Texas RV & Camping Guide

Texas RV & Camping Guide
Texas is big country. From the panhandle's grass and prairies, over to Big Bend National Park, east to the Piney Woods and along the Gulf Coast shores, Texas offers much in the way of backcountry opportunities in its wide open state. It's possible to hit the Gulf Coast and surf one day, load up your RV and head to the mesas and deserts of Bog Bend the next. When heading out for an RV adventure in Texas, take advantage of the many clubs, tips and techniques to guide you on your Lone Star State journey.

Map Your Trip

Because of Texas' size, mapping out your trip or journey ahead of time helps streamline your driving. This gets you to your destination quicker, so that saved time turns into more time for outdoor pursuits. As you plan your Texas RV trip, decide what terrain you want to see, then plot your course accordingly.

The Texas Riviera, around Corpus Christi, South Padre Island and Aransas Pass is known for surf, bird watching, fly fishing and sea kayaking. If you plan a trip to this region, and don't want oppressive humidity and heat, try planning your trip between late November and March, when temperatures are moderate and the humidity is lower. There are a range of campgrounds, state parks and RV resorts in this area.

The area around Big Bend National Park has desert scrub brush, mesas and red rock canyons, as well as the Rio Grande. Should your trip include rafting, river canoeing, rock climbing or bouldering, try this area of Texas for an RV destination. Many RV campgrounds, resorts and parks provide RV camping here. Be aware that this region has a high rate of car and RV theft, so take precautions to ensure the safety of your vehicle and gear.

Join a Texas RV Club

Texas is fortunate to have an RV travel club, called TACO. While the main focus of the club is promoting RV travel within Texas mostly by RV park owners, many benefits make it an attractive club to join for non-RV park owners. The TACO website randomly selects one member a month to receive a free $250 gas card, and members receive discounted stays at TACO RV parks featured within the club.

Texas has several KOAs. Joining the KOA Klub Kard group gives you discounts at any KOA in the United States or Canada, including Texas-based RV parks and campgrounds.

RV Gear for Texas

With the varying countryside and ecosystems found in Texas, specialized gear and equipment helps keep you comfortable and capable of dealing with unique emergency situations as you RV adventure in the Lone Star State. One important piece of equipment is your air conditioning unit. For many months of the year, and in much of the state, temperatures get high and are often accompanied by humidity, especially around the Gulf Coast and eastern part of the state. Keep your air conditioner in proper working order for optimum comfort.

If you plan any off-road, or dirt road driving in the desert or scrub brush country in Texas, bring a tire repair and patch kit along with your rig. Have a shovel, winch or come-along should you get stuck in deep sand or other debris.

Be aware that Texas has rattlesnakes, scorpions and poisonous spiders. Having an anti-venom kit or sting treatment pack in your RV's first aid kit is a good idea, especially if you plan to hike in the backcountry.

Texas also has ticks. When you return to your RV after hiking, biking or being in the backcountry, take the time to inspect any exposed flesh such as the neck, legs, calves or forearms for these offending insects. Remove them before going into your RV. It is also a good idea to bring a small field ID book so you can identify the ticks that cause Lyme disease, should you have any ticks on you when returning. If you have pets, be sure to inspect them too before getting into the RV, to keep ticks outside your rig.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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