Monthly Archives: January 2018

Family Activities to Enjoy in Your RV

Posted by | RV Culture

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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

Posted by | RV Culture

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

Posted by | Destinations

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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.