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Trailer Life Magazine App

March 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Trailer Life Magazine App

As spring is just around the corner (March 20th), people with RVs are hitching to go open it and get on the road.   I know our family is looking forward for our camping season.   Knowing that our campground is installing a zip line makes it a bit hard for the kids to wait.  But it won’t open until May so in the meantime we plan our summer as best as we can.  For me it means I am starting to think of the titles I would like to read during the summer time.  Having an iPad, I have the opportunity of bringing as many books as I would like without worrying of limited space.   Some people prefer to bring magazines with them when going camping.  Apart of my Homeschool magazine (which is now digitalized and completely free – I download a PDF format which I upload on my iPad), my eyes don’t feast much of that kind of reading material. However, for people on the road and used to read the Trailer Life Magazine, you can now bring with you a digital version of the magazine with you.  ... [Read more...]

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

March 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

The only thing better than ‘right now’ will someday be the memories of right now! Digital is not difficult to shoot and good results are achievable, but one must know the basics of photography as the fundamentals remain the same, irrespective of the recording medium. Pictured above is Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’ve probably an RVer because you love to travel, you want to see the natural and manmade wonders of North America, or you just don’t like being tied down to one place. Whatever the reason, are you keeping a visual record of your RV travels? Do you take photos of your RV memories? If not, why not? Traveling in an RV allows us to move at a slower pace, which gives us a chance to see things that often times go unnoticed. RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. In addition to hiking, biking, boating, nature study, and birding; photography is a natural activity to... [Read more...]

Getting Ready to Head Out? Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

March 7, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Getting Ready to Head Out?  Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

Have you ever forgotten to do the final check on your RV before driving away from your house or campsite? I have an uncle, whom I love dearly, who drove out of his driveway with his RV still plugged into the wall of his house.  As a fairly new RV-owner and having felt rushed for time when departing, he enjoys amusing  his listeners with the retelling of this story… They were headed to New Mexico from Los Angeles, to visit their son and his family, when it happened.  He didn’t realize it at first, but he was dragging the long electrical cord and cover from the wall, behind him for some time.   At first when he spotted the kids pointing at his RV, he thought smugly to himself: “Yep, they must be impressed with my nice Class-A.”  Only once he noticed that they were actually laughing and pointing, did he begin to think something must be up. Then it occurred to him to check all of his mirrors to make sure everything was as it should be.  This is when he spotted the... [Read more...]

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

February 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New Campground Search Engine on Woodall’s

We met T&P at our church and quickly because friends with them.   She was American and he was Canadian.  They met on the internet, fell in love and got married.   They were living in Gatineau and us in Ottawa.   They became the god parents of our third son.   Unfortunately, P got transferred to Winnipeg for his job and they move there.   I would have hoped to be able to visit them while they were there but the years passed by and the dream of visiting in Winnipeg never materialized.   The P retired from his job and though they could have come back to the area here, they decided that it was time for them to move to the US.    It’s a long process to have a Canadian move to the US even if his wife is American.   But they went through the process to the point that T lived for many months without her husband in Tennessee.   Recently, P officially joined his wife in the US.  They are both very happy to be reunited. But what does it means for us?  Well it simply means... [Read more...]

AIRTABS

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AIRTABS

When we got our RV from the dealer, they were nice enough to bring it to our campsite where it would be parked.  Back then, we didn’t have a vehicle to tow it as we had a Venture van.   But the following year, out of the blue, the motor on our van burned and we had to shop around for a new vehicle.   We knew that since we had to purchase something we wanted to have one that would be able to pull our Rv for long trips.   We found a Suburban that was fit to pull it and since then we enjoy going places with the RV. However, as soon as we were able to take the RV with us on trips, we looked for ways to be fuel efficient.   While navigating the internet one day, my husband stumbled on the website promoting Airtabs.   After he read about Airtabs he was so enthusiastic that we purchased some to install on our RV. What are Airtabs?   Well it is a patented shaped vortex generator designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing the aerodynamic pressure... [Read more...]

Got an iPad? Drive a RV? Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

January 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Got an iPad?  Drive a RV?  Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad.  LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2013 – Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Rand McNally’s RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application offered that is specifically designed for RV navigation. The new application, available on the App Store(sm), provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally’s proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips. The app also includes dynamic weather*, a map overlay feature that helps drivers anticipate conditions such as high wind and precipitation along the route. Also included is a bonus feature of the app: An e-book version of America’s... [Read more...]

Christmas Ideas for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life!

December 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Christmas Ideas for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life!

As a follow up to my Stocking Stuffers post a few weeks ago, each year I like to write a blog to share some Christmas gift ideas for those in your life who enjoy the outdoors…or maybe for yourself! I like to try to come up with ideas that may not occur to you, to stimulate your imagination and perhaps lead to that one gift that will be enjoyed year round. As with the St. Nick’s ideas, couple of traditional favorites include a new calendar to help plan trips in the New Year and the newest edition of Woodall’s Guide for the same reason. But every year I also like to add a few new ideas that may simply not have occurred to the typical Santa. Here are my ideas for this year: Terry’s New Butter Fleece Jacket…shhhh 1)     A new Butter Fleece to wear as a top layer on cooler spring or fall days and under an outer layer during winter. My family cannot get enough of this fleece; we each have several and wear them throughout the year. While many of them are the ¼ zip variety,... [Read more...]

IT’S FINALLY HERE! (The 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Camp Ground Directory)

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

IT’S FINALLY HERE! (The 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Camp Ground Directory)

The brown box dropped on my doorstep was a surprise.  I thought, “What in the world is this, I’m not expecting a package?” I cut open the box.  Inside was my new copy of the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. I have been extremely anxious to see what this new book looked like.  You see, it is not just a new publication; it is a brand new product. For years, I have purchased both the Trailer Life Campground Directory and the Woodall’s Campground Directory.  While they were similar, they were not identical.  I would find that one guide would have listings or information that the other lacked. Of course, I was somewhat partial to the Woodall’s Directory – after all, for the past three years my blogs have been published under the Woodall’s marquee. So, how is it that both the former Trailer Life and Woodall’s directories came to be combined? Well, both Trailer Life and Woodall’s are owned by the same parent company – and have been for many years. ... [Read more...]

Our Camper Saved the Day!

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Our Camper Saved the Day!

As many of you know, during the past year we moved our home and family across the country from Wisconsin to New Mexico. For the most part the move went smoothly, but due to this major disruption in the stability of our lives, we did not have the time or energy to plan and take our typical two-three week camping vacation this summer, but reconciled ourselves to day trips. When Terry finally joined me in New Mexico in July, after hauling the last of our things across the country in the camper, we parked our Trail Lite in its new home near our house and, for the most part, forgot about it for the rest of the summer and fall. However, last weekend, it became a crucial part of our existence. When we bought our home in New Mexico, it was about six years old. Built in 2004, the home came with appliances, all Amana, which the previous owner had purchased as she was moving into her new abode, so all are still less than ten years old. Last Saturday evening Terry and I went to bed about 10 pm as usual,... [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers for the Camping Family

December 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stocking Stuffers for the Camping Family

It’s that time of year again! In the northeast corner of Wisconsin, and many other areas of this country, St. Nicholas visits on the evening of December 5th, a sort of pre-curser to the Big Day as it were. Children hang stockings over the fireplace or on a banister before heading to bed that night. Then, in the morning, they are filled with small trinkets and goodies. My stockings always held a book of some kind, a small toy and a variety of Christmas candies. Every year I like to write a blog about St. Nick ideas for campers, hikers and outdoors lovers to help stimulate the imagination of our readers. A couple of traditional favorites include a new calendar to help plan trips in the New Year and the newest edition of Woodall’s Guide for the same reason. But every year I also like to add a few new ideas that may simply not have occurred to the typical “St. Nick”. Here are my ideas for this year: 1)     A Water Filtration System—especially for people like our son Ryan, who... [Read more...]

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