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!!

 

Do you know the Importance of an RV Cover

Owning an RV has many benefits.  Though an uphill battle, keeping your RV in great condition is of the upmost importance.  With most people not having the capacity to maintain their RV indoors, maintaining the outside can be difficult. Rain, snow, changing temperatures, sunlight, and falling debris such as acorns and bird droppings can really take its toll on the exterior of the RV. Luckily you can find an array of RV covers around to aid protect against such damage.

If you intend to store your RV for a long time, the best option is to buy a custom fitted cover. When selecting the cover for your RV, it is important to take the measurements of the RV from one end to the other, while ensuring that you provide an allowance for the 5th wheel, bumpers, ladders and propane tanks attached to the vehicle. If you have to choose between two RV covers which near the size of your RV, select the larger cover. This is because it is better to have an over-sized cover than a small one which you have to stretch over the RV. Stretching the RV cover is likely to lead to damage due to stress.

When shopping for an RV cover, you should look for one which is able to block sun damage, is water resistant, and fits well onto your unit. Some RV covers are quite functional even when the RV is in use, and are thus able to protect your unit even while you are out in the park. Always remember to remove your cover before driving off in your RV. There are also covers available for your RV tires. These slip over the tires when not in use and are able to protect the tire rubber against damage when in storage.

Always keep a patch kit for your RV cover in the event that you get tears or rips. Taking some time to patch up your RV cover while on the road is much more cost effective than having to buy a brand new cover. For this reason, you should ensure that you conduct regular inspections of your RV covers to check that they are in tip top shape. Be sure to replace any cover which has lost its overall integrity and can no longer withstand the vagaries of harsh weather.

 

With all the external forces facing your RVs facade, a cover could be the difference between a clean coat and a dinged door.  Unlike a tarp, they are made to keep water off and allow the right amount of air flow.  I found a great article on what to look for in RV covers from rvwheelcovers.org.
I would urge all RV owners to consider buying an ideal cover to guard your investment, especially if it stays outdoors for long periods of time.  If you use a cover, let me know in the comments what you think.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Have You Made an RV Bucket List?


Our family never really announced that we all had a bucket list until last year when we traveled to Fort Davis, Texas (this had been our son in law’s dream and we let him make the plans).  With the exception of the 12 hour drive, it was all wonderful and we saw so many things we never really thought about making plans for in the past.  From Marfa light to the McDonald Observatory and the Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio, we had a memorable experience and the grand kids are now all thinking about “bucket lists”

 

The one thing we found helpful was writing all these destinations down on paper.  RV owners are so lucky because we can simply follow our list, stop when we want and enjoy the country side.  After you write down some of your ideas, take time to locate them on your map. This makes it so much easier when you’re traveling somewhere and you realize that the Blue Bell Creamery is only about 20 miles out of your way and well worth the detour.  Add to your bucket list every time you read a new article or hear an RV owner tell a story about their recent trip.  Most of all, make it a family thing and ENJOY!!

 

Has your Keystone RV Decals Rubbed off?


I love our Montana Fifth Wheel and am a big fan of the Montana product, but the decals have been a real problem on this one and the last one we owned.  I did find that Keystone has been very helpful by sending us new decals.  Apparently they had a real issue a few years ago with all of their decals, something out of their control, and they are still hearing from owners today with peeling decal issues.  I have heard that if you keep a good coat of wax on your RV it will prevent this peeling, but we were too late and one of ours was bad on the Mountaineer so we had it removed and buffed out.  You can see a slight discoloration on the front cap where this was removed but the sun has to be shining in just the right angle to see it.  Don’t let the decal ruin your Keystone RV experience, call Keystone RV and see what they can do.

UPDATE: May 30th, If you are still searching for new Keystone decals you can contact Retail parts sales at Keystone RV at 866-425-4369. They should be able to help you out.

 

Did RV Antifreeze Eat the Anode Rod in your Water Heater?

That may sound a little silly, but thousands of RV owners winterized their RVs and added RV antifreeze a few months ago.  Now it’s Spring and time to do a little Spring maintenance on your RV.  If you have a Suburban water heater take time now to unscrew the drain plug and look at the anode rod.  If it looks like a skinny clothes hanger wire, then it’s time to invest in a new anode rod.  For less than $20 you can replace the anode rod and extend the life of your water heater.  The anode rod attracts the corrosive elements in water.  RV antifreeze and minerals in tap water eat away at the anode rod and when the anode rod is gone, it starts eating the interior of your water heater and, before you know it, you’re spending a lot more than $20. When replacement is necessary, unscrew the old one and insert the new one.

Want more information? Check out this video:

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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!