May 16, 2017

9 Incredible RV Getaways to Visit for Memorial Day this Year

One of the best parts about RVing is the ability to go anywhere in the country from the comfort of your home - and the possibilities are, quite literally, limitless. 

Memorial Day is one weekend RVers tend to plan mini vacations -- and if you’ve been trying to figure out a great new place to visit this year, look no further. We’ve rounded up 9 of our favorite destinations to celebrate this patriotic weekend and launch of summer - check them out!

West Palm Beach, Florida 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary 
Okeeheelee Park
Mounts Botanical Garden
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
160+ golf courses
Yesteryear village
Peanut Island
Loggerhead MarineLife Center
Palm Beach Spring Art Festival

Jekyll Island, Georgia

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:

Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Bicycle Rental Programs
4-H Tidelands Nature Center
Bird Watching
Camp Jekyll
Waterside Horseback Riding
Jekyll Island Golf Club
Skating Village
Summer Waves Waterpark 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
Penn's Landing Waterfront Day
Blue Cross RiverRink Summer Fest
Independence National Historic Park
National Constitution Center
HoagieNation Festival at Festival Pier
Laurel Hill Memorial Day Parade
Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains Show
Rooftop Beer Garden at Cira Green
Grand Railway at Morris Arboretum
Phillies Game (Citizens Bank Park)

Nashville, Tennessee 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
SuperCool Fun Fest (Cumberland Park)
Nashville National Cemetery
Memorial Day Dog Dash 5k
Cheekwood International Playhouses
Nashville Zoo (try Zoovie Nights!)
Country Music Hall of Fame / Grand Ole Opry
Kidsville at the Parthenon
Wine, Dine and Nine Golf Series
Belle Meade Plantation / Belmont Mansion
Nashville Showboat Lunch/Dinner

Salem, Massachusetts 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
Salem Haunt and History Night Walking Tour
Peabody Essex Museum
Derby Wharf Light Station
Pickering Wharf
Salem Ferry
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
New England Pirate Museum
Ye Olde Pepper Companie
Stickworks Statue

San Francisco, California 

(Try: Petaluma KOA)

Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Harrison Street Carnaval
Treasure Island Flea Marketplace
Golden Gate Park Band Concert
USS San Francisco Memorial
Presidio Memorial Day Commemoration
USS Hornet Memorial Day Ceremony
San Francisco Giants Game (AT&T Park)
Aquarium of the Bay

Jacksonville, Florida 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:

Wine & Canvas Memorial Day Paint
K9s for Warriors Paws 4 Vets 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run
Riverside & Avondale Historica District / Arts Market
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary / Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Cataway Island Preserve
Hands On Children's Museum
EverBank Field
Budweiser Brewery Tours

Historic Triangle, Virginia 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
Busch Gardens / BG Food and Wine Festival
Virginia Arts Festival (Williamsburg )
Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Procession
Jamestown Beach
Movies Under the Stars
Virginia Living Museum
Yorktown Waterman's Museum Music Jamboree
Revolution Golf and Grille (2017 Grand Opening)
Jamestown Settlement / Yorktown Battlefield

Mackinac Island, Michigan 

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Trip Ideas and Attractions to Visit:
Mackinac Legends and Lore Nature Trek
Mission Point Observation Tower and Exhibits
Island Bike Rentals
Fort Mackinac
Arch Walk
Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory
Historic Downtown Mackinac
Grand Hotel Stable Horses & Carriage Tours
Great Turtle Kayak Tours
Wawashkamo Golf Club
Murdick's Fudge

Do you have plans for an RVcation Memorial Day weekend this year? Where are you headed? What are your favorite places to visit on long weekends like these? Comment and let us know!

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May 12, 2017

Genius RV Storage Ideas You've Got to See

When we started hearing from members of our RV Trader family that they were curious about storage tips and tricks, we weren’t surprised. RVs are already relatively confined spaces so finding efficient ways to store and organize your belongings can be a challenge. To help you brainstorm, we compiled a Pinterest board with some of the most genius RV storage ideas we’ve ever seen! Click below to see them:

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RV Reno: Tips for Flipping Older Trailers into Refurbished Masterpieces

Rather than buying a brand new RV, have you thought about purchasing an older unit and remodeling it with a custom design tailored to your preferences and style? While this may seem intimidating in terms of scope and scale, RV renovation projects can actually be some of the most fulfilling. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out these prime examples of how motivated, creative RVers have completely redone their motorhomes to fit exactly the look and feel they’re looking for.

While a number of great updates have been made to this unit, the privacy and airy feel provided by the window curtain is a great touch.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors that stand out against freshly polished aluminum.

Sometimes, too much patterning on furniture can become less of a decorative accent and more of a distraction from the ‘hominess’ of the rest of the RV. Keeping patterns minimal and bright helps keep the space from seeming aged and crowded.

Similarly, furniture doesn’t need to be expensively reupholstered to provide a fresh and simplistic feel. You can easily purchase a quilt or coverall to quickly drape over a couch or chair, and ta-dah - a seemingly brand new seating area is ready to be decorated with accent pieces.

Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit by contrasting light, muted tones with bright and colorful ones. Doing so creates a more centralized, positive feel to your motorhome, and can cause anyone who enters your vehicle to feel a number of ways - for example, turquoise for relaxed, yellow for energized, or deep red for comfortable.

Similarly, there’s no need to choose between painting all your furnishings a single neutral color. Placing darker tones on grounded/lower pieces and brighter, more airy colors on pieces towards the ceiling provide a feeling of upward expansion, making the space appear to have much more headspace than it actually does.

Yet another way to add more life and vibrancy to your unit: update those lighting fixtures! Acquiring more simplistic or modern-looking appliances for your lights and contrasting the types of lighting (for example, warmer-toned bulbs) tends to add dimension, making your mobile home seem just as accommodating as a traditional home.

We love a number of things about this unit but the thing we love most? The added warmth from a centralized feux fire heater! Who said you couldn’t bring the comfort of a cozy, warming fireplace on the road?

Believe it or not, having solid-colored, muted walls doesn’t mean you have to incorporate heavily decorated bedding. In fact, keeping your comforter singularly toned as well and playing with fabrics, textures, and varying patterns or colors on your throw pillows can draw eyes toward the top of the bed, lengthening the amount of space your sleeping area appears to have.

If you’re into rustic, vintage vibes, you may want to leave certain features in their older, more aged state. For example, paint your heart out on your walls and drawers, but let the drawer pulls and handles contrast with these new features by maintaining their old-school vibe.

Have you ever tried or considered redesigning an older trailer? If you had the time and resources, how would you like to “flip” your RV? Comment and let us know, and submit photos to for the chance to get featured!
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