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Great Gadgets for RV Living

For those of us who live the RV Life, there are many choices, but limited space! That’s why it’s important to choose which gadgets you will really use and benefit from, and make room for those. Choosing gadgets that are small but have a big impact on safety, comfort or convenience is key. Here are some of our favorites:

Collapsable Storage Containers – These are great because when you’re traveling, you may not have many leftovers, but once you settle in to a campground or RV Park, you can cook and enjoy that leftover stew, chili, or chicken breast easily! Collapsable storage containers mean you can save space when you need it, and save food when you must!

Dehumidifier – Find a small one that will have enough power to move the volume of air, yet store easily. As you’re traveling through various climates and all four seasons, this WILL be a MUST at some point.

Propane Stove – This is the perfect solution when you have to stay a night somewhere with no full hookup, and you need your soup at night and your coffee in the morning. They collapse so they take up practically no room when traveling, but are extremely useful in a pinch!

Collapsable or Folding Laundry Basket – The pop-up hampers are ok, but they tend not to last long when lugging laundry back and forth. We prefer the collapsable laundry baskets or folding hampers that are a bit more durable.

Whether you’re just beginning to live the #RVLife or you’re a seasoned RVer, there are always new innovations coming out that make #RVLiving just a little bit easier. Enjoy!

Roadside Assistance Apps

Those who travel and live the #RVLifestyle know that sooner or later, something will go awry, and roadside assistance will be necessary.  Road trips are fun and, for the most part, safe.  But when things do go wrong, it can become a very dangerous situation very quickly.

Routine RV maintenance is the first line of defense against a breakdown and the need for roadside assistance, but in addition to making sure your RV is in tip-top shape, downloading a roadside assistance app before you leave is a great idea.

Here are some good apps to check out to ensure you have roadside assistance ready if you should need it.

  1. AllState Insurance has a “pay as needed” roadside assistance program even if you don’t use them as your insurance provider.  This service can provide towing and gasoline, and operates nationwide.
  2. HONK is a free app that is linked to towing services nationwide.  Their services are available 24/7, and there is no membership required.  This service is on-demand and you only pay for what you need.
  3. Repair Pal is a free app that can connect you with local garage and tow services in an area near you.  It has providers listed nationwide and makes recommendations, allowing you to choose which services and providers you want to use when you need help.

Wishing you safe travels, and we hope to see you soon!

NOT On the Road Again – At Least Not Now

Many people are (wisely) cancelling their road trips right now, despite beautiful spring weather.  While this is advisable for those at high-risk for infection, if you’re traveling in your RV due to living the RV lifestyle, rest assured most states have declared that RV parks are “essential” and can remain open during this crisis.

Recognizing that some people live in their RV full-time, most campgrounds and RV parks have remained open in the sense that water, electric and sewage hookups are still live, but pools, dog-parks, playgrounds, and clubhouses are closed until local and state officials can get a handle on this unprecedented event.

Meanwhile, if you are on the road during this time, there’s a good article in the New York Times about the interesting impact this has had on interstate travel.  While the USA is ONE NATION, the Federal Government still derives power from the States, making each Governor responsible for setting travel restrictions across their state lines as they see fit.  Therefore, if you’re on the road and seeking to move between state lines at this time, it may be a good idea to visit the DOT website for the state you are seeking to enter and determine if it’s worth it to keep going, or if it’s better to stay put.

Alliance Hill RV Park WILL REMAIN OPEN!  Our clubhouse, pool, showers, and dog-park are currently closed, but our sites and full hook-ups remain open and safe for travelers.  We will endeavor to follow the direction of state and local government officials to re-open facilities as we can, but if you need a place to “hunker down” for a few days or a few weeks, we’re here for you.

Fun Apps for RV Living

There are some great Apps for RVers to enjoy while traveling.  In addition to finding great locations, these apps allow you to read reviews from other travels, get helpful tips, and enjoy interaction with like-minded open-roaders like yourself!

 

Oh Ranger! is a good app, but is a bit dated, and largely only provides info on public, state and national parks.  But it allows for interesting information of each location from other members, and can help you plan some fun day-trips if you’re RVing long-term somewhere.

Park Advisor is an easy to use app.  It scales nicely on mobile and desktop, and allows you to add locations right from your phone!  You can add amenities of locations, leave reviews, and get the GPS coordinates of park location for easy navigation to your next stop!  Another nice feature of this app is it provides Map or List view so you can easily search by name if you know the name of the next RV park on your itinerary.

ToGo RV Companion is a fantastic app that helps you keep track of RV Maintenance, offers great how-to articles, and can even provide WiFi services.

Road Trippers is useful if you’re very social and seeking to meet up with people either on-route or once you get to your destination.  The free version allows for up to 5 “waypoints” along the way, but for more stops or longer trips a subscription is required.  If you only travel occasionally, or travel the same basic routes with each season, this app is not really useful except for some interesting reviews and articles.

 

The RV lifestyle is unique and there are as many ideas as there are RVers!  If you have an app you love, leave the info on our Facebook page to share with other Alliance Hill followers!

 

 

Enjoy RV Living in Florida’s Mild Winters

On average, Florida has the mildest winters in the USA, so it’s natural that many people choose to winter in their RV in Florida. However, there’s no need to drive all the way to the Keys to experience the benefits of a mild winter near the Gulf of Mexico. North Florida has many great attractions to keep you entertained and occupied while escaping the harsh winters up north.

Some of the world’s finest golf courses are located right along the panhandle of North Florida. Stretching from Pensacola to St. Augustine, there are literally dozens of award-winning golf experiences to choose from! Click here to learn about some of the most beautiful and challenging courses North Florida has to offer.

Birding in Florida is at it’s best from January to March. This is the perfect time to imitate their wisdom, and head south for the wither. During your winter stay in North Florida, birding is a great excursion and St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge is one of the top birding destinations in the nation. Learn more about this beautiful sanctuary at the St. Mark’s website here.

Plenty of fun family-friendly festivals to enjoy during your winter stay in beautiful North Florida will keep you busy several days a week. Check out the Night of Lights Boat Tour in St. Augustine, the Kumquat Festival in Date City, or the Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival.

Contact us today to plan your extended stay in North Florida’s favorite RV park, Alliance Hill RV Park. Call 850-260-8154 to reserve today!

June Events in North Florida

It’s hot, yes, but we Floridians still know how to throw a great party!  Here are some great events coming up in June and July here in North Florida!

June 15th at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.  COUNTRY MUSIC FEST — chill country acts including: Ryan Hurd, Tucker Beathard, Few Mile South, Soul Circus Cowboys and Second Shot Band. free (unless you want VIP premium seating) and family friendly.

EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC: off-shore fishing tournament, live music, food and Friday night fireworks. June 13-21 in SanDestin

June 22 at the North Florida Fairgrounds – The 28th Annual Model RailRoad Show

June 26th at Jacksonville Beach is the annual Lifeguard Challenge

SUMMER MOVIE CLASSICS at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville – Every Sunday throughout the summer.

SMOKE ON THE COAST BBQ AND FIREWORKS FESTIVAL Fourth of July fireworks,  local restaurants and award-winning BBQ veterans serving up $1 samples, live music, family entertainment and fireworks. July 3 Destin Commons

 

 

Stay Cool While Traveling in the Heat

It’s definitely getting hotter no matter where on the continent you are, but here in Florida it’s already near scorching.  Summer heat doesn’t deter everyone, though.  So for those of you who want to travel and have hot fun in the summertime, here are some helpful tips to help you stay cool while traveling in the heat.

Keep-Cool Gear!  From headbands, to “shower” wipes, to fans, here’s some great gear that can help you stay cool while traveling.

Avoid Heat Stroke! Drinking plenty of fluids, eating light meals and wearing cool, light clothing can help keep your body temperature regulated during the hottest weather.  Here’s a great article from TRIP full of info and reminders to help prevent heat stroke or other health issues during the hottest summer months.

Take A Plunge! Try to schedule stops at places with lakes, rivers, springs, and pools where you can safely plunge into some cool water after traveling all day.  Of course, here at Alliance Hill our pool is ALWAYS ready for guests.

Plan Ahead! Consider traveling during off-peak hours (like rush hour through Atlanta or school-run times through a small town), and that will help you keep rolling and not sitting in traffic in the blazing sun.  Schedule plenty of down time into your itinerary so that you have time to rest if necessary, and this will also allow you to travel at your ease and make unplanned stops if necessary if/when traffic is especially heavy in a region.

Let Nature Help! Choose destinations that offer shade, waterfront, breezes, and plenty of space.  Areas near a body of water tend to provide cooler temperatures due to the sea breezes and/or the lack of concrete streets and buildings.

Cook Cool & Cook Outside! Once you’re settled at your destination, take the load off your AC unit during the hottest parts of the day by serving salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and light snacks that don’t require cooking.  During the evenings when it starts to cool off, you can grill outside to keep the heat down in your RV.

 

We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful summer of travel and relaxation.

 

Great Ways to Customize the Interior of Your RV

There are lots of fun ways for DIY-ers to customize their RVs.  Whether you’re looking to make the interior sassy and fresh, or muted and mellow, there’s plenty of ways customize your RV to your own taste and style.

CURTAINS:  These are easy enough to make even if you’re not an experienced sewer.  Using fabric glue or even velcro, you can make the hem and the rod pocket easily enough.  Just make sure you’re cutting the fabric so that the design will hang straight.  There are some very cute camping and RV themed fabric designs available at SpoonFlower.com. Here’s a link: https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/138813-camping-by-emmaallardsmith

DECORATIVE LIGHTS: Easy enough to find at any Dollar General, DollarTree or Five Below.  Anything and everything is available from ice-cream cones, to tassels, to sea life! Whatever your theme or color palate, decorative strands of lights will add brightness and flare to your interior!

DINING TABLE DECOUPAGE: You can use photos of the kiddos, images from places you’ve visited, old maps, or even menus from some of your favorite diners! Decorate your dining table can help rekindle fond memories of former travels, and also serve as a great conversation starter over meals.

WALL COVERINGS: Paint interesting stripes, use polka-dot stickers, or place photos in a “brick” pattern on your walls and/or ceiling.  You can even make temporary “removable” wallpaper using fabric and starch.  Here’s a link to the tutorial.

Ok, so if you’re ready to dive in and make some updates to your interior, please share your ideas and photos with us on our facebook page!

Potential signs of mice include chewed-through dry goods and trails of debris.

Rodents Entered RV While in Storage

We all think little Frederick and his little mouse family that live in the wall all winter are adorable, but we’re not so excited when the little mice have made their winter home in our RV.  How can you tell if you’ve been hosting these little rodent guests all winter?  Here are 3 signs you may have a rodent problem as you pull your RV out of storage to get ready for Spring travels.

  1. Made the mistake of keeping dry goods in the pantry?  Look here first for signs of nibbling on pasta boxes and even eating through packets of creamer and sugar.  If you left it in there, they found it.
  2. Is there an unusually foul smell?  This is likely a dead rodent who made and nest, enjoyed a comfortable stay, and then for any number of reasons died.  Rodents will go back to their nests to die, so if there had been any “bait bars” or other types of poison in the RV to deter mice and they took the bait, they won’t die near the source, they have gone back to their hidey hole in a wall, mattress or corner cupboard.
  3. Do you notice outdoor debris scattered around?  Mice will bring in their food sources, so if you notice trails of little bits of debris from outdoors, that’s an indication there’s a nest somewhere.
  4. Holes?  If you have a huge RV, inspecting for holes and points of entry can seem like a nightmare.  Some people will do an inspection at night, using a flashlight shining from the inside out, and a helper outside looking for any light coming through.  Mice can get through an opening as small as a dime, so some RV owners even wrap their RV with plastic wrap around windows and doors to make intrusion that much harder.

A rodent infestation is the worst as it means damage and usually a lengthy clean-up, but if you inspect your RV frequently while it’s in storage, and if you start the engine when you can, that can help deter the little critters to find a quite abode elsewhere.

Natural Fun in North Florida

Florida State Parks Still Closed After Michael

The following State Parks are still closed (as of the date of this post) due to ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael.

St. George Island State Park in Franklin County

Florida Caverns State Park in Jackson County

Three Rivers State Park in Jackson County

St. Andrew’s State Park in Bay County  – Campground Remains Closed

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County – Camping Area Still Closed

Torreya State Park in Gadsen County – Camping Area Still Closed

 

If you’re traveling through Florida and have been affected by these closures, please contact us at Alliance Hill RV Park.  We’re just minutes off I-10, and we’re open for business.  We’ve been taking care of many of the contractors who are helping with recovery efforts, but we do have many sites available for the general public as well.  We will make every effort to accommodate every traveler during these months after Hurricane Michael.  God Bless Florida.