Saturday, July 23, 2016

Rollin' on TV: Jayco Hummingbird, Thetford Smart Tote II, and ice cream sandwiches



On this week's program (#2016-16), Rollin' On TV's Jeff Johnston gives us a look at the new Jayco Hummingbird travel trailer. Then Jeff is joined by Andy Bialorucki from Thetford as they show us the new Smart Tote 2 LX holding tank. And Evanne Schmarder whips up a cold refreshing dessert, RV made, ice cream sandwiches.

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.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

RV videos: Forest River Cedar Creek, Marathon Coach, Newmar Essex & Grand Design Momentum

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rollin' on TV: Renting an RV, Mini-Meatloaf Meal & Bricks in the Frig



On this week's program (#2016-14), Rollin' On TV visits Fuller RV Rental and learn all about renting an RV. It's not quite like renting a car. Evanne Schmarder prepares a mini-meatloaf meal and Jeff Johnston shows us how putting bricks in your RV refrigerator can make a big difference.

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, July 15, 2016

The Fit RV Videos: Boot Camping Challenge Parts 1-4



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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

REI Celebrates the Centennial with National Park Service Products

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS), REI is offering its members and customers a collection of limited-edition NPS-branded gear from a variety of outdoor brands. Commemorative products include packs, tents, trekking poles, hammocks, patches and T-shirt from REI, Osprey, CamelBak, ENO, Pendleton, Osprey and Coleman. A full list of gear celebrating the parks can be found online.

“These products celebrate an amazing gift that was passed to us by previous generations – the heart of our outdoors, our treasured national parks,” says Susan Viscon, REI’s senior vice president of merchandising.

When customers purchase an REI-branded NPS-edition product, such as the REI NPS Traverse 28 Pack or an “America the Beautiful” Annual National Parks Pass through the co-op, REI will donate 10 percent of its 2016 proceeds from these items to the National Park Foundation (NPF), which is the official charity of America’s national parks. NPF raises private funds that directly aid, support, and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Other brands including Osprey, ENO and CamelBak have also pledged support to NPF.

REI Celebrates the Centennial
REI first announced its involvement in the 100th birthday of the National Park Service last March, which kicked off with #FindYourPark, a public awareness campaign. Other areas of the co-op’s partnership include:

  • REI Adventures’ national park trips – The co-op is donating 10 percent of the retail price for each REI Adventures’ national park trip purchased through the end of 2016 to the NPF. With the broadest assortment of backpacking trips in the national parks of any active travel company, REI Adventures offers more than 45 national park trips. Last year, REI Adventures’ trips into these national treasures generated $300,000 in additional funding for the National Park Foundation.
  • REI Outdoor School – More than 300 classes and outings are offered in national parks through REI Outdoor School. Participants can choose from a variety of outdoor activities across the country led by expert instructors and can look for special opportunities on fee-free days in the parks.
  • National Parks app – The co-op launched a free dynamic, crowdsourced digital trail guide to the national parks called the REI Co-op Guide to the National Parks. Available on Android and iOS.

About REI
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 6 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 145 stores in 35 states. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI.com/outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI’s Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the outdoor places that inspire us.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We're the Russos videos: RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum, Showhauler Super C Test Drive, Milwaukee Beers & Kayaking, Pine Country RV & Camping Resort



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, July 12, 2016

Eagle River, Wisconsin: New Mecca for Active Travelers



For more than a century, Eagle River, Wisconsin has been an angling mecca. Surrounded by state and national forests and more than 1,300 lakes, this Northwoods locale is famous for muskellunge, walleye, northern pike and other sport fish. In recent years, however, it has been gaining notoriety for something else: action sports.



The same lakes and forests that have traditionally drawn fishermen and hunters are now becoming a magnet for paddlers, mountain bikers, runners and hikers. This transformation has been due in part to the development of a sophisticated trail system across the Eagle River area, including hiking and biking routes in the Nicolet National Forest, as well as trails developed by the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System and the Great Headwaters Trails.



The growth of events such as Journeys Marathon, the Callie Rohr Canoe and Kayak Race, and the SepTimber Ride has also contributed to the progress of active sports tourism in the area. For example, Journeys Marathon began as a marathon and half-marathon event in 1997. In its 20th year, it’s expanded to include a 13.1-mile power walk, 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run, drawing more than 1,030 participants last May. Likewise, the SepTimber Ride will this year add a 50K road bike course to the 28-mile trail route offered at the inaugural event last year.



The expansion of the region’s ATV/UTV routes and the explosion of fat tire popularity have also increased the area’s appeal to active lifestyle travelers, since both can be done in virtually any season. Although seemingly unrelated, a surge in artisanal food and beverage opportunities – such as the Three Lakes Winery, Tribute Brewing Company and the Up North Beerfest – may also have played a role.



“Anecdotally, we know there is definitely a connection between local craft foods and active lifestyle tourism,” said Kim Emerson, executive director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce. “Destinations in California and Colorado have shown that for years, and it holds true in the Midwest, as well – particularly with millennial travelers.”

A full list of Eagle River area events and activities can be found on the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce website, http://www.eagleriver.org.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Long, Long Honeymoon video: Secrets of the Alaska Highway Part 1



About 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.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Rollin' on TV: Thor Gemini Review, Guac-Paco Dip and Thetford Toilets



On this week's program (#2016-13), Rollin' On TV's Jeff Johnston does a full, real life review of the new Thor Gemini motorhome. Also, Evanne Schmarder prepares a nice healthy, fresh snack called Guac-Pico dip. Then they check out what goes into building RV toilets at the Thetford factory.

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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Good Sam Lists North America's Top-Rated Family RV Parks



For July, Good Sam’s 12 Months of RVing Calendar embraces family togetherness with a list of recommended RV Parks for Families.

The select parks on this list foster bonding between moms, dads and little ones with the help of family-friendly amenities, fun-filled activities and an environment for the whole brood. From playgrounds to educational programs to fantastic nearby destinations, the perks offered by these parks help guests of all ages and return from their vacations with memories shared between kin for a lifetime.

Parks in Focus: In San Diego, Campland On the Bay offers a slew of activities for kids, including a skate park, a Huff N Puff kids park and regular scavenger hunts. Oklahoma's Marval Resort in Gore features a pool, splash pad, miniature and disc golf, and a half-mile of riverfront fishing, floating and swimming.

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 Family RV Parks (by state and city):

United States
Alabama

Arkansas

California
Anaheim RV Park, Anaheim

Colorado
Glenwood Canyon Resort, Glenwood Springs

Connecticut

Florida
Camp Gulf, Destin
Live Oak Landing, Freeport
Pecan Park RV Resort, Jacksonville
Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, Panama City Beach

Georgia

Idaho

Ceraland Park in Columbus, Ind.
Indiana
Ceraland Park, Columbus
S & H Campground, Greenfield

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Myers Lake Campground in Byron, Mich.
Michigan

Mississippi
Yogi on the Lake, Pelahatchie

Missouri
Mark Twain Landing, Monroe City (see video at top)
Basswood Resort, Platte City

Montana

Nebraska
Pine Grove RV Park, Greenwood

Nevada
Duck Creek RV Park, Las Vegas

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Camp Chautauqua Camping Resort in Chautauqua, N.Y.
New York
Lake George RV Park, Lake George

North Carolina

Ohio
Wood's Tall Timber Resort, New Philadelphia
Autumn Lakes, Sunbury

Wood's Tall Timber Resort in New Philadelphia, Ohio
Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania
Bear Run Campground, Portersville

Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain KOA in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota
Sioux Falls Yogi Bear, Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills

Texas
Lonestar Yogi, Waller

Virginia

Washington
Smokiam RV Resort, Soap Lake

Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Wisconsin
Hayward KOA, Hayward

Canada
Ontario
Campark Resorts, Niagara Falls

Saskatchewan
Campland RV Resort, Saskatoon

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We're The Russos: Newmar Factory RV Warranty & Retail Service, Steam Engine Tractor-Tractor Cruise-In, & ShowHauler Factory Tour



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 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.