Family Vacation…Did I really just see that?

Just came across this awesome article and wanted to share it with our readers.  This is really, really cool.  Would love to see this going down the road.

national lampoons vacation motorhomeKeith Boreani started out about 11 years ago, renovating an old school bus.
As reported by the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette, raising the $5,000 to buy the bus was the easy part. Finding partners to help him do the job was a challenge. Nobody could quite grasp the vision that Boreani had for the old hulk. Boreani figured he could rent it out as a party bus, but the plan didn’t pan out.
You can’t keep a guy with crazy automotive ideas down, though, and Boreani, who’s in pharmaceutical sales, has a vision for a whole new fleet of vehicles that will never make a lot of money but will turn plenty of heads.  The first vehicle in the fleet has recently been completed. Boreani bought a 1971 Winnebago, with a big W on the side and 75,000 miles on it.  “It wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t pretty,” he said.  But he had an idea to make it really outrageous. Working with an Angola airbrusher, Harry Martin of Hairydidit, he converted the old motor home into a combination of Clark Griswold’s hideous green station wagon and Eddie’s hideous motor home from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies.  The green station wagon is painted on the side, complete with a dead grandma wrapped in a tarp and strapped to the roof. There are plenty of Walley World characters and tons of painted rust on the side, front and rear.

So if you see this unique motor home going down the road, be sure to wave hello to Sparky!

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV Hall of Fame reaches fundraising goal!

The RV/MH Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame reaches fundraising goal at last-minute…

ELKHART — The leadership at the RV/MH Hall of Fame is ready to reach for the lighter.

In the final day of the “burn the bank-note” push to raise $150,000 by April 30, the hall was still $20,000 shy of what it needed to get a $50,000 matching grant from the Ingram family.

With 12 hours left to go, one unidentified donor stepped forward with $5,000, and another came up with a donation of $15,000, according to Darryl Searer, president of the hall.

”On behalf of the hall’s board of directors, I would like to thank all of those who contributed and helped us achieve this success. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of those who believe in the hall’s mission and continue to open their hearts and pocketbooks. We cannot thank them enough,” Searer said in the written announcement of the successful fundraiser.

At the top of the list of generous donors is the family of Robert “Boots” Ingram, who have postponed some debts and offered matching grants to retire other debts, bringing the hall back from the brink of financial ruin and shutdown a little more than two years ago.

Between the $150,000 in matching grants from the Ingram family and the money donated by others, the hall will be ready to burn the note for their loan from 1st Source Bank, a loan that stood at $840,000 in early 2012.

The city of Elkhart forgave roughly $115,000 in fees owed by the hall, which also helped reduce the stress on the museum, hall of fame and events center near C.R. 17 and the Indiana Toll Road.

Wednesday morning, May 1, Searer said, “I spoke with Tony Ingram last night with the good news and was assured that the $50,000 check is in the mail and we’ll be able to pay off the bank loan soon. As soon as the Ingrams’ check arrives, the bank loan will be retired with a blazing ‘burn the bank-note’ ceremony.”

Congratulations to the RV / Motor Home Hall of Fame….

Article from The Elkhart Truth (elkharttruth.com)

PA Walmarts says NO to RVers

Walmart says no to RVers

Walmart says no to RVers

September 25, 2012 • Stacy Brown, The Sentinel

Known as a big-box retail store that has something for just about everyone, Walmart has also garnered a reputation for being friendly to the traveling camper.

But, RVers hoping to stay in the Carlisle Walmart parking lot on Noble Boulevard for an extended period of time can expect to be turned away. Or, ticketed and towed.

The store has installed large signs at the entrance of the lot reminding customers that overnight parking for RVs or trucks is prohibited.

Carlisle Police Lt. Michael Dzezinski said the rules have been in place for a long time.

“This parking enforcement isn’t anything new,” he said. “The property owners have asked us to enforce these parking regulations for RVs and tractor trailers for several years, and we’ve done so when time permitted or a complaint was received. As such, there are signs posted in each entrance to the lot that advise motorist of the parking restrictions.”

Further, Dzezinski said, enforcement actions typically involve tractor trailers that aren’t making deliveries to stores within the complex, as well as RVs that are attempting to occupy the parking lot overnight.

A spokesperson for the local store could not immediately be reached.

However, a message posted on the chain’s corporate website said, “While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able. Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

One Walmart location that has a no-camping policy resulted in a $1.2 million RV being towed earlier this year at one of the stores near Chicago.

The policy has many drivers livid.

“I cannot even legally park my RV while being a paying customer at the Carlisle, Pa., Walmart store without being issued a parking citation by your police department,” out-of-town RV owner Charles Quinn said in an email to The Sentinel.

“Apparently, the overzealous property owner has asked the police department to cite all trucks and RV in this privately owned lot, even when they are paying customers,” Quinn said.

That the Carlisle Walmart prohibits the parking is a shame, said local resident David Hardy.

“I will be passing the word to all of my RVing friends to bypass Carlisle in the future. Not only will Walmart suffer from the loss of business from the RV community but other businesses in the area will be bypassed while RVs go to places that are more welcome,” Hardy said.

New Jersey resident Larry Socha parked his $1.2 million motor home at a Walmart near Chicago in June to attend his 50th high school reunion but, according to the Glen Ellyn, Ill. Daily Herald, his RV was towed away from the Walmart parking lot while he was running errands for his 90-year-old mother.

Socha had thought the RV had been stolen, but later discovered the store had the vehicle towed off the lot, the newspaper reported.

A spokesperson for the store claimed the manager knocked on the motor home’s door a few times before ordering the unit towed.

Socha also told the paper that the parking lot was listed in an online directory of free overnight parking lots. It cost him $872.50 to get his RV and its contents back.

The Walmart in Carlisle is likely responding to some property damage and other concerns, officials said.

“I can’t speak directly for the property owners, however I believe that their position is based on two primary concerns,” Dzezinski said.

“First, they have experienced damage to landscaping and other property as a result of trucks and similar vehicles trying to maneuver within the confines of the parking lot,” he said. “Second, the lot isn’t designed in such a manner as to be conducive to the travel and parking of such large vehicles.”

It should also be noted that when the shopping complex was initially proposed, the Borough had to grant a zoning variance for the amount of parking spaces within the center, Dzezinski said.

“Essentially, there wasn’t enough parking for the square footage of the complex,” he said.

The HerrMAN, a 16-ton RV.

While most people opt for a small light weight RV, a couple from Germany set out to ‘tour the world’.  Read below to see how they have accomplished this trip. Have HerMAN will travel….

While recreational vehicles are good enough for many going on long distance road trips, this German couple opted for something more extreme and heavy-duty for their around-the-world journey.

Their choice vehicle is an 18-tonne army six-wheeler truck converted into cozy mobile home. The mighty mobile is affectionately called HerrMAN.

Seasoned traveler: HerrMAN has so far been to 18 countries and clocked 40,000km.
Seasoned traveler: HerrMAN has so far been to 18 countries and clocked 40,000km.

Stefan Sigl and Petra Mester have been on the road for two years, travelling 40,000km and have visited 18 countries since leaving Germany in November 2009.

They drove into Malaysia from Thailand early last month and had visited Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, China and Laos to name a few.

“Although I have used a recreational vehicle before, I felt that I needed something more robust as the countries we will be visiting might have very bad roads,” he told reporters during a stopover at Continental Sime Tyre’s Petaling Jaya head office here yesterday.

HerrMAN was fitted with Continental’s heavy machinery all-terrain tyres when it left Germany.

During their stay in Malaysia, the truck will get a new set of tyres to continue its journey.

Sigl, 50, used to work in the media industry before venturing on the road trip. Mester, 51, meanwhile, was a teacher and social worker.

Auxiliary wheels: Sigl showing the scooter and bicycle in the mini-garage.

The couple has two children a son, 30, and daughter, 27.

The idea to go on the “big journey” came up around Christmas in 2003. Sigl bought a MAN KAT1 6X6 truck in 2005 and spent the next few years converting it into an apartment on wheels complete with beds, toilet, air conditioning, deep freezer, microwave oven and washing machine.

The vehicle even has a mini-garage where Sigl keeps a scooter and a bicycle.

He said HerrMAN was a combination of the German word “herr” which meant mister and MAN which was the truck brand.

Rest and recreation: Mester showing the ‘living room’ of HerrMAN.

“In English, our vehicle is Mr MAN,” Sigl said, adding that it was also a tribute to his father whose name was Herman.

Sigl said they enjoyed their stay in Malaysia as the locals were friendly and that everyone could speak English.

The couple intends to stay for a month or longer and plan to visit the key attractions on the west and east coasts.

After that, they plan to ship HerrMAN from Malacca to Indonesia. They also aim to visit Timor Leste, Australia and New Zealand before continuing to South America.

For more information on the HerrMAN check out this link

The World’s Most Expensive Motorcoach New on the Market: the eleMMent Palazzo

Austrian company Marchi Mobile has constructed a spaced-age, luxury motor-mansion on wheels, the eleMMent Palazzo. This 2-level aerodynamic design gets 13 miles per gallon, helping to achieve a 20% increase in fuel efficiency of motor-homes. The body was designed by Luigi Colani, a German industrial designer.

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eleMMent Palazzo with ladder lift

This motorcoach is high class all the way with each being custom designed for the owner’s personal wishes, needs and style. Each eleMMent comes with a convenient lift ladder entry, a living room/lounge, a master bedroom, a kitchen and two bathrooms (one located each floor).

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eleMMent Living Room/Lounge area

With a living space of 215 square feet, the living area slide-outs double the size, making it 430 square feet. The bedroom comes with a 40 inch TV and a master bathroom with a rainfall shower and a separate toilet.

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eleMMent Master Bedroom

There is also a working fireplace, hardwood floors, skylights, a programmed central control remote, luxurious decorations, height-adjustable seating, mobile Internet, streaming video surveillance and satellite TV. The eleMMent also has a glow-in-the-dark finish to improve night safety.

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eleMMent Master Bathroom

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Sky Lounge and Bar

The Palazzo comes with a Sky Lounge (20 square meters) that rises from the top of the motor-home with a press of a button. The sky lounge comes with heated floors and a bar.

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eleMMent Exterior with Sky Lounge extended up

The eleMMent Palazzo has a top speed of 93 mph and a 510 bhp engine. Despite being over 40 feet long and having 20 tons (44,000 pounds) of weight, this motorhome gets 13 miles per gallon and reduces fuel consumption of up to 20% because of the aerodynamic design.

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eleMMent Driver's Cab, or should we say 'Cockpit'

This huge motor-coach does need a special driver with a HGV license (heavy-goods vehicle license – required mostly in the UK and Europe). The coach is equipped with a driver’s cab that has a bunk bed in it.

The most luxurious, modernized motor-coach is on sale now for only $1.9 million pounds ($2.9 million), making it the most expensive motor-home on the market in the world right now!

No if only we could afford this peace of luxury. However if you are looking for something to fit your family budget, give Lerch RV a call. We strive to make buying easy!

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

RV life and us, and the people along the way, Thank You

I recently came across this post on a blog called “Why RV?”  I found the article to be interesting and wanted to share it with my readers. I think it really describes the join and kindness that goes hand in hand with the RVing lifestyle.  Where else can you throw a huge group of people from all walks of life into boxes and put them side by side, and everyone still has a great weekend.  If you have any experiences to share please comment below.  And as usual Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Although we are only 6 years into our camping life,  we have met some wonderful people and had some great times.  And also have spent lots of money we didn’t have,  too.   We are on our 3rd RV already,  and looking for our 4th. We see older ones that are being used that shows the love people have for their Rv’s.  Some of these RV’s look better than brand new high-end diesel pushers.   There are a lot  of people out there that are perfectly fine with what they have. There are those that live full-time in their RV’s.
Those that have seasonal sites.
Those that just use theirs on weekends.
Those that use it weekends and a family vacation here and there.  (This is the group we fall into.)
I respect all and every RVer,  or do we call them/us campers.  Is there a difference?  Some people will say the only camping is tent camping.  Well, my back can’t take tent camping anymore.  So,  I prefer to do my “camping”in an RV.

The people Along The Way

RVers,  or campers,  are just about the friendliest group of people you will meet.  If there is a newbie in the campground,  rest assured,  help is only a fire ring away.
Even if your dog lifts his leg on a fellow camper,  there’s a good chance even the victim will get a good laugh over it.  Yes,  Our Bull Mastiff did this to our neighbor 1 weekend..
But I think the most interesting,  and friendliest couple we ever met while camping,  was a couple we met during our first year of camping.  the husband was retired,  and his wife was a school teacher who was retiring either that year or the next.    That would make it 05 or 06.  I think they were from St Louis. Missouri.
It went down something like this.  We pulled in to Sun Valley campground near Morgantown, Pa on Friday.  There was a Bounder Motor home already next to us.  Later I noticed a small grill on the picnic table.  The grill was smoking for hours.   I told Kim that maybe they went away and forgot about it.   No worries,  if they weren’t planning on eating,  then I would have handled that.  Boy did that smell great.  Found out later it was 2 HUGE steaks,  he was cooking slow.
Anyway,  eventually,  a tall thin man with dirty gray hair and beard emerged.  Grabbed his food,  said hello, and went back in to enjoy their meal.
Later,  him and his wife,  a shorter woman,  with long dark hair,  came out and introduced themselves.   Now,  here’s a coupe in their mid 60′s,  and we are in our mid 30′s at the time.   We talked for hours.  They told us about their travels,  about Silver Dollar City,  about their kids,  and that they were on their way to their daughter’s house in Philly.
The man,  I’m terrible with names,  sorry,  And I talked for hours while Kim and his wife also conversed.
This couple touched our lives,  and  they have no clue.   They made us realize just what RVing is all about.  Here’s a retired couple,  from halfway across the country,  and for a weekend,  they are our neighbors.  Our closest friends.  Then,  all of a sudden,  that is the last you ever know of them.  The memory remains.  And what is RVing and camping all about.  Making memories.

So,  if anyone runs into an African-American couple,  now around 70,   from Missouri,  he was tall with greyish hair and beard,  she was short,  with long dark hair,  and a retired school teacher,  driving a 1996 Bounder in great shape.  PLEASE tell them,  their weekend friends from Sun Valley Campground in PA in 2005 said hello!

Thank You.

Happy Camping Everyone
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RV Propane Tank Safety..LPG in PA

RV Tanks at Lerch RV in PA

Dual 30 lb LP Bottle Sketch

One of the main systems that helps your RV function on all levels is your propane system.  Without your propane, you lose most of the accessories that make your RV comfortable to use.  But did you know that you have to keep your propane cylinders certified?  If you are the owner of an older RV, then this is something that you need to check out to make sure that your propane system meets safety standards.

When you buy a new RV, you can go twelve years before having your cylinders certified.  After the first twelve-year check, you need to have it certified every five years after that.  Here’s some more information about propane certification from rvbasics.com:

If you have an older RV you should know that according to Federal law, DoT cylinders may only be used for 12 years after their manufacture date. After that, the cylinders must be “re-certified” which provides another five years of use. The cylinders can be re-certified every five years thereafter.Propane dispensers are legally required to look at the date stamped on the cylinder before filling it. Some dealers actually do look. We’ve been reminded a few times that our cylinders were about to expire. Check the date stamped on your cylinders… don’t rely on your rig’s model year even if the cylinders are original. It’s quite possible they are a year or older than your rig. Ours were.

Re-certification is usually done by the large bulk propane suppliers but we found one of our local RV repair shops was certified to do the job and they do it for free! Call around to see who may do it in your area.

Some other simple tips to follow as well:

Inspect your Propane Appliances

You should also have the tech check your fridge and any other propane appliances inside your RV.

Install Properly and Identify

You should have a way to identify the presence of a propane tank if your tank is hidden. ASME-identified tanks should be installed horizontally, and DOT-identified cylinders are installed vertically.

Replace Damaged Tanks

If you have a damaged tank, including dents and rust, or damage to a hose, you should replace your tank.

Don’t Overfill

Since the late 1980s, tanks with capacities of 40 lbs. and less have a overfilling protection device, or OPD. If you have an older tank, have a OPD installed. Don’t fill your tank with the RV running, or with anyone in it, if you are filling the tank while still attached to the RV.

Detecting a Leak

If you think you have a leak or smell gas, everyone needs to get out of the RV quickly. Leave the door open to your RV and shut off the supply valve.

If you have any questions regarding your propane bottles/cylinders, please give your Central PA RV Dealer a call.  You can reach the Lerch RV Service Department at 800-722-1236.

And if you are looking for that new travel trailer or fifth wheel, do not forget to give our Sales Team a call as well.

Trailer Tire Safety: Check your Tires Before Hitting the Road

The wheels on your RV go round and round, round and round…until…boom!

Ask yourself these questions:

When was the last time I checked the air pressure?

How old are your tires on your trailer?

When was the last time they were replaced?

RV Tires

You can’t judge your tires by how they look. Kicking them is not going to tell you anything either. Trailer tires are only meant to last three to six years on average. Just because they look good and the tread looks brand new does not mean that the tires are not rotting away on the inside.


Tires deteriorate over time whether you drive on them daily or just once a year.

Tire deterioration can happen from the UV rays from the sun, going over the allotted speed the tires can handle, going over the weight amount allotted for the trailer capacity and its tires, exceeding the maximum or falling under the minimum tire pressure of the tires, and finally, using products with petroleum distillates on your tires. All of these actions can cause your tires to deteriorate at a faster rate. Proper use and care of your tires will allow you to get the longest, safest use out of them.

Here are some tips to keeping your RV’s tires in good shape:

  1. Use covers to protect your tires from the sun. The UV rays from the sun can crack and damage your tires. If your trailer is parked longer than a weekend, make sure to cover your tires with tire covers.
  2. Make sure you know the MPH your tires are designed for. Trailers come with special trailer tires and the majority have a maximum speed rating of 65 MPH. By accelerating past that speed could cause serious damage to your tires, especially if your trailer is loaded down with weight.
  3. Make sure not to overload your trailer to over its capacity because your tires are affected too. The more pressure on your tires, the more stress you put on your tires. Especially if you are going over the maximum speed the tires can handle.
  4. Keeping your tires at the correct tire pressure is essential to not only the health of your tires but to your load weight and speed. Improper tire inflation is the number one factor in tire failure. Most RV and camper service personnel  recommend to inflate your tires to the maximum PSI stamped on the sidewall of the tire. Be aware of how the weather elements affect tire pressure. Higher elevations increase tire pressure as does warmer temperatures. Make sure to check your tires before hitting the road every time! Do a visual inspection for tire inflation, wear, bulging, cracking and anything that looks unusual.
  5. Only use soap and water to clean your tires. Using protective chemicals that have petroleum distillates will weaken your tires strength.
  6. Think about using Nitrogen to inflate your tires instead of compressed air.  Nitrogen has been found to pro-long the life of the tire. Nitrogen allows the tire to run cooler while in use.
  7. Replace your tires every three to six years, regardless of the miles you’ve put on them or the tread depth. When we’re talking three to six years, we mean from the time when the tire was manufactured. Each tire has a date stamped on the sidewall stating the manufactured date. There is how to read one.

The date code looks something like this: DOT PDHH MLOR 3403.

The date code always starts with a DOT and ends with a 3 or 4 digit number. Those last numbers are the date code. The first two numbers indicate the week (out of 52) and the last one or two digits indicate the year it was manufactured in. So, from the date code above, 3403 means the 34th week of 2003, or the fourth week of August 2003. So, from that date, your tires would need to be replaced between August 2006 and August of 2009.

Another thought to keep in mind, blow outs and flat tires happen. So always carry a spare tire, jack and the proper tools to fix your flat tire while you are traveling.

**The information from this post was taken from RV Chat With Ron Fleming “How Old Are the Tires on Your RV?”

For more information, please consult your tire’s manufacturer or the RV’s manufacturer.

Tire identification diagram

Image via Wikipedia

Are you a happy camper? If not read thes tips…

Trashy Campground image

It’s bound to happen if you are an RVer.  You will get to your camp site and realize that you have some less than ideal neighbors.  It may be little things such as loose trash or too much noise, or even sever such as people who try to get confrontational.  The best thing that you can do in these situations is to be the better camper and hope that they will pick up on some of your routines.

Being a great camper means more than having the best equipment, it means allowing everyone around you to have a great time without causing any problems.  Here are five tips from your-rv-lifestyle.com on how to become a better camper.

  1. Follow the rules: Individual parks usually hand you a copy of their rules when you register. Adhering to these rules is one of the basics of campground etiquette. It makes things easier for everyone involved – you, your neighbors and the park operators. Typical guidelines include reduced speed limits on campground roads for the safety of all involved. You are typically expected to unhook a dinghy before driving to your site. There are usually defined quiet hours when you should keep the noise down, turn off outdoor lights, generators – basically, the party is over.
  2. Eliminate pet peeves: Literally. Pick up after your pets. Stop excessive or extended barking. Don’t leave a howling dog unattended to bother the neighbors. Use a leash. Even if Spot is friendly, not everyone is an animal lover. Good pet-etiquette on your part helps ensure that the many RVers with pets are welcome at campgrounds.
  3. Parking the rig: Sometimes it is very clear how to orient the rig on a site – you may even have a cement pad. But in many cases, the only guideposts will be the hookup for electric and sewer. General campground etiquette is to stay on your side of that hook-up, and not have awnings or slide-outs encroaching on the site next door. Look at the campground map for a clue about preferred orientation. Or, look around you to see how other rigs are angled, if they are centered on sites or close to the utility hook up. You will get the most out of the space you have (and so will your neighbors) if you are all situated the same way. There are bound to be exceptions – we have been in many campgrounds with no uniformity in the size, shape or orientation of sites. The main objective in these cases is to just “guess the site” and fit the RV into it. But even then, the idea is to park in a way that gets everyone their fair share of privacy and room under their respective awnings. Common sense and campground etiquette go hand in hand.
  4. Late arrivals: If you are arriving at a park after normal quiet hours, attempt some degree of stealth behavior. Not that it is easy to be unobtrusive pulling in an RV. But keep the set-up to the minimum required for the night. Your neighbors will understand that you need to pull in and hook up. They have probably been in the same situation. But they will lose patience if they spend an hour listening to loud conversation, slamming doors and arguments over how to level the rig. Do what is essential and remember that tomorrow is another day. The same sort of courtesy should be used if you are making an early morning departure. Don’t keep the engine idling for an hour before you leave. Tidy up your campsite the night before.
  5. Sewer connections: Do them right. Make them secure. No torn hoses. In most places, your sewer connection faces the side where you neighbor has their “patio” area. Another time where being discreet and careful is part of good campground etiquette.

There are more tips in the article, and I recommend that you give it a good read through. When you become a better camper, you will have a better time on the road. If you are looking for a new RV to become the best camper you can be in, then check out Lerch RV, Pennsylvania‘s largest travel trailer dealer.

Camping Activities for the kids? Do away with the “I’m bored syndrome”.

I came across this posting on the forums of Camping PA.com.   Camping is always enjoyable when the kids are having fun.  I know from personal experience, having two of my own.  If you have anything else to add to this list, please share.  Happy camping!

Here is a list of interesting things you can do with the kids when you go out camping! at one of our sponsoring campsites…

#1  Get the kids involved in the camp work. Work doesn’t sound like much fun, but things like pitching a tent, building a fire and cooking food can be a lot of fun for kids, particularly younger ones who aren’t used to having that level of responsibility. Don’t just let mom and dad do all the work–get your children involved in gathering firewood, building a fire pit, picking a place to pitch the tent and pounding in stakes.

#2  Hold a wilderness scavenger hunt. Designate a list of different plants, objects, rocks and wildlife native to where you’re camping and have the kids scour the surrounding area for them. To make it both rewarding and competitive, have a prize ready for whoever completes the list first. Just be sure to make them aware of harmful plants, animals and insects before they head out.

#3  Build a fort. Pretend that your tent has been lost in the woods and that you need to make shelter for the night. Get your kids involved in planning and building a shelter with available supplies like logs and branches. Building a fort is almost always an activity children will enjoy.

#4  Go on a nature hike. Get your children to enjoy and appreciate their surroundings by looking for wildlife. Bring a guide of animals and tracks and walk around the forest in search of footprints, animals, flowers and plants. In addition to looking, engage the other senses, including smell and hearing, on your search for wildlife. Bring additional tools to make it more fun, such as binoculars.

#5  Play survival games. Get your children thinking about what they’d do in a survival situation. Have them gather water, food, shelter and fire supplies. Try building a fire using only elements found in the wilderness for an educational activity. Use a guide to determine what plants and animals could be food sources in an emergency. Also teach your children navigation skills. Do make sure they know this is just a game, and don’t let them eat or drink anything they shouldn’t.

Alternately, pretend that you have to leave camp immediately. Have your children decide which items are essential to take with you and what should be left behind. Then navigate to “safety.”

#6  Play games. Some games that work well at a campsite include horseshoes, corn-hole and badminton.  The ever popular game of ladderball/ladder golf. Plan these games before your trip and pack accordingly.

#7  Hold a story contest. Telling ghost stories is a classic camping activity. Hold a contest to see who can tell the scariest, most believable story. Plan this ahead of time to give your children time to think and even to write their story. This will stimulate their imagination and may even get them to do a little “school-like story writing” while in the woods. Give bonus points for use of props or acting during their story.

I thought this would be fun for anyone with kids.