Westland Camping Featured in the Detroit Free Press

Westland Camping featured by Erik Sharp and the Detroit Free Press

Westland Camping featured by Erik Sharp and the Detroit Free Press

Westland Camping was featured in an article and video posted by their acclaimed outdoor columnist Erik Sharp.  He visited our booth at the show on Saturday, and the article ran in the Sunday edition.

Also Featured, our friend from the Michigan Kayak Fishing Club, Lucian Gizel.


The article (and video) featured a look at our Ocean Kayak angler edition boats, and on the Bitin’ Titan Lures, also available from Westland Camping.



Westland Camping is Proud to Support Michigan Kayak Fishing Club

Westland Camping Supports the MIchigan Kayak Fishing Club

Westland Camping Supports the MIchigan Kayak Fishing Club

This is right from the Michigan Kayak Fishing website:

“To all our fellow Great Lakes kayak anglers, we want to share information that will help you plan your next kayak fishing adventure. Bringing together others with the same interest in this great sport. For those who seek the greater challenge of endurance, skill and of course luck.

This site is an on going collection of useful information on the sport. Such as launch sites, fishing reports, upcoming trips, lake data, Kayak Fishing gear, etc… Feel free to explore…And Good Luck Yak Fishing!”

They offer tips, tricks, a calender of events, and a link to their forum, where you can get in on all the conversations!  You can also check them out on Facebook.

If you want to start joining the fun in person, and you need a new boat, or just a tune-up on your old boat, then call us at 877-533-6623!  or Email Kevin, at kev@westlandcamping.com



Westland Camping: Areas We Serve

At Westland Camping Center we work hard to make it easy for you to shop for a new tent trailer, camper trailer, expandable, ultra-lite trailer or 5th wheel. For example, our entire inventory is online with photos and specifications so you can research models from your own home.

Most of our online visitors come from nearby in Michigan (see map) including Plymouth, Farmington, Livonia, Westland, Dearborn Heights, Fraser, Southgate, Southfield, Ann Arbor, Canton, Lansing, Allen Park and Monroe.

We also have visitors daily from Ohio, California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Wisconsin and Canada.

But what amazes me is that in the last two weeks we’ve also received inquiries from around the world including the Netherlands, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Ghana, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica!

With our ability to ship world-wide, our commitment to great prices, our family-friendly service and no-pressure sales, it is encouraging to know that word of Westland Camping is getting around!

Westland Camping will be at the Ultimate Fishing Show

Westland Camping and the Ultimate Fishing Show

Westland Camping and the Ultimate Fishing Show

Westland Camping is announcing a new event for January: the Ultimate Fishing Show!  The event is being held once again at the Suburban Collection Showplace, January 12th-15th.

We will be on hand talking to folks about Old Town and Ocean Kayaks, TFO fly rods, Lake Fork Tackle, and just getting out and enjoying what nature has to offer.  We love doing this show, it is always a great time.


Temple Fork Outfitters Meets Westland Camping

I’m going to introduce all of you to Temple Fork Outfitters, and their exclusive line of Gary Loomis rods.  TFO are bringing high performance to a market that never was able to spend $400 on a fishing pole.  Here is the Gary Loomis/Temple Fork story:

I don’t know how many people are aware of Gary Loomis, but he has a very interesting story.  Gary Loomis started G. Loomis fishing poles almost 30 years ago, and quickly attracted the attention of a lot of discerning anglers.  He was a pioneer in the evolution of the carbon fiber rod, and using state of the art technology and engineering, he basically defined the high performance rod.

After retiring and selling G. Loomis Rods, Gary focused his energies on helping to protect the fisheries of the Pacific Northwest, establishing Fish First, and the Coastal Conservation Association Pacific Northwest.

Now, after years away from the industry, he still wanted to build the best rods available.  So he partnered up with Temple Fork Outfitters to share his skills and knowledge of materials and design to create a new line of high performance rods.

Working with TFO allows me to put high-quality rods in the hands of potential anglers that otherwise would not have access to this kind of gear. It is these new anglers that, through their enjoyment of the sport, will help us protect our threatened fisheries.~ Gary Loomis

TFO offers a lifetime warranty, great performance, and for a quarter of the price of other high performance G. Loomis rods.  And now, Westland Camping has them.  We offer conventional rods, as well as fly rods for those fly fisherman out here.  If you are serious about your gear, and want the best, come on in a talk to us, if you just have a few questions, email me at kev@westlandcamping.com.

Lake Fork Tackle Hits the Midwest, and Westland Camping

This week’s article is geared toward the anglers.   I have always been frustrated to go into the Big Box stores and not be able to find exactly what I want because they do a massive order early on, and then don’t re-order until next year, or that they don’t stock the item I want, and won’t special order it, because the minimum orders are far too large to bother with my “liddle-ole’ order”.  So, I did the next best thing.  I started carrying it in my store.

I want to introduce you to a particular brand of tackle that I am very impressed with: Lake Fork tackle. Although Lake Fork tackle has been around awhile, it is a relatively unknown commodity in the Great Lake states.

Their designs definitely caught my interest.  Their wacky worm is segmented with small buoyant beads on the ends of the worm.  That design combined with the weighted rings made to fit the body of the lure, produces an irresistible action that seemed to drive bass crazy (in a good way).

After a tip from a customer, I called Lake Fork and asked if we could try their stuff out.  After a dose of southern hospitality (they are out of Texas), they sent me a bag of plastic swim lures, and a unique wacky rig system that they have developed.  The package arrived just in time for a bass fishing trip I had planned to some local lakes.

Before I tried their tackle, you couldn’t pry Yamamoto bait out of my cold dead hand.

Another original idea from the Lake Fork folk (and the lure I am most excited about), is the Hyper Worm and other assorted creatures.  They have a unique oversized paddle as the tail as opposed to the curly-q of most other lures which helps the lure “swim” with a natural motion which creates a visual queue to strike.  The paddle on the Hyper Worm achieves this, but also creates a large amount of vibration.  These pressure waves stimulate the lateral line of the fish, signaling a secondary enticement to attack.  The bait is also infused with garlic and salt scent, therefore stimulating three of the senses that tell a fish to strike.



By casting next to a weed bed, and retrieving along in the open water next to the cover, I have been getting more and increased violence, in the strikes.  I have also noticed fish coming from further away to investigate the lure.  I surmise that instead of relying on the bass to be within sight of the lure, that the increased vibration is being sensed, and drawing fish from further away.  This action is more of a natural “sound”, and instead of annoying the fish into a strike, it is mimicking the action of wounded bait, where the more natural action of the Hyper Worm attracts far more reliably.

Lake Fork also makes lizards, and crayfish shapes with the enlarged paddle, and seem to work just as well.

For a lure that was designed in Texas and very popular in the south, this product has all the promise to be extremely successful in Michigan.  If you would like more information on Lake Fork, just give us a call!

Kayak Season is Coming, Are you Ready?

February is normally a sad time for a camper.  Snow, sleet, rain, and severe cabin fever is running rampant.  But it is so tantalizingly close to Spring, that you need to be prepared.  Here at Westland Camping, we have been talking to people on the phone about kayaks since January.

Now is the best time to start looking at where you plan on going this season, and what you want to do while you are at it.  Getting a fishing rod holder installed right now in preparation for early spring fishing is a good idea, because we are a little slower than we are in June.

February is also a good time to review your safety equipment, such as your PFD, or paddle leash.  if these things aren’t up to snuff, then you have plenty of time to get replacements.  Another handy item is a water bottle leash.  This is a very handy product for under $10, that holds a standard water bottle attached to your boat securely.

It may also be time to upgrade your seat.  I know from personal experiance, that it’s tough to remember this one until you are an hour into your trip, and you have another three ahead of you.  Our kayak department can help you with all of these things, and give you helpful tips about how to store these items, and more.  Come see us today!

10 Things Every RV Camper Needs

Below is a list of items we take with us on every camping trip. We recommend them to friends and customers, we trust them with our families, and we’re sure you will trust them too. Everything here is available at our store, or you can order online and get it delivered right to your home.

1. Chempace drop-in toilet chemicals
Toilet chemicals are the most important element to your black water (sewer) system on your camper. Make sure you have the ease of use that drop-ins provide. They are less expensive than pre-mixed liquids, and easier to store, because they don’t freeze during the winter. Stock up on these – you’re going to need them.

2. Aquasoft toilet tissue by Thetford
Only toilet paper designed for RV black water systems should be used in your trailer. Prevent clogs, and avoids the hassle of time consuming tank clean-outs when the kids are cranky from the heat and the wife is complaining about the clean-out station smells.

3. Valterra EZ-Coupler Sewer Hose set
Don’t get caught without a good quality sewer hose. The EZ Coupler set has built in fittings, and the sewer fitting, and easily converts from a 10’ to a 20’ hose, depending on what you need. Made with heavy duty 18 mil vinyl for long lasting protection from leaks and pin holes.

4. Valterra water pressure regulator
All RV manufacturers recommend using a water pressure regulator to protect your RV’s plumbing fittings. It keeps the water running between 40-55 psi. and stops water surges from campgrounds (they don’t use fancy plumbing) from damaging any of the water lines in your trailer. One leak inside your trailer and this will pay for itself.

5. Iosso water repellant
Camping is fun, but getting wet is not. This works on any fabric that is exposed to the elements. Use it on tent campers, tents, boat covers, luggage bags, trailer covers, anything you want protected.

6. Lap sealant (roof caulking) by Dicor
The most expensive repair bill you’ll ever get on your camper will be if the roof leaks and you don’t do anything about it. This is the only caulking you should be using on your rubber roof on your RV. It is designed to level itself, and fill gaps in your application, making a good seal. Trailer manufacturers recommend checking your roof every three months.

7. Black Streak Remover from Best
Remove those ugly black streaks from your camper easily, keeping your RV looking showroom clean for years to come. Especially useful when the family in the next lot pulls up in a $500,000 motorhome.

8. Replacement Anode Rod by Camco
For use primarily with Suburban water heaters, this is one of the most sought after repair parts. When you drain your water out of the water heater, make sure you inspect the anode rod, and replace it if necessary. Protect your water heater from corrosion, and avoid costly repairs down the line.

9. Mud Dauber Insect Screens by JCJ Enterprises
Insects will gravitate to any area that smells like Propane. This means that your furnace exhaust, water heater vent, and refrigerator vents are all likely places for mud dauber wasps and other insects to nest. Protect yourself from accidental fire, as well as exhaust vent problems with these easy to install screens.

10. 7-4 wire adapter by Hopkins
Once you’ve got a good hitch, everyone in your family will know it and they will want you to tow something for them. When you need to tow any smaller or older trailers, this adapter converts the round 7-way plug on most new vehicles, to a 4-wire flat plug, common among smaller campers, and utility trailers. Make sure you have one in your

RV Maintenance For Towable RV’s

Travel trailer, tent campers and fifth wheels all have special preventive maintenance needs. Here are some maintenance suggestions for RV tow vehicle, travel trailers and fifth wheels.

The standard recommendation is that you re-pack your trailer wheel bearings once a year. This is because trailers tend to sit a lot and that can contribute to condensation inside the wheel and that can lead to rust which, in turn, leads to partials which can score surfaces and cause friction and bearing failure. Re-packing the bearings also makes it easy to inspect your brakes and running gear in order to detect and fix potential problems before they become a hazard.

Check the nuts, bolts, and other fasteners to ensure that the hitch remains secured to the tow vehicle and the coupler remains secured to the trailer. The connection point may require periodic lubrication to permit free movement of the coupler to the hitch ball. A light application of grease is also recommended on RV fifth wheel hitches.

Under inflation reduces the load-carrying capacity of your tow vehicle or trailer, may cause sway and control problems, and may result in overheating. This causes blowouts or other tire failure.
Over inflation causes premature tire wear and affects the handling characteristics of the tow vehicle or trailer.
Ozone UV rays and contaminants cause RV travel trailer and fifth wheel tires to deteriorate over time so for safety is recommended they are replaced every 3 to 5 years regardless of tread wear. Check your tire dealer or tire manufacturer for specific recommendations. On a regular basis, have the brakes on both the tow vehicle and travel trailer inspired. Be sure that necessary adjustments are made and any damaged or worn parts are replaced.

Always inspect seals around your doors and windows as well as the roof where ever sealing is evident. Sealing material should always appear clean and soft as well as completely covering the gaps. Dry, dirty, shrunken seals will let in water and cause damage. Click here for more info on roof maintenance.

Don’t hesitate to call your repair shop if something doesn’t seem correct. There are no dumb questions only informative answers. Many will not charge you to make a quick visual inspection of your unit and advise you if a more in depth look should be made.