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Getting around your campground or RV park might be a task. Taking leisurely strolls is always an option, but if you don’t want to walk, there are other fun ways of transportation. These transportation’s can be motorized or require your own physical power.
These means of transportation can be useful to visit other campers in the park nearby or just a basic activity that you and your family members might enjoy.
Roller Skates & Blades
Strollers & Wagons for kids.
Electric Cars for Kids
Electric Scooters range from all shapes & sizes! The advantage to most of these scooters is that you never need to pull into a gas station. Some of these scooters have a distance range of 65 miles but this all depends on the battery type you choose when purchasing your battery. The most important thing to keep in mind when traveling with your scooter is to review the laws regulating electric vehicles in the varying states. These regulations will also vary for public roads & are important to know concerning your electric vehicle.
Electric Bicycles can be a large investment but that isn’t something that needs to be a problem because there are conversion kits to convert the bike that you have now to electric. The advantages to these bikes are that your able to let the bike do most of the work but it is possible to extend your distance by doing some pedaling yourself.
Whichever mode of transportation you chose it is important to keep in mind that it is better to choose more “green” options so that you are in consideration to the comfort of others as they are on their getaway as well. No one wants to hear loud gas powered machines going back and forth around the campground. If the electric options are chosen then your fellow RVers will be impressed rather than irritated.
** This information came from “The Fun Times Guide” on their article called “Fun & Practical Ways To Get Around RV Parks And Campgrounds”.
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoying the great outdoors is one of the main reasons people go camping. But before you go out hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, or just for a walk, make sure you are protected from the harmful things that live or grow in and around the area your camping in. One major thing that grows in the forest are poisonous plants, and you need to know what to avoid. Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac and Stinging Nettles are 4 plants you need to AVOID when walking in the woods. With a little bit of information, you’ll be able to watch for these plants and know what to do if you come in contact with them.
Poison Ivy is found throughout North America and is usually east of the Rocky Mountains. These plants like to grow in wooded areas and like to grow on exposed rocks, in open fields, as ground cover, as vines, or as underbrush. This plant rarely grows above 5,000 feet. Poison Ivy can be identified by the following characteristics: a shrub or vine that has clusters of three almond shape leaflets, reddish hairs on the vine and no thorns. It can grow as tall as four feet but is frequently found as ground cover between 4-10 inches high. If you do come in contact with Poison Ivy, it will cause itching, red inflammations and possibly blistering. Over-the-counter medicines like Calamine Lotion and home remedies (oatmeal baths, baking soda) will help to relieve the irritation.
Poison Oak can be found from New Jersey to Florida, in the Western US, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. These plants like sandy soils and typically grow in thickets, forests, and dry, sandy fields. Poison Oak can be identified by the following characteristics: has 3 to 5 lobed leaves that usually have a scalloped edge. It bears a fuzzy fruit on the branches and the leaves can be wrinkled. Poison Oak and Poison Ivy have similar symptoms and treatments. Symptoms include itching, red inflammation and blistering. Treatments include over-the-counter lotions (Calamine Lotion), oatmeal baths and baking soda.
Poison Sumac is the least common of the three but is the most toxic. These plants are found in wet areas such as swamps, bogs, and flooded areas in the eastern US and Canada. Poison Sumac can be identified by the following characteristics: a small tree or shrub with bluish-green leaves that are oblong in shape with highly visible red veins and usually 7-13 leaves per stem. There are also grey or cream-colored fruit berries on the bush. If you come in contact with this plant it will cause a more lengthy and painful skin eruptions and irritations. Wash off your skin within 15 minutes of contact with warm soapy water. This washes the Urushiol oils off (this oil will bond with your skin after 15 minutes, so immediately wash your skin). Then use Cortical Cream in the infected areas.
Stinging Nettles are not really poisonous but it SHOULD be AVOIDED! It grows just about anywhere. This plant has fine hairs on the leaves and stems, and contains irritating chemicals which are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin, causing IMMEDIATE irritation. It stings your skin like crazy and causes blisters. Once you’ve been stung by Stinging Nettles, wash your hands, the affected areas and then your hands again. Then apply Calamine Lotion or another over-the-counter itch reliever. Just remember to not scratch the infected areas.
When in doubt, just don’t touch! If you have questions about plants in your area, get a hold of your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
This information was found at the following sources:
“Avoid These Toxic Plants On Your Camping Trip” at http://www.campingtripguide.com
“Plants to Avoid” at hiking-and-camping.com
“Poisonous Plants” at romanticcamping.com
“Poisonous Plants” at gocampingamerica.com
Camping just isn’t camping without a fire! Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows is a must on every camping trip. The key to a good campfire is safety. Here are 8 Campfire Safety Tips to keep your camping trips full of great memories.
1. Know the Rules: In some areas you go camping in, campfires are not allowed. Even though it’s tempting to break the rules and start a fire, don’t. There is a reason why campfires are not allowed in the area. So make sure to call ahead to see if the park, campground or area your staying at allows campfires or not. You can call your local Forest Service station or visit the US Forest Service website for fire information.
2. Use Designated Fire Pits: If campfires are permitted in your campground, make sure to use the area that has been designated for one. Look for campfire pits, holes surrounded by rocks, etc. If a campfire area has not been designated and its permitted, go ahead and make one. Find an area that is clear of brush or debris. Next dig a wide enough and deep enough circle for your fire. Lastly, surround your circle with large rocks, big enough to keep the wood and kindling contained without it blowing or tumbling out of the campfire.
3. Clear Area of All Debris: Clean up the area around your campfire pit. Get rid of twigs, leaves, paper products or other flammable items within a 3 feet radius of your campfire. Also, any overhanging branches should be cut down.
4. Use the Right Wood: Using the right wood to start a campfire is key. Start by gathering small twigs, wood shavings and dry leaves or grass. These three items will help ignite the fire easily. NEVER USE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS TO START A FIRE! After you have those three items, kindling or small sticks, an inch in diameter or less goes on next. Make sure your kindling is burning really well before adding the last kind of wood to your fire – the Fuel: larger pieces of dry wood. These larger pieces will burn for longer periods of time, keeping the fire nice and hot!
5. Don’t Over-Build: Campfires can easily get out of control fast. Keep your campfire within the fire pit borders and keep it small to avoid sparks. Sparks can easily turn into an unwanted forest fire.
6. Be Ready to Put It Out: Have a bucket of water and a shovel, or a fire extinguisher nearby just case the flames get out-of-control.
8. Douse, Dreg & Dig: Before leaving your camping area, make sure your campfire is completely out. Pouring a few buckets of water over the fire is not enough. Use your shovel to dreg up the fire to find any hot spots or embers that are still hot. Even though these embers seem small and unimportant, they can still start a forest fire. Make sure to pour more water on these hots spots and embers. Dirt can also help cool down these pieces. Lastly, keep turning the fire debris to make sure everything is cool and NEVER PUT FIRE ASH INTO TRASH RECEPTACLES.
Sometimes when traveling we just need to take a bit more equipment than the average family. For example you might want to tow a boat & a camper behind your vehicle. This is known as triple towing. It is important to know your limits when it comes to triple towing.
The good news is that in most states it is legal to tow two trailers at the same time behind your vehicle. It is allowed in the following States:
But things aren’t always just black and white so here are some exceptions to the rule. States will have different variations of triple towing so it might restrict your abilities to triple tow.
Be sure to find out which states limit the total length of all 3 units to 65 feet. But in other circumstances the limit is 70 feet or 75 feet total length. Other issues you might find is that States can also limit the second trailer to recreational equipment, such as a boat, snowmobile, or ATV 4-wheelers. Special endorsement on your drivers license to tow any trailer over 10,000 lbs or to drive a motorhome that is over 40 feet in length is required in California.
Some good websites that contain the rules and guidelines for triple towing by State are Woodall’s Rules of the Road & Towing World. Although these websites do contain good information, it is important to know that rules and laws can change frequently and information can often times get mixed up so be sure to find out the latest rules and regulations before you plan your trip. To do this, contact the Transportation Department or Highway Patrol in your State & the States you are traveling through.
Lastly, remember that safety is the name of the game when it comes to triple towing so be sure that you are properly following all safety measures and regulations. Triple towing requires a great deal of responsibility. This responsibility includes being able to maneuver in close spaces, using your brake with enough room to stop safely, and knowing how to back up all those units without causing a wreck. But most importantly, use common sense and watch your surrounds.
** This information came from “The Fun Times Guide” on their article called “Triple Towing: What You Need To Know Before You Pull 2 Trailers Behind A Car, Truck, or RV”.
**Bish’s RV Supercenter only recommends triple towing if you know all the risks. Make sure you can see 200 feet behind the last vehicle you’re towing (towing mirrors help with this), and when you are backing up, you know how to maneuver your trailers properly. Also, remember to check all State laws and guidelines when tripe towing.
A Toy Hauler is an RV that contains a garage in the rear portion of the vehicle. This extremely versatile vehicle has a purpose of being able to bring along toys such as dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, motorcycles & UTVs, to be combine with your camping experience.
Toy Haulers were originally designed for fifth wheel trailers but are now being built for travel trailers. Both of these trailers create an area where you can haul your toys but also have a nice place to relax and sleep. The sofas that also fold down to beds, are usually on a pulley system that rise up to the ceiling and out of the way, giving you plenty of room for your toys.
On-board gas fueling stations are also a great feature with Toy Haulers, giving you the ability to top off your gas-powered toys instead of carrying extra gas cans with you.
A more rugged type of Toy Hauler is a “utility cargo trailer with living quarters.” Popular with professions that haul equipment like racing teams, these trailers provide a dual-function portable residence.
The 3rd type of Toy Hauler is a horse trailer with living quarters. For those that bring their horse(s) to enjoy their favorite hobbies 0n their vacation, this vehicle makes it possible to haul your horses and have a place to stay.
Toy Haulers can be used to live in while traveling long distances to make and sell items at festivals, flea markets, and open air bazaars. Your garage in your toy hauler can be used as a workshop to set up or assemble your product being sold while sleeping, eating, & showering in the same vehicle. Imagine the business you could put together with your own Toy Hauler!
With all of these different types of uses that can be obtained with Toy Haulers it is important to know the limits. Important things to consider when purchasing a Toy hauler: Make sure the garage area is the right size for what you’ll be hauling. Also, be aware of what will put more wear and tear on your unit so that you can keep it looking and lasting as long as possible.
With the end of last year, the sales of Class A & Class C Motorhomes went out with a HOO RA! Compared with the time of the previous year the sales went up 12.8%. As for the span of the year, 2011 was ahead of 2010 by 1.9% according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Class C sales had a 23% increase which was the lead for the year and the month of December. 7.9% was the increase for Class A sales.
The overall leader for 2011 in the industry was Thor Industries Inc. They accomplished a 20% market share that was just barely ahead of Winnebago Industries Inc. at 19%. Followed after them was Forest River Inc. at 12%.
The leader in class A was Tiffin Motorhomes Inc with 21.1% market share that allowed Winnebago coming into 2nd place again in Class A sales. Winnebago’s Class A sales gained a 20.2% share.