TIME TO TALK RVING IN THE OFF-SEASON

It’s Fall! Time to talk RVing Off-Season and Off the Beaten Path.

If you have an RV, it’s pretty much a given you’re going to bust it out in the summer. After all, summer is synonymous with vacation time, don’t you agree?! The sun is shining, the roads are packed with RVs, and the campgrounds are buzzing with activity. Once the weather cools down though, many RVers tuck their rigs away for the winter. But here’s a little secret for all you fair-weather RVers… Off-season RVing can be the best time to hit the road!

Before you put away your rig for the winter, James and I hope you’ll join us as we host Go RVing’s upcoming Twitter party. We’re going to talk about the joys of off-season RVing, and just as exciting, we’re going to talk about RVing off the beaten path. We love finding places so remote that we feel like we have the world all to ourselves. So, this is going to be an extra fun Twitter party for us and very much a topic we can speak to!

And Even Better…You Can Win Prizes!!!

There will be two prize packs given out over the course of the hour. Each prize pack will include a $25 gift card AND some cool Go RVing swag…just for partying with us! (Prizing is open to U.S. residents only, sorry!)

“OK I’m In! But What is a Twitter Party?”

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter party before, it’s really simple. Imagine sitting around a campfire chatting with a group of friends, only it’s a cyber-campfire, so less pressure!

You’ll log in to your Twitter account at the designated party time. Make sure you’ve already “followed” our Twitter page @TheFitRV as well as @GoRVing. We’ll be tweeting open-ended questions throughout the hour that always begin with “Q1, Q2, Q3… etc.”, and you respond with your own thoughts and suggestions by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3…etc.” Plus, you’ll always include the hashtag #GoRVing in your post…that’s super important since it’s the only way we can see your responses.

So let’s try an example. Let’s say you see a tweet come in from me that says this:

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Q1 If you could take a road trip anywhere in North America where would you go and what would you do? #GoRVing”

You would respond by starting your own tweet; no need to hit reply, and answer like this:

“A1 I would go visit my sister who lives cross-country and I haven’t seen in years! We’d go kayaking! #GoRVing”

Along those lines. Two key things to notice: first, how you’ll start your tweet with A1, so we know your answer goes with my Q1. I’ll be posting around 10 different Q’s throughout the hour, so adding the A1 is important. The other key to successful partying is including the hashtag. Our hashtag for this party is #GoRVing. All party posts will always include this hashtag. That way, you can easily search the hashtag up in the Twitter search bar (then choose the “Latest” tab) and you’ll be able to see everyone’s responses, not just the hosts’. And don’t be shy about replying to other partiers! You don’t have to talk to only your hosts, feel free to chat and reply to anyone in the party!

The two prize packs are awarded at random, but here’s a key tip: Consider each of your “A1, A2, etc” tweets as well as your replies to other partiers as an entry for the prizes. So the more you interact, the better your chances of winning a prize!

“Sounds Great! How Do I Join?”

To participate and be eligible for prizes, just follow these steps:

  1. Follow The Fit RV and Go RVing on Twitter.
  2. RSVP in the comments below by entering your Twitter handle.
  3. Show up for the party on Thursday, October 19 at 9pm EST, which will be hosted on @TheFitRV homepage. Remember to “refresh” frequently during the party so you won’t miss any of the “Q”s!
  4. Respond to our topics by starting your own tweet with “A1, A2, etc” (and also reply to other partiers’ responses) always making sure to use the #GoRVing hashtag in each tweet or reply.
  5. Pay attention to our announcements of winners throughout the hour! If your name comes up, we’ll have you message the Prize Patrol to arrange to collect your prizes.

It’s as easy as that. Can’t wait to chat with you all at the party! See you there!

GO RVING 20TH ANNIVERSARY MOBILE WALLPAPERS

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Celebrate 20 years of Go RVing every time you pick up your phone with these fun wallpapers for your mobile device. Links to download each wallpaper are below each photo. Enjoy!

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//Wanderlust

//Wander With Wonder

//Adventure Awaits

//Follow Adventure

NAARVA -SOUTHERN RALLY -TAKE TWO

What is it about RV rallies that make us a little queasy? Typically, RV rallies aren’t high on the list of things to do for families with kids. When we first got the invitation, we were a bit apprehensive about attending a second NAARVA rally. NAARVA stands for National African American RV Association. Our first rally, while it had many pluses, also had its share of minuses.

 

 

However, after speaking with newly elected NAARVA leadership, we were eager to see what changes were put in place. NAARVA, like many RV clubs, has recognized the need to encourage membership of families and younger RVers.

 

Location – Lakewood Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Myrtle Beach had been on our list of “must visit” locations for a long time. So we packed up the RV and headed out to Lakewood Camping Resort. Checking in was a breeze.

 

 

As we found our site, we were greeted with smiles and waves from the many other NAARVA rally attendees. The rally was packed with over 200 RV’s from nine different states representing the entire Southern Region.

 

 

This was one of the few times at a campground that we felt in the majority rather than the minority.

 

Southern Region Director, Dr. Monica Davis, kicked off the rally with the opening ceremonies in the beachside auditorium. As each chapter name was called, they stood and cheered, announcing their presence.

 

 

Afterwards we hit the tent, grabbed our rally bags, and settled down for some hotdogs and burgers. You could feel the energy radiating inside the tent.

 

 

Our boys had one thing on their minds…the beach…with the sun getting ready to set, we couldn’t hold them back any longer.

 

 

So off we went to enjoy the first of many gorgeous sunsets.

 

That evening after the kids finally drifted off to sleep, we studied the itinerary to plan our week.

Right away we noticed there wasn’t an overload of events we had to attend. So we picked a few local activities to explore.

 

The next morning proved the perfect mix of education for the guys and a social for the ladies.

 

 

Keith attended a tire safety seminar hosted by Michelin. I had a chance to speak with Raymond from New Orleans, who has been RVing for 38 years! He’s a huge Southern University football fan and decided to get an RV to have a better game day experience. Learning from him about how challenging it was for an African American just to get insurance was quite humbling.

 

The ladies got a real treat. This year’s Southern Bell Social’s guest speaker was Barbara Blain-Bellamy. She is the first female African American Mayor of Conway, SC. She led an inspiring discussion about a commitment to giving back to the community. I wish my daughter had been in attendance to hear the words of wisdom.

 

 

Then it was time for some fun. We decided to visit the highly rated, nearby Brookgreen Gardens. These are not your average gardens. They have sculptures, a wildlife preserve, and so much more with over 9,000 acres, the Low Country Zoo, and trails through different ecosystems on the property.

 

 

The boys enjoyed a scavenger hunt through the Ribbit Exhibit.

 

 

Our boys love the junior ranger program in our NPS. Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Site, and they offered a “ranger type” packet for the boys to take around and find the answers. The boys worked extra hard, since they knew if they completed the packet they would earn a prize!

 

As we walked through the lovely gardens, we were overcome with a haunting feeling. When we stopped to read one of the historical signs it became clear why.

 

 

With its origin as a slave plantation, we couldn’t help but wonder what the lives of our ancestors had been like. Could they enjoy these beautiful surroundings or was it just a living hell? It was again one of those moments where RVing gave us a chance to educate our boys on a piece of not so great American history.

 

The next morning it was once again time to explore the beach. We ran into plenty of other rally members taking strolls on the beach.

 

 

We learned how much our boys loved the beach. They could spend all day playing in the sand…

 

 

I have to say we are strictly amateurs when it comes to the beach. I’ve learned that cheap beach umbrellas won’t survive any type of wind. Go ahead and laugh at me.

 

 

As our boys, always hungry, reminded us, it was time to eat. So we decided to head over to Wahlburgers at Broadway at the Beach.

 

Broadway at the Beach is a perfect place to spend an afternoon away from the water. There were tons of restaurants, shopping, and even attractions to ride.

 

To my great surprise we found a honey store and restocked the RV with our favorite honey…

 

 

Tupelo honey. Talk about a great ending to the day…

 

 

Over the course of the next few days, we bounced in and out of different activities. We took the boys to enjoy the pools, lazy river, and the water slides.

 

 

Nothing says “family friendly” more than an ice cream social. Our boys loved this event. Who can say no to free pints of ice cream?

 

Everyone had a great time and it was the perfect chance to meet members from different chapters.

 

So many members went out of their way to speak with our kids to remind them how lucky they are to be RVing at such a young age.

 

The wisdom that was passed down to our children and us has been priceless.

 

 

The biggest event of the rally is always the Saturday night banquet. This year’s theme was Africa. All attendees were encouraged to dress in their best African outfit.

 

 

It was an incredible sight to see so many people dressed in African attire, and that party went on well into the evening.

 

 

As we packed up to leave another successful NAARVA Southern Rally, we’ve come to the realization that change is happening, albeit slowly. We have come to recognize that instead of waiting for an entire organization to change to fit our needs, we just need to adjust our expectations.

 

 

Embrace the items we can only get from attending a NAARVA rally. We will look to these rallies to help us connect, to learn, and for fellowship in large numbers with other African-American RVers.

 

That feeling, let’s just say comfort in numbers is priceless.

 

 

NAARVA will be celebrating its 25th year in the summer of 2017. We are proud to be members of NAARVA. They are true pioneers in the RV world.

 

SPRING TWITTER PARTY

It’s Almost Spring; Let’s Talk RVing! Join Our Twitter Party and Win!

by Stefany Adinaro

Can you feel it, gang?!?! Spring is in the air!

 

With RV season just gearing up, James and I would like to invite you to join us on our upcoming Twitter Party, Thursday April 27th at 9pm EST (6pm Pacific) for some great conversations about hitting the road this spring.

 

We’ll chat about things like trip planning, getting the rig prepped for the road, and we’ll even collectively brainstorm some top bucket-list RV destinations.

 

And Did I Mention Prizes?!?

There will be two prize packs given out over the course of the hour. Each prize pack will include a $25 gift card AND some cool Go RVing swag…just for partying with us! (Prizing is open to U.S. residents only, sorry!)

 

Just What is a Twitter Party?

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter party before, it’s pretty simple and great fun. Think of it like sitting around a campfire and having a conversation with a bunch of friends, only it’s a cyber-campfire, so less pressure!

You’ll log in to your Twitter account at the designated party time. Make sure you’ve already “followed” our Twitter page @TheFitRV. We’ll be tweeting open-ended questions throughout the hour that always begin with “Q1, Q2, Q3… etc.”, and you respond with your own thoughts and suggestions by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3…etc.” Plus, you’ll always include the hashtag #GoRVing in your post…that’s super important since it’s the only way we can see your responses.

The key to participating in a Twitter party is following a specific hashtag. Our hashtag for this party is #GoRVing. All party posts will always include this hashtag, even the ones you post. That way, you can easily search the hashtag up in the Twitter search bar (then choose the “Latest” tab) and you’ll be able to see everyone’s responses, not just the hosts’.

The two prize packs are awarded at random, but here’s a key tip: Consider each of your “A” tweets as well as your replies to other partiers as an entry for the prizes. So the more you interact, the better your chances of winning a prize!

Sounds Great! How Do I Join?

To participate and be eligible for prizes, just follow these steps:

  1. Follow The Fit RV and Go RVing on Twitter.
  2. RSVP in the comments below by entering your Twitter handle.
  3. Show up for the party at 9pm EST, which will be hosted on @TheFitRV homepage. Remember to “refresh” frequently during the party so you won’t miss any of the “Q”s!
  4. Respond to our topics by starting your own tweet with “A1, A2, etc” (and also reply to other partiers’ responses) always making sure to use the #GoRVing hashtag in each tweet or reply.
  5. Pay attention to our announcements of winners throughout the hour! If your name comes up, we’ll have you message the Prize Patrol to arrange to collect your prizes.

 

It’s as easy as that. Can’t wait to chat with you at the party, gang! See you there!

WHAT’S SO SUPER ABOUT THE FLORIDA RV SUPERSHOW? PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

Winter is traditionally considered RV show season, and right now there are hundreds of these popular consumer events taking place around the United States. The shows allow shoppers to explore a wide range of RV floor plans, price points, and industry trends. Many shows also offer educational seminars, food, and entertainment.

Local RV shows are a great way to spend a Saturday, especially if you are searching for your first RV or thinking about trading up to your next rig. However, if you want to experience the RV show of the year, then you better reserve some vacation time next January and head down to Tampa, Florida.

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