Top 10 Safety Features in the Winnebago Travato

In the Winnebago Travato there are over 35 active and passive safety enhancements in the RAM ProMaster chassis. We listed our top 10 safety features in the 2019 Winnebago Travato.

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  1. High Mount Headlamps – the Travato is built on the Ram Promaster Chassis which is modeled after the European Fiat chassis. A major style and safety benefit in the Promaster chassis is the headlamps that are mounted above the grill. These headlights will provide better visibility on the open road, and in case of an accident, the location of the headlights should minimize repair costs.
  2. Crumple Zones – These zones are built into the chassis and act as an impact absorbent and are designed into the front axle and front end of the chassis. They are designed to absorb the energy during an impact, so the passengers are not affected by the crash.
  3. Airbag Safety – The Travato has three different sets of airbags including dual front airbags, dual side curtain airbags, and side seat bolster airbags (available in both cloth and leather). The Travato has the most airbags of any RV.
  4. Seat Belt Pretensioners – With the six airbags, seat belt pretensioners are built in. The pretensioner mechanism detects the signature abrupt deceleration of an accident. In turn, the seatbelt pretensioner mechanism rapidly drives the spool around which the fabric strap of a seatbelt is wrapped. That incredibly fast retraction of the belt fabric removes the slack from the belt instantly. This extra seatbelt “pre-” tension, moments prior to the full force of impact, pulls the bodies of the driver and front-seat passenger firmly into their seats.
  5. Knee Bolsters – In conjunction with the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners the knee bolsters in the cab area keep the occupant in the correct upright position in an accident so the airbags can properly protect the occupants.
  6. Uconnect with Tom Tom GPS – The Uconnect system with Tom Tom GPS provides users hands free calling and voice guidance while navigating. This system allows for the driver to be completely focused on driving and not distracted by calls or using the GPS.
  7. Rearview Camera – The rearview camera in the Travato aids drivers when backing up with its wide angle it also provides color coding based on how far away you are from a potential hazard.
  8. Electronic Stability Control – The system will reconcile the turning path of your steering column by adjusting individual brake pressure and the vehicle’s throttle control to maintain the steering path observed by the vehicle.
  9. Four Wheel ABS – The Winnebago Travato has four-wheel anti-lock brakes just like your light duty truck or SUV.
  10. Tire Pressure Monitoring System – The TPMS is integrated into your front dash and will give you the real time tire pressure levels so you can prevent a flat.

Winnebago Travato Pure3 Energy Management System vs. Coachmen Galleria Li3

When comparing the available power, we are looking at power off the pure sine wave inverter. This tells how many amps users will get without being hooked up to shore power. The Winnebago Travato 59KL and 59GL provides 30 amps of available power, without being plugged into shore power, while the Coachmen Galleria Li3 provides 25 amps of power. In the Travato, you will always be traveling with full 30 amp of service off the extremely powerful 3600-watt pure sine wave inverter. If you are looking to boondock, the Coachmen Galleria Li3 is not going to be able to power your electronics and appliances for as long as the Winnebago Travato with the Pure3 Energy Management System.Winnebago Travato 59GL and 59KL

Voltage: When looking at voltage, were comparing the Travato 59KL/GL’s second alternator to the Coachmen Galleria Li3’s second alternator or as they refer to it – “the underhood generator.” The Coachmen Galleria Li3’s second alternator is a 12 volt while the Travato 59KL and 59GL with the Pure3 Energy Management System has a 58-volt second alternator. The Travato’s second alternator has an extremely compact design that keeps it out of the way of curbs and road debris.

Energy: Comparing Winnebago’s Pure3 Energy Management System’s energy capacity to the Coachmen Galleria Li3 reveals a rather large discrepancy between the two. The the Coachmen Galleria Li3 provides 7,200 watt-hours while the Winnebago Pure3 Energy Management System provides 8,700 watt-hours.

You might be wondering if watt-hours are really that important? Yes, they absolutely are. A Watt Hour is a unit of measurement for power over a period of time, in our case an hour, and is a way of measuring capacity. One watt-hour is equal to one Watt of average power flow over an hour, so one Watt over 10 hours would be 10-Watt Hours. Volta, the company that partnered with Winnebago to build the Pure3 system, has a power calculator on their website and showed what the run times for the Pure3 System would be. If you were boondocking (not hooked up to shore power) and you were not collecting any energy from your solar panels and you wanted to run your air conditioner all day (at 50% duty cycle), run your compressor refrigerator all day (at 50% duty cycle), binge watch your favorite show on your big screen HDTV for six hours and have every single light in your coach on you would have to recharge in 7.3 hours.

Charging Power and Time: Time is of the essence for RVers needing to charge their lithium system. Both the Coachmen Galleria Li3 and the Winnebago Pure3 Energy Management Systems will recharge from the second alternator. If you recall, the Coachmen Galleria Li3 has a a 12-Volt alternator while the Pure3 has a 58-Volt alternator. The Pure3 Energy Management System can also completely recharge the battery approximately 90 minutes while the recharging time of Coachmen Galleria Li3 is over 2 hours and 42 minutes.

Lithium Ion Type and Life: With top performance and safety as uncompromising goals, Winnebago and Volta developed a  plug-n-play scalable system using high-density, nickel manganese cobalt batteries. These outperform “consumer-grade” lithium ion competitors with about two times the effective storage and take up one third the space of AGM lead acid batteries. What’s more, they’ll last the lifetime of a vehicle, service anywhere and can withstand cold storage.

Under 200-lbs. the Travato’s Pure3 Energy Management System three-module, automotive-grade energy pack providing 8,700 Whrs. The energy pack is watertight and durable, the steel housing is the safest on the market. The Coachmen Galleria Li3 is a consumer-grade lithium ion battery with far less storage capacity as the Travato’s.  The Pure3 Energy Management System lasts the lifetime of the vehicle and has been tested. Its expected life is 10 years/2000 cycles at 80%. The expected life of the Coachmen Galleria Li3 is unknown.

Warranty: The lithium ion system but the Travato’s Pure3 Energy Management System has an industry-leading 8-year warranty on the battery which was designed to last a lifetime. While the Coachmen Galleria Li3 warranty is significantly less at 3-years.

Winnebago’s new Pure3 Energy Management System is an industry leader and is superior to the Coachmen Galleria Li3. See our entire Travato inventory and learn more about the Winnebago Travato here.

GoRVing Survey Predicts RV Use to Soar this Summer

RVDailyReport.com — More than 5.8 million American RV used their RV during the Memorial Day Weekend, according to Go RVing’s 2018 RV Owners Insights survey, conducted by Go RVing, the RV Industry Association, and Inquisium.

As the summer travel season shifts into high gear, 92 percent of RV owners say they expect to use their RVs as much as or more than they did in 2017. A record 25 million people are expected to vacation in an RV this year.

RVers say they’re going to use their RVs to get outdoors and enjoy nature (65 percent), take more mini-vacations (64 percent), and spend more quality time with family (50 percent).

“The RV lifestyle has come to be embraced by a wide cross-section of Americans who work hard and want to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “RVers enjoy the convenience, comfort and flexibility RVs offer, as well as the savings RVs provide.”

While fuel prices remain unpredictable from year-to-year, 81 percent of RV owners say this year’s fuel prices will not affect their travel plans. In fact, 80 percent of survey respondents in this year’s study say RV vacations cost less even when fuel prices are higher, with 77 percent saying they save 25 percent or more; and 55 percent saving 35 percent or more.

Over the past three years in the US, RV shipments from manufacturers to dealers have spiked to record levels, and consumer purchases from RV dealer lots have risen steadily. According to the survey, recent buyers were motivated by a desire to see America (90 percent), the travel advantages offered by RVing (83 percent), and innovative features and designs on new RVs (74 percent).

Two-thirds of RV owner respondents (67 percent) said an RV is the “most affordable way to travel.” These findings were echoed by research conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory, which found savings of 21-64 percent for a four-person travel party, and 8-53 percent for a two-person travel party, depending on factors such as the type of RV and the type of vacation.

While 63 percent of 2018 RV owner respondents cite the “escape of everyday stress and pressure” as a “top benefit of RVing, these same RV owners want to stay connected while on the road — 89 percent bring their smartphone, 69 percent their laptop and 62 percent their tablet PC. The most-used campground amenity is wifi (84 percent).

RV owners are staying connected and active. Favorite activities include:

  • Sightseeing: 72 percent;
  • Visiting state and national parks: 71 percent;
  • Grilling/cookouts: 69 percent;
  • Visiting historic sites: 66 percent;
  • Hiking: 58 percent; and
  • Fishing: 42 percent.

More than 70 percent of RVers say they’re more physically active when vacationing in an RV than on other types of vacations, and 81 percent say their kids are more active.

Another important benefit of RV travel: bringing the family pet. More than 65 percent bring a four-legged family member on their RV excursions. Dogs dominate at 93 percent with cats next at 8 percent. The 101 percent total means that some RV owners bring both, yet another reason why RV owners love the “controls” that RVs offer.

The Go RVing 2018 RV Owners Insights survey included 562 respondents and has a 4 percent margin of error.

Winnebago Forza Floorplan Comparisons

Stepping up to diesel luxury and performance has never been easier!

Accessibly priced and loaded with features, the Winnebago Forza is ideal for couples or families looking to step up to the diesel pusher lifestyle. Each of the four expansive floorplans comes with elegant touches like a residential refrigerator, Corian galley countertops, walkaround queen bed, Primera upholstered Versa swivel cab seats, and an available StudioLoft bed for added sleeping flexibility. Designed to take full advantage of Freightliner’s 340-hp XCS chassis, the Forza delivers a smooth and well-mannered ride while providing up to 228 cubic feet of exterior storage, so you’ve got plenty of room for all the toys. If you’re looking for diesel performance, space, and refinement while keeping a close eye on the bottom line, take a closer look at the Winnebago Forza.

Forza 34T Floorplan Forza 34T Floorplan

The Forza 34T comes with Dual slideouts, a mid-coach bath, RestEasy Loveseat and BenchMark Dinette make the 34T perfect for couples or small families. At 35ft. 6in. long, the 34T has sleeping options for up to 8 people, 153 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 36G FloorplanForza 36G

The Forza 36G comes with Triple slideouts, lots of interior storage, elegant and spacious living areas highlight the versatile 36G floorplan. Between the master queen bed, convertible Benchmark Dinette, Flexsteel Fold ‘N Tumble sofa and optional StudioLoft Bed, the Forza sleeps up to six with seatbelts for everyone. The 36G is slightly bigger than the 34T at 37 ft. 10 in. long and has 222 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 38F Floorplan Forza 38F

The Forza 38F’s expansive floorplan features three slideouts, including a full wall slide on the driver’s side. The 38F is the newest floorplan addition to the Forza lineup and features a bath and a half, perfect for entertaining. Comfort comes in many forms in the 38F, enjoy sleeping for six in the queen or king-sized bed, TrueComfort+ Sofa, BenchMark Dinette, or optional StudioLoft Bed. The Forza 38F is 40 ft. with 228 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

Forza 38W Floorplan Forza 38W

The Forza 38W features two full baths, the bunk bed/wardrobe system, a private master suite, and large living spaces make the 38W ideal for larger families or anyone who enjoys a little extra elbow room. Families will enjoy the sleeping options – a queen bed in the master suite, bunkhouse, TrueComfort+ sofa, BenchMark Dinette and optional StudioLoft bed. The 38W, like the 38F is 40 ft. long and has 228 cu. ft. of basement and exterior storage.

The Forza is a great option for those looking to enter the diesel-pusher lifestyle with an accessibly priced coach loaded with features. See our Forza inventory here.

 

Don’t forget… Forza’s qualify for Winnebago’s Carefree Diesel Living Warranty that covers your coach for 3-Years/100,000-miles.

Dinghy Towing with a Blue Ox Ascent Motorhome Mount Tow Bar

Traveling with a dinghy or “toad”, as many RVers would refer, has become exceedingly popular in today’s RV market. Dinghy towing provides the flexibility and convenience to allow you to easily explore and venture outside of your campground or resort. When searching for the perfect towing set-up, the options of tow bars and towable vehicles are endless.

Many of our guests use Blue Ox tow bars for dinghy towing – specifically the Ascent. The Ascent tow bar is the lightest tow bar in the Blue Ox line at only 31 lbs! The newly improved design takes a little from Avail™ (non-binding latch mechanisms) tow bar and the Aladdin™ (aluminum body) and created this featherlite ALL-aluminum tow bar. Its direct-connect, fold-away design will be a proven favorite among towing enthusiasts.

Features

  • Class III/IV tow bar, for use with towed vehicles up to 7,500 lbs
  • Easy fold-away all-aluminum tow bar mounts and stores on back of RV
  • Self-aligning, with 3 axis swivel design
  • The ultimate in quick disconnecting
  • Eye-catching alizarin crimson metallic finish
  • Each leg comes equipped with a gold Blue Ox badge
  • Improved turning radius for better cornering and for smoother towing over rough roads.

Freightliner Custom Chassis’ V-Ride vs. the Competition

Freightliner Custom Chassis V RideAs the first-ever single axle suspension rated at 24,000 pounds, Freightliner Custom Chassis V-Ride is designed for luxury motorhome owners who want the ability to carry more gear, the freedom to equip their interiors with premium amenities, and a comfortable, confident driving experience.

Benefits of FCCC V-Ride –

  • Increased towing capacity
  • Quik-Align® allows for easy axle alignment without the use of shims
  • V-rod connection dissipates suspension forces, reducing stress for greater durability and longevity
  • U-Shaped Assembly – The transverse beam integrated with the trailing arm form a single-piece U-shaped assembly – enhancing stability at all speeds
  • Consistent Handling – The V-rod connection and U-shaped assembly design result in superior roll stability and more predictable handling in all road conditions, giving motorhome owners a confident driving experience
  • Smooth Ride – Large volumetric air springs and premium Sachs shocks deliver the smoothest ride available in a motorhome

FCCC V-Ride vs. the Competition – 

FCCC has the Best Class A Ride

  • FCCC has a custom-built drive suspension by FCCC-engineering
  • Competition has an off-the-shelf truck suspension with swiveling bushing

Stability for All 

  • FCCC suspensions are rated from 17,500 to 24,000 lbs. and designed exclusively for RV usage
  • Competition uses a generic truck/bus axle configuration

Driver Control 

  • FCCC’s V-Ride is the only suspension that controls the weight of a top-heavy vehicle – giving control and confidence to the owner for the life of the coach.
  • Competition is still using technology that FCCC stopped using in 1999.

 

See Lichtsinn RV’s Class A Diesel inventory built on the Freightliner Custom Chassis here. Don’t forget… Winnebago’s Class A Diesel Pushers qualify for Winnebago’s Class A Diesel Living 3-Year/100,000 mile warranty.

Kickoff the Summer with Lichtsinn RV’s Summer Road Trip Sale!

Lichtsinn RV Summer Road Trip Sale

 

Kick-off the Summer with Lichtsinn RV’s Summer Road Trip Sale! Select Class B and Class C Winnebago motorhomes are priced to move. See our full Summer Road Trip Sale inventory here.

 

Winnebago Revel De-Winterization… The Story

The Winnebago Revel 4×4 was designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0-L turbo diesel puts 325 lbs. ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off-road capability.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON WINNEBAGO REVEL DE-WINTERIZATION HERE.

4 Easy Steps to De-Winterize your Winnebago Revel –

  1. Flush as much water through the system as possible using the city fill.
  2. Go to each faucet or appliance that feeds water and bleed each until the water is clear.
  3. Fill your fresh water tank and turn the water pump on.
  4. Again, go to each faucet or appliance that feeds water and bleed each until the water is clear.

Winnebago Revel Fresh Water Drainage Tool… The Story

In the Winnebago Revel, an accessory that is nice to have if you are wanting to drain your fresh water tank is Lichtsinn RV’s fresh water drainage tool. In the Revel, if you want to drain the fresh water tank on the bottom side of the Revel there is a fitting that looks very similar to fittings you will find in residential applications. The fitting uses a square release to run it counterclockwise to open it and then the fresh water tank drains on the ground.

Revel Fresh Water Drainage Tool

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON THE REVEL FRESH WATER DRAINAGE TOOL HERE. 

Lichtsinn RV created this tool for owners who will want to winterize their Revel using the “dry method” meaning owners will not use RV antifreeze to winterize. This tool is not provided by Winnebago and can be purchased by calling Lichtsinn RV’s Parts Department at 1-800-343-6255 or email us at parts@lichtsinn.com for assistance.

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The 20 Best Campgrounds Coast to Coast

From Atlantic to Pacific, America abounds with breathtaking scenery – and what better way to explore our nation’s beauty than a summertime camping trip? Sleeping under the stars renews the spirit, and pitching a tent is a budget-friendly alternative to expensive hotels. Plus, with more than 1,000 campgrounds across the country, there’s surely a destination for everyone. Whether you’re after breezy beaches or rugged wilderness, consider adding a few of these gorgeous campgrounds to your itinerary.

  1. Bartlett Cove at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

    Bartlett cove

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    Bartlett Cove offers picturesque views of Glacier Bay and its surrounding mountains. The remote lakeside campsite is accessible only via foot trail, but being able to whale watch from your tent is more than worth the walk.

  2. Redfish Lake Recreation Complex at Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho

    Redfish

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    Redfish Lake was named for the droves of sockeye salmon that used to journey here every year, but the endangered population has since become depleted, leading to the opening of a hatchery. Visitors to Redfish Lake Recreation Complex can spend their time hiking, fishing, picnicking, waterskiing, and exploring the forests of Idaho.

     

  3. Blackwoods Campground at Acadia National Park in Maine

    Blackwoods

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    Nestled along the rugged coastline of Acadia National Park, Blackwoods Campground provides ample opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. A 27-mile loop road allows for easy access to trailheads and historic sites like the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

  4. Lovells Island at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park in Massachusetts

    Lovells

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    Take a ferry to this 62-acre island, and you can camp near the beach, explore tide pools, and wander through the crumbling foundations of Fort Standish. Scenic hikes offer glimpses of the historic Boston Light on nearby Little Brewster Island, the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States.

  5. Lewey Lake State Campground in the Adirondacks in New York

    Lewey lake

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    Serene waterfront views await visitors to Lewey Lake State Campground, which is nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. If you’re planning to stay at the wooded site, be sure to add swimming, fishing, and hiking to your itinerary.

  6. Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland

    Assateague

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    Famed for its wild horse population, this 37-mile-long barrier island offers oceanside camping in a unique landscape. Consider renting kayaks to admire the feral horses from a distance.

     

  7. Tyler Bend Campground at Buffalo National River in Arkansas

    Tyler bend

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    Buffalo River has something for everyone, with recreations ranging from casual canoeing to whitewater rafting. Spend the day engaged in water activities, then relax on dry land at Tyler Bend Campground.

  8. Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee

    Cades cove

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    Enjoy the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove, a verdant valley full of hiking trails and wildlife. Visitors can also explore numerous historic buildings, including cabins, churches, and a gristmill.

  9. Chisos Basin Campground at Big Bend National Park in Texas

    Big bend national park

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    Surrounded by rocky cliffs, this desert campsite is located near some of Big Bend National Park’s most popular trailheads and the sinuous Rio Grande river.

  10. Sage Creek Campground at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

    Sage creek

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    A stay at this primitive campground offers an authentic experience of the vast Badlands. Visitors can observe bison roaming the park’s prairie landscape, which abounds with colorful buttes formed from layers of sediment.

  11. North Rim Campground at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

    North rim

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    You can experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World up close when you sleep on the North Rim of the breathtaking Grand Canyon. The campsite also affords easy access to the area’s most popular hiking trails and scenic vistas.

  12. Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park in Utah

    Devils garden

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    At Devils Garden Campground, visitors spend the night among the natural sandstone formations of Arches National Park. During the day, they can hike through the desert landscape, admiring the flowering cacti and juniper trees.

  13. Many Glacier at Glacier National Park in Montana

    Many glacier

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    Sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife, including bighorn sheep, make Many Glacier campsite truly magical. Ancient glaciers carved out the mountainous terrain, and small glaciers can still be seen in the park today.

  14. Gallo Campground at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico

    Chaco culture

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    Explore the ruins of the ancient Chacoan people at Gallo Campground in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The desert landscape is also perfect for stargazing, because the area is designated a “natural darkness zone,” where lighting is carefully regulated.

  15. Piñon Flats Campground at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

    Pinon flats

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    Piñon Flats Campground has remarkable views of the towering sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Nearby activities include sand sledding and floating along Medano Creek.

  16. Little Beaver Lake Campground at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan

    Little beaver

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    Little Beaver Lake Campground is the perfect home base for hikers in northern Michigan. The Lake Superior shoreline lies just 1.5 miles away, ready to greet visitors with sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and wild forestland.

  17. Deer Park Campground at Olympic National Park in Washington

    Deer park campground

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    This remote mountaintop campsite harbors panoramic views of the ridges of the Olympic Mountains. Once the sun sets, stunning night skies will make for plenty of dramatic photographs.

  18. Pebble Creek Campground at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

    Pebble creek

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    Old Faithful geyser is world famous, yet this nearby campsite feels like a hidden gem. Set against the scenic backdrop of the Absaroka Range, the campground is close to popular trailheads and other Yellowstone attractions.

     

  19. Huntington Beach Campground at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina

    Huntington beach

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    Treat yourself to a breezy beach getaway at Huntington Beach Campground; the surrounding area is known for its bird population and wetlands.

  20. Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground at Big Sur in California

    Big sur

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    Towering redwood trees line the Big Sur River at this spectacular site. Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground, located just off State Route 1, also offers access to other scenic wonders of Big Sur.

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