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RV Life

RVs are intended for everything from brief leisure activities such as vacations and camping, to full-time living. RVs are usually found in RV Parks or campgrounds although they are sometimes parked in special trailer parks. RVs can also be rented in most major cities and tourist areas. They are occasionally used as mobile offices for business travelers and often include customizations such as extra desk space, an upgraded electrical system, a generator, and satellite Internet. Other RVs serve as traveling permanent homes.

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A Hanomag-Henschel Orion recreational vehicle

 Most modern dictionaries give one of the meanings for the word caravan as "a camper equipped  with living quarters". They in turn give one of the meanings for camper as "a recreational  vehicle equipped for camping out while traveling". The earliest caravans were used for practical  purposes rather than recreation, such as providing shelter and accommodation for people  traveling in search of an audience for their art, or to offer their services to distant employers, or  to reach a new place of abode.

 In Europe, wagons built to live in, rather than just to carry persons or goods, were developed in France around 1810. They were used in England by showmen and circus performers from the 1820s; but Gypsies only began living in caravans (vardos) from about 1850.

The covered wagon that played a significant part in opening up of the interior of the North American continent to white settlement from about 1745 was a type of caravan. A well set-up wagon provided its occupants with living quarters as well as a means of transportation for themselves, plus their supplies and equipment.

In Canada, the earliest motorhomes were built on car or truck bodies from about 1910. By the 1920s the RV was well established in the U.S., with RV camping clubs established across the country, despite the unpaved roads and limited camping facilities.

In Australia, the earliest known motorhome was built in 1929. It is now in the Goolwa Museum, where it has been partially restored. It is recognized by both the National Museum of Australia and the (Australian) National Motor Museum as being the first motorized caravan in Australia.

Between the late 1920s and the early 1960s, some South Australian railway maintenance gangs working in country areas where they were required to live on-site, were accommodated in caravans built by the department instead of the tents they had previously used. These caravans were built like short railway carriages, about 20 feet long; but had wooden wheels with solid rubber tyres and ball bearings.

In the U.S., the modern RV industry had its beginnings in the late 1920s and 1930s (shortly after the advent of the automobile industry), where a number of companies began manufacturing house trailers or trailer coaches, as they were then called. Often, these started out as mom and pop operations, building their units in garages or back yards. (One of these early manufacturers, Airstream, is still in business today.) Though tied to the mobile home industry in the early years—when few units were longer than 30 ft long, and thus easily transportable—the 1950s saw a separation of the two, as (what are now referred to as) mobile homes became larger and more immobile, and thus largely became an entirely separate industry. During the 1950s, in addition to travel trailers or trailer coaches, manufacturers began building self-contained motorhomes.

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1933 car & camping trailer An older-model Dodge motorhome Volkswagen bug conversion permanently parked at an RV supply store outside Portland Oregon

RV lifestyle


The RV lifestyle is made up of those interested in traveling and camping rather than living in one location, as well as by vacationers. Some travel nearer the equator during the winter months in their RV and return in spring. This is sometimes referred to in the USA as snowbirding.

There are a large and growing number of people who live full time in their RV/motorhome; these are known as fulltimers. There is another subculture of the RV lifestyle known as workampers. These are people that work at the campgrounds/RV parks they stay at for site and perks.

While many RVers may be retirees, other individuals and families are choosing RV travel as a way to see parts of the world while maintaining their incomes via technology available from the RV (such as the Internet, phones, faxes, etc.).

Some choose to park in locations without camping sites for a variety of reasons, including saving money, more choice of location, isolation, privacy, adventure, more self-sufficiency and to be nearer a target location.

There is a growing community of Burners (as Burning Man participants are called) who have taken recreational vehicles and modified them so as to fit their beliefs. The conversion of old schoolbuses to this end is a popular choice. Some take old diesel vehicles and burn biodiesel or waste vegetable oil in them in order to make them more environmentally friendly than conventional RVs.

The RV Lifestyle is particularly popular among senior citizens. Like many other RVers, they have often sold their homes and often travel to warm climates in the winter. In Australia, these travellers are known as grey nomads.


Family Motor Coach Association

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization of families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. Since 1963, FMCA has issued more than 390,000 memberships to families who look to the association as their source of information about all facets of motorhome ownership and travel. FMCA is a member-owned association that maintains its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and employs a full-time office staff. FMCA is governed by volunteer officers who are elected from within the ranks of the association.

Good Sam Club

The Good Sam Club, owned by the Affinity Group Inc., is an American community of RV owners and its stated primary goals are to make RVing safer and more enjoyable, and claims over a million members.

Campground membership clubs

Over the years, there have been several membership-only campground clubs; some offering good values on a network of well-located, well-run campgrounds, some not offering nearly as much. Some of the latter cost thousands of dollars to join, plus annual membership fees. Some RVers who want to join a club after checking out its campgrounds have searched for the ads of current members wanting out. A club membership that originally cost its owner as much as $7500 to join has, in some cases, changed hands for $500 or $600.

Brand enthusiast clubs and forums

Many clubs have been founded around common interests of owners of particular brands of RVs. While some of the information is particular to one brand, many of the concerns and issues are common to users of all makes. One of the first brand clubs was the Wally Byam Caravan Club founded in 1955 to organize travel caravans of Airstream trailers. The Airstream and Wanderlodge forums are dedicated to those brands, but also represent a community of users with experience in RV travel for non-owners and owners of "SOB" (some other brand) RVs.


RV parks by region

In Australia there is generally no differentiation between an RV park and a trailer park. The term "caravan park" is used to refer to both, and "RV park" and "trailer park" are never used, even to the point of not being understood by most Australians. The term "holiday park" is becoming increasingly common, with many parks increasing their stock of on-site cabins, often accompanied by a reduction in the number of caravan sites.
Caravan sites in Europe range in facilities depending on their age. Most new sites will be built to high environmentally friendly standards and have facilities compatible with the newest vehicles.
The Caravan Club has 1 million members in Europe with around 200 self-owned campsites and over 2,500 certified third party locations. The Camping and Caravanning Club is a non-profit organization which has been running for over a century and has over 400,000 members and 100 campsites in the United Kingdom.
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A caravan park on the cliffs above Beer, Devon, England.

In France, Germany and Italy, to a lesser degree also in Norway and Netherlands, a large network of dedicated stopover sites for motorhomes has grown since about 1980. These sites are called Reisemobil-Stellplatz in German or de Camping-car in French. While these sites can usually not be compared to North American RV sites regarding size and facilities, they still fulfill the same purpose.


New Zealand

In New Zealand motor camp, caravan park or holiday park are the usual terms for overnight or long term vehicle based camping. As well powered caravan or campervan sites the parks usually offer tent sites and cabins, a rudimentary building with cooking and other facilities shared with other users.

North America

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An extendable motorhome at Galveston Bay RV in Dickinson, Texas

RV parks range from rustic facilities with no or limited utility hookups, as often found in state/provincial parks and national parks, to luxury resorts with amenities that rival fine hotels. Some high-end resorts restrict the type of RV that can stay to motorhomes of a certain length or longer, and/or newer than a certain year.

Most RV parks are open to allcomers and rent spaces on a nightly or weekly basis, much like a motel or hotel. A few parks operate on a time-share basis. Membership campground networks like Thousand Trails operate like clubs, with members paying an initial membership fee and annual dues. There are over 13,000 privately owned RV parks and over 1,600 state parks that cater to RVers in the USA. Many of these RV parks offer WiFi hotspot access on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis; occasionally, WiFi is included in the campsite fee.

Most RV parks are independent or operated by a government entity. In the United States, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), is the largest and best-known chain of RV parks, with Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resorts a distant second. Good Sam Parks are mostly independently owned RV campgrounds endorsed by the Good Sam Club, a large association of US RVers that is operated for profit by the Affinity Group, Inc. Listings of RV parks can be found in printed directories; the best known are the annual ones by Woodall's and Trailer Life Magazine. Online RV directories are provided by eCampGuide, CampRate, Reserve RV, RVThereYet, RVParkReviews, and others. Overnight rates for most USA RV parks are US$15 to US$50, although some in city and country parks may be US$10 or less, even free.

There is a subculture of "fulltiming" RV owners who live in their recreational vehicles on a permanent basis. They typically move from one RV park to another. The length of time that someone is allowed to stay in an RV park varies from park to park.

Galveston Bay RV Resort and Marina

The park has three types of sites based on location. Rates for these sites are based on location. For more information, see Rates Main Page.

Locations are listed as:

Non-Waterfront Sites (Includes Pull-Throughs)

Marina and Pond Sites

Bayou Bay Waterfront Sites

Each site has full hook-up. 30/50 amp service and 20 amp receptacle in power pole, Water and Sewer connections.

Free Wi-Fi

Laundry Facility

Six (Full Bath) Restrooms and One Handicap

Community Room - Large Screen TV, Tread Mills, Game Tables and Kithen

Large outside patio with plenty of seating, barbeque pits and smoker

Pool, enclosed with bamboo fence, secured entry gate and three palapas to relax under

Marina with 22 Fixed boat slips

Lighted Fishing Pier



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