The Perks of RVing to a Music Festival

This past Halloween, I journeyed to my very first music festival, which was hosted at The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park located in Live Oak, Florida. It was the largest recorded attendance of any music festival at Suwanee at 21,000, nearly tripling the attendance of the previous year. Needless to say there were a lot of people there who camped, glamped and you guessed it, RVed.

Music Festivals are making a comeback thanks to Millennials. Sources state that Millennials value experience much more than owning things, which makes sense given the trend of simplified living and traveling. Many of these festivals allow free camping too, which saves on hotels and purchases of campground sites. In my opinion, if you want to get the full music festival experience, you need to stay on the grounds. The rise of festivals and staying onsite also means the rise of RVing too.

There are many benefits to RVing at a festival. For one, you don’t have a lot of set up. Think about it, when you get to a festival in a car, you can’t just drive up to a spot and then go to the show, come back and conk out until the next morning. At some point, you need to get your tent pitched, blow up a mattress (if you’re like me) and throw in whatever you need to sleep. With an RV, your bed is there and it more than likely already has sheets on it. You can literally just walk in, lay on the bed and fall asleep after an exhausting day watching shows and dancing.

Another benefit of RVing is privacy and protection. You can lock an RV, which can give you the peace of mind that you won’t have a late night wanderer stumble through your campground and snuggle up next to you in your tent thinking it’s their own (Yes, we did have a girl do this at our campsite). The protection also helps when a nice rain storm appears. Even in a tent, you aren’t completely protected from the weather especially in a downpour, but in an RV you are.
The RV can also give you some sound protection when you actually want to sleep. If you’re like me, you are a light sleeper who wakes up with almost any sound except for maybe rain or crickets. At a festival like Hulaween, you will hear music playing until 4am or 5am. Then at 7:30am the early risers (or those that never went to bed) begin to play music. Don’t get me wrong, you should expect to hear music playing since it’s called a MUSIC festival, but if you can’t go more than a day with little to no sleep, then having an RV is a great option that will help you get some beauty rest for the days and nights ahead.

In my opinion, I think the best part of having an RV at a festival is having you own bathroom. At festivals, there are typically portable bathrooms. These porta potties are spread throughout the campgrounds and festival venue for the tens of thousands of attendees to share. With that amount of people, you can imagine how many times each stall runs out of toilet paper, not mention they probably aren’t the cleanest.

In fact, during the festival I overhead a girl at our campsite discuss her worst porta potty experience ever. During another music festival, she entered the worst case scenario imaginable- the porta potty wasn’t just full but overflowing. This experience alone makes your own private bathroom in an RV worth the investment.

In addition to having a private toilet to use, you can also use your own private shower and it will probably even heat the water! With the music festival season beginning in March and going through October, there’s a good chance you will be able to wear some really cute festival outfits, but there’s a good chance a rain storm can occur and you are going to get sweaty from the heat. If you’re camping and you’re lucky, there will be showers available somewhere. However, you may have to wait in a very long line and also pay to use the cold shower. In an RV, you can get the sweat and mud off you and feel clean without having to wait in any lines or pay money.
Another great but also bad thing about going to festivals or fairs is the massive amounts of delicious but incredibly non-nutritious foods. Some of these include snow cones, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and maybe even a breakfast quesadilla. For those who are a little more health conscious, having a dozen of these options still provides you with almost nothing to eat, so packing food is very important. When camping you’ll have to get the cooler full of ice and make sure everything continues to be chilled. You also have to bring a grill or accessory to put on top of the fire to use for cooking (If your food actually needs to be cooked). With an RV you have a fridge inside that doesn’t need to be carried nor do you need to add ice to it to keep it cool. Also a lot of RVs have grills attached to it, but either way, you don’t have to drag a cooler or grill to a campsite.

According to several music festival goers who brought their RV, another great perk is getting a location that is close to the actual stages, and when I say close I means literally outside the security area to get into the stages. Most of the time, RVs will be provided their own special area that does not intertwine with primitive camping, but it will cost you. Most music festivals will require those traveling in an RV to purchase an additional RV pass that can range from $200 all the way up to nearly $1,000.

While RVing has a lot of perks when staying at a music festival, it will cost you quite a bit more. There are a lot of festivals that include camping as part of a ticket that is usually between $200 and $500 alone. If you include an RV pass, it can easily cost closer to $1,000. Some may think that staying in an RV actually takes part of the experience away, but to each his own. If you can afford it and prefer to stay in an RV as opposed to a tent, then do what you think will give you the best experience since that’s what a festival is all about- The Experience.