E-mailing and Internet-based social networks enable RVers to connect with old friends, as well as the new ones they meet on the road.
For postal mail, RV residents either use their permanent home address (if they still have one) or they register with an RV community (the Escapees RV Club is one) that will serve as their official address and collect and forward their mail. Power, water, waste and maintenance: RVs have several batteries, a few of which charge the vehicle for driving while the others power the living quarters.
For those and other reasons most RV owners also own a car, which they use when the RV is parked.
The car attaches to the RV by trailer when it's time to relocate. Insurance: As with any vehicle, comprehensive insurance to protect against damage and liability is a must.
RV veteran Trudy Lundgren (see Life on the Road) jokes that her 40-foot home on wheels can get "about 6 or 7 miles a gallon with a tailwind going downhill.
If we’re going uphill and there’s a headwind, the mileage goes down to 4." Filling her vehicle's 300 gallon gas tank with diesel fuel tops 0 these days.
(A typical car is about 2,000 pounds and 12 feet long.) • Class B: Although still considered an RV, these vehicles are typically camper or conversion vans.
They generally weigh less than 8,000 pounds and top out at 19 feet.
Several organizations, such as Good Sam, provide RV travelers with discount services.The quality, amenities and daily rates vary by location and season. Stays can be for as short as one night to weeks or months on end.Some properties are geared toward full-time RV living.But since an RV is a home, its contents need to be insured, as well.And RVers who own a car must also insure that vehicle. Camping and settling down: Public and private RV parks can be found throughout the United States, in both scenic and not-so-scenic settings.