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Controlling moisture in your RV.

Reducing Condensation and Moisture in Your RV

RV Living is truly one of the most free and pleasurable lifestyles available. We’re so blessed to live in a nation that spans an entire continent, and have a friendly neighbor to the north that allows even more variety as we travel. But RV living is not all carefree. Living in an RV has it’s own set of challenges, which can vary by climate, but one constant is controlling moisture.

Here are a few tips that can help you control moisture levels in your RV.

1. Always use fans when cooking and showering. Cracking the windows during cooking and showering isn’t a bad idea, but running the overhead fan(s) is a must.

2. Don’t air-dry your clothes inside. This may be tricky if you’re experiencing inclement weather for several days in a row, but it’s worth it to go to the local laundry mat and use the dryers in order to ensure that not only your clothing dries completely, but that the air in your RV remains dry as well.

3. Install better window insulation, especially if you’re traveling from colder climates. This is a bit of an investment, but worth it to keep dry air in and moisture out

Controlling moisture in your RV.

Controlling moisture in your RV.

4. Use DampRid or a de-humidifier. Mold loves moisture, so this is a must to maintain a safe living environment.

5. Monitor indoor moisture levels. Hygrometers are the devices used to measure moisture, and they typically are paired with another weather sensor like a thermometer. Prices for a device like this can range from $10 to $35 depending on the features you choose, but a hygrometer is easy enough to obtain via an online retailer.

RV Living is the epitome of freedom and enjoyment, and keeping your RV clean, dry, safe, and comfortable is easy once you know what to do!

The pots and pans you really need in your RV kitchen

RV Cooking Essentials

RV living is partly about living a minimalist lifestyle. But when it comes to enjoying great food, you don’t want to sacrifice your favorite meals simply because you can’t fit everything that a kitchen may have. We’ve helped pare down the pots and pans you REALLY need to these basic essentials.

With so many kitchen tools available on the market, it’s hard to know what you actually NEED; what’s actually worth taking up that valuable cupboard space.

Most cooking experts agree, the pots and pans you can do the most work with, and which will be the most versatile are:

8″ non-stick skillet
10″ stainless steel skillet
Large stainless steel stock pot
12″ Cast Iron Skillet
4 quart stainless steel sauce pot
With these items you can do everything from fry an egg and prepare stir-fry for four, to simmer delicious chili and traditional cornbread for eight. Most of these items can serve dual purpose, like a glass bowl over the sauce pot can serve as a double boiler, and the cast-iron skillet can serve as baking pan for hearty beer and corn breads.

That myriad of selection at the local kitchen specialty store may be shiny and pretty, but if you get creative, you can do just as much in your RV kitchen as you could in your home, but with fewer tools and an organized kitchen. Which kitchen essentials can you not live without? Let us know!

Beautiful Native Florida Wildflowers

Freshening Air in Your RV Naturally

If you or a member of your spouse has respiratory issues, you know that using aerosol air-freshers isn’t always the best choice, especially in the small space of an RV. Also, the concern about the danger of burning candles or incense, or spilling liquid wax is magnified in an RV, but we found some great ideas to help you freshen the air in your RV naturally!

Here’s some of our favorites:

Put coffee grounds at the bottom of a new garbage bag in the kitchen to freshen that typically stinky area, and to keep kitchen odors from spreading throughout the RV.

Dried herbs and flowers including rosemary, lavender and roses are a great way to provide a subtle hint of outdoor freshness in your RV and the subtle, natural smells can help you feel relax and clear-headed.

Did you know that houseplants actually help clean the air? They DO! Wow, just having a few great indoor houseplants can help increase the amount oxygen and fresh air in your RV, and they provide a touch of beauty too!

Simmering potpourri is a great way to “personalize” your air freshening. Rummage through your refrigerator and spice rack, and put some of your favorite flavors in a pot of simmering water. Using your favorite scent combinations like apple and cinnamon, oranges and cloves, or mint and lemon, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll enjoy the natural scent of ingredients you already have right in your kitchen.

Vinegar is a great way to get rid of food smells and combat bacteria at the same time. A solution of white vinegar to four parts water in a spray bottle can be spritzed into the air to combat strong odors like onion and garlic.

What’s your favorite way to naturally freshen the air in your RV? Let us know!

RV and Campsite Lighting

Winter brings longer nights and more darkness. While that’s great for campfires and and more sleep it can present other challenges. Depending on where you’re camping and who you’re camping near too much or too little light may be a problem so there’s a few “light” items you can take with you anywhere.

Solar power can be a tremendous help with lighting. You power your lights directly from the sunshine with very little effort. If you place a few solar powered lights and near your RV it will make it easier and safer for you to maneuver your campsite in the dark hours of the evening. You can use just a few or enough to create a path if you prefer. You simply stick them in the ground by their post so they’re easily portable from site to site.

Have you ever tried to sleep with your neighbors lights shining right in your RV window? That’s never any fun and inconsiderate of other campers. Don’t be “that guy!” Purchase a simple outdoor timer and you won’t have to remember to turn off your outside lights and won’t disturb those around you.

Book lights are a great option for bunk lighting. You can read a book and relax without bothering anyone else in the RV. There are numerous types to choose from including plug in and battery powered options.

Enjoy those long winter nights. With these items there’s no need to feel afraid of the dark.

Christmas, Florida

A Fort Called Christmas

Yes, it’s true. There’s a town (and a fort) called Christmas! Read all about it at http://www.nbbd.com/godo/FortChristmas/

Fort Christmas
Historical Park

Fort Christmas is located in Christmas, Florida just off State Road 50, twenty miles east of Orlando enroute to Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville.

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, Fort Christmas. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 – 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.
Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas. Seven restored historical homes preserve the ‘Cracker’ architecture of East Orange County. The houses are interpreted to show pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Fort Christmas Historical Society and Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.

The Park has three picnic pavilions two of which seat 100 people and one which seats 50 people. Each pavilion has a large barbeque grill, electrical outlets and water hose. For pavilion rental please call. There is a playground with swings, slide, a fort looking jungle gym, and an area for small children. There is a basketball court, tennis court and a small baseball field.

RV lifestyle and Tiny Houses are all the craze

Tiny Houses and Renovated RV’s

Whether motivated by environmental impact concerns, embracing the minimalist lifestyle, or just because of nostalgia, everyone’s getting in on the renovated RV/Bus craze! Most of us have known for some time, however, how fabulous the RV lifestyle is, but now that the whole world is realizing it, that’s not a bad thing!

Recreational vehicles (RVs) are synonymous with road trips and summer. Whether you’re taking a cross country drive in a giant motorhome with all the amenities of a real house, or camping out in a renovated van, these vehicles epitomize freedom and travel — and they’re getting more and more popular.
Today, RVs — be they trailers or converted vans — have seen a resurgence in popularity based on nostalgia. You can even stay in a renovated Airstream trailer via Airbnb.
Keep reading for a look into how RVs have changed over the years.

Naming Your RV is Fun - RV Traveling through mountains

Of Course You Should Name Your RV

Almost everyone knows when you purchase a new boat you’re going to give it a name.  It creates a connection,  and the same goes for your new RV.  Whether it’s for vacation road trips or will become your permanent home, giving it a name is traditional and fun.

Unless you already have a specific name in mind for your “Road Warrior” there are a number of things you can take into consideration to create a name uniquely your own.  What would you find more appealing?  A humorous name such as  “packupyourtroubles” or something more classic like “Path Finder” or “Prowler”?  “The Mystic Dreamer” might be attached to a memory of a great vacation and make you feel sentimental about your RV.  Or possibly it’s about specific activities you’re planning or the places you’re planning to visit while you’re on the open road.   Will you be a “Desert Nomad” or an “Eagle Mountaineer”?  If your RV is becoming your permanent home the name might reflect that lifestyle.  Whatever name you choose when you see it on your “Mobile Palace” it should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

It’s ok if choosing the right name might take some time.  It’s not always an easy decision.  Unless your Forrest Gump….no doubt it would be “Jenny.”

Severe Weather Prep for RV Lifestyle - Image of Storm

Severe Weather Prep in an RV

Severe weather events have become a prevalent topic in recent months. If you’re an RV dweller or traveler then paying attention to weather is an absolute responsibility.

Common sense plays a huge role in your safety.  Always have an emergency plan in place so you can react in a timely manner to weather threats.  If you’re on a road trip in your RV then your plan needs to adjust according to your current location.  Campgrounds and local police can be a resource for learning your evacuation route and location of the nearest storm shelter.   Many rescue personnel have lost their lives due to people “sticking it out” thinking they can protect their “stuff.” No material item is worth any safety risk to the lives or your family or rescue workers so seek shelter before things get ugly.   If you’re in an area that doesn’t have a local shelter locate a poured concrete building to wait out the weather.  Emergency essentials such as cash, medication, identification documents, credit cards, insurance information, phone chargers, etc. should be readily available to go if you need to head to a safe location.  As far as your RV is concerned batten down the hatches!  Store loose items and secure your awnings.  High winds are unsafe for RV road travel.

Local television news, Weather Radios and Weather Apps for phones are sources of weather news. And Twitter is one of the fastest sources for information so following @NWS or @weatherchannel is a great choice when wifi or cellular service is available. Don’t wait for someone to alert you.  Be proactive in staying informed of Lightning, Hurricanes, Flash Floods, High Winds and other destructive forces of nature.

Puppy Dogs Love RV Living

Have Pets Will Travel!

Traveling with pets makes the journey even more enjoyable, and we know that many pets thoroughly enjoy traveling in RV’s with their families. Our feline and canine companions make everything feel even more like home on wheels, especially if they’re snugglers.

But there are some important things to keep in mind so your pets stay safe and happy. Here’s a few suggestions:

-Pack all the pet gear including extra water
-Pick a pet friendly destination
-Secure your pet in a seat belt harness or a carrier that’s been fixed in place.
-Make plans for stops for your pet.
-Stay aware of the weather and monitor your RV temperature which you can even do remotely
-Be a responsible traveler and pick up after your pet, obey leash laws and keep pet noise to a minimum.
-Explore together. Your pet will enjoy being with you and seeing the world!
And don’t forget we’ve got a lovely dog park at Alliance Hill RV Park.  Stop in and see us soon!

Beautiful Native Florida Wildflowers

Florida Wildflowers

If you were to survey random people about what Florida is most famous for, you’d likely get a variety of answers that describe the beautiful beaches, the stunning sunsets, and the tourist trade that centers around a mouse. Few would mention the acres of flora and fauna that grace the state with lush, green foliage or the striking dashes of color that dot the landscape in wildflower patches. For those near the panhandle, however, it is apparent why Ponce de Leon declared the land, La Florida, “the land of flowers”.
The Panhandle is ideal for wildflowers due to the large amounts of public land, filled with the perfect combination of slightly acidic, moist sand-soil. Even more ideal, the land is regularly managed with prescribed burns, creating conditions that give wildflowers everything they need to thrive. What does that mean? It means that guests at Alliance Hill RV Resort are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Florida has to offer, located miles away from the beach.
Wildflowers play an important role in the Florida landscape. As native plants, they require less amounts of water, fertilizers, and pesticides than other types of plants. They provide native wildlife with habitat and food, and are hardy plants that can sustain both the wet afternoons of spring and the heat of summer days. Often mischaracterized as ‘weeds’, these beautiful flowers will captivate you as you study their beauty and their function.
Want to explore this unknown side of Florida’s landscape? You’re in luck. Located near I-10, the Florida Wildflower Foundation has identified a route through the Eastern Panhandle known as the Wildflower Trail. Their interactive website makes it easy to follow the wildflowers across the state, and provides an identification guide to help you track what you’re seeing. With user submitted photos, you can see just what’s blooming (and where) and even submit your own wildflower images.
How many of Florida’s native wildflowers can you spot on your journey through the Panhandle? We’d love to see your pictures! Call today to reserve your site at Alliance Hill RV Resort…the flowers are waiting! http://ow.ly/bBMN30bIEAA