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Heathly Tips You Can Take on the Road: Toxin-Free Cleaning with Eco-Me

October 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every RVer wants a clean vehicle, with gleaming countertops, spot-free windows and surfaces free of dirt and grime. Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain harmful toxins that can cause asthma, allergies or lead to serious diseases. To complicate matters, the relatively confined quarters of a recreational vehicle only exacerbate the threat of harm. Don’t rely on the label to tell you what’s in that bottle of cleaner; only seven percent of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents, according to the Environmental Working Group, a consumer-advocacy organization that ranks cleaning products by levels of safety. Consumers should be pro-active when it comes to shopping for cleaning products. According to research studies, RV shoppers looking for healthy cleaning products should avoid any products that contain anything from the following rogue’s gallery: Petrochemical solvents Ethoxylates Sulfates Synthetic fragrance Alcohol Artificial dyes Parabens Although you may have... [Read more...]

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

While traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend some summer vacation time with family there, the Dettlaff family from Apex, North Carolina, decided to drive 100 miles out of their way to have some fun at Crater of Diamonds State Park. They’d experienced gem mining in the mountains of their own state, but had never visited Arkansas’s diamond site. Their first visit to the park on July 31 proved to be a lucky and memorable one when 12-year-old son Michael Dettlaff found a 5.16-carat, honey brown diamond after surface searching for less than 10 minutes in the park’s diamond search area. Excited when park staff confirmed that his find was a diamond, Michael was even more surprised when it weighed in at 5.16 carats. Grateful for the blessing of a diamond find, the Boy Scout named his gem the God’s Glory Diamond, according to park staff. Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said, “It is thrilling any time a child finds a diamond here at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Michael was excited... [Read more...]

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

September 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

Our family of 12 (there are 2 more grown and flown…) fulltimes in a 40′ toy hauler.  Needless to say, our RV, nor any RV for that matter, are made to accommodate our family comfortable.  Necessity has been the mother of many of our many mods!  Our latest one is done for both functionality and aesthetics.           The stock entertainment center in our rv was an eye sore.  Partly because we use things hard, and partly because it was designed for ease of assembly and made of junk wood.   We were missing a cabinet door as we had given it to a cabinet maker last fall, so he could build us some matching doors we wanted; his shop burned down shortly after, with our door in it.  There was square feet of wasted space, splitting face wood, miles of extra wiring, 10 lbs of amplifier that we didn’t use, and the design forced us to put the loft ladder in front of the ‘garage’ (aka boys’ room in our RV) door.  The ladder was a constant... [Read more...]

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. This black bear wants his food and he is waiting patiently. DO NOT FEED BEARS! (Source: Thomas J/travelooce.com) In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. Several samples of these reports follow. Black Bear Killed at Yellowstone Campground The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after getting a taste of human food there was killed by park staff. The 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and came within six feet of a man and woman eating. The campers backed off, and the bear ate some of the food off their table. It then went through their garbage and pawed at their tent. As the bear left their campsite,... [Read more...]

The benefits of owning a generator

August 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The benefits of owning a generator

Last year, my husband has made a purchase for the RV after thinking about it for the past two previous years.   After checking prices and looking at the different models he could purchase, he decided to get a used generator that had been barely used by the previous owner. Turns out that this purchase has been fabulous in numerous ways whether while we were on the road or during the family reunion I wrote about last week. After the purchase last year, we ended up going to Toronto twice (in May for a whole month of contract) and in August (for a move that never happened).  While drive there and back home, we used the generator every time we had to stop so we could enjoy the air conditioning during a hot day or use the microwave for lunch time on the side of the road.   It was great to know that my husband enjoyed eating in the RV because of the AC (He is a naturally warm person…) And if we would have decided to do a longer break while traveling long distance (like we are thinking of... [Read more...]

Introducing the Good Sam RxSaver Discount Prescription Card Program

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether on the road or at home, the Good Sam Club is always striving to make your life easier. Our new benefit does just that! Introducing the Good Sam RxSaver Discount Prescription Card program, helping our members save up to 65% on each prescription filled at over 59,000 pharmacies nationwide. NO deductibles NO membership fees NO waiting period NO pre-existing exclusions EVERYONE qualifies What’s the best part? This benefit is available to all Good Sam Club members starting now! Simply visit www.GoodSamClub.com/RxSaver, print your discount card, and present at any participating retail pharmacies (most national chains and many independents). Be sure to use our exclusive Pharmacy Locator and Discount Drug Pricing tools for more information about pricing and pharmacies near you. No personal information is required or collected for you to get your Good Sam Rx Saver Discount Prescription Card and/or use our Pharmacy Locator and Drug Pricing tools.

Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

August 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

Given the rash of severe weather that’s been striking the United States and Canada this spring and summer, it would be prudent for all campers and RVers to have a quick exit plan in place regardless of where you travel. Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Water is a major feature at numerous campgrounds and RV parks. Many state and provincial parks and other public recreation areas are in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy precipitation. Access to current weather reports and related information—weather radio, mobile wireless phone, satellite radio—will enable campers to be on top of the weather and to take proactive measures in the event of high waters, flood, thunderstorms, or other severe weather conditions. Be Prepared  Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Make sure... [Read more...]

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

July 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

Helena, MT has a lot going for it!  It is in the heart of the Rockies, it’s Montana’s state capital, and it is conveniently located between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But for us RVers, Helena does not have the benefit of offering much in RV site accommodations! There is one lone RV park, located 10 miles north of the city limits, called the Lincoln Road RV Park.  And while I hear that it is a nice park to stay at, it is, as they have stated themselves when we have tried to make reservations, ‘more of a retirement community park’ - leaving many traveling families high and dry when it comes to a place to stay if they are considering visiting this lovely city. A few weeks ago, thanks to some fabulous fulltime friends, we discovered a campground, right outside of city limits, that we did not know about even though I/we have lived in the Helena community for nearly 40 years.   The local Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds has a 22 site campground... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Cleaner Air

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When turning on the ceiling fan in the bathroom of my RV I found it a chore to have to go back later to shut it off. I took care of this by installing a simple timer in series with the fan switch. The timer is installed in the wall next to the fan switch, utilizing an “old-work” box. I removed one wire from the fan switch and hooked it to one of the two terminals on the timer. I then added a short wire from the empty terminal on the fan switch to the empty terminal on the timer. (The wire size of the short “jumper” wire should be the same as the originals.) By leaving the fan switch in the on position, the ceiling fan is now controlled by the timer. When entering the bathroom I twist the timer knob a little and the fan goes off a few minutes after I exit. Frank Woythal, Andover, New York

Lifestyle Tech Tips June – Windy Weights

June 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

WINDY WEIGHTS Upon arriving in a campground, I used to ask the kids to find some rocks for me to use to hold down our patio mat. Unfortunately, the rocks were usually dirty and would end up getting kicked or tripped over. While walking down the sporting goods aisle of our local department store, I noticed that it sold individual weight rings for bodybuiling. Problem solved. I bought six 5-pound weights for less than $3 each, and now carry them in my RV’s basement storage. Now, when we arrive at a campground, I just place them around the mat. No more searching for rocks, pounding of stakes or stubbed toes. Stanley Watkins, San Bernardino, California

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