Are you feeling a little tied down by your tent and looking to step up your camping game this summer? How about adding an RV into the mix and hitting the open road? RV-ing has become all the rage with families across the U.S., and you need to get in on the fun ASAP. Read on to find out why!

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1. There’s an RV for everyone. If you are little intimidated by the RVs that look like tour buses, don’t worry, you can definitely get the RV experience without going so big. Pop-up travel trailers and Airstreams that you pull behind your car offer some of the RV features like indoor sleeping and kitchen facilities without having to learn how to drive a huge vehicle. If you decide to go big, motor homes offer more sleeping options and conveniences like bathrooms and full-sized refrigerators. Think about what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go with your RV before you rent.

2. Sleeping in an RV is easier than in a tent. If you’ve ever tried to get a grumpy toddler to nap in a hot tent in a busy campground then you’ll know, the struggle is real. With an RV, you have a dedicated sleeping spot where you can put the kids down while you enjoy the fresh air just outside.

3. Bump up your adventure by bringing all the “toys” with you. Tent camping means you are limited to what you can fit in the back of the car, so extras like bikes and kayaks usually have to be left at home. An RV gives you extra space to store this stuff so that you can get out and explore the trails and water when you arrive.

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4. With an RV, you can extend your travel to far away destinations. If you are looking to hit the road to one of the national parks or somewhere more than a day’s drive away, then an RV just might be the answer. As long as you plan out your options for overnight RV parking, you have your own built-in hotel room for the journey. This also allows you to be more flexible and go with the flow on how far you drive each day.

5. The actual travel portion of the trip is part of the adventure. If you’ve ever had to pack three kids, a tent, sleeping bags, coolers, pillows, scooters, firewood and more into the back of your minivan, you’ll know that someone is inevitably crushed between a lantern and a camp stove. RV camping allows the actual travel portion to be easier for everyone as you aren’t sitting on top of all of your gear. And, if you go for one of the big bus-style RVs, you can really live it up as you watch TV and play cards at the kitchen table while you cruise!

6. Bugs and rain. These two things can make your camping adventure quickly go down the tubes. An RV offers an indoor space to get away from both of these. While you’ll want to spend most of your camping time exploring the great outdoors, the RV gives you peace of mind in case nature strikes back.

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7. Cooking is easier in an RV. Cooking while camping requires a hot fire or a propane camp stove, both of which can be iffy if you have wind or any bad weather. RVs offer indoor cooking options that make your job easier. Most have at least a small refrigerator to keep your milk, eggs, and microbrews cold so that you don’t have to worry about the problem of constantly melting ice. Just make sure you know how much storage you have before you stock up on perishable items.

8. Power up those devices. If you can’t go completely off-grid for a multi-week camping adventure, an RV provides the option to power up your phone or laptop from your campsite. Either plug the RV into the campground hookups or use the solar powered options offered by some newer models. That way you can keep all the family and friends back home updated on your adventures.

9. No more communal campground bathrooms. Most RVs and travel trailers offer a bathroom option which is key when you are camping with kids. If you’ve ever had to help someone with a middle of the night potty break while sleeping in a tent, you know how awesome this is.

10. Fido can join in the fun. Most campgrounds are very pet-friendly, so bringing your pup along in the RV is an option. Just make sure you know the rules that often limit four-legged friends to staying in the campground or on fire roads only.

Are you ready to embark on your RV adventure? Let us know how it goes in the comments!

—Kate Loweth