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Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

Packing for an RV weekend getaway can be stressful. First, you have to find the time to pack during your normal weekly routine. Then, you might stress over lists, hauling your stuff back and forth, and forgetting things that you wish you hadn’t – or even worse, forgetting absolutely mandatory stuff, such as mom’s mystery novel when the perpetrator is about to reveal himself, or junior’s freestyle BMX bike – not to mention dad’s favorite Crankbait trout lure. You might think that duplicating everything from your home in your RV is a good idea, until you consider the cost, how to handle perishable foods, what to do with the pots and pans you didn’t get washed before leaving camp on the last trip, and all that dirty laundry that has to be washed. However, to get close to “duplicating everything” there are steps you can take to make packing for the weekend getaway relatively painless. If at all possible, park the RV in front of your house the night before your trip so it can... [Read more...]

The Truth About “Glamping”

September 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

The Truth About “Glamping”

The Truth About Glamping is…why not make yourself as comfortable as possible while camping?? Especially considering the rising nightly rates, outlandish gas prices, and the booked and sometimes overcrowded campgrounds? Quite honestly “Glamping” is the way to go! To look more into the phenomenon of “glamping,” we must first look at the definition and meaning behind the term itself.  According to the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com, “Glamping” is defined as “Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.” So although it may have a bad connotation, it is actually just camping with a luxurious spin on it. Whether it means your RV is decked out like these unique ones or you simply wouldn’t consider camping in anything other than an RV, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “Glamping” despite the negative connotations surrounding this term. It is common for women, especially, to be known for glamping,... [Read more...]

Camping In Different Climates

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping In Different Climates

  High deserts are known for causing dehydration, sunburn, sunstroke, and dry skin. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen. Pictured above Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved RV camping styles and activities vary with location and climate. Climate is a key factor in the planning and enjoyment of a camping trip. Research the location to be aware of the type of climate and weather you’re likely to experience. Desert Camping Desert camping can be a unique and rewarding experience. The stark beauty of red rock mesas and mysterious hoodoos in the Southwest is enchanting. But the harsh climate and terrain that defines a desert requires certain precautions and special considerations especially during the summer months. Drink large amounts of water. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Arid climates require one gallon of water, per person, per day—minimum. Sun and heat are related factors to watch. Wear sunscreen, and reapply often. Sun-glasses... [Read more...]

Travel Assistance 101: What to Do if Your Wallet is Lost or Stolen While Traveling

August 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Assistance 101: What to Do if Your Wallet is Lost or Stolen While Traveling

A lost wallet—especially while traveling—can be nerve-wracking, frustrating and costly. While that’s not a situation anyone would like to experience first-hand, if you’re prepared and know what to expect, you can actually make things a lot easier on yourself. If you’re a TravelAssist member, contact us right away and we’ll help you through it. Everyone else can follow these simple steps: Where to Start: Domestic Travelers Even if you don’t suspect your wallet was actually stolen, you’ll still need to begin at the local police station to create a paper trail. Your bank and credit card companies will not only need a copy, but this also helpful with filing travel insurance claims. And assuming your ID was in your wallet, filing a police report helps validate your information should someone try to use it illegally and also helps prove your identity at the airport. According to the TSA, not having an ID does not necessarily mean you won’t be allowed to fly. In fact, if... [Read more...]

A Guide To Full-Time RVing

August 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Guide To Full-Time RVing

Full-time RVing means living 24/7 in a recreational vehicle. When someone first becomes a full time RVer, it is a big life change.  Most feel freer than they have ever experienced before.  Free to travel anywhere with far less responsibilities and no household bills to worry about.  Some choose to roam the country freely.  Their mail is forwarded to predetermined locations.  However, with e-mail and on-line bill payments, there is less mail to worry about. Nearly all full-timers eventually settle on a home camp location, sometimes two locations, a winter spot and the other for the summer.  Some even purchase an RV site at their favorite location.  This may provide a reduced cost of monthly site expenses and also allow for some year round storage. Storage is a big issue for RV full-timers.  If you buy outdoor furniture, you need to figure how you are going to carry or store it when you get back on the road.  You have two things to deal with: volume to store, and weight to remain... [Read more...]

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

8 Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have

Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have Safety triangles We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are. One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory. However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection, every RVer should have these eight basic accessories that will protect us from the more common on-the-road emergencies. Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have 1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into... [Read more...]

Choosing Rest Stops

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing Rest Stops

While on any road trip, there comes a time when you need to pull over and choose a rest stop.  Whether it is to relieve yourself, give your achy muscles a break, or just witness a beautiful view for more than just a passing glance; the necessity to pull off the highway inevitably presents itself. If you are traveling with kids, this necessity becomes alarmingly more frequent than traveling sans kids.  For this reason, rest stops with kids should be made at different types of places, such as those with play structures, parks and big wide open places where they can exert some energy to help wear out some of their seemingly endless supply.  For example, when traveling on I-10 in California, there are some dinosaurs (that are extremely large and look very real, at least to a kids’ eyes) that are a must-see.  We stopped at them whenever passing, on our way to Texas or Palm Springs, as a kid. I just recently took my kids there this spring on our way home from Palm Springs and they loved... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Extended Your RV Trip

June 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Extended Your RV Trip

The enjoyment and fun derived from extending your RV trip really starts with the pre-trip planning. Not only can this time help make your RV trip a great adventure, it is also a lot of fun, in some cases almost as memorable as the trip itself.  So, let’s look at what things you may wish to do and study. If you are leaving home for an extended RV trip, you should advise a family member or friend of your intended route.  That way you can be reached in the case of an emergency. Additionally, make arrangements for your mail to be gathered, and if required, forwarded. Now you should look at each intended overnight stop or destination.  Keeping the daily travel time down to five hours or so during some areas may be worth considering. This will allow time for unplanned stops at sites of interest along the way. Stocking up on ample food, snacks and beverages to last at least to the final destination is a good idea.  You may find it difficult to get into grocery store parking lots with your... [Read more...]

RV Cleaning Tips: Interior

May 19, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Cleaning Tips: Interior

It’s a fact of life that nothing stays clean for long and that includes your RV. Over time you will discover the best way to organize the things you use most so they’re always handy when you need them. (Credit: just5moreminutes.com/) A newly mopped floor is just waiting for a spill. That’s especially true with a young family. The need for cleaning never disappears. Fortunately, most cleaning isn’t difficult. Occasionally though, you run into something that refuses to come clean, or you are convinced that there must be a better way. That’s when it’s time to visit Camping World. Prevention of dirt accumulation through the use of indoor and outdoor mats, removing shoes before entering, and practicing tidy habits will go a long way toward keeping your RV interior clean and your sanity intact. So, lets go over some simple, but important RV cleaning tips. When it comes to RV cleaning, start from the top and work your way down. Begin a thorough cleaning by dusting the ceiling,... [Read more...]

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