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A Brief History of RVing

June 13, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

A Brief History of RVing

For almost as long as there have been automobiles, recreational vehicles have been traversing America’s roads. The history of RVing starts in the early 20th Century. In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads, and no highway system. But there were RVs. 1910 is the year that America’s leading RV historians cite as the beginning of what has become the modern RV industry. The first RV was Pierce-Arrow’s Touring Landau, which debuted at Madison Square Garden in 1910. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers also rolled off the assembly line beginning in 1910. The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, showcases the growth, history, and accomplishments of the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, with displays and restored units dating back to 1913. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The crash of 1929 and the Great Depression dampened the popularity of RVs, although some people used travel trailers, which could be purchased... [Read more...]

Towable and Motorized RVs

June 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  Making the choice of which type of RV is best for you, may not be simple. Towable and motorized RVs each has their advantages and disadvantages. Much depends on how you plan to use your vehicle. It also depends on your budget. Towable RVs make sense if you plan to stay in the same location for extended periods of time.  That is not to say they don’t work well for traveling the country, as many do. But they do offer more space for less money and tend to mechanically weather better than their motor-powered cousins when not moved for months. Additionally, trailer RV’s allow their motor driven tow vehicle to be used not only as a grocery getter and daily tour tripper, but can serve as a year round daily driver. You won’t find this versatility in a motorized RV, unless it is a smaller type, like a class “B.” The motorized RV on the other hand, offers some advantages too.  Family members may enjoy the additional room and comfort while traveling. The ability to access... [Read more...]

Class B Motor Homes

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Class B Motor Homes

Winnebago Era A look at a popular RV choice, Class B Motor Homes.  There are three classes of self powered motorized RV’s built today.  The class “A”, a bus-like profile available generally from 30 to 45 feet in length. The class “C” type, a vehicle constructed using a cutaway van front end united to a custom built mini coach body. These are primarily found in vehicle lengths of 20 to 30 feet.  There are also Super “C’s” that use a full size truck front-end that rival class “A’s” in size and cost, but these are somewhat less popular.  Finally there is the class “B” coach.  This class consists of a customized van body with extended headroom, additional width and of course, extra length.  Available vehicle length in this class generally conforms to 18 to 25 feet. The smaller of these, the Class B Motor Home, was born in the early 1970’s and has gained in popularity through the years.  Its popularity has been driven in part by the following factors: Ease... [Read more...]

Buying a New RV

May 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Buying a New RV

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a new RV, there are countless options to consider when contemplating which RV to purchase.  Here is a quick checklist of things to consider first. Also be sure to know the differences between the different classes of RVs (Class A, Class B, Class C and Super C), including the Towables, such as the Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailers (including hybrids, pop-ups and truck campers).  Familiarize yourself with each kind, while narrowing down your search to the ones you like the best.  Check out these listings to view the various types of RVs and the approximate cost of each class. This type of research is critical and will prove to be a helpful guide for buying a new RV. Once you have done your research and decided which RV will best suit your needs, its time to begin negotiations for your top choice.  Going to the dealership during a special event or during the off season are your best opportunities to get the most for your money.  Obtaining a low... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow the 2014 Winter Olympics From Your Smartphone!

Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, any citizen worth his or her salt is following the action. But what are you to do if you are camping and do not have a television set at your disposal? Easy, stay up to date with your smartphone! There are numerous apps available to enable you to follow the action wherever you are. I will discuss three of my favorites in this post. All three are free of charge and available through either the Itunes store (for iPhones) or Google Play(or Android users). The one to which I refer most often is the official NBC Olympics app. The opening page is simply SOCHI2014 with the NBC peacock logo. This app provides nearly anything you could want to know about the games. Looking at the first open page, you have a choice of viewing “Top Videos”, “Results and Schedules”, and “What’s Hot”. Results and Schedules gives you a schedule for the current day and any results (if you with to view them) of events already completed for the day.  The most popular... [Read more...]

A New Way to Travel

January 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A New Way to Travel

In this age of repeated technological advances it is in our best interest to embrace new tools to make our lives easier when they become available. I have always been a confirmed atlas traveler. While my husband is most comfortable when driving when we are on road trips, I am most comfortable with a road atlas in my hands navigating us skillfully (most of the time) through hill and dale, through cities and countryside. Maps app informed us when we needed to exit I80 and take I235 near Des Moines, IA In the past month, we have undertaken an extensive three-week road trip in order to spend the holidays with family back in Wisconsin and Iowa. I loaded my travel tools in the Dodge Durango, my trusty atlas within easy reach on the dashboard in front of me. Sunrise on the first day of our trip, however, found me playing with my iPhone 5c, exploring new options and applications (aka apps). While I had used the MAPS application to find a particular department store in a new city, I had never used... [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...]

Alabama Mardi Gras Comes to Kentucky

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

To escape winter in north-central Kentucky, we decided to head south to the Gulf Coast and chose an RV park near Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the month of January. As we toured the area, we noticed that slowly the Christmas decorations were being replaced by Mardi Gras colors. Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors in 1892. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Wreaths, banners, tinsel swags and signs started appearing in shop windows and on homes. Trees were redecorated with new ornaments and garlands in those special hues. Stores displayed hats, beads and party supplies. Bakeries hung signs encouraging hostesses to “Order Your King Cake Now!” King cake is a brioche-type pastry, rolled or braided into a circle. It is flavored with cinnamon and sugar-frosted in Mardi Gras colors. A token — a coin, a bean, or a tiny plastic baby — is hidden inside. Whoever gets the token is the king or queen of the party. Nowadays most bakeries won’t put... [Read more...]

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