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….. and, We Selected a Large Fifth Wheel (…and why!)

September 21, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

….. and, We Selected a Large Fifth Wheel (…and why!)

Our current RV is a fifth wheel, following a long list of previously owned travel trailers, motorhomes and folding tent trailers.  Truthfully, we enjoyed each and every one of them and have many fond memories of our travels and adventures in what ever we were pulling or driving. As Nancy and I matured (nice word for getting older :)), we began to value indoor space more than we had in our younger years.  Amenities like central air conditioning, larger holding tanks, opposing slide rooms, bigger refrigerators, additional counter and cabinet space, comfortable living area seating, spacious bath areas, and yes – even a central vacuum, washer/dryer and electric fireplace began to become more attractive.  Bottom line?  We wanted SPACE and residential amenities without a brick foundation!!  Of course, all of this comes at a “price” and fuel mileage towing a 15,000 pound fiver is not anything like Patti is getting with her Winnie (We “average” 10-12 mpg pulling with... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Why Our 2006 Winnebago View Does It For Me: Can you say “22 MPG, boys and girls?”

September 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Everybody has their favorite RV. But my favorite is Winnebago’s View for four specific ones: incredibly high gas mileage; superior engineering –mechanical ; non-ugly interior furnishings; and great re-sale value ( because used Winnebago Views are hard to come by and everyone loves them), unlike most other used RVs. First of all, perhaps you don’t believe that phenomenal gas mileage. Well, you had better believe it, because I documented our mileage maniacally all the way from Arizona to Montana…I mean documented like a fiend-woman obsessed. There was only one instance when the gas mileage dropped to a low of 18 mpg; that was a straight-up hill stretch that we ran the air conditioning non-stop to meet my princess-esque needs for complete comfort. That 18 mpg was the only exception to our fantastic 22 miles per gallon. Next, you must know that great gas mileage is a result of the View’s lovely engine . • It boasts a premium 2.7-liter CDI five cylinder turbo-diesel Mercedes Benz... [Read more...]

Why I Camp in a Trail-Lite Bantam Flier

September 21, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Why I Camp in a Trail-Lite Bantam Flier

We have been tent campers for years and there is much about tent camping that we love, especially the feeling that you are sleeping out in the fresh air, with only a bit of canvas or polypropylene between you and the elements. But, suddenly about four years ago, we were struck with the desire to buy a camper. I think it came on the heels of our return from our annual trip out west when, for the first time, we had encountered a great deal of rain, and even some softball sized hail. Coupled with that, on our way home from a camping trip one weekend, we drove by a small camper for sale. Our "Bantam Flier" We were intrigued by the idea of a traveling “home” that would provide a bit more shelter from the elements, but still have the “sleeping out of doors” feel. Also, we would not be interested in anything very large and this tiny camper really got our attention as it appeared it would meet our need for greater protection in a very small package. We stopped to look it over... [Read more...]

Which RV did we picked and Why we chose this one?

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Which RV did we picked and Why we chose this one?

As a member of the blogging team of Woodall’s, I have to blog about specific theme every once in a while. This week, we have to blog about our RV and why we have chosen this one in particular. Our Travel Trailer When we first started to look at RVs, we had a pop-up trailer. But we wanted more functionality while camping like a shower and bathroom for example. So every once in a while we looked at the RVs. We knew that we wanted the flexibility of travelling for our family. In 2007, after talking with a salesperson at an RV store in our city, we purchased a Jay Feather model 30U by Jayco. Why this one in particular? Because it is light and we can go on trips with the whole family. Back when we chose this model we had three kids and we thought that we might have another one – we loved the fact that there were two bunk beds in the back. There was an pull-out for extra room in the kitchen/living room area and there was a bathroom! Our RV when we picked it up back... [Read more...]

VISITED BY AN UNWELCOME GUEST (This one will not be invited back!)

September 1, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

VISITED BY AN UNWELCOME GUEST (This one will not be invited back!)

We met on the Internet It was not in one of the usual chat rooms, or singles dating sites like eHarmony or Zoosk as one might expect.  She just popped up out of nowhere and introduced herself without hesitation. At first, I was shocked at how forward she was – her blatant introduction caused me to become suspicious and worried. She was young, wild, and a “fast mover”.  She didn’t seem to be the least bit bashful and announced her intent to visit the clear blue waters and white sandy beaches of the Bahamas – even if she was not welcome. There was some mention about coming to North Carolina and Virginia.  Maybe she would stop over for a night and we could spend a little time together. My sleep that night was restless.  I couldn’t get her off my mind.   I dreamed about our possible meeting.  I got out of bed and picked up my laptop computer, logging into her personal social network site.  I had to see what she was doing at the places she visited. Her most recent... [Read more...]

Our cottage on the road

August 30, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Our cottage on the road

There are many advantages to have an RV.   The main one would be to have your home on the road with you when you travel.  It helps you save money because you don’t have to stay in hotel (which can be expensive for a family of six) and you don’t have to go to restaurants all the time. But today I want to highlight another advantage of owning an RV.    Recently, we attended a wedding with our four kids.  Our youngest, Jasmine, was the flower girl.   The wedding was being held on the Quebec side about 1 hour 45 minutes from our home.   We needed to be there on the Friday for the rehearsal and on Saturday for the wedding itself. We had permission to bring the RV with us and park it next to the house where the wedding was happening.   They had rented a farm and had access to it for a few days before the wedding.    So on Thursday my husband drove to our campsite and went to get the RV.   Let me specify to you that parking a 30 foot RV on our driveway is not an easy task... [Read more...]

What do Earthquakes and Hurricanes have in common?

August 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

What do Earthquakes and Hurricanes have in common?

Some folks on the west coast have been laughing about our recent earthquake on Twitter – but for a community that is not used to the ground shaking it is no laughing matter. The “Big ‘Un” for us east coasters hit Tuesday a little after 1 p.m.  Buildings shook, chimneys toppled, foundations cracked, and groceries flew off the shelves of area stores.  The reading was 5.9 – the most significant quake in our area in the past 114 years.  Since the main quake Tuesday, we have recorded seven after-shocks, the most recent this morning around 1:30 a.m. with a 4.6 reading.  I slept right through it.  I guess those zero gravity sleep number beds don’t shake during earthquakes. Groceries flew off the shelves in Louisa during the earthquake While the epicenter of the quake was only about 50 miles west of our home, we escaped any damage on our property.  Some of our neighbors within hollering distance have huge cracks in their home’s foundation. What I consider scary is the North... [Read more...]

APPS THAT NEED TO BE WRITTEN (or, What if you don’t own an iPhone?)

August 5, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

APPS THAT NEED TO BE WRITTEN (or, What if you don’t own an iPhone?)

This week, our editors have decreed that we should write about our favorite smart-phone apps. This is, of course, dovetailing in with the release of the new, free, iPhone app by Woodall’s that gives you instant access to RV Park and campground information without the need to carry around a laptop computer or big, thick directory. I think this is absolutely great – except I don’t own an iPhone.  So, all these new apps like the one from Woodall’s don’t do a thing for me – that is, unless I decide to lay down a hunk of cash for a new iPhone or agree to a 20 year provider contract that also demands the life of our first born child and the deed to our home. OK – it isn’t really that bad.  It is just that I prefer NOT to get into contracts for things like phones, TV service, and such.  So, I usually end up buying my equipment from the bottom of the display shelf or off of e-Bay. That is how my “smart phone” ended up being a Palm Pre rather than an iPhone or Android.... [Read more...]

I.C.E. – In Case of Emergency Information & Apps for your Smartphone

August 3, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

This week I chose to write about a serious issue; having enough emergency information available on your person, if your are ill or injured and unable to speak, to give police and emergency caregivers the kind of information they need that might save your life or meet your wishes. Especially if you have a chronic illness, but even if you’re healthy, you might find yourself unconscious in an emergency room following a vehicular accident. If so, seconds count. While caregivers rush about, trying to stabilize you, one of them will be looking for pertinent information about you that might help them save critical time and avoid doing anything that might make your condition even worse. Their knowing what your current medical condition is, what medications you might be taking and who to contact on your behalf could save your life. There are a number of ways to do this; writing the important information down on a small slip of paper or a card, to be carried in your wallet, is one way. Immediate... [Read more...]

Red Laser: My Favorite Smart Phone App!

August 3, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Red Laser: My Favorite Smart Phone App!

I am excited to write this post as I am really excited about this application that I downloaded around the beginning of the year for my HTC Desire Android Smart Phone. There was no charge for it and it has already received several updates and saved me over $30! It is the Red Laser app, offered by EBay. Phone w/Red Laser app in upper left corner I was first made aware of this application by my son-in-law Nate Lyman (actually he just became my son in law June 24, 2011, but has felt like family for a long time). Nate is a Senior Software Engineer with EBay and, while Red Laser was initially developed by someone else, EBay bought it last year. Nate “wrote the code” for the app and basically created it for Android phones like mine. He also added a lot of new features for both the Android and IPhone versions.  I think he’s a genius! But, back to my love of this app. Shortly after I downloaded it, my husband and I were out shopping for a mount for a new flat screen TV we had received for... [Read more...]

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