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RE: Things I'll need to buy

Our trailer is our 2nd home / cabin so we have duplicate of things that we use in the house. Some little things: phone charger cable, eye glasses, spare contact lenses, at least a weeks worth of prescriptions, clothes, jackets, hats, gloves, binoculars, AA and AAA batteries, extension cord, fishing rods/tackle, etc. We don't have an outdoor kitchen and we cook and eat outside a lot. I bought one of those 3 drawer plastic storage containers and loaded it with things we use while cooking/eating outside, paper plates, utensils in the top drawer, cooking spray, seasoning, tongs, flipper, lighter, small bottle tap water, tiny dawn soap, scotch brite, table cloth & clips, can koosies, etc. we even attached a plastic paper towel holder on the side. As someone mentioned, write down things that you need while you are camping. We have a 4' plastic folding table that fits behind the couch. It is nice to use outside especially when there is a picnic table that you cannot move next to the trailer. We don't leave our fridge on so I keep the small condiments in our basement fridge. We also have a shelf in the freezer for "camping" food. Happy Camping! Marcia
welove2drive 01/08/15 07:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best time of year for the Florida Keys?

Check out Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge. It is across the bridge from BahiaHonda SP. No dogs allowed because of the key deer. Real nice place. We were in key west in May w/o the trailer but checked out a few RV parks and the SP one day. Seems like it would be easy to pick up one night. Good luck.
welove2drive 01/07/15 09:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

I am so sorry that your family was not interested in viewing your trip video. I would love to see it. Somebody suggested sending your parents a copy. Sounds like a good idea. I am sad to see your last chapter. I will miss this trip report. Please feel free to add more pictures! Thank you for all of your time posting I truly enjoyed it.
welove2drive 12/27/14 10:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Affordable vacation strategy

This would be a good idea for kids or adults for an inexpensive memorable souvenir. Have you seen the picture words? Each photo is a picture of an object that resembles a letter. You line up the photos to spell your name or a special word. They seem to use black and white photos for this project. The photos are inexpensive. The the time and place of each object photographed will be remembered forever. I think the cost would be in the frame.
welove2drive 12/25/14 12:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lake Michigan campsites

Warren Dunes is nice.
welove2drive 12/16/14 07:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Soup Time

We've made some really tasty Chicken Soup using a rotisserie chicken.
welove2drive 11/13/14 09:18pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV Parks in Kansas City and St Louis recommendations

We went to a game over the summer and parked for free at the Casino Queen. The free shuttle is nice and easy. The Casino has a nice buffet too. There is also Sundemeier RV Park in St. Charles, MO. St. Charles is a cool place to visit all on its own. Babler SP is nice and wooded it is not that far from the city. I believe the Red Barn RV park in Edwardsville, IL opens for the season on April 1st. Pere Marquette SP in Grafton, IL is about an hour away. Nice little river town. There is always something going on there. Wineries, flea market, bands, etc. If you have time take a drive from Mo on Hwy 94 to Grafton Ferry Road. Ride the ferry across, visit the SP. Take a drive up the bluff above the Lodge and down the back way to Rt 100. Go back via Rt 100 towards Alton, IL. You get a great view of the Bluffs on one side and the river on the other side of the road.
welove2drive 11/12/14 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

That movie trailer is awesome! I am really enjoying your trip report. So when you are done with this report post some of the videos on You Tube. We will want more! lol We took our two kids on many trips mostly tent camping or fly and drive. They are now in their mid twenties and still like going with us. Marcia
welove2drive 11/07/14 09:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2015 summer plan

We have not traveled on your 2015 route so I don't have any suggestions. I really enjoyed looking at your blog of all of the places that you have visited! I looked at places that we would like to visit and places we have visited. I was impressed that you visited so many out of the way beautiful places in southern Missouri!Interesting and humorous blog! Wishing you safe travels! Marcia
welove2drive 11/07/14 08:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best route~Effingham IL to Grand Canyon

Do you have sleeping space for 4 adults and 3 children in your trailer? We have had 6 adults sleeping in our 28' TT. We can fit a double mattress in front of the table and put 2 chairs in the shower. We have had to do this 3 out of 4 trips but only for 1 night. Plan A is two in the tent but storms or late stop over changed to Plan B. Make sure you have a Plan B. Buy 7 rain ponchos at the dollar store. Pack shoes for walking in the creeks. Those fabric grocery bags work good for the shower house. You may want to precook some hamburgers, grilled chicken pieces or strips(for Quesidillas), left overs, bacon, ground pork sausage, chili meat w/onions and peppers, taco meat, etc. and freeze. Freeze some in individual portions for easy dinner or lunch choices. The chili fixin's will make a quick pot of chili, just add beans, canned tomatoes and seasonings. The ground sausage will make quick Biscuits & gravy. I like the Southeastern Mills Peppered Gravy Mix & frozen biscuits (could also precook). Hard boil some eggs for the trip. A Food Saver machine removes the air and makes the packages smaller so you can fit quite a bit in the little TT freezer. You can cook a lot of things in an electric skillet at the picnic table. I bought a storage box with 3 drawers. Stock with anything you need when you cook/eat outside. It saves me many trips in and out of the TT! Discuss something(s) that each person can do to help. Whatever will help Mom & Dad (hosts). Familiarize them with where you keep things in the trailer. If you try to do everything for everybody it will get old quick on a 2 wk trip. Take time to sit, relax and enjoy yourself! In Page, AZ check out the Upper (walk in access) or Lower (ladder access) Antelope Slot Canyon. We just drove out to the Upper Slot Canyon. We also did the Colorado River Discovery flat water raft trip on the Co. River. Very cool. You can take a hike out to the Horseshoe Bend over look. (free) Leaving Page, AZ heading NW there is a really nice (Nat'l park?) visitor center. Zion (Springdale, UT) if you can't get in to Watchman campground there is an RV park behind the Quality Inn next door. Camp next to the Virgin River. Zion Canyon Campground. We stayed at the Quality Inn but walked around the campground. The free shuttle will pick you up nearby. Take a drive in your truck through the tunnel to explore so you can pull over at look outs. When you travel to Bryce with the trailer you won't be able to pull over easily. Glenwood Springs, CO. has a hot springs pool. Pretty neat. We stayed at a campground on the east side of the tunnel down the road (I-70). It is along the CO. River. Have a wonderful trip! Marcia
welove2drive 11/05/14 08:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dealing with the unpredicablity of life and your camper!

I am glad you had a nice trip! Flexibility is important and a good lesson for the kids. Those of us that tent camped prior to having an trailer laugh at the rain. Once we did a cave tour. It was dry and warmer in the cave! We did an entire float trip in the cool drizzle. The kids still talk about that one! Our teen son was offered a beer for his poncho. That was the last time we floated on Saturday. When we got back we had to pour the water out of our tent. One time it was raining so hard we could not set up the tents so we rented a basic cabin (shelter w/covered porch!) for us, kids and friends. The next day was a beautiful float trip day. I'm sure everyone could share "Plan B" stories. They make for great memories! Happy camping to you and your family! Marcia
welove2drive 10/13/14 08:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Favorite COE park in your state

We like Boulder campground at Carlyle Lake, IL. It is on the East side of the lake. However, it is not as handy to the stores, etc. Dam West campground is on the West side and is very close to town. You need a reservation for both for the weekend. Nicely groomed grounds. We mostly camp at Eldon Hazlet SP on West side. There are 300+ sites and it is like camping in the woods. Largest lake in IL. Sailing lake. The Keys bar/restaurant in Keysport has all you can eat Walleye everyday!
welove2drive 10/09/14 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

We like to camp at State, National and COE parks. There is usually electric hookup. We are set up to boondock. It is nice to camp next to or within view of the water. We fish, bike, walks, site see, etc. We love our cabin on wheels. I agree that most people don't get camping. Others that don't travel don't even ask questions as it is not in their interest. We tent camped when the DS and DD were growing up. We took them all over the country. Some trips were fly and drive due to time constraints. Now they go with us at least once each summer. This year we took the DS & GF, DD and MIL to Warren Dunes SP in MI. We all had a good time. We stayed in the tent. Good times!
welove2drive 10/06/14 07:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Things to do, places to stay -- Western Kentucky

Just across the river from Paducah is southern Illinois Shawnee Forest area. There are many places to explore for a day trip. See on google maps. Garden of the Gods (beautiful)(12 sites, no hookups, water pump. Mermet swamp or lake- birding, Fort Massac SP, Cache River State Natural area, Cave in Rock SP (electric & dump station) above the river & the cave, nearby is the free car ferry to cross in to KY and you could take the river road back to Paducah. There is an Amish town on the KY side but I don't know the name. I'm sure somebody from this area could add many more places to explore.Have a great trip! Marcia
welove2drive 09/26/14 06:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arkansas Fall Colors

We stayed at Lake Dardanelle SP (Russellville, AR) as a base camp and drove the truck to explore Jean Petit, Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine. That worked out nice. They have full hookups. It is a nice park! If you stay there make sure to drive Skyline Drive at night for a nice peak between the houses at the town below.It is a dry county. We were there the last week in Oct. 2013 nice colors.
welove2drive 09/18/14 07:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tackling the H2O system this fall

If you have the room I would check HomeDepot or Lowe's for an expansion tank made for your home. There are 2 sizes. I used the smaller of the 2 in our trailer.
welove2drive 08/17/14 06:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Van Buren SP Michigan questions

Thanks for the food ideas!
welove2drive 08/16/14 06:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Van Buren SP Michigan questions

Thank you for the comments. I will check out the 200's sites. There could be no rain in the forecast until we set up a tent. It's like magic. We will probably fish off of the piers. I will explain the walk to the beach with MIL. I think she can handle it. I would like to check out Taste, the tapa's restaurant in South Haven. It should be a fun but fast weekend!
welove2drive 08/14/14 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Van Buren SP Michigan questions

We are going to stay at Van Buren SP on Sept. 12, 13. I have seen posts about sites 25 and 27 having flooding issues. Are there any other sites with issues? DH and I will be staying in the tent and other family members will be in the TT. There seem to be many sites available, debating on even making reservations. Is it a very long walk from the parking lot to the beach? The best I can tell it is a wide side walk. Can you drive on it to drop off someone at the beach? MIL had hip replacement a couple years ago and uses a cane. Is fishing permitted along the SP shore/beach? Can you fish off of the light house pier in South Haven? I read about a pier at north beach on the MI dnr web site. Do you know of any good fishing spots? Thanks in advance! Marcia
welove2drive 08/13/14 05:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CGs within an hour of St. Louis

Advice: Travel on the interstates. Don't go in north St. Louis, MO or East St. Louis, IL. Avoid Rt 3 between I-270 and I-55/70 in IL, I don't feel comfortable driving on that road. Rt 67 and Rt 3 from Alton, IL to I-270 is okay to travel. As noted try some toasted ravioli somewhere. Many restaurants have this as apps. Apparently a St. Louis thing. There are a lot of free places in St. Louis, zoo, Grants Farm, Science Center, Art Museum. All great places! Pere Marquette SP just north of Grafton, IL is a nice park. Beautiful lodge, nice scenic drives above lodge, paved bike trail to Alton, IL. Beasley's Fish Market in Grafton has good fish. Drive up to the Aeries winery for a great view of the rivers. Flea Market on the 4th weekend of the month until end of Oct. There are several antique shops in Alton, IL. Don't miss the drive from Grafton to Alton, IL the view of the bluffs is better heading south! There is the Grafton Ferry that takes you to Rt 94 in MO, short drive to St. Charles, MO another cool town along the Missouri river. So much to see, so little time! Have a great trip! Marcia
welove2drive 08/04/14 09:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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