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.

1. DOGGY LIFE VEST
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. 

2. BACK SEAT PROTECTION
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. 

3. PORTABLE PET BED
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. 

4. POPUP BOWLS
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!

5. FLYING DISCS
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