Things to Do and Know Before Taking Your RV Out

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While some things in life can be learned on the fly, RVing isn’t really one of those. Successful RV trips come down to one thing: proper preparation. There are certain things you should have, do, and know before you load up the RV and attempt your road trip.

Have RV Insurance and Road Service and Know What Your Plan Covers

You definitely want to have RV insurance. Your RV is a big investment and you’ll want to have it covered in the event that something happens to it. Know your plan and what you’re paying for. Less obviously, but just as important, you’ll want roadside service. It’s invaluable if you break down on your trip since a broken down RV is much harder to deal with than a broken down car. If you’re not in a motorhome, but rather a travel trailer of some variety, and you’re truck breaks down, you’ll also want to make sure that your roadside service will take into account your travel trailer when the tow truck comes.

Learn How to Drive Your RV with Confidence

If you’ve never driven an RV, don’t make the morning of your big planned road trip your first time. You won’t get far and all of your plans will be ruined. If you’ve bought an RV, take the time to drive it around your town and especially practice backing it up with precision using cones. You’ll need that skill at many campsites and RV parks. Work your way up to taking it on the highway to neighboring cities for day trips. If you’re renting an RV for your trip, shell out some extra money and rent the same style of RV beforehand for a few days of practice.

Know the Weather Forecast and Upcoming Road Conditions

Whether it’s the weather or construction, keep up-to-date on what the road has in store for you. RVs, due to their size, are less maneuverable and therefore less adaptable to unforeseen road conditions. Additionally, weather can play more of a role in how you operate an RV than it does a car or truck. If you’re traveling with others, assign a person to monitor weather and traffic apps as you travel to supply you with current information on what the road ahead is going to do and how the weather is developing.

Know Your RV’s Height, Weight, and Electrical Load

You should learn your RV’s stats by heart, but at least write these all down in an accessible, easily referenced place (like a sticky note on the dash). It doesn’t come up every day you travel, but you’ll encounter overpasses that are too low to clear, bridges that can’t safely support your RV’s weight, and appliances that overload your RV’s electrical capacity.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome, or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season. If you’ve got any questions about your RV or the RV lifestyle, just ask us while you’re here!

Try This Recipe for a Romantic Valentine’s Meal on the Road

Posted by | RV Cooking, RV Culture

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Traveling in your RV for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to eat dinner at a pricey restaurant. In fact, you can cook a high-end, restaurant-quality meal easily in the comfort of your RV. This pork tenderloin with green beans and balsamic strawberries will make you and your lover feel like you’re dining at a costly restaurant without the price or stuffy atmosphere.

PORK TENDERLOINS with BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (3-lb.) package pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 10 bacon slices
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages haricots verts (thin green beans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, divided
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup quartered fresh strawberries

DIRECTIONS

Preheat grill to 400° to 500° (high) heat. Sprinkle pork with pepper and 1 tsp. salt; wrap 5 bacon slices around each tenderloin, and secure with wooden picks.

Place green beans, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, and remaining 1 tsp. salt in center of a 24- x 18-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil; toss to coat. Bring up sides of foil over beans; double fold top and side edges to seal, making a packet.

Turn off one side of grill. Arrange pork and foil packet over unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 25 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mince remaining 2 garlic cloves; sauté in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Add vinegar; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in preserves. Reserve half of mixture for basting. Stir fresh strawberries into remaining mixture.

Remove foil packet from grill; transfer pork to lit side. Baste pork with reserved strawberry mixture. Grill 5 more minutes over lit side, turning once. Remove pork from grill.. Slice tenderloin, and serve with strawberry mixture and green beans.

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Take the Stress Out of Hitting the Road

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One of the few sources of stress when RVing is the preparation, especially the night before you leave and the morning of departure. Do you have everything in order? Is everything packed? Are you forgetting anything?

However, preparing to hit the road doesn’t have to be stressful if you simply take some steps to curb the risk of common issues. Whether you’re striking out from home or simply moving on from one RV park to another, these tips will help the transition go much smoother.

Start Early

Anything you can do to prepare to move ahead of time, do it. While many things can’t be done until the night before, that still takes stress off of waking up in the morning and trying to do everything while you’re groggy.

If you’re leaving from home, go ahead and put every piece of luggage you’re going to take inside your RV, stored in a travel ready position. Double check that you have everything and that there’s nothing that you’ll need in the morning besides getting everyone onboard.

If you’re leaving from a campsite or RV park, go ahead and dump your tanks and stow your hoses. Clean up your site and put away extraneous items you won’t need to use in the morning.

Prepare Food

Whether simple snacks for the road or complete meals like sandwiches, go ahead and make them before you leave. If you do, you can avoid having to stop to make something or waste money at a fast food joint along the way. It’s a time and money saver, so why not do it?

Use the Restroom When You Have an Opportunity

Don’t ever pass up a chance to use a restroom. Use the toilet before you hit the road and use it whenever you stop for anything else. This reduces your stops significantly and saves time. Besides which, nothing is more stressful than having to hold it in on a road trip.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.

Family Activities to Enjoy in Your RV

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Everyone knows that the RV lifestyle brings your family closer together, and these exciting family activities will help you enjoy your next family road trip even more.

Create a Family Timeline

Creating a timeline of your journey is the perfect way to spend time together while making something you’ll be able to look back and appreciate in the future. Use a binder or scrap book as a place to paste pictures, tickets or other souvenirs you acquire at each destination. Be sure to include a map of your journey as well.

Skip the TV

Being at the campsite might inspire you to unplug from your tv, phones and other items that often separate your family. Keep your TV turned off during your camping trip and try reading stories out loud, playing music together or making up scary campsite stories of your own.

Don’t Forget the Board Games

Board and card games are some of the most enjoyable ways to spend time together at night and on rainy days. Bring a handful of your favorite family games, without overcrowding your RV storage spaces, and you’ll always have a go-to item when someone says, “I’m bored.”

Start Geocaching

All you need to start geocaching is a phone or other device with GPS capabilities. Caches have been placed in hiding spots around the world, and they’re just waiting to be found by your family. Research the area you’ll be camping before you go to see how many caches are nearby and make it your family goal to find them all. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to fall in love with geocaching.

Upgrade Your RV Lifestyle at Woody’s

It’s important to make sure your family has enough room to enjoy time together as well as a bit of privacy on the road. Find your family’s dream RV right here at Woody’s RV World in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Calgary.

Crock-Pot Recipes for RVing

Posted by | RV Cooking

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Crock-pot recipes make life easier for RVers. If you haven’t tried any in your RV, you’re missing out on a world of convenience. They give you the heartiness of a home cooked meal with the effort of a drive thru. Just throw your ingredients in, go have fun for the day (or even travel), and return to a meal! Here are a couple of recipes to get you started.

BAKED POTATO SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 kg russet & red potatoes, peeled & diced, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
  • Toppings: bacon bits, shredded sharp cheddar, diced green onions, etc.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the diced potatoes into the crockpot. Toss in the onions, garlic, chicken broth, water and the seasoning. Stir it up and close the lid.
  2. Let the cooking begin. This dish needs to simmer for 6 hours on high, or 10 hours on low.
  3. When the soup has cooked completely, cube the cream cheese and place it in the crock-pot. Stir it up as much as possible and then carefully place your immersion blender into the pot. The immersion blender will break up and mix the soup, creating a smooth consistency.

STREET TACOS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 8-10 soft corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Guacamole and/or sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce & tomatoes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toss the first four ingredients into the crock-pot. Cook for 4 to 6 hours on high, or up to 8 hours on low. Leave the pot closed throughout cooking.
  2. Shred the chicken with a fork when it is done. The chicken should be so tender that it falls apart on the fork. If it doesn’t, then you haven’t cooked it long enough. If there is a lot of juice, simply use a slotted spoon to strain off the excess.
  3. Add the filling to slightly warm tortillas and top with your favorite toppings.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any RV accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV and think camping out, especially for special events, sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through our many floor plans.

 

Common RVing Myths and Misconceptions

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If you’re considering the RV lifestyle but have some reservations holding you back, you might simply be operating under a common misconception about RVing or subscribing to a myth about the RVing life.

Dispel those misconceptions and learn how RVing is more accessible, convenient, and comfortable than you may believe.

RVs are Hard to Drive and Operate

You might be daunted by the prospect of driving and operating an RV. And you’re not alone. RVs can look intimidating, especially if you usually drive a sedan and the RV you’ve got your eye on is a class A. They’re basically buses in terms of size.

Don’t let that fear stop you from owning an RV, however. You’ll get the hang of driving even the largest RV. Just practice driving in an empty parking lot, especially turning and backing up. Go from parking lots to small roads to busy streets to the highway.

If the prospect of driving a larger rig is too daunting, you can always own a smaller motorhome or travel trailer. Some motorhomes are the size of large vans and some travel trailers are petite enough that you’ll barely notice you’re towing anything at all.

RVs are Expensive to Purchase and Own

You may also think that there’s no way you can get into the RVing world. It’s something for the rich and well-off. You need either plenty of disposable income, windfall from a surprise inheritance, or to sell all of your other possessions and commit to living full-time in your new rig.

This just isn’t the case, however. There are RVs of all shapes and sizes, from the newest and shiniest class A that costs six figures to the small and functional pop up trailer that may cost less than $10,000.

Not only that, but there’s always the option to rent your RV whenever you want to travel. You don’t actually have to own it.

Then there are used options and financing. Whatever the case, an RV is always in reach if you do your research and are honest about what you can and cannot afford.

RVs are Only for Retirees

There’s the stereotype that RVers are all retirees, men and women who finished their careers, sold everything that couldn’t fit in their RV, and now travel the country full-time in an RV.

There’s nothing stopping young adults, working professionals, or even families from taking to the road in an RV. Modern RVs are packed with all the features that you would expect to have at home, so there’s little reason to wait until you’re retired for an outing in an RV.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.

Top Places to RV in Northwest Territories

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If you’ve never been to the Northwest Territories, you’re missing out. Far from being an empty tundra landscape, the Northwest Territories actually possess some of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes and plenty of natural beauty.

Nahanni National Park Reserve

Not only is Nahanni National Park Reserve one of the most remote places in all of Canada, but it’s also one of its most beautiful. Named for the raging Nahanni River that cuts through the rugged Mackenzie Mountains by way of plummeting canyons, the reserve is as wild and untamed a place as you can hope to find. The hot springs that are endemic to the reserve help prop up a thriving ecosystem that’s home to a host of rare plant and animal species.

Don’t miss the spectacular waterfall display of Virginia Falls where the South Nahanni River flows over a 90-meter cliff. If you’re an experienced whitewater canoeist, you can challenge yourself with the rapids on the Nahanni River.

Yellowknife

The capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife is much more than the gold rush boomtown that it started out as. Enjoying steady growth since the 1930s, Yellowknife today is a charming mixture of vintage wooden buildings and modern revitalization. Enjoy dining and shopping with the locals, exploring the surrounding landscape, and even catching a stunning Aurora Borealis on a clear night.

Wood Buffalo National Park

Along the border of Alberta, Wood Buffalo National Park is home to where the buffalo roam. Established to protect the herds of wild buffalo native to the region, the park later expanded its operations and welcomes visitors to see the buffalo herds for themselves.

Besides the buffalo, you may spot the extremely rare whooping crane that nests in the park.

The town of Fort Smith is the perfect headquarters for exploring the park and surrounding landscape. The town itself is also worth a look due to its past as a fur-trading post.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re based out of Alberta, like Woody’s RV World, then the Northwest Territories are just a drive north away. If you want to see all that the Northwest Territories have to offer, do so in an RV from Woody’s RV World. An RV allows you to get closer to nature while simultaneously affording you all the comforts of home. Come by today to check out our inventory and find an RV that’s perfect for you.

Cozy Winter Snacks for Your RV Travels

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Try these cozy recipes in your RV on a cold winter day; they’re sure to make you feel more at home no matter where you’re setup.

WINTER WONDERLAND SNACK MIX

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 cups kettle corn
  • 2-3 cups white fudge pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 8 oz. yogurt covered cranberries or raisins

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve immediately for maximum freshness and flavor.
  2. Add your own twists to make it your own.

CREAMY HOT CHOCOLATE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup boiling water

DIRECTIONS

  1. combine the cocoa powder, sugar and a pinch of salt together in a saucepan.
  2. Stir the boiling water into a saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Be careful not to scorch the mixture.
  4. Stir 3 1/2 cups milk into the mixture and heat until the entire combination is very hot. Do not boil the mixture.
  5. Remove the entire combination from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  6. Disperse the mixture between four mugs.
  7. Add the cream into the mugs to cool it to a desirable drinking temperature.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any RV accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV and think camping out, especially for special events, sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through our many floor plans.

Safe RV Driving During the Winter

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Winter is in full swing and that means the roads may be a little more difficult for your holiday RV travels. These RV driving tips will help you through winter’s tricky driving conditions to ensure you enjoy a safe and fun RV season.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination in case a winter storm occurs at some point in your travels. It’s important for RV drivers — whether you’re driving a motorhome or towable — to pull over immediately when winter weather arrives. Do not head back onto the roads until they’ve been sanded or cleared.

Although it might take you longer to get to your destination, you can avoid permanent damage to your motorhome or jack-knifing your travel trailer and putting your family at risk.

Be Aware of Rear Wheel Drive

If you’re used to driving a front-wheel drive vehicle in wintry conditions, you’ll quickly realize that maneuvering an RV’s rear-wheel drive system can feel a bit more difficult. Kick your front-wheel driving techniques to the curb and get used to your old habits of pumping the brakes lightly when you start to slide. Always leave a lot of room between yourself and other drivers, because sliding in a motorhome or with a travel trailer can be very dangerous.

Create a Winter RV Checklist

There are a number of steps you’ll want to take before hitting the road in cold temperatures or winter conditions. Create a checklist to ensure you don’t miss any of the essential winter RV tasks like making sure your fuel tank is at least half full, checking your wiper blades, properly inflating your tires and ensuring you have all of the necessary supplies should you be stopped in a winter storm.

Let Woody’s RV World Ensure Your RV is Winter-Ready

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Woody’s RV World in Alberta. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.

Christmas Gifts for RVers

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Even if you are not using your RV now, this is a great time to pick up some gifts for your RV so that you are ready to hit the road in the spring. And, if you do use your RV during the colder months, these will come in handy no matter where you camp.

RV Cover

Keep your RV from getting green mold on it by keeping it covered. An RV cover also protects the RV from the sun and from whatever else Mother Nature decides to throw at it, including rain, snow, hail, and more.

Awning Mat

Pick up an awning mat so that you can walk out of your RV onto something comfortable. The awning mat also helps you track less dirt inside when you are parked in an area that doesn’t have grass or clean concrete.

Stainless Steel Percolator

If you’re old enough, you might remember your parents making coffee in one of these, or you may have used one for coffee. A percolator is great because it works on gas or electric stoves; and you could also make coffee outside over the fire.

Carpet Shield

Clear carpet shields come in handy when you’re camping in an area that has mud or snow. You’ll protect your carpets from ground in mud or salt-laden snow and slush, thus making your floors easier to clean.

Step Rugs

Pick up some wrap-around step rugs for the outside steps so you don’t track in a bunch of dirt or dirty snow. You can easily rinse these out when they get too dirty – or you can vacuum them if the dirt is dry. They’ll also prevent you from slipping on the steps when they are wet or icy.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to pick up any RV accessories you may need. If you don’t have an RV and think camping out, especially for special events, sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through our many floor plans.