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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

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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.

Enjoy!

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

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.

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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…

Keystone Passport Ultra Lite Expandable Travel Trailers

Passport Ultra Lite Travel Trailers

Once again, Passport by Keystone RV is building a line of expandable, tent end travel trailer RVs.  These new hybrid campers are extremely lightweight.  And easily towed by a properly equipped half ton truck, SUV or Cross-over style vehicle.   The new Passport EXP models are in stock and ready to go camping.

With Passport, we make it easy to stamp the mind with memories, help the kids fill their pockets with precious knickknacks, create a one-of-a-kind album of snap shots. Because Passport is lighter and fully equipped, it is easier to grab and go, giving you plenty of opportunity to hit the road on a moment’s notice. Whether you are looking for a small, couples coach that can be towed with a crossover vehicle, or a lager family bunk house model that doesn’t require a big truck, Passport has more choices for you. Go ahead and fill the blank pages and enjoy the story as it unfolds.

Check out all the models that Passport offers at Pennsylvania RV dealer, Lerch RV.  At our dealership, Passport has become our top-selling ultra lite RV brand.  Visit our Milroy, PA dealer location and see why you never want to travel without your Passport.

Keystone Passport ultra lite expandable travel trailer RV camper

Springdale 38’s – Travel Trailers with Residential Feel

2015 Springdale 38FL by Keystone RV

‘L’ Shaped Lounge – Fireplace – Central Vac – Ample Storage
Large Master Suite – Residential Refrigerator – Plenty of Room

2015 Springdale 38FL travel trailer RV camper-Pennsylvania RV dealer-Lerch RVThis new, 2015 Springdale 38FL is ideally suited for the camping family looking for value. With Springdale we understand that your hard-earned money should go as far as your adventure can take you. Once on the road to adventure, you’ll see how camping in your Springdale is just plain better. Springdale offers numerous features you can’t find on other brands as well as more standard options and amenities than any other brand in this class. From Springdale’s vaulted ceiling and 14-foot super slide room to the Do More dinette, Springdale is focused on delivering great value and convenience that will always make camping in your Springdale a Better Way To Camp. Schedule an appointment today to see this exciting RV.

Equipped with Springdale’s Value Package – Adventure Package – Central Vac System – Enclosed Underbelly – Radial Tires – 50 Amp Service – Correct Track – 10 gallon Gas/Electric Water Heater with DSI – Spare Tire Kit – Exterior Shower – Sliding Glass Patio Door – Tri Fold Sleeper Sofa – Residential Electric Refrigerator2015 Springdale 38FL residential electric refrigerator

At a low price of $24,800, this 2015 Springdale 38FL is priced to sell. Yes, you get a great instant savings. As well as a full one year Keystone RV manufacturer warranty.

Call 800-722-1236 today or fill out the contact form below for more information on this exciting RV. Or if you have a current trailer that you enjoy camping in, fill out our RV trade in form, and we will provide you with an honest trade-in value. So click or call today. Financing is available for qualified buyers. And additional extended warranties are available for sale

2015 Springdale 38FL Keystone RV dealer - Lerch RV

 

 

Every Sale at Lerch RV Includes: Full Dealer Prep/PDI, Full LP Tanks, Auxiliary Battery with Mounting Box, Gift Card, Detailed – Clean RV, Current PA State Trailer Inspection, Profession Hitch Set Up Advice, and a Full Customer Orientation/Walk Through. All with no hidden or extra fees. See for yourself how Lerch RV makes buying EASY!

Harrisburg Pennsylvania RV Show 2015

Harrisburg Pennsylvania RV Show:

February 26 – March 1, 2015

This is the must go to show for every RV enthusiast.  Lerch RV will have many RVS on display at the Harrisburg RV Show. We will also have  large parts and RV accessory area for picking up those great buys.  All at show special prices!  This show is the “go to place” to begin planning your upcoming camping vacations.  Or maybe you are trading up to your dream RV.  We are looking for quality pre-owned travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Harrisburg Pennsylvania RV ShowVisit our display for low pre-season sale pricing.  We will be offering show only pricing, you cannot even get these low prices on our lot.  So come visit our RV display at the Harrisburg Pennsylvania RV Show.  New RVers or those old hands at traveling the RV road will discover this the ideal show to learn about new RV products, campgrounds, and parts.

We will have national top-selling RVs by Passport, Open Range Light, and Outback.  Just to name a few.  So come visit us at the Harrisburg Pennsylvania RV Show at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Show Info

February 26 – March 1
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
2300 N. Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Show Hours

Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Ticket Prices

Adults: $10
Kids 12 and under: FREE

RV Water Heater. Do you maintain it?

It is no secret that RVs require constant maintenance; especially when they are utilized year round. Now that the winter months are right around the corner, it is a good idea to have the hot water heater in your RV maintained properly. That way, you will be able to turn up the heat in the dead of winter!

The hot water heater in your RV should be drained once every six months to keep it in good working order. First, turn off the heater. Then, run the water to ensure that only cold water is coming out. Next, remove the drain plug and drain all of the water out of the unit. Be sure to flush the tank with fresh water. You can purchase a small nozzle that helps with flushing the water out.

At RV America, we understand that accidents happen. If something goes awry while maintaining your hot water heater, we are here to help. Just contact our service department at 800-722-1236 for your maintenance needs. We’ll make sure your beloved camper is running in tip top shape before you take it out for a spin.

Remember we have 18 service bays to make sure your RV is ready to go camping.  Give Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able RV dealer a call today!

RV Buyers Scam!

ALERT:Off-shore Internet scam preying on potential RV buyers

The old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is unfortunately ringing true in the case of a scam website, http://www.rv-wheels.com.

Scam artists thought to be operating out of Nigeria are relieving would-be RV buyers of thousands of dollars in deposit money on nonexistent RVs, and there’s little that can be done because the perpetrators are outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to investigators with the Newton County, MO, police department.

Officers from the southwest Missouri county became involved because http://www.rv-wheels.com have been directing buyers to the site of a former RV park south of Joplin, MO, according to detective Fred Engberg. The campground went of business years ago, although some “old FEMA trailers” there are rented to occupants on the property, Engberg told RVDA.

Wheelen RV Center in Joplin, a longtime RVDA member, has been fielding questions from consumers and notified RVDA about the scam. Marty Wheelen said people from as far away as Georgia have traveled to Joplin to pick up motor-homes they intended to buy from the website’s operators, only to find there was no motor home.

Similar off-shore scams have directed prospective RV buyers to other locations around the country to pick up nonexistent RVs, Engberg says.

RVDA called the phone number listed on the http://www.rv-wheels.com website, posing as a potential buyer, but there was no answer.  However,  the call was returned a few minutes later, and the caller said that the motor home RVDA inquired about could be viewed either in Joplin or at a location selected by the potential buyer.

“Please call [before traveling to Joplin] because other people are interested in that unit and it might be sold before you come out,” the caller added.

Although there’s virtually no chance that the people who lost deposit money will be able to recover it, Engberg  hopes that putting the word out about this scam will prevent others from being victimized.

 

Found and Shared from RV Executive Today.

 

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.


Harrisburg, Pa. – Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, according to Gant Daily.  These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges, Gant Daily explained.  The first preview hike is June 28. It will be at Pequea Creek Campground and is approximately 12 miles. Gant Daily noted hikers should bring water and lunch. The second preview hike is July 12. It will be at Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground and is approximately 15 miles. Hikers should meet at Otter Creek Campground at 9 a.m.

– Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, wants to balance the budget, in part by leasing state park and forest acreage for gas development. Not so fast, say two former officials for state parks and natural resources departments. The two officials spoke in court on behalf of an environmental group trying to put a stop to the idea.

– Three new one-hour episodes of Extreme RVs will air this Sunday evening, June 15, on the Travel Channel, including a massive toy hauler, a $2 million custom Prevost, and a Sprinter van conversion.

St. Cloud, Minn. — Pleasureland RV Center owner Dan Pearson has come to the assistance of law enforcement once again, this time footing the bill for a bloodhound that replaces one who used to work for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office until it died unexpectedly late last year, the St. Cloud Times reported.

– As of June 9, advanced reservations for the Father’s Day weekend (June 13 to 15) were running 5.6 percent ahead of the same period in 2013. A total of 22,150 reservations had been made, representing a total of 56,100 camping nights.

Anaconda, Mont. — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said a camper discovered a jawbone Tuesday night at the Warm Springs Creek Campground, Mont., according to NBC Montana.Police and a medical examiner were called to the scene, and also found ribs in the dirt, NBC Montana reported.  Barkell said he believes the site may be an old settler or tribal burial ground. NBC Montana noted the Montana Historical Society has taken over the scene, Barkell said, and will run tests to determine how old the bones are.

Butte, Mont. — At least seven mobile home owners have been told to leave the KOA in Butte, leaving some who have lived there for years scrambling to find another place, according to The Montana Standard.  Joseph Tice, a new majority owner of the campground off of Kaw Avenue, had a letter distributed to them last week explaining the final conversion of the property to an overnight campground was beginning. He is giving them 90 days to leave, The Montana Standard reported.  Tice said KOA, which oversees the national franchise business, said KOAs are more successful if operated solely as overnight campgrounds so he has decided to stop renting spaces to mobile homes on a monthly basis, The Montana Standard explained.

Minneapolis, MN — High school carpenters have nearly finished three camper cabins for the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, and they are on schedule to be trucked out to the park in July, Star Tribune explained.
Over the school year, 41 students came from their high schools to take construction trades classes at Dakota County Technical College, where they built the one-room cabins, according to Star Tribune. Their free labor made the cabins affordable for Dakota County, allowing the county to add the popular overnight getaways as a key draw for the new 425-acre park, set to open in September, Star Tribune reported.

– Campers have discovered what appears to be an ancient elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.  “State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears to be a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant,” said State Parks Director Tommy Mutz in a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.  The release characterized the find as a possible stegomastodon. According to the University of Nebraska State Museum, which helped in the excavation of a stegomastodon found in Nebraska, the species went extinct around 1.3 million years ago.  Paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are working with State Parks and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation staff to safeguard, investigate and potentially excavate the fossil as soon as possible, the release states.  Campers reported the find to authorities, said Dr. Robert Stokes, State Parks Archaeologist.  “State and federal law prohibit the removal of archeological, paleontological and botanical specimens from Elephant Butte Lake State Park,” Stokes said.  Once the investigation is complete, State Parks will work with other agencies to provide the public with information about the age and type of fossil skull found, the release states.

 

~News from The Weird~

~ updateKristian Horn, who used to be a purchasing agent for RV manufacturer Forest River, has been sentenced to three years in prison. An Indiana court found him guilty of stealing company materials and selling them at about a third of their original price. Horn will also be paying restitution.

~ Update on RVers who scooped up a newborn seal pup on a California beach and were making a getaway. Two volunteers from Monterey, California’s Marine Mammal Center got a tip about the seal-napping, gave chase in their BMW and somehow contacted the RV driver by phone. The RVer agreed to stop, and the duo found the seal stashed under a pile of dirty clothes. “Beemer Cruise” is being readied for a future return to the wild. It’s not clear if the RVer will be charged.

~ If Zibby Wilder has her way, you may soon stay at Chillville in an Air-stream. The food-and-wine writer wants to set up five “amenity rich” Air-stream trailers on Walla Walla, Washington’s airport industrial property to form a “glamping” resort complete with a communal gas fire-pit, pétanque courts and picnic tables. No other RVs would be allowed admittance.

~ A man stole a motor-home north of Seattle, Wash., then led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase for an hour, driving through oncoming traffic then smashing into five cars and two homes in Granite Falls, Wash. The thief abandoned the rig then ran several blocks while shedding his clothes. He barged into a house and when the occupants refused his request for clothing, he took a pair of women’s jeans and a top and ran out of the house into the open arms of police. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Petersburg, Ky. – Authorities said an alleged campsite burglar and vandal was arrested Tuesday after he was found face down in Boone County cornfield, FOX 19 reported.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Luthor Robinson, was reportedly wearing shorts taken from the campsite. The shorts were belted with a cable television wire cut from one of the sites, FOX 19 explained.
Authorities told FOX 19 most of the stolen property was recovered, including two guitars, a handgun, two flat screen televisions, a portable boom box and a battery jump box. Damage to the sites included broken windows, kicked in doors, two jet skis sunken and damaged boat controls.

 

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

– York, PA: The York Campers World RV Show was held in York, Pa., the second weekend of March, as has been done for the past 36 years. The 14 RV dealers present reported brisk sales, and a total of 180 units were shown on over 130,000 square feet of indoor space and 38 units were outside on the York Expo Center ground, said Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association. “Fifty campgrounds showcased their facilities and talked with the customers about the advantages of coming to their park,” she explained.

-Timmins, Ontario: When city officials in Timmins, Ontario, agreed to help operate cash-strapped Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park two years ago, they thought the park would be a paying proposition. Now the city says they may close the gates at the park if they can’t fill 10 more seasonal RV sites. With 53 sites filled, the city set Friday as the deadline for purchases; if not sold, the park will be listed as “non-operational.”

Indiana: Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Sites looking for hosts to volunteer in April are Turkey Run, Indiana Dunes, Potato Creek and Spring Mill state parks. Raccoon State Recreation Area needs a host June 29 through August 3, the entire length, or in two-week periods. A complete list of sites and information on hosting duties is here. If interested, contact the site directly.

Elkhart, Indiana: Thor Industries Inc. plans to auction off remaining towable inventory, work-in-progress units and assorted components Tuesday (Mar. 25) at a former Monaco RV tow-able manufacturing plant on Indiana 19 (2700 S. Nappanee St.) on the south side of Elkhart, Ind., a facility that Thor purchased in February from Ocala, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. Auctioneers indicate that a big crowd is expected for the liquidation sale at the 220,000-square-foot plant in which Thor plans on expanding its Thor Motor Coach Inc. division’s motorhome production. The auction, according to a sale flier, will include “enough inventory to run production for weeks.”

Nationwide: RV dealers are expecting big things this year, according to results from a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) survey conducted in late January to early February. In the March issue of RV Executive Today, RVDA reported that after a good 2013, the majority of survey respondents are expecting 2014 to be even better. Specifically, 68% of dealers who participated in the survey feel the outlook for the retail market this year will be better than it was in 2013. Another 32% believe the market will be about the same as it was last year.

– Manlius, NY: The Great Outdoors RV Superstore in Fulton, N.Y., is proposing to build a satellite recreational vehicle/trailer sales office on the site of the former Fremont Lanes Bowling Alley in the town of Manlius, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.The Post-Standard reports that a small sales office would be built on the now-vacant 2.5-acre site, with 12 parking spaces and room to park 23 RVs/trailers. The site would open this spring, as soon as the proper permits are secured, Doug Miller, engineer for the town of Manlius told the Post-Standard. The bowling alley was demolished several years ago.

~News From The Weird~

– Three people were badly burned after an RV burst into flames at a Delta, British Columbia, gas station March 15. According to police, the occupants were siphoning fuel through a trap door in the vehicle, which they parked above the underground holding tank. Investigators haven’t confirmed where the stolen gas was intended to be sold, but said it sometimes is advertised on Craigslist.

– Alexandria, LA: Tips about odd smells led to the arrest of a Deville man who allegedly was operating a meth lab in a small camper, according to The Town Talk.
Deputies went to the camper Wednesday in Deville to follow-up on the tips about the smells and suspicions that meth was being made. John Loyd Paul Jr. answered the door, and deputies smelled “a distinct chemical odor,” according to The Town Talk. A deputy who entered the camper to get a gun saw a pan with suspected meth drying on a heating blanket, The Town Talk reports. Paul was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance II, creation/operation of a clandestine lab, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, illegal carrying of weapons with drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!