The RV’ers Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is in full swing! As joyous as this time of year is, it can be difficult to figure out what gifts to give your loved ones— especially if they’re RV’ers Forget about those what-ifs because whether your beloved RV’ers are full-timers, part-timers, or just simply have a passion for the RV lifestyle; we’ve got your gift giving covered.

Before we dive into our gift ideas for each RV’er in your life, there are two important things to keep in mind when shopping for them. One, space is often limited , tire pressure monitors, and other RV maintenance tools. Now get the wrapping paper ready— it’s gift giving time!

For Any Class A RV’er

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Are you faced with the RV’er who has everything? Consider bestowing a gift of membership in the Fountains Vacation Club!  You will be opening the coach door to a lifetime of vacation options incorporating five-star resort amenities and a world of other vacation options should they prefer to leave the motorcoach behind. Visit our Vacation Club membership website to discover how this is the never-ending gift sure to build a lifetime of memories.

For the Outdoorsman

We all know and love an RV’er whose idea of a perfect day is one spent fishing, hiking, or just hanging out in the fresh air. For the one who lives for a day out on the water, this fishing gear by Cabela’s is a must have. Not only is this fishing gear compact enough to keep in an RV, but it is of high quality as well, ensuring your gift will last for years to come. For that RV’er who could spend hours hiking through the woods, a National Park Pass would be ideal. Since it lasts for a year after purchase, this pass is perfect for RV’ers who plan to travel in the upcoming year! And if you want to keep it simple, this Yeti cooler would be a definite hit, no matter how they like to opt outside.

For the Crafter

Channeling one’s creative side can be kind of difficult in an RV. So, this Christmas let your crafty RV’er choose their gift with a Michaels or Joann Fabrics gift card— or both if you’re feeling generous! But, if you want a more sentimental and personal gift, this personalized push pin travel map is perfect. Ranging from 16 to 32 inches, your beloved RV’er will be able to document their travels and decorate their rolling home no matter what size RV they drive!

For the Chef

Cooking in a full-sized kitchen can RV’ing chef connoisseurs from doing what they love most! This matching 10-piece compactable gourmet cookware set, specially designed for RV’s, saves space and allows for easy storage. Gift this induction-specific cookware set with this induction burner, and you’ll be getting gourmet, rolling home-cooked meals until next Christmas!

For the Tech Guru

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In this day and age, some RV’s are technologically decked out. But a tech guru could have their RV filled to the brim with cool devices and still want more. So, this Christmas make their life even merrier with these lightweight, durable, and waterproof Bluetooth speakers. They are compact and WiFi compatible, allowing them to stream radio and Internet stations on-the-go. Another great gift for your favorite RV’ing tech guru is this portable phone charger. This seemingly weightless charger is slim enough to fit in their pocket and comes in handy after a day of using a GPS app to navigate a road trip. And for that RV’er who enjoys taking pictures, this camera, and this external hard drive would make for the perfect gift set. This lightweight hard drive holds up to 1TB of data, allowing them to take all the RV’ing pictures they could ever desire.

For the Dog Lover

RV’ing is typically a family ordeal, so why leave your four-legged family member behind? Most RV resorts are dog-friendly so that RV’ers can bring their pup along for the road trip, and rightfully so. For those RV’ers, this whistle GPS pet tracker is perfect for keeping track of their pet. Not only can they track their pets location, but they can monitor health trends for their specific breed of dog and set food and medication reminders— something that can be easily forgotten after a day of RV’ing! And for that dog-loving RV’er who wants to make their rolling home smell good, this Rescued Wine Mimosa Candle is a must-have. A portion of each purchase is gen to dog rescue groups, so your beloved RV’er receives a great gift and you donate to a wonderful cause — it’s a win-win!

For the Bartender

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After a long day of RV’ing, a drink or two is necessary. Give your favorite RV’er the ability to unwind with this travel mini bar! Complete with a shaker, strainer, and more, this set is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face every day. While we don’t condone drinking and driving, we do condone the gift of relaxation and tasty drinks that this mini bar will give. And for the wine enthusiast, these unbreakable and shatterproof wine glasses are a necessity because, in a rolling home, things have a tendency to break more easily. So this Christmas give them the ultimate gift — a worry free wine night!

For All of the Above

Diesel gift cards are one of, if not, the most practical gifts and can be bought at any gas station or supermarket. You might think that this gift is impersonal and generic, but RV’ers travel anywhere from 200 to 500 miles a day with gas prices fluctuating from low to ridiculously high. A fuel gift card gives your RV’eris alw

No one knows your dearest RV’er quite like you, so find the gift that perfectly suits their interests!

 

 

A New Class of RV Living

THE DESIRE TO TRAVEL, to witness Earth’s most extraordinary and even ordinary landscapes, to meet new people and to delve into a world of cultures, has been deeply ingrained in the American lifestyle since the onset of camping. After mainstream culture had caught the appeal of camping in 1885, the burgeoning automobile industry catapulted the beginning of recreational vehicles.

The first ever RV was this 1910 Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau. In 1910, Pierce-Arrow saw the up-in-coming potential of RVs, or cars slightly modified for camping. The Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau featured a back seat that folded into a bed and was equipped with a chamber pot and sink. Soon after that, camper trailers were rolling off the assembly line of RV manufacturers and into people’s homes.

The passion to travel and experience outdoor adventures certainly hasn’t diminished, but the way people are experiencing it has. In Smithsonian’s article commemorating 100 years of the RV industry, David Woodworth, a longtime RVer, said, “RVs have changed, but the reason people RV has been constant the whole time.” While RVs have evolved from the early campers to luxurious, 45-ft motorhomes, the vacation destinations RVers desire to travel to have resulted in an entirely new industry – luxury RV Resorts.

The Rise of Luxury Motorcoach Resorts

inside-coach-5The construction of high-end, exclusive RV resorts has been rising in popularity because of the increase in Class A motorhome sales. With a Class A costing anywhere between $150,000 and upwards of $3.5 million for the glitzy Prevost buses; it’s not surprising that motorhome owners don’t want to park their coach on unpaved sites or alongside a 1978 camper.

Class A Motorcoach Resorts are more than a paved parking site with hookups – they’re luxurious resorts whose accommodations
cater to the pockets and lifestyle of Class A motorcoach owners.

Most of these lavish resorts, like Desert Shores or Heritage Motorcoach Resort, operate by selling fee simple lots. These lots sweep in hefty price tags, with interested RVers paying in the low six figures to own the site and utilize the resort’s amenities. But it’s difficult to see the appeal of owning loftily priced RV lots, when Class A owners either take their rig out for a couple of weeks each year or the opposite, and they travel full-time, moving from one destination to their next vacation.

The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort – St. Augustine offers a unique concept that combines luxury resort living for Class A owners with the advantages of vacation club membership, instead of lot ownership.

Timeshare Industry Enters New Market

The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort - St. Augustine's Front Entrance.There are two vacation ownership models: timeshares and vacation interval plans. The Fountains Resort Premier Motorcoach Resort – St. Augustine borrows from both concepts, abandoning the traditional fee simple site purchase model in favor for creating their very own vacation club membership design.

In 2014, The Fountains Founders recognized the incongruity of luxury RV resorts burdening Class A owners with lot ownership. Owning an RV lot significantly impacts RVers ability to travel freely – the whole purpose behind the RV lifestyle – as they want to get the most utility out of their vacation property. Instead of travelling from place to place, RVers who own an RV lot are tied exclusively to that park and vacation destination year-after-year.

The Founders looked to the evolving Timeshare industry, which has transformed from non-transparent contracts offering fixed-time, fixed-length, and fixed-resort plans, into flexible vacation models. These flexible plans or vacation clubs are often tied to a points-based vacation membership.

Instead of vacationing at the same RV resort each year, these points-based clubs allow members to travel to any brand-affiliated property. Members can bank points, borrow against future points, purchase more points and even exchange their points. But ultimately, the point of Points-based vacation clubs is to allow travelers and frequent vacationers the flexibility to travel when, where – and in the luxury RV resort industry’s case – how they want.

Not Your Average Travel Club

With The Fountains Vacation Club Membership you can travel to your dream global destination. Wanting to spread your wings and travel Europe? Take a Mediterranean cruise? You can still do all this, and more, with a Fountain Vacation Club membership. The Fountains Vacation Club is the points-based membership program that grants members, or Fountaineers™, access to The Fountains network of resorts, including the inaugural resort, The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort – St. Augustine.

The Fountains Vacation Club membership provides Fountaineers™ with access to more than 4,000 vacation destinations worldwide as a result of the Fountains agreement with Wyndham RCI. Fountaineers™ can transfer their Fountainshare Points to the RCI network of resorts, hotels, cruises or parks; or if they have excess RCI points they can exchange them for Fountainshare Points.

Interested parties become Fountaineers™ by purchasing Fountainshare Points, allowing them to reserve their next vacation at any Fountains Resort. Fountaineers™ can personally design their RV Resort vacation by using Fountainshare Points, which offers unprecedented flexibility for travel, leisure and accommodations to Class A motorcoach owners.

The Marbella Casita comfortably sleeps four and features a fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor loggia.Flocking to Florida to escape winter? Reserve early. Towing along the extended family? Choose what sized Casita best suits your needs. With six different Spanish-inspired Casitas available, varying from the one bedroom Marbella to the 1,162 sq ft Avalon, Fountaineers™ can select the perfect accommodation for their vacation.

Exploring just St. Augustine? Stay for a day. Travelling all of Florida? Fountaineers™ can stay at the resort for upwards of four weeks as they experience Florida like never before with big name attractions like Universal Studios, Daytona Speedway and beautiful National Parks just a short drive away.

In other words, say goodbye to fee-simple purchases of a fixed lot at a single RV park and hello to points-based memberships that grant access to multiple RV resorts and hundreds of destination properties.

The New Way to RV

The Fountains Resort links the freedom of RV travel with the opulence of resort style living, offering brief or extended respite in a tropical, country club atmosphere. Host private parties. Play a game of Bocce ball. Bring Fido to the dog park. Fountaineers™ can enjoy a rich combination of social and personal activities at the resort, all the while being 10-minutes away from pristine beaches, world-class golf, and historical monuments.

St. Augustine offers unprecedented experiences for RV enthusiasts. Whether you’re a history buff or adventure junkie, St. Augustine – and The Fountains – offers RVers almost everything they could ever want, without actually having to own it.

The best part? Right now you can purchase your Fountains Vacation Club membership at a 10% charter discount. Act now and start revolutionizing how you vacation in your RV today.

Interested in reading more about the changing Timeshare industry? Click here for Consumer Report article on the Timeshare Industry Coming of Age.