Top 5 Must-See RV Destinations

What is the point in having an RV if you don’t use it to travel? And if you travel, why not see the best sites possible? After all, RV stands for “recreational vehicle”. So we need to get in our rigs and get out there for some recreation in an RV campground. That includes visiting some of the top must-see RV destinations in the US.

Of course, there are loads of great places to see in this country. But some sites are just iconic. You have seen them in photos so much that you can almost recognize them instantly.

And there is probably a video running in your head about how beautiful these places are. And how great it would be to actually see them in person. Well, here are my top 5 must-see RV destinations in no particular order.

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Yosemite National Park

OK, I fibbed. I’m going to start with the number one spot in my heart, Yosemite. We are talking huge plunging waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, sheer granite cliffs, crystal clear water and more.

Almost everywhere you look is a postcard, especially in the fall. But here are some of the sights you don’t want to miss:

  • El Capitan – the largest piece of granite rock in the world. It towers 3,593 feet from the valley floor. You can get a great view of this icon from El Capitan Meadows. If you bring binoculars you can even watch the climbers as they ascend El Capitan.
  • Yosemite Falls – If you combine Upper, Lower and Middle Yosemite Falls, it’s the highest waterfall in North America. They cover a total of 2,425 feet in all.
  • Half Dome – one of the most photographed spots in the western part of the US. Talk about a sheer granite face. WOW!
  • Wawona Tunnel View – from this spot you can shoot your own postcard of Yosemite including the Yosemite valley floor, El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls.
Yosemite National Park - #1 in RV destinations

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is our first National Park and no wonder! It’s scenic beauty is like nothing you will find anywhere else.

It spans three different states, has 290 waterfalls, and wildlife galore. And how many National Parks can say that they sit on top of an active volcano?

Of course, the geothermal activity in Yellowstone is what makes so much of its scenery unique. Here are some places you don’t want to miss when you visit Yellowstone on your list of must-see RV destinations:

  • Castle Geyser – the largest cone geyser in the park. It erupts every 10 – 12 hours. When it does it can throw steam up to 90- feet in the air for about 20 minutes. Impressive!
  • Grand Prismatic Spring – the largest hot spring in the US. And the third largest in the world. The brightly colored rings around the pool are like nothing else you will ever see.
  • Yellowstone Lake – the largest body of water in the US over 7,000 feet. It has a surface area of 132 square miles.
  • Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone – it’s nearly 20 miles long and at times 4000 feet across. Some of the most popular hiking trails and scenic overlooks are in this area of the park.
Yellowstone National Park

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Zion National Park

Featuring towering red rocks, beautiful evergreen trees and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it all, Zion is special.

It is considered one of the gems of the National Park system and a place that you definitely want on your must-see RV destinations list. Here are some of the top places to go and see:

  • Zion Canyon Scenic Drive – this picturesque route takes you on an adventure of beauty for 57 miles. To relieve traffic congestion a free shuttle bus will take you on this journey during the peak season.
  • The Narrows – you can see it from the Riverside Walk but to experience it you have to go wading. But along the way you will see some incredible red rock scenery in the canyon narrows.
  • Observation Point – on top of Mount Baldy at 6,521 feet you can see almost all of the main features of Zion NP. It’s an 8 mile round trip hike that climbs 2,000 feet so make sure you are in shape before you go.
  • Watchman Trail – a 3 mile round trip trail that only climbs 400 feet or so. It is much easier for the average hiker and still provides a spectacular view of 6,545 foot Watchman Spire.
Zion National Park - one of the most popular RV destinations

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Glacier National Park

For stunningly impressive mountains, crystal clear lakes, blue skies and wildlife, Glacier NP is hard to beat.

There are also plenty of waterfalls and hiking trails in this Montana park as well. It’s a little off the beaten path but it rewards those who visit with a lifetime of vivid memories.

Here are some of the things you want to see here:

  • Going To The Sun Road – this is an absolute must in Glacier NP. It doesn’t open until the beginning of July. But the scenic vistas will have you stopping every 100 feet to take pictures.
  • The Trail Of The Cedars – this is a hiking trail that almost everyone can enjoy and it has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park.
  • Saint Mary Lake – a beautiful 10 mile long lake with towering mountains surrounding it. You can even take a boat tour on the lake between June and September.
  • Logan Pass – at 6600 feet the area boasts lots of wildlife including big horn sheep, grizzly bears and mountain goats.
Glacier National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

The Tetons are indeed grand. The sheer beauty of their majestic rise from the grasslands is breathtaking.

Then pair that with abundant wildlife, and great hiking trails. The full recipe is for fun and enjoyment in the outdoors. Here are some things you don’t want to miss:

  • Mormon Row – this historical district has some of the best views of the Teton range and the photos taken from here are world-class.
  • Jackson Lake – here is where you can water ski, go sailboating and windsurfing in the summer months.
  • Jenny Lake – it is 250 feet deep and the views of the mountains are amazing. You can also kayak and canoe here.
  • Taggart Lake – it’s a mile and a half to the lake from the trailhead. But the views are incredible. And plenty of wildlife can be seen in this area.
Grand Teton National Park

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I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 5 must-see RV destinations. Of course, you may have your own personal favorites to add to this list. But I think these national parks should be on everyone’s short list of places to see.

Please add your own suggestions in the comments below. As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!

Which RV Water Filter System Is Best For You?

Some kind of RV water filter system is a necessity for RVers. But especially for those who travel a lot. That’s because the water supply at some campgrounds can leave a lot to be desired. You will find bad tasting and awful smelling water, along with dirty water that has sediment in it. And since we all understand how important it is to have clean water for drinking, bathing and washing, here are a few ways to make sure that your water is safe to use.

Use An RV Cartridge Filter

One of the most popular RV water filter systems in use is an outside cartridge filter. These can be placed somewhere in line with your water hose before it attaches to the RV. It doesn’t really matter much whether it is attached at the water faucet or by the RV water inlet. Just as long as you have it inline before the water from the campground goes into your RV.

The beauty of these kind of RV water filters is that they will treat all of the water that is going into your rig. So whether it is kitchen or bathroom water, it is being filtered before use. All you have to do is take a stroll through almost any campground in the country and you will see these filters in use. They are usually blue in color and easily spotted. And for most people they work very well as they filter down to a 20 micron level. In fact, out of almost 3,000 reviews on Amazon, they have a 4.5 star rating. So a lot of people are happy with what they do.

There are certainly other RV water filter systems that filter water to a higher degree. But for most people this little filter does the job very well. And the cost is affordably low. So this is a good place to start when filtering the water going into your RV. Just click the links below to read the reviews on these filters.

Higher Quality Whole-RV Filter System

Now if you want to take whole-RV water filtration to another level, there are plenty of options. But one of the most cost-effective is to use a higher level carbon filter that filters down to 5 microns or so. Some RVers use this filter instead of the blue ones mentioned above. But some also add in this kind of filtration in addition to the blue filter.

Again, for most people this will be just fine. You can either use this kind of filter on the outside of the RV, or install it permanently inside. Either way, it is simple to use and the filter cost is very reasonable. In fact, they usually last for about 3 months at a time if being used on a regular basis. We use this kind of filter along with the blue filter above and we are happy with the water quality we get. Check out the reviews on this product at the link below.

High Quality Drinking Water Filtration

But when it comes to our drinking water, most of us want to make sure that it is up to very high standards. So although the above-mentioned filters will work very well, I have another suggestion for your drinking water. Of course, there are any number of high-dollar water filtration systems available. These include reverse osmosis, 2,3 and 4 stage filters, and even ultraviolet water filtration. But if you look at the real world reviews of most of these products on Amazon, they are not rated any higher than the ones already covered.

But there is an RV water filter system that will virtually replace all need for bottled water of any kind. And it will be much less expensive in the long run than those high-dollar systems. It’s called the Berkey water filter and many RVers use it for their everyday drinking water. It is a gravity fed unit so you have to refill it manually. But the resulting water is incredibly clean no matter how dirty it may be going into the filter. In fact, the Berkey helps eliminate bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, viruses, and more.

The Berkey RV water filter is also portable allowing it to be used either at home or in the RV. And since it uses no power to operate, it’s perfect for boondockers. It also is cost-effective as it can filter 6,000 gallons of water before needing a filter replacement. So if you drink two gallons of water a day the filters will last you almost 10 years!

You can find out more about the Berkey RV water filter system by clicking here.

I hope this discussion of RV water filtration has been helpful. Have safe and happy travels my friends!

How To Use An RV Electrical Adapter At Home

If you like to plug in your RV at home before a trip, you have plenty of company. It makes it easy to get some of the appliances, like the refrigerator, going in advance. And if you need the lights or want to power up some devices or the batteries, you can do that too. So this article will help explain how to use an RV electrical adapter at home safely.

Why Is An RV Electrical Adapter Needed At Home?

Most RVs come with either a 30 amp or 50 amp electrical system. And when you go to a campground, they are all set for either one. But sometimes you have to use an electrical adapter to plug in your RV at the campground . This is because you may have a 50 amp RV but the campground only has a 30 amp service available. Or you may have a 30 amp RV and only 50 amp campsites are available. Either way, an electrical adapter is needed in these cases. You can learn more about these kind of RV electrical adapters and check out the user reviews at the links below:

So what happens when you plug in your RV to your electrical service at home? Well, most residential houses do not have a 30 amp or 50 amp service. In fact, most of them will only have either a 15 amp or 20 amp electrical line that you can plug into. So clearly, another adapter is needed to be able to plug the RV in to your electrical service at home safely.

How To Make The Connection

The electrical service at your home is different from that found at a campground. And the electrical plug is not the same either. So clearly, you will need another RV electrical adapter to make the connection at home. Fortunately, adapters for 50 amp to 15 amp services are available. The same is also true for 30 amp to 15 amp electrical adapters. So if you choose to power your RV at home, be sure to have the correct adapter on hand to do so. Of course, if you have a 30 amp or 50 amp RV electrical service installed at home, these will not be needed. You can learn more about the 15 amp electrical adapters that I recommend at these links:

One other point to remember. Don’t forget to use the proper extension cord for your electrical connection if one is needed. The wiring in your extension cord needs to be up to the task of delivering the full amperage to your RV if needed. So don’t just grab a cheap extension cord for this task. It’s best to use an RV extension cord that matches the power draw of your electrical line. This will just make sure to keep things safe while your RV is plugged in. If you are on a 15 amp line, use a 15 amp RV extension cord. If it’s a 30 amp or 50 amp line, use the matching extension cord there as well. You can learn more about the RV extension cords for each amperage at the links below:

Your RV’s Power Usage At Home

One final note needs to be made about plugging your RV in to your home electrical system. That is that you can make the connection safely, but you must monitor and adjust your power usage in the RV. For instance, 50 amp RVs are designed to be able to use 12,000 watts of power simultaneously. That’s why they have 2 air conditioners and all those appliances in them. 30 amp RVs are designed to use 3600 watts of power at the same time. Usually there is only one air conditioner and fewer appliances in those RVs.

Now when you plug in to a 15 amp service at home, you can only use 1800 watts of power simultaneously. This is a big step-down for a 30 amp RV and a huge step-down for a 50 amp RV. So you have to make sure that you are only using enough appliances or devices in your RV that will not overload the 15 amp line. This means that air conditioners are out. And many large wattage appliances are out. So it may be possible to power your refrigerator on electric along with some lights. You may also be able to charge up some of your devices and use small appliances. But if you go beyond this, you will probably be tripping electrical breakers regularly. So make sure you conserve power as much as possible when plugged in to a 15 amp line.

I hope this helps you learn more about how to properly plug your RV in to your home electrical system. Have safe and happy travels my friends!