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Keep Your Food Fresh for your RV Road Trip

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. 

Use Proper Food Storage Containers

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. 

Prepare Some Meals Ahead of Time

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. 

Consciously Plan your Grocery Runs

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. 

Tips for Taking a Road Trip in an RV with Grandchildren

There are few types of vacations better for spending quality time with people you care about than an RV road trip.  You clock shared hours on the road watching the countryside go by and, at the end of the driving day, arrive at your desired destination, ready to start exploring and partaking in whatever adventure is next.  Further, given the accessibility and affordability of the RV road trip, you can build an itinerary to please all ages.  Here at Expedition Motorhomes, we are seeing an increasing amount of grandparents renting vehicles and loading their RV with grandchildren.  What better way to spend quality time with your family and spoil the little ones, as they should be, than taking them around California in a vehicle built for adventure?  If this is something you have considered, here are four tips to help ensure that a road trip in a rental RV with grandchildren goes off without a hitch.

Snacks

This should be a no-brainer for anybody on a road trip no matter the age, but a little more thought is required when grandchildren are involved.  In order to keep the little ones happy and healthy, you need to strike a balance between favorite foods and healthy options.  You want your family to eat well, but treats can also be an excellent motivation on the road.  Stopping for an ice-cream cone at lunch or letting them pick their own snack out at a gas station can be a great motivation to withstand long days on the road.

Naps

Perhaps the best thing about an RV is the comfort and space it affords all passengers.  Take advantage of this with your grandchildren, and keep them on their normal routine.  Just because you are driving through their nap time doesn’t mean they have to skip it.  If you can make sure everyone is staying well rested while on the road, spirits will be much higher when you arrive at your destination for dinner, camping, and the following day of adventure. 

Movies and Games

Depending on your itinerary, you may have some very long days on the road.  Like a cruise ship between ports, however, these can be some of the most fun if structured well.  Before taking off on the road, make sure you have some of your grandchildren’s favorite movies downloaded to watch and some of their favorite games packed and ready to play.  While one grandparent drives the other can play with the kids, having at least as much fun as you do when the grandkids visit you at home. 

If done thoughtfully, loading a rental RV with grandchildren and hitting the road will prove to be one of the most fun vacations you will ever have.  At Expedition Motorhomes, we are seeing more and more of these types of road trips and the smiles we see upon return are priceless.  If this is something you are considering, give us a call today and allow our passionate staff to help you build the road trip of a lifetime.

How to avoid overpacking for your RV Trip

If you’re renting a camper-van to go on a trip, especially a long road trip, you might be tempted to bring as many clothes and amenities as possible so that the road feels like home. However, the whole point of an RV excursion is mobility and taking the whole kitchen sink with you can leave you feeling bogged down and disorganized. What’s more, even if you’re trying to pack lightly you might have no idea what things are essential to have with you and which you might be able to pick up along the way. In order to make sense of all these machinations ensure that your camper trip is weightless and easy, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the do’s and don’ts for packing on your RV journey. 

Cooking Gear

Nightly gourmet road meals are a super appealing prospect but one which requires a ton of fancy equipment which is likely going to clog up your extremely limited kitchen storage space. Leave the rice cooker, crock-pot, and grill at home and stick to the essentials. Bring a small or medium-sized fry pan for doing most of your basic cooking, a few reusable utensils for cooking and eating alike, and a reasonably sized pot for cooking stuff like noodles or oats. If your camper is luxuriously equipped with an oven, a baking sheet is also a good idea. We promise this will be enough to sustain you for a week or two after which you can return to your foodie lifestyle.

Clothing 

When it comes to dressing on your road trip try and channel your inner minimalist. You aren’t attending the MET Gala and chances are the people you’re travelling with are either family or close friends who won’t mind if you wear the same shirt two days in a row. A good pair of sneakers, maybe some hiking boots and outfit essentials (jeans, tees, hoodies, swim trunks) should be all you need to have a blast while on your trip. 

Food

Alright, this one’s a toughie, I mean, who knows how hungry you might get during the long days speeding along blacktop? Remember though that snacks and even meal components are usually accessible while en route unless you plan on heading to a truly desolate location. For the food, you plan to bring, try and pack essentials which will fill up your meals throughout your whole trip but won’t take up too much space (think rice, canned veggies, and other non-perishables). 

Campfire Specifics

If you’re staying at a campground populated by other RV naturalists, chances are the grounds will have a camping store of some kind. While you do want to make sure you aren’t up-charged on bug spray, there’s obviously no need to pack your camper full of something like firewood or lighter fluid. Doing some research on the resources around your destination before embarking on your trip will help ensure you don’t pack what is already there. 

RV Renting for Honeymoon

Your honeymoon should be an ideal expedition. The trip of a lifetime with the person you’ve just decided to spend it with, for most people, happens only once. That being said, it can be challenging to decide on just a singular destination for your honeymoon. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see multiple breathtaking destinations, taking in a whole assortment of places and people to see? If you rent an RV for your honeymoon, you can do just that. Some might perceive an RV honeymoon as gauche, but in reality, taking an RV on your honeymoon can make for a genuinely stupendous journey with your partner and can be even more exciting than just visiting a single destination as with a more typical honeymoon. Below we’ve listed some concrete reasons why.  

Movement

The most outstanding reason for renting an RV is increased mobility. Depending on where you are, whether traveling across the US or Canada, you can see several peak destinations all within a couple of days. Popular routes include journeys through the gorgeous deserts of the Midwest which lead into hot spots throughout California, but the options are endless. This variety will keep your honeymoon exciting and allow you and your partner to see places and things you are both interested in rather than having to compromise on a single location. 

The journey, not the destination

It may seem simplistic, but another apparent reason to rent an RV is that road trips themselves are an absolute blast. What better way to spend quality time with your new life partner than on the open road with nothing but time and each other? An RV honeymoon makes for fun pit-stops, long-lasting conversations, sightseeing along the way, and more all with an intimate spot to live and sleep during the days and nights. 

Adaptability

We all know this; sometimes, plans change! Or maybe, your wants and needs will change along the trip. For example, suppose you’re reminded of a cool place you’ve always wanted to see along the way, with an RV honeymoon you can easily make it happen. You can decide that an alternate destination is in the stars for you and your partner. Even better, you might decide you’d like to keep things open and discover where the road takes you along the way. Whatever the reason, an RV honeymoon allows you an unprecedented level of flexibility during your dream journey.

Aesthetic 

When many people think of RVs, they might think of big, clunky, and unsightly camper-vans, but there’s so much more to choose from! From cutely decorated small campers to quaint old-style mobile homes, there are a ton of options in terms of style. These RVs will make for gorgeous honeymoon pics but will also add a charming touch to the vibe of your expedition. 

Cost

Of course, you’ll want to spend as much as you need to make your honeymoon fabulous but with a possibly pricey wedding under your belt, why not minimize expenses? An RV honeymoon is undeniably one of the cheapest options, and you and your partner can spend as little as $20 a night on living expenses. A breathtaking and memorable honeymoon does not need to be expensive.

What you need to know about Campervan rental insurance

Often the world of insurance can seem like an impenetrable black box, obscured by paperwork and jargon which makes it impossible to understand. However, if you plan to embark on a motor-home vacation, especially a long term one, insurance is an absolute necessity.  In order for you to be able to rest easy during your vacation by knowing how and when you are protected, we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down the most basic forms of Campervan rental insurance.

Vehicle Insurance

Vehicle insurance is what most people think of when they consider car insurance more broadly. Vehicle insurance will protect you financially in any scenario where your rented motor-home incurs some kind of damage, including vandalism or theft. Of course there will only be specific scenarios in which you are covered while driving your RV and your insurance plan may require that you adhere to certain requirements in order to maintain the coverage provided.  If you’d like specific information on exactly what situations you may be covered in and which you may not be, read our sections on mandatory and optional insurance plans or contact one of our representatives who will happily go through the details with you. Inevitably, there will always be a certain amount of excess cost in the event of any damage that you, the renter, will be liable for, but again this amount will vary based on the plan that you choose.

Collision Damage Waivers

There are also more simplified insurance options which specifically cover damage in the event of a crash or a collision. These are called Collision Damage Waivers or CDWs and usually come in amounts of $1000-$1500. CDWs are generally included in the regular rental rate for campers and motor-homes, as they tend to benefit both the renter and company in terms of protection. Again, these CDWs will leave the renter responsible for any excess damage which exceeds the amount agreed upon according to the CDW in the event of a collision or accidental damage. If you choose to reject the CDW entirely you will become responsible for any amount of damage incurred in the event of an accident.

Liability Insurance

Where vehicle insurance protects you from any damage you may cause to your own camper, liability insurance protects you from any damage you may cause to someone else’s vehicle, property, or person. If claims are brought by a third party who’s incurred damages as a result of an accident, renters and rental companies in the United States are generally separately insured. The minimum level of coverage for renters tends to be fairly low. In California liability minimums are $30,000 for personal injury and $5,000 for property damage If these minimums seem insufficient and you want to be sure you’ll be protected in any catastrophe, we’ve got you covered. Supplemental liability insurance is an optional purchase which usually costs around $10-$13 and will extend beyond the state minimums of third party liability coverage up to over $500,000 in damage.

Get This Packing checklist Before Hitting the Road with Your RV

When you are planning your RV vacation, you probably spend a lot of time considering the road trip itinerary and weighing the merits of the various RV rental vehicles. However, once you have nailed down all the bigger details, you need to worry about all the fine tuning details such as what to pack in the RV. 

This RV travel checklist will help you create the absolute perfect RV vacation, no matter where you are road tripping!

Personal Items

These are the things that each person will need to bring along. Most of them will be very necessary should you run into any trouble along the way.

This is the equipment you will need if you plan on doing any camping while you are on your road trip. If you plan to visit any of the national parks on your travels, you will want this general equipment RV travel checklist.

Clothing Items

In the rush to get all of the emergency equipment and camping stuff into the RV, you can easily forget to pack your clothes. Use this checklist to ensure that you have proper clothes to wear during your trip.

Personal Hygiene Products

You will definitely want to check your personal hygiene RV travel checklist twice. 

Kitchen Items

When renting your RV, you will want to inquire about the kitchen facilities onboard. You may not need all of these items that are listed as some may be redundant or unneeded.

Pet Needs

If you are bringing your four-legged family member along for the ride, you will need to ensure that you have the necessary items to care for your animal.

Expedition Motor Homes want you to have a glorious road trip in your rental RV which is why we have created this RV travel checklist. Make sure that you have all the necessary items, and your vehicle can truly feel like a home away from home. Get out there and explore, the open road is waiting!

RVing with Kids

Travel with kids, in general, is a highly memorable experience, but there are few family vacations you can take that are more rewarding or unforgettable than RVing with kids.  Motorhome travel is the perfect combination of comfort and adventure and allows both children and adults to maximize fun without compromising relaxation and rest time.  Of course, travel with kids also comes with its unique set of challenges.  At Expedition Motorhomes we have found that RVing with kids, provides a great means to mediate some of the stressors that can accompany other forms of family travel provided you approach it from the right angle.  Continue reading for a few tips that will help make your motorhome travel with kids the best family vacation you’ve ever had!

Make an Itinerary and Share It!

Before you even set foot in an RV with your family, you may consider drawing out an itinerary and sharing it with your kids.  Highlight some of the stops that are going to be most exciting, what you may see on the road, and what grand adventures or destinations they can look forward to.  This will help your kids conceptualize the trip and give them a framework for how their vacation may unfold.  While building excitement before the trip begins is good, this is something that can also be shared throughout so that you don’t get bombarded with the classic “Are we there yet?” questions from the backseat!

Fun on the Road

One of the most critical aspects to a successful family road trip is cracking the code of how to keep your kids entertained and engaged while on the road.  Some days will require more hours in the RV than others, and it is essential to have a toolbox full of games, movies, and ideas at the ready to keep the little ones in good spirits.  Every child is different, of course, but we have found that having a good selection of ready prepared activities can help make days on the pavement fly by.  Thankfully, the ability to move around, change positions, and get comfortable in an RV does wonders in keeping things fresh.  The road trip has come a long way since the days of the minivan! 

Family Campgrounds and Destinations

At the end of a long day on the road, your kids are going to want to blow off some steam and choosing fun and exciting destinations to spend the night will be invaluable.  This is something you can incorporate into your initial itinerary or adjust as you go, but a fun family campground with a swimming pool, playground, or beautiful natural location will win your kids back over if you started to lose them after a big day behind the wheel.  It is also good to remember that just because you are in a motorhome does not mean that you need to constantly be on the move.  Consider setting up camp for a few days in a particularly nice place so that you and your kids can relax, adventure, and enjoy each other’s company in comfort.  After all, that’s what RV road trips are all about!

Get your Kid’s Input

Lastly, you should regularly check in with your kiddos to see not only how they are doing but what they want to be doing.  Ideally, this starts a bit in the itinerary planning stage and continues throughout your vacation.  By giving your children a sense of ownership over your shared adventure as well as places or activities that they have chosen and can look forward to throughout the trip, you will build a greater comradery over the course of your road trip.  One of the best things about an RV road trip is its fluidity, in that you can change your plans at the drop of the hat to better accommodate your family’s needs. 

While it may seem like a lot, you will quickly find out that RVing with kids will be some of the most fun you can have as a parent.  Each year Expedition Motorhomes rent out countless RVs to families and, without fail, the beaming smiles we receive when they are returned are some of the biggest we see from any of our customers.  Work with your kids today and start building that dream itinerary; our staff at Expedition Motorhomes is always eager to hand you the keys and help get another unforgettable family road trip underway. 

Get This Packing List Before Hitting the Road with Your RV

When you are planning your RV vacation, you probably spend a lot of time considering the road trip itinerary and weighing the merits of the various RV rental vehicles. However, once you have nailed down all the bigger details, you need to worry about all the fine tuning details such as what to pack in the RV.

This RV travel checklist will help you create the absolute perfect RV vacation, no matter where you are road tripping!

Personal Items

These are the things that each person will need to bring along. Most of them will be very necessary should you run into any trouble along the way.

General Equipment

This is the equipment you will need if you plan on doing any camping while you are on your road trip. If you plan to visit any of the national parks on your travels, you will want this general equipment RV travel checklist.

Clothing Items

In the rush to get all of the emergency equipment and camping stuff into the RV, you can easily forget to pack your clothes. Use this checklist to ensure that you have proper clothes to wear during your trip.

Personal Hygiene Products

You will definitely want to check your personal hygiene RV travel checklist twice. 

Kitchen Items

When renting your RV, you will want to inquire about the kitchen facilities onboard. You may not need all of these items that are listed as some may be redundant or unneeded.

If you are bringing your four-legged family member along for the ride, you will need to ensure that you have the necessary items to care for your animal.

Expedition Motor Homes want you to have a glorious road trip in your rental RV which is why we have created this RV travel checklist. Make sure that you have all the necessary items, and your vehicle can truly feel like a home away from home. Get out there and explore, the open road is waiting!

Do I Need a Specific Driving License to Rent an RV in the USA?

For those vacationers that are considering taking a road trip in the United States, an RV rental may be the ideal method of transportation. Large recreational vehicles allow you to comfortably travel the North American highways at your own pace, and you always have your home away from home with you.

Yet, there is one major concern that many people worry about: What are the driver’s license requirements for an RV rental in the US?

It is a great question because there are all kinds of laws about driving in countries around the world, and many people may wonder if they are even able to rent an RV if they have a license from another country.

Good news! You do not need any kind of special or international license to rent an RV in the United States. If you come from a country that uses the Latin alphabet such as France, England, or Spain, then the driver’s license you already possess will be enough. 

There are two major restrictions, however. 

1. You driver’s license has to have been valid for more than 12 months.

2. You must be aged 25 or older. 

If you meet those requirements, then you meet the driver’s license needs for an RV rental in the United States! Good for you. Now you can worry about finding an appropriate vehicle for renting. 

AT Expedition Motor Homes, we can help you find the perfect RV rental to suit your road trip needs. We have Class A, Class B, and Class C vehicles. Plus, we also have diesel pushers, fun movers, RUVs, and Travel Trailers. You are sure to find the perfect recreational vehicle for your U.S. road trip. 

Class A vehicles range from 29ft all the way up to 26ft, and our Class B vehicles include passenger vans with enough space for ten adults. Class C vehicles can reach lengths of 33ft like the Minnie Winnie Winnebago. We have one diesel pusher in the fleet, and it is a 39ft Fleetwood Expedition that has space for up to six adults. As you can see, Expedition Motor Homes has the RVs you need for a spectacular road trip adventure. 

An Amazing 14 Day RV Trip Around California

Ready to take an RV vacation? Well, there is no better state for enjoying a long road trip than California. The climate is pretty great, and you will find so many National Parks to explore. Not to mention the fact that there are several of the most famous cities in the country in California!

To help you take the best RV trip ever, use this 14-day California RV vacation itinerary. You will get to see some of the most amazing sites the state has on offer while enjoying the open road in your California RV rental. What are you waiting for?

For this trip, you will begin and end your trip the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles. Here you will be able to pick up your Expedition RV and begin your California tour. 

 

 

Day #1 Los Angeles

Spend the first day of your RV vacation exploring the city. There are plenty of areas to choose from including the Santa Monica area, the quirky area of Venice, or you could go look for the stars in Hollywood. 

No matter if you take a Universal Studios backlot tour or shop ‘til you drop on Rodeo Drive, a day spent in the City of Angels is a day well spent. 

Day #2 San Diego

The next morning, you can hit the road and travel on to San Diego. This city also has a fun and unique flair which many people enjoy. You can enjoy a trip to the San Diego Zoo where you can hang out with the pandas or you can enjoy a stroll through the renowned botanical gardens. Make sure to dine at one of the many excellent restaurants before calling it a day. 

Day #3 Joshua Tree National Park

An easy drive from San Diego on the morning of day three will get you to Joshua Tree National Park and the iconic trees that grow there. This park is where the Mojave and the Colorado deserts meet, and it is a fantastic place for hiking, camping, and just enjoying the glorious night sky. 

Remember to stock your California RV rental with plenty of water before you venture into the park because it will be difficult to come by once you are inside. 

Day #4 Death Valley National Park

Another park that features the California desert, Death Valley National Park is the largest of all the parks in the contiguous U.S. It also holds the distinction of being the hottest and most dry spot on the continent. You can find plenty of barren beauty to keep your occupied including hiking trails, canyons, and sand dunes to explore. 

Day #4 Mammoth Lakes

Now that you have experienced the serious heat, it is time to head for cooler places and take a drive that offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Where Death Valley was barren, Mammoth Lakes is practically teeming with things to do. You will find places for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, and there is even a ghost town to explore. Don’t forget to stop in for a brew at one of the craft beer breweries. 

Days #5-7 Yosemite National Park

The next spot on your California vacation is so robust, you should devote several days to exploring. Yosemite National Park is a wondrous spot, and you will most certainly fall in love. In fact, you may decide to forego the rest of your trip and just stay snuggly within its boundaries. 

Make sure you fit in a stop by Yosemite Falls and a hike to Glacier Point. If you have time, take a gander at Vernal Falls and Bridalveil Falls as well. Accommodations are easy to come by in the park, and you can choose to rough it at a campsite or spend the night in a luxurious hotel. 

Days #8-9 San Francisco

Once you peel yourself away from Yosemite, you can head on to the vibrant and unique city of San Francisco. We also recommend spending two days of your RV vacation on this leg of the journey because the city has so much to see. You can bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, eat your way through Chinatown, take a tour of Alcatraz, or ride around on the cable car. 

If you are feeling a little cramped in your California RV rental after so many days on the road, there are plenty of hotel options in the city where you can stretch out and enjoy a few amenities.

Days 10-12 Pacific Coast Highway

You are in the home stretch now, and your RV vacation is coming to an end. For this final leg of the journey, you can cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy a few of the quaint seaside towns. If you are in the mood for another park, you will find the Julia Pfeffer Burns State Park on this route. 

You will also be passing notable landmarks such as Big Sur, Pismo Beach, and the Hearst Castle. Stopping off in Laguna Beach before you get back to LA is also recommended.

Days 12-14 Los Angeles

Now that you made it back to the city, you can spend a couple of days doing all the little activities you didn’t get to fit in before you left on your tour. There is the Hollywood sign to see, and the La Brea Tar Pits. Plus, you can simply cruise around the city and try to spot a celebrity or two. 

Now that you have this amazing California vacation itinerary, you simply need to pick out the appropriate RV. At Expedition Motor Homes, we have an entire fleet of RVs that are ready and waiting for you to take them out and explore. 

You can choose from models such as the 25ft Coachmen or the 33ft Fleetwood Jamboree. No matter the size of your vacation party, we have the ideal RV to suit your needs. We even have passenger vans that seat up to 10 adults if you want to find hotels during the evening hours. 

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