Five Things You Need to Know Today: January 27

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

1. Reports RV Inquiries Rising

Let's Go RVing to Monument Valley Tribal Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved, the most comprehensive new and used car, classic car, motorcycle, boat, and recreation vehicle pricing and information resource online, has announced its 2011 third and fourth quarter Traffic Trends Report—showing growth in traffic and consumer shopping activity site wide.

The RV section saw an overall traffic increase of 10 percent during the second half of the year. analysts note that according to a new study, 8.5 percent of U.S. households now own RVs, up from 8 percent in 2005, showing a clear rise in the number of people shopping online for these types of vehicles.

Similar to the first half of the year, the total number of unique visitors to continued to increase during the second half of the year at 12 percent. The site recorded August 2011 as its best month ever for total site traffic.

2. Red Tide Ebbs: Texas Oyster Harvesting Open in Some Areas

Let's Go RVing to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A small portion of Texas waters open to shellfish harvesting today (January 27). At 12:01 a.m. on Espiritu Santo and the conditionally approved area of San Antonio Bay opened to commercial oyster harvest.

Due to the recent rains in the Austin area the conditional area of San Antonio Bay might not remain open for long. The Texas Department of State Health Services will continue to monitor the red tide and will open areas to harvesting when it is safe to do so. For the latest information on the opening and closing of oyster harvest areas, call DSHS at 1-800-685-0361.

3. Quartzsite: A Gem in the Desert

Let's Go RVing to Quartzsite. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

So exactly what is Quartzsite?

The World’s Largest Flea Market!

A dusty destination in the middle of nowhere—but, come January, the little town of Quartzsite transforms into the vendor capital of the world and becomes the largest gathering of RVs and RVers on the planet.

This sleepy Arizona town has become famous for luring snowbirds who like to browse amid RVs and RV products, gems and minerals, crafts and hobby items—and the “mother of all swap meets.”

The Chamber of Commerce gives the normal population as around 3,000. In January and February, it swells to a million plus.

The 2012 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show continues until January 29.

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4. No Finer Day in Shiner

In Texas, the mere mention of the word “Shiner” immediately brings to mind thoughts of a cold longneck and the distinctive brew within. However, before the beer, there was the town.

Not surprisingly, the best way to learn the history of Shiner is to learn the history of Shiner Beer, as the two have been intertwined for more than a hundred years. So, I headed to Spoetzl Brewery and joined the day’s first tour.

Shiner beer started in 1909 when the town’s thirsty German and Czech immigrants decided to start a brewery to make the traditional Bavarian brews of their homeland. In 1914, legendary brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl took over and the rest is history.

The Spoetzl Brewery is now the oldest independent brewery in Texas and still brews every drop of Shiner Beer from its “little brewery” in Shiner.


5. Check All Lights

Let's Go RVing to Arches National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Before leaving on any trip, check all your RV lighting. This is best done using the buddy system: one in the driver’s seat, and one outside verifying the results of the driver’s action.

With your buddy/co-pilot at the rear of the RV, check turn signals, tail/clearance lights, and brake lights.

Finally with your buddy/co-pilot at the front of the RV check your headlights—high and low beams—and fog lights.

If you find defective lights, replace them. It’s always a good idea to keep extra bulbs specific to your vehicle.

Have a great weekend.

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

Worth Pondering…

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

—Michael Althsuler

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