Best Practices For RVing With The Kids

Best Practices For RVing With The Kids

Best practices  for RVing with the kids. Touring  in an RV is a great way for kids to experience all the wonders around them first hand. Taking the family RVing sounds like a dream but the actual preparation can leave your head spinning if you you don’t have a plan of action. So here are a few tips to help you realize that dream.

Make A Plan and Set Expectations

Teaching your kids organization skills is a lifetime pursuit but when your on the road it is all that more important. Start by creating a plan of where everything will go and who will be responsible for what. Have a family meeting and tell them the game plan for chores and how the trip will play out. Its always good to do some Q and A. By setting expectations your kids feel even more a part of the adventure. Create spaces for the little ones to store their toys, books, or gadgets. Make them responsible for putting these things away when not in use.  Make sure there is a place for everything and everything goes in its place.

Give Everyone Space

With any road trip even in a larger RV, someone will need their own space or personal time. Its a good idea to identify and define what everyone’s needs are for personal space. If the older kids want their own tent for sleeping or if the parents need the younger kids in that back room to with their toys; establish where everyone can be or go.

Give the Older Kids Responsibilities

Let the older kids pack, watch over their smaller siblings and take responsibility for the pets. You could even assign a navigator assistant to help you with the map or GPS. Don’t just leave them with tasks but support them in their efforts and be available for their needs.

Plan your Fun

Even if your plans get thwarted and you have to come up with another option, having a plan can make the fun easier to attain. Go to National parks, State campgrounds. Check out their kids programs (Usually can be found on their website). Bring bikes for everyone to ride around. If nothing else, movement will keep them busy right? Have coloring books, play doh, puzzles and board games for those rainy days. Oh and yes, a selection of movies may be a good back up plan.

Have Fun Together

The most important part is being together. Sure after a while you may retreat to your own spaces but encourage togetherness:Slow down and let the kids be in awe of the world around them while you enjoy it too. Watch sunsets together, share breakfast in the early light. Count the stars together. Make lots of fires together and roast corn, s’mores or hot dogs. Make memories by being open to what the moment brings you.

Always bring extra blankets, coats, sunscreen and necessary medications. Even a warm day can turn into a chilly night and a cold day skin-damaging sun exposure.

Choose a Campsite

Research where your going and know the fees, amenities and particulars of not just the campground but your specific space. Some campgrounds charge a kid tax. Be sure you know this will be a good place for all of you to stay at. What kind of people does the campground cater to? Travelers or families? Does it have a game room or park where kids can play? Does it have a laundry facility? State and National Parks are usually more family friendly. When you arrive feel out the people and the layout so you can be aware of boundaries to set with your kids and what freedoms they can enjoy.

Things to Remember:

• If in a Motorhome and on the road, make sure everyone buckles up

• Always bring a door mat (Something heavy duty). Mud and dirt will be your biggest adversary

• Have a mini broom on hand

• Always have extra blankets and jackets

• For the young ones bring a baby monitor, baby fence and a baby gate

• Bring glow sticks or glow bracelets for fun in the evenings

• Bring a large supply of wood skewers for hot dogs and cooking things over the fire (The kids will love it!)


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RVing To The South Beach Campground

RVing To The South Beach Campground

RVing To The South Beach Campground… Everyone who has ever been to the Olympic Peninsula knows just how beautiful and fun it can be. There are many places to visit and stay and some locations are considered super popular among frequent travelers. However, i want to tell you a little bit about a not-so popular but hidden gem for RV camping… South Beach.

South Beach was rated the Best RV-friendly destination by Northwest Motorsport featured in the Seattle times. Its not considered the most luxurious of locations. The amenities are not its draw. South Beach is all about the views and the raw experience of the coast.

South Beach sits on a bluff looking over the Pacific ocean just 38 miles from Forks. The Park is first come first serve. No reservations are available so make sure to arrive there early on the weekends between May and September. South beach is very affordable. All 55 sites are $15 a night and can house your RV 21ft up to 35ft long (There are only a few at 35ft). Be sure to bring your own potable water. None is available on the campground. There is less privacy there than the other campgrounds but you cannot beat the open ocean views.

There is a trail that takes you directly from the campground to the beach. On the beach, there are picnic tables and fire pits. Cook your dinner and dine with family next to one of the most beautiful views in the world. From South Beach you can explore all the other great attractions like the HOH Rainforest and  Kalaloch Beach.

2018 Season: May 18 – September 24.

Reservations: First-come, first-served.

Sites and Fees: 55 total sites, $15 per a night.

RVs: Sites for 21 feet, a few for 35 feet.

Facilities: No potable water. Flush toilets available.

Handicap Accessible: Flush toilets are not wheelchair accessible. No handicap beach access trails.

South Beach State Park and the surrounding areas offer a variety of recreational opportunities.

No hook ups or dump station

South Beach Campground is on Olympic Highway, WA-101. It is 38 miles south of Forks, WA, and 71 miles north of Aberdeen, WA.

Go HERE to see 360 views of the campground by Campground Views


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How To Get Your RV Unstuck

How To Get Your RV Unstuck

How to get your RV unstuck… I will share my story.

It was my first time taking an RV to a beach setting. The whole family wanted to ride horses on the beach and so I called the company that does the horseback riding. The lady on the phone said that I could drive the RV right onto the beach and that she had her horse trailers there, so it was safe. I trusted she knew what she was talking about. Well, an hour later and $250 later, we are getting towed out by two trucks. My word of caution is, Sand and RV’s don’t mix, but if for some reason your get stuck in the sand, here are a few tips that may help.

Know Your Path

The first step is to know what type of ground your going to be driving on. If you need to, do some research, if the research is not helpful make sure you get out and physically walk your destination before driving onto it. If the ground is soft or you are unsure if its good for your RV don’t tread! Always choose the sure path.

In Sand

Letting some air out of your tires may help. Letting a little air out of your tires can compress more of the rubber to the surface area of the path resulting in better traction (Don’t let out too much air that your riding on the rims, this may cause damage and bigger problem for you).Letting some air out may give you just enough traction to get loose. When you return to the solid road way you will need to put the air back in your tires.  Another tip that I have heard but have not tested is; pour a couple gallons of water under the tires. It is said that the water will compact the sand and may give more traction.

In Mud

Well, one thing works for Muddy surfaces… . If you get stuck in the mud you will need to use something to put under your tire or on your tire to gain traction like tire chains, traction mats or even leveling blocks. In a pinch you can be creative and use 2 x 4  pieces of wood or pieces of carpet to put under the tire.

When stuck in mud or sand try to accelerate slowly straight forward then try backward. The point is to gain enough momentum to get out of the hole. If you can, try to use the very lowest gear. Slow and steady is the cure (For four wheel drive, turn the wheels back and forth to try and gain traction while accelerating slowly).

Use Tools & Resources

A winch or tow straps can be helpful in pulling you out of the jam. Try using plywood, planks of wood, leveling blocks, debris or anything that will help get under your tires and give it traction. If you don’t have anything that will help, look for people around you that may have some of these tools.

The best rule is to know your path and don’t tread where you even think there may be a traction issue; but if you do get stuck, we hope these tips will help in a jam.


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Jayco Fifty Acts of Kindness

Jayco Fifty Acts of Kindness

Jayco Fifty Acts of Kindness

Jayco is celebrating their 50th Anniversary by doing fifty acts of kindness in the community

 

Jayco fifty acts kindness- Contributing to community is just one of Jayco’s core values dating back to 1968 and today (February 19th 2018) Jayco will model that core value as they celebrate Fifty years of service. This is a great opportunity for Jayco to model their values to the public and make a difference. In just little ways Jayco will demonstrate giving back to the community which will involve the efforts of its staff. With help, the RV manufacturer will give to local parks, kids in hospitals, libraries, schools, public works departments and drivers in the community.

A few of the ways Jayco will be contributing:

  • Providing stuffed animals to pediatric wards at local hospitals
  • Giving coffee and donuts to local police, fire and public works departments
  • Donating supplies and giving support to local school districts
  • Providing playground equipment and trees to local parks departments
  • Supporting the local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Donating books to local libraries
  • And giving free gas to drivers in the community

“Jayco has always been guided by the golden rule. These acts of kindness are our way of living out those values and thanking those who have supported us for the last 50 years,” stated Derald Bontrager, Jayco president and CEO and part of the founding family. “We understand that the support of our employees, dealers, suppliers, customers and the communities in which we operate played a key role in our success.” -Jayco

Source: www.jayco.com/about/news/jayco-celebrates-50th-anniversary-with-50-acts-of-kindness/


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RV Show Season Is Here

RV Show Season Is Here

RV Show Season Is Here… RV shows are starting to pop up on the calendar for 2018, so why should you go? Whether you’re just looking, wanting to know more about RVing or know what you want, there really is no better place to see it all at one time.

You’ll see all of the different types of RVs at a show so you can go through them and see what would work best for how you want to use your RV. Do you want an all-in-one, a towable, a light-weight? At a show, you’re free to browse and ask questions along the way.  Dealers will often have manufacturer’s reps on-site and you can compare the different features and benefits of various models and brands. If you need more time, the shows usually run for 4 days so you can come back and see more or ask more questions.  Dealers are also there to sell so you can get some good deals at a show.

If you are new to RVing, go to a show first and educate yourself. If you are already living the RV Lifestyle, go to a show to see what’s new…new technologies, new features, new models and new accessories.

The Seattle RV Show is the largest show in the Pacific Northwest and is in its 55th year. The show is being held at CenturyLink Field Event Center on February 8-11. This show truly has it all with over 20 dealers and hundreds of RVs to see.  In addition, you’ll find some great seminars that include such topics as Boondocking 101, Full-Time RVing, Solar Energy, RV Basics, Exploring Your Washington State Parks, RVing to Alaska, Proper Travel Trailer Towing and many more.  It’s the perfect place to gain knowledge about technical aspects, travel destinations and RV lifestyle options and ask these experts questions. This show is family-friendly with a fun pirate Treasure Hunt for the kids and free babysitting for children under 10 on the weekend.

You’ll also see some interesting attractions at this show.  The “Ask the Technician” display is supported by experienced service technicians on-hand to answer all of your questions and demonstrate some of the latest new “Mods, Accessories and More”.  If you’re a newbie, take an hour to go through the “Hands on RV 101” where you will be walked through the operational systems of an RV and see how easy it is. If you like to do activities when you RV, stop by the “Bring Your Toys” display and see all the fun things you can do from your RV including a great display of off-road electrical bicycles.

To really go fully prepared for this show, the Seattle RV Show mobile app makes it easy to lay out what you want to see, where to go, maps and locations, and reminders of any seminars you don’t want to miss. They also offer a “Come Back Another Day” free ticket if you ask at their Information Booth.

If you are interested in or already are an avid RVer, try to make it to an RV Show this year.  With improvements in the recent economy, the industry has done its homework and added many new models and features to meet the demands of new millennials entering the market along with new technologies for all to make your RV Lifestyle the best ever.  Have fun!


Author: Cheryl Johnston is the Associate Director for MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. MHRV is a not-for-profit association of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and financial institutions organized to promote the interests of the manufactured housing and RV industries. This includes producing the Seattle and Puyallup RV Shows each year and providing educational information through various mediums, including their blog site NorthwestRVing.com.


Grilled Holiday Turkey Recipe

Grilled Holiday Turkey Recipe

Grilled Holiday Turkey Recipe: Well, we just finished with Thanksgiving. Maybe you missed out on the Turkey extravaganza or you’re planning a turkey feast for the Christmas Holiday. Whatever the plan, we have a bit of a twist to the traditional Turkey recipe if you’re seeking a flavorful and unique option. Here is the Norman Family Grilled Turkey recipe.

What you will need

1 20lb. Turkey

1 boxes Stove top Cornbread stuffing

1 Yellow Onion

1 Cans whole Cranberries

1 Cans sliced black olives

1 Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (If you prefer not to use wine use 100% cranberry juice)

1 Clove of garlic

1 small ginger root

Black Pepper

Sea salt

Italian Seasoning (McCormick makes a great Italian seasoning with Oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, sage and rosemary)

Preparation

Flavor: Slice the garlic, ginger and onion. Then make the stuffing mix. Open one can of whole cranberries and sliced black olives. Put stuffing, cranberries, sliced garlic, onion, ginger and black olives into one bowl. Mix it until it’s evenly mixed.

Turkey: Make sure the turkey is thawed, cleaned and ready for cooking (Don’t forget to take out the giblets and necks). Put the turkey in a deep casserole or Dutch oven pan (Preferably Cast Iron or Stainless steel). Pour half the bottle of Cabernet over the turkey and inside the hole of the turkey. Stuff the bird with the stuffing mix you just prepared. Then sprinkle some sea salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning over the top of the turkey (You can’t really over do the spices as the juices will run off the turkey).

Fire: The fire is the second key to the flavor. You can do this in a BBQ grill or out in the field. Whatever you choose, you must make sure the turkey stays covered so that all the juices remain with the turkey. Set the fire. I like to use wood or mesquite as it gives a great flavor to the meat (I’m a poet and didn’t even know it!). Then I cover the turkey with a cast iron lid. If you’re cooking on a BBQ grill that is big enough, close the grill cover as well. Cook the bird for 4 hours checking on it every hour to make sure it is not burning and that it’s getting sufficient heat. When the meat is not pink or falling away from the bone it’s done.

We hope this is as great a recipe for your family as it has blessed us this year.

Have a great Holiday!


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Is My RV Loan Tax Deductible?

Is My RV Loan Tax Deductible?

Is My RV Loan Tax Deductible? Its tax time again and we all have that lingering question… Is it deductible?

Surprisingly, RV’s can be considered a second home and therefore are tax deductible.

***Alert!***

We recommend you consult a tax expert before making any tax decisions.

Does your RV qualify to be tax deductible?

An RV or mobile home loan  is considered to be tax deductible as a second home if it meets three basic requirements.

-Does it have sleeping facilities?

-Does it have cooking facilities?

-Does it have toilet facilities?

 

According to the IRS…

“A second home can include any other residence you own and choose to treat as a second home. You don’t have to use the home during the year. However, if you rent it to others, you must also use it as a home during the year for more than the greater of 14 days or 10 percent of the number of days you rent it, for the interest to qualify as qualified residence interest.”

“Qualified mortgage interest includes interest and points you pay on a loan secured by your main home or a second home. Your main home is where you live most of the time, such as a house, cooperative apartment, condominium, mobile home, house trailer, or houseboat. It must have sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities. You can also treat amounts you paid during 2016 for qualified mortgage insurance as home mortgage interest. The insurance must be in connection with home acquisition debt, and the insurance contract must have been issued after 2006.”

IRS Links:

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p936

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc


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3 Steps To Being A Smart Northwest RVer

3 Steps To Being A Smart Northwest RVer

3 Steps To Being A Smart Northwest RVer… If your new to RVing or maybe just looking for some tips to enrich your RV experience. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, but it helps to know where to look for it. We will give you three steps help you find the knowledge you need and make good connections in the RV lifestyle.

Know your Dealership:

This is crucial to understanding the ins and outs of maintaining your RV. There are always details about ownership that are not so apparent at the time of purchase. With anything new, you want to understand your purchase as best you can. The Dealer understands any short falls and can and help you navigate around them. They can also help you to understand some of the benefits you may not see right away. It’s very important to be associated with a dealer that has a full Service shop and Parts department. Service and Maintenance is a big part of owning an RV. You want to make sure you are well informed and surround yourself with an honest advisory so that your RV experience is enjoyable for the long term.

Get informed on the lifestyle:

RVing is a lifestyle and culture of its own, even for those who only do it during the summer. There is a lot of knowledge and avenues to understand when enjoying your new adventure on wheels. There are a number of ways to stay informed on the lifestyle with tech tips, destinations, RV life and travel.

Here are a few below:

Your dealership Newsletter (Valley’s is here www.nwrventure.com)

MHRV puts out a blog at www.northwestrving.com

WA State Parks has Blog called Adventure awaits

Connect with the community of RVers:

Believe it or not you are not alone on the road out there. There is a whole community of RVers that are eager to pass down their wisdom or connect you to the experience of RVing.

A couple great ways to connect are below:

Dealership Facebook

Jayco Owner Forums

Jayco Clubs

Share your Journeys


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4 Tips To Buying An RV

4 Tips To Buying An RV

4 Tips To Buying An RV. Whether you are new to RV ownership or have owned RV’s for years. These tips can help you prepare for buying that new RV in the horizon.

  1. Evaluate if an RV is really a fit for you and your family

You can do this by asking yourself “What are my needs?” then based on those needs try to find an RV that fits. If your needs are comfortable beds with a hot tub maybe an RV is not exactly what you need. But if you like road trips and wilderness camping you’re right on track! After you determine if an RV will work for you then you need to evaluate if there is an RV that will fit all your needs.

  1. What Features will you need? Research RV’s to find what fits.

Now, you need to ask yourself what are the important needs? Do you plan to RV full-time or only during the summer? Do you have kids and need bunks? Do you need or want slides for extra room or entertaining? How many people should it sleep? Etc. If you don’t know what questions to ask, start learning about RV’s by visiting RV shows, RV dealerships and even interviewing current RV owners to get an understanding of what options are available.

  1. Which Type of RV is right for you and your family? New or Used?

RV’s come in different sizes, types and price ranges. You want to pick the type that best suits your goals. If you will be traveling across the country, a motor home may be the best option for you. If you plan to live in it for an extended time, you might be looking at a Fifth Wheel. If you are taking it to RV campgrounds, keep in mind that most campgrounds accommodate roughly 32 feet for space, when some RV’s can be 40 feet or longer. Buying new or used really comes down to how much you will be using it and how much you have to spend. If you plan to only use it a couple times out of the year, you may want to purchase a used RV and save some of that money for the trips. If you want to go all in, then buying new is right for you. You can get a 2 year Warranty from Jayco with an affordable payment plan.

  1. Buy from a credible RV Dealership

A good Dealership can be an invaluable resource (Be careful of those dealers that are not fully answering your questions and just trying to sell you). A good Dealer can explain some of the technical and cultural sides of RVing. They can also help you decide what features would best suit you and your lifestyle. Be sure to go with a dealer that has both a full service shop and a parts store. Its always better to have your rig serviced by the same shop you bought it from. The dealer can also advise you on the best under-coating to protect your rig from the elements. A word of advice…remember to get RV insurance (Shop around to find the best policy) you will be glad you did.


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Dutch Oven Style Carne Asada Fries

Dutch Oven Style Carne Asada Fries

Dutch Oven Style Carne Asada Fries. If you want a fun and easy recipe for those nights by the fire. You can’t go wrong with Carne Asada Fries Dutch Oven style. This is a family favorite and you can be sure the kids will ask for this over and over!

Ingredients:

-Marinated Carne Asada

-2 bottles of Modelo Mexican Cerveza (If you have a sensitivity to beer you can use ginger ale)

-Johnny’s seasoning salt

-Black Pepper

-Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese)

-Heat and Ready French Fries (In your frozen food isle)

-Jalapenos

-Fresh Pico de Gallo

Marinate your Carne Asada over night in beer or lemonade (The citrus or alcohol will help tenderize the meat). Add Johnny’s seasoning and black pepper to the marinade. When you are ready to cook, grill your meat first over the fire or BBQ and use your dutch oven to heat up the french fries. When fries are lightly golden add your meat over top the fries then crumble queso over top the fries and meat. Then close up the dutch oven and let it heat for 10. Cover until cheese has melted then serve on plates or bowls and add your fresh Jalapenos and Pico to the top. The last step is… enjoy!


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