Use Informative Books That Make RV Travel Easy

If you own an RV and plan to do much traveling, there are certain books you should always have on board prior to heading down the road.

While it might seem like fun to just be able to take off for parts unknown with no idea as to where you will go or what you plan to see, it is not the best way to travel.

A better choice is to know what is available and where it is located.

The best way to do this is to use books that are created specifically to suit the needs of RV travelers.
Good information is the key to successful RV Trips

Good Sam Travel Guide
Just about everybody who owns an RV buys at least one campground guide.

My husband and I have always used the Good Sam Travel Guide because it is reasonably priced and provides all of the basic information any RV traveler might need with regards to campgrounds, RV repair facilities and even fishing license requirements.
The only caveat is that since this book is only published once each year, campground prices may be different from the ones that are listed in the guide. 

For this reason, you should always call ahead so you know how much you'll have to pay to camp at any Good Sam Park.

Generally speaking, the majority of the campgrounds shown are privately owned, and even with discounts, can be expensive.  However, even if you don't use this book to get information about campgrounds, it is still worth owning due to the other services it provides.

The good news is that you can buy one and use it for several years before purchasing an updated copy.  If you check your prices, not much else in the guide will change. 

The RVer's Friend

One book few RV travelers know about is The RVer's Friend.

This book lists every truck stop in the US and Canada, along with information about each that tells travelers whether they allow RV parking, sell Propane or have dump stations.

More importantly, it lists contact information for every state and federal park and tells travelers which rest areas have dump stations or dump and fill stations.

Many RV travelers do not realize that certain states are more RV friendly than others and thus offer special services such as those mentioned above.

A few even have special overnight parking areas just for RVs that are similar to staying in a campground.

Walmart Atlas

Even though most travelers today use GPS systems, it is a good idea to keep an atlas on board.

The best one to have is the one put out by Walmart because it lists location and contact information for every Walmart in the country.

There are times when you may get stuck for one reason or another and need a safe spot to stay for the night.

Walmart generally allows you to stay, but you should always ask the manager’s permission first.

Also, Walmarts all have 24/7 roaming security and are well lit.

Knowing where they are and how to get to them can be a life saver at times.

Family Motor Coach Association Annual Guide

Not everybody belongs to the, but if you do, it is a smart idea to carry their annual guide while you travel in your RV.

This is because it lists contact information for members all across the US who can lend you a hand if you have problems.

Some will even allow you to park on their property if they have room or give you the name of a good doctor or hospital if you need one in an emergency.

Discount Camping Club Affiliate Guides

If you join a discount camping club, you should always keep a copy of their campground book with you.

There are a number of different club from which to choose, but each generally offers a catalog of their campgrounds, contact information, descriptions and pricing.

I use Passport America because it is inexpensive, pays for itself quickly and has many participating campgrounds.  

Their campgrounds are located approximately 250 miles apart and many are convenient to interstate highways and have easy access and regress.

The only caveat, and this is undoubtedly true with all of the clubs, is that the participating campgrounds often have limitations on stays or days.

For example, in Florida, most of the participating campgrounds only offer discounts for off season visits. However, the discounts are substantial.

You only pay half of the normal campground fee when you use this plan. Other plans may vary in what they offer, but Passport America is very good this way.

RV Manuals

You should also carry your RV Manuals with you just in case you need to make repairs as you travel.

Even if you are unable to fix problems yourself, having these books with you can help mechanics to repair quickly and for lower costs because this will save them time.

Good Information Makes For Better Travels

The main thing to remember is that you do not want to “fly blind” when you are traveling.

All of the informational guides and books mentioned here offer important information that every RV traveler should be able to access easily and several are available for purchase in the RV Supplies section of this blog.

They cost a few dollars to own, but they can help travelers avoid many problems.