Monthly Archives: April 2018

Boondocking Essentials

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

Boondocking

If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it. There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable items if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re ready to start your own RV adventures, on or off the grid, stop by Woody’s RV World to tour motorhome and travel trailer floorplans and find the RV that’s right for your family. Take the comfort of the indoors with you wherever you go with your own RV from Woody’s RV World! If you need supplies for boondocking, we’re just the place to pick those up.

Visit Elk Island National Park for Your Next RV Trip

Posted by | Destinations

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National parks are some of Canada’s greatest features, and Elk Island National Park is one of Alberta’s most prized possessions. The park serves as a key refuge for elk, bison and roughly 250 bird species. The bison was revived from near extinction, and Elk Island National Park is one of the top places in the world to learn about the species. Although, campers, hikers, bird watchers, picnickers, and star gazers will all find something they adore about the park.

Things to Do at Elk Island National Park

Bison are the main attraction at Elk Island National Park, and visitors can learn about their rich history and the role the animal has played in many different cultures. Visit the bison handling facility and see how the park’s expert staff care for these iconic animals. Head to the park for the annual Bison Festival, take the Bison backstage Tour or enjoy the exhilarating Bison Traffic Jam.

Park Festivals

In addition to the Bison Festival, Elk Island National Park throws numerous family-friendly festivals throughout the year. Celebrate water sports at Paddlefest, join the fun for Canada Day or gaze at the sky for the park’s annual Star Party. Log onto the park’s website to learn more about upcoming events.

Stay the Night at the Park

There’s no better way to experience Elk Island National Park than by spending a night on park grounds. The Astotin Lake Campground features 71 unserviced sites and an overflow area. Showers, flush toilets, food lockers and picnic shelters are available for campers.

The park also offers equipped campsites that come prepared with a tent, sleeping pads, camping chairs, a lantern, propane stove, cooking gear and dining shelter, so all you need to do is pull up to your site and enjoy the park.

Start Your Alberta Adventure at Woody’s RV World

Woody’s RV World is the No. 1 place in Alberta for all of your RV camping needs. Stop in and see us in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, or Calgary before you hit the roads this spring or summer.

The Pros of Fifth Wheel Trailers

Posted by | How-To & Helpful Tips

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When you arrive at Woody’s RV World to pick out your new or used recreational vehicle, the sheer selection and number of options may overwhelm you. Consider starting your search with the fifth wheel trailers. These models all vary in features, but their basic design offers numerous benefits to small families and individuals.

Extra Space With A Shorter Body

Towing a very long trailer increases the likelihood of swaying and loss of control. However, it can be hard to fit the entire family in comfortably unless you tow something large. Fifth wheels feature an overhanging extension that sits over the bed of the hauling vehicle. This creates sleeping or storage space without lengthening the body, keeping most models very compact. Some still reach up to 45 feet, but they often offer at least six feet of length in the front as well.

Stability While Driving

Any RV will be stable and still when properly parked. However, many trailers and other tow-behind models sway or swing as they go down the road. This can make it hard to drive straight as well, especially when the trailer is quite large and heavy. Maneuvering up or down narrow mountain roads is easier with a fifth wheel because of the design’s namesake. The literal fifth wheel sits near or under the hitch and helps stabilize the trailer in turns.

No Engine Or Transmission Maintenance

While you will still need to keep your towing vehicle in tip top shape, your fifth wheel itself won’t feature any moving parts to break down. Small mechanisms like the leveling jacks are easily replaced if they do break. In a pinch, you could buy a new towing vehicle while on the road and avoid being stranded due to engine problems. There is no need for a long delay during repairs when you can just swap vehicles and keep the fifth wheel instead.

Luxury

Most fifth wheel trailers at Woody’s RV World are quite luxurious and well equipped. You will really feel like you are at home or in a comfortable hotel when camping in the wilderness. Large screen televisions, full kitchens, and bathtubs make these trailers more than just basic equipment and housing for a road trip.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your 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.

On the Go Meal Ideas for RVers

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

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While the RV lifestyle can be slow and leisurely some days, most of the time there’s a hard emphasis on the “recreational” portion. If you’ve got your days planned with fun activities, events, and destinations, sometimes getting meals taken care of without resorting to fast food feels next to impossible.

There are, however, ways to take your meals on the go so that you can avoid fast food even on the most hectic of days. Save money, eat healthier, and streamline your adventures by trying to follow these tips.

Custom Rollups

This is a perfect solution for a day of adventure. Simply take some lunch meat and roll it around some cheese. You can add a lettuce leaf, tomato slice, and even a little bit of mayo if you want. Tortillas also work great in this manner since they’re much more flexible than a slice of bread but essentially serve the same purpose. There are plenty of ways to get creative with these, so there’s no excuse to make them bland. With just enough protein included, they’re filling, convenient, and highly portable.

Make More Than You Can Eat

No, really. When you make dinner in your RV, make more than your family can eat. Portion out what you’re going to eat for dinner and then save the rest for lunch tomorrow. Leftovers are a great way to stretch home-cooked  dishes over multiple meals and avoid eating out. While you may have to stave off any infamous second- and third-helping people in your party, the convenience of having a ready meal the next day are worth it.

Create Custom Grazing Boxes

Grazing boxes are a smart solution to gap breakfast and dinner. They’re an alternative to a formal sit-down lunch that allows you and your party to stay on the move, whether you’re spending your day on the road or having fun. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a grazing box is sort of like a trail mix, except instead of using things like nuts and candies, you use all sorts of bite-sized foods, such as cubed ham, boiled eggs, cubed cheese, and fresh fruits. You can make a custom box for every member of your party so that each one is tailored for taste. You can place these mixes into tin containers to help seal in freshness, or use bento boxes, lunch boxes, or even ziplock baggies. The idea is that each person has their grazing box and can eat from them throughout the day as hunger strikes.

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.