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Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

More Home-Remedies for the Insufferable Poison Oak Rash: Can you tell I have now been suffering for almost a week from a poison oak rash that my husband brought home to me as a gift? It happens once a year, it seems, when my husband comes home from work with the dreaded statement: “I got into a little poison oak today.”  And, every year my response is the same: “I’m sorry to hear that,” (thinking, “sucks for you, glad it isn’t me”). But lo and behold, a few days after his incessant scratching and once I have done multiple loads of his dirty laundry, I come down with an equally bad case of it. Which leads me to here: Hopelessly COVERED  in the insufferably ITCHY poison oak rash. SO I write this in hopes that you will heed my warning about this plant and steer clear of it and its brutal effects on your normally beautifully-soft skin. There’s nothing like the hugely grotesque blisters, leaking their pus everywhere, and hot burning itchy pain associated with them, to remind... [Read more...]

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

April 2, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

6 Case Studies in Preventing RV Fires

With an average of 3,100 RV fires each year, there is no shortage of news stories across the U.S. and Canada about devastating losses due to recreational vehicle fires. An portable heater left unattended was the cause of a fire that burned this Winnebago. (Credit: Bill Beezley/East Jefferson Fire-Rescue) These fires caused seven deaths, 62 injuries, and approximately $41 million in damages each year. These numbers reflect how important fire safety and fire prevention are to the RV lifestyle. Keep in mind a few safety precautions whenever you leave an RV for any amount of time. Make sure that space heaters are turned off at night and when leaving the RV. Do not leave cooking unattended for even the shortest period of time. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace batteries yearly. Following are recent reports on six RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Washington: Heater Cause of RV Fire Peninsuladailynews.com reports that an old portable heater... [Read more...]

GasBuddy is an Innovative Way to Save on Gas

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

GasBuddy is an Innovative Way to Save on Gas

In the last few years, we have seen gas prices climb on both side of the border.  One of the apps we often use nowadays is the GasBuddy app on my husband’s iPhone.  This free app will help you find the cheap gas prices when you are traveling. From the main screen of the app, you can find the cheapest gas near you by entering the city, state or zip code.  When traveling in Canada, you can do the search by city, province or by postal code.  Once you have entered the information, you can click on the “Find Gas Near Me” button in the middle of the screen. You will automatically get a list of the various gas stations in the neighborhood. This will indicate within seconds which gas station offers the cheapest gas. You can obtain this information as a list or on a map. From the list view, you can select one specific gas station and report the prices offered in order to help fellow travelers to find cheap gas.  By doing so, you allow earn points and awards as well as get a chance... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

March 31, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

Best Ways of Surviving Poison Oak—most recently tried and found to be true. With summer right around the corner and more outdoor time being scheduled—here is a little warning for those who want to avoid a red, swollen, itchy, uncomfortable, pus-filled, raised and blistery rash that lasts about a week (and oftentimes longer).  Pay close attention since these plants (poison sumac, ivy, and oak) grow everywhere in the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas of the southwestern United States) and look different depending on the region. First off, Avoidance Is Key! Look out for these three-pronged leaves that tend to grow near creeks, streams and riverbeds.  They sometimes have little white flowers and often grow in shaded areas of trails.  Also, the leaves tend to change color in the fall, from yellow to red.   If you know you will be in an area where it grows, wear protective clothing that covers skin where you could come in contact with plant. First... [Read more...]

Sedona Named Top Destinations

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sedona Named Top Destinations

Sedona, Arizona has been ranked as one of the Travelers’ Choice 2013 Top 25 Destinations in the United States. Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Cathedral Rock. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Coming in at lucky 13, Sedona is pleased with the abundance of positive feedback and awe-inspiring reaction of both long time visitors and newcomers, according to Chamber news release. “Sedona is a true oasis, a vacationer’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert. Here, you’ll find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations,” said TripAdvisor. “Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience itself. When the sun dips down below the horizon it introduces the best show in Sedona: the night sky.” “On behalf of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism... [Read more...]

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For a delicious hot meal for hungry campers, try a new twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Each family member can personalize the ingredients as they desire and they can be made either on a stove top in a sauté pan, or in a counter top griddle, such as the George Foreman Grill, which can be a wonderful appliance to bring camping for quick and easy meals. I have used both the brand name grill and a generic model with equal success. Either the grill or the sauté pan on stove top will do the trick.   Butter the bread, then add mayo, spinach, onion as desired Ingredients: Two slices of bread per sandwich (we like to use whole wheat) Butter, mayonnaise, mustard as desired (I like to add a mayo with a bit of horseradish thrown in for a bit of a bite but Terry is not crazy about that) Spinach or lettuce for a bit of greenery Thin sliced meat: turkey, beef, salami, etc. (we like to combine beef and turkey) Sliced cheese (our favorite is provolone) Sliced tomatoes and pickles... [Read more...]

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

March 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

My idea for a less invasive way to attach the suction cup mount of my GPS was similar to Carroll Manning’s of Sonora, California (Quick Tips, July), except I purchased an 85-cent, 3-inch round of clear acrylic from TAP Plastics (www.tapplastics.com). The company sells several sizes for various uses. To attach the acrylic disk, I used a couple of UHU Tac adhesive removable putty squares, flattened them out as thin as possible to the bottom of the disk, then cleaned the vinyl spot on the dashboard with alcohol and pressed the disk to the vinyl. UHU is used for temporary posters, decorations, etc., and can be purchased at most art supply stores. Bill Wright, Santa Rosa, California

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

March 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Space Heaters a Potential Cause of RV Fires

Fire safety is essential when camping in your recreational vehicle. In earlier posts I reported on space heater fires that destroyed RVs and caused the death of its occupants—both human and canine. Following are recent reports on four RVs destroyed by fires that were caused by human carelessness. Ohio: Space Heater Cause of Camper Fire Mansfieldnewsjournal.com reports that a camper was destroyed in a fire caused by an electric space heater. A family of four was displaced after a fire consumed their Charles Mill Lake camper. Mark and Amy Snyder and their two children, Savannah, 10, and Taylor, 13, had been living in the camper for the past year. “We lost everything (in the fire),” Mark Snyder said. “But everybody made it out alive, and that’s all that matters.” The family’s two cats and a pet rabbit were killed in the fire, Mark said. The family dog survived. Ashland County’s Mifflin Township Fire Department responded to the camper fire just after midnight, chief JJ Bittinger... [Read more...]

A Delicious Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

March 9, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

A Delicious Hot Meal for Hungry Campers

One of the most important components of a successful camping or RV trip is food. If you are looking for a new idea for a delicious hot camping meal one filling suggestion is a breakfast burrito. Though the name implies this is a morning meal, our family has enjoyed them at all times of the day for all types of meals. Ingredients: Eggs (two per person) Meat (this can be ham, bacon, sausage, beef; our favorite is chicken) Potatoes (either whole potatoes, cut small, or hash browns) Onion, to taste Chiles or chile sauce Cheese (we like to use a shredded low fat Mexican cheese combination) Tortillas, either 8 or 10 inch, as desired (we prefer the whole wheat, low carb variety) Salt and Pepper to taste Sour cream if desired Directions: Put eggs in a bowl and scramble with a fork. Lightly scramble them on stove top. Cut up meat and sauté until cooked, adding seasonings as desired Sauté potatoes with onion until they are cooked and browned. We like to use refrigerated “Simply Natural” potatoes,... [Read more...]

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