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Beautiful Winter Destinations

December 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For the last two years we have chosen to spend our winter holidays on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida with its sugar white sand beaches.  With depths of snow measuring in multiple feet already burying some northern states, our choice seems well advised.  We have experienced during our time in this beautiful holiday destination that the really cold weather seems to generally stop just north of Tampa, so we looked for an RV park within a 50-mile radius of Sarasota.  A quick check of the Good Sam Travel Guide and Campground Directory online lists over 75 parks to choose from within minutes from Gulf Coast beaches, Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River. While sun and sand may not sound like your usual holiday visions of Thanksgiving’s colored leaves and turkey dinner or a crackling fire with Santa arriving on a snow covered roof, the festive atmosphere here will surprise you.  There are decorations galore and holiday themed entertainment is abundant no matter what genre you prefer. When... [Read more...]

Birds of a Feather Flock Together at these RV Resorts

December 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birds of a Feather Flock Together at these RV Resorts

Experience a desert oasis for birds in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Nestled along a 120-mile stretch of historic river road is a network of nine separate birding sites from Roma to South Padre Island that make up The World Birding Center. Habitats in this area range from coastal wetland and freshwater marshes to lush riverside thickets and dry shrub land, drawing almost 500 different species of birds to this major migration corridor. Located at the convergence of two flyways, or migration paths, the Rio Grande Valley is home to many tropical bird species found nowhere else in the United States. There is also an abundance of northern species migrating north to avoid the cold winter or north to take advantage of the northern breeding, so this area gets a great variety of birds coming and going throughout the year. Popular species include a large selection of waterfowl that include swans, geese and ducks. You can also spot birds of prey like falcons, eagles, hawks and owls or delight in colorful... [Read more...]

Wi-Fi in Campgrounds

November 26, 2014 by · 12 Comments 

Wi-Fi in Campgrounds

Wi-Fi at the campsite has become a necessity. There are very few campgrounds today that do not offer wireless internet, or Wi-Fi.  In some cases they rely on a third party’s service for which the camper must subscribe and pay for.  But rest assured, even for those free Wi-Fi offers, you still are actually paying.  The service costs money and is built into your daily camping rate.  Here the old saying “you only get what you pay for!” really applies. One of the more current issues faced today when using Wi-Fi in campgrounds is very slow and sometimes no service. This issue does not seem to happen, or at least happens far less, on a third party’s subscriber-based package. In some RV resorts, they offer a choice of Wi-Fi or wired modem.  A small rental fee normally applies to the modem, but it may be well worth it.   Generally, the modem plugs into the service pedestal, and then to your computer via Ethernet cable, or direct to a wireless router.  The advantage here is usually... [Read more...]

The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

November 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Perfect Weekend RV Trip

When it comes to planning the Perfect Weekend RV trip, many things come into play. Driving distance, location, food and drinks, and activities, to name a few of the factors that can make or break the perfect weekend RV trip. Since the plan is for a weekend, so 2-3 nights max, I like to stay closer to home. The ideal distance is under 60 miles to drive for a short weekend trip. From where I am located, that leaves a lot of options for ideal locations. From lakes to beaches, mountains, or desert; I can choose from any of these and be there in under 60 miles. Depending on the weather and the season, each has its pluses and minuses. For example, if you are looking for nice, sunny days in the early fall, you are likely to find the beach around here will be hot and gorgeous (not to mention amazing sunsets at this time of year).  Whereas if you are looking for some fall foliage and slightly cooler weather, head for the mountains. Another factor to consider when thinking of location, is the activities... [Read more...]

It’s Snowbird Season

November 6, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

It’s Snowbird Season

What Black Friday is to retailers, the coming of November is to RV parks. RV communities count on snowbirds each year to make the difference in their bottom line. The first arrivals begin heading south after the leaves fall in the north and the season continues until April 1, perhaps a week or two later if Easter is late that year. If you want to head out when the flock is the thickest, February is the month when the most snowbirds take flight. It is not even the end of Daylight Savings time yet! It probably was at the Madison Square Garden auto show in 1910 when the Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau was the first motorhome ever introduced that somebody thought, “I could use that to escape the winter and head south where it is warm for a few months.” Florida has always been the most popular destination for snowbirds but since the 1960s the migratory route to the Southwest has been well traveled as well. The Census Bureau does not track migratory habitation but Arizona is thought... [Read more...]

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mouth of the South (Largemouth, that is!)

Surrounded by saltwater and an abundance of freshwater inland lakes, the state of Florida is well known for its fantastic fishing, luring thousands of fishing fanatics to its many shores each year. Inland lakes are particularly popular because they have some of the best bass fishing in the world, with largemouth bass being the most popular freshwater game fish in Florida. Largemouth bass are not only one of the most sought after freshwater fish in Florida, it’s also the official state freshwater fish. This popular species is in season all year, so they’re always a sure bet for the snowbirds and visitors that Florida reels in year after year. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and Lake Okeechobee are always popular choices for bass fishing – both ranking in the top 25 of Bassmaster’s top 100 bass lakes of 2014. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes consists of eight lakes with Lake Tohopealiga, Lake Cypress and Lake Kissimmee standing apart as the cream of the crop of this chain. Boasting a... [Read more...]

Understanding Shore Power

November 1, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Understanding Shore Power

RV Shore Power Service Understanding shore power is essential to properly manage your electrical usage in camp.  Motorhomes, depending on size, may be capable of using a 30 amp or a 50 amp service maximum.  With adaptors all will operate on a 15/20 amp, albeit a minimum service. There are three basic service sizes provided in campgrounds in North America. 15/20 Amp Duplex will provide 15/20 amps at 120 volts or about 1,800/2400 watts of power. 30 Amp RV receptacle will provide 30 amps at 120 volts or about 3,600 watts of power 50 Amp RV receptacle will provide 50 amps at 240 volts or 100 amps of 120 volts or about 12,000 watts. You will notice that going from a 30 amp to a 50 increases the available power by 333%.  That’s over three times more power.  This is due to the 50 amp service has four contacts.  These are ground, neutral and two 120 volt hot lines.  Providing these two hot lines, L1 and L2 are out of phase, they will deliver 240 volts when used on a 240 appliance, like... [Read more...]

Halloween at the Campground

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Halloween at the Campground

Host a Haunted Halloween Party, Harvest Party, or Trick or Treat your way through the RV Park; there are countless spooky ways to spend a freakishly fun Halloween at the Campground! Host a Frightfully Spooky Halloween Party (dress-up, of course!), have a Pumpkin-Carving (and/or painting) Party, or just call it a Harvest Party (with some fun games included, of course).  All are fun ways to celebrate with your friends and family the night of Halloween at the Campground! Activities can include Face-Painting, Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap (Teams race to wrap their mummy up the best with toilet paper or crepe paper), What’s under the Box? (Jell-O guts! Spaghetti brains! Grape eye balls!), Pumpkin Bowling, and Pin the Wart on the Witch! These are all easy-prep, easy clean-up games that can be fun for all ages, but obviously more so for kids.  You can also hold a Costume Contest with categories such as Best Homemade Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Group Costumes, Funniest Costume.... [Read more...]

Top 5 Autumn RVing Destinations

October 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Top 5 Autumn RVing Destinations

Bushes blaze as brightly as the trees come autumn. It is Fall color season again and you do not need to arm yourself with maps of New England back roads to enjoy nature’s most spectacular show. We have put together this list of the top 5 autumn RVing destinations that will make your fall camping season the best yet. Here is a look at some of America’s roads less traveled to take in the red-and-gold-splashed Autumnal splendor: Scenic Route 6 – Pennsylvania (440 miles) This two-lane treasure swings across the northern tier of the Keystone State and is draped in hardwoods virtually the entire way. It covers two mountain ranges – the Poconos and the Alleghenies – and rolls through half a million acres of the Allegheny National Forest. Route 6 serves up a heap of local culture along the way with four Pennsylvania Heritage Areas, two National Heritage Areas and the Victorian-era town of Wellsboro that out-New Englands most New England towns. It is a celebration all... [Read more...]

Off-Season RV Camping

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-Season RV Camping

Off-Season RV Camping Off-season RV camping can offer advantages and great rewards with few drawbacks.  The need to make reservations for campsites in advance may not be necessary. This allows you to stay where and for how long you desire without worrying about schedules.  Some premium water-view campsites normally impossible to get may well be easily attainable.  All of this at probably a shoulder or off season rate. RV campgrounds and resorts are much quieter during the off seasons.  This can further add to the relaxation normally associated with camping.  Should this also coincide with school being in, the lack of children may appeal to some. While some attractions may be closed for the season, many may not.  Those that are open generally will be less attended allowing easier access and perhaps a reduced admission cost.  Rides and specific shows that require wait times of 10 to 30 minutes at some theme parks may have no wait time. Great restaurants that are normally packed with... [Read more...]

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