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!

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!

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!

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!

Kids Corner – Get ready for Spring Camping!


Now is the perfect time to get ready for Spring Camping Season! We’re  all looking forward to some sun and outdoor fun,  so here are a few ideas we came up with to get your family excited for your first (or next) camping trip in 2011!

RV Camping Checklist

Camper’s Check List:
This is something easy and fun to do with kids of all ages! Using a sheet of paper, list all the items you will need for your trip,  leaving a space next to each item to be checked off when it’s loaded onto your RV. Use one list for the whole family, or have each person make their own list of what’s important to them so nothing is left behind. Having the lists is a big help, plus  a little teamwork always comes in handy to make sure you have everything for everyone!

Learn-a-Little:Look up your destination
Another thing you can do before heading out on your next trip is to grab an atlas, computer or book  where you can look up information on the places you’re  going to visit.  Have your kids  list all of the things they are interested in doing and seeing,  and try to learn a little about the area you are headed to!

Keep a journal on your tripBring  A Journal:
A great way to document your trip is to bring a journal for each person, or use one for the whole family.  Fill it with sayings from the trip, new or different things learned, photos or pictures drawn, memories of the adventure, and anything else you come across. You’ll find that a journal will be a great conversation piece full of great memories of  your time together that you can enjoy for years to come!

A treat for the road or home!

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, we thought it would be a good time to share this recipe.

Irish Potatoes Made Easy!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 16-oz box of powdered sugar
  • 2½ cups coconut
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Place butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Continue beating until mixture forms a stiff ball.
  3. Stir in coconut.
  4. Roll the mixture to form small potato shapes.
  5. Roll “potatoes” in cinnamon to cover.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
  7. After chilling, roll each ball again in the cinnamon and serve.

Hope you enjoy them!

Until next time… Happy RVing!