August 2009

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Woodall's & Camping Life – The Navigator, August 2009

Woodall's & Camping Life – The Navigator, August 2009

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  In this Issue

        Where To?

        RVing with Your Pet

        Gadgets & Gear

        Book of the Month

        Mark My Words

        Made In America

        Woodall's Recipes

        Let's Go Green

        A Few More Important Words

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    By Ralph P. Yates {Where_To_Sponsor}
Detour to Discovery

Venture off the interstate for experiences that will enhance your travels

Interstates. What a blessing. They keep us on the straight and narrow by getting us from here to there in the shortest distance and without getting lost. Featuring at least four lanes, mile-markers, gentle hills, well-designed curves and clean rest areas, they have much to offer. Sure, there are more trucks, and the scenery is sometimes obscured by billboards, but heck, at 70 mph and with our eyes glued to our mirrors, who has time to view the landscape anyway?

However, did you ever notice when you review your photos after a trip that you have shots of your destinations and interim stops, but very little of the scenery you passed along the way? Could you have missed something? In the words of Charles Kuralt, author of On the Road with Charles Kuralt, “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. From the interstate, America is all steel guardrails and plastic signs, and every place looks and feels and sounds and smells like every other place.”

It seems our choice is: take the interstate and get there quickly, or take those oh-so-slow secondary roads and see the sights. But, what if you could have your cake and eat it, too? You can, if you’re willing to take well-planned detours—I call them “Detours to Discovery.” Many interstates were built parallel to secondary roads or the old road that predated them.
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RVing With Your Pet One Bad Apple

The other day I called a gentleman who had a lot for rent in an RV park that I was interested in renting. By the time I was done with the 10 minute phone call, I was so irritated that I wouldn't have rented from him ever–even if he had a site for rent in the Florida Keys with a cabana attached and a complimentary sailboat –all for $200 a month in the dead of winter. So, you must be wondering why I got so irritated. Well, it was his attitude about the fact that I had the nerve to have a dog.

Once he found out that I had a dog, he started in on a rail about the rules about picking up after your dog. How they were an exclusive park, supposedly the best in the state, and they were all neighbors. So, you have to clean up after your dog, no matter what. People will be watching you. If you don’t pick up just one time, you will be kicked out, etc.

Then, he started in on barking…

If your dog is a barker, you can’t leave him out. (Well, first of all, my dog is a girl!) If he barks too much while you leave him in your motorhome, people will complain. We don't tolerate barking dogs. We are all good neighbors, blah, blah, blah…….
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Miscellaneous Sponsored Section More Gadgets
A Safe LPG System

Safety, safety, safety! Is it really such an issue with recreation vehicles? Yes, yes and yes! If I were to pick just one "Golden Rule" to encompass the entire RV spectrum it would be "Never Compromise the Safety Factor." And in no system is that maxim more important than in the Propane System.

All RVers should know that LPG is one of the most volatile of all products carried in our RVs. Its adaptability to the RVing form of travel is most significant. It can be compressed tightly into a relatively small container and yet it holds within enough energy to truly allow us to be "self–contained." However, one must not view the LPG system with a cavalier attitude. Conversely, respect for and the acceptance of certain LPG related realities make the system a valuable asset. Ignore them and…well, let’s not even go there.

Okay, we all agree, the LPG system should be kept safe. But just what can be done to ensure my safety and that of my recreational investment? Well, for starters, realize that preventive maintenance can be a good thing, an inexpensive insurance policy, if you will. Each appliance within your LPG system requires seasonal maintenance as mandated by the appliance manufacturer. Read through that literature you probably tossed into that bottom drawer. In most cases, maintenance items are not covered by that new coach warranty. But as alluded to earlier, view maintenance as a basic insurance policy.

The primary aspect of a preventive maintenance program for your LPG system is simply this; it is a safety issue. This article will list a few important items in the system we should all consider. They are presented in no specific order of importance. Keep in mind; they do not represent the sum total of everything that needs to be addressed. Many coach owners perform these tasks; however, if you do not feel comfortable doing so, please call your local RV service facility. They will be more than happy to accommodate you.
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Book Of The Month More Books
Cookbook Combo – Cooking on the Road with Celebrity Chefs & Campsite CookbookCookbook Combo – Cooking on the Road with Celebrity Chefs & Campsite Cookbook

Whether you are the seasoned RVer or the occasional weekend tent camper, Woodall's Cookbook Combo is the perfect set to keep in your campsite kitchen. When you feel an urge to spend extra time in your RV kitchen, prepare a delicious meal from a recipe out of Cooking on the Road with Celebrity Chefs. Looking for something easy–to–fix but still healthy to cook on the campfire? Woodall's Campsite Cookbook has the perfect recipe for you. With this cookbook set, you can learn how to whip up Roasted Lamb Loin with Herb and Caper Sauce in your RV or simply prepare barbeque ribs & foil burgers over the campfire coals. Order your set TODAY and let’s starting cooking!

Mark My WOrds
By Mark Nemeth

Hi, All.
I hope your RVing summer is going well. Here are a few general RVing questions and answers for you. Stay cool, and I'll see you next month!

When I run my generator while driving my Class-A, the fumes come into the motorhome, especially into the rear bedroom. Is there a way to prevent this?

Hi, Debbie:
That kind of problem is very dangerous. Please don't run the generator again until you locate the problem and fix it! I would start by looking at the inside of the generator compartment for any obvious damage or openings that could be allowing the exhaust gases to enter the rig. Also take a close look at the generator’s exhaust system to be sure there are no holes in any of the components, and that the tailpipe and all other parts are intact. If everything around the generator looks okay, expand your search to nearby compartments and the sides and underbelly of the rig. There almost has to be an opening somewhere that is allowing the fumes to enter the coach. If you can't find the problem, please take your coach to a dealer and have them look at it. Some RV repair facilities can use a large fan to slightly pressurize the inside of your rig and identify leaks. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, and a running generator produces a staggering amount of CO. Because the RV environment is full of sources of CO, all RVs need to have a permanently installed CO detector!

I have a 1996 Class–C Minnie Winnie. Of course, being that old, it has no slide–outs. I have heard that there are companies that can install a living room slide. Is this possible? Do you have any idea what this would cost? I have heard it is around $1000 a foot. Do you know of anybody that has had this done are they satisfied with the work? Any insight you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks & have a great day. Sincerely, Tedd.

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Made in America
Leatherman Special–Edition Red, White and Blue Micra

Leatherman Special–Edition Red, White and Blue Micra This little keying multi–tool is 10 tools in one, and it's not only 100–percent made in the USA, it's also in your favorite colors–red, white and blue! Leatherman has introduced the special–edition Micra with a commemorative stars and stripes design. Spring–action scissors and nine more, easy–to–use tools make this a must–have accessory that celebrates the heritage of one of America's homegrown companies. Spec's include a 420HC steel knife blade, small screwdriver, medium screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, scissors, nail file/cleaner, bottle opener, ruler and tweezers. It's a great mini–multi–tool to have around for all kinds of jobs when you're out and about, and features a 100–percent stainless steel body, a lanyard ring and key ring attachment. The Red, White and Blue Micra is 2.5 inches long (closed), weighs just 1.8 ounces, and it can be found on for less than $30.

Cooking On The Road area
Article courtesy of Woodall's Campsite Cookbook


1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper
4 slices of onion
4 potatoes, sliced thin
4 tablespoons butter or margarine

Season beef with salt and pepper and shape into 4 patties. Place each patty on a lightly oiled square of heavy–duty foil. Top each with an onion and 1 potato slice. Season with salt and pepper; dot with pat of butter or margarine. Seal package and place on medium–hot coals for about 30 minutes, or until done. Turn package once while cooking. Serves 4.

Miscellaneous Sponsored Section
Even your clothes can be "green"

From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

Clothing made from bamboo fibers? Sure why not? Bamboo–derived clothes can be very "green," even if they are another color. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable natural fibers on earth, grown without pesticides, naturally anti–bacterial and hypoallergenic, breathable, and absorbent. The uniqueness of bamboo being a natural fiber combined with its performance properties makes an ideal fabric for active wear. We found a company called Naturally Bamboo that is a manufacturer of clothing and accessories made from bamboo fiber.

The mission of Naturally Bamboo is to offer comfortable and functional apparel made in an ethical fashion. Naturally Bamboo has manufactured certified organic bamboo/organic cotton clothing since 2007. The summer 2010 apparel line will include men's and women's lifestyle tops, graphic tees, skirts and dresses. The company uses only bamboo that is certified organically grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers by the OCIA and USDA.
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Miscellaneous Sponsored Section
Aching Back From Driving or Sitting? You Can Do Something About It

Woodall's Vacation Club Back pain complaints are the number one worry of most of those who live and love to travel in their RV’s. When I teach a back clinic at rallys it's always to a full house and the back ailments, while they are as many and varied as the typical RV group, are a source of pain, discomfort, and even disability to all. What can you do to alleviate the worst symptoms, and how can you deal with your back problem without spending a fortune on surgery, medications and chiropractic visits?

Avoid sitting for more than two hours at a time. Yes, I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but it is a fact. Sitting, whether you are driving, riding, or otherwise occupied, is very hard on the spine.

"Sitting all day is the worst thing in the world you can do for your back," says Dr. Joel Press, medical director of the Spine and Sports Institute at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
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Camping Life's Corner
Campfire Safety

From the Pages of Camping Life Magazine

Fire safety in camp is not just about helping Smokey the Bear prevent forest fires; it’s also about personal safety. So how do we manage our campfires in a way that helps promote forest health and prevent painful burn injuries?

We can begin by observing these campfire safety tips:

Choose your firebase wisely. Build campfires on mineral soil, not organic material that can catch fire or smolder, even after the fire looks as if it has been put out.

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Camping Bloopers

Generator Vs Jeep

We were camped in Denver when my wife and daughter just locked our motorhome door and I was talking to our neighbor when I heard this electric motor humming sound. I started looking around when we saw the generator slide out being extended from the front of our motorhome and into my Jeep that was parked about 2 ft. away. It hit the front tow brackets and pushed the car backwards dislodging the front grill.

I opened the door and found our dog looking out the side window with his paw on the slide out switch on the ledge under the driver’s side window.

Joseph Tovo, Sr

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RV Buying Tips
RV Selling Tip, By RV Search

Tip: Safety First When Meeting Potential Buyers

Remember your personal safety when selling your RV. Meet a potential buyer on your terms not theirs, at a place of your choice where you are familiar with the territory. Insist on your own route for a test drive and have someone follow you. Unless you know the buyer personally, it’s best to exercise a bit of caution to protect your well–being.

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