RV Hidden Gems: 5 best-kept secret parks

       This summer, forget the country's most frequented RV parks, and treat you and your family to the adventure and wonder of these five "best-kept secrets" when it comes to places to take your RV. From coastal beaches to natural waterfalls, these alternative destinations garnering extremely high ratings by both loyal patrons and surprise encounters alike are sure to provide memories of the outdoors to last a lifetime.

Rifle Falls State Park (CO)

With dense, rich greenery surrounding an incredible 80-foot triple waterfall, this awe-inspiring environment of limestone caves and picturesque picnicking spots offers an ideal destination for weddings, special events, and impromptu day trips alike. With only 13 drive-in spots, the falls can be extremely busy during the summer - so planning trips for the autumn months or early spring may be key when it comes to the most serene and untainted outdoor experience possible. A number of popular RV destinations have been known to offer scenic waterfall views - but three, and at the height of a multistory building? Don't waste your precious vacation time visiting other locations when you can treat yourself to the ultimate falls experience at Rifle Falls State Park!
Our campsite, Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle, CO

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La Wis Wis Campground (WA)

In the Tatoosh Wilderness Area of Washington's Cowlitz Valley River District sits the comfortable, easy-going La Wis Wis Campground. Perfectly situated in Gifford Pinchot National Forest at the intersection of three different waterways, this popular long-stay camping location provides a refreshing escape from the everyday. 

With close proximity to Mt. Rainier and easy access to Purcell Falls and Blue Hole trails, this locale proves itself more than fitting for travelers looking for scenic place to overnight, or for those searching for a good home base to explore the surrounding natural areas. 

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (WI) 

          Nicknamed the "Jewels of Lake Superior," this chain of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland off Wisconsin's northern coast provide an incomparable outdoor experience. Cruise the crystal tides of the bays, hike the numerous nature trails, or try catching salmon and trout in the local waters. Meet locals and other adventure-seeking families by joining a variety of guided activities, ranging from lighthouse tours to fishing camps and more. What's more: who said you had to be in tropical waters to get an amazing scuba-diving adventure? Between abandoned quarries, shipwrecks, and numerous cliffs and sea caves, opportunities for exploration never end on the Apostle Islands!

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Jetty Fishery (OR)

Family run for over thirty years, this adored coastal gem has been hailed as one of the best locales for fishing, crabbing, and all around coastline-loving family trips. Comfortably nestled on the waters of Nehalem Bay, this destination is only feet from tide pools, classic cabled docks, and just a 2 minute boat ride from the great Nehalem State Park beaches. Take a peacefully scenic stroll on the Peninsula to grab an ice cream cone at the classic coastal town of Manzanita. Rent a boat and fish your heart out, as the infamously friendly staff will be waiting for you upon your return with buckets of boiling water to steam your catch in. Between the abundance of Dungeness crab and both natural and cultural sights to see, this place could never disappoint a family looking for a seaside retreat full of both adventure and relaxation!

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Manatee Springs State Park (FL)

Did someone say manatees? Yep, we did, and this full-facility campground with a first magnitude natural spring is a retreat and relaxation hotspot for both these marine mammals and outdoor travel enthusiasts! As this spring is able to produce 100 million gallons of crystal clean water a year, on average, West Indian manatees are known to navigate upriver during the Winter months to the comfortable temperatures of this state park's waters, making them perfect swimming companions.

Embraced by a canopy of red oaks, the worn, historic route of the old Atlantic Coastline Railroad in Nature Coast State Trail and Fanning Springs State Park is directly accessible from Manatee Springs, as is the well-loved Fanning Springs State Park on the Suwannee River. Snorkel, scuba-dive, or bicycle around this beautiful natural spring- and when you're tired and hungry at the end of the day, there's a full service takeout BBQ joint considerately placed on the waterfront!

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You and Your Dog Could Win Big with DISHforMyRV!

Man’s best friend is often man’s favorite travel partner. 

DISHForMyRV is celebrating their new team member HaRVy with the Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest. Submit a photo of your dog enjoying the outdoors for a chance to win the Lucky Dog Travel Package, 
valued at $500! Upload your photo between July 5th and July 31st

HaRVy and our staff will vote on their favorites and announce the winner on August 1st

Grab a phone and your dog and take a selfie and you could win big.

How to Enjoy the RV Lifestyle Now - By Workamping!

 By Jody Anderson Duquette, Workamper News Editor

Burned out from the daily grind and ready to hit the road now?  Is retirement approaching and you’re looking for something to do other than just stare at the camp fire?  Consider Workamping! Over 28 years ago, Workamper News Inc. coined the term Workamper and defined it as “adventuresome individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.”

Since our focus is about educating people on the Workamping lifestyle and helping them live it successfully, we encounter many RVers when they are just starting out.  The age of Workampers today ranges from teenagers living fulltime in an RV with their family, to hearty seniors in their 80’s – and everything in-between.  One of my favorite Workampers bought herself a truck, an Airstream trailer, and began her Workamping adventures at the age of 72!

Workamping jobs can be short-term or long-term, so you can be a part-time RVer (who goes back to another residence for part of the year) or a full-time RVer.  It is up to each individual to decide what his/her financial needs are, how often he/she wants to travel, and what places he/she would like to see. These are factors you need to decide on before embarking on finding your first Workamping opportunity.

The majority of Workamping jobs deal with the outdoor hospitality industry, but as you review the job listings at Workamper.com and read through the many articles about different Workamping experiences, you’ll begin to see the huge variety of options and industries that Workampers can be a part of.

Although it may feel more like a vacation, at the root Workamping is still…work.  Businesses hire Workampers intending that they will be a beneficial part of their staff, fulfill the position as it was defined, and - in some cases with limited-budget entities - help keep the doors open.  The benefits of Workamping are more than just financial – you will discover a diverse and welcoming community, get to experience places and things you haven’t even imagined, and continue to learn and feel useful.

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


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!


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.