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
Catching up with solo RVer Jacque Green & dog pal

Catching up with solo RVer Jacque Green & dog pal

Earlier this year when Jimmy and I were spending part of our winter on the Gulf Coast of Texas, I met solo RVer Jacque Green from Tulsa, Okla. She was traveling with Johnson, an energetic two-year old Spaniel mix, in her 2013 Coachmen Prism 24G Class C motorhome. At that time she talked of heading to the Pacific Northwest in the spring.  “I’m planning on taking three months to get to the Olympic National Park in Washington state.  It is a place I have alway
RVing with Pets, part 4 -- 'Cats travel, too'

RVing with Pets, part 4 — ‘Cats travel, too’

This is the fourth and final posting on 'RVing with Pets.' While dogs are the most common RVing animals, 92 percent according to a recent Recreation Vehicle Industry Association survey, cats travel too. About 14 percent of RVers say they won’t leave home without their feline friends. Still other RVers admit to favoring birds, fish, ferrets, snakes and horses. A hint or two for Kitty JJ Dippel, a retired federal auditor from Aberdeen, Wash., travels full tim
RVing with Pets, part 3 -- 'Safety' is key, says animal behavior expert Diana L. Guerrero

RVing with Pets, part 3 — ‘Safety’ is key, says animal behavior expert Diana L. Guerrero

This is the third of four postings on RVing with Pets. When animal behavior expert Diana L. Guerrero was on her first book tour, her parrot was secure beside her in a belted-down travel cage during the journey. “She would preen from praise as people made a fuss over her,” says Guerrero. “She loved to travel.” According to Guerrero, the biggest concern when traveling with pets is their safety. 1. “Always safely constrain your pet during vehicle mo
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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Listen to Julianne G. Crane's interview on the RV podcast series -- 'Your RV Dream'
Julianne G. Crane, fulltime RVer, blogger and editor of RVWheelLife.com, talks about the many ways to live the RV lifestyle on the podcast series called “Your RV Dream: Discover the Lifestyle, Make Money While You Travel, and Live a Life of Freedom and Adventure”.
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Bluegrass fans, RVers head for Blue Ridge Mountains
Whether it is the hills calling me home, pink dogwoods in bloom, or the hypnotic blinking of fireflies--I'll be forever drawn to the Appalachian Mountains, the land of my birth. Whenever traveling to the region, we always make our way to the homestead of cousins Mary
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Melissa Dafnis - 'RV Dreamin'
Fulltime RVer Melissa Dafnis of Maryland has been living her RV dream for three years. Since her mid-30s Melissa wanted nothing more than to live and travel in an RV. "I wanted the lifestyle of freedom and adventure that full-time RVing involves," says the former
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