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Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterBoondocking is a popular way to RV travel and to camp for many experienced campers. While there really is no true definition for boondocking, it can be a bit of a free wheeling adventure for those who welcome the unknown of the open road.

  1. For the most part, the boondocker finds a place to stay where they can usually stay outside of an established campground. This could be staying overnight at NASCAR race, a WalMart parking lot, a state or federal camping area or just a simple truck stop. It is generally known as Dispersed RV camping and while it is not for everyone, those who partake have a great opportunity for some true adventure.
  2. On federal land, boondocking is fine if you are in at least 300 feet from the main road you came in on. Try and use campsites that have been abandoned and stick to the trails. It will save damage to your vehicle and you will leave little, if any, trace that you were there. Check the Bureau of Land Management as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Department for parks and boondocking facilities in those areas and states you plan to visit.
  3. Don’t leave out private land owners. Quite often, they will let you camp overnight on their land or they may charge you a small fee. It never hurts to ask. Most, believe it or not, say yes. Especially the farmers and the ranchers.
  4. Perhaps your most reliable boondocking site will be a WalMart parking lot. Walmart has standing orders with every police force in the country that anyone may stay overnight in any of their over 2500 US locations without being hassled.
  5. As always, planning is everything. You must travel light but your gear must be vital to your open survival. Be sure you properly dispose of all of your trash and human waste. Dig that proper latrine and cover it properly when you leave. Take it with you if you have to but do not leave it behind.
  6. Building a fire is, of course, optional. You must take great care when doing so. If you can get by without building one, then don’t. If you do, try an avoid cutting your firewood. If you are in a heavily wooded area, there should be enough deadwood on the forest floor to accommodate a small campfire. Stow all of your food away from the local animals, especially bears, that live in the area, treat yourself for insect attacks, and always have a formidable first aid kit on hand.

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterIf there is one thing everyone loves and waits for on a camping trip, it is mealtime. Cooking outdoors at the campground can be fun as well as adventurous. There is rarely time for gourmet fare but with a little imagination and creativity, camping trip meal times can be something everyone can really look forward to.

  1. Having much of your food preparation already done beforehand saves a huge amount of time, effort and mess. Simple grilling recipes and one pot meals are the most efficient way to get everyone fed. Prepare what you can before leaving home and storing them in plastic containers and coolers. You can separate your meals into individual days and packets as well as precook much of your meals.
  2. You can save space by taking all sizes of plastic jugs and filling them with water and freezing them. It will save you from buying ice and when the water melts, you have fresh water at your immediate disposal.
  3. Have a separate section in the camper or at your site for a food pantry. Store everything related to your meals their including your utensils, dishes and pots. It makes things more organized and when you are ready to prepare a meal you don’t have to go searching for everything. Store everything in large plastic containers or bins for easier organization and to discourage the animals.
  4. In addition to your separate pantry area, actually set up a kitchen space at your site. Store everything there including your grille or table top stove and well as everything associated with it. Your equipment is everything. Without the right utensils, cooking on a camping trip can be a real hassle and nightmare.
  5. Finally, just keep things as simple and as easy as you can. Remember, the joy of camping is to enjoy your time off with loved ones in the great outdoors; not spending huge amounts of time getting organized and cleaning up messes.

RV sales in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterThe Baby Boomer generation has made camping and RV-ing a whole new part of their lifestyle. RV sales have been going through the roof in the last couple of years and this aging generation is the major reason for it.

  1. One major reason for this boom with the Boomers is that there are over 16,000 campgrounds throughout the US that accommodate RV campers. In addition, Baby Boomers want to remain an active generation. They resist the notion of growing old and retiring. They want new adventures and they want to be within striking distance of family.
  2. Another reason RV camping and travel has become so popular is that many campgrounds are located near tourist attractions. Also, many have pools, adult evening entertainment, small restaurants and even heavily stocked campground stores. The RV’s can be parked conveniently enough so that campers can easily use it as a base to explore the surrounding area and attractions.
  3. There are RV camping grounds and parks that fit every taste and every sense of adventure. One of the major reasons that RV camping has taken off with the Baby Boomers is that it gives them the flexibility, as well as the freedom, to go where they please and to enjoy those attractions and sites, and the RV lifestyle, they are most interested in.
  4. An RV can truly be a home away from home as they are available in every conceivable style from the simple pop-up to a lavish motor home experience. Recent travel marketing research has revealed that people who engage in the RV experience actually spend far less time traveling than if they took planes or the family car. In the long run, research has uncovered, traveling by RV is also less expensive than any other mode of travel be it plane, car or even cruise ship.

RV sales in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterIs your RV ready for your planned spring adventures? After a long and hard New England winter, it is time to get that RV into camping and traveling shape.

  1. While not entirely necessary, it is wise to change your batteries. Starting each season with new batteries will give you the peace of mind to know that they will not fail you. However, if this is not possible, you will need to inspect your batteries for winter storage damage and to charge them. Check for cracks and always attach the positive lead first.
  2. The next most important item on your spring check up list is your propane tank system. This you may want to have professionally done. Fittings may have become damaged or loose during the winter months Get a manometer test done and check to ensure that your regulator is running at eleven inches water column of pressure.
  3. If you winterized your water system for the winter, you will need to drain and flush out the coolant or antifreeze that was placed there for winter storage. You can, then, fill up the water tank and activate your pump. Run the water through your lines to completely flush them out. Check for leaks by pressurizing the whole system with your pump. Shut the pump off for a half hour or so and then turn it on again. If the pump starts to run, it is likely you have a leak.
  4. Tires are next. Make sure the tires are inflated to recommended manual tire pressure. Check for damage and wear. Your tires are critical to getting good gas mileage as well as being vital in the overall handling of the vehicle.
  5. Inspect all of the seals from your windows to your roof. Check for dents, cracks and other signs of damage or wear. Scrape off the old sealant and reseal everything. For the RV enthusiast, nothing is better than the anticipation of getting on the road again. By insuring that everything is well maintained and in proper working order, you are making certain that you and your loved ones will have an exciting, and safe, travel season.

road to horizonEnjoying your new RV and all of the potential adventure and excitement it can bring takes some serious planning. Having a firm handle on what you need to do in order to enjoy your RV experience can make the adventure something you will remember forever.

  1. One thing that most new RV owners neglect to do is to actually learn how to drive it. It is not a compact car and can’t be treated like one. No special license is required but special techniques and concentration is. You should take a considerable amount of time getting the feel for it and take as many long drives as you can before you head out on that adventure. Take it into all kinds of traffic in all kinds of conditions until you are fully confident that you can easily handle it.
  2. What is your liability coverage and do you have an emergency road service plan? Make sure you have the proper insurance for your new RV and get proper road coverage. Know how far you will be towed and what repairs will be covered by your insurance. You can’t leave anything to chance out on the road.
  3. Plan your travel route to your destinations and then get online and check everything from weather and traffic conditions to road repairs and detours. There is nothing like running into some unexpected construction. The Federal Highway Administration has a nice website that covers current conditions in all 50 states.
  4. Make sure your weight is properly distributed and that you have practiced driving with such a load. Also, don’t forget to call far ahead and make proper reservations. Finally, account for the limited electric power you will have. Either plan carefully or add some additional power by taking advantage of power sources at your destination.

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterTwo of the great camping challenges will be keeping mice and other rodents away from your equipment and site and how to tackle and eliminate mold. Mold, especially, is a typical problem for all RV and camper owners.

  1. The challenge with mold is that you expose yourself to constant moisture while out enjoying your camper and RV. After you have returned and packed everything away, the moisture can still remain inside your camper and, over time, can develop into mold.
  2. Aside from the grave health concerns, mold will cause long lasting damage to your beloved trailer or RV. First thing to do is to give it a good scrubbing. Park in the direct afternoon sunshine and fully open the camper. Try and avoid bleach as it could damage the canvas. An equal formula of water and vinegar, as well as a hard bristled brush, should do the trick. Remember that the sunlight will, also, kill mold spores and will prevent it from spreading.
  3. Moving to the inside, you can use a formula of watered down bleach especially for countertops and floors. If you have seat cushions that don’t have covers, a mix of mild detergent, Borax and water should scrub away any mold you have there. The removable covers you can just toss in the laundry with a little bit of the Borax.
  4. With regard to small rodents, especially mice, one tactic that always works is to bring your cat along for the trip. Try and avoid setting up you camper where mice and other rodents live. Go for the hard topped parking lot and store as much as you can inside the camper.
  5. Seal up all possible holes or gaps in your camper as mice can get through the slimmest of openings. Also, moth balls used outside on the ground around your camper will prevent their approach. You may find, however, that the only real and effective defense you will have against the rodents is the old spring loaded traps.

Beautiful sunsetIt is often difficult, even for the most experienced of campers, to get a solid and restful night’s sleep while camping. Even to feel fully relaxed can be a challenge. There are some tips you can keep in mind, however, when searching for that elusive night’s sleep.

  1. Ear plugs may help but it may be better to choose a campground that is not so noisy at night. While many believe falling asleep to the gentle sounds of nature is great, there are those novice campers who are shocked to discover that the wild woods can get rather noisy at night.
  2. In your pop up or RV, parking on a level spot will help immensely. If you are using a tent, find level ground that is somewhat padded and avoid rocky areas whenever you can.
  3. Proper ground cover or a solid air mattress will be a huge help toward getting a great night’s sleep. Some extra memory foam padding or egg crate padding should, also, add to your comfort.
  4. If there is one annoyance that everyone can live without, it is the insects, especially the mosquitos. Make sure you are properly prepared with enough repellent and netting to keep you cozy and buzzing free. Also, try and have something soothing, like tea, before you go to bed. Nothing heavy and certainly save the s’mores for the daytime.
  5. Sleeping bags are rated for environmental conditions and temperatures. Make sure your bags will properly protect and insulate you. A winter bag will suffocate you in July while a thinner summer bag will be useless to you on a winter camping trip.
  6. Finally, know where the bathrooms are at the campground and don’t forget the flashlights and spare batteries. It is surprising how these two things can help you feel more relaxed. As with any camping outing, the more you know and the more you are prepared, the greater enjoyment you will experience.

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterWinter camping time is here as the true lovers and veterans have begun to get out and enjoy the season. For the less experienced camper, however, winter camping can appear a bit daunting. There are some survival strategies that will help and will allow you to get the most from your winter camping experience. The winter is a great time as the campgrounds and national parks are far less crowded which means a huge opportunity for those hearty souls willing brave the more severe conditions.

  1. More than experience, it is the right gear for the specific conditions you will face that will be the pivotal key to your success and enjoyment. Whether you are heading out to tent it or preparing your RV, where you want to go and what you want to do will be important to your planning.
  2. The winter weather, aside from the obvious cold, can be unpredictable. Snowstorms could move in on you at any time so you must be prepared properly. Part of this preparation is, of course, to check ahead regarding the weather in the area you will be. Also, choosing a spot to camp will depend on how far away you want to go, what activities you will want to enjoy, and your level of experience. Wilderness camping is not for the feint of heart or for rookies so plan your destination with care.
  3. Clothing and equipment are your next considerations. The warmest clothing you can have is always the best way to go. Special thermal underwear and socks as well as well insulated and rugged boots are a must. Also, it shouldn’t be necessary to mention how often people fail to pack gloves. Always dress in layers for added warmth and protection and have sleeping bags rated for the conditions.
  4. You must winterize your pop up camper or your RV. You don’t want anything to freeze especially your water lines. Without your water supply, you will be hard pressed. Also, needless to say, make sure your heater is working in your RV before you leave the driveway.
  5. Take along plenty of firewood or your chainsaw and ax to scour for dead branches and trees once you are at your campsite. In snow covered areas, searching for wood on the ground can be a challenge so bring plenty with you.
  6. Think warm when meal planning. Hot soups and stews will lighten your spirits as well as hot coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Finally, don’t forget the entertainment such as novels, cards, games and puzzle books. A winter camping experience can be a memorable adventure when you leave prepared.

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterThere can be few better opportunities to bond with your family than preparing the camper and taking a camping trip. Camping can be a great experience that will bring the family closer together and allow the children an opportunity to do things they rarely get a chance to do. In today’s hurried, multi tasking, and electronic device addicted world, preparing the camper and mapping out a family trip just may be the adventure everyone needs.

  1. Perhaps the most important part of any family camping trip will be the choice of where you want to go. Huddle around and have a family meeting about it. Surf many places and many campgrounds until everyone can pretty much agree on the perfect one. Decide what you plan to do while on the trip. Are you exploring the local color? Taking walks and hikes? In addition, nothing can be more important than ensuring that you have a reservation. Check in with the campground a few days before you are scheduled to leave so that you know your reservation is still intact.
  2. Preparation will be critical to the enjoyment and getting everyone involved with the preparation of the camper or RV will start the bonding process. It will also allow the children to see what is involved and will give them a sense of accomplishment in knowing they were an integral part or everything. Make your list and gather your supplies.
  3. Important yet often overlooked supplies are foul weather gear and tarps. Staying dry and comfortable is the key to a successful trip. Being cooped up in your tent, camper or RV with everyone until the weather passes can cause undue stress and boredom for you and the kids. Use the tarps as shelters so that, despite the rain, you can still be outside.
  4. Be sure and leave plenty of room for food. Being out and about, especially camping in the fresh air will leave you, and the children, almost constantly hungry. Bring what everyone loves and make sure there are plenty of snacks. Energy bars and water will keep everyone properly hydrated and energized.
  5. Make sure everyone has certain tasks. Explain to the children how important it is for them to pitch in so that the trip will be fun and successful. The family working together toward a common goal will enrich the camping experience and cause a more intense bonding that will spillover into your life long after you get home.
  6. Finally, don’t be rigid in your plans or your expectations. Going with the flow is the most enjoyable way to approach the family camping trip. It allows for spontaneous enjoyment. You just never know what you will discover if you play it loose and welcome everything that comes up.

RV sales in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterRV travel and overall RV sales have found a renewed energy and resurgence as the Baby Boom generation has discovered the freedom of the road. There are nearly 80 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) and many of them have or will soon be entering their retirement years. The Baby Boomers are an active generation and are taking that adventurous streak with them into retirement. RV sales have exploded over the past several years and this generation is a major reason as to why.

  1. As of today, Baby Boomers account for over 80% of all travel spending done for recreation and leisure combine for an accumulated wealth of nearly $8 trillion. According to recent statistics, there are slightly over eight million RV owners. That is nearly one out of every eleven households in the country.
  2. In the last decade alone, fueled by the Baby Boomer’s adventurous spirit, RV sales have leaped 15%. Recent stats also suggest that within the next several years a full one out of every six American households will buy an RV and hit the road.
  3. In addition, the RV rental part of the industry has surged nearly 35% over the past several years. This puts the RV enthusiasts in a prime position to greatly affect the tourism industry in the near future and well beyond.
  4. The Baby Boomers have taken to RV sales and to the lifestyle for all that it has to offer. An RV is a great way to travel, is comfortable, and offers the freedom to explore in a way that really no other mode of travel can offer. Rather than the stress and aggravation of booking hotel reservations and plane tickets, the Baby Boomers are simply firing up their beloved RV’s and letting the road take them where it may.