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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...]

RV Departure Check List

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Departure Check List

RV Departure Check List People use checklists to avoid missing something during a particular procedure.  Mostly these are used for routine operations, for example, a list of things a pilot may carry out prior to takeoff or landing.  The fact that this procedure is carried out many times is exactly why this is done.  When we get too comfortable doing something, it becomes far too easy to shortcut or miss an item. Along this same line, preparing to depart camp in a trailer or motorhome also requires a list of procedures. Failure to carry out some may lead to damaging the RV, personal injury or other collateral damage.  So, let’s look at some of these items you would need on your RV Departure Check List: Disconnect and store all attachments from the camp services.  Many incidences of pulling away still connected have resulted in damage to the park’s service pedestal and destruction of an RV’s electrical bay door. Retract all TV antennas and physically check that they are stored. ... [Read more...]

Packing Up To Break Camp

September 22, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Packing Up To Break Camp

Packing Up to Break Camp For tent campers, packing up to break camp involves a bit of cleaning, some tent rolling and trying to get that bulky mass stuffed into what seems like too small a bag.  It came out of it, it must go back in.  Once complete and all the tent pegs have been gathered, the happy campers move about making sure they have everything.  They are soon driving through the park toward the main gate passing several large shiny motorhomes.  “That’s the way to camp!” one quips.  “Breaking camp is the twist of a key!” Well, it may seem that easy and quick, but it is not.  Slides that expand the living space must be powered back in.  Leveling jacks must be retracted.  Disconnecting of the water hose, sewage hook-up, and the electric power cable must be done, storing each in its unique place.  Awnings and TV antennas must be stored.  Basement lockers are checked that they are all latched and secure.  Tires are inspected to verify they are ready to go and may... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [Read more...]

Packing for an RV Weekend Getaway

September 15, 2014 by · 10 Comments 

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 · 4 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...]

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