Have a “Spooktacular” October in your RV!


Jack-o-lantern

Enjoy pumpkin carving!(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you and your family love pumpkins, trick or treating, the occasional “scare”, and all other things Halloween, then your RV is the place to be!

Over the past several years our area has seen a dramatic increase in the number of fun fall activities. Most farms now have hayrides, pumpkin picking and other events, local wineries have their festivals, and many small towns hold fall festivals and fairs.

Campgrounds are no exception. Many now offer some fantastic Halloween themed weekends for the whole family! Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Elmer, NJ, for example, has a whole month full of activities each weekend in October,  including trick or treating, costume contests, DJ’s, pumpkin carving & painting, a corn maze, and more!

2008 Halloween Camping

Fun trick or treating! (Photo credit: davidpb145)

At Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville, NJ,  running October 11-14,  you’ll find an evening Monster Mash with a campfire, complimentary hot dogs and cider, as well as afternoon trick or treating, and a few other things to keep you and your family busy.

Another example is the full calendar of events at Panther Lake Camping Resort in Andover, NJ. Taking place over Columbus Day weekend, activities include pumpkin painting, trick or treating, a Halloween party, a horseshoe tournament, even a juggling workshop and ceramics!

These are just a few examples we found doing a quick search online.  Be sure to also check with your favorite campground to see what they have planned, and even if the campground itself isn’t hosting an event, your sure to find something local to satisfy your “fall fever”!

If you’re able to get out there in your travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome to enjoy these fall festivities, we would love to hear about it! Please feel free to share them in the comments section below!

Until next time, Happy RVing!

Your RV is a great way to experience Fall Foliage


Location map of White Mountain National Forest.

Location map of White Mountain National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The kids are back in school, football season has started, and there may even be a bit of a nip in the air where you are. For many, this is also the time of year to plan their Fall Foliage trip.

Fall is right around the corner, and before you know it, the leaves will be changing color, and putting on one of nature’s most vivid shows! It’s also an exciting time of year for many RVers and their families. Whether you’re driving in your motorhome, or doing some fall camping with your travel trailer or fifth wheel, there are many who consider this the best time of year to spend outdoors, and take to the road in an RV.

Here are some trips to consider if you’re thinking about checking out fall foliage in all it’s splendor!

MAPLES & MOUNTAINS TOUR – Maine – This tour begins in Naples, the heart of the Lakes Region, heads north to Pleasant Mountain , and continues north to South Paris.  From there it’s on to Bethel, a classic New England village, and then  south on Rt. 113 through the White Mountain National Forest to Evans Notch, which offers magnificent foliage panoramas of the White Mountains. After that it’s time to start heading south again to Fryeburg and then back to Naples again.

JACOB’S LADDER SCENIC BYWAY – Massachusetts –  The Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway winds through the small towns of Russell, Huntington, Chester, Becket and Lee, providing views of the Wild and Scenic Westfield River along the way. Known also as the “Jacob’s Ladder Trail,” the route was designated a Massachusetts Scenic Byway in 1992.

English: Leaves changing color in Lorain, Ohio

English: Leaves changing color in Lorain, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

APPALACHIAN FALL FOLIAGE TOUR – Ohio – When you think of fall foliage destinations, Ohio may not immediately come to mind, however it’s rated by many as a top location to see the leaves turn. The Appalachian Tour is just one of several you can take in Ohio.

FEATHER RIVER SCENIC BYWAY – California – The Feather River Scenic Byway begins in the lush Sacramento Valley, ascends to the dense forests and massive rock formations of the Sierra Nevadas and finishes among the vast open spaces in the Great Basin. Throughout the journey, visitors to the byway will experience history, outdoor activities, and stunning mountain and desert vistas.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Don’t delay too long though. You know how fast the season can change! If you decide to take one of these trips, or one of your own, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to stop back and share your experience with us!

Until next time … Happy RVing!

 

Would you make a good Workamper?


Many RVers we talk to have the dream of one day being able to leave their jobs, friends, family, and basically the day-to-day life they’ve been living, in order to travel in their RV to destinations unknown. Sure, many folks do wait until retirement and do just that,  staying on the road for months, or even years at a time.

What if you don’t want to wait, but you still need income? Well, some people are turning to Workamping. The short version is that these individuals, couples, and sometimes families travel  Recreational Vehiclefrom place to place and find work in exchange for a free campsite, utilities, wages  or some combination of all.

They’ll typically find positions at privately owned campgrounds, RV resorts, seasonal work (i.e. Christmas trees, fall hay rides, pumpkins, etc.), state and national parks, and even some retail stores. You’ll usually find that Workampers are couples, including many retirees, but it’s not uncommon to find single individuals as well.

Although there are some year-round Workamping jobs, most are seasonal, which fits in just fine with the folks that fill the jobs since most people enjoy the travel that comes along with Workamping.

If this is sounds like something that might interest you, probably the best place to start is on the Workamper website,  Workamper.com.

Good luck if you decide to look into this.

Until next time… Happy RVing!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


Boys of Summer

Panorama of Busch Stadium.

Panorama of Busch Stadium.

One of the surest signs that Spring is here is when major league ballparks around the country open their doors for another season of balls, strikes, hot dogs, thrills and spills! For many fans, the excitement is  not just about seeing their favorite teams, but it’s about getting to their favorite ballpark. Whether it’s a historic landmark like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway in Boston, or a more recent jewel such as Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, or the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis, each ballpark has its own unique features, food and design.

How About Taking Your RV?

The sign outside the Chicago baseball park Wri...

The sign outside the Chicago baseball park Wrigley Field at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have a passion for baseball and ballparks, but find that flying around the country and staying in various hotels can get pretty expensive, how about touring in an RV? It’s much more cost-effective, plus it gives you a great opportunity to see other sites in your travels and spend quality time with friends and family!

Planning

Unless you have unlimited time and budget, planning is very important for having a fun and successful trip. First, decide where you’d like to go and then check each of the team’s schedules. From there, you can probably put together a tentative schedule and begin to check ticket availability for the dates and locations you’ve chosen. Keep in mind that ticket demand can vary wildly from place to place. And last, find yourself a place to park! Since most ballparks are in major cities, you’ll probably have to find a campground in the suburbs. If you’re planning on driving a motorhome to the ballpark, be sure to check each individual team for RV parking policies.

Other Considerations

It’s very easy to over spend on a trip like this, so come up with a reasonable budget that includes food and souvenirs at each ballpark and stick to it! You should also consider ways to capture your trip by taking lots of pictures, saving ticket stubs, programs, and other tokens from each ballpark. If you like to write, this is a great opportunity to keep a journal, either online or the old fashion way! Buying some small storage containers or folders to keep reminders from each location separate is worth considering.

If you do decide to try a ballpark tour this Spring and/or Summer, please come back and let us know how you made out! And, if any of you have already done something like this and would like to add some advice, please do so in the comments area.

Here’s to a great baseball season, whoever your favorite team may be!

Until next time … Happy RVing!

It’s time to get your cans in gear!


WMMR's Preston & Steve - Campout for HungerUPDATE: White Horse RV will donate one food item for every new “Like” we get on our Facebook page! If you’re on Facebook and  haven’t already done so, please stop by. Don’t forget to share our page with friends and family too!

Once again for 2011,  WMMR radio’s morning hosts Preston & Steve will be holding their Campout for Hunger drive the week after Thanksgiving, beginning Monday, November 28th and continuing through Friday December 2nd.

If you’re not familiar with Preston & Steve’s Campout event, for those five days, they “camp” in an RV collecting non-perishable food items for Philabundance, who then distribute the food throughout the greater Delaware Valley area to those who need it. Campout and other food drives play an essential role in helping Philabundance keep up with the needs of the community.

As we have the past several years, White Horse RV Center is more than happy to provide an RV for Preston & Steve to live in throughout the week.

How can you help?

RV provided by White Horse RV Center

Stop by the Campout for Hunger “camp” at the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting, PA. There will be

plenty of special guests during the morning show, but you can stop during the day and evening also.  Donations will be accepted Monday 11/28 through Thursday 12/1 from 6am until about 8pm; and Friday 12/2 from 6am to 10am.

We are also collecting food at White Horse RV up until Tuesday 11/22, and will send all donations along with the RV. Anyone who donates at White Horse will receive a 10% discount card for our Parts & Accessories store.  Some recommended food items include the following:

  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beef Stew (pop top lid)
  • Canned Chili (pop top lid)
  • Canned Pasta, Beef Ravioli
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Ready to Eat Cereal (Family Size)
  • Canned Pork & Beans/Baked Beans (pop top lid)
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail (pop top lid)
  • Creamy Peanut Butter (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Grape Jelly (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Boxed Sugar

Here’s a video from last year’s Campout:

Please help out if you can. Even a single can or two will help. Here are the event details one more time:

When: Monday, November 28th thru Friday, December 2nd
(It’s over at the end of the broadcast on Friday – about 10am)
Donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from 6am to about 8pm, and Friday from 6am to 10am.
Where: The Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA
We hope to see you there!
Unit next time… Happy RVing!

Kids Corner – Summer Fun & Crafts!


Welcome to our most recent edition of Kids Corner. While there is always plenty of activity and friends to keep you busy at your campground, you can never have enough ideas for the kids!

So, with summer is in full swing, here at Kids Corner, with thanks to Nancy and FamilyFun.Go.com, here are some fun activities for you to try.

CampSite Murals

Materials
  • Old bedsheet
  • Tempera paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Sponges
  • Squirt bottles
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking an old sheet in water and then hanging it on a clothesline or draping it over a fence.
  2. Get out various tempera paints and applicators — sponges, paintbrushes, squirt bottles — and go at it, creating pictures, tic-tac-toe grids, or just colorful designs. You can also mute and mix colors with a water-filled spray bottle.
  3. Whenever you don’t like what you see, simply hose down the canvas and start over. For art on a smaller scale, try the same techniques with a pillowcase or an old T-shirt.

Rainy Day Fun

Materials
  • Card stock
  • Washable markers
Instructions
  1. Draw on card stock with washable markers, then place the papers outdoors in the rain until the colors have run.
  2. Bring the paintings back inside and put them on a flat surface to dry.

Camping Pals

 Materials
  • Sticks and twigs
  • Hand pruners (a parent’s tool)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Flat stone
  • Colored pencils
  • Small objects from nature, such as pinecones, pine needles, pieces of bark, acorns, and leaves
  • 8-inch piece of twine (optional)
Instructions
  1. Trim the sticks with the pruners and hot-glue them together to form a body with arms, a torso, and legs.
  2. Draw a face on the stone with colored pencils, then glue it to the torso.
  3. Step 3 - Personalized Nature Pals Glue on the other features, such as pine cone feet, an acorn cap, bark pants, or a pine needle skirt.
  4. Once the glue has set, you can hang your project by tying the twine into a loop, then gluing it to the back.
There you have it. Have fun and until next time…
Happy RVing!