36 Things You Want in Your RV Before Hitting The Road

Planning for a road trip can be a daunting task, here is a simple checklist to help you prepare. Until we became full-time RVers I wasn’t a list maker. That has changed. I make lists for everything now. Probably because I can’t remember anything:).  Hope this is helpful!

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36 Things You Want in Your RV Before Hitting the Road


1. Leveling blocks

Leveling blocks are a must-have unless you’re lucky enough to have self-leveling jacks. Just so happens, we are not.

We have encountered a number of campsites that were so unlevel we also had to use our handy-dandy hardwood blocks that my husband made to get our fifth wheel level.

Plywood blocks for leveling our RV


The hardwood blocks measure 2 x 12 by 16.

We also have a set of 6 of the leveling squares pictured below. Click here for the current price.

leveling blocks


2. Designated water hose- 

This hose is only for drinking water Essential for RVing. Be sure to store in a clean container.

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white drinking hose for rv

3. Grill- Propane or Charcoal

We just bought this small charcoal tabletop Weber grill from Amazon. I think it cost about $30. Click here for the current price. I haven’t decided if it was the right choice. For $30, what the heck? Be sure to get the charcoal. Probably not adequate for a family of 4 or more. Perfect size for a couple or solo RVer.

Small charcoal grill

4. Stepladder or ladder

A must have is a tall step stool or collapsible ladder, we couldn’t manage without it. We store it in the back of the truck. It’s actually our sons-in-law (we borrowed it last year) I think we’ll buy him a new ladder for Christmas. Click Here for Price.

step ladder

5. Patio Mat

I love this mat, this is definitely a necessity if you RV full-time. Click here for the current price. I know you will love it! It helps from tracking in sand and dirt into the RV. Very easy to care for, it’s reversible, just hose it off to clean. I only wish I would have bought it sooner.

Lightweight and easy to store. Our mat size is 9×12. I’m seriously thinking of getting a second mat, maybe 5×9 to use for picnics and the beach.

brown outdoor patio mat

6. Tool Box –

A toolbox is a must-have for every RVer, whether your a full-time or the occasional weekender. A basic toolbox should include a small hammer, screwdriver, pliers, wire cutter, nails/screws, tape measure, scissors, gorilla glue and duct tape for quick fixes. The carry tool tote below is very convenient.

Carry all tote for tools for RVers


Tool box in a pickup truck

Our toolbox (pictured above) in our truck holds the bigger and heavier tools and gadgets. It also helps to keep the weight off of the fifth wheel. If considering a toolbox like this, be sure to measure exactly. And you want a toolbox you can lock. Bill also stores the Def for our diesel truck in this toolbox.

Tip: if you own a diesel truck, try to buy Def from a dealership, not a truck stop. We learned this the hard way. After putting in Def from a truck stop our truck started stalling out. We were told that the Def from truck stops gets old and gummy. We haven’t had a problem since.


7. First Aid Kit

When going out camping with your family or friends, you need to ensure that you have a first aid kit with you. You can buy a ready-made first aid kit or assemble one yourself.

In case you do, never forget to include a first aid instruction booklet, band-aids, wound closure strips, tweezers, a pair of scissors, safety pins, sterile gloves, antiseptic wipes, alcohol prep pads, bandages, antibiotic ointment, burn cream, instant cold compress, thermometer, and some antacids.

8. Waste hose with preferably a clear elbow

You probably already have this in your RV. But do check it for wear and tear. The one thing you really, really don’t want to fail, is your waste hose!

We highly recommend the clear elbow because you can see if you’ve flushed it clean. Not pretty but necessary. Don’t forget the gloves or hand sanitizer.rv sewer hose

9. Coffee Pot-

 If you’re a coffee person like me, you have to have your morning coffee. There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee and a good breakfast when your camping. Because it has been so hot lately, I’ve been making Iced Coffee. This Ice Coffee is so good!

 Simple Easy Recipe below:

Iced Coffee Recipe:

Iced Coffee Recipe: Make a strong pot of your favorite coffee (I use 10 cups of water with 5 scoops coffee, I use Folgers) Let it cool to room temperature(couple hours). Pour into a 2-quart pitcher. Add 1 can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Stir well. Refrigerate. Serve over ice. OMG! This is Sooooo Good! 

10. Carpenter Level-

It’s a good idea to have a level in your RV. There is a level attached to our RV but it’s not very accurate. We compare the two levels be sure we get an accurate read. Click Here for the current price.

carpenter level for our rv

11. Clothes –

I know, I know, you won’t forget your clothes? Right? Well, let me just say, I did! This was years ago, but still fresh in my memory. Oh, I had them packed and ready to go, my bag sitting next to the door.

We were headed to Ohio for a week from Michigan to visit family, the kids were young. I made sure everyone was packed and in the car. We arrived 6 hours later only to discover my bag was missing.

Yep! I had nothing, clothes, makeup, toothbrush… Off to the store I go. Expensive trip. My tip to you is, before leaving, do a thorough walk-through making sure you have everything packed and loaded.

12. My Favorite Kitchen Appliances-

 Hands Down, without a doubt, my number 1 fav is my George Foreman Grill with the deep dish pan that I purchased separately (Click here for current price). It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, takes up very little space and its electric.

I grill burgers, roast chicken breast, pizza, fried potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, steak, waffles, and my husbands favorite on the George are brats and sauerkraut in beer! I know you were thinking it would be the Instapot. Nope. I love my George Foreman. My Pioneer Women Crockpot would be my 2nd pic. It also doesn’t heat up the kitchen. I just made the best pot roast ever!

george forman red grill



13. Cleaning supplies-

The supplies I use are Dawn (blue) dish soap, which is great for removing stains from Bills tee shirts (every day).

I also like Clorox Spray Bleach for disinfecting countertops, sinks, handles, etc..  Bill uses the Clorox wipes after attaching hoses and setting up the RV. I keep a backup of my cleaning supplies in a dollar store bucket for easy access.

clorox cleaning spray and clorox wipes

14. Camping toilet-paper– 

There is special toilet paper that is specifically meant for camping which you should carry and not the regular toilet paper.

Remember that your RV has a septic tank which must be emptied every time it is almost full. RV toilet paper is easily absorbed in the septic tank and decomposes faster than ordinary toilet paper.

Therefore, when you are out shopping for RV toilet paper look out for one that is marked safe for RV use. Avoid using regular toilet paper in your RV as it may cause your toilet to clog and may ruin your camping trip experience. After learning this lesson the hard way, I keep a good supply of RV toilet paper. It is NOT always available. Depends on your location? Don’t run out!

toilet paper

15.  Sunscreen-

 sunblock, lotion, spray or gel. SPF 15 means 1/15 of the burning radiation will reach the skin. Sunscreen with higher SPF does not last longer or remain effective longer. To play it safe use at least an SPF 30 or higher and reapply every couple of hours.I highly recommend Sun Bum sunblock. This sunscreen is hypoallergenic, paraben free, enriched with vitamin E. Until I tried this brand, I thought they were all alike. Before our RV life, I would just grab any sunscreen that was on sale at the drugstore. After we retired my husband has had a few bouts of skin cancer on his face. Very minor and treated successfully. Which made us even more conscious of protecting our skin from the sun. Since retiring, we RV full-time and winter in Florida.

swimming pool

Navarre Rv Park in Navarre Florida

Our first trip to Navarre Florida we stopped in a tourist shop to buy sunscreen and hats. The sales girl recommended Sun Bum, raving about how much she liked it! Now I know why it is everything she said. Not greasy, hypoallergenic and a great moisturizer. I use this instead of lotion. No, Sum Bum does not pay me! I really like this sunscreen!

Note* – Sunscreens have an expiration date. Last years left over might not prevent sunburn this summer.

16. Food-

Planning ahead will reduce stress when you hit the road. It can also save money by shopping for sales. Make a meal plan/grocery list a few weeks in advance.

I leave my list with a pen on the counter and every time you or family members say, we need blah blah blah, say add it to the list. As your trip grows closer, your shopping list will be ready.

17. Aluminum foil

Aluminum foil is my go-to for so many things. From wrapping up leftovers to making hobo dinners over a campfire. To me, aluminum foil and duct tape are the necessities of life.

18. Flashlight/Lantern-

  Carry a good lantern or flashlight. The bottom-line is you will need a lantern or flashlight when you are out camping in your RV.

You can opt to pack LED flashlights because they tend to be more durable and long-lasting compared to the ordinary flashlights. Remember to bring along enough batteries with you just in case.

19. Paper towel-

Rolls of paper towels should also go down on your packing list. Let’s face it you know what to use paper towels for, but I also use them instead of buying napkins. We use them to wrap leftovers to warm in the microwave. Not plastic.

20. Towels-

Pack towels of different colors. I assign each person their very own towel, color coded. They use the same towel for the entire camping getaway.  I keep a bag of rags that I hang on a hook inside my closet, made from old worn towels that I cut into dish towel size rags for big messes.

21. Lawn chairs-

Pack your favorite lawn chairs with you as you go RVing. If you have none, there are a number of good quality foldable lawn chairs that you can easily fold and carry along with you when you are going camping. These are now our favorite chairs. Click here for the current price.

 two RV lawn chairs

Get good quality camping chairs that will make sitting around a campfire more enjoyable. I like roughing it, but comfort is my middle name, Not really.

22.  Pet food

Are you considering taking your furry friend along with you? Well, if yes, do not forget to pack food and his feeding and water bowls as well to avoid any inconvenience. Carry his favorite dog treats as well and also let him have a good time RVing with you.

23. Cooler

Who would not love to enjoy a cold beer especially on a hot, sunny, summer afternoon? We carry an old beat up a cooler that we’ve owned for years. Even though our fifth wheel has a double door refrigerator we always use our cooler for the overflow.

ice chest cooler we use for RVing

And it’s just the two of us! We keep it outside by our steps. Because its nothing fancy we don’t worry about it being stolen.

24. Table Cloth-

I stock up on a least a couple from the dollar store. Shower curtains from the dollar store can be used also. They work great as drop cloths when I paint.

25. Clothespins-

 There are 101 uses of clothespins when you go out RVing. You can use them to clip your food bags and keep your food fresh, clip your paper to-do list together, and keep your clothes from falling off the clothesline, especially on a windy day. Clothespins can also be used to keep your tablecloth in place. Very versatile and inexpensive.

clothes pin holding bag closed

26. Phone Charger-

I highly recommend investing in a battery pack for your cell phone. Your phone needs to be functional just in case you encounter an emergency. I keep a phone charger in our truck at all times (car charger). I use Google GPS on my phone for traveling. Having a backup battery pack is a must-have especially if your a hiker or outdoor enthusiast.

TIP: Because Google has often taken us down the wrong road we purchased a Truckers Large Scale Atlas for backup. The second reason we purchased this Altas because it gives the location and height of bridges and overpasses. Our fifth wheel is 12’13” tall. Be sure to know the height of your RV.

Trucker Road Atlas

This is the Atlas we have.


red-canyon tunnel overpass tunnel

27. Sunglasses/hat-

Invest in good quality polarized sunglasses before you go RVing. Polarized lenses help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and will also help you see images with a clear resolution. A good hat to protect you from the sun.

28. Bug spray-

There is a lot that is simply unpredictable about going camping. You might encounter bugs or other insects that crawl and an effective bug spray might come in handy.

Mosquitoes can also be a nuisance at night, spray your RV and keep your windows and doors closed as you camp around the bonfire at night. This will help kill the mosquitoes and give you peaceful nights in your RV.

Tip – Citronella Candles ATTRACT MOSQUITOES! Put the candle where you are not!

29. Cash-

 Despite all the preparation before hitting the road, having some petty cash for use on the way is certainly not a bad idea.

You might face some emergency situations or you might need to buy some souvenirs you come across while RVing, so carry a reasonable amount of money for use on the way. In certain areas, if you pay cash at the pump you can save money on gasoline or fuel.

30. Bedding-

Clean bedding is necessary for your camping trip. The type of bedding you carry will depend on the weather. Also, consider the amount of storage space that you have in your RV before stocking up more bedding than is necessary. Also, remember to carry your dog’s bed and a few rugs for him.

31. Camping Table

  We bought this at Camping World, 50% off! I love this table. So versatile, I use it inside the RV and out. It collapses easily. Lightweight and easy to store.

folding camping table

folding camping table

32. Surge protector-

Protect your valuable electronic equipment and devices in your RV with a good power surge protector. Click here for the current price. A surge in electricity can be quite destructive and the potential loss and damage are huge compared to the simple act of getting a good surge protector. It is way better to be safe than sorry.

rv surge protector This is a must-have! Don’t take chances of losing your electronics or damaging your electrical system.

33. Fly Swatter

Maybe not everyone’s essential? And I could safely assume not at the top of your shopping list.

I would put the fly swatter in the same category of necessities as toothpicks or maybe Q Tips? Not a necessity until you need one. I hang mine inside a cupboard door on a 3m command hook, which is definitely a necessity for every RVer!

Here’s a Little Trivia for you:

Invented in 1905:

  • Flyswatter was invented by a school teacher
  • Yellow Pages
  • Popsicle invented by an 11-year-old
  • Jukebox with 24 songs
  • Buses
  • Windshield wipers

34. Potholders-

Another item easily overlooked. I prefer Martha Stewart or Pioneer Woman pot holders. It does make a difference. In the past, I would buy them from the dollar store and replace them when needed. Then I invested in some pretty ones from Pioneer Woman. They hold up wash after wash, much better quality.

35. Matches

Matches are usually the last things that come to most of our minds, especially when we have a whole RV camping trip ahead of us. The good thing is it was not forgotten. Please do not forget to carry a box of matches, Not unless you’re trying out for the next Survivor, rubbing sticks and stones together to light up a fire 🙂

36. Marshmallows –

No camping trip is complete without roasting marshmallows over a campfire. And if your RV is equipped with an outdoor tv screen (please invite me) what better way to make a memory by watching a scary movie and roasting marshmallows.

Or doing it the old fashion way, telling scary stories and sitting around a campfire that you used your matches to start while sitting in your comfy chairs, with your flashlight shining up your nose and putting those trash bags to use by throwing the empty marshmallow bags away. So start planning in advance so that you do not leave anything important behind. Go and enjoy your adventure in your RV!

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Visiting Amish Country in Shipshewana Indiana

Have you ever taken a trip to Shipshewana Indiana, Amish Country? If not you are missing out. Amish country is a world of amazing history, culture, and contradictions.

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Very few places in the US where roads are still populated with horses and buggies.

In the 21st century; a place famous for its Flea markets, a flourishing countryside with breathtaking farms and a people so religious that taking a photo is out of the question?

horses pulling a buggy

Anyone looking for a great getaway that is out of the ordinary should sample what we experienced last fall.

Bill and I needed to take our fifth wheel in for its first checkup in Lagrange Indiana at Cross Enterprises that specializes in Mobile Suite RV’s.

Lagrange Indiana Service RV Repair Shop

Cross Interstate RV Service in Lagrange Indiana

Since we would be there a few days we were able to explore the area. Shipshewana Indiana is a beautiful place, so many things to see and do. You could easily spend a week to enjoy all that Amish Country has to offer. We thought it was worth sharing with fellow travel-enthusiasts.

Why travel during the fall?

Something that any traveler might like about fall is that the prices are lower, the crowds fewer and the weather is milder in most of the popular destinations around the globe.

About Amish Country in Shipshewana

Shipshewana is a tiny town with an area of about 3.06 km sq has a small population. The 2010 census placed the population at 658 people. Tourism plays an important role in the economy of this area.

We approached Amish country from Chicago a one and half hour’s drive. The first thing that struck us was the beautiful farms and countryside. It was simply breathtaking.farm in Indiana

We had heard about Cook’s Bison Ranch, we decided to pass by to see them up close. Our minds were fed with the sights and sounds of country life and the enormous but beautiful bison.

The farms are also home to some of the best horses compared to what we have ever come across. The value Amish people attach to the horse is evident from the great care they give to their animals. It’s not only horses they raise but a blend of farm animals as well but most noticeable were the cows. We made a brief stopover in one of the farms and were impressed by the hospitality of the Amish. Here we were served with some great tasting milk and ice cream before proceeding with our journey.

As soon as we started entering the city we started seeing the trademark horses and buggies on the road. Due to their religious beliefs, Amish people do not drive cars but they still need to get from point A to point B and back. The most popular mode of transportation to members of this community is the horse and buggy. The Amish use this combination for travel to church, and to meet their daily transport needs such as excursions to town.

Though Amish businesses use vehicles for their transport needs such vehicles are driven by non-Amish drivers.

Well, horses, buggies and modern 21st-century automobiles jostling for space on modern highways is not a thing you will encounter anywhere in this part of the world. But here it is the norm; you will see this intriguing blend of old and new even in gas stations and restaurants.

Any time you get into a dollar store parking lot you expect nothing but conventional motorized traffic. Well, not in Shipshewana. For the first time in my life, I came face to face with a dollar store parking lot full of horse and buggies and of course some horse droppings.

The RV phenomenon

Talking of transport we cannot forget to mention something we noted about Recreational Vehicles in Shipshewana. Despite the fact that the Amish do not drive vehicles, we still noted an impressive number of RVs in the area. This was surprising. Our curiosity got the better of us especially after noting the diversity of RVs around, from motorhomes and campers to fifth wheelers like ours.fifth wheel

It soon became clear why this is, 80% of the RVs in the US are manufactured in Northern Indiana and overtime this industry has become a leading employer of Amish men. The high number of RVs partly accounts for one of the leading attractions in Amish County, the Shipshewana RV Parks.

Why is the Amish Community is such an attraction?

Refusal to drive cars and use horses and buggies is just is not the reason why this community and its way of life is such an attraction. One has to understand and appreciate what motivates this otherwise old fashioned way of doing things. The best way to do this is not just textbook knowledge you need to get there and interact with them. Why?

The third largest Amish community in the US is in Shipshewana and LaGrange County. Our own background research revealed interesting facts about the Amish Community. For instance, did you know that this community, in general, traces its routers back to the 17th century among staunch followers of Jacob Amman in Switzerland?

A schism between within some two groups led to a separation with one group following Ammann and finally becoming the Amish Church. Members of this religious outfit started migrating to North America sometime in early 18th Century first settling in eastern Pennsylvania. A large settlement still remains there to date.

It’s the religious beliefs and way of life that make these communities a great attraction. During our stay, we saw first-hand the practical application and implications of these beliefs. The first thing we noted is that citizens of Amish Country are best known and identified by their plain and mostly self-made clothing, nonconformist lifestyle.

These people place a high premium on family, community, humility, and separation from the world as the main cornerstones of the Amish way of life. The implication of this lifestyle was plain to us. it’s important for visitors to respect the beliefs and practices of these uniquely religious people.horse and buggies in Amish Country

In summary, we noted the following:

  • Upon arrival, we quickly noted the need to take extra caution as we traveled; we had to slow down since the roads are almost always filled with bikes, horses and buggies and people walking as well as kids riding pony carts. With this kind of scenario, visitors have to take extra caution on the roads
  • Honking is largely out of question. The sound easily spooks the horses.
  • The Amish in this area knows that visitors come here to know them but this is not a blank check to you as a visitor. Understand that within limits they will visit some area with you but if they decline a request, that’s okay. Though some will not get into a conversation with you they still will smile and nod at you.
  • Photographs are considered graven images by the Amish. So as much as you would want to take a memoir photo with them, you have to honor their culture and wad off the impulse of taking such photos.
  • Sundays are the wrong days to go shopping here. Most shops are closed on this day to allow the Amish to honor the Sabbath and spend time with their families. So factor this in your travel arrangements.

Places to go and Things to do in Amish Country

We landed in Shipshewana on a Tuesday after checked in at the Shipshewana Trading Place – RV Park. Our online research had indicated this park is close to the Flea Market which was to be our starting point the next morning. Our plan was to visit at least or two major attractions every day.

i) Flea Marketcandy store

This Flea Market with its nearly 900 vendors, is the largest in Midwest. With that many sellers, we were sure we would find something for each member of the family. True, the market didn’t disappoint.

The Flea Market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 1st May and 26th September from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Special holiday openings include 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day same time.

Its main season comes during spring when on average of more than 12,000 people come to shop here each week.

As planned, our itinerary took us there on a Wednesday. Due to its proximity to the RV Park we just took a stroll and in a few minutes, we were at the market.

farm in Indiana

The range of products available was amazing. Our Wednesday visit coincided with the Miscellaneous and Antique auction which offered a broad spectrum of hard-to-find items.

From bags to jewelry, cell phone accessories, sunglasses, leather goods, vintage items, party supplies, silk flowers and anything in between was on sale.

ii) The Blue Gate Restaurant and theater

A modern and highly welcoming facility, The Blue Gate Restaurant and theater it proved to be the cream of our visit. The rich restaurant menu featuring American & Amish. Upon our arrival here we found a warm and soothing atmosphere; the kind that you need after a long but exciting day. The home-style cooking is simply great.

Though we had to wait briefly for our dinner table to be set we spent this time shopping in the numerous Riegeckert family shops within the facility’s marketplace. The good thing is all the shops use the same paging system so we were able to hear our names read though we were a number of shops from our table.

Once you are through with your meal do not forget to visit the famous Blue Gate Bakery for freshly baked yummies like cookies and bars, home-made bread, pies and much more.

The Blue Gate theater features over 280 shows annually with 75 different performers, three hit musicals and much more. Why should you miss concerts by multiple Grammy-winning artists, Southern Gospel favorites, hilarious comedians and other family-friendly entertainment? The Blue Gate Restaurant and theater is the best place for your evening entertainment in Amish Country.

iii) Amish in-home dining

For an authentic Amish dining experience, there are several arrangements you can make. You can book a meal with Miller’s Buggy which offers Amish dining experiences catering to groups of people.

iv) Heritage Ridge Creamery

Our next stop major stop was at the Heritage Ridge Creamery. Here we took time to taste delicious, fresh cheeses made at the creamery. Some of them included Colby Jack, Colby, garden vegetable cheese cheddar Amish cream and siracha cheese. This visit gives you an opportunity to watch the cheese-making process right in the creamery.

v) Menno-Hof Amish- Mennonite Information Center

If you want to learn more about the intriguing history and origins of the Amish this is the place to be. The multi-image presentations, colorful displays, and historical environments are used in this center to drive the point home leaving visitors with a clear picture of how and why Amish and Mennonites ended up in the US.

vi) Dutch Creek Farm-Animal Park

Here we joined other guests in not only feeding the animals but also petting and touching them in the process. This is a great stopover for families. But you might be wondering about a few other issues as you plan your trip. How are the restaurants, can we get good campgrounds and so on. Let’s share some insights with you.yoders store in Indiana


Just to be sure about Shipshewana we decided to spend our one-week sampling various restaurants in this tiny town. Of course, lunch break provided the most convenient time to satisfy our stomachs and curiosity.

We realized Shipshewana is home to some fine restaurants catering for all budgets and appetites. You can sample Amish as well as your usual diet in most of these restaurants. In case you are looking for pricey dinner restaurants you can try out the following:

  • 5 and 20 Country Kitchen
  • East of Chicago Pizza
  • Pumpkin Vine Café
  • Subway
  • El Zorito 2 .among other

For cheap eats, you can try out

  • Jojo’s Pretzels
  • Shipshewana Trading Place
  • Ben’s Soft Pretzels
  • Wana Cup Restaurant
  • Red Bud Gourmet Coffee and Tea

Shipshewana RV parks and campgrounds

If you are planning to use an RV don’t scratch your head too much about the availability of convenient RV parks and campgrounds in Amish Country. Like many other visitors before us, we were impressed by the fact that Shipshewana Indiana is home to numerous RV parks and campgrounds. Thus we hardly had a problem locating an ideal park for our overnight stays.

All the campgrounds and RV Parks here have reasonable but varying offers ranging from park features hookups, connectivity, amenities and recreational facilities.

Here’s a list of the most popular parks and their respective rates.

RV Park / Campground and the average rate per person per day

  • Shipshewana Campground, South Park at $47.00

Local history museums, as well as the RV/MH museum, are nearby. There’s a number of Amish restaurants ideal for a family outing.

•Shipshewana Campground, North Park at $40.00

It’s quite close to Amish and RV makers. The Menno-hof visitor center nearby offers a multi-media tour with valuable hands-on of the Mennonite and Amish story.

•Shipshewana Trading Place – RV Park at $39:00

The Flea Market is just next door; in fact, most RVers staying here opt to walk to the market rather than drive there. Across the street, you find Menno-hof Museum and lots of interesting shops

•Elkhart Co / Middlebury KOA at about $50.00

The hamburger joint at the top of the hill is quite addictive. You can easily make RV plant tours from this location. Within reach is Meadow valley which is a reasonable golf course.

•Eby’s Pines Campground at about $41:00

Lots of RV dealers are located nearby so one can walk around and see different makes of RVs. Raber golf course is just about 5 miles away.

•Twin Mills Resort at about $165 – $203

Close to the RV manufacturers in Amish Country and the RV museum. On weekends plenty of Amish pastry items and ice cream are available for sale right at the front of this park.

Our one week trip to Amish Country was hardly enough to cover all that was there to be covered. Just like us, you too might never get enough of this country. The best thing is to plan ahead for your trip. Make sure your RV is in top-notch condition and you have all the necessities for the journey.

Most importantly remember you are visiting a unique community. As earlier said, visitors do well to respect the values of the Amish people; do not take photos of them if they don’t want, do not honk at the horses and most importantly remember to have the best of times at Amish Country, Shipshewana Indiana.

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Hi, I’m Bonnie, welcome to RV Groovin Life! My husband and I retired in 2017, sold our house and bought a 2008 Mobile Suite Fifth Wheel. We have been RVing full-time ever since. I started this blog to share what we have learned along the way. I hope you follow us on our journey. Bonnie

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