Archive for February, 2008

Take the Time to Try Out Everything in a Camper or RV Before You Buy

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

It may sound like common sense when I say to take the time to try out and check out everything in an RV or camper before you buy it. You might be thinking to yourself “of course I would do that before I spend thousands, tens of thousands, or ever hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

But, almost any RV salesperson or dealership owner will tell you plenty of people never bother to try out basic and important things before plunking down their money and driving down the road with their new “toy.”

What do people overlook? The most basic is that the space doesn’t fit their needs. For example, the space inside most campers and RV’s is “cozy” (translation: small). A bathroom may look adequate until a person tries to use it and they find the can’t sit comfortably on the toilet.

Another example is found in the kitchen. That cool looking L-shaped kitchen has a nice amount of counter space but standing inside that L-shaped space the cook soon finds that it’s hard to work because there’s barely enough room to turn around much less stand inside it and open a drawer or cabinet.

So when you’re looking for that perfect camper or RV for your family, take as much time as you need to try everything out to be sure you’re going to be happy with it after you buy it and start camping with it.

Free Wisconsin Campground Directory

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners now has the 2008 edition of their Wisconsin Campground Directory available. The 74 page directory lists private campgrounds in Wisconsin that are members of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners so it is not an all-inclusive list of every campground in the state nor does it include the state or federal campgrounds in Wisconsin; but it is still fairly comprehensive which makes it a good directory to have if you plan to camp in Wisconsin.
wisconsin campground directory for 2008

The directory also has a good sized pullout map of the state (and it does pull out easily without tearing or ripping apart the rest of the directory – I tested it to be sure).

Another handy feature is the Alphabetical listing of towns with campgrounds that is on pages 5-7.

Best of all the directory is free. All you have to do is request it either by logging onto the association’s website (click here) or call them toll free at 800.843.1821.

If you prefer to download an electronic copy of the directory rather than receive a hard copy in the mail, click here.

The Campfire Cook Grill

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

One of the best things about camping is cooking and enjoying food cooked over a campfire. My first “tool” to help me with campfire cooking was a tripod with a grill grate that I purchased at a discount store. It wasn’t worth the cardboard box it came in (although the cardboard did come in handy when we were trying to light some damp firewood).

The tripod was flimsy and trying to raise and lower the grate to control the cooking temperature was nearly impossible. It had to be done by raising or lowering three pieces of chain. The only way to do it safely was to remove the food from the grate (otherwise it would fall off) put on a pair of heat safe gloves, and then raise each piece of chain separately. By the time I would finish doing that and put the food back over the fire the food was already getting cold. We finally took it down, threw it to the ground in frustration, and cooked hot dogs on sticks over the fire for supper.
the campfire cook grill.Luckily, thanks to some enterprising people, there are much better options now. One of those is The Campfire Cook grill. It is constructed from high grade steel and is powdered coated with high heat resistant paint.

The grill has three pieces/sections:
1) a sturdy support pipe with a beveled end and steel wings ensure that it can be safely pounded into dry and hard ground without damaging or bending the pipe itself.
2) a grill unit – it has two side panels that connect to a hoop where the 21 1/2″ non stick porcelain grill grate is inserted. One really neat feature of this is that the grill grate is recessed into the hoop creating a rasied edge around the grill grate that prevents food from sliding off (if you have ever had a hot dog side off your grill grate and into the fire you’ll really appreciate this feature). There is a back handle for swiveling the grilling unit 360 degrees and a front handle to use when adjusting the height of the grilling great
3) the height adjustment pin. It’s attached to a chain and then welded onto the collar. If the pin breaks, you can contact mobile welding services in Perth to come fix it in the comfort of your home.

There’s 2 models available, the original “campfire cook” and a smaller one designed for 2 or 3 people called the “Lil Traveler Grill.” For more information, check out their website.