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How to Order On Tough Top Awning's Website June 01 2017, 0 Comments

Tyler put together a quick video to make ordering an awning through our website quick and easy!


Casino Camping in Oregon and California February 16 2017, 0 Comments

I’ve been traveling up and down California and Oregon a lot over the last few months. Both states are over the top beautiful to say the least, but they are also expensive! Camping can be expensive too, RV Parks can run anywhere from $45 to close to $100 depending where you are at, and most state and national parks $35 a night. If someone on a budget, that can be a lot per month….thats where casino camping comes in! It’s cheap to free and many times very well located.

 

Here are the top 5 casinos I’ve camped at in California and Oregon. I am not a gambler so this top 5 has nothing to do with gambling aspect of the casinos.

View from Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad CA

 

  1. Cher-Ae Heights Casino - Just a couple miles from Trinidad CA, a cool city and must stop. I rated this my #1 casino stop because of the view! The RV parking is up the hill from the casino, with large trees for shade, take the 25 yard walk to the edge of a hill overlooking the ocean into Trinidad…just beautiful!! The stay costs $20 for 3 nights…its very quite…and an added bonus, there is a small hiking trail 1/2 further down the road to a beautiful beach…enjoy!

Sand Dunes near Florence, OR

 

2. Three Rivers Casino - Just a couple miles outside Florence, OR. Florence is on the 101, and is the beginning (going south) of the coastal sand dunes. The casino is just off the 101 and a short drive to Historic Florence, I actually rode my bike down there one day. The lot is large and flat, plus I feel very safe as security does make the rounds (be sure to check-in). They allow you to stay 3 days free, more if you gamble. I like this stop because its close to the town to get a bite to eat, if you spend a few days in the area there are many day trips to take to the many state parks for hiking and site seeing.

http://www.threeriverscasino.com/

 

Shore Acres State Park near North Bend, OR

 

3. The Mill Casino - Located in North Bend, OR, The Mill offers both an RV Park (not sure the price) and a non-hookup lot for $15/night. You can take advantage of the restrooms/showers, laundry and wi-fi (does not work well, but you can walk up to the casino toward the back and get good coverage there). I have this #2 for a few reasons, it is right off the busy 101, but the bay is right there and very pretty, I like the use of the showers, and when its not busy they will allow you to use the dump station. They also have pretty good, reasonably priced food (I took advantage of the Sunday Morning buffet). The main reason is the closeness to State Parks (Sunset Bay, Cape Arago State Park and Shore Acres State Park)  Some of the most beauty coastline in Oregon, be sure to stop at the viewing area of the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island (take your binoculars)

https://www.themillcasino.com

 

4. Blue Lake Casino - Located about 8 miles off the 101 in Blue Lake, CA….near Arcata. To be honest there is not much special about this location, nice small lot….very nice staff when I checked in and I remember the food was pretty good and inexpensive. The 2 main reasons I liked this place was 1. its inland and in the mountains, after being along the coast for a while and missing CO I just felt at home waking up and seeing mountains all around me 2. while the town is really small, Im a beer lover and there is a great brewery with outside patio I walked to called: Mad River Brewing Co.

http://www.bluelakecasino.com/

 

5. Agua Caliente Casino - Located in Rancho Mirage, CA….Short drive from Palm Springs. They make my list for the huge parking lot, and flat as well….When I went to check in they were very relaxed and felt I could have stayed there a few days in needed. Its located in near Palm Springs and is about an hour or so from Joshua Tree….and FREE

http://www.hotwatercasino.com/


TOUGH TOP COMMUNITY January 23 2017, 0 Comments

We love the RV industry!!

Last year we celebrated our 10th year in business manufacturing and selling RV awnings. Looking back on all the success, some failures, all the wonderful people and businesses we have met we all know how lucky we are, and this is where we belong. 

We started kicking around an idea to further connect our community of RV businesses and all the people who support us all. We fully believe in community and even more so from our travels and being is business for 10 years, believe in the RV community.

So, we decided to launch the Tough Top Community! It's simple in nature, we want a place were RV businesses and organizations can promote themselves and introduce themselves to the RV world, and we want a place all of YOU can meet these businesses, connect with them and receive consistent information as well.....under one roof.

We are new and need all the help we can get....We are very forntute to have a few well established businesses believe in our idea and join us. Please take a look at the Community, let us know what you think....But more importantly share with others, connect with the Community businesses and help us make this a powerful tool in the RV industry.

We at Tough Top Awnings thanks you in advance for your help and look forward to grow the community.

 http://toughtopcommunity.toughtopawnings.com/index.html


RV Awning Discount + RVgeeks Quartzsite Appearance! December 09 2016, 1 Comment

Happy Holidays!

We are excited for the holiday season, but want to keep the excitement going through the New Year! We will be in Quartzite in Jan. for the RV Show with our friends the RVgeeks, and offering a 10% discount starting now and running till the end of the show.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS....AND WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!!

 


RV Recipe - Chicken Sausage Scramble - Fall Style December 06 2016, 0 Comments

This is one of my own….I first started making this on camping trips in tin foil, then started making it at home on the skillet, now a staple of RVing….I change it up depending on what I have and time of year….there is my fall version!!

 

This is just to get you started….Ive never been one to stick to a recipe

 

  • - 1 Package of Aidells Chicek & Apple Sausage

http://www.aidells.com/products

 

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Apple of your choice
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisons (just an option)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper (optional)

 

 

Start with cooking the Peppers and Onions in a skillet, then add apple and sausage as its pre-cooked…..I like to add a bit sea salt and pepper…..then add some cinnamon for a nice fall taste…maybe even add a pinch of nutmeg…..add the raisons if you would like and let simmer…..when the peppers are soft i know its read to go 

 

again….this is to get you started….as i like to cook by eye and taste….enjoy


RV Recipe - Chicken Sausage Scramble - Winter Style December 06 2016, 0 Comments

This is one of my own….I first started making this on camping trips in tin foil, then started making it at home on the skillet, now a staple of RVing….I change it up depending on what I have and time of year….there is my winter version!!

 

This is just to get you started….Ive never been one to stick to a recipe

 

  • - 1 Package of Aidells Chicek & Apple Sausage

http://www.aidells.com/products

 

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Apple of your choice
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisons (just an option)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper (optional)

 

 

Start with cooking the Peppers and Onions in a skillet, then add apple and sausage as its pre-cooked…..I like to add a bit sea salt and pepper…..then add some cinnamon for a nice winter taste…maybe even add a pinch of nutmeg…..add the raisons if you would like and let simmer…..when the peppers are soft i know its read to go 

 

again….this is to get you started….as i like to cook by eye and taste….enjoy


5 real easy ways to be “green”er on the road September 26 2016, 0 Comments

 

1. You like beer? Buy cans…or better yet, buy a growler and re-fill it

2. Don’t use paper towels - I know, its easy, but get some cleaning rags….its a breeze to hand wash them yourself and reuse

3. Shop at Farmers Markets - Bring your own bag, saves on packaging and plastic bags

4. Be sure to recycle - Have a relying bag or container to keep in your RV for when a RV park or campground does not have a receiving bin….If your at a grocery store or Costco…unpack in the parking lot and take the recycling back to the store and ask if they can recycle for you

5. Be aware of your electric use as if you were home - Turn off lights when not needed, look into high efficient lightbulbs, or possible solar options, there are some cool outdoor solar lights out there….along solar lamps and lanterns 

Wapiti RV Park - Lincoln City OR August 24 2016, 0 Comments

 

I hit the Oregon coast last week, and I’ve had a wonderful time, it’s a wonderment of trees, ocean, cliffs and sand. But with beauty does come traffic, a lot of people and challenges to find a place to stay, and stay at a reasonable price. After spending the night in Tillamook, OR I was looking for a place around Pacific City, not having much luck I branched out and started emailing a few places inland along with Lincoln City. About the time I made the decision that I would drive inland to a casino about 40 miles from the coast I got an email from Wapiti RV Park and they said they had dry camping for $20! So, that was a no brainer, to have a spot and be close to the coast, it was HOT and the idea of spending the night in heat and asphalt was not exciting me at all.

 

Wapiti RV Park is located on the south side of Lincoln City off the 101 in the country about 3 miles from beach access. I rode my e-bike to the beach with my dog with no issues. It’s a very beauty property with trees all about and a lot of green grass, there is also a small river right across the highway with wild blackberries to pick.

 

Wapiti RV Park is nothing fancy in terms of amenities. Their RV sites have water and electric and there is a dump station on site, I think the RV sites are around $30. The property used to be owned by the Elks, and this is the 2nd or 3rd summer it has been open to the public. There is a area for special events as there was a wedding while I was there. They also have a basketball court, some play equipment, horseshoes and a gazebo you can rent that has a place to cook and such, a nice little community hangout.

 

What I loved was the dry camping! Being self-sustainable I had no issues with it. They told me to drive out on the grass and park where I want! By the end of my first night there were probably 20 people dry camping and it was very nice and peaceful, Saturday was a bit more crazy with the wedding, but still nice….just people having a good time and not noisy at all.

 

All in all I just loved this place…. Lincoln City and the 101 was crazy busy and I felt I was no where close to that, but still able to take advantage of the beach without even moving my camper. Finding places like this is rare and should full be enjoyed when you come across them.

 

More info on Wapiti RV Park: http://www.wapitirvpark.com

 


Travel Planning Tip: My Maps by Google August 02 2016, 0 Comments

There are so many websites, apps and other tools these days to help us plan our adventures….As I get ready to hit the road again I wanted to be a bit better of a planner for the Oregon and California coast. I wanted to map out the places I wanted to visit, the hikes and sites I wanted to see, and then hopefully find inexpensive camping around those areas as well. And not being a good planner, this sorta stresses me out!

After going some research I cam across this article taking about “My Maps” on Google

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/create-a-custom-travel-map-with-google-maps/

It’s a simple but cool tool to use. If you have a Google account you can just login go to this link and get started.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?pli=1

You can name your map, do multiple maps too. If you have spots which you already know you want to camp or visit, you can type it in the search bar, then add a pin and label that pin. You can even color coat your pins….I colored all my “camping” pins in green. You can also create pins if you know your map coordinates as well.

Once you create a pin, there is a list of pins on the left side which you can click and the map will go to that pin. If you are a visual person like me its great to look over an area on a map and see a hike a really want to take, then see the campsite I want to stay at or realize I need to find a campsite in the area.

From there you can create directions, find distance from pin to pin, draw lines and even create layers on the map.

I’m really just diving in so I’m sure there are many other features to use but I wanted to pass this tool along….

 

Do you have a site or app you use to plan your trip? I would love to hear about it.


THE VALUE OF THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE July 27 2016, 0 Comments

 

It seems each passing day the world is evolving around us, some for good, some maybe not so much! The age of technology and the internet was created to make our lives easier, right? A streamlined process to give us more time in our days and have everything we need at our fingertips. But when it comes to some things, customer service and the user experience I think the internet and automation has built a wall between the customer and the business.

 

One of the things Tough Top Awnings takes great pride in is the customer experience and excellent customer service. We are a mostly online company and we sell our products all over the world, but that does not mean the customer must suffer because of it. We have taken many measures and given great thought to be sure each customer has the best experience they can….starting with finding out the information you need, to buying an awning, shipping and receiving a great product for your RV to 5th wheel. 

 

Out website has information about all our products, a buying checklist to follow so when you are ready to buy, you have all the information needed to make your purchase…AND a easy to use online store to make your purchase stress free and secure!

 

We also work with the RV Geeks, who help us make how-to and installation videos to make the process of installing your new awning as easy as possible too.

 

AND on top of all that, if you have a questions or concerns about anything at all, Tyler, our Operation Manager, his phone number and email is on every page of your website for easy access. There is no automated person on the other end…no “push 2 followed by the pound key”…just real people with a passion for what we do.

 

We all come from a background of hard work, but realize hard work only gets us so far….the customer and the ability to create an excellent experience will give us longevity in a wonderful industry we love.

 

Happy RVing