Nurtured in Nature

Renting an RV provided a perfect way to ensure our family was well cared for during a weekend of camping in Shenandoah

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My husband grew up doing some serious camping. I’m not talking about the kind of outdoor “adventures” that involve a long weekend roasting marshmallows outside a cozy mountain cabin. I mean two months each summer spent traveling cross-country with his family packed in an old Chevy Beauville, pitching tents nightly at various locations that only sometimes included the luxury of running water.

I, on the other hand, was raised thinking that spending the night in a sleeping bag in our neighbor’s backyard qualified as “roughing it.” So now that we had a family of our own and he suggested beginning the tradition of an annual camping excursion, I called for a compromise.
Road Trip Rentals to the rescue. The company provides RV rentals for vacations and events in Maryland and Virginia. You choose the campsite of your choice, and you can tow or drive your rental RV or have them conveniently deliver it directly to the location. Enjoying some fresh air and beautiful scenery for just three nights with a modern and well-equipped space to escape the bugs and take a shower? Now this I could agree to.

According to Christy Hamilton, a publicist for, many families can easily get on board with this alternative to tent camping.

“The changing face of a typical RVer has gone from grandparents to families who live an active lifestyle and want the ease, extra space and flexibility of an RV,” she says. According to the 2012 Campfire Canvass survey, she says, 88 percent of RVers cite their outdoor lifestyle as the number one reason they love RVing.  

I thought I could learn to love it too (at least for one weekend a year), so we loaded our 15-month-old, flash lights, graham crackers, matches and tons of other outdoorsy supplies into the car last June and headed to Shenandoah River State Park. We arrived at our campsite to find the Rockwood Roo waiting for us. The Roo is a hybrid-style RV that’s a combination tent camper and travel trailer. I breathed a sigh of relief—and a breath of brisk air (the temperature-controlled interior provided a wonderful break from the hot June sun)—upon stepping inside and surveying the interior. I found a family dinette, three beds, a large refrigerator, a three-burner gas range, microwave, plenty of space for my daughter’s Pack ’n Play, a shower, toilet and two sinks with—yes!—running water.

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