Fall can be one of the best seasons of the year for RV camping. Campgrounds tend not to be as crowded. The surrounding areas are overflowing with color. The temperatures are often very comfortable for hiking and exploring. However, if you’ve never taken your RV out for a fall camping trip, there are a few tips to heed.
Watch the weather
Weather can make or break a fall camping trip. If there’s a particularly cold snap in the weather or a lot of rain, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable. However, because campgrounds are not as busy in the fall you can usually make plans last minute. Keep a close eye on the forecast. If the weather looks good for the week ahead, you can make your reservations a few days [...]
Summer is a popular time to camp, but we’re here to argue that fall is in fact the best season for RV camping. Bring on the cooler mornings, changing colors, and crowd free parks. We’re hitting the road this fall.
Reason #1: Fall Colors
You probably guessed this one right off the bat. However, there is just nothing quite so spectacular as fall foliage. You do not get the same hues any other time of the year. A tip for enjoying the foliage – the smaller the road you travel, the more stunning the view. The back roads are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colorful leafy tunnels. Leave the highway behind, and head out to back country to be amazed.
Reason #2: Room to breathe
Roads, trailheads, campgrounds, tourist towns – they [...]
Loving the great outdoors does not eliminate your love of gourmet cooking as well. However, fine dining can be more challenging when cooking in an RV or over a campfire. However, with a little bit of planning and creativity you too can perfect gourmet campfire cooking.
Make ahead and freeze
OK, so there are some things that are just a wee bit difficult when in the great outdoors to throw together. For example, if you’re looking to pull off an exquisite pasta dish, that complicated sauce may be a bit much. However, many sauces can be made from the comfort of your home kitchen and then frozen for quick prep over the campfire. This technique also works great for soups. Cut the mess in the RV or campsite by making [...]
In recent years, paddleboarding has grown rapidly in popularity. Many people are adopting this fun water activity, and the fitness and adventure it provides. Paddleboarding is a budget-friendly activity – and you don’t even have to invest in a board! Many state parks offer paddleboard rentals. If you do choose to invest in a paddleboard, consider getting an inflatable board. These boards will take up far less space in your RV as you travel.
Paddleboarding is a great activity for a wide range of ages and skills. You don’t have to stand up on a paddleboard! You can choose to sit, kneel, stand or even do yoga based on your own balance.
Paddleboard Safety Tips
There are a few safety tips to keep in mind before you head out on a [...]
While we all enjoyed the mild start to this summer, temps lately have been skyrocketing. If you’ve found your RV uncomfortable, with warm air constantly drafting in, it may be time to improve the insulation on your RV. Increasing your insulation will decrease your need for air conditioning. And decreasing your need for air conditioning will lessen your pain at the pump. Learn some expert tips for how to keep your RV cool and comfortable, even during the worst summer heat.
The following areas are some of the main culprits for taking on heat/losing cool air during the summer months (as well as losing heat and taking on cold air in the winter).
Windows and Doors: We realize this one is a “well, duh” answer. However, windows and doors are [...]
We know the painful feeling of pulling up to a gas pump – and it has never been more painful than this summer. There is no way around it. Filling up an RV is quite spendy. Consequently, this summer more than most, you want to make the most of every mile. There are several ways to improve your gas mileage when hitting the road with your RV. Follow these tips to decrease your pain at the pump.
1) Keep current on maintenance
Thoroughly inspect your RV before each trip for common maintenance issues that can decrease your mileage. Over time tires lose pressure and seams and sealants need inspection. The air filters in particular can be guilty of impacting your fuel efficiency. Dirty or clogged filters can cause [...]
In recent years, Washington has ranked in the top 5 for all states for boating fatalities. This is not a ranking we want to see repeated this summer! However, as temperatures rise many head to the water for relief and refreshment. However, even when the temps skyrocket past 100, the water temperatures can remain quite frigid due to mountain run-off. In fact, many rivers will still have temps in the 40’s or 50’s (and sometimes colder!) right now. This is especially true with the cooler spring we had this year. These temperatures can easily cause cold-water shock, which can lead to drowning.
Be Safe, Wear a Life Jacket
Even the most experienced boater and swimmer should wear a life jacket when out on the water. In particular, small craft such as kayaks, canoes [...]
Wildlife safety is vitally important both for you and for wildlife. You should be concerned not only about your own well-being, but the preservation of the environment wildlife calls home. It is true that most wildlife prefer to avoid humans; however, wildlife will attack when they feel threatened. Before we talk about precautions for specific types of wildlife, there are a few general rules of wildlife safety to follow.
Keep your distance
Coming home with that perfect may be enticing, but when it comes to wildlife it’s important to maintain your distance. When you’re exploring, stick to trails, especially in the early morning, evening or at night. Wildlife typically understands trails to be high human traffic areas and avoids them.
Distance is especially important if you run into young [...]
If you own an RV, it is quite important that you familiarize yourself with the batteries. You also want to become aware of all the different options, as well as the drawbacks and benefits of each. Learning these pros and cons can help you make the best battery choice for your RV and extend its lifetime.
Different Types of RV batteries
If you ever need to replace a battery in your RV and you want to do the work yourself, it’s important to know the different types of batteries. The specific battery types will depend on the specific components of your RV. For example, if you can drive your RV and use home appliances, it will come with more than one kind of battery to perform both functions at the same time.
Does the mention of camping make your kids roll their eyes? Do you get lots of whining and complaining? Nowadays most of us are so addicted to technology, it can be difficult to step away. The thought of going somewhere with no access to video games and the internet can be downright frightening for some kids. However, we are all also aware of the numerous benefits of time in the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of tips for how to get kids excited about camping.
#1 Pack Board Games
It’s time to go back to the good old board or card games instead of video games. Instead of outright banning all gaming on your trip, offer games played face to face [...]