Posts byBob Difley

Have a Wild Time at These 7 North American Animal Sanctuaries

Add these 7 wildlife sanctuaries to your RV itinerary. Viewing wildlife is a popular activity for RVers, but some animal advocates question how best to observe animals without doing them harm. At these seven sanctuaries, some dedicated to rescuing animals from abusive captivity, the animals roam free in their natural habitat. The Wild Animal Sanctuary
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Julyamsh Pow Wow — Celebrating Native America Heritage in Idaho

Add an Idaho pow wow to your RV itinerary. Ah, His´Laqht! (Hello my friends!). This greeting comes with an invitation to the 2017 Coeur d´Alene Tribal Encampment and Julyamsh Pow Wow at Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 21–22. It’s an event that shouldn’t be missed. What is a Pow wow? If you’ve
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3 Fantastic Rail-to-Trail Bike Rides for RVers

Combine RV travel and rail-to-trail bike rides. We’ve heard it often enough. We need to exercise more and lose weight. Unfortunately I can’t offer you a magic pill that will remedy those two, but the Rails to Trails Conservancy thinks that you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak, on their national
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5 Flavorful Chili Cook-offs Across America

Follow the RV chili trail to festivals. “Feel the Bern” was a cheer you heard a lot during the presidential campaign. On the RV chili cook-off trail, “Feel the burn” relates to the amount of red hot chili peppers in the contestants’ mouth-watering chili. Some chili cook-offs are only open to licensed restaurants, but most
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Pickleball, Anyone? Playing the Ultimate Sport for RVers

RV travelers play pickleball across North America. As we get older, we find it difficult to play sports with the same effort that we exerted in our youth. But if friendly competition is still part of your DNA, you don’t have to give up the thrill of victory. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing pastimes in America, satisfying the need
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6 Underappreciated National Parks in the U.S.

RV to 6 underappreciated national parks. The United States has 59 protected National Parks, giving travelers a long list of spectacular destinations to visit. While everybody knows the most popular parks — Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier — you probably haven’t heard much about these less-publicized gems. These parks might not be household names, but they’re just
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Volunteering and the RV Lifestyle

RV volunteering can help make the world a better place. RV volunteering does not mean just camp hosting. It could include working in visitor centers, building trails, or inventorying plants and wildlife. Volunteering today is a way of joining in a common project to help and benefit others. It is also a feel-good way of using
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RVing to Colorado Ghost Towns

RV to Colorado ghost towns. Colorado claims to have over 1,500 ghost towns, though you will actually find only about 640. The rest have been reclaimed by nature, covered by mining tailings or flooded over from nearby reservoirs. Many are accessible with four-wheel-drive vehicles by long, rough dirt roads. However, many ghost towns are within reach
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Take a Stellar Snowbird Trip in Arizona

Take stellar snowbird trips in the heart of the Grand Canyon State. Snowbirds descending from the Pacific Northwest, the Plains states or the Midwest into central Arizona for the winter have several routes to choose from, though most often they take the most direct. RV Park Reviews Check out these Highly Reviewed Good Sam Parks in central Arizona. • Arizonian RV
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Holidays in the Desert

Holidays in the desert will make you forget snowmen and reindeer. In the Southwestern United States, RVers visiting during the Holidays will experience special customs, many with cultural links to our south-of-the-border neighbors. These festivities are quite different than the snow and jingle bells experience in the more northern states. For instance, visitors shouldn’t miss the lighting of luminarias — sacks
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California Ghost Towns Are Rich in Spirit

California ghost towns beckon to spirit seekers. In the 1880s, towns sprang up in the Wild West like weeds in a Spring vegetable garden, most of them rising in the wake of the discovery of gold and silver in the beds of seasonal Western streams. The towns lasted as long as miners could extract the minerals,
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3 Unearthly Idaho Ghost Town Trips

Go on a Ghost Town tour of the Gem State. Those shiny minerals, silver and gold, lured thousands of hopeful wannabes to Idaho to strike it rich during the gold rush of the late 1800s. After the dust of reality settled, Idaho’s mining towns plummeted from boom towns to ghost towns. Today, you can learn the fascinating
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Engine Tuning: Spit and Sputter Costs You

Most RVers buy their rigs to hit the road for camping and exploring new places—not to spend time in a repair shop. It’s not fun when you are excitedly nearing your park destination and your engine starts to spit and sputter. However, after 10 years in the RV sales and rental business and 17 years of full-timing on the road, I learned that
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Scary Ghost Towns in Western Montana

Hunt for spirits in these abandoned Big Sky settlements

I stood in the middle of the street in the deserted town; the eerie silence was broken only by the soft whistle of the wind ruffling the willow tree’s leaves next to the hotel. I could see no other humans—though I’m told that the spirits of some of the departed still reside here. The decrepit,
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6 Great RV Galley Storage Solutions

Store more with some simple kitchen tips

I’ve said it before, there is never enough galley storage in an RV. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative to maximize your available space. These tips will help you make the best use of room. 1.Use Bulk Bins for Dry Food Dry food stores from bulk bins eliminate wasteful space-filling retail packaging, providing more
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On the Hunt for Spring Desert Wildflowers

Southwest desert wildflowers have been scarce during the recent drought years, but this Spring may be a winner. The best wildflower blooming spots can be found in areas protected from cattle grazing and off-road vehicles. Look in state and national parks and national monuments, where the flora is protected, along with specially protected areas like reserves. The following places have
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Discover Southwest Native American Petroglyphs

Little remains from the earliest Native Americans that migrated into the Southwest. Still, archaeologists have been able to piece together a picture of this culture from some pueblos, stone and bone tools, a few buried skeletons, and carvings on cave walls, rocks and cliff faces. This ancient art, called petroglyphs (some call it Stone Age
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Driving in Downpours

If the predictions for this winter’s El Nino are even close to accurate, we’re in for a wet winter. If a storm catches you out on the road, here are some tips for remaining in control of your RV and proceeding as safely as possible. Slow down. Your RV will handle differently in slippery, wet conditions, and your vision will
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Southeast Georgia: A Superb Snowbird Destination

Most snowbirds head to a warm and sunny Southern state, like Arizona, Southern California, the Texas Gulf coast or Florida. But there are other not as popular or well known options for snowbirds, like Southwest Georgia. The weather is not quite as warm as those destinations further south, but coastal Georgia’s average winter weather ranges between
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Little-Known Southern California Destinations

At 163,694.74 square miles, California is the third largest US state. And I’ll bet you haven’t seen it all. So here’s a handful of locations in populous Southern California that you may have missed—most of them only a day trip away from a Good Sam campground. Add your great/unusual/hidden California locations to the comments.   Red
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Little-Known Arizona Camping Gems

Arizona’s distinct climates are separated by altitude changes varying from the low Sonora Desert in the Southwest (lowest point: 70 feet along the Colorado River near Yuma) to the vast Ponderosa pine forests topping out at Humphrey’s Peak near Flagstaff at 12,633 feet. Wherever you are in Arizona, travel distances from low deserts to cool forests
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7 Types of RV Neighbors

Two things you can count on as an RVer. You will either have pleasant campground neighbors, or you will not. Fortunately, annoying neighbors are the exception rather than the rule. Here are seven types of campground neighbors you could encounter sooner or later, and a strategy for maintaining your sanity if you do. Add your
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Demystifying Some Common Misconceptions About RV Travel

All groups and occupations have jargon that confuses outsiders and newbies alike. The camping community is no different. If you sometimes are a jargon-challenged RVer, think what new or wannabe RVers must think when they hear the confusing utterances of RV industry insiders and bloggers. So let’s clear things up—or maybe not. Mobilehome, motorhome or
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Diplomatically Telling Neighbors to Calm Their Kids

          Sitting outside your RV on a balmy summer evening, watching the flickering campfire as the day loses it’s glow, and anticipating a quiet night’s sleep are among the joys of the RV lifestyle. But what do you do when something—like rowdy kids belonging to your campground neighbors—shatters this reverie? The
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10 Tips for Staying Alert Behind the Wheel

We would all like to think that we are safe drivers, able to quickly make the right decisions, react to hazards and dangers instinctively, and avoid impaired thinking due to drowsiness. But “sleep is a powerful biological drive—one that can overtake even the best driver,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. ” Rolling down the
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Repel a Racoon Invasion

Awwww. That raccoon is so cute. Look at how he rips the grocery bag apart and scatters the food everywhere, and how clever he was in removing the lids off the trash cans and spreading the contents across the campground. If you’ve had any of these raccoon escapades happen at your home or in your campsite, you
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Being Careful Around Bison

Every year, countless RV travelers flock to Yellowstone National Park to see geysers, bubbling mudpots, and  varied and abundant wildlife. Many visitors go out of their way to catch up-close views of American bison. Often mistakenly called “buffalo,” the bison is one of the most majestic animals you’ll see in the wild. Yellowstone’s bison population numbers around 4,000.
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Creepy Crawlers: Ban Bugs from Attacking Your RV

If you are plagued by creepy crawlers that have invaded your RV, or envision them scurrying across your floor when you’re trying to fall asleep, then it’s time to drive them out, and barricade your castle to prevent them from returning. Follow these tips and you could become bug free. Anywhere that your RV comes
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Mountain Lions: How to Handle an Encounter

Mountain lions, also known as cougars, catamounts, pumas and panthers, once had a wide distribution across North America in all lower 48 states and from British Columbia to the tip of South America. However, due to attempts at eradication (from fear and misconceptions) and development encroaching on their habitat, the population of these large predators
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Coyotes on the Prowl

Coyote populations have expanded to become the most widespread large predators in North America, extending from the great northern Canadian forests to the deserts of Mexico, and to golf courses and parks of large metropolitan cities from Los Angeles to New York City. The near-extermination of their natural enemy, the wolf, and their amazing ability
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Barbecue Tips From Grill to Plate

For RVers, barbecuing is as much a part of the RV Lifestyle as camp chairs and campfires. The two most popular ways to barbecue are with charcoal and gas. Aficionados defend their methods, but either way will produce tasty barbecued food, though there are a few fine points that differ between them. BRIQUETTES Place briquettes
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Tips for an RV Spring Cleaning

Have you been twitching with excitement about the beginning of RVing season?  But somehow you just can’t seem to get started on your RV’s Spring cleaning and prepping for your first Spring camping trip. The hardest part is getting started. Once you’re hands on with the chore, you will get a roll on. So to
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Discover Nature’s Bounty in Farmers’ Markets

Among the best perks of living the road-wandering RV Lifestyle is finding and trying local foods wherever we travel. With the variations between America’s climates, soil composition, rainfall patterns, and temperature ranges it should not be surprising that you will find a wide assortment of locally grown fruit and produce, some of which you may
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