National RV has created a telescoping slideout for some models of its Sea Breeze motorhomes, giving owners the option of extending the slideout part way when space is tight and much farther when there is room.
Archives for August 2007
Firestone Offers Portable Inflater
Firestone Inflation Stations are new portable air compressors designed to inflate tires, air mattresses, swimming rafts, basketballs and other objects that need air.
Western RV, Pilgrim Merge
Monomoy Capital Partners, which acquired Western Recreational Vehicles last year, has agreed to merge Western RV, whose products include Alpine Coach, with Pilgrim International, which builds travel trailers and fifth wheels.
They call August the dog days of summer. The midday sun beats down, making long, lazy shadows that flood the ground. The heat of an August day edges off in the evening here in the Northwest, but if you’ve been traveling all day in an RV you might not feel like cooking dinner. Maybe the day has been too hot to cook, but come evening you’ll find it is never too hot to eat.
Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surrounds electronically controlled appliances. “‘Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. Of course, back in the old days, a lot of us had to go outside in the cold or heat to light off those selfsame appliances.
I was catching nothing but rays on our first sturgeon outing of the year. We’d seen a good number of big fish rolling on the waves of the Columbia, but none seemed to be much interested in our anchovies. A few other anglers had fish on stringers from their boats, just enough to make us both jealous and hopeful. But the day was lovely and before long, I had kicked back in my captain’s chair, watching the eagles soar overhead.
Heralding the arrival of the summer solstice, three public golf courses opened in Washington State. Perfect timing, indeed. White Horse Golf Club opened in Kingston in mid-June. Chambers Bay opened just south of Tacoma on June 23 in what was the most anticipated golf course debut in recent years. The Home Course opened in nearby DuPont a week later. Here is a summary of the three courses.
RVers volunteer often and follow maps religiously, so to speak. In this case, following MMAP (the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program) would keep you extremely busy. These RVers not only follow the sun, but the Son.
I wrote last month about the movement to connect children with nature, a campaign inspired by reports that children are spending less time outdoors and that fewer families are camping in national parks. It’s a movement I applaud, but I’m not prepared to go as far in trying to lead people to nature as Joe Knowles did in 1913.
The best place to learn about logging in the Pacific Northwest during its heyday from 1850 to 1950 is at Camp 18 in Oregon, where you will find a huge collection of logging equipment and a gigantic log cabin that houses a family-owned restaurant and gift shop.
If you enter Colorado National Monument from the west side, you may think you have made a wrong turn and are heading toward a dead end. Surely, the paved road can’t penetrate Fruita Canyon, the formidable, rock-filled fortress that lies before you, can it?