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!

 

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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!

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!

We will not be undersold!


When shopping for an RV, we’re sure you’ve run across some dealers boldly stating “WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD!”. Given that there are many, many variables that need to be factored in when pricing a coach, we’ve always found it puzzling when we run across someone making this claim.

First of all, since manufacturers typically have territories assigned to their dealers, in most cases you will have to go outside your market just to shop the same model. Even with that, there are many other intangibles that go into the price of an RV. How much was shipping from the manufacturer; how thoroughly does the dealer prep the RV; how long has a particular unit been on the lot; are there any manufacturer incentives;  plus many more. And that’s not even including trade-ins!

So you see, while some types of retailers can make a claim like that (electronics, mattresses, home supply stores, to name a few) it’s just not that straight-forward in the RV business. At White Horse RV, we’ve been serving customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and throughout the United States for over 38 years. We recommend that you do your research, whether online or in person, and when you come see us, we’ll give you a great deal and fantastic service. In short, the old adage about an informed customer is our best customer applies here.

So how do you feel about “We Will Not Be Undersold”? Take our quick poll and let us know!

Thanks for stopping by and reading our blog. The next time you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned RV, be sure stop by and see us, or check out our extensive inventory online.

Until next time…
Happy RVing!

Those are some nice cans you’ve got!


WMMR's Preston & Steve - Campout for HungerIn what has now become a great Philadelphia tradition, WMMR radio’s morning hosts Preston & Steve will begin their Campout for Hunger drive beginning Monday, November 29th and continuing through Friday December 3rd.

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?

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.  We are also collecting food at White Horse RV up until Wednesday, 11/24 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

    RV provided by White Horse RV Center

  • 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

We don’t know the exact figures since they haven’t always kept track, but we do know that over the last several years Campout for Hunger has collected close to 1,000 TONS of food, and probably more!

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 29th thru Friday, December 3rd
(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

The reviews are in!


Winnebago Man

Winnebago Man Documentary

Back in 1988, Jack Rebney was in the process of  filming  a sales video for Winnebago.  It was hot, the bugs were out, he couldn’t remember his lines, and boy did he get frustrated. And, oh yeah, he let his frustrations out big time, often losing his temper. The outtakes from this video are laced with profanity and some very animated body language. But Jack didn’t care. That was just him venting and showing a glimpse of his high-strung personality.

While the final ad was sent out to Winnebago dealers to promote one of their new motorhomes, a 4 minute video of outtakes surfaced. Originally, this video was just passed among the crew and some friends, but eventually underground videotape collectors became aware of this hilarious reel, dubbing it “Winnebago Man”, and began copying and trading it. This led Jack to becoming somewhat of an underground cult hero.

What no one could have envisioned at the time would be the explosion of PCs, the Internet, and eventually YouTube.  Twenty years later, Jack became one of the very first viral video stars with over 2 million views on YouTube!

So, who was this Jack Rebney anyway?

Enter documentary filmmaker Ben Steinbauer, who  decided to track Rebney down and see if he would be willing to tell the story of the “Winnebago Man”. The end result looks like it’s a winner! While I haven’t seen the documentary myself yet, here are some quotes regarding the film:

“Madly Entertaining”
New York Magazine

“Holy sh*t, is this a f**king funny documentary!”
Roger Ebert

“Bleeping brilliant!”
People Magazine

“Prepare to laugh hard!”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A gem of a film!”
Daily Mirror

Winnebago Man is now playing in select theaters around the country. Be sure to check it out!

Until next time, Happy RVing!

Happy Earthday – Jayco Goes 100% Green!


TJayco is now 100% green certifiedoday, Jayco announced that all of their products, which includes the Jayco, Starcraft, and Entegra brands, have been “green certified” by TRA Certification Inc.

With this announcement, Jayco, Inc. becomes the first major RV manufacturer to become 100% green certified. Their product lines include some of the most popular RV brands in America today such as the Jayco Jay Flight and Autumn Ridge by Starcraft. TRA Certification Inc. is a third-party, internationally accredited certification organization.

What does “green certified” mean?

TRA has four levels of certification for RV manufacturers:  Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald.  Most of the Jayco products received the prestigious Emerald rating in three out of five categories (water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation and maintenance) and Gold ratings in the other two categories (resource efficiency and energy efficiency).

And how about that Jayco Skylark!

Emerald Certified Skylark

Emerald Certified Skylark

The Skylark travel trailer was awarded an Emerald Level Performance Rating which is the highest rating available.   So, why is the Skylark considered “greener” than conventionally built travel trailers in its class? This was accomplished by offering standard features aimed at energy efficiency such as LED lighting systems, which consume less than one-fourth the electricity of conventional lighting, and lasts about 10 times as long. That’s much better than even CFL lighting! The Skylark also uses double-paned acrylic tinted windows, Azdel™ Super Lite substrate in all lamination, plus  other “sustainable technology” techniques to help make the Skylark more energy-efficient. The Skylark is also light enough to be towed by most SUVs and minivans.

Inside Jayco – Green Certification

Here is a short video with more information about their green efforts:

According to Jayco, in 2009 alone,  their recycling efforts and conservation programs saved over 28,000 trees and 14,000 cubic yards of landfill space, plus enough energy to power more than 600 family homes for an entire year.

Our take

In this day and age where many companies mislead consumers by calling themselves “green” or “pink” or whatever the cause may be, we love that Jayco did it right by having their products certified by a legitimate, third-party company and not just saying they’re “green”. It’s also worth noting that many of the manufacturing processes that are called “green” today, are processes that Jayco began doing in the late 1980’s. They are truly pioneers in this area.