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Top 10 RV Destinations 2017

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Article Originally Posted on RVRoadTrip.US

If you live or travel in an RV, you have far more freedom than other travelers. You can take any road you want, go as fast or slow as you want (within legal limits of course), spend the night just about anywhere you want and more. This freedom allows you to go and see virtually everything but deciding what to see can be a challenge. Here is a list of awesome destinations that you and other RVers can go see. Let us know in the comment section which ones you have been to and if your favorite spot is not listed, let us know what it is. 

  1. Yellowstone National Park
    Oh my gosh! Yellowstone, the flagship of the National Park system! See Old Faithful, amazing wildlife, stunning geological formations and much, much more. Lots of great campgrounds in and around the park but you may want to make reservations if during the peak season.

  2. Grand Canyon National Park
    It is what it is... a chasm 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. It was formed by the Colorado River which flows through the canyon. Check for campgrounds or boondocking locations in the area of the park you plan to visit.

  3. Redwood National Park
    Most visitors know Redwood National and State Parks as home to the world's tallest trees, icons that inspire visions of mist-laden primeval forests bordering crystal-clear streams. But did you know that the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, and nearly 40 miles of wild coastline, all of which support a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions? Definitely a must see!

  4. Crater Lake National Park
    No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty.

  5. Colonial Williamsburg
    The Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Some buildings are open to the public, while others are private residences and administrative offices. A flag at a building's entrance indicates that the site is open.

  6. Blue Ridge Parkway
    Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. The Parkway incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas and trails.

  7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

  8. Arches National Park
    Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. Camping information is available here.

  9. Rapid City, South Dakota
    There are so many things to see and do in and around Rapid City, it would take several paragraphs to mention them. The obvious things are Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Dinosaur Park, Bear Country USA, Custer State Park, Devils Tower, Wind Cave National Park and more! If you want to see a whole lot and only go one place, Rapid City, SD is the destination you should set.

  10. Fall Foliage Tour
    Every autumn, nature puts on a brilliant show of color in many parts of the United States. From bright yellows to vibrant reds, the leaves transform, showing their rich and vibrant hues. From the Northeast United States, to the Southeast and Midwest United States, the foliage season begins in early September in the northern regions and ends in southern locations in late October or early November. Every year, people flock to these areas to take in the fall foliage, to catch a glimpse of natures splendor.

This list is simply opinion, and yours may vary. If you have a place you'd like to mention, please reach out and let us know on Facebook!

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10 Important Steps To Plan your RV Trip


Originally posted By Jessica Sanders - ReserveAmerica.com

Nine out of 10 current RV owners think that RV-ing is the best way to travel as a family, according to research by Louis Harris and Associates. And, for good reason. With everything you need on board, a comfortable place to rest and affordable campgrounds to park at, it's a great way to spend time with your family. 

If you're planning an RV trip, there are 10 important things to do before hitting the open road.

1. Outline Your Route

Do you want to take the scenic route, avoid paying tolls, or get to your destination quickly? Answering this question will help determine your stopping points and the places you plan to stay along the way. Be sure to consider time of year, winter RV trips are best done in the southern part of the country, whereas summer trips are more flexible.

2. Create Your Timeline

Once you know what route you plan to take, you should create a timeline. This outlines how far you'll drive each day, the roadside attractions you want to stop and see, and the time of day you plan to arrive at your destinations. When you plan your RV camping timeline, don't forget to leave room for fun stops so you to stretch your legs and sight-see along the way.

3. Build a Budget

When you have a budget in place, you can determine how often you'll eat out, how many groceries to buy, and how much money you can place into an emergency fund in the event that something expensive breaks. This will also help regulate which campgrounds or RV parks you can afford to stay at along the way. 

4. Purchase RV Insurance

If you don't already have it, be sure to purchase insurance. Especially on a long RV trip, you want to be sure your rig, and everything in it, is safe in case of an accident. Call your current auto insurance company; they should be able to add an RV to your current policy, although, some companies don't cover motorhomes.

5. Know Your Electrical Load

Unlike your home, an RV isn't built to run all of your appliances at one time. Michele Boyer, a writer and full-time RV-er recommends labeling your appliances to stay aware of your power usage. She  says , "Our RV is 30 amps. We labeled our appliances with the number of amps they draw. Our toaster is 14 amps and egg cooker is 5 amps, so we can't run the 15 amp air conditioner when making breakfast." A system like this keeps the RV running and everyone safe.

6. Make Checklists

You should have a checklist for the food you need, the spare parts to have on board and everything in between. Though you can stop and get supplies as needed, save time and money by having everything to start with. Packing even the most obvious items can become overwhelming, and checklists will ensure that you have what you need, when you need it.

7. Pack in Stages

Instead of packing all at once, take a week to do it, tackling something new each day. For example, take one day to pack games and items to keep children entertained on the road. The next day, move on to kitchen supplies, so on and so forth. When you pack everything at once, you're more likely to forget something important.

8. Secure All Items

Whether you hit a bump or take a turn—if the items in your kitchen aren't secured, you could have a big mess on your hands. Yahoo! contributor Killeen Gonzalez has tried a number of options to secure her RV cabinets, including bungee cords, spring loaded curtain rods and childproof cabinet locks. Her preference? "Personally, I thought the childproof cabinet locks worked the best. They also tend to be fairly inexpensive." Find what works for you and stick with that.

9. Manage RV Weight

Before hitting the road, you need to coordinate your packing with the legal weight of your RV. Once packed, weigh your RV at a commercial truck weigh station; if over the limit, unload what you don't need until you even out. An easy way to lighten the load: plan on getting water and fuel at each stop, instead of storing it on the rig. This will help reduce excess weight, but may add more time to your drive every day.

10. Check Road and Weather Conditions

Check weather conditions on the day you leave for the RV trip, and make changes in your route and timeline if necessary. Each day before getting on the road, do a quick check to avoid any dangerous conditions. 


Safe RV Driving Tips During the Holiday Season

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It seems that this year, the winter season is a force to be reckoned with, everywhere I turn there’s a new cold breeze to give me a chill or a town being submerged in feet and feet of snow. I mean, who knows before we know it everywhere could be covered just like Buffalo, NY. However I really hope not, and I think all of you snowbirds would agree with me! But whether we like it or not winter conditions are upon us and we’d like to send out a friendly reminder of some safe RV driving tips while traveling during the holiday season.

Conduct a Checklist

We know that there are loads of things to remember when your packing up for the winter season. One way to help is to go through a checklist before you leave, this way nothing will be left behind, and nothing essential will be over sighted. Check out our Hittin’ the Road with the best Travel Apps blog to download a helpful RV checklist app.

Check Your Tires

Most times when you buy a new RV or even a gently used one, the tires that come with it tend to be ones equipped for summer. And while they are great for making your cross-country adventure smooth and comfortable during the sizzling months, they’re not so great during icy and snowy road conditions. So make sure before you migrate out of the cold you check your tires to ensure there’s a sufficient amount of tread or even replace them with snow tires.

Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure before you leave. As everywhere gets a few degrees colder (okay… maybe more than a few), tires will naturally drop pressure and will need adjusting. After all, incorrect tire pressure will compromise cornering, braking and stability. So the last thing you would want to do is forget this little task and start your holiday with a blown out tire or even worse, an accident.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

While we’re all excited to travel in order to escape the cold, rushing during the holiday season is neither the time nor the place, especially when in an RV. Not only are the highways jam-packed with smaller vehicles that are trying to get where they’re going as quickly as possible, but the unforeseen winter conditions also contribute to a more dangerous travel route.

One thing that could help is to buy some convex mirrors for your RV. They’re inexpensive, are sold at most auto stores, and can make a world of difference. Especially when trying to see in those blind spots. These will help a great deal when other motorists are trying to pass.

Another driving tip to remember is that it’s okay to pull over when the road ahead gets tough. It’s so much safer to pull over at a rest stop when the weather conditions get scary. After all you have your bed and kitchen right behind you, so what more could you ask for during a snowstorm? But due to the huge size of RV’s it can be exceptionally dangerous to travel with high winds or icy roads that are difficult to stop on. So save yourself the risk and pull over until the weather passes.

Stay Alert

Lastly, make sure to take frequent stops to rest when driving long distances. Try to drive in 6-7 hour increments and then find a place to park for the night. While this might seem tedious, it’s a much better option than falling asleep at the wheel. Plus, the journey is half of the fun! Stopping each night will let you explore new areas and help you to really enjoy what some camp or RV sites have to offer. Make sure to check out our list of RV Resorts before you start your journey in case one is on the route to your final destination!

Hopefully these tips prove to be useful during your travels! Please share any other driving tips or comments below. Plus who knows, your advice might be key in helping a fellow RVer during a time of need! Happy travels!

Article Originally Posted from Carefree Communities. By Michelle Smith - http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html

11 great fall trips in the Northwest

Cozy coast lodges, art shopping, spectacular hikes, and perfect bike rides.. Original Article from Sunset Magazine Online.


Savor the season in Vernonia, OR  

The fall color is off the charts in Vernonia, a riverside logging town that’s home to more salmon than people this season.

Bike along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, slurp on homemade potato chowder from Café 47, take in local art, and pick the seasons best crops like apples and peppers at Dairy Creek Farm and Produce.

Full story: Vernonia, Oregon's autumn escape 


Washington's Bainbridge Island  

Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, this artsy Puget Sound island is fast becoming one of the Northwest’s most happening wine destinations. 

Visit the island's buzzy tasting rooms, take a walk through a local park to overlook Manzanita Bay, and end the day with a bowl of French comfort food before heading back to the mainland.

Sun Valley, Idaho 

Autumn in always-sunny Sun Valley, Idaho sees few tourists. Days are warm, nights are cool ― and rates drop at the area's otherwise pricey hotels and restaurants.

Just ask the lucky locals ― fall is the perfect time to visit.


Heirloom apple cider 

What better way to celebrate fall than by sipping hard cider and popping artisanal cheese, surrounded by ocean views and 1,000 young apple trees? Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse presses, ferments, and bottles on-site, while you get to sample its full line―made from traditional bittersweet heirloom apples―sitting at long wood tables milled from local trees. Try the dry, earthy Wild English cider, made from wild yeasts. 2487 Mount St. Michael Rd., Saanichton.


Alaska for adventurers 

Alaska in fall glows with autumn leaves and the aurora borealis.

The weather is likely to be cooler and wetter than it is in summer, and some attractions are closed for the season. 

But there’s still a lot to do and see here -- great outdoors experiences, fascinating towns, amazing wildlife.


Pour a glass in Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country 

With luxe new inns and tons of tasting rooms, Willamette is ready for prime time. 

You can get lost on the backcountry roads but always find a good glass of Pinot around the bend.

And now, with new hotels opening and tasting rooms mustering in towns like Carlton, you can experience the valley’s off-the-beaten-path vibe yet have the comforts of a soft bed close by.

More:  Oregon's wine country 


Go wine tasting in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley  

This achingly beautiful wine country is in full-throttle discovery mode, with new wineries and different kinds of grapes going in all the time ― nearly 60 varietals, planted all over the benchlands, hillsides, and valley floor.

Add to this the Okanagan's pristine lakes, orchards, and wide range of non-wine-related things for the whole family to do (from riding the century-old Kettle Valley steam train to biking and hiking), and you have a wine-country experience like no other. 


Cannon Beach, Oregon  

A little rain never hurt an Oregon coast weekend––especially with empty beaches to walk on and lots of art to see.

After a brisk coast stroll, cozy up to your lodge fireplace, dive into a hearty dinner or breakfast, or gallery hop and get a jump on your holiday shopping.


Taste Washington's apple country 

The pears have arrived. They join the apples, half of which still hang from their branches, poised for plucking.

Fruit stand after fruit stand is filled with dozens of varieties, as well as local honey, melons, and squash. It's just two hours from Seattle to the heart of Washington's harvest ― the largest slice of fresh fruit in the state ― yet it's a world apart. 


Pacific Crest Trail  

The Kendall Katwalk trail, near Seattle, offers big rewards for small effort. 

Casual hikers who might be daunted by the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail can dip in a tentative toe on the Kendall Katwalk trail, an hour east of Seattle.

In 6 not-too-demanding miles from Snoqualmie Pass to the Katwalk, a morsel of the PCT provides many of the scenic delectables of the full Mexico-to-Canada buffet. 


Bike around Boise  

This Idaho town is made for riding ― especially now with fall foliage at its peak.


8 Random RV Tips for Summer Fun in the Sun

Originally written By DoItYourselfRV

RV tips are a dime a dozen. The following are probably even cheaper than that. We compiled a random list of some of our favorite RV tips for summer for your enjoyment. Some are time tested and general reminders while others may surprise you. We hope you find a little of both!

RV Tips for Summer #1: Get Your RV Interior Space Ready

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Photo Credit: Bill Ward’s Brickpile

  • Air out your RV by opening all of the windows and vents. This may not get the job done and require a little something extra. (See RV Tip#2)

  • Flush out the water lines. Be sure to add a tank cleaner/freshener product to get rid of any lingering bacteria that worked itself into your system. We know that many people use bleach in their tanks then run the faucets till they can smell bleach. They then let it sit for 24 hours then flush the system before refilling for use.

  • Quickly spot check that all the interior fixtures and appliances are working. Both electrical and gas appliances should be tested. If you notice any issues then call a technician immediately, especially if you smell gas.

RV Tips for Summer #2: Remove Those Phantom RV Odors

Use this handy trick for ridding your RV of unwanted odors:

  • There are some weird smells that can be created while your RV is stored for the winter months. We found that charcoal is your best bet for fighting odors. Place some charcoal strategically and liberally to the affected area. It can take quite a bit of charcoal if it’s a large area that has the odor. Best if you find charcoal without lighter fluid on it.

RV Tips for Summer #3: Take Care of Your RV Awning So It Can Take Care of You

Summer means sun, and sun means shade is at a premium. Your RV awning is by far the most useful tool for creating shade and helping make your stay at any RV park more enjoyable. It doesn’t matter if its rain cover, shade producing, or even for a little more space for your RV lifestyle, the RV awning is a staple for summer RV travel.

The RV awning needs special care to work as intended and so it performs well for years to come.

- Remove dirt and sediment from it on a regular basis.

- Always lower one edge so that rain and debris doesn't sit stagnant on top of it.

- Try to anchor the awning when possible to minimize twisting.

- Any moving parts should be lubricated every year.

- Repair any holes immediately .

RV Tips for Summer #4: Protect Your Noodle with a Noodle

  • If you have ever seen a pop-out in a RV park with a modified children’s pool toy on its edges than you may have seen this idea without realizing it. This modified toy idea helps to save your back, head, and appendages from getting gouged by your pop-out while walking or working around them.  Simply take a pool noodle and cut it on one edge then cut it to length to fit the edges of your pop-out and they should slider right on then right off for removal when necessary.

RV Tips for Summer #5: Give your RV’s Batteries a Once Over

  • The warmer temperatures in the summer tend to put additional stress on your batteries. They tend to discharge quicker and require more topping off of fluids than during cooler months. You should try to check the fluid levels in your batteries regularly to give them the longest service life. Read more on Battery Maintenance .

RV Tips for Summer #6: Give Some Love to Your Generator

  • Most generators are tough enough to seem like they don’t need maintenance but they certainly do. They need their oil changes, filter replaced, air filter checked just like any other engine. Be sure not to overlook this key feature of your RV.

RV Tips for Summer #7:  Prepare Your RV and Passengers for Storms

  • Take some time to plan for how to handle your RV and your passengers if bad weather strikes.

  • It usually helps to grab a elevated campsite away from trees if possible.

  • Before you set out on your trip be sure to get some good photos of the interior and exterior of the RV in preparation for any damage that may occur.

  • Grab a waterproof container or document file to place any important documents in your RV.

  • Be sure to have an emergency kit in the RV. Water, food, other personal necessities are a plus.

  • Get a good feel for how to find the integral functions of your RV in the dark (Flashlight).

RV Tips for Summer #8: Remember Your Neighbors

  • RV etiquette is a subtle art form. Whether your on the road or at a RV park. Treat other how you would expect to be treated.  Be a polite as possible, try to be reasonable, and keep your calm. If everyone adhered to this rule RV’ing would be much more enjoyable. We have been guilty of breaking this rule but we can live without the issues that inevitably erupt from time to time.

Top 10 RV Spring Maintenance Tips

Check out these 10 great tips we came across on YourSinglePoint.com, and if you need us you know we will be there to help take care of any of these important Spring maintenance checks!

As with any travel, the delight of hours on the road in your RV must be prefaced with hours of preparation. Especially if your RV has been sitting unused throughout the winter months, make sure you set aside time to get everything up and running properly this spring, before the travel itch hits you. Here are our top RV maintenance tasks to carry out this spring.


1. Sanitize the water system. Use bleach to flush out your water tank and to get rid of any bacteria that’s built up over the last year.

2. Maintain the generator. Like every engine, a generator requires an oil change and filter change every so often (about every 100 hours of use). You can take your RV into a shop if this level of complexity intimidates you, but there are also some great YouTube videos out there showing how to do this kind of RV maintenance.

3. Prepare the Air Conditioning Unit. This is a big to-do item before the dog days of summer hit. To make sure your AC system is flowing freely, clean the coils (typically accessed via the roof) and the inside air filter.

4. Check the Tires. The place where the rubber meets the road, as they say, is one of the most critical parts of your RV. Check tires for dry rot, and ensure that lug nuts are screwed in tightly. Then fill tires to the recommended air pressure. Many dealerships offer bearing repack service, which is a good idea every other season or so.

5. Reseal the Roof. Over time, water can tear away at the seals on an RV’s roof. Without regular reapplication of sealant, this can lead to interior leaks. Eternabond is a perennial favorite sealant product among RV gurus.

6. Examine the Batteries. Some RVs have wet-cell batteries, which require inspection monthly. In the spring, all RVers should clean battery terminals and clamps, and check that all batteries are properly working.

7. Look Over the Gas System. If your RV carries propane gas, spring is a good time to check this system as well. Make sure there are no leaks. Check that all gas appliances are working, and get the pilot light going in the oven. Some RV refrigerators can run on gas mode; if this is your arrangement, check that this setup is working properly.

8. Scrutinize the RV’s Exterior, including awnings, window seals, outside compartments and access doors, checking for water tightness and cleanliness. Remove any mildew or mold, and thoroughly clean your whole RV.

9. Refill all fluids in the RV, such as radiator, brake, power steering, and transmission fluid.

10. Give any Tow Setups the Once-Over. If you tow an additional vehicle with your RV, take time in the spring to check towing lights, as well as the hitch. Make sure all signaling systems are working properly before you hit the road.

No matter how well prepared you are for the RVing season, something could break on the road, so make sure that you know who to call when a situation arrises! We can help! Call RV Northwest and we will be happy to assist you in any of your repair or maintenance needs!

 7 Best Destinations for RV'ers on Spring Break

Updated February 28, 2015.

Every year around March and April, schools let out to let the students take a break and enjoy the spring, spring break. Many other people see this period of time as a great excuse for getting the RV back out on the road as well. Let’s look at seven great Spring Break destinations for RVers, why you should go there, and where to say.

South Padre Island, TX

Why You Should Go 

South Padre Island is a great place to go if you’re looking to relive or continue your glory days and get rowdy. While not the ideal location for kid-friendly activities or family travels, South Padre is full of fun of sun. Take a walk down the sparkling white beaches or splash around in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Try your hand at kiteboarding or if you’re looking to get away from the crowds try some deep water fishing or dolphin tours.

Where to Stay 

Our best recommendation for proximity and facilities goes to the South Padre Island KOA. This site is right next to all the action and has everything you’ve learn to love at a KOA campsite.Make sure to book well in advance of Spring Break as these sites go quickly.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Why You Should Go

If you’re more of a ski bum than beach bum than Steamboat Springs is the ideal place to spend your spring break. The number one activity is of course skiing and snowboarding, Steamboat Springs has literal miles of trails to choose from ranging from beginner bunny hills to backcountry black diamond extreme skiing. The town of Steamboat Springs itself is quite a gem in itself offering many casual and formal dining options and many boutique shopping choices.

Where to Stay

Our best option is to stay at Steamboat Campgroundwhich is located just out of town but offers a free shuttle directly into the heart of Steamboat. Steamboat Campground offers full utility hookups, cable TVpropane fill up and even firewood.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Where You Should Go

Myrtle Beach is perfect for people in the eastern US who want to see the beach but aren’t looking to drive all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Myrtle Beach has been a prime spring break destination for decades and it’s still just as fun today as it was in the 1950s. Relax on the beach and enjoy the coastline, dine on some excellent seafood or trying golfing on one of the many golf courses in the area. If you want to try something different try the NASCAR driving experience. For something totally different, head to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament to chow on a turkey leg and watch nights joust.

Where to Stay 

Myrtle Beach State Park has all of the accommodations and features you need in a park, plus you know you’re help funding to help keep Myrtle Beach beautiful. The state park also gives a little respite to the rowdy kids and action that comes to Myrtle Beach every spring break.

Hollywood, FL

Where You Should Go

Fort Lauderdale may be one of the prime Spring Break destinations for the college crowd but if you’re looking for a little more rest and relaxation simply head a few minutes out of town to Hollywood. You still get the beautiful beaches and views without worrying about being convinced to do a keg stand. Hollywood also offers world class dining, shopping and other unique things to do. Take the kids to the Anne Kolb Nature Center or take a kayak into inter-coastal waters.

Where to Stay

My choice is Topeekeegee Yugnee park, a mouthful to say but a pleasure to stay at. TY offers 61 paved sites with full utility hookups, grill and a picnic table. The park also has large family and children play zones, jogging and biking trails, fishing, watercraft rental and much more.

New Orleans, LA

Why You Should Go

Whether you want to absorb the culture, relax on the lake, eat some of the best food in the US or party like there’s no tomorrow, New Orleans has it. The weather is warm but not overtly hot during spring break making it an excellent time to visit New Orleans. Mosey around the French Quarter for some excellent shrimp n grits, watch the street performers or just relax with a hurricane and live zydeco music.

Where to Stay

Ponchartrain Landing is an excellent spot for you to relax and an easy way to get into the heart of New Orleans. The park itself is nestled right on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. They offer full utilities, laundry facilities, free cable and Internet, 24 hour security and even have their own dockside bar and grill. Ponchartrain also offers a shuttle into the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans seven days a week.

Grand Canyon National Park

Why You Should Go 

The Grand Canyon is arguably the most spectacular sight in the lower 48 states and a prime destination for RVers. But why go on Spring Break? Spring is an ideal time to head to the Grand Canyon because you won’t need to deal with the heat and crowds that come with peak season. Take advantage of the weather and smaller crowds to get a good exploration of the canyon. Instead of just hiking to the rim, ride a donkey down to the bottom, kayak down the Colorado or get a great vantage point on one of the many towers.

Where to Stay 

Trailer Village is the only facility within the interior the National Park that has full utility hookups for all of your creature comforts as well as grills, picnic tables and cable TV. Trailer Village is only half a mile from the Canyon rim, making it an excellent facility

Lake Quinalt, WA

Why You Should Go 

Lake Quinalt is a great option if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and beaches and back into the heart of the wilderness. Lake Quinalt is at the back door of the old growth rain forests of Olympic National Park, you can spend days hiking and biking the trails, take in the many waterfalls or land a lunker of a salmon. Make sure you check out the Valley of the Giants.

Where to Stay 

There are a few different RV options to stay right at the shores of Lake Quinalt. This way you can wake up and head straight out into the options of Olympic National Park. Be careful in your selection as some sites offer hookups while others are more primitive. I do suggest dry camping as the true way to experience Quinalt and the Olympic wilderness.

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Top 3 Valentine's Day RV Weekend Trips


Originally posted By Guaranty RV - Guaranty.com

We know Valentine’s Day planning can be stressful. What to buy? Where to eat? 

Trying to remember if you ate at that restaurant last year. Why not plan a surprise trip? It’s the best thing about RV life: the ability to get up and go. Spur of the moment can be surprising and romantic, but for an epic Valentine’s Day a little planning is needed. We’ve scoured Oregon for some of the coolest and most romantic adventures we could find. From bonfires in the mountains to cooking classes at the beach we’ve got you covered. 

No RV? Don't worry! We can help! And with gas prices on the decline this is the best year for a Valentine’s Day weekend trip.

Romancing Bend, Oregon           

If the pass is open, one of the most romantic places to visit is Bend, Oregon. Whether you take the time to sip a nice local brew by the fire, stroll through the small shops that make up the downtown core, or explore the nearby mountains, Bend is chock-full of romance in February.

This year, right in time for Valentine’s Day, is Oregon WinterFest a celebration of all things winter. You can watch ice carvers create sculptures, view the most creative fire pits, or listen to some local music. Romance isn’t always candle lit. It’s about spending time and creating memories. Oregon WInterfest is about just that—celebrating snow and winter and all things cold and crisp. Tickets are $6 for three days of events and fun.

If you want something a bit more adventurous for Valentine’s Day night, Wanderlust Tours i s hosting Bonfire on The Snow. Snowshoe in with the group and light a bonfire on the snow! For $85 a person, Wanderlust Tours provides headlamps, snowshoes, hot cocoa & desserts, transportation and a narrated guide through the wilderness! A great excuse to cuddle up in front of the fire and the stars. How much more romantic can you get?

Looking for a place to park your RV? Try Crown Villa or Scandia RV. Both are close to town and offer great amenities. And since you’ll be there off season, cheaper rent.

Romancing the Oregon Coast           

So the passes aren't open? Or you're more of a beach bum than a mountain man? We've got you covered. 

Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon is hosting it's annual Festival of the Dark Arts. Don't let the name fool you: it's a festival celebrating stout beers - those delicious complex, dark, frothy delights. There you can get your tarot cards read or take a tintype paragraph. There will be a blacksmith and glass blowers, tattoo artists, and fire dancers. Tickets are $30 if you're drinking and $10 if you aren't. 

Near by Astoria is the Lewis and Clark RV Resort. They have a golf course there as well for a quick nine holes Sunday morning. If that doesn't sound like quite your speed, head south to Cannon Beach. This charming, artsy village is full of great galleries, restaurants, and a cliff side view of the Pacific Ocean that can't be beat. EVOO is offering a Valentine's Day dinner show for $149; you sit back and watch a master chef cook your meal for you. Even better, they show you how to cook it yourself so that later on you can impress your special someone with a surprise dinner. It's learning and eating! All dinners come with food, wine, and a lesson. 

Stay at Cannon Beach RV Resort and the morning drive the 10 miles to Seaside for some skee ball at the arcade. Further south lies the tiny town of Pacific City. There are local arts non-profit is hosting it's winter fundraiser event Your Hearts Desire. They are raising money for arts literacy in Nestucca Valley Elementary and Garibaldi Grade Schools. Here you can bid on works of art from local artists while sampling appetizers, chocolate, and wine. There is also a student art gallery as well. Tickets go for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Spend the night at the Cape Kiwanda Resort and in the morning climb the sand dunes and explore the tidal pools.

Romancing Willamette Valley Wine Country

Here in the Willamette Valley we have some of the best vineyards in the world. Why not plan a weekend exploring a few?

Sweet Cheeks Winery is hosting "Romancing the Vineyard" with live music provided by Pruitt and the Prouds, pastries by Elegant Elephant, also Sporks A La Cart will be there! Drive the 14 minutes to Noble Estate Winery for their "Noble Night of Passion" celebrating their Passon Rose'. There will be chocolate by Brutto Ma Buono Chocolate LLC, and The Sassy Cupcake will be making some passion-filled desserts. To entice you even more, there is latin music by Llorona. Stay overnight at nearby Deerwood RV Park.

To top off your romantic weekend take a Sunday morning drive to Silver Falls State Park, which you can make your home base for the night. Go for a quick hike before heading off on the hour drive to Cristom Vineyards for a tasting of their famous Pinot Noir. Head on over to Namaste Vineyards in Dallas to sample a variety of wines from their six estate vineyards. Before heading home Monday morning make sure to drop in on Crescent Cafe in McMinnville for breakfast. Trust us, get the coffee cake! It's fresh baked everyday. While you're there, walk around McMinnville; the downtown is charming classic small town America.

Now is the perfect time to make reservations for your Valentine’s Day trip. We are located on Pacific Hwy, Hwy 99. Please stop by before you hit the road. Here, you can buy snacks for the trip while you fill up on propane. On the way home you can empty your tanks and do a quick load of laundry too! If you need your RV serviced before you go schedule a service appointment.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Happy Valentine’s Day and have fun on the open road!

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December 2015 - How To Winterize an RV!

Winterize an RV

Originally posted By Jeff Adams - ReserveAmerica.com

When camping season ends—at least in the snow belt states—and before the thermometer drops below freezing, it’s time to get your RV ready for winter. You can always take your rig to the local RV maintenance shop, but if you’re handy you can do this important task yourself. Here’s how to winterize an RV.

Note: The instructions given here are general in nature and may differ for your RV. Consult your owner’s manual for specifics before starting any winterizing procedure.

Drain the Plumbing System

This is the most important part of getting your RV ready for winter. Even a little water left in pipes, faucets, valves or pumps can freeze, expand, and split apart. And since most plumbing is buried inside walls and cabinets, repairs can be expensive.

Draining the water lines isn’t enough; you have to purge the entire system. There are two ways to do this:

#1 Blow Out the System With Compressed Air

This is perhaps the easiest method, but it requires an air compressor and a special “blow out plug,” which can be purchased at most RV part suppliers.

The major drawback to this method is that you can’t be 100 percent sure that all the water has been expelled from the system.

To proceed:

1. Disconnect your rig from the outside water source.

2. Turn off all power in the rig. Don’t forget to shut off the propane as well.

3. Bypass your water heater. You do not want to drain the water heater at this time. Some RVs come with a factory-installed bypass valve. If yours doesn't, you can install a cheap kit.

4. Consult with the owner’s manuals for your refrigerator, ice maker, washing machine and dishwasher (if so equipped) for winterizing instructions.

5. Open all faucets, including tub and shower and the outdoor shower if you have one. Then open the system drain valves and let the water empty. See your owner’s manual for valve locations.

6. Flush the toilet to clear any water from the line.

7. Connect the “blow out plug” to the city water inlet—not the fresh water tank.

8. Adjust the air compressor to no more than 30 psi to avoid damaging the water lines.

9. Connect the air compressor hose to the blow out plug. Turn on the compressor and let it run until all water is blown from the faucets and drain valves. Shut off the air compressor and disconnect the blow out plug from the water inlet.

Clean and flush your black and gray water tanks, drain the fresh water tank completely, then close the drain valves. Pour one quart of special RV antifreeze into the gray and black tanks to protect the drain valves and seals. Do this through all sink and shower drains—you want antifreeze in the pipe traps as well. Add about a pint to the toilet bowl to protect its flush valve and seals.

Note: RV antifreeze is PINK.

Open the water heater drain plug/valve and empty the tank. Flush out any sediment using a water heater tank rinsing wand. Leave the drain plug open until spring.

#2 Fill the System With RV Antifreeze

A more reliable way to ensure that all water is removed. You’ll need at least 2 to 3 gallons of RV antifreeze depending on the size of your rig.

There are two ways to pump RV antifreeze through the system:

a) Use an external hand pump

b) Use your RV’s internal water pump. If you use the water pump, you’ll need to install a pump bypass kit if it’s not already equipped since it draws from the RV’s fresh water tank and you don’t want antifreeze in there.

If your rig has a water filtration unit, bypass it as well.

Note: Even though you will fill the system with RV antifreeze, you should still blow out the lines with compressed air first.

Using an External Hand Pump

1. Follow Steps 1 to 6 above to drain all the water. Blowing out the system with compressed air is preferred but not mandatory. What is mandatory is that the water heater be bypassed; otherwise, you’ll need an additional 6 to 10 gallons of RV antifreeze to complete the process properly.

2. Attach the intake siphon on the hand pump to the RV antifreeze bottle (follow manufacturer’s instructions). Then connect the output hose on the pump to the city water inlet.

3. Close all faucets and drain valves. Open the hot side of the highest faucet first (usually the kitchen sink). Pump the antifreeze into the system until it runs out the faucet a bright pink color.

4. Close the hot side, open the cold side and repeat. Close the cold side.

5. Do this for all the other faucets. Usually the bathroom sink is next, then the shower, and then the toilet.

Using the RV’s Internal Water Pump

This method is virtually identical to the external hand pump. The only difference is that the water pump bypass valve is used to draw RV antifreeze into the pump and distribute it throughout the water system. Consult the RV pump bypass valve instructions for details.


Your tires can develop flat spots after several months because they’re under thousands of pounds of weight. If your RV has leveling jacks (not stabilizing jacks), follow the manufacturer’s instructions on raising your rig off the ground for extended periods. Outside jacks are an alternative method. If neither is available, then move your RV about one-half tire revolution one or two times a winter to re-distribute the weight.

Your rig should be parked on a paved or concrete surface to prevent the tires from sinking into ground made soft by winter thaw. And be sure to set the parking brake (motor homes) and use wheel chocks.

Stabilizing Jacks

Your stabilizing jacks should be lowered to keep your trailer or 5th-wheeler steady while you’re walking around inside. Use wooden blocks beneath the jacks’ feet to prevent them from getting frozen to your storage pad. Coat all pivot points with silicone or graphite spray to prevent rust.


For a motor home, top off the fuel tanks to prevent condensation from forming. Also, add a fuel stabilizer. Let the engine idle for several minutes to allow the additive to make its way through the system. Make sure the radiator is filled with automotive antifreeze. Check the oil, brake fluid and windshield washer solution. Make sure the windshield washer solution is factory formulated with antifreeze. Top off as needed.


Fluid levels in maintenance-style batteries should be topped off (wear eye protection and rubber gloves). Batteries should be fully charged. In freezing climates, remove batteries of any type and store in a dry warm location. Otherwise, disconnect the cables (negative side first) for safety.

Electrical System

Flip off the RV’s main circuit breaker to protect the 120V AC system. Disconnect your rig from shore power. Remove batteries from clocks, radios, detectors and alarms. See manufacturer’s instructions for onboard or portable generator storage. Be sure to block the exhaust pipe with steel wool or aluminum foil to keep out pests.


Fill all propane tanks. Where winters are harsh, external propane tanks should be removed and stored in a sheltered location—but never inside the RV. Cover the tank connection fittings on the RV with plastic bags and rubber bands to keep out insects


Clean the oven, stovetop, refrigerator and cabinets. Remove toiletries and then vacuum interior. Prop open refrigerator doors. Open a fresh box of baking soda and place inside. Make sure freezer is completely thawed and dried.

If your RV is stored at a storage lot, remove any valuables such as TVs, portable video games, MP3 players and tools.

Food and Drink

Remove any food and beverages. Canned or bottled foods and drinks can freeze and burst, making a mess that can attract insects and wildlife. Packaged foods are also attractive, so it’s usually best to just remove everything.

Clothing and Bedding

Remove all clothing, bedding and linens for laundering.

Rodent and Insect Control

Check for any gaps or openings into which rodents, birds or insects might enter. Cover any holes with screening. Cover any vents with cardboard or aluminum foil.


Close all roof vents. Check plumbing vents and the air conditioner shroud (special air conditioner covers are available). Examine roof for any damage or leaks and repair.


Check seals around exterior doors and windows. Re-caulk where needed. Clean and store your sewer hose and place bumper caps back in position. Wash and wax.


Fully extend and clean the awning using special awning cleaner (do not use dish or laundry soap). Let it dry completely and stow. Rigid slip-on awning covers are available to protect the fabric from the elements.

Moisture Control

One of the last steps before closing up—open a container of moisture absorbent and place it on a flat surface inside your RV. As the name implies, it will remove dampness from the air and help prevent corrosion, mold and mildew formation. Available at most RV supply stores.

Protect From Weather

Keep your rig protected from the weather, either under a shelter or a fabric cover made especially for RVs. If you live in an area where freezing rains or snow occurs, consult with an RV cover manufacturer for the best solution for your climate.

Winterizing an RV can be a lot of work, but it will be worth the effort when you get ready to go out on your first camping trip of the new season.


Jeff Adams is a California-based freelance writer, contributor to  ReserveAmerica.com  and an avid camping enthusiast. He's been dragging his trailer and willing family around the western U.S. for more than a decade.


Sept 2015 - What to Put in Your RV Tool box

Check out this great article from ReserveAmerica.com on important items you will want to have in your RV Tool box!


Originally posted By Jeff Adams - ReserveAmerica.com

Just about anything in your RV, trailer or tent that can snap, crack, rip loose, tear, bend, leak, spark, or fall off will do exactly that—and always when you're out enjoying nature 40 miles from nowhere.

The whole trick to maintaining inner tranquility and not letting a mini disaster spoil your trip is to have a well-equipped RV tool box on hand. This contains mostly inexpensive yet important items that new comers and veteran campers alike should pack for every trip, both big and small.

Tools for Your RV Toolbox

No matter how well constructed your rig might be, eventually something will have to be tightened, loosened, pounded flat, pried or cut. Here are some basics that can help you deal with everyday problems and annoyances:

·         Socket wrench set  (standard and metric) for tightening and loosening bolts and machine nuts.

·         Phillips head and flat bladed screwdrivers  (large, medium,small) for tightening and loosening screws; also for prying items apart.

·         Standard pliers  for holding machine nuts while installing or removing,or squeezing items together.

·         Channel-lock pliers  (medium and large) for dealing with oversize machine-nuts or turning pipes 10-inch Crescent wrench-for when sockets won't fit properly.

·         Small drill bit set  with sizes ranging from 1/16- to 1/4-inch. Get the type that works with both metal and wood.

·         Cordless drill with spare battery  for turning the drill bits that make the holes. Also good for lowering and raising trailer stabilizing jacks.

·         Sturdy claw hammer  enables you to straighten what got bent, bend what got straightened, drive nails and stakes, and pull 'em out again, and provide"persuasion" where needed.

·         Pocket knife  for cutting rope and twine, stripping wire insulation,or just whittling if you're so inclined.

·         Hobby knife  with blade protector and extra blades, extremely sharp, for making very precise cuts in canvas, vinyl, tape, paper, wood and some plastics.

·         Wire cutters  for cutting electrical wire, or turning metal coat hangers into marshmallow skewers.

·         Small tape measure  to determine how much electrical wire you're going to need, or how much ground clearance you'll have while trying to get over that boulder embedded in the road.

·         Mini hacksaw  with extra blades good for cutting away twisted bolts,damaged metal work, thicker plastics...anything where a knife won't work.

·         Small two-way bubble level  to make sure your rig is properly leveled so you're not sleeping with your feet higher than your head.

·         Folding tree saw  for cutting trees that have fallen across the only road out and you can't back up. Emergency use only; rangers and camp hosts frown when you start your own tree service on government and private land.

Adhesives Help Keep Things Together

While glues can't mend a broken heart, they'll fix just about anything else and can save a situation that's going from bad to worse.

Adhesives are available for many specialized purposes.Here's what you'll want to add to your collection of RV tools:

·         "Super"glue  for high strength repairs.

·         Vinyl adhesive  for fixing tears in same-named fabrics.

·         Thread-locker glue  to prevent screws and bolts from vibrating loose.

·         Multi-purpose adhesive  for re-affixing door seals, loose trim and molding, and re-sticking peeling decals.

·         Silicon sealant  to keep the rain from creeping in.

·         Seam sealer  (for tents), for keeping the dew on the outside.

Another "sticky" item that can spare you from disaster is a small set of adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tabs. And don't forget that universal fix-it that's good for practically any repair: Duct Tape!

Hardware and Fasteners

When tape or glues just won't fix it, a "heck-bag"of assorted wood, machine and self-tapping screws, plus small bolts in a few sizes and lengths with matching nuts and washers can save you from uttering a few choice curse words when something substantial busts loose.

A bundle of plastic zip ties (removable and permanent) is also handy for cinching things together while out in the forest.

Toss in a couple of spare cabinet door catches too, to prevent your toiletries from flying all over the bathroom while traveling.

Let There Be Light

Nothing is more aggravating than your coach lights blinking off right at dinnertime. Or having a Highway Patrol officer wave you over because a brake light is out. That's why having a few select electrical items in your well-equipped trailer or RV toolbox can be unbelievably handy.

First and foremost is an assortment of  fuses  in-various  amperage ratings  to replace blown fuses on your power converter/charger or power panel. A blown fuse is usually the result of pulling too much amperage on one circuit, or an electrical short; but sometimes they'll"pop" for no good reason. Be sure to replace a blown fuse only with the same size, never larger. A fuse that blows repeatedly is a good indication that you've got a short somewhere that must be repaired, otherwise the same problem will persist.

A collection of spare bulbs for brake, turn and running lights are also a must, and can save you from a traffic violation or worse. Make sure you have interior light bulbs as well.

A miniature voltmeter is helpful for tracing shorts and measuring battery voltages.

small roll of 10- to 12-gauge insulated wire can help you bypass a problem area, and be sure to include a roll of electrical tape to prevent sparks or fuses from blowing.

A battery-operated or butane powered soldering iron and solder is helpful for making solid electrical repairs when you're out in the boondocks with no AC power.

And a nice option is a head-mounted flashlight, for working in the dark where you need both hands free.

If all else fails, a box of weatherproof safety matches is ideal. You can use them to light a fuel lantern or a properly prepared campfire to hold back the night. Use with caution; they burn like a firecracker fuse and you can't blow them out!

Hand Protection to Keep on Hand

While campground repairs often call for a delicate touch,there are many jobs that are just plain dirty. For those tasks, you should stock a dozen pairs of latex or nitrile rubber gloves, plus a sturdy pair of leather work gloves for the rough stuff. And afterwards, you can refresh yourself with some pre-moistened wipes or  water-less  skin cleanser. All these items can be found at home improvement centers and grocery stores.

The "Miscellaneous" Department

Some last-but-not-least items you'll want to have in your trailer or RV toolbox:

·         Tube of ball hitch lube  to minimize grinding while towing.

·         Small travel-size can of spray lubricant.

·         Spare fresh water hose washers.

·         Roll of Teflon plumber's tape.

·         Wide tipped felt marker (permanent)  for making signs, marking your belongings, and keeping track of which wire is which.

·         coupler  or king pin lock can take care of security concerns you might have about your trailer being stolen; and for any other situations not previously mentioned: an assortment of bungee cords to strap things down.
And finally:

·         Two-way radios -for backing your rig into a site, hitching up the trailer,monitoring the kids, and more. The hands-free/headphone type is preferable so you can keep both hands on the wheel. Eliminates the need for your spouse to shout instructions.

So there you have it...the ultimate basic toolbox. Over 46 must-have vacation savers, and they all fit in a standard 24-inch x 11-inch x 11-inch toolbox.

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