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4 Features to look for in an RV park

Camping and full-time RV living have been on the rise in the United States, with 41.8 million people participating in car, backyard, or some type of RV camping in the US as of 2017. The growing popularity of this hobby and lifestyle has resulted in many people establishing RV parks, mostly in proximity to national parks or monuments, state parks, other public lands, private attractions, or even urban areas. RV enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, and it pays to be a bit picky when choosing the places you decide to camp out in. So, here’s our list of 4 features to look for in an RV park to make your time out more enjoyable:

RV parks should have level, hard pads

While some developers work to level the grounds of their RV parks, most parks usually use hard pads to level uneven ground. Even a slight angle could cause problems for RV living, such as water backing up in a corner and possible discomfort for those inside the RV. It also puts stress on the plumbing, windows, and doors. Sometimes, level hard pads might slant during your stay. If this happens, there are some ways to level your RV, which involve some equipment you might want to consider investing in to prevent stress when the hard pads become uneven.

The best RV parks have spacious lots

Some common complaints about RV parks include not having enough space per site. After all, RV camping shouldn’t be just parking in a lot and staying indoors; it should involve spending time outside in your lot to enjoy the outdoors and grill, exercise, or even just lounge about. This space should be your personal home away from home, beyond the confines of your rig; so if you find a park with spacious sites, it can feel like you never left your real home in the first place. We have found its not very pleasant when you’re tightly packed together with other rigs, so make sure you check how much space you’re actually being allotted when you visit a new RV park. Many campgrounds now offer maps of their properties online – its well worth the time to check it out in advance.

Full Hookup Stations

Hookups refer to amenities that the RV park offers. Not all parks offer these, as they might be promoting a more “primitive” experience, while some offer a few extras like cable TV and Wi-Fi. However, the basics are water, electric, and sewer hookups. If you’re on a budget but would still like to feel at home and as comfortable as possible, these essentials will usually be enough. Connecting to these basic hookups is quite simple, as seen in this video:

Laundry Facilities

You might be thinking of buying your own washer and dryer for the RV. However, this takes up space you could have allotted for other things – not to mention that it would only be able to handle a small load. Unfortunately, this often leads to people hogging the laundry machines at RV parks. If you lack alternatives, you need to ensure that the RV park you visit has adequate laundry facilities – enough machines to service their guests, and machines that actually work. This gives you less to worry about while you’re on the road. Some places even offer entertainment while you wait for your laundry – a great plus!

Everyone has their own preferred style of RV camping. Whether you are new or have been doing this for some time, you can check our articles and videos on different types of camping sites that you can try on your next trip.

A perfect example of what we have covered today is the Route 66 RV Resort in New Mexico.

What are some of the things you always look for in an RV park? Comment below!

2020 Winnebago Micro Minnie 2108 FBS Tour

Take a tour, hear thoughts from a current owner and find out all you need to know about the Winnebago Micro-Minnie 2108 FBS!

2020 Winnebago Micro Minnie Tour

We’ve seen a lot of these units at campgrounds lately and we couldn’t wait to get to take a closer look at the latest Micro Minnie at the RV show in Hershey this year.

First Impressions

The 2108 FBS Micro Minnie from Winnebago has a very clean and simple look. Graphics are kept to a minimum. The front end of the unit is curved, providing an aerodynamic benefit while driving and the lower portion is covered with a diamond plate for added protection.

Micro Minnie Exterior

Upon entering the interior, we were pleasantly surprised with the updated decor. Finding out owners have the choice of six different interior color options, impressed us for a trailer at this price.

Micro Minnie interior color options

Interior

Upon entering, you’ll find a 60″x74″ bed to your right with storage overhead and on either side. You can’t exactly walk on either side of the bed, but there is space to maneuver and make the bed. Windows on either side can provide a nice cross-breeze as well as a fan above the bed. In the event you would like to block off the bed from the main living area, ceiling mounted curtains can be pulled along a track for privacy.

There is a dinette on a slide that when extended, provides a generous amount of space in this unit. The dinette seats four and can be converted to additional sleeping space for two.

The television is wall-mounted and can be adjusted to different angles. Winnebago has fit in additional storage above and below the television.

The kitchen has a very nice stainless steel double sink, a two-burner cooktop, oven, microwave and gas/electric refrigerator.

For a trailer this size, the bathroom is a dry bath and quite roomy. This area also offers the most amount of storage in the bathroom cabinets. Also included in the interior:

  • Night/privacy shades
  • LED lighting
  • LED TV
  • Cable TV hook up
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • LP gas detector
  • Smoke alarm
  • AV system (AM/FM/CD/DVD/USB/Bluetooth®)

Click here for a 3-D Tour of the interior

Exterior

The Winnebago 2108 FBS Micro Minnie is built on a steel frame and has steel outriggers and crossmembers. The sidewall and roof framing is constructed of aluminum and the sidewalls are fiberglass paneling.

There is also a choice of exterior color options for the owner as well. We know that there are at least three options to select from for this model: white, platinum and champagne.

Additional exterior details:

  • Power awning w/LED lighting
  • Patio light
  • Fold away entry handle
  • Roof ladder
  • Outside shower
  • 4-pt stabilizing jacks
  • Spare tire with carrier
  • Prepped for back-up camera
  • Magnetic door catches
  • Power tongue jack
  • Patio speakers
  • Roof mounted stereo antenna
  • Prepped for solar
  • OPTIONAL: extreme weather package

Tanks

Price

The MSRP is $32,844 but we saw it listed at the 2019 Hershey RV show for $26,272.

If you are interested in purchasing one, click here to search for a dealer near you.