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...]
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.
If you haven’t already, before planning your RV trips for the coming year, make sure you pre-order the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. You can look forward to a jam-packed edition. The comprehensive book has everything you need for your next RV adventure. Peruse the listings of 14,500 RV parks and campgrounds across North America to determine where to stay. Consult informative maps to find the locations of RV parks, or read the guide’s travel articles throughout the directory to learn about states and cities to visit. Boost your RV IQ with helpful lifestyle articles in the glossy front portion of the guide. Included in the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide: • Detailed listings of North America’s 2,200 Good Sam Parks, which offer 10 percent discounts to Good Sam Club members. • A Beginner’s Guide that tackles shopping for a new RV, taking a shakedown cruise, winterizing and storage for your vehicle. • Guides to purchasing great stuff on the go and traveling... [Read more...]
This month, we’ll talk about leaks, storage issues, and cleaning the propane burner in your fridge. Since winter is coming all too soon, send me any questions you have about winterizing and we’ll cover that in upcoming columns. ———————– Hi, Mark, We have a 1997 Starcraft Rene trailer. The fridge works extremely well on AC, but when I switch it to gas, it doesn’t seem to want to cool down. How long does it normally take for the fridge to get cool? Scott. Hi, Scott, It can take 4-8 hours for the fridge to initially cool down when you first turn it on. Most fridges cool a little bit faster on propane, in my experience. If your fridge works well on AC power but not on propane, the most likely problem is either a dirty burner or a clogged chimney. First, turn off the fridge. Then, open the outside access panel for the fridge. You will see the gas valve and the piping that goes to the burner assembly. Most fridges have a small metal... [Read more...]
Are your shoes in the way? Mine were, so I devised a solution. I cut a canvas over-the-door shoe holder in thirds (two pairs per section). Along the top edge of each section I punched a series of holes to thread a heavy cord through. Then a series of nails or screws were fastened on the inside of the under-bed storage compartment to fasten the cord to, so the shoe holder would hang outside the compartment, just below the mattress. This way, you can put shoes all around your bed. The mattress platform hangs out over the compartment walls, so you can walk around the bed without the shoes being in the way. John Bohn, Marion, Michigan
Ripplin’ Waters Campground & Cabin Rental in Sevierville, Tennessee Some anglers don’t like to share the locations of great fishing spots. Fortunately, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory aren’t so greedy. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of great fishing locations for RV travelers on a quest for catching the big one. With parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers who like campgrounds with fishing on the property or located within a short distance to prime fishing sites. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top RV parks for anglers are: Willow Beach RV & Campground, Willow Beach, Arizona Tom Sawyer’s RV Park, West Memphis, Arkansas Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, Santee, California San Carlos RV Park and Islands, Fort Myers Beach, Florida Redrock RV and Camping Park, Island Park, Idaho Follow The River RV Resort, Florence, Indiana Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, Jackson, Mississippi Walker... [Read more...]
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...]