Hi, folks, As promised, some winterizing questions are addressed this month, along with a couple of general maintenance issues. Enjoy the crisp fall nights if you can: All too soon it will be winter! Send your RVing questions to email@example.com ——————————- Mark: I have purchased a 2013 Puma park model and have parked it on a friend’s farm in Granite Falls, NC. I spend most long weekends there and want to know if there are any special preparations I need to do over the winter. Sharon Hi, Sharon, A lot depends on how cold it gets in your area. If it only occasionally drops below freezing at night and warms up during the day, your park model will probably be fine as long as you have a source of dependable heat in it while you are gone. If it gets well below freezing, like down into the teens, or often stays below freezing for several days, it would be better to winterize it if you will only be using it occasionally during... [Read more...]
Nothing epitomizes America’s West quite like Texas. Explore wide-open prairies, rolling hills and historic sites with roots that stretch back to North America’s early history. Located in the Rio Grande Valley, Alamo Rec-Veh Park is a haven for winter Texans with outdoor activities such as fishing, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Have fun in the large, air-conditioned recreation hall with billiards, crafts, card games and more. If you prefer the big city, head to Houston’s Lake View RV Resort, which boasts superior amenities and just the right combination of facilities. Enjoy great service and affordability located conveniently close to shopping and attractions in the metro area.
Hi, folks. As the cold weather approaches, it’s almost time to start winterizing those rigs. For now, I’ll field a few general RVing questions, but if you have questions about winterizing, please send them in and we’ll talk about it next month. Thanks for writing, and keep those questions coming! ____________________ Mark: Don’t know if you can help or perhaps you can send me in the right direction. Does anyone sell or can give me an idea how to get stairs into my Trail Cruiser C-22 that might have a handle for a handicapped person to use to go in and out for balance? Thanks, Ginger Hi, Ginger, There are a few options that you might consider. First, I’m assuming that you need some kind of step that will work on an RV that is in use. There are a number of nice step assemblies with built-in handrails available, but they are designed to be used on an RV that is parked in one place most or all of the time. If that is your situation, any mobile home or manufactured home dealer... [Read more...]
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 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 out on one of the... [Read more...]
Every RVer wants a clean vehicle, with gleaming countertops, spot-free windows and surfaces free of dirt and grime. Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain harmful toxins that can cause asthma, allergies or lead to serious diseases. To complicate matters, the relatively confined quarters of a recreational vehicle only exacerbate the threat of harm. Don’t rely on the label to tell you what’s in that bottle of cleaner; only seven percent of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents, according to the Environmental Working Group, a consumer-advocacy organization that ranks cleaning products by levels of safety. Consumers should be pro-active when it comes to shopping for cleaning products. According to research studies, RV shoppers looking for healthy cleaning products should avoid any products that contain anything from the following rogue’s gallery: Petrochemical solvents Ethoxylates Sulfates Synthetic fragrance Alcohol Artificial dyes Parabens Although you may have... [Read more...]
RVers would hate to see anything bad happen to the green meadows, unspoiled forests and pristine mountain ranges that greet them on the highway. That’s why the editors and consultants of the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide have gone to great lengths to select the Top Green RV Park across North America. These RV parks have adopted earth-friendly practices, ranging from aggressive recycling policies to solar panels, energy-efficient lighting and environmentally sound landscaping. Although the parks in this list take a variety of approaches in staying green, the goal is the same: to help preserve the natural, wide open spaces that make traveling in America such an amazing experience. After all, don’t we all want to see our natural resources preserved for our children and grandchildren when they take to the road in their own RVs? So visit the following parks if you’re a traveler seeking campgrounds that adhere to an ecologically sound philosophy without sacrificing the comforts and... [Read more...]
Green practices are a big part of Sunland RV Resorts, and San Diego RV Resort Sunland is no exception. Once you’re parked here, you can turn off the ignition and take an environmentally friendly form of travel. The resort is just a stroll from one of the San Diego Trolley’s stops. Ride the rails to Petco Park, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World and other top attractions in the popular SoCal city. After a long day of sightseeing, you can relax in one of the 174 well-groomed sites, which include full hookups and concrete patios. Take a refreshing shower, do a wash in a modern laundry facility or simply relax at the resort’s pool and spa. Blow off some steam at the state-of-the-art fitness center or enjoy a game of billiards. The RV resort’s conference hall accommodates groups for business meetings or potlucks. Make sure you take your dog for a walk; pet walking is allowed throughout the resort. San Diego RV Resort is part of the Sunland family of resorts. Find more info on San Diego RV... [Read more...]
The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park takes RV travelers back in time to a period when train travel was the most dominant mode of transportation. Most importantly, the park uses environmental practices that help maintain the ecological soundness of this valuable region of Arizona. Built in 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has taken people into the heart of one of this natural wonder for over a century. For guests of the railway’s RV park the proximity of this famous railroad is just one of many the charms of the 124-site RV park. The park has a picnic pavilion with four premium gas grills along with a community fire pit, so you can be in the greatest of outdoor settings. Enjoy the fresh air and lovely mountain backdrop, mixed with the familiar sound of train whistles from the nearby railroad. Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) has been recognized as “Highly Commended” by Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards in the category “Responsible Transport.” In addition to using vegetable fuel to... [Read more...]
Sitting on the banks of the Kern River, Bakersfield River Run RV Park takes great care to maintain a green, sustainable environment. But just because a park has solid environment credentials doesn’t meant guests have to do without. With 123 RV sites with 50 amp electrical, there are 46 river view sites and 31 pull-through sites. Free wi-fi is available for guests. Clubhouse Amenities include a store, propane, rec room with fitness center, swimming pool, computer work stations, banquet hall and kitchen and barbecue facilities for groups and rallies. Nearby are many attractions including Buck Owens Crystal Palace, Rabobank arena convention center, and many other sports and entertainment venues. Find more information on Bakersfield River Run RV Park here.
I noticed that every time I traveled through mountainous areas, certain areas in my coach ended up in a gooey mess. Apparently, the change in elevation causes a build-up of pressure in any bottles containing air — liquid soap, lotions, household cleaners, etc. This forces the contents up, out and all over countertops and inside cabinets. Now, before we hit the high road I make sure all the spray nozzles are turned to the off position and the pumps on bottles have been pushed down and locked in place. Julie Perry, Lewisville, Texas Editor’s note: You can also loosen caps, slightly squeeze the bottles to evacuate air, and re-tighten the caps. For soap pumps that have no locking means (like the built-ins on your sink), pull the dispenser pump up slightly to allow air to reach the contents; the pressure will change automatically as you go down (or up) the road.