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How to Celebrate Christmas in an RV (and make this a memorable experience)

Spending your Christmas in an RV, whether you’re alone or with your family or friends, offers a unique experience or even some surprising benefits. First and foremost, you can choose a new destination to celebrate the holiday, get to know new people, and even create your own holiday traditions. 

However, let’s be realistic. Spending your Christmas in an RV also has its own challenges. That being said, you should always be prepared for bad weather, be it freezing temperatures or snowstorms. 

As you probably already know, reparation is the key to having a fun, stress-free Christmas celebration in an RV. To help you do that, we made a list of tricks and tricks that can take your merry-making to the next level. 

Make your emergency kit

First things first: Make an emergency kit filled with these things: prescription and non-prescription medications, enough food and water supply, flashlight, matches, paper towels, basic RV tools, trash bags, extra clothing, comfy blankets (or sleeping bags), fire extinguisher, and sturdy and comfortable shoes. 

Decorate your RV

Even with limited space, don’t skimp on Christmas decorations. Instead, opt for a miniaturized Christmas tree (or you can even ditch it altogether if you want), hang a wreath on your door, hang colorful lights around your windows, and decorate your living quarters with fresh greenery garlands like fir, boxwood, and pine. 

Another way to make your RV look festive is to make room for nicely wrapped gifts. Ditch your Christmas tree or any cumbersome decorations if space is an issue. 

Search the Internet if you want to know more about space-saving decoration ideas. 

Have an alfresco-style Christmas dinner

It’s nice to have a large foldable table in your camper storage compartment, which allows you to host fun dinner parties outdoors with a small crowd. If you’re a full-time RVer, this piece of furniture is essential if you expect friends and family to come over as holiday guests. 

However, you may want to pack lots of thick blankets (ideally made of fleece or plaid fabric, so they’re in line with the Christmas theme) if you plan to have an alfresco-style Christmas dinner. The idea is to make evening campfires warm, cozy, and fun even when the temperature dips. 

Easy and simple Christmas recipes

First things first: Easy and simple meals don’t mean cheap and bland food. If you’re the host and want to enjoy a stress-free celebration, opt for quick and easy recipes and meals made from affordable ingredients and can be prepared partially ahead of time. Also, remember that you don’t have to do everything from scratch. 

Another way to make your Christmas dinner more fun and less stressful is to host a potluck. Ideally, you and your guests should plan ahead of time and tell each other what dishes and “contributions” each one will bring for the celebration. 

Travel around a bit 

Gather your family and friends to visit decorated public squares, parks, commercial establishments, or just Christmas tree-lined streets. This is a fun way to see new places without spending a dime. 

Once you’re done with your Christmas light displays sightseeing, bring out your foldable table and chairs so you start your potluck dinner. 

Go caroling around the RV park 

Christmas caroling is a growing trend in Bakersfield RV parks, so warm up your vocal cords, get your favorite instrument, and go around the community and serenade others, which could be an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.  

Watch a Christmas movie

You don’t need to stress yourself out with large meal preparations, gift shopping for everyone in the family, and other traditions that you think are more like a responsibility than something fun. In fact, you can simply watch a Christmas movie with your loved one while munching on some popcorn or sipping hot cocoa while snuggling into a thick blanket. 

Celebrate Christmas in an RV

Christmas RV Parks Bakersfield, CA

Spending Christmas alone or with your loved ones in an RV offers a unique and memorable experience. With a little bit of preparation and imagination, you and your family can enjoy this special time of the year making memories.

If you’re looking for a charming, family-friendly RV Park in Bakersfield, check out Smoke Tree RV Park, which is a great place for a short, seasonal, and long-term stay. Our facilities include a swimming pool, restrooms, and paved 30-50-amp full hook-up RV sites. 

Send us a message to learn more about this charming RV Park in Bakersfield.

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Get Your RV Winter-Ready with These Simple Hacks

Extended or full-time RV living offers an exciting life. After all, you can change locations whenever you want, explore new places, and eliminate expensive home mortgages. However, it also comes with some challenges, especially when the winter arrives. 

Fortunately, there are simple hacks that can get your RV winter-ready, allowing you to live comfortably (and warm) without having to worry about expensive heating costs, bursting pipes, and other costly damages. 

How to stay warm during winter? 

Many new rigs have a heat pump installed into the rooftop and an onboard furnace that uses propane. However, the problem is that many people don’t know the difference between the two (and when to use them). 

Your heat pump or HVAC system is best reserved for not-so-cold situations–i.e., the temperature has not yet dropped below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. But if it goes below this threshold, you need to switch to your RV’s furnace. 

Take note that your HVAC system is not built to warm a freezing RV, so you risk burning it out if you use it continuously in the dead of winter. 

Because you’ll be needing your furnace in winter, you want to have enough propane on board. Another option is to use portable heaters, which can heat up your RV living quarters if full hookups are unavailable. Make sure that you invest in a heater with a feature that automatically shuts off when it overheats. 

You should also invest in warm clothing and bedding, especially if you plan to live in your RV full time. 

To stay warm and comfortable in your motorhome, your best bet is to stay in an RV park that provides full hookups. You may want to check out Smoke Tree RV, which is located in Southern California. This top-rated RV park offers not only 30/50-amp full hookups but also clean restrooms, laundry facilities, shaded areas, and a swimming pool. 

Is RV skirting necessary?

If you live in a region that experiences harsh winter, you need to install skirting around the bottom of your RV. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a fortune or even hire a professional to protect your home “on wheels” against the cold weather. 

You can use several materials as skirting: tarps, plastic sheeting, foam insulation, and even a stack of hay bales. If you’re quite handy and don’t mind doing some elbow grease, you can install all these by yourself. 

How to improve your RV’s energy efficiency?

Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a fortune to improve the energy efficiency of your motorhome, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable environment without having to set your heater at full blast. 

The first step to improve your RV’s energy efficiency is to insulate its windows. The cheapest and easiest way to do this is to install an adhesive plastic film on the inner side of your windows. 

 

These are some additional DIY tasks that can weatherproof your RV windows and doors: 

Add new caulking. Caulk around your doors and windows to prevent cold drafts from creeping into your living quarters.

Install a door snake. It looks like a tube of foam or fabric that you install across the bottom of the door to prevent drafts from entering and the warm air from escaping. 

Replace your windows and doors. If your RV comes with single-pane windows, consider replacing them with energy-efficient models, which are always a good investment because they can significantly reduce your heating cost for years to come. 

Meanwhile, don’t forget to insulate the RV slides by installing slide toppers, which are an excellent investment because they protect your motorhome not just from heat loss but also from water damage. 

How to protect your pipes and hoses?

Use sleeves and heat tapes to protect your pipes and hoses from extreme cold weather. Also, make sure that you wrap your water lines with insulating material (or even just a towel) before going to bed to prevent them from freezing overnight. But if you want a foolproof way, you may want to invest in a heated water hose. 

 

Related blogs: How To Clean Your Rv Like A Pro This Spring

 

RV Living in Bakersfield | Southern California RV Parks

While these tips can help your RV get ready for winter, nothing beats staying at an RV park that offers complete amenities (especially 30-50-amp full hookups) and is conveniently located near attractions, shopping centers, and other “conveniences.” If this sounds appealing to you, please check out Smoke Tree RV, which is located in Southern California. 

We provide clean and comfortable facilities and competitive rates to campers who can stay at our park for a month, all season, or even all year. Contact us now to know more about our stunning community. 

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Top 10 Things New RV Owners Should Know

Having an RV makes it affordable and convenient to travel since you don’t have to pay for meals, hotel rooms, and flights. For this reason, this is a great investment if you’re a full-time traveler or are into nature excursions but want the convenience of bringing a small, compact home with you. 

If you are thinking about making this huge investment (and lifestyle change), make sure that you read the list of the top 10 most important things new RV owners should know. 

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You should be ready to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. 

Since you have limited space, RV living means you have to lean more towards a minimalist lifestyle. This might work for some, especially those who want to live a simpler, less materialistic life, while for others, it might be a constant battle amidst this highly consumerist world. 

Driving is a bit different with an RV. 

Compared to cars, RVs brake and accelerate slower and come with larger blind spots. Additionally, their bigger surface area means they are more susceptible to vehicle-sway during heavy winds.

It is also advisable to avoid driving at night until you get the hang of operating a bigger, heavier vehicle. 

Take things slow. 

When we say take things slow, we’re not just talking about your driving speed, but also the temptation to visit as many places as you can. Just like in almost any aspect of life, opt for quality over quantity.

If your main goal is to visit as many places as you travel, you’ll never truly immerse yourself in the experience and end up wearing yourself out. 

Set a realistic budget. 

Contrary to popular belief, an RV lifestyle is not a dirt-cheap lifestyle. While there is no monthly mortgage and rent you have to think of, you need to set a budget for gas, insurance, repair and maintenance, food, registration, and parking. 

Whether you choose an RV lifestyle or a traditional, “fixed” way of living, most financial experts recommend that you should stash an emergency fund that is worth a minimum of six months of your expenses. This cash will serve as your contingency fund should you lose your source of income, need emergency engine repair, get sick, etc. 

RV lifestyle still requires planning. 

While a little bit of spontaneity is good, too much of it can lead to a stressful experience especially if you decide to take the proverbial unconventional route–like traveling and living in an RV full time. 

  1. Call the campground about their schedule and availability. You wouldn’t want to travel long distances only to find out that there is no available hookup spot for you. 
  2. Again, set a realistic budget and a buffer fund that you can use in case of an emergency. 
  3. Plan your meal and grocery shopping. 
  4. It’s nice to have a routine–e.g., 30-minute walk/exercise every day, deep cleaning every week, grocery shopping twice a month, etc. 
  5. Always check the weather so you can plan for your trip. 

It’s nice to train yourself to be handy. 

Whether you own a fixed house or an RV, being handy can help you save a lot of money. Also, knowing some basic maintenance work can save you time and even extend the life of your engine, appliances, and other components. 

Remember, always have the basic tools and supplies for light maintenance and repair when traveling. 

If possible, choose a dealer close to home. 

One of the benefits of buying from a reputable dealer that is relatively close to your home (if you have one) is that you can bring it in for service or “winterize storage.”

Know the pros and cons of private and public campgrounds. 

Public campgrounds are owned by the state or county and often come with limited amenities and hookups, although this minor downside is compensated by the breathtaking natural landscape. 

By contrast, private campgrounds are owned by corporations and families and often provide better [or more] amenities and hookups than most public campers. 

Pay close attention to your tires. 

Under normal use and circumstances, most RV tires are expected to last between five and seven years. However, you still need to replace them when you see there’s less than a 6.32-inch tread depth or there is a 2.32-inch deep crack. 

You can check the date on your tires, which is a four-digit number you can find on their back. 

Join RV groups and forums. 

There are online RV groups and forums that can answer your questions about maintenance and repair, dealers, campgrounds, specific brands, etc.

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Are you planning to RV in California? Stop by Smoke Tree RV Park in Bakersfield and enjoy our paved 30/50-amp full hook-up site. Relax in our seasonal pool and be amazed by our well-maintained facilities.

Send us a message, and we’ll see you soon. Drive safe.

 

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The Pros and Cons of RV Life

If you lean more toward a minimalist lifestyle and love to travel, an RV life may work for you–or not. In addition, you need to realize that living in a small truck camper or camper van requires that you know a bit of maintenance and tune-up to prolong its life and avoid major repairs. 

 

Here, we list some pros and cons of RV life to help you decide if this lifestyle is right for you. 

RV Living Pros

Cheaper lifestyle 

Because of the limited space, living in an RV can turn you into a minimalist by default, which means a cheaper lifestyle. Remember, you cannot purchase anything out of whim or hoard clutter simply because there is no space for it. 

Additionally, RV living means no mortgage, rent (except if you stay in RV camps), and no expensive utilities. However, if you decide to rent a space in a nature park, expect to spend a few hundred dollars a month. 

On average, RV living costs $1,500-$3,000 monthly. 

More freedom 

Living in an RV allows you to travel and change locations whenever you want. Hence, it’s an excellent option for people who are not yet ready to settle down and want to explore new places and experiences. 

Life is almost like a vacation

An RV life generally suits wanderlusts who have telecommuting work arrangements. 

More time in nature 

Many people who have chosen this life are fed up with living in a concrete jungle. With a “home” always on the move, it’s possible to spend more time in nature–and doing it without losing their access to “comfort” like a warm shower and electricity. 

Different experiences

If you’re dead bored with your homogenous, predictable life, an RV life might be for you. By constantly traveling, you’ll see new places, experience new things, and above all, meet new people. 

RV is easy to sell 

With the growing popularity of the nomadic lifestyle, you will not find it difficult to sell your RV should you ever decide to settle down or rent/buy a home. 

It is generally easier to sell an RV in a larger city than a smaller town because buyers are not keen on traveling long distances just to inspect a camper that’s being sold. 

 

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RV Living Cons

Cooking might be a challenge 

For some, an RV lifestyle could mean more take-out and dine-out because it is tricky, but not impossible, to cook fancy meals. However, a great alternative is to learn one-pot dishes and other kitchen hacks to save money on food. 

Repairs and maintenance

While RV living means no expensive rent or mortgage, you have to allot a budget for repairs and maintenance, especially if yours is an older model. Also, make sure that it undergoes regular tune-up to prevent (or at least postpone) repairs in the future. 

Difficulty finding a health insurance

It might be challenging to find health insurance if you don’t have a permanent address. Also, it may be difficult or even impossible to have regular doctors if you live your life on the road. 

Parking 

In some areas, parking is a bit of a challenge because of availability and safety reasons. Additionally, the cost varies significantly, although you can lower it by opting for campground membership packages. 

Less time with family and old friends

If you live full-time in an RV, there is less time and opportunity to see your family and friends–unless you bring them with you. 

Privacy might be an issue

In some campgrounds, privacy (and noise) might be an issue especially if you need to park your RV close to another camper.

Limited storage space 

There is not enough space to bring all your seasonal clothes, recreational gear, accessories, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. Hence, you must choose the most essential items (like food supplies) over any other knick-knacks. 

When you live in a camper full-time, you may want to store enough food supplies that can last for at least a week since you may be a hundred miles from the nearest restaurant or grocery store. 

Life in an RV offers a lot of benefits, provided that you do your research and planning, especially when it comes to your budget and work arrangement (or any source of income). 

 

RV Living in Bakersfield | Southern California RV Parks

Are you planning to RV in California? Stop by Smoke Tree RV Park in Bakersfield and enjoy our paved 30/50-amp full hook-up site. Relax in our seasonal pool and be amazed by our well-maintained facilities.

Related blog: Smoke Tree: A Stunning RV Park in Bakersfield, CA

Send us a message, and we’ll see you soon. Drive safe.