Thetford Aqua-Foam Eliminates Toilet Bowl Scrubbing

When purchasing an RV, owners undoubtedly have visions of the open road before them as they enjoy the freedom to travel the highways and byways of the United States and Canada.

Thetford Aqua-Foam Eliminates Toilet Bowl Scrubbing
Thetford Aqua-Foam Eliminates Toilet Bowl Scrubbing

But, it is doubtful that they have scrubbing toilets on their mind.

That’s why the recent release of Thetford Corporation’s new Aqua-Foam Foaming RV Toilet Cleaner will be welcome news for RVers, the company noted in a news release.

Aqua-Foam represents a next generation of RV toilet cleaners. It penetrates and removes grime in seconds—without scrubbing. Specially designed for RV toilets, its foaming action works in very little water and it is formulated to be safe for plastic, porcelain, seals, and holding tank components.

“Instead of scrubbing, RV owners can now use Aqua-Foam and spend more time enjoying the RV lifestyle,” said Andy Bialorucki, Thetford director of marketing.

“It’s incredibly easy to use—you pour it in, its bubbles scrub the bowl and then you simply flush the toilet to rinse it away later.”

Thetford is helping to introduce Aqua-Foam to both dealers and consumers by offering single-dose packs in self-merchandising counter displays. It’s also available in handy three-pack boxes.

“Aqua-Foam will be a hit with consumers and with retailers,” Bialorucki said.

“We believe that the single-dose packs will help to jump-start demand. Using the counter display will help to generate impulse sales, as well.”

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Thetford Corporation

thetford logoHeadquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thetford is a supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine, and heavy-duty truck industries.

As the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile sanitation products for the RV, marine, camping, and truck markets, Thetford Corporation makes mobile living a more pleasant experience.

Thetford products include complete lineups of:

  • Lightweight, low-water-use toilets permanently mounted in RVs, boats, or trucks
  • Hand-carried, fresh-water-flush, self-contained portable toilets which have a multitude of uses
  • Specially-formulated waste holding tank deodorants and treatments used with these toilets
  • Innovative, multi-capacity tote tanks
  • Other products that make mobile living more convenient, quicker, cleaner, and easier

Thetford is a privately-held company with seven manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include:

  • Sidney, Ohio-based Norcold, America’s leading manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and AC/DC refrigerator/freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets
  • Italy-based Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy
  • UK-based Thetford Europe that manufactures Spinflo brand high-quality cooking and heating appliances and accessories

Location: 7101 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1285, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone: (734) 769-6000 or (800) 543-1219 (toll free)

Website: thetford.com

Worth Pondering…

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

—G.K. Chesterton

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Sani-Star Automated Dump Stations

RVers periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.

Sani-Star dump station

But there’s a problem: in these tough economic times, many RV dumping facilities are closing. Other things are deemed more important to cash-starved government agencies that have traditionally operated dump stations as a public service. Businesses close their RV dumps rather than operate at a loss.

Enter Sani-Star and Eric Huffman of Sisters, Oregon, who saw an opportunity.

Sani-Star, founded in 2009, envisions fully automated, turnkey, RV dump fee collection systems throughout North America, where those who operate them can cover their expenses or make a profit, according to a news release.

So far more than 300 Sani-Star facilities are in use in the United States and Canada.

Operating a dump station is not cheap. Public sewer rates are rising every year and the cost to maintain private septic systems and pump holding tanks, common in remote campgrounds, are significant.

“A campground with a 4,000 gallon underground holding tank would cost more than $1,000 to pump,” said Huffman, Sani-Star’s director of sales and marketing.

“An average pumping fee is about 25 cents a gallon plus round trip mileage by the truck. If you figure the average RV releases about 25 gallons per dump, that’s only about 160 uses until a tank that size is filled.”

Huffman said his surveys show that only about a third of RVers pay at honor-box fee locations. “That’s not good for the bottom line,” he noted. A key and lock system, also a common fee collection method, is labor intensive, slow, and inconvenient for the RV dump consumer.

Sani-Star Automated RV Dump Station

The Sani-Star system uses a patent-pending locking sewer cap that opens after payment and re-locks after dumping, eliminating no-pay drive offs. Customers pay by cash, custom token, coin, or credit card at the dump station’s kiosk or, if a merchant chooses, inside its store. There is also a reprogrammable keypad payment option.

The system is currently in use at all Pilot-Flying J Travel Center RV dump stations across the USA, where spot surveys have shown higher fee compliance for Sani-Star sites compared to the traditional honor payment system.

Most locations charge between $5 and $10. A private RV campground and service center in Quartzsite, Arizona, charges $15.

“They can charge whatever they want,” explained Huffman.

“Most of our customers, especially government campgrounds, just want to offset or cover their costs. Others want to make a profit. Our system, very simply, is a much more effective mechanism for collecting a fee than anything else out there. British Columbia Provincial Parks has several Sani-Star installations. The parks tried to collect $5 for years using an honor box. They didn’t realize how poor their fee compliance was until they installed our system. Now fee compliance often doubles and even triples in some campgrounds, ultimately helping the parks run more efficiently. A similar result has occurred in many city, county and National Forest campgrounds across the USA.”

British Columbia Provincial Parks has several Sani-Star installations. The parks tried to collect $5 for years using an honor box, said Huffman.

Dump station operators pay Sani-Star a onetime fee to set up the system and then a monthly fee (revenue sharing is also available). The operator pays for installation of electricity to power the Sani-Star kiosk (a solar or battery-only option is available for remote locations).

Sani-Star also provides parts and 24-hour phone support for its system above ground including the kiosk, payment mechanism, and the locking sewer cap for the life of the service agreement. No attendant is required, which allows for efficient 24-hour operation.

Sani-Star Automated RV Dump Station

“The goal with our program is for the dump station, at the very least, to generate enough income to justify keeping it open,” said Huffman.

“If the goal is to make a profit, so much the better. So far, our customers are happy with the results.”

Details

Sani-Star Dump

Phone: (888) 611-9283 (toll free)

Website: sanistardump.com

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Worth Pondering…
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

—G.K. Chesterton

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: May 4

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

1. Florida RV SuperShow Receives National Ranking

The 2011 Florida RV SuperShow earned the No. 14 ranking in the recently released 2011 Top 250 Trade Shows compiled by the Tarsus Group’s Trade Show News Network (TSNN), according to a news release.

The list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, was ranked No. 17 and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association’s Hershey Show in Pennsylvania was ranked No. 20.

“We’re happy to get the recognition,” Lance Wilson, executive director for the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) which annually host the Tampa show. “The FRVTA is committed to making the Florida RV SuperShow not only the largest but the most profitable and successful show for our exhibitors, and the 2013 SuperShow is already looking like another winner.”

The 2013 Florida RV SuperShow will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, January 16-20.

2. How to Locate a Dump Station?

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to find an RV dump station.

This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, or making one-night layovers and trying to get on the road quickly without using the campground or RV resort dump station on the way out.

Also affected are RVers working on the road or visiting places such as ball games, auto races, or dog shows, and not being near campgrounds or RV resorts.

It is important to understand that the number of public dump stations at highway rest stops and some travel centers is gradually being reduced because of maintenance, service, and vandalism concerns.

3. RVing & Camping at the Best Parks in America

Best Parks in America, a national network of 65 of the highest rated RV parks and campgrounds in America, announces the availability of its newest affiliate directory, RVing & Camping at the Best Parks in America.

The directory is available free of charge at all participating parks and can be ordered from the website.

“We are pleased to provide a convenient way for avid outdoor enthusiasts to plan their leisure vacation trips”, said David Gorin, President of Best Parks in America. “For years, the camping vacationer has had to ‘guess’ whether the park would have the experience they were looking for . . . we are taking the guesswork out of vacation planning by providing a resource of highly rated RV parks and campgrounds that focus on great camping experiences.”

The directory also offers information on Best Guests in America, the complementary loyalty and rewards club for travelers who enjoy visiting the best parks as they travel. Membership in Best Guests is free always and members receive special VIP treatment whenever they check in at one of the Best Parks.

4. Thor Industries Posts 9% Increase in Sales

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc. reported a 9 percent increase in sales for its fiscal third quarter, ended April 30.

Preliminary consolidated sales in the third quarter were $925.35 million, up from $852 million in the third quarter last year. RV sales in the quarter were $806.5 million, a 9 percent increase from $742.8 million the previous year. Bus sales in the quarter also rose 9 percent to $118.9 million compared $109.3 million a year ago.

Consolidated sales in the nine months totaled nearly $2.2 billion, up 11 percent from nearly 2 billion in the prior year period. RV sales during the period rose 11 percent to $1.87 billion compared with nearly $1.7 billion the previous year. Bus sales in the nine months were $326.2 million, up 9% from $298.5 million in the year-ago period.

5. Red Rock Country: Sedona

Nestled within the red rocks, Sedona attracts four million new and returning visitors each year, making it the second-most-visited place in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Nestled within the red rocks, Sedona attracts four million new and returning visitors each year, making it the second-most-visited place in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sedona is an Arizona destination not to be missed—a must-see wonders.

Sedona easily makes the “A” list of RV destinations in the U.S. due to its rugged western appeal and colorful rock formations. Tourists come from around the world to absorb the natural wonders of Red Rock Country and Sedona, its centerpiece.

Located at the base of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, Sedona is renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Coffee Pot Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Courthouse Butte, as well as its surrounding lush forests.

Click here to read more on this RVing hot spot.

Have a great weekend.

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

Please Note: As a result of limited interest in “Five Things You Need to Know Today”, I’m planning on suspending this Friday feature at the end of May with Friday, May 25 being the finale. If you wish to weigh in please leave your comment on my Facebook page.

Worth Pondering…

When you’re traveling, ask the traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.
—Rumi

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 20

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

1. New Winnebago “ONE” Travel Trailer Available

Winnebago ONE exterior. (Credit: PRNewsFoto/Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, a leading recreation vehicle manufacturer has launched the company’s first Winnebago brand travel trailer since 1983.

Unique features on the Winnebago ONE include standard laminated high-gloss gel coated fiberglass exteriors, a residential style sectional sofa, a hide-away computer table, interior, and exterior convenience centers, industry-best kitchen countertop space, private bathrooms, radius interior ceilings, and memory foam mattresses.

Initially, Winnebago ONE is available in four floor plans ranging from 26- to 34-feet in length.

“We feel that branding the first travel trailer line as Winnebago ONE is quite fitting for many reasons,” states Fred Hershberger, National Sales Manager for Winnebago Industries Towables.

For the complete story on the ONE travel trailer, click here.

2. New Kansas State Park Online Reservation System

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has announced that its new online reservation site is open for business.

Built by Active Network, Inc., a cloud-based activity and participant management solutions provider, the new system makes it easy to find and reserve campsites and cabins in the state parks as well as cabins at certain state fishing lakes and wildlife areas.

It is hosted on ReserveAmerica.com, a media property of Active Network for camping reservations. The online registration system powered by ActiveWorks cloud technology was launched on schedule just after midnight on Tuesday, April 17.

For more information, contact the nearest KDWPT state park or phone the Pratt Operations Office, 620.672.5911, and ask for the Parks Division.

3. Park’s Path Welcomes Golfers

“The Park’s Path: An Alabama Golf Destination,” is the new name for the Alabama State Parks golf trail.

Also new to Alabama State Parks golf experience is the Parks Path Golf Card, which allows players to receive 50 percent off of green fees at any of the six trail courses. The cards will be available for purchase at the Joe Wheeler, Oak Mountain, Lakepoint, Roland Cooper, Gulf and Lake Guntersville pro shops.

Courses included in the Path are:

  • The “General” at Joe Wheeler
  • The “Oaks” at Oak Mountain
  • The “Sanctuary” at Lakepoint
  • “Deer Haven” at Roland Cooper
  • The “Refuge” at Gulf State Park
  • The “Eagle’s Nest” at Lake Guntersville

For additional information and details, see Six Courses, One Name: Alabama State Parks Golf Trail Named.

4. Vintage Travel Trailers Restored

Even on a cold, dank day, it gleams and shimmers, this 1957 Airstream Flying Cloud travel trailer. But that’s nothing compared to the glint in Kevin O’Connell’s eye as he stands back and admires a classic example of Americana.

O’Connell stands in the expansive workshop of his second-career business and first-rank labor of love, Russian River Vintage Travel Trailers, just off the main drag of Guerneville, California.

Around him are examples of a bygone period, those carefree Eisenhower years when people hit the open road in souped-up trailers and campers that catered to their every need as they traveled from state park to KOA sites to see America with the family.

For the complete story on Russian River Vintage Travel Trailers, click here.

5. Need a Dump Station?

Credit: Sanidumps.com

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to find an RV dump station. This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, or making one-night layovers and trying to get on the road quickly without using the campground or RV resort dump station on the way out.

Also affected are RVers working on the road or visiting places such as ball games, auto races, or dog shows, and not being near campgrounds or RV resorts.

It is important to understand that the number of public dump stations at highway rest stops and some travel centers is gradually being reduced because of maintenance, service, and vandalism concerns.

Have a great weekend.

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

Worth Pondering…

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

—G.K. Chesterton

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RVers Go Hog Wild over SewiePig

The new SewiePig product has many RVers going hog wild.

SewiePig RV sewage accessory
SewiePig RV sewage accessory

SewiePig is a new RV accessory in the form of a plastic container shaped like a pig, with an underneath garage area that fits securely over any RV discharge hose.

“SewiePig is simple and easy to use! Just fill with water and you’re done!”

The “pig” has a removable cap on the tail to allow the tank to be filled with water for weight. Once filled with water, it’s placed over the RV sewer hose where it meets the campground connection.

The SewiePig secures the hose to ensure there are no waste disposal accidents.

This product is simple, convenient, and compact as it tucks right into the underneath compartment of your RV.

“Let Sewiepig do the dirty work for you.”

SewiePig RV sewage accessory

It adds a cosmetic flair to a “not-so-attractive” part of your campsite, the company noted on their website.

Over 25 years of RV experience and three years of research and development has gone into the design of the SewiePig Sewer Hose Holder. The product is made in the USA.

SewiePig can be purchased through Dyers RV and Trailer, your local RV dealership, or online from the manufacturer.

Details

E49 Enterprises LLC

The SewiePig is designed to hold your sewer hose and fitting into the dump station connector to reduce risk of losing connection and leaking.

Sewiepig has been designed and manufacturer tested to provide you, our customers, with the most efficient product possible.

Price: $21.95

Mailing address: PO Box 406, Fate, TX 75132

Phone: (888) SEWIEPIG

Website: sewiepig.com

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Worth Pondering…

I would like to share the one for today with you…

Live one day at a time–

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they leave no time to enjoy today!

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment.

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Thetford Introduces Eco-Smart Free & Clear

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thetford Corporation, a leader in sanitation chemistry, introduces Eco-Smart Free & Clear, a new holding tank deodorant.

The newest member of the Eco-Smart family was developed by Thetford’s chemistry staff for those sensitive to dye and perfumes. It’s named Free & Clear because it is free of fragrance and dye.

Eco-Smart holding tank additive products are Certified-Green and Environmentally Friendly.

Like the other two Eco-Smart formulations, Free & Clear provides excellent odor control and waste digestion, formaldehyde-free, is 100 percent biodegradable and non-toxic, and available in liquid or toss-ins.

It is offered in 36- and 64-ounce bottles with an easy-to-use, integrated dosage device.

Designed specifically for RV holding tanks, this strong formula ensures year-round odor control.

Available in a convenient, easy-to-use liquid, this product gives RV owners maximum performance with minimum effort, the company said in a news release.

Finding a Dump Station

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.

This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend at a public recreation area without dumping facilities, or trying to get on the road quickly without taking the time to use the campground dump station.

The internet has been a great place to find listings of dump stations and there are several sites, but like much information on the net, many such lists become outdated, are incomplete, or lack relevant information.

If you need to locate a dump station while on the road, the following article may be of assistance: How to Locate a Dump Station?

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Thetford Corporation

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thetford is a supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine, and heavy-duty truck industries.

As the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile sanitation products for the RV, marine, camping, and truck markets, Thetford Corporation makes mobile living a more pleasant experience.

Thetford products include complete lineups of:

  • Lightweight, low-water-use toilets permanently mounted in RVs, boats, or trucks
  • Hand-carried, fresh-water-flush, self-contained portable toilets which have a multitude of uses
  • Specially-formulated waste holding tank deodorants and treatments used with these toilets
  • Innovative, multi-capacity tote tanks
  • Other products that make mobile living more convenient, quicker, cleaner, and easier

Thetford is a privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include:

  • Norcold, America’s leading manufacturer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets
  • Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy
  • Thetford UK, a unit in England that manufactures Spinflo brand high-quality cooking and heating appliances and accessories

Location: 7101 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1285, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Phone: (734) 769-6000 or (800) 543-1219 (toll free)

Website: thetford.com

Worth Pondering…

Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!
— Robert Service, The Land of Beyond (Last Verse)

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: March 2

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

1. Virginia State Parks app available

Virginia State Parks are now as close as your smartphone with the introduction of the new Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger app. Developed collaboratively by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and ParksByNature, the new Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide is available at no charge thanks to the Virginia Association for Parks and Imperial Multimedia.

Virginia is the latest of 12 states to partner with ParksByNature in developing official state park mobile tour guides. In other states, there is a basic guide and one with advanced GPS technology available at an additional charge.

Thanks to the VAFP and Imperial Multimedia, there is no charge for the advanced Virginia app. The partnership is also finalizing details on a sponsorship plan so that users are supporting Virginia State Parks each time they use the app. The mobile guide is available for Apple and some Android devices.

To download the Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger app, go to stateparkapps.com. It can also be downloaded by visiting Apple iTunes or Android Market.

2. Save with Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card

Members of the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over 1.3 million members across North America, now enjoy a new exclusive money-saving benefit with the Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card.

Good Sam Club members can apply for their Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card which will allow them to save up to $.06 on each gallon of gasoline purchased and $.08 on diesel fuel purchased; 10 cents per gallon on bulk propane purchased, and 50 percent on holding tank dump station charges at all applicable Pilot Flying J locations in the United States.

Member discount is tied to length of time as an active Good Sam Member. The longer the card holder has been active member, the larger the discount.

To continue reading, click here.

3. Newell Aligns with Tom Johnson Camping Center

Miami, Oklahoma-based Newell Coach Corp. and Tom Johnson Camping Center have joined forces to provide expanded motorcoach sales and service to their respective customers.

The partnership allows Tom Johnson Camping Center, based in North Carolina, to assist their customers in the purchase of new and used Newell motorcoaches, and to also provide warranty and other services to Newell motorhome owners.

“A number of our customers are interested in the type of large, ultra-luxury, innovative motorhome Newell manufactures,” said Tom Johnson, president of Tom Johnson Camping Center.

“The Tom Johnson organization’s commitment to customer satisfaction will be a valuable asset to existing and prospective Newell coach owners, especially those in the Eastern U.S, and those near Marion and Charlotte, North Carolina, where the two Tom Johnson Camping Centers are located,” said Newell Coach President Karl Blade. “The partnership will also offer Newell’s autoracing customers expanded levels of service.”

4. Pipeline Proposal a Boon for RV Parks

More than 1,000 jobs would come with the construction of a new pipeline in Oklahoma, KTLU reports.

TransCanada was turned down last month by the President when it comes to the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, but the company is going ahead with one leg of the pipeline. The company does not need presidential approval for the stretch between Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

In the oil industry, you move where the work is.

“We are supposed to be the pipeline capital of the world where all of the pipelines cross,” says Cushing City Manager Steve Spears.

With this new pipeline project expected to finish sometime in 2013, the community and state will see jobs come in.

“Somewhere between 1,200 to 1,500 jobs in the Oklahoma market,” says Spears, who says that includes welders, inspectors, land men and safety inspectors.

5. How to Locate a Dump Station?

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.

This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend at a public recreation area without dumping facilities, or trying to get on the road quickly without taking the time to use the campground dump station.

Also affected are RVers that work on the road, tailgate at college and pro games, NASCAR races, agricultural fairs and exhibitions, dog shows, and other local and national events.

Finding an RV dump station along your route, near your destination, or in your home town can be a major challenge.

To continue reading, click here.

Have a great weekend.

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

Worth Pondering…

Destination is merely a byproduct of the journey.
—Eric Hansen

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Top 10 of 2011

Time glides with undiscover’d haste
The future but a length behind the past.

—John Dryden

Let's Go RVing to Mount Dora, Florida. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Hello, RVing friends! The year is turning over, and another 12 months of RVing, photography, hiking, and birding has flashed by.

Thank you for reading, providing feedback, and returning frequently to read my latest article. Thank you for your continuing support!

The End is almost here!

This is article # 593 since my first post on August 18, 2010. Okay, the end isn’t near, but the end of the year is almost here, and it’s time to think about wrap-ups as 2011 draws to a close.

The end of the year is the traditional time for doing a summary, and some reflection.

Looking back there were certain events and articles that kindled reader interest and comments. Please allow me to highlight the 10 most popular during 2011. Interesting, four were posted during the 2010 calendar year.

10. 2012 Quartzsite Show Dates Announced

What is Quartzsite? Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, 20 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite to protect his water supply. Fort Tyson soon … Continue reading →

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Posted: September 27, 2011

9. Buffalino squeezing a lot into a tiny RV

Let's Go RVing to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many people around the world are experimenting with living in smaller spaces; some are living in recreational vehicles, but they tend to be larger and consume a lot of fuel. Treehugger reports German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns has converted the … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 1656

Posted: August 26, 2010

8. Forest River launches Shasta RV division

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River Inc. is reviving an iconic nameplate with the launch of the Shasta RV division, a stand-alone business unit headed by industry veteran Brad Whitehead that will initially create around 100 new production jobs, according to a … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 1790

Posted: August 19, 2010

7. Tornadoes: Emergency Preparation

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

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. All types of vehicles can be blown over, rolled, crushed, lifted, or otherwise destroyed by even a weak tornado. People have been hurt or killed when large trees crushed their recreational vehicle. NOAA Weather … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 1882

Posted: May 4, 2011

6. A Real Gem: Quartzsite, AZ

It’s that time again. Every winter the tiny town of Quartzsite is transformed into the Snowbird capital of the world. This tiny desert town bursts at the seams each January when tens of thousands of recreational vehicles converge on Quartzsite … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 2165

Posted: January 5, 2011

5. Homemade Teardrop Trailers Make Comeback

Gary Daniel and Don Wheeler are two -it-yourselfers who built their own teardrops—compact, efficient travel trailers measuring just 4 feet by 8 feet. Central Illinois Recreational Show Daniel and Wheeler will be among teardrop owners who will display their rigs … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 2580

Posted: March 2, 2011

4. How to Locate a Dump Station?

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station. This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 2652

Posted: June 18, 2011

3. Old is New Again: New Retro RV Manufacturer

Let's Go RVing to San Antonio, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A recent trend in the RV manufacturing industry is the development of an increasing number of retro-style trailers entering the RV marketplace. Retro-style trailers make a lot of sense for today’s modern market. These oldies are small, which makes them … Continue reading →

Number Page Views: 2983

Posted: March 14, 2011

2. Quartzsite 2011 RV show dates announced

Dates for the 2011 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show in Quartzsite, Arizona, have been pushed back to January 22-30, according to a news release. “The 2011 show looks like it will be another big one with exhibit space selling … Continue reading →

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Posted: September 11, 2010

And the NUMBER ONE most read story of 2011…

1. Teardrop trailers sees upswing in sales

The economy has influenced all facets of daily life and occasionally in a positive way. Around since the 1930s, Teardrop trailers are seeing a boom in popularity, Auburn Journal reports. In Auburn, California, American River Sales has sold American Teardrops … Continue reading →

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Posted: September 25, 2010

Happy New Year from Vogel Talks RVing!

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

A Happy New Year to all my readers. Best wishes for 2012. Find what brings you joy and go there. Remember, the journey, and not the destination, is the joy of RVing. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in an RV.

Happy Trails. Life is an adventure. Enjoy your journey.

Worth Pondering…

We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

—Edith Lovejoy Pierce

May the months ahead be filled with great RVing experiences!

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Don’t Just Empty Your Tanks, Flush Them!

The new Flush King Reverse RV Flush Valve provides an easy and efficient way to clean (backwash) your holding tanks. You’ll be able to see the cleaning in action and know when the tank is empty. You don’t just empty your tanks, you flush them!

You should not leave the RV unattended during the flushing cycle to avoid overfilling the holding tank. (Credit: flushking.com)

You’ll see after one rinse exactly what would have been remaining in the tank. Tissue and other debris that would have been stuck to the tank walls will now be flushed out.

Mission Hills, California-based Valterra Products, Inc. acquired the manufacturing and marketing rights to the Flush King Reverse RV Flush Valve effective September 21, 2011. Valterra will begin shipping the patented product by November 1, according to a recent news release.

Flush King easily twists onto RV dump valves to back flush RV drain lines, removing tank clogs, cleaning the tank, and improving sensor performance.

“This is another product that is an excellent fit with our sanitation line and is a perfect complement to RV Hydroflush, which has long been one of our best sellers,” said Donna Warr, Valterra’s national sales manager. “Distributors and dealers have been looking for Flush King for some years and we are excited about this great sales opportunity in both the U.S. and Canada.”

(Credit: flushking.com)

The newly improved clear plastic barrel is tilted at a 45 degree angle and rotates a complete 360 degrees. Four hooks on the clear plastic fitting ensure a tight leak-proof fitting on your sewer drain. Right- or left-handed, you simply turn the valve to either side for a tight sewer connection.

Unlike other products in which the holding tank and sewer must be at the same height, the Flush King will fill the tank at any height or angle of plumbing.

Twist the Flush King on to the sewer pipe. Then connect the sewer hose. Connect your “gray” or “green” water hose to the valve.

Caution: Over twisting, excessive force or leaning on the valve while connected may cause the prongs to break.

DO NOT connect a drinking water hose to the Flush King.

You are now ready to dump, rinse, or clean your tanks in one easy operation! When you are finished, simply remove the Flush King and store it away.

Regular cleaning of the gray tank will help eliminate the odor caused by food particles remaining in the tank as well as soap scum, grease, and body oils, etc.

Advantages of the Flush King include:

  • Improves sensor performance
  • Clear barrel allows you to see the cleaning in action
  • Easy to use—twist on and off
  • Connects to the exterior of the RV and eliminates wands and hoses inside the vehicle
  • Works at any height or angle of plumbing
  • Backflow preventer included
  • Patented design ensures successful cleaning of the gray and black tank
  • Non permanent attachment
  • Helps break up clogs in pipes
  • Cleans tanks, pipes, and sewer hose in one process
  • Fits most recreational vehicles
  • Sanitary way to empty and clean tanks

Details

Sewer and water hose not included. (Credit: flushking.com)

Valterra Products, Inc.

Address: 15230 San Fernando Mission Blvd. #107, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Phone: (818) 898-1671

Website: valterra.com

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An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

—G.K. Chesterton

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: July 29

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

1. RV Evacuation from South Padre Island

World Birding Center, South Padre Island, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos has ordered a voluntary evacuation of RVs and all other high-profile vehicles that are in the Isla Blanca and Andy Bowie County Parks on South Padre Island, KGBT-TV, Harlingen, Texas, reported today (July 29).

All individuals with RVs or other high profile vehicles should immediately make arrangements to evacuate from the county parks.

“We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Don as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico with a trajectory between Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Texas. According to the latest advisory the storm is on a track to affect the Gulf Coast Texas region,” Cascos said in a statement.

Cascos has also already ordered all public works crews to begin taking all the necessary precautions in preparation for the hurricane season by cleaning out ditches, continuing to bag sandbags and pre-positioning some of our heavy equipment and water pumps in the low lying areas of the county.

2. Idling of diesel engines

Cummins does NOT recommend excessive idling of the engines, since it can cause excessive carbon buildup on the pistons, piston rings, injector tips, valves, etc. Truckers and bus operators keep their engines running to keep the heaters and/or air conditioning going; however, they run the engines up to about 1200 rpm or so and that will usually keep the coolant temperature in the 140 to 160 range.

3. A Warning: Most RV Storage Compartments Use The Same Key!

Spider Rock Overlook, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Back in the early 50s if you were locked out of your car it was a simple matter to go to a friend, neighbor, or co-workers and borrow the key to his car to unlock our family Chevrolet, since 3 out of 4 cars in the parking lot were keyed the same.

RV manufacturers have followed this same idea pretty much from day one. The key that opens the storage compartments on 90% of all RVs is the exact same one.

As a result virtually everyone who has ever owned an RV of any kind has access to your outside storage compartments.

Keep this in mind if you store your RV in a public storage facility. DO NOT leave valuables in the storage compartments.

Always use the dead bolt on the entrance door. Standard keys that will open most RV entrance door locks are easy to obtain.

4. Need a Dump Station?
RV owners periodically find themselves needing to find an RV dump station. This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, or making one-night layovers and trying to get on the road quickly without using the campground or RV resort dump station on the way out.

Also affected are RVers working on the road or visiting places such as ball games, auto races, or dog shows, and not being near campgrounds or RV resorts.

It is important to understand that the number of public dump stations at highway rest stops and some travel centers is gradually being reduced because of maintenance, service, and vandalism concerns.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sanidumps.com is a comprehensive directory that helps RVers find RV dump station locations to empty or dump their gray water and black holding tanks, When RVs have to go…™

5. Avoid these common causes of RV accidents

  • Fires that occur from leaking LP gas (propane)
  • Tire blowouts due to overloading or to under inflated or aged-out tires
  • RV awnings: retract during poor weather and when leaving the RV
  • RV steps: ensure RV steps are retracted before traveling
  • Clearance and height driving mistakes: RVs hitting bridges and gas station overhangs
  • Overloading: uneven weight can cause restricted braking and steering problems

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

Worth Pondering…
The RV lifestyle is like nothing else.

It’s leaving home, exploring America, and yet bringing your home along with you!

Stopping at a wayside picnic area, preparing lunch in your kitchen.

It’s sleeping in your own bed every night, yet waking up to a new vista each morning!

The sounds of a crackling campfire; of a mountain stream, of frogs, and crickets.

It’s families drawn closer; it’s retirees being rewarded for many years of labor.

—Loren Eyrich, Two-Lane Roads

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