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Month: October 2010

WINTERIZING YOUR RV — A step-by-step time-proven system to get the job done right!

October 15, 2010 by · 27 Comments 

WINTERIZING YOUR RV — A step-by-step time-proven system to get the job done right!

It is hard for me to believe that winter’s cold winds and freezing temperatures are just around the corner for those of us that live in Central Virginia.  Golly, in some of our northern states freezing temperatures have already arrived! OK – those of you in southern Florida, the southwest and other warmer climates can laugh, but a good part of the country is going to get cold. This, of course, means winterizing your RV.  Even if it is still relatively warm where you are, you should be planning and preparing to put your camper away for the winter. The major issue with campers and freezing temperatures is the water system.  Hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage can result if freezing water expands in water lines, the pump, potty flush valve, faucets, water heater and drains. I have winterized all of our campers each winter over the past three decades.  So, I’ve had a lot of practice in what works, and what does not. This is my step-by-step winterization process.  Hopefully... [Read more...]

On Vacation All Year Long

October 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

On Vacation All Year Long

Those of us who are not yet full time RVers must console ourselves with spending most of the year planning and anticipating our time on the road. We find it helpful to do most of our planning during the winter months, then begin more extensive preparation as spring arrives and summer nears. This year we stumbled on a service offered by at least one of our national parks that makes it easier to feel like we are vacation all year long. As we were planning our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park this summer, I became aware of an offer from Rocky staff to send text messages to update us on the status of the park. I simply had to punch “40404″ on my cell phone to sign up. While some of the messages concern traffic delays and road construction in the park for persons who will imminently be driving those roads, many concern topics that are far more aesthetically pleasing. Of course, as soon as I became aware of the service, in anticipation of our visit, I signed up immediately.... [Read more...]

Spring Hill RV Park to Host Benefit for the Alberta Children’s Hospital

October 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Hill RV Park to Host Benefit for the Alberta Children’s Hospital

I love a good car show! (And, I love good BBQ!) Mix that with camping at a great resort and what more could you ask for? Maybe the added pleasure of helping a sick child at the same time! On August 20, 2011 the Spring Hill RV Park (just north of Cochrane, Alberta) will host the 5th Annual Spring Hill Charity Show & Shine. All proceeds from this event will go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Registration for the car Show & Shine will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and cost to register is only $10.00! (Proceeds are to be donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.) The Charity BBQ benefiting the Alberta Children’s Hospital will run concurrently with live music and the car Show & Shine from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Plus, it keeps getting better! Door prizes will be awarded throughout the car show. Trophies will be awarded at 3:30 PM. A 50/50 Drawing will be held at 4:00 PM. The Big Finale! As a special fifth anniversary treat, the Spring Hill RV Park is... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2006 Fleetwood Southwind 37C

October 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2006 Fleetwood Southwind 37C

2006 Fleetwood Southwind 37C Previously $ 79,501 – Now $69,501 37 ft. 2006 Fleetwood Southwind 37C capable of sleeping 6! Features include three slides, large private bathroom, large basement storage area and much more. Offered by Scotts Valley RV in Scotts Valley, CA. Email seller for details on this 2006 Fleetwood Southwind 37C! Find more great RVs on

Ultimate family camping activity…

October 11, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Ultimate family camping activity…

What began as what I thought was a crazy ‘whim’ of my husband’s has ended up being one of my very favorite parts of camping!     A couple of years ago, during the fall, my husband came home and told me that a local shop had a great deal on kayaks, and that he was going to get a few to float the Yellowstone River with, and for the kids to play in at the lake when we were camping.  I thought that he was crazy – that the kayaks would soon be gathering dust and end up an expensive decoration hanging from the garage ceiling.  Over that winter, he proceeded to ‘collect’ 5 or so kayaks, and that spring we took them to our favorite local mountain lake.   We had such a great time with those kayaks; they have quickly become one of our entire family’s favorite camping activities!!!  Despite my reluctance to jump on board (literally), I think that I now enjoy them even more than he does!    Kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, are... [Read more...]

His Mind is in the Toilet

October 10, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

His Mind is in the Toilet

Toilet Talk When we were planning on buying our RV and becoming full-timers, we saw the movie RV with Robin Williams.  The scene where he dumps the tank was quite amusing; my wife pointed out that she enjoyed the movie, but maybe was not a good choice for people thinking about becoming RVers  J  I was also on submarines and saw a few mishaps dealing with sewage tanks.  Because of this, I started researching how to handle the tanks and dumping early.  I found many, many tips that alleviated my concerns.  My wife and I were talking, though, that we have never seen all of the tips in one place.  So, I thought I would try providing a list of all the things that we’ve learned to help us deal with the black water tank. The key tips for hooking up include disenfecting the water faucet (run the campground water first, disenfect faucet—I use bleach wipes, then hook up your hose) and ensure you do not cross-contaminate (I finish with the fresh water before ever doing anything with the... [Read more...]

Texas: Caprock Canyons bison herd

October 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Texas: Caprock Canyons bison herd

The Wildlife Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has shifted management of the Caprock Canyons State Park bison herd to TPWD’s State Parks Division. With the shift the grazing range of the official Texas State Bison Herd will be expanded from a half-section enclosure to eventually the entire state park and thus increasing viewing opportunities for park visitors. Caprock Canyons is home of the official Texas State Bison Herd. Photo courtesy TPWD “One of the major requests we’ve had from visitors is they’d like to be able to see the bison better and get closer to them,” said park Superintendent Donald Beard. To enable better public viewing, the bison will be placed behind a new fence that will encompass the prairie around the Visitors Center and the southern portion of Lake Theo, more than doubling the rangeland for the herd. That means once visitors come through the main entrance, they would in effect be inside the bison enclosure. Interior fences will be erected... [Read more...]

Taking the Train

October 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Taking the Train

Most often when traveling we are visiting areas with which we are unfamiliar. If we are camping in an area outside a larger city or sprawling metropolitan area, negotiating traffic patterns and just finding your way around can add a considerable amount of stress to your journey, for everyone involved: the driver who must make decisions on the spur of the moment, the navigator who can be expected to give direction with a minimal amount of information and the passengers who are witnessing the event. Waiting for the "T" After years of struggling to make sense of unfamiliar roads in the midst of heavy traffic we have begun to explore the public transportation systems when camping near urban areas. One system we have now used several times is that in Boston, run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, affectionately known as the “T.” You may recall posts several months back about both our camping experience in the Boston area and our tour into the city. We have recently... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited WPG39WL

October 9, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited WPG39WL

2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited WPG39WL Previously $129,995 – Now $114,995 39 ft. family friendly 2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited WPG39WL capable of sleeping 6! Features include fiberglass roof, enclosed bathroom, pull-out sofa and much more! Offered by Classic Coach Works in Lakewood, Fl. Email seller for details on this 2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited WPG39WL! Find more great RVs on

Sleep Tight – Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

October 7, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

Sleep Tight – Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

“Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I remember my mother telling me that when I was a child as she tucked me into bed.  I would just laugh ‘cause I thought it was funny.   I passed the goodnight phrase  on down to my children. I did not know what a bed bug was or if they really existed until earlier this year. I was watching the evening news on TV,  they had a special on bed bugs being on the rise and how they were being found in even four and five star hotel rooms in New York and other locations. I thought, “WOW, I guess they are real.  Boy, am I glad I don’t frequent hotel rooms anymore.”  When Nancy and I travel, we take our camper with our bed – not one someone else has slept in. After watching the TV News Special,  I put any thoughts of bed bugs  in our environment totally out of my mind. Then this summer we learned quite by accident that some good friends of ours had discovered bed bugs in their bed!  I was surprised– these were some... [Read more...]

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