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Month: March 2010

Ready, Set, Camp!

March 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Well there’s still some snow on the ground here, but I just made our reservation for our first weekend trip, so my mind is now set on getting everything ready to gear up for the season. Yes, it’s still 2 months away, but it’s been a long, cold, snowy winter here in PA, so I’ll just get started early and be ready for Mother’s Day weekend. Like Donna Carol, I believe in lists for the camper. I’ve got lists for what belongs in the kitchen, the bathroom and even the bed of the truck. To make life easier I plan a menu for the days we’ll be gone and then make a list of all the foods and utensils I’ll need to make that menu. We’ve learned the hard way to make the beds before we leave the house to make sure everyone has their sheets and pillowcases (in a pinch, you can use an extra t-shirt to cover a pillow). Next I hit the Internet and do some searching there, to make more lists. The 1st thing I search for is the local Wal-mart, because even with all my lists, we sometimes need... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2005 Coachmen

March 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2005 Coachmen

2005 Coachmen Previously $21,900 – Now $14,500 32 ft. Rear Living Room trailer with slideout. Features spare tire with carrier, two entry doors, stabilizing jacks, outside shower, ducted A/C, 3 burner stove, microwave, queen walk around bed in front, hide-a-bed, booth dinette, two swivel/glider chairs, walk thru bathroom, corner garden tub/shower combo, and more! Offered from Diamond Trailer Sales in Litchfield, IL. Learn more about this 2005 Coachmen! Find more great RVs on

RV Batteries 099

March 8, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

RV Batteries 099

Legions of material have been written on batteries.  You can find more battery information on-line than you would ever have time to read.  When I was teaching, we even had an undergraduate level class that was exclusively about batteries. Virtually all of our introductory courses at the college were 100, 101, etc.  But, we did have a few remedial courses to help  students who might not be fully prepared  for a 100 level course.  Internally, we often referred to these as 099 level courses.  That is where the “RV Batteries 099” title comes from. If you have a camping trailer of any type, you have most likely heard the following terms applied to batteries:  lead acid, absorbed glass mat, starting, deep cycle marine/RV,  golf cart, series connected, parallel connected, cold cranking amps, amp hours, reserve capacity and more. Do you know what all of those terms identify or mean? Not many people do and thus accept whatever the sales person may give them without question when they... [Read more...]

The True Challenge of White Butte

March 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The True Challenge of White Butte

A family of hikers on a quest to summit the highest points of as many of the 50 states as our ability allows, we arranged our return trip from a recent camping vacation out west to allow us to climb one of the few Midwestern “peaks” we had not yet completed. Headed up through Colorado and Wyoming, we eventually reach North Dakota where the highpoint of White Butte is our destination. Having recently completed the Minnesota highpoint in June, and summiting Oklahoma and Colorado while out west, we view this destination as an easy hike, not much of a challenge. White Butte is located on private property in the Little Missouri National Grassland in southwestern North Dakota.  Described as Class 1—Easy, the starting elevation on the hike is 3,100 feet and the elevation gain over the one mile trek to the summit is a mere 406 feet. This is a bit deceptive, however, as much of the elevation gain occurs during a very short span of the hike.  The owners of the property have graciously consented... [Read more...]

Fun At Fort Ross, California; Russian Fort Combines Fun & Education

March 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Fun At Fort Ross, California; Russian Fort Combines Fun & Education

I took my girls to northern California on a camping vacation. We had so much fun. We saw the Giant Red Wood Trees, we saw Lake Tahoe, we went white water rafting on the American River, we explored Alcatraz and rode a trolley car in San Francisco. We spent almost two weeks up there fooling around. There are always special moments that stand out in your mind when you get home. One of our special moments from that trip was also one of the least expensive things we did. I took the girls on a scenic drive one afternoon up the coast on Highway 1, because a nice lady I met in San Francisco recommended that I take the girls to see Fort Ross. I really did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The girls saw it first and once they figured out that it looked like a real old fort they could not wait for me to get the car parked. “The fort is situated atop a mesa which is surrounded by ravines which abut the sea. It is constructed of redwood planks (there is no other wood used... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Keystone Outback

March 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Keystone Outback

2009 Keystone Outback Previously $23,950 – Now $18,995 Loft model travel trailer sleeps 6+, features loading ramp, fold-out bed, sleeping loft, microwave, 3-burner stove, oven, bath tub/shower, front slideout, horseshoe dinette and more! Offered from Primeaux RV in Carencro, LA. Learn more about this 2009 Keystone Outback! Find more great RVs on

Mods that help utilize your kitchen space

March 4, 2010 by · 15 Comments 

Mods that help utilize your kitchen space

One of the things that I have really enjoyed doing with our r.v.s, is making them my/our own.  By that, I mean decorating the bathroom with pretty towels, picking the perfect comforter (it’s picked, but I’m waiting for it to go on clearance ;) ), buying organizational tools, and finding more efficient ways to utilize space.  The kitchen is the space where I most enjoy finding new and better ways to pack in more stuff store needed items efficiently; with a family of 13, the kitchen is one of the most frequently used spaces in our r.v.!  Sometimes, finding a way to utilize the small kitchen area better involves a minor modification.  I thought that I would share two super easy mods that we have done to make our kitchen space more functional.   One of my very favorite modifications is the addition of a knife magnet bar.  We did this addition to our previous travel trailer even though it had knife slots behind the stovetop, and we liked it so much that... [Read more...]

Click for Hair Cuts on the Road, Video by Debbie Block

March 3, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Click for Hair Cuts on the Road, Video by Debbie Block

This video is a hoot! All Flowbee fans check it out!

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Surveyor

March 3, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Family Friendly RV: 2010 Forest River Surveyor

2010 Forest River Surveyor Previously $33,351 – Now $22,886 32 ft. travel trailer sleeps 10! Features slideout, 26″ Flat Screen TV, Outside Stereo Speakers, Earth Interior luxury package, spacious pantry and more! Offered from Couchs RV Nation in Hamilton, OH. Learn more about this 2010 Forest River Surveyor! Find more great RVs on

The North Carolina Zoo

March 2, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

The North Carolina Zoo

We had decided to camp for Thanksgiving the other year and headed down to North Carolina for a nice weeklong visit. One of the places I really wanted to visit was the North Carolina Zoo. We weren’t disappointed when we drove up the zoo’s long entrance road. Being from Southeastern PA, we’d never seen a zoo that was in an open area, our zoos here are in the city  and don’t have lots of open space. Having our picnic lunch in the back of the truck Since we were there the end of November, the trees were in their full glory, the vivid colors added to the beautiful surroundings of the zoo. There were a few class trips the day we went, but the zoo wasn’t very crowed, so we were able to take our time and really enjoy all the zoo has to offer. The zoo is about 500 acres, so figure on the whole day to really take in all the sights. We packed a lunch and ate out in the bed of the truck (see another reason camping is so great, most tow vehicles can also work as a corral to get the little... [Read more...]

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