Let’s get rollin’: 2018 Travel Trailer Camping Trips

It’s the end of February, which means in just a few short weeks, Bessie the Travel Trailer will be out of storage and hitting the road! As you know, most popular campground and RV camp sites fill up very quickly (seriously, some of these places are harder to get in to than FastPasses at DisneyWorld!), so we’ve already mapped out our travels for the first half of the year.

Here’s where we’ve booked some trips so far this year – have you been to any of these?

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DIY Almost No-Sew Curtains for RV or Travel Trailer


Why do all travel trailers seem to come with the most hideous curtains? It seems like this would’ve been an area of decor improvement over the years, but alas, it seems the factory interior decor of most travel trailers is stuck in the 1970s.

I wanted to update our curtains and make the camper interior feel a little more “21st century,” but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the project. Pinterest, to the rescue! Just type in “travel trailer curtains” or “RV curtains” and you’ll find all kinds of DIY curtain blog posts to help inspire you.

I read through a few different sites, and was able to come up with my own variation of DIY ‘almost’ no-sew travel trailer curtains. (I’ll explain the ‘almost’ at the end of this post – you very well might be able to get away without sewing these curtains at all). Continue reading

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Camp site review: Devil’s Fork State Park, Lake Jocassee, SC

Devils Fork State Park Lake Jocassee - The Family Glampers

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to be able to spend time on Lake Jocassee in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you know the true beauty of the area. The crystal clear, cold water surrounding by panoramic views of the mountains is spectacular. Since the water comes from up in the mountains, it’s almost always cold, which makes it a great getaway for hot summer days.

The lake was actually created by damming and flooding the town that previously resided there. In fact, the land itself was Cherokee Indian land, with markers around the area explaining the area’s rich history.  Continue reading

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First world camper problems

The Family Glampers camper

Since we got our first travel trailer camper earlier this year, we’ve been able to escape on about seven weekend and/or week-long excursions so far. We’ve learned a little bit more with each trip, and it dawned on us after this last one to Lake Jocassee in South Carolina that we have a few, what I like to call, “first world camper problems.”

And they’re not even problems, they’re just things we’ve learned along the way, things we didn’t even know to ask when we were standing on the RV dealership lot with the salesman. Things we’re making notes of for when we get our next camper (down the road, of course).  Continue reading

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Weekend glamping in Asheville, NC (and our review of Lake Powhatan Recreation Area)


When we decided to invest in our first travel trailer, one of the things Gib and I challenged ourselves to do was to use it at least once a month – even if it was just a quick weekend getaway somewhere close to home.

As June rolled into July, we decided to hitch up and head an hour northwest from Greenville, SC to Asheville, NC to take a tour of the legendary Biltmore Estates. (I’d toured America’s largest privately owned home before, but Gib and the boys had never been).  Continue reading

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Camp site review: Cherry Hill Park, College Park, MD

The Family Glampers Do DC

As part of our ongoing series of camp site reviews we’ve visited, today I’m going to share our thoughts from our recent stay at Cherry Hill Park, located in College Park, MD.

If you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas (like Annapolis or Baltimore), and want to stay in your RV, camper, travel trailer or even a tent – then Cherry Hill Park should definitely be on your radar.  Continue reading

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Camp site review: Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, VA

We just returned from a weeklong trip where we visited Williamsburg, VA and then Washington, D.C. As I always like to read about places I’m staying before I get there, I wanted to put together some notes on the campgrounds we stayed in during our trip.

When we stayed in Williamsburg, VA, we parked our travel trailer at Anvil Campground for three days. The campground is conveniently located just a few miles from the area’s main attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens-Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

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Private RV resorts vs. state parks

Camping in Williamsburg - The Family Glampers

We just returned from a week-long trip in our Coachmen Apex Nano travel trailer to Williamsburg, Va. and Washington, D.C. It was the longest trip we’ve taken in the camper so far, and I’m happy to report it was a ton of fun!

There’s lots to talk about from our trip, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most, was the difference between private RV resorts and state park campgrounds. Up to this trip, we’d only taken the camper to state parks, so we really didn’t have a frame of reference for other places.

During this trip, we stayed at three different privately-owned campgrounds (meaning, not a state or national park). Each were very different in their own ways, which I’ll cover in future posts as I plan to write a review on each. But today I wanted to compare and contrast the differences between what we saw in privately-owned campgrounds versus state parks.  Continue reading

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Camp Site Review: Edisto Beach State Park

the Family Glampers campsite at Edisto Beach

We’re just finishing up our Spring Break, where we had a chance to sneak down to Edisto Beach State Park for a few days with the camper! It was the A) longest trip we’ve taken the camper so far and B) the farthest away from home.

We camped at Edisto Beach State Park from Sat. – Tues., having made our reservations months in advance (RV camping in state parks is not always for the spontaneous because the spots fill up so fast!).

Edisto Beach State Park

8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438

(843) 869-2156

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Camp site review: Keowee-Toxaway State Park

Keowee Toxaway State Park-The Family Glampers

We made a quick trip up to Keowee-Toxaway State Park the weekend of March 25, and we had such an amazing time! It was our first time to this state park to camp, so I thought I’d share our experience with you, in case you’re planning a trip to this spot sometime soon!

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