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Featured Park – Indian Creek RV Resort, Fort Myers FL

February 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Featured Park – Indian Creek RV Resort, Fort Myers FL

Experience the five-star resort lifestyle at Indian Creek RV Resort in Fort Myers Beach—the finest RV resort in southwestern Florida! Indian Creek is an age restricted resort catering to an active 55 plus crowd and offers guests an extraordinary vacation destination with exemplary customer service. The amenity package at Indian Creek RV Resort is as extensive as it is impressive. Cool off in one of the three beautiful heated swimming pools or take a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Staying active is never a problem with five tennis courts, catch and release fishing, sixteen shuffleboard courts, beach volleyball, three regulation pickleball courts, seven horseshoe pits, bocce ball and a golf net to practice your swing. This resort also has a great selection of books, puzzles and other reading material at its on-site library—a great place for some quiet down time. Relax and catch up with some friends with an afternoon or evening game of pool on one of the eight handsome billiards tables... [Read more...]

Mark, My Words: Q & A with Mark Nemeth – January 2014

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, everyone! I hope your New Year is progressing well! We’ll be putting our RVs back on the road soon, and since batteries really suffer in storage, I thought some battery-related questions would be appropriate this month. Keep those questions coming! Just send your email to MMW@escapees.com. —————————————————————- Hi, Mark, I have a Holiday Rambler Vacationer, which I purchased used 4 1/2 yr. ago. I am on my third set of house batteries. I add water frequently, but they won’t last. I make sure everything is off before leaving the MH. My current set is about 18 mo. old, and they are shot. Shouldn’t they last longer than that? Also, can I shut down the battery switch in winter without hurting the batteries? A friend told me that the batteries might freeze. Thanks, Don. Hi, Don, Your house batteries should last longer than that! How often do you have... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Chamois Rocks

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The countertop around the kitchen faucet in our trailer constantly gets wet, and the water would run down the surface and affect other things (paper bags, trinkets, etc.). I was tired of the mess, so I bought a cloth chamois. I made a template out of paper, traced the template on the underside of the chamois and then cut it to fit around the faucet. Now, the chamois absorbs most of the moisture, so I don’t have to constantly wipe it up. The chamois can easily be removed when it needs to be cleaned. Linda Hollingsworth, Ronkonkoma, New York  

Why Purchase an RV Extended Service Plan?

December 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal recently about Mechanical-Breakdown Insurance (MBI). The gist of the article was do you purchase one of these policies, or do you skip it? If you are not familiar with mechanical-breakdown insurance it is insurance designed to protect you from costly vehicle repair bills after any factory warranties expire. The article I read was based on MBI for your automobile, but similar type plans are offered to protect RV owners. These plans are usually referred to as Extended Service Plans (ESP) or Extended Service Contracts. From an RV industry insider’s viewpoint I was interested in what the article had to say. I have always recommended that RV owners purchase a reputable extended service plan, considering a typical repair to an RV, say the refrigerator, can easily exceed $1,000. An important point mentioned in the Wall Street Journal article was that MBI and ESP’s are similar in terms of what they are intended to do, but there are differences the... [Read more...]

Mark, My Words: Q & A with Mark Nemeth – December 2013

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi, all: I hope you have a merry Christmas and are looking forward to a New Year of RVing! This month, we’ll talk about leaks, refrigerators, and towing. Keep those questions coming!  mmw@escapees.com ————————————- Hi, Mark, We have a 1964 Silver Streak Sabre 22 travel trailer.  We love our trailer. We use one of those standard inline pressure regulators, without a gauge, when connecting to a campsite water source.  Most of the time, we’re okay, no leaks, but other times our plumbing leaks.  I have a suspicion the pressure regulator only steps the pressure down by a specific amount and not to a specific pressure.  For example, if the hose bib pressure is 120, the pressure regular steps it down by, say, 40 pounds, leaving 80 pounds of pressure.  It would be great if the pressure regulator would take whatever input pressure and step it down to say 45 pounds.  Is there such a device?  Or should I insert two... [Read more...]

Snowbird Destinations—Escaping to the Sunbelt

November 19, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Check out the following snowbird tips and info from our Snowbird Destinations newsletter, delivered every month to your inbox. Get advice on everything from social activities to side trips, and use this information to get a great start for that long-term trip to the Sunbelt. Keep an eye on your inbox for future editions of Snowbird Destinations. Get to know Your Roost Don’t settle into a snowbird destination without exploring the area’s history, attractions and recreation opportunities. Check out national, state, county and regional parks, national wildlife refuges, national and state forests, scenic byways, fisheries and fish hatcheries, nature parks and centers, aquariums, wildlife and zoological parks, and game reserves. Many offer guided tours and hikes, educational seminars and talks, and opportunities to observe and photograph birds and other wildlife. Take up bird watching. Many of the colorful birds found in Sunbelt regions are tropical species, reaching their northern range... [Read more...]

Pine Mountain RV Resort – far from your typical RV resort, park or campground

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pine Mountain RV Resort is far from your typical RV resort, park or campground. In fact, it’s recreating outdoor recreation and relaxation. Take your ideal natural environment and mix it with your favorite hotel experience, and you have Pine Mountain RV Resort – an RVC Outdoor Destination.  See why this property has better value and start redefining your vacation experience. Pine Mountain RV Resort offers a wide range of amenities and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  119 total RV sites that are big-rig friendly, with full-hookups, 30/50 amps, free Wi-fi and cable TV.  New modern cabins with loft, furnished with G.E. appliances, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV, full kitchen, porch, grill and amazing views.  Don’t forget about our trendy and furnished yurts with climate controls, fresh linens, skylights, and picnic table.  At Pine Mountain RV Resort, guests can enjoy a large state of the art saline swimming pool, hot tub and kiddie pool.  Many activities available... [Read more...]

Top Extended Stay Parks for RVers in the Far West

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top Extended Stay Parks for RVers in the Far West

America’s Far West region is a virtual paradise for extended stay RVers, with parks that accommodate long-term guests in compelling regions. From the Pacific Coast to the Grand Canyon to the Columbia River, this region keeps RVers coming back. Arizona Three Cal-Am resorts attract extended stay guests in Mesa, Arizona. Mesa Regal RV Resort accommodates long-term guests with lighted tennis courts, golf driving ranges and a host of luxuries and comforts. Val Vista Village RV Resort and Valle Del Oro RV Resort also treat guests to fabulous amenities and frequent social gatherings. In Yuma, Sun Vista RV Resort keeps guests busy with sporting events, a two-story fitness center with nearby swimming pools and several clubs and classes, not to mention the great professional entertainment. California California’s extended stay RV parks offer contrasts that range from rugged desert spots to lush coastal communities near the Pacific shore. Indian Wells Carefree RV Resorts in Indio puts guests... [Read more...]

Put Down Stakes at These Top Extended Stay RV Parks

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Some RV travelers love hitting the open road, while others relish putting down stakes in one place and making themselves at home. With this in mind, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top Extended Stay RV Parks in North America. This list is tailored for travelers seeking campgrounds that provide the amenities and social activities that keep guests comfortable and busy for long periods of time. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Extended Stay RV parks are: Mesa Regal RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Sun Vista RV Resort, Yuma, Arizona Val Vista Village RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Valle Del Oro RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Indian Wells Carefree RV Resorts, Indio, California La Pacifica RV Resort, San Diego, California Mad River Rapids RV Park, Arcata, California Palms River Resort, Needles, California Santa Nella RV Park, Santa Nella, California Big Cypress RV Resort, Clewiston, Florida Craig’s RV Park, Arcadia,... [Read more...]

Top Extended Stay Parks for RVers in the South

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoy an extended stay in the embrace of Southern Hospitality. Walk the beaches on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, go gaming in Mississippi and explore Louisiana’s lush landscapes and tasty cuisine. Florida Florida certainly has its share of extended stay parks. Big Cypress RV Resort in Clewiston, Florida, is nestled in the beautiful Western prairie of the Florida Everglades and is just an hour’s drive from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Naples. In Southwest Florida, Craig’s RV Park, located in Arcadia, boasts southern hospitality along with Bluegrass Jammin’ Weekends. Nestled between the resort communities of Naples and Florida, Imperial Bonita Estates MH & RV Resort in Bonita Springs is close to miles of pristine beaches, golf courses, restaurants and more. Riverside RV Resort & Campground in Port Charlotte sits amid lush palm trees, has spacious sites and includes organized activities like the Riverside’s End of Summer Store-n-Stay Potluck. Louisiana Hidden... [Read more...]

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