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Memories of RV Living As A Kid

While I have not had the joy of travelling in an RV with kids as an adult, I remember fondly my days back in Australia exploring the country in a small caravan with my parents and my brother as a kid.  We would spend weeks – sometimes even months – travelling to and thru remote rural destinations.

I have fond memories of camping on some dusty campground, exploring and getting into all sorts of mild mischief.  With the benefits of hindsight, I can see that we were not exactly living it up – these were cheap campgrounds – but that made no difference to me as a kid. I still had a great time.

Our little trailer was a popup.  My brother and I were squeezed into a little place that I don’t think I could handle sleeping in alone now; I have simply grown too tall! My head was right by the hum of the refrigerator, which I thought at the time was rather cool.

These travels did spoil me somewhat.  We had amenities such as a sink, a little stove, and the like.  While not luxurious, it makes tent camping look rather primitive to me as an adult; and I think all my camping exploits since then have been shaped by the desire for at least those basic comforts.

We did not have a bathroom in our camper.  I remember this distinctly, as in the middle of the night we had to go walking across the campground to make use of the facilities.  This was rather terrifying for me as a young kid – I recall expecting some sort of monster to be out there waiting for me.   I was also afraid I would tread on a snake or a spider – not unnatural fears for an Aussie kid!

I do not have kids myself, but if I did, I would definitely take them out on similar trips.  I had so much fun, and learnt a lot more about the world than I would have simply sitting in front of the television.  In today’s gadget oriented world children could really benefit from seeing more of the ‘real’ world.

Those early family trips fostered my great love of the outdoors, and a love of the ‘gypsy’ lifestyle that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am confident I would never have fallen in love with the full-time RV’ing lifestyle without those early experiences.  Thank you Mom and Dad!

 

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Right Bike Rack for Your RV -Tips to Install One

-Tips for choosing the appropriate bike rack for an RV:

The objective of using a bike rack is simple. But there’s a seemingly endless selection of bike rack models and a wide range of prices from which to choose. By and large, this is an advantage, but to get the appropriate bike rack for your needs, you should do a little bit of research and compare the different makes and models. The appropriate rack should fit the vehicle properly, securely transport the bikes, and must fall within your budget. The wrong rack may perhaps be a safety hazard, and may possibly lead to a stolen, lost, or damaged bicycle.

The solution to choosing the right bike rack is precisely defining your needs and assessing your vehicle. One should always consider the following when choosing a bike rack for your RV:

  • How often will it be used?
  • How many bikes are needed to be transported?
  • Do you need to switch the rack between different vehicles?
  • whether the vehicle leased or rented?

 

-Tips to instal a bike rack On your RV:

Bike racks are the most popular tools for transporting bikes over long distances. Most bike racks are equipped to fit compact RVs, cars, SUVs and trucks. Once you’ve determined which rack works best for you all you need to do is install it, and you’re all set to transport your bike. Discussed below are some steps for installing a bike rack:

  • Adjust the upper and lower support girds of your bike rack. The smaller arm should be on top and the longer arm on the bottom.
  • Position the arms upward at 15 to 20 degrees angle. Each arm should be fitted with a knob that can be loosened to change the angle of the arms. After you have adjusted the arms properly, they should make the shape of the letter “V”.
  • Position the rack on the trunk or hatch of your RV. The bike rack kit comes with two upper belts which should be attached to the top edge of the trunk with hooks which are also included within the kit. When attached, they should form a straight line. Two side hooks and two lower hooks with belts will also be included. Fix the two side hooks and belts to the side of your trunk or hatch and the two lower hooks and belts to the base of the trunk.