A Brief History of Route 66

All Seasons RV is a proud member of the ROUTE 66 RV Network, the largest network of independent RV dealers in North America. But not too many people know the real history of America’s Mother Road. Time magazine offers a great summary here: 

For nearly six decades, a two-lane road, running 2,448 miles, connected Chicago to Los Angeles. It was the path to Western promise for “Okies” escaping the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, the road under the soles of American nomads like Jack Kerouac. Route 66 was once considered an essential artery, its travelers a measure of America’s pulse. But by the mid-1980s, the road was deemed obsolete.

 Twenty-five years ago on June 27, Route 66 was decommissioned. But even as the no-tell motels and mom-and-pop shops along the road disappeared, the fables of America’s “Mother Road” continued to ramble on.

In the 1920s, federal highway officials, faced with growing automobile ownership (registered motor vehicles grew from 500,000 in 1910 to almost 10 million in 1920) and the impracticality of disjointed, named trails, began to develop a numbered road system. Oklahoma real estate agent and coal company owner Cyrus Avery worked with John Woodruff, a highway proponent, to advocate a diagonal roadway running from Chicago to Los Angeles. 

As an Oklahoman, Avery, who was also largely responsible for getting America’s Main Street its name, lobbied for the route because it would redirect traffic from Kansas City, Mo., and Denver and boost the state’s prosperity. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) initially named the road Route 60 and then Route 62. 

Avery “strenuously objected” to the switch, even penning a letter to AASHTO executive secretary William Markham saying, “You are making a joke of the interstate highway.” On April 30, 1926, the route was renamed. Avery became known as the “Father of Route 66,” with Springfield, Mo., its birthplace.

 

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!

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.

Best Vehicles for Towing your RV

Trailer-TowingTowing an RV can wreak havoc on your gas tank and your bank account. When choosing an RV you have to keep in mind how much weight your vehicle can handle, the distances you will be traveling, and the overall maneuvering you will have to accomplish with your current vehicle.

Larger fifth wheels and travel trailers are going to require a vehicle with a big engine such as a large SUV or pick up truck to be able to handle the weight.

Dodge Durango SUV/Chevy Silverado 3500HD

One consumer said on campercommunity.com that he traded in his 1500 diesel engine Dodge pick up for a 2500 diesel engine Dodge when his transmission started going out after pulling his 25 ft fifth wheel long distances. He recommends if you own a longer fifth wheel, to go with a 3500 Dodge/Chevy or a 350 Ford because you get a better turn radius as well as enough torque to pull your trailer.

If you are pulling a smaller travel trailer or pop up camper, a smaller SUV such as a crossover or 4wd Jeep, pick up, or larger 6 cylinder car should suffice. Although a larger vehicle will not run through as much gas on longer trips.

There are many factors to consider when buying an RV. Many people don’t think about the type of vehicle you have to be able to tow your unit. That’s why you rely on the staff at the dealership to remind you of these things. And the friendly staff at All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, CA are here to help you choose wisely! So, stop on by and let us help you pick the RV that suits your needs!

RV Tailgating Fun

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Are you ready for some fun and football?! ‘Tis the season for packing up the old Rv and heading to your favorite team’s  tailgating party with friends and family. If you are looking for some fun games to play while you are waiting to head into the big game, we’ve got 2 of the hottest new tailgating games around.

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Basket Pong
Basket Pong puts the newest twist on beer pong.  Brought to you by Xtreme Pong Sports, basket pong is similar to regular beer pong, except you are trying to hit various cups that are fastened to a basketball like backboard. You can purchase a kit for full court (2 sets of backboards) or half court (1 backboard), each with 8 slots to make your own patterns, or to increase or decrease difficulty.

The kit itself is lightweight, weighing only 12 lbs for a half court kit, and measures in at the same size as a briefcase or portfolio, making it easy to stow away and carry around in your RV.  The kits come with a backboard, post, 9 cup holder rings, and 4 ping pong balls.   Once erect, the “basket pong hoop” can stand up to 6 feet tall.  You can also purchase the over the door kit, perfect for dorm rooms.

Visit http://www.basketpong.com today to purchase your kit and get ready to challenge your friends or family to a fun game of Basket Pong!

Hockey Sauce Toss
The other newest craze in tailgating games is Sauce Toss.  The Original Sauce Toss game is played much like “corn hole” or “bags” for the hockey fanatic.  The object of the game is to toss your “puck” into the net to score a goal.  The first team to make it to 11 or 21 points is the winner.  You can play 1 on 1, 2 on 2, or solo to enhance your hockey skills.

Each kit comes with a net, 2-5 pucks, and synthetic ice board but you’ll need your own hockey stick.  Similar to Basket Pong, you can purchase full or half kits, and a fun water kit.  The Original Hockey sauce game comes with real pucks, the party kit comes with plastic pucks perfect for playing in large crowds such as tailgating, and water kit that floats on water for a fun filled pool party.

Hockey Sauce Toss is sure to turn heads and have people wanting to join in!  Visit http://www.hockeysaucekit.com to purchase your kit today.

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Heading out to the big game? Stop by All Seasons RV Center to pick up your last minute Rv tailgating supplies.

3 Great Meal Ideas for Camping

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Here are 3 great go-to recipes you can enjoy camping or at home:

 

1. Breakfast in a Bag

Cook Method: Stove Top

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Temp: Medium-High

Ingredient List:

  • Diced cooked ham
  • Crumbled pieces of cooked bacon
  • Chopped onion
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Grated pepper jack cheese
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 boilable resealable bag

Directions:

Crack eggs into resealabe bag and break them by shaking the bag. Next add in all of your ingredients into the bag with the eggs. Then open the bag just enough to squeeze out all of the extra air. Set this aside while you boil a pot of water. Now all you have to do is add the bag into the boiling water and let it cook until the eggs are done. Salsa also goes great with this.

2. Breakfast Pouch

Cook Method: Campfire or on a grill

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Temp: Low fire or medium on grill

Ingredient List:

  • Sausage links
  • Shredded cheese such as cheddar or pepper jack
  • Frozen hash browns or diced potatoes
  • 1-2 Eggs
  • Diced tomatoes and chives
  • Aluminum foil

Directions:

First use your aluminum foil to create a packet. It’s going to contain all of the ingredients so make sure it’s decent size. Next add in your sausage links I usually cut mine up. Then add in a handful of hash browns or diced potatoes, 1-2 eggs, tomatoes and chives and seal it up so no steam can escape during the cooking process. Let it cook either on a low campfire or on a grill for 15-20 minutes. Next open your packet and sprinkle cheese over top. Seal back up for just a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Egg and Chorizo Burritos

Cook Method: Stove Top

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Temp: Medium

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of charizo
  • 6-12 eggs
  • 6 to 12 tortillas
  • Sriracha

Directions:

Remove outer coating from the chorizo. Cook over medium heat until done. Next add in desired amount of eggs. When you add your eggs in make sure you coat the chorizo so it mixes in perfectly. Then grill up your tortillas until they have a nice color. There you have it! I like to add a bit of Sriracha to mine to give it an extra kick.