Fright Night: Scary Campfire Stories

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When you’re gathered around the campfire, all it takes is the right scary tale to turn a peaceful evening of s’more making into a terrifying fright night of pure fear. Come prepared to put your fellow campers into a panic with these scary campfire stories. But be warned, these are not suitable for young children … or adults that frighten easily!

The Licking Dog

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While her parents are out of town on an anniversary trip, a young girl named Sally is looking after the house and taking care of the family dog until their return. She stays up late and watches TV, skipping past the news channels that flash headlines on traffic backups, prison breaks, and weather warnings. At her feet, the dog rests, curled up and snoring lightly.

As Sally gets ready to go to sleep, the dog gets up and follows her, finding a comfortable spot beneath her bed to rest for the night. Sally slips beneath her bedsheets and gets comfortable too. She quickly drifts off to sleep after sticking her hand down to pet the dog goodnight.

Sally wakes suddenly to the thick sound of dripping in the distance. She throws back her bedsheets, annoyed at herself for having apparently left the tap on in the kitchen. She gets up and goes to the sink where she tightens the faucet. Then she climbs back in bed. Before drifting back off, she sticks her hand beneath the bed to feel the comforting lick of her groggy dog.

A few moments later, Sally’s eyes slide open as she realizes that the dripping sound hasn’t stopped. She lies in bed a few moments listening to the persisting plop, plop, plop, wondering where it could be coming from. Feeling increasingly uneasy, she sticks her arm down below the bed and feels the reassuring presence of her dog as he licks her hand once again.

Sally attempts to ignore the dripping and instead focuses on the light snoring of the dog below her. She leaves her arm hanging off the bed so she can feel his warm breath as she closes her eyes and tries to fall back to sleep. But the dripping sound doesn’t cease and Sally grows increasingly annoyed. She sits up, peels back her bed sheets, and goes to investigate further.

Listening for the muffled dripping noise, Sally follows her ears to the bathroom where she assumes the sink faucet must not have been turned off all the way. But when Sally looks at the sink, there isn’t even a slight trickle of water coming from the faucet. Listening closer, she realizes that the dripping sound is coming from behind her, in the shower! She turns around and slides the shower door open. Inside, she sees the lifeless body of her dog hanging upside down with blood dripping from its opened neck.

Scared the killer might still be in the house, Sally screams and bolts out of the bathroom. Before she can reach the front door she must first pass her bedroom doorway. As she runs past, Sally quickly glances inside to see a set of human hands crawling out from under her bed. Without stopping, Sally continues running for the front door, no longer hearing the trickle of blood, but only the pounding footsteps of someone closing in behind her.

The Clown in the Corner

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A teenage girl arrives at a massive house to babysit for a young, wealthy family with three kids. The house is filled with interesting decorations, and the rooms seem to go on forever. Before leaving, the parents instruct the girl of the childrens’ bedtime, and the father requests that after the kids go down, she go to the basement to watch TV. Understanding that she is not to wander around the house, the girl agrees and the parents leave.

After putting the kids to bed, the girl does as she was instructed and goes into the basement to watch TV until the parents return home. Like the rest of the house, the basement is scattered with unique artifacts and unusual adornments. The weirdest of them by far being a life-sized clown statue grinning in the corner. Doing her best to ignore her strange surroundings, she flips on the TV and finds something to watch.

After a few minutes of being unable to concentrate on the TV, the girl decides to cover the clown statue up with a blanket. She walks over to the corner and before draping the blanket over the statue, she looks into its colorfully-painted face. She could feel its eyes staring right back at hers. Uneasy, she covers it and quickly returns to the couch where its creepy, outlined silhouette still stands tall in the corner.

With the eeriness of the statue getting the best of her, she finally decides to call the father and ask permission to spend her time in another room of the house. When she gets ahold of him and explains that she is freaked out by the giant clown statue in the corner of the basement, she feels slightly foolish and embarrassed of her silly fear. Expecting the father to respond lightheartedly, she is taken aback when he abruptly says, “Listen very carefully, get the children out of the house and take them to the neighbors immediately!”

Not understanding the father’s stern and serious tone, she asks, “Why?” The father responds, this time in a panicked voice, “Recently the children have been telling us about a clown that watches them in their sleep. We assumed it was just nightmares. We don’t own any clown statues! I’m calling the police, but you need to get the kids out of the house RIGHT NOW!”

The girl drops the phone and looks up into the corner of the basement. On the floor where the clown statue once stood remains only a bunched-up blanket. Terrified, the girl turns around to run up the stairs but as she gets to the first step she sees the clown, no longer a statue, waving at her from the top of the staircase. With each descending step towards her, the grin on the clowns face grows bigger and bigger.

Unforgettable Memories

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A recently-married couple is taking their first camping trip together. They pack up their outdoor gear, get into the car, and head out into the wilderness for a weekend of fun in the sun! To document their rugged adventure, they bring a disposable camera and snap pictures of one another throughout their stay.

Together they roast marshmallows, go on hikes, and stargaze before falling asleep in the tent side by side. The weekend is relaxing and they don’t see a single soul the whole time they are out. When the weekend comes to an end, they pack up their gear and get ready to head home.

On the drive back, they stop to get their roll of film developed from their disposable camera. Excited to look back and reminisce on the fun they had together, they are both eager to see how the photos turned out. As they flip through their collection of pictures, they notice that amongst the photos of them hiking and hanging out are stacks of photos that show both of them fast asleep together in the tent.

With an instant feeling of uneasiness coming over them, they both decide never to go camping again.

Gather around the fire ring, make yourself some campfire popcorn, and get ready to figure out who the real scaredy cats of your campsite are! Do you have a scary campfire story that is guaranteed to give us chills? Share it in the comments below!

DIY Ways To Take RV Decorating To The Next Level

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It’s no secret that some RVs come stocked with a little more elegance than others. If you have a fairly standard RV, or an especially outdated or retro RV, it may be in some serious need of some DIY TLC! Ditch the boring designs and check out these awesome DIY ways to take RV decorating to the next level!

Paint

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The most noticeable DIY renovation you can do to your RV is paint it! Painting the walls and cabinets of your RV will yield a dramatic difference in the appearance of your interior! No more wishy-washy standard interiors! You can easily achieve a modern, sophisticated look with a little paint! Or give this chalkboard paint idea a try to dress up your refrigerator!

No-Sew Curtains

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If you’re savvy with a sewing machine, you can opt to sew new curtains. If not, you can still enjoy lovely new curtains easily, which will make a tremendous difference to the overall appearance of the interior of your RV! Just use your fabric of choice, seaming tape, and your existing RV curtain hooks for a bold new look!

Couch Slip Covers

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Whether you choose to make a couch cover yourself or buy one, this is a quick and easy way to give your boring old RV couch new life! With a variety of colors and patterns, you can get the exact look you want for next to no effort! Complete the look with coordinating decorative pillows and a throw and it’ll be like a whole new space!

Covering Cushions

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If your dinette or couch cushions are lacking in style, you can easily use your favorite patterned heavy fabrics to make new covers right over your existing cushions! If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make nice slip covers for your cushions, or you can use fabric glue to secure fabric! Either way, it’ll be a stylish upgrade!

Stick-On Tile Backsplash

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A quick and easy way to add a nice touch of elegance to your RV is to add a neat stick-on tile backsplash! Just peel and stick to areas behind your sink, stove, and bathroom vanity for effortless class that is sure to impress!

Theme Decorating

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One of the most fun and versatile DIY things you can do to your RV is decorate with a theme! Many people choose a type of travel theme, nautical theme, or something along those lines. This is a great opportunity to flex those DIY muscles to create your favorite coordinating decorations! There’s no shame in curating thematic pieces from thrift shops, retail shops, or pieces from other crafty online retailers as well! Some fun ideas include DIY decorative pillows, pallet art, picture frames, faux animal head trophies, and more! You could even decorate for holidays if you’re spending them in your RV!

Awning Decorations

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If you’ve even been to a campground, you’ll know how people love to decorate their awnings! It’s a fun way to personalize your outdoor space and let your neighbors see what great taste you have! Themed awning lights have always been fun, but you can put your own DIY spin on it for your own personal flair!

Your awning decorations should reflect YOU! Use your favorite patterned fabric to make bunting and banners for a quaint and crafty feel! If you’re enjoying the summer weather, use sand pails over your lights for a unique decoration! Even colored Solo cups give a neat vibe! Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Stenciled Screen Door

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An awesome and super fun idea to add another personal touch to your RV is to stencil a message or design on your RV’s screen door! This is easy and so inexpensive, but yields awesome results! Just pick out a stencil design, tape it to your screen door, and use white acrylic paint to fill in the design! Too simple! Just be sure to have the stencil facing the correct way when painting so that your message isn’t backwards to visitors!

All it takes is a little hard work and the spark of some really great ideas to transform your RV into the modern, stylish home on wheels you’ve always dreamed of! Hopefully these neat DIY ways to take your RV decorating to the next level has inspired you to add some needed personal touches to your RV! Have any other fun ideas for RV decorating? Comment to share!

Campfire Dinner: Pie Iron Pizzas

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Who says you can’t have pizza when you’re camping? While you may not be able to pick up the phone and order from your go-to pizzeria at home, you can make your very own campfire pie iron pizzas that will be just as tasty! These are so versatile, you can really stuff your pizzas with whatever ingredients you like. Try BBQ chicken, Hawaiian, veggie, or a meat lovers! Here are a few that we like! Give pie iron pizzas a try and enjoy a hot, ooey-gooey pie iron pizza hot off the coals of your campfire.

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

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Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 tubes of refrigerated pizza dough
Pepperoni
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese
½ tsp. Oregano
Optional add-ins: green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions, ham, pineapple, etc.

Directions:

1. Spray the inside surfaces of your pie iron with cooking spray.
2. Cut the dough into 6 separate rectangles (3 from each tube). Lay half of each rectangle across your open pie iron.
3. Spoon some pizza sauce into each pie iron on the dough. Spread it around so that it covers the area completely.
4. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Add your toppings!
6. Bring the other side of the dough up and lay it on top of the pizza. Crimp the edges together so nothing will leak out.
7. Close it up with the other half of your pie iron.
8. Hold it over hot campfire coals for a few minutes to cook. Flip it over once or twice for even cooking.
9. Serve with veggies and dip or fruit and enjoy a delicious pizza dinner right at your campsite!

Tomato Basil Pizza Pies

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls
Large tomatoes, sliced thinly
2/3 C. mayonnaise
1 package of mozzarella cheese
½ C. Parmesan cheese
¼ C. fresh basil leaves, julienned
1 clove of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Spray the inside of each pie iron with cooking spray.
2. Roll out your crescent roll dough. Cover half of each pie iron with crescent roll dough.
3. Divide 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese between the pie irons and sprinkle it on the dough.
4. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup mozzarella, mayo, Parmesan, basil, salt, and pepper.
5. Place a tomato slice in each pie iron on top of the cheese.
6. Spoon a little mayo mixture onto each tomato and spread it around.
7. Top off each pie iron with another piece of dough and crimp the edges together so they’re sealed tightly.
8. Hold them over your campfire coals for a few minutes on each side. Flip them over a few times for even cooking.
9. Serve with fresh fruit or a side salad for a delicious, healthy dinner!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pie Iron Pizzas

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Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 tubes of refrigerated pizza dough
1 lb. ground beef
7 strips of bacon, diced
¼ C. onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
1 package shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Cook the ground beef, onion, garlic, and bacon in a skillet over medium heat until everything is cooked thoroughly. Drain excess fat.
2. Sprinkle the meat mixture with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat well.
3. Unroll your refrigerated pizza dough. Cut each tube into 3 even rectangles (6 total).
4. Lay half of each rectangle onto a greased (with cooking spray) pie iron.
5. Spoon a portion of the meat mixture into each pie iron on top of the dough.
6. Now sprinkle each one with a little cheddar cheese.
7. Fold the other half of the dough over the top to close up the pizza. Crimp the edges so they are sealed tightly.
8. Close up the pie iron and hold it over hot campfire coals for a few minutes on each side. Flip it over a few times so that both sides end up with a nice golden color.
9. Slide the pizzas out of the pie irons and serve with celery and dip, a garden salad, or French fries.

Ultimate Solar Powered Camping Gear

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Solar power is transforming camping by bringing a source of electrical energy into the great outdoors! Ditch those noisy generators and take advantage of this technology by picking up some ultimate solar powered camping gear! The sun’s brightness has never been more high-tech!

Solar Lighting

MPowerd Solar Lighting

When you’re in a remote location and the sun starts to set, it’s no time to find out that dead batteries have rendered your light source useless. Solar lighting options ensure you can see your surroundings regardless of how far you venture from civilization. The Luci Original by MPOWERD is lightweight, collapsable, and waterproof/shatterproof! The light lasts up to 12 hours after a 7-hour charge. Other options include the solar LED camping lantern by Etekcity, which will provide light for up to 8 hours with a 2 hour charge, and the solar flashlight by Eceen. Any one of these options can be picked up for less than $20!

Solar Backpacks

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The only thing better than something that lets you carry around all of your electronics is something that lets you easily charge them too! Introducing solar backpacks – for superior solar power on the go! Charge up any of your USB-compatible devices with one of these great products. Eclipse has a line of solar-charge backpacks for around $200, but styles and designs are limited. Eclipse also produces an extensive collection of backpacks in an array of colors and styles ranging in cost from $100-$150. For the most selection and modern designs, look into Birksun Solar Packs. Their line of Boost Sport packs go for $250, while packs from their London Collection sell for $200.

Solar Showers

Advanced Elements Solar Shower

Think you have to sacrifice nice, hot showers when you head into the great outdoors? Think again! With solar showers, all you need is some water and a little bit of patience before you’re sudsing up using the power of the sun! Advanced Elements has a solar shower that offers one of the most durable builds of its kind, and it retails for around $30. Coghlans also has a solar heated camp shower that can be picked up for considerably less, at just $10. Although not renowned for its durability, Coleman also makes a solar shower that retails for around $15. Each option holds five gallons of water and operates using gravity and solar technology.

Solar Water Purifiers

Puralytics Solar Water Purifier

Revolutionizing the way the world accesses clean drinking water, Puralytics has created a bag that uses their patented photochemical water purification process to turn contaminated water into purified water safe for consumption. Their SolarBag® is a sunlight activated water purifier that can be reused again and again to provide you with safe-to-drink water free of pollutants. To use, just fill up the 3-liter bag with water from any source and set it out in the sun for 2-3 hours. The UV rays will go to work so you never have to go thirsty during you camping adventures! You can pick up a Puralytics solar water purifier for around $45.

Solar Speakers

Eton Solar Speakers

You never know when you might want to enhance your outdoor experience with a little auditory ambiance. Bring your playlists to life in the great outdoors with solar speakers! The MicroSolar B2 Speaker retails for around $80 and gives users 8-10 hours of use fully charged. The charging status is indicated on the top of the speaker, but it can also be charged with an electrical outlet. These Bluetooth compatible speakers are waterproof and they retail for around $70-$80. As another viable alternative, look into the Rugged rukus speakers by Eton. With Bluetooth, a USB port for charging up your devices, and crystal clear sound quality, these speakers are slightly more expensive, costing around $130.

Solar Ovens

GoSun Sport Solar Oven

Make hot meals in as little as 20 minutes with the GoSun Sport solar oven! This ingenious contraption can reach temperatures of up to 550ºF, even with partly-cloudy skies! The oven uses parabolic reflectors and heat-proof borosilicate glass to convert nearly 80% of sunlight into usable heat. The tubular design of the cooking tray lets you create an array of mouthwatering meals from stir fry to an 8-egg omelet! Costing $279, it isn’t chump change to get yourself one of these bad boys, but the hot and delicious meals you make while camping will be so worth it! GoSun is so confident in their product and its performance that they even boast of a 2-year no questions asked warranty.

You’re probably eager now to start saving your pennies so you can stock up on some of this sweet solar gear for your next camping trip! What solar gadgets do you swear by when heading into the great outdoors? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out!

7 Great RVs for Senior Citizens

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Just because your hair is gray doesn’t mean you have to slow down! Senior citizens make up a large part of the RVing population and that number will only increase as the baby boomers move into that category. We’ve created a list of RVs for the “antique children” who are young at heart and still want to get out and move! Check out this list of 7 great RVs for Senior Citizens!

Sandpiper Destination 391SAB

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The Sandpiper Destination 391SAB is the perfect home away from home to park in one spot for a long period of time! You can take this rig south and leave it there for the entire summer. The size and space offers plenty of living space so you won’t have to give up any room in it! This RV is great if you like to have guests such as your kids or grandkids visiting! With a hide-a-bed in the living room and a jackknife sofa with overhead bunk in the den, you’ll have tons of sleeping options for them! The walk-in shower in the full bath means you won’t have to try and step over a bathtub to get cleaned up, and the 10 gallon water heater will keep your water hot for a long and relaxing shower! In the master bedroom you’ll find a large king-size bed that has a memory foam mattress to offer comfort and support all night long! Take a look at all the things this RV has to offer here!

Jay Flight Bungalow 40RLTS

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Your own bungalow on wheels waits to be taken wherever your heart desires! The Jay Flight Bungalow 40RLTS is another destination trailer that’s great to park for the summer! This spacious RV has a large 19’ awning outside that creates a cool shady place for you to relax. Headed down to Florida? You can escape the hot summer days with your powerful 15K BTU central air conditioning unit that will keep your rig at the perfect temperature! A fireplace in the living room creates a soothing, warm ambiance for cool evenings spent in the cozy living room. A 20” free standing 4-burner range with oven is found in the kitchen so you can cook the same way you do at home! Adding in your own washer and dryer is a cinch with the closet that’s pre-prepped for them in the full bath. After a great day of summer activities you can crawl into the queen (optional king) bed that’s topped with a plush pillow top mattress for a deep night’s sleep your body deserves! See the floor plan and full photo gallery here!

Avalanche 365MB

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A fifth wheel is a more portable RV that you can either park at you favorite destination or tour the country in! The Avalanche 365MB is a fifth wheel that has tons of amenities for living on the go! With electric front and rear jacks, set up is quick and easy when you get where you’re going. Head inside and sink into the comfortable living room furnishings. Tune into the big game on the huge 50” TV found in the entertainment center along with a cozy fireplace! Not all that thrilled about the game on TV? You can escape to the den and kick up your feet on the sofa to enjoy knitting or napping in a space of your own! The hide-a-bed sofa in the den, the loft overhead, and another hide-a-bed sofa in the living room offer tons of added sleeping options for friends and family! Spread out the backgammon board on the dinette and gather round for a rousing game! When you need to get cleaned up, you’ll find the easily accessible shower with a seat in your full bath that will allow you to decompress in a long hot stream of water from the 12 gallon water heater. At the end of the day you can fall into comfort in the plush king-size bed found in the master bedroom! Get more info and photos of this 5th wheel here!

Pinnacle 39PQS

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Love sitting outside but not a fan of having your feet in the dirt? The Pinnacle 39PQS has a patio off the side where you can get comfy up off the ground! This patio even has a TV and a mini fridge so you can enjoy old reruns of Red Green while you relax and enjoy your favorite beverages! What makes this patio even better is that it’s covered by the 20’ awning so you won’t have to worry about the sun beating down on you. Relax inside to the soothing comfort of the crackling fireplace while the ceiling fan overhead keeps the air circulated. The solid surface countertops in the kitchen are not only beautiful but they’re also durable and won’t harbor bacteria like laminate. Some RVs offer an itty-bitty shower in the bathroom, but not the Pinnacle 39PQS! You’ll find a spacious 36” shower with a skylight overhead where you can bask in the glow of the morning sun! Enjoy a rejuvenating night’s sleep in your king (queen optional) sized bed that has a soft foam top mattress that will whisk you off to dream land! Feast your eyes on the full gallery of photos and specs here!

Catalina Legacy Edition 333RETS

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Like a 5th wheel, a travel trailer can be parked in one spot or used to tour the country! The Catalina Legacy Edition 333RETS is perfect either way! You won’t believe the huge closet found in the master bedroom! With a fireplace in the bedroom and living room you can enjoy that soothing glow no matter where you choose to relax. The layout found in this RV is spacious and offers lots of floor space to move around. The 32” TV in the living room means you can keep yourself entertained even when the weather isn’t cooperating! Between the 3-burner range and the microwave in the kitchen, you’ll have all the heating power you need to serve up your favorite dishes! Enjoy your mouth-watering meals or a game of cribbage at the freestanding dinette! With a plush queen-size bed in the master bedroom, you’ll fall fast asleep and wake up feeling like a kid again! Take a look at the full description and photos here!

Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S

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The Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S is for those of you who want to stay on the move without the hassle! This compact yet spacious travel trailer is light and easy to tow, leaving nothing to be desired! A large assist grab handle greets you outside the door to help you navigate the 3 steps to the inside. As you step inside you’ll be met with a comfortable temperature no matter where you’re parked as this travel trailer is equipped with a furnace and A/C unit, both of which are ducted. With a full bath in the rear you won’t have to worry about the conditions or cleanliness of the campground bathrooms. A full kitchen offers everything you need to create your world famous recipes as you travel the word. Residential full extension metal drawer guides make it easy to get into your drawers and see everything that’s in them. The large dinette gives you a comfy place to relax and enjoy your meals or a great game of bridge with friends! You can sink into the comfortable sofa for a movie on the 24” TV or fold out the Murphy bed and convert the space into your master bedroom. Click here for more information and photos!

Hummingbird 17RK

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You’ll appreciate the uncomplicated design of the Hummingbird 17RK! This is another light and easy-to-tow travel trailer that is ready to hit the road and take you on the adventure of a lifetime! A kitchen in the rear offers a two-burner cooktop where you can boil the pasta and simmer that delicious sauce at the same time! A large dinette sits in the center of this travel trailer where you can grab a bite to eat or deal a hand of hearts! Remove the table and stash it in its cargo space to create a sofa, or you can convert the dinette into a bed for when the grandkids come to visit! A wet bath with integrated sink and shower means you won’t have to wait in line at the campground bathroom ever again! When it’s time to hit the hay, you’ll love the soft feel of the plush queen-size bed beneath you as you dream about the next day’s activities. You can see more of this RV by clicking here!

You’ve worked hard your entire life! Spend your retirement exploring and discovering new places! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old for adventure!

Brilliant Tips To Make RV Beds More Comfortable

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For many, heading out in your RV is a fun vacation, or a full-time adventure! It’s your time for relaxation, so why should you have to sleep on an uncomfortable bed? Forget about those restless and uncomfortable nights spent tossing and turning! Here are some brilliant tips to make RV beds more comfortable!

Mattress Toppers

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Mattress toppers are a great way to add oftentimes much-needed padding and comfort to uncomfortable RV beds! Although these can be a rather expensive addition, typically ranging anywhere from $50 to $100, sometimes more, the level of comfort that these mattress toppers add is worth it!

Because RV beds can have irregular dimensions, it can be difficult to find a topper that will exactly fit your mattress. If you have to purchase a mattress topper that is a bit too big for your existing mattress, you can purchase a mattress cover that will both protect your mattress topper and also help the topper to stay on a smaller bed! Or if you’re willing to take the scissors to your pricy investment, you could cut the topper to the exact dimensions you need.

Foam Pads

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Many beds in standard RVs come on a plywood base, which, to say the least, is extremely uncomfortable. And without the presence of a box spring mattress to give that extra level of cushion, even some of the best mattresses have their work cut out for them. A great and inexpensive trick is to add handy foam padding under your mattress to provide an extra layer of comfort against stiff, unforgiving bed bases! These anti-fatigue mats can be found in most retail and hardware stores, and include a set of foam squares. You can easily cut squares to fit your bed, and you’ll be left with a comfy padding that will give you a great night’s sleep!

Bedding

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Although the padding of your bed has most to do with nighttime comfort, even something as simple as using different bedding can add a whole different level of comfort to your RV bed! If your bed came standard with an uncomfortable bedspread, consider picking up a more comfortable and breathable bed set!

Depending on the type of bed you have will determine the size of bedding you should get! If you’re on a standard bed with room at the foot of the mattress, you can keep the sheets and comforter true to size. However, if your bed is located in a slide out, like in a pop-up or hybrid trailer, it could be a lot less hassle to purchase sheets the same size as your bed, but purchase a flat sheet and comforter a size smaller to avoid a large amount of excess blanket!

Getting a restful night’s sleep when RVing is important, but an uncomfortable or worn out mattress can make it next to impossible! Now that you know these brilliant tips to make RV beds more comfortable, you’ll be out like a light night after night! Have any other tips to make your RV bed more comfortable? Share them with us in the comments!

Perfect In-Line Water Filter For Rving

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Who doesn’t love a nice cold glass of fresh, clean water? Unfortunately, water sources can be a bit of a gamble when camping. Luckily you don’t have to sacrifice clean, pure-tasting water while you’re on the road! There’s an easy solution! An in-line water filter for RVing is the perfect and easy solution for enjoying clean, pure water wherever you go! What Is An In-Line Water Filter?

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An in-line water filter will filter water straight from your water hose, removing sediment, reducing odors, bad taste, and chlorine! This is great for use for all water for your RV, as it can prevent sediment and buildup from occurring in your holding tanks, as well as prevent mineral deposit spots! They are fairly inexpensive, ranging in price from around $20 to $50, while replacement filters cost about $20 on average. A small price to pay for filtered, purified water, especially considering that a filter should last a regular camping season! This highly rated TastePURE filter from Camco works well and is inexpensive!

How To Install

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Another great perk of in-line water filters is how easy they are to install! Forget the hassle of mounting and permanently installing a filter, this type simply attaches directly to your city water hose and you’re good to go!
First, make sure that you’re connecting to a good water source. Some wells and other small sources can carry high levels of sediment and dirt, which will rapidly clog the filter and ruin it. Water sources at campgrounds should always be suitable for use with this type of filter! First, you will need a water pressure regulator. This piece of equipment attaches to the spigot of the water source. Next, use a hose that is safe for drinking water, and attach it to the water pressure regulator. Following the instructions of the filter, attach the filter to the hose at the appropriate end. Turn on the water source, and allow water to flow through the filter for several minutes to flush out all loose carbon particles. Once the water runs clear, turn off the faucet, and attach the included hose protector to your city water connection. Attach the other end of the filter, and you’re done!

Replacing The Filter

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Unlike other types of water filters that require purchasing separate replacement filters, these filters are disposable! All you have to do is attach another filter to your hose to enjoy continuous clean water! The initial kit comes with a single cartridge and hose protector, which prevents kinks and bends in the hose for continuous flow. Replacement packs generally cost less than the initial kits for a two-pack! The packaging should tell you how often to replace the filter. However, most users say that decreased water pressure within your RV will indicate when the filter will need to be replaced!

Clean and great-tasting water is as easy as attaching a simple filter! Now that you know about this perfect in-line water filter for RVing, you won’t have to worry about impurities and harsh chemicals plaguing your water supply! For added filtration, add another type of filter for even more drinking safety! Do you have a favorite RV water filter? Share in the comments!

What To Do Near the Munising, MI, Tourist Park Campground

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is notorious for its bounty of natural beauty and home-grown charm. Munising, MI, is nestled in the heart of the UP along the stunning shores of Lake Superior where it captures the quintessential essence of the area’s rugged allure and wonder. If you want to experience Pure Michigan at its best, then set up reservations at the Munising Tourist Park Campground, pack up the RV, and head up to Munising! To help make the most of your stay, we’ve got the scoop on what to do near the Munising Tourist Park Campground!

About The Campground

Munising Tourist Park Campground sits along Lake Superior’s vast expanse of deep blue water to offer campers breathtaking scenes as they enjoy their stay. The city-owned campground was established in 1924 and has since grown with the support of tourism cultivated by the area’s wealth of natural wonders, particularly the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This pet-friendly campground offers 127 sites, a dump station, and free Wi-Fi. Reservations can conveniently be made online. After you’ve booked your stay, start planning your itinerary because there is plenty to do nearby!

Waterfall Tour

The Upper Peninsula is strewn with jaw-dropping waterfalls and many of them neighbor the area around the Munising Tourist Park Campground. Grab your camera, hop in the car, and spend a day touring these colossal cascades and powerful aquatic avalanches! Miners Falls, Munising Falls, Wagner Falls, Tannery Falls, Alger Falls, and Horseshoe Falls are just some of the waterfalls located in the area, and each one is less than a 25-minute drive from the campground, making them all ultra accessible! If you visit Munising without seeing a single waterfall, you’re missing out!

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Wine Tour

Relax and unwind from the day with a chilled glass of full-bodied wine at one of the area’s local vineyards! For a quick drink, head to the Garden Bay Winery less than 6 minutes from the campground. Here you can sample wines, jams, and fudge, all made with local Michigan fruit! You’ll also find unique souvenirs and gifts in their tasting room. For more wineries, look just less than an hour west along the shoreline where you’ll find Everyday Wines, Little Hills Winery, and Michigan-Made Beer, Wine & More. Each business offers a unique showcase of flavors to taste and enjoy.

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Boat Tour

Lake Superior attracts crowds not just for its picturesque shoreline, but also for what lies below the waterline as well. Taking a boat tour is a great way to experience the landscape from a new perspective and to see down into the water from a one-of-a-kind vantage point. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area is the Pictured Rocks Cruises which will take you on a two-and-a-half-hour boat ride along the Pictured Rocks shoreline where you’ll see lovely features like Lover’s Leap, Grand Portal, and Miners Castle. For a more educational experience, take a shipwreck tour in a glass-bottom boat and see what remains of past vessels like The Bermuda and The Kiowa. For a truly unforgettable experience, rent a kayak and paddle the waters along the Pictured Rocks!

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Hike

With around 90 miles of trails within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, there are plenty of amazing opportunities to lace up those walking shoes and go for a hike! At only a 1/2 mile long, the Sand Point Marsh Trail is ideal for beginners and it features a boardwalk which guides you through a wondrous wetland ecosystem of swamps, spruces, and lagoons. The less-than-seven-mile hike to Chapel Rock and Beach is a bit more advanced, but the hike pays off with a beautiful end point where you can observe an interesting formation in the rock ledge which exposes the underground root system of a tree. For a more in-depth hiking experience, take a ferry over to Grand Island and explore its extensive network of trails.

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No matter what brings you to Munising, once you arrive at the Tourist Park Campground you can be sure that boredom won’t be a problem. With so many local attractions and natural wonders, this campground is a great hub for exploring the area and seeing the beauty of the UP firsthand. So make your reservations before it’s too late and get ready to experience the beauty of America in the UP of Michigan! For other stunning northern Michigan destinations, check out the Traverse City State Park or the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

Have you stayed in Munising, MI, before? Leave us a comment and let us know some of your favorite spots in the area!

Help With Choosing Wheel Chocks

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When you arrive at your campground and are snaking through the winding roads with your RV to find your particular campsite, there are probably a lot of to-do items swirling through your head. You need to properly back your rig into your spot. You need to make sure trees aren’t in the way of opening your awning(s) and slide out(s). You want your RV to be level. And you need to make sure that your RV will stay put even if your site isn’t flat. This is where wheel chocks come into the equation. You should always secure your RV with wheel chocks, even if you think that your RV will be just fine on flat terrain. And having the right wheel chocks is important. For help with choosing wheel chocks for your RV, read on!

What to Consider When Choosing Wheel Chocks

The weight of your RV and the size of its wheels matter when choosing wheel chocks. The heavier your RV and the bigger the wheels, the larger the wheel chocks you will need to securely hold your RV in place.

Wheel Chocks

Camco makes wheel chocks that fit different-sized wheels. For wheels up to 26” wheels in diameter, try these Camco 44414 Wheel Chocks. For wheels up to 29” in diameter, consider these Camco 44492 Super Wheel Chocks for a good fit. Both are available with a rope add-on that makes it safer and easier to remove the chock from underneath the wheel. Camco wheel chocks are made of hard, durable plastic that contains UV inhibitors so they will last year after year. At less than $10/pair, they’re a bargain and won’t be a huge loss if you accidentally drive away from your campsite without them (that’s been known to happen!). In fact, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a few pairs of these lightweight, inexpensive wheel chocks so you have multiple sets on hand in case you find yourself wondering where you left yours.

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Wheel Stabilizers/Stops

For a different type of wheel stabilization, try using these X-Chock Wheel Stabilizers. These fit between tandem tires and work by applying an opposing force that keeps the tires in place. These are adjustable to accommodate different widths between tires. They retract down to 1 3/8” and expand up to 10” so you get the tightest and most secure fit possible. Many of the other brands we’ve seen don’t fit most tires properly and are useless. This popular product is expensive at around $70/pair, but they are made of metal and have a rust inhibitive coating to last a long time. Camco also makes a set of these Wheel Stops for both small and large tire spacings. These wheel stops are made of lightweight plastic and are easy to travel with. They feature a steel rod down the middle of them that you twist by hand to adjust the width of the wheel stops. At $14/pair for the small ones and $20/pair for the large ones, they’re more affordable than the metal ones. Both of these products have received good reviews that are worth reading. There are many other brands available as well, so do your research before buying to ensure you’re purchasing ones that will work well with the size and type of RV you’re traveling with.

When parking your RV, always look for firm, stable ground for the best parking conditions. Don’t park your RV on soft terrain, such as grass, or you might find that your RV isn’t staying where you want it to. A firm, solid surface, such as concrete, will help hold your wheel chock in place and your RV should stay securely nestled on top of it. Once your RV is all set up, you can get to the fun parts of camping, such as making delicious Campfire Bacon or discovering amazing places, such as these amazing waterfront RV parks!

Leveling your RV is also an important set-up step when you arrive at your campsite. Click here for advice on leveling your RV easily before putting your wheel chocks in place.

What advice do you have for stabilizing an RV when parking? Share your tips and tricks with us in our comments!

How to Make Insulated RV Window Covers

How to Make Insulated RV Window Covers

One of the greatest parts of owning an RV is that you can have an a/c unit and a heater! This means that no matter what the weather decides to do outside, you can stay comfortable inside! Whether you’re heating or cooling the rig it is going to take some energy to do it, and that energy is usually propane. We all know that propane isn’t free so doing what you can to keep the heat/cold from escaping is a money saver! Insulating your windows can help trap that desirable temp inside so you’re not paying for it to just escape into the outdoors. DIY projects to insulate the windows work very well and are cost effective. Here’s how to make insulated RV window covers.

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Bubble Wrap

Using bubble wrap is a cheap (or free if you saved it from packaging) way to insulate the windows in your rig. First, make sure to cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window. Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the window and the bubble side of the wrap. Press the wrap, bubble side against the window. That’s it! It’ll stick there for as long as you want. The nice thing about this method is that you can still get some natural light through the window if you use clear bubble wrap. Even the stuff that’s tinted will let a little light in and could make some fun colors in your rig.

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Reflectix

Reflectix is two reflective layers with heavy-duty polyethylene bubbles in between! This is can be installed by cutting it to fit the window and then adding adhesive Velcro to the outer edge of the reflectix sheet and around the window. This way it’s easy to put up and take down when you need to! The main downfall to this type of insulation is that no light will make it through. You will need to rely on just your interior lights. If you need to take a nap during the day however, this feature may actually come in handy, as it will make the inside very dark.

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3M Window Insulator

This isn’t exactly something you make yourself but you put it up yourself and it’s pretty cost effective. The 3M Window Insulator Kit comes with plastic sheeting and double sided tape. All you have to do is run the tape around the widow and then stick the plastic to it. With a hair dryer you can shrink the plastic sheet to be tight. Once it’s taut it’s actually quite invisible to the eye so your views out of the windows won’t be obstructed.

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Styrofoam

If you don’t care how it looks or how much light comes in, Styrofoam sheeting may be the way to go! You can get it in different thicknesses so you can vary the amount of insulation you get depending on what you need. You can tape or Velcro this over the window and it will do an amazing job of keeping the temp in your rig stable. Once again though, this option will not let light through which can be a major downfall.

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Mix and Match

You can use different mixes of each of these until you find exactly what works for you. There are some great tutorials out there for different insulation projects. This one found on Do it Yourself RV involves a pillow, pillowcase, cardboard, and reflectix. This is a very thick insulator that’s sure to keep the temp stable, but the aesthetics of it aren’t quite there. There’s another DIY project found on Roadtrek Life that looks amazing but will require some sewing skills. The thing we like the most about these is how easily you can roll them up and store them.

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If you’re not up to making something to cover your windows, there are always after-market items you can purchase online. There are plenty of companies out there where you can send them your RV’s dimensions and they’ll whip them up for you. These are going to be pricier than doing it yourself, but if you don’t have the time or desire to make them, it may be worth it to you!