RV Towing 101 - What To Know When You Tow

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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

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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

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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.


  • 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.


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.

    Veterans Day Military Discounts: 116 Restaurants

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    NOTE: All of the following discounts have been confirmed for 2016, either through press release or direct communication with the company. Check out all the other discounts being offered this Veterans Day.

    Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.


    The Ultimate RV Holiday

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    Traveling to every State with Your Family

    It might be your goal to see all 50 states and is probably a dream of many who travel by RV. Drive around any campground and you're sure to spot a few rigs with magnetic U.S. maps on the side with each magnet representing a state they have visited. Adding new states to the map is a right of passage for many RVers and each new state brings you closer to the ultimate  RVers goal. RV in all 50 states.
    But what do you do when you get there?

    You will find something special in each of the 50 states that reflect the character, beauty or history of the region. So get out your road map. We're going on a road trip!

    Travel the states. This is so much to see.


    Unbeknownst to many, Alabama is the home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (also known as Space Camp). Experience life as an Astronaut in Huntsville, Alabama at this one of a kind adventure. There are programs for all ages, so let your inner astronaut shine!


    Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow; there's nothing else like it. Mush!


    Take a mule ride down into the Grand Canyon. This age-old tradition has a lot to offer. Have cash to spare? Sign up for the overnight ride down to Phantom Ranch and stay at the base of the canyon in a rustic cabin. You won't believe the views!


    Visit the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Experience life as it once was in this remote area of the U.S. Known for its stellar collection of historic Arkansas images, this museum opens the door to understanding the detailed world of Ozark history. Shiloh now offers a collection of historic structures open for exploration. See the 1850's log cabin and the 1870's general store as you stroll along the breathtaking property.


    Take a road trip to Big Sur. The long, winding coastal road is one of the most scenic drives you'll ever experience. Turn up the radio, roll down the windows, and just enjoy the ride!


    Visit Pike's Peak. At over 14,000 feet Pike's Peak gives you much more than a mile high view. Enjoy the winding drive up the side of the mountain, then feast on Mile High donuts made fresh at the gift shop. This is the only place in the world that can make donuts at this elevation. YUM.


    It turns out that most of Connecticut's claims to fame are food-related. Get a burger at the place that invented burgers, Louis' Lunch. It's the oldest hamburger joint in the world. Alternatively, get yourself a white clam pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Did you know New Haven pizza is its own category, like New York style, or Chicago? Mmmm so good.


    Visit the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and experience life as it used to be. This vintage style boardwalk is exactly one mile long.   It's the perfect stop for families as there are plenty of fun things for kids to see, do, and eat.


    Wathc for those gators!!!

    What's a visit to Florida without an airboat ride? Travel through the Everglades with alligators all around! If you haven't hung with an alligator, you haven't seen the swamp. Twist through the mangrove tunnels or skim across the grassland. Whatever tour you choose you aren't likely to forget it. Put this on your bucket list now!


    Take a ghost tour in Savannah, a city lucky enough to be both beautiful and creepy at the same time. It might be the most haunted city in America, and it's teeming with ghost tours. Explore Bonaventure Cemetery after hours, tour the city in an actual hearse, and hear all the tales about the darkest murders in town.


    Walk the crowded Waikiki beach. Sure, it's a tourist trap, but everyone needs a selfie from this shore! This narrow strip of white sand lies in front of some of the world's most famous hotels. While you're there be sure to enjoy the view of Diamond Head, the volcanic cone that rises from the sea.


    Craters of the Moon National Monument is a vast ocean of lava available for exploration. This is a hike you won't soon forget. The lava flow is scattered with wildflowers and weird scenic landscape.


    Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field! The Chicago Cubs have called this historic stadium home since 1914, and everything about it, from the ivy-covered outfield to the vintage scoreboard, is classic Americana. Bonus points if you eat a Chicago-style hot dog while you watch the game!


    The Indiana War Memorial feature two museums in a 24 acres park. This moving tribute to the soldiers who fought to keep our nation free should be on every road trip because the monuments are amazing!
    The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is in Indiana. See the best of what the RVing world has to offer, and maybe come away with some inspiration for your own adventures. It might seem like a small niche museum, but their collection of vehicles, from retro campers to the latest models, is definitely impressive!


    Got Milk?

    The Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair draws people from every corner of this great state. Each and every year 600 pounds of butter is carved into one remarkable cow.  You have to see it to believe it!


    Chase a tornado. There's never a guarantee, of course, but Storm Chasing Adventure Tours do promise, at the very least, some great lightning shows and epic scenery. Wilson State Park is conveniently located right in the middle of the grassland plains state's rolling beauty, making it easy to get to any epic storm.


    See a horse race. Take a tour of Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. Watch a race, place a bet, and admire all the pretty horses.


    Visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy a bit of jazz, a lot of history (look for the antebellum mansions) and masses of incredible food! A jazz crawl is probably not a great idea for small children, but older kids might appreciate the incredible music scene happening in New Orleans' French Quarter.


    See the first sunrise on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. During the fall and winter, Cadillac Mountain has the first view of the sun rising over the horizon. Luckily, you don't have to hike in the dark to get there; you can drive which is super easy when you camp in the park. Make sure to get there early, since parking is limited.


    Visit Assateague National Seashore See the wild horses on Assateague Island. Enjoy a day on a beautiful beach while wild ponies frolic nearby. The park has gorgeous white sand beaches and ocean water that's perfect for swimming, but the island is best known for its herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that roam the beaches. There's a story that the wild ponies are the descendants of a herd of ponies who survived a shipwreck, but it's more likely that local citizens were corralling their ponies on the island to avoid paying taxes on fences on the mainland, and these ponies are the descendants from those. Bonus: there are tons of campsites here!


    Walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail in Boston and make stops at numerous historic locations along the way. See the Boston Common and the Paul Revere Home. Experience the American Revolution at its roots.


    Car lovers rejoice!  The Gilmore Car Museum in western Michigan is a 90-acre wonderland. It's home to 400 of the best-preserved cars you will ever see. Check out the 1930's gas station and the 1950's diner. It's truly America's signature collection.


    Minnesota is the home of 11, 842 lakes (but who's counting)? Explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and connect with over a thousand lakes in one day. Love to paddle? Rent a boat and get out on the water. Want to fish? Ask where the fish are biting and go catch some with your friends and family.


    See where the first Coca-Cola was bottled. The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum tells the history of America's most popular soft drink. Even though Coke was invented in Atlanta, the soft drink wouldn't have reached the popularity it enjoys today without Biedenharn's bottling method! Put it in the park at the historic Askew's Landing Campground nearby.


    See St. Louis Gateway Arch and travel to the top of this 630-foot wonder. If the weather's clear you can see for 30 miles. This amazing landmark features a Museum of Westward Expansion that should be at the top of your road trip list.


    Drive or ride through Glacier National Park. This 50-mile round trip experience will leave you breathless. A picture is worth a thousand words so bring your camera, you'll have a lot to see and say!


    Spend July 4th in Seward, Nebraska deemed, "America's Fourth of July City."  This community has hosted this Independence Day Celebration since 1868 and they know how to do it right.  Experience small town at it's finest.  This is one fourth of July you won't forget!


    Definitely a part of the Wild West.

    Step back in time with a visit to Virginia City. Established in 1859, this wild west mining town lets you experience life as it once was. Tour the silver mines of the 1860's, take a ride in a stagecoach, or visit an authentic old west saloon. This is an actual historic preservation and not a re-creation. It's well worth the drive!

    New Hampshire

    The Lucknow Estate, known as Castle in the Clouds is located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Built in 1914 by a shoe manufacturer, this country estate has a movie worthy history. In 1950 the castle type mansion was saved and opened to the public and has been welcoming guests ever since.

    New Jersey

    Enjoy the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It's the oldest of its kind, and full of fun for the whole family. Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not, watch the light show after dark, and ride the rides. It's a vibrant part of NJ after all these years. Belleplain State Forest, a few miles away, was developed in the 1930s, and has a similar old-school vibe, along with tons of nice campsites.

    New Mexico

    Baloons, Fun and so much more!

    Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held every year in early October. Be sure to catch the Dawn Patrol and the After Glow held each day at sunrise and sunset. This is one celebration you don't want to miss!

    New York

    Visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Climb all 354 steps of the statue and explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If your family came through Ellis Island this may be an important touchstone to your past.

    North Carolina

    Visit a true American Palace. The Biltmore Estate is one of the most amazing properties in the world and it's right here in North Carolina. Enjoy walking or biking through the manicured grounds. This home has 135,000 square feet and is the largest private residence in America. Over 1 million people a year come to see the Biltmore in all its glory.

    North Dakota

    Bonanzaville is a pioneer village on 12 acres located in West Fargo. It's the home of 400,000 artifacts in forty-seven buildings. This historic village is a world-class living history museum. Events are held throughout the year which allow families to step back in time and truly experience pioneer life as it was in North Dakota. Enjoy live threshing demonstrations as well as woodcarving, embroidery and square dancing. It's truly a blast from the past.


    Would trip to Ohio would be complete without a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? This amazing pyramid shaped, glass structure brings you back step by step through the history of the music that changed the world. Rotating exhibits include The Beatles, Paul Simon, Herb Ritts and more. This museum proves that Cleveland Rocks!


    Visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Oklahoma is still a land of cowboys, so it makes sense for the state to have a cowboy museum. The museum is full of authentic cowboy memorabilia as well as props from famous Western movies.


    Just 60 miles outside of Portland lies historic Timberline Lodge. This mountain lodge built in 1937 sits on the slopes of scenic Mt. Hood. The scenic drive up the mountain offers vista points in all directions. Enjoy lunch at 6,000 feet, or rent one of their huts or luxury condos. Come in the winter for some of the best skiing in the whole Northwest.


    Stand in the room where a group of men changed the world. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tour the building and walk where our founding fathers made some of their biggest decisions on how to create a nation. Both the Declaration and the U.S. Constitution were signed within these walls. Don't miss it. Tour Amish Country. Amish culture is a unique phenomenon in this country, and visiting the Amish in Pennsylvania is a great way to learn about a lifestyle completely foreign to the rest of us. Old Mill Stream Campground makes the perfect base for exploring Lancaster and other parts of PA's Amish Country.

    Rhode Island

    See how the one percent lived. The Newport mansions are where the rich and super rich of the Gilded Age spent their summers. You'll see houses built entirely of marble, mansions modeled after Versailles, and magnificent topiary gardens.

    South Carolina

    Selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens," Magnolia Plantation is not to be missed. Visit the historic house which looks out upon its manicured garden along the Ashley River. This garden dates back to before the American Revolution. Bring the family and enjoy the petting zoo for kids right on the garden grounds.

    South Dakota

    There's nothing more spectacular than Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The sheer size of this one of a kind piece of art will take your breath away. Discover the story behind the carving, tour the grounds, hike, bike and enjoy the scenic wonder of the South Dakota hills.


    Visit the King. The music scene in Tennessee is a huge part of the local culture, and Elvis' Graceland is an ultimate road trip destination. Visit his grave, tour his house, and relive the glory days of rock 'n' roll.


    Galveston, Texas is tourism at its finest. Built on an island, Galveston offers a seashore retreat for land locked Texans. Food, fun, and entertainment are all available in Galveston. You can take a trolley tour of Victorian buildings, or enjoy the amusement rides at Pleasure Pier. The choice is up to you!


    Visit Arches National Park. This famous sandstone covered park is one of the most photographed spots in the world. Take a hike to Delicate Arch and enjoy the ever changing colors of the desert sand. This park is located north of Moab along the Colorado River. Be warned! This park is HOT in the summer. Pack lots of sunscreen and plenty of water before venturing into the great unknown.


    See ice cream being made. A lot of wonderful things come out of Vermont, but the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory tops the list. Take a short tour of the operation, sample experimental flavors, and enjoy flavors not sold in stores in the Scoop Shop. Head back to Little River State Park to camp out and maybe do a little hiking to burn off the ice cream calories.


    Visit Thomas Jefferson's amazing home, Monticello, where you can take a room by room tour and walk through the impressive gardens and gift shop. Want more? You can also visit Mount Vernon and Montpelier, the homes of George Washington and James Madison. Virginia offers the ultimate presidential tour.


    Visit Snoqualmie Falls and see why 1.5 million visitors come to see it every year. This stunning waterfall is surrounded by the deep green Snoqualmie forest offering a refreshing day trip. The 270-foot waterfall offers an observation deck at the lower part of the fall. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.  Free parking and pets allowed on a leash.

    West Virginia

    The West Virginia State Penitentiary founded in 1876 was open until 1995. This gothic style prison is now open for tours. The castle-like structure that was originally built to house 400 inmates, today hosts a variety of tours, Halloween Zombie Walks, and  various special events. The prison offers trained guides who will help you experience life as it was behind bars.


    Get wet and wild at one of the Wisconsin Dells' many water parks. The first thing you think of when you hear "Wisconsin" is probably not water parks, but the Dells are actually the water park capital of the world. There are enough water parks (indoors and outdoors) to keep your kids busy for days.


    Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day rodeo like none other. The rodeo includes an enormous carnival midway, bull riding, Indian dance and the Thunderbirds flying overhead. Need more? Check out the Old West Museum, the Chuckwagon Cook-off, and the biggest pancake breakfast you have EVER SEEN. If you haven't experienced the Cheyenne Frontier Days, you haven't been to a real rodeo!

    That completes our 50 state tour. What sites would you like to see listed? Tell us where you HAVE TO visit on a road trip. Add your comments to the box below then share this with your friends! Tweet it. Like it. Share it. THANKS!


    Back to the Future: Fun Facts about RVing and its History

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    Where we have been...

    RV History

    Americans, it seems, have been destined to be RVers since the earliest days that explorers set foot on this continent. Adventurers at heart, settlers came in search of freedom and opportunities to grow and discover. And discover they did - “first by ship, then by horse, in groups by Conestoga wagon trains and, ultimately, by motorized vehicles that ushered in the RVs of today.

    The Birth of the RV Industry

    A century ago, the popularization of the automobile, improving roads and America's passion for exploration gave rise to mass-produced, manufactured recreation vehicles, and the RV industry was born.
    In 1910, there were not many gas stations, not many paved roads, and no nationwide highway system. But there were RVs. 1910 is the year that America's leading RV historians - David Woodworth, Al Hesselbart and Roger White - cite as the beginning of what has become the modern RV industry.

    RVing was definitively different in the past

    The Freedom to Travel Anywhere

    "The 1910 RVs offered minimal comforts compared to today's homes-on-wheels," says Woodworth. "But they did provide the freedom to travel anywhere, to be able to get a good night's sleep and enjoy home cooking. One notable contrast to today's RV was the bathroom. In 1910, it was usually either yonder tree or yonder bush."

    The First RV Models

    Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers also rolled off the assembly line beginning in 1910. A version of today's Type B van camper, the Pierce-Arrow "Touring Landau," was unveiled at Madison Square Garden that same year, complete with an onboard bathroom. These companies and innovative products were featured in a Popular Mechanics issue in 1911. Take a stroll down memory lane to see where we've been.


    The 1913 Earl was an ancestor of the contemporary travel trailer.

    A vintage version of 1913 "Earl" Travel Trailer and Model "T"" Ford

    The Tin Can Tourists

    One of the first Tin Can Tourist Camps

    RV camping clubs date back to the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920s and 1930s. The Tin Can Tourists were RVers who braved dust and mud to drive their Tin Lizzies across the U.S. before transcontinental roads were paved. They camped by the side of the road, heated tin cans of food on gasoline stoves and bathed in cold water.


    From tiny do-it-yourself kits to plush 30-foot models, travel trailers came into their own as true towable RVs by 1950. Many of today's RV manufacturers started production in the 1950s and 1960s. The RV's evolutionary path included advances in aerodynamic design and interior comforts.

    1970 and Beyond

    Through war and peace, booms and busts, fuel lines, fads and the cyber-revolution, the RV lifestyle has endured and is still going strong, even in today's challenging economic times.

    Never Forget ...
    What your Beaver Motorcoach is this?

    Here's a short List of Gone but not forgotten RV Manufacturers:
    Beaver - Beaver Motorcoach Corporation was founded in the late 1960s by Jim Hogue and Frank Storch. The company was named after the Oregon State University mascot. The firm originally built slide-in campers for pickup trucks

    Carriage - Carriage started in the late 1960s and built a reputation for quality high-end fifth-wheels, employing more than 275 workers at its peak

    ElDorado - In 1960, in the small town of Minneapolis, Kan., Stewart joined other local business people to begin Honorbuilt Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of recreational vehicles. Later known as ElDorado, this company quickly became the largest producer of pickup campers in the United States.

    Georgie Boy - Georgie Boy Manufacturing, LLC was founded in 1968 in Middlebury, Indiana offering motorhomes under the names Maverick, Pursuit, and Cruise Master. These motorhomes catered to families for holiday trips and vacations.

    Komfort - Komfort Corp.was founded in 1967 and has been part of the Thor Industries Inc. family since 1995

    Skyline - Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline initially produced the affordable housing units popularly known as house trailers or mobile homes. These units evolved into today's factory-built and modular housing. In 1960, they opened their first travel trailer plant.

    Vixen -  The Vixen was a recreational vehicle designed by Bill Collins and built from 1986 until 1989. A total of 587 Vixen motorhomes of three different types were built: the Vixen 21 TD (1986 to 1987), Vixen 21 SE (1986 to 1989), and Vixen 21 XC (1986 to1987).

    Weekend Warrior - Some might consider it the father of the toy hauler industry. Warrior Manufacturing, founded in 1988 in Warmouth's garage, achieved its peak success as a leader and specialist in the toy hauler market.

    Still Around...

    Palomino - The Palomino brand was founded in 1968 by Vanguard Industries in Savage, Minnesota. In 1972, they moved their manufacturing facility to Colon, Michigan, where it remains to this day.
    GMC - The GMC Motorhome was produced by the GM Truck & Coach Division for the 1973 through 1978 model years in Pontiac, Michigan, USA. It was the only complete motorhome built by a major auto/truck manufacturer, producing what GMC hoped would be their "halo" vehicle.

    The Last 5 years of RVing
    Now many are living the RV lifestyle and are as excited to be on that very first trip. Some who are no longer newbies and now find themselves answering the same questions as ambassadors of RVing.
    The modern day RVer has definitely changed the landscape of RVing and we’ve noticed some changes. Here are the five things that we think have changed the most about the RV Lifestyle from when our company first started out:

    Today's RVer is everything from a full-timer to a weekend warrior. What kind of RVer are you?

    1) Technology - Thanks to solar panels that can constantly charge a large bank of lithium batteries, you can basically be energy independent. This can open up opportunities to travel the whole country conveniently. You can boondock pretty much anywhere, as long as you want.
    2) The Internet - Now, connectivity is just a given. Connectivity means you can actually multitask and get just as much done as if you were in a business or small office. You don't have to miss deadlines for meetings or worry about not getting access to your WIFI
    3) Communications - Now, communication can all be done on my Smartphone. From anywhere and virtually anytime.
    4) Community and Friends - Common interests brings people together. Until you start living the RV lifestyle you may not realize that there really are a lot of wonderful people out there. But when you go out across the country, slow down, meet people in campgrounds in parks and small towns and really get to know them, you may realize that the world is really full of nice people.

    5) RVing is now an "in" thing - Over the past few years, there has been a lot of new RVers. There's a whole genre of RV and Travel blogs, TV shows and major media coverage now devoted to the romance, adventure and fun of RVing. We're seeing more communities embracing and warmly welcoming RV travelers and we're noticing younger people out there. You've probably run across whole families on the road, with the kinds being home schooled in the RV. You will find in time that this is more than a pastime. It's a major trend.

    You can trust our knowledgeable crew members who are available to assist you with your RV buying and RV service needs. Our RV dealerships are stocked with new RVs from top name and rated brands, complemented by high-quality pre-owned RVs. With a vast inventory of models and floor plans, La Mesa RV has an RV for every lifestyle!

    Our sales locations have state of the art service facilities with RVDA Master Certified technicians. We also have buyers available if you are trying to sell your used RV.
    We look forward to opening our doors to you, and encourage you to explore all the RV lifestyle has to offer.