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Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Recreational Vehicle: Not Just for Recreation

The term recreational vehicle is often shortened to RV, and as such has become a daily term for everyone who deals with it. But what do we really know of this recreational vehicle? Is it purely a vehicle for recreation purpose as the name suggests, or can it be used for some other things as well?

In fact, the question itself provides an answer. Recreational vehicle commonly refers to an enclosed piece of equipment dually used as both a vehicle and a home. And the home here can be either a temporary travel home or even a full time home. This common definition is however limited to the North America only. In countries like Australia, when you say recreational vehicle, it refers to a sport utility vehicle or SUV.

The Varieties

The most common definition is known generally is the American term, and when it comes to explaining this vehicle and its usages in the western world. In America especially, this vehicle is very highly regarded, for this vehicle is very much useful; ranging from leisure activities such as camping to full time living in the rural areas.

Basically there are many types or classes of recreational vehicles, based on their functions and usages. Some of them are fifth wheel trailer, truck camper vehicle, foldable camping vehicle, travel trailer, hybrid trailer, park model, motor home, toterhome, and many more.

Buying One and Getting Insured

It is very important to insure your recreational vehicle as soon as you buy it. There are several companies offering this type of insurance, which falls under auto insurances. Auto insurance for RVs is generally different from insurance for passenger vehicles.

Sometimes people mistakenly put together the coverage for this vehicle under their normal existing auto policy when they buy this vehicle, and they do not know that this is not encouraged because not all insurances offer the same amount of protection to a recreational vehicle. A good and complete form of insurance is the one which covers the furniture, cookware, TV and electrical, phone, computer, and many more inside, besides the physical harm that may befall you due to accidents and so on.


After buying a recreational vehicle and getting it insured, you need to equip the vehicle with all the necessities. All the basic needs should be present, such as emergency tool boxes containing things like adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, jumper cables, flashlight and much more.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Buying The Camping Cars

Looking for a holiday outside the hustle & bustle of your city? You must go for a camping trip and enjoy the ride in a camping car.

There are different types of camping cars available in the market. These vary from the high end recreational vehicles to the cheap towing trailers. The capacity and luxury levels vary according to the type of vehicle.

The camping cars vary from $10,000-$100,000.

A camping car can be one of the most expensive assets you can own. Hence, before buying a camping car, one must consider several things.

First of all, one must decide whether a camping car is actually needed or not. Some people make an RV their home.

Anyhow, for travelers, it may be a secondary option. One can simply borrow or rent the RV for the camping trip.

The second most important thing to do before buying a camping car is to read the reviews about the vehicle. These reviews can be obtained on the internet or in car magazines.

Reviews often compare the prices, features and durability in an honest manner. For a better comparison in cost of the recreational vehicles, one can check out the list of prices published on the internet.

Once you are done with this, choose the type of vehicle you want. Also, look if some auction is going on for RVs.

You can strike a great deal at such auctions. Hence, never miss a chance to attend such an auction.

Some of the internet sites also offer some good deals for the customers of camping cars. Before the final deal, do not forget to check for the warranties and guarantee periods.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What About Fido? (Pros and Cons of Taking Your Pet Dog Camping)

Camping is definitely a great way to spend one’s vacation. The great outdoors is indeed a good venue to take a time off from the hustling and bustling city with the fresh air and nice view that is a welcome replacement to your daily dose of smog and dust.

However, many people are hesitant about taking camping trips especially those who have pets. While pet hotels are now widely available, a lot of dog owners could not bear to be separated from their beloved canines even for just a few days.

One great idea to do is bring Fido along the camping trip. Of course there are advantages as well as disadvantages with bringing your pet dog camping, it is therefore important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before deciding to take Fido along on your trip.

The Pros of Taking Your Pet Dog Camping

Bringing your pet dog camping can be very exciting for both you and your canine friend. The outdoors can be very stimulating for an animal that has spent much of its time in a yard or a secluded doghouse. Your dog would greatly be excited to see, smell, and hear new things. The fresh air of the woods can be very advantageous to your dog’s health. The camping site can also be a great venue for the dog to exercise since you are most likely going to do a lot walks in the forest.

Bringing your pet dog along can also free you of worries that and anxiety of leaving him or her behind. This gives you peace of mind during a time when you are supposed to be relaxing. While pet hotels have been really made to be safe for you pets, seeing your pet all the time is usually the best way to make sure they are safe and are being treated the way you want them to be.

When you bring your dog along, you can also do a lot of activities. You can take your dog in hunts for bugs and other small animals. You can play catch and fetch. Dogs can be great companies for long walks. They can also help guard you from dangerous animals and nosy campers. Dogs are great protectors in the wild. A dog can even help you find your way back to your campsite in case you get lost.

The Cons of Taking Your Pet Dog Camping

Taking you dog along for camping can indeed be fun, however it can also be such a hassle. Dogs can get too excited in the outdoors. They can get rowdy and misbehave because of the new sights, sounds and smells could agitate them. Dogs may also be frightened by the wild animals they might encounter in the woods. Being introduced to a large space may also exhaust your dog especially if it is old.

Bringing your dog along may give you extra things to worry about. Dogs may get lost in the woods and it would really be stressful on your part if they do. Your might constantly need to check on your dog, giving you extra tasks during a time when you are supposed to be relaxing. Your dog can also be extra noisy especially at night, disturbing your sleep and the quiet moments. Dogs may easily get into accidents outdoors as there are many hidden dangers that lurk in the forest. They might run into cliffs or get entangled in bushes. They may get attacked by wild animals or get bitten by snakes and rodents. They may even catch ticks that could cause lyme disease.

Dogs may even restrict you from doing certain activities in the campsite. Some areas in national parks do not allow dogs and other pets and thus you might not be able to gain access to such areas if you bring your dog. Dogs may provoke wild animals and cause and you may be greatly bothered by them.

Taking your pet dog camping can have its merits and demerits. You have to carefully decide whether to bring your dog or not. If you do so, it is best to check with your dog’s veterinarian to make sure that your best friend is fit for the outdoors.

The choice is up to you whether you should bring your dog camping or not. When you finally decide to bring Fido along, the best you could do is to enjoy the moment together, after all, your dog is you’re a good friend.

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