One of the great things about traveling with an RV is the ease and comfort of having so much with you at all times. This is one of the great benefits my husband and I have enjoyed since purchasing our trailer this past summer. We love the luxury of having a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom but these aren’t much use to you unless they are properly equipped with essential supplies. Before we could prepare for our first trip we knew we needed to get the trailer stocked with some simple necessities.

Casino RV Camping

In our last article, we looked at camping options on land under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. Other less conventional places to find overnight parking with your RV are tribal casinos.

While only a few tribal casinos in the Northwest offer full-service RV parks (some with very reasonable rates) which are listed in regular RV park directories, most offer the option of staying overnight in a designated parking area for free or little cost. These designated overnight spots are very convenient when you are headed for a distant location and just need a place to pull off for the night to sleep before continuing your journey. Some are even worthy of serving as a base camp while exploring the attractions in the area.

When we first got our trailer, back in June of this year, I remember the exciting drive home as my husband and I towed our very own travel trailer. We spent the drive discussing fun ideas of where we could go or what we could do with our trailer. Though the list of vacation ideas can be endless, vacation days at work are obviously limited. We knew we didn’t want to buy our trailer just to have it parked at home all year aside from a couple weeks when we could realistically take a longer vacation. Our trailer was an investment for so much more than extensive vacations. In the few months that we’ve owned it, we’ve used our trailer for errands, day trips and visits with family. Whether the trip is big or small, long or short, our trailer has come in so handy for all kinds of traveling.

A while back we looked at utilizing fairgrounds as an alternative to campgrounds and RV parks. Another often overlooked alternative is Corps of Engineer recreation areas.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers, often abbreviated to COE, is an agency of the United States Federal Government. Nationwide the corps manages 12 million acres of public lands and waters in 43 states.

One of the corps main functions is the design, construction and operation of dams, canals and flood protection. Along with providing 24% of the hydropower for the United States, the Corps also provides outdoor recreation opportunities. The Corps list the following activities that are available for public enjoyment: hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous, there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching.

PRVS15 Callout RVDocGreetings to all in the Great Northwest! As we begin to feel the chill in the air as fall approaches, we still have time to enjoy our RVs! Ah, such is the life of the RVer. Regardless of the season, we do seem to take advantage of all that the RVing lifestyle provides, right?

I’d like to bring to mind something you may have overlooked last spring; your onboard safety equipment. If you have not changed the batteries in your safety devices lately, now is the time. Additionally, be sure to test them! Here’s the scoop on each one.