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CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

November 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

CAMPFIRE STORIES – “Broken Down on the Key Bridge”

Sitting around a campfire with a group of old friends or new acquaintances inevitably brings out personal stories that speak of the trials, tribulations and adventures we all encounter during our RV travels.  Such was the case last week as a group gathered on a cool November night.   That’s when Allan shared the unfortunate but somewhat humorous adventure he, his dog and wife endured as they crossed the Frances Scott Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.:   We are finally underway to meet our fellow Cedar Creek RV Owners Club friends for our End of Year Rally at   Willow Tree Resort in South Carolina.  Our Terrier, Duffy, and I really needed this getaway.  We had planned getaways earlier this fall but had to cancel them for my hernia operation and my son’s spinal surgery.  Then, we were forced to delay our departure for this trip when Hurricane Sandy caused a blackout at our home. The ride from our home in PA to Willow Tree normally takes about 10 hours.  I was so looking... [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

October 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

5 Ways to Save Fuel and Money

During the 2011-2012 Snowbird Season Arizona RV parks reported their winter residents appeared to be staying longer than in previous years, partially due to high fuel prices. The annual O’Odham Tash Celebration, a gathering of tribes, is held in mid-February and features Native American arts and crafts, ceremonial dances, rodeos, powwows, and parades. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved With thousands of snowbirds planning to hit the road during the coming weeks and months, two things will be on their minds—arriving at their destination safely and the price of fuel. Nationally, average retail gas prices are approximately 50 cents higher than a year ago and one dollar higher than two years ago, according to gasbuddy.com. With gas prices reaching record levels, it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on your fuel spending. While we have no control over the price of fuel, we can do a few things to help save money. Most motorists share one common goal—to get the best mileage possible.... [Read more...]

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

October 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip code address in Virginia right after Labor Day.  Since then we have traversed across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and into Kansas.  Our plans are to leave our current spot in Hutchinson and head south to Branson, MO, for a few days taking in many of the shows, exhibits, tours and having some just plain old fun.  From there we may swing north again to Elkhart, IN, to see Amish Country and the birthplace of our RV.  Since we are expected in North Myrtle Beach, SC, by November 1st for a two week stay with friends in  our Cedar Creek RV Owners... [Read more...]

RV Insurance Claims: Driver Inexperience & Forgetfulness

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Insurance Claims: Driver Inexperience & Forgetfulness

First party insurance claims involving recreational vehicles can often be traced to driver inexperience and forgetfulness. (Source: claimsjournal.com) The majority of claims occur within the first 90 days of ownership or at the beginning of the season, according to International Insurance Group, Inc., an independent Arizona RV insurance agency. “This is due to the nuances and size of RVs. Most drivers aren’t accustomed to the wide angles, required clearance and space required to maneuver their rig.” Gradually, as RV drivers gain experience, the claims associated with RVs change, reports claimsjournal.com. Lenny Richileau, director of the specialty vehicle claims unit for Allied and Nationwide Insurance Companies calls them the “I forgot” claims. “Experience does not eliminate claims, but it seems to change the nature of the claim. With experience, claims are less about hitting the post at the gas station, taking out the top of the rig, trying to fit under an underpass with low... [Read more...]

Deer Tick Infestation closes Massachusetts Campsites

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Deer Tick Infestation closes Massachusetts Campsites

The busy summer season is over, and usually by this time the officials at Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod close one of their seven camping areas, but this year they are closing three of their campsites. Diagram of the relative sizes of tick species at various life stages. (Credit: tbdalliance.org) Instead of a lack of campers, it’s an infestation of Deer Ticks which is the reason. These pests are the carriers of Lyme disease. Department of Conservation and Recreation officials note while they closed the three campsites that were closest to the problem areas, people can camp in other parts of the state park, they just need to dress appropriately and check each other for ticks when they leave, reports WBUR in a special series, “Living with Lyme.” It’s a concern that swept this state park after nymph and larvae-stage ticks were found here this summer. “What people were finding at Nickerson is, they’re finding like hundreds of these larvae on their little kids,” Cape’s... [Read more...]

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design. The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference. Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road. Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome. Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products. With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving... [Read more...]

Lightning: What You Need to Know

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lightning: What You Need to Know

Before heading out in your recreational vehicle, ensure you have a plan and know what to do if you encounter severe weather. Know what actions to take to protect yourself, family, pets, and property against severe weather. (Source: NOAA) Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning can strike year round. Lightning is fascinating to watch but also extremely dangerous. Understanding the dangers of lightning is important so that you can get to a safe place when thunderstorms threaten. If you hear thunder—even a distant rumble or a crackling aloft—you are already in danger of becoming a lightning victim. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any moment around the world. That’s 16 million each year! In the United States, there are about 25 million lightning flashes every year. Each of those 25 million flashes is a potential killer. While lightning fatalities... [Read more...]

How to Survive a Dust Storm

July 22, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

How to Survive a Dust Storm

Dust storms that turn day into night are a hazard to drivers. A massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages for thousands of residents in the city. (Source: disastersurvivaltools.com) Dust storms can occur with little warning reducing visibility to near zero in seconds. Dust Storms are among nature’s most violent and unpredictable phenomena. High winds lift dirt particles or, in the case of sandstorms, sand, into the air, unleashing a turbulent, suffocating cloud of particulates and reducing visibility to almost nothing in a matter of seconds. Nearly all dust storms are capable of causing property damage, injuries, and deaths, and they can occur in any arid or semi-arid climate. No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to know what to do if you see a wall of sand racing toward you. Heed Dust Storm Warnings Dust storms are most likely to... [Read more...]

ARE YOU READY FOR TOLLS ON I-95? (Virginia thinks so…….)

June 30, 2012 by · 5 Comments 

ARE YOU READY FOR TOLLS ON I-95? (Virginia thinks so…….)

I-95 runs all the way from Maine to  Florida.  It represents the major north-south corridor along the right-hand coast of the United States.   It is also a major route for RV travel as anxious vacationers head to either cooler or warmer destinations, depending upon the season. If you are one of the millions of travelers that use this major highway, you just might want to put a few extra dollars in your cup holder because the Commonwealth of Virginia wants to put toll plazas on I-95 in Sussex County – for both north and eastbound traffic coming from and entering North Carolina. The proposal calls for a $4 toll for cars and a $12 toll for large trucks.  While it has not been stated, this typically translates to $2.50 for each additional axle beyond two.  Thus, a travel trailer with twin axles being towed by a pick-up truck would pay something like $9 at the toll plaza.  If crossing all 178 miles of I-95 in Virginia, this would come out to about 5-cents additional per mile of travel. If... [Read more...]

RV Fire Safety Guidelines

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Fire Safety Guidelines

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. Fire safety seminars conducted at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in an emergency or fire. If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore this great country of ours, ensure your family’s safety while traveling by following these fire safety guidelines. It’s crucial to know your location so emergency responders can find you in the event of an emergency.  Be aware of your location and surroundings and remember, SECONDS DO COUNT! Confirm the local 911 emergency numbers for police, fire, and ambulance is available in the area. Have at least two escape routes—one in the front and one in the rear of the RV. Test all escape windows, hatches, and door latches for smooth operation and keep all escape windows, hatches, and doors clear of any obstructions. As... [Read more...]

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