Have you ever seen an RV race?

Now you have! Really, this is a very entertaining and action packed race. Plus, it pretty much answers the question, “What would racing an RV be like?

Enjoy.

Now THAT was entertaining. Hey guys, if you’re ever in America and need an RV, come see Jim…on second thought…

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"The Happiest RV on the Planet"

…bonus if you are into cycling and Jelly Belly Candy! I’m into all three! Lucky me!

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"RV Obsession", by Jack Keen brought to you by Jim.

I recently ran across a really good RV writer who has written a few short essays and I wanted to share a few with you. His name is Jack Keen and his website is Keenwriter.com. Mr. Keen has a good sense of humor, has good advice and loves rving. I’ve never met Mr. Keen, but from his writing it’s almost like I already know him. I’m taking the liberty of reposting some of his RV work here for you to enjoy. Remember, this is not my work. Please visit his website if you like what you read.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OBSESSION (RVO)

 

With heavy heart and no small amount of trepidation I must share with you a new medical condition from which I unfortunately suffer.  While some had previously noted symptoms, they did not fully manifest until last week.  Once you read my account of this truly regrettable situation you will immediately recognize that I am definitely suffering from the malady.

There I was stopped at a red light when a gorgeous blonde crossed the street right in front of me.  Of course I was watching this lovely young lady when out of the corner of my eye I spotted an RV.  What a dilemma.  Do I continue enjoying the lovely young woman or check out the RV?  I wound up eyeing the RV and that was the final proof, I’m suffering from a major case of RVO.  In case you are wondering, RVO is more technically known as Recreational Vehicle Obsession.

Without a doubt you wish to know whether you or a loved one has succumbed to this dreaded new disease.  Read on for indicators while trying not to think about Jeff Foxworthy.

If you have more than a nodding acquaintance with Wal-Mart greeters in three states, you might have RVO.  If you’ve ever walked to the back yard and spent the night in your motor home, you might have RVO.  If you’ve ever seriously considered cashing in your 401K to buy a motor home, you might have RVO.  If the last time you saw your grandkids was at a Flying J in Midland, Texas, you might have RVO.

If your wife believes she lives in a motor home because you are in the witness protection program, you might have RVO.  If it takes more than twenty seconds to answer the question; “Where do you live?” you might have RVO.  If you pass on the Victoria’s Secret special to check the water level in your coach batteries, you might have RVO.

If your idea of winterizing is driving south, you might have RVO.  If you forgot your wife’s birthday, but celebrated your RV salesman’s fortieth with a candy gram, you might have RVO.  Now you know.

So what does a dedicated RV owner (and RVO sufferer) do when circumstances require a short respite from the road?  Go to an RV show of course.  I go to RV shows for two reasons: to see what I can’t afford and to get anything that’s free.  The answers are usually lots and not much.  I once lingered over the inflatable hot tubs, but my RV couldn’t carry an extra coffee mug.  Nevertheless, I enthusiastically recommend RV owners and hopefuls check out every RV show possible.  It is great fun to see what’s new and dream of tomorrow’s possibilities.

STUPID CAMPER TIP:  Your RV is tall.  Doesn’t seem like much of a tip does it?  Read on: It seems my neighbor purchased a brand new class C RV.  By way of celebration he invited half a dozen neighbors to pile in for the short excursion to a local restaurant.  He was proudly explaining all the great features of his brand new RV as he pulled into the restaurant, literally.  You see my neighbor wanted to do the gentlemanly thing and drop off his guests at the front door.  Unfortunately driving to the front door meant driving under a brick portico (otherwise known as an overhang) and you guessed it.  The brick portico ripped his AC right off the roof.

See you on the road RVO sufferers everywhere.

If you think you have a case of RVO I know one place that can help cure that! I’ll print more of Jack Keen’s work soon. I know a lot of us can relate to his RV experiences.

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Probably the Most Helpful RV Tip…Ever.

There’s nothing to say, just watch.

Brilliant!

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The RV: What is it really?

I guess I just always kind of assumed that everyone knows and understands what falls under the broad spectrum of what is referred to as “The RV”.

If you are thinking about getting an RV, but are clueless as to what an RV really is, then this post is for you: It’s RV 101.

The term recreational vehicle  includes everything from $10,000 tent trailers to $700,000 motorhomes. There are trailers and fifth-wheels targeted for every price range, lifestyle, towing capacity and family size, coming in every shape, size and options package imaginable.

Tent Trailers

A popular choice for young families and first-time RVers, tent trailers are fairly inexpensive, easy to tow and can comfortably fit a small family.

Standard sizes for tent-trailer boxes are eight, 10 and 12 feet, with eight-footers reaching 17 or 18 feet when extended and 12-foot models extending up to 22 feet. These trailers can usually sleep six to eight people comfortably, and many come equipped with fridges, forced-air furnaces and stoves.

A well-equipped eight-foot tent trailer will cost around $9,000, which along with a tow weight of roughly 1,000 to 2,000 pounds (450 to 900 kilograms), makes them a very affordable choice.

Lightweight Trailers

Higher fuel prices over the last couple years have sparked a resurgence in the popularity of lightweight trailers, with more and more being built for smaller vehicles.

Lightweight trailers tend to range from 13 to 18 feet in length, and weigh around 3,500 to 4,000 pounds. They range from couple’s trailers to family-oriented styles that can comfortably sleep up to six.

By having a hard wall instead of tent ends, these lightweight trailers can expand the RV season as they can more easily handle the early spring or late fall snow.

They are also fairly inexpensive, starting around $15,000.

Fifth-Wheels

RVers looking for a top-of-the-line fifth-wheel can spend anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000. These trailers have the best and the latest in entertainment, with large bathrooms, full kitchens and bedrooms that would feel at home in a luxury hotel. In fact,  they have everything someone needs for four-season living.

While they are a standard eight-and-a-half-feet in width for travel, sliders on either side of the trailer can be extended to provide a surprising amount of floor space, turning a 35-foot trailer into a roomy travelling apartment.

Conventional Travel Trailers

These are the trailers that most people think of when they think of trailers. It’s one of the largest subsections of RVs, and includes models that run anywhere from 18 to 39 feet in length. At the 20-foot-and-over range, there is also a wide array of fifth-wheels available, opening even more options.

Conventional travel trailers can be very well-appointed with sizable kitchens, living and bedroom areas, and offer a range of options in building materials, accessories and dimensions. Well-appointed conventional travel trailers start at about $20,000 and go up from there, while a fifthwheel with comparable size and features will usually cost $4,000 to $5,000 more.

Motorhomes

There are three classes of motorhomes: Class C motorhomes look a bit like a small home attached to the back of a truck or van. They generally have a sleeping compartment above the cab, and a living area located right behind the cab. Class B motorhomes are van conversions — they look like a van but have modified sleeping and living quarters inside.

Class B motorhomes are between $80,000 and $100,000, while a Class C ranges from $65,000 to $100,000.

Class A motorhomes are the larger bus-like vehicles. These can start as low as $85,000 and go well into the $700,000 range and beyond. They can stretch to as long as 45 feet and include multiple slides to provide a huge living space.

So now you know the differences, get out there and GO RVING!

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RV Parks Adding Great New Amenities

When I was growing up, camping was an adventure. That isn’t to say that by today’s standards it isn’t still an adventure…it very much is. Let’s just say the days of sleeping on a poorly cleared campsite ( just one rock under the tent was nightmare inducing), having to go to the bathroom with a flashlight and sleeping with critters you’d only seen in books has changed.

Today, the great outdoors is filled not only with pools, game rooms and horseshoe pits but giant movie screens, inflatable bounce pillows, cappuccino carts and, of course, Wi-Fi. Tent sites and recreational vehicle parks sharing space with cabins and fully appointed lodges.

I’ll be the first to admit — I prefer camping with four walls, a real bed and a private bathroom. But laptops propped up on picnic tables? RVs with outdoor televisions? Texting around the campfire? Has our inability to disconnect from the outside world and our favorite tech toys gone too far?

Yes and No. The important thing to remember is this: At least you are outside enjoying some of what nature has to offer.

The trick, says Pauline Wood, co-owner of Petaluma KOA Camping, is to provide entertainment that will draw campers away from their televisions, laptops and cell phones. To that end, her campground offers a full schedule of events from May to October, including hay rides, pool parties, rock wall climbing and wine tastings.

“We’re like the Disney of camping,” she said. “We offer the full spectrum.”

I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of RVing adapting to interface and reflect our cultural and societal changes as well.

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