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Thanksgiving 2023 in Your RV!

It’s that time of year again and we hope you are enjoying Thanksgiving in your RV!  Back by popular demand, here are the directions to roast your Thanksgiving Turkey at the campsite!

Campfire Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients:
12 pound Turkey
Olive Oil
Salt
Black Pepper
Turkey Seasonings (thyme, sage, garlic, onion)
Cheesecloth, Aluminum Foil

Start the campfire with hardwood logs like oak, hickory or hard maple.  Let it burn for at least one hour to develop a large supply of glowing coals.  Make sure the turkey is completely thawed.  Rub oil thoroughly on the exterior and interior of turkey.  Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper and other seasonings.

While the campfire is burning to coals, dig a hole six inches larger than the turkey all the way around.  Wrap the oiled, seasoned turkey generously with cheesecloth, then with four layers of aluminum foil sealing as tightly as possible.

Rake or shovel two inches of coals into the bottom of the pit.  Place the turkey on top of them.  Fill the space around the turkey with coals to about two inches above the bird, then top off the pit with earth.

Time three hours then remove the soil and ash on top of the package.  Insert the probe of the thermometer through the foil and cheesecloth to check the internal temperature of the breast.  Make sure it’s at least 165F, then carefully remove from pit and set aside for 20 minutes.

Open pack and begin carving!

Enjoy!

The Growing Popularity of Working on the Road: The RV Revolution in a Post-COVID World

Special to The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show-August 2023

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw a seismic shift in how we perceive work, travel, and the intersection of both. Amidst lockdowns and a great deal of introspection, the allure of the open road became not just a dream but a viable lifestyle option for many. The RV trend was already gaining traction, but post-COVID, it accelerated at an astonishing pace. As highlighted in the 2023 Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show, the number of remote workers embracing the RV life has surged.

Let’s delve into why:

1. The Allure of the Open Road

RVs have long represented the epitome of freedom. They symbolize the romantic ideal of cruising through vast landscapes, visiting picturesque locales, and waking up to new horizons every day. Now, combine this with the ability to maintain a stable income and you have a truly enviable lifestyle.

2.Embracing Remote Work

With the pandemic forcing companies to adapt to remote work, many businesses found that employees could maintain or even increase productivity from  home. This shift in paradigm opened the door for many to consider alternative workspaces – like an RV.

3. A Safer Way to Travel

In a world where travel restrictions and safety concerns were paramount, RVs presented a controlled environment for families and individuals. The ability to maintain social distancing norms while exploring new locales made RVing an attractive choice2.

4.Technology: The Enabler

The technological boom of the last decade is the real MVP behind this trend. High-speed mobile internet, cloud computing, collaboration tools, and digital communication platforms have made it possible to work from virtually anywhere. As long as you have a good internet connection, you’re good to go!

5. Mental Health and Wellbeing

The mental toll of prolonged lockdowns was considerable. For many, the RV lifestyle provided an escape, a way to change surroundings while adhering to safety protocols, thus contributing positively to mental well-being.

6. Diverse Community 

Head to any RV park, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This community is supportive, diverse, and offers numerous networking opportunities. After all, your neighbor might just be your next big client or business partner!

7. Redefining Work-Life Balance

The blending of work and leisure, made possible by remote work policies adopted during the pandemic, found its zenith in the RV lifestyle. People could clock out and immediately immerse themselves in nature or a new cityscape.

7. Challenges Amid Opportunities

However, the boom also came with challenges. The sudden influx of RV travelers meant that many popular destinations were crowded, leading to issues related to sustainability and over-tourism. Furthermore, while remote work was widely accepted, not all jobs transitioned smoothly to the RV environment.

Reliable internet connectivity, power sources, and creating a conducive work environment within the limited RV space are some issues remote workers face. However, with the array of products and services showcased at events like the Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show, solutions are more accessible than ever.

In Conclusion:

The post-COVID world brought challenges and paradigm shifts in equal measure. For many, it also brought the freedom to redefine what a work-life could look like. The RV revolution isn’t just a trend—it’s a testament to human adaptability and the ever-evolving definitions of work and leisure.

Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show – February 29th-March 3rd, 2024

A Celebration of Nature, Community, and Adventure; What we will cherish this Canada Day

As we get close to celebrating “Canada Day” this weekend, we share our thoughts on what we will cherish this Canada Day.

Canada Day is not only a time to reflect on our nation’s history and heritage but also an opportunity to embrace the great outdoors, connect with our community, and embark on unforgettable adventures. As Canadians, we are truly blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes, and we should always cherish the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the beauty that surrounds us, especially here in our Province of Ontario.

From the tranquil lakes to lush forests, Ontario offers the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts like us. Whether it’s getting on the road in our RV, out in the wilderness, hiking along scenic trails, or simply unwinding by a campfire under the starlit sky with friends,  embrace the serenity of nature on this special day. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire, sharing stories, or falling asleep to the sounds of nature, camping allows us to disconnect from the demands of everyday life and reconnect with what and with who that truly matters.

Canada Day should be a time when our communities come together to celebrate and foster a sense of togetherness and a time to reflect on our nation’s heritage and celebrate the values that define us as Canadians.  The traditions, history, and cultural richness that have shaped our great nation for many generations should be cherished and passed along to our children.

Canada Day also serves as a reminder of the freedoms and democratic values we hold.  Cherish this day by reflecting on the privileges we enjoy as Canadians and expressing gratitude for the rights and opportunities afforded to us. It is also a time to remember those who have fought for our freedom and to recommit ourselves to upholding the principles of equality, justice, and inclusivity.

On this Canada Day, we will cherish the gift of nature, the sense of community amongst us, and the spirit of adventure that defines us.

On behalf of the Big RV Show Team, Happy Canada Day to you all, and may this day be a testament to your love for the outdoors, our shared heritage, and the enduring spirit of exploration that makes our community truly exceptional.

Signed,

Shannon & Shane

 

 

Tips and Tricks on decorating your RV on Halloween

RVing during the Halloween season is a great way to see fall spread across the US. The leaves changing colors, crisp, cool air, and morning frost add to the autumn ambiance. The natural beauty is wonderful, but it’s nice to add a little “pumpkin spice” to your RV and campsite as well. If you are one of those people that LOVES to decorate, but don’t want to clutter your RV or use too much storage space, here are some fun Halloween décor ideas that are easily packed and don’t take up much room.

Inflatables

Inflatable decorations are great because when blown up, they can be pretty big. When you want to pack up camp and hit the road, however, they deflate, are folded up, and easily stored. You can find inflatable pumpkins, ghosts, black cats, and more! Just make sure you have a reliable source of electricity and you’re ready to go.

 

Cobwebs w/ Spiders

A classic, yet simple decorating idea is cobwebs with spiders. Fake cobwebs are super cheap and very easy to pack. Just drape them on and around your RV or on surrounding plants and trees. Throw on a few plastic spiders and you’re all set. Just remember to clean them up when you leave and check your campground’s rules before adding anything to the surrounding plants and be aware of the effect your decorations could have on any local wildlife.

Spooky Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are a great way to light up your campsite for Halloween. You can use store-bought lanterns or make your own. It can be a fun, family activity cutting out silly faces and shapes out of paper bags and then placing them around the campsite at night. It’s important to remember to use electric candles, not real ones. Once you leave the campsite, you can either fold them up and store them or recycle them.

Crashing Witch

You’ve probably seen the silly witch crashing into a tree decoration in the past. Why not put one on your RV or a nearby tree? The great thing about this funny idea is that the witch is already flat, so you can easily store her during travel!

Hanging Lights

Outdoor lighting is always needed at campsites, so why not make it spooky? You can find strings of light-up hanging pumpkins, ghosts, fall leaves, you name it! As long as your campsite has electricity, these are a great idea to hang either on the outside of your RV or around the site.

Caution Tape

Look out! Crime scene ahead! Oh, wait…it’s just your campsite. Caution tape is a cheap, easy decoration that takes up next to no space. It also adds a slasher film vibe to your spooky campsite. As with the other decorations, just make sure to clean it up and take it down before leaving the campsite.

Fall Wreath

A fall wreath is a less spooky, but cute, fall decoration for any RV. If you do want to stick with a scarier theme, you can most likely find one with skulls, spiders, and other Halloween spooks at any store that sells home goods or seasonal decorations. This is another fun craft for the kids too if you want to make one yourself.

Colored Lights

You can add an eerie glow to your haunted campsite with outdoor colored lighting. Some need to be plugged in to an outlet, however you can find battery operated ones as well. Green, purple, or orange, choose your favorite fall color(s) and light up your RV!

Skeleton Bones

What’s that sticking out of the ground? Oh, that’s just Mr. bones reaching up from his grave. Another easy and very spooky idea for decorating the campsite is to have skeleton parts sticking out of the earth. They are easily stored and all you have to do is stick them in the ground wherever you want. You can even make a bone graveyard in front of your RV! Add some tomb stones to go the extra mile but make sure to check your campground’s rules about leaving items around your campsite.

 

Campfire Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Campfire Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ingredients:
12 pound Turkey
Olive Oil
Salt
Black Pepper
Turkey Seasonings (thyme, sage, garlic, onion)
Cheesecloth, Aluminum Foil

Start the campfire with hardwood logs like oak, hickory or hard maple.  Let it burn for at least one hour to develop a large supply of glowing coals.  Make sure the turkey is completely thawed.  Rub oil thoroughly on the exterior and interior of turkey.  Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper and other seasonings.

While the campfire is burning to coals, dig a hole six inches larger than the turkey all the way around.  Wrap the oiled, seasoned turkey generously with cheesecloth, then with four layers of aluminum foil sealing as tightly as possible.

Rake or shovel two inches of coals into the bottom of the pit.  Place the turkey on top of them.  Fill the space around the turkey with coals to about two inches above the bird, then top off the pit with earth.

Time three hours then remove the soil and ash on top of the package.  Insert the probe of the thermometer through the foil and cheesecloth to check the internal temperature of the breast.  Make sure it’s at least 165F, then carefully remove from pit and set aside for 20 minutes.

Open pack and begin carving!

Enjoy!