Photo credit: Allan Clark

Photo credit: Allan Clark

Have you ever said to your family, “What will we do to fill all our vacation time this year? We have so much time to be able to be together as a family.”  Probably not. While Europeans enjoy 4-6 weeks of vacation, most American families scramble to get two weeks of off-time.

This makes El Monte RV’s Fly ‘N Drive program ideal for families wanting to make the most of their limited vacation time. Instead of charging a hefty fee for a one-way drop off, El Monte encourages customers to fly to their destination and then take a road trip back home. (Or do the reverse!) With  locations around the US, it’s easy to find a dealer.

Scared of driving an RV? Yes, it can be a bit intimidating. Right now we are camped next to an 80-year-old couple driving an RV larger than ours. If they can do it, so can you!  When we checked into the El Monte dealer outside of New York City, they had us watch a demonstration video and then gave us a step by step “walk-around” of the vehicle. As we got ready to leave, a family from Holland arrived, eager to explore the east coast.  They said they had no qualms about driving an RV.

Photo credit: Allan Clark

Photo credit: Allan Clark

Spending part of your vacation in an RV is a chance to enjoy your family in a relaxed setting. At a campground, no one cares if your pre-schooler has worn his favorite shirt three days in a row. It’s perfectly acceptable to open a can of beans, roast hotdogs over the campground grill and call it dinner. Using paper plates makes clean-up a breeze. Many state and National campgrounds have Junior Ranger programs designed to give children an appreciation of the outdoors. Some campground even let you spend the night in a tipi!

For all-around information about RV’ing, take a look at the Go RV’ing website. You’ll find information on all aspects of RV camping, from finding places to camp, to trying out new recipes designed for camping. Whether you need  advice on where to rent an RV or want to know some games to keep kids occupied, Go RV’ing has what you need. The website offers so much information, you’ll soon feel like a RV camping expert!

Photo credit: Allan Clark

Photo credit: Allan Clark

If you’ve never RV’d before, it takes some adjusting. Instead of listening to, “Mom, Sam’s elbow is touching me!” in a cramped car, kids have room to spread out in an RV. Still wearing seat belts, they can play games at a table or have a comfy chair for reading. Instead of stopping at expensive restaurants with slow service and hungry kids, you open the refrigerator for  quick and healthy meals. (Or forget the emphasis on healthy eating and bring out the Oreos!)

Instead of schlepping suitcases into a hotel room every night, everything is in the RV, day after day. Best of all, instead of frantically looking for a restroom at the sound of, “I have to goooo really, really bad”, you have a restroom within feet of the squirming child.

So the next time you fly to Grandma’s and want to avoid another stressful airplane ride home, consider El Monte’s Fly ‘N Drive program, You might even invite Grandma to drive back with you in the RV!