Thursday

Featured Wheels: WINNEBAGO FORZA® 38W

Featured Wheels:


Winnebago’s all-new Forza® 38W takes affordable diesel luxury to the next level, with three slideouts, two full baths and a budget-friendly price tag.

And for those with big families (or lots of friends), the news gets even better: the new 38W comfortably sleeps up to nine campers, including two in the luxurious rear master suite.

Like all three Forza floorplans, the 38W is built on Freightliner’s proven XCS chassis and powered by a 340-hp Cummins turbo-diesel for plenty of get up and go. Winnebago diesels are renowned for their storage capacity, and the 38W delivers here, too, with an enormous 228 cubic feet of exterior storage for all your favorite toys.

With thoughtful design touches and luxurious amenities like Corian galley countertops, Primera swivel cab seats and a residential refrigerator, the Forza belongs on the short list of anyone looking to step up to the diesel pusher lifestyle.

Learn more about the Forza here.


15 Apps that Every RVer Needs in their Life



Whether you're roadtripping through the mountains or taking a quick weekend getaway to the lake, RVing can show us some of the greatest joys and frustrations that traveling has to give. Now that technology has come such a long way, however, we now have tools that enable us to make the good times even better by decreasing the chances of motorhome issues arising, whether maintenance or traffic-related. The craziest thing: we now have the ability to contain all of these resources in the palm of our hands. 

Check out these 17 awesome apps handpicked by the folks at RV Trader to make the most out of planning, executing, and problem-solving on your next trip!


RV Checklist

This checklist app is a tool providing various lists for the RV owner's use. Covering various phases of the RV adventure, they are crafted by a fellow RV owner who decided there should be a better way to manage RV trips and maintenance than just multiple handwritten checklists - or trying to depend on your memory! Three master lists are now available on the app - two for short and long trips, and one for a maintenance to-do list. Pick what items you want to bring, build a trip list unique for one specific adventure, or select multiple tasks you need to accomplish before you set out on your journey. With AirPrint and Bluetooth capabilities, you can exchange your checklists with others, or send them to other devices of your own. With lists ranging from arriving at and departing from sites, to first aid kits, to RV purchasing checklists, this app is what you need to make sure you never forget any important tasks that come with being an RV owner!

Roadtrippers

The only digital map built exclusively for adventure-loving travelers, you're always minutes away from something awesome with Roadtrippers. Whether you're planning an epic cross-country road trip or a weekend escape, you can discover millions of places like local diners, quirky roadside attractions, scenic points, national parks and hotels with the click of a button. Plan trips directly from the app, or through the web at roadtrippers.com - then share them with your friends! Friends can add suggestions to your trip itinerary and travel with their favorite navigational app. Any trips you've saved or places you love will be synced automatically across devices, so you don't have to worry about manually syncing them yourself! What are you waiting for? Get your roadtripping on with Roadtrippers today!

Passport America 

The original 50% Discount Camping Club, Passport America offers 1,800 locations for members to save while camping in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Both members and non-members can browse the directory of participating campgrounds, RV Parks, Resorts, and more. Locate parks near you, or save future parks for later. The app is free, and paid membership with Passport America is surprisingly low cost for the deals you get! Go sign up and grab those 50% off deals today!

Toll Calculator

This app is exactly what it sounds like - one capable of calculating exactly how much toll money you'll need on certain routes, and which roads to take for the lowest tolls. Just enter in two addresses like you normally would with any other digital map, and the calculator provides you with costs for three different potential routes. This little gadget honestly has the ability to save you hundreds of dollars, and covers EVERY toll road in the U.S. Vehicles of all kinds are supported, and it syncs with various payment methods such as cash and E-ZPass. Even time-based toll roads are depicted.

This little guy is one app you need more than any other mobile phone-based GPS platform, to be frank. Voice guided, the app also continuously checks your route for signs of severe weather automatically. Don't just plan routes - plan optimal routes between multiple locations. Featured on a travel segment of the Today Show, inRoute will ease your mind and ensure that you not only know where you're going, but that you also know exactly what you're getting on the paths you do take. Find gas, hotels, campgrounds and food along your routes, and get weather forecasts and road conditions sent directly to your phone. You can even export your custom designed routs to Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze, among others, including many GPS devices. Out of service or lose a Wifi connection? Not to worry - the information on the routes you save is automatically synced and downloaded to your phone, and you can access them any time. 

There are two levels of purchase for this app:
1) Pro ($2.99 monthly or $24.99 annually) - up to 100 locations per route and access to all services
2) Premium ($11.99 one-time purchase) - up to 25 locations and access to all services

Rand McNally Road Atlas

For over 90 years, Rand McNally has provided the classic, go-to roadmap for roadtrippers all over the country. Now, they've turned their navigational expertise into an app. With the Rand McNally Road Atlas app, you get a digitally optimized version of their legendary road atlas, with updated 2017 maps for all 50 states (plus Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, and Mexico). Once you download the map, you digital connection is required. Large cities and national parks are listed with detailed inset maps, the pinch-and-zoom functionality feature provides effortlessly simple interaction. All available maps are available in a drop-down list, and a slide-out legend is supplied for reference. Even more fun? Bonus features include to two classic maps toward the very end of the atlas listings: 1883 and 1920 railroad maps!


Many RVers have been well aware of this for quite some time, but so many seemingly typical places have unbelievable stories hidden amidst their bricks and bushes. With Findery, every place has a story- and every one of those stories is just waiting for you to discover it. It's basically a giant world treasure map- share your favorite places and the stories behind them. Leave notes about the places you've been, what happened in spots around town that you love, and compile a bucket list of locations you dream of visiting one day. Discover the world not through published, marketed advertisements, but through real stories by real people like you. On a mission to develop products for people to cultivate meaningful experiences through global travel and immersion, Findery connects you with your inner wanderlust by exposing you to the intersection between discovery, travel, technology, and personal stories.

National Geographic's National Parks

Who doesn't love National Geographic? In this beautiful, award-winning interactive guide, NatGeo shows us 25 of the nation's most popular national parks. From photo galleries, to maps, to visitor information and more, the full guides can be purchased for an even richer experience, allowing you to explore the parks like never before. The app provides you with everything you need to get the most out of your experience with National Park exploration. From weather to local times and directions to lodging information, each locale has custom stamp you can collect upon your visit to each of the included parks. The app even teaches you how to re-create photos taken by expert NatGeo photographers. More parks are added frequently, but here are just a few to give you an idea!

Acadia / Bryce Canyon / Crater Lake / Death Valley / Everglades / Glacier Bay / Grand Canyon / Haleakala / Hot Springs / Joshua Tree / Mount Rainier / Sequoia and Kings Canyon / Shenandoah / Yosemite

Yonder

From backyard explorers to backcountry adventurers, Yonder is here to connect you to the people, places, and experiences that inspire. Whether you want to go hiking, kayaking, or rock climbing, Yonder will show you the places and experiences near you to help you plan your next adventure! Thousands of geo-located pictures and videos from around the world are featured on Yonder, covering over 20,000 locations across the globe. 25 different activities are included for these locations, and you can share those you complete (or wish to complete) with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, iMessage and email. What's even better - the app enables you to keep a list of favorite experiences and destinations, essentially building your own little traveler's diary right on your phone. Ready to start your next adventure? Yonder is definitely a must have!

Coverage? 

One of the most frustrating things for RV owners to remember is checking for cell phone coverage in certain areas they plan to travel too- before it's too late, and they're already there...without signal. Don't let that happen to you. You never know when certain emergencies are going to pop up, when your niece is going to be having her baby, or when you're going to need to call the nearest mechanic near you to help with a maintenance issue! This app overlays cellular carrier coverage on a map for easy comparison, and is perfect for you to research, record, and remember where you are and aren't covered across the United States. One of the best parts? You don't need an Internet connection needed to access the maps - the atlases are proprietary, and stored directly on your device. Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands are all included, too! Carriers featured with this app are Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile, and AT&T.



Dish Network - DISH Anywhere App


Oftentimes when you're traveling in an RV, you're likely to be covering massive distances, and you'll need to keep yourself entertained while on the road (or in bad weather, when the outdoors aren't as enjoyable or are more dangerous than desirable). You might have a TV in your RV, but what are your plans for staying connected to the channels and platforms you love? With DISH Anywhere, you don't have to worry about that. Both live and recorded programs are available anytime, anywhere, and you can manage your home TV with a full DVR manager and searchable program guide. This is particularly helpful for all you sports fans out there - we know you don't want to miss your team's big playoff game, even if it happens while you're on vacation in the backcountry! Schedule recordings from anywhere you are, search the guide up to a week in advance, and view and adjust your home recording schedule all from the app. You can even transfer your DVR recordings to watch them offline, on other devices. Receiver models include 512, 522, 625, 722, 922, and more, including Hopper and Sling.

iRV2.com - RV Owners' Community

Connecting to a community of RV owners? Now it's that much easier, because you can make those amazing connections with people who love RVing just as much as you and your family and friends...online, and all from your mobile device. iRV2.com is one of the leading online RV owner communities, and the app grants you access to the forums and discussions that take place within this digital community, even while you're on the road. Ask questions, let other RVers know what you're up to, and chat with industry experts. Get maintenance and towing advice, trailering and advice for diesel pushers, and read about campgrounds near you! 



RV Pocket Reference

This app is honestly exactly what it sounds like - a convenient, compact RV Reference Guide for you to use at any time, anywhere! With a wide variety of information available no RVs and their systems, the app supplies you with all the diagrams and images you need to show you exactly how things work and how to identify them. Calculators are included in the app, which let you quickly and easily solve a number of different mechanical calculations. Just a few things this app provides are:

  • RV Types and Classes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Appliances
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Trailer Hitches, Brakes, and Wiring
  • Towing Dinghys / Towing Laws
  • RV Tire Guides
  • RV Weight
  • Leveling and Stabilization Guide
  • Calculators, including cargo carrying capacity, tongue weight, mileage/speed, area/angles/volume, and various conversion, financial, and weather calculators.

RV Education 101

Yet again, we have another app whose name says it all. RV Education 101 is the premier online RV training and instruction provider, actively supplying you with the information you need to RV safely and enjoyable for over 15 years. A number of RV training videos are available, with info covering travel trailers, 5th wheels, and more, covering topics like trailer towing, motorhome driving, maintenance, safety, and beyond. Their how-to's on system operation are also incredibly popular, and now, they even feature options to purchase premium training videos, or custom chapter downloads tailored for what you desire to learn more about. As the folks at RV Ed 101 say, buying an RV is so incredibly exciting...when you pick it up, the only thing on your mind is getting it home and planning out that first exciting adventure. But remember, while the seller may have given you a walk-through of the unit, there is so much to learn about these incredible machines (or homes?) - but that's what these guys are here for. Don't let the task of learning the ins and outs of RV maintenance overwhelm you. With visual, talk-through training, you can relax and learn exactly what you need to know- as many times as you want until you feel comfortable and ready to get on the road!

RV Trader 

We obviously couldn't just end this article without mentioning our favorite app of them all, and one that has become so incredibly popular recently - the RV Trader app! Our new application is GPS-sensitive, and puts more than approximately 90,000 new and used RVs available for purchase at your fingertips. Find a dealer in the RV Trader Dealer Network near you, or search the RV Trader database for RVs by type, condition, price range and model year - in a specific ZIP code or by location! You can view several RV and dealer locations on enhanced Google Maps, and quickly access driving directions to each. 

Every single RV listing provides you with detailed model descriptions, including length and stock number, along with multiple photo angles of the unit for sale. YouTube videos are even available for tours of select listings. It's incredibly easy to contact sellers via phone or email immediately, as well as obtaining maps with driving directions to the dealership, so you can be well on your way to buying that unit of your dreams. Want to share the RV you found with a friend, or save it to your favorites list? You can do both with our new, revamped app. Download it on iTunes or Google Play today!



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Friday

Our Top Picks for the Best Fall Festivals of 2016!


Kentucky Apple Fest



Look, don't even say you love apples until you've been to this down-home fall celebration. Originally held in the early 1960s to promote the area's local apple market, the festival eventually became so popular amongst both locals and travelers alike that it beat out the nearest competition for fall fun - the Johnson County Fair. 






Let's just say that due to Apple Fest's extreme popularity over the past 50 years or so, the JoCo Fair hasn't actually existed for some odd years now. But hey, given the ridiculous number of creative apple treats available - and one of the world's largest apple pies taking residence there - can any of us really be all that surprised? 


Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest

If you're looking for a place where the kids will never run out of things to do (or just a way to exhaust them from fun), then this festival in Meridian, Idaho is your go-to. 

With beginnings as just a corn maze off I-84 and Eagle Road in the late 1990s, the farm's annual autumn throwdown is one you'd likely only think to have heard of in country heart-and-hearth magazines. 

But between a giant house-sized jumping pillow, a corn cob beach, pig races, and a potato sack slide, this festival is both real and always ready for new families at the ticket booth. 




Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to visit the infamous corn maze - also known as "The MAiZE" - to experience a twisting, confusing cornfield like none you've ever seen before. The biggest kicker? There's a theme to the giant maze each year- this year, comedy has joined the farm, and it's shaped entirely like a picture of comic Jimmy Fallon. 


Yep, you heard that correctly. His head is literally carved into the cornfield as part of the maze (would we really lie to you about that?!). Still don't believe us? Get a peak for yourself and check out all the crazy opportunities this place offers for fall family fun on your next trip! 

Roebuck's Festifall at Walnut Grove 


Held every year at South Carolina's Walnut Grove Plantation, this fest provides a range of activities and happenings for any and all ages - all meshed with historical flair. 
Here, the events, lifestyle, and tactics of the American Revolution come to life. 
With over 100 historical reenactors present each year, perfect fall weather envelops demonstrations like no other. Learning cavalry tactics and military drills of the time, you will hear cannons fire and be able to participate in numerous colonial era-inspired crafts, projects, and trade (shopping) activities. With food vendors and RV parking all available on-site, you can spend a whole day here both enjoying the weather and learning about our nation's incredible past.


Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta


























Not only fun for the whole family, this particular fest (oh, and regatta, because you're not really in Maine unless there's one of those) really is an all-American event, boosting the economy every year for the small, rural, coastal community of Damariscotta. Originally beginning in 2007 as a race between two pumpkin boats, this "Only in Maine" festival has expanded to be truly one-of-a-kind. 

Promoting education on horticulture, gardening, and rural economic health to adults and children alike, the event evolves into a trip full of fall activities. Between learning the specific science behind growing Atlantic Giant Pumpkins, a boat race of countless 400-700 lb. hollowed-out pumpkins, and a giant pumpkin parade, this gourd-devoted parade will leave you in awe of the orange autumn fruit! 


Other activities at the Pumpkinfest include: 
  • A pumpkin "soapbox-style" derby
  • Pumpkin dessert contest
  • Pumpkin Pie Eating Contests
  • An infamous 180 ft. pumpkin drop (which, mind you, is onto a stack of junk cars)
  • Display of 65+ carved and decorated pumpkins
  • Columbus day weekend events ("slice of small town Americana")
Long story short: You haven't REALLY seen pumpkins until you've been to Damariscotta.


Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival



At the Historic Roscoe Village in Roscoe, Ohio, you'll not only get the fall experience of a lifetime, but also get to truly visualize the past in this 1830 restored canal town. This late-October festival provides a number of sights, smells, and activities, from their famed apple butter cooking over an open fire to live bluegrass music and canal boat rides to pass the time.


The festival also boats "Spirit of Roscoe" ghost tours, bringing the past even more to life as the wind gets chillier and the sun looms toward the horizon. Haunted hello's not your thing? There's still plenty to do in this small Ohioan town, with unique shopping, original restauranteurs, museum and history tours, and bustling entertainment to keep you occupied.

Between smelling the simmer of apple butter and watching the leaves turn, we're honestly not sure what we want to do first in Roscoe this year.


Stay tuned to RV Insider, the official blog of RV Trader, 
for more insider tips, tricks and guides to the best RV destinations in the country, as well as plenty of resources for buying and selling your own new or used RV!




Update on the Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway: WE HAVE A WINNER!







From April to June this year, we were so thrilled to have had the opportunity to run The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway in partnership with Keystone RV and Thousand Trails! Now - out of more than 75,000 entrants - we are happy to announce that Patty Washall of Wilmington, Delaware is our grand prize winner!

Patty won a 2016 Keystone Fuzion Impact VaporLite 26V RV and a year-long Thousand Trails camping pass, with the total value of her grand prize totaling nearly $40,000! As frequent tent campers, Patty and her husband have dreamed of owning an RV for years, but something always seemed to come up when they were ready to buy.

“We are thrilled to be the Keystone Vapor Lite winners! This is a dream come true for a couple that loves camping more than anything,” said Mrs. Washall.

“We have been tent campers for many years, and it has been our greatest wish to own a real camper. We can’t wait to enjoy all the seasons in our brand new RV!”


Earlier this month, Patty and her husband received the Keystone RV and Thousand Trails camping pass at the Indian Valley Camping Center in Souderton, Pennsylvania. “We couldn’t have dreamed of a more deserving winner for this giveaway,” said Paige Bouma, vice president of RV Trader. “We can’t wait to hear about all the incredible places Patty and her husband visit in their new RV.”

Stay tuned to our blog and social media pages for updates on the winner, her story, and future journeys in her brand new Keystone RV!



Check out the video of our grand prize winners receiving the keys to the Keystone VaporLite!