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RVing with the Grandkids

Have you traveled in an RV and realized the happiness that comes from being on the road?  Some of the benefits you found while seeing the world from your mobile hotel room will transfer to RVing with the Grandkids!

Whether with your Grandkids or not, RV travel is relaxing, revitalizing and remarkable!

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Benefits of vacationing in an RV:

Reduced cost of travel

Overnight stays in a campground can be much less than the price of a hotel.

Food can be prepared yourself instead of eating out for every meal.

Even though fuel costs may be more than traveling by car, the sights and opportunities for memorable moments more than offset that expense.


No need to pack and unpack your bags.  All your belongings can remain in the RV.

There is a restroom available when you need it.

Your food and drinks are right there in the fridge no matter when you get hungry.  No more searching for a McDonald’s along the way.

RVing with the Grandkids

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Freedom & Flexibility

Go where you want to go, when you want to go.  Explore places you wouldn’t have explored if getting back to civilization for the night was on your mind.

Make your own schedule.  See what YOU want to see.  If you decide to change plans, stay an extra day, or go home early, your airline ticket won’t dictate your course.

Taking in the sights, making a schedule (or not making a schedule), being in control of where and when you go, and a little more relaxation are all reasons to enjoy the flexibility of RV life.

Enjoying community

It’s easy enough to make acquaintances when you travel – on the plane, in line for a ride on the roller coaster, or on a bench at the park.  But there is nothing like the community of people seeing the world from an RV.  These are people who understand what you’re doing.  They “get it”.

I have never felt uncomfortable or threatened by a fellow RVer.  In fact, they are probably some of the nicest, most helpful and friendly people ever!


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RVing with the Grandkids:

Load up the Grandkids and share all the advantages of all the benefits of the RV life and more.

Enjoying the outdoors

When traveling by RV, there is more opportunity to be outside.  Have a campfire, go on a hike, explore nature, see the beauty in the world closeup.

Relinquish technology

It’s a good time to give up the phone, tablet, video games, and TV.  There is so much to do when seeing the world from this vantage point!  Use this time to unplug, unwind and get to know one another.

Adjust the plan as needed

Time on the road with kids can sometimes be difficult to manage.  Restlessness from being restrained, an excursion that didn’t turn out to be “all that”, a road closed or a re-evaluation of the itinerary are easier to handle from an RV.  Pull over at a rest stop.  Let them out to run.  Turn around and head the other way.

There is flexibility and freedom to adjust the plan when you need to head in another direction.

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Unplanned activity

We all live our lives scheduled to the max.  Kids are in dance, on ball teams, headed to a school event or taking swimming lessons.  Having downtime, using their imagination to entertain themselves, simply blowing some bubbles or making mud pies can be a refreshing change of pace.  Give the Grandkids time for some unplanned activities – time to renew and recharge.

An example for you

My sister was a teacher and normally had the summers off with her girls.  However, at the beginning of each school year, she had to return to the classroom a few days before they did.  During that time each year, their Grandparents would take them on a short trip (less than 1/2 hour from home), to a state park.  They would camp in the RV, ride their bicycles through the campground, throw rocks in the lake, and have s’mores at the campfire.  All of these, very simple things.  While this doesn’t sound like a very impressive outing, it is one of those precious memories the girls still talk about 15 years later.  They will always cherish those days spent camping in the RV with their Grandparents.

Make memories

Memories are made by seeing and doing new things, laughing and having fun, and feeling connected to the people with you.  The unhurried days spent RVing with your Grandkids are ripe with opportunity for memory making.

The gift of time

Spend quality time together, enjoy the outdoors, give up the electronics, be flexible, adjust as needed, and make memories with your Grandchildren.  Give the gift of your time by taking them on a trip in your RV (or rent one, it’s really pretty affordable).

Have you ever traveled in an RV?  Would you consider taking the Grands?  Tell me about your experiences.

Keep Passing Down the Love,

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Donna McNicol

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

As a full-time RVer for ten years, we understand the joys of living/traveling in one. But our only grandchildren time was spent parked in their driveway and them doing overnights. Several of our kids have their own campers and they go out a lot as a family. Wonderful memories!

Donna B McNicol, author & traveler Romance & Mystery...writing my life A-Z Flash Fiction Tales: A-Z of Goldendoodles:


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Camping is truly a bonding experience! Even in the driveway. My younger nieces spent many overnights AT my parent's house (their GMA & GPA), but in Dad's RV on the drive...


Saturday 21st of April 2018

It sounds like fun - caravans and RV's are really quite expensie in Australia, so if you're not using one regularly it's hard to justify buying one. Our granddaughter lives a couple of hours away so when she comes to visit, it's always a holiday - I'll just have to remember to add in the other holiday tweaks.

Leanne | S for Stop Procrastinating


Saturday 21st of April 2018

Even a tent in the backyard is an adventure. Camping isn't for everyone, I know. But a lot of my childhood memories involve camping and outdoor fun. I look forward to sharing that with my Grands. My hope is that every Grandparent finds their own way to make the time with their Grandkids special and make memories that last. I can see that you have that kind of wish for your own family. :)

Shirley Dietz

Friday 20th of April 2018

As a child, my parents took my four brothers and I on RV (pick up camper) trips south every Christmas vacation. Some of my best stories come out of RV life, and I'd like to think my fascination with tiny houses comes from those experiences as well. I wouldn't mind selling the house and living in one of those new, tiny Airstreams... All your points are right on!


Friday 20th of April 2018

Oh, Shirley. I'd sell my home and hit the road in a heartbeat if my husband would agree (and retire). My best childhood memories are in the pop-up camper with my parents and sisters many years ago. Those tiny homes are so great, right?

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