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Part of RV traveling means stopping along the way to set up camp at a park just for RVs. And an important element of any park is comfort and convenience. No matter where you’re traveling, when it comes to picking an RV park or campground there are certain things to consider that will help you find the best RV park for you.

How to Find the Best RV Park

This short list is a good place to start in finding the park for you.

  • If you’re visiting a park for the first time, do your research regarding seasonal rates and availability.
  • Location is vital. You’ll want to be near to shopping, dining, fuel, and local attractions.
  • Find out what types of businesses surround the park. For example, be sure the park isn’t across the street from a garbage dump or sewage facility.
  • You’ll need water, electric and sewer hookups. Check with the park of choice regarding what they offer in terms of power ampage to accommodate your RV.
  • Is the site easily accessible and is it large enough for your RV, especially if you have multiple slide outs?
  • Sites can be equipped with several items such as a picnic table, grill or fire pit while others may have only one or two of these amenities. Additional features may include WiFi access and cable hookups. Make sure you know which amenities are important to you and find out if the site includes them.
  • Does the park offer pull-through and back-in sites and is there additional room for more than one car or truck?
  • Does the park have an onsite store for supplies such as wood for fire pits?
  • If you plan to bring your pet, know what the pet policy is in terms of deposits, leash regulations, specific dog walking areas, etc.
  • Many parks and resorts have a variety of amenities including a pool, fitness and recreation center, hot tub, shuffleboard, horseshoes, canoe, kayak and bicycle rental. Some offer shuttle service to town as well as planned cookouts, events and activities.

Taking all of these factors into account can help you enjoy your road trip more. Anywhere you decide to stop, whether for a couple of days or a couple of months, is going to be your home for as long as you’re there. Make sure that you and your family will be comfortable and find the best RV park or campground at each stop along your intended route.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center

Drop by Gardner’s RV Center before you hit the road. Not only is finding the right RV park vital to enjoying your travels; the RV you travel in is as important. Make sure you’re in the rig that’s right for you and your family. If you’ve got something you like, Gardner’s RV Center can help make sure that it’s ready to hit the road and that you’ve got all the supplies and accessories you need to make your life more comfortable and easy.

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You don’t have to buy costly plane tickets and pay outrageous resort accommodation prices to enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. The U.S. is littered with romantic destinations that can be visited in the comfort, convenience and affordability of your RV.

Fire up your home on wheels and cruise throughout the country to one of these three must-visit Valentine’s Day destinations.

Sedona, Arizona

If you haven’t escaped the cold to explore Sedona yet, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. This cozy Arizona getaway is loaded with RV resorts, spas, world-renowned restaurants, shopping and more outdoor adventures than you can cram into one vacation. Even more, Sedona’s desert sunsets are famous for being some of the most mesmerizing in the country.

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s no wonder that Travel and Leisure named Charleston the No. 1 most romantic city in America. The historic town, located minutes from some of the East Coast’s most pristine beaches, offers cobblestone streets lined with oak trees, horse-drawn carriages and enough historic architecture to fill hours of exploration. Charleston is also home to some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants and rooftop bars in the country, so you’ll have no shortage of places to enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.

Chicago, Illinois

City lovers can’t help but feel the romance when walking on Chicago’s streets in winter. Whether you and your lover are interested in fine dining, shopping, theater or nightlife, you’ll feel Chicago’s charm when you walk among the skyscrapers just steps from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago area is also home to a large number of family-owned RV parks and campgrounds that make an ideal, and affordable, home base for city excursions.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center Before You Go

Don’t forget to stop by Gardner’s RV Center in Montana, to ensure your RV is in top condition before you hit the road for your romantic getaway.

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If you’re in Montana this winter in your RV, not everything you choose to do for fun has to cost money. There are plenty of fun and free recreational opportunities throughout the state. If you’re out to enjoy yourself, but don’t want to drain your bank, consider one of the following.

Go for a Winter Hike at a National or State Park

Montana’s winter landscape is second to none in terms of beauty. If traversing a veritable winter wonderland strikes your fancy, just gear up and go for a long hike in some of Montana’s best natural spots. Montana is full of parks, which you probably know as an RVer. In fact, we bet you’re either at one or traveling to one right now. Be sure to stop by the visitor center and ask a range for more information about hiking opportunities wherever you’re heading.

Better Yet, Go Sledding!

Why walk when you can slide? Sledding is a classic winter activity that’s pure, unadulterated fun. Montana’s hilly terrain is ideal for finding good sledding hills. Sleds are great in that they don’t take up that much room on your RV and they offer good fun for both kids and adults.

Soak in Some History and Culture

Montana isn’t all wilderness. Believe it or not people live here and have cities and towns! Not only that, but a good number of them have some pretty interesting history and culture. Take the capital, Helena: it’s got plenty of free opportunities in the form of world-class museums. You can also take a free tour of the capitol building and other government facilities.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center

Gardner’s RV Center is your go-to RV sales, service and parts destination in Montana. Stop by our locations in Kalispell or Great Falls to guarantee your RV is prepared for winter, whether you’ll be on the roads or not.

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With over 30 million acres of public land, Montana ought to be on your list of places to see if you’re an RVer. It’s not a question of where can you explore, but where should you explore? If you’ve already been or are already here, we don’t have to tell you that. If you’re considering Montana as your next destination, however, here are some of the best campsites in the state.

Yellowstone National Park

Though the bulk of Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming, there’s a sizable portion in the state of Montana and it’s every bit worth the visit. With abundant wildlife and awe-inspiring geysers, Yellowstone is unlike any other park in the country. Best yet, there are dozens of RV parks in the park’s immediate vicinity, so you’re never going to want for lack of sites to park your rig while you stay. Five of the RV parks are KOA campgrounds, so you can expect that at least those parks will have all the comforts and conveniences you want, including showers, free WiFi, general stores, and full hookups. The Yellowstone KOA even has an espresso bar, fudge shop, horseback rides, an indoor pool and hotub, and even weekly rodeo performances. As if you needed any of that on top of Yellowstone!

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, located in the northwest section of Montana is what is known as Glacier Country, probably represents the most ruggedly beautiful portion of Montana: snowcapped peaks, majestic glaciers, and plenty of wildlife will bring you closer to nature than almost anywhere else in the country. Just because you’re close to nature means you have to abandon civilization altogether. There are many RV parks adjacent to the park and most of them are brimming with modern amenities, which affords you a flexible stay: Glacier National Park for nature, your RV park for recreation. Look for RV parks that feature onsite restaurants, bars, and even casinos.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center

Before you embark on your ultimate Montana road trip, be sure to stop and see us here at Gardner’s RV Center. We’re your one-stop RV shop for new and used RV sales, service, parts, camping supplies and so much more right here in Montana.

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The RV lifestyle is all about seeing new sights and experiencing new adventures. And the more you hit the road in your RV, the more tips, tricks and pointers you’ll learn to make your next adventure even more enjoyable. Whether you’re a novice RV enthusiast or have been cruising the roads for decades, these simple tricks to RV travel may help make your next road trip better than ever.

Pack Bungees

Bungee cords are some of the most valuable of all RV travel accessories. To keep drawers from sliding out on hills and turns, strap one end of the bungee cord to the top drawer handle and the other end to the bottom drawer handle. Be sure to bungee your cabinet doors too, even if it involves adding a couple of hooks throughout your RV.

Weather-Proof Your Screen Door

When temperatures are cool outside, you don’t always want to close your RV door and shut out the bright spring light. Buy window plastic from any major hardware store and follow the instructions for installation on the box. This easy-to-use plastic wrap will keep the wind and cold air from entering your motorhome or travel trailer on those sunny days you want to keep your door open.

Bring Some Sage

Sage bundles can be burned (similar to incense) to keep pesky bugs away while you enjoy time outside of your RV. Even better, sage puts off a pleasant smell, and you don’t have to cover your body with greasy sprays.

Use Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers

Shoe organizers can hang just about anywhere in your RV to save your tight living space from clutter and disorganization. Hang them in closets, in the bedroom, the bathroom and anywhere in your motorhome or travel trailer that’s easily overcrowded with small items.

Find All of Your RV Supplies at Gardner’s RV Center

Here at Gardner’s RV Center, we’re more than an RV dealership; we’re your home RV parts and service in Kalispell, Montana. With everything from organizational items to cleaning products, electronics, hardware, lighting and tons more, we’ve got everything you need to perfect your RV lifestyle today.

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When you’re searching for the ultimate RV road trip for 2018, there’s no better place to look than Montana. You don’t even have to wait until summer to tackle this 180-mile drive from Bozeman to Yellowstone, which offers as much breathtaking beauty in the cold of winter as it does in summer.

Road Trip Details

This easy and scenic cruise starts in the humble college town of Bozeman and continues 180 miles south along U.S. 191 to West Yellowstone. The return trip is just as simple — hop back onto U.S. 191 North and head back to Bozeman and its esteemed ski resorts. However, it’s important to check road conditions online before embarking on this journey in the winter months, because some roads may temporarily close due to snowfall or unexpected weather.

Why Travel in Winter?

Montana’s frigid temperatures steer many travelers away in winter, but those travelers don’t know they’re missing out on some of the state’s best features. Yellowstone National Park offers scenic views of the Gallatin Range blanketed in snow, and few crowds to stand in the way of your photo opportunities.

Winter is also the best time of year to enjoy some of Montana’s favorite outdoor activities, like Hyalite Canyon ice climbing, riding a snow coach to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Geyser, snowmobiling in the Gallatin National Forest, or tearing up the slopes at Bridger Bowl or Big Sky. Wildlife sightings will also be common along your entire route, so keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, wolves and other awe-inspiring animals as you cruise through the Gallatin Canyon on 191. Montana is a state that doesn’t just try to get through the long winters, it thrives on them.

See Us Before You Go

Before you embark on your ultimate Montana road trip, be sure to stop and see us here at Gardner’s RV Center. We’re your one-stop RV shop for new and used RV sales, service, parts, camping supplies and so much more right here in Montana.

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It pays to be prepared for any eventuality on the road. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pay a bunch or buy expensive supplies to ensure your home away from home is prepared for all types of situations you may encounter on the roads. These few, simple items are ones you should always keep inside your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

First Aid Kit

The most important preparedness item to include in your RV is a first aid kit. A first aid kit comes in handy when you’re dealing with everything from minor scrapes and bug bites to more serious injuries. The American Red Cross offers a recommended list of items to include in your first aid kit on their website to make building a homemade kit easy and affordable.

Blankets and Sleeping Bags

Whether you’re traveling to Alaska or Florida, it’s important to have your RV stocked with plenty of blankets and sleeping bags for every one of your travelers. Emergencies can happen anywhere along your journey, and you’ll want to be prepared if your RV breaks down or if some of your RV’s features stop working.

Easy-to-Prepare Foods

Traveling in your RV during the fall and winter months means you can run into issues like hurricanes, tropical storms and poor winter driving conditions. This means you may have to stop driving in areas where you weren’t prepared to park. Ensure your RV is always prepared by keeping some easy-to-cook, non-perishable foods in your vehicle. Other ready-to-eat foods like nuts and granola bars are helpful when you don’t have the energy to cook.

Bring Your RV to Gardner’s RV Center

Performing preventative maintenance on your RV is one of the best ways to ensure you stay safe on the roads. Bring your home away from home to our certified RV technicians at Gardner’s RV Center before you hit the roads this fall.

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If you’re out on the road this Christmas in your RV, you’re probably looking for ways to bring some holiday cheer into your motorhome or travel trailer. One good thing about being in a smaller space is that good smells have an easier time permeating the entirety of that space. These DIY ornaments will bring an aroma of cinnamon into your RV when you hang them from your tree. They don’t need to be baked and they’re simple to make on short notice. They’re also a great project if you have kids or grandkids around.

NO-COOK CINNAMON TREE ORNAMENTS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of very warm water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax paper
  • String, twine, or ribbon (for hanging)
  • Acrylic paints (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Once combined knead the dough with clean, dry hands. If the dough is a little sticky, dust your hands with a bit of flour and knead.
  3. After a few minutes of kneading you will have workable dough.
  4. Using cookie cutters and rolling pins, proceed to make individual ornaments.
  5. To prevent sticking, roll the dough on wax paper.
  6. Be sure to pierce a hole in the ornaments before leaving them to dry. If you try to make the hole after, you risk crumbing or cracking the cookie.
  7. It will take roughly 24 hours for the ornaments to dry. Once dry, embellish the ornaments using acrylic paint or simply hang them from the tree as is.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Gardner’s RV Center. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.

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When you’re traveling in your RV, no matter the season, it might be your style to simply let the road take you where it will. With Christmas coming up soon, however, it’s time to look for somewhere extra special to visit for the holidays. For some, that may mean pointing their RV towards family or friends. For others, Christmas is simply your next opportunity to have some fun and feel some holiday magic.

Whether Bigfork, Montana, happens to be the former or the latter, there’s no doubting that it’s a great place to spend Christmas in Montana. The whole town turns into a winter wonderland and attracts locals and tourists alike, inviting them to partake in a special festive holiday event that’s unlike any other in the state.

The scenic town looks great any time of year and is home to about 4500 people. Located in Flathead Country, which experiences much more than average snowfall each year, you can expect to have a very white christmas.

The locals are committed to decorating the downtown area each year, which they’ve done happily for the past 30 years and counting. The end result of the 200+ volunteers is like something out of a storybook. Holiday themed activities abound, such as meeting Santa Claus, walking in a parade, seeing the Christmas trees and lights, and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate with peppermint.

Visit Gardner’s RV Center

Gardner’s RV Center is your go-to RV sales, service and parts destination in Montana. Stop by our locations in Kalispell or Great Falls to guarantee your RV is prepared for winter, whether you’ll be on the roads or not.

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The RV lifestyle demands organization. Reducing an entire household of belongings into the compact size of your motorhome or travel trailer is both difficult and rewarding. But don’t let the stress of downsizing your belongings or travel supplies keep you from hitting the road. These three simple and cost-effective items will help you organize your RV, so you enjoy all of your favorite comforts and conveniences on the road.

Use Shoe Organizers Wherever You Can

Hanging shoe organizers can be used in various areas of your RV. Hang one on the back of your bathroom door to hold bathroom supplies. Hang one in the pantry to organize your cleaning supplies, and of course, hang one in your bedroom to organize your shoes, socks and other small items. Many travelers even cut the shoe organizers into sections, so they can use them in more compact spaces.

Use Clear Shoe Boxes to Keep Clothing in Place

Shoe boxes are undeniably handy (and cheap) ways to keep your RV organized. Spend a little extra to purchase clear plastic shoe box size containers with lids, and you won’t have to drag them down from your shelves to look inside every time you need something. Use these clear boxes for small clothing pieces, spices, snacks, toiletries and other compact items.

Use Lazy Susans in the Cabinets and the Fridge

Lazy Susan turntables can be extremely handy when you’re living on the road. A variety of Lazy Susan turntables are available with gripping surfaces and lips, so your items won’t move when you’re cruising down the highway or even on less desirable terrain. Keep the turntables in your larger cabinets and even in the refrigerator to make accessing items in tight spaces much easier.

Find Your RV Supplies at Gardner’s RV Center

Gardner’s RV Center has the RV parts and accessories you need to help you enjoy your life on the road. Stop by Gardner’s RV Center today to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer for your next road trip.

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