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Easy Fixes to Common Problems

May 15, 2014 by · 19 Comments 

Easy Fixes to Common Problems

Hi, everyone! This month, we have a bunch of quick and easy fixes for common RV problems. Check them out, and keep those questions coming! MMW@escapees.com ——————————————– Mark, I have a 2002 class-A motorhome with large day/night window shades in the living room area.  These shades will not stay open, a condition that has developed over the last several months.  Can you recommend a fix? Richard. Hi Richard, If your shades are the typical ones that use string tensioners, they are easy to adjust. If you look at the wall below the shades, you’ll see a small plastic string mount on either side, where the shade’s guide strings are attached. Most of them look like a little bobbin or spool. What you need to do is increase the tension on those strings. In most cases, you can do this by loosening the screw that secures the mounting spool or bobbin and turning the bobbin to increase the string tension.... [Read more...]

Load ’er Up

May 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Load ’er Up

This is an easy way for one person to load his/her boat. All lumber used in this application is pressure-treated 2 × 4s. Extend the new roof-rack boards about 6 inches past the existing roof rack on you vehicle. Connect the 12-foot-long ramp boards with hinges (pins removed), and use smaller-diameter pins (nails work well) for the new hinge pins. Drill holes every 6 inches up the ramp boards, a little larger in diameter than a good-size Phillips screwdriver. Lay the boat on the ramps, slide up one side and put the screwdriver in a hole to hold it, and then slide the other side up and insert a screwdriver to hold it in place. Repeat until the boat is atop the vehicle’s roof rack.
Then attach the ramp boards to the roof rack boards for transport using bolts and locking nuts. George Barthelmes, Wellborn, Florida

Getting the Most Out of Your RV Vacation

May 11, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Getting the Most Out of Your RV Vacation

Bicycling is a popular family activity Sometimes you plan a vacation and once you get there, you find that the RV vacation you thought everyone was looking forward to, isn’t so appreciated. A surefire way of making sure everyone is onboard with the RV vacation before you leave is to make a check list of vacation destinations they might not have thought of. On this list include alternative environmental locales like beaches, mountains, forests, deserts, national parks, waterfront campgrounds, previously visited RV destinations, and specific venues like theme parks. Full service RV resorts with numerous activities for children, or Native American historic sites are good choices as well. Challenging activities keep kids engaged Then, tally up everyone’s choices and you should have a good idea what RV vacation matches the closest to all the criteria you just provided. The closest you can get to satisfying each family member’s wishes, the more successful your vacation will become. Follow... [Read more...]

Tips for Family Camping

May 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tips for Family Camping

You’ve completed the planning and preparation for your family camping vacation and are ready to embark on the road trip―one you will remember for a long time.  Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade, and pool with inflatable toys, and a recently added Prehistoric Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Family campground amenities vary greatly, as do the prices campers pay to use them. Remember, the most visited places tend to be more comfortable, more sought after, and more expensive. Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, or longer, there are many family campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are exactly the same. There are numerous ways to locate and research the best family campgrounds. A good place to begin is the online Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The easiest way to choose a destination is to reference our Top Family RV Parks for 2014. This... [Read more...]

Cleaning The Roof of Your RV

May 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleaning The Roof of Your RV

RV roof cleaning, for many, is an overlooked maintenance item.  However, cleaning your RV’s roof should be one of the most frequent tasks.  Depending on your travel environment, this may vary from monthly to every three months.  Learning to do this correctly yourself will save you considerable amount of money. Preparation Let us start by saying this is not a job for everyone, as it takes some climbing and agility. If you don’t climb or move too well, having this done by a quality RV roof cleaning professional may be wise. If you decide your ready to take this on, remember there are many different products for roof structures made of fiber glass, rubber, aluminum and other coatings including some hybrid materials. Choose the best product for your roof according to what it’s made of. Inspect the roof for any issues. This is to assure the installed roof hardware is in good shape. Some people feel that all the screws holding these items should be checked for tightness,... [Read more...]

Exercising While Traveling

May 2, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Exercising While Traveling

We all know the importance of healthy eating and daily exercising, yet too often we find excuses when it comes time to kick-start a daily exercise program. A busy life and choosing convenience over substance often sabotage our best intentions.    Between sitting in the RV while traveling or sitting around the campfire while at the campsite, laziness perpetuates laziness. So, in order to fully enjoy our vacation days, whether they are a weekend or extended travels, eating healthy and exercising while traveling will enable us to enjoy all the outdoor activities that come with RV travel. Eating healthy while traveling is easier than you might realize. You can seek out fresh, healthy foods by shopping at local farmer’s markets, roadside farm stands and U-pick orchards and farms. The local farmers can also explain which fruits and vegetables are currently at their best, how to prepare them and how to best preserve them as you continue traveling. Exercising while traveling doesn’t... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

March 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

Today find us pulling out of a wonderful park in North Carolina; the ‘RV Tanglewood’ Campground, located just west of Winston-Salem in Clemmons, NC.  This well manicured, 44 site RV park (no tents allowed), is conveniently located just off of I-40, but is blissfully lacking in road noise and traffic!  We had a lovely stay here, and there was so much to do without even leaving the park!      The campground is adjacent to a 1100 acre public park that boasts all sorts of fun amenities such as TWO award-winning golf courses, and a driving range, an inexpensive grill/restaurant in the clubhouse, horseback riding, pedal boats, fishing, and tennis courts!  Just looking to relax?  The park features extensive paved walking paths for leisurely walks, biking, or jogging on.   Be sure to check out the Manor House, which is a bed and breakfast; even if you aren’t interested in staying at the Manor House, they have an incredible Arboretum maintained by master gardeners.  ... [Read more...]

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

Ready for some excellent fishing, delicious sandwiches, baked delicacies, and the best microbrew you ever tasted?  Head to Georgetown Lake, just a few miles outside of Anaconda, Montana and enjoy the locally-inspired specialties. Eat like the locals at one of the delicious restaurants and enjoy one of their famous pork chop sandwiches and delicious local delicacies of baked buttterhorns (donuts) and sweetie pies (pastries).  Then top it off with a yummy Montana microbrew (beer produced in a small local brewery).  After dinner, you might also want to check out the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, which features interesting exhibits with local art and history.  Just 14 miles west of Anaconda, the picturesque Georgetown Lake offers a vast selection of countless activities year round.  Nestled in the middle of three enormous mountain ranges, Georgetown Lake is located 6,425 feet above sea level and extends for over 3,700 acres.  The three scenic mountain ranges surrounding it are... [Read more...]

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

In February, our family hauled our 40′ toy hauler from sunny Floriday, to freezing New Jersey.  Obviously, we had to have a really imploring reason for traveling up north during the winter, and we did!  Our oldest son was deploying overseas, and we had the chance to spend some time with him before he left. We had left our home state of Montana last November, and we had not seen him since.  We could text and call him anytime, but it’s not the same as getting to see him, as you snowbirds who leave your families up north, well know.  We knew before we left this winter that he would be deploying, and it would be from New Jersey, so even tho we ‘did’ the east coast last year, and did not intend to go there again so soon, we found ourselves heading that way again this year.  We spent Christmas in TX, 3 weeks in Louisiana ( <3 ), then went over to FL for a few more weeks.  Our son let us know the tentative dates for a 3 day pass his unit had been told they would... [Read more...]

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