RV Trailer

As Summer is coming to a close, I’ve looked back on all of the many trips we’ve taken in our trailer. This is only the 2nd summer that my husband and I have had our RV and I’ve been so surprised how much we’ve been using it. It seems like we’re constantly either packing or unpacking it. For any event, social gathering or business that takes us away from home, we’re often deciding whether or not we should bring our trailer along. I’ve mentioned before that we purchased our RV for so much more than vacationing. If it were only for vacations it would be sitting idle for all but a couple weeks or weekends a year. We have regular lives with full time jobs and To Do lists, so for us, our trailer is for more than just camping or vacations. It’s quite often used for a combination of both business and pleasure.

The kids are back in school which equates to less pressure on RV parks and campgrounds as family vacations come to an end. Not only are the campgrounds less crowded, but many begin offering off-season discounts, especially to senior RVers. Let’s take a look at some of the options here in the Northwest.

Editor's Note - This is the 4th and final article in the series "Exploring the RV Lifestyle" with two newbies touring the Olympic Peninsula. To read the other articles about this trip, see "Getting Ready", "Ocean Shores" and "Rain Forest".

We headed into Fort Worden for our last stop on the adventure a little later than we planned. It didn’t leave time to go into Port Townsend and look around, always something there to see and do. We had reserved our two-day space back in February for our May stay, so glad we did!  Many people were hoping to get into the park but there were no multi-days available and very few one-night stays. Plan early! We proceeded directly to the park and found our pre-assigned RV space. However, we soon realized that even though we had booked ahead, all must report to the office and check-in first.

Editor’s Note: A recent poll taken on NorthwestRVing.com indicates a good percentage of readers would like more tips and maintenance ideas. We appreciate your feedback and will include more tips and maintenance ideas starting with this and future entries.

Pages have been written about the cleaning and maintaining of your black tank (sewer) along with controlling odor, but the proper method to operate your gray tank is hardly ever mentioned. Following are some tips that will likely keep the area around your campsite smelling better (especially with the hot weather we have been experiencing in the Northwest) while making your tank dumping process more efficient.

Little Girl Eating

Summertime can often be filled with invitations for barbeques, parties and other gatherings with family and friends. While our schedule used to just revolve around work schedules, these days with our one-year old son we also have to take in to account his afternoon nap and early bedtime. Previously we swore we would never be those parents who revolve their lives around their children’s schedules - we would flex some and they would flex some. Yet when reality hit that our son would not sleep in the car or in anything other than a bed, we soon found ourselves declining many invitations to social events as they imposed on his sleep needs.

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