Nature’s Wrath

lidhail copyLast evening while we were out exploring a severe thunderstorm came through the area and as a result it dumped golf ball sized hail on the RV Park where we were staying. This morning while opening the bathroom ceiling vent cover, Shari noticed a hole in the cover. Further inspection from above showed not only one hole, but a section of the edge lip broken off as well. With the possibility of more bad weather, mostly rain this cover needed immediate repair or replacement.

Don’t Burn The Grass

exhaudtheatdiffuserMany RV Parks take great pride in their lawns, grassy fields and other green spaces so they prefer that those of you who are using a generator to take precautions to prevent the hot exhaust from burning the grass. A simple way to prevent that is by creating a heat diffuser from a metal trash can lid.

I have a metal five gallon trash can that I use outside of the RV. (It can double as a means to tote water or sand in case of an emergency. There used to be a requirement to have such a container and a shovel while camping in National Forest Service areas.) By using the lid, placed on top of either a board, rocks, bricks or wood…anything to insulate the metal lid from the grass, it will diffuse and act as a heat sink to keep the hot exhaust from damaging the grass. Its simple and effective and the items shown multitask which is something you want when trying to conserve space and weight.

Driving A Motorhome

Driving a motorhome - the driver's seat.

Is Driving a Class A Motorhome Intimidating?

For me, not in the least. I have no fear of driving a motorhome or other big vehicle. In fact, I have driven some large and unique ones in my time – everything from specialized cargo handling equipment to semi truck and trailer. Fortunately, our 38′ Holiday Rambler Ambassador is very easy to drive and quite agile for its size.

When driving a motorhome, you must be conscious of the real estate it takes to make turns, as well as its height on streets or roadways. Low hanging tree limbs, overpasses and wires can snag and damage its roof mounted accessories. And all we’ve all seen too many pictures of big rigs completely tearing off their roof when a bridge clearance is insufficient!

Do You Travel with your RV Fresh Water Tank Full?

The RV fresh water tank.

There are two schools of thought about traveling with water in your RV fresh water tank; some think, “why carry the additional weight and burn more fuel hauling it? You can always fill up once you reach your destination.” Well, as a pilot I learned early on in my flying that anything behind you, especially a runway, does you no good when you just lost your engine during takeoff. Same holds true for water. Do desert nomads wait or let their camels drink their fill before setting out across the vast empty desert? They let them fill up!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Today was our second trip into Rocky Mountain National Park and I’m glad we had the opportunity to see it from another angle. We took the Old Fall River Road, which was the first auto route in the park. It’s 11-miles of primarily gravel road, one-way only, obviously intended to be driven slowly and savored. The views are spectacular, winding through switchbacks (without guard rails) that overlook steep canyons. Although a road from the 1920’s, narrow and curvy, it is suitable for driving without a four-wheel drive vehicle.

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