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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



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



WHEN ISN’T A PULL-BEHIND AN RV?

December 26, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Leave a Comment 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers At the end of my previous RV.net posting, I printed a comment from reader Mary Hansen and my response.  Mary wrote: “The description ‘Vicki’ gives doesn’t really clarify (how to make a reservation at Recreation.gov) for me. It’s a very convoluted description. In addition, it didn’t address our situation: we drive a small motorhome (on wheels with cooking and other living accommodations) AND we tow a small car. Is our car a trailer? Which sort of lot would we fit on? Thanks for trying to clarify the situation for us all (love especially your photo mash-up!) but you didn’t include a toad in your pics either!” I sent a follow-up question to Recreation.gov, which resulted in this email [I bold-faced elements in her response]: Dear Barry Zander, Thank you for using Recreation.gov for your camping needs.  It is my pleasure to assist you today. We are sorry for any confusion the website terminology has caused.  

For the purpose of making a federal camping reservation at www.Recreation.gov, an “RV” refers to an all-inclusive wheeled camping unit that may be driven on its own (often known as a “motor home.”)  A “trailer” is referencing a wheeled camping unit that is being pulled or towed by another vehicle.  (Many campgrounds include fifth wheels in the “Trailer” category, because a fifth wheel is not drivable on its own.) 

If... 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



FREE DOWNLOAD: RV Camping Novel on Kindle

July 27, 2013 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a fun FREE novel for Kindle readers with an RV camping theme. “Going Nowhere Fast” (http://goo.gl/cpOc5h) tells the story of two early retirees who’ve got a new truck, an Airstream travel trailer, and a DEAD BODY in their trailer bathroom. Yep, it’s an Airstream murder mystery set in (where else) the Grand Canyon. Get it now! This Kindle book is free today, July 28. Any novel with an RV on the cover is worth a look - especially if it's FREE! (Click the pic to see the book page.) Here’s an excerpt from the Going Nowhere Fast description: Joe and Dottie Loudermilk are all set for the perfect early retirement. Joe’s an ex-cop, and Dottie’s a former English teacher, and as soon as the “SOLD” sign goes up on the lawn in front of their longtime Los Angeles home, they intend to take their brand new Ford pickup truck and Airstream trailer wherever the great American highway leads. Unfortunately, fate is determined to have two forms of trouble dog their every step: murder and their five incorrigible grown children. In Dottie’s own words, the Loudermilk brood “go to school, but take pains not to learn anything remotely useful; date weird people and adhere to Mickey Mouse religions…And give birth to grandchildren from hell (whom they raise) like goldfish won at a church carnival.” In this introductory adventure, Joe and Dottie visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, where they’re immediately confronted... Read more



GETTING TO KNOW THE LOCALS

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers The famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, sitting atop "erratic" rock formations I’m not much for giving you statistics, but here are two about the “Never-Boreds::  1) we have gone more than 10,000 miles since beginning this trip in California on March 19, and 2) we Monique's photo in Lunenburg have stopped for at least one night in 450 places since 2006 – ranging from National Parks and private campgrounds to Walmarts and friends’ driveways. Now for some additional Canadian phenomena. We use diesel in our truck, so I rarely pay much attention to the gas prices, but my recent research indicates that diesel is running 1 cent less per liter than gasoline.  What does that mean to 10-gallon-hat wearing Americans?  3.8 liters equals a gallon, so it means if you buy 3.8 liters of gas or diesel at $1.285 per liter, you’re paying about $4.88 per gallon.  But what the heck, it’s beautiful up here in Nova Scotia.  Oh, incidentally, the Canadian and U.S. dollars are about the same right now. When Monique’s brother from France traveled with us in the American West, he noted how many places flew the Stars & Stripes … “You don’t see that many flags in France,” he told us.  In these Atlantic provinces of Canada, I think we see more red maple leaf flags and symbols fluttering in the breeze than stars and bars in America.  HOWEVER, go to New Orleans and you’ll see Saints emblems... Read more



LIVING HISTORY IN NEW ENGLAND

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers “History”: Remember Fifth Grade when you learned the words “Plymouth Rock”?  And there were all those other names, like Lord Baltimore, Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Roger Williams, William Penn, Benedict Arnold, etc., etc.  Since arriving in the colonial states of the East, we often find these names as part of the landscape on the narrow roads we A Motorhome nests among the Provincetown area dunes travel. If it's New England, there's gotta be a lighthouse photo Plus others, like “Moby Dick” author Herman Melville, The Kennedys’ hide-away Hyannis Port, Explorers John Cabot and Henry Hudson, Captain John Paul Jones, and seaman Nathan Hale, Chappaquiddick, portrait painter Gilbert Stuart, radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi … around every curve is another name that I had heard but with which I had not become personally acquainted.   There are many more and, I’m sure, many more to come in the weeks ahead. The bell rang – move to “Geography” class.  In doing a bit of research on the computer (working off battery in our dry-camping situation) I discovered that there are only four Maritime Provinces.  It changed in 2001 when Newfoundland and Labrador officially merged.  The other three, Prince Edwards Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have stood their ground, so to speak. Moving along to “Science.” I mentioned that I did online research.  Here’s fact that amazes us: ... Read more



D.C.

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers Washington, D.C. – I would call it the “phoniest” town we’ve seen.  Walking on the streets and through museums, around monuments and restaurants and on the Metrorail subway system, seems like everyone has a cellphone up to his or her ear, although they may be listening to music on an I-pod.  What did you think when I called Washington, D.C., the “phoniest” town? In the Museum of African Art With one exception, I would describe what we’ve experienced a notable, memorable stop along our route.  It’s been years since we both visited the nation’s capital.  We carried our impressions back with us and supplemented that with new appreciation of the grandeur of it all. We feel like we did it right. The first trip into the city (except for following our GPS’s routing of us through the plate of spaghetti they call freeways and roads) had us boarding a Gray Lines Tours bus for “DC at Night.”  We knew we would have a chance to revisit the must-see sights in the daytime; so, seeing it at night gave us a whole different perspective. Best of all, the crowds, especially the hordes of hyperactive school kids (mostly on cellphones), were more manageable when climbing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the numerous other sights we took in that night.  Even the long line of tour buses after 9 p.m. was mind-bending. We read this week that the National Mall in Washington has more visitors than Yosemite,... Read more



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