Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We're the Russos: Lambeau Field, EAA Air Show, & Oneida Casino RV Park Review



About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

REI Relaunches Digital Outlet Business to Offer Members Best-in-Class, Off-Price Outdoor Gear

Recently REI, the national outdoor specialty retailer and consumer co-op, launches REI Garage, a new digital store that offers a unique shopping experience for best-in-class, off-price products handpicked by co-op experts. REI Garage replaces REI Outlet and features a focused product assortment of only the top closeout products and brands that its members love.

“The outlet space is way too complicated and confusing right now, and the shopping experience feels unnecessarily chaotic. It’s too hard for consumers to sort between genuine, first-rate products, and gear that was made specifically for the second-tier market. REI Garage is a complete rethink of this space. We are curating gear so that the shopping experience is clearer, simpler, and less pressured. We’re working with vendors to find top-tier closeout product and offering it at the best possible prices. This is a very different approach from how most companies operate in this space, and we think it is more aligned with the experience customers expect at REI,” said Mark Seidl, REI’s divisional vice president of Digital Retail and general manager of REI Garage.

Over the past 18 months, the co-op engaged its members to redesign REI outlet. That process led REI to build REI Garage around three promises:

  • Quality first: REI Garage offers products that share the same standard of quality as REI’s full-price business. The only difference is that REI Garage products are closeout items.
  • Distinct shopping experience: REI Garage provides a separate shopping experience that is designed for the off-price shopper, but still offers the convenience of a shared shopping cart with REI.com and returns in store.
  • Stand behind its products: All products are backed by REI’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Each product sold by REI Garage is purposefully selected by a team of expert buyers to ensure high quality, varied assortment and the best deals. All products are new and unused end-of-season closeouts and previous-year models purchased specifically for REI Garage.

REI is unique in its ability to offer these exclusive deals. The co-op’s trusted relationships with vendor partners allows it to have the best access to closeout products, and with decades of expertise the co-op can offer the best closeout gear and apparel to members.

Source: Press Release

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Good Sam lists Top RV Parks for Golfing



For August, Good Sam’s 12 Months of RVing Calendar tees it up with a list of recommended Golfing RV Parks.

Lush fairways, challenging hazards and beautiful scenery greet RV golfers at these popular destinations. Some of the recommended RV parks on this list feature golf courses and driving ranges on their property; others are located in regions with several nearby golf courses. In all cases, these parks are up to par when it comes to attracting travelers who are always ready to tee off.

Parks in Focus: In the resort community of Mesquite, Nevada, Desert Skies RV Resort conveniently abuts the Palms Golf Club course, which features a back nine built among stunning arroyos and canyons. Guests at the Shadow Hills RV Resort in Indio, California, on the other hand, are literally surrounded by fairways; when guests tire of teeing up at the Shadow Hills Golf and Country Club, located next door, they can take their clubs to the many courses throughout the area.

Pulling from the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide's database of more than 7,000 private RV parks, the 12 Months of RVing calendar highlights some of the finest RV parks in North America.

Good Sam's Recommended RV Parks for Golfing (by state and city):

Alabama
Auburn RV Park At Leisure Time Campground, Auburn
Quail Creek RV Resort, Hartselle

Alberta
Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Edmonton

Arizona
Westwind RV & Golf Resort, Yuma

California
The Californian RV Resort, Acton
Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield
Outdoor Resort Palm Springs, Cathedral City
The RV Park at Rolling Hills, Corning
Caliente Springs Resort, Desert Hot Springs
Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort, El Centro
Golden Village Palms RV Resort - Sunland, Hemet
Casa de Fruta RV Park, Hollister
Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages, Indio
Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio
Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine
Emerald Desert RV Resort - Sunland, Palm Desert
Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles
Coyote Valley RV Resort, San Jose
Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula

Colorado
Loveland RV Resort, Loveland

Florida
Arbor Terrace RV Resort, Bradenton
The Glades RV Resort, La Belle
Ocala Sun RV Resort, Ocala
Shady Brook Golf & RV Resort, Sumterville
The Great Outdoors RV, Nature & Golf Resort, Titusville

Idaho
Hagerman RV Village, Hagerman
Suntree RV Park, Post Falls

Louisiana
Coushatta Luxury RV Resort at Red Shoes Park, Kinder

Petoskey Motorcoach Resort
Michigan
Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park, Mount Pleasant (see video above)
Petoskey Motorcoach Resort, Petoskey

Montana
Fairmont RV Park & Campground, Anaconda

Nevada
Hitchin' Post RV Park, Las Vegas
Desert Skies RV Resort, Mesquite

New Mexico
Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire

New York
Ledgeview Village RV Park, Lake George
The Villages At Turning Stone, Verona

North Carolina
Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco

Oklahoma
Winstar RV Park, Thackerville

Oregon
Wildhorse RV Resort, Pendleton

South Carolina
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach

South Dakota
Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Golf Club, Spearfish

Tennessee
Spring Lake RV Resort, Crossville
Two Rivers Campground, Nashville
Pine Mountain RV Park, Pigeon Forge
Ripplin' Waters Campground & Cabin Rental, Sevierville

Texas
La Hacienda RV Resort, Austin
Shallow Creek RV Resort, Gladewater

Virginia
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

Washington
Horn Rapids RV Resort, Richland

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rollin' on TV: Travel Lite Campers & Vintage RV Rally



On this week's program (#2016-16), Rollin' On TV focuses in on truck campers and revisit Travel-Lite Campers, one of the country's leading truck camper manufacturers. Plus the crew checks out their new line of ultra-lite travel trailers. And Jeff Johnston, takes us to one of our favorite vintage RV rallies.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.

Friday, August 12, 2016

RV Geeks videos: The Pros & Cons of New vs. Used, Inverter/Charger Upgrade to Xantrex 3000-watt Pure Sine Wave, & Slide Topper Challenge + $300 Tough Top Awnings Giveaway




About RV Geeks
The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

RV & Camping Gear: Lewis N. Clark adds IP-X8 Waterproof Pouch to WaterSeals Collection



Joining Lewis N. Clark’s WaterSeals collection, the new Tech-Protect Automatic Magnetic Waterproof Pouch allows water lovers to use their favorite electronics even further underwater.

A long-time favorite, the WaterSeals Multipurpose Pouch is ideal for the beach, waterpark, campground, as well as boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Individuals can take electronics like cameras, MP3 players, and phones, and smaller items such as credit cards and money up to 9 feet underwater with this pouch.

However, the new WaterSeals Tech-Protect Automatic Magnetic Waterproof Pouch follows the IP-X8 standard, and is tested and rated for submersion of 100+ feet/30 meters. In addition to the above activities, this pouch is perfect for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and more. It is also dust-proof to a hermetic level, ensuring that no debris will enter the pouch.

“We’re excited to add the new Tech-Protect Pouch to our growing line of waterproof products. What makes this product unique is its super strong double layer of magnets that seal the closure audibly so you know for sure your phone is safe to submerge in the water. It’s also lightweight making it less cumbersome to carry around your neck,” said Jen Panattoni, Director of Business Development.

Additionally, the clear TPU material allows users to take crystal clear shots with their cameras and to use their phones’ touch screens easily. Voice and audio controls can be controlled without headphones or audio jacks, and the inluded lanyard ensures that belongings are always close at hand.

“We’re seeing people use these pouches everywhere from trips to Thailand to snapping pics of their kids at the pool; nobody wants to leave their phones on the side and miss opportunities to capture the fun in the water. Now, they have the option of making their phones completely waterproof,” said Panattoni.

Offered in both blue and black, the WaterSeals Tech-Protect Automatic Magnetic Waterproof Pouch fits up to the size of an iPhone 6. It is available immediately at http://bit.ly/291A0kW.

About Lewis N. Clark
Lewis N. Clark is dedicated to offering travelers and outdoor enthusiasts everything they'll need to remain comfortable, safe, and organized on their adventures. For more information, visit http://www.lewisnclark.com.

Source: Press Release

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

We're the Russos videos: Wifi Booster, Jayco Melbourne, Door County, Tranquil Timbers RV Park, Free RV Camping



About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Michigan State Parks seeks stewardship workday volunteers



The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the August schedule of volunteer stewardship workdays at state parks and recreation areas in southeast Michigan.

Volunteers are needed to pull invasive, non-native weeds from prairies and remove invasive, non-native shrubs like glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, multi-flora rose and others. These activities are a great way to enjoy time outdoors in the summer while restoring high-quality, unique ecosystems and learning more about them. 

Watch this brief video (above) to learn more about why these volunteer stewardship efforts are so important to protecting natural areas and ecosystems in Michigan state parks and recreation areas. 

Workday dates, locations (counties) and times include:
Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. For spotted knapweed pulling, long sleeves also are recommended, as some people area sensitive to the plant.

All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email. Any questions should be directed Echo Prafke-Marson at 517-719-2285 orprafkemarsone@michigan.gov.

The DNR's Volunteer Stewardship Program is a hands-on way for all ages to learn about and protect Michigan's natural resources by collecting native seeds, removing invasive species, conducting plant and animal surveys and more. Other ways to volunteer with the DNR include joining a state park friends group, serving as a campground host or a lightkeeper and many other opportunities. 

Workday details, maps and directions can be found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and click on the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

RV Education 101 videos: LED Light Dimmer, Driving Skills Series, Pre-Trip Checks, & Pure Power Blue Liquid RV Holding Tank Treatments



RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with a Viator



The 2016 National Park Service centennial is a time for celebration and exploration. To celebrate the agency commissioned with overseeing more than 400 of our nation’s most precious historic sites, monuments, preserves and recreation areas, the team at Viator – a TripAdvisor company and the leading resource for tours and activities worldwide – has compiled a selection of the top tours and activities in some of America’s most iconic and inspiring National Parks, fitting for summertime visits and year-round expeditions.

Do something epic 
Adventure-seekers have long known America’s national parks offer some of the best places in the world for thrills on land, at sea and in the air. Fly over the mighty mouth of the Grand Canyon on a helicopter tour, go skydiving or river rafting in Arches National Park, spend the day off-roading through Canyonlands National Park, paddle volcanic sea caves on a kayak tour to Channel Islands National Park, explore Hawaii Volcano National Park and the active Kilauea Volcano by bike, scale the soaring rock formations of Yosemite or Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, or soar through the forest and over the tundra on a zip lining adventure in Denali National Park. Viator also offers a small number of unique, multi-day tours for travelers to become fully immersed in a destination and check several national parks off their list in one trip, such as a 7-day camping tour of Bryce Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and Snow Canyon, and a 6-day hiking tour through five of Utah’s most stunning national parks.

Get up close and personal with wildlife and nature 
In addition to the amazing natural beauty and surrounds, national park visitors have many opportunities to encounter their inhabitants – both large and small – in their natural environment. Take a small group wildlife safari in Grand Teton National Park to view moose, elk, bison and bears, hike through the woods to the Appalachian waterfalls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, see wolves, bears and eagles while exploringYellowstone on a wildlife spotting safari, or look for whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins and more on a cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park. Viator’s Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure gets visitors up close to manatees and egrets in the UNESCO-listed park, the Hawaiian Wildlife Discovery Tour showcases Hawaiian turtles in their natural habitat in Haleakala National Park, and the Alaska Bear Country Day Trip includes a plane ride deep into Katmai or Lake Clark National Park, home to one of the world’s largest population concentration of brown bears.

Relive history 
The National Park centennial offers many opportunities to visit an iconic park, discover American stories, or simply reflect on 100 years of recreation, conservation and historic preservation. Visit the Pioneer Yosemite History Center on the Yosemite and Glacier Point Day Tour and learn about Yosemite’s earliest days. Spend the day exploring Fort Jefferson, one of the largest coastal forts ever built, on a catamaran day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. Check out vintage steam locomotives on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or travel through time with a ride on the historic Grand Canyon Railroad. Visit an authentic Navajo trading post and enjoy live music and cowboy stories of the Old West while camping on a working ranch. Or step back in time on a two-hour walking tour of abandoned turn-of-the-century Smoky Mountain resorts while listening to tales of elegant guests, moonshiners and train wrecks.

Enjoy arts and culture 
“Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the NPS centennial is the perfect time to celebrate the unique cultures of the national parks along with their music, art and traditions. Take an 11-day excursion through Nova Scotia, Price Edward Island and Acadia National Park and learn about the music and culture of Acadian people and the Maritimes while enjoying some of Canada’s quaint fishing villages and historic sites. Follow the footsteps of Ansel Adams in California’s most iconic national park on the Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson or Ansel Adams’ Legacy Photography Class. Visit a Navajo Indian reservation on a three-day National Parks Tour of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon. Or take in the sublime beauty of daybreak from the top of Maui’s highest peak on an eight-hour sunrise tour of Mt. Haleakala and see first-hand the sights that once inspired Mark Twain.

The team at Viator has created an interactive map of America’s 59 national parks, which provides a satellite view of the country’s treasured parks, visitor information and direct links to Viator’s related travel experiences. The map also features images of the national parks, viewable when a traveller selects a pin to click, as well as related Viator videos.

For more information on the selection of more than 100 national park tours and activities available on Viator.com and the Viator Tours & Activities App, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and news, visit http://www.viator.com or follow Viator on Facebook (ViatorTours) and Twitter (ViatorTravel).

About Viator 
Viator, a TripAdvisor company, is the leading global tours and activities provider for travelers, delivering online and mobile access to thousands of trip activities including tours, attractions, shore excursions and private guides, in more than 2,000 destinations worldwide. In-house travel experts work with trusted local operators to ensure the quality and value of every experience, all backed by Viator’s 24/7 customer service and global low-price guarantee. With more than 1 million verified reviews plus exclusive videos and insider travel tips, Viator has everything a traveler needs to find and book the best things to do. In addition to the flagship site – Viator.com – travelers can book in advance or in-destination via the Viator Tours and Activities App, as well as local-language sites for European, Latin American and Asian travelers. Viator also provides tours and activities to more than 3,000 affiliate partners including some of the world’s top airlines, hotels and online travel agencies. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas. Viator – travel with an insider.

Source: Press Release

Saturday, July 30, 2016

RV Geeks videos: Solar Panels, Towbar ABCs, Awning Replacement, Stuck in the Desert, LED Conversion, Toothpaste Headlights



About RV Geeks
The RV Geeks offer RV maintenance, repair & travel tips from “Do-It-Ourselves” full-time RVers. They’ve handled most of their own RV maintenance during more than a decade of exploring North America. While not RV technicians, the RV Geeks are mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. They handle most of their own minor service, repair and upgrade work on their 2005 43-foot Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher. They also maintained their 2002 39′ Fleetwood Bounder Diesel during their first two years on the road. Visit their website and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Enjoy 'Meteors & S'mores' at Michigan State Parks Aug. 10-13 during Perseid meteor shower

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites the public to catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating Michigan state parks Aug. 10-13.

Visitors enjoy one of many events taking place at Michigan
state parks and recreation areas throughout the summer.
Day-use visitors and campers are encouraged to bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing at a number of state parks during "Meteors & S'mores." Complimentary s’mores and campfires are part of the celebration. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park. 

"The Perseid meteor showers are one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye," said Stephanie Wirtz, recreation programmer for the DNR. "Michigan state parks offer excellent opportunities for stargazing and include a number of parks that are legislatively designated as Dark Sky Preserves."

Dark Sky Preserves have protection against light pollution and are ideal locations for stargazing. Seven Michigan state parks have been designated as Dark Sky Preserves by the Michigan Legislature, including Lake Hudson Recreation Area, Negwegon State Park, Port Crescent State Park, Rockport Recreation Area, Thompson’s Harbor State Park and Wilderness State Park. The Headlands Dark Sky Park, an Emmet County park, is the only internationally designated Dark Sky Park in the state and offers another opportunity for viewing the night sky.

Events listed below with asterisks(**) take place at a Designated Dark Sky park. Meteors & S'mores events are scheduled at the following locations:
During the Meteors & S'mores events, parks stay open later than their normal closing times.

To take full advantage of the meteor showers that will take place Aug. 7-13, visitors are encouraged to make camping reservations throughout the week and to sleep under the stars. To check camping availability in state parks and make a reservation, visitwww.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS.

For more information about these events, contact Stephanie Wirtz atwirtzs@michigan.gov or 989-274-6182.