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Top RV Destinations from Tampa Florida 
 
Florida Keys are located about 5 hours away. The Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching 120 miles from the southern tip of the USA between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The islands are comprised of five unique areas: Key West, the Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo. Key West is the southernmost point in the archipelago and the USA roughly 90 miles from Cuba. The Keys are a destination for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating.
 
Disney World Orlando, FL is a short hop of only 1.5 hours. This entertainment complex features four theme parks and two water parks amongst many other to-dos. Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park round-out the main line-up of attractions. You may be thinking Go RV Rentals to Disney World….where would we camp? We’ve figured that out for you with our best campgrounds in Orlando article.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most visited National Park in the USA making the 9 hour road trip from Tampa Bay well worth the effort! The man entrances are located in Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This 522,000 acre park is a great place for hiking, fishing and just plain camping and sightseeing.

Savannah, Georgia established 1733 is a city on the Atlantic coast bordering South Carolina and 5 hours north of Tampa. It is well known for antebellum architecture. One of the most photographed landmarks is Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist with its 80 plus stained windows. Telfair Museum is the oldest public art museum in the Southeast. Also, popular with many tourists is cruising or strolling the Savannah River day or night.

Charleston, South Carolina is located 7 hours away from Tampa by RV rental. This port city founded in 1670 is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum homes. Near Fort Sumter where the first shot of the Civil War were fired. South Carolina’s most visited plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a “must see”.

 

 

Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay Area sits on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico Coast. It is part of the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater metropolitan area. Florida’s second largest metro (behind Miami) is home to 3.1 million people. The bay’s port is the largest in Florida. This is warm climate with average daily lows in the range of 70-90 degrees and lows 55-75 degrees.

Some of the landmarks include Ybor City, Sulphur Springs Water Tower, Bayshore Boulevard and the Tampa Theater.

Tampa is home to several museums, including Ybor City Museum State Park, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science & Industry, the University South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and the Henry B. Plant Museum.

 

Pick the Perfect RV Rental

There two broad styles of recreation vehicles (RVs), the drivable and the towable. Generally neither style requires a special driver’s license and both are easy to learn to drive.

What are the types of drivable RV rentals?

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The main types of drivable RVs are the Class A motorhome, Class B motorhome (Campervan or Camper Van) and Class C motorhome. Class A motorhomes are generally more luxurious, lengthier and costlier to rent than Class B and C. Some motorhomes have diesel engines. Class A motorhomes with the diesel engine at the rear of the coach is called a diesel-pusher. Class C motorhomes are usually built on a van frame and feature one of the sleeping areas over the cab and usually have a gasoline engine. Class C motorhomes are very nice and comfortable and usually less costly to rent than Class As. Another type motorhome is the popular Class B or camper van which is smaller than Class C making it easier to maneuver and appeals to minimalists.

What are the types of towable RV rentals?

The main type of towable RV is the bumper-pull Travel Trailer. These are towed with the trailer hitch on the bumper of a car or truck. A Travel Trailer can have all the amenities of a motorhome but is less costly to rent. They also offer the convenience of having a separate vehicle once the trailer is parked. The type and size of vehicle and equipment needed to pull a travel trailer varies with the size of the travel trailer and must be confirmed with the manufacturer’s ratings and the rental dealer. There are several other types of Travel Trailers, including: the 5th Wheel with its two levels is generally heavier than a bumper-pull and is pulled with a special 5th wheel pickup hitch, the Toy Hauler, that can also transport motorcycles and/or ATVs, the Pop-up, the least costly of all, that can be pulled with a smaller vehicle and expands when set up, and the Hybrid which is a cross between a bumper-pull travel trailer and pop-up travel trailer with sleeping areas “popping out” of the end(s) when set up.

The perfect RV rental for you depends on your budget and specific needs which can help you make the decision. Also, the length and how many the RV will accommodate for sleeping is very important. Keep in mind some campgrounds including the ones at most National Parks limit the length of the RV. Be sure to coordinate this detail into your planning. Another consideration is hook-ups. Some campgrounds do not have full hook-ups. Full hook-ups are drinking water, electricity and sewer. Finally when it comes to electricity find out if the campground has 20 Amp, 30 Amp and/or 50 Amp electrical hookups. The RV will be rated for one of these for electrical power. 50 Amp and 30 Amp RVs are backwards compatible with a dongle; however the power may not be enough to run all of your electrical requirements. On the flip-side 20 Amp and 30 Amp cannot run on 50 Amp under any circumstances.

Without hook-ups you can still camp in an RV. However, you would have to carry your water in the onboard fresh water tank, dump the sewer from the black water tank and connect to an electrical power generator for electricity. Some people like to go off-grid to camp and this is called boon-docking or dry-camping.

 
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