Visit North Carolina

If you are touring the US by campervan or caravan, one of the most popular east coast states to visit is North Carolina. It's also easy to get to, with daily non stop flights between Raleigh-Durham and London Heathrow.

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The North Carolina Mountains

The Tar heel State is known for its diverse scenery, ranging from the mountains in the west to the Outer Banks in the east. The Blue Ridge Mountains make up much of the west of the state, and the area is home to America's highest mountain east of the Mississippi, as well as dramatic valleys, lakes and forests. One way to see the scenery is from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic road that stretches for almost 470 miles, passing close to resorts such as Asheville, Boone and Blowing Rock. Apart from the scenery, one of the highlights here is the Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in the US, built in the late 19th century, with priceless antiques and furnishings in its 250 rooms. Driving through this beautiful region, you will definitely want to make sure your camper windows are clean.

The North Carolina Coast

Just as popular is the coast of NC, an area known for its miles of huge sand dunes, and historic towns and resorts such as New Bern, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. The Outer Banks are a string of barrier islands, reached from the mainland by ferry, and largely undeveloped and home to various parks and nature reserves. Highlights along the coast include the Battleship North Carolina, moored in Wilmington, and the site at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers first flew. Today, it's a memorial and museum and a popular spot for hang gliding. Places to camp can be found all over North Carolina, many offering spectacular mountain or coastal views, and although there are plenty of family run campsites with activities and amenities, the state is known for its many quieter and more primitive sites.

Maintaining Your Campervan

Making sure your camper windows are in good condition is important before setting out on any trip, especially a long one. Missing or loose window seals can lead to leaks which can damage the interior, and of course even a small crack in the windscreen can quickly become something more serious if not taken care of. And you shouldn't overlook the other parts of your campervan, and regularly checking the engine, brakes, lights, tyres and fluid levels is a must.