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Family Friendly RV: 2002 Beaver Contessa Naples 370

November 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2002 Beaver Contessa Naples 370

2002 Beaver Contessa Naples 370″ Previously $ 149,000 – Now $81,995 40 ft. family friendly class A 2002 Beaver Contessa Naples 370 that is capable of sleeping 5! Features include queen bed, solid surface kitchen, 20 inch television and much more! Offered by Central Florida RV Center in Apopka, FL. Email seller for details on this 2002 Beaver Contessa Naples 370″! Find more great RVs on

One Tank Trip for Utah Camping

November 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

One Tank Trip for Utah Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. One thing that’s absolutely undeniable about America is that our nation has the widest range of topography and geological diversity to be found anywhere on the planet. One state that’s a shining example of this mixture is Utah; a state situated more than 4,000 feet above sea level, so you get majestic buttes, dramatic plunges into deep canyons, and stately forests. You’ll also experience the full spectrum of color when you come to Utah, from red rocky peaks to the deep green of the forests, the yellow and gold of falling leaves, the purple sky in the morning, turning to orange and gold, then finally to the richest blue – only to repeat the process in reverse at the end of the day. This land is truly a masterpiece from nature’s paintbrush. An excellent place to experience this wonderwork first hand is the fast-growing city of St. George. You’ll be dazzled by the rich, red hues ... [Read more...]

Discover Salton Sea, CA

November 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Discover Salton Sea, CA

Following along the San Andreas Fault, California State Highway 111 winds around the eastern shore of Salton Sea which occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. The Salton Sea is a haven for bird watchers © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Lying 228 feet below sea level, Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California. It is bordered on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Both the Salton Sea State Recreation Area and the Sony Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge are located on its shores. The Salton Sea is currently 35 miles by 15 miles and can be as long as 40 miles by almost 20 miles in particularly wet years. It has an average depth of nearly 30 feet and, at its deepest, is 51 feet. It contains 7.3 million acre feet of water and evaporates 1.3 million acre feet each year. There is a five-mile-long trench on the south end of the Sea... [Read more...]

What Is Your Favorite Campground Cookery Tool?

November 29, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

What Is Your Favorite Campground Cookery Tool?

With the gift giving season upon us, I am wondering about your favorite campground cookery tool.  We have a hefty stash of campground cookware that we’ve purchased over the years. Some items have been purchased new at full price. Other items, such as many of our cast iron Dutch ovens, have been unearthed at thrift stores and estate sales. I honestly don’t know how many Dutch ovens we have, but I’d say it is at least six or seven. I’d venture to guess that the Dutch oven is my husband’s favorite tool for campground cookery. He loves buidling a fire and then  making cobblers and crisps in the massive ovens. Over this past holiday weekend, we used our massive  Lewis and Clark Anniversary Dutch oven to cook, reheat and  serve a  vat of homemade baked beans to a crowd of Boy Scouts and their parents.  Admittedly, the ovens can get a bit heavy when they are loaded with food, but they are incredibly versatile and reliable. So, what’s your favorite tool... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie, or Why We’re Morphing into Snowbirds

November 28, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

 Today we offered our adult children the Christmas decorations and most of our worldly possessions.  Yes, we’re taking the plunge:  the  “Let’s perch in our 5th wheel in Montana when it’s warm, and migrate south for the winter” plunge. And the questions are hard. [Read more...]

Camping Ideas for Santa

November 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Camping Ideas for Santa

Continuing on my holiday shopping theme, I’d like to offer a few Christmas gift ideas for the avid camper and RVer. My husband and I really enjoy receiving something for Christmas that reminds us of our travels in the past and suggests new adventures and destinations in our future. Again, it gives us that vacation feeling all year long. Here are a few ideas to get you started in a variety of price ranges: Power Inverter—This very handy item converts DC power to AC. It plugs into any car power outlet, such as the cigarette lighter,  so you can charge cell phones, IPods, netbooks, laptops, etc. while you are driving even if you are camping without electricity. Toiletry Bag/Personal Organizer—My husband bought me one of these several years ago and I would not be without it when traveling. He purchased this one from LLBean. It has a wonderful hinged design and a built-in hook that allows you to hang it anywhere, from shower and towel rods to... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Holiday Rambler Scepter

November 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Holiday Rambler Scepter

2008 Holiday Rambler Scepter Previously $ 269,900 – Now $259,900 42 ft. Class A family friendly 2008 Holiday Rambler Scepter that is capable of sleeping 6! Features include four slides, corner shower, queen bed and much more! Offered by Travel Country RV Center- Lake City, FL in Lake City FL. Email seller for details on this 2008 Holiday Rambler Scepter! Find more great RVs on

RVing and Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks

November 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

RVing and Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks

Many will be on the road traveling today and throughout this Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to reflect on life, liberty, and the pursuit of full hookup campgrounds with really good WiFi. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Thanksgiving is the biggest travel weekend in America, and RVers are out in force, back on the road, crossing the country in their RVs to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. And many Snowbirds are traveling south to their favorite Sunbelt roost to avoid the rigors of another northern winter. I have so much to be thankful for! I give thanks to my partner—my wife Dania, my co-pilot—and our family and friends. With a lifelong love of travel, a condo-on-wheels has always been our destiny. Yes, we’re living our dream! We’ve wintered in Southern California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Our RV travels have taken us to over 40 states and four western provinces. I am thankful as Canadian Snowbirds that we have the opportunity of celebrating... [Read more...]

Campsite Power – Chapter 2 FREE ELECTRICITY FOR EVERYONE FOR LIFE?

November 25, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Campsite Power – Chapter 2   FREE ELECTRICITY FOR EVERYONE FOR LIFE?

I watched with amusement, as my camping neighbor religiously placed a small solar panel no larger than an envelope  toward the morning sun.  He did this every day – removing the panel at night and repeating the process the next day.  While I never had the opportunity to see what the rated output of the panel might be, I would estimate it to be no more than two watts. (Photo Caption:  Typical 2-watt solar panel) Two watts?  Some of you may be wondering what is wrong with that.  In fact, you may not even know what a watt is.  A lack of understanding should not be an embarrassment – not everyone knows the principles of electrical power.  Shucks, if they did, I would have been out of work years ago! Teaching the basic principles of Ohm’s Law and electrical power is not the most interesting concept.  There were many times that I looked out into the faces of my students only to see blank stares or minds miles away – totally engrossed in other thoughts. I found that one of... [Read more...]

Camping Ideas for St. Nick

November 24, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Camping Ideas for St. Nick

With St. Nick’s Day right around the corner on December 5th, my mind begins to turn to coming up with creative stocking stuffers for our family of avid campers and hikers. While not all areas of the country celebrate this holiday, here in Wisconsin we hang up stockings that evening and in the morning, we awaken to find small goodies and bits of candy in them. They are never anything big, just thoughtful little surprises that are often as practical as they are fun. In our family, we all look forward to discovering little “treats” in our stockings that remind us of our camping adventures or that portend new destinations in our future. My husband and I usually try to surprise each other with a tantalizing tidbit that will make our adventures easier or more enjoyable. Here are a few ideas for those of you at a loss for what to buy: Calendars are something everyone needs at the beginning of a new year. One of our family traditions is for St. Nick to bring each family member... [Read more...]

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