Welcome to the exciting world of camping! Camping is such a great way to spend time with family and friends and unplug from your busy lives. Connecting with nature can greatly improve your mood and teach you so much about living outside your comfort zone! As you start to plan your first camping trip, here are some things all new campers should know! What to pack, some things to avoid, and some things to remember!
Things New Campers Should Pack
Extra Clothing: You never know what you are in for on a camping trip. This doesn’t mean pack enough for an extra week, but it does mean bringing extra socks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and shoes. Kids tend to be a bit…curious! So, make sure to pack a few extra for them as well!
Games and Activities: Having games and activities is great for the whole family. After a long day on the lake or out hiking through the woods, it can be fun to just sit around and play a board game or a round of charades. These are also great to have to pass the time during a rainy day!
Bins: Using bins for your items can help you stay organized throughout the entire trip. Use them to pack indoor activities, outdoor essentials, cooking necessities, toiletries, hiking gear, extra clothing etc. With bins you can label each of them and use them when needed. Organization before and during the trip will make everything go a little smoother.
A Big Tent: Take that tent out before your trip and test it out with the family! Lay out all of the blankets, sleeping bags and pillows and make sure that you are all able to sleep in it comfortably. If you plan to stay in your RV, test out the different sleeping arrangements and make sure they work for everyone.
Things New Campers Should Avoid
Explore! Have a blast! But while you are planning your camp out or roaming your campsite, keep in mind some of these things to avoid.
Bad Weather: Always check the radar before you leave for a trip. If you are leaving the day of or going to be somewhere close, keep an eye on any nearby storms. Plan ahead with tarps, extra clothing, and know where a close hotel is just in case it gets really bad.
Remote campsites: When you go camping, one of the main goals is to unplug from your busy life and connect with nature. There is nothing wrong with that! However, if you are new to camping, make sure you stay somewhere that has good cell reception. This is a good idea for any emergencies or if someone wanders off.
Certain Plants: Leaves of 3, let them be! Berries of white, take flight! Learn about the wildlife and foliage that is going to be surroundings to so you can educate yourself and your kids on what to stay away from!
Things To Remember
Here are some things to remember and some friendly advice as you venture out into the great outdoors!
Meal Prep: When you think of camping, do you go right to hot dogs and smores around a fire? That is all good and fun but planning your meals ahead of time makes eating easier and more enjoyable. Think about breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and other non-perishable foods that can stay dry in your backpack. Plan on cooking ahead of time and storing it in a freezer so all you have to do is heat it up or let it thaw out.
Stay Close: Your first trip doesn’t have to be a week long expedition across the country. Keep it close, simple, and easy as you learn more about camping. As you become more familiar with campsites, your RV, tent and nature in general, you can start to extend your stay or travel out a little further.
Know all about your Camping Gear: From your tent to your water filtration system, learn what you are going to be using. Take your tent out and make sure you can put it up. Go through your lights and head lamps and test out some of the newer gadgets you have recently bought. Bringing things with you that you don’t know how to use just takes up space and can make you very frustrated!
Drive Your RV: Have you learned the ins and outs of your RV? From backing up and parking, to the power awnings and kitchen appliances, learn how to use every aspect of your RV. Having the knowledge to use the RV in its full capacity will be a make or break for your camping trips!
Camping is one of the greatest hobbies we can have. It is essential that people find ways to unplug from the busy day to day life and just spend time together again. Camping is a way to experience nature and appreciate the outdoors in a way that maybe we haven’t in a while. It allows you to live independently and get away from all that screen time. We hope you enjoy this new interest in your life and that these tips will help you as a new camper!
Finding space for all your things can be tough when you are living and traveling in an RV. From clothing storage to luggage and supplies, finding ways to make everything fit and look good is a serious process. On top of this, you have to figure out how you plan to live in a small space, and make it feel bigger than it is. Everything should be accessible, and everything should have a place. Here are some RV living hacks to make your road trips even better than expected!
Epic RV Living Hacks
Plastic drawer organizer
You can use this for just about anything. Have a few and designate them; Kitchen supplies, emergency kit and first aid, and cosmetics. Anything that could spill or that is travel size, find a place for it in a plastic bin.
These things are serious life savers! Put these in all your boxes, bags, luggage etc.
Consider using a sewing box, or tackle box to store things like batteries, paperclips, chips clips, tape etc. You can stay organized and it is compact.
Create some insulation in your RV by inserting a vent cushion. This will help with regulating the temperature and with electricity and propane.
These are good for a few things. Put them underneath your plates and bowls while you are eating so they don’t slide. You can also put them in cabinets, so things so move as you drive around.
This is an easy way to hang up extra items without taking up more storage space. Use walls, the back or doors or inside your closet.
You can never have enough lighting when you are camping. You can use more lighting inside and out. Consider getting some lights that you can place outside at night. This will make you feel more secure/safer and help you while you enjoy time after dark.
Don’t forget about easy meals! If you truly want an epic trip, pack for convenience and pleasure. An Instant pot will allow you to make amazing meals, quickly and mess free!
You can and you will get hot when you are road tripping. Having extra table fans can be great because they are easy to move and can be placed wherever they are needed.
In order to have the perfect trip, you need to take as many worries away as possible. Having this can help to make sure your pets don’t overheat, and humidity does not become an issue in your RV. This will allow you to have a better night sleep and an overall more enjoyable trip!
These are some great things to have on hand to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable from start to finish! Have a great summer full of amazing and safe travels!
It’s RV season! If your vacations are planned and your bags are packed, grab the kids and get ready to hit the road. But you may have forgotten one huge thing! Your comprehensive RV service checklist! It is so important to have routine maintenance done to your RV throughout the year, but it is also important to get everything checked out again before you start traveling for the summer. We all know the last thing anyone wants is to get stranded in the middle of no where with a broken-down trailer. Here are some things you can do to prepare for your RV travels this summer.
RV Service Checklist
Make sure to get your oil changed and ensure that it is at the proper level for traveling.
Check all of your tires before traveling anywhere long distance. It can be extremely difficult to change an RV tire or worry about finding places to fill it with air.
Check all the filters–
There are several filters to check. Look at the oil filter, air filter, and fuel filters.
This is an overall check for the several fluids in the vehicle. Make sure they are all at appropriate levels or topped off.
This is very important. If you get caught in a storm, or lose power for any reason, you will rely on your generator. Make sure that it is working properly, and you have enough gas in it.
Prepare for the hot summer ahead and have your AC checked out. The lines, coolant, and the fans should all be working and stocked.
All interior Appliances-
If you plan to be out on the road for a while, you are going to be using your kitchen a lot. Make sure the everything is working properly before you hit the road!
Fresh Water Tank-
Fill your water tank before you go so you are stocked up.
Check Entry Steps-
You don’t realize how often you go up and down these steps every single day. Make sure they are opening and shutting correctly and are cleaned off.
Prepare for summer storms and get your wipers checked out and wiper fluid filled.
This is a detailed. yet not limited, list of things that you should have checked on your RV. When you take it to the shop, they will do a full comprehensive look at your RV and these are just some things you need to ensure they check out! Enjoy your summer traveling and stay safe on the roads!
Do you plan to buy your first RV soon? With any big purchase, it is important to trust who you buy it from. Vehicles of any sort have so many components and if you do not know everything about the RV you are purchasing, don’t you want the company selling it to you to know all the details? At Green Star Camper Center, we have the utmost respect for you and your family. We understand you may have been waiting months or years to be able to buy your RV and we want to make this experience as wonderful as possible!
About Green Star Camper Center
We are located in Rapid City South Dakota! Most people know our area as the home of Mount Rushmore. So many tourists come through and we truly feel grateful to be able to call South Dakota our home. We were founded in 1959 and began the journey of selling mobile homes. The late 80’s brought a name change and a bigger inventory. We began selling travel trailers and fifth wheels and grew our lot immensely. Green Star Camper Center is a family owned and operated business and share 3 generations on the current staff. We are a loving family who treat each and every one of our clients like they are one of our family members!
Green Star Camper Center Trailers
Looking for a new or used Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel? We believe in fair pricing and you will always find a deal and sometimes with prices significantly lower than the MSRP. We carry brands such as, Forest River and Keystone. You can check out our website to narrow down your search as well. Look for bunk beds, rear dinette, kitchen area, front bedroom, power awning and more. Whatever you are looking for, we can find something to match.
Services At Green Star Camper Center
If you already own a trailer and need parts or accessories, stop on by! We have the largest RV accessory and parts store in all of Rapid City. All of our technicians are highly trained and available to begin work on your trailer. Our service center has 3 bays so we can cut down wait time. We currently have 5 service technicians that are able to take a look and work on your used and new trailers. If you need something fixed or ready for upgrades, bring your trailer on down to Green Star Camper Center!
We cannot wait to meet you and help guide you through the process of buying an RV. Whether you are looking for used or new, fifth wheel or travel trailer, let us help you find something that will fit your traveling and overall needs. Stop by our shop anytime 8am-5pm M-F or 9am-2pm on Saturdays. If you have a quick question, feel free to give us a call at 605-343-6877, or our toll-free number 800-817-4879.
Summer is right around the corner! Have you started planning your camping trips? There are so many places to visit in the beautiful state of South Dakota! As you begin to plan your destinations and itinerary, here are some of the top places your family will love!
Badlands National Park
Known as one of the most well-known camping areas in the state, there are several campgrounds to choose from. Sage Creek, Cedar Pass, and Sleepy Hollow are just a few. The Badlands are known for the amazing fossil finds from rhinos, horses and even saber-toothed cats! As you travel through the Badlands you will see amazing animals like bison, sheep, and more. There is so much to do around this area with the family. You can visit the Fossil Prep Lab, become a junior ranger, and stop at the visitor center for more information! This is a must-see park when camping in South Dakota.
Sioux Falls consists of several different state parks where you and your family can experience the great outdoors. Campgrounds include: Yogi Bear Camp-resort, Sioux Empire Fair Campground, Tower Campground, and KOA Kampground of Sioux Falls. While staying in this area, there is so much to do! Enjoy walking around the Washington Pavilion, play some disc golf at Tuthill Park, and take a stroll around the amazing SculptureWalk. Camping here is an amazing vacation just waiting for you and your family!
The infamous Mount Rushmore! People come from all over the world to see this iconic monument. A great campground near the monument where you can stay is Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort. There are 125 sites on 30 acres and a quick drive to the monument. Here you can find shower facilities, laundry services and even mini golf! It is a gorgeous park with breathtaking views of the Black elk Peak.
Horse Thief Campground and Resort
Welcome to one of the most advanced yet historic camp sites in the area! This resort although celebrated and significant, has stepped up the camping game by adding a heated swimming pool, pavilion, a general store and more. This land was known as a huge mining territory back in the 1800’s and this family owned, and operated campground has done a fantastic job of keeping the history alive while incorporating today’s technology!
Okaton Ghost Town
Have you ever been to the ghost town of South Dakota? You will see overgrown railroad tracks, broken down homes, and old once used farms and barns. This little town began in 1906 and slowly died into a lifeless overgrown town. There are several places nearby to camp such as The American RV park and Kamp, Whistlers Gulch Campground and several others near the Badlands.
People come from all over to stay in Rapid City. It is in the convenient location near the Black Hills National forest, and Mt. Rushmore. It is rich in history and has several campgrounds, full of different amenities. If you are driving your RV through this area, be sure to check out Rapid City RV Park and campground. Enjoy the heated pool, laundry services, and convenient store right on site. You are just a few miles from all the main attractions and great restaurants as well. Let us know how much you love this park after your next stay
Custer State Park
Welcome to Custer State Park! Join in at one of the several popular camp sites in this area. Blue Bell campground, Legion Lake, Game Lodge, and Stockade North Campground are just a few of the top-rated campgrounds in the Park. Custer State Park is not only the first state park, but it is the largest. This massive park takes up over 71,000 acres in beautiful South Dakota, and is a goldmine for the best camping, hiking, and overall adventure that you and your family seek on this trip!
Spearfish City Campground
Ready to fish? Sleep next to this peaceful creek, burrowed in the Black Hills. This campground has all the amenities that you could possibly want at a camp site. Showers, ice machines, tables, hardware stores, and the downtown area is also near by. This city is full of outdoor adventure just waiting for you and your family. Visit the 76 Trail, take pictures near the Bridal Veil Falls, and watch the sunset near Crow Peak. There is so much beauty and so much to do in this city!
Come visit this popular campsite in Rapid City. It is open from late May-Early September. It is surrounded by the quiet beauty of South Dakota. Thousand of pine trees surround this site and lake views as well. You can enjoy the campfire rings, drinking water and the reservoir and beach access. This is the perfect area to camp with your family if you want to spend a day hiking, and the next day on the boat. This reservoir is the largest and deepest within the Black hills and is truly a site to see. Have you been to this amazing camp site before? If so, you have probably seen some of the incredible animals that inhabit this area! Look for elk, deer, and bald eagles flying above. There is nothing quite like it!
Gavin’s Point Campground
Come on down to the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. This is by far one of the most popular resorts in the state. The resort facilities have really stepped it up to the next level with top of the line amenities for their guests. And, there is so much to do! Enjoy activities like archery, boating, hiking and biking! These camp sites fill up rather fast so if you and your family plan to head out to this area in the upcoming months, it would be wise to make a reservation! Check out their site for more information on what your trip would look like and how you can make it the best vacation ever!
Come see one of the most beautiful states in the country. People come from all over the world to see Mt. Rushmore, but we encourage you to stay a bit longer and experience the breathtaking views and nature that these camp sites have to offer. From the majestic animals to the sparkling lakes, you will fall in love with this new vacation spot!