RV living comes with many perks, especially when compared to traditional camping or traveling from hotel to hotel. With a motorhome, the road is your canvas and you can paint it however you would like from destination to destination. Instead of having to unpack and repack a car at every stop, all of your belongings can be neatly organized inside for the duration of your travels. At the end of a long day on the road or a big day full of adventure, there is no uncertainty on where you will be sleeping or how clean and comfortable the ground or hotel bed will be. And when it comes to meals, you can eat like royalty! Forget huddling around a small camp stove as you try to cook for your entire family or going out to restaurants day in and day out. All RV rentals from Expedition Motorhomes come with a fully functional kitchen that allows you to enjoy home cooked meals on the road, no matter where your home is parked for the night. Cooking for yourself will not only save you money, but it will help you eat better and stay healthy while on the road. Check out some of these classic ideas for easy and healthy meals to cook while on your RV road trip.
Salads are a great addition to any meal, and with a little bit of creativity, they can actually serve as the main course as well. After looking up some fun and unique inventive salad recipes online, check for local farmer’s markets on your road trip itinerary. California, in particular, has some incredible farmer’s markets year-round, with great selections of tasty, healthy, and organic fruit and vegetable options. Round out your fruit or veggie salad with a local protein to make it even heartier and enjoy an easy, healthy, and delicious salad dinner on the road.
Stir fry is a time tested favorite that can be catered to every type of taste bud. It is easy to let everyone in your family customize their own plate. Make a big pot of rice or noodles, select a bunch of vegetables (again, check out local farmer’s markets!), and let everyone choose what they want on their plate. Make a big dish for everyone or cook each plate individually. Spice it up to your desired taste, and enjoy!
Not every meal cooked in your RV needs to be extravagant. Long days sometimes require super easy meals as well, and there’s nothing easier than whipping together sandwiches for the family. You can follow the stir fry method and allow every family member to “build their own” sandwich – choosing which ingredients they want to slide between slices of bread. Sandwiches are a fun and easy way to get the whole family involved and make plates to order, ensuring that even the pickiest of kids are getting a healthy, and easy, meal in their stomachs!
Perhaps no meal goes more hand in hand with motorhome living than barbecue. This easy and healthy dinner has countless options and also allows you to enjoy the great outdoors with your family while the meal is cooking. From burgers and hotdogs to grilled vegetables and shish kabobs, you have countless nutritional options at your fingertips. If you didn’t pack a small barbecue grill with you, don’t fret. Many RV campgrounds come equipped with grills and the onsite stores will typically carry all of the charcoal and lighter fluid you need!
Just because you are on the road doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice home-cooked meal. In fact, that is one of the many perks of travelling via motorhome! No matter where you land for the night, your full kitchen is in tow and the options for easy and healthy meals are virtually endless. Bring along your favorite cookbook or invest in one of the many motorhome specific cookbooks in publication. And don’t forget to check out markets and regional delicacies to add some local flair to your dishes!
One of the many perks of travelling by motorhome is the ability to cook whatever you want, whenever you want. With a fully stocked kitchen included in all Expedition Motorhome rentals, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle full of home-cooked meals no matter how long you are on the road or where that road takes you. Of course, just like at home, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this may be even truer when travelling. Whether you have many hours of driving ahead of you or planned a physically demanding day of hiking and exploring the great outdoors near your campground, you should take full advantage of your motorhome’s kitchen and get your morning off to a good, healthy start. While you can enjoy pretty much all the same breakfasts in your RV that you would at home, our expert RV travellers at Expedition Motorhomes have a few go-to menu items. Here are our favorites!
Healthy and hearty, there’s nothing quite like starting your day off with a big energy-filled omelette. If you are travelling with family, omelettes also prove to be kid-friendly egg options that allow your children to have a major say in the cooking process as well! By setting up an omelette bar with chopped veggies, meats, and cheeses, everyone can have a say in customizing breakfast to their liking. Ham and cheese omelettes are a good option for the simple palette, whereas a smorgasbord of veggies from a local farmer’s market on the road will make for a delicious breakfast for mom and dad.
For the sweet tooth family, cook up some French toast or pancakes in the woods. Consider this a special treat as a reward to your family for spending long hours on the road or the day after a big hike in the woods. Sprinkle some local wild berries (that you picked yourself!)on top or embellish with fruit from a nearby market to add a little extra flair, and soak up the view while you indulge on this classic sugary breakfast delicacy.
Perfect for the family on the go, breakfast burritos boast all of the nutritional needs of a normal breakfast but do so in a way that can save you minutes or hours in the morning. Mom or Dad can get up early and put together some burritos before packing up camp or rallying the troops for a fun day spent outdoors. When the rest of the family is up and moving they can grab their burrito and go instead of waiting around to cook breakfast and finish the requisite cleanup. If you are really in a time pinch and don’t want to compromise the most important meal of the day, consider building breakfast burritos the night before and reheating them the following morning!
This is another sweet and healthy way to start your day off right. Baking some homemade granola in the RV is a great family activity that everyone can be involved in, and the end result proves an excellent option for breakfast or as a trail snack throughout the day. Mix that granola in with yogurt and local fruits and berries and you have yourself a nutritious and energy-packed bowl that will leave everyone in your family ready to take on the day!
Just because you are on the road and travelling around in an RV doesn’t mean you need to skimp on meals. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Each Expedition Motorhomes rental comes equipped with a kitchen that’s ready to use, so use it! When it comes to breakfast, there is no shortage of delicious meal ideas to cook on the road – each of which can help you and your travelling partners get the day off to a great start! Take one of our suggestions above or bring your favorite recipes from home, and get ready to enjoy eating well in the great outdoors!
Journalist and nonfiction author Richard Louv coined the term nature-deficit disorder as a way to describe what people, and especially children, are experiencing due to less time spent outdoors. While not officially recognized in psychiatric manuals (yet!), Louv has started to tie the lessening exposure to nature to a potential increase in attention disorders, depression, lessened creativity, obesity, and a variety of other consequences. Children are spending more time inside and on computers, tablets, and phones and less time outside, scraping knees, and exploring on their own. Thankfully, it’s not too late! Exposing your kids to nature is incredibly valuable, and there are countless ways to do it. Arguably one of the most comfortable is on an RV road trip. For decades Expedition Motorhomes has been helping families get out into the woods and explore nature, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Below are some of our top reasons why you should expose your kid to nature early and often!
In many ways, nature is the best classroom. There are countless cool things happening outside, and all a kid has to do is look around to start observing them. With a little coaching, your kids will be asking all sorts of questions about the world around them and, with some encouragement, they can find the answers themselves as well. This type of learning will promote a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world and help to create the next generation of environmental stewards. Additionally, there’s no better playground than the outdoors and exposing your kids to nature will allow them to make and correct mistakes and solve problems on the fly. Whether they are building forts, turning over logs, or figuring out the best way to cross that creek the small lessons they learn in nature will stick with them for a lifetime.
No matter the location, unstructured playtime is incredibly valuable for a child’s development and there is no better place than nature to truly harness the magic of creativity. From making up games to skipping stones or creating ephemeral art projects, nature has a way of bolstering creativity better than anywhere else. All you have to do is eliminate other distractions and sit back and watch your children learn and grow.
Not only is nature the best classroom, but it is also the best gym. By encouraging your kids to get out and run around in nature you are also unintentionally promoting a healthy lifestyle and lifelong fitness. If you can instill a passion for the outdoors early in a child’s life, chances are it will stick with them forever and they will be motivated to keep in shape, stay healthy, and continue exploring.
Nature is the perfect stadium to foster the ideas of teamwork and leadership in children. There are ample opportunities outdoors to work together to accomplish shared goals and an equal amount of ways to grow as a leader. Whether your kids are playing simple games or solving more complex challenges like reading a map or climbing a mountain, nature is the best place to grow as both a team member and leader.
It is impossible to understate the value of nature and the impact of exposing your kids to the outdoors in meaningful ways. While there are countless ways to get your kids outside, arguably the most comfortable and fun is through an RV road trip. Renting an RV with Expedition Motorhomes and setting out on an epic adventure will give your kids ample opportunities to get outside and experience the wonders of nature. As a family, you can spend long hours exploring and running around outside in your chosen destination and then retire to a beyond comfortable home-on-the-road at the end of a long and exciting day. The benefits that your children will have after being exposed to nature will be obvious, and the memories will last a lifetime.
Whether you are a longtime RV advocate or new to the game, there is no shortage of online reading to scratch your motorhome itch. From technology and vehicle blogs to passionate RV enthusiasts telling their tales from the road, there is something for everyone. These blogs provide great insight and information about destinations, how to make the most of your RV road trip, and what new gear is on the market. At Expedition Motorhomes, we love to keep a tab on these and encourage our renters to do the same. Below are some of our favorite RV lifestyle blogs that will help you get prepared and excited about your upcoming RV vacation. Who knows? By the time you are done reading and traveling maybe they will inspire you to write one of your own as well!
While maybe not the most glamorous website on the web Everything About Rving is one of our favorite catchall sources for, you guessed, everything about Rving. This website covers it all, from purchasing tips to road trip and campground suggestions, accessories and camp cooking recipes to funny stories and basic maintenance there is no stone left unturned!
Love Your RV is another great catchall RV blog from a couple that knows the motorhome lifestyle better than most. With more than 70,000 miles on the road, Ray and his wife have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to life on the road. From travel reports and reviews to tips and tricks to make the time spent in your RV more enjoyable, Love Your RV is a great resource for even the most experienced motorhome enthusiasts.
The Do it Yourself RV blog is great for those that like to get their hands dirty. This site boasts countless ideas and examples for how to modify your motorhome and make it more cozy, efficient, or up to date. While maybe not the blog for casual motorhome renters, it could be just the thing you need to motivate and inspire you to take on a project all your own!
The cost of motorhome travel can be intimidating, but there are plenty of ways to make it affordable. Thankfully, the team at Frugal RV Travel has consolidated some of their best tips and tricks for making an RV road trip less burdensome on your pocketbook. Perhaps the most useful on the website is their guide to boondocking – or the art of RV camping without the luxury of electric and water hookups. If you are more of a budget-conscious traveller, Frugal RV Travel is the lifestyle blog for you.
Geeks on Tour is a blog specializing in the technology of the road. Jim and Chris have been professional computer trainers since the early 1980s and have since taken their show on the road to help teach travellers how to make the most of technology. They cover it all, and their approach is very user-friendly even for the least tech-savvy RV traveller!
These five blogs cover just about everything you would ever need to know about motorhome travel and prove to be a great resource for weekend warriors and lifetime motorhome enthusiasts alike. Many people get bit by the RV bug after their first rental road trip with Expedition Motorhomes. If you, too, think that converting to the RV lifestyle full time may be an exciting move, check out the plethora of other online blogs chronicling the adventures of people who have done just that. While it may come with its challenges, there is definitely something special about life on the road!
Seeing the United States is many times as interesting as visiting other countries, particularly from the comfort of an RV with the scenery going by. You and your family have the freedom of mobility with all the comforts of home. And vacations can be quite expensive if you’re flying, staying in hotels and eating at restaurants.
The holiday season is a great time to go RVing. Campgrounds all across the country have transformed into beautiful holiday wonderlands. You can dress up your RV on holiday décor for the holidays, home is where your family is. No matter how your family rolls, there is a campground that is right for you. And you don’t have to worry about airfare, airports, hotel reservations and availability. RV parks offer more than ever before. Campgrounds can be as small as a few dozen sites or as big as a resort.
You don’t need to own an RV to enjoy your adventure. Now it is possible to rent an RV for weeks or even months at a time. And, renting an RV can let you know if it is right for you and your family, in-case you ultimately want to purchase. RV rentals have become extremely popular over the last several years. It is estimated that over 400,000 people by RVs each year. That’s a lot of RVs. And so, offering their RV for rent has also become quite popular.
RV travel is a great way to get the family together to see the country but renting one through a dealership or rental chain can be problematic. It can get expensive and not all the vehicles are in the best shape. Renting from an RV owner is a great peer to peer solution. Once you select your RV from a huge marketplace, submit a reservation request. While the owner is checking on you, you can check on them. Once you approve each other you do a walk-through and go through all the details. All remaining questions are answered and there you go. Once your trip is over, fill the tank with gas and return the RV. It’s easy.
With peer to peer networking, reputation is everything. They refer to it as reputation capital, and sometimes, it means as much as a credit rating.
Renting an RV is easy and very affordable. Some sites have rentals even as low as $10 per day! This means more cash going back to your family instead of hotels and restaurants. You’re not confined to one place. You can go anywhere at any time. And, it’s tough to beat sitting in an easy chair watching the beautiful scenery go by. And speaking of beautiful scenery, it might be important for you to know that RV vacations are more environmentally friendly than traditional vacations. And RV vacations allow you to visit the more interesting, or out-of-the-way places in America, instead of all the tourist traps.
It’s all a matter of what you’re after. Do you want more adventure and freedom? Or do you want to be catered to? Some motorhomes have both to offer. There are many reasons for opting for the RV answer to that question. Besides the freedom it offers, many families are opting for this more reasonable economic solution for their vacation. You’re saved from taking the entire family into a restaurant three times a day, and for larger families that may need more than one hotel room.
Many parts of this country are breathtakingly beautiful and/or historic. If you intend on seeing a number of them, it is less expensive to drive to them rather than flying to each one and then staying in a hotel. Several National Parks offer RV hook-ups for travellers. And the view outside your window is often spectacular.
RVs, or recreational vehicles, come in a variety of forms, and some may not be right for you. Among them are motor coaches, trailers, pop-up campers, and fifth wheels. Also, you’ll find that costs vary widely. Your circumstance may determine which option is most cost-effective. You may find that your love of the RV lifestyle outweighs what may be a nominal difference in cost. Or you may simply want the daily chores that go with the hotel option, even if the cost is more. And what you want for a trip itinerary weighs in on your decision. Your destination is key. While an RV is great for scenic wonders, big cities are largely not RV-friendly.
Fuel prices can either be an advantage or a deal-killer. Many opt to test the idea by renting before they decide to purchase. Sometimes dealers offer “limited-time-only” deals, this is a good opportunity to try out a new RV without as much of a financial commitment. Whichever you choose, you are essentially purchasing a list of advantages and disadvantages.
The RV lifestyle certainly offers some valuable moments that you may feel are important for you and your family; the rejuvenation of body and spirit we receive from the natural environment, the sound of your children playing, or time around the campfire. And you never have to worry about checkout time. If you have furry members of your family, you may find it easier to include them in your travels.
Vacation time is precious. Will buying an RV enhance or detract from that time? Driving a vehicle, staying in hotels and going to restaurants for a couple of weeks can easily result in over $2,500. Taking an RV may only get you into the $1,500 range.
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Your family or group of friends need the freedom to roam around when it comes to camping trips, road trips or national park vacations. Why not try a holiday on wheels to spice up the fun, and reconnect with the great outdoors. Follow the step by step guide below on how to rent an RV to easily start your adventure, so you can see and do more on your holiday!
Your holiday needs to feel comfortable, safe and have the amenities to make your vacation a success, which is why we offer many types of RVs to fit your needs. Start by browsing through our options to find your perfect match, and click the ? for additional help.
Choose a type of RV by clicking RV Fleet on the homepage or RV Fleet under the Rental tab. If you know your RV type continue to step 1 of the Step by Step Guide to book an RV.
Once you have chosen your RV type, easily follow the 14 steps to check for availability and reserve an RV. Your payment will not be taken or processed until the last two final steps.
Whether you are a seasoned RVer or a novice, there are many RVs available. Use our handy Compare function by clicking on the checkbox beside Compare on all of the RVs you are interested in, and then click compare to see what the RVs’ have to offer.
Do you need a quick quote to help you decide on which RV fits your budget? Hover over the RV picture you are interested in, and click Quick Quote. Once you have filled out the RV Type, Start and End Dates, Number of Persons, RV Drop off Location, Destination and Estimated Round-Trip Mileage, click Continue. Fill out the Additional Reservation Requests page and click Continue. Your quote details will be displayed.
Contact Expedition Motor Homes directly at 818-225-8239 to discuss your reservation.
Your adventure should begin after you rent an RV, not as you’re renting. So, there are some things to consider before renting one. It is important to anticipate what is down the road.
What sort of RV is right for you? The right size and right level of comfort are critical. Be aware of your budget. Do you look for all the comforts of home or are you getting away from it all? Think about weather conditions. Driving a motorhome can be challenging in winter conditions. Where you’re headed is also important. Some locations have poor road conditions. Make sure your rental is appropriate for where you’re taking it. A regular driver’s license is usually just fine, but it is always a good idea to ask. Make sure to check your insurance policy and see that you have coverage for renting an RV. And always read the fine print. There may be hidden, or under-emphasized liabilities listed. Know your responsibilities ahead of time.
There are companies that are set-up just like Airbnb for RV rentals! This is good for both you and the RV owner. There are motorhomes, class C’s, vans, trailers, 5th wheels for you to choose from. With websites like RVshare.com and Outdoorsy, you can communicate with the RV owner all through the booking process. You’ll have an opportunity to learn all about your RV rental, making sure it’s the right one for you and your group. Part of making sure that it is the right one includes knowing about any additional charges that might come up. Here are just some of the questions you may want to ask:
With the right questions answered, and the right considerations covered ahead of time, you’ll enjoy the road ahead. If you’re thinking of a relaxing vacation and thinking of an RV rental, think Expedition Motorhomes. It’s a family vacation you will remember forever.
It’s no secret that RV road trips are a fun, adventurous, and unique way to travel, providing virtually unlimited freedom and enjoyment to all types of people. Expedition Motorhomes has helped set up every conceivable kind of group with the perfect RV rental for their situation. People looking for the ideal family vacation, honeymoon, bachelorette or bachelor party, or festival weekend escape have all come to Expedition Motorhomes to get outfitted and always return as though they drove their RV to cloud nine. Of course, potential renters are still wondering how much does it cost to rent an RV. There isn’t a direct answer, as we boast a fleet with a vehicle for every situation and budget. That said, there are five contributing factors to consider that will impact the final cost of your RV rental vacation.
Renting an RV isn’t all that different from renting a standard car and, as such, many of the same considerations must be taken into place. As with many car rental agencies, Expedition Motorhomes offers different options for how far your anticipated road trip will take you. Our professionals will help set you up with the perfect package dependent on how many miles you may be putting on your rental RV.
This, too, should not come as a surprise, but the cost of your rental is also mostly dependent on how long you will have it. Again, we offer different packages depending on the length of rental, so give us a call and start planning your trip today!
As previously mentioned, Expedition Motorhomes boasts an impressive fleet of different RVs and motorhomes and guarantees to have at least one option that will fit your dreams and budget. From intimate couples getaways to large family retreats, we have a vehicle for you. Each motorhome has its own associated cost, and the total will also rely heavily on the length of the trip and anticipated mileage calculations as well.
To help make your RV road trip as affordable as possible, Expedition Motorhomes offers a variety of specials and deals. From unique saving opportunities to more anticipated savings, such as renting during our less busy seasons, you have many creative ways to bring the total cost down. Just visit our website regularly to see what new specials we are offering or call to talk to a representative to see how we can help today.
The above four categories cover the base cost of an RV road trip, but you should also consider the incidentals that come along with your planned vacation. By comparison, motorhome road trips are more affordable than similar options as the vehicles allow you to be mostly self-sufficient. Still, as you budget for your upcoming dream vacation, you should take into account the added cost for food, gas, and camping.
So, how much does it cost to rent an RV? The answer isn’t black and white, but, thankfully, our experts at Expedition Motorhomes are always eager to help. Call, email, or pay us a visit with a rough idea of what kind of road trip you are planning and what type of vehicle you may want. From there, we’ll be able to provide a quote that matches your needs!
Customers at Expedition Motorhomes regularly inquire how to best keep your food fresh while on the road for an extended motorhome vacation, and that is a valid concern. No matter the length of your trip, keeping your food fresh is essential to staying healthy and saving money on the road. One of the biggest perks of travelling in an RV is having your own kitchen and space to prepare food, and it takes some practice to perfect the art of cooking out of an RV. When done well, however, cooking in an RV allows you to maximize family time and also save money by avoiding restaurants. Below are three tips to help keep your food fresh in your mobile kitchen.
While useful back home, food storage containers are even more important in an RV. The kitchen space in your rental RV will likely be much smaller and compact than what you are used to, but you can maximize that space by utilizing efficient food storage containers. For dry foods in the cupboard or produce in the fridge, tight-sealing containers will prolong the life of your food and also save precious room in otherwise tight quarters.
A great way to preemptively keep your food fresh is to prepare meals ahead of time. Prepare meals after you go grocery shopping by organizing ingredients and setting them aside until they are ready to be cooked. This will allow for quick preparation and help you keep a smaller kitchen organized. Further, your food will stay fresh as you can keep tabs on what ingredients need to be used when so more vulnerable items don’t go rancid or rotten. Though preparing your meals ahead of time takes some practice, it can save you a lot of time, money, and space, in the long run, allowing for you to maximize time spent relaxing with your friends and family.
The idea of a road trip is that you are always on the move, and depending on your itinerary, grocery stores may not always be readily available. As such, you do not have the freedom that you do at home to run down a few blocks and grab a tomato if you need one. Instead, you need to have a heightened sense of awareness of what is in your RV’s kitchen. To ensure fresh food, don’t be afraid to stop semi-regularly at grocery stores. As your cupboard and refrigerator space is limited, sometimes it is better to buy smaller quantities more often rather than buying larger amounts and risking some of your food spoiling.
Being able to cook while travelling is a significant perk of the RV rental road trip, but doing so with fresh food is a bit of a learning curve. While there are some suggestions above, that is only the tip of the iceberg. As you work with our experts at Expedition Motorhomes to rent the RV of your dreams, feel free to ask for more cooking and food freshness tips to help you make the most of your upcoming motorhome road trip.