Winter is quickly approaching and for many of you, especially those east of the Cascades, you have probably already winterized your RV and are thinking about next spring.

Winter is a good time to start planning your RV outings for 2018. For those with an adventurous side, love of mountain top vistas and an interest in mining history, consider a trip to Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains.

Getting a gift for an avid RVer can be a challenge. Many already have the things they need safely packed in the RV. 

Do you have an RVer on this year’s Christmas gift list? If so, here are some unique gift ideas for Northwest RVers. Most items can be found at your local RV dealership or click on the link for online sources.

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.

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.

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.