Must-Read RV Books for Road Trip Inspiration

Books and RVs have a lot in common, instilling you with a sense of adventure and transporting you to far-flung places. Books can inspire seasoned RVers as they continue their adventures and help prepare newcomers for life on the road. You can also borrow both books and RVs: the former from libraries and the latter from rental centers.

Educating yourself beforehand is a key component of fully enjoying your travel, but you also need to stay informed and entertained while on the road. With books and RVs being such a natural fit together, it’s time to take a look at some books you should bring with you on your next RV vacation. 

What To Expect From an RV Book

An “RV book” needn’t necessarily be a book just about RVs or full-time RVing, just as a “coffee table book” needn’t be about coffee tables. What you should really look for in an RV book depends on whether you’re new to RV life or preparing yourself for your 15th summer of road trippin’. 

The more experience you have, the less you might want your RV books to be specifically about travel trailers and more about traveling in general. Meanwhile, the less experience you have, the more you might want your book to focus on RVs, with trip planning advice, travel tips, or relatable experiences.

7 Best RV Books to Read While on the Road

Must-Read-RV-Books-for-Road-Trip-Inspiration-2.jpgThese RV books have been chosen to give you a variety of literature about RVs and road trips. Some appeal to the readers’ sense of adventure, while others focus on how to make your RV feel like a home away from home.

1. “The RV Book” by Mark Polk

For less-seasoned RVers, this is a great book to have. Driving and maintaining an RV is not quite the same as it is for your normal vehicle, and this handy guide fills a knowledge gap that very much needs to be filled. Those with several trips under their belt can also benefit if they see this as a refresher course on the unique experience of traveling by RV. 

Get “The RV Book” here

2. “A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV” by Alyssa Padgett

While you may not be planning to live full-time in an RV, there are many insights to be gained from Alyssa Padgett’s book. From choosing an RV to receiving mail on the road, there’s a lot that goes into RV travel outside of simply filling up with fuel and maintaining your vehicle. Alyssa Padgett’s book can help you figure all that out. 

Pick up “A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV” here

3. “50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do” by National Geographic and Joe Yogerst

America is a big country, with big sites and big sights. “50 States, 5,000 Ideas” is exactly the sort of book you need with you in your RV. Even if you have a particular destination in mind, there may be other places to see on the way! A richly illustrated and informative guide to the 50 states, this book will whet your appetite for cross-country adventure before you head out and maintain it while you’re on the road!

Check out “50 States, 5,000 Ideas” here

4. “RV Cooking: Best Road Trip Recipes for RV Living and Campsite Cooking” by Louise Davidson

One of the joys of traveling in an RV is having multiple places in which to cook, both indoors in your RV kitchen and outdoors at a campground. You might think that you have to settle for less than quality meals while out and about, but this book puts that notion to rest. Consider this your go-to planning guide for your journey’s meals and as a recipe book once you get to cooking!

Add “RV Cooking: Best Road Trip Recipes for RV Living and Campsite Cooking” to your library from here

5. “The Culture of Vanlife” by The Rolling Home

This book isn’t so much about RVing but rather the general freedom of making one’s life a life on the road. When RV traveling, you can learn as much about yourself as your destinations. The insights and observations in this book can get you thinking about what RV travel means to you.

Find “The Culture of Vanlife” here.

6. “Live Camp Work: A Beginner’s Guide to Workamping” by Sharee Collier

Sometimes you want to get away from it all but, at the same time, you realize that your income stream might suffer. Sharee Collier has the answer: workamping. If you want to live life on the road, pursue a full-time RV existence, and make money while doing so, this is the book for you!

“Live Camp Work” can be purchased here

7. “Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels” by Jane Lidz

This last one is an oldie but a goodie and is included more for fun than anything else. Open it wide and see how RVs and RVing have changed from the late 1970s to today. Prepare yourself for some truly wild RV designs and stories! 

You can find “Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels” here.

RV Books Make Your RV Travel Extra Interesting

Must-Read-RV-Books-for-Road-Trip-Inspiration-1.jpgThere’s a lot you must do to prepare for RV trips, and having the right tools is more than just having a repair kit on board. It means having helpful videos and RV books that you can easily reference before you set out and while you’re on the road.

Once you’ve built up your road trip book collection, the next step is actually renting an RV and getting the adventure started. Cruise America has a wide selection of RVs that provide ample storage space for the RV travel books you need to keep your road trip more interesting. More than space, Cruise America’s vehicles offer plenty of modern amenities so that they feel like a home away from home. 

Get in touch with Cruise America today to kick your road trip and reading adventures into high gear (or lower gear, depending on the incline!).