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Christine Lindstrom

Christine Lindstrom is a full-time RVer. She loves traveling the country with her husband and three children and hopes her writing can help others discover the joys of the RV lifestyle.

Why are you giving advice on RV Pioneers?

The RV lifestyle has given so much to me and my family and I've learned so much along the way. I'm so thankful for the people who shared their experiences and helped me get started, so I want to pay it forward and be one of those people for others. I've also learned some things the hard way, and I'd be happy if others can learn from my mistakes.

What is the most off grid location you've ever visited?

I guess that depends on your definition of "off grid." In a lot of places you can boondock (or dry camp) on public lands that are just outside the boundaries of national parks. Those have been some of our favorite places to just pull into a spot in a field and enjoy the view and the quiet. But we're rarely alone in those places, and as digital nomads we try to stay where our big antenna can still pick up a cell signal. So some might argue that that isn't truly off grid. For us, off grid means there are no paved roads to get there, there are no hookups, and we have easier access to hiking trails than a grocery store. Some of our favorites have been spots near Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park.

When was your first RV trip?

Does a pop-up camper count as an RV? If so, I was 12 and went with my friend's family for the weekend. I fell out the side during the night and it wasn't a great introduction overall. I definitely stuck with tent camping for many years after that, until my husband and I wanted to travel more when our kids were tiny. With babies and toddlers, we didn't want to worry as much about the impact of weather so we decided to give RVing a try. We took a long road trip to try to get this wanderlust out of our systems, and at the end of 90 days when we had to go back to our "normal life" we started making a plan to hit the road fulltime.

What is one piece of advice you'd give people starting their RV journey?

Start small. Rent before you buy, and try it out somewhere local. Approach it as something you're learning and don't make your first outing a high-stakes situation in a once-in-a-lifetime location. That's too much pressure. If you have the opportunity to go out with a friend who has more experience, it can be great to have someone available to answer any questions that come up. And if you happen to fall out of the side of a pop-up camper, don't write off the whole lifestyle for 20 years before trying again.

Our Top Diesel vs Gas RV Considerations

Which is better – a diesel RV or a gas RV? There is no simple answer to this question, though if you spend any time in online RV forums you’re sure to find people who feel that there is. The reality is that neither is clearly the best choice for all RVers in all circumstances.

The best choice for you depends on a wide variety of factors. Consider all of these factors before deciding if you want a motorhome with a diesel or gas engine. If you’re wondering why the type of fuel should even be a factor, read on to be sure you make an educated choice. Then, take our quiz to help you determine which type of RV is most likely to suit your needs!

This explanation is focused on Class A, B, and C motorhomes since these drivable RVs are the ones with engines. Most of these factors are similar, however, when choosing a tow vehicle for a fifth wheel or travel trailer. Specific co

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State Farm RV Insurance Review: Is It Worth It?

Gather any group of RVers, whether in an online forum or around a campfire in a campground, and often the conversation will turn to RV insurance. Why? Because an RV is an investment and having the right insurance is important – and complicated. Why is RV insurance so confusing?

One reason for the confusion is that there are so many individual factors that affect the type of coverage you need for your RV. Is your rig drivable or towable? What level of coverage is required by your state or residence? How often do you use it and where do you prefer to park it? Do you own your RV outright or are you still making payments? Answering these questions is just the beginning of determining what type of insurance you need.

The next decision is which insurance company can best meet your RV insurance needs. Most companies that provide auto insurance will also have RV coverage options.

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Good Sam vs AAA for RVers Compared: Which Should You Choose?

Good Sam vs. AAA for RVers 

Roadside assistance is one of those things that you hope you never need, but when you do need it, it’s vital that it works the way you expect it to. For most Americans, talking about roadside assistance is synonymous with AAA – the American Automobile Association (or CAA in Canada). AAA has been around for about as long as cars have existed, so there’s little wonder it has become a trusted household name. 

When it comes to RVers, though, is AAA still the best option? Whether your RV is a motorhome or a trailer, your roadside assistance needs are a little different than the average driver. Among RVers, Good Sam roadside assistance is also a popular option.

As a full-time RVer, this decision was important to me. So I compared AAA and Good Sam roadside assistance services specifically for RVs,

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Roadside Assistance for RVers: Better World Club vs AAA

Roadside assistance is one of those things that we buy and then hope we never need. Yet we all know that breakdowns can happen when we least expect them. When they do, having the right roadside assistance can mean the difference between being back on the road quickly and an expensive, time-consuming disaster. 

There are many roadside assistance companies to choose from, and they all make a lot of promises to try to attract your business.

The American Automobile Association (better known as AAA) is a household name. “Call AAA” has become almost synonymous with calling for help on the road. Many people join AAA without even considering any of the other options.

Better World

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