How To Remove Bug Splatter From Your RV

How do I get all the bugs off my RV?

When road tripping or traveling, the front of your RV is likely to pick up a few winged casualties along the way. And the remains of these stuck-on bugs is anything but appealing to the eye. So if the front of your RV is starting to look like a revolting graveyard of dead insects, your rig might be ready for a cleaning! Here’s how to remove bug splatter from your RV!

Best Cleaning Products

Best cleaning products to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

Soap and Water Solution—A standard mixture of car wash soap and water can effectively clean bug splatter from your RV. Start by dipping a towel into the solution and then placing it over the affected areas of your RV. Let it soak for a few minutes so that the dried-on bugs will loosen up and wipe away with ease.

WD-40—This multi-purpose product can be used for removing more than just bug splatter! From bird droppings to tree sap, WD-40 works wonders! To use, just spray the affected areas of your RV with WD-40, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then just wipe it off and watch the bug bodies disappear! Rinse the area with soapy water to complete.

Dryer Sheets—Surprisingly, dryer sheets can be an effective tool for saying goodbye to stuck-on bugs. Simply moisten the dryer sheet in water and use it, like you would a cloth, to wipe away the insects. You can also place a couple of dryer sheets into a spray bottle with some water, and mist the solution onto the affected areas. Then use a cloth to wipe the area down and get the bugs off.

Best Cleaning Tools

Best cleaning tools to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

  • Norwex/Chamois Cloth
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Bug Sponge
  • Wash Mitt

Tips For Removing Bug Splatter From Your RV

Helpful tips to rid of all the bugs on your vehicle or RV

  • Remove bugs frequently. The longer you wait to clean them off, the harder they will be to remove. Frequent cleaning is especially important when traveling in the spring or fall, when bugs are most abundant.
  • While oil-based products might work great on your grill, side mirrors, and hood, avoid using them on your windshield. They will leave behind streaky residue when applied to glass.
  • When using any of the cleaning products above, if you’re having a hard time getting the insects off, soak the affected area in hot water to let the bugs soak and loosen. Between 15-30 minutes is the preferred time for really stuck-on bugs.
  • After cleaning your RV, consider applying a wax solution to the areas hit most by bugs so that you can more easily remove bug splatter in the future. Rejex is a protective vehicle wax that works really well for this purpose!

You might not be able to avoid hitting bugs, but with these solutions you can avoid having to look at their stuck-on remains! Do you have any other tips, tricks, or insights into removing bug splatter from RVs? Let us know in the comments!

Which Would You Like More? Snowshoeing vs. Cross-Country Skiing

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Looking for a new outdoor hobby this winter? Pack up and traverse the snowy trails! The question is, which will you like more? Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing? While this is purely a personal preference once you get down to it, let’s explore all the pros and cons of each! No matter which you choose, you’ll have fun this winter season!

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing—What Are They?

Dating back centuries, the origins of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing started out as more of a necessity than for fun, with people using them to traverse snowy landscapes to get from one location to another. Today, they’re fun wintertime activities that many enjoy!

While both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are essentially a form of hiking, snowshoeing is more like classic hiking, with specialized footwear strapped to the feet that helps to distribute weight more evenly, making it easier to walk on top of the snow! Comparably, cross-country skiing uses a similar concept, except with skis! Unlike downhill skiing, skiers use their own momentum to glide across the terrain using poles for stability and leverage!

Interested in picking up one of these awesome winter sports, but still aren’t sure which is for you? Here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider when deciding between snowshoeing or cross-country skiing!

what are skis and snowshoes

Snowshoeing

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Advantages

With all things considered, snowshoeing is easier for beginners to pick up and learn more quickly than cross-country skiing!

Snowshoeing equipment is less expensive, with a great pair costing you anywhere from $50 to $250 or more. Overall, snowshoeing requires less equipment. You just need a good pair of boots or hiking boots, snowshoes, and perhaps some ski poles for stability on more difficult terrain.

Snowshoes are undeniably lighter weight than skis and all the additional equipment! This is a great advantage to consider when packing your RV, or if you’re planning on backpacking in the backcountry, where weight is definitely an issue.

Snowshoes are more versatile over different types of terrain. You won’t have to stick to groomed trails or worry about getting caught on logs, branches, or other debris! You can even snowshoe around your backyard or city park if you wanted! They’re also more efficient than cross-country skis in deeper, more powdery snow!

These are better for scaling up to higher elevations, and oftentimes come with ice picks or metal cleats to traverse over ice easier. They also allow you to change direction a lot faster and more efficiently, which is great when you’re exploring!

Can use them for hunting and other activities, not just for a recreational stroll!

Disadvantages

Compared to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is the slower of the two options. This isn’t exactly a terrible thing, especially if you like to stop and look at the scenery often!

Some winter adventurers find snowshoeing boring. This is definitely a personal opinion, but some people don’t like the slower pace of snowshoeing compared to cross-country skiing!

A lot of skiers condemn snowshoe use on groomed trails, as it can create unevenness on the trails, which is less than ideal for skiers.

advantages and disadvantages for snowshowing

Cross-Country Skiing

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Advantages

Cross-country skiing is generally more athletic than snowshoeing, making it great if you’re looking to get a rigorous workout! They do make smaller snowshoes that make it possible to run in the snow, but for the most part, skiing will give you more of a workout!

You’ll get more speed by cross-country skiing, as it’s quicker to glide on skis than walk on snowshoes.

You’ll almost always be guaranteed a smooth terrain, as many state and national parks keep trails groomed throughout the winter months!

Disadvantages

You’ll need more equipment for cross-country skiing: skis, bindings, special boots, and poles. In turn, it makes cross-country skiing considerably more expensive than snowshoeing!

Because cross-country skiing is more involved and can be more aerobic than snowshoeing, it takes more skill to be able to master it.

Skis are definitely not as versatile as snowshoes, as they can easily get caught under logs or branches, which can be a painful and difficult situation to maneuver! You’ll want to stick to groomed trails for the most part, as rugged terrain presents more opportunity for getting stuck and/or injured.

In order to enjoy cross-country skiing, you’ll more than likely have to travel to do it, as not all parks or trails are smooth enough for it.

Cross-country skis aren’t as ideal for traversing landscapes with moderate to steeper elevations. You can still make it work, but it takes a considerable amount of time and skill to make your way up steep inclines.

advantages and disadvantages for skiing

What do you think? It’s totally a personal preference, but if you’re looking to start out on one or the other, these pros and cons of snowshoeing versus cross-country skiing will help you to decide which to try out this winter! Which one are you going to try? Comment to let us know, or leave us some other tips or considerations if you’re an experienced snowshoer or cross-country skier!

Anti-Sway/Suspension Upgrades: Enhancements For a Smoother Ride

Travel trailers on the road

If you’ve ever found yourself white knuckling it down the highway in heavy winds or cringing at every sharp corner you take with your rig, you’re not alone, but you’re also not without a solution. There are plenty of aftermarket products and RV enhancements that you can take advantage of to gain a more stable ride with less body roll and better handling. To learn more about these anti-sway systems, suspension upgrades, and other modifications for a smoother ride, check out these products and consider making a purchase for your RV!

Anti-Sway Bars

Anti- sway bars for my RV

All it takes is a powerful gust of wind or a sharp corner to accentuate the top-heavy design of your RV. Luckily, sway bars can be used to combat the negative results of heavy winds and shifts in weight when making turns. With sway bars installed, pressure exerted to either side of the RV is countered by either the front or back bars which use the weight of either the front of rear axle as a brace against the chassis. As a result, you’ll notice a reduction in body roll and more resistance to leaning as you pivot around corners.

Steering Stabilizers

steering stabilizers for RVs

When driving down rough roads or being passed by big trucks, it can be impossible not to notice the shaking, shuddering, and rattling of your hands as they grip the steering wheel. Or perhaps you’ve gone to reach for your drink only to have the steering wheel veer dramatically the second your hand comes off. These steering issues can be very annoying, especially during long road trips when you’re spending hours behind the wheel. However, with the installation of a steering stabilizer you will notice a dramatic reduction in how much your steering wheel moves, and an improvement in your ability to stay in your lane and maintain a straight path. Like steering stabilizers, trac bars can also be used to prevent your RV from wobbling and easily wandering into other lanes.

Shock Absorbers

shock absorbers for your RV

If you’ve ever towed or driven your RV down bumpy, poorly-maintained roads, then you know how badly movement can be exacerbated with the extra weight of your rig. Shock absorbers are designed to resist movement and put less stress on your suspension, frame, and the components inside your RV. With these aftermarket products installed, you’ll immediately notice the reduction of impact as you drive over bumps, ruts, and dips in the road.

Weight Distribution Hitches

weight distribution hitches for your RV

In addition to maximizing the amount of weight that you can haul, installing a weight distribution hitch will also improve the overall handling of your ride. These hitches are designed to disperse the weight evenly throughout the axles to prevent any diving. And with the weight balanced out, you’ll notice that you are able to control your RV more easily and the potential for losing control is not nearly as threatening.

If you want to improve driver control and comfort, then consider installing some of these modifications and upgrades to your RV! If you don’t feel comfortable doing the installations yourself, contact your local RV service center and leave it up to the professionals! Have you added any of these enhancements to your RV? Leave us a comment and let us know how they worked for you!

How to keep my RV from swaying while on the road

The Ultimate 24-Hour Warehouse Sale!






 

Mark your calendars for an incredible sale at TerryTown RV Superstore! From February 16-18 you can drive away with an unbeatable deal on an amazing RV from TerryTown at the Ultimate 24-Hour Warehouse Sale! You’ve looked around online, you’ve gone to the RV shows, and now you’re ready to purchase a new RV that will put the freedom of the great outdoors right at your fingertips. If you’re in the market for a lightweight travel trailer for easy-to-tow convenience, we’ve got it! If a luxurious fifth wheel is what you have your eye on, we have plenty of those too! Or if your camping trips include hauling ATVs or side-by-sides along for extreme adventure, take a look at our awesome toy haulers! From modest-sized travel trailers to large fifth wheels—and everything in between—you’ll find them all at incredible prices at our 24-hour warehouse sale!
Our giant indoor service center will be turned into a magnificent showroom for this Ultimate 24-hour Warehouse Sale. No need to brave the blowing winds and falling snow while trying to tour your favorite models! Browse and shop in warmth and comfort, no matter the weather outside! You’ll find some of the top sellers from the RV shows and some of our most popular models. Each will be discounted for a quick sale, so don’t delay! Take your time touring the models you’re interested in, ask questions, and get comfortable. It’s all about the experience, and we’re here to offer the best!

TerryTown RV has extended our sales hours for this amazing opportunity! Our Ultimate 24-Hour Warehouse Sale is available:

    • Thursday, 3pm-8pm
    • Friday, 9am-8pm
    • Saturday, 9am-5pm

Eagles, Jay Feathers, Pumas, Rockwoods, XLRs … we have all the best brands, and we sell them at unbeatable prices! The deals don’t get any hotter than during these 24 hours of savings! Mark your calendar to visit TerryTown February 16-18 to score an RV deal you’ll want to cheer about!

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DIY Spa-In-a-Jar: Make Your RV Trip All the More Stress-Free

fill it with your favorties

Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself! Since a vast majority of campgrounds out there don’t have an on-site spa, you’ll have to bring the spa along with you! Since the space inside an RV is restricted and means you can’t bring along all of your full-sized spa materials, you have to get creative! Put together a super charming DIY spa-in-a-jar to make your RV spa day happen! This will help make your RV trip more stress-free so you can relax and feel your best!

These spa jars are an amazing space saver, as you can put all your favorite luxuries in one compact space! A spa-in-a-jar even makes a fantastic gift, especially to other RVers, and can be customized with cute labels, ribbon, and jar toppers!

Start off with a large mason jar, or use an empty, clean bulk glass jar that is big enough for all the items you’d like to include! Hit up your favorite stores like Lush, Bath & Body Works, and The Body Shop, or use this as an opportunity to try some DIY projects of your favorite products! Here are some neat ideas of items to include in your spa-in-a-jar!

Scrubs

A fantastic staple of any good spa experience is a scrub! Since you’ll have limited room in your jar, you’ll probably want to go with a general body scrub that will be good for everything from the feet to the face! If you feel like your lips will need some exfoliating too, throw in lip scrub, as they tend to come in small containers that are perfect for a spa-in-a-jar!

start scrubbin

Lotions

You’ll want to stay moisturized after a relaxing spa session, so pack some lotion into your spa-in-a-jar and lock in that moisture to make your relaxing bath time last longer!

lather up

Face Masks

Sheet face masks are incredibly popular right now, and are great for anything from skin brightening, purifying, tightening, and moisturizing! They’re also super inexpensive, with some averaging less than $1 per mask! Include a couple in your jar, or use a small container of your favorite cream or clay face mask and your skin will thank you!

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Bath Salts/Bubble Bath/Bath Tea

This may be less practical for RV travel, but if your RV has a bath tub that’s big enough for you to comfortably take a bath, include a refreshing bath enhancer to pamper and relax yourself! There are so many soothing options out there, from classic bubble bath, to calming bath salts, bath tea, or even indulge with your favorite bath bomb!

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Nail Accessories

What’s a good spa day without a mani or pedi? You could use some pampering, even while traveling! Include a small manicure set in your spa-in-a-jar, along with a nail file, a small bottle of nail polish remover, toe separators, and your favorite nail polish color so you can feel pretty even out in the wilderness!

mani pedi

Small Candles

If you’re looking for total relaxation, include a small votive candle in your jar! This will add a lovely ambiance to your RV spa experience! Just remember to exercise caution when burning a candle in an RV, as a fire can spread quickly! If you don’t want to take the risk, use LED candles instead! They add the same flickering effect without the heat or flame!

feel the ambiance

Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash

Instead of bringing along full-sized bottles, add some travel-sized versions of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, and body wash to your spa jar, which will save on space! Include your favorite brands, or splurge and get an upscale luxury formula for a more glamorous experience!

kepp it simple

Loofah/Sponge

If you add body wash to your jar, include a loofah or sponge to your jar so you can lather up luxuriously! This is more practical if you are using a larger jar, and makes more sense if you’re making a kit as a gift for someone else! If you’re making it for yourself, just stow one away in your RV bathroom’s cupboards or right in the shower to save space for other items in your spa-in-a-jar!

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Chapstick/Lip Balm

A moisturizing chapstick or lip balm should definitely be a staple of any spa-in-a-jar, especially when camping! Be sure to choose a product with some SPF protection to avoid uncomfortable sunburn on your lips while you’re out adventuring!

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Foot Soak

After a day on the trails or if you’re just looking to have a relaxing night in, a relaxing foot soak will be much appreciated! You don’t need a large quantity of this, so why not add some to your jar? Remember to pack a foot bath or large container for your soak!

start soakin

Makeup

Although you’ll probably be bringing makeup along in a separate bag, you could always put smaller staple items into your spa-in-a-jar so you can easily find them when you need them! This is especially great if you’re low maintenance and don’t need a whole separate makeup kit; everything you’ll need will be right in your jar! Include items like mascara, eyeliner, small eyeshadow palettes, lip color, etc.

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Hair Ties/Bobby Pins

We all know that the black hole for hair ties and bobby pins exists. Set your hair tie down one moment and POOF, it’s mysteriously gone the next! Include a few extra hair ties and bobby pins in your jar and you’ll never be without them!

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Isn’t this such a thoughtful and adorable DIY project? You’ll enjoy putting together these spa-in-a-jar packages almost as much as you’ll enjoy using them! They’re great for relieving the stress that can sometimes come with RV travel, and are so compact that they’re perfect for even some of the smallest RV bathrooms! What items couldn’t you live without in your spa-in-a-jar? Comment with your favorite spa items, DIY recipes, or other fun ideas!

Why You Should Travel to Montana and visit The Resort at Paws Up

The Paws Resort in Montana is a must-see travel destination.

Montana is one of those “bucket list” states. It’s a state of immense beauty and vast wilderness, and many people feel called to visit it. Yet it often gets overlooked and passed by for visits to more popular destinations nearby, like Yellowstone in Wyoming or Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Its crowning jewel, Glacier National Park, is considered by many to be the most beautiful place on earth. In 2015, more than 2.4 million people made their way to the northern Montana park that covers over one million acres. But for a true “Treasure State” experience, witness the unspoiled frontier of Montana while staying at a resort that caters to your every need. You’ll get the Big Sky experience you’re craving without having to give up the finer things you’re accustomed to. Here’s why you should travel to Montana and visit The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough for an unforgettable vacation!

About the Resort

Since 2005, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT, has been showering guests in unparalleled luxury while providing incredible Big Sky adventure at the same time. This 37,000-acre ranch north of Missoula sits on land that is rich in American history. In 1806, the land was traversed by Captain Merriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition as part of his journey back from the Pacific Ocean. Over the next century the land was staked for gold mining and then later housed several cattle ranches, one of which was owned and operated by the sons of the aviator Charles Lindbergh. Eventually Dave and Nadine Lipson bought the property, turning it into 37,000 acres of breathtaking expansiveness named Paws Up, and opening it up to guests from around the world who want to enjoy incomparable luxury in the great outdoors.

About the Paws Up Resort in Montana

Accommodations

Don’t be mistaken, The Resort at Paws Up is not your typical dude ranch. Very far from it indeed! While you’re likely to see some of the over 300 resident elk or the couple hundred Black Angus cows that call the pasture home, this ultra-luxurious resort delivers the most comfortable, lavish experience for its guests while allowing them to feel at one with one of the last untouched places on earth. Paws Up offers two different types of overnight accommodations: Luxury Homes and Luxury Camping.

Check out these vacation homes at Paws Up Resort in Montana!

The 28 Luxury Homes come in three sizes and range in square footage from 1,100-3,250 square feet. Featuring truly authentic western décor, you’ll find rich leather sofas, natural stone fireplaces, timber and iron headboards, large front porches, and more. You’ll love the thoughtful touches that can be found throughout the resort houses, including heated granite-tiled floors in the bathrooms and showers, The Last Best Bed™ with down duvet comforters and pillows, thick bath towels and robes, flat-screen LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, outdoor hot tubs, and laundry rooms. Each house has its own unique view of the surrounding Montana countryside and comes equipped with a car for easy transport around the resort. Your stay at one of the luxury homes includes three meals a day at the resort’s restaurants. Trough serves casual breakfast and lunch meals, and also nightly family-style dinners, while Pomp®, an award-winning fine-dining restaurant, serves refined rustic ranch cuisine. If you prefer to enjoy the surroundings of your mountain home while eating, in-home dining is available for each home.

Give glamping a try at the luxurious Paws Up Resort in Montana.

The Luxury Camps available at The Resort at Paws Up redefines “glamping.” The 48 tents range in square footage from 505-1,030 square feet and offer 1-2 bedrooms. On the banks of either the Blackfoot River or Elk Creek, each tent has an amazing view of the Montana countryside and offers spectacular amenities for unmatched comfort. You’ll enjoy a rustic décor that is complemented with fine linens, The Last Best Bed™, private master bath, fans/heat, and a camp chef and attentive butler at your disposal. When staying at one of the luxury camps you’ll be treated to breakfast and dinner right at your camp. Dishes like chili-dusted Black Angus steaks, grilled summer vegetable succotash, and ooey-gooey s’mores and baked cobbler are prepared by an expert chef who prepares each meal in full view of guests. Lunch is served every day at the resort’s Trough restaurant.

Activities at Paws Up

Whether your visit to The Resort at Paws Up is a family vacation, honeymoon, couple’s getaway, or work retreat, you’ll enjoy the myriad activities that are available every day. The 37,000 acres of wilderness are your playground, so get ready to feel like a kid again! The 100 miles of trails are best explored on horseback. Your wrangler will take you on breathtaking trails that are lined with ancient Ponderosas and lead to the ridge that overlooks the Paws Up Ranch. Whether you’re an accomplished equestrian or have never saddled up before, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable journey around the ranch. There are also equestrian lessons, an authentic cattle drive experience, and private advanced rides available.

Test out your inner equestrian here at Paws Up Resort in Montana.

Fly fishing in Montana is excellent! Try your hand at this exhilarating sport along the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clearwater, and Missouri rivers. Or hop on an ATV and explore the countryside at an exhilarating pace.

To push your body to new limits, give the Grizzlyman Fitness Trail a try! This 1-mile course features 12 fitness stations that have obstacles made from the local timber. These include climbing, balancing, swinging, and more. And after a day of outdoor fun, head to the Montana Winter Spa where you’ll find a varied menu of luxurious services, such as massages, body treatments, body vibration healing treatments, and even a Wag the Tail pet massage for your furry friend.

Other activities to choose from include river rafting, geocaching, rappelling, rifle range, mountain biking, archery, hot air ballooning, sporting clays, and more! In the winter you can have fun snowmobiling, dog sledding, downhill skiing, ice skating, tubing, and other snowy activities!

Named for a dog’s cheery “paws up” greeting, you’ll have a truly unforgettable Montana adventure when you visit The Resort at Paws Up on your next “Out West” vacation! Experience magnificent Montana at this indulgent resort that brings opulence to the great outdoors!

Give fishing, water rafting or shooting at the range a try at Paws Up Resort in Montana.

How To Meal Prep Like a Pro While RVing

meal prepping on the road

As an RVer, you know that there are certain lifestyle changes that come with reduced storage and utility space, but your meal prep routine doesn’t have to be one of them! Check out this helpful guide on how to meal prep like a pro while RVing and you’ll find that the process can be just as easy as prepping at home!

Know Your Limits

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There are plenty of factors to consider when planning your meal prep plan, with even more considerations when you’re in an RV! First, you’ll want to determine how much time you’d like to set aside for meal prep. For a total week’s worth of food, a whole day should be designated for an intense meal prep session, so pick a day that you can fully devote to prep. On a similar note, perhaps you’d only like to prep dinners or just lunches, which could cut down on your meal prep time!

Another thing to be mindful of is your drastically reduced storage space. Meal prep requires, for the most part, a great deal of refrigerator and even freezer space to store ingredients before and prepared meals afterward, and this is extremely limited in an RV! This will definitely influence what and how much you make! Just keep it in mind when planning, and it might take you a couple tries to get quantities right, but stick with it!

Plan Ahead

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To avoid total chaos in your RV, it’s important to plan ahead! First of all, it’s better to buy your ingredients right before your meal prep session, that way you don’t have as much to transport! On the other hand, if you’re not going a long distance away, say only a few hours, you can always start out your trip with a meal prep day in your stick-and-brick house and load up your refrigerator and it’ll be one less week that you’ll have to worry about meal prep!

Another aspect to consider are all the tools you’ll need for meal prepping! Make sure you have all the appropriate cookware you’ll need, along with knives, cutting boards, and utensils, but also make sure you bring along storage containers too! Reusable storage containers, freezer zipper seal storage bags, and bento boxes are great for keeping your prepped foods fresh and safe from freezer burn! Pro tip: If you’re going to store freezer bags of meals to cook later, be sure to label what each bag is, and write cooking instructions right on the container for easy cooking!

Most importantly, you’ll want to start out a meal prep session with a detailed meal plan! Sit down a day or two in advance and create a list of all the foods you’ll want to prep, and which days you’ll want to eat them! From there, formulate a shopping list of the exact quantities of what you’ll need, that way you don’t have a lot of leftover ingredients you’ll have to find room for in your RV! There are plenty of great apps out there to help with meal planning and lists, like Pepper Plate, which allows you to import recipes from the web and will create a shopping list for you! It’s available free for both iOS and Android!

Simplify the Process

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Meal prep doesn’t have to be hard! Cut as many corners as your budget will allow for and buy precut or frozen vegetables, or even some precooked meat if it works with your recipes! Items like pre-shredded cheese, frozen potatoes, canned biscuits and croissants, and pre-made salad mixes will make life a lot easier and will ensure you don’t have to bring along excessive tools and utensils that will take up precious RV space!

Similarly, even if you don’t want to fully prepare meals, make your whole cooking process substantially easier just by slicing vegetables ahead of time, cooking and shred meat as much as you can, and portioning them appropriately for each meal! If you have the freezer room, you can even go a step further and use muffin tins to measure out portions of stock to freeze and save, and use an ice cube tray to freeze herbs in olive oil to make great cooking starters!

Utilize All Cooking Methods

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There are potential pros and cons to meal prepping in an RV! On one hand, if your RV doesn’t have a huge, spacious kitchen with a big oven and tons of counter space, prep may be more difficult. On the other hand, camping in an RV presents many different ways to cook!

First and foremost, you’ll want to get as much use out of your RV’s oven and stovetop as you can, as they’re generally going to be a steady and even source of heat! Don’t be afraid to use your campfire for cooking too, as it’s perfect for grilling meats, but you can cook just about anything over a campfire! While you’re outside, use your picnic table for extra prep space! If you have a portable gas grill, get that fired up for grilling too! Have an outside kitchen with a cooktop? You’ve pretty much hit the RV meal prep motherlode!

If you’re staying connected to shore power, a slow cooker is a fantastic appliance to have at your disposal as they can handle pretty much anything from roasts to soups, breakfasts, and more! Are you dry camping or boondocking? Check out the Wonderbag, which does the work of a slow cooker without the electricity! Just get your dish boiling, cover it and secure it in the Wonderbag, and it’ll cook perfectly up to 12 hours!

Sound doable? Now that you know how to meal prep like a pro while RVing, roll up your sleeves and make your camping life easier than ever! Do you have any tips for RV meal prepping? What are your favorite meal prep recipes? Leave us a comment to share!

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Safety First: Operating Your RV’s Emergency Windows

RV emergency window

At TerryTown, all our customers receive detailed walk-throughs of their RVs upon either pickup or delivery. We make this introductory experience a priority because we believe it’s important for you to know all the applications of your RV, and how to properly operate all its features and functions. This is especially true when it comes to the safety features of your RV. While we always wish you safe and stress-free travels, we still want you to have the confidence and ability to use your safety features just in case they are ever needed. So before your next big RVing excursion, read through this post and learn how to properly operate your RV’s emergency windows.

The Start Of Safety Features

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Fire codes have mandated the requirement of emergency windows in RVs since the 1970s. Regulations require that one emergency exit be located across from the RV’s main entry door, and another be located in the RV’s sleeping quarters. As specified by NFPA 1192, which is the code of standards regarding safety criteria for recreational vehicles, in addition to emergency exit windows, RVs must also come equipped with smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, LP sensors, and CO alarms. While manufacturers are required to supply these safety features, it is the responsibility of the RV owners to know how to properly operate these features.

Knowing the Dangers

Know the dangers of RVing

It can be easy to brush off the importance of learning about your safety features, but the dangers are real and nobody is exempt from tragedy. Some RV owners are tempted to close off their emergency exits due to cold air drafts, but not only is this illegal, it’s also extremely dangerous. Reports arise all too often of RVers who survive initial accidents, but succumb to the resulting fires due to a lack of information or awareness of their available escape routes. Don’t diminish the importance of your safety features, they are required for a reason!

Operating Your Emergency Windows

How to operate your RV emergency windows

While all RV brands are different, the operation of emergency windows is pretty standard across all models. Before an emergency takes place, practice operating your emergency windows by completing the following steps:

Step 1: Identify where your emergency windows are located. Typically you will find one in the main living space and one in the bedroom. These escape routes can usually be identified by the red-colored handle, cord, or latch attached to the window.

Step 2: Know what to expect in the event of an emergency by going through a practice run. Activate the release mechanism of your emergency window to break the seal. Then apply pressure with your hands to open the window fully.

Step 3: Once the window is open, you can now hop out. Be cautious of the drop between your window and the ground. Depending on your rig, it can be a significant distance. To exit in the safest manner, put your legs out first and attempt to land on your feet.

Step 4: To close, have someone on the outside push in the emergency window. From the inside, put the release mechanism back in place to seal the window back up. Put a little bit of pressure on the window to make sure it’s secure.

RVing Safely With Kids

Kids using RV emergency windows

It is just as important for little ones to learn how to operate RV emergency windows as it is for you. If an accident inhibits you from opening the window yourself, your kids will need to know how to do it for themselves. Walk through the process with them and have them practice actually opening up the window and exiting the RV. Ensure that they know where the exit routes are located and how to access them. If you do have to use your emergency windows, have an adult go first to assist the kids out of the window quicker and more easily.

Putting safety first ensures that adventure, travel, and enjoyment can all be a close second! Do you have any other tips on operating RV emergency windows, or any other RV safety advice in general. Look after your fellow RVers by leaving a comment below!

5 Uses For Snow When Winter Camping

Uses for snow when RVing

It’s true, camping is usually associated with warm weather. Backpacks loaded with T-shirts, shorts, sunscreen, bug repellent, and water bottles are the norm. But there is a population of campers that doesn’t restrict their camping trips to sunny summer weather or hang up their s’mores roasters and flashlights when the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly. In fact, some people wait all year to go camping in a winter wonderland that can be brutal yet invigorating. Up here in the north, winter is by far the prettiest season of the year (in my opinion). Trees become blanketed with wet, heavy snow, and wide-open, snow-covered fields glisten in the sun. And what better way to feel at one with nature and experience the sheer beauty and peacefulness of the season than to pack up and take to the snowy roads in search of a quiet, secluded spot to call home. Winter brings with it the opportunity to enjoy so much outdoor time with a variety of winter sports, such as skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, and so much more. And the snow serves not only as beautiful scenery, but it can be used to your advantage when you’re calling the great snowy outdoors home. Let’s look at 5 different uses for snow when you’re enjoying some winter camping.

Skirting for your RV

Use the snow for skirting for your RV

If you’re heading out into the snowy tundra for an extended trip with an RV, this tip will surely come in handy. A big issue associated with winter RVing is being able to keep yourself and your RV warm enough when the temperatures drop below freezing. This is not only important for your own health, safety, and comfort, but it’s also important for the integrity of your RV. Your holding tanks and water lines need to stay warm enough that they don’t freeze and break or cause damage to your RV. If your RV isn’t equipped with skirting, don’t fret! You can use the surrounding snow to create your own RV skirting that works just as well as the real thing. Simply pile snow up all around the bottom of your RV and pack it tightly to keep frigid blowing winds and snow from penetrating the underbelly of your RV. Make sure to leave exhaust areas free of snow though, otherwise you could risk having CO build up inside your RV, which is very hazardous! Amazingly, snow is a great insulator, and it will help your RV’s underbelly, tanks, and water lines stay warm enough and not freeze even when everything around you is frozen solid. Consider leaving a few small openings in your snow skirting in case you need to crawl under your RV for any reason. So hang your homemade bird feeders, settle in with a hot cup of coffee, and enjoy the warmth of your RV while you watch the snow fall outside your windows.

A Fridge for Your Food

Use the snow for a fridge for your food while RVing

Whether you’re camping in a tent or an RV, the snow right outside your door is a great refrigerator! If your RV’s fridge is full, no problem! Just plop your extra food outside in the snow to keep it nice and cold. Or if you didn’t haul a big cooler along with your tent and camping supplies on your winter expedition, just use Mother Nature’s refrigerator for all of your cold food and drinks. Your food will always be within easy reach just outside your tent. Simply unzip your tent, grab a cold drink or snack, and zip back up to return to your warm and cozy oasis in the snow.

Water for Your Plants

Water your plants using snow while RVing in winter

People who call their RV home for an extended period of time often adorn the inside of their RV with plants. Not only do plants create a cozy, home-like atmosphere, but they’re also natural air filters. And when your home away from home is literally the size of a storage unit, the air can get a little funky after a while. So if you decorate your RV with plants, use the snow right outside your door to water them. Using snow and ice to water plants is a great way to release moisture slowly into the plant’s soil, and it helps avoid overwatering or spillage from pouring too much water into an already waterlogged pot.

Tracks That Help You Find Your Way Back Home

Use your tracks in the winter snow as trail markers while hiking in the winter

Hiking is one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do, and in the winter you get an even bigger health boost thanks to the snow underfoot. The weight and depth of the snow make you work harder for each step. You have to step higher and use more muscle just to move one foot in front of the other. But if you’ve gone hiking before in the winter, maybe you’ve noticed that it’s easy to get turned around or lost because of everything being covered in snow. All the snow-covered trees kind of take on the same look, and the whitewashed ground seems to go on forever in every direction. But you can actually use the snow to your advantage in this situation. If you’re hiking in a desolate location, you’re bound to be the only person (or people) out there making tracks (besides the animals). So you can simply use your tracks to find your way back to camp. However if it’s snowing heavily, don’t be out for too long since your tracks will start to be covered up with heavily falling snow as soon as you make them.

A Wintry Playground

Have fun outdoors in the wintertime

Snow is meant to be enjoyed, so get out there and use the snow for fun! It’s pretty to look at, and it’s even more fun to play in! Bring along your cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, brick and snowball makers, snowman-building supplies, even a football for some fun tackle football in the snow. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll work up a sweat enjoying the frozen tundra just outside your RV or tent. Just make sure you dress for the weather by bringing along clothes you can layer and easily take off when you start to heat up. Hats, gloves, and warm boots are essential to keeping your core temp regulated and your extremities safe from frostbite. And you’re guaranteed a delicious cup of hot chocolate when you call it a day and head inside.

Also, for a full tutorial on how to turn snow into drinking water, click here!

Do you enjoy winter camping? How do you use snow to your advantage when you’re calling the great outdoors home in the winter? Share your cool ideas with us below!

Useful ways to use snow this winter while camping.

Edible Cookies For Your Dog While You Travel

good dog good treat

If you’re traveling with your furry, four-legged friend, it’s important to bring some treats along! Giving them delicious, wholesome treats is a way to express your love and approval of them, and they’ll love you right back for it! Unfortunately, many store-bought dog treats are filled with artificial ingredients and preservatives that just aren’t good for them. The good news is that there are plenty of recipes for homemade dog treats that are easy and require few ingredients to make. Here’s one of our favorites that we’d like to share. Give this recipe a try and watch as your pooch thanks you with some wet, sloppy kisses!

Edible Dog Cookies

Ingredients:

2 C. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 C. natural chunky peanut butter
1 C. skim milk

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix the flour and baking powder until combined.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, add the peanut butter and skim milk, whisking until they’re completely combined and smooth.

mixing dough

Step 4: Add the dry mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir until well blended.

Step 5: Lightly flour a countertop, and roll the dough out with a rolling pin, until you get a uniformed ¼” thickness.

Step 6: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 7: Using cookie cutters, cut shapes from the dough and place them on the lined baking sheet.

cut it out

Step 8: Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack until they’re completely cooled.

bake them

You now have a homemade dog cookie you can feel good about giving to your little pooch! Store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh!