Be My Guest – Free Camping Offered by Fellow RVers

Are you tired of paying for a full-service RV park for a simple stopover? Possibly, all you really need and want is a place to park for a night while you pass through or briefly explore an area.  Isn’t this exactly why truck stops, casinos, and Walmart parking lots are such popular stops?


Now there’s a more appealing option: Boondockers Welcome can connect you with more than 1,000 fellow RVers across the continent, who invite you to park for free on their private property for a night or two. Many also provide electric, water, and a better wi-fi signal than you’ll get at most campgrounds. No matter what route you choose, you can arrange safe, legal, free overnight parking all the way to your destination.

Moreover, you might begin amazing new friendships, include a bit of social time, be able to borrow a tool you’re not carrying, find out about the "must-sees" of the area, and the stops you shouldn’t miss on the road ahead.  Who better than locals to hand you maps, point out their favorite hike, best restaurant, cheapest fuel price, nearest RV dump, and a trusted RV repair facility?

The Boondockers Welcome website (boondockerswelcome.com) facilitates invitations between like-minded RVers. Annual membership is less than the cost of one night in a campground. For those who cannot offer parking themselves, there’s a guest-only option. You can view all the details of every host location before joining so you know exactly what you’ll get. 

As one reviewer of the site noted, “The simple ideas are often the best and most innovative”.  This simple idea is not just an online community; it is fostering new friendships among RVers in real world settings. At a time when some RVers may be on the verge of hanging up the keys or traveling less because of increased costs, it offers a cooperative way to fight back so we can all stay where we belong – on the road.


Enjoy the comforts of home on the road

Your RV or camper is your house on wheels. It’s your motor HOME. You want to feel at home by enjoying the same comforts of your home.


For many, you like to relax or wind down with your favorite programming or prepare for the day with your news and weather.  Adding satellite TV to an RV gives you all the comforts of home, especially when it’s in HD from DISH. If you are a year-round traveler or a weekend warrior at the campground, bring an enhanced entertainment experience with the new Wally Receiver from DISH.

DISHForMyRV.com is proud to launch the new DISH Wally HD Satellite Receiver. The Wally brings premium quality to a standard receiver! This feature-rich satellite and WiFi-enabled receiver has a modern look and brand-new user interface capable of supporting a variety of apps like Netflix® & games, and can be customized with accessory products like a Wi-Fi Adapter, Bluetooth Adapter & DVR to create a full entertainment experience in your RV.  Get your Wally Receiver.


Adding Satellite TV to an RV
Helping you get DISH for your motorhome or camper is best left to the experts. Our specialized customer service agents are knowledgeable in the programming options DISH offers including the exclusive Pay As You Go program and can help you select the accompanying satellite equipment needed. Visit DISHForMyRV.com or call today to speak with a DISH Outdoors specialist. 877-841-7726

#ThisisRVing

This summer, RV Trader is partnering with Fulltime Families and Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts to show America what RVing really looks like.



The Fulltime Families 6-member crew will visit 7 Jellystone Parks across 5 states and stop in at 4 of America’s best RV Trader dealerships to see family-friendly layouts available on dealer lots this summer.

Traveling full-time in their RV since 2010, Kimberly and her family are encouraging other families across our great nation to go on adventures together and reap the rewards of family Rving.

The journey is currently unfolding across social media as the family gives a front row seat to this 1,000 mile journey from Sunny Florida to Elkhart, IN – the home of many trendsetting RV manufacturers.

Through articles, Instagram shots and YouTube videos, newbies and veteran Rvers alike will become road trippers, witnessing first-hand what it really looks like to RV as a family.

Will you join us on the adventure?

This is RVing!

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For more information, please visit http://fulltimefamilies.com/rving-with- kids-2/thisisrving-tour/

And if you’re on the road, share your photos on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ThisisRVing in your posts!

KOA Expands Popular Value Kard Rewards Program With SaveAround®


By Mike Gast, Vice President of Communications, Kampgrounds of America Inc.

Campers throughout North America have embraced Value Kard Rewards, KOA’s loyalty program. Now the campground network has announced the addition of even more budget-friendly features to the popular program.

Starting this month, campers who sign up or renew their program membership will have access to SaveAround®, which offers a variety of coupons good in more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additional nationwide coupons are also available in both mobile and print.

“We know enhancements such as SaveAround® are going to make Value Kard Rewards a year-around value for our camper guests,” said KOA Vice President of Brand Development Lorne Armer. He notes campers will now receive savings on entertainment, recreation, groceries, dining and more.

According to Armer, new enhancements to the Value Kard Rewards Program include pay-as-you-go Dish TV service for campers and RVers and special pricing on telephone technical support designed exclusively for them. These are in addition to the program’s discounts on registration fees, ability to earn points that can be applied towards daily site charges, and other benefits.

“And we’re only getting started,” he says. “There are a lot more great valuable KOA Value Kard Rewards program additions on the way.

Current Value Kard Rewards members can access SaveAround through the KOA app, which is available for download in the App Store or on Google Play. Information is also available by visiting www.myvkr.com.

Those wishing to purchase a Value Kard Rewards membership can do so at any of the more than 485 KOA campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. The annual cost is just $30, and a portion of the proceeds go to support KOA Care Camps. For more program information, or to purchase a Value Kard Rewards membership online, visit or by visiting www.koa.com/value-kard-rewards/.

Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 54th Anniversary in 2016. KOA was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962.

Time to Hit the Road

The RV is ready for a season of fun in the sun. Now…where will you go?


If you have young kids or grandkids, there’s no better destination for outdoor fun and adventure than Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks. With 82 locations in the US and Canada, there is sure to be one close to home. Plus, there is SO much to see and do right on property. So hook up the RV, kick back, and let us entertain your family!

Sure we have campfires and s’mores, but with Yogi Bear there is so much more. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:
  • visits with Yogi Bear
  • activities
  • theme weekends
  • pools
  • splashgrounds
  • wagon rides
  • playgrounds
  • mini-golf 
  • jumping pillows

Camping & Cabins with Convenience 
Our parks have RV sites, tent sites and cabins. Plus, we have the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Can’t live without WiFi? No problem! Need to do laundry? We’ve got you covered. 
  • camp stores
  • laundry
  • bathhouses
  • firewood, propane
  • WiFi
  • pavilions
  • recreation rooms
  • snack bars
Visit www.campjellystone.com to find a park near you.
Please note – attractions and amenities vary by location.

Looking for a Community of RVers?

Spending your days on the road can get lonely, can’t it? Even if you’re traveling with another person, or a pet, it’s still nice to meet friendly new faces and share your experiences with those who can relate. Nearly 40 years ago, our founders, Joe and Kay Peterson, felt the same way as they traveled the country with their young family, and they decided to do something about it. Welcome to Escapees RV Club!
We are a full-service organization that offers a wide variety of benefits specific to the needs of RVers. Do you travel part-time? We can help with finding discounted parking, planning your route, and tackling emergencies along the way. If you RV full-time, there are even more benefits suited to your needs! We can assist in establishing your domicile, and our mail service will treat your correspondence with care, forwarding it to wherever you may roost. All of our members may take advantage of our RVers Boot Camp, hosted by our experts in RV safety. This is a great way to learn more about how best to operate and maintain your rig in a welcoming and fun environment.
Most importantly, Escapees was established to offer RVers a feeling of community and camaraderie. There are abundant opportunities to connect with other members through our organization. We offer a discussion forum, where members share experiences and advice on a wide variety of subjects, as well as opportunities for face-to-face interaction through our chapter activities, Head Out Program, Birds of a Feather groups, and our biggest event, Escapade.
Escapade is the highlight of our event schedule. You’ll meet fellow RVers from all over the country and all walks of life, experiencing the great things RVing has to offer. This year, our 56th gathering will be in Essex Junction, Vermont, July 24-29. Join us for six days packed with educational seminars hosted by industry experts, group discussions led by qualified members, live music, and plenty of occasions for socializing!

How to Enjoy RV Ownership to the Fullest


Buying an RV is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming endeavor.  There are so many questions that need answers.  What kind of RV should I buy? Are slide awnings included? Does it have powered or manually-operated jacks?  What happens if my RV breaks down?

We may not be able to answer the first 3 questions for you but we can definitely answer the 4th.  The answer is Coach-Net! Coach-Net has been an expert in the RV industry since 1987 and we understand the specialized needs of RVs and RV owners.  We don’t have a cookie cutter approach to meeting those needs either. We offer a full range of peace-of-mind products to help you enjoy RV ownership to the fullest.


As you consider an RV purchase, consider RV Protect, our service contract. We offer customizable plans available for new and used, motorized and towable units and offer a low deductible. RV Protect is transferrable, meaning should you decide to sell your RV, you can transfer your coverage to the next owner, increasing the resale value of your unit.

RV Protect also includes 24/7 RV Technical and Roadside Assistance Basic membership at no additional charge.  So, should you run out of gas or have a flat tire, we’ve got you covered.  You also have access to our RV-trained representatives and certified technicians who are ready to assist you – guiding you through many common technical and operational issues you may experience. This is a handy benefit, especially when you have a new or new-to-you RV.

As an RV owner, you should concentrate on making lasting memories with friends and family and not worrying about all the what-ifs of ownership.  Even though break downs do happen, you can have peace of mind knowing that Coach-Net is your connection to carefree RVing.  Learn More.

RV Podcasts for Practical Tips and Inspiration



Excited for the New Camping Season? Check Out These RV Podcasts for Practical Tips and Inspiration!

If you are like most RVers, you are in the midst of dewinterizing and welcoming the arrival of a brand new camping season. Maybe you already took that first shake down trip. Maybe your first big trip is right around the corner. Or perhaps you are still shopping for the RV that will take you on your summer adventures.

Either way the RVFTA Podcast Network has podcast episodes that will help you stock the RV, plan your trips, and research an RV purchase.


If you are opening up the camper, check out our Spring Gear Guide Episodes #79 and #80, with dozens of recommendations for products inside and outside the RV. Does your RV need a bit of a facelift? Listen to our RV Makeover 101 Episode #82.  Stuck on what trailer to purchase, we have entire episodes devoted to the Pros and Cons of a Hybrid, Toy Hauler, and Travel Trailer.


If you are still nailing down your travel plans for 2016 camping season, Campground of the Week will inspire you to visit great RV destinations around the country. Recent episodes covered urban camping options in San Francisco, a major fishing destination in Missouri, and the Lazydays RV Resort outside of Tampa, Florida. From dry camping in national parks to waterfront resort RV parks, this podcast has something for every type of camper.



Our resident Girl Camper, Janine Pettit is busy teaching women how to tow and where to go. If you are trying to find the perfect trailer for your solo adventures, check out Episode #20: Tab Trailer Talk or Episode #26: Sylvansport's Coolest Camper Ever. She will also talk you through all those features in your tow vehicle on Episode #18. Want to maximize your travels this season? Then take notes on Episode #21: Cutting Camping Costs.


Tune in, get inspired, and we will see you at the campground!