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Backbone Campground

In the Midwest region of the United States, you can find some of the most unforgettable destinations in the country. Renting an RV near Dundee, Iowa, is a great way to experience some of the area's best features. Settle into the campgrounds at Backbone State Park, and you'll be in the midst of the wilderness while enjoying activities like swimming, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and bicycling. Within the state park, South Lake Campground is where you can find electric hookups for your rental RV. This RV campground is a good spot to base your area explorations, with showers, concessions, firewood, and bait sales on-site. With a playground, museum, and more to check out here, you'll have lots to do when you park your RV rental in one of the campsites at Backbone State Park.When you book an RV in Delaware County, you can savor the scenery while visiting the historical and cultural sites of the region. Enjoy the small-town charm and sample some delicious American cuisine while you're here. Stop by the Delaware County Historical Society Museum for an interactive look at the area with a large complex to explore. Then stop by the National Farm Toy Museum for a fun afternoon. If you are looking for big-city lights, check out Dubuque to the east, or Waterloo to the west.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Start your Iowa RV vacation explorations at Backbone State Park. Iowa’s oldest state park was established in 1919 and features just over 2,000 acres of land to explore. You can hike through the heavily wooded forest or relax along the Maquoketa River. Named after the solid bedrock that takes up much of this area, you can try rock climbing up the dolomite limestone cliffs. With trout fishing and over 21 miles of trails, you can easily spend days enjoying the offerings of this park.Volga River State Recreation Area is near Fayette and is another excellent outdoor destination to visit while camping at Backbone State Park. Nicknamed “Little Switzerland,” this area is one of the most gorgeous in the state. The unique wilderness area is comprised of a rugged landscape offering lots of recreational opportunities. Test the waters for a chance at rock bass or channel catfish. If hunting is more your speed, you can spot white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Trekking along the 25-mile trail system is also sure to keep you busy.Near Bellevue on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a 90-minute drive from the campsites at Backbone State Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the vast river system and stop by the visitor center and its walking paths to get started. Brush up on area details at the learning center before venturing out for some wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, environmental education, canoeing, and more.

Explore the City

While you're camping at Backbone State Park in Dundee, you may want to set aside some time to check out the nearby cities. Local restaurants feature delicious spins on American cuisine, and there are Italian eateries and microbreweries to visit as well. You can have a good time at Manchester Whitewater Park in Manchester, just 15 minutes' drive from your Backbone State Park campsite. You don’t have to go off into the wilderness to enjoy some great whitewater rafting in this beautiful park. You can head to the park's 800-foot stream to try kayaking, canoeing, tubing, surfing, and more.If you're interested in learning about the local history and culture, you will find everything you are looking for at the Delaware County Historical Museum in Hopkinton. There you can explore a nine-building complex that will take you on a trip through regional history. Visit an old-fashioned drug store or a 1930 print shop along with many other relics from the past like a train depot and caboose. With everything from natural history exhibits to musical instruments, you might not be able to see it all in one visit.In Dubuque, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an excellent family-friendly site to explore. Here you'll find a science center, aquarium, and museum covering a variety of topics. Learn about wild creatures like giant Pacific octopus, cownose rays, and birds of prey. You can also check out unique exhibits like aviaries, the erosion table, and journey theater; whether you are looking for something interactive or you'd prefer just to observe, there'll be lots to enjoy when you stop at this diverse riverfront museum.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.