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Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

February 25, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

In recent posts I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater, space heaters destroyed pets and RVs in two separate fires, and six other RV fires resulted in two deaths. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley was driving a newly purchased motorhome through Phoenix when flames started shooting through the floor. “I was coming down the road and the engine just caught on fire,” Graley told azfamily.com. “All of the sudden flames just started coming out of the pedals,” added Graley’s wife, Candy. The Graleys have been down on their luck. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley lost his job when the cellphone company he worked for merged with another company. They bought the motorhome so they would have a place to live as well as a vehicle. “They foreclosed on my house and repoed my car so we bought this so I would have someplace to live,” he said with tears in his eyes. Today, the Air Force veteran was able... [Read more...]

More Space Heater Fires Destroy Pets & RVs

January 30, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

More Space Heater Fires Destroy Pets & RVs

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. A fire started by a space heater in a travel trailer spread to a second trailer, a car, and a home just. (Credit: Avra Valley Fire Department) In an earlier post I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater. In today’s post I report on two RV fires caused by careless use of space heaters. Arizona Fire Started by Space Heater A fire started by a space heater in a travel trailer spread to a second trailer, a car, and a home in Picacho, reports the Arizona Daily Star. When units from the Avra Valley Fire District arrived on scene they found heavy flames and smoke coming from a masonry-built home, Patrick Calhoun, spokesman for the fire district, said in a news release. A car and two travel trailers also were ablaze. It took two engines and two water tenders to extinguish the fires. “The fire was believed to have had started in one of the... [Read more...]

Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

January 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Propane Space Heater Fire Destroys 4 Dogs & RV

Studies show that fires in recreational vehicles, especially older units, tend to be more devastating than those in other forms of residence. A portable space heater started the fire that consumed this RV. (Credit: The Spokesman-Review) Heating and electrical system malfunctions are the leading causes of fire in RVs. Together, they account for one-third of the fires. Four small dogs died and an RV was recently (January 15, 2013) destroyed in a fire blamed on a propane space heater in Spokane, Washington, The Spokesman-Review reported. A man had been staying in an RV parked in a driveway and was inside the house watching television with the homeowner when they heard a noise, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford. They found the RV in flames. “He was trying to get the dogs out and was unable to,” Clifford said. The man was treated for smoke inhalation. Clifford said the dogs may have knocked the space heater over or knocked something flammable into it. A propane heater also shouldn’t... [Read more...]

AIRTABS

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AIRTABS

When we got our RV from the dealer, they were nice enough to bring it to our campsite where it would be parked.  Back then, we didn’t have a vehicle to tow it as we had a Venture van.   But the following year, out of the blue, the motor on our van burned and we had to shop around for a new vehicle.   We knew that since we had to purchase something we wanted to have one that would be able to pull our Rv for long trips.   We found a Suburban that was fit to pull it and since then we enjoy going places with the RV. However, as soon as we were able to take the RV with us on trips, we looked for ways to be fuel efficient.   While navigating the internet one day, my husband stumbled on the website promoting Airtabs.   After he read about Airtabs he was so enthusiastic that we purchased some to install on our RV. What are Airtabs?   Well it is a patented shaped vortex generator designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing the aerodynamic pressure... [Read more...]

Got an iPad? Drive a RV? Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

January 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Got an iPad?  Drive a RV?  Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad.  LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2013 – Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Rand McNally’s RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application offered that is specifically designed for RV navigation. The new application, available on the App Store(sm), provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally’s proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips. The app also includes dynamic weather*, a map overlay feature that helps drivers anticipate conditions such as high wind and precipitation along the route. Also included is a bonus feature of the app: An e-book version of America’s... [Read more...]

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

January 7, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

How to avoid tire blowup while RVing

Having a tire blow up is not fun whether you are rving or not.    In both case, you need to change the wheel when it happens.   However, I think the worse kind of blowup would be the ones when you pull your RV. It happened to us twice so far.  We were driving with the RV behind and then one of the tires on the RV just blew.  The first time, we didn’t realize it and someone driving pass us kindly inform us of the problem.  That tire was on the driver’s side.   Fortunately, in Ontario the sides of highways is quite large and we were able to have space when we proceeded to change the tire.     The second time, we heard the tire when it blew up.   We were on our way on one big highway in the state of New York in the US.   We knew that we needed to stop and change it.   So we parked as best as we could on the side of the highway (which isn’t as large as in Ontario by the way).   Every time a huge truck or bigger vehicle would pass next to the RV we could see it move.  ... [Read more...]

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fall and Winter Warning about Blacklegged Ticks

An earlier post, Top 10 things RVers Should Know about Ticks, stressed the fact that ticks can be active even in the winter. That’s right! Adult stage blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) become active every year after the first frost. They’re not killed by freezing temperatures, and while other ticks enter a feeding diapause as day-lengths get shorter, deer ticks will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. This surprises people, especially during a January thaw or early spring day. Remember this fact and hopefully you’ll never be caught off-guard. Campers, hikers, and hunters should take special precautions in the woods during fall and winter to avoid this winter-resilient tick that transmits Lyme disease, according the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “We are trying to make the hunters aware that there are ticks in some of these areas and asking them to check their deer,” said Lindsay Rist, wildlife communication... [Read more...]

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

November 30, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

The day after Thanksgiving, the full day of eating whatever we want; we set out for a fun weekend of camping at the beach. The beach camp spot my aunt reserved this year was at Leo Carrillo State Beach, a scenic stretch of canyon leading to gorgeous coastline, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.  You access it from the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of where we live.  My dear aunt was only one day late in reserving our typical spot at Carpinteria State Beach and, lo and behold, there were no spots left!  So we settled for second best: Leo Carrillo, where I grew up camping and loving every second of it. Leo Carrillo is just off a narrow, windy stretch of highway along the coast with no bike lane, so bicycling with our kids in tow to the campsite was out of the question (although we did enjoy riding around the campground and over to the beach side)! We packed up our bikes and set off with the RV and a handful of tents for two nights at Leo Carrillo State Beach... [Read more...]

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...]

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

October 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

During the 2011-2012 Snowbird Season Arizona RV parks reported their winter residents appeared to be staying longer than in previous years, partially due to high fuel prices. The annual O’Odham Tash Celebration, a gathering of tribes, is held in mid-February and features Native American arts and crafts, ceremonial dances, rodeos, powwows, and parades. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved With thousands of snowbirds planning to hit the road during the coming weeks and months, two things will be on their minds—arriving at their destination safely and the price of fuel. Nationally, average retail gas prices are approximately 50 cents higher than a year ago and one dollar higher than two years ago, according to gasbuddy.com. With gas prices reaching record levels, it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on your fuel spending. While we have no control over the price of fuel, we can do a few things to help save money. Most motorists share one common goal—to get the best mileage possible.... [Read more...]

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