5 Do’s and Don’ts of RV camping

Mather Campground - No hook-ups - 30-foot trailer or RV maximum Open year-round. Operated by the National Park Service and located in Grand Canyon Village, this campground offers tent and RV camping. Accessible campsites and restrooms are available. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times, and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires permitted in provided campsite grills only. No gathering of down wood, wood may be purchased at the general store. Laundry and showers located near the campground for a fee. Reservations may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at the http://www.recreation.gov/ Reservations are strongly recommended from March 1 through mid-November. Golden Age or Access passport holders pay only ½ price year round (passport number is needed when making reservation and passport holder must be camping at the site). Fees are $18 per site per night. A maximum of two vehicles, six people, three tents are allowed per site. (A vehicle that is towing a trailer, pop-up, tent trailer, fifth wheel, or a motor home pulling a vehicle is considered two vehicles.) Group sites are also available, $50/night, maximum of 50 people and 3 vehicles per group site. Pets are NOT allowed below the canyon rim at any time. Pets are NOT permitted on the shuttle buses. Kennels are available in the South Rim Village. During the winter, from mid-November through February 28 reservations are not available at Mather Campground and family campsites are $15 per site per night, and group campsites are $30. This is on a first-come first-served basis. There is a self-pay machine at the campground office.

Road trips are the best types of vacations. That quality time with your family or friends, while you might dread it at first, is always welcomed and appreciated by the end of the trip. It truly becomes about the journey and not the destination, and many people often grow from an experience like that.

 

As the savvy and experienced camper will know, there are several different types of RVs and even more do’s and don’ts for them and the trip in general. This posting is dedicated to those still figuring out the ropes. Take it from someone who’s been there, and done that. Here are 5 tips for having a successful camping trip.

 

First of all, DO remember to get your RV checked out and ready to go before you leave. If there are any maintenance issues, you need to get them resolved beforehand; otherwise it could really end up costing you in the end.

 

DON’T forget to bring games. You may not have the luxuries of the television or computer where you are, and you’ll want to keep yourself entertained. Cards and board games are perfect for this! If you have any yard games, pack those too! Corn Hole is always a fun one, and doesn’t take up too much space.

 

DON’T trash your campsite. Not only is that disrespectful to fellow campers, its also very unsafe. Keep your campsite clean of trash. You definitely don’t want to be fined, or deal with any wild animals in area.

 

DO remember water, and make sure to pack enough. If you don’t know the area where you are headed well enough to know if or where they will have some, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You might even have an RV that is not equipped with faucet water, so I suggest bringing a few extra gallons.

 

DO remember to enjoy your surroundings. You went camping for a reason! While you may not be in a tent, “roughing it” as some would say, you’re still camping. Figure out how to build a proper campfire and roast some s’mores, or go for a hike. Remember the whole point of a vacation like this and enjoy each other’s company.