Monday, December 22, 2014

National RV Trade Show: Norcold Polar Max 18 Refrigerator

Editor's note: Here's the second of several posts from my visit to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. earlier this month.

Norcold Polar Max 18 Refrigerator
One of the recent trends in RVs has been residential appliances in big Class A motorhomes and fifth-wheels. The same appliance you'd find in your home is now being put into RVs, and chief among these has been refrigerators. 

Which is fine, unless you're not connected to shore power. If you're not connected to the campground's electricity, then you're out of luck because the residential frig won't run on propane. And the residential frig isn't built to withstand the rigors of travel. It's meant to be parked in your kitchen at home, not running down the highway to go camping.

Norcold introduced the largest refrigerator designed for an RV on the market, the Polar Max 18, at the National RV Trade Show. At the same time, Norcold launched a marketing campaign, called “Freedom Unplugged,” to remind the industry why RV-dedicated refrigerators are important. 

“It gives you all the size and interior space of a household unit, but without the pitfalls of a household unit,” Andy Bialorucki, marketing director at Norcold, told me. “The gas absorption cooling unit allows you the freedom to go anywhere you want. You have all the benefits of a large household size refrigerator without the need for extra batteries, or a need for an inverter or any other extra power source.”

Having been in the RV refrigerator business for 50 years, Norcold understands the unique demands of RV applications. The Polar Max 18 has French doors so as not to require too much clearance for opening the refrigerator’s doors, for example. Primarily, though, its ability to run on either AC or propane that sets the Polar Max 18 and other Norcold refrigerators apart from residential units. And that is the primary reason for the “Freedom Unplugged” campaign, Bialorucki said, to remind people of the virtues of a dedicated made-for-RVing refrigerator versus consumer home appliances that have found their way into some motorhomes and towables. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

National RV Trade Show: Thor Motor Coach Adds New Dynamic Floor Plans

Editor's note: Here's the first of several posts from my visit to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. earlier this month. In my new position as Associate Editor of RVBusiness magazine and RVBusiness.com, I was able to get to go to this three-day RV show that is not open to the piublic. Traditionally, this i where the manufacturers and suppliers showcase their new products for the coming year. While the Dealer Open House in Elkhart has somewhat stolen the thunder of the Louisville show -- most manufacturers choose to debut their new RVs at this show -- the Louisville show is still pretty cool.

Thor Motor Coach Adds New Dynamic Floor Plans
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) debuted new additions to the Tuscany XTE, Hurricane, Four Winds, Axis, Windsport, Chateau and Vegas motorhomes at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show.

While I'm not into motorhomes yet -- my wife and I plan on being snowbirds in our future -- I can certainly appreciate the comfort and luxury and engineering that goes into motorized RVs, and these examples from TMC are no exception. (Although, it's hard to reconcile my RV having a nicer television than what I have in my house.)

Also, I hope you don't mind but my photos were awful. (I need to buy a wide-angle lens.) I hope these publicity shots will suffice.

The Tuscany XTE 40AX focuses on entertaining the masses. Reclining theater seats are positioned directly across from a 60-inch LED Smart HDTV. (I never understand why designers make you crain your neck and look sideways at the TV in some floorplans.) The TV retracts into the counter below when it’s not in use, giving way to a beautiful view of the outdoors. The 40AX also features an additional 40-inch LED TV, which is convenient when sitting down at the dinner table. Preparing meals and storing the leftovers is a breeze with the residential kitchen appliances, standard in every Tuscany XTE motorhome. The custom-built Amish cabinetry will amaze and delight, looking like it came out of a coach costing thousands of dollars more.

The Tuscany XTE motorhome lineup gains two new floorplans with the addition of the 40BX. It’s the first in the XTE lineup to offer bunk beds. Bunk beds have been so popular in gas motorhomes that it only made sense TMC introduced it to their Class A diesels. TMC puts a twist by implementing a unique three-door arrangement that gives the bunk area complete privacy from the living area of the coach. The kids will feel like they truly have a bedroom of their own, especially when it comes time to watching their favorite cartoon or DVD on their own bunk TV. (But I have to ask: Is this camping? No, but it certainly is RVing  ... in style!)

Thor Motor Coach has created a good solution to those wanting a coach with two bathrooms. The Hurricane and Windsport models now have a “half-and-a-bath” in the 35C floor plan. Instead of placing the full bathroom in the rear and the half bathroom in the middle, they switched the locations.

This make sense because now you can enjoy true privacy and not have your guests trudging through your bedroom to take a shower. TMC paid close attention to owners’ needs with this floorplan and created an astounding amount of walk space in the bedroom, a multitude of dresser and closet space, and a variety of sleeping areas. TMC didn’t forget the entertainment aspect and answered it with theater seating and the Always-in-View 40-inch LED TV.

Thor Motor Coach’s “Recreational Utility Vehicle” (RUV) - my magazine's RV of the Year last year -- continues to grow with the addition of the 25.2, available in Axis and Vegas RUV brands. The RUV is sized like a large SUV, and drives like one, but offers so much more. The 25.2 is the first in the lineup to feature a bedroom slideout that houses a walk-around queen size bed with a Denver Mattress. The innovative L-shaped sofa with a removable pedestal table provides a place to eat, a place to watch TV, or a place to sleep.

For Class C RVers, the new 29G is available in both Four Winds and Chateau motorhomes. Class C owners want convenient and functional amenities outside as much as they do inside. To respond to the demands, TMC now offers an exterior kitchen as standard on the 29G. The exterior kitchen features a refrigerator, kitchen sink and portable gas grill. To go the extra step, you can opt for an exterior 32-inch TV as well.

For more information on Thor Motor Coach motorhomes, visit ThorMotorCoach.com.

About Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is the only “Made to Fit” motorhome brand in North America. TMC’s diverse product lineup includes many of the world’s most recognized Class A and Class C motorhomes. As the industry leader in innovative design, TMC builds a variety of unique styles, sizes and floor plans that feel custom-made – at a truly competitive price. For more information, visit ThorMotorCoach.com or call 800-860-5658.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

DNR advises not to move firewood between state parks to prevent spread of oak wilt



Oak wilt outbreaks are increasing in Michigan and the Department of Natural Resources has conducted treatment at several state parks to halt the spread of the disease.

Oak wilt is an introduced disease that causes rapid death of infected trees. The fungus is easily transported by beetles from infected wood to nearby wounded trees. Trees cannot be cured of oak wilt, and once a tree is infected the disease can rapidly spread to neighboring trees through underground root graft connections. The loss of large numbers of oak trees in parks can be dramatic, both for the park visitor experience and the ecology of the natural habitat.

“The likely cause of the oak wilt outbreak at Michigan state parks is the movement of infected firewood into campgrounds,” said DNR natural resources steward Heidi Frei. “Campers and other park visitors can help prevent the spread of the oak wilt fungus by not moving firewood between campgrounds.”

DNR Parks and Recreation Division staff has been working the last several years to stop the spread of oak wilt at Michigan state parks throughout the state, including P.J. Hoffmaster, Otsego Lake, Interlochen, Warren Dunes and Hartwick Pines state parks; and Fort Custer, Rifle River, Waterloo, Brighton, Pinckney and Island Lake recreation areas.

Treatments in 2014 included using a vibratory plow fitted with a special blade (designed and fabricated at the DNR’s Forest Fire Experiment Station in Roscommon) that severs grafted tree roots, isolating healthy trees from infected trees. Treatment also included the application of fungistats, which inhibit the growth and reproduction of fungi, and which have been used in areas declared critical dune habitat.

“If left unchecked,” Frei said, “oak wilt will continue to spread and result in large pockets of standing dead oak trees, which may be hazardous to park visitors.” Some parks, such as P.J. Hoffmaster, have experienced considerable losses. More than 100 large red oaks, including the most picturesque grove of red oaks in the campground, have been killed by oak wilt.

For more information on oak wilt prevention and stewardship, visit www.michigan.gov/foresthealth or contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan launches new device-friendly website

BAY CITY, Mich. - Campers looking for a Michigan campground, campground events and news, and more can find it all on the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan's all new website.

The site, www.MichCampgrounds.com, which launched today (Dec. 19), is highlighted by a campground directory which allows campers to search for a park in Michigan by region-northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest lower peninsula and the upper peninsula-and by campground features such as park and site amenities, and recreation activities.

"We're very excited about the launch of our new site, which we are confident campers will find insightful and informative," said Lori Tews, executive director at ARVC Michigan, which exclusively represents the interests of privately owned and operated RV parks and campgrounds. "We designed the site with travelers in mind, so it works well on computers, tablets and smartphones. Campers can find the information they need anywhere and on any device."

The ARVC Michigan site also features camping news, keeps campers apprised of news about association and camping-related issues, as well as camping-related events and programs across the state.

The unique "camper's guide" section of the site offers helpful checklists for both tent and RV campers.

"Anyone who has camped has had a trip where they have forgotten to pack one or more essential items, whether it is extra tent stakes for their tent or waste tank chemicals for their RV," said Tews. "We want campers to enjoy their vacation, and that starts with the reassurance that they have packed everything they will need while they're at the campground."

ARVC Michigan represents nearly 165 campgrounds with more than 25,000 sites available throughout the state. These privately-owned campgrounds are promoted in an annual Michigan Campground Directory, available at various locations statewide, including all Michigan Welcome Centers. The association's mission is to lead in the development of the RV Parks and Campground industry through education, communication and representation. ARVC Michigan is an affiliated partner of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). (www.gocampingamerica.com).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Recreation.gov's future is under consideration

According to the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), in 2012 outdoor recreationists made more than 938 million visits to Federal lands and waterways, spending $51 billion and supporting 880,000 jobs.  The primary vehicle for reserving space on those federal lands and waterways is www.recreation.gov.  While a vital tool, the site still needs improvements and agencies like the U.S. Forest Service (which is responsible for Recreation.gov) are looking for ways to improve this resource.

The following story on the matter was published in the 2014 November-December American Recreation Coalition Newsletter:

As the primary tool for booking campsites on federal lands, www.recreation.gov plays an important part in connecting Americans with their public lands.  The website unified separate reservation programs serving federal lands and has substantially beefed up its role as a source of information about outdoors fun.  New technologies and new insights about serving outdoors enthusiasts are being considered as the federal agencies prepare to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next generation of the website.

The site allows users to book thousands of campsites, cabins, fire towers and more -- even the White House Easter Egg Roll, but many other activities key to visits to federal sites are not available on the site.  These include rooms in national park lodges, lift tickets to ski resorts on national forests, lodging and tours linked to gateway communities and much more.  In addition, operational restrictions on the current website operator, ARC-member Active Network, have limited outreach and promotion efforts.  A growing number of interests are also calling for better access to www.recreation.gov by outside “booking engines” like Kayak and Hotwire, modeled after sales of hotel rooms and airline flights.

On November 13, the U.S. Forest Service – which manages Recreation.gov on behalf of all federal recreation providers – held an Industry Day at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado to discuss the digital future of the nation’s public lands.  According to the event editorial produced by USFS, roughly six dozen representatives attended the session.  As a result of the feedback received, the public comment period on a draft of the Request for Proposals has been extended to November 30.  Another draft RFP will be submitted for public comment in early 2015 prior to the release of the final RFP.

ARC supports several goals for www.recreation.gov, including: allowing the website to be nimble and responsive to changes in technology over the next decade; facilitating interaction between this website and the websites of state tourism agencies, gateway communities, airlines and other major players in domestic and international tourism promotion; and adding important features such as trip reports and peer-to-peer sharing.

Ben D. Nasta, Director of Communications
American Recreation Coalition

Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Post: Top 3 Whitewater Spots In Michigan

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Michigan is home to some amazing whitewater areas. From mild rapids perfect for beginner rafters to intense whitewater for experienced kayakers, these top three whitewater spots in Michigan offer something for everyone.

Menominee River
The Menominee River is a good choice for beginner and intermediate boaters. The 116­mile river runs southeast from Iron Mountain, Michigan and forms a portion of the border between northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is home to Piers Gorge, the deepest whitewater gorge in the Midwest, with walls more than 100 feet high. Some of the best guided whitewater rafting in the entire state can be found along the Menominee River, making it an ideal destination for those who are just getting their feet wet in the world of whitewater. This river also has a short but exciting 4­mile section that provides even expert paddlers with a class II­V whitewater run that is one of the best in the Midwest.

Presque Isle River
Known as a kayaking river with opportunities for rafting, the Presque Isle River is for more advanced whitewater enthusiasts. The river runs through a beautiful, remote area in the northern part of the state, and it is one of Michigan’s best­known rivers for whitewater activities. The river is class IV difficulty, and it is known as the most challenging whitewater river in the Midwest. It has also been named one of the top 10 wild whitewater rafting trips in the US. Unrelenting rapids carry boaters through a hemlock and pine forest in an isolated canyon. Originating in the forests of Michigan and Wisconsin, the river rushes toward Lake Superior and has plenty of whitewater and thundering waterfalls to create a challenging and thrilling experience. The average trip along the Presque Isle River takes two to three days.

Paint River 
The Paint River is good for beginners and intermediate boaters that is best for whitewater paddling. With a total length of 30 miles, a trip along the Paint River typically lasts 12 to 15 hours. It is a more relaxed alternative to some of the other rivers in area, and it is one of the most family­friendly rivers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The class III Hemlock Rapids provide a bit of a challenge for more experienced enthusiasts, while the Horserace Rapids section, which has been rated as a class II, provides excitement and challenges appropriate for newer boaters.

Michigan provides beautiful scenery and numerous whitewater boating opportunities for paddling, rafting and kayaking. Northwoods Adventures is home to highly­skilled guides who are eager to take beginners and intermediate boaters on the adventure of their lives on Michigan’s top whitewater rivers. Start your Michigan adventure today

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Michigan state parks accepting applications for 2015 campground hosts

Michigan DNR photo
Each year during the warmer months, hundreds of volunteers spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds in exchange for their service as campground hosts. Although the 2015 camping season is still several months away, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting campground host applications now, with positions available as early as April and as late as October.

Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or recreation area, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Volunteer duties take place throughout the summer (including weekends and holidays), with a minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks.

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for campground host positions. Hosts must furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by site managers and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area.

New campground hosts are required to attend training, which will take place June 3-4, 2015, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

For additional information about the DNR's Campground Host Program and how to apply, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

Friday, December 12, 2014

11 First Day Hikes to be held at Wisconsin state parks Jan. 1, 2015

Wisconsin DNR photo
Anyone looking to start their New Year's resolution for better health can start the year off on the right foot by participating in any of 11 First Day Hikes that will be held at Wisconsin State Park properties on Jan. 1.

On a First Day Hike, visitors can enjoy exciting 1- to 2- mile walks through diverse, beautiful natural areas, led by park rangers and volunteers. Most hikes include additional activities such as campfires, s'mores, crafts, costume contests and storytelling.

America's State Parks and American Hiking Society are teaming up with state park programs across the country to promote First Day Hikes as a healthy and memorable way to start the New Year.
All 50 states are participating in the fourth annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes.
In Wisconsin, First Day Hikes will be held at the following properties:

  • Buckhorn State Park - Join the Friends of Buckhorn on a First Day Hike adventure of the Barrens Nature Trail. Bring your snowshoes or skis, or check out a pair of snowshoes from the park office. Half the trail will be packed for snowshoes, half tracked for skiing. Pets are not allowed on groomed snow trails. If there is no snow, there will be a hike. The trail is 1.5 miles and is fairly easy and level. Visitor will also be able to try finding geocaches along the trail and can check out a GPS unit from the park office with the coordinates already loaded to learn how to do this fun activity. Hot chocolate, coffee and treats will be available at the park office to warm up after the hike. Meet at the Barrens Nature Trail parking area. 2 to 4 p.m. For information call 608-565-2789. For more information about geocaching in Wisconsin State Parks, visit www.wi-geocaching.com/wga-state-park-series.
  • Devil's Lake State Park - Take a twilight hike/snowshoe through Roznos Meadow. Dress warm and bring a flashlight and snowshoes. The park will have snowshoes to loan as well. 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information call 608-356-8301.
  • Harrington Beach State Park - Join staff and volunteers for a First Day Hike, ski or snowshoe around frozen Quarry Lake or along the Shuttle Trail. This will be an easy hike. The Shuttle Trail provides picturesque views of Lake Michigan. This is also a winter Open House Day at Harrington Beach. No vehicle admission sticker will be required. The Friends of Harrington Beach will be hosting an open house, complete with warming fires, hot chocolate and treats. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For information call 262-285-3015.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit / Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Meet at the Hausmann Nature Center parking lot to hike or snowshoe for 3-4 miles. Wisconsin state park entrance fee will be waived on this day at Lapham Peak. Join us at the Hausmann Nature Center afterwards for beverages and snacks. Feel free to bring a lunch and hang around for a while. 11 a.m. to noon. For information call 262-594-6200.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit - Meet at the Beach Parking Lot off of Kettle Moraine Road in Hartford at noon. Leashed dogs are welcome on this hike. Noon - 1 p.m. For information call 262-670-3400.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - Meet at the John Muir Trailhead and hike the 4 mile white loop. 1 - 2 p.m. For information call 262-594-6200.
  • Mirror Lake State Park - Bring snowshoes or winter boots for some fun winter hiking around the park. A trail guide will show some of the beautiful highlights of Mirror Lake and a little its history. The adventure starts at noon from the Winter Recreation Area (aka Beach-Picnic area). Snowshoes are not available at the park but are available for rent through local vendors. Sponsored by the Friends of Mirror Lake. Noon to 2 p.m. For information call 608-254-2333.
  • Peninsula State Park - Celebrate the New Year with a hike or snowshoe up to 3 miles with the Friends of Peninsula State Park. Meet at Weborg Shelter. Bring water bottle, binoculars, field guide and dress for the weather with hiking boots or snowshoes. Following the hike, enjoy a hot beverage around a warming fire. Purchase admission sticker at park headquarters or self-registration station. No pets please. 10 a.m. to noon. For information call 920-854-5976.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area. Join in the celebration to start your year off right! Meet at the Visitor Center. 1 to 2 p.m. For information call 262-878-5601.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park - The park will hold two First Day Hikes. In the morning there will be a First Day Winter Detectives Hike - Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Join the naturalist for a short hike then warm with hot beverage. Meet at the Nature Center. 9 - 10 a.m. In the afternoon there will be a Winter Wears First Day Hike - Join the naturalist for a short hike then warm by the shelter building fire with hot beverage. Meet at the Nature Center. 2 to 3 p.m. For information call 920-823-2400.

On Jan. 1, 2014, 190 participants hiked a total of 605.7 miles at nine different state park properties, up from 165 participants who hiked a total of 396 miles in 2013.

Nationwide last year, more than 27,000 people took part in more than 800 hikes in all 50 states - an increase of 5,000 participants over 2013, according to the National Association of State Park Directors.

For helpful cold weather hiking tips, visit the American Hiking Society's website at www.americanhiking.org. For a complete listing of all State Park events, including First Day Hikes, search the DNR website for keywords "get outdoors."

All participants are encouraged to log their First Day Hike adventures on social media with the hash tag "#firstdayhikes."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Enjoy Illinois Video: Chicago for the Holidays



Enjoy this video from EnjoyIllinois on Chicago for the Holidays.

Here's what EnjoyIllinois had to say about its video:
From endless shopping and festive parades to Santa spreading cheer by train, nobody does the holidays quite like Chicago. See more seasonal attractions at http://www.enjoyillinois.com/seasonal/winter

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winegard Unveils the Rayzar Automatic, its First Fully Automatic Over-the-Air HD TV Antenna for the RV Road Warrior

Winegard, a leader in antenna design, development, and manufacturing, showcased its first-of-a-kind Rayzar Automatic, a fully automatic HD TV antenna that quickly scans for all available local broadcast channels. Winegard unveiled the Rayzar Automatic at The National RV Trade Show 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

This easy-to-use antenna is a must-have item for RV enthusiasts who want to enjoy top-rated programming as well as local news and weather anytime, anywhere.

This dual band antenna boasts state-of-the-art technology ensuring effortless usability and an optimal viewing experience every time.  The Rayzar Automatic external hardware searches for live, local signals, while an LED wall plate inside the RV illuminates all locations where TV signals are available.  The antenna positions itself automatically to ensure maximum channel availability. However, there is a manual override option that allows the user to look for a specific broadcast channel.

Like all Winegard consumer and commercial products, the Rayzar Automatic is designed and manufactured at the company’s Burlington, Iowa manufacturing facilities. Combined with Winegard’s state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology, the Rayzar Automatic’s ultra-low noise amplifier provides unmatched signal strength for better picture quality with little-to-no pixilation or picture loss.  The Rayzar Automatic pulls in both VHF and UHF channels.

The modern-looking Rayzar Automatic measures only 15.5 inches in diameter by 7 inches high, weighs a light 4.5 pounds, and is very easy to install with a simple coax hook-up. Unlike other antennas on the market, there is no need to drill a hole in the roof for a crank handle.

A sleek, low-profile dome houses the technology, looks good and protects the hardware from shock, vibration, high humidity and extreme temperatures.

The U.S. Patent Pending Rayzar Automatic comes in black or white for $399 USD at Camping World Super Centers and RV dealerships nationwide.  It is expected to begin shipping mid-December.

About Winegard 
Since its inception in 1954, Winegard has been on the forefront of antenna technology delivering unmatched expertise and experience in the development, design, and manufacturing of satellite and terrestrial television and broadband reception products.

As a privately-owned company, Winegard has achieved many milestones over the years including designing the first U.S. multi-channel television antenna for the home market and later introducing the first over-the-air antenna to the RV industry.

Winegard has introduced more than 1,000 different antenna models with more than 80 product patents, making its products the benchmark for design, quality and performance.

Monday, December 8, 2014

RV Education 101 Video: RV Campground Tips for Better Trips



Enjoy this video by Mark Polk of RV Education 101.

Here's what Mark had to say about his video:
A big part of the RV camping experience is the campground experience. In this informative RV video KOA Resident RV Expert Mark Polk with RV Education 101 offers some tips and tricks to help make your campground experiences the best they can be.

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, December 7, 2014

Gone with the Wynns Video: RV Smackdown - Bounder vs Excursion Livability



Enjoy this video from Gone with the Wynns, a popular RV blogging couple.

See the full scoop here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/rv-smackdown-fleetwood-bounder-excursion-comparison

Here's what the Wynns had to say about their video:
In our past RV Smackdowns we’ve questioned the large price difference between an entry-level Diesel RV & a mid-level Diesel RV, we’ve given our thoughts on Diesel vs. Gas RV engines and chassis…now it’s time to put the “house” part of a Gas RV head-to-head with a Diesel RV. Doing our best to compare RVs in an “apple-to-apple” style we’ve handpicked the 2015 Fleetwood Bounder 33c and the 2015 Fleetwood Excursion 33d to see how they compare.

Remember we're just trying to compare the "house part" of these two motorhomes :)

About Gone with the Wynns
Jason and Nikki Wynn are a couple of perpetual travelers, RVers and modern day documentarians. Their RV is the home of their discoveries and adventures, all depicting the unscripted tale of the quirky couple who traded in everyday life to satisfy their wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure. Visit their website.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rollin' On TV Show: Ice Castle Fish House Trailers



In this episode of Rollin' On TV Show (#2014-25), the crew goes to Minnesota to check out Ice Castle Fish House trailers. Also while in Minnesota, Jeff visits the North House Folk School and the Lake Superior Rail Road Museum, a couple of interesting stops you should put on your agenda while in Minnesota.