Introducing Outdoor Box Club - Monthly Subscription Service for Outdoor Accessories



Outdoor Box Club started as an idea between two friends who have a passion for outdoor activities. Their goal was to provide a service which allowed customers to receive new and exciting outdoor accessories on a monthly basis. Outdoor Box Club focuses on sending their customers a few well-chosen items rather than stuffing the box full of stuff that's not needed. Outdoor Box Club provides items from all different types of outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and more. The company is similar to a Birchbox, Dollar Shave Club, Sprezza Box, but focus on outdoor supplies.

Pricing:
Prices start at $35 per month and you can cancel anytime. Outdoor Box Club offers discount rates for a 6-month, and 12-month membership.

Target Audience:
Outdoor enthusiasts - People who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, etc.

Date Established:
Outdoor Box Club is a brand new start-up company and went Live on Nov. 1, 2015. They currently have over 50 members and are trying to grow as fast as they can.

Where can you find Outdoor Box Club?
Social Media- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube- all @OutdoorBoxClub

How the program works?
It’s easy. When you go to subscribe, you fill out a survey which provides information about the type of outdoor activity that the customer enjoy the most. After that, you pay for the membership and they will send your box to you in the mail within 30 days.

Where do the supplies come from?
Outdoor Box Club works with many different manufacturers to ensure their customers receive new and cool outdoor accessories every month. Customers will never receive the same product. Every month will be something new.

How many items will come in the box each month?
Outdoor Box Club provides 2-5 outdoor accessories in the box every month. Again, you will never receive the same item twice.

Do they sponsor?
Yes, Outdoor Box Club is always looking for Outdoor enthusiasts to represent Outdoor Box Club. Interest parties can email them at Support@OutdoorBoxClub, or send a direct message to them on their social media outlets.

Rear View Safety debuts New Camera Systems for the Safety of RV's


At the recent 2015 National RV Trade Show that was organized by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, Rear View Safety, a leader in the sales and distribution of backup camera systems as well as a strong and dedicated road safety advocate, displayed all of the latest products and advancements that they've been working on for 2016 and beyond.

Rear View Safety also used the opportunity created by the famous RV trade show to debut two revolutionary new products to the market at large.

The first was the RVS-2CAM Wireless Backup Camera System with Dual Screen Monitor and Cigarette Lighter Adapter, one of the most advanced products of its type available today. The second product unveiled at the show was the RVS-718-3SC G-SERIES Rear View Replacement Mirror Monitor with Three 3.5 inch Displays

The RVS-2CAM Wireless Backup Camera System sports a digital wireless connection and a split-screen monitor, allowing the driver to view video information from two different cameras at the same time. Thanks to the specific type of wireless technology that is being used, an interference-free image is guaranteed at ranges up to 70 feet - making it the perfect solution for both private citizens and large commercial vehicles alike. The monitor itself is a stunning 7 inch LCD color display that boasts not only a high definition resolution and a 130 degree viewing angle, but also no less than 9 infra-red night vision lights enabling the unit to keep functioning even in periods of total darkness.

The RVS-718-3SC G-SERIES Rear View Replacement Mirror Monitor with Three 3.5 inch Displays acts as a replacement for a traditional rear view mirror. This crystal clear monitor supports a connection to up to six different video cameras at one time. Three cameras can be mounted on the front of a vehicle while three can be mounted on the back, for example, giving the driver complete access to all of the visual information they need to make safe, informed decisions on the road at all times. With this type of solution, the concept of the "blind spot" is officially a thing of the past. With the press of a single button, a driver can also turn off the displays and continue to use the unit like it was a regular rear view mirror.

For more information, visit www.rearviewsafety.com or call 800-764-1028.

RV Travel videos: Trailer Tires 101 & All About 'WorKamping'



About RVTravel.com

RVtravel.com, founded in 2000, is one of the most popular RV lifestyle brands on the Internet. Founded by Chuck Woodbury, who serves as its columnist, editor, and from-the-road ambassador, RV Travel offers a YouTube channel, a weekly RVTravel.com e-newsletter, and an online RV bookstore featuring books, e-books, DVDs, CD-roms, music and magazines all dedicated to the RV lifestyle. 
Follow RV Travel on its websiteTwitterYouTube channel and Facebook.

Portable Reverse Osmosis System for your RV

Aquasafe Systems Now Features Light Industrial Reverse Osmosis And Portable Reverse Osmosis Systems

In response to continued growth and customer demand, Aquasafe Systems is adding light industrial reverse osmosis systems and portable reverse osmosis systems to its already extensive line of reverse osmosis systems and products. The two styles of systems will fill two much-needed product niches for both Aquasafe and for their customers.

“We’ve introduced our new product lines because potential customers had been asking about them” says CEO Ryan Anthony. “It just made sense.”

The Light Industrial RO models can produce from 350 to up to 10,000 Gallons per day of 100% pure RO water. They are ideal for commercial applications where consistently pure and reliable drinking water is needed, such as restaurants. And the water they produce comes at a fraction of the cost of delivered water.

They also make excellent whole-house reverse osmosis systems, and are capable of supplying an entire household with pure and safe water throughout.

“Our systems are great for restaurants or anyone who needs pure water consistently and abundantly,” says Anthony. “They’re great for when you have public water that might not quite be up to standards. And their water is so much cheaper than getting bottles delivered, with all that infrastructure.”

As with the light industrial systems, the portable systems are filing a needed customer niche. They are perfect for pure water on the go or in compact applications, and both ‘home’ and ‘aquarium’ models are available.

“The portable systems are great for RV’ing, camping, boating, or any other application where you want pure water but you might not need all the features of a full-sized system – or have the room for it.”

With the addition of portable and light industrial reverse osmosis systems, Aquasafe now boasts a truly comprehensive reverse osmosis product line and is set to serve all the segments of its market in full.

“It’s great to know that no matter what kind of RO people need, we have it. Reverse osmosis systems are the best way to filter water, and Aquasafe is the best place for reverse osmosis of all kinds.”

About Aquasafe Systems

For 20 straight years, Aquasafe has provided water filtration systems and products to satisfied customers across North America and beyond. Aquasafe’s goal is to remain a leading provider of home and aquarium RO and RO/DI systems, offering an incredible value by ensuring high quality materials at a low overall cost of ownership, while expanding into compatible markets. Drinking water produced by Aquasafe Systems is free of potentially harmful chemical contaminants and particulates, and Aquasafe's line of Aquarium RO filtration systems have been in production since the conception of the company and feature a process that has set the standard of Aquarium RO filtration for 0ppm water.

Aquasafe Systems offers online shopping and support at http://www.aquasafecanada.com

Introducing 'The Football' - A Global Internet Suitcase providing Wi-Fi Hotspot



Author's note: Okay, this product is the stuff right out of James Bond, except Q would make it small enough to fit in 007's wristwatch. Sure, it's outrageous (MSRP $12,995) but I just had to share it.

Ground Control Announces GEN II of their Global Internet Suitcase – the MCD-4800 “The Football”

Ground Control, a manufacturing company for full-service satellite Internet providers and satellite systems, has announced the launch of newest generation of the MCD-4800 “The Football.” Through the use of in-motion BGAN technology, the MCD-4800 is capable of being used while stationary or in motion, such as on a vehicle or boat deck. The global communications case allows all personnel to create a WiFi satellite hotspot with the touch of a button and no pointing required.

The MCD-4800 is a one-hand carry-portable ruggedized case that requires no certification or training to operate. Users can be fully connected within 60 seconds of powering the unit on and walking away. The case produces a long-range 100 meter WiFi hotspot for any in-range wireless device to connect with.

The Gen II MCD-4800 now has a ruggedized internal equipment design and a power button placed on the inside of the case for ease of use. Additionally, the case now has an accessible WiFi antenna (802.11), a high-contrast daylight display, accessible SIM tray for BGAN SIM insertion, and new partner branding options. Ground Control has also implemented a new single AC/CD charger that does performs the functions of both a separate quick charge and trickle charge chargers. Details on the new features can be found at: http://www.groundcontrol.com/MCD-4800_BGAN_Terminal.htm#newfeatures.

"Since its release in 2011, the MCD-4800 has been in use worldwide with many government and public agencies for a variety of demands", said Jeff Staples, CEO of Ground Control. "In that time we've received excellent user feedback and have made significant improvements to the technology. The Gen II Football today is being touted for its ease of use, portability and quick deployment into a variety of unexpected communications requirements."

The internal battery of the MCD-4800 allows for internet speeds for up to 5 hours of 464 Kbps. The BGAN network is net-neutral so client applications are able to function normally over the Inmarsat satellite network. Greater security can be achieved from the front panel’s RF-45 Ethernet connection, a firewall whitelist of approved IPs or protocols, or a MPLS private network to any destination for total security.

"Ground Control has created an ideal solution for organizations requiring global one-button mobile satellite Internet connectivity, integrating the Hughes 9450 BGAN in-motion terminal into the increasingly popular MCD-4800", said Graham Avis, Vice President at Hughes San Diego. "We are impressed with the simple one-button operation in a small form-factor Pelican case. The 'Global Internet Suitcase' has been invented."

The in-motion feature of the MCD-4800 means that it can maintain full connectivity even while turning at more than 45 degrees per second in any direction. This allows for unmatched flexibility for reliable communication, in any environment, anywhere on the globe.

The MCD-4800 has an impressive environmental rating of IP66 (water jets from any direction), and since it operates with the case lid closed, water and dust and dirt penetration are largely mitigated. Operational temperatures of the terminal are rated at -15° F to 131° F (-26˚ C to +55˚ C).

For more information on the MCD-4800 “The Football,” visit: http://www.groundcontrol.com/MCD-4800_BGAN_Terminal.htm

Gone with the Wynns videos: Fishing, Glaciers & Whales, Our Gas RV Experience, Paddleboarding Portage - Glaciers & Icebergs and 10 Brilliant Gifts You'll Want to Keep for Yourself




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.

Spend New Year's on Mackinac Island

Photo: Lansing State Journal
Mackinac Island has announced a wide range of upcoming New Years' Eve events and traditions for visitors searching for a unique, old-fashioned holiday experience in the quaint island community.

Mackinac Island welcomes tourists to their annual New Year’s festivities featuring live music and hayrides. Visitors to the resort island, located in Lake Huron’s Straits of Mackinac, can also participate in outdoor recreational activities or explore the traditions that make Mackinac Island unique. The area is famous for its peaceful downtown, historical sites, cultural events, horse-drawn transportation along with miles of finely groomed cross country ski trails.

"Our winter season visitors find their activities are not limited to just the New Year's Eve celebrations in the downtown area," explained Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Assistant Director Alison Abraham. "Mackinac Island offers wonderful opportunities for anyone searching for a unique getaway."

Visitors travel to Mackinac Island via the Arnold Line Ferry, or by plane if Lake Huron is frozen as the winter season progresses. While at Mackinac, visitors can walk, snowshoe or take advantage of the island's horse-drawn taxi service. Revelers may also enjoy one of the four different New Year's Eve hayrides offered throughout the morning and day, which require a reservation.

Island restaurants are offering special holiday menus and live entertainment. The Mustang Lounge is offering a special menu, and DJ Brevin will perform starting at 10 p.m. Cawthorne's Village Inn will feature a special evening menu, drink specials with a champagne toast and live music by Brian Thomas. Reservations are suggested.

Sleeping accommodations during New Year’s is limited to Bogan Lane Inn, Cottage Inn, Harbor Place Studio Suites, Lilac Tree Suites and Spa and the Pontiac Lodge and Village Inn Suites. Cottage Inn and Lilac Tree Suites and Spa are open for lodging until Jan. 3.

Those interested in visiting Mackinac Island this holiday season may visit the Mackinac Island Tourism website at http://www.mackinacisland.org or contact a staff member at (906) 847-3783. The bureau is located at 7274 Main Street in Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757.

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau is available to answer any questions about visiting the community. Located in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is famous for its local fudge, quaint small town community environment and numerous cultural events. Open to the public year-round, this island resort is ideal for those who desire fine dining, luxurious lodging, beautiful coastal views, outdoor sports, and a place suspended in a simpler, forgotten time.

Introducing RV Repair Club: RV Repair, Maintenance & Upgrade How-To Videos



I'd like to introduce you to RV Repair Club; it will quickly become one of your favorite online RV resources.

A few months ago Dave Solberg, managing editor of RV Repair Club, reached out to me and asked if I'd take their new website for a spin and then perhaps write about it here on my blog.

Here's my review: RV Repair Club is excellent.

The concept is simple enough: Dave and other RV experts - including Sue Bray, who was executive director of the Good Sam Club for more than 30 years - tell us via instructional videos how we can better maintain, repair and/or upgrade our RVs. The subjects are relevant, the instructions are easy to follow and the videos are of good quality sound and picture.

Subject categories include:
  • RV Electrical Systems & Maintenance
  • RV Electronics
  • Exterior Maintenance & Upgrades
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Interior Maintenance & Upgrades
  • Plumbing & Water Systems
  • RV Appliances & LP Systems
  • RV Buying Guide
  • Storage & Supplies
  • Traveling in Your RV
  • Vehicle & Chassis
Much of the website's content is free to view, but others are considered "premium" and viewable only to those who've paid for an annual subscription, which is advertised at $4.99 per month (although there's frequent specials). Generally speaking, the free videos are typically 1-2 minutes long and provide a basic overview of a component while the premium videos are longer and more in depth.

Here's a few of the free videos:
Here's a few of the premium videos:
  • How to Upgrade Your RV Wall Light to 12V
  • Maintaining and Cleaning Your RV Holding Tanks
  • Simple Generator Precautions when Storing Your RV
In addition to videos, RV Repair Club also offers a free e-newsletter, a Facebook page (with over 27,000 likes!), Twitter account, and other social media outlets.

The Fit RV videos: What's New at Pleasure-Way, Winnebago Fuse Review, Angry RV Names, & Coachmen Galleria Review



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 website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter account and on Pinterest.

Austin Adventures video: Colorado 5-Star Wilderness Tour



Soak up the spirit of Colorado Springs from the comfort of a Cloud Camp atop Cheyenne Mountain, a rustic ranch tucked into Pike National Forest, and a legendary 5-star resort and spa perched at the southern edge of the Rockies.

Click here for more information.

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin-Lehman Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial;Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, and Country Walkers.

Rollin' On TV video: Jayco Melbourne, Pull-Rite 5th Wheel Hitch & Delicious Desserts



In this episode (#2015-23), Rollin' on TV takes a look at the all-new 2016 Jayco Melbourne class C built on a Sprinter chassis. Also, Jeff checks out a new 5th-wheel hitch from Pull-Rite that turns old 5th-wheel hitch theory, upside down. Plus Evanne Schmarder whips us a super delicious dessert.

About Rollin' on TV
Now in its fourth year of production, Rollin’ On TV has become a leading RV, lifestyle television program reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For additional information and for times and days the show airs, visit  www.rollinontv.com

Celebrate America’s National Parks Centennial with a Boat Cruise

Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations in the spirit of 2016’s National Park Centennial Celebration offers the most unique way to experience our National Parks: cruise a park.

While Alaska has the whale’s share of cruises in National Parks, and thus choices of ship size and amenities, the San Juan Islands and Oregon’s Columbia River are key players as well.

ALASKA

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve covers over three million acres with open ocean and fjord coastlines spanning most of its perimeter. This means that the small vessels that AdventureSmith Explorations employs access many of the coves and landings around hundreds of miles. Examples of itineraries here are three eight-day programs: Exploring Muir’s Wilderness on the 84-guest Safari Endeavor; Northern Passages & Glacier Bay on the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer or 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer; and Discoverers Glacier Country on the 22-guest Safari Quest, the 36-guest Safari Explorer, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 84-guest Safari Endeavour. Itineraries have themed departures the week of Aug. 25, 2016 celebrating the Centennial, with commemoration gifts, guest speakers, evening onboard presentations focused on the history of the National Parks, surprise birthday celebrations and special presentations by Park Rangers on board while in Glacier Bay.
 
For those that want to see as much of Glacier Bay National Park as possible on a cruise, the six-day Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise is the only Inside Passage small ship cruise that spends most of its itinerary inside the park. The itinerary travels from waterfall-laden Geike Inlet to the barren mountain faces of the East and West arms of Glacier Bay National Park, then routes outside the park to Point Adolphus for whale watching. Hundreds of miles of glacial fjords are here for kayaking, hiking and small ship cruising. The base of exploration is the historic 12-passenger small ship M/V Sea Wolf, owned and operated by Alaskans.
 
Kenai Fjords National Park, on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, covers an area of nearly 670,000 acres, 51 percent of which is ice. A number of lodge-based itineraries allow guests to spend ample time on the water boating through Kenai Fjords. To access most of these remote lodges, guests embark by boat from Seward on a five-hour wildlife and tidewater glacier journey. Kenai Fjords Backcountry Explorer over seven days reveals by raft and boat and on shore the many of the activities and animals on the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The eight-day Ultimate Alaska Adventure pairs backcountry adventure and wild Alaska by sea kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park, a helicopter landing onto a glacial snowpack, a floatplane journey to a remote mountain lake and more.
 

LOWER 48

Olympic National Park, at nearly 1 million acres along Washington’s coast, is famed for its diversity of ecosystems and rich cultural history. Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands is an eight-day-expedition along this coastline from the comfort of the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer or the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer. Kayaks and paddleboards sail aboard, allowing guests to actively explore the park’s coves and canals.  
 
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park at Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon, is a hub focusing on the lore of early explorers. Two small ship itineraries visiting here herald the legacy of two great western rivers: the Columbia and the Snake. Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey over seven days embraces culture and history with food and wine bounties of the Pacific Northwest. This trip recently acquired Food Alliance affiliation ensuring that local and sustainable are prominent in in every culinary presentation. Guests will be on board either 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Bird or 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion. Over eight days on Legacy of Discovery guests aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy that emulates a turn-of-century steamer traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of history on the Columbia River Gorge.
 

ARRIVE BY TRAIN OR PLANE

Some of AdventureSmith Explorations’ itineraries define remote to its core, with guests going beyond the boat, being transported to a National Park by small plane or train. There are fly-to itineraries accessing Katmai National Park including Brown Bears of Katmai, a five-day program recommended as a cruise extension. On Denali Backcountry Explorer guests explore the wilderness from a lodge deep in Denali National Park and Preserve with access that may include a bus or train from Anchorage.
 
Alaska Coast to Denali is a cruise-a-park highlight, visiting two national parks over seven days via boat and train. The itinerary starts with a small boat cruise into a Kenai Fjords National Park lodge, travels overland to Denali National Park and Preserve and then concludes with a scenic train ride on the Alaska Railroad to Anchorage.
 
See this blog post for a comprehensive list of 18 ways to “Cruise a Park”:
http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/cruise-a-park-national-centennial-small-ship. Learn more unique ways to travel our National Parks by following AdventureSmith’s #cruiseapark hashtag.
 
For current cruise specials and early-booking offers worldwide see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/special-offers. For information on all of AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and 2015-2016 reservations, Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

About AdventureSmith Explorations

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, CA, along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith joined the ranks of Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious Annual Travel Specialists List as the world’s expert on small ship expeditions. 

Love Your RV videos: Flex Air Pin Box Installation, Camping with Elk, RV Renovation Series Part 8 & Saggy Trailer Stairs




About Love Your RV
Three and one half 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.

Like Manhattan, Moab Never Sleeps

Call Moab, Utah, Nature’s counterpart to Manhattan, the city that never sleeps. Moab doesn’t sleep either, even when the calendar turns to fall and early winter.

The rafting is still good on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River through October. And stand up paddleboards can still be pulled over the water. Some of the most exhilarating hiking and mountain biking take place now with cooler temperatures that eventually will fan into flurries. Then come options for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. And any time of year guests can request hot air ballooning and hummer safaris from the Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

One suggestion for a long weekend is to pack snowshoes and cross country skis for an outing in the LaSal Mountains at 12,000 feet where the snow starts in late November and early December. Sledding and snowmobiling can be arranged. Adventurers can actually make a descent into the desert for early winter hiking and biking. For more information please see http://www.discovermoab.com/skiing.htm.

The leading purveyor of outdoor recreation in the region, Moab Adventure Center recently accepted its fifth consecutive TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for its active Day Tours which automatically inducts them into their hallowed “Hall of Fame,” an honor they take very seriously. Fall and winter travelers can expect VIP treatment when engaging in these popular “off-season” activities:
 
Hiking – guided and self-guided
Countless one-of-a-kind arches, sandstone formations and panoramic vistas provide options all within minutes of downtown Moab. Two of the most common areas for hiking and exploring are nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/hiking.php
 
Hummer Tours
Professional guides climb to the top of seldom-seen, awe-inspiring Moab overlooks behind the wheel of custom Hummer® vehicles with raised seating in the rear for optimum passenger viewing. See more at: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/hummer/ 

Mountain Biking
Moab, Utah has become the undisputed mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts by virtue of its stunning red rock terrain, views that go on forever and trails that range from beginner to advanced. MAC offers professionally guided mountain biking tours on all of area’s classic routes. See more at:
 
Colorado River Rafting
While the season is winding down there’s still time to enjoy the river in a variety of ways. By stand up paddleboard, jet boat, oar or paddle raft adventurers can enjoy stretches of mild water and iconic red rock scenery. For 2016 planning, a full day Westwater Canyon trip (thru 9/18) is at its best in September.  See more at: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rafting/ 

Shopping
Lined with Native American art galleries, unique adventure shops, outdoor clothing stores, souvenir and specialty shops, and one-of-a-kind home decorating and furniture outlets, Main Street in Moab, Utah is a shopper’s delight. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/shopping.php
 
Moab, Utah, gets an average of just 9 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 6 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 58. And on average, there are 244 sunny days per year in Moab, Utah. Temperatures in November range from 56 to 30; in December from 44 to 21; in January from 43 to 20; in February from 51 to 26; and in March from 63 to 35 – all with ample sunshine.
 

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/) is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

RV Geeks videos: Legal RV Camping on Private Property, Slide Topper Replacement & RV Basement Door Lift Gas Springs




About RV Geeks
The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of our own minor service, repair and upgrade work on our 2005 43′ Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. We also maintained our 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during our first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Rollin' On TV: KZ Venom and Jayco Jay Flight at the RV Dealer Open House



In this episode (#2015-22), Rollin' On TV wraps up their visit to the Elkhart Industry Open House with a visit to the KZ-RV display and checks out their new VENOM toy hauler with the 20-foot garage. Also we check out the Jayco Jay Flight — the No. 1 selling travel trailer for 10 consecutive years. Then they look at winter and heading south with a visit to Tucson.

About Rollin' on TV
Now in its fourth year of production, Rollin’ On TV has become a leading RV, lifestyle television program reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For additional information and for times and days the show airs, visit www.rollinontv.com.

Detroit Camper & RV Show to celebrate 50th anniversary show in February

Author's note: The following is an excerpt of an article I wrote for the two trade magazines I work for, RVBusiness and Woodall's Campground Management.

Plans are well underway to commemorate next year’s 50th anniversary of the Detroit Camper & RV Show. Around 50 members of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) received the news Wednesday (Dec. 9) at the group’s 4th annual Campground Meeting.

The show milestone coincides with next year’s 75th anniversary for the association, which will be celebrated in the fall on Mackinac Island.

In addition, the meeting featured several other speakers on a variety of topics as well as a sneak peak at the organization’s new directory, website and marketing efforts by VP Demand Creation, MARVAC’s new marketing agency based in Traverse City, Mich.

To celebrate the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, MARVAC officials are planning a gala reception from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 9 — the night before the show opens to the public — at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.

MARVAC Executive Director Tim DeWitt noted that the Detroit Camper & RV Show was the third longest running consumer show in the country, adding that the reception is a great opportunity for the industry to celebrate a milestone anniversary.

“We’re trying to get people to come who were there 50 years ago. We’d love to have them cut the ribbon during the reception so everyone can enjoy the RVs on display and just have a fun time,” DeWitt said, adding that MARVAC members and others are contributing all sorts of memorabilia, including a 1935 Hayes Covered Wagon travel trailer built in Mount Clemens, Mich., to add to the ambience.

“It’s 50 years — how many chances do you get to celebrate something like that?” DeWitt said, adding that besides himself and MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer, past show directors such as Bill Garpow, Lyn Wellhausen and Ed Klim will also be on hand.

Tickets to the reception cost $50 and proceeds will benefit the HARVEST Education Foundation Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) program. Sponsorship opportunities also exist, according to DeWitt, and he encouraged anyone with favorite photos, old advertisements or recollections from past Detroit Camper and RV Shows to contact Gretchen Monette at All Seasons Communications at 586-752-6381, or gmonette@allseasonscommunications.com for details on how to share those memories.

In their presentation, representatives of VP Demand Creation Services said the new directory, website and social media marketing efforts are meant to be a cohesive unit in both appearance and outreach, designed to drive campers to member campgrounds and RV buyers to member dealers.

“We’re real happy with the new directory, and we’re excited for the new website to come out, which will be in mid January,” Devin Bond of VP Demand Creation told the audience, adding that campground owners can begin customizing their page on the new website immediately.

The directory will be distributed at MARVAC’s five consumer RV shows as well as at Michigan welcome centers, located at key highway entry points into the state. In addition, 25,000 copies will be mailed to qualified households in northern Indiana and Ohio.

Celebrate the Holidays in Benzie County, Michigan



For something new in holiday shopping and holiday celebrating this year, discover one of Michigan’s most beautiful scenic locations and the quaint small towns and villages of Benzie County. Benzie County is a perfect Northern Michigan experience for a relaxing holiday getaway which includes adventure sports and recreation.

According to Mary Carroll, president of Benzie County Visitors Bureau, "Benzie County is a beautiful place to spend the holidays. In addition, Benzie County offers an opportunity for outdoor adventure including great downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and ice fishing."

Benzie County also has numerous opportunities for pre-holiday gift buying including cherry products, Michigan made food baskets, jams and spreads, Northern Michigan roasted coffees, fine wines, meads and honey, candles and soaps, knitted items made of luxurious alpaca wool, and original designed furniture for your home or second home.

There are different lodging choices available including quaint cottages, cozy cabins, apartments, historical hotels and an award winning resort. For an entire listing see http://www.visitbenzie.com. For assistance with lodging choices, call the Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 800-882-5801.

Events Through the Holidays in Benzie County

Christmas Magic 
Beulah, Dec. 12 
Christmas Magic in Beulah is an event especially for families, with face painting, cookie decorating, arts & crafts activities, along with horse drawn wagon rides, plus, a winter parade all decked out with festive shinning lights! Santa will also make his annual visit prior to his big Christmas delivery around the world. This not only a magical day for kids but fun for everyone! Call 800-882-5801 for more information.

Holiday Week at Crystal Mountain 
Dec. 18 – 31 
This holiday season celebrate with your whole family at Crystal Mountain. From December 18 - 31, 2015 Crystal Mountain will be offering daily activities for kids and families and a number of outdoor recreational experiences. Mountain activities include snowshoeing, ice skating and hockey, horse-drawn surrey rides, fat tire snow biking, snowmobiling, and an adventure course for kids. There’s an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, family campfires, daily scavenger hunts for kids and much more. Parents can enjoy quiet time at the award winning Crystal Spa featuring full spa services, or a night at the Thistle Pub and Grille while the kids are taken care of by in-room babysitting services. For a full list of daily events see crystalmountain.com/events/holiday-week-at-crystal-mountain

New Year’s Eve 
Crystal Mountain 
New Year’s Eve brings fun for every age including New Year’s Eve Dining, a Superheros Fun Family Party, Teen DJ Dance Party and a midnight Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on the mountain. For more information see crystalmountain.com/events/new-years-eve-celebration-with-fireworks

Holiday Shopping

Notable shops in Benzie County for holiday shopping include:

Beedazzled: Located in Benzonia, Beedazzled offers beautiful natural soaps, candles and body care items. Their bees make all of the wax used for the products which range from soaps with insect repellent oils of lemon grass, citronella and eucalyptus to tapered hand dipped colorful candles. Online gift items are available.

Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique: Located in Benzonia close to Beedazzled, is Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique featuring alpaca wool items such as sweaters, shawls, hats, mittens. leg warmers, and adorable stuffed animals. Online gift items are available.

St. Ambrose Cellars: St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah is open year round and features estate meads and fine award winning wines. One of the largest most flourishing mead purveyors in Michigan, St. Ambrose creates this ancient beverage from their own honey, created at their bee farms in Northern Michigan and Florida. They also have a new tasting room to try their many meads and fine wines. Online gift items include meads and wines in beautiful bottles. Their sister company, Sleeping Bear Farms also carries gift items with their line of honey products including a variety honey flavor Mustards available through their website, sleepingbearfarms.com, as well as, being available at St. Ambrose Cellars.

The Cherry Hut: Northern Michigan is known for its wonderful cherry products and one of the oldest continually flourishing restaurants and stores in Northern Michigan is The Cherry Hut located in Beulah. Although the restaurant is closed for the winter, the store in Benzonia remains open for retail & online sales with nut mixes, dried cherries, jams and gift packages, great for holiday gift giving. Plus- they will ship fresh baked cherry pies anywhere in the US –see website for details.

State of the Art Gallery: State of the Art Gallery is owned by ArtPrize® winning artists Michigan photographer Steve Loveless and quilt artist Ann Loveless. Stunning photography and intricate quilted scenes of Michigan’s natural beauty line the walls of their gallery in Beulah. Ann won the first place “People’s Choice Award” in the fifth annual Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize® competition in 2013 and in 2015 both Steve and Ann collaborated on a piece, Northwood Awakening—a large photographic print and quilt hybrid, depicting a serene woodland panorama, and won the first place “People’s Choice Award” for their work! Online gift items are available.

Food for Thought: Food for Thought located in Honor is an online specialty store offering unique products grown from the earth and preserved in jars. Items include wild pickled leeks, maple syrup, salsas, jams, olive oils and more. Their motto is to create and raise awareness around just and sustainable food. Online gift items are available.

Petals & Perks and Lynn and Perin Mercantile Company are owned and operated by Chris and Victoria Mekas retail business owners of many successful operations in Benzie County. Petals and Perks located in Frankfort offers locally roasted coffee and a variety of floral gifts, while their new shop next door, Lynn and Perin Mercantile, features Michigan made food products and gift items.

Betsie Bay Furniture: This Frankfort store is one to get lost in with lovely furniture and d├ęcor artfully presented on two levels. Their original furniture, artwork and accessories are perfect for those who want to decorate their homes in natural woods and relaxed designs. They describe their products as “living in relationship to the water, woods and natural beauty”. Online gift items are available.

Retail Shops of Crystal: Crystal Mountain’s have six retail shops throughout their village setting. Products include bath and spa items, active wear for running, golf, fishing, biking, skiing, and relaxing, plus children’s clothing, accessories and toys.

Wintertime Sports and Recreation in Benzie County

If you’re looking for winter activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling once the snow flies, Benzie County has 135 miles of challenging and well-groomed snowmobiling trails. Trailheads & staging areas are located in various spots throughout the county. Visit benziemanisteesnowbirds.com for more information. Snowmobile rentals, gear and guide services are available at Crystal Adventures in Thompsonville.

In addition, Benzie County has 22 miles along the Betsie Valley Trail for cross country skiing, as well as 30 km of groomed cross country and snowshoeing trails at Crystal Mountain. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore features 70,000 acres with scenic cross country ski and snowshoe trails, and weekend guided snowshoe tours beginning in January. See nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/ski.htm for more information.

There’s no better place in the Midwest than Crystal Mountain for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Crystal Mountain was awarded 2013’s Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the Midwest by “OnTheSnow” the most visited ski and snowboard-related website. “OnTheSnow” awards are considered to be the most comprehensive user-generated ski resort awards in the world. The upcoming 2015 / 2016 winter season includes a new downhill skiing and snowboarding complex called “The Backyard,” with eight new ski trails serviced by a triple chairlift, a part of Crystal Mountain’s new $11 million expansion currently underway. Crystal Mountain also features ice-skating, ice hockey, fat tire bike rentals/trails, as well as, daily children’s activities. Adults will enjoy the luxurious spa services at the Leed-Certified award winning Crystal Spa and superb dining at the Thistle Pub & Grille and Wild Tomato Restaurant (open select hours only). For a dining schedule see crystalmountain.com/about/dining.

For more information about Crystal Mountain see crystalmountain.com or call (231) 378-2000.

Michigan DNR seeks outdoor recreation partners, sponsors for 2016

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources currently is seeking support from partners and sponsors for 2016 outdoor recreation events and initiatives. Opportunities include sponsoring statewide event campaigns, creating co-promotional products for distribution, and donating to projects such as the Iron Belle Trail, the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit and the upcoming 2019 Centennial Celebration of Michigan State Parks.

"Our goal is to build and maintain partnerships that are beneficial for everyone involved," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief. "Partnerships and sponsorships provide opportunities for our parks, trails and waterways to welcome new visitors, for partner organizations to build their reputations and make connections with potential customers, and for visitors to make memories through outdoor recreation and programming."

The Outdoor Adventure Center, nestled along the Detroit RiverWalk, offers several sponsorship opportunities. Open since July 2015, the center was made possible with the support of a variety of partners who helped bring a host of outdoor experiences to the city’s students, residents and visitors. Groups, businesses and individuals interested in promoting stewardship and enjoyment of Michigan's natural resources have an opportunity to inspire millions annually through this hands-on, urban educational facility. More information about the Outdoor Adventure Center is available at www.michigan.gov/oac.

The DNR also is seeking partners and sponsors to help complete Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, and other trail connections, stretching from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula and featuring two distinct routes for hiking and bicycling that together will cover 2,000 scenic miles. This trail, portions of which are under development, builds on Michigan’s nationally recognized trails network and reputation as the country’s Trails State. TransCanada recently became the Iron Belle Trail’s first corporate donor, giving $25,000 for development and maintenance of a portion of the trail’s hiking route in Kalkaska County. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Iron Belle Trail, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

The DNR is also open to partnerships that promote private businesses in tandem with Michigan’s woods and waters.  Chateau Grand Traverse created three tribute wines, specifically produced to support outdoor recreation and natural resources. Through a three-year partnership, the winery has agreed to give the DNR approximately 50 percent of the net profits generated from its Wines of the Great Outdoors program. Nearly 1,000 residents have voted for the projects that they would like funds raised from this partnership to support, with Chateau Grand Traverse receiving the direct impressions on its website while seamlessly supporting the DNR.

“This unique partnership has allowed Chateau Grand Traverse to expand our product offerings and reach a new market through the DNR. The program not only encourages residents to support our state recreational offerings, but to enjoy locally produced wines that can pair easily with everyday activities – a long hike or casual picnic,” said Eddie O’Keefe, Chateau Grand Traverse owner/president. “As wine growers and producers, we make our living from the land, so it seemed like a natural fit to support those who use Michigan’s natural resources for recreation. We are excited to continue growing the Great Outdoors brand and to further support of Michigan’s state parks, trails and waterways in the coming years.”

Also available are opportunities to sponsor or host events for a variety of statewide campaigns. Michigan Boating Week in June features water-related programs such as paddling, fishing, sailing and more. Meteors & S'mores is an annual celebration of astronomy that takes place during the Perseid Meteor Shower in August, and the DNR is seeking an official S’more sponsor. Michigan Trails Week, which celebrates the state's extensive land and water trail system, takes place in September.

There are many opportunities for the Department of Natural Resources to tell the stories of its sponsors and partners. The DNR annually welcomes 24 million visitors to its state parks, hosts nearly 1 million boaters on its waters, licenses more than a million anglers and more than 700,000 hunters, offers thousands of miles of trails for residents and visitors to explore, and reaches a wide audience with its communications – more than 500,000 monthly e-newsletter recipients, more than 88,000 Facebook fans and 26,000 Twitter followers, and almost 8 million website page views each year.

Individuals also can join or start a Friends group to support a particular Michigan state park, harbor, trail or waterway. Friends groups support these facilities by fundraising, recruiting volunteers, leading restoration projects and providing educational programming for the public. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnrfriends.

Sponsoring or volunteering at a program is just one of many ways to support Michigan state parks. Partners also can post event flyers locally, donate to park projects, donate supplies and much more. If you or someone you know may be interested in partnering with Michigan state parks, please contact Maia Turek at 989-225-8573.

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Michigan State Parks accepting applications for 2016 campground hosts

During the warmer summer and fall months, hundreds of volunteers spend time camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds in exchange for their service as campground hosts. The Department of Natural Resources now is accepting 2016 campground host applications, with opportunities available from April through late October.

Campground hosts must be able to answer questions about the park, plan campground activities and perform light maintenance duties. Hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week (including weekends and holidays), with a minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks.

“What we really enjoy about hosting is all of the people that we have met over the year,” said campground hosts Mary Lou and Bill Brininstool. “Camping is a lot of fun and a nature experience for the whole family to enjoy and get to make memories.”

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years of age are eligible to apply for campground host positions. Hosts must provide their own camping equipment.

Applicants are screened and interviewed by park staff, and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area. Selected campground hosts will attend training June 1-2, 2016, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

For more information about the DNR’s Campground Host Program (including how to apply and expected duties), visit www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Miguel Rodriguez at rodriguezm2@michigan.gov or 517-284-6127.

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