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    Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park: Lakeside Fun Near Orlando

    April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park: Lakeside Fun Near Orlando

    Take a spin on an airboat or pay a visit to America’s favorite mouse during your stay at Boggy Creek Resort & RV Park, located on the tranquil shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, Florida. Situated amid oaks with Spanish moss and palm trees, the resort provides access to great boating and fishing on one of Florida’s most spectacular bodies of water. The RV park also is a relatively short drive from Orlando, home to world-class amusement parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios and Disney World. But Boggy Creek has more than just a great location. Once you enter the attractive property, you’ll discover beautiful landscaping, paved interior roads and paved full-hookup sites for every RVer. Pull-through sites are available for larger RVs, along with big VIP Class A Motor Coach sites. Didn’t bring an RV? Stay at one of the large cabins or VIP cabins. Guests can make themselves at home in the eight bathhouses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, laundry... [Read more...]

    Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – April 2014: Mildew, Water Pressure, Screeching Inverters, Nitrogen, and Toilet Tanks

    April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Mark My Words – Q & A with Mark Nemeth – April 2014: Mildew, Water Pressure, Screeching Inverters, Nitrogen, and Toilet Tanks

    Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about mildew, water pressure, screeching inverters, nitrogen, and toilet tanks. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! —————————————————– Hi, Mark, Our 2005 Carriage Cameo 5th wheel is stored outside in an RV-storage area for the winter.  We go out to check on it about every 7 to 10 days.  We store it with all three ceiling vents open and cabinet doors open.  Yesterday when we entered it, we noticed a distinct musty smell for the first time, much like many house basements have.  We did find what appeared to be dark bacteria or mildew cultures in the RV antifreeze left in the stool during winterizing.  I cleaned that all out and rinsed the stool with Clorox.  Are there other measures we could or should take? Thanks. John Hi, John, Mildew and mold need two things to thrive: moisture and a source of... [Read more...]

    Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

    April 15, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

    Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

    Campifre-in-a-Carton I learned a trick from a park ranger at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; he taught me how to make homemade fire-starters. You’ll need lint from a clothes dryer; a cardboard egg carton; and a taper candle. Place a little of the clothes-dryer lint into each of the egg-carton compartments. Light the candle and carefully drip the wax on top of the lint in each compartment to seal the components. Now you have fire-starters at a bargain price. To use, simply cut the individual egg sections apart and store them in your RV. When you’re ready for a campfire, place a section under the kindling and light a corner of your homemade fire-starter. Soon you’ll be talking of the day’s adventures by the warmth of a crackling fire. Debbie Hale, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

    Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

    April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

    Make your next RV journey a moveable feast. The following RV Trips of a Lifetime for Food Lovers will truly make you appreciate the culinary diversity of North America. From succulent Maine lobster to great steaks on Oklahoma’s Chisholm Trail, the dishes found on these trips will make you want to turn around and go back for seconds. For more Trips of a Lifetime, check out our Explore Tab. Arkansas What’s better than good, down-home barbecue cooking in the Natural State? Take a trip to the best barbecue in the region. Read more… Florida Kick your heels up on the Florida panhandle and enjoy shellfish under azure skies. Read more…                                        Illinois Deep-dish pizza, Polish hot dogs, apple pie, Italian beef sandwiches and more are served with gusto in the Prairie State. Read more… Iowa The Hawkeye State serves up hearty, filling Midwestern food influenced by the German and French cultures that settled here. Read... [Read more...]

    Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

    April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

    We found so much to choose from in the form of family-friendly destinations in Greensboro.  One of the best things that we did when we pulled into town was to stop at their spacious visitor’s center.  The lobby has tons of brochures for local and regional attractions, and the staff made sure we picked up a 2014 vistors guide, which has pages of event and destination overviews. There are also pages of coupons in the back that offer discounts, like buy one get one free admissions to the Blandwood Mansion. Besides finding coupons to stops that we were already planning on going, by visiting the v.c. we were also able to ask a real live local, questions about the area and get the ‘insider’ scoop on the best places to see, do, and eat on this family camping trip!  (tip – stop at v.c.s everywhere you go – the locals are the best for giving recommendations, and you will often find coupons for local attractions!) We had intended on only spending 2 days in Greensboro,... [Read more...]

    Another Snowbird Season Ends as the Northern Migration Begins

    April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Another Snowbird Season Ends as the Northern Migration Begins

    As refugees from the frozen north, snowbirds escape winter at home by migrating southward each fall. Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. Sedona is also a popular stop over snowbirds on their northern flight. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved These snowbirds are mostly seniors that live part time in the Sunbelt and spend summers in the Northern states and Canada. They are gilded nomads, prosperous enough to own a recreational vehicle, a temporary second home, or condo unit. Snowbirds desire some place warm and relatively free from crime, and an active lifestyle that may involve boating, fishing, swimming, dancing, hiking, biking, 4X4ing, golf, shuffle-board, or pickle ball. Some prefer the Pacific or Atlantic coast or Gulf of Mexico with their sunny beaches, while the preference of other is the arid desert of the Southwest. Warm weather hubs such as Arizona, Texas, Florida, and California are tops for their... [Read more...]

    3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

    April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

    Three Must-Have Summer Camping Items at a discount price for the SALE (going on right now!) at the online Camping World store.  Check out my 3 favorite must-haves (and the awesome savings) below!   Slumber Hammock This comfy hammock is the perfect item for relaxing on sunny summer afternoons! Slumber in the sunshine outside your RV and enjoy a quick nap or simply lounge while reading a book.  My uncle has one of these and we always fight over who gets it as it’s the perfect spot to lie while resting outdoors after a big midday meal.  Plus the kids love it! It even folds up nice and tidy, while fitting into a convenient carrying case.  If you order soon (while the sale is going on), you can save almost $25 off the asking price at Camping World.com!   Folding Camp Table with Storage Bins Having additional counter space outside the RV while camping is always useful.  This light-weight fold-able table offers just that with the versatility of folding in half and also has a... [Read more...]

    Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

    April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

    For those outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports, especially of the spectator variety, there is an event not to be missed at northern New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley. The first weekend in April each year typically marks the end of the ski season and usually there are some hijinx to enjoy for both skiers and spectators alike. This year it was the inaugural Dos Equis Air Bag Championships. Participants had to pay a $10 entry fee, then ski down a chute which led them up a 15 foot ramp after which they would land in a massive airbag to break their fall. Intrigued, we made it a point to get there to watch a number of these feats and were not disappointed. One competitor in mid-flip above the airbag. The event was open to skiers and snowboarders 21 and over. Participants were rated on their technique, how much height they achieved off the ramp and their costumes. While some did not don festive garb, we did note several appropriately attired hot dogs and a male skier in a two piece bikini.... [Read more...]

    Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

    April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

    Another great find while our family was camping in North Carolina was the family friendly Greensboro Children’s Museum. Located across the street from the Greensboro Historical Museum in the downtown district, this fun stop and a great way to spend an afternoon if you are visiting the area with kids. The GCM has 33,000 square feet of indoor activities, but the fun starts before you even hit the front door!  Painted outside, on the concrete, was a round maze that the kids had a ball with (who knew it would be so exciting). The lobby continues in on the fun with a cute photo prop—an oversized red leather armchair.  My girls insisted on climbing up and requested a photo. Once in the museum, there is so much to choose from…from the enclosed toddler area for kids two and under, to a town full of destinations.  You can be a mail carrier for the post office and deliver packages up and down the street, stopping by the market, the pizza restaurant, a bookstore, theater, doctor’s... [Read more...]

    Top RV Parks for Food Lovers

    April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Top RV Parks for Food Lovers

    Don’t go RVing on an empty stomach. Check out the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s list of Top RV Parks for Food Lovers for 2014 to make sure you satisfy your hearty appetite. The RV parks on this list are located in regions known for distinctive local cuisine or in areas that host popular food festivals, so you’ll never be far from a virtual smorgasbord of culinary styles and tastes. Bon Appetite + For some RV parks, providing excellent culinary service is part of the customer experience. At Michigan’s Thunder Bay Resort, guests can partake in Elk Viewing Dinner Ride Package, in which gourmet dinner is cooked on two antique wood cook stoves and served in a rustic setting. + Some resorts cultivate their own food. Nevada’s Wine Ridge RV Resort for example, serves vintages produced from the vineyard and winery located on the property. In addition, the resort’s Symphony Restaurant has earned five-star ratings in a number of food guides. +... [Read more...]

    Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

    April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

    In March, we spent a few weeks in North Carolina near Greensboro and the Triad area, volunteering with cleanup efforts after the ice storms brought down trees and damaged houses.  While we were there, the littles and I were able to explore the area, and we found so many fun, family-friendly stops! One of our favorite finds was the Greensboro Historical Museum, a free museum that is located in scenic downtown Greensboro (there are several fabulous destinations in downtown Greensboro, all within easy walking distance of each other). The museum’s historic brick building houses a myriad of engaging and interesting displays covering the history of Greensboro. While the first floor is mainly museum offices, the second level of the museum opens with lovely reproduction rooms out of a local mansion, a pottery collection, and a tasteful gift shop where you can find all sorts of fun Greensboro branded items.  Following this is also a section that covers, chronologically, the history of Greensboro... [Read more...]

    Preparing for a Camping Trip

    April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Preparing for a Camping Trip

    My previous post about getting organized when preparing for a camping trip comes in handy for all campers, not just those with small kids. As part of your preparation, read this great checklist. Still, you might figure out you need a few more supplies. When planning for big purchases, it always pays to shop around and do all your research so that you buy exactly what you need and pay as little as possible for each item. I am a huge fan of couponing and buying secondhand myself, but more importantly, I like to feel confident when making a purchase and not feel like I’m getting ripped off. This comes into play when planning to purchase new camping supplies, whether it is for a large item or relatively small one. Check out the deals at Camping World for your next shopping trip. The list shown above will help you make sure you have everything you’re going to need while camping. It’s also a great resource to use as a buying guide for things you still need to purchase. It’s... [Read more...]

    Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

    April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [Read more...]

    Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

    April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

    While camping in Georgia last month, we spent a day discovering the downtown Augusta area. Located in a small radius are many great stops. We started with a visit to the Augusta Canal and Discovery Center. We also visited the Augusta Museum of History, which focuses on the area’s history, from first settlers to current trends. Because Augusta is home to one of golf’s major tournaments, The Masters, the museum features multiple golf pro statues and several rooms brimming with golfing exhibits. The museum has sections devoted to local transportation (and have a Peterson boat, a full size steam train, a trolley the kids can play in…), James Brown, the Civil War and a local hero.  The museum is also the location of the city’s Visitor’s Center (and a small gift shop), so it’s a great place to start your Augusta explorations. On Saturdays, a tour trolley originates from the museum that gives you a fun tour of the area.  Across the street is the historic... [Read more...]

    Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

    April 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

    Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

    To continue with my post from February 16, 2014 on planning our major camping trip for 2014, I write today to discuss a new tool in my planning: my Good Sam Camping iPhone app. I downloaded it a few days ago to locate a campground for our trip. You may recall that our plan is to “bag” four fourteeners (Colorado Peaks rising 14,000+ feet above sea level) on our trip this summer. Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross can be climbed, one after the other, in one day.  While it takes some strength and determination to do it, the journey is only about eight miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. To begin, I simply searched for, then downloaded the Good Sam app, at no charge, from the App Store on my iPhone. This app is also available for Android users for your Android phone. It took only a minute to download and proved simple to use. Knowing the names of the mountains but not where they were located in Colorado, I googled the first mountain we would climb, Mt. Democrat,... [Read more...]

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