Sep 28, 2012

Rituals of the Road - Part II

Gone With the - A Real-Time Adventure From the Road - Part II

...Wynn said the Internet and Social Media has changed everything and how a simple question via their Facebook page can go a long way in helping find things to do, people to meet and places to see.

“Many times we roll into a new town without doing much research on places to see or fun things to do.  Nikki sends a simple question out on our Facebook Page: Anybody know a great place to eat in (enter city name)?,” Wynn said. “Before we know it, people are sending restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, or in some cases, inviting us to their home for dinner.”

One of the best parts of traveling in an RV is having the ability to bring along the whole family. For the Wynns, bringing along their two cats, Singa and Cleo, is a must.

“Our two cats are a huge part of our lives, so naturally I had to give them a spot front and center on our website (they even have their own e-mail address),” said Wynn. “When we walk our cats at the campground people realize they’ve seen us before (our website, on TV, etc.) which gives us the opportunity to make a new connection with other RV’ers.”

Right now, the Wynns are in the process of downsizing from their current RV, “Windy” a Monaco Vesta – the first of its kind.  Windy has become a celebrity in her own right. As far as what type of RV they plan to take up shop in the future, Wynn said it’s still up in the air.

“We’re still shopping around and weighing our options,” said Wynn. “The new home won’t be a travel trailer but it will be something under 30ft (hopefully around 25ish).”

Wynn added while he and Nikki have had the opportunity to meet thousands of people throughout their six years on the road, they’re still privy to the fact they have much to learn. It’s one of the reasons they decided to create their “Confessions of a Traveler” section on their blog which focuses on stories from many of the other travelers they meet.

“If I’ve learned anything in life it’s this: Listen to others and learn from their successes and failures,” said Wynn. “One thing we have learned with our years of RV travel is that each traveler has their own rituals, expenses and experiences. No one way is the best and you should go with what makes you happiest, not what others think you should or shouldn’t be doing.”

Author Bio:  Darrin Michael currently serves as the eCommerce/Marketing Director at Dave Arbogast RV Depot in Troy, Ohio. In addition, he also teaches Internet Development at Edison Community College.  He’s been featured on a number of other industry related blogs including Woodalls,, and more.

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Sep 27, 2012

Rituals of the Road - Part I


Gone With the – A Real-Time Adventure From the Road

Imagine having the ability to wake up every morning and take off on a different adventure.

Now imagine having the ability to document these adventures for the whole world to see.

The idea of jumping into a RV and hitting the open road in a carefree lifestyle is appealing to any die-hard traveler. Unfortunately, between the hustle and bustle of our real lives, bringing such an idea to fruition can seem like a daunting task for many. But the RV lifestyle is evolving...      
Now, RV adventurers on the open road have the ability to tell their stories to the world on a daily basis, and in real-time in some cases (FB, Twitter, etc.), thanks to the Internet.  In fact, one RV'ing couple has actually found a way to combine their real-life passions with the desire to just “hit the open road.”
Say hello to

The website tells the story of RV'ers Jason and Nikki Wynn’s adventures on the open road in the form of a blog which includes everything from RVmini video documentaries of their adventures to tales from other travelers they encounter throughout their journey. Even more, the eco-friendly couple has made it a goal to show other travelers living on the road, without leaving a huge carbon footprint, is more possible than you think.

For those who aren’t familiar with them, the Wynn's could quite possibly be America’s most popular RV traveling couple.  They’ve been featured on everything from Home and Garden TV to USA Today. The self-proclaimed “quirky” couple decided to trade in their Dallas-based day jobs (Nikki, a make-up and styling business and Jason, a photography company) to satisfy their craving for adventure and traveling.  One day, they made the decision to sell everything, pack up their 2 cats (Cleo and Singa- celebrities in their own right), bought an RV and named it “Windy”, hit the road and didn’t look back.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jason Wynn about what it’s like to live on the road along with what some of he and Nikki’s own Rituals of the Road are.

“Support Local” said Wynn. “This is one of our biggest goals with our travels. In our opinion, there is no better way to enjoy a new town than eating your way through it! We love searching out a small mom and pop place which support local agriculture, finding a local beer which is brewed fresh in town, and purchasing coffee that’s Fair Trade and locally roasted. We like to say we vote with our forks and our dollars.”

Wynn says Farmers Markets are a must and that if planned right, one can actually pick up their groceries for the week. Even better, if you’re a ‘canner’ you’ll have high quality food even after the season is over.
“You better believe if there’s a farmers market near the city we’ll be there; fresh seasonal fruit, ripe vegetables, artisanal foods, local music, and in general happy people,” he said. 

Part II of this article will be featured in tomorrow's blog post...

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Darrin Michael currently serves as the eCommerce/Marketing Director at DaveArbogast RV Depot in Troy, Ohio. In addition, he also teaches Internet Development at Edison Community College.  He’s been featured on a number of other industry related blogs including Woodalls,, and more.

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Sep 20, 2012

Come Visit the South this Winter!

Encore and Thousand Trails has something for everyone. Stay a day, a week or the entire season! RV sites, rental cottages, park models and hotel rooms available. Check out three of our featured Southern destinations:

Voyager Hotel and RV Resort- Tucson, Arizona

One of Woodall’s 5w Top Rated Resorts in 2012!
At Voyager, you have a variety of accommodations to choose from. There are RV sites to accommodate small and large RV’s. The hotel with newly renovated rooms is a great place to stay when visiting the Tucson area! There are also park model and casita rentals available for short or long term stays.

We take great pride in the exceptional amenities at Voyager including 3 swimming pools, pickle ball and tennis courts, 24 hour state of the art fitness center, day spa, and a full-time recreational staff. Voyager offers a daily schedule of planned and impromptu activities. A partial list includes dances, arts and crafts, wood carving, guided tours, water aerobics, volleyball and sports tournaments. Truly something for everyone!

Voyager Hot Deals:
-Hotel Room Special:  Oct- Dec $69 per night, plus tax and fees. Based on double occupancy.
-Monthly Seasonal Rental:  Oct-Dec $1,000 per month
-RV Premium Site:  Oct-Dec  $35 Daily  / $225 Weekly

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort- San Benito, Texas

Fun-N-Sun RV Resort is located in San Benito, Texas right in the heart of "The Magic Valley" otherwise known as the Rio Grande Valley. Its mild climate and exciting nearby attractions, including South Padre Island are what attract many winter visitors from across the United States.

With nearly 1,500 sites available, this resort has a lot to offer its guests. If you like being busy and enjoying several activities year-round, Fun-N-Sun is the place to be! Not only do they have fun activities, but they also have entertainment all year round!

Fun-n-Sun Hot Deals:

Valid on a standard Site. Reservations for Oct 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013
-1 month: $489 (savings of over $50)
-3 months: $1399 (savings of over $40)
-4 months: $1599 (savings of over $120)
-5 months: $1799 (savings of over $150)

Southern Palms- Eustis, Florida

Southern Palms RV Resort is friendly and full of fun! The staff is great, always willing to do their best to make your stay a wonderful experience. There is a full schedule of activities at Southern Palms and always something new to experience and enjoy, from a friendly game of bocce ball to dancing the evening away!

Southern Palms prides themselves on their exceptional amenities which include a fitness center, shuffle ball courts, bocce ball, heated pool and spa, billiard room, horseshoe pits, card rooms, picnic areas and clubhouses. Come and join your friends and the RV lifestyle at Southern Palms!

Southern Palms Hot Deals
$150 off seasonal stay
$99 week - December 31, 2012
$100 off a weekly Stay January - April 1, 2013

For more information or to make a reservation at these resorts or any of the other over 170 Encore and Thousand Trails resorts, please visit or call (888) 307-5745

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Sep 13, 2012

Hershey First To Taste Thor Motor Coach’s New Windsport Motorhomes & HD-MAX™ Technology

A brand new redesigned Windsport motorhome from Thor Motor Coach will be driving into dealer inventories with its debut at the 2012 Hershey RV Show in Pennsylvania, September 12-16.  In addition, this year’s show goers will be among the very first to experience Thor Motor Coach’s all new HD-MAX™ Full Color Exterior technology.
In its 16th year of production, the Windsport has been a popular choice for shoppers of gas-powered Class A Motorhomes

With some much improved changes to modernize the Windsport, dealers and retail consumers are going to love what the new Windsport has of offer,” commented Jon Krider, Director of Product Planning at Thor Motor Coach.

The new front cap on the Windsport reveals aggressive headlight styling and large panoramic windshield while the rear cap is highlighted with vertical LED taillights.  The coach’s interior ceiling height has been raised providing more living space and increased cabinet storage.  The five available floorplans for the Windsport motorhomes start at 30-ft and extend up to 35-ft.  The Windsport 34E is also making its debut at this year’s show.  The 35 foot 34E has a rear bath plus an additional half bath at mid-ship.

Along with new styling, the 2013 Windsport will sport Thor Motor Coach’s all new HD-MAX™ exterior graphics packages.  Costing thousands of dollars less than existing full body paint schemes, the revolutionary and beautiful new HD-MAX™ Full Color Exteriors will change the way motorhomes look and feel in the future. 

Thor Motor Coach, North America’s most trusted and chosen motorhome brand since 2010 will also be showcasing a slew of new products at the 2012 Hershey RV Show.  Show shoppers will find a dozens of new floor plans, interiors, decors, and options from all fifteen brands of motorhomes manufactured by Thor Motor Coach.

More Information about the 2012 Hershey RV Show, visit:

For more information on Windsport motorhomes, visit, or for Thor Motor Coach visit:, or write to: Thor Motor Coach, Inc., PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46515.

About Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach, Inc is an operating unit of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), producing various motorized recreation vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Thor Motor Coach RV brands include Class A Diesel Pushers; Palazzo and Tuscany TAG & XTE, Class A Gas Motorhomes; A.C.E., Daybreak, Challenger, Hurricane, Windsport, and Outlaw Toy Haulers, Class B+ Motorhomes; Siesta and Citation, Mercedes Benz Sprinter Based Diesel Motorhomes; Siesta Sprinter and Citation Sprinter, Class C Gas and Diesel Motorhomes; Four Winds and Chateau.

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