Greetings from loop 1400 of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground! The sky is a velvety black, the breezes are warm and gentle, and my backside is quite comfortable in super-cushy armchair in a luxury RV!
Back in January I blogged about how I was going to try something new: RV camping at Fort Wilderness. I’m pleased to report I have now experienced RV camping and I’m afraid I’m quite spoiled for all future camping adventures. We’ve had a phenomenally wonderful time in the RV and we enjoyed the experience more than we thought we would. And it’s all thanks to the beautiful RV we got from FloridaCamperRental.com (well, to be fair, Fort Wilderness itself contributed greatly to our experience, too!). The quality of their RV — and their service — is Disney-level.
So, how does it work? You book your campsite and your RV, then you let Disney know that Florida Camper Rental will be coming in to set up the RV for you. And they do — they had ours set up by 1:00 pm on check-in day, and they they texted us to let us know it was ready (and even what site number we’d been setup at). When we arrived at check-in, we simply went to our site and — voila! — there was the RV we’d reserved, waiting for us: a 34 ft. Keystone Avalanche RV.
Everything was ready for us — a camp rug, camp table, and four camp chairs were setup outside, the keys were inside on the table, and the ceiling fan and air conditioner were on. Even the TVs were on — three of them, to be exact! One outside, one in the main living area, and one in the master suite. We took a LOT of photos, and I’m unable to upload them all tonight due to the Fort’s slow Internet connection. Check back later for more photos. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorites showing the main living area (click on it to see it larger):
Our RV had everything we would need for our stay (well, aside from our clothes and food). Not only did it have a fully-stocked kitchen with plates, utensils, cooking tools, paper towels, salt & pepper, etc., but there was also a bag of charcoal and grill tools for us to use as well. It was completely hooked up to water, sewer, electricity, and cable. Toilet paper in the potty, towels near the shower, and a heater standing by in case we got chilly (which we did a couple of nights).
Sleeping in the RV was quite interesting! The bed was a super-comfy memory foam mattress, which was positioned in a slide-out section with two little windows on either side — I kept my window open and loved the fresh air and pretty views. As this was my first experience in an RV, I did not know that the RV would move ever so slightly if anyone in it also moved, but I got used to this quickly and it helped me know when Alexander was awake in the morning, too!
Our RV also had a great sound system, which we used one afternoon to listen to some favorite tunes on our iPhone. We didn’t use the stove or microwave, but the full-size refrigerator kept our sodas and foods chilled nicely. We used all three TVs, including the one outside that we watched the various Disney channels on (including a memorable viewing of Steamboat Willie).
The potty served us well — even Alexander got the hang of flushing it pretty quickly. It was really nice not to have to walk to the Comfort Station in the middle of the night. The shower was also surprisingly good — plenty of hot water, a skylight above the stall, and a curtain/door to make it private from the rest of the RV. There are also two sinks, both of which seemed entirely too nice for an RV!
There was quite a bit of storage space in our RV as well. A nearly full-size closet, tons of cabinets, drawers, and cupboards, and a wardrobe. There’s also some storage on the underside of the RV, where the outdoor RV is located.
Basically, everything we needed was here. When we decided to do a cookout at our campsite on the spur of the moment tonight, all we needed was to go to the trading post and pick up some frozen burgers and buns. When we got back, we were lighting up the grill with the provided charcoal and enjoying our outside TV in no time. It was simple and amazingly fun!
The RV we rented sleeps four people, but Florida Camper Rental has a lot of other RVs and popups that sleep more (or less) and come in different configurations and different amenities. The owner, William, was really easy to work with and super friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend either FloridaCamperRental.com, or camping in an RV for the first time at Fort Wilderness, to anyone — even the camping-shy. This was easy peasy.
It’s now time for me to go to sleep for the last time in the RV, for tomorrow we board the Disney Magic ship. Watch for lots more photos, and tips/tricks I learned from my time here at Fort Wilderness, when I return home!
If you have questions, leave them here and I’ll answer them. If you’d like to see a analysis of how renting an RV compares with staying in a Disney resort money wise, check out my blog from back in January!