3 quick ideas to get your weekend on

Let’s get the weekend on!

I know its only Thursday .. .but July starts tomorrow! And this is your opportunity to carve out a cool weekend. Everyone is busy right?  We need a major call out for working parents and over scheduled kids to get an extended RV escape.

So how do you find time to use the RV as much as you would like? You have to awaken your inner weekend warrior.

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Weekend RV trips might seem a bit overwhelming at first. Getting stuff packed during the work week, and then getting that same stuff put away before Monday morning can wear you out just thinking about it.

But we know that if you do it right, weekend escapes can feel both adventurous and refreshing. Just follow these three ideas to get you weekend on.

1. It’s time to use your vacation days. Seriously.

Study after study tells us that Americans are terrible at using their paid vacation time, and that’s not good for health or productivity. Even though it may be challenging to take an entire week off, see if you can manage a Friday here or there. A three-day RV trip will give you enough time to truly unwind.

2. Keep food prep simple.

The number one stress for many people is planning food for a weekend getaway. Plan a simple weekend menu that includes items like cereal and oatmeal for breakfast and cold cuts for lunch. And then splurge and go out for dinner on Saturday. Just because you are camping does not mean you have to actually cook!

3. Extend your weekend

Most campgrounds set check out time between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. But if someone isn’t arriving on your site that same day, they are happy to let you check out later for a small fee. This means you can schedule an outing or just enjoy a lazy Sunday morning at the campground. We just make sure we are on the road by 3:00 p.m. and home before dinner.

Here is the extra tip- create an “A” team for your Sunday return!

I said three tips but this one is important. If you kept your packing simple and you have to go back to the rat race on Monday ….the last thing you want to do is spend the end of your weekend unpacking your camper.  So its all hands on deck when you arrive home after a weekend getaway . Time yourself and get’er done!  The fridge is handled clothes are in the washer and your ready to take on the week.

Get out there and get your camping on!

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5 Great Reasons to Buy a Denver Mattress

This a repost of a piece we did a few years ago. With this being the busy season to buy an RV it’s important to review some of the additional items you might find yourself purchasing.

First things first. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “Why should I spend my time/money on a whole new RV mattress…when I already have one?” Or, you’re thinking, “Wait, what IS a Denver mattress??” Either way, I have the answer(s) you’re looking for! Whether you’re a new buyer or a long-time RV owner, this mattress will change the way you live in your RV, guaranteed. Here’s why:

1. QUALITY PRODUCTS This RV Supreme Euro Top all-foam mattress offers a high quality foam core and euro top quilt for superior comfort and support.

2. CONVENIENCE Say goodbye to the days of hauling a bulky RV mattress into your camper! With one simple motion, you can unroll your conveniently-packed RV Queen Bed or RV King Bed with ease! Each Denver Mattress is individually compressed just prior to shipping and rolled into a 16″ x 16″ box. This box is the exact width of the RV Queen/King Bed itself, so that it’s saving space while still managing to be lightweight. Upon unwrapping, the RV mattress expands to its full 11″ thickness, and you can then immediately enjoy its luxurious comfort!

3. COMFORT The all-foam core, made up of a combination of high density foam and BioFlex soy-based foam, provide the appropriate amount of support for proper sleeping posture, ensuring that you will awake well-rested and refreshed.

4. NATURE-LOVING Its soy-based material makes this RV mattress not only environmentally friendly, but also fire retardant.

5. YOU DESERVE IT!  You spend countless hours on the road in your RV, chasing one adventure after another. Doesn’t all that adventuring require a good-night’s sleep? Well now you can sleep like you’re home snug in your bed… even when you’re not!

We are proud to now offer the Denver Mattress here at the Holiday World— come in today and swap out your old RV mattress for a chance at convenient luxury!

What is the value of the Priority RV Network?

When you by an RV from Holiday World you get access to becoming a member of the Priority RV Network.  As a member of the network one of the benefits for our customers is ownership of the Priority RV Key Tag.

What is the the Priority RV Key Tag? With this key tag, if you experience a functional problem with your RV, and if you are traveling more than 100 miles from your home, you can receive Priority RV Service at any of our dealers.  Think of it as a speed pass to help you solve your issue fast and the network of dealers will get you back on the road with a smile!

This program includes repair for safety and functionality problems. Minor convenience repairs are not included.

How does this work if you have a problem on the road? Call your selling dealer and tell them about the problem. Your dealer will determine if the repair could wait until you return home or needs to be repaired at one of our Priority RV Network locations.

If immediate repairs are needed, your selling dealer will connect you with the nearest Priority RV Network dealer.

If you are unable to contact your selling dealer, visit the Priority RV Network  site and access the map showing the locations and contact information for our network of dealers.

Call the servicing dealer and explain that you are a Priority RV Network customer and give them the name of your selling dealer.

  • State your problem and schedule the day and time for your repair.
  • There will be no cost to you if your repairs are covered by a warranty.
  • Parts and labor will be charged and collected if your RV is not covered by a warranty.

Prior to going out on the road you want to make sure your RV is ready for the adventures ahead.  But sometimes things just happen and you can’t avoid problems so why not invest in an RV that has the protection of the Priority RV Network?

 

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Disaster recovery and the FEMA trailer

Interesting article about disaster recovery and the purchase of a trailer through FEMA:

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When disasters impact communities across the country, the people affected by them can lose anything and often lose everything. It’s a trying time for many of them; who may not even have a home to go back to or a place to call their own.

There can be multiple solutions to this problem. Some survivors can go stay with friends or family members. Some survivors are eligible to receive rental assistance. Some survivors are placed into manufactured housing units—when there’s no other place for them to go.

I can hear the questions now.

“But, wait. Aren’t you talking about those FEMA trailers?”

Not exactly. These are manufactured housing units. These new units are designed to support the real world, longer-term needs of disaster survivors after a disaster and are equipped with new features designed to promote safety and accessibility, including residential sprinklers and accommodations for survivors with access and functional needs. Unlike many of the mobile homes we’ve relied on in the past, this next generation of temporary housing meets the rigid standards created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And they’re built to house survivors much longer than previous units used after disasters too – an important consideration because rebuilding can take months or even years. According to Administrator Fugate, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s temporary and manufactured housing standards are the “gold standard.” And it’s true. Between the two agencies, there’s a common goal of making sure people and their property are safe and so through looking at all of the standards out there, we’ve found that those from the Department of Housing and Urban Development standards fit our needs best.

These housing units aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, just like any other aspect of federal assistance. They aren’t for everyone, and they’re deployed in situations where there may not be any other housing options available. Several of these units have been used in California as a solution for survivors of the Butte and Valley fires that burned last summer.

With temporary housing, the term “temporary” carries a heavy weight. The word can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It could be a couple hours, a couple months, a couple weeks, or even a couple years–depending on who you ask. While these units are considered a temporary housing solution, we plan for however long “temporary” may be.

With that in mind, we’ve been working for a while now on a project that’s designed to help these units last as well as protect the people living in them. We know that temporary housing units can be susceptible to an increased risk of fire.  We’ve worked with our partners at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Fire Administration to ensure that our manufactured housing units are now equipped with smoke detectors and sprinkler systems.

These sprinklers are known to help save lives when they’ve been implemented. Accidents happen, storms and other natural disasters happen, and like all other kinds of disasters in all other kinds of places, we have to be prepared for the ones inside homes too–even homes that are manufactured or temporary.

This is a big step forward for us—and one that we’re very excited about taking. It’s come about after a long series of conversations with a lot of different partners and it’s very encouraging to see it finally come to life. Saving lives and property is a cornerstone to our mission—and these new manufactured housing units and improvements to our older units—help us achieve that mission.

There is a video also available to view on the FEMA website below:

http://www.fema.gov/blog/2016-02-16/new-and-improved-fema-trailer

If you could get an RV for free would you take it?

Imagine the opportunity to win an RV. Would you try? Have you tried?

Right now Holiday World is giving an RV away for free.  And if don’t believe it …then this is your chance to participate. Make sure you come to the home page of our site and fill out the form. Who knows? You could win a free RV!  You like Facebook? You can double your chances to win! Register with Facebook for a bonus second entry in the sweepstakes!

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If you could take your RV to San Antonio

Being a native Texan I was always under the impression that I knew my state pretty well.  So it was such a surprise to me when I found out that there was a National Historical Park in San Antonio I have never been to.  Do you know of the San Antonio Missions Historical Park?

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas, USA. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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In geographic order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) the missions are located as follows: Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park, is due east of Mission San Juan, across the river.

The fifth (and best known) mission in San Antonio, the Alamo, is not part of the Park. It is located upstream from Mission Concepción, in downtown San Antonio, and is owned by the State of Texas. The Alamo was operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas until July 2015, when custodianship was turned over to the Texas General Land Office.

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On July 5, 2015, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, along with the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

That is the beauty of travel. You always learn something new and great when you are on the road. Want more details about the Missions National Park?  More info is down below:

Maps and directions

San Antonio Mission National Park

Mailing Address:

Headquarters
2202 Roosevelt Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78210

Phone:

(210) 932-1001
This number will reach the Park’s Visitor Center, open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and New Year’s Day. To reach Park Headquarters, dial (210) 534-8833. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on all federal holidays.

 

Scenic drives in Big Bend National Park part 2

Happy Thursday! Yesterday I wrote about the scenic drives available when planning a trip to Big Bend National Park. I did not mention that these are paved roads as there are also plenty of off road options (but I will defer that to another post).

So part 2 of my write up on scenic drives in Big Bend National Park is now available.  Enjoy!

Panther Junction to Rio Grande Village
21 miles (34km)

The drive to Rio Grande Village traverses ancient limestone and has marvelous vistas across the river to the magnificent Sierra del Carmen escarpment. In twenty miles, the road descends nearly two thousand feet.

There are several worthwhile stops and highlights along the way. Dugout Wells includes a desert nature trail and a shady oasis, nice for picnicking and birding. A soak in the Historic Hot Springs is also a popular activity. The short hike into Boquillas Canyon leads to one of Big Bend’s most scenic spots. The Rio Grande Village Nature Trail is an excellent birding location; it crosses a wetland spring with a viewing platform then gradually climbs to a promontory with excellent panoramic views.

Rosillos Mountains
Rosillos Mountains

NPS/Big Bend National Park

Persimmon Gap to Panther Junction
28 miles (45km)

This road connects the north entrance to park headquarters at Panther Junction. From Persimmon Gap, the road descends a long, gentle, gravel slope to Tornillo creek and Tornillo Flat. The Rosillos Mountains rise to the west; to the east the Dead Horse Mountains dominate the skyline. Highlights include, trails to Dog Canyon and Devil’s Den, the Fossil Bone Exhibit, and the Tornillo Creek hoodoos.

Cenizo in bloom
Cenizo in bloom

NPS/Jennette Jurado

Maverick Entrance Station to Panther Junction
23 miles (37km)

This drive, through striking desert scenery, has excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Several roadside exhibits describe wildife that might be seen along the drive. Junctions for the Chisos Basin road and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive are located along this route.

The options for National Big Bend are so many that I am doing this place a real injustice when just writing about “paved” scenic drives.  Plan for more? Or want more? You can get more information by going directly to the  National Park System site.