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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!

  1. Go surf fishing
  2. Walk the Dune Trail
  3. Walk to the lighthouse and Ooooh and Aaaaah
  4. Play “Chase the Waves” on the 18 miles of ocean beaches
  5. Write your name in the sand and take selfies
  6. Relax and reflect while watching the surf
  7. Run on the beach
  8. Fish off the Jetty
  9. Ride your bike on the Dune Trail
  10. Comb the Beach
  11. Search for Driftwood
  12. Fly a Kite
  13. Hunt for Agates
  14. Read the Plaques on the Dune Trail
  15. Get a Tan (yes, we do tan here)
  16. Pick up Shells
  17. Collect Sand Dollars
  18. Go surfing at Half Moon Bay
  19. Build a Sand Castle
  20. Flatten a Cardboard Box and Slide down the Dunes
  21. Feed a Seagull
  22. Check out the Salmon Pens at Float 4
  23. Visit 2 Fresh Seafood Markets
  24. Cruise over the harbor in a private plane
  25. Boogie Board the waves
  26. Spot a Gray Whale from the Lookout Tower
  27. Sit on the rocks and watch a great American Sunset
  28. At high tide, watch the waves crest over the Marina revetment rocks
  29. Read the names at the Fishermen’s Memorial Monument
  30. Sight-sea at the marina
  31. Look at the amazing boats and ships
  32. Window Shop
  33. Buy a souvenir for a friend
  34. View the locally painted murals
  35. Rent a crab ring
  36. Rent a fishing pole
  37. Go crabbing or fishing right off the docks
  38. Eat saltwater taffy
  39. See the Lady Washington when she’s docked here
  40. Stop for Lunch
  41. Be on the Dock when Lady Washington fires her cannon
  42. Watch the unloading of the crab boats
  43. Tour the Maritime Museum
  44. See the Fresnel Lens display
  45. Check out the Whale under glass at the museum
  46. Sample some fudge
  47. Read the names of the boats
  48. Take a harbor boat tour
  49. Hear and see the Sea Lions at the docks
  50. Visit the Coast Guard Station
  51. Star Gaze
  52. Play at a casino
  53. Watch the Great Blue Herons fly over
  54. Eat a pizza
  55. Try a new espresso flavor
  56. Roller blade on the dune trail
  57. Ride a Go Kart
  58. Play a game of Tennis
  59. Picnic in the Park
  60. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores…..
  61. 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!

Photos: American Sunset RV & Tent Resort

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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.

Other Features

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.

On Rebate

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.

Norcold

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.

Shop Camping World for Norcold

Images supplied by Norcold.

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Arrr matey! Bring the family for a swashbuckling ride at Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, located at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA.

Make a splash this summer at Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, the largest pirate themed waterpark in Lorton! Loaded with fun features for everyone, Pirate’s Cove visitors will enjoy a large Pirate themed play structure complete with a 300-gallon dumping bucket! Pirate’s Cove also boasts a pair of thrilling waterslides.

Pirate’s Cove boasts a variety of fun features for kids of all ages.

Kid friendly waterslides, water spraying palm trees, a large pool for splashing around and swimming and a spacious tot pool with a clam shell slide will entertain the entire family!

Dig for buried treasure at Buccaneer Beach, a large sand play area, or bask in the sun on our large deck!

Of course your day wouldn’t be complete without food, drinks and more! Captain’s Galley is stocked with all your favorites! Sit outside under the umbrellas and enjoy a great lunch, then head back and cool off under the bucket! Pirate’s Cove also offers aquatic classes (groups, private, & semi-private).

There are a variety of campsites available after your day of fun at the waterpark including pull-in sites with grill, fire ring and picnic table, RV sites with electric-only service, RV sites with full service, and general tent sites. There are also family specific sections and group sections.  We invite you to stay a little longer in one of our campsites, spend a day on the bay with our canoe, paddleboard, stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals; or bring your own boat to our public boat launch ramp

Pohick Bay Regional Park also offers a variety of accommodations that provide a wonderful outdoor experience without the full commitment of tent camping. Offerings include rustic or deluxe cabins. Explore the parks by day and return to a warm, convenient bed by night.

Photos: Pohick Bay Regional Park

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Interested in the Olympic Peninsula?  Hoquiam is considered a Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.  Looking for a new place for your family, club or friends group to meet?  Hoquiam River RV Park is great for individual RVers but it is also a favorite of groups.  Their club house and friendly staff are some of the key attractions!

There is a walking trail and lovely sitting areas along the Hoquiam River at the park.

Hoquiam, Washington is the home of the Loggers’ Playday, celebrated with a parade and logging competition every September, in which loggers from around the world come to participate.  Hoquiam sponsors the Shorebird Festival, Hoquiam’s Riverfest, and On Track Arts Festival.  In addition, the Grays Harbor area offers fairs, rodeos, equestrian shows, music festivals, car shows, dog agility trials, tractor shows and dirt track auto racing. As well as fishing, surfing, clamming, kayaking, camping & hiking.  Daytrips can be made into the Olympic National Park at Lake Quinault where you can see one of only two temperate rainforests in the world.

If you’re looking for some ocean time, the park is 1/2 hour drive to two of Washington’s premier ocean fronts which are vastly different.  Westport on the south side of Gray’s Harbor is a fishing community with an active port as well as lots of tourist activity options including fresh seafood stores and restaurants.   Ocean Shores is on the north side of Gray’s Harbor with sandy beaches and a historic town full of options for tourists.  There are lots of seasonal activities.  The popular razor clam is in season in Gray’s Harbor area when conditions permit – check out schedules and locations.  Salmon fishing in the area rivers in season is also a great experience.

Two local area attractions to visit while at our rv park are:

Polson Museum

This historic building, erected in 1924, was designed with twenty-six rooms, with six bathrooms and four fireplaces. The Polsons lived in the mansion to 1965 when they left their Hoquiam home for Seattle. The house remains as a museum with exhibits like a replica logging company, Railroad camp, area photographic collections and more.

Historic 7th Street Theatre

Built in 1928, Hoquiam’s 7th Street Theatre is one of the few remaining atmospheric-style theatres on the West Coast. The theatre’s unique interior is a simulated open-air playhouse and events include the showing of current movies, historic favorites and stage productions.

Reserve early at Hoquiam River RV Park by filling out the form or call 360 538 2870.  Call the office for specials and off-season rates.  Group rates are also available and incentives increase during Sept/Oct while the weather is often still quite temperate.

Photos: Hoquiam River RV Park

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RV basement cooler-freezer option — a cool surprise.

One of the options offered on many new motorhomes is a basement Dometic cooler/freezer. This is mounted on a slide-out mechanism that allows it to be pulled out, making it accessible by opening the top. It can be configured as a cooler or as a freezer at the touch of a button. You can even set the desired internal temperature digitally and read its current status. The appliance operates on 12-volts DC or 120-volts AC. But while all this sounds pretty spiffy, is it worth it?

Well, I’ve owned five motorhomes, all purchased new, or relatively new.

I’ve always felt that these basement freezers contributed little but leached plenty of electrical power while taking up storage space. Hence, I’ve never ordered this option in any new coach.

Dometic Decision

When we purchased our latest motorhome — a pre-owned unit — it just happened to come with the basement cooler/freezer option. I wondered, how will we ever live with this basement-dwelling power eater?

Well, we figured, we might as well use it. Wow, was I surprised! This basement-dwelling marvel delivered everything it boasted of doing, and even better. We used it as a cooler when visiting the grandchildren, then as an extra freezer for our meat purchases and for freezing this year’s fresh fruits. All of this with no noticeable increase in house bank power consumption.

Was I ever wrong about basement units! In my opinion, this has to rank up there with those “must-have” options. I would now never order a new unit without this great feature. It is probably an option that most people would enjoy. Fortunately, unlike many new coach options, the Dometic refrigerator/freezer can be easily added to RVs at a later date.

Peter Mercer — Just Chilling Out With a Cool Idea

Photos by Peter Mercer.

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Bakersfield River Run RV Park, the Premier RV Park is right off of Highway 99 and Rosedale Hwy. Providing easy freeway access and central Bakersfield Location.

A Good Sam Top Rated Park with a 10/10*/9 rating.

Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who consider putting down roots in the area will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it’s Bakersfield’s strong sense of community and family. Its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.

In some ways, Bakersfield feels like Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area’s location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.

Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California’s expansive national forests.

At Bakersfield River Run RV Park you will be close to all Bakersfield has to offer.

Bakersfield residents find plenty of ways to enjoy the region’s pleasant weather, from parks within the city limits to trails in the nearby Sequoia and Los Padres national forests.

Although major league sports don’t have a presence in the area, hometown fans cheer on their minor league favorites, including the Bakersfield Condors hockey team, the Bakersfield Blaze baseball team and the Bakersfield Jam basketball team. Racing fans can take their pick of asphalt, dirt, autocross or drag racing at nearby tracks.

If museums are more your scene, the award-winning Bakersfield Museum of Art is a must-see, as is the California Living Museum, known as CALM, which exhibits animals and plants native to California.

Bakersfield’s River Run RV Park is the place to stay when visiting the Central Valley of California. With huge level pull thru and back-in sites, concrete pads, and real grass! You are sure to feel right at home here.

Book Your Site TODAY: RiverRunRVPark.com/

Photos: Bakersfield River Run RV Park

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The very best in family camping in central Pennsylvania starts at Jonestown AOK Campground. The friendly owners and staff love to help you “jump start” your mornings with a free cup of coffee. You should plan to come by the office from 8AM – 10AM. Then head out and enjoy all of the nearby towns and attractions. If it does not matter which season that you enjoy camping, then Jonestown AOK is the family campground for you.

It is in a great central location, easily accessible to Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lancaster, Manheim and Hershey.

From Jonestown AOK Campground, take a day and explore the state capitol building in Harrisburg, where one of the four Historical specialists will guide you through this extraordinary building designed by architect, Joseph Miller Huston in 1902, in a Beaux-Arts style with decorative Renaissance themes throughout. The building, with its beautiful golden dome can be seen from miles away. It is situated close to the winding Susquehanna River.

From Jonestown AOK Campground, you can plan a great getaway for your family to nearby Hershey.

Experience everything from its many thrilling coaster rides and chocolatey adventures to premier dining and luxurious spa treatments. You’ll take sweet, chocolate-filled memories back to the campground that can only be made in “Hershey–The Sweetest Place On Earth.”

You can spend several days or weekends discovering the Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and experience authentic Lancaster County Amish.  The best Dutch Country attractions, shopping and dining.

The whole area is well known for its uniquely named small towns such as Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Blue Ball, Virginville, just to name a few. If you are into antiquing, Lancaster County is a great place to look for that one of a kind piece of furniture that will complete your decorating needs for your home. The Amish are great wood-workers, and build just about any kind of cabinetry, beds or other custom furnishings for your home.

If you want to just enjoy a campfire and s’mores, reading by the fire, or a completive match of miniature golf, then the Jonestown AOK Campground is will be your campground of choice. Make sure you take a cool dip in the spotless pool.

Photos: Jonestown AOK Campground

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Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.

Point Hudson RV Park is located adjacent to the shore just to the east of the Point Hudson Marina with 46 full hook-up sites. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy long walks from your doorstep to the historic lighthouse at Point Wilson, where the world’s shipping enters the Puget Sound by way of Admiralty Inlet.

If you are also bringing a boat or planning to use one of the local seafaring businesses in Port Townsend, this is the most convenient base for your adventures.

While you are here, you will be only a short stroll from the many world-class restaurants in town.  As well as the activities and shops that make this the destination of choice for people from all over the world.  The relaxed pace of life here, coupled with our ideal location, make this one of the most desirable RV parks in the Northwest.

With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.

National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why. Year-round, visitors can enjoy world-classs music, performing arts and literary festivals. High-brow, to funky and eclectic – Port Townsend seems to have something for everyone.

With miles of coastline, proximity to the Olympic National Park, a deep maritime history, and a growing culinary reputation, Port Townsend is a unique destination that keeps folks coming back year after year.

103 Hudson Street
(360) 385-2828

Port Townsend, WA

portofpt.com

Photos: Point Hudson RV Park

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RV fuel savings — seeking relief on the road.

Photo: Moodboard/Getty Images/moodboard RF

The temperatures soared through most of the country as June slipped into July. So did fuel prices, and the rising costs can make a big dent in your RVing budget.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to ease this pain. We’re all pretty familiar with the basic actions of driving to conserve fuel: drive slower, accelerate at a moderate rate, take advantage of coasting, reduce idle time, etc. In previous blog posts, we explored Hidden Factors, the Human Factor, Fuel Wasters and Fuel and the Environment.

RV Fuel Cost Cutters

But how do we lower the cost we pay per gallon for gasoline or diesel? Well, here are 7 tips for your fuel budget.

  • Refuel at Pilot Flying J locations across North America. Good Sam Club members get an instant 5 cents per gallon discount on gas and 8 cents per gallon off on diesel fuel.
  • Surf the Internet for the best prices in the regions you’ll be visiting. Particular attention should be taken if crossing state or provincial borders. There may be substantial retail price differences from one to another, especially in applicable taxes.
  • Use the Good Sam Visa Card, which offers Rewards Points at any gas station across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Refill your propane tank at Camping World, where your Good Sam Membership will get you a 15% discount on purchases of 40 gallons or more.
  • Consider paying cash at service stations offering reduced prices for such purchases.
  • Favor fuel vendors that offer low to zero biodiesel fuels. Biodiesel fuel produces less Btu’s per gallon than non-biodiesel. As the bio content rises the Btu reduces, resulting in more fuel needed to do the same work.
  • Do not top your fuel tank when the fill pump stops, indicating it is full. That air space left will assure you lose no fuel via the overflow.

I hope these thoughts help in keeping you going at a reasonable cost. Either way, we’re going to enjoy this season one way or another.

Peter Mercer — With a View of the Fuel Pump Price

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The fishing’s great, golfing is just around the corner, and Yosemite National Park is at your doorstep. That’s what you can expect when you set your sights on Bass Lake RV Resort in the foothills of the western slope of California’s High Sierra.

It’s rarely too hot or too cold here in Bass Lake, CA.

During spring, summer and fall, our year round five star Resort attracts water sports enthusiasts from near and far. Anglers and water skiers can bring their own boats or rent one at the nearby marina to explore the lake, which stretches more than 6 miles into the valley behind the dam. If you’re after a fish dinner, you might cast your line for the bass that gave the lake its name (a fourteen pound lunker was caught here), or catfish, crappie, rainbow trout or kokanee salmon. If you prefer simply to enjoy the scenery, rent a party barge and float or swim until your hearts content.

Bass Lake RV Resort is just 14 miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park and about an hour from the spectacular sights of Yosemite Valley. Anybody who has visited the park, especially in the summer, realizes that campgrounds and other accommodations are limited and usually full.

At 3,500 feet, the Bass Lake area is above the heat of California’s Central Valley and low enough to enjoy four seasons without the heavy snowfall found in the higher mountains. In spring the oak trees come alive with green leaves that turn to crimson and gold as autumn approaches.

Closest camping to Yosemite National Park.

Spend a day at the resort and choose from hiking, playing shuffleboard, swimming in the outdoor pool or participating in planned activities at the clubhouse. The year-round schedule includes special events on major holidays.  The 4th of July holiday is especially busy, with impressive fireworks over the lake.

Right next door is Pines Village, where you’ll find eating establishments, movie theaters and stores. Drive seven miles to the little mountain community of Oakhurst to catch an old fashioned melodrama, shoot a round of golf, shop for antiques or simply enjoy some good food.

Hiking and biking are both popular activities hereabouts, with mountain biking ranging from easy to challenging on a network of trails, fire roads and old railroad beds. Try the half-mile Way of Mono Trail for great views of the lake and insight into the lives of the Western Mono Indians.

At the end of an active day in the shadow of Half Dome, it’s nice to know that comfortable accommodations are waiting for you back at Bass Lake RV Resort. Make your reservation today!

Cabins are also available to rent. For more information, Call 559-642-3145 or email us at info@basslakeatyosemite.com.

We look forward to your visit!

Photos: Bass Lake RV Resort

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