How to Make the Open Road Home

RVs are having their moment. More than half a million recreational vehicles were sold in 2017, and there’s never been a better time to join in on the trend and give your family a new perspective on travel. No matter where your family ends up, it’s about how you get there. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the ride.

Not Your Grandparents’ RV

Leave the antiquated vinyl seating and stale color palettes in the past. There are plenty of ways to make your house on wheels feel like home.

If Walls Could Talk

Set an adventurous tone by wallpapering a Texas state map. Then your family can pin or paste stickers and photos for every spot you hit as you explore.

Window Thrills

Adequate windows can make even the smallest space feel open and airy. Plus, you get to watch the changing plains, hills, prairies, and fields of Texas go by as you drive.

Western Decor

Fun turquoise and chrome accents, diner-style black-and-white tiling in the kitchen area, and retro clocks add a chic Western touch to your home. The more your style matches, the cleaner the space will feel.

Kid Zone

Giving kids a sense of individuality and privacy doesn’t require floor space. String up fairy lights or stick moon-shaped night-lights to their wall. Think gypsy curtains, bunting flags, colorful blankets, camp-style arrows, or places to pin up pictures.

Smart Storage and Shelving

Make the most of a tight space with snug, creative ways to make all your belongings fit — think hiding drawers underneath your bed and tucking blankets into decorative pillows.

Out Back

Immediately expand your square footage by venturing out when you park and unwind for the evening. All you need is a portable fire pit, stackable chairs, and marshmallows.

Exploring Texas

With the world at your feet and the open road under your wheels, there’s no drive across Texas that’s out of your reach.

  • Big Bend National Park. Sunsets against ancient limestone cliffs bordering the Rio Grande, views of the Chisos Mountains, and more than 150 miles of hiking trails are just the opening act to Big Bend’s expansive night skies and countless bright stars.
  • Caprock Canyons State Park. This Panhandle gem is the only place you’ll see the Southern Plains Bison. Once on the brink of extinction, they roam freely here.
  • Padre Island National Seashore. Texas’ coast offers an intimate experience with nature. The Laguna Madre, one of six hypersaline lagoons in the world, is home to a vast array of protected avian life.
  • Colorado Bend State Park. For a cooler adventure, head two hours northwest of Austin to Gorman Falls, a 70-foot-high waterfall surrounded by lush, green vegetation and placid pools rife with the state fish, Guadalupe bass. If the lingering autumn heat is too much, go underground to one of the park’s more than 400 caves.

Cruise With Caution

Consider protecting your new purchase with an insurance policy. RVs will need auto coverage and can often be insured for the actual cash value. Campers can be covered for liability under the vehicle pulling it, but they need their own policy to cover damages. Whether your new toy is drivable or towable, locking in a policy is a good idea — especially if it’s off-the-lot new or leased.

“We always want to make sure your liability limits are where they need to be, and you are not under-insured,” says Gynger Oden, a Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent based in Lewisville.

Oden reminds clients that the contents of their camper or RV are covered under the extension of their property insurance policy’s personal property clause, not under their auto policy. In some instances, you can opt for specialized coverage such as roadside assistance and total loss replacement.

If you have any questions about your policy, call your local Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent for a chat. 

Coverage and discounts are subject to qualifications and policy terms and may vary by situation. © 2018 Texas Farm Bureau Insurance