Maintaining Your RV – Tips to Keep Your Motor Home Running Smoothly

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By Andrew Stratton

Recreational vehicles provide much joy and entertainment to their owners. But to keep the fun going and their RV running smoothly, owners need to take the proper steps to maintain it.

RVs require a good amount of attention and a little extra maintenance. After all, caring for an RV is like maintaining both a motor vehicle as well as a home. But following a simple up keep routine after the end of each adventure will keep your motor home looking nice, feeling comfortable, and running fluently for your future excursions.

The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere because your battery died or because your engine overheated. To prevent this from happening make sure you take care of the engine and drive train of your motor home just as you would your favorite car.

Change the oil regularly, refill all fluids, keep the battery from corroding, and check the tire pressure. Remember that recreational vehicles are generally used for long road trip and rack up a lot more miles than the average car used daily, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself changing the oil or doing other routine procedures much more often.

As far as the home part of the motor home is concerned, one of the most common problems that occur is moisture buildup. Moisture buildup resulting from shower and kitchen stove use causes staining and mildew issues. This can be avoided by always opening the roof vent and using the bathroom fan when showering.

It may be helpful to close all other doors, windows, and vents while showering to ensure that the moisture flows out of the roof vent. Also, avoid cooking or boiling water on the stove, especially in cold weather. Opt to use your microwave instead. If you must boil water on the stove, make sure the roof vent is open and possibly some other windows as well.

Like your permanent home, drains will get clogged and need to be clean out. The trap of the bathroom sink will need to be detached and cleaned out manually every other month while the shower drain can be blasted clean using the high pressure mode of your basic garden hose. Before storing your motor home away for the winter all water lines must be drained. If lines are not drained before storage and temperatures drop low enough, the remaining water may freeze, expand, and possibly burst the pipes or water lines.

If this happens repairs or replacements may be pricey, so it is more cost efficient to take preventative measures. Draining the water lines before winter includes disconnecting the ice maker and water feed lines, draining and flushing the hot water heater, and flushing the entire system with RV specific antifreeze.

Also, before storage remember to unplug all appliances and disconnect all batteries. This is important because some devices continue to use energy even when switched to the off mode. You will want all battery to be well charged so that you can take off on your next adventure without delays. Many people also cover their RVs in storage with tarps to protect it from ice and water damage. This will keep your motor home looking clean and new.

Probably one of the easiest and most important steps you can take to maintain your recreational vehicle is to give it a good cleaning after each trip. Make sure you leave no food that will spoil or attract rodents or bugs. Also remove all cans of liquid that might expand and explode with freezing temperatures. Cleaning the RV inside and out after every trip will help you get on your way in comfort the next time you want to travel.

Your motor home can provide you many happy years of outdoor fun and adventure as long as you take the time to keep it in shape.

More Info: When you need RV accessories visit bankstonmotorhomes.com to upgrade or maintain your motor home and access the free catalog. Article Source: EzineArticles.com

Calling All Golf Lovers! The Mill Casino Bandon Crossings Package is Just for You…

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Our location on the Oregon coast and luxurious amenities make us a great destination for a quick getaway.

To help our guests get more from their stay, we have created a number of hotel packages featuring popular Oregon Coast attractions.

Late summer/early fall is a wonderful time to enjoy golf on the coast, so we are spotlighting our popular Bandon Crossings Package!

Bandon Crossings sits on 340 beautiful acres and features a fun and challenging 6855 yard Dan Hixson Design. The course is located just 5 miles south of Bandon on US Highway 101 at 87530 Dew Valley Lane.

We are not the only ones who find this course  to be ideal for golf lovers. Here is what others have to say:
Top 10: Best New Courses of 2007 GOLF Magazine
Top 10: Best State by State 2008, OregonGolfweek
The 2009 PGA Travel Guide lists it as a “Favorite Hidden Gem

The Bandon Crossings Package includes an overnight stay at The Mill Casino; two rounds of golf at Bandon Crossings and transportation to and from the golf course. The package also includes discounted pricing at Bandon Crossings. Golf prices are seasonal and tee times are subject to availability.

If a guest would like to purchase an additional round of golf with this package because they have more than 2 guests in their party (i.e. a family of four), they can purchase up to 2 additional rounds of golf. The cost is $75 per person June-September, $60 per person in October, $50 per person November-March, and $60 per person April-May.

To book this special stay, please call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3

Keeping it Green at The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park

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We are proud of the efforts we are making as a team to reduce our carbon footprint and want to share a summary of what we have done to implement more sustainable practices into our day to day operations.

Let us know how we are doing and how we can do more!

1. Recycling reduced waste disposal by 47%. Here is what we recycled in 2010:

  • Collected and returned 92,460 water bottles
  • RV Park recycled 18 tons of co-mingled material
  • Casino recycled 32 tons of co-mingled material
  • 12 tons of glass bottles
  • 288,000 lbs of cardboard and newsprint
  • 3250 lbs of scrap metal
  • 280 lbs of light bulbs
  • 63,141 lbs of confidential documents destroyed and recycled

2. New Technology.  As we continually seek out new sustainable ways to operate, we have:

  • Increased electronic material recycling
  • Converted to soy ink recyclable cartridges
  • Upgraded to Energy Star 5.0 rated PCs and silver-rated monitors
  • Employ exchangeable, recyclable batteries for PC backup power
  • Purchase 11.4% of our electricity from renewable sources as a Visionary Partner of Pacific Power Blue Sky program

3.  Kitchen Waste: The Mill’s kitchens also contribute to the green effort.

  • Beginning in 2007, used cooking oils have been converted to biodiesel truck fuel
  • In 2010 The Mill began a vermicomposting project. In the first year, the worm farm converted 1,100 pounds of green kitchen wasted into 35 gallons of compost leachate to fertilize flower beds and landscaping

4.  Efficiency Efforts. By finding efficiencies, The Mill helps to save important resources.

  • Using low-flow showerheads saves over 600,000 gallons of water each year
  • Converting heating, cooling and kitchens to natural gas saves energy at a cost savings of $250,000 a year
  • Scrap materials from all construction projects was recycled for future use

The Incredible & Versatile Salmon Room at The Mill Casino

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From New Years Eve & holiday bashes to elegant banquets, wedding receptions, corporate meetings, competitions and live performances ranging from Taylor Hicks to hypnosis with Ron Stubbs…..The Salmon Room at The Mill Casino has seen it all. In fact, it is one of the most versatile and visited spaces on the Southern Oregon Coast!

See how this room is transformed into an elegant banquet setting and then a prime concert venue in this amazing time lapse video.

If you are searching for space for your next event on the Oregon Coast, contact the Sales Manager at The Mill Casino or Sale Team at The Mill Casino at 800.953.4800 to find the a plan to meet your event’s unique needs. Here are some facts about the Salmon Room:

The Room Dimensions are 56.7′ x 120.8′ and has 6,849 of usable square feet. The room can also be divided for smaller gatherings.
The Salmon Room can also accommodate the following:
Classroom Style/272 seats
Theatre Style/857 seats
Banquet Rounds/400 seats
Banquet Rectangles/520 seats

The Week Ahead….Travis Tritt, Country BBQ Buffet, Warehouse 101 Entertainment and More

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As always, it is a busy busy week here at The Mill! We cannot wait to welcome country music legend Travis Tritt and fans for the August 11 concert!!

There are tickets still available if you want to make some last minute plans.  Contact 1.800.953.4800 for information.

Here is a quick summary of the week ahead!

Tuesday August 9
Free Slot Spin Coupon Play in the Casino. Millionaire$ Club members could win up to 5000 bonus points on Tuesdays in August 9am – 9pm

Wednesday August 10
Comedy Night in Warehouse 101 Shows at 7 & 9 pm Featuring Gabe Rutledge with Kinsie Damon

Thursday August 11
Pre-Concert Traditional Country BBQ Buffet Dinner at The Saw Blade 4-9pm
Travis Tritt Concert 8:30 pm Outdoors, on the dock
Hot Seat Drawings in our Casino after the concert 10pm until midnight. You could win a Travis Tritt autographed CD!

Friday August 12
Seafood Buffet 4 -9 Saw Blade Buffet
Live Music in Warehouse 101 9pm-1am Featuring Sonic Storm!

Saturday August 13
Seafood Buffet 4 -9 Saw Blade Buffet
Live Music in Warehouse 101 9pm-1am Featuring Sonic Storm!

Sunday August 14
$360 Blackjack tournaments every Sunday at 2 PM at The Casino

For more events, Download August 2011 Calendar at The Mill

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park Receives National Marketing Awards at Casino Marketing Conference in Las Vegas!

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We are making the news again! Last month, The Mill Casino · Hotel & RV Park was recognized with 2 Romero Awards at the annual Casino Marketing Conference in Las Vegas.  Deana Scott accepted the awards on behalf of The Mill and noted that they represent the hard work dedication of team members from every department at The Mill Casino · Hotel & RV Park.

Overall 32 Romero Awards were presented to casino marketers from across the country. This is the second consecutive year The Mill has received the top honor in the Public Relations category!  The Romero Awards are named after casino marketing pioneer and author John Romero.   Each year, a panel of expert judges, chaired by John Romero himself, selects winners for their excellence in casino marketing, in a variety of important marketing categories.

A series of charity slot tournaments conducted by The Mill Casino in November were recognized with the Diamond Romero Award, the top award in the Public Relations Campaign category for small and mid-sized casinos. The guest and employee tournaments generated a sizable food donation to the South Coast Food Share.

The Mill also received a Gold Romero Award in the Public Relations Campaign category for the Rez Kitchen Tour held in October. The event, part of a cooperative project of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized tribes, brought culinary teams from tribal casinos to The Mill to discuss native foods and sustainable products and to take part in a chef competition that featured native foods.

In addition to the two awards, The Mill received honorable mentions in the Public Relations category for its series of RV Jamborees and in the Floor Promotion category for its Moonpie Moonlight Madness promotion. Winners were selected from among 151 entries representing 36 North American casinos.

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