If you're already committed to the lifestyle of traveling on your own path, slightly outside of the mainstream, then the challenges of winter in a van (or RV) are well within your grasp. Get out there. Have fun.” -Sara Sheehy, Fellow VanLife Nomad

Snow flurries whirl around our vintage “canned-ham” camper that we call Hamlet, as we back it into our free national forest site for the next few days. Within minutes we’ve got it leveled, stabilized, and ready for the night. We jump inside and fire up the kettle on our 2-burner propane stove and our tiny portable heater. Before the water comes to a boil, our bones thaw and we strip off extra layers. Changing from damp snowshoeing gear into dry, fuzzy fleece and down slippers before cuddling a piping hot mug of Earl Grey is one of the simplest and most satisfying pleasures of camping in a trailer. It’s cold, wet, and windy outside, but inside our little camper feels like a cozy log cabin.

Holiday Gifts Under Tree

Holiday time is fast approaching! Do you have some RVers on your gift-giving shopping list? Whether you’re looking to get your shopping done early or you’re drawing a blank for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find a collection of great, practical ideas for the RVers in your life. If you’re on a shoe string budget, just trying to cut corners, or overwhelmed by the amount of people on your gift list this year, this list is sure to include items within your price range.

As many travel throughout the United States in their RVs, National Parks become a frequent destination. There are so many reasons for many to visit our nation’s parks, whether it is the beautiful landscapes, historical significance, recreation or just to revisit places our families visited so many years ago. Whatever the reason, people flock to our National Parks in ever increasing numbers. 

While visiting our country’s National Parks, many visitors look upon what a wonderful opportunity it would be to live and work in a National Park. Sometimes those views create thoughts of how wonderful it would be to work as a National Park Ranger, or even to fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a National Park Ranger. It is not unusual to have someone walk up to a Ranger and comment, “I wish I could be a Ranger too!”  

RV Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again - time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas gift list! If you have an RVer on this year’s list following are 8 gift ideas to consider.

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge with 5 in 1 Rescue Tools – This 5 in 1 tire gauge can measure tire pressures up to 150 PSI on RVs, tow vehicles, and motorcycles along with ATVs and also features a LED Flashlight, Car Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter and Red Safety Light.  Proper tire pressure is essential in preventing blow outs and maximizing gas mileage for RVers.  The added safety features of a window breaker and seatbelt cutter could be a lifesaver in an emergency. Plus, what RVer couldn’t use another flashlight?

Personal RV Safety Tips

While RVing is relatively a safe lifestyle, it never hurts to take a few precautions because you never know when an emergency or crime may occur.

1 - Emergency Exit Windows – Do you know where the emergency exit windows are located in your RV (emergency vents in some truck campers)? Do you know how to use them in the event of an emergency? Gather the family and take the time to practice removing the window screen (if so equipped) and opening the window. Are you and your loved ones physically able to climb out through the window if needed?  If not, think about what other items like an escape ladder you might carry to make this possible.

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