Hit The Texas BBQ Trail: The Ultimate Road Trip for The Foodies

BBQThink of Texas and barbecue will readily pop up in your mind. A Texan sojourn is never complete without a taste of the delicious and authentic Texan BBQ. Are you planning to hit Texas’s great highways in your motor home soon? Want to treat your taste buds to the cowboy and Mexican-influenced delicacies? Here is a foodie’s guide on how to chase the Texan barbeque trail for the maximum gratification of your taste buds. Be warned: it may take two to three days to cover all the spots.

  • Drive down the beautiful Ranch to Market Road 2222 in Austin to reach the County Line on the Lake in Austin. The place has some of the world’s prettiest decks, where you can spend a lazy evening sipping a cocktail and watching turtles swim by. Now head to the BBQ restaurants in the vicinity. Remember, meat is big here – most restaurants don’t offer any side dish. However, salads and boiled veggies are served if you want.

  • The next day, head straight to Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington. Located in the east of Austin, the restaurant has occupied the top spot for several years in a row. Fill up your platter with Snow’s famous brisket and pork shoulder. Try to be there by eight in the morning, as the eatery turns its shutter down when it runs out of meat (which is generally gone latest by noon).

  • Feasting on the brisket is sure to make you sleepy. But don’t give in. Instead, drive down the TX 21 West to reach Lockhart. The city’s barbeque belt offers some of the US’s best smoked-meat. Don’t miss Kreuz’s – the center point of a dramatic family feud. While one sibling inherited the original restaurant, the others retained the recipe and they opened another joint just across the road. The original place now has rebranded itself as Smitty’s.Try both to decide which one is better.

  • Reserve the next day for some detoxing. Yep, that’s needed, we know. Pick up some BBQ provisions at Austin’s Whole Foods, and drive down the winding road through the woods to reach the Hamilton Pool nature preserve in the west of Austin. Stop by the huge grotto, which will lure you to splash around in its crystal-clear water. Arrive early to avoid parking hassles.

From Hamilton Pool, drive south to Driftwood. Round up your trail here in the hill country at the BYOB Salt Lick Restaurant. The rustic charm and ranch-style décor will provide the perfect finishing touch to your BBQ-themed road trip. Let us know how it turned out. In case you are still looking for the right motor home to take you there, we can help.

How to Survive an RV Trip With a Kid?

RV Trip with Kid“Are we there yet?” Only parents who have shared a car with kids on a long road trip can tell you how maddening the impact of this one innocent question can be, especially when the little ones keep repeating it every few minutes! There is more though, the suddenly perked up appetite and their corresponding tantrums at not getting the treat they fancied. Indeed, RV-ing with kids can be trying for those parents who are clueless about how to handle bored kids.

Headed for your maiden road trip with kids on your newly bought motor home? Here are the tips that will let you add to the fun and cut back on stress:

Start Early and Strictly Keep to the Schedule

Children generally have no difficulty sleeping in a car if it corresponds to their normal schedules. So, start in the wee hours of the morning when they would already be sleeping. Carefully strap them into their car seat and hit the road. You will be able to cover a good deal of distance before they wake up.

Make Sure They Feel Comfortable

Kids typically draw comfort from familiar things, be it a pair of socks or their favorite pillow. So, dress them in something they enjoy wearing, and don’t forget to carry a couple of prized toys.

Plan the Seating Wisely

Make squabbling siblings sit apart from each other. That way, it will be a bit less stressful for the parent behind the wheel.

Stock Up on Snacks

Healthy snacks – a lot of them – are what should top your packing list. A steady supply of (low sugar) goodies is a great mommy-tested way to make time fly by peacefully. Pack cakes, nuts, raisins and cookies, and electrolyte water.

Think Beyond the Rest Stops

Avoid conventional rest stops. The crowd there will only add to your little one’s stress level. Instead, opt for local parks. Some playing around in the fresh air and a brief stint with swings and slides can go a long way to pacify kids.

Keep Them Entertained, Keep Them Busy

Kids just love to hear stories. Upload some of your kids’ favorite recorded-books in your tab or smartphone. You can also download some storytelling apps or some cool games designed for little kids.

Stick to a Routine

While spending the nights at RV parks, keep to your kid’s standard bedtime routine. You will find a happier child in the morning.

Looking forward to a great road trip? It’s all about chalking out a game-plan well in advance. So, check out our tips and enjoy a smooth ride with your family.

5 MOTOR HOME MANTRAS YOU MUST LEARN

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Are you trained in the art of motor homing? Do you know what goes into the making of a great RV trip? Are you aware of the little things that can make a regular RV-ing experience outstanding? If you are wondering whether there is some kind of secret that you must know about RV-ing, you are right. Thankfully, this secret isn’t protected by fire-breathing dragons or mysterious ancient gods. We, the time-tested RV-ers, are the guardians. Sit back as we open the doors that lead to awesome RV-ing:

1. Be Open to Change

Not everything will go according to your plan during a motor home trip. No matter how well you plan, be it your packing list or travel schedule, there will be something unexpected to come up. So, be open to change. Adapt to new plans and travel routes on the go. The number one rule of RV-ing is: have fun.

2. Pack Less

A motor home is not your home in the traditional sense of the term. You must remember that when packing for your next trip. ‘Pack light, travel right’ must be your mantra. Hence, pack just the essentials. Remember, it’s the travel experience that matters more than the material possessions you carry.

3. Prepare Yourself

Take some time out to prepare and make your motor home vacation more enjoyable. Make sure you have enough time to fish by a scenic lake or shoot a video of the spectacular waterfalls rather than spending all of your time cooking meals in your RV kitchen. Precook meals, store them in your RV refrigerator, and heat them later on. Keep medicines and a first aid kit handy to save hassles on the road.

4. Stop Along

The key attractions of a motor home trip include stopping by breathtaking spots, exploring the scenic mountain trails or staying overnight at a particularly appealing campsite. An RV trip gives you a lot of freedom. Therefore, avoid rushing from one spot to the other. Take your own time to explore a few of the stunning locales of America.

5. Try Something New

Do things that you’ve never tried before. For example, visit a place that you’ve never seen or try some activities that you have always been scared to try. Seize this opportunity to taste the unknown.

There is so much to do and see when RV-ing. All you need is your motor home and you are all set to drive on. RV-ing is all about living in the present, and we have just told you how to do it.

5 Reasons to Take a Canada Road Trip in Your Motor Home

Canada Road Trip in RVThe peak season for a Canada road trip starts early July and ends mid-August. So, pack your things, stack your RV refrigerator with food, cue up your favorite songs, and hit the open, beautiful roads of Canada. Take some time out for this adventure trip to explore some of the iconic and breathtaking destinations of this beautiful country. Still thinking?

Here are five reasons why you must take a Canadian road trip in your home-on-wheels:

1. Wide Open Spaces of the Country

There is nothing like taking these epic adventurous trips. Drive your rig for several miles, and stop by small, sleepy towns. Try to catch the skyline, and have all the liberty in the world to plan your own itinerary. Do you know what makes all of this possible? Of course, the wide and open space of this fabulous country. And, when you are traveling in your RV, it offers all the comforts of your home along with the freedom.

2. Canada is a Gorgeous Land

Canada is stunning and gorgeous with its beautiful landscapes ranging from flat boundless prairies, snowcapped peaks and deep, narrow fjords to the stunning Atlantic coastlines. These breathtaking spots would be a treat to your eyes from your rig’s wide windscreen. And, if you would like to camp, stay in one of the secluded campgrounds to unwind in the lap of nature, even during the evening.

3. Well-Maintained Roads

The roads and highways of the country are wide, well-maintained, and easy to drive. Maneuver your vehicle through scenic country roads or multi-lane highways. Access the Trans-Canada Highway stretching across the country. With a wide network of well-conserved roads, you can travel anywhere you wish. Regular truck stops, gas stations and restaurants make your trip easy and convenient.

4. Variety

The best thing about a Canadian vacation is its variety. A single trip would fill up your cell phone’s photo gallery with hills and valleys, fauna and festivities, countryside and coastlines. Tour the cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal for their cosmopolitan ambiance and cutting-edge entertainment, dining and art.

5. Canadians are Polite and Friendly

Canadians are an overly polite, friendly and welcoming bunch. This gives you yet another reason to love this beautiful country and its people. Getting around becomes easy because of the country’s lovely people and their pleasant interactions. They are always ready to guide you whenever you ask for directions or information on sightseeing, eating out or shopping.

A Canadian road trip is extremely enjoyable. So, take your binoculars and hit the roads in your motor home. Spend some beautiful moments with your family and friends. If you have not yet found a motor home that can take you there, we can help.

3 Tips to Keep Wild Animals at Bay While Camping

RV CampingA general rule of thumb while RV camping is to do your best to keep your campsite safe from wild animals. You’ve probably read stories of campers unintentionally attracting the attention of animals with the scent of eatables. When you’re camping in the wilderness, you must take some precautionary measures to avoid wildlife intrusion.

Here are three useful tips to help you keep wild animals at bay when camping:

1. Use Deodorants and Lotions before Noon

The smell of food is not the only thing that attracts wild animals to your campsite. In case you use creams, deodorants or lotions, do so before noon to let the smell fade away before nightfall. You never know when a bunch of curious raccoons might intrude your campsite following the scent of your deodorant. Keep all creams and lotions in an odor-free case and away from all eatables.

2. Avoid Leaving Dropped or Uneaten Food

Make sure you have a spick and span campsite. Get rid of scraps of dropped or uneaten food if you don’t want a surprise bear visit at night. You could also use a bear canister to keep your food safe from these animals. Wash your hands thoroughly after each meal and touch all containers only with clean hands. Apart from maintaining hygiene, this would also ensure that food odor from your hands does not spread all over the place.

3. Set up Your Camp Away from the Cooking Area

Keep your campsite safe by setting it up at least 200 feet away from where you’ve decided to cook. When you need to get rid of things, dispose of them in odor-proof garbage bags. Follow the campground rules religiously if you’re camping in a bear country.

Camping, cooking and playing games in the open grounds are exciting until you have an unwanted visit from a curious inhabitant of the woods. And we are sure you won’t if you follow the simple tips we have just shared. Hop on your motor home, drive to your chosen destination, and have fun with your family and friends in America’s great outdoors.

Hail the King: 2014 Newmar King Aire 45’ triple slide with just 24,000 miles is ready to rule the road

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With a custom pearl exterior and a modern interior designed for style and comfort, this motor home is a real beauty. It has traveled just 24,000 miles and has been cared for by only one owner.

This RV boasts a considerable list of features, including:

  • Massaging captain chairs for driver and passenger
  • Heated tile flooring
  • RV SaniCon Macerator system
  • Electric induction cooktop
  • Six solar panels
  • Remote control rear view camera
  • Stainless steel trim

This beautiful cruiser is spacious and luxurious, and the additional pictures on our website will blow your mind. Purchase this motor home now and rule the road in a big way!

For more information about this vehicle and additional images, visit https://motorhomefinders.com/rvs/2014-newmar-king-aire-4593/

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in Dade City, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit motorhomefinders.com.

Motor Home 101: Smart Tips for Summer Trips

MHF globe and appleAll over the country, summer vacation is ending and school is back in session. If you’re an RV owner who’s not quite ready for vacation time to be over—hey, there’s always time to squeeze in another roadtrip!—here are a few textbook tips that will help you on the road. Call it Motor Home 101.

Introduction to RV Arithmetic

There are two very important numbers to know when it comes to your RV: the vehicle’s height, and its width. Knowing the height will help you avoid bridges and similar obstacles that have low clearance. Any sort of collision with these obstacles can have disastrous results. Don’t take the measurements in the owner’s guide for granted, either. The manufacturer’s measurement doesn’t factor in accessories. Instead, take your own tape measure and find the actual height of your motor home and jot it down, helping you to avoid thousands of dollars in potential damage from an accident.

Many states have guidelines and rules that dictate how wide a vehicle can be before it is not allowed on certain road systems. Knowing the width of your RV and being somewhat familiar with these guidelines when choosing a route can help you avoid driving on uncomfortably small roadways.

Principles of RV Electronics

When you find yourself parked for long periods of time, it can be easy to forget that your recreational vehicle is just that: a vehicle, one that depends on a battery to start. Take a few minutes each day to run your engine and recharge the battery to keep all of your electrical systems working properly.

Economics of Beating the Heat

It’s still summertime, and the weather at most of your roadtrip destinations will be hot, hot, hot. Don’t be afraid to ask for a shady spot when you check in at the campground. Keeping your vehicle out of direct sunlight will keep the interior cooler and help your A/C and fridge to function optimally.

Furthermore, cooking indoors can warm up the inside of your RV. Plan to cook outside instead, on a grill or with a crockpot. Enjoy the weather, talk to your neighbors, and allow the inside of your vehicle to remain wonderfully cool.

Not only will these tips help you stay cool, they will help you consume less electricity and save money.

These are just a few ways smart RV owners can ace the roadtrip experience. Get out there and find your own this summer!

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Motor Home Finders is a licensed motor home broker based in Dade City, Florida. Specializing in diesel, luxury motor homes and bus conversions, Motor Home Finders has 50+ years of experience in buying and selling luxury RVs nationwide. Their mission is to eliminate the difficult efforts of private sellers trying to sell their recreational vehicle by orchestrating a seamless RV transaction process. To learn more, call 1-888-783-4009 or visit motorhomefinders.com.

Is It Legal to Travel in An RV With a Gun?

RV Travel with GunMany RV-ers prefer carrying guns when traveling for obvious security reasons. However, one has to consider the legal aspects before indulging in such a practice. Not only are there strict laws governing the possession of weapons, but also quite a number of variations in the rules from one state to another. The easiest thing to do is to follow the Gun Control Act of 1968. However, if you choose to ignore these norms as enforced by the National Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, you might land in deep trouble.

What Do You Need to Know?

Let’s start with the good news. You are free to transport a gun across the US state borders, and as long as you maintain a peaceful journey, federal laws will never interfere. But here comes the difficult part. Many of the laws mentioned are very complicated and, if not followed, can attract serious penalties. You may have to pay heavy fines or end up in jail and you can potentially experience both.

What Are the Basic Rules?

Here is a quick overview:

  • Always carry proper firearm permit from your state

  • You can carry a rifle or a shotgun in your RV, but handguns and assault type weapons are not allowed

  • Do not carry firearms if you are RVing to the western and the north-eastern United States,along with Illinois and Canada. The authorities in these parts would not recognize your legal permit and might even put you behind the bars.

The bottom line is, if you are planning to take a gun along, familiarize yourself with the gun policy of the states you plan to visit. Nobody wants a legal complication, especially not when you are out having fun. Enjoy your motor home trip. If you are still looking to buy the right kind of RV, contact us today.

5 Tools Every RV-er Must Carry

Tool-Set for RVWhat will you do if your RV breaks down in the middle of the road? If you are stuck somewhere close to the next town, you are lucky. But, what if your rig collapses in the middle of nowhere? Of course, it is adventurous, but for how long? You definitely didn’t hit the road to stay stranded in one place all day long. A few essential tools in your rig can save the day.

Following is a list of five items you must keep in your RV:

Vehicle Emergency Kit

A flat tire or a dead battery can completely ruin your family trip. So, make sure you have an emergency kit in your RV. The kit should have jumper cables, flashlight, air compressor and all other tools necessary for addressing emergency technical issues in the vehicle.

101-Piece Toolkit

You may not be a licensed technician, but you must know at least the basics of RV repair. Therefore, keep a toolkit that includes the hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, and pliers.

Battery Terminal Cleaner

At times, the van fails to start due to corrosion in the battery terminal connection. A battery terminal cleaner in your RV will help you solve the problem.

Tire Repair Kit

Don’t start your RV-trip without a tire repair kit. This will be your only savior if you do not have a spare tire immediately available. This kit has a non-combustible tire sealant to repair punctures up to 1/4″ in size.

Portable Air Compressor

Compact and easy to use, a portable air compressor is essential if you are carrying bikes, carts or small utility trailers in your RV. The battery inside is rechargeable.

An RV-er almost always has to consider space constraints. It only makes sense that you carry the most essential items in your toolkits. Stay prepared and have fun exploring the world beyond your neighborhood.

5 Unusual Spaces to Store Useful Things in An RV

RV Storage HacksThe only thing that’s not so exciting about an upcoming vacation is packing. In case of an RV-trip, the shortage of space often makes the whole thing a bit more challenging. The trick is to use every inch of the available space, and even get creative when you run out of it.

Here are five cool ideas that you can use before your next RV vacation:

Pancake Batter in a Ketchup Bottle

Do not throw away that empty ketchup bottle. Clean it, store it, and reuse it in your RV kitchen. Make your pancake batter and funnel it into the ketchup bottle. Carry the bottle on your next RV trip and you have ready-to-cook breakfast in your RV, minus the mess.

Store Spices in Pill Organizer

Taking different types of spices on a long road-trip is not always possible. But why let that affect your gastronomic pleasure? Buy a cheap pill organizer and fill each section with the spice of your choice. You do not have to buy separate spice holders; just take the amount you want and be smart while packing.

Cooling Racks inside a Cooler

Are you looking for a place to keep those cooling racks? Well, the cooler can be a good place. Simply put ice and drinks at the bottom and then place the cooling racks on it. Use this space to keep bread, sandwich and other condiments.

Mini First-Aid Kit in Prescription Bottle

If you are going for a day-trip in your RV alone, there is no reason to carry the entire first aid box. Select the most important medicines, which you think could be necessary for the trip, and put them inside a prescription bottle.

Peeled Soap

Instead of carrying the entire soap, why not peel it using a vegetable peeler? Every time someone needs to wash his hands, just give him a peeled portion. No wastage and no soggy soap to manage.

It takes just a bit of planning and some smart ideas to pack things right inside your RV. Do you already use some cool space-saving camping tricks? Let us know in the comments section.