Monthly Archives: August 2017

Running on Your RV Vacation

Posted by | RV Culture

shutterstock_198870509

You don’t have to give up running just because you take a vacation in your RV. Just be sure to pack your running shes with you when you go. Whether you are staying in a place that is close to the main roads and doesn’t have any major trails or you are staying in a place that is more remote and has a ton of hiking trails, you’ll be able to run every day. You may have to change your routine a bit, especially if you are used to running on flat surfaces.

Running on Hiking Trails

Make sure you have a good running shoe for this. You should walk the trail first unless it’s a paved or graveled trail where you don’t expect any surprises such as roots and rocks in the trail that could trip you up.

Keep in mind that running on a hiking trail may tire you out faster if there are a lot of hills that you are not used to. Don’t expect to run the same distance unless the trail is just like the area where you normally run.

Also, if you are used to running on a hard surface such as concrete, be ready to make changes to running on a softer surface. Dirt may slow you down a bit, even if it’s hard packed since it is never as hard as concrete.

Finally, remember to watch for other hikers. Many people on these trails won’t be running, so be prepared to slow down or stop, depending on how narrow the trail is.

Running Trails

If running on hiking trails is not for you or the trails around your campsite are not for beginners and contain lots of things to climb, you may want to look for running and biking trails in the area you are camping. You may have to drive to the running spot, but you’ll be on a surface that is more similar to hard roads you’re used to running on.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to walk through the many available RV floor plans if you are considering a new RV or if you are ready to upgrade your current RV.

Board Games to Play on the Road

Posted by | RV Culture

shutterstock_380143366

If you own a RV chances of you getting bored from time to time is probably an accurate and fair assumption to make. Watching television is a favorite pastime that is slowly being replaced by cellphones, handheld computers and other machines that require its users to put forth no real brain power. These forms of entertainment are fine for socializing with friends and family and also for relaxing, but what do you do when you want to have some intellectual fun?

Board games are fun, entertaining and educational. Board games are loved by millions of people both young and old. They teach while they entertain, which makes them interesting as well as stimulating. There are literally hundreds of board games on the market today and some are more popular than others. RV owners should take a break from driving, sit down with a friend or family member, and pull out one of these popular classical games.

Checkers is a family friendly game that is played and loved by both children and their parents. Two or more players can play at the same time. Checkers is a fast pace game and you can make it out of a tournament by challenging others.

Scrabble is a great vocabulary building game. It encourages reading, spelling and writing but most importantly it enhances critic thinking skills. Overall, it is a fun and exciting game to play. You will be challenged to spell and create words that you did not know were in your vocabulary.

Yahtzee teaches a valuable lesson in calculation and mathematical computation. This game starts with the roll of the dice and is actually entertaining and strategic. There is nothing boring about this game.

Monopoly is a real old game, but what it teaches is more valuable than watching television. You will learn how to invest in and buy real estate. It teaches you the importance of earning money but most importantly how to make it grow. It also teaches you how to manage your money and the consequences of poor management.

Board games are great to play while you are waiting for information about good camping and campgrounds for the night or while you are waiting to get on the road again after a bad storm.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the road, make sure to pack any board games you want and then stop by Woody’s RV World for RV sales, service, and accessories.

Try These Blueberry Peach Tarts on the Road

Posted by | RV Cooking

shutterstock_210594907

Great for breakfast if you really want to make it special, these blueberry peach tarts with vanilla glaze go wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee. They’re also good for a few days, so you can make them the night before and have them waiting for you in the morning (of course, nobody’s going to know if you have one for a bedtime snack that night!).

Blueberry Peach Tart with Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puffed pastry, thawed for 20 minutes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 large peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of milk OR heavy cream, more if needed to achieve desired consistency

Directions

  1. Remove 1 sheet of puffed pastry from the freeze; thaw for 15-20 minutes at room temperature, or until it can easily be unfolded without cracking.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°(F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine the egg and water; beat until well combined; set aside.
  4. Thinly slice peaches and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add in the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and cornstarch; toss well ensuring all peaches and are coated in the cinnamon sugar mix; set aside.
  5. Gently unfold the puffed pastry. If it does crack, gently press the tears back together and mend with slightly wet fingers.
  6. Place puffed pastry on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Layer the peaches evenly (and very tightly) on the puffed pastry, making 3 tidy rows, leaving a 1″ border around the pastry. Sprinkle the blueberries on top.
  8. Lightly brush exposed pastry crust with egg wash.
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating once during baking, or until the crust is puffed up and golden brown and the peaches are tender.
  10. While the tart bakes, make the vanilla glaze!
  11. In a small bowl combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and cream; whisk until smooth, adding more cream as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over the tart right before serving.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World this summer to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not on the market for a new RV this summer travel season, you can still stop by Woody’s RV World for service, parts, and accessories.

Prepare Your Dinner While on the Road

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

shutterstock_51452356

Like, literally. The title is literal.

Here’s a neat trick that can save you time and energy: cook food while you drive. Doesn’t sound possible, does it? What, are you going to balance in the back as the RV tilts and shifts along the road, all while preventing boiling water from spilling and knives from flying?

Of course not. The solution is a slow cooker. Just prep in the morning before you pull anchor and let it cook while you head to your next stop. When you get there hours later, you’ve got a slow cooked meal waiting for the plate. It may sound just as bad as trying traditional cooking while you drive, but it really works so long as you follow a few guidelines:

  • Don’t over fill the slow cooker. By keeping the liquid portion down below halfway, you significantly reduce the chances that there will be spillage. By that same token, try sticking to roasts rather than stews.
  • Purchase a slow cooker with latches. These are commonly available as an option and are ideal for use in an RV. The latch keeps the lid where it should be, even when you’re driving down a grade, handling some curves in the road, or coming to an emergency stop.
  • Place it in the sink. If the dimensions allow, just put the slow cooker in the sink and let it do its work there. The sink will automatically take care of any spillage, won’t have a problem with heat convection, and keeps the slow cooker wedged in place. Just make sure that the sink is completely dry before you place the slow cooker in there.

Following these tips, this ought to become your new favorite method of cooking while out in your RV. Take the hassle out of dinner and cook while you drive the next time you hit the road in your RV.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World today to tour a new or used motorhome. Find one that’s perfect for your travel goals and shop for parts and accessories as well. Woody’s RV World can also help with RV service and maintenance, so don’t forget to drop by before you hit the road this summer.