Monthly Archives: February 2018

Balanced RV Living Tips

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

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Adjusting to life in an RV can be a challenge. It’s easy to overindulge, move to fast, and burn yourself out. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to balance your recreational time with downtime. These tips can help you to achieve this balance, whether you’re on the road for a week or full-time.

Use Your RV’s Kitchen

When you’re out in your RV for weeks or even months at a time, it’s important to use your RV’s kitchen to cook meals as if you were at your house. Not only does it help to save you money that you’d otherwise spend eating out at restaurants, but it also helps to keep you fit since you’ll generally eat better with home-cooked meals than you would with greasy fast food. On top of that, eating meals with the friends and family you’re traveling with can help everyone to bond and stay on the same page.

Maintain an Exercise Regimen

While an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, climbing, and swimming is often the “recreational” portion of RVing, there’s always room for more exercise. This is especially true if your idea of recreational leans more towards touring museums or fishing on a dock. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it may mean that you need to work in a work out into your schedule. Wearing yourself out with exercise a few times a week can help your energy levels for the rest of the week regardless of what else you’re planning to do with your time.

Take Things Easy

Don’t rush through your day and don’t rush through destinations. Whether you’re out on the road for a week or for years, you’ll get more out of your time in your RV if you maintain a slower pace of travel. Don’t overstuff your days and make sure to spend quality time at each destination rather than trying to stuff in as many new destinations as possible. This will make each place you go more memorable. Otherwise, your travels will feel like a blur of activity and the places you visit will feel less distinct and, therefore, less memorable.

Full-Timers: Don’t Live Like You’re on Vacation

Sure, your life is basically one big vacation if you’ve given yourself over to RVing full-time. But that doesn’t mean you should live like you’re on vacation. Vacation-style living means indulging, which is fine for finite vacations that last for a week before you go back to your house and job. But if there’s no end in sight and no house or job to go back to, indulging yourself everywhere you go will lead to poor health and will burn you out on living your life on the road. Stay frugal when you shop. Cook your own meals. Get plenty of sleep. Maintain your tamer hobbies, like reading, painting, or knitting. Don’t feel like you need to purchase admittance to somewhere each day. If your life is just one big vacation, soon it won’t feel like a vacation any longer.

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.

Things to Do and Know Before Taking Your RV Out

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips

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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.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Woody’s RV World for all of your RV needs when you’re out traveling this February.

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.