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03 May
Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Having Fun and Keeping Safe

Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Having Fun and Keeping Safe

We all love our kids and want to keep them safe. But we also want to teach them responsibility and independence. Many RVing families struggle with balancing those two goals at the campground. How do we know this? Because we get asked about campground safety all the time. Emails, direct messages, posts in our Facebook Group. We’ve seen different versions of the same question countless times over the past few years. People ask us if we let our kids ride their bikes by themselves or go to the playground alone. They ask us how to manage... Read More
11 Apr
Say Hello to a New Tiny Trailer: The Jayco Hummingbird 10RK

Say Hello to a New Tiny Trailer: The Jayco Hummingbird 10RK

Have you seen the new Jayco Hummingbird 10RK? Tiny trailers are all the rage right now, and this is just the latest example of innovation in this RV segment. Two years ago, on our way out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, we stopped at the Jayco campus in Middlebury, Indiana to check out some of their newest RV’s. We have owned three different Jayco RV’s and Jayco sponsors both the RV Family Travel Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts. At that time the brand new Jayco Hummingbird (a stylish, lightweight teardrop) was... Read More
18 Mar
A Road Trip into the History of American Camping with Ford’s “Station Wagon Living”

A Road Trip into the History of American Camping with Ford’s “Station Wagon Living”

Back in the 1950’s “Station Wagon Living” was a thing, and the Ford Motor Company, through their brilliant and innovative use of content marketing, was there to lead the way. The late 1950’s were an explosive period of growth for American camping and road trip culture.  It was a period of confidence, innovation, and exploration for the “greatest generation” of Americans that won World War II. Men and women like my grandparents, Edmund and Beatrice Nagle. They were having kids, making money, and hitting the... Read More
15 Mar
The Lazydays Difference: What RV Dealers Could Learn from the Lazydays Experience

The Lazydays Difference: What RV Dealers Could Learn from the Lazydays Experience

Most RV owners have heard about Lazydays. It is, after all, the largest RV dealership in the world. There’s even a show on the Travel Channel about RV shopping filmed on site at the dealership. But knowing about Lazydays is different than experiencing Lazydays. And although we’ve never bought an RV from the Lazydays RV dealership, we’ve now visited the Florida location twice. Our takeaway? Other RV dealers could learn a lot from what Lazydays is getting right. The Backstory: Our Visits to the Lazydays RV Dealership in Tampa,... Read More
09 Mar
12 Quick Tips for Gaining Confidence as a New RV Owner

12 Quick Tips for Gaining Confidence as a New RV Owner

I wasn’t terrified of towing and operating our first RV, but I was extremely NERVOUS. If you are a new RV owner you probably know exactly what I mean. Our dealer was almost two hours away, and the walk through was scheduled for two hours on a late Friday afternoon.  Stephanie and I decided that bringing our one year old twins, Max and Theo, would be a big mistake. We tried to find a babysitter so we could avoid multiple potty breaks and potential toddler tantrums. But no babysitter was available.  It looked like I would be towing the... Read More
21 Feb
Cast Iron Cooking Tips for the Campground

Cast Iron Cooking Tips for the Campground

I don’t know a camper around that doesn’t have a piece or two of cast iron. That work horse of the fire ring or kitchen delivers time and time again. The rules are basically the same since its creation over two thousand years ago, season it well and dry it thoroughly after every cleaning. Cast iron cooking allows you to bake, grill, sear, stew, braise, sauté, caramelize, and brown just about any food. Baking biscuits in a Dutch oven are the all time camping food staple. Those soft and yet crisp edged biscuits have warmed hearts, bellies and... Read More
12 Feb
Light Up the Night (and your Campsite) with a Classic Coleman Lantern

Light Up the Night (and your Campsite) with a Classic Coleman Lantern

Every RV owner needs a classic Coleman lantern, right? For years I have bought inexpensive, battery powered, LED lanterns–and while they may light up my campsite, most of them are pretty cheap looking, and they are definitely not built to last. A few of them have only lasted for a season. So what’s a camper in need of illumination to do? This past fall my buddy Phil got me interested in Coleman’s classic lanterns. We were hanging around drinking coffee on a chilly November day at Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster... Read More

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