Saturday, September 24, 2016
The United States of America is a physically large nation. In fact, at 3,800,000 square miles, it ranks as the fourth largest country in the world. Connecting these vast expanses is a network of roads and interstates that is more than 4,000,000 miles in total length. In short, not only is the U.S. an enormous nation, but it is also a nation built to be traveled by the automobile. The vehicle that perfectly embodies this is the recreational vehicle, or RV for short.
The first motor home was built in the 1910s, and by the 1920s such vehicles had become widespread. Today hundreds of thousands are sold every year. An RV can vary in size from a converted minivan all the way up to luxury land yachts that stretch longer than 40 feet. Some campers are bare bones, with a cot being the only amenity. Others have full kitchens, bathrooms, king sized beds, and expanding walls. So no matter what level of comfort you are used to, you can find a motor home that will fit your style. Here are three reasons that you should want one.
The two biggest expenses that most people incur when they travel are flight and hotel costs. When you are driving an RV, you don't have to worry about either of these. Instead, you pay for gas, and the occasional cost of a motor home parking spot. Furthermore, since most of these vehicles are equipped with a kitchen of some sort, you do not have to eat at restaurants for every meal. If you have a family, you can simply multiply the savings.
Explore Nature In Comfort
In the United States, there are over 6,600 state and national parks open to the public. While a few of these might have a hotel nearby, the vast majority of them do not. What they do have are fully equipped spaces for motor homes. This means that for $20-$40 a night, you can camp in comfort in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the entire country. It is entirely possible to drive across the entire country and only stay in national and state parks.
Bring Your Family Closer Together
Studies have shown that families that vacation using an RV report a higher level of happiness and satisfaction than those who travel by car or plane. People cited the relaxing nature of motor home travel, as opposed to the stress and discomfort that long flights and car rides produce. Furthermore, in recreational vehicles, families are able to interact using a wider range of mediums. Card games, storytelling, and even activities such as charades are facilitated by the size of a camper.
In conclusion, an RV is a wonderful choice for anyone who likes to travel in comfort.
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Article Source: Three Reasons Why Traveling With An RV Is The Best
Friday, September 2, 2016
It is recommended that renting an RV or tiny house would be a healthy exercise in order to get the feel for a reality check. Even window shopping or online research would be a great idea for this, however going to a dealer is actually better to determine the size and RV floor plan you would mostly see yourself living in.
Funny to say, after going in and out of many sizes and models to take a look at the interior layouts, our conclusion is that the smaller ones had the best layouts.
After looking at the brand new ones, we then started seeing the used RVs and found the older models to have friendlier layouts than the newer models. Strange right? RV designers come up with different styles of RV floor plans by taking into consideration sleeping arrangements, bathrooms and additional exterior kitchen facilities for outdoor enjoyment as well.
For instance, the larger models, 32-40 ft. long, bring a more comfortable layout. However, most of the bedrooms were cramped for space and very uncomfortable, while the eating booth was large. Why not make the booth a 18 inches smaller and give that space to the bedroom? In addition, maybe a used one could be remodeled to your specifications and still save on expenses. Remodeling one to your "needs and wants" is an attractive option without a doubt. There are fifth wheelers, trailers and motorized models to be explored also.
On the other hand, parking must be considered. On your way to mortgage freedom, less expenses and financial flexibility, wouldn't it be ideal to park it in a resort area with a view? RV resort parks are available throughout the country and bring along many amenities and included services which will also alleviate monthly expenses in comparison to living in a larger home. Basic services included are access to water, sewage, power and Wi-Fi for weekend or monthly charges. Other services that could be included, depending on the site, are picnic areas, pools, parking, dumpster, showers, restrooms, allowing pets, laundry and security. Each RV resort must be verified individually for rates.
What about exploring the United States while living full-time in your tiny house RV? Driving on the road could turn out to be very rewarding as you explore all the places you've always wanted to go. Family togetherness and sharing becomes the number one priority for unforgettable moments. Why not enjoy RV living or a tiny house?
Feel free already? Research will continue to be shared, so keep tuned for more information on our findings.
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Article Source: RV Floor Plans - Who Said RVs Are Not Tiny Houses?
Saturday, August 27, 2016
To actually enter the RV park area, you have to pass over a walking/riding trail (accessible from the park), and through a hay field. If you want lights, camera, action, this is not the RV park for you. But, if you want a tranquil rest in the country, then you really need to visit these folks.
The WI-FI was pretty good, but, we were only able to get a couple of stations on our (antenna) TV. We did have a 50-AMP full hook-up pull through, however.
I always take Nadia The Dog for a morning amble, and it was very peaceful walking her past the hay field, and back by way of the walking path, which passes along the edge of the park.
Mill Creek RV Park has a quiet country ambiance, and my wife and I are already planning to drop back by for a longer stay at some later date.
I was able to get an excellent rate with my Passport America membership.
Normal rate is $32 a night, but, with our PPA membership, we stayed for $16.
By the way, if you like hiking, biking, birding, or just plain being in the country, Mill Creek RV Park may be just the place you're looking for.
By the way, if you check their Passport America listing, you will find a different set of directions than what your GPS will probably give you. These are the directions provided by the owner, and, they are definitely easier to navigate than the GPS ones.
Mill Creek RV Park
28861 Veto Road
Elkmont, Alabama 35620
PHONE: (256) 732-3686
GPS: 34.96871 N, 86.99246 W
Friday, June 24, 2016
Located in Kentucky, just off of I-75, at Exit 175. Just take the road in front of the Flying J Truck Stop, and you will be led there. Be careful, however, the road is narrow and winding and the right turn to the camp entrance comes up fast around a curve, at the bottom of a hill, just before a bridge.
IF YOU ARE COMING NORTH ON I-71, DO NOT EXIT WHERE YOU SEE THE OAK CREEK CAMPGROUND SIGN. GO TO I-75 AND GO SOUTH TO EXIT 175.
This is because coming from that direction puts you on narrow, winding roads with crazy drivers. Additionally, coming that way, from I-71, there is a very hard left turn to the road the campground is on, and, as it happened the day I arrived, local drivers can be very unforgiving and thoughtless.
I accidentally came that way, and had to wait for a car to pull out of the road before I could turn. A driver behind me, rather than waiting, shot around me, temporarily blocking the turning car and causing dangerous situation.
Take the I-75 exit.
Oak Creek Campground is relatively secluded, although part of it lies close enough to a fairly busy road to pick up some road noise. As I type this, however, there is no noise from the road.
Although Oak Creek handles everything from tents to big motor homes and fifth wheels, providing reliable electric, water, a fairly decent WIFI, and a small selection of cable channels, they do NOT offer sewer. They will come and PUMP YOUR TANKS once a week, on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.
The people are nice, and there is a small general store available with beer, sodas, snacks, and basic RV supplies.
They do have some games and family-friendly activities, mainly live music at various times, and, there is a playground for kids. They are a pet friendly rv park with the standard rules....no excessive barking, pick up after, etc.
They also have a swimming pool (outdoors and seasonal), and a recreation area.
Prices are reasonable, and, they do offer discounts for AAA, Explorers, and Good Sam members. It is a good idea to call in advance for reservations. When I called, they were booked for my original dates, but, the manager was able to offer an alternative, and offered a lower rate for booking a week than a smaller block of days.
The Oak Creek Campground website is at http://www.oakcreekcampground.com/index.htm
13329 Oak Creek Rd. ● P.O. Box 161 ● Walton, KY 41094 ● (859) 485-9131
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Owning a travel trailer offers people the chance to enjoy a few home comforts while traveling around. A travel trailer can save you a lot of money that would need to be spent on hotels, but you need to ensure that your trailer is well-maintained or it may cost you a lot of money in repairs in the long run. We take a look at the essential items that you need to keep a check on or that you may want to think about replacing.
1. Safety items
First and foremost, you need to ensure that your travel trailer is safe for use. Making sure that you own and maintain essential items such as fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life. Always ensure that batteries are in your safety devices and have a check on them before you leave. Living in such a confined space and cooking in small areas can mean that you are more prone to fires, so safety first at all times.
2. Light switches and light bulbs
If you are planning on hitting the road for a long period and you will not be near any electrical stores, you will need to check all of your electrics before you leave and ensure you take spare light bulbs that will last you throughout your journey. Many travel trailer parts are specially made and normal household fixtures and fittings may not work. Light bulbs are not very expensive so it's always good to have them in stock.
3. Auto Sewer Flush Valve
It is not the nicest thing to think about, but looking after your toilet and sewage system is essential. You will be using your toilet and wash facilities a lot while on the road and you do not want you whole living space smelling. You need to make sure your water tanks are kept clean and using an auto sewer flush valve is very advantageous.
4. Silicone Rescue Tape
No matter how much you look after your travel trailer, problems are bound to pop up now and again on your travels. Having a stash of silicone rescue tape will serve you in good stead as a temporary fix for electrical faults, fuel line problems or damaged hoses.
5. Travel Trailer Solar Charging System
Not having to rely on a hook-up for power can feel very liberating and it enhances the sense of freedom the travel trailer brings. The sun is packed full of energy that can be utilized instead of using a generator. Solar power is very cost-effective and is much better for the environment too. There are many systems for solar charging systems to suit all budgets and they are a very wise investment however much you spend.
Maintaining your travel trailer will ensure that you enjoy many years of happy traveling in your home away from home and you will not be tempted to book into a costly hotel simply because you have not looked after your home essentials.
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Article Source: 5 Essential Travel Trailer Replacement Parts
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Since we were just passing through and didn't really partake of all that Mesquite Oasis RV Park has to offer, I can only pass on a lot of the info on their website.
However, what I CAN comment on is our personal experiences and impressions.
The first thing I DO want to say is that the people we dealt with, over the phone, and in person, were great! Mesquite Oasis is a family-owned RV park, and, although the family was dealing with the health issues of an older member of the family, they went out of their way to make sure we had a place, even having someone drive to the park to check us in on a Sunday when the office was normally closed.
They ARE pet-friendly, by the way and have a playground for the kids. Shopping is within reasonable driving distance.
If you have never been to the Permian Basin area of Texas, do NOT arrive expecting sweeping vistas or breathtaking landscapes. There are vistas, of course, but, you are in the middle of what many would consider a desert. You are also amid oil fields, and, Mesquite Oasis, while a nice place to stay, appears to be home to many who work in the oil industry in the area.
Still, while you won't find the rich and famous living there, you will find hard working families. Everybody I came in contact with during our short stay was friendly and helpful.
The facilities and amenities of Mesquite Oasis RV Park may be a bit basic, but, they are many, and, it is obvious that the owners are trying to do as much as they can to provide them for their guests.
There is a fitness room, computer, laundry, bathrooms and showers, and a recreation room, all accessible by coded entry, in the main building. There is also WIFI access in the park. Hint: Don't forget to get the password, like I did. Oh well. It was just one night and I survived without the Internet.
Mesquite Oasis RV Park has security cameras strategically placed and recording for the sole protection of residents at all times, as well as a Grounds Manager on site who checks the park and facilities periodically through the night.
One unique thing about Mesquite Oasis RV Park is that it boasts a "catch and release" pond, complete with ducks, which has a lit fountain after dark and places to sit for a picnic or just to watch the ducks.
No, you won't find royalty at Mesquite Oasis RV Park in Odessa, Texas, but, they will try to treat you like royalty.
Fees were quite reasonable, by the way. Sites are roomy with plenty of room for more than 1 vehicle and a front porch area. Sites are 40' x 90', appeared to be pull-throughs, and are equipped with 30 amp, 50 amp, and a 110 GFI as well as a hook-up for Direct TV.
Mesquite Oasis RV Park
7601 W 42nd St
Odessa, TX 79764
If no answer call
Current Fees (I did get a military discount)
RV Site/Full Hook-up $35.00/day $210.00/week $750.00/month
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
As you may already know Wales, and especially North Wales is rich with history and heritage. Every year thousands of tourists from all around the world come to visit the many attractions that North Wales has to offer.
If you're looking for somewhere to go in North Wales then one of the best options is without doubt Snowdonia national park, where you will find the famous Mount Snowdon. Standing at 1085 metres above sea level, Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles excluding the Scottish highlands. It is one of the most popular places in the UK for hikers, climbers and tourists looking to find a good view. Despite its height you do not need to be an experienced climber to reach the top. There are several paths of different difficulty leading to the top or if none of them take your fancy you could always just catch the train all the way up, where there's a cafe waiting for you!
However if you're looking for something more adventurous and challenging then there are a range of events that run on and around Snowdon. If you want a physical challenge and want to see Wales from top to bottom then you could try taking on the Welsh three peaks challenge. An adaptation of the British three peaks challenge, the Welsh three peaks challenge involves walking up the three highest peaks in Wales. Starting in the south on Pen y fan in the Brecon Beacons you will then move up to Cadair Idris before finishing up the mighty mount Snowdon and all this should be done within 24 hours!
Alternatively if you would rather stay in North Wales and fancy yourself as a bit of an endurance athlete then you could take on the Man vs Mountain race organised by Rat Race events. This event is not for the faint hearted as it covers over 20 miles from the bottom of Snowdon to the top and back down again, and to make it that little bit more difficult they've also thrown in some obstacles along the way for you to navigate. Man Vs Mountain is one of the highlights of the year for obstacle course racers and is and incredible achievement and experience if completed.
Whatever it is you decide to do there is no doubt that Snowdon and all the events that come with it is one of the best places to go in North Wales. Once you've visited Snowdon there's so much more out there for you to see and do. And don't forget about the many events and wonderful locations including historic castles waiting for you!
This article was inspired by Flint International Day, an event taking place on the grounds of historic Flint castle in 2016. The day is family oriented and interactive and a celebration of all things international and multiculturalism in the UK including music, dance, song, food, crafts. The event will also receive special guests and local community and fundraising groups will be present to spread word about their respective causes.