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Month: May 2012

Road trip!

May 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Road trip!

It’s the Memorial Day long weekend—the unofficial start of summer—and for many travel-wise Americans that means one thing: Road trip! Let's Go RVing on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The tradition of taking a road trip dates back about 3,000 years. The first road trip likely occurred in ancient Egypt around 1200 B.C., when Ramses II hit the road in his chariot. Similar ventures—using the well-loved automobile—began in Germany in the 1880s. As the car’s popularity grew, so did the practice of taking to roadways for a carefree holiday. The road trip became an easy, breezy travel idea that’s affordable and accessible—and in America today there is no shortage of highways, byways, and back roads. Answering the call of the open road is practically an American rite of passage—and today more and more are taking to the open road in a recreational vehicle. 5 Great All-American Road Trips These 10 distinctive all-American road trips, inclusive... [Read more...]

Royal Botanical Gardens

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Since my husband has a contract outside of town, we have decided to bring the whole family with the RV and homeschool on the road.   Though we do a bit of school work during the weekdays, I also wanted to discover new places in the Toronto area.   Since I review books and products, I figure that I could try to get free admission to different attractions in or near Toronto in exchange of a blog post. One of the first attractions I contacted was the Royal Botanical Gardens which is located about 1 hour and 30 minutes from our campsite.    This activity would definitively be a day outing and it would require us to be rested.  Imagine my delight when I got a positive response from them.    We were set to visit the RBG over the long week-end in May. So on May 19th, we drove to Burlington to explore and discover a garden that I have been wanting to see for many years now.   I grew up in Montreal and I went many times to the botanical gardens there.   I also had the privilege of... [Read more...]

Take a Look at Mississippi State Parks

May 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Take a Look at Mississippi State Parks

Packing up the family for a vacation can be a daunting task. One of the most difficult decisions is finding the right place to go. Mississippi state parks are a popular choice for many families, but picking out the right park to suit your needs is important. All state parks are unique. While you can find similar amenities at each park, it’s often the little things that make a specific park perfect for your family. Whether you’re getting away for a weekend or planning on spending a whole week, you want to find the right location to relax. All 25 of our state parks have a lake, so if you’re just planning on a fishing trip you can’t go wrong with any of them. But, if your family enjoys other water related activities such as skiing, you’ll need to find a park that has that option as well. If you’re looking for more than just a family outing in the outdoors or a fishing trip, look at some of these parks and activities before planning your next trip. Tishomingo State Park: Not only... [Read more...]

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

May 22, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Kevin and Debbie Clark own a 2011 Chevy 2500 pick-up with a full-length bed.  The truck is used to tow their 2009 Cardinal fifth wheel trailer. Kevin is extremely proud of his metallic silver truck and is meticulous about how he connects to his trailer.  The fifth wheel hitch is a Reese 22K set on bed rails bolted to the bed and frame of the truck.  The set-up is strong and easily handles the trailer in both braking and hard pulling maneuvers. . Kevin’s checklist includes: ●    opening the tailgate ●    chocking the trailer wheels ●    setting the trailer kingpin to the height of the hitch jaws ●    releasing the handle to close the hitch jaws ●    carefully backing into the trailer kingpin while watching for the actuation of the jaw handle to move out and then back in indicating that the jaws have latched tightly around the kingpin. ●    Push the jaw locking lever down on the release handle ●    Raise the front landing jacks about an inch off the... [Read more...]

Living the Dream of RV Park Ownership

May 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Living the Dream of RV Park Ownership

The dream of buying and operating an RV park may seem impossible for folks who can’t part with the steady salary of their 9 to 5 job. New Jersey residents Carmine and Lisa Torella found a way to pursue their goal of RV park ownership without having to say goodbye to Carmine’s steady income from his non-RVing career. The couple recently bought Green Valley Beach Family Campground near Newton in Northwest New Jersey and renamed it the Great Divide Campground. The 256-site RV park is close enough to Carmine’s electrical business that he can maintain management responsibilities. The Torellas credit Recreational Business Partners (RBP), Billings, Montana, with finding an RV park close to their residence that they could purchase. “I find these two guys in Montana and they found me a campground I had never heard of and it was 35 miles from my house,” Carmine told Woodall’s Campground Management. “If that doesn’t say a lot about them and their business, I don’t know what does.” Carmine,... [Read more...]

Rose Valley Ranch, Silver City New Mexico

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rose Valley Ranch, Silver City New Mexico

You will enjoy the extra large sites and clean, quiet atmosphere in this beautiful RV Park in Silver City, NM.

Top 10 things Campers Should Know about Ticks

May 20, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Top 10 things Campers Should Know about Ticks

There ARE more ticks in more places than ever before. Blacklegged ticks or Deer ticks Tick encounter rates are soaring, and experts are predicting 2012 to be one of the worst years for Lyme disease transmission due to higher than normal deer tick infection rates. Deer ticks also are known as blacklegged ticks in the U.S., sheep ticks in Europe, or Taiga ticks in Asia. Do you know THE BEST ways to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe? Back in the day, we had ticks. Big, yucky American dog ticks. They usually crawled to the top of your head, you felt a lump, pulled the tick out, flushed them—or found some other form of revenge—and that was that. Usually no one got sick. Ticks were mostly just an annoyance, and that’s what people knew about ticks. American dog ticks are still around but these days, there’s another tick, a tiny blacklegged tick, smaller than a freckle. It’s also known as the deer tick, and it crawls up under clothes, latches on without much fanfare,... [Read more...]

Making a Major Life Change After 50

May 20, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Making a Major Life Change After 50

I moved many times in my young adult life. I moved from home to college, college to law school in Madison, WI, from Madison to a new city in Wisconsin for my first job, then back to Madison for my husband’s promotion, then to my hometown of Manitowoc, WI to raise my daughter when he wanted a divorce—all within a period of 10 years! However, since I met and married Terry in 1989, we have lived in the same house that we bought two weeks before our wedding—23 years ago. Our home in Manitowoc, WI Now, however, at the age of 53 and ¾ we are making the move to Taos, NM. We will be leaving behind everything we have known throughout our 23 years of marriage: our jobs, extended families, friends, running, biking, rollerblading and skiing routes, favorite camping destinations and the like. We are leaving. The reasons we are leaving are good ones. We “fit” in New Mexico somehow. In a town that accepts what anyone brings, we can be who we are. There is music, dancing (which is something... [Read more...]

Santa Fe Skies, Santa Fe New Mexico

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Santa Fe Skies, Santa Fe New Mexico

Painter’s sunsets and starry nights right from your big rig pull thru site at Santa Fe Skies RV park in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mom, Where Do RV’s Come From?

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mom, Where Do RV’s Come From?

RVs come in all shapes and sizes. So it would make sense that they come from a lot of different places, too. That’s only partially true. While RVs are made all over the U.S., one particular county lays claim to being the capital of of RV creation: Elkhart County, Indiana. The “Hollywood” of the RV industry, Elkhart makes between 50-60% of all recreational vehicles in the United States each year. Dutchman, H-L, Jayco, Gulf Stream, Keystone, Royale Coach and Winnebago all have manufacturing facilities here. So it begs the question, what makes this middle of nowhere location the center of the RV world? The answer is that it’s  in middle of almost everywhere. Located midway between between Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, Elkhart is only a small distance from a lot of major markets. As one of the first major manufacturing locations for RVs, it was  heavily promoted as “the place” to build RVs. Wilbur Schult, who purchased Sportsman Trailer in 1936 promoted Elkhart to... [Read more...]

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