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Month: October 2010

Full-Time Surprises

October 23, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Full-Time Surprises

(Photo Caption: Motor Home) We’ve been full-timing a few years now and have begun to feel pretty comfortable in the lifestyle and cannot imagine not being full-timers.  We spent several years planning for the change in lifestyle—doing tons of research.  Even with all that, we still ran into some surprises. Here is a list of our biggest surprises: You have to have a schedule All ads for campgrounds are not completely accurate All campers have different criteria for campgrounds Not all campground employees have actually stayed in an RV Doctors, dentists, and vets want long-term patients, not “transients” RV repair centers act like doctors, dentists, and vets Schedule:  When we checked into our first campground they asked, “when will you be leaving?”  I had not decided when to leave yet because we had not thought that far ahead.  They refused to let us check in without giving them a check out date.  We have learned to be comfortable with changing our dates to meet our needs... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Gulf Stream Canyon Trail 32FRBW

October 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Gulf Stream Canyon Trail 32FRBW

2011 Gulf Stream CANYON TRAIL 32FRBW Previously $ 48,256 – Now $33,995 32 ft. 2011 Gulf Stream Canyon Trail 32FRBW family friendly fifth wheel capable of sleeping 6! Features include cherry wood décor, three slides, rear electric jacks and much more! Offered by Easy Camping RV in Nevada, IA. Email seller for details on this 2011 Gulf Stream CANYON TRAIL 32FRBW! Find more great RVs on

Tips for Tent Camping In the Rain

October 21, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Tips for Tent Camping In the Rain

It’s raining!  And, we are camping! IN A TENT! I love the rain! And I try not to every let it slow us down. We knew it might rain before we went to bed so we took a few precautions to ensure our comfort. First tip for camping in the rain, we made a good big doorstep in front our tent from a tarp. This was to help keep the mud down and give the kids plenty of room to take off their muddy shoes. Second tip for camping in the rain, we dug a trench all the way around our tent and doorstep. It is not a super deep mote, it is just deep enough to catch the water and direct it away from our tent. The trench goes all the way around our tent and at the lowest point it directs the water away from out tent. Third tip for camping in the rain, I lecture the children about not touching the tent walls or roof while it is raining. I don’t really understand the science behind it but for some reason touching the tent wall breaks an invisible natural seal and causes that spot to leak in some tents. (Every... [Read more...]

Add-On Charges for Pets – What’s Your Feeling on This? Is it Fair or Not?

October 20, 2010 by · 74 Comments 

Add-On Charges for Pets – What’s Your Feeling on This?  Is it Fair or Not?

“WHAT?  You want $70 in extra fees for my pet to stay with us in our camper for 2 weeks?” That is what I encountered this past summer at a beach campground we frequently visit. Our friends that have 3 toy poodles were told upon arrival that their pet up-charge would be $210 for two weeks.  They canceled their reservation and left. We begrudgingly paid the pet fee and stayed. How is it that responsible people get punished for those who are irresponsible?  That’s how I feel every time I encounter a campground that charges an extra fee for pets. I do need to introduce this topic with sensitivity.  It is not my intent to upset any campground owners or campers. If you’re a pet owner (or even if you’re not) maybe you can relate to my story….. Yesterday I telephoned the reservation center for one of our Virginia State Park campgrounds.  The reservationists that handled my call was extremely polite and helpful. Me: “I would like to make a reservation for Belle Isle... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Haulmark 304DS

October 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Haulmark 304DS

2008 Haulmark 304DS Previously $ 194,000 – Now $185,000 44 ft. family friendly Class C 2008 Haulmark 304DS that is capable of sleeping 6! Features include solid surface counter tops, oak cabinetry, living room slide out, and much more! Offered by Classic Coach Works in Lakeland, FL. Email seller for details on this 2008 Haulmark 304DS! Find more great RVs on

Great Roadschooling Destination!

October 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Great Roadschooling Destination!

One of the very first ’touristy stops’ that we did when we first started out on our RV adventures was the Bonneville Fish Hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.  We happened to get there the first week in October, and found that the fall is a great time to visit the hatchery.   Built in 1909, the hatchery currently raises nearly 10 million salmon yearly.  There are display ponds for both trout and sturgeon, plus there are many runs for the salmon that are bred onsite.  We found that Oct. and Nov. are the very best times of the year to visit if you would like to witness the spawning (if you visit nearby Bonneville Dam during this time, you can also watch the salmon swim (jump) the fish ladder in their trek to get back to the hatchery). At the hatchery, we were treated to salmon swimming everywhere, including some areas that they were not supposed to be; we even got to watch a few jump way out of the water and over gates meant to keep them out of other ponds! ... [Read more...]

What a View! McCall RV Resort

October 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

What a View!  McCall RV Resort

Sometimes you are really surprised by what you find; this was the case for us when we went to the McCall RV Resort in McCall, Idaho.  As one of the regular guests said, it is like Idaho’s version of Lake Tahoe.  As we pulled into the city of McCall, we were impressed with how pretty the town was and the beautiful views of Payette Lake. (Photo Caption: Northfork Lodge at McCall RV Resort) When we arrived at the McCall RV Resort (just a mile from the main street of the town), we were impressed with the Resort.  The resort is under new ownership, so some things are in a state of flux (like the signage), but when all is done, the resort will be even better.  It felt as though you were out in the woods, but we were only a mile or so from town.  The lodge was impressive, with an indoor pool, steam room, exercise equipment, and private bathroom/showers (and the cloth bath mats were a nice touch).  The courtyard was very nice and you could see that they could open up the pool area to make... [Read more...]

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 1

October 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 1

After climbing Colorado’s Mt. Elbert, our first 14,000 foot peak last summer, we have been eager to “bag” another one. One goal for our summer trip this year was to do so. We chose to double up two peaks that are reportedly doable in one day via the same hike, Gray’s Peak at 14,270 feet, and Torrey’s Peak at 14,267 feet. Surprisingly, they are the only two Colorado 14ers on the Continental Divide. Camping at Geneva Park Campground Asa Gray  of Harvard University and John Torrey from Princeton were two 19th century botanists who often climbed together. As they became close friends and helped to settle the Colorado territory back in the day, the powers that be seemed to think it fitting to name two adjacent 14’ers after the men. After some online research (what did we ever do before the internet?) we determined that Geneva Park Campground was the nearest to the trail head with reservable sites and made our reservation. Upon arriving at our site, after a very bumpy ride... [Read more...]

A look at snowbirds

October 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

A look at snowbirds

The Iceman cometh This article is the first in an ongoing series on snowbirds and preparation for the snowbird lifestyle. A major concentration of snowbirds in Ol' Airy Zonie occurs each winter in the Phoenix area. Pictured above is Usery Mountain Regional Park located north of Mesa. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved It’s pretty safe to say that summer is over and we’re approaching the Snowbird season. Long before winter’s blustery chill begins to sting the bones, plans are being made by millions of Canadians, Northeasters, Midwesterners, and those in the rainy Northwestern United States to seek the warmer climes of the south. It’s an interesting phenomenon that occurs each year and mimics the migration ritual of our feathered friends. Snowbirds flock to Ol’ Airy Zonie, Southern Texas, Florida, and other Sunbelt states and Mexico to avoid winter’s bite, snow and blowing snow, and treacherous icy sidewalks and streets. Northern Europeans are also known to migrate to... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Forest River Wildcat

October 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2011 Forest River Wildcat

2011 Forest River Wildcat Previously $ 46,305 – Now $36,989 34 ft. family friendly 2011 Forest River Wildcat travel trailer capable of sleeping 6! Features include slide out sofa, fireplace, refrigerator and much more! Offered by Horn’s RV Center in Sheboygan, WI. Email seller for details on this 2011 Forest River Wildcat! Find more great RVs on

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