Planning Tips and Tricks for Each Season
While many RVers may hit the road most in the warmer months, owning an Entegra Coach provides the option to travel just about whenever the urge strikes. As winter winds down, a lot of RV owners start planning how they’ll spend their time on the road and where they’ll go. What better time to share some of our top travel ideas and tips for each season?
Cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put your motorhome away for months. There are plenty of warm-weather, RV-friendly locales that are great for escaping the cold. For some west-Texas charm, head to the Big Bend region. For some transcendent peace and quiet, check out one of the many parks in the Lower Colorado River area, near the border of California and Arizona. Learn more about these and other lesser-traveled, relaxing locales here.
If you’re planning a trip to a destination that doesn’t completely escape the chill, you may want to pack and plan a little differently. For example, you’ll want to have protection for your water and drain lines in case of a freeze, a powerless dehumidifier to prevent condensation build-up and an indoor/outdoor thermometer to help monitor conditions in and around your unit. Read about 14 essential items to pack on a winter trip here.
It’s the most exciting time of the year for most RVers; the weather is warming, blooms are on the trees and visions of quick weekend trips and long hauls alike dance in our heads.
First things first, if you’ve had your unit in storage, or even if it’s been lightly used, you’ll want to take care when getting it ready for the road again. To refresh the interior, we suggest opening all the windows and doors, removing pillows or cushions and thoroughly cleaning electronics and vents to start. You can read more spring cleaning advice here
In order to hit the road running, you’ll also want to inspect some of the areas that are key to the systems and mechanics of your unit, like the roof, batteries and fluids. You can read more about checking those before you hit the road here.
Now to the fun stuff: the places to go and things to do. One of the most popular spring trips is to follow the flora. From Washington State to New York, tulip festivals fill the spring calendar, offering music, local fare and fun for the kids. Read all about six of America’s most popular festivals here, including Holland, Michigan’s acclaimed event and a pair of options in Iowa.
Who says spring break is just for the college kids? Check out these nine RV-friendly destinations with a mix of campsites, weather and springtime fun that the grownups are sure to enjoy.
Summer is all about getting out there, and we have all kinds of ideas for you to consider as you fill out your calendar. Festivals of all kinds pop up around the country, including celebrations of sand in Texas, jazz in Indiana and rare gems in Arizona. Read more about these and other festivals here.
If you’re a foodie, or love to explore local cuisines, you may want to plan a stop at one of these BBQ spots in the Midwest or seafood joints on the East Coast. If you’re a history buff, we’ve got eight unique spots to check out, from Colorado cliff dwellings that date back hundreds of years to an architecture legend’s studio. History buffs, or those of you just on the lookout for a leisurely way to spend a day, may like paying a visit to one of these beautiful bastions of higher education in all their summertime glory. Pay a visit to Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Jacob’s Pillow dance school in Western Massachusetts or any of these five other stunning campuses during your travels.
Maintenance tip: Did you know it’s a good idea to run your heater in the summer too? Learn why and when to do it here.
Just like flowers inspire road trippers in the spring, so do autumn’s falling leaves and changing colors. Michigan’s Gold Coast, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains provide three of the best opportunities to catch fall at its finest. Find out the best times to visit and where to start your route here. While you’re at it, you must try this seasonally appropriate pumpkin pork enchilada recipe.
For those who have to find storage for your coach during the colder months, fall’s the time for planning, and choosing where to store your coach is an important decision. We’ve got you covered. Our resident guru, PJ Clanton, shared four questions to ask yourself before deciding where to store your unit. “If you can answer those simple questions, you are on your way to picking the correct storage method that best fits your needs,” PJ said. You can find out the questions and read more advice here.
There you have it, all kinds of tips and trip ideas to consider year-round. Another good place to find advice is on our Facebook page. Not only will you see our latest tips and blog posts right in your feed, but you’ll find Entegra Coach owners and fans are a wealth of knowledge. Check out #WeAreEntegra to see the latest photos and adventures from the Entegra Coach family.