One of the saddest statements I have ever heard was from the wife of a couple that gave up RVing after just a couple of years. The wife said, "Why do I need a RV when I can cook, clean and watch TV at home?" Granted, if there are no activities that you enjoy outside of your home, a RV may not be right for you. However, if you enjoy getting out, going places and enjoying outdoor activities a RV can be a great enabler allowing you to carry all your gear while providing the comforts and conveniences of home wherever your favorite activity takes you.

Let's look at some of the activities that a RV enables you to enjoy easier and more comfortably.

Antiquing - Regardless if you are buying or selling, a RV let's you take your treasures with you wherever the market dictates.

Hiking - Seldom is there a Howard Johnson at the trailhead of a popular hike. With a RV you can park at the trailhead, enjoy a hearty meal before and / or after your hike and have a change of clothes, a shower and changing room waiting for you at the end of the day.

ATV riding - Many RV types are equipped to carry your ATV's and riding gear with you allowing you to off load and ride from where you park the RV

Fishing - Not only does an RV allow you to camp alongside your favorite fishing hole, it also provides a place to clean, cook and freeze your days’ catch.

Snowmobiling - Motorhomes and truck campers can easily pull a trailer full of snowmobiles to the mountains for days of fun in the snow. RVs provide you a warm and dry place to change into and out of your riding gear, plus a warm place to return to and enjoy a hot beverage.

Golfing - More and more campgrounds are partnering with golf courses to provide a hole in one experience for RVers. RVs provide plenty of storage for your clubs and allow you to travel the country as the seasons change, so weather conditions are always perfect.

Bird watching - Exotic birds are typically far removed from the accommodations available in the city leaving birders seeking comfortable lodging where none exists. A RV provides comfortable living arrangements wherever your feathered friends are located.

Downhill skiing - Many ski resorts feature overnight parking spaces, some with electrical hookups. A RV allows you to carry your gear, meals and family to the slopes in style. No more waiting in line in the ski lodge to purchase marginal food at inflated prices when your RV is waiting for you stocked with groceries, a stove and microwave.

Cycling - Virtually any RV can be equipped with a bike rack allowing you to take your bicycles where you want, when you want. A RV can carry equipment, food, luggage and mechanics making the perfect support vehicle for those competing in bicycle races.

Motorcycle Riding - Regardless if it is a street bike, dual sport or dirt bike a RV can carry bike and rider past dangerous traffic, bad weather and other unsavory riding conditions to their favorite idyllic riding location. Once parked, the RV serves as a base camp for days of exploring.

Kayaking - Kayaks can easily be loaded on the roof or back of most RVs.

Exploring historic locations - Many historic sites across the country are far from the conveniences of civilization. With a RV you have all of the modern conveniences with you at all times, negating the need to head for town to find dinner and a motel at the end of the day.

Cross country skiing - Most groomed X-country ski trails can accommodate RVs with many permitting overnight camping. Now when you arrive back at the trailhead, tired at the end of the day, you can crawl into your warm RV and call it a day.

Canoeing - RVs can carry your canoes, personal floatation devices and other gear to your favorite lake with room to spare. If someone gets wet, a RV provides a great place to dry off and warm up.

By now you are getting the idea on how RVs can enhance any activity by providing the carrying space for all your gear, hold the whole family, provide all the comforts and conveniences of home regardless of where your favorite activity takes place.

Below are more activities (among many) that a RV enables the user to better enjoy. See if you can come up with a list of enhancements a RV can provide for each activity.

Rock climbing -

Geocaching -

Visiting scenic locations -

Water Skiing -

Stargazing -

Tailgating -

Rafting -

Now think of the things YOU enjoy outside of the home and imagine how a RV would enable you to enjoy them that much more. Because RVing is more than just sitting and camping, it's a lifestyle!


Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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