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

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.

Penn State Football RV Rentals

Beaver Stadium RV Rentals

Tailgate in style and comfort.

Are you looking for a great way to experience the proud history and tradition of Penn State Football? Are you looking to tailgate the entire weekend and not just on game day? Look no further than GOPSURV.com.

The PSU Nittany Lion knows the best place to rent an RV.

The PSU Nittany Lion knows the best place to rent an RV.

GO PSU RV offers a unique Penn State football experience. Spend the night within eyesight of the third largest stadium in the world, Beaver Stadium. Find out why Beaver Stadium is widely known as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams.

Where else can you enjoy 2 Full Days of PSU Tailgating in view of Beaver Stadium with a full kitchen & your own private bathroom just a step away?

Spend Friday meeting your fellow football fans & then cook a meal in your full kitchen or go to one of the many great restaurants close-by. Return to your comfortable quarters for a good nights rest & awake when you want (no getting up at 5 AM to go sit in line for a tailgating spot, your already there!). Have breakfast however, and whenever you want it & then open your door to the best tailgating anywhere in the world.

Give GO PSU RV a call at 800-519-8467 to rent your game-day RV today!  Or give Lerch RV a call and we will point you in the right direction.


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.

PA Mountain Pie Championship

2015 Mountain Pie Championship

sponsored by Lerch RV and PAcamping.com

 Pennsylvania mountain pie championship,Lerch RV

Do you have what it takes to be the…
2015 Mountain Pie Champion of Pennsylvania?

Mountain Pies, Hobo Pies, or Camper Pies, whatever you call those tasty little gems that are a campfire favorite, are going to take center stage during the 2015 camping season. Participating Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association member’s campgrounds will feature a good old-fashioned culinary competition at their campground one day during the 2015 camping season.

Using three judges, each participating PCOA campground will choose two winners. Those winners will be eligible for the state competition to be held during the Gratz Fair on Saturday afternoon, September 26, 2015. The village of Gratz is located in Dauphin County, just 35 miles north of Harrisburg, Pa.
Judging Criteria for the 2015 Mountain Pie Contest

  1. Flavor consisting of aroma, taste, good balance and of course, overall flavoring ….. 30 points
  2. Consistency of filling, correct doneness and overall moistness ….. 25 points
  3. Crust – color, texture, doneness ….. 20 points
  4. Overall visual appeal. Does the pie look appetizing? ….. 15 points
  5. Creativity. How creative is the pie? Including plate presentation ….. 10 points


For more information visit a participating PCOA campground or head on over to PAcamping.com.

A cheaper way to see the USA.

Volunteering in our Nation’s parks.

Rob Nurre playing the role of Frank Davey, a turn-of-the-century storekeeper in Garnet, waits for a young customer to choose her candy. Photo by David Abrams, BLM, Western Montana Zone

You could camp this Summer at Yellowstone National Park for a mere $22.50 a night, if you can get the reservations, or you could park your RV free by volunteering as a campground host.  This is just one of the hundreds of volunteer opportunities that come with some sort of lodging via the National Park Service this year.

To learn more about volunteering benefits, read this great article by Money Talk News…… READ MORE

2015 York RV & Camping Show – March 20-22

It’s RV Showtime again in York, Pennsylvania!

2015 York RV  campers world RV Show, March 20-22,2015Whatever your family camping budget is, the York RV Show will have your dream RV.  Join Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able RV dealer, Lerch RV, at the upcoming show for great sale prices.  Whatever your interest or budget, we will have plenty of tow-able travel trailers and fifth wheels on display.  From entry-level Summerland travel trailers, family value minded Springdales, to the full luxury of camping the Open Range 3X with three-inch thick side walls.

2015 York Campers World RV Show Map

Find us in Memorial Hall East Building B.

The 2015 York RV Campers World Show is at a later time this year.  This means you have less of a time to wait till Spring camping season to begin after your purchase.  Resorts, campgrounds, and RV lifestyle accessories surround the RV displays with vacation destination ideas plus fun. During the show you will find bingo games for free weekends of camping, camper games, instant door prizes, camping package prizes and strolling clowns to entertain children of all ages.

Lerch RV will have the it’s annual large display of over 20+ travel trailer and 5th wheel RVs for your browsing enjoyment.  Offering show only deals and pricing.  Do no miss the chance to take advantage of pre-season pricing on great brands like Summerland, Springdale, Sprinter, Open Range 3X, Light, Roamer, Journeyer, Fuzion, Impact, and much more.

Great RV deals, the newest floor plan offerings, great campgrounds, and great food make the York RV Show a must to attend.  I can not wait to have some famous Bricker’s French Fries.

2015 York RV Show Coupon

Save a few buck$ with this coupon.