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Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – March 2014

March 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – March 2014

Mark Nemeth has been involved with all things RV for more than 15 years, including almost five years on the road as a full-timer. He is the RV education director for Escapees RV Club and oversees the highly acclaimed RVers’ Boot Camp and SmartWeigh programs.    Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about voltage spikes, tires, towing, leaks, and weird holding tanks Remember, you can submit your RVing questions tommw@escapees.com. Happy Trails!   Hi, Mark, In the one year we have been fulltime RVing, we have had a few voltage spikes that have caused serious problems with both our Sharp microwave and our Iota converter. I looked at a system-wide voltage protector, but they are quite expensive, in the $300– $500+ range, can be large and some require professional installation. I now have individual voltage protectors on the microwave and converter and plan to add one to the refrigerator. These protectors cost $6–$8 and are small and easy to install/replace. To your knowledge,... [Read more...]

Mark My Words – Q&A with Mark Nemeth – February 2014

February 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, folks: I’ve got a real mixed bag for you this month! Keeping ants out of your RV, boondocking, and some tech Q and A. Hey, did you know you can email your RV questions to me? mmw@escapees.com. Selected questions will be published right here in the newsletter. Thanks for your continued support! ———————————————— Mark: How do you keep ants from infesting an RV when left on a gravel drive in Texas for four days while visiting relatives? Thank you, Jean Hi, Jean: I have found out painfully that the only way to deal with ants is to practice prevention. That means creating a barrier to stop the ants at every point where our RV’s wheels, jacks, hoses, and cords touch the ground.  Use a commercial ant and roach spray to lightly spray hoses, cords, and stabilizer jack pads. Spray around the tires where they contact the ground as well. For towable RVs, I’ve found that spraying the hubs of... [Read more...]

Poche’s Fish n’ Camp – Louisiana Cajun Camping!

February 6, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Poche’s Fish n’ Camp – Louisiana Cajun Camping!

While we were exploring southern Louisiana off of I-10, we spent four nights at Poche’s Fish n’ Camp. Located just a few miles east of Lafayette, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this RV park was the perfect place to base camp out of and to also spend a few days relaxing. Poche’s has lots of “Louisiana-flavor” and is very unique! The office is a small wooden cabin that’s decorated with all sorts of fishing paraphernalia, and there is a small store (2 shelving units) inside that features popular products like laundry soap and canned pork and beans. We were tickled with our site at Poche’s—in all, there are 88 sites that are long and level. Most are concrete pads that will easily accommodate a 40′ class A with a toad parked across the front (there are a few pull-thus, but most are back in).  Each site has a fire ring, and the sites have full hookups; both 30 and 50 amp are available.  All sites have nice grassy yards, and the grounds are obviously... [Read more...]

Planning family travel with Pinterest

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day, I stumbled on a post about using Pinterest as a tool to plan family travels. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I have started “pinning” things on a board titled Homeschooling on the Road, which contains a ton of fun activities for our kids to enjoy while we travel. Some of you might be wondering what Pinterest is about. Well, it’s essentially a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.  You will find many “pins” out there, but the beauty of Pinterest is that your own board can be personalized with your own interests. Today, I will talk about using Pinterest to incorporate geography activities while driving with the kids. While traveling, you can interest the kids in a destination if you plan carefully and strategically. With Pinterest, you can excite their interest by downloading maps, coloring pages and gathering information on where you are going. Here are some links that I find particularly interesting when... [Read more...]

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

During our recent time in Shreveport, our whole goal was to hit the best of the best in the area.  We tried to find a variety of destinations and activities, and here are a couple more sure-to-please-stops to add to our previous post Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park…  This 160 acre park, located just west of Shreveport, is a haven for birds and other wildlife.  The park sports extensive walking trails through wooded areas, and there are bird and deer enclosures on the property.  The park has a visitor’s center with multiple rooms filled with interesting and educational displays, including a room with local reptiles in it (some of them were venomous snakes).  There were a lot of hands-on activities for the kids, and interesting exhibits for us bigger people. The park holds numerous naturalist-led programs, for all ages, throughout the week; the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  We signed up for a ‘slithering snake’ talk, and the naturalist that was... [Read more...]

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

We just finished up a visit to Shreveport, Louisiana.  While we have been through Louisiana several times, we have always taken I-10 and never really stopped and explored.  This is the first time that we have ventured north, and we sure are glad we did! During our 3 days in Shreveport, we found all sorts of fun things to do, so whether you are a snowbird, or a family on vacation, here are a couple of our favorite local picks… One of our very favorite destinations was Holiday Lanes – a fun, clean, smoke-free bowling alley in Bossier City (NE Shreveport)!  Not your typical RV destination to be sure, but definitely added a fun and memorable aspect to our Shreveport visit!  We loved Holiday Lanes! The lanes were very well maintained, and even the settee area was classy and comfy with leather couches!  The alley has an enclosed adult lounge complete with large screen tv and pool table, and a pro shop.  The alley is both adult, and family friendly! We were impressed by how... [Read more...]

2014 Top Parks Announced by Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Top Parks Announced by <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its monthly Top Parks lists for 2014. Every month, the guide will release an article and press release that focuses on RV parks that stand out in a particular category, ranging from RV parks with great golf facilities to parks with great scenery. Top Park categories: January Top Snowbird RV Parks This roundup recognizing RV parks in America’s sunbelt that cater to RVers who travel south during the winter. Parks on this list offer amenities and services designed for long-term snowbird visitors. Click here for the full article and list of parks. February Top Pet Friendly RV Parks These parks allow pets and offer animal-friendly amenities and services, including dog runs, treats and other perks tailored for pet owners. Click here for the full article and list of parks. March Top Destination RV Parks These parks are located in or within close proximity to popular travel spots, such as Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, and... [Read more...]

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

This past week, we enjoyed a lovely day spent touring the Houston Zoo, enjoying their varied exhibits, and getting to see and learn about animals from all over the world.  The park has an area devoted just to unique and tropical birds, and another to different kinds of primates.  There is everything from Asian Elephants to African Kudu, Grizzly Bear to Cheetah.  We all had favorite areas in the zoo – Caleb, our 2 year old, loved the aquarium – it was all we could do to get him to move on to check out the other animals.  The reptile house, with it’s albino alligator, and extensive collection of poisonous snakes was popular with our boys and Peanut (our 6yo girl), while the other little girls liked everything in the Children’s Zoo! The zoo is a great place to visit whether it’s summer or winter - with plentiful shade in the warmer weather, and climate controlled buildings to visit in the cold (or a/c when it’s hot out), there is always a place to... [Read more...]

Christmas 2013

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas time…. Yesterday as I was thinking at what I should write for my post this close to Christmas I was wondering what to write about.   I had no clue what I could write. The snow was falling like crazy outside, my oldest son went three (or was it four?) times to shovel during the dayVing is not on our mind much when snow is surrounding us.  Though we do dream of place we would like to go. So as I was thinking of Christmas, decorated trees and making the almond bars that my family loves so much, I was pondering of my options.    And then it dawned on me.   How do RVers celebrate Christmas?   Do they have a Christmas tree? Can you find a nativity  scene in their RV?   Do they decorate with Christmas lights?   And finally, if I was on the road with my family how will I make the Christmas time special? Last week, the kids decorated some gingerbread buildings and a tree.  Last year, I stumbled on some interesting Gingerbread creations.  While my kids were icing,... [Read more...]

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Holiday Parks of the East

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Spend your holidays at one of the jolly RV parks in America’s eastern states. Florida’s fabulous resort communities ring in the season in spectacular fashion. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, guests can take a bus to nearby Disney World and watch the annual Christmas Processional, in which the story of Christmas is told by a celebrity narrator and is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Past narrators have included Jim Caviezel, Neil Patrick Harris, Geena Davis, Susan Lucci and Marlee Matlin. Toast holiday cheer in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Asheville Bear Creek RV Park in Asheville is located near the famous Biltmore House, an opulent mansion that was built by the Vanderbilt family and now open to the public. During the Holidays, the house is festooned with lights and can be seen from the park. Raleigh Oaks RV Resort & Cottages in Four Oaks provides guests with a great Holiday settings.... [Read more...]

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