Monday, November 21, 2016

Don't Cook an RV Thanksgiving Until You Read These Recipes

Spending Thanksgiving in your RV can be a fun an exciting time, but it can also be difficult! Making a full Thanksgiving dinner in your RV can be a little tricky, so we found you the best RV Thanksgiving dinners on the internet. Warning: Make sure to eat BEFORE you read this post! 

THE MAIN DISH:
Crispy, crunchy and delicious. Not sure how you can go wrong with a bird cooked this way! 

This looks delicious, tender and moist! Plus you can put everything in the crock pot and move on! 

You really can't go wrong putting a turkey on the grill! Plus this frees up your stove for other projects. 

THE SIDES:
The perfect hearty food for your Thanksgiving meal. Pop it in the oven at 350 and get the show on the road!

This delicious, crispy side only takes a few minutes on the stove top and you're ready to serve! Remember to start these toward the end. 

If you're using your crock pot to make the turkey, make sure to do this first! You can make these make-ahead mashed potatoes a few days before and freeze them. Just heat them up when the time comes and you're ready to go! 

Of course you need rolls! So here's a recipe that won't take up room in your stove. 

THE DESSERT
We can't believe it exists either, but it does and it sounds amazing. 

You can make this ahead of time for a good little taste of camping! Doesn't it look delicious? 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving RV recipes? 



Thursday, November 17, 2016

They Were Driving Down the Road in their RV and Then They Learned THIS

Driving an RV on the interstate is a lot different than driving a car, or even a truck. That's why it's so important to learn all the tips and tricks for navigating an RV.

1. LOVE THE RIGHT LANE
The right lane is specifically reserved for slower traffic. You'll learn that quickly if you get on a highway near a big city. No matter how fast you go, an RV will never be able to hang with a car zipping down the highway at 85. Plus, you'll be right next to the shoulder should you have to pull off for an emergency. The only time you might consider moving to the center or left-hand lane is when you're in a place where there's constantly traffic merging into the right-hand lane, which could be difficult for a larger rig.

2. TAKE TIPS FROM TRUCKERS
If there's one thing truck drivers know, it's how to navigate the highway. Chances are they've driven this road before and know how to navigate through traffic efficiently. If you have a CB radio, listen in on what the truckers are saying. Sometimes they toss tips back and forth about road work, detours, traffic and driving conditions. You never know what you might learn.

3. BE GASSY
Running out of gas in car is bad. Running out of gas in a rig is worse. There are some stretches on the interstate that don't have exits for miles. Considering using the Gas Buddy app, which will help you find the cheapest gas station near you. Try to gas up before you get below a 1/2 tank. After all, you never know what the open road will bring you.

3. MAP IT OUT
Unless you're hitting the road and going wherever it takes you, it's good to have a plan. Use Google Maps to plot out a course and print the directions, just in case technology fails. When you use Google Maps, it can often alert you ahead of time as to detours, construction, road work, traffic patterns and much more. Whether you're using a Smartphone or GPS, make sure you have the right cords, chargers or extra equipment you'll need to keep them running. If not, you might have to resort to good old fashioned maps.

4. MOVE SLOWLY
If you are going to change lanes, make sure to put your directional signal on well in advance. This will let other drivers move out of your way, but don't count on it! Make sure to triple check, especially for cars that might be lurking in your blind spot. When you start to move over, so slowly and deliberately. Be aware of your surroundings before you make a move.

5. ANTICIPATION 
After you've been driving an RV, you'll start to learn that anticipation is your friend. Many drivers are predictable, but many are not. That's why anticipating their actions is always a good idea. For example, RV drivers tend to leave a lot of space between them and the car in front of them. This is because it takes a lot longer for an RV to slow down. Unfortunately, some drivers take that opening as an opportunity to dart in. Be on the look out.

6. SLEEP TIGHT
I think we can all agree that driving when you're tired is the worst. Before you travel, make sure you've gotten enough sleep. A big gulp of coffee isn't going to replace a solid 8 hours. When you're tired, your judgement and reaction times are lessened, so get some shut eye before you drive.

7. WATCH YOUR REAR
Who knows why, but cars love to tailgate big vehicles. The problem with that is we can't see them! Have you ever been behind a semi-truck that says "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you"? This is a completely true phrase. Unfortunately, we can't change other drivers, so we have to remain alert and cautious, knowing that there could be someone hiding behind us that we don't see.

8. AVOID BAD WEATHER
Sometimes bad weather pops up, other times you can see it brewing. Accidents during inclement weather are much more common, and you don't want to be part of one! If the weather gets bad while you're on the road, it might be a good idea to pull over. The great news is that you're in an RV, so you can have lunch, watch a movie or even take a nap. What a deal!

 9. LOOK OUT 
Tire pieces, car parts and other large debris can be a serious issue for RV drivers, especially because it takes longer to slow down. Keep your eyes peeled on the road for anything that looks dangerous. This is yet another reason why you're better off in the right-hand lane. When things go wrong, you always know you can pull off and stay safe.

10. RIG CARE
It's always important to take care of your rig. After all, it is part of your family. Probably the most important time to make sure your rig is in working order is before a road trip. Get everything in good working order so that you don't have to stop in a random town for repairs. Plus, a tire blowout on a country road is nothing compared to the interstate. Maintain that rig!

Last but not least, make sure to enjoy your road trip. Listen to some music, tell a few jokes and enjoy the open road.

Friday, November 11, 2016

7 Fun Ways to Have a Green RV Thanksgiving

On the road for Thanksgiving? We know that RVs aren't the most gas-friendly vehicles, so we came up with some great ideas to help you go green. It will save you money and the environment will be extra thankful you did your part. Here are our 5 ideas to go green while RV camping.


1. RECYCLE ALL THE THINGS!

Finish off an entire carton of butter? Recycle that container! Secretly made boxed mashed potatoes? Hide that box in the recycling bin. Soda lovers? Grab those cans! A few minutes of thought will go a long way to keeping you green this holiday season. Put a smaller trash bag in your RV or outside to collect cardboard, bottles, cans and other recyclables. Many RV communities have recycling centers, pick-up, or recycling drop-offs nearby. 

2. BUY LOCAL, YA'LL!
Before you head to the local supermarket to get your Thanksgiving supplies, check out the farmer's markets. It's a great way to support local, plus you'll be saving some money! Enjoy the nice weather and head out to a market to pick up a few pumpkins for your table display, some apples for your pie and lots of fresh fruit and veggies for all the turkey day fixins. 

3. CAMPFIRE EVERYTHING!
One of the great parts about camping is cooking over an open fire. In fact, we encouraged some awesome campfire recipes  to help save you space in your kitchen while you prepare your Thanksgiving meal in an RV. Not only is cooking over the fire delicious and fun, it's also green! 

4. LEFTOVERS? YES, PLEASE!
Who doesn't love Thanksgiving leftovers? But with a small RV fridge, keeping all those leftovers might not make sense! Have your guests bring some containers with them so they can enjoy the bounty for days to come! Or you can host an after Thanksgiving party where everyone made new creations with their leftovers, like casseroles and more! Yum! 

5. ROCK, SCISSORS...PAPER?
Paper plates can seem like an awesome idea on a busy Thanksgiving. If you're hosting Thanksgiving in your RV, make it a BYOP party! Set out a washing station for after dinner and have everyone bring their own plate and wash it up when they are done. It will save one person the trouble of having a HUGE mess and it will save the landfill from a lot of paper plates. Plus you can make the argument that paper plates hold much less food than regular ones!

6. COOK IT. COOK IT REAL SLOW!

There are so many benefits here! All RV campers should have a slow cooker. It's considered one of the most energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen. You can put a delicious side or even main dish in there ahead of time and leave it to cook. You'll not only save time, but also energy. It's a win, win. Check out Taste of Home for an awesome list of Thanksgiving slow cooker dishes

7. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Okay, so every year we want to create this picture-perfect Thanksgiving. It includes all the right foods and decorations. Even cranberry sauce.Here's the deal though, lots of people don't like cranberry sauce. So that' perfectly prepared and served dish is wasted. Don't waste, man. Replace dishes that people normally don't eat with something new and unique. You'll be the talk of the town! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Reasons You Need to be a Florida Snowbird

Are you heading to Florida from your Northern home? We can't wait to have you! But before you come, here are some things you'll need to have this winter in Florida. 

1. Stay Warm
In Florida, the winter temperatures are usually in the 70's, and sometimes 80's. This means it's always a beach day here. That means you can't forget your flip flops and beach gear. After all, this is the Sunshine State!

2. Bye, Snow!
Here's how your northern friend's day will go: Wake up, walk on cold floor, get ready, scrape snow off car, wait for car to heat up, be cold, stay cold, go to sleep. Here's how your day will go: Wake up, enjoy coffee on your porch, watch your friend's post about snow from Facebook, go to the pool, hang out with friends, sit on the porch some more, go to sleep. 

3. Fast Friends
In Florida, we're a melting pot of different cultures and people from different states. If you're not "from Florida" you'll fit right in! You'll love getting to your home or community and hanging out with friends old and new. Once you've been coming here for a few years, each winter season will feel like a homecoming. 

4. Thriving Community
So we talked about the great friends and the great weather, but what about the great communities? In Florida, we have some of the nations best 55+ communities! Not only will you love the friends you'll meet, but you'll love the resort-style amenities at some Florida 55+ communities. In some of our Newby Management communities this includes resort-style swimming pools and newly completed community centers! It's not your grandma's retirement community. These are built with active adults like you in mind! 

5. Palm Trees & Ocean Breeze

No matter where you are in the north, there are no beaches like Florida beaches. Plus, even on our warm days, there's still a beautiful ocean breeze. The salt water, sunshine and warm weather can make you happy on your saddest days. Plus, the Sunshine State has a laid back and fun culture that will make you want to call it home year-round! Be sure to check out a Florida sunset or sunrise on the beach. We hear there's nothing else like them.