THE JOURNEY - APRIL 2014 

IN THIS ISSUE 

Class A Motorhome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HAPPY EASTER

Karen & Ron wish you all a very Happy Easter!!

This year for our first trip we are going to take it over the Easter weekend.

Due to some health issues our motor home has been in storage over the winter and soon we will be taking it out and getting ready for the first trip.

We hope to do more travelling this year and give you some more of our favorite RV Parks as we go.

Happy Easter

We would like to thank all of you who entered the Play & Stay Contest. Our lucky winner is Ted Jeffery. We have tried to email Ted to send us his address so we can mail the certificate, but so far we have not heard from Ted. Ted you have until April 7, 2014 to contact us or we will re -draw for the certificate.

 Our theme for 2014 is still the biggest and the best, so look forward to some interesting trips this year.

For the month of April we are going to explore some of the world's biggest attractions in the eastern United States

Come along and see the world's biggest fork, wagon and even the biggest ball of twine.

There is just a wealth of attractions to hunt for and to see all over the eastern U.S.

This month we are adding a campground to stay in; in the area of the attraction.


The tech tip this month is on generator maintenance.


Karen's recipe for this month is Easter Ham. I thought a change from Turkey.


We hope you enjoy this months information and we always welcome your comments and suggestions.


Help us to get more favorite RV Parks on our site. Please send us your choice and we will add it for others to enjoy.

From now until May 1, 2014 anyone who sends in a new favorite RV park will be entered into a draw for the 5 book set "The Fallen" by Thomas Sniegoski

These books will make a great read in the campground or RV Park next summer.

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We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support and please stop in and pay them a visit when you are in the area.

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See you next month.

Karen & Ron


 

 THE YEAR OF THE BIGGEST - EASTERN USA

This month we are heading east across the US and stopping at the eastern half of the country.

Ride along as we visit some of the biggest attractions in the eastern United States

Click on the logo on the right..............

 

FEATURED RV PARK OF THE MONTH 

MAGNOLIA RV RESORT 

Magnolia, Arkansas

Class A in Magnolia RV Resort
Magnolia RV Resort
Magnolia RV Resort
Map of Magnolia RV Resort

 

 Click on the sign above for more info


Our amenities:


Level sites

Full hookups

Pull thrus

30/50 Amps

Free park-wide WiFi & Cable TV

Catch-and-release fishing pond

Nature walking trail

Waterfront sites

Big rig friendly

Coin laundry

Showers

Pet friendly




Fenced dog yard (coming soon)

Propane (coming soon)

Covered pavilion (coming soon) 

 

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 RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 Easter Ham

7 lb/3.2 kg bone in skinless ham

Mix ¼ cup each of:

Extra virgin olive oil aged balsamic vinaigrette

Maple syrup

Add 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Set aside

Cover and Bake scored ham in a 325 for 1 hour

Brush some of the glaze (small amount) on it

After 1 hr uncover and bake another hour glazing every 20 minutes

Tent and let ham rest 15 minutes before serving

 * Note you can use any vinaigrette (bottled store bought) that you like the combo of ingredients, just add the maple syrup to it and mustard


* I sometimes use jam instead of vinaigrette for a sweeter glaze




 

Easter Ham

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TIP OF THE MONTH 

KEEP THINGS SECURE

Sticky Tack for the RV

If you own an RV or travel a lot, you know it's a constant battle to keep things secure so they don't fall or tip over in the process. If you are not using it yet, try sticky tack (also known as poster putty). It's the best invention. It is pliable putty that usually comes in a package of 2-4 strips. It is often found in the office or school supply sections in stores and is inexpensive. It is repositionable and restickable. You can use it over and over, so one package lasts a long time.

RV'ers can hang things on walls with sticky tack, keep cutting boards and bowls still, put it under a vase of flowers and on and on. Works great under pet bowls also.

Just grab a hunk, place it under the object you want to secure and give it a little "smoosh".

Sticky Tack

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 NEW PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

 STEP HUGGERS



Step Huggers for RV Stair Steps conform to most interior stairs regardless of depth or height! These rugs are easy to install, securely fastening to most stair surfaces with hook-and-loop fastening strips and snap-fasteners (included). Step Huggers help to protect your carpet and flooring and can be easily removed and reattached as needed. Available in several colors to coordinate with your interior. 23½" wide.



Click on the image on the right for more info.... 


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 TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

Generator Maintenance

Lack of use is one of the biggest problems with generators. In gasoline generators the fuel breaks down and gums up causing hard starting and surging problems. This can happen in as short a period of time as one month. 

A generator that comes equipped on an RV gets its fuel supply from the same fuel tank the engine uses. When the fuel tank reaches a ¼ tank of fuel the generator will shut down to prevent you from possibly using all of the fuel without realizing it. The generator will either have an automatic transfer switch to sense whether you are using shore power or the generator, or you will need to plug the RV power cord into a generator receptacle to use the generator. It is perfectly okay to use the generator while you are traveling. 

This is one of the reasons you have a generator in the first place. It is actually more fuel efficient to run the generator with the roof mounted air conditioner on, than to use the dash air. 

RV generators are extremely dependable and in many cases will out last the RV if they are properly maintained and cared for. They do not require your constant attention, just some basic maintenance. The first thing you need to understand about maintaining your generator is that they need to be exercised on a regular basis. This applies to gas and diesel generators. As mentioned earlier that gasoline generators could have fuel related problems in as little as one month of sitting idle. This is one of the biggest problems, but it can easily be prevented if you get in a habit of exercising the generator on a monthly basis. 

Many think that you could avoid this by adding a fuel preservative to the fuel tank and then running the generator long enough to get the preservative through the generator set. You definitely should use a fuel preservative whenever the unit will be in storage, but there are many other reasons to start and exercise the generator on a regular basis. Moisture build up can cause damage to your generator. When you exercise your generator it heats up the generator windings and eliminates this moisture build up. This monthly exercise regime also lubricates all of the engine seals and components and helps to prevent carbon build up. 

So, what exactly do I mean when I say exercise your generator? For a gasoline generator I mean that you start and run the generator with at least a 50 percent load for at least two hours every month. It is extremely important that you run it with this minimum rated load. Generators are designed to run with a load placed on them. Our motor home has a 4,000 watt generator so I can either turn the roof air conditioner on in the summer time, which is about 2,000 watts or I can use a couple of small portable electric heaters if it's cold out. It's always better to let your generator run for longer periods than it is for short periods. Check your generator owner's manual for load ratings specific to your unit. 

Other maintenance intervals for generators are based on usage. Your generator set will have an hour meter so you can monitor the usage. Consult your owner's manual for maintenance intervals. 

Changing the oil and filters on a regular scheduled basis and for seasonal changes is just as important for your generator as it is for your automobile. For extended storage requirements consult your generator owner's manual. 

The bottom line is don't hesitate to use your generator and when you do use it put a load on it. A little exercise and preventive maintenance will keep you generator in top operating condition and provide many years of faithful service.

RV Generator

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