{Infographic} Top 6 New England Boondocking Spots

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Dry camping. Primitive camping. Boondocking. All three RV terms mean the same thing - free (or low-cost) camping with minimal amenities, or another way to describe it, having fun temporarily living off the grid in your RV!

New England Boondocking Guide

Take a tour through New England's Top 6 boondocking spots for a gorgeous, cost effective vacation!


Exercising Tips While On the Road

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If you’re out on the road in your RV, chances are you’re on vacation with two things on your mind: rest and relaxation. To be fair, these are both worthy goals – you’re probably looking forward to a fun holiday full of good food, beautiful scenery, and quality time with your loved ones. What’s likely not on your mind is getting in at least half an hour of physical exercise every day. You may just get behind the wheel, subsist on fast food and snacks, and then feel too tired to get some exercise at the end (or beginning) of the day. But all of these things are connected – unhealthy road diet plus being sedentary equals no motivation for staying active. Soon you might find your energy flogging to the point that you can’t enjoy your road trip!

Exercising while RVing

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to exercise while you’re on the road. When you’re away from a crowded gym, you’ve got the advantage of working out in nature, plus you can use your surroundings to your benefit. When you choose to exercise while you travel, you’ll be able to work out in a different environment every day!

Still think it’ll be too difficult to keep up with some physical movement while you’re out seeing the country? Let us use this blog post to convince you otherwise.

Equipment for your RV

The first thing you’ll want to do is determine what kind of exercise equipment you’ll need, and if you have the space for it. Fortunately, there are a number of vital pieces that come small enough to stow away in your RV’s storage, so don’t worry about trying to find room for a StairMaster. Here are a few items to start:

Exercise mat: Whether you’re working out on the floor of your vehicle or outside on the grass, you’re going to want to have something that’s lightly padded. Exercise mats come in all sizes, and they can be easily rolled up and stashed anywhere. They can provide just enough support while you stretch, plus they can protect your body from the hard ground. If you’ve got an exercise mat handy, you’re always ready for a workout.

Hand weights: No need for giant dumbbells – all you need to pack are a small set of hand weights that you can lift, but will still find challenging. In this video, the author demonstrates how to use hand weights and a chair to achieve a solid workout inside an RV. This blog post also recommends packing a few kettlebells as well – for swinging when you’re outdoors, of course. Try doing tabata exercises – do a set of 10 kettlebell swings, then 20 seconds of rest, and repeat. This should work both your arms and your hip flexors to give you a little more stability and help shake off any road rust.

Resistance bands: These humble bits of stretchiness are worth their weight in gold. Small enough to pack and store but powerful enough to give you a good workout, resistance bands work to strengthen the connective tissue in your body, making you more limber and less prone to injury. The Fit RV has a great abs workout you can accomplish with resistance bands, using a “sturdy pole” to help you work your abs, chest, and back. They also feature an arms workout that shows you how to use resistance bands for curls, triceps pushdowns, and more. And if the weather is bad outside, you can always stay in your RV and use the bands to perform simple side step exercises – Runner’s World has got some fantastic ones.

Fitness DVDs and apps: Unless your vehicle is from the VHS era, it’s likely that it has a DVD player installed. Why not bring along a series of fitness DVDs so you can keep up with a regular routine? Make a habit out of it by tackling a DVD workout at the same time every day while you’re on vacation (try doing it in the morning, before you hit the road for the day). Yoga and Pilates are also popular choices to help stretch and work on flexibility after a long day behind the wheel. If you’d rather go the digital route (and if you’ve got WiFi!), make up a playlist of YouTube videos featuring outdoor workouts. On that same note, technology is your friend when it comes to workout apps – there’s a whole world of them available for any smartphone or tablet, so make sure you’re equipped with a few that can operate without an Internet connection.

Exercising outdoors

Use the Great Oudoors

One of the best parts of taking a road trip is getting to see all parts of the country – including the forests, beaches, and mountain trails that attract all sorts of fitness-loving travelers. You can definitely join their ranks by making the outdoors your new mobile gym.

As this blog post recommends, start small – you don’t want to attempt climbing a mountain on your first day of working out. Instead, pack your running shoes and begin your routine slowly by setting a goal of thirty minutes of exercise per day. This exercise can be anything from a 30-minute walk to a jog to a variety of Pilates stretches and yoga positions. As you start building up strength and stamina, challenge yourself to tackle bigger goals, like full-on beach sprints or steeper hill hikes. As long as you can identify an activity that you enjoy doing, you won’t feel like it’s a drag to make the time to exercise – and doing it outside can be a literal breath of fresh air.

When you’re RVing, you’re also likely parking overnight at campgrounds that come equipped with playgrounds, beaches, bike rentals, and flat areas that are perfect for long walks. It’s easy to get in a ton of exercise through family-friendly activities and games like capture-the-flag, badminton, swimming, or even just throwing a football around. When exercise doesn’t feel like a traditional workout it can be more fun and less of an obligation.

Lastly, enjoy yourself! According to studies, being outside in nature can improve your mental health and overall sense of well-being. If you combine that with the endorphin rush and mood-boosting benefits of a workout, you’ve got a powerful argument for taking the exercise outdoors. It could be just the thing to help get you through the next long stretch of driving.

Stay Fit on the Road

Although it can be tempting to let exercise fall by the wayside when you’re road-tripping, there can also be no better time to discover new and innovative ways to get in a good workout. By using resources you have at hand – choice pieces of exercise equipment; technology and apps; the great outdoors itself – you’ll find that it’s hard to get bored when your workout space is stretched across the country. As a bonus, you’ll be refreshed and energized for your entire trip, and ready to log even more miles as your RV hits the road.


RV Camping Term Dictionary for RVers

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Do you go boondocking or glamping in your RV? Do you love everything about RVing, except maybe dealing with the stinky slinky? Not sure? Learn the top RV terms you need to know for your next outdoor adventure. Some works will look familiar if you are into boating as many nautical terms are used by RVers!

You’ve seen them: the RV set-up with the strings of lights running along their awnings and down to the ground. They have spotless patio mats, place setting organizers centering a picnic table they’ve extended, and a television propped on the end. The chocks ensure their rig is perfectly balanced, and their grill is as big as your spare car. These folks have got this camping thing down....Rest assured: you will too.

Top RV Terms Defined

Ball Mount: The towing vehicle is fixed with a metal tow package, at the end of which is a ball mount. The ball mount holds the trailer tongue or coupler, allowing the trailer to sway at all angles thanks to the lubricant between the two.

Basement : A Class A RV that incorporates large storage areas underneath the living quarters, much like a cross country bus has storage compartments for suitcases under all the seats.

Black Water: The waste water from the toilet, as opposed to the “gray water” which is waste water from the sink. The black water and gray water have two different holding tanks. When it comes time to dump the RV, the black water is released first and the gray water second. That way, the gray water can clean the pipes a bit. Then the sink and toilets are flushed with hoses to clean further.

Boondocking: Also known as "dry camping" or "primitive camping." Camping in an RV while using only the RV’s stored power and water. The battery and the water in the tank generally last two days or so without have to re-charge and re-fill. Also called primitive camping, these sites don’t have sewer utilities either. Campers typically pay a fee to another campground to dump the black and gray water after leaving the primitive camping site.

Breakaway Switch: Should the hitch’s ball and the tongue holding the towing vehicle and trailer become detached, the breakaway switch signals the trailer brakes as well as the driver. The chains, too, provide a third safety measure to keep all campers and vehicles secure.

Bunkhouse: An RV area that has bunk beds instead of regular beds.

Captain Chair: The driver is the captain and he or she sits in a captain's chair while driving the RV.

Caravan: A group of RVs traveling together for both fun and security. If something goes wrong with one RV, others stop to help. The lead RVer is known as the wagon master and the end vehicle, the tail gunner. Groups can hire wagon masters not only to lead the caravan but to make arrangements, plan means, and set up activates.

Chassis Battery: The vehicle battery that drives all 12 volt components of drivetrain, as opposed to the House Battery which operates the 12-volt system powering the house.

Chocks: Wooden or plastic wedges to place under the tires so that the floor of the camper is level even if the campsite isn’t.

Class A Motorhome: A large (24-45 ft.) RV with the housing incorporated onto a powerful vehicle. Open passage between driving and home area.

Class B Motorhome: A camping or touring van modified with a raised roof, beds, kitchen, and toilets. These don’t usually get longer than 25 ft.

Class C Motorhome: An RV built on a van chassis. The "cabover" contains either a full bed or extra storage. Ranging from 16 to 32 ft., these units also offer open passageway between the driver’s seat and the housing.

Cockpit: The front seat where the driver (or pilot) and navigator (or co-pilot) sit.

Curb Weight: An RV’s weight when its empty of fresh or waste water but contains automotive fluids such as fuel, oil, and radiator coolant. The dry weight or DW is the manufacturer's listing of the weight of the RV free of all water AND fluids. Wet Weight – The weight of the RV with all storage and holding tanks full. i.e., water, propane, and with the fluids.

Diesel Puller: Also called a "Puller." This is a motorhome with the diesel engine mounted in the front of the vehicle.

Diesel Pusher: Also called a "Pusher." This is a motorhome that has the diesel engine mounted in the rear of the vehicle.

Dinghy : Also known as a "Toad." A vehicle towed behind a motorhome, sometimes on trailer called a tow dolly, but sometimes with all four wheels on the ground.

Dump Station: The camper's friend and not as dreadful as expected, particularly when the tasks are undertaken with rubber gloves and a stinky slinky in good condition! A dump station is a place where sewage from the RV's black and grey holding tanks can be emptied into a sanitary sewer system. These stations are often located in areas frequented by boats and recreational vehicles, such as marinas, campgrounds, truck stops, and RV parks.

Fifth-Wheel: Also known as a "Fiver" or "Gooseneck." Fifth-wheel trailers are designed to be coupled to a special hitch that is mounted over the rear axle in the bed of a large pickup truck or a specialized vehicle that has been prepared for fifth-wheel trailer compatibility.

Full hookup: As opposed to dry camping or primitive camping, the full hookup site has water, sewer, and electricity.

Galley: A nautical term borrowed by RVers to refer to an RV's kitchen.

GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating): The maximum allowable weight that an axle is designed to carry, according to the manufacturer. GAWR combines the tow vehicle, trailer, fifth-wheel, and motor home axles.

GCWR (Gross Combination Weight Rating): The manufacturer's recommendations of the maximum allowable weight of the tow vehicle, fully loaded motorhome and dinghy, along with passengers.

Glamping: Luxurious or "glamorous" camping. Glamorous + camping in luxury can occur in a yurt or other tent containing a fully made bed with generous pillows and other amenities.

Gray Tank: The tank where gray water (waste water from sinks and showers) is held. The gray tank is designed to hold waste water until it can be dumped into a septic system.

Gray Water: Waste water from sinks and showers. This waste water will dump into the gray water tank. (See Gray Tank).

Hard-sided: An RV's walls made of aluminum or any other hard material.

Hitch Weight or Tongue Weight: The amount of weight imposed the hitch bears when the trailer/fifth-wheel is connected. Hitch weight for a travel trailer runs around 10-15 percent of overall weight; fifth-wheel hitch weight can be up to 18 to 20 percent of overall weight.

Holding Tanks: The tanks in an RV that hold black and gray waste water. The gray water tank holds waste water from the sinks and shower; the black water tank holds sewage from the toilet.

Hula Skirt: A skirt placed on the back bumper of an RV to prevent (or at least reduce) debris that is thrown from the rear wheels and might cause damage to anything being towed behind the motor home other vehicles behind the RV.

Inverter: A unit that changes 12-volt direct current to 110-volt alternating current. An inverter will allow powering of computers, phone chargers, and appliances when an RV is not hooked up to electrical.

Island Queen: A queen sized bed that has space to walk around it on both sides.

Jake Brake: Also known as an exhaust brake. A compression release engine brake. This device is installed on the engine which causes deceleration by restricting the exhaust gases. Exhaust brakes are used to supplement the service brakes of a vehicle and to increase stopping power. Especially useful to slow heavy loads down steep grades.

Kingpin: The pin that connects a fifth wheel to the towing vehicle. It slides into the fifth wheel hitch and locks in place.

Leveling: Positioning the RV in camp so it will be level, using small ramps and blocks (also called levelers or chocks) placed under the wheels. Scissor or power leveling jacks make leveling the mobile home easier. Leveling comes before stabilizing on your towable RV!

Motorcoach: Term for a motor home built on a bus or custom chassis chassis.

Moochdocking: The act of parking an RV in front of a friend's home and proceeding to use their electricity, sewage, and general hospitality.

Part-timers: People who do not use their RV full-time or year-around.

Patio Mat: A rubber or plastic mat placed at the entrance of an RV. Helps to keep RV and entire site clean and way from sand and dirt.

Pitch-in – An RV campground potluck, typically occurring with a caravan of campers. Everyone brings a dish to share.

Pull-through: A campsite positioned so that the RV driver can to pull into the site to park, then pull forward out the other side to leave. The Pull-through saves the Class A and large Fifth-Wheels from undertaking sometimes precarious backing out attempts.

Rig: A common term for what many people call their RVs.

Shank : Also known as a hitch bar or stinger, the shank slides out of the hitch system that carries the ball or adjustable ball mount. It slides into the receiver.

Shore Cord: The (often grounded) extension cord that connects to the campground electrical hookup so the RV can get power.

Shore Power: Electricity provided to the RV by the campsite’s electrical hook up. Yes, this is another boating term adopted by the RV community.

Slideout: An RV with "slide outs" that extend out and widens the unit, thus adding more living space. A slideout is operated either by hydraulics, electricity or manually when the RV is stationary and setup for camping.

Slide Topper: An awning that extends out over a slideout in order to keep out leaves and debris from the top of the slideout.

Snowbird: Term for someone in a northern climate that heads "south" to live somewhere warm for the winter months.

Stabilizing Jack: A jack inserted under or lowered from trailers and motor homes for the purpose of stabilizing the RV while in a parked position. A stabilizing jack does not bear significant weight and is only used to keep your RV stabilized after you’ve already gotten it level.

Stinky Slinky: A slang term for the sewer hose.

Sway: Also known as yaw, this trailer fishtailing action occurs when wind or sharp curves make the trailers move from side to side. Reduce speed should any sway begin because it can get powerful enough to yank the tow vehicle from the road.

Toad: Also known as a dinghy. A toad is what's being towed behind an RV.

Tow Rating: The manufacturer's rating of the maximum weight limit that can safely be towed by a particular vehicle. Tow ratings are related to overall trailer weight, not trailer size, in most cases. However, some tow ratings impose limits as to frontal area of the trailer and overall length. The vehicle manufacturer according to several criteria, including engine size, transmission, axle ratio, brakes, chassis, cooling systems, and other special equipment, determines tow ratings.

Toy Hauler: Term for fifth wheel, travel trailer or motorhome with built-in garage area. Toy haulers have a fold down ramp for motorcycles, ATV's and other motorized "toys."

Winterize: The preparation of the RV for winter use or storage and something every RV owner must do. When the RV sits idle, belts and bolts can loosen or become ineffective. The RV is designed to be driven regularly, so part of the weatherization process is determining who will start and drive it at regular intervals.

Van Camper: Another word to describe a Class B touring van.

Wet Bath: A type of bathroom in an RV where the shower and toilet are combined in the same room.

Wet Weight: The weight of an RV when all tanks are full (fuel, water, and propane).

Workamping: A person living in and working from an RV. A "workamper" is someone "workamping" from the comfort of their RV.

La Mesa RV Supports Your Camping Adventures in Every Way!

While buying and maintaining your new RV can feel intimidating at first, know that La Mesa RV is here to provide all the amenities you’ll need to make life in the great outdoors comfortable, thrilling, and fun. We’ve spent the past 40 years refining every detail of top-of-the-line RV service and have fixed the major and minor issues every brand exhibits. If you see a gorgeous Winnebago, Tiffin, Roadtrek, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach or any model catching your eye, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-496-8778 or email us today!


RVing: Is Tiffin the Brand for You?

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Experience Exceptional Recreational Travel with Tiffin Motorhomes

For Tiffin, travel is a family business. Today, founder Bob Tiffin and his sons still run Tiffin Motorhomes with an unwavering focus on customer experience and quality. Perhaps one of the most significant features RV owners love about Tiffin is the open-door policy at the plant, and the way the company solicits feedback from their customers.

Appealing to new and old RV owners alike, the Tiffin brand resonates with the concepts of innovation, customer care, and quality. It's no wonder that the motorhomes that Tiffin produces are honored with things such as the DSI Quality Circle Award. Of course, if you want to make the best decision on which brand to choose, and which model of Tiffin is right for you, then you need to learn more about the products. This overview will offer an insight into the features you can expect within Tiffin recreational vehicles, so that you can focus on tracking down the La Mesa location closest to you.

The History of Tiffin Motorhomes

Tiffin Motorhomes was first founded by Bob Tiffin in 1972, when the very first Allegro RV emerged. Although the sophisticated engineering and luxury features built into today's Tiffin models were impossible to achieve back then, the same basic truths continue to guide the brand today. The company focuses on delivering excellent service, durable builds, and the latest in innovation and design.

Since the Tiffin brand began, the company has created and sold over 42,000 motorhomes, and they're always searching for new ways to build more value into your RV. Known for their impeccable customer service, the Tiffin brand focuses on building lifetime relationships with their customers by offering unbeatable quality and reliability. However, it's safe to say that Tiffin have also been leaders in innovation, introducing numerous groundbreaking products by listening to their customers. For example, each Tiffin RV includes:

  • 1/4" glass instead of 1/8" for quieter, safer, more durable, energy efficient windows
  • 55-60 drawers and cabinets for storage
  • Full basements for storage
  • Triple slide unit
  • Reinforced chassis for integrity and strength
  • 5 year warranty on lamination and 10 year warranty on construction

Tiffin Class A Gas Recreational Vehicles

Of the Class A RVs that Tiffin Motorhomes offers, the biggest decision customers will need to make is whether to choose a gas, or diesel option. The RV community has long engaged in a battle over which option is superior, however the only way to make an informed choice is to consider your own personal goals, budget, and preferences.

Most Class A Gas vehicles offer RV owners the option to pay less for their vehicle upfront, as well as offering lower costs in maintenance, fuel and repair. The gas option by Tiffin, otherwise known as the Allegro is the motorhome that started everything for the company. Now in its 44th production year, the Allegro is both affordable and packed with innovations, offering everything you need out of a motorhome at exceptional value. Standard features include:

  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Easy-care tile flooring
  • Fiberglass shower unit
  • ExtraordinaireTM AC system
  • Onboard power
  • Leak-proof roof
  • Seamless windshield

This motorhome is the preferred option for individuals in need of supreme durability and long-lasting low maintenance.

Tiffin Class A Diesel Recreational Vehicles

Though gas Class A RVs have their benefits, often the diesel RV is considered the more luxurious choice, often offering improved longevity that permits a long-lived resale value that outranks gas models. The Tiffin brand offers a line of diesel Class A RVs including: the Allegro Red, Breeze, Phaeton, and Allegro Bus.

Named "the sports car of Class A motorhomes", the Tiffin Allegro Breeze is perhaps the most comfortable, easiest-to-handle, smallest, and lightest Class A rear-engine diesel RV on the market. The maneuverability of this particular Tiffin creation is described as "nothing short of amazing" and, like the other diesel Class A options in the Tiffin line, it offers features such as:

  • SmartslidesTM
  • ExtraordinaireTM AC system
  • Leak-proof roofing
  • Precision track technology
  • Hand-crafted wooden cabins
  • Energy-efficient lighting

Which Tiffin Model Is Right For You?

Tiffin RVs still offer the best warranties and service plans in the industry, with a company policy that focuses on keeping their customers happy. Designed to help happy travelers experience more out of life, the Tiffin line goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible RV for your budget. If you still can't decide which the right choice is for you, why not check out the list of Tiffin products offered by La Mesa RV? Use our brand search solution to find the unit you want to and browse the details available on each sales page. To learn more, contact us at 800-496-8778 or email us here, and start your search for the perfect Tiffin RV for you.


Top 10 Overlooked Fall Foliage Destinations

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Living the RV lifestyle offers the many the freedom to experience life, especially for those who enjoy finding new and exciting destinations that are often overlooked. There is never a shortage of fun places to explore. RVers enjoy the desert in spring, beach in summer, and when the mood strikes, we hit the road to reach the fall foliage.

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Tourists and traffic crowd out the fabulous fall shows at forests such as, the Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains, the Adirondacks, and the Great Smokey Mountains. But why not try something a little different this fall? Consider the overlooked fall foliage destinations and prepare for the coziness of shorter days and longer nights. You still have a month or so to map out a route to these roads less traveled.

  1. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

    Dividing the states of Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River cuts deep gorges into the rocky coast. Lining the banks on each side, deep green firs and twisted pines provide a rich backdrop to the golden and red, big-leaf maples and Oregon Ash. This area has lots of hiking and rafting companies to get you down deep into the dramatic scenery.

    Best time to go: Mid-September to Mid-October

  2. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Taos, New Mexico

    Glide over 83 miles of inclines and mesas around Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest point at an altitude of 13,161. Golden Aspens dominate this southwestern fall foliage, but the purple cinquefoil and brilliant red cottonwood add color not seen in the typical hardwood forests in New England. The trek begins and ends in Taos, a quaint town offering lots of shopping, sightseeing, and dining opportunities.

    Best time to go: Late September to early October

  3. Upper Peninsula, Michigan State Forest

    At 4 million acres, Michigan’s state forest system provides every fall foliage experience RVers dream of, and a few extra to boot. Here, you’ll find ash, aspen, beech, birch, maple, oak, sycamore, and tamarack enriching each other with vying hues of gold, red, and green. Jutting between the Great Lakes, the Upper Peninsula also offers an inexhaustible supply of boating and fishing opportunities.

    Best time to go: September to October

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  4. Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga’s hiking and biking trails lead you through dense forests of scarlet oak, river birch, silver maple, hemlock, and other pines.

    Fall foliage tourists can also enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a riverboat, taking in the hills’ contours from the comfort of a deck chair. These Fall Leaf Cruises embark Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during October and November. With Nashville just two hours away, adding a tour of and concert at the Grand Ole Opry satisfies music lovers.

    Best time to go: October and November

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  5. Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada

    With your passports on the ready, Canada provides unique cultural as well as natural adventure. The Alberta Fall Colour Report keeps tourists informed about the deepening hues of the sub-alpine larch and aspen trees. Johnston’s Canyon and Tunnel Mountain near Banff get lots of fall foliage lovers in September and October. Lake Agnes and Lake Louise are popular spots as well.

    Best time to go: September and October

  6. Agawa Canyon, Ontario, Canada

    With Alberta conquered, RVers with an extra day or two can venture east into Ontario where the Algoma Central Railroad can take over the driving for a while. The Agawa Canyon Tour takes you through the area’s majestic granite outcrops and mixed forests. The track descends 10 miles down the canyon wall to the floor of the Agawa Canyon, made flat and wide by faulting, and glacier advance and retreat.

    Best time to go: Late September and early October

  7. Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas

    Maples and red oak dominate the lone star state’s favorite fall foliage destination. Located about one-hundred miles outside of San Antonio, the park also offers lots of opportunities for swimming, bird-watching, photography, hiking, and biking. Nearby Vanderpool has the gas, water, and food, RVers need to keep their trip on track.

    Best time to go: October

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  8. Black Hills and Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway, South Dakota

    The Sunday drive never had it so awesome! Nature’s amazing accomplishments compete with humanity’s as RVers wend their way from Mount Rushmore to the Custer State Park over Iron Mountain Road. The Black Hills here hold aspens, ash, oak, and sumac that light up the horizon with bright reds, yellows, and deep greens. Driving down to the Peter Norbeck National Scenic byway takes RVers through six rock tunnels and breathtaking vistas along the winding road.

    Best time to visit: September and October

  9. Maryland Panhandle, Garrett County

    Rural western Maryland’s gentle, old Appalachian Mountains rise and fall and provide a peaceful ride savored by RVers. The Fall Foliage Driving tour takes nature lovers around Garrett Highway and Cove Road through the 300 year old Hemlocks, vibrant golden oak, and maple trees. Stops along the way include historical spots, petting zoos, and scenic overlooks.

    Best time to visit: September and October

  10. Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, South Carolina

    What could be as dramatic as fall foliage? How about a waterfall or 50? The Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway winds through the slopes of the southern Appalachian Mountains past some of the tallest waterfalls in the east. The Raven Cliff Falls contains a series of cascades, the largest drop of which is 400 feet. The 130 mile trek carries RVers across old Indian trails but has plenty of cozy lodges and restaurants along the way.

    Best time to visit: September and October

La Mesa RV Finds Your Next Excursion

Anyone with an RV in the United States has an endless supply of natural, historic, and cultural wonders to explore. Here at La Mesa RV, we help make sure you never run out of trip options. While RVers love to meet up with other road-trippers, we know you like to go off the beaten path, away from the crowd, too. With fall coming up, we’re getting lots of calls about getting out to see the trees!

Hopefully this post has given you a few great ideas, but you can also check out The Foliage Network’s webcam to get real time views of northeast, Midwest, and southeast U.S. fall foliage destinations. Before you fill up your tanks however, make sure your RV is road ready. We offer smart service packages that save you money and time. Have a question on what RV might be the best option for your lifestyle or budget? Feel free to call us at 800-496-8778 or email us here. Let La Mesa RV help you discover the RV lifestyle!


{Infographic} Top 6 Boondocking Sites in California

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RV Boondocking Guide in California

Enjoy dry camping in your recreational vehicle? Well then, go ahead and jump in your RV, stock up on snacks, and head to one of these 6 boondocking spots in California to enjoy the great outdoors at virtually no cost and with no distractions!


RV Life: Connecting With Friends Back Home

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Whether you are living full-time in your recreational vehicle, or are a "weekend warrior" in with your travel trailer or fifth wheel toy hauler, one of the best parts of travelling is the ability to share every detail with others back home. It is important to set particular goals and routines for documenting your travels for anyone that is curious. Taking time to blog, journal, or capture photos provides a consistent insight into the new worlds you are experiencing in your RV. Your friends and loved ones want to know all about it and it's a great way to show off the benefits of the RV lifestyle. Remember what they say, "sharing is caring."

Journaling: Yes It Still Exists!

I know hand writing seems quite foreign these days, but to properly document any trip you will want to keep a journal on hand at all times. Before your trip, get your very own journal or notepad and assign dates to provide written updates. Maybe it is daily; maybe it is every other day. A little discipline goes a long way for remembering memories.

Journaling is an effective form of documenting any trip because it is always there when Internet or Wi-Fi is not. In order to provide written updates for your friends or family back home, journaling allows you to capture moments of your trip and secure them until you find an area with Internet or Wi-Fi. You can plan around days in which you will be stopping in towns or cities with Internet connection. Journaling is also perfect for recalling particular details about your trip over a phone call.

Blogging: Cyber Journals

If you are lucky enough to have sufficient Internet and WiFi connection on your trip, blogging is the most popular and efficient form of documenting your travels. Travel blogs are all over the Internet, providing interesting insights and points of view of different places. It is essentially a journal online, with easy and instant access for any friends and family back home.

You should develop a blog beforehand in order to easily just type and update while you travel. Blogs are as structured as you want them to be and you can develop it at any pace you prefer. Blogger is a recommended free platform for a casual connection to family and friends. This service allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. You will setup you blog spot at a Google subdomain, such as blogspot.com. It is very user-friendly and provides a stress-free setup and maintenance that allows you to focus on your travels.

Photo and Video

Sometimes people just want to see your travels with their own eyes, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. The development of instant photo and video sharing through social media platforms gives you the ability to tell visual stories. Perhaps you are looking down above the Grand Canyon and can’t even begin to describe the beauty in words. Pictures are necessary to fully capture these memories for you and others. Maybe you are on a tour of all the baseball stadiums in the country, and a picture is the only way to document the grandiose of every field. It is smart to set goals for capturing pictures in ways of telling visual stories. You can focus on the particular people of different areas. You can focus on landscapes or unique animals you don’t see every day. Give yourself a theme and generate interest in your followers.

Instagram allows you to upload photos and videos and instantly share with your followers at any time you have service. If you are not in an area with Internet or Wi-Fi, you can always take photos with your phone and upload images to your social media, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, later.

Keep in mind that outside of smart phones and social media, you can easily capture your trip through disposable cameras and create a scrapbook of the photos when you get home. This is just another “old school” form of visual storytelling that many people prefer.

Travelling always provides events and information worth sharing just because you’re in new and exciting places. Your friends and loved ones would love to hear about your experiences, along with just knowing you’re okay. Preparing with a journal and setting aside time for entries is a great way to easily record your travels. If Internet and smart phones are available, social media updates require little effort for a lot of documenting. Be mindful of a theme and moments that you want to relay to those back home. All you need is a little motivation to hang on to a lot of memories.


RVing: Is Winnebago the Brand for You?

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The Winnebago RV brand lands on many RV reviewers Top Ten lists every year. With a long history of both reliability and affordability, Winnebago has become one of the most popular manufacturers in the United States. In fact, many Americans use the term “Winnebago” when referring to any RV!

This article gives you an overall idea of the amazing features found in various Winnebago and sister brand Itasca’s RV models. Of course there’s nothing like watching a slide-out purr into spaciousness right in front of you. See a huge variety of new and used RVs at the La Mesa RV location closest to you.

Winnebago’s Long History of Excellence

Here at La Mesa RV, we respect Winnebago for its quality and seamless customer service. One of the first RV manufacturers in the United States, after fifty years on the job, Winnebago builds some of the strongest, most durable coaches in the industry.

Winnebago began in 1958 when John K. Hanson convinced a California company, Modernistic Industries, to open a travel trailer factory. It took eight years for the first Winnebago to hit the highway and another 5 years for the company to go public with a stock offering.

By 1986, Winnebago Industries made it onto the Fortune 500 list of top American companies, winning one of the top 10 spots in the “Innovation” category. It wasn’t until 2012 that Winnebago created towable travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Winnebago bought the Itasca line from General Motors in the 1970s. Currently, both are manufactured at a plant in Forest City, Iowa. While constructed with the same floor plans and materials, the two lines allows Winnebago to offer additional choices of interior and exterior colors.

Class A Winnebago Diesel RVs

If you haven’t yet heard, a ferocious debate rages in the RV community over the advantages of gas Class As or diesel Class As. The right answer has more to do with each buyer’s goals, timeline and budget than each coach’s features. The bottom line is the diesel RV has become known as the most luxurious, opulent option, conferring a higher status on the owner.

Winnebago offers five models of diesel pusher motorhomes. With the engine in the rear “pushing” the vehicle, the diesel pusher delivers the most quiet, comfortable ride. Plus, diesel pusher longevity puts that of its gas-driven cousins to shame. Believe it or not, many diesel Class A motorhomes have gone 500,000 miles without a major repair! This longevity enables each RV to retain its resale value better than gas models.

The Grand Tour® perches on the very top of Winnebago’s Class A Diesel RV line. Itasca Ellipse Ultra® is the same model with different interior and exterior paint selections. The state-of-the art technology and engineering is outmatched only by the ornate décor, flooring and window treatments. Louis XIV didn’t have this much detail on the moldings and furniture at Versailles!

The Grand Tour typically comes appointed with six-way adjustable driver and passenger seats, polished porcelain kitchen tiles, a skylight with a powered shade, and exterior entertainment center complete with an HDTV and an amazing sound system. The few features mentioned here do not do justice to everything that’s offered on the Grand Tour or Ellipse Ultra.

At the mid-range, Winnebago offers the Journey® Class A diesel pusher. With a quad-slide out design and U-shaped galley, this more practical, less pricey design provides spaciousness and many comforting features.

Beginning Winnebago’s Class A line is the Via®. On a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis, the Via has the best fuel economy of Winnebago’s Class A line. Three floor plans allow buyers to arrange the sleeping quarters and more according to their lifestyle. Joining Mercedes-Benz® engine with Winnebago quality materials and manufacturing creates an RV unit with one of the best resale values in the Industry.

Class A Winnebago Gas RVs

Gas RV owners pay less up front for the vehicle and enjoy far lower fuel, maintenance and repair costs as well as better gas mileage. As for opulence, the top of the line Class A motorhomes have upscale amenities like Ultraleather® seats and Corian® countertops.

All of Winnebago’s Class A Gas RVs come with rear view monitor systems with LED lighting that keeps electricity use low. The top of the line Adventurer® (Itasca version: Suncruiser) has triple slide-outs, a king or queen-sized bed, a second bathroom, recliners, a double sink and much more.

Winnebago’s entry level Class A is the Winnebago Brave (Itasca version: Tribute), voted the 2015 RV of the Year. The Brave’s amenities are multi-functional: owners can re-position overhead cabinet doors, StudioLoft™ bed and movable dash console for their needs. The price of these motorhomes is not exorbitant and can allow most owners the ability to get on the road quickly.

Class B Winnebago RV

As the smallest of the “Class” motorhomes, the Class B is built on a van chassis. Often called camper vans, conversion vans, or touring vans, the raised roof allows owners to stand up inside, but the kitchen and other living areas involve less square footage than Class A or Class C. On the positive side, the size allows the Class B touring van to get the best mileage of all three classes. Class B motorhomes can also serve as a second car because they fit in any driveway, most parking spaces, and even the garage.

Winnebago offers two Class B motorhomes, the Era® and the Travato®. Itasca does not offer any Class B models. The higher-end Era has a slide-out and hydronic heating system that prioritizes comfort. The Infotainment Center, black out roller shades and Corian countertops create a luxurious space for full or part-time RVers.

Considered the “best value” of Class B motorhomes by several industry reviewers, the lower sticker priced Travato offers standard and optional amenities, such as a deluxe sleep system, bike and kayak racks, solar panels, and space-saving bath area. Compared to the Era, which is built upon a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis, the Travato is built on the strong and durable Ram ProMaster 3500 chassis.

Class C Winnebago RV

That the Class C RVs are larger than Class B, but smaller than Class A confounds most motorhome shoppers. Class C RVs are built on a truck chassis and typically sleep up to 8. Known commonly as a “cab-over” motorhome, Class C RVs typically have a bed or storage space over the cab. With more room and amenities than the Class B RV, most Class Cs do not fit in garages, parking spaces or even some driveways.

Winnebago offers four Class C RV models with Itasca offering the same four models but with additional paint colors. Winnebago’s top Class C RV is the View® (Itasca version: Navion®), built on the Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis and comes with power patio awning, a flex bed system and an Infotainment center. The Aspect®, Trend® and Minnie Winnie® all have varying degrees of amenities. The Aspect has a private master bedroom with a flat-panel HDTV and a powered patio awning. The Trend and Minnie Winnie have powered loft beds that collapse tight to the ceiling for more room during the day. Itasca versions are the Cambria®, Viva® and Spirit®.

Winnebago Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheel owners enjoy the flexibility of detaching a towing vehicle for more nimble touring around towns after the campsite is set up. The fifth wheel attaches to the bed of the towing vehicle rather than its bumper. Offroaders often purchase four-wheel drive towing vehicles so they can uncouple their fifth wheel "toy haulers" and take in the canyons and back roads that call to them. Fifth wheel trailers can have as much living space as Class A RV.

Winnebago builds three incredible fifth wheels. There are no Itasca models. The top of the line Destination® can come with leather theater seating, a king bed, free-standing kitchen island, wine rack and so much more.

The full-profile Latitude has electric front and rear jacks and a 4 point auto leveling system makes this a great option for full time RVers. Voyage has a convenient entertainment center, solid-surface countertops, bedroom slideout and a full sized shower. This affordable fifth wheel works for the both the seasonal or the full-time traveler.

Winnebago Travel Trailers

Unlike the fifth wheel that attaches to the bed of the truck, a travel trailer attaches to the bumper of the tow vehicle with a ball-and-coupler hitch rather than the fifth wheel’s jaw hitch. While the travel trailer may be slightly less stable to the more compressed fifth wheel/tow vehicle combination, its significantly lower weight gives it better gas mileage and a lower price. It also creates less strain on the tow vehicle. Itasca does not build any travel trailer models.

Winnebago builds three travel trailers that meet the needs of a range of travelers. The top of the line Ultralite® contains just as many amenities as the fifth wheels and even Class C RVs. The Ultralite has options like maple glazed cabinetry, arched raised-panel overhead interior cabinetry, available exterior kitchen, electric stabilizing jacks, entertainment center and a free-standing kitchen island. Next is the Minnie which has nearly all of these amenities at a lower price. Even the economically-priced Micro Minnie has the option for a bedroom slideout, rear stabilizing jacks and a full-sized shower.

La Mesa RV Has All the Resources to Help You Weigh the Winnebago Options

Winnebago has created an RV for every family’s style and budget. Never leave the comforts of home when you choose the ideal RV.

Hopefully this post gave you lots of great ideas, but you can also check out Winnebago’s website to get an overview of all models. As mentioned above, nothing beats going from vehicle to vehicle to see the amazing varieties of motor coaches, their kitchens, their bedrooms and decor.

Have a few models you’re weighing? Feel free to call us at 800-496-8778 or email us here. Our salespeople have helped varieties of families and individuals find the best model for their lifestyle. Retired couples, families of six, solo travelers and more all have different needs. La Mesa RV sales team will share experiences from former clients that is gold to the prospective RV buyer. Let their insights get you into the perfect home away from home!