Popular summer RV Short Stop: LeMay America's Car Museum near the Puget Sound

Popular summer RV Short Stop: LeMay America’s Car Museum near the Puget Sound

LeMay America’s Car Museum, is a sprawling four-story, 165,000-square-foot facility near the Tacoma Dome south of Seattle. It is a perfect family outing if you are traveling through the Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest. Since 2012, it’s housed 815 vehicles including cars, motorcycles and boats (no RVs yet). The museum’s eclectic cars and rotating exhibits offer a glimpse into the histories of countless makes and vehicle types. A hugely popul
Happy July 4th from Timber Valley SKP RV Park

Happy July 4th from Timber Valley SKP RV Park

Happy Independence Day -- July 4th -- from the beautiful and balmy Pacific Northwest. The Timber Valley SKP RV Park in southern Oregon celebrated the 4th of July with a decorated golf cart parade (complete with bicycling clowns) and a tasty pot luck picnic. -- Julianne G. Crane Photo: (Top from Left) Parade clown Julianne, on her Blue Bike Friday; Mary Feiler on her silver three-wheeler; clown Jimmy Smith on his Red Bike Friday; and Bob Feiler, on his red
Catching up with longtime friends, RVers Diana and Jim Garot of southern California

Catching up with longtime friends, RVers Diana and Jim Garot of southern California

In the last dozen years, my/our paths have crossed 7, 8, or 9 times with longtime (50+ years) friends Diana and Jim Garot -- all made possible because of a recreation vehicle. Diana and I have been gal pals since the 8th grade. After high school, college, marriages, multiple moves around the country, and life in general, we were able to reconnect face-to-face because of Jim and Diana's 38-foot home on wheel. The Garots retired early and back in 2001 they purch
World's Largest Spinach Can, a day hike, ice cream = fun RV Short Stop near I-40 on a hot summer's day

World’s Largest Spinach Can, a day hike, ice cream = fun RV Short Stop near I-40 on a hot summer’s day

Years ago--back in the early '90s when I was living in Ft. Smith, Ark., helping organize a Women Build house for the local Habitat for Humanity--I went hiking many weekends with three wonderful women friends. One of our favorite northwest Arkansas day hike destinations was White Rock Mountain in the Ozark National Forest. (Read more about it below.) During the summer we would strike out early on a Saturday morning, driving the 50-mile trip before the heat and
Fuel prices cheapest since 2005 for most USA

Fuel prices cheapest since 2005 for most USA

This might be the best summer in more than a decade to take that long road trip in your RV (except if you're taking your 'bucket list' trip to Alaska). Although gasoline prices are more than $4 a gallon in Canada, the USA's "national average for a gallon of gasoline has dropped under its year ago level, standing at $2.35 per gallon," writes Patrick DeHaan on GasBuddy.com in a recent article. It "is now the cheapest June 9th to fill up on since 2005, when the nati
National Trails Day ... let's make it every day
Each year, on the first Saturday of June, "American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country." "Natio
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RV spring maintenance, part 4 -- 'Check appliances, safety devices'
This is the final installment of a four-part series on waking up your recreation vehicle after it has been snoozing all winter. Previously RV expert Mark Polk of RV Education 101 reviewed checking the RV batteries, water system, exterior and seams, and the engine and
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RV spring maintenance, part 3 -- 'Check exterior, tires, vehicle engine and generator'
In this third installment of a four-part series on sprucing up your recreation vehicle for the family camping season, it's time to check your rig's exterior. - RV Exterior and Seams: "Inspect all roof and body seams, and around any openings cut into the RV, for signs
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RV spring maintenance, part 2 -- 'Sanitize your rig's water system'
After checking your RV's batteries, says Mark Polk of RVEducation101.com, the next step in moving your RV from hibernation into camping mode is to flush the water system of antifreeze. RV Water System: If your plumbing system was winterized with non-toxic RV antifree
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RV spring maintenance, part 1 -- Mark Polk offers tips
With spring here and summer almost upon us, if you haven't done it already, now is the time to wake up your recreation vehicle for a fun-filled family camping season. In this 4-part series, longtime RV expert and master maintenance guy, Mark J. Polk of RVEducation1
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39+ million travelers on road Memorial Day weekend
More than 39.3 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association. Of those traveling 50 miles or more from home during this unofficial start of summer, my wild guess--based on the huge (and growing) p
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2017 'Milepost' - Alaska Travel Planner's 69th edition
It's just about time for the first wave of RVers to head North to Alaska.  If you are just in the planning stages of this lifetime adventure RV road trip, you'll want to pick up a copy of "The 2017 Milepost," the 'Bible of North Country Travel.' This more than 700-p
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FMCA rolls into Indianapolis in July
Between July 12-15, 2017, the Family Motor Coach Association's 96rd International Convention, "Crossroads to Fun,” is set for the Indiana State Fairgrounds  in Indianapolis, Indiana. The discount deadline has been extended to 5/26/2017. A  couple thousand fami
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'Synchronous fireflies' displays are magical
Jimmy and I were born in prime lightning bug territory--Jimmy in the Allegheny River country of southwest Pennsylvania; and I spent my first dozen years in Charleston, on the Kanawha River in the hills of West Virginia. Our childhood stomping grounds sit at the humid
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The weekly RV Travel newsletter is free for the clicking
Time to pour a cup of coffee, relax a little and read this week’s e-edition of the free RV Travel Newsletter. If you scroll wa-a-a-y down the page you'll spot a link to a RV Short Stop post on the Chantilly Farm family campground and music venue in Blue Ridge Mount
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