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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...]

Staying Cool In Your RV

June 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Staying Cool In Your RV

  Staying Cool In The Summer Staying cool in your RV during the summer is a direct result of regular air conditioner maintenance.  Though there are both roof and basement AC units used by RV manufacturers, we will address the most common, roof mounted unit. The first and most frequent item that needs attention are the filters; that screen the intake air at the AC unit, or if ducted, the ceiling intakes.  These are the most common efficiency robbers and should be cleaned every couple of weeks during the season.  Keeping these clean cannot be over stressed. Always check your incoming A/C voltage when arriving at a new site and from time to time thereafter.  This should be read while the air conditioner(s) are operating.  Voltage of less than about 104 volts can reduce efficiency and do damage to the motors.  This can be read and monitored using a simple plug-in A/C meter. Staying cool in your RV requires the AC unit(s) be thoroughly serviced, at least every two years, depending... [Read more...]

RV Toy Haulers

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Toy Haulers

  RV Toy Haulers, whether 5th wheel, tow trailer or self-powered motor home designs, are a unique breed of recreational vehicle.  They are becoming increasingly popular with sales driven, in many cases, by a younger age group.  Active outdoor couples and young families are attracted to RV toy haulers for their ability to transport personal land and water craft with them.  Additionally, these vehicles can accommodate a large family and can be very affordable considering what they can deliver. Though they may look similar to conventional fifth wheel, tow trailers or class A motor homes while they are going down the road, but once the rear ramp door is opened it becomes evident this is a different breed.  In choosing a toy hauler, whether towable or powered, there are options that are very unique to these SURV’s that you must consider.  An on-board fueling station can keep your toys ready to go and keep them rolling.  A charging port can assure your battery equipped mobile... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Decorating Your RV

June 20, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Decorating Your RV

Is your RV all set for summer camping? There are so many great ideas for decorating your RV to create style and save space.  Whether its just a sink cover, installing a new drawer, or collapsable bowls, Camping World has the largest online RV supply store to help kick-start all of your RV shopping needs. Start searching here to check out some great ideas for collapsible trash systems, new mattress toppers and lots more. The items that most excite me are the ones that are space-saving or space-creating since RVs can tend to feel pretty cramped when fully packed for camping. Also, as a coupon and sales fanatic, I always focus on the items that have an online special going. In my experience, it pays to buy when an item is on sale and right before you will be using it!   One of my favorite options is the Trash-Ease, which allows you to free up space from having a trash can on the floor and instead provides a mount so you can hook your trash on the edge of a counter top and simply put... [Read more...]

Choosing Who You Camp With

June 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Choosing Who You Camp With

My favorite campers! How do you go about choosing who you camp with? Is it something you do as a family tradition, every Fourth of July at the same place with the same family, year after year? Do you plan your summer camping trips based on who can go where, when? For me, I like to go camping with the friends and family that I feel most comfortable with and who also enjoy the outdoors as much as (or more than) my own family does. Since I have young kids, it is also ideal to go camping with friends and family who also have young kids my children play well with.  Most important thing to consider is: who do you want to make lifelong memories with? I am fortunate that my husband and children (my favorite people to camp with) enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. We enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and of course, camping! It is ideal to go camping with families that have similar interests as us. That way, we can all go hiking together, kayaking together, and so on. I grew up camping at the beach with... [Read more...]

Extended Your RV Trip

June 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Extended Your RV Trip

The enjoyment and fun derived from extending your RV trip really starts with the pre-trip planning. Not only can this time help make your RV trip a great adventure, it is also a lot of fun, in some cases almost as memorable as the trip itself.  So, let’s look at what things you may wish to do and study. If you are leaving home for an extended RV trip, you should advise a family member or friend of your intended route.  That way you can be reached in the case of an emergency. Additionally, make arrangements for your mail to be gathered, and if required, forwarded. Now you should look at each intended overnight stop or destination.  Keeping the daily travel time down to five hours or so during some areas may be worth considering. This will allow time for unplanned stops at sites of interest along the way. Stocking up on ample food, snacks and beverages to last at least to the final destination is a good idea.  You may find it difficult to get into grocery store parking lots with your... [Read more...]

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

May 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

Typical RV Generator Auto start generator controllers are a great feature.  But, like any other product, you have to understand it to get the most out of it.  We will look at the primary purpose of this machine and discuss setting up your auto start generator. Basically, this device constantly monitors your house batteries to determine their state of charge.  At a given charge state, it will automatically start your generator to supply charge to the batteries.  When the battery charge state has reached a measured full charge, the controller will shut down the generator. This all sounds simple enough, but to do this efficiently requires correct parameters be preset. To set up your auto start generator, this control device must be calibrated to exactly what voltage it should start the recharge sequence.  To know the correct cut-in voltage, we must know what the high and low voltages in the house bank are.  A fully charged battery in a rested state should be 12.7 volts or have a... [Read more...]

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