Discover the Delta: Escape the “Everyday” for a Special Day

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I previously posted about how my family enjoys escaping for the weekend (sometimes just a day!) to the Delta.  Afterwards, we had a lot of requests for some suggestions on where to stay in an RV.  With miles and miles of delta waterways, there are tons of places to stay.  We narrowed it down to a couple of places we like in the the Isleton/Walnut Grove/Lodi area to keep this post from becoming a book.

Any of the following RV resorts are a great place to launch your weekend adventure exploring the unique area of the Delta.  Be sure to check out the town of Locke.  A National Historical Landmark, it was established by Chinese immigrants who built the levees that created the delta farmland.   And when you do embark on the water, remember, there are miles of waterways to explore. So, bring a map, plan your trip, and make sure you know where the fuel docks are! (and wear a life jacket.)

  1. Vieira’s Resort – Isleton, CA

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On Ida Island, in the Sacramento River Delta, this Resort is a water lover’s paradise.  It has full hook up sites, partial hook up sites, cabins, and tent camping.  There is river access, so bring your boat or personal water craft!  If you prefer to stay on land, there are on-site activities like basketball and horseshoes.  You can eat at their restaurant and hang out on the beach.

 

2.  New Hope Landing – Walnut Grove, CA

Next to Wimpy’s Restaurant, this resort has monthly and long term sites available, too (for those lucky enough to be Full-Timing). Of course, there is a boat launch.  And it’s super close to Giusti’s Place, featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  Giusti’s says it is the oldest restaurant and bar in the California Delta and has been one of the Delta’s favorites for over 100 years.

 

3. Jellystone Camp Resort: Yogi Bear’s Tower Park California – Lodi, CA

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There are so many amenities and so many things to entertain the kids, right on site!  This resort boasts laser tag, a giant jumping pillow, swimming pool, gem mining, and more. And you can rent paddle boards, boats, or kayaks to explore the Delta  You can even have Yogi Bear make a personal visit.  They have theme parties on the weekends (see calendar) and a restaurant.

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There are lots of local activities and things to see in the area, too.  The Grand Island Mansion serves an elegant brunch on weekends, there are many wineries in the area open for wine tasting, and there are lots of local festivals.

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These festivals are coming up soon, and I’m thinking we’re going to make another trip to the Delta to check them out.

 

Do you have a favorite Delta Dive?  Your go-to boat launch?  Let us know in the comments!

-Happy Camping!

(All photo credits go to their respective webpages.)

 

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Ultra Light trailers enabling more people to go RVing

Buying an ultra lite travel trailer is not an easy task.  Defining what IS an “ultra light” trailer is as important as the sticker on the side of the trailer calling it an ultra light travel trailer. Today’s RV manufacturers are quick to label a trailer with graphics calling it “ultra light” or the words “half ton towable.”  You can never assume that if the manufacturers call the unit an ultra light that it is suitable for your vehicle to tow.

Here at Folsom Lake RV we take seriously the professionalism required to determine whether your vehicle can tow safely the vehicle you are considering purchasing.

We found these 8 tips from Jim Gorzelany (CTW Features; link here) to determine what you can tow and if you can do so safely.  We’ve listed them below:

  1. Know your limits. Read your car or truck’s owner’s manual to determine its recommended towing capacity as equipped (this can vary depending on the engine, transmission and other components) and be sure to stay well within the stated limits. This includes the weight of a boat, trailer and cargo. Overloading a vehicle can cause significant mechanical issues, and a too-heavy trailer can sway excessively behind the tow vehicle, causing control issues and encroaching on adjacent lanes of traffic.
  2. Check the hitch. Be sure your vehicle’s hitch is up to the challenge – if you’re hauling something that weighs more than 5,000 pounds, you’ll need a weight distributing or fifth-wheel hitch to safely handle the load. Once hitched and with the wiring harness connected, verify that the trailer’s brakes, brake lights, and turn signals are synchronized with the towing vehicle.
  3. Spare me. Ensure both the tow vehicle and the trailer are equipped with spare tires and that they’re properly inflated.
  4. Pack accordingly. If you’re pulling a camper, make sure the load to be carried within it is evenly distributed for optimal stability. Aim to place 60 percent of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer, and distribute items evenly on the left and right sides of the unit. Be sure to tie down everything securely.
  5. Tend to the tow vehicle. Always have your car or truck checked out by a mechanic before hitting the road, especially fluid levels, brakes and tires; it’s a good idea to have the oil changed before embarking on a long trip. Be sure to inflate the tires to the proper air pressure specified for towing (again, check the owners’ manual for this information).
  6. Take a test drive. Even experienced haulers should practice pulling a load around town or – even better – within a large empty parking lot to get a good feel for how everything behaves before hitting the highway. Be sure to rehearse accelerating, turning corners, stopping, backing up and parking.

Folsom Lake RV has the ability to test tow before you buy an ultra light trailer.  This is not offered at other dealerships.  Folsom Lake RV has invested in tow vehicles to test trailer towing for both Teardrop and folding camper trailer.  We also have a heavy duty truck with a Fifth Wheel hitch already installed.  Or we can install a brake control in your vehicle and we will test tow in your Truck or S.U.V. or S.U.T!

  1. Know the laws. Towing regulations vary from state to state, and you may require a special permit or license depending on what you’re hauling, or special equipment including larger side- and rear-view mirrors. Those taking longer trips should consult bordering states’ towing laws to make sure the rig won’t be violating specific towing restrictions.
  2. Take it easy. Once you’ve departed, proceed at a moderate pace and allow sufficient distance for safe stopping. A sudden stop at excessive speeds can cause the trailer to skid out of control or flip over. If you feel the trailer swaying at highway speeds, take your foot off the accelerator to reduce momentum, but do not apply the brakes. It’s a good idea to pull over every hour or so to ensure the trailer’s lights and brakes are working, the tires are at the proper inflation level and that the load within the trailer remains secure.

List Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/transportation/cars/tips-to-know-before-you-tow-gauging-the-weight-your/article_88303d84-83a0-57b1-975a-c9d074a069e2.html

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