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Families benefit from RV vacations

RV vacations are a fun and affordable way to spend time with the family. A 2011 vacation cost comparison study by PKF Consulting showed a family of four can save 23 to 59 percent on vacation costs by traveling in a recreation vehicle (RV), even after factoring in ownership costs and fuel. There are more than 10 million American households that now own an RV—the highest level ever recorded—up from 7.9 million in 2005.

Green vacations are easy in an RV

With restricted space and resources, RVers and campers are natural conservers while traveling. Utilizing standard energy conservation and eco-friendly practices, RV enthusiasts live the three Rs—reducing, reusing and recycling.

RVs have a limited supply of water, so RVers are naturally frugal about the amount used. Many RVers conserve water by taking " showers," or showers in which water is only running while rinsing. Employing the "military shower" technique can cut water usage from about 17.2 gallons to 5 gallons or less, especially beneficial if you have a small hot water tank. For a (very) quick post hike rinse, a solar camp shower is a decent, inexpensive option.

Campsite types—where to take your RV

In addition to the 1,000s of lakes Michigan boasts of, there are also multiple places to drive and park your trailer and go camping. But trying to decipher what type of campsite you are looking for depends on what type of camping you are into—hike in or glamping; what your needs are—full hook up or rustic; and how long you anticipate staying—overnight or longer. Fees associated with parking can vary as much as the facilities themselves, but expect anywhere from free (parking lots of certain retail stores and restaurants) to $50 or more per night. Reservations aren’t always required, but during the busy season are strongly recommended.

Four seasons of fun in an RV

Each season in Michigan brings RVers ample opportunities to enjoy fun, new and exciting adventures.

Crisp, cool mornings, birds chirping, blossoming tulips and the many festivals Michigan has to offer—all are signs of spring. After months of Michigan winter, RVers are able to trek to their favorite destination to celebrate the long awaited arrival of warmer temperatures. Check with your favorite campground to determine if they are ready and open for camping season!

Camping: A great way to meet new people

Most people agree that camping brings families closer together in one way or another. Between sleeping in close-knit quarters, cooking family meals, and participating in daily activities–families learn to interact more and strengthen their bonds. But camping isn't just for family socializing–it can open the door to a whole new world of friends that share similar interests in the camping lifestyle.

So how do you make friends while camping? The possibilities are endless and quite often the opportunity to make friends is easier than you think. We asked several MARVAC members for their suggestions and ideas on the best ways to make friends while camping. Here are some of their ideas:

Camping etiquette

Being a good camping neighbor helps make everyone's stay more enjoyable. To do this one needs common sense and consideration for your fellow campers, campsite and natural environment. However, some etiquette related to camping is more specific. If you are traveling with children, make sure they know some of these rules.

Firewood transportation: do's and don'ts

Campfires have always been a major staple in campgrounds–sitting around the fire on a starlit night, telling stories, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Many campers and RVers haul firewood from one part of the state to another aware that transporting firewood also transports insects and diseases. Some of these insects and diseases have destroyed Michigan's native trees. One of these insects is the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has killed more than 10 million ash trees in southeast Michigan, and is perhaps the most prominent threat to our state's forests. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small, metallic-green, wood-boring beetle that was discovered in southeast Michigan in 2002. Native to Asia, it's believed to have been unknowingly transported to the United States in wood packing material. But, the EAB is not the only threat ... beech bark disease, Dutch elm disease and gypsy moths are the top threats in a growing list of firewood hitchhikers.

Please consider some simple precautions to ensure the future of your favorite recreation destination:

Introducing kids to hiking

Hiking is one of the easiest ways you and your kids can get out and enjoy the great outdoors while you are RVing. You'll see trees and flowers, meadows and streams, and maybe even wild animals and birds. Your child will get an early grounding in the fun of walking down a woodland trail, observing the natural world. If your child can walk for 20 minutes, you're ready to go hiking!

Tailgating guide

We Michiganders love our sports teams–not just the game, but the fun of a good tailgate! An RV takes tailgating to a whole new level. There's no need to worry about the ice in your cooler melting or finding a place to heat up your snacks. You'll have a roof over your head in rain or shine, and you'll never again stand in line to use a public restroom!

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