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Budgeting Tips for Your RV Trip

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If you’re thinking about taking to the road in an RV for your next road trip, you may be worried about keeping costs down. RVs make for fairly frugal travel, but expenses can still add up. If you’re worried about your budget, use these tips to keep costs lower.

Utilities

Since you provide your own electricity via generator, you’ll definitely save on that bill; however, you must take into consideration the cost of gas for the generator and the cost of adding amenities to a camp site. You can decrease the cost of electricity by making sure all lights and electronics that are not being used are turned off. You should also turn off the generator if you are not using any electronics.

When possible, open windows instead of using the air conditioning unit or the heat. While the furnace does run on propane, the fan uses electricity. Turn off the hot water heater unless you need it – if you turn it on about 20 minutes before your shower or before you do the dishes, you’ll have plenty of hot water.

Gas

Plan your travel ahead of time. Each night, know where you are going to be driving the next day. Use some of the apps like Gas Buddy to find out where you can find the cheapest gas in your area. You definitely don’t want to drive too far out of your way or your savings are wasted. Top off if you need to – and be sure you top off the cans for the generator.

Dry Camp

Dry camp when you can. You can always find water to fill up the tanks. Many dealerships and national campgrounds have disposals so you can empty your holding tanks. It’s a good idea to fill the water tank and empty the holding tanks whenever you come across a fee-free place to do this as you never know when you’ll be able to get it for free the next time.

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If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Woody’s RV World. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Must-Have RV Maintenance Items

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When you’re traveling in your RV on the open road, you’re subject to plenty of freedom and independence. That independence means that you need to be able to handle problems yourself, if they arise. It’s part of the territory. To that end, there are certain tools that are pretty much required for RV travel. You may never need them, but you could be really sorry one day if you don’t have them aboard.

Tire Gauge

This one’s going to get used frequently. A tire gauge allows you to monitor the air pressure of your tires and to keep them at optimal levels as you travel. Properly inflated tires are more resilient, last longer, and will provide you with better fuel economy, which an RVer can appreciate.

Axe

A quality axe provides a multitude of useful functions around any RV site or campground. From cutting up wood for a fire to clearing debris, an axe is never dead weight. Consider packing it or a hatchet when you go out hiking. If you get lost somehow, it’s among the most useful items you can have.

Multi-bit Screwdriver

Instead of owning a dozen screwdrivers, invest instead in a multi-bit version. The various heads all magnetically snap into the handle and give you all the utility of a drawer full of lesser screwdrivers. No matter what kind of screw you encounter, a multi-bit has got you covered.

Channel Lock Pliers

Channel lock pliers will serve as your go-to tool for all things plumbing-related. From tightening a water hose to turning on a spigot that’s missing a handle, they’ll serve you well any time you need to really tighten something or need a makeshift handle.

Needle Nose Pliers

The pliers to use when something requires a bit more finesse. Needle nose pliers can fit into tight spaces and give you fine control over something too small for your hands to properly manipulate.

Visit Woody’s RV World

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Woody’s RV World. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

DIY RV Renovation Projects

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You’ll find many DIY projects to make your RV unique to your family; and many of them will make camping or RVing more enjoyable. When you can make more room for storage or add some hand made decorations, your RV really becomes your second home.

Sliding Storage

Pass through storage is great, especially when you have a ton of stuff to pack in there, but reaching into the middle can be a chore sometimes. To make life easier, add a deep slide out cargo tray to the pass through storage. You’ll be able to pull the slide out so you can reach everything.

Office Space

If you have a bunk house but no longer use the bunk house because the kids are grown and gone, add a desk in the area. You’ll have a quiet space to use the computer for fun; or if you work while you travel the country, you’ll have a quiet place to work.

Even if you don’t have a bunk house, but have extra bunks in the rear of the RV, you can convert the bottom bunk into an office space. Whether you leave the bunk in place and build a raised platform to fashion a desk or you remove the bottom bunk to make room for a desk, you’ll have a great place to work.

Decorations

If you can’t find any great decorations for your RV and you like the rustic look, make your own wood pictures, frames or clocks. You can purchase clock workings from any craft store, or even complete clock kits with numbers. Use a couple pieces of scrap wood to add a saying or a picture to with Hodge Podge or wood burning. You could even make customized picture frames to make the RV more rustic.

Visit Woody’s RV World

Stop by Woody’s RV World to walk through our many floor plans to pick the right RV for your family. Accessorize it by stopping at our shop to pick up anything you might need to make the RV yours. And, if you already have an RV and are not ready for something new just yet, be sure to give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Boondocking Essentials

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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.

Making Friends While on the Road

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It can be hard to make friends outside of school or work. It can be especially hard if you’re spending lots of time on the road in your RV, never staying in one place for too long. That said, it’s not impossible to make new friends on the road. If you’d like to expand your social circle with some new people, try following these tips.

Don’t Be a Recluse

It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: don’t be a recluse. Many travelers, without even realizing it, can stay cooped up in their RVs most of the time, only venturing out to hit the trails or perhaps go grab a bite to eat. If you want to meet new people and form friendships, you’ve got to get out there and socialize.

To this end, it helps to spend more time outside. RV parks and campgrounds are generally lively places and you can strike up a friendship by simply saying hello to your neighbors when you see them. You may find that you share common interests and can plan some activities together, like hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. You know you already have one interest in common: RVing. You can use that as a starting point to break the ice and discover what else you have in common.

Keep in Touch

The real challenge of making friends as you RV is that you’re going to go your separate ways sooner or later (probably sooner). It’s important to stay in touch until you can meet back up again in person. To this end, don’t forget to ask any friends you made at your current RV park or campground for their phone numbers and/or social media information. After you have their  info, don’t be afraid to reach out to them every now and then. If they’re as interested in maintaining the relationship as you are, they’re sure to respond. If not, there’s no harm in trying. Though not everyone you meet will want to keep in touch, there’s sure to be some who do.

Using Social Media to Find Friends

Of course, social media can be used to make friends as much as it can be used to keep in touch. Facebook, for example, has groups that you can join in order to make friends. These are special interest local or regional groups, so you know that you’re interacting with like-minded individuals from the get-go. For example, you can find a group for RVers in Alberta, hikers in British Columbia, or other similar interests. Start talking to other users and you may eventually find one that you get along with and then find an opportunity to meet up.

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.

Balanced RV Living Tips

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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.

Try This Recipe for a Romantic Valentine’s Meal on the Road

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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.

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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.

Family Activities to Enjoy in Your RV

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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.

Common RVing Myths and Misconceptions

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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.