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Many RVers have become so accustomed to hooking up to shore power (120-volt electrical service) that they are in somewhat of a quandary of what they should do when they find themselves without it for a night.
Rather than spending hundreds or thousands of dollars for a generator or solar panel system, here are seven items that will help you “survive” a night (or more) without shore power.
Don’t let a lack of shore power keep you from a campsite like this. Photo via iRV2 Forums
1. Charge your cell phones and other electronics with a 12-Volt USB Adapter.
2. Use a Stove Top Toaster on your gas stove instead of an electric toaster.
Camping toaster – Photo via Amazon
3. Use a stovetop coffee maker or an espresso maker for your morning caffeine fix in place of the electric version.
4. Consider using solar yard lights around your campsite when you don’t have 120 volts available to run your patio lights.
Solar lights – Photo via Amazon
5. Consider carrying a 12-volt box fan to circulate air in your RV on stuffy days.
6. Use a Whirley Pop popcorn maker to make popcorn instead of your microwave oven. Don’t have the space in your RV to store a Whirley Pop? Bring some Jiffy Pop popcorn with you.
7. You might consider carrying a small inverter until you consider yourself a seasoned dry camper. An inverter can be used to power low wattage 120-volt (out of sight, out of mind) items like your satellite TV receiver, 120-volt chargers for items like a shaver or SLR camera battery, etc.
Inverter – Photo via Amazon
Some of these items aren’t new—many were how our grandparents “survived” back in the days before there were hookup RV spaces, microwaves, espresso machines, etc. Surviving a night without an electrical hookup, just another adventure in RVing!
Do you have your own tips and tricks for surviving without shore power? Please share using the comment box below.
If you’ve never tried RV boondocking, you’ll quickly learn that full-hookup RV park stays are totally different from a dry camping experience. When you’re thinking of making the switch, these two RV boondocking basics for newbies will help you do it with ease.
The Two Most Important RV Boondocking Basics You Need to Know
Quartzsite is a great place to learn how to boondock.
To some RVers, dry camping is unthinkable. Camp off-grid? Never! It’s hard to give up creature comforts we take for granted, like water, sewer and electric on demand, but many of us find the benefits to be worth the sacrifice. The benefits of RV boondocking include:
Camping far away from crowds and noise
Getting closer to natural surroundings
Enjoying the slower pace of life in comfort, like sleeping under the stars on a real mattress!
When my husband and I transitioned from tent camping to RVing twelve years ago, we couldn’t wait to try RV boondocking. But our earliest attempts to camp without hookups were epic fails. Our RV felt so home-like that we often forgot the backcountry conservation tips we practiced when we carried our home on our backs.
For example, the two biggest hassles we repeatedly encountered in our first few years of RV boondocking were running out of water and firing up our Honda Super Quiet generator more often than we wanted. Twelve years later, we have the art of dry camping down to a science.
Here are the two most basic RV boondocking tips we’ve learned that can reduce your learning curve to make camping easier and more enjoyable.
Tip #1: Start with Water Conservation
Water conservation is your first priority.
Most all of us leave the faucet on while dishwashing and tooth brushing with full-hookups. That bad habit must stop when you go dry camping without a water connection.
Ironically enough, on-board water conservation is a critical part of dry camping comfort. Once you fill your freshwater tanks and get situated in your campsite, the last thing you want to do is relocate to find fresh water because your holding tanks are empty (or full of grey water).
Make water conservation the first thing on your mind when you open the tap in the kitchen and bathroom. Use your precious fresh water as if it’s the last supply on earth. Some RV boondocking basics to conserve water include:
Barbecue more often. Outdoor grilling keeps RV stoves clean.
Clean dishes with minimal soap. Use a spray bottle mixed with a few drops of dish soap and a lot of water to keep suds low.
Get used to bird baths. Pre-moistened body wipes and dry shampoo are great hygiene tools to keep clean in-between showers. On shower day, a low-flow RV shower nozzle with an off valve for soaping up will save you gallons of fresh water.
Consider a grey water recycling system. If your RV has more black tank room than you normally use, you may be able to recycle grey water into your RV toilet.
Tip #2: Be Kind to Your Batteries
Be kind to your batteries.
Most RVers would probably agree that this is one of biggest boondocking challenges. All of us are used to plugging in and forgetting about our electricity consumption. But once we rely on RV batteries to carry our loads, we quickly realize the value of RV solar electric power investments.
If your RV doesn’t have a solar power system, these electricity conservation tips can minimize reliance on your generator and avoid annoying RV neighbors.
Don’t keep a constant demand on your RV batteries. Minimize the use of appliances and toys that require you to keep charging house batteries. Your television, laptop and unused lights are three of the biggest energy hogs.
Leave kitchen appliances behind. Your great grandma didn’t need a microwave to whip up an awesome meal. Think back to the cooking tools she used like stovetop tea kettles, sharp knives for hand-chopping veggies and cookie sheets for oven-heated left-overs. These things do not require power and turn out equally tasty results.
RVs are designed as self-contained vehicles that have everything you need for comfort whether you’re on the move or enjoying dispersed camping on BLM land. Get into the habit of these RV boondocking basics and you can enjoy your rig to its fullest potential, far from crowds and the chaos of daily living. Isn’t that why you wanted to camp without hookups in the first place?
In the United States, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and ultraviolet or UV radiation from the sun is the main cause. Most golfers are aware of this scary fact, but skin cancer still plagues this group of recreationalists. Just ask PGA pros Adam Scott or Rory Sabbatini, both of whom have battled skin cancer.
To help spread the word and publicize early detection of skin cancer, the Skin Cancer Foundation will be hitting the road in a 38-foot customized RV with two private exam rooms.
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Mobile RV program, Destination: Healthy Skin, in Houston. Photo via Houston Chronicle
The RV’s official title Destination: HealthySkin, will travel the country from May to August, stopping at 35 locations in 18 cities during its 10,000-mile journey. These include:
New York, NY – Monday, May 13 & Tuesday, May 14
Jacksonville, FL – Tuesday, May 21
Miami, FL – Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
New Orleans, LA – Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31
Houston, TX – Wednesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 6
Austin, TX – Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9
Phoenix, AZ – Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16
San Diego, CA – Thursday, June 20 & Friday, June 21
Santa Monica, CA – Sunday, June 23 & Monday, June 24
San Francisco, CA – Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30
Salt Lake City, UT – Friday, July 5 & Saturday, July 6
Denver, CO – Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Omaha, NE – Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20
Chicago, IL – Monday, July 22 & Tuesday, July 23
Indianapolis, IN – Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Louisville, KY – Thursday, August 1 & Friday, August 2
Nashville, TN – Sunday, August 4 & Monday, August 5
Greenwich, CT – Sunday, August 11
Inside the RV, local dermatologists provide free full-body skin cancer screenings, which are given on a first come, first served basis. Participants will also receive educational materials and Shiseido brand Clear Stick UV Protector SPF 50+. Staff will be on hand to operate a Canfield Reveal Imager—a portable skin analysis imaging system that visualizes UV damage.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer. The Foundation recommends that everyone, especially golfers, get a professional skin exam with a dermatologist each year. They also strongly suggest practicing monthly head-to-toe self-exams, looking for any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, here are a few additional tips:
Take advantage of twilight golfing or hiking when the sun isn’t at its peak.
While outside, whenever possible, take a break in the shade. Give your skin a rest from the sun.
Apply at least one ounce of water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed areas 30 minutes before heading out to the course. Look for a sport formula which is sweat resistant and won’t run into your eyes. And remember to reapply every two hours.
Wear sun protective clothing. Even though the sun is high in the sky, protective clothing can make a world of difference in the amount of sun that’s affecting your skin. A quick search on Amazon will reveal several manufacturers who make sun protective clothing designed for the golf course.
Since its inception in 1979, the Skin Cancer Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit SkinCancer.org.
Too many good things in RVing are becoming less and less available. Of late, that seems to include free RV waste dumping stations. In recent years, you could dump your tanks at many highway rest stops, facilities behind gas stations, and of course (and most commonly), at many RV parks.
Today, it’s a different story. You have to open your wallet now to dump your waste at those rare spots. What has happened is a combination of restricted government funding, and in too many cases, a few either uncaring or uneducated individuals leaving behind a mess giving the rest of us a bad reputation.
A surprising number of RVers are getting into the lifestyle and upon purchase of their unit, they are given full instructions by dealers on how to run their RV refrigerator, air conditioner, TV, and microwave, etc. but are never clearly taught how to dump waste. Whether you’re a newbie (or a seasoned veteran who needs a refresher every now and then), here is our version of Tank Dumping 101—plus a few extra tips you may not know.
Pull your rig up to the dump station, carefully getting your black water (toilet) connection as close to it as possible. Being close means if there’s a spill, it’s much more contained. Always dump your black water first as gray water will rinse the black water evils out of your hose.
Pull on a pair of rubber gloves. Many use throwaway gloves while others find reusable, industrial gloves work better.
Place the discharge end of your sewer hose into the dump station receptacle. You’ll often find a brass step on-style lid covering the receiving port, and often a big rock handy to hold the lid open while you slide in the hose. With the hose inside the receiving port several inches, put that big rock on the hose to keep it from jumping free (and spreading its contents around where you don’t want it).
Before you remove your rig’s waste valve termination cap, ensure that all slide valves are firmly closed (this will prevent you from taking a large, unnecessary bath). If a valve is open, close it, then, by simply holding the open end of your sewer hose under the valve to catch a spill, gently and carefully “crack open” the termination cap and try and get the contents into the hose.
Attach your sewer hose to the sewer valve adapter. Push it straight on and firmly turn it clockwise. Push and pull on the hose fitting to ensure a tight connection.
Verify your connection by barely cracking open the black water valve. If you get a leak, close the valve quickly and verify your hose-to-valve adapter connection. When you’re sure of a tight connection, proceed to the next step.
Pull the black water lever wide open. Allow the tank’s contents to completely empty. Here is where having a clear plastic fitting on the valve adapter end of the sewer hose really helps (among other products available) – you can watch to make sure the flow stops.
Close the black water valve.
Open the gray water valve. Allow the flow to completely stop before closing the gray water valve.
Disconnect the sewer hose and hold it up carefully to prevent any liquid remaining in the hose from gushing back out. Lift it up from the RV end, running any remaining liquids down into the dump station receptacle.
Use the dump station rinse hose to flush out your sewer hose – while still connected to the dump station receptacle. Never use your fresh water hose.
Remove the sewer hose from the receptacle and store it away.
With the ubiquitous rock holding the dump station receptacle cover open, use the rinse hose to clean up any spills. Close the cover and replace the rinse hose.
Replace your waste valve termination cap.
Some extra waste dumping tips
A couple of situations may make your dump station task a bit more daunting. You may encounter a dump station where the pavement is graded away from the receptacle, leaving your RV leaning away from the dump station.
A clear plastic fitting on the end of the sewer hose really helps the process.
Since water doesn’t flow uphill too well, you may have to milk your sewer hose. Follow the instructions listed above, but when you get to step 10, don’t disconnect the hose yet. Close the valve, leave the hose connected then, starting at the RV end of the hose, pick up the hose and force the liquid “uphill” to the dump station.
It’s an awkward arrangement, but basically, you’ll lift the hose as high as you can, forcing the liquid toward the dump station, raising the “outflow” end of the hose, and dropping the RV-end of the hose as you go. You may need to repeat the step several times to empty it out but it works.
If your RV has more than a single gray water system, you’ll want to dump your black water tank first, then the companion gray water system, then reposition the RV to line up the dump valve for the other gray water system.
By following these few steps can spare you a lot of mess. It will also keep dump station owners happy and keep their stations open and accessible for all of us.
Who doesn’t love new gear? There always seems to be new and improved stuff coming at you, but living in an RV requires some careful consideration as to what gets priority over the valuable space inside. We have tried a multitude of gizmos over the years, but these four items are newer additions that have stood up to our demands.
The Life Straw was initially designed as an easy portable water treatment system to help disadvantaged people across the globe fight water-borne diseases. It uses a two-stage filtration process to quickly turn pretty much any water source into drinking water.
The Life Straw – Photo via Amazon
First, the hollow fiber membrane traps contaminants (like bacteria and parasites), then a second carbon capsule absorbs chemicals chlorine and pesticides.
Other filter options, like the Life Straw Flex, can treat heavy metals as well. Life Straw filters up to 1,000 liters of liquid, surpasses EPA filter standards, is tiny and lightweight, and can be used anywhere you might not trust the water.
This nifty pop-up sink is a great backup sink for RVers that can fold down to the size of a briefcase when not in use.
Folding double washbasin – Photo via Amazon
It is highly versatile; you can use it for dishes, washing produce, doing laundry, a washing station for kids, foot soaks, or for when the dog finds a skunk and needs a bath. You can also use it as part of your storage or organizing system instead of storing it folded.
Mosquito-borne illnesses are quickly becoming a significant health concern for many people who enjoy the outdoors. The Thermacell device repels mosquitoes by using a fuel cartridge that heats up a repellent mat. It provides a 15-foot area of protection for up to 12 hours.
Thermacell – Photo via Amazon
The system doesn’t require electricity, so it is very portable. You can take it on a picnic or just sit by the fire outside your rig and be protected.
The repellent is a synthetic version of the natural insect repellent found in chrysanthemum plants. The repellent is scent-free and doesn’t require you to wear sprays or lotions.
Using your stove or oven on a hot summer day can heat up the inside of your RV fast. Head outside to cook or rather opt for cold meals like sandwiches or salads that do not need to be heated up. These items are very useful to have on hand for those dog days of summer when firing up the stove is just not an option.
1. A folding table for extra space
The picnic table at your campsite will only give you so much room. Carry a folding table (or a few) that you can set up in minutes to hold your food, beverages, plates, and other items.
This Outdoor Cook Station has an aluminum countertop, a lower rack for storage, and fold-out side tables with cup holders and built-in hooks to hang BBQ utensils.
2. A bug screen for your food
After awhile you’ll get sick of swatting away bugs while you’re preparing food. Use a bug screen like this mesh food tent so you won’t have to worry about flies, mosquitoes, and bees during your picnic.
Protect your food from bugs. Photo via Amazon
3. Awning shade screen
You won’t want to be stuck outside cooking with the hot sun beating down on you. If you’re not in a shaded campsite, set up an awning shade screen so you can stay nice and cool while you do meal prep.
This awning screen is made to go on the front of your RV. For full coverage, you can also set up their Side Shades. The mesh screens block out about 86% of UV rays and will also help shield you from crosswinds.
4. A tabletop grill
During the hot, dry summer, a portable grill comes in handy on days when it’s too hot to cook inside the RV, but there’s also a burn ban in effect so you can’t roast food over the campfire. Simply pull out your tabletop grill, connect it to propane, and you can cook fresh meat, veggies, and more.
We love this Blackstone Table Top Grill as it has a built-in grease catcher and can be wiped clean in seconds with a paper towel. It’s also compact and easy to store.
5. A grill scraper & other BBQ tools
Many RV sites have their own grill in addition to a picnic table and fire ring. If you use the grill often, it’s a good idea to carry a grill cleaning brush along with other BBQ essentials like a thermometer and tongs.
Use a BBQ scraper to clean off residue before you grill. Photo via Amazon
Keep a BBQ brush on hand so you can clean off all the burnt residue on a grill before and after you use it. Scraping off the greasy bits will not only clean the grill, but it will also make your food taste better. This grill brush from BBQ-Aid is well made with a wooden handle and stainless steel bristles.
6. An outdoor oven
An outdoor oven is not as essential as the other items on this list, but it can be very convenient over the summer or while you’re boondocking off-the-grid. It will allow you to cook several foods outside of the RV that could not be made using just the grill.
Bakes everything from bread to breakfast – Photo via Amazon
This outdoor oven from Camp Chef heats up to 400 degrees F with removable oven racks. It is fueled by a 1-pound propane bottle and lasts up to about 7 hours. Use it bake anything from breakfast skillets and cookies to meatloaf, cake, cinnamon rolls, pizzas, and even chicken enchiladas.
7. Collapsible containers
Collapsible containers are very useful in storing food for meal prep or even leftovers. Plus, they don’t take up a whole lot of RV kitchen cabinet space or room in the fridge. These round containers come in a set of 4 and they’re easily stackable.
Collapsible containers. Photo via Amazon
8. A portable cooler
Store your food and drinks in a portable cooler to keep them cold and within easy reach. There is a wide range of portable coolers varying from the top-of-the-line Yeti coolers to more simple Igloo coolers. Check out our list here for some of the best options.
Portable cooler – Photo via Amazon
9. A paper towel holder
Keep your roll of paper towels on a mounted holder so you can tear one off as needed. This paper towel holder is made with a magnetic mount so it can be moved from your RV fridge to the grill, tailgate, or any other metal surface.
Mount your paper towels for easy access – Photo via Amazon
10. Portable trash bag holder
Make life easier on yourself and set up a trash bag holder while you’re outside. This portable trash bag holder can easily be slipped over the table wherever you go. No tools needed!
Make it easy to clean up your trash. Photo via Trash-Ease
The holder is made as a one-piece construction that hangs standard 13-gallon garbage bags. It is much more convenient than hanging the trash bag up from a tree or just leaving it on the ground.
Traveling with children can be challenging as there are more logistics to consider, more items to transport, and typically only a couple of adults to implement the needs of the entire family. Using an RV as the primary form of transportation can make the next family vacation more enjoyable for everyone.
Here are six reasons why traveling with children is better in an RV.
1. Bathroom breaks
With an RV you never have to stress over the phrase, “I have to go to the bathroom” emanating from the back seat. No more telling the little ones they have to hold it until the next exit with services or a rest stop. With an RV the bathroom is always with you, cleaned to your standards. No more pulling into a gas station asking for a key only to wonder what unpleasant surprise might be lurking behind the door.
2. Their own space
With RV travel, children have their own familiar space both while traveling and when in the campground. While traveling, children typically have their own seat in the tow vehicle or motorhome, know where to locate and how to fasten their seatbelt, and have their own cubby with things to keep them occupied.
If you have a small child in a car seat, you won’t be moving it between different forms of transportation. With an RV, there is no bouncing your children from an airplane, to an airport shuttle, to a taxi, etc. and chance leaving something behind during each transfer.
With the plethora of bunkhouse RVs available, each child will likely have their own fixed bed with their bedding on it, a place for their favorite stuffed animal, and a designated cupboard for their clothing. They know where to find their toothbrush and where their shoes are located.
Bring your toys
Unlike the limitations of traveling by plane, train, or automobile, an RV can typically transport items like bicycles, kayaks, etc. allowing your family to enjoy favorite activities while traveling.
4. A place to play
Outside is always just through the entry door of the RV, not down the hall, down the elevator, and out the door like a hotel or motel which would probably exit into a paved parking lot.
Bring the bikes
When RV camping, kids can play outside on the patio mat under the awning, enjoy games while sitting at the picnic table, go to the playground, which you will find in most RV parks and many campgrounds, or take their bicycle for a ride around the campground loop.
5. They will make friends
Unlike at a hotel, your children will be more likely to be outside playing and will encounter other children doing the same at the playground, riding their bike, etc. In short order, they will find a friend and trade names. You may make friends too as the children are likely to bring the parents together.
Most RV parks have a playground
6. Mealtimes and meals stay the same
With an RV, you have a fully equipped kitchen with the room to pack, refrigerate, and prepare your children’s favorite meal or snack anytime, anywhere.
When it’s mealtime, you just need to find a safe spot to pull off the road and enjoy. The scenery out your window is likely to be much better than at a Denny’s, too!
Meals remain the same
For those of you that haven’t already discovered the benefits or traveling in an RV with children, consider giving it a try. It will be an adventure in RVing you will never forget!
Newborn deer fawns in the wild are a precious sight. Just don’t get too close or a mother deer attack could ruin your RV trip. Here’s how to keep you and your pets out of harms way.
That Adorable Deer Fawn is Not Abandoned
Keep moving, there’s nothing to see here.
Deer fawns look so small and fragile. They are born in spring, which is when you are most likely to see one up close. Oftentimes you’ll see a baby deer curled up in a ball without a mother deer in sight. If you see a fawn all alone like this, don’t assume the mother rejected her offspring. Chances are, there is a doe hiding in the woods and she’s watching every move you make. Get too close and you are asking for a deer attack on you, or even your dog.
Deer attacks on humans are quite rare, but these docile looking creatures won’t hesitate to pull out all the stops to defend their young from intruders. Does are extremely protective during fawn season, which occurs between late April and July in North America.
When Deer Attack, There’s a Good Reason For It
Although deer mothers leave their fawns alone in the woods, they are not abandoning their offspring. Instead, the mother is using her instincts to protect her fawn from predators by “hiding” it. Then she waits nearby, watching until nobody is around. Occasionally she returns to feed or relocate the infant to another safe spot.
She looks docile, but stay away.
But if a camper or domestic animal gets too close to the fawn, a mother deer’s behavior can be unpredictable. Domestic pets, especially dogs, are often the victims of deer attacks as shown in the video below. The result can be fatal. Many campgrounds with heavy newborn fawn populations during spring, implement rules prohibiting dogs from certain trails. Campers are even banned from leash walking dogs in the actual campgrounds during fawn season.
How to Prevent a Deer Attack
If you see a fawn without a mother deer nearby, don’t panic. And whatever you do, don’t touch it. “Spring is when well-meaning people discover fawns alone, mistakenly believe they are in trouble and take unneeded action that may harm the animal,” explains a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Dianne Robinson. “A fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.”
If you see a fawn in the wild, or even in your neighborhood at home, stop and ask yourself:
Is the fawn:
Wandering or crying for more than an hour?
Injured, infested with flies or maggots, bleeding, cold, or wet?
Laying on its side?
If you answered no to all of these questions, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Leave the fawn alone.
However, if you find a dead adult deer nearby, or the fawn was placed in a dangerous location, put on an an odorless pair of medical gloves and move the fawn to a safer location. Just make sure the new spot is no more than 50 yards from where you found it. Next, call your nearest wildlife officials to report the encounter.
Recently, the country christened its 61st national park. Joining that elite group is the former Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In February, President Trump signed a bill that included redesignating this 15,000-acre national lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park.
Though nothing dramatic will change besides the name, visitors can still expect to enjoy spectacular dunes, the seemingly endless seashore on Lake Michigan, and magnificent sunsets.
Indiana Dunes. Photo by Paul J. Everett
Located just 50 miles east of Chicago, Indiana Dunes attracts more than two million visitors annually. In addition to 15 miles of shoreline, visitors also enjoy the more than 50 miles of hiking trails some of which include cross-country ski routes and equestrian trails. Also, Indiana Dunes National Park has eight designated beaches, some of which are pet-friendly.
RV camping near Indiana Dunes
Adjacent to the dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline is Indiana Dunes State Park. The neighboring park offers plenty of additional amenities and attractions.
A total of 134 sites offer 30/50 amp electrical. Some of the services and amenities throughout the state park include restrooms, showers, convenience store, seasonal festivals and retail concessions, beach access and beachcombing on 3.5 miles of sandy shoreline, a nature center, ranger station, dump station, a variety of trails, historical sites and more.
Indiana Dunes State Park opened in 1926. It features some dramatically shifting sand dunes, like Mount Baldy, one of the most popular. Ever increasing in size, Mount Baldy is 140 feet high, and is estimated to grow in size annually by 4 feet! Mount Baldy is tiny compared to the trio of dunes that make up the 3 Dune Challenge.
Hiking the 3 Dune Challenge – Photo via TripAdvisor
To find out about the 3 Dune Challenge, stop by the Indiana State Park Nature Center. The 3 Dune Challenge is a test for you, your friends, and your family as you hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mount Holden (184 feet tall), Mount Jackson (176 feet), and Mount Tom (the tallest at 192 feet). This is a self-directed marked route that can be conquered any time of the year. Go barefoot or try it in snowshoes!
The Nature Center also hosts a variety of interpretive programs about the unique animals, plants, and ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes. Interactive programs range from learning about reptiles and birding to studying the geology of the Dunes. For a small fee, park interpreters will host special group hikes and programs tailored to your specific needs. Also, the Nature Center has many hands-on exhibits serving as a fantastic introduction to the wonders of the Indiana Dunes.
Other area attractions include the nearby eclectic community of Chesterton, which is home to several artists—like Holly Jackson and her vibrant, Matisse-inspired paintings, which she sells at her downtown studio.
Main Street, Chesterton, Indiana. Photo by GKChest on Wikipedia
Craig Berg combines his Indiana Dunes photography skills and pizza-making prowess at his two businesses: Duneland Pizza and Dunes Photography.
Chesterton’s European Market creates a wonderful shopping experience featuring handmade art, fresh artisan pastries, freshly prepared foods, farm-grown produce, jewelry, accessories, clothing, fresh soaps, and more.
Also located in Chesterton is the Brassie Golf Club. This 18-hole championship facility is open to the public and is one of the best golfing values in northwest Indiana. The par 72 track stretches to 7,008 yards from the tips. The course officially opened 20 years ago and was designed by Jim Fazio, a member of the famed Fazio golf architect family.
The Brassie Golf Club facility also includes a well-stocked golf shop, and an excellent practice facility that offers a short game area, putting green, and driving range. The clubhouse overlooks the golf course, and there’s also a snack bar for relaxing after a round.
Today’s new luxury motorhomes are like mansions on wheels with all of their high-end features. They are even fancier and more spacious than many sticks-and-bricks homes and apartments. These are some of the top-dollar coaches now available at Motor Home Specialist that provide every kind of comfort imaginable.
1. 2020 Prevost H3
Priced at two million dollars, the new 2020 Prevost H3 is one of the most expensive RVs available. Every detail of the 45-foot-long coach was made to reflect the luxurious price tag. The Emperor Sauna Suite floorplan not only has a bathroom on-board but also its own traveling steam room.
Prevost is known for their top-of-the-line coaches, and as expected, only high-end materials went into building the Emperor Sauna Suite. This includes a gorgeous porcelain floor tile imported from Modena, Italy, as well as Cambria countertops, backsplash tiles in the galley, and a unique lighting package built in the ceiling that can change colors.
The stylish interior has several features for a more homey ambiance, including a digital panel in the galley where you can display your favorite travel photos, as well as an electric fireplace in the living room. Four air conditioning units with heat pumps are built in the roof to keep the space at a comfortable temperature.
High-end appliances in the kitchen include a residential-style fridge and a dishwasher drawer. It also comes with a microwave, articulating kitchen faucet, and lots of pantry storage and cabinet space.
Opposite from the kitchen, there is a spacious work and leisure space with a built-in 32″ HDTV. There are six televisions of various sizes built in throughout the coach so you’ll never miss any part of the game or your favorite shows. This also includes a 24″ bar flip-down TV, a 32″ exterior TV, a 49″ power drop-down TV in the living room, a 55″ curved TV in the bedroom, and one in the shower.
Down the hall is the laundry closet which houses the Signature Series LG washer and dryer, as well as hanging wardrobe space. Across from the closet is the first lavatory with a toilet and a sink.
The lavatory has a custom-made sink that maximizes space, and a smart toilet with innovative features. The Kohler Numi Comfort Height toilet settings can be personalized to include ambient lighting, wireless Bluetooth music syncing capabilities, and you can even turn on the heated seat and foot warmer.
Lots of cabinet and storage space is built into the master suite, as well as a large seating area. The bed faces the curved 55″ TV and is just steps from the rear master bath.
The elegant rear bath includes the largest shower ever built in a Prevost. The glass door and wall can be electronically frosted for privacy, while the temperature, water settings, and sound system are also digitally controlled.
The shower has a rainwater showerhead, WaterTile body sprayers, and multi-colored LED lighting. It doubles as a steam room with a bench to sit down and a Kohler Invigoration® 9kw steam generator. A high-velocity roof fan ventilates the room when you’re all done.
In addition to the exterior TV, the 2020 Prevost also has an exterior kitchen that is ideal for tailgating parties. It includes a small fridge, ice maker, grill, and counter space.
The 2020 Prevost includes a 20KW Power Tech diesel generator and four 3500w Outback inverters. It features four awnings as well as an integrated coach wash so you can always keep the exterior looking good as new.
The 2020 Prevost is currently priced at $1,999,999. You can learn more about all of the specs from Motor Home Specialist here.
2. 2020 Foretravel Realm FS6
The 2020 Foretravel Realm is available in a few different floorplans, with the LVB (Luxury Villa Bunk) Spa option as the largest. Two spacious bunk beds and two full baths make this diesel pusher a favorite among RVing families.
The coach rides on a Spartan Premier K4 chassis at about 45 feet long with four slideouts. The lavish interior has tile floors and backsplash tiles, as well as quartz countertops and LED accent lighting throughout.