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This index contains online articles and news coverage dealing with different aspects of fulltime RVing as a family. These articles may have been previously published in one or more RVing publications. For those articles which appear on other web sites, please observe the copyright rules of that site.

RVing In The USA TV Series And Escapees RV Club Announce Promotion Partnership

By: Goin Mobile Video Productions

The producers for the upcoming Discovery Channel TV series "RVing in the USA" announced that they have formed an alliance of promotion and video content relating to the RV industry and lifestyle with the long-recognized leader in the RV community, Escapees RV Club.

"This will offer our viewers a unique opportunity to explore all that the RV community has to offer through the vast reach and experience of Escapees RV Club and their affiliates", says Executive Producer Howard Lipkint. "The amount of original content we will be able to produce, along with Escapees long history in the RV community, will certainly enhance our production, whereas experienced RVers, newbies and people looking to enter this growing lifestyle will prove beneficial."

Escapees LogoBarring any further restrictions with travel, production for the series will begin at the upcoming RVers Boot Camp hosted by Escapees RV Club in Dillard, GA on April 16th - 18th, 2021. This event will be held at the River Vista Mountain RV Resort.

"In the coming days we will be announcing further production schedules and locations where our production crew will be heading" continued Lipkint. "With all of the travel restrictions, the need for complying with safety regulations and all of the other unfortunate elements associated with the pandemic, scheduling and logistics have been quite the challenge. But, as the nation is hopefully loosening up, our crew of professionals are ready to make the journey".

For more information on the Escapees RV Club, please visit their website. For more information on 'RVing in the USA" TV Series, follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Walmart Overnight Stays

It's happened to anyone who's spent much time travelling by RV. You set your first-day sights on a distant stopping point, then realize how much there is to see along the way. A festival here, a roadside diner there, and the day is gone, long before you reach your destination. With no campground reservation in hand, what's a savvy motorhome camper to do?

Try Walmart Yes, you read that right - Walmart is not only the place for camping essentials, it's also the best-kept "secret" in free overnight camping. Many Walmart locations across the country allow motorhome campers to stop overnight (free!) in their parking lots.

Read more about camping in a Walmart parking lot

If you are a seasoned fulltimer or just started with your first RV rental vehicle, and decided to take advantage of this budget-stretching concept, here is how to find some Walmart locations along your route? Here are two helpful links to make things easy:

  • Walmart Stores That Provide Overnight RV Camping - There are plenty of Walmart stores that DO allow overnight RV parking, and you can find a state-by-state directory of those locations here. Because you are all great "citizens of the road", we know you'll follow camping etiquette, no matter where you stop. Here are some things to remember, however, when you're pulling into a Walmart "campsite":
  • This is "dry camping", so there won't be electricity, water or dump stations available while you're there. You'll need to find a dump station elsewhere (you may want to check out rvdumps.com for this), as well as filling water tanks and using your own generator. Seems obvious, but it's always worth mentioning.
  • Park only in the spaces designated for RV parking. You should always double-check with the store ahead of time, so you aren't rudely awakened by a security guard!
  • To benefit RVer's world-wide, always leave your campsite clean, whether in a Walmart parking lot or at an exclusive resort. Blowing trash from motorhome campers could shut down this generous benefit from Walmart.
  • Walmart Stores That Do Not Provide Overnight Camping - Not all Walmart locations allow overnight RV parking. You can use this link to find stores that don't offer this service. Please keep our public image shiny by respecting the policies of these stores.

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: While free overnight stays at Walmart may be something that may seem attractive, always check with the store to see if they allow camping. In addition, in some cities/states, it is illegal. El Monte RV cares about your safety, so consider the area in which the Walmart is located when deciding to stay there. Some stores may be in areas that may be unsafe.

Other Sources of Information on Free RV Camping

Happy FREE Camping!

FOTR Alumni gains Honors

Nathan HowellShortly after Mesa seventh grader, Nathan Howell, returns from his spring break travels to San Diego, California he will be charting his course for Arizona's National Geographic State Geography Bee planned for March 27 on Arizona State University's Tempe campus.
This week Howell was notified that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Arizona National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Howell Family
The young scholar attributes his love of geography to his early life on the road traveling with retired parents through forty states before beginning his junior high career in Mesa in 2014.
As a fourth grader, Howell learned his American History on the road, travelling Lewis and Clark's route, visiting close to a hundred national parks, and touring more than a dozen state capitols on a year-long, 28,000 mile odyssey. Each year the family logs an average of 10,000 miles in road trips across the country, joining hundreds of other Families On the Road (FOTR) - or --full- and part-time road-schooling families who take their global studies for a spin around the country.

Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

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Round the World "Gap Year" Trip

A new blog post on GlobalMama.com about how families are taking a year off to explore the world. Great practical advice for living your dream.

Global Newswire

Read an article about how Homeschool Experts Recommend Camping as Virtual Learning Tool in the Global Newswire.

Consumer Affairs posts reviews of RV insurance firms.

You may be able to insure your recreational vehicle (RV) on your auto policy, but even if you do, coverage is likely to be limited to physical damage. That's why RV insurance provides much broader protection to owners of recreational vehicles.

RV insurance includes protection for a variety of vehicles in which one or more people can drive and sleep comfortably and even enjoy bathroom and kitchen facilities. Insurance can cover the vehicle itself, traffic accidents, damage to your own and others' vehicles, medical payments, contents and more. RV insurance is more comprehensive than standard auto insurance because it not only insures a moving vehicle, but also a home. Visit Consumer Affairs for more information.

Way Beyond Vacation

A feature article about families adopting the nomadic lifestyle by Eilene Zimmerman in the May 2011 issue of the Christian Science Monitor - used with permission. (PDF format)

Mothering.com

Mothering Radio interviews Nicole Faires who turned an old Blue Bird bus into a traveling home for her family of five. Nicole also wrote about her life on the road in a piece called Bus Mama in the Mar-Apr 2011 issue of Mothering.com

Roadschool Winner

Congratulations to Dylan DeMichiel a roadschooler, who was named the 1st place winner in the state of Florida in an InvestWrite Essay Competition. Each year 20,000 students across the nation participate. The program challenges 4th-12th graders to analyze an investment scenario and provide a long term financial plan.

Sailing Away from the American Dream

"More than any time in human history, and especially here in the United States, it makes sense to question assumptions and to consider alternatives. Whether it’s sailing, RV trekking, bicycling, or something else, consider where you’d rather be and then consider working hard to get there, instead of wherever it is you’re working hard to get. Rest assured your financial life will be less certain, but you’ll still be getting rich slowly, richer in all the things that matter most."

A boating family writes an article for Get Rich Slowly

Interview of an RV Family

Celia and Jeff, are a family on the road and they were interviewed on the Quirky Nomads podcast. They talk about their bio-diesel bus, working on the road and the good samaritans they have met along the way to their quest for the Redwoods Forest.