Monthly Archives: October 2017

Visit Jasper National Park in Your RV

Posted by | Destinations

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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

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips

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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

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips

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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.