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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...]

Motor Home Driving Tips

May 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Motor Home Driving Tips

Operating large class “C” and “A” coaches is not as difficult as you might think.  However, maneuvering in some campgrounds, especially backing into your assigned space, can present challenges.  The primary concern is to get onto the campsite safely and without damaging the motor home or surrounding items.  This can best be accomplished by using a spotter.  Your spouse, travel mate, or fellow camper, can aid you by walking behind and guiding you.  This extra set of eyes behind your coach can prevent costly accidents, not to mention the added safety benefit. So, let’s look at some good motor home driving tips. The spotter should be located to the right side behind the vehicle and be visible in the passenger side rear view mirror.  From there, they can observe, not only the rear, but the front right fender.  This area is a driver blind spot common to most, if not all, motor coaches.  The use of standard hand signals should is very beneficial.  The driver should stop immediately... [Read more...]

RV Cleaning Tips: Interior

May 19, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Cleaning Tips: Interior

It’s a fact of life that nothing stays clean for long and that includes your RV. Over time you will discover the best way to organize the things you use most so they’re always handy when you need them. (Credit: just5moreminutes.com/) A newly mopped floor is just waiting for a spill. That’s especially true with a young family. The need for cleaning never disappears. Fortunately, most cleaning isn’t difficult. Occasionally though, you run into something that refuses to come clean, or you are convinced that there must be a better way. That’s when it’s time to visit Camping World. Prevention of dirt accumulation through the use of indoor and outdoor mats, removing shoes before entering, and practicing tidy habits will go a long way toward keeping your RV interior clean and your sanity intact. So, lets go over some simple, but important RV cleaning tips. When it comes to RV cleaning, start from the top and work your way down. Begin a thorough cleaning by dusting the ceiling,... [Read more...]

RV Covers

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Covers

RV covers are a must-have for many reasons. Whether you want to store your RV for a season or just a few weeks, its important to keep your RV safe from weather damage, such as intense heat in the summer or the extreme cold and wet temperatures that come with winter. The extreme weather will not only fade your paint job, it could also cause some unfortunate wear and tear to the RV itself. Regardless of weather, it’s still important to keep your RV covered if it is going to be stored outside for any extended amount of time to keep it safe from wind, sun, snow, dirt, bird droppings, rain and other debris. The best way to keep the harsh elements from compromising your RV’s exterior body, is to invest in a nice all-weather RV cover. Camping World currently has an ADCO Travel Trailer Designer Tyvek RV Cover - 31’7″ – 34′ on sale for $103.43 off the normal price. The white Polypropylene cover with Tyvek blocks the damaging UV rays to prevent fading and... [Read more...]

S’mores Galore!

May 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

S’mores Galore!

S’mores – the yummy combination of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers that make up the camping favorite! For some, camping is synonymous with making and eating s’mores. In fact, many families won’t go camping without first ensuring they have all the ingredients to make this deliciously sticky dessert. While it is one of the messiest things you can make and eat while camping, it is a must for most campers, especially kids. Making s’mores is typically how we end the day while camping with our kids. We start the camp fire as it gets dark and pull out the extendable marshmallow roasting sticks. Then we let the kids go to work.  Some of us like our marshmallows lightly roasted while others allow their marshmallows to catch fire. Ideally, I like mine a bit crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.  Once the marshmallow is ready, we sandwich it between two pieces of graham cracker, complete with our favorite chocolate bar melted... [Read more...]

RVing In Canada

May 13, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

RVing In Canada

RVing in Canada is gaining in popularity as an affordable vacation. The scale and grandeur of this incredible country has to be seen to be appreciated. Jasper National Park is mountain getaway surrounded by towering peaks, untouched wilderness, and turquoise lakes tucked into alpine valleys. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Canada is a major RV travel destination renowned for its vast natural landscapes and stunning scenery. America’s northern neighbor offers visitors a truly unique vacation experience with a exceptional diversity of natural attractions. From the rugged Pacific coastline, to the ancient rain forests of British Columbia, across the majestic Rockies and the rolling wheat field plains of the prairie provinces, Canada has it all! You will never tire of RVing in Canada, because over every horizon there is something new and amazing to experience. Once you’re set on RVing in Canada, the challenge is deciding where to go and what to see and do when you get there.... [Read more...]

Tips For RVing With Pets

May 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Tips For RVing With Pets

RVing with pets gives you the ability to bring your entire family along for the fun. Pet friendly amenities often include a dog agility course and pet parade. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Bringing your animal companion along for the trip eliminates the anxiety of boarding your pet or asking a neighbor or friend to pet-sit. More and more RVers are traveling with their pets and finding that it makes camping even more enjoyable. It’s difficult to find campgrounds and RV parks today that don’t welcome pets. Even still, plan your trip with pet-friendly destinations in mind. Contact the campground ahead of time to determine their policies on pets and then plan accordingly. If your lifestyle or your pet’s lifestyle cannot adapt, find a different campground. Bring copies of vaccination records with you every time you travel with your animal. Carry a photo of your pet too. You’ll be glad you did if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of making, photocopying,... [Read more...]

Easy RV Cooking

May 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Easy RV Cooking

One important consideration in planning any camping trip is the food and cooking supplies you take with you. This is especially important when camping with kids. One way to master RV cooking is to minimize your grocery items and you can do that by limiting the number of ingredients in the meals you cook to no more than four. If you are like me, your camper is stocked with a number of staples. We always carry several packages of pasta, cans of diced tomatoes and chicken broth, olive oil, onions and garlic as well as basic spices that we use regularly such as salt and pepper, basil and oregano. By combining these already stocked ingredients with a few items you have packed for the trip, you’ll eliminate any wasted space with unnecessary items. Furthermore, if you’re ever in need of a quick meal, these staples alone can be combined into a delicious meal. To do this, combine the pasta, tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil in a large stockpot (another staple I never travel without): 12... [Read more...]

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