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Month: December 2010

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Enjoy Your Kids over Christmas Break.

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: How to Enjoy Your Kids over Christmas Break.

  Christmas Day in Baby Jayco ‘Fes up. You’re not “Mother or Father of the Year,” and as cute as your kids were before Christmas, that eternity between Christmas and back-to-school in January is another whole story. New toys are no longer new. There’s now a certain shrillness to the children’s once sweet pre-Christmas voices. The tree, if it’s still up, has that “been rode hard, put away wet” look, and even Santa may be burned out and thrilled to be home at the Pole.  And if you don’t have kids, you might find yourself noticing the hairs sticking out of your  beloved’s ears or wondering why his pants seem to be getting shorter. There are still four long days and nights before school starts and everyone goes back to work. The bad news is that everyone seems to have a case of cabin fever. [Read more...]

Extended Stay and Seasonal Camping Campgrounds

December 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Extended Stay and Seasonal Camping Campgrounds

Part of Woodall’s New Years Resolutions’ Series… Taking Another Step in Your RV Many campers love to spend a week camping, which is what many campgrounds are set up for. However, other campers have the desire for extended stay camping, meaning weeks, months and possibly even a year at their favorite campground. This is also called “seasonal camping” because it often coincides with the seasons of the year. Maybe you like to spend the cold winter months in warmer climates, or maybe you want to visit friends and family for a few months with the benefit of having your own place to stay. Maybe you’re retired and want to see the countryside with extended visits at each location. Whatever the reasons that draw you to extended stay camping, extended stay campgrounds are all over the country. When staying at an extended stay seasonal campground, you’ll have the benefit of an established homestead. The hassle of packing and unpacking, of preparing your... [Read more...]

Get Freedom and Flexibility Through On-Site Ownership of a Park Model at a Campground

December 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Get Freedom and Flexibility Through On-Site Ownership of a Park Model at a Campground

Part of Woodall’s NewYears Resolutions’ Series… Taking Another Step in Your RV Camping is a wonderful way to get away from everyday life, to enjoy nature, friends and family, and to get out and see the world. And, as with everything in life, there are many ways to do it: tent camping, RV camping, car camping, renting a cabin, and even sleeping under the stars are all options. One growing option is park models. Park models are recreational vehicles that are intended to stay in one location for an extended period of time. They are not the kind of recreational vehicle that can be moved around regularly. The general intention is to purchase a park model, park it in your favorite campground or desired destination, hook it up to utilities and enjoy the comfort and convenience of a wonderful spot that will always be ready for you. Park models for sale and park models for rent, are available in many campgrounds now. There are also many park model specific campgrounds. Park... [Read more...]

Considering Joining? A Look at RV Park and Campground Membership Opportunities

December 30, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Considering Joining? A Look at RV Park and Campground Membership Opportunities

Part of Woodall’s New Years Resolutions’ Series… Taking Another Step in Your RV Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy your vacation or retirement. It allows you to see the country, to enjoy nature, and to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But how can you enjoy your camping experience even more? One way is by investing in an RV campground membership. With so many RV campground memberships for sale, it’s time to examine the benefits of buying one yourself. If you enjoy camping often, and especially if you enjoy camping in the same location or campground, an RV park membership may be right for you. RV campground memberships for sale offer quality assurance, discounted camping rates, and even a sense of community. With a membership comes peace of mind, and with peace of mind comes a more enjoyable camping experience. There are many RV park memberships for sale, including Thousand Trails, KOA, and Coast to Coast Resorts. Each program offers... [Read more...]

The Benefits of Renting or Buying an RV Lot to Rest Your Rig

December 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Part of Woodall’s New Year’s Resolutions’ Series… Taking Another Step in Your RV RV camping is a popular pastime, and with good reason. RVing is an excellent way to travel, camp and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, finding a campground, especially during peak camping season, can be challenging, especially over holiday weekends. Your favorite site at your favorite campground could easily be in use by the time you arrive. If you find yourself camping in the same area year after year, maybe it’s time to invest in RV lots for sale. Purchasing an RV lot is one more way to make your camping experience better. When you have your own RV lot, it’s like having a second home; all you need to do is bring the home! No more reservations, no more full campgrounds, no more crowded spaces during peak seasons. Just roll up and set up camp. With RV lots for sale all over the country, you will be able to find the perfect lot for you! Many... [Read more...]

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 6, Synchronous Generators

December 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 6, Synchronous Generators

In chapter five I wrote about the essential functions of inverter generators.  One of the benefits of an inverter generator is the ability for the engine to run at lower speed with a light load and still maintain 120 volts at 60 hertz.  This of course saves fuel and lowers noise. There is another class of generator often used by campers.  It is known as a synchronous generator.  This class of generator drives an alternator directly from the engine crankshaft.  In order to produce the standard 120 volts of alternating current at the correct frequency of 60 hertz, the generator engine MUST run at 3,600 revolutions per minute ALL THE TIME. Synchronous generators are much simpler than inverter generators since they have fewer expensive parts.  Thus, they cost a lot less than their inverter cousins for the same or more wattage output. The downside is they are not as fuel-efficient and can make a whole lot more noise than inverter generators. Powermate Genrator uses a Chinese built 196cc... [Read more...]

Heavenly: Zion National Park, UT

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Heavenly: Zion National Park, UT

“There is an eloquence to their forms which stirs the imagination with a singular power and kindles in the mind . . . a glowing response.” —Geologist Clarence E. Dutton, reflecting on his impressions of Zion, 1880 Long before its official designation as a National Park by President William Taft, Zion was a frequent home to Paiute Indians. The majesty that is Zion © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The first homesteader to hang his hat at Zion was Isaac Behunin in 1861. While life was difficult for the pioneer, Behunin was still appreciative of the beauty of his surroundings. “A man can worship God among these great cathedrals,” said Behunin, “as well as in any man-made church—this is Zion.” When explorer John Wesley Powell visited in 1872, he used the Paiute word Mukuntuweap, which means “straight canyon.” Zion National Park was established as Mukuntuweap National Monument by President William Taft on July 31, 1909 and elevated to a national park by President... [Read more...]

A Happy New Year!

December 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A Happy New Year!

I have never been a fan of the word “resolution”—sounds too much like a requirement, someone telling me what to do—which I traditionally have not handled well (just ask my husband!). But in our family a New Year’s tradition has evolved which is similar to the traditional resolution but for us, it has a more positive connotation. Over the last day or two of each year, which we are traditionally spending together up at our little cabin in the woods, each family member writes down things they have each accomplished over the past year, then adds several goals for the year ahead. For the student, accomplishments might include being named captain of the dance team, being cast in a play, making A honor roll and the like. Terry’s and mine tend to be more focused on the wonderful RV trips we have taken through the year, as well as working out 5 times a week and keeping off that extra five pounds (if that is, in fact, the case!). Goals tend to focus on the school year and extracurricular... [Read more...]

Nuts About the Lone Oak!

December 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Nuts About the Lone Oak!

Further along our journey east and after our encounter with Accident, Maryland, we have a reservation at the Lone Oak Campsites near Canaan, CT. Along a quiet country highway in Connecticut lies this beehive of activity that is the campground. With plenty of room to roam, the Lone Oak can easily accommodate both the biggest rig on the road and the smallest tent or pop-up. The Park offers the entire array of amenities: electric, water, sewer, cable, as well as hot showers and spacious laundry facilities. Additionally, Lone Oak provides a wide range of activities to suit campers of all ages and interests.  Two pools and a hot tub easily accommodate the water-loving crowd, while a game room and arcade, outdoor play area and general store and ice cream parlor offer sweet treats and respite from daily stresses. On Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, Lone Oak shows feature films on their giant outdoor movie screen, in addition to offering live music and other entertainment in the... [Read more...]

REARRANGING CHRISTMAS – How We Make it Work for All of Our Children!

December 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

REARRANGING CHRISTMAS – How We Make it Work for All of Our Children!

Our children fit into the category of “Grown and Gone”. We have two boys and two girls that have gifted us with seven beautiful grandchildren.  They not only have us, but another set of parents commonly referred to as “in-laws”. (I have often wondered if that made us “out-laws”?) As many younger campers realize, having an expanded family can often create more than a little stress around Christmas.  Mom and Dad still want the kids to be at home Christmas Eve to wake up to gifts and filled stockings Christmas Morning.  The excitement and expectations displayed by the grandchildren bring pleasant memories back  to the grandparents. Our family gathered together for an "early" Christmas. When it is all said and done, it seems that the ones who feel the most left out are our grown children.  They want to establish their own Christmas traditions with their own children – and this does not necessarily mean going to one of their parent’s homes. We solved the problem... [Read more...]

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