The RV Adventures of Bug Smacker

You need a mobile friendly website or blog

First there was the Desktop PC, then the Laptop, followed shortly by the Notebook, next up was the Tablet and finally the Smart Phone. Currently we are being introduced to the Smartwatch. Can you see the trend? Everything keeps getting smaller. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and making it accessible anytime I need it is great. Teenagers don’t even need to remember things anymore, they can just ask; “Siri” or “Google Now” or “Cortana” or whatever voice assistant is lurking inside their smartphone anything they need to know. They will now know more than their parents and not just think they do.cellphone

But with convenience comes a price. Whenever I pull out my phone to find a website for that restaurant I just happened to drive by (after safely pulling over to the side of the road of course) all I can see is itty-bitty words and teeny-weeny links to click on. I need a pair of jeweler’s glasses to see what I am doing and a toothpick to click on things.

Web designers have seen this coming for some time now. There are various ways to make a website mobile-friendly. You can have a separate website that loads on smaller devices or the website can be made to be responsive. A responsive site changes with the size of the viewing device’s display, thus making it easier to use on smaller screens.

If you are a blogger or have a website, you need to roll with the changes. If you are sensitive about your search rankings, you’ll need to start rolling right now.

Google has announced:
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.

Bing posted:
We can all agree that mobile is the future. Actually, we can’t really say “mobile is the future” anymore. Mobile is the present. Mobile is now. With that in mind, it’s time to take a fresh look at some essential things from the ground up. Specifically, let’s re-examine all the work you’ve been doing to get crawled, selected, indexed, and ranked. This time though, let’s look at it through a mobile lens.

Does that mean that your blog will get blown off the edge of the internet if you don’t comply? Certainly not, in fact if you are not worried about how easy it is to find or view your site, then let it ride. On the other hand if you want to keep from losing visitors to you site, then you will definitely want to look into modernizing your online content.

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How to Secure your RV Marker Light Covers

Here is a small tip on how to secure the marker light covers on your trailer or RV.

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RV Storage Prep List

This is a list of things to do before you tuck your RV away for its long winter nap.

  • Clean exterior side walls
  • Clean roof
  • Clean awning
  • Retract awning
  • Check roof seams
  • Stow cords & hoses
  • Check battery levels
  • Remove/ store batteries
  • Check tire pressure
  • Cover tires
  • Cover refrigerator, stove, furnace and water heater vents
  • Plug any opening on the under-side that critter can invade
  • Retract stabilizer jacks
  • Shut-off propane valves
  • Cover gas regulator
  • Drain water tanks
  • Disconnect AC power
  • Check engine fluid levels
  • Lubricate locks, hinges and sliding parts
  • Winterize water lines
  • Close vents & windows
  • Shut-off furnace/ AC
  • Retract slides
  • Clean refrigerator
  • Prop refrigerator door open slightly
  • Turn off water heater
  • Turn off water pump
  • Close blinds
  • Remove detector batteries
  • Remove all perishables
  • Leave cabinet doors and drawers open
  • Clean air conditioner filters
  • Turn chair cushions on edge
  • Place Snuggles dryer sheets throughout RV

These items are not listed in any specific order. The list is not necessarily inclusive of everything that you may need to check on your particular RV. Check your manuals for details relating to your specific rig.

Here is a link you can use to print the list above: RV Storage Prep List

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RV Screen Door Latch Pull Cord

RV Latch Pull

If your RV has a lever type latch to secure the screen door then this handy little gadget will make your life much easier. This RV Latch Pull is designed to be attached to the lever on the screen door of your RV. You then allow it to hang through the gap in the access door, thus giving you the ability to open the screen door without opening the access door. It is just that simple!

If you would like us to send you one, just drop a few bucks into the pass the hatHat and we will be glad to send one your way. Don’t forget to send us your name and address.






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Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park

I called ahead to see if Soaring Eagle RV park offered discounted rates this late in the season. I spoke to a very friendly guy who was able to offer me a very good rate. We have wanted to stay at this place since they opened, but the cost was a bit steep for our tastes. The rate I was offered this weekend was a lot easier to swallow.

When we arrived the park was quite empty. Just a few RVs and most of the occupants were gone (most likely at the casino). We expected this was going to be a quiet and peaceful weekend. How wrong we were!

Central Michigan UniversityLittle did we know that this weekend would bring a campground full of loud and rowdy football fans. This happens to be the weekend for the Homecoming Football Game at Central Michigan University. Friday night the town filled up and so did our nice peaceful little RV park. There was yelling, screaming and partying all night long, every night! The park rules specifically state that they do not allow this type of behavior in the park. Then again, the office closes at 7 PM so there is no one around to do anything about it. So just let the party begin.

The park itself is pretty nice. It is well kept. The is a general store, a bathhouse, kids play area, clubhouse, laundry facilities and hiking trails. There is a small lake with boat rentals. They provide a free shuttle service to the Soaring Eagle Waterpark, Waabooz Run Golf Course, and Soaring Eagle Casino from the campground.

The campsites are paved and pretty much level. Each site has a fire pit, grill and picnic table. They offer 30 and some 50 amp electrical sites. There is water, sewer and WiFi. The WiFi signal is strong with no dropouts. The WiFi signal is, however, turned down pretty slow.Pixie

For lunch today we stopped into Pixie’s here in Mt. Pleasant. We have been here lots of times before. I have eaten lots of Pixies before. This is, however, the first time I have been officially inducted into the Pixie Hall Of Fame. Not a huge event for me, I just really love the Pixies.

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