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Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

Magellan contacted us yesterday and asked us to share with you a wonderful Black Friday discount coupon. This week, you can purchase the Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM for $20 off the list price. That’s on top of the $110 off sale that Camping World is advertising for Black Friday. Just use the code: 2488. You can buy yours at CampingWorld.com. Offer good from 11/22 – 11/25.

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

November 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they crossed the Frances Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.:   We are finally underway to meet our fellow Cedar Creek RV Owners Club friends for our End of Year Rally at   Willow Tree Resort in South Carolina.  Our Terrier, Duffy, and I really needed this getaway.  We had planned getaways earlier this fall but had to cancel them for my hernia operation and my son’s spinal surgery.  Then, we were forced to delay our departure for this trip when Hurricane Sandy caused a blackout at our home. The ride from our home in PA to Willow Tree normally takes about 10 hours.  I was so looking... [Read more...]

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

November 4, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

Free High Speed Wireless Internet. As Nancy and I have recently gathered around community campfires at a number of RV parks, this is often brought up as a highly desired feature sought after by RV’ers visiting destination RV parks and campgrounds. In our continually expanding connectivity market Internet service is, in many cases, relatively easy for campground owners to install and offer as yet another amenity. But the question remaining is; just how much are all of us willing to pay for this free high speed internet? “What”, you might ask, “is this guy talking about – he just said free high speed Internet? Yea – it is free, just like a campground swimming pool, clean and modern bath houses, playgrounds, concrete patios, cable TV and on and on……. Sorry guys – it isn’t really free.  ALL of us pay for those swimming pools and ceramic tile bath houses whether we use them or not.  We have stayed at more RV parks than I can remember – and NONE has ever offered us... [Read more...]

“THROWED ROLLS”

October 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“THROWED ROLLS”

Have you ever been in a restaurant where the servers throw huge 5-inch in diameter, hot, yeast raised rolls across the room with hopes that you will catch them? If you answered yes, you have most likely visited one of the three locations where Lambert’s has one of their original “Throwed Rolls” cafes. We stopped at Hinton RV Park just off I-55 in Sikeston, MO.  When we checked in, the park attendant handed us a packet of information on local points of interest.  The one that caught our eye was for Lambert’s Café.  We were told that Lamberts would send a driver to the RV Park to pick us up for dinner and then bring us back to our RV.  With an offer like that, how can you refuse? When we arrived at the restaurant our chauffer took us to our table, gave us some preliminary warnings and left us to our server.  At that point, a young man in jeans and red suspenders came down the center isle of the restaurant shouting “Throwed Rolls” and then pitching them to anyone that held... [Read more...]

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An Easy Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

Back about the time the Woodall’s blog first began early in 2010, a colleague of mine posted an absolutely inspired post about the wisdom of camping with your crock pot. An easy way to make great meals to feed hungry campers, she said her family never traveled without one in the camper. Since I read her post, neither has mine. I am writing to share with you today a terrific twist on a family favorite that is sure to satisfy hungry hikers, bikers, campers and outdoors people of all ages: Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches with a Southwestern Flair. The ingredients are easy to acquire: 1 beef chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. (I buy whatever is on sale and have never been disappointed) 1 onion, coarsely chopped 1 can petite diced tomatoes 1 can chicken broth Fresh green chilies or 3 cans diced green chilies (the original recipe I modified called for 3 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, but we about burned our tongues off when eating it, so if you are a purist, consider yourself warned!) 2 Tbsps chili powder 2... [Read more...]

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design. The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference. Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road. Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome. Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products. With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving... [Read more...]

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

August 19, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

CAMPING WITH A CPAP

CPAP is an acronym for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a mode of respiratory ventilation commonly used in the treatment of sleep apnea. Ten years ago, very few individuals owned or used CPAP machines at home.  Now, the numbers of people using CPAP have risen quickly as sleep study technicians and doctors are prescribing them to their patients. It all started for me last winter. I would awaken in the morning feeling as if I had never been to bed.  I was tired and took frequent daytime naps.  My wife, and bed partner, noticed one night that I appeared to stop breathing (she was still awake – reading a book).  It really scared her because she thought I had a heart attack and was dead.  Fortunately, I was not dead – I apparently had an episode of sleep apnea. I made an appointment with my primary care physician to see about my chronic fatigue.  After he did the customary exam, he told me that he would set up an appointment for a sleep study. How can anyone sleep... [Read more...]

Lightning: What You Need to Know

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lightning: What You Need to Know

Before heading out in your recreational vehicle, ensure you have a plan and know what to do if you encounter severe weather. Know what actions to take to protect yourself, family, pets, and property against severe weather. (Source: NOAA) Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning can strike year round. Lightning is fascinating to watch but also extremely dangerous. Understanding the dangers of lightning is important so that you can get to a safe place when thunderstorms threaten. If you hear thunder—even a distant rumble or a crackling aloft—you are already in danger of becoming a lightning victim. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any moment around the world. That’s 16 million each year! In the United States, there are about 25 million lightning flashes every year. Each of those 25 million flashes is a potential killer. While lightning fatalities... [Read more...]

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

July 8, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

WHATS A TOAD? – A RV Newbie’s Vocablulary List

I couldn’t help but laugh at Dalin Brinkman’s July 5th blog sharing his dismay over the vocabulary folks new to RVs encounter. Later in the day, I began to think more seriously about Dalin’s dilemma. The part of me that is still a teacher kicked into high gear.  I remember all too well how overwhelmed my beginning students were when they were exposed to an entirely new vocabulary during my first few lectures. I decided to try and do something that just might give those still wet behind the ears with RV lingo a leg up on understanding – so I did what I would do with my students and whipped up a vocabulary list with simplified definitions intended to help them get started. Please, for those readers that are veteran RVers and accomplished linguist in the field, keep in mind that this is my seat-of-the-pants first time attempt to provide such a listing on this blog site.  If you have an obscure term or RV related abbreviation you want to add, please feel free to use the comments section. ... [Read more...]

End of the Road: Assisted-living RV Park

July 7, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

End of the Road: Assisted-living RV Park

Pearl and Bud Crispell hit the road in their recreational vehicle the day after they retired in 1976. And for decades they traveled the country at will living in their 40-foot motorhome. But, as is the eventual story of all road warriors, the day came when they hit the proverbial ‘end of the road’. Unable to manage some aspects of their life and care, living on fixed incomes, and not wanting to become a burden to friends and relatives, the Crispells pulled into the country’s only assisted-living RV Park, the Escapees Care Center in Livingston, Texas, according to AOL Real Estate. At 93 and 90, Pearl, a retired nurse, and Bud, a former IBM engineer, are not without age-related health issues. But her mind is “sharper than my husband wishes it was,” Pearl says. And she has no desire to trade the small confines of their RV for a bigger “land-based residence,” as Escapees call conventional houses. “We didn’t retire to entertain our family,”... [Read more...]

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