RV Exercise: The best way to keep fit while you RV

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The RV lifestyle comes with many perks. One thing it lacks is the opportunity for exercise. RV fitness is possible

When most of us think of exercise equipment, we think treadmills, exercise bikes, home gyms or gym memberships; however, most of us do not have room to take these items or to stop by our local gym when on the road. The good news is that you don't need a full-size gym to stay fit and healthy while traveling.
Here's a quick list of those activities you can do just anywhere:
RV Activity 1: Chair Dips: This exercise works the back of your arms
RV Activity 2 Leg Lifts: this exercise will develop strength in the glutes
RV Activity 3 Walking: taking a 30-minute walk is great for your overall health.
RV Activity 4 Wall Push Ups: This primarily focuses on your arms, chest, and shoulders
RV Activity 5 Squats: A squat is good for your lower back and hamstrings
RV Activity 6 Lunges: this focuses on your hips and thighs
RV Activity 7 Standing Crunches: this helps improve your balance works the obliques

For those that have room,
Exercise Body Sculpting Sticks -  If you use this for stick twist exercise it will burn belly fat, strengthen your abdominals and is easy to transport.

PowerBlock Travel Bench - This bench folds for easy storage and can
be used in your RV or home gym as well.  


PowerBlock Classic 50 Plus Dumbbells - Each dumbbell has weight range from 5-50 lbs
Replaces 16 pairs of dumbbells or 825 lbs of free weights.  Expandable to 70 per hand

Find these and other convenient resources at: New Humans RV Gym Blog


If you need smaller portable options, these are ideal for taking on the road:
  • Hand weights - great for working on your wrist and strengthening your hand
  • Wrist weights and ankle weights - Ideal for floor exercise or when walking and hiking
  • Resistance bands - These are great for working in tight spaces and to strengthen your core
  • Pedometer - This a great way to keep track of how many steps you take each day
  • Yoga mat, blocks, and bands - These are ideal for yoga, pilates and floor exercises
  • Twist disks - These small disks work on your core muscles and legs
  • Balance boards or disks - These small but handy and core exercise tools allow you to improve balance
  • Pilates ring - This exercise ring provides resistance for seated, standing or floor exercises.
  • Sitting stepper - It easily fits in the glove box when not in use and is great way to keep moving and improving circulation when sitting during long drives
  • Exercise DVDs - Workout DVDs are available for everything from seated exercises to hip hop routines and yoga to belly dancing

Get Fit on the Road
This workout by the TheFitRv.com is for those who prefer to travel light without any exercise equipment. 

The exercises address every muscle group, plus it will challenge your coordination, which is what I
There are 10 exercises in the workout plan and you’ll do them in a circuit format. Repeat the circuit 3 times through, doing 10 reps of everything. And make you follow these guys because they are
Click the and link for The FitRV No Equipment Workout


The best RVers are Fit RVers. You can still have your Keys To Freedom and Stay in shape. Stop by one of our locations in our RV Partsworld and check what we have to offer to keep you fit: La Mesa RV Locations

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A Tale of Two South Carolinas & Where the Beauty of its Hidden Gems Are Today

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A History of South Carolina, The Hidden Gem of the Thirteen Colonies



One of the thirteen original colonies, South Carolina has had a rich and varied history. When Spanish and French explorers arrived in the area in the 16th century, they found a land inhabited by many small tribes of Native Americans, the largest of which were the Cherokees and the Catawbas. The first European attempts at settlement failed, but in 1670 a permanent English settlement was established on the coast near present day Charleston. The colony, named Carolina after King Charles I, was divided in 1710 into South Carolina and North Carolina. Settlers from the British Isles, France, and other parts of Europe built plantations throughout the coastal low country, growing profitable crops of rice and indigo. The port city of Charleston became an important center of commerce and culture. The interior or upcountry, meanwhile, was being slowly settled by small farmers and traders, who pushed the dwindling tribes of Native Americans to the west.
South Carolina, officially separated from North Carolina in 1729, was the scene of extensive military action during the Revolution and again during the Civil War. The Civil War began in 1861 as South Carolina troops fired on federal Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the state was the first to secede from the Union.
With its valuable history and importance to the growth of the US, Here are some of South Carolina's crown jewels( AKA Hidden Gems): 


Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center
The largest(20ft) and oldest known surviving gristmill still producing grain products in the state largest(20ft) and oldest known surviving gristmill still producing grain products in the state
Traditional arts, folklife and living history demonstrations include milling, blacksmithing, cotton ginning, moonshining, spinning, weaving, bee-keeping, metalsmithing, quilting, woodcarving, flintknapping, chair caning, open hearth cooking and more.
Many of this region's best bluegrass, old time, and blues musicians have performed at the Mill as well as other entertainment at the monthly third Saturday events
Admission is FREE and it has parking for your Motorhome.


To find out more about them, go here: Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center

Boneyard Beach
There is a three mile stretch of beach where hundreds of oak, cedar, and pine trees are scattered about. They have been bleached by the sun and saltwater after being caught in the changing shoreline of the island. It has been described as a living Dali painting.  And there is a bit of the surreal when you walk into this forest that has been stranded in the surf.


To find out more about the tours, island quest or charters, go here: Bulls Island Ferry


Harbor Island
Famous for its graceful sand dunes covered with sea oats and coastal grasses, Harbor Island is a private 1400-acre barrier island located 15 miles outside the city of Beaufort.
Hidden between Beaufort and Fripp Island, this Low country isle is a quiet place, with 3 miles of secluded beach.
Nearby attractions offer plenty: Explore Gullah culture on St. Helena Island, try a shrimp burger at the Shrimp Shack, climb the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Later, join the throngs at Johnson Creek Tavern, Harbor’s local dive.
To find out more places to stay, things to do and where to eat, click here: Harbor Island

Stumphouse Tunnel
Locate about 7 miles northwest of Walhalla on Hwy 28, the 1,617 foot long Stumphouse Tunnel is an oddity. Started in 1852 to connect Charleston to Knoxville and eventually on to Cincinnati, the Civil War—and lack of funds—brought construction to a halt.
In 1951, Clemson University bought the tunnel and used it to cure the South's first blue cheese. The tunnel's environment was later duplicated at Clemson, and the cheese making, that Clemson is now famous for, was moved there. The tunnel still belongs to Clemson University, but it is managed by
the city of Walhalla.
To discover more about the area, go here: Stumphouse Tunnel

Sweatman’s BBQ
Converted farmhouse, buffet style, traditional South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce, specialty-pork hash over traditional South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce, specialty-pork hash over rice traditional South Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce, specialty-pork hash over rice.
The bar-b-que was and bar-b-que was and continues to be cooked fresh every week.  Oak, hickory, and pecan trees are cut and split for the wood that is burned in the cooking process.  The whole hogs are cooked over hot coals for 12-14 hours.   While cooking, they are continuously basted with our secret mustard based sauce.  Once done, the hogs are ready to be cut and prepared for serving!fresh every week.  Oak, hickory, and pecan trees are cut and split for the wood that is burned in the cooking process.  The whole hogs are cooked over hot coals for 12-14 hours.   While cooking, they are continuously basted with our secret mustard based sauce.  Once done, the hogs are ready to be cut and prepared for serving!
Sweatman's Bar-B-Que has been featured in several magazines and books over the years, including Southern Living Magazine, Garden & Gun Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.  '
To find out more about the history of Sweatman's, click here: Sweatmans BBQ

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If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or online form here on our website. We are more than happy to answer any questions and will help you through each step of the transaction process.

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Discover Our Company Culture: We are Family

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We are more than just an RV Dealer. We are Family. Because we are family, we take the opportunity every day to educate, inspire and share the RV lifestyle and the many resources and opportunities that RVing offers to you, your family and you friends.

We are committed to the belief that you can trust our knowledgeable crew members who are available to assist you with your RV buying and RV service needs.

We believe in treating our customers like family and strive to make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

We are offering the keys to freedom to every RVer( young and old, first timer and full timer) and helping others experience life since 1972. 

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Experience Life with La Mesa RV Company Values 2017

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At LaMesa RV, we have been handing you the "keys to freedom" for over 45 years. By maintaining our core values, we maintained our position as one of the Leaders in the RV industry.

Customer service is more than a smile and a handshake. It's why we say "Welcome to the Family" when you purchase an RV from us but even more the reason why we maintain a vast selection of the top brands in the industry. We do this so you can make a selection that is right for you. Your buying experience will be convenient.

We have strategically placed our store so they are convenient to the traveler in you and is conveniently located within popular vacation destinations that you may want to travel to.

 In our stores, we have made major investments in service department with the latest technology. Our Master Certified Technicians are trained to handle any problem that 
you may encounter with your RV.

The Kimbrell Family opened the doors to LaMesa RV in 1972 but more importantly our success has been fueled by their Family values. This is for you to have the same Family feeling in every one of our stores.

Experience the Difference with US

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The Latest RV Shows and Why You Should Go

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Pima County Tucson RV Show

Starts: January 12 @ 9:00am
Ends: January 15 @ 6:00pm
Location: Pima County Fairgrounds
11300 S Houghton Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85747



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, Envoy RV and more! RV shows also offer a great selection of certified used motor homes and other used RVs.



Rv Shows are a great place to get acquainted with what's available in the world of Rv's. If yu are a newcomer to the Rv Lifestyle, you may wander the show for awhile and explore some fo the styles that may pass the "eye test". But if you're looking to inspect a little bit further, it's best to have a salesman assist you as all of ours are extremely friendly and knowledgeable on every RV we have at a show.


Here is one valuable tip you should know before you attend your an RV show…


If you really want the opportunity to take a serious look at the RVs, the best time to go is early in the day. this will give you more time to get information on the RV's and decide which one is best.


29th Annual Manufacturers RV Show

Starts: January 07 @ 11:00am
Ends: January 16 @ 6:00pm
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Go ahead and Experience Life in an RV! Owning a 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? If You can't make it to one fo these shows, check out the Upcoming Events to see what RV show event are happening near you!

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Discover these 5 Great hidden gems of Florida and more!

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It doesn't take long to uncover that we're a land of undiscovered towns and stretches of parklands usually right smack in the middle of paradise.There are many different labels that you could place on these unique areas. The one we like to use is " Hidden Gems". These are places that uniquely located all throughout the country that have a little of nostalgia to them and provides a plethora of hidden resources that reveal some things that most of you have never heard of.undiscovered towns and stretches of parklands usually right smack in the middle of paradise.There are many different labels that you could place on these unique areas. The one we like to use is " Hidden Gems". These are places that uniquely located all throughout the country that have a little of nostalgia to them and provides a plethora of hidden resources that reveal some things that most of you have never heard of.

The definition of Hidden gems is an idiom which means something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about; for example, Blame It on Rio by Stanley Donen is a good movie, but relatively unknown by the mainstream world, hence a hidden gem. It's time to uncover a few.

1. Whimzeyland
Using countless bottles, tile mosaics, and more than anything, bowling balls, the private Florida residence known as Whimzeyland has taken two decades to cover its grounds with a non-stop explosion of color. Located in a residential area, this private residence is owned by two artists who welcome visitors to walk around the property and view their art.

To really appreciate the entire home is to appreciate the gardens made of colored bottles, rainbow mosaic pathways, and bright ceramic sculptures. Originally Known simply as the "Bowling Ball House", fro the now over 500 painted bowling balls that are in pyramids, stacks, and walls, Whimzeyland also features a small gallery where bowling balls decorated and donated by other artist are put on display for visitors to view

To view the entire house click here: http://www.kiaralinda.com/

Nearby Gems: 
Clearwater Virgin Mary: This glass-stain Mary once attracted thousands of pilgrims until her head was shattered by a vandal with a slingshot.
Hindu Temple of Florida - A gleaming white tower in ornate Indian style soars above the low-slung bungalows of north Tampa.
Jungle Parad Site - The site of a gold digging conquistador's bloody landing in the Americas.
Gravity Research Foundation Monument - This is a tribute to a future time when gravity is conquered.


2. Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower gardens is truly a place of historic beauty and serenity. Among the rolling hills of citrus in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens continues to be one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring landmarks in Central Florida.
This breathtaking gem has been enchanting those enjoying a Central Florida vacation for over 80 years because founder Edward W. Bok did not settle for anything less than amazing when he created this masterpiece. Bok immigrated to the United States when he was only six years old from Den Helder, Netherlands.
After striving to lead a successful life, Bok became a Pulitzer-Prize winning author along with completing many other noteworthy achievements. He retreated from Pennsylvania to Lake Wales, Florida during the frigid winter months, and during this time, he fell in love with the sunsets, birds, and hills of this area.
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With a vision of creating a beautiful place to inspire others and touch hearts, Edward Bok worked alongside landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to produce a Singing Tower, the gardens, reflection pool and more. In 1929, he presented these gifts to America as a way of expressing his gratitude for the many opportunities this country had presented him.


3. Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River Florida

Swimming with the manatees of Crystal river Florida is not like any other wildlife-watching experience in the world. You can truly interact here with the manatee on their terms.
Though there are many wildlife attractions around the world where you can come into close contact with a wild animal, it is usually because they are being bribed with food or coerced against the animal’s will. This is not the case in Crystal River. The manatees congregate here every winter to take advantage of the 72-degree water that flows from the springs throughout Kings Bay. And though they have plenty of protected areas where they can rest undisturbed, they choose to come out and interact with the humans out of simple curiosity.
When to Swim With Manatees
The manatees arrive in winter to take advantage of the relatively warm water that gushes out of the springs in the bay. December, January, and February are the best months to swim with manatees as they are present in the greatest numbers.


4. Food and Beverage Tours in central Florida
From chocolate factories to foodie tours, these tours are sure to take your taste buds along for the ride

The Orlando Food Tours is a Winter Park walking food tour that takes you on a three-hour journey across local eateries. The Tantalizing tastes and Tours give you some flavors from around the city from 4 Rivers to Pom Pom's as well as views of landmark locations such as Amway center and Holy Land.

At the Chocolate Kingdom, you can take a 45-minute chocolate tour through a cacao tree greenhouse, a chocolate museum, a river of chocolate and a micro-batch-bean-to-the-bar factory that uses old-world machinery. If your sweet tooth craves to know more about chocolate, then you can tour Farris and Fosters where you choose the amount of chocolate you want to put into molds, then pair it with whatever fillings you desire including peanut butter and strawberries.

But not to be outdone is the Showcase of Citrus. Take a ride on a hulking 4x4 through this 2,500-acre estate and learn about the history of the Citrus Estate, trees, plants and animals in the area. Acres of groves and 50+ varieties of citrus.
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5. Hidden gems of South Beach
South Beach is known to be flashy, but beyond the bars and restaurants in the spotlight are some places that require a little bit of searching. Because the beach is about to celebrate its centennial, it's is a superb time to highlight those special eateries off the beaten path.

These are places known mostly by locals, spots in back alleys with no signage, and even a special locale with a porta-potty portal. There are so many to name so we will highlight some long time favorites and list the others.


Perhaps you've heard great things about Bodega's tacos, but for all the glamour, you must enter through the porta-potty portal. (It's way better than a hot tub time machine.) It is the blue door that reads, "Baños," in graffiti, but it will transport you to a  bar with tequila.


South Beach and Philly have very little in common, so it should come as a surprise that you can get a good cheesesteak a stone's throw from the beach. Part of Española Way is known as a tourist trap, but closer to the water you will find some sports bars that don't match the club scene. If you head to the back window at the end of the bar in Lost Weekend, and you'll find the Alibi, which serves a Philly cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz on an Amoroso's roll.
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There is the South Beach that tourists see, and then there is this vibrant, rich culture of neighbors and sense of community that grows Under the Mango Tree. This small store and eatery isn't easy to spot, but the veggie melts, açaí bowls, dragon fruit smoothies, and fresh juices aren't easily forgotten. This place is special and full of health and heart.


The Rest: 


These are the hidden gems of Florida. I am sure there are plenty more that you can probably think of. Feel free to leave your hidden gems in the comments below. But before we go there is one hidden gem that we forgot to mention. It is LaMesa RV. Not only do we have 4 convenient locations in Florida, we provide 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.

To find the nearest location to you, search here: http://www.lamesarv.com/florida-motorhome-dealer

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