Road-Schooling: How to Homeschool from Your RV

This year has been a crazy one for sure! As many parents face this school year with uncertainty or even frustration, some families are embarking on a new journey (literally): combining homeschooling with the RV life. We like to call it road-schooling.

How Do You Homeschool?

That’s a huge question, and one that’s a little too difficult to answer in one blog post! However, each state varies in its guidelines for homeschooling, so it’s important to establish right away exactly what you intend to do.

If you plan to do virtual learning at home (or in your new or used RV), through your local school district, you can fairly simply stay enrolled and follow your school’s guidelines.

If you plan to fully disenroll your kids from the school system, you will need to do an internet search on “homeschooling in my state” for the guidelines that keep you in compliance.

You can homeschool using a package curriculum, online learning, or the curriculum your state’s schools recommend. The market for online classes has definitely increased exponentially this year, so if you feel nervous about tackling certain subjects, don’t worry! There are countless resources available. Since WiFi is available virtually everywhere, your kids can stay connected to their online classes easily.

Hit the Road and Learn Along the Way

True story: when I was 15, my mom made me take the ACT while on vacation. It was one of the worst days of my life! While that’s not an educational tactic I would recommend, the great thing about seeing the world around you as an educational environment is that learning is never limited. Road-schooling is a perfect way to learn about the ties between history, geography, science, social studies, and more.

For example, start with the National Parks. Whether you go to Yellowstone, the Badlands, the Grand Canyon, or dozens upon dozens of other federal parks, you’ll be immersed in the realization that history always connects to science and geography. Studying different habitats and the wildlife who live in them will be a rich experience of its own!

Other stops – such as San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Chicago, will give you opportunities to immerse yourself in rich cultural history. And the Midwest is filled with learning opportunities about the farmers who help run our nation’s agriculture.

Be Flexible with Your Time

When you think about it, there aren’t actually 8 straight hours of intense, focused learning packed into a school day. There is some instruction time, and some application time. However, the size of classrooms are one factor in drawing out the length of time both instruction and application take.

You might be surprised to discover that a child between kindergarten and third grade might complete a day’s worth of school in under an hour! Or that fourth through seventh graders could easily be done before lunch. This kind of flexibility allows you to hit the books early in the day and head out in the afternoon for sight seeing, exploring, and integrated learning with the world around you.

Travel gives people rich opportunities and experiences that they wouldn’t trade for anything. Many people who find themselves frustrated by a busy life end up regretting that they didn’t travel more. Why not give your kids the experience of a lifetime during this time when our world has flipped completely upside down? Don’t just read about the oceans, canyons, and forests. Go explore them!

When you give the gift of travel and opt to road-school in your RV, you offer rich education that will fill their memories for years to come. We’d love to help you pick out the perfect new or used RV for your road-schooling adventures, so contact us today.

Take a Look at Our RVs Under 5500 Lbs

Are you looking for RVs under 5500 lbs? You’ve come to the right place! We can help you find the perfect RV for your towing needs. Take a look at some of our options below!

RVs Under 5500 Lbs

Know What You Can Tow

First off, if you’re looking for an RV under 5500 lbs, you probably already have an estimate of what your vehicle can safely pull. If you don’t, use our handy tow guide to determine what’s best for you.

Go Shopping!

Now that you have an idea of the weight, you can start narrowing down your search. For example, if you have off-roading gear that you want to bring with you, you probably will benefit from a toy hauler, such as our Forest River Wildwood FSX toy hauler for sale, which offers you plenty of room to bring your toys, loaded easily using the ramp, and convert the garage to extra sleeping space.

RVs Under 5500 Lbs

Shop by RV type below:

Shop By Family Size

Another option that can help you while shopping for a new or used RV is to shop by family size. We have plenty of RVs under 5500 lbs for sale that sleep anywhere from just 2 people to over 9 people! Shop from those options below:

Shop By Floor Plan Feature

Many families know exactly what they want and need in an RV, so let those features guide your search! Some of the popular floor plan options you’ll find in our RVs under 5500 lbs are:

Check out this outdoor kitchen on our Keystone Premier Ultra Lite! It’s the perfect way to stretch out beautiful days while camping this fall.

RVs Under 5500 Lbs

We’d love to help you pick out an RV that’s perfect for your family’s traveling needs. If you have questions about our RVs under 5500 lbs for sale, or questions about your vehicle’s towing capacity, we’re ready to help. Contact us today!

Alpine Fifth Wheel Review: A Roomy RV for Your Every Need

Our Alpine fifth wheels for sale will take your vacations to new heights! These beautiful fifth wheels from Keystone RV will offer you comfort and convenience like never before. Read more about some of our favorite features in our Alpine fifth wheel review below.

Exterior Storage

You won’t feel crowded in your new Alpine fifth wheel, because there’s room for everything you need, and loads of storage space! First, take a look at the exterior pass through storage:

The exterior features also include the following:

  • Road Armor™ shock absorbing hitch pin
  • Solar prep
  • Rear observation camera prep
  • 50 AMP service w/detachable power cord
  • Hydraulic selector valves for slide-outs
  • 6-point hydraulic level up system
  • Rear ladder
  • One-touch electric awning package with adjustable arms
  • Class ”a” style dual latch ”slam” baggage doors

Kitchen Storage

Inside, you’ll find a roomy kitchen and dining area, which includes the following features:

  • Furrion® RV Chef Collection kitchen
  • 30” convection oven/microwave
  • 12-gallon DSI 2- way water heater
  • 35,000 BTU furnace
  • Heavy-duty ball bearing drawer guides
  • Deluxe Solid Surface Package
  • Solid surface countertops
  • Solid surface sink cover
  • Stainless steel, extra deep sink with dual bowls
  • High-rise, single-lever kitchen faucet with sprayer

And thanks to this oversized kitchen storage, you get more drawers and pantry space than ever before!

Bedroom Storage

In the private bedroom, you’ll relax on a King mattress with a quilted bedspread and pillows. And – because you get extra storage space in the bedroom too, check out this great underbed storage!

Interior Design Options

The Alpine offers more than just plenty of storage – you can also choose your décor and colorways as well! If you prefer a lighter décor tone, you might consider the Claridge colorway:

Or if you like darker accents, you might choose Stanton:

Whichever Alpine you decide on, we know you and your family will love all it has to offer for years to come. Contact us today to check out these great Alpine RVs in person or any of our new and used RVs for sale!

RV Renovation Tips: The 4 R’s

Thinking about renovating your RV? We think it’s a great idea! Maybe you’ve owned your RV for many years and it just needs a bit of freshening up. Or maybe you’ve gone with a budget-friendly option of shopping from our used RVs for sale and want to breathe some life into a pre-owned RV to make it truly yours. This is an amazing option to keep your RV looking in pristine condition. Here are some top RV renovation tips.

Revive

Maybe the kitchen needs an update or some more counter space. Did you know our RV parts catalog is full of items that can freshen up your new or used RV? Ask us about adding some countertop extensions, or investing in a portable camp kitchen for some outdoor meals.

RV Renovation Tips

Or it may be as simple as adding a new throw pillow or two, or a shower caddy that helps keep down the bathroom clutter. Think about ways to add or subtract to freshen up your RV’s look!

Recover

Maybe your U-shaped dinette or free standing chairs are looking a little worn. Don’t get rid of them! If the cushion is still in good shape with lots of life left, consider reupholstering them instead.

RV Renovation Tips

One way you can save money on renovating your used RV is to keep and update what you can rather than just automatically tossing it.

Repair

“Time marches on…sooner or later, you realize it’s marching across your face.” – Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias.

Time and age can do a number on us all – even your RV! Roof cracks, scuffed floors, small carpet rips…these things can be repaired fairly easily. Our RV service department can give your new or used RV a tune up and some much needed maintenance and repair on a number of issues.

Replace

Sometimes you just need to rip something out and let it go, whether it’s pulling up carpet, taking down curtains, or replacing an old sofa. Again, our RV service department can help on some major repairs or replacements to help get your RV road ready.

Ready to shop for a used RV? With these RV renovation tips, you can make a pre-owned RV look just like new! Contact us today to ask if we can help you with any of these RV renovation tips.

Indiana Dunes National Park: Your Next Camping Destination in Indiana!

This year has certainly been difficult for planning trips and vacations, but an outdoor vacation is about as safe as it can get – and fun, too! Fill up the remainder of your summer with an awesome vacation with your family to Indiana Dunes National Park. It’s a beautiful camping destination in Indiana with plenty of things to do and explore, and gorgeous late-summer weather to enjoy. Read more about planning your trip to Indiana Dunes National Park below!

Things To Do

Indiana Dunes National Park has it all: swimming and flying kites at the beach, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and more. Read up on your opportunities for these activities below:

  • Biking: Indiana Dunes National Park offers an amazing interconnected bike trail system that spans 37 miles! Learn more about biking at Indiana Dunes National Park here.
  • Hiking: 14 trail systems spreading over more than 50 miles of trails! This is a hiker’s paradise! Read about your hiking options here.
  • Horseback riding: equestrian trails are offered through Glenwood Dunes Trails. You can learn more here.
  • Fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and more! Get your boat out on Lake Michigan and enjoy all it has to offer. Read about your options here.
  • Birding: Indiana Dunes National Park is a crucial feeding and resting spot for birds in migration, so bird watching is popular at this area of Lake Michigan. Late summer and early autumn may afford you plenty of bird watching opportunities as migration patterns pick up. Learn more here.
  • Beaches: Indiana Dunes National Park has several different beaches your family may enjoy! Check those out here.

Places to Stay

Indiana Dunes National Park has plenty of camping opportunities! Check out what the park itself has to offer here and make your reservation today!

Traveling and Visiting Safely

These are strange times for sure, but the National Park System is staying in compliance with federal guidelines in order to offer you and your family a safe and fun visiting experience. If you have any questions or need to inquire about Covid-19 updates, make sure to contact the park before you make a reservation or arrive for your scheduled camping trip.

Despite many of the traveling restrictions families have faced this year, traveling in a new or used RV can still offer one of the safest and most memorable vacations you can take with your family. Contact us today if you need some help shopping for a new or used RV, or need some RV service before you hit the road!

Springdale Travel Trailer Review: Travel Comfortably

If you’re looking for a fun and all-inclusive RV at an affordable price, take a look at our Keystone Springdale travel trailers for sale. The goal of the Springdale design was simple: “Incredible value for your dollar.” Keystone has definitely delivered on this, giving you the most bang for your buck. These awesome travel trailers start out at just $148 a month with approved financing! Read more in our Springdale travel trailer review to learn more about the standard features in these travel trailers.

Kitchen Amenities

Let’s start off in the kitchen. You’ll have everything you need to quickly and easily prepare a hot meal.

The standard kitchen features include:

  • Range hood w/ light and exhaust fan
  • Furrion oven w/glass top and LED lights
  • LED lighting
  • 6 or 7 cu. ft. gas/electric refrigerator, depending on model
  • Sleek Black Furrion Microwave

You can enjoy it at the convertible dinette, which doubles as extra sleeping space for either the kids or grandkids, or even overnight guests. Eat dinner and play a board game or two at the dinette before converting it into a bed in the evening!

Comfort and Entertainment

The living room is also designed for comfort and convenience – even on a budget! Enjoy the large panel LED HD TV and fireplace, and relax on the pull out sofa.

An 8000-15,000 BTU air conditioner and 20,000-30,000 BTU furnace (BTU depending on model) means you camp comfortably no matter the season. If you wanted a freezing or hot and sweaty night, wouldn’t it make sense to go tent camping? In your brand new Keystone Springdale, you’ll always sleep comfortably at night!

Bedroom Features

Speaking of sleeping comfortably, take a look at the standard bedroom features in our Springdale travel trailers for sale.

  • Reversible bedspread
  • Closet
  • Mirrored bedside storage
  • Overhead lighting

Want to see more photos and features? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at all of our Springdale travel trailers for sale, and contact us if you have any questions about getting on the road comfortably and affordably!

Our Factory Price RVs Allow You to Travel Affordably!

If you want the lowest price around on a brand new RV, take a look at our factory price RVs for sale. These fantastic RVs are priced far below the MSRP and the prices are so low, you won’t find them anywhere else. Our factory price RVs have such steep discounts, they go fast…so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate to ask to see it! We’re always bringing in new factory price units, so check back often even if there’s nothing that’s just right for you at this time.

Factory Price Travel Trailers

Take a look at this Forest River Wildwood 22RBS travel trailer for sale. This 26’ travel trailer includes a walk in shower, 8 foot chaise lounge, and comfortably accommodates a family of four.

Enjoy the rear kitchen and make a hot breakfast before setting out for the day. With approved financing, you can snag this RV for as little as $190/month. Look at more features and photos of this travel trailer here.

Factory Price Toy Haulers

We also have factory price toy haulers for sale! This Springdale Tailgator 27TH for sale comes in at $185/month with approved financing. It doesn’t get better than an extremely affordable toy hauler!

With three flip-over sofas and an 8 foot garage door, you’ll have room not only for all of your outdoor gear but the whole family too. This toy hauler sleeps up to six people! Check out more features and photos here.

RVing is a fantastic option for countless families, but shopping for an RV can feel intimidating. Thankfully, our factory price RVs for sale take the edge – and the expense – off the RV shopping experience. Be sure to also check out our used RVs for sale and other new RVs for sale if you need a wider selection. And, we’re here to help or answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!

RV Tip: Meals Made Easy!

As you get ready for your vacation in your new or used RV, you probably have a huge check list of things of things to pack and plan. You have your campground reservation, your list of sight seeing stops, and activities you plan on enjoying with your family. You’ve budgeted for each of those. But meals are in a league of their own, because it’s easy to plan one thing and end up doing another. It’s really easy to overspend your food budget by eating out more than you intended. But here are some great RV tips to help save your time and money on your meals, while making the most of your new or used RV’s kitchen features.

Make a Meal Plan – And Stick to It

This might sound like a pain, but it’s pretty easy! An example meal plan for a week long vacation may include 3 meals made in your RV, eat out 2 meals, leftovers for 2 meals:

  • Monday: eat in RV
  • Tuesday: eat out
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: eat in RV
  • Friday: eat out
  • Saturday: leftovers
  • Sunday: eat in RV

Make a list of easy meals to prepare that you already enjoy at home. Shared ingredients between recipes can also help you save money because you’re purchasing items more efficiently. If several meals all need ground beef, diced tomatoes, or chopped onion, for example, you can purchase a larger amount and divide it in advance at home.

Fill the Pantry

Many of our new and used RVs for sale include a great pantry! Make this space work for you. Stock it with the dry goods, soup mixes, seasonings, and other pantry staples that you’ll need to pair with your planned meals. Breakfast and lunch are made easy if you choose canned soups, instant oatmeal, and other “heat and serve” items.

Preassemble Like a Boss

The more you can pre-make, the easier it will be for you to stick with that meal plan! Once you’ve bought and divided up your bulk ingredients at home, mix up the meals that you can and store them in gallon size storage bags. Freeze them flat to save on freezer space. When you preassemble, all you have to do while on vacation is pull a meal from the freezer and throw it on the grill or in the oven.

Just a little bit of planning can save you a lot of headache on meals when you’re traveling, and make life in your new or used RV more enjoyable. Contact us today – we can help you shop for the perfect RV that has the kitchen features you need!

Shop for a New or Used RV By Floor Plan

Did you know you can shop for a new or used RV by floor plan style? Our search engine makes it easy. Shopping for the perfect RV for your family can be overwhelming when you’re looking at a dealership’s massive inventory, so narrow your search terms and shop by floor plan to make the process faster!

What Do You Want in an RV?

One popular floor plan feature when shopping for a new or used RV is a bath and a half. Having an additional half bath is a feature you’ll never regret opting for. In our 2020 Keystone RV Fuzion 430 toy hauler fifth wheel for sale, you’ll find a full bath connected to the private bedroom. It includes dual entry for easy access, so no one has to walk through the bedroom to get to it.

Shop By Floor Plan

At the other end of the RV, enjoy the convenience of a half bath located between the kitchen and garage. This allows anyone to slip out quietly in the early morning for a sunrise kayak outing without waking everyone up.

Shop By Floor Plan

Having a bath and a half in your RV will be something your entire family appreciates – nobody has to wait on the bathroom again! Take a look at all of our new and used RVs with a bath and a half for sale.

Another floor plan features that many families love is a bunkhouse. We have dozens of RVs with a bunkhouse for sale, and the possibilities are nearly endless! Some of our RVs with a bunkhouse include double bunks in the rear corner. You can also pick a bunkhouse configuration which includes single bunks with a dinette so kids can enjoy their own game or movie night.

Shop By Floor Plan

This 2020 Keystone Sprinter 341BIK for sale includes a bunkhouse that gives you two single bunks, an entertainment center set up, plenty of storage, and a lower sofa!

Shop By Floor Plan

Our Forest River Wildwood X-Lite travel trailers for sale also give you different bunkhouse configuration options, like this L-shaped bunkhouse that has plenty of room for all the kids or grandkids!

Shop By Floor Plan
Shop By Floor Plan

Compare our RVs with a bunkhouse here.

Shop for the Floor Plan That’s Just Right

Need some ideas to get started on shopping for a new or used RV by floor plan? Here are some of our customers’ favorite features to get you started:

Need some assistance? We’re ready to help. Contact us today if you have any questions about shopping for a new or used RV by floor plan. We’d love to help you pick out the perfect RV for your family!

Sprinter Campfire Review: Cozy and Comfortable!

Enjoy camping like never before in a Sprinter Campfire travel trailer or fifth wheel from Keystone RV! Take a look at the standard features you’re sure to love in our Sprinter Campfire review below, then check out all of our available Sprinter Campfire RVs for sale.

Camping Made Easy Package 

The key to having a fun, comfortable camping trip is in the features of your RV. Camping shouldn’t be difficult or miserable. And it’s not in a Sprinter Campfire! Whether you opt for a Sprinter Campfire travel trailer or a Sprinter Campfire fifth wheel, you’ll find these standard features on every model:

  • Outside TV hookup with 110 recep, and cable prep in exterior storage area
  • Triple entry steps
  • Interior access, manual override for the slide rooms
  • Dual battery tray
  • Solar prep
  • LED interior lighting
  • Dimmer switch in living room slide-out

Stainless Steel Appliances

Another feature in our Sprinter Campfire RVs for sale is their stainless steel appliances throughout. Stainless steel is durable, easy to care for, and absolutely beautiful. Your new Sprinter Campfire will include:

  • Stainless steel vanity sink in bathroom
  • Large stainless steel sink in kitchen
  • Stainless steel range and refrigerator

Take a look at all of the appliance features in our Sprinter Campfire RVs for sale here.

Cozy Living Room

One of the best parts of any camping trip is gathering around the campfire with your family. And when you’re in a Sprinter Campfire RV, you’ll find that it’s just as easy and comforting to gather with your family. The living room offers a wonderful place to settle down for a movie or game night, or offer extra sleeping accommodations to overnight guests.

Gather the family! Our Sprinter Campfire review will have you ready to plan your camping trips!

Take a look at the standard features in the Sprinter Campfire living room:

  • Sound bar entertainment system with Bluetooth technology, front-facing quick HDMI hookup, and USB port
  • HD LED TV
  • Tri-fold memory foam sleeper sofa w/storage
  • Dedicated location below TV for DVD/satellite receiver
  • Shaw High grade carpeting
  • Dimmable light switch in main slide
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Fireplace prep

Browse and compare our Sprinter Campfire RVs for sale and contact us. We’d love to answer any questions you may have and help you pick out the floor plan that’s perfect for your family!