Month: July 2014

99 Things Not To Do While RVing

source: www.teamliquid.net

source: www.teamliquid.net

I’ve been enjoying the RV lifestyle for many, many years and I can’t tell you that I’ve made some of the best memories of my life in our RV. I’ve also had a few, “not-so-fun” experiences ,so when I recently ran across this “Things not to do while RVing” list originally written by Tim R. Enright, for Bugsmacker.com, I had to share it with the rest of my RVing family! It’s certainly a satire, so don’t take it to seriously…unless you really do have a problem with #44.

Don’t…

1. Drive down the road with more than 2 slides out.

2. Use your sewer hose to fertilize your neighbor’s flowers.

3. Backup your RV into the … FILL IN THE BLANK.

4. Hang raw meat on the clothesline to scare away the bears.

5. Tie the dog to the rear bumper while you pack to go home and forget.

6. Put your awning out over the fire pit so the rain won’t put it out.

7. Use the air conditioner, microwave, coffee pot, hairdryer and toaster all at the same time and wonder why the TV went out.

8. Drive your rig down a one-way road if you don’t know what is at the other end.

9. Plan a camping trip for your church group only the find out the place you booked is clothing optional.

10. Fill your air mattress with LP gas if you smoke in bed.

11. Believe the salesman when he says that you can easily tow that new Toy Hauler with your Smart Car.

12. Put the RV up on blocks and yell out to the kids “we’re home now!”

13. Run out of gas only to realize that you put the gas into your water tank instead.

14. Use honey as suntan lotion in August.

15. Drive your Rig through the fast food drive-thru window without looking at the menu first.

16. Hang Grandma’s lawn chair (with her in it) on the bike rack because the seats inside are full.

17. Park your RV directly on your neighbor’s water hose.

18. Forget to put the support bars under the slide out of your Pop-Up before you leap into bed.

19. Take binoculars to the beach and try to convince your wife you are just going to look for birds.

20. Fix your flat tire with Duct Tape.

21. Put whiskey in your fresh water tank to keep it from freezing (OK, this one really doesn’t sound so bad.)

22. Hook the trailer up to the truck while your wife is still inside on the toilet.

23. Go up top and check the TV antenna during a thunderstorm because you can’t get the weather channel.

24. Pour water down the outside of the kid’s tent when they are inside while moaning “AHHHH”.

25. Carry your PETA sign through a deer hunting camp.

26. Feed the Seagulls and wonder where all the White Rain is coming from.

27. Put Arm Floaties on Grandpa, push him into the lake and expect him home in time for dinner.

28. Leave the parking brake in your toad on as you travel.

29. Explain to the kids how you through the cat’s toy into the fire and you’re waiting for it to return.

30. Walk past the neighbor’s Pit Bull with a pocket full of Hotdogs.

31. Cook marshmallows over a fire taller than yourself.

32. Steal the neighbor’s Cable connection on game day.

33. Clean your fish with a chainsaw.

34. Jam a stick into the black tank drain to unclog it.

35. Pet the neighbor’s dog if he has foam coming from his mouth.

36. Whisper sweet nothings into your wife’s ear while sitting in a group around the campfire, if you forgot to put on your hearing aid.

37. Try serving a veggie burger to a hunter.

38. Sunbathe on a Tuesday in the rain.

39. Cook microwave popcorn on a campfire.

40. Ride your bike if someone stole the seat and the tire is flat.

41. Get out, drop to your knees and kiss the ground after the first time your wife drives the RV.

42. Use a Roman candle to start a campfire.

43. Go jogging in high heels before 6AM.

44. Eat all your worms before you go fishing.

45. Sit with your back to the campfire after eating baked beans.

46. Take the Pop-Up down with your wife still in it.

47. Fill your fresh water tank using the hose marked “not to be used for drinking” at the dump station.

48. Light your cigarette with a bon-fire.

49. Practice casting your new fishing pole into a crowd.

50. Go swimming with bait in the pockets of your shorts.

51. Use a hack saw to disconnect the power cord because it is stuck.

52. Stretch a rubber glove over the head of your neighbor’s little barking dog.

53. Dive into a frozen lake within 30 minutes after eating.

54. Yell out profanities because you dropped a log on your foot at church camp.

55. Sing campfire songs around the fire in the middle of the night, all by yourself.

56. Drive a 13 foot trailer under a 12 foot bridge.

57. Roast marshmallows over the fire on the tip of your finger.

58. Go for a hike in the woods wearing a brown jumpsuit with a white hanky sticking out of the back pocket during Deer Season. (Actually, I wouldn’t find this fashionable
any time of the year.)

59. Eat a Popsicle after it falls on the ground and more than 2 ants get on it.

60. Dump your tanks while driving down the road.

61. Water ski behind a red row boat.

62. Use gasoline to start the electric fireplace in your RV.

63. Swim in shark infested water if you are blonde.

64. Go to the beach wearing only the top half of your wife’s swim suit.

65. Kiss that sweet little puppy if you can’t tell which end you are holding up.

66. Pull the handle on your tanks before you hook up the hose.

67. Expect the life guard to save you if his seeing-eye dog is a sleep.

68. Go hiking with the wrong map.

69. Use your outside shower in the nude.

70. Put peanut butter on a jellyfish.

71. Start the campfire with your only remaining roll of toilet paper.

72. Take ownership of your air mattress by carving your name in it.

73. Play the cornhole game with cream-style corn.

74. Brush your hair with a grill cleaning brush.

75. Use a meat thermometer if you think you have a fever.

76. Yell “Fire” in the middle of bingo.

77. Run and Jump head first into the kiddie pool.

78. Clean your fish in the hot tub.

79. Shoot hoops with a shotgun.

80. Pitch a tent that is two-thirds or more in a lake.

81. Forget to duck under the bed slide on your 5th wheel while chasing after the dog.

82. Put all the snacks in the kid’s tent so the bears don’t steal them.

83. Shove all your fishing hooks into your front pockets.

84. Crow like a rooster at Dawn, or Sue, or Peggy, or Mary, or Jill…

85. Whittle a snake out of Grandma’s cane.

86. Try to squeeze your big butt into a small folding chair.

87. Throw flaming marshmallows at the neighbor’s kids.

88. Rent a RV for vacation if you don’t know how to drive.

89. Pour sugar all over the table to create a sand trap for the ants.

90. Run barefoot through the campfire so you don’t mess up your new sandals.

91. Practice your yodeling at 3AM.

92. Drive into town without unhooking either the electric cord or the hitch.

93. Tell the nice man at the boarder that your husband needs to carry a lot of guns because he likes to kill stuff every once in a while.

94. When your wife and kids go back to the trailer to eat lunch at the rest stop, unhook and take off. (However tempting this may be, it never works out well.)

95. Ask the salesman if you will need reindeer to pull your new Toy Hauler.

96. Shove the Kid’s hamster into the tank drain so they can run around and clean the tank out.

97. Put the steps away without letting anyone inside know.

98. Try to write a book about 99 things NOT to do while RVing, when you can only think of 98 things.

Now, the only thing I can think of that this list is missing is #100: Don’t go camping without having HatchLift lift kits installed on all of your hatches and BedLifts for your bed! If you have any questions about ways HatchLift can make your camping trips more enjoyable, just give us a call!

Being A Newbie To RVing

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You did it. You bit the bullet and bought yourself an RV. So, what’s next? Where do you go? What do you do? What do you bring? We aren’t all born expert travelers, or RVers. In fact, I’d go as far to say that RVers invented the “Trial and Error” philosophy. OK, so we really aren’t that terribly ill prepared as group, but it does take a little practice to really get into the swing of RV travel.  When going on your first few trips in your brand new RV here are a few things to keep in mind.

First Trip | Every new RV has a few kinks it needs to work out. You really don’t have to go very far for your first trip. A few hundred miles is all you really need to travel on your maiden voyage. The reason for this is simple: Confidence. That’s confidence in your rig and confidence in you ability to work well with that rig. But, don’t worry, after your first couple of trips you’ll probably feel like a pro and will want to take your RV out for a long haul.

Before You Head Out | This is really important, check all locks, doors, windows, and latches before you actually head for the horizon. Make sure everything is locked, closed, and windows and hatches are properly aligned. Plus, if your RV has a slideout and and/or an awning, check those too for ease of operation and void of any unusual popping, or clicking noises.

Book in Advance | Don’t just assume that a campground or RV park will have a vacancy. Plot your trip ahead of time and call to reserve space. As the summer comes to a close, you may find yourself running into a horde of last minute vacationers trying to get one more weekend under their belt. It truly pays to book in advance.

Keep Your Water Full | Ensure your freshwater tank is always full. Although it does add weight to your RV, it’s better to always have water available than to need it and not have it. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard from RVers who have assumed they would have freshwater hookups at the site they’re headed to only to find that it’s either non-existent or out for the day.

Glove Up | Here’s a tip from an old timer. Always keep a box of latex gloves on board your RV. Why? If you have yet to experience the dumping your black water tank, then you will truly be grateful you had some on board your RV when you do. Use the gloves to secure the hose BEFORE you pull the release handle. Trust me…you’ll thank me later for this.

After your first Rving adventure, I have no doubt that you will be instantly hooked. After all, you’ve no doubt invested an incredible amount of time and energy in researching and planning to Go RVing. Make that first trip one filled with great memories by prepping well and keeping it simple.

Oh, and here’s one more tip. You know those hatch doors you spent an inordinate amount of time holding up while you carefully packed your stuff? I recommend installing HatchLift kits before your next trip. Trust me, they are easy to install and will save you from a ton of headaches and smashed fingers.