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Tips For Storing Your RV

For RV owners who aren’t fortunate enough to travel full time the need to store your vehicle will eventually arise. If you don’t have a full sized RV garage built into your home, or extra space in your driveway, you’ll probably end up at a storage facility capable of storing your RV sooner or later. Although it may seem like you can just park your RV, lock it, and return many months later, there are a few steps you’ll want to take to ensure your RV is in top shape come next season.

Tips For Storing Your RV

The Storage Space

The first step to successful RV storage is to find a good space. Generally speaking you’ll have two options available; open or enclosed spaces. Open spaces are best for people who live in warm, arid regions. The combination of warm weather and a lack of humidity create the perfect environment for storing your RV. However, if you live in an area that has damp, cold, or the possibility for extreme weather your best bet is an enclosed space. After additional security, one perk to enclosed spaces is the opportunity to have it climate controlled. A climate controlled space will reduce the amount of work you need to do to winterize your vehicle, as well as reduce the wear and tear on your RV by eliminating extreme temperature and humidity changes.

Clean the RV

Before placing your RV in storage you’ll want to clean the entire inside and outside. Follow normal vehicle washing procedures and include a UV protective car wax or other RV safe coating. This will reduce the opportunity for rust or other unwanted visitors like dust, or sunlight from damaging your paint job. Vacuum the carpets, scrub the shower, toilet, and counters. Take extra care to clean appliances like ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators. Additionally remove all food items as this will prevent odor buildup and reduce the likelihood that rodents will try to make their home in your RV.

No H2O

You’ll want to remove all the water from your RV’s pipes, tanks, and drains to prevent them from freezing or growing mildew. Use compressed air to clear pipes and water lines. Take extra caution for plastic, rubber, old, or weak water lines as the compressed air may damage them. Empty the water from fresh water tanks, as well as the water heater and toilet. To prevent any remaining water from freezing and damaging the lines you can flush RV safe anti-freeze through the lines and tanks. This isn’t the same stuff you put in your car so you’ll need to verify that it is RV safe (non-toxic and suitable for use in potable water supplies). To err on the safe side you can place about 1 cup of RV safe anti-freeze in every drain.

Engine and Battery Prep

In order to prevent damage to your engine or fuel system while the RV is in storage you’ll need to top off all the fluids. If you’ve just finished up traveling and plan to lock up your RV for a few months consider having the oil changed and all the fluids checked. Be sure to tell the mechanic that you’re planning on storing your RV for the off season so they can offer you the best products. To protect your battery you’ll want to have it fully charged before storing. Turn off the RV circuit breaker and all electrical systems and appliances before storing. This will prevent battery drain and prolong the life of your batter. If you live in extremely harsh conditions and don’t plan to put your RV in a climate controlled unit it may be best to keep the battery inside your garage. Follow storage and handling instructions printed on the battery for best results and safety.

Protect the Tires

Sitting for long periods of time can cause damage to your RV’s tires. To prevent this use your RV’s jacks to lift some of the weight from the tires (be sure to consult your owner’s manual about long term jack use first). If jacks aren’t an option you can return to your RV once a month and move your RV a half rotation each time to prevent the fullness of the RV’s weight from resting on the same spot. If your RV will be parked in direct sunlight use tire covers to prevent the sun from damaging the rubber while in storage.

Invest in a Full-Sized RV Cover

Purchasing a full-sized RV cover is one of the best ways you can protect your investment. A cover will prevent rain and hail from contacting the RV’s paint as well as protecting the plastic and rubber portions from encountering the sun’s damaging UV rays. For best results, put the cover on after you’ve washed the entirety of the RV’s outer surface.

Additional Concerns

Place a few open boxes of baking soda inside appliances like refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves to keep odors at bay. Close all blinds and window shades to prevent the sun from damaging furniture and carpet.  Empty all trash containers and remove all food items including crumbs and canned food to prevent rodents from entering your RV. Disconnect and store all liquid gas canisters as per local and storage facility regulations. If stored properly your RV will remain in top shape and be ready for use upon your return.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Now that I’m adult, I’ve found myself more accustomed to the seasons with more moderate temperatures, meaning fall and spring.  But when I was a young child, there were no three months in the calendar year better than the summer months.  This was mostly because of the lack of school.  When you’re a twelve year old, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like outside, any time off of school is glorious.   Like many American families, mine took advantage of this time off by taking a little time to travel.  Our trips usually would last a week or so, and I hold many memories of these days dearly.  Our preferred method of travel was by plane, but every now and again we drove to our destination, depending on the distance.  I don’t think my parents ever considered an RV.  No one in my family had one.  I never even set foot inside an RV until I was 23.  This was when one of my best friends in college wanted to go for a road trip across the west coast–one of the great vacations of my life.  Dining on the exquisite San Franciscan food, exploring the behemoth beaches of southern California, watching a multitude of dynamic bands in Seattle’s ever-present alternative music scene, it was an extraordinary time.  But what was also great about the trip was that I learned about traveling in an RV; I realized the fantastic benefits that come with traveling in an RV.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Camp Inside

I’ve always been something of an outdoorsman.  However, there are friends and family of mine that are anything but.  Indeed, I call these people “indoor cats.”  Traveling in an RV is perfect for those who love to hike, camp, fish etc.  You can drive up to the site you need to be for these activities, and you have the option to set up camp.  But for “indoor cats,” who don’t really enjoy sleeping in tents, RVs offer most of the conveniences of a modern home, including a comfortable bed.  One can even take a hot shower in the morning and use a bathroom that isn’t a nearby bush.  Traveling in an RV is ideal for a camping trip.  Those who enjoy sleeping in tents can stick to the outside, while older travelers can secure themselves inside.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Save Money

Traveling in an RV is also a great way to save money.  RVs themselves can be on the expensive side, sure.  But with the money you have the potential to save over several years of vacationing, an RV pays for itself and more.  Finding a campground for an RV is far cheaper than trying to book a hotel room, about $100 cheaper on average.  Since RVs come equipped with kitchens as well, there’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on eating out every meal of every day;  one can buy groceries and prepare meals just like at home.  Traveling in an RV is definitely better than paying for airfare, which seems to go up year after year, even though the quality of the service seems to do the exact opposite.

The Top 3 Benefits Of RV Travel

Bond at the Campgrounds

The campground experience is unique to traveling in an RV.  Campgrounds, at least the better ones, offer many of the same amenities of a modern hotel, including pools, gift shops and playgrounds for the children.  They also provide some electrical services.  But where the campground experience differs from the hotel experience is the socialization.  In a hotel, visitors tend to lock themselves in their room and throw on the television.  At a campground, there are no walls to separate travelers.  It’s a far more communal experience that provides for the opportunity to meet interesting fellow travelers.  Indeed, many campgrounds encourage this kind of fraternization by sponsoring group activities and special events.

RVs are not for everyone.  I get that.  I didn’t think they were for me when I was younger.  But after experiencing the wonderful benefits that RV travel allows for opposed to other forms of travel, I’ve never gone back.

A Traveler’s Guide To 7 Of The Most Adventurous Places To See Nature In Action!

Following are some of the best places to see the wildlife, so let’s jump right in.

1.     Kalahari Desert, Namibia

Kalahari Desert

Deserts are known for some of the unforgettable wildlife experiences. In Kalahari, you will find big cats and meerkats. Amidst red sand dunes, golden grass, and dried rivers the sight is one to behold! However, when the desert is wet, water start to form a pool and rivers begin to flow.

You’d notice even before any sign of water, antelope and elephants arrive and they just sense it that water will be here sooner than later. River flowing out of the desert is no short of a miracle and meerkats escaped to higher ground or at times down. Predators soon followed as a result.

2.     The Danum Valley, Borneo

Danum Valley

With hot humid weather and with the tallest rainforest canopy in the world, Danum Valley is home to orangutans and gibbons. If you stood there with patience, you will also see flying squirrels and gliding snakes. All in all, this Borneo valley houses some of the endangered species.

Sumatran rhino and clouded leopard are examples. A rare treat would be spotting an orangutan with her little one, aggressively shaking tree branches, and that would be a signal to leave the vicinity.

3.     Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay

Famous for its marine life, dolphins of the Shark Bay are the main attraction. It is one of the few places on the planet where you get to see the wild dolphins, without difficulty. You will also find that the marine reserve at Shark Bay houses turtles, dugongs, rays and sea snakes.

These dolphins come to the beach on a daily basis, and if you are lucky enough to follow them, you can catch a sneak peak of female dolphins catching other fish. From atop (cliff), you can spot dugongs too.

4.     Yellowstone National Park, US

Yellowstone National Park

Some of the epic views of wildlife can be found in Yellowstone. Huge outdoors, this park is renowned for moose, grizzlies, and now wolves as well. You can check out the view on a horseback or via a ride while rafting.

5.     Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

East Africa’s best? Well, you have come to the right place. One of the famous safari parks of all time and its beauty is akin to none! It is said a quarter of Africa’s bird species are found here and so are tree-climbing lions (and no, not the quarter of their species, that’d be silly).

In addition to the above, you will also spot elephants, hippos, mongoose, chimpanzees, flamingoes etc. Hippos and elephants can be seen romping in the waters. Plus, although a rarity, you can also catch a preview of mountain gorillas.

6.     West Coast of Scotland

West Coast of Scotland

The coast alongside the Isle of Mull can be termed as heaven. Memorable wilderness and few of the largest seabird settlements in Europe sums this place up. Be on the lookout for white-tailed sea and golden eagles, basking sharks and seals when you visit.

7.     Al Hajar Mountains, Oman

Al Hajar Mountains

The mountain life is superb! Breathtaking views of the ‘wadis’ and especially, the ‘Green Mountains’, Al Jebel al Akhdar is the highlight of the region. Villagers live on the mountainside and water flows in the form of countless channels to facilitate gardens of grapes, pomegranates, apricots, and walnuts.

Specific to Al Hajar are its mountain goat (a rare breed), nimble mountain gazelles, sunbirds, Indian rollers and Nubian vultures – an endangered species.

So should you decide to travel and are interested in wildlife, be sure to check out aforementioned places. Add these to your to-do list.

About Writer: Scarlett Erin is a Wildlife Photographer and Freelance Blogger at Assignment Star. She has made several documentaries on wildlife and travels around the world for adventure trips.

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Street photography is all about being able to capture different expressions of emotion of different people or other subjects. This particular captured moment tells us what people and places are like at a particular time. You get to see the various outlooks on life, culture, surrounding, and situations. It’s much life watching a lifelike movie or a colorful picture book.

Street photography has one major element in common with all of the photographs – the location that has been chosen. Where do you think that the most interesting scene will be captured? The busy bustling city? Or the quiet suburbs? Shots filled with people on the street or close-ups of individuals? The variety of ideas and subjects are endless, think of all the stories you could tell!

Here is a list of the top four cities you may want to try as a street photographer. All of them offer a unique perspective, vast opportunities and inspired artistic outlooks for you – the choice is all yours.

1. Paris

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Also known as The City of Light is known for its romantic overture, fashion, the hub of food, breathtaking architecture, and of course mesmerizing culture. The streets of Paris are filled with so much life, be it day or night. These streets are filled with all sorts of people, with different dispositions and personalities; male, female, old, young.

Let’s not forget the gorgeous buildings and monuments that would make a glamorous backdrop for the setting. The Eiffel Tower perhaps? Paris is a street photographer’s creative portal. Everything that surrounds them while unfolding amazing opportunities, is absolutely mind blowing.

2. New York

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

“New York is New York”, there are various things in this place that will tempt you press the “Capture” button of your camera. Broadway, Times Square and the list is endless. On a daily basis a few thousand people from all walks of life, pass each other on the streets. Pretty amazing thought, isn’t it?

New York, has a way of showing you how the fast paced life works, it helps paint a picture of reality. Tall skyscrapers, bustling busy street, people who have seen it all, a street photographer’s treat.

3. London

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

A mix of old and new school, with sophistication and grace everywhere – London is a place where you will find the best of the best. DoubleDeckers, old phone booths, historical buildings, or any contemporary architecture,the street life of London is filled with people, the view of the Big Ben, London Eye, the Palace and museums, Harrods and Piccadilly Square.

All in all, London is an ever bustling city and a street photographer’s delight.

4. Rome

4 Best Places For Street Photography!

Intricately designed structures and well- known old buildings, a day spent in the Vatican City would be quite an experience for a street photographer. Rome has so much history, and at the same time so many advances, that a plethora of stories at one’s disposal to capture.

From culture to fashion and food, you will encounter all sorts of people just in one day. Think of the people you could capture making a wish at the fountains or trying to visualize the Colosseum at its glory days.

It wouldn’t be just a street photography session; it would be an adventure with a camera!

Author Bio:
Catherine Daisy is a well-known photographer with over 20 years of experience. When she isn’t taking snaps, she takes up assignment writing UAE to assist needy students in completing their papers. She also seeks blogging to inform the readers about various aspects of photography.

Skiing Tips For Beginners

Skiing is in no doubt one of the most entertaining and healthy activity to deal with. At times when it gives you good time and memories for life, it also adds a number of plus points to your health. However, learning skiing and snowboarding requires a massive amount of patience and time. Beginners skiing lessons might help you to dip your toe into the water, but if you are looking to learn some serious tricks to be a ski expert, you really need to spend hours on the slopes. Only and only then you can get a grip on it.

Skiing Tips For Beginners

Before you start learning to stay on the slopes, there are much more else that you need to deal with. You can consider it as a pre-lecture, homework for you. Yes! It is necessary. This preparation might include dealing with the following:

Your Clothing:

First thing first, your clothes. It is the most important thing; you will need the right skiing clothing for you. Being cold, uncomfortable or managing your clothes all the time is the worst thing you can face on slopes while having your skiing lessons. A better idea is to rent out some outerwear that fit in you and can keep you waterproof, warm, and comfortable. However, you also need to consider what you need to wear underneath these skiing clothes, as it is of equal importance.

Make sure your legs and arms are completely covered and you are wearing gloves as well. Wearing layers of clothes is better as you can take one off, if you are feeling warm. This practice will help to maintain your body temperature. Make sure you are comfortable with what you are wearing. Some good ski socks are also a good idea to deal with. Do not compromise on your safety, rent out some skiing helmet and keep your head warm as well as safe.

Accessories:

Besides major dressing, you will also need a number of accessories that will help you practice your skiing in a better way. These might include your perfect fit ski boots and poles. Better to go for the equipment that suits your age, weight, size, height and your ability to deal with them. To have a better idea of what suit your body structures the most, consults ski experts or your ski teachers and find the best pair for you. Goggles are also a necessary item to carry with you. The skiing experts know better what will suit you the best to practice your skiing in a hassle free manner.

Once you have had it all, you are ready to go for your skiing lessons. From beginners to expert level skiing lovers, utahskis.com offers a range of skiing clothing and accessories online. To have a better idea about what suit your needs the best, call the customer care representative and get the accurate advice, most suitable gears for you. Utahskis.com also offers a range of demo ski sale services and other facilitates to its customers with world’s more trusted brands.

One last thing, it is also necessary for the beginners to get proper instructions and get fit in all ways, before landing into the slopes. It will also be better to watch videos and demos for skiing before practicing as it will help them to stay safe and understand the instructions of the teachers in a better way.

sermon Help

Throughout the history of the church one of the most important means of spiritual growth and development has come through the preaching of God’s Word. In the modern church, the primacy of preaching has often been maligned in favor of small groups and other community activities. But there can be no doubt that throughout the history of the church, preaching has been at the forefront of the church’s ministry. This fact excites me because never has there been such a massive library of preaching available to Christians as there is today. Free sermons on just about every Biblical passage, topic or doctrine are available literally at the click of a button. But sadly, most Christians are not make use of this incredible opportunity.

The other day, I was talking with one of the Sunday School teachers in our church. His class is not only growing numerically, but we have seen a number of his class members demonstrate tremendous spiritual growth over the past couple of years. So the other day, I asked him about what he was doing. Put simply, he has been giving his class a few links to sermons each week related to the passage of Scripture or topic that they study in Sunday School. Then in class, he asks them to share what God has been revealing to them through their reading, study and listening to the preaching of God’s Word. The results have been tremendous. Several marriages have been rescued or strengthened, and a few members recognized they had never been truly converted — others have made renewed spiritual commitments that are resulting in transformed lives — all because they listened to some free sermons recommended by their Sunday school teacher.

Sermons

 As a Pastor, I too have benefited from listening to free sermons. Every week I make it a practice to download a few sermons related to the passage or topic that I will be preaching about the next Sunday. Then throughout the week, I listen to them while working out or driving in my car. I found that this practice has helped to keep me focused on the Word and God has used these messages to help me find new applications for the sermon and ways to illustrate the message. Although there is no way to measure it, I truly believe that my spiritual life has grown as a result of this practice because I am spending more time thinking about how I personally need to be transformed by the message, not just how I am going to preach it on Sunday.

Getting started listening to free sermons is easy. Look up a few of your favorite preachers online or go to one of the many index sites and look for sermons on specific passages or topics that interest you. Then download them and listen to them. Not everything you will hear will be Biblical, so be sure to compare everything to Scripture. But overall you will start to grow by making free sermons a part of your spiritual discipline.

Dr. Joe Buchanan has been preaching for over twenty years. Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Metropolis, IL and as Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Liberty University.

Deciding On The Perfect Campervan

Taking a holiday trip in a campervan can be a great way to spend time together. You and your spouse, family, or friends can travel the country enjoying some of the unique sights Australia has to offer and then transforming your vehicle into your lodging for the evening whenever you decide to set up camp. However, before you head out on the road, you have to decide which campervan to hire. There are numerous sizes and different options.

The Size

This is the biggest decision you have to make and is usually determined by how many people will be going on your trip. If it’s just you and your spouse or significant other, you can take a two-person campervan. These campervans are smaller and easier to drive since they’re the size of a traditional van or large SUV. If you have more people, you’ll need a larger vehicle. There are campervans that sleep up to six so bigger families can still fit in one unit.

Deciding On The Perfect Campervan

Do You Have Children?

Note that some of the smaller campervans don’t have child restraints and cannot be fitted with child seats so you can’t hire them if you have young children traveling with you. You’ll definitely want to talk to the campervan hire company to narrow down your options to only those vehicles that can be fitted with seats for young children.

Do You Need a Shower?

Some campervans come equipped with full showers and toilets while others do not. The vehicles without showers and toilets are usually smaller, which is something to consider if you are nervous driving a large vehicle. If you do choose this option, you will need to find alternative shower locations and stop for restroom breaks regularly. You may want to choose campsites that offer toilets, showers, and other amenities, too. While it does narrow down your camping options, it’s not always a bad idea if you’re not sure you want a bigger campervan.

Will You Go Off-Road?

If you plan on going off-road, you need to look for a campervan hire in Australia that offers four-wheel-drive capability. These vehicles are made to handle rugged terrain, which means they’re usually more compact than other campervans. There are some 4WD options that sleep five, though, so don’t be discouraged if you have a large group. If you are going to go off-road in your vehicle, make sure you get a vehicle capable of doing so. Trying to take a standard campervan onto difficult ground may result in getting stuck or tipping the vehicle over on its side.

Other Options

In addition to these options, you can customise your campervan even more by purchasing additional items. Most campervan hire companies have add-ons such as camp chairs and tables, GPS devices, fans, and heaters. These additional items can help make your trip more comfortable, especially if you don’t have your own and don’t want to purchase them. These other items are often designed to fit more easily into the campervan, too, so you don’t have to worry as much about space.