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One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year. Luckily, you can protect yourself from food borne health problems (and spending half your trip visiting restrooms) with these easy-to-follow travel tips:
1) Know before you go: Understand that the food you eat at home isn’t necessarily “safer” than food abroad; it’s often simply that your body just isn’t accustomed to foreign fare. According to Independent Traveler, one important difference between home-grown and foreign foods is the use of more “natural” fertilizers abroad, which can carry bacteria that could cause intestinal distress. One of the most important measures you can take to avoid getting sick overseas is to research the quality of food in the specific region you’ll... [Read more...]
I hear a lot of different ways to make chili. People try white chili, chicken chili, they add pasta, they add beans. But as a pure bred Texan, I like to think I know a little bit about how to make good chili. After all, we start feeding chili to our kids in baby bottles. I grew up on the stuff.
It’s spicy, delicious, and just about the easiest meal to make on the road. And I know without a shadow of a doubt, no person in their right mind would ruin chili by adding beans! That ain’t Texas, and that ain’t happening in my RV. Actually, I know a lot of people love adding beans in their chili. It’s perfectly normal, we just aren’t bean people. If you’re a fellow RVer, probably not a bad idea to skimp on beans anyhow since you’re in a confined space.
To make our family recipe, all you need is a crockpot and you’re golden. It’s definitely a fall meal, and if your RV is hooked up to electric it’s the perfect meal to have cooking while you’re out and about. Plus when you come... [Read more...]
While some of you may have your (kid’s) costumes picked out, others might be more interested in how you will be Decorating your RV for Halloween. With Halloween right around the corner, many folks are starting to think about how to dress up their RV for some Halloween Fun!
There are many simple, inexpensive, and FUN ways to make your RV really shine for the month of October! First off, you will want to consider just how decked out you want it to be. Then you will want to take into account what your budget is and how many things (if any) you might want to store for next year. For most RVers, space is limited, so I will focus on just those decorations that are either disposable or easily stored for next year.
Your first stop for easy home-made or cheap store-bought decor should be your local Dollar Store (99 cents store, Dollar Tree, etc). A Walmart or other local supermarket should also work just as well if your area doesn’t have a good dollar store.
Grab some cheap Halloween... [Read more...]
Photo by Gene Orren.
Driving large RVs is a skill that can be quickly mastered, but what about backing them into tight spaces? Backing into the campsite is one of the trickiest parts of RVing.
Here are some tips for backing your motor home into a campsite.
Walk the site first to assure there are no obstructions or items on the ground that may be of concern. If the site is not paved, check that the ground firmness is adequate.
Assess which approach direction would be best if maneuvering may be an issue.
Assign a spotter; your spouse, sibling or even fellow camper.
Advise your spotter of your desired final position. (Usually such that all services are within easy reach.)
Ask your spotter to keep themselves visible in the mirror and to use simple understandable hand signals.
Instruct the spotter to direct from the outside of the turn, observing the rear and outside front of the coach.
Start backing up only when directed by your spotter. Stop immediately if the spotter moves out of sight.
When... [Read more...]
Renting an RV is one of the best ways to try out the RV Lifestyle without having to shell out the investment required to purchase a vehicle for camping. Several styles and floor plans of RVs are available to rent from the company-owned fleets of Camping World.
Smaller rental companies that do not own their own rental fleets utilize privately owned vehicles for their rentals and you will likely find a larger variety of floor plans but few identical RVs so that finding a specific floor plan may be more difficult than when renting from companies with their own fleets.
You will also find that the availability of certain types of RVs may not be available in rental fleets, such as vacation trailers and fifth-wheels. Most of the types readily available fall into the Class A and Class C motorhome style (a class A, or bus type, is built from the chassis up, while a Class C starts with a cutaway van chassis and usually has sleeping quarters in an extension above the driver and... [Read more...]
October 8, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 8 Comments
Motor Home & Travel Trailer Territory
So, you have finally decided that the RV camping lifestyle is right for you and your family. Now you must decide which vehicle will best fill your needs. There are travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, and of course, self-powered motor homes. Determining the best fit for your family will require you to consider your budget, how you plan to camp, your party size and travel plans.
Budget, both initial capital and ongoing expenses, are probably the first thing to be considered. After all, there is no point wasting time on something that is financially out of the question. So let’s look at how these would break down.
The capital cost for each, from the least to most expensive, would be travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer and then motor home. The yearly fixed overhead would be relatively minimal for either trailer choice. However, the motor home would have some higher ongoing costs.
Insurance, for one, would be substantially higher... [Read more...]
October 6, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 2 Comments
Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Winter is a time for boots, snow shovels, and icy roads… unless you’re a snowbird who RVs to the Sun Belt. Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time.
The entire history of the human race is largely a search for comfort. Warm southern winters certainly rate high on my comfort scale.
The snowbird lifestyle is to our liking because we can take our home with us when the cold weather arrives and snow begins to falls. For us the snowbird lifestyle is the best of both worlds.
Prepping for Travel
Preparing your home for an extended absence requires thorough thought and planning. Before heading south, snowbirds need to take steps to secure and winterize their homes. Creating customized checklists is one way to stay organized when prepping for snowbird season. Consider the following tips as a starting point when... [Read more...]
October 5, 2014 by Doug Gelbert · 1 Comment
Bushes blaze as brightly as the trees come autumn.
It is Fall color season again and you do not need to arm yourself with maps of New England back roads to enjoy nature’s most spectacular show. We have put together this list of the top 5 autumn RVing destinations that will make your fall camping season the best yet. Here is a look at some of America’s roads less traveled to take in the red-and-gold-splashed Autumnal splendor:
Scenic Route 6 – Pennsylvania (440 miles)
This two-lane treasure swings across the northern tier of the Keystone State and is draped in hardwoods virtually the entire way. It covers two mountain ranges – the Poconos and the Alleghenies – and rolls through half a million acres of the Allegheny National Forest. Route 6 serves up a heap of local culture along the way with four Pennsylvania Heritage Areas, two National Heritage Areas and the Victorian-era town of Wellsboro that out-New Englands most New England towns. It is a celebration all... [Read more...]
October 4, 2014 by Michael Doan · 3 Comments
In today’s video, our friends from Trailer Life will demonstrate a creative and simple travel tip to keep your pets water dishes from spilling out into your rig.
Hosting an Awesome Tailgate Party really comes down to just two things: Scrumptious Food and Delicious Drinks! Whether its after a big game, a close race, or a tight chase, tailgate parties bring fans together to celebrate their favorite sports team, race car driver, or professional athlete!
When planning on hosting an awesome tailgate party, one must first consider the venue. If you have an RV, bring it! For one thing, it has your kitchen, bathrooms, and even a bed for those who party too hard, too fast and need a couch or bed to sleep it off on! Ideally you and your guests will have a nice warm meal and some refreshing drinks after your sporting event and BEFORE hitting the hay, but you just never know!
As the delightful host of the tailgate party, you will want to think of everything ahead of time, so that you don’t have to leave the event for a run to the store and wind up stock in the inevitable traffic that comes along with any major sporting event. You should stock up on... [Read more...]
October 2, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 1 Comment
It’s that time of year again and fall means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons especially along the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway, North Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Of course, one of the most compelling reasons to camp in fall is the burst of color on the trees as the leaves change to their autumn hues. Depending on the latitude and elevation, fall foliage is usually most stunning from September through October, but can linger into November. The reds, yellows, and oranges of the fall foliage will amaze you.
With the hot muggy days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, perfect hiking weather, and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for all camping enthusiasts.
The autumn season has always been a great time for camping. Few to no mosquitoes, cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and quieter campgrounds all make it ideal. Winter will be calling before you know... [Read more...]
Who says you have to be a kid to play in the sand? The highly anticipated 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach is almost upon us with participants and spectators alike preparing for a great time with an amazing display of sand art right on the beach!
This event has gained international attention in recent years, attracting sculptors from the United States and abroad to compete. Now the largest sand sculpting event in the state of Florida, it’s been hailed as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions by USA Today and recognized as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society. From November 21-30, 2014, master sand sculptors will put their skills to the test to create amazing sand sculptures for the chance to hold one of the coveted titles of the American solo champion and American doubles champion. Along with their title, winners also enjoy a year’s worth of bragging rights, which may be the biggest motivating... [Read more...]
RV Departure Check List
People use checklists to avoid missing something during a particular procedure. Mostly these are used for routine operations, for example, a list of things a pilot may carry out prior to takeoff or landing. The fact that this procedure is carried out many times is exactly why this is done. When we get too comfortable doing something, it becomes far too easy to shortcut or miss an item.
Along this same line, preparing to depart camp in a trailer or motorhome also requires a list of procedures. Failure to carry out some may lead to damaging the RV, personal injury or other collateral damage. So, let’s look at some of these items you would need on your RV Departure Check List:
Disconnect and store all attachments from the camp services. Many incidences of pulling away still connected have resulted in damage to the park’s service pedestal and destruction of an RV’s electrical bay door.
Retract all TV antennas and physically check that they are stored. ... [Read more...]
September 29, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 13 Comments
RV Privacy Shades
RV Privacy shades are a necessary item given the closeness often found in many campgrounds. The standard window shades fitted to most RV’s are “Day/Night” pleated fabric that have a lighter opaque section and a darker full block material. This allows daytime privacy with the lighter one while the full block provides the same for night time.
Some motor homes are equipped with dark tinted windows that provide adequate privacy during the day. These still require a full cover for night time. The windows in the front, including the driver and passenger side along with the windshield, have a far less tint and offer little privacy in the day with zero at night. These normally have a horizontal tracked draw curtain or a vertical rolled blind that provides a solid privacy barrier.
Front Area Shades
Higher line coaches often are equipped with electric powered shades and automatic front privacy blinds. These are capable of shutting off the outside world at the... [Read more...]
RV Battery Care
Many RVs rely on batteries to provide electrical power when no other power source is available. Therefore, it’s important to maintain proper RV battery care. There are two types of batteries used in the RV industry: lead acid flooded and AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat). The most commonly used are the lead acid flooded configuration.
Wet cell batteries require regular maintenance, fluid level checks, water top ups and periodic external cleaning. AGM’s, though substantially more expensive, are virtually maintenance-free, as they are a sealed unit. They also are capable of a longer life cycle.
Batteries are sized, or rated, in ampere hours (A.H.). Some RVs use 12-volt deep cycle batteries while others may use 6-volt units wired in series to deliver 12 volts. 12-volt batteries are wired parallel – connected positive to positive and negative to negative. Two batteries rated at 220 A.H. would deliver 440 A.H. Those using 6-volt batteries are wired in... [Read more...]
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