Your mind-blowing experience is this week at these powerful RV Shows

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The RV brands vary at each show and include new RVs from top names like Winnebago, Tiffin, Fleetwood RV, American Coach, Heartland, Thor Motor Coach, Dutchmen, Leisure Travel Vans, Roadtrek, Vanleigh RV, and more! RV shows also offer a great selection of certified used motorhomes and other used RVs.
Many of the RV shows are in the country’s top RV destinations, including Arizona, Florida, California, and New Mexico. RV show parking and admission are often free and many even allow you to bring your pets.
You can take your time browsing everything from Class A diesel pushers to small travel trailers – all in one place. At RV shows, there is something for every lifestyle and budget, and representatives are readily available to answer any questions you may have to help you find the RV that’s perfect for you and your family.
Go ahead and Experience Life in an RV! Owning an recreational vehicle can take you across the country and to your favorite destinations without leaving the comforts of home behind
Are you ready to see all the RV lifestyle has to offer? Check the RV show Upcoming Events to see what RV show event are happening near you!

Solano County Vallejo RV Show

This Thursday through Sunday, August 25-28, do not miss the massive RV show at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, CA. Find the best prices on new and used RVs from some of the top RV brands, such as Winnebago, Heartland, Fleetwood, American Coach, Thor Motor Coach, Keystone RV, Leisure Travel Vans, Roadtrek, and more!
Get incredible deals on the RV you have been dreaming of. A huge selection of RVs to choose from, suitable for any lifestyle and budget, will be at the Solano County Fairgrounds and at fantastic RV Show pricing! These deals will not last, so hurry!
This is an inside and outside RV Show! Hours are 9am to dusk, daily. Free parking and admission!

Solano County Fairgrounds Vallejo RV Show



Starts: August 25 @ 9:00am
Ends: August 28 @ 6:00pm
Location: Solano County Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
WestWorld of Scottsdale Arizona RV Show

Now’s your chance to start Experiencing Life. Save on the RV of your dreams! Bring the whole family to this huge RV Show and check out all the new and used RVs priced to sell, such as:
  • Class A diesel and gas motorhomes
  • Class B touring van motorhomes
  • Class C motorhomes
  • Fifth wheels
  • Toy haulers
  • Travel trailers
Free parking and admission!
Westworld of Scottsdale Arizona RV Show

Starts: August 25 @ 9:00am
Ends: August 28 @ 7:00pm
Location: Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260




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Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

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Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in a civilized society: it’s a wonderful experience. That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. We have come up with some camping hacks that you should use on your next camping trip. Here are 15 powerful camping hacks that are smart and unique:


  Tent Floor Tile

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.





Campfire Banana Boats
What’s not to love about bananas filled with marshmallows and chocolate chips and then cooked over a campfire?
 

Solar Charged Stereo Cooler
Use the sun to power your music with the solar powered stereo set up in a cooler for convenient transport.

TicTax Boxes for Spices
Perfect to store spices for your next camping trip.

Learn how to make authentic cowboy coffee! No coffee bags here.
Here's how to make it: https://driftaway.coffee/how-do-you-make-cowboy-coffee/

Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.




Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.


Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

Turn a bottle into a spoon.


Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.



                                                        Kid’s Craft Camping Lantern
A battery operated tea light, tissue paper, a plastic jar, 
and a bit of glue will make beautiful camping lanterns that your kids can craft themselves.



                                                    Cook Crescent Rolls over the Fire
          Wrap crescent roll dough around a y-shaped branch for campfire crescent rolls


                                                              Egg Carton Fire Starter
                      Place charcoal into an egg carton for a simple fire starter.


      


Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.




Cook Cinnabon's (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.


                                                                Bonus Hacks:

                                                                             Camping Wind Turbine
             A wind turbine can help power some of those electric items you’d rather not do without.


                                                                                       Willow Whistle
                                                         Learn to craft a whistle from a willow branch!


Here's some additional Camping Hacks to check out when you go camping:










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What Happens to Decommissioned National Parks?

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It’s no secret that the U.S. is home to some magnificent national parks — from Yosemite to the Great Smoky Mountains to the Grand Canyon, these natural sites are summer shrines for RVers and campers alike.


Most of us don’t question how these parks earned their titles as “national parks,” or how they’re maintained. It’s easy to take for granted that the sights and trails we love will always be available for us to visit, well cared for by the National Park Service (NPS).


In reality, not all national parks remain as national parks forever. So, what happens when parks are decommissioned? Does anyone take care of them? Can you still visit them?

Why Are Some Parks Decommissioned?

Decommissioned national parks are sites that have fallen out of favor with the National Park Service (NPS). Due to varying reasons — from low visitor numbers, to remote locations, or high upkeep costs — there are 26 national parks that have been decommissioned over the past century and a half. That represents 6% of the total national parks ever created, according to Bob Janiskee, a frequent contributor to the website National Parks Traveler.


In one of the most interesting and peculiar decommissioning cases, Fossil Cycad National Monument in South Dakota closed in 1957 after too many visitors plucked its petrified fossils to call their own.


Today, these two dozen decommissioned national parks and monuments remain in various states, forms, and functions. Many have been transitioned into National Forest Service sites; while others remain as train stations, private clubs owned by presumptive presidential nominees, and state properties.


The sites that have become national forests, state parks, and recreation areas are often much less expensive for camping than national parks. Although not all are appealing destinations for RVers, there are certainly a few decommissioned national parks worth visiting next time you hit the road:

Lewis and Clark Caverns, Montana

Find additional info here: http://stateparks.mt.gov/

These caverns were discovered long before Europeans made contact with North America. The unique limestone interior is part of an extensive cave system that was developed in the early 20th century. Lewis and Clark Caverns was established as a national monument in 1908, before being disbanded nearly 30 years later due to its remote location. The caverns were transferred to the state, and became Montana’s first State Park.


Open each season from May 1 to September 30, Lewis and Clark Caverns is 70 miles south of Montana’s capital city Helena — and its relative remoteness makes it the perfect destination for an overnight RV trip. Nine of its campgrounds have electrical hookups, and there are multiple guided tours of the caves daily.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California


Formerly known as Shasta National Park, this mountainous area may go down in history as the national park with the shortest lifespan. It was only managed by the NPS for three brief years, from 1945 until 1948, when it was adopted by the U.S. Forest Service.  


The largest forest in California, Shasta-Trinity National Forest is home to the gorgeous Shasta Lake — the perfect destination for explorers, boaters, or hikers wishing to see the full moon rise over water. There are six RV sites in the park. Enter along one of the park’s several scenic byways, and you’ll be blown away before your camping experience even begins.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma

In a former life, part of the Chickasaw area was Platt National Park, a site that was run by the NPS between 1906 and 1976. Low visitation was by no means the reason this park was decommissioned — in fact, in 1914 the park hosted more visitors than either Yellowstone or Yosemite. Unlike many “wilder” parks, Platt was planted and pruned by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an employment creation program that was an integral part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.



In 1976, the park was combined with the Arbuckle Recreation Area, to form what we now know as the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Today, the legacy of Platt National Park lives on in this much larger national recreation area. Tribute is paid to the older portion of the park in the Travertine area, which the park refers to as “an oasis in the Oklahoma prairie.” RV camping is nestled in an old oak forest, providing ample shade in the summer, and easy access to the lake.


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6 Ways to Make Your Family Road Trip Educational (and Fun)

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A Travelocity poll found Americans to be 65 percent more likely to take a road trip in the summer of 2016 than they were in 2015. Lower gas costs, and increased prices for flights, are two major drivers of this shift. Cost isn’t only the factor, though. Thirty-three percent of the 1,000 respondents said the biggest attraction of taking a road trip is the journey – not the end destination.
For families, a road trip offers a wealth of opportunities for bonding, adventuring, and even some learning in the process. It’s a great way for parents to impart knowledge during the summer months, without kids thinking of it as an extension of the classroom.
As you plan your next road trip, consider these suggestions for making it both educational and fun:

Visit National Parks

This summer the National Park system turns 100 years old — though several of the parks date back even further than that. Yellowstone National Park was deemed such in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant; Yosemite and Sequoia National Park received special designation in 1890. As the rest of the country has changed drastically through human development, these parks remain just as they were hundreds of years ago – untouched by technological advancements in the United States.
The average cost to enter a National Park is $30 to $50 per vehicle — or you can purchase an annual pass, with unlimited access to all National Parks, for $80 per vehicle. Considering the annual pass costs less than a typical amusement park ticket for one person, visiting the National Parks is both an affordable and educational adventure. Plus, the money you spend is funneled into funding, to help preserve and protect the National Parks, and the animals that reside within them.
Before you hit the road, do a little research on the history of the National Parks system, and the specific ones you’ll visit. Tell your kids about why the park was founded, who is credited with discovering it, and why it’s an important place. When you arrive, your kids will already have background knowledge of the park, and can explore some of the places they recognize.






Visit Family and Friends

There’s no need to go somewhere exotic, when the people and places you already know are happy to welcome you. Sit down, and plot out the places where you have family and friends living across the country — and then plan a road trip route to visit one (or a few) of them. If you have enough time, you can plan several destination stops.
Ask the people you’re visiting about where they like to go, what there is to see, and what you absolutely can’t miss while in the area. No one knows an area better than the locals; so start your road trip plans with them! Let your friends know you’re looking for specific educational opportunities, and start building an itinerary around their suggestions.
In an increasingly digital world, in-person visits to see family members are becoming a rarity. Show your kids the value of reconnecting with real hugs and conversation, by road tripping to see the people you care about.

Go Camping

There is so much to learn from nature, and spending some extended time with Mother Earth can really drive those lessons home. Whether your family prefers tent camping, sleeping in an RV, or bunking up in a cabin, spending a night or two out in the elements is rejuvenating. There are plenty of camping opportunities at the National Parks, but you can also look closer to home, at state and county camping options.
Take advantage of the change of scenery to unplug from your electronics, and really delve into the natural surroundings. Recent research has found that taking a hike has a tremendous positive impact on participants, and leads to less anxiety and depression. So build a campfire, pitch a tent, hike a trail, or just sit still and enjoy the calm. Your kids will learn more about nature on a camping trip, than from any textbook.

Revisit Places From Your Childhood

Family history is an important part of a child’s education, too. Go beyond just telling stories about the town you grew up in, and the trips you took — head back to those places, with your little ones in tow. If you still live in the area where you grew up, pick a spot you visited with your family as a kid, and recreate the trip with some brand new memories; or, head to places where your spouse grew up.
If you hail from another country, you might return to your roots with your kids (and maybe even your parents or siblings), and show them where their ancestors lived. Take plenty of pictures of your kids with these places, and the people from your childhood — you might even start your own generational family tradition.



Find Cultural Attractions

So many times, when parents want to plan “fun” vacations for their kids, they look to the usual ideas — amusement parks, water parks, or resort hotels. There’s certainly a place for that sort of family fun, but if you want to add an educational element, you need to look a little deeper. Find out what areas of the country have strong children’s museums, aquariums, and zoos; then research those attractions online. Some world-renowned family attractions, like the St. Louis Zoo and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, are completely free to visit. Other museums offer free admission days, or discounts if you purchase tickets in advance. Paying for a museum or zoo for the day costs much less than a hotel, and will return dividends when it comes to educational outcomes for your children.
Make your next road trip more about experiences, and less about how quickly you tick off the miles. By adding educational elements, your kids will come home with new knowledge and awareness about the world around them – and you’ll get to spend some quality time along the way.

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Tips and Tech for Taking Your RV Off the Grid

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21st Century Boondocking is not what you think it is

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s tough to find some true peace and quiet. As our lives become busier  and less private, people are finding new and adventurous ways to find solitude in nature. In an effort to escape the hubbub of 21st-century life, many people have taken up off-the-grid RV travel — also called boondocking, dispersed camping, or dry camping. Essentially, all of these terms mean the same thing: camping without amenities (like electricity).
Going off the grid means you’re not setting up camp at an RV park; but seeking out an underdeveloped area, instead. For campers who prefer campsite pools, general stores, and pre-determined trails, boondocking isn’t the way to go. For those who long to soak in the serenity that is nature stripped down, off-the-grid camping is an excellent fit.
With the right preparation and strategy, boondocking can be just as fun as “hooked up” camping, with more cost savings and privacy. Let’s take a closer look at what veteran off-the-grid campers suggest, when it comes to your own boondocking adventures.

Boondocking Tech Supplies

When you’re boondocking, it’s all up to you to determine how your energy consumption needs will be met. Some campers rely solely on propane for energy needs, while other camping experts say you can optimize your RV to run on complete solar electricity. By using 12V appliances — like lighting and fans — and making sure everything is shut off when not in use, solar energy can go a long way for an off-the-grid camping trip. Expert camping blog Gone With The Wynns suggests a few other things to pack into your RV, before your first wild camping experience (if you are looking for a gift for a RV owner, this list is a great place to start, too):
  • Composting toilet
  • Shower head
  • 4G cell phone booster (so you can get service even where it doesn’t exist)
  • LED lights
  • Solar lights, and plenty of flashlights
  • UV purifying bottle
  • Solar oven

Boondocking Tech Resources

Boondocking tech is also useful for accessing information, to track down your actual campsites. The National Forests and Bureau of Land Management allow people to camp for up to two weeks at a time. By using U.S. public lands, you can camp for little cost (or none at all), without disturbing private property. Technomadia suggests these steps, for tapping technology to find your next great boondocking location:
  • Use the US Public Lands mobile app to find exactly where available boondocking spots are located.
  • Research the land you find, through a search engine like Google. From there, you can read about the experiences of others, and decide if certain locations are right for you.
  • Use satellite maps to see what the terrain looks like in the region where you’d like to camp. This gives you a better idea of what elements to expect when you arrive.
  • Map the route to the site, to get an idea of what roads you’ll travel to get there.
  • Trust your gut when you arrive. If an area doesn’t seem safe enough for camping, scrap it and look for another spot instead.
Going off the grid does not mean you're roughing it.

Benefits of Off-the-Grid RV Travel

Going off the grid in an RV is certainly an adventure, and sure to be a learning experience. Though some think of it as “roughing it,” for avid adventurers, the positives far outweigh the hassles. The benefits of boondocking include:
  • Low cost. When you pay for a traditional RV park or campsite, you’re paying for amenities like bathrooms, electricity hookups, and built-in recreation options. When boondocking, you rely on what you already have, and most times the land access is free (if you really want to ensure free land access, research the location in advance). It’s cheaper to boondock, but you get what you pay for – which is nothing, in most cases. You are responsible for your energy consumption and safety, but it saves you a lot of money.
  • Less crowded. The only people around when you camp off the grid are the ones traveling with you. When you boondock, there’s no listening to other people tell loud stories around their campfires, or hearing other campers’ dogs barking a few feet away. Boondocking offers solitude and tranquility; plus, you can move at your own pace (no check in or checkout times). The great thing about boondocking is that even if someone else comes to the same area, they won’t want to set up near you, for the same reasons you’re there in the first place: space, peace, and quiet.
  • More convenient. When you have everything you need to set up camp anywhere, traveling is a lot easier. When you boondock in a RV, you can stop wherever you like, and live comfortably while there. No more reserving campsites online, and hoping they live up to the photos when you arrive; when you boondock, you pick the space that best fits your travel needs on that day, in that moment.
  • Visitor-friendly. If your RV is equipped for boondocking, you can also park in the driveways of friends and family members — and have an automatic place to stay, without inconveniencing them in their homes. In fact, you can even make them a meal if you really want to show off! For grandparents, this provides a great scenario, because you can invite the grandkids to spend a night in the vehicle with you; while they are still close to mom and dad. An RV equipped for off-the-grid experiences is a rolling hotel room, campsite, and guest room all in one.  
You can have the right balance of technology and being off the grid.

While it’s true that off-the-grid camping isn’t for everyone, boondocking has its benefits. Technology makes it easier than ever to find places to set up camp, and generate energy even when there’s no place to hook up an RV. People who enjoy nature and spending time in their home-on-wheels should give off-the-grid camping a try. Boondocking has the potential to connect campers with nature on a deeper level — and it comes with cost saving and convenience benefits, too!




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