The Fit RV videos: Winnebago ERA 2016 Lineup & Pirit Heated RV Hose


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.

Long, Long Honeymoon videos: Broken Foot, Pro Packing Cubes & Yellowstone's Best Kept Secret



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.

RV Education 101 videos: Tips on Tire Gauges, RV Batteries, Tire Inflation, Carbon Monoxide, Avoiding Accidents & Pre-Trip Checks


RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Austin Adventures’ Creates a Special Grand Canyon National Park Adventure

Combines South Rim of Grand Canyon Hiking With Eden of Arizona’s Secluded Havasu Canyon

Austin Adventures, the trend-setter in luxury multisport and active family vacations worldwide, has a soft spot in its heart for Arizona’s Havasu Canyon and its legendary travertine pools and waterfalls.

Austin Adventures continues its tradition of making what’s exceptional even better by announcing a special spring departure guided by its two most accomplished trip leaders. This new trip combines for the first time a South Rim of the Grand Canyon hike with in-depth exploration of the waterfalls and wonders of one of Arizona’s most iconic destinations, Havasu.

“We have taken our already popular Havasu Basecamp Adventure and enhanced it with more quality time in the Grand Canyon,” explains Dan Austin, company founder and president. “And the kicker is that two of our most beloved senior guides will be leading this very special departure.”

Guests on Austin Adventures’ five-day/four-night tour will enjoy the company and services of Outside Magazine’s top family guide, Kasey Austin, along with master guide Matty (K) Kirkland who has been with the company since its inception.

“We wanted to create a special Grand Canyon departure in tribute to the centennial of the founding of America’s National Park System,” explains Austin. “Families with kids 10 and older will find this appealing as the March date dovetails nicely with many school spring break schedules.”

The Arizona South Rim & Havasupai Adventure on Mar. 19-23, 2016 begins and ends in Scottsdale, AZ. The first day is spent exploring the Grand Canyon’s South Rim starting at Desert Watchtower followed by a hike on the South Kaibab Trail. Tonight guests enjoy dinner perched along the rim at the historic El Tovar Lodge.

A three-hour drive the next morning brings the group to Hualapai Hilltop and the trailhead for the 10-mile descent into Havasu Canyon. Numerous switchbacks dive deep into the red sandstone labyrinth until a level streambed is reached. When the vegetation turns lush as the Canyon widens at mile eight, guests enter Supai, one of the most remote villages in the United States. Here, the mail still arrives by packhorse. It’s then a short hike past two spectacular waterfalls to the deluxe basecamp, home for the next three nights. Note: At trip’s end, those not wishing to hike back out may request (for an extra fee) conveyance by helicopter or horseback.

Basecamp is a serious affair with a well-stocked backcountry kitchen, oversized tents and plush sleeping bags and pads. Its centralized location is the key to full exploration and enjoyment of the Canyon.  The creek that carved Havasu spills over five major falls, the biggest of which, Mooney Falls, drops over 190 feet. The water temperature of about 70 degrees remains relatively constant throughout the year. Over millennia, the high mineral content and carbonate precipitate in the water has created countless pools, dams and drops. With new formations forming all the time, the flow of the creek is ever-changing.  Day hikes are certain to culminate with a swim in the turquoise waters.

“Teal blue waters, lush foliage, squash and wild grape vines growing like weeds, pomegranate and apricot trees lining the dusty path and waterfalls all around. So unexpected and so beautiful!” –wrote one recent guest.

The per person, double occupancy rate of $1,998 ($280 single supplement) includes lodging, all meals, trailside snacks, fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides, vehicle support and land transportation during the trip, Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service, packing information, taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, and national park entrance and permit fees. Because this is a spur of the Grand Canyon, hiking permits, that can be hard to obtain, are included.


For more information on all of the 2016 destinations, trips and itineraries offered by Austin Adventures visit http://www.austinadventures.com, call (800) 575-1540 or email info@austinadventures.com.

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 that includes operations in Grand Canyon, 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 owns and operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel in Williams, Ariz., the Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Country Walkers and Austin Adventures.

Michigan DNR biologists discuss effects of milder winter on wildlife

(Source: Michigan DNR) 

Looking out your window, do you find yourself saying, “This winter is different?”

Remembering last winter, areas of Michigan had not inches, but feet of snow on the ground by mid-November. In stark contrast, this winter, many parts of Michigan didn’t receive any significant snowfall that stayed on the ground, until after Christmas.

With the effects of one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns on record – warmer Pacific Ocean waters producing atmospheric changes in weather thousands of miles away – this winter certainly is different.

As a result, weather forecasters are predicting above-average temperatures and drier than normal winter conditions across the northern tier of the country, including Michigan.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists have been fielding inquiries about how the milder conditions might be affecting wildlife this winter.

“The 2014-2015 Michigan winter had record low temperatures for numerous days,” DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason said. “Along with those cold temps, winter brought snow depths that challenged even the most adapted wildlife.”

Waterfowl

Several mallards and Canada geese are shown in a stretch of open water.Less than a year ago, waterfowl were being negatively affected across Michigan by lakes, rivers and streams freezing completely, or more extensively than usual, leaving smaller areas of open water for ducks and swans to feed. After the last two hard winters, this winter is providing many open water locations.

“Instead of ducks being concentrated in small areas, ducks and swans have good amounts of open water in a mild winter, giving them room to forage and find the food they need,” said Barbara Avers, a DNR waterfowl and wetlands specialist.

The last two winters resulted in some malnourished or dead waterfowl being trapped on the ice, unable to fly. Not this winter.

Smaller mammals

Squirrels never take a break. They are active all year long, and this mild winter provides an easier hunt for food. Less snow to get through equals less energy needed to find food and stay warm.

With a milder winter, snowshoe hares are likely to be under a bit more pressure from predators. Their fur is light brown in the fall and molts to white as the amount of daylight changes. Until snow is on the ground, the white fur stands out, allowing hawks, owls and other predators better opportunities to benefit.

Alternatively, hares this winter should have plenty of food they can easily access.

Skunks and raccoons go into an inactive or dormant state in the winter. This is something they are naturally wired to do to conserve energy. This won’t change with the mild winter. Their late winter mating seasons, won’t be affected. As usual, they will be out and more visible for brief periods of time looking for a mate.

Large mammals

Black bear have this same instinct; their internal clock is telling them they need to conserve energy, regardless of temperature, find a place to den and go into a deep sleep.

What is frequently referred to as a bear hibernating is really a bear in a very deep sleep. Even with the warm fall and warm December, a bear will still den. Black bears also den in southern states, where temperatures and snow levels are much more moderate compared to even a mild Michigan winter.

Bears are triggered to enter their dens by a combination of things, with the amount of daylight being an important main factor. Bears are able to survive the denning period because they bulk up during the fall, gaining 1-2 pounds per day.

Not all animals will benefit from this mild winter.

“Moose are a species that are just built for the cold,” said DNR wildlife research biologist Dean Beyer. “Moose are at their southern extent of their range in the Upper Peninsula.”A moose cow with calf are shown photographed in Marquette County.

Moose, with their long legs and thick winter coat, are built for deep snow and cold temperatures. When moose have their winter coat, and temperatures are warmer than 23 degrees, they become stressed and need to take action to cool down.

“When an animal is stressed, its heart and respiration rates will increase, in turn increasing the amount of energy they are using,” Beyer said. “This December was probably stressful on Michigan moose, as temps were warmer than they normally experience.”

Deer, on the other hand, will find some relief with a mild winter.

For winter survival, deer reduce their movements by about 50 percent and their food intake by about 30 percent. Mild temperatures allow deer to survive on the layer of fat they’ve built up the previous fall.

Just like with moose, the more deer move in the wintertime, the more energy they use. However, deer, with their shorter legs, should be able to find the little food they need in the winter accessible, above and below the snow.

In the Upper Peninsula, the effects of three consecutive harsh winters, combined with the contributions of predators, have been tough on deer populations. Though wildlife biologists caution that one mild winter will not be enough to allow the herd to quickly rebound, the moderation in conditions is beneficial and welcomed.

Birds

Wild turkeys will also have an easier time in a mild winter. Typically at higher snow depths or when a hard snow crust is formed, turkeys rely solely on fruits, nuts and catkins on trees and shrubs – food found above the snow.

When possible, turkeys will continue to scratch through the snow in farmed fields, getting the valuable crumbs left behind by farming equipment, and can even find acorns and beech nuts in the woods.

Ruffed grouse may be more susceptible to predators, without several feet of snowy insulation. These birds can almost dive into the snow and burrow, staying warm and concealed. They typically do well during those hard winters.

Migrating birds generally started leaving and heading south months ago. Therefore, this unseasonably warm winter is something they’ll realize only when they return in the spring.

Some migrating birds that leave relatively late, like sandhill cranes, may stay behind as long as they can find the food they need to make it through the winter, but will continue south if temperatures drop.

Birds like American robins, eastern bluebirds and hermit thrushes may remain in the state in small numbers, because of the mild weather and availability of berries and seeds.

Resident backyard birds, like blue jays, American goldfinches, northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees will use less energy keeping warm during a mild winter, which can result in better body conditions and larger egg clutches or broods of chicks in the spring.

Outlook

So far, the milder winter we’ve experienced has been a welcome break for many people and some wildlife that have had a hard go the last few winters. Although we may think this relative lack of snow and warmer temperatures make this winter different or easier, the winter is certainly not over.

For many animals, the next couple months could still be challenging. However, animals have habits or instincts and are hard-wired to survive. They will adapt.

For more information, visit the DNR’s webpage at www.michigan.gov/wildlifeactionplan.

DNR: Michigan’s parks and trails offer great places to realize your fitness goals

A month-and-a-half into this new year, many people are working on – or perhaps already struggling to keep – resolutions to get in shape.

While those resolutions often go by the wayside before the first flip of the calendar page, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests a different approach to exercise that might help people stick with a healthier lifestyle beyond a few weeks – combining exercise with family and friends.

“Fitness resolutions come and go each year, but spending quality time with friends and family is no fad. Spending that family time out for a walk can make for a powerful fitness pledge,” said Maia Turek, DNR statewide recreation programmer.

The DNR is encouraging Michigan residents to make 2016 #MiShoeYear and to put on their shoes, skis or skates to get outside and move.

“Whether you are taking the first step toward fitness ever or the first step in a long time, the beginning of the year is when a lot of people kick off healthier lifestyle routines,” Turek said. “When you declare #MiShoeYear, it’s more than just a workout, it’s an adventure. Explore new trails. See new vistas, get to know Michigan while you get fit.”

Calling the idea “a movement for movement,” Turek said many of Michigan’s state parks offer programs featuring outdoor winter activities like hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing – some even by candlelight or lantern light. Those looking for an outdoor adventure can find nearby events at www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar.

With more than 100 state parks and thousands of miles of trails in Michigan, there’s also plenty of opportunity for self-guided workouts that explore the great outdoors. Find a new favorite place to run, hike, ski or snowshoe using the DNR’s Recreation Search website.

Don’t forget about local and regional parks.

“Michigan has some of the country's best parks, with endless ways to stay active and spend time with family and community,” said Ann Conklin, chief operating officer for mParks (Michigan Recreation and Park Association). “They’re a convenient and affordable place to get moving and build healthy, active habits.”

The unique advantages of outdoor exercise can make people more likely to stick with a fresh air fitness routine, rather than with a gym.

“There are plenty of reasons to take your workout outside,” Turek said. “Enjoying nature’s scenery will distract from your effort or fatigue, so you’ll work out longer. You’ll burn more calories because the varied terrain of a park or trail helps keep you out of a fitness rut and you’ll be happier – breathing fresh air can create a feeling of euphoria.”

Outdoor fitness also can save money and help manage time.

The DNR’s Recreation Passport – at only $11 per year for access to Michigan workout destinations including thousands of miles of trails, 102 state parks and 136 state forest campgrounds – could be considered the most affordable gym membership available, with the most locations statewide.

The flexibility of not being confined to class schedules allows outdoor workouts to fit more easily into daily routines. Not to mention, getting outside for some active adventures can make the long Michigan winter a lot more enjoyable.

“Winter is way more fun when you get outdoors and embrace it, instead of wishing it was over. Hiding indoors has never successfully made winter go away, so make the most of it,” said Jacquelyn Baker, communications and marketing manager for mParks. “Michigan is a four-season state, and that’s a great thing. There’s something exhilarating about getting active in winter. Bundle up and breathe some fresh air. Enjoy the picturesque snow and ice.”

Eva Solomon, founder and CEO of Epic Races, agreed.

“Michigan winters are for embracing, not escaping,” Solomon said.

Solomon’s organization is offering a virtual 5K event for those who want some great gear and accountability backing their New Year's fitness resolution. Register to participate and a portion of the proceeds will support fitness programs and reforestation efforts in Michigan state parks.

“After the overwhelming response to our Heart MI Run Virtual 5K, we created the Heart MI Snow Virtual 5K. So many people have a 5K run or walk on their bucket lists, but need some extra motivation to begin. Others are worried about feeling out of place at a group event with experienced runners,” Solomon said. “The virtual 5K gave people the opportunity to run, walk, hike, ski or snowshoe their 5K where they want and when they want, and we will reward them by sending them a shirt and medal in the mail.”

Turek said those who exercise outdoors can add to the fun by sharing their adventures on social media using #MiShoeYear.

“State parks, township parks, your neighborhood – wherever it is, just get outside and snap a selfie," Turek said.

To help fuel up for active outdoor pursuits, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has compiled recipes for nutritious meals using Michigan-grown produce. The recipes, and other healthy, active lifestyle tips for families, are available at michigan.gov/puremichiganfit.

Interested in seeing how fun and easy winter outdoor fitness can be? Watch a video filmed at Muskegon State Park to get tips from Cari Draft with EcoTrek Fitness. The video is part of the “Active Living Through Parks” series, showcasing different forms of outdoor fitness and their benefits through a partnership between the DNR, mParks and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“Whether you want to shed a few pounds, strengthen your heart or reduce stress, outdoor exercise can get you there,” Turek said. “Grab your friends and family and head outside to take the first step toward being fresh air fit.”

Rollin' on TV video: RVBusiness Magazine RV of the Year Awards Show



On this week's program (#2016-04), Rollin' On TV brings us the 2016 RVBusiness RV Of The Year Awards Show. (By the way, I'm the managing editor at RVBusiness magazine.)

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 product: Yamaha EF2000iSv2 Portable Generator

2016 Yamaha EF2000iSv2 Portable Generator Offers Compact & Versatile Power

The 2016 Yamaha EF2000iSv2 is a lightweight, fuel-efficient and versatile portable generator featuring a new controller with advanced programming that can power a wide range of equipment in the field.

Designed and engineered to bring quiet, durable power to the outdoors, the new EF2000iSv2's increased versatility and 2000 watts of power can easily handle higher load applications like hair dryers, microwaves, tire warmers, heaters, and much more. And at only 44 pounds, the lightweight generator is a mobile and efficient power source that will run for up to 10.5 hours on a single gallon of gas.

The EF2000iSv2 is a great option for recreational and small utility use -- and by combining two units, you can increase your power for larger jobs. Yamaha's TwinTech capability allows two EF2000iSv2 units to be connected in parallel to provide up to 30 amps of power and run air conditioners and larger appliances in a travel trailer, hunting cabin or around the house during a power outage.

While power is the priority, the EF2000iSv2 inverter is also fitted with Yamaha's most technologically sophisticated muffler with a USFS-approved spark arrestor, a Smart Throttle and Noise Block technology producing excellent noise reduction at 51.5 -- 61dBA -- ¼ rated to rated load. Yamaha designed this inverter to be so quiet that it is easy to have a conversation nearby without realizing it is running.

"Yamaha's EF2000iSv2 is more versatile than ever before with a completely new controller that is programmed to power a wider range of applications," said Kevin Reed, Yamaha Outdoor Power Equipment group business planning manager. "The parallel function allows two EF2000iSv2 generators to connect for up to 30 amps and is parallel compatible with the prior EF2000iS model."

The EF2000iSv2 includes many features not available on competitive units, including a standard fuel gauge, an auto-warm up feature that helps cold starting, and an independent fuel petcock, which allows users to shut off the gas to run the carburetor dry preventing stale gas problems and costly carburetor cleaning and repair.

Yamaha's leading line of generators comes standard with a 3-year factory warranty and offers the same high quality engineering and technology that goes into all of Yamaha's ATVs, motorcycles, and outboard motors.

The EF2000iSv2 is available at Yamaha Power Products dealers nationwide. MSRP is $1,099. To see Yamaha's entire generator line and to find the closest dealer, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com/powerproducts or call 1-800-88-YAMAHA.

Love Your RV videos: 20 More Upgrades, Day in the Life of a Boondocker, 1000 Watt Inverter Installation Explained and Camping in Arizona's Kofa National Wildlife Refuge




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.

Pennsylvania Campground Directory now available

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) has released the 2016 edition of the Pennsylvania Campground Directory. This free, four color glossy magazine, lists more than 230 campgrounds and RV resorts in Pennsylvania and is a must for all RVers as well as tenters.

The annual PCOA Directory divides the state into eight geographic areas with maps, color coding, and detailed facility listings for PCOA member campgrounds within each area. Each of the 232 ­members of the association is listed, with the name, mailing address, phone numbers, access directions, ­number of sites, and a listing of facilities available. Eight detailed maps add to the usefulness of the ­publication.

Jason Vaughan, PCOA President, reports that campgrounds, RV dealerships, chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus and Pennsylvania information centers take almost half of the printed directories, while a large number are distributed at 35 RV shows across the northeastern United States.

RV and camping enthusiasts can order the 76-page booklet directly online by visiting www.pacamping.com. The 2016 directory can also be obtained by calling 888-660-7262 and leaving a name and address.

Vaughan states that over one third of the Pennsylvania campgrounds also have cabin and cottage rentals, so really get back to nature this year - go camping!

PCOA is an association of private campground owners dedicated to the advancement of ­family camping. The group is an affiliate of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds which represents 4,000 commercial parks throughout the United States.

Michigan DNR announces new camping options at Wilderness State Park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources hopes campers are excited about the the summer opening of a new campground at Wilderness State Park in Emmet County. The campground will open to the public Thursday, June 23, and reservations (which can be make up to six months in advance) began to be accepted Feb. 4.

Wilderness State Park is located on Carp Lake at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. The park is home to wilderness areas, 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, multiple campgrounds, six rustic cabins, three rustic bunkhouses and numerous year-round recreational activities.

The new campground will boast spectacular views of Lake Michigan. It offers two options for camping, including a full hook-up campground and a tent-only rustic campground.

Full hook-up campground
The full hook-up campground, which includes 18 sites, is located on the wooded dunes looking out over Lake Michigan's Big Stone Bay. All camping units must be self-contained because there is no restroom or shower available. All the sites include water, sewer and electrical hookup. The cost for lakefront sites is $45 per night and other sites are $40 per night.

The majority of visitors will be able to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan right from their own campsite. One of the sites is completely barrier-free, so that all visitors can share in the sights, sounds and feel of a Lake Michigan lakefront site.

Tent-only rustic campground
The tent-only rustic campground, which includes 10 sites, is located along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The sites are designed for campers to walk a short distance into their campsites. A common water source and vault toilet are available in a central location. No electricity, modern restrooms or shower facilities are available. The cost is $20 per night. A designated parking space is provided for each campsite.

The design of this campground was derived from community input gathered both at the park and via an online survey. More than 30 percent of the park’s total campers use tents, and this group expressed a strong desire for more secluded sites, fewer amenities and a location farther away from the sounds of larger campgrounds.

"The new campground is an exciting addition to Wilderness State Park," said Burr Mitchell, park supervisor. "Not only does it have a gorgeous Lake Michigan backdrop, but it also provides several unique features that are only found at this campground."

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

RV Travel videos: RV Show Tips, Tire Valves, Safety Steps, Boondocking Tips, Choosing an RV


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.

Rollin' on TV: Jayco Seismic Toy Hauler, Nautical Scout Kitchenware & Bran Muffins



On this week's program (#2016-03), Rollin' On TV looks at Toy Haulers and their fast growing popularity and focus in on the Jayco Seismic Toy Hauler. Plus Jeff Johnston checks out Nautical Scout kitchenware. Then Evanne bakes up some unique bran muffins that are not your mom's old style bran muffins.


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 Repair Club videos: Tips on Silicone Caulk Tips, Refrigerators & Propane Tanks



About RV Repair Club

RV Repair Club is an online resource for RV enthusiasts who want quality maintenance, repair, and upgrade information – a community where passionate RVers can come together to gather knowledge and share their experiences.

RV Repair Club provides instructional RV repair and improvement videos — some free, others available through paid subscription — by RVing experts who take the time to walk you through the techniques and demonstrations, providing helpful tips and ideas along the way.

For more information, visit the RV Repair Club's website, like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

ACE Adventure Resort Welcomes Groups & Reunions Seeking Fun, Bonding, Business, Recreation



Located on 1,500 wooded acres in West Virginia’s southern hills, ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) is a magnet for groups and family reunions seeking fun, bonding, business and recreation at the same time.

Activities ranging from river rafting and zip lining to rock climbing combine with the rustic comforts of camping (tents and sleeping kits can be provided), bunkhouse or lodge accommodations.  A minimum of eight persons qualifies as a group. Meals may include breakfast and dinner buffets, deli lunches and cookout dinners. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. One conference room seats up to 75 and another more intimate one is ideal for small groups of up to 15. Both are A/V capable with HDMI capabilities for the monitors. An optional pole tent for up to 50 participants can also be erected.

Popular activities with family reunion, church, school, YMCA and 4-H groups include full day rafting trips, zip lining, a mud obstacle course, a ropes team challenge, paintball and the fun of ACE’s five-acre Adventure Lake and Waterpark. Groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Trail Life and American Heritage have added mountain bike tours, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding and lake kayak tours to their fun. Two Merit Badge Programs, each a one-day clinic, include Whitewater Merit and Rock Climb Merit.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve, host to the next Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in 2017, is just 20 minutes from ACE. For the second consecutive year ACE hosts Trail Life USA’s Summer Adventure Camp for East Coast troops. Three STEM programs – hydrology, geology and ecology – are also options for Scout and middle and high school groups.
Corporate groups that traditionally secure the property’s upscale lodges for their stay enjoy many of the same activities as their youthful counterparts. Requests for catered meals in cabins can be accommodated as can team-building programs often incorporating the ropes course and on-ground challenges.

The resort also reports that motor coach tours are an emerging group market for ACE Adventure Resort.

Rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia, ACE Adventure Resort offers whitewater rafting along with a variety of supported adventures such as zip lining, mountain biking, disc golf, stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike.
For more information and to speak to a group coordinator, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email groups@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

Michigan DNR awards more than $1.3 million in Recreation Passport grants

Editor's note: In my opinion, the Recreation Passport has been a success story for Michigan. It's going on its sixth year now and, according to a terrific July, 2015 article by Ted Roelofs for Bridge Magazine, revenue for park improvement jumped from $13.9 million in 2009 (the last year of the sticker system) to $15.1 million, $16 million, $16.7 million and $17.6 million in succeeding fiscal years. It's a user fee that has earned the trust, and more importantly the participation, of non-users.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 33 communities across the state will share $1,348,700 in Recreation Passport grants. Funding for this program is derived from sales of the Recreation Passport, the $11 annual pass that grants residents vehicle entry at state parks and recreation areas throughout Michigan.

This year, Recreation Passport grant applicants sought funding for a broad range of public outdoor recreation projects, including playground development and renovations, dog park improvements, ice-skating rink development, trail and walkway development, park and picnic area improvements and improved access for those with disabilities.

The full list of grant recipients, grant amounts and project descriptions is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassportgrants.

Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to increase public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities. The selected projects were chosen from a field of 45 grant applications seeking nearly $1.8 million in funding.

“These Recreation Passport grants go a long way in helping local units of government bring quality recreation opportunities to their citizens,” said Steve DeBrabander, DNR grants manager. “We are proud to work with these agencies so that, together, we can create world-class outdoor recreation resources statewide. The recreation industry plays an important role in moving the state’s economy forward by providing vital jobs and tourism in both urban and rural settings.”

Application materials for future Recreation Passport grants are available now at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Interested individuals also may call DNR Grants Management at 517-284-7268 or write to:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Grants Management
P.O. Box 30425
Lansing, MI 48909-7925

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

The Fit RV videos: RV Organizers by Organized Obie, Pleasure Way Plateau XL, Hip Exercises and Stretches for RVers


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.

RV Education 101 videos: Welcome to RV Education 101 , Handy Gadgets to Keep in the RV, Trailer Hitch Ball Tips, How-To Prevent RV Toilet Odors



RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
"The Original Checklist for RVers"
"The RV Book"
"RV Campground Basics"
"101 Tips for RVers"
"RV Care and Maintenance"
"Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
"Winterizing & Storing your RV"
"RV Awning Use & Care"
"Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
"RV Buyers Survival Guide"
"Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
"Pop-Up Basics 101"
"Dinghy Towing"

Detroit Camper & RV Show Celebrates 50 Years

The Detroit Camper & RV Show, produced by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), celebrates a major milestone this year-50 years of helping generations of families make memories on the road by introducing them to the RVing and camping lifestyle.

The 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show will be February 10-14 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Originally called the Detroit Camper and Travel Trailer Show, this third-longest running public RV and camper show in the country will feature more than 275 RVs from 50 brands, Michigan campground information, parts and accessories, educational seminars and special exhibits.

One of those special exhibits is an original, steel-body 1937 Hayes Motor Home trailer, built in Grand Rapids, Mich., on loan from the Elkhart, Ind., RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum. Historian Al Hesselbart will accompany the trailer along with authentic, historical camping gear and will be available to answer questions throughout the 2016 Detroit Camper & RV Show.

"For five decades, the Detroit Camper & RV Show has been showcasing the newest in recreational traveling trends and introducing some of the best Pure Michigan campgrounds to hundreds of thousands of people," said Bill Sheffer, director of MARVAC. "We're looking forward to another 50 years."

The first show, in February 1966, was held at the Detroit Artillery Armory in Oak Park, and, according to original Show Director William Garpow, the Michigan State Police nearly closed it down due to traffic congestion on 8 Mile Road to Woodward Avenue. The show was also held at Cobo Hall, the Pontiac Silverdome and was the inaugural show for the Novi Expo Center. It was also the first public show at Rock Financial Showplace, currently known as Suburban Collection Showplace.

The 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show will be held in Novi at Suburban Collection Showplace, February 10-14 and is open weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Adult admission (ages 13 and over) is $10; senior admission is $9 (ages 55 and over) and children 12 and under get in free. Parking is not included in show admission. Coupons worth $1 off available at marvac.org, Tubby's Sub Shops, Big Boy restaurants and in area newspapers.

For more details or to purchase advance tickets, visit marvac.org.

RV Travel videos: Chuck Woodbury and Gary Bunzer talk RVing


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.

Rocky Mountain National Park joins Just Ahead family of Smartphone Audio Guides

Just Ahead (http://www.justahead.com/), synonymous with award-winning smartphone apps for road tripping through national parks, now offers its GPS-guided smartphone audio tour of Rocky Mountain National Park—a narrated guide to the most dramatic and unspoiled mountain landscape in the United States. It is Just Ahead’s first guide in Colorado.

The audio tour of this park -- 265,600 acres of mountain splendor and dramatic roads --includes all of the park’s major paved routes and east and west approaches. The act of driving triggers this GPS-guided tour narration. After download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, this app requires no Internet connection or mobile-phone signal. Just turn it on, drive, and enjoy.

Author Mel White, highly respected author of National Geographic’s Complete National Parks of the United States, tells stories of the park’s scenic highlights, including Bear Lake, Wild Basin, the Continental Divide, the Kawaneechee Valley, and Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved road in the United States (Trail Ridge is closed during the snowy months of the year, but most other roads in the park remain open). The app reveals transitions from the montane ecosystem to subalpine terrain to dramatic alpine tundra above tree line. It calls out trailheads for some of the greatest mountain hikes in the country: hikes to the Twin Sisters Peaks, the great hikes that emanate from Bear Lake, and the trail to Chasm Lake at the base of the sheer north face of Longs Peak, the park’s highest mountain at 14,259 feet.
 
Between jaw-dropping sights are interspersed stories about the park’s wildlife -- elk, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, coyote, mule deer, mountain lion, yellow-bellied marmot -- and the best places for spotting them. The park’s history, geology and geography -- think Continental Divide -- neighboring towns, and cool places to camp and stay are folded into the narrative, along with pointers on best hikes, trout fishing, birding, and photo opps.

As visitors climb through ponderosa pine forests to the montane ecosystem to subalpine terrain and finally up to dramatic alpine tundra above tree line Just Ahead shares stories of the American Indians, early settlers, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the park’s famous aspen groves. See: http://www.justahead.com/tours/rocky-mountain-national-park/
 
Just Ahead utilizes GPS technology to know exactly where drivers are on the road, and delivers stories and maps relevant to their exact location. The groundbreaking app points out not-to-miss features while also helping drivers avoid getting lost. It suggests directions and tells drivers why they should turn or not, what they should do after a turn, and the best direction to take if there are multiple route options.

A satisfied user had this to say about the app and tour guide, “LOVE this idea! It's like you went into my brain and pulled out something I never even knew that I wanted but now can't think to live without.”
 
Just Ahead guides are currently available for the following National Parks: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Zion & Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands & Arches, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and now Rocky Mountain. Many additional park guides including are in production including Great Smoky Mountains, Petrified Forest, and more.
 
The Just Ahead app is a free download available either through the Apple App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android), and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase. Guides range from $7.99 to $9.99 and include a free trial and free guide updates.
 
About Just Ahead
Recently named Best Travel App by the North American Travel Journalists Association and Best App by the editors of Sunset magazine, the Just Ahead mobile app turns a smartphone into a hands-free audio guide to the most beautiful places on earth by delivering professionally written and narrated audio tours to vacationers who want an informed travel experience as they drive.
 
Just Ahead’s award-winning audio guides work without an Internet connection or phone service and use a smartphone’s GPS to deliver hands-free, customized audio tours based on a vehicle’s location. The guides and built-in maps also provide helpful suggested directions, and offer more points of interest and stories than any other GPS audio travel app. Ideal for families, Just Ahead’s audio guides help create shared experiences, conversations, and memories that will last a lifetime. The Just Ahead app is a free download, and each destination guide is available as an in-app purchase that includes free guide updates.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.justahead.com.

Love Your RV videos: Garmin Dash Cam 20, INTELI-POWER Battery Charger, Boondocking in Arizona, Lippert Air Ride Pin Box Review and Demo



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.

Minnesota state parks and trails to celebrate 125th anniversary in 2016

State officials invites Minnesotans to take part in a 125-mile challenge, a state park “Total Takeover,” picnics, summer “samplers” and other special events throughout the coming year as part of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.

On hand at Fort Snelling State Park in an event earlier this year to kick off the year-long celebration were Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers and 30 fourth-grade students from Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center, representing the next generation of park and trail visitors.

“Minnesota is blessed with a remarkable system of state parks and trails, which have allowed generations of Minnesotans to enjoy our state’s many natural wonders over the past 125 years,” said Smith. “As we celebrate this anniversary, I encourage all Minnesotans to get out and enjoy their state parks and trails this year.”

In the 125 years since Itasca State Park was established in 1891, the system has grown to include 75 state parks and recreation areas, 49 state forest campgrounds, 34 state water trails, more than 360 fishing piers, more than 1,500 public water accesses, more than 600 miles of paved state trails, and many additional miles of off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, equestrian and cross-country ski trails.

“There’s a state park, trail or water trail within 30 minutes of just about every Minnesotan,” Landwehr said. “We hope the anniversary events that we have planned in 2016 will encourage new people to discover these special places.”

The anniversary celebration will include:

  • A State Park “Total Takeover”—An effort to fill up all of the campsites at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas by encouraging experienced campers to invite a family of beginners to go camping with them on Saturday, June 11, which is National Get Outdoors Day.
  • 125 Miles by Bike, Boot or Boat—A challenge to visitors of all ages to track the miles they bike, hike and paddle at Minnesota state parks and trails throughout 2016, with a goal of reaching a total of 125 for bragging rights, an exclusive “Finisher” sticker and an opportunity to have their photo included in a Finishers Gallery on the website.
  • Summer Samplers—For anyone wondering what there is to do at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, these events will provide opportunities to try paddling, archery, nature photography, fishing and other activities all in one fun-packed day.
  • Picnic in the Park—An invitation to return to the days before soccer, hockey and dance took over on the weekends, and to carve out time for a family picnic, followed by games and activities for all ages.
  • A contest—to design an official Minnesota state parks and trails license plate.
  • A commemorative quilt—which will pay tribute to Minnesota’s natural and cultural resources.
  • Merchandise—Limited edition 125th anniversary mugs, apparel, pins and other items will be available for purchase at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.

Details about the 125th anniversary celebration can be found online at www.mndnr.gov/125. Check back for updates throughout the year.

“In addition to planning special events, we are also updating our signs, maps and publications so that they meet the Governor’s ‘plain language’ goals and appeal to a new and more diverse generation of park visitors,” Rivers said.

For example, she unveiled a shorter and more customer friendly rules sign that will appear in all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this spring. She also showed prototypes of state park maps and other publications that have been redesigned to be more useful to today’s visitors.

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.