Old West: How Vasquez Rocks Became a Popular Filming Location

Drive about an hour north from downtown Los Angeles and you will enter a whole different world – not just figuratively, but very much visually. Any visitor should marvel at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park on first sight, and then quickly realize the jagged sandstone rocks are rather familiar.

It’s not your mind playing tricks on you. The scenic area has indeed served as a set for more than a few big budget Hollywood blockbusters. After all, the unique rock formation looks out of this world, like the landscape of Mars or some other distant planet.

Vasquez Rocks are located right off the Antelope Valley Freeway north of Santa Clarita and just before the Palmdale, in an Old West town called Agua Dulce. Although its remote, the area is still within Los Angeles County. The park is roughly 900 acres carved out of the Sierra Pelona Mountains. It was named after a 18th century bandito, Tiburcio Vasquez.  

The term “runaway production” came about in Hollywood more than a decade ago, when studios set up shop in Canada, New Zealand and other far-flung places to take advantage of financial incentives. However, studios were enamored with Vasquez Rocks since the 1920s, and the area is truly one of a kind.

Over at IMDB, no less than 414 films and TV shows are tied to Vasquez Rocks. Here are some titles across the past century that you’ve probably seen – or may want to check out.  

Star Trek

Star Trek has a long and prodigious association with Vasquez Rocks, so much so that it has earned the nickname “Kirk’s Rock.” Showrunner Gene Roddenberry turned to the sandstone rock landscape to serve as the dramatic backdrop for the battle between Capt. James T. Kirk and Gorn, the villainous green lizard in an episode titled “Arena.” In another episode, titled “Friday’s Child,” Vasquez Rocks became the planet Capella IV, where Kirk and Dr. McCoy assisted the birth of a warrior prince.

Crews returned to film the Star Trek motion picture reboot in 2009 and a Big Bang Theory episodes revolving around Trekkies was shot at Vasquez to pay homage.

Werewolf of London

Before the jagged Vasquez Rocks became synonymous with Star Trek, they were used to depict Tibet in the horror classic film Werefolf of London. The 1935 release featured the location at the center of Dr. Glendon’s botanical voyage. After being attacked by a wild animal, Glendon returned to London a changed man. He turned into a werewolf at night and became a menace to the city. 

The Flintstones

The live action version of The Flintstones provided plenty of gaggles to audiences upon release in 1994. But, how many were able to figure out that the Bed Rock in the film was actually Vasquez Rocks? Anchored by a hilarious performance from John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, the location served as more than an ideal setting for the portrayal of Stone Age in the comedy blockbuster.

Blazing Saddles

The Vasquez Rocks etched a reputation as the studios’ go-to for more than a few B-movie westerns in the 40s and 50s. Everything from Gunsmoke, Bonanza to Laredo and The High Chapparal were filmed there. The “typecasting” eventually led to the filmmakers of Blazing Saddles, the Western spoof released in 1974, deciding to use the locale.

Alpha Dog

In the modern era, the based-on-a-true-story crime film Alpha Dog used the Vasquez Rocks for the most dramatic part of the story. The ensemble cast featuring Justin Timberlake, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis and more was about a teen abducted and held for random by drug dealers. We won’t play spoiler, but let’s just say that the film sequence shot in Vasquez Rocks at night proved haunting and pivotal to the plot.

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Charlie Sheen and Lloyd Bridges brought their comedic chops to the “Rambo” parody. Sheen’s Topper Harley led a rescue team into Iraq to retrieve Iraqi war prisoners and everyone who tried to rescue them.

Zorro

The fictional Hollywood character Zorro was based on Tiburcio Vasquez, the outlaw who eventually became the namesake of the Vasquez Rocks, her reported hideaway. In a 1957 Zorro episode, Annette Funicello met the bandit at the rocks.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Proving Vasquez popularity across the “pond” Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was shot on location. The hilarious Mike Myers character made his foray into the landscape in his British flag-painted Jaguar drop-top.  

Wild Wild West

First came “The Wild Wild West,” which was filmed at Vasquez Rocks from 1965-1969. In 1999, director Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Wild Wild West” featuring Will Smith and Kevin Kline came back to the rocks. The hilarious adventure took advantage of the Vasquez Rocks landscape throughout the film, transporting the audience to the Old West.

Dante’s Peak

It’s not hard to imagine the Vasquez Rocks formation as part of the set for “Dante’s Peak.” The disaster thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond, and Linda Hamilton, whose “Terminator” role was career-defining, was set in a fictional town of Dante’s Peak. Its residents had to escape a sudden volcano eruption. “Dante’s Peak” was released by Universal Pictures and Pacific Western Productions in 1997.

The A-Team

Talk about a wild ride. On the 1986 episode titled “Wheel of Fortune,” the A-Team’s Murdock wins big at the game thanks to Face’s letter frequency research. Face helps pull him out of the asylum and plans to head to Hawaii as one of the prizes. The twist comes when Murdock is kidnapped and the team has to head on a CIA mission to Baraq in South America to steal a Russian chopper. Vasquez Rocks has prominent appearance in the episode. 

Hail, Caesar!

The 2016 black comedy film starring Josh Brolin filmed a western sequence at the Vasquez Rocks. The film’s premise is a fictional story that follows the real-life fixer Eddie Mannix working in 1950s Hollywood Mannix attempts to trace the whereabouts of a cast member who disappeared during the filming of Bible-themed epic feature film.  

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your RV or Boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

These Famed Southern California Locations Double as Western Film Sets

When you hear the term ranch, you may think of the hilarious TV show starring Ashton Kutcher, your favorite type of salad dressing, or a place filled with cattle and cowboys. If you are a fan of western movies, the latter may come to mind first. Have you ever wondered where these scenes of dust, tumbleweed, boot spurs, and saloons were filmed?

SoCal is often chosen because of the climate and the landscape. In addition, locations and ranches that are situated in the Movie Overlay Zone (MOZ) or Thirty-Mile Zone – yes, the one that TMZ is named after – are often preferred because they generally allow continuous filming and are not bothered by noise constraints.

Take a look at these famed Southern California locations that have earned their keeps in Western film history and are continue to be marketed as film locations.  

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Big Sky Movie Ranch

First on our list is the Big Sky Movie Ranch. It’s located in Simi Valley, also home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Even though there are not many traditional Western films being made today, this ranch was the main location for many of the most popular Western films and TV shows of all time. Big Sky Movie Ranch was home to Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide. Even if you have never watched any of these TV Shows, you have no doubt heard their names or at least heard the Bonanza theme song being overused in later films. Other titles that you have probably heard are The Thorn Birds and Westworld, but the most famous of them all is most likely The Little House on the Prairie.

corriganville movie ranch filming on set

Corriganville Movie Ranch

Also located in Simi Valley was the Corriganville Movie Ranch. It was located in an area called the Santa Susana Pass, which was previously named Simi Pass. The pass is surrounded by a vast mountainside filled with rocks and shrubs making it a perfect scene for some western movies. The ranch is now a national park operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, but there are still some foundations from the early movie sets and appropriate scenery that could still make it a good location given that you receive permission to film. If you are not familiar with Western movies that were made in the 40s such as the Range Busters franchise, then you may not be aware of why this area is famous, but back in those days, it was a prime western filming location.

old western town on melody ranch

Melody Ranch

Melody Ranch is located in Santa Clarita Valley, where it offers a well-equipped motion picture studio and museum tours. It’s perfect for shooting that classic western scene complete with the town and main street style seen in every western film. It’s generally flanked with swing-door saloons, a bank, a jail, a sheriff’s office, and at least one white wooden church. This is an old western setup and the Melody Ranch provides it all, along with props and production facilities. Some famous films from this location include Django, Wyatt Earp, and The Lone Ranger.

airport hangar at blue cloud movie ranch

Blue Cloud Movie Ranch

The Blue Cloud Movie Ranch or BCMR for short is also located in that prime Santa Clarita filming area. The BCMR ranch houses numerous buildings and scenes that can be used for various film productions. Albeit not Western films, the ranch has been used for productions such as NCIS and American Sniper. However, their “Lower Thirty” open land or “Mountainside Amphitheater” sets could be ideal for a classic or modern western film backdrop. Additionally, they have been declared a Permanent Movie ranch which allows them to offer you 24/7 shooting for more convenience.

kill bill church in lancaster california joshua tree

Kill Bill Church

The Sanctuary Adventist Church in Lancaster, California, is a very popular and infamous filming location. It’s more commonly known as “The Kill Bill Church.” If you have never seen the cult classic Kill Bill from Quentin Tarantino, we won’t give you any spoilers, but we will say that it involves Uma Thurman, a wedding dress, guns, and some really great fighting scenes (with a sword no less). Even though it is most known for Kill Bill, this location has appeared in other films including Crossroads with Britney Spears, Inferno with Jean-Claud Van Damme, and another movie starring Robert De Niro. While you can definitely utilize the church into a modern Western film, the external areas may also draw your attention with a single Joshua tree just out front and the surrounding desert lands.

vintage car in front of saloon at rancho deluxe

Rancho Deluxe

Rancho Deluxe is another Southern California location to shoot a western film or TV show. It has a dedicated Western town with various internal and external set styles. Their location is extremely versatile and has been used for TV shows such as Shooter, NCIS, Sons of Anarchy, and many more. They have also been in feature films such as Iron Man 3, Rush Hour 3, and Bad Teacher. They even have commercials and music videos done by well-known artists including Eminem, CeeLo Green, Bruno Mars, and Travis Scott.

street front with tire marks on road in diamond v ranch

Diamond V Ranch

The Diamond V Ranch allows you to shoot a classic or modern Western film or TV show. Their Wilderness Area would be ideal to adjust to the Western style. There is even a post-apocalyptic set with props that could be used in an interesting Western zombie concept, or not. Either way, the variety allows flexibility and inspires creativity.

old western structure in polsa rosa ranch

Polsa Rosa Ranch

The Polsa Rosa Ranch, located in Acton, California, is just south of the Antelope Valley and the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. It boasts 750 acres of shooting areas and borders the Angeles National Forrest, and it runs along the Santa Clara River. While it may not have been used typically for Western projects, the vast landscape can be adjusted to fit a modern western or an old western set. The ranch has been used in feature films such as Fast and Furious, Pineapple Express, and The Titanic.

courthouse filming set golden oak ranch owned by disney filming services

Golden Oak Ranch

The Golden Oak Ranch is located in the Santa Clarita Valley and is more of a modern-day ranch setting. It does have what they call “natural areas,” which can be used to create a more contemporary western set.  You can easily get a Little House on the Prairie type setting with very few adjustments. With the construction of a Business District and a Suburban Street by Disney and ABC Studios, you won’t be surprised to know that this location served as all or a part of the set for Disney movies such as The Shaggy Dog, Old Yeller, and even Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3. 11. Our last two ranches on the list are Rancho Maria and Sable Ranch. These two ranches not only share the same management but also a continuous boundary for up to a mile. They then branch off into separate canyons that both lead to waterfalls. While both locations could facilitate a Western, the Rancho Maria has a dedicated “Western Street” that is ready for action. It comes complete with a large hotel and saloon that is often featured in westerns. It also includes the lobby bar with the classic 1866 style and a smaller individual saloon, a Sheriff’s office and jail cell, and a general store.

landscape at rancho maria and sable ranch western town

Rancho Maria and Sable Ranch

Our last two ranches on the list are Rancho Maria and Sable Ranch. These two ranches not only share the same management but also a continuous boundary for up to a mile. They then branch off into separate canyons that both lead to waterfalls. While both locations could facilitate a Western, the Rancho Maria has a dedicated “Western Street” that is ready for action. It comes complete with a large hotel and saloon that is often featured in westerns. It also includes the lobby bar with the classic 1866 style and a smaller individual saloon, a Sheriff’s office and jail cell, and a general store.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your RV or Boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.



15 Tips for Renting Container Storage

Are you thinking about renting a container storage unit? Whether you’re interested in getting a new unit or considering changing your current one, you can find a great deal by doing some research in your city. Storage owners often offer seasonal discounts and promotions, or offer other incentives to entice tenants. Finding the perfect storage unit for your needs may take some effort on your part, but you’ll be glad you did once you organize your stuff.

Across the country, millions of Americans are going through their household items and business inventory to optimize space. Likewise, if you’ve had a storage unit for some time, it’s worth taking a look at what’s out there. You could end up saving money and getting a nicer facility that’s closer, more secure, or easier to manage. There’s never been a better time for renting container storage.However, don’t just go out there unprepared. There are things you can do to get a killer deal on container storage that works for you.

Here are 15 tips you can use for renting container storage.

RVs 18 wheelers and shipping containers on a lot

1.      Choose a Reputable Company

The most important thing you need to do is focus on the storage operator. They’re the ones that are managing security for your unit and doing the regular upkeep it needs to stay in good shape. Thankfully, now’s an easier time than ever to rent a unit because of online reviews and testimonials. A large number of complaints about contracts, poor management, or lacking security is a major red flag. Go with someone reputable, even if it means paying a bit extra. It’s worth the extra spend knowing your things are in good hands.

2.      Go with More Space Not Less

A common mistake many people make is renting something based on their storage needs right now. Inevitably, though, you’re going to need to size up. Once you know how convenient modern storage facilities are and how easy it is to access your things, then you’re going to be looking for ways to utilize the space.Are you currently running a business at home and keeping your inventory stacked in a basement or the playroom? You can free yourself from that space and get more organized with the right self-storage solution.

3.      Look for Specials

Storage facility owners track their business closely. They know how things like the academic year affect ebb and flow in vacancy. They’re also more likely to offer incentives when they have more empty units versus when things are almost full.You should visit company websites to look for things like the first month’s rent free or added security monitoring or other specials that come with renting a new unit. If you’ve already got a unit, now’s a great time to ask for a deal before you renew your lease. Even if you’re paying month to month right now, it may be worth your while to renew a year lease to save some money in the long-term.

4.      Ask About Discounts

Odds are your neighborhood storage facilities offer discounts for seniors, students, veterans, and other groups. You never know unless you ask! Make sure you inquire about any discounts you can take advantage of to shave some dollars off of your monthly rent.

5.      Start Your Search Early

Don’t wait until the last minute. You’ll be forced into a deal that won’t be the best available. To get the most for your money, start your search early. You’ll be able to compare the different unit sizes and facilities to find one that suits you best.

cars trucks RVs and shipping containers on a large sand lot

6.      Know What You Want to Store

Have a good idea of what you’ll be keeping in your unit when you go searching. There are different types of units based on what you need. They’ll vary in price depending on how much it costs to operate them. Some unit renters need climate control and others need 24/7 on-site security. It all depends on what you plan on keeping there, and that will help you with your search.Wooden and leather furniture, photos, clothing, artwork, electronics, antiques, and anything else of value should be stored in a climate-controlled unit.

7.      Learn About Storage Restrictions

This will vary a bit by the facility, but storage units usually restrict things like flammable items, food, anything living (small pets, plants, etc.).  The last thing you want is to sign a contract for a long-term lease and find out what you want to store is prohibited.Storage companies typically post any restricted items on their website, so it shouldn’t take too long to find out if things will work.

multiple color shipping containers stored on a large lot

8.      Focus on Location

Ok, so you know what you want to store, what sort of unit you’ll need, and how big it needs to be. The next checkbox on your list needs to be a convenient location. In the right place, your storage unit will make life easier, and not just be some black hole where you store stuff you don’t want. Most towns have multiple options to help you choose the closest to you.

9.      Buy a Secure Lock

No matter what type of security systems your storage facility has in place, you should buy a secure lock to protect your valuables inside. Some facilities require you use their lock or a certain type of lock. Make sure you ask if there are any specific requirements before you go out and purchase one for your unit. Remember, no lock can stop the most determined thief, but they serve as a good deterrent against someone looking for an easy target.

10.  Do What You can to Maximize Space

There are tons of videos and articles online that talk about how to maximize storage space. Start simply by stacking items vertically and using labeled boxes to make sense of what’s in your unit. It will make going in and out to collect items much easier. Another good tip is to group similarly sized items together to find them faster.

11.  Make an Inventory List

Believe it or not, but a lot of people who rent a storage unit forget what’s in there after a year or two. Take pictures and keep a written record on file that lists what’s packed inside each box. It’s a good way to keep accurate records and will come in handy should you need to use them for insurance purposes.

12.  Insure Your Storage Unit

If you’re already got homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, then it’s relatively easy to add a personal storage unit onto your policy. Insurance is always a good idea to protect against fire, theft, flood, or any other damage.

13.  Read the Fine Print About Fees

Renting a storage unit, just like paying rent on an apartment or a mortgage on a home, will come with late fees if you’re late. Some facilities will also charge you penalties for storing prohibited items. Make sure you go over any contract BEFORE you sign it to understand the rules and policies you’re agreeing to.

14.  Protect What’s Inside

There are small things you can do before you move your things in to protect what’s inside. The pros recommend laying a tarp down on the ground of your unit and then stacking the boxes on top. When everything’s loaded in, you can cover the boxes with a plastic sheet or tarp to protect against dust.

15.  Pay Attention to the Layout

If you just start stacking boxes from back to front, then there’s going to be no way of getting to something in the back. Instead, stack your boxes in a U formation so you’ll be able to reach everything without having to unload the whole unit. 

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your RV or Boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

RV Trends: What’s New for 2020

The good life is in full swing heading into the 2020 RV season. Manufacturers continue to innovate and reinvent one of America’s favorite pastimes. Hitting the road has never been more fun. The RVs on the horizon are better than ever, reshaping what we’ve always loved about them, all while taking them to a new level of comfort and accessibility. One of the hallmark 2020 trends in RV development and sales is the ever-increasing ability buyers have to customize their vehicles. Whether it’s a 5th wheel, class A, or a stealth van, designers are giving owners more choices on color, build and size. It’s a great year to be in the market for a new RV. Here’s a quick look at some of the defining trends as we head into 2020. 

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The New Manufacturer Motto: Custom Everything

RV competition is fiercer than ever, and RV companies are pulling out all the stops to close sales. That means they are going farther than ever to give buyers what they want. In 2020, RVs come in a wide variety of configurations that can be adjusted for every owner. Everything new to market will likely come in multiple options. Of course, higher-end options will cost more money, but it’s great news more selections are even options. Buyers can choose colors, layouts, storage, interior electronics systems and seating configurations that fit their family size and lifestyle. 

A lot of RV buyers are using the custom options to personalize with finishes and hi-tech appliances for their RVs. They want efficiency in their layouts and want to be able to maximize utility, but still want to make a statement! They want their RV to be part of the story of who they are. RV makers are doing a great job empowering customers as we move into 2020 and beyond.

Smaller Spaces, Better Places

Even though there are still a ton of Class A RVs on the road, new buyers brought into the market in 2019 and going into 2020 are looking for smaller spaces. New buyers want an RV that facilitates their active lifestyle; it’s just enough to keep them comfortable until they’re ready to get out hiking, rock climbing, fishing, or stop into a local coffee shop to do some work. New RVs that use outdoor space well are going to be extremely popular. Indeed, we’ve seen a lot of companies responding to customers who want the outdoors to mesh more with RV living. Buyers are going to see a lot more pullout stoves, portable outdoor showers, swivel tables that can double as a kitchen prep station or an outdoor workspace. Even mini 5th wheels are going to keep getting tech and design upgrades to make them more functional.

People still want those smaller spaces to be comfortable. Build quality certainly has a premium over square footage in the newest RVs. In 2020, people will be happy to pay more for better quality. “Buy once, cry once”, the old adage goes. Owners are after the best quality premium finishes they can find and are willing to sacrifice the roomy bathroom to do get it. 

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The Rise of Multi-Use Features

Multi-use features are going to be a staple in the hottest 2020 RVs. Engineers are pushing the RV industry forward more than ever before and coming up with ways items inside can be converted into something with multiple purposes. Conversions no longer stop at dining areas that can convert into beds. In 2020, buyers will see more exterior shower tents to maximize inside space and dinettes that fold into the floor or can shift into a work desk. Don’t worry, seating areas still convert into beds, but they’re better. More RVs manufacturers are finding ways to install bunk beds in their RVs, great for families with multiple kids or road trips with friends. As more RV components make their way outside, the leftover space can be used for a variety of storage needs. 

Class C Still on Fire

The van life movement continues to win RV fans around the world. Outdoor enthusiasts, retiree weekenders, and people just plain sick of the rat race love the flexibility and comfort of some of the new Class C vans. With the smaller vehicle size, owners can pull into parking lots and park areas without having to worry if they’ll fit. The wheelbase or length isn’t a concern and doesn’t limit where and when they can go somewhere. 

Class C demand has pushed a lot of design and manufacturing work into the industry. Buyers can find a huge amount of RV options with full showers, toilets, kitchenettes, and even multiple beds. Some new RVs are working with skylights, furniture that can shift and transform, and making the cabin able to change into a lovely dining area. Look for the versatility of the Class C move even further ahead in 2020. 

Greater Community for the RV Crowd

Anyone who’s owned or rented an RV on a summer road trip will attest to the sense of friendship and community at campsites across the country. There’s something undeniable about the bond between RV owners that draws people out every year. More recently, the RV industry has taken advantage of technology to bring people even closer. In 2020, look for more apps on camp reviews, trip advice, and community gatherings that connect RV owners throughout the United States. As more people come online and participate, the community is going to become even tighter, which then spurs even greater demand for RVs and a fulfilling life on the road. 

There’s never been a more exciting time to own an RV. Vans Recreational vehicles come in more shapes and sizes than ever and have a massive number of features for any use case. Whether you’re looking for something to be self-sustaining or are looking for something to use on the weekend to take in some of this beautiful country, there’s something out there for you. Momentum around RV living and outdoor recreation away from life’s hustle and bustle is at an all-time high and is driving people to explore RV choices. Looking ahead, 2020 is going to be another exciting year for buyers and sellers alike.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your RV or Boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

The Road Less Traveled – 15 Winter RV Camping Tips

When you get bored with the mundane routine of your daily life, you look forward to some recreation every once in a while. As the temperatures drop colder and colder, the more time we spend cooped up indoors. As cabin fever sets in this winter, you may find yourself longing to get out – particularly, out on the open road taking in the beauty of nature from the warmth and comfort of your RV.

Whether you find yourself feeling listless in a snowbound landscape with subzero temperatures, or bracing in the chill of the desert in winter, you don’t have to miss out on RV adventures just because of the season. With the right preparation and planning, you can join the growing number of RV owners popularizing a radical form of recreation: winter RV camping.

What is RV Camping?

Camping generally means you stay overnight amidst nature, to rest and recharge or to explore the beauty around you by hiking, biking, mountain climbing, etc. Similarly, RV camping means doing all that, with the added comfort and shelter of a home on wheels.

Why Winter RV Camping?

Winter RV camping lets you see your favorite state and national parks in a whole new way. Familiar landscapes appear fresh and new with the branches of the trees blanketed in snow. Without the hustle and bustle of summer camping crowds, you can experience the true quiet and stillness of the landscape around you. Winter RV camping provides an unparalleled experience communing with nature for those intrepid enough to embark on this chilly adventure.

RV Maintenance

While it’s important to properly maintain your RV year-round, when planning a winter RV camping trip it’s absolutely essential to gear up your RV for colder conditions and possible inclement weather. Making the right preparations ahead of time will ensure the comfort and enjoyment of you and your passengers. The following 15 tips should be a part of your checklist to get ready for RV Winter Camping.

1. Protection from the Cold

Baby, it’s cold outside! Your RV’s insulation is going to be the first and most important line of defense when it comes to keeping the cold out. Check out your existing insulation; consider upgrading all around for an older RV or adding additional insulation in any place that looks sparse or damaged.

You could look at padding the floor of the RV with foam boards which are easily available at any RV maintenance shop. The winds are ruthless during the winters and they tend to freeze the pipes and water tanks which are under the RV; the same foam boards can be used for coating these tanks to protect them and keep them insulated.

2. Protect Your Pipes

An RV is technically a vehicle, but it’s really more like a home on wheels. And like any other home, it’s important to protect its plumbing and fittings during the winter. To ensure smooth operation during your winter RV camping expedition, there’s a few things you can do to prep your pipes for the road.

Begin with checking the pipes for any leakage and rust. After you’re sure everything’s in good working condition, then you can install an internal freshwater tank, add anti-freeze to your holding tanks, and wrap your pipes with heat tape. Keep a space heater onboard to keep the internal plumbing warm.

3. Perform an Engine Check

The engine is the heart of the RV. Part of this heart runs on batteries, so ensure that your batteries are fully charged and show no signs of damage. It is always better to use batteries which can be fully charged because the other ones tend to die out faster in the cold. Add antifreeze and water to the engine to prevent it from freezing. You can also use an engine block heater to keep your engine warm.

4. Service the Heating System

The RV heating system needs to be serviced by a professional technician to get it clean and ready for winter travel. Always carry a dehumidifier, which would prevent any kind of condensation happening inside the vehicle which could lead to damage to the RV components.

5. Check RV Windows

Check the sliding glass panels to see if they are working and shutting completely leaving no gaps. Replace any aging, missing, or damaged weather stripping to keep cold air drafts at bay.  You can use thick drapes to cover the window panes which will help keep the interior warm and provide further protection from the cold.

6. Don’t Forget the Vents

Most RVs usually have a sunroof or a ceiling vent, which are plenty useful for a summer trip – but must be covered with warm foam padding to prevent the cold from coming inside your home on wheels.

7. Prevent Frozen Jacks

When you park your RV at a campsite, there is a possibility of the stabilizing jack to get frozen and stuck to the ground. Carry some wooden planks with you and place them under your jacks so that you can conveniently drive off without worrying about breaking loose any frozen jacks.

8. Keep the Refrigerator Warm

This piece of equipment requires to be properly insulated too to avoid freezing of the gases which flow through its pipes. A small space heater can be placed close just to ensure the refrigerator does not catch a cold.

9. Stock Your Wardrobe

Make sure you carry warm clothes and some extra sets of them in case of any kind unforeseen circumstances. Even in climates where you don’t expect to encounter snow, having an extra pair of boots, a coat, and warm pants or long johns is always a good idea.

10. Warm Accessories

As you are heading out on your winter RV camping adventure, grab a stack of extra blankets. Emergencies aside, blankets are a must for staying cozy while enjoying a cup of cocoa or snuggling into your warm bed at the end of a great day.

A spare blow dryer can come handy in case any clothes or equipment require defrosting, and packing hats and gloves goes without saying.

11. Stay On Track

Bringing an additional, portable GPS tracker as a backup is always a good idea when heading out into the wilderness or roads unfamiliar to you.

12. RV Food Stock

Always carry extra food for your loved ones and family members that you are travelling with. Stock a few extra gallons of water in the heated storage space.

13. RV Bedding

Everyone on a vacation wants to sleep well and be cosy, ensure you carry sleeping bags which are warm and will protect you from the cold outside.

14. RV Generator

Always carry a back generator, which should be running on Gasoline.

15. Don’t Forget the Cash

This is one thing that you need to carry extra and that can help you get out in any kind of emergency.

A lot of prepping is required for a successful winter RV camping trip, but the effort is worth it. The empty campsites make it more peaceful and relaxing.

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Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your RV or Boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

Top 5 California Sand Dunes to Ride Your ATV

If you’re an ATV lover, then you’re always looking for a great spot away from the crowds where you can race up and down dunes until your heart’s content. Finding the best spots is every adventure ATV rider’s dream. People spend hours poring over forums and looking online for the best sand dunes to visit. Certainly, finding the place that fits your skill level that’s within striking distance makes all the difference. Likewise, adventure seekers need to know which places offer challenges and fun that are worth packing up the car and driving for a few hours to get there. 

The best sand dune location is a matter of perspective. Different riders want variety. Some ATV riders travel with kids, so want something a bit tamer. Other rides want maximum slopes and pristine landscapes. Finding the right sand dune to ride your ATV will get your more thrills and smiles as you cruise the slopes. The good news is that California has something for everyone. There are great sites across the state whether you’re riding for a weekend or want to hit multiple dunes on a world-class road trip. 

California is famous around the world for its beautiful and varied natural landscapes. ATV riders are in luck whether they live in the state or are just visiting. California has some of the most challenging, stunning and pure fun sand dunes in the world. There’s a great mix of beachside dunes and middle of nowhere desert adventures. People come from everywhere to ride famous California sand dunes. Here’s a list of the top California sand dunes and a breakdown of what kind of rider they cater to. 

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Dumont Dunes

Dumont Dunes is widely recognized as one of the most epic, iconic sand dunes in the world. People travel from long distances to visit these famous dunes in the Mojave Desert. Dumont is travel friendly, too. There’s plenty of space for everyone. One interesting aspect of Dumont Dunes is that they’re one of the few dunes to boom. However, you’ll only get to hear the sound of the dunes if you’re lucky enough to visit when numbers are low. The sound of recreational vehicles is blasting loudly on most days, and easily drowns out any natural booming. 

Once you pay the reasonable entrance fee, riders have access to the entire area which covers over 8,000 acres. A riding permit is required for every vehicle and rider that enters the park. There’s something for every skill level in Dumont Dunes. Children and Experts can find a challenge in there somewhere. Dumont is a pack in, pack out site, so visitors have to carry out any trash or waste when they leave. There are no dumpsters in the dunes. 

The dunes in Dumont are tough to beat as well. They are steep slopes and bowls spaced perfectly apart for long, flowing exciting rides. The size of Dumont helps facilitate free riding where ATVs aren’t constantly maneuvering around each other. You’ll see other riders, but it won’t be as congested as it can get in some other locations. The property also features a ton of dirt roads and scenic landscapes visitors can take in for a break from the slopes. It’s recommended to bring dirt tires along with paddles so you can change them and get the most out of the park. So you can hit the slopes early in the morning and as the sun sets. During the heat of the middle of the day, check out some of the dirt paths and look for birds, wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. 

For a bit of fun, riders love to take a break from riding at the North Pole in Dumont. The North Pole is a metal pole posted in a flat area of the dunes where kids can write letters to Santa and put them in a mailbox. Competition Hill is another huge draw. It’s 450 ft tall and is the largest dune in Dumont. It’s always crowded but for good reason. There are steep slopes to one side and gradual inclines on the other. It’s a competition location as well. 

Most visitors to Dumont leave either glad they brought out the big guns or wishing they had more powerful vehicles. The sand eats up a lot of power as ATVs work their way up the steep slopes. Smaller vehicles will have a hard time keeping up. It’s something to be aware of if you don’t have ATVs with a great deal of horsepower. The trip will still be fun, but you may not be up and down as fast as you’d like. 

As for rules in the park, night riding is allowed, but no fireworks. There are decibel restrictions in place, and 8-foot-tall whip flags are required. No glass containers are permitted. One thing to keep in mind; bring in plenty of supplies because the nearest supply stop is over 30 miles away in Baker. The weather is great in the winter but can top 120 degrees Fahrenheit during summers. Pack accordingly depending on what time of the year you get there to make sure you get the most out of your time in Dumont. 

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Oceano Dunes

A visit to these awesome dunes should be about more than a fun ride. Ocean Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area sits in the vicinity of some of America’s most beautiful natural scenery. If you’re traveling from farther away, make sure to extend your tip a bit and hit the redwoods and the coast for a good time. Oceano is also known as Pismo and is celebrated by Californians as one of the state’s best ATV recreation spots. It’s got many terrific wide-open areas next to the coast.

Oceano is all about good vibes. It doesn’t have the steepest or biggest slopes, but it’s tough to beat riding during the day and camping by the ocean on the beach at night. The dunes aren’t crazy, so they’re good for beginners and families alike. There are jumps and decent-sized dunes, though, for people looking to push it a bit. ATV riders should know that all varieties of off roaders love to come to Oceano Dunes. Buggies, jeeps, and other four wheelers are driving around dunes and trails. For people driving through, there are plenty of ATV rental companies in driving distance of the dunes. 

One thing every visitor should be aware of is that they’ll be camping on the beach, so watch out for tide levels. Overall, Oceano’s a great bargain at just $10 a night to camp. Spots fill up extremely fast during the summer. Some people report having to book a place over a month in advance to make sure they got a spot. Oceano’s dog friendly and a great spot for families. 

You may want to get in a visit to Oceano Dunes while you still can. Early this year, complaints from Californians about threats to the environment and recent off-road fatalities led authorities to make statements that they were taking a look at the situation. The at-times high volume of ATVs that the OHV recreation area can lead to increased risk of accidents. 

Currently, ATV dune riding is still permitted and Oceano remains one of the must-stop locations on the California coast. ATV riders can relax after a long day of dune riding by visiting some of the nearby coastal towns for food and shopping. 

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Imperial Sand Dunes

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area houses perhaps the most famous dunes in the world. It’s the largest off-highway vehicle location in the United States. The golden sand dunes stretch for miles in every direction. The dunes are a huge tourist draw among ATV riders, photographers, campers and other travelers. Glamis Dunes is every ATV rider’s dream with over 150,000 acres of beautiful slopes and bowls for every skill level. The incredible size of these dunes is what makes it the place to be. The size of the dunes can be intimidating in places, so are likely suitable for more experienced riders. For kids and beginners, bring a sled to slide down the steep slopes at high speeds for a great time. 

Riders can literally spend hours riding in the same direction without having to go over the same slope twice. The weather around Imperial is also constantly changing the landscape, so every time you go it will be a bit different. Visitors rave about the lovely white spongy sand in Imperial that’s great for pictures and riding. 

The draw of Glamis Dunes brings out the crowds on weekends and holidays. People generally gather to camp around Gecko Road, the Washes and Vendor Flats, but you can basically camp anywhere in the area. Just be ready to run into friendly riders in the best spots when conditions are right. Keep in mind, the Imperial Sand Dunes are famous, so tourists will be walking around and there will be a lot of cars driving through for pictures. There’s also horse riding on trails throughout the area. 

Camping’s a bargain too, at just $35 a week if purchased online before you arrive. Head’s up, safety flags are required on every ATV. Services in Imperial Dunes is limited and changes depending on the season, so make sure you pack enough for your stay. Yuma, AZ is about twenty minutes away by car if you need to make a supply run. 

ATV rentals are available in Glamis Dunes. Rentals can also be found in nearby Yuma or El Centro. Glamis Beach Store is basically the only option for ATV maintenance and repair should you run into any trouble. 

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Rasor Dunes

Rasor Dunes are located miles outside of Baker, California, so it’s in perfect striking distance to a city for supply runs. The area’s remote, though, so it doesn’t have a lot around it. The access roads are dirt roads around 25 miles outside Baker. People willing to make the trek, however, are well rewarded. Rasor Dunes has rolling dunes and beautiful scenery. The historic Mojave Road serves as another attraction in the area for travelers, so make sure you take it in while you’re there. 

The recreation area features elevation changes of up to around 1,000 ft in the park, so riders will have a ton of fun cruising up and down fantastic slopes. Rasor Dunes encompasses over 20,000 acres. Incredibly, there are no fees to stay at Rasor, but everything’s dry camping. There are no facilities on site. 

In addition to great dunes, Rasor’s got open valleys and rolling hills all beckoning for ATV riders to explore. Indeed, most visitors come to Rasor Dunes to ride ATVs or motorcycles. Because it’s relatively remote, Rasor Dunes is almost exclusively used for casual riders looking for fun. There aren’t any scheduled competitions here. What that means is that visitors get more pristine sand to themselves. Beautiful southern California weather keeps the area open to dune riding almost year-round. There’s something for every level of rider, and folks who love dry camping and getting out into nature will love spending time here. 

Aside from the wonderful ATV riding, Rasor Dunes has hiking, birdwatching, and rock climbing available. There’s plenty of wildlife around to look out for. The nature is great for families and non-ATV riders as well, so riders will have to keep an eye out for other people in the vicinity. Weather in Rasor Dunes fluctuates widely depending on the season. Visitors should stay current on forecasts to plan and pack appropriately. 

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Samoa Dunes

Samoa Dunes is located just west of Eureka, California, and offers something for most recreation lovers. For ATV riders, these aren’t the most intense or biggest slopes around. The riding area is relatively small at just around 140 acres of open space. There is also a 70-acre designated ATV riding area. The park is regularly patrolled by park rangers, so minding the rules is more heavily emphasized than in some remote dune areas. However, the watchful eyes also help maintain the park, so facilities and trails are always in great shape. Samoa Dunes also has great facilities. There are picnic tables, toilets, grills, unloading ramps and scenic overlooks. It’s a very convenient place for people who want to come in groups and stay for a while. 

Most people make a vacation out of a visit to Samoa Dunes. It’s located right on the beach, and there’s picturesque hiking, birdwatching, fishing and surfing in the park. So bring the ATVs and the boards out for a weekend of fun. Outside the designated riding areas, the beaches are closed to vehicles, so they’re in great condition for people looking to get away and relax. 

Samoa Dunes are well-equipped with several RV parks and campsites in the area. Visitors can also catch up on a bit of history during their trip. Samoa used to house a Coast Guard surveillance outpost during World War II. Long before that, Wiyote Indians used the area as a food gathering site. 

When it comes to ATV riding, hitting dunes right next to the ocean is hard to beat. Currently, there aren’t any restrictions on when you can ride on trails, and all trails are open to any OHV vehicle types. There are some signs near fenced-off areas to protect wildlife, and helmets are required. Flags are required on every vehicle for safety.

Riding around the sand dunes as the waves crash beside you is one of the best ATV experiences California can provide. The beach is relatively tame, so small kids can play in the warm sand while you hit the trails. While the dunes may not be as steep or intense as some other places like Imperial Dunes, the great weather and beach atmosphere makes it a big draw among visitors from California and other states. 

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Something for Everyone

California lives up to its reputation of great weather, beautiful beaches and incredible wildlife. ATV riders that come to California can find a range of activities for all skill levels. If you’re looking for something tame to break up a road trip and hang out with friends and family, there’s something for you. Additionally, if you’re looking for the largest, most intense dunes in the country, they’re here as well. There are several reasons why so many ATV professionals and competitions are held in California every year. The nearly year-round perfect weather makes it an ATV rider paradise, perfect for competitions and casual riders alike. 

These five dunes for ATV riding are among the country’s best. They’re still affordable, and, depending on the site, have facilities for every style camper and ATV rider. One of the best things about these dunes is that each has something unique that makes a trip out to visit them worth it. Don’t be afraid to pack up the car or the RV and hit the road for an unmatched adventure. You’ll be thanking yourself as you take in the gorgeous views from the top of that next dune. 

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Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

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The Best Gear for Bass Fishing

If you are just beginning to explore the world of bass fishing and angling, you must have heard about the right gear making all the difference between a fruitless fishing session and a bountiful one. If, however, you have been doing it for some time, you already know this first-hand. If you look in the market, you will find literally hundreds of kinds of bass fishing gears and baits. How do you decide which ones to take and which ones to leave? Read on to learn about the 5 key pieces of bass fishing gear and what to look for.

The Right Fishing Rod

Your fishing rod will literally be the first thing in your hand. You have to choose one that feels right in terms of weight and length, and at the same time, it has to be sensitive enough to signal the engagement of the fish with the bait. Then, the rod should allow you to engage the fish until it tires out, without breaking in the process.

People generally go for a medium power rod as their first choice. However, you should also try a heavy powered one just to compare the differences between the two. The next thing to consider is the tip of the rod that facilitates fastening and unfastening of the hooks. Another parameter to look at is the grip of the handle.

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The Right Fishing Line

Moving on to the next element, we will now talk about the fishing line that will be most useful for you. Essentially, there are three kinds of fishing lines available in the market: braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon. Monofilament fishing lines were the first kind to be developed, and have largely become obsolete today. The braided ones have an advantage of not stretching and thus, imparting higher strength. However, fluorocarbon lines are most useful when it comes to invisibility. These lines are almost impossible to see in water, thus, increasing the likelihood of getting a bite.

Whichever kind of fishing line you ultimately choose, make sure that it is long enough. Generally, a minimum length of 300 yards is recommended. Also, don’t forget to check the pound test of the fishing line before buying it. The pound test indicates the weight a line can withstand without breaking. The recommended value for bass fishing is 8 pounds.

The Right Fishing Reel

Again, the sheer variety of fishing reels will make your head spin. The ideal reel will let you hook a big bass and land them with finesse. You will find reels composed of many materials, like aluminium, carbon compounds, and graphite. While aluminium is considered to be the strongest, graphite is most resistant to underwater corrosion and is lightweight.

You should also check the quality of the reel before purchasing it, and look for any ill-fitting or loose parts. Ideally, it should be durable and neat in design; having a smooth movement is an added advantage.

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The Right Bait

Just as other gear for bass fishing spoils you with options, why should bait be any different? Before you check out tackle shops and get flustered and confused by the variety of bait available, do a bit of research about the kind of bait most preferred by bass. Rigged, worm-like baits are classic bestsellers for good reason. The choice of your bait will also depend on whether you want to try fishing in dense lakes or just on the top waters.

Some widely recommended baits and lures include plastic worms, crankbaits in the color of natural water (and also some in the color of murky water), jigs, frogs, spinner baits, etc. You will be able to figure out all this, and more, once you start researching first-hand reviews and recommendations. Most of the available baits and lures have worked for different people, and you have to make a calculated guesses at buying a few. Whether it works for you or not, only time will tell.

Hooks and Terminal Tackle

These will come in very handy when you need to add a bit of weight to catch bass. If you have the right assortment of hooks (worm hooks and dropshot hooks, for example), swivels like barrel swivels and split rings, and weights like dropshot and bullet weights in your box, you will be able to adjust the fishing gear to your conditions, and to your satisfaction.

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Sun Protection

Sunscreen cream or spray is an important part of any fishing trip, to prevent sunburns and skin injury due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Good-quality sunglasses, preferably polarized, will provide you the best visibility even in the most reflective or murky waters.

Desirable Gear for Fishing Trips

While the gear mentioned above will get you through a fishing session, certain gear will make your fishing session more comfortable and even more enjoyable. None of the following are required for bass fishing per se, but are highly recommended by novices and pros alike:

  • A bait bucket for keeping live bait will be very handy in case you decide to try your luck at bass fishing with live baits instead of plastic ones.
  • A casting net for catching live bait, if you decide to.
  • Weighing scales that will let you hang your catch and display the numbers that will make enviable photographs.
  • Multi-tools or knives, for unforeseen maneuvers that you might need to perform on your bass fishing trip.
  • Gloves for handling fish.
  • Hook remover and pliers to remove the caught fish from the hook in case it is swallowed beyond reach.
  • Flash light to improve visibility in darker conditions.
  • First aid box, to manage those little cuts and bruises that can come with outdoor adventure.
  • Insect repellent for protecting your skin against ravenous mosquitoes and other curious insects.
  • Small towels for miscellaneous uses.
  • A good camera to flaunt your prized catches.
  • Some extra fishing line, just in case of breakage or other unforeseen reasons.

With these key pieces of bass fishing gear in your tackle box and on your boat, you will be ready for a great bass fishing session. Help out your fellow anglers – if there is something we missed that should be on this list, or if you have a favorite lure or line you just can’t fish without, let us know in the comments below. Good luck out there!

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Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

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13 Tips for Planning a Cross Country RV Trip

Summer is a great time to take that long road trip that you have always dreamed of. With warm, sunny weather and good company in tow, a cross-country RV trip can is sure to help you make fantastic memories that last a lifetime. Seeing America from the open road is an amazing way to bond with family and friends, and treat your loved ones to a thrilling experience. Before you set out to explore those quaint diners, small towns, and breathtaking views, plan ahead to prevent any mistakes or mishaps that may hinder the fun and thrill of the trip. Refer to the following tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect cross-country RV journey, and get ready for the drive of a lifetime!

1. Work Out the Finances

You probably know that extended road trips, although a lot of fun, come with their own unique expenses. Therefore, the first thing you must do is chart out your budget. Ideally, you should include every small expense that you might incur on your trip. Aside from the obvious costs of gas and campground fees, consider things like how much you want to spend on meals out vs. food and snacks in the RV, and admission to national parks, historical sites, or amusement parks. Once you have the total, add some more to it for cushion. Once you set out your budget, you will know how much you have in hand – and in the bank – for your road trip.

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2. Work Out the Route

It is important for you to take out a physical map and work out the route you will take. While GPS devices and online maps are excellent and informative, you might travel through regions with low connectivity that only a physical maps can get you through. Once you start planning your route, mark the gas stations, hospitals, campgrounds, and restaurants. With this information marked out, you can enjoy the trip even more as you won’t have to spend any extra time locating the nearest amenities.

Pro tip: If possible, try to include scenic routes when charting your course. It’s easy to get bored while passing through small towns and suburbs. Scenic routes will offer a treat to your senses and are like a warm embrace for your road-weary soul.

3. Check the Paperwork

Once you have marked the route, it is time to check your driver’s license, driving permits, and any other documents that may be required. Don’t forget to check for a photographic identity proof such as a passport, or birth certificate for young passengers. Many trips end abruptly due to a lack of one or more of these documents. Make sure your trip isn’t one of them.

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4. Keep Your Trip Flexible

Most of us want to have a well-set plan for any excursion we take. However, it is advisable to keep some extra time on your hands when venturing on a cross-country RV trip. You never know when you might take longer than you anticipated enjoying good conversation by a bonfire at night, or the spontaneous stargazing that kept you parked in place for one more night.

5. Pack Judiciously

On a cross-country RV trip, you will be on the road for many days. You should pack such that you don’t run out of the basics too quickly (this goes for clothing as well as things like toothpaste, toilet paper, and dish soap). That said, over-packing is far more common during these trips. Most people stack up stuff inside their RV and don’t end up using half of it. If you pack judiciously, you will carry just the right amount of supplies and amenities to last the entire trip.

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6. Choose Your Company Wisely

When you go on a cross country RV trip, you are going to spend the next few days (or weeks) with the same group of people. Make sure that you are comfortable with these people, otherwise your trip could be one you’d rather forget. It is best to go with people who know you, your traits, and your nature. The same applies the other way too.

7. Attend to Your RV

On your road trip, the RV will bear the most burden. Therefore, you should make a detailed inspection of your RV and do some prep work before you embark, including:

  • Applying rain guard to the windshield
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Installing bug deflectors
  • Checking the battery
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8. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Staying on the road for an extended period of time means that you may or may not have access to freshly cooked meals. Thus, you should stock up on healthy snacks that can be prepared in a jiffy. Try to minimize your consumption of unhealthy foods, except for the occasional treat or must-have local delicacy.

9. Pack for the Weather

If your route takes you through regions where you might face weather different from what you’re currently experiencing at home, pack accordingly. Even if you have a roof throughout the trip, you should not take chances like venturing out in rain without a proper jacket and warm clothes to change into.

10. Don’t Forget the Essentials

It is always good to pack extra medicines, first-aid kit, bug repellent, flashlights, and toiletries when going on a cross country RV trip. These always come in handy, and you don’t want to be caught without them.

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11. Share Your Route and Plan With Some Friends

Sure, this is the age of the internet, and the world is really getting smaller in terms of communication. But you never know when your phone may be out of reach or broken down. In such circumstances, you might want someone to know your location. Thus, before starting your trip, discuss your plan with a few close friends. This way, they will know where you might be in case you are not able to contact anyone for any unforeseen circumstance.

12. Don’t Skip Insurance

Insurance is among the most important, yet most forgotten aspects of cross-country RV trips. Depending on the route of your trip, you might cross state or international borders. Thus, you might need additional insurance as per the law of the land. Research well and make sure that you are covered with all the required insurance papers.

13. Buy Passes for National Parks Ahead of Time

A single visit pass to one of our national parks usually costs around $20-30, but for just $80 you can get an annual park pass that covers entry for you and everyone in your vehicle at over 2,000 national recreation sites! The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass gives you unlimited access for one full year. This deal is essential whether your cross-country RV trip includes a visit to more than one of these sites, or you think you might visit a park in your area or elsewhere at any other time during the calendar year.

Now that you know the expert tips and tricks for making the most of your cross-country RV trip, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture some of the unforgettable moments ahead. Got some more tips or useful suggestions for making cross-country RV trips easy and fun? Share them in the comments below.

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Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

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Cooking on the Road: Organize Your RV Kitchen with these 7 Tips

When you think of exciting and enchanting cross-country or camping RV trips with your loved ones, one thing that stands out is the cooking experience. Preparing meals outside the comfort zone of your kitchen feels adventurous and thrilling. However, RV kitchens come with their own set of challenges that can sometimes make RV cooking and cleaning less than memorable.

Things tend to get messy in the blink of an eye. This can be for a variety of reasons, including forgetting where you stacked and stored your utensils and pans, or realizing you forgot a vital piece of equipment just when you need it the most.

The aim of this post is to give you a few tips and tricks that will help you organize your RV kitchen for easy and fun cooking on any RV trip. Not only will you be able to remember where you stored which cooking implement, you may even find cooking at your campsite easier and more enjoyable. Are you ready to be enlightened? Let’s go!

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Stack Cooking Essentials

No, we don’t mean the ingredients here. Before getting to that part, it is important to find the most basic of kitchen essentials without which cooking wouldn’t be possible- fire. Keep a matchbox and some lighter fluid with you, properly stored in a place easily remembered and easily accessed. Storing other basic equipment like pots and pans, aluminium foil, tongs, and spatulas in the same drawer or storage bin will keep everything together and save you time hunting for these items as need arises. Remember to store smaller sized items inside the bigger ones, so that they take up as little space as possible.

Use Vertical Wall Space

The empty walls of your RV can serve the purpose of safely storing your cooking necessities. Repaint old knife holders, hang baskets, and make DIY shelves for storing kitchen equipment. Depending on the size of these racks and holders, you will be able to store a variety of kitchen equipment, ranging from tiny to bulky. The best part is that this technique does not take any counter space and keeps it clear for quick cleanup.

Salvage Old Spice Racks

Got an old spice rack that you no longer use? It will make the most perfect plate holder if mounted vertically. This way, you not only get to reuse an old item, but you also make a functional and very useful storage equipment for your future camping trips. You will be amazed how nicely your plates fit in this storage space, providing not only a safe place to store them, but also instantly tidying up your RV kitchen. Plus, you get the satisfaction of upcycling an old item and putting it to good use.

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Magnet hooks to the rescue

Did you know that magnet hooks can be used on the door of the fridge (or any other metal surface) in your RV? They make excellent storage hooks for light-weight items like small pans, mugs, spatulas and tongs. Since these are the items that tend to disappear on camping trips the most, magnet hooks help keep them in sight so you can see what’s gone missing.

Cabinet Bottoms

Cabinet bottoms are one of the most underutilized spaces in any kitchen. You can create a fantastic storage space underneath existing cabinets by screwing in a few (or more) hooks. This is a wonderful place to hang small pots, pans, and utensils – or that mug collection you’ve been building with each new place your RV takes you.

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Hail the Caddy

That caddy that you purchased from Wal*Mart that you still haven’t found useful for your bathroom is a perfect companion for your camping trips. It makes for an excellent storage option for random kitchen equipment, or for carrying condiments for burgers and hot dogs. This is something that not many people think to use, yet it makes a wonderful storage addition to your RV kitchen without any additional expense or workmanship.

Find Space in Appliances

Empty appliances like the microwave are a great storage option for items like cartons, paper plates, packaged food etc. The same can be done for other appliances, if they have enough room inside.

These tips and tricks should increase the storage space in your RV kitchen, and increase your enjoyment in cooking there. The biggest advantage is that these hacks are all practical and doable. Try out some or all of these storage and organization tips for your next RV trip, and let us know some of yours in the comments below.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Boat Storage Facility to securely store your RV, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Your Next Boat Trip

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to kick-start your summer than a boat trip with your dog! Before you set your sails, read these 7 tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe on your boating adventures.

Life Jacket

When it comes to boating trips with your trusty companion, remember to put a personal flotation device on them. They’ll love you for it when they’re swimming around playing around in the water. There are different types of life jackets for dogs so before you strap one on for they make sure you got the right sized jacket.

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Dogs really enjoy swimming, just as much as we do! Swimming is also a great way for your dog to cool off during the scorching hot summer days. Forget walking your dog, let them swim to get their daily exercise while having a bit of fun at the same time!

Emergency Safety Kit

When it comes to your dog’s health and safety, an emergency safety kit will do wonders. I’m not just talking about doggie bandages; I’m also talking about doggie treats and toys. Being properly prepared on your boating trip with your dog will make your trip ten times better. Some emergency items to pack on your trip:

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Extra Towels or Blankets

An extra dry towel for your dog will be helpful when all you have are wet towels still waiting to dry. This is especially helpful to keep your dog warm after playing in the cold water.

Doggie Treats

What dog doesn’t like doggie treats! It’s always nice to reward your dog when they’ve done a heroic act or simply behaving well.

Spare Poop Bags

This is self-explanatory. If your dog needs to go, they’ll go.

Let Pet Explore Docked Boat

Before you and your dog set off on your excursion, let the dog sniff around the boat prior to leaving the dock. This lets your dog get acclimated to the small space and the sensation of being on the water.

Bring Fresh Water

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Pack collapsible food and water bowls with the fresh, bottled water to keep your dog hydrated. The body of water where you are boating might not be safe for dogs (or humans) to drink. Water is especially important if it’s a hot, summer day.

Can Your Pet Swim?

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Your first reaction might be, “of course he can; he’s a dog!” While many dogs ARE great swimmers, they aren’t born innately knowing how to swim. Some dogs just don’t like water and dogs should never be forced into the water without knowing how to swim or if they don’t enjoy it.

Apply Sunscreen

Yes, dogs can get sunburnt, too! Many pet stores sell special sunscreen made just for dogs. If you can’t find dog sunscreen, the ones for babies or sensitive skin might be okay. Read the label first!

Practice with a Short Trip

You’re ready to go boating with your dog. If it is your dog’s first time, you should keep the maiden voyage short and sweet. With that, you’re all set to embark on your boating adventure.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a Boat Storage Facility to securely store your boat, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.