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RVing In Freezing Weather

October 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVing In Freezing Weather

Motorhome Camping in Freezing Weather RVing in freezing weather can have its challenges.  Not only do you have to keep the inside at a comfortable temperature, but you must also provide some heat to the basement to prevent any fluids from freezing in the tanks, lines and related components.  Additionally, the engine may require heating several hours prior to departing camp. So let’s look at some of the things you may face while traveling and camping in winter like temperatures.  Obviously there are slippery road surfaces and winter driving hazards, but we will only look at dealing with the temperature issues related to your coach.  Winter driving is a separate topic we can examine at a later date. Interior heat in motorhomes is provided by an RV furnace or a hydronic heating system. The RV furnace is generally a propane fired unit that blows heated air into the living area.   A hydronic system may be propane or diesel fired.  The hydronic unit heats both the household hot water... [Read more...]

Renting An RV

October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Renting An RV

    Renting an RV is one of the best ways to try out the RV Lifestyle without having to shell out the investment required to purchase a vehicle for camping. Several styles and floor plans of RVs are available to rent from the company-owned fleets of Camping World. Smaller rental companies that do not own their own rental fleets utilize privately owned vehicles for their rentals and you will likely find a larger variety of floor plans but few identical RVs so that finding a specific floor plan may be more difficult than when renting from companies with their own fleets. You will also find that the availability of certain types of RVs may not be available in rental fleets, such as  vacation trailers and fifth-wheels. Most of the types readily available fall into the Class A and Class C motorhome style (a class A, or bus type, is built from the chassis up, while a Class C starts with a cutaway van chassis and usually has sleeping quarters in an extension above the driver and... [Read more...]

Off-Season RV Camping

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-Season RV Camping

Off-Season RV Camping Off-season RV camping can offer advantages and great rewards with few drawbacks.  The need to make reservations for campsites in advance may not be necessary. This allows you to stay where and for how long you desire without worrying about schedules.  Some premium water-view campsites normally impossible to get may well be easily attainable.  All of this at probably a shoulder or off season rate. RV campgrounds and resorts are much quieter during the off seasons.  This can further add to the relaxation normally associated with camping.  Should this also coincide with school being in, the lack of children may appeal to some. While some attractions may be closed for the season, many may not.  Those that are open generally will be less attended allowing easier access and perhaps a reduced admission cost.  Rides and specific shows that require wait times of 10 to 30 minutes at some theme parks may have no wait time. Great restaurants that are normally packed with... [Read more...]

Keeping an RV Log Book

September 23, 2014 by · 17 Comments 

Keeping an RV Log Book

RV Log Book Log books are not only common, but are a requirement on ships, aircraft and commercial vehicles.  While they are not a mandatory item for a recreational vehicle, there are many owners that do maintain an RV log book.  When we look at how they can be used in such an application, it is amazing that more people are not doing it. So, what benefits can be found keeping a log of all your RV travels and events?  Well, a detailed record of repairs and maintenance speaks for itself.  It can help to support warranty claims, fuel mileage variations, maintenance irregularities and much more.  The information can ensure regular scheduled maintenance items get done at the correct frequency while also getting the full use of each.  The study of some repair records can also reveal areas that may require future attention. The daily travel entries generally include the date, mileage and the location as well as any interesting events that occurred that day.  Some people like also to record... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [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...]

Which Type of RVer Are You?

July 30, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

Which Type of RVer Are You?

Two RV Lifestyles There are many different ways to RV, but today we’re going to discuss two RV lifestyles. There are RV touring folks and there are RV destination campers.  RV destination campers go to a given destination for their entire vacation. Touring folks spend their time traveling from one location to another.  The latter group of “Rolling Stones” may feel they find it more adventurous to keep moving, spending only a night or two at each stop.  Many of them do not reserve a site, except an occasional same day phone call during busy times. Those people that choose to remain at one campsite for extended periods of time may have a larger family accompanying them.  Children, for example, get bored quickly while motor touring and would far prefer playing outside or perhaps swimming at a beach or on-site pool.  This method of RVing is generally less costly as you are not continually consuming fuel moving to the next site. These two types of RV campers gravitate naturally... [Read more...]

Choosing Rest Stops

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing Rest Stops

While on any road trip, there comes a time when you need to pull over and choose a rest stop.  Whether it is to relieve yourself, give your achy muscles a break, or just witness a beautiful view for more than just a passing glance; the necessity to pull off the highway inevitably presents itself. If you are traveling with kids, this necessity becomes alarmingly more frequent than traveling sans kids.  For this reason, rest stops with kids should be made at different types of places, such as those with play structures, parks and big wide open places where they can exert some energy to help wear out some of their seemingly endless supply.  For example, when traveling on I-10 in California, there are some dinosaurs (that are extremely large and look very real, at least to a kids’ eyes) that are a must-see.  We stopped at them whenever passing, on our way to Texas or Palm Springs, as a kid. I just recently took my kids there this spring on our way home from Palm Springs and they loved... [Read more...]

GPS Navigation In RVs

June 10, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

GPS Navigation In RVs

GPS Nav. System Is a GPS nav. system a worthwhile option?  To answer this question, I think we need to look at what possible benefits it may provide. First of all, basic point “A” to point “B” geographical guidance.  This is the primary use for most passenger automobiles, but what about the uses in a recreational vehicle application?  Here, they are somewhat broader and appear to derive more benefits from the features they offer.     Now we have to remember that most GPS navigation systems are configured to normal automobile travel, not recreational vehicles that may have height clearance issues.  So, in large Class C’s, tall 5th wheel trailers, and with Class A motor homes, these may be less than ideal. There are, however, user configurable units available today. One of these programmable systems is the Rand McNally GPS.  It can be user configured to exactly the specifications of your RV type and size. This feature is not only extremely convenient, but also... [Read more...]

Tips for Family Camping

May 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tips for Family Camping

You’ve completed the planning and preparation for your family camping vacation and are ready to embark on the road trip―one you will remember for a long time.  Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade, and pool with inflatable toys, and a recently added Prehistoric Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Family campground amenities vary greatly, as do the prices campers pay to use them. Remember, the most visited places tend to be more comfortable, more sought after, and more expensive. Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, or longer, there are many family campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are exactly the same. There are numerous ways to locate and research the best family campgrounds. A good place to begin is the online Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The easiest way to choose a destination is to reference our Top Family RV Parks for 2014. This... [Read more...]

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