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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
New Year, New Me, or so the saying goes! It seems that every year when we change over from the old to the new, people start making New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions tend to be focused on things like living better, being more organized, or living a healthier life.
When it comes to RVing though, there are a few resolutions that come to mind as staples within the RV lifestyle. Of course, your resolutions will be unique to you and your lifestyle, but there are New Year’s resolutions that I think that every RVer regardless of lifestyle can make when going into this New Year.
Here are 30 New Year’s resolutions for RVers to consider as you start planning for the year ahead.
1. Learn how to perform maintenance tasks on your RV
It’s essential to keep your RV in good working order and that means being able to take care of basic maintenance tasks yourself. Whether checking the dry-cell battery water level (they are your lifeline); inspecting your propane system; inspecting tires for cracks and uneven wear and checking air pressure; changing your water filter; and keeping an RV maintenance log/checklist to keep track of your maintenance checks, repairs, and replacements, resolve to learn the skills you need to keep your RV running smoothly.
2. Plan at least one cross-country road trip in the year
Whether you’re a seasoned RVer or a newbie, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of hitting the open road and exploring new destinations. Start researching routes and must-see attractions with RVing with Rex for your epic adventure now.
3. Spend more time exploring regional and state parks
Many RVers are drawn to the freedom and flexibility of the open road but it’s also important to take the time to explore the natural beauty and history right in your backyard. Resolve to spend more time exploring local and state parks in the coming year and discover all your region has to offer.
4. Try boondocking at least once
Boondocking is camping (often on BLM land) without access to electrical, water, or sewage hookups. It can be a challenging but rewarding way to experience the great outdoors.
5. Learn a new outdoor skill
RVing is the perfect opportunity to try out new outdoor activities and hobbies and there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Learn a new outdoor skill in 2023 whether it’s rock climbing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, or geocaching.
6. Seek out new destinations
While it can be comforting to return to familiar destinations year after year, it’s also important to mix things up and explore new destinations. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.
7. Invest in new gear to enhance uour RVing experience
Whether it’s a new cooking set, a portable generator, or hiking poles, there are always nifty RV-related gadgets to improve your RVing experience.
8. Reduce clutter
There’s no denying the fact that RVs are tiny places to live. Partly for this reason, clutter builds up quickly. Since nobody wants to live in a cluttered space, it’s best to purge things in your tiny home on wheels at least twice a year or when needed. And I know that it is a much more difficult task than it appears.
And the problem is not just cleaning up the mess. In the words of best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson, “I also want to make it beautiful.” Writing in Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, the famed clinical psychologist continued, “Making something beautiful is difficult but it’s amazingly worthwhile. If you learn to make something in your life truly beautiful—even one thing—then you have established a relationship with beauty.”
9. Take a course to improve your driving skills and safety
RVing can be a lot of fun, but it’s also important to prioritize safety on the road. Brush up on things like backing up, lane changes, and emergency braking.
10. Try out different types of campsites
One of the best things about RVing is the variety of campsite options available from beachfront to the mountain to lakeside and pull-through to back-in to pull-in. Make a New Year’s resolution to try out different types of campsites and see which ones you like best.
11. Connect with other RVers on the road
RVing can be a solo pursuit but it’s also a great way to connect with other like-minded individuals. You might make some lifelong friends along the way. The ultimate RV gathering happens at the beginning of each year in Arizona at the Quartzite RV Show (January 21-29, 2023.
12. Plan a group RV trip with family or friends
RVing is a great way to bond with loved ones and there’s nothing quite like a group RV trip to bring people together. Organize a caravan and create lasting memories on the road.
13. Set a goal to save money on fuel costs
The cost of fuel can add up quickly while RVing but there are steps you can take to minimize your expenses. Reducing your speed and making sure your tires are properly inflated are two ways to save on fuel.
14. Set a goal to visit every state
Set a goal to visit every corner of the U.S. and/or Canada. This can be a long-term project but it’s a great way to truly experience all that North America has to offer in an RV.
15. Try new recipes in your RV kitchen
Cooking in your RV kitchen can be a fun and rewarding experience but it’s always nice to have new recipes to try out. Grab a cookbook, research recipes online, and borrow some from fellow travelers. Expand your culinary horizons on the road.
Consider investing in small kitchen appliances such as an Instant Pot, a slow cooker, and an air fryer to make the job of cooking in your RV a cinch.
16. Volunteer your time or skills with a local organization
If you are in a location for an extended period, you may want to participate in volunteer opportunities. Whether it is at a beach clean-up, animal shelter, or a docent at a local park or museum, RVing can be a great way to give back to the communities you visit.
17. Join a membership club and receive RV park discounts
There are numerous RV membership clubs and associations that provide a various benefits such as camping at a discounted rate and access to exclusive parks. Each has its perks and drawbacks. Is it reasonable to become a member of several RV clubs? It depends on your RVing style, wants, and needs.
Some of these are:
Escapees (SKP) RV club
Good Sam RV Club
FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association)
18. Become a workcamper to save money on living expenses
If you’re looking for a way to save money on living expenses while RVing, workamping is a great way to see new places and meet new people while also helping to reduce some of your costs.
19. Record your travels through journaling and/or photography
Documenting your travels can be a meaningful way to reflect on your experiences and share them with others. So write, photograph, and record videos of your travels and experiences.
20. Spend more time outdoors
Most people assume that by living in an RV, a person automatically spends a ton of time outside. While this is true for some RVing families, it isn’t always the case. Seeing as how the outdoors can benefit your health, making it a goal to spend more time outside in the New Year is a great idea.
There are many ways to support this goal. You might choose to invest in a better outdoor setup with things like lounging chairs and outdoor games. Another option is to get set up for hiking and make a point of taking at least one hike in every place you visit. You could also learn a new skill such as kayaking or fishing to encourage yourself to get that fresh air and sunshine that is so good for you.
21. Visit more parks
Another fantastic way to get outside more is by visiting the many amazing state and national parks across the country. These parks allow you to soak up the sun while also exploring some seriously beautiful and fascinating places not to mention making some incredible memories that are sure to last for years to come.
Grab a national park pass and visit as many national parks as you can throughout the year. If you’ll be in a particular state for a while, look into purchasing an annual pass for the state parks there. Of course, you should always ask about junior ranger programs at every park you visit.
22. Try something NEW, while camping
Relaxing is numero uno but how about spicing up the camping trip with some boating, trail (bike) riding, or go GeoCaching? GeoCaching is fun at any age and can be enjoyed with your friends and family. It’s treasure hunting—and you can use your phone. Wooo, the kids will love this one!
23. Support local growers
Nothing beats fresh produce and homemade bread, jams, and jellies. Stop at farmers’ markets along the way. Not only will you be able to enjoy the freshest foods and eat healthier, but you’ll also be supporting local small businesses.
24. Be present in the moment
In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to forget to take time to be present wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, and whoever you’re doing it with. From texting, and scrolling through social media, to even recording and taking pictures during a hike, there’s just so much noise that can get in the way.
Whether you’re all packed up and on your way to your next adventure or sitting by the campfire, make a conscious effort to really enjoy the experience. Breathe in the stillness of the forest, relax and recline by the lake, or engage in quality family time with a rousing night of games and fun! There’s so much to do that’s waiting for you. Make sure you don’t miss it.
25. Take the road less traveled
An important resolution for the New Year would be to take things slow and take the road less traveled. Everyone is in a rush to get from one place to the next so they don’t take the time to enjoy the journey. Instead of driving along the interstate, go an alternate route and drive the scenic byways.
Give yourself room to breathe and enjoy the countryside. Eat at that little diner and get that big glass of sweet tea. Take the family and go blueberry picking at the farm down the road or buy the freshest fruits and vegetables at a roadside stand. The best part about traveling in an RV is being able to make memories along the way, so be sure to take full advantage of each trip!
26. Go stargazing
No matter who you are, something is awe-inspiring about looking up at a star-filled night sky. Stargazing is an incredible pastime that is just not possible to do when living in the city. Take some time this year to visit a Dark-Sky Preserve and spend time with family and friends looking up at the stars. There is always something magical happening in the night sky, so be sure you don’t miss it.
27. Camp every season
Though spring and summer usually take all the glory for camping, there is a lot of fun to be had camping during the fall and winter months as well. Make it a resolution this year to camp in every season so that you can experience the wide variety of camping that the wilderness offers.
Our word of advice though: be sure to properly plan for camping in the cooler weather. The gear you’re going to need will be quite a bit different and you will need to prep things differently than you do for your summer excursions.
Not only will the scenery look different from season to season, but the wildlife will also vary greatly. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera to spot all sorts of creatures, regardless of the season.
Looking to meet new people? Hiking (or running or biking) together can be a great way to enjoy the company of others.
30. Finally make it to those bucket-list destinations
Last but not least, I must mention bucket list destinations. We all have that list of places and experiences. Often, we don’t reach these destinations due to commitments, things breaking, or simply because they are out of the way.
This year is the year to reach those must-see locations that you haven’t made it to yet. Plan your travel around them and make them a top priority. Remember, you travel so you can see the country, so make sure you get out there and do it!
Embrace new opportunities on the road with New Year’s resolutions for RVers
There are many potential New Year’s resolutions that RVers can consider as they start planning for the coming year. From learning new skills to seeking out new destinations, the possibilities for growth and adventure are endless.
No matter your resolutions, it’s important to have fun and make the most of your RVing experiences. So as you start planning for 2023, remember to be open to new opportunities and embrace the unknown. Happy travels in the coming year!
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
Celebrating the first day of another year on Earth has been a historical tradition for millennia
New Year brings blessings yet to behold. —Lailah Gifty Akita
Social, cultural, and religious observances that celebrate the beginning of the New Year are among the oldest and the most universally observed.
The earliest known record of a New Year festival dates from about 2000 BC in Mesopotamia where in Babylonia the New Year (Akitu) began with the new moon after the Spring Equinox (mid-March) and in Assyria with the new moon nearest the Autumn Equinox (mid-September). For the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians, the year began with the Autumn Equinox (September 21); for the early Greeks, it began with the Winter Solstice (December 21). On the Roman republican calendar, the year began on March 1 but after 153 BC the official date was January 1 which was continued in the Julian calendar of 46 BC.
In early medieval times, most of Christian Europe regarded March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation as the beginning of the New Year although New Year’s Day was observed on December 25 in Anglo-Saxon England. William the Conqueror decreed that the year begins on January 1 but England later joined the rest of Christendom and adopted March 25. The Gregorian calendar, adopted in 1582 by the Roman Catholic Church restored January 1 as New Year’s Day and most European countries gradually followed suit: Scotland, in 1660; Germany and Denmark, in about 1700; England, in 1752; and Russia, in 1918.
What are your New Year’s traditions? The aesthetic of New Year’s has typically been gold, champagne, streamers, and glasses that have the year on them but American traditions aren’t that ritualized or historic.
New Year’s is typically celebrated with a large party starting on New Year’s Eve. People count down the time—sometimes using the ball drop in New York City or elsewhere—until the clocks officially begin the New Year. They often toast with champagne, share a New Year’s kiss at the stroke of midnight, sing the Scottish song Auld Lang Syne and make New Year’s resolutions.
Many people also coordinate the perfect New Year’s makeup and nail looks to ring in the New Year in style. Fireworks, cheers, and songs officially start the first day of the New Year.
Auld Lang Syne in the English language means old long since or for the sake of old times. In 1788, Robert Burns wrote this poem in the Scots language. However, it was inspired by a Scottish folk song.
Even if you don’t know or understand the lyrics, you’ll still enjoy it with everyone forming a circle, singing, and holding each other’s hands. While Auld Lang Syne is about old friends and memories, it’s also a perfect song to bid farewell to an old year and welcome a new one.
Symbolic foods are often part of the festivities. Many Europeans, for example, eat cabbage or other greens to ensure prosperity in the coming year while people in the American South favor black-eyed peas for good luck. Throughout Asia, special foods such as dumplings, noodles, and rice cakes are eaten and elaborate dishes feature ingredients whose names or appearances symbolize long life, happiness, wealth, and good fortune.
What if we mixed it up a little and tried out some new—or should I say—old traditions this year? I’ve done some Googling and found some other kinds of traditions from around the world.
A popular tradition in Spain includes eating 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve—that’s one grape at each stroke of the clock at midnight. These grapes represent the 12 months and you have to eat all of them to enjoy a lucky year. Otherwise, the upcoming year might be harsh on you. So, you better chew all of them before the clock stops chiming! Just don’t choke!
In the Netherlands, people eat deep-fried dough to honor the Germanic goddess Perchta the Belly Slitter.
The Chinese started the tradition of using pyrotechnics—they invented fireworks—to celebrate the New Year. So it makes sense that while many places use fireworks, Chinese New Year’s displays are some of the biggest and brightest.
In Ecuador they burn scarecrows.
Taking an icy plunge on the first day of the New Year is one way that Russians symbolize starting over with a clean slate.
Yellow is said to symbolize love and happiness so to make sure the New Year is full of both, Colombians don a brand-new pair of yellow underwear before heading out to celebrate. And they’re not the only ones. Bolivians also swear by yellow undies and Argentinians wear pinkly unmentionable to ring in the New Year. And in Italy, they wear red underwear. Mamma mia, here we go again!
I’m gonna try as many of these as I can and see if the combined forces of good luck charms from all around the world bring me the most powerful glow-up of my life.
Let’s get to New Year’s Resolution, shall we?
Lose weight. Quit social media. Blah blah blah snoozefest! These are all good goals, don’t get me wrong. But we set the same New Year’s resolutions every single year and then… never really stick to them. So, for 2023, why not shake things up a bit and try creating resolutions of a different variety—and focus on our RV lifestyle? Whether you choose one New Year resolution or all 10, you’ll be better off for it.
1. Focus on a passion
Influencer Mik Zazon who’s on a mission to “normalize normal bodies,” tells Parade, “… I want to inform readers that resolutions are NOT an invitation to start a diet or a workout plan but a beautiful reminder that a new year can bring new life to our passions.”
2. Go someplace you’ve never been
Step outside of your comfort zone and do something daring. It’s good for the soul and forces you to learn new things.
3. Don’t buy things you don’t need
Bad habit! We love to spend money even if it’s for no good reason. Don’t need it? Don’t buy it. You likely don’t have the space, anyway.
4. Try something NEW, while camping
Relaxing is numero uno but how about spicing up the camping trip with some boating, trail (bike) riding, or go GeoCaching? GeoCaching is fun at any age and can be enjoyed by yourself or with your friends and family. It’s basically treasure hunting—and you can use your phone. Wooo, the kids will love this one!
5. Keep a journal
The University of Rochester Medical Center says that journaling can help battle anxiety, stress, and depression. Even if you write only a few sentences, you can reap the benefits.
6. Start a new hobby
Do new stuff. Let yourself blossom in 2023.
7. Travel somewhere without posting about it on social media
“No status updates, no photos… just go on vacation and not tell anyone,” says travel writer Reannon Muth. That might seem silly but in a world where it didn’t happen unless you post about it on Instagram, it can be a challenge to resist the temptation to post that sunset beach photo or that perfect RV site.
8. Travel somewhere with no app
Go on a road trip without using Apple or Google maps. No GPS. Just an old fashioned road map and see where it takes you. You’ll never know what sort of fun and exciting adventure you’ll end up on as a result.
9. Experience a new outdoor activity
From hiking and fishing to horseback riding and mountain biking, there is an endless supply of outdoor activities to choose from when RV camping this year. But why stick to the same old trails or bike paths when you can try a completely new adventure like horseback riding or kayaking? Check out the local outdoor activities offered at the campsite you’re staying at or find a site based on the activities available nearby.
10. Whatever your goals are, write them down
People who write down their goals are 42 percent more likely to achieve them. Whatever you want in 2023, commit it to paper.
The only question is, how will you pick just one?
Off to purchase some red underwear, a scarecrow, and some black-eyed peas. Happy New Year!
See you in 2023.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.