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| By Charles Shugart Jr. ||Lincoln County, Nevada |
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Alaska’s Spectacular Denali National Park
Denali National Park and Preserve is how it appears on the map, but the name of the mountain is Mt. McKinley (sometimes called Denali by the locals—just to keep you guessing). The word Denali comes from the Athapascan Native Americans. It means Great Mountain, or perhaps High Mountain; it’s hard to find out the exact meaning. That’s okay, either will get you there.
The park is a wonderful destination because of Mt. McKinley, the alpine tundra, and the chances to see and photograph wildlife. There are a few trails, but mostly there are opportunities to wander over the trail-less tundra. Before doing so, however, I urge you to discuss the matter with park rangers at the visitor center. This is grizzly country, and it’s important that you understand what to do and what not to do. The bears aren’t a problem. In fact, Denali’s safety record is excellent. That’s because the animals have no reason to be aggressive towards humans. Also, the park service makes sure hikers and campers understand the behavior of grizzlies and other wildlife.
Most visitors to the park travel in the taiga forests, which consist of small, scattered groups of spruce trees. At slightly higher elevations you’ll find tundra. Above that are rock, snow and ice, plus wind and extreme cold. The tundra is a marvelous place—a treeless landscape of mosses, lichens, wildflowers, berries, and dozens of other low-growing plant species that make it a living carpet.
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| The Flea Wars |
Like many wars, we were unsuspecting. We had no idea that a war was coming to our doorstep. But, in retrospect, again like other wars, there were clues…many clues.
A little history, we haven't had fleas in over 10 years. Even when I had six cats and two dogs, I was easily able to keep fleas away. Mostly, by using those monthly spot treatments that you can get from your veterinarian or at a pet store. You put a few drops on your dog's back and tail area once a month and – voila! No fleas.
So, when Lilac (our dog) started itching in June while we were still in Florida, I attributed it to skin irritation or allergies from everything blooming. And, then when the cats started itching occasionally, I just overlooked it. What a mistake!
Pleasantly ignorant of the invasion that was happening in our RV right in front of our eyes, we proceeded to make our annual migration back to Maine for the summer. When we arrived in early July, Maine was having one of those once in hundred year summers. The normal annual rainfall in Maine is 42.28 inches. But, according to unofficial reports, there has already been twice that amount of rain this year. And, I found out too late, that fleas love wet weather.
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|RV Maintenance, Service and Repair |
Recreational vehicle service and maintenance – we have all had exposure to its necessity at one time or another. In the vast realm of RV options such as type of RV, floor plans, color schemes, types of chassis', interior furnishings and other assorted appointments, just to name a few, there can be no denying the "non–optional" eventuality of service, maintenance and repairs required by many of the components on our coaches.
This is especially evident as we keep and utilize the motorhome over longer periods of time. Virtually all coach manufacturers agree that in order to receive the most out of the recreational investment you've made, adequate maintenance must be performed on certain components on every RV. In fact, a typical motorhome with a generator and two roof air conditioners has a minimum of 16 retail hours of mandated maintenance that needs to be performed each and every year! That's right, sixteen hours worth. And many coaches mandate up to 20 or more hours of annual service. At an average retail labor rate of, say $95 per hour, that could total almost $1900 per year for just trying to avoid a major problem.
Product manufacturers oftentimes will indicate the necessity for periodic maintenance on their individual products each season as a precautionary step in obtaining the optimum use of that product. It is noted, however, that all products will not automatically self–destruct if these sixteen hours of maintenance are not performed, but it is highly recommended and one would certainly gain additional life from these products if they were to be maintained and checked periodically.
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| Woodall's North American Atlas |
Ready for another road trip? Woodall's North American Atlas is the perfect tool to help you plot and plan. With extensive coverage of the United States, Mexico and Canada, including highway types and exit numbers, this book will become the essential travel companion you'll want to keep in your RV at all times. Most important of all, in addition to having detailed inset city maps, convenient mileage tables and points of interest, Woodall's North American Atlas is LARGE PRINT and EASY TO READ. Order your copy today and get on the road tomorrow!
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| By Mark Nemeth |
Well, fall is finally here! That means an end to hot summer days, but that shouldn't mean an end to your RV adventures! This time of year offers cool nights (perfect for campfires), crisp mornings and fall colors, so get out there and enjoy them. All too soon we'll be talking about winterizing again!
We are seriously considering purchasing a Class-C motorhome. In preparation, I am looking to find a good source(s) on what to expect when you own one. Such as proper way to hook up, clean out tanks, care for exterior, how to winterize and summer-ize, generator care, etc. Any books or websites you can direct me to would be appreciated.
There are a lot of great resources out there for new RVers! There's no way I can begin to cover them all, but I'll give you a few of my personal favorites: First off, take a look at some of the RVing forums online. These are places where RVers and other interested folks join together in a community to share knowledge and information. Here are just a few: www.rv.net, www.rvnetwork.com, www.irv2.com, www.rvforum.net. For great RV training videos, check out www.rveducation101.com, and for great RV manuals and books, www.rvbookstore.com. You can also attend live seminar-based training at many RV rallies around the country. I actually teach in one called RVers' Boot Camp, and you can find out more about it at www.escapees.com/bootcamp. Best of luck to you with your new rig!
I stay in a 5th-wheel at family's house. On hot afternoons my air conditioner starts to sound sluggish, then trips the circuit. It will work fine in the a.m. and evening after major heat stops. Could it be the extension cord I use? One theory is it is not heavy-duty enough to deliver the juice the a/c needs in peak heat hours. What size should I use?
Thank you, Linda
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| Reese Strait-Line Hitch |
Reese offers one of the most effective weight distribution and sway control kits on the market, the Strait-Line, and it's made right here in the United States. The Strait–Line from Reese incorporates the company's Dual Cam High–Performance System.
The advantage of the Dual Cam System is its ability to forestall sway in addition to providing sway resistance. Another advantage of the Dual Cam System is that it is installed on the trailer and therefore does not require adjustment every time the towing vehicle and trailer are hooked up, unless hitch weight or tow vehicle load are changed.
Strait–Line is available in two different styles of spring bars, each tested for flexibility and the ability to accept deflection without bending or breaking. The Strait–Line Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System's head includes a forged raised ball platform and trunnion mounts. The Reese Strait-Line Round Bar System, with one–piece cast head features easy–to–use adjusting blocks for faster ball mount angle adjustment. With systems rated up to 15,000 pounds of gross trailer weight, Strait–Line has a solution for even the biggest rigs. MSRP: $700 to $850, depending on application. For more information, visit www.reeseprod.com.
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| Article courtesy of Woodall's Campsite Cookbook |
½ package raspberry–flavored drink powder
½ package grape–flavored drink powder
4 cups water
¾ cup sugar
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup crushed pineapple
In large pitcher, dissolve drink powders in water. Add sugar, fruit juices and pineapple; chill. Serves 8 to 10.
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| Greening up your RVing or camping lifestyle can be accomplished in many ways. And some are very easy. One of those easy ways is to look at how you re-hydrate yourself when out for a walk, on a bike ride, or in the car touring the area once you've established your base camp. It may seen trivial, but considering that something like 10 billion non–reusable plastic water bottles end up in land fills every year in the United States, an easy way to go green is to stop buying bottled water and instead purchase reusable, refillable plastic or metal water bottles for use during your activities. There are a number of companies making reusable plastic and metal water bottles, so they are easy to find. However, like most things, it's not as simple as that. |
Research has linked bisphenol A (BPA), a compound found in some plastic food and drink containers, compact discs, electronics and automobile parts, and in the lining in some metal cans, to a number of health risks including cardiovascular problems and diabetes. With this in mind, we suggest you choose from the companies making re–usable plastic and metal water bottles available on the market that state they are BPA–free when shopping for your new "green" personal hydration system.
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| The Navigator Wants to Hear from You! |
Do you have a funny RV or camping story to share with other Woodall's and Camping Life readers? We want to hear them and I'm sure they would love to, too. The Navigator is always looking for great anecdotes to publish in our Camping Blooper section, so get out your thinking cap and start "remembering when…" As a plus, if your story is used from now until the end of the year, we'll send you a complimentary copy of Woodall's most popular North American Campground Directory. To submit your blooper, simply email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org under the following guidelines:
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Looking High and Low
As we arrived my brother informed me that I could enter the North lot of the restaurant, drive around the back and park in the South lot, facing out. He told us that he had driven that way and there would be no problem. Of course, it didn't enter my mind that 1) he drove a fairly small car and 2) this was Father's Day and there may be more cars than usual in the lot.
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