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

Helping Philadelphia area kids for 30 years!

What’s your first thought when you think of “bikers”? Often portrayed in movies, TV shows and other entertainment outlets as a band of hooligans, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

A great example of this is Delaware Valley A.B.A.T.E (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education). This  Sunday marks the 30th Annual A.B.A.T.E. toy run where bikers line the streets of Philadelphia for blocks on end, and cruise through the city to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they deliver new toys to the kids.

Delaware Valley A.B.A.T.E.

This year, as has been the case for the last several, current A.B.A.T.E member Mark Schultz will be living in an RV,  donated by White Horse RV Center, for the weekend collecting toys from those who aren’t riding. Sunday’s festivities are hosted by Philadelphia radio legend, WMMR’s Pierre Robert, until 12 noon when the bikers begin their trek to Children’s Hospital.

All motorcycles are welcome to ride! You can also just show up to donate a toy if you don’t or can’t ride. Here are the event details:

  • Toys can be dropped off at the A.B.A.T.E. RV beginning Friday, 11/5/2010 until Sunday, 11/7/2010 at 12 noon.
  • The RV will be located in close proximity to Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. This is also the starting point for the toy run.
  • All toys must be new, unwrapped and have batteries included if required. No stuffed animals please, due to health reasons.
  • If you’re coming, please be advised that parts of Spring Garden, 8th Street, and the Schuylkill Expressway will be closed.

Come rain or shine!

Celebrate where it all began

This Fourth of July, many people around the country will tune into network TV and see star-studded celebrations taking place in New York, Washington, and Boston. We may be a little biased, being located just 25 minutes from Philadelphia, but every year Philadelphia puts on a week-long celebration that is second to none. And why not. Philadelphia is the birthplace of America!

This year, why not experience this celebration first hand by getting in your RV, finding a nearby campground, and visiting Philadelphia to take part in  the activities that interest you?  Some of the highlights of the Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia celebration includes:

  • Wawa Hoagie Day,  followed by a special screening of the movie Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 30th.
  • A Screening Under the Stars of Avatar takes place on July 1st at Penn’s Landing.
  • Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will perform on July 2nd at Independence Hall.
  • All you can eat ice cream, fireworks, and more from the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 3rd at Penn’s Landing.
  • And a fully packed day of activities on July 4th starting with the Celebration of Freedom ceremony in the morning and ending with a Concert on the Parkway; this year featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, The Roots, Chrisette Michele and Chuck Brown followed by more fireworks!
  • While you’re there, don’t forget the “must see” attractions like the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more!

To find a nearby campground, try GoCampingAmerica or your favorite campground search site. Whatever you decide to do Independence Day weekend, have a very fun and safe celebration.

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.

Know your ABC’s (and TT’s and 5W’s too!)

For a seasoned RVer, terms like “Class A”, “Travel Trailer“, “Fifth Wheel”, etc. are second nature. No matter what type of rig you own, it doesn’t take long before you’ve become friendly with people who own all different types of RVs and have a chance to explore the many different types, makes and models out there.

On the other hand, try talking RV jargon with a non-RVer and you might as well be speaking a foreign language! So, for those of you who are out there trying to learn about RVs, and have stumbled upon our blog, or for you experienced owners out there that are tired of explaining the different “types” of RVs to family and friends, we have this quick guide to the RV types for your reading pleasure.

Be sure to share this with your non-RVing friends, and soon they’ll be talkin the talk too!

Class A Motorhome

Winnebago Sightseer Class A Motorhome

The Class A’s are bus style motorhomes and come in both diesel and gas-powered versions.

While the amenities will vary greatly from brand to brand, in general most recent Class A motorhomes have a full kitchen and bath, bedroom, and centrally controlled heating and air-conditioning.

As recently as a few years ago, this type of RV was primarily thought of as one for retirees traveling the country. However, there are currently many manufacturers who offer floor plans that include bunk beds, perfect for families or grandkids! In higher end models, you’ll find a large number of luxury features that make it feel like you’re staying in our own custom home on wheels.

Driving one is surprisingly easy, once you get used to the size and learn a few tricks of the trade.

Class B Motorhomes

Also known as van campers

More commonly known as van campers, Class B motorhomes are built on van or flat panel truck shells. These types typically have accommodations for sleeping, as well as bathroom and kitchen facilities.

They are easy to drive in pretty much any setting and,  in some models, can reach full standing height (for most people) by raising the roof or dropping the floor.

Class C Motorhomes

Jayco Greyhawk Class C Motorhome

Jayco Greyhawk Class C Motorhome

Class C motorhomes are built on an automotive van frame, but have a wider body section attached to the cab. Most Class C motorhomes, like the Class A, come with a full kitchen, bath and bedroom.

One of the more distinctive features is the additional space over the cab area. This space is often used for more sleeping space or an entertainment center. These types come in a big variety of floor plans and offer something for everyone.

Since you’re closer to the ground, driving a Class C motorhome can feel more like driving a large pickup truck, than a motorhome. Some people are more comfortable with this.

Travel Trailers

Autumn Ridge Travel Trailer

Autumn Ridge Travel Trailer

Travel Trailers are pretty much self-explanatory, in that they are trailers that you tow behind your vehicle. That said, there is more to travel trailers than just that.

First of all, there is a very wide range in the size and weight from the smallest to the largest travel trailers. This is important to know since you need to have a vehicle that is capable of towing your trailer. In recent years, manufacturers have started to offer lighter weight models that can be towed using 6 cylinder vehicles. It is vital that you check with your local RV dealer to get their recommendations on how much your vehicle can tow.

As far as amenities are concerned, they will vary with size, but most will come with a full kitchen and bath. Sleeping accommodations will run the gamut depending on size.

Fifth Wheel

Jayco Designer Fifth Wheel

Jayco Designer Fifth Wheel

Fifth Wheels (or 5th Wheels) are similar to travel trailers as far as amenities go and the fact that you tow them, however, they are designed specifically to be towed by pick up trucks and require a special fifth wheel hitch installed in the bed of the truck.

With a raised forward section, this design gives the fifth wheel a bi-level floor plan that is unique to fifth wheels.

You’ll also find a fifth wheel in general, to be more spacious and have more storage available. The bi-level design also gives you more of a feeling of privacy. Many models come with a large picture window at the back of the unit. As with travel trailers, it’s important to talk to your local RV dealer to determine your towing vehicle’s capabilities.

Expandable Travel Trailer

Jay Feather Expandable Travel Trailer

Jay Feather Expandable Travel Trailer

The Expandable Travel Trailer is a cross between your standard travel trailer and a folding or pop-up camper. They are an enclosed structure like the travel trailer, but also have ends that tip out to sleeping accommodations.

The exp’s are typically lighter and less expensive than their travel trailer counterparts and many can be towed with a mid-sized family vehicle. Again, and we can not emphasize enough, you need to check with your local dealer regarding towing capacity.

Many campers who are taking their first steps into RVing choose an expandable to start out with.

Sport Utility RV/Toy Hauler

Jayco Octane Toy Hauler

Jayco Octane Toy Hauler

Toy haulers come as both travel trailers and fifth wheels. What differentiates them as toy haulers is that they have a “garage” to store your motorcycles, ATVs, and other “toys”. The garage  is separated by a wall from your living quarters.

Many also offer amenities unique to that type of lifestyle, such as storage tanks for gasoline. As is the case with standard travel trailers and fifth wheels, toy haulers come in a huge variety of sizes and floor plans. Again, I repeat, be sure to check your towing capabilities!

Some manufacturers offer toy haulers as Class A and Class C motorhomes as well.

The last thing worth mentioning here is a word about slideouts. A slideout, or slide, is a wall that moves outward to create more living space in your RV. The majority of RVs offer at least one slideout and can range from one small one, to one that runs the length of the unit, to ones that have up to four, all depending on the size and floor plan.

Well, that should do it. Hope this information helps you out.

Until next time, Happy RVing!

Ready. Set. Go!!

Jayco Travel Trailer

Planning ahead will give you the freedom you want!

One of the biggest benefits of owning an RV is the freedom it gives you. In just a few minutes, you can hitch up your travel trailer and head off to your favorite campground, or look for a new adventure. Simply hop in your motorhome, and off you go, visiting friends and family, or just flipping a coin to choose your destination.

In order to get to that point, however, you’ll need to do some preparation. Having your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler, stocked with the essentials plays a vital role in you being able to take off at a moments notice. So, what should you have ready in advance? That’s where we come in. After scouring the web and talking to various folks, here are some suggestions to help make your last minute trips smooth ones!


First, it’s a good idea to have a basic tool kit around. Wrenches, screw drivers, a hammer, etc. will come in handy on a pretty regular basis. Another essential will be a first aid kit. Since you’ll probably be spending much of your time outdoors, it’s a good idea to be prepared for scrapes and other bumps and bruises.  A few more things you’ll need are a flashlight (be sure to keep fresh batteries around too), navigation system or maps, matches and/or a long-nosed butane lighter, and some candles.


Obviously, you don’t want to store anything perishable for a long period of time, so look for some canned goods and boxed items with a longer shelf life that will keep you going until you’re able to get to the local grocery store. You should also make sure you’re stocked up on staples like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.), dish soap & scrub pads, dish towels,  and trash bags. Salt, pepper and other seasonings you use regularly should also be included. All of this is assuming that you’ve already stocked your RV with pots, pans, dishes, can & bottle opener, and other necessities.

RV Toilet Paper

One of the essentials!


Of course, number one on this list, is to help with “number two”toilet paper! And, we also want to be clean and smell nice, so don’t forget the soap and shampoo. It’s also a good idea to have your own personal toiletry kit on board with toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, nail clippers and whatever else you normally use. And don’t forget clean towels and wash clothes.


This is one area where  you can only do so much in preparation. Of course, you’ll want a set of sheets and blankets for each of the sleeping areas in your rig, but for clothes, much of what you bring will have to be decided at the last-minute. That said, there are clothes items  you should always keep on board. Sweatshirts and/or jackets, extra socks and underwear, hats, boots, and an umbrella/rain gear are all things you can keep stowed away in advance.


If you’re traveling with kids, books, toys, card games, board games, and plenty of videos are a must!

So there you have it. Hey, we’re not perfect though. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Until next time, Happy RVing!

Hitting the road with your pets

Traveling with your pet

When can I drive?

One of the great benefits of traveling in your RV is that you can take all the amenities of home with you. For many RVers, one of the most important “amenities” would be their pet.  In fact, almost 45 percent of motorhome owners travel with their dogs and almost 15% with their cats*.

And why not, pets are excellent companions, and will make excellent travel companions as well, as long as you do a little planning and use your common sense.

To help ensure you don’t overlook anything in your preparation, we’ve complied a number of tips/reminders to get you ready to hit the road!

Before you go…

Be sure to get to the vet and have your pet examined.  In particular, you’ll want to make sure rabies vaccines, flea & tick treatments, and heartworm medications are all up to date. If your pet has specific medical needs that require a prescription, make sure you have enough for your trip and get an extra written one just in case you need it on the road. It’s also a good idea (if you know your itinerary in advance) to have a list of emergency care facilities in the areas you’ll be traveling. And last, don’t forget plenty of food (especially if they’re on any type of diet), and a few comforts from home like toys and their bed.

Don’t Assume – We all know what can happen when you do!

Just because a campground states in their literature or web site that they’re “pet friendly”, don’t think you can show up with any pet (particularly larger dogs) and not run into some problems. It’s a good idea to call ahead and actually speak with the campground to find out the ground rules for pets. Some campgrounds will prohibit certain breeds or have excessive fees for pets over a certain size. On the other hand, some campgrounds have great perks for pets such as fenced-in play areas, pet shows, etc.

Chasing that squirrel seemed like a good idea at the time

Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen and your pet could get lost. One of the simplest things you can do to prevent this is to check your pets collar and make sure it’s not too loose. You’ll also want to be sure that his/her tag is up to date and includes information you may not have thought of such as your cell phone number and email address. Have a picture or two handy (store it on your cell phone) that you can show people should your pet get lost.  One other thing you can do is have your vet insert a microchip under the skin of your pet.

I already knew THAT!

Okay, so some of this will fall under that category of stating the obvious, but if you’re like me, sometimes being reminded of the obvious is a good idea!

  • RVs, like cars, can get extremely hot in warm weather. If you’re leaving your pet behind, be sure to have your RV properly ventilated in the event there’s a problem with your AC.
  • Better yet, try to take your pet with you as much as possible.  They love exploring, playing and swimming (well, some like swimming anyway) as much as you do.
  • Make sure your pet is properly restrained in a harness during travel. Even a small pet can become a dangerous projectile in an accident! Not to mention cats getting tangled in your feet. Can’t blame Toyota for that one!
  • Keep a supply of fresh water with you and give some to your pet from time to time. Also, plan to stop every few hours for bathroom breaks (I usually need them too!).

I hope you found this information useful. If you have any additional advice you’d like to share, please feel free to share it in the comments section. Have a wonderful time traveling with your favorite pet, whether it be in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel!  Be sure to give them a nice scratch for me!

* According to a Motorhome magazine survey of its readers.