RECOMMENDED RESOURCES AND DISCOUNT CODES
Trying to decide which companies, products, services and memberships are worthwhile? In our 6 years on the road, we’ve used just about all of them. Below is a list of resources that we personally use, love and recommend, some with discount codes. We believe these are the best options out there. Use them to enhance your own RV life, and travels, and save money!
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Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road
Heard about the RV lifestyle and wondering if it’s right for you? Hands down, the best place to start is by reading our bestselling book Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road. At 256 pages, this coffee table style book is jam packed with useful information, real-life RVer case studies, gorgeous photos, tips, links and practical advice that will answer your questions and get you well on your way. Over 200 5-star Amazon reviews. Available in print and digital. Audio version coming in the summer of 2020 (date TBA).
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Join 15+ RV Experts for this Virtual Event – Register for Free
Hear from an amazing lineup of more than 15 RV industry and RV lifestyle experts, sharing their best kept secrets and top tips for RV travel in 2020. Whether you are planning to rent or buy an RV, ready to explore new travel destinations, find out how to stay connected to the internet so you can work while you roam, learn how to find the best places to camp, and save money along the way – you’ll find all this and much more in this great one day event. Lifetime Access Pass also available to watch on your own schedule.
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RV Success School – Our Online Courses and Live Calls
Don’t learn RVing the hard (and expensive) way! Fast track your learning with an All Access Pass to our self-paced, guided online courses. Includes Hit the Road the Right Way; Choosing the Right RV for You; 12 RVer Case Studies; Workbooks plus Monthly Live Coaching Calls with us. You’ll save hundreds of hours in valuable time and literally thousands of dollars. All for just $197. Make the right decisions for you, with complete clarity and confidence. 100% money back guarantee. Use code RVLOVE10 to save 10%.
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Private Consulting with Marc and Julie Bennett of RVLove
Need a sounding board before making big or costly decisions? Whether you’re getting ready to buy an RV or considering going full-time, it can be helpful to get independent advice from experienced advisors. We offer private, one-on-one consulting calls to discuss your specific needs, ask targeted questions, identify potential risks, and offer valuable insights you may not have considered. We can also make personal recommendations to suit your situation, that will save you significant time and money. Zoom calls are recorded for you to keep.
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RV Education 101 Training by Mark and Dawn Polk
Explore this comprehensive collection of RV Education, RV orientation and RV DIY training videos and ebooks by Mark and Dawn Polk of RV Education 101®. Familiarize yourself with your RV, and how to operate it with the RV Savvy Guy, Mark Polk. Since 1999, Mark and his wife Dawn have been dedicated to properly educating the RV consumer on the complexities of owning and operating an RV. As co-founders of the original RV Online University, the Polks offer dozens of ebooks, online video courses and checklists for all RVers.
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This was our first camping membership, it saves us thousands annually. Read our TT articles first to learn which membership is best for your needs. You can buy a Zone Camping Pass online for $100 off (or more), but you will get best pricing on new memberships year round from our TT insiders, Membership Specialists, Jim and Brandy Reneau, when you mention RVLove.
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Campground Membership Outlet
Contact our trusted brokers Kim and Chad Hoel to buy a ‘resale’ or used camping membership. We bought our TT Elite and Coast to Coast memberships from them and saved thousands of dollars. We’ve worked with them since 2014 and their service and integrity is excellent. Get an obligation-free quote, the best deals and priority service when you mention RVLove.
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Coast to Coast
We recently expanded our camping membership arsenal to include Coast to Coast RV Resorts. This allows us to stay at more campgrounds around the country, at substantial savings. The best way to save on a Coast to Coast membership is buying as a resale, from Campground Membership Outlet. Learn more and get priority service and pricing when you mention RVLove.
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This amazing program offers free overnight RV camping at over 1,000 unique locations around the country. Stay at farms, wineries, breweries, and even golf courses as you travel. You must be a self-contained RV and you don’t pay to stay, but you are expected to thank and support your hosts with a purchase. When you use our link to join Harvest Hosts, you will instantly get the best price available. Click here to join
This is a discount camping membership that offers up to 50% off almost 1,600 campgrounds nationally. Be sure to check the fine print and eligible nights for each campground. Membership is just $44 a year, which pays for itself on your first stay. They offer RV caravan tours and rallies too. We used it often and appreciate the savings. Explore their campgrounds online or get a print copy of their directory.
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BUYING OR RENTING AN RV
Premier RV Inspections
Before you spend your hard earned money on a used RV, we recommend you get a professional RV inspection first. It will be money well spent, as it can identify issues with the RV and potentially expensive repairs. A professional RV inspection can help you avoid buying the wrong RV, confirm your purchase is a good one, and even help you negotiate a better price, knowing in advance what needs to be fixed.
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Extended Service Contracts can offer peace of mind, and cover larger, expensive RV repairs beyond your manufacturer warranty. Read our article on what you need to know and RV repair cost examples. We recommend Wholesale Warranties for their range of policy options, excellent service and competitive pricing. Get an obligation-free quote on an RV Extended Service Contract before you buy.
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Whether you are planning on buying a new or used RV, do your homework first! Find the best RV for you at the best price with these independently researched bestselling digital guides. Over 105 RV manufacturers in North America are rated by their reviewers, with individual model ratings. They offer Comparison Guides for Motorhomes, Travel Trailers/Fifth Wheels, Lightweight Travel Trailers & Truck Campers. We found them well worth it.
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RV Share is the largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace in North America. We’ve personally used them to book a rental RV, had a great experience and learned a lot. Whether you want to take an RV road trip vacation, or you are considering buying an RV, we recommend renting an RV. RV Share offers a wide variety of RVs from RV owners. You can list your RV for rent and make some extra money when it’s not being used.
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RV Renting School
Have your RV pay for itself! If you have been thinking about renting out your RV as an additional source of income, we recommend you start by learning the ins and outs first, with RV Rental School. Avoid the pitfalls and set yourself up for success as you build your RV rental business. Learn about the pros and cons, wear and tear on your RV and decide if this is a good option for you before diving in. The course lays it all out for you.
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TRIP AND ROUTE PLANNING
RV Trip Wizard
This has fast become our favorite web based trip and route planning tool. Use RV Trip Wizard to create your RV trips visually, with RV-friendly routes, gas stops, campgrounds, and points of interest along the way. Set driving times, distance, and estimate trip costs. Download trips onto the RVLIFE app for RV-Safe GPS directions that you can use offline. Just $39 a year and a must-have for every RVer.
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RV LIFE App with RV Safe GPS
The RVLIFE group now has a fantastic app that pulls together all RVLIFE content so you can access articles, Campground Reviews, RV-Safe GPS directions, plus RV trips created in RV Trip Wizard all in one place on your smart phone or tablet. To access RVLIFE Premium features for free (eg. RV-Safe GPS) subscribe to RV Trip Wizard first, download RVLIFE app then login using RVTW credentials.
We highly recommend the Mountain Directories for anyone driving an RV! Find locations, descriptions and warnings for over mountain passes and steep grades in 22 states. How long? How steep? Tips and warnings for lanes, switchbacks, sharp curves and speed limits. Plan your route, stay safe and avoid stress, engine strain and cooked brakes. In print and digital.
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Gas Buddy App
The Gas Buddy App is great for finding the closest gas station and best pump price, especially for gas powered RVs, trucks and vehicles. The app doesn’t always include truck stops like Love’s, Pilot, or Flying J, but we still use it to find the best gas prices for our Jeep which we tow. If you tow an RV with your diesel truck or drive a diesel motorhome, you’ll get the best prices and can plan fuel stops with this discount fuel card.
Discount Fuel Card
This program is a must if you drive a diesel truck, RV or motorhome, and want to save BIG at the pump. Use this card at over 16,000 truck stop locations around the country and save up to $1 per gallon on diesel fuel. The program is run by TDS Logistics, which extended their trucker fuel program to RVers. Learn more here and watch our video about the program. Or just click here to apply for the card – it’s free to apply.
FINDING PLACES TO CAMP
This of the many resources we use for researching, finding and reviewing RV parks and campgrounds Formerly known as RV Park Reviews, Campground Reviews is integrated with RV Trip Wizard for adding campgrounds when trip planning. You can access it via the RVLIFE App on your smart phone or tablet.
Campendium is another one of our fave resources for finding RV parks, campgrounds and free boondocking spots. Useful user-generated reviews with tips, GPS coordinates and photos. We love the feature that shows cellular data coverage for various carriers at each location. Invaluable for RVers who need reliable connectivity.
If you like to look where you are going, you’ll find Campground Views a great resource for info, with reviews, photos and videos – including 360 VR tours – of campgrounds and RV parks around the country. We like to look up potential campgrounds here to see what we’re getting into, before reserving our campsites.
Frugal Shunpiker's Guides
To “shun the pikes” is to choose back roads over major highways. These invaluable ebooks help you scout out the best, free or cheapest camping spots on roads less traveled. Each guide provides detail on location, ease of access for all size RVs, and nearby amenities. We have all the guides, worth every cent!
Find places to spend the night, save money and make new friends while traveling. Members of Boondockers Welcome have access to an online directory of private properties around the country. Great for short stays en route to your destination. Join for just $50 a year ($25 for hosts).
TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET
A leading online store for RV-related technology and safety products to enhance your RV lifestyle. TechnoRV is run by full-time RVers and dedicated to RVers, educating their customers, delivering quality products and providing excellent service. They sell everything from air compressors to tire pressure monitoring systems, connectivity solutions and more.
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Mobile Must Have
Mobile Must Have is your one stop shop for mobile and remote connectivity solutions, run by our RVing friends Erik and Kala. Find unlimited cellular data plans, cellular boosters, antennas, mobile routers – everything you need for a solid, reliable internet connection for travel or even at home. Find RV Fire and tire safety gear too. Save 5% with code RVLOVE
Mobile Internet Resource Center
The #1 source of quality, unbiased mobile internet information for RVers, boaters and nomads. The Mobile Internet Resource Center delivers a veritable cornucopia of information, resources, research, courses and forum about cellular carriers, plans, new technologies and gear to keep you connected. Save $5 with code RVLOVE.
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Bluehost is a great, low cost hosting service to start your website or blog. We used Bluehost for years until our website outgrew it and we had to switch hosts. But we still recommend Bluehost if you’re just getting started. Get the best value with an annual hosting package and use this link to get website hosting for less than half price, as low as $3.95 a month.
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When RVLove.com got too big for our hosting service, we switched to Siteground. Now our website runs much faster and is able to handle higher volumes of web traffic with ease. Siteground offers the tools and services for seamless website building and management. Their current special gets you web hosting for as low as $3.95 a month.
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RV UPGRADES AND OUTDOOR GEAR
We ordered a new mattress for both our RVs from MattressInsider.com as they specialize in making custom mattresses to your specific needs – size, shape, comfort and support. Just describe what you want and they will custom make make your mattress, roll and ship it to you for free within the USA. Save 10% with code RVLOVE. To order call 1-888-488-1468 or visit MattressInsider.com
Tough Top Awnings
We upgraded our RV patio awning, window awnings and slide topper with better quality, durable vinyl fabric that will now withstand the elements and last for years. They look great too. Simple to measure up, Tough Top Awnings will make them and ship to you for an easy DIY install. It’s one of our best RV exterior upgrades. Save 5% with discount code RVLOVE.
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Battle Born Batteries
When we upgraded the power system in our motorhome, adding 600AH of Battle Born lithium batteries, plus a Victron inverter and solar charge controller, it was truly a game changer. Now we spend extended periods off-grid with no battery anxiety. If you’re thinking about new batteries, you’ll want to start here.
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Acuva Water Purification System
Having clean, purified drinking water is important to us. So is avoiding plastic water bottles! We installed an Acuva UV-LED water disinfection system in our RV which disinfects viruses and bacteria to provide safe drinking water directly from the Acuva UV-LED powered counter top faucet. Save $100 with code RVLOVE.
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We love our custom RV Magne Shade windshield shade which offers privacy while reducing RV inside temps by 15-20 degrees in summer. Their patented magnet system makes installing and removing windshield shades quick, easy and safe. And their EZ Tire Shades provide discreet tire protection. Mention RVLOVE to get a free storage bag.
Viair Air Compressor
Keeping your tires inflated – whether for your RV or your truck or vehicle – is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe on the road. Most cheap air compressors are noisy, slow and don’t work that well. When we upgraded to a Viair Air Compressor, we could not believe the difference.
TST TPMS System
For a quality, compact electric bike, we personally recommend Blix e-Bikes. Julie has their Vika+ Electric Folding Bike which she LOVES. Compact yet sturdy, it folds up into a storage bag which is ideal for our RV life. Range 35-50 miles plus fast USB charge. Save $100 with code RVLOVE.
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Pepper Ball Launcher
If you are concerned about personal safety, we highly recommend the Pepperball Lifelite as a potent, non-lethal self defense weapon. Features a flashlight, laser pointer, and comes with small pepperballs that launch up to 60 feet. See how it works. Save 10% with discount code RVLV.
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RV CLUB MEMBERSHIPS
Escapees RV Club
Escapees is an advocacy group, support network and invaluable resource for RVers, especially full-timers. We are members and also use mail and domicile service. Annual membership is very reasonable at just $40 a year. If you join, they will ask you for a referrer number, ours is #121165.
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The offspring of Escapees created for “the new generation of RVers” is an active group of RVers – including many who are still working – who get meet up at rallies, events and share within their active Facebook community. Membership is optional and free when you join the parent group, Escapees.
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Good Sam Club
An RV Club membership that offers services, and savings at campgrounds, and outdoor retailers like Camping World and Gander RV and Outdoors. Get up to $30 in merchandise certificates when you join. Membership fee is around $20-25/year.
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THINKING ABOUT HITTING THE ROAD IN AN RV?
There’s never been a better time to get ready to hit the road in an RV and explore – SAFELY! As full-time RVers who have traveled to all 50 USA states over the past 6 years, and authors of the bestselling book Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road, we are here to show you the way.
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