Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RV Mods & Repair videos: Space Saving Door Hinge, Fixing a Hole in a TPO RV Roof & Testing an RV Battery



Space-Saving Door Hinge by MORryde
This new door hinge (above) by MORryde allows the door to open half into two joining rooms to save space in an RV.



Fixing A Hole In A TPO RV Roof With A Rubber Patch by RV Repair Club
When it comes to maintaining the components on your RV, regular preventative care is just as important as making the right fix when the damage is done. This is especially true for a TPO RV roof, which is that layer of rubber material that lines the roof of your rig and is prone to cuts, rips and holes from any number of sources. Repairing a TPO RV roof that’s experiencing wear and tear is a quick process that requires a simple and inexpensive solution. In this lesson, we teach you how to cover any damage that’s been done to your TPO RV roof to guarantee you won’t need to do more serious repairs down the line.



Testing RV Battery For Charge & Condition by RV Repair Club
The onboard battery has become an essential component of RV travel, powering everything from cooking appliances and camping gadgets to your entertainment for the evenings. That’s why it’s so important to keep track of how well your battery is running and give it proper maintenance between uses.




Friday, June 24, 2016

RV Education 101 videos: Trailer Towing Accessories, Tire Minder TM77 RV TPMS, G-Series Gear Drive RV Patio Awning, RV Water Systems



RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

State urges travelers to leave firewood at home

As the summer travel season begins, the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources remind vacationers to leave firewood at home to prevent the spread of invasive tree insects and diseases.

Oak wilt (DNR photos)
Hauling firewood from one part of the state to another is a common way for these destructive pests to move to new locations, which could be devastating to Michigan’s native trees. The emerald ash borer already has wiped out millions of ash trees across the state. High-impact diseases, including oak wilt and beech bark disease, now are making their way through Michigan – often helped by travelers with trunkloads of wood harboring unseen fungi that can spread to healthy trees in new areas. 

“Visual inspection does not always reveal disease or insect damage in wood,” said Gina Alessandri, MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division director. “Disease may be in an early stage, and insect larvae can be hidden under bark. The safest choice is to burn firewood at or near the location it was harvested.”

Travelers are encouraged to buy firewood at their destination, burn it all on-site and not take it home or to their next destination. In most public and private campgrounds, firewood is available on the premises or from nearby firewood vendors. 

It is a good idea to purchase firewood within a short distance of where it will be used. For ease in finding a local vendor, use www.firewoodscout.org. For day trips that include a cookout, bring charcoal or a cook-stove instead of firewood. 

In- and out-of-state quarantines limit movement of regulated wood items to prevent the spread of invasive species and tree diseases. In Michigan, it is illegal to transport hardwood firewood in violation of the MDARD EAB Quarantine

“It’s recommended that travelers do a little firewood homework before their trip,” said Jason Fleming, chief of the Resource Management Section in the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Many out-of-state visitors live in areas under quarantine for pests such as thousand cankers disease or Asian longhorned beetle, and it is illegal to move any regulated items (including items such as firewood and wood chips) from quarantined zones out of those states and into Michigan.”

Exit hole of an Asian longhorned beetle
Quarantines for Asian longhorned beetle include areas of New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. The Asian longhorned beetle is not known to be in Michigan, but the public is asked to look for signs of this invasive beetle, including round, 3/8-inch-diameter exit holes in tree trunks or limbs. Asian longhorned beetle larvae feed on a wide variety of tree species including maple, birch, elm, willow, buckeye, horse chestnut and other hardwoods. The damage caused by Asian longhorned beetles ultimately will destroy an infested tree. 

Anyone observing an actual beetle or a tree that appears to be damaged is asked to report it. If possible, capture the beetle in a jar, take photos, record the location, and report it as soon as possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Asian longhorned beetle website, www.asianlonghornedbeetle.com or contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 or MDA-info@michigan.gov.

More information on the Asian longhorned beetle and other invasive forest insects and tree diseases can be found at www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies. Select the “take action” tab to learn more ways to avoid transporting invasive species during the recreation and travel season.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We're the Russos videos: Champaign/Urbana Illinois, D&W Lake Camping and RV Park, Chicken Adobo & Father's Day Coffee



About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

71 KOAs receive Certificate of Excellence awards from TripAdvisor

A record total of 71 Kampgrounds of America locations have been awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The total far exceeds the previous KOA record of 50 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, which was set in 2015.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Program, now in its sixth year, celebrates hospitality accommodations, attractions and eateries that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.

The Certificate of Excellence program takes into account the quality, quantity and timeliness of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor “bubble rating” of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service,” said TripAdvisor Vice President of Industry Marketing Heather Leisman. “TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

Only 25 percent of Certificates of Excellence went to accommodations businesses in 2016. Restaurants accounted for 55 percent of the winners, and 20 percent of the winners were attractions.
Kampgrounds of America locations receiving TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for 2016 include:
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico KOA Journey
  • Flagstaff, Arizona KOA
  • St Petersburg/Madeira Beach, Florida KOA Holiday
  • San Diego Metro, California KOA
  • Amarillo, Texas KOA
  • Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida KOA Holiday
  • Cherokee/Great Smokies, North Carolina KOA
  • Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga West, Georgia KOA
  • St. Louis West/Historic Route 66, Missouri KOA
  • Rapid City, South Dakota KOA
  • San Antonio, Texas KOA
  • Crescent City/Redwoods, California KOA Holiday
  • West Palm Beach/Lion Country Safari, Florida KOA
  • West Glacier, Montana KOA Holiday
  • Staunton/Walnut Hills, Virginia KOA
  • Williamsburg/Busch Gardens Area, Virginia KOA
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina KOA
  • Jackson Hole/Snake River, Wyoming KOA
  • Grand Canyon/Williams, Arizona KOA Journey
  • South Padre Island, Florida KOA Holiday
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina KOA Resort
  • Gettysburg/Battlefield, Pennsylvania KOA Holiday
  • Bar Harbor/Oceanside & Woodlands, Maine KOA
  • Branson, Missouri KOA Holiday
  • Naples/Marco Island, Florida KOA Holiday
  • Livingston/Paradise Valley, Montana KOA Holiday
  • Cannonville/Bryce Valley, Utah KOA
  • Santa Cruz North/Costanoa, California KOA
  • Salina, Kansas KOA
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico KOA
  • Milton/Gulf Pines, Florida KOA Holiday
  • Travelers Rest/N Greenville, South Carolina KOA
  • Natural Bridge/Lexington, Virginia KOA Holiday
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario KOA
  • Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay, California KOA Holiday
  • Wilmington, North Carolina KOA Holiday
  • Townsend/Great Smokies, Tennessee KOA Holiday
  • Missoula, Montana KOA Holiday
  • Oscoda, Michigan KOA Holiday
  • Copake, New York KOA Holiday
  • Carlsbad, New Mexico KOA Holiday
  • Durango, Colorado KOA Holiday
  • Badlands/White River, South Dakota KOA
  • Douglas, Wyoming KOA Journey
  • New Orleans West, Louisiana KOA
  • Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee KOA Holiday
  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin KOA
  • Savannah South, Georgia KOA
  • Des Moines Wes, Iowa KOA Holiday
  • Oklahoma City East, Oklahoma KOA
  • Lake Placid/Whiteface Mtn, New York KOA Holiday
  • Herkimer Diamond, New York KOA Resort
  • Kingman, Arizona KOA Journey
  • Custer/Mt Rushmore, South Dakota KOA
  • Tucson/Lazydays, Arizona KOA
  • Point South/Yemassee, South Carolina KOA Journey
  • Terre Haute, Indiana KOA Journey
  • Ouray, Colorado KOA
  • Dayton, Ohio KOA
  • Grand Junction, Colorado KOA Holiday
  • Craters of the Moon/Arco, Idaho KOA
  • Wytheville, Virginia KOA Holiday
  • Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain, Pennslyvania KOA Holiday
  • Jacksonville N/St Marys, Georgia KOA Holiday
  • Denver West/Central City, Colorado KOA Holiday
  • Logan/Hocking Hills, Ohio KOA Holiday
  • Quechee/Pine Valle, Vermont KOA Holiday
  • Gaylord, Michigan KOA Holiday
  • Lake Livingston/Onalaska, Texas KOA Holiday
  • Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia KOA
  • Benton, Illinois KOA Journey
Find out more about TripAdvisor's 2016 Certificate of Excellence Awards at https://www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2628/travelers-have-spoken-2016-certificate-excellence.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Fit RV: Fixing the Shower, Winnebago Factory Tour, Jump Rope Exercises, Anderson Camper Levelers & 'Handpresso'



About The Fit RV

Meet Stef & James: Travato-owning outdoor enthusiasts keeping fit and active on the road. Get inspired, be entertained, & find (sometimes) useful RV tips! Follow The Fit RV on their websiteblogFacebook pageTwitter account and on Pinterest.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

RV Components: WFCO’s WF-8700 Series fits the bill for smaller RV power centers

RVs of all sizes need effective converters and power centers geared to their specific power needs — enough to power increasingly sophisticated electronics that are now part of the smallest RV, but not more than what’s needed — so manufacturers can scale the power center to the RV’s needs and price-point.

As RV manufacturers strive to deliver the right amperage for each model’s specific requirements, WFCO Electronics is the only company that delivers converters and power centers across the entire spectrum of RV products, from teardrop trailers to high-end diesel motor homes.

This is why WFCO’s WF-8700 Series of smaller power centers is so valuable. With outputs in the range of 12, 25, 35 and 40 amps, no other company can so effectively match the lower power needs of smaller RVs.

WF-8700 power centers also offer some of the same innovations found in WFCO’s higher-end power centers:
  • Small, lightweight, and space efficient, the 8700 Series is perfect for smaller travel trailers or camping trailers where extra space and reduced weight is welcomed.
  • As with larger WFCO power centers, the 8700’s zero clearance design provides both intake and exhaust on the front so no additional space is required at the back to expel the heated air.
  • The 8700 is pre-wired with pigtails so there’s no need to mess with wires inside the power center, making for an easier and improved installation.
  • As the output rating increases in each model, the number of AC and DC circuits also increases, providing design flexibility for the OEM.
  • The WFCO 8700 Series is the most reliable powerhouse in the business.
Today, the WF-8700 Series is part of an overall company portfolio that extends from this base all the way to the 100 Amp deck-mount (WF-68100) converter. WFCO fills the power gaps wherever needed and is a resource for service centers confronted with replacing old brands of converters and power centers that are no longer manufactured.

“WFCO caters to all needs in the RV market, not just the high volume and more profitable segments,” said Tom Ryan, WFCO vice president of sales and marketing. “Being an excellent supplier to the industry means more than bringing out new and innovative products. It also means supporting OEMs and dealers with niche and low-volume products that fit very specific need in the marketplace.

“Since many customers new to RVing tend to start with smaller units, we want to be a part of making their first RVing experience a good one.”

More about the WF-8700 Series and other WFCO products can be found at wfcoelectronics.com.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rollin' on TV show: Custom Wheels, Instant Hot Water & Essential Inspections



On this week's program (#2016-12), Rollin' On TV looks back at how one couple solved their RV's instant hot water problems. Also, nothing dresses up a tow vehicle or RV like a set of custom wheels. especially those from American Force wheels. Lastly, an on-the-road inspection you should faithfully do every time you hit the road. It could save you a big problem.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The first five years of the Michigan DNR’s Recreation Passport

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Recreation Passport has been providing visitor vehicle access to Michigan state parks since October 2010.

A couple of old Michigan DNR park
permits still affixed to a windshield.
The passport replaced motor vehicle permit stickers many visitors had considered badges of honor, lining their windshields for more than five decades.

The transition took quite a bit of education, both for DNR staff and for visitors, but today the Recreation Passport is a successful funding model that has gained national attention.

Today, when drivers register their vehicles with the Secretary of State’s office, they have the option to check “yes” to purchase a Recreation Passport for access to 102 state parks, 138 state forest campgrounds and hundreds of miles of trails.

Revenue generated by passport purchases is helping improve all of Michigan’s parks and preserve Michigan’s history for future generations.

The Backstory
Most Michigan residents believe their tax dollars in some way support Michigan state parks. However, this is no longer true. In 2004, state parks were removed from the General Fund because it was believed that camping fees could sustain the then 99-park system.

“At that time the parks were facing a $350 million infrastructure deficit – meaning it would cost $350 million to make the needed restorations to existing buildings, campground utilities, roads and historic sites,” said Jason Fleming, resource protection and promotion section chief for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Camping fees were unable to generate enough money to sustain operations, and combined with the infrastructure deficit, many historic facilities began to fall into disrepair.”

Ron Olson
Something had to be done.

In 2007, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Michigan State Parks began researching options. At this same time, DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson challenged staff to become more efficient, to find innovative ways to preserve facilities, and to share ideas to generate revenue.

“It was through this process that a park manager shared an idea for a funding model similar to the Montana State Park system, which tied the purchase of a park pass to the vehicle registration process,” Olson said. “The citizens committee explored this idea and felt it could work for Michigan.”

Working with bipartisan cooperation in the state House and the Senate, the Recreation Passport bill was signed into law in April 2010 and went into effect six months later.

The Risk
The success of the Recreation Passport relied on the idea that more people would buy it than already were buying a motor vehicle permit.

Prior to the Recreation Passport, an annual motor vehicle permit was $24 for a Michigan resident. The Recreation Passport initially cost only $10 for the year – less than half the amount of the former vehicle permit.

The hope was that by putting the option to purchase the Recreation Passport in front of every vehicle owner, rather than just those who came to parks, there would be an increase in the number of people who opted to support the park system.

It worked. In its first year, the Recreation Passport was purchased for 24.7 percent of all vehicles registered in Michigan, generating $7 million more for state parks.

The Reward
The Recreation passport has made continuous
gains since its inception in 2010.
Since it began in 2010, the Recreation Passport has generated millions for parks in Michigan, and not just state parks. From the inception of the passport, its originators had big plans for helping Michigan improve its parks and recreation opportunities, with funds being distributed according to a formula.

That distribution included:

  • 50 percent to state park infrastructure.
  • 30 percent to state park operations.
  • 10 percent to a grant program for community recreation agencies, such as townships, counties and cities.
  • 7 percent to state forest campgrounds and pathways.
  • 2.75 percent to cultural and historic restoration.
  • 0.25 percent for marketing and promotion

This funding allocation has resulted in big improvements statewide. There already has been $17.4 million in improvements to state parks, such as new electrical upgrades and pull-through sites at Interlochen State Park in Grand Traverse County, as well as $1 million in historic renovations, including repairs to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Alcona County and Fayette Historic State Park in Delta County.

Community recreation grants from Recreation Passport proceeds have made possible $4.2 million in improvements in 53 of Michigan’s 83 counties. These grants allow parks and recreation agencies to build communities, generate tourism, improve public health and increase property values.

“There’s more to Michigan’s parks, trails, community centers and other recreation facilities than meets the eye. These are places where memories are made,” said Ann Conklin, chief operating officer for the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks). “We all want those opportunities to thrive, and fortunately for Michigan residents, that’s as simple as checking ‘Yes’ for the Recreation Passport.”

Stretching the Dollars
Since the Recreation Passport’s beginnings, Michigan’s state’s park system has grown by three parks, with the addition of the Rockport State Recreation Area in Alpena County, the Menominee River State Recreation Area in Dickinson and Menominee counties and Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Workers in progress on a repair project at the Sturgeon Point
Lighthouse in Alcona County. The project was aided by
funding from a Recreation Passport grant.
The DNR Parks and Recreation Division assumed responsibilities for managing state forest campgrounds and pathways in 2012, adding to the infrastructure needs, without providing additional staff or funding sources.

“This is a double-edged sword; it means that the Recreation Passport provides access to more locations, but it also means that funding is being stretched to meet the needs of more destinations,” Olson said. “In 2015, some General Fund money was allocated to Belle Isle to assist with the transition from city of Detroit to DNR management. This cannot be considered a permanent funding source.”

The Goal
In 2015, more than 30 percent of Michigan drivers were checking “Yes” for the Recreation Passport when registering their vehicles. The DNR’s goal is to reach 50 percent, which would provide $25 million in state park and state forest campground improvements and $2.8 million in community recreation grants – all in just one year.

“That doesn’t include the economic benefit that would be realized if everyone with a Recreation Passport planned road trips, explored new Michigan communities and instilled a love of the outdoors with their children and grandchildren,” Olson said. “That would be a model that truly would make Michigan’s state parks sustainable for future generations.

“Beyond that, we sincerely hope more Michigan residents take advantage of what a tremendous value the Recreation Passport really is,” Olson said. “For just $11, you get year-round access to more than 102 beautiful, spacious and scenic state parks and recreation areas - great places to explore the great outdoors, reconnect with family and friends, and get reacquainted with Michigan's world-class natural and cultural resources.”

Check out some cultural resource projects funded with Recreation Passport grants. Get more information on the Recreation Passport. See the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Recreation Passport.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Six-Week Gauley Season for River Rafters begins Sept. 9 at ACE Adventure Resort



Catch and release applies to more than fishing. Think of rivers that are dammed, creating reservoirs behind earthworks. On signal, the water that is caught in a reservoir can be released, just like a fish caught on a hook.

This happens predictably after Labor Day on West Virginia’s Gauley River that becomes a rafter’s paradise during Gauley Season when adrenaline is charged to the max over successive fall weekends.

This year Gauley Season at ACE Adventure Resort in Minden, set on 1,500 acres in this state’s southern hills, will be Sept. 9-12; Sept. 16-19; Sept. 23-26; Sept. 30-Oct. 3; Oct. 7-10 and Oct. 15-16.

“The significance of this flow at this time of year,” said Heidi Prior, ACE Marketing Director, “is the fact that everywhere else in the US rivers have slowed down by the end of summer. This means that the Gauley River provides some of the most exciting Class IV & V white water available anywhere in the country.”

To whitewater enthusiasts, the Gauley is a “must do!” on these weekends when water gushes down from the upriver dam at a rate of 2,800 cubic feet per second or more. As it rushes downriver, the flow creates huge waves, runnable waterfalls, eddies and holes that provide all the thrills a rafter could wish for.

Fall Gauley Camp Package includes a full day of river rafting, a half-day pass to Wonderland Waterpark, two nights camping and one each breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rates (depending on day of week) are from $129 per person. Other longer stay and play plans are available.

ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) throws in extra splashes to make lifetime memories of a rafting weekend here. Welcoming guests this fall is a recently completed $1 million refurbishment including embellishments to a five-acre lake known as Wonderland Waterpark with two brand-new 300-foot industrial-strength waterslides, 40 new inflatable lake toys, an expanded beach area, new hardscape and greenscape, a new retail store, snack shack and arcade, and the addition of seven new bathrooms and eight changing rooms.

Once at the resort, people like to stay put. This means that on premise dining and beverage venues are integral to the resort. The current improvements herald renovations to the bar, both inside and out, including a large outdoor pavilion. Also new pizza ovens have been added to facilitate ACE’s award-winning brick oven pizza.

In addition to being the region’s largest private campground for tents and RVs, the resort hosts overnight guests in more than 55 cabins and lodges that sleep from four to 14. Nearly all of the deluxe cabins now have new beds, comforters, window dressings, lamps and furniture. Nine one-room Cozy Cabins have been renovated to offer two bedrooms. Full bathrooms have been added to 10 Cedar Cabins. Four other cabins that formerly utilized ladders to access sleeping lofts now have staircases.

About Gauley River
Thanks to a law enacted by Congress, some rivers with dams, like the Gauley, are subject to whitewater dam releases for recreational purposes. The law is intended to help stimulate the economies around the rivers when the normal flow might be dwindling. So just after Labor Day water will flows furiously down the Gauley thanks to a series of 22 controlled releases spread over fall weekends. Administered by the National Park System, Gauley River has been designated a National Recreation Area for its beauty and challenging rapids targeting thrill-seeking adventurers worldwide. Rapids range from Class II to Class V+. Peak season is from (summer) April to August and (fall) September through October. The ultimate season is the fall, although the Gauley does run all summer long usually at lower flows. ACE pioneered the Summer Gauley program that takes guests down the river in inflatable kayaks during milder summer flows. Visit: http://aceraft.com/collections/whitewater-rafting/Gauley-River

Rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia, ACE Adventure Resort offers whitewater rafting along with a variety of supported adventures such as zip lining, mountain biking,disc golf, stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or emailace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service. ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Where to go when US National Parks fill to capacity this summer

Austin Adventures Recommends Active Adventures In Canada’s National Parks To Avoid Record Crowds Expected in US Parks This Year

Summer visits to national parks in the US this year are predicted to exceed all expectations. Those making plans to visit a stateside park at the 11th hour may find accommodations and services in short supply while visitors pack the pull-outs as they flock to enjoy our national icons during the Park Service Centennial Year.

Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/), the pace-setter in luxury multisport and active family vacations worldwide, suggests that this summer and early fall there’s still a plentitude of tours and accommodations north of the border, in the equally spectacular Canadian Rockies.

“Canada is also a bargain this year with a steady rate of 1.25-1.30 Canadian for 1 US dollar,” said Dan Austin, Founder and President of Austin Adventures, offering an additional reason to consider a Canadian vacation in 2016.

“While many of our US-based national park adventures are nearing capacity, we still have good availability on most all of our Canadian Rockies trips from now through the end of the season,” he points out.

Adding another incentive, just announced for all new bookings on two itineraries that use Calgary, Alberta, as the gateway city to Banff and Jasper National Park adventures is a complimentary pre-night hotel stay. Guests just mention the promotion when booking and enjoy additional vacation savings.

“Calgary is home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the capital of the province of Alberta and the gateway to the Canadian Rockies,” added Austin. “It’s the perfect gateway to an alpine world many Americans have yet to experience.”

Established in 1995, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and is perhaps best known to Americans for Lake Louise, one of the world’s bucket list icons. Jasper National Park – and Banff – both provide sightings of indigenous wildlife such as bighorn sheep, moose and bear, as well as photo ops of drop-dead-gorgeous mountains, expansive glaciers and turquoise lakes.

Alberta / Banff to Jasper is a 6 day-5 night active vacation with confirmed departures in 2016 of July 17 and 31, Aug. 21 and 28 andSept. 4. Guests enjoy a variety of guided day hikes combined with scenic biking and rafting Class II-IV whitewater. The tour spans Calgary through Lake Louise and along the Icefields Parkway to the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park. The per person, double, rate starts at $2,898. For more information visit: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/alberta-banff-jasper/.

Alberta Family / Banff to Jasper also spans six days and five nights on confirmed departures in 2016 of July 3, 10 and 24, andAug. 7 and 14. Hiking, biking and whitewater rafting are also part of the fun of this trip, all geared to younger abilities and needs. Families will cross alpine slopes keeping an eye out for caribou, moose, mountain goats and bighorn sheep, and they will strap on crampons for a trek atop Athabasca Glacier with a local expert. The per person, double, rate for adults is $2,898 and children age seven and above who share accommodations with one or more adults are priced at $2,318 to $2,608. For more information visit: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/alberta-family-banff-jasper/.

The rates for each trip include double occupancy rooms with private baths in distinctive lodges and inns; all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners (except one on-own dinner); the assistance of fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners; bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment; vehicle support and land transportation during the trip; an Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service; pre-departure and packing information; incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and National Park entrance and permit fees.

For more information on all of the 2016 destinations, trips and itineraries offered by Austin Adventures visit http://www.austinadventures.com, call (800) 575-1540 or emailinfo@austinadventures.com.

About Austin Adventures
Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin-Lehman Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury pre-set and custom-designed small group tours to all seven continents. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts portfolio of experiential leisure offerings that includes operations in Grand Canyon, Yellowstone,Zion, Crater Lake, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park; and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also owns and operatesKingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel in Williams, Ariz., the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Country Walkers and Austin Adventures.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We're the Russos: Barton 1792 Distillery, Underground Zip Line, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience, Copper & Kings Distillery, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Derby Museum



About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, June 13, 2016

RV Gear: Hyndsight’s Wire-Free Rear View Back-up Vision System



Hyndsight Vision Systems is taking a big step forward in the consumer vision industry with the introduction of their new portable, wire-free rear view vision system called Journey. This turnkey system is comprised of a custom designed camera and monitor with a sunlight readable screen, antenna set, and two mounts in a hard shell case. Journey is rugged, weather resistant and provides a “real-to-life” visual field. The system provides real-time video stream through a direct wire-free connection (camera to monitor) and a clear image that can transmit up to one-third of a mile with direct line of sight.

One of the revolutionary highlights of Journey is that it can be mounted literally anywhere, with the ability to pair-up to four cameras per monitor. It can operate four to five hours before charging is required or can be optionally hard-wired. Three product lines with different lens angles are available, offering additional flexibility and options for use in any environment.

“So many so-called “wire-free” rear vision systems leave consumers disappointed because most of these systems need to be hard-wired for power and antenna connections which can be time consuming and result in costly installation fees on top of the cost of the unit,” says Melissa Thompson, CEO of Hyndsight. “Obstructed vision is a major problem in the RV industry, and Hyndsight’s vision system provides drivers with a constant clear field of vision preventing unnecessary collisions while driving and changing lanes or reversing.”

Founded in 2011, Hyndsight Vision Systems’ corporate offices and distribution center is located in Peterborough, NH. The company has secured world-wide distribution agreements with national and international companies and has several new products in development. The product is featured on Tractor Supply Company, Camping World and Dover Saddlery online stores, and Amazon.

Source: Press Release

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Good Sam Lists 'Top RV Parks for Food Lovers'



Good Sam’s ongoing promotion, 12 Months of RVing Calendar, takes a bite out of the Recommended RV Parks for Food Lovers.

Located across North America, these recommended RV parks help RVers satisfy their appetites for great restaurants, farm-fresh vegetables and original dishes served up hot at food festivals across North America.

RV Parks in Focus: Some RV parks on this list are located in the heart of America’s most bountiful agricultural regions. Almond Tree RV Park in Chico, California, sits on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail, which leads visitors to farms and wineries. Maine’s Pumpkin Patch RV Resort is situated just minutes away from the Atlantic shore, where the area's legendary lobsters are harvested and prepared at fine seafood eateries.

Pulling from the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide's database of more than 7,000 private RV parks, the 12 Months of RVing calendar highlights some of the finest RV parks in North America.

Good Sam's Recommended RV Parks for Food Lovers (by state & city):

Arizona
Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp Verde

California
Mad River Rapids RV Park, Arcata
Almond Tree RV Park, Chico
Yanks RV Resort, Greenfield
Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine
Emerald Desert RV Resort - Sunland, Palm Desert
Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula

Seafood Boil at Naples Motorcoach resort & Boat Club
Florida
Three Lakes RV Resort, Hudson
Club Naples RV Resort, Naples
Lake San Marino RV Resort, Naples
Naples Motorcoach Resort & Boat Club, Naples
Naples RV Resort, Naples
Silver Lakes RV Resort & Golf Club, Naples
Tallahassee RV Park, Tallahassee

Idaho
Ambassador RV Resort, Caldwell

Illinois
Cahokia RV Parque, Cahokia

Maine
Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, Bangor
Timberland Acres RV Park, Trenton

Missouri
Big Red Barn RV Park, Carthage (see video at top)

Nevada
Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages, Pahrump

New Jersey
Liberty Harbor Marina & RV Park, Jersey City

North Carolina
Asheville Bear Creek RV Park, Asheville
Lanier's Campground, Surf City



Ohio
Evergreen Park RV Resort, Mount Eaton (see video above)

Oklahoma
Rockwell RV Park, Oklahoma City

South Carolina
Oak Plantation Campground, LP, Charleston

La Hacienda RV Resort
Texas
Amarillo Ranch RV Park, Amarillo
Oasis RV Resort, Amarillo
Shady Creek RV Park and Storage, Aubrey
La Hacienda RV Resort, Austin
Oak Forest RV Park, Austin
Destiny RV Resorts-Dallas, Denton
Shallow Creek RV Resort, Gladewater
Texan RV Ranch, Mansfield
Northlake Village RV Park, Roanoke
Pecan Park Riverside RV & Cabins, San Marcos

Utah
Salt Lake City KOA, Salt Lake City

Virginia
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

Washington
Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell

Wyoming
Deer Park, Buffalo

Source: Press Release

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rollin' on TV Show: Michigan' Upper Peninsula Part 2 & Roasted Nuts



On this week's program (#2016-11), Jeff Johnston wraps up his RV travels in the Michigan, U P with some interesting stops. Also, the crew shows you how to tell the exact age of your tires, and Evanne Schmarder whips up a great campfire snack ... Roasted Nuts.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.