Are you looking to make the most out of your camping trip(s) this year? So are we. This week we’re going to give you some tips and tricks to make 2019 your best camping season yet! There’s a lot to explore out there, and if you’re the adventuring type this is the perfect article for you. We’ll look at some ways to differ your experiences so you can make the most out of the outdoors in 2019. Let’s get started!
If you’ve recently become a Midwest Outdoor Resorts Member, or are looking into a Membership, we’d like to offer some ways to get the most out of your purchase. There are a ton of amazing benefits that come with a MOR Membership, including safe and fun family vacation destinations, access to awesome resorts around the world, and of course, lifelong memories. Read on to find out how to make the most out of Midwest Outdoor Resorts!
This Time of Year it’s Important to Remember What Really Matters. Check Out 4 things we are Thankful for this Thanksgiving!
It’s hard to believe we’ve already hit Thanksgiving 2017. The year has flown by once again, and we’re looking forward to some good food and family time. Since it’s a short week, this will be a short post, but we just wanted to show our appreciation and list a few things we’re thankful for here at Midwest Outdoor Resorts.
Our Best Tips for Making the Most out of your Holiday Travel this year!
There’s a reason the quickly-approaching season is considered the most stressful time of year. You’ve got gifts to buy, planes to catch, in-laws to deal with, etc. While you appreciate and enjoy the holiday itself, planning your vacation (hopefully you can call it that) can give you undue anxiety and ruin your trip before it’s even begun. This week, we’re going to give you some tips on how to survive holiday travel. Read on to find some useful ways to prioritize so you don’t lose your holiday cheer!
Good news folks - Spring is in the air! The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the days are longer and all of our resorts are opening May 1st! We decided to give away some special prizes for our loyal readers this week. Check out a quick overview of all our resorts, then share this post with your friends on Facebook and tag @MidwestOutdoorResorts in your post for your chance to some crazy cool prizes!
Our Final Installation of the Best Trips To Take in 2017, Concludes with taking a look at some of our Nation’s Most Hidden Vacation Treasures!
We’re finally here! Today we’re concluding our five-part series on the best vacations in the U.S. We’ll take a look at ten of the most underrated spots for travelers in the States, and some must-see destinations and landmarks along the way. Everyone knows the splendor of the Grand Canyon and the raw beauty of Yellowstone, but how about Sedona, AZ or the northern shore of Lake Superior? While we certainly suggest seeing everything this great country has to offer, taking the road less travelled is a great way to broaden your horizon and enhance your vacation experience.
The Black Hills offer a unique glimpse into the past sprinkled with fun for the whole family!
It’s almost here! Warm weather, burgers on the grill, green grass and travel season are right around the corner. March is the perfect time to plan your next vacation, and today we’ll be kicking off our five-part series on some of the best travel experiences the U.S. has to offer.
Ah, traveling full time. That’s the dream isn’t it? A carefree, liberated lifestyle, seeing all the landmarks and sights there are to see. For many of us, it seems at best a long way off, if not impossible. Imagine, however, if you could work AND play full time. Many Millenials are doing just that.
Taking time off may be the best thing that's happened to you in a long time!
Here’s some good news for our fellow travelers out there: taking vacations is good for your career. While that may sound counterintuitive to the American ideal of constant hard work to achieve success, the truth is that vacationing is a cornerstone of the American Dream. We need vacations not only for breaks from work, but also to ensure a quality home and/or family life and close bonds with our friends and family.
More time to connect with less stress- our tips for the best Valentine's Getaways.
We’ve written before about how experiential gifts can create lasting memories and often bring people more happiness in the long-term- Gifts for Everyone On Your List On a Budget. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you could do what everyone does and buy flowers, chocolates and go out for dinner, or you could turn your significant other’s world upside down. Weekend getaways aren’t only relaxing; they will almost certainly bring you closer as a couple. If you’re in a new relationship, or looking to rekindle some lost love, here are some tips for getting away this Valentine’s Day:
Once a year, I’ll gorge until my pants don’t fit, watch football for 10 consecutive hours and eventually fall asleep in an unflattering position on the couch. This has become my Thanksgiving. In reality, it’s a day that was originally entirely devoted to gratitude. In that spirit, I’d like to mention a few things about camping and the outdoors that we can reflect on and feel grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Here are 4 ways camping makes you more thankful:
Will you be traveling this holiday season? Are you staying in an RV, cabin or hosting Thanksgiving in any modestly-sized accommodation? While holiday dinners can be difficult in the most spacious areas, there’s no need to be stressed. Here are some simple tips you can use to throw a fantastic Thanksgiving feast in a small area.
Well, we’ve unfortunately hit that time of year. Camping season is coming to a close, and when the temperature starts regularly dropping below 32°F (0°C), it’s time to winterize. Basically, winterizing entails protecting your RV from freezing temperatures so it’s prepared when the snow melts, the frost thaws and spring flowers start poking out. (Yes, I’m currently listening to The Beatles’ classic “Here Comes the Sun”).Your main goal when winterizing your RV is taking care of the water system. Here is a step-by-step guide so your rig is thoroughly prepared to hibernate through Jack Frost.
Before getting started, make sure you read through your owner’s manual carefully to take any additional recommended steps.
Drain all water tanks completely –Take your RV to a waste station and drain all tanks.
Drain the water from the hot water heater (DO NOT DO WHILE WATER IS HOT OR UNDER PRESSURE)– Small lime deposits may come out. This is normal.
Drain the pipes –Turn on all faucets (hot and cold), flush the toilet, and turn on the outside shower.You can also use an air compressor to blow out all the pipes (set to no more than 30psi).
Open all low-point drain lines –There will be a hot and cold water line.
Once all lines are drained, recap, close and turn off all drains and faucets.
Bypass the water heater –This isn’t a must, but will save you gallons of antifreeze. If you don’t have a bypass kit, you can get one installed relatively cheaply.
Pump antifreeze through your water lines (RV antifreeze is PINK) –Most newer RVs have a valve attached to the water pump that will allow the pump to draw antifreeze directly from the bottle. Turn on water pump, and starting with the closest faucet, open the hot and cold valves one at a time until you see pink antifreeze, then close. Keep replacing the bottle as needed, don’t let it run dry.
Open each faucet until each has antifreeze coming out –Also, keep flushing your toilet until you see antifreeze. Make sure you run antifreeze to the outside shower as well.
Turn off the water pump –Open a faucet to release pressure, then close.
Pour antifreeze down each drain and into the toilet.
Make sure if you have an electric heating element on your water heater, it is turned OFF.
Make sure all valves and faucets are CLOSED.
If you have other appliances (ice maker, dishwasher, etc.) consult the owner’s manual to winterize
Envision yourself hiking in the deep wilderness of Minnesota, trekking through the land of towering pines, pristine lakes and black bears. You’re in the midst of raw and organic wilds, taking in the atmosphere only the Upper Midwest can provide. You stumble on an untouched lake, so crystalline you can see the pebbles and fish underwater. This should be a euphoric moment, enveloped by unblemished nature and its everlasting serenity.
Here in Member Services, one of the many things that we help our members with is planning vacations. I’ve been helping plan some really cool ones lately, including my own. If you haven’t read about it already, you can read about it here on the blog!
Here are some tips on how to go about planning your own vacation using your membership! And remember, we’re here to help you if you have any questions along the way
1. Decide where you would like to go.
I decided that for my first vacation ever that I would go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I have been overseas before but I had n
ever been to Mexico before and I had heard that Puerto Vallarta was beautiful. I did some research and it is a safe, friendly, and accommodating place to be in Mexico. If you’re dreaming of going overseas like Andrea is in the picture, you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to get or renew a passport. This can take a couple of months sometimes so make sure to start planning early!
2. Decide when you’d like to go.
For me, the best time to take time off is when the parks are closed so I knew that my best window for securing time off would be during November-April. Your dates may vary but it is best to be flexible. Keep in mind that most condos check in on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and that they run for a week. It’s best to have a few weeks in mind that you’d be available to go.
I’ve spent the past year here in the Member Services department helping countless members research and plan their vacations all over the world. I love helping them find great deals in great places so I was very excited when my boss suggested that I take a vacation of my own. Using Hopaway Holiday, the condo portion of Coast to Coast, I was able to take a fabulous vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in early November of this year.
I started planning out my vacation nearly a year in advance. I had to think about where in the world I wanted to go. Did I want to go on a cruise or did I want to book a condo? Should I go somewhere warm or should I learn to ski in the snow? How many people did I want to take? These were just some of the things I had to consider before I could continue planning my vacation. I decided on Puerto Vallarta, Mexico because I speak the Spanish language and because upon doing some more research, I found that it was a safe, friendly, and inviting place to go in Mexico.