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Family Friendly RV: 2008 Fleetwood 25G

November 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2008 Fleetwood 25G

2008 Fleetwood 25G Previously $ 45,999 – Now $41,999 34 ft. family friendly 2008 Fleetwood 25G Class C RV that is capable of sleeping 6! Features include rear bath, roof AC, barrel chairs and much more! Offered by El Monte RV- San Bernardino in San Bernardino, CA. Email seller for details on this 2008 Fleetwood 25G! Find more great RVs on

Trout Season Begins in San Bernardino County Regional Parks

November 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Trout Season Begins in San Bernardino County Regional Parks

Trout Season Begins in San Bernardino County Regional Parks A great way to combine a camping trip with a little fishing The leaves are changing, even in Southern California!  The air has a crispness to it and temperatures have begun to fall.  It’s a great time to come camping in San Bernardino County Regional Parks’ campgrounds.  While many states are experiencing cold, and even wet weather, our park locations experience average temperatures in the 70’s during the day, and the low to mid 40’s at night.  Just right to huddle around a campfire. San Bernardino County Regional Parks offer six facilities with fine camping.  Ranging from scenic views of mountain ranges, to an old West mining town, to camping right on the Colorado River.  When you camp at one of these six facilities there is a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities right outside your tent or RV door. Trout season begins November 11th.  Trout is stocked weekly at the following camping locations: ... [Read more...]

Family Camping Requires Flexibility

November 11, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Family Camping Requires Flexibility

There are so many things to write about in regards to family camping, but today I’d like to talk about the family camping mindset. Is there a family camping mindset? I think so and without a doubt I think the key to that mindset is flexibility. This might seem like a weird recommendation and an odd topic, but a flexible mindset is something that is important to retain when camping with kids. Have you ever noticed that what works one summer doesn’t necessarily work as well the next summer? I’ve been camping for more than twelve years now. My style has varied considerably over the years. What worked when my children were toddlers doesn’t necessarily work now. Seven years ago, my children would have been happy playing in the sand on the beach while I sat on a log nearby. Now, my children are more adventurous. Hence, they’ve ditched the sand buckets and are heading towards surf boards and adventure trails. They like museums and love kayaks. This, of course, is... [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day and Camping

November 11, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Veteran’s Day and Camping

(Photo Caption: Veteran) As a veteran I’m always surprised at how many vets I meet in the campgrounds and RV parks.  It seems that camping and RVing attracts veterans for some reason.  I know I was pleasantly surprised at how many submarine terms are used by RVers.  Of course, I also remember the RV salesman telling me I should rent an RV for a few weeks to determine if I can handle living in such a small area.  I assured him that I would have no problem with the confined space since there is a lot more room than I had on the submarine.  Today, since it is Veteran’s Day, I thought I would take a look at the holiday and camping. The origins of the holiday begin with Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day.  In 1938 Congress declared Armistice Day as a legal holiday dedicated to honoring veterans of WWI.  In 1954 (after WWII and Korea), Congress modified the act and changed Armistice to Veterans, and rededicated the holiday to veterans... [Read more...]

YUCK!! – The Nastiest Part of a RV is Inside the BLACK WATER Tank.

November 10, 2010 by · 11 Comments 

YUCK!! – The Nastiest Part of a RV is Inside the BLACK WATER Tank.

Can you think of anything more unpleasant than a smelly black water tank stinking up your RV? Well, with  proper care and feeding,  odors from black water tanks need not happen.  Read on to learn how! . Black Water, of course, refers to the discolored, tainted, and smelly water that is discharged from the toilet bowl into a single holding tank.  Please understand that this is a holding tank, not a septic tank.  There is a big difference between the two. One thing I have learned when a discussion turns to “black water” is that there is little, if any, agreement on what chemical to use in the holding tank to control odors and break down waste.  Nor does everyone believe it is necessary to flush the tank to have it “squeaky clean”.  We DO seem to have a common agreement on how to dump the black tank. I have been dealing with black water holding tank issues for years.  Now, before I go any further be reminded that with some RV issues the frequency of performing a task does not... [Read more...]

One Tank Trip for Newfoundland and Labrador Camping

November 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

One Tank Trip for Newfoundland and Labrador Camping

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory. There are places on this planet that defy time and all of modern mankind’s encroachments. Newfoundland camping is one of these rarities; the terrain remains such as it was when it was first discovered thousands of years ago, and everywhere you look you’ll bear witness to Newfoundland’s awesome spectacle, from icebergs floating across the ocean to large grassy pastures filled with wildlife. This one tank trip route runs east along Canada’s Highway 1, and kicks off in the town of Grand Falls-Windsor. This community is renowned for being one of Newfoundland’s chief tourist attractions and the home of Thunder Brook, a fantastic place to go fishing and swimming, and Beothuk Park, where you can experience the feeling of camping out in the wild while remaining close to modern conveniences. In Bishop’s Falls – which lies 11 miles to the east via Highway 1 – you can enjoy... [Read more...]

Crispy Bacon To Go!

November 8, 2010 by · 14 Comments 

Crispy Bacon To Go!

How do you cook bacon when you are camping? We enjoy bacon when we are home. However, I think we enjoy bacon even more when we are camping. Over the years, I have cooked bacon in a variety of ways when we are camping–in a skillet on the gas stove in our camper, in the microwave on a paper towel, and in a massive cast iron frying pan over a campfire. I think, perhaps, I like the flavorful results of outdoor campfire method the best, but overall I find cooking bacon to be a rather messy tedious form of campground cookery. There is always grease to deal with and a hot pan to maneuver. Hence, a few years ago I started to experiment with cooking bacon at home before we left on a camping trip. I think I first started doing this when my husband and sons took their annual fishing/camping trip. I knew Christopher would be pressed for time each morning when they were tent camping, but I still wanted the kids to get a decent breakfast before they went fishing offshore for the day. So, before... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie, How to Eliminate Blackwater Problems

November 7, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie, How to Eliminate Blackwater Problems

Patti Eliminates Blackwater Problems It looked simple when the techie did everything during the walkthrough of our new new trailer.  And he faithfully asked, “Got that?” about 200 times, to which we dutifully replied, “Uh huh, mmm humm..yep.” But my orderly check list and carefully sharpened pencils (two, lest one go dull) bit the dust when confronted with countless facts and hoses. If  it’s true that people retain 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, and 80% of what they do, then count me in that 80%.  If I don’t do it, I don’t get it. Our walkthrough was proof. We watched the techie perform vital matters related to winterization… something about how valves have to bypass the water heater and water tank, but  whatever you do, don’t do this, and be sure to do that. Yep, the guy who can operate an RV in his sleep got to do it again, but neither of us actually did anything. However, I feverishly wrote down every word he said while Ray watched closely, shooting... [Read more...]

Luxury in Sin City

November 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Luxury in Sin City

(Photo Caption: Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort sign) While a large number of campers have the goal of getting back to nature, for us full-timers there are times when you prefer a bit of luxury.  We found that little bit of luxury at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort (LVMCR).  LVMCR describes itself as “an Exclusive Class ‘A’ Resort.”  This resort is 41 acres and provides over 400 large sites, 5 pools, 6 spas, tennis courts, exercise room, 9-hole putting course, staffed gatehouse, cable tv, 50-amp hookups, and over 1000 palm trees.  They advertise wireless internet, but charge $5 per day to “guests” (non-owners).  They also advertise an onsite restaurant, but it is closed at this time (until they can find new managers to take over).  The first Saturday night we were here, the resort provided a catered party serving BBQ and featuring a live country band (Stetzen). While the onsite restaurant is closed, there is a shopping center across the street with many large and small... [Read more...]

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 4

November 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Another 14,000 Foot Summit–Part 4

As we sit on the summit of Mt. Bierstadt, we relax and munch on the trail mix and Shot Bloks we have brought with us to replenish our energy. After we are sated, we snap a few photos, including Ryan’s classic summit handstand. The other hikers are quite entertained by his feat. We look over at Sawtooth Ridge, the route by which we would be able to also summit Bierstadt’s parent peak, Mt. Evans. It is even more intimidating in person than the photos had shown. None of those who summitted with us that day ventured out on that leg of the trail. Two hearty souls did advance about 20 feet along the trail for the singular purpose of having a comrade standing safely on the summit snap a daring photo of them appearing to make that climb. A bystander asked the photographer if they were really going to make the second summit and he said, “Are you kidding, they just wanted a picture!” Once the photo was snapped, the adventurers hopped safely back on the Bierstadt summit, understandably glad... [Read more...]

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