RV Camping: In-season vs. Offseason

In-season vs. offseason RV camping – which is best? Here are a few helpful tips to help you decide which season is right for you. 
RV Camping: In-season vs. Offseason

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Although summer may be the most popular time of year to go camping, the cooler months also provide their own perks to boost your overall camping experience. Read on for our guide to the benefits of both in-season and offseason RV camping, and turn your seasonal camping hobby into a year-long adventure. 

Crowds 

Offseason Advantage
Offseason RV camping tends to attract fewer campers, giving you greater access to popular campsites and parks that may be booked during the summer months. Even better, many campsites don’t require a reservation at all during the winter season. Having fewer neighbors also lends itself to a more peaceful camping experience, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. Plus, the reduction in traffic and shorter lines at top tourist attractions will make for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience overall. 

Weather 

In-season Advantage 
While it depends which part of the country you’re in, summer is usually the most popular season to go camping. With warmer temperatures, longer days and ideal road conditions, the summer season allows you to explore more destinations and spend ample time enjoying the great outdoors. Summer camping also means less equipment, helping reduce your prep time, baggage and expenses. If you’re looking to extend your camping season, consider venturing to southern states during the winter months. There are a variety of hidden beaches located across the country that are perfect for your next cold weather RV getaway.  
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Cost 

Offseason Advantage 
Camping becomes more cost effective in the winter, with many campgrounds dropping their rates or providing discounts. Also, many RV rental companies provide RV rental deals during the offseason. These combined discounts not only allow you to extend your travels a night or two, but also give you the chance to experience popular or luxury destinations without spending a fortune. Finally, tourist attractions, fuel and other amenities tend to be less costly during this season, making offseason camping a win for the ol’ pocketbook.

Attractions

In-season Advantage
When you camp in the warmer months, you’ll find more tourist attractions that are open. Many amusement parks, visitors’ centers, festivals and museums operate on seasonal hours, so if you’re looking to visit the country’s top tourist hotspots,  summer is the optimal time of year to take a road trip. Summer also means perfect beach weather, making it a prime time to hit the coast. If you’re planning to visit tourist attractions or attend events along your road trip, it’s best to do a little research ahead of time to ensure their hours accommodate your itinerary. 

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No matter the season, RV camping is a great way to explore and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Book your Cruise America RV rental today and start planning your next adventure. We can’t wait to hear where your journey takes you! 

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