Fall may seem like a time to put the RV lifestyle on hold, but it affords RVers opportunities that aren’t available during the peak Spring and Summer months. With the end of the year approaching, great deals on new and used RVs can become available.
Fall and winter offer unique opportunities for some incredible RV trips. From tailgating trips to snowbird vacations, the off-season is a great time to hit the road. If your RV needs maintenance, whether it’s winterization or another service, shops and dealerships aren’t typically as busy during the latter part of the year.
In addition to drawing on our favorite parts of the off-season RV lifestyle, we spoke with Mark Polk of RV Education 101 and Chad & Tara of Changing Lanes for their favorite off-season vacations, service recommendations and other RV lifestyle tips. Read on to learn about the many perks of off-season RVing!
It’s a Great Time to Buy an RV
For new RVers searching for their first RV or for RVers looking to upgrade, the off-season is a great time to be in the market. As the year comes to an end and new models roll in, some incredible deals on new and used RVs become available. At Lazydays RV, Monster Markdowns features incredible savings on the nation’s top 2019 RV models. A few great deals include:
Lazydays RV Tampa (10/7 – 10/31)
2019 Grand Design Transcend 30MKS Travel Trailer
Travel trailer fans will love the 2019 Grand Design Transcend 30MKS, available at Lazydays RV of Tampa. Interior amenities include a queen bed, a tri-fold sofa and a swing-mounted LED TV entertainment center. Outside, RVers can enjoy cooking meals with the outdoor kitchen, 1.6 cu. ft. refrigerator and LP quick connect options.
Save Over: $10,900!
Payments as low as $222/mo.*
*20% down payment plus tax, tag, title and $349 document/dealer fee for towables, 144 months at 5.99% APR with approved credit. Your payment may vary; not all customers will qualify for the advertised rate.
Lazydays RV Knoxville (10/1 - 10/31)
2019 Fleetwood RV Pace Arrow LXE 38F Class A Diesel Motorhome
Relaxation is the name of the game with the 2019 Fleetwood RV Pace Arrow LXE 38F Class A diesel motorhome. The master suite features an Encore Series king bed, a full-length wardrobe and a 43” LED TV and dresser. In the living space, an L-shaped sofa and free-standing recliner allow RVers to hang out and enjoy the 49” LED TV and fireplace. Make sure to check out this Class A diesel motorhome at Lazydays RV of Knoxville!
Save Over: $104,500!
It’s the Perfect Time for Service
Spring and summer RV travel wears on your RV or motorhome. As part of standard RV upkeep, manufacturers recommend preventative maintenance and service be performed on the working components at least once per year. Lazydays makes it easy with several convenient motorized or towable service bundles, where many services and inspections are packaged for time and money savings.
Many RVers winterize their RVs during August or September, which is a great choice, but RVers who want to take another trip or two need not worry. October or early-November is a great time to winterize your RV at your local Lazydays RV service center. Our RV winterization service includes:
- Leak inspection, water pressurization and running antifreeze through your RV or motorhome’s water system.
- RV appliance winterization (available at an additional cost).
- Service is available for Class A, B, and C motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels.
For RVers traveling during the winter, preparing your RV for the unique weather and challenges that off-season travel brings is key. A few things to get ready for a new season of RV adventures include:
- Filling you fresh water tank: During the winter months, a full freshwater tank helps prevent freezing and ensures you have enough water if you visit a campground that has shut off its water hookups for the off-season.
- Inspect your RV batteries: RV batteries may show signs of damage or corrosion after a long travel season. Having your batteries fail in the middle of a trip, especially in bad weather, can be dangerous. If your batteries are in good shape, double-check to make sure they’re charged before setting off.
- Have plenty of options to keep warm: In the unlikely event that your RV’s heater breaks down, having other ways to keep warm is key. Pack extra sleeping bags, blankets, gloves, hand warmers and other warm clothes just in case.
- Make sure your RV’s carbon monoxide detector is working: Carbon monoxide is an often-overlooked danger during cold-weather RV trips. Mark Polk of RV Education 101 advises that “along with colder temperatures, the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases. It’s important to raise awareness and education about what carbon monoxide gas is, and how to recognize and treat CO symptoms. Always make sure you have a properly working CO detector in the RV and test it before leaving on a camping trip.”
Great Trip Opportunities Are Available
Off-season RVing during the winter months is a great way for RVers to enjoy incredible trips without some of the pitfalls of peak season travel. The first thing many RVers and travelers enjoy about off-season travel is the smaller crowds. During the winter, popular summer destinations like beaches, national parks and RV campgrounds are typically less crowded. Much of the south see temperatures fall into the 70s and the humidity drop during the fall, making places like Savannah, GA, and New Orleans, LA ideal destinations. The southwest offers cooler temperatures as well, which makes fall the perfect time for a road trip to the Grand Canyon or Northern Arizona wine country.
In the fall, RVers have plenty of great trip ideas to choose from that are unique to this time of year. Football and fall foliage vacations are some of the most popular ideas for this time of year. A few other great fall RV destinations include:
- Glenwood Springs, CO: Enjoy mild, comfortable temperatures and the area’s renowned mineral hot springs with an RV trip to Glenwood Springs. About three hours east of Lazydays RV Denver, this quiet resort town offers plenty of ways for RVers to kick back and relax amongst the beautiful Rocky Mountains. RVers looking for some off-season adventure can enjoy several activities including biking, fly-fishing and kayaking.
- Palm Springs, CA: If you’re in the mood for gorgeous desert scenery without the scalding temperatures, a visit to Palm Springs during October or November is the trip for you. This quaint city is in the heart of the Sonoran Desert of southern California and is a great place to unwind during the fall. Outdoor-minded travelers can check out Joshua Tree Park or play a few rounds at any number of Palm Springs incredible golf courses.
- Lake of the Ozarks: Located in the heart of Missouri, RVers will find everything from boating to golfing to go along with incredible fall foliage. Mountain biking, hiking and cave exploring are a few outdoor activities to take part in during the fall. Golf courses, vineyards, boat rentals and more are available to RVers looking for a more relaxing stay on the lake.
When it comes to winter RVing, the possibilities are limitless. Chad and Tara of Changing Lanes sum it up best: “The beauty of an RV is the seasons are all relative. Feel like snowmobiling or snow skiing? Go North. Want a tropical climate? Go to the Florida Keys.”
Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or the beach, the winter is a popular travel time amongst RVers. Many opt for the snowbird lifestyle and head south for the winter. The Florida Keys and coast are arguably the most popular destinations for snowbirds, followed closely by Arizona and California. If you’re indifferent to the weather and want to go somewhere off the beaten path, check out these places on your next winter RV trip:
- The Outer Banks: This island chain off the coast of North Carolina is a very popular summer vacation destination and a hidden gem during the winter. A favorite of RV Education founders Mark and Dawn Polk, the Outer Banks combine fascinating historical landmarks and gorgeous scenery. Make sure to check out the Wright Brothers Museum to learn about the origins of flight or Roanoke Island, the first settlement in the Americas.
- Mount Bachelor, Oregon: Just over 10 minutes outside of Bend, OR, Mount Bachelor is one of the top ski resorts on the west coast. The mountain offers over 100 runs going through 4,318 skiable acres. It features an ideal mix of easy, medium and high difficulty terrain and great dining and après ski options. Even better, the city of Bend is just next door!
- Santa Fe, New Mexico: While arguably a snowbird destination, Santa Fe offers a range of winter activities and other off-season perks. Three major ski areas are located within a two-hour drive of the city and temperatures in the Santa Fe area hover between the 40s and 50s. The city’s gorgeous Spanish revival architecture make any walk around town worth taking your time.