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CAMPSITE POWER Chapter 4 – Converting Battery Power to Household Power

December 9, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

CAMPSITE POWER Chapter 4 – Converting Battery Power to Household Power

We have been exploring different ways to generate renewable power for a camper’s 12 volt batteries.  But, we have not devoted any time explaining how to  change the power we have generated and stored in our 12 volt batteries  into 120 volt household power.  Reading Chapter 4 will give you the basics on the inversion process and the equipment needed. I am sure most everyone is aware that a camper’s 12 volt system is direct current.  This means the electrons flowing in a wire only go in one direction – from negative to positive. 120 volt household power is alternating current.  This means the electrons change their direction of flow sixty times per second. A Typical 400 Watt Portable Inverter Appliances designed to work on 12 volts DC will not operate on 120 volts AC.  So, we must do something to change the electrical power stored in a 12 volt battery to 120 volts AC.  We can accomplish this with a device called an inverter.  Don’t confuse this with the converter that is... [Read more...]

Buying Fresh Food on the Road

December 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Buying Fresh Food on the Road

Buying fresh food on the road can be challenging. Most of us want to buy the best and most nutritious food for our families, at a price we can afford. Fresh produce from the local farmers market, fresh seafood from the local fish market and good restaurants are everywhere, but how do we find them when in a strange place? Local farmers markets are fairly easy to find. And, nothing beats a farmers market for fresh except right of the plant. Most Local Farmers Markets, in the United States, can be found on the geographical search provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. This site is a great resource and extremely user friendly. How about buying fish? With the all the worries about pollutants and mercury levels how do you know which fish are safe from one region to the next? The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides a pocket guide for each region of the USA. You can download the guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Website. I carry the “Seafood Watch”... [Read more...]

My Camper Kitchen Is The Key Ingredient

December 9, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

My Camper Kitchen Is The Key Ingredient

I like a lot of things about our travel trailer, but the thing I like the most is my kitchen. Obviously, it isn’t fancy. It certainly isn’t large.  Nontheless, as a food writer, I cherish having my mobile kitchen with me as we travel the highways, byways, and bumpy roads  of the Pacific Northwest. In a way, I think my galley kitchen  has definitely paved the way for  culinary freedom, creativity, and exploration.  When traveling and trying new foods, there is no comparison between staying in a hotel room and eating restaurant meals compared to having your own kitchen and crafting your own creations. Of course, a hotel room and restaurant meals are easier, but they are also more expensive and not necessarily better. Because I love to try local and regional foods,  I’ve found that my kitchen plays a key role in letting me prepare and cook those items that I’ve purchased, caught, plucked, or gathered in our travels.   By having a stove, sink, oven, freezer,... [Read more...]

Authentic New Mexico Cuisine

December 9, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Authentic New Mexico Cuisine

Where to find local flavor A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Oh, that cuisine! With all that chili, blue corn, squash, range-fed meat, sage, and mesquite to work with, New Mexico’s chefs have created one of the country’s tastiest and most imaginable cuisines. Following are four of our favorites. La Plazuela at La Fonda Hotel Location: 100 East San Francisco Street, Santa Fe Information and dinner reservations: (505) 995-2334 Operating Hours: Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m. daily; Lunch, Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. daily Where can you dine on sophisticated fare at surprisingly reasonable prices in the most beautiful Santa Fe style? La Fonda on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s most historic and authentic hotel and restaurant experience. This charming, landmark hotel has delighted travelers since the early 1920s when the original hotel was... [Read more...]

Food for the Trail

December 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Food for the Trail

If you’ve been reading the Woodall’s blog for any length of time, you’ve no doubt read my reports of some of our hiking adventures. We are avid hikers and try to plan several to occur on each of our RV trips. For this post, I want to focus on a slightly different aspect of hiking: hiking food. An important aspect of planning each journey is careful preparation of the food that will accompany us up whatever peak we have chosen to climb. Even if you are the type of hiker that prefers a trail over a reasonably level surface, you will want to give some thought to the nourishment that will accompany you.  Our habit is to prepare a batch of trail mix for each event and sometimes, for each hiker, if tastes vary. While you can certainly purchase pre-made batches of trail mix, both commercially prepared and in the natural foods section of most grocery stores, we prefer to mix our own so we can tailor it specifically to our tastes. There are typically some common ingredients in our snacks,... [Read more...]

A Culinary Tour of the East Coast

December 7, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

A Culinary Tour of the East Coast

I had a ton of ideas on what to post during “Food Week,” but a story helped me decide.  Some friends of ours asked what we liked best about each part of the country as we traveled, and our answer was all about the foods we discovered.  They said this was odd because most people talk about the climate.  My response was, “since we follow the weather, the climate is similar everywhere we go, so it is the food that stands out.”  So, I decided to talk about the foods we discovered as we roamed up and down the East coast our first year as full-timers.  These are the foods everyone who visits the area should try. (Photo Caption: Oyster Shucking) Our trip started in Charleston, South Carolina where we discovered Gullah cuisine (my wife and I still eat collard greens when we can get them—this is the food the slaves created based on their styles of cooking and what they found locally).  Our absolute favorites from this area were She-Crab Soup and Shrimp ‘n grits.  Naturally, the... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: The Ugliest, Tastiest Christmas Dessert Ever!

December 7, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

It’s ugly…real ugly..but boy, is this chocolate crockpot dessert good!  It’s perfect for the holidays; that special time of year some of us pretend we like having people over. Ok, Ok, I do like company (on occasion), but for the most part, I’m just a family kind of gal.  However, come Christmas time, even  I like to put on the jolly good show. My last blog presented a “Guaranteed-to-draw-folks-to-your-awning” recipe: Crockpot Cranberry-Hot Apple Cider . I love having a bubbling crock pot of hot apple cider sitting under the awning with a stack of paper cups, and pretending I’m friendly. Actually, I am friendly; it might be that I love reading my Nook a little too much. Now, let’s set our sites on that holiday dessert crowd. I’ve found, ‘lo these many lazy years, that serving dessert is way easier than having people over for dinner, yet you get almost as much credit for it. Here’s a ” Come on over; where ya from?” crockpot dessert to have... [Read more...]

Vote for Your Favorite Campground & You Could Win a Cruise!

December 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Vote for Your Favorite Campground & You Could Win a Cruise!

Finding the perfect campground is like discovering gold at the end of the rainbow. These sought after spots are usually located in beautiful locations, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The staff is warm and friendly, and make you feel at home. The perfect park usually has great events, like a Fourth of July barbeque, where campers gather and bring burnt offerings of tri-tip, chicken, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, and apple pie. Often your favorite park has fun amenities like bocce ball, horseshoes, or waterslides, resulting in friendly competition and hilarity. RVers and campers like us love to discover new places and have new adventures, but like migrating birds, we often return to those parks and campgrounds we love. Well, now is the best time to let others people know about your favorite RV park or Campground! Woodall’s is searching for North America’s favorite campground, and we need to hear from you. Voting is quite simple; click here and enter in your favorite place to camp. And... [Read more...]

Cuisine of New Mexico

December 7, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Cuisine of New Mexico

Chile, Food of the Gods A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Renowned New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.” Millions of folks from all over the world have come to know exactly what she meant. The people, the culture, the landscape, the climate, and the cuisine—New Mexico just gets under your skin and takes hold. The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is known for its colors: turquoise skies, earthy browns, orange mesas, and purple sage. This time of year, though, the colors on everyone’s mind are red and green. Or maybe it should be red or green. Chile is a term which usually refers to any of hundreds of chile peppers used in cuisines across the world to flavor and spice food. In New Mexico, however, chile means much more than that. Chiles are the soul of New Mexican cooking, which blends Native American and Hispanic influences... [Read more...]

Dinette mod

December 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dinette mod

When we found our perfect toy hauler, it came with a standing table and chairs.  That didn’t work for our family, so we had the sellers replace it with a hide-a-bed couch, and we just did without a dining table or dinette.  It really wasn’t a big deal while we were somewhere where the weather was nice – we mostly ate outside at the picnic table anyway.  But as the weather cooled and we were inside more and eating in the fifth wheel more, and as the kids’ school load increased, the need for some sort of a multi-use table increased.     Being married to an incredibly handy man, who is used to my honey-do projects, I asked him if there was some way that we could incorporate a table into the living room layout.  He decided that the best place to put one would be the small slide on the kitchen side of the toy hauler.  The guys removed the small hide-a-bed that was in that area, and set to work to build some benches. The benches were very easy to build, just... [Read more...]

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