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I hope your New Year is progressing well! I’ll be out in Quartzsite, AZ, working the Escapees RV Club booth in the “Big Tent” January 16-25. Drop by and say HI if you’re out there. Keep sending your RVing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning Mark,
Since the cold weather has set in I was wondering if I can run my furnace while I travel in my motorhome? It doesn’t seem like I could with the wind and all. Although I don’t know any other way to keep the whole unit warm when traveling? Dennis.
Most RV furnaces will operate just fine when travelling, as the burner is fed by a forced air system. The only issue is that you must have the propane supply turned on. Some folks choose to shut off the propane supply at the tank while travelling, because it is safer. If you think about it, the propane system being... [Read more...]
The prongs on a shore power cord can easily become damaged due to dirt, gravel or other debris. Even storing the cord in your bin can cause damage. To alleviate this problem I found that a golf club cover for a wood driver is the right size and shape and it zips up to protect the prongs. I put it on when I unplug the cord from the power source until I need to use it again.
Rick Zeller, Covington, Louisiana
January 13, 2015 by Cynthia Baum · 2 Comments
Teaching the Values of Camping to Kids is Essential. As with everything when you are a Parent (or grandparent), it is part of your job description to teach your children the values regarding all aspects of life. As an RVer, it only makes sense that you will inevitably be teaching your kids about the values of camping, the outdoors, and traveling. With each activity we do in life, as parents, we are teaching our children. Whether we know it or not, they are watching us and learning from us. With each thing that we do (or don’t do) with them, they are learning how to live life, deal with others, and how to cope with problems and situations as they arise, from us.
Camping can be a good tool for us to use when helping shape our children into the people we hope they become. With each camping trip and outdoor adventure they experience with us, they are learning to enjoy camping and also how to appreciate the little things in life. Whether we have good attitudes towards our fellow campers,... [Read more...]
January 12, 2015 by Cynthia Baum · 7 Comments
Whether you have a pet already or are thinking of getting one, you will want to know the Pros and Cons of Traveling with a Pet before embarking on an adventure together.
First are the pros, since coincidentally, there are more cons than pros when it comes to traveling with a pet. This is mostly due to the simple fact that having another living being traveling with you, whether human or animal, requires more to prepare for, worry about, and bring with you, than if you were on your own.
Ensure you get exercise– someone’s got to walk the furry beast wherever you go with them.
Security/Safety– they will likely bark when someone is lurking, lingering, or otherwise making them/you uncomfortable.
Part of the family– you won’t feel as though someone is missing and will likely have a feeling of completion.
First time for them to experience new things– some examples include snow, wildlife, lakes, wilderness, etc.
Companionship– you have a built-in... [Read more...]
January 9, 2015 by Rex Vogel · 1 Comment
Winter’s bitter winds can freeze RV door locks, windows, and doors. It’s important to know what to do if your RV doors or windows freeze and how to prevent this from happening. Use these quick and easy tips to combat the ice.
Frozen RV door locks, windows and doors (Photo source: accuweather.com)
Frozen Door Locks: Prevention
Nothing can be more frustrating than finding your RV door locks frozen. One way to prevent frozen locks is to dip your key into Petroleum jelly or Vaseline, put it into the lock, and turn the key back and forth a few times. Repeat this to make sure the Vaseline is well-distributed onto the parts of the lock.
Frozen Door Locks: Solutions
Petroleum jelly or Vaseline. Dip the key into the Vaseline, then insert it into the lock. Once in the lock, try to wiggle the key. Do not force the key to turn; this could result in breaking the key off in the lock.
De-icer. If you find the lock already frozen, spay de-icer into the lock.
Heat the key. Hold the key with... [Read more...]
January 8, 2015 by Rex Vogel · 3 Comments
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Migrating birds don’t have much prep work before they fly southward for the winter.
Snowbirds, on the other hand, must consider how to shut down their fixed dwelling before taking flight to flee the coming winter’s snow, ice, and bone-chilling cold for southern Sunbelt states.
Leaving a home unoccupied for an extended period of time can put homeowners at risk.
Preparing your home for an extended absence requires thorough thought and planning. Before heading south for the season, take steps to secure and winterize your home.
Whether you’re new to the snowbird lifestyle or an experienced RVer, creating your own customized checklist is a great way to keep track of your seasonal preparations.
Consider the following seven tips when creating your own winter-ready checklist:
Check with your insurance agency to determine how extended absences may affect coverage. Determine if your insurer requires regular walk-throughs during your absence,... [Read more...]
Winter in Michigan. Photo by John Michael Tabor
Cold weather RVing has its challenges. These can be minimized if you follow a few packing tips as you prepare to leave for your outing. Advance preparation will help to ensure the best possible experience if you believe there is potential for cold or even freezing weather.
First consider what you will need for the exterior care of your camper or coach.
Check the forecast predicted for the area you plan to visit on television or online for the most up-to-date information.
Bring an interior/exterior thermometer and place the exterior sensor in one of the storage bays of your coach or camper.
Pickup a Diesel Fuel Supplement and add it to your coach’s fuel tank. Run the engine and the generator to circulate it through both to prevent your diesel fuel from jelling BEFORE you encounter freezing weather.
Next add some RV non-toxic, biodegradable antifreeze to your holding tanks via your toilet and shower drain to keep the tank water from... [Read more...]
Travel Trailer at the Campsite. Photo by Steve Humphrey
While the description of a travel trailer may also fit a 5th wheel trailer, there are differences. Today we will focus on the bumper drawbar type travel trailer. This type of caravan is available in a variety of lengths, generally ranging from 12 to 35 plus feet or so. It is a popular choice RV as it comes in many sizes, floorplans and is priced very affordably. There are, however, three common travel trailer issues that are faced by the owners. They are as follows:
Weight and Balance – While the trailer’s weight and balance is manufactured as road ready, it does not account for the user’s loading of personal equipment and supplies. Unlike the 5th wheel design, the hitch weight of the tongue must be about 10% of the total trailer weight. Too heavy a load may over-stress the hitch and tow vehicle. This may seriously compromise the tow vehicle’s handling. Not enough weight may cause “Tail Wag”, the trailer... [Read more...]
It’s almost time for the Everglades Seafood Festival – a popular annual event steeped in tradition with great live music and the freshest Florida seafood! During the weekend of February 6-8, 2015, thousands of seafood lovers will flock to the small town of Everglades City to attend this three-day event.
Among the craft booths and carnival rides, visitors will be entertained by the sights and sounds of live music being performed by various musical talents during this festival. An assortment of culinary vendors will also be in attendance to tempt your taste buds with a variety of tasty delights from fresh seafood to county fair favorites.
With the growing popularity of this event the turnout is higher than ever, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the middle of the hustle and bustle. An abundance of lodging options are available so festival goers can stay away from the crowds of people and come in for a single day of fun.
A few options to consider are Club Naples RV Resort, Lake... [Read more...]
January 4, 2015 by Cynthia Baum · 5 Comments
From simple to more complex, these are the top 5 Winter Meals While Camping that you can enjoy this winter on your next camping excursion! Each of the five recipes below include instructions, an ingredients list and most importantly, they will make your next winter camp out, a culinary success! Especially convenient and helpful, there are even options (below) for completing certain steps of the recipe at home before you leave for the campgrounds.
Omelet in a Bag
Chopped Ham or Sausage, Onions, Cheese, Milk, etc.
Ziploc Freezer Bag
At Home: Add eggs, milk, ham, onions etc. to bag. Allow to freeze overnight if you aren’t eating in the first couple of days.
At Camp: When ready to eat place bag in boiling water until eggs appear to be cooked. Breakfast is served!
Caribbean Pineapple Curry
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon... [Read more...]
December 29, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 1 Comment
Grandparents can take advantage of the freedom of RVing to connect with their grandchildren and enjoy uninterrupted quality time, explore new places, and share experiences.
Take the Grandchildren RVing (Photo credit: toledoblade.com)
RVing with the grandkids requires some preparation. Discuss with parents the essentials of packing for the trip—especially if they’re not RVers. It’s useful for each child to have a tote bag with handles to carry their own toiletries, towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, and shower clogs.
Routines work well with children. Discuss the particulars of the trip—including your expectations—and other specifics such as mealtimes and bedtimes. Will they have spending money and how much? What are the rules that go along with that responsibility? How frequently will they check in with Mom and Dad? What about the use of smartphones, video games, and other electronic gadgets? The more you are clear and upfront, the better prepared they will be to enjoy their... [Read more...]
December 28, 2014 by Bob Difley · 11 Comments
It would be nice if you didn’t have to reload your RV before every trip. Everything you need would always be there, and all that would be required to start your trip was walking out the door, climbing inside, starting your engine, and driving off.
It would be nice, but wouldn’t be practical, and wouldn’t work. Every member of the family would always need or want something that wasn’t there, no matter how well you planned it. However, there are certain items that you should always have in your RV.
Essential Items for RV Travel
Items that should always be stowed on board:
First Aid kit – Heart surgery implements not necessary, but you should have the tools to patch up simple wounds and treat minor injuries.
Tool Kit – Even if you’re not a Jack-of-all-Trades, with a basic tool kit you can make simple repairs or replace a part out on the road, possibly avoiding a trip to the repair shop.
Copies of important medical data – Insurance, prescriptions,... [Read more...]
December 27, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 6 Comments
What new things in RV living for 2015 should we expect to see this year? Well, as always, new designs and “must have” innovative gadgetry will evolve with the coming new year. Much of the RV innovations will focus on space saving ideas and providing more “home-like” features. The big on the inside, small on the outside trend will continue to be tweaked and improved. A perfect example of this can be found in the re-introduction in 2015 of Fleetwood’s Flair 26D. This full-body painted motorhome offers an exceptionally large living area for a package that is less than 27’ long.
The encompassing of thin flat screen TV’s into cupboard doors adds easy storage and a dual use of space. Televators, TV’s mounted that power up from a table top, quickly convert a living room from a TV watching spot to a conversation area for hosting your guests. Expanded living space with rear slides that increase the RV’s length when in camp is a growing trend in some models. Murphy... [Read more...]
December 26, 2014 by Cynthia Baum · 1 Comment
There is no better way to spend quality time with those you love than to go camping with them. It gets you out of your house, city, and car and out into nature with just the necessities, to truly appreciate where you are, who you are with, and just take a breather from the everyday conundrums.
However, if you and your partner work full-time and your kids (and/or grand kids) take up much of your free time, you may be asking yourself: “How to Make Time for Camping?” Well, the answer is really quite simple. You just have to plan your camping trips well in advance, book them, and then prepare for them accordingly as the date nears.
Impromptu camping trips can be fun, memorable mini-vacations, but the benefit of planning a camping trip well in advance is it locks you in by being “on the calendar.” This way, everyone involved can plan their time off accordingly and thus holds you accountable for following through and actually going, no matter what comes up. You... [Read more...]
We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are.
One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory.
However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection…
Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have
1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into your contact list for fast retrieval. Cell phones are also helpful to have when under stressful conditions like a traffic accident or injury.
2. Fire extinguishers (note the plural)... [Read more...]
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