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Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

January 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

Studies show that fires in recreational vehicles, especially older units, tend to be more devastating than those in other forms of residence. A portable space heater started the fire that consumed this RV. (Credit: The Spokesman-Review) Heating and electrical system malfunctions are the leading causes of fire in RVs. Together, they account for one-third of the fires. Four small dogs died and an RV was recently (January 15, 2013) destroyed in a fire blamed on a propane space heater in Spokane, Washington, The Spokesman-Review reported. A man had been staying in an RV parked in a driveway and was inside the house watching television with the homeowner when they heard a noise, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. They found the RV in flames. “He was trying to get the dogs out and was unable to,” Clifford said. The man was treated for smoke inhalation. Clifford said the dogs may have knocked the space heater over or knocked something flammable into it. A propane heater also shouldn’t... [Read more...]

A Lookout in Winter

January 20, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

A Lookout in Winter

Several months back, I wrote a post about a hike we took on the Devisadero Trail near Taos, NM. Devisadero means “lookout” and the trail was originally used by Taos Pueblo Indians to keep lookout for Apaches coming to attack the pueblo from down the canyon. Quite a romantic and historic past. At the top of Devisadero Peak, there are two stone chairs that appear quite ancient and it is easy to imagine early pueblo residents sitting here, standing guard, and protecting their community. One of my favorite aspects of this trail, however, is that it is located on the sunny side of Taos Canyon; thus, the majority of the trail is in sunlight, every day, year-round. This means it provides a delightful hiking opportunity, even during winter months.  For our first hike in the New Year, and the first hike since we returned from our two week holiday trip back to Wisconsin (meaning no hiking for at least that long!), we chose Devisadero. The trail did not disappoint. True to form, New Mexico provided... [Read more...]

Arkansas Post National Monument, AR…

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Arkansas Post National Monument, AR…

This year, in our annual winter trek across the southern states, we decided to take a new route between Texas and Florida. For this stretch, we usually take I-10 along the Gulf, but we decided that this year we needed some new stops – to see a few new destinations that we had not had a chance to visit before. So, we ventured a bit more north, into Arkansas, and stopped at a few fun, new-to-us places! One of the stops we did in Arkansas, was to visit the Arkansas Post National Monument. This park has some serious history going on! It played a key role in the exploration and settlement of the surrounding area, has been a military and fur trading fort, saw Civil War combat, and is the location of the remains of a 19th century town. The site is currently preserved as a National Park, and is a beautiful one at that! We arrived around lunch time last Friday, and after grabbing some lunch in the parking lot (I LOVE traveling with my home!), we toured the visitor’s center where the... [Read more...]

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

January 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Snowbird Destinations: WHERE to ROOST?

Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. As our population ages the number of people considering this lifestyle increases. The majority of Snowbirds who make Southern California their winter home, head for the Coachella Valley with its 10 desert resort cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs (pictured above), Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Thousand Palms, Indio, and Bermuda Dunes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Every winter, more than 1 million RV snowbirds wing south to the U.S. Sunbelt to escape the winter cold. RVers who enjoy the snowbird lifestyle range from retired seniors, who have the wherewithal to journey far from home for extended periods of time, to Baby Boomers dipping their toes in the water. The available options are unlimited enabling snowbirds to design their own lifestyle to suit their financial ability and social preferences. The basic... [Read more...]

AIRTABS

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AIRTABS

When we got our RV from the dealer, they were nice enough to bring it to our campsite where it would be parked.  Back then, we didn’t have a vehicle to tow it as we had a Venture van.   But the following year, out of the blue, the motor on our van burned and we had to shop around for a new vehicle.   We knew that since we had to purchase something we wanted to have one that would be able to pull our Rv for long trips.   We found a Suburban that was fit to pull it and since then we enjoy going places with the RV. However, as soon as we were able to take the RV with us on trips, we looked for ways to be fuel efficient.   While navigating the internet one day, my husband stumbled on the website promoting Airtabs.   After he read about Airtabs he was so enthusiastic that we purchased some to install on our RV. What are Airtabs?   Well it is a patented shaped vortex generator designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing the aerodynamic pressure... [Read more...]

Top Pet Friendly Campgrounds & RV Parks

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Pet Friendly Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory An estimated 60 percent of RVers bring their pets along with them on their travel adventures, according to recent studies. And when it comes to selecting a campground, these travelers seek out RV parks that offer a wide range of pet-friendly amenities, from dog runs to trails for dog walking to flexible rules that allow their particular breed of dog. To help pet owners find the RV parks that open their arms to canines and other travel companions, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the Top Pet Friendly Parks of 2013. Featuring RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking facilities that welcome pet owners with open arms. “Dog owners appreciate... [Read more...]

Picuris Peak 2: The Royal Road!

January 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Picuris Peak 2: The Royal Road!

In my last post, I described a hike I took with my husband Terry and son Ryan shortly after their arrival in New Mexico this summer. They drove out to join me after a long six weeks here alone. We chose to hike the Picuris Peak Trail, near Taos, NM. We had hiked for several hours and were not sure how far to continue, but curious to see what was around each new bend in the road. Our persistence and curiosity was rewarded when, after about three hours, we came upon a large sign proclaiming “El Camino Real.” Here, in the middle of the forest, we had come upon the oldest road in the country. I had seen an obscure reference to the road in the description of this hike, but not being familiar with it at that point, it meant nothing to me. Also, as we had hiked for quite a time by then, I had forgotten the reference in my research. Along the Camino Real… Officially known as El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (which is Spanish for “The Royal Road of the Interior Land”) it is part of... [Read more...]

3 Snowbird RV Resorts Change Ownership

January 11, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

3 Snowbird RV Resorts Change Ownership

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS) acquired two properties in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Arizona has been sold to Sun Communities. Alamo Palms & Victoria Palms Resort Sold to ELS Alamo Palms ELS acquired two properties, Victoria Palms Resort and Alamo Palms, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The two properties contain approximately 1,765 sites on approximately 175 acres for a stated purchase price of $25 million. The company funded the purchase price with available cash. Victoria Palms is an age-restricted, 1,122-site property with 270 manufactured home sites and 853 RV sites. Alamo Palms is an age-restricted, 643-site property with 293 manufactured home sites and 350 RV sites. The acquisition will compliment ELS’ South Texas portfolio of eight properties and 5,100 sites and further strengthen its presence in the market. Palm Creek Resort Sold to Sun Communities Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, one of the premier operations of its type... [Read more...]

Got an iPad? Drive a RV? Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

January 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Got an iPad?  Drive a RV?  Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad.  LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2013 – Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Rand McNally’s RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application offered that is specifically designed for RV navigation. The new application, available on the App Store(sm), provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally’s proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips. The app also includes dynamic weather*, a map overlay feature that helps drivers anticipate conditions such as high wind and precipitation along the route. Also included is a bonus feature of the app: An e-book version of America’s... [Read more...]

Do You Have A Backup Plan?

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m guessing that most RVers don’t have a backup plan should a catastrophic situation occur.  Most of us don’t even like thinking about sickness, death or giving up privileges due to age. I speak from experience when I advise you to sit down and discuss calmly with your spouse/mate/significant other, what you want done should anything catastrophic happen to you.  You won’t regret it because once you are in the midst of a crisis; it’s often difficult to think rationally.  Knowing there’s been a discussion, and hopefully instructions written down, you can look at the wishes expressed long ago and move forward. The Pilot absolutely abhors conversations like this but knows that it’s something that we need to do periodically.  While we thoroughly enjoy full-time RVing we are also realistic enough to know it can’t last forever. Our goal is to be ahead of the “Hang up the Keys” decision.  We would rather go out on our terms than to be forced into a decision that we aren’t ready... [Read more...]

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