RVing with Rex: Top Articles of 2023

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As we approach the New Year, RVingwithrex.com would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. To celebrate the past year, here are the most popular articles from 2023.

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Quartzsite: Here’s the 2023 QZ Show Schedule

The winter season is go time in Quartzsite. With winter temperatures hovering in the 70s, people flock to Quartzsite from colder climates to relish in the warm weather and fascinating shopping. Thousands of vendors gather during these months to showcase items ranging from rocks, gems, and minerals to jewelry, apparel, home decor, and more.

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Why and How to Use Dawn Dish Soap in RV Black Tanks?

Keeping up with RV maintenance and cleaning is just part of RV life! One aspect that is necessary but not very glamorous is emptying and cleaning the black and grey water tanks. This can seem like a complex problem but many products and solutions can help make this a lot easier.

One common remedy involves the use of Dawn dish soap in RV black tanks. It is a detergent and grease cutter that will not harm your tanks and is eco-friendly and biodegradable. It is not corrosive and will not damage your plumbing. It has no phosphates so is a green product that is considered environmentally friendly.

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Exploring the Filming Locations of When Calls the Heart

When Calls the Heart is a popular television series set in the early 20th century Canadian West. The show follows the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher from a wealthy Eastern family who moves to Coal Valley (now known as Hope Valley) to start her new life.

As viewers follow Elizabeth on her journey, they are also taken on a virtual tour of some of the most beautiful and historic locations found in Canada. From breathtaking mountain views to quaint town squares, the series’s filming locations provide an unforgettable backdrop for the show.

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March 2023 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 Recalls Involving 16 RV Manufactures

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced 18 recall notices during March 2023. These recalls involved 16 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (2 recalls), Jayco (1 recall), Tiffin (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), Airstream (1 recall), Grand Design (1 recall), Par Nado (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), Newell (1 recall), Eveland’s (1 recall), Kibbi (1 recall), REV (1 recall), Alliance RV (1 recall), and Keystone (1 recall).

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The Ultimate RV Travel Bucket List: 51 Best Places to Visit in North America

Are you looking for travel bucket list ideas for your next RV trip? Running out of ideas or looking for fresh ones? From epic classics to exciting newcomers, we have selected the 51 most amazing places to visit or things to do in the U.S. and Canada. Of course, there are many more than 51 places worth visiting.

It’s time to pack the RV and discover beautiful and awe-inspiring places across North America. Following are many of our favorite destinations in the US and Canada to satisfy your wanderlust.

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Quartzsite: Here’s the 2024 QZ Show Schedule

Every January something happens that is hard to believe—unless you have seen it.

According to the Arizona Highway Department, as many as 750,000 to 1,000,000 people mostly in RVs converge on this sleepy little desert town located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10 for the rock, gem, and mineral shows plus numerous flea markets and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show. This phenomenon started over 40 years ago and is now billed as The Largest Gathering of RVers in the World.

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2023 Wildflower Season is coming soon. Will it be a Superbloom?

Spring is on the way, bringing one of Arizona’s best features: Wildflowers.

As far as wildflowers are concerned, a lot of things have gone right so far this winter in Arizona. Widespread rains came early and often. The moisture has been well-spaced so there were no extended dry periods. Temperatures have stayed moderate. All those factors matter for how many and what types of flowers are likely to bloom.

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11 Must Watch Films Shot on Route 66

No American road is as iconic as Route 66. Starting in Chicago, Illinois, and snaking cross-country to Santa Monica, California, Route 66 originally consisted of 2,418 miles of highway rich with neon-lit motels, quirky roadside attractions, and stretches of deserted landscape.

With such a wealth of inspiration, it’s no surprise that so many filmmakers have used Route 66 as a backdrop for their films. One of the pivotal scenes in the 1988 film Rain Man takes place at Route 66’s Big 8 Motel in El Reno, Oklahoma. Rain Man went on to win numerous accolades and prizes including four Academy Awards. While not every movie filmed on Route 66 goes home with an Oscar, there are many that are worth a watch.

So pop some corn, get yourself comfy, and binge watch these eleven must-see movies on my list.

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December 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 14 Recalls Involving 9 RV Manufactures

When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

NHTSA announced 14 recall notices during December 2022. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago (3 recalls), Jayco (2 recalls), Airstream (2 recalls), Forest River (1 recall), Entegra (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), Aluminum Trailer Company (1 recall), Holiday House (1 recall), Chinook (1 recall), and Old School Trailers (1 recall).

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Absolutely Best Road Trips from Las Vegas

So your idea of fun isn’t drinking yard-long margaritas inside a mind-bending, alternate universe? I get it. One of the benefits of enjoying a city in the middle of a vast wilderness is, in fact, that wilderness. When you’re in Las Vegas, you’re not limited to casinos on the Strip. Some of the grandest scenery is just a short drive away. Whether you head to the Valley of Fire, the famous Hoover Dam, or Death Valley, we’ve got where to go and what to do in each. These are the very best day trips from Las Vegas.

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Love’s RV Hookups: Comfortable RV Stays at Truck Stops?

In May of 2021, Love’s Travel Stops introduced Love’s RV Hookups. But what exactly does this mean and what are the pros and cons of using them?

In this post, I’ll sort through the details and give you the scoop from my perspective as well as those of other RVers.

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Worth Pondering…

I close my eyes to old ends. And open my heart to new beginnings.

—Nick Frederickson

Best of RVing with Rex in 2022: Most Read

Explore the most-read articles on RVingwithrex.com in 2022

Owning an RV is the greatest way to explore the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

I am using the beginning days of 2023 to look back on some of the stories that interested you the most last year—and I think they are worth another look.

These are the top RV travel and lifestyle stories on RVingwithrex.com in 2022.

Newmar factory tour, Nappanee, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

1. The Truth about RVs

Untold stories behind Indiana’s RV boom

Lockdowns that confined Americans to their homes in 2020 created a record demand for recreational vehicles, much of it from first-time buyers who were looking for a safe way to travel. But COVID also decimated the ranks of RV factory workers even as they were being pushed to increase production.

Date posted: November 4, 2022

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2. Why and How to use Dawn Dish Soap in RV Black Tanks

The benefits of using Dawn dish soap in RV black tanks as well as proper tank cleaning procedures and some other cleaners to consider

One common remedy involves the use of Dawn dish soap in RV black tanks. It is a detergent and grease cutter that will not harm your tanks and is eco-friendly and biodegradable. It is not corrosive and will not damage your plumbing. It has no phosphates so is a green product that is considered environmentally friendly.

Date posted: September 20, 2022

Camping at Tucson/Lazydays KOA, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. September 2022 Manufacturers Recalls: 13 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

Date posted: September 28, 2022

Sewer system © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. The Safety Checklist for When Your RV is Parked

All the basics you need to know

Parking an RV can be daunting. Oftentimes, drivers may be so focused on perfect parking placement that they aren’t sure what to do next. There are a few simple steps to follow once you’re in a place to ensure your rig and its contents are safe and secure. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Date posted: June 10, 2022

Camping at The Barnyard RV Park, Lexington, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

5. October 2022 Manufacturers Recalls: 16 Recalls Involving 11 RV Manufactures

A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired

When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

Date posted: November 2, 2022

Quartzite RV Show © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

6. The RV Phenomenon That Is Quartzsite

A place in the desert not to be missed

Quartzsite has become a mecca to visitors and exhibitors for rocks, gems, mineral specimens, and fossils during the town’s famous two-month-long gem and mineral shows and flea markets meet every January and February. From its humble beginnings, the now-massive Quartzsite show has grown to epic proportions with vendors offering everything under the Quartzsite sun.

Date posted: January 7, 2022

Camping at Orange Groove RV Park, Bakersfield, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

7. April 2022 Manufacturers Recalls: 15 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired

NHTSA announced 15 recall notices during April 2022. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Keystone (5 recall), Forest River (3 recalls), Lance Camper (2 recall), Heartland (1 recall), Grand Design (1 recall), Jayco (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), and Tiny Idahomes (1 recall).

Date posted: May 1, 2022

Quartzsite RV Show © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

8. Quartzsite: Here’s the 2023 QZ Show Schedule

If you can’t find it at Quartzsite, it hasn’t been thought of yet

The winter season is go time in Quartzsite. With winter temperatures hovering in the 70s, people flock to Quartzsite from colder climates to relish in the warm weather and fascinating shopping. Thousands of vendors gather during these months to showcase items ranging from rocks, gems, and minerals to jewelry, apparel, home decor, and more.

Date posted: December 17, 2022

Sedona, Arizona is a bucket list destination © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

9. What 2022 looks like for RVers

2022 is shaping up to be another strong year for camping

The RV market exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. While travel restrictions remained in place, many craved any opportunity to get out of the house.

As a result, recreational vehicles provided a glimmer of relief for those seeking safer travel. The demand for self-sustaining travel kicked the RV market into high gear in 2020 with record numbers of travelers buying or renting an RV.

But what about 2022? Will the trend continue?

Date posted: May 6, 2022

Camping at Whispering Oaks RV Park, Weimar, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

10. July 2022 Manufacturers Recalls: 15 Recalls Involving 9 RV Manufactures

A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired

NHTSA announced 15 recall notices during July 2022. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (7 recalls), Grand Design (1 recall), Airstream (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), Oliver (1 recall), Eveland’s (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), and Tiffin (1 recall).

Date posted: July 29, 2022

Worth Pondering…

Live one day at a time…

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they leave no time to enjoy today!

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment.