Whatever Happened To Just Camping?

I remember camping with my family as a child and all the fun we had getting away from televisions, telephones and the daily stress of life. We would pack up, get out to the country, set up camp and drown a few worms. We might even catch a fish if we held our mouth right. What a country!!

It seems that today all that has changed. With computers, hand held video games and satellite TV, technology follows you like a rain storm so you never get far from your Facebook page.

It seems every RV park and resort today has Wifi, which stands for wireless something, and access to the Internet is only a click or two away. Most motor homes come with automatic satellite TV tracking so you will never miss seeing Dancing with the Stars or American Idol. Don’t even get me started on Play Station or Xbox.

People used to go camping to get away from technology, now they take their technology with them. Social networking was done around a campfire with some smores or at a card table with a set dominoes. We would chat face to face about everything under the sun and no one was ever worried about being voted off the island. Yes, things have changed a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and all the neat things one can do with a computer. However, I kind of long for the “good ole days” when we ate what we cooked over the open fire and the ashes seem to make the eggs taste a little bit better. The popcorn was popped in a cast iron skillet and Coke was still in those 6 ounce bottles.

Now, if you can’t cook it in a microwave it doesn’t get eaten.

Gone are the days of clearing the rocks from under your sleeping bag and making sure you have enough little pouches for your Coleman lantern. Camping today has been replaced by LED lights, air mattress beds and sleeping under an air conditioner. What a country!!

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the latest and the greatest techno stuff even when it comes to camping. But every once in a while my heart yearns for a time when, if it was hot you sweated and when it was cold you shivered. When it rained you got wet and that meant your French fries were soggy. Although, come to think about it, maybe technology isn’t all that bad after all. Any way the time has come to buy an RV and get out of town and enjoy the great wide open spaces we call our home. You can find the largest selection of RVs with the latest in technology at Holiday World of Houston. So, go RVing and enjoy the journey as much as the destination.


Don’t Forget To Check Your Muffler Fluid

My first job in high school was working in an old time, full service independent gas station. I am dating myself, but yes they used to have a place that, for 45 cents a gallon, you would get your oil checked and all you windows washed while a smiling service attendant filled your all steel station wagon with high test.

The manager trained me to service the customers by checking all the fluid levels under the hood. He told me to find the radiator fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and muffler fluid. Then he stood back and laughed at my inability to find where the muffler fluid went. I figured it out after a while.

Every comedian will tell you that for a joke to be funny there must ne an element of truth to it. Well now there is an element of truth to that muffler fluid joke.

New EPA government regulations now require every new diesel powered engine to have a new chemical added to their exhaust systems that will chemically reduce carbon emissions in the exhaust. This new rule covers every diesel motor from pick-ups to over the road semi-trucks. It even applies to new 2010 diesel motor homes chassis.

All motor home manufacturers are now required to add a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to all new motor home chassis that will include a 10-13 gallon tank that will hold a chemical called D.E.F. This stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid or more commonly, Urea. This chemical is injected directly into the exhaust system at the muffler of a diesel engine and chemically burns off excess carbon emissions. The idea is to reduce the carbon footprint of large diesel powered vehicles to help reduce the effects of global warming.

This is the bigger joke. Even if you believe all the hype and propaganda of global warming being caused by mankind instead of occurring naturally, you cannot be pleased with any new regulation that once again unnecessarily infringes on the rights of American citizens. Regardless of your political point of view, the only thing this will accomplish is higher prices for new motor home buyers and higher prices when they fill up with fuel. In the end, as usual, the joke will be on us, the American consumer.

I however, have some news for all those do-gooder fun killers in Washington DC.

They cannot and will not stop freedom loving Americans everywhere from getting out and traveling this great nation we live in with our luxury motor homes belching out glorious black smoke as we cruise up and down the highways and byways enjoying this wonderful land of the free and home of the brave from sea to shining sea. So take that all you fun killing environmentalists. We will not be deterred from traveling this great country and in the end the joke will be on you. In the meantime, we will have to learn to ask each other, “Have you checked your muffler fluid lately?”

BTW, check the great selection of NEW Motor Homes without the new SCR system and GO RVing. You will be glad you did.