How To Build A Good Campfire

Even when you camp in travel trailers or motor homes, you may want to enjoy a good campfire. Building a campfire is not too difficult if you know the basics. You can use a couple methods to get a campfire started, including burning trash. Before you start, be sure you know the rules of building campfires for your location. Many sites do not allow campfires if there is no campfire ring, if it is windy or if the area is in a dry spell.

Campfire Ring

If there is no campfire ring or fireplace, you will need to build one – use rocks that are lying around to build a ring at least 6 inches high. You could also build a three-sided fireplace. The flatter the rocks the easier it is to build; plus you have a place to set your drinks or put your feet up if the rocks are flat and make a shelf at the top of the ring.

Getting Started

Gather the materials needed to start a campfire. If you don’t have trash to use, you will need dried grass, small twigs and kindling to get the fire started. Pile the trash or grass and small twigs in the center of the campfire ring.

Lean the kindling or small branches over the top, making a teepee. Light the grass or trash. Once the fire starts burning, add more kindling.

Once the kindling catches fire, add small branches, no more than 2 inches in diameter. If the wood is dry, you can add wood that is a little larger, but for green wood and wet wood fires, you need to start small and get the fire hot so the larger pieces will dry and burn.

Once you have a good fire going with the smaller stuff, you can start adding larger stuff. Lay it over the fire, ensuring that you don’t squash out the flames. Crisscross the wood so that the fire has plenty of air.

Keeping it Going

If the wood is wet or green – green wood is fresh fallen or chopped wood that hasn’t had time to dry out properly – it is going to be difficult keeping the fire going until heat builds up and the water and/or sap evaporates. You can add a layer of larger wood, then pile twigs and small branches on top of the green wood or wet wood. Even though wet wood is just wet from rain and/or snow, it won’t burn as easily as green wood. You may have to continue making layers of wood and branches so the heat stays consistent enough to dry the larger wood chunks.

Once the fire is going, you should be able to continue adding wood until you are tired of sitting out by the fire.

Cleaning Up

Be sure to douse the fire with sand or water before you go inside. Never leave a burning fire unattended. Make sure there are no hot coals left when you go inside your travel trailer or motor home as the fire could rekindle itself.

RV Travelers: Don’t Miss Fee Free Days At Our National Parks!

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Have you been waiting to pack up your new motorhome or travel trailer and take your family to explore some of America’s most beautiful scenery?  Then, be sure to take advantage of this year’s fee free days at our national parks!

Out of America’s 398 national parks, 144 of the parks charge an entrance fee (including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon).  But, on select days this year, you can take your RV in for free!

“Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation’s history and culture and restore our spirits,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  “By providing free admission, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us!”

This years fee free days include:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:  January 21
  • National Parks Week:  April 22 – 26
  • Get Outdoors Day:  June 8
  • National Public Lands Day:  September 28
  • Veterans Day Weekend:  November 9 – 11

Will you be taking advantage of our national parks’ fee free days?

Which park would you like to visit?

RV Sale: Reines RV Center’s Pre-Holiday Sale!

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Planning to go camping this summer?  Be prepared and save now on a new or pre-owned travel trailer, 5th wheel or motorhome from Reines RV Center during our pre-holiday sale!  Over 150 RVs in stock are on sale now through May 26th!

If you’re looking for an easy-to-tow travel trailer, you’ll love Koala travel trailers!  With their fiberglass exteriors, they are lightweight for easy towing!  During our pre-holiday sale, you can buy a fully equipped 18 foot Koala travel trailer that weighs under 3,000 pounds for only $14,900! This model sleeps 2 to 3 people and comes with A/C, patio awning, AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 stereo system with outside speakers, spare tire, TV antenna, stove, microwave, refrigerator, gas/electric water heater and more!   If you prefer a larger trailer, we have Koala’s in various sizes up to 32 feet long.

Our most popular small class C motorhome, the Four Winds Class C 23U is on sale now for  only $55,000!  It has a rear bed, U shaped dinette, club chair, cabover bed, large double door refrigerator, power awning, A/C, large exterior storage compartment, microwave oven, LCD TV, generator, cherry cabinets, 5,000 pound hitch and more!  Built on a Ford chassis with a V10 engine, the Four Winds Class C 23U sleeps 5 people comfortably!

Another great buy during our pre-holiday sale is the Hurricane 34T class A motorhome!  It sleeps 7 people (children love the bunk beds)!  Now on sale for only $87,900, this new  motorhome includes 3 slide-out rooms, an electric power patio awning, leather hide-a-bed sofa with air mattress, 2 roof A/Cs, generator, 2 LCD TVs, DVD player, hydraulic leveling jacks, heated holding tanks, outside shower, free standing euro-recliner and much more!

Many more new and pre-owned motorhomes, travel trailers and 5th wheels are on sale now until May 26th!

Great financing at low rates is available!  If you have any questions about financing, please contact Ed Milani.

You’re always invited to our free cookouts on Saturdays, weather permitting.

We need trades and will pay top dollar for your motorhome or travel trailer.  Or, Reines RV Center will pay cash if you have one to sell.

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