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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  



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