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Summer is a fun time to go RVing with pets, but the hottest days of the season can put dogs and cats at risk of heat exhaustion and much worse. When the temperature rises, a home on wheels can be just as risky as a passenger car if your pets are left alone inside. Before you plan a road trip with your dog or cat, consider these three summer safety tips for RVing pets.
Strolling on the beach. Picture: Cocoparisienne/ Pixabay
Choose a Cool Itinerary
Some of the most popular summertime RV destinations also happen to be located in the hottest spots on the continent. A trip to Utah Canyonlands National Park or the Grand Canyon, for example, may sound like fun for you, but for critters wearing fur coats summer RV getaways like these have all the makings of a miserable time. Save those great RV trips for the cooler fall season and plan a different trip to mild weather destinations instead. You may want to consider:
Create an AC Backup Plan During Hot Weather RV Pet Travel
It’s easy to think your RV air conditioner will keep your pets safe all afternoon during sightseeing excursions without them, but sometimes things beyond your control can cause your AC to shut down. For example, what if your RV park’s power went down during the heat of the day? Would anyone know your pets are inside? Even the most well-built RVs won’t keep cool very long when all the windows are closed shut during triple digit temperatures.
If you plan a sightseeing trip without your beloved animals, let someone in the park know your plans just in case a power failure happens.
For an added measure of safety whether your away or sitting inside the RV, carry a portable oscillating fan on the road. Keep the fan running as a back-up measure, should your RV air conditioner itself at any time.
Watch for Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Pets are masters at hiding pain but they’re not as adept at hiding their symptoms of heat stroke. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, early signs of heat exhaustion in pets are obvious and usually include:
Excessive panting and drooling
Increased heart rate
Life threatening signs of heat exhaustion include:
Summer RV adventures don’t seem complete without your best furry friend riding along next to you, but sometimes dogs and cats are better off in the cool confines of a pet sitter or boarding kennel. Think carefully about whether or not you want to expose your animal to brutal summer temperatures when you travel. Should you hit the road alone, you’ll have far less worries and more time to make the most out of the dog days of summer.
Just off I-40 sits the best preserved piece of meteor history, and the perfect place to spend a night or two. Set up your lawn chairs and take in the beautiful sunsets of Northern Arizona. With views of the San Francisco Peaks, including Mt Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona, the open country will amaze you.
The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.
While taking in a sunset, and gazing into the night sky at Meteor Crater RV Park, you may just find yourself wishing on a shooting star since the sky is so clear and the fiery passage of cosmic dust particles falling through the atmosphere is a common sight.
Bring the whole family and let the kids burn off energy running around the playground. Hike on Old Route 66, which borders the park. Or a fun day exploring Meteor Crater itself, which is The best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth! and a short five miles up the road. Discount coupons are given to all RV Park guests.
The Meteor Crater Interactive Discovery Center contains many exciting displays and exhibits, making it the most extensive and informative museum of its type on earth. 50,000 years ago a giant meteor weighing several hundred thousand tons traveled through space and impacted Earth. Visitors to the center will relive the intensity of this impact. The wide range of exhibits will fascinate and educate everyone on the aspects of meteors and their encounters with earth.
These twenty-four exciting exhibits comprise the most extensive and informative museum of its type on planet earth.
You’ll start your visit with a video showing the origins of Meteor Crater and then view the crater from a number of vantage points. You can stay in the air-conditioned visitor center, take a guided Rim Tour, or take a closer look at the amazing depths from observation telescopes sprinkled along the rim trail.
Meteor Crater RV Park is central to a multitude of other popular tourist attractions as well. Flagstaff, with its many activities and amenities is a short 35-minute drive away. The Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Sedona, Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater are all within an hour or two from the Park.
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Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabin Rentals is conveniently located off I-90 & I-79, and is close to Lake Erie and the fabulous Presque Isle State Park, with great beaches and fishing! And it’s open year round for summer or winter camping.
Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabin Rentals will accommodate any size RV with towed vehicle included (65 feet or longer!), since most of the RV sites are “pull-thrus” with easy access, over 40 of which include 50-amp service. For those campers without an RV, the park has 30 unusual and diverse rental units available to accommodate any sized family (including pets!) or budget.
Is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating.
Asbury Woods Nature Center
A playground for those who enjoy the outdoors. Popular activities include hiking, jogging, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. (Rental skis and snowshoes area available on weekends, in season.)
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
The gateway to Presque Isle. TREC is located before the entrance to Presque Isle State Park, directly across from the entrance to Waldameer Park & Water World. The center is open year-round offering visitors information and insights into the unique 3,200 acre Presque Isle.
Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm
Is a family farm operation. There is no fee or admission charge to view the animals, except for special events. The buffalo roam freely over their 170 acres of pasture year-round. You may be lucky enough to see them up close to the fence.
The Erie Zoo
Home to over 400 animals, representing more than 100 species, from around the world. Winding walkways take visitors through the beautifully landscaped grounds which feature 2500 specimens from 600 species of plants.
Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark
Erie’s indoor water park resort where the temperature is a balmy 84° and there is never a rainy day! Additional attractions include Laser Tag, the Treasure Island Family Arcade, the Family Activity Center, Laguna Grill, and more.
Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World
Not that “same little park” anymore, Waldameer is home to the Ravine Flyer II Coaster, winner of the coveted Golden Ticket Award as the Best New Ride in the World for 2008 as presented by Amusement Today. Waldameer and Water World feature scores of amusement park rides, magnificent water park slides, live shows, a modern arcade, midway games, food and refreshment centers, souvenir and gift shops, and numerous picnic pavilions – all surrounded by gorgeous landscaping.
Come explore the other side of California from our beautiful year round resort. The Eastern Sierra’s are home to some of the most beautiful and interesting locations in the world. From the highest peak in the continuous 48 states, Mt. Whitney, to the lowest elevation, Death Valley. You will find scenic movie sets of the old west, such as Lone Ranger canyon and most recently Django-Unchained. We’ve got a little something for everyone.
Whether you want to ride your ATVs through the endless desert, hike through the back country to pristine alpine lakes, tour the Alabama Hills rock formations, or just escape the city and find some small town charm, Boulder Creek RV Resort is the perfect home base for your RV. Don’t miss the Civil War Era, Manzanar Camp, during your stay at the Boulder Creek RV Resort. We are conveniently located just south of Lone Pine, CA.
The town of Lone Pine was named after the lonely pine tree that was found at the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon. Unfortunately, that lone pine tree has long been gone, having been destroyed during a flood.
In the 1870’s Lone Pine was a quiet but very active supply town, furnishing goods and services to the gold and silver mining communities of Kearsarge, Cerro Gordo (which is now a ghost town), Darwin and then later to ranchers and farmers. After the pioneers crossed Death Valley in 1849, they finally settled here in the Owens Valley. Death Valley which has the lowest elevation in the America’s at 282 feet BELOW sea level is just 100 miles from the highest elevation in the contiguous 48 states, Mt. Whitney at 14,508 feet. Both are accessible from Boulder Creek RV Resort along with many other activity options for everyone, young and seasoned, alike.
In recent years Lone Pine became home to The Museum of Western Film History. This museum has an extensive collection of real movie costumes, movie cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia. This collection tells the story of filming in the area in and around Lone Pine from the early days of the Round Up to the modern blockbusters of today such as Iron Man and Django-Unchained. The Sci-Fi films, Tremors & Star Trek were also filmed her. In the museum will see memorabilia from, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans and Hopalong Cassidy to name a few.
This area is very popular with movie location film buffs, rock climbers, mountain bikers, and photographers.
Take the Self-Guided Tour of Movie Road and get a first-hand look at real shooting locations of great many motion pictures filmed in the beautiful Alabama Hills. These hills have been used for many foreign “look alike” locations such as China and Afghanistan. If you have seen an automobile commercial set in a desert scene, it was most likely filmed right here in our backyard. Located just a short drive from Boulder Creek RV Resort, the Alabama Hills are one of the most unique rock formations in the world.
The hills were named after a Confederate ship that was sunk by the Union Navy during the Civil War. The hills sprawl over miles and miles of desert and contain countless trails, roads, film locations, and breathe taking vistas. The easiest way to access the Alabama Hills from Boulder Creek RV Resort is to take a left towards the Sierras at the traffic light in Lone Pine and then turn off on Movie Flat Road. Maps of the area are available at the Inter-agency Visitor’s Center or at the front office of Boulder Creek RV Resort.
**The Alabama Hills is also the location of the Annual “Concert in the Rocks”. A can’t miss event held the first weekend in June. Get your tickets early for this first class, great time, “Sit down dinner and Entertainment” under the stars.
Ready to hit the trail? Or do you prefer paddling on a river? Well, you’ve chosen the right time to do either of those things, because 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service’s National Trails System and Wild & Scenic Rivers System.
So pack those hiking boots and kayak or canoe in your RV and get ready to celebrate. Here are 5 tips for making the most of your National Park explorations this year.
1. Make your campground reservations now
There are also amazing private campgrounds located just outside of many national parks. These private campgrounds can offer the best of both worlds: fantastic amenities along with easy access to the great outdoors! Book your stay far ahead of time to get a decent spot. Look for RV parks near national parks here.
The Tepees at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. Photo: LarryKnupp/Getty Images/iStockphoto
2. Consider visiting some lesser-known national parks
Huge crowds annually flock to Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park. But with over 400 national parks, lake shores, seashores and historic monuments, you can celebrate the centennial without fighting the crowds.
3. Buy National Parks Annual Pass
Senior Citizens can purchase a lifetime National Parks pass for $10 and everyone else can get an annual pass for just $80. This will get you and a carload of people into any of the National Park sites that charge an admission fee. The best part about the pass is that it may just encourage you to visit a few more places over the course of the year. Of course, the flexibility of RV travel makes this easy as well!
4. Get off the beaten loop road
Many visitors never venture far away from the loop road available at most national parks. Make sure you visit the ranger station and ask the experts for personally tailored advice, so you can experience the hidden gems and escape the crowds. Check the park calendar for ranger programs that will help bring alive the ecology and history of the park.
5. Bring all your toys!
National parks offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and rock climbing. One of the best perks of traveling by RV is that you can bring all your gear and toys along for the journey. Fishing poles, canoes, bikes and backpacks will all be safely stored in your RV, just waiting to help you get the most out of your national parks adventure.
Long Lake Resort & RV Park is nothing short of spectacular. You are able to ride horses, see buffalo, fish in well-stocked ponds, and so much more all at the family owned and operated resort. Tucked away in a secluded area surrounded by beautiful mountains, trees, and 2 privately owned lakes, Long Lake Resort is a perfect destination for any occasion. Long Lake Resort & RV Park is located 2 miles south of Poteau, OK in beautiful southeastern Oklahoma.
Situated on the banks of Long Lake, the RV park offers 30/50 full hookups with restroom and shower facilities. An absolutely beautiful setting including a community fire pit. It is a Great destination for groups. Kids will love our new splash pad. A banquet room and a pavilion are available.
Luxurious cabins, nestled in a secluded wooded setting, will appeal to the outgoing and the private alike! Couples can enjoy a weekend away with our Honeymoon suite, designed for that special memory! Families can stretch their wings, with a large cabin designed for the full enjoyment of a World Class Resort experience. Fishing, relaxing and an experience of a lifetime await you!
The park has two private, natural lakes – Long Lake and Terrell Lake – each lake is around 45 to 50 acres. The lakes are both naturally stocked full of largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish. All fish are native to Oklahoma waters. All Lodging Rentals include free Bank Fishing. Management offers complete fishing trips, including boat, motor and tackle. As our slogan says, “We make memories” and catching that special fish, with that special person is a GREAT way to do it!
Horseback Riding & Hiking Trails
Enjoy a casual stroll along the banks of both lakes and scenic mountain views overlooking Long Lake Resort & RV Park. The Resort features approximately 5 miles of hiking trails that include varying types of terrain. You are sure to enjoy spotting the many types of wildlife here at Long Lake. There are many convenient trailhead locations around the resort allowing easy access to the trails. The trails are great for mountain biking too! Trail maps are available inside the office.
Cavanal Hill is boasted as the world’s highest hill at 1,999 ft above the surrounding terrain. Cavanal Hill derives its name from the French word meaning “cave,” and was a famous landmark for the French and American Indians over 150 years ago. Travel up four and a half miles of blacktopped road to the top and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Poteau River valley and surrounding areas. Enjoy gazing at the stars from atop the hill, enjoy a picnic under the newly remodeled pavilion, or have your photo taken by the famous Cavanal Hill Rock.
The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey
The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey has 25 plus rooms of artifacts. A revolving exhibit housing the Century of Medicine in LeFlore County. Artifacts include the civil war, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The President’s room emphasizing John F. Kennedy’s visit to the area in 1961, and the “ghost” room. There are artifacts from the Spiro Mound Indians. See the large collection of other Native American Indians tribes. There are many artifacts from the coal industry, railroads, and fossils of the area. Located in Downtown Poteau, OK at 303 Dewey Avenue in the Historic Hotel Lowrey.
New in 2017, Sandy Pines Maine Campground offers 320 sites charmingly immersed in beautiful, lush woods. Bordering salt marsh, just one mile to Goose Rocks Beach, sweet ocean breezes and the sounds of crashing waves add sensory delight to your stay. We are conveniently located 10 minutes from Kennebunkport’s bustling Dock Square. With shops, world class restaurants, art galleries and attractions – just far enough away to provide a relaxing experience.
Sandy Pines Campground offers camping for every type of camper
Our overnight RV and tent sites feature new fire rings with adjustable grills and picnic tables. Full hook up sites offer 50amp electricity, cable, sewer and water. Our site sizes range from petite tent sizes to very large RV sites that can accommodate Class A Motor Homes. RV sites are set on crushed stone, making it easier to park and level. Some of our most beautiful sites are our dry tent sites. They border protected salt marsh and offer incredible scenic views. We have 100 seasonal sites, dedicated to park models and RVs with many sites. They border the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, protected Maine forest and a natural habitat that will never be developed.
For the camper who’d like something a bit more luxurious, we also offer 12 uniquely designed luxe glamping tents. With 430 square feet of space, these tents feature a king-sized bed, luxury bedding, air conditioners, mini fridges, fans, clothing storage, indoor and outdoor seating areas and more! Situated in “Glamp Tent Village”, glampers can make new friends at the communal picnic/grilling area or roasting marshmallows at the nightly bonfire. A new, dedicated bathhouse features toilet/shower combinations with tasteful fixtures. Three of our glamp tents are perfect for families with smaller tents, offering two twin beds, just for the kids!
We are happy to offer an array of amenities to our guests
Our property offers an array of resort level amenities. Our Lodge is the community hub at Sandy Pines Campground and here you’ll find the General Store and Snack Bar.
The General Store is stocked with a wide assortment of camping essentials, grocery items, including adult beverages, to ensure you have what you need for a worry-free stay. Grab a breakfast sandwich, hot coffee, burger, fries and light bites at our Snack Bar! You can also order a fresh Maine lobster dinner at our Snack Bar, and it will be ready for pick up the following day.
Sparkling new bathhouses are cleaned multiple times a day, and feature free showers. Our heated saltwater pool and kids’ pool are a great way to spend an afternoon. Kids’ Kamp features a new playground, outdoor ping pong and assortment of games to keep the kids entertained. A local vendor is available to provide kayaks, stand up paddleboards and bikes to rent.
With an array of thoughtful amenities, family-centric activities, spacious grounds, and just a short drive to one of Kennebunkport’s most beautiful beaches, this is camping at its best. Stay for a few nights, or make this your summer home – either way, you’ll create lifelong memories and truly enjoy “the Maine camping experience”.
The city draws thousands of tourists every year with its world-class museums, music and architecture. Don’t miss a chance to see the Price Tower, the only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Take the historic tour which includes a visit to the restored 19th floor executive office of H.C. Price. Enjoy the growing collections and exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, furniture, textiles and design.
See the Woolaroc Museum, located about eight miles south of Bartlesville on Highway 123. It presents one of the world’s most unique collections of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays; and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms.
OK Mozart, a musical event held each June that features musicians from all over the world.
The city is home to one of the world’s largest oil companies, Phillips Petroleum founded by Bartlesville oil man Frank Phillips. He founded Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville in 1905 when the area was still an Indian Territory. The Frank Phillips Home is owned, staffed, and operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Enter the world of an Oklahoma oil millionaire. A tour through this Neo- Classical style mansion will give you a peek at the home life of one of America’s most fascinating oil men back in the day.
Bartlesville is a small city with a big heart and big-city amenities.
Riverside RV Resort & Campground is located in beautiful Bartlesville, Oklahoma on the Caney River. The park features gorgeous landscaping throughout the park with large shade trees.
Relax by the pool on a sandy beach. Experience a nature walk along the 11 mile walking/biking trail. Visit some of the wonderful museums and antique shops in Bartlesville. We are certain that your stay with us will be a pleasant and memorable one.
The park’s 68 sites include full hook-up pull thru’s, 20-30-50 amp service, laundry facilities, showers, free cable TV, swimming pool, recreation room/clubhouse, and free WiFi. A gift shop provides you with basic RV necessities and other ‘Okie’ goods.
Pleasant strolls and soothing swims are commonplace at our riverside getaway.
Have you been to Westport on the shore of western Washington? Plan you trip and start counting off the 100 fun things you can do there! We’ll get you started, but to find out the rest, schedule your stay early at American Sunset RV & Tent Resort with a call to (360)268-0207.
Let’s get the list started!
Go surf fishing
Walk the Dune Trail
Walk to the lighthouse and Ooooh and Aaaaah
Play “Chase the Waves” on the 18 miles of ocean beaches
Write your name in the sand and take selfies
Relax and reflect while watching the surf
Run on the beach
Fish off the Jetty
Ride your bike on the Dune Trail
Comb the Beach
Search for Driftwood
Fly a Kite
Hunt for Agates
Read the Plaques on the Dune Trail
Get a Tan (yes, we do tan here)
Pick up Shells
Collect Sand Dollars
Go surfing at Half Moon Bay
Build a Sand Castle
Flatten a Cardboard Box and Slide down the Dunes
Feed a Seagull
Check out the Salmon Pens at Float 4
Visit 2 Fresh Seafood Markets
Cruise over the harbor in a private plane
Boogie Board the waves
Spot a Gray Whale from the Lookout Tower
Sit on the rocks and watch a great American Sunset
At high tide, watch the waves crest over the Marina revetment rocks
Read the names at the Fishermen’s Memorial Monument
Sight-sea at the marina
Look at the amazing boats and ships
Buy a souvenir for a friend
View the locally painted murals
Rent a crab ring
Rent a fishing pole
Go crabbing or fishing right off the docks
Eat saltwater taffy
See the Lady Washington when she’s docked here
Stop for Lunch
Be on the Dock when Lady Washington fires her cannon
Watch the unloading of the crab boats
Tour the Maritime Museum
See the Fresnel Lens display
Check out the Whale under glass at the museum
Sample some fudge
Read the names of the boats
Take a harbor boat tour
Hear and see the Sea Lions at the docks
Visit the Coast Guard Station
Play at a casino
Watch the Great Blue Herons fly over
Eat a pizza
Try a new espresso flavor
Roller blade on the dune trail
Ride a Go Kart
Play a game of Tennis
Picnic in the Park
Roast marshmallows and make s’mores…..
To find out all the other things…
Reserve your space now at American Sunset RV & Tent Resort. With free wifi, large recreation hall, campfire containers, big rig pull throughs, huge gift and convenience store, heated outdoor swimming pool, satellite tv, pet friendly and so much more!
Call (360)268-0207 or (800)569-2267. Let’s get YOUR list started!
Is your RV refrigerator struggling to keep up with the hot summer weather?
Or perhaps you’d like to upgrade to a newer refrigerator with increased capacity, updated features and a more modern look?
No matter the reason, there are plenty of replacement options available on the market today. One new option is Norcold’s Polar line, the next generation of RV gas absorption refrigerators.
It starts with more space
As with many aspects of RVing, space is the “final frontier” for RV refrigerators. After all, more storage space can mean fewer trips to the grocery store. And, the more space you have, the more you can bring along what you really want and need.
Polar is the answer for a large group of RVers who want more refrigerator storage space.
In fact, Norcold significantly increased capacity so that the new Polar 7LX is a 7-cubic-feet model that fits within the same cutout as 6N/NXA, 6-cubic-feet units it replaces.
Even more space
New Polar 8LX models also boast slightly increased storage space – every little bit helps, right? – in the same cutout over previous N/NX8 series, 8-cubic-foot units that already boasted industry-leading capacity.
The new Polar 10LX is a 10-cubic-foot unit that fits in the same cutout as the previous N1095 model. It’s an up-charge, but RVers can get lots more storage space – about two cubic feet more! – by upgrading from their 8-cubic-foot refrigerator to a Polar 10LX, which amazingly fits in the same cutout.
New Control Panel
An additional reason to move to new Polar LX is a new touch-control LCD display panel – without buttons and switches – that puts you in command of an adjustable thermostat and mode select.
When installed, Norcold models are also known for being more at eye-level than the other brand, which makes them easier to see and operate.
Polar offers many other user-friendly features, including enhanced styling, shelving and crisper improvements, new pocket handles and optional ice makers.
To further improve the RV lifestyle, Norcold also optimized everything from hiding liners for a better appearance to adjustable wire shelving lips to maximize food security.
By the way, now is a really good time to purchase a new Norcold refrigerator. They’re on a manufacturer’s rebate program from July 9 to Sept. 7, 2018: $50 for replacing a Norcold model, but doubling that to a $100 rebate for replacing a non-Norcold model.
Note that you will be asked to supply a photo of the sales receipt, along with both the old refrigerator’s model and serial numbers, to qualify for this digital rebate.
Lastly, a bit about Norcold, a 59-year-old American-owned company that’s based in Sidney, Ohio. Most long-time RVers recognize the Polar Bear that’s been part of its logo for decades. It recently invested in state-of the-art technology, which was how it was able to develop and manufacture the new Polar models.