Top Five Attractions of Orlando

Orlando Attractions in RVIf you are an RV owner, chances are that you will try to plan at least one adventurous trip every year with your family. However, at times it might not be possible to go on a long vacation to a distant place. In such scenarios, exploring some of the interesting spots in your own state, Florida, is your best bet. Orlando is an example of a great place to visit. Also known as the Theme Park Capital of the world,here is a list of the top five attractions in Orlando:

  1. Walt Disney World

The king of the theme park resorts in Orlando, Walt Disney World’s main points of attraction are its four theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is home to the Cinderella Castle, the Haunted Mansion, and It’s a Small World.

  1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If your kids are admirers of the young wizard, you must let them visit Hogwarts, drink some Butterbeer, and shop at Hogsmeade which is recreated at the Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Your little muggles can also fly above Hogwarts and visit Professor Dumbledore’s office on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

  1. SeaWorld

Shows featuring Shamu, the killer whale, are primary attractions of this aquatic theme park. Depending on the time of the year you could also enjoy beautiful fireworks here.

  1. Legoland

Those creative at heart will definitely enjoy visiting this 150-acre theme park. This theme park offers 50 rides, several shows, and other exciting attractions.

  1. Gatorland

Opened in 1949, Gatorland is a 110-acre habitat for crocodiles, alligators, snakes, and other exotic wildlife. Live shows, like gator wrestling and a train ride through the swamp, can give you enough thrill and excitement for a day.

Grown-ups and children will equally enjoy a tour of these theme parks in Orlando. So,what are you waiting for? Drive your RV and embark on an adventurous trip.

Be an RV Master Chef: Invest in These Three types of Knives

RV Master ChefAll artists have their favorite tools or equipment that they cannot do without. For culinary artists, it has to be their favorite knife. A good, steadfast knife makes a world of difference to a chef’s performance in the kitchen. Using a sharp, reliable knife will boost your confidence when prepping complicated dishes in the kitchen of your mobile home. Be it fine dicing or mincing, a set of the following types of knives will take your gourmet adventure to a whole new level:

Field Knife

Whether you are attempting a simple salad or a complicated curry, your chopping skills can make or break the fate of your dish. Want to chop up all your ingredients in a jiffy? Then use a chef’s field knife. Choose one that is lightweight and not more than 10inches in length. However, the blade needs to be longer than six inches.

Serrated Knife

Be it bread or tomato, these knives let you slice things like a chef. They should ideally have 10 inches of total length and more than six inches of blade length. They are, however, a little thinner than the field types. Once again, choose a lightweight option for the ease of use.

Paring Knife

The smallest of the series, a paring knife, will help you peel fruits and vegetables. They are perfect for fine slicing, decorative cutting of fruits and veggies, and shaping dough.

A reliable knife comes in handy for everything from fine chopping onions to mincing lamb. Still, they are hugely undervalued. Don’t make this mistake; bring the best knives and be the star of your RV kitchen. In case you are planning to celebrate this ‘stardom’ in an upgraded RV, think of us.

Visit These Incredible Lakes in Northern Minnesota before Selling Your RV

Minnesota Lakes in RVIf you love the sight of the vast expanse of blue space while vacationing, then Northern Minnesota is the place for you. With thousands of sparkling lakes to choose from, Northern Minnesota might just be the ideal location to spend your next RV vacation. Whether you are up for water sports or simply want to relax by a lake, Northern Minnesota has you covered. Here are five jaw-dropping lakeside destinations every RV owner should explore:

Lake Winnibigoshish

Nicknamed Big Winnie, this Northern Minnesota lake is surrounded by 1.6 million acres of national forest. If exhilarating water  sports is not your cup of tea, Big Winnie will allow you to indulge in mild activities like angling and boating. The home to a notable population of Walleye, this Minnesota lake is an angler’s paradise,and its extensive shoreline is the perfect launch pad for your boat.  Not interested in any of these activities? Then simply sit back and relax. The spectacular waterscape will help you enjoy precious moments of solitude.

Cass Lake

Looking to stay in a place which is full of rustic charms yet not far away from the city? Situated in close proximity of the beautiful city of Bemidji, Cass Lake offers the best of both worlds. During the day, engage in several outdoor activities to soak up every last bit of nature. Stroll along the beaches, hike the forest path, or enjoy boating in the pristine lake. Spend the evenings in downtown Bemidji exploring local shops, restaurants, and breweries.

Lake Superior’s North Shore

With lighthouses, waterfalls, rocky beaches, and nearly 150 miles of prime waterfront, this lakeside destination is an awesome place to spend your RV vacation. The virgin wilderness in the backdrop of breathtaking cliffs allows the visitors to experience nature up and close.

Lake Kabetogama

Want to experience remote boat camping? Adorned with dozens of islands, this enormous lake will let you enjoy just that. Take a boat ride along one of the waterways to Voyageurs National Park. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy amazing wildlife including bears, bald eagles, otters, wolves, and moose, among others.

Coon and Sandwick Lake

Cradled by a dense evergreen forest, these twin lakes are tucked away deep in the northern lakes region. The pine-lined shoreline is a treat for your eyes. Spending a night here will help you see the beauty of darkness. In the vicinity, there is Scenic State Park. Home to more than 40 species of animals, this vast wilderness is one of the favorite destinations among birders and wildlife enthusiasts.

‘Blue space’ can have a positive impact on your well being. Plan your next RV vacation in Northern Minnesota for the most amazing aquatic experiences. We can help you find a suitable motor home for your lakeside adventure.

Dropbox solves imagery storage and sharing issues while on the road.

With all the technology around us, the days of finding a place to develop you pictures is pretty much a thing of the past. But when you’re traveling in your beloved RV, you want to share the adventure with those you love who can’t be with you. Dropbox is the ideal solution.

Dropbox is a subscription file storage service that allows you to upload any type of file, including videos and pictures, and be able to generate a link you can email to those you want to share your images with. You can choose to subscribe to Dropbox for just $8.25 a month for 1 terabyte of storage, or get unlimited storage capacity for just $12.50 a month.

Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website, so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others—all you need is a connection to the Internet. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! Your stuff is safe in Dropbox and will never be lost. With apps available for all your computers, phones, and tablets, you can show off videos, automatically upload photos, or open documents from anywhere to anyone.

Check it out for yourself at http://www.dropbox.com They even offer a free 30-day trial so you can try it before you buy it.

Go Green in Your RV

Did you know RV vacations are more environmentally friendly than fly/drive/hotel vacations? PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that families of four taking RV vacations generate less carbon dioxide than families traveling on a plane, renting a car and staying in a hotel.

Advancements in RV Manufacturing

Check out the new ideas and technologies being employed by the RV industry to create a growing market of products that are more environmentally friendly.

Lighter: Aluminum, fiberglass, renewable bamboo and other eco-friendly space age composites are used to build lighter RVs, making a difference in fuel efficiency and tow weights.

Smaller: While there will always be owners looking for the large models, manufacturers’ creative floor plan designs efficiently work many desirable on-board amenities into smaller footprints without feeling cramped.

Efficient: The lighter building materials coupled with more fuel-efficient chassis production means compact RVs rival the MPGs of some large SUVs and pickups.

Aerodynamic: Manufacturers are designing stylish, sleek front-ends to address wind resistance.

Eco-Friendly: RV manufacturers are making increased use of green textiles, renewable woods, power-saving LED light fixtures and eco-friendly sealants and components. And not only are the RVs earth-friendlier, but manufacturers are employing green practices in the manufacturing process.

Green RVers

RVers have always had a love of the outdoors. Almost 20% of RVers say they use solar panels to power some of their on-board systems. You can help preserve the great outdoors for future generations by following these conservation tips.

  • Keep RV and tow vehicle engines well-tuned to conserve energy and reduce emissions.
  • Always use marked RV campsites so as not to damage natural habitats.
  • Recycle as you travel at the campgrounds or through community programs. Take note of local recycling categories; they may be different from those followed at home.
  • Minimize the use of disposable dishes, cups and utensils. As convenient as they seem, they create an abundance of trash.
  • Keep campfires small to minimize the amount of ash and pollution. Don’t put anything into the fire pit that will not burn.
  • Observe fire rules, which may change daily with weather conditions.
  • Use nontoxic cleaning supplies and tank additives.
  • Where pets are permitted, keep them indoors or use a screw-in stake. Tying them to trees can damage fragile bark.
  • Work with nature. In hot weather, use natural shade, awnings and canvas covers instead of the AC. In cold weather, park where the RV will be protected from north and west winds and warmed by sun exposure.
  • A recent survey showed that more than two-thirds of RVers minimize water use on trips, almost half recycle more on RV vacations than on other types and nearly half turn off home utilities before they hit the road.
  • In addition, 94% of all RVers travel with 2-7 people, meaning the vehicles get more people miles per gallon.

Discover Tasty and Healthy Snacks for Your Next RV Trip

healthy snacks RV tripTasty and healthy snacks are hard to find on the road, but often times food craving hits an all-time high when traveling. So, what is the best way to fulfill these cravings? There are plenty of snacking options like fries, burgers, and chips on your journey, but they are not always the best choice for your health. We recommend that you keep your RV refrigerator stocked with the suggested healthy snacking options:

Apples

We all know that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Considering, why not fill your fruit basket with ripe and juicy Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Macintosh apples? Try this tasty and delicious snack while enjoying a spectacular view of the countryside or while watching your favorite show. Besides serving as a yummy delight, the fruit is packed with essential nutrients, a good 90-110 calories for each apple and is an ideal source of soluble fibers.

Mixed Nuts

How about mixed nuts like almonds and walnuts to boost your energy levels while traveling? Packed with unsaturated fats, magnesium, and calories, these healthy and tasty nuts keep you going after a day of hiking.

Raisins

Raisins contain low sodium, boost your energy, and are fat free. Eat a handful of dried fruit when you are hungry or want to gain instant energy after some outdoor adventure. Raisins are not only packed with essential nutrients like B vitamins, potassium, and iron, but also contain a high amount of calories. Every 100 grams of raisins contains 249 calories, providing more minerals, fiber, poly-phenol antioxidants, and vitamins than fresh picked grapes from a vineyard.

Dried Mangoes

If you are looking for a lip-smacking snack, eat dried mangoes. Believe it or not, these are a healthier option than fresh, ripe mangoes. One-third cup of dried mangoes gives you only 160 calories. Besides containing fewer calories, this dried fruit provides you with the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. So, stock your RV with natural, healthy, and unsweetened dried mangoes.

Get your fill of healthy snacks while traveling in your motor home. Stay active and energized. Curb your hunger pains without having to worry about gaining weight.

5 Fun Games to Keep You Entertained While RV-ing with Your Family and Friends

Family Indoor Games in RVMost of us choose traveling in motor homes because we love the outdoors and the freedom that RV-ing offers. However, to be honest, traveling does get boring at times. Why not add a bit of fun to the journey with a few family friendly games? We have a list of five games for inspiration:

  1. Checkers

The game of checkers has not lost its appeal even today. It is popular among teens who like to play the game on their smartphones or iPads. So, next time you are hitting the road, tuck this board game away in a corner of your RV for your kids to play.

  1. Card Games

All full-time RV-ers must carry a deck of cards on board. Playing cards can provide hours of amusement and fun. Choose from a variety of card games like Bridge, Hand and Foot, Euchre, Solitaire, Canasta, Gin Rummy and Crazy Eights. You can play a simple game or a more competitive one such as Spoons, keeping three to thirteen players engrossed at a time.

  1. Story Cubes

Story Cubes is a simple and fun game for all age groups that inspires a lot of creativity. You can play this game alone or with a group of your friends or family members. It consists of nine dice with several images on each side. Build your story by rolling the dice, remembering to create your own set of rules. This game comes in a portable pack, keeping all the cubes secure.

  1. UNO

Play UNO with anyone you like. It is played with a deck of cards and is a great game for people aged six years and above. The rules are very simple, and you can play with two to 10 players.

  1. Monopoly

It is one of the best family games of all time, accommodating as many as eight players. Play it with a group of friends to pass the time while your RV is cruising the roads. Choose thrilling games that best suit you and your travel companions. It is always best to have a few options, so try to carry at least two to three different games to add variety. Happy RV-ing!

3 Florida Breweries You Must Visit on Your Next RV Trip

Florida BreweriesWould you like to savor the taste of the best Florida beer while touring the Sunshine State? Visiting breweries or wineries is an excellent way to feel the local culture, meet interesting people, and learn how perfect beer is made. Florida’s bright, sunny climate throughout the year forms the ideal backdrop for relaxation while enjoying pork roast and sweet potato with a chilled beer. Here are three best breweries where you can taste local craft beers:

  1. 7venth Sun Brewery

Located in the picturesque ocean-side city of Dunedin, the 7venth Sun Brewery has been wooing beer lovers with its sour beers since 2012. Its specialty is original and innovative craft beer in various interesting flavors. It also brews IPAs, Belgian-style beers, and spirit barrel aged beer. We recommend that you try the Wolfman’s Berliner, a tasty and appetizing tart wheat variety, best enjoyed with French fries.

  1. Dunedin Brewery

Hosting different events and live music, Dunedin Brewery is popular among beer lovers and a well-liked local microbrewery in the state. You will love their Apricot Peach Ale with its light, crisp taste and the right degree of sweetness added by an apricot and peach combination. Pair this refreshing ale with light seafood, leafy greens, salad, spicy cuisines, or roasted chicken.

  1. Sea Dog Brewing Company

This is a favorite local brewery producing the great tasting wild blueberry beer, just sweet enough to make you crave more. It is a brew pub with a range of beers and delicious food to taste. With its relaxing ambiance, this place is perfect for your family and friends. Sea Dog features an oyster bar, fresh seafood, menu for kids, award-winning handcrafted beer, games, and outside seating options.

Stop by these breweries on your next RV trip. Grab a can, have fun with your friends, and create your own beer-tasting tour in Florida.

Disclaimer: Motor Home Finders does not advocate or encourage drinking and driving. This article is intended for people of legal drinking age only. Please drink responsibly and in moderation.