How to Get Wi-Fi While on the Road

You don’t necessarily need an Internet connection in order to have a successful motor home trip. After all, Americans have been travelling without access to the World Wide Web for decades, using only paper maps and old-fashioned asks for help to get around. That said, having a good connection really helps. If you’d like to take your Internet-capable devices on the road, you have a few options to make that possible.

Public and Private Wi-Fi Connections

As you know, many businesses and attractions have Wi-Fi available for you to connect to. Whether that Wi-Fi is free and open for everyone (public) or available only for paying customers (private) depends entirely on the whim of the business, but there’s little question that Wi-Fi is becoming more widespread regardless. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to expect most businesses to have an Internet hookup.

In practice, what does this mean for your motor home trip? If you’re relying only on the Wi-Fi offerings of others, you won’t want to be counting on your connection too much, as there’s no guarantee as to the next time you’ll have Internet. It helps to check with your campground in advance if this is a make-or-break situation for you. Overall, while relying on public and private Wi-Fi connections isn’t ideal, it’s free. You can get a lot of your heavy lifting done by conducting research and downloading maps in advance. Plus, freedom from the Internet might just be the digital break you’re looking to have with your trip.

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Service Providers

Say what you will about going back to basics, but many of us rely on the Internet these days, and for good reason: it makes life a lot easier. When you’re on the road, you might need an interactive map or exact directions to your campground. Or, you might want to see where the cheapest gas prices are in your area, or how long until the next rest stop. In these cases, a paper map just won’t cut it.

These days, it’s not much of an issue to rely on your smartphone to provide much of your crucial Internet means. However, for those with limited data plans, this isn’t always possible. That’s why most of the major cell phone carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, offer mobile Wi-Fi hotspots that rely on the same data networks that their phone plans operate on. The devices themselves, which function like wireless routers, usually cost under a hundred dollars, though you’ll want to do a provider-by-provider comparison to find the exact plan that works for you.

Other Options

For most people, a mix between relying on Wi-Fi hotspots and using a mobile service provider hotspot will probably be the best option. But, for whatever reason, that might not work out exactly for your needs. In that case, there are a few other options that, while not totally practical, you might find feasible for your trip.

For some time, the motor home Internet connections relied on satellite to get hooked up to the ‘Net. These days, popping a satellite dish on your coach isn’t as practical as it once was; not only does the dish itself cost thousands of dollars, but the service itself also costs money, which some motor home enthusiasts say is only rising. For those with smaller budgets, a Wi-Fi booster might do the trick. The device does exactly what it sounds like – it allows your device to connect to signals that are farther away. With this option, though, you’re again dependent on those public and private networks that may or may not be there when you need them.

Each year, the Internet, and the number of devices that connect to it, grows and grows, so it’s getting easier to always be connected, wherever you happen to be. However much you need an Internet connection depends, of course, on your needs and budget, but these options will be more than enough to get you started on your digitally-connected motor home trip.

Why You Should Tow Your Car With You on Motor Home Trips

Let’s be honest: motor homes aren’t always the most convenient form of transportation, especially when you plan on making short trips after you’ve arrived at your destination. That’s why many motor home travellers tow another vehicle along with them when they hit the road. There are a few downsides to towing a car–it can make your motor home slightly less maneuverable, for instance–but in most cases, the advantages far outweigh the negatives. Here are just some of the reasons why you should tow your car with you on your motor home trips.

Easier to Explore Around Your Destination

However many stops you make along your route, there will probably be nearby sights you want to see. If the attraction is across town or a little farther away, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to drive your motor home back and forth, especially in areas that are more densely packed and not great for motor home driving. Having a car to travel around with after you’ve parked your motor home will make you a bit more agile, so you won’t have to think twice about seeing all the sights.

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Better Comfort When Running Errands

In reality, the attractions surrounding your campsite only make up part of the short trips you might have to make during your trip. At some point, you’ll have to run some errands, such as making a trip to the local supermarket or dropping by the post office to mail something off. Wouldn’t you rather do these chores from the comfort of a car, rather than at the seat of your motor home?

Money Saved If You Plan on Making Short Trips

One big drawback to towing a car behind a motor home is that it decreases your motor home’s fuel efficiency. That said, you could make up that difference depending on how much you plan on driving once you’ve parked your motor home. If it’s a concern, you might want to bust out a calculator to get some estimates on how much you’ll be spending on gas on either side of the equation. Still, plenty of motor home vacations would be happy to lose a little bit of money on the ease that bringing a car gets them.

More Options for Your Group

Solo travellers get to go where they want, when they want, but if you’re travelling with a group, you’ll have to make some sacrifices. For example, some might want to sleep in, while others may be up early and ready to go explore. An extra vehicle allows your group to split up and do the things they want to do.

Preparation for the Unplanned

Despite your best preparations, things happen. A wrong turn could leave you out of gas, or poor road conditions could result in a flat tire. It isn’t out of the question to plan for possible motor home maintenance while on the road, as unpleasant as it may be. So, rather than be stranded without a set of wheels, towing your car along with you can allow for a backup just in case you need one.

Whether you should tow your car with you in your motor home travels is up to you, but as you can see, there are many benefits you just can’t get without having an extra vehicle with you. From reasons of safety to concerns for logistics, you’ll most likely find that bringing your car along on your travels only improves the freedom that a motor home can provide for you.

City Highlight: Aspen, Colorado

Summer might be prime traveling season, but winter vacations have their merit, too. While you might traditionally think of the winter vacation as a chance to get away from the snow and head to sunnier areas, there are some places in America that you just can’t miss after a good snowfall. Aspen, Colorado is one of them, and for plenty of reasons, not the least of which is its mountainside attractions.

The Rockies: One of America’s Best Mountain Ranges

Apsen’s biggest draw, of course, is its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, making it an excellent wintertime travel destination, especially if you enjoy snow sports. Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass make up the four ski resorts nearby, meaning that, if you’re a skier or snowboarder, you’ll never hurt for variety. You don’t need to have the balance of a skier to have fun during an Aspen winter, however. There are other activities, such as snowshoeing and tubing, that you can also take part in.

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Plenty to Do in the Summer, Too

While Aspen is one of America’s best winter attractions, there’s still plenty to do in warmer weather when there’s less snow about. The Rocky Mountains are no less pretty during the summer, and the more forgiving weather means that you can more easily hike, camp, raft, and experience the beauties of nature. In fact, some of the resorts stay open during the summer, still offering gondola rides to the top for some beautiful views of the neighboring mountains.

Small-Town Downtown Aspen

If you’re visiting Aspen, you’re not visiting for the big-city experience. You can drive three-and-a-half hours to Denver for that. That’s not to say, however, that there’s nothing to do “apres-ski” in downtown Aspen, whose small-town feel betrays its vibrancy and activity. From the clubby nightlife found in the Aspen and Snowmass Village to the souvenir shops that take up the main drag, there’s a little something for everyone’s tastes. One thing you won’t want to miss, though, is the Wheeler Opera House, a gorgeous theater built in 1889 that hosts films, live music, and more.

Bringing Your Motor Home

Due to Aspen’s natural surroundings, there are tons of camping options for those who want to bring their motor home. Among them are Glenwood Canyon Resort and Ami’s Acres Campground, both of which offer full hook-up and extra amenities. Of course, with so much to do nearby, you probably won’t need any extra fun to keep you occupied. Do note that some Aspen-area roads are limited by vehicle size, such as Highway 82 over Independence Pass, which prohibits vehicles longer than 35 feet. Also, with steep slopes and curvy roads throughout the Rocky Mountain area, you’ll want to do a little research ahead time and practice extra caution when driving through.

While there’s a bit of something for everyone in Aspen, the real reason you’ll want to check it out is to get a taste of the Rockies, whether it’s from the slopes or the ski lodge, during winter or summer. With a little bit of luck, perhaps you’ll even get that “Rocky Mountain High” that Aspen native John Denver sang about.

Review: 2017 Forest River Georgetown 3 Series

When you choose to spend a long time on the road with a motor home, you want a coach that isn’t just a great drive. You need something that also provides the comforts any other home would. Forest River is no stranger to making solid–yet comfortable–motor homes, and with its new 2017 Georgetown 3 Series, the everyman’s camper is better than ever. Here are some of the features that make the Georgetown 3 series a great motor home, inside and out.

A Chef’s Dream

Simply put, a traveller cannot subsist on fast food alone. Much of the appeal in the motor home lifestyle derives from the fact that you have the space and ability to bring the comforts of a traditional home along with you – a nice meal included. That’s why budding chefs will find the Georgetown 3 Series so exciting.

The kitchen prep area is one of the biggest and best that you’ll find, with an electric range, over-the-range microwave, and a double sink that includes a pull-out sprayer. That’s not including the plenty of solid surface counter space you’ll have for food prep. And when dinner is ready to be served, you and your guests won’t be cramped for space while you eat at a Dream Dinette Booth.

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Outdoor Comfort

Your master-chef dreams aren’t limited to the Georgetown’s interior. One of this model’s stand-out features is the outdoor package, which includes a mini-fridge, sink, and cupboard all accessible from outside. Built within the Georgetown’s siding, these items will ensure that whether you’re taking your meal outside or you’re just snacking, you won’t have to make any unnecessary trips inside.

That isn’t the end of the Georgetown’s outdoor features. Along with those kitchen appliances, you’ll also find a flat-screen TV and speakers embedded within the side of the coach. And with a large awning, all of your happy guests will relax comfortably in the shade while they watch or enjoy a meal.

It’s All in the Details

Naturally, the Georgetown’s more readily-noticed elements are the ones that get all the love, but the finer details of this motor home are nothing to scoff at, either. Take, for instance, the attention paid to saving space without sacrificing convenience. You can see this in the main area’s sofa, which doubles as a hide-a-bed. There’s also the 32-inch TV that sits flush with your cupboards, hiding in plain sight.

These delightful particulars are also to the advantage of the driver and passenger. Side and rear cameras guarantee a safer, easier driving experience, while LED map, bunk, and accent lights will get you where you need to go without causing any distractions. Plus, with heated side mirrors, you’ll never have to worry about being unable to see who’s driving near you.

When it comes to motor home living, you need a coach that feels right, no matter if you’re pushing a full day’s drive or you’ve stopped for the night. The Georgetown 3 Series seems to strike that perfect balance between performance and comfort, for both the people behind the wheel and those along for the ride. And really, that’s just about what you’d expect from the pros at Forest River.

Creative Road Trip Games to Help Pass the Time

Your motor home is the key to never ending entertainment, but that doesn’t mean every moment on the road is an exciting one. You surely know the boredom that creeps in when you’ve been travelling for a while and each signpost and mile marker starts to look the same. Remember, though, that’s it’s also about the journey, not just the destination, so it’s in your best interest to have as much fun as as possible on your trip. Liven things up with some of these road games, and you’ll pass the time a little more easily.

Exquisite Corpse

Never mind the grotesque name – this game is loads of fun and family friendly. There are a few variations on it, but they all require team input and startling results. In its original form, Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game, so you’ll need some paper and drawing utensils. Take a piece of paper and fold it across into however many players there are. Each player takes turns drawing on only their part of the paper, extending their art slightly onto the other spaces but also being mindful not to peek at what other players have drawn. When everyone’s finished, take a look at the finished drawing to find out what kind of baffling collaborative artwork you’ve all come up with.

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Group Storytime

Exquisite Corpse can be fun, but it leaves the poor driver out of the game. If everyone wants to play, consider choosing a game that requires no pen or paper. Going around in a circle, take turns in providing one sentence to a growing story. The beauty of this game lies in its open-endedness, as how tame or ridiculous your tale ends up depends on your group. Plus, it can last as long as your players are willing to come up with a storyline. For extra credit, see who can come up with the best illustration for your group story.

Fortunately, Unfortunately

The idea of Fortunately, Unfortunately is similar to group storytelling, but with a clever twist. One player gives the group an unfortunate scenario, and the next player comes up with a way of getting out of that messy situation. Then, the next player provides an unfortunate twist to the second player’s solution. For example: “Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my lunch to school,” to which a player could respond, “Fortunately, I brought some lunch money with me.” A third player could then respond, “Unfortunately, a bully stole my lunch money,” and so on. After a few rounds, you’ll be laughing at how far you’ve come from the original premise.

Twenty Questions

While this classic game doesn’t win any points for novelty, it does take some creativity to play well. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, all it takes is at least two people and a little bit of brain power. One person takes a turn by thinking of something–anything–and the other players have to figure it out, but only by asking yes-or-no questions. As per the game title, they have 20 attempts to suss it all out. Is it a person? Is it a famous character? Perhaps. You’re only limited by your imagination.

When you’ve had enough of the road, you could always turn to the radio, or even a board game. However, these games rely on few materials and a lot of creativity, making them creative ways to pass the time. You might just find you and your group playing them even when you’re off the road!

Essential Items to Keep in Your Motor Home at All Times

The appeal of owning a motor home–as you’re probably well aware–is that you can bring the convenience of home with you, wherever you happen to go. However, just because you’ve always got a roof over your head doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always prepared. Whether it’s for convenience, safety, or just entertainment, these are some of the items you should always keep in your motor home.

For the Unexpected, A Safety Kit

It’s smart to keep a emergency preparedness kit wherever you happen to spend a lot of time, whether that’s at the office, in your car, or in your motor home. While the contents of your safety kit will differ depending on your specific needs and the conditions in which you’ll be travelling, there are some necessities that every roadside kit should contain: a first aid kit, a flashlight, an emergency a radio, spare food, a window breaker, a multi-purpose knife, emergency road triangles, and jumper cables. A benefit to travelling in a motor home is that you’ll have a bit more storage space to work with, so you should err on the side of caution when getting packed.

Tools for Around the Motor Home

Accidents happen, and although it may be more comforting to hope that they won’t, it’s much better to be prepared. With your motor home, there are going to be some repairs, such as changing a flat tire, that you simply can’t make without some help. However, there are some other minor things around your motor home you definitely can fix, which is a lot easier if you have some basic tools packed away. Wrenches, screwdrivers, duct tape, lubricant, and the like might not solve your problem completely, especially if you’re not very handy with vehicle repair. But, at the very least, they’ll do the job until you can get a professional to look at it.

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Entertainment to Keep You Busy

Oftentimes, the things you see along the way to your destination are entertainment enough. However, on long-haul trips, you’ll want something to beat the boredom. Even if your motor home has a TV, you should be prepared in the event that you don’t get reception wherever you camp for the night. You’re sure to have some leftover storage space in your motor home, so don’t forget to bring whatever helps pass the time – novels, puzzle books, a musical instrument, even board games, which are great if you’re travelling with a group

Supplies for Your Destination

Wherever you happen to travel to, from the deserts of the Southwest to the thick forests of New England, you’ll need to consider the objects you’ll need to stay safe and comfortable when you arrive. Naturally, these will depend on where you’re heading to. Planning on doing some sunbathing in the Florida Keys? Better bring some sunblock and a towel. Heading to the Cascades? You might need to pack a jacket. While you’ll most likely be able to buy whatever you need when you get to your destination, you’ll save some frustration (and probably a little money, too) by thinking ahead of time.

Despite your best preparations, there’s still a chance you’ll forget something, so don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens. As you continue to travel around with your motor home, consider keeping a list of all the must-take essentials that’s tailored to your group. Not only will you be less likely to forget something before you leave, but it’ll also make the gearing-up process a little easier. With so many things to consider as you get ready for a trip, you’ll surely appreciate any little help you can get.

City Highlight: Asheville, NC

North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands may be high on your to-visit list, but there are plenty of great stopping points to be found further inland. Case in point: Asheville. Although bigger cities Charlotte and Raleigh may seem to get all the attention, Asheville has the right mix of urban and natural attractions to make the city a worthy addition to your travel plans. Here are a few things you should expect when you visit the town that’s been called “The Land of the Sky” and “Paris of the South.”

Things to Do in the City

Asheville is perhaps best known for its vibrant arts community. As such, finding something interesting to do isn’t much of a problem. Dozens of museums, theaters, and venues call Asheville their home, and the city plays host to multiple festivals all year round. One of the most interesting attractions, however, has nothing to do with the arts. The Biltmore Estate, an impressive castle designed in the art deco architectural style, is located right in the middle of downtown. The estate hosts famous paintings from Renoir and the like, and it also has some gardens and a winery. While you’ll probably have your motor home, the well-kept grounds might tempt you to book a night’s stay.

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Nature All Around You

Asheville’s art, music, and food might be enough to draw any visitor in, but it’s the city’s geographical location that cinches the deal. Located between the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville promises beautiful sites and tons of outdoor activities to take part in. While hiking and taking in the beauty of the mountains are the obvious choices of leisure, there are also plenty of parks and gardens in and around Asheville, so you’ll have no problem finding opportunities to bike, fish, golf, and more.

Autumn: Best Time of the Year for “Leaf Looking”

It’s one of Asheville’s most notable attractions, but you can only catch it during a window that lasts just a few weeks. The city and surrounding areas are notable for the color-changing foliage in autumn. While the majesty of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains are appealing at any time of the year, viewing them in all their yellow, red, and orange beauty is truly something else. The end of October is said to be the best time to catch the trees’ peak colors on display. That said, if you show up a little late, don’t worry too much – Asheville winters are fairly mild, and you can expect the snowfall to reach only a couple of inches.

Visiting With Your Motor Home

As Asheville is surrounded by natural reserves, the area is a safe haven for those traveling by motor home. Bear Creek Campground, sandwiched between downtown Asheville and the nearby mountains, should serve you well if you’re looking to spend equal time touring the city and hiking through nature. The further you move into the mountains, the more likely you are to come across places to hang your hat for the night, including the Lake Powhatan national park grounds.

Whether you come for the nature, the city, or both, Asheville is bound to delight. Spend some time viewing the mountains from a cafe or seeing the far-off city from the side of the range, and perhaps you’ll understand why it’s called “The Land of the Sky.”

Where to See the Best Fall Foliage on the East Coast

Motor home owners–or at least those who aren’t snowbirds–often look toward the approaching winter season with a melancholy feeling. After all, with the end of summer comes the end of the travel season, right? Not quite. With a motor home, you have front row seats to one of the best aspects of the changing seasons: the breathtaking views as the foliage goes through its annual transition of colors. With winter not here quite yet, there’s still time to fit in another vacation, and if you choose to visit one of these attractions, you’re bound to see some unforgettable sights.

Let the Adirondacks Engulf You

If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right, and you could definitely do worse than a trip to the Adirondacks in Northern New York. Not only does the mountainous region have one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the area, but the official park is also huge – 6 million acres in area, meaning there is more than enough to see and do if you visit. From a good vantage point, you can see orange, red, and brown as far as the eye can see. Due to the park’s immense size, there are many campgrounds for you and your motor home, including Sunset Bay Vacation Resort and a Jellystone Park.

Take a Trip Down the Vermont Byway

Vermont’s Route 100 Byway, which cuts through the middle of the state, running between the Green Mountains and Worcester Ridge, is suitably known as “Vermont’s Main Street.” The 140-mile drive is also one of the most scenic drives in the United States, making it a perfect trip for the fall season. Traveling the road end-to-end would be a great vacation in itself, but you won’t be able to help stopping at one of the many attractions along the way. Along with the many quaint, history-rich towns you’ll pass through, there are plenty of other attractions, including museums, shops, and tons of outdoor activities. As far as sleeping arrangements go, you’re sure to find something in one of Vermont’s 39 state park campgrounds.

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Float Along Maine’s Moosehead Lake

Henry David Thoreau once described Moosehead Lake as a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table – an apt description for the Eastern United State’s largest lake. Here, you can take in the beauty of the fall season by floating down the 40-mile-long lake, surrounded only by mountain air, colorful trees, and the quiet of nature. Talk about a vacation! As far as camping goes, Lily Bay State Park and Moosehead Family Campground will probably be your best bets, though there are a few more campgrounds surrounding the lake.

With the changing of the seasons, these spots are sure to be winners, though you’ll want to plan ahead accordingly. Go to early or too late, and you’ll miss the best that the nature of the East Coast has to offer. When getting your trip together, make use of tools like the Weather Channel’s foliage map to ensure that you’re traveling at peak color times. With sights like these, you’ll almost wish it was fall all year round!

Review: 2017 Coachmen Pursuit 31SB

The end of the year is an exciting time to be a motor home enthusiast. While inclimate weather might make travel a bit more difficult, there’s at least one good thing. The year drawing to a close means that motor home manufacturers are beginning to release their new models! Motor homes get better and better every year, and it’s fascinating to see what the industry’s best motor home makers have included in their latest models. Let’s take a look at what Coachmen has included in the newest iteration of their luxury motor home, the Pursuit.

Entertain (or Be Entertained) Inside and Out

When you take your motor home out for a trip, you expect–and rightly so–that your journey and destination will provide all the entertainment you’ll need. But let’s face it: a road trip can get a little dull at times. In the Coachmen Pursuit, you’ll never want for entertainment, as it comes with all the requisite TV and radio features that you expect in a modern motor home. That includes a Bluetooth-enabled radio, a KING Jack TV antenna, and an outdoor entertainment system, too.

A Fully-Featured Home

You should always feel “at home” in your home. As such the Coachmen Pursuit has features that rival not just other motor homes, but all homes in general. Delicate touches, like the stained maple cupboards and drawers, delight the eye. Of course, appearances aren’t everything. With a king-sized bed, porcelain toilet, and shower with skylight overhead, you’ll be living in luxury. There’ll be no shame in inviting your friends, old and new, into your home. An open floor plan, which includes a booth dinette, makes it easy to interact with all your passengers and guests. Forget the radio and TV. Who says you can’t make your own fun?

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Be Prepared With Travel Easy Roadside Assistance

You know the benefits of owning a motor home. A professionally-made coach gives you the freedom not only to go wherever you want to go, but to take the comforts of home with you as well. But with all the advantages that traveling with your motor home bring, there is one downside we don’t like to think about. All vehicles are at risk of getting a flat tire or having an engine malfunction, but motor homes are especially tricky to deal with when this happens. Unlike a four-door sedan, you can’t exactly jack the coach up and replace the tire. That’s why the Coachmen Pursuit comes with one year of Travel Easy Roadside Assistance, meaning you can travel freely with peace of mind.

Extra Comforts to Make Your Travel Even Easier

A well-designed, fully-featured motor home is great and all, but what about the perks? Sure enough, the Coachmen Pursuit is full of little details that put it over the top and make it a must-buy. The driver has a tough job at times, especially when parking, but all of that is made easier with a dashboard-mounted backup monitor. A mud room at the stepwell and hidden storage keep your home more easily organized than other motor homes. And as you sit outside and enjoy the sights of wherever you’re calling home that day, you can sit in the comfort of a power-driven patio awning. These aren’t features you find elsewhere very often.

Coachmen’s motto is, “Leader to the Great Outdoors.” As you take the wheel (or passenger’s seat) in this year’s newest Pursuit model, you’ll see why that is. In fact, you might just feel like a leader yourself. It’s an exciting time to be a motor home enthusiast, isn’t it?

How to Make Your Tailgate Party Better Than the Rest

While you might not be too happy that summer is drawing to a close, there is one upside: football season is beginning! And with football games brings the equally fun tailgating parties. While having a motor home makes hosting a tailgate party much easier, don’t think that you can just roll in unprepared. Before you head out to the parking lot, make sure you’re ready with these tips for having the best tailgate party.

Have Plenty of Food at the Ready

It’s a tailgate party, so being well-stocked with food and drinks is pretty much a necessity. Grilling is a time-tested tradition of the tailgate party, so if you really want a legitimate gathering, make sure you pack a grill and all the utensils your guests will need to eat. And don’t forget condiments! Planning your food will require some idea of how many people you expect to join you, so lock down your guest list ahead of time.

While you’ll have a lot on your plate (both literally and figuratively) when hosting a cookout tailgate party, it’s important that you follow food safety guidelines. Keeping raw meats cold and separated from cooked foods will keep everyone healthy and happy. Also be mindful of the trash your group produces. It wouldn’t hurt to pack a few extra garbage bags.

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Keep Your Guest Comfortable

You and your tailgate party guests are at an advantage with a motor home. Not only can you keep all your possessions safely kept away, but you also have all the comforts of your motor home within reach. Remember, however, to be prepared. Inform your guests of the limitations of your bathroom and be clear on what parts of your home are off-limits.

If your motor home has an awning, be sure to draw it so you can keep the sun off your guests. You’re likely going to be sitting outside for a good part of the day, and even if it’s cloudy weather, the sun’s UV rays can still have an effect. Sunburn is possible no matter what season of the year it is.

Be Tuned to the Game

What’s a tailgate party without following the action going on in the stadium? You and your guests will want to watch or listen to the game, so at the least, pack a battery-powered radio to set up outside. While your neighbors will probably be listening along on their own devices, stay courteous by not playing your own feed of the game too loudly.

If you really want to impress your group (and everyone else in the lot), you could bring a TV to set up outside. Or, depending on the size of your party, you could invite everyone in to watch it on your motor home’s interior television set. Of course, this requires a generator, so you’ll want to know in advance if the generator you’re using can handle the power draw of such a device.

A tailgate party is all fun and games, but you must still respect any rules of the parking lot. For example, the lot might not permit full-fledged gas grills, or there might be limitations on running a generator. You might not even be allowed to bring a motor home to your local stadium! Doing some research in advance and being organized before the big game day can save a lot of trouble and let you focus on the game and the fun you’ll be having with your friends.