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fiction, you sometimes read about parallel worlds. This would be the
fodder, perhaps, for a Twilight Zone episode, where a person might wake
up some place where everything seemed familiar, yet was not. In this
world, a person's house may look like his house and his kids like his
kids. Yet the house isn't his house, and the kids don't even recognize
In a way,
that's what it's like to travel by RV in a distant land. I experienced
this feeling in New Zealand. Everything seemed so "the same" -- as if I
were RVing in my own country. And yet, one look inside the cab of my
rented camper van, where the steering wheel was on the right instead of
the left, told otherwise.
we're introducing a new column at RVtravel.com by Aussie RVer Gail
Bennett, who will write about "Motorhoming Down Under." From what I
know of RVing in Australia, I believe that to American and Canadian
RVers, RVing "Down Under" is much the same as here in North America in
how it's done and the people who do it.
here in North America travel our own highways and byways, halfway
around the globe there's a similar RVing community. If you were to
attend a rally in Australia, for example, you might need to remind
yourself from time to time that no, you were not in your home country
anymore, but 10,000 miles away.
One day on
the South Island of New Zealand, I came upon a scene that looked so
much like one in western Washington that I pulled off the road, snapped
a photo, and marveled that a place so far away from my home could feel
so familiar. I stared at the landscape and mumbled to myself, "Chuck,
if you turn the RV around, and drive for three hours, you will be
home." The scene looked so familiar that it was hard for me to accept
that I couldn't just reverse my direction and be back in Seattle in a
met in campgrounds in New Zealand were very much like the people I meet
on my trips in the States. Sure, the accent was different, and the RVs
were a bit smaller. But the attitude of those RVers and the way they
travel is virtually the same as here in North America.
So I hope
you will follow Gail's articles as she explains her RV world, far away
from our own. Maybe your curiosity will be piqued enough that you will
make a trip Down Under one day to witness Australia first hand.
You can read Gail's first column by clicking here. And be sure to sign up for her fascinating email newsletter.
RV weighing We received many responses about my comments last issue about the importance of weighing an RV. Author Ron Jones suggested that readers should read his article on the subject.
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Buy or Sell Used Motorhomes or other RVs Huge
Texas consignment dealer provides a hassle-free way to buy or sell
diesel pushers, motorhomes, 5th wheels or travel trailers. Learn More. Canadian province gains Wal-Mart support over "No parking" policy It's
illegal to spend the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Nova Scotia,
Canada, but the Wal-Mart in Halifax has not enforced the law. Until
now. The store recently posted "No Overnight parking" signs in its
parking lot. The Canadian campground industry has long lobbied the Nova
Scotia government to ban the practice of illegal "overnight stays" in
public places. And now, Wal-Mart appears to have turned a friendly ear
to the government's concerns and is seeking a way to come up with a
solution. "For us it's more important to be the store of the community
(and) working with the community than just implementing an (American)
initiative in Canada," said Wal-Mart company spokesperson Yanik
Deschenes. The president of the Campground Owners Association of Nova
Scotia says she considers Wal-Mart's decision a "wonderful first step"
in helping to address the long-standing issue. "We are hoping that
Wal-Mart has sort of set the tone, that this is not acceptable, and
other large stores will follow suit," Leanne Hachey of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business told the Halifax Chronicle Herald. If you have an opinion, you can email to the newspaper's "Letters" section at firstname.lastname@example.org .
World's most expensive RV debuts If you've
got $2.5 million to spare, you can be the proud owner of a
just-introduced Featherlite Vantare Platinum Plus, a coach that makes
other luxury coaches look like Minnie Winnies. This is definitely not a
coach built with family camping trips to state parks in mind. It's a
coach with everything for the person who has everything and who can
embrace the idea that ridiculous excess is okay. How many coaches do
you know of with a built in treadmill? And that's not all: A custom
desk boasts suede lined drawers and a laptop computer with
multifunction printer. The salon, galley and hall ceiling are covered
in custom copper sculpture by Chip Manz. Ceiling lighting shines
through Swarovski crystal. Get the idea? Learn more about this coach and see pics here.
The Better way to own a luxury Coach! Do
you dream of owning a luxurious motorcoach, but don't want the
year-round expense and hassles of private ownership? Why not "share" a
luxury coach with CoachShare? Pay only for the time you need and save
up to 80 percent over full-time ownership. Learn more.
Articles from the RV Travel family of websites
An oil change gone wrong A
simple oil change on the road turns into a mathematical nightmare when
low-end mechanics are put in the equation. Learn tips on checking up on
your mechanic. Read more.Stay free in Wal-Mart parking lots Learn
where to find Wal-Marts, most of which allow RVers to stay overnight
for free in their parking lots. It's not "camping," but it's free. Get
driving directions to every store in the USA. New in the 2006 edition:
Stores that sell diesel fuel! Retail price $24.95.Order Now at our Everyday Low Price of only $19.83 -- the best price anywhere!
And in the FreeCampgrounds.com forum: Some towns are friendlier to RVers than others. Here are some places that RVers have found downright unfriendly.Wonder what there is to do along Hwy 95 in Nevada? Horseback
Riding- Air Shows- Outdoor Boxing- POW WOWS- Craft Shows- Community
Picnics- Chili Cook-Offs- National Parks- Desert Wildflower Arrays-
Sand Dunes- Prospecting- Antelope-Meteorite Hunting- Off-Roading- Star
Gazing- Bicycling- Wild Burros- Rural Celebrations- Fine Dining-
Gaming- Museums- ...and much, much more. Find all your options here!
Cool... Very Cool Cruzin Cooler
combines two basic necessities of life, the ability to have cold food
or a beverage handy along with the means to get somewhere, without
walking. Check it out at RVtoyoutlet.com.
All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing Plastic bins are great for separating dry foods in the cabinets. Use bins with holes in the sides to facilitate air circulation. This tip is one of more than 500 in All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing by Ronald Jones and Robert Lowe.Wow! 4.99% financing at Poulsbo RV! Get
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"Electronics" keeping National Park visitors away The
growing popularity of electronic media may be responsible for a
significant drop in visitors to National Parks according to this
month's edition of the Journal of Environmental Management.
Park visits have dropped steadily for 16 years. Now, after scientific
study, researchers say 97.5 percent of the drop could be attributed to
increased time Americans spend watching movies at home and in the
theater, surfing the Internet and playing video games, not to mention
the cost of gas. In 2003, the average American devoted 327 more hours
than in 1987 watching movies, playing video games and using the
RVers claim that Fleetwood misrepresented towing capacity Fleetwood's
2005 and 2006 Providence, Discovery, Excursion, Expedition and Bounder
Class A motorhomes were sold to consumers with a sticker advertising a
towing weight capacity of 10,000 pounds. Now, according to consumer
protection attorney Robert F. Brennan, the company is informing
consumers that the 10,000 limit was a mistake and is offering a new
sticker to be placed over the old sticker indicating a tow limit of
only 5,000 pounds. "This is not a recall; it's a cover-up," said
Brennan. "A recall is used where the manufacturer can do something to
fix the problem. Putting a sticker on the RV, stating that it now has
one-half of the towing capacity that was represented when it was sold,
is more of a fraud than a fix." Brennan’s firm represents two consumers
who claim coach problems in addition to the misrepresentation about
towing capacity. Both cases have been filed in Los Angeles Superior
Court.Get better reception with your cell phone Smoothtalker can help. Talk or get online in places you could never get online before. Learn more.Bill's Hint Your internal
water system is rated for only about 50 pounds of water pressure.
Unless you are certain that you have a pressure regulator built-in,
always add one to your hose before connecting it to your pressure
fitting. Install it on the water source end of your hose. -- from Trailers and Fifth Wheels Made Easy. Traveling to Alaska by Ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway? Visit
the official website. Check out summer deals plus save 20% now on
Snowbird Specials. Get prices, plan your trip and make a reservation. Click here.
Arthritis in your driving hands? Get swift, soothing pain relief with Arctic Spray. No rubbing! No mess! Learn more.Company churning out alternative diesel fuel A
Nebraska company is busy these days turning soybean oil into diesel
fuel. Evergreen Renewables hopes to produce about five million gallons
of the fuel a year, which right now is selling for two to three cents
less per gallon than regular diesel. Nebraska governor Mitch Daniels
poured the first gallon of the company's introduced product into his
motorhome last week. “The time has come for this,” he said. Supporters
of the fuel are hoping that Nebraska truck stops will sell it, noting
that the more that’s sold, the cheaper the price.
The life of a construction zone flagger We've
all seen them, flaggers who stop us and then let us proceed through
road construction areas. But we seldom give much thought to these
people and their jobs. According to an article in the Baker City,
Oregon newspaper, some flaggers are regulars, and travel from job to
job with their RVs. Here's a very interesting profile of flagger Becky
McCullers, who is in her seventh season directing traffic at a
construction zone. Take a few minutes to read this. You may gain a new appreciation of the people who perform what often looks like the world's most boring job.
Bumper Snicker Are you drunk or just on your cell phone? Read other funny bumper stickers or buy them.
Want to be a full-time RVer? This
90-minute DVD will answer your questions about how to do it. Host Larry
Wood interviews full-time RVers and experts. Superb! Learn more or order.Stupid RVer stunts People keep
track of all sorts of things. For example, many people record their
kids' height on a wall, marking and dating each measurement. Well, if
you are an RVer, you could keep track of all the stupid things you have
done with or to your RV. Most RVers would never think of keeping such a
tally, which, in itself, may seem pretty stupid. But one man does keep
track of his not-too-brilliant stunts. If you care to learn what they
are, here's where to go.
Special milk lasts a long time Here's
a tip about a product that comes in very handy when you are on a long
RV trip — a milk that can be stored at room temperature for up to six
months while remaining perfectly fresh. The milk is "Ultra High
Temperature" (UHT) processed to stay fresh without refrigeration until
you are ready to use it, and it contains no preservatives. Once opened
it requires refrigeration just like regular milk. One brand is produced
in Idaho by Gossner Foods. A good way to utilize this product is to
carry a few quarts with you on your RV trips, pulling a quart from
storage when necessary, perhaps when your refrigerated supply runs dry
far from a general store. UHT milk is also good for storing at home in
the unlikely case of an emergency. It's hard to find UHT milk on store
shelves in North America, but in Europe it's often easier to find it
than the refrigerated product.
Drinking glasses When
we're on the road, we use different colored drinking glasses so we can
identify which is ours. We don't wash them until the end of the day
after repeated use. We reduce the number of dishes we need to wash by
using paper plates. This doesn't always work, like with a steak, when
you can end up eating a little paper along with the meat. In that case,
a real plate is in order. When using a real plate, after eating,
"de-gunk" it with a paper towel before washing. Then use a sauce pan as
your "sink" to save water. -- Russ and Tiña De Maris are the authors of RV Boondocking Basics.
"How to buy an RV:" Advice from the Better Business Bureau New
50-minute DVD from the BBB explains how to buy an RV. Learn how to get
the best deal, the best rig (for you) and how to avoid classic buying
mistakes. Hosted by RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury. Order now for only $19.95. Available in DVD and VHS. RVing to Mexico Headed south of the border with your RV? Here is a wealth of information from Mexico RVing experts Dot and Bill Bell.
2006 Next Exit Directory Don't get lost! Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2006 Next Exit
lists every exit along every Interstate and what's at each:
campgrounds, fuel, truck stops, casinos, malls, rest areas, hospitals
and more. Learn more or order. Trivia Early
efforts to bottle soft drinks were challenging. Bottles sometimes
exploded under the pressure of carbonation. The Hutchinson bottle was
used in early bottling efforts including those of Coca Cola. It was
sealed by a rubber gasket held in place by a long, looping wire. The
term "soda pop" got its nickname from the "pop" that resulted when the
wire and stopper were pushed down into the bottle. Fragrance without the Flame There's
a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is
also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard. The RV Safety candle
gives you that beauty and the fragrance you love - without the danger! Learn more and get yours today. RV Tech Tip by Mark Polk One
of the most common repairs for RVs is a damaged TV antenna. Whenever
your TV antenna is up, hang your keys for the RV (motorized) or the tow
vehicle (for trailers) on the antenna crank handle. This way it is
impossible to leave without realizing the antenna is up. (Learn about Mark Polk's RV "How-to" DVDs and eBooks .)
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RVing Resources. . .
Why We Need English Teachers (as witnessed along the highways of America)
Worth Pondering "To
live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the
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