2015 Pennsylvania Mountain Pie Championship

PA moutain pie contest entriesGRATZ, Pa. — The first ever statewide Mountain Pie Championship was held on Sept. 26, during the Gratz Fair in Gratz, Pa., just north of Harrisburg, Pa. The championship was open to winners at privately owned Pennsylvania campgrounds that held contests across the state this summer.

The two contests, “Sweet” and “Savory,” were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association and Lerch RV from Milroy, Pa.

Mountain Pie Championship held at Gratz FairThe “Sweet” category winner was Melissa Umbrell, Enola, Pa., representing Jonestown/ Hershey KOA, Lickdale, Pa. Her entry was a “Banana Split Mountain Pie.” Her recipe is as follows:

Banana Split Mountain Pie


2 slices of white bread
2 tsp butter
1 large sliced strawberry
1/8 banana – sliced
9 mini marshmallows
1 fun sized Hershey bar – broken

Optional Garnish

Chopped nuts, sprinkles, whipped cream, cherry


Butter one side of two slices of bread
Place one slice of bread, butter side down, in mountain pie maker
Layer all ingredients on top of bread
Place one slice of bread, butter side up, in mountain pie maker
Close mountain pie maker and place in campfire
Cook until bread is golden brown
Place on plate and garnish
Serve with a smile

Second place was Braidyn Rumsey from Canton, Pa., representing Tanglewood Campground in Covington, Pa. His entry was called “Double Chocolate Delight” and featured a brownie and marshmallow cream garnished with cherry pie filling and peanut M&Ms.

The “Savory” category winner was Margie Wevodau from Carlisle, Pa., also representing Jonestown/Hershey KOA, Lickdale, Pa. Her entry was a “Reuben Mountain Pie.” This recipe is:

Reuben Mountain Pie


2 slices of rye bread – buttered
2 slices of baby Swiss cheese
2 T Thousand Island dressing
½ cup of sauerkraut
3-4 oz. corned beef – sliced


Spread butter on outside of the bread
Place one slice, butter side down, in a warmed pie iron
Layer one slice of cheese, corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut
Top with another slice of cheese
Place the other slice of bread on top, butter side up
Close and place in campfire until bread is golden brown.


Second place was Rhonda Thomas from Preston, Md., representing Spring Gulch Camping Resort in New Holland, Pa. Her entry was a “Turkey/Bacon/Cheese Pie,” also featuring Thousand Island dressing.

Third place was Holly Seidel from Tyrone, PA, representing Pioneer Campground in Muncy Valley, Pa. Her entry was “Pie Iron Tacos” with a corn tortilla base.

The other three entries that were scrumptious, but did not place, were “Chicken Florentine, Pie Iron Style” by Steve Gallagher, Elmer, N.J., representing Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort in Waymart, Pa; “Sam’s Special Sammich,” a pork melt by Sam Ulrich from Pottsville, Pa., representing Rosemount Campground in Tamaqua, Pa; and “Alyssa’s Cheese Steak Pie,” by Charles Muller from Hammonton, N.J., representing Otter Lake Camp Resort in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Mountain Pie Championship held at Gratz FairA panel of six qualified judges evaluated the entries based on the following categories: Flavor, Filling, Crust, Appearance and Creativity. Prizes were $500 cash for both first place winners, $100 in PCOA gift certificates for second place and a $50 gift certificate for third place.

A total of 37 campgrounds scheduled contests at their facility during the season. The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association extends a special thank you to Lerch RV for co-sponsoring the contest, the Gratz Fair for providing their facilities and fair passes for the individual campground winners and Dutter Sound Services from New Oxford, Pa., for providing the sound system and acting as the official fire tender.

SOURCE: PCOA press release

Sprinter 347FWLFT – an outstanding fiver.

Sprinter 347FWLFT

2016 Sprinter 347FWLFTThe Sprinter 347FWLFT is not only unique in design and features.  But it is a great example of RV design and innovation. Introduced as Keystone RV’s first product line in 1996, Sprinter’s goals were simple – Take the suggestions of our customers and make them the origin and foundation of the Sprinter design. As a result of these efforts, Sprinter offers you its proudest distinction between other brands – a product designed specifically to “MAKE CAMPING EASY.”

Sprinter does make camping easy.  This new Sprinter 347FWLFT fifth wheel RV offers sleeping up to ten, and more than enough storage for all those must have camping goodies.  Equipped with a slide out queen master suite up front with large wardrobe closer, dresser, under bed storage, solid privacy door, and room to move around in. The main slide out offers a booth dinette and tri-fold sleeper sofa. Both of which offer additional sleeping space. Dual recliners offer the best seats in the house. All the essentials of home can be found in the kitchen area. Including a large kitchen island with black stone-cast sink, residential faucet, stainless steel microwave, stainless steel three burner gas range, oven, range vent, sink cover, and a gas/electric Dometic refrigerator.

However the real highlight of this innovative Sprinter RV is the mid located bonus/bunk roomSprinter 347FWLFT bunk room and loft. Located off of the kitchen area, this private room features an additional tri-fold sleeper sofa and entertainment space. A bedroom loft area is located above this room, accessible from the main hallway via a bunk ladder. Outside features include an enclosed and heated underbelly, 12 gallon gas/electric DSI water heater, a painted front cap with Keyshield protection, electric four point leveling system, 8 function remote control for easy set up, power patio awning, correct track, 15K BTU ducted AC upgrade, spare tire, and much more. Are you ready to go camping?

For more information about this exciting Sprinter 347FWLFT, please give us a call at 800-722-1236 or visit us at Lerchrv.com.

Highland Ridge Roamer RF347RES

Roamer RF347RES

2016 Roamer RF347RES rear living room.While it has been on the market for close to a year now.  I wanted to take the time to review one of my favorite RVs at this time.  The Highland Ridge Roamer RF347RES.  This rear entertainment/living room fifth wheel RV offers comfort and livability.  The Roamer line of 5th wheels are designed with the seasoned traveler in mind. You’ll find floor-plans designed for extended use that maximize space while keeping weight to a minimum. Wide body construction and 42” deep slides lend a sense of space that’s just not achievable with lesser products. From brand name appliances to Corian counter-tops, you’ll find feature content that the accomplished RV owner will appreciate. Rugged construction, top quality materials and leading edge innovation. If you’re serious about the RV lifestyle, this is your fifth wheel.

Equipped with a slide out King master suite up front with under bed storage, large slide glass door wardrobe, dresser, closet with washer/dryer prep, and a solid privacy door. The private bathroom features a residential sized shower with glass shower enclosure, medicine cabinet, linen cabinet, and porcelain toilet. The living area features opposing slide outs that offer plenty of room.  The main slide offers dual wall hugging recliners as well as a free-standing dinette table and chairs.  The rear entertainment center is backed by a large window that allows plenty of natural light in. Here a large 50″ LED TV on electric lift can be found.  As well as a sound bar entertainment system and electric fireplace.  The new ‘L’ shaped sectional style sofa features a built-in tri-fold sleeper sofa, and is very comfortable to relax on.  The highlight of this exciting four season Open Range RV, is the kitchen. Roamer RF347RES kitchen area. With the help of a large solid surface counter top area, the kitchen feels separated from the living area.  All the essentials of home can be found here.  Including a large side by side residential stainless steel refrigerator with ice and water.  A stainless steel three burner range with oven, large over the range stainless steel microwave, high-rise faucet, and plenty of storage, can be all found in the kitchen.  A fully ducted 15K BTU AC, direct heated and enclosed underbelly, along with a fully ducted high performance furnace, will keep this Roamer RF347RES comfortable all camping season long.  Outside features include a true auto leveling system with lock arm stabilizer bars, a rear roof ladder, outside security lights, raised cap for stack-able washer/dryer installations, power patio awning with LED lighting, full view entrance door, aluminum wheels, outside convenience center and much more.

Camping in style, Roamer RF347RESIt’s not so much camping as it is glamping.  But this exciting Roamer RF347RES is ready to be towed to your favorite camping spot.  For more information about one of my favorite RVs or to schedule an appointment today to see one.  Contact us here or at 800-722-1236.

2015 Hershey RV Show – America’s Largest RV Show

The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this year’s event – set for Sept 16-20 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. – should go a long way toward reinforcing that reputation.

2014 Hershey RV Show - Sept 16-20,2015America’s Largest RV Show has been featured on cable TV Shows on several different channels.  The show has become a destination for many consumers and industry experts.  Where else can a camping or RV enthusiast find everything they desire to see.   From lightweight tow behind folding tent trailers to high-end luxury motor coaches.

Once again this year, Lerch RV will be representing one of the fastest growing brands in the industry today, Highland Ridge RV.  The new home to all Open Range RV products, this year’s Highland Ridge RV display will boast sixteen travel trailers and fifth wheel RVs.  The display area is wide open, easily navigable by families with strollers.

New this year, Lerch RV will also be representing the Springdale and Summerland  brands built by Keystone RV.  This traditional ‘stick and tin’ built travel trailers represent a fantastic price for those budget minded camping families.  All without sacrificing features that campers have come to enjoy and expect in their new RVs.

We invite you to join us September 16-20, at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  And take in the wonderful spectacle that is America’s Largest RV Show.

Zip™ Breakaway Cable by Fastway

We are giving away 20 Zip breakaway cables

Is your old breakaway cable dragging on the ground? Is it frayed or broken? Stop stabbing your fingers on an old rusty cable. Replace it with the new Fastway® Zip™ breakaway cable; the cable that doesn’t drag.

The Fastway Zip keeps the cable up off the ground and out of harm’s way while you’re towing. And when you’re not towing, the cable easily clips to itself and stays out-of-the-way, instead of dangling all over the front of the trailer.  If you are looking for a new cable.  Here is the one you want!

Right now at Lerch RV, you can pick up a Fastway Zip breakaway cable for FREE!  Yes, you read that correctly.  We are giving away one Zip breakaway cable to the first twenty customers who ask for one.  You must come to our dealership, and ask for yours at our parts counter.  Supplies are limited to 20 breakaway cables.  They will go fast…

AAA sees Gas Prices Falling for Summer 2015

Lower gas prices may be on the way for U.S. consumers by this summer if refinery maintenance ends smoothly and crude oil remains relatively cheap, AAA said in a news release.Gas pump with money  As reported by the St. Augustine Record, the travel company’s release said it is even possible that gas prices will return to near $2 per gallon in some areas, as long as there are no unexpected problems in the meantime.


AAA does not expect the national average to rise above $3 per gallon this year. “There is a real hope that gas prices could drop significantly in time for the busy summer driving season,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “The overall outlook looks good for drivers, and with any luck we will avoid the types of problems that often lead to higher gas prices at this time of year.”  Many refineries have completed seasonal maintenance, though unexpected problems could still occur. Many refineries and wholesalers will switch to more expensive summer-blend gasoline by May 1 to meet EPA clean air regulations.


The cost of crude oil is likely to be the most important factor influencing gas prices over the next few months. At the close of Friday’s formal trading, WTI settled at $49.55 per barrel — 68 cents higher than the week before. Many experts believe that crude oil prices may drop further due to abundant supplies, but international conflict, declining production or other issues could result in higher prices.
This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com

RVs: Stick and Tin vs. Fiberglass

Why traditional walls are better.

A simple search of RV de-lamination in any online search engine will return a list of images that show both ugly and expensive damage to campers everywhere.  These campers all have one thing in common; they are constructed with fiberglass walls.  De-lamination is real and not an urban legend or wives’ tale.  De-lamination is caused by water intrusion that has occurred to the sidewall, causing the plywood/luan backer and adhesive(s) to let go of the exterior fiberglass panel.  Resulting in the blistering of the outside skin.  This is referred to as a de-lam in the RV industry.  There are no easy repairs to this type of problem.  And the resulting depreciation to the value of the camper can cause lasting financial issues.  So what should an avid RV do?

One thing is to look at the tried and true, time-tested stick and tin built trailers.   RVs built with traditional walls that do not de-laminate.  Below are some benefits of RVs built with traditional walls.

  • Wood framing offers insulation, hollow aluminum is cold and does not offer any insulation value.
  • Metal siding is painted much like an automobile and does not fade.  Fiberglass fades with age and looks dull.
  • Metal has “ridges” (just like Ruffles Chips) which provide lateral lines that improves the look of the trailer.  Fiberglass is smooth often showing panel seams and the occasional ill fitted panel.
  • Metal allows for blocking to be added to the wall for aftermarket accessories should you wish to add items at a later date.  Fiberglass walls cannot be altered.
  • Wood frame, metal sided trailers allow for flex.  Fiberglass units can stress and can crack at weak or poorly designed locations.
  • Metal allows for DIY fixes of any damage done to the metal itself.  Damage done to a fiberglass exterior will cause you to take a trip to a fiberglass repair shop and a lot of out-of-pocket money.
  • Metal sided – wood framing side walls allow for decreased interior wall sweating.

Some great tried and true metal sided trailers that come to mind at the Keystone Springdale,  Keystone Summerland and the Palomino Puma.  Save your family and yourself some hard-earned money and enjoy camping in a great trailer.