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It would be nice if you didn’t have to reload your RV before every trip. Everything you need would always be there, and all that would be required to start your trip was walking out the door, climbing inside, starting your engine, and driving off.
It would be nice, but wouldn’t be practical, and wouldn’t work. Every member of the family would always need or want something that wasn’t there, no matter how well you planned it. However, there are certain items that you should always have in your RV.
Essential Items for RV Travel
Items that should always be stowed on board:
First Aid kit – Heart surgery implements not necessary, but you should have the tools to patch up simple wounds and treat minor injuries.
Tool Kit – Even if you’re not a Jack-of-all-Trades, with a basic tool kit you can make simple repairs or replace a part out on the road, possibly avoiding a trip to the repair shop.
Copies of important medical data – Insurance, prescriptions,... [Read more...]
December 27, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 4 Comments
What new things in RV living for 2015 should we expect to see this year? Well, as always, new designs and “must have” innovative gadgetry will evolve with the coming new year. Much of the RV innovations will focus on space saving ideas and providing more “home-like” features. The big on the inside, small on the outside trend will continue to be tweaked and improved. A perfect example of this can be found in the re-introduction in 2015 of Fleetwood’s Flair 26D. This full-body painted motorhome offers an exceptionally large living area for a package that is less than 27’ long.
The encompassing of thin flat screen TV’s into cupboard doors adds easy storage and a dual use of space. Televators, TV’s mounted that power up from a table top, quickly convert a living room from a TV watching spot to a conversation area for hosting your guests. Expanded living space with rear slides that increase the RV’s length when in camp is a growing trend in some models. Murphy... [Read more...]
There is no better way to spend quality time with those you love than to go camping with them. It gets you out of your house, city, and car and out into nature with just the necessities, to truly appreciate where you are, who you are with, and just take a breather from the everyday conundrums.
However, if you and your partner work full-time and your kids (and/or grand kids) take up much of your free time, you may be asking yourself: “How to Make Time for Camping?” Well, the answer is really quite simple. You just have to plan your camping trips well in advance, book them, and then prepare for them accordingly as the date nears.
Impromptu camping trips can be fun, memorable mini-vacations, but the benefit of planning a camping trip well in advance is it locks you in by being “on the calendar.” This way, everyone involved can plan their time off accordingly and thus holds you accountable for following through and actually going, no matter what comes up. You... [Read more...]
We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are.
One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory.
However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection…
Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have
1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into your contact list for fast retrieval. Cell phones are also helpful to have when under stressful conditions like a traffic accident or injury.
2. Fire extinguishers (note the plural)... [Read more...]
December 23, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 3 Comments
Sitting at home by the fire as this year is ushered out to welcome 2015, one can’t help thinking of the past. As the New Year will bring changes, Paul pondered how he, too, could alter to enhance his life. Perhaps in the form of a resolution, a promise to one self for the coming year. His eyes then drifted to a framed photo on the mantle. It was of him many years ago, camping with his parents in the wilds of Idaho. Beside it was a picture of his son, at about a similar age, laying on the bunk in their trailer fully involved with a handheld video game.
It was then that the idea for a unique New Year’s camping resolution struck him: to make camping what it used to be, a fun filled outdoor family adventure full of exciting activities, such as fishing, hiking, swimming and much more.
Looking back at the past camping season was certainly not what one might term as an outdoor adventure. His son, Sheldon, spent the days either texting his friends or deeply engaged in an electronic... [Read more...]
December 21, 2014 by Peter Mercer · 13 Comments
Photo by Mike Colyer
Winter camping with your trailer or motorhome can be a wonderful experience. The cold weather and a little snow can heighten the senses of true camping. The lack of other campers in the park can add to the changes you might otherwise not encounter. The managing of the heat, power and water supply can provide a sense of accomplishment.
There are, however, other factors that may not be as enjoyable. Being somewhat cold and uncomfortable during both camp set-up and the breaking up can be expected. Some isolation may be felt as night falls, and there are no neighboring lights to illuminate the surroundings.
While there are certain items you will require to survive this camping trip, like plenty of propane, fuel, water, groceries, warm clothing, boots, gloves, and much more, there is one intangible that can make or break your enjoyment. That is attitude! The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude.
This can be one of the most interesting... [Read more...]
December 20, 2014 by Cynthia Baum · 1 Comment
Here are some quick tips on how to decorate your RV for the holidays! You can go big or stay simple, either way you will love having your RV decked out for the holiday season!
Every RV can look stunning for the holiday season with these fun and easy tips. Starting with the outside of the RV, you can pop a beautiful wreath on the front, get icicle lights to hang from the awning and around the top and sides of your RV. Plus there are loads of fun ways to set up a little Nativity scene, snowman, or light-up Christmas trees and reindeer around your campsite on the outside. These are all simple, yet fun ways to dress up the outside of your RV.
Photo by Sandy Winn
Moving on to the inside, the slide-out is the perfect place for hanging Christmas lights, garlands, ornaments and stockings. On the front dash area, if you are going to be parked for most of the month, you can set up a Christmas Village or other similar decor that can be enjoyed from the inside and outside of your cozy home away from... [Read more...]
December 19, 2014 by admin · 1 Comment
There are a few items that every RVer must always take with them before they leave for any trip of any duration and we discuss those items in this video.
With so much to choose from this time of the year, you may be hard pressed to decide which type of vacation to take. If you don’t have too much time, but still want to have fun, plan a weekend getaway. Here are some tips to get you there:
First, determine a fun activity, which can be the focus of your trip. A good source of ideas might be found in your local newspaper. A “Weekend Planner” section can usually be found on a Wednesday or Thursday with upcoming local events within a short drive.
Another source for ideas is the Internet. We recently found a show we wanted to see put on by a comedian only a two hour drive away from our home and built an RV trip around going to see the show. The first thing we did is reserve our tickets for the show to be certain we had seats.
Next, find an RV park. This is half the fun as you review the potential parks in the Good Sam RV and Campground Directory online. We love perusing the details on parks near our destination to find the... [Read more...]
Camping, Holidays and Food go hand in hand, which is why it is always fun learning new Holiday Camping Recipes. So when you and your family are out camping for the holidays, you can try some new (to you), yet tried and true recipes that are bound to make it to your “Favorites” and “Must-Have” lists for future trips. Here are a few examples of some exciting holiday camping recipes, featuring main dishes, side dishes and a tasty dessert.
Shish Kebabs– Skewer your favorite combination of meat (steak, shrimp, chicken, etc), veggies (carrots, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, etc), and fruit (pineapple is amazing grilled) either at home (before leaving) or at your camp site. If you choose to wait until you are at your camp site, everyone can assemble their own and make custom kebobs, adjusted to their unique tastes (likes and dislikes). Then just toss them on your campfire grill topped with your favorite grilling sauce and turn often to brown everything evenly and slowly.
As... [Read more...]
Hi, all! This month’s column covers a number of different RV problems. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to answering your questions throughout the New Year! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark: We have a 2001 Sunnybrook 27FKS. Being stored inside, it is in new like condition. Last summer when arriving at camping sites, the temperature being above 80 degrees, we would turn the thermostat down to 73 degree and turn on the AC. The fan will come on immediately, but the compressor takes between five and 15 minutes before turning on. After perhaps running for five minutes, the compressor turns off. It then takes five to 15 minutes before the compressor come on again. It takes hours sometimes to cool down the trailer. The air is cool coming out when the compressor is working. Where do I start looking for the problem? Norman
Hi, Norman, There are a number of things that can cause the problem... [Read more...]
A squirrel chewed a hole in the air-conditioner cover on the top of our RV and built a nest inside.
After removing the cover and cleaning out the nest, I wrapped wire mesh on all the vent openings and fastened the mesh to the cover with wire-ties. No squirrels since then.
Donald Vita, San Antonio, Texas
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December 11, 2014 by Cynthia Baum · 2 Comments
RVing is proven to be the “Greenest” and most environmentally friendly way to vacation, so why not learn how to go Green RVing to make it that much “greener?” RVing beats (and generates less carbon dioxide than) flying in an airplane, renting a car, and staying in hotels.
Here are some ways to go Green RVing:
Use an RV or tow vehicle that is diesel, and therefore promoting greater fuel efficiency.
Use an RV that is lighter weight (hence being lighter to tow and uses less gas) that is made out of eco-friendly composites. Some of these compact RVs have even been known to have MPGs that rival those of large trucks and SUVs, making them more efficient.
Use a smaller RV that is creatively designed to give you the feel of a larger RV and one with a more aerodynamic front end to help with wind resistance that larger, more boxy RVs battle.
Use power-saving LEDs, renewable woods, green textiles, as well as other eco-friendly options throughout your RV.
Go Solar! Use... [Read more...]
December 10, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 2 Comments
Thousands of snow-weary northerners flock to Texas for the winter.
The colorful green jay is usually seen in brushy areas anddense woods in the lower Rio Grande Valley.. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
In Texas—a state famous for adding its unique flair—migrating snowbirds have been affectionately dubbed Winter Texans.
Most congregate in one of two areas: Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley.
The majority of Winter Texans flock to “The Valley”, an area near the Mexican border that stretches from Brownsville and Harlingen in the east to Mission in the west—a distance of about 65 miles.
The Valley lies at nearly the same latitude as Miami, Florida. Winters tend to be mild and a bit breezy; however, the weather can be unpredictable. The Valley enjoys a year ’round sub-tropical climate with an average temperature of 74°F. The average rainfall is 23.2 inches.
The Valley is arguably the best bargain in the U.S. for wintering in a warm climate. While the area offers everything... [Read more...]
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