Introducing the ‘EZ-UP Light’ for RVers & Campers

Thad Weed, owner of an RV rental business in Loganville, Ga., realized his customers often weren’t prepared for how dark a campsite can get. So, in true entrepreneurial fashion, he invented a compact and durable remote control light that brightens up a campsite.

Called the EZ-UP Light, the product features a 30-watt LED providing up to 16 different light colors, 42-inch power cord, and an IP65 waterproof rating.

“I realized from my many years of camping that campsites are very dark. So, when my clients only had to pack their personal belongings and groceries to go camping, because I took care of everything else, I knew that I needed to include good living space camp lighting — and the EZ-UP Light was born,” Weed said.

Made of three-piece modular hardware, the EZ-UP is durable, he explained, and is easily set up and taken down. It’s available as a clamp-on model ($79.99 MSRP) suitable for picnic tables or deck rails, or a tripod model ($119.99). Weed added he’s developing a cordless, rechargeable version as well as a solar-powered model.

Currently, the EZ-UP Light is available at www.EZUPLIGHT.com, Mark Tuggle RV in Cumming, Ga., as well as a handful of Wild Birds Unlimited retail stores.

Two Hot New Camping Instant Meals Set to Spice Up the Summer

Mountain House, maker of America’s favorite, top-selling backpacking and camping meals, announces the introduction of two delicious new entrees: Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash, and Chicken Fajita Bowl. They’re perfectly spiced to add a flavorful kick to your campsite breakfast, lunch and dinner. And like all Mountain House foods, they feature genuine home-cooked flavor with real meat and veggies, hot and ready to eat right from the pouch (just add water) with no dishes to clean after.

Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash A wholesome start to fuel a day of outdoor adventures, this breakfast dish features the perfect mix of sautéed hash brown potatoes, shredded beef, and plenty of southwest veggie fixings: black beans, corn, red bell peppers, onions, and green chilies; while the just-right spicy flavor comes from a dash of the popular Cholula Hot Sauce, a favorite in Mexican restaurants nationwide.

Chicken Fajita BowlEnjoyed straight from the pouch, or piled into tortillas for an even heartier meal, this satisfying Tex-Mex dish features grilled chicken paired with all your traditional fajita favorites: diced red & green bell peppers, steamed rice, black beans, whole kernel corn, chopped onions and savory Southwest seasonings.

Like all Mountain House foods, the two new flavors feature high-quality ingredients, cooked up slowly to let the flavors blend naturally just like you would at home. Then, they’re expertly freeze-dried to preserve all the flavor in durable stand-up pouches that are incredibly lightweight, convenient, and packable. Delicious meals ready in a flash (just add hot water) and enjoyed right from the pouch, with no prepping, cooking or cleaning up afterwards.

“We’re excited to introduce these new meals as a uniquely spicy addition to our line of over seventy delicious products,” said Brandy Lamb, Senior Brand Manager. “One of the reasons we’re so popular is that campers and hikers can choose from so many classic favorites, and that also makes us perfect for family weekend campers or to feed kids on the go. Even picky eaters and finicky kids will always find a favorite meal.”

Lamb noted that adding some spicier options to the line gives even more variety to choose from and satisfies requests from customers for new meals inspired by Tex-Mex cuisine.

The new Mountain House meals are available nationwide at REI, Cabela’s and outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide, as well as abundant online retailers. Free media product samples and high-res photography of the new meals or any other products available upon request.

About Mountain House -

Founded in Albany, Oregon, Mountain House has been the favorite choice of backpackers, hikers, campers and emergency foods for families for over 50 years. Due to their real ingredients, tasty flavors, and proven longest shelf life, our products are considered the gold standard for long term survival and emergency meals with a 30-year taste guarantee. Trusted by the U.S. Armed Forces and NASA, our products have fed hungry adventurers in every environment on the planet – and in space. Mountain House has a long tradition of making the most reliable, delicious meals available for people in extreme environments. For more information and a complete list of products, visit www.mountainhouse.com.

RV Travel videos: Sewer Hoses, HepvO traps, RV Cable/Hose Grip Inventions


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. 
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Love Your RV videos: Arizona Car Wash, Rock Hound State Park, Keystone Cougar 6-Year Review & More



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.

McLain State Park (MI) to get major campground improvements




DNR announces more funding to implement master plan at F.J. McLain State Park in Houghton County

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said a recent $1.25 million capital outlay allocation has helped boost to nearly $3 million the total amount of funding available to design and construct master plan concepts at F.J. McLain State Park.

Work was initially planned to begin this spring, but has been postponed until after Labor Day (Sept. 4) and the busy summertime camping season.

“In January, the DNR announced it had awarded an initial $1.25 million in 2017 capital outlay funding for Phase I implementation of the master plan,” said Eric Cadeau, a regional field planner with the DNR in Baraga. “We now have received another $1.25 million for Phase 2 improvements, bringing our total funding so far to $2.7 million.”

Financial assistance was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

In August, the DNR solicited public comments on the McLain State Park master plan, which will guide developments at the beautiful Lake Superior waterfront park over the next 60 years.

“Over 250 public comments were received,” Cadeau said. “The plan has been reviewed and accepted by the DNR Parks and Recreation Division and was presented to the Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee and Michigan Natural Resources Commission on December 8.”

The final master plan can be viewed here.

The 443-acre park is situated between Calumet and Hancock in Houghton County, about 10 miles northwest of Hancock, off M-203.

Phase 1 improvements are scheduled to include:
  • A new campground toilet and shower building sized to serve 130 campsites.
  • Twenty new modern campsites serviced by 20/30/50 amp electrical service.
  • A new campground circulation road to serve the existing campground.
  • Miscellaneous utility system modifications.
Phase 2 construction is expected to include:
  • Additional parking, day use green space, and beach access improvements at the “Breakies” day use area. 
  • A new park entrance and contact station.
  • Sixteen additional modern campsites offering 20/30/50 amp electric.
  • Demolition and restoration along the existing campsite lakeshore.
Over the past few years, erosion has been a persistent problem at the park, causing rangers to close some park campsites and other features.

With several factors involved, the shoreline is expected to continue to erode at the park. These anticipated changes over the next 60 years are reflected in the master plan.

Prior to the upcoming camping season, park officials will continue to evaluate whether the existing campground’s toilet-shower building we be available for campers during the upcoming camping season.

Because of the uncertainty of the availability of those services, campers are being charged semi-modern rates for campsites and mini-cabins.

“We appreciate your patience during this transition period and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Jamie Metheringham, unit supervisor for McLain and Twin Lakes state parks. “These new improvements will be positive developments for McLain State Park, aiding our park visitors, many of whom faithfully return year and year.”

Visitors to F.J. McLain State Park can enjoy a variety of activities ranging from fishing, windsurfing, berry picking and beachcombing to camping, rock hounding, sight-seeing and hunting. The sunsets at McLain State Park are spectacular and the view of the lighthouse is magnificent.

Long Long Honeymoon videos: Avoiding Tolls, 'Sexy' Hitching Tips, & SCANGAUGE II Engine Data Monitor



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.

Ram Truck Debuts ‘RV Match Brown’ Color Option



At the Dallas Auto Show Wednesday (March 22), Ram Truck unveiled a new exterior color shade, “RV Match Brown,” for its Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks that is designed to match or complement RV graphics.

According to a release, RV Match Brown replaces the White Gold color scheme and serves as the model’s new two-tone contrast color. It will be available from dealers in the second quarter of this year.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Laramie Longhorn has earned the title ‘Luxury Truck of Texas’ from the Texas Auto Writers Association and there’s no better place to show off these updates than at the Dallas Auto Show.”

The luxurious Laramie Longhorn edition model is available across the Ram pickup truck lineup, which was launched as a standalone division in 2009, including 1500, 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models.

With more than 30,000 pounds of trailering capability, Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn editions have become a popular choice among buyers who rely on their truck to tow a recreational vehicle. In fact, the new RV Match Brown was chosen to closely match or complement a shade of brown that is frequently used in the exterior design of towable RVs, including premium fifth-wheel models.

RV Match Brown is available as a two-tone combination with nine exterior colors including Black Forest Green, Bright Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Maximum Steel, Pearl White and True Blue.

Ram’s RV Match Brown lower-body, two-tone, wheel flares, painted front and rear bumpers and running boards complement a bright chrome grille and painted tow hooks.

Two-tone Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn editions are equipped with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels.

Ram 2500 and 3500 (single rear wheel) models get 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch wheels are optional. Ram 3500 duallies get polished silver aluminum wheels with Laramie Longhorn edition-badged center caps.

For 2017, Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Longhorn models will be updated with a new front-end look that includes bright chrome billet port grille with RAM lettering and chrome belt moldings. Ram 1500 Longhorn models also add standard Keyless Go, SmartBeam headlights and rain-sensing wipers for 2017.

Also new for Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie, Longhorn and Limited models is the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 as standard equipment, delivering best-in-class gas towing capacity of 16,320 pounds. Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn and Limited 4x4 models also come with Bilstein monotube shocks enhancing their already best-in-class ride and handling and are available with the 6.7liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds.

Spring into Door County, Wisconsin this April



Welcome spring in Door County, WI. As the peninsula begins to wake from its winter sleep visitors and residents can watch Door County’s scenic beauty come alive. With indoor and outdoor activities for whatever weather Mother Nature brings, Door County is a great place to welcome spring.

April Special Events 
Reawaken the mind and body with a spring renewal in Door County. Door County’s Season of Blossoms lodging promotion runs April 8 - June 4. Visitors can choose from over 25 lodging establishments offering 2-night stays that include a meal, spring activity, and a $25 Door County gift certificate upon check-in.

Reel in a winning fish at the Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament, April 20-23. The grand prize angler wins a Door County getaway.

Ladies, grab the girlfriends and get to Sturgeon Bay for Sassy Sisters Weekend. Shopping, activities, entertainment and lots of laughs, April 21-23.

State and County Park Activities
Door County offers 5 state parks and 19 county parks across the 70-mile-long peninsula. Each park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.
  • Climb to the top of Potawatomi State Park’s 75-foot observation tower. On a clear day, guests can view up to 16 miles across Green Bay.
  • Grab the fishing gear and head to Peninsula State Park. Fish off Weborg pier or launch a boat off the ramp at Nicolet Bay.
  • Bike or hike the Ahnapee State Trail, a 48-mile trail that goes from Sturgeon Bay to Kewaunee County. Horseback riding is also allowed on the trails after April 15.
  • View the amazing 100-foot limestone bluffs at Ellison Bluff County Park.
Ongoing Spring Activities
  • Explore Door County while on a geocaching adventure. Over 500 caches are hidden across the peninsula.
  • Check out the many species of birds that call Door County home. Named a Bird City Wisconsin in 2014, Door County is the perfect place to go birding.
  • Tour and taste throughout the eight wineries on the Door County Wine Trail.
  • Explore the rich maritime history of the county at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
  • Rejuvenate after a long winter with a spa day. Find a listing of salons and spas at DoorCounty.com.
  • View an array of art at the Miller Art Museum or Peninsula School of Art.
Stay Connected at DoorCounty.com

About Door County 
Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner. Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America by Money magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks and 19 county parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.

Rollin' on TV: Renting an RV and RV Awnings by Carefree of Colorado



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About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

RV Geeks: WeBoost, RV Mattress Giveaway, Zion National Park & More



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 their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Various Levels of White Water Rafting in Colorado

Editor's note: Enjoy this guest post from Ben Sack of Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

Various Levels of White Water Rafting in Colorado
It’s no secret that Colorado offers some of the best white water rafting in the country, and although some people might be shy by the term “white water” there are varying classes of rapids for everyone. Thinking about white water rafting in Colorado with young children? No problem! There are plenty of class I and II rapids that they will be sure to enjoy. Want something a little more thrilling? Maybe try some III, IV, or even class V rapids to get your adrenaline pumping. 

Colorado White Water Rafting Preparation
When trying out Colorado white water rafting, it’s important for everyone involved to have a good idea of what level of rapids they will be encountering on the river. To make this slightly easier to understand, rafting professionals have developed the International Scale of River Difficulty, a scale that breaks down the rapids by classes. Classes range from I to VI, and speak to the level of difficulty for a particular river or section of river. Let’s begin by exploring each of these classes a little deeper. 

Easing into It: Class I Rapids
This is the easiest, and most tranquil of all six classes. This type of trip can be described as more of “floating” trip than white water rafting. The water is typically described as slowly moving with very few small waves, and little or no obstructions, such as rocks. The Arkansas river offers some of Colorado’s best class I rapids for a relaxing and calming day on the river. 

Getting Warmed Up: Class II Rapids
Beginners typically find themselves equally as comfortable on class II rapids. They are not too much different than class I, but more waves can be present, and rafters may be required to maneuver around some obstacles. Participants may feel the raft being pulled more strongly by the river’s current, but the river’s pathway remains open and the excursion remains relaxing. For Colorado white water rafting, Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a popular place to go for class II rapids, although there are also some class III rapids on this stretch of the Arkansas river as well. 

Exhilarating Colorado White Water Rafting: Class III Rapids
Class III rapids offer more excitement than the previous two. Specifically, the river’s waves are much higher and irregular, and often crash over the sides of the raft, soaking its passengers. Additionally, there may be narrow passages that require the rafters to maneuver through precisely. In search of class III rapids for white water rafting in Colorado? You’ll certainly find some class III rapids on Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Rafting through the Royal Gorge is another magnificent place to start, although parts of this stretch of the Arkansas river can also reach class IV levels.

On the Higher Adrenaline Scale: Class IV Rapids
Even more intense, class IV rapids are not for the faint of heart. They are described as long, and difficult stretches often with narrow passageways that require rafters to navigate carefully through challenging rapids. For the daredevils looking for white water rafting in Colorado, class IV rapids are at their best in the Royal Gorge near Canon City, but they can also be found on Clear Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River. Be sure to have a professional guide with you if you decide to take on these high-class rapids!

Colorado White Water Rafting Experts: Class V Rapids
Class V rapids can be described as a mix of all of the above, with some additional dangers. This class is extremely challenging, and includes lengthy and treacherous stretches that can be near impossible to maneuver. This level of rapid should only be explored by experts, or at least the highly experienced. Accidents on these rapids can be life threatening, and rescues can be even more difficult. To find class V rapids for white water rafting in Colorado, journey to Pine Creek, a steep and very narrow stretch of the Arkansas River. 

Extreme Stakes: Class VI Rapids
The most extreme of them all, class VI rapids offer some offer the most dangerous routes for white water rafting professionals. Only teams of expert rafters should even attempt these rapids, and doing so can often be life threatening. To put it simply, commercial rafting trips don’t even touch class VI rapids. A class VI rafting run should only be attempted by the highest skilled Colorado white water rafting enthusiasts, and only with a copious safety support network in place. A class VI rapid could include dangerous waterfalls with rocks and crack sieves waiting below, or it could be a section of river that has never previously been navigated successfully by raft.

About the Author
Ben Sack is the General Manager of Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Colorado’s largest white water rafting outfitter. He’s also a raft guide, photographer and a father of two boys. He writes to inspire the adventurer in all of us to get out and explore our local rivers.

Adventuring at Nankoweap

Editor's note: Enjoy this guest post from Mitch Stevens, and I encourage you to click on the link at the bottom to be taken to the complete article, where you'll find stunning video, terrific photos and even more information on enjoying the desert southwest.


Adventuring at Nankoweap

Atop a narrow and exposed ledge of Redwall Limestone, we gazed at Mystic Falls cascading 200 feet down a sheer cliff face to the abyss below. The “route” appeared to peter out and we had to locate a way down. We located a talus slope which plunged down steeply. The rock was loose and crumbly and I was concerned for my two hiking companions who weren’t used to the rugged terrain. Just a few days ago, they traveled to the southwest from cooler, wetter environs to take part in this backpacking trek. The desert sun on this early May afternoon was bearing down and the cool waters below were enticing. One careful step at a time, we gingerly down climbed the talus slope which delivered us safely to the bottom of Mystic Falls. 

Welcome to adventuring at Nankoweap. Constructed in 1882 by western explorer John Wesley Powell, the Nankoweap Trail begins at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trail starts out as a gradual uphill hike through ponderosa pine and aspen in the Kaibab National Forest. After a few miles, you reach the rim of the Grand Canyon where unbelievable panoramas unfold. 

Then a challenging descent deep into the canyon will ensue, featuring stupendous views of Marble Canyon, Mt. Hayden, and the mighty Colorado River. The scenery is indeed spectacular as the geological layer cake of the ages unfolds. Rock formations tell the story of our planet’s history, 300 million to 750 million years old. Two thousand feet below, Nankoweap Creek cuts into an immense plateau, surrounded by multi-colored ridges and majestic buttes. The most imposing is Mt. Hayden, a vertical spire rising to an elevation of 8,000 feet. After reaching the bottom of the ravine after 11 rugged miles, your camp for the night will be along cottonwood lined Nankoweap Creek.

The following day’s hike will include a pleasant walk down canyon along the trickling creek to the Colorado River, following the path of least resistance. You will cross the creek numerous times. When the canyon becomes confining downstream, high cliffs of Redwall Limestone and beautiful exposures of Muav Limestone make their appearance. After 2.5 miles, the landscape opens into a broad delta. Your first view of the emerald Colorado River in the distance will be mesmerizing. Not only will you finally see the river but you’ll hear the roar of the rapids, amplified by the walls of Marble Canyon. Ample places to camp abound along the Colorado River, a great location to spend a couple of days.

A short spur trail to the right ascends a steep slope which leads to Anasazi granaries and a spectacular view of the Colorado River. Most archaeological sites at Grand Canyon date back to between A.D. 1050 and A.D. 1200, a time when Anasazi peoples occupied the region. Granaries, rock art and pot shards are among the fascinating cultural artifacts you will observe in the backcountry of Nankoweap. Please bear in mind that ancient granaries and ruins are very fragile. Do not enter the ruins or climb on their stone walls.

On subsequent days, retrace your steps up Nankoweap Canyon, past the camping area you spent your first evening. If you are a strong hiker and don’t mind bushwhacking and rock hopping, hike upstream and veer right in a mile at a fork where two drainages of Nankweap Creek intersect. Continue hiking another 3 rugged and brushy miles, following the gently flowing stream to Mystic Falls. It is there that you will take in the spectacular waterfall we mentioned earlier. Soak in the beauty of this remote and mesmerizing part of Grand Canyon. Moreover, there are ancient and seldom scene Native American granaries high up on a cliff face across the canyon. 

Above all, what you will experience at Nankoweap is the real Grand Canyon, the raw and unspoiled grandeur of this most magnificent gorge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 

Read the full article, Take a Hike: 7 of the Grandest Adventures in the Southwest (http://www.southwestdiscoveries.com/take-a-hike-7-grandest-adventures-in-the-southwest/). 

About the Author
Mitch Stevens has been leading hiking and backpacking outings throughout the southwest for over ten years. As a Sierra Club hiking leader, writer and photographer, he has promoted the enjoyment and conservation of our remaining wild lands. Born and raised in New York City, Mitch came to discover the great outdoors and fall in love with Arizona’s special places. Through his countless trips across the state and region, Mitch made it his mission to encourage fellow hikers and enthusiasts to protect the beauty of the desert. Now, he continues to embrace his fascination with the desert beauty by creating and leading multigenerational tours throughout the southwest. His experience coupled with his passion for the great outdoors make him a unique tour guide and outings leader.

Long Long Honeymoon: Marfa, Texas, Bulletproofed Ford Diesel, & Yamaha vs. Briggs & Stratton Generator





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.

Long Long Honeymoon: Barrett Jackson, Quartzsite, Alaska Trip Costs, & Space Heaters





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.

Ace Adventure Resort offers free cabin overnights and mountain biking in exchange for trail maintenance sweat equity

The furnished cabins are appointed with satellite TV, kitchenette and private hot tub. Space is limited so interested parties are urged to call 800-787-3982 soon to reserve a cabin. Full payment is required to hold a cabin for the weekend. The cabin rental fee minus a $25 cleaning charge will refunded upon completion of trail work Sunday afternoon.

This wilderness destination is already gearing up for an active 2017 season including this spring’s Wonderland Mountain Challenge (https://aceraft.com/pages/ace-adventure-series-wonderland-mountain-challenge) on May 27, a demanding half-marathon or 10K trail run through the mountains, following a distinctive course along the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. A burrito buffet awaits racers at the finish line where winners will receive cash prizes and medals. The entry fee is $40 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the10K Run, or $25 for the walking option. Camping Saturday night is free to racers and their entourage.

The 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival (http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/) will draw over 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Saturday night, and The Revivalists, Friday night, performing June 1, 2 and 3. Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds and tent sites are available. Convenient dining options may begin around guests’ campfires or at the variety of lodges, bars and grills found at ACE Adventure Resort. Ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway are offered. An advanced ticket deal for $200 per person includes a three-day festival pass and three night’s campground reservations, access to the festival pre-party, parking and a full-day ACE Wonderland Water Park pass for Saturday’s Beach Party. Tickets are available online at http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html.

Be sure to mark these dates on the calendar. See: https://aceraft.com/pages/special-events for a full list of special events for 2017. For more information and to make activity and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email ace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

A little sweat has its just reward. Deep in the West Virginia hills, ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) is offering a free two-night stay in a mountain cabin plus use of a mountain bike to explore the wilderness for anyone willing to lend a hand on their spring trail maintenance.
Able-bodied guests taking up this invitation for the nights of April 21 & 22, 2017 are asked to roll up their sleeves and join others in a collaborative effort to prep the resort’s extensive trail system along the New River Gorge for the upcoming season. 

But it’s not all work. There will be plenty of down time for play as participants who bring their own bikes or hop on a complimentary rental, check out the fruits of their labors. This is the season, too, for wildflowers, including, trillium, that flourish in the 1,500 wooded acres that surround the resort.

Trail Maintenance Weekend (https://aceraft.com/pages/trail-maintenance-weekend) workers are asked to arrive Friday night (4/21) and assist with trail cleanup from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (4/22) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (4/23). Mountain bikes will be available after 1 p.m. on Sunday. A deli lunch is provided on Saturday. Resort dining venues will also be open that weekend. Guests are asked to bring outdoor clothing for two days that includes close-toe footwear, a poncho or rain jacket, clothing that can be layered, work gloves and safety goggles.

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 five-acre Wonderland Water Park plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

KOA & Keystone RV partner for RV Giveaway

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Keystone RV Company are partnering again this year for the 2017 edition of the “What’s Behind The Yellow Sign?” Giveaway.

This year’s contest starts Wednesday, March 1 and runs through May 31, 2017. The winning entry will be selected in a random drawing of all qualified entries. The winner will receive a new 2018 Keystone Outback Ultra-Lite travel trailer valued at $28,292, along with a $500 KOA Gift Card and $1,000 cash.

The contest is being promoted heavily in the new 2017 KOA Directory as well as the KOA.com website and on Kampgrounds of America’s social channels, and through Keystone RV’s digital and social channels.

The winner will be selected shortly after May 31, 2017 and notified the first week of June. Anyone can enter the Giveaway once a day, every day during the contest period. Entrants who share the contest on online social channels will receive extra contest entries. There is no purchase necessary to participate in the Giveaway. 

Campers can enter the contest by going to the contest website atwww.behindthesigngiveaway.com, or on Facebook at http://www.behindthesigngiveaway.com/gofb/. The contest is not open to residents of Hawaii, Alaska and Quebec. The official rules are available at www.behindthesigngiveaway.com.

For more information on the Keystone Outback 293UBH travel trailer, go to www.KeystoneRV.com/Outback. A 360-Degree Virtual Tour of this new model at http://bit.ly/Behind-the-Sign.

About KOA
Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2017. KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with 500 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962. For more information, go to www.KOA.com or visit the KOA Pressroom at www.koapressroom.com.

About Keystone RV
Keystone RV Company is the largest manufacturer of fifth wheel campers and a leading manufacturer of travel trailers. Headquartered in Goshen, Indiana, manufacturing plants in Pendleton, Oregon, Keystone brands are represented at about 1000 dealerships across the U.S. and Canada. For more information go to www.KeystoneRV.com





Rollin' on TV: "Brand New Vintage Trailers" by Tom Thumb & Winegard Carryout Portable Satellite Antennas


On this week's program (#2017-05), Rollin' On TV checks out a "brand-new" vintage trailer. These ground up built Tom Thumb trailers are as close to original as possible, right to the propane lights.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

Love Your RV! videos: Boondocking Mods & Gadgets, Ajo Scenic Loop Drive, Full-Timer Tools



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.

New Season of 'Big Time RV' Premieres Sunday, March 5

The “Big Time RV" television program gives viewers an all-access pass inside Lazydays RV, America's largest and one of the most prestigious RV dealerships, located in Denver, Colo., Tampa, Fla., and Tucson, Ariz.

Whether you’re looking to hit the national parks, head for the nearby Rockies or swing through the South, the Lazydays RV sales force and first-rate customization team tour and test every make and RV model available to satisfy the demands of RV lovers looking to buy or rent the biggest, most over-the-top RVs in the business.

Back-to-back episodes of the new season of "Big Time RV" premiere 9 p.m., Sunday, March 5, on the Travel Channel.

The first episode, “Europe or Bust,” features a politician chooses an RV that can accommodate his family while on the road for work. Also, the program follows three mountain bikers who need an RV that will get them to Colorado's most rugged trails and two adventurous full-timers want a downsized RV for their European holiday.

The second episode, “Home on the Road,” shows three lifelong friends from Tampa who want a coach for a cross-country trip, plus childhood friends and business partners who want to expand their traveling photo booth business and a family of 10 tries to find an RV that's the perfect fit.

'Beachin' RVs' TV Show to Premiere Sunday



Beachin’ RVs, a new television program that follows the husband and wife team of Justin and Anna Scribner and their crew at Flyte Camp as they restore vintage travel trailers, premieres at 11 p.m., Sunday, March 5, on the Travel Channel.

If the show’s premise sounds familiar, that’s because Beachin’ RVs is the new iteration of Flippin’ RVs, which also featured the Scribners and Flyte Camp and their vintage trailer restorations. The main difference is Flippin’ RVs was broadcast on GAC, while Beachin’ RVs will air on the Travel Channel — with an ocean-side twist.

The Scribners “crisscross the country seeking out vintage RVs to transform into beach bungalows on wheels,” reads the program description. “They’ll search through trailer graveyards to find a hidden gem that has been put out to RV pasture, then haul it back to their shop in Bend, Ore., to give it a full overall ready to soak up the sun and fun! We’ll follow buyers as they pick up their new RVs and bring them to the beach and stake their claim on an affordable piece of waterfront paradise.”

The first of two episodes to air back-to-back, “Seaside Traveleze” shows the transformation of a “worn-out 1963 Traveleze into the perfect beach getaway on wheels for a family of four.” The team gives the trailer’s exterior a paint upgrade with pink accents, creates storage for the kids’ toys and builds a custom table that doubles as a bed and a removable dining table.

The second episode, “Beachy Bambi,” shows the renovation of a 1961 Airstream Bambi for the outdoorsy and sporty Kimball family, whose favorite beach on the northern Oregon coast offers perfect wind conditions for the watersports enthusiasts. The Scribners track down a partially restored Bambi and “transform the classic piece into a beach-themed, midcentury masterpiece” with modern amenities and plenty of room to store the Kimballs’ gear.