Today’s Campgrounds meet social media demands…

I recently came across this article that I found quite interesting. So I wanted to share it with you.  It amazes me how we have to stay connected, and be able to have that instantaneous update or check in with the rest of the world.  I am guilty of this myself. What about you?

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Campgrounds embrace technology to meet big social media demand

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — For the Wohlfords of Noblesville, the Old Mill Run Park in Thorntown is a home away from home. The couple recently graduated from being weekend campers to full timers, staying there all summer long.

But with that upgrade came another —the need to have wireless Internet.

“We would be OK for a weekend,” said Mary Ann, 64. “But when you are full-time, for us, it wouldn’t work. There are just so many things that are (done) through the computer, through the Internet.”

Her husband, Steve Wohlford, agreed. “We need to stay in touch and pay our bills,” said Steve, 66.

NO DISCONNECT

It used to be that campers would take their RVs or tents and head into the woods to be rid of the electrical devices that distract and occupy our daily lives. However, as technology has become more mobile, it has become increasingly difficult to disconnect, even in the woods. Today, more campers request that campsites offer WiFi so they can stay connected and campground owners have accommodated this request.

About 72 percent of privately owned and operated campgrounds, RV parks and RV resorts offer wireless Internet service, according to a 2010 campground operations survey by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Eric Stumberg, founder and chief executive officer of TengoInternet, an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in providing wireless Internet service to private campgrounds, said the trend started to take off about five years ago. Similar to hotels, campgrounds needed to offer WiFi as an amenity.

For his company, the number of unique connections has increased 50 percent to 75 percent each year, he said. This has been driven by more people connecting and families using multiple devices to do so.

“It’s weird, you would think if you were going camping you wouldn’t need to be connected,” he said. “(But) people want to be connected while they are traveling. Ten or 15 years ago, when people traveled, it wasn’t important that they stayed connected.”

Sandy and Ralph Christman own the RV Park where the Wohlfords are staying. They added WiFi about five years ago because campers were requesting it, Sandy said.

Largest RV Show in America – Pennsylvania RV Show

America’s largest RV and Camping Show in our backyard.

America’s largest RV and Camping Show is set to begin in  few short weeks.  Commonly called the Hershey RV Show or the Pennsylvania RV Show, America’s largest RV show lives up to its name.  Beginning September 12, 2012 and continuing until September 16, 2012.  This year’s RV show held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will have something for everyone.  From the smallest tent trailer up to the largest, most luxurious motor-home.

Some things to remember while attending America’s largest RV and Camping show.  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9am – 8pm.  Sunday the RV show is open from 9am – 5pm.  Admission is $10 for adults, Children 12 and under are FREE.  After 3pm you can purchase a Twilight Pass for only $5.  A three-day pass will cost you $20.  Wednesday, September 12 is Senior Day (55+) at America’s largest RV Show.  Fifty percent off one full ticket price.  And Veterans are being honored everyday, save $1 off your admission. With proper ID. Remember only cash is accepted at entrance gates.

RVing OFFERS QUALITY TIME FOR FAMILIES

Today’s busy parents face the challenge of planning family vacations that provide quality time together without breaking the bank! In growing numbers, they’re finding the solution to their problem in recreation vehicles (RVs). RVs have become extremely popular for families with children, previously the province of the grandparents. In a study conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, 92% of parents who own RVs said they are the best way to travel with your family or children. The additional opportunity to go on short weekend trips adds to value of owning an RV.

The 44th Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show can answer all those families with “first time RV” questions. There will be over 1300 RVs to compare all the models, prices and options that are available. Plus there will be many seminars offered on everything from traveling with children to purchasing the proper type of insurance.

OWNING AN RV IS NOT JUST FOR RETIREES

The thought that only retirees own an RV is not true anymore! Many families enjoy the RV lifestyle many weekends a year with quick trips, long holiday weekend get-a-ways, family vacations, football tailgate parties, NASCAR trips, plus many more activities that keep the RV family on the road!

Everything from the small pop-up camper to the full size motor-home lets the RVer “Pursue Their Passions” no matter where they are, no matter what they are! No reservations, to schedules, no lines, no lugging luggage…..freedom to “Pursue Your Passions”….let the first move be visiting the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show and explore the possibilities!

Pennsylvania RV cooking…

Let’s face it, not all of us have the patience to make enough home cooked meals to last an entire camping trip. While the road offers plenty of fast food or convenience store stops, nothing beats the taste of a freshly cooked meal. So we’re going to be sharing some of the easiest, tastiest, and most fun ways to cook while RVing and camping.

  • Hobo Pies

Hobo Pies are anything and everything, tossed in folded tinfoil bags, and cooked over a campfire until cooked.

  • Sausage, Ground Beef, or Chicken (or all three, it’s your pie!)
  • Veggies (Squash, Zucchini, Broccoli, Asparagus, etc.)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, and Jalapenos)
  • Onion (White or Yellow)
  • Potatoes
  • Seasonings (Garlic Powder, Crushed Red Peppers, Seasoned Salt, etc.)
  • Sauces (BBQ, Worcestershire, Ranch)
  • Trash Breakfast
    A Trash Breakfast is the Hobo Pie of breakfast. Cooked in the same method, tinfoil bags, A Trash Breakfast is cooked on a grill or fire and turned every 5 minutes until done.

    • Shredded Hash Browns
    • Eggs (Beaten)
    • Ham or Sausage (Pre-cooked)
    • Veggies, Onions, or Peppers as desired
    • Shredded Cheese of your choice
    • Seasonings of your choice

And for those of you who opt to cook over your RV range top, try:

  • Meal in a Skillet
    Meal in a Skillet is just that, an entire meal in a skillet!

    • 1 or 2 pounds of ground beef (depending on the number of people)
    • 1 undrained can whole kernel corn
    • 1 undrained can white or ranch-style beans
    • 1 onion
    • 2 to 3 medium to large potatoes, sliced round (like chips!)
    • 1 can tomatoes
    • Salt and pepper
    • Optional: For those who’d like cornbread, 1 to 2 packages of cornbread mix

In a cast iron skillet, cook and season beef. Next, layer sliced potatoes, season. Continue layering and seasoning with corn, beans, and tomatoes. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender and serve! (If you decided to serve with cornbread, bake cornbread after layers are assembled. Serves 4-6.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

10 Best RV Parks in North America

 

The RV season is underway and for those that are just starting out, and even those who have been at it for years, finding the perfect destination can be challenging. For most people, the ultimate goal of a camping trip or vacation is to “get away” from the world and relax as a family. To help you find the perfect spot, we found a list of the “The 10 Best RV Parks in North America” as compiled by Rates to Go.

“The 10 Best RV Parks in North America”:

10. Madison Arm Resort, Montana

Located in West Yellowstone, Montana, Madison Arm Resort is a mere 8 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park, making it easily accessible for visitors who don’t wish to camp or stay within the park’s sometimes crowded borders. Be sure to stroll by Lake Hegben for fishing, swimming, and site seeing in between trips to the national park itself!

9. Squaw Flat Campground, Utah

Tucked in the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Utah you’ll find the incredible Squaw Flat Campground. The park is known for its beautiful stone pillars, rock formations, and Indian rock paintings. RV travelers will enjoy the scenic landscape as they drive along US 191 on their way into the park, while hikers will find the three-mile hike to Chesler Park an incredible experience.

8. Boyd’s Key West Campground, Florida

A trip to Florida does not automatically translate to a stuffy hotel stay. Key West gives visitors access to dozens of major attractions while Boyd’s Key West Campground provides saltwater fishing, a boat dock, and a fun Tiki Hut experience for every RVer staying in one of its waterfront campsites. Don’t forget to visit Duval Street for the sunset celebration in Mallory Square each evening!

7. Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Maine

Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, found in Bar Harbor, Maine, is known as the only national park in New England. The Mt. Desert Narrows or Narrows Too sections provide excellent sites for those seeking an ocean view, while the Patten Pond area of the park gives visitors access to the 740-acre lake. Canoeing, hiking, biking, and whale watching are only a few of the activities available to visitors in Bar Harbor!

6. Horsethief Lake Campground, South Dakota

At the base of Mt. Rushmore you’ll find Black Hills National Forrest and the Horsethief Lake Campground. Fishing and horseback riding are popular daytime activities, while you may choose to start the evening with a view of the mountain from the lighting ceremony. Be sure to head on over to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Believe it or not, the memorial is larger than all four heads of the Mt. Rushmore carvings combined!

5. Rivers Edge RV Park, Alaska

Traveling to Alaska via a well-stocked RV might prove to be one of the most cost-effective ways to visit the lonely state. Rivers Edge RV Park is located in Fairbanks, Alaska and is full of historic sites such as gold mining towns and Indian Villages. It’s the perfect stop for visitors who find themselves on their way to the famous Alaska Highway!

4. Orchard (Huerta Saucedo) Vacation Village, Mexico

You don’t need to stay in an all-inclusive resort to experience the beauty and culture in Mexico. Mulege, Mexico is the home of the Orchard Vacation Village (also known as Huerta Saucedo). If you’re looking for something different you might try your hand at clamming, while those interested in history will enjoy cave tours or trips into Mulege to see the old penitentiary. If all else fails, you won’t regret time spent in the sun on the white sandy beaches!

3. Tunnel Mountain Campground, Canada

RV trips need not be limited to the summer months. Located in Banff National Park in Canada you’ll find Tunnel Mountain Campground. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies in between ski or snowmobile trips. Those who prefer a little more control will enjoy hiking, biking, or visits to the nearest hot spring!

2. Yosemite Pines RV Park, California

In Groveland, California lies Yosemite Pines RV Park. Open year round, the park offers a variety of truly unique experiences. Hike, pan for gold, or take a chartered plain tour over the scenic park for a bird’s eye view of Gold Country! This campground is an excellent option for travelers who don’t want to stay within Yosemite Park itself.

1. Rocky Knob Campground, Virginia

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, near mile marker 167, you’ll find Rocky Knob Campground. View some of the most incredible mountain ridges on the eastern coast of the United States while enjoying dozens of historic attractions. The mills, the craftsmen, and the music are only the beginning. Bring your dancing shoes for the Friday evening hoe-down and don’t forget to stop by Mabry Mill – one of the most popular attractions along the parkway itself!

If you haven’t had enough, check out Travel Channel’s article “RV Crazy: America’s Best RV Parks”.

 

Pennsylvania RVers flooring choice.

It is time to replace the flooring in your RV? If it is, you’ve got an important decision to make: laminate or carpet floors? There are ups and downs to both, and in the end, you’ve got to choose whichever option works best for you.

Carpet makes for a good insulator no matter the season and will help reduce energy use by keeping the hot and cold air from radiating up-ward. Carpet also helps reduce noise by cutting down echo and absorbing sounds. Not to mention, it also feels great on your bare feet. On the downside, carpet attracts dirt, dust and more. It’s definitely harder to clean and keep clean especially if you are traveling with pets and children.

Laminate on the other hand is fairly simple to maintain. It’s also cheaper to purchase and install. There are plenty of different styles to choose from all of which will last you a long time. RVs consist of mainly high traffic areas making laminate an excellent choice. But you’ll have to trade the insulation from the carpet. Laminate doesn’t absorb heat, cold or sound. Another disadvantage is the potential of warping and loosening.

As I said before, there is no one right choice. It’s really all up to you, Pennsylvania RV owners.  If you need some help with the decision, you know where to find us.
Safe Travels and Happy RVing!