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North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold

About seven months ago I reported that a group of Minnesota partners were planning an indoor RV park to house North Dakota oilfield workers five miles south of Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota Indoor RV Park Keeps Oilfield Workers Out of the Cold When initially proposed, the idea prompted mixed reactions. “So many people thought we were crazy,” Louis Bonneville of Carlton, Minnesota, one of the park’s owners, told the Forum News Service. But for workers like John Coffer, who spent North Dakota winter months in his RV and once got stuck inside when the door froze, the option to move his camper indoors was a pleasant change. “It’s nice to step out of your RV and not step into a pile of snow,” said Coffer, a natural gas plant operator. The North Dakota Indoor RV Park recently expanded and the owners have turned down offers to replicate the concept elsewhere, said Bonneville, the park’s managing partner. The park consists of 10 insulated and climate-controlled buildings... [Read more...]

Top Green RV Parks Press Release

October 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Top Green RV Parks Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Green RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Despite the stereotype of RVs as gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing behemoths, RVing is actually an environmentally friendly way to travel. RV trips require drastically less fuel than air travel, and RV parks use far fewer resources than hotels or resorts. Some RV parks have upped the green ante by adopting earth-friendly practices ranging from recycling policies to solar panels, energy-efficient lighting and environmentally sound landscaping. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find RV parks that follow environmentally friendly practices, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top Green RV Parks. Boasting RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking... [Read more...]

Red Oaks RV Park blends country life with city convenience

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

If the open road is taking you south this winter we invite you to include Red Oaks Carefree RV Resort into your travel plans.  The 130 acre RV park is centrally located in Bushnell, Florida off Interstate 75 just one hour north of Tampa.  Residents of Red Oaks experience the beauty of Sumter County’s countryside with the conveniences of city life.  The park is located within minutes of shopping, dining, entertainment and medical facilities. We have over 1,000 full-hookup sites, spacious enough to accommodate RVs of any size, plus additional spaces that allow for tent camping.  Red Oaks is full of fun for everyone, and is often called a park for music lovers.  Our fall and winters are filled with line dances, karaoke nights, square dances, and live entertainment.  If you consider yourself really talented try out for our Carefree’s Got Talent competition, the contest takes place every March and the winner walks away with $5000!  Be sure to bring your instruments and join impromptu... [Read more...]

Smooth Sailing at San Diego county parks

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

San Diego County parks can be found in a variety of ecosystems, from the hot inland desert to the rolling hills to ocean bluffs. RVers traveling through the sprawling region will discover great RV amenities, compelling regional attractions and fun activities for all members of the family. Take classes go on hiking trips, attend special events or simply relax in a well-appointed site where stellar views are the norm. Here are the county parks that RVers can choose from: Agua Caliente Hot Springs Want to experience desert life? Agua Caliente Hot Springs (pictured, right) is a 910-acre San Diego County Park next to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, one of the largest state parks in the United States. Visitors can enjoy developed hot springs, dine at a picnic area or simply relax under shade trees at theirs site. When the mercury climbs to 100, soak your feet in two natural pools. Spring-fed, warm showers are available, and when the weather cools down, play shuffleboard, horseshoe or set... [Read more...]

It’s a Dog’s Life at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

September 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a Dog’s Life at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

Set in the mountain community of Williams, Arizona—Gateway to the Grand Canyon—the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park an ideal place to unwind and relax. The Observation Dome is an unforgettable experience, thanks to a glass-enclosed streamliner that offers panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. (Source: thetrain.com) Adjacent to the historic train depot, the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is just two blocks from Route 66 and downtown Williams. Canyon Railway RV Park offers three types of RV spaces: pull-through sites, buddy spaces, and back-ins. All 124 sites have full service utilities with 50-amp electric service, cable TV, wireless Internet, access to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. The property has coin-operated laundry machines and a common picnic area with gas grills and a fire pit. Daily rates are $39. Grand Canyon Railway Pet Resort While pet parents enjoy a trip to the Canyon, their furry friends have something to wag about at... [Read more...]

Take Camping to a Whole New Level

September 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Take Camping to a Whole New Level

Forget about soggy sleeping bags and competing with rocks and debris on the cold, hard ground on your next camping trip. The Tentsile Stingray is universally versatile three-season tent. It offers occupants a spacious triple hammock interior, accessed via a hatch in through the floor or via a large side door. It can be set up on the ground or suspended at any height. (Source: tentsile.com) Take your camping to a whole new level and be inspired by the tranquil calmness you will find when you hang out in the trees! Tentsile was conceived as a range of portable treehouses, combining the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the comfort and security of a tent. Tentsile recently launched a new suspended tent called the Stingray that lets you rest high up in the trees. Designed for three-season use, the 13 pound tent accommodates up to three people plus their gear. The UK tent maker touts this tent for a wide variety of travel styles, for backpacking in the woods, and even as disaster relief... [Read more...]

Campground Review: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

August 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground Review: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

The resort is set on it’s own bay   Recently, I was…”compelled” to go to a family wedding in Newport Beach, CA. If you have ever been to Newport, you know it’s where the rich people in Orange County park their yachts. So it surprising to me that tucked between five star hotels and multi million dollar condo’s was a beach front RV resort called Newport Dunes. Maybe it’s just me, but a name with “Dunes” denotes a windy, dusty, sand in places you don’t want it type of experience. That was NOT what I found. Instead I discovered a top rated resort circling around what amounts to it’s own private bay. Located in an area of Newport Harbor known as the “Back Bay”, it’s a little slice of quiet fun right next to pretty much everything. While the main harbor is busy just about any time of day the back bay and the river feeding into it has been set aside and preserved from any development. The resort itself circles it’s own little inlet and when we visited, it... [Read more...]

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. This black bear wants his food and he is waiting patiently. DO NOT FEED BEARS! (Source: Thomas J/travelooce.com) In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. Several samples of these reports follow. Black Bear Killed at Yellowstone Campground The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after getting a taste of human food there was killed by park staff. The 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and came within six feet of a man and woman eating. The campers backed off, and the bear ate some of the food off their table. It then went through their garbage and pawed at their tent. As the bear left their campsite,... [Read more...]

RVing in Yellowstone

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVing in Yellowstone

This past month I took one of the most traditional of all road trips to Yellowstone National Park. As fate would have it, my RV would break down in West Yellowstone. Hence, I got an extended journey and learned many of the do’s and don’ts of visiting Yellowstone in an RV. When to Go With nothing else to do while the RV was being repaired I began peppering my mechanic with a number of different questions about the park. I was amazed to learn that most of the park didn’t actually open until the end of April. At that point, though, the park is still “melting” and cold. The rivers are running 3x the height of their summer levels and much of the park still has snow on the ground. Around Memorial day the park becomes a free-for-all of foreign tourism and thousands of visitors pile in. On the late July day I was there, the lines at the entrance gate backed up for several miles. Visitors drop off amazingly fast during the third week of August. With kids going back to school our mechanic... [Read more...]

Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

August 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Prepare for Stormy Weather with Quick Exit Plan

Given the rash of severe weather that’s been striking the United States and Canada this spring and summer, it would be prudent for all campers and RVers to have a quick exit plan in place regardless of where you travel. Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Water is a major feature at numerous campgrounds and RV parks. Many state and provincial parks and other public recreation areas are in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy precipitation. Access to current weather reports and related information—weather radio, mobile wireless phone, satellite radio—will enable campers to be on top of the weather and to take proactive measures in the event of high waters, flood, thunderstorms, or other severe weather conditions. Be Prepared  Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Make sure... [Read more...]

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