THE JOURNEY - MARCH 2014 

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 HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY AND HAPPY SPRING

Once again we march into Spring and the luck of the Irish.

Happy St. Paddy's Day and Happy Spring.

As we write this newsletter on the last week of February we are experiencing a snow event. Hopefully the last of the year and then we can get on with Spring and getting back out of the RV highway.

As you travel throughout the country try and pick out those biggest attractions as you go.

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

For the month of March we are going to explore some of the world's biggest attractions in Alberta and the prairie provinces.

Come along and see the world's biggest dinosaur, grey goose or maybe even a mushroom.

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


The tech tip this month is on post RV trip tips.


Karen's recipe for this month is Irish Beef Stew, of course. Nothing else would do this month.


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.

Click on the link to add your favorite park.......FAVORITE RV PARK


We would like to thank all of you who entered the Play & Stay Contest. Our lucky winner is Ted. Congratulations Ted we will be in touch with your certificate. Enjoy and say hi to all the staff at Castlegar Golf and RV.


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.

Visit all our sponsors on....... SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS


See you next month.

Karen & Ron


 

 THE YEAR OF THE BIGGEST - ALBERTA

This month we are heading east across Canada and stopping at the western most prairie province.

Ride along as we visit some of the biggest attractions in the province 

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

 

FEATURED RV PARK OF THE MONTH 

BRIDGEVIEW RV RESORT 

Lethbridge, Alberta

 

 Get pampered while camping in the woods at Bridgeview RV Resort, located on the westerly outskirts of Lethbridge, Alberta. A year-round resort located near the banks of the Oldman River, Bridgeview is a family friendly vacation getaway close to the many attractions and activities of Lethbridge.

Many nearby golf courses and fishing on the Oldman are some of the possibilities. Enjoy swimming in the pool at the resort, and activities such as weekly dances and pancake breakfasts. Resort features include a new playground, a special dog area, an onsite general store with a bistro atmosphere, and exercise and games rooms.

Bridgeview features a campsite for every camper, including wilderness, treed and non-treed. Feel like you’re out in the woods in our Wilderness Area, except with all the comforts you’re used to, including firepits.


At Bridgeview there’s a smile for everyone!

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 RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 Irish Beef Stew

 8 bacon strips, diced

1/3 c flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1- inch cubes or left over roast beef

1 pound mushrooms, quartered 

2 white onions , diced 

2 medium carrots, chopped

¼ celery chopped

1 T olive oil

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 T tomato paste

4 c. beef broth

1 c beer or additional beef stock

2 bay leaves

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp rosemary, crushed

2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes 1- inch cubes

2 T cornstarch mixed with 2 T water

1 cup frozen peas


In a large stove top pot , cook bacon till browned and set aside

In large plastic bag add flour, salt & pepper .

Take meat and shake to coat

In small batches brown meat in bacon fat and set aside

In same pot sauté mushrooms, onions, carrots and celery till tender

Add garlic cook 1 minute 

Add tomato paste Add broth, beer, bay leaves , thyme, parsley and rosemary

Return beef and bacon to the pot

Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer for 2 hours with the lid on it.

Add potatoes , return to boil

Cover and simmer for 1 hour

Stir in cornstarch and water mixture and bring to a boil

Add peas , till heated trough

Remove bay leaves

*note this will serve 15 people and freezes well






 

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TIP OF THE MONTH 

 EASY REMOVAL OF BUGS

Too bad the birds aren't fast enough to fly down North America's highways and load up before those teeming billions decide to end their short lives by splatting against the front of our RVs.

Since wishing won't fix it, here are a couple of ways to ease the nasty chore of cleaning up after a long trip:

(1) First, wash and wax the exposed forward surfaces of your RV to offer up the slickest, cleanest surface to the intrusive bugs. They will find it hard to stick, and will also be easier to remove.


(2) Rub a thin coating of baby oil on the front surfaces, creating a nice slick surface. A rub down with a wet rag at the end of your trip should remove most of them without too much hard scrubbing.

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 NEW PRODUCT OF THE MONTH


We all like to tour the National Parks and this organization helps to support those parks

You can buy your park pass here or shop lots of items to support National Parks


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


For more RV friendly products click here............ 

 

 TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

 POST RV TRIP TIPS

1. Drain the RV Water System

This includes the water heater, line drains, tanks and pumps associated with your RV water system. This is of particular importance if your next RV trip is months away.

Water Heater – Be sure to switch it off if it is electric. Turn off the breaker feeding the unit. Find the drain plug and remove it. Then open the pressure relief value and give it time to drain all the way. Be sure only to work on a water heater that contains water that is not hot or has any pressure build up. If you turn off the water going into the RV and open both warm and cold faucets it will relieve the pressure and remove a majority of the water.

Water Line Drains – Search for the low point for both the hot and cold lines. Then simply open lines and drain the water.

Water Tanks – Find the drain for the fresh water tanks and open it to let it drain.

Water Pump – Once all the lines and fresh water tank is open, turn the water pump on for a moment to flush out any remaining water.

Close Drains – Close all the drains and you are done!

If you forgot to to this the last time you returned from a RV trip then you may need to sanitize the water system. It is a simple process of mixing bleach and water and pouring it into the fresh water tanks. See the video below for instructions.

2. Check the Exterior of the RV

Looking over the exterior before you park the RV for a while is always a good idea. These checks can reveal potential issues with leaks, rodents, or other issues.

Lookover the roof seals and inspect fully. Most RV manufacturers advise to do this once every three months. Treat and re-seal as needed.

Check the seals around your openings and windows on the sides of your RV. Keep an eye out for cracks or missing seals.

Wash the exterior with soap and water. Preferably then cover to preserve the RV’s finish.

Consider spreading ant killer around the points that touch the ground. Stairs, tires, etc.

3. Check the Interior of the RV

Just like the exterior, the interior needs attention after a RV trip as well before you stash the RV for a period of time.

Do what you can to prevent moisture build up by allowing for air circulation. You can do this by cracking windows and using DampRid Moisture Absorbers.

Clear out the refrigerator. Even if you plan to keep it cold most of the food will go bad.

Be sure to run your generator once a month for a few hours while it sits. Prop the door open if you intend to turn it off for ventilation.

4. Check the RV Batteries

Batteries can be a mystery. The tend to go bad at the wrong times. Most of the issues can be avoided through a simple maintenance regimen that you perform after each RV trip.

Check the water in the batteries and top them off. Then check back every month.

Clean the connections where the wires connect. Check these every 3 months

Connect the batteries to a trickle charger. It is important to keep your batteries charged while your RV sits idle to maintain the life of the battery.


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