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    Staying Active and Involved Improves the Quality of RV Living
    By Phil Willen

    “So, would you rather give you money to a doctor?” a wise lady once replied to me in response to my complaining about money spent on a vacation, her point being the most important thing in life is your health. Everything else is secondary.

    At home or on the road, there are things you can do to keep you fit as a fiddle and ready for … well, anything. Just the act of camping can add years and quality to your life, as well as lower doctor bills.

    One of the nicest things you can do for your body is walk. Not only does it keep your legs in shape, it helps your heart, lungs and overall feeling of well-being. Your feet act as secondary pumps, helping the heart to keep the blood flowing, delivering oxygen to the brain. After arriving at a campground and setting up, we like to walk around inspecting the variety of rigs and meeting other people. It helps get the blood circulating after a long drive. Obviously, shoes are the heart and sole (pun intended) of walking gear, so make sure yours are a proper fit. There should be about a thumbnail’s width between your toes and the end of the shoe, and a good arch support as well. More shoe buying tips can be found online.

    Other Ways to Stay Fit
    Besides hiking, there are other things you can do that are fun, while contributing to your overall health. Ride a bike for instance, try bird watching or, if camping near a pier, rent a net and try your hand at crabbing. Not only do you pull the trap up repeatedly but the results can be delicious. If you are able-bodied, rent a kayak, try wind surfing or snorkeling. Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises because it uses most of the body’s muscles. Many campgrounds have a pool. Ping pong tables, shuffle boards, horse shoes and even miniature golf can be found at many campgrounds. Some are adjacent to full size golf courses.

    Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and we’re stuck inside our rolling residence for a bit. There are things you can take along for exercise that don’t require a lot of space. Heavy-duty large bands that hook to a door knob or other convenient anchor let you pull your way to health. Small hand weights work, but it’s best to get the ones with the squared off ends so they don’t roll around en route. Many folks carry a rolled up mat to do sit-ups, push-ups and other floor-based calisthenics. There are things like Tai-Chi, Yoga and Pilates, with how-to DVDs that you can take along. These activities and others offer ways to control weight, blood pressure and/or blood sugar, maintain or increase lung capacity or boost other aspects of health.

    The Brain as a Muscle
    It’s not of course, but the same principle applies-use it or lose it! The brain contains a tree-like group of neurons called dendrites. Were you to look into the brain of a mentally active person you would see a virtual forest of these important branches. Conversely, a non-stimulated mind would look like a forest that has been strip cut. Fertilize your brain with outside stimuli such as reading, doing puzzles or learning new things and the dendrites will grow. Studies show that they can be stimulated by surfing the internet. Hobbies are another way to stimulate your brain. Take pictures-affordable digital cameras have become ubiquitous in recent years. Other hobbies, such as painting, needle point, jewelry making, bird watching, spelunking and rock or seashell collecting can be equally rewarding. Find something that you enjoy while keeping your mind in shape. Some campgrounds have hobby classes in the rec room. Check with the management or look on the campground bulletin board.

    Seasonal Gypsies
    For those who drop anchor for long periods, such as snowbirds and full-timers, the community outside the campground can be a treasure trove of activities. Check with the campground management to find out what the area offers. View bulletin boards and ask fellow long-term campers. Many places carry hometown newspapers with details of local doings. The local Chamber of Commerce is a good source of information of area goings-on. Look for activities and classes such as tai chi, yoga, golf, tennis, bowling, swimming, photography, bridge clubs, horseback riding … well, you get the idea. Many state, county and government-run facilities need docents to conduct tours of landmarks, museums, native plants and more. Volunteering is a great way to learn and be active. Try something you’ve never done before, like ballroom or line dancing or other group activities, where you can have fun and meet new people with similar interests.Its all about staying involved.

    Keeping Active
    There are many benefits derived from engaging in various activities, coupled with a healthy diet. Weight will melt off; blood pressure and blood sugar will be lowered. Getting around becomes much easier. Your mind will be sharper and you will be a safer driver. Your overall sense of well-being will improve. Life is not a spectator sport. Get out and participate!

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    If you are buying an RV, you’ll find many RV buying checklists online to help you inspect possible units and make sure you aren’t buying a lemon. For an RV seller who is preparing an RV for sale, though, the list is different, because RV buyers also choose an RV for other reasons: the way it looks and feels, for example.

    Selling an RV is like selling a house. You need to make sure it’s in good repair, but you also need to stage it to inspire potential buyers. Here’s an RV selling checklist to make sure your RV is in the best possible shape to snag a buyer.

    RV Seller’s Checklist

    • Repair all broken parts in your RV for sale: towing equipment, trailer jack, fuel fittings, dead batteries, stabilizers, brakes, compartment and cupboard doors, gaskets, windows and window seals, furnace/AC, hot water heater, roof and exhaust vents, plumbing valves, external and internal lights, wiring, water damage.
    • Replace RV parts inside and outside of the unit that could break soon or look bad: propane bottles and valves, hoses, converters, tires, appliances, toilets, flooring, television, soft spots in the floor.
    • Repair and clean up evidence of bugs and rodents. This is a common problem when RVs have languished in a lot for a long time. Nothing turns off a potential buyer more.
    • Remove rust. To an RV buyer, rust means neglect at the very least. Rust could indicate structural issues that strike fear into the heart of an RV buyer.
    • Clean everything in your RV for sale as thoroughly as you would if you were the buyer: inside and outside compartments and cupboards, curtains, windows, counters, carpets, floor mats, walls, upholstery. Don’t forget details, such as internal door edges, door jambs and thresholds, and along the cracks between the floor and walls. If your RV has stains you can’t clean, cover them up with décor. Making your RV sparkle could mean the difference between hooking a buyer or scaring them away, especially if your RV is an older model. Clean and neat sells.
    • Make your RV for sale smell good. If you haven’t used it for a while, it will probably at least smell musty. A deep cleaning will help. If anything is moldy, it’s best to replace it if you can’t clean it completely. A clean, fresh smell is better than the heavy cover-up smell of room deodorizer. Use this old home-selling trick: add a human irresistible aroma by baking bread in the oven or making hot cider with cinnamon before a potential buyer arrives.
    • Update your RV’s décor. It’s not financially worth a complete update, but you probably can choose a few things to update that will make your RV appeal to more buyers. A few items that might warrant updating if they are obviously outdated: kitchen and bathroom faucets, cupboard doors and/or handles, flooring, curtains and valances, mattresses.
    • Add special touches. People commonly buy RVs because they are looking for adventure and fun. If your RV is boring and plain, it won’t inspire them. Add tasteful, updated bedding, throw pillows, flowers, seat covers—even pictures on the walls to give the RV more personality. It will not only look inviting, but help them remember your RV among all the units they tour before buying.
    • Make sure your RV title and registration are updated and easily available. You don’t want any inconvenience to keep a potential buyer from making the leap.
    • Provide evidence of fuel economy if you have it. Buyers worry about purchasing an RV that might turn out to be an outrageous gas guzzler. If you can prove it’s not, they are more likely to buy your RV than a unit from someone who can’t prove it.
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    While it’s hard to believe 2013 is already behind is, we are very excited about the RV industry and its continued positive momentum for 2014. And, judging from the attendance, enthusiasm and energy we experienced among dealers and OEMs at RVIA in December, we are far from alone.

    As it is every year, it’s great seeing all the beautiful new coaches and products hitting the market in the coming year at RVIA - especially those built on our chassis, of course. This includes new 2014 models from Newmar, Thor, Winnebago, Itasca, Fleetwood, Forest River and Tiffin, to name a few.

    We did a bit of debuting ourselves at RVIA, unveiling an exciting new product – the V-Ride Rear Suspension System. Featuring a completely reinvented design from the ground up, the V-Ride is the first ever single-axle rear suspension rated for 24,000 pounds. Development of the V-Ride was made possible in large part by the updates to federal bridge laws through the Department of Transportation, updates the RVIA was heavily involved in advocating for.

    Debuted by FCCC at RVIA 2013, V-Ride is the first independent rear suspension rated for 24,000 lbs.The V-Ride will enable motorhome owners to carry more of their gear and luxury coach builders to add more amenities. And, V-Ride’s proven design and engineering will provide impressive durability and an incredibly stable, comfortable ride – which are the kinds of chassis benefits you’ve rightly come to expect from FCCC over the years. We’ve received strong interest from several potential build partners and expect V-Ride – on the XC chassis – to be a feature of some outstanding luxury coaches beginning in model year 2015.

    You can learn more about the technology behind the V-Ride – and how it will transform the driving experience – by watching the official launch video at our YouTube channel.

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    BRADENTON, Fla. — Rob Smith, owner of three Florida RV resorts and a broker specialist for Fortune Real Estate, announced the publishing of four new websites to promote the RV parks.

    A large portion of the clientele for all four businesses come from out-of-state, so driving Internet traffic is a key component to his company’s overall marketing plan, said Smith. The four websites include:

    He described the websites as being some of the most visible enhancements the public has seen thus far at the businesses he owns. Last fall, Smith brought hired Mary Arlington, a consultant in the outdoor hospitality industry, to help him achieve his goal of “raising the bar” on all of his businesses. She reviewed and evaluated all aspects of the resorts, from marketing to bookkeeping, and maintenance to customer service.

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    Advanced RV Resort is your convenient location in the Greater Houston Area. We invite you to experience one of the newest and finest RV Resorts in the Houston-Pearland area. Located near the intersection of South Beltway 8 and Highway 288, just 12 miles south of downtown Houston, and minutes from Reliant Park, Houston Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Medical Center, several shopping malls and more Houston area attractions. We have all concrete RV Sites with full hook ups, 20, 30, 50 Amp Power Pedestals, Cable TV, Wi-Fi, Hot Tub, Heated Pool, Laundry Room, Private Baths, Bar-B-Que area and Rec-Building. Directly accessible from the Advanced RV Resort is Tom Bass Regional Park that offers a Public Golf Course, fishing ponds, model airplane field, nature walking trails and more. You can relax with secure confidence with our gated entrance RV Resort. Our staff is looking forward to serving you during your stay at Advanced RV Resort.

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    We have been camping in Texas since 1980 and here is our list of the best RV Parks, Best Texas State Parks, and the Best Campgrounds in Texas that we have visited and reviewed. To make the Best RV Parks, Texas State Parks, and Texas Camprounds list the parks need high ratings on scenic beauty, park amenities, things to do in the park and nearby, campsites, and cleanliness and condition. Each of our reviews will highlight what we like about the park, what there is to see and do when you visit the park, and give you lots more unbiased information about the Best Parks in Texas.