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Planning Our 2014 Travels

February 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Planning Our 2014 Travels

The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year. With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the end of December. I note that Terry and I decided we want to focus on several areas: getting our camper out for at least one trip, traveling together as a family, hiking a few more 14ers, getting out hiking near our home and traveling to Des Moines for Ryan’s college graduation in May. I am hoping to be able to accomplish three of the five with this trip. My first step is to sit with my Road Atlas and page through it, conceptualizing our potential travel areas. When mapping out our destination and the time it will take to get there, I turn to online tools such as MapQuest, but when just beginning... [Read more...]

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

February 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

I keep a well-stocked first-aid kit for my dog in a carrier that is kept in a closet in the bathroom of my RV. This kit includes all supplies needed for temporary care in the event of an emergency, and will help stabilize the situation until I can get the dog to a vet. I include my vet’s phone number as well as the number for poison control (800-222- 1222), my dog’s up-to-date medical and rabies shot records and a quick-reference booklet on canine first aid. Arlene Chiarolanzio, Florham Park, New Jersey

Planning family travel with Pinterest

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day, I stumbled on a post about using Pinterest as a tool to plan family travels. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I have started “pinning” things on a board titled Homeschooling on the Road, which contains a ton of fun activities for our kids to enjoy while we travel. Some of you might be wondering what Pinterest is about. Well, it’s essentially a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.  You will find many “pins” out there, but the beauty of Pinterest is that your own board can be personalized with your own interests. Today, I will talk about using Pinterest to incorporate geography activities while driving with the kids. While traveling, you can interest the kids in a destination if you plan carefully and strategically. With Pinterest, you can excite their interest by downloading maps, coloring pages and gathering information on where you are going. Here are some links that I find particularly interesting when... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Chamois Rocks

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The countertop around the kitchen faucet in our trailer constantly gets wet, and the water would run down the surface and affect other things (paper bags, trinkets, etc.). I was tired of the mess, so I bought a cloth chamois. I made a template out of paper, traced the template on the underside of the chamois and then cut it to fit around the faucet. Now, the chamois absorbs most of the moisture, so I don’t have to constantly wipe it up. The chamois can easily be removed when it needs to be cleaned. Linda Hollingsworth, Ronkonkoma, New York  

2014 Camping Goals

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Camping Goals

As some of you know, my family and I have a tradition that we engage in each New Years Eve in which each family member lists her/his accomplishments over the past year (a taking stock as it were) and then sets a number of goals for the New Year. For the past few years, I have also set specific camping and travel related goals which I have traditionally shared with our readers in my final post of the year. My husband and I initially developed this process as a way of helping ourselves to look at the progress we have made over the past year when it seemed as if there was none (i.e. transitioning from two children in diapers to only one, for example!); then involved the children in the process as they became old enough, initially writing their goals as they dictated them to us. In 2012, we made a major move from our home state of Wisconsin to our new home in New Mexico. As a result of this major transition, our camper has been parked for the second summer. Ryan celebrating atop Mt. Shavano The... [Read more...]

Fires Destroy 5 RVs, Pickup & Fatality

December 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Fires Destroy 5 RVs, Pickup & Fatality

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. A build-up of propane inside a motorhome sparked an explosion at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. (Courtesy: WLOX-TV) It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in a fire or other emergency. If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore the country, ensure your family’s safety while travelling in your RV. Recent media reports detail seven separate fires involving recreational vehicles. California: Unattended Cooking Fire Destroys RV & Pickup Santacruzsentinel.com reports that a cooking fire in an RV destroyed the RV and a Chevy pickup. A man was cooking in the RV but was outside the vehicle when the fire started said Zayante Fire Chief John Stipes. The man tried to extinguish it and was burned on his hand, firefighters said. He was not transported to a hospital. The fire spread to the Chevy and briefly threatened trees and a... [Read more...]

Keeping the life in your battery

November 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Keeping the life in your battery

If you are an RV owner and live in the northern part of North America, you know that you need to remove your battery from your RV when you are shutting it down for the winter. If you didn’t know – well you know now… Since we had the RV we usually brought the battery home and stored it in our basement. But during the past summer, my husband got some marvelous tips from a support employee for the genius chargers. We had chargers before but we never really got some “education” on how to deal with RV batteries and such during the winter time. So after we purchased a G7200 NOCO charger during the summer (after the previous two chargers failed us in a short period of time), my husband called to ask a question and got great information from the person on the other side of the line. The G7200 is a fully automatic switch-mode battery charger and maintainer. It restores batteries to their original capacity, recovers slightly sulfated batteries, charges batteries in cold climates, rescues... [Read more...]

Eyewitness Travel Guide Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando

November 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Eyewitness Travel Guide Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando

I love books and I love planning. So it’s no wonder that I am preparing myself in advance for a trip to Florida with our family. Having a great relationship with some publishers, I have approached one of them to see if I could review some titles related to Florida and Walt Disney World. So the first title that I would present you is the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide for Walt Disney World and Orlando. This book is thin in size and could easily be carried wherever you go while visit the area or the theme parks around Orlando. In the first section of the book, you will be introduced to Walt Disney World and Orlando as a whole. Specific days are pre-planned for you in order to enjoy some of the must-see attractions in the area. It will also present you the geographical aspect Florida, give you a small history of the state and how to enjoy Central Florida through the year. The next section is the one that highly interest me when planning comes. In this section, I can go through Walt Disney World... [Read more...]

RVers Die of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in 2 Separate Incidents

November 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers Die of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in 2 Separate Incidents

A 75-year-old Pennsylvania man and a Colorado high school student died of carbon monoxide gas poisoning in two separate incidents. 75-year-old Pennsylvania Man Dies from Carbon Monoxide A 75-year-old Windber, Pennsylvania, man died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning while at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and his 76-year-old-wife was taken to a hospital in Cumberland reportedly in critical condition. The couple started a gas generator only several feet from the rear of their 1989 Coachman recreational vehicle shortly before going to sleep, according to an Associated Press report. The generator’s exhaust was pointed toward the vehicle and fumes entered, causing the carbon monoxide exposure. The next morning a passerby entered the vehicle and discovered the couple. Members of the Cumberland Fire Department administered first aid and William Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department... [Read more...]

Heathly Tips You Can Take on the Road: Toxin-Free Cleaning with Eco-Me

October 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Every RVer wants a clean vehicle, with gleaming countertops, spot-free windows and surfaces free of dirt and grime. Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain harmful toxins that can cause asthma, allergies or lead to serious diseases. To complicate matters, the relatively confined quarters of a recreational vehicle only exacerbate the threat of harm. Don’t rely on the label to tell you what’s in that bottle of cleaner; only seven percent of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents, according to the Environmental Working Group, a consumer-advocacy organization that ranks cleaning products by levels of safety. Consumers should be pro-active when it comes to shopping for cleaning products. According to research studies, RV shoppers looking for healthy cleaning products should avoid any products that contain anything from the following rogue’s gallery: Petrochemical solvents Ethoxylates Sulfates Synthetic fragrance Alcohol Artificial dyes Parabens Although you may have... [Read more...]

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