How to RV Like a Pro at the Lake

Twenty-twenty has been a crazy year and many people are responding by extending their summer, planning their RV getaway, and living the lifestyle of their dreams even if on a part-time basis. According to a recent travel survey conducted by RVshare, almost 70 percent of respondents are planning a fall vacation trip, and 68 percent are considering an RV excursion for their fall getaway.

Getting away for a fall vacation used to be a major challenge for any family. With modern technology and conveniences, however, it’s not so difficult. Any family can get away for the fall, keep the kids in school, and continue working despite enjoying themselves away from the comforts of home.

With recreation, natural beauty and plenty of RV amenities available, lakes have been the go-to vacation of the year. Many popular lakes are a short road trip from major metro areas, and are a tried-and-true favorite destination of RVers across the nation. We have come up with a list of ways you can get out to the lake, with or without an RV.


Five ways to make an RV vacation at the lake work for you this fall.

  1. Homeschool on the Road - Considering that modern RVs have everything you need to sustain a lifestyle—including a kitchen, a bathroom, and bedrooms—there is no reason you can’t homeschool your children while vacationing in the fall. Go anywhere you like for as long as you like. In fact, there’s a term for this method: it’s called “Roadschooling”. If you don’t have an RV, renting an RV might be the best option to try out this lifestyle.
  2. Work Remotely While Vacationing - If you’re one of the many people still working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still take an RV on the road and fulfill all of the obligations of your employment. Chances are, your employer may continue allowing you to work remotely for the foreseeable future, and many employers today offer flexible work time that includes time off, extended paid vacation days, and remote work or in-office work by employee choice. If you’re fortunate enough to have these options, you can work remotely while vacationing with your RV.
  3. Run Your Business From a Distance - If you’re a business owner and would like to take some time off while your employees keep the wheels turning on your business, you can rent your own wheels and take to the road. With modern technology like video cams, Zoom, and other internet-based technologies, you can run your business while vacationing any time of the year. It’s never been a better time to dip your toe in the “Digital Nomad” waters. Why not do it now before winter sets in?
  4. Visit With Family and Friends - If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your favorite friends that moved away or that one weird uncle, you can hit the road and pay them a visit even while social distancing. Camping is a great way to get close (but not too close), and you can rent a spot nearby where your friends or relatives live to maintain your distance. Then, you can schedule time to meet them in public at any business following the local social distancing guidelines, or invite them out to the campground to catch up in the open air.
  5. Go On Vacation - Maybe it’s just time to unplug, relax, and enjoy yourself for a while. If you’re due for some vacation time, ask the boss for a couple of weeks off and rent an RV.



A simple new way to RV at the lake

Although Recreational Vehicles are one of the most popular ways to experience vacation across the United States, not everyone has the knowledge, desire or financial ability to own an RV. Shopping for, maintaining and even driving an RV can be an intimidating task. Thankfully the digital age has made the RV experience available to just about everyone with easy RV rentals.

We found that RVshare is the go-to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace in North America. Started in 2012, the platform has booked more than two million RV rental days since launch. This milestone came just 13 months after hitting the one million rental days milestone, which means it’s quickly growing in popularity.

Since the hospitality and tourism industries have tanked due to concerns over COVID-19 and social distancing measures, RV travel has increased. In fact, a run on RVs means there is a shortage of RVs to buy and if you do find one, it may not be what you want. By renting an RV instead, you can test the waters on the RV lifestyle before you make a huge investment. Sometimes the owner will even drive it to the campground and set it up for you, so it’s ready to use right when you arrive. If you’re an RV owner who has an RV sitting for extended periods of time, you can rent your RV to short-term travelers and earn a secondary income by turning your RV into a profitable asset. At the very least, your RV can start to pay for itself.

Weekenders, short-term travelers, and other RV renters have access to more than 100,000 vehicles at RVshare. From luxury motorhomes to affordable travel trailers, their diverse inventory can accommodate any vacation lifestyle.

RVers, whether full-time or part-time, have many options when it comes to parking and enjoying their living time with the RV of choice. Many RVers move from one spot to another in order to enjoy all that nature and the RV lifestyle have to offer. Here are some ways RVers find to park and take advantage of amenities while living in their RVs:

  • Weekend camping - If you just want to get away for a weekend camping trip, there are many options including staying at national parks, state parks, or paying a premium for a private RV park rental.
  • Park hopping - There are 60 national parks in the U.S. and all of them are open to RVers, full-time or part-time, for a small fee. Every state has a park system that allows RVers to rent space for a night or for multiple nights. You can rent an RV or own an RV as long as you follow state park rules
  • Nomad lifestyle - There is a growing community of people coast to coast who have traded their home or apartment for an RV, and never looked back. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to living, working and schooling out of an RV, the most popular being long-term spots at RV parks. 

The RV lifestyle is a lifestyle full of adventure. If you’re new to the lifestyle or want to try it out on a short-term basis, renting an RV is the best way to go.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 28)

GOOD. Water stained; 76-78 degrees; 4.34 feet low. The water level is 167.7 with no generators running. Water temperature at the Dam is 76-78 degrees with surface temperature around 76.This is the third week with no rainfall. The back feeder creeks are clear in the deeper holes, but the lake is turning over causing shallow areas to look muddy and the main lake remains clear. The best fishing times this week has been at first light to mid-morning. Black bass are still in the summer to fall transition and remain scattered. The bass have been biting and chasing smaller shad profile baits like 1/4 ounce rattletraps in chrome, black or blue back, bladed baits, and smaller crankbaits in shad colors. Another pattern is black and blue football jigs 3/8 - 3/4 ounce with a 3-inch matching color grub trailer, and a green pumpkin jig with the chuck tail dipped in chartreuse color. The punch and frog bite has been producing wherever you can find floating vegetation, Lilly pads or healthy green hydrilla. Crappie bite has been picking up in 6-25 feet of water using small jigs and minnows depending on the cloud cover and cooling night temperatures. Bluegills are still mixed in with crappie in the brush piles and some are now being caught under boathouses and docks. Catfish are holding in 10-20 feet of water and have also been caught migrating up into the feeder creeks. Hey crew, this week is cooling down and will be in the 50s . Here we go, we either go hunting or go fishing. It's all good. Get out there! Always leave the area better than you found it (no trash, pickup what you can). Good luck and tight lines! Report from Master Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Orvis Endorsed Fishing Guide, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak Sales, and Rod Repair.

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