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BACKING UP, PARK RANGERS AND BAJA

March 19, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers “Hi Barry, is it you who writes the RV blog?” arrived today in my inbox.  That was how Keith, with whom I worked in the ‘70s, contacted me [Believe it or not, there are other Barry Zanders in the world, including one who may have skipped out without paying at a restaurant I frequented with potential clients]. “It is I … with my wife Monique, we are the Never-Bored RVers.” “Fantastic! Yes I’ve read your blogs, and they are very informative. We started RVing two years ago. We bought a Forest River Wildcat and have taken it out the past two summers and plan to do more this year. [My wife and I] usually go out West since my son lives in Lander, WY, and we both love the West.  I [now work part time] for my association and can basically do the work anywhere I can get a WiFi hookup so we should be traveling more. On our bucket list is to visit all the primary National Parks and have been to almost 40 of them. So maybe we’ll meet on the trail somewhere. “We’re headed out in... Read more



ANGELS IN MEXICO

March 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Our drive down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula took us along Hwy. 1, a very narrow and winding passage with no room to move off the blacktop.  Through desert and rocky hills, it passes scarce outposts of civilization where few people, if any, speak English. POW! We heard the blowout on a trailer tire.  I looked to the right and realized we were 10 feet from a Pemex gas station, the Mexican-owned system of fueling stops with mini-markets.  I pulled in just POW! enough to get us out of the road.  Ten minutes later the “Green Angels” arrived to change my tire. The Green Angels is a posse of government-sponsored multi-talented people, ready to help and protect tourists plying the remote spaces of Mexico.  Fantasy RV Tours, with whom we were traveling, had hired them to escort our RV caravan for the entire trip, and, I assure you, no members of our troupe were as thankful to Our heroes -- Tony & Isaiah have them along as Monique and I. I have often written and spoken about how RV caravans are not journeys where rigs all travel in a queue.  That’s obviously not always true, because on our 1,200-mile round-trip, our 14 rigs mostly stayed together, almost always in sight of the rig in front of us.  It’s not a command, but it seemed like the best way to travel these precarious roads. When one travel trailer in our band tried to leave room for a motorhome to exit first from a resort RV park, the truck... Read more



VIDEO: “Top 5 Places to RV Camp” in the USA

March 5, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Subscribers to our YouTube Channel already know about this latest video. (Subscriptions are FREE and found at http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=walkaboutgroup) Our new show will address key questions about RV camping and travel that we’ve received from viewers over the years. Of course, one of the most popular questions is always, “What’s your favorite place to go RV camping?” We decided to answer the question in this video. In a landscape as diverse and beautiful as the United States, we couldn’t pick just one. You can watch the new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzIET2FrnW4 More to come. Got any more topics you want us to gab about?  Read More →



ANSWERING QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM YOU

January 12, 2014 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Yesterday I was macerating.  What’s that, you may ask.  Check out my website at http://ontopoftheworld.bz/category/barrys-travel-blog-3/ for a full explanation with photos.  I first learned about it six years ago in Key West but didn’t try it until this week.  Monique are I are in the throes of preparing for 10 days in the high desert of Arizona, where we will witness an expanse of nothingness blossom, beginning with the huge white canvas tent already up and awaiting us and up to a million folks with interests common to yours.  That cavernous tent will contain endless RV-related booths [look for us behind booth No. 401 next to one of the western entrances].  Outside on the perimeter of the tent will be more service and product vendors including gem and mineral sellers, plus a long RV repair garage.  Beyond that is free parking flanked by hundreds of flea-market-type booths. Me leaving the show a couple of years ago -- OVERLOADED! Across Interstate-10 is the desert town of Quartzsite, which, in addition to rock and “collectibles” shops now has fast-food restaurants and cafes, groceries, gas stations and other essential services.  On down the road … or really roads … are private RV parks (we’ve heard differing stories about whether there are spaces available or not) and radiating outward even further are miles of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scrub lands, where RVers park for free, boondocking... Read more



OUR PERSONAL MESSAGE TO YOU

December 30, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers This is our 57th posting to RV.net this year – a voluntary, unpaid effort for which our reward has been getting to know you through your comments and crossing paths along the highways and byways of North America.  In the past year, we stopped in 30 states and 4 provinces, each of which has made us richer by allowing us to get to know more people and being able to share our experiences with you. Memories of our Travels in British Columbia It’s tiring to realize that we stopped in 93 different places for at least one night in 2013.  And it’s amazing that since not knowing anything about RVs just eight years ago, we have now rested our rig 476 times in every type of camping spot imaginable.  Ah, the adventures we have had, meaning there are still lots of stories to tell! Getting to know the people of North America: that’s what I always consider the best part of RV traveling.  We appreciate the variety of scenery on our journeys and take great interest in the history of places, both of which continue to earn us the “Never-Bored” label, but it’s mingling with people that really sticks with us. In line with that, I want to add a message of condolence.  We, the readers of RV.net and other blog sites, have lost a friend with James "Butterbean" Carpenter the passing of James “Butterbean” Carpenter, who was a frequent contributor to the comments section.  I have more to say about Butterbean... Read more



Apps for Travelers: Field Trip and Historical Markers

December 27, 2013 by Chris Guld · Leave a Comment 

We spent some time in the Portland area this summer and one day we took a delightful walk on the Washington side of the Columbia river.  The city of Vancouver maintains a wonderful paved path for a couple of miles along the river’s edge and we were out for some exercise.  Along the way, we were intrigued by a statue of beautiful woman.  We assumed this statue represented Sacagawea, but, as we admired it, the smartphone in my pocket rang a special alert letting me know that the Field Trip App had some information for me.  Aha!  It was an informational card on this statue. We were wrong, this wasn’t Sacagawea at all.  The card that popped up on my screen informed us that this was the Ilchee Moon Girl, daughter of Chinook Chief Concomley and, later, wife of  Chief Casinos leader in Vancouver area.  According to the card, the Ilchee Moon Girl had the power of a Shaman and she paddled her own canoe, the sign of a chief.  Cool! Read Historical Markers while you Drive Both Jim and I love history and we would love to stop every time we see a road sign that says, “Historical Marker Ahead,” but we find that is near impossible when you’re traveling in a motorhome towing a car.  I have the Historical Marker Database app on our smartphones, but I’ve learned that all of that information is now incorporated in the Field Trip app.  Now, whenever I see the sign “Historical Marker Ahead,” I will also hear that special ring on my phone.  I pick up my phone and look at... Read more



BUSY PLACES: NATURAL SPACES

December 22, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Monique and I are looking forward to saying “Hello” to fellow RVers at the giant show in Quartzsite, Arizona, January 18-26. I’m going to ask your indulgence for a while.  To keep my often too-long RV.net blogs a bit shorter, I want to give you the gist of my articles and suggest that you log onto my website for the rest of the story.  Today’s edition is a perfect example.  I wrote an article a year ago about the destinations chosen by RV.net readers.  Since it vanished somewhere between Point A and Point B, I’ve republished it on my website:  http://ontopoftheworld.bz/.  And I should add, I’m not trying to sell anything (unless you’re interested in one or more of my photos of North America). BUSY PLACES: Enough pregame chatter, time to get to the good stuff.  Recently I came across two “favorite lists” that I found interesting.  The first lists the “Travelers’ Choice 2013” of favorite cities to visit published by TripAdvisor.  I’m not sure how the “travelers” made their selections, but the number of attractions in the selected areas probably influences it.  For instance, New York, the #1 choice, has dozens of museums, historic sites, entertainment, etc. The sights and sounds of Chinatown in San Francisco make visiting a memorable experience. So now, the Top 10 American cities, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy:  After New York comes San Francisco, then Chicago, Las Vegas... Read more



WHEN IS A TRAILER AN RV?

November 18, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I’ve been confused for years by the terminology on two park reservations sites:  Recreation.gov and ReserveAmerica.com.  When asking what type of site I’m looking for, among the choices are “RV” and “Trailer.” We have a trailer, but it’s also an RV; so, which one is the correct selection.  After mentioning this to a friend earlier this week, I decided to get the definitive answer on behalf of all owners of RVs of the various classes.  Here’s what I was told by Vicki, customer service representative for Recreation.gov, ReserveAmerica.com, and ActiveNetwork.com: Dear Mr. Zander, Thank you for using Recreation.gov for your camping needs.   It is my pleasure to assist you today. A “standard site” will accommodate 1 RV/trailer/wheeled camping unit with 1 tent, or if there is not an RV/trailer/wheeled camping unit on the site, it will accommodate up to 2 tents.  An “RV only” site will only accommodate 1 RV/wheeled camping unit (no tents allowed) and “Tent only” will usually accommodate up to 2 tents unless specified otherwise.  I hope this information will assist your further. We appreciate your business and I hope you enjoy the beautiful camping season. That does answer my original question.  Thank you.  But my next question is, “What is a ‘trailer,’ as differentiated in the list of types of sites from an ‘RV’?” Vicki replied: An RV is one large... Read more



IS ALASKA IN YOUR PLANS FOR 2014? PART III

November 4, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Comments from readers about their experiences in Alaska. FROM GEORGETHEFISHERMAN — I wonder if you could elaborate on the comment “you can’t expect Medicare to pick up a share of the costs.”  Why not? Don’t the docs and hospitals there accept Medicare (I understand not in BC, but what about Alaska?)  I really enjoyed the first two installments, can hardly wait for third.  You convinced me that Alaska is definitely somewhere I want to go, and probably will join a caravan to go.  Excellent article! REPLY FROM BARRY – Yes, in Alaska, Medicare is accepted.  It’s an interesting sensation after traveling through British Columbia and the Yukon — upon arrival in Alaska, you soon realize that you’re in the United States with the same healthcare system, same money, same phone service, etc.  And here is a reader’s response about Medicare in western Canada: FROM K. P. McCLANAHAN — You might want to recheck your comment about Medicare services in Canada.  Page 52, “Medicare and You” 2014:  ”Medicare may pay for inpatient hospital, doctor, or ambulance services you get in a foreign country in these rare cases: “You’re traveling through Canada without unreasonable delay by the most direct route between Alaska and another state when a medical emergency occurs, and the Canadian hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition,... Read more



IS ALASKA IN YOUR PLANS FOR 2014? PART II

October 31, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Now let’s consider all those bad things you have or will hear about the journey through Western Canada into Alaska; and to be sure, there are very real negatives, some that you may not have considered. How many times have you heard, “Don’t get your windshield repaired until you get back”?  That’s good advice; however, damage is not a chronic Alaskan malady.  The Zanders were #13 in a caravan, which I’ll discuss later.  Of the 19 rigs in our group, fewer than half suffered windshield dings while on the trip.  Of those, few happened while we were in Canada or Alaska.  Two windshield bull’s-eyes were in Washin From Top, Athabaskan Dancers, Emerald Lake near Skagway, Salmon Catch, An Orca Swims By gton State, another in Oregon.  For us, in our GMC 2500 diesel pulling a 10,000-pound 28-foot Bigfoot trailer, no dings … lots of mud on highways being reconstructed but no damage.  It’s a matter of not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The trip is an expensive endeavor.  No way around that, but if you’re frugal in traveling the Lower 48, it won’t be much different up there.  Four Canadian liters of fuel – slightly more than a gallon — cost us about $3.75 in 2010 (now about $4.20 p/g).  In dire need of diesel on a very remote stretch, we paid $2.00 a liter – more than $8.00 a gallon, but the fellow pumping the gas assured me that the station pays $1,000 a day for electricity. ... Read more



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