Keep America Beautiful Month: How to care for the environment while on the road this April

Did you know that April is Keep America Beautiful Month?

Did you know that April is Keep America Beautiful Month?

Here at RV Trader, we’re committed to helping you make the most of RVing, whether that means getting the most bang for your buck during the purchase process or uncovering the best tips and tricks for the on-the-go RV lifestyle. This month, we’re providing you with a few key strategies you can use to protect the beautiful scenery around us while enjoying it on the road, in celebration of the meaning behind the Keep America Beautiful campaign and its mission: to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities.

-Try dry camping. While it can definitely feel much more primitive and more like “traditional” camping, giving your unit some time off from hook-ups might be exactly what you need to unplug- and obviously as a much lesser effect on the environment.

-Consider solar panels. These easy-to-use panels absorb the sun’s rays and convert the light to energy, providing you with a power source even in the most remote areas without the excessive use of traditional electricity.

-Know best practices for waste disposal. A few tips RVers tend to use: dispose of human waste in catholes at least 300 ft. from bodies of water, preferably in catholes at least 8 inches into the ground.

-Invest in a good water filtration system. Doing so will not only save you money in terms of laying off bottled water, but will also the amount of physical waste you produce.

-Teach children to turn off the water when brushing teeth, scrubbing hands, etc. They may not see it as a huge deal at first, but little by little, every drop adds up!

-Keep campfires clean and local. Avoid burning plastics or non-wooden objects, and aim to only use wood harvested from the local environment, as certain pesky insects could be attracted to the flame and interrupt the balance of the ecosystem.

There are also a number of specific actions you can take to support the Keep America Beautiful Campaign as a whole. Just of few of these ideas specifically applicable to RVers include:

-Participate in the Great American Cleanup. Using their website, you can search Keep America Beautiful’s list of affiliate cleanup programs to find specific locations where you could participate with the program. The great part about this for RVers? No matter where you are, you can use the affiliate search tool to identify the program nearest you at any time, and see what you can do to help each community as you roadtrip.

-Share pictures of your group taking care of the environment and surrounding communities while roadtripping on social media pages. Use hashtags such as #cleanYOURblock, #GreatAmericanCleanup, and #KeepAmericaBeautiful to showcase how taking care of the environment truly can be done from anywhere - even on the road. These types of photos inspire others to join in the mission of Keep America Beautiful and gets them excited to pay mind to the benefits of the helping the natural world as well.

-Consider donating to Keep America Beautiful, as well as their thousands of communities across the country as you travel in your RV. Little by little, small contributions can turn into a huge impact. If you’re hitting the roads and traveling throughout the nation anyway, why not showcase your commitment over time to protecting environments all across the country?

National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel Blog recently noted that Rich Luhr, blogger and publisher of Airstream Life magazine, phrased the environmentally friendly side of RVing perfectly:

RVs may have the reputation of being gas-guzzlers on the road...but when they stop moving, they’re exemplary models of conservation.

According to Luhr, many of us go RVing to unplug from our typical day-to-day...why not use this mindset to unplug from excessive consumption of energy and technology, too?

Check out the Keep America Beautiful website to find out more ways you can conserve, protect, and beautify every environment around - no matter where in the world you are.

What are some ways you like to keep your RV adventures nature-friendly?

Comment and let us know!

Winnebago Promotion Extends Diesel Pusher Warranty

For anyone who has been thinking about a new Class A diesel, now is the time to close the deal on the Winnebago diesel pusher of your dreams.

Winnebago has just announced "Carefree Diesel Days," a new promotion that extends the warranty on its entire diesel pusher lineup to three years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Eligible units must be purchased between February 27, 2017 and August 31, 2017 to qualify for the extended coverage.

Whether you're buying outright or trading in a Winnebago or other brand of RV, simply visit your nearby dealer, make your best deal on a new, previously unregistered Winnebago diesel pusher, then enjoy extended warranty coverage for up to three years or 100,000 miles.

To learn more, see your nearest Winnebago dealer; you can also find program details here.

Fitness on the Go: Workouts to do on the road

We all know exercising and keeping fit while on the road can be difficult, especially when you’re confined to the close quarters of a motorhome. But it doesn’t have to be difficult - with the right workouts on hand, making time for fitness will be a breeze. Here are 5 go-to routines for working out when actually ‘hitting the gym’ isn’t an option.

  • HIIT Cardio Circuits. High intensity intervals, mixed with short breaks, are one of the best methods for getting your heart rate up in a short amount of time. Rather than jogging for your whole workout, try sprinting for 1 minute, walking slowly for 2, sprinting again, etc. - continuously for 15-20 minutes. It might seem long at first, but your metabolic rate will skyrocket, making this short series even more effective than a 45 minute run.
  • ‘Countdown’ Conditioning Routines. Rather than simply alternating between pushups and squats, try combining 3-5 different exercises, counting down as you go. For example: 25 squats, 15 situps, 10 pushups, 24 squats, 14 sit-ups, 9 push-ups, and so on. The constant variation will keep your mind from becoming weary and distracted, and by the end of the workout, you’ll have done more than you realized in just 15 minutes!
  • Try stationary activities when you can’t run or take up much space. On the road and bored? Try a wall sit and plank variation, hold a wall sit for 1 minute, then hold the plank for one minute, continuing until you’ve reached 5 minutes for each exercise. You’ll be surprised how time flies when your legs and abs are on fire!
  • Take advantage of your time. Don’t use small windows of time as an excuse not to workout on your trip. Instead, use that time and choose one thing to do each day! Even if you only do a small series of crunch variations, using the little time you have each and every day will make all the difference in the long run.
  • Make it a game. Especially helpful if you’re traveling with young kids, turning exercise into something fun and different will encourage your group to want to stay fit, not avoid it! Try a simple trivia or guessing game, having someone do 10 pushups if they answer incorrectly; or, turn planks into a contest, seeing who can hold their form the longest. With a competitive drive and fun spin on working out, you’ll be able to stick to your fitness grind no matter where you travel!

What are some of your favorite workouts to do while on the road? Do you have specific plans and strategies for staying fit while on a roadtrip? Comment and let us know!

Boondocking: What it is, and an Exclusive RV Trader Partner Discount Code

You may have heard the term “boondocking” before, but what exactly is it?

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While many established campgrounds or parks tend to charge a fee for overnight parking, but have you ever considered parking just slightly outside the campsite, perhaps a mile or two away? While it may sound a bit counterintuitive at first, the best places to camp out for free overnight actually aren’t always located on these bigger developments. Setting in stone a specific definition for what boondocking is exactly can be a bit challenging, but a number of free camping locations have been associated with boondocking, including personal property of other generous RVers, truck stops, and any location lacking physical hookups.

While you won’t be provided with all the amenities you likely would at established campgrounds when boondocking, the perks are obvious: between saving money on parking fees to gaining a more ‘primitive’ camping experience, even if you only boondock for one or two days out of a roadtrip, you can be sure you can comfortably and safely boondock if the right resources are on hand.

Boondockers Welcome is a community providing RVers with listings of hundreds of people willing to allow fellow campers to boondock on their property for free. An excellent resource if you’re considering giving boondocking a try.Becoming a member of Boondockers Welcome grants you access to hundreds of locations and member profiles, as well as the opportunity to list your own property as available for other RVers.

Boondockers Welcome is now offering readers an exclusive discount. If you’re interested in joining this engaged and helpful community, membership is simple: property owners who can offer occasional overnight parking to fellow RVers should join as a host member and enter the coupon code RVTRADER50 to save 50% on their membership package. Those who cannot offer a parking location are welcome to join as a guest-only member and  save 10% with the code RVTRADER10.

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The Top 10 Spring RV Destinations for 2017

One of the best parts about RVing is the fact that you really can do it all year round- who ever said it needed to be summertime for us to enjoy the outdoors and embrace adventures? Yet, there are certain RV destinations that are perfect to visit in very specific seasons. While some Floridian destinations get us going in July, others in Colorado might inspire us in the winter months. When it comes to the springtime and mildly-tempered, comfortable weather, we’ve curated just what you need to plan the past spring RV trip ever. Check out our top picks this year for the best places to visit in your RV this spring!

Washington, D.C.

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Best time to visit: Late March/Early April
Sample RV Parks: Washington DC /Capitol KOA; Adventure Bound Camping Resorts; Joint Base Andrews Family Campground

Not only do multiple RV parks surround our nation’s capital in terms of accommodations, the District of Columbia also offers some of the most incredible floral displays you may ever see in your lifetime. In addition to the countless historical monuments and museums, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commences every year between March and April- and it’s sure to leave you speechless. 

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With most of the blooms located near the famed Tidal Basin and along the National Mall, the festival celebrates the donation of 3,000 of the beautiful trees from a Tokyo mayor to Washington D.C. in the early 1900s. Between pleasant weather for enjoying outdoor attractions and the smell and sight of fresh flowers on thousands of trees, what more could you ask for in a spring vacation?

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Best time to Visit: February - May
Sample RV Parks: French Quarter RV Resort; Pontchartrain Landing; New Orleans West KOA
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There’s nothing that represents the positive vibes of spring more than a French Quarter bayou-style getaway. Whether you’d rather experience the jazz festivals and incredibly random but perfectly timed block parties or taste the best creole food the world has to offer, N’awlins provides a cultural experience like no other. 

Get to know the history, shop the unique markets, and experience the artistic side of the city- no matter what you choose to do, you can bet that you’ll leave a weekend in this city with an experience you’ve never had before. 

Plus, if you visit during Mardi Gras season? Get ready for the kind of party you’ve never seen before!

Savannah, Georgia

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Best time to Visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Sunshine RV Park; Lotts Island RV Campground; Savannah Oaks RV Resort

If you’re keen on flowers and pleasant southern breezes, Savannah is your place to go this year. Between the countless St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities (did we mention their awesome parade?) and tours of rustic old historic homes, you won’t be able to get enough of this charming city. Dine outdoors, relax at Tybee Island, or enjoy some coastal food at the Seafood Festival. 

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Even with all this, two of the biggest attractions Savannah is known for?

Music and Azaleas. A number of curated music festivals and the blooming of florals will probably make you never want to go home once you visit this springtime escape.

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Best time to Visit: April - June
Sample RV Parks: Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina; Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this popular summer destination is on the beach - it definitely doesn’t need to be 90 degrees to enjoy it! Believe it or not, one of the best times to visit classic harbor town is in the spring; between lighthouse tours, plenty of biking trails, and coastal dining galore, the lesser crowds have the ability to make this nautical destination even more enjoyable. 
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Learn about the history of the Gullah Trail, visit unique southern boutiques, or try one of the spas in town. When you add these to a stop by one of their food or wine festivals, you couldn’t ask for a better break from reality.

Austin, Texas

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Best time to visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Bastrop / Southeast Austin / Colorado River KOA; Leander / Northwest Austin KOA; Oak Forest RV Park

There are some cities in the U.S. with experiences that can’t be duplicated, and Austin is one of them. Plan a visit to one of their huge food and wine fests- the Pecan and Olive festivals are two of the most renowned. If beer is more your thing, not to worry - the Untapped fest won’t have you leaving thirsty. 

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With a plethora of different activities, you’ll find something to entertain you in this city no matter what your interests are. If you’re into any and all college sports, you don’t want to miss the UT Orange-White scrimmage. Like cars? Try the Lonestar Roundup car show. Comedy more your thing? Check the O. Henry Pun-off, or the Moontower Comedy and Oddity fest...but one of the most unique events of them all? The Buda Wiener Dog Races..yes, we said wiener dog races. Need we say more?

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Best time to visit: March - Early May
Sample RV Parks: Mesa / Apache Junction KOA; Scottsdale Trailer Corral;
Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell

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If you’re looking for a relaxed, family-oriented, outdoorsy springtime getaway feel, Scottsdale is the place for you. This western city mixes some of the most spectacular floral displays with desert simplicity, and it’s the perfect mix in the spring. Take the kids to visit the famed Pony Express attractions, then try out a few scoops from the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor.

Take a look at the grand Taliesin West, or take a carriage ride through town. And forget hiking the Grand Canyon - this city offers famed “flightseeing” helicopter rides over the canyon! From MLB spring training to hiking through Pinnacle Peak Park, you’ll leave with a curated experience mixing history and culture that’ll leave you with unforgettable memories.

San Diego, California

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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Surf & Turf RV Park; San Diego Metro KOA; Fiddler’s Cove Marina & RV Park (Navy MWR)

Did someone say whale watching? San Diego is an incredibly popular spot for visitors in the spring, and for good reason. With millions of visitors every summer, the lesser crowds in the cooler springtime months make for a seaside Californian getaway that won’t leave you tired of hustling through busy streets.
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This is especially a great pick for you if your group loves animals - from visiting the San Diego Zoo, taking a walk through the Birch Aquarium, and taking a harbour or whale watching tour, this navy town won’t leave you short of adventure. While you’re there, be sure to visit a San Diego Padres game; if you end up here in April, you definitely don’t want to miss the great Red Bull Air Race for some aviation awe.

And you’d certainly be amiss if you didn’t stop by the Carlsbad Flower Field, where acres of springtime blooms will make you never want to leave.

Denver, Colorado

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Best Time to Visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Denver East/Strasburg KOA Holiday; Flying Saucer RV Park; Prospect RV Park

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Let us explain - while this location is certainly one of the top picks for winter ski escapes, it’s just as gorgeous and engaging in the springtime, too! The natural hot springs are incredible when it’s neither freezing nor hot outside, and horseback riding amidst spectacular wildflowers will prove an experience your Instagram followers will definitely envy.

Hiking on the Lupine Trail or checking out the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway are adventures incomparable to anywhere else, and shopping in Old Colorado City will bring nostalgic western vibes we can’t really put into words.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Oak Plantation Campground; Mt. Pleasant/Charleston KOA Holiday;
Fain’s RV Park
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Honestly, we’re not even sure where to begin with Charleston! This classic southern gem of a travel locale will get you feeling spring like no other when you visit during the Festival of Houses and Gardens, when architectural and garden tours leave you able to do nothing but smile. If you’re into fitness and health, the Cooper River Bridge Run that takes place in early April will give you a cardio and community experience you can’t find in many other places, passing by historic Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown.

And of course, with this being another coastal town, we’d be amiss to not mention the seafood...the annual Blessing of the Fleet Festival, where Charlestonians and Mount Pleasant Residents “welcome seafood season,” provides a celebration for the ages with a boat parade, arts and crafts, shag dancing, and local restaurant vendors. This is especially a great destination for couples, named by numerous go-to travel sources as one of the most romantic cities in America.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Best time to visit: March - May
Sample RV Parks: Camp Hatteras KOA Resort; Rodanthe Watersports & Campground;
Ocean Waves Campground

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    If all you really want is a quiet, natural escape, then the Outer Banks should be next on your 2017 travel bucket list.

    Packed with tourists during the summer season, the peaceful camper spots on both the ocean- and sound-sides of the banks provide a retreat where you’ll be able to have just as much time for relaxation as you do adventure in the spring.

    Take a stroll on the beach when the weather is cool and comfortable, and sea glass and unique shells are plentiful on the shore. Shipwreck pieces are known to wash up after the plentiful rain storms northern Carolina experiences this time of year, and because the crowds are lesser, you’ll have much less people to fight over them for! Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, or listen to old history and ghost stories put on by locals, or visit the quaint shops and restaurants, which open with great “wake up season” prices in the spring.

    And you can feel free to bring your dogs to this location- leash laws at the beach are much more lax this time of year, and canine-themed events like WOOFstock are held annually to make time for play with your four-legged family members.

    For even more travel tips and advice on prepping for your next RVcation, be sure to stay tuned to RV Insider as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages!