Stories

Experiences & Life Lessons from the Road

Family around campfire, in front of Keystone Cougar fifth wheel.
Mom and daughter laughing while eating s'mores.
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Our First Time RVing with a Teenager

Families love to hit the road together, but teenagers can pose their own set of travel challenges. Angel and Ariel Thomas share their advice for helping teens embrace RV travel.

A cozy and inviting RV bedroom.
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How to Help Kids (and Adults) Sleep on the Road

As a pediatric sleep consultant, Kristena Watson is full of expert tips for helping kids––and adults––get their best sleep, even in unfamiliar new locations.

A rainbow sunset over a Toy Hauler RV that's glowing from within with light.
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Our First Time Dry Camping

The Puglisi Family looks back at some of their first boondocking trips and shares their hard-won lessons with anyone who wants to brave the wilderness.

Ryan Barrick driving his RV.
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Why I RV and Ski

Ryan Barrick shares what he loves about using his RV to travel across the US and ski year-round.

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Our First Time Driving Our RV

When the Bolands got a brand new Thor Motor Coach RV right off the line, they were excited to take it on the road. And then they learned a few lessons the hard way.

The Bolands posed with their Thor Motor Coach RV.
A sleepy goldendoodle resting on a couch with her head on a pillow.
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Traveling with Pets

If your dog has wanderlust, your cat needs a vacation, or your fish could use a change in view, read these tips about how real RVers travel with pets.

A little boy sitting on the back ramp of a Toy Hauler, watching the sun set.
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The First Time We Bought a Toy Hauler

When the Puglisi family went from an RV to a Toy Hauler, they wanted a bigger space—and they got a whole lot more.

Luis and Sandra helping Julian wheel his bike out of the toy hauler RV.
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Hauling Toys: Kid Cargo

Full-time life on the road can be tricky with two little kids–here’s how the Class family makes it work.

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Our First Time Buying a New RV

When the Bolands decided to pursue RV travel as a lifestyle, they decided to buy a brand new rig. Here's how they narrowed down their choices for such an important purchase.

A new RV against a blue sky with clouds.
An RV kitchen decorated with pine boughs and lights for Christmas.
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Our First Holiday in the RV

Living in an RV full-time means finding a new way to celebrate holidays. Autumn Bailey shares her favorite tips for Christmas on the road.

Chanel and Brittany Tate sitting on a dock watching the sunset.
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My First RV Camping Trip with My Sister 

Sisters Chanel and Brittany Tate hit the road to Northern Michigan to have an iconic first RV camping experience.

Bill Hartig with his daughter Kate, her husband Nate, and their two daughters, posed in front of their family RV.
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Our Family's First and Only Camper

When Bill Hartig's father bought an RV in the 90s, they had no idea it would engender a legacy of travel that spans multiple generations.

Steve & Suzanne Talbot standing next to an ATV being unloaded from a Toy Hauler RV hitched to a truck with a mountain backdrop.
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Hauling Toys: ATVs

The Talbots are no strangers to RV travel, but now that they have an empty nest, they decide to take it to the next level. 

A laptop and a bigger screen set up at a narrow, but efficient work desk inside an RV bedroom.
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My First Time Working Remotely from Our RV

When Andy Murphy got the opportunity to work remotely, he and his family hit the road full-time–but staying connected and productive took a few lessons.

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My First Time RV Tailgating

For his first RV Tailgating party, Matt Chastain visits one of the most impressive RV Parks in Georgia, built just for tailgaters.

A shot of a golf cart driving down a road lined with dozens of RVs at a tailgating RV park.
Our First Lessons in Driving an RV
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Our First Lessons in Driving an RV

The Hambrick family did a ton of research and preparation when they rented their first RV, but still had to learn a few lessons along the way.

First Time Changing a Flat Tire While RVing
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First Time Changing a Flat Tire While RVing

A flat tire is no big deal—but do the rules change when you’ve got an RV in tow? Laura Austin finds out.

Jasper National Park Dark Sky Preserve blue and green northern lights
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Jasper National Park has gone dark in a unique partnership

Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper have become a stargazer's paradise thanks to the residents' willingness to turn off lights.

Bison in field with snowy Teton peaks in the background at Grand Teton National Park.
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A DEDICATED NATIONAL PARK BRIGADE WANTS TO KEEP YOU AND WILDLIFE SAFE

The Wildlife Brigade's main priority is keeping both animals and humans safe. These volunteers are ready to put themselves between visitors and wildlife.

Amber Thrane holding baby, walking in front of Airstream RV, with two kids walking in front and palm trees in the background.
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Our First Camping Trip with Kids

A few growing pains are a part of the adventure, right? Amber Thrane shares a few hard-won tips.

Hauling Toys: Racecars
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Hauling Toys: Racecars

See racing expert Kyle Padelford use an RV to haul his car 

First Time RVing in Winter Weather
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First Time RVing in Winter Weather

If bad weather can find a way to sabotage travel plans, it will. Here, Kalen Thorien shares some of the winter weather lessons she’s learned the hard way.

The Jurgy's Class A Thor motorhome driving through the streets of Times Square in New York City.
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Our First RV Drive through New York City

An RV can take you anywhere—but the Jurgys test the limit by driving through Times Square.

Gray shot, close up of rain and water on the window of an Airstream RV.
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My First Night in a Storm

Into every life, a little rain must fall. But what happens when the rain gets inside your RV?

A shot of a wet, black road advancing toward the horizon and lined with pine trees.
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Our First Trip as RV Owners

A tale of wind resistance, icy roads, surprise pranks and keeping family traditions alive from Jeffrey Shipley.

A close up shot of a hand on a propane tank with the sun setting on an RV in the background.
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My First Frigid Night in the RV

Cold weather can sneak up on you -- but Anthony Tori has some tips and tricks to share.

A man hooking up a waste hose to an RV for black water drainage.
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Our First Black Water Mistake

When the Griffins first hit the road, they had a lot to learn about black water.

Hand holding trash in front of sunset over mountain range
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Pick Up One, Pick Up America: Cleaning up public land, one piece of trash at a time

An avid rock climber participates in the Pick Up America program, and shares how important it is to keep our public lands trash-free.

Smokey Bear painting, holding bear cub and shovel 75th anniversary
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After 75 years, Smokey Bear still reminds us not to play with fire

Smokey Bear is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history and, this year, we celebrate the famous bear's 75th anniversary.