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The True Definitions of RV Lingo

September 18, 2014 by · 19 Comments 

The True Definitions of RV Lingo

There are a lot of unique words that RVers use in everyday life. I had some fun defining the “true” meaning of some of the most common RV phrases and lingo. Read on to find the true definitions of RV lingo. RVers around the campfire. Photo by Dan Hedgpeth. A Air Brakes:  Useful if awnings deploy during high speed travel. (See Awnings) Air Horns: Used late at night in campgrounds by Air Heads. Allison Tranny:  The girl that works the RV show information booth that is married to Joe Tranny. Awnings: Wing-like appendages that can deploy at high speeds to add lift and reduce vehicle weight. (Also see Air Brakes) B Batteries: Black square things that are capable of lighting your coach for about 15 minutes when it is not plugged in. Blown Fuse: A fuse located in an inaccessible secret location that powers everything.  C Charger: A small piece of plastic that that is frequently used to fix stuff on your RV that breaks, also called Visa..  D Departure Angle:  A scheme to skip... [Read more...]

People of The Road

August 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

People of The Road

Photo by Justin Wharton Ask RVers what they like most about the RV lifestyle and one thing always comes up: the interesting people they meet while on the road, at campsites, and at RV rallies &  events. Over the course of your RVing lifetime, you will meet every kind of person and encounter every lifestyle imaginable. You may meet minimalist RVers, whose small rigs, simple lifestyle, and few possessions enable them to enjoy the freedom of the open road with a Spartan budget and minimal expenses. Seasonal jobs or special skills enable them to produce enough income to continue their nomadic lives. Conversely, it is also possible that you might camp in a national park next to a million-dollar-plus motorhome whose owners appear to live a most luxurious lifestyle while “camping” or “touring.” All it takes to meet these interesting people of the road is to spread a smile across your face and start a conversation.  Everyone has a story to tell. Tex and Annabelle             ... [Read more...]

Cramper Van: Mini-House on Wheels

July 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Cramper Van: Mini-House on Wheels

Dubbed the Cramper Van, the world’s smallest, lightest RV can seat up to four close friends in a pinch although one of the seats folds down over the two-ring hob and sink. It’s the cramper van! The invention of custom car fanatic Andy Saunders, owner of Kampers Kars in Poole, Dorset, Cramper Van is a mash-up of an old Bedford Bambi van and a Butlins-style pedal cart. Saunders, 50, has made a name for himself creating weird and wonderful custom cars including a Picasso-inspired multi-colored Citroen 2CV, a mini Mini, and a 21-inch tall car. Saunders chopped six feet off the front of a Bedford campervan and attached it to the pedal cart before refitting the interior. The only other thing that sets it aside from its bigger brothers is its lack of an engine, instead relying on pedal power to pull it along. With four foot by four foot living space, the Cramper Van is filled with seats, stove, table, and bed. Despite its confined size the pedal-powered mini mobile home still has room to squeeze... [Read more...]

We asked “What piece of advice for the new RVer would you share about living in an RV?” You said…

April 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We asked “What piece of advice for the new RVer would you share about living in an RV?” You said…

Lots of sage advice and wonderful anecdotes were shared. Read on…whether you’re new to RVing or consider yourself an RVing guru, you’ll find something helpful or maybe will have you nodding with a smile! (Have one piece of RVing advice you’d like to share too – go to our Facebook page and post your own!  If you haven’t ‘Liked’ us yet – do it now!) “Electric frying pan and heaters.  Don’t use your propane use their electricity. And get walkie talkies instead of having to shout at each other or use hand signals backing up.” Jay Myshkowsky “Stay off the interstates when possible. Take the back roads and really see the country!” Karen Frevert Knorr “Relax, take your time and ENJOY!” Stan N Sharon Rowlands “A smart phone is not only useful as a GPS, but when you are parked you can use it for weather warnings. I set mine for the area we are staying at and if we should be asleep and there is a warning it will ring a specific ring I set... [Read more...]

A Spring Camping Adventure

April 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The pond skimming course RVers looking for a place to go in early spring should think about northern New Mexico. There is much going on and, if you are enjoying the amenities of the Taos Ski Valley, you may camp or park your RV in the large upper parking lot of the resort. As a recent example of things to do and see in this area, the 2013 ski season at Taos Ski Valley ended with a bang on Sunday, April 7th. To celebrate the end of a great season, the Ski Valley, with the help of several sponsors, held the Bud Light Pond Skimming Championships. Participants were to descend a hill of snow using any means necessary to skim across an 80 foot pond of ice cold water. Motorized vehicles were prohibited and points were given for the best costume. Having heard of this event in the past but never having had the opportunity to actually witness the festivities, Terry and I made plans to attend. We were not disappointed. Every participant was adorned in a costume of one kind or another. Several skiers/snowboarders... [Read more...]

Getting Ready to Head Out? Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

March 7, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Getting Ready to Head Out?  Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

Have you ever forgotten to do the final check on your RV before driving away from your house or campsite? I have an uncle, whom I love dearly, who drove out of his driveway with his RV still plugged into the wall of his house.  As a fairly new RV-owner and having felt rushed for time when departing, he enjoys amusing  his listeners with the retelling of this story… They were headed to New Mexico from Los Angeles, to visit their son and his family, when it happened.  He didn’t realize it at first, but he was dragging the long electrical cord and cover from the wall, behind him for some time.   At first when he spotted the kids pointing at his RV, he thought smugly to himself: “Yep, they must be impressed with my nice Class-A.”  Only once he noticed that they were actually laughing and pointing, did he begin to think something must be up. Then it occurred to him to check all of his mirrors to make sure everything was as it should be.  This is when he spotted the... [Read more...]

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

It was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the camper, Not a creature was stirring, nary was there a scamper. The stockings were hung by the campfire with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of  iPads danced in their heads, With Mom in her Snuggie, and I in my Crews, We had just settled down for the Late Night News - When the camper started shaking, I sprang from my chair, I thought that the awning must have caught air. Away to the door I flew like a flash, Slipped on the floor, and scattered the trash. The Scare Light sparkled on new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to a gas grill below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Winnebago Brave, packed full of gear. The engine sputtered as if it were dry, With the miles it had traveled, it was no wonder why. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Faster than rising fuel prices,... [Read more...]

Our Camper Saved the Day!

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Camper Saved the Day!

As many of you know, during the past year we moved our home and family across the country from Wisconsin to New Mexico. For the most part the move went smoothly, but due to this major disruption in the stability of our lives, we did not have the time or energy to plan and take our typical two-three week camping vacation this summer, but reconciled ourselves to day trips. When Terry finally joined me in New Mexico in July, after hauling the last of our things across the country in the camper, we parked our Trail Lite in its new home near our house and, for the most part, forgot about it for the rest of the summer and fall. However, last weekend, it became a crucial part of our existence. When we bought our home in New Mexico, it was about six years old. Built in 2004, the home came with appliances, all Amana, which the previous owner had purchased as she was moving into her new abode, so all are still less than ten years old. Last Saturday evening Terry and I went to bed about 10 pm as usual,... [Read more...]

Mau-Mau, A Most Peculiar Cat

November 26, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

My wife and I have always been animal lovers (although I draw the line with snakes and spiders) and have always had pets in our lives. Dogs, cats, birds, and sheep… yes, SHEEP. While we owned several acres of old apple orchard in the mountains of northwestern New Jersey (yes, there are mountains in New Jersey; no, not the Rocky Mountains type of mountains, but maybe foothills to the Rockies kind of mountains), we decided that it might be nice for the kids to raise some farm animals. We chose a couple of Hampshire sheep lambs; Missy and Annabelle. But wait, I’m going off course; this is supposed to be about a cat named Mau-Mau. Mee-Oww!(Please click on picture) Mau-Mau was left behind when a neighbor moved. The day of the move, Mau-Mau freaked out and ran off. The owners searched and searched and cried and cried, but finally had to admit that the cat was gone. A week after the neighbors left, Mau-Mau was seen roaming around the neighborhood, looking hungry and cold. As winter set... [Read more...]

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

November 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they crossed the Frances Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.:   We are finally underway to meet our fellow Cedar Creek RV Owners Club friends for our End of Year Rally at   Willow Tree Resort in South Carolina.  Our Terrier, Duffy, and I really needed this getaway.  We had planned getaways earlier this fall but had to cancel them for my hernia operation and my son’s spinal surgery.  Then, we were forced to delay our departure for this trip when Hurricane Sandy caused a blackout at our home. The ride from our home in PA to Willow Tree normally takes about 10 hours.  I was so looking... [Read more...]

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