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Monday, May 16, 2016

What's in your glove box? Tips for RV camping and travel when technology fails.

People often say "There's an app for that", when asked about what kind of travel literature they keep in their camping unit. From maps to campground guides, the world has gone digital. Below you will find a few tips for how to proceed in the event your traveling technology fails.
Once the dashboard GPS is "re-calculating" and Google navigation on your phone has "lost satellites", start big and get smaller. Keep an atlas that covers the entire United States, these are great for following along the major highways as you cross through multiple states. Next, a map for the individual states being traveled through helps break down the major cities. You will also find it has even the smallest of towns on them, where you likely will find your campground for the night. Finally, a county road map can also come in handy. Especially for people who love their toy hauler, and the toys inside. On the county maps you can track down the smallest of roads, even the ones where the grass runs between your tires.
Campground Guides:
Though most people set out with a destination in mind, it is always a good idea to keep things such as a KOA Kampground guide, and the Woodalls magazine. These guides offer breakdowns of places to stay by city and state, including amenities, and turn by turn instructions for finding the campground once you've exited the highway. For State and National Park enthusiasts, both offer guides for camping as well. 
User Guides and Owners Manuals:
While standing on the shoulder of a highway on ramp with a blown out dually tire is not the time to realize you don't know how to change it. However, if you do find yourself in this, or a whole litany of other disasters, it is best to have your owner's manual, roadside assistance number, or the 1-800 number of your units manufacturer. 
Whether you are on the road with a small pop-up, trailer, or class C or A RV we hope you travel safely and prepare for when technology fails.
Happy Trails

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tips for Keeping Bears Away When Camping in an RV

When camping in an RV, a big concern that many people have involves protecting themselves from bears. Fortunately, there are a number of preventative measures that will ensure you only view these magnificent creatures from afar.
Food Storage
Don’t assume you are safe just because you are staying in an RV. Instead, take measures to prevent bears from being attracted to your campsite in the first place by:
  • Immediately discarding trash into the appropriate containers and as far away from your campsite as possible
  • Storing food in tightly-sealed plastic containers
  • Bringing all food storage containers, coolers, etc. inside your vehicle unless you are grilling. By storing items inside your vehicle, you are providing yourself with a layer of protection in the event a bear does attempt a break-in.
  • Keeping your campsite clean at all times. Wash dishes immediately after eating, and wipe down tables and chairs to ensure there are no crumbs that would attract bears or other wildlife.
You may also want to consider a bear-proof food storage unit. Made from solid steel, one of these food storage containers will contain odors that might otherwise attract bears, while also being extremely difficult to break open. Trash containers made from solid steel are also recommended if you plan to park your RV on a particular for an extended period.
Avoid Other Attractants
Food isn’t the only thing that attracts bears. Anything with a strong scent such as deodorant, toothpaste, or even citronella candles will also draw these creatures in. As such, you should purchase unscented toiletries whenever possible, and avoid the use of scented cleaning supplies or soaps inside your RV. Citronella candles and tiki torches should also be placed securely inside your RV’s storage unit when not in use, as leaving them out overnight could encourage a bear to wander upon your campsite.
In addition to following these tips, you should also avoid leaving your RV unlocked or windows open while you are away. Doing so increases the odds that you will arrive home to find your recreational vehicle has been overtaken by bears or other wildlife. Should you encounter a bear despite taking these precautions, do not approach the animal, but instead create as much noise as possible in order to startle the creature and encourage him to flee.