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6 Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Trailer



Recreational vehicles (RVs) have never been more popular. Indeed, 46 million Americans plan to take a trip in one this year! And you really can’t blame them.

After all, RVs offer unbridled freedom. It’s a lifestyle of choice, flexibility, and exploration. Unbound by a fixed location, you hit the open road and never look back.

Of the various RVs on the market, though, buying a travel trailer offers a host of enviable advantages. They’re affordable, can be towed with an ordinary car/truck, and allow you to drive around as normal once you’ve unhitched and set camp for the night. But first, you’ve got to find the right one for your needs!

With no shortage of options, that can be easier said than done. Want some expert advice to ensure you drive away happy? Keep reading to discover exactly what to look for when buying a travel trailer.

Tips for Buying a Travel Trailer

  1. Affordability

First thing’s first: any travel trailer you purchase has to fall within budget!

Now, the good news is that these particular RVs tend to be cheaper than others out there (such as fifth wheelers, motorhomes, and toy haulers). Yet there’s still a wide range of price tags available and you could easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new trailer if you wanted to.

Of course, paying more than you can afford is never a good idea. As always, though, you do tend to get what you pay for. Forking out for a higher-quality trailer could save you cash (and headaches!) down the line in terms of repairs, replacement parts, and so on.

  1. Damage

If budget’s a key factor in your decision, then buying used trailers will be the best way forward. Why? Because, like anything second-hand, they’ll come at a far reduced price.

However, the years and miles under the belts of these travel trailers can also impact their quality. There could be underlying damage that’d make the RV a liability on the road (and ruin your enjoyment of it in the process).

Even worse, some unscrupulous sellers won’t be forthcoming with such information.

That’s why it’s so important to do a rigorous inspection to assess its state of (dis)repair. Look inside and outside the travel trailer for signs of wear and tear. Walk the floors, check inside cupboards, and make sure it’s watertight. You could even ask someone who’s good with mechanics to verify it’s in good enough shape to purchase.

  1. Space

As we said in the intro, traveling/living in an RV offers a host of advantages. The freedom to come and go, the ability to explore beautiful parts of the country, the simplicity of life on the road…these are just a few of the benefits involved.

Nevertheless, it definitely takes some getting used to as well! And one of the major reasons for that is the relative lack of space on offer. After all, going from a house with multiple bedrooms to a tiny travel trailer can be a shock to the system.

If you plan to take longer trips, then make sure you buy something with enough room for everything and everyone on board. Having enough space to stay comfortable (and avoid claustrophobia) will make a mighty difference.

  1. Storage

On a similar note, it’s important to buy a trailer with enough storage space for your stuff.

Think about everything you might want (and need) to take on the road. From clothes and cookware to camping gear, bicycles, and first-aid equipment, you could have an enormous list of things to stow away on future trips. Furthermore, it all has to be held in place when you’re on the move and driving over rough ground.

The result? Any travel trailer you buy needs a sufficient supply of functional storage space. All of your gear should be tucked away in a neat and well-organized manner that maximizes the available space at your disposal.

  1. Function

The function of your travel trailer’s one of the most important buying considerations to bear in mind. Now, at one level, this is obvious: you want a home on wheels to tow behind your car/truck and have endless outdoor adventures in! But it pays to get more specific.

Have a think about your particular needs, such as how, when, and where you’ll be using your travel trailer. For example, families who want to explore remote areas in the heart of winter will need a very different trailer to young couples who want to take occasional summer camping trips. Everything from the amount of space inside to the insulation and amenities will vary.

  1. Weight and Towing Capacity

Be sure to think about the weight of the trailer and the towing capacity of your car/truck as well. Don’t, and you could end up buying something that’s too heavy to tow anywhere!

The weight of the trailer is one thing. But you’ll need to think about everything you’re taking on board too. That total weight (trailer plus contents) is the true determinant of whether it’s light enough to pull.

Oh, and don’t forget to consider the location(s) you’ll be driving in either. Moving through hilly/mountainous terrain with a heavy load and limited towing power can be a challenge. Opting for a lighter trailer could be a more sensible bet.

Remember These Considerations When Buying a Travel Trailer

There’s a whole host of reasons to get excited about RVs- especially travel trailers! Versatile, practical, and oodles of fun, they offer a lifestyle of unchecked freedom, independence, and control.

However, with no shortage of new and used options on the market, buying a travel trailer can be easier said than done. Furthermore, with a lot of money on the line, the last thing you want to do is buy something that’s unfit for purpose.

We hope the information in this post will prove useful in that regard. Keep these considerations in mind and you’re sure to buy the best possible trailer for your needs.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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