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If you’re waiting for a sign, here it is. Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

Just for Fun #115

Heading out to buy a car that the dealer says was owned by a little old lady who drove it gently?

Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

Until now, you didn’t know that getting a car inspection before buying will keep you from buying an unsafe car. Now you do. Tire Kickers come to you.

Just for Fun #113

Just to be sure…out of an abundance of caution…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

Until now, you didn’t know that getting a car inspection before buying will keep you from buying an unsafe car. Now you do. Tire Kickers come to you.

RV Parks: The FUN Kind

Part 5

A Bunch

We spent far too much time talking about Trailer Parks (as in manufactured home parks) and not enough time talking about Trailer Parks as in RV CampGrounds and Resorts. So back to the fun. 

Locating Amazing places to vacation on the cheap (comparatively) is made easier by the existence of entire networks and associations of RV sites. Here are a few to consider whether you’re considering a summer vacation or a longer season of nomadic living. 

The US 

Nobody does RVing like the United States with over 13,000 privately owned RV parks and over 1,600 state parks that cater to RVers in the USA. Available for drop in or with reservations, you can easily use these locations to stay for a relaxing breather or as a way to work your way across the country without having to sleep in a new bed every night. 

Membership campground networks like Thousand Trails operate via joining the club. You pay a joining fee and typically annual fees as well. Then you get a timeshare arrangement for you and your RV. The two largest chains of campsites or KOA (Kampgrounds of America) and Jellystone (after the famous yogi bear). The Good Sam Club is the largest association of RVers who maintain a list of independent campgrounds they endorse. Which can be very helpful. 

Each of these outfits has better coverage in some areas than others so it’s quite possible you will need more than one association if you really want to be choosy in how you get where you want to go. 

On that topic, you can find online directories of RV campgrounds and resorts through:

CampRate

MobileRVing.com

Reserve RV

RoverPass

RV Parks & Campgrounds

RVParkReviews

RVThereYet

The Dyrt 

If you intend to go off grid though, you won’t have access to wifi at all times. (Although some of the above operate as aps which may have “offline mode.”) If could be a good idea to seek an old school printed directory (you know the kind that are chronically out of date). 

Woodall’s Campground Magazine is the Gold Standard for RV lifestyle information. Equally as revered is Trailer Life Magazine. Before you become a “full-timer” you’d better spend some time reading up on “the life.” 

European Networks

The  Caravan Club is huge, with over one million users. Use them for mainland locations. 

Called Reisemobil-Stellplatz in German or Aire de Camping-car in French this more recent upstart operates in Germany, France, Norway and the Netherlands. There will be a language barrier for us Americans but google translate can get you quite a ways if you’re willing to take a chance.

In the UK you’ll get better results from Camping and Caravanning Club, a non-profit association of campgrounds with over 100 locations.  Pic Link https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/dist/images/Camping-and-Caravanning-Club-Logo.svg 

Just for Fun #110

Just to be sure…out of an abundance of caution…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

Until now, you didn’t know that getting a car inspection before buying will keep you from buying an unsafe car. Now you do. Tire Kickers come to you.

RV Parks: International RVing

Part 3

A Bunch

We’ve discussed RV’s and trailers in the US quite a bit. Let’s check around the world and see how it’s handled internationally. Is there reputation better, worse, or just different.

The UK

You probably knew that trailers are called Caravans in the UK, but did you know they call trailer parks “halting sites?” They call a manufactured home a “static caravan.” In the UK and most of Europe, the issue is illegal halting sites. We’ve mentioned Romani and Irish Travelers before, but since the 1970’s there has been steady growth of “free spirited” individuals who take to the open road, often stopping where they’re not really licenced to be. 

As in the US, “caravan parks” are used for senior living. Unlike the US, there are quite a number of “resorts” that employ static caravans for folks on holiday.

To find a great place to RV in the UK the nonprofit Camping and Caravanning Club has been around for 100 years with more than 100 campsites. 

Europe 

In the Netherlands and Germany (as well as many other countries) there are places where you can set up a “permanent” or very extended stay situation for your trailer or manufactured house. In France, however, the legal limit on living in an RV is three months–even on your own property. The work around is that they are pretty loose when determining what constitutes a house (a shed with electricity might work). 

Careful when you search Camp in Germany.

Unofficial, or less-than-legal campsites are a problem in Germany as well. Their term for an illegal halting site is “wagon fort” (Wagenburg).

Obviously anything European is either really old or completely modernized. A new built RV park will be up to the latest environment standards. One resource for finding just the right place to take your RV in Europe is  Caravan Club with over 2,500 CL’s (certified sites). Germany and France have been trying to catch up to the US in stopover campsite networks, called Reisemobil-Stellplatz in German or Aire de Camping-car in French, these are comparable to the US KOA type facilities. 

Australia & New Zealand

Australia like the UK, has traditionally used Caravans in their “holiday parks.” This fact is changing as the popularity of cabins increases. In New Zealand they might refer to them as a motor camp, which rarely exists without also allowing tent camping. Most camps allow you to stay overnight or long term.