Winterizing your RV, part 4 — ‘Check for leaks; clean inside of aerosols, food'

Winterizing your RV, part 4 — ‘Check for leaks; clean inside of aerosols, food’

This is the final post of a four-part series on 'Winterizing your RV.' Another major concern of storing an RV for months is the rig’s exterior, its roof and sidewalls. After thoroughly cleaning the rig, inspect all sealants for signs of damage or cracking where water might seep into the RV. “There can be a tremendous amount of water damage done over the winter,” said Terry Cooper of Mobile RV Academy. Water can leak into the smallest surface cracks
Winterizing your RV, part 3 — ‘Check batteries, remove or plug into shore power'

Winterizing your RV, part 3 — ‘Check batteries, remove or plug into shore power’

This is the third of a four-part series on 'Winterizing your RV.' “You’ll be amazed at how simple it really is to take care of your own rig,” said Mark J. Polk, host of “Winterizing and Storing your RV” (DVD $24.95, and e-download $19.95) available through  RV Education 101. “Anybody can easily winterize and store their RV by following a few easy step-by-step instructions.” Automotive technician and expert RV educator Polk  (below) said that hi
Winterizing your RV, part 2 — ‘Protect water systems from freezing temperatures'

Winterizing your RV, part 2 — ‘Protect water systems from freezing temperatures’

This is the second of a four-part series on 'Winterizing your RV.' The number one concern during cold weather is the damage that freezing temperatures can inflict on an RV’s water system including its supply lines, holding tanks and hot water heater, said John Melaas, manager at Chuck’s RV parts and service center in Mead, a small community few miles north of Spokane in eastern Washington. “Frozen and damaged water lines and water heater tanks are in fac
Winterizing your RV, part 1 — ‘Now ... or before first hard freeze'

Winterizing your RV, part 1 — ‘Now … or before first hard freeze’

Some parts of the country are ready experienced very cold temperatures and autumn snow. It is definitely time for RV owners to start thinking about winterizing their recreation vehicles. If you are a new to the RVing lifestyle, this four-part series will help you protect your RV from the upcoming freezing elements. For the veteran RVer, you might use this as a review of your own process. Even if you are planning winter excursions in your RV, such as skiing or
Thank you Veterans ... Enjoy your weekend, you deserve it ... and much, much more

Thank you Veterans … Enjoy your weekend, you deserve it … and much, much more

One day isn't enough to thank all our veterans, (including James "Jimmy" Wesley Smith, U.S. Coast Guard and Army), for serving our country and us. And, of course, we extend a huge appreciation to all the loved ones who support our veterans and active-duty military women and men. One way to celebrate Veterans Day is by visiting one of our country's treasured National Parks and Monuments free of charge (to everyone) on Nov. 11-12. There are almost 100 nation
AirScream ... Classic scary campfire stories
Halloween camping is the perfect time for telling a few spooky campfire stories.  Airstream has come out with five "Do Not Read Alone!" scary tales. "Ghoulishly woven webs of terror that make your hair stand on end and your blood run cold belong, like a hairy, f
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RV snowbird heaven - Catalina State Park, Tucson
RV Snowbirds from North America flock to Arizona each winter. One place many RVers check out is Catalina State Park. Just about everyone who goes there, raves about the park's unique location--just a few miles north of Tucson, yet with easy access to wilderness.
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RVing gal pals visiting over 'Afternoon Cream Tea' on a rainy day in Florence, Oregon
What could be more perfect than lunch on the Oregon Coast with a longtime woman friend you met years ago while RVing along the Gulf Coast of Texas? Only one thing--lunch with TWO women friends you met while snowbirding in Texas. The fact that we were able to linge
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Kitchikan - history, shopping, salmon within easy reach of Alaska Ferry dock
Ketchikan, the southeastern most city in Alaska, offers history, shopping, kayaking all within easy reach of Alaska Ferry dock. This historic city sits at the entrance to the famed Alaska Inside Passage and has long been a popular destination with RVers because i
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Longtime RVer and storyteller Jeff Daniels sings 'Recreational Vehicle'
It was a delight to stumble onto an interview of  longtime RVer, actor and musician Jeff Daniels recently posted on 'All about Ann Arbor' / WDIV ClickOnDetroit because of the posted YouTube video of the storyteller singing "Recreational Vehicle." Associate producer
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Stroll Sitka, Alaska, 'Paris of the Pacific'
Sitka, like most southeast Alaska communities, is only reachable by sea or by air.  "Nestled on the west side of Baranof Island, midway between Ketchikan and Skagway, it’s flanked on the east by majestic snow-capped mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean on t
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Casino Camping, part 4: Where to get more information
This is the last of four posts on Casino Camping. For more information on Casino Camping ... start here: - “Casino Camping: Guide to RV-Friendly Campgrounds," by Jane Kenny, (Roundabout Publications, 8th Edition, 2017, 264 pages). The paperback offers informatio
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Casino Camping, part 3: A few courtesies to keep in mind when parking for free at a casino
This is the third of four posts on Casino Camping. "Needless to say," said Jane Kenny, author of Casino Camping: Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos, "recreational gaming is a popular activity and more casinos continue to be hospitable to RVers." Many resort casinos inc
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Casino Camping, part 2: RVers Steve and Jackie Jones have stayed at casinos for 30+ years
This is the second of four posts on Casino Camping. Steve and Jackie Jones of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., have stayed at casinos for more than 30 years, both in dry camp and at the commercial RV parks. "We have never had an issue parking because of the size of our r
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Casino Camping, part 1: RVers bank on many Casinos for free overnight blacktop boondocking
The popularity of Recreation Vehicles continues to skyrocket for both retirees and millennials. Many of these RVers are looking for ways to trim their overall cost of overnight campground stays. This is especially true when RVers are traveling long distances and simp
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