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Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

July 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Woodall’s FREE App is Here! For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Woodall’s, a Camping World company and the leading brand in campground directories, today announced the launch of RV & Camping Copilot, the most comprehensive campground mobile application available for iPhone and iPad. The free app provides RVers and outdoor enthusiasts instant and convenient access to more than 12,000 private and public campgrounds and RV parks in the United States and Canada, plus Mexico. Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and provides complete campground information, including amenities, services, types of campsites, on-site recreation and identifies many camping discounts offered at parks. Private campgrounds also include Woodall’s 5W/5W Rating System, which is the most trusted consumer campground rating. “Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot is a groundbreaking mobile application that provides RVers and family campers access to campground information from the comfort of home or their home on... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Freewheeling Part 1 (Why We Sold Our House and Live on Wheels)

June 15, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

 I’m a “Baby Boomer.”  I have long teeth and even longer memories of a simpler, freer,  United States of America. It’s these memories, and a desire for a deeper connection with loved ones,  that motivated us to simplify our lives; that is, to sell our home, possessions, and hunker down to a 24 foot motor home. In essence, we have declared our independence.  Our Declaration of Independence, 2011: Given that we want to decrease the ways we’re impacted by governmental direction, and decrease the time and resources required to maintain a house, and given that we want to increase our freedom, and increase the time we spend with loved ones around the country… We have sold most (virtually all) of our possessions, including our home, and purchased the motor home we think works best for us. Thus, we declare ourselves official members of the full time RVing community. We’re delighted and quite pleased with ourselves. However, my beautiful grown-up girl frets, ”... [Read more...]

Conserving Fridge Space while Dry Camping…

May 30, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Conserving Fridge Space while Dry Camping…

For us, summer always means a few camping trips.  Dry camping, camping trips.  You know, no KOA store, no electrical plug in, no unlimited water…   Now, unlike some, our family LOVES to dry camp – and over the years we have learned a few tips that make it easier to last a week in a remote location without having to leave camp to restock supplies.   For our family, we don’t want to give up the healthier foods that have to be stored in the fridge or freezer in exchange for boxed foods that are often not good for you.  With 13 people in one rv, we have learned a few tricks to conserving space in the refrigerator and I thought that I would share 2 of my favs here;   ~Repackage foods – often times there is a lot of wasted space in the packaging of everything from sandwich meat to shredded cheese.  Ziploc bags are our friend – they are great for repackaging foodstuffs, and they can be formed to fit anywhere in the fridge.  They are also great for storing... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: What’s Your Plan for Living in the 21st Century?

April 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

We want to live smaller, cleaner, leaner, easier, and freer. Do you? Perhaps  you’re in a season of life where living like that seems appealing.  Or maybe you agree that 21st century America seems quite  different from the last decades of the 20th century…and that we’re coming to a time and place where less is more?  With those things in mind, maybe you’re considering downsizing to an RV or a much smaller home or condo. We are.   Here are three reasons reducing the weight of 21st century basic living appeals to us. Maybe you’ll be able to relate to one of them: 1)      Our home is starting to feel like an obstacle rather than a source of joy. My husband and I are not who we used to be: we’re freer, funnier, wilder, lazier, and goofier. Quite often, these traits don’t support the thrills of home ownership, if you get my my drift. For us, the pride of owning a home is melting away like dirty snow on a hot spring day. It’s kind of like we’re... [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Cleaning Can Make You Happier This Year

It’s time to throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter—the emotionally gratifying way: donate things you no longer need to causes in your neighborhood or around the country. The Giving Effect (www.thegivingeffect.com) is a new website that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment. Participating organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a nonprofit in Royal Oak, Michigan that provides school supplies, toiletries, and food to tens-of-thousands of kids in need, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity locations across the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The Giving Effect. These organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food, and books to cleaning supplies and lumber. Following your donation, the site generates an easily shareable web... [Read more...]

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

March 4, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

ALMOST FREE CAMPING GADGET FINDS!!!

Nancy often calls me “The Goodwill Junkie”. Goodwill is a non-profit company that provides training and job placement for people that may be mentally challenged or disabled.  In our community, they operate a large thrift store stocked by donations of unwanted clothing and assorted household paraphernalia. You never know what you might find on their shelves – items change daily. As I was perusing the shelves one day, I spied something in a box that really caught my eye.  It was a reflector oven manufactured by Palco Products. It was only $6.25 – cheap enough for me to take home to explore possibilities. An Internet search led me to the conclusion Palco was no longer in the business of making aluminum camping equipment.  Apparently the reflector oven I found was sold somewhere between 1955 and the early 60’s.  This one was brand new, in the box.  It had never been used. The instructions on the front of the box suggested using the oven not only for baking, but drying tents... [Read more...]

How do YOU Dump YOUR Gray Water? (Safely, Easily and Legally – of course)

February 26, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

How do YOU Dump YOUR Gray Water? (Safely, Easily and Legally – of course)

There were six of us.  We were sitting around a campfire sharing stories and talking about most anything that came into our minds. All of us had settled at a Corps of Engineers campground in Southside Virginia for a week of boating, fishing and swimming in Kerr Lake. The campground was nicely laid out and offered both water and electric on our sites – but there were no sewer hookups.  The dump station was a considerable distance away, near the entrance to the park. One of the guys looked up at the rest of us and asked, “What do you do with your gray water?”  “My gray tank fills up in a couple of days – I can go a full week with my black tank, but not the gray.” Pete, one of the younger men in the group, responded, “I crack the drain valve after dark and let it slowly dribble out onto the ground.  Shucks, it ain’t poison – it’s just used wash water.” Mike stared in stark surprise.  “That is against the law!”  “If you get caught they will write you a ticket... [Read more...]

Do You Crave Homemade Cookies While Traveling?

February 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Do You Crave Homemade Cookies While Traveling?

Do you ever find yourself craving homemade cookies while traveling? Indeed, that’s a common craving with my campers. When I was preparing for the long drive from Anchorage to Seattle in August 2006, I decided to make a some  logs of cookie dough and then freeze them. I knew that the amenities would be scarce on the Alaska Canada Highway, so I was determined to be prepared with my “cookie dough to go.”  This was a very simple thing to pull off before we left. I simply made a couple batches of chocolate chip cookie dough and  a couple batches of oatmeal raisin. Once the dough was finished, I formed it into numerous logs and wrapped them  in plastic wrap. The logs were labeled,  frozen, and then stashed in the camper freezer when we left. The log method proved particularly useful because the logs didn’t take up a lot of space in the compact freezer and because I  was able to wedge them into quirkly little pockets and spaces.  When we parked the camper each... [Read more...]

The Seattle RV Show is On Now!

February 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Seattle RV Show is On Now!

The Seattle RV Show is currently taking place at Qwest Field. Celebrating its 48th year, this mega event was quite helpful when we chose our  Aerolite travel trailer  many years ago. We wanted to upgrade from our Coleman pop up trailer and decided that the best way to make our decision was to visit the show. Indeed, it was time well spent.  We were able to walk in and around countless models of travel trailers. While doing so, we got a great feel for what would work for our growing family. My husband was leaning towards a different model than I was.  I really wanted  the  Aerolite for a variety of reasons. First of all, it was lighter and easier to tow. Secondly, it was fairly compact to store, but the expandable beds on the end gave us more room when we were actually camping. I also loved the tentlike beds on the end, which give the feeling of being in a tent but offered the comfort of a camper.  When it came to sell my husband on that model, we sat in the camper and I pointed... [Read more...]

WARNINING!! An Extremely Contagious Camper’s Disease is on the Increase.

January 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

WARNINING!! An Extremely Contagious Camper’s Disease is on the Increase.

After many years of RV camping experience, one thing that I have learned is that many fellow campers and I share a common psychological disorder.  In fact, it is so severe many Psychologists  consider it a disease. A disease so severe that it is easily transmitted from one camper to another any time they gather together. I have a name for this disease.  You won’t find it in a medical dictionary or any psychology textbooks that I am aware of.  In fact, I am not even sure it has been officially identified. I call the disease (or disorder), Tinkeritus.  I  define this as, “The inability to leave things as they are or, more specifically, to leave things alone.” Every RV we have owned has suffered the effects of at least one of its owners having this disease.  You see, it really doesn’t make any difference how the RV is designed or equipped at the factory.  I simply must make it different – or, as I see it, more efficient and better. Nancy has caught me on numerous... [Read more...]

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