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Notes from the Boss


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Park Profile 6 - Sands RV & Golf Resort Destinations


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There is something peaceful about January. Usually I take down holiday decorations on New Year’s Eve and Day. I enjoy the process of tidying and putting thing back to their usual place. Sometimes I rearrange furniture a bit or put out decorative items I haven’t seen for awhile. The house is more serene with fewer visual distractions. My decorating style is minimalist with some lapses and includes lots of bare walls, contrasted with areas like the fireplace mantel that seems to require ornamentation. January is cozy-time. There are no gardening tasks calling to me and no house remodeling that seems essential. The only compelling outside task is snow removal when necessary. My world is quieter this month with snow masking outdoor sounds of cars on the brick street. The neighborhood children are indoors more often and even the barking dogs are outside less. The books I received as presents beckon me to sit in a comfortable chair with a lap blanket and nestle in. Frank prefers TV and sometimes I work on needlework projects. Our Schnauzer, Lucy, knows her fuzzy warmth is particularly appealing. It takes only an eye blink of acknowledgement from us and she leaps to Frank’s lap or mine and rearranges the blanket until she creates a nest. Soon I’ll be ready to plan for Spring. Gardening catalogues will arrive and I will revisit my to-do list of house projects. The boxes in the basement with items to selectively sell on e-bay or discard will call to me. For right now, though we rest. “To everything there is a season.” Enjoy this season in whatever way it calls to you.

Kaeth S. Gauthier Editor-in-Chief Mission Statment

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Letters to the Editor We spend six months each year traveling and approximately three months each in Park Models in Oregon and Arizona. About half the “parkers” stay put most of the year and the other half are vagabonds like us. Our best source for new places to travel is other travelers who know what to look for in RV parks. One way to find these travelers is through reviews on web sites. I’m sharing several of the on-line sites that we find pretty helpful. www.rvparkreviews. com is very well organized by state and then city. The web site is easy to navigate and very clean-looking. I’m not sure how they pay for this, but it’s not cluttered with ads. Scroll down past the US map to find recent reviews. These reviews are like talking to friends. One of the nice features is they tell you “the user that posted this review has more on the website.” When we find a detailed and helpful review that we agree with,

we search for comments from the same person. When you select a city, there’s a window that shows you the number of miles to other cities. This has been especially helpful when a park is booked because of a local festival or event. The reviewers let you know what sort of RV they were traveling in. I caution readers to check the date of the review because problems that may have been there a year ago could be corrected by now. has a “Review of the Day” which is fun. You can very quickly see the answer to “Would you stay at this park again.” This comment appears next to the rating. The site offers coupons and a camping marketplace. You can search by areas of the country, or by state. According to their information, “ is a place to share your unbiased campground and RV park experiences. The site was created by

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three camping buddies frustrated by the lack of such reviews on the net.” You can sign up for an on-line newsletter or link to advertisers. www.camping.about. com has more diversity than the others and includes recipes and is designed more like a newsletter, with advertising. Camping gear offers places to shop for equipment. Outdoor destinations in the US has snippets of info and then directs you to other links and websites. There aren’t as many personal reviews here and it requires lots of clicks to get to information. This is more fun when we want to shop. I also encourage readers to go to these sites and submit their information. This helps all of us take our business to the places that deliver what we want. Happy Traveling and “Parking”


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about 93%. The Sands is conveniently located near many popular attractions and destinations. The coast is only ninety minutes away, as is Los Angeles and the Mexican border. Palm Springs is an easy fifteen minute drive. Las

Bathe in the constant Southern California sunshine at the Sands RV and Golf Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California. The Sands is a family-owned resort with 520 spaces for guests and residents fifty-five years of age and better. This truly private resort is framed impressively by the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountains. Within the resort, the magnificent foliage and sparkling lakes provide a perfectly intimate atmosphere. Recently, the Sands Resort has upgraded the facility in order to meet the needs of their residents. General Manager Larry Thompson felt changes were necessary “in order to make our people more comThe lush and elegant game room at Sands RV Resort fortable.” In 2006 they spent a half-million dollars on infraVegas is about three-and-a-half hours structure repairs, including resurfacing away. If you are in the mood for Vegas the roads. In 2007 they invested over style and flair, there are six casinos in $400,000 in cosmetic repairs to make the Cochella Valley with similar enthe resort more attractive. A profestertainment. Finally, if the snow and sional interior designer was hired to coordinate the desert themes and colors mountains are more your fashion, a short ninety minute drive gets you there. in all of the halls, common buildings, Wayne Radee, Park Model sales manthe Pro-Shop and the office. The staff ager explains, “This is the golf Mecca and residents alike are quite impressed of the United States. People travel from with how things look and feel. all over the U.S. and Canada just to golf The resort is open all year and over and there are nearly one hundred golf two hundred of their spaces are occourses in the Valley.” He goes on to cupied by full-time residents. In 2008 say, “There is not much traffic in this they hope to become a year-round part of California.” destination resort for Park Model and Within the Sands is a newly renoRV guests. Their peak season stretches vated, nine-hole, 2,300 yard executive from November to April. By midJanuary the resort reaches a capacity of golf course. Brothers Larry and Roger Park Model Living Magazine

Iverson, PGA professionals, are here to maintain and manage this beautiful course and the recently remodeled Pro-Shop. Roger runs the Pro-Shop, which has been completely re-done as part of this past year’s renovations. The desert décor matches that of the rest of the complex and they have updated all of the equipment. Larry maintains the golf course which has undergone many changes as well. Larry is dedicated to the upkeep of this gorgeous, reconditioned course. The course also features a full size driving range with grass tees and a chipping and putting green to help you touch up your skills. The golf course was not the only area of the resort to receive attention in 2007. The office area has been improved as well, much to the satisfaction of the residents and staff. Erlinda Iverson, office manager at the Sands, explains, “We are currently in the process of updating our website with all new pictures and information.” The amenities have throughout the Sands have also been upgraded. The Main Hall hosts many events which include dinners and dances. A new chandelier, wood floor and sound system have been installed in this 200 person facility. The North Hall, on the other side of the resort where additional activities are held, has also been refurbished. The game room features three new slate billiard tables, dart boards and an indoor shuffleSee Sands, p.21 PHOTO - Courtesy of

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landmarks. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome. Many other walking tours occur both daily Southern culture in its finest form is and weekly in Charleston. Look for one ready to welcome you in Charleston, that fits your interest in food, history or South Carolina. The greater Charleston geography. Or you can try them all! area draws nearly four million people Horse-drawn carriage tours are a each year who look for a real piece of relaxing and old-fashioned way to view American history and Charleston. The guides for the tradition. Historic downOld South Carriage Company town Charleston has dress in a Confederate uniform plenty to offer individuals while they escort you through and families all year long. the city streets. Very informaA full day of sightseeing tive and quite humorous, these will only give you a taste guides rattle off facts about the of what this gracious city old South as you pass by historic offers. sites. They feature an easy loadA guided sightseeing ing platform and the tours run tour is really the best way about every 20-30 minutes all to begin to experience day long. this fabulous historic city. Want the soothing experiThere are many focused ence of a water tour? One of the tours available that ofmany boat tours will take you to fer insights to different different places where you can features of the city’s past experience the natural setting of and culture. Whether the harbor, see dolphins or take by land or sea, you can a ride through the swamps. So experience the richness of many different options are availCharleston. Most of the able and if you desire a public tours require tickets and/ affair or a private ride for you or advanced registration. and your family, one of these Look to the Charleston water tours is sure to meet your Area Convention and needs. Visitor’s Bureau website There are many tours defor all of the pertinent The James Ladson House on Meeting Street is one of many beautiful sights around Charleston signed to a theme, such as Afriinformation regarding can-American history, religion, tour options. of Charleston. You will go behind the nature and the old plantations. The walking tours are still the most scenes and learn all about the deep You are sure to enjoy your time and popular choice in Charleston. The culinary history of the South. You can learn something about the history of popular Charleston Ghost and Gravealso sample some of the finer foods the our country and city of Charleston. yard Tour will take you out at night to city has to offer. The Charleston Photo When you are in Charleston, set aside the oldest graveyard in the city. Stroll Tour will take you to the best places in some time to take your family on one of the streets and alleyways as you listen the city to capture some wonderful pho- these many exciting journeys through to tales of haunted houses and voodoo, tos. Some of the sites you will encounhistory. among other superstitions of the low ter are the Battery, well-known homes country. For a more family oriented exRyan Patterson can be reached at: and gardens and significant Charleston

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perience, take Anna’s House & Garden Tour and Ghostwalk. This was the first ghost tour in Charleston and provides family fun while you hear true and exciting stories of the city’s haunted past. Is spooky not your style? Take a tasting tour led by a tenth generation South Carolinian on the Culinary Tours

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ost Park Model owners travel more than 200 miles to reach their Park Model. While many have sold their large RV, they still enjoy the journey and choose to camp along the way. There are some delightful small options that let you travel with ease. “Our T@B is the most fun RV we have ever owned,” says Salle Jepson of Nebraska. “We started with a pop up years ago and liked the convenience. As our family grew we bought larger units and now we’re going small again. The word we hear most often to describe our T@B is ‘darling.’ Wherever we stop, people want to peek inside.” Shaped like a teardrop, this unit gets lots of eyes on it because of the compact size and dramatic exterior colors. An Alufiber skin is sold in Silver, Aqua, Yellow and Red. The lively color and decal options are quite an attraction. Go ahead and add the flash with the decals - Tie-Dye, Techno, Fireball or Sail. The Techno T@B with lime green trim has a Wow factor that is sure to get you noticed. Park Model Living Magazine 8

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T@B has a classic aerodynamic shape and is ultra light weight at 1520 – 1615 pounds depending on the floor plan. In the clamshell version, the outdoor galley kitchen is artfully arranged under the rear wall of the unit which lifts. The porthole window adds to the fun. Interior options are also colorful and artistic. A larger unit is the T@DA which weighs 1977 pounds and includes a wet bath with integrated toilet. A division of Thor Industries, the T@B can be seen at and is sold through dealers. Another colorful little camper is the iCamp Elite from URVUSA a division of CenTech Specialty Vehicles. A fully laminated travel

trailer, the body is reinforced with an aluminum tubing frame. One of the most appealing features is the one piece modular bathroom with shower and toilet. Stylish furniture is curved for visual appeal and efficient space

usage. Weighing 2366 pounds, iCampElite includes a stainless steel sink, refrigerator, lp burners, 6 gallon hot water heater, porch light and is the first RV unit to be i-pod connection enabled. The gelcoat high gloss fiberglass exterior comes in a base white with bright orange or bright blue trim. The interior T@DA accent colors match the cheery exterior. The web site www. urvusa. com has great interior and exterior views PHOTO - Courtesy of

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that show off the curves, nooks and crannies. Dealer locations are highlighted on a map. When asked what attracts buyers to this model, Mike Simpkins from Jim May RV in Findlay Ohio, (888-310-7744) says “This is a complete unit, in comparison to others in the price range. It’s a four season coach and has a unique heating system that switches from cool to warm air. You don’t have to use propane. The full shower and full bathroom are very appealing.” Another company option is the

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Lil Traveler, which is Amish-made in Sugarcreek Ohio. There are several variations in design and size for the Lil Traveler. Keith Horton tells us, “This lightweight unit is very popular. We invite people to come see our handcrafted classics.” Interiors have natural birch walls and the exterior can be ordered in an eye-popping yellow as well as black, silver and white. The unit has several variations that include the teardrop, and traveler. The units weigh 740 pounds to 1160 pounds. The teardrop features a lockable rear full length hatch that opens to a full hardwood kitchen, complete with doors and drawers to

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allow ample cooking space. These builder are very attentive to details. Their web site proclaims, “Built wonderful good, one at a time by young Ohio Amish craftsmen.” Wazat? It’s not only a question, it’s the name of the product from MicroLite Trailer. If I had paid more attention in geometry class, I might be able to name the shape of this camping pod. It’s definitely unusual and weighs only 759 pounds for the 4x5 version and 857 pounds for the 5x5 version. The camping pod is designed to fit on a 5x8 flatbed tilt trailer and the weights above include the trailer. This unit gives you the flexibility to remove the pod and easily have the use of the trailer for other

portables. Scott Shultz from MicroLite tells us, “This product is small, economi-

The product is more appealing than is apparent from their website. The camping pod includes front cabinet openings with custom trim and earth tone interior paneling. The Wazat was created specifically for the small car, SUV and mini-van market. It’s unique nose cone and sloped seamless roof line allows air to pass efficiently. When you want to keep easing down the road without the challenges of large units, Lil Traveler these options are ideal. They can all be pulled by smaller vehicles and cal and multi-purpose. We build offer colorful and fun ways to with an aluminum tube sub structravel. ture which is super strong and super light.” Dealers are listed on the website Kaeth Gauthier can be reached at:

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The Park Model industry continues to grow rapidly every year. Successful companies understand this trend and take steps to meet the demands this growth calls for. The most successful companies go beyond simply meeting these needs; they create and make available a new level of desirability in Park Models. One such company is Breckenridge, who celebrated their sixteenth year in business in September, 2007. Breckenridge is a division of Damon Corporation, which was purchased by Thor Industries, Inc. in 2001. Denise Walsh, the National Sales Manager at Breckenridge says, “The core of our Breckenridge team has been together since the beginning and most of us have spent twenty or more years in this business.” In September 1991, this core group used an empty building of Damon’s travel trailer complex to build Breckenridge’s first Park Models. These Park Models were then displayed at the National Recreational Vehicle Association show in Louisville, Kentucky that year. The reception was tremendous, which called for Breckenridge’s immediate relocation to a 25,000 square foot facility in Nappanee, Indiana. Here they were able to expand and soon the demand outweighed their production levels. It became necessary for more buildings and more property to be purchased, and another expansion. In the spring of 1994, Breckenridge moved into a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Prosperity and commitment breeds more of the same, and in January of 1998 construction began on another, larger facility. Finally, in March 1999 they moved into their current, 120,000 square foot manufacturing plant—the largest Park Model specific plant in the world. Today, they are the number one producer of park trailers in the country. Denise credits this achieve11 Park Model Living Magazine

ment to “the experience, knowledge and depth of the team.” Tim Howard, president of the company, asks each of his employees to read and sign a core philosophy statement, which is “to attempt to do what is right, every time.” The Glassic Soho Flat is a contemporary Park Model manufactured by Breckenridge. Denise says, “We have found a niche that really meets the needs of some of our customers with this unit.” One side of the Glassic is comprised of four, eightfoot glass doors with transom windows above. This ultramodern concept truly unites the indoors with the outdoors. Chris Deam, architect and designer of the Glassic has developed, what he calls, “a modern vacation dwelling that exemplifies (his) vision for essential design.” The space in this 400 square foot Park Model is amplified by the glass wall. This concept is typical of Deam who, he says, looks to “dematerialize the boundaries” between the indoors and the outdoors, or to put it in Breckenridge terms, “to provide an inside/outside feeling.” The Glassic is outfitted with real cedar boards on the exterior to give it a distinct appeal. The steel roof is sloped so rain water effectively drains off. You can enjoy the Glassic all year with the four season comfort features such as heavyduty insulation and thermopane vinyl

windows and doors. The 40,000 BTU furnace is ducted through the floor, efficiently heating the entire unit. The gas water heater includes a bypass for simple storage offseason. Inside, the glass wall has privacy roller shades for the Anderson doors and windows. You can even upgrade to a motorized version of this device. The top quality Armstrong flooring throughout is easy to clean, and is stain and scratch resistant. The premium coating gives it an attractive and realistic wood grain look. The spacious living area presents an amazing view through the glass wall. The kitchen allows for maximum utility in the space available. The high-end countertops have enough space for you to prepare any meal. The Euro-style cabinets and the deep roll-out drawers provide ample storage for your kitchen wares. The appliances and sink are all stainless steel, brands that you recognize and of the highest quality, exemplary of the Breckenridge philosophy. The four-burner gas range has a hood complete with fan and light along with a built in microwave. Next to that is the large frost-free refrigerator/freezer. An entertainment center wall divides the Glassic. This wall, designed with function in mind, is another example of the fine design ideas within this

ational home. There is enough room for a 40” flat screen television along with plenty of storage. Behind this wall is the full bathroom with a porcelain toilet, high-end faucets and fixtures and a well lit medicine cabinet. A 54” tub/shower is standard and a shower-only option is available. Beyond the bathroom is the bedroom, which also peers through the glass wall. Within the bedroom, you are afforded a sizeable closet with mirror and queen-size bed with an understorage box. The Glassic is one of the many quality products from Breckenridge. Their “Perfect Cottage” series stems from years of market research, conducted to find what consumers look for in a seasonal home. Four different models are on hand. The classic HydePark is sided with premium vinyl and the steel roof is covered with 25-year warranty shingles, all in various colors. The numerous windows provide more natural light and a generous view to the inside. The rustic CopperLodge cottage was designed to create a cabin-like appeal. Each log in the cedar siding is installed by hand. The joints are carefully sealed and the ce-

dar trim boards are rough sawn, custom cut and nailed into place. This cottage is a true example of the rustic experience. The casual RiverStone is a product of several years of development from Breckenridge. The exterior is composed of a high density synthetic stone that is maintenance free and very durable. The beach style bungalow that is the WatersEdge has all the charm of a vacation cottage. The cedar vinyl siding requires little maintenance and comes in seven different colors. Three deck plans are also available, which make this cottage perfect to place at the water’s edge. The entire “Perfect Cottage” series is available in several different floor plans which include lofted and non-lofted models. These cottages offer all of the construction, decoration and convenience features you would expect in a top-quality seasonal home. Residential appliances and furniture, stylistic lighting, and full kitchens and bathrooms only scratch the surface of the features and options offered in these cottages. Visit their website at for all of the features and options and to learn about all of their

cottages and destination trailers. Breckenridge realizes a high demand for Park Models exists in Canada. To this effect, they have opened two offices there which are maintained by Canadian Park Model veterans and experts. With the assistance of these experts, they have been able to create a special Canadian edition of their Park Models. Their traditional park trailers are available in Canada as well. As you would expect from a dedicated and focused company such as Breckenridge, they have concentrated valuable time and effort throughout the years to raise their products to a level unmatched by the competition. Denise explains, “The Park Model buy is an emotional purchase. It is a lifestyle that the consumer really gets into.” Breckenridge is devoted to helping their customers find exactly the right recreational home to fit their needs. With a wide array of products available and nearly a quarter of all the Park Model business in the country, you are certain to find what suits you. Ryan Patterson can be reached at:

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“A New Year, A New You” is the hottest topic on television during the month of January. Many television talk shows, Sautéed Chicken commercials, and with Asparagus magazine ads are flooded with “diets.” The key to Ingredients: maintain optimal 1 lb chicken breast health is to make ¼ cup of chicken broth healthier nutri1 lb asparagus, ends removed, stalks tional choices such cut into 2-inch pieces 4 TBS olive oil as fresh, natural, 4 tsp fresh lemon juice whole foods. 2 cloves garlic Whole foods Seasonings of your choice are nutrient-rich capers (optional) and unprocessed; Salt and pepper to taste characteristics

li. If you divide 123 by 44, you get 2.8 mg of vitamin C for every calorie of broccoli you eat. In other words, broccoli is a food in which vitamin C comes pretty cheap in terms of its caloric “cost”. If a food is low in nutrients but high in calories, it is “nutrient-poor.” For example: One cup of fried onion rings contains about 200 calories and less than one milligram of vitamin C. It would take over 17,000 calories of fried onion rings to give you the daily value for vitamin C. Fried onion rings are certainly not a bargain when it comes to vitamin C. Each food has a unique overall Directions: nutritional profile Press or chop garlic and set aside. In a skillet, bring chicken broth (less 2 TBS) featuring differto a boil over medium heat. While broth is heating, rub the chicken breast with ent nutrients our 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, seasonings and cut into 1-inch cubes. bodies need for When broth begins to bubble, place the chicken in skillet and stir frequently until optimal functiongolden brown. Add asparagus and remaining broth to the chicken, cover, and ing and to help us cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dress with garlic, 2 tsp lemon juice, to feel our best. olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Server over brown rice.

that help keep us connected to nature, the changing of the seasons and the many miraculous aspects of living things. These whole foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that science believes are the foundation of health, disease prevention and longevity. Whole foods contain the lowest number of calories. When we consume too many calories to meet our nutritional needs we gain weight and experience reduced energy. Exercise is also vital to maintaining good health. When nutritionists calculate nutrient-richness, they take nutrients and divide by calories. For example, there are 123 mg of vitamin C and 44 calories in a cup of cooked brocco13 Park Model Living Magazine

Healthful Hints & Tips for Good Health • The nutrient richness difference between white bread and whole wheat: to get the same amount of vitamin E in 1 slice of 100% whole wheat bread, you would have to eat 2 ½ to 5 slices of white bread. Those extra slices will cost you as much as 320 extra calories. Marie Rotondo can be reached at:

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Winter has finally settled in and will maintain its grip on Canada and much of the United States over the next few months. Many people have left areas where winter weather tends to make its stay a little more permanent. Others remain where temperatures have dropped considerably since the early part of autumn and snow is inclined to accumulate every once in a while. Here are several steps you can follow to help maintain your Park Model during the winter and keep the inside more comfortable when the temperatures start to drop. These tips offer assistance in preventative maintenance as well as additional pointers to effectively keep your Park Model warm and well insulated while you increase your energy efficiency so your furnace will not have to work so hard.

Start at the Top: Maintain your Roof Proper roof maintenance will not only prevent future expensive water damage, but also aid in lowering your heating bills. If your roof is metal, you should seal its edges and seams. An aluminum based roof coating should be applied to metal roofs once every two years. This product comes in a variety of grades and prevents leaks and corrosion. Always check with your Park Model manufacturer or dealer to see exactly which product will be most beneficial. It is a good idea to apply a sealant around the vent caps for the furnace and the water heater.

Seal all your Leaks, Stop all your Drafts A low-cost way to prevent heat loss is weather-stripping. When cold air seeps through the edges of doors and windows, apply weather-stripping to those areas on the exterior. Check for leaks around the sills and threshold. Replace any old and ineffective weather-stripping to prevent additional drafts. Make sure that your windows and exterior doors are in good condition. Another inexpensive apPark Model Living Magazine

proach to keep your home energy efficient is to apply a sealant to any crevice or connection on your Park Model. There are several different types of sealants which vary in price, quality and recommended use. You will probably need more than one kind to properly seal your entire home. Oil-based caulk and vinyl or acrylic latex are multi-purpose, although a silicone sealant will last a long time and is ideal for most uses. In addition to the vent pipes on the roof, you should seal the gutter and downspout seams, around the door and window frames, around the dryer vent and the entrance for the cable television wire or antenna.

Check Your Furnace It is important that your furnace operates safely and correctly. Many furnace manufacturers suggest you have your furnace inspected yearly. Check with your utility company as they may offer a free, annual inspection of the fuel lines, flue pipe and safety controls. Certain jobs require a licensed repair person. For example, you should never attempt to repair a gas line yourself. Call a licensed professional or your gas company. There are some steps you can take yourself to boost the efficiency of your heating device. Regularly replace disposable furnace filters as recommended by the manufacturer. If the filter is a permanent one, remove and clean it often. It is a good idea to remove the thermostat cover and vacuum away the dirt and dust. Check the exhaust vent leading from the furnace. Rid the area of leaves and animal nests and keep the roof exhausts free of snow build-up. Examine the belt for excess wear. Tug on the belt and if it moves more than one inch, tighten it. Check the blower motor for a buildup of dirt and vacuum away any that may be present. Check the flue assembly to make sure it is lined up straight. Lastly, check the skirting around the outside of your recreational home. Make sure there is proper air supply for the furnace and that there is enough ventilation and vertical air flow. Also, shovel snow and ice away from the skirting to 14

low air to pass through. This will also prevent damage to the underbelly and sides of the unit.

this way you know exactly what lengths to buy. As always, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you install heat tape. For those people who sit and read this somewhere in Arizona, Florida, Southern California or any place where even the slightest winter weather will not reach, you may catch yourself thinking about your next round of golf or some other outdoor activity you will engage in that does not include Park Model maintenance or how to cut your energy costs. In other places such as parts of Georgia and North or South Carolina, Washington state, Oregon and areas with even the mildest of winters, these are simple and relatively inexpensive steps you can perform yourself to help preserve the life of your Park Model, reduce energy costs and make your recreational home more comfortable.

Prevent Frozen Pipes: Install Heat Tape Attach heat tape to all freshwater pipes exposed to the elements. Extend it the length of the pipe and use black electrical tape to fasten it to the pipe. Many heat tape kits will include pipe insulation, which you will then use to cover the pipe and the heat tape. Technology has advanced heat tape and today it all comes with a thermostatic control. All you have to do is plug it in and when the temperature falls below about 35°, the thermostat kicks on automatically and begins to heat your pipes. There are a few items to take into consideration when you purchase and install heat tape. Never overlap or wrap heat tape over itself. This will cause a fire. Determine the size—length and diameter—of the pipe(s) you wish to wrap,

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exactly what to ask customers to make sure they will get just what they want. “We sit down with them and ask very specific questions about their sleeping arrangements, how many and which different seasons they want to use it, where their recreational home will be placed, and what their exact goal is with this Park Model.” They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different Park Models and determine which features are essential for the customer. Their staff and sales people have

Lakeland RV Center in Milton, Wisconsin is the state’s largest dealer of Park Models. Situated on the appealing Lake Koshkonong and only a couple miles east off Interstate 90 on State Road 59, Lakeland claims to be “Your key to the good life.” Once you check out the complete line of products and service they have to offer, you will agree. In 1969 Lakeland Camping Resort opened on Lake Koshkonong. Fourteen years later the RV Center opened its doors for business. General Manager Dave Samuelsen has been with Lakeland since 1996 and he explains that the RV dealership began as an offshoot of the campground. People asked how and where to purchase RVs, parts and services and Lakeland RV Center grew. Since the RV The extensive lot at Lakeland RV Center is located on the same property as the campground, your Park Model and been with Lakeland for a very long time. other RV needs are readily met by their They are truly capable and completely fully qualified staff. trained to help get customers what they Lakeland provides service for Wiswant. “Our ability and willingness to consin and the Midwest, and stretches do whatever the customer wants and well beyond those states to give their our after-the-sale service really does customers what they want. Lakeland set us apart from other dealers,” Dave handles all local deliveries and set-up, illustrates. Brad Krohn is the service and Dave assures me that they will conmanager and has been in the RV busiduct long-distance delivery and simple ness since 1981. He is an RVIA master set-up almost anywhere in the United certified technician and is available to States. “As long as it’s legal and safe,” take care of all of your service needs. Dave affirms, “we will take care of it.” The General Manager is not the only He even boasts of a project last summer one to rave about Lakeland’s after-thewhen they had to use a crane to hoist a sale service. “Mike and Jeremy (LakePark Model into a spot that was unreachland set up crew) are quite a team. In a able by conventional methods. matter of minutes our home was backed Dave explained the process of buying into our spot. After they had it leveled a Park Model at Lakeland. “First, our and blocked, each one did his particular fully trained sales people will introduce job while still helping each other. It was themselves and welcome the customer.” a pleasure having them around,” Orville The sales people have been with the and Arthea K. say about Lakeland’s setcompany for a long time and they know 17 Park Model Living Magazine

up crew. Nancy S. speaks highly of the set-up and delivery service provided by Lakeland. “I am impressed. With all the mud from the monsoon rains the nights before, they got the Park Model in the right spot within 2 inches of the old one. I thought they would quit in the rain, but they didn’t! These are the most polite guys I have ever met, especially being wet and muddy.” Paula Gulseth has worked her way up the ranks at Lakeland. Seven years ago she started out in the parts department. She moved on to sales and eventually landed the position of sales manager, a position she still holds today. Craig S. recently purchased a Park Model from Lakeland and had great things to say about her. “Our sales person, Paula, was patient and informative. She answered all of our questions and advised us about issues we had not even thought of!” These folks and the rest of the dedicated team at Lakeland strive each day to make sure your experience is pleasant and productive. Lakeland RV is pleased to represent some of the finest manufacturers in the Park Model industry. Well established names such as Cavco Park Homes, Forest River, Breckenridge, Kropf, Trophy and Woodland Park are all sold through this premier Park Model dealer. On location they operate an RV parts and accessories store that is fully stocked. Additionally, Lakeland can provide you with affordable insurance rates and competitive financing for your RV. For twenty-five years this full-service recreational dealership has been family owned and operated. Today, they are the oldest and largest dealer of Park Models in Wisconsin and continue to conduct business with the customer in mind.

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PML Features Editor

Living in a total of 400 square feet makes you really consider what to do to maximize that area to get the most out of it. With that in mind, where do you start? As in our previous article on space saving ideas, we at PML Magazine are always looking for ways to help you get better acquainted with your home away (and sometimes instead of) home. We will now look at the kitchen of a Park Model and consider the best way to use one drawer to hold all of that stuff that you need to make most meals. The drawer that I am using measures 18” by 20”, which is a fairly normal sized space. There are a few things to note to the reader regarding the choices made for this article. First, the spending limit for everything is $125. Second, silverware is not included. Finally, this is not all-inclusive. Since everyone has different tastes and traditions, you can use this as a platform to start with and build toward your own culinary collection depending on what you like to eat. The groundwork of our project is the mesh divider bins manufactured by the company Copco. They come in a variety of sizes, and for our drawer we used one 6”x15” bin, two 6”x12” bins, and one 3”x12” bin. I opted to use these separate bins over a larger more permanent storage tray because it gives me more options and I can always change the configuration or use them in a different combination for Park Model Living Magazine

another drawer. Total cost: $23.46. With the dividers in place, I began the hunt to fill them. The basic sketch of utensils looks like this: slotted spoon, serving spoon, ladle, pasta spoon, tongs, wire whisk, nylon turner, measuring cups, measuring spoons, spatula, pizza cutter, potato peeler, meat thermometer, ice-cream scoop, can opener, and masher. Calphalon offers a set of nylon spoons and turner for $19.99. At roughly $5 an item, this is a good choice, as they will not damage non-stick cookware, are dishwasher safe, and fit nicely into our drawer. Total cost: $43.45. The wire whisk is next. Coming in at $5.99, this is actually a little more than I want to spend but for the sake of argument we add it to the drawer. The same goes for the potato masher ($9.99) and the pizza cutter ($7.99). Other than the pizza cutter that can be used to cut baking dough, the other utensils in this round are limited use items, which makes the cost seem high for them. Total cost: $67.42. Still on our list are the measuring spoons and cups, spatula, peeler, thermometer, ice cream scoop, can opener, tongs, and ladle. With just over $55 left to play with, I am starting to get a little worried that we won’t make it under our goal. I find the measuring cups for $2.99, which seems perfect because I thought that I would be paying closer to $5 for

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them. The spoons are next to the cups, and I opt to go for the two “Adjust-ASpoons” by KitchenArt ($11.99) for space and function reasons. Total cost: $82.40. The spatula is next, and I fortunately find one for $3.49. Next comes the ice-cream scoop by KitchenAid ($7.99) and then the Calphalon vegetable peeler ($7.99). The cheapest set of tongs (which actually looks like they will work) is $9.99 from OXO so I pick them as well. Total cost: $111.86. Rounding out our drawer is the ladle, thermometer and can opener. OXO has a ladle that matches our other set for $5.99. We add a Pyrex meat thermometer for $7.99 bringing our total to $125.84. Since we did not want to spend more than $125, I skip the can opener (we do have an electric one, don’t we?) and put the drawer together with what we have. I hope I can get those eighty-four cents back from my editor! With the mesh bins, the organization is a snap. Not only will the objects stay where I want them, but I do not have to weed through everything to find my measuring spoons when I want them. This is a fairly strong step in the correct direction for anyone looking to get the most out of their space and have things that will stand up to some constant use. Remember, if you find this useful, send me an invite to dinner at your Park Model and I will happily evaluate your kitchen utensil drawer!

Ed Buchanan can be reached at: 18

Q Question: What is a Recreational Park Trailer (RPT)?


Answer: • An RPT or “park model” is the most affordable vacation cottage in America, with an average price of just over $42,000. Prices typically start in the mid-teens and run up to about $72,000. • Unlike mobile homes – which are a form of low-cost, permanent housing, RPTs are movable resort cottages titled as vehicles that are designed exclusively for parttime, recreational use. • Often wider than conventional travel trailers and 5th wheels, RPTs can be built up to 400 square feet in size with full sized bathrooms, kitchen appliances and added ceiling height. • RPTs are built using a variety of designs, from the rustic or log cabin-look to upscale suburban units with walnut, oak, maple or cherry cabinetry, turrets, bay windows and lofts. • Units can be customized to suit the owners’ needs.

supporting without any structural or utility attachment being made to the Park Trailer itself. However, flashing can typically be used to keep the weather outside when the owner is moving from one structure to the adjoining one. Caution: Add-on Rooms are not allowed by every jurisdiction and local size limits and/or property taxes may be imposed. Q: Where are Park Models used? A: •

Q: Is there any way to make RPTs or Park Models bigger? A: •

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400 Square feet is the maximum size by federal law. However, certain features and additions can be used to maximize the usable space and livability Lofts – A mini second floor can be added as long as the ceiling to floor height is less than 60 inches. Porches – A porch with an extended roof overhang can be built by most manufacturers. It can be screened in with a screen door but not enclosed with any wall structure. Decks – Parks may allow a deck to be built on-site after set-up. They provide great outdoor living areas. Add-on Rooms – May be purchased or built on-site immediately adjacent to the RPT, provided permission is first obtained from the park’s management and (if required) approval and/or a building permit is obtained (if required) from the local Jurisdictional Authority (City, Town, Township, or County).

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Because they are classified by the state DMV as titled recreational vehicles, park models are typically placed on leased or purchased campsites in campgrounds and RV resorts. This enables consumers to place their RPTs in some of the most sought after vacation destinations in the country for a fraction of what it would normally cost to purchase and own land in these locations. About half of the nation’s 8,000 private campgrounds and RV resorts rent, lease or sell sites for park models. Campsite lease fees average $1,500 to $7,000 per year depending on location and the services provided. Prices for campsites that are sold together with park models usually range from about $80,000 to $150,000, depending on location. Most jurisdictional authorities will not allow park models to be sited on privately owned property nor will they allow them to be used as a primary residence or domicile.

Caution: Individuals considering using RPTs as such are advised to contact the local jurisdictional authority prior to purchase. Q: How are Park Models used? A: • • • •

Most local authorities require such Add-on Rooms to be self-

News & Notes on the Park Model Lifestyle & answers to your questions from RPTIA Executive Director W.R. “Bill” Garpow

Summer cottage – GREAT lifestyle! Weekend retreat or vacation cottage A place to be near family (especially grandchildren) for visits An escape from weather conditions or seasonal changes at home

See Answer, p.21

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Welcome to Book Bag! This feature is designed to provide you with a selection of interesting reads - and not necessarily best-sellers. In the coming months we will treat you to lists of books both old and new and we hope to inspire & entertain you. This month’s selection features southeast asian fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and the fascinating biography of a woman coping with her son’s autism.

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Historical Fiction


Historical Fiction

“Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma.” Harper Collins $24.95 (Hardcover) ISBN# 9780061478741

“Set in 1935 England, this ‘New York Times’ bestseller is enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, making it a profound--and profoundly moving--exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution. Now an Oscarnominated motion picture.” Knopf $14.95 (Trade Paper) ISBN# 9780385721790

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“Before you give yourself up to the sweep and scope of People of the Book, the captivating new novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, grab some paper and a pen. You’ll be glad you did. From the opening chapter to the closing page, Brooks crams so many people, places, and events into her ambitious and intricate account of a Jewish prayer book that she leaves you longing for a scorecard.” Penguin $25.95 (Hardcover) ISBN# 9780670018215

“From listening to his grandmother recite epic poems from memory to curling up in bed while his father read funny verses, award-winning actor John Lithgow grew up with poetry. Ever since, John has been an enthusiastic seeker of poetic experience, whether reading, reciting, or listening to great poems.” Grand Central $24.99 (Hardcover w/CD) ISBN# 9780446580021

“Named a Best Book of the Year by Salon magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer, A Slant of Sun was praised for its incandescent prose about the experience of loving a child who brings tremendous frustration and incalculable rewards and for its extraordinary resonance. Pulsing with the questions, “Is normal possible? Definable?” A Slant of Sun speaks to everyone-not just parents-of the redemptive power of love.” HarperCollins $14.00 (Trade Paper) ISBN# 9780688172282

“Life Class is a quiet book, but don’t be fooled. From the small circle of friends and the short span of years on which Pat Barker hangs her tale, she builds and wrecks a universe. With Life Class, her 11th novel, she’s back again in 1914, before the start of the war. Then the fighting begins and Barker’s in her element, showing the horror and madness.” Doubleday $23.95 (Hardcover) ISBN# 9780385524353 20

Sands, continued from p.6 board court. Also, six new card tables, new furniture and a big screen plasma television have been added. When you need a break from the sun or a place to simply get away, step inside the revamped media room. In here you will find new oversized couches, plasma screen TVs and three computer stations. The new carpet and repainted walls in these rooms complements the desert theme throughout the resort. Outside, there is a large, heated swimming pool and two Jacuzzis. There is Wi-Fi at every site and you will find several pet runs throughout the grounds. The permanent staff and management have also undergone some changes. “Overall,” Wayne says, “we want to create a friendly atmosphere, to make people feel like they are at home.” Many people have come to Erlinda and Wayne to “remark how much more user friendly the resort is” and how much they appreciate the effort and dedication put into the Sands. Wayne concludes by saying, “Every morning you wake up to see nothing but sunshine and blue skies.” The Sands truly is a perfect place to visit or live.

Ryan Patterson can be reached at:

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Q: What about Codes and Standards?

Q: Who sells Recreational Park Trailers?


A: Check out the tabs provided on the homepage of RPTIA’s website to access hot-linked websites and contact information for manufacturers, dealers as well as campgrounds and RV resorts.

RPTIA Manufacturer Members pledge to comply with a nationally recognized safety standard developed under the certification of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI A119.5 Standard for Recreational Park Trailers stipulates over 500 safety requirements covering plumbing, heating, electrical, fire and life safety as well as construction requirements. A copy of the Standard can be purchased from the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) using the order form provided on the website as #16 in the Publications section. Manufacturer Members of the association who maintain their pledge to build units in compliance with the ANSI A119.5 Standard earn the right to proudly display RPTIA’s blue, green, and gold oval seal, which is typically placed adjacent to the primary entrance of the park model. Members agree to unannounced inspections of units being produced at the members’ facilities by an accredited third-party engineering firm. The third-party inspections occur at least four times per year on an intermittent

These tabs include: • Manufacturers – Members of the RPTIA who produce Recreational Park Trailers • RV Dealers – A listing of RV dealers located in specific states who retail Recreational Park Trailers. • RV Parks – A listing of campgrounds and RV resorts located in specific states that accommodate Recreational Park Trailers by leasing or selling sites; offering rental units or by selling units. To be considered as a Question to the Answer Guy, your request must be accompanied by an e-mail address & telephone number as well as full name and City/State. Requests for confidentiality will be honored with the disclosure of only the correspondent’s first name and state. Bill “The Answer Guy” Garpow can be reached at:

Hampton’s 39FK floor plan has a front kitchen surrounded by panoramic bay windows. All Hampton floor plans offer 8' ceilings with 7' slide out ceilings.

*Deck, stairs and railing are built on site by others.

Tranquility’s 39FD floor plan comes complete with a large loft area over the bedroom and bathroom. This floor plan is also available in a non-lofted unit. Tranquility floor plans, including lofted models are all less than 13'6" 13'6"’in inexterior exteriorheight. height.

Park Model Living January 2008  

January 2008

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