Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rodanthe rebuilds, rebounds after Irene ::

Rodanthe rebuilds, rebounds after Irene ::

via Rodanthe rebuilds, rebounds after Irene ::

So great to see and hear that it is open again after such a horrible storm damage. Sure hope to see it some day soon, but to all of you who can please stop by for  a few days and see the NEW KOA in Cape Hatteras, I am sure it will be appreciated.

Do you need a special license to drive an RV? | | Kalispell, Montana

Do you need a special license to drive an RV? | | Kalispell, Montana

via Do you need a special license to drive an RV? | | Kalispell, Montana.

This is getting to be a sticky point for some states and as this article says the feds are looking into some kind of upgrading to your driving license for driving and rv.  States like CA and PA are two states at this time that do require and upgrade to your driving license to drive a motorhome and large trailers. But all this is all about too change as time goes on so keep your eyes forward and your ears pealed and I hope I will see something in the future on this topic and will post it for all the read and weep.

Cougar unveils new ‘party deck’ fifth wheel | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information

Cougar unveils new ‘party deck’ fifth wheel | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information

via Cougar unveils new ‘party deck’ fifth wheel | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information.


This is a very great idea to finally add this feature to a regular 5th wheel (has been available in toy boxes for a couple of years) but it looks like a great floor plan from these picture and description. hope to see on next year when I go to a show, let everyone know if you see one first.

Airstream Trailer – Truck Trend Legends

Airstream Trailer – Truck Trend Legends

via Airstream Trailer – Truck Trend Legends.

This is a great article about the life of an airstream trailer, some great pictures and statements, take a moment and let your mind wonder in the past.

Roadtrek introduces bold, new interior design | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information

Roadtrek introduces bold, new interior design | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information

via Roadtrek introduces bold, new interior design | RV Daily Report | Breaking RV Industry News and Campground Information.

I have seen many motorhome company’s do this (black/ebony) interior, as I will agree it does give a richer look than some past interiors from road tech, I personally do not like any black interiors as it is to dark. I have a cherry interior in my 5th wheel and if I were to purchase something new it would most likely be very similar. But some must like as many are doing this.

How to Lengthen an RV Bed | TrailerLifeTV

How to Lengthen an RV Bed | TrailerLifeTV

via How to Lengthen an RV Bed | TrailerLifeTV.


This is a quick and cheap fix for some with a tall person and a small bed, so take a watch it may help you get some much needed sleep.


RV Daily Tips Issue 410. June 20, 2014 | RV Travel

RVing Tip of the Day

Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds
by Chuck Woodbury

National parks require pets to leashed to protect the local wildlife. But where coyotes roam it’s the pets that need protection. As in many expanding suburbs, coyotes in national parks have become so accustomed to people that they often forage in plain view.

Cats and small dogs are easy prey for the quick, powerful predators when left tethered to an RV in a campground. One ranger at Death Valley National Park almost lost his cat when a coyote grabbed it outside his residence. He chased the animal, which dropped the cat and ran off before inflicting serious injury. A pet is in danger even when you walk it on a leash. The same ranger tells of a man who was walking his poodle near Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Campground when a coyote suddenly charged from the brush, yanked the leash from the man’s hand and took off with the poodle. No trace was found of the dog or leash.

PEOPLE THEMSELVES ARE PARTLY TO BLAME for pets being vulnerable around campgrounds. By feeding wildlife near campgrounds and leaving garbage unsealed, people inadvertently encourage highly adaptable animals like coyotes to associate humans with food. Visitors driving in the north end of Death Valley near Scotty’s Castle and the Mesquite Spring Campground often spot a coyote in plain view by the roadside, waiting patiently for the next handout. I have met RVers who carry dog food to feed to such “friendly” animals. This is bad for the welfare of people, pets and the coyotes themselves.

So in national parks — or anywhere coyotes may be present — never leave a small pet unattended. Keep the leash short when walking by potential hideouts, and don’t create pests of wild animals by feeding them.

RV Short Stops: Near Glacier National Park — Montana\’s St. Ignatius Mission, historic art

The fresco’s are beautiful, sure hope I could see it in person, so if you are near by take a look.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Near Glacier National Park — Montana’s St. Ignatius Mission, historic art

St. Ignatius Mission.

If you are traveling anywhere near Glacier National Park in northwest Montana this RVing season, plan a short cultural stop in the small town of St. Ignatius, about 50 miles north of Missoula, on Hwy 93.

The community of St. Ignatius, currently on the Flathead Indian Reservation, dates back to the mid-1800s when Jesuit missionaries founded St. Ignatius Mission.
By the early 1890s, Indian peoples and missionaries began construction on the building using local materials. The “million bricks were made with local clay, the lumber was cut in nearby foothills, and the striking interior murals” were created by the mission’s handyman … and extremely gifted amateur painter.
These incredible frescoes are 58 compelling reasons to pull off the highway.
58 frescos decorate inside of Mission.

“Brother Joseph Carignano (1853-1919), an Italian Jesuit who was the cook at the mission for many years, painted 58 frescoes on the walls and ceiling of the church, despite no formal art training and only being able to work on the murals in between his regular jobs,” wrote Jan Krause in the Lake Shore Country Journal out of Big Fork, Mont.

“The frescos depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as well as portraits of several saints. Behind the main altar is a triptych of the three visions of St. Ignatius Loyola, and above that a mural of the Last Judgement. Pictures of Mary and Joseph adorn the side altars. These vibrant paintings throughout the church are awe-inspiring, appearing as fresh as if they had been painted yesterday.”
In addition, there are two very special paintings of the Salish Lord and Lord’s mother (in Native American form) located in the back of the mission. The grounds also feature a log cabin, now a museum, which was the original residence for the Sisters of Providence when they first arrived in the 1860s to start the girls’ boarding school.
The Mission Mountain Range is a beautiful backdrop to this “historically interesting” and “artistically dramatic” mission church.

Contact Information:
St. Ignatius Mission
300 Bear Track Ave.
PO Box 667
St Ignatius, MT 59865
Phone: (406) 745-2768
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the summer; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the winter; Sunday Mass – 9:15 a.m.

Admission: Free, donations accepted.
Directions: Approximately 50 miles north of Missoula, just 2 blocks off Hwy 93 in St. Ignatius. Signs are on the highway, and the mission can be seen from Hwy 93.
Photos: St. Ignatius Mission; interior view with frescoes painted by Brother Josepha Carignano. Courtesy: St. Ignatius Mission. (Bottom) Statue of St. Ignatius (

Weird RVs: Futureliner: A retro blast from the 40s

WOW this are just too cool, wish I had the money to even go to a Jackson auction ( need to hit a lotto like most) but wish I could see one for real?

Futureliner: A retro blast from the 40s

Barnett-Jackson Auctions
In the 1940s, General Motors rolled out a series of truly futuristic buses designed by Harley Earl. These buses were part of GMs promotional work called the Parade of Progress. Each Futureliner focused on the, “How far we’ve come” theme, showing off advances in technology like microwave ovens, televisions, stereo sound, even jet engines.
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A total of 12 Futureliners were built, and were on the road for the Parade of Progress from 1940 to 1941, and after the war, made another sprint through the U.S., from 1953 to 1956. When GM called an end to the parade, where would the Futureliners go? Two of them went to the Michigan State Police, who dubbed them “Safetyliners” to promote highway safety. Oral Roberts snagged one to use as a backdrop for crusades. One never made to the end of the parade – crashing as a total loss in 1956.
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Bus Number Nine in the series was snapped up and converted to a motorhome. Can you imagine the fuss you’d make, rolling into a campground in a Futureliner motorhome, and leaning on that big airhorn? Well, here’s your chance. Barrett-Jackson Auctioneers will be selling one in their 2015 auction cycle. This same outfit had the distinction of selling one of its littermates back in 2006 for a company record-breaking price of over $4 million.

RV Daily Tips Issue 413. June 25, 2014 | RV Travel

With the camping season in full swing now that it is summer time and most kids are out of school, this is a good time to remind our self how to be safe with campfires.


RVing Tip of the Day

Safe campfire tips
Courtesy Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Fire Department, Fla.
Campfires really add ambiance to the camping experience, but a few basic safety rules will keep your campfire in its place — and ease the burden of firefighters.
■ Always build your campfire downwind from your tent or RV in an area that is clear of vegetation. Clear an area at least 15 feet surrounding your tent and/or buildings.
■ Never leave your campfire unattended and remember to fully extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving your campsite by pouring lots of water on the fire. Drown all embers, not just the red ones, and continue to pour water on until the hissing sound stops. Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch.
■ If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix dirt or sand with the embers and continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember, do not bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
■ And one last thing — If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!
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