Compact Dishwashers clean like full-size models you have in your house, but take up less than half the space. You can operate these dishwashers on your kitchen countertop or build a small cabinet to put it in. Compact dishwashers have incredibly modern and efficient systems-using efficient re-circulation of hot water and detergent, it uses just 3.4 gallons of water for a normal cycle, but circulates over 10 gallons per minute for the dishes.

If you decide to go on the road for an extended period of time, chances are you will need to do laundry. Other RV appliances worth looking into are washers and dryers. Life on the road means clothes get dirty, especially if you are venturing out into the wilderness. These days you can find good, water-conserving, efficient RV washers and dryers for …


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Best Beach Camping in Florida's Panhandle

Finding just the right beach in Florida for a camping vacation could give you a headache; not because there are so few options, but because there are so many. Thank heaven, then, for Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. Leatherman is a professor of environmental studies at Florida International University in Miami, and the author of “America’s Best Beaches.” Since 1991, Leatherman has been compiling annual lists of the ten best beaches, in ranked order, all across the United States. Criteria includes sand quality, water temperature, presence of litter, and takes into account opinions of naturalists, scientists, and park rangers across the United States.

Florida Beach Camping Is at the Top

Of the four Florida beaches that are currently among the Top Ten Beaches in the country, only one has camping …


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Outdoor camping gear is designed to be rugged, lightweight, and waterproof. Most of it anyway: electronic equipment, such as GPS satellite receivers, tends to be more delicate than anything else. And costly–in price and convenience–to replace. Your most precious outdoor camping gear just might be the GPS that will lead you back to the trailhead.

Protect Your Outdoor Camping Gear

Avid campers and hikers will insist that you bring as little gear as possible, especially when you are carrying it on your back. Dehydrated food, convertible pants that zip into shorts, and the smallest toothbrushes you can imagine: everything adds weight, so cut back as much as you can. But when it comes to protecting gears, it’s better to err on the side of safety.

I try to backpack in Yosemite every year, and I’ve …


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There are so many campgrounds in Daytona Beach you would think we all live in tents. You have to be picky when picking a campground though. Especially during different seasons like, Bike Week , Biketoberfest, BCR, or Race week. These events tend to cause for rowdy crowds at the camp sites. You want to typically go with quieter more family oriented places like the places I have chosen.

My favorite on the list is Nova Family Campgrounds. This location is very quiet and right near everything you need when on a relaxing family vacation. They have an amazing website that i have referenced in this article as well. It has all the details you need to know and more about our areas activities too. I see this campground everyday and I have to say it …


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When purchasing fifth wheel hitches, the two things you need to look for are safety and security. Most hitches are easy to install and maintain, but you need to make sure you buy a good one with a reputable brand name. Buying a good fifth wheel hitch means you can relax in the cab knowing the rest of the rig is firmly secured to the towing vehicle.

Travel trailers and pop-ups are hitched to the back of your car, but Fifth Wheel Hitches mount to a special component in the bed of a pick-up truck. This specific arrangement typically requires a compatible towing vehicle with some considerable towing power. Like the run-of-the-mill travel trailer, Fifth Wheel Hitches offer their owners the flexibility to unhitch the RV and take the truck around sightseeing or to more …


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Summer Tradition
Camping was a splendid summer treat for my family. We would pack up our trailer and set off to thrilling new locations. Swimming, hiking, and roasting marshmallows by an open fire – what could go wrong?

Beer Can Swamp

After a three hour drive, we spotted the sign for the campground up ahead. It’s exact appearance I don’t recall, but we turned onto the rickety dirt road and began our drive into the unknown. About 100 yards later, a sign was posted on a tree “Almost There!” We kept going. The potholes jerked the camper. It had just rained. We kept on. More signs scattered the road. By the fifth sign we were somewhere between laughter and tears – where were we going? Three miles later we saw human civilization again…well, sort of. …


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Mississippi Palisades State Park is a great place to camp and a suitable place to backpack. Located just south of Galena it is about a 2 hour drive away from Chicago. There are 241 camping sites at the northern entrance including electrical hook ups at 110 of the sites.

The electric sites are $20.00 per night through November 1 and between then and April 30 they run $18.00 per night. The non-electric sites are $10.00 and $8.00. All sites including the primitive ones cannot be reserved and are on a first come first serve basis. This means on busy summer weekends it might be a good idea to get on the road early before the good ones are all taken. The park office mentioned that one of the three primitive sites is almost always available.…


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Looking for the best camping north and east of Dallas? Look no further. While there are no mountains, the prairie does hide a beach or two – really – and some delightful camping. Don’t drive for hundreds of miles when you can camp so close to Dallas.

Bonham State Park

Bonham is a hidden gem just northeast of McKinney. Built in 1935 by the CCC, both the lake and the park remain off the beaten trail. When other lakes closer to Dallas get too crowded, this is the park to escape to. It’s only $3 per adult, per day pass, and children under 12 are free. Tent camping is a mere $15, while RV campsites only $20. The campsites are limited in number, but the locals all rave. This is the park we whisper about …


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Memorial Day is the opening weekend for many Michigan campgrounds, and also the busiest. Maybe you’ve bought a Recreation Passport and some hot dogs, but before attempting a Memorial Day weekend camping trip, consider these five tips to help you prepare.

  1.  Pre-Check Gear

The campground is no place to discover you’re missing a tent pole. Before you go, take out all your gear and inspect it. Set up your tent completely, and test flashlights and other equipment. Make sure your sunscreen and bug spray are full. Remember, prices will rise as Memorial Day approaches.

  1.  RSVP

Many campgrounds (such as Luddington and Van Buren state parks) fill up for Memorial Day weekend six months in advance. If you can’t reserve a site, plan to arrive very early Thursday morning to claim your spot, or have a …


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Since most RVs are literally homes on wheels, it’s sometimes easy to forget things like camper jacks, propane, oil, and other essentials. We remember food and water, and snacks and card games and maps and movies, but we fail to forget the things that will help get us there and the things that we keep us there safely. Check out an RV supply store or the respective online website to see what camper jacks best suit your RV needs.

If you have a trailer, you will need a jack that can lift your trailer tongue up high enough so that it remains level with the rest of the RV. You also need a jack that can hold a serious amount of weight, especially considering all the new RVs coming out on the market. Electric camper …


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