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29 Dec
The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

The Wall Street Journal’s Take on the RV Industry. Right, or Wrong?

The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature about the state of the RV industry that was interesting, and very much worth reading, but somewhat flawed in its perspective. RV Sales Revive, but Without Frills (WSJ, Dec. 23, 2015) The article’s first sentence declares that “Americans are buying recreational vehicles at the fastest rate in more than a decade.” Then the author, James R. Hagerty, quickly pivots and writes that “Unfortunately for RV makers, many are hitting the road in smaller, less expensive... Read More
17 Nov
The Foods of Fall Camping: Dutch Oven Treats and a Classic Casserole

The Foods of Fall Camping: Dutch Oven Treats and a Classic Casserole

This week our article 3 Classic Campfire Cooking Recipes went live on the Progressive site, and it was perfectly timed for the month of November, when we all want to gather around a table with family and friends enjoying comforting and traditional dishes. The blog post for Progressive included three of our favorite (and easy!) Dutch oven recipes, so head on over there for the recipes. We included… The yummy Breakfast Egg Scramble The classic Dutch Oven Pizza And the perennial favorite, Monkey Bread. Now for another favorite camping dish... Read More
11 Nov
Home Again, Home Again: 6 Tips for Unpacking the RV

Home Again, Home Again: 6 Tips for Unpacking the RV

It’s no one’s favorite part about RV travel, but trips come to an end, and unpacking the RV is a reality we must all face. Last spring, on Episode #36 of the podcast, we talked about strategies for packing the RV. That was a very popular episode, and more than one listener emailed us and said, What about unpacking tips, huh? Huh? Well, we put it off for awhile, because…unpacking. Sure, it’s necessary. But it’s also kinda sad. The trip is over, all the laundry is dirty, and nobody ate the leftovers from that... Read More
03 Nov
RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally: Fun Times, New Friends!

A fantastic group of RVFTA podcast listeners gathered last weekend at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA for our second go around at this whole rally thing. Rallies aren’t so popular with our generation, so we felt like we were taking a risk last spring when we decided to host one for the first time. In short, it was a smashing success and everyone refused to wait an entire year to gather again. Enter the RVFTA 2015 Fall Rally. We are pretty convinced that the heart of a successful family camping rally is lots of free time for kids to... Read More

Recipe of the Week: Julie’s Michigan Sauce

We are huge fans of Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood book, a wonderful collection of American roadside restaurant recommendations. No matter where we are traveling, we always consult the book before we leave to see if there are any gems in the region to which we are heading. Before we took off for Lake Placid last month, we cracked open Roadfood and found that every Adirondack entry referenced the “Michigans” on the menu. A Michigan? What’s a Michigan? So glad you asked. First things first. A Michigan is not from... Read More
05 Oct
Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

The Adirondack Park in New York State is our newest favorite place. Why?  Maybe because of its fragrant and thickly wooded forests of spruce, maple, beech, and birch. Maybe because of its sparkling lakes, winding rivers, and rocky streams. Maybe because of its charming lakefront towns such as Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Or maybe because the region hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and the sounds of supreme, almost mythological, athletic greatness still can be heard if you listen closely. “Do you believe in miracles?” ... Read More
24 Sep
Beach Camping: Three Small Products that Make a Big Difference!

Beach Camping: Three Small Products that Make a Big Difference!

Most people do not think of beach camping when they think of the fall season. But here at RV Family Travel Atlas, we believe September and October are the two best months of the year to park your rig in the sand. The crowds are gone, the weather is cooler, and the water is still warm. We are headed off to one of our favorite beach camping spots in North Carolina this fall, so it is the perfect time to share three of our favorite little products that make a BIG difference when vacationing on the shore. Kids Backpack Beach Chair This was... Read More

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