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Working While Traveling in an RV

June 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Working While Traveling in an RV

As RVers seek ways to enjoy their lifestyle many have turned to working while traveling as a way to support their lifestyle and as a means to supplement their pensions. Being a work-camper is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, one that is actively pursued by more than 80,000 RVers throughout the U.S. and Canada. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved There are many ways for RVers to use their skills and talents to earn an income while living in an RV. Working while traveling in an RV can offset the cost of the RV lifestyle by exchanging their knowledge, skills, and labor for a free camping site and occasional minimum wage pay. Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts. Opportunities for work-camping are also available at amusement and theme parks, museums and art galleries, and other outdoor recreation facilities and attractions. Many RVers working while traveling are on the road full-time, moving from place to place. Others stay long-term in one location or... [Read more...]

The Joys of Tent Camping

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Joys of Tent Camping

Though we have graduated to our 18’ camper, complete with actual mattresses and a stove, my husband and I spent many years tent camping with our three children. We cherish many fond memories of those times, from our son’s first camping experience at six months along side a quiet lake in northern Wisconsin, to the many wonderful times we had visiting beautiful national parks. With only a stretch of canvas between us and the great outdoors, we made many wonderful memories tent camping together. There is something special about tent camping. Just the idea of erecting your abode in a matter of minutes to create a substantial and comfortable home for a week or more is amazing. You can travel almost anywhere with a tent and the world is yours to explore. I will always remember one of our last tent camping adventures. We headed from Wisconsin to Yellowstone, then moved on to Grand Teton National Park and ended up at Glacier. We had been on the road for nearly a week and a half as we raced... [Read more...]

Dealing With Noisy Neighbors

June 3, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Dealing With Noisy Neighbors

At some point in your RVing life, you will encounter noisy neighbors on the campground. They play their TV too loud, their dog barks at everything that moves, and they stay up late into the night around a ginormous campfire talking and laughing. Whatever your noisy neighbors do, the one thing you don’t want them to do is spoil your camping trip. So, dealing with noisy neighbors directly, as undesirable as that prospect might be, can be the more desirable of alternate options – like calling the cops, complaining to management, or storming around your RV with a reddening face and smoke coming out your ears. The most effective method for dealing with noisy neighbors, is to not park your rig next to them in the first place. This requires a bit of profiling of your potential neighbors before you pull into a campsite. If you are an older, retired couple that goes to bed by 10 o’clock, you might want to choose a campsite between other similar RVers who are unlikely to party around the... [Read more...]

RV and Camping Vacation Destinations Along the North Atlantic Coast

June 2, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV and Camping Vacation Destinations Along the North Atlantic Coast

Boating at New Point RV Resort in New Point, VA The feel of cool sand between your toes, a gentle breeze blowing through your hair and the smell of the distinctively salty air can mean only one thing: ocean beaches! Of all the RV and camping destinations you can choose among all the seashores to pick from, there’s always been something special, even majestic, about the north Atlantic coast. With so many options along the northern Atlantic coastline, the first thing you may want determine is what you want to do with your time once you get there. If you’re an avid fisherman or a boating enthusiast, you may want to consider staying at New Point RV Resort or Gwynn’s Island RV Resort & Campground. Pier at Gwynn’s Island in Gwynn, VA Located mere miles from each other on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, right on the Chesapeake Bay, these two campgrounds offer fantastic locations right on the beach with convenient access to boat slips and fishing. Both of these resorts offer full... [Read more...]

RVing Vancouver Island

May 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVing Vancouver Island

RVing on Vancouver Island, the Pacific Jewel of British Columbia, Canada can offer something for everyone.  Heavily forested mountains, rugged sea coasts and quaint villages await.  It can be accessed with your RV only by ferries that operate from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver), Tsawwassen (South of Vancouver),Anacortes , Washington or Port Angeles, Washington.  While it is not a cheap fare, the island offers less travelled land to explore. If you prefer a lot of activity, Westbay Marine Village RV Park is where you may want to be.  Located on the shores of the city of Victoria Harbour, this downtown park provides front row seats to watch floatplanes landing and taking off while ships and boats sail by.  All of this with the beautiful backdrop of Victoria, the capital city of B.C., with its illuminated iconic Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and skyline. Perhaps you like RVing Vancouver Island a bit more laid back.  There are several oceanfront RV parks located in the Campbell... [Read more...]

Sun RV Resorts: Wine Country

May 28, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Sun RV Resorts: Wine Country

For a wine enthusiast, Sun RV Resorts in Paso Robles, California, is heaven on earth.  As we visit in May, the countryside is covered in multiple shades of green created by rows of beautifully manicured grapevines climbing the rolling hills.  Abundant tasting rooms include everything from wine to must-have-gifts to history on wine production that will capture anyone’s interest.  You can even visit a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden at one of the beautiful tasting venues called, Sculpterra. We are staying this week at Sun Community’s The Vines RV Resort, which is conveniently situated just north of Paso Robles off Historic Highway 101.  Not far away, another option is Sun RV Resorts, Wine Country RV Resort just off Highway 46E.  Both resorts give travelers easy access to more than 200 nearby vineyards.   You can relax in a heated pool or spa before enjoying a glass of wine or beer in the stylish lounge at The Vines.  There you can play a game of billiards or wander outside... [Read more...]

Campground Etiquette

May 23, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Campground Etiquette

Common sense and campground etiquette aren’t always mutually exclusive, even though they should be. One person’s “common sense” might be another person annoyance. That’s why we’re going to quickly discuss correct campground etiquette. Younger RVers laughing and talking around the campfire until after midnight is a natural and frequent occurrence. For some, common sense would say you might want to keep the volume down at that hour. But is there a rule about that? In most cases, there is. Most campgrounds have a 10 o’clock pm rule when all activities that can be heard beyond your immediate campsite must be terminated – that’s campground etiquette. Pet fences can come in handy to keep Fido under control. So, what if your going to sleep at 9pm? Do you have the right to demand quiet from those neighbors just because of your schedule? The answer is no, unless the noise and activities are excessive (not as defined by you, but as defined by the... [Read more...]

Need Help Choosing An RV Destination?

May 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Need Help Choosing An RV Destination?

A visit from yogi at Jellystone Niagara If asked to name the five best RV destinations, I bet you would have a hard time narrowing the list down to only five. That’s one of the beauties of the RV lifestyle. You could narrow the list down to categories, like Most Scenic RV Parks, or Best Family RV Vacations and you would still struggle. The choices become even more difficult when you include both RV destinations you’ve visited and those you haven’t. Or trying to select from a list of the best family RV vacations when you haven’t visited them. So many choices. While we can’t make your list for you, we can help by providing options for some of our top RV destinations and vacations to add to your list of possibilities. A good place to start is with the list of Top Destination RV Parks as chosen by the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. It includes 38 RV resorts in 20 states. From the kid-friendly Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort... [Read more...]

The Teton Range

May 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Teton Range

The Teton Mountains are frequently referred to as America’s Alps due to their immense profile, glacial snow fields, and towering jagged peaks. Mt. Moran Reflection at Oxbow Bend (Source: wyomingtourism.org) The crown jewel of the Teton Range is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot peak that challenges mountain climbers, engages hikers, and thrills photographers. Twelve other peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation and adds to the impressive sky-high horizon. Framed by the massive Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a valley seven miles wide that stretches for almost 50 miles. There may be higher mountains than these in North America, but none more dramatic for sheer ruggedness. This is as a result of the Teton Fault at the base of the range on its eastern side. When the earth’s crust cracked along this fault eons ago, the Tetons rose into the sky. The exposed rocks give these mountains their dramatic appearance. The east slope of the Teton range rises sharply, from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above the... [Read more...]

Tips For RVing With Pets

May 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Tips For RVing With Pets

RVing with pets gives you the ability to bring your entire family along for the fun. Pet friendly amenities often include a dog agility course and pet parade. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Bringing your animal companion along for the trip eliminates the anxiety of boarding your pet or asking a neighbor or friend to pet-sit. More and more RVers are traveling with their pets and finding that it makes camping even more enjoyable. It’s difficult to find campgrounds and RV parks today that don’t welcome pets. Even still, plan your trip with pet-friendly destinations in mind. Contact the campground ahead of time to determine their policies on pets and then plan accordingly. If your lifestyle or your pet’s lifestyle cannot adapt, find a different campground. Bring copies of vaccination records with you every time you travel with your animal. Carry a photo of your pet too. You’ll be glad you did if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of making, photocopying,... [Read more...]

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