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Hit the road with confidence



Experienced automobile drivers already have the skills to drive a motorized RV. Automatic transmissions, power brakes and steering are practically standard equipment. With proper attention to the differences in vehicle size, height and weight, you will find getting behind the wheel of the conversion van or motorhome fun. If your RV is a towable, don't fear–towing skills are also readily acquired. With a bit of practice (and these tips), you'll be driving like a pro in no time:

Towing and driving tips

Before you hit the road
  • Check tire pressure on the RV and tow vehicle.
  • Confirm the wiring is connected properly.
  • Test to make sure the trailer's brakes, turn signals and tail lights are synchronized with those of the tow vehicle.
  • Secure all items in and on the RV.
  • Adjust and use all rear view mirrors. Before leaving on a trip, sit in the driver's seat and adjust all mirrors for optimal road views.
  • Buckle up! Use your safety belt and make sure all passengers are secured, too.

Is the full-time RV lifestyle right for you?



Traveling and living in an RV is a wonderful way for people to enjoy life, and a popular option for retirees. RVers can go just about anywhere, stop when they like, eat their own food and sleep in their own beds. Full time RVersThose who take the time to investigate the full time RV lifestyle are often shocked to learn that many full time RVers are living better than they are, and are also happier. Here are a few of the benefits to hitting the road full-time:
  • You can buy an RV for relatively little money, compared to the cost of purchasing a home.
  • You don't have to worry about paying property taxes or getting hit with huge home repair bills.
  • No lawn care ... so you avoid the work and expenses that go along with owning and maintaining a lawn.

Gas prices have leveled-off and sales of RVs continue to climb



Projected national sales for recreation vehicles in 2014 were 348,000—nearly 14,000 of which came to Michigan, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Michigan is the 3rd top destination for new RV deliveries, behind Texas and California. The outlook for 2015 is just as good for the RV and campground industry in Michigan.

As in previous years, towable RVs were the biggest seller in Michigan with more than 13,000 towable vehicles sold. It was also a good year for motorhome sales in Michigan with a projected 14 percent increase over 2013 sales—an estimated 138 motorhomes were sold in 2014. The impact of the recreation vehicle sales and a renewed interest in camping reverberates across the state—from RV dealers to campgrounds.

According to Bill Sheffer, Director of Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, “Michigan campgrounds and RV resorts are definitely experiencing an increase in families travelling and enjoying time together.”

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 activitiesCampers enjoying meal around a picinic table —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:

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Follow us on Pinterest for camping recipes, activities, and great Michigan travel ideas. You can also get involved with our Pinterest Pinterest page by pinning on the MARVAC “We Love Camping!” community board.

Like, follow, share and pin with MARVAC anywhere you travel. Share your stories and love of the outdoors with other members, and join a community of like-minded RVers and campers from across the state of Michigan.
Plan to visit an upcoming
MARVAC RV show

Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show

Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2015
Novi, Mich.

Detroit Camper & RV Show

February 10-14, 2016
Novi, Mich.

Battle Creek Camper & RV Show

February 25-28, 2016
Battle Creek, Mich.

Flint Camper & RV Show

March 17-20, 2016
Flint, Mich.

Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show

April 1-3, 2016
Traverse City, Mich.


FAQs on RVs and RV Travel

Web video by MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer, answers some frequently asked questions about RVs and RV travel.

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