Sunday, May 29, 2016

KOA Videos: Morning, Afternoon & Evening

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rollin' On TV Show: Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier, Trailer Skids, & Lake Chelan



On this week's program (2016-09), Rollin' On TV looks at a great way to raise your trailer height for easier and safer towing. Plus, the crew visits Lake Chelan, a popular RV destination and Evanne Schmarder shows us some great cook ware that will save lots of space in your RV kitchen.

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, May 27, 2016

Introducing RV Carports from Elephant Structures

Elephant Structures Now Delivers And Installs Metal RV Carports and Garage Buildings Nationwide.

The outdoors is a great thing that many of us want to enjoy peacefully in our spare time without constantly having to worry about what’s happening to our stuff when we’re out of town or asleep at night. It’s imperative that an economical solution for RV carports and Metal Garage Fabrication exists, and luckily it does.

Elephant Structures is a company that’s been in the metal building business for 37 years. They know what they’re doing when it comes to fabrication and engineering for longevity. They wouldn’t be around for as long as they have otherwise, and they have personally taken the effort to learn about the consumer’s desires each year they have been in business. 

It’s also important to have many customization options that allow for customers to get exactly what they need without having to compromise. Their buildings come in many different colors, barn red, burgundy, brown, forest green, beige, tan, galvalume, clay, white, dark gray, light gray, and slate blue. 

It’s worth mentioning however, that those are only the color customization options. Each building is massively customizable structurally, down to the wind speed and snow load that each can handle through a certification process. The walls can be configured in whatever manner the customer needs, as well as the ends, doors, and windows. There are a plethora of sizing options, along with height and square feet. 

There are three different types of roof structures available in their metal garage series. The regular roof, which is the base line curved roof option. The boxed eave which is an upgraded style with an angled pitch and overhand. The vertical roof option has hat channel that upgrades the strength of the roof tremendously, even without certification. Also, the paneling on the vertical roof motivates rain due to its orientation to fall to the sides of the structure. Keeping the owner a little drier if they need to retrieve their property or make it back inside after storing it. There are lean-to structures that can compartmentalize the storage area, in case it is desirable to keep an RV in the base structure and lawn mower on the side. These are just as customizable as the main structure is, allowing for extra garage doors, windows, and walk-in doors which they offer as well.

So, one might be thinking, “What’s the catch here? When it comes time for installation and delivery.” Well, the fact of the matter is that Elephant Structures has some of the quickest turn around in the business at 4-6 weeks and all with free installation and delivery. That alone is motivation to take a look at their product. Many companies will charge for installation and delivery almost as much as the cost of the building itself. Or they’ll shortcut Elephant’s prices with a building that will need to be replaced in a year or two due to shoddy construction and insufficient gauge of steel. Not Elephant. They’ve learned over 37 years that treating the customer with respect and dignity is the best way to stay in business. 

Looking for a metal building? Browse photos for inspiration, or check local pricing of various style buildings at http://www.carport.com where you can conveniently shop online with local pricing. Their buildings are delivered and installed anywhere you need protection from the sun.

Call 888-654-8299 for complete details about your metal building options with Elephant Structure.

Source: Press Release

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Introducing: We're The Russos!

Editor's note: I'm happy to introduce a new video series called We're the Russos. They are living the dream of many of us - full-timing and traveling the country! Below is an introductory video so you can meet them, followed by some of their most recent videos to get you brought up to speed. Scroll all the way down to learn more about the Russos.



Vlog (episodes 038 & 037)
Vlog stands for video log, and it's a series of weekly videos the Russos have done showing some of the highlights of the places they've been to. Below are two of their most recent installments, the first being a trip to Honest Coffee Roasters outside Nashville and the second a synopsis of driving their motorhome over the Great Smoky Mountains.



RVing
Another "Channel" of theirs is RVing, which are video walk-throughs, product and campground spotlights and how-to videos. Below are three of their most recent RVing videos: First, a review of the Lazydays RV Resort in Tampa; Second, a review of the Winnebago View 24V, and; Third, a review of the Thousand Trails RV Park in Orlando.



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, May 24, 2016

Michigan campgrounds with available campsites this Memorial Day Weekend

The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) is reporting plenty of availability – for tenters, RVers and cabin/cottage-dwellers – available at campgrounds throughout both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas for the upcoming Memorial Weekend.

Nearly two dozen ARVC Michigan campgrounds are reporting availability, including:

Big Cedar Campground – Germfask
Phone: 906-586-6684
Website: www.bigcedarcampground.com

Bluegill Lake Family Camping Resort – Mecosta
Phone: 231-972-4455
Website: www.bluegillcamping.com

Crystal Lake Campground – Ludington/Scottville
Phone: 231-757-4510
Website: www.crystallakecamping.com

Gaylord KOA – Gaylord
Phone: 800-562-4146
Website: www.gaylordkoa.com

Hidden Ridge RV Resort – Hopkins
Phone: 269-682-8838
Website: www.hiddenridgerv.com

Holiday Camping Resort – New Era
Phone: 231-861-5220
Website: www.holidaycamping.com

Holiday Park Campground – Traverse City
Phone: 231-943-4410
Website: www.holidayparktc.com

Indian Creek Camp and Conference Center – Tecumseh
Phone: 517-423-5659
Website: www.Indiancreekcamping.com

Insta Launch Campground & Marina – Manistee
Phone: 231-723-3901
Website: www.instalaunch.com

Jack Pine Lodge and Campground – Manistique
Phone: 844-522-5746
Website: www.jackpinelodgeUP.com

Kritter’s Northcountry Campground & Cabins – Newberry
Phone: 906-293-8562
Website: www.northcountrycampground.com

Michigan Oaks Camping Resort – Indian River
Phone: 231-238-8259
Website: www.MichiganOaks.com

Oak Shores Campground – Decatur
Phone: 269-423-7370
Website: www.oakshorescampground.com

Petoskey KOA – Petoskey
Phone: 800-562-0253
Website: www.koa.com/campgrounds/petoskey/

River Country Campground – Evart
Phone: 231-734-3808
Website: www.campandcanoe.com

Stony Haven Campground & Cabins – New Era
Phone: 231-861-5201
Website: www.campingfriend.com/stoneyhavencampground/

Traverse City KOA – Traverse City
Phone: 800-562-0280
Website: www.koa.com/campgrounds/traverse-city/

Twin Oaks Campground & Cabins – Wellston
Phone: 877-442-3102
Website: www.twinoakscamping.com

Thunder Bay Resort – Hillman
Phone: 989.742.4732 or 800-729-9375
Website: www.thunderbayresort.com

Troll Landing Campground / Canoe Livery – West Branch
Phone: 989-345-7260
Website: www.michcampgrounds.com/campgrounds/troll-landing-campground-canoe-rental/

Vacation Trailer Park – Benzonia
Phone: 231-882-5101
Website: www.vacationtrailer.com

West Houghton Lake Campground – Houghton Lake
Phone: 989-422-5130
Website: www.westhoughtonlakecampground.com

Wild Cherry Resort – Lake Leelanau
Phone: 231-271-5550
Website: www.wildcherryresort.com

Whether it be a cabin/cottage or a campsite, availability varies from property to property. This is not an all-inclusive list. This list includes campgrounds that responded to a survey indicating availability, as of May 20, 2016. Availability is subject to change. Reservations are required.

ARVC Michigan represents over 150 member campgrounds with nearly 25,000 sites available throughout the state. These campgrounds are promoted in an annual Michigan Campground Directory, available at Michigan Welcome Centers, Michigan State Parks, Chambers of Commerce, Convention & Visitor Bureaus, RV Dealers, Libraries and AAA Offices. ARVC Michigan’s mission is to lead in the development of the RV Parks and Campground industry through education, communication and representation. ARVC Michigan is a member of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (arvc).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tow Vehicle Spotlight: 2016 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra: Big, Brawny and Brainy All-American Full-Size Pickup

It’s true what they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes for the Toyota Tundra family of full-size pickups assembled there. Tundra is big in stature, power and model choice, with 50 total configurations available. And, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro models have a bigger fuel tank for 2016 -- now 38 gallons vs. 26.4 before – plus a standard integrated Trailer Brake Control.

The Tundra, which adds front end styling updates on the SR5 and 1794 Edition, is also big on carrying and pulling things, with bed length up to 8.1 feet and trailer towing capacity up to 10,500 pounds. Big also describes cabin room, with up to 42.3 inches of rear seat legroom in CrewMax models -- better than some luxury sedans.

Toyota upgraded the Entune Multimedia units to 2.5 version status in all Tundra models for 2016. The base SR grade gets a standard Entune Audio system. The SR5 grade steps up to Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App (Scout® GPS Link App), which uses the customer’s smartphone to provide navigation functionality through the head unit. The Limited and TRD Pro come with Entune Premium Audio with In-Vehicle Navigation and App Suite, while the Platinum and 1794 Edition feature standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with In-Vehicle Navigation and App Suite.

The premium multimedia units offer 85 percent faster functionality thanks to new dual core processors, and iPhone® users can now charge their phone using the USB port while using the Entune App Suite at the same time. The App Suite adds Slacker Radio and replaces Bing with Destination Search.

TRD Pro Models: On Target for Off-Road
Got trails? The Tundra offers an available TRD Off-Road Package on SR5, Limited and, also for 2016, the 1794 Edition. Or, go all in with the TRD Pro off-road model. You’ll know it when you see it by the old school TOYOTA grille, TRD Pro bed panel stamping, aluminum skid plate, matte black badges and black headlight bezels. The TRD Pro takes an aggressive stance on 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Off-Road Package tires.

The Tundra TRD Pro is ready for any terrain with a complete TRD suspension upgrade that raises the front of the vehicle two inches for a level ride height and extends wheel travel at all four corners. The package includes larger diameter TRD-tuned Bilstein High-Performance shocks with internal hydraulic bump stops and piggyback external reservoirs.

People will certainly hear the Tundra TRD Pro coming, thanks to a TRD dual exhaust system that gives the 5.7-liter V8 a throaty growl. This extra-bold Tundra is available in White, Magnetic Gray and, new for 2016, Quicksand.

Inside, the Tundra TRD Pro includes new black leather seating with red stitching and a TRD Pro logo.


Brawny Exterior, Brainy Foundation
There’s no shortage of choices in the Tundra line, which offers three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. Tundra Regular Cab models come exclusively with a long bed (8.1-foot) configuration. Double Cab models are offered in the standard-bed (6.5-foot) or long-bed (8.1-foot) configurations and include rear under seat tray storage on the SR5 and Limited grades. The CrewMax comes with a 5.5-foot bed; all Tundra beds are 22.2-in. deep.

Tundras are equipped with several clever features for added convenience and value. For example, the front and rear bumpers use three-piece construction for reduced repair costs; the available spray-in bed liner also adds value; the easy-lower-and-lift tailgate lowers slowly with no slam, can easily be removed when necessary and comes standard with a lock feature to help prevent theft; Limited trim Double Cab models come standard with a power sliding horizontal rear window, while all CrewMax models have a power vertical sliding rear window.


All V8, All Muscle
Tundra comes standard with the 4.6-liter i-Force V8 that doles out 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,400 rpm. The most popular Tundra engine – and one of the most capable and advanced in the full-size pickup segment -- is the available 5.7-liter i-Force V8. It’s a remarkably refined workhorse that generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm.  For 2016, 22 of those with the 5.7-liter V8 are certified Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) that can use up to E85 blend fuel (available in select markets).

Both V8s feature an aluminum cylinder block and double overhead-cam heads with four valves per cylinder. In both, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Acoustic Control Induction System get credit for a broad torque curve. Both engines come teamed with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.


More Big Numbers
The foundation for Tundra’s strength and up to 10,500-lb. towing capacity (SAE J2807 towing standard compliant) is its TripleTech frame. “Triple” refers to the wide, full-boxed rails for the front portion, a reinforced C-channel under the cab and an open C-channel beneath the bed for strength, ride quality and durability.

The double A-arm front suspension uses coil-over spring shock units, and a front-mounted steering rack enhances steering feel and response, while decreasing the overall turning diameter. In the rear suspension, staggered shocks mounted outboard of the springs help improve dampening efficiency. Spring rates are tuned to provide a flat vehicle stance when fully loaded.

The Tundra SR and SR5 grades ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition feature 20-inch alloy wheels, each grade with its own design. Naturally, Tundra has big braking power. The 4-wheel disc brakes use massive ventilated rotors front and rear: 13.9 inches and 1.26-inches thick in front with segment-exclusive 4-piston calipers, and 13.6 x 0.71-inch rear rotors with 2-piston calipers.


High-Traction 2WD, 4x4 and a Whole Lot More
On Tundra 2WD models, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system integrates traction control (TRAC) that enhances grip on or off-road. The system also incorporates Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which provides better performance in deep sand or mud and on mixed-friction surfaces because it doesn’t restrict engine power. Compared to a conventional mechanical limited slip differential, the Auto-LSD system is often more responsive and has better wear characteristics, since it utilizes the vehicles brakes to limit wheelspin.

Tundra 4X4 models use the on-demand, electronically controlled 4WDemand part-time 4WD system featuring a six-pinion planetary reduction gear set to provide 4x2, 4x4 Hi and 4x4 Lo ranges. The driver selects the drive mode using a dial on the dash. With 4WDemand, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) operates like Auto-LSD, allowing full, unrestricted engine output, transferring power to the wheel with the most traction on both the front and rear axles.

Tundra puts more control in the driver’s hands – or, more accurately, at the driver’s fingertips, via the mode selector. In normal mode, VSC and TRAC function to help enable traction and control capability. TRAC Off and Auto-LSD modes activate Auto-LSD to help extricate the Tundra from extreme conditions by allowing full, unrestricted engine output and transferring power to the wheel with the most traction. The VSC Off mode turns off all three systems.


Built to Tow
Don't take all towing claims at face value. Ask to see its SAE J2807 towing standard certification. The Toyota Tundra was the first to adopt this standard in 2011. With the standard Tow Package, 5.7-liter V8 Tundra offers a maximum tow capacity of 10,500 pounds (4x2 Regular Cab). So equipped, Tundra uses a one-piece towing receiver integrated into the frame prior to bed installation.

The Tow Package upgrades Tundra’s cooling and electrical systems, as well. Integrated engine and transmission oil coolers help handle the demands of towing under a full load, and a heavy-duty battery and alternator are added. The 7- and 4-pin towing hitch connectors sit above the hitch to help avoid damage during high-departure-angle driving.

Tundra models equipped with the Tow Package also come with a selectable TOW/HAUL shift mode for transmission. The TOW/HAUL mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, favoring and holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance control and safety.

Anyone who tows will appreciate Trailer Sway Control. A function of Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control helps counteract handling forces that can cause trailer sway. An integrated Trailer Brake Controller is also now included, with controls by the driver’s knee and a status screen on the multi-information display screen.

All Tundra models come standard with a backup camera (viewed from the Entune Audio display screen or available navigation screen). On 5.7-liter models, heated, power, outside tow mirrors with turn signal indicators and manual-extend feature are available.


The Softer Side of Rugged
In addition to the TRD Pro, the Tundra line includes the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades, the Platinum and unique 1794 Edition.

All Tundra models are remarkably civilized and quiet, thanks in part to extensive noise-control measures. The cabin design features a “professional gear” theme, with unique driver and passenger zones, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric. Premium surface treatments include high-granulated paint on the center cluster and unique seat stitching to enhance interior quality and durability. Gauges are grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design and there’s a center-mounted multi-information display screen. The dash’s large knobs can be operated while wearing gloves. The console offers multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics.

Double Cab and CrewMax models are available with bench or bucket seats for the front row, and rear seats in both cab styles can be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability. All Tundra models come with standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming. All have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks, and heated, power, outside mirrors.

Standard High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass helps filter solar heat and most UV light energy entering the vehicle – good for occupants, and good for interior material durability.

The Limited grade adds leather seating surfaces in Black, Sand Beige or Graphite with matching soft-touch door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims. Amenities include dual zone air conditioning and a 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar support. The exterior is dressed out with chrome door handles and side mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system.


1794: Texas Heritage and Hospitality
So, what exactly is this 1794 Edition mentioned several times already? It’s a special model that shares top billing with the Platinum grade, and it’s got a good story. Named for the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio, the 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme with exclusive saddle brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Matching soft-touch materials also accent the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel.

Adding a distinctive design touch that’s also functional, the Platinum and 1794 Edition feature LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Standard luxuries for both include a 12-way power driver’s seat with memory and a 4-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation; a 12-speaker touch-screen Entune Premium JBL Audio system with Navigation and App Suite; a power moonroof; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and front and rear parking sonar; auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and HomeLink® universal transceiver.


Standard Entune® Audio
The Tundra’s quiet interior is ideal for enjoying the sound quality of the standard Entune Audio systems. On the SR grade, the standard Entune Audio includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display; AM/FM CD Player with MP3/WMA playback capability; aux jack; USB 2.0 port with increased charging capability and iPod® connectivity and control; hands-free phone capability; Siri® Eyes Free; advanced voice recognition, plus phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth.

The SR5 comes standard with Entune Audio Plus with the new Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App, which includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle with Hi-Res 7.0-inch touch-screen display; HD Radio with iTunes® tagging and HD Traffic and Weather (metro areas only), and SiriusXM® satellite radio (3-month complimentary trial).

Standard on the Limited and TRD Pro grades and available on the SR5, the Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite makes a smartphone smarter. Using your paired smartphone, you can access apps includingSlacker, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, Open Table®, Pandora®, Yelp and Facebook Places, as well as real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks – all through the Tundra’s touch screen.

The Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax models get the works, the Entune Premium JBL® Audio with Navigation and Entune App Suite. This package is optional for the Limited CrewMax models.

Toyota’s STAR Safety System and Segment-First Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

The standard Toyota Star Safety System™ includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.

The eight standard airbags include front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA), driver and front outboard passenger airbags with an Advanced Airbag System, and the segment’s first standard driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags.

A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (available SR5 and Limited; standard on Platinum and 1794 Edition) detects vehicles not visible using mirrors alone. The Cross Traffic Alert feature warns drivers of cross traffic via indicator lights in side-view mirrors and a warning buzzer.

American Roots
The current-generation Toyota Tundra was primarily designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., with some engineering by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio, Tex. Its V8 engines are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc., and 5.7-liter V8 transmissions are manufactured in North Carolina.

Limited Warranty and Toyota Care
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. Tundra also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Belle Isle Park continues to make its mark as Michigan's 102nd state park



Belle Isle Park – Detroit’s gem and Michigan’s 102nd state park – offers four seasons of enjoyment and wonderment for visitors from around the state, the nation and the world. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Belle Isle Conservancy, the city of Detroit, Detroit citizens and many partners from all around the state have worked tirelessly to revitalize the island.

Belle Isle Park, a 985-acre island park located in the Detroit River near downtown Detroit, is rich with natural beauty and historical and cultural resources. It is home to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, a golf course, the James Scott Memorial Fountain and many other popular leisure and recreational activities. In addition to Belle Isle attracting 3.8 million visitors to the island this past year, here are other highlights:

Belle Isle survey 
The increased number of visitors to the island directly correlates with the positive results of the recent Belle Isle visitor survey. The survey gauged visitors' reasons for coming to the park, as well as measuring their perceptions of and satisfaction with park programs, amenities and services. According to the overall results, 84 percent of respondents who have been to the park within the past year felt welcome, and 90 percent were satisfied with their experience. The survey also examined respondents’ awareness of the park, reasons for visiting, and opinions on maintenance, management and the Recreation Passport vehicle entry requirement. The survey was administered by Morpace Marketing Research & Consulting.

Continued revitalization
Significant operation, maintenance and capital project improvements have been made, such as restroom repairs, expansion of Scott Memorial Fountain operations throughout the summer, expansion of giant slide hours of operation, installation of two accessible boat/kayak launches, removal of hazardous trees and invasive species and expanded opportunities for vendors. Work on the island also will continue throughout the year.

To become a partner or to make a donation toward the improvement to the park, please contact Karis Floyd at 844-235-5375 or floydk@michigan.gov.

To learn more about the park, visit Belleislepark.org. The DNR encourages Belle Isle partners and others talking about the island park's revitalization to share their news via Twitter @MichiganDNR and @BelleIsle_Park using the hashtag#AllinforBelleIsle.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Roadmaster makes a spare tire carrier for your motorhome



A spare tire carrier for your motorhome!

Why didn’t someone think of this before? With Roadmaster’s spare tire carrier you can get back on the road in no time, keep your tires matched, save valuable cargo space and still tow whatever you want behind your motorhome, all while saving money — carrying your own spare allows you to control the cost.

Patented design allows the carrier to pivot to the ground for quick access to rear compartments or the engine. Includes a two-inch receiver hitch for a tow bar, hitch rack or any other hitch-mounted accessory.

  • For 16", 19.5", 22.5", 24" and 24.5" wheels.
  • Mounts in a standard two-inch receiver hitch.
  • Powder-coated for durability and corrosion resistance.
  • 10,000-pound maximum capacity; 400 pound maximum tongue weight.
  • Part number: 195225; MSRP: $695

Friday, May 20, 2016

Long, Long Honeymoon: Best GPS, Dumb Mistakes, Safety Gear, Generator Callout & Quick Tip



About the Long, Long Honeymoon
After getting married in the Florida Keys, C.S. (Sean) and Kristy Michael spent their wedding night in their newly purchased recreational vehicle — a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer. Instead of jaunting off to honeymoon on a posh Pacific island, the newlyweds hitched up their trusty Ford diesel truck (nicknamed “SEEMORE”) and started exploring America.

Their “long long honeymoon” journey has stretched over 100,000 miles and 49 States, ranging from Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) all the way up to Fairbanks, Alaska. They have camped in every conceivable environment, from scenic national parks to less-than-exotic asphalt parking lots.

A writer and filmmaker, Sean totes his video camera everywhere, relentlessly documenting the experience. And in addition to Sean’s filmmaking equipment, the couple always pack their sense of humor. Their blog explores the lighter side of RV life; or as Kristy says, “the fun stuff!”

Why do they do it? “Because life should be a long long honeymoon…”

You can catch Sean and Kristy’s latest RV adventures (including all of their videos in glorious high-definition) on their website: LongLongHoneymoon.com. When not aboard their Airstream, the newlyweds divide their time between homes in Alabama and Florida. But you can always reach them via email at HoneymoonShow@aol.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grab your bike, explore Michigan and celebrate National Bike Month this May

Get out your bike, oil the chain and air up those tires. May is National Bike Month and Michigan is full of wonderful bicycling opportunities. As we head into warmer weather, many people are looking for new recreational activities to help them get outdoors.

With more than 12,500 miles of trails, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as "the Trails State." Whether it's bicycling through paved trails in the parks, mountain biking across rugged terrain or planning a trip through one of the state parks or state forest pathways, Michigan has unique opportunities for bicyclists of all ages, types and skill levels.

"National Bike Month takes place each May and showcases the many benefits of bicycling," said Elissa Buck, a recreation programmer for the DNR. "Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, while taking advantage of all the health and environmental benefits. It's also an opportunity to explore your community and state, such as the extensive statewide trail system, many scenic roads, state parks and much more." 

National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, is celebrated each May in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give biking a try. Visit www.bikeleague.org/bikemonth for more information.

Here are just a few of the opportunities that Michigan bicyclists can explore:
  • Bikes are allowed on all paved and nonpaved roads in all 102 state parks and recreation areas. Information can be found at www.michigan.gov/stateparks.
  • Mountain bikers may want to wind and weave their way through natural soil surfaces, narrower trail widths and changing slopes and gradients on a number of trails. To search for a list of Michigan state parks, recreation areas or state forest campgrounds with designated mountain bike trails, visitwww.michigan.gov/recsearch.
  • The William Field Memorial Hart-Montage Trail is a paved, 22-mile trail that passes through rural, forested lands. The beautiful scenic overlooks and picnic areas located along the route make it an excellent trail experience for all outdoor enthusiasts. There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly repaved trail July 18; however, most of the trail currently is rideable. Information can be found atwww.michigan.gov/recsearch.
  • Jump on the Iron Belle Trail, the longest designated state trail in the nation, and bicycle (or hike) your way between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. Explore pristine forests, pass along cool rivers and visit charming towns all across the state. The 791-mile bicycle route is 64 percent complete and utilizes existing multiuse trails. In the Upper Peninsula, the route follows U.S. 2, a designated national bicycling route. Visit www.michigan.gov/ironbelle to learn more.
  • Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets Monday nights in Detroit. Each week, participants meet at different venues and take a unique route throughout the city, exploring neighborhoods, landmarks and many state-operated destinations. The bike ride involves 3,000+ riders each week and is for all ages and skill levels. Learn about the location of future rides at http://slowrolldetroit.com
Upcoming bicycling events include:
  • The Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center will offer free Adaptive Cycling Clinics at Interlochen State Park in Grand Traverse County June 8, July 13 and Sept. 7. For more information, call 231-263-1350.
  • Join the Tri-County Bicycle Association's 27th annual SummerTour July 13-17. The bike tour, a circle route beginning and ending in Petoskey, features great scenery that takes riders through many small towns and tourist areas in the northern Lower Peninsula. Visit www.biketcba.org (click on Club Rides).
For more information, contact DNR recreation programmers Elissa Buck at 989-313-0000 or Stephanie Wirtz at 989-274-6182.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Love Your RV: Stinky RV Drains, HepVo Kitchen Drain, 5-Year Champion Inverter Generator Review, Dumont Dunes, Bandon Oregon Part 1




About Love Your RV
About four years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Winnebago debuts Minnie 2500RL floorplan

Winnebago has released the 2500RL floorplan for its Minnie line of travel trailers.

The new Minnie 2500RL features an open living space, master bedroom and an easily accessed bathroom. At 27’11” long, the 2500RL has one slide housing the dinette and a large open space in the living area. Within the living space there is a jack knife sofa, galley kitchen and opposing dinette slide. In addition, the TV is positioned conveniently in the living area to allow for viewing from the dinette or sofa.

“The 2500RL is a functional and versatile trailer,” Winnebago Towables Director of Marketing Mark Gerber said. “It is a wonderful couple’s trailer with the option of accommodating overnight guests with easy conversion of the dinette and sofa into beds.”

Adding to the unit’s functionality is a complete galley featuring standard items such as a large Dometic refrigerator, microwave, three-burner stove top, oven and ventilated range hood. In addition, the galley offers ample counter space and a stainless steel sink.

Moving to the front of the unit, the master bedroom has a queen bed and wardrobe along with storage space above the bed and a conveniently placed light for night-time reading. Adjacent to the master bedroom is a spacious private bathroom with two doors for entry from either the bedroom or living space.

Vinyl flooring is used throughout the trailer for added convenience and easy cleaning.
For more information on the Minnie, please visit http://winnebagoind.com/ or call (574)-825-5250.

About Winnebago
Winnebago Industries, Inc., is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheel products.

Monday, May 16, 2016

RV Education 101 videos: Flooring Upgrade, Toilet Install, Waterproofing, New Corner Sealing, Condensation & Basic Electricity



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"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Good Sam lists top Waterfront RV Parks



The May edition of Good Sam’s 12 Months of RVing Calendar hits the beach with our list of recommended Waterfront RV Parks across North America.

These select RV parks invite RV travelers to unfurl their beach blankets or take a stroll along the sand just a few short steps from their sites. Many of these parks are great destinations for boaters, kayakers and others who like to make a splash.

RV Parks in Focus
Caboose Lake Campground, Remington, Indiana
At California’sNewport RV Resort and Marina, a sandy beach and private lagoon lure beachcombers of all ages to play in the water. Maryland’s Castaways RV Resort & Campground, meanwhile, puts guests right on the scenic shore of Sinepuxent Bay, with spectacular views of the Assateague National Seashore and Ocean City skyline.

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 Waterfront RV Parks (by state and city):

United States
Alabama
Lake Osprey RV Resort, Elberta

Alaska
Diamond M Ranch Resort, Kenai

Arizona
Pleasant Harbor RV Resort, Peoria

Arkansas
Catherine's Landing At Hot Springs, Hot Springs
Tom Sawyer's RV Park, West Memphis
Eastpointe RV Resort, Grand Haven, Michigan

California
Bass Lake Recreational Resort, Bass LakeVillage Camper Inn,Crescent City
Pirate Cove Resort, Needles
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, Newport Beach
Aurora RV Park & Marina, Nice
Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, Pismo Beach

Connecticut
Seaport RV Resort & Campground, Mystic

Delaware
The Resort at Massey's Landing, Millsboro

Florida
Pleasant Lake Carefree RV Resort, Bradenton
Ho Hum RV Park, Carrabelle
Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort, Citra
Highbanks Marina & Campresort, Debary
Camp Gulf, Destin
Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort, Flagler Beach
Groves RV Resort, Fort Myers
Upriver RV Resort, Fort Myers
Red Coconut RV Park, Fort Myers Beach
San Carlos RV Park and Islands, Fort Myers Beach
Indian Creek RV Resort and Manufactured Housing Community, Fort Myers Beach
Destin West RV Resort, Fort Walton Beach
Nature's Resort, Homosassa
Keys Palms RV Resort, Key Largo
Boyd's Key West Campground, Key West
Grassy Key RV Park and Resort, Marathon
Holiday Park Campground, Traverse City, Michigan
Jolly Roger, Marathon
Emerald Beach RV Park, Navarre
Navarre Beach Campground, Navarre
Santa Rosa RV Resort, Navarre
Coral Sands RV Resort, Ormond Beach
Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, Panama City Beach
Pensacola Beach RV Resort, Pensacola
Tampa South RV Resort, Ruskin
North Beach Camp Resort, St Augustine
Stagecoach RV Park Inc, St Augustine
Bay Bayou RV Resort, Tampa

Georgia
Allatoona Landing Marine Resort & Campground, Cartersville
Lake Harmony RV Park and Campground, Townsend

Idaho
Neat Retreat RV Park, Fruitland



Illinois
Crystal Lake RV Park, Rock Falls (see video above)

Indiana
Timberline Valley RV Resort, Anderson
Caboose Lake Campground, Remington
Hidden Paradise Campground, St Paul (see video at top)

Maine
Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport
Old Orchard Beach Campground, Old Orchard Beach
WildAcres RV Resort & Campground, Old Orchard Beach
Wassamki Springs Campground, Scarborough
Two Rivers Campground, Skowhegan
Sea-Vu Campground, Wells
Libby's Oceanside Camp, York Harbor

Maryland
Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina, Abingdon
Holiday Park Campground, Greensboro
Castaways RV Resort & Campground, Ocean City
Frontier Town RV Resort & Campground, Ocean City

Massachusetts
Campers Haven Carefree RV Resort, Dennis Port
Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, East Falmouth
Pine Acres Family Camping Resort, Oakham
Black Bear Campground, Salisbury
Peters Pond RV Resort, Sandwich



Michigan
Castle Rock Lakefront Campground, St Ignace
Eastpointe RV Resort, Grand Haven
Insta Launch Campground & Marina, Manistee
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, Mackinaw City
Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park, Mount Pleasant (see video above)
Holiday Park Campground, Traverse City
Traverse Bay RV Resort, Traverse City

Mississippi
Cajun RV Park, Biloxi
Gulf Haven Campground, Gulfport

Missouri
Big Creek RV Park, Annapolis
Cooper Creek Campground & Resort, Branson
Mark Twain Landing, Monroe City
Basswood Resort, Platte City

Montana
Rollins RV Park & Restaurant, Rollins

North Carolina
Holiday Trav-L-Park Resort for Campers, Emerald Isle
Four Oaks Lodging & RV Resort, Four Oaks
Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco

Nevada
Lake Mead RV Village, Boulder City
Fallon RV Park, Fallon
Cottonwood Cove Resort, Searchlight
River's Edge RV Park, Sparks

New Jersey
The Depot Travel Park, Cape May
Winding River Campground, Mays Landing

New York
Jellystone Park (TM) of Western New York, North Java



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

Oregon
Driftwood RV Park, Brookings
Sea & Sand RV Park, Depoe Bay
Diamond Lake RV Park, Diamond Lake
Beach Resort At Turtle Rock, Gold Beach
Premier RV Resorts - Lincoln City, Lincoln City
Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort, Netarts
Sea Perch RV Resort, Yachats

Rhode Island
Holiday Acres Camping Resort, North Scituate

South Carolina
Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina, Hilton Head Island
Lakewood Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach Travel Park, Myrtle Beach
Palmetto Shores RV Resort, Santee

South Dakota
Oasis Campground, Chamberlain

Texas
Summit Vacation & RV Resort, Canyon Lake
Dellanera RV Park, Galveston
Loyd Park/Joe Pool Lake, Grand Prairie
The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine
Sunset Point On Lake LBJ, Marble Falls
Island RV Resort, Port Aransas
Ancient Oaks RV Park, Rockport
Spring Creek Marina & RV Park, Inc, San Angelo
Baileys Grove Campground, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

Virginia
Sunset Beach Inn & RV Park, Cape Charles
Cherrystone Family Camping Resort, Cheriton
Gwynn's Island RV Resort & Campground, Gwynn
Christopher Run Campground, Mineral
New Point RV Resort, New Point
North Landing Beach RV Resort & Cottages, Virginia Beach

Vermont
Apple Island Resort, South Hero

Washington
Fidalgo Bay Resort, Anacortes
Point Hudson Marina & RV Park, Port Townsend
Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland

Wisconsin
Baileys Grove Campground, Baileys Harbor
Hidden Valley RV Resort & Campground, Milton
Hiawatha Trailer Resort, Woodruff

Canada
Alberta
Bow RiversEdge Campground, Cochrane
Camp 'n Class RV Park, Stony Plain

Ontario
Sherkston Shores Carefree RV Resort, Port Colborne
Woodland Park, Sauble Beach

Saturday, May 14, 2016

RV Innovations Videos from Keystone, MORryde, Lippert Components, Winegard, Tekonsha & Roadtrek

Keystone iN-Command Automation System

MORryde Swinging Door Hinge

Sway Command Jayco Installation

MORryde Hidden Storage Tray

Winegard Carryout G2+ Automatic Satellite Antenna

Tekonsha ZCI: Zero Contact Interface

Roadtrek Power Overhead Cabinet & XL Headboard Clip