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Essential RV Camping Supplies

December 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

  There are a few items that every RVer must always take with them before they leave for any trip of any duration and we discuss those items in this video.    

Holiday Camping Recipes

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday Camping Recipes

Camping, Holidays and Food go hand in hand, which is why it is always fun learning new Holiday Camping Recipes. So when you and your family are out camping for the holidays, you can try some new (to you), yet tried and true recipes that are bound to make it to your “Favorites” and “Must-Have” lists for future trips. Here are a few examples of some exciting holiday camping recipes, featuring main dishes, side dishes and a tasty dessert. Shish Kebabs– Skewer your favorite combination of meat (steak, shrimp, chicken, etc), veggies (carrots, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, etc), and fruit (pineapple is amazing grilled) either at home (before leaving) or at your camp site. If you choose to wait until you are at your camp site, everyone can assemble their own and make custom kebobs, adjusted to their unique tastes (likes and dislikes). Then just toss them on your campfire grill topped with your favorite grilling sauce and turn often to brown everything evenly and slowly. As... [Read more...]

Holiday Parties in the RV

December 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday Parties in the RV

The holiday season is upon us and with the holidays comes lots of fun holiday parties in the RV, featuring tons of yummy food, treats, and exciting games! To host a holiday party that is both spectacular and successful, you need a few necessary ingredients. To start, you need: a warm and cozy location (your RV), some yummy eats, and maybe a game or two. Set the scene in your RV. You are going to want to decorate accordingly to achieve the right ambiance (think lights, music, and candles). This touches on three out of the five senses. Yummy eats can come in many forms, from baked goods to store-bought items, or consider having a potluck-style party, where each guest brings something yummy to share. There are scrumptious finger foods – think pigs in a blanket or yummy meatballs – as well as delicious holiday drinks: eggnog and rum, or hot spiced apple cider. For one of the games, you can hold a gift exchange with an fun edge to it, such as a White Elephant gift exchange.... [Read more...]

RV Mountain Driving Part 3: Road Hazards

November 30, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

RV Mountain Driving Part 3: Road Hazards

RV Mountain Driving In addition to navigating steep grades, RV mountain driving comes with a few unique hazards. Let’s take a look at some. While wildlife can be encountered on many highways, some mountain roadways have an additional animal, the mountain goat, that often wanders on the road.  Rugged terrain can also make the road edge an appealing passage for wildlife on the move.  Combine this with the twisty roads and reduced forward view, a shorter warning of wildlife is to be expected. Rock slide warning signs are common in the mountains. While a rock slide is highly unlikely, the possibility of encountering some small rock pieces on the roadway can be very real, particularly after a heavy rainfall.  These rock fragments are jagged and can damage or destroy a tire.  Reducing speed when such warning signs are posted can increase your maneuvering and stopping ability. When operating in mountain ranges that are snowcapped, precipitation can be encountered even on a clear day. ... [Read more...]

RV Mountain Driving Part 2: The Descent

November 29, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Mountain Driving Part 2: The Descent

RV Mountain Driving Perhaps the most white-knuckle experiences during RV mountain driving occur while descending a steep grade. The heavier the rig, the more daunting it can be. But it does not have to be if you follow a good plan. When approaching a grade that is descending, slow to the speed, or slightly lower, that you intend to descend at prior to reaching the crest. Select a lower gear to maximize engine RPM and driveline resistance. Maintain any excess speed by short, hard applications of the service brakes. Remember, the wind resistance is now working with you, and can aid you to keep a comfortable speed. If equipped, engage the exhaust brake or single speed Jake. Observe both speed and engine RPM during the descent and control same, if required, with short, firm service brake applications. Tip: Get to know your speed in each gear when the engine RPM is at the optimum braking speed; for a diesel, about 90% of the maximum governed loaded speed. If you can’t always remember this... [Read more...]

RV Mountain Driving Part 1: The Climb

November 28, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Mountain Driving Part 1:  The Climb

RV Mountain Driving RV mountain driving can have its challenges.  This is the first part of a series of three dealing with some of those challenges. The Climb: Before venturing up into the mountain range, be sure you have adequate fuel for the run.  You will be burning more fuel per mile and gas stations are all but nonexistent in the mountains. The ascent up long, steep mountain grades takes a lot of power.  It places a heavy load on your engine and transmission, which can cause their temperatures to rise quickly.  You must keep the engine RPM towards the high side.  This includes even diesels that attain the highest torque at a fairly low engine speed. The higher speed helps cooling of the transmission and also increases the efficiency of the motor cooling package. Accomplishing this with the transmission selector in “Drive” would require holding the throttle wide open.  Otherwise, an upshift can occur.  So, you must manually select a lower gear appropriate to the speed you... [Read more...]

Boondocking in Commercial Parking Lots

November 27, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Boondocking in Commercial Parking Lots

Boondocking in Commercial Parking Lots Boondocking in commercial parking lots has become very common for RV travelers in all areas of the country.  These are establishments such as Wal-Mart, Cabela’s, casino locations and the likes.  The majority of these dry camping stays are only for a short overnight period, arriving late and leaving early.  In many cases, the RV traveler shops or at least spends a few dollars at the business at that location. Because these businesses are so RV-friendly and supportive, it is only fitting that we give them some of our business, as well as not abuse this offering.  Unfortunately, there are people that do not adhere to that model.  These people will spoil it for all as has happened in some areas.  Let’s look at some of the do and don’ts of RV dry docking on private property. Do: Confirm with the management of the property that your overnight stay is allowed. Do:  Park in a safe area away from the busy section of the lot. Do: Patronize... [Read more...]

Trailer Hitches

November 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitches Trailer hitches are found on just about every pickup truck, SUV and of course motorhomes.  These hidden hitches consist of a square receiver, 1-1/2” to 2-1/2” which holds an inserted drawbar and ball.  Mostly motorhomes use these to flat tow a vehicle.  This uses a hitch assembly that is fastened to the front of the towed vehicle and pulls it with all four tires on the ground.  Thus, in this case, it has no tongue weight or downward weight on the hitch itself. There are, however, motorhome owners that choose to tow a trailer that carries their car or other payload.  This type of towing requires a certain amount of weight on the trailer hitch at the ball.  This weight must be about 10% of the overall gross trailer weight, which includes the payload.  If the amount is much less than this, a dangerous situation can result as the trailer may tend to wag from side to side while towing. In an effort to reduce the risks of being too light at the hitch, people may overload... [Read more...]

RV Security Lights

November 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

RV Security Lights

Arcon “Scare Light” for your RV. RV Security lights are found on many trailers and motorhomes.  Essentially, they are just a white-lensed exterior light that is mounted up high on both sides of the unit.  They are also referred to as “Scare Lights”.  They create very bright lighting around the outside of your camper to hopefully ward off intruders. They also provide some useful benefits apart from the “scare thing.”  Their elevated light position serves as great lighting for after-dark patio activities in camp.  They are also great for lighting both sides of the RV during your walk outside when your pet just has to go out.  Some people even use them as a signal while in a campground.  If the light is on, we are up.  You are welcome to drop in. These lights are a relatively low priced option on a new unit or can be purchased as an aftermarket add-on.  They are fairly easy to install on any RV.   L.E.D. Lighting A great upgrade would be to replace the light... [Read more...]

Fuel Consumption Trip Computers

November 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Fuel Consumption Trip Computers

TripTek Fuel Consumption Trip Computers Fuel consumption trip computers are now commonplace in many automobiles, trucks and recreational vehicles, but are they accurate? Do they really display the actual miles per gallon that you have been achieving? Well, yes and no.  The auto industry’s O.E.M. standard on-board computer display is not a scientific measuring device.  Some of its input data comes from the E.C.M. (engine control module) through the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic system) and calculates the requested information to be displayed. Regardless of marginal error, these onboard readouts can be very helpful.  While 100% accuracy is not attainable, the calculation repeatability is quite good.  Therefore, generally they are a reliable fuel consumption indicator and certainly far more accurate than your fuel gauge. There are two MPG (miles per gallon) readings that people primarily use: instant and average.  Instant is exactly that, nearly real-time MPG.  I used the phrase “nearly... [Read more...]

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