Winter Recreational Vehicle Vacations

Who can resist those deep discounts offered by RV dealers in late summer when the new model year is being introduced to the market? Discounts of a few thousand on a Fleetwood or Coleman pop-up camper or tens of thousands of dollars on a Class A Winnebago could have major impact on an individual's budget. But does the new purchase have to sit in the driveway until spring? Never!

First things first though. Pull up a chair in that new unit and look at a book or video on safe operation before heading out to any destination. One possible choice for these can be found in a series of DVD's offered by KOA (Kampgrounds of America) called RV Education 101. These are available on the company's website and cost about $ 25 each.
Then it is time to choose an appropriate destination.

Consider two things above all others: weather and terrain. The pop-up may have a heater but it may not be comfortable in a northern climate when frost settles on the canvas. Similarly, the $ 100,000 plus price tag on the bus does come with beautiful upgrades and loads of creature comforts. It will not be a good idea to drive it on many mountain roads in the National Park system, however. Since you certainly don't want your vacation to turn into an accident waiting to happen.

For a first trip with the new RV find a warm climate on flat land. Avoid traffic snarls and hurricane evacuation problems. Play it safe to start. Here are a few good places for winter RV vacations:

o Lake of The Ozarks State Park; Kaiser, Missouri

o Buffalo National River Campgrounds; Arkansas

o Hot Springs National Park; Arkansas

o Elephant Butte Lake State Park; Elephant Butte, New Mexico

o Eight of Arizona's nine KOA locations near parks are open for RV camping all year around

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