Jun 22, 2018

Music Festivals Ideal For RVers

If seeing all of your favorite bands at once while camping and enjoying the great outdoors sounds amazing to you, attending a music festival might be in your future. Music festivals are all the rage right now - and it’s easy to see why. There’s truly a festival for everyone - whether you’re into bluegrass, heavy metal, indie rock - you name it, they’ve got it. While these festivals are all awesome, some unfortunately don’t include RV parking. Lucky for you - we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 upcoming festivals that are RV-friendly across the United States.

Upcoming Festivals

Electric Forest (June 21-24 and June 28- July 1) - Electric Forest is a two-weekend music festival with a focus on electronic and jam band genres. The festival is held in Rothbury, Michigan where tens of thousands of people gather to dance, camp, and enjoy the music. The festival also offers art workshops, a hammock filled forest, a waterpark, yoga, and more. Electric Forest also offers on-site RV parking to attendees. This year’s lineup includes: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz Live Band, and more. Check out all that the forest has to offer here.

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FloydFest (July 25-29) - FloydFest is family-friendly folk music and arts festival held in Floyd, VA. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on-site RV parking, making it a great road trip destination. The festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, yoga lessons, children's activities, and so much more. Some of this year’s headliners include: Foster the People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Gov’t Mule. Learn More.

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Summer Meltdown (August 2-5) - Summer Meltdown is held in Darrington Bluegrass Park, about 1.5 hours Northeast of Seattle, WA. This RV-friendly festival is the largest locally-produced independent camping and music festival in the Pacific Northwest. The festival includes a kids-zone, a beer garden, and of course - tons of amazing musical performances. Some of this year’s lineup includes: Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Check it Out.

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WE Fest (August 2-4) - WE Fest is the world’s largest country music and camping festival held in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. This festival is home to some of the biggest stars in country music and features more than 20 artists each year. Festival goers can expect on-site parking for RVs and campers, amazing performances, nearby beaches and tons more. Do note that WE Fest does not recommend children attend. This year's headliners include: Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Justin, Moore, Chris Young, and other artists you’re sure to know. Read More.

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Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (September 14-16) - The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is you guessed it, a blues fest, located in the historic mining town of Telluride, CO. You’ll be surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains while enjoying musical performances, more than 50 craft breweries from across the country, comedy shows, kids activities, and more. Do note that RV parking for Telluride is limited to rigs under 30′ long. This year’s lineup includes bands like: Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Gov't Mule. Learn More.

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Other Festivals to Look Into 

If you’ve ever attended a music festival, you know you need to get your tickets early to avoid higher rates and sell outs. Check a few additional RV-friendly festivals that have already happened, but you can plan on attending next year.

Firefly (Dover, DE)
Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)
Summer Camp (Chicago, IL)
Mountain Jam (Hunter Mountain, NY)

If you’re into RVing and music, the music festival scene is no doubt a perfect fit for you. Let us know if you’ve attended or plan on attending any of these RV-friendly music festivals this year. Which ones are your favorite? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
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Tech Tip: 4 Keys to Saving Fuel on Summer Trips

Rising fuel prices may leave you wondering if you should still hit the road this summer. FMCA and the “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer have compiled four steps for all RV owners – gas or diesel, motorized or towable – to combat higher fuel prices.

#1 – Slow Down
It’s a matter of science: increased speed uses more energy and, therefore, more fuel to overcome increasing air resistance. The relationship is approximately a 3:1 ratio. What this translates to is that for every 5 miles you drive over 60 MPH, fuel economy drops roughly 8% for the average passenger vehicle. This drop is even greater for a motorhome or vehicle pulling a large travel trailer or fifth wheel.

It is believed by many that 55 MPH is the appropriate speed to maximize fuel efficiency. This, of course, depends on your specific vehicle, but slowing down is one sure way to improve fuel economy. RVers are encouraged to slow down anyway, if just to enjoy the scenery!

#2 – Drive Shorter Distances
Another way to get the most out of each fuel fill-up is to drive shorter distances and spend more time at a single location. Why not experience the lifestyle closer to home rather than heading out of state? Search for a nearby campground and make it your “go to.” In fact, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), reports that 21% of RVers will reserve a seasonal site at a campground this summer and visit it on weekends.

#3 – Inflate Tires Accurately
A lesser known means of saving fuel, as well as maintenance costs, is to be sure all RV tires are inflated to the correct air pressure. This is only achievable by knowing exactly how much weight each tire position is supporting. Tire manufacturers publish recommended maximum inflation charts for every tire size.

It is important to note that the pressure indicated on the tire’s sidewall is the maximum inflation pressure for that tire and NOT the recommended pressure. Furthermore, the RV maker or your RV dealer will not publish a suggested pressure either. Simply put, manufacturers cannot predict how much gear you will load into your RV; each RV’s weight is unique.

It is highly recommended to have your RV properly weighed using individual scales by an accredited RV entity such as the RV Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF). RVSEF provides this weighing service at most FMCA RV Expos.

Watch this video to learn more about proper RV tire pressure.

#4 – Minimize Idling
Idling results in wasted fuel. When idling, the fuel consumed results in 0 MPH. Plus it’s not beneficial to the environment. Turn off the engine when stopped or parked for any lengthy period of time.

RVing = Still Saving You Money While rising fuel prices are a hot topic, RVing continues to be one of the most cost-effective and enjoyable forms of travel for many. According to survey results collected by the RVIA, RV travel saves a family of four 27% to 62% compared to the cost of other types of travel.

So don’t let high fuel prices minimize your excitement about summer RV trips. Remember, RVing is more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. Enjoy the ride!

FMCA RV Club brings you this monthly tech tip to Enhance Your RV Lifestyle. FMCA delivers RV know-how to its members. Learn more at FMCA.com.
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In Case You Missed It: June RV News

We’ve got you covered with the latest RV news that you need to stay in the know. Check out our top headlines from the month of June including new models, accessories, contests, and more!

inTech RV Introducing Luna-Lite Teardrop Trailer - inTech recently announced the release of their Luna Lite, a teardrop trailer similar to their popular Luna trailer. The new Luna Lite is manufactured with the same all-aluminum as the Luna, and with a base weight of 1,451 pounds, can be towed by almost any vehicle. The company stated they introduced Luna Lite as a lighter-weight, less expensive trailer in order to help dealers compete against other teardrop trailers in the industry. The trailer is in inTech RV dealerships currently, and they will begin shipping mid-June. We love the option of teardrop trailers and we are excited to see another one hit the marketplace. While we wait, check out some of the Luna trailers on the market hereRead More.

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Dolphin Motor Coach Partnering With ‘Ozotech’ - Dolphin Motor Coach just announced a new partnership with Ozotech, a a manufacturer of activated oxygen/ozone generating equipment and No Dirty Water (NDW) ozone-based water filtration and purification systems. The NDW system provides for purification to water in recreational vehicle holding tanks, weighing in at less than 10 pounds. The NDW water purification system is now available on all of Dolphin’s Class B motorhomes. Their mission is to bring safer, cleaner, odorless water to campers - and we’re all for it! Read More.

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National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Launches State Park Photo Contest - NASPD is on a mission to promote our nation’s state parks by launching America’s State Parks 2018 Photo Contest. The contest is open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 and encourages participants to share experiences captured at the nation’s state parks over the past year. This is the second year the organization is holding the contest after receiving more than 8,000 qualified photo submissions and 105,000 website engagements in 2017. Amateur photographers are to submit photos taken at a state park within the following categories: camping, wildlife, activities, friends and family, and scenic, and seasons. So, get those cameras out from now to July 31 and you’ll have the chance to win a prize package valued at $2,000. Read More.

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Winnebago and Motiv Partner on ‘eBloodmobile’- Winnebago Industries Inc. and Motiv Power Systems are working together to produce a variety of all-electric mobile medical, dental, and bookmobile units. In a recent statement, the two companies announced they are currently working on a demonstration of the “eBloodmobile” using Winnebago’s SuperStructure interlocking design. Traditional mobile medical units spend an average of 8 gallons of diesel a day idling to provide services to the community. The two companies are aiming to provide clean, silent, and vibration free energy to power these units (including equipment on board), which are expected to have four patient beds, two interview rooms, a small waiting area, and a small recovery area. These all-electric units are truly revolutionary and we are excited to see all of the good that they will do in various communities. Read More.

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Torklift Trailer Hitch Designed For Tesla Model 3 - Torklift just released the first trailer hitch for the Tesla Model 3, which includes a removable receiver. As Tesla is one the most innovative electric vehicle manufacturers, Torklift jumped at the opportunity to come out with the Torklift EcoHitch trailer hitch for the first vehicle Tesla released. The EcoHitch is completely hidden when not in use and the company also has hitches available for the Tesla Roadster and the Tesla Model S. Read More.

Which story piqued your interest this month? Let us know in the comments below and keep an eye out for next month’s top RV headlines!

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FMCA Wants You In Wyoming

Come mid-July, the deer and antelope that call Wyoming home will share the range with thousands of RVs thundering toward Gillette for FMCA’s 98th International Convention and RV Expo, set for July 18 through 21. This will be FMCA’s second roundup at the fantastic CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities; the association celebrated its 50-year anniversary at the venue in 2013. 

“CAM-PLEX is truly a ‘made-for-FMCA’ facility,” said Doug Uhlenbrock, Director of Events. “It has everything we need to put on a successful convention: plenty of RV parking sites; terrific buildings for seminars, exhibits, and entertainment; an incredible grounds staff; and a welcoming town that bends over backwards to make sure everyone feels at home.”

The “Wanted In Wyoming” convention has all the makings of a bang-up time for cowpokes who circle their wagons in this northeastern Cowboy State settlement. On Tuesday, July 17, even before the jamboree kicks off, attendees will get to try their luck at card bingo in the Wyoming Center and aspiring superstars can show off their vocal skills during karaoke at the FMCA Town Center.

The show officially begins on Wednesday, July 18, with morning seminars, followed by the opening of the indoor exhibits and RV displays at 1:00 p.m.

Starting Thursday, July 19, and continuing through Saturday, July 21, early risers can grab a cup of joe and a doughnut (or two) at the FMCA Town Center while enjoying some fancy music provided by FMCA’s band of vagabond musicians, the Frustrated Maestros. It’s also a great time to meet new people and get the day started with a smile as big as the Wyoming sky.

Once coffee hour wraps up, a good number of attendees will hit the seminar circuit to learn more about the RVing lifestyle, the mechanics of their RVs, fun things to do when traveling, and much more. With 100-plus sessions scheduled, plenty of educational opportunities will be available, covering just about any RVing interest.

While some folks hit the learning trail, others will saunter over to the RV displays to inspect hundreds of shiny new wagons outfitted with the latest features. Take a tour, look under the hood, or test drive one of the demo coaches on site. Could be you’re looking at your next RV.

Still other attendees will sidle over to Central Pavilion to visit with the good folks manning booths at this modern-day trading post. If there’s something you need for your RV or to satisfy your wandering lifestyle, chances are you’ll find it inside the exhibit hall.

Around high noon each day, folks can grab some vittles and a sarsaparilla, kick back, and enjoy a variety of entertainment at the FMCA Town Center. The break also gives attendees time to head back to the RV to walk the dog, drop off their purchases, or hobnob with the RVers hitched next door.

When the sun begins to sink into the western sky, the stars will come out inside Wyoming Center as four great acts take the main stage. On Wednesday night, Thomas Michael Riley will perform his unique brand of Texas country music. On Thursday, you won’t believe your eyes (and ears) as New Odyssey (three men, 30 instruments) makes more music than a trio should be allowed. Friday, step back in time as Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, known as Nelson in the biz, perform a tribute to their dad with “Ricky Nelson Remembered.” On Saturday, keep your dancing shoes handy as The Flashback Boyz rock the hall with favorites from the 1950s, ’60s, and more.

Other activities that will catch the fancy of attendees are the Ladies’ Luncheon on Thursday; the Ice Cream Social on Friday; and the Super-Size Book Club on Saturday with Craig Johnson, best-selling author of the popular Walt Longmire mystery series. There’s also sure to be some surprises along the way just to keep folks on their toes.

If you’re looking for an ace-high RVing experience this summer, Gillette, Wyoming, is the place. There’s still time to sign up, but you better get your wiggle on. To register for the “Wanted In Wyoming” convention, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622. If you can’t make the full event and want to stop by for a day, $10 day passes will be available at the gate.

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