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Why Fall Camping Is So Great.

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Why Fall Camping Is So Great.

It’s that time of year again and fall means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hay rides. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons especially along the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway, North Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Of course, one of the most compelling reasons to camp in fall is the burst of color on the trees as the leaves change to their autumn hues. Depending on the latitude and elevation, fall foliage is usually most stunning from September through October, but can linger into November. The reds, yellows, and oranges of the fall foliage will amaze you. With the hot muggy days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, perfect hiking weather, and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for all camping enthusiasts. The autumn season has always been a great time for camping. Few to no mosquitoes, cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and quieter campgrounds all make it ideal. Winter will be calling before you know... [Read more...]

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship At Fort Myers Beach

Who says you have to be a kid to play in the sand? The highly anticipated 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach is almost upon us with participants and spectators alike preparing for a great time with an amazing display of sand art right on the beach! This event has gained international attention in recent years, attracting sculptors from the United States and abroad to compete. Now the largest sand sculpting event in the state of Florida, it’s been hailed as one of the 10 best sand sculpting competitions by USA Today and recognized as a top 20 event of the entire southeastern United States by the Southeastern Tourism Society. From November 21-30, 2014, master sand sculptors will put their skills to the test to create amazing sand sculptures for the chance to hold one of the coveted titles of the American solo champion and American doubles champion. Along with their title, winners also enjoy a year’s worth of bragging rights, which may be the biggest motivating... [Read more...]

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

September 15, 2014 by · 10 Comments 

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

Packing for an RV weekend getaway can be stressful. First, you have to find the time to pack during your normal weekly routine. Then, you might stress over lists, hauling your stuff back and forth, and forgetting things that you wish you hadn’t – or even worse, forgetting absolutely mandatory stuff, such as mom’s mystery novel when the perpetrator is about to reveal himself, or junior’s freestyle BMX bike – not to mention dad’s favorite Crankbait trout lure. You might think that duplicating everything from your home in your RV is a good idea, until you consider the cost, how to handle perishable foods, what to do with the pots and pans you didn’t get washed before leaving camp on the last trip, and all that dirty laundry that has to be washed. However, to get close to “duplicating everything” there are steps you can take to make packing for the weekend getaway relatively painless. If at all possible, park the RV in front of your house the night before your trip so it can... [Read more...]

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Tech-Tip: Reducing The Rattles of RV Travel

The Rattles of RV travel Unlike a towable RV, a motorized unit involves travelling in the RV for the entire journey.  This also means listening to all the silverware, dishes and glasses that tend to rattle, sometimes nonstop. They still do this in a towable, you just don’t hear it. In addition to the annoying clatter, tinkling and cracking sounds that emerge from every cupboard and drawer, your pieces are slowly being destroyed.  Cracks, chips and abrasive marks on your dinnerware are going to become evident and finally be ruined, given time.  So, how can it be prevented?  How can you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  How can peace reign within the coach’s cabin? You may have tried towels, rags or napkins inserted between each, but that’s not the answer.  They still move about until they once again start the familiar clattering chorus. Non-Skid Shelf Liner Material So, how do you reduce the rattles of RV travel?  Well, here’s the answer you have been looking for, and it’s... [Read more...]

Top 4 Ways To Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite

August 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Top 4 Ways To Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite

Top 4 Ways to Ensure a Clean RV and Campsite 1. Bring a Broom/Dust Pan– This may seem like common sense, but its imperative to sweep out the dirt, dust, leaves, etc to maintain a clean RV, (or tent), during the camp out.  And it is even more important to remember to clean up after your camp out, before heading home. 2. Bring a Floor Covering and Mat for right outside your RV (or tent)–  Many places sell these and they come in a wide range of sizes.  You can get ones that are soft and squishy or have fake grass, either way you definitely need something to cover the ground for when you step down out of the RV.  It is even more important when you are heading into the RV.  It is nice to have a clean area (on the mat), where you can sit and take off your shoes before entering, which leads me to my next point… 3. Take your Shoes off before Entering the RV EVERY SINGLE TIME!– This can be tricky and seem tedious if your shoes are not the easy kind that slip on and... [Read more...]

Explore South Carolina

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore South Carolina

Raven Cliffs Falls tumbles off Upcountry escarpment For first-time vacationers to South Carolina, the state is bursting with surprises. Starting with its size – South Carolina is one of the ten smallest states and the entire Palmetto State isn’t beyond much of a three-hour drive. That means a day trip to the mountainous Upcountry from your favorite RV park in the Lowcountry is a comfortable possibility.  You can easily explore South Carolina by taking a trip to Folly Beach, Edisto Beach or Hunting Island from your best lakeside campsite in the Upcountry. South Carolina has its own bonafide national park – something most of its Southern neighbors can’t claim. Congaree National Park is a world of languid blackwater rivers and protects the largest contiguous old growth bottomland of loblolly pines, tupelo and bald cypress in the United States. Natural wonders extend beyond the swamps; Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It’s... [Read more...]

RVing With Pets

August 5, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RVing With Pets

Pets on the road by Harry Gephart. In just a short time, Americans traveling and RVing with pets has become as accepted as traveling with kids. That does not mean pets in campgrounds should be considered a right and not a privilege, even though many Good Sam campgrounds display that little terrier symbol for “Pets Welcome.” When traveling with a pet, it is imperative to remember that you are an ambassador for all pet owners and your pet’s good behavior will help ensure continued access to campgrounds in the future. So take the campground rules seriously. As hard as it is for pet lovers to believe, not everyone loves dogs, and dog owners are still fewer in number than non-dog owners in America. A well-behaved pet is one that feels safe and secure. Never leave a pet alone in a campground, even if it is one you have visited many times before and she knows the territory. Before leaving home, pack familiar bedding and blankets, a supply of your dog’s regular food, and... [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned From Full-Time RVing With My Newlywed Wife

July 31, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

What I’ve Learned From Full-Time RVing With My Newlywed Wife

Heath and Alyssa Padgett are newlyweds on an RV honeymoon across America. I know what you’re thinking. What guy in his right mind would take his newlywed wife and travel the country in an RV? The first year of marriage can be tough enough without adding broken pump lines and the stress of learning the RV lifestyle. But, to be completely honest, it’s been the adventure of a lifetime. My wife and I are on a fifty-state, seven-month RV honeymoon across America in our 1994 Coachmen Leprechaun. Here’s what I’ve learned in the first 60 days of being on the road full-time in an RV. Grace. I’ve learned to give my wife grace for her mishaps. After all, we are within 29 ft of each other 24 hours a day. It would make for an extremely long seven months of travel if you never learn to forgive and forget. I’ve also learned to allow grace for myself. I’ve broken a toilet seat, flooded the RV, and backed into a car at a grocery store. If I spent all my time being upset at what a screw-up... [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

July 18, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids is a fun activity families can do together.  My kids love to hike and are always ready to don their hiking shoes and hats! Here are five must-have items to bring along when hiking with kids:   1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! You never want to run out of snacks while hiking with the kids.  When kids get tired AND HUNGRY, beware, you are in tantrum territory!         2. Lots of Water ( and a huge plus if you have Propel, Gatorade or another electrolyte replenishing drink) While the kids love hiking, you want to ensure they are drinking plenty of H2O along the trail or they might get dehydrated, which increases risk of heat stroke.         3. Sun Hat with UPF for optimum sun protection Make sure you buy one that has a strap so that it won’t come off easily. Also breathability is a must so their little heads don’t get too hot and sweaty.         4. Sunblock (sweat proof and waterproof a... [Read more...]

Camping Games

July 17, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Camping Games

While hanging around the campground, what better way to spend your afternoon than playing games and camping?  From horseshoes to bags to shuffle board, there are plenty of camping games to choose from.  Many RV Parks also offer billiards, a pool, and horseshoe pits. If you are lucky enough to have children to entertain, there are many options for having fun with kids at the campground as well. Here are a few of my favorite games to take with you camping (with links to where you can buy them online).   Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game– this card game has items for the players to spot, whether you are playing while on the road or hanging around the campground.  This is great for young kids, age 7 and up.  Also includes “Hear It,” “Feel It,” “Smell It” cards to encourage players to use their senses as they are traveling.       Double LadderBall– An exciting game for 2 or for larger teams; it includes 3 bolas for each... [Read more...]

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