Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon rolls are always a morning favorite. If you’re out in your RV this fall or winter and want to whip some up, you can always do it the classic way with premade cinnamon roll dough and an oven. Or, you can try making them over the open fire at your camping site with some crescent rolls, cinnamon, and sugar all on your own. The results are delicious, toasty, and oh-so-sweet.

Toasted Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Wooden Skewers
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Directions

  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowl.
  2. Separate crescent rolls and wrap them around the skewer.
  3. Roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  4. Cook over campfire for 5 minutes, rotating frequently.
  5. Optional – Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 2-3 tbsp water together to make a glaze and drizzle over cooked roll-up.

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Top Ice Fishing Spots in Alberta

Posted by | Destinations, RV Culture

Little child fishing on a frozen lake in winter.

RV travel isn’t just reserved for the summer months. In fact, winter activities are made even more enjoyable with the RV lifestyle. Ice fishing is one of those activities. Once you learn the basics of ice fishing, the sport will quickly become one of your favorite features of winter. The following simple ice fishing tips will help you get started, so you can enjoy the RV lifestyle even when the weather is cold and the lakes are frozen.

Places to Ice Fish in Alberta

  • Gull Lake – 10 kilometers west of Lacombe off Highway 12, this is the lake you want to visit if you want to get some lake whitefish.
  • Sylvan Lake – 20 kilometers west of Red Deer, Sylvan Lake is teeming with pike, most of which get very large.
  • Calling Lake – 55 kilometers north of Athabasca on SH 813, this lake is known for its walleye.
  • Cold Lake – located on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border near Bonnyville, Cold Lake has plenty of fish species, but is known for lakers.

The Movement of Fish

One of the most important parts of ice fishing is understanding where fish will be and when. In shallow lakes, fish tend to move shallower later in the season. In larger, deeper lakes, fish migrate to where food and cover can be found. They tend to stay deeper where the water is warmer. Fish become less active in the heart of winter, which means they’re easier to catch when they’re moving at the beginning and end of the season.

Start with Smaller Lakes

Starting with smaller lakes at the beginning of season will help you fish more often, and ultimately become a better ice fisherman. Smaller lakes freeze more quickly, which means you can be on the ice earlier in winter.

Later in the season, move to the larger lakes, which have more oxygen. Fish are more active there.

Use Live Bait

Live bait is an essential part of ice fishing. Whether you’re dead sticking, using a bobber or jigging, live bait is the most effective way to fish. Start by jigging larger lures roughly a foot above the bottom to catch the more aggressive fish. If the fish can be seen but not caught, opt for a smaller jig.

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Tips for Going Full Time in Your RV

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips, RV Culture

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Many campers buy RVs to save accommodation costs on weekend excursions and family vacations. After a few trips, a number of those buyers end up wanting to live full-time in their motorhome. Why? Because life on the road is exciting, adventurous and surprisingly comfortable.

Moving from a part-time RV enthusiast to living in your RV full time is easier than it seems, and it’s likely you’ll be happier with your life on the road than you were in your brick and mortar home.

Plan and Organize

Small preparations like making arrangements for mail pickup and changing your billing and banking to online options are necessary. Someone picking up your mail from a P.O. Box or street address every so often can save you from late fees on other types of bills (medical, taxes, etc.) You can often pay these bills online, but you may not receive notification that they are due.

In an increasingly online society, paying and receiving money are easy to do with an internet connection. Just make sure you have all of your accounts, passwords and preparations made before you hit the road.

Keep a Budget

Your expenses living an RV will be quite a bit different than those in your previous home, so keep a budget (at least in your first few years on the road) to get a better idea of how much you’re actually spending.

If you find out you’re overspending in some areas, such as costly camp sites, you’ll know to adjust your search and find cheaper accommodation.

Do It Now

What’s the biggest regret among travelers who took the plunge into full-time life on the road? That they didn’t do it sooner. You don’t have to be rich to be a full-time traveler, you just have to be wise about your budget when purchasing a vehicle and planning your travels. What are you waiting for?

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Helpful Tips for Winter Camping

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Camping isn’t just a summertime activity. In fact, camping in the colder months of winter can be just as enjoyable (or even more enjoyable) than camping in other seasons. The thinner campground crowds, exciting outdoor winter activities and thrill of camping in more extreme conditions make this one of the best times of year to hop in your RV and enjoy the great outdoors.

However, camping in the colder temperatures of winter means you need to take extra precautions to keep yourself and your fellow campers safe. The following five tips are ones that will help you make the most out of this winter camping season.

Pre-plan Everything

Make yourself checklists to be sure you have extra food, clothing, water and emergency supplies to last days more than your trip. Call campgrounds ahead of time to make sure they are open and that there are no hazardous conditions that you need to avoid such as avalanches.

Take Precautions Against the Cold

Be sure you have packed plenty of warm clothing that you can layer. It’s always good to have a base layer, middle layer, and outer layer of clothing. This is especially important if you do go out hiking or exploring while camping. Also be sure your boots are waterproof and insulated. Thick hats and gloves are also a crucial factor if you are out and about. The use of skis or snowshoes is recommended if you will be out trekking through snow. Snowshoes will work better for areas where trees might be close together.

Have a Second Helping

Remember that your food intake during winter camping should be almost three times more than you normally intake. That way you don’t lose more energy than needed. It may be cold, but you still need to stay hydrated, so drink plenty of water.

Know Your Surroundings

One of the most important pieces of information is to know your surroundings. Familiarize yourself with everything from types of snow and ice to emergency skills. Don’t wander too far afield, especially if bad weather is in the forecast.

Wear Fire-Resistant Outer Layers By the Fire

You’ll want to sit close to a hot fire when you’re camping in cold temperatures, but it’s important to wear a flame-resistant outer layer, such as wool, when close to the flames. Down jackets burn easily due to heat and stray embers, so keep flammable materials away from the fire and in your RV.

Find Your RV and Gear at Woody’s RV World

Woody’s RV World isn’t just a place to purchase new recreational vehicles. Our online parts store is stocked with all of the latest and greatest camping supplies for this winter camping season. Stop by Woody’s RV World today before you plan your winter season.

Visit Jasper National Park in Your RV

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Jasper National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies (at nearly 11,000 sq-km), it hosts a variety of terrain features, including glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, and, of course, mountains.

Located just north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton, the park was established on September 14, 1907, as Jasper Forest Park and just recently celebrated its centennial. The park was named after Jasper Hawes, who was a trader in the region for the North West Company. It gained national park status in 1930 with the passing of the National Parks Act. These days, the park attracts over 2 million annual visitors and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jasper National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, caribou, moose, porcupine, lynx, beaver, fox, grizzly bear, coyote, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, timber wolf, cougar, wolverine, and more.

Attractions include scenic features like Mount Edith Cavell, Pyramid Lake and Mountain, Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake, and the Tonquin Valley. There’s also the Marmot Basin ski area and the Jasper Skytram. Popular activities in the park include hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, kayaking, and camping.

There are numerous campgrounds both in and around the park, many of which include sites for RV campers.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Before you visit Jasper National Park, be sure to stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Calgary before you hit the roads this fall or winter.

Halloween Up Your RV

Posted by | RV Culture

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Halloween is rapidly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to prepare for the spooky holiday. Decorating your RV is just as easy as decorating your home, but there a number of steps you can take to minimize the amount of decorations you take with you. These simple Halloween decorating tips make sprucing up your RV affordable and fun for the entire family.

Hit the Local Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets are flooded with pumpkins, gourds, bales of hay and other festive natural items that can serve as Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Shop at a local farmers’ market near your campground to give back to the community in which you’ll be enjoying the holiday. Make visits to farmers’ markets and pumpkin patches more enjoyable for kids by letting them pick their favorite gourds and other items.

Make Your Own Decorations

Stock up on construction paper, tape, glue and scissors at a local craft store and start making your own Halloween decorations. Do-it-yourself decorations are affordable, fun for the family to create and disposable after the holiday has ended. After all, you don’t want to carry bulky, expensive Halloween decorations around in your RV all fall and winter.

Shop at Thrift Stores and Non-Profit Shops

Goodwill, Salvation Army and other non-profit thrift stores are ideal places to pick up Halloween decorations and costumes for affordable prices. Even better, supporting these local, non-profit shops helps create jobs in the communities you visit in your RV. Once everyone in your family has established what they want to be for Halloween, make a tradition of hopping from thrift store to thrift store to create the perfect ensemble.

Find Your Dream RV at Woody’s

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the fall season in the comfort and convenience of a new RV. Stop in and see us at Woody’s RV World in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton or Grande Prairie to find a top-quality, luxury RV for an affordable price today.

Tips for First Time RVers

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There’s no better place to learn about RV living than from travelers who have lived life on the road. If you’re a first time RVer, take it from the experts and practice these helpful tips to help your RV travels roll along more smoothly.

RV Living Tips From the Experts

  1. Always keep wheel locks on hand.
  2. Invest in a high quality sewer hose or two and have the correct connectors on hand.
  3. Check the condition of your tires and the tire pressure before each journey.
  4. Create a checklist for all of your departures.
  5. Know how to maintain your chassis and house batteries and check them often.
  6. Keep more than one fire extinguisher in your RV.
  7. Don’t travel with any items that have less than two uses.
  8. Throw your toilet paper in the trash instead of the toilet to save room in your black water tank.
  9. Scott’s single-ply toilet paper is less expensive and more comfortable than special RV toilet papers.
  10. Buy small surge protectors for every appliance in your RV.
  11. Turn your water heater on roughly 30 minutes before you plan to use hot water.
  12. Let your black water tank fill at least halfway before you empty it.
  13. Always keep bottled water or a water filter in your vehicle in case the campground’s water is not drinkable.
  14. Take your time and see the sights. There’s no need to race to the next destination.
  15. Volunteer at your destinations to meet new people and get involved in new communities.
  16. Keep a magnetic key somewhere on your rig, so you never have to worry about being locked out.
  17. Travel to a number of RV campgrounds before you choose to join an RV campground organization.

Find All of Your RV Needs at Woody’s RV World

We’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible right here at Woody’s RV World. Stop in to shop for a new or used RV, to schedule some service, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Preparing to Leave Your House During a Long RV Trip

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If you’re planning on hitting the road this fall for a long road trip, you’re going to be leaving your house uninhabited for a while. Leaving for an extended period of time in your RV is identical to leaving your home for any other vacation: it just takes a little bit of planning and prep to make sure that your house is in as good shape when you return as it was when you left, whether you’re gone a month or half a year.

Throw Out Perishables

If you’re going to be gone a while, chances are that everything in your fridge is going to spoil. You don’t want to come back home after months away to find that your fridge is a toxic waste dump. Either throw out everything that’s perishable before you leave or take some of it with you so that you can eat it during your first week out on the road. Either way, consider shutting down your fridge completely if you want to save a bit on electricity.

As a side note, go over your non-perishables as well. Make sure your pantry is in order and that everything you’re leaving in there is sealed up tight. Eliminating sources of food goes a long way to ensuring that rodents won’t find your home to their liking.

Unplug and Turn Off

Not only should you consider turning off your fridge, but most any electronics as well. Go through the house and unplug lamps, televisions, appliances, and anything else that can draw power while you’re gone. No one will be using them, so why leave them plugged in? Unplugging helps to reduce the chances of an electrical fire as well. This step both saves money and helps to safeguard your house.

Cut Off the Water Supply

The same goes for water: head to your main water valve and turn it off. You’ll lessen the chance that flooding will occur while you’re away and prevent money from dripping from your faucet one penny at a time.

Make Arrangements with Someone You Can Trust

Whether a neighbor, friend, work buddy, or family member, make arrangements with someone you can trust to go by your house periodically to check for mail, water your plants, and ensure that the house remains locked up tight. They can also inspect the house every once in a while to make sure that no disasters have happened.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road this fall for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Woody’s RV World so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Woody’s RV World and find one that’s right for you.

Tips for Cooking ith Your RV’s Oven

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips, RV Cooking

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The RV lifestyle requires travelers to make some changes, and a lot of those changes come in the kitchen. Cooking in an RV’s compact space and with limited appliances can seem impossible at first. Fortunately, a number of RV living experts have been baking in gas ovens for decades, and they have some helpful tips to offer.

Follow these simple pieces of advice to bake better treats and meals in your RV’s gas oven.

  • Always preheat the oven. It’s easy to skip the step of preheating your RV oven because you don’t want to waste propane; however, preheating is essential to cooking your meals and baked goods correctly. Not all RV ovens are equipped with signals to let you know they’ve preheated to the correct temperature, so you’ll have to use an oven thermometer.  Your oven thermometer will also come in handy for cooking, because your RV oven’s temperature gauge is probably not accurate.
  • Don’t forget to rotate your pan. When your dish is halfway through baking, rotate it to ensure a more even cook.
  • Use unglazed tiles to even out your RV oven’s heat distribution. Place an unglazed tile (or several) directly on your oven’s metal shelf to provide better distribution and allow your meals and baked items to cook evenly.
  • Don’t be afraid to move the wire rack. Move your wire rack up higher, so your meals aren’t cooking with such intense heat. This will help prevent the burning that often occurs in RV ovens. Whenever possible, don’t place your baked goods on the bottom shelf — they may not rise properly!

Prepare Meals in a Residential RV Kitchen

Cooking in your RV doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you buy a top-quality new RV from Woody’s RV World. Our lot is stocked with a huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels that are equipped with full, residential kitchens to help you enjoy even better meals (and desserts) on the road.

Fall Foliage Drives on Canada’s West Coast

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Canada offers some of the most scenic fall foliage in the world. Fire up your RV and cruise over to the Great White North’s west coast for some of the best fall scenery you’ll ever see. The west coast’s mild temperatures, ocean backdrop and towering mountains also mean you’ll feel inspired to stay active on your fall adventures.

Queen Elizabeth Park — Vancouver

You don’t even have to venture out into the wilderness to see some of Canada’s most vibrantly-colored leaves. Queen Elizabeth Park, in Vancouver, is 130-acres in size, and it offers a wide range of deciduous trees and evergreens. The bright yellows, reds and oranges really pop against the dark greens of the pine needles.

Tofino — Vancouver Island

Tofino is a small district with a huge amount of beauty. It’s a place where you can watch the sunset over the ocean after spending a day on the trails in the ancient temperate rainforest. If you thought Tofino was breathtaking in the summer months, you’ll be wowed when the colors peak, and Tofino really comes alive in fall. Take a seaplane ride to see all of Tofino’s colors from above.

Merritt to Ashcroft — Interior British Columbia

The 104-kilometer drive from Merritt to Ashcroft in the Okanagan Valley will give you a picturesque look at the interior of British Columbia in fall. Stop for a picnic at Logan Lake to enjoy a meal among the oranges, reds and yellows of the trees, and take some time to check out the Highland Valley Copper Mine to break up the drive. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because you’ll be snapping photos the entire way.

Visit Woody’s Before You Go

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Woody’s RV World in Alberta before you hit the road to Canada’s west coast. We have everything your RV lifestyle needs from new and used RVs to parts, accessories, service and camping supplies.