RVer Darrell Gilmore spent 2017 volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in all 50 United States

RVer Darrell Gilmore spent 2017 volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in all 50 United States

Like many new RV retirees, Darrell Gilmore wanted to travel. In January 2017, the former corporate executive and long-time Habitat for Humanity volunteer from Bloomington, Indiana, hitched up his 23-foot Jay Feather travel trailer by Jayco for a year-long journey of volunteering with Habitat in all 50 states. His goal was three-fold: "Spend a year doing something really significant, play a round of golf in every state and visit unusual tourist attractions,"
Historic Harmony, Pa., quaint stop on RV journey

Historic Harmony, Pa., quaint stop on RV journey

Recently Jimmy and I were visiting family in western Pennsylvania. On our last day there, our brother-in-law, Lou, asked us where we would like to eat lunch. I requested, "Someplace funky with local interest and good food." He treated us to the historic Harmony Inn that entices visitors with 30-some craft brews and tales of 'a little girl in a white dress roaming the upstairs.' The 160-year old inn sits in historic Harmony Borough designated a National Landma
'Synchronous fireflies' displays are magical

‘Synchronous fireflies’ displays are magical

This is an updated post from 2017 ... because I've been following these fascinating synchronous firefly events for years, hoping some day I'll be able to take one of my major Bucket List RV trips and "Follow the Fireflies." Jimmy and I were born in prime lightning bug territory--Jimmy in the Allegheny River country of southwest Pennsylvania; and I spent my first dozen years in Charleston, on the Kanawha River in the hills of West Virginia. Our childhood stompi
Get outdoors and enjoy National Parks Week

Get outdoors and enjoy National Parks Week

According to an email from the folks at our National Parks, "Everyone can find a unique way to celebrate our incredible national parks this April during National Park Week." April 21 through April 29, "the parks will be aglow with special programs and events across the country. From a fee-free day to National Park Rx Day and everything in between, there’s no shortage of ways to join in on the festivities. This year’s theme is 'Park Stars' — so be sure t
Slow road cross country - 'EZ 66 Guide'

Slow road cross country – ‘EZ 66 Guide’

Anything that combines seeing America, RVing and art, I love, love, love. That's what 'EZ66 Guide for Travelers' by Jerry McClanahan offers. "Eighty percent of the original Route 66 is still easily drivable, but often not on ordinary maps & signage. The EZ66 GUIDE is the answer to finding the route, most of it suitable for RVs. This is the ultimate guide for exploring the Mother Road whether you’re driving west or east. Its maps & directions are comp
Active millennial RVers Shea and Erin Laughlin, #3:  Hymer Aktiv uses a regular van chassis
One reason Minnesota millennials Shea and Erin Laughlin chose the 2017 19.7-foot Hymer Aktiv 1.0 for their home on the road is because of its small footprint. The Aktiv is built on the RAM ProMaster 2500 chassis providing for a stable ride. The front-wheel-drive van
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Active millennial RVers Shea and Erin Laughlin, #2: Aktiv's sleek, efficient interior design
RVing Millennials Shea and Erin Laughlin of Minnesota, live full-time in their 2017 Hymer Aktiv 1.0. “As with any house, the Hymer Aktiv has fresh water, electricity, waste water disposal, heating, and cooling systems. In the Aktiv these systems are self-contained
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Active millennial RVers Shea and Erin Laughlin, #1:  Love the stylish, compact class B Hymer Aktiv
Slick interior styling and an overall compact design are two major reasons Minnesota millennials Shea and Erin Laughlin chose the 2017 19.7-foot Hymer Aktiv 1.0 for their home on the road. The class B Hymer Aktiv made its debut in 2016 soon after Canadian manufacture
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Fiberglass camper owners Don and Mary Burg
It doesn't take much to start a conversation at a dump station, especially when your neighbor is a fellow fiberglass truck camper owner. A couple winters back when we were snowbirds camping at Catalina State Park near Tucson, Ariz., we met Mary and Don Burg of Olym
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Early March 2018 RV Shows in USA, Canada
Spring is the perfect time to plan a trip to the next RV Show in your area. Take a look at the new 2018 RV models. Battle Creek Camper & RV Show March 1-4 Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, MI Central New York RV Show March 1-4 NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY
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Free things for RVers to experience in Perry, Georgia
For those RVers who are planning on attending the huge Family Motor Coach Association gathering in Perry, Georgia, March 15 -18, there are a number of nearby events and attractions you can experience for free. One popular destination is the Museum of Aviation sittin
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FMCA heads back to 'Southern Charm' rally & expo 3/15-18 in Georgia
FMCA — an international association for recreation vehicle owners —returns to Perry, Georgia, March 15 -18 for the group’s 97th International Convention & RV Expo. This will be the 10th FMCA event at the RV-friendly Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
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Austrian Olympic team's support staff live in recreation vehicles during winter games
WDSU-TV of New Orleans reported that the Austrian Olympic team has erected a  "pop-up RV village for support staff." There are 30 travel trailers housing four people each in this makeshift winter campground that sits in a parking lot about two-miles from the big do
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How to prep your kitty for life on the road
It goes without saying that dogs are the most common of all RVing animals. More than 90 percent of all RVers who take their pet companion along for the ride, are taking along Fido, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association survey. However, cats travel to
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Lucy the Elephant, fun RV Short Stop on Jersey shore
If you are planning on being close to Atlantic City anytime in your RV, check out an item I posted on RV Short Stops about Lucy the Margate Elephant, a fun roadside attraction on the southern Jersey seashore. When I visited Lucy, I was with a couple of other 'mature'
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