Do you Have RV Park Etiquette?

RV Park Etiquette may need to be something each new RV buyer needs to have in written format.  We started thinking about this recently when we were at our favorite park and some of our neighbors made our experience less than enjoyable, so my husband and I came up with the following information.

  • Try to arrive during daylight hours so you will know exactly what your surroundings look like.  I know that for all of us working RVers, we can only leave work so early and sometimes have to arrive late.  We try our hardest to avoid this because we’re tired at that point and setting up can end up being a real nightmare.
  • Think of your campsite as your yard at home and keep your items within your own boundaries.  Sometimes the slides will just extend too far over  (even on top of the picnic table next door) but try to avoid this and ask the manager if you can move to a larger space if needed.
  • Teach your kids and some adults you know that hey need to walk around the campsites and not through them.
  • Dogs love the outdoors, but do keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Try to keep your music, televisions and conversations down so your neighbor does not have to hear all the details of your recent doctors check up or listen to your style music.
  • Meet your neighbors and share your RV experiences.  This may be the chance you have to make a friend for life, but don’t force yourself on them.  Some people simply want to escape from the world when they go camping.

 

 

An Easy RV Favorite For the Whole Family

Need a quick yummy RV recipe to enjoy with the whole family? Try this yummy mix for Artichoke Nachos. Let us know how you like it.

Artichoke Nachos
Keywords: appetizer artichoke nacho


 

1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup yellow corn kernels, drained
1 cup sweet yellow pepper or mild green pepper, diced
1 cup fresh scallions, minced
1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise, low fat
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1 bag of blue corn or tortilla chips


Mix together all ingredients except chips. Arrange chips in an even layer on an ovenproof platter or serving tray( you may use a nonstick jelly roll pan if presentation is not a factor). Spoon mixture over chips as evenly as possible and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until topping is brown and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot, as is, or with sour cream, salsa, chopped tomato, black olives, and or/ shredded cheese.

Best of all, it can all be made in your RV!!

 

Have you Visited Inks Lake State Park?

Inks Lake State Park is beautiful and a very busy area.  Hidden in the hills between Burnet and Marble Falls, this little piece of heaven is a must see for RVers.  Whether your interest is water sports, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, this is a beautiful area.  A great base camp for short day trips to nearby enchanted rock,caverns, wineries and even a little bit of history in Johnson city.

We have traveled throughout Texas and visited many of the state parks and I have to say that the staff at Inks Lake State Park is one of the friendliest groups I have ever  seen at any park.  From helpful hints to tourist info for the area they were all eager to help and smiles were abundant.  Of course this was the first day of Spring break week.  They might not be smiling in 10 days!
I’ve never been a big one for purchasing the gadgets that are only shown on TV, but the combination dog leash, flashlight, poop bag holder is a great idea for those of us who go camping with our dogs.  It is the perfect size for my 20 pound beagle and has everything I need all in one light weight leash.

Now for the not so pretty side of this trip.  Inks Lake State Park is wonderful, picturesque, spacious campsites and some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met, but they do not have full hook ups.  This means that you really appreciate that Tote N Stor you purchased and never used.  If only we had left it packed in the RV.  We saw pick up trucks, driven by people much smarter than we were, driving to the dump station with their Tote N Stor, hooked on their hitch.  Fortunately, we were only there 4 days and the showers were beautiful so full hookups were not necessary, but this is now one of those things we should never leave home without. Have you been? Tell me what you thought of it…

 

RV Shopping in the Rain

Walking in the rain…..In our case shopping in the rain was the way to go when looking for a used RV.  It is the perfect time to see any leaks that may have appeared around the vents and side walls of the vehicle.  I recommend that you take time to look inside every upper compartment for evidence of current or prior leaks and pay close attention around vents and windshields.  Keep in mind that just because a vehicle leaked in the past, it does not mean it leaks now.  An owner may have had a roof resealed and the stains are the only reminders of the leak.  Roof leaks are a common problem.  After all, an RV gets baked in the sun, frozen in the winter, damp in the rain and is then driven down the road over all the bumps. No wonder leaks happen.  Maintenance is the key to keep your RV dry, but don’t forget that RV shopping in the rain can be rewarding.

Life in a Smaller RV

Anyone would be surprised by some of the huge over the top 5th wheels,travel trailers and RVs that are out there.  Even though, for many people these rigs just aren’t realistic for daily use.  Yet the giant class A motor homes are nicer than most homes (and the size of a small apartment) some folks would prefer something a bit smaller.  Why?  There are many reasons for the increased popularity of smaller RVs including, but not limited to:
Everyone does not have a huge truck to pull their camper along.  Now, many travel trailers and pop-ups are out there which can even be pulled by cars and minivans.  If you don’t have a vehicle capable of pulling a trailer over 7,000 pounds, and don’t want to buy a new vehicle just for this purpose, there are numerous choices of light and smaller campers on the market.  RV manufactures now have the ability to build high quality rigs out of light material.
Smaller RVs or travel trailers usually equals better gas mileage.  With the price of gas increasing, a flight to more efficient motor homes has become common.
Quality of class B and class C RVs have dramatically increased over the last few years.  Yes, they don’t have all of the amenities or the space of a Class A RV, but they are very nice.
Smaller means easier to move around in most cases.  If your main goal is to have an easier time down the highway or to fit into any spot in the woods a smaller motorhome is the way to go.
We would love to answer any question or concern you have about RVing from buying to owning and everything in between.  Just leave us a comment below.

The RV Centennial Cookbook

What a great idea. Travel across the country in a vehicle similar to a home?  The American people have been doing just that since 1910 in recreation vehicles of all different sizes. The year 2010 marked a century of RVing, and the occasion didn’t go unnoticed. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) dubbed the year the “RV Centennial Celebration,” meant to commemorate the joy people get from RVing.

One of those people is now first-time author, Evada Cooper, who recently completed The RV Centennial Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing. Cooper, who runs an online school called MobileRVacademy.com with her husband, Terry, who is a life-long RV enthusiast. Naturally, the centennial celebration was something she couldn’t let pass.

“It was late 2009,” Cooper said. “Knowing the RV Centennial was coming, I wanted to do something different to honor this event.”

It was difficult to come up with an idea that hadn’t been done before with more than 100 years of RVing, until a spark ignited a fire one night as Cooper was watching TV.

“I had watched a show about this woman reporter spending time with a large fire department wanting to write a feature story on the lives of those concerned,” Cooper said. “She decided to do a cookbook because of all the unique and wonderful recipes that were cooked, as these people were well taken care of in the culinary division.”

Cooper then developed the idea to commemorate the RV Centennial celebration by compiling a cookbook with 100 recipes. Not just any recipes, but ones submitted by fellow RV lovers from across the country. After a little research and finding out her idea was something unique, Cooper met with Publisher Mark Long of TSTC Publishing, and the two decided to turn Cooper’s idea into a reality.

Information provided in this article from RVD@ilyReport

Evada will be featured in the launch of her new Internet program “RV Kitchen with Evada Cooper.” The program will air on RVNN.TV, which is Internet TV for the world of recreational vehicles. Cooper is also the co-owner of Mobile RV Academy. You can also find her this weekend at PPL Motorhomes where she will be doing a book signing. So don’t waste any time and mark it on your calendar to go meet her!!

 

 

Do You Have A Carry-Out Medicine Bag?

I was recently chatting with a friend of mine who also enjoys the RV lifestyle and we started thinking about all the “stuff” we store in our RVs.  From canned goods to paper products to first aid supplies and everything in between, we have our RVs loaded for our adventures.   Later that evening it dawned on me that we leave many items in the medicine cabinet of our RV all the time, even when the unit is being stored.  This encouraged me to talk to my friend at the pharmacy who informed me that many of the basic over the counter medications should not be exposed to prolonged heat or cold and that lead me to creating this little check list.

 

 

I recommend you make a “carry out” bag that should include the following items:

  • Basic liquid medications (antacids, cough syrup, decongestants, vitamins)
  • Over the counter medications in pill form (check the expiration dates)
  • All prescription medications

Simply make this carry out bag a part of your checklist when you get ready to leave for your trip and then take it out of the vehicle when you get home.  This gives you an opportunity to check the expiration dates, keep the items fresh and update all prescriptions you may be currently taking.

 

It is also very important to keep a list of all your prescription medications, including the name, address and phone number of your doctor and pharmacy with you in this “carry out” bag.  Keeping it all in this one bag may help a spouse or emergency medical technician in the event of an emergency.  (a friend of mine read this and also suggested a spare pair of reading or prescription glasses, too)  Just think about your lifestyle and needs and make your own RV checklist.

 

Have You Ever Had Sopapilla Cheescake?

When we go camping with the family, my son-in-law loves to cook in his Dutch ovens over the open fire and I have to admit, he has come up with some great meals. We tried a recipe I had found a few weeks ago in the Houston Chronicle and it was delicious…Sopapilla Cheesecake. The only thing we would change about this recipe would be to reduce the sugar just a little. It was great and would have been even more delicious with a small scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, the next morning, the cold cheesecake was a great mid morning snack. And, no I do not count the calories on a camping trip (lucky, most of my camping trips aren’t long ones or I’d be huge)

SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE

From Peggy Koonce Box

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls

2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)

2 cups sugar (we would cut this down by 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick butter

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Place 1 can crescent rolls in bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan sprayed with oil. Mix softened cream cheese with 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Spread cream cheese mixture over rolls. Lay second can of rolls over top of cream cheese layer. Melt butter and pour over rolls. Mix 1 cup of sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Note: We doubled the recipe to fill a 5-quart Dutch oven.

Houston TX;Need to Get Away?

With eight state parks, The North Shore Drive of northeastern Minnesota, with its eight state parks, rocky backdrops, and vast inland coast, makes this destination unlike any other. The Lake Superior shoreline is a welcome place for snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country due to its yearly snow covered countryside.

The crown jewel of northeastern Minnesota is the North Shore State Trail System.  It extends all the way from Duluth to Grand Marias. A 153-mile system along Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains is full of various terrain.  From ridgelines, hillsides or woodlands, it is a sledders dream. View staggering cliffs over the forested, rocky shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake or listen to ice sheets crack and grind their way along the waves crashing by the glacial shoreline.
The “Lake Superior Ice Train” is known as this since it seems like a crumbling building. But be cautious while observing, because ice storms are known to roll through the area. Make sure though that you stop along the cliffs edge and catch that amazing sunset.

Need a Refresher on RV Driving?

Have you ever taken a refresher course on driving your RV? We found a video that will refresh your mind on things you may have forgotten.

Professor of RVing, Jim Twamley, narrates this video. There are some pretty good tips here so listen closely!

If you have more questions about driving an RV, come by and see me. I bet I can help you out.