RV Towing 101 - What To Know When You Tow



A TOAD (or dingy, in RV language) is the extra vehicle you tow behind your motorhome.
It’s used for sightseeing and other activities once you have parked your RV or set up camp at the campground.
There are a number of ways you can pull your auxiliary wheels behind you.Serious thought needs to be given before you decide what type of vehicle will suit your needs best, and which is the best way to tow it.
First, you’ll want to verify with your state’s DOT (Department of Transportation) exactly what the legal requirements are in your state.
Many states require that all trailers (or otherwise towed items) weighing over 1,500 have brakes.  Some may wave this issue with cars attached by a tow bar.  You won’t be sure what you’re dealing with until you check with the proper authorities.

60 seconds to Fun: RV Parks to Amusement Parks


RV Camping Near Theme Parks

Before you go on the road, it's a good idea to have a route planned, for several reasons. You get the most out of your sight-seeing adventure, you'll spend less time cooped up together, and you can see more sights and try more things. So what would be better than RV camping near theme parks? We're not talking about any ordinary amusement parks, we've included the "Waterpark Capital of the World," TripAdvisors top parks, plus the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the U.S. Are you ready for some fun?

Florida Theme Parks Galore



Arrowhead Campsites
Arrowhead Campsites in Ocala, located in central Florida, is just six miles from Silver Springs State Park. The park is home to one of the largest artisanal springs and was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1971. Families can tour the spring in a glass bottom boat, kayak, or canoe. An artesian spring may not wow the kids, but the on-site water park will do the trick. Wild Waters runs special events all summer and you may want to arrange for a babysitter for 7pm to 11pm on Friday nights when it's adults only.
Of course, you'll be spending most of your time at Arrowhead Campsites, where you can place a reservation in advance. Your options are unlimited, from a day to five months, 12 months, and longer. There's a discount for making a reservation seven days in advance and a steeper discount at 30 days.
Arrowhead Campsites always has a promotion. Most recently, we saw 20 amp and 50 amp sites going for $19.99 per night. There's an onsite swimming pool, and a multi-purpose community building for potluck dinners, bingo, crafting, and card games.
When you're set to check out your next location, just travel south for less than 80 miles and you'll hit a flurry of amusement parks, including Disney World, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Discovery Cove, and more.


WaterPark Capital of the World

Kids love water parks, grownups love waterparks, and when you're in Wisconsin Dells, you're surrounded by so many waterparks, the state branded itself "Waterpark Capital of the World."



Chapparal Campground & Resort
For access to the best waterparks in the U.S., Wisconsin Dells is where you want to be, which means you need to make your reservation at Chapparal Campground & Resort right now. The number of area attractions here is staggering: Circus World Museum, two state parks, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, and for grownups-only, Ho Chunk Casino, plus lots more. Chapparal's on-site activities include a swimming pond, sandy beach, volleyball court, game room and lounge. There's a prairie for bird-watching aficionados and four major bike trails close by.




Roller Coaster Club

Did you know there's a fan club for people who travel the U.S. for the sole purpose of riding the tallest and/or fastest roller coasters in the country? We're not exactly sure if you get a membership card and a soda fountain discount, but it's definitely something you can check off your bucket list. If you're just getting started on your quest to ride the tallest and fastest coaster, your first stop, obviously, is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.




Indian Rock RV Park
If you want to be first in line to ride Kingda Ka, the best place to hook up your RV is just eight miles away at Indian Rock RV Park, also in Jackson. You'd be even closer but the more than 12,000-acre Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area sits between the campground and the amusement park.
Indian Rock RV Park is one of the most dog-friendly campgrounds around. So pooch friendly, in fact, they have an on-site Bark Park playground. Daily, monthly, vacation or seasonal reservations are available at the family-run and owned business, which has been in operation for 25 years. They're located on 30 acres and camp sites are described as spacious, running about 35 to 50-feet.
On-site activities include mini golf, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, a playground for the kids, and a seasonally operational swimming pool.




Best Amusement Parks in the US

According to TripAdvisor, the top 12 amusement parks in the United States are either in Central Florida or Southern California. Since we already have Florida parks in the number-one position on our list, we obviously can't leave out southern California's Disney parks,Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. These top parks are within  a 155-mile radius” not counting traffic. In just a few days, your family can meet Mickey Mouse, Minions, and Shamu( Going off display 12/31/16.





Canyon RV Park
Making a reservation at Canyon RV Park in Anaheim will practically put you right on Disneyland's doorstep. And it's about the halfway point between Santa Clarita and San Diego amusement parks. This campground has 140 spots, plus full hookups, and can accommodate rigs and trailers up to 45-feet. Once all the nearby amusement parks sap up your energy, take some time to enjoy the amenities Canyon RV Park has to offer, including a bike trail, swimming pool, and an amphitheater for concerts and movie nights.




Chocolate Heaven

Can you think of a better combination than chocolate and thrill rides? In the early 1900s, Milton Hershey developed Hershey Park as a place his employees could take a break from work. It wasn't an amusement park like we know it today. In fact, the first ride "a merry-go-round” wasn't even installed for another year. But today, Hershey Park has state-of-the-art rides, plus a free chocolate-making tour that includes samples.





 Hershey Conewago Campground
At Hershey Conewago Campground, just about 10 miles from Hershey Park, you can still smell the chocolate. That's not a bad aroma to wake up to. After you've gorged on all the milk chocolate and Special Dark that you can take, burn off some of that sugar while playing 18-hole mini-golf, volleyball, basketball, and tennis. The campsite offers movie night and has a tranquil koi pond. When the traveling bug bites again, just 20 miles to the southeast is Pennsylvania's famed Lancaster County, where the Amish are still living. But the best part of Lancaster County? You can stop at Dutch Wonderland, "A Kingdom for Kids." There are 30 rides and then this little-known deal: Show up just three hours before closing and you qualify for the twilight rate.


     

        Seeking a Thrill: 7 Great Amusement Parks with Nearby Campgrounds

Theme parks and campgrounds are a perfect pairing for family activities. Imagine spending all day speeding around in rollercoasters, flying down a towering waterslide, or showing the world of Planet Snoopy to your children, then being able to keep the family bonding time going by roasting marshmallows and watching the stars above. Here are just a few suggestions for you to enjoy the theme-park-campground combination.


Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif.


Knotts Berry Farm really did start as a berry farm, but is now 160 acres of roller coasters, water rides, and family entertainment. The park has five themed areas including Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Camp Snoopy and Indian Trails. Best of all, it's less expensive than nearby DisneyWorld. The park's largest attraction is GhostRider, a wooden roller coaster that takes riders on a thrill ride through a mine.

·         Find nearby campgrounds.


Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Cedar Point, located on a mile-long stretch of beach property on Lake Erie, calls itself the roller coaster capital of the world. It has 17 roller coasters, including Millennium Force, voted best steel roller coaster in the world, and kid-sized coasters. It also includes a water park, live entertainment, and a Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, which features more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

·         Find nearby campgrounds. 


Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Mt. Olympus, the world's largest theme park and water park resort, has four areas including Zeus' Playground, Neptune's the Water Kingdom, The Parthenon, and Medusa's Indoor Waterpark. The outdoor park has 44 slides and water rides, five roller coasters and eight go-kart tracks, plus golfing in the fall and skiing and tubing in the winter. The indoor park has water slides, go-karts, and other attractions year-round.

·         Find nearby campgrounds.



Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Kansas City, Mo.

The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City is home to the brand new, world's tallest waterslide called Verruckt (German for "crazy" and recently closed for awhile). This 168 ft. 7 in. tower gives riders a thrill of their lives while strapped into a three-person raft. The waterpark also offers a mile-long, interconnected river, water coasters, 13 mini slides, and a beach with private cabanas, heated pool, and swim-up refreshment bar.


Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa.


Originally founded as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company, Hersheypark now includes roller coasters, water rides, and other family rides from mild to wild. Signs at each ride entrance let you know if a ride is right for you based on your brand (i.e. height). Brands include Jolly rancher (over 60 inches tall), Twizzlers, Hershey's, Reece's, Hershey's Kiss, and Miniatures (kiddie rides).


Busch Gardens, Tampa, Fla.


Busch Gardens is a 19th-century African-themed animal theme park and zoo with a tropical landscape and more than 12,000 animals! The park offers thrill rides, live shows, and exclusive park experiences including a Serengeti Safari trek across the wild African Plain in an open-air touring vehicle, where you can get up close to exotic animals and feed some by hand.

·         Find nearby campgrounds.



What RV parks have you stayed at by an amusement park, and which ones are your favorite? Tell us below!

Veterans Day: Celebrate and Support Our Troops


Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service. It fell on November 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

Even the veterans who have done their part see young and old service members and veterans as” their grandchildren, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, and grandparents” and can't begin to fathom what they've been through in the name of our freedom. The depth of experiences is vast, and the appreciation we have for them on all days, but especially this day, is deep.

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one glorious day, you are joined by everyone else around the nation. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.

VETERANS DAY FACTS

  • In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

VETERANS STATS

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.
  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
  • 650,000 veterans served during the Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.
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