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Month: August 2011

Teardrop Revival

August 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Teardrop Revival

Earlier this year I reported that demand for the small and compact teardrop trailer had increased resulting in a recent upswing in sales.  I further reported that homemade teardrop trailers were making a comeback. Joe and Leslie Kosareff prepare dinner during an overnight camping trip with a teardrop trailer at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, near Kenwood, California. (Credit: Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat) Today I report on a manufacturer of custom built teardrop trailers. When Joe and Leslie Kosareff pull into a campground, fellow campers just can’t seem to resist their little tin can of a trailer. With its pudgy little teardrop-shaped body set low on two white sidewall tires, and measuring a mere 9 feet long by 4½ feet wide, it is the anti-RV. As reported by the Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, there is just enough space for two people to cuddle up inside at night and cook out during the day from a rear hatch. What the Kosareffs’ trailer lacks in amenities it makes... [Read more...]

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF RV LOCK-IN (or, how to fix an important safety fault.)

August 12, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF RV LOCK-IN (or, how to fix an important safety fault.)

We had pulled into a rest area/welcome station just across the state line.  Due to our RV’s longer length, we had to park with the big trucks. While Nancy took Oscar for his walk, I popped into the camper to complete a quick check of the contents then closed the door and headed to the Men’s rest room. Upon returning to the truck, I saw Oscar sitting in the front seat looking out the window.  The assist handle next to the camper’s only door was jutting out in the open position. Figuring that I had neglected to move the handle in to the transport position, I snapped it back in front of the camper door and made myself comfortable in the driver’s seat of the truck, all the time assuming Nancy had left Oscar in the truck and made a visit to the Lady’s rest room. An unusually long period of time had passed and I was getting worried about Nancy.  Then, a trucker rapped on my door indicating for me to roll down my window.  He looked up and said, “Hey, mister, your wife is locked... [Read more...]

Sally’s Revenge and the Bear that came to Dinner – Part 1

August 8, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Dateline: Late 1970’s, Shenandoah National Park, Matthew’s Arm Campground, Virginia Although this story didn’t just happen, I thought that you might appreciate it. It came up during a story telling evening around a campfire while we were in Moab, Utah. If you’ve been camping long enough, you’ll each have stories like this to tell. If you don’t, well you’re just not trying hard enough! BTW, since this story is a bit longer than my usual, I’ve broken it down into what will hopefully be two easy-to-absorb sections. I hope that you’ll enjoy them. *** After car-pooling to work in Manhattan for nearly a year, we were, in some ways, like an old married couple; finishing each other’s sentences and familiar with every like, dislike, and mood. One thing we learned about our likes was that we both enjoyed camping. And so Ted and I began hatching a plan to take our families camping together in the Shenandoah National Park. It all sounded great in the planning stage, but we should... [Read more...]

Island of Endless History: Galveston, TX

August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Island of Endless History: Galveston, TX

One of the oldest cities in Texas and a major port, Galveston sits on a barrier island two miles offshore, surrounded by 32 miles of sandy beaches, numerous attractions, and one of the largest and best-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States. Murals around the island relive the prosperity of Galveston's past. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Galveston Island has been occupied for thousands of years, serving as a home to the Akokisa and Karankiawa Indians, and the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte. Once known as “the Wall Street of the Southwest,” Galveston later became the site of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. In 1528, when the first Europeans landed, Galveston Island was home to Akokisa and Karankiawa Indians who camped, fished, and hunted the swampy land and buried their dead here. The Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca was shipwrecked on the Island and lived among the Karankiawa for several years as a medicine man and slave. In the late... [Read more...]

Modifying our bathroom – a review for Extend-A-Shower

August 8, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Modifying our bathroom – a review for Extend-A-Shower

RV Extend-A-Shower Created by Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. About the product Enjoy the comfort and privacy of your RV’s shower with Extend-A-Shower. Extend-A-Shower creates more room in your RV’s shower so you won’t need to run to the public showers anymore. When not in use it folds out of the way with no tools required. To fold in or out, simply move the main bar to one side, swing one leg in or out, move the bar to the other side and position the other leg. Fits shower stalls 35″- 42″ wide Pivots into your shower stall when not needed. Can be used to drip dry laundry over your shower basin. Our Thoughts We always found that our bathroom in our RV was small. And we wished that there was a way to have the area feel bigger at times. One day while looking into an RV magazine, I saw the Extend-A-Shower product being announced. Being a reviewer, I decided to email the company behind this intriguing product to see if we could review one. They... [Read more...]

Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: 3 Reasons You Should Visit City Beach in Whitefish, Montana

August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There are lakes, then there are glacier cut lakes. Yes, I know about man-made lakes, but they’re just not the same as the ones God carved out over a long period of time. And Whitefish City Beach, on Whitefish Lake, Montana, has to be one of the best glacier cut lakes to visit. Your kids and grandkids will thank you big time! http://www.crownofthecontinent.net/content/whitefish-city-beach Here’s 3 reasons why you and yours should visit Whitefish, Montana’s City Beach: 1) Whitefish Lake is 7 miles of incredible glacier cut loveliness. You can’t make this place up. Check out the video and see for yourself. 2) Whitefish City Beach is one of those rare, ‘let’s make it easy and accessible for the folks” jewels. It was designed with your visit in mind, and it’s run for your benefit. http://whitefishchamber.org 3) City Beach has: • Clean sand • Safe, life guarded designated swimming areas (during summer) • Picnic tables, gazebos (free, first-come-first-serve, or you... [Read more...]

Bringing Vacation Home With You!

August 7, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Bringing Vacation Home With You!

One of our favorite parts of traveling and visiting new places, especially places where we have had a wonderful time, is selecting a small souvenir or memento of that location to bring home with us. This helps us to remember the special time we had, as well as helping us to feel a bit like we are on vacation all year long. (As you can tell, this is a common theme in my life—that quest for the year-long vacation. We are not full time RVers, but I am guessing that is what it would feel like—at least most of the time!) As some of you may remember, Taos, NM is one of the places my family enjoys visiting. While we love the location, the history, the culture, the ambiance and the food, it is the souvenirs that are one of the best parts of any trip to Taos. There are a variety of unique locations to pick up a choice Taos souvenir. As you’ve heard from me before, the Taos Pueblo, a World Historic site is not to be missed. During your visit, there are a number of shops providing a wide selection... [Read more...]

APPS THAT NEED TO BE WRITTEN (or, What if you don’t own an iPhone?)

August 5, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

APPS THAT NEED TO BE WRITTEN (or, What if you don’t own an iPhone?)

This week, our editors have decreed that we should write about our favorite smart-phone apps. This is, of course, dovetailing in with the release of the new, free, iPhone app by Woodall’s that gives you instant access to RV Park and campground information without the need to carry around a laptop computer or big, thick directory. I think this is absolutely great – except I don’t own an iPhone.  So, all these new apps like the one from Woodall’s don’t do a thing for me – that is, unless I decide to lay down a hunk of cash for a new iPhone or agree to a 20 year provider contract that also demands the life of our first born child and the deed to our home. OK – it isn’t really that bad.  It is just that I prefer NOT to get into contracts for things like phones, TV service, and such.  So, I usually end up buying my equipment from the bottom of the display shelf or off of e-Bay. That is how my “smart phone” ended up being a Palm Pre rather than an iPhone or Android.... [Read more...]

Grant Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge, MT…

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Grant Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge, MT…

We have found a fun, relaxing National Park, that is much different than any others that we have been to.  Fortunately for us, it is located in Deer Lodge, MT, which is a little known town only about an hour from where we currently spend our summers.  The National Park is called the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and is approx. 60 miles from the capital city of Helena. Each summer, the ranch has what they affectionately call ‘Ranch Days’, which is a weekend where the park offers lots of activities in addition to the many ranger programs that they already offer.  We were able to go last weekend, and we all enjoyed our visit very much.  During Ranch Days, it’s important to pick up a schedule of activities for the weekend as you won’t want to miss any of the special programs, like period music around the campfire, chuck wagon demonstrations, wagon rides, haying demonstrations using a beaverslide, and even an old fashioned cattle drive culminating in branding of the calves. ... [Read more...]

I.C.E. – In Case of Emergency Information & Apps for your Smartphone

August 3, 2011 by · 9 Comments 

This week I chose to write about a serious issue; having enough emergency information available on your person, if your are ill or injured and unable to speak, to give police and emergency caregivers the kind of information they need that might save your life or meet your wishes. Especially if you have a chronic illness, but even if you’re healthy, you might find yourself unconscious in an emergency room following a vehicular accident. If so, seconds count. While caregivers rush about, trying to stabilize you, one of them will be looking for pertinent information about you that might help them save critical time and avoid doing anything that might make your condition even worse. Their knowing what your current medical condition is, what medications you might be taking and who to contact on your behalf could save your life. There are a number of ways to do this; writing the important information down on a small slip of paper or a card, to be carried in your wallet, is one way. Immediate... [Read more...]

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