RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition

RVing has no hard definitions.

A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It’s okay to be whatever you are.

RVing is whatever you want it to be.

RVing has diverse appeal.

RVing is about little things—things we tend to take for granted—that make RVing so special.

Some like the comfort of big RVs and others like the agility of small RVs.

Some opt for a motorized RV and for others a towable is the preferred choice.

Some are in motion full time and others are stationary year round.

Some RVers enjoy dry camping and being off-grid and others enjoy 5-star resorts with all the amenities.

Some RVers enjoy camping in state and national parks and others prefer RV parks and resorts.

La Paz County Park, Parker, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at La Paz County Park, Parker, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some RV for a reason.

Some RV because they have no better choice.

For some, RVing is the reason.

Some RV to get away from daily chores, job pressures, ringing phones, and overbooked schedules.

Some RVers enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air, the warm sunshine, the freedom of the open road, the flexible schedule.

For some RVing provides a release from everyday life, helps to put problems into perspective, and renews and refreshes both mind and body.

Some RVers are snowbirds and others are full timers.

Some RVers are weekend warriors and others travel for an extended time.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some RVers prefer areas of natural beauty and others search out theme parks and other man-made attractions.

Some RVers prefer to tour and see the sights and others would rather stay at camp.

Some RVers plan their route extensively and others make it up as they go along.

Some RVers build a social network as they travel and others prefer to keep to themselves.

Some RVers work because they have to.

Some RVers work because they want to.

Some RVers volunteer because they feel it’s the thing to do.

Some RVers keep their travel days short and others drive as many miles as they can in a day.

Some RVers spend more time indoors and others spend more time outdoors.

Some RVers explore all regions of the country and others explore in only one region.

Some RVers are retired seniors.

Some RVers would be considered young.

Many RVers consider themselves young at heart.

Some RVers prefer the countryside and rural areas and other prefer large urban areas.

Some RVers have minimalistic camps and others maintain elaborate campsites.

Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Some RVers expect to be on the road as long as they’re able and others expect to be off the road at a certain time.

Some RVers travel with a partner and others travel solo.

Some RVers travel with a friend.

Some RVers travel with children.

Some RVers travel with pets.

Some RVers join a club.

Some RVers travel in a caravan.

RVing is pure freedom as far as the road will take you.

Most RVers do not fall completely in any one category, and that’s part of the beauty of the RV lifestyle.

How boring happy hour or stories around the campfire would be if every story was the same.

Not everyone has the same resources at their disposal, or the inclination to travel a certain way.

There is no hard definition for this lifestyle, nor should there be.

Enjoy your journey—RV living is the freedom lifestyle.

Worth Pondering…

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in an RV.

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Mardi Gras RV City

The aptly named campground under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile, Alabama, has been home to 197 trailers and RVs for almost a decade.

The Heathcoe family of Saraland, Alabama, decorate their motorhome in RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile.
The Heathcoe family of Saraland, Alabama, decorate their motorhome in RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile. (Photo credit: Sharon/AL.com)

And although she’s been coming to Mardi Gras her whole life—and even been a guest in RV City several times—2015 will be the first time Jenny Richardson has her own spot, in-between her two uncles, according to AL.com.

When she picked out her expansive new camper trailer, she was sure of its primary destination, just a few months away.

When she bought her camper, “90 percent of it was because of Mardi Gras and the beach,” Richardson said.

She and her uncles, Mike Wilson and Larry Eubanks, are part of a group of early arrivals to the campground.

“Everybody’s family here,” Richardson told AL.com.

Now taking up a huge swath of land under the Interstate—bordered by Water, Canal, and Jackson streets—RV City is the Mardi Gras brainchild of Ike and Peggy Jimenez.

In 2000, with nowhere for them and their fellow campers to safely congregate, Ike started writing letters to then-Mayor Mike Dow seeking space. Eventually, Dow arranged a piece of state land under I-10.

According to Peggy Jimenez, that wedge of land was home to the first RV City tenants, who numbered about 60. And most of those folks have continued to come ever since.

RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile.
RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile. (Photo credit: Sharon Steinmann/AL.com)

Now, 14 years later, the number is at a static 197, and folks come together in November of each year to pay their dues, which are $399 per spot, with an extra $25 for those who want to bring a golf cart, said told AL.com.

The spots are grandfathered in—for one to come available, one of the existing campers needs to bow out. There’s a waiting list of 30 to 40 on average each year. And about 30 folks drop out each year, with 30 newcomers then slotted in.

“We enjoy it, we really do,” Jimenez told AL.com. She and Ike are considered the “mayor and first lady” of RV City, according to the campers.

For the first nine years, she said she and her husband—who own a construction business locally—handled all the logistics and organizing without compensation. But recently, they have been getting reimbursed by the city and state.

SMG, the management company that operates the nearby Civic Center, handles the details.

Very few, if any, of the campers in RV City are from out of town.

According to Jimenez, most of the “citizens” belong to one of eight different parading societies, including the Order of Venus, Neptune’s Daughters, Conde Cavaliers, and Mobile Mystics.

Those belonging to certain crewes group together and can be identified by their flags, she said. And yet they all come together for parties each Saturday night during the season, when a DJ plays music for RV City.

Mike Wilson, who considers himself a campground veteran, said last Saturday’s kickoff party is his favorite event of the season, followed by Joe Cain Day, on February 15.

A member of the same mystic organization Wilson belongs to provides the music starting around 6:30 p.m., after their float barn party wraps, he said. It’s a family-friendly event open to the public, and “we watch out for everybody else’s kids,” Wilson told AL.com.

RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile
RV City, the campground set up for Mardi Gras under Interstate 10 in downtown Mobile. (Photo credit: Sharon Steinmann/AL.com)

But now, they’ve been told by a representative of the state this is the last year RV City will be allowed to occupy that land; that in 2016 it will be unavailable due to upcoming construction.

As for possible relocation, some sites have been discussed by various campers, but Ike and Peggy haven’t heard anything concrete.

“Until the mayor or the city ventures out and tries to locate something else, it’s never going to be this big,” Jimenez said.

But for now, the party is on, and folks will continue to fill their spots and decorate their “homes” in RV City over the next week or so, Jimenez said.

“It’s nice to see families and to be able to get with friends and come down here and enjoy yourselves in a safe environment,” she said. “If it wasn’t for this place here, they’d have no place to go.”

Worth Pondering…

Mardi Gras is a thing that could hardly exist in the practical North….For the soul of it is the romantic, not the funny and the grotesque. Take away the romantic mysteries, the kings and knights and big-sounding titles, and Mardi Gras would die, down there in the South.

—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (Harper & Brothers, 1896)

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Escapees Expand Mail Services

Since 1985, Escapees Mail Forwarding Service has been assisting full-time and part-time RVers with all their mail forwarding needs.  As a licensed commercial mail-receiving agent, Escapees provides the largest, most economical service for RVers in the nation.

EscapeesMailServiceLogo2Livingston, Texas-based Escapees Club announced that its mail service has raised the bar again.

The new Escapees: Home satellite centers provide Escapees Mail Service members with a whole new level of flexibility, according to a news release.

This service is specifically designed for full-time RVers interested in maintaining a physical address in Florida, Texas, or South Dakota.

Escapees: Home offers Florida and South Dakota as home-base options and perfectly meshes those two satellite centers with Escapees’ sophisticated mail distribution center in Livingston, Texas.

“Whether you move for personal reasons, or state regulations create undue hardships, Escapees: Home satellite service allows you to change your domicile without alerting your entire list of correspondents,” said Teresa Moore, chief operations officer.

All Escapees Mail Service members receive their very own private mailbox number that corresponds with a Texas (Rainbow Drive) street “mailing address” for general correspondence. Those who select Texas as their domicile may use this as their physical address as well. This same private mailbox number will be used for Escapees: Home mail.

escapees logoEscapees Mail Service members who select the Escapees: Home option, may use one of the “physical addresses” the club offers for domicile purposes and have their state-specific mail (vehicle registration, driver license, and voter registration) sent there. Mail received at our satellite centers in Florida or South Dakota will be forwarded to the Texas facility for processing based on each member’s specific instructions. There is no additional charge for this service. Members pay postage only.

Details

Escapees Mail Service

Since 1985, Escapees Mail Forwarding Service has been assisting full-time and part-time RVers with all their mail forwarding needs.

Phone: (936) 327-8873 or (888) 757-2582 (toll free)

Website: www.escapees.com/mailservice

Escapees RV Club

Escapees-discount-highlightAddress: 100 Rainbow Drive, Livingston, TX 77351

Phone: (936) 327-8873 or (888) 757-2582 (toll free)

Website: www.escapees.com

Worth Pondering…

As you go through life, when you come to a fork in the road, take it.

—Yogi Berra

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Wi-Fi: The Fourth RV Park Utility

Speaking at last month’s APEX/IFSA EXPO, International Air Transport Association Manager of Passenger Experience Development, Dimiter Zahariev made a comment that really resonated with me.

Wi-Fi“We believe Wi-Fi is the fourth utility after electricity, water, and gas.”

I would agree with that.

Wireless is becoming just as indispensable for day-to-day operations in the 21st century as electricity and plumbing were in the 20th.

I believe that RV park and campground managers need to think of Wi-Fi as the fourth utility that RV parks offer consumers after electricity, water, and sewer.

A service that was once considered a perk at RV parks and campgrounds is quickly becoming an expectation for most, if not all, RVers.

Campers demand a connection and if they have to pay an additional fee, it better be good. Following these demands, RV parks are adapting in a variety of ways. Access is no longer a ‘want’; it has become a ‘need’.

Today’s RVer expects to be able to get online, quickly, easily, and reliably.

When I’m in an RV park Internet access is a true need. I use it for everything from this website, to buying goods and services, entertainment, and interacting with family and friends.

WiFiWi-Fi or other internet access at each site whether free or a paid service is, I consider to already be an essential utility in a campground or RV park. Park owners must figure out how to deliver this service regardless of difficulty.

Just a few years ago, 50 amp electric moved from a “nice to have” to an essential service to some degree at any 21st century park. As difficult as it has been for some parks to upgrade, for the most part successful parks have accomplished it. So it will be with Wi-Fi.

One of the first questions I ask prior to making a campground reservation relates to Internet availability.

“Do you have Wi-Fi and is it available from each RV site?”

My reservation is contingent on whether the RV park has reliable Wi-Fi available at the site.

I’ve stayed in campgrounds that didn’t provide adequate Wi-Fi connectivity as promised, where the Wi-Fi network was as good as none. Being told that I can come to the office or sit on a picnic table outside of the office and use it, just doesn’t cut it anymore.

A growing number of RVers expect the campground to deliver reliable online access and will choose not to stay in a park unable to provide it.

wifi-logo4Guest expectations have risen massively in recent years. The explosion in laptop, tablet, and smart phone ownership with the resulting requirement for guests to be able to access Apps, search engines, games, movies, and other content, in addition to the ability to send and receive emails, photos, and large amounts of data, and using Skype to communicate with family is increasing the strain on existing infrastructures.

Add to this the fact that RVers generally carry more than one device (with the average being three) and that, in the past, Wi-Fi installations were aimed at delivering general coverage as opposed to the excellent coverage now required at each campsite.

RV park owners and managers must realize that, like it or not, campground guests not only want it, they expect quality Wi-Fi service.

Connectivity is now critical to how RV parks and resorts do business.

Worth Pondering…

What’s the Wi-Fi password?

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Mesa RV Park Meets Modest Mouse

The Modest Mouse, an indie-rock group, recently released “Lampshades on Fire,” the first single from their its long-awaited new album, Strangers to Ourselves.

Venture Out RV Resort
Venture Out RV Resort (Photo: Instagram)

A teaser photo posted to the group’s new Instagram account quickly garnered more than 3,000 likes. It showed the cover art for the new album, an aerial photo of Venture Out RV Resort, a 10-sided recreational vehicle/manufactured housing retirement community in Mesa, Arizona.

For devoted Modest Mouse followers, who have been waiting since 2007 for the band to release a new album, it was over-the-top too much.

Things were decidedly less frenzied at Venture Out, reports The Republic.

“I’m sorry. Whose album cover?” said Mary Schmit, the park’s longtime general manager.

Modest Mouse. It’s a band based in Washington state. Kind of alternative rock. They’ve toured with The Flaming Lips and The Shins and they’re about to release their first new album in eight years and Venture Out is on the cover.

“For what?” Schmit repeated, laughing.

“For who?”

“I think my activity director needs to book them,” says the RV park’s general manager.

Venture Out RV Resort is an age-restricted retirement community for “active adults” 55 and older.

Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse (Photo: Epic Records)

Its 3,500 seasonal residents are more likely to be playing tennis, bocce ball, or pickleball than, say, Good News for People Who Love Bad News or We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

But then again.

“We have a lot of Washington residents here, so it’s entirely possible some of our owners know of this group!” Schmit said.

“They might have to run out and get the album now.”

Venture Out was conjured up in 1968 by one Hazen Kreis, who—according to Schmit and oral history—allegedly sketched out plans for the property on the back of a napkin as he flew over the land, which then was cotton fields.

Kreis dreamed of a place where RV enthusiasts could enjoy a permanent parking spot and luxurious amenities.

With partners, Kreis started Venture Out In America, Inc. and developed six Venture Out RV resorts: two in Tennessee, three in Florida, and one in Arizona. Only the Mesa park has its quirky, decagonal shape.

The first lot was sold in 1970.

“It’s still going strong after 44 years,” Schmit told The Republic.

The park’s amenities include 20 shuffleboard courts, two Olympic-sized swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, horseshoe pits, and a batting cage. All now immortalized on the cover of a long-awaited Modest Mouse album.

Venture Out RV Resort from the air
Venture Out RV Resort from the air.(Photo: Amy B Wang/The Republic)

Why the band chose a photo of the Venture Out Resort for its next album cover remains a mystery. Is it a hidden message about the group’s artistic evolution? Is it social commentary? Does one of the band members have retired grandparents living in Mesa?

Schmit, however, has a theory.

Earlier this year, BoredPanda.com included the RV park in a viral post called “30 Breathtaking Satellite Photos That Will Change How You See Our World.”

“It was Barcelona, Venice, you know, the Great Wall of China—and then Venture Out,” Schmit told The Republic.

The slideshow included the same exact satellite image, courtesy the website Daily Overview, with the north side of the RV resort flipped to the right.

Schmit said she anticipates Venture Out’s residents will get a similar kick out of seeing their homes on the Modest Mouse cover.

“I think my activity director needs to book them,” she said.

“We’re very hip out here, so we’d certainly like to invite these guys out.”

Details

Venture Out RV Resort

Venture Out is a meticulously planned community of 1,749 homes, 3,000 palm trees, and a wealth of amenities and recreational activities.

Address: 5001 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85205

Phone: (480) 832-0200 or (866) 410-0114 (toll free)

Website: www.ventureoutrvresort.com

Worth Pondering…

A saguaro can fall for a snowman but where would they set up house?

—Jodi Picoult

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Christmas Message from Vogel Talks RVing

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Indian Waters RV Resort
As we approach Christmas Eve we’re in the Coachella Valley enjoying the Southern California sunshine with Indian Waters RV Resort our winter roost. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It’s Christmas week, the most wonderful time of the year.

Merry Christmas fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds and Winter Texans, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all readers!

Thank you for your readership this past year!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.

May the miracle of this wonderful season fill your heart with peace and happiness and bless your life throughout the year.

Merry Christmas are words of hope and joy.

We sometimes lose the focus of this holiday season. Shopping, wrapping presents, and sending Christmas cards. Planning dinner, cleaning, and decorating often distracts from the reason for the Season.

While in Quartzsite, check out the Hi Jolly Monument which honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert.
While in Quartzsite, check out the Hi Jolly Monument which honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As we approach Christmas Eve we’re in the Coachella Valley enjoying the Southern California sunshine, discovering the beauty and diversity of the area, and indulging the palate in tasty tamales and other south-of-the border holiday treats—and the famous Coachella Medjool dates.

As usual my regular postings will continue daily throughout Christmas week and into the New Year.

May you all have a heartfelt and happy Christmas.

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Forget sugar plums!

When you drift off to sleep tonight,

I’ll be dreaming of fabulous RV destinations I’d love to visit,

Acadia, Mount Rainier, and Yellowstone national parks

Sweet dreams and happy holidays!

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. Watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds in the Rio Grande Valley. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Snowbird Christmas

Cranky as an RV space heater,

I groan and grumble in pre-dawn chill,

wait for the coffee pot to finish playing

reveille to my numb mind.

Shuffling around the RV Park,

Snowbirds and Winter Texans make mischief,

cackling like contented

chickens under the hot Arizona sun.

A grateful respite from grueling

gray cold fronts of International Falls,

Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona
Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Winnipeg, and Green Bay.

Amid chants of Go Packers Go!

A time of celebration and decorations

Christmas lights, ornaments, nativity scenes,

Wal-Mart Santas and reindeer

A plastic Jesus or two adorn motorhomes,

fifth wheel trailers, and old converted buses.

Christmas Eve, wrinkled faces gather

Credit: mcallencvb.com
Credit: mcallencvb.com

in the clubhouse by the artificial tree

reminiscing of Christmases past during simpler times

speaking of children in childish voices.

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all!

Worth Pondering…

May the joy of today, bring forth happiness for tomorrow—and may the cold Alberta air stay up north!

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Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach introduced the 2015 Cornerstone Class A Diesel Pusher in three 45-foot models, the 45B, 45J, and 45K and provide a variety of slideout options.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The exterior includes flush-mount slideouts and frameless tinted dual-pane safety-glass windows.

The 2015 Cornerstone diesel pusher has a 15,000-pound towing capacity. It comes standard with a Spartan K3 tag axle chassis and a Cummins ISX 600 HP turbocharged engine that features an Allison GEN 4 4000 MH six-speed transmission and electronic shifter.

It is built on Entegra Coach’s X-bridge frame.

Under this coach are two carpeted, lighted, and powered slideout cargo trays with side-hinged baggage doors that provide storage space for luggage, sporting gear, outdoor furniture, grills, coolers, or anything else.

Other exterior extras include a 40-inch Samsung LED HDTV with Sony CD/DVD player and speakers, and a convenient exterior slideout tray that stores a powerful 12,500-watt Onan diesel generator.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The Cornerstone’s cockpit features Villa Natural Leather power adjustable driver and passenger seats with integrated seat belts, color back-up camera and monitor and side cameras with turn signals, a Trip-Tek information center, Spartan Message Center, and a touch-screen AM/FM/CD/DVD with GPS navigation, which can be projected on the 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV, Bluetooth, and four speakers.

The Cornerstone also has an Ultra-Vision one-piece wrap-around tinted windshield with powered front and side window roller shades.

Cornerstone standards include an electric fireplace, natural leather furniture, 46-inch Samsung LED HDTV in living area (50-inch in the 45B) with Bose CineMate digital home theatre system, decorative satin nickel lighting throughout, raised-panel hardwood, stackable washer and dryer, central vacuum system, and hidden safe.

In the kitchen area, the Cornerstone features a flush-mounted electric two-burner touch control range, a Samsung convection microwave oven with carousel, a Samsung 23 cubic-foot residential refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser, a dishwasher drawer, solid quartz residential-grade countertops with undermounted stainless-steel sink, solid quartz sink covers and cutting boards and a porcelain tile backsplash with glass design inlays.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The kitchen is completed by the satin nickel high-rise single-lever faucet with pull-out sprayer, silverware drawer, under-sink sink cover storage compartment, pull-out cabinet extension with countertop, large deep drawer with waste basket, and two chrome overhead slideout baskets.

The Cornerstone’s bedroom has a King Select Comfort air mattress, cedar-lined wardrobe, 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV home theatre system with Bose Solo sound bar. An in-bed remote secure coach locking system is there for additional convenience and safety. The bathroom boasts solid quartz countertops with integrated sink, porcelain tile shower with integrated seat, satin nickel fixtures, skylight in the shower and medicine cabinet with mirror.

Along with the standard Aqua-Hot 450-D water and heating system with in-floor radiant heating throughout, the 2014 Cornerstone also features Multiplex lighting to control the lights throughout the coach.

Some options include a desk in lieu of a lounger, free-standing table with four chairs and sofa, exterior freezer in slideout tray, power slideout cargo trays and iPad remote control.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The Cornerstone is also backed by Entegra Coach’s industry-leading 2-year warranty.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: www.entegracoach.com

Worth Pondering…
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
—Eartha Kitt

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EverGreen RV Introduces Bay Hill 369RL Designed For Full Timers

The newest addition to EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC luxury fifth-wheel lineup is the 369RL Bay Hill.

EverGreen RV Introduces Bay Hill 369RL Designed For Full Timers
EverGreen RV Introduces Bay Hill 369RL Designed For Full Timers

Residential features abound in the fifth wheel providing a more affordable option in the full-time market. An island kitchen floor plan allows for an open living area in the rear of the coach with plenty of seating to accommodate all guests. With a variety of optional upgrades, the Bay Hill 369RL is as affordable and luxurious as you choose.

Every aspect of full-time living has been considered to design the 369RL. In the kitchen a 12-cubic foot refrigerator is standard along with a 30-inch over-the-range microwave. A residential refrigerator is an upgrade rarely found on similar coaches.

There is plenty of cooking prep room with a 72-inch island and the hutch, both with Corian countertops. The large pantry with drawers provides more food storage for added convenience. A freestanding table with chairs is another touch of home.

“The 369RL model takes luxury full-time living to a much more affordable level,” stated General Manager of EverGreen fifth wheels, Dymon Farrer.

“All the features you’d expect in a coach designed for year-round use, like a separate wardrobe with washer/dryer prep, coat closet, residential stairway, and large refrigerator, are incorporated into an affordable package.”

The Bay Hill 369RL offers a variety of options, including:

Residential refrigerator adds a homey feel while providing additional food storage.

88-inch hide-a-bed sofa, in place of the 92-inch recliner sofa, is a comfortable place for guests to sleep and turns the living area into a semi-private sleeping area.

EverGreen RV Bay Hill 369RL floor plan
EverGreen RV Bay Hill 369RL floor plan

King size bed truly makes the bedroom feel like home but still allows plenty of room to maneuver around the room.

50-inch TV upgrade in the living room turns the space into a home theatre.

Fireplace under the entertainment center brings the cozy, comfortable element other full-time coaches lack.

The EverGreen Bay Hill fifth-wheel line was introduced in late 2012 with the concept of providing consumers high-end fifth-wheel value at a mid-range price point. Since that time the Bay Hill has won numerous awards including the RV Business Top Debut, Best of Show from RV Pro Magazine, and a Dealer Satisfaction Index Award (DSI) for one of the highest quality products rated by dealers nationwide.

The EverGreen Bay Hill family of products has grown to eight floor plans ranging from 34 to 41 feet.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

evergreen3EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), and two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Today, with the addition of the Skyline RV brand, EverGreen is the fourth largest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America.

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.

—Roy Goodman

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Take Your Time When Taking Delivery

Taking delivery of your just-built motorhome can be an incredibly exciting experience for you, your family—even a handful of your friends.

2015 LondonAire
2015 LondonAire top of the line luxury diesel pusher from Newmar.

At the same time, because of the amount of premium technology and long list of features you’ll find on your brand new motor coach you may feel a bit overwhelmed the first time you step inside, even if you consider yourself to be an experienced RVer.

No matter if your brand-new motorhome was bought off the lot or you special ordered it from the factory, it is essential that you plan to take considerable time examining your RV before you drive off on any trips or adventures.

Take the time to make sure everything on your new coach is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

A quality dealer will usually invest a full tank of fuel, a filled LP-gas tank, and 24 hours of operating and testing all the major systems, appliances, and functions of the RV during inspection and delivery.

2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT
2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome

Better dealers will also provide new buyers with essential items not provided by manufacturers, including an electrical adapter plug, potable water hose, water pressure regulator, holding tank chemicals, RV toilet tissue, and a sewer hose with adapter and clamp. If not, the buyer should be certain to purchase these items himself before taking delivery of the rig.

Following are some helpful tips on what to do before you finish taking delivery:

Do not schedule pick up on a day before the dealer will be closed. This way, if fixes need to be made, you won’t be waiting several days. This is especially important if you’re taking delivery far from home.

The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes
The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach

Make sure you receive all documentation and owner’s materials, as well as serial and model numbers related to your RV’s warranties.

Test everything including awnings, engine and basement storage compartments, hydraulic jacks, slide outs, generator, sewer hose connection and storage, mirrors and lights, stove top and oven, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, water heater, water pump, toilet, shower, washer/drier, air conditioner/heat pump, furnace, lights, entertainment center, and smoke, propane, and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you’re unsure of how to operate something, do not hesitate to consult with your sales associate.

Do not leave the dealership until all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. A quality dealership will make sure you leave knowing everything you need to know to enjoy your new RV.

Don’t skip the test drive. Make sure you are fully comfortable with how your new coach handles out on the road. New questions will almost certainly arise during your time behind the wheel.

When test-driving a coach, it’s a good idea to take it on the types of roads that it normally will be driven on, whether those roads are mountain passes, freeways, or back roads.

Whether you’re just beginning to consider the purchase of a new RV or are anxiously awaiting taking delivery of your new motorhome, remember to take your time and enjoy the opportunity to learn. An informed purchase is almost always a wise one. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be throughout the entire buying process and the better you’ll feel once you’re out on the road enjoying your shiny new motorhome.

2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry
2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry

Take the time to make sure everything on your new coach is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

Please Note: This is Part 5 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Worth Pondering…

Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than they expect to get.

—Nelson Boswell

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Top 10 Reasons To RV Full Time

The number of people living full-time or part-time in a recreational vehicle continues to grow every year.

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Live it well!
Enjoy today!
Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many are retired or plan to retire soon. Others are part of an expanding group of working age folks who are embracing a location-independent lifestyle.

Have you considered making the leap from a traditional home to an RV? Do you dream of life on the open road, but are not quite sure if you’re ready to make the commitment?  If so, this article is for you.

DoItYourselfRV offers nine reasons why living in an RV is better than living in a house.

1. More Time Outdoors

Living in an RV encourages you to spend more time outdoors. In part because of the smaller interior living space, but also because most campgrounds and RV parks are great places to enjoy the outdoors.

Crank out the awning, set out your chairs, grill up some burgers, read a book, go for a hike or bike ride, or gaze at the stars while enjoying the great outdoors.

2. No Lawn To Mow, Yard Work To Do, or Snow To Shovel 

Ever feel like you spend all your free time mowing, weeding, raking, or shoveling show? No time to enjoy your yard because you spend so much time maintaining it?

Farmers market
Visit a farm market or u-pick orchard and discover the country’s harvest bounty. Pictured above a market in Holmes County, Ohio. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There’s none of that when you’re on the road in an RV.

3. Follow The Weather (Or Run Away From It)

One of the great advantages to living in a condo-on-wheels is the ability to go where you want, when you want. This is especially convenient when the weather turns ugly. If it’s too hot, too cold, too humid, too rainy, or too dry then drive the RV to another location.

4. Less Cleaning

A smaller space requires less time to clean. Do you want to spend hours vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing? Or would you rather spend 30 minutes cleaning your RV and move on to more interesting activities?

5. If You Don’t Like Your Neighbors…Then Move

It’s a fact of life that you’re not going to like everyone you come across. As much as you may try to be friendly with others, some people are just impossible to get along with. The beauty of living in an RV is that when you encounter annoying neighbors you can simply move to another camping site or another RV park.

6. A Million Dollar View

Camping at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park south of Mission.
Camping at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park south of Mission. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Do you desire an ocean or mountain view? The full time RV lifestyle gives you the opportunity to live virtually anywhere you want with any view you can imagine. Freedom is a large part of the RV lifestyle, and the freedom to choose your location and move as often as you like.

7. Less Stuff, More Experiences

Minimalism is a necessary part of living in an RV. It doesn’t take long for most people to realize just how little stuff they actually need to live, and enjoy life. An incredible thing happens when you shed all that extra stuff. Inevitably you start to focus less on things and more on experiences, which leads to a happier, more fulfilled life.

8. Make New Friends

RVing tends to be a social lifestyle. It’s easy to meet people while walking around the campground or as you chat with your neighbors. These casual meetings often turn into long lasting friendships as people bond over the type of RV they own, or the activities they like to pursue.

9. Easier To Visit Friends and Relatives

The raucous Plain Chachalacas are just one of the very common birds you can find congregating at feeding stations placed throughout the nature centers in the Rio Grande Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.
The raucous Plain Chachalacas are just one of the very common birds you can find congregating at feeding stations placed throughout the nature centers in the Rio Grande Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

In addition to making new friends, full time RVing makes it easy to visit friends and relatives in varied locations around the country.

No costly air flight to visit Aunt Sally and Uncle Jake. And, you’re always an excellent house guest who brings along your own kitchen, bathroom, and bed.

10. Cost of Living

The typical costs for owning a home including your mortgage, property taxes, more insurance than you know what to do with, and your basic utility bills adds up anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000+ per month depending on your mortgage principle, location, and other deciding factors. In an RV, $1700 per month is generous luxurious living.

Comparing the cost of a home and the cost of an RV really comes down to your lifestyle, your pros and cons, and what you desire your life to be.

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

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