The wife and I decided then that we needed to get the boys camping and fishing etc. That's not the easiest prospect living in LA. This RV will be so much fun, and the kids are so excited to go.
Let me make a recommendation of a campground for you: Lake Cachuma, just north of Santa Barbara and near Solvang in the Santa Y?ez Valley. It is a water district lake with good fishing, cats, bass, and put-n-take trout. It has a marina with outboard skiffs and ponton boats for rent. It has a nature center and really great ranger tours of the Lake and occasional presentations by the local Indian tribe ladies. Flocks of wild turkeys wander thru the campgrounds.
Facilities include a swimming pool, a full hookup trailer park, additional W&E sites in a wooded area, and acres of tenting and boondocking sites. Boat launch ramp, and a decent little general store. All in all a real gem. The hitch is no reservations, except for groups. All sites are first come first served. However, if you can arrive on a Thursday you can have a pick of sites in the trailer park, or in the W&E sites.
A real gem for kids, with Solvang and the Sideways wine country for the grown ups.