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Marinated & Grilled Spring Leg of Lamb

Marinated & Grilled Spring Leg of Lamb
Spring is the time to enjoy lamb and it happens to be popular in New Mexico! This recipe is great for when you're on the road in your camper and don't have an oven or don't want to cook inside. For a get-to-gether, you can grill the lamb 2 hours ahead; just hold it under foil at room temperature. When ready to serve, place back on a hot grill for 2 minutes per side.    Marinated Leg of Lamb Slow...

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Posted on April 05, 2016 in: Good Times Recipes

20 Important RV Driving Tips

20 Important RV Driving Tips   Most RVs aren’t particularly difficult to drive these days, and is one of the reasons why they’re becoming more and more popular. However, the potential for something to go wrong remains a constant risk, and is much more difficult to rectify compared to a car once things start to spiral out of control. The majority of drivers can adapt quite well to the increased size, height, and weight of an RV, but keeping alert, planning ahead, and driving c...

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Article Rating Posted on February 11, 2016 in: Newsletter Articles

Romantic Seafood Risotto

Romantic Seafood Risotto
There's something very romantic about making risotto. It takes care and love to bring it to its rich creaminess but not much time to cook! The ingredients are simple and can be found anywhere. You can add any type of seafood that you like to the dish - clams if you like them better than mussels, lobster instead of scallops, etc. have it your way! Ingredients: 2 C. Chicken Broth 1 - 8oz. Bottle of Clam Juice 2 tsp. Butter 1/2 C. uncooked Arborio or Valencia Rice 1/4 C. Chopped S...

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Posted on February 11, 2016 in: Good Times Recipes

A Million Gallons of Fun!

A Million Gallons of Fun!
  More than a million gallons of summer fun await you when you stay at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort.  A Water Park, Marina, RV Park and Percy Priest Lake offer you tons of activities and fun for all ages! And, it’s only 15 minutes from Nashville, in the rolling hills of Tennessee.   ...

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Posted on February 10, 2016 in: Good Times Treks

Jalapeno Popper Dip for Superbowl Sunday!

Jalapeno Popper Dip for Superbowl Sunday!
If you love everything about jalapeno poppers except the hassle of making them, then this recipe is for you! This was served recently at a holiday party and was a huge hit. I liked it best with the green and red pepper strips but it also goes nicely with crackers and chips. Better make a double batch if you're having a Superbowl Party because it will disappear quickly! 16 oz. Package of Cream Cheese, softened 1 Cup mayonnaise 1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 Cup Chopped...

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Posted on January 13, 2016 in: Good Times Recipes

Albuquerque - World's Best Value Destination

Congratulations Albuquerque for grabbing the #4 spot on Lonely Planet’s list of World’s Best Value Destinations! You can get a lot of bang for your buck here.     Albuquerque is Unique. Nowhere e...

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Posted on January 12, 2016 in: Good Times Treks

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake by Nigella Lawson

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake by Nigella Lawson
I admit it, I'm a Nutella addict! When I came across this recipe for a No Bake Nutella Cheesecake I knew I had to try it for my next party!  If you're familiar with Nigella, you know she's known for her voluptuous figure and decadent cooking style. If you know and love Nutella, you must write to Nigella and thank her for this recipe! I have replaced some verbiage for our English language. Nigella says  ~ “I don’t know if I should apologise for this or boast about it....

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Posted on December 16, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Go Batty in Carlsbad Caverns

Go Batty in Carlsbad Caverns
Did you know that Carlsbad Caverns is growing? The caverns have been explored for more than a century but continue to surprise explorers as they uncover new areas to the cave system, like the discovery of Halloween Hall in 2013. The most exciting part of the Halloween Hall discovery is that there may be much more to explore. Today you can sign up for several ranger guided adventure tours to Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Hall of the White Giant, Slaugh...

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Posted on December 15, 2015 in: Best Places to RV

10 Important Tire Maintenance Tips

10 Important Tire Maintenance Tips
10 Important RV Tire Maintenance Tips  by Jon Mills Your tires are one of the simplest, yet arguably the most important part of your vehicle. Regardless of how well your RV is maintained mechanically, if you have a tire failure it can be catastrophic. It is paramount that you keep them in as good condition as possible for as long as you can, so we’ve put together the following list of tips that will help them last longer and keep you safely on the road. 1.   Check you...

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Posted on December 15, 2015 in: RV Maintenance Tips

10 Important RV Fuel Savings Tips

10 Important RV Fuel Savings Tips
Vacations can be costly enough as it is, and with RV travel being regarded as relatively affordable it is proving to be more and more popular. With rising fuel costs though, the affordability is being gradually eroded away more and more; so to offset the increased expenditure, here is a list of the best ways to save fuel and stretch your budget that much further. 1.     1. Your air-con will sap your fuel efficiency massively, so try to travel at cooler times of the day and plan you...

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Article Rating Posted on November 10, 2015 in: Newsletter Articles

Turkey Croquettes with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

Turkey Croquettes with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce
If your family is like mine, turkey sandwiches get old after a day so I’m always on the lookout for a good recipe using left over turkey. I remembered that my Mother used to make turkey croquettes, which are tender and tasty little fried patties that can be served with the leftover gravy or you can spice it up a bit and make a Chipotle Cranberry Sauce that’s excellent with the croquettes!     INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter 1 medium onion, mi...

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Posted on November 10, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Las Vegas Style Thanksgiving Fun

Las Vegas Style Thanksgiving Fun
Looking for something different and interesting to do for Thanksgiving – how about Las Vegas? Just think of the options available in Las Vegas when it comes to a Thanksgiving dinner! The bonus is the weather in Las Vegas in November is beautiful. The average high temperature is 67° and the low is 43° making it a fantastic time to walk the Strip and explore the town.     ...

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Posted on November 09, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Escape Winter on the Emerald Coast

Escape Winter on the Emerald Coast
As the weather turns colder, memories of the warm days of summer beckon us to escape the cold and go somewhere to capture a few more rays of sunshine. Snowbirds begin to button up their summer homes and plan their migration south to warm, sunny climates.   The Emerald Coast of Florida offers a multitude of options for escaping the cold. In Navarre, Florida  you can gather your rays of sunshine and warm your bones at the Santa Rosa Waterfront RV Resort. Situated betwe...

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Posted on October 14, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Welcome Jon Mills!

Welcome Jon Mills!
Say "Hello!" to Jon Mills  Jon is an avid RV enthusiast, and developer of the ‘Route-1’ Low Clearance Avoidance System after witnessing a fatal bridge strike by an RV in 2008. Six years in the making, Route-1 is the largest low clearance database ever devised for the USA & Canada. He is also the producer of the popular ‘RV Pro Safety Guide’ that provides RV drivers with professional safety expertise.  Jon is joining our "Good Times" team as a regular con...

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Posted on October 09, 2015 in: Newsletter Articles

How to Avoid Low Clearance Hazards

How to Avoid Low Clearance Hazards
    How to Avoid Low Clearance Hazards by Jon Mills                                                         The journey in any RV has its challenges, and those terrible accidents we often see or hear about unf...

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Posted on October 08, 2015 in: Newsletter Articles

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Roll Ups - Great for Tailgating!

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Roll Ups - Great for Tailgating!
If you're a big fan of the Buffalo Chicken Wing dip that became very popular a couple of years ago, here's a New Mexican twist on that theme! You can make these well in advance and they're easy to transport, which makes them great for a tailgating party - or any party! 4 Medium Size Flour Tortillas 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken, shredded into small pieces Buffalo Wing Hot Sauce of your choice Prepared Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing of your choice 2 Ribs of Celery, finely minced Sa...

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Article Rating Posted on September 14, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

October in Albuquerque - Must See & Do!

October is a beautiful time to visit New Mexico and there are several sites and activities that you will not want to miss! The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - the biggest party in town will take place from October 3 – 11.     Get up close and personal with hundreds of ...

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Article Rating Posted on September 14, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Bub's Green Chile Stew with Mesquite Smoked Turkey

Bub's Green Chile Stew with Mesquite Smoked Turkey
Green Chile Stew is my husband's favorite! It's traditionally made with pork but we have come to prefer it with mesquite smoked turkey. He smokes a turkey breast about once a month and always makes a pot of green chile stew with half of it. He also makes it with grilled chicken which is excellent as well.  We've been known to mash up the potato chunks and use the leftover stew as a base for huevos rancheros the next morning! Just reduce the liquid a little and it's great! 1/2 tu...

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Article Rating Posted on August 11, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Celebrate Capsaicin in Hatch, New Mexico

Celebrate Capsaicin in Hatch, New Mexico
If you’re addicted to capsaicin (if you know the Scoville Scale by heart you are addicted!), the place to be for Labor Day Weekend is the Hatch Valley Chile Festival. Yes, this is where the true Hatch Green Chile is grown and there’s nothing else like it in the world.  Buy a bag of chile while you’re there and have it roasted while you watch and smell! The aroma of fresh chiles as they are being roasted is intoxicating and when you first smell it - then taste it, you...

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Posted on August 11, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Explore the Bounty of Silver City

Explore the Bounty of Silver City
Silver City, New Mexico was born out of necessity during a silver mining boom but has transformed itself into an eclectic scene with an historic downtown full of exceptional art galleries, funky boutiques and notable restaurants. In fact, Silver City was named one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America and one of America’s Greatest Main Streets! Getting to Silver City is a stunning and sometimes thrilling drive on 2 of New Mexico’s National Scenic Byways, the Geronimo Trail National S...

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Article Rating Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Cool Gazpacho for a Hot Day

Cool Gazpacho for a Hot Day
No one wants to cook on a hot day! Why not try a cool refreshing gazpacho? It's sort of like a salsa soup and you can make it as spicy as you like. It's superb if you can find home grown tomatoes - it goes together quickly and keeps well! Add crab meat or shrimp and avocado and it's a filling dish!  2 Cups bread crumbs - use a good, dense bread. Sourdough adds an interesting flavor. 3 Cloves Garlic (Minced) 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded cut into 1/4" dice  2 swe...

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Posted on July 08, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Classic Green Chile Sauce

Classic Green Chile Sauce
8 green New Mexico chiles that have been roasted, peeled and chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 T. vegetable oil ½ tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1 medium tomato chopped (Optional) 2 Cups Water Saute onion and garlic in the vegetable oil until softened, Add the remaining ingredients and cook on a simmer for 30 minutes. Sauce can be blended if you prefer a smoother sauce. This freezes very well.

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Posted on June 05, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Best Way to Start Your Day - Huevos Rancheros

Best Way to Start Your Day - Huevos Rancheros
Hard working ranch hands know that a hearty breakfast provides energy to get through the day and in the Southwest, Huevos Rancheros is a favorite dish that's simple to make. There are hundreds of variations of Huevos Rancheros, so take the classic recipe and make it your own. Here in New Mexico if you can't decide whether to have it with red or green - do both! It's called Christmas style, as in the photo.  2 Cups Green Chile or Red Chile Sauce * 4 to 8 eggs 4 to 8 ...

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Article Rating Posted on June 05, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Classic Red Chile Sauce

Classic Red Chile Sauce
½ Cup Red Chile Powder 1 tsp. Cumin ½ tsp. garlic salt 3 T. Flour 2 T. Vegetable Oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 - 3 cups water In a 2 quart saucepan, heat 2 tsp. vegetable oil on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Stir in the oregano, cumin and flour. Stir for about 4-5 minutes until the mixture begins to bubble, and turns a light brown, then remove from heat. In a ...

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Posted on June 05, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Experience Enchantment at Angel Fire RV Resort

Experience Enchantment at Angel Fire RV Resort
Located in the area of northern New Mexico known as the Enchanted Circle, is a year round, world class facility in a breathtaking setting with fun outdoor activities and a variety of dining options for the whole family. Welcome to Angel Fire Resort! In case you had not heard the news, there's now a beautiful RV resort at Angel Fire!     The brand ne...

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Article Rating Posted on June 05, 2015 in: Best Places to RV

Rancheros de Santa Fe RV Park

Rancheros de Santa Fe RV Park
Santa Fe. Just hearing the name sparks your imagination with the promise of fun and discovery! No place else equals the rich history, enchanting landscapes, cultures, unique food, museums, art galleries and lovely people that you will find in Santa Fe.  In fact, Santa Fe ranks in the Top 10 for Museums and Galleries, Top 10 Historic Cities, Top 10 Friendliest Small Town and Top 10 Food City. If it's not on your Top 10 List, maybe it should be? ...

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Article Rating Posted on May 06, 2015 in: Best Places to RV

Traditional Natillas Dessert

Traditional Natillas Dessert
Old fashioned comfort food. That's the best description for Natillas. It's just like your favorite childhood pudding that came straight from Grandma's stove and is best eaten warm!  Natillas is a simple custard pudding that's folded into beaten egg whites and topped with cinnamon. The egg whites makes it a fluffy and mouth satisfying dish. Best news is that it's easy to whip up on a moments notice and doesn't use a lot of pot and pans. That's a bonus when you're cooking in a travel trail...

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Posted on May 06, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Camp with Dinosaurs and Roller Coasters!

Camp with Dinosaurs and Roller Coasters!
Camp at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World – Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.   People of all ages will find great entertainment and plenty of thrills to enjoy at Cedar Point, better known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! Not into roller coasters?  There are so many things for you to do besides coasters - like lounging on the Cedar Point Beach or zooming about on a wave runner, &n...

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Posted on March 26, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Navajo Taco

Navajo Taco
If you have RV'd across New Mexico,  chances are that you have seen or stopped by a roadside stand that is cooking up Indian Fry Bread. It's a delicious treat that can be eaten as a dessert or a main course depending what you put on top of it.   Indian Fry Bread is similar to s...

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Posted on March 24, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

The Ultimate Double

The Ultimate Double
Any fishing trip is particularly enhanced when two people in the same group “double up”.  In other words they both hook up with fish at the same time. Once I was fishing with my father-in-law, Earl “Bo” Dingess at Elephant Butte Lake in southern New Mexico, and I was lucky enough to land two different species of fish at the same time, on the same lure!  The diving crawdad crankbait I was using had a black bass on the front set of treble hooks, and a white bass ...

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Article Rating Posted on March 03, 2015 in: Good Times Fishing

Stayin' at the Green Caye

Stayin' at the Green Caye
Green Caye RV Park is a quiet and peaceful place located in Dickinson, Texas which is between Houston and Galveston. That means tons of fun places to go and things to do! How will you ever choose? There are plenty of amenities to enjoy right there at the RV Park so you may decide to just relax and stay put!     Green Caye offers a lighted golf course and stocked fish...

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Posted on March 02, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

Dublin Coddle for St. Patrick's Day

Dublin Coddle for St. Patrick's Day
Dublin Coddle is an Irish dish that's similar to Irish Stew but features sausages and bacon and is baked for a couple of hours in the oven. If you're out camping, it's easy to put together and leave in the oven while you enjoy exploring or relaxing at your camp site location.  Plus, it's full of simple, basic ingredients that are easily found.  Serve with some crusty bread for soaking up the juices and a good Irish stout and you will have a St. Patrick's Day feast to remember! ...

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Article Rating Posted on February 25, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Sweet and Hot - Green Chile Apple Pie

Sweet and Hot - Green Chile Apple Pie
We New Mexicans love our green chile and add it to just about everything! Take for example this apple pie with green chile. The tastes of sweet and hot are a marriage made in heaven! Serve it with vanilla ice cream to help put out the fire.   Green Chile Apple Pie  Ingredients ...

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Article Rating Posted on January 30, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Tamale Pie for National Pie Month!

Tamale Pie for National Pie Month!
February is National Pie Month and you probably expected a recipe for chocolate pie - but that's so predictable! We thought February called for something spicy and substantial, like this Tamale Pie! It's fast and easy to make with simple ingredients - perfect for those extended weekend camping trips when you don't feel like spending a lot of time in the RV galley. Of course, you can raise the chile heat factor by the type of chile powder you use! See the recipe at the bottom for making you...

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Posted on January 28, 2015 in: Good Times Recipes

Camp in Buenos Aires! Arizona, That is!

Camp in Buenos Aires! Arizona, That is!
There are many types of RVers – what type are you?  Do you love the big resorts with lots of activities, amenities and people to visit with, or do you prefer wildlife over wild parties and plenty of quiet space between campers?  If you fall into the last category, consider taking a trip to the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona.     ...

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Article Rating Posted on January 28, 2015 in: Good Times Treks

New Mexican Sopapillas

New Mexican Sopapillas
Every visitor to New Mexico falls in love with our sopapillas. Former residents of the Land of Enchantment lament about how much they miss them.  News Flash! They are so simple to make you don't have to be deprived ever again!  Sopapillas are generally served along with a meal or as a dessert afterwards, but they can also be filled much like a burrito for a main dish. Try making them. I'm betting that once you see how easy they are to make they will become a regular treat at your ho...

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Posted on December 30, 2014 in: Good Times Recipes

Get on Down to Galveston Island!

Get on Down to Galveston Island!
Listed as one of the Top 10 Friendliest Small Cities in the USA and just 40 minutes south of Houston, Galveston Island is a small and romantic barrier island with more to do than you can imagine! From 32 miles of soft sandy beaches, antiques, art galleries, museums, top resorts and splendid restaurants to one of the largest Victorian architecture collections in the USA, you will find that and more on Galveston Island.     ...

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Posted on December 29, 2014 in: Best Places to RV

Escape to Extreme Landscapes in Escalante, Utah

Escape to Extreme Landscapes in Escalante, Utah
You will find abundant adventures and fun times awaiting you when you take the Scenic Byway to Escalante Canyon, Utah.  The best location for exploring the area is the Canyons of Escalante RV Park.     Located on Scenic Byway 12, the RV park is in the heart of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Escalante State Park and Pe...

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Posted on December 02, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Consider Branson for Thanksgiving

Consider Branson for Thanksgiving
Just consider a Thanksgiving in Branson. . . many restaurants and hotels in town will be cooking up a Thanksgiving Feast where all you have to do is relax and enjoy!  Not a fan of turkey and stuffing?  It won't be a problem, plenty of restaurants will be serving the regular menu.  No muss, no fuss, no crazy relatives – except the ones you want to spend the holiday with.  Beautiful Ozark mountain scenery.  You in? ...

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Article Rating Posted on October 28, 2014 in: Best Places to RV

Kitty Litter Cake

Kitty Litter Cake
This Kitty Litter Cake is bound to be a big hit with the kids and adults alike!  The cake is super easy to put together and is quite tasty - if you can get past the visual to try it!  Purrrrfect dish for a Halloween Pot Luck! INGREDIENTS: 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies 3 drops green food coloring 1 (12 ounce) package t...

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Posted on September 25, 2014 in: Good Times Recipes

A Howling Good Time in Winter Park

A Howling Good Time in Winter Park
If spooky apparitions, bloodcurdling screams, Witches, Vampires and Zombies get you all excited, you are a Halloween fanatic!  If you want to celebrate big time, head to Winter Park, Florida.  They celebrate for an entire week!  The Halloween fun starts on Saturday, October 25th and includes events for adults and children.  The first event, the 5k Pumpkin Run gets underway at 7:30am. ...

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Posted on September 25, 2014 in: Newsletter Articles

Giving Back - the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Giving Back - the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Rocky Mountain RV & Marine believes in giving back to the community, so they started an Albuquerque RV Dealership chain reaction by challenging Myers RV Center to participate in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” and get donations rolling in.   10 members of the Rocky Mountain RV & Marine team were soaked in ice water with the help of 2 forklifts and team members looking for some payback.   The Meyers RV Center team accepted the challenge and got soaked as well. P...

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Posted on August 28, 2014 in: News

Get Your Dose of Sea & Sand Now!

Get Your Dose of Sea & Sand Now!
    Located on the Oregon Coast Highway, better known as Highway 101, you will find the Sea & Sand RV Park.  Any RV Park with the words sand and sea in their name sounds good anytime but August is a fantastic time of year to visit Oregon and the Depoe Bay area. Sea & San...

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Posted on July 23, 2014 in: Best Places to RV

Protecting Yourself from Mosquitos

Protecting Yourself from Mosquitos
There's nothing that can ruin a fun outdoor time faster than being besieged by mosquitos!  People go to great lengths to avoid being bitten and thousands of contraptions and potions have been invented in an effort to thwart the pests.   Police are beginning to warning people to start locking up their expensive mosquito zappers. It seem as though some brands of zappers have become a hot target for thieves.  With some units selling for $500 or more, it's understandable why they a...

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Article Rating Posted on July 01, 2014 in: Newsletter Articles

Celebrate Independence in Gonzales, Texas

Celebrate Independence in Gonzales, Texas
When the name is Independence, you know there will be a “bang up” party on Independence Day!       Welcome to Independence RV Park in Gonzales, Texas! Located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, Independence RV Park is a small park with 21 RV sites. ...

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Article Rating Posted on June 17, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Blue Mesa Ranch and RV Resort

Blue Mesa Ranch and RV Resort
Blue Mesa.  The name conjures up images of cool blue mountain tops and water that invites you to sit awhile or cast a lure in hopes of landing dinner.  You don’t have to imagine it – come live it at Blue Mesa Ranch and RV Resort. Located near Gunnison, Colorado, nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness, Blue Mesa is an amazing mountain hideaway on the 26 mile long Blue Mesa Reservoir with two marinas that offer great fishing and water sports.&...

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Posted on May 28, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Your Own Piece of Forest at the Pendaries RV Resort

Your Own Piece of Forest at the Pendaries RV Resort
Nestled in the high mountain valley of Rociada, New Mexico amid the tall pines, The Pendaries RV Park  (pronounced Pan-da-ray) is where you can enjoy a cool summer getaway.  This might be one of New Mexico’s best kept secrets!    The resort is small and comfortable with RV sites spaced far enough apart that you will feel like you have your own private piece of the fore...

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Article Rating Posted on April 28, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Hidden Valley RV Park - Your San Antonio Home Base

Hidden Valley RV Park - Your San Antonio Home Base
There’s never a dull moment (unless you want one!) when you stay at Hidden Valley RV Park!  Relax in the quiet valley setting with mild temperatures, shady sites and a creek that meanders through the campground.  The park is close to San Antonio where history, culture, art, shopping, relaxation and lots of fun are on the menu – which will you choose?     ...

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Article Rating Posted on March 26, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Celebrate St. Patty's at Shamrock RV Park, Reno

Celebrate St. Patty's at Shamrock RV Park, Reno
At the base of the scenic Sierra Nevada mountains and a few miles from the biggest little city in the world of Reno, Nevada is the award winning Shamrock RV Park.  People well acquainted with the RV lifestyle and who will go the extra mile to make your visit safe and comfortable built the park in an area where you can enjoy hiking, river and lake fishing, skiing, rafting, golfing, boating and, of course, entertainment of all types!    ...

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Posted on February 26, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Better Than Sex Cake?

Better Than Sex Cake?
Perhaps the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day!  You will have to perform a comparison test to decide the answer for yourself! Best news is that the cake is simple to make with ingredients you can find in the grocery store and you can bake it easily in your RV oven!     Better Than Sex Cake ...

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Posted on January 29, 2014 in: Good Times Recipes

Valentine and Merritt Trading Post RV Campground

Valentine and Merritt Trading Post RV Campground
Located in north central Nebraska is the little town of Valentine - population 2800.  Along its wide Main Street, downtown Valentine is home to arts and craft shops, bookstores, museums, a cyber cafe and one of the area’s largest western wear stores.  But it's what lies outside of town that attracts many visitors to this area. The town is in the center of a diverse region of quiet lakes, grassy sand hills, secluded waterfalls, wildlife refuges, a national forest and one of...

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Article Rating Posted on January 27, 2014 in: Good Times Treks

Periwinkle RV Park, Sanibel Island

Periwinkle RV Park, Sanibel Island
A perfect white sand beach, tropical breezes, thousands of sea shells, a fun town and a RV park that's close to it all sums up what you will find when you stay at Periwinkle RV Park on Sanibel Island.   The Park and Campground feature 200 sites that will accommodate everything from a tent to a big rig.  Some sites are fairly secluded and shad...

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Posted on December 26, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

The Cast of a Lifetime

The Cast of a Lifetime
Everyone knows that Babe Ruth was famous for hitting home runs. There’s even a very famous story about “The Babe” stepping up to the plate and pointing to a section of seats in the outfield, then he proceeded to hit a home run into those same seats. It’s one thing to hit a home run, but to point out where the ball was going to exit the ballpark, and then hitting it out there, was truly amazing. No one would remember that home run if Mr. Ruth hadn’t pointed to those ...

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Article Rating Posted on December 10, 2013 in: Good Times Fishing

Chile-Brined Christmas Ham

Chile-Brined Christmas Ham
If you've ever brined a turkey, you know how delicious and moist the meat is when baked. If you've never brined a turkey, trust us - it will be the best turkey you've ever cooked!  So, why not brine a ham with a touch of chiles to spice it up? It might be the perfect Christmas dinner main course!   Chile Brined Ham  ...

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Article Rating Posted on November 29, 2013 in: Good Times Recipes

A Sunny Thanksgiving by the Sea

A Sunny Thanksgiving by the Sea
It’s argued that St. Augustine, the oldest continually occupied city in America, was the site of the first Thanksgiving, and not the commonly accepted location of Plymouth Rock.  Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon of the University of Florida argue that the earliest Thanksgiving service in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565, in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. It's reported that the meal was bean soup. A day for Thanksgiving services...

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Posted on October 14, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Winter is Nice at La Hacienda RV Resort

Winter is Nice at La Hacienda RV Resort
Austin is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas, and that’s where you will find La Hacienda RV Resort and Cottages. Located 3 miles from Lake Travis, there are all sorts of fun activities to do near the resort, plus you’re just 30 minutes to downtown Austin.     The best news is that they have some fantastic cottages, so it doesn’t matter if you are RV-less!  In fact, the fully furni...

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Posted on September 26, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Spook-tacular Fun at 30 Lock Woodlands RV Resort

Spook-tacular Fun at 30 Lock Woodlands RV Resort
There's a reason they call it "Woodlands".  Set on a scenic riverfront with a heavily wooded, isolated wilderness area, Lock 30 Woodlands RV Resort is the perfect backdrop for a Spooktacular Halloween weekend! There is something for young and "mature" participants from a wine tasting and cooking contest to getting wrapped up like a mummy and bobbing for apples.     ...

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Posted on September 23, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Clean Clothes in 30 Seconds with Scrubba

Clean Clothes in 30 Seconds with Scrubba
Who ever said that Necessity is the Mother of Invention would be absolutely correct when describing how the Scrubba came to be.     Realizing that he could only take a few changes of clothing for a six week trip across Africa, Ash Newland came up with a pocket sized washing machine that weighs just over 6 ounces. ...

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Article Rating Posted on September 13, 2013 in: Newsletter Articles

Staying Connected while Boondocking with RV Internet

When you go on a trip, it’s important to have some type of connection to the rest of the world. Perhaps you’ve wanted to try dry camping or boondocking, but were hesitant because of the lack of amenities available. With RV internet, you can go on that new camping adventure and feel connected to the world. What is Dry Camping? Dry camping is when you park your RV at a site where there are few, if any, amenities like trash cans, a dump station or fresh water. You’ve probably ...

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Article Rating Posted on August 30, 2013 in: RV News

Some Fish Stories Need a Witness

Some Fish Stories Need a Witness
Here’s one of those fishing stories that you would only consider telling if you had a witness. Scott Yeager and I were fishing in the evening at Skiatook Lake in Northeast Oklahoma, and the bite was so good, you could say the lake was “On Fire!” I was throwing a “Pop-R” top-water bait and Scott was jigging deep with a slab painted shad imitation.   Scott Yeager We were both catching fish like crazy in 20’ to 50’ of water. Largemouth, San...

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Article Rating Posted on August 26, 2013 in: Good Times Fishing

Rush-No-More RV Park & Campground

Rush-No-More RV Park & Campground
Nestled on 80 acres of luscious green pines with hiking trails, nature walks and wildlife, Rush-No-More is the perfect base for your journey into the beautiful Black Hills National Forest, and Mt. Rushmore which is only 32 miles away.     Rush-No-More RV Park & Campground has camping options no matter how you are traveling!   For RVs there is everything from a basic ...

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Posted on August 22, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Best of Both Worlds at Riverside RV Resort & Cabins

Best of Both Worlds at Riverside RV Resort & Cabins
Located near the town of Inverness, Florida, surrounded by lakes and rivers is the Riverside Lodge RV Resort & Cabin Rentals.  The resort is less than an hour away from the major attractions in Florida like Disney World, Busch Gardens, Wet ‘N Wild, Sea World and Universal Studios but far enough away to enjoy peace and relaxation on the Withlacoochee River.       RVer...

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Posted on August 21, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Grand Monuments and a Headless Chicken Festival

Grand Monuments and a Headless Chicken Festival
This week the Thursday Travel Tip takes us to Colorado and the Monument RV Resort.  The resort is located in Fruita, which is a few miles from Grand Junction.  It is the closest full service RV park to Colorado National Monument and just across the street from the James M. Robb State Park. This area provides activities for everyone, from a leisurely 23 mile scenic drive to white knuckle white water rafting.  There are dozens of hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging, ...

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Article Rating Posted on August 01, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Garlic Shrimp Cooked in Foil

Garlic Shrimp Cooked in Foil
Ahh. . . late summer cooking over a campfire or grill should be easy and fast!  The weather can still be on the hot side and whether you're cooking inside or outside, you don't want to spend a lot of time near heat sources. Creating foil packets and tossing them on the fire is one of the easiest and fastest ways to cook seafood, whether it's a fish filet or shrimp.  My family loves this garlicky shrimp dish.  I usually do some sort of vegetables on the grill as well - since it'...

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Article Rating Posted on July 29, 2013 in: Good Times Recipes

The Admission is Free at Noebels Amusement Park!

The Admission is Free at Noebels Amusement Park!
Knoebels Amusement Park is and has been America's largest free admission park for 87 years of operation, according to Wikipedia.  It is an adventure waiting for the family who wants to have fun, fun and more fun!!!  You will find that the rides and food are both really good and affordable.  Since you pay for only what you ride, you’ll automatically save money over other amusement parks.     ...

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Article Rating Posted on July 24, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Cool Off at Elkhorn RV Resort

Cool Off at Elkhorn RV Resort
If cool mountain breezes sound good this time of year, consider escaping to the Elkhorn RV Resort.  The resort is located in Lake City, Colorado which is midway between Gunnison and Creede.  In about 6 hours from Albuquerque, you could be enjoying cooler temps and all of the fun things to do around the resort.     Elkhorn RV Resort offers 3 sizes of RV sites that can handle everything from pop-up campers...

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Posted on July 18, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Year round fun at Bear's Den RV Resort

Year round fun at Bear's Den RV Resort
Nestled on the shores of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees you will find Bear’s Den Resort.  With one mile of shoreline, Bear’s Den offers many fun activities you would expect to find on a lake such as fishing, boating, and swimming.  But, there’s much more to enjoy!     Bear’s Den has 132 RV sites including pull-thrus, with full hookups, ca...

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Posted on July 11, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Zephyr Cove RV Park Lake Tahoe

Zephyr Cove RV Park  Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe was recently voted the best lake in the country, and for good reason!  With it’s unspoiled beauty and breathtaking settings, Lake Tahoe offers something for every outdoor enthusiast.      Located in South Lake Tahoe, right by the lake and among the tall pines is Zephyr Cove Resort and RV Park.  This family friendly destination offers the creature comforts of an outstanding facility with t...

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Article Rating Posted on June 25, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

New Mexican Party Salad

New Mexican Party Salad
In the hot summer months, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time cooking in the RV galley!  If you're looking for a dish that will feed a big gathering without a lot of fuss, try this recipe. My Mother used to make this salad for pot luck get togethers.  If your RV park is hosting a pot luck dinner, this salad is perfect!  It's like a deconstructed taco in a bowl, that's fast and easy to make!  You can adjust the heat level by using a mild salsa.  Top wi...

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Posted on June 24, 2013 in: Good Times Recipes

First Class Fun at StoneRidge Resort

First Class Fun at StoneRidge Resort
Blanchard, Idaho is home to the StoneRidge Resort.  Located about 45 minutes from Coeur d’Alene and a few minutes from the International Selkirk Loop, which was named the Northwest’s most scenic drive by Sunset Magazine, you will find first class fun at StoneRidge.      The International Selkirk Loop is a unique, 280 mile (450km), ...

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Posted on June 12, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Sharks, Stingrays and Turtles in the Desert

Sharks, Stingrays and Turtles in the Desert
June is National Aquarium Month and Albuquerque has, in our humble opinion,  one of the nicest aquariums in the southwest.  If you are visiting Albuquerque, this is one attraction you don’t want to miss!     The highlight of the Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium is the 285,000 gallon shark tank that features a 38 foot viewing window.  The staff takes ex...

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Article Rating Posted on June 06, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Swim with Manatees in Crystal River

Swim with Manatees in Crystal River
Two hours from the Tampa / St. Petersburg area, you will find the gem of Florida’s Nature Coast – Crystal River.  Located near Kings Bay it is one of the best places on earth to observe manatees.  In 2012, Crystal River was officially designated as a Manatee Refuge.     When the water temperature drops in the Gulf of Mexico, manatees move to the warmer waters of the Crystal River, followed clos...

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Article Rating Posted on May 28, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Top 20 Checklist Items for Safe Boating

Top 20 Checklist Items for Safe Boating
During National Safe Boating week, take time to check all the necessary and important items you should have on board the boat before taking a group out on the water.  You can avoid potential danger and inconvenience during your outings.  Also, most of the items are required by the Coast Guard or Lake Patrol Officers.  You may be ticketed or refused an operational sticker if you do not meet safety standards. 1.  The number 1 most important item is to make sure there is a ...

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Article Rating Posted on May 22, 2013 in: Newsletter Articles

Tracker Marine's New Fish and Ski Combo Boat

Tracker Marine's New Fish and Ski Combo Boat
You’ve asked for it, and Tracker Marine has delivered! Introducing the all new Pro Guide Deep V-175 Combo Fish and Ski boat! This boat is loaded with family friendly features for serious anglers and those who just want to have a good time skiing, wake boarding or tubing on the water.                   ...

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Article Rating Posted on April 24, 2013 in: Marine News

A Little Piece of Paradise in Lajitas

A Little Piece of Paradise in Lajitas
The Big Bend area of Texas is one of the last magnificient, unspoiled and unique landscapes in North America.  Surrounded by the painted hills of Quiet Canyon and bounded on the east by Lajitas Mesa, you will find the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa.  Included in the resort property is the Maverick Ranch RV Park.  If you love the desert, this is a place you don’t want to miss!     ...

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Posted on April 22, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Boondocking in the Land of Enchantment

Boondocking in the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico, known as the Land of Enchantment, offers RVer’s many unique and beautiful places to see and stay.  If you’re an avid boondocker or sometimes like to dry camp, check out the Frugal Shunpiker’s Guide to RV Boondocking in New Mexico. The guide isn’t just for RVer’s, the areas listed in the book include areas that are suitable for tents as well.  For just $17, you can learn about what to see, where to camp, where to shop, find free water and d...

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Posted on April 19, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Taking the Spring Out of Your Trailer

Taking the Spring Out of Your Trailer
If your travel trailer or fifth wheel has too much “spring” when you walk around inside, adding stabilizer jacks will eliminate the problem.  Some RVs come with stabilizers already installed but if yours doesn’t, it’s not a hard thing to install yourself if you’re the least bit handy with a drill and an adjustable wrench.    What you will need:   4 Wheel Chocks 4 Stabilizer Jacks Pencil or magic marker 13/16 inch drill bit Electric Drill...

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Article Rating Posted on March 25, 2013 in: RV Maintenance Tips

April Valley RV Park

April Valley RV Park
In South Carolina there is a lovely RV Park called April Valley.  It’s located in the town of Pickens which is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near the town of Greenville.      If you prefer a campground that's small, serene, quiet, wooded area with a large pond stocked with fish, April Valley RV Park Fishing & Campground is the place for you.  There are just 27 sp...

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Posted on March 22, 2013 in: Good Times Treks

Creating a RV Tool Kit

Creating a RV Tool Kit
Spring is almost here and many of us are beginning to think about hitting the roads and our first vacation trip.  If you haven’t been out in the RV for a few months, think about what items will be the most important to take along on those trips.  If you get these nagging thoughts about having forgotten something as soon as you get a few miles down the road, there are plenty of checklists available for pre-trip planning.  One of the lists we go through before heading out is t...

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Article Rating Posted on March 06, 2013 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Top 8 Ways to Increase Gas Mileage

Top 8 Ways to Increase Gas Mileage
With the travel season coming up and gas prices going up, you need every edge you can get!  Here are some insights to stretching your gas dollars.     1.  Keeping your RV tuned up is the best way to stretch your gas mileage.  Servicing your RV  on a regular basis can increase your mileage by 20%.  If your emission system is not operating properly, it...

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Article Rating Posted on February 27, 2013 in: RV Maintenance Tips

10 of the Best National Park Campgrounds

10 of the Best National Park Campgrounds
A recent article by USA Today Travel featured 10 of the best National Parks, written by husband and wife RVers, David and Kay Scott.  Their criteria was based on beautiful scenery, peaceful environment, spacious RV sites that offer a degree of privacy, availability of drinking water and flushing toilets.  If that's what you like, here are their picks:     ...

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Article Rating Posted on February 25, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

Turn Your Pontoon into a Camping Tent

Turn Your Pontoon into a Camping Tent
If you own a pontoon, you know how much fun it is to cruise the lake and pull into a spot on the bank to spend the day - or night.  We used to do this and would take tents along for sleeping and a camp stove for cooking.  But take a look at these nifty pontoon enclosures!  You can turn your pontoon into a floating tent!  The best part is that a pontoon boat enclosure will protect you from many adverse weather conditions, like the sudden thunderstorms that tend to develop...

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Article Rating Posted on February 22, 2013 in: Boat Care and Tips

Space Saving Foldable Objects

Space Saving Foldable Objects
Utilizing space to the maximum in a RV is a common goal.  If you look around, there are plenty of everyday objects that you can find in a collapsible/foldable design.  I'm always on the lookout for ways to increase space in our Oasis travel trailer!  There's only so much you can put into 30 feet! Here are some of my favorite finds:   Love th...

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Article Rating Posted on February 18, 2013 in: Newsletter Articles

Get Great TV Reception - Even While Driving!

Get Great TV Reception - Even While Driving!
Ever wish you could watch TV while driving down the road in your motorhome?  Now you can! Experience stunning high-definition entertainment via KVH’s TracVision R1DX, the smallest and lightest in-motion satellite TV system on the market. This convenient, ultra-compact system allows you to enjoy DISH Network® and its HD programming throughout the continental U.S. Best, TracVision R1DX supports automatic satellite switching from your remote control (a KVH exclusive), and gives yo...

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Posted on February 12, 2013 in: RV News

Trailer Tray Offers More Storage Options

Trailer Tray Offers More Storage Options
This is one of those ideas that when you see it, your immediate thought is "why didn't I think of that?"     The Trailer Tray is a patent pending trailer tongue cargo carrying system that can accommodate up to 300 pounds of cargo.  It allows adjustments to fit most “A” frame trailers.  Made by Stromberg Carlson, the new product is making it's way around the RV show...

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Posted on January 30, 2013 in: RV News

A Most Romantic RV Resort

A Most Romantic RV Resort
When you think of romance, a RV Park is probably not the first thing that comes to mind!  If you think of drinking remarkable wines and lingering over fantastic dinners with lakes, beaches, golf and great shopping nearby, then book a reservation for Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles, California!  I bet you thought I was going to say Napa, didn’t you? Located along California's famed Central Coast, the Paso Robles winegrape growing region's climate is perfect for th...

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Article Rating Posted on January 24, 2013 in: Best Places to RV

New Rand McNally iPad App for RVers

New Rand McNally iPad App for RVers
Turn your iPad into a fully functional, turn-by-turn GPS device built specifically for RVers, but also includes a car mode for everyday use with the new Rand McNally app for RVers. The app provides safe and easy routing customized for your RV or vehicle.  The maps load on your iPad and gives you access even if you're in a remote area where you may not get cellular or WiFi signals.  Similar to other navigation apps, active turn-by-turn navigation is enabled for iPad cellular models, ...

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Posted on January 10, 2013 in: RV News

Camping in the Giant Redwoods

Camping in the Giant Redwoods
Cotillion Gardens RV Park in Felton, CA may be one of the best kept secrets of the Santa Cruz area.  If you are looking for a great place to relax while enjoying the California coast, or looking for an easy location to enjoy the giant redwood trees, this park is the destination for you.  Cotillion Gardens is also located near the major cities of the Bay Area.  The park is open year round. Guests have been coming for generations with some families bringing 4 generations!  Tuc...

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Posted on December 11, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Creating More Storage Space in Your RV

Creating More Storage Space in Your RV
We RVers are always looking for a way to take more stuff in the RV without it looking as if a thrift store exploded inside!  We just learned about eBags from a fellow RVer who sang the praises of this affordable system.       eBags come in various sizes and colors and features  a mesh top panel for easy identification of contents and for ventilation.&nbs...

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Article Rating Posted on November 23, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Advice for First Time Snowbirds

Advice for First Time Snowbirds
If you are a new “Snowbirder” wondering how to choose a place to spend the winter, you can learn a lot from other RVers who have gone before and blazed a trail, as they say.  One of our friends, Dick Garcia, gave us some very good information about how to find your perfect “Snowbird” landing.  He Snowbirds in Arizona, but his method could work for any state that you’re considering.  Here is his method: Divide the state of Arizona into 4 quadrants. ...

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Article Rating Posted on October 30, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Desert Culinary Delight

Desert Culinary Delight
For over four decades, the Los Arcos restaurant, just off Interstate 25 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has built a reputation as a friendly watering hole in the Elephant Butte Recreation Area, and a favorite stop between El Paso and Albuquerque.  Every time we RV at Elephant Butte in our Monaco motorhome, we always plan on having dinner at least one evening at Los Arcos.    Don't let the f...

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Get Hitched Quick!

Get Hitched Quick!
Swift Hitch introduced the SH02 portable, wireless, full-color backup camera system this month at the North American Trailer Dealers expo in St. Louis.  In fact, the product received the third place award for best new product of the year at the show, the company noted.   The device allows RV owners to hitch up their trailers in three easy steps, said Renan Levy, president.  Users simply: Mount the magnet...

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Article Rating Posted on October 01, 2012 in: RV News

Gas Sippin' RVs

Gas Sippin' RVs
And I can tow it with a small V-8, well shut the front door!  Winnebago has re-entered the towable market and built ultra-light weight travel trailers and 5th wheels. 2013 Winnebago Minnies  The 2013 Winnebago MINNIE has 5 floor plans to choose from and it is an ultra-light weight towable RV that performs at a higher level.  The dry weight of the MINNIE model #1801 FB is just 3330 lbs with a dry hitch weight of only 340 lbs., and those specs will allow it to be towed b...

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Article Rating Posted on September 20, 2012 in: RV News

Best RV Awning Tie-Down

Best RV Awning Tie-Down
New Mexican’s are used to windy spring days and the virgas that can spring up unexpectedly with approaching thunderstorms.  These types of wind can wreak havoc on a RV awning!                     Our friends Cal and Audrey, recently got caught in a wind storm that ripped through a RV park in Houston where they were staying that left severa...

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Article Rating Posted on September 08, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Eliminate Odors with The RV360 Siphon

Eliminate Odors with The RV360 Siphon
One of the most talked about and most unpleasant experiences in a RV is odors that escape from the holding tank to inside the living area.  The problem is caused by pressure that builds up in a holding tank, much greater pressure than the pressure in the coach. With less pressure in the air space inside the RV, the odor and fumes in the tank are pushed out into the coach.  It's a problem that most RVers try to eliminate by using chemicals.   ...

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Article Rating Posted on September 08, 2012 in: RV News

Catalina Spa RV Resort

Catalina Spa RV Resort
An easy drive from most anywhere in Southern California, Catalina Spa & RV Resort in Desert Springs, has so much going on inside its security gates that you might never want to leave.     The list of things to do is huge, and they’re the type of things the whole family will enjoy.  You can fish, shuffleboard, horseshoes and pickleball.  Never heard of pickle...

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Posted on September 07, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Big Lake, Big Trout!

Big Lake, Big Trout!
Calcasieu Lake, or Big Lake as the locals call it, has gained a well deserved reputation of being one the top trophy trout estuaries in the country. Big Lake, a 40,000 acre bay which opens into the Gulf of Mexico is located in Cameron Parish, and easily lives up to the name Sportsman Paradise with its excellent fishing, crabbing, and shrimping. Known for its tremendous trout, if you are looking for a trophy wallhanger, this is the place to be! Redfish, flounder and many other species are also...

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Posted on August 27, 2012 in: Good Times Fishing

Tame Those Cords with RoboReel

Tame Those Cords with RoboReel
AUSTIN, Texas -- RoboReel is an extension cord reel worthy of being called a power tool, Great Stuff, Inc., announced today.   Designed as an easy way to help keep an extension cord neat, safe and out of the way when not in use, this portable, motor driven power cord system delivers 50 feet of 12 gauge cord with a ‘smart’ three outlet receptacle ball on the end.       ...

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Article Rating Posted on August 24, 2012 in: RV News

Head to Benbow RV and Golf Resort for National Golf Day

Head to Benbow RV and Golf Resort for National Golf Day
If you're a RVer and golf addict - ahem - enthusiast, Benbow RV and Golf Resort, should be on your bucket list!  A full service resort near Garberville, California, Benbow offers the finest in service, facilities and recreational activities for the whole family.        Surrounded by towering redwood tree covered mountains, all sites are pa...

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Posted on August 20, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Richards Fine Cajun Restaurant

Richards Fine Cajun Restaurant
You have to love a place with appetizers named gator gallops and mudbug riders!   Gator Gallops? Yep. Alligator wrapped in bacon, battered and deep fried.  Mudbug riders are crawfish wrapped in bacon, battered and deep fried. Or,  how about Angel oysters? They are oysters wrapped in bacon, battered and deep fried.  Look for the big crawfish on the sign! Located in Sulphur, Richard's has that small town feel. When you walk in, you know that you will be treated just...

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Outstanding Customer Service

Outstanding Customer Service
As you might have read in a previous story, Debbie, the love of my life, bought me a brand new Tracker PT 175 Bass boat as a surprise for our 7th anniversary.  Several years later we were caught in some severe weather at Elephant Butte Lake in Southern New Mexico, and the boat developed a leak in the hull.  We were forced to plow into the 4’ white caps coming straight at us for nearly an hour.  When the dealer where Debbie bought the Tracker attempted to repair the damage ...

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The Cajun Outback

The Cajun Outback
Located in the southwest corner of Louisiana, the Louisiana Outback is wild and rugged piece of the U.S. filled with bayous, swamps, barrier islands and many National Wildlife Refuges.  The towns are few and spread out, but you will find they are big on hospitality.      Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is an opportunity to experience one of America's untamed nat...

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Article Rating Posted on July 31, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

Remodeling Your RV Living Area

Remodeling Your RV Living Area
Before you start remodeling your motorhome, create a well defined plan for your living area that’s based on your ideal layout. Ideas for remodeling your RV can come from many things, such as a picture from a book or catalog, an ad from a magazine, an picture of a room that you have seen from other RV remodels, or a sketch in a notebook. It doesn’t matter how you go about forming your plan – but you need to have something. If you try to remodel your living area without a sound i...

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Article Rating Posted on July 23, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Keeping Your RV Cool

Keeping Your RV Cool
Baby it's hot outside!  If it's too hot inside, here is some advice about your air conditioner. Unlike air conditioners used to cool a house, an RV air conditioner is very different in the way it cools. Nearly all RV air conditioners work on the same basic principle as a refrigerator.  RV air conditioners also differ from ones found to cool a house in the fact that it is hermetically sealed (Closed System).. The most common issue involving RV air conditioners is it is not cooling e...

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Article Rating Posted on July 20, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

The Hollar, Madrid New Mexico

The Hollar, Madrid New Mexico
Where else but Madrid, New Mexico could you find a Cordon Bleu trained chef serving upscale southern-southwestern fusion food that most diners will tell you is better than some of the highly rated restaurants in Santa Fe? If you're RVing up North 14 on the Turquois Trail, you just might want to make a stop at The Hollar.  Don't be put off by the exterior or the interior!       ...

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RV and Yurt Adventures

RV and Yurt Adventures
Have friends and family wanting to join you in some of your RV adventures but can’t  because there’s no room in your RV?  Maybe it is the other way round; you have friends with a RV and want to camp with them to see if you would like the RV lifestyle.  Consider visiting RV Parks and Resorts with Yurts.  Lots of RV parks and resorts have cabins or park models available, but a yurt is more like camping.    ...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

Tracker Boats Named "Best Buys"

Tracker Boats Named "Best Buys"
Highly respected Consumers Digest has included three boats manufactured by Tracker Marine Group (TMG) among its “Best Buys” in powerboats in their  July/August issue and at ConsumersDigest.com. TMG was the only marine manufacturer with 3 boats named to the much-anticipated recommendations used by consumers when considering a boat purchase.     The NITRO Z-6 bas...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2012 in: Marine News

Ideas for Remodeling Your RV

Ideas for Remodeling Your RV
It happens after a period of time. Your RV becomes tired looking, dull and drab from dust, dirt and extended usage. It's not from lack of good housekeeping skills.  Like most brick and motar homes, a make over or face lift is what’s needed!  You may be considering trading up to a new RV and it’s easy to fall in love with a brand new, shining model.  However, if you're not ready to trade or take on new payments and love your current home away from home, it can look near...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Is Your Boat Overloaded?

Is Your Boat Overloaded?
Overloading a boat can indeed be dangerous. And the smaller the boat, the easier it is to become overloaded. Putting too many people and gear aboard reduces freeboard, increases instability and raises the risk of swamping in rough weather. Even in calm waters, an overloaded boat is more likely to capsize, especially if the boat makes an abrupt turn, or if someone on board suddenly shifts position.     ...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2012 in: Marine News

Peace and Quiet at Heron Lake

Peace and Quiet at Heron Lake
This beautiful park, in northern New Mexico, is known for its excellent sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.  It's home to the New Mexico Sailing Club. Clicking on the link will take you to the photo album for the club, where you can see some great photographs of the lake and surrounding area. A picturesque lake set among tall pines, Heron Lake State ...

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Article Rating Posted on July 11, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

It's Not All Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada

It's Not All Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada
You've probably noticed the mountains just outside of Las Vegas, but did you know that there is RV camping there?  When it's blazing hot in Las Vegas, head to the hills and enjoy a slight break from the heat!     Mount Charleston, Nevada, lies in the Spring Mountains northwest of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Most of the mountain range is public land and there are campgrounds wh...

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Article Rating Posted on July 07, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

Hilton Head Island RV Resorts

Hilton Head Island RV Resorts
Hilton Head is a popular destination for vacationers of all types.  If you're wanting to drive your RV there, you're in for a treat!  There are several RV Resorts to chose from. Hilton Head Harbor                   This beautiful RV resort and marina is located on the north end of Hilton Head Island...

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Posted on July 06, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Low Key Hideaway

Low Key Hideaway
If the idea of a RV resort where there will only be 3 others camping with you, that's right on the ocean and for adults only, sounds like a little bit of heaven to you, head for Cedar Key, Florida and park yourself at the Low Key Hideaway.  Budget Travel Magazine named Cedar Key one of the top 10 destinations in the U.S. and the Low Key Hideaway RV Resort has been recognized by Trip Advisor as the #9 travel destination in the nation.    ...

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Posted on July 05, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Exploring the Turquoise Trail

Exploring the Turquoise Trail
Fall is a beautiful time to explore New Mexico and one of the most scenic highways in the state is known as The Turquoise Trail. This Scenic and Historic Area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The drive is approximately 50 miles along Highway 14, which is basically the back of the big Sandia Mountains you see in Albuquerque.  Start by driving to Sandia Crest where you will get a mile high,  breathtaking view of th...

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Article Rating Posted on July 03, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Better Battery Life

Better Battery Life
Have you ever had a RV battery die on you, or had problems deciding which one to get?  Here is an excellent article that gives you a lot of information about choosing a battery, maintenance, charging and dry camping. Some Basic Battery Info In today’s RVs everything relies on 12-volt batteries to function–everything from the roof air conditioner to the refrigerator. Once the roof air conditioner and the refrigerator are turned on they run on 110V, but the computer used to star...

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Posted on July 03, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

26 Tips for Better RV Camping

26 Tips for Better RV Camping
This list has 26 tips that you might find useful when RV camping. 1.  Use LED lights because they don’t attract mosquitoes like the others do.  There are some that are very decorative! 2.  Permanently mount levels on the front corners of your campers, so you don’t have to locate the level every time you adjust. 3.  For fire starters get one of those big fire logs you use for fireplaces, cut it into small pieces. You can make 15-20 fire starters out of one large...

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Article Rating Posted on July 03, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Holding Tanks

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Holding Tanks
Perhaps one of the most unpleasant tasks that comes with owning a RV is having to clean and maintain the holding tanks.  There's no avoiding it! Here is a step-by-step procedure you can follow. Before you begin, always wear disposable protective gloves when handling any waste system component and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. 1. Connect the sewer hose. Begin by inserting the nozzle end of the hose into the campground sewer inlet or dump site, and open the valve...

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Article Rating Posted on June 25, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Catherine's Landing

Catherine's Landing
Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Catherine, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the all new Catherine’s Landing RV Resort.  Start with 400 pastoral acres and a mile of water frontage on Lake Catherine with an ideal natural environment, add first class amenities and you have Catherine’s Landing.  You’re going to love it here!     Every RV site ha...

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Posted on June 25, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

7 Tips for a Great RV Vacation

7 Tips for a Great RV Vacation
Family vacations can present challenges for even the closest of families, especially if you are all enclosed in a RV.  Giving extra thought to what can or will happen on the journey can go a long way in making the trip relaxing and memorable! Be Flexible!     Leave some room in the plan for unexpected events.  Most youngsters will have a problem wi...

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Posted on June 19, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

"No Tackle" Trout - Story 2

"No Tackle" Trout - Story 2
In a previous blog, I recounted the story of my amazing bare handed capture of a trout in the Jemez River.  That wasn't the only time I caught a trout that way! My second experience catching “no tackle” trout occurred while my son Mark and I were fishing the famous San Juan River that flows out of Navajo Lake near the “Four Corners” area.  The “Four Corners” area is famous because it is the only place in the United States where 4 states come toget...

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Article Rating Posted on June 18, 2012 in: Good Times Fishing

When to Repair or Replace Your Windshield

When to Repair or Replace Your Windshield
    You’re cruising down the highway in your motor home and suddenly, BANG!  A rock has been kicked up into your windshield and now you have a chip.  Should you repair or replace the windshield?  Here are the recommendations and explanations from Foremost Insurance. Benefits to repairing the windsh...

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Posted on June 18, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Wine Country and Free RV Parking

Wine Country and Free RV Parking
    If you have a motor home – the summertime livin' is not only easy - it's FREE!!  It's your chance to enjoy free stays at wineries across the U.S!  It’s a new trend in this country, one that takes agritourism to a new level. There is a growing group of winemakers, farmers and other agritourism ventures li...

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Posted on June 07, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

Aunt Vera's No Fail Crab Quiche

Aunt Vera's No Fail Crab Quiche
One of the highlights of our RV travels has always been going to Half Moon Bay to see my Aunt Vera and indulge in her fantastic crab quiche.  Half Moon Bay is one of the many locations up and down the Pacific coast where dungeness crabs are plentiful and nothing is better than cooking one up for this no fail quiche dish.  Why no fail?  It's the easiest quiche I've ever made because you just mix up all the ingredients in a bowl,  and plop it into a store bought pie shell. &nbs...

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Article Rating Posted on June 05, 2012 in: Good Times Recipes

Nascar and RVing - The Perfect Pair

Nascar and RVing - The Perfect Pair
It seems that NASCAR racing and RVers are a perfect pair!   Racing is one of the few sports that goes on all year long, which is great for those who avidly follow the races. This can make RV trip planning a bit difficult if you don't want to miss a particular race, unless of course you're going to get a prime infield spot for your RV. However, getting tickets for the middle of the track can be expensive and difficult, depending on the race and when you try to buy. Camping near the track...

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Article Rating Posted on June 01, 2012 in: Best Places to RV

Boating and Drinking - A Bad Idea

Boating and Drinking - A Bad Idea
Ahh, boating! Skimming over the water with the wind in your hair. What a great way to spend a summer day, especially with family and friends. A carefree atmosphere just made for fun and partying. But the fun on the water should never include drinking. Mixing alcohol and boating can have dire consequences. There is no gentle way to say it.  Being impaired while operating a boat can cost you thousands of dollars, or worse, have a fun day end tragically.  Last year, 2 people lost the...

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Article Rating Posted on May 31, 2012 in: Boat Care and Tips

10 Tips for Towing Safety

10 Tips for Towing Safety
Over 15,000 people have been killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers since 1975 with more than 65,000 crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers occurring in one year alone.  Lack of knowledge about correct towing techniques is clearly a contributing factor.  A recent study conducted by Master Lock, showed that 71% of Americans who tow said they were only “somewhat to not knowledgeable” about proper towing practices and safety!  As more...

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Article Rating Posted on May 21, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Jalapeño Fajitas? Prepare to Evacuate!

Jalapeño Fajitas?  Prepare to Evacuate!
Jalapeno Fajitas?  Prepare to Evacuate! The love of my life and I were camping at Conchas Lake New Mexico with our friends Randy & Leslie in our 5th wheel RVs.  On this particular night we decided not to cook, which is rare, because all four of us are excellent cooks, and we love to perform our skills in the kitchen or galley. We mentioned to our friends that the Ramada Inn in Tucumcari made outstanding Fajitas, and we convinced them to go with us and make the short drive into to...

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Posted on May 21, 2012 in: Good Times Tales

Optimizing Your Propeller

Optimizing Your Propeller
Changing the prop on your outboard may be the least expensive yet dramatic way to fine tune and customize your boat’s performance for your use.  The goal in prop selection is to determine what propeller style and size will maximize performance for your boat, while allowing your engine to operate in the recommended rpm range. There are plenty of websites with prop calculators that will take the size and weight of your boat, along with your engine, current propeller, and curren...

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Posted on April 24, 2012 in: Boat Care and Tips

Getting Rid of Black Streaks

Getting Rid of Black Streaks
Seems like they appear overnight.  You never noticed them before and then all of a sudden there they are, black streaks down the sides of your RV.  Black Streaks are the result of time and neglect.  Anyone owning a recreational vehicle has vertical surfaces that are susceptible to acquiring black streaks. Though they may not be prevalent on new surfaces, most smooth and semi-smooth vertical surfaces will get them. It is simply a matter of TIME. &n...

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Article Rating Posted on April 17, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Fish With Focus & Persistence

Fish With Focus & Persistence
With the water temperature climbing into the mid-seventies, the spawn is pretty much over.  So I launched my Tracker Bass Boat into the water on Skiatook Lake, Oklahoma at first light around 6:30 am. Tracker PT-190  I love my Tracker Boat because it is so easy to launch by myself.  Just back it down the ramp, climb in, fire it up, then pull off the trailer and poke the nose up on the bank and go park the truck.  Hybrid Striped Bass After catching several white bass a...

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Article Rating Posted on April 11, 2012 in: Good Times Fishing

10 RV Travel Games for Kids of All Ages

10 RV Travel Games for Kids of All Ages
School will be out soon and many families will be hitting the highways for summer vacation.  We thought some games to play while traveling down the road would help keep the kids occupied and engaged with each other.  Some of the games are classic and others take some advance preparation, but all of them are free or inexpensive to play. License Plate Game   This travel game is for teams or ...

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Article Rating Posted on April 10, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Boat Ramp Etiquette

Boat Ramp Etiquette
As a boater you have more than likely pulled up to a boat ramp, ready for an enjoyable day on the water only to find an inconsiderate boater has blocked the entire ramp while loading or unloading their gear. Boat ramp etiquette is a serious issue for many boaters.  We have witnessed fights – which could be called “ramp rage” – that have erupted because someone was being a ‘boat ramp hog’ and tied up the ramp for too long a period. Safe boating classes t...

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Posted on April 09, 2012 in: Boat Care and Tips

Largemouth Bass Trivia

Largemouth Bass Trivia
The Largemouth Bass is probably the most common and sought after game fish in New Mexico.  Here are some interesting facts about the Largemouth Bass we bet you didn't know! - In the USA, largemouth bass have been granted game fish status; no commercial harvesting or sale of these fish for food is allowed. - The largemouth bass is the state fish of Georgia and Mississippi, official freshwater fish of Alabama and Florida, and the official sport fish of Tennessee. - This popular species...

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Article Rating Posted on April 04, 2012 in: Good Times Fishing

Our Favorite RV and Boating Jokes

Our Favorite RV and Boating Jokes
April is National Humor Month, so we are going to share some of our favorite jokes pertaining to RV living and travel or boating funnies.  If you have a favorite joke, share it with us!     An RVer in a motorhome got hopelessly bogged down in an unexpected muddy hole along a dirt road. After a few minutes, a passing farmer drove by on his tractor and offered to pull him out for only $20. After the motorhome was back on dry ground, the RV...

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Article Rating Posted on April 02, 2012 in: Good Times Tales

Keeping Our Water and Beaches Clean

Keeping Our Water and Beaches Clean
Anyone who has been to a lake or the beach knows that there is a lot of garbage floating around in the water and ending up on shore. Most of this garbage is dumped by mindless or careless boaters and campers who do not understand the impact their actions can have on the environment.     Garbage in the water looks bad, and can cause problems for both wildlife and for boaters. A significant number of b...

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Posted on March 30, 2012 in: Marine News

10 Gas Saving Tips for Your Boat

10 Gas Saving Tips for Your Boat
With ever rising fuel prices and concerns over fuel supplies, boaters are paying attention to the efficiency of their engines now more than ever. Increasing your fuel efficiency saves you time with fewer trips to the fuel dock; saves money through using less fuel; and saves the environment with decreased emissions. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your tank of fuel: 1. Tune your engine and keep the boat bottom clean.   A properly tuned engine not only gets better mile...

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Posted on March 27, 2012 in: Boat Care and Tips

44 Top RV Parks and Resorts to Explore

44 Top RV Parks and Resorts to Explore
You can bet that if 30,000 RV enthusiasts voted for these parks and resorts, you can be assured that they are top notch and sure to please! Four-four campgrounds, RV parks and resorts earned all around “A” grades in the fourth annual consumer satisfaction survey of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts. More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that are affiliated with the Nati...

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Article Rating Posted on March 19, 2012 in: Good Times Treks, Best Places to RV

Humidity in New Mexico? Yes!

Humidity in New Mexico? Yes!
Motor homes, 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers and truck Campers can experience a problem with the build up of humidity, even in the high New Mexico desert climate.  This is especially true if your recreational vehicle or boat has been stored for any amount of time, or if you travel to humid climates. Humidity build up can create problems with mold and mildew and perhaps lead to dry rot if it seeps behind walls and into the floor.  The obvious solution to a humidity problem is a dehumid...

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Article Rating Posted on March 06, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

How to Paint Your Aluminum Boat

How to Paint Your Aluminum Boat
The time comes on every aluminum boat when it needs a “face lift”!  You can take it to a dealer and have them refinish the exterior for you but if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of guy with some fairly good skills, you may want to consider painting your boat.  You have to take a slightly different approach in the painting process due to the oxidizing nature of aluminum. The first step is to sand blast the hull to remove any old paint or decals.  Because alumin...

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Article Rating Posted on March 05, 2012 in: Boat Care and Tips

12 Easy to Make Firestarters

12 Easy to Make Firestarters
To me, one of the absolute best things about camping is having a nice fire to sit around and roast marshmallows. Starting a fire isn’t always so easy. If you take the time to make fire starters, you won’t have to struggle the next time you build a fire. 1.  Take an empty egg carton and fill each cup 2/3 of the way full with sawdust, pencil shavings, shredded paper, charcoal...

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Article Rating Posted on March 02, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Fly Rod - Lightning Rod

Fly Rod - Lightning Rod
Graphite fishing rods can be excellent conductors of electricity, which is not good news for those who fish with them. Every so often you hear about someone trout fishing with a fly rod and being electrocuted by a lightning strike.  In fact it has happened several times on the San Juan River just below Navajo Dam . Once I was fishing with Dave “Bob” Granger from Farmington, New Mexico.  Bob and I were both bass fishing with fly rods and we were catching a ton of Smallmout...

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Article Rating Posted on February 15, 2012 in: Good Times Fishing

Reducing Plastic Bottles at the Grand Canyon

Reducing Plastic Bottles at the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park will eliminate the in-park sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers within 30 days under a plan approved yesterday by National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Regional (IMR) Director John Wessels. Free water stations are available throughout the park to allow visitors to fill reusable water bottles. The park's plan calls for the elimination of the sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers of less than one gallon, including plasti...

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Article Rating Posted on February 07, 2012 in: News

Study Reveals RV Vacation Saves Money

Study Reveals RV Vacation Saves Money
Last year we did our own research and comparison of a RV vacation compared to other types of vacationing.  Now, Go RVing has published a similar finding. Go RVing has revealed the results of a new Family Vacation Cost Comparison Study, which compares RV vacations with several other vacation modes.  The results reveal that an RV vacation can be up to 78 percent cheaper than other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by three percent since the last study, conducted in 2009. Se...

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Article Rating Posted on February 06, 2012 in: RV News

7 Reasons to Buy a Pop-Up Camper

7 Reasons to Buy a Pop-Up Camper
Why Buy a Pop-Up Camper?  There are a variety of reasons why you might prefer to a pop-up tent camper over another type of RV.  They are designed for active, growing families on the go and usually have a sleep capacity of 6 or more depending on the model.   A typical pop-up camper may not offer all the luxuries that a motor home, 5th wheel or travel trailer might...

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Article Rating Posted on February 02, 2012 in: Newsletter Articles

Route 66 - Part 1, Santa Monica

Route 66 - Part 1, Santa Monica
One of the biggest undertakings in connecting America was one of the first transcontinental highways built from Chicago to Los Angeles.  It became known as the Mother Road – Route 66.   Rocky Mountain RV and Marine is located on Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque.  Better know as Central Avenue to us locals, you can travel the old route all the way through town.   The romance of Route 66 continues to captivate people around the world. Running over two thousand miles,...

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Article Rating Posted on January 18, 2012 in: Good Times Treks

Keeping Important Documents Safe While RVing

Keeping Important Documents Safe While RVing
There is a lot to consider when choosing to live a full-time or part time RV life.  One might be what to do with all your important documents such as Wills, Insurance Policies and other papers in a motorhome or travel trailer.  With limited storage space, it could pose a problem. You could keep them in a safe deposit box but what if you’re hundreds of miles away from that location and need something for a medical emergency?  You could chose to leave them with your attorney o...

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Article Rating Posted on January 18, 2012 in: RV News

Troubleshooting Your RV Water Pump

Troubleshooting Your RV Water Pump
One of the best things about traveling in a RV is being able to have water on tap inside, for cooking and cleaning, for personal needs, and for drinking. The water pump draws water from an onboard storage tank and pressurizes the water system for on-demand use. When you’re in a trailer park or a campground, you can usually just hook a potable water hose to an available water spigot to supply pressure to the water system. Always use a clean potable water hose to avoid contamination and prev...

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Article Rating Posted on January 13, 2012 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Chocolate Mojito

Chocolate Mojito
For the past few years, the Mojito cocktail has been very popular.  How to make it even better?  Add chocolate, of course! Chocolate Mojito (from Hershey Resorts) 1 lime wedge 3 fresh mint leaves ½ ounce Torani White Chocolate Syrup 1 ½ ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum Club Soda Muddle (crush using a special muddling tool or back of a teaspoon, the first three ingredients. Add ice, rum, and top with club soda. Stir and push muddled...

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Gotta Take the Green Chile Along!

Gotta Take the Green Chile Along!
As we travel far and wide in our Winnebago Tour motor home, it's the food of Albuquerque that we miss while on the road.  So, I have to take green chile along with us so that we don't go into withdrawals!  You chile heads know what I'm talking about!  The Tour has a residential sized refrigerator and freezer so I pack it full of green chile!  I've come up with a couple of dishes that are easy to make and give us our chile fix. Green chile stew is my husband's favorite.&nbs...

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Article Rating Posted on January 04, 2012 in: Good Times Recipes

Why Truck Campers are Gaining in Popularity

Why Truck Campers are Gaining in Popularity
One of the smallest segments of the recreational vehicle industry is having a steady year.   Mark Hovanec at Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation, believes the popularity of pickup campers is destined to climb over the next few years.  "I think the trend people are seeing is a lot of baby boomers are downsizing their motorhomes and fifth-wheels and going into truck campers for drive-ability and ease of parking", according to Hovanec.             &nbs...

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Article Rating Posted on January 03, 2012 in: RV News

No More Frozen Water Hoses

No More Frozen Water Hoses
If Hades has frozen over,  your water hose probably has too! The weather forecasters will warn you about the first cold spell of the season, but they have no idea how much it can affect even the tiniest aspects of your barn, your RV, your business, or your life. Our parts department is now stocking 25 and 50 foot PIRIT Heated Hoses with thermostat control.  Replace your standard, and probably frozen, hose with a PIRIT Heated Hose, plug in the grounded power supply, and you can b...

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Article Rating Posted on December 29, 2011 in: RV News

Tips on Lug Nuts

Tips on Lug Nuts
Here's another area that few of us give much thought to--until we have a flat tire on the road. Lug nuts play a critical role in RV safety. Here are some thoughts and tips on dealing with lug nuts.   Lug nuts and their mates, the lug stud, are designed to be torqued to a given point. The nut and stud, when put under twisting pressure (loosely translated "torque") actually stretch a bit. When the pressure is taken off, the metal snaps back, allowing the nut and stud to mate. One technician...

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Article Rating Posted on December 19, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

10 Tips for Stretching Your Travel Food Budget

10 Tips for Stretching Your Travel Food Budget
1.  Make a list You will spend less money if you plan your meals first and then develop a shopping list from the meal plan.  Categorizing the list will help keep you on track and prevent you from wandering down aisles you don't need to shop.  We keep our list in order of fresh items first, like meat and produce.  Then baked goods and dairy products.  These items you will use first or they will go bad.  Then we add a category for staples; things we always need to ...

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Article Rating Posted on December 09, 2011 in: Newsletter Articles

The Original Hurricane

The Original Hurricane
The Hurricane became popular at Pat O'Briens bar in 1940's New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World's Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It's said that O'Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy. Ingredients:       2 oz light rum     2 oz dark rum     2 oz passion fruit juice   ...

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How to Winterize Your Boat

How to Winterize Your Boat
The nights are getting cooler here in the high desert areas of New Mexico and if you own a boat or personal watercraft, it’s time to winterize.  If you missed the Rocky Mountain RV and Marine boat winterization seminar, here’s a recap of the information you need to know.  The time and effort you take now will protect your boat’s performance and help maintain its value.  It will definitely save you money and potential trouble when you go to use your boat next spri...

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Article Rating Posted on November 28, 2011 in: Boat Care and Tips

20 Ideas for Free Overnight RV Parking

20 Ideas for Free Overnight RV Parking
We’ve always lived by the rule that it’s always better to ask for forgiveness than permission.  That usually works fairly well for most situations, but when it comes to looking to park your RV for free overnight it might be better to ask for permission first.   Then you can sleep soundly without worrying about someone bothering you in the middle of the night asking you to leave or getting issued a trespassing ticket. Here are a few free RV parking possibilities:...

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Article Rating Posted on November 23, 2011 in: Newsletter Articles

Don't Always Doubt the Weather Forecast

Don't Always Doubt the Weather Forecast
One of our favorite times to camp and fish at Elephant Butte Lake is the early part of October.  Up until about the middle of the month you can still enjoy warm days (unless there’s an early cold snap) and swim in water that’s still an enjoyable temperature.   Plus, most of the crowds have gone and it's very peaceful and quiet. A few years ago we planned a trip months in advance with our good friends Oscar and Juanita who live in Farmington for the first weekend in Oc...

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Article Rating Posted on November 15, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

More Hotter Than Hades Cocktails

More Hotter Than Hades Cocktails
This is a margarita to die for!  Baja Margarita Juice of 1/2 orange 1 fresh lime, cut in half 1 1/2 tsp. orange juice concentrate 2 TBS. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 TBS. simple syrup 4 sprigs of cilantro 1/2 jalapeno 2 TBS reposado tequila 2 TBS. triple sec 1 cup crushed ice cilantro sprigs for garnish jalapeño sliced thinly for garnish In a 16 oz. tumbler, add the fresh orange juice.  Squeeze the lime halves, adding the juice and then the halves to the tu...

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Why A Trident Warranty May be the Best Investment You Can Make

 Why A Trident Warranty May be the Best Investment You Can Make
A Trident 8 year warranty on your RV's paint and fabrics could be the best investment you can make in your RV.  Here are some reasons why: Any painted surface will be protected against fading or discoloration.  In the New Mexico climate, the brutal sun pounds down on your RV's exterior almost every day.  This can create oxidation which will erode the paint finish.  Plus, the Trident Protection Plan will provide protection against any permanent damage caused by hard water s...

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Article Rating Posted on November 03, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Good Times Newsletter

Good Times Newsletter
Every month we send out our "Good Times" newsletter that's full of fun articles, tips on maintaining your RV or boat, information on wonderful trips to take, great recipes, fun projects to do with the kids and lots more! For example, for November we highlighted visiting Carlsbad, New Mexico.  There's an amazing amount of things to do and experience there besides the famous caverns. Each month we also highlight stories sent to us from customers who have had an interesting experie...

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Article Rating Posted on November 03, 2011 in: News

Hotter than Hades Cocktails

Hotter than Hades Cocktails
If you're the adventuresome type and you love New Mexico hot foods, you will have to try some of these Hot Cocktails!  Mango-Ginger-Habañero Daiquiri For the Ginger-Habañero Syrup:  1 cup sugar 1 habañero chile, seeded 2 oz. fresh ginger, sliced   For the 7 Spice Powder: 2 parts each ground cinnamon, ground fennel and ground ginger 1 part each ground Szechuan peppercorns, ground cloves, ground star anise, an ground cardamom   For the cocktail:...

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Boating Ettiquette - Tips for a Pleasant Trip

Boating Ettiquette - Tips for a Pleasant Trip
Just as there are social norms you’re expected to know on land, you’ve got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you’re going to be spending any time at all on the water. While it may feel like you’re the captain of your nautical domain, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts. You are responsible for your own wake and any damage done by it. If you’ve caused bo...

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Article Rating Posted on October 22, 2011 in: Marine News

New Mexican Cornbread

New Mexican Cornbread
You will love this cornbread with green chili, corn and cheese mixed in! 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 1 Tbs. salt 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. soda 1 egg 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 can (8 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 cup chopped green chili 2 cups grated longhorn cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with Pam. Add corn meal to buttermilk and set aside. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, egg and oil.  ...

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Article Rating Posted on October 14, 2011 in: Good Times Recipes

Crystal Cranberry Cocktail

Crystal Cranberry Cocktail
1 oz vodka 1/4 oz Crown Royal® Canadian whisky 1/4 oz gin 1/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur 2 oz orange juice 2 oz cranberry juice grenadine syrup   Fill glass half full with ice and add the vodka. Put in the cranberry and orange juice next, then float the other liquors. Add grenadine to color, mix and garnish with a straw and a lemon.

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Bonanza de camarón - Shrimp Bonanza

Bonanza de camarón - Shrimp Bonanza
For many years during the 1980s several avid bass fishermen from Albuquerque, New Mexico would caravan down to Lake Obregon Mexico for our annual February fishing trip.  My wife and I drove our Minnie Winnie Winnebago Class C motorhome and towed our Tracker bass boat, which was pretty easy due to the lightweight of aluminum Tracker boats.  All of us drove motorhomes of some kind and we all towed our bass boats behind them as well. Our 1979 Winnebago Minnie Winnie The fishing ba...

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Article Rating Posted on October 11, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

Bien Venidos

Bien Venidos
Very potent and a great un-winder.  Thanks to Tom, a friendly island bartender from Cozumel for sharing the recipe! 1 oz. triple sec 1 oz. Galliano 2 oz. vodka 1 oz. creme de cassis 1 oz. creme de caco 1 oz. Southern Comfort 3oz. strawberries 2 oz. orange juice Ice Fill a blender with ice.  Add all ingredients listed.  Blend until smooth, stopping to stir the mixture as necessary.  The consistency should be the same as a frozen daiquiri.  Garnish with an o...

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My Purple Hook Catfish

My Purple Hook Catfish
Back in the mid 80s when there was still a upper lake above the narrows at Elephant Butte, several pop-up campers, travel trailers and even a 5th wheel or two could be found at a remote campsite “boon docking” on the west side of the narrows.  There were “out-house” style restrooms and a couple of make-shift launch ramps, but no water or electrical hook ups, so we always tried to take as much ice as we would need for the outing. Four of us were camping in our Lance ...

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Article Rating Posted on October 07, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Crashing and Thrashing - Elk vs. Coyotes

Crashing and Thrashing - Elk vs. Coyotes
Navajo Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in New Mexico, but the water temperature is pretty cold until late August, even after its had a chance to warm up all summer. Despite the cooler water, we usually go camping at Navajo a couple of times a year in our Big Horn 5th wheel and fish off of our Suntracker pontoon boat for bass & catfish.  The hook-ups at the Juniper Loop and Cedar Loop RV campground are very nice, and the views of the lake are spectacular! A couple of years ago ...

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Posted on September 24, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

Run Silent - Run Deep

Run Silent - Run Deep
Striped Bass Feeding on the Surface It surprises me how many people who fish do not understand the basics of fishing.  They wouldn’t even think of driving right up on a herd of grazing elk in an old loud truck and try to take a picture.  But these same people race up to a school of stripers feeding on the surface and think the fish won’t notice the noise and spook!  Sound travels much faster and much farther under water, so the fish know you’re coming ...

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Article Rating Posted on September 20, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

"No Tackle" Trout Fishing

"No Tackle" Trout Fishing
Fishermen have devised many methods to catch one of the world’s most popular game fish, the elusive trout.  But none that I know of have even attempted to master the “no tackle” techniques that I have developed.  That’s right; rods, reels, lines and lures are not necessary when you have mastered the skills of catching trout with “no tackle”. I caught my first “no tackle” trout while my wife and I were acting as tour guides for two young ...

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Article Rating Posted on September 20, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

RV Tire Care

RV Tire Care
Taking Care of Your RV Tires Will Save You Money, and Might Save Your Life! Proper Tire Inflation Correct tire inflation is a key component in tire care. The recommended maximum inflation pressures for your tires are indicated on the certification label or in your owner's manual. Since RVs can be loaded with many different configurations, the load on each tire will vary. For this reason, actual air pressure required should be determined based on the load on each individual tire. Inflation pre...

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Article Rating Posted on August 29, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Canyon Thunder

Canyon Thunder
Canyon Thunder My husband and I really enjoy going camping in our Sunset Trail travel trailer that we bought from you guys last year.  Our Pug Winston likes it too!  Actually, he thinks it’s his!  lol This spring we were camping in the Big Thompson canyon near Colorado Springs.  It was a super time mostly because it was during the week and we almost had the entire canyon to ourselves. Frank and I are in real estate sales, so we work the weekends and take off on Tuesda...

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Article Rating Posted on July 25, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

My Tracker Bass Boat is Gone!!

My Tracker Bass Boat is Gone!!
In a previous story I told you about buying my husband a Tracker bass boat for our 7th wedding anniversary.  One of our first trips with the new Tracker bass boat was to Elephant Butte lake for a special get together with friends that we called the Summer Blow Out.  It usually took place Labor Day weekend and involved all of our friends that wanted to participate.  Most years there were at least 10 to 12 friends who came together for a weekend of camping and fun on the water. I...

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Article Rating Posted on July 24, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

The Seven Year Itch - Scratched with a New Tracker Boat

 The Seven Year Itch - Scratched with a New Tracker Boat
For our 7th Wedding Anniversary, I decided to do something wild and crazy and bought my husband a brand new Tracker bass boat.  It had to do with the “Seven Year Itch” superstition in a marriage and I thought I’d give him something to scratch the itch with!  However,  I wanted it to be a surprise for him (I love surprising him!) and it took some extra thought and planning but I pulled it off flawlessly. I enlisted the help of my father in buying the Tracker bass...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2011 in: Good Times Tales

Cleaning Your RV Interior

Cleaning Your RV Interior
Do's and Don'ts for Cleaning Your RV Interior There’s good news and bad news when it comes to cleaning the inside of your “home away from home”. The good news is that RVs are compact - usually no more than a few hundred square feet. The bad news is that our RVs are exposed to elements unlike your stick and mortar home.  They are exposed in the pine-sappy woods, on the sandy seashore or in the dusty desert. And the fact of the matter is, your RV is made of l...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Understanding Your Electrical Sysem

Understanding Your Electrical Sysem
Some people call RVing "camping" but really, it's like having a house on wheels.  Having electric in your RV seems decadent compared to true "camping". The ability to run a microwave, hair dryer, TV, toaster, washer/dryer or even an espresso machine - is brought to us by the magic of "shore power" (usually) or a 12-volt system with an inverter In this article we’ll discuss electric derived from the post and plug. Amps Draw It’s important to note that in an RV you can&r...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Keeping Your Holding Tank Trouble Free

Keeping Your Holding Tank Trouble Free
Tips for a Maintaining Trouble-free RV Holding Tanks Holding tanks, certainly not the glitz and glamour of hitting the open road, are a fact of life when RVing. Most RVs have a black tank, one or two gray tanks and a freshwater tank. There’s no getting around it – without holding tanks we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the “home-style” plumbing features in our rigs. But holding tanks present mystery and perhaps even a bit of confusion to a new RVer. What, when, how&he...

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Article Rating Posted on July 16, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Fishing Tackle Tips

Fishing Tackle Tips
2 Bass One Cast! Considering the expectations of monofilament fishing line, and the abuse it's subject to, it is amazing what this "thin" material will do.  But, to get the most out of any monofilament, we must protect it from certain negative elements. Listed below are a few "mono checks" that, when followed properly, will put more fish on the table. We will start with the reel and work towards the hook. Putting Monofilament Line On Your Fishing Reel Most tackle stores are happy to ...

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Article Rating Posted on June 22, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Maintaining The Lower Unit On Your Boat

Maintaining The Lower Unit On Your Boat
Your boat’s lower unit is important to service on a regular basis.  Whether you have an I/O or an outboard, there are several items to check regularly to make sure your boat keeps running smoothly. Gear Oil One of the items that can be serviced by you is the lower unit gear oil.  This should be changed at least once a year at the end of the season. Why at the end? Because you don’t want any metal shavings or foreign substances such as water in the oil sitting in the gear ...

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Article Rating Posted on June 19, 2011 in: Boat Care and Tips

Your RV's Worst Enemy?

Your RV's Worst Enemy?
From time to time most RV owners, who are not full timers, have to store their RV for a while. It may only be for a few weeks or it could be for several months. Even though the RV is stored you need to take a few extra steps to protect it from the sun. Yes, the sun can be the worst enemy of your stored RV.  This is especially true if you live in New Mexico where the atmosphere is thinner and the sun's rays are stronger. Of course if you have a garage for your RV then you are one of the for...

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Article Rating Posted on June 11, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

"Look at the Osprey - Set the Hook!"

"Look at the Osprey - Set the Hook!"
You have to get up really early if you want to fish with fly rods in flat water for smallmouth bass during the spring in New Mexico, because the wind usually starts howling by 9 am.  But when surface temperature at Conchas Lake in Eastern New Mexico reaches into the mid-sixties, it’s well worth it. After watching all the weather reports, I had already prepared my friend Tracy Kuntz for the possibilities of a “perfect” day.  But after you’ve fished in New Mexico...

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Article Rating Posted on June 07, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Let The Wind Be Your Friend

Let The Wind Be Your Friend
One Saturday morning in May, a beautiful sunrise set the New Mexico sky ablaze as we launched my Tracker bass boat from the ramp at Santa Rosa Lake, and the well known phrase “red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” came to mind.  The weather forecast was for 15 to 25 mile per hour winds, and at 6 am the wind was already blowing at about 20. Santa Rosa Lake is a great place to fish on windy days. The big island in the lake make it easy to find places to fish that are pro...

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Article Rating Posted on June 03, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

10 Tips for Boating Safety

10 Tips for Boating Safety
Each year several hundred Americans lose their lives in boating accidents, nearly all of which could have been avoided with a few basic precautions. Remember, that most fatal boating accidents occur in boats 26' feet and under. Some tips to stay safe--   1. Wear a life vest. If you feel funny wearing the cheap, bulky day-glow orange PFDs, then spend $100 or so on the automatically inflating type vests that blend in with your clothes. They are USCG approved.   2. Make sure the condi...

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Article Rating Posted on May 31, 2011 in: Marine News

What's in Your Boat Insurance Policy?

What's in Your Boat Insurance Policy?
The Boat Owners Association of The United States has five hard questions you need to ask your boat’s insurance agent before your summer boating season begins. Their answers could let you know how worthwhile or worthless your current policy is:   1. Does your insurance company expect you to pay salvage costs that should be paid by them? Most people say the main the reason they buy insurance is to cover the “big things.” The most common types of catastrophic insurance ...

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Article Rating Posted on May 29, 2011 in: Marine News

Limona Corona

Limona Corona
Limona Corona recipe 1 bottle Corona® Extra lager 1 oz Bacardi® Limon rum   Open the corona. Fill the empty space in the neck in the bottle with the rum. The bottle should be filled to the top. Plug the bottle with your thumb or the palm of your hand. Turn the bottle upside-down so the rum and beer mix. Turn the bottle right side-up, unplug, and drink.

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Preventing Dry Rot

Preventing Dry Rot
The term "dry rot" is actually a misnomer because the decay is caused by certain fungi capable of carrying water into the wood they infest. The water can be transported far away from the source and the wood will often feel dry to the touch thus the term dry rot.  Gradually, the wood decomposes and its strength is lost.  Such damage is often inconspicuous until it's final stages, working behind the paneling on the structural framing of the RV.  Dry rot in an RV can be caused by a...

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Article Rating Posted on May 25, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Oreo Cocktail

Oreo Cocktail
Our motorhome wouldn't be complete with out a blender and some great recipes for cocktails. The Oreo Cookie cocktail is one of our favorites.  We just love to make these for dessert!  Oreo Cocktail Vodka Creme de Cacao Vanilla Ice Cream 2 - 4 Oreos depending on how many drinks you're making Put ingredients in a blender.  Pulse until blended.   Pour into large glasses, float an Oreo on top.  Serve with a spoon. Do you have any great tips for cooking or ent...

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Blueberry Freeze Cocktail

Blueberry Freeze Cocktail
1 oz vodka 1/4 oz wildberry schnapps 1 oz cream of coconut 2 oz blueberries 1 1/2 ozcrushed pineapples 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 8 oz crushed ice 1 tbsp whipped cream   Blend ingredients thoroughly and pour into a specialty glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a teaspoon of blueberries.

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Keeping it Cool - RV Refrigerator Tips

Keeping it Cool - RV Refrigerator Tips
Hot summer days can mean more RV refrigerator problems - what to do? When temperatures are blazing,  your refrigerator is working hard. Any additional help you can give it will ease it's load. 1. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Decide what you need to take out or put in beforehand, do it quickly and close that door. 2. If you find you are opening the fridge door often for beverages or cold water, consider using a separate ice filled cooler to store these items.  You ...

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Article Rating Posted on May 18, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Propane Tank Safety

Propane is stored in portable and detachable cylinders, such as those on your barbeque, or tanks which are permanently affixed to a vehicle.      Cylinders are filled by weight and the pertinent information for each individual cylinder is stamped on the protective flange surrounding the valve. This information includes the empty weight of the cylinder (tare weight ) and the water capacity in pounds and allows the re-filling attendant to calculate the exact amount...

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Traveling Safely with Your Family Pet

Traveling Safely with Your Family Pet
Many people love to bring their pets with them when they travel. In fact, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, 57 percent of recreational vehicle (RV) owners in 2007 brought their pets along on road trips. If you want your RV trip to include your pet, planning ahead will make the trip easier and more enjoyable for all. Take your pet to the veterinarian first. Tell your vet about the trip you are planning and ask if your pet needs any vaccinations or other medication...

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Article Rating Posted on May 18, 2011 in: Newsletter Articles

Save Money -Take an RV Vacation

Save Money -Take an RV Vacation
With the price of gas increasing people often question me on the cost of taking a vacation in an RV. The answer is always the same, an RV vacation is hands down the best way to travel, let me explain why. Even with gas prices going up it is still cheaper to drive than fly, because airlines must increase their charges per ticket, per lb. of luggage, per bag and so on to compensate for the rising fuel costs. RV’s don’t have any of those hidden charges, if you want to bring 10 bags yo...

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Article Rating Posted on May 16, 2011 in: RV News

A Look at the Nitro Z-6

A Look at the Nitro Z-6
Is a $50,000 price tag keeping you from taking your child or a grand child fishing? Maybe you want to start fishing in your local tournaments but the idea of spending so much on a boat has you second-guessing the idea? Nitro Z-6 Overhead   There are many of options available to get you on the water and if you’re looking for an inexpensive fiberglass bass boat, you just can’t beat the Z-6. This NITRO Z-6 is 17’6” long with a beam of 90”.  Beam is...

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Article Rating Posted on May 11, 2011 in: Marine News

Roof Care and Maintenance

Roof Care and Maintenance
The roof on your recreational vehicle is just as important as a roof on any landlocked house. It protects you and your home from some of the destructive forces of nature, Part-timers, as well as full timers, need to plan regular maintenance for the tops of their RVs. Proper roof maintenance will keep your rig snug and dry. Two types of roofing materials are generally used on recreational vehicles: metal and rubber. Metal RV Roofs: Metal roofs, usually aluminum, are found on many older motorho...

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Article Rating Posted on May 11, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Two For The Records

Two For The Records
In my 65 years of fishing, I’ve heard a lot of stories about fishing records.  Most of them are based on the species of fish that were caught and the weight or test of the line used to catch them.  Of course there are also records of total weight of bass caught during a fishing tournament that have nothing to do with line weight. My wife Debbie, who is also my favorite fishing buddy, holds what I consider two of the most amazing fishing records. We were fishing in Eastern New M...

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Article Rating Posted on May 10, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Sanitizing Your Fresh Water System

Sanitizing Your Fresh Water System
The generally accepted method of sanitizing your RV's fresh water system as outlined below involves filling the fresh water tank with a solution of household bleach and running the solution through each faucet. Then letting it stand for at least three hours. Finally, flush the system once or twice to remove the taste and smell. This procedure is one you'll find in most any book about RVing is tried and true but be sure to read on to find out what I do. Start with a nearly full fresh water ta...

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Article Rating Posted on May 10, 2011 in: RV Maintenance Tips

Coffee Water Bonanza

Coffee Water Bonanza
After fighting this big fish on 8 lb. test line for almost 2 minutes in my Tracker Pro Team 185 Bass Boat, James strained to lift up on the handle of the net, but when it cleared the water we saw 2 monsters in the net! I know a lot of guys that hate to fish in off color, stained, murky or coffee water as I call it.  I call it coffee water because I drink my coffee with just enough creamer to make it the color of the water we were fishing that day.  They are all used to fishing those c...

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Article Rating Posted on May 06, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Nitro Z-9, A Tournament Anglers Dream!

Nitro Z-9, A Tournament Anglers Dream!
20’9” of pure fishing domination! This is what I envision when I think about NITRO’S flagship model the Z-9. The Z-9 is every tournament anglers dream, its big, roomy and fast. What more can you ask for? How about a choice of more than 70 different options, from electronics to power poles you can build this boat to fit your exact needs. Best of all you can choose your own color and color combinations so you will have that one of a kind bass boat!    Nitro Z-9...

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Article Rating Posted on April 28, 2011 in: Marine News

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule
Oprah's Favorite Cocktail! Best Served in the Smirnoff Moscow Mule Mug 2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka 6 oz. Ginger Beer Lime Wedge Simply mix the ginger beer and vodka in a copper mug or tall glass, then squeeze in lime juice. Ginger Beer can be hard to find, substitute with a good quality Ginger Ale. The Moscow Mule has an interesting history.  In 1941, John G. Martin of Heublein, spirits and food distributor in east coast and Jack Morgan, Owner of the Cock'n Bull bar in Sunset Strip,...

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Northern Mayhem in a Tracker Bass Boat

Northern Mayhem in a Tracker Bass Boat
The line snapped like a rifle shot as the huge fish exploded thru the side of the dip net.  Bob and the fish both smashed thru the Tracker Bass boat windshield on their way into the bottom of the boat.  But Then ALL Hell Broke Loose! It was 6:30 am, a breathtaking day, July 4th.  Bob and I (his name is really Dave Granger, but he has fallen into the San Juan river so many times his brother and I now call him Bob) were fishing for smallmouth bass up the Pine River arm in Navajo La...

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Article Rating Posted on April 19, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Setting Up a First Aid Kit

Setting Up a First Aid Kit
A very important item that should be in every RV and boat is a first aid kit.  This is especially true if you are boondocking.  Any outdoor activity such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, water skiing, camp fire building and other outdoor activities carry a risk of injury.   The first thing you should include in any kit is personal medication - that is any medication that has been prescribed for you that you need on a daily basis. The rest of your kit should consist of...

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Article Rating Posted on April 15, 2011 in: Newsletter Articles

Wiper Mania in a Tracker Bass Boat

Wiper Mania in a Tracker Bass Boat
The Bradford pear & red bud trees are blooming in Northeast Oklahoma, so the hybrid/wipers are biting like crazy!  Hybrid or wipers as they are sometime called are a cross between a striped bass and a sand or white bass.  Did I mention that they fight like bulldogs? Scott Yeager owns the lure company “Striped Bass Tackle 4 You” (web site: sbt4u.com) and lucky for us both, last year he and his family moved two doors down the street from us.  Scott is a quite an acc...

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Article Rating Posted on April 13, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing

Fish Veracruz in Foil

Fish Veracruz in Foil
Fish Veracruz in Foil Cook it on the Grill or even in the Campfire! What you will need is:   Heavy duty foil Fish filet for each person (not too thick) Jar(s) of your favorite salsa Shredded Cheddar Cheese Chopped Cilantro       Place fish filet in a double square of the heavy duty foil, Especially if you’re going to put it in the campfire coals.   Top filet with a good amount of salsa. Then top with the shredded cheese. Fold the foil square c...

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Article Rating Posted on April 10, 2011 in: Good Times Recipes

Welcome to Our First Nitro Blog

Welcome to Our First Nitro Blog
Let me start of by introducing myself.  My name is Travis Roberts.  I have been at Rocky Mountain RV and Marine for the last 8 years or so.  My father and I are the proud owners of a Tracker Marine 2010 Nitro Z-7, powered by a Mercury 200 Optimax Pro XS.  We fish local New Mexico bass club tournaments along with fun fishing with our families and friends. In this blog series I hope to let everyone know about new innovations throughout the Tracker Marine NITRO line, as well a...

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Article Rating Posted on April 08, 2011 in: Marine News

Yellow Rose of Texas

Yellow Rose of Texas
2 oz. Silver Herradura Tequila 1/2 oz. Yellow Chartreuse Liquer 2 oz. pineapple juice 2 - 3 oz. club soda   Mix and serve in a highball glass.    Garnish with an orange twist.   Be responsible!  Please don't Drink & Drive!

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Chicken Espanol Casserole

Chicken Espanol Casserole
This easy to assemble recipe can be made in advance  of your trip and then popped in the oven   for an easy evening meal!  It's really an easy dish to prepare because it only uses one bowl and baking dish.  Perfect for cooking in my travel trailer galley!    It's also great warmed up and served with fried eggs for a hearty breakfast!     4 Chicken Breasts 12 Corn Tortillas, cut into 1" squares 3/4 lb. Shredded cheddar cheese 1 can Cream of Chic...

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Article Rating Posted on April 08, 2011 in: Good Times Recipes

10 Tips on RV Campground Etiquette

10 Tips on RV Campground Etiquette
10 Tips for Campground Etiquette   RVing is supposed to be fun. And some simple campground etiquette helps to keep it that way for everyone. If you are starting out or need a refresher, here are 10 tips on minding your camping manners to make your stay enjoyable.    1.  Follow the rules:     Individual parks usually hand you a copy of their rules when you register. Adhering to these rules is one of the basics of campground etiquette. It makes thing...

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Article Rating Posted on April 05, 2011 in: Newsletter Articles

New Mexican Eggs Benedict with Green Chile Hollandaise

New Mexican Eggs Benedict with Green Chile Hollandaise
New Mexican Eggs Benedict with Green Chile Hollandaise   For a romantic breakfast nothing can compare to Eggs Benedict!  The addition of green chiles to the hollandaise is a wonderful twist on a classic.  Plus, it's super simple to whip up in your blender.  There are also special cups available for cooking a perfect poached egg.  This really isn't a complicated dish and is easy to whip up in your RV galley.   2 English Muffins, Toasted 2 slices of Canadia...

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Article Rating Posted on April 05, 2011 in: Good Times Recipes

Big Bass CPR in a Tracker Bass Boat

Big Bass CPR in a Tracker Bass Boat
Largemouth Bass On a chilly day early in April the wind was blowing 20 to 25 miles an hour on Elephant Butte Lake in Southern New Mexico.  I had promised James Davis, who is an RV & Boat sales consultant at Rocky Mountain RV & Marine, that I would take him fishing in my Pro Team 175 Tracker Boat.  Now after fishing Elephant Butte for over 20 years, I have learned that when the wind blows 25 miles per hour and the water temperature is only 50 degrees, you are limited as t...

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Article Rating Posted on April 03, 2011 in: Good Times Fishing
  



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