Leisure Resort

January Newsletter

Does Your RV Oven Work?

I don’t know about you about I have been less than impressed with the quality of the oven in my RV.  I just ran across this video on YouTube.

http://bit.ly/qKhQti

Think I will give it a try.  Do you have an answer to the problem of baking in your RV?

I have even resorted to using our grill as an oven.  Takes a little adjusting since I haven’t figured out how to just put it on and let it go, but it is getting closer.  I try to think of it as being similar to a gas oven.  I have even gone as far as baking a pie in it by turning off one side.  The key here was to turn the pie regularly so that one side didn’t burn and the other stay raw.

Let us know what tricks you have used.

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Best Friends Need to Cool Off Too

It has been miserably hot everywhere this year.  I even hate to get in the car because it takes so long for it to cool down and by the time it does cool down, it’s time to get out of the car and let it get hot again.  And trying to keep the RV cool is tough.

If it is miserable for us, what is it like for our pets?  They don’t yell at us, “It’s hot!!!  Cool me off!!”, they just keep trying to make it.
I recently came across this video that looks like it has some great tips in it for helping your pet stay cool while you are RVing.  Thought you might like to see it.

http://bit.ly/qGj0pq

Let’s make sure to keep our buddies comfortable through this heat.

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Get Everyone Together Before Summer is Over

Can you believe that Labor Day is a short few weeks away?  How about getting all the friends and relatives together for one last big weekend before saying good bye to the summer?  Here are a few planning ideas for you.

1.)  Decide on the who, what, where, when and how of your get together.  Who are you going to invite, what do they need to do, where are you going to have your reunion (Leisure Resort of course), when is the get together going to take place and how is everyone going to respond to the invitation.

2.)  Who is the easy part.  Make a list of everyone you would love to get together with and gather up their email addresses, phone numbers, and snail mail addresses.  Get a general idea of how many people are going to be interested and whether they will need an RV site, a tent site or a rental cottage.

3.)  Give us a call to check on dates that are available for your group and your needs.

4.)  Plan what activities you are going to have during the reunion.  Do you want to rent canoes and float down the San Marcos?  Or maybe you just want to plan a big picnic meal.  Talk to our front office for a ton of ideas.

5.)  Finalize your plans and let everyone know that the date and cost is set.

6.)  Arrive at Leisure Resort and get ready to have a great time reconnecting, exploring and having fun.

Now that wasn’t so difficult was it?  Give us a call and get started getting your group organized.

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10 Things You Don’t Want to Tell Your Insurance Agent

We’ve all had those embarrassing phone calls to our friendly Insurance Agent.  You know what I’m talking about.  Things like “Hi Rob, I need to put a claim in.  I drove through the garage door this morning” or “Hi George, Look I know this sounds funny but as I was backing out of the driveway I ran over the lawnmower.”

Here are 10 things to remember about your RV so that you don’t give your insurance agent a good laugh to share with fellow agents.

1.)    An RV takes more room to turn a corner than your VW Bug.  Don’t try to make a sharp turn rather than wait on the oncoming traffic.  Light poles do nasty things to fiberglass and blue tarp doesn’t enhance the graphics on your unit.

2.)    Rv TV antennas are not meant to withstand the 70 mile an hour winds on the highway.  Make sure that the last thing you do is check that you have lowered the antenna.  It’s not a pretty sight to see an RV traveling down the highway with the antenna hanging off of the side.

3.)    Double check your taillights before you head out on the road.  EVERY time you get ready to move.  Once dusk hits, it can be very difficult for the person traveling behind you to know that there is a monster vehicle ahead of them.

4.)    Secure that awning.  The scene with Robin Williams in RV where he is traveling down the road with the awning flapping isn’t something the writers made up.  There are plenty of stories out there about an awning deploying in the middle of a four lane highway.

5.)    Before you leave the RV Park where you spent the night, make sure that everything is unhooked.  We once left our site with the pedestal trailing behind us like a newlywed’s car.

6.)    While you are at it, make sure that you have removed the chocks from your wheels.  Car jacks don’t hack it when you have to change tires on an RV.

7.)    Make doubly sure that you are firmly connected.  If you are in a fifth wheel, make sure that the hitch has locked in.  You don’t want to pull away only to have the fifth wheel fall on the bed of the truck.

8.)    If you are towing a car behind your motor home, be sure that you have gone through all the checklists, particularly that the emergency brake is OFF.  The motor home is going to hide the smoke that is billowing out behind your tow vehicle.

9.)    Turn off the propane before you leave the campground.  There are way too many RV’s that have caught fire on the highway.  And believe me, they can go to ashes in the blink of an eye.  Make sure the furnace is turned off, the refrigerator is either on battery or shut off and the pilot on the range is off.  Better yet, turn the propane off at the tank, then you don’t have to worry about whether you have turned everything off.

10.) When you find that gorgeous site that backs onto the river, make sure that your wheels are firmly chocked behind the wheels.  Most RV’s aren’t amphibious and will sink like a rock.

There are my 10 don’t do’s, what are yours?

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Get Ready for the 4th!

Even though you have probably already had your first trip out in the RV, thought you might like a quick checklist to use for your big 4th of July trip.

1.)    On a nice, sunny, breezy day, open all the windows and turn on a fan in the RV to air out all the stale air from the winter.  While you have everything airing out, check the filter on your vent fans to make sure that they are clean.  Climb up on the roof and check the vent covers to make sure there aren’t any cracks in the covers.  A great vacation can be marred by a leaky vent cover that lets the rain in.

2.)    Roll out your awning and scrub it down.  After being rolled up for a number of months, you may have a bit of mildew to scrub off.  Also check the awning for any rips or tears and repair them before they become major and require a whole new awning.

3.)    Check all of your lights, headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals.   Check both your battery operated lights and your lights that require a plug in at the park.  Replace any burnt out bulbs.

4.)    Check your slides for any needed repairs.  Check the fluid levels for the slide controls and fill them if necessary with the manufacturer’s recommended fluid.  Check the battery for the slides and make sure the water level is correct.  It can be quite frustrating to arrive at the RV resort and find that you can’t get your slides out or get ready to leave the park and can’t get the slides to go in.

5.)    Flush your water system of any antifreeze you used when you put the unit into storage.  Make sure you always use non-toxic antifreeze.

6.)    Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  This would also be a good time to check your fire extinguisher and replace it if necessary.

7.)    Change the water filter for your fresh water.  It has been sitting with the antifreeze in it and while the antifreeze is non-toxic, it sure won’t make your water taste good.

These are just a few of the steps you need to take.  Make a list that you can add to and use it every year.

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