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RVing 101: Top 100 places to RV in Canada winners announced

August 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

RVing 101: Top 100 places to RV in Canada winners announced

Kootenay Plains Provincial Recreation Area (Alberta) Photo courtesy Alberta Parks Go RVing Canada, in partnership with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), launched the month-long “Top 100 Spots to RV in Canada” Centennial Contest July 7 for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Earlier this month (August 10) Go RVing Canada announced the winner. Mr. Lloyd Blue from Camrose, Alberta won the contest through a draw that took place on August 6, after entering his favourite spot to RV in Canada—Two O’Clock Campground in the Kootenay Plains Provincial Recreation Area (Alberta). “We had over 570 entries during the contest,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Angèle Lapointe.  “It was absolutely incredible to read all of the submissions and it really makes us realize how fortunate we are to live in such a great country.” “This event is a true testament to the RV lifestyle,” added Lapointe, “which clearly remains... [Read more...]

Five Easy Tips for Safety on the Road

August 15, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Five Easy Tips for Safety on the Road

On our summer road trip this year, we dealt with some safety issues and had to face the possibility of needing to end our trip early. While no one likes to think about that possibility, there are occasions when it becomes the only safe alternative. Luckily we were able to continue on our journey, but we had laid some groundwork for being able to make that decision ahead of time. While most of these ideas amount to simple common sense, I would like to share these with you as they may not be something you will have thought about, especially if you are new to road/camping trips or have been lucky enough to avoid safety concerns on previous journeys. 1) Stay well within your tow/load limits. When purchasing our camper, we checked out the approved tow load for our Dodge Durango and made sure to purchase a camper that was well below the load limit. Pay attention to what your camper will weigh fully loaded with food, water and clothing as well; most dealers will be able to provide this information... [Read more...]

What are we going to eat?

August 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

What are we going to eat?

It’s the next question after where are we going? And since I don’t want to disappoint, I do try to put some thought into what will be on the menu for the trip. waffle with fresh plum jam Last trip we were out for 5 nights, so I did some serious meal planning, nothing difficult to cook, but still tempting to the taste buds. Waffles with homemade plum jelly were a hit and a little less sticky then regular maple syrup, plus it’s a little something different then what we have when we’re home. Just remember to add waffle maker on your list of what to put in the camper. As always, the crock-pot made my life easier. I made sausage sandwiches for the older members of the family. easy dinner in the crock pot Just take your Italian sausage, cut into lengths the size of the sandwich roll and place them on the bottom of the crock-pot. Then toss in slices of onions and peppers (I cheated on the peppers and bought precut frozen ones from the grocery store) Then just top it all off with a jar... [Read more...]

Enjoy the Oregon Coast at Winchester Bay RV Resort

August 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoy the Oregon Coast at Winchester Bay RV Resort

As full-timers, we realized that we do not need to see the entire country all at once, so we try to pick places especially enjoyable and spend some time.  Winchester Bay RV Resort is one of those places; we just spent 2 months there this summer.  Rainbow over Salmon Harbor What first attracted us to this resort was its location—on a peninsula with the mouth of the Umpqua River on one side and Salmon Harbor on the other.  On the river side, you can hear the surf on the rocks and on the Salmon Harbor side, you can watch the activity in the Salmon Harbor Marina. We loved that almost every site has a view of the water, and many sites are right on the water.  On the marina side, the sites are pull-in (as opposed to back-in) so that your front window (if you have a motor home) faces the water. The resort has fire pits and picnic tables at every site, two buildings with the restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, a playground, a putting green, wood delivered to your site, wi-fi, cable... [Read more...]

Videos: Corpus Christi Texas RV Resorts

August 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Videos: Corpus Christi Texas RV Resorts

Look at these two beautiful RV Resorts in Corpus Christi, Texas. Colonia del Rey RV Park and Padre Palms RV Park are two of the finest in the Corpus Christi, Texas area. There are so many fun things to see and do in this area, and so many fun things to do at each of these parks, too.  Both of these Corpus Christi, Texas RV Parks has a pool and planned recreation for everyone, or you can just enjoy the palms and Gulf breezes. These Texas Resorts are perfect for the winter travelers trying to get away from the snow and cold, but are also travel destinations year round for families looking for fun places to explore. Find a Woodall’s 2010 top-rated RV park for your next trip.

A Quiet Night in North Platte

August 11, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

A Quiet Night in North Platte

Every summer as we travel, we seem to have occasion to spend at least one night in North Platte, NE. This happens because we are most often traveling to the southwest from our home in Wisconsin and North Platte looms as a natural stopping point either on our way out or on our way home. When we traveled this spring, without our camper, we stopped there on our way home. This summer, on our two week RV excursion west, we used it as our first night’s resting spot. When planning our trip this past winter, and searching for an RV park in the North Platte area, we consulted Woodall’s listings and the Holiday RV Park and Campground jumped out at us as the place we’d most like to stay. With 90 sites available, the most typical site has 30 feet of space available and 70 have full hookups. The park boasts sparkling clean restrooms, a pool and free Wi-Fi, which was very appealing as we had hoped to be able to keep in touch with family and friends at home during our trip. We arrived about two... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Iowa Camping

August 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One Tank Trip for Iowa Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. Iowa is thought by many to be at the center of America’s heartland, and they would be right; this is where the American ideal is alive and well. The Hawkeye State’s people are warm and friendly, who understand that you get a day’s wage for a day’s work. A great many farms run through this region, producing a sizable portion of America’s output of corn and soybeans, but there’s a lot more to Iowa than just cornfields and farming. Make Iowa your one tank trips destination and come see for yourself. Cedar Rapids is a perfect place to start off your vacation, as it provides a blend of city and country living. You’ve got the theaters, nightlife, and fine dining opportunities available in any big city, but there’s a small town feel at work here that gives Cedar Rapids a charm all its own. There are city parks, state parks, and wide-open county parks within Cedar Rapids, providing you with... [Read more...]

DOING THE RIGHT THING – It takes Chacter and Integrity

August 9, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

DOING THE RIGHT THING – It takes Chacter and Integrity

If you are going to have a bad luck experience, it is much easier to endure if you have good luck dealing with it.  Such was the situation recently when a bearing seized on our trailer while leaving THE RALLY in Louisville, KY. We were only six miles away from the Louisville Exhibition Center where The Rally 2010 was held.  It was late Sunday afternoon and we were heading home – some 600 miles from our current location.  As I turned onto I-64 East I felt a bump, but thought nothing of it.  A few moments later a car pulled up along side of us blowing the horn while the passenger was pointing back at our trailer.  I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a piece of plastic sticking out in the left wheel well area.  I slowed down and turned off of I-64 at an exit directly in front of us.  I stopped at a traffic light and noted the driver of the vehicle next to me making all sorts of gestures indicating that I had a problem with the trailer.  The next turn was into a parking lot of... [Read more...]

Our Grandson’s First RV Adventure

August 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Grandson’s First RV Adventure

While our grandson’s father (our son-in-law) was deployed to Iraq, we decided it would be fun to take our grandson to Disney World.  We had heard a lot of great things about the Fort Wilderness Campground, so we started making all the arrangements.  We thought it would be the perfect place for him to celebrate his 4th birthday.  The most difficult part of the planning was when we had to break the news to his mother (our daughter) that this was a “grandparents/grandson” trip. (Photo Caption: Pluto visits during breakfast) We ended up compromising and flying her down for the last couple of days of the trip.  While he had stayed with us a few times in the RV, this was the first time he got to actually travel with us for any distance.  He was already excited about the “house with wheels,” but when he saw the slideouts moving, he was very impressed. The RV is set up nicely so that he was able to ride in his car seat and watch DVDs during the trip (our... [Read more...]

RVing 101: Top 10 RV destinations

August 8, 2010 by · 19 Comments 

RVing 101: Top 10 RV destinations

Answer the call of the open road. A long-standing North American tradition is the RV road trip; traveling the highways and byways of the United States and Canada in a recreational vehicle. Amid the massive red-rock formations near Sedona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Excel Distributors, the purveyor of aftermarket RV mattresses, has created the “Top 10 RV Destinations,” a list of the most scenic spots to park your RV for a few days or for a week, or even longer. Although created with the year 2009 in mind, these RV destinations are time honored and as relevant today and tomorrow as they were then. Two of the locations—Tunnel Mountain in Banff and Verde Valley—are also among our favorite locations; while several others are on our bucket list of must-see locales while we’re cruising in our “road house”. Whether it is a grand getaway for a few weeks or a short trip of a few days, settle into one of these top picks for RV destinations: 1. Madison Arm Resort, West... [Read more...]

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