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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!

 

 

RV Living During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in Florida and the Southeastern United States is generally from June through the end of September.  Coincidentally, these are the high months of travel for families, retirees and snowbirds alike.  So if you’ve got to weather a severe tropical storm or hurricane in your RV or at a campground, here are some precautions you can take to just try to keep your loved ones and your property safe.

The biggest threats are wind, flooding and lightning.  Here in Florida, we are the lightning capital of the world, and so lightning is a very real threat, however, if you are in any type of covered dwelling, and especially if there are trees around, a direct lightning strike is highly unlikely.

Flooding can be a major concern, especially during a tropical storm when rain is sustained for days and days and the ground is already saturated.  The best way to prevent any damage to your RV or camping equipment from flooding is to be PROACTIVE.  Make sure your site is on high ground, and create channels for water to flow PAST your site if necessary.  Even if you can create a small area where your vehicle and gear are safe from flooding, that will get you through the worst of the storm.

High winds are a very real danger for campers especially in heavily wooded areas.  If you can get to a solid structure, that’s the best plan of action to keep everyone safe.  If you’re concerned about vehicles and equipment, secure as much as you can either in a vehicle, RV or building, and move out from under trees where limbs can break in heavy winds.

Maintain current CPR certification and a well-stocked first-aid kit.  If there is a natural disaster that affects power and causes road blockage,  knowing how to handle a medical emergency may be the difference between life and death for someone in the campground with you.

Most campers and RVers are well prepared to live “off the grid” for a few days, but if you’re anticipating that you may run into bad weather during your travels, having a few extra canned goods, some sternos for cooking, and a solar water bag or other water purification system on hand is a good idea.

RV living and traveling isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always pleasant, but with a little forethought and keeping some basic first-aid and disaster supplies on hand can make unexpected (or expected) difficulties a little more bearable.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

Maclay Gardens | Hidden Gem in Tallahassee

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee is just another one of North Florida’s little hidden gems.  If you’re planning on heading south for the winter, Alliance Hill RV Park is a great stopover, but we hope while you’re here you’ll spend a couple days seeing some of North Florida’s treasures, and Maclay Gardens is indeed worth the trip.

You can spend a beautiful afternoon in the cooler Florida temperatures of October and November enjoying these picturesque settings.  In October there are some fun events like a Jazz festival and Tomoka-Fest.  There are two short nature trails for those who love to stroll, but there are also biking and equestrian paths as well.  The gardens are lush with azaleas, and those willing to meander can find the secret reflection pool.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

We sure hope you’ll enjoy all the wonderful little hidden gems North Florida has to offer, and we would like to be the place that you call “home” while you’re here!

To make your reservation for a stay at Alliance Hill RV Park in North Florida, call Glenn at 850-545-4928 OR fill out our online reservation request form.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Microchip your pet may be a good option if you're on the road frequently.

Microchip in Pets for Traveling

If you’re on the road frequently, or for long periods of time, it’s likely you’ve got your best friend with you.  While we all seek to be especially careful to keep track of our naive and vulnerable pets, the worst case scenario absolutely can and does happen: your best friend gets loose and wanders off.  Having a collar and ID tag on the pet is a great way for the average person to know that the pet is not an abandoned stray, and is the simplest way for someone who finds your pet to contact you, but microchips are becoming a great plan B to have in place.

So how do microchips work?  Basically, a microchip ID is a small device which emits a radio frequency that is unique to an ID number assigned to your pet.  The chip also provides the phone number of the manufacturer of that chip, and that is where the ID number and pets info is registered.  Most vets and animal shelters have scanners that are universal and can read microchips from all major manufacturers.  Microchips can last up to 25 years, and because they are inserted just below the skin the subcutaneous tissue immediately begins to bond with the chip, making it highly unlikely the chip will migrate anywhere.

A collar with ID info is still the first line of defense against losing your pet, but if you and your best friend are on the road frequently, a microchip may be a good option.

 

camping with allergies

Camping with Allergies

It’s summertime!  For many that means hitting the open road and getting out of the hustle and bustle of urban life, and into the rural country air!  This is a wonderful experience for everyone, but can be daunting for those with airborne allergies.  Not to worry, with some pre-planning and some simple attention to detail, even allergy sufferers can enjoy a break from the city in the great outdoors.

Use a good pollen-count app.  In a previous blog, we evaluated some of the options available for good apps with accurate weather and pollen count information.  Try to plan ahead based on the dates and location to which you’re heading, and make sure you’re prepared if the predicted pollen count is high.  Obviously, traveling to an area where conditions are most agreeable as far as air-quality is ideal, but even if you’re heading somewhere where allergens are present, knowing ahead of time is half the battle.

Bring an air-purifier to make tent camping possible.  Even allergy sufferers can enjoy the cool evening air and the sounds of owls via the comfort of their own hypo-allergenic tent.  Most tents are made with hypo-allergenic material, and keeping the flaps closed is a great way to keep pollen and allergens out, and fresh air in.  Battery powered personal air purifiers are just the ticket to ensure that even an allergy sufferer can get a good night’s rest, as well as a respite from airborne allergens during the day.  Here’s a link to reviews of some great battery operated air purifiers.

Make sure air filters in RV’s are clean and HEPA.  Whether you’re renting and RV, borrowing one from a family member or friend, or taking your own, make sure the air filters are new and HEPA if possible.  If the RV is a rental, make sure to ask that you’re getting one in which there have been no pets, and that it has been freshly cleaned with hypo-allergenic cleaning solutions.

Talk to your doctor and stock up on your meds.  This is a no-brainer.  If you’re planning a trip away, make sure your doctor knows, and that you not only have all the necessary allergy medication, but that you have emergency supplies available as well.  Additionally, take paperwork with a list of allergens and all meds and dosages in a place that can be easily found by anyone in an emergency situation.  The more first responders know about your allergies, the better.

Summer is time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors.  With a little pre-planning and some common sense, even an allergy sufferer can enjoy a trip to the wilderness.

Fun activities to do with the grandchildren during your summer visit!

Summer with the Grandchildren

Here’s a great article of fun activities to do if you’re spending some time with the grandchildren this summer!  Especially if you’re traveling to see them, you’re likely going to stay for awhile.  The American Grandparents Association has come up with a list of 100 fun things to do with the grandkids during your visit!  Who says you can’t have a 2nd childhood?!

 

Rean About 100 Things to do with the Grandchildren This Summer

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.

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.
http://www.thisisinsider.com/iconic-rvs-evolution-2017-7