BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

BEST Things To Do In Breckenridge, Colorado When You Are On A Budget

Breckenridge, Colorado is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.

However, the winter ski and snowboard season is the most popular time for families to vacation.

Whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter, there are some great budget-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy.

February 2021, my family and I went on a 5-day Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Breckenridge and enjoyed every moment!

The mountains are breathtaking with the highest peak of 12,998 ft.

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We even got to experience a snowstorm that dropped over 12 inches of snow. As native Texans, it was a glorious sight to see!

During our trip, we were able to go sledding, hiking, Ski/Snowboard, and more. Therefore, based on our experience, I wanted to put together a list of some great things you can do in Breckenridge, Colorado when your family is on a budget.

1. Ride the Gondola – It’s FREE

Breckenridge Gondola

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Riding the Gondola is the BEST way to see the gorgeous town from above. Usually, you must have a ski lift in order to experience the awesome views, but not in Breck.

The Gondola is the perfect family activity to enjoy the scenic area.

There are two mid-stations that drop off passengers between Shock Hill and the base of Peak 7. It rises 391 feet in elevation and has 121 cars total.

So take the family and enjoy the sights from above!

2. Take a hike

Things to do in Breckenridge

Anywhere you hike in the rocky mountainous terrain, you are bound to see some epic scenery.

The wilderness and views you could experience are memories waiting to be made.

Plus, It is a great activity to get outside, explore, and get a little bit of exercise as well, all for FREE!

There are so many hiking trails in Breckenridge, that I suggest checking out alltrails.com to find the best one for you. They rank them from easy to difficult depending on your hiking abilities.

3. Window Shop / Walk Around Main Street

Main Street Breckenridge is the perfect little place to stroll around and enjoy a relaxed walk-through town.

There are so many cute places to shop and to pick up some delicious coffee.

If you ever get a chance to visit, no matter what time of the year, take the time to walk around and support the local shops. Even if it is a simple t-shirt or coffee purchase.

 

4. Go Sledding (Free Winter Activity)

This is one FREE activity that is super fun for all ages!

Since we were there in the winter, we got a chance to go sledding down the town’s hill.

The location of this hill is behind the elementary school and next to an activity center with tennis courts and a dog park.

There are sleds that some leave behind, or you can pick some up at the local shops.

Our whole family enjoyed the free sledding so much that we went more than once!

5. Go Mountain Biking

If you happen to go to Breckenridge during the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Summers, biking is a great way to enjoy the area.

You can bring your own or rent a bike while you are there. (Check out Groupon for deals)

This is an inexpensive way to get some exercise, explore the outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of the Breckenridge Mountains.


6. Go Skiing / Snowboarding

Okay, so we all know Skiing or Snowboarding isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly activity.

The ski lift tickets alone are pricy!

However, budgeting at least one-day, if you are going during Ski Season to the Mountains, is recommended if you enjoy the activity.

We were on a budget and decided to do one day of snowboarding while we visited the town in February.

The cost was well worth the experience for us!

If you are renting your skis and/or snowboard gear (including a helmet, pants (if needed), or jacket) check out AMR Rental Ski and Board.

They provided us with great gear, all fitted to our liking and for half the price of other rental places.

7. Visit Local Museums 

Breckenridge, Colorado is historically a gold mining/sawmill town.

There are some great museums that the whole family can visit to get a piece of the history. Including a high line railroad museum with a Train engine and themed playground specifically created for kids to enjoy.

Here is a list of some of the museums that are available to visit.

Barney Ford Museum

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Briggle House Museum

High Line Railroad Museum

Breckenridge Sawmill Museum

You can check out more museums and tours here: Gobreck.com

Please keep in mind hours may be subject to change. Most of these museums are free to discover and donations are accepted.

8. Check out Groupon for Local Deals

One thing I love to check when I am in a new town to see what activities could be available on Groupon.

Sometimes you can find something really cool to do and for a cheaper price.

Final Thoughts

Visiting Breckenridge Colorado was a wonderful and memorable vacation.

If I ever get the chance to go back, I would in a heartbeat. There is so much to explore in the area, that our trip was not enough time.

So, if you love the outdoors, extreme sports, amazing coffee, and kind people then Breckenridge is a perfect vacation spot for you! Enjoy and explore the beautiful sights it has to offer!

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16 BEST Hidden Gems to Visit in Texas | The Lone Star State

16 BEST Hidden Gems to Visit in Texas | The Lone Star State

Hidden Gems in Texas | My home state is full of gorgeous landscapes and hidden gems to experience.

Whether they are carved out naturally through years of environmental changes or artwork that has stood to the test of time.

These gems are sights to see and explore and this list is the BEST of the BEST!

I even included one of my favorite places to go every time we visit Waco, TX. It’s a Texas Size place that you can visit with the whole family, do some shopping, and have a full day of fun!

So, if you enjoy hiking, nature, caverns, or even the famous HGTV show “Fixer Upper”, then you will find the gems in this list worth the visit!

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1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

This beautiful hidden gem called Hamilton Pool Preserve is in Dripping Springs, Texas just outside of Austin.

My husband and I visited in 2017 to celebrate our Anniversary!

The natural pool was preserved in 1990 by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court. For about 3/4ths of a mile hike through the gorgeous, lush wilderness, you will come to an open pool with a 50-foot waterfall.

At times during a drought, the waterfall could become scarce, but the pool is always filled with cool natural spring water.

Once you reach the pool, you can walk through the canyon for even more gorgeous views from inside.

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Hamilton Pool and the hiking trails are a great place to visit and spend time outdoors to enjoy a day hike, have a picnic, and cool off with a swim.

After your time at the pool, take a hike the other way towards Pedernales River for more natural beauty.

VISITING HAMILTON POOL TIP: You will need to make a reservation before visiting. There are time slots in which you can visit and a cost per vehicle and person.   Also, due to the Pandemic; Swimming and the hike to the Pedernales river is closed but you can still visit the pool and enjoy a picnic.

Check out the link here for updated information.

Address: 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

2. Terlingua Ghostown

Located in South-West Texas, Terlingua Ghost Town is a great stop if you plan on visiting Big Bend National Park.

This town is an old quicksilver mining town that will take you back in time to the old western days.

It is a beautiful place with some magnificent mountainous desert landscaping views that will have you amazed.

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The town also has some cute shops, historical landmarks, and some super unique places you can stay the night.

If you have ever wanted to spend the night in a tipi or a dome and star gaze all night, then this is the place!

You can rent the HGTV famous Off-Grid Adobe home for a quiet and secluded evening. You can book that home here or click the button above.

3. Magnolia Markets: HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Magnolia Silos

Magnolia Markets is a New Hidden Gem in Texas. It’s a great place to visit for the entire family.

Whether you are just passing through or looking to spend a day in Waco, Texas, the Silos are a must-stop destination.

The Magnolia Team finished a complete rehaul of the entire silo’s space in 2020 with a church and more. It’s a gorgeous venue with coffee, cakes, and shopping that will appeal to everyone.

I’ve added this to the hidden gems of Texas because I’ve been a couple of times, and every time it just gets better and better!

You can read about our most recent visit here.

If you’d like to visit, here is the address: 601 Webster Ave. Waco, TX 76706

4. Jacobs Well

Jacob's Well

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This beautiful natural Area well is a great place to hike and swim during open seasons.

Jacob’s Well is located in Wimberley, Texas, and is a 130-foot Artesian spring well that attracts many scuba diving enthusiasts.

It is a free location to visit with amazing hiking trails.

However, If you would like to swim, you will need to make a reservation and pay a small fee. (However, Swimming is currently prohibited due to COVID) Also, pets are not allowed in the park.

I suggest planning 2 to 3 hours or more for the visit! This way you can get the most out of this beautiful hidden gem in Texas.

Address: 1699 Mount Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676

Hours: 8am – 6pm

Website: https://hayscountytx.com/departments/hays-county-parks-recreation/jacobs-well-natural-area/ 

5. Cavern’s in Sonora

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All the caverns in Texas are true hidden gems. They are glorious, beautiful, and perfect learning experiences for kids.

As an accidental discovery by the Ranching Mayfield family in the ’20s, the Caverns of Sonora go back 500 feet.

It wasn’t until the ’50s though, when a caver from Oklahoma saw the human impact and developed a plan to preserve the caverns for the future.

Now, you can purchase tickets and explore the caves with the whole family.

Address: 1711 Pvt Rd 4468, Sonora, TX 76950

Website: http://www.cavernsofsonora.com/ 

6. Inner Space Caverns

Inner Space Caverns

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One of my favorite places to stop on road trips with my family. We have so many great memories in these caverns.

Discovered in 1963 by the Texas Highway Department when they were drilling nearby. With over 7,000 feet of cave dwelling, the Inner Space Caverns opened to the public to explore in 1966.

If you visit, there are three tours to choose from: Adventure Tour, Hidden Passages Tour, and Wild Cave tour. You can also do a Virtual Adventure Tour Here.

Another fun activity for the kids that is available is Gemstone Panning. You can teach the young ones a little about the history and how gems and gold are discovered.

The tickets to visit and explore the caves are all reasonably priced starting at $14.95 for kids and $21.95 for adults depending on the tour purchased.

If you would like to visit and make this place your next family vacation stop, here is the address and more information.

Address: 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd. Georgetown, TX 78626

Website: https://innerspacecavern.com/

7. Cadillac Ranch

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The infamous Cadillac Ranch is located in Amarillo, Texas. It is 10 Cadillacs buried nose/front end at the same angle in the ground. It has been visited by thousands of people since 1974.

The area is free and is a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and enjoy a historical site.

If you would like to leave your “mark” you can bring your own spray paint or there are usually some left by others.

Address: 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd. Amarillo, TX 79124

8. Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg

Enchanted Rock Texas Hidden Gem

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Looking for a great place to hike with the family? The enchanted rock in Fredericksburg is a natural pink granite rock that brings thousands of hikers every year.

The hike is short and moderate for beginner to advanced hikers.

Once you reach the summit you experience gorgeous views of the Texas Hill Country.

It is a great place to camp, hike, and bring your family and pets to enjoy a day in the beautiful Texas wilderness.

Address: 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Entrance Fee: $8 a day for Adults, Children under 12 is Free

Open Daily: 6:30am – 10:00pm

9. Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon - Texas Hidden Gem

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Palo Duro Canyons also called the Grand Canyon of Texas. It is the second-largest canyon in the United States.

These canyons are perfect for an adventure of hiking, camping, biking, and more. The rugged scenery is just breathtaking!

If you have your own horse, you are more than welcome to bring them along for a nice horseback ride!

Don’t have horses, well you can still go horseback riding with a guided horseback tour with “Old West Stables”. Perfect family or date activity!

There are also RV parks you could plug in to and stay awhile to enjoy the beautiful Texas scenery and sunsets.

Address: 11450 Park Road 5 Canyon, TX 79015

Price: $8 Daily Fee, Children under 12 is Free.

10. Cascade Caverns

Texas Hidden Gem Cascade Caverns

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Another area of beautiful caverns to explore is located just north of San Antonio. The Cascade Caverns is Texas’s oldest living cave attraction. The caves always stay around 59 – 63 degrees year-round so they are nice places to go to escape the Texas summer heat and view the beauty of nature.

You can choose from 3 different tours: Downunder Tour, Flashlight Tour, and Adventure Tour. Prices start at $12.95 for kids and $19.95 for adults.

If you enjoy camping, either in an RV or a tent, you can plan your stay and camp out at the Caverns campsite.

Address: 226 Cascade Caverns Rd. Boerne, TX 78015

Website: cascadecaverns.com

11. Monahans Sandhills State Park

Monahans Sandhills

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Texas is home to multiple types of climates including the desert.

Have you ever dreamed of going sledding down a sandhill like they do in Egypt?

Look no further than Monahan’s Sandhills State Park in Texas. This place is described as an ocean of sand! It’s a Texas-sized sandbox for kids and adults of all ages.

There are many activities you can do including exploring the sand dunes, ride your horse (if you have one), Camp, have a picnic, sled, and more!

Address: Park Rd. 41 Monahans, Tx 79756

Open daily – Adults $4 entry fee and children under 12 are free. (The busy season is March through August)

12. Austin’s Congress Avenue Bat Bridge

Auston's Bat Bridge

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I have been here a few times and it truly is a cool sight to see when the Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the bridge at sunset. The show usually goes lasts from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm.

This attraction has brought millions of people to Austin to view the nightly. It is not all year round though. The bats migrate from Mexico each spring to call the Bridge cave their home.

Starting in March when the weather begins to warm up and continues into early fall is when you will see them. There are estimated to be 1.5 million bats!

If you plan on going to experience this ‘urban meets nature’ event, go early and get a parking spot. It can get packed with people quickly, so you also want to bring a blanket, chairs, and maybe even a snack to enjoy the show.

You can also bike, hike, and even get on the river with a kayak or canoe to see the phenomenon as well. There are also “Bat Tours” as well if that is something you enjoy.

Address: 305 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX

             

13. Balmorhea State Park

Balmohea State Park

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Balmorhea State Park is home to the Worlds Largest spring-fed swimming pool. It’s a perfect place to cool off when the Summer Texas heat become too much to bare.

Bring the family and make it a full day with swimming, snorkeling, picnic, and more! If you like to geocache there are great places in this state park for that as well.

There is a one-time park entry, but the swimming is included. Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult to swim as there is no lifeguard on duty.

Address: 9207 TX-17 Toyahvale, TX 79786

Entrance Fees: Adults is $7 Daily and Children under 12 is Free

14. Hueco Tanks State Park

Hueco Tanks State Park

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A beautiful and historical site that is worth the visit to explore the history. There are old petrographs through the park from ancient Indian tribes.

The park has an interpretive center that will provide you with all the information and history to make the trip a great learning experience.

There are guided tours and self-guided tours available. If you want to camp, you must create a reservation and do not show up late.

Address: 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1 El Paso, TX 79938

Entrance Fee: $7 Daily for Adults, Children under 12 are free

15. West Cave Preserve

West Cavern State Park

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The Westcave preserve is a gorgeous place to go and take the entire family! It is perfect for kids to explore and learn.

There is the popular “Grotto” which is a beautiful walk through the limestone and down a 100-foot canyon into lush plant life. At the head of the canyon, you will reach a 40-foot waterfall that is just breathtaking!

You can explore this wonderful area and setting your reservations at the WESTCAVE Outdoor Discovery Center.

Address: 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd. Round Mountain, TX 78663

Website: westcave.org

16. Longhorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn State park - Texas Hidden Gem

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This hidden gem in Burnet County is one to visit and explore. The Longhorn Cavern State Park is a unique treasure that is full of natural beauty.

You can choose to take a guided tour or hike the trail on your own while admiring the natural water-carved stone.

The Park provides two different tours. One is a general and easy walking tour for the whole family. However, if you are the adventurous type and like to be challenged, there is a “Wild Cave Tour” that can take you through and make you must wiggle, climb, and crawl through spaces.

You can check out prices and times at the Visitlonghorncavern.com

Address: 6211 Park Road 4 South. Burnet, TX 78611

Whatever tour you desire, you are guaranteed to have a great time and enjoy the beauty of the Texas Hidden Gem.

Final Thoughts

These beautiful hidden gems in Texas are so unique.

If you live in Texas or happen to be visiting and driving through take some time to make a stop or more.

Even if it’s only for an hour or so to enjoy the Texas beauty, you will remember the moment and time forever!

 

 

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RV Renovation | A Stunning Modern Motorhome Redesign by Christie

RV Renovation | A Stunning Modern Motorhome Redesign by Christie

Modern Motorhome Redesign | This next RV Renovation is brought to you by Christie Schmitt.

She and her hubby enjoy the occasional camping experiences for nice getaways.

I found this RV renovation in a Facebook group and I ABSOLUTLEY FELL IN LOVE!

Christie renovated a 2008 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane with Bunkbeds.

She took a Class ‘A’ RV that was losing hope and renovated it into a gorgeous modern motorhome that is better than a hotel.

Her style is just beautiful and she truly made this RV home away from home.

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 So check out the before pictures, then scroll to the after. Trust me, you will be amazed!!

Before Pictures

After Pictures

It’s going to be hard to believe that this is the same Motorhome once you scroll and see the after images.

Seriously, it looks like a modern hotel room with her gorgeous choice of colors, patterns, and wallpaper.

Many of Christie’s decoration choices came straight from Amazon and Wayfair.

She also mentioned that the paint color on the cabinets is color-matched to the wallpaper. This is a professional decorating tip that I will always keep in my back pocket!

Tip: Color Match your choice of wallpaper or favorite textile to your paint to ensure a nice aesthetic throughout the living space. 

 

Christie also replaced the countertops with Butcher Block throughout and the floors are new peel and stick vinyl plank flooring. 

I love every little detail! The entire space is cozy and inviting!

 

After – RV Kitchen


After – RV Bedroom


After – RV Living Room & Bathroom


Final Thoughts

Do you love this Modern Motorhome redesign by Christie? Leave a comment below!

For me, this remodel is inspirational! To take an old 2008 Motorhome and make it look and feel brand new again is doable for anyone, even you! 

So, if you liked this RV Renovation stay tuned for more by subscribing! You’ll get notified in your email when a new post is up!

Also, if you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & SILOs in Waco, TX | The Best Road Trip Stop in Texas

Magnolia Market & Silos | Are you a Fixer Upper fan? I know I am!

If you don’t know the show on HGTV called “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines, I highly recommend checking it out! The first episode aired in April of 2014 and was extremely successful for 5 seasons.

After their first episode aired, a year later (2015) they purchased the Silos and the Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.

Since their purchase of the Silos property, they have transformed and keep transforming the 2.5-acre downtown space into a massive attraction.

It is definitely a SIGHT to see!!

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Who are Chip and Joanna Gaines?

Chip and Joanna Gaines. HGTV's Home Improvement Stars of the show Fixer Upper.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines are small-town folks that began taking old houses in their hometown of Waco, Texas, and flipping them for homeowners.

With their unique style and loving family dynamic, they caught the eye of HGTV producers.

Chip and Joanna with their show “Fixer Upper” then stole the Hearts of the American people.

Since the popularity of their show, they capitalized on the opportunity of success. The couple has now made a fortune off their Magnolia brand and their “modern rustic farmhouse” décor style.

Honestly, I feel like they are the reason shiplap walls has become such a huge hit since 2014. They are leaders in the industry of real estate and interior design.

Their décor is sold online at Magnolia.com and a home line through Target.

Fixer Upper Show and Their New Network

As mentioned, the show aired for 5 seasons on HGTV starting back in April of 2014. They recently had their 5th baby and called it quits for family time.

However, Chip and Joanna have announced they will be coming back for a 6th season but on a new network, their network. They recently partnered with Discovery Inc, to build their very own Magnolia Network with shows inspired by the Gaines’s creativity.

One show that will premiere on their new network will be a New Season of “Fixer Upper”.

It is expected to launch in 2021.

I know all the Fixer Upper fans are just as excited as I am!

 

Visiting Magnolia Market & Silos in Waco, TX

On our way back from Austin, we enjoy stopping in Waco to check out what’s new at the Magnolia Market.

This was our second time visiting.

Our first time going to Magnolia Market was back in 2017 when we were on our way back from our Anniversary Trip.

When we first went back in 2017, there was a cool turf yard with balls and bean bags for the kids to play.

They also had a food truck with coffee and yummy snacks. Since then, things have definitely changed for the better!

There is now a coffee shop called “Press” and a Magnolia Home Showroom.

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Magnolia Home
Magnolia Home

What’s at Magnolia Market to Explore?

There are multiple places to stop and explore at Magnolia’s Market including;

  • Magnolia Market at the Silos
  • Magnolia Press
  • Silos Bakery Co.
  • Magnolia’s Home Show Room
  • Magnolia Table (Located off property)
  • Little Shop on Bosque (Located off property)
  • Seed + Supply and Gardens
  • Food Trucks
  • The Lawn in front of the Silos

 

While we visited in August of 2020, the Seed + Supply and Gardens, Food Trucks, and the lawn in front of the Silos were unavailable.

The lawn was torn apart and looked to be under renovation to expand the area.

That was ok with us because it was mid-August and reaching 108 degrees. The heat made us want to be inside as much as we could.

It turns out, they were going through some major expansion and renovation to the area. Which I could tell was going to be amazing once it was done.

You can check out the expansion plans here. https://magnolia.com/were-expanding-the-grounds-of-the-silos/

Even with the construction and fighting the Texas heat, we still enjoyed a delicious iced latte from Magnolia Press.

While enjoying our Iced Latte’s, we explored through the Magnolia Home Showroom and the Market at the Silos.

Side Note: We did not go the Silo’s Baking Co, mainly because the line was too long outside, and it was too hot.

Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press
Magnolia Coffee Press

Why it’s a great place to stop

I think the Magnolia Market and Silos is a must-stop if you’re driving through Waco, TX.

It’s a great experience for the whole family and the perfect place to stretch your legs while on a road trip.

As you visit the Market, you will be inspired by the décor on the outside as well as inside. It makes you want to buy everything and redecorate your house, or for us our RV.

There are also plenty of photo ops to take pictures to document your stay.

If you’re a Fixer Upper Fan and love the Gaines’s family, show, and décor style, it is a MUST STOP!!

You won’t regret it!

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What we bought…

While visiting the Magnolia Market, we purchased a wood wick soy candle with the scent “Greenhouse” and a coffee mug.

Two items that I know I will use!

If we could afford it, I would purchase everything they have and redecorate our entire RV.

Final Thoughts

Magnolia Market is the perfect place to stop if you’re in Texas. Honestly, as soon as they are done with their hotel, I would love to book a room and spend a whole weekend in Waco.

It is a Bucket-list Sight to see, especially if you’re a Fixer Upper fan!

If you’re not able to stop by in person, you can always visit their website Magnolia.com to check out their store online.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share this post so others can add Magnolia Market to their Bucket-list.

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12+ Must Have RV Essentials For New RV Owners

12+ Must Have RV Essentials For New RV Owners

Must-Have RV Essentials | Owning an RV is such an amazing adventure to embark on.

According to the RV Industry Association, it is estimated that approximately 10 million Americans own RVs. That is an impressive number and it is continuously growing. 

So, you are not alone in your RVing journey!

If you are looking to purchase or already own one there are definitely items that are needed that do not come with your RV purchase.

Items like leveler blocks and sewer hoses that you just cannot camp or live without as an RV owner.

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​Now, when we first purchased our RV we had a lot to figure out. However, after the first couple of weeks of living full-time in our RV, we quickly realized that we were missing some much-needed items.

Must have RV essentials that have now made our living and traveling so much easier, safer, and cleaner!

Therefore, with our knowledge, trials, and expertise as full-timers, we put together a list of accessories we have purchased.

We also added explanations on why they are necessary for the RV journey!

So, whether you made your purchase for weekend camping or you are going to be living full-time like us, this list is everything you will need to get started!

Leveler blocks

These are a must! We figured this out the hard way.

In our first month of living full-time, the RV was un-level.  It was frustrating, to say the least.

We purchased these leveler blocks and made sure on our next site we leveled the tires first.

You can also use the blocks under the stabilizers to keep from overextension as well as the front jack. 

Wheel Chocks

These are a safety must-have RV essential to prevent any accidental movements. 

Many places actually require that wheel chocks are used when you set up an RV or Trailer. 

Power extension cord

The 50amp power extension cord was the first item we purchased after buying our RV. 

Where we were parked we needed about 70ft of extension and the 35ft cord that came with just wasn’t enough.

Plus, it is always nice to have extra in case one surges out. 


Amp Converter

Every RV Park is going to have different amp plugin options. Many times it is either 30 amps or 50amps.

Having a converter is going to save you a trip to the store and allow you to stay at more parks. Our RV takes 50 amps, so we have the 50amp Female/30amp Male.

Drinking-Water Hose

This type of hose is a must to have because the material in a regular garden hose can contain unsafe materials/minerals for drinking.

The Drinking Water Hose is BPA and Lead-Free for safer water consumption.

Water Pressure Regulator

Water regulators help control the city water pressure and protects your RV’s Pipes from busting.

They regulate the pressure to being a safe 50 to 55 psi.

Water Purifier

We love this because you never know what the water will be like going to camp to camp.

Therefore, a purifier to hook up to your hose before the water comes into your tanks or lines is a nice safety measure for your tanks as well as drinking.

Mattress topper or new mattress that fits in a RV

Let’s be honest, the mattresses that are provided with the RV (unless you custom order) is extremely hard and uncomfortable.

Whether you live full-time or camping on the weekends, no one wants to sleep on a rock hard mattress. Therefore, purchasing an RV Mattress topper was a must-have RV essential for us!

Check out our post on Tips for Making Your RV Bedroom Cozy & Comfy + Lucid Mattress Review

Dehumidifier

I can’t tell you how many stories I have read about mold in an RV due to humidity!

Many times the mold forms near windows and beds especially when it’s cold outside and warm inside.

A Dehumidifier can help prevent the build-up of moisture and further prevent mold growth. This is a Must-Have RV Essential for us!

Sewer Hose

Honestly, no one with an RV should be camping without one. A sewer hose is a must-have RV essential for safety and sanitary reasons!

A sewer hose is designed to hook up to the black and grey tanks output pipes and then hook the other end to a dump station pipe.

It prevents disgusting mishaps and allows one to properly release the tanks’ waste.

Tank Treatments

Honestly, we have no idea we needed this until the horrendous smells after taking a shower or dumping fumigated our RV.

We tried many methods to help with the smell including the GEO method of Dawn and Fabric softener. This does help, but I also highly recommend Happy Camper. It helps break down the waste as well as combat the smells.

Check our our review RV Tank Treatment: Comparing GEO Method to Happy Camper


Decomposing Toilet Paper

You can buy special RV toilet paper or another kind like SCOTT but whatever you decide you want to use decomposing because it prevents build-up and blockage.

I have read horror stories of RV toilets and black tanks clogging up due to toilet paper blockage. Therefore, the soft fluffy toilet paper like Charmin is NOT the best to use in an RV.

Air Compressor

When traveling, this is a must-have RV essential!

Before leaving a camp checking the air in the tires should be a priority and having a portable air compressor available is extremely convenient. 

Power Surge Protector

Surge protector can help prevent your RV’s electrical system and appliances from frying. This can be due to either a badly wired power supply at a campsite or Lightning.

Tire Covers

Tire Covers prevent the tire’s rubber from sun exposure that causes them to lose the moisture in the tire’s rubber, also known as Dry Rot!

Having Dry Rot in your tires can be a disaster on the road. A great preventative measure is to have tire covers, especially if you are going to be camped without moving for a while.

No Sway/Weight Distribution Bars

These are a MUST HAVE RV ESSENTIAL if you have a Travel Trailer/Bumper pull. Our RV is a 34 ft bumper pull, and having these No Sway Bars was a non-negotiable for us.

The guys at Route66 in Oklahoma set them up for us because having them properly installed is extremely important for them to work correctly.

This was the best and most important purchase to make when towing a Travel Trailer. The No Sway Bars prevent the trailer from swaying by gusts of wind while driving, which further prevents overturning your entire trailer and truck.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! We really hope this list of must-have RV essentials provides some great insight on items that are very useful when owning an RV, whether you are full-time or a seasonal/weekend traveler.

All of these items are a must for us because they have made our lives of living in an RV easier, safer, and cleaner.

If you have any suggestions on great items you’ve found or are must-haves for living the RV lifestyle, please comment below!

We would love to hear from you!

 

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