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Liberty Coach Sales Success Defies Downsizing Trend at Tampa RV Super Show

Liberty Coach Sales Success Defies Downsizing Trend at Tampa RV Super Show | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
The annual Florida RV Super Show paid off handsomely for Liberty Coach, as the company completed sales of two new 2014 coaches during the four-day event at the Tampa state fairgrounds.
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Welcome to Motorhome Madness

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the best online magazine about motorhoming. I am scanning the virtual globe for all-things motorhome and bring them to you here. News, products, how-to's, inspirations and a little of my opinion. Please click the FOLLOW button in the upper right corner to receive daily updates.

You can also follow me on Twitter @motorhomemomma --

On Pinterest, @motorhome madness   Also make sure you scroll through the previous pages--the controls are at the bottom of this page--there is a TON of useful and interesting information archived here!

 

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Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub

Wildlife Rarity: Mama Bear Adopts Abandoned Cub | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
An Alaskan brown bear that had already rescued one cub after it broke its leg has once more become Katmai National Park and Preserve's resident hero. Holly—officially known as "brown bear... US News Summaries. | Newser
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Nice story.  

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Solar storm heading for Earth

Solar storm heading for Earth | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
A solar flare that launched off the sun Wednesday could wreak havoc with communications systems and power systems on the Earth.
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This could be an opportunity to see the aurora borealis but it also might interrupt your cell and GPS signals.
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4 Foot Gardening Guide……worth the $7 « ModernSurvivalOnline.com

4 Foot Gardening Guide……worth the $7 « ModernSurvivalOnline.com | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Indoor Gardening – something I have no experience with and this guide offers up some great information on crop selection and planting guide. Easy to follow and makes sense.Planting Basics – I am not talking about fluff. This section provides solid information you need to know to successfully grow your own food. Companion Planting – Another subject I have known nothing about although I have been gardening for many years.Best Methods for Finding Seeds – Really good tips to find heirloom, non-GMO seeds other than heading to your local grocery store or Wally World.Tips & Tricks – my favorite section by far at my current experience level. Not going to give away too any secrets but really cool stuff available on Craigslist is shown as well as how to decrease the work it takes to maintain your garden.
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Gardening in small spaces. Need I say more?

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Facebook's Instagram Launches 'Hyperlapse' iOS App To Easily Make Time Lapse Videos

Facebook's Instagram Launches 'Hyperlapse' iOS App To Easily Make Time Lapse Videos | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
VideoFacebook’s photo social network Instagram has launched a new iOS app called Hyperlapse. Hyperlapse can be used to easily create time lapse videos using Instagram’s stabilization technology and the mobile device's camera app. Instagram’s video stabilization technology was built through the acquisition of Luma in August 2013. The original Luma app [...]
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Motorhomers are going to love this capability to speed-up their videos of a great drive, hike, or action--even a great sunset--to document their travels. Check out the video at the end of the article to see and example.

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Ken Burns: Shenandoah more than just beautiful scenery

Ken Burns: Shenandoah more than just beautiful scenery | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
As national parks go, Shenandoah is not a heavyweight. It is gorgeous, to be sure, packed with forests, waterfalls and overlooks, all connected by Skyline Drive winding through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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This is a beautiful drive, but not the place for big coaches. Camp in the valley and drive your car up the mountain.
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Mother and children hide from bear inside RV on campout

Mother and children hide from bear inside RV on campout | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
PRICE, Utah -- A woman and her children had a close encounter with a black bear this Labor Day weekend, while camping at near the Book Cliffs, a popular campsite south of Price. The family barricad...
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When it comes to fending off bears, RVs are better than tents!
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RV Care-A-Vanners | Habitat for Humanity Int'l

RV Care-A-Vanners | Habitat for Humanity Int'l | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
RV Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program for anyone who travels in a recreational vehicle, wants to build Habitat houses and have fun doing it. RV Care-A-Vanners welcomes people of all ages, from all walks of life who want to pick up a hammer and help change lives. There are ample opportunities to learn and plenty of meaningful work for everyone. No previous construction experience is necessary!
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If you have the time and the skills you might want to check into this.
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7 Cool Smartphone Photography Hacks

7 Cool Smartphone Photography Hacks | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Photographer Lorenz Holder demonstrates some creative smartphone photography tips and tricks using an iPhone 5S, although these ideas should work on whatever smartphone you use.  ...
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These are GENIUS!
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HiddenValleyRV.net's curator insight, August 31, 6:33 AM

RVing provides perfect opportunities to use these creative photo tips

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Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America's best national park - Fox News

Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America's best national park - Fox News | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Fox News Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America's best national park Fox News America's best national park: Who ya got? Half Dome or Old Faithful? Yellowstone's towering geysers or Yosemite's majestic waterfalls?
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Each one is so unique, I don't think you can compare them! What do you think? Leave comment below.
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Your Motor Home Preventive Maintenance and Check List

Your Motor Home Preventive Maintenance and Check List | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
It doesn t matter whether you own a pop-up or a diesel pusher when you made the decision to purchase an RV it was a major investment Like any other (This checklist is a great resource for preventative maintenance for your RV.

Via HiddenValleyRV.net, Stephen Crewson
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Maintain, maintain, maintain. 

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Let's Go Camping with Kids!!! 40 Tips, Activities, Games and Recipes

Let's Go Camping with Kids!!! 40 Tips, Activities, Games and Recipes | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Camping with kids doesn't have to be overwhelming. These 40 tips, activities, games and recipes will make camping with kids fun and EASY!

Via Stephen Crewson
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Ahh, kids!  Just when you get them grown up, then they have some kids of their own!  Who knew I would be interested in this stuff again...just call me Nana!

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, March 31, 8:33 AM

How much planning have you been doing getting ready for your camping season?


JFMANGEARD's curator insight, June 30, 4:09 AM

how nice holiday with the kids camping? Here are 40 tips for you and your customers!

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Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park ... - National Parks Traveler

Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park ... - National Parks Traveler | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
National Parks Traveler
Doggy Daycare Near Popular National Parks: Five Great National Park ...
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Keep your dogs safe and secure--leave them with a caregiver.  Here are some providers.

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Ken Burns shares secrets of Arches National Park

Ken Burns shares secrets of Arches National Park | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
The secret to Arches may be what you can do there that you cannot in some other national parks: amble all over the landscape.
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Love Moab and Arches.
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Recreational Vehicle - Jeff Daniels, Live - YouTube

Jeff Daniels Live 10/25/10 StageOne! Fairfield, CT
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Funny Story.  This guy was in the movie RV with Robin Williams. He really is a motorhomer, sounds like he has had all the usual experiences!

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Falling in Love With the Dark - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus

Falling in Love With the Dark - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
If you see a car along that road,” Tyler Nordgren warned me, “don’t look at the headlights.
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When you are out west, at night, the sky seems so close it is as if you could pluck the stars out of the sky.  I noticed this the most at Bryce Canyon.

 

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Florida scientists: Don't touch this bug

Florida scientists: Don't touch this bug | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
As far as bugs go, caterpillars are usually pretty tame – except for one.
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OMG--I have not encountered this one but I did get brushed by a a caterpillar that fell on my neck from an oak tree in South Carolina.  I was in agony for 2 days before finally going to a clinic and getting steroids to help relieve the swelling and pain.  By the way, if you get the caterpillar fuzz on you, you are supposed to use scotch tape to remove the hairs.  Do not try to brush them off. That makes it worse.

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The Sago Palm: Beautiful and Deadly to Your Dog

The Sago Palm: Beautiful and Deadly to Your Dog | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
A wildly popular plant found in the yards of southern states and warmer climates, the Sago Palm is potentially deadly to dogs (and cats!). The Pet Poison Hel
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I never knew this. we walk by these all the time.
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Lost Dog Found: A Heartwarming Story with an Important Message

Lost Dog Found: A Heartwarming Story with an Important Message | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
When Dora, a German Shepherd, went missing during July 4th fireworks in 2012, her family never gave up searching for her. Seven months later, their search fi
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Many motorhomers and RV'ers travel with their pets.  The potential for these pets becoming lost is great.  Not just in campgrounds but at fuel stops and rest stops too.  Make sure you have your pets microchipped and carry a recent and clear, well-exposed photo of them so you have it to make copies/flyers if need be.  

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Before the city pool closes for the year, they open it to dogs - Three Million Dogs

Before the city pool closes for the year, they open it to dogs - Three Million Dogs | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
This is an annual Pool Party and dog day event held in Nampa Idaho for support of their amazing Dog Park.
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Too much fun! Those dogs are loving it.
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26 Magical Paths You Have To Walk On At Least Once In Your Lifetime

26 Magical Paths You Have To Walk On At Least Once In Your Lifetime | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 25 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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So true. A beautiful path can heal your soul. 

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Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's ... - National Parks Traveler

Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's ... - National Parks Traveler | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
National Parks Traveler Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's ... National Parks Traveler Spend any time in Rocky Mountain National Park and you'll agree that the elk are an integral part of the landscape.
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I even get acrophobia just thinking about the drive we did outside of Estes Park! Glad I was just in a car..in the back seat too. No way I would take a motorhome up there.
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9 Tips to Protect Yourself when RVing During a Tornado

9 Tips to Protect Yourself when RVing During a Tornado | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it

Via HiddenValleyRV.net
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Just had some people killed in a campground in my home state during a tornado.  Everyone needs a plan.

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HiddenValleyRV.net's curator insight, July 12, 3:13 PM

Weather this year has been very unpredictable.  For RVers, knowing what to do in the event of a tornado can be lifesaving.

Stephen Crewson's curator insight, August 27, 9:47 AM

This is definitely a situation no one wants to be in.

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It's a dog's life! Tiny $800 camper vans set to be the ultimate travel ... - Daily Mail

It's a dog's life! Tiny $800 camper vans set to be the ultimate travel ... - Daily Mail | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
It's a dog's life! Tiny $800 camper vans set to be the ultimate travel ...
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When it comes to pampered pooches, these new pet camper vans take the (dog) biscuit.

Via HiddenValleyRV.net
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All dogs deserve the best!  So cute. Actually, our dogs have a 40 diesel motorhome with AC and unlimited treats--I suppose that is better.

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If you've run out of things to spend your money on...

Stephen Crewson's curator insight, August 24, 9:05 PM

Dogs and Camping - Definitely a must see.

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Home Sweet RV Does Not Always Produce Best Tax Result

Home Sweet RV Does Not Always Produce Best Tax Result | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Having recreational vehicles considered dwellings for tax purposes is probably, more often than not, a taxpayer-friendly position.
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So if you think you can write off your motorhome as a business expense, you better read this. Not gonna happen.
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Will RV boom stay for years? - South Bend Tribune

Will RV boom stay for years? - South Bend Tribune | Motorhome Madness | Scoop.it
Will RV boom stay for years?
South Bend Tribune
Jayco, Thor Industries' Keystone RV and RV supplier Dometic all announced expansions last week.
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Hope so!

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