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RV Organization: We Are Calling In An Expert

We spend so much time in our RV, you might think we had the whole organization thing down. Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let me explain how this works. The whole time we are on vacation I take note of all of the things that are out of order and driving me crazy. I swear that I will find solutions and get things under control…as soon as we get home. Then we get home and I start worrying about work and regular old life with three kids. The camper sits in the driveway, dreadfully neglected until we are ready to hit the... Read More
18 Jun
How to Camp Happy: Lessons from Four Years of RVing

How to Camp Happy: Lessons from Four Years of RVing

Isn’t it great when you can look back and laugh at an epic camping fail? We have all had those trips that did not go exactly as planned, and ours was four years ago on a chilly weekend at Camp Taylor in the Skylands Region of New Jersey. Our family was still new to RVing, and we had only been on three trips with our pop up camper. Let’s just say our lack of experience was embarrassingly obvious that weekend. From running out of propane in the middle of a 35-degree night, to an epic toddlers’ meltdown during a wolf preserve tour, we had our... Read More
16 Jun
Celebrating Mom and Supporting KOA’s Care Camps

Celebrating Mom and Supporting KOA’s Care Camps

This article originally appeared in the Jayco Journal. When you own an RV, planning your next family adventure is always part of the fun.  But should you go somewhere new or return to a place that you love? Our family has camped in eight different states, and we hope to travel to all fifty.  So whenever we hit the road with our White Hawk, we usually prefer exploring new destinations. However, there are certain campgrounds that call us back again and again.  The Philadelphia/West Chester KOA is one of those special places.  It is the home of... Read More
14 Jun
Hey Dad, Thanks for Making Our Lives Super-Duper Special!

Hey Dad, Thanks for Making Our Lives Super-Duper Special!

Dear Dad, Five years into this gig and your evaluations are looking pretty stellar. We thought about giving you a raise, but decided instead to take you camping next week. We are sure you will approve of the unanimous decision. We really wanted to insert some inappropriate potty humor, but Mom kept deleting it. We will tell you the jokes when she isn’t around. Thanks for deciding that our lives should be really, really fun. And thanks for all the ice cream. Oh, and lobbying for that family dog. She really will cave one day, so keep up... Read More
08 Jun
Be a Tourist in Your Hometown (Every Once in Awhile)

Be a Tourist in Your Hometown (Every Once in Awhile)

Here is what I am going to tell you about my town: no one who lives here goes to the town beach on the weekend. Ever. You see, our waterfront has boardwalk attractions, so the locals go a little bit north or a little bit south and find a nice quiet bit of sand for a couple of hours of relaxation. But when dear friends come into town for a very short visit, you simply must do what you have never done…spend an entire Saturday on the Point Pleasant Beach and Boardwalk. Parking is a nightmare, of course, and the beach is crowded. The truth,... Read More
03 Jun
The Classic RV Story: Laura Has One, Do You?

The Classic RV Story: Laura Has One, Do You?

It is probably no surprise to our readers that people tell us their camping stories. What might surprise you is how many people have that one epic RV trip stored away in their childhood memories. I’m not talking about people who grew up traveling from campground to campground in a pop up or travel trailer. I’m talking about our friends who remember that one time their family rented an RV and went to _____. I really shouldn’t be shocked at all. I know that one of my most vivid vacation memories from childhood is the time my... Read More
02 Jun
Our First Taste of Summer in the Skylands: Camp Taylor, Northwest NJ

Our First Taste of Summer in the Skylands: Camp Taylor, Northwest NJ

When the Lively Little Campers Go RVing in our home state of New Jersey we either go South to Cape May for the beach and boardwalk or North to the Skylands Region for mountains and deep woods.  We closed out last season at  Seashore Campsites in our beloved Cape May so we decided to head back to Camp Taylor in the Skylands Region for our most recent family adventure.  Camp Taylor promises the “genuine outdoor experience” and it delivers on that promise in a major way.  The campground consists of 400 acres of lush and lovely woods... Read More

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