Monthly Archives: March 2018

Meteor Crater – West of Holbrook AZ

It was day 1 of our Spring Cross-Country Trip from Arizona to Massachusetts. We decided to stay at the Petrified Forest KOA in Holbrook, AZ. There are several things we want to see here and the Meteor Crater was one of them. It's located at Exit 233 off Route 40 and is about 53 miles west of Holbrook.

The wind here was crazy and the guide inside said they've been known to get 120 mph gusts! Yikes. Hold onto your little ones! Because of the wind the tours around the rim were not offered that day. The cost of admittance is probably standard for such destinations but it must be a challenge for parents with several children. I think back to my own parents who had 6 children. We were an active family, always doing something or traveling somewhere and I really appreciate that now. However, the kids we saw inside were very happy interacting with the exhibits and handling the wind outside as they white-knuckled that railings which checking out the observations spots.

It was a very friendly attentive staff throughout the Visitor Center. The gift store was a very thorough store ranging from affordable items to delight children to collector items for adults.

They had a Subway sandwich shop and, on the day of our visit,  you got a coupon for a free cookie with your Subway purchase. There was also a discount coupon for their Mobile gas station on the way out.

Here is our first video attempt. My awesome mentor keeps guiding us to better and better video production.

Be aware, especially during the hot weather, that dogs are not allowed inside the Meteor Crater visitor center or on the guided only tours around the rim of the meteor.

"While pets are not permitted inside the Meteor Crater facility or when hiking outside or on one of our guided rim tours, we do have a dog run located right off the parking lot. Also, if you have a kennel for your dog, we will make every effort to accommodate your dog inside to the right of the Admissions area. Please just feel free to ask and we will do our very best to accommodate your dog." - Meteor Crater team

 

RV Destination – Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee, AZ

While camped at the Desert Oasis RV Campground, we found several interesting things to do. One of them was taking the Queen Mine Tour.

Laurie and I were once quite involved with our local Chamber of Commerce and, more specifically, their tourism activities. So we understand the importance of having something to proudly, and prosperously, put forward to draw tourists too. The Queen Mine is actually Bisbee's Vsitor Center which is the perfect combination for a tourist destination and the viability of that Chamber of Commerce! You'll learn a lot about the whole area as they have a great supply of literature and video to view.

It was also a rainy day AND something the boys had never experienced. At 11 and 12 years old, they were curious and so were we! Although Arizona has many towns that grew from mining towns, that is not the case in Massachusetts where the boys live.

Bisbee Queen Mine Tour - RV TV Show"Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors ride into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama. Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground." 

Laurie Church at Queen Mine Tour - RV TV ShowOur tour guide was very familiar with the mine, having worked in it himself. He shared many stories.

One in particular I found interesting was how they used mules and kept them in the dark causing them to lose the ability to be in the light. That story is in the video above.

We highly recommend taking this tour, especially with curious young people! It's nice when they learn history at the actual spot rather than on 'Google'.

Read more about our Bisbee and Tombstone trip here.

The Desert Oasis RV Campground – Bisbee, AZ

While we were exploring the towns of Bisbee and Tombstone in Southern Arizona, we chose to stay at the Desert Oasis RV Campground just outside of Bisbee. The Good Sam rating ensured it was a good place but we discovered it was quite a magical place too!

When I asked Paul from Desert Oasis RV Campground, ‘What is the magic of Bisbee?’ he answered, ‘No one judges anyone!’ I thought that was a very nice answer!

And speaking of Paul, we asked him how he came to own the Desert Oasis RV Campground and what he's done since he owned it.

The Desert Oasis RV Campground is a Good Sam member campground. It does not have a swimming pool, but it DOES have over 3 miles of nature trails surrounding the park. We, and especially Rue, enjoyed the nice wide walking trails.

Big rig friendly too! "A campground on an Arizona desert oasis for those active adults who love the outdoors. The camping area has a panoramic view of the Mule, Swiss Helm, Perillo, Chiricahua and Dagroon mountains and is located just outside the quaint, historic city of Bisbee, voted as having the best year around climate in Arizona. In winter, the dry desert air makes it feel a few degrees warmer than the thermometer indicates.

Located on a 120 acre ranch we are pet friendly and have over 3 miles of hiking trails. Our accommodations also include camping cabins and RV rentals. For your enjoyment we have a large well equipped recreation center with exercise equipment, tv lounge, pool table, and a well equipped kitchen for get-togethers. We provide a pleasant environment, you have the fun." Learn more here.

Paul, we'll be back!

RV Education 101… How to Maintain RV Generators

As you pretty well know, most RVs have quite a few systems on them and many RVers know, basically how they work and some even know how to properly maintain them. In this Rollin' On TV show segment, Mark Polk from RV Education 101 shows us all about RV generators, how they work and how…
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The Michigan UP – a great RV Destination

Guess what? Spring and summer are virtually right around the corner and if you haven’t started yet, it’s time to start thinking about your RV destinations for this year. And, if you think it’s too soon…. Think again. With the continuous growth in RV sales, in both new and pre-owned along with a few other…
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Grand Design RV – Transcend Travel Trailer

I can remember when we did a story on Grand Design about four years ago (which by the way was right about when Grand Design was celebrating its first year in business). Even back then, there was something about this company, and specifically its founding partners, that you just knew - this was no ordinary…
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Show 2018-06 – Grand Design RV and more!

Grand Design I can remember when we did a story on Grand Design about four years ago (which by the way was right about when Grand Design was celebrating its first year in business). Even back then, there was something about this company, and specifically its founding partners, that you just knew - this was…
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Another BIG RV Newbie Mistake

It's hard to write stories of our mistakes especially when we are told over and over again by the experts surrounding us. People we admire and respect. People like Mark Polk of RV Education 101, and Jeff Johnston who has written for Trailer Life for over 30 years and is our Associate Producer at Rollin'…
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How to De-Winterize and Sanitize the RV Water System

Let’s start our spring RV preparation by de-winterizing the RV plumbing system. Depending on how your unit was winterized it will need to be de-winterized, but make sure the freezing temperatures are over for the season before you do. Basically what needs to be done is to flush all of the non-toxic RV antifreeze out…
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RV Education 101 and Tire Pressure Regulators

 I’m sure most of you check your RV tire pressure regularly, or I hope you do…. But is your tire pressure gauge giving you the right information? Not always! This week, Mark Polk from RV Education 101 shows us what we should know about checking tire pressure. We have all heard the old saying,…
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