Since we created Homeschool Road Trips in 2015, we’ve been traveling with our own families and taking other homeschooling families on some exciting educational road trips! We’ve been blessed to experience some fantastic locations, learn a lot about geography and history and science, get some exercise while participating in fun activities in beautiful outdoor locations, and spend time relaxing and enjoying getting to know other homeschooling families.
One of our primary goals with our Homeschool Road Trips has been to provide affordable homeschool enrichment and adventure opportunities to homeschool families and to build a community for those homeschool families who love to travel together. But unfortunately, hotels with catered food don’t usually make a trip affordable!! So we had resigned ourselves to the fact that this was all we could provide. That is… until we met GoRVing a couple of years ago.
They not only introduced us to the RV lifestyle, but in the process, we learned about these cute little cabins at RV resorts and campgrounds! We literally had no idea about RVs, RV campgrounds, or the cabins (because neither of us owns an RV), so we really had not even visited an RV campground before. We didn’t realize that RV / cabin camping was even an option for us. Boy were we wrong (and this was one of those times we were perfectly happy to be wrong!)
In fact, we so fell in love with this concept that we promptly created a road trip around testing out this travel model! We took our Homeschool Road Trip to Mammoth Cave Jellystone. This trip was our first road trip where RV travelers were invited to participate. We did have quite a few RVers join us, but three-quarters of our families stayed in these Park Model RVs (cabins). We (Wendy and Trish and our families) stayed in cabins like these in the pictures, and both of our families just loved them!
So let us introduce you to the most fun, affordable, and comfortable way that we have found for families to travel!
Meet the cutest little cabins you will ever see. But they are not really cabins! They are Park Model RVs. But we bet you won’t think they are RVs because really, they look just like little cabins. They are actually built on an RV chassis and towed to their final destination and are primarily designed for long-term or permanent placement at campgrounds. They come in a variety of floor plans, may have different amenities (front porch, sleeping lofts, bunk beds) but all will be 400 square feet or less.
This particular cabin is about 400 square feet and could sleep up to 4 adults plus 2 children. They each had a bedroom with a queen size bed and a bedroom with a queen size bed plus a bunk bed. There was a full-size bathroom and a full kitchen furnished with pots/pans and dishes and utensils. And of course there was central heat and air conditioning. Outside there was a large front porch with a picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring. There was even a flat screen TV with satellite TV access too, but we were too busy to watch TV!
You can see from these pictures that the park model RVs we stayed in were beautiful!!
Below you can see one of these park model RVs. This one (at this particular location) is called the Cindy Bear cabin.
What is even better is that these little cabins come fully equipped with bathrooms and kitchens, so they become the perfect base for your family to go about wandering and exploring the area you are visiting. And once you head back in for the evening, you have the luxury of choosing if you will grill out or cook your meals inside. Either way, you are spending less money than you would if your entire family were to eat out every single meal!
Below you can see the Lincoln’s Logs cabin which is 290 square feet and can house up to 8 people–2 to 4 adults and 1 to 4 children.
Campground Community and Activities
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As much as we love the Park Model RVs, we also loved the campground community and activities they offer. We have now stayed at two different Jellystone RV Campgrounds and are thoroughly impressed! The Jellystone at Mammoth Cave is FANTASTIC! If you decide to visit them, ask for Candace and tell her we sent you. (She’ll take great care of you!) The park was finishing up a huge remodel (Seriously, they just invested over $4 million dollars updating and expanding their park.), and it showed. The park was clean and well maintained with beautiful pools, lakes, walking trails, and playgrounds. It felt VERY safe with a gate card system that provided access to the campsites. They offered bingo, tie-dyed t-shirts, Hey! Hey! Hey Rides, and tons of other family-friendly activities! Each Jellystone has a unique personality that matches their community and demographic perfectly… but let us assure you, if you have children (of any age), you will not regret seeking out a Jellystone to try! You can see if any are in the area you plan to travel by visiting their site here.
We sincerely hope we have introduced you and your family to a whole new way to travel and save money! If you do decide to try them out, please let us know! We would love to hear about your adventure!