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!

 

Introducing the All New Jayco Precept Class A Motorhome!


Over the years, Jayco has been committed to building a better RV through ongoing innovation, combined with old world craftsmanship, and unmatched customer service. As a result, Jayco has become one of the largest, most respected RV manufacturer’s in the industry, who continue to build some of today’s most popular Towable and Class C motorhome models, such as the Jay Flight, Eagle, Seneca and Greyhawk, to name a few.

Jayco Precept

Jayco Precept

This dedication to excellence has never been more evident than it is today with their new Class A Precept gas motorhome. Not only have they packed the Precept with high-end features at an affordable price, but you’ll also find the many little touches, that Jayco is known for, that make Jayco RVs so enjoyable for your travels.

In addition to the luxurious surroundings, you’ll find that the Precept is built with the power and precision found in all of their motorhomes. Powered by Ford’s 6.8L Triton 362 HP engine and equipped with two sway bars, Bilstein shocks and variable jounce bumpers, Precept integrates Jayco’s JRide “Ride and Handling package” to provide the ultimate RV driving experience. You really must drive it to appreciate the power and handling.

Luxurious Living!

Luxurious Living!

In addition to the overall comfort, luxury and drive of the Precept, here are some specific features we think you’re going to love:

  • A 40″ exterior LED TV with radio and CD player, so you can enjoy the great outdoors!
  • Several mega pass-through storage compartments with lockable slam latches!
  • Frameless windows. An industry first standard for Class A gas motorhomes!
  • A Dream Dinette that includes a 40″ TV lift and LED lighting!
  • In the private master bedroom, his and her closets with 10″ deep drawers and a 26″ LED TV!
  • Ergonomic, shallow dash with wrap-around windshield!

And, don’t forget, as is the case with all new Jayco RVs, the Precept comes with Jayco’s exclusive 2 year Co-Pilot Warranty.

We invite you to stop by White Horse RV and see for yourself what makes the new Jayco Precept such a great fit for both families and retirees! You can also visit us online for more details.

Until next time… Happy RVing!

This is the Toy Hauler you’ve been waiting for!


Update 7/17/12: We’ve just uploaded some brand new pictures of the Fuzion 342 on our Pinterest Product Information page!

 

Many of our toy hauler customers over the years have inquired about a double axle 5th wheel toy hauler that also has a 12′ garage so they could fit some bigger toys. Well, the wait is over…

Introducing the new Keystone Fuzion 342!

Not only will you find a bigger garage, but you’ll also enjoy a very roomy Keystone Fuzionfloorplan that includes triple slides, a queen size master bed, and a side aisle bathroom!

This floorplan — a double axle, triple slide, 12’ garage with loft — is exclusive to Fuzion and you won’t find it anywhere else. A 3/4 ton towable with all the features of a triple axle. Incredible!

Keystone Fuzion 342

Keystone Fuzion 342

This new model is packed with amenities, but some of it’s most unique features include:

  • 12’ garage w/ 40” loft (all other double axle toy haulers have a 10’ garage, there is no other option other than Fuzion for a 12’ garage on a double axle!)
  • Garage storage locker
  • 22” LCD TV in the garage and bedroom
  • Kitchen  pantry and large kitchen island
  • Premium entertainment center – 40” Samsung LED TV, Samsung sound bar, Sony Blu Ray / DVD, Bluetooth / MP3 / Auxiliary
  • Fireplace
  • Dual closets w/ base cabinet and  full dresser in bedroom
  • Dual power awnings (32’ of continuous awning coverage)

The best way to check out this new Fuzion 342 will be in person, and White Horse RV Center will be one of the first dealers in the world to have one in stock! Keep an eye on our website, Facebook, email blasts and other White Horse RV communications and we’ll let you know when it arrives.

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!


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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!

What a pain in the gas!


This story was originally posted on 3/8/11, just about a year ago. It seems like every year the media and the powers that be that control gasoline prices  feel the need to put a scare into us regarding gas prices. With all the recent media coverage, we thought it would be relevant to re-post this story.

Sticker Shock at the Gas Pump … Gas prices continue to climb … Gas prices: How high will they go?

Jeez, you can’t turn on the TV, surf the web, or have a conversation with someone without the topic of gas prices coming up. A media feeding frenzy.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re all for lower gas prices and appreciate how hard everyone works for their money, but how much does this really effect our RVers out there? If you’re a full-timer doing a lot of driving, obviously there is a pretty big impact. However, these folks represent a very small segment of the RV community, so how about everyone else.

For a more typical scenario, here are  figures based on towing a travel trailer or fifth wheel,  your tow vehicle getting 12 miles per gallon, and taking a 250 mile trip.

At $2.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $52.08

At $3.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $72.92
(a $20.84 difference)

At $4.00 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $83.33
(a $31.25 difference)

So, as you can see, even if gas gets as high as $4.00 per gallon, your trip is only costing you an additional $31.25.  For most motorhomes, depending on their mpg, the cost will be a little higher, but you get the idea. If you’re staying fairly close to home and you factor in all the other ways you save by traveling in your RV, the increase becomes a little less painful.

You can also do a few simple things to help increase your mpg, such as staying close to the speed limit, accelerating slowly instead of “punching it”, trying to avoid heavy braking, and keeping your tires to their proper pressure.

As far as finding the cheapest gas in your area, if you haven’t already, try GasBuddy.com. They have mobile apps available also. Please remember not to get too carried away with the price and end up traveling out of your way to save a penny or two!

It’s also worth mentioning that from what we’ve been able to gather, these prices are NOT being driven up by any type of shortage, but by the “speculators” who invest in gas, so this situation could be very short-lived. What ever happened to supply and demand??

Now get in your RV, go to your favorite place, and forget about this nonsense!!

Until next time.. Happy RVing!