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Class B Motorhome with couple enjoying the RV Lifestyle.Do you like to travel? Is there adventure lurking in your soul? If so, then maybe you should think about buying an RV! Do you ever dream of freedom?

Sick of mowing the yard? Tired of always fighting traffic? Bored with the same old view from your window? Fed up with the neighbors? Disgusted with the noise and pollution? Dying to get away from it all?

If you answered 'yes' to those questions, it sounds like you are definitely a candidate to pick up your stakes and head out on the road.

Although making it to Hawaii might be a stretch, the other 49 States plus Canada and Central America are calling to you!

From Acadia National Park in Maine to the Everglades in Florida. From Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to Yellowstone in Wyoming. From Yosemite in California to Denali in Alaska.

Family enjoying the outdoors and the RV lifestyle in their Pop-Up RV Travel Trailer.What a breath-taking thought! There are 60 parks listed. Every one of us would like to visit these places someday, but the United States is a pretty big place.

Imagine how difficult it would be to visit all these locations the conventional way with air travel and rental cars.

When you think about it, the RV Lifestyle starts to make a lot of sense.

You could literally spend the rest of your life seeing America the Beautiful!

A man fishing and enjoying the outdoors with his Pop-Up RV Travel Trailer.The amount of freedom you have to pursue your interests is mind-boggling. You can research every park and the local history of the areas you visit. You can read, watch TV, email your friends, or you can just sit back and look out the window at the passing tableau.

RVs can go anywhere there is gas and decent highways. Have you ever wondered what Northern Canada looks like? Well, head north and find out!

What an amazing way to spend your retirement years! And when you miss home, all you have to do is drive back. A couple enjoying the afternoon outside with their Class A Motorhome RV.

Or better yet, drive around the country and see friends and family! Back in the old days, large families all lived fairly close together. Not these days! Families are all over the place.

A favorite thing to do is to take side trips to visit immediate and extended family members as well as friends who are scattered hither and yon in the different states around the country.

What a pleasure it has to be to leisurely cruise around the country and be able to maintain your close relationships.

Sure there is the phone and email, but nothing beats seeing people face to face. With all the tales and pictures from your adventures, you will find ways to become be a popular guest!

A family parked by the lake with kids running, having fun in their fifth wheel RV.Living in an RV means cross-country travel can be affordable and stress free. You don't have to pack, you don't have to worry about who will water your plants and mow your lawn.

Nor do the pets have to go to the kennel. Best of all, your pets get to come with you! They get to see the world too!

Local Clubs

  • Bluebonnet Traveler's (bbt-wit.org) - Greater Houston Area: The Bluebonnet Traveler (BBT's) are a group of Winnebago Industries Coach Owners, some retired and some still working, who meet at a designated camping facility once a month. We usually eat at a local restaurant one night with Saturday breakfast and dinner hosted by one or two member coaches. A lot of fun and fellowship seems to always follow us.
  • The Gulf Coast Ramblers Club is a Holiday Rambler club for those who own a Holiday Rambler motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. A strong sense of family is only one of the benefits you will gain when you become a member of the Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club (fondly known as HRRVC). One of the largest RV clubs in the industry, it now has over 7900 members who enjoy annual rallies and events  all over our great country.Check out this years Chapter 28's campout schedule.

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Play these games to have a FUN TIME while traveling!

Counting Cows
Play as individuals or teams. First, decide on a destination where you will stop counting. Then, count the cows on your side of the road. The goal is to have the highest number when the destination is reached. Pass a cemetery on your side and you have to start over again. If there aren't any cows on your route, try counting red cars, mailboxes or phone booths.

Twenty Questions
One player thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else gets to ask the player 20 questions, which must be answered "yes" or "no." For example, "Does it know how to read?" is a valid question, but "What's its favorite book?" is not. Whoever guesses correctly gets a turn to think up something.

Licence Plate Card Game
Check out all the license plates on vehicles. If they contain 2 or more numbers touching you will get points. Example: 551*H63 you would then receive 2 points for the pair of 5's. Three points for 3 numbers ect. You choose at the beginning what the winning number is, such as 50 points.

Spotting RV's
The point of the game is to spot other RV's. You can decide on a stopping point, for example: Until our next stop. Each kind of RV has different point values.
Pop-Up: 1 point
Travel Trailer: 2 points
5th Wheel: 3 points
Class C & B: 4 points
Class A: 5 points
A motorhome towing a trailer gets you points for both RV's!

Geography
Start with any place in the world--Kansas, for example. The next person has to think of a place that begins with the last letter of "Kansas," such as "South Africa." Whoever goes next needs a place that starts with an A. You may not use the same place twice in a game--and it has to be a real place.

License Plate Lingo
The goal of this game is to come up with a phrase using the letters on another car's plate. So if you see the plate LMT 823, the first person to call out a somewhat logical phrase such as "Love me tender" or "Lost my tooth" earns a point.

The RV world uses some terminology that may not be understood by the RV "newbie". Listed to the right are some common words used in the RV World. You may decide to print this page as you might find this list helpful in learning the RV lifestyle.

Arctic Package: A feature on an RV that adds additional insulation, storm windows and heat pads/strips for the holding tanks and water lines, to enable the RV to be used in cold weather.
Axle Ratio: The ratio between the pinion and ring gears in the differential that multiply the torque provided by the engine. It is the number of driveline revolutions required to turn the axle one time. As an example, with a 4.10:1 axle the driveline turns 4.1 times for each full axle revolution. The higher the number, the more torque and thus more towing power. However, the higher the number the slower your vehicle speed.
Backup Monitor: A camera in the back of a motorhome, with the monitor positioned somewhere on the dashboard for the driver, to aid in backing up the motorhome. It is also used while driving to see the traffic behind and to keep an eye on your towed vehicle.
Ball Mount: The part of the hitch system that supports the hitch ball and connects it to the trailer coupler. Ball mounts are available in load carrying and weight distributing configurations.
Basement: The storage area below the floor of the RV, accessible from the outside. Basement storage usually refers to storage in a Class-A or Class-C motorhome.
Black Water: The toilet water stored in a holding tank under an RV.
Boondocking: Camping in your RV without water or electrical hook-ups.
Brake Controller: A control unit mounted inside the vehicle that allows the electric brakes on the trailer to become activated in harmony with the braking of the tow vehicle. The controller can also be used to manually activate the trailer brakes.
Break-Away System: A system designed to automatically lock the trailer brakes in the event of a hitch failure, where the trailer may break away from the tow vehicle.
British Thermal Unit (BTU): A measurement of heat that refers to the quantity required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree F. (Fahrenheit). RV air conditioners and furnaces are BTU-rated.
Caravan: A group of three or more RVs traveling together. Like a miniature version of a 16-wheeler "convoy".
Chassis: The framework that supports the body and engine of an RV.
Class A Motor home: Motor home that range from 24'-40' in length.
Class B Motorhome: Also known as camping conversion vans. Class B Motorhomes are built within the dimension of a van but with modification to provide basic living accommodations. Models usually range from 16'-21' in length.
Class C Motor Home: Motorhomes that range from 16'-32' in length.
Converter: An electrical device for converting 120-volt AC power into 12-volt DC power. Most RVs with electrical hookups will have a converter, since many of the lights and some other accessories run on 12-volt DC.
Coupler: The part of the trailer that attaches to the ball of the hitch.
Diesel Puller: The term for a motorhome with the diesel engine mounted in the front of the vehicle. Also know simply as a Puller.
Diesel Pusher: The term for a motorhome with the diesel engine mounted in the rear of the vehicle. Also know simply as a Pusher.
Dinghy: A car or other vehicles that is towed behind an RV. Also known as the toad.
Dry Camping: Also known as boondocking, dry camping refers to camping without any hook-ups. It is namely camping without hooking up to any electric, sewer or water facilities. You can still have electric from your RV batteries and water from your freshwater holding tank.
Dry Weight: The weight of the RV without any fuel, freshwater, propane or passengers.
Dump Station: A facility for dumping or emptying your black water and gray water holding tanks.
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Equalizing Hitch: A hitch that utilizes spring bars that are placed under tension to distribute a portion of the trailer's hitch weight to the tow vehicle's front axle and the trailer's axles. This hitch is also known as a weight distributing hitch.
Fifth-Wheel Trailers: Towable RV that is designed to be coupled to a special hitch that is mounted over the rear axel in the bed of a pickup truck.
Fiver: A fifth-wheel RV.
FMCA: Family Motor Coach Association
Fresh Water Tank: A tank in which fresh water is stored for later use.
Full-Timers: RVers who live in their RV year around.
DW: Dry weight. The weight of the RV with no supplies, water, fuel, or passengers.
Fold-down: Also known as a "pop-up" or "camping" trailer. A towable RV in which the upper half collapse to make a compact, lightweight unit.
GAWR: Gross Axel Weight Rating. The maximun allowable wieght that an axel is designed to carry.
GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating. The maximum allowable weight of the combination of tow vehicle and trailer/fifth wheel, or motor home and dinghy. It includes the weight of the vehicle, trailer/fifth-wheel or dinghy), cargo, passengers, and a full load of fluids (fresh water, propane, fuel, etc.)
Gray Water: The water drainer from the sinks and shower in an RV.
GTWR: Gross Trailer Weight Rating. Maximum allowable weight of a trailer, fully loaded with cargo and fluids.
GVWR: Gross vehicle Weight Rating. The total allowable weight of a vehicle including passengers cargo, fluids, and hitch weight.
Hook-ups: The electrical and freshwater connections at each RV campsite.
Motorhome: An RV built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, combining transportation and living quarters in one unit.
Newbie: Someone new to the RV world.
Pull-Through: RV campsites that allow vehicles to drive straight in and hook up without having to back in.
RBR: Really Big Rig.
RV: Recreational Vehicle. Vehicles that combine transportation and temporary living quarters for recreation, camping, and travel.
Slideout: An option in many RVs where a portion of the unit can expand to create more room in the RV.
Snowbirds: RVers who live in the warmer, southern regions of the country during the winter months.
Tag-along: A towable, usually a travel trailer.
Towable: RVs designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle (car, van, or pickup truck) and of such size and weight as not to required special highway movement permit. Towable RVS do not required permanent on-site hook-ups.
Travel Trailer: A Towable RV with an A-frame and coupler that are attached to a ball mount on the tow vehicle.

Truck Camper: A unit loaded onto or affixed to the bed or chassis of a pickup truck.
UVW: Unloaded vehicle weight. Weight of the RV - including factory-installed options, with full LP-gas tank or cylinders. The UVW does not include fresh water, dealer-installed accessories, or gasoline/diesel fuel.
VBR: Very Big Rig.
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