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Mark, My Words – with Mark Nemeth, September 2014

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about bearings, generators, long term parking, water heaters and tire problems. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! ————————————— Mark: How often should you repack your wheel bearings on a travel trailer? I am hearing once a year. Is this correct? I can do myself but was wondering is there a video or something that can walk a person through this, as taking it to an RV dealer is rather expensive yearly. Thanks, Nolan Hi, Nolan: If your trailer is only used a few weekends a year and is never submerged in water (like a boat trailer), you can probably go quite a bit longer than one year before you need to worry too much about repacking the bearings. If you travel extensively, the one-year interval is actually a good idea. Even if the bearings are fine, pulling the hub and drum allows you to inspect the brake components for wear. Repacking... [Read more...]

Emergency Road Service

July 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Enhance Your Traveling With Good Sam Emergency Roadside Service; trips are worry-free! By Jim Brightly, KF7SCT   You wouldn’t think of driving your car or taking your RV on a tour without liability plus collision and compensation insurance, would you? Well, Good Sam Emergency Roadside Service is insurance. Insurance that assures that your trips can continue even if something untoward should happen along the highway. It provides assistance should a flat tire occur, fuel if for whatever reason you should need it, a battery for a quick start, and a tow if that should prove necessary as well.   An RV is a wonderful and exciting tool! A tool that can take you places you’d probably never visit if you weren’t an RVer. Not only can you visit new wonders in your RV, you can also enjoy your own bedding, your own pillows, and your own bathroom in your own RV. For some of us, these are important aspects of a comfortable life. But even the strongest tool can bend or break, and then assistance... [Read more...]

Sun Valley Celebrates 38 Years as a Good Sam Park

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun Valley Celebrates 38 Years as a Good Sam Park

Founded in 1976, Sun Valley Campground specializes in treating guests right. Now in its 38th year as a Good Sam Park, Sun Valley, located in Chillicothe, Ohio, boasts 50 spaces, a game room, rec room, playground and pond. The RV park caters to larger motorhomes, and offers 50-amp power in addition to 30-amp sites. Plans are in the works for expanding their amenities for bigger coaches. Owner Norma Gartner says that understanding the customer is key to longevity of the park. “I treat people the way I want to be treated,” says Norma. “We give them a safe, clean environment with reasonable rates.” Gartner says she always strives to provide a creating a clean, fun place where families and couples can feel welcome and comfortable during their travels. “We have playground have two shelter houses for family reunions, birthday parties and wedding receptions,” explains Norma. “We love people and love to see families have a good time.” Guests at Sun Valley can go fishing at the pond,... [Read more...]

Mark My Words—Q&A With Mark Nemeth, July 2014

July 15, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about exhaust fumes, rubber roofs, leaks, brakes and backing. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! —————————————————————— Mark: When I run my generator while driving my class-A, the fumes come into the motorhome, especially into the rear bedroom. Is there a way to prevent this?  Debbie Hi, Debbie: That kind of problem is very dangerous. Please don’t run the generator again until you locate the problem and fix it! I would start by looking at the inside of the generator compartment for any obvious damage or openings that could be allowing the exhaust gases to enter the rig. Also take a close look at the generator’s exhaust system to be sure there are no holes in any of the components, and that the tailpipe and all other parts are intact. If everything around the generator... [Read more...]

RV Lingo Explained

July 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Lingo Explained

Grandpa teaches RV lingo to new RVer After you bought your first RV, did you feel like you had to learn a new language to understand the lingo you were now hearing from your fellow RVers? You’re not alone. As in nearly every sport, occupation, or lifestyle – including the RV lifestyle – new words pop up that you’ve never heard before and familiar words sometimes take on new meanings. So, to ease your way into the RV Lifestyle, I’ve attempted to take the mystery out of some of the more common RV jargon, RV lingo, and RV clichés. Read on. Basement – Storage area beneath the floor of a motorhome, accessible from the outside and sometimes through an internal trap door. Boondocking (or Dry Camping) – Camping without hooking up to an external electric, sewer, or water source, using electricity from the RV’s batteries, solar panels, wind turbine, or generator, using internal tanks for waste, and water from a fresh water holding tank. Blue Boy – A portable wheeled plastic... [Read more...]

Rain? Wind? Heat? What clothes to bring for summer camping

June 17, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Summer camping fun includes fishing and canoeing I will tell you right up front, I can predict what the weather will be for your summer camping trip. It is important to know this so you know what clothes to bring for summer camping. Will it rain, or be foggy? How about wind? Will it be muggy hot in the afternoon but with a teeth-chattering morning chill? My prediction to these questions is: Yes – to all. In fact, this prediction would also apply to what to bring to summer camp besides clothes since the weather – and its unpredictability – will determine what activities to pursue. But first, the clothes. Other than bringing along your entire wardrobe, a well-planned  camping trip will include what you need but will not take up valuable space with what you don’t. Convertible pants – Serve as protection from morning chill and hiking in tick country. But when it warms up, just zip off the bottoms of the pants and you have a pair of shorts. Stuff the amputated legs in your day pack. Shorts... [Read more...]

Mark My Words

June 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark My Words

Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about tires, decals, slides, and batteries. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! ——————————————————————– Hello, Mark: I have a Cedar Creek fifth-wheel with four 235/85R16 original tires. They are about 5 years old at this point. I plan to pull the trailer 6,000-7,000 miles this summer.  Should I renew these tires, and if so what kind of tires can I get that should give me trouble free travel for a few years? My trailer weighs about 14,000 pounds. Charles Hi, Charles: Your rig is most likely equipped with “LT” tires, so you will have a large number of brands to choose from. Opinions vary on which tires are best for RVs, and everyone has his own favorite. In most cases, you will pay more for better quality tires, so I would avoid the very inexpensive offerings and stick... [Read more...]

Ten essential items for your first RV camping trip

June 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Ten essential items for your first RV camping trip

When I was a first time RVer I squeezed everything except the hot tub and tennis court into every available crevice and closet, as if my true happiness depended on every single item. When I became a fulltimer, my camping gear list had grown to Godzilla-like proportions. But, as more camping days passed under my wheels so did the bread crumb trail of discarded gear and supplies that I discovered I could do without. However, after years of RVing, this is an educated guess of the essential items for a camping gear list. Basic camping gear list First Aid Kit –Find a good all-around assembled first aid kit at Camping World and add your personal preferences to it, such as anti-itch cream (for poison oak/ivy and insect bites). Day/fanny pack – Take your grab-and-go pack with you whenever you leave your rig for a hike, day of sightseeing, or to town for supplies. Include insect spray, sunblock, stuff-sack windbreaker, small first aid kit (travel variety, not the same as the master first aid... [Read more...]

Eco Friendly RVing

May 18, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Eco Friendly RVing

At first blush eco friendly RVing may sound like an oxymoron. Of course, just by choosing to RV rather than flying to your destination you are being more eco friendly and when you factor in the average cost per passenger per mile you are doing even better on energy effectiveness. If you’re living in an RV, you’re using far less fossil fuels each day than living in a house. Let’s look at some things you can do to minimize that environmental footprint even more. Before You Go You want all your engines tuned and operating as efficiently as possible. Make sure all tires are properly inflated. Ensuring your air filter is clean is a simple and inexpensive way to increase fuel mileage by 10%. You probably have seen a lot more solar panels in camp the last few years. Industry studies indicate, as many as one in five RVers employ some type of solar panel. Solar panels are essentially battery chargers that get their power free from the sun. They can be as simple as a dinner-plate... [Read more...]

San Diego County Wildfire Evacuees Welcome at Sunland RV Resorts

May 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

San Diego County Wildfire Evacuees Welcome at Sunland RV Resorts

As fire fighters continue to battle the San Diego County wildfires, Sunland RV Resorts is offering all evacuees a free stay at any of their five area resorts through today. “This is a difficult situation all around San Diego County, and Sunland RV Resorts would like to do what we can by offering a free place to stay for those evacuated,” stated Greg Sidoroff, Vice President of Operations. “We have five resorts open to evacuees, and will do our best to accommodate those in need.” An RV is required to stay at Sunland RV Resorts. While domestic animals are welcome, Sunland RV Resorts cannot accommodate other animals, including livestock. Reservations are not required. “For those needing an RV site in San Diego County tonight, come to any of our resorts with open sites and check in with the office in the morning.” If you need accommodations due to San Diego County wildfires, find the nearest Sunland RV park near you: San Diego RV Resort: (877) 717-6667 | 7407 Alvarado Rd., La... [Read more...]

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