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If you pay attention to other RVs in your campground or on the road, you will notice a lot of RVers have RV sticker maps of the United States. The idea is to place a sticker on the map every time you go through a state, or stay in a state, or pass through the corner of a state, depending on the rules for your particular rig and family.
In fact, as I write this, I’m looking at the large, triple axel RV across from mine and it looks like they have just about every state filled in. Rules for these sticker maps have caused some intense discussions on social media. It’s all in good fun, of course until someone gets snarky…but I digress. Let’s take a look at some of the different RV sticker maps you might find and other fun map information.
What Types of RV Sticker Maps are Available?
Of course, a map of the US is probably the most common one you will see. A quick Google search provides a number of maps in different types of materials that you can purchase on Amazon, Etsy, Camping World, and other vendors.
But maps of Canada are also available with province stickers. And state sticker maps are also available so you can mark off each county in the state where you spend time camping.
You can also find individual stickers such as National or State Park stickers. Don’t forget to check out the park or resort where you might be staying. These little stores, usually carry stickers with the resort or area logo.
Stickers are a great item to collect that don’t take up any room. Just make sure you know what they are made of so you don’t mess up your RV’s walls or protective coating.
What Kind of Materials are Stickers Made Of?
There are tons of RV sticker maps out there and most appear to come in a vinyl sticker that stays attached but is easily removed and won’t damage your RV. I did see at least one that was attached with suction cups but I think I would be afraid those wouldn’t stay on very well. You could put those on your inside windows, maybe.
My ideal RV sticker map would be like the window decals that you use for holidays. They come on and off very easily since they are a peel-and-stick vinyl decal. I did find a few of those available on Amazon. You want to keep this in mind if you want to sell your RV down the road. And you get the stickers off and reuse them or would you have to start with a new map.
There are even magnetic RV sticker maps out there. As long as they stay attached and won’t get jarred off, this is a great idea. I’ve also thought you could put your map on some type of material and fit it in a frame. This way, you could hang your map inside your RV and it can easily go along with you if you get a new rig.
Where Does the RV Sticker Map Go?
I’ve seen most of these stickers on a slide out or on the back of an RV. The most common area is the part of the slide out that is nearest the door. Of course, they can go anywhere, and I’ve seen some on the side of the RV too. A quick scan of my current place, a resort with hundreds of RV sites, revealed some interesting statistics. Just so you know, there is no real science to what I’ve discovered, just observation.
As I wandered through the park on my quest, my dog needed a walk too, I found that the majority of RV map stickers were on fifth wheels and located on the slide next to the door. There were a few Class A’s that sported them, again on the slideout nearest the door. I didn’t find any on the backs of the RVs and none on any travel trailers.
There were a few stickers on the steps leading up to the door and a few right next to the door, not on the slide. These possibly were individual state stickers, not a map of the whole United States but I was a little hesitant to get a closer look. As I mentioned earlier, you can find stickers for just about anything and put them anywhere on your RV.
When Do You Get to Place a Sticker on Your Map?
This is the question for the ages…the $600,000 question…the question that divides RVers like that political sign you just hung. Again, in my quest to answer this question, I asked a few people that I saw outside of their RV, while I was trekking through the park, what their rules were. The answer was united. They put a sticker on every time they went through a state. They did not necessarily have to stay or stop there although one said they had visited most of the states on their map.
I don’t have one of these maps on my RV, but I’ve been trying to talk my husband into getting one. My rule would be, put a sticker on every time we drove through a state. His would probably be we could only put a sticker on if we spent the night in the state. We can’t agree on that point so that’s probably why we don’t have one.
Here are some of the options for when to place a state sticker on your map. If you have a map, let me know in the comments what your rules are.
- Drove through the state in your RV
- Spent the night in the state in your RV
- Drove through the state without your RV
- Visited at least one unique thing in that state
- The state of your destination only
- Got out and put your feet on the ground
Best Places to Find RV Sticker Maps
Amazon and Etsy are really the best places to find these sticker maps. Walmart.com, Camping World, Hobby Lobby, and eBay also had some in their online stores. A simple Google search will provide a plethora of places to procure one of these coveted maps.
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How To Affix Your State Sticker Map to Your RV
Make sure you read the instructions first but for a general rule, clean the area where you plan to put your map and then make sure it is dry before you put the stickers on your rig. You might want to consider, if your map is in the sun, it can fade or be baked onto your vehicle which will make it more difficult to remove.
You might also want to mark the area with a pencil that is easily wiped off so your map is not crooked when you are done. Again, reading the instructions will probably answer all the questions you might have about the application.
Sticker maps are a great way to show off your travels and remember all the fun you have had in your RV travels. If you have kids, putting on the stickers will, no doubt, become a family ritual and tradition. US sticker maps are fun and a great conversation starter and they come in a number of different materials and sizes.
You can find the best ones for you on Amazon, Etsy, Camping World, and many other online stores. Don’t forget to grab a sticker at Visitor’s Centers, RV resorts, National and State Parks, and anywhere you visit to add to your own collection.
About the author…
Terri Nighswonger and her husband Todd are full-time RVers and work campers. They have been living full-time in their RV for nearly three years with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Newton, and their Minnie Australian Shepherd, Remi.
They originate from the Midwest but plan to enjoy the west for a few years, wintering in Arizona and summering wherever the road may lead. Writing is Terri’s passion, but she also loves hiking, kayaking, walking her dogs, and anything she can do outdoors.