Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Geocaching for RV Campers

geocaching for RV campers
Small Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida
Imagine a treasure hunt that spanned the nation. One that bridged the gap between technological innovation and outdoor adventures. One that connected you to people you've never met, and opened the door to a world you had previously ignored.

The activity? Geocaching. It's a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, then atttempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. 

You can use any GPS-enable device to find your cache, including a phone, tablet, or hand-held GPS. If you prefer a more old-school method, you can look up the coordinates, get the map, and take a compass with you to navigate to the location. 

Each cache location has a container with a logbook inside. The container can be anything from a pill bottle to an ammo box, and will sometimes contain small prizes for you to exchange with other people playing the game. When you find a cache, you write your username on the paper to let other people know it's been found. 

This is the perfect game for RV camping, because you can plot out some caches to find as you drive to your next location. They are hidden all across the US, but a popular location is inside national and state parks. Some caches are easy to find, like an ammo box wedged in between tree branches, others are more difficult like a camouflaged pill bottle hidden inside a tree covered by leaves.
geocaching for RV campers
Large Geocache in Fort Desoto, Florida

Geocaching is free as well. If you're playing on an iPhone or Android, you can download an application called C:Geo, that will help you find caches nearby,  navigate to new caches and even let you log your found caches. You can pay money to be a premium member, but playing for free is just as fun.

When you open the cache, you'll always find a logbook. But sometimes, you might find a small treasure left behind by another person. This could be anything from a small trinket, to something silly. You can take a treasure you find, but make sure to leave something or greater or equal value behind for the next person. 

geocaching for RV campers
A Geocache Logbook
Once you become a pro, you can even start hiding your very own caches for others to find. This would be a great and fun activity for RV owners on the road. When someone finds your cache, they'll log their visit and you'll know that your caches all across the country are being enjoyed.

Ready to get started? Visit the Official Geocaching Site.

Have you done Geocaching before? The pictures in this blog are of Newby Management's Inbound Marketing Specialist doing some treasure hunting right here in Florida. Try it for yourself and post some pictures of the beautiful locations you visit!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Top 5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your RV Awning

RV awnings give your home a nice outdoor space that is perfect for relaxing, entertaining and extending your living area. But what happens when that awning is getting old? Here's the top 5 signs it's time to replace that RV awning. 

1. You Have to Be Hercules to Close It

If you try to close your RV awning and it feels like you're using all your strength, it might be time for a change. You should just be able to use either the hand crank or normal force to get your RV awning back into place. Next time you close up your awning, see how tired you feel after. If you need a nap, that awning has to go. 

2. You Can't Put Things Where They Go
If you can't adjust the pitch of your awning unless you get Hercules back on the job, or if your arms aren't sliding into their channels right, it's time. Forcing things into place can cause damage to your RV awning and no one wants that. If things aren't going where they are supposed to go with ease, start looking up new RV awnings. 

3. Your Awning Starts to Look Diseased 
If you pull out your RV awning and it looks sick, it might be time to replace it. Check your awning sometimes for brown spots, flakes, rips, frays, basically anything unsightly. It doesn't always mean you need a new awning, sometimes you just need new fabric. Still, this is something you want to replace. Don't forget to clean your awning sometimes to keep it looking lovely. 

4. You See Any Bending or Breaking

If you see anything wrong with the structural integrity of your RV awning, it's time to get a new one. Any structural issues can cause the awning to collapse during use, which can cause injury. Make sure you keep an eye on your awning to ensure it's in good working order so you can relax in the shade in peace. 

5. You Can See Through Your RV Awning 
If you're sitting under your awning sipping coffee and you can see the sky, there's a problem. You'll want to repair your awning or replace it if you start to see tears. This will help prevent the problem from getting worse due to wear and tear or inclement weather.

How do you keep your RV awning safe? 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas for RV Owners

Christmas is less than a week away. If you're still struggling with what to get the RV owner in your life, look no further! Here are the top Christmas gift ideas for RV owners.

gift ideas for RV campers
A Remote-Controlled Beverage Cooler RV living is all about luxury and relaxation. So what better what to relax than with a rolling cooler? Nothing says taking it easy like not needing to get out of your chair. It can roll across a patio, rug, or kitchen floor so you don't have to. You can drive 12 cooled cans of your favorite beverage right to your chair from up to 40' away. The water-resistant insulated viynl and a secured zipper lid keep your drinks cold for hours. Plus, this bad boy collapses for easy RV storage. For just $69.95, this is the gift that keeps on giving. 
gift ideas for RV campers

Lost in America Any good RV'er has surely seen Lost in America, a 1985 film that features a husband and wife in their 30s who quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. It'll get a laugh or two, plus it's a great gift for those traveling RV friends. 
gift ideas for RV campers

12V Slow Cooker They thought of it all with the slow cooker. It's a 1.5 quart slow cooker that plugs right into your lighter/power socket. Talk about fast food! It has easy grip handles, but better yet it has a glass lids with stretch cords to keep your RV friend's food nice and secure. Chili anyone? 

gift ideas for RV campers
Countertop Extension What's one thing every RV'er needs more of? Space! This countertop extension adds an extra 12" of space to the counters, plus it folds down when not in use. It's a great way to help your traveling friends do a little renovation that won't cost much. 
gift ideas for RV campers
RV GPS This GPS does everything, and it's specially designed for RVs. Your friend can choose the class/type of RV, and number of trailers. Plus there are handy RV checklists available, too. The GPS even has pre-planned three to four day adventures that include unique stops, photos of the locations, maps and more. RV services of all sorts and included on the GPS. It's an RV owners dream GPS!
gift ideas for RV campers
Campfire Treats Cookbook Don't let your friends make the same old stuff over the campfire. This cookbook is loaded with ideas to help spice up campfire cooking. Everything from bacon-cheese dogs on a stick to Philly cheesesteak and fudgy-orange campfire cakes. Is your mouth watering yet? If not, grab this book for your pals and then invite yourself over for some grub!

gift ideas for RV campers

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Safety Items Your RV Needs

You know that old saying 'better safe than sorry'? Well, we're putting it to good use with a list of safety items you should keep in your RV. You don't want to end up like those bumbling people in the RV movies filled with mishaps. 

1. A MAP

That's right, friends. An old school map. We know you have like 10 gadgets with GPS on them, that's cool, but what if they stop working? If you're going on a long trip or a road trip, map out your route on an old school map and bring it along. It can't hurt, right? Unless you have to fold it back up, of course. [P.S. You could also print out directions from Google Maps. SHHH!]

2. First Aid Kit
What's more safe than a first aid kit?! Basically, these should be standard in all RVs. You can either buy a completed kit or put one together for your family's special needs. For example, if you know you'll need allergy medicine or car sickness medicine you might need a more customized kit. Whatever you put in it, you'll be glad to have it along when you need it! 

3. A Toolkit
Fine, we like kits, okay? If your motor home is  small in size, a simple toolbox will do.  With that being said, the more tools that you can have on board in your motor home the better, especially in the event of an emergency.  A toolbox should at least contain a collection of screwdrivers, a hammer, a wrench, a box cutter or a pocket nice.

4. A Weather Radio

Time to kick it old school again, friends. Listen, we did say these were safety items. You might not need them, hopefully you won't, but you'll be glad to have them when you do. Most RVs will come equipped with a radio or a CD player, but a battery operated radio that can be moved to higher ground for a better signal is advised.  Weather radios are ideal, as they provide much needed information for those on the road.  Also, you can find and buy weather radios that double as other helpful tools, such as an alarm clock, compass, and flashlight.

5. A Plan

Finally, be sure to have an emergency plan in place.  This is the best tool that you can use to keep yourself happy, healthy, and safe when traveling by RV.  You and your family or others that you are traveling with should all know what to do if the motor home is involved in an accident, breaks down, or runs out of gas. Check out Pinterest for some great emergency plan ideas.

What are your must-haves for RV safety? 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tips for Finding the Best RV for Sale

Are you ready to buy an RV? If you are, you probably know there are different classes of recreational vehicles, each with their own merits and goodies. If you didn't know that, we're here to help. We're going to talk about Class A and Class C motor homes. But we'll make it fun, don't worry.

CLASS A Motor Homes

The Look: These RV campers look like a bus (only way better). They have flat, large front windows and have a sleek design. Class A RVs are considered to be top-of-the-line, coming in at about 24 feet, but they can be as large as 40 feet. These bad boys are pretty heavy, ranging anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 pounds. That's tons of fun (we didn't say the jokes would be good).

The Amenities: Class A motor homes are what you would call fully-loaded. They come with all the luxury amenities you could ever want, from a full kitchen to a bathroom with a shower and a tub. Depending on the layout you could have everything from an open floor plan to a private master suite and a living area complete with a couch, recliner and entertainment system. They also include heating and AC, hot and cold running water, and 100-125 volt electrical systems. These homes can be as luxurious and elaborate as your price point will allow.

The Cost: New lower-end Class A RVs are sold around $50,000, while larger Class A RVs can cost up to $300,000. It's possible to spend over $1 million if you really want all the bells and whistles. It's a hefty cost, but one that will last you a long time and give you plenty of opportunities for fun and adventures in comfort.

CLASS C Motor Homes

The Look: These motor homes look more like a truck cab with an over-cab bed. In some ways, they resemble a camper. They are smaller than Class A motor homes, usually ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds on average and come in anywhere from 20 to 44 feet in length. They are constructed on cutaway chassis depending on the models. AKA they are smaller, but still huge for a home on wheels.

The Amenities: Fret not, these still come with plenty of amenities for your glamping needs. There isn't as much space, but a good Class C motor home knows how to make use of the available space so you have everything you need. Usually the couch turns into a sleeper couch or a dinette converts into a double bed so you'll have plenty of space. Because of the over-cab bed, Class C motor homes can actually sleep more people than comparable Class A motor homes, even though they are a bit smaller.

The Cost: Prices for Class C motor homes can range anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000.

CLASS B Motor Homes

The Look: You might be wondering why Class B is down here. Well, these are usually referred to as a van conversion, looking more like pop-top camper vans. These are definitely more self-contained and cramped compared to their big motor home counter parts. Still, Class B motor homes make great places to sleep on the road. They can also be used as a second car!

The Amenities:  If you're looking for lots of comfort and amenities, the Class B motor home might not be for you. They usually have kitchens, living areas and bathrooms, but they are very small. The shower and toilet are often in one space called a wet-bath and the kitchen doesn't feature much more than a cook top. Still, you'll have everything you need for 2-4 people!

The Cost: Here's the great part, these are much less expensive than options A and C. They are great for people who travel a lot but don't need lots of space or tons of amenities. Class B motor homes usually range from $38,000 to $75,000.

Which motor home is your favorite? Why?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

5 Things You Need to Buy Before RV Camping with Your Dog

Taking your pooch camping? We compiled a list of the top five things you need to buy before you go! Some of it's fun, some of it's for safety and some of it's just plain silly. Hunker down, because we're getting started.

If your four-legged friend is going to be taking a dip, you'll want to get them a life vest. This is especially important if you have a dog that doesn't do well in the water. But it's also important if you have a water-loving dog. Sometimes dogs will get over-zealous and might venture out too far, the life vest will help keep them afloat if they get tired. Plus it will help if they fall off your boat or the into the water accidentally. 

So your dog just went in the water and then ran through the mud. Before you stress about your backseat, buy this protector. As you can see, it will prevent mud and water from getting on your floor, in the cracks of your seat and on the seat. This looks far easier to wash than the entire backseat! The only problem is that if your dog shakes you still might be in the splash zone. 

Puppies like to be comfy when camping, too! There are lots of different styles for portable pet beds, so you'll have to find what works best for your family. Remember to get something that won't take up much space and that will be easy to clean if your dog sleeps on it when he's dirty. 

These are a great option for RV campers! There are many different styles of these as well, so make sure to do some research before you buy. The best part of pop-up bowls is that you can store them away when not in use. It will help save space, but you can also take them with you if your bring your dog to the beach or on a hike!

We love the idea of bringing lots of flying dics to play with your pooch! You can buy a whole pack of flexible flying discs online so you don't have to worry if one gets lost or destroyed! They are perfect whether your doggy likes to chew or fetch. Remember, one of the greatest reasons to bring your pet camping is so you can both have fun. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

5 Ways to Save on Gas When You're RV Camping

Gas prices are one of those unifying topics. When it's low, we all love to rejoice. When it's high we all love to complain. Sometimes it feels like you can never tell how high gas prices will climb. One thing you can be sure of is they will never be as low as when you were little.

Gas for a big RV is a big expense. That's why we're giving you 5 tips to help save you money on gas. Read through and let us know how you save some green in your RV.

1. The Local Watering Hole

Use an app or a website like GasBuddy.com to help find the cheapest gas prices near your campsite. Try to fill up there on your way out or your way back to camp. This will prevent you from leaving camp and getting stuck paying higher prices somewhere else. Unless of course the lower prices are somewhere else, then you should head there if it makes more sense.

2. Pressure in Tires- Pressure Off Wallets 

Here's the scoop. It takes more energy for under inflated tires to roll than it does for properly inflated tires. More energy means more gas and more wear on your RV. Keep some quarters handy so you can fill up quickly at gas stations. It only takes a few seconds, but it will help preserve your tires and save you some money on gas.

3.  Think of the Journey 

Try to think of your trip in terms of the journey, not the destination. It can be tempting to skip into the left lane and speed through traffic, but try to go a reasonable speed. The less pedal you put to the medal, the less green you'll kiss goodbye.

4. Plan the Journey 

Have you ever been lost? It's annoying and difficult. Even with the modern invention of GPS, you might get stuck inside a gas station asking Bob for directions. This could include any number of confusing anecdotes and dizzying turns. All the while your gas is slipping away. Plan your route, check traffic patterns, make sure the roads aren't close and have happier travels. Plus, you'll save gas not driving all over the place.

5. Be Wise

We'll admit we aren't experts in saving money on gas, but our friends over at the Gypsy Journal have tons of extra tips that will help you save at the pump. Check out tips for saving gas money and start your next adventure!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Your Guide to 2015 Fall Festivals in Florida

In Florida, we love Fall Festivals! No matter where you are in Florida there's sure to be a fantastic festival just waiting for you. Where will you end up?
Mims Mullet Festival – Mims, FL – October 3, 2015
Pirates of the High Seas Fest – Panama City, FL - October 9-10, 2015
Starke Bikefest – Starke, FL – October 9-10, 2015
Daytona Blues Festival – Daytona, FL – October 9-11, 2015
Havana Florida Pumpkinfest - Havana, FL – October 10, 2015
Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak – Oct 1-4, 2015
Amelia Island Jazz Festival – Fernandina Beach, FL – October 8-11, 2015
Mount Dora Bicycle Festival – Oct 9-11, 2015
Freak Show Horror Film Fest – Orlando, FL – October 9-11, 2015
Biketoberfest – Daytona Beach, Florida – October 15-18, 2015
Magnolia Fest – Live Oak, FL – October 15-18, 2015
Clearwater Jazz Holiday – Clearwater, FL – October 15-18, 2015
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival – Sandestin, Florida – October 16-17, 2015
Fantasy Fest – Key West, FL - October 16-25, 2015
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival – Niceville, FL – October 16-18, 2015
DeSoto Pumpkin Festival – Desoto, FL – October 17-18, 2015
Micanopy Fall Festival – Micanopy, FL – October 31 – November 1, 2015
Wings and Wildflowers Festival – Leesburg, FL - October 2-4, 2015
Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival – Sarasota, FL – October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2015
Central Florida Veg Fest – Orlando – October 24, 2015
St. Marks Stone Crab Festival – St. Marks, FL – October 24, 2015
Sarasota Pumpkin Festival – Sarasota, FL – October 23-25, 2015
John’s Pass Seafood Festival – Madeira Beach, FL – October 23-25, 2015
Destin Seafood Festival, Florida – Destin, FL – October 2-4, 2015
Cooter Festival – Oct 24-25, 2015
Pensacola Interstate Fair – Pensacola, FL - October 22 – November 1, 2015
Capital Jazz Super Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 24 – November 1, 2015
Fest 13 Band Festival- Gainesville, Florida – October 30 – November 1, 2015
Hoodoo Voodoo Halloween Blues Ball – Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 31, 2015
World Food Championships – Kissimmee, FL – Nov 3-10, 2015
Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival – Delray Beach – Nov 7-8, 2015
Downtown Festival & Arts Show – Gainesville, FL – Nov 14-15, 2015
Florida Surf Film Festival – Nov 6-7, 2015
Sarasota Chalk Festival – Venice, FL – Nov 9-16, 2015
Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Palatka, FL – November 12-14, 2015
Native Rhythms Festival – Melbourne, FL – Nov 12-15, 2015
Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival – Nov 13-15, 2015
Miami Book Fair International – November 15-22, 2015
Soul Food Festival – Jacksonville, FL – November 14, 2015
Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest – Sunny Isles Beach, FL – November 20-22, 2015
Treasure Coast Beer Fest – Fort Pierce, FL – November 21, 2015
Miami Reggae Festival – Miami, FL – Nov 28, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

5 Free Things to Do in Palmetto, Florida

Are you ready to get away from it all? Unplug and get ready to reconnect with nature. Get away from the glowing screens and constant dinging and explore the beauty of Florida. We're going to share with you 5 free parks to explore while you are RV camping in Palmetto!

Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre park with a special location at the mouth of the Manatee River

where it meets Lower Tampa Bay. You'll enjoy the preserve's beautiful wildlife and native plants while you explore both historic and prehistoric sites.

Tale a hike to the Portavant Temple Mound, southwest Florida's largest Native American Temple mound! There are also trails and boardwalks, picnic shelters, and a canoe/kayak launch. Spend the day enjoying the rich history of Florida.

This 27-acre nature preserve is the perfect place for bird watchers. Grab your binculars and pick up one of the preserve's bird checklists. They have documented 158 avian species and 33 butterfly species at the preserve! Maybe you'll find the 159 specie!

Guests can enjoy open houses and guided bird walks on the first Saturday of each month from October to April. It's free and includes activities like hiking, bird watching and photography. See if you can spot the beautiful Painted Bunting, the preserve's signature bird!

Spanning more than 50 acres, Coral Reef Park offers lots of activities. From green spaces and
pinelands preserves to canals and sports, you'll always find something to do at this great park. Love sports? This park features beach volley ball, tennis, baseball, a playground and an exercise trail.

While you're there, don't miss the abundance of Florida wildlife. If you get hungry, grab a refreshment under the shady pavilion of the Parkside Cafe. The park also hosts free outdoor movies for residents throughout the year.

This historical park is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Palmetto. You can enjoy fun activities like checking mail in the 1880 Post Office, write on the slates of the schoolhouse and try on pioneer clothing in the cottage. 

Plus, there are lots of free events to attend as well There's Halloween and summer socials, the annual Heritage Festival, historical speakers, Palmetto's Christmas in the Park and group yard sales. Get to know neighbors, learn the history of the city and have a blast all in one place. 
This charming oasis is the perfect place to enjoy musical performances or enjoy a library book. There
are plenty of walkways, gazebos and even a manicured garden. You'll be able to find a great book in the 5,000-square-foot Palmetto Bay Branch Library. The community room offers tons of meeting space overlooking the waters of Biscayne Bay. Grab a book and enjoy the great outdoors.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Could You Handle Full-Time RV Camping?

Full-time RV Camping
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Many seniors are looking for a low-maintenance place to call home. They want a place that will be safe when they're traveling. A place that will be easy to keep clean. A place where they won't have to mow the yard or trim trees.

That's why many seniors are choosing to become full-time RVers. This is a lifestyle of fun, adventure and autonomy. As they travel the country, anywhere they land becomes home. So, what makes this lifestyle so appealing?

The first is freedom and flexibility. Many seniors have children scattered across the country. They could be visiting a son in Texas one day and a daughter in California a few days later. Parking the RV in a driveway is free, and it affords both parents and children their own space.

Secondly, RV travels can find unique and creative ways to earn money. Some RVers choose to do something called work camping. It's a short-term position where campers do work in the park in exchange for lot rent. In Florida, there are plenty of part-time jobs at theme parks, tourist attractions and state fairs.

Finally, RV camping is all about convenience. Seniors are able to travel light without numerous belongings, which makes it great for downsizing. Going from a full-size house to an RV can certainly be tough, but using some of our RV space saving tips, it's certainly doable.

If you're a full-time RVer tell us about it!

Friday, September 4, 2015

5 Time Free RV Resort WiFi Made Your Day

You want to camp somewhere with WiFi, right? Well Newby Fun Resorts offer FREE WiFi, and we're going to tell you why you basically need it.

1. Free RV Resort WiFi Means You Won't Eat Bad Food
Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you'll be able to check out reviews on local restaurants and even local attractions. It's an important part of any outing and you may avoid some really bad spots. On the flip side, you just might find your new favorite place that you never thought you'd like! We recommend checking out reviews before you visit somewhere, and what better way to do it than with free RV resort WiFi?

2. Free RV Resort WiFi Means You Won't Miss the Latest News
Don't be that guy who hasn't heard the latest news. Stay on top of the times, whether you use Twitter, an RSS feed or your favorite daily online paper. You'll be able to chat with your neighbors on the most important happenings of the day with your awesome free RV resort WiFi.

3. Free RV Resort WiFi Means You'll Save Some Money
When you're staying at a great RV resort, there's likely to be lots of fun activities near by. For example, at Clearwater Travel Resort the Clearwater Aquarium is just a short drive away where you can meet Winter the dolphin. Take that extra money you save not having to pay for WiFi and use it to take an mini adventure you won't forget. Having free RV Resort WiFi gives you the opportunity to make some memories that will last a lifetime.

4. Free RV Resort WiFi Means You Can Join an Online Community
At our Newby Fun Resorts we love Facebook. Our guests, residents and future guests gather together there for lots of good times. You can check out events, chat with friends and stay connected even once you're gone. You will be the first to know about what's happening at the RV resort! We would love for you to join our online community and we make it easy with free RV resort WiFi.

5. Free RV Resort WiFi Means You Can Watch Cat Videos 
Maybe cat videos aren't your thing, but the point is you can watch them. Or you can watch your favorite shows, or browse your favorite websites. You can do anything you want because you'll have unlimited access to the internet! Free RV Resort WiFi gives you limitless opportunities when you're not enjoying everything your resort has to offer!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Scoop on a Lakeland RV Resort

Lakeland is centrally located in the heart of Florida, which means driving to either Tampa or Orlando is a breeze. If you’re looking to explore the state’s best theme parks, Lakeland is the perfect base camp. If you’re looking to stay in Lakeland, there are plenty of attractions in town as well.

History buffs and art lovers will enjoy the Polk Museum of Art, and if you love flight you don’t want to miss the annual SUN ‘n FUN fly-in. Downtown Lakeland is full of culture, from the Lake Mirror Park historic promenade to Hollis Garden, which features more than 10,000 native flowers and Florida plants.

When you’re done exploring, come home to the friendliest RV park in town. This quaint park is
tucked away in Lakeland, features 70 RV sites with 30 and 50 AMP hookups, and can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet. While you’re a guest at the resort, you’ll have access to wonderful amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV, a heated pool, a clubhouse, horseshoes and a shuffleboard court.

The community boasts a large shuffleboard facility, complete with a resident player’s association. They host daily shuffleboard games and leagues. Members of Woodall’s RV community even participate in professional shuffleboard leagues that travel all over Florida.

Our Friday night dances bring out our down-home roots with some live country music. Put on those cowboy boots and let’s line dance! Stars of the Opry concerts draw crowds from all over the area. If dancing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy many other events in the winter months such as bingo, karaoke, club meetings, white elephant sales, pancake breakfasts and much more.

Find out how you can make reservations and become part of the friendly community at Woodall’s. Visit our website for more information at: http://www.woodallsvillage.com/.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

5 Things You Learn When RV Camping

RV camping is a great way to get away for the weekend or even a month. You find yourself exploring places you've never been and meeting new people. But the greatest thing about RV camping is all the things you learn. Here are 7 things we've learned on the road.

1. Every Day is an Adventure 

When you're driving a house on wheels, there's no doubt that life is an adventure. You can go anywhere and do anything. You can explore new places and learn new things. You can plan or be spontaneous, but whatever you choose to do you're just one turn from your next adventure.

2. Less is More 

Some RVs are big, some RVs are small, but most are lacking storage. This teaches you an important lesson really fast. Less is more. You find a way to get by with less possessions and suddenly you are a little more free. It's surprising how quickly having just what you need feels like more than enough.

3. Home Isn't a Place 

Lots of people see home as a specific building in a specific city. RV campers often have homes all across America. They find places, people and things to love everywhere they go. Each new location is a new place to call home. They realize that home is about a feeling and not a structure.

4. Planning Ahead can Save $ 

It's no secret that RVs use a lot of gas. There is where veteran RV campers learn to plan ahead. There are apps that tell you where the cheapest gas is along your route. That might mean gassing up before you'd normally need to so you can save a few bucks. You can estimate the number of miles you're going and see where you'd likely need gas so can even know when to stop. Isn't planning ahead fun?

5. A Living Room Can Be Outside

The first thing most RV campers do is set up their outside living space. This can mean lights, cooking gear, seats and more! It's a great way to get creative with the outdoor area you're given. It helps you meet neighbors, get in touch with nature and enjoy a little time outside the RV. Many people have signs with their names they place up too, which can be a great way to start a conversation with the people around you.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Free Things To Do While RV Camping in Hollywood Florida

If you're RV camping on a budget, we have some sweet little tips for you. When you stay at Lake Trinity Estates RV Park you're staying in the heart of Hollywood, Florida. It's a sunny town with plenty to offer, but we know the secrets to saving money. 

Before you book your RV spot in the sun, check out our list of the 10 best free activities in Hollywood. 

1. The Boardwalk 
The Boardwalk offers you a beautiful view of the Florida waterfront. This is one of America's best boardwalks with 2.5 miles of fun in the sun. Rent some wheels, and cruise along feeling the breeze in your hair. Or stop at one of the seaside cafes to take a load off. 

2. Anne Kolb Nature Center
Visit the Anne Kolb Nature Center to enjoy 1,501 acres of coastal mangrove wetlands. It's home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species. If you want to experience authentic Florida, this is the place to go. Pack a picnic and enjoy time with the family.

3. Downtown Hollywood Art Walk
If you're here for an extended stay, you don't want to miss Hollywood's Downtown Art Walk. It happens every third Saturday from 7 PM-9 PM. Watch local artists painting, visit the art galleries and see local, regional and international artwork. Learn more: http://www.visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx

4. Food Trucks at Arts Park
This was voted the BEST Monday night event by the readers of the Sun Herald. Every Monday night from 5:30 PM- 9:30 PM there's a food truck event in Hollywood. Experience delicious local food, bring along a chair and a blanket to enjoy the park while your family feasts. Admission is free. Learn more: http://www.visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx

5. Movies in Arts Park
Movies are expensive, but when you're staying in Hollywood, they don't have to be! Every Friday night, you can view a family-friendly movie in Arts Park. Pack up snacks, bring blankets and pillows and enjoy a free movie. Movies begin at 8 PM and you can see what's playing at:http://www.visithollywoodfl.org/events.aspx