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.

 

 

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…

 

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!!

 

 

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.

Does your RV Have “Definition” ?

If were gonna be exact it’s HI-Definition TV.. If you are looking for something different for your outside entertainment you may think of purchasing a brand new hi-def entertainment system.. If you happen to be handy and understand a combination of carpentry, electronics and audiophile gibberish, then by all means, have a crack at upgrading your RV.

Now, all kidding aside, if you’re completely comfortable with mounting flat screen TVs give it a try. However if you still own a VHS player…wait, even better. If you still own a VHS player and STILL haven’t discovered how to keep it from flashing 12:00 am, then you’d better leave it to a professional.

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Want to Experience Freedom? Try RVing

If you’re looking for new vacation experiences, then it might be worth your while to investigate a RV. Interestingly, even with the downturn in the economy RVing has been becoming increasingly popular.Just take a look around you, there are more RVs on the road these days and there are a number of reasons for this.
Since money is a major concern these days, people are being more cautious of how much they are spending on extra curricular activities like vacations. Weekend breaks and holidays tend to involve a considerable amount of expense, so it makes sense to think about how costs could be reduced in this area.
Its a know fact that the major cost incurs from travel and accommodation expenses which can add up financially.
Of course, RV vacations should not merely be seen as a money-saving exercise. There are countless reasons to take an RV Trip.. In particular, many RV owners  will state that they enjoy the thought of having an increased sense of freedom.
Having an RV you are allowed the freedom to venture out further in your own time.. You can also create a more flexible holiday, moving from place to place with a real opportunity to discover new regions and areas, again, entirely at your leisure.

Some would definitely say that there is a sense of freedom associated with RV vacations that simply do not compare to other travel options. There’s a real community spirit included with these trips, as many enthusiasts (like us) enjoy sharing their experiences.
There is almost no limit to where you can go in your RV. It’s become extremely easy for more people to enjoy the luxury of owning a RV since it more affordable for every budget.Have you experienced other benefits by joining the RV Community?

Rving Can Still be Fun in the Winter

Winter is just around the corner and that means we have to think about our RV before the weather man says “freeze tonight.”    Take time in November to drain the tanks, add RV antifreeze and make sure your RV is ready for the winter!

 

Does the winter weather mean you travel less in your RV?  We have found that some of the winter weekends have been the best RV adventures, but I know that many of you close up your RV for the winter.  Don’t make the same mistake I did when I left unopened food items in the vehicle all winter.  Take time now to take all the chips, crackers, cereal and rice out now before one of nature’s little critters finds a way to get to it during the winter months.  A small field mouse can get into the tiniest hole and make a big mess.  A little hint I heard about recently was to place fabric softener sheets in all of your cabinets and drawers because animals and bugs hate it.  Sounds like it’s worth a try!

 

Cheese Rollups

If you need something quick and easy and yet tasty try this great treat. This is something the whole family will enjoy. If you have never tried it make it on your next trip and let us know how you liked it!!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 jar pepper salsa
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 pkg. flour tortillas

Directions
Mix all but flour tortillas together with hand mixer. Spread thinly on flour tortillas. Roll up the tortillas, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. After they are chilled, cut into 3/4 inch slices.

It Is Extremely Important To Have Your RV Insured

Do you already own a RV or are you looking to purchase one soon? Then you must be sure to buy RV insurance. There are a number of reasons that you must insure your RV with RV insurance. Why? RV insurance differs from your car insurance because while your RV is a vehicle, it is a home also.  And while it is a home, it is also a vehicle.  So your insurance must cover both.

A couple of other important reasons that you need insurance are; one of the many things that RV insurance can do for you is helping you out in the event of an accident. If you are involved in an accident and your RV is damaged you will have to have that damage fixed.  Without insurance you will be left with the cost of the repairs coming out of your wallet. If you have proper insurance coverage you will get significant help, a couple hundred dollar deductible is much easier than several thousand dollars of damage repairs. And you will be covered for the other vehicle damages if you are found at fault for the accident. Your insurance will also come to your aid if occupants of the other vehicle were injured, your insurance company will help cover their medical expenses. Your savings will be considerable in the long run. If you are involved in an accident and you are at fault and sued without insurance you will have to pay for your attorney and the settlement out of your pocket. Having RV insurance can protect you and your wallet.

Besides all that, in most states it is illegal to operate your RV on the highway without insurance. Even if your state is one of a very few that do not require insurance, unless you intend to never leave your state you will need it to vacation almost everywhere else.

When deciding on the RV that suits your family you need to consider size, style, and it is important to make sure that you can afford the cost of adequately covering your RV with insurance, before buying one.
With a little research you will find a number of sources to cover your RV insurance needs. Using your phone book or even better searching on the internet will uncover those sources. Don’t forget to check with your current homeowner’s insurance company or your present vehicle insurance company if it’s different. You may save money on premiums for having multiple policies with your insurance company. In short, RV insurance is important. It really doesn’t matter if your state requires insurance or not.  You probably cannot afford the expense of an accident coming straight out of your wallet.  And if you can fix your vehicle, can you afford the other vehicle and their medical expenses? RV insurance can protect your RV and your wallet. Need to know where you can some? Check this one out!

 

Why Would a Someone Buy a RV?

People choose to purchase a RV for several reasons. It can depend on where they are in their lives or what kind of plans they have for their future. Here are some other reasons that we found to share with you…

The results of a Harris surveycommissioned by Go RVing found that messages about family togetherness and cost savings resonate with non-RVing individuals or families who are potential buyers.

According to the study, “A strong proportion of potential future RV buyers said that these factors would make them more likely to buy:

  • RVers save 27 to 61 percent on a typical family vacation — 73 percent
  • Couples who RV develop stronger bonds with each other — 68 percent
  • RVing allows you to be more physically active — 67 percent
  • RVing provides an escape from everyday pressure and stress — 65 percent
  • Kids who travel with their families by RV receive educational benefits — 58 percent
  • Traveling by RV reduces exposure to illnesses and other health risks — 56 percent

“Majorities of past RV owners (61 percent) and potential future RV owners (59 percent) agreed that investing in an RV now will enable people to travel affordably and frequently in retirement.” (Source: RV Lifestyle Experts)