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Frame failure and homelessness…

September 20, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

Frame failure and homelessness…

Approx. 2 years ago, our family went from owning our own house to being houseless - we sold our sticks and bricks and bought a toy hauler to call home while we travel the country.  In the past few weeks, we have gone from being houseless but with a home (our toy hauler), to being homeless.  Our 5th wheel has suffered frame failure.  And it’s not just our frame that is experiencing failure, I believe that there is a failure of the RV community to realize that this is a problem that happens to 5th wheels all too commonly (and a few other rvs too!).  So, are you sitting down?  Because I’m writing you a book here about our experience…  We had never heard of frame failure before having to deal with it ourselves - after all, something like that couldn’t happen to our beastly rig –  these hunks of wood and metal are designed to withstand the rigors of use and the tumult of being hauled down the highway at 60 miles per hour.  Aren’t they? ... [Read more...]

From Tacoma to Nashville, RV Repairs Slowed Us Down, But Didn’t Stop Us From Having a Great Experience

August 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

(Guest Blog Post by Bob Kasprzak) My trip from Tacoma to Nashville has been plagued by repairs that have cost us a months delay. But the people who repaired out vehicle were excellent, cost efficient and timely. We traveled from Tacoma to Zion to Albuquerque to Nashville, TN in our 1986 Mini Winnie. We stopped at 1000 lakes Campground in Torre, UT to get a leaky tire fixed. The owners brother, ‘Biggie’, operates an RV repair service next to the campground. He repaired our problem, a frozen wheel axle quickly and at a very reasonable price. Just outside of Memphis an passing motorist notified us that we had a trailer problem and I pulled over to find the tire in shreds. Our road service insurance took us to a local Walmart where I bought two new larger tires and changed them in the parking lot at 10PM. Once we arrived in Nashville, our transmission quit working and ‘Mr. Transmission’ came to our rescue, fixed the tranny in one day again at a decent price. We found... [Read more...]

Camping and RV’ing Support American Jobs (Opinion-Editorial Submission)

July 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Camping and RV’ing Support American Jobs (Opinion-Editorial Submission)

Jobs, jobs and more jobs. That is what this Country needs right now to get us out of the economic slump.  Any time unemployment rises, our economy suffers. While all of our politicians keep trumping ideas and probable solutions for putting Americans back to work, none has addressed the positive impact the ownership and use of recreational vehicles has on our economy. RV’ers contribute to the employment of hundreds of thousands of American workers.  It is estimated that for every RV built, sold and used by families in the USA, two full-time jobs are created or sustained. There are at least 8 million (8,000,000) American households that own at least one RV.  We also annually visit many of the 13,000 privately owned RV parks and 1,600 public facilities that cater to RV’s – many more can be counted if we include tent campers. It all begins with the manufacture of RV and camping components from raw materials.  We need steel, aluminum, fiberglass, lumber, plastics and rubber... [Read more...]

RVng, A Great Way To Make New BFFs

July 20, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

I just finished reading a book about time travel. The lead character finds himself in the early 1900s in New York City. He finds a more optimistic and open society. People were less suspicious of each other; worrying less about someone else’s ulterior motives and hidden agendas than just being hospitable. It made me think about how nice it would be if the world were more like that. My story this week is about our RV trip out West and the seven days we spent with a family we had never met before who opened their home and lives to us. They live on a picturesque hobby farm in the beautiful state of Washington, with a picture postcard view of Mount Rainer. But first, we had to get there. By the first of the year, 2010, all of our belongings were in storage. We spent the first several months RVng around Florida, our home state for the past 15 years. We visited a lot of the places we had always wanted to see and said our goodbyes to family and friends. By May, we had reached Florida’s... [Read more...]

Full-Timer’s Maintenance Blues

July 16, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Full-Timer’s Maintenance Blues

(Photo Caption: Home Sweet Home) I was thinking back the other day.  I remember calling someone to repair the water heater in my house.  The repair man did not respond by saying “Okay, move out of your house and we’ll get to it as soon as we can.”  Of course, all that has changed for us the last 4 years.  The last time I needed work done on the motorhome, the response I got was, “sure, drop it off and we’ll see when we can get to it.”  Well, that may be fine if you use your RV for camping trips and have time in between to get work done.  But, when you live in your RV full-time, that does not work very well.  We’ve had mixed responses when we say we are full-timers; some facilities say that they have hookups so we can stay in during the work; others agree to make an appointment so that we can minimize the amount of time the motorhome is being worked on; most, however, do not want to deal with us—we can work around their schedule or look elsewhere. So, what is the big... [Read more...]

Enough is Enough, Bye Bye, Mr. Stinky!

June 25, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Enough is Enough, Bye Bye, Mr. Stinky!

Well, we were officially fulltimers—at least for the next 10 months. We were also “Snowbirders,” since, after living in Florida for the past 15 years, we were hitting the road full-time, but would spend the first 3 months exploring parts of Florida that we hadn’t had a chance to see. Step #1 was to check into the RV park where we would be spending the first two months—two of the coldest months in Florida’s Tampa Bay memory; January and February of 2010. And things were not going well.  [Read more...]

Are Your Tires Tired?

June 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Are Your Tires Tired?

There are few events with a towable RV that can compare with the feeling of despair and helplessness that one has when sitting on the side of the road with a tire torn to shreds. This event can ruin vacation plans, cause considerable damage to an RV, create unwanted endangerment to you and the RV from traffic, and be an extremely costly event when a new tire must be purchased on the spot. You can improve the odds against having catastrophic tire failure on your towable by following some simple but often neglected tire care steps. I do not profess to be an expert on tires.  But, after thirty something years of RV experience and tire research I can tell you what I have come to believe is the best information related to your RV tires.  The short version is, “Been there, done that”. PLEASE, I do not want anyone to become offended by the following statement: I have  noticed an increase in a seemingly lackadaisical attitude toward a towable’s tires by many campers – especially... [Read more...]

Are You Ready for the Road?

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Are You Ready for the Road?

Memorial Day weekend kicks off those lazy, hazy days of summer. State and national parks are great spots for family camping. Pictured above is campground at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The long weekend is perfect for a camping getaway to enjoy biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, paddling, photography, or bird watching. More than 30 million people nationwide will travel more than 50 miles during Memorial Day weekend, defined as the period from Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30 says AAA, an increase of 0.2 percent. “In 2010, Memorial Day travel experienced a gain of more than 14 percent,” AAA-Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai told the Washington Post. “Many travelers have told us they’ll compensate for higher fuel costs by cutting back in other areas of spending.” They’ll pay more too, with gas running just a bit less than $4.00 per gallon, compared to $2.85 this time last year reports TulsaWorld. But while... [Read more...]

RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road

April 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road

With the glory days of Spring now upon us, avid RV enthusiasts across the country are gearing up to hit the road. While you may be ready for your next journey, your RV might not be. If you’re a die-hard traveler looking to get the most out of your RV, there are a number of simple, routine tasks you can perform to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Low Tires are a No-No Every vehicle’s tires are different. Before heading out on your journey, take a moment to make sure your tire inflation is up to par. This includes everything from checking the sidewalls of each tire to ensure their inflation isn’t exceeding the maximum inflation of the tire, checking for bulges while traveling and also even covering them up when not in use to help protect them from the elements. Also, rotating your RV’s tires a few times a year is also recommended. Take a Break to Check Your Brakes Make sure your vehicle’s axles are in good shape. One of the easiest ways to do this is... [Read more...]

How NOT to Sanatize Your Water System – More of Bob’s Bad Luck

April 14, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

How NOT to Sanatize Your Water System – More of Bob’s Bad Luck

You met Bob last September when he and Marge encountered a band of Raccoons on a recent camping trip.  http://blog.goodsamcamping.com/2010/09/bob-and-the-raccons-a-camping-humor-story/.  Bob has a heart of gold and will do anything in the world for you – but he is what some might call “Disaster Prone”. Things like his recent attempt to change the engine oil in Marge’s car serve as a typical example.  He successfully drained five quarts of dirty oil into a catch pan without spilling a drop on the driveway.  He even managed to replace the oil pan drain plug and screw it in tightly.  But, he somehow picked the wrong fill tube and poured five fresh quarts of motor oil into the automatic transmission.  Fortunately, the transmission would not shift gears and Marge’s engine was saved from destruction.  The bill for a wrecker and the auto shop to drain and flush the transmission plus add new oil to the engine was enough to pay for 15 oil changes at the local Jiffy Lube. But, I... [Read more...]

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