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Motor Home Around Washington State

Motor Home Around Washington State

Washington State has everything to offer RV lovers – pristine old-growth pine forests, snow-capped mountain peaks, rainforests, glaciers and a coastline unlike anywhere else in the United States. And, right in the middle of it all is the city of Seattle, a great jumping off point for your motor home adventures.

You’ll find a wide variety of natural beauty and outdoor activities in Washington State.

The Olympic Peninsula has quite a variety to offer, for such a small area. There are beautiful coastlines that zigzag back and forth. You can see giant meadows where glaciers are slowly melting off and joining the ocean. And there are valleys where you can enjoy America’s only rainforests.

Here are a few of the most popular motor home parks in the area:

Crescent Beach and RV Park in Port Angeles puts you an easy half-mile from a great, sandy beach. This area is fully equipped with hook-ups and modern facilities, and there are a number of activities you can enjoy on the beach, including kayaking, kite flying and good surfing.

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend is fully equipped with everything you’ll need, and it has two separate sights for you to choose from. You can choose a spot in the middle of the forest, or out in the open where you can see the Straits of Juan de Fuca. There are many activities in walking distance of the site, including museums, an aquarium and nature hikes.

At Old Fort Townsend Sate Park in Port Townsend, you get a great view of the port and the island. It’s right next to the water, so you’ll hear the ocean waves rolling in. They do not accept reservations, however, so it’s sometimes hard to get a spot.

At The Edge of the Volcano – Mount St. Helens

No trip to Washington would be complete without seeing America’s biggest volcano. In 1980, St. Helens erupted, sending ash into the air, lava over the ground and destroying the nearby communities. But don’t worry, they’re keeping tabs on her, and they’ll let you know if it looks like it’s going to happen again!

Now you can see the after-effects of the eruption. There are giant pieces of ruptured rock, lava beds, and the majestic cinder cone itself, looming in the distance.

St. Helens is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and there are many activities there, including camping, hiking and other outdoor recreational pursuits. Here are a few of the best motor home spots in the area.

Mt. St. Helens RV Park at Castle Rock is an RV site favored by the locals because of its friendly, helpful staff and close proximity to all the things to do.

Toutle’s Eco Park Resort is as close as you can get to the mountain, and still sleep in an RV. The entire space is 90 acres, and it is full of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing and helicopter tours.

Lush Woodlands And Melting Glaciers – Mount Rainier

How about another great volcano that has less chance of exploding? The 14,410 foot Mt. Rainier is a volcano just like Mt. St. Helens, but the almost 40 square miles of glaciers and snow help keep a cap on it. The mountain is surrounded by miles of forests and meadows. There are hiking trails and campgrounds throughout the area, where you can be surrounded by whispering pines with the snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance.

Mt. Rainier National Park has quite a few options for accommodations and is the closest you can get to everything. It offers sights such as hot springs, glaciers and geysers, and there is biking, fishing, horseback riding, skiing and auto touring.

Rainier View RV Park in Graham is a great spot for those who would rather get a view of the mountain than be at the base of it. It is located on a high hill where every site has a great view of the mountain and surrounding forests.

With it’s wonderful coastline, lush forests, sub alpine meadows and towering mountain peaks, Washington is a great destination for your motor home.

The United State’s western coast has many beautiful locations where visitors and locals enjoy nature. Washington State is motor home friendly with its parks, forests and wildlife. Bankston Motor Homes can help you embark on a memorable Washington State RV vacation.
There Are Many Types Of RV Available Around The World: How Do You Decide Which One To Buy?

There Are Many Types Of RV Available Around The World: How Do You Decide Which One To Buy?

There are almost as many types of RV available around the world as there are types of people with appropriate budgets who would like to get one and take to the roads.

RV simply refers to Recreational Vehicle and these consist of a number of different units. The clear early distinction that you can make is between those that are towed by another vehicle and those that are powered by their own engines.

RVs that are powered by their own engine generally start out at the budget end of the market, it if there is such a thing as a budget end to a market that includes vehicles, with the Van Camper. This is also know as a Camper Van and falls into the class B category of motorhome. The one that come to mind immediately when you think about this type of vehicle is the vintage Volkswagen campervan. With its connotations of freedom and perhaps an alternative lifestyle it is probably more of a state of mind than a campervan. In any event it occupies a place in the mind of anybody who has ever camped and it is embedded in the 20th century culture of the western world.

The Class B motorhome does not begin and end however with the Volkswagen and there are many different makes and models available. These will get you out there in basic comfort and versatility and you can cover as many miles as you want. They are particularly suited to a small family unit and in particular those who like to be active while they are on vacation.

The Class C Mini Motorhome is the next step up from the Van Camper and they start out not too far removed from that vehicle. They can, at this end of the marked, start off as fairly basic vehicles albeit with practically everything that you need on board. This includes kitchen area, toilet, shower, heating and an entertainment system. These units go from reasonably small RVs to really quite large ones and you can have a class C that is almost as big as a bus, a small one anyway. At the top end of the market this range is luxurious and includes everything you need for a great vacation. The class C in generally recognisable by its distinctive sleeping area which is built forward of the main body of the van and occupies the space over the cab.

This Mini Motorhome is generally suitable for a range of pockets and for different types of usage. People spend relatively small amounts of money and use them occasionally and others can spend a lot on bigger vehicles and use them a lot. Some people go full time in them and will spend years or months away from home seeing the world in comfort and style.

The Class A Motorhome market doesn’t have a budget end, not that most of us would notice at any rate. This sets out to be large, entirely luxurious and to include not just everything that you might want but a few things that you have never thought of as well. Have you considered taking a bathtub with you in you motorhome? You can in one of these because they are literally as big as a bus and can fit anything you want on board.

If you choose the option of towing your RV using a car, 4×4 or other vehicle your range of options is probably more varied.

Starting out with something like a teardrop caravan will give you something that is very easy to tow and which you can sleep in. It may have a kitchen which is accessible from outside the caravan and all things taken together it is a very neat piece of design. This one is suitable for the caravanner who likes to do other stuff when he or she gets there rather than sit around in the van. There is no room for sitting around.

The rigid caravan has fixed sides and a fixed roof and comes in sizes that vary from two berth to larger 6 and even 8 berth units. They can travel on single axles and some of the longer heavier units have twin axles making them a little more difficult to tow. For these larger units you will need a big tow-vehicle like a 4 x 4 or a large van. These caravans can be used by everybody from couples to larger families and with the addition of any number of different types of awning become a comfortable and relatively spacious living area.

Some caravans have fold out and slide out sections which increase the living space available to you. The fold out ones can be pop tops where you can raise and lower the roof or they cone in a form where you can extend the front or the rear of the van in much the same way as the system used for raising the roof. These caravans are great if you have limited storage space at home and need to keep it in a relatively low or short parking space.

Taking time before you buy is a sure way to help you make the correct decision about the kind of RV that will suit you. There are many types and brands of motorhome and caravan available. Over at I have had a look at some of the different types. This website is all about caravans and RVs and how to use them.
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