Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Winterization Season | A Word From The Ocean Lakes RV Center

Brrr, it is cold out there – There must be some Winter in the atmosphere! 

Yes, Fall is in the air and before you know it, Winter will be here along with the cold weather! Make sure your RV is ready for the cold weather, too. 


Winterization in Ocean Lakes | The Ocean Lakes RV Center can prepare your home away from home for the Winter hibernation for just $135. This comes with a guarantee that you will not have broken pipes due to the freezing. However, for the guarantee, you must have your RV prepared before the first freeze.

If you do sustain any damage to water lines caused by freezing, our Service Department will repair it at no cost to you! As you know, though, we cannot guarantee you will not endure leaks from worn valves, bad faucet washers and stems, or where rubber has been used to mend water lines. This service is rendered on a first come, first serve basis. Do not delay!

What is the Process to Winterize an RV? | To Winterize your RV, antifreeze will be put through all the lines. There are different methods to do so depending on how the RV is set up. Many people think they can just drain the low point drains; however, that is not the case. The lines may have bows in the lines that hold water. 

Step 1

It is crucial to fill the water lines all the way up with antifreeze, which is only a fifteen-minute process, depending on the size. The Ocean Lakes RV Center has a special unit that they use to blow out lines. The entire process normally calls for an estimated two to three gallons of antifreeze to winterize the RV. 

Step 2

Step 3, then Step 4 - The antifreeze runs through the pipes and out the faucets

What if you do not Winterize your RV? | If you do not winterize your RV, you may suffer from busted waterlines, which would be costly to repair. If the water heater is not emptied, then it could bust, as well. If the water heater busts, you would need to purchase another one, which would cost around $600. Once you factor in the labor costs to remove the water heater and install the new one, you would end up spending around $1,000.

Camper Storage | Is your camper stored with us? The RV Center mailed out the Winterization Order Form on October 1, 2020. There is no deadline; however, services must be requested before our first freeze. No work will be completed until we receive your request in writing, along with your payment.



Team Recommendation | Our team strongly suggests that you leave a “hide-a-key” on your trailer. Consider installing a magnetic key box or hiding a key in a compartment. This would allow our Service Department or the Ocean Lakes Security Team to assist you with any need that may arise without you having to mail a key.



Until Next Time | Contact the Ocean Lakes RV Center now at 1-800-226-7716, and our Team will take care of everything for you. Rid yourself of all your RV worries for the Winter!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Carving The Perfect Pumpkin | An Ocean Lakes How-To

Pumpkin carving is a festive family tradition, especially at Ocean Lakes during Halloweekends! Each year, our guests amaze us with their creativity. Today, we are giving you a few tips on how to carve your perfect pumpkin. And, if you plan on joining us for Halloweekends, we hope to see your pumpkin entered into our Pumpkin Carving/Painting/Decorating Contest!


Pumpkin Carving/Painting/Decorating Contest | Drop off your already carved/painted/decorated pumpkin in the Recreation Center (9 AM - 12 PM). And, yes, your entry must be a real pumpkin. We will award prizes in each of the following categories: Most Unique, Funniest, Best Theme Execution, Best Decorated, and Best Carving Skills. Winners will be posted. We ask that you pick your pumpkin up between 7 PM – 9 PM on Saturday night. (Pumpkins not picked up will be thrown away on Sunday). NO FEE. Guest Voting: 1 PM – 4 PM. Voting will be done through CampersApp or through the Ocean Lakes’ website. 




Now, follow these steps to carve your perfect pumpkin | 

Step 1 | Pick the Perfect Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch (try saying that 5 times fast): 
Your pumpkin should be fresh, bruise-free, have a sturdy stem, and preferably a flat bottom so it does not roll away from you!


Step 2 | The First Cut is the Deepest (name that song):
Did you know it is best to cut the hole/lid from the bottom of the pumpkin? It is true! This method prevents the sides of the pumpkin from caving. Give it a try! However, if you choose to carve from the top, cut out the hole/lid at an angle. The angle cut method prevents the hole/lid from falling inside the pumpkin.
 
Step 3 | Get to Scooping (like you are scooping a cone of ice cream):
Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell. There are special claw spoons for scooping pumpkin insides out; however, if you have an ice cream scoop handy, that will do the trick!


Step 4 | Grab the Paper and Pencil (get creative):
Draw the design to scale with the size of the pumpkin. Once drawn, tape it to the front of the pumpkin by taping the corners. 

Step 5 | Trace your Design (kids: have a parent help with steps 5 and 6):
Use a fork or pencil to poke holes through the paper and pumpkin to create an outline of the design on the actual pumpkin. This will make carving much easier. 

Step 6 | Time to Carve (parental supervision advised):
Use an X-Acto knife or serrated kitchen knife for carving through the holes you poked through. Do not cut at an angle – Use clean up and down cuts into the pumpkin. 


Step 7 | Go Ahead, Be a Little Extra (you know you want to):
Use your pumpkin scraps to create add-ons, such as a tongue, hair bow, or glasses. To keep your pumpkin fresh, use petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in the moisture. And, as the cherry on top, sprinkle cinnamon inside the pumpkin, so that when you light the candle, your pumpkin will smell like a pumpkin pie. You are welcome for that one!


Until Next Time | Whether carving a pumpkin at your house or here at Ocean Lakes, we know your pumpkins will look awesome! Happy Halloweekends, ya’ll!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Halloween Hootenanny at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch | Halloweekends 2020

Halloween at Ocean Lakes | Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year at Ocean Lakes. Everyone in the campground decorates and joins in on all the weekend festivities. For many families, Halloweekends at Ocean Lakes has become an annual family tradition! Bring your candy bag and a pumpkin – It is a treat for everyone!

Here is what you can look forward to at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch | 


Disclaimer | All events are subject to change – Especially due to COVID-19. 

If any guest has concerns about their well-being or that of their family members, we recommend abstaining from using our amenities or participating in our activities. We truly want every guest to have a positive and enjoyable experience at Ocean Lakes, ultimately we want everyone to exhibit caution and consideration.

 

Everyone is strongly encouraged to remain proactive with social distancing, sanitizing, and minimizing shared items. It is everyone’s personal responsibility to help ensure the well-being of their family and to be aware of how their actions impact others. Our team will do everything we can to follow the recommended guidelines throughout our operations.

We have made many modifications this year. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 

Friday Events (all 5 Halloweekends) | 


Family Ceramics | 2 classes: 9 AM – 11:30 AM OR 12:30 PM - 3 PM | All ages are welcome. Children younger than 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited to only 30 spots per class so make sure you arrive on time. Guests must choose 1 class (cannot attend both). We have a wide variety of ceramics to choose from ranging in price from $1.00 to $40.00. Completed items will be ready to pick up on Friday night from 6 PM – 9 PM. Held in the Recreation Center, Room C. There is a daily supply fee of $1.50, plus the cost of the item you choose to paint.


Beachside Movie | 7 PM - 9 PM | Grab the whole family for a fun night under the stars (keep your distance from other families). Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks down to the basketball courts. We will be showing a special themed movie - Home on the Range.


Please Note | The basketball courts will shut down at 6:15 PM in order to prepare for the movie! Movie will be canceled due to inclement weather, including high winds.

Saturday Events (all 5 Halloweekends) | 


Pumpkin Carving/Painting/Decorating Contest | Drop off your already carved/painted/decorated pumpkin in the Recreation Center (9 AM - 12 PM). And, yes, your entry must be a real pumpkin. We will award prizes in each of the following categories: Most Unique, Funniest, Best Theme Execution, Best Decorated, and Best Carving Skills. Winners will be posted. We ask that you pick your pumpkin up between 7 PM – 9 PM on Saturday night. (Pumpkins not picked up will be thrown away on Sunday). NO FEE. Guest Voting: 1 PM – 4 PM. Voting will be done through CampersApp or through the Ocean Lakes’ website. Learn more by viewing this video.




Pet Costume Contest – Virtual via Submitted Photos | We will award prizes in the following categories: Best Dressed, Most Unique, Cutest, Funniest, and Best of Show. No Fee. Guests may begin uploading their photo entries as early as 9 AM on Thursday. The deadline for photo entries is 3 PM on Saturday. Submit your photo entries through CampersAPP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoThe photo maximum size is 5 MB. If guests have trouble uploading, guests might need to submit a smaller photo/file. 



Human Costume Contest – Virtual via Submitted Photos | We will award prizes to winners in the following categories: Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Most Unique, and Best Overall. NO FEE. Guests may begin uploading their photo entries as early as 9 AM on Thursday. Deadline for photo entries is 3 PM on Saturday. Submit your photo entries through Campers APP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoIf guests have trouble uploading, guests might need to submit a smaller photo/file.




Trick o’ Treating | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | 

Treaters | Plans and Participation Requirements – ONLY 250 sites eligible | 
If you want to hand out treats, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP IN THE RECREATION OFFICE prior to 2 PM on the day of. You will be given a Hootenanny Kit and a distinctive Halloween Hootenanny sign to put at your site. You can start handing out treats at 4:30 PM. You will most likely run out of candy, so just buy the amount of candy you want to hand out. When you run out, take your sign down.


Tricksters | At 4:30 PM (NO SOONER!), those wishing to go Trick o’ Treating around the campground can pick up the treat friendly site list in the Recreation Office. NO FEE.



Creepy Site Crawl | 6 PM – 8 PM | 

Site Decorators | If you are interested in entering your site in the Halloween decorating contest, sign up in the Recreation Office prior to 4 PM on the day of. Please keep your decorations “young eyes” friendly for this event. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Creative, Best Theme Execution, and Best Overall Decorated. NO FEE.




Site Judges | Upon receiving the list, our guests will perform the “Creepy Site Crawl” throughout the campground. For those interested in viewing/judging sites, pick up the Site List for judging starting at 6 PM on Saturday. Then, vote with the site numbers through CampersAPP (stay tuned for more details) or through Ocean Lakes’ websiteLearn more by viewing this videoOnly 1 vote per site/family. No Site Lists will be handed out after 7:30 PM. 

Remember Family-Friendly | Our guests go all out with their Halloween decorations and costumes – We love that – Just remember that Halloweekends are focused on families. Be creative, keep it clean. Be scary, but not so much that you would make a little one cry.

Safety and Security Policies | Due to COVID-19, our normal “Masks and Face Coverings” policy has been modified. Face masks or face coverings are required in Horry County. 

Coronavirus guidelines for face masks and face coverings recommend covering the nose and mouth. Halloweekend guidelines address and restrict FULL face coverings and face masks to set times and locations for guest safety and security concerns. For security reasonsguests need to avoid fully covering faces where ONLY guests' eyes are showing. We want to honor the spirit of the holiday fun but must keep safety and security a priority – That includes identifying guests when needed.

FULL face masks and face coverings are only permitted to be worn in Ocean Lakes for the 5 Halloweekends (on Fridays and Saturdays). FULL face masks or face coverings cannot be worn in our businesses (Sandy Mart, RV Center, Golf Cars, Main Office, Ocean Lakes Properties, Sandy Harbor), except during Trick o' Treating on Saturdays from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. They are generally permitted in the Recreation Center.

Operating a vehicle or golf car with a FULL face mask or face covering is NOT permitted as it is a safety issue and also hinders Security in identifying underage drivers. Security Teammates will use discretion on a case by case basis as needed throughout Halloweekends regarding masks, coverings, costumes, and decorations.

South Gate | Our South Gate will be open to help all the Halloween revelers get in as quick as possible to start having fun! The South Gate will be open 8 AM – Midnight each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the month of October.

North Gate | Our North Gate will be open to guests exiting right out of the campground on Sunday’s throughout the month of October from 9 AM – 11 AM. Guests will use Salt Works Road to depart from our North Gate, and remember, this is for northbound traffic ONLY.

No Outside Characters Allowed | Our Halloweekend activities are only for guests staying at Ocean Lakes and our Annual Lease Site Holders.

Can I Get A Yee Haw For Souvenirs | Round up the posse for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch this Halloween! Take home your very own souvenirs to commemorate your time on the ranch. 


Mugs – These copper mugs are great for coffee, apple cider, or hot chocolate at your campsite by a warm fire! Guests can purchase these at the Recreation Center for $10.


Bandanas – Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Guests can purchase their bandanas at the Recreation Center for $10.


T-Shirts – To be at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch, one must dress the part! Guests can purchase these at the Recreation Center. All youth sizes are $16, adult sizes Small – XL are $18, and adult sizes 2XL – 3XL are $20.



Hootenanny Candy Bags (Trick o’ Treating Bags) – Guests that are participating in Trick o’ Treating can pick up their free Hootenanny Candy Bag at the Recreation Center.


Until Next Time | We hope all guests have a hootenanny good time during their Halloweekend stay! See you soon at Sandy’s Seaside Ranch!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Campsite Luxuries | Campground Conversations

This week, on Campground Conversations, you will meet Bobby Joy, the Maintenance Supervisor! He will be giving you all the details on our campsites and what they have to offer our guests. 


Bobby has been with Ocean Lakes for 8 years, and he loves deep sea fishing!

Here is what Bobby had to say about our campsite features | 

Ocean Lakes Family Campground offers great diversity in camping accommodations. 

Features | We have 859 transient campsites. The campsites are large, pull-through sites along paved roads. Every campsite includes: 20-30-50 amp electric, water, sewer, and complimentary: 64-channel cable TV hookup, a picnic table, and free Wi-Fi and paid Tiered Wi-Fi for faster data speeds (not signal strength).




The Perfect Campsite, The Perfect Camper | We are big rig friendly (most sites average 45' long by 35' wide), and 649+ sites include a concrete pad (the pad generally measures 18' wide by 45' long). Make sure you know the accurate length of your camper (including the "tongue" that sits on the hitch of your vehicle). Most of our sites are large; however, we want to make sure you are not booking a site that is too small for your RV.


Choices, Choices | Guests have a variety of choices including oceanfront, lakeside, and shaded sites. When calling to make a campsite reservation, feel free to ask about the site. Our Teammates can tell you the site dimensions, how many feet the site is from the ocean, if a bathhouse is close, and even if the site has a tree on it! You can also see several details about each campsite when you do an online site search. 



Book Early | Reservations can be made up to 18 months in advance with the required deposit by calling 1-877-510-1413 or by booking online. If you are interested in booking your trip during Spring, Summer, or October, we highly recommend booking 18 months in advance (or as early as possible). These are busy times of the year at Ocean Lakes in which the energy level is very high. 


Until Next Time | Stay tuned for the Campground Conversations video segment tomorrow on our social media! You will hear from Bobby Joy, Ocean Lakes' Maintenance Supervisor, about our campsite features.