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Month: May 2013

The Freedom to serve…

May 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Freedom to serve…

Our family is so blessed to have an RV!  It allows us to be able to travel places that we would otherwise never be able to!  This winter it took us from Montana to Florida and back, and all sorts of great places in between.  Usually, our destination is chosen for both educational, and pleasure reasons, but sometimes, our RV gives us the freedom to choose to go somewhere that isn’t necessarily going to be a joy ride.  Sometimes our destinations are enjoyable, and a lot of work at the same time.  Sometimes stops are sad, but enlightening, mixed with muscle flexing and sharing hope. In the few years since we began traveling, we have had the opportunity to help with a weekend Build Brigade with Homes for our Troops; and we were even able provided overnight security for them, onsite, because we tote our house with us and are self-contained.  We have spent 2, 2-week gigs in Tuscaloosa, helping to re-build homes after the 2011 tornado razed part of the town.  This spring... [Read more...]

RVers Pays for Deceiving Border Officials

May 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers Pays for Deceiving Border Officials

Once again RVers and other travelers entering Canada, attempting to dodge a few extra dollars in taxes, ended up paying significantly more for their misdemeanor after their schemes were uncovered by Canada Border Services Agents (CSBA) at border crossings in North Portal and the Estevan Highway during March. CBSA agents report that one example occurred on March 1 when a Saskatchewan resident importing a motorhome declared its value at $21,500. CBSA officers conducted a routine secondary examination and found an Internet listing for the motorhome and after contacting the sellers, determined the motorhome had actually been purchased for $36,500 and therefore had been undervalued at the port by $15,000, reports the Estevan Mercury. The motorhome was seized and only returned to the purchaser after he had paid a penalty of $8,485.13 to retrieve it. If the motorhome had been correctly declared, the taxes owing would have amounted to $771. In other border related incidents, CBSA officers reported... [Read more...]

Cooking Concepts plates review

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Cooking Concepts plates review

On a beautiful spring day, my family and I decided to drive across the border for a little bit of shopping.   Living in Ottawa, ON we have the privilege to be about 40 minutes from the nearest border crossing in order to get into the USA.   So we packed the kids, brought our passports, and proceeded to go to Ogdensburg, NY that morning.   We occasionally do this trip in order to pick up some groceries and other little things.   Did you know that cheese is way less expensive in the US?   Have huge cheese lovers in the house make the trip itself necessary… So that day, we had a few stop to do apart from the Wal-Mart (which isn’t a Superstore by the way).   One of the stop was the Dollar Tree where my husband was hoping to find some neat things for the kitchen in the RV. We were in need of plates.  But we didn’t want to have ceramic plates because when you are driving well the shock might break them.  I know some people would put something between the plates and bowls but... [Read more...]

The Trails at the End of the Road…

May 26, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

The Trails at the End of the Road…

Last August I wrote a piece about a hike we took on a trail just a few miles down Highway 68 from our home in northern New Mexico. It was entitled “A Walk in the Sage” and discussed the Rift Trail system that is south of our home. Little did I know, that trail system, comprised of about a dozen miles of trail was about to get much larger. In speaking with one of our neighbors, she asked if we were aware of the trails available to the west of our home, off of a County Road that leads into our subdivision. In the past, the road had continued south down to Santa Fe along the Rio Grande Gorge. However in the 1970’s a road slide had occurred tumbling thousands of pounds of rock onto the already deteriorated surface of the old road. Rather than investing the money to remove the boulders and restore the road, the county simply closed it off, eliminating it as a route to Santa Fe. Taos Mountain Apparently, as soon as it was closed, hikers, bikers and other outdoors people took over and began... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – ‘On The Level’

May 23, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Lifestyle Tech Tips – ‘On The Level’

This month’s reader submitted, handy tech tip, comes from William Andersen, Irvine California: ‘When you don’t have power levelers, you must make a visual determination of how far the RV is out of level and then make your corrections. This is a multi-step operation. I found that being able to get a visual estimate of what needs to be done — before leaving the cockpit — helps greatly. To that end, I permanently mounted a bulls-eye level to the engine cover. To mount the bubble level, I drilled three equally spaced holes around the rim (to accept a #4 machine screw), then drilled and tapped three matching holes in an out-of-the-way, but reasonably level, spot on the engine cover. Put three #4-40 × 1-inch screws through the holes in the bubble level. Run nuts to the top of the screws, but leave them loose. With the coach parked in a known level position, turn the screws into the threaded holes until the bubble is centered, then tighten the nuts against the level. Adjust... [Read more...]

Good Sam GPS by Rand McNally: Smarter, Safer Driving

May 23, 2013 by · 8 Comments 

Good Sam GPS by Rand McNally: Smarter, Safer Driving

Let Rand McNally’s Good Sam GPS map out a route that fits your vehicle type and travel preferences. The 7-inch, high-definition RVND™ 7725-LM comes loaded with complete information about 14,000 RV Parks—including 2,200+ Good Sam Parks—from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide database. This, combined with award-winning Rand McNally navigation tools and extensive map content, puts all of the traveling resources you need at your fingertips. Built by Rand McNally especially for the Good Sam Club, the Good Sam GPS takes into account the challenges faced by recreational vehicles. Choose from 11 RV and car categories to set driving parameters, view map details on the full-color touchscreen and get free updated Lifetime maps of your trip. The device relays turn-by-turn directions through a large speaker and enables you to search RV parks by location or amenities. The Good Sam GPS can also be used in car mode for side trip in your dinghy vehicle. Planning Your Trip The Good Sam GPS gives you... [Read more...]

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

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, folks: I hope you are enjoying this great RVing weather we’ve been having! Get out there and make the most of it. Maybe I’ll see you out there on the road. Remember, keep those questions coming! Email your RV questions to MMW@escapees.com. Mark: Do you have Garmin maps for RVing?  Seems the ones we have sometimes take us through towns, etc. Judy Hi, Judy, Several of the major GPS manufacturers are now offering units that have been designed for RVers. Garmin offers the Nuvi 465 LMT Truck and RV GPS System, which is loaded with specialized routes and truck-friendly points of interest from the National Truck and Trailer Services breakdown directory. It includes four map updates per year for the life of the GPS unit. Magellan offers the RoadMate 9165T-LM RV 7″ GPS, which includes the Good Sam campground directory and free maps for life. Rand McNally offers the RVND™ 7720 LM, which includes WiFi®, dynamic weather, video input, and Lifetime Maps. It is loaded with campground... [Read more...]

Five Top-Rated Northern Parks For Summer Travelers

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Five Top-Rated Northern Parks For Summer Travelers

Winter is a distant memory to travelers eager to explore the northern United States and Canada in the coming months. Visit these these top-rated RV parks for a truly memorable journey to the higher latitudes. Surfside RV Resort, Parksville, British Columbia Centrally located in the town of Parksville on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, this oceanfront gated community overlooks the beautiful Georgia Strait and offers over 200 full-hookup camp sites. Surfside RV Resort gives travelers a full range of amenities, as indicated by its perfect Good Sam ratings. The resort’s spectacular oceanfront clubhouse boasts a relaxing pool, spa and sun deck, all with incredible views of the water. Free Wi-Fi is available.  Prairie View RV Park, Granite Falls, Minnesota Adjacent to the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort in Southern Minnesota, the top-rated Prairie View RV Park offers a combination of pull-through sites and some more rustic, back-in spaces.  With full amenities and LP-Gas Service,... [Read more...]

Use the NEW Search by Map Feature on Your Next Trip

May 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Use the NEW Search by Map Feature on Your Next Trip

Good Sam’s new online Search by Map feature enables RVers to chart a course to any of the 14,000 RV parks in our database, including 2,200 Good Sam Parks. Simply enter a city and state/province or postal code of your destination, and you’ll get a map of the region you’re visiting, with nearby RV Parks marked by pins. Good Sam Parks are indicated by pins bearing the smiling halo-topped mascot. Nearby Camping World SuperCenters and attractions appear with the distinctive blue “CW” icon. The map does a lot more than just show locations of RV parks and resources. Click on the campground icon and a window will pop up showing the campground’s ratings, contact information and whether the campground offers Wi-Fi or is pet-friendly. Also included is a link to the park’s Good Sam Camping details page, giving you a complete guide of amenities, features and RV facilities. You can also use our search filters to show only the types of RV parks you’re looking for, and zoom in for... [Read more...]

7 Tips for Planning a Successful Camping Trip

May 20, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

7 Tips for Planning a Successful Camping Trip

If you are going on a camping trip planning is essential. Camping at Arches National Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Whether you are a retired senior planning the trip of a lifetime, a snowbird, family looking for an economical way to vacation, or a couple looking to get away from the stresses of the work week, camping provides the perfect alternative to the conventional holiday. It also allows you to experience the fresh air that camping in the countryside offers and to meet new friends. But like any getaway, whether it’s for a weekend, a month, or an extended period, camping requires careful preparation to ensure all goes smoothly. When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, snacks, paper products, lawn chairs, maps, and GPS are all normal items you might bring along. Packing List The night before leaving on the camping trip will be less hectic if you plan ahead what to pack. Be careful not to over pack, take only... [Read more...]

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