Bucket List: Top 5 RV Destinations

RV owners are known to embrace exciting travel experiences, and are often on the hunt for their “next big trip” ideas. A new list, compiled by Fantasy RV Tours, brings together some of their most popular rv destinations RVers could consider in their lifetime. Whether you’re seeking an adventure rooted in history, are looking to reconnect with nature, or are pursing the ultimate in local culture and festivities, this list has a little something for everyone.

Lewis and Clark Map

5. Journeys Through Time: Following the path of Lewis and Clark

President Jefferson commissioned Captain Lewis and Second Lieutenant Clark to find a route west using waterways to explore and map this new American territory. The original expedition departed from a fort near St. Louis, Missouri in May of 1804, and arrived on the Oregon coast two and half years later.

Lewis and Clark

Today, RV explorers are able to rediscover this route in just 45 days, following the original Lewis and Clark journey along the Missouri, Snake, and Columbia Rivers to the west coast of Oregon – the difference is the luxury of modern highways and the comfort of an RV.

Polar Bear Map

4. Life Changing Encounters: Polar bear migration in Manitoba, Canada

Many agree: RVers are adventurous! This RV vacation explores the great northern tundra of Manitoba in a journey to face the fiercest and most majestic creature known to man… the polar bear. Departing from North Dakota and traveling by RV to Thompson, Manitoba, guests leave their RVs behind to board a chartered plane (or travel by train, because there are no roads) to Churchill.

Polar Bear

Here they enjoy close-up encounters with both adult bears and cubs as these beautiful beasts socialize and wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze. After this encounter, travelers return to Thompson and continue by RV to Winnipeg. “…this is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time… it was all, and more than we had expected,” says RVers Renny and JoEllen Mitchell of Harveys Lake, PA .

Maritime Map

3. Culture, Cuisine and Character: The three “Cs” of the Canadian Maritime Provinces

The tranquility and charm of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia (the Maritime), known as the Crown Jewels of Canada, along with Newfoundland, are top destinations for RV enthusiasts. This popular region has a grand variety of travel itineraries for RV caravanners.

Maratime

These Canadian Provinces are filled with friendly folks, fresh seafood, historic whaling stations, picture perfect lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and gorgeous scenery. RV travel is by far the most convenient and comfortable way to experience this beautiful area.

KYDerby

2. Tailgating Has Never Been This Much Fun: The Kentucky Derby

It’s “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” and groups of RVers love to experience Louisville Derby Days from the comfort of their home on wheels. The week long festivities surrounding this world famous race include traditional events, area tours, and believe it or not – a few tastings of the wildly popular Kentucky bourbon. “We’ve already sold out our 2016 Derby Rally,” says Nel Filliger, Founder and CEO of Fantasy RV Tours. “With all of the excitement this year from American Pharaoh winning the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup, people want to be a part of the excitement.” The itinerary encompasses the area, the culture, and the events surrounding the Derby; and it doesn’t hurt that this RV rally includes fantastic box seating on Derby day.

Map of Alaska

1. The Ultimate RV Experience: Alaska

The natural beauty of our 49th state has attracted RVers for decades, so much so that many book their dream vacation up to two years in advance. Fantasy is one of the companies that offers RVers the Alaska experience by land. “Traveling in your own RV to experience untouched wilderness is a dream come true,” says Filliger.

Alaska Animals

Long summer days provide the perfect opportunity for seeing grizzly and black bears, moose, and even wolves in their natural habitat. Filliger explains, “…we value the experience and magic of Mother Nature, so creating opportunities to see bald eagles, sea lions, and the grey whales is a bonus when we take boat trips to witness calving glaciers.” From the historical stories of the Gold Rush Days, to the memorable tales of building the Alaskan Highway and the extraordinary account of how people continue to survive in the vast wilderness, it’s no wonder why this ultimate experience has held the number one position with RV travelers for more than 20 years.

So now the question remains, where will you go next?

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Top 4 Places to See on an Alaskan RV Trip
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20 Responses to “Bucket List: Top 5 RV Destinations”
  1. Lois Tibbetts-Durkee

    My hubby and I took 3 months in 2012 to tour Alaska and the western Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and The Yukon.. We hit every spot on your caravan except Cache Creek. It was the trip of a lifetime, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    • Libby

      Ummm, no it’s not illegal to caravan in British Columbia. We see a lot of travel trailers, motor homes of all sizes. Just be smart about where you plan to go with regards to length & height of your rig. The Fraser Canyon is cool, but those turns can be tight & the tunnels-better check their height. Maybe that’s why that couple didn’t go to Cache Creek. 🙂

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  2. Dawn

    Would love to take our rv on a road trip through Alaska, but we are not very experienced yet with our 5th wheel. We have only taken it on 3 trips so far. Any advice on doing that big of a trip?

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    • Customer Service Techs

      Hi, Dawn. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and my advice would be…GO!!! Go before anything gets in the way of taking this trip of a lifetime! A friend of mine an I drove up to Fairbanks in 1978 with a ‘64 Chevy pickup and a topper for a camper and back then I would have suggested getting a little more RV experience under your belt as the roads were horrible and the service locations were few and far between. My parents drove up with the Winnebago Club Caravan in 2004 and said the roads were almost completely paved and they never went more than 75 miles without some type of service. I’ve talked with several RVers who have made the trip since and they claim the roads are all paved and the service locations are abundant. I would recommend getting the travel videos produced by John Holad from RV Adventure Videos as he points out the best time of the year and the difference between driving all the way through Canada and taking the ferry from Vancouver. Here is his site: http://www.rvadventurevideos.com/

      Do your homework, scout of the easiest campgrounds to get in and out of, and know your limitations and you will have a great time!

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    • Skip Thompson

      RV Make: Monanco, RV Model: Dyansty, RV Year: 2003

      Becky if you click on the link in 1st paragraph or go to fantasyrvtours.com you can get the details of the trips. We have taken the 29 day Autumn in New England tour and it was OUTSTANDING. We are going on the 60 day Premier Alaska tour this summer. This our first time RVing to Alaska and I’m sure it will be wonderful. So nice to be on a tour rather than do it all ourselves. Safe Travels

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  3. Ronald Watt

    RV Make: Roadtrek, RV Model: 190, RV Year: !997

    I don’t understand the comment left by Jim Hicken (Dec.26, 2015) to the effect that it is illegal to caravan (sic) in British Columbia? I suggest Jim be asked to expand on what he penned as his response to the “Bucket List”

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    • Dwain

      RV Make: tioga, RV Model: arrow, RV Year: 1984

      Dear Ron
      What he meant by that is if you have X amount RV’s following each other one after another I think the # is 8 they can ticket you. However it’s the same in many US states. This was brought on buy the truckers all going together an shutting down the boarders for 4or 5 days costing goverments billions as they truckers drove they called it a caravan or convoy. With all this being said the police hardly ever enforce that law. Trust me tourist money is more than ticket money. PS I was a truck driver back then at the boarder in Windsor Ontario Just enjoy your trip you’ll be fine.

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  4. John Meister Sr.

    RV Make: Prevost , RV Model: Marathon, RV Year: 1994

    Water collected in drivers side window

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  5. Edwin Congdon

    RV Make: Open Range, RV Model: Journier Travel Trailer, RV Year: 2015

    If you’re going to Alaska, or anywhere near it purchase the Milepost, ( Amazon, or local stores as you get close)
    It’s the Bible. It’s new every year and has everything you need to know.

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  6. Gerald

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: melbourne, RV Year: 1012

    How to remove the front tv. Or get behind to hookup the hdmi cables.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Gerald. To provide more specific information on the removal of your TV we need the make, model and year. If it’s a Class A unit that’s mounted above the driver and passenger area, there should be a wooden or plastic frame around the TV that is either secured with screws typically counter sunk and covered with a wooden peg, or snapped in place. Removing that would expose the TV and what strap or metal frame they used to secure the TV. Most times I’ve been able to get to the back through the side cabinet where the entertainment center and switcher is located as the cables go from the switch box to the back of the TV.
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  7. Craig

    RV Make: Fifth Wheel, RV Model: 31.5 open range, RV Year: 2013

    Any idea the cost incurred for such a trip say the Alaska voyage?

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  8. Linda

    RV Make: Monaco , RV Model: Executive, RV Year: 2002

    Help.. I have like a real fine sand or calcium build up in my water lines. Had the rv park check there incoming water and it was clear. I have changed water filters, ran the lines for about 30 minutes 3 sinks and bathtub and it’s getting worse. The lines were supposedly blown out as it went in for body repairs and was in there 1 month. Have traveled in this unit for 1 yr and never had problems before. Can’t even use my own shower.., help.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Linda. Are you just using the pressurized city water fill or the onboard tank and water pump? It sounds as though you have gotten a dose of very hard water from the campground source which you would not be able to detect by just filling up a cup or jug from the campground and looking for sand! This is a common issue at campgrounds as they are supplied by a well, not a city municipal water plant that treats the water before going out to residential locations. You will need to get a high volume water filter from a home improvement store and connect it at the faucet before it comes into the rig. If you are getting the sand when using your fresh water tank and water pump, you’ll need to empty the tank and probably flush it by filling the tank with the drain valve open to get out what is in the tank already.

      Your incoming filter will filter out the sand and if it clogs up quickly, that is an indication the campground has an issue with their water and probably needs an industrial filtration system?
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  9. Mark

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Carbon Toy Hauler, RV Year: 2014

    My RV will be 4 yrs old on Apr 26th. I’m going on a 7 week trip to CA & AZ starting Feb 25th. Should I replace the battery before I leave ? If so, should I replace with 1 / 12 volt battery – 2 / 12 volt batteries – or 2 / 6 volt batteries ? I’ve heard discussions on all 3.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Mark,

      Sorry for the delay in response, I assume you have taken off for your trip as of now, however I did want to shed some light on the difference between 6 volt batteries and 12-volts. Both are a deep cycle battery which means they are designed to be drawn down to 10.5-volts and recharged which is called cycling. 6-volt batteries require 2 batteries that are connected in series which means positive to negative which gives you a 12-volt storage system. However, connecting the 2 6-volt batteries in series will not double the amp hours, just the voltage. With the 6-volt, you can use just one battery to power the rig so it’s a cheaper system. Deep cycle batteries come in groups or amount of amp hours. This is the amount of energy storage they have and the amount of time you can run 12-volt systems before needing to be recharged. Group 24 is the lowest and typically gives you 100-125 amp hours which most RVers use 85-125 amp hours per day so it will not last very long. If you connect 2 Group 24 6-volt batteries in series, you still only have 100-125 amp hours. If you connect 2 Group 24 12-volt batteries parallel which is positive to positive and negative to negative, you do not increase the voltage but do increase the amp hours to you would have 200-250. The advantage of 6-volt batteries is they have more plates and can cycle more times which means they last longer over the years! To find out what battery is best for you, determine the amount of 12-volt usage during dry camping and how long you want to go before needing to recharge.

      Thanks,
      David
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      • francis young

        RV Make: itasca, RV Model: 37J, RV Year: 2005

        What –What You say in your reply “With the 6 volt you can use just one battery to power the rig so it is cheaper?? Do you proof read your responses??????? That is certainly NOT TRUE.

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        • Customer Service

          Hello Francis,

          Sorry for the typo, it should have been 12-volt as I had described the 6-volt system needing two batteries connected in series to create a 12-volt source. Thanks for the catch, I do have someone proof the responses, however they are looking more for spelling and this got through the cracks.

          Thanks,

          David
          RV Repair Club Video Membership

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