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Month: February 2013

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

We met T&P at our church and quickly because friends with them.   She was American and he was Canadian.  They met on the internet, fell in love and got married.   They were living in Gatineau and us in Ottawa.   They became the god parents of our third son.   Unfortunately, P got transferred to Winnipeg for his job and they move there.   I would have hoped to be able to visit them while they were there but the years passed by and the dream of visiting in Winnipeg never materialized.   The P retired from his job and though they could have come back to the area here, they decided that it was time for them to move to the US.    It’s a long process to have a Canadian move to the US even if his wife is American.   But they went through the process to the point that T lived for many months without her husband in Tennessee.   Recently, P officially joined his wife in the US.  They are both very happy to be reunited. But what does it means for us?  Well it simply means... [Read more...]

Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

February 25, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

Motorhome Purchased on Craigslist Explodes

In recent posts I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater, space heaters destroyed pets and RVs in two separate fires, and six other RV fires resulted in two deaths. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley was driving a newly purchased motorhome through Phoenix when flames started shooting through the floor. “I was coming down the road and the engine just caught on fire,” Graley told azfamily.com. “All of the sudden flames just started coming out of the pedals,” added Graley’s wife, Candy. The Graleys have been down on their luck. Air Force veteran Thomas Graley lost his job when the cellphone company he worked for merged with another company. They bought the motorhome so they would have a place to live as well as a vehicle. “They foreclosed on my house and repoed my car so we bought this so I would have someplace to live,” he said with tears in his eyes. Today, the Air Force veteran was able... [Read more...]

Time to Plan…

February 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Time to Plan…

The time has come; the time is now. Last year, being the year of our big move, we did not travel during the summer as we usually do. We were too busy still moving west and getting settled in, 1500 miles away from our former home. To be comfortable traveling, we needed to be more secure home base. This year we have established that home base. We have been living here for nearly a year. We have settled in remarkably well and are even planning some minor improvements that we will be working on this year. I have work that I enjoy; Terry is settling into his new routine and taking classes in building and landscaping at UNM Taos to help make those improvements a reality. We have also had the pleasure of enjoying the company of all three of our children for the entire month of January, making it feel even more like home. The time has come to plan our travels for the year. Even though I do much of my work everyday on a computer and via the internet, when starting to plan our travels, I prefer... [Read more...]

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

February 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

For those of you who enjoy wine tasting, large sparkling lakes, and touring historic mansions, pack up the RV pronto-like and head for the Wine Country RV Resort in the picturesque city of Paso Robles, in stunning Central California. The Wine Country RV Resort is a top-rated RV park with 166 spaces that specifically offers outstanding amenities, including: a heated pool, exercise and game rooms, and spa, among countless other necessities. They also boast Wi-Fi and internet at each site, DVD rentals, and an enclosed dog run. My all-time favorite thing about Paso Robles is the close proximity to so many fun day trips.  There is so much to choose from: with the gorgeous lakes just up the road, to the scenic coastline where you can tour the magnificent Hearst Castle, as well as the numerous wine tours and tastings seemingly offered at every turn. Most famous for its vast number of wineries, Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries and is considered the fastest growing wine region in the nation.... [Read more...]

Rev Up Our Campground Search Engine

February 21, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Whether you’ve used Woodall’s or Trailer Life Directory websites in the past, you’ll find the best of both on our new look GoodSamCamping.com, and with a brand new, state-of-the-art campground search!  Try it out. Our revamped campground search will put you in the right spot! You’ve spent months planning that coast-to-coast RV trip across North America. You’ve painstakingly assembled list of must-see attractions, from the Grand Canyon to Branson to the Liberty Bell. Now comes the important part: Finding campgrounds along the journey that meet your particular standards in comfort, cleanliness, appeal and amenities. Beginning in 2013, GoodSamCamping.com’s expanded online travel tools will empower you to find the RV park or campground that meets your specific travel preferences along the way and at the end of your journey. Whether you’re planning a long trip from park to park, or simply seek a long-term place to stay, our brand-new search will enable you to find the right... [Read more...]

More Parks in the Palm of Your Hand!

February 21, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Coming soon! The new Good Sam Camping app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices combines the Trailer Life Directory RV Park Finder and the Woodall’s RV and Camping Copilot into one indispensable tool for the RV traveler. The new Good Sam Camping app will give users access to more than 14,000 RV parks listed in the new 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. If you already have the Woodall’s Copilot or Park Finder apps, simply launch it and follow the updating instructions. With an additional 2,000 campgrounds at your fingertips, the Good Sam Camping app will give you complete information on RV parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the 2,100 Good Sam Parks that offer a 10% discount to Good Sam Club members. Users can also look up the 100 Camping World locations across America along with tourism destinations. With this app, RVers can search for campgrounds by city and state and can filter their searches to include campgrounds based on the availability... [Read more...]

Mark, My Words: Q & A with Mark Nemeth – February 2013

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, everyone! I hope your New Year is progressing well!  As the weather starts to warm up a little here in East Texas, I’m thinking about the upcoming RV season. I hope you are, too! This month, we’ll talk about tires, 12v issues, brakes, and bears! ———————————————————————- Mark: I have a 1998 Komfort 25 RT. It has a ladder on rear of trailer. My concern is, can I get on the roof without doing it damage? I weigh 200 lbs. and need to clean the roof. If I can get to it, what should I use to clean it? Thank you, Richard Hi, Richard: Most RVs that have ladders installed also have roofs that can be walked on. The installed ladder should be adequate to support your weight; just be careful when using it, as it is very steep and narrow. Once on the roof, make sure that it does not flex excessively with your weight. A little “give” is OK; a lot probably... [Read more...]

Fun Game for Rainy Days at Camping

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun Game for Rainy Days at Camping

Last Monday it was Family Day in Ontario and we have started it with playing not one, not two but three games of Monster Factory. That’s how much we liked it. It’s addictive, fun and will bring a tons of laughter from everyone around the table.  As we were playing this game, I reflected on how you can entertain kids in an RV when it is a rainy day.  Sure you can go to a museum or go shopping but sometimes there are times when you don’t feel like going out and just want to relax within the comfort of your trailer. (even if it means tight quarters with six people in a family!). The game we played last week – and that the kids keep playing since then, is a great game to pack in your RV when you are traveling or camping on a week-end.   Monster Factory will bring laughter in your RV, help to build memories during a rainy day and will let mom and dad to rest while the kids play. The rules are quite easy to follow. Each player start with a tile that has 3 or 4 sides where... [Read more...]

Survey to Determine Why Winter Texan Numbers Have Declined

February 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Survey to Determine Why Winter Texan Numbers Have Declined

The number of Winter Texans coming to the Rio Grande Valley has fallen, and folks at the University of Texas-Pan American want to know why. They’re asking Winter Texans to fill out a survey on its website. Penny Simpson, director of the Valley Markets and Tourism Research Center, said it will take about 15-20 minutes. “We want to know what we can do, both in the Valley to improve the Valley to make it very winter Texan friendly and for the parks, so they know what kind of amenities to offer,” Simpson told The Valley Morning Star. Winter Texans make a big impact on the Valley economy. The report estimated each household spends almost $11,000 during each stay and estimated the total impact to the local economy at $751 million. The Tourism Research Center conducts a survey every two years. In 2010, it showed 140,000 Winter Texans in 75,000 households. By 2012, that number dropped to 133,000 in 69,000 households. It also showed the average age of the Winter Texan had increased... [Read more...]

Racing the Chama Chili Ski Classic

February 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Racing the Chama Chili Ski Classic

In my previous post, I wrote about discovering the 40th Annual Chama Chili Ski Classic, held over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, January 19-21, 2013. Terry and Ryan eagerly planned to compete as a training race for the 52K American Birkebeiner, held each February in Wisconsin. Learning all that was planned for the weekend and that it was all taking place a mere two hours from our home, we quickly made plans to attend as a family. This meant a great deal to all of us, as it is difficult to cheer them on at the Birkie as it is further away and would mean boarding three dogs for the duration. We were all excited to be able to enjoy this event as a family. The start of the race The guys needed to be there by 10 to complete registration so we left our home in Taos at 7:30 and headed northwest. When we arrived, it was apparent that others had found a unique way to eliminate the early morning drive. They had camped in the trail parking lot in order to take advantage of the entire weekend of events.... [Read more...]

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