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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Serviced The Beast

Above, dropping off The Beast at the mechanic's. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

About 45 minutes ago, I returned home with The Beast after having it serviced in Gallup.

It was in for its regular service (oil change, trip check, wiper blade replacement, etc.) and getting a new chassis battery. The old one still worked, but it was six years old and starting to discharge acid at the terminals, a sure sign it is nearing the end of its useful life. Rather than get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, I got a new one, an Interstate heavy-duty battery.

After dropping it off at the mechanic's, Greg Lucier and I went for breakfast at Grandpa's Grill and then went to Ace Hardware.  When we left Ace Hardware, we were about to get on the freeway to head back to Jamestown when I got a phone call. It was the mechanic letting me know The Beast was done.

So, instead of getting on the freeway, Greg dropped me off to pick up the motorhome. 

Now it is safely back in the GOCO Beast Barn (until next week when I have to go to Albuquerque).

Guns and RVs


Since we're a little over a month away from the summer vacation season, it is probably a good idea to take a look on that age-old question about carrying firearms in an RV.

There are publications out there that address the legality of carrying firearms in one's RV on a state-by-state basis.

RV Life posted an article on this six years ago and they wrote:

Is it legal to carry guns in RVs?

Again, there’s no easy “yes” or “no” asnwer. If you still want to travel with personal protection and you don’t have a concealed carry weapon permit, you can reduce your chances of violating firearms transport laws by:

  • Carrying copies of your firearms certifications, ownership registrations etc. on board. 

  • Keeping all weapons unloaded, in a locked container far from the reach of the driver while the RV is moving.

  • Storing ammo as far away from weapons as possible.

The decision of whether or not to carry a gun in the RV is a huge one. Before you decide, do your research so you can be confident and informed about your rights when traveling. 

Did you know that as of 2010, it is now legal to carry loaded guns into a national park?

To read more, go here.

RV Tire Blowout Prevention

Above, The Beast at Graceland RV Park in Memphis. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the things I planned to do next year was to get new tires for The Beast. As it happened, I had a nail puncture one of the tires in January that caused a slow leak. It was too old (6 years old) to be repaired, so I bought a new set since the others were the same age.

RV Life has a new article on preventing tire blowouts. One of the things they recommend was to replace the tires evey six years. So, it appears that I wasn't too early replacing them despite previously reading the recommended replacement time was seven years.

Since I am bringing The Beast into to my mechanic's for service today, one of the things I am having them do is to the check the tire pressure. Under-inflated tires is a cause of blowouts.

They begin with:

As RVs are heavier than standard vehicles, and they are often driven with less regularity than your car, they can be particularly prone to tire blowouts. That being said, tire blowouts are almost always preventable given proper maintenance and due care before and during your trip.

Here are the ways that you can minimize the chances of suffering a tire blowout while traveling in your RV.

To read more, go here

50 Most Popular National Parks

Above, a crowd gathers for an eruption of Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Determining the popularity of any given national park depends on a number of things including location, attractions, lodging, camping and distinctive features. Anything else has to be looked at subjectively.

With that in mind, the Lincoln Journal Star has compiled a list of the 50 most popular national parks.

They begin with:

Approximately 237 million people visited American national parks in 2020, representing a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020.

President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 signed the act creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historic phenomenons "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from around the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Today, the country's 63 national parks contain at least 247 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites, and 18,000 miles of trails.

Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

To read more, go here

Yellowstone's South Entrance Opening Tomorrow

Above, Yellowstone's South Entrance in 2019. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I first read the following article, I was a little surprised that the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park hasn't already been opened.

But, as the article states, it is to open tomorrow. It is the entrance that directly feeds into Yellowstone from Grand Teton National Park.

According to KULR-TV:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Depending on the weather, the South Entrance and select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open Friday, May 14.

Starting at 8:00 am Friday, May 14 and weather-permitting, the following roads will open to public motorists:

  • South Entrance to West Thumb  

  • Lake Village to West Thumb  

  • West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)  

To read more, go here

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Gas Pipeline Cyber-Hack, A Russian Operation

Above, gassing up The Beast today. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A few minutes ago, I returned from taking The Beast (my 2015 Minnie Winnie motorhome) to the Flying J to fill up its fuel tank.

It was a good thing that I did. The price for unleaded regular was $2.999/gallon. Thankfully, my Good Sam membership gets me a five cent per gallon discount, so my price was $2.949/gallon. As I have to take The Beast into Gallup tomorrow for service and will have to go to Albuquerque next week, I figured I'd better get gas now before the price goes into California gas price territory.

Above, my price with my Good Sam discount. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

I learned today that the Colonial gas pipeline cyber-hack was done by the Russians. Specifically, a crime group called "Dark Side". They may or may not be tied to the Russian government. 

Commentator Larry Kudlow said that unless the pipeline is back in operation by Friday, "All bloody hell will break loose!" He sees this as a test of His Fraudulency Joe Biden. Notice that Hamas is suddenly attacking Israel? The timing is too much of a coincidence. They see Biden as weak and are testing him. When President Trump was in office, they didn't dare.

The gasoline shortage mainly affects the east coast, but prices are starting to climb here in New Mexico. 

Get ready for a possible wild ride!

Florida Keys: The Highest Hotel Rates In The Nation

Above, hotels line the marina at Key West. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Hmm. Maybe it's just as well that I didn't go to Key West, Florida last year because of the pandemic. I visited there two years ago during a stopover while en route to Havana, Cuba on a cruise. I didn't do any hotel pricing when I was considering a trip to Key West.

According to Sun Port Charlotte, the Florida keys have the highest-priced hotel rooms in the country. Maybe it might be a better idea to take the motorhome there and stay at a campground or RV park instead.

They reported:

MIAMI — If you’re planning an overnight stay in Key West, prepare to dig deep to pay for a hotel room. In fact, it’ll cost you more than any other destination in the nation, a new survey says.

Key West leads the country when it comes to the most expensive hotel prices this spring, with an average nightly rate of $299 for the cheapest double room. That’s according to Cheaphotels.org, which recently released the report.

The highest rates don’t stop in the Southernmost City, where $299 a night is a relative bargain. Several places want more than $1,000 per night, according to booking websites.

It might be a good idea to go with friends to share the cost of the hotel room. Contrast those prices with the $500 it cost me for the 2019 cruise to Key West and Havana.

To read more, go here

90% of Vaccinated People Developed Antibodies Against Coronavirus Variants

Above, shoppers at Asakusa's Nakamise Dori during normal times. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The following article originates from Japan, but it does apply here for those of us who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine.

I have been fortunate to have been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine back in February.

The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) reported: 

About 90% of Japanese people who received two doses of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine against COVID-19 developed antibodies that could prevent the onset of the disease from novel coronavirus variants as well as the original virus, a study by Yokohama City University has found.

As coronavirus variants are spreading in Japan, the research highlights the importance of promoting the ongoing vaccination program.

In the study, blood samples were collected from 105 doctors and nurses, aged 24 to 62, who were vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in March and April. The vaccine is normally given in two doses on two separate occasions. The samples were taken before and after the inoculations.

Examination of the antibodies contained in blood a week after the second inoculation showed that 99% of the participants had developed antibodies that are likely to have a sufficient preventive effect against the original form of the novel coronavirus. High efficacy was confirmed for variants as well, with 94% of the participants found to have developed antibodies effective against the British variant that is spreading in the nation, 90% for the South African variant and 97% for the Indian variant.

 To read more, go here.

Things Not To Do In Japan

Above, don't be surprised at how small hotel rooms are (no. 18 on the list). Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It will be some time before we can travel to Japan on vacation again. But now is a good time to learn or brush up on Japanese etiquette for when the day comes when travel to Japan is given the green light.

Sugoii Japan has listed 20 things not to do in Japan.

They begin with:

Japan Etiquette – Japan is a country that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors as its peak. It’s fast becoming one of the most popular countries to visit in the world and has even landed on the list of becoming one of the most popular places that people want to move to!

It’s incredibly alluring lifestyle and perfect mix of traditional culture with modern-day advancements continues to fascinate people from all around the world.

However, as you may have heard by now, it’s a country that runs on fairly rigid rules. Most of the time, foreigners are forgiven for breaking some of the social etiquette expected to be upheld in Japan. It is still polite, though, to make the effort to understand what some of these are so that you can actively avoid offending locals.

Below we’ve listed the top 20 things you should not do when you visit Japan.

Don’t be too hard on yourself and expect that you will be able to remember every single one, every single time. However, be conscious that this is how the Japanese people live and they will appreciate you making the effort!

 To see what they are, go here.

Korean Air Expands Baggage Notification Service To All Flights

Above, a Korean Air jet being loaded for a flight to Japan at LAX. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One main concern when flying domestically or internationally of travelers is that their luggage makes it to their destination when they do.

It has happened to me twice (once domestically and once internationally) that my luggage didn't make it to my destinations with me. They weren't lost for they were delivered to me by the airlines to my hotels the next day. Still, it is unnerving, to say the least.

Here's something that will ease one's mind.

Korean Air has an expanded luggage notification system that will tell passengers when their luggage was loaded onto their planes. It's a good idea, too.

According to Japan Today:

SEOUL - Korean Air has confirmed that it will expand its baggage notification service to all international and domestic flights, starting 1 May 2021.

Passengers will receive a message such as "Your baggage KE123456 has been loaded on flight KE1211 bound for Jeju (CJU)" on Korean Air’s new mobile app “Korean Air My” as soon as their checked baggage is successfully loaded on their aircraft.

The messages can be checked in the app’s notifications or baggage tracking sections.

The push notification service is available for SKYPASS members who have enabled push notifications on “Korean Air My”.

At present, Korean Air is my favorite airline for traveling to Japan.

To read more, go here.

Memorial Day Holiday Travel Expected To Rebound

Above, this'll probably be what I end up doing during Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This year is certainly flying by fast.

It seems like only yesterday (January, to be exact) that I was in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas wandering around the Fort Worth Stockyards, John Wayne: An American Experience, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Southfork Ranch.

Now, Memorial Day is looming just weeks away.

I don't plan on going anywhere on Memorial Day weekend. I will stick around home and avoid the crowds. There's plenty here to do, including roaming around nearby Cibola National Forest in my Jeep.

It looks like Memorial Day weekend will be rebounding from last year's dismal numbers.

According to WKTN Radio:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2021)—AAA Travel expects a significant rebound in travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. From May 27-31, more than 37 million Americans (nearly 1.7 million Ohioans) are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. That’s an increase of 60% nationally (nearly 57% in Ohio) from last year when only 23 million Americans (just over 900,000 Ohioans) traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The expected strong increase from last year’s holiday, which fell during the early phase of the pandemic, still represents 13%—or nearly 6 million—fewer travelers than in 2019 nationally. In Ohio, travel is expected to be nearly 14%, or about 229,000 travelers, below 2019 numbers.

 To read more, go here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

First Mow of the Year

Now that the mower has some new tires, I took it out and fully mowed Barking Spider Acre today.

It was comfortable out, about 66°, but a bit breezy. Luckily, the dust kicked up by the mower doesn't bother me as I have goggles on.

The time it took to complete the work was about an hour. During the hole time, Buddy, my neighbor's horse, was watching me intently.

Some photos of the acre after I was done:





New Mower Tires

Above, one of the old tubless tires and the newly installed no-flat tires on the mower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now that it is springtime and plants and grasses are growing again, it will be mowing time.

I ran into a little problem with the Bad Boy Zero-turn mower: the front tires were flat. It wouldn't be a problem if there were inner tubes, but they're tubeless. It is next to impossible to get a seal to air them up. My air compressor isn't powerful enough to compensate.

Fortunately, Bad Boy offers no-flat tires, basically solid rubber wheels. They're almost $100 apiece. Thank God they also came with rims.

I ordered two of them last week and they arrived yesterday. After installing them, I hopped on the mower and gave them a tryout. They worked fine. These should be standard instead of an option.

These should hold up for years and I doubt I'd have worry about front tires on it again.

New Mexico Nearing Goal of 60% Adult Vaccinations


Things are looking up in New Mexico when it comes to vaccinating the population. It is one of the leading states in COVID-19 vaccinations.

The goal is to have at least 60% of the population vaccinated by the end of June.

According to the Albuquerque Journal:

SANTA FE – More than 1 million New Mexicans have now received at least one vaccine dose – a significant milestone as the state pushes to vaccinate 60% of its adults against COVID-19 by the end of June.

It means the state would reach the target if every person who’s already received one shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine returns for their second dose. The third vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, requires only one shot.

I received my two Pfizer shots back in February with no ill effects (except for a sore arm for a few days each time).

To read more, go here

5 Best National Parks For Family Trips

Above, a herd of elk group together for safety in Grand Teton National Park, Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Summer is a little more than a month away and people are wondering where to go for their smmer vacation trip.

If one is leaning towards visiting national parks and have families (i.e., kids), Parents magazine has a list of five of them they consider the "best" for them.

In an article from Mercury News, they wrote:

Contemplating a vacation for you and the extended family? Parents magazine just announced its family travel awards, which include the top 20 U.S. getaways for 2021.

It’s a list, says editor in chief Julia Edelstein, that showcases “destinations that bring families close to nature, offer lots of adventure and above all else, provide a safe environment for the entire family.”

The lineup includes beach towns, adventure resorts, camping destinations and National Parks — and all five of the latter are in the Western U.S., so if you’re not ready to board a plane yet, you’re in luck. Road trip!

To read more, go here

Things To Do In Yosemite

Above, Yosemite's Bridalveil Fall. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tired of the same-old same-old while visiting a national park?

There are things to do in our national parks and Travel Off Path has an article with seven things to do in Yosemite National Park in California. Some are obvious and some are not so obvious.

They begin it with:

Visiting nature is a great way to unwind, relax, and enjoy some time away from daily life. Located in the stunning Californian wilderness, Yosemite National Park is no exception. First time visitors as well as returning visitors may be curious about what activities and experiences the park has to offer. Here are 7 memorable and fun things to do on your next trip to Yosemite National Park.

To see what they are, go here

Monday, May 10, 2021

Nearly Half of U.S. Counties are 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties

Above, New Mexico 2A Sanctuary Counties.


The Dan Bongino Show website posted an interesting article.

The headline says that nearly half of U.S. counties are Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties. 

I am not surprised, for more than half of New Mexico counties are Second Amendment counties. McKinley County, my home county, is one of them.

According to the article:

Thousands of counties nationwide saw so-called “sanctuary cities” springing up to defy federal immigration law, and asked themselves why they wouldn’t to the same to fight gun control.

In just 2020 alone over 400 local governments, mostly counties, adopted resolutions declaring themselves to be “Second Amendment sanctuaries” in defiance of future gun control legislation. Many resolutions are symbolic, while others specify that no government resources will be used to enforce additional gun laws.

According to data from Sanctuarycounties.com and Constitutionalsanctuaries.com, 46% of all U.S. counties are now sanctuary cities. According to the sites’ webmaster Noah Davis: “There are 1,459 Second Amendment Sanctuary counties, out of a total of 3,144 counties, but I’m still tallying them right now… but they’re happening so fast, and I’m just one person in Virginia.”

To read more, go here.

New Mexico Producers Hope For Rain


The latest issue of Southwest Farm Press arrived in the mail today and a couple of articles caught my attention.

They concern the 2021 chile crop.

New Mexico chile is a big industry in the state and it is important culturally as well.

There is currently a drought in the state and farmers are hoping for a good spring rain to break it. Along with rain, farmers face labor issues and COVID-19 didn't help matters last year as some chile crops had to rot in the fields due to lack of labor to harvest it.

One article stated that in 1992, New Mexico farmers harvested 34,000 acres of chile peppers annually. By 2014, that dropped to 8,000 to 9,000. But, that has seemed to stabilize now. 

Much of the decline stemmed from competition from Mexico, where increased acreage increased from 8,000 to more than 80,000. Mexico can grow and sell chile cheaper than in New Mexico.

Processing red chile is not time sensitive as green chile. Green chile has to move fast. 

Along with water and labor concerns, regulations are a concern for the New Mexico chile industry. A lot of mom & pop operations have gone out-of-business because of regulations. (And we know which political party is fond of regulations, don't we?) Unfortunately, people who pass and enforce regulations don't understand the the "complexity of agriculture." More officials with backgrounds in agriculture need to be elected. Farmers in Mexico have fewer regulations to hamstring them.

So far, the rain situation is worse than in 2020. Unless it changes, there will be problems for the chile industry.

Check Out Key West

Above, there is no shortage of watering holes in Key West. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

During the cruise to Havana, Cuba two years ago, our ship stopped for the day in Key West, Florida. I found it to be a fun place and was planning to return there last year.

Alas, the pandemic cancelled those plans. But Key West seems to have weathered the pandemic and a new article on it has been posted by the Monroe News Star.

Above, enjoying a margarita.

They begin with:

Ever want to go '"wastin' away in Margaritaville?" Well, as a travel agent at Monroe Travel Service, I will tell you it is not really such a sun-baked idea!

It only took a quick trip to Key West during the pandemic for Rob and I to realize not much had changed since our last visit many years ago to this southernmost corner of the United States.  The police are still parked on the side of the road-- not only as a subtle reminder that it is time to slow down and enjoy the view, but as a warning to be very aware of the cyclists demanding their share of the road on their string of coral islands extending from the Florida peninsula southward toward Havana, Cuba.

The historical US 1 highway is what links these 44 islands and 42 bridges together. It sound ominous, but, honestly, you could very easily drive the entire Florida Keys in a single afternoon, but, then,  what fun would that be?  Just think of all the manatee and fish shaped mailboxes, the boat marinas, the unusual hotels, the mermaid statues, the RV parks, and the countless seafood and shell shacks you would miss along the way!  Oh, and, of course, you must never forget, those million dollar views of the sun, the sea, and the sky that are sure to  take your breath away. 

Above, there's plenty of things to see and do in Key West. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To read more, go here

Mojave Trails National Monument in California Stargazing

Above, Amboy Crater. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

With light pollution encroaching almost all areas in the U.S., it is harder for stargazers to view the night sky.

One area is protected and is a draw for amateur and professional astronomers: Mojave Trails National Monument.


According to Travel + Leisure:

At 1.6 million acres, it's the largest national monument in the contiguous U.S. — and it's almost entirely empty. Protected by President Obama in 2016 after a 20-year effort to protect this vast area, Mojave Trails National Monument in southeastern California is an untouched wilderness of mountains, volcanic spires, dunes, wetlands, Joshua tree woodlands, petroglyphs and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. 

It's also home to some of the last remaining inky-black, starry skies. "You can see the Milky Way here every night in a blanket of stars, and even globular clusters and our sister galaxy Andromeda," said Elizabeth Paige, an intern on the Women In Science Discovering Our Mojave (WISDOM) research project, and a student at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. 

 

Above, Roy's Motel in Amboy. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Along with stargazing, Mojave Trails National Monument has areas to camp such as Afton Canyon and recreation areas such as Amboy Crater.

To read more, go here

Grants, New Mexico Lava Fields

Above, pahoehoe lava flow in El Malpais National Monument. USGS photo.


When driving on Interstate 40 through Grants, New Mexico, one will see along both sides of the highway lava fields.

The area, part of the Colorado Plateau, was an active volcanic one. The El Malpais National Monument is near Grants and offers views of volcanic lava flows.

According to Wikipedia:

El Malpais National Monument is a National Monument located in western New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States. The name El Malpais is from the Spanish term Malpaís, meaning badlands, due to the extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers much of the park's area.

Grants is about 47 miles east of where I live in Jamestown, New Mexico. This probably explains why I have some lava rocks on my property.

RV Travel posted an article about the lava tubes.

They begin with:

A fun and informative stop on our recent travels was the lava fields in Grants, New Mexico. The huge rocks and slabs of lava that oozed out and blew out of volcanoes 3,000 – 5,000 years ago surround the interstate.

We stopped for the night at the local KOA and, although the campground was not much different than any small town overnight-only spot, they were situated on a lava field. The park had carved out an amazing trail through the lava. Informative signs dotted the trail and we thoroughly enjoyed our hike and learning more about the volcanoes that formed the area.

If Grants holds its Wild West Days Rodeo this summer (or maybe sooner), I will see about staying at the KOA and check out its lava trail.

To read more, go here.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Must-Have RV Accessories Under $200

Above, dry camping in Quartzsite, Arizona. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A while ago this morning I posted about "must-have" items that Parade listed. As I mentioned, some things listed in some websites are subective.

However, RV Life has posted a list of 10 items that are must-haves. I'd listen to these folks!

The best thing about their list, they're all under $200.

They begin with:

With such a large market for RV accessories, it can be overwhelming knowing what you really need. There are RV accessories for safety, convenience, customization, and more. We all have the 400-page accessory catalog from the RV dealer sitting at home. But what are the must-haves?

To see what they are, go here

Ten Essential RV Maintenance Tips

Above, The Beast getting its post-trip wash. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The coronavirus pandemic has chased people away from airline and ship cruise travel to car and RV road trips. Many bought recreational vehicles, figuring (rightly) that they are a safer way to travel and maintain social distancing.

What many newbies need to know is that their new toys need to be maintained.

iTech Post has a list of ten essential RV maintenance tips. They are good ones.

They begin with:

The last year has put everything we call life in turmoil.  The fear of the pandemic, nose-diving economy, and people losing their jobs or even homes- all had turned our lives upside down just within a year. While almost all sectors took some serious hits from the crisis, tourism might be the worst hit one. However, despite travel restrictions and people's apprehension about traveling during a pandemic,  the outdoor recreation sector has seen some unexpected growth. The restriction on international travel has actively promoted domestic tourism all over the world. And what better way to explore the great outdoors in your own country than the reliable RV?

Sales of new RV have seen a record-breaking surge, and most of the buyers are first-timers.  And if you are one of the 9 million RV owners in the USA or even a new RV owner, you have to quickly learn how to take care of your prized possession. Here are the things you should know about the exterior maintenance of your RV.

To read more, go here

Parade: 20 RV Must-Haves

Above, The Beast at a West Yellowstone, Montana KOA Kampground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For RVers, there are necessary things to get (such as water pressure regulators, sewer hoses, fresh water hoses) and things that are unnecessary.

Parade has a list of 20 "must-haves" for RVers. 

In looking them over, some I have (in different form) and some I don't (most I don't want or need). 

Lists like this are subjective. So it is up to the consuming RVer to decide for himself/herself.

They begin with:

It’s safe to say that RVing is having a moment. With travel limitations due to COVID-19, the RV lifestyle has been booming over the last year and continues to be one of the hottest new travel trends. According to the RV Owner Demographic Study from Ipsos, RV ownership is at a record high with 11.2 million households owning an RV in 2021. Recreational vehicle travel is not only relaxing but a good opportunity to connect with family while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, or going on a fun road trip across the United States.

Whether you’re renting or already own an RV, recreational vehicle travel is way more enjoyable when you’re prepared and properly packed with the right essentials. That’s why we rounded up the top 20 RV must-haves for your next adventure. So don’t stress, and scroll down to discover the best RV products suggesting from camping experts around the world, including Brenda Puckett, owner of Queen Bee RV Inspection, Janine Pettit, founder of girlcamper.com, and more.

To read more and see the list, go here

RV Magazine Ignoring Older RVers?

Above, the first issue of RV Magazine.

Prior to January, I had a subscription to Motorhome magazine, published by Marcus Lemonis of Good Sam and Camping World.

In January, my subscription was transferred to the replacement magazine, RV Magazine, for Motorhome and Trailer Life magazines. I guess the idea was to consolidate the content of Motorhome and Trailer Life into one magazine.

Prior to January, I did notice that Motorhome had become thinner (in page count). 

So far, I like the magazine. Apparently, RV Travel website has a quibble with it. They believe the new magazine is ignoring older RVers.

They posted:

After decades of publication, the two most popular American RV magazines, Trailer Life and Motorhome, were discontinued last year. Subscribers received a new, replacement periodical titled RV.

The new magazine, from Camping World and CEO Marcus Lemonis, is pretty — lots of photos and a snappy layout. But the content is aimed squarely at RVers in their 30s and 40s. The May issue only features a few photos of RVers older than 50.

RV advertisements are mostly for travel trailers, Class B and C motorhomes and truck campers. Many articles are about using RVs for outdoor adventure.

Actually, I hadn't really noticed. Now that RV Travel has brought this up, I will be paying more attention.

To read more, go here

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