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Adventure Calls: 117 Things to Add to Your RV bucket list

Hail, ye fellow Road Warriors! Adventure is calling – but where to go first? Whether hitting the pavement as a first-timer or as an asphalt veteran, it’s time to get inspired by this big and beautiful country we live in. Check off these 117 must-see locales while you’re cruising in your “road house” before you kick the bucket.

    1. Experience the first rays of sun before anyone else in America. In the fall, drive or hike up Cadillac Mountain on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island.
      • Travel Tip: Stay and enjoy Acadia National Park at the Mt. Desert Narrows Campground, whose sister campground, Narrows Too, is Big Rig friendly.
    1. Determine which coastal New England town hosts the best crab cakes.
    2. Ride the oldest working carousel in the country. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
      • Travel Tip: Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground is the only campground on the island.
    3. Buy a lobster off a lobstering boat in a coastal marina.
    4. Cruise the winding roads of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire when autumn is in full swing.
    1. Drive down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. Deck out the RV in patriotic decorations: flags, streamers, ribbons. Play the national anthem as loud as you can. Wave to children.
      • Travel Tip: The closest RV Park/Campground to Washington D.C. is Cherry Hill Park. College Park, Maryland.
    2. Spend a peaceful evening listening to the loons in the Adirondacks.
    1. Eat a pizza in Mystic, Connecticut.
    2. Take a picture next to each of Saratoga Springs’ 34 horse statues. Saratoga Springs, New York.
      • Travel Tip: Whispering Pines Campsites & RV Park is picturesque and minutes away from Saratoga Springs.
    3. Have a paper airplane throwing contest on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in honor of the Kitty Hawk.
    4. Cook a gourmet meal in your RV.
    5. Get drenched at Niagara Falls.
    1. Go whale watching off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
    2. Pick blueberries in the eastern-most town in the United States: Lubec, Maine.
    3. Drive over the highest vehicular bridge in the Americas: New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Don’t look down!
    1. Discover why New Jersey is called the Garden State. Drive through southern New Jersey and along the Appalachian Trail.
    2. Roll the dice in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
    1. Meander down Ashley River Road through Charleston, South Carolina.
    2. Collect some blue grass in Kentucky. Press it in a journal or book.
    3. Invite Mickey and Minnie to dinner in your RV. Or at least get their autographs.
      • Travel Tip: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom.
    4. Look for a green light at the end of a dock where The Great Gatsby was filmed. Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, Rhode Island.
    1. Camp on the beach. Edisto Island, South Carolina.
    2. Time your West Virginia road trip to coincide with a meteor shower. Drive until there are no lights and stay up all night.
    3. Savannah, Georgia is voted Top 50 Most Romantic Cities in America. Go there. Go on a date.
      • Travel Tip: Stay for a night or two in Fort McAllister Historic Park – Richmond Hill Campground.
    1. Take a winter Vermont trip! Ski the bunny hills (or double black diamond runs) at Stowe, indulge in free ice cream samples at the Ben & Jerry’s factory near Waterbury, walk down Church Street Marketplace in Burlington.
    2. Time your stay on Chesapeake’s Eastern Shore with the migration of the birds south for the winter. Many pass right through the Atlantic Flyaway.
      • Travel Tip: Chesapeake View Campground is the perfect place to put up your feet after a long day of bird watching.
    3. Try spelunking – or just going for a walk – in Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world. Central Kentucky.
    1. Touch the one-of-a-kind rock formations in Tishomingo State Park driving along scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
    2. Sell some trinkets in the World’s Longest Yard Sale – the 127 Corridor Sale – in early August. 654 miles, starting in West Unity, Ohio and ending in Gadsden, Alabama.
    3. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to North Carolina.
    1. Park your rig at the 411 Drive-In for a night of old-fashioned movie fun. Leesburg, Alabama.
    2. Vote on your favorite float for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
      • Travel Tip: Looking for a place to stay? Try Riverboat Travel Park, only a few miles from the French Quarter.
    3. Eat a peach while touring the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site. Atlanta, Georgia.
    4. Count the wildlife you see in the Everglades. Be wary of alligators.
    5. Take a picture on the observation tower at Clingmans Dome, the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.
      • Travel Tip: There is no entry fee to the park – one of the only National Parks in the country without one.
    1. Glue some rhinestones to the soles of your shoes and tour Graceland. Memphis, Tennessee.
    2. Blast “Coat of Many Colors” and cruise through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home of Dollywood.
    3. Get lucky in Kentucky. Bet on a horse at Churchill Downs. Louisville, Kentucky.
    4. Take a picture by the Southermost Point Buoy. Key West, Florida.
      • Travel Tip: Word of mouth is that, while hard to find at night, El Mar RV Resort is the most cost effective in this expensive region.
    5. Chase a tornado in Kansas. Or err on the side of caution and visit a local weather center.
    6. Ditch the RV and take a buggy ride through Amish Country. Shreve, Ohio.
      • Travel Tip: Think about staying at Whispering Hills RV Park. It’s a good thought, isn’t it?
    7. Wash your hair in the water fall at Ash Cave. Hocking Hills, Ohio.
    1. Bring the beer and burgers! Tailgate a Buckeye football game. Columbus, Ohio.
      • Travel Tip: The Schottenstein Center in the Buckeye lots is a great spot for Ohio State Tailgating.
    2. Hibernate under the stars at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, Michigan.
    3. Voyage through Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.
    4. Be devilish! Skinny dip in Devils Lake. Baraboo, Wisconsin.
    1. Ride down the Magnificent Mile. Blast your favorite song and wave to all the shoppers. On your way out of the city, cruise down Lake Shore Drive. Chicago, Illinois.
    2. There’s no place like home! Wear sparkly red shoes and click your heels three times in Kansas.
    3. Park your RV for a day. Bike to the ferry terminal at Mackinac Island, Michigan, where no cars are allowed.
      • Travel Tip: Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is close by and is a favorite amongst travelers.
    4. Take a tour of Abe Lincoln’s house. Observe the size of his home compared to your RV. Springfield, Illinois.
    5. Stroll through the Garden of Gods at dawn in Shawnee National Forest. Southern Illinois.
      • Travel Tip: Oak Point is a campground located right in the Shawnee National Forest
    1. Run the bases at the Field of Dreams. Dyersville, Iowa.
    2. Drive your RV under the St. Louis Arch and beep your horn. As much as you would like.
    3. Get all dolled up and see a Country show in Branson, Missouri.
    4. One hump or two? Trek through the West Texas Sand Dunes in Monahans Sandhills State Park on a camel. Watch out, they spit.
    5. Eat a hamburger under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle. Collinsville, Illinois.
    6. Dance barefoot in a sunflower field in the Sunflower State (Kansas).
    1. Snap your RV’s photo in front of Carhenge. Create your own miniature Carhenge out of toy cars. Alliance, Nebraska.
    2. Spelunk at Wind Cave National Park. Hot Springs, South Dakota.
    3. Hang your shoes on the shoe tree off US 50 in Nevada.
    4. Read lines from Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. Follow the Mississippi from North to South in your car for one day and see how far you can get.
    5. Get your kicks on Route 66! Drive the historic route from Oklahoma to New Mexico.
    1. Go batty! View the World’s Largest Urban Bat Colony. Wear a hat. Austin, Texas.
    2. See the buffalo roam by taking the Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway in South Dakota.
    3. Meet an extraterrestrial. Visit Roswell and Corona, New Mexico.
    4. Remember the Alamo? Attend an Alamo reenactment. San Antonio, Texas.
    1. Get lost. Find an unmarked road on your map and follow it for a few hours.
    2. Eat dinner with our Forefathers. Park your RV within sight of Mt. Rushmore and nosh on your favorite American cuisine.
      • Travel Tip: Hill City is a convenient place to park, plug in and see everything.
    1. Be bad! Drive your RV 5-miles over the speed limit through the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway.
    2. Go crazy! Gallop a horse up to the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    3. Stock up on supplies at Wall Drug. Wall, South Dakota.
    4. Have a photo shoot at Cadillac Ranch. Amarillo, Texas.
    1. Cruise the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, windows down, and don’t stop until you spot an Elvis.
      • Travel Tip: The Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort is nearly as decadent as The Strip itself!
    2. For one whole day, avoid the interstate and take the back roads in North Dakota.
    3. Take your little house on the Prairie. Go on a pilgrimage from Missouri to South Dakota and stop at least 3 of the 8 Wilder Destinations – Independence, Kansas (Little House on the Prairie), Walnut Grove, Minnesota (On the Banks of Plum Creek) and De Smet, South Dakota. Don’t miss the Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, built by Wilder and her husband and where Wilder wrote the Little House books.
    4. Pretend you’re a cowboy or cowgirl for a day. Camp out in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.
      • Travel Tip: Big Horn Mountains Campground claims to be the closet campground to the Big Horn Mountains.
    1. Ride the Million Dollar Highway in western Colorado.
    2. Salute the brave American pooches and their handlers at the West Coast War Dog Memorial outside of the March Field Air Force Base. Riverside, California.
    3. Pack some extra sweaters and head up to Fairbanks come winter. Witness the Northern Lights in all their glory.
    4. Experience the sights and sounds of a concert at the Gorge in George, Washington.
    1. Visit the Seven Feathers RV Resort, said to be one of the finest RV resorts in the United State.
      • Travel Tip: Free WiFi, indoor swimming pool and spa, designer patios, and a casino resort complex all reside at the Seven Feathers.
    2. Embrace unobstructed views of ocean sunsets at the Doran Beach Regional Park just north of San Francisco, California.
    3. Ride the Alaska Ferry into Haines Hitch-Up RV Park and view the breathtaking scenery of the Last Frontier. Haines, Alaska.
    4. Take a ride down on of the most beautiful highways in the world – Highway 1. Visit the Hearst Castle. San Simeon, California.
    1. Enjoy the abundant wildflowers when you make your spring visit to Sequoia National Park. Near Visalia, California.
    2. Get blow away by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, which erupts every 45 minutes. Calistoga, CA.
    3. Go wine tasting through the vineyards of Walla Walla, Washington.
    4. See one of Arizona’s most remote and most beautiful state parks. Alamo Lake State Park, western Arizona.
      • Travel Tip: At the dead end of a 40-mile desert road, you’ll find of the most coveted spots for warm water fishing and green desert plant life.
    1. Visit one of the largest galleries of vintage coin operated mechanical music makers, strength testers and fortune testers at the Musée Mecanique. San Francisco, California.
    2. Go water skiing on Lake Coeur d’Alene at the ultra modern Coeur d’Alene RV Resort. Post Falls, Idaho.
    3. Camp just outside of Disneyland at the Anaheim Harbor RV Park and walk to the Magic Kingdom just in time for the opening ceremony on Main Street U.S.A. Anaheim, California.
    4. Take a boat trip down the Snake River through Hell’s Canyon. Baker City, Oregon.
    1. Camp at the historic United States fort in Fort Flagler State Park. Near Port Townsend, Washington.
    2. Stop by the National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military in front of the USS Midway in San Diego, CA.
    3. View the largest ocean of volcanic lava flows in the continental United States at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Arco, Idaho.
      • Travel Tip: There are no hookups or showers on site, but you can find large campsites 18 miles east of the preserve.
    4. Take a ride down a natural water chute at Slide Rock State Park. Sedona, Arizona.
    5. Experience the awe-inspiring fury of Yosemite Falls at the Yosemite National Park in east-central California.
      • Travel Tip: Make your reservations well in advance. While it is possible to camp at Yosemite National Park without a reservation, it’s best to make a reservation up to 6 months in advance with the National Park Service.
    1. Eat a breakfast burrito with “Christmas” chili at Tia Sofia’s. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    2. Enjoy the Apple Blossom Festival in a Bavarian getaway. Leavenworth, Washington.
    3. Take a picture of the painted badlands from the Kachina Point Lookout. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.
    1. Sip on wine in the hidden Oregon vineyards of Rogue Valley.
      • Travel Tip: Take a side trip to Crater Lake an hour east or coastal redwood forest two hours west.
    2. Trek through the self-guided Lava Flow Nature Trail at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Coconino County, Arizona.
    3. Go biking around the rolling coastline of the San Juan Islands, Washington.
    4. Join a snowball fight in July. Mount Rainier, Washington.
    1. Hike the Alpine Ridge Trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Northern Colorado.
    2. Go tubing down the Yampa River. Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    3. Learn the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite when you visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
    1. Hunt for prehistoric fossils at the Dinosaur National Monument. Moffat County, Utah.
    2. Drive by the world’s largest thermometer. Baker, California.
    3. Say hello to the giant Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex off I-10. Cabazon, California.
    1. Get stuck in the Le Brea Tar Pits. Los Angeles, California.
    2. Take a stop at Dinosaur Town, complete with volcano toilets. Granger, Washington.
    3. Venture into the Wild West when you pass through a historic (and haunted) ghost town. Garnet, Montana.
    1. Witness the Cathedral of the Bomb at Historic Nuclear Reactor B. Hanford, Washington.
    2. Retrace the steps of two famous explorers when you travel to the coast on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
    3. Venture through the only temperate rainforest in the world. Olympic National Park, Washington.
      • Travel Tip: Elwah Dam RV Park was rated “Best RV Park by a Dam Site” in 2003.
    4. Take a dip in the Boiling River – Yellowstone National Park’s most popular natural soaking area. Near Gardiner, Montana.

Once you check off this bucket list, start another one. See you on the road!


RV Tailgating: The Ultimate Parking Lot Party

Football season is a great time to pack the burgers, beer, fire up the RV and head for the game… But, football season isn’t the only time for the perfect tailgate party. NASCAR races, BBQ competitions, concert festivals and rodeo competitions are a few other (season-spanning) events at which to host a grand tailgate party – RV style.

Sometimes the best seats aren’t even necessarily “in” the house. These days the party begins in the parking lot, with the ultimate tailgater. Elaborate food spreads, flowing drinks, brewing excitement and the joy of never having to stand in a public restroom line have inspired more and more RVers to turn their motorhome into the parking lot’s next party stop.

A few pointers for throwing the ultimate parking lot party, RV style:

Barbecuing at a tailgate party

Think Food First

All you really need is a barbecue or smoker. That is what tailgating is all about, after all. Adjust the menu to compliment the event you will be attending. Hot dogs and hamburgers can work just fine for some events, or add some excitement to the menu by barbecuing ribs or steak with corn on the cob for night games or a treat before the big race. The microwave, oven and stovetop inside the RV make side dishes, appetizers and proper food storage a cinch.

If you’ll be in the sun all day at an outdoor concert festival, be sure to keep lots of water on hand and snacks, such as watermelon and shrimp cocktail, around the RV to stay fueled throughout the day and night.

Jazz up your spread by serving food and drinks on plates and cups in your team’s colors, style with a cowboy theme for rodeos or support your driver with his or her color and number on display at the party!

Scope Out Your Spot

The best parking lot parties happen in the best parking spots! Many professional and college football team stadiums have pre-assigned parking spaces, but if you can help it, get there early and snag a spot up front to attract more high-fives from passersby and closer access to the entrance gate so you can spend as long as possible pre-partying before the big event.

Entertain In Style

Be sure to decorate your RV and surrounding area appropriately; wouldn’t want any confusion about which team you’re rooting for or which driver you support! Colorful balloons, banners, posters, flags and face paint showcase your spirit well.

Tailgate Before, During & After

The party doesn’t have to end just because the game/rodeo/concert begins! For those without tickets, or those having too much fun to want to go in to the stadium, keep the party going during the event with the television (featuring the event, if possible) on and the food and drinks still flowing. After the big show, watch highlights or postgame interviews on the TV or listen to an event recap on the radio while continuing the tailgating fun.

Leave Your Parking Area Clean

Be sure to clean up any debris, pack up all your equipment, say good-bye to tailgating neighbors and make plans for the next event of ultimate RV parking lot partying!


Spring Into RV Season: Upcoming RV Shows & Events This Spring (February through May 2009):

RV shows and expositions take place all around the country with various retailers showcasing the latest and greatest in RV models, equipment and accessories. Tips, tricks and tools related to RVing are abundant at these shows and events, so even if you don’t plan to purchase an RV make a stop for some helpful information. Visit our Ways to Save article for a guide to saving time and money on your next road trip!

RV Shows

19th Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show
February 13-15, 2009
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

The annual North Carolina RV Camping Shows have grown to become the largest RV shows in the Mid-Atlantic States and definitely one you won’t want to miss. Each show fills over 300,000 square feet of space and features millions of dollars worth of inventory, hundreds of national brands of RVs, over 75 exhibitors, informative seminars and various product demonstrations.

Surf & Turf Sports, Boat & RV Show
February 13-16, 2009
Location: Cal Expo/Fairgrounds – Sacramento, California

The Sports, Boat and RV Show brings the best of the motorized outdoors to one location with boats, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain-vehicles, personal watercraft, adventure travel options and outdoor recreation gear. Now in its 56th year, Surf & Turf is returning to Cal Expo in Sacramento over President’s Day weekend, with RV driving seminars and hundreds of dealers presenting the newest and highest quality equipment.

5th Annual Virginia RV ShowRV Show
March 13-15, 2009
Location: Hampton Roads Convention – Center Hampton, Virginia

Get ready for spring and summer at the Virginia RV Show. The show will feature great deals on tent campers, travel trailers, 5th wheels, motorhomes, hi-line motorcoaches, park models, truck campers and conversion vans in a variety of floor plans and onsite financing will be available. The show will offer accessories, campgrounds and RV resort information, maintenance and service plans, insurance and financing.

Southeastern RV Supershow
April 17-19, 2009
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway

The very popular Southeaster RV Supershow features dealers from across the state of Atlanta and beyond converging on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s infield to display hundreds of motor homes, travel trailers, trucks, SUVs, boats and other outdoor motor vehicles. The Supershow offers more than just RVs, fun for the whole family is in store with seminars, monster truck rides, outdoor movies, music and more!

21st Annual RV Manufacturers Show
May 15-24, 2009
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds – Pleasanton, California

The event features hundreds of RVs and boats on display and has grown to be the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The show will feature many dealers, from all over the west to display the very latest models, accessories and services in the RV and boating industries and put you in touch with all the places and people to make your outdoor lifestyle the best it can be!

RV Events

FMCA’s 81st International Convention
March 16-19, 2009
Location: Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter – Perry, Georgia

“The Great Georgia Getaway” will feature daytime and nighttime entertainment sure to please RVers of all ages. From magic, dancing, ventriloquism, and bluegrass music during the day to comedy skits, a Cetlic variety show and live country music at night this Convention is chalk full of four days of fun! The Convention also offers sightseeing tours, guides to local attractions and companionship with other RVers.

The 10th Annual Rally
April 17-20, 2009
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Plan to RV west in April 2009 and get your kicks at the 10th anniversary of the “Greatest RV Rally in the World!” The Rally is the industry’s biggest event of the year, featuring the newest RV technologies, the latest RV gadgets and the most creative RV tech tips. This year The Rally will host the “First Annual GO Green Ideas Contest!” Highlights of The Rally include seminars, exhibits, activities, entertainment, fellowship and fun!

Great Lakes Area Spring Spree (G.L.A.S.S.) Rally
May 21-24, 2009
Location: Berrien Springs, Michigan

The GLASS Rally offers four nights of camping filled with entertainment. The Rally is all about fun and friendship featuring snack gatherings, breakfasts, evening entertainment, ice cream socials, RV exhibits, seminars and crafts, car shows and more.

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Upcoming RV Shows & Events: Fall 2009

Fall RV shows and expositions can be the best shows of the year. Not only can visitors get a sneak-peak at next year’s model designs and technology trends, but this is an ideal time of year to find the best sales on current-year models, trade-ins and used RVs.

Also, don’t forget this is football season! Are you ready for the RV tailgate party of the year?

September through November

23rd Annual Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show
September 11-13, 2009
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN

RV Open Road MountainsThe 23rd Annual Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show sails into the Indiana State Fairgrounds on September 11-13, 2009. Fall savings will be at their hottest during this four-day event. Climb aboard unbeatable savings on the largest selection and variety of new, used and year-end model boats and recreational vehicles under one roof.

8th Annual North Carolina Fall RV Show & Sale Extravaganza
September 11 – 13, 2009
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

Outdoor enthusiasts – get ready! Be prepared to enjoy a fun-filled and exciting sales event before winter sets in. The Extravaganza is where you want to shop for great deals on a wide variety of RVs and camping supplies and information. This is the best time of year to purchase an RV!

41st Annual Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Show
September 16 – 20, 2009
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Hershey, PA

This is the first show in the nation to feature 2010 vendor models — with free daily parking and shuttle services, come see America’s largest RV show. Check site for details and advanced ticket sales and coupons.

Fall Maryland RV Show
September 17 – 20, 2009
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD

Come to Maryland Recreational Vehicle Dealer’s Association, Inc.’s Annual Fall RV Show and Sale. With plenty of free parking, come explore the fleet from over 25 different vendors and the best prices around.

Southwest RV Super Show
September 17 – 20, 2009
Dallas Market Hall, Dallas, TX

Come see a large collection of RVs to find your next home away from home. Don’t forget that your Texas RV Association membership allows you a discount at this show, be sure to check online or call for details.

2009 Fall RV Show
September 24 – 27, 2009
California State Fairgrounds, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

On-site financing and factory representatives to help you find and take home your new RV.

Atlanta Camping & RV Show
September 25 – 27, 2009
Atlanta Exposition Center South, Atlanta, GA

Come see the largest RV show in Georgia and millions of dollars of RVs on sale at the supermarket of RV values. See site for hours, admission, where to stay and discount coupons.

26th Annual Northeast RV Shows Fall RV Marketplace 2009
October 2 – 4, 2009
Suffern, NY

With over 25 dealers, come see motor-homes, travel trailers, 5th wheels, pop-ups, camper vans and more than 200 new, used and demonstration RVs on display.

12th Annual Fall Rhode Island RV Show
October 2 – 4, 2009
Providence, RI

The Fall Rhode Island RV Show in Providence is the place for RVers to purchase a new motor-home (Class A or C), travel trailer, fifth wheel, folding trailer and more. Hundreds of rigs representing over 40 different RV makes and models will be available from the leading dealers in the region.

21st Annual Fall New Jersey RV Show
October 9 – 11, 2009
Edison, NJ

NJ and NY metro area’s largest RV show, here you’ll find the best names in the business. Featured are luxurious high-line coaches to travel trailers and everything in between.

57th Annual California RV Show
October 16 – 25, 2009
Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA

Once a year – the most RVs in one place! Find the RV you need for family fun and see all the new 2010 models. Bring your trade-in and take a new RV home with incredible deals on remaining 2008/2009 models.

16th Annual Fall Atlantic City RV Show
October 30 – November 1, 2009
Atlantic City, NJ

Begin planning your camping vacations for the next season at the 16th Annual Fall Atlantic City RV Show. Trade-up to your dream RV, see the latest RVs or just learn about the joys of travel in a recreational vehicle.

2nd Annual Chantilly Fall RV & Boat Super Sale
November 6 – 8, 2009
Chantilly, VA

For you RVers there will be motor-homes, mini-homes, travel trailers, folding campers, truck campers, and fifth wheels. For you boaters, there will be saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts, jet boats, jon-boats, PWC, bass boats, inflatables, deck boats and pontoons.

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RV Clubs

General Interest Clubs

General interest RV clubs offer information, services, ways to save money, organized RV trips and rallies for members and much more. These clubs are geared toward the general public, full-time RVers, summer vacationers, even those who don’t own an RV and are just interested in the RV lifestyle.

RV parked at a campground site in the hills

Good Sam Club is the world’s largest RV owners community. Good Sam Club is a one-stop resource for all things RV; from benefits and RVing tips to discounts and monthly giveaways.

Services and benefits offered by the Good Sam Club include: club activities to interact and meet other members, such as events and tours and volunteer opportunities; discounts on products and services; access to emergency services; extended warranties; financial services; parking rights information; insurance offers only available to Good Sam members; member-only publications; RV information and travel services.

Escapees is a club primarily for full-time RVers. The club offers S (Support), K (Knowledge) and P (Parking) for their members. S.K.P.’s… Say it fast and you have “Escapees.”

Services and benefits offered by Escapees include: mail forwarding service; pharmacy drug program; RV advocacy e-news; on going Escapades (get-togethers,) email; calling cards; free Escapees travel guide with over 1,000 commercial parks listed, discounts and more.

Family Campers & RVers is a club aiming to encourage families to participate in recreational activities, including camping, no matter if by tent or RV.

Services and benefits offered by FCRV include: access to Campventions and other campouts; participation in organized camping trips, raft trips, bicycle rides or other activities; Camping Today magazine (published 10 times per year,) and discounts on RV supplies at various campgrounds across the nation.

The Family Motorcoach Association is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. With approximately 109,000 active member families, FMCA is the world’s largest motorhome owners group.

Services and benefits offered by FMCA include: Family Motorcoaching Magazine with timely news concerning motor home technology, the RV industry, and the association; educational programs that enable members to participate in important RV-related education programs; mail forwarding service; trip routing; emergency road service and technical referral program; and campground discounts.

RVing Women is a social and recreational organization established by and for women interested in RVing. Membership is open to all women 18 or older interested in RVing; owning one is not a prerequisite!

Services and benefits offered by RVing Women include: friendship and networking; general and technical RV information online through forums, in person through seminars and in the RVing Women magazine; membership directory including contact information of women RVers across the United States, Canada and Mexico; Park ‘N Stay, information about members offering hospitality for women RVers on the road; discounted services; RVW merchandise and more.

Campground Discount Clubs

Camping sign

Campground discount clubs offer RVers discounts to various campgrounds across the nation and in Canada and Mexico on occasion. These clubs focus on discounts, but provide many other services as well.

Members of Happy Camper Club camp for half price at nearly 1,200 USA and Canada campgrounds and RV parks.

Other services and benefits offered by Happy Campers include: Happy Camper Club Camping Guide – Filled with helpful information such as RV park pricing, directions, amenities and pet information for each Happy Camper Certified Campground; free online trip planner; free participation in the Community forum on the Happy Campers website; free daily RV news feed; and a money back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied with your membership!

Members of Recreation USA can camp for as low as $10.00 per day at campgrounds throughout the US.

Services and benefits of the Recreation USA club include: discount camping; no contract to sign; receive a free membership to All Campgrounds For Less with Recreation USA membership; select the date you wish your membership to begin; Immediate membership (Your membership cards can be e mailed to you, with your regular cards mailed within 2 business days); all club info is available on the web site…state maps, full page of info for each park, a link to each park’s website if they have one, and lots of other info on their links pages.

Thousand Trails members enjoy a diverse range of options for enjoying their travels and the outdoors. Thousand Trails is the largest private system of RV camping and outdoor preserves in America. The properties are known as preserves because the organization strives to protect the nature and beauty of the natural environment.

Services and benefits offered by Thousand Trails include: multiple destinations, from Disneyworld to Las Vegas; 24-hour security and gated premises; RV friendly campsites; rental cabins and cottages; cleanliness and natural scenery; caring staff and friendly members; and resort-style amenities.


2010 RV Shows – The Final Events of the Year

The frost on my windows this morning was the final harbinger: summer is over. Really over. Road-tripping season has slowed to a near-halt (except for all your fall vacationers). Many of you have winterized the old home-on-wheels and the first pangs of withdrawal are settling in now that you are waking up in the same place every morning. What to do?

There are a couple amazing autumnal RV shows and events taking place around this RV-loving nation in October and November. It may not be cruising down the open road…but it’s something, right?


Fall RV Shows and Events

Annual Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale

Oklahoma RV dealers will be showing off the best and newest motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers and pop-up campers for some serious RV eye candy.
When: October 15 – 18
Where: State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Fall New Jersey RV & Boat Show

Not to knock on Jersey, but this has got to be one of the coolest things our mid-coast RVing friends get to do every year. Hundreds of rigs. Over 50 different RV models. Everything from luxurious coaches to cost-effective travel trailers, all there at the tips of their Jersey fingers.
When: October 15 – 17
Where: New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, New Jersey


El Paso RV Auction

Head south for the winter and drive home through the red rocks in your brand spankin’ new (but used!) RV or trailer from the El Paso auction. Keep in mind: all items in the auction or going to be sold “as is, where is” and with no guarantees. If you see something you fancy, it’s your job to inspect it before you buy it.
When: October 16
Where: 14141 Gateway West, El Paso, Texas


58th Annual California RV Show

It’s a once-a-year event, with more RVs in one place than you’ve ever seen before. See 2011 models or indulge in some incredible deals on remaining 2010 models.
When: October 15 – 24
Where: Fairplex, Pomona, California


FMCA Eastern Area Rally

RVs plus a block party plus gonzo golf plus an ice cream social plus door prizes. As the FMCA Eastern motto goes, “nothin’ could be finah.”
When: October 20 – 24
Where: Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, Winston-Salmen, North Carolina


17th Annual Atlantic City Fall RV & Outdoor Recreation Show

So maybe I was wrong before. Maybe this is the most exciting thing RVers in Jersey could ever do! 150 RVs to ogle or to buy, plus representatives from the best campgrounds around the Northeast showing off what their sites have to offer: it’s not something you want to miss.
When: November 12 – 14
Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in RV Events


5 Best Events to Take Your RV

There are certain events that must have been designed with RVers in mind. For those who are frequent attendees of RV-friendly rallies, festivals and events, you know exactly what we’re talking about: the sense of community, festivity — sometimes even debauchery — that flourishes when RVers converge is unlike any other.

For those who don’t know what we’re going on about, get ready. Below are the 5 best events in the U.S. that will forever change your relationship with your RV.


5. Tailgate at Auburn University

Tailgate at Auburn University

You’ve probably heard of Auburn U for any one of the following reasons: their sea-, space- and land-grant research program, their football team, their mega rivalry with University of Alabama, their football team, their history as Alabama’s oldest university, or their football team.

Like any southern school that has a deep-seeded loyalty to their football team through thick and thin and mediocre, Auburn’s tailgaters are nothing to scoff at. During the four days leading up to the Iron Bowl (Auburn v. Alabama) 1,000 RVs will line the road leading up to the Jordan-Hare stadium for nine miles. It is tailgater’s football fantasy come true.

Newcomer tips:

  • Don’t come rolling in with your RV the morning of the Big Game. If you have an RV, you need to be there at minimum a full 24 hours in advance.
  • Tailgate smokers and BBQs are a great way to cook for yourself during the week — and a good way to make some friends.
  • Have the right decorations, be it an awning, flag, wind sock or your RV dressed up as a Tiger in prideful burnt orange and navy blue.

Tailgate at Auburn University

How to fit in:

  • Drink. A lot.
  • Know the words to the fight song.
  • Don’t call the tailgate party a “tailgater,” as in “Hey, I’ll see you at the tailgater.” This is incorrect terminology and will peg you as a newbie.

What not to do:

  • Ask your RV neighbors to pipe down, it’s bedtime. They will laugh at you.
  • Pick a fight with tailgaters of the opposing team. Bad form.
  • Wear an irrelevant jersey. Nothing says “I’m an un-ironic idiot” more than wearing an Ole Miss basketball uniform to the Iron Bowl.

4. Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

The Indy 500 is a 500-mile, open-wheel car race right outside Indianapolis, Indiana (those who named the event apparently valued the conspicuous). Between stand seating and infield shenanigans, it is estimated that approximately 400,000 spectators attend the annual event in late May. How many of those people bring their RVs?


Newcomer tips:

  • Plan to stay all four days of the weekend: RVs and trailers must purchase the four-day pass, whereas tent campers can opt for the two- or four-day pass.
  • If at all possible, do not set up near any port-o-lets. Things can, apparently, get messy if people get bored and/or intoxicated.

How to fit in:

Indianapolis 500

  • Use your weekend to explore a little. If you’re feeling some Indy-burnout, Indianapolis is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Take a trip into town to experience a great Midwestern city.
  • Get yourself into the infield at least a couple of times. Your RV is a great home base and smack dab in the midst of tailgating central, but the real party is at the 3rd Turn Infield. Arrive early for prime festivities.
  • Become the life of your RV lot. Tailgating is acceptable nearly everywhere in and around the track, so set up your BBQ and make some friends over a brat and a brew.

What not to do:

  • Forget to go to Gasoline Alley. It’s the road between the racetrack and the garages, so you can rub elbows with all your Indy idols — and maybe get a few pictures of yourself with a driver.

3. Bonnaroo


Four days. Three nights. All the music and partying you can stand.

Bonnaroo is a relatively new music festival located way out on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee each year in June. Only a decade old, it’s already known for its epic lineup, ridiculous heat and humidity, mud, and copious “indulgences.” Welcome to the music-loving RVer’s Holy Grail.

Newcomer tips:

  • Make sure you bring enough gas to get in and out of the park, as well as run your generator. There is no gas at ‘roo.
  • Drink water all. the. time.
  • Don’t wear flip flops. Chances are they will get lost in the mud if it rains.


How to fit in:

  • Pace yourself – only Bonnaroo novices over-indulge in the first mornings and are left to shrivel up in the uncomfortable heat of their tents.
  • Get dirty and stay dirty. That’s part of the fun.
  • Remain groovy all the time. Even when it starts to rain. Even when the traffic in and out of the festival takes hours to get through. Even when you haven’t slept in 43 hours.

What not to do:

  • Think you’ll be able to make it from your RV to the stages in just a quick walk. Depending on foot traffic, getting from your campsite to the show can take anywhere from several minutes to over an hour. If you don’t want to miss the act, set an alarm.
  • Forget to drink water. Dehydration and heat stroke are very real, even if you have the A/C in your RV pumping. Don’t worry — it’s hot enough that slugging down gallons of the stuff won’t kill your buzz.

2. Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch

Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch

Scheduling a shuttle launch viewing is like scheduling the cable guy – it’s supposed to happen in a certain window of time, but there’s a fairly hefty chance you’ll be using another one of your sick days before anything gets done. Weather, tech malfunctions, personnel issues: lots of things can go wrong on Launch Day.

But to see those fleeting moments of take off, realizing that people are going into space… it is momentous and beautiful and memorable. Witnessing a shuttle launch will be the unforgettable highlight of your Florida RV adventure.

Newcomer tips:

  • If boondocking is your style, park on the causeway (SR 406) the night prior. Officials tend to look the other way during the couple of days leading up to a launch.
  • For those who prefer a campground, Jetty Park and Manatee Hammock both have spectacular views and are close enough that you will feel the launch in your bones.
  • Make your reservations really, really early.
  • Take note: night launches are even more awe-inspiring than the ones during the day.

Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch

How to fit in:

  • Turn off any generators when the launch is going to take place. Shuttle launches are a full-sensory experience, and the hum of the A/C is going to interfere.
  • Shuttle launches attract hundreds and hundreds — some will be camping like you, others will be making the trek in their cars or by foot. Share your RV wealth: grill up some burgers and offer them to your neighbors as you wait.

Things not to do:

  • Forget bug spray, especially at a night launch.
  • Grumble. Shuttle launches are not set in stone. If one gets delayed, hunker down in your RV and wait it out. It’s worth it, you curmudgeon!

1. Burning Man

Burning Man

Located in the torrid heat of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Burning Man is an annual week-long arts festival, although repeat-attendees oft describe it more as an “experiment” in community, self-reliance and totally righteous self-expression. The late-summer extravaganza is marked by (and gets its name from) the ritualistic burning of installation art, including a giant wooden man.

Newcomer tips:

  • Save up — staying for the whole festival in an RV will cost ya around $2,000.
  • Reserve your site early. As in today. Because chances are spots will be filled by tomorrow.
  • Bring supplies to cover your vents, carpets, the hood, upholstery — everything. Burning Man is nothing if not wildly, brilliantly dusty.

How to fit in:

Burning Man

  • Decorate the crap out of your RV. Paint it, hang some flags, dress it up like a desert donkey — as long as it’s psychedelic, it’s going to be a hit.
  • Invite your Burning Man neighbors to decorate it with you.

What not to do:

  • Spend all of your down time in your RV. The air conditioning might feel great when it’s 110 degrees outside, but for every moment spent inside your RV, you’ll be missing something everything spectacular outside of it.
  • Burn the Burning Man down ahead of schedule. You’ll go to jail. Just ask Paul Addis.