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RV Privacy Shades

September 29, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

RV Privacy Shades

RV Privacy Shades RV Privacy shades are a necessary item given the closeness often found in many campgrounds.  The standard window shades fitted to most RV’s are “Day/Night” pleated fabric that have a lighter opaque section and a darker full block material.  This allows daytime privacy with the lighter one while the full block provides the same for night time. Some motor homes are equipped with dark tinted windows that provide adequate privacy during the day.  These still require a full cover for night time.  The windows in the front, including the driver and passenger side along with the windshield, have a far less tint and offer little privacy in the day with zero at night.  These normally have a horizontal tracked draw curtain or a vertical rolled blind that provides a solid privacy barrier. Front Area Shades Higher line coaches often are equipped with electric powered shades and automatic front privacy blinds.  These are capable of shutting off the outside world at the... [Read more...]

Off-Season RV Camping

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-Season RV Camping

Off-Season RV Camping Off-season RV camping can offer advantages and great rewards with few drawbacks.  The need to make reservations for campsites in advance may not be necessary. This allows you to stay where and for how long you desire without worrying about schedules.  Some premium water-view campsites normally impossible to get may well be easily attainable.  All of this at probably a shoulder or off season rate. RV campgrounds and resorts are much quieter during the off seasons.  This can further add to the relaxation normally associated with camping.  Should this also coincide with school being in, the lack of children may appeal to some. While some attractions may be closed for the season, many may not.  Those that are open generally will be less attended allowing easier access and perhaps a reduced admission cost.  Rides and specific shows that require wait times of 10 to 30 minutes at some theme parks may have no wait time. Great restaurants that are normally packed with... [Read more...]

Keeping an RV Log Book

September 23, 2014 by · 17 Comments 

Keeping an RV Log Book

RV Log Book Log books are not only common, but are a requirement on ships, aircraft and commercial vehicles.  While they are not a mandatory item for a recreational vehicle, there are many owners that do maintain an RV log book.  When we look at how they can be used in such an application, it is amazing that more people are not doing it. So, what benefits can be found keeping a log of all your RV travels and events?  Well, a detailed record of repairs and maintenance speaks for itself.  It can help to support warranty claims, fuel mileage variations, maintenance irregularities and much more.  The information can ensure regular scheduled maintenance items get done at the correct frequency while also getting the full use of each.  The study of some repair records can also reveal areas that may require future attention. The daily travel entries generally include the date, mileage and the location as well as any interesting events that occurred that day.  Some people like also to record... [Read more...]

Packing Up To Break Camp

September 22, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Packing Up To Break Camp

Packing Up to Break Camp For tent campers, packing up to break camp involves a bit of cleaning, some tent rolling and trying to get that bulky mass stuffed into what seems like too small a bag.  It came out of it, it must go back in.  Once complete and all the tent pegs have been gathered, the happy campers move about making sure they have everything.  They are soon driving through the park toward the main gate passing several large shiny motorhomes.  “That’s the way to camp!” one quips.  “Breaking camp is the twist of a key!” Well, it may seem that easy and quick, but it is not.  Slides that expand the living space must be powered back in.  Leveling jacks must be retracted.  Disconnecting of the water hose, sewage hook-up, and the electric power cable must be done, storing each in its unique place.  Awnings and TV antennas must be stored.  Basement lockers are checked that they are all latched and secure.  Tires are inspected to verify they are ready to go and may... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [Read more...]

Being a Good Camping Neighbor

September 17, 2014 by · 25 Comments 

Being a Good Camping Neighbor

Camping Neighbors There is an old expression, “be the person your dog thinks you are.”  In line with that statement, campers should be the neighbor you would like to have. In many campgrounds, your camping neighbors are relatively close in proximity.  This closeness can provide an opportunity of meeting and getting to know fellow campers.  Many great friendships have evolved from this type of setting. However, this co-existing event can also come with challenges. We have probably all been camped beside an inconsiderate person or group of people.  These folks play music non-stop at a sound level only exceeded by a live Rolling Stones concert.  They stay up most of the night and sit by a campfire talking and shouting loudly.  Their dog wanders unattended through your campsite, stopping and leaving a calling card that will remain there well after they have departed the camp.  Their departure at six o’clock in the morning is highlighted by the clatter of a diesel pickup truck... [Read more...]

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

September 15, 2014 by · 10 Comments 

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

Packing for an RV weekend getaway can be stressful. First, you have to find the time to pack during your normal weekly routine. Then, you might stress over lists, hauling your stuff back and forth, and forgetting things that you wish you hadn’t – or even worse, forgetting absolutely mandatory stuff, such as mom’s mystery novel when the perpetrator is about to reveal himself, or junior’s freestyle BMX bike – not to mention dad’s favorite Crankbait trout lure. You might think that duplicating everything from your home in your RV is a good idea, until you consider the cost, how to handle perishable foods, what to do with the pots and pans you didn’t get washed before leaving camp on the last trip, and all that dirty laundry that has to be washed. However, to get close to “duplicating everything” there are steps you can take to make packing for the weekend getaway relatively painless. If at all possible, park the RV in front of your house the night before your trip so it can... [Read more...]

RV Tech-Tip: Hide Pet Bowls

September 10, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

RV Tech-Tip: Hide Pet Bowls

RVers enjoy taking their pets along when they travel, but one problem with having a pet on board is where to put the food and water dishes. We all look for an out-of-sight spot where the dishes won’t get kicked or stepped into. This RV tech tip is a great solution. My wife came up with a great idea to hide our pet bowls. She asked me to remove the door from the storage compartment below the stove. This provides an area for the pet’s dishes, where they are out of the way and virtually out of sight. Credit: Bruce Trudgen, Williamsburg MI

What To Do When It Storms at Your Campsite

September 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

What To Do When It Storms at Your Campsite

You’re­ on what you ho­pe­ will be a leisurely RV camping­ trip. It’s a warm summer afternoon. Suddenly, a few raindrops splat your arms, and before you know it, the sky opens up. Then you hear thunder in the distance. What should you do to ensure your family’s safety? 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 Stormy weather can happen at any time, anywhere. While yo­ur best choice depends on the severity of the storm and your location, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. Knowing what to do before, during, and following severe weather is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Be Informed Know the risk in your area for hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms, damaging winds, dust storms, blizzards, ice storms, and other severe weather phenomena. NOAA... [Read more...]

The Truth About “Glamping”

September 5, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Truth About “Glamping”

The Truth About Glamping is…why not make yourself as comfortable as possible while camping?? Especially considering the rising nightly rates, outlandish gas prices, and the booked and sometimes overcrowded campgrounds? Quite honestly “Glamping” is the way to go! To look more into the phenomenon of “glamping,” we must first look at the definition and meaning behind the term itself.  According to the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com, “Glamping” is defined as “Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.” So although it may have a bad connotation, it is actually just camping with a luxurious spin on it. Whether it means your RV is decked out like these unique ones or you simply wouldn’t consider camping in anything other than an RV, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “Glamping” despite the negative connotations surrounding this term. It is common for women, especially, to be known for glamping,... [Read more...]

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