Cool Finds From the 2017 OR Winter Market

Cool Finds From the 2017 OR Winter Market

In January, the annual Outdoor Retailers Winter Market was held in Salt Lake City.  This event is the primary place where manufactures in the outdoor industry come to pitch their product to prospective retail and online shops.  This year there were 1,075 outdoor and lifestyle brands represented at the show and 163 of them were there for the first time.  It is hard to stay focused at a show like this as there is simply so much to look at….

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Our Camping First Aid Kit

Our Camping First Aid Kit

After our incident in Estes Park (see Getting Sick in Estes Park), it got me thinking about our readiness to deal with issues while we are camping.  In the Estes Park case, we were really close to the city and were easily able to pick up the supplies we needed.  While this worked out, we were at the mercy of the stores in the town and what they had in-stock.  We also frequently camp in areas where a local store…

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Powering up With No Hookups

Powering up With No Hookups

When we purchased our Keystone Hideout, we quickly realized that the generator that we had been using on our Jayco Swift was not going to be able to power the air conditioner.  One of our friends is a die hard Honda person, and with good reason, as they are the ones to beat and have a nearly flawless implementation of their generators.  So needless to say we had a lot of reason to consider a Honda. To help narrow the…

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First Full Season in Our Keystone Hideout

First Full Season in Our Keystone Hideout

We purchased our Keystone Hideout in late 2015, so this was the first full year of camping in it.  Now having a camping year and 36 nights in the Hideout, we felt it was time to reflect back on our purchase and look at some of the positives and negatives. In our post “Welcome to Our Secret Hideout” we outlined some of the main reasons we wanted to upgrade.  The first of those was having dedicated beds.  Our previous trailer…

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How to Winterize a Keystone Hideout

How to Winterize a Keystone Hideout

Ahhh, the annual tradition of coming to grips with the reality of the season ending and getting the trailer ready for winter hibernation.  The process can seem a bit daunting but it really isn’t that difficult.  It also is a great time to do some annual maintenance and check things over to make sure they are ready for next season. When we start the winterization process we first drain the water heater.  You will want to make sure that the…

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