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!

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? 

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

      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? 

      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?