RV by Campfire’s Prize and E-book Giveaways

I’m excited to promote both a free RV prize giveaway, and my first e-book on RVing, RV Shopping Checklist-also free!

Free E-book: RV Shopping Checklist

Many of you are dreaming of, preparing for, or considering making another RV purchase in the future.

There’s nothing worse than buying an RV that doesn’t suit you. With extra planning, you can find an RV that fits who you and feels just right!

Problem is, it takes time, research, and RV walk throughs to learn what’s available and what works for you.

I’ve done all the research and shopped for over a year, visiting private owners and dealerships in many cities. Plus, I’m a full-time RVer, living in my RV selection since November 2015. I like the choice we made and I couldn’t have made the right choice without all the research and visiting RV dealerships–unless someone had given me a list like the one I’m giving you!

I’ll help you get in your own head and determine the RV features that matter most to you.

RV by Camfpire RV Shopping Checklist e-book coverBefore Shopping

With my RV Shopping Checklist, you can review it before shopping so you’ll know which features are most important and quickly find an RV you want and need.

During Shopping

Use the RV Shopping Checklist again to help you save money and time, by checking off items on the checklist that are present and working well. I also point out safety features you want to have included with your RV.

You can print out the checklist pages and take them with you while you’re shopping, so you don’t forget important items. There are many things to remember and it’s easier to have a list.

Free Contest: RV by Campfire Giveaway

RV basket, two marshmallow roasters, RV bag, RV banner with parrot
Win a prize to enjoy in your RV!

It’s fun to plan an RV life or how to enjoy RVing more! I’ve taken some items that I enjoy and bought them for my first giveaway.

Whether you hope to RV soon, or are traveling the country in your RV now, you can enter the giveaway free.

To enter, write a question you have about RVs, or if you already are an RVer, give a tip you’d like to share with readers.

The contest ends soon, so sign up now and good luck! ~Christina Goebel

He told me I couldn’t build a fire this way…

He told me I couldn't build a fire this way, it says, with a picture of a fire with large wood on the bottom and small at the top. Shows RV by Campfire logoMen often think women can’t do some things, like camping and lighting a campfire. Many times, when people get together in groups, the men and boys light campfires while the women prepare food.

This is how women can grow up feeling helpless in the outdoors, when it just takes a little know how to become a great success!

What if I told you that YOU can build an awesome campfire? No matter your experience, making a campfire and watching it catch fire is exhilarating. Everyone should have an opportunity to do it!

So, we’re camping near Pike’s Peak. If I open the RV door and look to the right, bam! huge mountain. We have a firepit at our campsite. We have firewood. I was excited.

In my experience building fires, which started when I was a Girl Scout, I learned about collecting different types of wood, that fires needed oxygen or they would go out, and of course, putting out a fire with water or dirt until it doesn’t smoke anymore.

I dedicated a page to fire building here that you can visit.

But you can say that now I’m unlearning how to build a fire and experimenting.

More recently, I learned that if I add a lot of small and medium sticks, then my fire burns hotter. We collected lot of smaller wood locally and we purchased larger fire wood.

From pinning on Pinterest, I saw a pin where they built and inverted campfire. Yes, they suggested building it upside down!

Fire is burning in a fire pit.
Notice this is a traditional pyramid fire, with logs on the bottom. Photo credit: Christina Goebel

What’s that? Normally, on the ground you light a bunch of tiny wood, bark, or fire starters to begin your fire. Then, if you build the common tipi fire, you layer sticks around that flame you’ve got going so that it resembles a tipi, or pyramid.

This method allows a lot of oxygen to collect under the pyramid and feed your fire.

Once that’s going, you can layer some larger firewood around the pyramid.

This new method I experimented with involved placing the big firewood on the ground. I crisscrossed it, three logs down, three across, then I did the same with kindling (medium-sized sticks), and finally with tinder, the tiniest sticks and my fire starter, in this case, bark, tiny sticks, and a piece of string.

My husband looked at my structure. “It’s not going to work,” he said, shaking his head. “It can’t work.”

I probably rolled my eyes as I used my windproof lighter to get the tinder to burn. I had to blow on it to keep it hot, spread the heat. Remember, fire likes oxygen.

Suddenly, the fire took off. The flames were gorgeous, one of the prettiest fires I’ve ever seen.The picture on this post is the actual triumphant fire getting started.

Because the big logs were on the bottom, it burned without me having to fuss with the fire and poke firewood around as it fell down.

The night was cold and clear. The fire was hot and gorgeous.

You can be everything you want to be and allow yourself to explore everything. Have fun, experiment, be a kid, light a campfire, enjoy the the feeling of accomplishment!

And of course it feels great when the husband comes up and apologizes for not believing that you could do something he thought was Impossible. Yay!

I do have an experience that tops this one in campfire building. Making a fire on wet ground with probably moist firewood. Learn how to do that here.