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Fall is here and the colors have begun to change on the bushes and trees. The simplest landscape becomes a beautiful scenery. Long walks and drives are events themselves as the reds, oranges, and yellows brighten up the hills and woods. Even activities like fishing, hiking, canoeing or a simple walk feel a bit more special with the fancy foliage in the background. Cooler nights, crisp warm days, hoodies, comfort foods and campfires… that is what fall is about.
Many campgrounds that are too hot in the summer are just right for late fall and early winter months. Fall is a great time to take out your RV or a RV rental.
Check List – As with any camping trip, be sure to make a check list of all the things you’ll need to stay safe and warm, then go through it before walking out the door.
Pick the right destination – The number one must-have for fall camping is the perfect destination.
Favorite autumn activities should also be considered as you choose where to camp. Do you like to hike, fish or paddle? Does leaf peeping thrill your soul? There are perfect places to do all those things in autumn, so get online or check with local campgrounds about fall adventures in your target area.
Layering is the key to staying comfortable while camping in fall. Pack layers of breathable, water-resistant clothing. Wool, fleece and synthetic materials will help keep you warm and dry. Avoid cotton clothing.
- Thermal underwear, or base layers with moisture wicking properties
- Fleece jacket, wool shirt/sweater or other synthetic layer for warmth
- Wind and water resistant outer jacket
- Winter cap — for daytime
- Gloves/mittens, plus an extra pair in case first pair gets wet
- Winter jacket (even if the weather is predicted to be warm)
- Sturdy boots, with waterproof membrane
- Extra shoes and plenty of extra dry socks
- Rain poncho and rain pants
Put on that winter cap! About 30 percent of your body heat escapes through your head. Wearing a cap is one of your best defenses against that. As the saying goes, if your toes are cold, put on a hat!
Be aware of autumn wildlife safety. Wildlife are often engaged in fall mating rituals so be careful to respect their space. Some animals can be more aggressive as winter nears, so beware of bee hives and be sure to eliminate trash from your campsite to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
Propane Level – Know your propane level, be sure to check before you leave.
First-aid kit. Take a first-aid kit. You never know when you might need something.
Hand and foot warmers may come in handy or small chemical heating pads – that slip into boots, gloves or jacket pockets for a quick and easy warmup during the chilly fall months! Great for a chilly morning walk.
Tool Kit – Pack a well-stocked tool kit. Add things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig. Without these, you risk having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped.
Roof Maintenance – Inspect your roof at spring and fall for gaps and voids in the sealants. if you are not sure what to do call us for a free roof inspection.
Joshua Tree National Park Campground is located at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert – offering panoramic views of the North face of Joshua Tree National Park, exceptional desert vistas, amazing sunsets and spectacular night skies.
Spring and Fall days are typically clear with less than 25% humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable with average highs around 85F (29C) and average lows around 50F (10C).
Joshua Tree National Park in California has nine campgrounds, and several which were closed during the period of low summer visitation reopened on October 1. All sites are open in the park’s Belle, Ryan and White Tank campgrounds, and some loops are now available in the Black Rock, Cottonwood and Indian Cover campgrounds.
Backcountry campers have lots of options at Joshua Tree, which the park describes as “a backpacker’s dream with its mild winter climate and interesting rock formations, plants, and wildlife.
Forest River’s Stealth Toy Hauler
Stealth is the ultimate in luxury toy haulers. With decades of experience Forest River knows it’s important to start with a solid foundation, that’s why all of their chassis are “offroad approved.” Take a moment to see some of the innovative floorplans and features we offer.
- 102″ Wide Body Construction
- 106 gal Fresh Water Capacity
- Heated, Insulated and Enclosed Underbelly
- 15″ Chrome Wheels (per FP)
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Forest River’s Sonoma Trailer
Making Camping Easy! With the convenient power package and remote, setting up is a breeze so you can relax and enjoy your time with family. We understand that all camping is different. Sonoma is designed to get you to wherever that destination may be. In addition to flipped axles and durable aluminum framing, Sonoma offers larger tank capacities, battery efficient LED lighting, completely enclosed underbelly and is solar ready. Getting off the grid has never been easier.
Robb Rowe – Sales Manager
Congratulations to Robb Rowe on his recent promotion of General Sales Manager – Happy Daze RV’s Livermore. With many years of RV sales expertise, Robb is a welcome addition to our Livermore facility. If you’re in the area stop by and say hi.
Judy Johnson – Finance Manager
Welcome Judy Johnson, our newest addition at Happy Daze RV’s in Livermore. Judy has an extensive background in finance and we couldn’t be more excited to have her as part of the team. If you’re in the area stop by and say hi!
These autumn recipes couldn’t be easier. Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Alfredo or Easy Pumpkin Pull apart loaf.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 Large Sweet Potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Scrub the sweet potatoes, leave unpeeled, and cut into fries or rounds. (Rounds are much easier!).
Combine olive oil and melted butter. Arrange the potato slices, not touching, in rows on a baking sheet. Lightly brush the potatoes with the oil mixture; being careful to not use too much or the fries get mushy.
Roast at 450F for 18 to 22 minutes, or until they are golden and crisp, turning them once with a spatula. Transfer the potatoes to paper towels to drain, sprinkle them with the salt to taste, and serve them warm.
Note: can be sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or parmesan cheese instead of salt.
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp Parsley
- 3/4 cup Pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp Rosemary
- 12 oz Fettuccine
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, grated
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- 1/2 cup Whole milk
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook fettuccine according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in rosemary and pumpkin. Pour in milk and stir until evenly combined, then stir in Parmesan and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until you reach your desired consistency.
Turn off heat and toss pasta in the sauce. Garnish with parsley and more Parmesan, if desired.
Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg, large
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1can Pillsbury grands biscuits
- 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream or milk
Heat oven to 350F. Spray 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice.
Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making total of 16 biscuit rounds. Brush one side of each biscuit round with melted butter. Spread slightly less than 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie mix on top of each. Sprinkle rounds with spice-sugar mixture.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until loaf is deep golden brown and center is baked through.
Cool 10 minutes. Turn pan upside down on serving platter. In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over warm loaf. Serve warm.
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