Five Things You Need to Know Today: November 4

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Military RV Parks Provide Havens for Retirees

On a quiet corner of Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS), one of the Florida military base’s most popular retiree perks, the recreational vehicle park, is readying itself for the annual snowbird migration, the Pensacola News Journal recently reported.

Tucked in a shady live oak grove on the north shore of Pensacola Pass, the RV park sees a surge of visitors each winter as retirees venture south to escape the frigid winter.

“RVing has taken off so much in the last three to five years. A lot of times you’ll get people doing a ‘staycation’ and living here for three to four months,” said Kerry Shanaghan, director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Pensacola NAS.

For many retirees, RV parks are more than just rustic getaways—they’re home.

The park is one of more than 200 military RV parks and campgrounds scattered across the country at military bases that stretch from Key West to Seattle.

In addition, Military RV parks, which only admit people eligible for military benefits, have some of the lowest rates available.

At Pensacola NAS, sites with utility hookups cost $19 to $29 per night, with discounts for extended stays. Private RV parks in the area charge $32 to $50 for similar services.

2. Protect Yourselves on the Road

Safety and security should ALWAYS be part of your “readiness attitude” wherever you are—on the highway, at a rest area, in the shopping mall parking lot, or filling up at a truck stop or gas station.

Trust your instincts—if you sense something is not right, move or walk away, drive away. Change your plans immediately. Better to be safe than sorry.


  • Carry your roadside assistance card with you
  • Carry your mobile phone and keep it charged
  • Keep your vehicle locked—lock it when you take walks, use the public restrooms, or wherever
  • Keep valuables out of sight, both while driving and while parked
  • Keep valuables—laptop, expensive camera—out of sight
  • Avoid carrying valuables in your outside storage areas; the lock and keys are generic to all brands
  • Ensure the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operational

3. Marchi Mobile eleMMent: Luxury RV Leaps into the Future


Are you in the market for a futuristic and slightly bizarre luxury recreational vehicle? Aren’t we all?

Taking a rather futuristic leap is the Marchi Mobile eleMMent, which offers luxury and comfort, along with flexibilities of space rarely noticed anywhere. From the conference/dining table to the entire lounge, you have the option of spreading the chassis out to suit your needs and retract when not needed. The tables and extra furniture are perfectly retractable to create the ambience you desire for special events, a small conference, or family reunion.

Their purposely misspelt eleMMent line, playing up the company’s double-M namesake, is the latest high-end luxury coach to include amenities that no one really needs in a recreational vehicle but would probably love to have given an unlimited pocketbook.

For the price tag or to continue reading, click here.

4. Quartzsite: A Gem in the Desert

Tourism is the main industry in Quartzsite, Arizona, with gems and minerals the main attraction. It all began in 1967 with the Quartzsite Improvement Association Pow Wow Gem and Mineral Show—1,000 visitors came that first year.

Kenny King started selling RV awnings at the Quartzsite Pow Wow in 1974. Then in January 1984 threw up a circus tent and opened the first Quartzsite RV Show. Now the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show draws over 150,000 visitors annually.

For dates and additional information on the 2012 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show, click here.

For dates and information on all 2012 Quartzsite shows, click here.

5. Safe Driving Tips

RVs are not difficult to drive but there are a few things to keep in mind that will make your travels safer and more enjoyable.

Check lights before traveling

Prior to starting your day’s travel check the functioning of all signal lights, 4-way flashers, brake lights, and head lights

Mirror Adjustments

  • Adjust the side-view mirrors to barely see the side of your RV
  • Adjust the convex mirrors to include blind spots, keeping in mind that distances may be distorted
  • Check your mirrors every 30 seconds
  • Ensure that you’re driving within the painted lines
  • Be aware of the traffic behind you and whether they are keeping up with you, preparing to pass, or falling back

For additional safe driving tips, click here.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.

—Peter Hoeg

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