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Gig Harbor RV Resort

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Gig Harbor RV Resort

(Photo Caption: Gig Harbor RV Resort) As we looked for a place to stay in the Seattle area, we were attracted to an RV park near a “quaint fishing village,” so we chose to stay at the Gig Harbor RV Resort.  What we discovered was a quiet park nestled in the trees a short walk from Gig Harbor.  We always enjoy staying at parks where you can walk to restaurants and shopping.  As full-timers, we do enjoy our satellite tv, but we took some time off from the satellite while at this park.  They did have cable for the few times we were not exploring the area.  While the lower portion of the park was on a fairly steep hill, the sites were level and we had no problem pulling into our site.  The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed the abundance of blackberries that were just ripening on the bushes throughout the park.  The park had a playground, several pet areas, a dump site, propane, laundry and sitting room with some exercise equipment, and some RV supplies in the office. The historic... [Read more...]

Reducing Kitchen Clutter

September 30, 2010 by · 12 Comments 

Reducing Kitchen Clutter

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dana T’s recent blog on RV Kitchen Organization. So much so, that I cannot resist the temptation to slip in behind her excellent ideas and add some of our own. Dana’s family and mine live in significantly different RV environments.  First, it is normally just Nancy, me and Oscar in the RV – that is unless we are taking grandkids along too.  Second, we are not full-timers and third we have a little more living space since our fifth wheel is not a toy hauler. But, more living space does not necessarily translate to a larger kitchen or more storage space.  The only thing we really gain is room for more furniture and dirt. RV kitchens are, well, RV kitchens.  They are typically small, use downsized appliances and never have enough cabinet space.  They provide a really good reason for cooking outdoors on the grill! Dana’s comment on, “If you don’t use it, toss it” is so true.  For years we hauled hundreds of pounds of stuff – stuff like waffle... [Read more...]

Scares and Screams Guaranteed for Calico Ghost Haunt (California)

September 30, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Scares and Screams Guaranteed for Calico Ghost Haunt (California)

Scares and Screams Guaranteed for Calico Ghost Haunt October 22-24 and October 29-31 Book your camping reservation for Calico Ghost Town’s (San Bernardino County, California) Ghost Haunt taking place over two-back-to-back weekends: October 22-24 and October 29-31 if you want to have a screaming good time. Reservations may be booked online at www.sbcountyparks.com.  This year will be like no other as the entertainment has been ramped up and the thrills and screams are sure to take place. Calico will transform into an authentic vaudeville freak show! Remember those old time posters you’ve seen of the Barnum and Bailey sideshow performers – contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters, pretzel man and more? Well this year, Calico has them and they will be entertaining along the streets of the town. Get “buried alive” if you dare, take a haunted hay ride, tour the inside of the scary Maggie’s Mine. These are among the many activities that will be occurring during these... [Read more...]

Kitchen Organization in your RV…

September 29, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Kitchen Organization in your RV…

Preparing meals for 13 people in an rv isn’t always (maybe never) easy.  But, while cooking in an rv, whether you have 11 kids or 2, isn’t a cake walk, finding room for all the groceries can be much more challenging than preparing them!  We have found a few ways to save on space, and I am sharing them hoping that this post may give you some good ideas if you find yourself stretched for kitchen space also!   Knife magnet – OK, you may be hearing about this one forever, but the knife magnet my son installed behind the stove top is one of my favorite additions to the TH ever!  Our knives are now easy to access, and, best of all, they aren’t taking up drawer space!  I also like to keep on hand chip clips that have magnets on the back; these hang nicely on the side of the oven vent, and again, no wasted space. Spice racks – another item that my DH installed for me is a spice rack.  Just a simple, coated, two-tiered rack that I picked... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Freelander 31SS

September 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Coachmen Freelander 31SS

2010 Coachmen Freelander 31SS Previously $ 76,232 – Now $68,171 31 ft. class C 2010 Coachmen Freelander 31SS family friendly RV capable of sleeping 6! Features include rear bedroom, shower/ private toilet, swivel chairs and much more! This is a perfect vehicle for a family get-away. Offered by Travel Country RV Center- Lake City in Lake City, FL Email seller for details on this 2010 Coachmen Freelander 31SS! Find more great RVs on

Bismark KOA Video Tour- Bismark, ND

September 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bismark KOA Video Tour- Bismark, ND

By Duane Finger Check out the video here! Bismarck KOA is an easy off/on from I-94. Don’t be surprised if you decide to stay longer than planned at this family-friendly park. The TLC that goes into this KOA Kampground is evident the moment one drives through the security gate. Brightly colored flower plantings and baskets greet the registering traveler…and a warm greeting from the staff team makes one feel you’re “home.” There are plenty of options to choose from for parking big rigs (though reservations are highly recommended). For those who prefer no trees, that option is available while other sites provide “privacy” hedges, and mature trees provide a welcome shade during the summer. The expansive tenting area is beautifully maintained and feels secluded enough to say you’re in the woods. KOA Kabins are available to accommodate those who prefer less of a “roughing it” experience. There is a lot to do without leaving the campground:... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2007 Newmar All Star

September 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2007 Newmar All Star

2007 Newmar All Star Previously $ 159,431 – Now $142,900 39 ft. 2007 Newmar All Star family friendly RV capable of sleeping 8! Features include, full kitchen, up stairs sleeping area, master bedroom and much more. Offered by Steinbring Motorcoach in Garfield, MN. Email seller for details on this 2007 Newmar All Star! Find more great RVs on

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 3

September 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

To Summit Mt. Ida–Part 3

The trail becomes quite faint at this point, and all but disappears in some spots. We follow the rock cairns some thoughtful souls have erected to help show us the shortest distance to the top, but for the most point, from here on, we are scrambling over large boulders, many of which require the use of both hands and feet to get over. This makes it awkward to carry my new trekking poles but as we hike on, I figure out a system to accommodate both poles and boulders. We must also be careful in many spots to hop from rock to rock or boulder to boulder to avoid crushing the fragile tundra vegetation as we pass by. It can take as many as 100 years for one of these plants to achieve an inch of growth. We could all but demolish several centuries of achievement if we are not careful in our climb, though it would be much easier to just plow through the plants as some hikers are doing than to take care to avoid them. Finally we push up a steeper boulder field and reach the summit of Mt. Ida at... [Read more...]

Staying Connected

September 25, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

Staying Connected

While I do not have any statistics to support this, based on what I see offered by the majority of the campgrounds, my assumption is that most campers are looking for an opportunity to get away from things.  The goal of these people is to get closer to nature for outdoor-type activities.  The only reason for most of them to carry a cell phone is in case of an emergency.  For these folks, this post may not apply.  However, there are others who need a little more connectivity.  For example, when I started my full-time lifestyle, one of the major considerations for me was ensuring I could stay connected in order to keep my full-time telecommuting job.  Of course, my feeling is that most campers/RVers fall somewhere in between these two extremes. When I started my research (about 5 years ago) into staying connected from an RV, there was really only one viable option—satellite.  These systems (such as HughesNet) are expensive, but work well.  The major downfall of these systems is... [Read more...]

Teardrop trailers sees upswing in sales

September 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Teardrop trailers sees upswing in sales

The economy has influenced all facets of daily life and occasionally in a positive way. Around since the 1930s, Teardrop trailers are seeing a boom in popularity, Auburn Journal reports. 2007 white Dutchmen teardrop trailer In Auburn, California, American River Sales has sold American Teardrops for 10 years and recently began manufacturing them in response to increased demand, general manager Bud Hausman told the paper. “We can’t build them fast enough.” The trailers have been increasing in popularity for the last 15 years, “with the last two years seeing the biggest growth we’ve ever seen,” he said. The teardrop is designed for convenience. “It can be towed behind any car, including electric cars,” Hausman said. “They’re super lightweight. They’re the RV for the next generation.” The original teardrop design appeared in the 1930s. The March/April, 1939 issue of Popular Homecraft ran a story and plans for a teardrop trailer designed and built by Louis Rogers of... [Read more...]

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