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According to RV experts, there has never been a better time to travel in a motorhome than right now. Whether you need some time off for a family vacation, or just to get away for a weekend adventure, there is no better (and more comfortable) way to travel than in the comfort of one of our rental RVs. With the different models that Cruise America makes available, you will find just the right size to accommodate your traveling party.

More and more people are taking to the highways as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, close to 8 million American homeowners have an RV, and there are nearly 30 million RV enthusiasts in the nation.

For the travelers that are seeking an affordable, yet exciting way to tour the countryside and gain priceless family time, there are many benefits to renting an RV from Cruise America. Statistics prove that a family of four can save as much as 74% by traveling in an RV rather than using the more conventional method of travel, which includes airlines and hotel stays. In addition, with over 16,000 public RV parks and campgrounds in the U.S., there is a site to satisfy everyone's camping desires. From ocean view to desert landscape, from mountains to plains, or from gambling to golf and tennis, there is a site to make your camping dreams come true.

It's easy to learn to travel in an RV, and once you are accustomed to it, you will want no other form of getting to and from your vacation destinations. Here are five tips that will help you; the beginner, as well as experienced enthusiasts, to enjoy an RV adventure even more:

Be Sure to Map your Destinations: Part of the appeal of RVing is to experience the freedom of the open road, going where you want … when you want. Nevertheless, it always helps to have a master plan formulated so that you have an idea of where you are headed. With this itinerary, you can determine the best route to take to enjoy the trip to the max. You can find a great deal of helpful information in RV travel guides, tourism boards and Internet searches. Today's GPS systems are very handy for vehicular guidance, but it never hurts to have a map as a backup.

Make a Checklist: Besides deciding on just what you are going to take on the trip, you should also create a list for when you are setting up camp. For instance:

• Learn where the campground connections are
• Be sure that your RV is level
• Hook up your water, gas and power, making sure to do it properly

In addition to a camp setup check list, create a list to follow as you break camp and ready your rig for departure. Check each item twice to be sure that you covered everything on the list.

Always Carry a First Aid Kit: Just as important as having a first aid kit in your home, you must carry one for your travel as well. Make it specific to the motorhome so that you always know that it's with you. It should be kept in the outside storage compartment and should include at least:

• Bandages
• Ointment
• Hand Sanitizer
• Pain Reliever
• Scissors
• A Supply of "Must Have" Meds

There are is a large selection of first aid kits that are already prepared that you can purchase if you don't feel like constructing your own. Also, it's a good idea to leave a list of contacts with a loved one so that in case of an emergency, they can help you make needed notifications. Contact numbers for people, such as your doctor, family members and insurance agent, should be included.

Camping with Kids: If there are children in your traveling party, be sure to plan plenty of outdoor activities, as well as travel games, to prevent boredom from setting in. Make sure that each child has his or her personal space and a supply of things to do and play with. In addition, when you get to the campground, be sure to walk around it with them to familiarize them with the facilities. They must know how to find your camping space from anywhere in the park.

Seek Help from Friends: If you ever have questions, find a fellow RVer and ask away. People are most always happy to help someone just getting started in the RV lifestyle. This goes for technical advice, as well as finding out a good place to eat in the area you are in or going to be in. Even if these advice givers don't become friends for life, they will always be a part of your family adventure.

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