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Understanding Shore Power

November 1, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Understanding Shore Power

RV Shore Power Service Understanding shore power is essential to properly manage your electrical usage in camp.  Motorhomes, depending on size, may be capable of using a 30 amp or a 50 amp service maximum.  With adaptors all will operate on a 15/20 amp, albeit a minimum service. There are three basic service sizes provided in campgrounds in North America. 15/20 Amp Duplex will provide 15/20 amps at 120 volts or about 1,800/2400 watts of power. 30 Amp RV receptacle will provide 30 amps at 120 volts or about 3,600 watts of power 50 Amp RV receptacle will provide 50 amps at 240 volts or 100 amps of 120 volts or about 12,000 watts. You will notice that going from a 30 amp to a 50 increases the available power by 333%.  That’s over three times more power.  This is due to the 50 amp service has four contacts.  These are ground, neutral and two 120 volt hot lines.  Providing these two hot lines, L1 and L2 are out of phase, they will deliver 240 volts when used on a 240 appliance, like... [Read more...]

RVing In Freezing Weather

October 31, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

RVing In Freezing Weather

Motorhome Camping in Freezing Weather RVing in freezing weather can have its challenges.  Not only do you have to keep the inside at a comfortable temperature, but you must also provide some heat to the basement to prevent any fluids from freezing in the tanks, lines and related components.  Additionally, the engine may require heating several hours prior to departing camp. So let’s look at some of the things you may face while traveling and camping in winter like temperatures.  Obviously there are slippery road surfaces and winter driving hazards, but we will only look at dealing with the temperature issues related to your coach.  Winter driving is a separate topic we can examine at a later date. Interior heat in motorhomes is provided by an RV furnace or a hydronic heating system. The RV furnace is generally a propane fired unit that blows heated air into the living area.   A hydronic system may be propane or diesel fired.  The hydronic unit heats both the household hot water... [Read more...]

Halloween at the Campground

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Halloween at the Campground

Host a Haunted Halloween Party, Harvest Party, or Trick or Treat your way through the RV Park; there are countless spooky ways to spend a freakishly fun Halloween at the Campground! Host a Frightfully Spooky Halloween Party (dress-up, of course!), have a Pumpkin-Carving (and/or painting) Party, or just call it a Harvest Party (with some fun games included, of course).  All are fun ways to celebrate with your friends and family the night of Halloween at the Campground! Activities can include Face-Painting, Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap (Teams race to wrap their mummy up the best with toilet paper or crepe paper), What’s under the Box? (Jell-O guts! Spaghetti brains! Grape eye balls!), Pumpkin Bowling, and Pin the Wart on the Witch! These are all easy-prep, easy clean-up games that can be fun for all ages, but obviously more so for kids.  You can also hold a Costume Contest with categories such as Best Homemade Costume, Scariest Costume, Best Group Costumes, Funniest Costume.... [Read more...]

Tips for Keeping Young Children Occupied During Long Trips

October 24, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Tips for Keeping Young Children Occupied During Long Trips

To maintain your sanity and arrive safely, here are 10 Tips for Keeping Young Children Occupied During Long Trips in the car or RV. Are we there yet? Those four words can drive parents crazy, especially on long road trips. Not only can kids start to grate on your nerves on long road trips, it is also a safety issue if the driver is constantly turning around, checking the rear view mirror, or having to pass things back to the children. Did you know that nearly 40% of all accidents are caused by distracted drivers? Check out these tips for staying safe (and sane!) while on a long road trip with young children. Bring fun activity bags—these can be in the form of yarn with uncooked noodles to string on (to make necklaces), paper dolls, or anything else that can be stored in a large zip lock bag (for when not in use). These can be simple or complex, depending on the age of your child. *Make sure not to give a young child small pieces that could pose a choking hazard. Put on a movie—this... [Read more...]

Meals That Travel Well

October 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Meals That Travel Well

There are many meals that travel well on the road.  Plus you can create balanced meals and avoid eating out too frequently.  My motto is to grocery shop more often and purchase smaller sized packages that store easily in smaller cabinets.  Plan meals ahead and try to use ingredients that can create more than one meal or carry over from one recipe to the next.  Freezing also allows for variety in your meals and ease of preparation on the days fun activities are planned. Breakfast is the meal where egg dishes shine from simple poached or scrambled eggs to elaborate baked egg casseroles that freeze well for a quick warm-up in the microwave.  Fully cooked bacon slices are an easy option – just reheat.  Fresh fruit is the star in our coach with an orange, apple, peach or banana cut up every morning.  Preserved “as they come” and sitting handily in a bowl, these travel easily. Cereals and oatmeal store well in airtight, plastic containers you can pickup at Camping World.  Prepare... [Read more...]

Traveler Gets Injured on Beach Vacation

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Monica and her husband Victor decided to take a much-needed vacation to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Unfortunately, their morning swim went terribly wrong when Monica felt an excruciating sharp pain in her ankle. She had been stung by a stingray. Victor managed to get the attention of a lifeguard, who arranged for a ground ambulance to a small clinic near the beach. Monica was unable to walk and in severe pain, and both she and Victor were feeling uneasy about the quality of care at the clinic. They decided to contact Good Sam TravelAssist for help. TravelAssist conducted a medical consultation by phone with the treating doctor at the clinic, and decided to transport Monica to a nearby facility that was better equipped to handle her injuries. After coordinating the transfer, Good Sam TravelAssist stayed in touch with Monica, her husband, and the local medical team. A few days later, it was determined that Monica needed to return home for extended care as the sting had damaged a tendon. Good Sam... [Read more...]

Photography On The Road

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Photography On The Road

Remember not so long ago when you would come home from an RV road trip with five, eight, maybe ten rolls of film and get 200 pictures of your memories? It was expensive to buy and develop film. The digital age has changed all that. Even novice photographers can click off a few thousand photos on an RV trip. So how to you best meld Rving in the digital age? Plan. When photographing your RV trip you inevitably become a slave to the light. That is not just adjusting your schedule to be in the right place at the right time for sunrises and sunsets but also knowing the best time of day to shoot the spectacular rock formations of the West or catching the perfect angle for monuments and landmarks. Scout the internet before you go to find subjects you want to shoot on your trip. Use an app like Sun Seeker that is ideal for letting you know where the best light or length of shadows will be for any location. Don’t forget that service may be unavailable in many places you are going so develop... [Read more...]

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

October 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Tech Tip: Give me a Sign

GIVE ME A SIGN After seeing the safety benefits of turn signals mounted under side-view mirrors, I decided to install a pair on my motorhome. I purchased two sealed amber LED lamps complete with pigtail wires. I removed the sideview mirror assemblies and drilled the necessary holes in the bottom of the arm, then mounted the lamps. I added crimp-on terminals to the pig tails and fished a set of wires through the firewall. I spliced onto the existing turn-signal wires, connected the crimp-on terminals at the mirrors and re-installed the mirror assemblies. John Theobald, Des Plaines, Illinois

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

October 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

I hear a lot of different ways to make chili. People try white chili, chicken chili, they add pasta, they add beans. But as a pure bred Texan, I like to think I know a little bit about how to make good chili. After all, we start feeding chili to our kids in baby bottles. I grew up on the stuff. It’s spicy, delicious, and just about the easiest meal to make on the road. And I know without a shadow of a doubt, no person in their right mind would ruin chili by adding beans! That ain’t Texas, and that ain’t happening in my RV. Actually, I know a lot of people love adding beans in their chili. It’s perfectly normal, we just aren’t bean people. If you’re a fellow RVer, probably not a bad idea to skimp on beans anyhow since you’re in a confined space. To make our family recipe, all you need is a crockpot and you’re golden. It’s definitely a fall meal, and if your RV is hooked up to electric it’s the perfect meal to have cooking while you’re out and about. Plus when you come... [Read more...]

Prepping For Snowbird Season

October 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Prepping For Snowbird Season

Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Winter is a time for boots, snow shovels, and icy roads… unless you’re a snowbird who RVs to the Sun Belt. Snowbirds are typically retired seniors who have the desire and financial ability to be away from home for extended periods of time. The entire history of the human race is largely a search for comfort. Warm southern winters certainly rate high on my comfort scale. The snowbird lifestyle is to our liking because we can take our home with us when the cold weather arrives and snow begins to falls. For us the snowbird lifestyle is the best of both worlds. Prepping for Travel Preparing your home for an extended absence requires thorough thought and planning.  Before heading south, snowbirds need to take steps to secure and winterize their homes.  Creating customized checklists is one way to stay organized when prepping for snowbird season.  Consider the following tips as a starting point when... [Read more...]

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