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RVING: HOW TO GET STARTED
First time RVer? Or just thinking about it? Here are five steps to get you
started.
Choose the right RV for you. Take time to rent, travel and/or stay in
different types of RVs. There are basically two choices: RVs you drive and RVs
you tow. Motorhomes, engine included, are grouped into three categories-
A, B and C-based on size and amenities. The towables are also grouped
into three basic types-travel trailers, pop-ups and campers that fit onto your
truck.
Shop, shop and shop some more. If you've opted for ownership, there
are often vast price point differences for the exact model you want. Visit local
brick-and-mortar dealerships, and also shop reputable online sites.
Do some homework on the details. Will you need a special driver's
license for a motorhome? Can you store it at home, or will it need to stay in a
rental facility when not in use? What are the registration requirements in your
state? What type of insurance is needed, and what are the coverage options
and costs?
Learn your rig. Know where to locate all vital systems-water, fuel and
electrical. And, learn how to use them and do basic maintenance. Practice
driving forward...and backward. Tape a note to the dashboard with two
numbers on it-the height and length of the RV. You don't want a memory
lapse for the dimensions when there's a bridge over the road ahead!
Plan the first trip. Pack, edit and re-pack; and check all your electrical,
propane and plumbing systems, tires and engine(s). Learn what types of
roads you might encounter-tight mountain roads, overhead clearances and
weight limits, for example. (Hint: get a GPS app for RVs.) Expect to need extra
travel time. Getting from A to B and setup take longer with RV travel. Get
discounts and a ready-made community via a national RV club membership,
and enjoy the adventure. -AM

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Vogel State Park
(Blairsville, Georgia)
Choose autumn for an ideal visit to
Georgia's second oldest state park in the
midst of the Chattahoochee National
Forest. You'll see the very definition of
fall colors painted across the rolling hills
of the southern Blue Ridge. Set on a 22acre lake, this 233-acre park was built in
1931 under the Civilian Conservation
Corps program of Franklin Roosevelt's
New Deal. Learn the history at the onsite museum; hike 17 miles of trails; and
paddle, swim and fish the lake during a
stay at one of the 90 campsites with full
hookups, 30- and 50-amp, picnic tables
and fire rings. Year-round.
gastateparks.org/Vogel
Elkmont Campground/
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park
(Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
Stay deep inside the park next to the
" Elkmont Ghost Town. " With a history
as a logging camp that evolved into a
resort town in the early 1900s, 19 preserved buildings of this bygone era re-


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