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Ingredients for a Great Campfire

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

There is nothing that makes a night of camping more ideal than the perfect campfire. But there are requirements to creating the perfect campfire and the ideal fire environment. First of all, you must have the appropriate area. In most campgrounds or RV parks, there are campfire rings in which you build your fire. If you are in a natural area, be sure you have a cleared area, ideally bare ground, on which to build your creation. The other essentials are simple: 1)     Firewood, preferably dry—It is possible to get wet or damp firewood to burn with the right combination of kindling, matches, newspaper and luck, but it can be difficult. A perfect campfire requires dry firewood. In much of the country, our best campfires were made from dry maple or oak. In the southwest, the best campfires are made with dry fir and ponderosa pine, with a fine bit of pinon pine to add the perfect campfire (or fireplace or woodstove) smell. Delicious! When building your fire, you will form a teepee with... [Read more...]

A Guide To Full-Time RVing

August 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Guide To Full-Time RVing

Full-time RVing means living 24/7 in a recreational vehicle. When someone first becomes a full time RVer, it is a big life change.  Most feel freer than they have ever experienced before.  Free to travel anywhere with far less responsibilities and no household bills to worry about.  Some choose to roam the country freely.  Their mail is forwarded to predetermined locations.  However, with e-mail and on-line bill payments, there is less mail to worry about. Nearly all full-timers eventually settle on a home camp location, sometimes two locations, a winter spot and the other for the summer.  Some even purchase an RV site at their favorite location.  This may provide a reduced cost of monthly site expenses and also allow for some year round storage. Storage is a big issue for RV full-timers.  If you buy outdoor furniture, you need to figure how you are going to carry or store it when you get back on the road.  You have two things to deal with: volume to store, and weight to remain... [Read more...]

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have Safety triangles We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are. One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory. However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection, every RVer should have these eight basic accessories that will protect us from the more common on-the-road emergencies. Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have 1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into... [Read more...]

Towing With Your Motorhome

August 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Towing With Your Motorhome

Roadmaster Tow Dolly Large class C and most class A coaches are challenged when trying to tour cities and local tourist attractions.  While the maneuverability is easily managed by a skilled driver, the parking is not.  Generally, parking space for these large vehicles is non-existent, leaving your tour confined to what you can see while driving by.  A car rental may be the only option.  However, there are many campgrounds that may not have the availability of obtaining a rental car.  Take my word for it, not even Enterprise will deliver to many locations. So, what about towing your own car?  Towing with your motorhome is an option that you may want to explore.  You will always have a car with you and it will save on the rental charges.  There are three ways to bring your car with you; full trailer, tow dolly, or flat tow.  Let’s look at the advantages and short falls of each. A full trailer can transport your vehicle with no wear or tear.  However this greatly increases your... [Read more...]

RVing With Pets

August 5, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RVing With Pets

Pets on the road by Harry Gephart. In just a short time, Americans traveling and RVing with pets has become as accepted as traveling with kids. That does not mean pets in campgrounds should be considered a right and not a privilege, even though many Good Sam campgrounds display that little terrier symbol for “Pets Welcome.” When traveling with a pet, it is imperative to remember that you are an ambassador for all pet owners and your pet’s good behavior will help ensure continued access to campgrounds in the future. So take the campground rules seriously. As hard as it is for pet lovers to believe, not everyone loves dogs, and dog owners are still fewer in number than non-dog owners in America. A well-behaved pet is one that feels safe and secure. Never leave a pet alone in a campground, even if it is one you have visited many times before and she knows the territory. Before leaving home, pack familiar bedding and blankets, a supply of your dog’s regular food, and... [Read more...]

RV Driving Tips

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Driving Tips

Negotiating turns in an RV can be tricky.  These RV driving tips are crucial to safe travel on the road. Whether you are driving a large motor home or pulling a large trailer, safely negotiating sharp turns is a necessary skill.  Due to the excessive length of these vehicles, right turns in tight quarters can be quite challenging and sometimes impossible.  For these events, it is important that the operator use good judgment in assessing if such a turn can be done safely or not.  Three left turns under most circumstances will deliver the same results as one right turn, and in many cases, can be far safer.   To fully understand this, we must look at the procedure required to make a 90-degree turn in a long vehicle.  The safest manner to accomplish this requires the driver to delay turning the vehicle until he, or she, is looking straight down the lane they will be in after the turn.  At that time, a full turn should bring the unit squarely down the targeted lane while the... [Read more...]

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

July 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

Don’t ignore the potential effectsof too much time in the sun During the hot days of summer when your family is having fun RVing in the great outdoors, they often do not want to curtail activities even in the most extreme heat of the day. However, staying in the sun can put you and your family at risk of heat stroke if you do not take steps to prevent it. Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating. If your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher, you may experience damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Prevention and quick treatment are key to avoid heat stroke. How to identify the signs of heat stroke The main indication of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, though fainting may be an earlier sign. Other signs of heatstroke may include: Throbbing headache Dizziness, light-headedness Lack of sweating despite the heat Red, hot, and dry skin Muscle weakness Cramps Nausea and vomiting Rapid heartbeat – either strong... [Read more...]

Choosing Rest Stops

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing Rest Stops

While on any road trip, there comes a time when you need to pull over and choose a rest stop.  Whether it is to relieve yourself, give your achy muscles a break, or just witness a beautiful view for more than just a passing glance; the necessity to pull off the highway inevitably presents itself. If you are traveling with kids, this necessity becomes alarmingly more frequent than traveling sans kids.  For this reason, rest stops with kids should be made at different types of places, such as those with play structures, parks and big wide open places where they can exert some energy to help wear out some of their seemingly endless supply.  For example, when traveling on I-10 in California, there are some dinosaurs (that are extremely large and look very real, at least to a kids’ eyes) that are a must-see.  We stopped at them whenever passing, on our way to Texas or Palm Springs, as a kid. I just recently took my kids there this spring on our way home from Palm Springs and they loved... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [Read more...]

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