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RV Insurance Claims: Driver Inexperience & Forgetfulness

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Insurance Claims: Driver Inexperience & Forgetfulness

First party insurance claims involving recreational vehicles can often be traced to driver inexperience and forgetfulness. (Source: claimsjournal.com) The majority of claims occur within the first 90 days of ownership or at the beginning of the season, according to International Insurance Group, Inc., an independent Arizona RV insurance agency. “This is due to the nuances and size of RVs. Most drivers aren’t accustomed to the wide angles, required clearance and space required to maneuver their rig.” Gradually, as RV drivers gain experience, the claims associated with RVs change, reports claimsjournal.com. Lenny Richileau, director of the specialty vehicle claims unit for Allied and Nationwide Insurance Companies calls them the “I forgot” claims. “Experience does not eliminate claims, but it seems to change the nature of the claim. With experience, claims are less about hitting the post at the gas station, taking out the top of the rig, trying to fit under an underpass with low... [Read more...]

What’s So Special About Hatch, NM?

September 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

What’s So Special About Hatch, NM?

Why, the Chiles, of Course! This year marks the first year we have been in Taos, NM during the months of August and September. About the middle of August, we started to notice an unusual phenomenon that, at first, we did not understand. In the produce department of every grocery store in town, large piles of sacks began appearing, labeled “Hatch.” Perplexed, we looked a bit more closely at one of the sacks and noticed they contained green chiles. But what was the significance of Hatch? Upon further investigation, we were informed that Hatch was THE place in the world to grow the famous New Mexico green chiles, which made the infamous New Mexico green chile sauce. But what was Hatch and what made it the only place to grow chiles? Hatch is a small community (2007 population was 1600) located off of I-25 in the southwestern part of the state between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, NM. It was born from an extension of the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1880 and began as an adobe post... [Read more...]

Top Fall Color Hotspots in National Forests

September 26, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Top Fall Color Hotspots in National Forests

Fall colors are about to burst all over the country and the U.S. Forest Service wants you to get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most spectacular seasons in your national forests. “Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to plan a trip to see the beauty of your national forests,” said Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service in an agency news release. “As tree experts, we have incredible resources on our website to help you plan a great adventure this fall season.” From coast to coast, state and local economies are boosted because of the fall season and for many rural communities, fall color tourism is a major source of revenue. Hotels, restaurants, and local shops rely on the influx of dollars generated by fall visitors. For example, the New England area receives an estimated $8 billion in local revenues annually due to fall activities. Throughout the Midwest, millions of visitors hit the road to enjoy the sights. In the West, the mountains provide destinations filled... [Read more...]

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

September 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

GECKO LIZARDS INVADE VIRGINIA’S REST STOPS

See how well you do on this quick quiz: Which iconic company character is the most recognizable by our US population? a. The Geico Gecko Lizard b. Progressive’s white-suit clad “Flo” c. The Aflac Insurance Duck If you guessed the Geico Gecko Lizard, you are correct! The little green walking, talking, Australian accent speaking Lizard is the most recognizable icon used in television advertising today. The result is, as expected, an advertising boon to the parent insurance company that is often copied by other companies wanting to get your business. Well, in Virginia, the Geico Gecko is about to get a lot more recognizable as his image appears on signs erected along the highway by the Virginia Department of Transportation as Geico forks over some badly needed infrastructure dollars to pay for what will be known as “Safe Phone Zones” at Virginia’s Welcome Center Interstate rest stops. This first ever (for Virginia) venture using a large company like Geico to help offset the cost... [Read more...]

One Crazy Weekend…Part 3: A Labor of Love

September 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One Crazy Weekend…Part 3: A Labor of Love

The last two posts I have been discussing our Labor Day adventure, summiting Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest point, via the long trail; 16 miles round trip. We were near the summit as I left off in the last post, but racing against the clock as we (I) wanted to do so in less than four hours. As we continued, the trail from Walter to Wheeler became a bit more treacherous, causing us to slow down a bit more than we cared to at that point. Terry commented at that point, “We can still make it,” not realizing how his comments were motivating me or that I had stopped looking at my watch. Reaching the saddle between Walter and Wheeler, I began to run a bit when I could, clambering up the side of Wheeler and preparing myself for the false summit I knew from Saturday’s hike was soon to come. I did not let it slow me down, continuing to run up the final ascent to Wheeler.  Just before we reached the last ledge before the summit, Terry said, “One minute.” We all but jumped up to... [Read more...]

Deer Tick Infestation closes Massachusetts Campsites

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Deer Tick Infestation closes Massachusetts Campsites

The busy summer season is over, and usually by this time the officials at Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod close one of their seven camping areas, but this year they are closing three of their campsites. Diagram of the relative sizes of tick species at various life stages. (Credit: tbdalliance.org) Instead of a lack of campers, it’s an infestation of Deer Ticks which is the reason. These pests are the carriers of Lyme disease. Department of Conservation and Recreation officials note while they closed the three campsites that were closest to the problem areas, people can camp in other parts of the state park, they just need to dress appropriately and check each other for ticks when they leave, reports WBUR in a special series, “Living with Lyme.” It’s a concern that swept this state park after nymph and larvae-stage ticks were found here this summer. “What people were finding at Nickerson is, they’re finding like hundreds of these larvae on their little kids,” Cape’s... [Read more...]

KanJam The Ultimate Disc Game

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

KanJam The Ultimate Disc Game

What is KanJam? KanJam is a game that is gaining popularity and is based in throwing a flying disk into a container to mark points. This game originally started back in the mid 1990s when a few guys were throwing a disc into metal garbage can just for the fun of it. This game is now found in tailgating, camping, beach parties, school gymnasiums, college campuses, neighborhood parks and backyard parties to name only a few places where it can be played. How to Play KanJam consists in flying a disc into a scoring containers and make a goal. It looks easier than it is but while practicing and having fun, you are exercising yourself. Here’s the rules and point scores for the game. And believe it or not there are tournaments and leagues forming as more and more people are discovering this game. Our Thoughts When I stumbled on this game I was curious and immediately requested to review one. Our KanJam arrived quite rapidly in the late spring and we decided to bring it with us as we spend some... [Read more...]

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design. The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference. Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road. Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome. Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products. With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving... [Read more...]

One Crazy Weekend…Part 2: A Race Against the Clock

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

One Crazy Weekend…Part 2: A Race Against the Clock

In my last post, I detailed the beginning of a hike we undertook Labor Day Weekend, to repeat an adventure we had had with our children back in 2005: summiting Wheeler Peak via the long trail, 16 miles round trip. We pick up where we left off–in mid hike. Our resting spot with the kids After about an hour of steady hiking, you come to a trail junction which is located at approximately 10,880 feet. At this point, you have already gained 1,480 feet in elevation and you will have noticed. Over the course of this hike, you will gain a total of 4,560 feet, so you’re already one third of the way there! The left fork here ascends to Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture; the right fork is Forest Trail 90 (aka the Wheeler Peak Trail). We head off to our right and pass by the spot where we rested and had a quick snack with the kids seven years back. There is a nice spot to sit and rest with a small pond and intermittent stream, making a delightful escape, if you can forget about the work to come. We... [Read more...]

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

September 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

Finding the “Y” shaped Willow Tree branch jammed up under the front steering gear of our RV didn’t come as a surprise. The Willow branch confirmed what I had always suspected – somehow the RV had a diving rod attached that steered us toward saltwater. For a number of years, our RV has predictably wandered toward an ocean beach – just like a dog tugging at a leash.  It didn’t really matter where we were or where we actually planned on going – the beach would eventually end up as one of our destinations. So, here we are again – relaxing on the sand of a North Carolina oceanfront RV resort soaking up the still pleasantly warm September rays of sunshine.  The sky is billowing with puffy white clouds surrounded by robin-egg blue and the ocean waters beneath are striped with hues of dark green and vivid blue. The Little Red Sun Shelter – Oscar & his ball – Summer Cottages high up on the dunes As I sit here under our little red pop-up sun shelter, I alternate... [Read more...]

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