Tuesday, April 25, 2006

What not to do on Your RV Vacation

Just in time to get everyone excited about the summer family vacation season, the movie “RV” comes to town www.sonypictures.com/movies/rv/ .

Poor Bob Munro (Robin Williams) is just trying to get some family bonding time with the kids before they grow up and are gone. But, like many families, he dives into the preparations without a clear vision of the task – especially tackling an RV without some guidance (or apparently, common sense!).

RV trips are great for family bonding, whether you are an experienced RVer or just starting out. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has lots of great ideas and help at their site www.gorving.com . If only the Munros had known about this source of information. Whether you need a CD on the basics or a list of campgrounds to get you started, RVIA can help you avoid the pitfalls that the Munros suffered. Full Story...

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Goin' down the road

Forget that cheesy trailer park vibe. If an RV is good enough for Barbie, it's good enough for me, writes TRALEE PEARCE:

During a thoughtful moment in the new comedy flick RV, opening next Wednesday, hapless newbie Robin Williams observes that if you really want to find out about yourself, put your family in a recreation vehicle and drive.

So what did we learn about ourselves as we dabbled in the RV for the Easter weekend? (I say dabble because we used our RV as a roving guest house. Our families got to enjoy company; we got to steal their hydro.)

That RVing is in our blood. When we invited family inside for cocktails, we learned my beau's grandfather, his namesake, built a motorhome from scratch. And me?

"You were conceived in a trailer. I think," said my father, sitting at the dinette. He was referring to 1968 when he and my mother were renovating their first farmhouse.

Not surprising, since RV beds are actually comfortable. We learned that it's lovely waking up right next to a window, even on a rainy morning. And that towns with wide main streets are easier to manoeuvre in. And that adapter thingy on the main electrical line? Don't leave it behind. Full Story...

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Final preparations made for big motor-home city

Final preparations were made Saturday at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds for the estimated 600 motor homes that will roll into Chico this morning.

The Escapees RV club is having its five-day spring convention, called an Escapade, for the fifth time in Chico. Full Story...

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Discover RVing: Living the RV Lifestyle

Gov. John Baldacci has declared next week “Discover RV'ing in Maine Week.” The governor has focused on promoting the use of recreational vehicles as a way for locals and visitors alike to get back to nature, spend time with family and friends, slow down and enjoy the backwoods or waterfront campgrounds that range across the state.

Discovering Maine in the seat of an RV is nothing new to a host of Lakes Region residents. A group of friends – who call themselves “The Six Ya-Ya's” after the popular book, "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" – have spent the last six years taking a week or two out of their busy family schedules and enjoying the comforts and joys of RV'ing together. Full Story...

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Family Passes 30,000 Miles Homeschooling In RV

Crossing 15 states from Maine down to Florida and across to Texas in a motorhome, this family has turned homeschooling into roadschooling. This family of four, along with their dog, is gearing up for the remaining 35 states.

While homeschooling their two sons, they have camped in 15 different states and traveled a total of 30,603 miles so far. That is the combined mileage between the motorhome and their tow vehicle which they use for the local trips. Now they are preparing to journey on all the way up to Alaska in their RV. Full Story...

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New web site for RVers with dogs

RV enthusiasts who travel with dogs have a new online resource in RVingWithDogs.com. The Web site includes daily commentary by editors Julee and Jack Meltzer, authors of the popular guidebook "Camping and RVing with Dogs," as well as a directory of "dog-friendly" campgrounds.

The Web site is part of larger network of RV Web sites that includes RVtravel.com and RVbookstore.com. "Our surveys at RVtravel.com have shown that about half of all RVers travel with a dog," said publisher Chuck Woodbury. "Until now, there was no Web resource that directly served this large audience."

Editors Jack and Julee Meltzer are full-time RVers who have traveled more than 150,000 miles across the United States with two German Shepherds. They have observed the sometimes frustrating situations that traveling with a dog can present. "Campground directories will advertise that dogs are welcome but when you arrive you learn their definition of a dog doesn't include those over 25 pounds," said Julee Meltzer.

The directory of "dog-friendly" campgrounds at RVingWithDogs.com (http://www.rvingwithdogs.com) consists mostly of reader submissions. After a Web site visitor provides the basic information about a particular campground or RV park - its policies and facilities - other readers are invited to add comments. The result is that the information is kept freshly updated.

Among the topics the Meltzers cover at RVingWithDogs.com include trip planning, campground etiquette, emergency first aid and news of useful products especially suited for RV living with dogs.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Road Test: Winnebago's all-new Class C Motorhome

Built on the Dodge Sprinter chassis, a platform with a proven track record in Europe, Winnebago's all-new Class C motorhome was created specifically for the American market. The Itasca Navion uses a Mercedes-Benz 2.7-liter turbocharged I-5 that develops 154 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. For 1500 miles, we put the Itasca Navion through its paces. In steady operation across the Mojave Desert at 75 mph, with the dash A/C on high, we averaged a respectable 14 mpg. While that's not bad, the Navion specs list the vehicle's fuel economy at 17-19 mpg. Full Story...

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Flooding closed Minnesota's Lake Bronson State Park campground

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says one of two campgrounds at Lake Bronson State Park in northwestern Minnesota is closed because of flooding.

The Lakeside Campground is under water and will remain closed until further notice. Snow still covers parts of the Two Rivers Campground, but those sites are expected to be available for the Easter weekend.

The Lakeside Campground is located on the shore of Lake Bronson. Kittson County Road 28 which runs along the top of the dam also is closed, but all other roads and trails in the park are open.

For current conditions, call the park at 218-754-2200 or check the Lake Bronson site at http://www.mnstateparks.info

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Traveling in style in the motor home of your dreams

For Jim Thompson, a retired Miller Brewing marketing executive and Milwaukee restaurateur, and his wife, Pat, a Sheboygan native, traveling in style doesn't necessarily mean first class airline tickets. In fact, when the couple travels, they don't even leave home—their 43-foot, Mountain Aire motor home, that is.

The Thompsons have been enjoying the recreational vehicle (RV) life for more than 20 years. Their current RV is the fifth motor home the Milwaukee couple has purchased from Horn's RV in Sheboygan. And according to Jeff Lillesand, a sales representative at Horn's, the Thompsons are typical of people who, once they get a taste of the RV life, get a big appetite for hitting the road in style.

For some RV'ers, life on the road becomes the norm. Lillesand said that some of his customers actually use their motor homes as their primary home, selling the homestead and calling their RV home sweet home.

But that's not the usual case. "A good portion of our customers live in them (RVs) about three to four months of the year," he said.

Which works into the lifestyle of the majority of his customers. "Most of the people who buy them—especially the big ones--are retirement age," he said. Full Story...

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Makeover Craze Meets the RV

Reality TV meets The Rally.

The annual Rally hosts about 10,000 RVers, and this year will be no exception. Slated for April 7-10 at Daytona International Speedway, the 4-day event is a gathering of RV enthusiasts from across North America. The focus of The Rally is to educate RV owners about the lifestyle with the latest information and product offerings and for the first time, RV Rescue.

RV Rescue will give Rally-goers the opportunity to witness the refurbishing of a 1984 motorhome from bumper and roof to floor. Chosen from among 3,000 entries in the contest to win the makeover, Ed and Barbara Tarconish submitted the winning videotape of how and why their RV was in need of being "rescued". An estimated $50,000 worth of upgrades will be completed by technicians working round the clock in the Fan Zone at the Speedway. Full Story...

Hurricane a windfall for RV dealer

Just hours after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast last August, Tom Stinnett knew the federal government would need travel trailers as temporary housing for storm victims.

But he never dreamed his company would be involved in $100 million worth of federal contracts to supply those trailers.

As it turns out, Stinnett, who owns Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center in Clarksville, Ind., has done more Katrina-related business with the Federal Emergency Management Agency than any other company in the Louisville area, according to a list of federal contracts. Full Story...

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Oregon campground needs host

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking a volunteer campground host from May 1 through Sept. 30 at its Alsea Falls campground and day-use area.

Thirty-, 60- and 90-day appointments are available.

To inquire about the position, write Traci Meredith at the Marys Peak Resource Area, BLM, 1717 Fabry Road S.E., Salem, OR 97306, or call 503-315-5991.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Shuttle Service Resumes in Zion National Park

The resumption of the Zion Canyon Transportation (Shuttle) System signals the beginning of the 2006 visitor season in Zion National Park. The shuttle system will resume its seventh season of operation on Saturday, April 1. Parks Transportation, Inc., a subsidiary of McDonald Transit of Fort Worth, Texas, operates the shuttle system.

The shuttles operate both within the park and the town of Springdale. The park shuttle loop provides access to points of interest, trailheads, and the Zion Lodge along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. While the shuttle system is in operation, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is closed to private vehicles, except that Zion Lodge guests may drive as far as the lodge. All other roads in the park, including the main highway through the park, are open to private vehicles.

The daily schedule begins with an express shuttle departing the Majestic View shuttle stop at 6:30 a.m. and the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 6:45 a.m. Regular shuttle service starts at 7 a.m., both in the park and in Springdale. Initially, the last park shuttle will depart at 9:30 p.m. from the visitor center and the last town shuttle will depart the Zion Canyon Theater shuttle stop at 10 p.m. The hours of operation will expand as the summer season progresses. The Springdale Loop serves six stops, and the Canyon Loop serves nine stops including the Zion Human History Museum and the Zion Lodge. Shuttles will depart from designated stops every seven to ten minutes during the middle of the day and approximately every 10-15 minutes in the morning and evening. Visitors can ride the shuttles free of charge.

Visitors are encouraged to park in Springdale in designated areas and ride the shuttle to the park. Canyon Loop Shuttles depart from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, offers shuttle information, current park information, backcountry permits, lodge reservations, maps, and a wide selection of publications. Additional information may be obtained by calling the park at 435-772-3256 or visiting the park’s website at www.nps.gov/zion.

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