Wisconsin's Blue Mound, Kohler-Andrae State Parks to host candlelight events

Blue Mound State Park candlelight event to be held Feb. 6
Blue Mound State Park will hold its next candlelight ski and snowshoe hike 5:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 6.

There will be one wooded loop groomed for cross-country skiing and a 3/4-mile snowshoeing and hiking trail each illuminated by hundreds of candles. Guided hikes through the illuminated woods with the park naturalist start at 6 and 7 p.m.

The only cost for this fun filled family event is a daily or annual park sticker, which may be purchased upon entry to the park.

Warm up with free hot drinks inside the heated friends' shelter, and enjoy some hot food, baked goods and commemorative shirts for sale. Enjoy the bonfire and free marshmallows for roasting. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park.

Members of the Nordic ski patrol will be on hand to assist skiers. Contact Blue Mound State Park for updated trail and event information at 608-437-5711.

For more information about Blue Mound State Park, search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "Blue Mound."

Valentine candlelight ski and hike Feb. 13 at Kohler-Andrae State Park
A special Valentine candlelight ski and hike will be held 6-9 p.m., Feb. 13 at Kohler-Andrae State Park located just south of Sheboygan. The park's 2-mile trail will be illuminated with 200 tiki torches set out by park staff and volunteers. Park volunteers from the Friends of Kohler-Andrae will offer hot chocolate, cider and snacks at the heated shelter building along the ski route. The park shelter fireplace room and an outside fire ring will also be open to the public that evening.

"Past candlelight ski events have been very popular with hundreds of skiers and hikers enjoying the unique experience of visiting the park on a winter evening," said Carolyn Morgan, park superintendent. "Some visitors even stay in the park to winter camp."

Those planning to hike or snowshoe are encouraged to walk on the side of the trail to allow skiers to pass on the groomed trail. Sleds and pets are not allowed on the trail. No ski or snowshoe rentals are available at the park.

There are no special fees charged for the candlelight event although the regular vehicle admission sticker is required to enter the park. Annual park stickers for 2016 will be available at the park office. Donations for beverages and snacks will be accepted by the Friends of Kohler-Andrae to help support the cost of the candlelight event.

For more information, call the park office at 920-451-4080.

Kohler-Andrae is located on the shores of Lake Michigan about 2 miles south of Sheboygan on County Highway V. For more information about the park, search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "Kohler-Andrae."

Rollin' On TV video: Leisure Travel Van's Unity Class B, Retro-style A-Liner and Chesapeak Pop-ups, and the Truma Combi



On this week's program (#2016-02), Rollin' On TV checks out the new Unity Class B motorhome from Leisure Travel Vans, along with the new retro-model A-Liner and Chesapeak Pop-Up trailer. The crew also takes a closer look at the Truma Combi hot water/heater system.

About Rollin' On TV

Now in its fifth year of production, 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.

RV Geeks videos: Driving School, Hot & Hearty Breakfast, Hatchlift Kit Installation, WiFi Ranger Update, Trona Pinnacles RV Boondocking



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.

Enjoy winter fun, fitness at Michigan state parks' free February events

A number of state parks and recreation areas offer free February events that will help residents make the most of Michigan's great outdoors and winter weather. The Department of Natural Resources recently highlighted some events happening throughout February at parks around the state, all designed with fun and good health in mind:

Saturday, Feb. 6 

Lantern-lit Snowshoe Hike at Ludington State Park (Mason County):
Enjoy a self-guided lantern lit hike, toasty campfires and hot chocolate from 6 to 8 p.m. Forty pairs of snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to meet at the park warming shelter. For more information, call 231-843-9261.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14

Gun Lake Winterfest at Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry County): Explore the winter fun with a variety of winter-inspired activities, including an igloo village competition, a snowball-throwing competition, live performances by a cappella choirs, a fashion show, performances for the finalist of the Gun Lake Idol contest and the ever-popular Polar Bear Dip. There will also be activities for kids of all ages, including face painting, a scavenger hunt, life-size Jenga and snowman building. For more information, contact park at 269-795-9081.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Lighthouse Snowshoe Hike at Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County): Join park staff on a guided snowshoe hike and hear fascinating stories about the park and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. Following the hike, enjoy a guided tour of the lighthouse ($4 for non-members) and refreshments. Snowshoes are not provided. For more information, call the park at 231-386-5422.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14

Winter Free Fishing Weekend throughout Michigan: All Michigan residents and visitors can fish without a license. All fishing license fees will be waived on both inland and Great Lakes waters. Many state parks and recreation areas will host special events, including the Winter Festival at Bay City State Recreation Area, the Ice Fishing Derby at Seven Lakes State Park and Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire at Waterloo Recreation Area. For more information, visit michigan.gov/freefishing or call the corresponding state park or recreation area.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Lantern-lit Cross-Country Skiing at Cheboygan State Park (Cheboygan County): Enjoy a fun night of cross-country skiing on nearly 3 miles of groomed trails, as well as the lantern-lit trail at 5:30 p.m. End the evening with a welcoming campfire where visitors can warm up with hot chocolate at 14 Foot Shoals Cabin. Visitors should meet at the trailhead parking lot and bring their own equipment. For more information, call 231-627-2811.

Winterfest at Rifle River Recreation Area (Ogemaw County): Experience cold-weather fun, including hayrides, sledding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. In addition, participants can enjoy cook-your-own hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate. The event is free; however, participants must bring their own equipment. The event will be held snow or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the park at 989-473-2258.

For more information about these and other events, visit the online calendar of events at www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors, call the park, or contact Elissa Buck, DNR recreation programmer, at 989-313-0000 or Stephanie Wirtz, DNR recreation programmer, at 989-686-2790.

Inside Michigan’s Great Outdoors subscribers are always the first to know about reservation opportunities, state park events and other outdoor happenings. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to subscribe now.

Many of these events are free to attend, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry at state parks.

To check camping availability and make a reservation, please visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

Technomadia videos: The Best Cell Coverage for RVers, Free & Cheap RV Camping Options




About Technomadia
Technomadia is the "adventures and musings" of Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard. Perpetually on the road since 2006 embracing nomadic serendipity, the two are now traveling in a "geeked out vintage bus conversion" and working remotely as app developers, technology consultants and strategy advisors. The two have a great sense of humor and really know their stuff whether its technology, RVing and how to have fun.

Visit their website, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their YouTube channel, and like their Facebook page.

Equal-i-zer Hitch named 2015 Trailer Life Readers' Choice Gold Winner



Editor's note: I have used an Equal-i-zer hitch from Day One, and would not use anything else. It has saved my bacon at least twice: Once on our first trip when we safely navigated through a sudden windstorm (that produced tornadoes further east of us); and a second time when we lost a wheel on the highway. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners of Progressive Manufacturing, which builds the Equal-i-zer hitch, last week. He was an absolute gentleman and as nice as they come. This also seemed like a good spot to put the above video. Just something I do when I don't have anyone to help direct me when I'm hitching up.

American manufacturer Equal-i-zer hitch, the innovator in sway-control technology, received the Readers’ Choice Award by Trailer Life Magazine again this year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Equali-i-zer hitch has won the award. No other hitch has ever received this recognition.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for the fourth year in a row. We work hard to provide the best performing sway control hitch on the market, and it is rewarding to know our hitch is loved across America,” states Rich Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

RVers have a passion for sharing the experience and wisdom they have gained over years of trying different products and traveling all over the country. In 2012, Trailer Life Magazine came up with a way to capitalize on their readers’ collective RV intelligence and share it with RV owners all over the world. Each year they conduct an online poll to find out which vehicles, destinations and products make life on the road easier and more enjoyable for RVers. One of the categories surveyed is trailer hitches, and year-after-year the Equal-i-zer hitch has come out on top.

The Equal-i-zer hitch combines weight distribution with sway control to minimize problems caused by passing vehicles, crosswinds and other towing hazard. Each hitch is backed with a lifetime warranty, providing customers with complete confidence. “We understand how important our customer’s families are to them, and we are committed to providing a hitch that protects families and lasts a lifetime,” states Kenny Mauerman, Director of Engineering.

According to Sue Seidlitz with Trailer Life, there were over 9,000 voters weighing-in on all things related to trailers, campgrounds, hitches and trailer accessories. The survey was conducted online and allowed thousands of readers to choose from over a hundred brands, voting for their top picks in more than 20 categories.

Other notable companies receiving Gold awards include favorites like Ford, Keystone, Cracker Barrel, DirecTV and Camping World.

“We congratulate all the companies recognized,” states Jed Anderson, CEO. “We want to extend a thank you to our customers, dealers and distributors for the nomination. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

Long, Long Honeymoon videos: Mice Invasion, Extreme Exterior Makeover, ZUS Smart Car Charger Review & NEW Channel: Loloho.PHOTO



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

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

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

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

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

Gone with the Wynns videos: Top Camera Gear, Winter Storm in Denali, Northern Lights & Goodbye Alaska



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.

Rollin' On TV video: Cool, New RV Products at the National RV Trade Show



On this week's program (#2016-01), Rollin' On TV visits the Recreational Vehicle Industry Trade show in Louisville, Ky. and checks out some interesting new products you'll be seeing on store shelves and local dealerships in 2016 along with some 'futuristic, coming soon ' items that are in-the-works.


About Rollin' On TV

Now in its fifth year of production, 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.

Airstream Limited Edition Honors National Parks

Airstream Inc. announced that it has partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to create the Limited Edition 2016 Pendleton National Park Foundation Airstream travel trailer. According to a press release, the announcement was made during the Jan. 7-10 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City.

The collaboration, Airstream’s first with a lifestyle brand, “pays tribute to our nation’s parks.” The National Parks Centennial celebration is being held throughout the U.S. this year.

“Airstream founder Wally Byam was an innovator and a lover of the outdoors, who believed in an enduring promise of adventure, new experiences and faraway lands,” said Bob Wheeler, CEO of Jackson City, Ohio-based Airstream. “That same spirit is a cornerstone of the Pendleton brand, and together we are celebrating our national parks.”

Each of the 100 Airstream trailers includes features that enhance the outdoor adventure experience, such as a rear sport hatch for immersive views and easy loading/unloading of oversized equipment such as bikes or kayaks; roomy living spaces and lodge-like aesthetics; and park-inspired Pendleton decor and accessories. The 28-foot trailer can sleep six people, and its queen size bed comes with Pendleton bedding to provide total comfort at the end of an adventurous day.

“As we kick off the next century of the National Park Service’s critical work, we couldn’t be more pleased to have two of America’s most iconic outdoor brands join together to not only help us celebrate, but also help us preserve this country’s magnificent landscapes, rich history, and cultural treasures for generations to come,” said Susan Newton, vice president of grants and programs for the National Park Foundation.

The partnership between Airstream and Pendleton will be supported with marketing campaigns by both brands. The Pendleton Airstream has an MSRP of $114,600, and is now available at dealers nationwide.

Fifth Wheel St. launches RV Tow Check 2.1 App

Dave Gray, founder of Crestview, Fla.-based Fifth Wheel St., released the RV Tow Check 2.1 app for recreational vehicle (RV) owners. This newest release at http://RVtowCheck.com/ gives users an improved interactive feature that allows them to view instructions on the app's calculator page, right where they need it most.

RV Tow Check's newest enhancement allows users to instantly view the instructions at each input box on the calculator page by hovering over or tapping on the instruction button. This streamlined approached makes it effortless for the user to read an input instruction without reading another page. The original instruction page has been replaced with a glossary page and the FAQ page has expanded.

RV Tow Check is currently the only mobile friendly app that supports all manufacturers' towing safety and warranty warnings by calculating realistic vehicle towing capacity. "Most vehicle owner's manuals have the required information, but can be difficult to comprehend, and most, if not all, owner's manuals do not have adequate math formulas illustrated to calculate realistic towing capacity," Gray said.

Gray said that the minimum requirement for RV Tow Check requires three inputs by the buyer. They are gross combination weight rating (GCWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the gross vehicle weight (GVW). The user has the option to select a fifth wheel hitch if it's not already installed in the truck. Users may include any additional unscaled weight for cargo and additional passenger weight. "The app does not assume everyone weighs 150 pounds, like the manufacturers do," he added.

"There are two outputs shown, one for the fifth wheel towing combination and the other for the conventional towing combination," said Gray. RV Tow Check is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously, and provides instant results when selecting various pin or tongue weight percentages. "With the three minimally required user inputs and the selection of the highest range of pin and tongue percentages, buyers can be confident that the RV purchase is unlikely to exceed the tow vehicle's weight safety ratings," Gray added.

To use the RV Tow Check app, visit www.rvtowcheck.com.

Located at FifthWheelSt.com, Gray said it is one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and mobile app calculators as well as important articles, videos and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.

Truma hybrid technology prevents scalding water concerns in instant RV water heaters

One reason the new Truma AquaGo hybrid instant water heater is becoming a success in the North American market is the way it has addressed a problem with many tankless water heaters that are installed in RVs.

Before developing the Truma AquaGo, Truma researched the U.S. RV market and discovered that available on-demand hot water heaters tended to have fluctuating water temperatures that can spike and sometimes scald the user. Because of this, RV buyers have become wary, and the market for tankless or on-demand water heaters has remained relatively small.

In response, Truma engineers developed a method to deliver the constant water temperature that people want and need. Different from anything on the market, the Truma AquaGo temperature stabilizing vessel is a patent pending technology that mixes the hot water from the heat exchanger with cooler buffer-water in the vessel. A cyclone stream developed with help of FEM (finite element analysis) ensures a perfect mixture and constant temperature before leaving the temperature stabilizer. Simultaneously, a microprocessor control system exactly adjusts the burner power in relation to the water outlet temperature to meet the target outlet temperature of 120°F as accurately as possible. Both methods ensure a constant, even water temperature without the risk of scalding. Other systems lack the stabilizing vessel and deliver hot water straight from the heat exchanger, making it difficult to maintain constant and safe temperatures.

“The importance of this feature is reflected in our marketing message of providing instant, constant, and endless hot water,“ said Elden Wood, Truma vice president of sales and marketing. “Instant and
endless hot water is what people want, but without the ‘constant’ temperature RVers have turned away from the benefits of instant water heaters. So this is a key and revolutionary development that makes the Truma AquaGo stand out above the others.”

“We want people to know they can wash up and bathe in water at a constant, safe temperature with the Truma AquaGo. It is not just another tankless, on-demand heater,” said Wood. “The varying
temperatures was a problem waiting for a solution, and we’ve provided that.”

To learn more about the Truma AquaGo and other Truma products, visit truma.net.

Rollin' On TV: A Look Back at 2015



On this last show or 2015 (#2015-26), Rollin' On TV looks back at some of the interesting stories they covered during the year from the first show in Louisville, to travels in Minnesota, Indiana and places in between. Plus they look at some of the interesting new RVs and products featured over the year.

About Rollin' On TV

Now in its fifth year of production, 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.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. debuts industry’s first all-digital LCD dash display

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) recently unveiled OptiView, the first fully integrated, all-digital LCD instrument cluster in the RV industry.

Designed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, OptiView brings the features and benefits of the S-Class luxury sedan’s digital dash to a premium RV chassis. With fully integrated gauges and an easy-to-read interface, OptiView is a user-friendly system offering a number of features designed to increase driver safety and comfort.

“OptiView is the newest example of how we continue to innovate exclusively for the RV market by leveraging the tremendous resources of the Daimler global family,” said Tony Sippel, Director of Sales and Marketing for FCCC. “As with all of our groundbreaking features, our number one goal with OptiView is to deliver a luxury automotive driving experience for the premium RV owner.”

Noteworthy OptiView features include:

  • Anti-glare display with bright graphics, clear fonts and streamlined menu structure
  • 360-degree, high-resolution camera system capability, eliminating danger zones from all sides of the coach
  • Bluetooth mobile connectivity for hands-free phone use and Smart Wheel controls
  • Intuitive touchscreen menu, displaying information from a number of inputs and sources


OptiView’s core driving instrument cluster will be available as an option in March 2016.

Ludington State Park offers guided snowshoe hikes, lantern-lit ski/snowshoe events

Families and friends are invited to get outdoors this winter and take part in free snowshoe walks and lantern-lit ski and snowshoe events at Ludington State Park on Saturdays during January and February.

Guided snowshoe hikes

Daylight snowshoe walks will be offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6 and 13. Moonlight snowshoe walks will be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 and 30 and Feb. 13. Park staff members will guide participants through a 1.5-hour hike, while highlighting the park’s natural and historic resources and venturing through the snow-covered sand dunes.

“Snowshoeing is easy and can be done by anyone who is able to walk. One hour of moderate walking in snowshoes can burn up to 750 calories, and the sport is one of the safest winter activities,” said Alan Wernette, Ludington State Park interpreter.

Participants are advised to dress warmly, wear fitted winter walking shoes or boots, and bring a flashlight if attending the moonlight walk. Hikes will begin at the park’s warming shelter, located next to the parking lot at the end of State Highway M-116. The park has 45 pairs of snowshoes to loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. Loaner snowshoes fit visitors ages 10 and up. Reservations are not required.

Lantern-lit ski and snowshoe events

Free lantern-lit ski and snowshoe events will be offered 6-8 p.m. Jan 23, and Feb. 6. Visitors can bring their cross-country skis and/or snowshoes to ski or walk a lighted, groomed trail through the park’s snow-covered, forested sand dunes.

The lighted trail begins at the park’s warming shelter, located next to the parking lot at the end of State Highway M-116. The park has 40 pairs of snowshoes to loan out on a first-come, first-served basis. The park has no cross-country skis to loan out. No reservations will be accepted.

Park staff members will be on hand to help visitors get started. Participants are advised to dress warmly in layers. A campfire will be available along the trail, where visitors can warm themselves and enjoy a hot beverage while talking with park employees.

Ludington State Park offers several miles of groomed cross-country ski trails for beginners through experts. Winter camping is allowed in the Cedar and Jack-Pine campgrounds. Three heated mini-cabins also are available for rent.

For more information about these programs, contact Alan Wernette at wernettea@michigan.gov or 231-843-9261.

Snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski events are taking place this winter at many state parks across Michigan. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors.

There is no charge to participate in the guided snowshoe hikes, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Ludington State Park.

Love Your RV: Saggy RV Steps 2, Renogy RV Solar System Upgrade, Bogart SC2030 CC and Trimetric Battery Monitor, Lippert Elephant Foot Jack Pads




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.

Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide: Top Group Camping Parks



For December, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Group Camping Parks as part of the publisher’s 12 Months of RVing promotion.

The parks on this list, compiled by the travel guide’s editors and consultants, provide facilities and space for large groups of RVers who camp together and conduct meetings, social gatherings and events.

From manufacturers' organizations to independent RVing clubs, RV groups share a passion for hitting the road and meeting up at the end of a long journey. The RV parks on this list deliver when it comes to giving these groups all they need for a great stay.

The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide chose the list of Extended Stay Parks from the annual publication’s database of more than 7,000 private parks.

Durango RV Resort

Top Group Camping RV Parks

California
Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles
Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff

Florida
Blueberry Hill RV Resort, Bushnell
Red Oaks RV Resort, Bushnell
Pecan Park RV Resort, Jacksonville
Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner

Coastal Georgia RV Resort
Georgia
Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick

Idaho
McCall RV Resort, Mccall

Missisippi
EZ Daze RV Park, Southaven

Oregon
Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville

Tennessee
Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Chattanooga
River Plantation RV Park Inc, Pigeon Forge


The Fit RV: HYMER Grand Canyon, Truma Q&A, Leisure Travel Vans Unity Flex, Winnebago's Twin Bed Trend 23D and the Best Sewer Hose Storage Ever



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.

Rollin' On TV: KZ-RV, Tow Vehicle Tips & Pismo Beach, Calif.



On this week's program (#2015-25), Rollin' On TV visits KZ-RV in Shipshewana, Ind., to take a look at the company and its growing product line. They also tour the factory and see how they build their luxurious new toy hauler, the Venom. Also, Jeff Johnston shows us how to set up your tow vehicle for easier towing, and Evanne Schmarder takes us to a unique destination in Pismo Beach, Calif.

About Rollin' On TV

Now in its fifth year of production, 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.

Registration under way for this winter’s ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ program in the Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for this winter’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) program, which is set for Feb. 26-28 in Marquette County.

This winter will mark the 16th annual winter BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

“Registration for this popular program is already filling up fast,” said Sharon Pitz, BOW program coordinator in Marquette.

Typically, about 80 women attend the weekend’s activities.

The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in more than a dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first aid, wood burning and more.

Instructors provide basic and advanced teaching that is tailored to each participant's individual ability. The program also includes special evening programs during the weekend.

BOW participants stay and take their classes at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is situated about 30 miles north of Marquette near Big Bay.

Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities including a sauna and hiking trails with access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior.

The $185 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are also available on a limited basis.

Class information and registration materials are available online at www.michigan.gov/bow. Registration fee payments may be made online through the website’s E-store.

For more information on the winter BOW program, contact Sharon Pitz at the DNR office in Marquette at 906-228-6561 or by e-mail at pitzs@michigan.gov.

Minnesota DNR made strides in enhancing outdoor opportunities in 2015

A record number of people visited Minnesota state parks and enjoyed trout fishing in lakes and streams in 2015, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources.

The agency noted other accomplishments in 2015, including a growing deer herd and increased deer harvest, an improved fleet of aircraft for fighting wild fires, more acres devoted to wildlife management areas and more fishing opportunities.

The DNR made strides in improving groundwater management, protecting waters from invasive carp and enhancing pheasant populations and hunting-land access.

“Whether you hunt, hike, camp, or just appreciate the state’s abundant natural resources, Minnesotans can take satisfaction in seeing more recreation opportunities and enhanced conservation efforts in 2015,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us to increase pheasant and deer populations, which are key priorities in 2016, but I believe we’re on the right track.”

Among this year’s highlights from the DNR:

Getting people outdoors – A record number of people visited state parks in 2015, with overnight stays up 11 percent from the previous year and daily permit sales up 17 percent. The DNR launched Parkfinder, a new mobile-friendly app that helps visitors learn about park locations and amenities. Also, a record number of anglers purchased trout and salmon stamps in 2015. The DNR allocated $1.2 million in matching grants to 51 shooting organizations to enhance trap shooting opportunities for the public and the growing youth clay-target league. In northwestern Minnesota, a new fishing boardwalk was opened on the Tamarac River in Waskish, providing a more enjoyable fishing access at the mouth of the river at Upper Red Lake.

Land protection –  The agency acquired 6,413 acres of new lands as part of 40 existing and new wildlife management areas in 28 counties. These WMA lands provide important habitat for game and nongame wildlife species and public access to hunting, fishing and wildlife-watching. The DNR’s Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant program had a record $11 million in funding requests and has funded $5.7 million of those requests. Now in its seventh year, the program, which provides grants of $5,000 to $400,000, has awarded over $35 million to nonprofit organizations and government entities for conservation projects. CPL funding has been provided annually from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Pheasant plan -- Following Gov. Mark Dayton’s 2014 Pheasant Summit, the DNR and its partners produced the Pheasant Summit Action Plan, which establishes an aggressive habitat-based set of short- and long-term steps to increase and improve grassland habitat for pheasants and other wildlife, and opportunities for hunting. Also, the state received a $1.67 million, three-year federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to fund Minnesota’s Walk-In Access (WIA) program to provide public hunting access to private land and to help fund landowner efforts to enhance the habitat on the WIA acres. www.dnr.state.mn.us/pheasantaction/index.html

Public has say in water issues – With input from stakeholders, including large water users such as irrigators and municipalities, the DNR established the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area, which includes all of Washington and Ramsey counties and parts of Anoka and Hennepin counties. A five-year plan will guide the DNR work in this area to ensure adequate groundwater supplies while protecting lakes, streams and wetlands. Draft plans are also nearing completion for the Straight River Groundwater Management Area near Park Rapids and the Bonanza Valley west of St. Cloud. www.dnr.state.mn.us/gwmp/areas.html

Invasive carp barriers – The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock was closed in June to prevent the upstream movement of invasive carp into the upper Mississippi River, a move the DNR supported. The DNR completed a final fish barrier that separates watersheds in southwestern Minnesota from the Missouri River basin, thereby preventing invasive carp from swimming from Iowa into Minnesota. www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html

Protecting the environment – Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service, the DNR completed the final environmental impact statement for PolyMet Mining, Inc.’s proposed copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota and completed a public review of the final document. The agency also completed a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project and gathered public input on it. www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/ereview/index.html

Bison release – The public can now view a native species in its prairie habitat at Minneopa State Park after the DNR and the Minnesota Zoo collaborated to relocate 11 genetically rare bison from Blue Mounds State Park to Minneopa. The bison reintroduction will help naturally manage the prairie grass at the state park, while preserving the unique genetic strains found in the Blue Mounds State Park herd. Genetic testing of the herd found they were largely free of any genetic material that would have come from cross-breeding with cattle, making them rare. www.mndnr.gov/minneopa-bison

Forestry improvements -- The DNR replaced its two CL-215 water-scooping, firefighting aircraft with four FireBoss airplanes and two-single engine air tankers. The CL-215s were aging and parts were difficult to find. The new airplanes are faster and more nimble, improving initial fire attack response time while saving the agency $1 million in maintenance costs. The DNR also sold 918,500 cords of state wood, exceeding the state’s timber sales target of 800,000 cords. Demand for state timber remains high because the DNR works to provide a steady, predictable supply of quality wood. www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/index.html.

More fishing opportunities – An improved walleye population means less restrictive fishing regulations on Upper Red Lake; the DNR revised the lake’s management plan, opening the way for more fishing opportunities. There was strong public support for a new fisheries management plan for Leech Lake that aims to improve the lake’s high-quality, multi-species fishery. The DNR continued its efforts to remove northern-pike spearing bans on lakes, providing equitable regulations for both anglers and dark house spearers. Dark house spearing license sales have increased dramatically in the past three years.

Wildlife successes – The DNR revised its elk plan, addressing several small herds that live in northwestern Minnesota. The plan calls for increasing those elk herds, providing additional elk-related recreational opportunities and addressing elk-landowner conflicts. The agency completed its new deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, covering 40 of the 128 deer permit areas in the state. The new goals reflect the desires shared by interested people who participated in the deer goal-setting process to increase deer populations. The agency developed a new interactive online tool to better deliver deer-hunting and management information. Finally, preliminary estimates show the 2015 deer harvest increased 14 percent over 2014.

Natural resources protection and safety – The DNR’s Enforcement Division worked with interest groups and volunteers to create new online safety training courses for all-terrain, off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles, as well as improving safety training Web pages. The Enforcement Division launched a new program to recruit and hire a diverse group of officer candidates who bring a passion for natural resources.

Finding cost efficiencies – The DNR improved the fuel economy of its fleet of “light road” vehicles by 8 percent, saving the agency money. It also saved costs and added to employee health by reducing workplace injuries by 6 percent. The agency put into action a safety communications and training campaign and has reduced tick-borne employee illness costs by 45 percent in the past two years. The agency also developed a 10-year plan to better maintain its investments in buildings, roads, trails, bridges, campsites and water accesses.

Camping World and Good Sam Kick Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Company Launches The Golden Giveaway Awarding Over $5 Million in Prizes

Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners organization, are celebrating their 50th anniversary by hosting The Golden Giveaway event, which will feature fun and exciting promotions for shoppers throughout 2016.

Camping World customers visiting any of over 115 SuperCenters nationwide between today (Jan. 4, 2016) and Sept. 11, 2016 will receive a Golden Giveaway scratch-off ticket with any purchase, which they can scratch to reveal if they are a winner of one of five 2016 Coleman travel trailers or a portion of over $5,000,000 in prizes. As a bonus, shoppers will have a chance to register to win the grand prize, a 2016 Thor Motor Coach Windsport Class A motorhome valued at $140,000.

"As we celebrate this milestone, I want to thank you, our valued Club members and customers, for the honor of providing you and your family with the benefits, products and services that have helped you make priceless memories," said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman. "We are proud that you have chosen us as your partners in fun and adventure, and we recommit ourselves to giving you the best service and experience possible as we look beyond this anniversary year."

Camping World and the Good Sam Club began in 1966 when the first small Camping World store opened its doors in Beech Bend Park, and a small California RV magazine called Trail-R-News founded The Good Sam Club, whose original members promised to help fellow travelers on America's highways. Both companies would eventually join forces to serve every aspect of the RV experience.

Camping World and Good Sam continue to chart new territory in the RV world. Today, as members of the same corporate family, Camping World sells RV supplies and accessories at over 115 SuperCenters coast to coast, most of which offer sales of new and used RVs, while the Good Sam Club provides a suite of exclusive benefits, services and discounts to over 1.6 million members across North America.

In addition to a chance to win a new RV, commemorative reusable shopping bags will be given away with any purchase of $50 or more while supplies last at various times throughout the year. For special savings, look for events celebrating each decade of the last 50 years at Camping World SuperCenters, including free gifts to the first 50 customers, event-only product specials, free lunch and more!

For more information about the Camping World and Good Sam 50th Birthday Celebration, call or visit your nearest SuperCenter.

RoverPass.com Brings RV Parks & RVers Together with Easy Reservations



RoverPass of Austin, Texas is offering the industry's only easy to use online platform which allows consumers to search and send multiple reservation requests to RV parks and campgrounds for free, according to a recent company announcement.

In a newly released video, RoverPass explains the ways in which it helps RVers reduce the amount of time it takes to send reservation requests to multiple parks down to less than a minute. The new video can be viewed on the company’s website at: www.roverpass.com/blog/how-to-make-rv-park-reservations-in-one-minute

RoverPass makes it much easier for RVers to find RV parks and also for parks to receive reservations. The company has detailed how the time savings can help RV parks bring in more reservations here: www.roverpass.com/blog/online-marketing-for-rv-parks-and-campgrounds

“We put this video together in order to help RVers & RV parks realize that we are not just another campground directory. RoverPass helps connect consumers and campgrounds together to make reservations fast and easy," said Ravi Parikh, CEO of RoverPass.

RoverPass also partners with over 350 RV parks and campgrounds to provide a discount pass which offers consumers discounted stays at properties across the nation.

2016 RV Shows Listing

(Source: RVIA)

Knoxville RV Show
January 6-January 8, 2016
Sevierville Convention Center
Sevierville, TN (USA)
Produced By:
Odyssey Management Services
P.O. Box 18697
Fairfield, OH 45018
941-780-0538
Contact: Rob Lynch
www.knoxvillervshow.com

Colorado RV Adventure & Travel Show
January 6-January 9, 2016
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 66069
303-563-9495 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Jim Piper
www.corvshow.com

Wisconsin RV Show
January 6-January 8, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, WI (USA)
Produced By:
Odyssey Management Services
P.O. Box 18697
Fairfield, OH 45018
941-780-0538
Contact: Rob Lynch
www.thewisconsinshow.com

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
January 7-January 10, 2016
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX (USA)
Produced By:
Town Lake Productions
918 Congress Ave, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78701
512-494-1128 / 512-494-1129 fax
Contact: Jennifer McKinney
www.austinboatshow.com

South Carolina RV & Camping Show
January 8-January 10, 2016
TD Convention Center
Greenville, SC (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804.243.8847 / 270.438.4723 fax
Contact: Anthony Tedesco
www.scrvshow.com

55th Annual RV & Campgrounds Show
January 8-January 10, 2016
302 N. 17th Street
Allentown, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Allentown Trade Shows, Inc.
3846 Thomas Drive
Emmaus, PA 18049
610-360-3253
Contact: John Cathers
www.allentowntradeshows.com

North Carolina RV Dealers Association Greensboro RV Show
January 8-January 10, 2016
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Greensboro , NC (USA)
Produced By:
Apple Rocks Displays
7602 Business Park Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409
336-317-5538 / 336-217-2782 fax
Contact: Jeff Haughton
www.northcarolinarvda.com

2016 Original Pittsburgh RV Show
January 9-January 17, 2016
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Three Rivers Promotions
110 Mossy Rock Road
Masontown, PA 26542
304-864-5157
Contact: Rob Young
www.pittrvshow.com

2016 Pittsburgh RV Show
January 9-January 17, 2016
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Three Rivers Promtions
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-310-7781 / 304-864-5157 fax
Contact: Rocco Lamanna
pittrvshow.com

Florida RV Supershow
January 12, 2016 (Industry Day), January 13-17, 2016 (Public Days)
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, FL (USA)
Produced By:
Florida RV Trade Association
10510 Gibsonton Dr.
Riverview, FL 33578
813-741-0488 / 813-741-0688 fax
Contact: Lesa Colvin
frvta.org

Mid America RV Show
January 14-January 17, 2016
Bartle Hall - Kansas City
Kansas City, MO (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
303-563-9495 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Jim Piper
www.midamericarvshow.com

Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show
January 14-January 18, 2016
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL (USA)
Produced By:
National Marine Manufacturers Association
231 S. LaSalle St., #2050
Chicago, IL 60604
312-946-6242
Contact: Keith Ogulnick
www.chicagoboatshow.com

Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show at DeVos Place
January 14-January 17, 2016
DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, MI (USA)
Produced By:
ShowSpan, Inc.
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-447-2860 / 616-447-2861 fax
Contact: Mike Wilbraham
www.grandrapidsrvshow.com

St. Louis RV Vacation & Travel Show
January 14-January 16, 2016
America's Center
St. Louis, MO (USA)
Produced By:
Midwest Gateway RV Dealers Association
P.O. Box 178
Valley Park, MO 63088
314-548-6101
Contact: Karen Somers
www.stlrv.com

Washington Camping RV Expo
January 15-January 17, 2016
Dulles Expo Center
Chantilly, VA (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-337-6479 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Dave Body
www.washingtonrvexpo.com

New Jersey RV & Camping Show
January 15-January 17, 2016
New Jersey Convention Center
Edison, NJ (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-243-8847 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Anthony Tedesco
www.newjerseyshow.com

Boston RV & Camping Expo
January 16-January 18, 2016
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA (USA)
Produced By:
Paragon Expo Group
197 1st Ave
Needham, MA 02494
781-343-1280
Contact: Kate Schoon
www.bostonrvexpo.com

Ft. Myers RV Show
January 21-January 24, 2016
Lee Civic Center
Ft. Myers, FL (USA)
Produced By:
Associates in Professional Marketing
630 Astarias Circle
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
239-482-6006
Contact: Jack Carver
frvta.org

Tacoma RV Show
January 21-January 24, 2016
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA (USA)
Produced By:
O'Loughlin Trade Shows
2302 Union Ave S Ste A-4
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-756-2121 / 253-756-6898 fax
Contact: Jeff Swenson
www.otshows.com

28th Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale
January 21-January 24, 2016
Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
Spokane, WA (USA)
Produced By:
Delcreek Productions
P.O. Box 180
Colbert, WA 99005
509-466-4256 / 509-466-4256 fax
Contact: Steve Cody
www.spokanervshow.com

Iowa Boat, RV and Vacation Show
January 22-January 24, 2016
UNI-Dome
Cedar Falls, IA (USA)
Produced By:
Iowa Show Productions, Inc.
2401 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
319-232-0218 / 319-235-8932 fax
Contact: John Bunge
www.iowaboatandrvshow.com

North Carolina RV Dealers Association Charlotte RV Show
January 22-January 24, 2016
The Park Expo & Conference Center (formally the Charlotte Merchandise Mart)
Charlotte, NC (USA)
Produced By:
Apple Rocks Displays
7602 Business Park Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409
336-317-5538 / 336-217-2782 fax
Contact: Jeff Haughton
www.northcarolinarvda.com

Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sportshow
January 27-January 31, 2016
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, KY (USA)
Produced By:
National Marine Manufacturers Association
143-A Arnold Drive
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
502-957-1666 / 866-590-8907 fax
Contact: Kim Muncy
www.louisvilleboatshow.com

San Antonio Boat & Travel Trailer Show
January 28-January 31, 2016
The Alamodome
San Antonio, TX (USA)
Produced By:
River City Productions
918 Congress Ave, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78701
512-481-1777 / 512-494-1129 fax
Contact: Jennifer McKinney
www.sanantonioboatshow.com

Orlando RV Show
January 28-January 31, 2016
Citrus Bowl
Orlano, FL (USA)
Produced By:
Florida RV Trade Association
10510 Gibsonton Drive
Riverview, FL 33578
813-741-0488 / 813-741-0688 fax
Contact: Patty Flanagan
www.frvta.org

2016 Calgary RV Show
January 28-January 31, 2016
BMO Centre - Calgary Stampede
Calgary, AB (CAN)
Produced By:
RVDA of Alberta
10561- 172 Street
Edmonton, AB
780-455-8562 / 780-453-3927 fax
Contact: Carrie Nelson
www.rvda-alberta.org

Atlanta Camping & RV Show
January 29-January 31, 2016
Atlanta Exposition Center South
Atlanta, GA (USA)
Produced By:
Hardman Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 3130
Duluth, GA 30096
770-447-3334 / 770-447-3336 fax
Contact: Bobby Smith
www.atlantarvshow.com

Ocala RV Show
February 4-February 7, 2016
Florida Horse Park
Ocala, FL (USA)
Produced By:
Florida RV Trade Association
10510 Gibsonton Drive
Riverview, Fl 33578
813-741-0488 / 813-741-0688 fax
Contact: Patty Flanagan
www.frvta.org

50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show
February 10-February 14, 2016
Suburban Collection Showplace
Novi, MI (USA)
Produced By:
Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
2222 Association Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
517-349-8881 ext 11 / 517-349-3543 fax
Contact: Bill Sheffer or Darren Ing
www.marvac.org

2016 Edmonton RV Show
February 11-February 14, 2016
Edmonton EXPO Centre
Edmonton, AB (CAN)
Produced By:
RVDA of Alberta
10561- 172 Street
Edmonton, AB
780-455-8562 / 780-453-3927 fax
Contact: Carrie Nelson
www.rvda-alberta.org

Seattle RV Show
February 11-February 14, 2016
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Seattle, WA (USA)
Produced By:
MHRV Show Association, Inc.
PO Box 1528
Renton, WA 98057
425-277-8132
Contact: Dave Helgeson
SeattleRVshow.com

Minneapolis RV, Vacation & Camping Show
February 11-February 14, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
612-695-3219 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Ryan Reinke
www.washingtonrvexpo.com

Erie RV Show
February 11-February 14, 2016
Bayfront Convention Center
Erie, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Erie Promotions & Expos, Inc.
5938 Spires Drive
Suite B
Erie, PA 16509
814-790-5079
Contact: Tom Shearer
www.eriepromotions.com

Arkansas RV Show - 40th Annual
February 12-February 14, 2016
Statehouse Convention Ctr.
Little Rock, AR (USA)
Produced By:
D&G Attractions
501-225-6177 / 501-225-0177 fax
Contact: Ken Griffey
www.dgattractions.com

Chattanooga RV Show
February 12-February 14, 2016
Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN (USA)
Produced By:
Odyssey Management Services
P.O. Box 18697
Fairfield, OH 45018
941-780-0538
Contact: Rob Lynch
www.thechatanoogarvshow.com

Columbus RV Show
February 12-February 14, 2016
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH (USA)
Produced By:
Odyssey Management Services
P.O. Box 18697
Fairfield, OH 45018
941-780-0538
Contact: Rob Lynch
www.columbusrvshow.com

West Palm Beach RV Show
February 12-February 15, 2016
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, FL (USA)
Produced By:
Florida RV Trade Association
10510 Gibsonton Drive
Riverview, FL 33578
813-741-0488 / 813-741-0688 fax
Contact: Patty Flanagan
www.frvta.org

Richmond Camping RV Expo
February 12-February 14, 2016
Richard International Raceway
Richmond, VA (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-337-6479 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Dave Body
www.richmondrvexpo.com

Atlantic City RV & Camping Show
February 12-February 14, 2016
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-243-8847 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Anthony Tedesco
www.atlanticcityrvshow.com

Spingfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show
February 12-February 15, 2016
Eastern States Exposition Grounds
West Springfield, MA (USA)
Produced By:
Pioneer Valley Chapter 8 of NAFCA
P.O. Box 2701
Springfield, MA 01101
413-781-2267 / 413-642-0324 fax
Contact: Chris Adams
www.springfieldrvampingshow.com

Cedar Rapids Sportshow
February 12-February 14, 2016
Hawkeye Downs Expo Center
Cedar Rapids, IA (USA)
Produced By:
Iowa Show Productions, Inc.
4400 6th Street Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-232-0218 / 319-235-8932 fax
Contact: John Bunge
www.cedarrapidssportshow.com

42nd Annual Northeast RV Show
February 12-February 15, 2016
Rockland Community College Field House
Suffern, NY (USA)
Produced By:
Northeast RV Show
388 E Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
845-343-2772 / 845-344-1203 fax
Contact: David McCarey
www.showoffice.com

48th Annual Chicago RV & Camping Show
February 17-February 21, 2016
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Recreational Vehicle Expositions, Inc.
P.O. Box 1025
Palatine, IL 60078
847-934-8300 / 847-934-8300 fax
Contact: Keith Mistrik
www.chicagorvshow.com

Austin RV Expo
February 18-February 21, 2016
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX (USA)
Produced By:
TRVA Austin RV Shows
918 Congress Ave, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78701
512-336-7135 / 512-494-1129 fax
Contact: Jennifer McKinney
www.austinrvexpo.com

Ford 62nd Annual Indiannapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show
February 19-February 28, 2016
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN (USA)
Produced By:
Renfro Productions & Management, Inc.
6405 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Anderson, IN 46013
765-641-7712 / 765-641-7756 fax
Contact: Kevin Renfro
www.indysportshow.com

45th Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show
February 19-February 21, 2016
Indoor Sports Center
Rockford, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Landro Productions
P.O. Box 408428
Chicago, IL 60640
815-997-1744 / 815 fax
Contact: Laci Rotolo
www.rockfordboatshow.com

North Carolina RV Dealers Association Raleigh RV Show
February 19-February 21, 2016
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC (USA)
Produced By:
Apple Rocks Displays
7602 Business Park Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409
336-317-5538 / 336-217-2782 fax
Contact: Jeff Haughton
www.northcarolinarvda.com

Greater Philadephia Outdoor Sportshow
February 25-February 28, 2016
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Exposition
750 Central Ave, Suite R
Dover, NH 03820
603-431-4315
Contact: Tod Alberto
www.sportshows.com

Battle Creek Camper & RV Show
February 25-February 28, 2016
Kellogg Arena
Battle Creek, MI (USA)
Produced By:
Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
2222 Association Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
517-349-8881 ext 11 / 517-349-3543 fax
Contact: Bill Sheffer or Darren Ing
www.marvac.org

Harrisburg RV & Camping Show
February 25-February 28, 2016
Harrisburg Events Center
Harrisburg, PA (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-337-6479 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Dave Body
www.springharrisburgshow.com

Colorado RV, Boat, Sports & Travel Show
February 25-February 28, 2016
National Western Complex
Denver, CO (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
303-563-9495 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Jim Piper
www.cosportsshow.com

Fredericksburg RV Show
February 26-February 28, 2016
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
Fredericksburg, VA (USA)
Produced By:
Ballantine Management Group
2371 Carl D Silver Parkway
Fredericksbrg, VA 22401
540-548-5555
Contact: David Kerper
www.fredericksburgrvshow.com

Hot Springs Boat, Tackle & RV Show - 30th Annual
February 26-February 28, 2016
Hot Springs Convention Ctr
Hot Springs, AR (USA)
Produced By:
D&G Attractions
501-225-6177 / 501-225-0177 fax
Contact: Ken Griffey
www.dgattractions.com

Central New York RV and Camping Show and Sale
March 3-March 6, 2016
NY State Fairgrounds
Syracuse, NY (USA)
Produced By:
RVDA of Syracuse
P.O. Box 113
Fulton, NY 13069
877-228-8240
Contact: Jim Kring
www.cnyrvshow.com

Central Illinois Recreational Show
March 4-March 6, 2016
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Events Ltd
P.O. Box 3141
Peoria, IL 61612
309-692-6465
Contact: Dennis Johnston
www.eventsltd.org

Rhode Island RV & Camping Show
March 4-March 6, 2016
Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
804-337-8463 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Marybeth Tedesco
www.rirvshow.com

Virginia RV Camping Show
March 11-March 13, 2016
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA (USA)
Produced By:
GS Events
250 Parkway Dr Suite 270
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
303-563-9495 / 270-438-4723 fax
Contact: Anthony Tedesco
www.virginiashow.com

York Campers World RV Show
March 11-March 13, 2016
York Expo Center
York, PA (USA)
Produced By:
Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association
P.O. Box 5
New Tripoli, PA 18066
610-767-5026 / 610-767-5034 fax
Contact: Beverly Gruber
www.yorkshow.net

FMCA's 93rd International Convention & Motorhome Showcase
March 17-March 20, 2016
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
Perry, GA (USA)
Produced By:
Family Motor Coach Association
8291 Clough Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45244
800-543-362
Contact: Chris Lusk
www.fmca.com

Flint Camper & RV Show
March 17-March 20, 2016
Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center
Flint, MI (USA)
Produced By:
Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
2222 Association Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
517-349-8881 ext 11 / 517-349-3543 fax
Contact: Bill Sheffer or Darren Ing
www.marvac.org

45th RV, Camping & Travel Show
March 18-March 20, 2016
Indoor Sports Center
Rockford, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Landro Productions
P.O. Box 408428
Chicago, IL 60640
815-997-1744 / 815-364-2400 fax
Contact: Laci Rotolo
www.rfdrvshow.com

Springfield RV & Camping Show
March 18-March 20, 2016
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Events Ltd
P.O. Box 3141
Peoria, IL 61612
309-692-6465
Contact: Dennis Johnston
www.eventsltd.org

Rockford, IL RV, Camping & Travel Show
March 18-March 20, 2016
Indoor Sports Center/Expo
Loves Park, IL (USA)
Produced By:
Landro Productions
P.O. Box 408428
Chicago, IL 60640
815-997-1744 / 815-364-2400 fax
Contact: Laci Rotolo
www.rkfdrvshow.com

Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow
March 30-April 3, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN (USA)
Produced By:
National Marine Manufacturers Association
612-332-8330
Contact: Darren Envall
www.northwestsportshow.com

Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show
April 1-April 3, 2016
Grand Traverse County Civic Center
Traverse City, MI (USA)
Produced By:
MARVAC
2222 Association Dr
Okemos, MI 48864
517-349-8881 / 517-349-3543 fax
Contact: Bill Sheffer
marvac.org

Puyallup RV Show
April 28-May 1, 2016
Washington State Fair Events Center
Puyallup, WA (USA)
Produced By:
MHRV Show Association, Inc.
PO Box 1528
Renton, WA 98057
425-277-8132
Contact: Dave Helgeson
PuyallupRVShow.com