2017 Thor Motor Coach Freedom Elite
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What comes to mind when you think about Montana? Farmers? Cowboys? Yes, it’s both of those, but the state also has a rich mining history dating back to the mid-19th century. The mining boom was centered on the town of Butte, whose population swelled with immigrants during its heyday to allegedly be the largest city between Minneapolis and Seattle in 1917.Camping with your rental RV at the Butte KOA is one of the best ways to explore this unique slice of American history. The campground offers full hookups with 50 amp electrical power along with a swimming pool, a playground, a dog park, and bike rentals. It’s located just off of I-90 on the western edge of town, providing easy access for your motorhome rental in Butte.Butte KOA’s central location at the crossroads of two of America’s most-traveled interstate highways, I-90 and I-15, is perfect for exploring the rest of the state too. Bozeman and Missoula, home of Montana State University and the University of Montana respectively, are less than two hours' drive away. Both are cultural hotspots and outdoor adventure meccas, so you’re sure to find an eclectic mix of attractions in both of them.Due to the boom and bust nature of mining communities, you’ll also find a number of ghost towns to explore in the Butte area like Granite, Garnet, and Elkhorn along with Marysville near Helena. Most have seen little development or restoration since they were deserted in the early 20th century. While they offer some interesting historical lessons, visiting one is also a chance to see how towns decay without human intervention.
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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
Find the perfect RV
Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.
Delivery or Pickup
Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.
Let us help
Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.
Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.
Butte sits on the edge of the Continental Divide and has ample opportunities for hiking when you stay at one of the RV campgrounds there. Some of the most interesting trails can be found in the Pintler Wilderness just outside of Anaconda and less than a half hour's drive from Butte KOA. They’re relatively uncrowded, and it’s quite possible you won’t see another person during a full day of hiking.Georgetown Lake is also near to the Pintler Wilderness and is quite popular with boaters and kayakers. The pristine mountain lake sits at over 6,000 feet and has spectacular views of the surrounding Anaconda Range. It’s also well stocked with rainbow and brook trout; it’s been said that more fish are caught here than any other lake in Montana.Anglers will also want to check out the Big Hole River to the south of Butte. It’s one of the best rivers in the state (even the country) for fly-fishing. All manner of trout (rainbow, brook, brown, and cutthroat) along with Arctic grayling can be caught there. Never been fly-fishing before? It’s easy to find a guide along the river in towns like Twin Bridges, Divide, and Melrose.The western entrance to Yellowstone National Park is also just a couple hours' drive away when you’re RV camping at Butte KOA. The park’s exotic geological features are a mainstay of motorhome camping road trips. The gushing waters of Old Faithful, the technicolor waters of Mammoth Hot Springs, and some of the best hiking in the state make this a must-see destination whenever you’re RV camping in Montana.
Butte is one of the larger towns in Montana and has a comparatively good selection of restaurants and shopping to choose from. The Butte Plaza Mall is right off of Interstate 90 on Harrison Ave, which is where most of the town’s commercial development is located. If you need to fuel up or empty the tanks of your rental RV, the interchange between I-90 and Harrison Ave is where you’ll find a number of gas stations and truck stops.To really get a sense of the town’s history, you’ll want to spend a few hours at the World Museum of Mining when you book an RV in Silver Bow County. Not only can you see all of the equipment used to extract the copper, but there’s even a short underground tour that takes visitors a short distance into the mine itself. There are also some fascinating exhibits that cover the goings on around the boomtown: gambling, drinking (during prohibition), and the unlikely cultural melting that formed in central Montana.For a more modern example of what mining looks like, head just a short distance to the Berkeley Pit. If you’re a fan of “dark tourism” or just want to see the consequences of poor environmental planning, this is a good place to start your campervan rental adventure. Starting in the 1950s, open pit mining became more economical than underground mining, and over the years, an 1,800-foot-deep and mile-long hole was dug. Today it’s one of the largest Superfund sites in America, filled with heavy metal-laden water. A beautiful sight it is not, but it’s certainly an interesting one.
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What type of RV should I choose?
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.
Do the RVs have bathrooms?
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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