THREE TIPS TO CREATE A FAB KITCHEN FOR YOUR MOTORHOME

There’s nothing like a constant flow of soulful (read sinful) good food and drinks while vacationing on-the -wheels. However, tossing up delicacies on the go is not an easy task; more so if your motor home’s cooking space is cramped. Fret not, as you can treat yourself to a royal spread on the road, if you create a fab kitchen inside. Wondering how? Try these smart hacks below:

Pack Smart

motorTo figure out what you must take on board, consider your day-to-day cooking routine – what and how often you eat, how much raw material you need each day. This tells you what’s indispensible for your kitchen, and what you can do without. If its toast and eggs with a hot cuppa that gets started for the day, then a toaster and a coffee maker are things that you cannot leave behind at any cost.

Meanwhile, you could always ditch your pasta maker for an instant pack of the Italian delicacy because too many big appliances will only make your small motor home kitchen more cramped. Do away with complicated equipment that calls for intensive cleaning rituals as you don’t want to be wasting your time dusting and rinsing while on a vacation that’s supposed to be a relaxed retreat. To churn up some easy meals, just ensure that you pack the following:

• A couple of frying pans
• Slow cooker
• Hand-held mixer
• Large soup pot
• A set of sharp knives
• Grater, peeler, apple corer
• Spoons and spatulas
• Coffee maker
• Vacuum sealer
• Can opener

Hoard Smart

Make the most of your RV refrigerator that may not be as big as the one you have in your sprawling condominium, or your oven that may not allow you bake a great chunk of ham. Even your countertop will come in form of a narrow workspace. The key here is to pan your meals in advance. One-dish, hassle-free meals are the way to go, when it comes to cooking in an RV. Buy veggies, breads, spaghettis or noodles from local vendors, on the way. Make sauces and salsas in advance and refrigerate them for future use. In addition, pack marinated meats and chickens in zip-lock bags. This will let you make the most of your miniscule pantry.

Stash Smart

A galley-style kitchen in your motor home can teach you a thing or two about space optimization. Use rectangular plastic containers to hold grains, sugar etc and tubular containers for holding your spices. They stack better, weigh less and would not roll over as you put your RV in top gear. Advanced menu planning is vital for your gourmet’s success, so instead of stocking up on recipes by carrying books, store them in digital formats, or pin a few sheets on the door of one of the kitchen cabinets.

Culinary satisfaction is one of the vital aspects of a great vacation experience. While, our tips will help you create a fab kitchen and rustle up lip smacking food in a jiffy, it is also important to play safe. Shun everything that come cheap, and invest in appliances and gadgets that are manufactured specifically for RVs, instead. Bon appétit!

FIVE-POINT WILDLIFE CAMPING SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR RV-ERS

A vacation-on-wheel is a fun way to explore nature at its wildest best. However, when we step into their natural habitats, wild animals do not actually appreciate the intrusion. To be on the safer side, always maintain a respectful distance from them. Below is a survival guide for motor home owners keen on traveling around the woods:

Beware Of Wild Animals and Bug Bites

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To wild animals, campers are nothing but unwelcome guests, and they feel quite inclined to treat these uninvited visitors as excellent food source. Thus it always makes sense to avoid getting near to them. The smell of food may attract beasts to your motor home, so make it a point to keep these items stored in sealed containers. In addition, remember that there are many wild things that could be small in size but not in venom – scorpions and wasps, and even fire ants can cause serious harm, even death. Leave alone the dangers of snake bites. Apply insect repellant in generous amount to exposed skin to ward off bugs. Wear clothes that cover major part of your body including legs and arms as an extra layer of protection.

Carry Basic First Aid Kit

Arm yourself with a good first aid kit that should contain basic supplies such as roll bandages, antiseptic cream and wipes, cotton swabs and tweezers. Keep them in an organized manner and learn to administer basic first aid. This is a must for any outing in your motor home, but calls for more attention for a wildlife vacation.

Carry sufficient food and water

Picture yourself in the middle of nowhere, miles away from the human habitation, surrounded by rattle snakes, scorpions and other wild things as dangerous as these or even more, and you are run out of food and water! Well, this scary situation calls for caution and preparation because you would need food and water to sustain till a rescue team comes to your aid. Therefore, in addition to raw materials, always stock up on sufficient ready-to-eat and easy-to-carry food items such as dry fruits, nuts and condiments. Apart from keeping your drinking water tank full, carry some tetra-packed liquids as well. Glucose powder and protein bars can be your life-saver in case you get stuck up for several days in a remote location.

Get Vaccinated

You can get certain diseases from wild animals, which can prove detrimental to your health. Vaccinations can protect you from these unforeseen diseases while camping.

Other Precautions

Going solitary is not an option when it comes to wildlife RV vacation. If you are not taking your family, go with a friend. Keep someone back home informed about your plans. Do not forget matches and a flashlight. Use an effective hand sanitizer often to minimize the risks of infection. Pack your trail maps and do research the weather before setting off.

MILEAGE MATTERS WHEN BUYING AN RV

So, finally the wanderer in you has decided to go footloose and explore the world on the wheels by owning a plush recreational vehicle. No hassles to book flight tickets or losing your sleep over hotel bookings. All you want to do is hit the highway as you soak up the luxury of a fully-furnished motor home. Wondering about the mileage? Well, stop clouding your mind by going through different websites because we will tell you everything that you wanted to know about motor home mileage.

Gas or diesel?

A thumb rule that holds true for both gas and diesel powered RVs is that the bigger the RV, the fewer miles per gallon (MPG) of fuel will it give you. While gas is certainly cheaper than diesel, the latter is considered more fuel efficient. Of course, a lot of it depends on your driving habits and the terrains you are venturing out to, on an average, a brand new gasoline-powered RV will give 5-10MPG while a diesel RV will get you between 9-14MPG.

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If you are planning to opt for a used motor home, it always makes sense to conduct a thorough inspection and check the reading that will reveal how much distance the rig has travelled so far. Ask the owner or the dealer about the vehicle’s usual mileage. A used but well-maintained RV can have an expected lifetime of over 1million miles, and even if you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll need several years to exhaust that.

Class counts

A Class B motor home will give you the best mileage; better than Class A motor homes — the biggest, the most expensive and the most luxurious ones, or even the Class C motor home — the lowest of the category but with unique advantages. Class C in fact provides a better mileage compared to Class A, though tad poorer than Class B. Remember, we told you, the bigger is your rig, the lesser will be the MPG of fuel?

Now, if you are looking at owning the most fuel-efficient vehicle, a Class C diesel motor home is the answer. If you are game to compromise on the mileage but want a spacious vehicle with top notch amenities, and will go all out to acquire that, go for Class A.

 

FIVE WAYS TO INCREASE FUEL MILEAGE ON YOUR RV

· Change your air filter regularly to boost the performance and fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent.

·  Do not overload your RV. Extra weight demands for more power and will result in less mileage.

·  When travelling at high speed, especially on a highway, always use cruise control. This will keep the vehicle at a uniform speed instead of variable speed, and thus save gas.

·  Do not compromise on the oil quality. Use the recommended grade. Avoid high-octane fuel. Opt for premium or regular fuel as per recommendation and your budget.

·  Switch off the air conditioner when you don’t need it. This will reduce the stress on the engine and help boost mileage.

FIVE RV CAMPING HOT SPOTS IN FLORIDA

Are you a beach babe or a trekking enthusiast? Or your idea of vacationing is to relax over fruity sangria soaking up the sun and the bliss? Well, Florida, with its green waters, rich fauna, natural springs and clear blue skies, offers it all. If you are in search of well-equipped camping grounds in this tropical paradise where you can head out to on your motor home, we have some brilliant suggestions etched out for you. Pick up the plan that suits you best and hit the roads on your plush abode on wheels.

Of bird watching and more: If you are looking for a mix of fun and relaxation, be it for a week or a day trip, head out with your RV to the St Lucie Campground adjoining the St Lucie Canal on the south. It being a part of the Okeechobee Waterway, you can spend your day fishing, watching boats or perhaps a manatee, amid the clear water. If you love bird watching, step out to nearby Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge to take a glimpse of a variety of bird species. The highlight of St Lucie, however, is the pretty waterfront tent sites that lets you sit under the open sky, and you wouldn’t have to sit within the confines of your RV through the day in search of comfort. Most sites have both electric and water hook-ups. Food freaks can make the most of the many restaurants lined down the road. The campground is open round the year.

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A sporty retreat: Adventure junkies, if you thought that RV-ing is not for you, here’s a reality check. A host of camping destinations across Florida offer opportunities to give you that adrenaline rush through various activities such as snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and more. We lay our bets on the US’s first undersea park — the John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park that covers around 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, mangrove swamps and sea grass. While you can indulge in a host of adventure sports here, you will also be able to avail all the usual facilities that are common on camping grounds. Right from water and electricity hook ups, flush toilets, hot showers to picnic areas, barbeque grills, restaurants, campfire programs and overnight pet stay facilities, this place has it all. However, there are certain restrictions with respect to pullouts and awnings so find that out before starting your journey.

The call of the wilderness: If going wild on an exciting trek is what thrills you, the Florida Keys RV Park and resort could be the right choice. Home to a large variety of endangered animals and plants, it’s located at the heart of Florida, and the 15 miles of path by the camp ground lets you hike, bike and trek from morning to sundown. The easy location also lets you explore some of the hottest food, shopping and sightseeing hubs. This place accommodates only self-contained RVs and motor homes – right from smaller rigs to large class A motor homes. Be it waterfront, premium or standard sites, all of them are well equipped with electric, cable, water, sewer and free WiFi hot spots.

Getting beach-y: Needless to say, Florida beaches are divine, so you can’t ignore them for long. Whether you want to lie back and watch the sunset or trek down the coastal forests, there’s something for every RV enthusiast. St George Island State Park is one such camping spot that promises to leave you enthralled. Featuring 60 campsites with electricity, water, two bathhouses and a dump station, this place has six big picnic shelters with all amenities. The oceanfront campgrounds, on the other hand are a visual delight so be assured to be charmed by the glittering white sand coves, salt marshes and shore birds or your feet be kissed by sea turtles.

Eat, sip and relax: Don’t want any adventure or activities? Just want to lay back, sip of your favorite red wine over Beatles, and the grill smoking up the steaks and the asparagus? Well, there are plenty of such campground options, too, where you can head out to escape from your mundane routine for a much-deserved break from work, without keeping any particular plan of action in mind. You could stop by at the St Andrews State Park by the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon, and watch the sunset over the emerald green waters as you enjoy a relaxing lunch at their picnic pavilion. The Colt Creek State Park, the Silver Springs State Park and the Ravine Gardens State Park, all of them in Central Florida, are also good options with similar camping and parking features.

Costs and reservations

For a hassle-free stay, it always makes sense to make reservations in advance at least during the peak camping season — November through March. Rains are common during the afternoon in between June and September. Cost of staying in public parks may range between 8 to 25 dollars per night while private park rates may shoot up to 50 dollars.