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Month: December 2010

Last Minute Christmas gift ideas for RVers

December 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Last Minute Christmas gift ideas for RVers

It’s that time of year again. The Christmas countdown has begun! With care, poinsettias should retain their beauty for weeks and some varieties will stay attractive for months. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved While the holidays bring with it lots of love, time spent with family and friends, good food, and more, it can also bring stress. Trying to find that perfect gift for someone can get frustrating. But if you’re still looking for gifts for the RVer in your life, you are in luck! With the big day almost here, many of us are. Here are six last minute gift ideas. Campground Directory Woodall’s Publications Corporation, produces numerous publications for RVers including a comprehensive campground directory.  Now available for purchase, the 2011 North American Campground Directory includes more than 310,000 updates and changes. New in the 2011 Directory are updated GPS coordinates and physical address in select listings, full-color ads throughout the book, full-color state and provincial... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “Fiestaware… Maybe It’s Someone Else’s Turn”

December 20, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: “Fiestaware… Maybe It’s Someone Else’s Turn”

  "It's someone else's turn to love the Fiestaware" Do you, almost embarrassingly so, love your stuff?  I do. Take my Fiestaware. I love my Fiestaware. I’d like to have met the creator of those classic, homey designs with those rich, high concept colors. After all these years, I still study my scarlet carafe as it sits beside the sugar and creamer set with its own little tray. How beautiful is Fiestaware; and I (as you may have guessed) have more than one set. Once I’ve put the scarlet set to bed after the holidays and Valentine’s Day, out comes the sunflower set that delights us through spring and summer. Summer fades to fall, and out jumps my cinnabar set to stay with us until the day after Thanksgiving, when Ms. Scarlet debuts again.  I think special dishes and tea sets evoke the little girl in any woman who ever played house. So what happens to my Fiestaware as we adjust our material life to accommodate a Class C motor home in the very near future? [Read... [Read more...]

An “Accident” Waiting to Happen?

December 19, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

An “Accident” Waiting to Happen?

It was with some fear and trepidation that I pushed the “Enter” button on my computer to reserve the campsite that night. I was planning out the route for our recent journey out east, an attempt to “bag” as many of the eastern state highpoints as we could manage during our 10 days on the road. My hesitation is caused by the location of this particular campground; while it is in a perfect location for us to be able the climb three peaks in close proximity the day following our arrival, it is situated in Accident, Maryland. While I am not overly suspicious by any means, I also do not believe in  tempting fate. Nonetheless, I booked our site for the night of July 18th at the BumbleBee Campground and RV Park in Accident. Looking back, I see that I even made a note on our itinerary “I feel we may be pressing our luck here…” It turned out to be a great decision; no accidents involved. We headed out from our home near Green Bay, Wisconsin at our usual 4 am departure time. After... [Read more...]

Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, NV

December 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, NV

Last month, we had the opportunity to visit the Clark County Shooting Range near Las Vegas, NV.  It was such a neat experience, that I wanted to share it with others that might be interested in this sort of an outing.   A very family friendly destination, the range is set up with 80 very nice full-hookup sites, and several shooting areas for the different types of shooting offered.  The rv sites are located across from the shotgun range, and while they do not offer any shade or grass, the sites are level and neat.  In fact the entire complex is immaculately clean.  And the staff is both friendly and knowledgeable.   The shooting range has a separate center/area for pistol and rifle shooting.  We shot at this range as we had not brought any shotguns along with us.  The cost to shoot is $7/day/person for the rifle range (but kids 17 and under are FREE!), and $8 per 25 birds on the shotgun range.  There were actually quite a few kids there with their dads, and the staff was very... [Read more...]

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 5, Inverter Generators

December 16, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

CAMPSITE POWER – Chapter 5, Inverter Generators

Up until today, we have been exploring methods for providing campsite electrical power primarily from the sun and storage batteries.  If you haven’t been reading the previous chapters on Campsite Power I encourage you go back and review them before immersing yourself in this chapter.  Without a basic understanding of storage batteries, solid state power inverters and the relationship between power and voltage you might find this chapter confusing. They can be noisy, noxious, loved, and hated.  I am referring to portable AC  gasoline engine powered generators often carried and used by campers in areas where no electrical power is available. For the moment, I am excluding installed RV generators such as the Cummins-Onan models often factory installed in motor homes.  These are not “portable” in respect to this chapter. The China Built Kipor kge2000i inverter generator There are two types of portable generators commonly available. One is the synchronous generator that directly... [Read more...]

‘Tis the season for Christmas lights

December 15, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

‘Tis the season for Christmas lights

‘Tis the season for Christmas light displays. Below is a selected list of ten of the best places in the U.S. Sunbelt to see Christmas lights and other seasonal displays. No guarantee, but they’re all worth a look—and don’t forget to pack your digital camera and tripod. Alabama Theodore Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dates: November 26-December 31, 2010; closed December 25 General information: Stroll through 3 million sparkling lights and over 928 displays throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and poinsettias encompass the Gardens. Nightly choral performances held on the South Terrace. Admission: Magic Christmas in Lights Only $12.00; Magic Christmas in Lights and Bellingrath Home Tour $20.00; tickets available for purchase online Directions: Located 20 miles southwest of Mobile; from Interstate 10, take exit 15A (Hwy 90 West/Theodore exit). Travel approximately 2 miles and turn left at the Bellingrath... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV

December 12, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Downsizing Christmas to an RV We’re giving away or selling darn near everything, right at Christmas time.  Our goal is to sell the house (yes, you nay-sayers, houses on our street have been selling!), hit the road when the weather warms, and head to Montana and Canada for a few months. No since leaving Arizona now, wouldn’t you agree? When things gets grey, cold, and harsh up north, we’ll head south. Right now, we’re in “downsizing to an RV” mode. We have four adult children (three with spouses) , one who thinks he’s an adult, and five grandchildren. That’s a lot of past Christmas stuff. In a previous Woodall’s blog I addressed the emotional realities of giving away our things. Check out “Why We’re Morphing into Snowbirds” for the gory details. But now, we’re actually doing it, giving away our stuff. Watching it leave the house. Exchanging it for ‘filthy lucre’, as they said in my high school Latin class. And how am I handling... [Read more...]

Welcoming Winter

December 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Welcoming Winter

Many avid RVers dread the coming of winter when the cold north winds begin to blow and flurries begin to descend, assuming their fun is done for the season. However, my family and I welcome the coming of this new season with open arms as it gives us the opportunity to take the time to engage in different types of RV-focused activities. Winter brings with it a slower pace and the time to begin envisioning your travels for the next camping season. Here are a few of our favorites: Planning destinations for next year—Winter is the perfect time to spend hours, or perhaps days, perusing the internet for destinations you may want to visit next summer. In the winter, when our pace is less frenetic, we can take the time to truly get to know the best aspects of a potential vacation spot and to plan our route and activities wisely. Once that has been decided, it is the perfect time to…. Curl up in front of a toasty fire with Woodall’s Campground Directory. This will allow you to see both the... [Read more...]

Slow Cooker; Crock Pot

December 11, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

Slow Cooker; Crock Pot

(Photo Caption: Slow Cooker) Since moving into our motor home full-time, the slow cooker has become our most important appliance in the kitchen.  We have found that putting ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and then going about our day of exploration and returning home to an excellent meal is a great way to save time. We’ve also been surprised at the variety of things you can do in a slow cooker—everything from entertaining beverages, to cakes, to stews, to complete meals.  There are many recipes available and the options are endless (Fix it and Forget it has many recipes).  We also modify a lot of the recipes we find to meet our dietary goals.  We have even prepared a meal while traveling by sitting the slow cooker in the sink just in case (and using a recipe with low liquid content). Before I go any further, though, I have to mention the greatest slow-cooker related invention ever—the cooking bags.  They are amazing; you line the cooker with the bag and then cook... [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Food, With Little to No Cleanup

December 10, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Let’s go camping! I asked my kids what they looked forward to the most when we went camping, the answer was simple. As a matter of fact we could do this at home in the backyard. It turns out that their favorite part of camping is the campfire, the hot-dogs and the marshmallows! Well, I like the marshmallows too. But, even kids get tired of hot-dogs for dinner. Kid friendly food is a must when camping. (And, Mom friendly doesn’t hurt either! After all, we are on vacation too!) I have found a great way to have fun and get some nutritious food down my children. There is something about preparing  it your self that makes it better. I give them cubes of chicken breast, pieces of pineapple, small onions, small tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, sliced zucchini and skewers. Then, we cook them over the campfire, rotating often. (I have a special shish kabob rack which makes this a cinch) The best part of this great meal is that there is almost no clean up. If I plan ahead and have the room in... [Read more...]

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