Campground Tips

recreational-vehicleRVing and camping in general should be relaxing. In fact, many of the rules that Floridays has posted are intended for just that purpose—to promote harmony and understanding. We’re always happy to enhance your stay, and in that vein we found an article that promotes just that.

As Carrie Todd writes in her article, “Top Campground Tips: What to Do and Not Do”…

Rights and responsibilities, privileges and politeness—it seems more difficult than ever for people to get along with each other. This has even become evident when staying in RV parks, where you can often pick your site, but you can’t always pick your neighbors. Although most campgrounds have posted courtesy signs and a set of easy-to-follow rules, there are many aspects that are left up to “common sense” and interpretation, and oftentimes, people just don’t know what to do.

The article (see the full article here) explores Do’s and Don’ts from both safety and etiquette perspectives. Reviewing these should lead to a more pleasant experience, whether here in South Florida or at your favorite spot.

Food Network Again Goes RVing

Does anyone remember the old Food Network show featuring a guy in an RV? Jim O’Connor’s show, The Secret Life Of… always received mixed reviews. Most loved his almost manic but amicable personality. Others just marveled that a guy living in an RV who was better at “eating” than “cooking” could have his own cooking show.

Fast forward to 2018 and RVing is again being featured on the Food Channel. In the opening show, the hosts demonstrated to viewers how to “elevate their camping experience” with two fun recipes made in the kitchen of a 5th wheel.

In Episode 2, a young couple looks for the perfect RV to take out on the open road on a limited budget in order to start a new chapter in their lives. 
Watch this episode and others online »

The Go RVing PR team is also preparing for upcoming national television spots that will showcase RVing including four features on the business network CNBC this summer. Go RVing will take over the plaza outside the New York Stock Exchange to set up an RV, which will be the setting for “Closing Bell” anchors to come outside and interview an RV industry executive. The live segments are scheduled May to August.

In addition, RVs will be featured on the highly-watched “FOX & Friends” morning show on June 2. Go RVing spokespersons representing key RVer demographics will appear throughout the morning against the backdrop of an urban campground the PR team will construct outside the FOX studio. The morning will include three RVs—two trailers and a motorhome.

“These are exciting opportunities to let viewers see how versatile RVs can be, and to imagine how they might use one themselves,” said director of media relations Kevin Broom. “Whether it’s a family traveler, an outdoor adventurer, or a grandparent interested in multigenerational travel, we’re going to make sure viewers understand there’s an RV that’s right for them.

GoRVing Does it Right

GoRVing is the public face of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association representing almost all RV manufactures and parts suppliers. You probably have a black and gold RVIA sticker on your motorhome, or a silver and black seal if you have a Fifth-Wheel.

These guys keep a good eye on the industry as a whole, help us find answers to even the most complex questions about the RV lifestyle, and even help us decide where to roam.

Their website offers a plethora of information and a little entertainment too. Check out a few of our recent favorites:

Weekend Wanderers

A couple that loves adventure and gets it with their travel trailer.

Campskunk’s Story

A legend in the RV community for his creative modifications on a small RV.

Christmas Dinner for RVers

By now, you probably know where you will be for Christmas dinner, what you’ll be having, and who will join you around the table. Cooking the classic Christmas dinner in an RV may be a piece of cake (pardon the pun) for the veteran RVer, but for the seasonal traveler or RV newbie, figuring out how to fit a huge turkey into a small finicky oven can be a challenge.

The solution is to keep it simple or better yet, get together with your neighbors for a potluck dinner where every RV is responsible for just one dish.

How To GrillPlan the menu so that you can prepare some dishes ahead. Casseroles, mashed potatoes, squash dishes actually taste better when made in advance. So do many pies! Save the ham or turkey for Christmas day roasting, preferably on an outside grill. And because counter space is lacking, remember the mantra: less is more and simple is better.

You may not even need an oven for much more than warming if you cook most of it on the grill or in an outdoor dutch oven. Think “roasted veggies and grilled stuffing.” Yum! Crock-pots take up relatively little space and do a great job of making cranberry sauce and keeping those made-in-advance mashed potatoes warm until dinner time.

If having Christmas dinner in your RV or RV park is too much to handle, there are some nationally owned restaurants that are open Christmas Day. The owners of our locally-owned and famous Hobe Sound restaurants like Taste, Scooters, Catfish House, Harry and the Natives, Courtyard Grille or Prime will be shuttered, so head out for a no-mess no-fuss meal at Denny’s, Waffle House, McDonalds, and possibly Golden Corral. Here’s the list.

For instructions on how to prepare your Christmas turkey on the grill, check out Butterball.

Counting Our Blessings After Irma

On Sunday, September 10, Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key, just east of Key West, with winds of 130 mph. While some braved the storm at home, most RV owners across the state of Florida took refuge in shelters, leaving — for the most part — their beloved RV home to the fate of the wind and rain. Hurricane force winds extended up to 80 miles from Irma’s center, covering the entire state of Florida. Depending on where an RV park was located, the aftermath was either “Whew! We made it!” or “devastating.”

In Collier County, near Naples, residents on one end of the 300-home park returned to their homes to find their homes standing, the power on, and the expected debris everywhere. In other areas of the park, roofs were blown off, blinds tattered, and debris hung from the ceiling. The destruction appeared to be hit and miss, which was remarkable considering that Marco Island reported a wind gust of 142 mph. All along the east coast, on the back side of the storm, the story was similar. Some homes were ripped apart while others held up in the reported 60 mph wind.

In Miami-Dade County, a combination of high tide and 90-mph-wind tore roofs and siding off many of the 54,000 mobile homes there. One creative woman packed all her belongings in bags tied with bright pink bows. “If my house flies away, I will at least find my bags with bows,” she told the Miami Herald.

In Key West, some mobile homes are simply gone, identified only by their concrete pad. When residents were allowed to return home on Wednesday after the storm, residents of Quinn’s Sea Breeze RV Park found nothing but wreckage and began the search for anything they could identify as theirs. Most of the homes were damaged beyond repair. Click for a slideshow of the damage at Quinn’s Sea Breeze.

At Floridays, here in Martin County, we are counting our blessings.