Learn How To Find Farmers Markets As You Travel - page 23
Poem written about FCRV - page 14
RV Safety Recalls - page 25
FCRV Corporate Sponsor & Exclusive Insurance Provider
American National Property & Casualty Co.
Camping Today 3 October 2011
Canadian Thanksgiving 5
What do you know about Canadian Thanksgiving? Learn more about it here.
RVer’s Guide to Spooky Halloween Fun 24
Find out what to do for Halloween if you are on the road
Tips on Buying An RV 27
Find out what you should do before buying an RV
Ways to Use A Toy Hauler When RVing 31
From the President 4 Commercial 18
Letters to the Editor 6 Retiree Rally 19
Legislation (Canada) 15 Farewells 32
DASAT 16 Upcoming Events 33
Campvention 17 Kids’ Page 35
President: Jack Smye Recording Officer: Sandy Kendall
1st Vice President: Bob Price Corresponding Secretary: Sue Carlsen
2nd Vice President: Dave Ludwig Past President: Eldon Sellers
Comptroller: Jan Cushing National Director: Shari Weber
Camping Today 4 October 2011
I watched the moving me- Barb Turner, Region 6, South East
morial for the 10th Anniver- Ivalee Vanderhoff, Region 2, South Central West
sary of 9/11 taking place at Jim Stobbart, Region 7, Eastern Canada, and Re-
ground zero. My first reac- gion 8 Northwest
tion, besides being moved, Dave Hennie, Region 4, Great Lakes
was that I should write Bill Eckman, Region 1, Far West
something about that in this If you know of somebody you think may be
article. The more I watched interested in running (or perhaps should run)
and the more I read (tributes, please pass the name onto any of the committee.
reflections in the local and You do not need to personally make any contact
national newspapers) the more I came to the con- with the person(s) you reference nor will you
clusion that anything I could write or reflect upon have any part in the final selection process –
about this horrendous attack and it’s commemo- that’s the committee’s task. In order to have our
ration would be woefully inadequate. Rather than members have a better understanding of the work
having a minute of silence, I’m giving you some effort involved in the various positions and what
blank space where you can write your own a position actually entails (a job description), we
thoughts and reactions. Suffice to say, “I don’t have included on the web under http://
think we have any adult members, on either side www.fcrv.org/membership/election/
of the border, that were not shocked and in some trusteeinfo.php this information. If you’re curi-
way affected by this act of terrorism. God Bless ous for yourself or somebody you may be recom-
North America.” mending, please refer to this site for the informa-
tion. The nominating committee must report to
Now to Family Campers and RVers news and me with their selections by mid November (in
events. order to allow each candidate time to prepare his/
her own election platform and bio for publication
Our National election is coming next March. in Camping Today).
Two important activities are taking place at the Secondly, the Trustees are exploring the feasi-
current time. You can play an important role in bility of conducting at least part of the election
each activity. balloting process electronically. The firm we
Firstly, I have formed a nominating commit- have used for our postal balloting the last two
tee from across all our regions to search for can- elections states that it is practical to do so. As
didates (two per office) to stand for election next Trustees, we have not yet made any final deci-
year. The committee members are shown below. sion nor do we have the exact process deter-
If you wish to contact or speak with any (or all) mined. We do know that electronic balloting
of these members please contact HQ at could save our organization a few thousand dol-
FCRVNAT@verizon.net and a staff member lars in postal and printing costs. We can also in-
will provide the appropriate contact information. sure our members that postal balloting will be
Eldon Sellers, Chairman of the committee, Re- available for members who either cannot partici-
gion 2, North Central West pate in electronic balloting or prefer not to do so.
Lloyd Humphrey, Region 5, North East Else where included in this issue is an ad encour-
Camping Today 5 October 2011
aging our members to supply their e-mail address trations and the Rally fees. Then consolidating
to our Family Campers and RVers HQ so we their member participants and transmitting them
may start establishing a more complete listing. to the organizers.
We currently have a few hundred e-mail ad- The rally fees are given in Canadian Dol-
dresses but to make the process practical we need lars. $ 110.00 for each adult participant; 50.00
a few thousand – we still have 5000 member for each child (max. age not stated as yet);
families in the organization. If you are willing, $30.00 for electricity provided each unit (tent,
we need the following information sent to the RV). $55.00 for each adult with accommoda-
office. Your name, your membership number, tions off-site, 25.00 for a child accommodated
and your current e-mail address. This informa- off-site. They have not committed to water hook-
tion may be sent to HQ at ups, and sewer hook-up will no doubt be central
FCRVNAT@verizon.net dump stations. There are hotel and motel accom-
I can assure you that your address is for our modations in the town. RV rentals are listed in
FCRV use only and will not be sold to any other the brochure”
organization nor your right to privacy abused or We will be setting up some form of official
violated. Your co-operation is requested. registration process via Family Campers and
Next July (the week after 2012 Campvention) RVers-more to come-. Please visit the web site
the large International Rally of FICC (Federation and if you or your family think you may be inter-
of International Camping Caravans) will be held ested in attending this international rally let me
in Montmagny Quebec. –about ½ drive northeast know. For the time being, until we get a few
of Quebec City, PQ. This event is held every 10 things set up I can at least determine what the
years in North America and usually once per year interest level is of our members and then proceed
(perhaps twice) in countries around the world. At to establish a registration process.
this rally, one can expect to see campers literally
from around the world (it’s almost like a world Finally may I wish our Canadian members a
jamboree-if one were to think in Scouting terms). Happy Thanksgiving.
In 2002 the event was held in St Jean sur Riche-
lieu (southeast of Montreal, PQ) and we had Until next time,
about 30-40 families from our organization at- Jack
tend. We put on a very moving display of North
American friendship and diversity in a power
point presentation and our President, Larry Roop,
brought greetings to the world on July 4th to an
audience of about 4000 campers. Family Camp-
ers and RVers are Associate members of FICC
and as such are the “official representatives” to
process registrations for this event. Our own liai- The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are
son representative, John Daggett, of Texas has more closely connected to the traditions of
included the following information “The official Europe than of the United States. Long before
FQCC and FICC website for the Rally is Europeans settled in North America, festivals of
www.ficc2012.ca. The 16-page rally brochure in thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in
French, English and German is displayed PDF Europe in the month of October. The very first
file at www.ficc2012.ca/brochure. A registra- Thanksgiving celebration in North America took
tion form will be available in November. The place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an ex-
FICC system for registration is the FICC member plorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in
organization is responsible for collecting regis- 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arri-
Camping Today 6 October 2011
val to the New World. That means the first
Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years
before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massa-
For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was I was privileged to attend Campvention at
celebrated in either late October or early Novem- Ladson, South Carolina. What a great time we
ber, before it was declared a national holiday in had. Thank you to those that dedicated so much
1879. It was then, that November 6th was set of themselves to make it a memorable time for
aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But all that attended.
then on January 31, 1957, Canadian Parliament I was happy to see so many children attending
announced that on the second Monday in Octo- the festivities. It was refreshing to see young-
ber, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general sters with their parents or grandparents and en-
thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful joying themselves as only children can. Their
harvest with which Canada has been blessed." happy-go-lucky attitude brought many smiles to
Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday my face and my heart. Families enjoying life and
in October because after the World Wars, Re- the children interacting with the adults is what
membrance Day (November 11th) and Thanks- “Family Campers” was founded on.
giving kept falling in the same week. We hope to have our grandson with us at
Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving Blyth, Ontario, for Campvention 2012 and hope
arriving earlier than its American counterpart is he feels as welcome as I hope the children this
that Canada is geographically further north than year felt.
the United States, causing the Canadian harvest We are constantly asked how to bring young
season to arrive earlier than the American harvest people, with families, into our organization. The
season. And since Thanksgiving for Canadians is first step is to welcome the families and love the
more about giving thanks for the harvest season children for what they are, a true gift from God,
than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to and the future to our organization.
celebrate the holiday in October. So what are the
differences between Canadian and American Sandy Kendall
Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Nebraska
Both Canadians and Americans celebrate
Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings,
pumpkin pie and a whole lot of turkey!
Growing up in FCRV, I was encouraged by
my parents to collect pop tabs. It was something
that was always hard for me to remember to do
and also something that I never really understood
the benefit of doing. I remember going to na-
tional campvention and seeing trash bags of pop
tabs being delivered to the drop off site. I was
told they were for the Ronald Mc Donald House.
I never in a million years imagined I would
Camping Today 7 October 2011
see the fruits of my ‘pop tab pulling off’ labor
first hand. On September 6, 2011, my daughter,
Lydia had surgery on her skull
for a condition called left cor-
onal craniosynostosis. This
basically means that one of
the spaces in her skull that al-
low for brain growth and sight By DeWayne Johnston
development had closed early.
She had to have a 5 ½ hour 59 families attended the 2011 Northeast
surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in Indian- FCRV Regional Campout, August 12 – 13 at the
apolis, Indiana to correct it. When something Fryeburg, Maine Fairgrounds. It was hosted by
like this happens, the last thing you think about is the Pine Tree Campers and Maine state directors,
where you are going to sleep each night or where Ron and Ethel Phinney. Thursday was an early
your next meal is going to come from. You are day for visiting and Friday offered card bingo
solely focused on your child which is what I was and an evening talent show. Performing were
doing. Boy was I relieved when I was told by Anne Robishaw, ME and Dixie the therapy dog,
her nurses that I could stay in the Ronald Mc Don Lanoue, CT doing sign language to songs,
Donald house overnight. And to make things Chuck Wehner, MA,
even better, it was 2 floors down from where my doing stories in rhyme,
daughter was in the Intensive Care Unit. I stayed Larry Blouin, ME
there the night of her surgery and it was such a singing, and Jerry and
relief to get a hot shower and a comfortable bed Dot Zimmerman, CT
to sleep in to face the next day of recovery for leading a hilarious
Lydia. In addition, we could go down there for knee painting contest.
any of our meals and eat due to volunteers bring- Massachusetts hospi- Wives decorated their hus-
ing in hot meals. tality and a bonfire fol-
So, to my fellow FCRVers thank you for eve- lowed the program.
rything you do for the Ronald Mc Donald House. Saturday began with an opening ceremony
It has truly made me proud to have grown up in and parade of state flags followed by Maine hos-
an organization that supports such a great cause pitality. Chapter sales, kids games, sewer hole
and they have truly made a difference in the lives (washer toss), and
of parents like myself who have to face the un- snake (ladder
thinkable, a child who has to have major surgery. golf). Connecticut
hosted a hot dog
Sincerely, lunch and a silent
Sarah Risius Harris auction preceded
(FCRV Iowa Teen Queen 2000, National 3rd run- the Northeast Re-
ner up, 2000) gional general
Avon, IN Kids enjoy hospitality, too! meeting. North-
east regional Di-
rector, Lloyd Humphrey presided and compli-
mented the region on its participation and accom-
plishments at the FCRV Campvention in Ladson,
SC. He presented certificates of membership to
Mark and Anne Brayman, CT , 20 years and Joe
Camping Today 8 October 2011
and Peggy Lins, MD, 45 years. The membership Maine on Monday morning brought the campout
voted to leave the dates for future campouts to to an end. Next year’s Northeast Regional will be
the host state, acknowledging that more families in New Jersey at Buena Vista Campground in
with kids can attend in August. He noted that August. Dates will be announced later.
the Delawanderers chapter had 100% attendance
at the campout with all 5 members present. He
also welcomed 3 families from Nova Scotia and
3 from New Brunswick. Connecticut had 20
families and the most youth and teens. A well By Jill Serbousek
attended pot luck supper was held and several
door prizes were awarded. It was a lovely eve- The Alf Chapter was pleased to present the
ning under a full moon for outdoor entertainment awards that we received at 2011 National
by Gloria Jean from West Brook, who along with Campvention at our Labor Day Weekend camp-
her brother, Bobby sang a variety of songs. Con- out at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Coral-
necticut hospitality and a bon fire capped off the ville, IA. All Alf families were present except
evening. the Ehrhards and Croxtons. We also had A LOT
Two sisters, Sarah and Stacyann Grabek of of visiting family members who came from as far
Colchester, CT were Cadet members last year as Council Bluffs, Iowa and Hastings, Minne-
and joined FCRV and attended. Several families sota!
brought kayaks and enjoyed the Saco River. In- The following awards were received by the chap-
stead of the usual ter or members of the Alf chapter:
food bank, dona- • Conservation Essay – Beth O’Neal – 1
tions and pet food place in her age bracket - $50 and a blue
were collected for ribbon
the Harvest Hills
Alf President, Jill
shelter. Serbousek presented
Sunday morn- Beth O’Neal with her
First Place ribbon for
This is suppose to make you
ing several at- her Conservation
beautiful? tended local
also visited the weekly public flea market held at • State DASAT Director of the Year – Jill
the fairgrounds. Bean bag baseball began at 10 Serbousek for her ideas & help in restruc-
a.m. and an afternoon seminar on skin care was turing the DAT program
presented. An afternoon hike was organized to • Chapter Conservation Director – Jill Ser-
Jockey Cap Hill and a horseshoe tournament was bousek
held. Game winners were announced prior to the • Chapter History Scrapbook – 1st Place
evening entertainment. They included Gene
Jennings – sewer hole, Mark Brayman and Don
Lanoue – 1st horseshoes, Bob Lamontagne and
Todd Yarrison 2nd, Blue Team – bean bag base-
ball, teens vs adult volleyball – adults. The
popular Jose Duddy from Biddeford had the au-
dience dancin’ and romancin’ with his smooth The Alf History Committee (Scrapbooking
Team) accepted the award for First Place Chapter
vocal blend of classic country and pop music. History Scrapbook. The team consisted of
New York hospitality completed the evening. Phyllis Dunn, Jill Serbousek, Nancy Scott, Beth
A farewell pancake breakfast hosted by O’Neal, Micki Luensmann, Susie Thurmond,
Rhonda O’Neal and Barb Strom.
Camping Today 9 October 2011
• Chapter Newsletter – 1st Place New York State, and International activi-
ties. President, Barbara Hoffman, recently re-
ceived her 15 year certificate of member-
ship. Vice Presidents, Bruce and Pat Thomas
were given a 20 year certificate. Bill and Nancy
Alf President, Jill Serbousek presented Micki Allport, were honored with a 45 year certifi-
Luensmann with the First Place Chapter News- cate!!. Leonard and Helen Bilicki have been
letter Plaque. Micki is the Editor In Chief of
the Alf Newsletter, Melmac Musings. NCHA/FCRV members for 48 years. Our Secre-
tary/Treasurers, Charlie and Barbara White are
• Conservation Litter Survey Award – 16 year members. Field Directors, Don and Jean
Busch Stadium Cardinals Green Team Sipple, have achieved 22 years with our group.
project The Apple Pushers enjoy meeting new people
and invite you to camp with us.
Our September camp out will be at Wood-
stream Camping Resort, where we have camped
most of the years since the club's begin-
nings. We will have games, pot luck, and camp-
Alf Members who participated in the Cardi- fire. We have decided our "big" celebration will
nals Green Team (Litter Survey Award). be dinner out later in September.
Back Row: Pete Luensmann and John Scott We're proud to be part of a great organization.
Middle Row: Jill Serbousek, Rhonda
O’Neal, Greg Thurmond, Barb Strom, John
Strom and Rich Thurmond
We have enjoyed participation in all of the great
programs that FCRV has and look forward to fu-
By Melanie Keddy
Photos by Barb Dore
It’s a little something I like to call a
“Christmas Miracle” in July; after an extremely
rainy and cold Spring, we actually had a sunny
and hot 4 day Canada Day Campout at the Sea-
By Pat Thomas breeze Campout over the holiday weekend.
50 trailers converged on the private Seabreeze
In S ep t emb er, Park in Pinehurst, Nova Scotia for their annual
2011, the Medina, July 1st campout. A little over 100 people en-
NY, Apple Pushers joyed the festivities of the 4 day event. Starting
turns 50. This on Thursday, June 30th, as campers arrived and
group, although registered the fun began. First on the program
much small er, was a ‘surprise’ initiation for first time campers
holds monthl y to our Campout. Each new camper was given a
camp outs or meet- “Seabreeze Survival Kit” and a map to help them
ings. Members participate in Western District, go down the neighboring LaHave River in one
Camping Today 10 October 2011
flat rubber dinghy! went to Dorothy Kerr with a score of 553. Men’s
Each participant was High went to Lewis Kerr with a score of 583 and
told to report to the Mens Low to Richard Chute with 503. Five ta-
president’s trailer 1 bles of 45’s were played with Ladies high going
hour before sunrise to Doris Schofield
to blow up the din- with a score of 560
ghy and decide who while Ladies Low
First Timers Initiation
would ride in the craft went to Ellie Cro-
and who would hang on well with 350.
the side. Surprisingly, no one showed up the next Men’s high score
morning! Following the initiation a feast of was won by Joey Hub Campers preparing hospi-
campfire pies were enjoyed around the campfire Collier with a score tality of Ice cream Floats for
and an 80th Birthday cake was presented to Sea- of 660 while Men’s everyone
breeze Camper Robert Haughn in celebration of low went to Henry
his birthday on Canada Day. Schofield with a 400. Following cards a round of
On Friday, July 1st, the morning started with a Snowshoes was played at the park with 16 play-
Bean Bag Tournament. 32 Players registered. ers competing. Winning the gold was the team of
Winners were the team of Ernie Robichaud and Kevin Keddy, Ralph MacDonald, Julia Cross,
Lyman Huskins while second place finishers and Russell Jennings. Silver went to the team of
were Lewis Kerr and Sylvia Hamilton. Following Robert Haughn, Melanie Keddy, Tricia Chute,
lunch 48 players enjoyed a round of Washer and Campbell Gunn. This is a really fun competi-
Toss. Winners of the gold were Gary Creelman tion to watch! Supper was supplied by Seabreeze
and Stephen Bond while the silver went to campers and consisted of Barbequed hamburgers,
Lindsey Power and Phil Hopkins. In the evening hotdogs, and fresh strawberry shortcake for des-
a campfire and snacks were enjoyed followed by sert.
a small fireworks display in celebration of Can- Veggie trays provided by High Tide Drifters
ada Day. A jam session by club musicians was were also enjoyed. Around the evening campfire
enjoyed throughout the evening. S’mores were made and
On Saturday, July 2nd, the day started with a provided by Seabreeze
round of Horseshoes. Twenty players partici- Campers. A sticky mess
pated. Winners were Henry Porter and Ralph was enjoyed by all. An-
MacDonald while second place went to Melanie other wonderful jam
Keddy and Russell session by musicians
Jennings. Next was a Jam Session was enjoyed during the
rousing game of Goofy evening festivities.
Golf with 48 players Sunday, July 3 was the last day of our camp-
registering. First place out and started with a Pancake and sausage
went to Gary Creelman breakfast provided by Seabreeze. This was fol-
and Ralph MacDonald lowed by a church service led by Melanie Keddy.
while our second place The church offering was $261.10 which will be
team was Herb Wilson and donated to Christmas Daddies. Following the ser-
Robert Haughn. Following lunch a hospitality of vice gate prizes and game awards were presented
ice cream floats was provided by Hub Campers. by club president Lucille Trites. Everyone was
Then 36 players enjoyed card games in the club thanked and wished a safe trip home.
house. Ladies High in Crib went to Doreen
MacLeod with a score of 605 while Ladies Low
Camping Today 11 October 2011
It was a busy weekend and a great time was
had by all.
By Giles & Barb Dore
Photos by Barb Dore
By Edwin Griffin
of Truro Nova The Kentucky Colonels Chapter of NCHA/
Scotia held their FCRV will host the 49th annual Thanksgiving
Special Campout Campout at the Lake Cumberland State Resort
weekend in Park, Jamestown, Kentucky, during the week of
Lanesville on Thanksgiving, 2011, Sunday the 20th through
June 10-12. This campout is held annually invit- Saturday the 26th. The Chapter has met during
ing all FCRV members from Nova Scotia and Thanksgiving week for 48 years. For many
New Brunswick to a weekend of fun and friend- camping families in the Snow Belt, the Thanks-
ship. giving Campout is the last campout of the sea-
This year we had 39 units participating. It all son. We will enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner pitch-
started with a dart meet and greet on Friday in together with turkey and ham and all the trim-
night, followed by mings - veggies, dressing, and desserts.
an evening pot luck It is a great place for Snowbirds enroute to
lunch. Saturday warmer climates to stopover and invite family to
morning, started come for Thanksgiving. Your family may enjoy
with a horseshoes celebrating in a resort atmosphere either in an
tournament, fol- RV, the Lure Lodge, the Pumpkin Creek Lodge,
lowed by sloppy joes served for dinner by the or a cottage. Additional information can be found
Hub Campers. In the afternoon, under a sunny at: www.parks.ky.gov. Some of the staffed ac-
sky, competition heated up with a game of tivities may not be available since this Resort
washer toss. Supper was pot luck with 79 people Park is kept open expressly for this campout.
in attendance, as usual it was a great success. In This writer is convinced that this chapter and
the evening card game this campout are two of the best-kept secrets in
were played (cribbage, the NCHA/FCRV family. For many families, go-
auction 45, pegs and jok- ing home for Thanksgiving means “home” is
ers, dominoes) and was Lake Cumberland and the Thanksgiving Camp-
enjoyed by all. Again an out.
evening lunch was served The Kentucky Colonels Chapter is a unique
at 10 PM. Sunday morning started with a French chapter within NCHA/FCRV. It is the only Inter-
toast and sausage breakfast cooked by the men national chartered chapter for families. It is a
with the assistance of the women who prepared chapter within which a family can build tradi-
the French toast dip, followed by church service. tions and relationships between generations and
At noon, Hub Campers provided hot dogs and ice with other families. Activities and games are
cream before campers started to make their way planned for all families and ages to enjoy.
home after a very enjoyable weekend. This campout is open to all current and
Camping Today 12 October 2011
“wannabe” NCHA/FCRV members. Please do distance at Estes Park, CO and Rocky Mt. Na-
not let the name, Kentucky Colonels, scare you tional Park, but this was one of those extreme
off from this great campout. You do not have to ‘Ahhhaaa’ fulfilling moments.
be a Kentucky Colonel to attend and enjoy your- Our black lab, Izzy caught the creature’s scent
self. The Kentucky Colonels Chapter simply as soon as we got out of our truck. I was thinking
hosts the campout. A huge campfire is lit on Sun- she was going after a chipmunk or something,
day morning and is maintained 24 hours a day when all of a sudden
until Friday evening when it is allowed to die my husband, Lonnie
out. The Park supplies all the logs for the fire. stops and calls the dog
This year the Chapter is wrapping up plans to back. Sure enough,
celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2012. Come there right in front of us
and be part of the planning and the celebration. in the lake was a female
You will not be disappointed. moose looking our way! Male Moose - they
Feel free to contact President Wayne Felter, racks
My mind registered cow, regrow year every
Wayne.Felter@comcast.net, for more informa- then I realized why
tion. Reservations are not necessary; just show Lonnie grabbed hold of the dog. He was making
up. In fact, if you try to make reservations you sure she wouldn’t run after the moose or worse
will be told that the park is closed for the season; yet, the moose wouldn’t charge.
so just show up. You may also contact Ed Grif- I was shaking trying to capture the pictures I
fin, the author of this article at have always wanted. The moose was pretty big,
firstname.lastname@example.org actually huge and I was scared. Lonnie ended up
snapping the shots and needless to say I am
See you in Kentucky!
Edwin Griffin proud of him. We put our dog in the truck and
hiked back to watch true wildlife in nature. I
wondered where Lonnie disappeared to. He later
told me he was taking pictures behind a picnic
table just in case the moose came after him. From
a distance, I just stood still watching this gor-
geous, winter fur covered creature wading and
eating in the lake. Behind me I heard the crack-
By Mary Ann Glover ling of wood so I looked over my shoulder and
Colorado Springs, CO thought BEAR! It was just my imagination I
said out loud, still feeling there was something
Someone once said, “If you’re lucky enough to looking at me. I turned around fully to find a
live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.” For huge male moose looking at me while I was
as long as my husband and I have been avid
campers, I’ve always wanted to see a moose and looking at the female in the lake. I almost
especially photograph one. This past spring we laughed out loud then backed away slowly. Just
had the best time camping and hiking in Lake then my husband came out of the brush so I
City, Colorado and guess what. We were pleas- pointed over to moose #2 since he had the cam-
antly surprised by actually getting to photograph era. The moose just mosied toward the lake so
these incredible, majestic creatures here in Colo- Lonnie followed and got some even more spec-
rado. Now we’ve seen ‘city moose’ in Anchor-
age, Alaska years ago and another pair in the far
Camping Today 13 October 2011
received a part of his giving.
What dedication one person has done for many
who may not have made it without his donations.
As Christ gave His blood to save all of us, Gary
has given what he could to help as many as he
can and is still giving.
Are you looking for a smart and fun game? Look
Kathy Woods (C) of the Phoenix Wildlife Center in
Maryland accepts an FCRV Wildlife Grant check
from Peggy and Joe Lins, MD State Directors. Blue Orange Games introduces Sumoku, the
unique crossword-style game with numbers. Per-
fect for sharpening mental math and problem-
solving skills, Sumoku is proof that learning is
Players will roll the
numbered die and
By Bettie Pfeiffer arrange the num-
bered tiles in rows or
Gary L. Pfeiffer, Life- columns that add up to mul-
time member of tiples of the number shown on the die.
F.C.R.V. and Chapter Things can get a little more challenging as a row
member of Skeeter or column may not contain duplicate colors.
Ohio, has successfully Sumoku enforces addition and multiplication
donated 25 gallons of abilities as well as number and color recognition.
blood as of April 6th 2011 blood drive. After This game is a great learning tool that you will
over 30 years of donating, he has accomplished want to play again and again.
something many cannot imagine. At the question Whether you are looking for a challenging and
of a friend, he decided to begin this journey educational activity, fast action with friends, or
which has included donations in the different an addictive game that brings family together,
counties of Hardin, Hancock and Wyandot. He Sumoku has it all!
was at one time in a race with his mother, Lois
Pfeiffer, but she gracefully stopped her quest and At $15.99 and packaged in a brightly colored
Gary has been donating every time he can. This small pouch, Sumoku includes 5 great games and
is 200 pints of blood, 6 times of doubles and 188 is filled with endless challenges!
singles. To figure this as one pint helping 3 peo-
ple, these life giving donations has helped 600 Ages: 9 to Adult, 1 to 8 Players, $15.99
people over the years. Possible one of you has
Camping Today 14 October 2011
It all started as an act of kindness,
And became an organization,
Where friends become family,
While traveling around our nation.
Come Camp with all of us
And watch our chapter expand,
Miss FCRV 2011-2012 for Pennsylvania is As we leave each place better,
17 year old Sunny Dixon from Hopewell, PA. Before we used the land.
She is the step-daughter of Kerwin and Sherry
Carberry and granddaughter of Sarah Carberry, Share in all our programs,
members of the Battle Swamp Campers and Mid- Helping youth, teens and retirees,
night Misfits Chapters. Learn about conservation,
And wildlife amongst the trees.
Sunny’s talent is twirling silk flags. She also
plays flute in her school band and is a basketball We make active lifestyle choices,
cheerleader. She is a senior at Northern Bedford We tour towns and parks, too,
We visit, eat and play games,
High School where she is a library and teacher These are the things we do.
assistant and a member of STAT. Her hobbies
are reading and journalism and she plans to be- We do this to have fun,
come a librarian or teacher. She collects ele- And campout wherever we go,
We want strangers to be friends,
phants and porcelain shoes. She has an older More than you’ll ever know!
Brother, Tyler,20 and a younger sister Jenna, 7.
Sunny was crowned at Penn Camp, June 18, at —Lucy Gerber
Martinsburg, and is looking forward to represent- Editor’s note:
ing her state in Canada at the 2012 Campven- Lucy Gerber is a retired schoolteacher and published poet
who has a permanent campsite at the Lazy River Camp-
tion. ground, the site of the Great Lakes Regional. She ex-
pressed an interest in what we were doing and who we
were. She visited with Marilyn Rausch and sent this poem
Camping Today 15 October 2011
Legislation –Family Campers cence – holders of a graduated licence in the
Class G1 or Class G2 not eligible,
and RVers (Canada)
*Compliant with all other Highway Traffic Act
By Sylvia V Powers weights and dimension requirements, and No
other type of towed vehicle is eligible for this
RV Drivers Can Tow Using Their Full Ontario proposal.
Class G Licence These changes will make it easier for Ontari-
ans to travel with RV”s , support the province’s
APPLIES ONLY TO CANADIAN DRIVERS RV industry and promote tourism, while keeping
our roads the safest in North America.
Starting July 01, 2011, drivers may tow rec-
reational vehicles (R V’s) if they have a full Quick Facts:
Class G licence. This will make it easier for On- • Drivers must have a full G licence, not a
tarians to travel and save RV owners about $200 G1 or G2
in initial licence costs. • This change aligns Ontario with driver’s
Until now, Ontario drivers needed a Class A licence requirements for RV’s in 41 U.S.
licence to tow RV”s that weigh more than 4,600 states and 6 Canadian Provinces and Ter-
kg. With this change, Ontarians may tow and op- ritories
erate RV,s with a full Class G licence as long as: • This change for towed RV’S is also con-
*the tow vehicle is a pick-up truck equipped sistent with the current requirement for
with the Manufacturers original box, with a gross operation of motor homes
vehicle weight (GVWR) not exceeding 6,000 kg • The Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers
and equipped with no more than two axles and Association will provide voluntary orien-
not being used for commercial purposes, tation training to the purchasers and own-
ers of large, towed recreational vehicles
* Combined weight of pick-up truck and RV to further support road safety
does not exceed 11,000 kg total gross weight , • The number of fatalities from motor vehi-
cle collisions in Ontario was the lowest
*R V hitched to Pick-up by means of a fifth ever recorded, according to the most re-
wheel hitch assembly, cent statistics
*Only one (1) towed vehicle in combination, Source: www.ontario.ca
*Pick-up truck and RV not equipped with air- Lexiphile (i.e., "lovers of words" you know . . . .
brakes, like . . . you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna
fish . . .. or, I wondered why the baseball was get-
*RV (Towed RV) Transport Canada compliant ting bigger . . . . then it hit me). Well, here are a
and manufactured to CSA Z-240 or Recreational
Vehicle Industry Association (of America) Stan- • To write with a broken pencil is . . .
• When fish are in schools they some-
* Floor space of RV is primarily living accom- times . . . take debate.
modations, • A thief who stole a calendar . . . got
*Operated by holder of full Class G driver li- • A boiled egg is . . . hard to beat.
Camping Today 16 October 2011
children, hearing or mobility impaired indi-
viduals, those with special dietary or medical
needs, those without vehicles, and those who
may not speak English. Discuss with these
individuals how you might contact them and
what the specific needs are that you would
Marilyn Rausch, DASAT Director need help with in case of an emergency.
∗ Be a good neighbor. Be aware of neighbors
who may be elderly, infirm, or alone, who
Disasters come in many forms. On a personal may need special help in times of crisis.
level, they may present as illness, injury, finan- Part of planning ahead involves assuring that
cial or emotional crises. On a community level, there is a means of communication available.
they can manifest as weather emergencies, fires, You cannot always rely on the television or even
or more broadly as acts of terrorism. the telephone in case of a widespread disaster. It
One thing that is common in all emergencies, is wise to keep on hand, along with your emer-
however, is that communication is critical for gency supplies, battery or, preferably, hand-crank
survival. radios and cell phone chargers that can be oper-
Though we communicate in many ways every ated either with hand cranks or by your automo-
day, what comes naturally then may not be so tive battery. If you have skills and access to CB
easy when life has been disrupted. As in all dis- radios, or have hand-held two-way communica-
aster survival, preparation and planning are the tion radios with plenty of fresh batteries, you
key. could provide help to others in the community as
Think it though: who would be the first person well as yourself and your family.
that you would contact in a crisis? If you are Another area of planning involves those areas
separated from your spouse, children, parents, where family members might be at the time dis-
friends, how would you know that they were aster hits. Schools and workplaces should have
safe? If your usual means of contact are dis- established plans for emergencies, including how
rupted, how would you get the information that to contact family members during times of crisis.
you need to deal with whatever is happening? If these plans have not been communicated with
In making your personal and family disaster you , become a squeaky wheel… find out how
preparations, a first step should be to determine those situations will be handled and, if the plan is
how you will communicate should a disaster oc- not yet in place, make certain that those in charge
cur. realize how important it is. You cannot make
∗ Establish a “meeting place.” In case of fire or and execute a plan at the time of the need. Clear
local emergency, have one or two places pre- thinking depends upon preparation.
determined where, if possible, the family can Finally, be prepared to assist those assisting
gather. you. Keep on your person on in easy access that
∗ Identify an out of town contact. If there is an information that is needed to communicate with
emergency that affects the community in rescue workers and family members. Have writ-
which you live, a relative or friend living ten down names of emergency contacts (local
elsewhere may be in the best position to com- and, if necessary, remote), information about
municate with separated family members. medical conditions, medications, and allergies
That person could be one of the designated that may be critical in times of emergency.
“ICE” numbers listed on your cell phones.
Everyone in the family should have the num-
ber written down in an accessible place. Of
course, the person designated should be
aware that they are listed as emergency con-
∗ Create a network of neighbors, relatives,
friends and co-workers who would be willing
to assist with those who have special needs:
Camping Today 17 October 2011
By Lee & Celia Steel
The 52nd Campvention, hosted by region 7, Judi and Arthur Stokes, Volunteer Chair
will be in Blyth, Ontario, July 13-20, 2012. The email email@example.com
theme is “Path to Friendship”. Campvention will 366 - 5700 Blackwell Side Road, Sarnia ON
be held at the Blyth Recreation Campground, a N7W 1B7
short walk to the village. It’s a-one-of-a kind fa- home phone 519-541-9527
cility adjacent to a community centre. The cost of
the week is $275. This provides everyone with
30 amp sites, washrooms and showers, informa- HOSPITALITY
tive seminars and nightly entertainment.
Everyone enjoys hospitality – an opportunity to
PULL TAB COLLECTION greet and meet and share in some goodies.
Please consider volunteering your area/chapter
As in past years pull tabs will be collected at for this opportunity.
Campvention 2012 in Blyth, Ontario. We would Jacques & Carol Anderson, Hospitality Chair
like to encourage all members, from every club, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to continue to collect the tabs and bring them to
Blyth. The proceeds from the tabs will go to
support Ronald McDonald House. By collecting CAMPVENTION 2012: Entering Canada
the tabs from now until July 2012, we should and Re-entering USA
have a cheque for well over $2,000 for this char-
ity. Let’s get behind this worth while project. For entry into the United States via land and sea
Every little bit will help to make this project suc- borders, U.S. citizens will need to present either
cessful. a U.S. passport or passport card.
Wayne & Marilyn Rosenberger, Pull Tab Chair U.S PASSPORT CARD
If you are a U.S. citizen and only intend to travel
VOLUNTEERING by land, you may apply for a passport card. For
adults, it is valid for ten years at a cost of $55 for
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people a first-time applicant and $30 for a previous pass-
from all over and to help make Campvention a port holder. The U.S. Passport Card can be used
success and fun for everyone. Stop in at the to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico,
Volunteer table to sign up for opportunities in the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border cross-
ground transportation or security or manning a ings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient
booth. Or contact the Volunteer Chairpersons and less expensive than a passport book. The
(preferred contact by email) to name your fa- passport card cannot be used for international
voured time and/or job to book your shift ahead travel by air.
of time. Shifts are usually only 2 or 3 hours. A minor applicant (under 16 years of age) will
pay $40 and this passport card lasts five years.
Camping Today 18 October 2011
U.S PASSPORT BOOK
If you plan in your future to fly internationally, By Paul & Pat Parsley
then a U.S. passport may be your answer. It
costs $135 for a first-time adult applicant or $110 Want to make your Christmas shopping less
for an adult renewal. This passport is valid for stressful while giving gifts that have a personal
ten years. touch? The answer is just a click away. Check
A minor applicant (under 16 years of age) will out our on-line shopping opportunities at one of
pay $105 and this passport lasts five years. the 17 FCRV Commercial Member websites
ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE This is a If you’re thinking about a RV trip here or
driver’s license that can also be used as a cross- abroad, Adventure Caravans’ website offers
border travel document to enter the U.S. by land many fun-filled opportunities. Looking for
and sea. It denotes both identity and citizenship, something for that special someone? Karen Sny-
per the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. der, our Avon representative has lots to offer. If
The following states are issuing this type of you’re in the market for a fantastic fan, Fantastic
WHTI-compliant document: Michigan, New Vent’s website has all the information you need.
York, Vermont and Washington. Motorhome owners will want to visit Frame-
Rite/Plak-R’s website for beautiful plaques that
If you are travelling with minors, you must attach to the motorhome’s ladder. Or any RV
carry proper identification for each child such as owner can visit Global Satellite Solutions,
a birth certificate, passport, citizenship card, per- Pacesetter RV Products, Techno RV, The RV
manent resident card or Certificate of Indian Solution, and VIP Enterprises for supplies and
Status. items. ANPAC, our corporate sponsor, offers
If you are not the parent or guardian of the chil- American members various types of insurance
dren, you should also have written permission policies and On the Road Again offers Cana-
from the parent/guardian authorizing the trip. dian members similar policies. If you’re in the
The letter should include addresses and telephone market for jewelry, check out Gems ‘N More.
numbers where the parents or guardian can be Originals by Becki has lots of iron-on decals
reached. and craft supplies. Interested in natural facial
Divorced or separated parents should carry cus- care and health products? Sarge Enterprise’s
tody or legal separation documents and/or a letter website has it all. Hopefully we’ve sparked your
of authorization to facilitate their entry into Can- curiosity and interest in purchasing items via the
ada. internet from our Commercial Members. The
To learn more information about United States good news is “It’s so easy, anyone can do it.”
citizens travelling to and from Canada, use a Just follow these directions and you’ll be on your
computer and search: travel.state.gov way to choosing products and services from
Commercial Members who provide us with non-
Information can also be found on the FCRV web- dues income.
site on this page http://www.fcrv.org/
campvent/2012/campvent12.php 1. Go to the FCRV website: www.fcrv.org
2. At the top of the page, click on “Commercial”
3. In the middle of the page click on
“Commercial Member Products & Services”
4. Check out the Commercial Members and en-
joy your shopping.
Camping Today 19 October 2011
Be sure to send information to Dick and Pam
As you’ll see, we have a number of Commercial Likins for the Program Book as soon as possi-
Members who do not yet offer internet shopping. ble. This includes games schedule, seminar
In those cases, we’ve provided a general list of schedule, and anything else you want in the pro-
products they offer as well as a means of contact- gram: Kings and Queens, if you want your pic-
ing them. With the technology available today, it ture in the Program Book, send it to us with the
no longer matters if a business is local or across information you want included.
the country. These Commercial Members have
joined FCRV to provide members with products C.A.M.P. (Campers Actively Moving Pro-
and services and they provide us with a substan- gram), formerly SPC, is more than our morning
tial amount of non-dues income. If we want walks/rides, which we will have. It can include
them to continue to support FCRV, it’s important chair aerobics, aerobics, dancing of all kinds. Is
that we members support them. Have a joyous there anyone who would like to lead line danc-
holiday and we’ll give you an update in 2012. In ing, square dancing, aerobics, etc? If you have
the meantime, if you have suggestions, please any ideas to keep us Retirees moving, please
feel free to contact us. contact me: email@example.com or 317-502
-0608. Looking forward to an active week.
Carol Luke, Chair
We are hoping each unit will bring a door prize
By Dick & Pam Likins to the Nat’l Retiree Rally.
Rally Coordinators We are requesting that the items donated are
something that you would like to receive.
We are looking forward to seeing lots of DOOR PRIZE COMMITTEE
FCRV members at the 41st International FCRV
Retiree Rally in Tallahassee in March 2012. The
The Alternates Committee
theme is Share the Sunshine, and we are hoping
needs volunteers at the Retiree Rally.
for sunny weather while you are there! Average
Members of the Alternates Committee fill in
temperatures in Tallahassee in March are highs
where needed during the rally. Members of this
in the mid 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s. Great
committee are important. If you are interested in
serving on the Alternates Committee, contact
Early bird parking will be available starting at
Mary & Allen Burrius, chairs, at mfbur-
12:00 noon on Sunday, March 11th and into
Monday, March 12th. The camping area is
mostly grassy, with a few surfaced roads.
Calling all singles. We hope you will join us at
Please bring door prizes with you. The more
the Retiree Rally for a breakfast get-together so
we get the more chances you have to win
that you can get better acquainted and possibly
one! Mail and Information will have information
find new friends to travel with. Being alone is no
on where you can get tours or how to take your
fun, but if all singles band together, they can lend
own tour. We will continue the tradition of col-
support and help to each other. For more infor-
lecting food for the Food Bank and lap robes for
m a t i o n yo u m a y c o n t a c t m e a t
shut-ins and nursing homes. Also, we will also
firstname.lastname@example.org See you there!.
collect hats for cancer patients, as we did this
LaNelle Ishmael, Chair
Camping Today 20 October 2011
Family Campers and RVers Member’s Born in New York, Barbara Van Eycken was
Talent/ Variety Night raised in a musical family. Her Dad sang on radio
and her grandmother sang in New York night-
We are pleased to advise that we will be having a clubs. Says Barbara: “I remember many times
Family Campers and RVers member’s Talent/ when I was very young being propped up on a
Variety Night at this year’s Retiree Rally. The piano and singing with nana”.
evening is being chaired and co-chaired by Jack As a teen, Barbara became involved in local
& Sonya Smye and George & Debbie Walters. musical community theater starring in such roles
Sign up for performances will be at registration as Dolly (Hello Dolly), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl)
at the Rally. and Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) just to name a few.
We will try to keep the entire evening of per- At age 17, she auditioned and landed a small role
formances to 2 hours. States and Provinces on Broadway but her mother insisted she finish
should allow a maximum of 10 minutes for a skit her education before pursuing a theater career.
(including set –up). Individual performers will be She continued her involvement in local commu-
given up to five minutes for their performance. nity theater while going to school. Then came the
Sound equipment including microphones, tape real world of a corporate life but the stage was
and CD players will be available. still her ambition.
Please plan on signing up for this evening of fun. At one point, after being encouraged by a tal-
The evening is not a talent contest but rather an ent agent to enter a contest, Barbara won first
opportunity to showcase many of the talented place in a 2001 talent contest in the category Best
readers, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, crea- Female Tribute Artist. Since then she has cre-
tive story tellers and skit writers we have within ated two extremely successful one-woman
our organization. shows: COUNTRY TO POP, A Tribute to Patsy
If you have questions concerning this evening, Cline and LEGENDARY LADIES OF SONG, A
please contact Jack Smye at Tribute to some of the great divas (Judy Garland,
email@example.com or 905 339 3588. Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Rosemary
We hope to see the same great level of participa- Clooney and more).
tion as we have has for the last several years. It’s been over ten years now that she has been
Jack Smye, Chair touring with her shows. Barbara is finally doing
what she always dreamed of. Incredible vocals,
authentic costuming, lots of bling and incredible
audience interaction are the keys to her success.
ENTERTAINMENT During a 2009 TV interview, an entertainment
Each Night Has A THEME! critic told viewers: “I was sorry her show ended,
George & Debbie Walters, Retiree Rally Chairs, I could have stayed in my seat all night listening
are announcing the entertainment they have cho- to her sing”. That’s what Barbara waited her
sen for the enjoyment of rally attendees. whole life to hear and she’s enjoying every min-
ute of it! For additional info, visit her website at
Tuesday March 13, 2012 patsyclinetributeshow.com.
Barbara Van Eycken: From
COUNTRY TO POP,
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Camping Today 21 October 2011
Wednesday March 14, 2012 Tommy, Jo & THE GIG BAND is led by
Tommy & Jo Hendricks. They have been mar-
BIG BAND SWING ried and making music for over 15 years. The
band features oldies rock & roll (50’s & 60’s)
(Music of the ‘40’s) and a splash of country. They have performed at
festivals, block parties, churches, picnics, wed-
Tallahassee Swing dings, car shows and a few places in between.
The band consists of an incredible bass player, a
Tallahassee Swing is a seventeen-piece dance bald drummer and Tommy on the hot keys. Jo is
band and vocalists dedicated to preserving the the outstanding lead vocalist and is backed by the
big band sounds of the swing era. During the great Doo-Wop Girls. Tommy, Jo & The GIG
1930's, 40's and early 50's, swing music domi- Band is known as a great party and event band
nated the popular music scene. Center stage were that is very family friendly. You will enjoy the
the big bands of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dor- show… and the tunes!
sey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
and a host of others who offered a rich rhythmic Saturday March 17, 2012
sound that had grown out of the smaller jazz
groups of the 1920's. The musicians of Tallahas- Warren Halstrom Trio
see Swing recreate those sounds for listening and
(Pianist/Vocalist for King & Queen Ball)
dancing. The band’s repertoire also includes mu-
sic from the Broadway Stage, Latin American
rhythms, waltzes, and big band rock 'n roll ar- Whether it’s playing the piano, singing, song-
rangements. writing, or producing, Warren Halstrom has
The music of Tallahassee Swing has been heard touched hearts and lives through a dynamic ca-
on local and national radio. The musicians have reer spanning twenty five years and several con-
performed on local television programs, for the tinents. Originally from Vancouver British Co-
Celebrate America program on the 4th of July, lumbia, Warren has been a Florida resident since
and for numerous weddings, benefits, parties, 1999. His background includes Bachelors and
concerts, and dances. For twenty-one years they Masters Degrees in Music as well as contributing
have played every Tuesday night at the American as music faculty at two colleges. After complet-
Legion Hall at Lake Ella in Tallahassee. The ing his studies, Warren was signed to a major
dances are open to the public. The music starts at recording contract with worldwide distribution in
7:30 PM. 1990. He released two albums “Go!” and
Musical Director: Elliot Toole “Friends Thru the Fire”. His television perform-
Business Manager: Pat Cook ances have aired in the United States, Canada,
Western Europe, and Russia. His songs have
made it all around the world. Warren has enter-
Thursday March 15, 2012 tained for decades including major hotels
and cruise lines. For the past several years War-
Members’ Talent/Variety Show
ren has invested in the lives and careers of local
Friday March 16, 2012 artists and his congregation at Celebration Bap-
tist Church where he is the Pastor of Worship
50’s & 60”s SOCK HOP and Creative Arts. He has a wife and four chil-
dren and continues to write and produce original
Tommy, Jo & the GIG BAND music.
Camping Today 22 October 2011
Sunday March 18, 2012 tions.
Andy Baer, KZRV’s vice president of sales
Christian/Country and marketing, said he’s happy dealers appreci-
ate their efforts to provide more marketable prod-
Crystal Black ucts in a post-recession economy, noting the re-
ports of good feelings and high turn-out for all
This young singer will bring our rally to a close exhibitors at the recent Elkhart, Ind., Midwest
with a bit of country with a reverent touch and a RV Super Show.
powerful voice! Crystal Black grew up in Tren- While RVers are still buying, salesmen say,
ton Florida, and has been singing and performing they’re looking for different things than they
in the Trenton and Lake City areas for three used to. Most were found to be leaning toward
years. She has been a headline act for the Fourth travel trailers they can tow with the family vehi-
of July festival as well as the Olustee Festival, cle, or conversely, home-like fifth wheels they
and was a finalist in the Suwannee River Jam can live in. KZRV has reportedly been studying
auditions. Recently, Crystal was a headline act at these shifts and trends in demand so they’re bet-
the S & S Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration in ter equipped to provide dealers with products
Lake City. The highlight of her career, so far, customers want to buy.
was being chosen as the opening act for national Tim Veurink, owner of Veurinks’ RV Center
recording artist Easton Corbin and an audience of in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been a K-Z dealer
over 2,000 this August. Blessed with a beautiful since 1998 and acknowledged the manufacturer’s
voice to match her beautiful personality, Crystal efforts to keep their fingers on the pulse of the
is at home with Country, Pop and Christian per- market. “They build a good product with good
formances. value. They build a product that sells,” he said.
“They always try to figure out a way to say ‘Yes’
to the customer, and they’re very responsive to
what dealers are asking for.”
KZRV Earns 11th DSI He said they chose KZRV “because we felt
their values are similar to ours. They’re a smaller
Quality Circle Award from company but yet big enough to really serve our
RVDA needs. Everyone in the operation is very accessi-
ble to us.” Upon hearing K-Z received the Qual-
SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. – KZRV recently re- ity Circle Award again this year, Veurink said it
ceived the Quality Circle Award for the 11th time was “no surprise. They just really keep it simple.
in the last 12 years from the Recreational Vehicle They do what they say they’re going to do. None
Dealers Association (RVDA). The Shipshewana, of this is real magic,” he stated. “Congratulations
Ind.-based towable RV manufacturer won the to them.”
award for receiving over 80 percent on RVDA’s Baer said he was humbled by the award and
Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey for its the positive feedback from the surveyed dealers.
Coyote, Durango, Inferno, MXT, Sportsmen, “We’ve always enjoyed taking good care of our
Sportsmen Classic, Spree and Spree Escape dealers. They are the crucial conduit between us
brands of travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy and the customers,” he said. “We have a top-
haulers. The survey rates manufacturers’ per- notch dealer body, so it’s very meaningful that
formance in product reliability and quality, parts they rated us so highly so as to be given the DSI
support, dealership warranty support, product award again this year.”
design, sales support and territory, competitive KZRV is also celebrating its 40th anniversary
price and value, and overall dealer communica- in 2012. The company was founded in Middle-
Camping Today 23 October 2011
bury, Ind., by Daryl Zook as a small truck find reviews of farms where you can go to pick
camper manufacturer; today, it produces a full your own produce.
line of towable RVs, including toy haulers, hy- The reviews are arranged by county, so if you
brid travel trailers and fifth wheels. want to use that site, you will need to know
which counties are in your area. To find the
counties in your area easily, go to another web-
site called Maps Of The World.
The second site I use is called Local Harvest
(LH). The LH website is easier to use, because
you can either click on a map or enter the zip
code to get a list of farms in that area that sell to
RVRoad the public. On LH, you will also find information
about Community Supported Agriculture, or
Trips CSA’s. A CSA is a subscription to a farm’s pro-
duce, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly
basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk,
Off of a blog on FunTimesGuide.com coffee, or any sort of different farm products for
a set price that is paid in the spring. If you are
RV Food: Tips For Finding going to be work camping or in an area for the
season, a CSA is a good way to get a variety of
Farmers Markets produce fresh from the farm.
Since we have been using these websites to
look for farms, we have found an asparagus farm
One of the things my husband and I like to do
in Virginia, a berry farm in Pennsylvania to pick
on our days off from working at the campground
our own raspberries, and a place in Maryland
is to visit the local farms and farm markets to buy
where we got luscious blackberries.
fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you haven’t tried going to the farm, you
There are many ways to find these places if
really should give it a try
you are new to an area
How To Find Farmers Markets
Sometimes we ask local people we who are
working with us at the campground, or we may
New "Chaheati" All-Season Heated Chair Of-
ask at a restaurant Sometimes we just run across
fers Warmth & Comfort Cha-
a farm while we are out driving around seeing
heati uses range from camp-
the local sights.
ing & hunting to tailgating &
My favorite way to find farms is on the inter-
watching kids' sporting
net. There are two websites that I use frequently:
events -- and more
(Columbia, Illinois) - It's a
The first one is called Pick Your Own (PYO). product that is sure to heat up
On PYO, you click on the state of your choice to the way people sit through cold weather outdoor
activities. The Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair
Camping Today 24 October 2011
is similar to many of the lightweight, collapsible
canvas chairs owned by millions nationwide - but RV Road
what sets Chaheati apart is its cordless carbon
fiber non-wire heating elements throughout the Trips
chair. The patent pending technology of the Cha-
heati offers four temperature settings ranging An RVer’s Guide To Spooky
from 98°up to 145°F and rapidly heats up in less
than 20 seconds. The Chaheati is ideal for use in Halloween Fun
a variety of settings, including: camping, tailgat-
ing,hunting, cool weather sporting events and
With Halloween just around the corner, new
practices, and more.
full time RVers are probably wondering what
The Chaheati's safe low-voltage heating tech-
other RVers do for Halloween and what to expect
nology sports digital circuit protection. The high
at the RV campgrounds and resorts.
efficiency, lithium-ion rechargeable battery pro-
Without a doubt, many RV resorts, RV parks
vides up to six hours of heat per charge and lasts
and campgrounds go out of their way to make
for over 500 uses. The warmth of the soft, flexi-
Halloween an event to remember.
ble ultra-thin heating element in the chair can
After all, RVing is a family-oriented lifestyle
even help relieve tight and aching muscles and
and Halloween is definitely something that fami-
joints. Chaheati's heating system is optimally po-
lies celebrate together.
sitioned to produce a comfortable, even heat
It’s such a big deal that some parks celebrate
across the entire back, buttocks and the back of
Halloween every weekend in September and all
the thighs. The Chaheati All-Season Heated
of October. For those in northern RV resorts it’s
Chair is a sturdy chair designed for comfort and
a way to close out the season in preparation for
durability. The fabric of the Chaheati is rugged
the coming winter.
yet comfortable and is designed to be fire and
What if you want to decorate your RV camp-
water-resistant. The seat is oversized and can ac-
site for Halloween, but you have a limited
commodate any body type up to 280 lbs.
budget? Plus, obviously storage space inside the
(Dimensions: 23.6’ wide x 23.6’ deep x 36.2’
RV is tight, so just how much stuff do you have
to buy and where do you put it once Halloween is
It could be said that the spark of life for the
Chaheati was a bit of a "half-baked" idea. "On a
The good news is making Halloween a fun
cold night in front of a bonfire, we were all warm
and successful event has very little to do with
and toasty on the front of our bodies and a block
money spent, and if you do it right there will be
of ice on our backsides," recalls Kyle Smith who
little in the way of stuff to store for next year!
invented the Chaheati with his wife ReAnna.
"While watching my frustrated wife repeatedly
Here are some RV Halloween tips…
sit, stand and turn like a turkey on a rotisserie to
warm up; I thought she needed a heated chair.
RV Halloween Decorations
After researching the market and not finding one,
Halloween decorations are the easy part.
we decided to create one...and Chaheati is the
The dollar store is your best friend. Think: Fam-
ily Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General. They
The Chaheati sells for $89.99 and is available
will have seasonal items like banners & flags,
at: www.chaheati.com (An AC car adapter
paper ghosts and goblins, plastic jack-o-lanterns
charger is also sold separately.)
(HALLOWEEN FUN continued on page 28)
Camping Today 25 October 2011
K3, Bus, Furion, Gladiator and Metro Star,
manufactured from Sept. 29, 2010 through June
20, 2011, equipped with a Cummins ISB, ISC,
ISL or ISX diesel engine. The V-band clamp as-
Too busy to keep track of when your next oil sembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, and
change is due? Are you forgetting to rotate your Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet
tires every six months? If you fall into this boat, cone selections to the diesel oxidation catalyst
then we have the perfect apps for you that will (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a
make your daily car maintenance, pain-free and a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when sub-
breeze. jected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of
Provided by the mobile app experts from Ap- the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the
pitalism, the mobile superstore, please find their inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF
car maintenance app recommendations below: housing to disconnect. If the inlet or outlet sec-
tions disconnect, hot exhaust gasses can vent
• Car Maintenance Reminder Lite (Free for prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of
the Android) – An all-in-one car application that combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there
helps you keep track of mileage, fuel efficiency, is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF
cost and will have your car running like new in housing may detach completely, creating a road
no time. hazard.
• Car Record (Free for the Android) – The Navistar, Inc is recalling 78 model year 2011
application can track fuel mileage and costs for Monaco Vesta and Holiday Rambler Trip RVs
multiple vehicles. Based on your fuel economy it manufactured from May 28, 2010 through May
can also calculate your trip convenience. 18, 2011. The fuse in the high beam headlight
• iLocate Automobile Repair ($0.99 for the electrical circuit may blow under normal operat-
iPhone) – iLocate is a comprehensive searchable ing conditions, disabling the headlights without
database for all the Automobile Repair locations, warning, possibly resulting in reduced driver
wherever you are with contact info, directions, visibility. Reduced driver visibility increases the
and so much more - all at the touch of a button. risk of a crash, possibly resulting in property
• Fuel Pal ($1.99 for the iPhone) – Fuel Pal is damage, personal injury or death.
an easy to use fuel log. It is a quick and way to Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 171
track your fuel consumption and mileage. Fuel model year 2011-2012 Rubicon travel trailers
Pal also lets you plot fuel efficiency, fuel cost, manufactured from Dec. 8, 2010 through July 15,
fuel prices, distances traveled, and more. 2011. These vehicles may have been manufac-
tured with the exterior furnace vent not installed
in the sidewall of the trailer. The furnace can run
without the proper exhaust ventilation and re-
lease carbon monoxide to the interior of the unit.
This could result in asphyxiation or carbon mon-
oxide poisoning. The heat build-up from the ex-
By Russ & Tiña De Maris haust can also result in a fire.
Winnebago Industries, Inc. is recalling 418
Washington, DC — RVs from four different model year 2009-2012 Winnebago Access, Ac-
manufacturing firms have announced recalls for a cess Premier, Chalet and model year 2011 Itasca
variety of issues. Impulse and Impulse Silver motorhomes manu-
Spartan Chassis, Inc. is recalling certain model factured from March 5, 2008 through April 28,
year 2010, 2011 and 2012 RVs, models MM, K2, 2011. These vehicles may have the potential for
Camping Today 26 October 2011
the propane supply hose to make contact with the the RVing public”, added Clark.
metal door frame. Contact with the door frame Dutchmen RV is a company of Thor Indus-
may wear through the hose causing a propane tries, Inc. (NYSE:THO). Dutchmen RV produces
leak, which could ignite and result in personal various brands of towable recreational vehicles
injury or death. that are sold throughout the United States and
If you feel you may have any of the recalled Canada. Dutchmen RV brands include the
RVs, you should contact the manufacturer at the Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak,
appropriate telephone number. Spartan Chas- Voltage, Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutch-
sis: 1.800.543.5008 - option 5. Navistar: men brands. For more information on Dutchmen
1.877.466.6226, and refer to Recall Campaign RV and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or
number 11517. Dutchmen: 1.574.537.0700. Win- call 574-537-0600.
nebago: 1.641.585.6939, and refer to Winne-
bago’s Safety Recall number 124.
RAM PARTNERS WITH
Dutchmen and Lazydays RV PROMOTE PICKUPS
Super Center Enter Into
Partnership in Tucson Arizona Tapping into
“the hunting/fishing lifestyle.”
Goshen, Indiana - Don Clark, President of
by Mike Levine
Dutchmen RV, announced August 23rd, that
Dutchmen has entered into partnership with La-
Ram hopes there's synergies in a new partner-
zydays RV Super Center in Tucson, Arizona.
ship with Walmart tapping into the "hunting/
“We are proud
to play a part of
Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand will partner with
Walmart this fall to promote its pickup trucks.
tion to the west.
Details are still forthcoming, but the partnership
All of us at
will “recognize the alignment between truck buy-
ers, the hunting/fishing lifestyle and Walmart.
excited for the
We are working on a promotion that brings all
three together,” said Marissa Hunter, Ram’s head
work with Lazydays as it brings great products
and exceptional customer service to the South-
Walmart’s fall outdoor lifestyle partnership
west. Both of our companies strive to provide the
program, which includes the Mossy Oak camou-
perfect RV purchase and ownership experience
flage brand, will go live across thousands of
and look forward to growing this market to-
Walmart stores, Hunter said.
gether”, stated Clark.
The Walmart effort will be part of Ram’s
“I have had the pleasure of working closely
newly launched “Code of the West” national ad
with Lazydays and their Sales Manager, Ken
campaign that debuted online in June and will
Stumpe and have the utmost confidence that this
begin airing on TV in September.
Lazydays expansion will be a very positive move
The spin-off of Ram from Dodge two years
for the Tucson Arizona RV enthusiast. Dutchmen
ago has helped bring attention to the brand’s
continues to focus on providing innovative and
trucks that it didn’t have before, according to
feature filled products that satisfy the desires of
Camping Today 27 October 2011
Ram CEO Fred Diaz. snowbird and spend the winter in an RV park?
“The spin-off has allowed us to focus all of Whatever the func-
our creative advertising and social media efforts tion, consider the
specifically toward truck buyers while giving the main purpose of your
Dodge brand their own space and place to focus RV travels.
on their brand, too,” Diaz said. What amenities
Sales of Ram pickups have increased in 2011. do you require?
The overall brand retail share has increased to 15 Whether you want
percent, according to R.L. Polk data. Ram heavy- Desks are a trend in new RVs just the basics or a
duty retail market share has risen to 27.7 percent, full living area
and light-duty market share is 15 percent. equipped with a fireplace and flat screen TV and
“We strongly believe [the increase in sales] fireplace, there’s an RV to meet your needs. The
has a lot to do with our laser focus on Ram and best way to start narrowing your search is to de-
marketing to our classic truck buyers,” Diaz said. cide how much you are willing to spend. Fold
“Moreover, we now also have a laser focus on down campers start as low as $5,000 but if you
products that are right for the market and the de- are looking for luxurious amenities, you can
mands of truck buyers, such as the Tradesman, browse the largest motorhomes that can sell for
Outdoorsman, 1500 Express, RamBox, High as much as $300,000 or more.
Output Cummins with best-in-class towing and Talking to other RV owners is a great way to
unsurpassed torque. The campaign and product learn what to expect out of your RV. RV maga-
offerings have been very well received by our zines, web sites such as RVIA, and seminars at
target audience and dealers, as proven by our RV shows, can aid the novice RVer. Just plain
market share and sales increases.” shopping around will let you see what manufac-
turers have to offer. The recent Hershey RV
Mike Levine is editor-in-chief of Pickup- Show in mid September had 52 manufacturers
Trucks.com. and over 900 units on display. Shows let you
in one location.
They also fea-
ture the latest
as well as camp-
By PARVCA clubs, and cara- An RV show is a great place to shop
van adventures. and compare.
RVing is a great way to travel, but deciding
which RV is right for you can often create more
questions. The best way to make RV shopping
easier is to do some research and determine UPCOMING CAMPING & RV SHOWS
which features you want in your RV.
Decide what you plan on doing in your RV. OK Fall RV Show & Closeout Sale, Oct 13-16,
Will you be taking month long vacations travel- State Fair Park, Oklahoma City
ling the country or spend weekends at local
campgrounds? Will you be tailgating at sporting CA RV Show, Oct. 14-23, Fairplex, Pomona
events or the kids’ soccer games? Will you be a
Camping Today 28 October 2011
NJ Atlantic City Fall Show, Oct. 28-30, Atlantic Instead, buy a string of cheap Christmas tree
City Convention Center lights for a dollar or two and make orange con-
struction paper pumpkins. Tape the pumpkins to
OTTOWA Year End Show & Sale, Oct.15-16, the wires between the lights and it will look just
Landsdowne, Park, Ottowa, Canada as festive. (Be sure to use the small Christmas
lights that don’t get hot, because you don’t want
TORONTO Fall RV Show, Oct. 29-30, Congress to create a fire hazard.)
Centre, Toronto, Canada You could also grab some cheap Halloween
lights. It definitely doesn’t have to be expensive
RALEIGH RV Show, Jan. 20-22, 2012, Raleigh to create simple, yet fun, Halloween decorations.
Convention Center, Raleigh NC If you get some mini pumpkins at the local
supermarket, then you could create little jack-o-
CHARLOTTE RV Show, Feb. 17-19, 2012, lanterns to place around your campsite.
Charlotte Merchandise Mart, Charlotte NC Even with a battery-operated light (such as a
mini flashlight, instead of a candle) freshly
GREENSBORO RV Show, March 9-11, 2012, carved pumpkins can safely create a fun holiday
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro NC atmosphere. Votive candles could be used, as
long as you’re cautious about where you put
them. Or, you could always paint pumpkins — a
fun new twist that’s safe (and fun!) for kids.
RV Halloween Costume Parties & Contests
(HALLOWEEN FUN continued from page 24) Costume parties typically take place every
weekend leading up to Halloween at RV parks
If you prefer to make your own, a quick trip to and campgrounds.
Walmart or most any convenience store will To find cheap Halloween costumes, take a trip
yield the basics like construction paper, string to a local thrift store, Salvation Army, or Good-
and markers. will store and you’ll find a good selection of vin-
A great online source for all things Halloween tage clothing at reasonable prices. For example,
is 1Halloween.net. There, you’ll find links for you could buy a trench coat and a fedora and go
everything from spooky cutouts to recipes for as a “secret agent”, or some bib overalls along
your favorite Halloween treats. with a hammer and tape measure would make
Some Halloween items to be on the watch for: you a “carpenter”. Use your imagination…
• bales of hay whatever the clothes racks offer will determine
• pumpkins the type of Halloween costume you come up
• gourds w i t h .
• spider webbing Of course, you could also visit any local party
• outdoor lights supply store for the most modern Halloween cos-
• cemetary tombstones tumes around.
• things you can hang from trees
• …you get the idea RV Trick or Treating & Other Campsite Ac-
Tips For Decorating Your RV Campsite
I’m not sure how many RV parks promote
I’ve seen strings of awning lights at RV deal- actual Trick or Treating on Halloween night. My
ers for incredibly high prices. guess is it may be popular at a few campgrounds,
Camping Today 29 October 2011
but park-sponsored activities leading up to Hal-
loween are typically aimed at replacing the ac-
tual door to door search for candy and treats.
If your campground location is encouraging the
little Goblins to go from site to site looking for
Treats with the empty threat of Tricks, then
download some Halloween recipes and make a
couple batches of goodies that will please every-
It’s also fun to get together with fellow RVers
located near you and plan your decorating
schemes together, play outdoor Halloween
games, and maybe even have a potluck party.
Some RV parks organize such activities for their Dutchmen Infinity Unveils the
residents, but if the campground you’re staying at
hasn’t planned such a potluck party, you might Industries only
want to plan your own Halloween potluck party Front Kitchen Fifth Wheel
for RVers — where everyone brings a dish or
some fun Halloween treats to share with those Goshen, Indiana ‐ Dutchmen unveiled the in-
who attend. dustries only “Front Kitchen” Fifth Wheel ‐ the
Likewise, many RV resorts put on hayrides in “At home, most people tend to entertain in the
the weekends leading up to Halloween. If you’re kitchen. Why not in
lucky, the wagon will be pulled by a team of a luxury fifth wheel?
horses, which is more realistic than an old farm Through advanced
tractor. Occasionally, you’ll find an antique fire engineering and de-
engine put into service for a unique twist to tradi- sign, we have pro-
tional hayrides. duced the ultimate
Front Kitchen that
Storing Halloween Decorations & Party Sup- makes all that possi-
plies ble. Seating for six,
Once the celebrating is over, the reusable spacious 12 cubic
decorations can be easily stored in a rubbermaid foot refrigerator, 6’ 8” crowned ceiling, and a
or plastic container. Chances are, there will still High Definition 32” TV – this innovative indus-
be plenty of room for the Christmas decorations try first raise the bar (literally) for fifth wheel
you’ll be needing in a couple months! Any old floor plans” stated Rob Groover, General Man-
clothes or costumes can be re-donated back to ager for Infinity &
Goodwill, and paper decorations can always be Kom fo rt. “W e
recycled. co m p l et ed the
With very little waste and a modest budget, 3870FK Infinity
Halloween can still be a fun event for RVers on with a lower level
the go. great room with an
For a little inspiration, check out these RV additional 40”
campground decorating ideas: HDTV, as well as a
bedroom that sports
Camping Today 30 October 2011
a king size bed and a spacious bathroom. With a us about partnering with them to build campers
total of five slide‐rooms – this fifth wheel will that would bear his name and branding. Everyone
blow people away!” knows that Jeff Foxworthy is a hard-core out-
Dutchmen RV is a company of Thor Indus- doorsman, and the fact that he chose our Elkhart
tries, Inc. (NYSE:THO). Dutchmen RV produces County company to work with to build his camp-
various brands of towable recreational vehicles ers says a lot for the uniqueness and quality of
that are sold throughout the United States and our products,” said Tuttle.
Canada. Foxworthy Outdoors CEO Larry Burns said,
Dutchmen RV brands include the Denali, “We are excited to be launching the Foxworthy
Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Outdoors brand and happy to call Livin Lite our
Rubicon, Aerolite, Coleman and Dutchmen partner. Our focus has and will continue to be in
brands. For more information on Dutchmen RV developing relationships that reflect well on the
and its brands visit www.dutchmen.com or call Foxworthy Outdoors brand. Foxworthy Outdoors
574‐537‐0600. invites you to take it outdoors and live it up!”
The Foxworthy Outdoors RV lineup features
three distinct models of Livin Lite all-aluminum
LIVIN LITE RV PARTNERS
WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY 1. Quicksilver Fox-
TO INTRODUCE UNIQUE worthy Edition tent
camper - a soft-top,
CAMPERS automotive tent camper
that can be pulled by
Wakarusa, IN (August 23, 2011) any passenger car, even
– Livin Lite Recreational Vehicles two-door, and ultra fuel-efficient models. These
announces a partnership with Fox- campers come in a choice of colorful exteriors
worthy Outdoors, a new venture including a full camouflage version for hunters
from celebrity and avid outdoors- and outdoorsmen decked out in REALTREE™
man Jeff Foxworthy including pattern camouflage. (Livin Lite is the exclusive
products from hunting items to licensee of REALTREE for tent campers.) The
camping gear. The Foxworthy Quicksilver Foxworthy Edition models range in
Outdoors brand will provide quality, value ori- size from six feet to ten feet boxes and can sleep
ented products encouraging consumers to enjoy four to six people comfortably.
the great outdoors. 2. Camplite Foxworthy Edition - a line of all
Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and -aluminum, enclosed travel trailers that come in a
successful comedians in the country. He is the variety of automotive colors. These unique, ultra
largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a lightweight travel trailers range in size from
multiple Grammy Award nominee and bestselling eleven feet to sixteen feet and feature a number
author of more than twenty-six books. He was the of family friendly floor plans, including bunk
host of the hit show Are You Smarter Than A 5th houses and queen bed models.
Grader and most recently was the voice of Handy 3. Foxworthy Edition Toy Haulers - all-
Smurf in The Smurfs. aluminum spacious models with rear ramp doors
Livin Lite, owned by Scott Tuttle, an innova- that can accommodate a family AND their “toys”
tor in the all-aluminum camper market, is excited such as ATVs, motorcycles, golf carts and more.
about the partnership with Foxworthy Outdoors. Models range in size from ten feet to thirty feet,
“I was thrilled when Jeff’s people reached out to with multiple options for tip out bunks and fold-
Camping Today 31 October 2011
down beds and seating areas. These toy haulers With fold-up sofas and queen beds that raise up
and extremely lightweight and can sleep up to out of the way near the ceiling, the majority of
eight people. the trailer is then open space for transporting
your mechanized equipment.
VISIT: www.foxworthyoutdoors.com and Some are even equipped with a gas fueling
www.livinlite.com for more informa- station on the outside to top off your gas-
tion powered toys before venturing out & about.
Even traditional bumper pull travel trailers for
RVing are now being built as toy haulers.
There is one more class of toy hauler avail-
RV Road able: the utility cargo trailer with living quar-
ters. Designed to be more rugged, these are
Trips popular with racing teams and other professions
where the need to haul equipment and provide
living space requires a dual-function portable
Fun Ways To Use Toy Hauler residence.
There is one more class of toy hauler: the
Trailers When RVing horse trailer with living quarters. Being able to
take your favorite horse with you on a weekend
outing is mandatory for those involved in the
One of the most versatile rigs on the road to-
equine hobby. And it’s even more important if
day is the toy hauler.
you make your living around horses.
Built with the rear portion designed as a ga-
rage, a toy hauler allows you to bring along all
Ways To Use Toy Haulers When RVing
the toys that will enable you to combine camping
with your favorite hobby.
Many people live on the road for extended
Whether it be an ATV, dune buggy, or motor-
periods, taking their job with them in these dual
cycle, whatever your favorite outdoor toy is a toy
hauler can tote it safely!
I met a young couple a few years back at a
This past weekend I saw a large triple axle 5th
Provincial Campground in Banff Alberta, Can-
wheel toy hauler backed up to the water’s edge.
ada. They were traveling throughout Canada sell-
They were unloading a boat off the end of the
ing handcrafted furniture.
dropdown ramp that made up the rear wall of the
They would take samples into a town, make
the sale, then return to the campground. They
Where is the camera when you need it?
had all the furniture disassembled to maximize
Even owners of motorhomes have latched
the quantity that they could transport with
onto the toy hauler idea. While still maintaining
them. After spending a few hours assembling the
the level of luxury expected in upper level mo-
furniture they would make their delivery to the
torhomes, you can step through a door going to-
customer. Once they had saturated the market in
ward the rear and walk into a sizable garage
one city, they simply hitched up and moved to
space with a full rear wall dropdown ramp.
another area and set up shop again.
How cool is that?
Just think of all the ways you could make a
Types Of Toy Haulers living from one of these rigs! You could set up
the garage space as a workshop for a number of
In the trailer market, toy haulers started as spe- project: woodworking, sign making, jewelry
cially designed fifth wheel trailers. making, you get the idea You could make your
Camping Today 32 October 2011
living as a fulltime RVer working at flea mar- Eunita Trimble, 90, 9-22-11, Breckenridge,
kets, open air bazaars and festivals. Texas. Husband, John was past FCRV Commu-
As a sales representative for a variety of prod- nications Director
ucts, you could carry a wide selection of samples,
or even a complete inventory of products ready
for delivery. How’s that for service to the cus-
This aspect of the toy hauler’s flexibility is
seldom mentioned in sales brochures. What bet-
ter way to justify having a new trailer to haul
your ATVs to the trailhead on the weekend than
to say you bought it to make a living during the
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the
The dual-purpose toy hauler trailers and mo- night of October 31. Traditional activities in-
torhomes can definitely be a good thing for full- clude trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume par-
time and part-time RVers alike. ties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving
Toy haulers make your favorite recreational jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants
activities even more enjoyable when you can carried versions of the tradition to North
take them on the road with you and do them any- America in the nineteenth century. Other
time… anywhere! They can also make your job western countries embraced the holiday in the
a whole lot more flexible and fun, too. late twentieth century including Ireland, the
United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the
United Kingdom as well as of Australia and
Halloween has its origins in the ancient
Celtic festival known as Samhain
Jim Edwards, 7-25-11, Ville LaSalle, Quebec, The festival of Samhain is a celebration of
North Shore Wanderers, long time member. the end of the harvest season in Gaelic cul-
ture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient
Robert Bricker, 83, 8-7-11, Centerville, Indiana. pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare
Lifetime member, KY Colonels. for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on
October 31, the boundaries between the
Clifford Brent Yanke, 8-13-11, Portland. Con- worlds of the living and the dead overlapped
necticut. Current CT State Treasurer, Happy and the deceased would come back to life and
Wanderers Chapter, loved outdoors and SPC. cause havoc such as sickness or damaged
Robert Weaver, 9-7-11, Florida, Virginia, The festival would frequently involve bon-
ARVA Bird Dogs, Indian River Campers, long- fires. It is believed that the fires attracted in-
time member. sects to the area which attracted bats to the
area. These are additional attributes of the
Audrey Meyer, 9-7-11, New Holland, PA, Dis- history of Halloween.
trict Director, Lancaster Chapter, PA Retirees, Masks and costumes were worn in an at-
Longtime member. tempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease
HALLOWEEN continued on page 34
Camping Today 33 October 2011
October 3 - 7, 2011 - Sunchaser Retirees Statewide Campout
Cowley Co. Fairgrounds, Winfield, KS. Open to any who can come to camp during the week.
For more information contact Pres. Bill & Carol Malcom at 620-663-8843 or e-mail wild-
October 7 - 9, 2011 - Michigan Halloween Campout
Hudsonville Fairground, Hudsonville, MI. Total weekend $45, Day pass $4 per car, Early day Thur.
For more information Contact Cindy Westra, 8700 WhitneyvilleCt., Alto, MI 49302. Ph. 616-915-
2293 or e-mail ClWestra10@ah.net
October 7 - 10, 2011 - NYSA FALL STATE CAMPOUT "Mystery Weekend”
Herkimer County Fairgrounds, 133 Cemetery Street, Frankfort, NY 13340
Advanced Registration Fee -$7.50 per adult (non-refundable), Registration Fee at Gate -$10.00 per
adult. Camping Fee at Gate-$75.00 (Cash Please, Day Pass $7.50 per adult per day [$20.00 max per
family for the weekend] (If 2 or more families are camping in one unit, the extra family/families will
pay the registration fee only). All sites include electric and water (bring extra hoses and long electric
cords). Advance Registration must be postmarked by Sept 15, 2011. Make checks payable to New
York State Association. Mail to: CLARE GUNNING, 2 LOLLYPINE LANE, MEDFORD, NY
11763-4110. Please include numbers of adults, teens and youth. For more information Contact Barb
McHale by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN US!
Click here for more information and complete registration form.
October 14 - 16, 2011 - Maryland/DC State Assn. Fall Campout
Charles county Fairground, LaPlata, MD. Total weekend $44. Early bird Thur. $18.
Contact Don Ellis at 301-579-6666 or email email@example.com or contact Cheri Fox at 202-503-
8155 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 21 - 23, 2011 - Ohio State Association Halloween Campout
Champaign County Fairgrounds - Urbana OH. Door prizes, crafts, dessert contest, Costume contest
for kids and pets of all ages, Pumpkin carving contest, unit decorating contest. Pre-registration $46 -
at gate $50
For more information contact Phyllis Gass Gasshaus@gmail.com
Camping Today 34 October 2011
November 4 - 6, 2011 - Woodpeckers' 42nd Invitational Campout
Butcher's Bend 4-H Campground, Mineral Wells, WV. Exit 170 off I-77 south on St Rt 14 left at
Butcher's Bend Rd. Heated building for all activities. Fees: $14 per night which includes electric and
$5.50 per person for Spaghetti dinner on Saturday. No pre-registration Friday night hospitality will be
soup beans--bring bowls, table service and what ever you may want to share. There will be chances
on a food basket and a 50/50 drawing.
For more information contact Bill & Judy Gray, 1411 7th Street, Vienna, WV 26105-2207, phone 304
November 11-13, 2011 - Florida State Association Fall Rally
Southern Oaks RV Resort, 14140 SE US Hwy 41, Summerfield, Fl. 34491 (352)347-2550
Cost is $130.00, payable to the campground - make your own reservations. Cost includes 3 nights
camping, 2 dinners, 1 breakfast, 1 ice cream social, and 1 hot dog luncheon. Also planning to have
chapter sales and more fund raising events. Hope you can attend and enjoy the activities. If you have
a fund raising idea, please let us know so it can be incorporated with this rally.
For more information contact Sandy and Larry Preston, FSA President at email@example.com or
Please fill out and mail in the registration form and $5 registration fee. Click here for registration
December 5 - 9, 2011 - Louisiana Pelican Christmas Rally
Kemper Williams Campground, Hwy.90, Patterson, LA. 4.5 W of Morgan City. Ph 985-395-2298
(HALLOWEEN continued from page 32)
Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they
proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with
the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is a threat to play a
trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of
the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood
with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.
In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, the night designated for Trick-or-treating is often referred to as
Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes
and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christ-
mas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of "souling,"
when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food
in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in
Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found
as far south as Italy.
Camping Today 35 October 2011
Camping Today 36 October 2011
Camping Today 37 October 2011