The 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 [...]
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 that [...]
The past two pandemic years have seen a dramatic increase in camping. More people than ever are seeking solace and respite in the great outdoors. It is exciting to see many first time campers hitting the road, but there are also environmental impacts to be concerned about. We want to make sure the great outdoors is still great for our kids and grandkids. Consequently, it’s important to follow sustainable camping practices that take care of our natural resources.
Leave no trace – Leave it better
You have probably heard of the principle of leave no trace behind. However, we would like to encourage you to leave it better than you found it. Did someone else leave trash or goods behind? Clean them up!
Like it or not, these days we all have a lot of devices that require some sort of power. Power source can become a dilemma when heading out on a camping trip. However, solar technology continues to improve. There are many items that will function fantastically in the sunny summer months simply with the power of the sun. Take a look at some of our favorite solar-powered camping products – and perhaps add a few to your Christmas wish list!
The sun can provide light not only for the day, but for the night as well. There are many highly rated solar camping lanterns. These lanterns save you from having to pack a bunch of batteries, and after a day in the sun have plenty of charge for all your [...]
It’s been a summer of record temperatures. If you’ve found your RV uncomfortable, with warm air constantly drafting in, it may be time to improve the insulation on your RV. 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 the first place to step up your insulation game. During the life of your RV you will need to re-caulk around windows and doors more than once. If it’s been awhile, you [...]
The blessing and the curse of the RV is the amount of space available to you. The ability to scale back on “stuff” and get out to enjoy nature and the outdoors is phenomenal. However, if you’re traveling extensively you will need to make the most of the space you have.
There are several tips and hacks for making the most of the limited space in your RV, all while not making your rig feel cluttered or stuffed to the gills.
Use packing and unpacking lists
If you’re traveling by airplane and limited to a carry-on, you are likely to be very selective when you pack. When you have an entire RV before you it can be tempting to go by the method of “oh, just throw it in.” However, this [...]
We know the painful feeling of pulling up to a gas pump. Filling up an RV can be quite spendy. Consequently, 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 your engine to compensate by increasing the amount of fuel being fired into the cylinders.
2) Lighten up
Some small changes can go a long ways toward [...]
Last year, Washington 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 skyrocket 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. 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 and SUPs are the most vulnerable to capsizing suddenly. Sudden immersion in cold water [...]
You bought your RV because you wanted to be close to nature. However, there are some members of nature whom you would rather keep out of your home on wheels. With a few simple steps, you can protect your RV from an unwanted pest invasion. If you choose to ignore these steps, you will be ripe for some new house guests.
Mice LOVE campgrounds. There are many yummy incentives to keep them around. To keep them out of your RV, you are going to need to ensure they have no points of entry.
You will need to keep doors and windows closed at the campground. If you want them open for summer breezes, make sure you have installed screens with no gaps. A mouse only needs a dime sized hole to [...]
Many people enjoy taking their dogs or cats on the road with them. Fortunately, most RV parks and government campgrounds allow you to bring your pets (although some will require an extra charge for your pet). However, there are some guidelines and suggestions to follow to make sure you and your pet have a good trip – not to mention those sharing the campground with you. To ensure that pets continue to be allowed in campgrounds, it’s important to practice good pet etiquette.
Preparing to travel
When you are preparing to travel with your pet, there are a few things to get in order.
You will want to carry a valid rabies vaccination certificate with you. Many campgrounds require it. If you are traveling to Canada or [...]