FLAGSTAFF A-FRAME CAMPER VIDEO DEMO

One of the most common questions we get at the RV shows is whether or not the Hard-side trailers are hard to set up, so we decided to make a video showing you how easy it really is.

For more about the Flagstaff Hard-side trailer line, click here!

Check out a full list of standard features here!

 

Flagstaff Hardside Campers Standard Features

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

The Flagstaff Hardside trailer is unique in it’s design in that it is pretty much fully loaded straight from the factory. When people come into the Dealership and start looking at these, they always ask what is optional on it, and are pretty shocked to find out that there really aren’t too many add-ons, this is pretty much stock. Things like the standard electric heat pump, stereo, microwave… well, if you want to read the whole list, then here you go:

Standard Features of the Flagstaff Hardside Trailer:

  • Cherry Interior With “Tile-Look” Linoleum
  • Two Tone Fabric Seating
  • Residential Style Kitchen Faucet
  • Stainless Steel Look Appliances and Sink
  • Double Pan Sink With High Rise Faucet ( T19SCHW and T21QBHW Only)
  • Electric Water Pump
  • Hot Water Package (Incl. Water Filter, Outside Shower, Six Gallon DSI Water Heater
  • Anti-Freeze Inlet to Bypass Fresh Water Tanks When Winterizing
  • Glass Stove Top Cover
  • Microwave
  • 3-Way Fridge
  • Residential Style Raised Panel Doors
  • Wood Drawers with Full Extension Drawer Glides
  • Large Clothes Bar
  • USB Charging Ports
  • AM/FM Stereo with CD Player
  • TV Outlet with Cable and Satellite Hookup
  • 30 amp Detachable power cord with Storage Bag
  • 35 Amp Converter with Battery Charger
  • 12v Safety Breaker
  • 10k Cool Cat Heat Pump
  • Floor Lights
  • Ceiling LED lights
  • LP Leak/Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Privacy Curtains
  • Independent Torsion Axle
  • Easy Lube Axles
  • Spare Tire, Cover and Mount
  • 13” or Higher Radial Tire Size
  • Electric Brakes
  • Sliding Storage Tray on Front Storage Models
  • Equal-I-Zer Hitch Mounting Provision
  • Battery Box and Wiring Kit
  • Solar Panel Prep
  • Dual 20# LP tanks with Automatic Changeover Regulator
  • Diamond Plated Lower Front Cap
  • O/S Grill
  • O/S Speakers for Stereo
  • Door Step
  • Vented Entrance Door with Screen
  • Folding Grab Handle
  • Vacuum Bonded Fiberglass Sidewalls
  • Vacuum Bonded Roof with Metal Interior Panel
  • Large Roof Skylight
  • Two Front Windows
  • Large Opening Picture Window
  • One-Piece Undercoated Structure Wood Floors
  • Powder Coated Tubular Steel Frame
  • Stabilizer Jacks
  • 20 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
  • 2000# Tongue Jack
  • 7-Way Pigtail Plug

Flagstaff Hardside Trailers at Westland Camping Center

 Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Ok, so you are looking for something small, and easily towed. But storage is important, and if you can fit it in your garage, then so much the better right? But the thought of taking a tent camper out into the woods for deer camp makes you cold to your bones, and having to set it up doesn’t appeal to you. A Travel Trailer has the right equipment, but its too big, and quite frankly out of your price range.

I think I have a solution. Quite possibly, the best of both worlds. When you combine the solid exterior of a travel trailer with a Classic tent camper, you get the Flagstaff Hard Side Series, giving your camping experience the best of both. Bringing a smooth, fiberglass vacuum bonded exterior with a quick, easy set up, while retaining the towing and storage advantages of a tent camper, the Hard Side camper is the perfect blend.

Super easy to set up

With that distinct and nostalgic looking shape, Flagstaff Hardside campers are loaded with standard features. And since Flagstaff is already one of the most innovative and highest volume divisions in the industry, they can get you the best product for the best price anywhere. Compare the Flagstaff Hardside campers to the Chalet or the A-liner, and I am sure you will agree that you are getting so much more bang for your buck. Compared “Apples to apples”, the Flagstaff will save you thousands.

Flagstaff offers 8 different floor plans in the Hardside line, all of which are loaded with standard features you wont find in most campers. The vacuum bonded sidewalls offer a secure and well insulated living space outside of the weather. And with the A/C and both an electric heat pump, as well as a 20k BTU forced air furnace, this unit is built to handle all weather conditions.

hardside-pageFor more information and pictures of the Hardside line, check out the Flagstaff web page here and look at the gallery and 360 degree virtual tour.  And check back here regularly for more information about our in stock units, as well as some great insights on what hardside campers can offer you.  And of course, check out our inventory to see pictures of the units we have in stock ready for sale!

Incredible 3D virtual Tour of Flagstaff 8529 IKBS 5th wheel

Check out this interactive 3D virtual tour through our 8529 IKBS, Flagstaff’s newest and most luxurious 5th wheel yet.  Using Exclusive RVVUE technology you can “walk through” the whole unit, seeing every feature, and getting a real sense of the unit, and the space available.  This is a tour of the actual unit in stock, not just a demo program from stock photos.  All of the colors, features and elegance is waiting for you to come in and walk through it for real.

This 3D Virtual walkthrough is exclusive to Westland Camping, so you won’t find this level of detail in any other virtual tour.  let us know what you think!!

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Download the spec-sheet for this unit to see exactly what options this unit was built with, and match it up with the tags in the walk-through for more information.

8529 IKBS MSRP sheet

We have this trailer marked at the amazing price of $40,350, so it will be going quick!

 

Fall Camping, Best time of the Year

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fall camping

As the Summer starts to wind down, and the breeze kicks up, a lot of people start to think about packing up their rigs and thinking about winter storage.  But for me, this is one of the best times to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  So please, take a few minutes to consider what you may be missing by putting “Bessie” away too early.

One of the distinct advantages of Fall camping, is that with most of the kids in school, the campgrounds are a lot more open, and the sites seem much more secluded.  Generally, you have your pick of campsites, and more privacy when you are set up.  In the evening, you are less likely to disturb your neighbors playing your radio, or a spirited game of Euchre.

The cooler nights being “outside” help me sleep a lot better than summer camping.  Even at night in the summer, it can be very warm.   You can’t beat jeans and your favorite sweatshirt, stepping out of your trailer with a hot cup of …whatever you drink in the morning… and the cool crisp morning air wakes you up, and you start cooking breakfast and reading the paper.  The colder weather makes the campfire at night a more cozy intimate event rather than being pushed back by the heat in late July.  The weather being cool also opens the door for different types of activities while camping as well.  I am not a huge fan of nature walks through the forest in the summer, between the humidity and the bug activity, but this time of year I take advantage of that (and save a few dollars on Off spray).

“Fall Color” trips are considered by some to be some of the most beautiful campground settings there are.  We are lucky to be in a state that offers so much to see, and for so long.  Colors start to turn a lot earlier in the U.P., and then there is a color wave that travels south, and soon all of Michigan is bright with vibrant oranges, greens, and reds.

So fellow campers, please think long and hard about whether you really are done for the year before you pack up.  You may have to use your furnace more, but it might be your favorite trip of the year too.

Trail Runner Video Walkthrough

Here is a video tour of the Trail Runner Trailer, so you can learn more about the features and options in this price competitive travel trailer line. Note the storage rack on the back, not something you see in very many trailers…

This video is from the 2012 model, but the features and thought put into everything is still the same, but with different colors in the current models.

We currently have 10 different Trail runner floor plans in stock and ready to roll, and we are very excited to have them.  They look great, they are built sturdy, and will help you create a stress-free platform in which to spend quality time with your family… or away from your family if that’s your thing…

Either way, a Trail Runner is a great choice.  Come on over and see them, you wont regret it.

How do I Care For My Fiberglass Travel Trailer?

If you own a travel trailer with a fiberglass exterior you will need to take care of it, so that the finish stays shiny and awesome for years to come.  Just like any automotive exterior, the finish and look can deteriorate with time.  We have all seen those dingy, chalky, dry and faded fiberglass trailers sitting in someone’s yard, or in the storage lot and shuddered at the thought of our rig getting to be just as bad.  Don’t worry, maintaining your smooth glossy finish is easier than you think, but it does require a certain amount of effort on your part.

Hands-On Care

The most important thing to do to protect your RV’s finish is to wash it with a suitable trailer or car wash once a month.  Some RV exterior washes that we recommend are the B.E.S.T. Wash and Wax, or Thetford Wash and Wax.  They are formulated for your trailer or 5th wheel’s exteriors, and the wax additive helps keep the finish smooth, so that dirt is less likely to sit on it and stick, causing black streaks, and wearing down the finish.  It is also a good idea to wax your RV with a liquid or paste wax at least once per year, to help the finish keep a build-up of that glossy shine.  Personally, I use the B.E.S.T. Wax, it gives me an easy shine, without having to scrub, just wax on, wax off.

If you bought your camper used, or the fiberglass is already showing some signs of losing it’s shine, then you may need to get a little more aggressive, and use a fiberglass restorer, like this one.  It is designed to help recover some of the finish that the fiberglass had before the trouble started, although it isn’t a cure-all.

Storage

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, so make sure you take into account some of the environmental factors that can effect your trailer or 5th wheel when you aren’t using it.  Extreme sunlight, air pollutants, excessive moisture, and whether the trailer is parked under a “dirty tree” (or for that matter, under a tree that has a lot of birds in it…) can all have an impact in how the exterior of your RV will last.  The longer dirt and stains sit on the trailer, the less likely they are to be easy to remove, so think about keeping the trailer indoors (if practical), or under an RV cover when you aren’t using it.  This will help protect the finish, and keep UV rays from dulling and fading the finish prematurely.

Damage

It may come to pass that you damage the fiberglass on your trailer.  I know, I know, you are careful, but these things happen.  If it does, make sure you get it covered ASAP with plastic or duct tape, sealed at the edges well, to prevent water from getting in and making a bad situation even worse.  Next, get the damage fixed as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the more likely it becomes that water will get in there, and maybe cause delamination.  Delamination is the enemy.  Talk to your local body shop, and work with your insurance to get things sorted out as quickly as you can.

As you can see, it isn’t very hard to keep the fiberglass on your camper looking fresh and clean for years to come.  And remember, when you are looking to sell it, or trade it in, people see the exterior before anything else, and trailers that look awesome tend to sell faster, and for more money.

Protecting your Trailer From Critters

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Mice, squirrels, raccoons, mountain goats, and hippopotamuses can all do major damage to the inside of your trailer while you aren’t looking.  They can build nests in the confines of your furnace where you cant see them, they can chew wires, they can destroy insulation, wood, bedding, and really anything they touch (or pee on).  And the worst part?  A lot of insurance policies don’t cover the damage, leaving you holding the bag.  After years of talking to customers and working on trailers, I have heard dozens of different ways to keep mice and other critters out of your trailer, and I have heard dozens of attempts that have failed.  For every story I hear, I also hear how somebody tried it and it failed.  This is a hotly debated topic in internet forums and discussions in campgrounds, and there are a couple of things that I have found to be the best strategies to keep nature outside your home away from home.

NOTE:  THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF SUCCESS.  If critters are determined, they can and will defeat any defense you put up.  This article is basically designed to help you put forth the best efforts, and outline what I have found to be the best strategies.

1) Clean it out.  Seems simple, but I am always surprised by how many people don’t give critters enough credit, and leave food, crumbs, and other tasty mouse-vittles.  Folks that camp with pets have the added responsibility of making sure they clean up all of those errant dog/cat food crumbs that seem to get everywhere, cuz those dogs and cats eat like animals…  These are things that can draw mice to your camper.  their sense of smell is incredible, and they will follow their noses to your camper if you tempt them.

2)  Use their noses against them.  There are a lot of folks who swear by the use of the original scented Bounce dryer sheets.  The smell is such that it keeps the mice away.  The added bonus is that they keep your trailer smelling very fresh; not a bad deal.  However I have seen where mice have used these to pad their nests, so it isn’t exactly bulletproof.  In the store, we have been hearing great things about Fresh Cab Mouse Pouches, which are pouches filled with pine resins and chips.  The theory behind this is that the pine smell is strong enough where it cancels out the mouse’s sense of smell, which is one of their most important defense mechanisms.  If they can’t smell danger, they don’t hang around.  And like the Bounce Dryer sheets, they have the added bonus of making the camper smell like a pine forest.

3) If they can’t get in, they won’t get in.  This is probably your first and most important line of defense from the critters.  Mice can fit into all sorts of tiny gaps and holes.  Your trailer’s underbelly or floor does have gaps and holes.  It just does.  Go around the outside of the camper especially underneath and plug any and every hole that you can find with either expanding foam, or brass wool, which mice don’t like chewing on.  Don’t use steel wool, as steel rusts, brass doesn’t, so it should last you longer.

Do you have any strategies that I didn’t cover?  If so, then let me know on our Facebook page, I would love to hear about them.

Introducing the New Cricket Camper

cricket pop up camper

Cricket is a base camp for outdoor fun. lightweight and athletic, cricket is towable by many four-cylinder engines. with sleeping room for two adults and up to two children, cricket’s nasa-inspired design and integrated plumbing and electrical systems enable days off the grid.

cricket-camperBuilt from sensible materials, cricket is affordable, aerodynamic, and rugged enough for dirt roads and gravel tracks.

easy to park and haul

  • towable by many 4-cylinder engines and all 6-cylinder engines; new tow vehicles not necessary
  • easy to drive; normal rear-view mirrors can see around cricket
  • simple tow hookup
  • less drag than typical box-style trailers thanks to unique profile
  • fits in most standard garages
  • Learn more about the Cricket here.

Travel Channel did a great walk-through of the Cricket with its inventor. You can view it here.

Westland Camping Center is the local dealer for Cricket. We have them in stock for immediate delivery!

 

Why Are Winter Leaks The Worst?

trailer-snowWintertime in Michigan, or anywhere the snow flies for that matter, is one of the worst conditions for your trailer to sit in.  The combination of heat and cold, plus the snow and ice can create a perfect condition for a long-term leak that can cost you big.

Things contract in the cold, and with last winter setting all sorts of temperature records, they contracted even more. Between the warmer temps in the day, and the colder temps at night, the caulking on your trailer can be stretched past what it can handle.  Especially if the caulking is old, or hardened, and doesn’t have a lot of give left to begin with.  So before winter hits, make sure you check all of your seals, and don’t put off fixing it until the spring, that might be too late.  Newer caulk has more elasticity, and has a better chance to not break loose.

Now, the other thing to consider is snow.  Lots and lots of snow.

In the summertime, rain can pound your trailer’s roof for days, but mostly it runs off.  Granted, it can leak, but for the most part the water isn’t on the roof long enough to cause lasting damage unless there is a hole or other place for easy entry.  Snow, on the other hand, can sit on a roof for days, weeks, even months at a time.  And you may not notice it, but the Sun is shining, and the bottom layers of that snow is almost always melting off during the day.  This means that every seal on your trailer’s roof can be subject to a slow, constant, and potentially devastating water leak over the course of months before you notice.

Combine bad caulk breaking loose, and snow providing a steady stream of water, Winter is a scary time.

The best two strategies to avoid this problem are to…CHECK YOUR CAULK, and invest in a camper cover.  If you do these two things, you have a great chance of avoiding major leaks, and repair bills.  remember, insurance companies don’t cover repairs due to leaks from caulking.

What I Want Under the Tree: Globe Lights

globe-lightsWe asked some of folks at Westland what they’d like under the tree this season. Krystal is not only a proud mom, but an avid camper besides. Here’s what she had to say:

“Ever since the first time I saw these at a distributor show, I have loved the look of these lights.  They are so pretty, and the color choices are cool, but I would especially love to get the rainbow set.  I have since seen them at campgrounds, and I am struck with how cool they look in the dark.  They have a classy look, unlike some of the awning lights you can get, and they are very bright in the dark.  Please tell my family I want these…”

– Krystal

$104.97 set of 6 bulbs, $147.22 set of 10 bulbs. You can purchase these Globe Lights from our online store here.

What I Want Under the Tree: Explorer 2-Burner Stove

2-burner-camp-stoveWe asked some of folks at Westland what they’d like under the tree this season. Son of the owners Steve Rochette is not only a proud daddy, but an avid campground chef besides. Here’s what he had to say:

“I almost never cook inside my camper, so I love having outside stove options.  I have tried several kinds of camp stoves, and most of them suffer from being too small to fit two large pans at the same time, and still be able to use the windscreen.  Since I cook for anywhere between 3 to 11 people, a large cooking surface is an absolute requirement for me.

That’s why I really like the Explorer 2-Burner Store. It has 2 massive burners and hooks directly to an LP tank, so there aren’t any connectors or adapters to keep track of. And it puts out a lot of heat, so frying and boiling water are easy and quick.

I kind of hope my wife is reading this, because I would love to one of these under the tree this year.”

-Steve

$156.19. You can purchase the Explorer 2-Burner Stove from our online store here.

What I Want Under the Tree: Pie Iron Storage Bag

pie-iron-storage-bagWe asked some of folks at Westland what they’d like under the tree this season. Son of the owners Kevin Rochette is not only a proud daddy, but an avid campground chef besides. Here’s what he had to say:

“We all love to use our Pie Irons to make pizza pockets, pies, and paninis.  The main problem I have, is that after they sit in the hot coals, and done cooking, I have no good way to keep them with the rest of my gear, because they are always sooty, dirty, and greasy.

These Pie Iron Storage bags are a great place to keep those dirty, messy pie irons without getting stuff all over my stuff.  And since I have a big family, I need a lot of pie irons of a variety of sizes. This bag holds up to four at a time.

If you love making pudgie pies – but don’t like the mess – then you absolutely have to have one of these.”

Kevin

$24.84 each. You can purchase Pie Iron Storage bags from our online store here.

What I Want Under the Tree: Tipsy Stix

tipsy-sticks-2We asked some of folks at Westland what they’d like under the tree this season. Owner Irene Rochette is not only a proud grandmother, but an avid camper besides. Here’s what she had to say:

“I got one of these for my birthday in June, and I loved how stable they help my drinks. I’ve tried a variety of of drinks, bottles, cups, juice boxes, and they all stayed right where I wanted them.  And because I could move them more easily than the table on the side of my camp chair, I could share it with whoever was sitting next to me.

The fact that it has a bowl holder is great, because Dave loves his peanuts, and he has a good place to keep them, away from the ants.

Why would I want another one? Everybody wants to borrow the one I have!”

– Irene

$19.40. You can purchase Tipsy Stix from our online store here.

What I Want Under the Tree: X-Chocks

x-chockWe asked some of folks at Westland Camping what they’d like under the tree this season. Owner Dave Rochette is not only a proud grandpa, but an avid camper besides. Here’s what he had to say:

“If you’re used to the old plastic wheel chocks or bits of wood, the X-Chock looks like overkill. But with as much as I go in and out of these trailers, even on vacation, I am very aware of how much trailers can rock, even with all of the stabilizer jacks down. Even in my trailer, I was trying to find a way to make the trailer sit more stable.

We started using X-Chocks at the RV shows, and I am amazed at how much of a difference they make.  They are simple to use, and don’t take up as much room as my other wheel chocks.

If I woke up to get a set of these on Christmas, I would be very happy.  Way more practical than a tie.”

– Dave

$98.55 / pair. You can Purchase X-Chocks from our online store here.

 

RV Tailgating with Cruise America: Who Needs the Game?

cruise america rvTailgating has become a sport onto itself; you don’t even need tickets to the game to have a great time! Cruise America motor homes have a microwave, oven, refrigerator, cupboard space, and a place to sit inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate. They also have a bathroom, and enough outside storage to bring all of your folding chairs and your grill. They come with propane and a generator to keep the appliances going – all you need is the food and friends!

To reserve your RV for a great tailgating party, give us a call @ 734-326-7700 and we can set you up with an RV that fits your size and budget!

Will I Pay Sales Tax On My Trade-In RV?

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Tax break for Michigan recreation vehicle buyers

Starting in 2014, Michigan recreation vehicle (RV) buyers will see a tax break when trading in an older vehicle to purchase a new recreation vehicle from a licensed Michigan RV dealer.

The House and Senate passed a bill on Tuesday, November 4, 2013 that would end the charging of sales tax on trade-in recreation vehicles. The “Sales Tax on the Difference” bill will provide a customer who buys an RV beginning December 15, 2013, as much as a $120 savings with a trade-in.

Dave Rochette, owner of Westland Camping Center commented, “It’s a big step as virtually anything that gets traded in is going to benefit our customers. We’ve already had a couple customers that have heard about it, and it’s great that people are thinking about it.”

For the first year of the bill, the first $2,000 of a recreation vehicle’s trade-in value would be considered, providing $120 in savings. Over 25 years (roughly) the trade-in amount considered for tax exemption will grow by $500 each year. This will provide an extra $30 per year in savings, until reaching $14,000, at which the cap would be reached and no longer grow.

How Can I get The Most Out Of My Trade-In?

2003 Keystone Laredo 284 BH

Trading in your old trailer towards a new one is as expected as the Sun Coming up in the morning.  Basically, you are using your old trailer as currency towards the purchase of a new one.  The question we have to ask ourselves is how to maximize the currency of that trade-in. Continue reading

Why Doesn’t My RV Water Heater Work?

This is the face of a suburban water heater, available at Westland Camping

This is the face of a suburban water heater, available at Westland Camping

RV water heaters are fairly simple appliances.  they are basically a large metal bucket that has a burner chamber running through it, that when the water heater is… well… heating, the lp flame jets into the chamber and the water in the tank heats up.

Fancier water heaters also run on 110v electric as well, which is nice because it doesn’t use any of your lp, and the cost of electric is already in the cost of your site. I want to discuss some common water heater problems and solutions that we see on a weekly basis, to help you get on the road faster and cheaper. Continue reading

If You Don’t Have A Flagstaff Travel Trailer, The Zombies Will Eat You.

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Flagstaff Trailers

As you know, Westland Camping Center is the official RV Dealership of the Zombie Apocalypse.  For years, we have been working tirelessly to keep you and your family safe from the Zombies.  We have been studying the various brands and options available in great detail, and although any travel trailer is better than nothing, our conclusion is that a Flagstaff Travel Trailer is the best equipped to handle the hordes of zombies, and keep you and your companions from being eaten.  Not all of these things are standard features, but they are on most every unit we order for stock.

This is no rash judgement on our part.  This is science.  We have broken-down the top 10 features of a Flagstaff Travel Trailer that will keep you safe in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  Here we will delve further into these 10 features to show you how to keep your brains right where you want them.

Electric Tongue Jack:

The need to hook up and get away quickly is paramount.  And with Flagstaff’s newly designed electric tongue jacks you will be ready to roll in a flash.  Manual Jacks are tedious and strenuous, especially considering with a weight distribution hitch you have to up and down repeatedly for either hooking up or unhooking.  And now that Flagstaff tongue jacks have a quick-foot on them, you don’t need to run it as far up or down.  Just pull the pin and slide it up as soon as the weight is off.  This can save you time, and of course save your life if you gotta get out of Dodge fast…

Day/Night Shades:

These shades are far more than just window treatments.  When employed properly in the daytime, the day function allows light into the coach so you don’t need to use precious electricity.  They are also transparent enough to be able to see clearly out to make sure the coast is clear before going outside.  But they also block the view from outside, you can move freely inside the trailer without the risk of those pesky flesh-eating zombies being alerted to your presence.  And at night, you pull down the nighttime shade and now it blocks the light outside, and again allows for freedom of movement without being seen.

Slam Latches on Exterior Storage Compartments:

If you have ever used a travel trailer, you know that you almost never get the cam locks and thumb locks closed on your first try, wasting valuable time that could be better served fleeing.  Slam latches are just like door latches, and latch when you close the compartment door.   They are also faster and easier to open, for easy access to the bludgeoning weapon of your choice.   Also, for those who worry about other people as well as zombies, the key is different than most RV storage compartments, for better security.

Wicked Awesome Insulation Package, Due to Vacuum Bonded Sidewalls and Roof:

Flagstaff’s insulation allows for much cooler temperatures, boasting an impressive R-7 in the sidewalls, R-12 in the floor, and R-14 in the roof.  This is very important for three reasons.  First, the less energy you require to heat or cool your coach, the longer that energy will last.  Conservation of resources is paramount in a post zombie existence.  Secondly, you have to be flexible about where you have to be and when, so being able to go into colder climates can be a major advantage.  Some zombie related studies have shown that zombies freeze solid in cold weather, or at least slow down, so you may find that as an advantage.  Third, and possible most important for survival, good insulation muffles sound.  Playing around in your trailer is much less likely to attract the attention of wandering herds of zombies.

All LED Lights Inside The Trailer:

Energy conservation is a major theme in this article, because when the zombies come, resources will probably get scarce.  Led lights use significantly less electricity than their incandescent counterparts, making sure you can conserve your battery’s power much longer that before.  You can survive on battery power alone much longer, and make sure there is plenty of power to run all of the other appliances like the fridge, furnace and water pump between charges.  In the likely scenario that running a generator would attract a lot of (very hungry) attention, how long your battery lasts will be a key to your long-term survival.

Factory Installed Battery Shut-Off:

When you aren’t using your trailer, it will be vital to conserve energy, and one important way to do that is to use a battery shut-off switch.  This will prevent your trailer from using any of your precious battery power to run the carbon monoxide/LP leak detectors, fridge circuit boards, and any other 12 volt  items you may have forgotten to turn off while you are away for any extended period of time.

Fully Walk-able Roof and Rear Mounted Ladder:

The seamless Vacuum Bonded Roof is fully walk-able, so no matter where you step, you are sure to have great support.  Combined with the rear mounted ladder, you have a great way to get up top for a better vantage-point for your lookout.  Also good for doing some routine maintenance, to ensure your home away from home stays in tip-top shape.

Heated Holding Tanks:

This feature is the best way to keep your holding tanks from freezing in cold weather in a post-zombie world.  Not only does it run on your 12v system, it doesn’t use your furnace at all, which saves energy and your LP supply.  It is also makes no sound, and as you know, noise attracts zombies.

Power Awning, LED Awning Lights, and Exterior Flood Lights:

These A&E powered awnings are extremely convenient to use and operate.  Lets say for example there is a storm coming, and you need to close your awning before it gets ripped off (you know how that goes…).  But there is a problem, there are a couple of zombies checking out the campsite next to yours, and there is no way you can go outside to get to the awning arms… What do you do?  Easy, just walk over to the switch, and roll it up.  No exposure, and you stay comfy and cozy inside.  These Awnings also feature LED lights underneath then, so you can light the entire area under the awning, while still being energy efficient, and not having to remove anything from the awning before retracting it.  And the exterior Flood lights are great to make sure your perimeter is secure before going outside at night, or to check on that spooky noise without having to put yourself at risk like some idiot in a horror movie.  Don’t be that idiot.  Get a Flagstaff.

Built-In Water Filtration System:

You never know where your water will be coming from, but with the on-board water filtration system, you can be sure that by the time it reaches the tap, it has gone through a tested and certified water filtration system.  Rusty well water and fine sediments are a thing of the past.  Let everyone else worry about that, as you wash your dishes and take your shower knowing that you don’t have to worry.

These features are the top 10 reasons you need a Flagstaff trailer, but they are not NEARLY the only ones.  I haven’t even gotten started on the easy to clean high gloss fiberglass (to wash all the gore off, of course), or the fact that they are all Half Ton Truck Tow-able.  Maybe I should do a top 15…

Please, read this article and consider this your warning.  If you don’t have a Flagstaff, rest assured, zombies will totally eat you.

 

Spring Into Camping!

Escape Cabin Fever at Westland Camping

Escape Cabin Fever at Westland Camping

This Winter has been Hard.  Brutal.  Unrelenting.  Cold.  If it hasn’t been actively dumping record amounts of snowfall, it has been too cold to go outside, and when you were outside, you were shoveling; and then getting back inside before your eyes froze.  This can lead to a serious case of cabin fever.  We can Help. Continue reading

March is Red Cross Month

First Aid Supplies to Have On Hand

First Aid Supplies to Have On Hand

March is Red Cross Month, a good time to think about preparedness for camping! Here is a little history:

“Red Cross disaster response goes all the way back to Clara Barton and the beginning of the American Red Cross. The first disaster response was in 1881 when a forest fire in Michigan burned through a million acres in 24 hours. The fire claimed almost 300 lives and left thousands homeless. Red Cross chapters collected food and supplies which were shipped to Michigan to assist the 14,000 people in need of help. Today, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year.”

Aside from disaster relief, the Red Cross assists military families, provides health and safety courses, and helps to provide over 40% of America’s blood supply through donations.

Now, back to Camping Preparednes – here is a basic list for a First Aid Kit:

 

And don’t forget these items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer

It wouldn’t hurt to find CPR and  First Aid classes somewhere, too!

Westland Camping Campground Spotlight: South Higgins Lake State Park

Westland Camping Campground Spotlight: South Higgins Lake State Park

Westland Camping Campground Spotlight: South Higgins Lake State Park

Higgins Lake is a large lake in norther lower Michigan, and has two separate State Parks  attached to it, North and South Higgins Lake State Parks (Surprise!)

This article is specifically talking about the South Park, and contains a ton of material from their website, which will have a link below:

South Higgins State Park is a 1,000-acre park split in half by County Road 100. To the north is Higgins Lake and to the south is Marl Lake and 700 acres forested in maple, oak and pine. The park contains almost one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake, which is a large spring-fed body of water known for its clarity and fishing potential. Marl Lake is considerably smaller, shallower and less developed.

The park was first opened as a campground in 1927 with 15 campsites. In 2002, the park marked its 75th anniversary with the dedication of three new toilet/shower facilities, new electrical systems and water upgrades. As the second largest campground in a state park, the park’s 400 modern camp sites are situated in a hardwood-shaded area. The park is very popular during the summer months and reservations must be made early.

For more information, or to make reservations, checkout the park website here.

For a complete map of the park, click here.

For a list of park activities and information…scroll down a little.

Campground Address:

South Higgins Lake State Park
106 State Park Drive
Roscommon, MI 48653
Phone Number: (989) 821-6374

Cross Country Ski

Trails are not groomed.

Fishing

Higgins Lake stretches seven miles and can reach 135 feet in depth. It is best known by many anglers for its perch and lake trout populations. Marl Lake also provides for excellent fishing opportunities. Perch, smallmouth bass, and northern pike are commonly caught in the lake. Most anglers use a canoe or small boat and fish in the center of the lake. Anglers also have good success ice fishing on Higgins Lake.

Fishing in the Parks

Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.

Hiking

There is a self-guided nature trail in South Higgins, as well as five miles of hiking trails surrounding Marl Lake that offer naturalists a good opportunity to explore the local area and observe wildlife. Please keep in mind that portions of the Marl Lake trail system pass through areas open to hunting. It is recommended that hikers wear highly visible clothing during the hunting seasons.

Hunting

The Marl Lake area is open to hunters during scheduled hunting seasons. There is a good opportunities for small game such as squirrels and rabbits. This area is open for archery and firearms deer seasons. Hunters also have some success during turkey and bear seasons.

Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Michigan State Park Explorer Program

Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.

Pet-Friendly Area

There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline at South Higgins Lake State Park. The first is for campers-only and is near the west campground. The second area is in the day use area. Please contact the park for specific details. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner’s immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.

Swimming

The sandy beach stretches three-quarters of a mile long Higgins Lake.

Watchable Wildlife

The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line atwww.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.