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Cabin Camping in Arizona

Arizona Cabin RentalsNot everyone who camps in Arizona needs to have a tent or an RV. There are some truly lovely cabins available at our member RV parks and campgrounds that can be rented and can make that camping trip an easy and relaxing one.

The benefits of cabin camping is that you can sleep in a real bed, under a real roof, and you don’t have to invest in a lot of camping gear to make it happen. Some come completely furnished right down to dishes and linens and others provide the furnishings and you bring your linens, toiletries and food.

Renting a cabin is a good idea when you want to try camping but are not sure if it is your cup of tea and are reluctant to invest until you’re sure you’ll like it. It’s also beneficial if you have RVing or camping friends you’d like to join for a few days but you don’t have the gear.

Cabins are easy in that you just pull in and unpack. Soon you’re out in the park having fun and enjoying the amenities that are offered. When your trip is over you don’t have to haul a trailer home or take down a tent. You just pack up your belongings and head on down the road.

We find it is a great testing ground for new campers. It’s a comfortable way to get used to the camping environment as you learn how to light a camfire, make S’mores, and start meeting people. Cabin camping can take the burden of how to manage camping gear off your mind and allow you to focus on the camping experience with your family. Some people then move on to purchase their own camping equipment while others continue to be cabin campers their whole lives.

There really is a camping style for everyone and if you haven’t tried renting a cabin yet you should give it a go. You may find you really enjoy it and want to continue for many years to come. You can find some beautiful cabin getaways at our member parks. Check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

August 26, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Coolers to Meet the Demands of Your Camping Trip

Coolers for campingHardcore camping enthusiasts have a lot to consider when it comes to a cooler that meets their needs. Is it durable? Is there enough storage space for a week or more food and drink? What’s the insulation like? How much does it weigh, if it has to be hauled by hand from place to place?  There’s also the price factor—is a high end cooler needed, or will a mid-range or even cheap cooler do?  We’ll take a look at three models here.

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The ORCA 58

Weighing in at 31 lbs. empty, packed with food, ice, and beverages this cooler will be HEAVY.  Don’t let the weight trouble you though, because with great weight comes great insulation.  If you’re setting up a base camp and doing day hikes, you’ll be glad you invested in this $400 beauty.  It retains temperatures of below 40 degrees for a full 6 days, and ice for 7, allowing you to go further away from ice suppliers for longer.  The construction is quality, durable plastic with thick, strong latches and pin style hinges that are made for wear and tear.

The Engel Deep Blue

This cooler advertises a 65 quart capacity but holds just 53 quarts.  Even so, with a weight of 26 lbs. empty, it still provides pretty good insulation retaining a temperature below 40 degrees for 5 full days and ice for 6.  This cooler is perfect for long weekends, or shorter trips away from ice suppliers. Solidly designed handles, hinges and latches make it very durable, and the lid and seal are excellent with no leakage.  This cooler retails around $330 and would make for a reasonably priced gear investment providing quality usage.

Not quite ready to invest in a hardcore cooler but still want a cooler that comes close to performing like one without the heavy price tag?  Keep reading.

The Coleman Xtreme 5 Day

Weighing in at just 13 lbs. and priced between $61-$70 at different online retailers, this is by far the best value for casual campers.  It retains temperatures below 40 degrees for 3 full days and ice for 5. Its slimmer design makes it very car camping friendly, fitting easily into trunks and hatchbacks. This model comes in three sizes—70, 90 and 120 quart, with the price range topping out at $100.

 

For further information on these coolers and more, get comprehensive reviews at Outdoor Gear Labs Cooler Reviews 

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