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Randy and Nancy are veteran RV campers that travel with their little Dachshund, Oscar, to "where ever their hearts lead them." They have five grandchildren, at least one of them often accompany Randy & Nancy on their outings. Their camping rig is a 39' Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel pulled by a 2004 Volvo HDT retired from 18 wheeler service. Like the Volvo, Randy is a recently retired professor and Dean from a major technical college, has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Education, is a Certified Electronic Technician, Master Electrician, Long time Ham Radio Operator (WB4BZX) and 30 year veteran of Virginia's Emergency Medical System as both an Advanced Life Support EMT and instructor.

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Sequester Delays National Park Openings

Sequester Delays National Park Openings

If you are planning on an early camping trip to one of our many federally funded National Parks, it will be a good idea to check and see if the campgrounds are open.  You may also find a delay in the opening of visitor centers and picnic areas. The sequester that recently kicked in is already having a significant impact on the Shenandoah National Park on the Skyline Drive which runs from Afton Mountain... [Read more]

Got an iPad? Drive a RV? Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Got an iPad?  Drive a RV?  Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad.  LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2013 – Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Rand McNally’s RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application... [Read more]

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

OLD GAS PRESSURE LANTERNS – Restoring My Past

The bright white glow of the lantern hanging on a tree limb would gradually dim to a yellow ball. My Dad would remove the lantern from the tree limb, set it on the ground and vigorously move the pump in and out to pressurize the fuel tank.  Like magic, the lantern would come alive again with a bright white light.  This ritual was often repeated multiple times after darkness fell. We would sit near... [Read more]

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Revised by…… well, ME!)

It was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the camper, Not a creature was stirring, nary was there a scamper. The stockings were hung by the campfire with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of  iPads danced in their heads, With Mom in her Snuggie, and I in my Crews, We had just settled down for the Late... [Read more]

IT’S FINALLY HERE! (The 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Camp Ground Directory)

IT’S FINALLY HERE! (The 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Camp Ground Directory)

The brown box dropped on my doorstep was a surprise.  I thought, “What in the world is this, I’m not expecting a package?” I cut open the box.  Inside was my new copy of the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. I have been extremely anxious to see what this new book looked like.  You see, it is not just a new publication; it is a brand new product. For years, I have purchased... [Read more]

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they... [Read more]

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET

Free High Speed Wireless Internet. As Nancy and I have recently gathered around community campfires at a number of RV parks, this is often brought up as a highly desired feature sought after by RV’ers visiting destination RV parks and campgrounds. In our continually expanding connectivity market Internet service is, in many cases, relatively easy for campground owners to install and offer as yet... [Read more]

How Taxes May Hurt RV Ownership and Family Camping Opportunities

How Taxes May Hurt RV Ownership and Family Camping Opportunities

Rob and Sue have two children, a 10 year old girl, and a 12 year old boy.  Sue is an elementary school teacher.  Rob is a real estate agent.  They built their home on a 1 acre lot in 2004 in a rural suburban area of Central Virginia. Rob and Sue bought a 28’ camper and a Chevy 2500 extended cab pick-up truck to pull the trailer shortly after building their home.  They wanted to give their children... [Read more]

“THROWED ROLLS”

“THROWED ROLLS”

Have you ever been in a restaurant where the servers throw huge 5-inch in diameter, hot, yeast raised rolls across the room with hopes that you will catch them? If you answered yes, you have most likely visited one of the three locations where Lambert’s has one of their original “Throwed Rolls” cafes. We stopped at Hinton RV Park just off I-55 in Sikeston, MO.  When we checked in, the park... [Read more]

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip... [Read more]

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