RV Trip Planning
RV Trip Planning
The Mile Marker
Dear RV Friend,
With the summer vacation season fast approaching, RVers are turning their attention to trip planning. Technology offers so many options for mapping out routes, pinpointing fun things to do along the way, and finding and reserving campsites. It’s a fantastic time to be an RV adventurer!
We’d love to hear about your favorite trip planning methods and the websites you use for finding RV parks. Meanwhile, we have a few ideas to get you started. Even if you aren’t ready to hit the road just yet, explore these sites and make plans for your next epic road trip. Sometimes trip planning is half the fun.
The possibilities are endless with an RV as your magic carpet. Keep planning, keep dreaming, keep traveling!
The FMCA Team

Why We Love FMCA
Huge thank you to Robert and Rita Landrum (F413023), FMCA Pinch Hitters, for helping return our motorhome to storage...They graciously answered our request for help to drive our rig. And Robert even gave me a lesson in the 3-point turn to get the motorhome into its space. FMCA members are the best!
—Mike & Nancy Honkomp, F429915
Help Is Around the Corner
You can't plan for the unexpected; however, your fellow FMCA members are always available to help. FMCA's Stoppin' Spots directory is a listing of members who offer assistance and hospitality. View the directory.   
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Send it along with your contact information to enewsletter@fmca.com.
RV Weighing


Having an overweight RV can lead to expensive and dangerous consequences. Have you had your RV weighed to make sure it isn’t exceeding its ratings?
It’s best to have your RV weighed by individual wheel position. This provides the information you need to determine proper tire pressure. The tricky part is you can’t just roll up to any weigh station and have this done. 

What’s an RVer to do? One place to have your RV weighed by individual wheel is at an FMCA convention. Next up: July 18 through 21 in Gillette, Wyoming.

For more information about RV weighing and tire safety, check out this article from the FMC Magazine archives.
FMCA Adventure
Preparing for National Park Adventures

If you're new to U.S. national parks, these tips can help make for a hassle-free RV adventure:
Avoid Crowds   If possible, visit during the spring or fall.

Plan Your Route  
You may encounter steep grades, tight tunnels, or gravel roads. 

Don’t Delay   
At popular parks, reservations may be necessary months or even a year ahead. Some parks offer a combination of reserved spots and first-come, first served sites.

FMCA Clubhouse
FMCA to the Rescue! 

As you prep for spring and summer RV trips, sign up for roadside assistance through FMCA Roadside Rescue. Powered by SafeRide RV, the policy is just $69/year for FMCA members. You're covered for trip routing services, towing to the nearest qualified repair center, fuel delivery, lockout service, and more. Learn plan details
Plan Your Trips

Trip planning is easier with the official FMCA Road Atlas. The atlas has large print and highlights big-rig-friendly locations and travel-friendly stores like Walmart. Planning a trip to Alaska or northwest Canada? The Milepost is a favorite resource. 
Learn about Gillette or visit the Association Calendar to view all FMCA events
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Campground of the Month
Deer Park
Deer Park RV Park
& Campground, C10663
Buffalo, Wyoming

Deer Park, an FMCA Commercial Member Campground since 2005, is approximately one hour from Gillette (site of FMCA’s 98th International Convention & RV Expo) on the main route between Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone. Deer Park offers pull-thru sites up to 85 feet in length. Open May 1 through Sept. 30, the park offers a 10% discount to FMCA members. Learn more here or call 307-684-5722.
Visit Campground Connections 
Travel Bureaus
Trip Planning Made Easier 
FMCA's annual listing of state and provincial travel bureaus is now available to members online. Read now
Things Got Weird...in a Good Way!
You didn't buy an RV just to get from Point A to Point B, right? Part of the fun of RV travel is going "off the beaten path." Now that spring has sprung, check out these weird and wonderful destinations

The Fit RV
Printable Packing Lists 
Stefany and James Adinaro of TheFitRV.com have created RV packing lists. Keep these handy as you prep:
RV Galley
RV Bed & Bath
RV Maintenance
RV Living 

Along the Way
Desert Gold RV Resort 
Brenda, AZ

George & Phyllis Brown, F473470
Quail Run RV Resort
Wesley Chapel, FL
Malcolm Belisle, F460969 
Share Your Story
Do you RV with pets? We're seeking pet photos for our May e-newsletter. Send your photo along with your contact information and pet's name to enewsletter@fmca.com.
RVers Delight
Fast Food

If you asked a group of RVers to share their best cooking secret, some of them would reply "Instant Pot."

Of course, this kitchen appliance is anything but a secret. These multifunctional electric pressure cookers have what could be described as a  “cult” following. The company’s Instant Pot Community group on Facebook has approx. 1.3 million members — and growing!

The Instant Pot can serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, saute pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and stockpot warmer. It’s ideal for RVers who want to spend less time in the kitchen without resorting to the usual “fast food.” 

Click here for a dessert recipe, Basic Creamy Rice Pudding.
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