Canvas Replacements, the USS Midway Museum and RV101’s Kitchen Upgrade

Canvas Replacements

With more and more people getting into camping and RVing, it’s easy to see why RV sales are going through the roof in every category of RVs from large class A motorhomes to small camping trailers.

Many of these new buyers are opting for a used unit as their first purchase, which is a good idea. Let’s face it, this is a whole new experience and one you actually have to experience to see if it’s for you.

Based on some of the emails we get, quite a few people are opting for a pop-up tent trailer as their first unit and that explains the questions about repairing or replacing their tent trailer canvas.

Bob Grambsch, CEO and President of Canvas Replacements

A while back we paid visit to Canvas Replacements in Loyal, Wisconsin, the country’s largest manufacturer of pop-up trailer canvas to learn all about what’s involved in ordering a new canvas and what you need to know when ordering.

One of the things that’s helpful (aside from the make, model and size of your trailer), is if you can send in the old canvas. I know… your old canvas is in shreds and you can’t imagine what good it would do them to have it. Well, I was blown away at some of the tattered old canvas I saw there, but they have a couple of experts that can put it together so it makes a pretty accurate template. Of course they probably have a template anyway, but having your old unit does help.

Since you’re getting a whole new canvas unit, you can also take advantage of options like type and color of material. You may want a whole new look with a color change.

There are other things to consider like new cables or pulleys along with miscellaneous hardware. The friendly folks at Canvas replacements will be glad to help you out with all your needs.


USS Midway Museum

Finding interesting and unique destinations to visit when RVing is part of the fun and in this country, the choices are endless. But if you’re planning on a trip to the West Coast and find yourself in and around the San Diego area, definitely set your GPS for the USS Midway Museum.

Jeff Johnston did just that a couple of months ago and he’s still talking about it. Besides exploring this giant aircraft carrier itself, there are 60 various exhibits along with a collection of 29 different aircraft on board.

There is a self-guided audio tour, but Jeff had a personal tour with one of the retired naval officers assigned as a guide.

Keep in mind this is a huge ship with lots to see and do. So plan on at least a half day if not more.

Along with all the exhibits you can enjoy lunch or a snack at the Fantail Café and patio. In the gift shop you’ll find books, CDs, DVDs and a wide arrange of souvenir clothing.

The parking lot adjacent to the museum is for autos only but there are plenty of large parking areas close by that will fit an RV and you can jump on one of the trolleys for a quick shuttled to the Midway.

Check out Jeff’s visit and see if this destination should be on your agenda.


RV Education 101 (Upgrading your kitchen)

At one time or another, I’m sure many of you have said, “I really want to upgrade or change the look of our RV Kitchen but I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money.”

Upgrading an RV kitchenWell, this week, Mark and Dawn Polk, our friends over at RV Education 101, have come up with a relatively simple and inexpensive update you can do yourself and that is, a new tile backsplash.

Mark shows us, even if you don’t know how to work with tile, this new system he found makes this project simple enough I could do it. And the results? Click on the show and see for yourself. I’ll bet some of you will be putting this kitchen upgrade on your ‘project list’ real soon.


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