Our family has never had a vacation. The hubs and I didn’t even have a honeymoon. We have been thinking about a short get away for several years but with finances and special needs to consider it seemed more of a hassle than a reward. A family member suggested renting an RV.
Why an RV? The noise of people walking down the hall keeps me up all night as I am an extremely light sleeper. We also have several food allergies that prevent us from eating out the majority of the time. Having a kitchen and fridge solves that problem. We have looked at extended stay hotels and house rentals but the cost was more than I was comfortable with.
With that in mind we begin to look into renting an RV. Since we also needed to stay close to home, we opted to rent a fifth wheel that is permanently set up in a campground a few minutes from home. The cost was less than a regular hotel room. It was close enough to run home and check on our pets. We also agreed before we left that if it was too much for either of our little guys we would just check out early and head home.
There were a few hiccups. First, when we arrived the place was ice cold as we had temps below freezing. We tried to warm the place up but after a half hour of no warm air from the furnace we called the front desk. In minutes they came out and discovered the gas canisters were empty. New ones were installed within twenty minutes the place was cozy.
The second thing we discovered was no hot water. Again we called the front desk and the handyman was there quickly. He figured out that when the gas ran out that the pilot light on the water tank went out as well and needed to be relit. That was an easy fix and we soon had hot water.
The place advertised free television but the reception was terrible. That didn’t bother any of us. We had planned for no television and had brought games to play as a family. There was also so much to do outside the rental. The campground had a bouncy pad, bike rentals and free mini golf. There is also a swimming pool but it was way too cold to enjoy.
The boys enjoyed everything at the park. We even took a few side trips to explore parts of our area we had never been to. It was such a pleasant experience that we started to see it is possible to travel by renting an RV or by hopping campground to campground.