooker
If you’re living in an RV you need appliances that are multi-purpose. I like the Secura 6 in 1 Electric Pressure Cooker. It offers browning, steaming, crockpot, pressure cooker and rice cooking all in one. The pot comes out for easy washing, and you can buy add-on pans for baking. This unit does it all!

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Solar Oven
Why heat up your kitchen when you don’t have to? Use the sun to cook your food. The GoSun portable cooker is an easy to use cylinder style oven. It folds down for easy storage. The HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven oven is another affordable option that is similar, but you plug in!

Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender
This baby can chop, blend, stir and whip. It’s compact size it perfect for RVs.

Front of Sink Cutting Board
If you’re anything like me, you never have enough counter top space. That’s why I love this Undermount front of sink cutting board. It hooks to the counter and allows you to slice, dice and chop at the sink. Toss the scraps into the garbage disposal and rinse your produce all in one easy step. Whoever came up with this idea was a genius!

Fridge Bars:
The Camco double refrigerator bar keeps food from shifting while traveling. I use mine on the top shelf to secure gallon jugs of milk and water. They take 5 seconds to install and are well worth the $5~ GREAT BUY.

Cleaning RV Gadgets:

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Shower Squeegee
Moisture is an RV’s enemy. A simple shower squeegee will keep your shower free from excess moisture. It will also help your shower stay clean longer. Squeegees are inexpensive and work wonders.

RainX
Think RainX is just for windshields? Think again. Rain works great on glass shower doors. The shower water will bead and roll right off the glass. No stains. No mildew!

Collapsible Tub
Collapsible tubs work great for dishes, foot baths or general cleaning. Pop it up when you are using it. Pop it down for storage. It’s as easy as that!

Spray Bottle
Fill a spray bottle with water and a tiny bit of dishwashing soap. Spray your dishes before you put them in the sink. This simple step will act as a pre-soak and help you use less water come washing time. AMAZING.

Laundry RV Gadgets:

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Color Catchers
If you frequent the laundry mat you will love this gadget. Shout Color Catchers will help you save money. Choose an oversized washer and forget about sorting. Toss all your fabrics together and add a color catcher. If any of the dye tries to escape, the color catcher grabs it and keeps it from your other clothes. You save a bundle washing and drying everything together. WOW!

Simply Clean
This stain remover bar comes in a plain brown wrapper and works to remove just about everything. Wet the item, rub the bar over the stain and rinse. Simply Clean is easy to use and works on all types of fabrics and carpets. GREAT NEWS!

Plastic Bin Washing
I saw this idea on a YouTube video and have been using it ever since. Traveling with no time to wash socks and undies? No problem. Fill a plastic bin with cold water, your laundry and a dash of soap. Click the lid on for a tight fit. Place the bin in your shower and head out on the road. At the end of the day, the movement of your rig will agitate the clothes. Just rinse and hang. The perfect emergency washer! SO EASY.

Over The Door Organizer
This may or may not apply to laundry, but it certainly applies to the organization. A multi-pocket organizer will keep your makeup, shoes, or office supplies in one handy location. You can even cut the organizers in half and use them in more than one place. Hang them on the back of a door or use command hooks to mount them on the inside of cabinets or the base of your bed. SO EASY.

Safety RV Gadgets:

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Corner Guards
If your rig has a slide you know how easy it is to bang your head. Those corners can really hurt, especially if you are underneath one. Corner guards add a softer edge and prevent cutting your head or arms. CAN YOU SAY WORTH IT?

Fire Extinguisher
This is a no brainer. You need to have at least 2 extinguishers with you at all times. One for the engine and one in the kitchen. Make sure they are up to date and safe. In an emergency, you need to know it works!

Carbon Monoxide Alarm
If your rig didn’t come with a Carbon Monoxide Alarm, get one. These alarms detect gas leaks that humans can’t always smell. This is especially important if you own a diesel pusher and your bed is in the back to the engine. BE SAFE!

Mini Paper Shredder
Mail security doesn’t stop just because you are traveling. A mini paper shredder is a great item for the full-time RVer. Choose a cross cut unit that will emulate your information and keep is safe from thieves. IT’S WORTH IT!

Portable Dehumidifier
If you live in your rig year round, a dehumidifier is essential. Moisture is an RV’s enemy and you would be amazed by just how much moisture your rig can hold. I use a portable dehumidifier to keep the air dry and to avoid dripping skylights. NewAir makes a 25-pint portable unit that is easy to roll from one area to another. My best tip? Spend the money now so you don’t spend it later on repairs!

Electronic RV Gadgets:

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Cell Signal Booster
You are out in the middle of nowhere camping when your phone rings. Unfortunately, you don’t have enough bars to take the call. You dash left and right trying to find a signal to no avail. What should you do? Easy! A cell booster will increase the range of your phone, especially inside your RV. There are a variety of units available so be sure to read reviews to locate the right one for your unit. Can you hear me now?

WiFi Booster
Free wifi is only a good deal if it works. Increase your chances with a wifi booster placed on the top of your rig. The WiFi Ranger with a signal booster is a must have for serious internet users. Sure, it won’t change bad connections, but it will increase your ability to use good ones.

Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger
Why plug in when you don’t have to? Solar phone chargers are the perfect way to use less energy and stay connected. Solar chargers are available for phones, tablets , and laptops and even come on backpacks. Sign me up!

Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth is a reverse friend. No wires necessary. A Bluetooth speaker can connect with a variety of tech gear. Try your phone, t.v., tablet, iPod or even your radio. Take the sound where you are and make life a whole lot easier!

IPod
Bring the music with you wherever you are. Or fill it with podcasts, audio books or news. This simple MP3 style player replaces CD’s and makes traveling a whole lot easier. This is a MUST HAVE.

Roku
If your RV park has solid WiFi, a Roku will allow you to stream hundreds of on demand TV channels (many that are free!) You can also connect with Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and a variety of other channel options. Who needs satellite when you have a Roku?

Fans
Small, portable fans are essential for keeping your rig cool with or without air conditioning. Air movement makes your air conditioner more effective. It also keeps things fresh inside. Anything RV has to be small and multipurpose, that’s why I recommend the Honeywell Turbo Force Fan. These units are available everywhere. They are inexpensive, powerful, quiet and can be used for a variety of purposes. Use them to keep cool, dry clothes or push hot air out the windows.

Miscellaneous Must Have RV Gadgets:

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The Electric Fly Swatter
Yup. They make these, and some RVers don’t want to live without them. Electric fly swatters or bug fryers are a great way to keep your RV free of pests!

Fire Pit
Enclosed fire pits are legal in many parks both national and private and they add a homey feel to your site at night. If you love fire, look for a portable unit or make your own.

Portable Solar Panels
Solar panels are all the rage, but if you don’t want to install them on your rig try something portable. Go Power! offers 120W solar kits with a 10 amp controller. These units fold up for storage and can be set up wherever you are. They come with 15 feet of cable and a carrying case. What will solar do for you? These panels will keep your battery charged when you’re not plugged in. This means hours of extra fun, wild camping in your RV.

Well, that’s the end of my list. I know I have missed a ton of great ideas so I want to hear yours. Scroll down to the comments and tell me your tips, tricks and top suggestions. What gadget can’t you live without? What gadget do you most wish you had?

This article was originally seen on RVShare.com

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Blue Ox Family of Products – Tow Bars

We offer complete installations of dinghy setups, including Blue Ox products. Setup takes about a full day and we offer package pricing on complete setups. Leave it to the experts on this task to keep you secure down the road!

The Ascent by Blue Ox is a Class III tow bar made from aircraft grade aluminum rated for 7,500 pounds. A light-weight, 31-pound tow bar that is self-aligning allowing for quick and easy hook-up. The legs are 2 inches longer, for maneuvering around tight corners and smoother towing. The Ascent’s off-set triple lugs and non-binding latches create ease with unhooking, even if the vehicle is parked on an un-level surface. There is no centering pin, so it is easy to stow and store. Not only is the Ascent highly functional and easy to use, but it comes with safety cables, rubber boots to prevent dirt and debris from getting in the legs, has a Diamond Vogel metallic powder coating, and raised premium gold toned Blue Ox nameplate.

The Avail by Blue Ox is a Class IV tow bar constructed of steel, with a product weight of 53 pounds, and rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds. This is a self-aligning tow bar made to work on wide or narrow towed vehicles. The revolutionary non-binding latch design allows the legs to extend and collapse for easy hookup as well as an easy release under any conditions. The off-set triple lugs make attaching the legs to the towed vehicle simple. The arms of the Avail tow bar are 2 inches longer, creating an improved turning radius for better cornering and smoother towing over uneven road conditions. With the ability to compress the legs, the tow bar can be easily stowed while still attached to the towing vehicle. The Avail comes with safety cables, rubber boots to protect the legs, and is coated in a premium metallic paint with a raised gold toned Blue Ox nameplate.

If you are interested in learning more about Blue Ox’s family of products and if they will work with your RV please contact the Lichtsinn RV Parts Department by calling 800-343-6255 or email parts@lichtsinn.com.

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Experience the Best – Superior Guest Accommodations

The Lichtsinn RV Experience starts from the moment you pick up the phone or chat with us online and extends throughout the lifetime of your RV ownership. Your dedicated Lichtsinn RV Sales, Service and Parts team members will support you along every step of your RV journey. Whether you are here to purchase an RV or for an RV Service Appointment, we offer excellent accommodations to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.  We have Electrical Hook Ups on site. This provides you the opportunity to stay overnight with us, so that we are available just outside your doorstep the next day to answer any questions that you may have. We have Fresh Filtered Water, Complimentary Wifi, Dumping Facilities and Indoor Delivery Facilities as needed.  We have a comfortable Guest Lounge available with installed Laptop Tables, Complimentary Coffee and the latest in Technology. Your Pets are welcome to join you in the Guest Lounge and throughout the Lichtsinn RV Dealership.

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The Lichtsinn RV Experience starts from the moment you pick up the phone or chat with us online and extends throughout the lifetime of your RV ownership. Your dedicated Lichtsinn RV Sales, Service and Parts team members will support you along every step of your RV journey. Due to our close proximity to the Winnebago Factory, we’re able to take advantage of costs savings over other RV Dealerships. This allows us to provide you with up-front, low, No Hassle Pricing.

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The New Standard in Advanced Hose Design & Performance: Zero-g RV Marine Hoses

Research with hose purchasers overwhelmingly indicates a preference for hoses which offer light weight, easy handling, kink resistance and lasting performance. The zero-G™ advanced hose design takes these must-haves to a higher level than ever before.

Compared to traditional heavy and professional water hoses:

  • Up to 40% lighter weight than heavy duty vinyl hoses
  • Kink-free uninterrupted flow
  • Easy to store – small and compact
  • Tough G-Force™ woven fiber jacket resists leaks, abrasion and punctures.
  • 600+ psi burst rated
  • Consistent, high flow equal to a conventional 5/8” hose
  • Flexible and easy to maneuver even in cold weather down to 35°F
  • Lead Free – Drinking Water Safe

The Zero-G Hose is best used in all drinking water applications and recreational use such as RV and Marine applications. To learn more about the Zero G hose or order one please Contact us at 1-800-343-6255 or email parts@lichtsinn.com.

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Winnebago Built: Azdel Composite Fiberglass

Winnebago uses Azdel Composite Panels in its fiberglass manufacturing, an environmentally friendly and lightweight composite panel, in the construction of the sidewalls in Class A Gas, Class A Diesel and Class C motorhomes.

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Azdel Composite Panels have been used in RV exterior and interior sidewall, ceilings, and roofs since 2006. The panels are manufactured using a cutting-edge, patented blend of polypropylene and fiberglass to create a strong, lightweight, quiet, weather and temperature resistant, odorless and environmentally friendly wall that will increase the life of your RV.Azdel Onboard Cutaway

With twice the insulation value, excellent strength and half the weight of wood, Azdel composite panels increase the durability and lighten the weight of your motorhome. Azdel’s reduced weight keeps fuel costs down while its superior insulation decreases heating and cooling costs as well as absorbs road and outside sound to provide a quieter ride.

Azdel compared its water resistance to luan, the underlayment plywood used in competitor RVs, and found that luan displayed mold and the beginning of delamination after 51 days of water exposure and the Azdel panel was 100% unaffected. Some RVs sit through six months of winter, subjected to freezing, thawing, heating and repeating the cycle with the potential for water seeping into the wall. This damage occurred in less than two months.

 

 

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How does delamination affect your RV? Have you ever seen an RV with bubbling along the sidewalls that looks like an air bubble under contact paper? That’s delamination – the wood is separating from the outer layer and can no longer support the structure. Water seeping in has soaked the wood. This along with freezing, thawing and hot temperatures causes it to decompose and loosen adhesive bonds. Because of the moisture/water presence, mold and mildew are formed or accelerated during this process. What you don’t see can make all the difference – in the support structure of your walls, road noise, and comfort level inside your rig, the air quality your family breathes, and the longevity of your RV.

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Experience the Best – #1 Winnebago Parts Department in the Country

You will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV! Starting when you pick up the phone or chat with us online, you will see why the Lichtsinn RV Experience is the best.

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Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago Industries, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa. We have the largest Winnebago Parts Department in the Country and with the proximity to Winnebago we are able to provide you with same-day Nationwide shipping on in-stock parts from our warehouse and Winnebago’s. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Workhorse and Winnebago Touring Coach Parts at competitive discounts with fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We also offer a 10% Discount on all Winnebago Factory Parts to all Winnebago International Travelers Club (WIT) Members.

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Experience the Best – RVDA and RVIA Certified Technicians

You will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV! Starting when you pick up the phone or chat with us online, you will see why the Lichtsinn RV Experience is the best.

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All of our RV technicians are factory-trained, RVDA and RVIA Master Certified Technicians. This certification provides you the assurance that the technician working on your RV has the specific skills needed to do so. Our Flying W Customer Satisfaction Index Scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago Dealers! We have recently expanded our Service Department which has allowed us to increase our services offered, now including full tire service.

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Experience the Best: 5-Star Guest Reviews

You will Experience the Best at Lichtsinn RV! Starting when you pick up the phone or chat with us online, you will see why the Lichtsinn RV Experience is the best.

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Guests throughout the US and Canada come to Lichtsinn RV for their RV purchase, many traveling thousands of miles. We have been a Winnebago Circle of Excellence Award Winner for over 25 Years and our Flying W Customer Satisfaction Index Scores rank in the best of class for Winnebago Dealers! See what our guests have to say about their experience with us with our 5-Star Reviews on Facebook and Google.

You can read some of our reviews below –

“On our US trip we were traveling in a conversion van. We had been looking at RVs for a few years. While on the road we saw a RV that was quite cute. We looked up the specs and decided to do further investigations and looked up a dealership. We were only 30 minutes off track heading to Lichtsinn – we contacted Abby about our van trade and we worked everything out over the phone via email. Quite easy. We arrived at the dealership and we were immediately greeted by the friendly staff. Abby really took the time and her patience was great since we looked over and over the RVs on the lot. We were happy with the trade and we ended up buying a new RV Winnebago View 24 ft. It’s adorable. While we were on serious time crunch the service department was able to install our add-one suggested by Jeremy. We purchase the WiFi boost and a few other minor items. Jeremy was great and most helpful when walking us through on our new purchase. He explained things in layman’s terms and gave us some helpful tips. Our experience was great and would recommend.” 

Brenda and Duane
Las Vegas, NV

“Wow, what can I say!? Super thrilled to be part of the Winnebago and Lichtsinn RV family! The initial contact, continued support, and friendly banter of Nicole made the buying experience a thrill! The attention to detail and follow-through provided by Kevin during the sometimes daunting financial process made it manageable and easy. The comprehensive orientation offered by Brad was super informative and his patience put me at ease as I asked many questions. Rhonda’s photography skills captured my good side, and brief, yet thoughtful introductions by Hannah, Justin, and the man himself, Ron, sealed the deal! THANK YOU Lichtsinn RV for making the drive from Ohio worth every penny!”

Steve
Uniontown, OH

“After what seemed like a very long wait we picked up our new Revel on June 6th. Everything about our buying experience with the group at Lichtsinn RV – starting with Reed Burkholder in the sales department thru the orientation was fabulous. Everyone was friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable in every way. As we drove away with our new toy – for a five day drive back to California – we did so with smiles on our faces. We would highly recommend Lichtsinn to anyone interested in purchasing a RV – you won’t be disappointed with the customer service.”

David and Roseann
Trabuco Canyon, CA

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Entrance Fee-Free Days at the National Parks

Whether you’ve already got a national parks passport chock full of stickers and stamps or you’re just getting ready to take your first Grand Circle tour, the national parks are some of the most popular destination for RVers and campers of all stripes — and for good reason. These landscapes are so undeniably moving that we as people have made a dedicated effort to set them aside, to consecrate and preserve them for future generations. As someone who’s visited about a dozen, I think it’s safe to say you want to see as many of them as you possibly can.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the limited number of fee-free days the National Park Service offers each year to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family.

 Here’s what you need to know about the fee-free days at the National Parks in 2019, as well as some more general tips and guidelines to help you make the most of your national park RV camping adventure.

National Park Fees

First things first: what are the national park fees in the first place, and which parks assess them? How much might you expect to pay at the entryway to, say, Arches National Park or Yellowstone National Park?

Well, each park’s entry fee varies, ranging from absolutely nothing, as at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, all the way up to $35 per vehicle or more in places like Glacier National Park. What’s more, the exact cost to you will depend on what sort of vehicle you’re bringing into the park as well as how long you wish to visit; you might be charged a lower fee if you arrive by motorcycle, or pay more for a pass that’s good for three or seven days.

Because there’s so much variability when it comes to specific national park entry fees, the best way to figure out how much your target park costs to enter is to check out this comprehensive and up-to-date list, managed by the National Park Service itself. Keep in mind that these fees might not cover additional services or activities, like cave tours or camping costs.

How to Get Free Entry to the National Parks

Now that you know what you’ll pay to get in on most days of the year, let’s talk about those special ones where you don’t have to pay anything. Each year, the National Park Service hosts a few specific days where entry fees are waived to encourage more people to get outside and explore these unique landscapes. These change on an annual basis, but here are the official national park fee-free days in 2019, per the National Park Service.

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

As you can see, while one of these dates has already passed (and one is soon approaching), you still have ample opportunities to take advantage of this offer and gain free entry to national parks across the country. (That said, always be sure to double check that your destination park is participating if you don’t want to face an unpleasant surprise when you arrive at the gates!)

National Park Annual Pass

Can’t make any of those dates for your national park trip this year?

No worries. There are lots of other ways to save money on your excursion in the great outdoors — such as investing in an annual park pass (or taking advantage of a free or discounted one, if you fall into certain demographics!)


The National Park Service offers its America the Beautiful Pass, which gets you into more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country, for a standard fee of $80 per year. The pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. (Children age 15 or under are admitted for free!)

If you have a permanent disability, or you’re a current active duty military member, you can get one of these annual passes for free, as can students for the duration of their 4th grade school year. And seniors aged 62 or older can get a lifelong annual pass for the same $80 the rest of us pay for a single year — or choose to pay $20 yearly instead.

These annual passes are invaluable for those who spend lots of time traveling around between multiple national parks, such as full-time RVers. But if you tend to stay in a single area and revisit the same park again and again, you could also purchase a park-specific annual pass, which usually runs more along the order of $50 or so.

It’s also important to note that many very famous parks and attractions are not actually managed by the National Park Service, but are rather privately owned, and thus may charge you for entrance on an entirely different fee schedule. For instance, Monument Valley Park is actually tribally owned, as is Meteor Crater, which lies just outside of Winslow, Arizona. That means that your annual national parks pass won’t get you entry to either of these locations — you’ll still have to pay the regular entry fee!

National Park Camping

Camping inside the national parks is a travel bucket list item for many RVers, and it’s a great way to get front-row access to all the action without sacrificing convenience or comfort. Of course, because this way of experiencing the parks is so popular, the national park campgrounds do tend to fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to make your reservations well in advance. Furthermore, some parks don’t actually offer reservations and must simply be utilized on a first-come, first-served basis. If that’s the case at your destination park, be sure to arrive early!

If you’re bringing an RV to the national parks, it’s important to understand that the entry fee doesn’t necessarily cover the cost of your campsite. What’s more, that campsite may or may not have modern amenities like water and electrical hookups. Each national park has its own array of campgrounds to select from, some of which include services and some of which are primitive only. You may have to pay a nightly campsite fee ranging from about $5 to $25, or you may be able to boondock for free. It all depends on the individual park! So again, be sure to check out the information available directly from the Park Service (or one of our helpful National Park Guides!) to get the full details about the camping options at your destination.

National Parks Near Me

Although we often tend to think of the national parks as being mostly concentrated in the wide-open west, no matter what part of our beautiful country you call home, chances are, you’ve got a federal recreation site in your area. Along with actual National Parks, there are also National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Battlefields, and lots of other amazing landscapes and attractions to discover.

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