What is a Travel Trailer?

A Travel Trailer is probably one of the most flexible and versatile RVs in the marketplace today. Models can include smaller units with basic features to larger units with triple slide-outs, two bedrooms and all the comforts and conveniences of home. They range from a compact 13-foot unit able to be towed with a car to 36-foot units requiring a pickup truck or other truck-based tow vehicle. And, of course, everything in between.

Floorplans and amenities in Travel Trailers are almost endless.  Options can include zero, one, two or three slide-outs, one or two entry/exit doors, full size bed(s) and/or bunk beds, compact or full-size refrigerators, stoves with ovens, multiple dining facilities, full bathroom facilities with a tub/shower, and the list goes on and on.

Camping Recipe: Chilaquiles with Blistered Tomatillo Salsa and Eggs

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 4

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grill
  • 2 pounds tomatillos (about 20 medium), husks removed, rinsed
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 large white onion, quartered through root end
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 10-ounce bag yellow corn tortilla chips
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata (salted dry ricotta), crumbled
  • Hot sauce and cilantro leaves

Preparation

  • Prepare campfire for medium-high heat; lightly oil grate. Grill tomatillos and jalapeños, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and beginning to collapse, 8–10 minutes; transfer to a cutting board.
  • Meanwhile, grill onion, turning occasionally, until charred and beginning to soften, 10–12 minutes; transfer to cutting board with charred tomatillos and jalapeños.
  • Finely chop tomatillos, chiles, and onion and transfer to a large skillet. Add lime juice and toss to combine; season salsa with salt and pepper. Set aside (keep in skillet).
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in another large skillet on camp stove over medium-high. Crack eggs into skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, rotating skillet occasionally, until whites are golden brown and crisp at the edges and set around the yolk (which should still be runny), about 2 minutes.
  • Heat reserved salsa on camp stove over medium just to warm through. Mix in black beans and tortilla chips and cook, tossing and adding up to ¼ cup water if needed to loosen, until chips are just softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve chilaquiles in skillet topped with eggs, dollops of yogurt, ricotta salata, hot sauce, and cilantro.

Ultimate Camping Survival Guide Checklist

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Camping is a blast but is no small undertaking. If you are going to survive, you’ve got to be prepared! How do you know if you’re ready to take on Mother Nature for an overnight adventure or a multi-day stay? Here’s a quick survival guide checklist that will prepare you for any outdoor excursion! There’s one question to ask yourself: are you READY?

Research 

The first thing you should do before braving the elements is research. You need to investigate where you plan to camp, how you plan to get there, and what you should expect. Where you plan to camp is essential. You can read reviews on your perspective campsites to help you decide which site is best for you. You may want to call the campgrounds or park services ahead of time to see if any part of the park is under construction or closed for maintenance. Next, you need to know how to get to and from your site. Don’t expect your smartphone to have service out in the sticks, you’ll need to plan ahead and maybe even take a trail map with you to ensure you don’t get lost. Lastly, but most importantly, you need to research what you should expect wherever you plan to camp. First, check the weather. You want to know and plan accordingly if there’s a chance of rain. Also, check to see what the wildlife is in the area and what you should do in the event that you have a run in with any dangerous critters. Research if you will be around water, if there are any poisonous plants or snakes around, and plan to pack accordingly. Before you set out on your adventure, ask yourself if you have done adequate research.

Equipment

cool-camping-gear-hd-wallpaper-2It seems fairly obvious to make sure you have the right equipment before heading out, but all too often campers get caught up in the excitement and forget crucial camping elements. Set yourself up for success by double checking your equipment list. Do you have a tent that will be able to withstand the seasonal weather? Don’t think that your summer tent will be able to hack it in the winter months. Likewise, do you have the means necessary to collect firewood? It’s idealistic to think you will be able to collect enough dry, fallen, loose sticks to start and maintain a quality fire. Plan ahead by bringing a saw or starter logs. Don’t forget a lighter, either.Is your sleeping bag going to be able to withstand the chillier months? Will you need to bring a chair for sitting by the fire? If you plan to hammock, do you have the necessary straps and hooks? One helpful tip is to envision what you see yourself doing at your campsite and then filling in the blanks with the things you’ve forgotten.

Adequate Food

camping-food-1024x768There are tons of studies that break down exactly how many calories you need each day and what the percentage of carbs, fats, and proteins should be. Add meal planning to your research list and plan accordingly. It’s important that you take a practical amount of food on your trip. If you snack throughout the day on a regular basis, don’t assume that you are magically not going to get hungry until mealtime. Likewise, don’t go crazy at Wal-Mart to stock up for your trip. Remember that you have to transport all of those goods to wherever it is you’ll be staying. And the more extra food you have lying around at night, the more likely you are to have critter visitors.

Daily clothing

backpacking-clothes-summerNobody wants to overpack when going camping. After all, you’re supposed to be roughing it out there and you likely don’t want to lug a heavy load all throughout the woods. However, it is important to make sure that you pack enough clothing for your trip. Regardless of how long your camping adventure is, it’s good to bring at least one extra set of clothes. Here’s why: you never know what the weather will do. If a sudden storm rolls in, you likely won’t see it coming because you won’t have internet access. Likewise, you may find yourself completely sweating out your duds while trekking to and setting up your campsite. If your clothes are damp throughout the night it will be difficult for your body to heat itself up. Trust us on this one, you want to have at least one extra set of clothing just in case.

You’re forgetting…..

– That hygiene is still important even though you’re in the woods; bring a toothbrush and deodorant at the very least.

– That you have to drive home; don’t lock your keys in your car or lose them on your adventure.

r1wzlg4s.qigDoNotForget-PostItThat you will likely not have restroom access; bring a shovel and toilet paper (and a disposable bag so you don’t litter).

– That your phone might die or not work; bring a map and battery operated headlamp and alarm clock (assuming you need to get up by a certain time).

– That you might get hurt out there; hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol are always good to have on hand incase you end up with a cut and want to keep it clean.

Are the wheels turning yet? These are just a few things you might forget. Be sure to double check and think back over any areas you might be forgetting in addition to this list!

All Seasons RV Center

Are you READY to camp? Come see us in Yuba City, CA and let us help you plan your next camping adventure. Our wide selection of RVs and friendly sales team will be happy to help as you plan a trip that’s perfect for you!

2015 JAYCO JAY SERIES SPORT 12UD

The 2015 Jay Series Sport delivers all the comforts of a pop-up camper at a price you can afford. Boasting 1,050-lb. rated bunk ends and convertible dinettes, you can forget sleeping on the ground.

RV Holiday Gift Ideas

1. Gift Cards: Gift Cards are simply the perfect item for the minimalist RVer. Most RVers are pretty picky about what they want in their rigs and this gives them the opportunity to chose exactly what they want, when they want it…and not an excess item more. Whether it be Amazon,Walmart, Target, Camping World, Kindle, Pre-Paid Fuel Cards, or any other store your heart desires you really cannot go wrong with this approach.

2. Cool & Useful Tools: No RV ever has the complete compliment of tools and there are several super-useful and inexpensive ones which every RVer will love:

  •  Thermal Gun – For checking RV tire temps, food temps, ground temps or even your forehead. There are at least 101 uses for this thing in an RV and you can get a decent one such as this basic one for $25 or slightly fancier one for $50.
  • Compact Flashlight – Everyone can use a super-mini flashlight especially when you’ve dropped your favorite do-diddy for the 20th time into an RV black hole (yes, RVs have many of these). And you can always use more than one. You can buy a cheap Mini Creed for $6 or a snazzy Protac one for $40. Or go mobile trendy and get one for your head.

3. Pet Stuff: An RVer with pets will always appreciate the gesture of something for their special furry family. Send your doggie-pal a natural rawhide chips or meaty bag of treats or buy your kitty-lover this techno-cool and very compact thermal mat. And who doesn’t appreciate a little extra help to pick-up pet hair?

4. Really, Really Good Maps: Yes, the actual paper thingies. Any RVer worth his salt will love getting a good quality paper map. Anyone who’s been on the road any length of time knows you can’t always trust your GPS and there are many interesting and unusual places your software simply won’t be able to take you. They come out with new map versions each year and the upgrade is always welcome. For overall planning we really like the Rand McNally spiral-bound jobs, but for boondocking, finding BLM land boundaries and detailed work the Benchmark Map series are simply the best.

 

5. Stuff Made By Other RVers!! How much cooler does gift-giving get than sending an RVer something made by another RVer?

Holiday Travel Tips

thanksgiving-clip-art-turkey-with-brown-hatThanksgiving is almost here and many of you will be traveling to spend the holiday with family and friends.  Traveling can be hectic during the holidays so make sure you and your RV are prepared. Here are a few holiday travel tips to make sure your travel plans go smoothly.

Prep your RV

The first and most important thing is to make sure your RV is ready for travel.  Fluids need to be topped off, tires checked, heating/cooling lines checked, and so on. If you know how to do all these things, Great! Otherwise visit an RV dealership near you for a full check up.

Plan your Route

Mapping out your driving route to your destination before you set out will make navigating easier on you and your co-pilot. If you have a GPS system, pre-load your destination into your GPS system before hand to avoid trying to enter it on the road.  Most navigation systems now come with automatic updates but you may want to check your GPS to ensure you have up-to-date maps to avoid any unwanted detours.  Phone navigation apps also have the ability to alert drivers of any road closures and detours due to construction.

Leave Early

No one wants to show up late for Thanksgiving dinner.  If you have the ability to leave early for your holiday travel, do so.  There are many factors that can cause delays in your travel plans, such as weather, construction, and any additional stops that can slow you down, such as getting a flat tire.  Any RV or vehicle maintenance issues can hinder your plans by an hour, up to 24 hours or more depending on the severity of the issue.  GPS systems and smart phone apps are wonderful at using your location to find nearby garages that can hopefully resolve any issues quickly and get you back on the road.

Research Campgrounds

If your travel plans involve staying overnight, research campgrounds along your route.  Make sure they have the right type of hookups you’ll need for your RV and any amenities that are necessary for you and your family.  The website www.campgroundviews.com lets you take a first-hand look at campsites through videos and pictures that users have uploaded to the website.  Campers review these campgrounds and post pictures for all to see so you know what to expect before you book.

Traveling with Kids

Road trips with kids can be exhausting and traveling with them can bring new obstacles. Pack games and books and movies that will keep the kids occupied in between stops, and research unique and interesting spots close to your route that will keep the nagging phrase “Are we there yet?” at bay.  The good thing about traveling in an RV is that there is more room for kids to move about while on the road. Playing games such as the license plate game gets the whole family involved and will pass the time quickly.

Holiday travel can be stressful, so whether you are traveling just a couple hours or traveling a couple days, make sure you plan ahead for your RV road trips this holiday season.