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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

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!

State Marking Stickers Map

Maybe you’ve seen them, whizzing past you on the interstate. The ‘serious’ campers. The ones with the map of the United States on the side of the RV, showing everywhere they’ve gone. Did you know that with more and more campers starting to use this form of identification, they have adopted new regulations to monitor exactly who gets these stickers? We did some investigating and found this…
For those using or planning on using these maps, it is important that you fully understand the rules and regulations regarding the proper use of these markers.
Annotated code for State Marking Stickers Map
(Federal Highway Administration and DOT guidelines)
Section A: Rules of state markings
Subsection 1: Per DOT guidelines and the Federal Highway Administration persons with state sticker maps on Campers/RV’s must have slept in that state in their camper for a minimum of 7 hours to qualify for a sticker for said state. Hook-ups are not needed. Only the driver must sleep in the Camper/RV for the said time.
Subsection 2: Persons can qualify for a state sticker by sleeping in a state approved rest area, chain store parking lot (Wal-Mart), grocery store or designated truck stop. In remote locations the side of the road will qualify. Persons wishing to qualify for said state sticker must also adhere to Subsection 1 of the annotated code of state marking stickers.
Subsection 3: Persons wishing to challenge the rulings of the code for sticker qualification can submit in writing to:
Department of Transportation
1234 Independence Ave
Washington DC

Is this really regulated?

Please state the reason you feel you should qualify, attach a picture of the location in which you stayed and submit it on a DOT form 8745 with a self addressed envelope. Please allow 36 to 40 weeks for processing your claim.
(In case you’re wondering, this is only a joke!) What’s not a joke is staying at the Alliance Hill RV Resort for a chance to relax in the beauty of north Florida! Call today to reserve your spot! 850-545-4928

Natural Fun in North Florida

The Beauty of Summer in North Florida

Summer in Florida means water. Whether it’s the warm waters of the gulf or the refreshing crisp waters of Florida’s natural springs, visitors and residents use Florida’s easy access to water as a way to cool off and relax. Everyone is drawn to the water in Florida – human and wildlife – so if you are looking for a glimpse of the true Florida, head to the nearest natural water source.

Far from the line of cars waiting to visit one of Florida’s theme parks, the natural lines of lazy rivers and graceful, moss covered trees wait quietly. As the weather heats up and the tourists flock to roller coasters and animal shows, true Floridians know the secret beauty of the state can be found in the many state parks that can be found here. North Florida is home to some of the state’s best kept secrets and unspoiled beauty. Want to discover the real Florida? Visit one of these hidden gems.

Spring Creek
Located in Jackson County, Spring Creek gives you a glimpse of Florida’s natural wonders, and is the perfect venue for canoeing, kayaking or tubing. An easy, 4-mile trek, nature lovers will be delighted at the sights and sounds of the river. An impressive number of plant species can be spotted from the river, and a winding pathway through the surrounding park offers a close up view of the landscape.

Ichetucknee Springs
One of Florida’s most beloved springs, Ichetucknee State Park offers visitors the chance see Florida at its finest. Tucked into the park are picnic areas and hiking trails, providing visitors with opportunity to spot ducks, herons, or deer, just a few of the many species living in the surrounding woods. Float lazily down the Ichetucknee River for a relaxing afternoon, or quietly paddle a kayak through the wetlands of the park. This gentle river is a brisk 72 degrees year-round, making it the perfect way to cool off on a steamy spring day.

Wakulla Springs
One of the deepest and largest springs in the world, Wakulla Springs State Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Famed for its beauty and diverse animal population, the spring attracts visitors like alligators, manatees and deer, while the surrounding park boasts karst features and hundreds of unusual plants. Take a guided boat tour down the river for an up-close look at nature, or enjoy a dip in the spring to cool off.
The best part about these Florida gems? The balmy Florida weather makes these the perfect places to visit year-round. Take in the local wildlife with a walking tour on a cool spring day, or relax in the springs for a way to escape summer’s heat. No matter when you visit Florida, make your way to the real attraction: the beauty of the state.