12 Terrific RV Parks in Iowa

Pilot Knob State ParkIowa’s scenic roadways and family-focused attractions make it a wonderful destination. In fact, it’s scenery is some of the finest in the Midwest. Whether you’re passing through or taking time off to explore the entire state, there are an abundance of beautiful campgrounds where you can stay the night.

Briggs Woods Park, Webster City

Briggs Woods is a gorgeous campground that’s situated on an 18-hole golf course. The nearby Boone River and Briggs Woods Lake offer swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. The campground itself features 30 full hookup sites, modern showers, a playground, and horseshoes. Rates range from $20 to $25 per night.

Pilot Knob State Park, Forest City

Pilot Knob State Park is one of the oldest units in the state park system. It was dedicated in 1923. Standing atop the tower on “Pilot Knob,” visitors have a spectacular view. From the tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, one can see great expanses of some of the most fertile farmland in the world. After glaciers leveled the prairies of north-central Iowa, they deposited the rocks and earth that formed the hills and valleys that are now Pilot Knob. In earlier times, pioneers used the Pilot Knob as a guide as they traveled west in covered wagons, thus giving the park its name. An open air amphitheater, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is surrounded by scenic woods.

The park has excellent trails for hikers and horseback riders. In winter, a warming house with electricity and heat provides comfort for ice skaters, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and ice fishermen. Hidden within the 700-acre park and enclosed by abrupt banks is Dead Man’s Lake, a four-acre floating sphagnum bog, the only one of its kind in Iowa. This is a botanist’s delight, bordered by native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Waterfowl feed and breed in the tall grasses. Three species of pond lilies grow here, one found nowhere else in Iowa. Trees native to the Pilot Knob area include walnut, ash, basswood, wild cherry, burr oak, aspen, white oak and red oak. Pilot Knob’s natural features are so significant, the majority of the park has been dedicated as a state preserve.

Clear Lake State Park, Clear Lake 

Clear Lake State Park is located on the southeast corner of the beautiful 3,643 acre Clear Lake, one of the major outdoor recreation features of northern Iowa. Although the state park is only 55 acres, it offers a tremendous diversity of recreational opportunities due to its location on the lake as well as its natural beauty.

This park is characterized by rolling ground with open, mature groves of oak trees. Several small draws and thickets provide habitat for owls, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, many species of songbirds and an occasional deer. Scenic Woodford Island is a 3 acre island managed primarily for wildlife habitat and is an excellent spot for fishing.

 Newton KOA, Newton

If you’re looking for RV rentals, RVshare has a handful of rentals in the Newton area. Then, head to the Newton KOA and enjoy a peaceful retreat for the whole family. It’s quiet and serene, yet full of things to do. The local pond offers fishing, while the campground pool is a nice place to take a dip. During the summer, they have weekend ice cream socials, fishing tournaments, and more. Campground amenities include fire pits, a meeting room, dog park, and a game room. Rates vary from $29 to $44 per night.

Lazy Acres, Urbana

If you’re looking for a family-friendly campground with plenty of space, Lazy Acres is the park for you. With 60 RV sites (29 of which have full hookups), and tons of activities for kids, your family will have more than enough space to spread out, run around, and enjoy the outdoors. Mini golf, paddle boats, fishing, and train rides are just a few of the things to do at Lazy Acres. Rates start at $33.50.

Morwood Campground and Resort, Hazelton

Morwood Campground is a highly-rated RV park in northeastern Iowa. It has an average rating of 4-5 stars across FacebookGoogle, and TripAdvisor. The park features large sites and pull-through lots, most of which have electrical hookups. All sites have water hookups. There are also two dumping stations, a laundromat, and a convenience store on the property. Families can enjoy hay rides, mini golf, horseshoes, volleyball, or swimming in the heated pool. Rates start at $27 for a site with water and electric.

Fieldstone RV Park, Arnold’s Park

Just a stone’s throw away from the Iowa Great Lakes and area attractions, Fieldstone RV Park offers the perfect home base after a day of adventure. The Park itself abuts the Emerald Hills Golf Course and a public park and boat ramp. Amenities include full hookups, fire rings, a laundry room, and a clubhouse. For outdoor activities, you can head into town and visit the amusement park or race track, enjoy fine dining and shopping, or partake in watersports on the lake. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can head back to the RV and watch movies using the free Wi-Fi. Rates start at $35.

 Red Barn Resort, Lansing

You’re definitely going to want to spend a few days at the Red Barn Resort. This beautifully landscaped retreat offers a host of RV sites with full hookups and fire rings. It’s just a few miles west of Lansing, where you can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in the Mississippi River. Best of all, the campground has an on-site bar and grille inside an antique barn from the 1900’s. You can sit on the patio and enjoy a cold drink and a hot meal while the kids explore the playground below. How’s that for relaxation? Rates start at $30 per night for full hookups with 30-amp service.

Shady Oaks RV Campground, Marshalltown

Shady Oaks is a privately-owned campground that’ll have you camping under the towering Bur Oak trees. As one of the oldest campgrounds in the state, its oaks have even made it into the Register of Famous and Historic Trees. One of the biggest draws of Shady Oaks is its massive, 12-level treehouse, where you and the family can get lost amongst the canopy and the maze of structures. It features running water, electricity, a grill, porch swings, and a spiral staircase. Park amenities include 13 sites with full hookups and pull-through spots for big rigs. Contact them for rates and reservations.

 On-Ur-Wa RV Park, Onawa

On-Ur-Wa is a Good Sam Club RV Park, located just miles before you hit the Iowa/Nebraska state line. Onawa itself has quite a few attractions, like the widest Main Street in the U.S., the Historic Iowa Theater, and a handful of museums and places to shop. On-Ur-Wa has large, pleasant RV sites with full hookups. Tire out the kids at the recreation area, which features soccer, horseshoes, and more. Amenities include free wi-fi, laundry, RV supplies, and a small wine kiosk. Rates start at $32 for full hookups with 20-amp service.

Timberline Campground, Waukee

A short drive from Des Moines, Timberline is convenient to the city and surrounding areas. Nearby attractions include AdventurelandScience Center of IowaBlank Park Zoo, and, of course, everything Des Moines has to offer. Facilities include a game room, playground, pool, on-site store, volleyball and basketball courts, and more. Rates start at $44 for full hookups.

 Deer Run Resort, Elkader

Deer Run is a premier RV resort in northeast Iowa. It’s immaculately manicured grounds include room for RVs of all sizes. Each site is paved and includes full hookups, a picnic table, and a fire ring. The six-acre lake provides a serene backdrop to the greenery of the park. Deer Run has a beautiful bathhouse with heated floors, air conditioning, and laundry machines. Family fun awaits you down the street in Elkader with activities like archery, bowling, kayaking, shopping, and more. Rates vary from $35 to $41.

Blog originally published on TravelIowa.com 

 

The Best Fall Camping Locations to See the Changing Leaves!

Fall camping is one of the best ways to enjoy a little more time outdoors before winter begins to set in. While fall camping may not be ideal for swimming or some of your other favorite summer camping activities, it does have its advantages over the other seasons as well. The main advantage is obviously the beautiful fall foliage that adorns our nation’s forests every single year. A quiet overlook casting a view towards tree-covered slopes flashing the brilliant colors of autumn can offer a chance for reflection and solitude that is all too rare in our busy everyday lives. So grab your (down-filled) sleeping bag and your warmest pajamas and plan a trip to one of these best fall camping locations!

Pawtuckaway State Park: The Northeastern reaches of the country offer some of the most iconic fall foliage destinations in the world, and Pawtuckaway State Park in New Hampshire is no different. You really can’t go wrong with any location in the Northeast when choosing your best fall camping location, though. The rolling hills and thick, deciduous forests complement nature’s most colorful display. This area in New Hampshire is especially great for fall campers who want to hike for their views!

Housatonic Meadows State Park: This park in Connecticut is another wonderful fall camping location. Like I said before, the entire Northeast region is great for those looking for some spectacular fall foliage. For those not wanting to hit the trails too much to see the colors, scenic Route 7 winds along the Housatonic River (which also offers great fly fishing opportunities) and visitors who choose to drive won’t be disappointed.

Rocky Mountain National ParkIf you can’t make it to the Northeast for some leaf peeping, what could be better than a spot in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? Rocky Mountain National Park is an absolutely stunning location to spend some time camping this autumn. The views of the towering Rocky Mountains and the incredible variety of wildlife and environments make this one fall camping location you won’t soon forget!

For advice on the best time to camp out for maximum fall foliage-viewing, consult our handy-dandy color map:

And if you don’t have time to visit one of these best fall camping locations this year, don’t sweat it! Just about every area with deciduous trees and cooling temperatures in the days between late September and early November will offer great fall scenery. Check out the websites of some local parks and you are sure to find some fall foliage festivals and other fun activities to share in with your friends and family while surrounded by the changing leaves. Enjoy it while you can… because winter is coming!

Article originally seen on Roadtrippers.com.

Winnebago Earns Ram Quality Membership

The FCA Commercial Vehicle Team has designated Winnebago Motorhomes, Forest City, Iowa,  as a member of the Ram Quality Professional Program.

As a qualified member of the Q-Pro program, Winnebago is joining a select group of upfitters and body manufacturers dedicated to exceeding customer’s expectations for quality, reliability and dependability. Winnebago is the first RV manufacturer to earn this designation.

To become a qualified member of the Q-Pro Program, FCA engineers evaluated Winnebago’s processes related to quality, regulatory compliance and continuous improvement. This involved an on-site visit by FCA’s team to validate that Winnebago’s processes met and exceeded the criteria in the three evaluation areas.

“At Winnebago, we strive to provide a superior product to our customers by doing things the right way,” said Brian Hazelton, vice president and general manager – Motorhome Business. “We work closely with suppliers to maintain the integrity of purchased components in order to ensure quality in the finished product. By following these guidelines, we believe it has allowed us to excel and become the first RV manufacturer to be named a member of the Q-Pro Program. Quality continues to be a priority for us as we work to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations and help create extraordinary experiences in the outdoors.”

Winnebago builds the Travato on the Ram ProMaster chassis. Since its launch in 2014, the Travato has been at the forefront of the campervan revolution. The latest evolution in the Travato lineup is the 59KL and 59GL, which features the Pure3 Energy Management System. This durable and easy-to-use lithium energy system allows RVers to “cut the cord” and replenishes power to the coach through multiple charging options.

Hiking Health Benefits: Hike To The Most Exotic Trails On The East Coast

Post originally seen on ConservationInstitute.org

Public green spaces like national parks and hiking trails offer us an affordable and easy escape from our daily routines. The combination of hiking and physical exercise outside has been proven to lead to increased physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

The presence and use of national parks is especially important in American culture because we have adopted a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, a study notes that 43% of the U.S. population is sedentary the majority of their lifetime. This percentage is by far the largest amount of inactivity in comparison to any other country worldwide.

Decreasing whole-body movements, like sitting inside, leads to an increase in sedentary behaviors and lifestyles in the United States. Within the past decade, more Americans have engaged in indoor-centered lifestyles leading to a range of health issues which studies note as nature-deficit disorder.

Nature-deficit disorder simply means that people are not outside enough. A study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health links sedentary behaviors and nature-deficit disorder to health issues like obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, and increasing stress levels. People who spend less than the recommended amount of time outside are more vulnerable to health issues like morbidity and premature death. Even though nature-deficit disorder is a fairly new term, we have known about the importance of being outside for centuries.

Dating back to the 19th century, parks were created to provide space for recreational activities when scientists and architects came to understand the connection between green space and health. Even so, we continue to build gyms indoors and promote 40 hour work weeks that require us to sit inside on a computer for a large chunk of our day.

So now the question is, how can we combat these health issues and the American sedentary lifestyle? We suggest hiking or biking.

So why choose hiking?

health benefits of hiking infographic

Based on the statistics, you’re most likely lacking time spent outdoors so we’re writing you a prescription for hiking.

In the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, research suggests that nature and green spaces increase well-being and health due to the following:

  • Exposure to daylight, nature, and fresh air
  • Participation in physical activity
  • Restoration of mental and emotional health
  • Time spent with other people

Benefits of Hiking

Even though there are trails all over the United States, some of the most beautiful and exotic hiking trails run up and down the east coast. Cure nature-deficit disorder for good with some of the most beautiful views along the east coast that we will outline for you in this article.

So without further ado, here is a list of unique hiking experiences that will lift your mood and have you feeling better than ever before.

Summary of Hiking Trails

1. Grandfather Mountain Crest Trails

grandfather mountain
  • Location: Linville, North Carolina
  • Trails included: Crest Trails are called Grandfather Trail and Underwood Trail.
  • Park Size: Grandfather Mountain State Park has 12 miles of trails across 2,456 acres along mountain ridgeline.
  • Cost: Access the Crest Trails for free from trailheads outside the state park attraction area. If you want to visit the swinging bridge, a pass is required which costs $20 per person.
  • Regulations: Must return to vehicle by 6pm or other specified time which can be found at the visitor center.
  • Parking: There is a parking lot with facilities in the visitor center.
  • Access: Crest trail access is at the Top Shop parking lot, Hiker’s Parking Area, on through the Profile Trail or Daniel Boone Scout Trail.

Grandfather Trail

grandfather Trail
  • Duration of Hike: up to 2.5 hours one-way.
  • Length: 2.4 miles one-way.
  • Elevation: 5,964 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Pets: This trail is not pet friendly unless you have a little pup that you can fit in your backpack.
  • Who: Not recommended for pets, children, or inexperienced hikers.
  • What you’ll need: Water, snacks, proper hiking boots with good tread, and rain gear just in case.
  • What to expect: Cables, ladders, rocky terrain, steep ledges.
  • Regulations: Hikers are required to fill out a piece of paper with their name and vehicle descriptors. The park calls this a “permit” which is meant for safety purposes if you do not return to your vehicle by the designated time and is free.

2. Ricketts Glen Fall Trail

Ricketts Glen Fall
  • Location: Benton, Pennsylvania
  • Park Size: Ricketts Glen State Park contains 13.050 acres of land.
  • Duration of hike: About 6-8 hours depending on how long you stop at each waterfall to take pictures or rest
  • Length:
    • The full loop is 7.2 miles if you hike the upper and lower portions.
    • Take the 3.2 mile loop on Highland Trail, Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail to see most of the waterfalls.
  • Elevation: The highest elevation in the park is Mohawk Falls at 2,165 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Cost: Free
  • Pets: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.
  • Who: Dogs and hikers with all experience levels
  • What you’ll need: Sturdy hiking boots or sneakers, and water and snacks.
  • What to expect:
    • 21 waterfalls with the tallest waterfall standing at 94 feet
    • Rock stairs and some steep portions, slippery areas due to mist from the falls and moss
  • Regulations: Sandals are prohibited.
  • Parking/Access: 3 parking lots for fall trail access:
    • Lake Rose is at the end of the dirt road across from the campground and provides the closest access (5-10 minutes), but fills up quickly during peak times.
    • Beach Parking Lot #2 is at the beach. Leave the lot and walk down the Cabin Road (first road just outside of the lot), past a park gate, and onto a section of trail to the first intersection where you go right (15-20 minute access).
    • The parking lots on PA 118 are 1.5 miles from the first waterfall upstream on the Falls Trail, but allow a good view of old growth trees.”

3. Katahdin Knife’s Edge Trail

Katahdin Knife’s Edge Trail
  • Location: Millinocket, Maine
  • Park Size: Baxter State Park is made up of 200,000 acres.
  • Duration of hike:
    • 1-2 hours for Knife’s Edge Trail alone which is at the peak
    • Entire Katahdin hike will take about 8-12 hours
  • Length:
    • Knife’s Edge Trail is 1.1 mile rock scramble and is notorious for only being a few feet wide in some areas.
    • Entire Hunt Trail up the Katahdin Mountain is about 5 miles one-way
  • Elevation: 5,267 feet
  • Elevation gain: about 4000 ft
  • Difficulty: Extremely strenuous
  • Cost: Register at one of the two gatehouses coming in. There will be an entrance fee if you do not have Maine plates on your vehicle.
  • Pets: not dog or pet friendly
  • Who: experienced hikers
  • What you’ll need: water and food, hiking boots or proper footwear, hiking poles
  • What to expect:
    • Be prepared for heights, sheer cliffs that plummet 1,500 feet from either side of the trail into the Great Basin floor.
    • Part of the trail will only be a couple feet wide
    • No water on trail
    • Unexpected weather changes and extremely dangerous conditions if it rains
  • Parking:
    • Trailhead parking lots including Roaring Brook Campground, Abol Campground, or Katahdin Stream Campground
    • If you are day-hiking you may want to save your parking spot with a reservation.
  • Access:
    • Access can be found at the Roaring Brook Campground which is an hour from your vehicle on the opposite side of the mountain. There is no shuttle service.
    • You will end your hike at Roaring Brook Campground if you hike the Knife’s Edge from the Hunt or Abol Trails.

4. Precipice Trail (Loop)

Precipice Trail
  • Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Park Size: Acadia National Park is 49, 052 acres.
  • Duration of hike:
    • 1.5-2.5 hours for the Precipice Trail to summit of Champlain Mountain
    • 3-5 hours to complete the entire loop
  • Length:
    • 1 mile for the Precipice Trail to summit of Champlain Mountain
    • 2.6 miles to complete the entire loop
  • Elevation: 1,058 feet
  • Difficulty: Extremely strenuous
  • Cost: annual entrance fee is $50, seven-day entrance pass is $25 for a private vehicle, $20 for a motorcycle, and $12 for an individual (can be purchased online)
  • Pets: no dogs or pet permitted
  • Who:
    • Experienced hikers
    • not recommended for small children, for people with a fear of heights, or for anyone in wet weather
  • What you’ll need:
    • Food and water
    • Sturdy hiking boots or sneakers
  • What to expect:
    • Rungs and ladders stapled into rock walls
    • Boulders, granite stairs
    • Sheer cliffs
    • Rocky and rugged trails
    • Rise over 1,000 feet in 0.9 miles
  • Regulations:
    • The trail can be closed late spring through mid-August because endangered peregrine falcons return to the area during that time.
  • Parking:
    • limited parking in the summer months from 9 am – 3 pm
    • Island Explorer Shuttle is free and available to hikers
  • Access:
    • Precipice Trail parking lot is about 2 miles from the one-way Park Loop Road
    • Champlain Mountain sites on the easter edge of the park. Use Highway 3 to go south and then look for the intersection with the one way Park Loop Road which will take you to the trailheads.

5. Franconia Ridge Loop

Franconia Ridge Loop
  • Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire
  • Park Size: Franconia Notch State Park is 6,692 acres.
  • Duration of hike: about 7 hours
  • Length: 8.6 miles
  • Elevation: increases about 3,500 feet in just 4 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging but not too strenuous
  • Cost:
    • Entrance fee is Adults $12.00;
    • Children (6-11) $8.00
    • and 5 & under is free.
  • Pets: Pet friendly, but the leash cannot exceed 6 feet in length for safety purposes
  • Who: Hikers of all levels
  • What you’ll need:
    • food and water
    • sturdy hiking shoes
  • What to expect:
    • According to REI’s Hiking Project, you will encounter the second highest range of peaks in the White Mountains and multiple waterfalls.
    • Ridge encompasses 4 four-thousand footers: Mount Lafayette (5249 ft) Mount Lincoln (5,089 ft), Mount Liberty (4,459 ft) and Mount Flume (4,328 feet)
    • What is a four-thousand footer? A group of 48 mountains in New Hampshire at least 4k feet above sea level.
    • After hiking the Francis Ridge Loop you’ll be able to say you’ve hiked a few of New Hampshire’s 4,000 -foot peaks in one day.
    • 360 degree views of the entire Pemigewasset Wilderness, views of Vermont and even New York State weather-permitting.
  • Parking:
    • Limited parking options within the park
    • Most parking is for people visiting attractions in the park
    • Main parking areas including Flume Gorge, Lafayette Place CG, Aerial Tramway, and Echo Lake Beach are for paying guests only.
    • Flume Gorge has some limited hiker parking
  • Access:
    • Use the Trailhead Parking/Lafayette Place Campground to access the trail.
    • Falling Waters is a 3.2 mile direct route to the Franconia Ridge Trail.

Conclusion

Experts agree that inactive adults partake in less than 150 minutes of walking or moderately intense physical activity each week and children engage in less than 60 minutes of strenuous physical exercise each day. Sedentary, indoor lifestyles and minimal exercise are quite common in the United States in both adults and children. Studies show that this new and consistent lifestyle results in health issues that are potentially lethal.

Now that you are aware that a lack of outdoor exposure and increasing sedentary lifestyles are dangerous for your well-being, start making time for self-care. Plan a weekend or day-trip to one of these unique hiking trails along the East Coast to increase your well-being and quality of life today.

Your prescription for hiking will always have unlimited refills.

Top 8 Revel Parts and Accessories

So you just purchased a Winnebago Revel, you may be asking what parts and accessories do I need for it. We asked our RV parts team to identify the most popular parts and accessories Revel owners purchase. Check them out below.

Ram Mounts RAM X-Grip for cell phone or tablet

X Grip Large Phone Mount

is appropriate for a wide variety of applications including driving, boating, cycling and performing. The spring loaded RAM X-Grip features expandable grip arms for quick insertion and release of your phone or tablet. For more intense environments, RAM X-Grip comes with a rubber tether that easily holds your device in place for added piece of mind. Features a high strength composite and stainless-steel construction, spring loaded holder that expands and contracts for perfect fit of your device, rubber coated tips will hold device firm and stable, holder allows for attachment to many RAM ball mounts, and lifetime warranty.

Aluminess Accessories

Aluminess Sprinter Hight Roof Surf Pole for the Winnebago Revel

The Mercedes Sprinter vans are great vehicles for traveling. They have a ton of room and can be converted to motorhomes or mobile garages. The big drawback is their fragile front end. Aluminess offers several accessories that allow you to bring all you gear with you!

Culligan RV and Marine Drinking Water Filter

Culligan Filter for Winnebago Revel

The Culligan RV water filters reduce sediment, chlorine, taste, and odor in the water supply to campers, trailers, motor homes, and boats. Culligan RV filters produce healthier, better tasting water for drinking and cooking while on the road. Filtering dirt and sediment is essential to keeping your RV storage tank clean and clear.

Zero-G RV and Marine Hose

Zero G Marine and RV Hose - 50 Ft. for Winnebago Revel

Research with hose purchasers overwhelmingly indicates a preference for hoses which offer light weight, easy handling, kink resistance and lasting performance. The zero-G™ advanced hose design takes these must-haves to a higher level than ever before. Compared to traditional heavy and professional water hoses the Zero-G RV and Marine Hose is up to 40% lighter weight than heavy duty vinyl hoses, has kink-free uninterrupted flow, is easy to store – small and compact, has tough G-Force™ woven fiber jacket resists leaks, abrasion and punctures, has a 600+ psi burst rated, provides consistent, high flow equal to a conventional 5/8” hose, flexible and easy to maneuver even in cold weather down to 35°F, and provides lead free, safe drinking water.

RV Surge and Electrical Protection

Surge Guard EMS for Winnebago Revel

Electrical Management System (EMS) helps to protect your RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics. Improved design features include: state-of-the-art microprocessors, all weather shield assembly, rugged pull handle, secure locking bracket, built-in scrolling digital display and a tough Lexan® housing. Sleek, compact portable design makes unit easy to use and store. Plug-and-play application.

WeatherTech Bump Steps

WeatherTech Bump Step for Winnebago Reve

BumpStep is a trailer hitch mounted bumper protector that defends your bumper against rear end accidents, dents and scratches. Given its 12″ width, BumpStep can also be used as a step to reach the top roof of your vehicle.

Order your parts online here or call us at 1-800-343-6255 or email us at parts@lichtsinn.com for assistance!

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Affording an RV: Fuel Saving Tips

When it comes to miles per gallon, size isn’t all that matters. Compact, aerodynamic and lighter-weight motorized models are more fuel-efficient than ever. Towable RVs account for more than two-thirds of RV sales, and innovative designs coupled with lightweight, durable building materials mean there are many that can be towed by family minivans and small to mid-sized SUVs.

Check out how savvy RVers save on fuel:

  • Camp closer to home. With more than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide, RVers can enjoy the outdoor experience whether they travel five miles or 500 miles.
  • Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering pools, playgrounds, hiking trails, entertainment centers, organized activities, convenience stores and so much more.
  • Pack lighter by not topping off fresh water tanks until at the campground and by purchasing firewood and other camping materials on-site to keep the RV lightweight while traveling. Be sure holding tanks are dumped before heading out to further lighten the load.
  • Tune up the engine of your motorhome or tow vehicle, inflate tires properly and conduct regular maintenance to maximize fuel efficiency.

 Some other facts to keep in mind: 

Fuel is typically only the fourth largest expense on a road trip, behind lodging, food, vehicle payment and maintenance. Airfares and hotel rates also rise when fuel costs increase and fuel surcharges are added. You can avoid those costs in an RV. Fuel prices would need to more than triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel.

Article originally appeared on GoRVing.com.

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1975 FMC Model J RV

Occasionally we have super unique, vintage trades come through Lichtsinn RV and the 1975 FMC Model J we recently took in is no exception. 1975 FMC J

The History of the FMC Motorhome 

The FMC Motorhome has an interesting lineage, FMC is the acronym for Food Machinery Corporation. FMC got its started in 1883 when inventor John Bean developed an innovative insecticide pump. The name was changed from the John Bean Manufacturing Company to the Food Machinery Corporation in 1928 when the company got into the canning machinery business. The company kept adding mechanized products and eventually started producing amphibious vehicles for the military.1975 FMC J

During a lull in its military vehicle contracts in the late 1960s, FMC turned its sights towards recreational vehicles. By 1972, FMC had transferred personnel from its ordnance division and formally launched a motor coach division in Santa Clara, California. Initial prototypes were 19 and 23 feet long, but neither went into production. FMC settled on a 29 foot size, and the first one was completed in late 1972.1975 FMC J

The well-made and pricey coaches, which sold for between $27,000 and $54,500 or about the same price as an average home of that era, were popular among upscale Motorhome buyers. Race car drivers Mario Andretti and Parnelli Jones owned FMCs, as did entertainers Clint Eastwood, Carol Burnett, Pat Boone and James Brolin. But the most famous FMC owner was CBS reporter Charles Kuralt, host of the popular news feature On the Road With Charles Kuralt. An FMC was the last of Kuralt’s six motorhomes. It is on public display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. FMC coaches were manufactured from 1973-1976.1975 FMC J

The 1973 energy crisis put a damper on the manufacture of all brands of motorhomes, so FMC was in a difficult position from the beginning. By 1975, FMC had a contract to produce the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and in September 1976 converted all tooling in
its factory to the manufacture of tanks. The FMC motor coach had reached a dead end. The final tally for the FMC was slightly more than 1,000 units, approximately 135 of which were transit buses.

About half of the transit buses were eventually transformed into motorhomes. There is believed to be 7-800 units still out there.

1975 FMC J Features and Options 

During trade in, we have taken this FMC through a major operating systems inspection.

This coach is powered by the tried and true FMC powertrain:

1.  Converted from a Chrysler gas powertrain to a diesel pusher in 1990, it has a General Motors Detroit Diesel 8.2 liter engine installed at 86,358 miles on the RV

2.  500 lbs ft of torque or power

3.  New Allison transmission installed in 1990

4.  New chassis battery December 2017

5.  New house battery July 2018

Includes the following aftermarket installations:

1.  New 6000 watt gas generator in 1996

2.  Duo Therm water heater in 1994

3.  22.5 inch Alcoa chrome aluminum wheels

4.  Full body Imron paint in 1990

5.  Upgraded driver and passenger seat

6.  New Maxx air fan

7.  New black, grey, and fresh water piping

Includes the following factory installed features:

1.  Custom steel chassis with aluminum upper cage frame and fiberglass exterior

2.  Twin bed floor plan with bunk beds

3.  Master bedroom game Table

4.  84 cubic ft of interior storage

5.  Winterization kit

6.  4 burner stove

7.  Oven

8.  33 foot Turning Radius

9.  Sofa bed

10.  Rear twin beds

11.  Drop down beds in master bedroom

12.  Wardrobe

Includes the following exterior highlights, in addition to the specifications on our website page and brochure:

1.  60 gallon fuel capacity

2.  20 gallon LP capacity

3.  6 gallon LP water heater with engine preheat

4.  50 amp electrical service

5.  Central air conditioning system

6.  Trailer tow package

 

Families Save Money When Owning RVs Compared to Other Vacations

A new study conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory Group has found that RV vacations cost much less than other types of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership. According to the study, commissioned by Go RVing and the RV Industry Association, there are cost savings of 21 to 64 percent for a four-person travel party, while a two-person travel party saves 8 percent to 53 percent, depending on factors such as the type of RV and type of vacation.

“The study reaffirms that RVs are a great way to save on family travel, and it’s equally important to remember that RV ownership provides benefits that go well beyond affordability,” says RV Industry Association president Frank Hugelmeyer. “To take an RV trip is to experience togetherness with family and friends, along with the flexibility to travel whenever and wherever you want.”

The CBRE study analyzes vacation costs using two sets of hypothetical travel groups: a four-person travel party of two adults and two children, and a two-person travel party of two adults. CBRE analyzed major costs these hypothetical travelers incur traveling to nine popular vacation destinations. For each destination, researchers analyzed vacations lasting 3, 7 and 14 days.

The study compared different methods of travel, including a folding camping trailer; a lightweight travel trailer; a compact motorhome; a type C motorhome; a type A motorhome; traveling in a personal car, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in a restaurant; traveling by airline, renting a car at the destination, staying at hotels/motels, and eating meals in restaurants; and traveling in a personal car or airline (as appropriate), staying at a rental house/condominium, and eating the majority of meals in the rental unit. The type A motorhome, typically the largest and most luxurious RV, was compared to travel options such as flying first class, renting a premium car, staying in upscale hotels/resorts, and eating meals in restaurants.

RV vacations show a clear family budget benefit over other forms of travel, regardless of the RV type. According to the CBRE study, a four-person travel party can expect to save (by unit type):

Folding camping trailer: 50-64%
Lightweight travel trailer: 31-50%
Compact motorhome: 31-50%
Type C motorhome: 21-43%
Type A motorhome: 41%

A two-person travel party saved, according to the CBRE analysis:

Folding camping trailer: 43-53%
Lightweight travel trailer: 20-34%
Compact motorhome: 20-34%
Type C motorhome: 8-24%
Type A motorhome – 19%

The study included analysis of how fluctuations in fuel prices could affect the economic advantages of RV travel. Researchers found that for a four-person travel party it would take a rise in fuel prices to nearly $13 per gallon for a Type C motorhome vacation to be more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation. None of the fuel increase scenarios for a four-person travel party resulted in other RV vacation types being more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation.

For a two-person travel party, fuel prices would still need to rise significantly (from $5.50 to more than $13 per gallon) from current levels for RVing to lose its economic advantage.

“While fuel costs are a component of the overall vacation cost, it isn’t significant enough to materially affect the outcome of our analysis,” says Kannan Sankaran, managing director of CBRE’s Advisory Services, and lead researcher.

Article originally seen on RVNews.com.

Lichtsinn RV Featured on Going RV

Lichtsinn RV will be featured on an upcoming episode of Going RV airing August 15 at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT on Great American Country.

Going RV is a show about hard-working couples and families who decide to ditch ordinary daily life for an adventure out on the open road. Take the ultimate ride as they go on a shopping trip to find their perfect RV. Whether it’s upgrading an existing motor home or going all out for a new one with all the bells and whistles, find out what happens when daring homeowners trade walls for wheels. Several dealerships across the country have been featured on Going RV since it one of the few shows on television that focus on the RV lifestyle. In fact, RVBusiness Magazine wrote a feature story on Going RV and Lichtsinn RV appeared in the article. You can read the article below.

Lichtsinn RV will be featured on the 2018 season finale – Early Retirement in an RV. In this episode, Lichtsinn RV guests Ann and Lin have decided to retire early and hit the road to travel full-time in an RV. They’re looking for a Class A Diesel with plenty of room for their three dogs. Ann would like extra storage for their workout equipment, and Lin wants a washer and dryer. Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder helps them find the perfect RV for their needs. Reed tours Ann and Lin through two Forzas and the all-new Winnebago Horizon.

Going RV: Behind-the-Scenes 

The Going RV crew arrived at Lichtsinn RV to unseasonably cool weather. Shooting began early the next day with Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder.

Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder Shows Ann and Lin a Winnebago Forza in an Upcoming Episode of Going RV
Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder Shows Ann and Lin a Winnebago Forza in an Upcoming Episode of Going RV

 

Ann and Lin Check Out the Winnebago Horizon. Will the Horizon be the Perfect Home for Them?
Ann and Lin Check Out the Winnebago Horizon. Will the Horizon be the Perfect Home for Them?

 

Ann and Lin Look at Another Forza with a Different Floorplan.
Ann and Lin Look at Another Forza with a Different Floorplan.
The Going RV Crew Takes a Break from Filming to Check Out the Winnebago Revel 4x4.
The Going RV Crew Takes a Break from Filming to Check Out the Winnebago Revel 4×4.
Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder Answers Ann and Lin's Questions Before They Make Their RV Selection.
Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Reed Burkholder Answers Ann and Lin’s Questions Before They Make Their RV Selection.

 

Tune in to Great American Country on August 15 at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT to see which Winnebago they select.

Affording an RV – Buying and Renting

Affording Your RV Begining the RV lifestyle may seem like a daunting task, but our blog series Affording an RV will clear up misconceptions and reveal that RVing is an affordable, enjoyable way of traveling with family and friends.

Buying an RV

From family bonding to affordable getaways to spontaneous road trips – the reasons to buy an RV are endless. Here are some of the top reasons why there’s never been a better time to buy:

  • Many RV models allow a family of four to save up to 59% on vacation costs over other forms of travel. That’s a calculation that takes into account RV ownership costs, including payments, insurance, maintenance, tires, tax breaks, registration and depreciation.
  • In today’s economy, there are great deals available on new RV models. Consider pre-owned units for more savings.
  • Financing is readily available for qualified borrowers.
  • You may qualify for a tax deduction because the interest on your RV loan is generally deductible as second-home mortgage interest. Check with your financial advisor to see if you qualify for the deduction.

Pre-Owned RVs

Buying a pre-owned RV is a great way to make your vacation dream a reality for less. Whether you’re looking for a towable or motorized RV, check with Lichtsinn RV because we often receive RVs as trade-ins on new vehicles.

Just like buying a pre-owned car or truck, RV dealers provide a thorough predelivery inspection of the used RV. You can visit Lichtsinn RV to compare units and features and to find out about extended service agreements.

Renting an RV

There’s no better way to try before you buy than by renting an RV. Many people rent RVs simply for a change of pace by taking an RV trip to a special event or destination.

You can rent near home and journey to your final destination, or fly and pick up your RV at the other end. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Even if you’re driving or towing an RV for the first time, features like automatic transmissions, power steering, large external mirrors and rearview cameras make it easy for experienced drivers to adjust to the difference in size, height and weight.

Article originally seen on GoRVing.com.